ADVANCE REVIEW: Quantum Teens Are Go #1 – Young Punk Mad Scientists in Love

ADVANCE REVIEW: Quantum Teens Are Go #1 – Young Punk Mad Scientists in Love

Quantum Teens Are Go #1 is packed with energy from cover to cover. From its opening scene featuring a young punk skater named Natalie braining a robot with bolt cutters while her boyfriend Sumesh tries to get his ray gun to work, the issue never lets up. The result is a full-blooded and contemporary melding of outsider-teen romance and pulp sci-fi high-jinks. If that doesn’t sound appealing to you, then you’re just not getting enough…

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REVIEW: GOD COUNTRY #1 is an Elegantly Simple Opening to a Sprawling Epic

REVIEW: GOD COUNTRY #1 is an Elegantly Simple Opening to a Sprawling Epic

There are few titles which have received louder heralding than Donnie Cates latest opus from Image: God Country. Since it was announced in October, the comics community has anxiously awaited the arrival of what many called the first great comic of 2017. Well, God Country has arrived, and in a thunderous way. Pitched as “Southern Bastards meets American Gods” in a high-fantasy epic, the first installment delivers on its immense promise as the creative team…

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REVIEW: Mick Rory Gets Some Glory at Last in Legends of Tomorrow 2×11 “Turncoat”

REVIEW: Mick Rory Gets Some Glory at Last in Legends of Tomorrow 2×11 “Turncoat”

This week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow gave me some really good stuff and some stuff I really don’t think I approve of.  I think it was better-written than last week by a significant margin, but where it goes wrong, I feel it really goes wrong.  First, let’s recap: Rip murdered Washington and gave guns to to the redcoats, basically ruining the American Revolution.  Back on board the Waverider, Mick and Ray have a brief interaction, talking about…

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REVIEW: Wonder Woman #16 – Watching the Gods

REVIEW: Wonder Woman #16 – Watching the Gods

With Wonder Woman #16, writer Greg Rucka continues with the alternating system that forms the foundation of his most recent run on the character, with each issue alternating between one story arc set in the present, and one set in the past just after Wonder Woman appeared in the human world. This issue forms the first chapter of the flashback “Godwatch” arc, and also features the debut of new alternating regular artist Bilquis Evely. And…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Year Three #2: Memory Play

ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Year Three #2: Memory Play

Doctor Who – The Eleventh Doctor Year Three #2 has a lot to offer both new and long-term fans of the property, being as it is a story largely about the importance of memory in general and the Doctor’s in particular. Fans of the new series will enjoy glimpses of Rose Tyler and various villains, and will also enjoy a new and compelling take on new series baddie the Silence with the issue’s depiction of…

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REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #5 — “You answer to ME.”

REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #5 — “You answer to ME.”

In what’s becoming a regular monthly trend, Midnighter and Apollo is exactly the comic I need this week, two weeks into the most dangerous administration my country has ever elected. Point blank, Steve Orlando, Fernando Blanco, and Romulo Fajardo Jr. have once again performed an alchemy to create something topical, universal, and somehow utterly informed and made real by the queer experience. In terms of plot, this issue focuses primarily on the fight between Neron…

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RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×10 — “The Legion of Doom”

RECAP/REVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow 2×10 — “The Legion of Doom”

Hey everybody, I’m back with this week’s episode of Legends of Tomorrow, aptly titled “The Legion of Doom.”  While I’m not as excited by this episode in terms of writing as I wish I was, this episode is definitely huge in terms of plot.  Additionally, the emotional subplot of the episode has some genuinely affecting moments, even when the scripting doesn’t do the characters justice. The episode opens with Damien Dahrk and Eobard Thawne recruiting Malcolm Merlyn into…

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REVIEW: Batman #16 – Brotherly Love

REVIEW: Batman #16 – Brotherly Love

So far, writer Tom King‘s run on “Batman” has been a bit uneven. For every triumphant moment, for me there’s been some baffling ones as well. The “I Am Suicide” arc, for instance, left me cold as I felt it blew a fantastic set up by disappearing into introspection and a simplistic plot. Thankfully, Batman #16, the first part of the “I Am Bane” arc, has renewed my faith. King and artist David Finch deliver…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14: The Metatextual Invasion

ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14: The Metatextual Invasion

Metatextual writing is a tough needle to thread. If you take too subtle an approach, the references can come off as hokey and easy. But if you hit the references too hard then at time sit can across as mocking, too inside-baseball, or even lazy. Writer Robbie Morrison and artist Rachael Stott tackle this tricky style in The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14, and though I appreciate the intent, there are times when I wished the creative…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: John Carter – The End #1 – Return to the Originator

ADVANCE REVIEW: John Carter – The End #1 – Return to the Originator

These days, for most people, John Carter is synonymous with one of the biggest box office flops of all time when Disney’s 2012 film adaptation was met with a critical drubbing and lost the studio so much money they fired the head of the studio. Dynamite’s John Carter – The End #1 seeks to redeem the legendary character’s reputation with a grim and stripped-down opening chapter that intrigues and engages by not trying to take…

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