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Reality Check #1

Jim Johnson

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Reality Check #1
Reality Check #1
3 Comic Reviews
In "Reality Check" #1, Glen Brunswick and Viktor Bogdanovic put together a convincing but somewhat predictable look at the life of a driven, lonely comic book creator whose creation turns up in a very strange place.
Action Comics #23.1
Action Comics #23.1
3 Comic Reviews
Writer Michael Alan Nelson turns Cyborg Superman into a flat and soulless character with a contrived origin in "Action Comics" #23.1, but at least artist Mike Hawthorne makes the character look villainous and the issue pleasing overall.
All-New X-Men #16
All-New X-Men #16
3 Comic Reviews
Brian Michael Bendis, Stuart Immonen and Wade von Grawbadger nicely manage an array of X-Men from multiple eras, but Bendis' usual slow and talky approach does little to advance "Battle of the Atom" in "All-New X-Men" #16.
All-Star Western #23
All-Star Western #23
3 Comic Reviews
Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and artist Moritat deliver an unexpected, powerful, insightful and often hilarious look at a time-displaced Jonah Hex's character as he finds his way in present-day Gotham in "All-Star Western" #23.
Captain America #10
Captain America #10
3 Comic Reviews
Rick Remender satisfyingly wraps up his epic "Dimension Z" story in "Captain America" #10 and sets up an interesting new status quo for the future. John Romita, Jr. and Klaus Janson make it look epic enough, but with some noticeable we
Star Wars: Legacy #6
Star Wars: Legacy #6
3 Comic Reviews
"Star Wars: Legacy" #6 by Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman is fun overall, starting off quickly but then slowing way down as it sets up the next story. Brian Theis is a capable but inconsistent artist, who darkens things up a bit too much at t
Chin Music #2
Chin Music #2
3 Comic Reviews
Writer Steve Niles and artist Tony Harris come together for "Chin Music" #2 in a story that's ideally suited to the talents of both, despite some distracting artistic blemishes that impede the story's progress.
Bloodshot
Bloodshot
3 Comic Reviews
Writer Matt Kindt stays remarkably faithful to the original character in "Bloodshot" #0 -- an entertaining albeit overbearing origin -- while artist ChrisCross make decades of history look like it fits into real-world history.
KISS Kids #1
KISS Kids #1
3 Comic Reviews
Chris Ryall, Tom Waltz and Jose Holder turn the rock band KISS into a quartet of cute little tykes in "KISS Kids" #1, and their fun and comedic adventures are a refreshing treat for all ages, whether they're fans of the group or not.
Deathmatch #8
Deathmatch #8
3 Comic Reviews
As the series enters its final stage, readers can sit back and enjoy the game as the number of characters continues to drop and the tension rises in "Deathmatch" #8 by Paul Jenkins and Carlos Magno.
Justice League of America #7
Justice League of America #7
3 Comic Reviews
Part four of the six-part "Trinity War" in "Justice League of America" #7 by Geoff Johns, Jeff Lemire and Doug Mahnke is another great-looking, fast-paced thrill that's a great example of an excellent superhero event.
March: Book One
March: Book One
3 Comic Reviews
Splendidly rendered by Nate Powell, U.S. Congressman John Lewis co-writes "March: Book One," a wonderfully positive and gripping account of his youth that led to him becoming one of America's most notable leaders of the Civil Rights Movemen
Daredevil: Dark Nights #3
Daredevil: Dark Nights #3
3 Comic Reviews
Lee Weeks wraps up his "Angels Unaware" story in "Daredevil: Dark Nights" #3, making his case for Daredevil being an extraordinary superhero but also playing into an ever-darkening trend on how to tell Daredevil stories.
Sidekick #1
Sidekick #1
3 Comic Reviews
Writer J. Michael Straczynski and artist Tom Mandrake make a welcome return to the superhero genre in "Sidekick" #1, an uncomfortable but convincing story of a former hero who's long since fallen from public favor.
Hunger #2
Hunger #2
3 Comic Reviews
Writer Joshua Hale Fialkov takes a grandiose notion and makes it mundane in "Hunger" #2, and although artist Leonard Kirk makes it look grand in spots, the issue is largely an emotionless piece of an under-realized idea.
Superman Annual #2
Superman Annual #2
3 Comic Reviews
Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund make "Superman Annual" #2 look nice, but Scott Lobdell's rather pedestrian and low-key story combined with a misplaced backup from another title give readers little reason to bother with this issue.
Batman Annual #2
Batman Annual #2
3 Comic Reviews
Building on an intriguing idea by co-writer Scott Snyder, Marguerite Bennett effectively fleshes it out in the brighter-than-usual "Batman Annual" #2, but gets hampered by shallow and inconsistent characterization.
Planet of the Apes Spectacular #1
Planet of the Apes Spectacular #1
3 Comic Reviews
"Planet of the Apes Spectacular" #1 is the long-awaited and welcomed next chapter in writer Daryl Gregory's excellent take on the franchise, and artist Diego Barreto strikingly maintains the previous look of the series.
Thanos Rising #4
Thanos Rising #4
3 Comic Reviews
"Thanos Rising" #4 by Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi, the next-to-last issue of the series, is a mostly nice-looking but ultimately ordinary chapter in the origin of Marvel's most nihilistic villain.
Thor, God of Thunder #10
Thor, God of Thunder #10
3 Comic Reviews
Despite overly prolonging the storyline with sequences similar to past issues, the latest chapter of Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic's "God Bomb" in "Thor, God of Thunder" #10 is still a worthy and nicely drawn entry.
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