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FEBRUARY 28 Comic Book Reviews

DISCLOSURE: The following is a synopsis and reviews of this week’s comic books from multiple publishers. If you like our reviews and would like to purchase these books you can do so by visiting our partners at TFAW.com. If you decide to buy anything through our provided links we get a small commission which helps keep our website alive and running. Thanks for your time.

AMAZONS ATTACK #5

In “Amazons Attack #5,” the narrative intricately balances between being overt and nuanced, striking a chord with its commentary on societal reactions to the Amazons. This issue delves deeper into the emotional and political turmoil, showcasing a world quick to turn its back on the once-revered warriors. The exploration of this shift is poignant, reflecting real-world issues of trust, betrayal, and the fickleness of public opinion. While the issue focuses on setting up the climax, it momentarily sidelines character development, especially of key figures whose journeys have been central to the narrative. Despite this, the groundwork laid here is crucial, promising a finale that’s not only action-packed but also rich in resolution and character arcs coming full circle.

BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #10

This installment of “Batman: The Brave and The Bold” introduces a fresh set of stories, each varying in tone and scope. “Mother’s Day” emerges as a standout, weaving threads from “Gotham Academy” into a new narrative fabric that’s both familiar and fresh. The story skillfully introduces characters and conflicts, such as the Man-Bat and romantic subplots, making it accessible to newcomers and rewarding for long-time fans. On the other hand, “The Poison Within” and “The Game” struggle with pacing and clarity, offering more questions than answers and challenging readers to stay engaged without much narrative payoff. “The Nameless” explores the often overlooked perspective of a henchman, offering a commentary on the expendability and anonymity within superhero narratives, albeit with a lack of emotional depth. “The Cheeseburger,” however, captures the essence of Batman’s relentless pursuit juxtaposed with mundane human experiences, delivered with humor and visually compelling artwork by Ricardo López Ortiz. Despite its mixed successes, this issue promises moments of satisfaction and innovation in storytelling.

DETECTIVE COMICS #1082

In “Detective Comics #1082,” the narrative complexity deepens as Batman confronts not just physical threats but the psychological toll of his crusade against crime. The portrayal of Dr. Hurt as both a literal and figurative antagonist adds layers to Batman’s internal struggle, blurring the lines between reality and the psychological constructs within his mind. This issue is a testament to the enduring conflict at the heart of Batman’s character: the battle between his ideals and the harsh realities of his fight against Gotham’s underworld. The introduction of Dr. Hurt, albeit late in the story arc, serves as a mirror to Batman’s darkest fears and doubts, making for a compelling narrative twist. The exploration of these themes adds a rich texture to the Batman mythos, showcasing the hero’s vulnerability and the perpetual cycle of conflict that defines his existence.

THE FLASH #6

This issue aims to weave together the various threads introduced throughout the series, including a myriad of new characters, villains, and familial conflicts, hinting at a grand conspiracy. However, the execution falls flat, leaving much to be desired in terms of character development and emotional engagement. The artistic choice to obscure characters behind masks and depict them from a distance further alienates readers from the emotional core of the story. Linda’s portrayal, in particular, verges on parody, failing to convey the gravity of her situation. The narrative struggles under the weight of convoluted explanations for past events, failing to cohesively link these elements. Although previous issues hinted at a rich tapestry of storylines, “The Flash #6” seems like a missed opportunity, failing to capitalize on its built-up potential and instead wandering into a narrative cul-de-sac with little sense of direction or purpose.

GREEN ARROW #9

As DC gears up for the “Absolute Power” event, “Green Arrow #9” serves as an intriguing prelude, with Amanda Waller emerging as a central figure. Waller’s ambiguous motives and her interactions with Oliver Queen and his entourage add layers of complexity to the narrative, making it difficult to discern her true intentions. Her commanding presence overshadows even Green Arrow himself, indicating a significant shift in the storyline’s focus. The issue ends on a cliffhanger, integrating elements from another divisive DC storyline, setting the stage for future developments. This mixture of anticipation and uncertainty makes “Green Arrow #9” a compelling read, as it skillfully interweaves character dynamics with broader universe events, leaving readers eager to see how these elements will unfold.

HARLEY QUINN #37

In its 37th issue, Harley Quinn’s adventures take her across multiple universes in an attempt to evade Brother Eye, echoing themes and narrative structures seen earlier in the series. While the concept of multiverse-hopping offers a canvas for creativity, this iteration feels overly familiar and somewhat disjointed, detracting from the novelty of the experience. The narrative’s progression into increasingly surreal and chaotic territories results in a storyline that is difficult to follow and lacks a clear direction. By the conclusion, the journey appears inconsequential, leaving readers questioning the purpose and impact of these events. Despite the potential for introspection and character growth, “Harley Quinn #37” ultimately feels like a narrative loop, recycling ideas without advancing the overarching story or deepening our understanding of Harley’s character.

JAY GARRICK: THE FLASH #5

In the fifth issue of Jay Garrick: The Flash, readers are treated to a blend of nostalgia and modern storytelling that captures the essence of DC’s Silver Age while navigating through its inherent challenges. This chapter delves deeper into the emotional landscape of Jay Garrick, particularly focusing on the complex dynamics of his relationship with his daughter, whose surprising return adds layers of personal stakes to the narrative. The action sequences are a highlight, showcasing Garrick’s speed and agility in a series of visually striking confrontations. However, the issue struggles with its dialogue, where attempts at witty banter occasionally misfire, undermining the tension of the scenes. The villain, Dr. Elemental, presents a unique challenge to Garrick, blending a sense of danger with an almost theatrical absurdity, epitomized by his henchman named “Ro-Bear.” This mix of high stakes and quirky elements aims to balance drama with levity but sometimes risks veering into the overly comedic. Despite these hurdles, the issue manages to capture the spirit of the Flash legacy, weaving a tale that respects its roots while striving to innovate. However, it leaves readers craving a more substantial connection to the larger mythos of the Speed Force, hinting at untapped potential that could further enrich Jay Garrick’s journey.

THE PENGUIN #7

Issue #7 of The Penguin series dives into the murky depths of Gotham’s criminal underworld, presenting a nuanced portrayal of Oswald Cobblepot that stands out within the Batman universe. This installment succeeds in weaving a complex narrative that explores the power dynamics between Gotham’s criminal elements and the forces of law and order, including the ever-present shadow of Batman. Artist Stevan Subic brings a unique visual flair to the story, his exaggerated forms and twisted portrayals of characters adding a visceral intensity to the narrative. The issue excels in subtlety, employing multiple narrators and perspectives to unveil the intricate web of alliances and betrayals that define Gotham’s underbelly. A seemingly insignificant piece of cloth becomes a symbol of the intricate dance of power, revealing the strategic genius of Cobblepot. The Penguin #7 stands as a high point in the series, offering a crime-genre perspective on the Batman mythos that emphasizes strategy, intelligence, and the blurred lines between hero and villain.

POWER GIRL #6

Power Girl #6 sets the stage for a new chapter in the superheroine’s life, grappling with the reality of losing her powers. This issue serves as a pivotal moment, transitioning from the initial shock and adjustment to setting up a narrative filled with potential for growth, challenge, and reinvention. The story navigates through this period of change with a mix of humor, action, and introspection, providing a balanced view of Power Girl’s journey. While the issue occasionally dips in excitement, it compensates by laying the groundwork for an engaging storyline that promises to explore the depths of Power Girl’s character beyond her superhuman abilities. The exploration of her identity in a world where she must find new ways to be a hero offers a fresh take on the character, promising readers an intriguing blend of personal struggle and superheroic adventure in the issues to come.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #44

“Gang War” serves as a pivotal middle chapter in Tombstone’s narrative arc, skillfully crafted by Zeb Wells and John Romita Jr. While it grapples with the typical challenges of a middle installment, such as setting up future storylines, it also excels in delivering a climactic battle in Central Park. The emotional depth and character developments post-battle highlight the issue’s strengths, promising an exciting build-up to the saga’s conclusion.

AVENGERS: TWILIGHT #3

With its third issue, “Avengers: Twilight” gains momentum, blending expressive artistry with a compelling narrative. Captain America’s mission to rescue an ally from the Vault and rally more Avengers to his cause marks a turning point in the series. The visual storytelling, particularly through expansive spreads, injects energy and excitement into the storyline, making this issue a significant improvement over its predecessors.

CABLE #2

This issue positions Cable at the heart of the “Fall of X” event, balancing his role in the larger narrative with the series’ individual storyline. While this dual focus sometimes disrupts the flow, the dynamic between the two Cables enriches the narrative, distinguishing this adventure from previous Cable stories and adding depth to the character’s journey.

CARNAGE #4

In its fourth installment, “Carnage” reveals its hand, showing that its narrative trajectory is essentially a prelude to the inevitable convergence with Venom’s storyline. The issue’s pacing is slow, and its direction seems unfocused, hinting at a future crossover that feels both predictable and forced given Carnage’s historical ties to Venom. A significant portion of the dialogue centers around Carnage’s psychological torment of Flash Thompson, questioning the authenticity of his identity and his moral compass. This interrogation, while potentially intriguing, ultimately feels shallow and misses the opportunity to delve deeper into more compelling themes of heroism and redemption. Instead, the story veers towards more familiar territory, sidelining the potential for a richer, character-driven narrative. The artwork, while competent, fails to elevate the story, lacking distinctive features that could have enhanced the book’s thematic depth or visual appeal. As a result, “Carnage #4” struggles to find its footing, caught between its aspirations for deeper narrative exploration and the gravitational pull of its historical narrative arcs, rendering it a somewhat forgettable chapter in the larger Marvel cosmos.

DEAD X-MEN #2

“Dead X-Men #2” dives headfirst into the chaotic and campy aftermath of the “Fall of the House of X,” embracing its over-the-top narrative with a sense of pride. The storyline thrives in its absurdity, a choice that, while potentially disorienting, is buoyed by Foxe’s adept scripting. The decision to employ a different artist for each of Moira’s lives injects a fresh dynamic into the storytelling, allowing for a varied visual exploration of the theme and ensuring that each iteration stands out. This creative choice adds a layer of narrative depth and artistic diversity, making “Dead X-Men #2” a vibrant and engaging read despite—or perhaps because of—its embrace of camp and narrative extravagance.

GIANT-SIZE FANTASTIC FOUR #1

Marking an anniversary for Marvel’s Giant-Size format, this issue attempts to celebrate the legacy but feels somewhat disconnected from contemporary storytelling sensibilities. Fabian Nicieza’s script occasionally sparkles with charm, yet struggles under the weight of a plot that feels both cumbersome and disconnected from the Fantastic Four’s rich narrative history. The artwork by Creees Lee showcases moments of brilliance but is marred by inconsistent character proportions and overly complex action sequences. For fans seeking a meaningful addition to the Fantastic Four’s saga, this issue might not meet expectations, as it seems to grapple with its own identity, oscillating between homage and innovation without fully committing to either. The result is a publication that, while nostalgic, may not resonate with readers looking for a more grounded or cohesive narrative experience within the Marvel Universe.

THE IMMORTAL THOR #7

Loki’s storytelling continues to captivate in “Immortal Thor #7,” weaving a tale of the gods’ early adventures with a charm reminiscent of ancient myths. While the issue focuses on setting the stage for future developments, it lacks the immediacy and intensity of the series’ opening arc. Nonetheless, the artwork shines, with its vibrant visuals and warm color palette breathing life into Thor’s universe. An out-of-place modern joke briefly disrupts the mythic atmosphere, but the overall narrative remains engaging, offering a pause in the saga to enrich the lore and hint at future events. This issue, despite not standing out on its own, contributes valuable depth to the ongoing story, promising intriguing developments ahead.

THE INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #15

This issue is a celebration of the comic book medium, capturing the essence of what makes superhero stories so enduring. Gerry Duggan and Creees Lee deliver a narrative that revels in the fantastical elements of the Silver Age, combining inventive storytelling with dynamic character work. The result is a comic that feels both nostalgic and fresh, reminding readers of the limitless possibilities within the pages of a comic book. “Invincible Iron Man #15” stands out not for its emotional depth or groundbreaking narrative but for its pure, unadulterated fun, showcasing the creativity and joy that superhero comics can bring.

MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN #17

This issue deepens the exploration of Miles Morales’ world, focusing on his interactions with a close-knit group of allies. The inclusion of characters like Ms. Marvel, Shift, Starling, and Misty Knight enriches the narrative, providing a supportive backdrop for Miles’ adventures. Rabble’s emergence as Miles’ foremost antagonist adds a compelling layer to the story, with hints of a potential redemption arc adding complexity to her character. The anticipation builds for the series’ milestone 300th issue, with readers eagerly awaiting the developments that will test Miles and perhaps redefine his relationship with his newfound rival.

POWER PACK: INTO THE STORM #2

In this vibrant second issue, “Power Pack: Into the Storm” takes its young heroes on a visually stunning journey as they navigate the complexities of their powers and familial secrecy. The introduction of intergalactic threats adds a layer of excitement and urgency to their adventures, challenging the siblings in new and unexpected ways. The artwork is particularly noteworthy for its vivid colors and imaginative depictions of otherworldly landscapes and aliens, making this issue a visual feast for Marvel enthusiasts. The careful attention to the color palette enhances the storytelling, bringing the Power Pack’s world to life with a richness that captivates and delights. This issue not only advances the narrative but does so with a visual flair that underscores the unique charm of the Power Pack series.

PUNISHER #4

As the initial arc of the latest Punisher series concludes, it becomes apparent that the narrative is not striving for groundbreaking innovation. Despite the potential for fresh storytelling with Joe Garrison stepping into the role traditionally held by Frank Castle, the series remains anchored in familiar territory. However, David Pepose exhibits a keen understanding of what makes this segment of the Marvel Universe engaging. By focusing on the distinctiveness and entertainment value of the Punisher’s missions, Pepose injects a sense of fun and originality into the proceedings. Artist Dave Wachter complements this approach with crisp action sequences and dynamic visuals that capture the essence of comic book excitement. The series manages to maintain its appeal through well-executed missions and art that embodies the adventurous spirit of superhero comics, even if it treads on familiar ground.

RESURRECTION OF MAGNETO #2

The second issue of “Resurrection of Magneto” embarks on a philosophical exploration of Magneto’s complex morality, set against the backdrop of recent events within the Marvel Universe. The narrative becomes bogged down in exposition, detracting from its momentum and leading to a somewhat laborious read. The attempt to scrutinize Magneto’s actions and justify potential redemption lacks a decisive stance, feeling more like an unfinished ethical debate than a cohesive storyline. Despite these narrative challenges, the comic is visually striking, with illustrations that beautifully depict metaphysical realms and symbolically represent Magneto’s legacy. These artistic achievements offer a compelling reason to engage with the series, though the verbose and inconclusive dialogue may test readers’ patience. As the miniseries reaches its midpoint, the promise of redemption hinted at in the title and the genre’s conventions suggests future development, but the execution so far leaves readers questioning whether the visual splendor can sustain interest through to the series’ conclusion.

SPIDER-PUNK: ARMS RACE #1

SPIDER-PUNK: ARMS RACE #1 opens with a narrative brimming with creativity and a touch of nostalgia for fans of Hobie Brown, the Spider-Punk. Cody Ziglar’s script is a testament to innovative storytelling within the Spider-Verse, introducing readers to a world where the familiar elements of Spider-Man are infused with a punk rock ethos and rebellious spirit. The narrative is dense, packed with callbacks to previous adventures that longtime fans will appreciate, yet it remains accessible enough for newcomers intrigued by Spider-Punk’s role in “Across the Spider-Verse.” Justin Mason’s artwork complements Ziglar’s script, balancing the punk aesthetic with superhero action, although some sequences might lack the visual punch expected from a comic of this nature. This issue sets a high bar for the series, promising a blend of action, humor, and heart, centered around one of the most unique versions of Spider-Man.

STAR WARS: THRAWN – ALLIANCES #2

STAR WARS: THRAWN – ALLIANCES #2 continues to explore the dual timelines of Anakin Skywalker and Thrawn’s past adventures and the present-day dynamics between Darth Vader and Thrawn. The concept of bridging these iconic characters across different eras is intriguing, yet the execution in this issue leaves something to be desired. The adventures, while showcasing the strategic genius and combat prowess of the characters, lack a sense of urgency and consequence. The narrative feels more like a collection of vignettes rather than a cohesive story moving towards a significant impact on the Star Wars universe. This installment struggles to elevate the characters’ journey beyond a series of encounters, leaving readers waiting for a deeper, more compelling narrative to emerge.

WHAT IF...?: VENOM #1

WHAT IF…?: VENOM #1 takes the What If…? series into a bold direction by merging the Venom symbiote with She-Hulk, a concept ripe with potential for exploring the complexities of two vastly different characters. However, the execution falls short of delving into the psychological and emotional ramifications of such a bond. The narrative quickly progresses through a time jump, showing a drastic change in Jennifer Walters’ circumstances without fully exploring the internal conflict or the dynamics of the Venom and She-Hulk relationship. The story misses an opportunity to examine the implications of the symbiote on She-Hulk’s dual identity and instead opts for a superficial portrayal, reducing the character to a mere visual variation of Venom without leveraging the depth that could have been explored between the two entities.

WHITE WIDOW #4

The concluding issue of “White Widow” strikes a poignant balance between team dynamics and Yelena Belova’s introspective journey, encapsulating the essence of what made the series so captivating. The narrative deftly combines action with deep personal reflection, providing readers with a comprehensive look into Yelena’s psyche. The interplay between her and her teammates adds a rich layer of complexity, enhancing the story’s depth. This issue not only wraps up the current storyline with finesse but also leaves readers yearning for more adventures. The thought of this series not continuing is disheartening, especially given the potential for further exploration of its characters and themes. The finale is both satisfying and bittersweet, serving as a testament to the series’ quality and the impact it has had on its audience.

WOLVERINE #44

This issue serves as a momentary respite from the relentless intensity of the “Sabretooth War,” shifting focus towards reflection and anticipation. Wolverine’s contemplation of his tumultuous relationship with Sabretooth, alongside the visual representation of Creed’s rage while imprisoned beneath Krakoa, adds a dramatic and almost poetic dimension to their conflict. The artwork, evocative of Dante’s Inferno, beautifully conveys the depth of Creed’s fury and the cyclical nature of their feud. While the plot may seem sparse, the strategic groundwork laid out for future storylines promises intriguing developments. This issue adeptly balances between providing closure to ongoing battles and teasing what lies ahead, maintaining the momentum and keeping readers engaged.

WOMEN OF MARVEL #1

As is often the case with anthologies, “Women of Marvel 2024 #1” offers a spectrum of quality across its various stories. While some narratives stand out for their strength and originality, others fall short of making a significant impact. Angelique Roche’s prose contributions shine, offering engaging reads that highlight the anthology’s potential. However, the issue overall struggles to move beyond surface-level celebration, failing to fully leverage the rich array of female characters and creators within the Marvel Universe. Despite its intentions, the anthology serves as a reminder of the untapped potential and the need for more substantial and meaningful representation of women in Marvel’s storytelling, beyond just commemorative moments.

BOREALIS #3

The conclusion of the “Borealis” miniseries in its third issue feels like an abrupt wrap-up to a story that needed more room to breathe. The revelation of Osha’s mystical powers, a central element of intrigue, is handled in a manner that leaves much to be desired, failing to deeply connect with the ongoing narrative threads. The resolution of conflicts within the Alaskan underworld, although providing some narrative substance, feels hurried and lacks the buildup necessary to elicit genuine suspense from the readers. The fact that Osha’s abilities can effortlessly resolve conflicts diminishes the story’s tension, making the outcomes somewhat predictable. Ending on a cliffhanger that suggests more unresolved questions than answers, the series leaves readers hanging, potentially dissatisfied with the lack of closure and the hurried pace at which complex elements are introduced and then left unexplored.

DEEP CUTS #5

“Deep Cuts” issue five stands out as a highlight of the series, weaving a compelling narrative set against the cultural and social tumult of 1968 Los Angeles. The script by Kyle Higgins and Joe Clark skillfully balances themes of critique and self-discovery, while Juni Ba’s vibrant and exaggerated art style brings a unique visual flair that elevates even the most ordinary scenes into something captivating. This issue is accessible and engaging, making it a must-read regardless of one’s familiarity with the series’ earlier chapters. It offers a fresh and immersive experience that showcases the creative team’s ability to blend historical context with imaginative storytelling, making “Deep Cuts” a noteworthy addition to the landscape of contemporary comics.

DUKE #3

In its third installment, “Duke” delivers a straightforward narrative that continues to build the universe with the introduction of characters like the Baroness and an appearance by Major Bludd that ramps up the action. The issue navigates Duke’s internal struggle with perceived betrayal and external conflicts that blend elements of a prison break with intense shootouts. While the issue is entertaining, there’s an underlying anticipation for the narrative to return to the broader G.I. Joe and Transformers universe, a pivot that seems to be on a slow burn. Skybound’s approach suggests a deliberate pacing, focusing on character development and individual stories before fully integrating the larger, more familiar ensemble of characters. This strategy keeps readers engaged with immediate conflicts while building anticipation for the eventual crossover and team dynamics that fans are eager to see unfold.

EDENWOOD #5

“Edenwood” issue #5 epitomizes the conundrum of visually stunning comics that falter on the narrative front. While the artwork by Tony S. Daniel, enhanced by Leonardo Paciarotti’s vibrant colors, is undeniably captivating, the storyline struggles to match this visual splendor. The narrative’s coherence is often elusive, with character alliances and plot directions remaining ambiguous, leaving readers to marvel at the aesthetic achievements rather than engaging deeply with the story. Despite these shortcomings, the artistic excellence displayed in “Edenwood” is a testament to the creative team’s skill, offering a visual feast that nearly compensates for the narrative’s lack of clarity and engagement. It’s a reminder of the unique challenges in balancing storytelling and artistry in the comic book medium.

GODZILLA: WAR FOR HUMANITY #4

As “Godzilla: War for Humanity” approaches its climax in the fourth issue, it adeptly intertwines the personal narratives of Godzilla and Dr. Honda with the overarching global conflict, highlighting their shared motive of protecting their offspring. This emotional grounding, combined with the spectacle of kaiju battles orchestrated by the formidable Zoospora, sets the stage for a dramatic conclusion. The artwork vividly brings to life a diverse array of kaiju, delivering action-packed sequences that pay homage to the Godzilla franchise’s roots in the Showa era. The creative decision to embrace and celebrate these iconic elements through dynamic spreads and engaging battles ensures that the series not only captivates longtime fans but also captures the essence of what makes Godzilla enduringly popular.

HACK/SLASH: BACK TO SCHOOL #3

The third issue of “Hack/Slash: Back to School” navigates a delicate balance between beauty and horror, infusing its narrative with both visual appeal and visceral impact. The series distinguishes itself by exploring the sensual and personal dimensions of its characters, particularly focusing on the women who are transformed into weapons by a school that seeks to erase their identities. Zoe Thorogood’s involvement in the series underscores her remarkable talent as both a writer and artist, capable of infusing the established world of “Hack/Slash” with her unique voice and perspective. Her work reaffirms her status as a creator worth watching, showcasing her ability to seamlessly integrate into and expand upon existing narratives while maintaining her artistic integrity.

ICE CREAM MAN #38

This issue presents a fascinating exploration of conformity and existential dread through the lens of an infinite number of clones named Gary, trapped in a monotonous cycle of meaningless jobs and a surreal existence they cannot question. The metaphorical use of vanilla ice cream as the sole sustenance highlights the monotony and control exerted by the series’ enigmatic antagonist, echoing themes of classic dystopian narratives like “The Giver” and “1984.” However, “Ice Cream Man #38” diverges by offering a glimmer of hope, as it follows one Gary’s nascent rebellion against his fate. This narrative choice imbues the story with a unique sense of optimism amidst its bizarre setup. The ending, although potentially transient, serves as a poignant celebration of individuality and resistance. The issue’s oddball sci-fi premise, combined with its philosophical underpinnings, makes it a rewarding read for those acquainted with the “Ice Cream Man” series’ distinctive blend of horror and allegory.

MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS #117

“Darkest Hour” expands its narrative scope in issue #117, masterfully balancing the epic scale of the conflict with the personal growth of its characters. Melissa Flores excels in giving meaningful arcs to characters like Jason, Tommy, Billy, Phantom Ranger, and notably Mistress Vile, whose unexpected development adds depth to the storyline. The anticipation for Mistress Vile’s confrontation with Dark Spector is heightened by this emotional complexity. The artistic team, including Simona Di Gianfelice, Marco Renna, Raul Angulo, and Jose Enrique Fernandez, delivers a visually stunning issue that seamlessly transitions between high-octane battles and intimate character moments. The detailed artwork and vibrant coloration make each scene, especially the climactic ones, stand out. This issue not only propels the “Darkest Hour” narrative forward but also enriches the Power Rangers universe with its character-driven storytelling and visual excellence.

MONSTRESS #49

Returning from a hiatus, “Monstress #49” skillfully navigates the challenge of reacquainting readers with its complex world and moving the story ahead. The issue efficiently recaps the pivotal events of the previous arc, setting the stage for the current turmoil, including Maika and her allies’ predicament and Zinn’s capture by Lord Doctor, which fuels the ongoing conflict. The narrative’s swift pacing and strategic exposition lay a solid foundation for future developments while ensuring that the story remains accessible and engaging. The balance between providing a recap and introducing new plot elements is handled with precision, making this issue an exemplary return for the series. It serves as a testament to the creative team’s ability to maintain the momentum of the “Monstress” saga, promising an exciting continuation of its dark and intricate narrative.

NEGADUCK #4

 In the climactic finale of Negaduck’s solo venture, Jeff Parker and Ciro Cangialosi masterfully handle the chaos emblematic of the Darkwing Duck antagonist. This issue not only captures the essence of Negaduck’s villainy but also showcases Cangialosi’s ability to infuse the narrative with dynamic energy, all while maintaining the aesthetic reminiscent of the beloved Disney Afternoon series. The successful portrayal of Negaduck as a standalone character suggests a promising potential for further explorations of this darker facet of the Darkwing Duck universe. The creative team’s adept storytelling and artistry pave the way for possibly expanding the series, hinting at a future where Negaduck’s adventures could rival or even surpass those of Darkwing Duck. The finale leaves fans hopeful for more adventures in this animated universe, exploring the depth and complexity of its characters.

NEWBURN #15

The latest installment of “Newburn” accelerates the narrative, bringing long-simmering tensions and mysteries to a boiling point. Despite the series’ historically measured pace, issue #15 delivers a series of rapid escalations that skillfully unravel the intricate web of conflict involving Newburn and his connections to the criminal underworld. The strategic maneuvers and betrayals within this climax are meticulously crafted, aligning with the characters’ established intellect and tactics. The shock of the cliffhanger is a testament to the storytelling prowess displayed throughout the series, leaving readers in awe of the narrative’s cunning developments. This issue emphasizes the series’ commitment to nuanced, tactical storytelling, setting a high bar for narrative execution in comics.

RADIANT BLACK #28

“Radiant Black” continues to innovate with its dual narrative structure, navigating the complexities of the Catalyst War while also delving into character dynamics that challenge readers’ loyalties. Issue #28 focuses on Marshall’s journey in the aftermath of Nathan’s departure, adhering to the character’s established trajectory while also exploring new challenges. Kyle Higgins and Joe Clark delve into Marshall’s struggles and triumphs with sensitivity, albeit with moments that may leave fans divided on their investment in his success. Eduardo Frigate and Raul Angulo’s vibrant art and action sequences captivate, highlighting the series’ ability to blend spectacular visuals with deep character exploration. The issue thoughtfully addresses fan biases, enriching the narrative with layers of complexity that promise intriguing developments ahead. Despite personal inclinations towards Nathan, the story remains engaging, underscoring “Radiant Black’s” talent for crafting compelling character arcs within its expansive universe.

RADIANT BLACK #28.5

This issue serves as a compelling counterpoint to the narrative trajectory explored in “Radiant Black #28,” delving into a reality where Nathan retains the mantle of Radiant Black with Marshall still present. The deviations from Marshall’s storyline not only reinforce the preference for Nathan’s character but also underscore his capacity for growth and adaptability. Kyle Higgins and Joe Clark skillfully showcase Nathan’s openness to new perspectives and his evolution as both a hero and an individual. The involvement of other Radiants enriches the narrative, allowing Marcelo Costa, Rod Fernandes, and Becca Carey to craft visually striking and inventive scenarios that highlight the creative team’s storytelling prowess. “Radiant Black #28.5” emerges as a narrative tour de force, setting a high bar for character development and thematic exploration. The issue’s conclusion leaves readers eagerly anticipating the next installment, cementing its place as a standout chapter in the series.

RARE FLAVOURS #4

Issue #4 of “Rare Flavours” takes readers on a profound journey, intertwining the protagonist Rubin’s ancient history with a narrative that deeply explores themes of change and consumption. This installment surprises and enlightens, revealing a human story that spans millennia, while simultaneously engaging with culinary mythology in a manner that is both educational and entertaining. The series adeptly marries the preparation of recipes with storytelling, creating a unique blend of mythology, cuisine, and human experience. The vivid imagery and distinctive humor of “Rare Flavours” are maintained throughout, culminating in a powerful statement on the nature of our desires and the impact of our choices. This issue solidifies the miniseries as an imaginative and thought-provoking work that resonates on multiple levels, showcasing its ability to deliver a meaningful message without sacrificing its whimsical charm.

THE RIBBON QUEEN #8

The finale of “The Ribbon Queen” solidifies its place as a standout horror series, combining the visceral and the grotesque with a narrative that resonates deeply. Ennis and Burrows conclude Amy’s journey with an issue that is as horrifying as it is captivating, pushing the boundaries of the genre without compromising the story’s integrity. The series navigates its thematic and narrative complexities with a deft hand, culminating in a finale that is both shocking and satisfying. The artwork’s unflinching portrayal of transformation and carnage serves to amplify the story’s impact, leaving a lasting impression on the reader. This final issue, particularly its concluding page, exemplifies the series’ ability to evoke a visceral reaction, highlighting the creative team’s mastery of horror storytelling. “The Ribbon Queen” not only contributes to the resurgence of horror in comics but also sets a high standard for storytelling within the genre.

SAVAGE DRAGON #268

In this issue, “Savage Dragon” showcases its strength in blending intense action with deeply personal storytelling. The narrative excels in humanizing its larger-than-life characters, presenting them in a vulnerable light amidst their struggles against Mister Glum. This juxtaposition of high-stakes battles and emotional depth adds a layer of complexity to the story, engaging readers on multiple levels. Despite the darker undertones of the overarching plot, the issue stands out for its pacing and character development, offering a poignant look into the lives of its heroes. The action sequences are not just visually impressive but serve to further the emotional narrative, highlighting the creative team’s ability to balance spectacle with substance.

SLOW BURN #5

The finale of “Slow Burn” delivers a nuanced, if somewhat ambiguous, conclusion to its intricate narrative. The series’ exploration of character histories and timelines presents a challenge in narrative clarity, with the final confrontation feeling more like a quiet culmination of past sins rather than a definitive ending. This understated approach to resolution leaves room for interpretation and may prompt readers to revisit the series from the beginning for a more cohesive understanding. The complexity of the characters’ journeys and the subtle weaving of their stories into a collective path forward underscore the series’ thematic depth. While the ending may not provide the closure some readers seek, it reflects the often-unresolved nature of real-life narratives, making “Slow Burn” a thought-provoking read.

UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY #28

“Undiscovered Country” continues to reinvent itself, keeping the series fresh and engaging with its latest installment. Issue #28 marks a significant shift, offering a more personal and introspective view of its characters, particularly Janet and Chang. This focus on character development enriches the narrative, providing depth to the ensemble cast and grounding the story’s fantastical elements. The creative team’s willingness to periodically reset the series’ status quo has allowed for a dynamic storytelling experience, though it occasionally risks redundancy. However, this issue successfully avoids such pitfalls, revitalizing the series with new energy and perspective, and reaffirming “Undiscovered Country” as a standout in the realm of indie comics.

W0RLDTR33 #8

The eighth issue of “W0RLDTR33” seamlessly transitions the narrative focus from the immediate aftermath of the first arc’s conclusion to the broader implications of the survivors’ situation. James Tynion IV’s mastery of dialogue shines through, making even expository moments through a video will compelling and engaging. The series maintains its hold as a premier horror comic by skillfully balancing moments of quiet dread with the looming terror of the Undernet. The final pages promise an escalation in horror, ensuring readers remain hooked. Despite the first arc wrapping up in a manner that could have served as a series conclusion, the anticipation for what’s next is skillfully stoked, showcasing Tynion’s ability to keep the narrative fresh and readers eagerly awaiting future developments.

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