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Fantastic Reads 4 U: ALL-NEW X-MEN #15

December 3rd, 2016 5:07pm by ComicList Email

Richard Gratton's Fantastic Reads 4 U

All-New X-Men #15
Marvel Comics
Release Date: 11/09/2016

All-New X-Men is arguably the most frustrating comic book series I currently read. This book has a potentially fantastic cast of characters with so many possibilities in front of them, but absolutely none of this potential is being realized. None. The one thing this book does have is a solid art team – both artist and colorist. And All-New X-Men #15 is no exception, the art is eye-popping and the colors are vibrant to the point where I am wanting to take in the art longer than it takes me to read the story itself, which obviously suggests the art is more engaging than the story.

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Fantastic Reads 4 U: MIGHTY THOR #12

November 11th, 2016 9:25am by ComicList Email

Richard Gratton's Fantastic Reads 4 U

Mighty Thor #12
Marvel Comics
Release Date: 08/31/2016

Six issues ago, in Mighty Thor #'s 6 & 7, writer, Jason Aaron gave us a glimpse into Asgardian history with less than favorable results; albeit through the eyes of the god of lies, Loki. If you've read my review of Mighty Thor #7, you know how much I liked that foray into the past: it was one of the worst Thor stories I have ever read. Fortunately, this time around Aaron and company hit it out of the park. Mighty Thor #12 is absolutely fantastic! And guest artist Frazer Irving's work on the historical side of this issue is stunning – not as beautiful as Dauterman's art, but perfect for the story Aaron has forged. If a comic is going to barely feature the title character, this is the way to do it.

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Fantastic Reads 4 U: UNCANNY AVENGERS #13

October 23rd, 2016 8:35am by ComicList Email

Richard Gratton's Fantastic Reads 4 U

Uncanny Avengers #13
Marvel Comics
Release Date: 08/31/2016

Generally, I don't like event tie-ins, but Uncanny Avengers #13 is different. So many event tie-ins I've read in the past are just excuses to put major characters on the covers of books fans might not usually read and pass them off as must haves, or more relevant than they really are just to make more money. This one is different. This one is relevant. It's directly related to the events in Civil War II. And most importantly, it's a really good story with solid, dynamic art; plus, it sets the stage for what is soon to come in the Marvel Universe.

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October 22nd, 2016 10:44am by ComicList Email

Richard Gratton's Fantastic Reads 4 U

Captain America: Sam Wilson #13
Marvel Comics
Release Date: 09/28/2016

Captain America: Sam Wilson #13 is a politically charged, action-packed comic that is not without its share of flaws, but is enjoyable nonetheless. Considering the current political climate and racial tensions prominent in mainstream media, it is no surprise writer, Nick Spencer has taken this book in the direction he has – especially considering his own political background. He is well suited to write this story. Artist Daniel Acuna's work stands on its own, it is somewhat unique and atypical of what is seen in many of today's current titles.

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Fantastic Reads 4 U: DAREDEVIL #10

September 3rd, 2016 9:35pm by ComicList Email

Richard Gratton's Fantastic Reads 4 U

Daredevil #10
Release Date: 08/10/2016

There is something missing in Charles Soule's Daredevil. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something isn't quite the way it should be. The stories have been decent, not fantastic, but not bad either, just lacking in some way. The art has been good, not suitable for all titles, but appropriate to this title. Garney's work has a sort of film noir look to it – rough, dark, gritty, and lacking in color. I think something the title lacks is a hook, we need something to grab ahold of us and make us want to know more. As readers we have to care what happens to the characters in the story. In order to care, we must identify with the people in the story in some way, which in turn allows us to feel as though we are a part of the story, and have a vested interest in the outcome of events the characters struggle through. For me, this is an area where Charles Soule fails as the writer of this title.

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The Comixalaxy Reviews: DAREDEVIL PUNISHER #4

August 27th, 2016 8:03pm by ComicList Email

Eric Bradach's The Comixalaxy

Daredevil/Punisher #4
Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Szymon Kudranski
Colorist: Jim Charalampidid
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel
Release Date: 08/17/2016

Writer Charles Soule's Daredevil and Punisher crossover Seventh Circle, comes to a conclusion with the fourth installment.

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Fantastic Reads 4 U: MIGHTY THOR #9

August 19th, 2016 7:44pm by ComicList Email

Richard Gratton's Fantastic Reads 4 U

Mighty Thor #9
Release Date: 07/27/2016

What a great comic book! There is so much going on in this book and Jason Aaron has the gas pedal pushed to the floor. Russell Dauterman is easily one of the finest artists working in comics today. In order to find a flaw, I would really have to search this issue and nitpick, which I don't want to do. This comic is a fantastic read and nothing should be said to take away from what the creative team is doing here – which is in stark contrast to what was done in the Strongest Viking There Is, two-part storyline.

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The Comixalaxy Reviews: BLACK WIDOW #6

August 19th, 2016 5:28pm by ComicList Email

Eric Bradach's The Comixalaxy

Black Widow #6
Writers: Mark Waid & Chris Samnee
Artist: Chris Samnee
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel
Release Date: 08/17/2016

Natasha Romanoff is an ex-KGB assassin, an ex-agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and a sometime Avenger. She has tried to use her unique skill set to atone for her past, but atonement is not erasure. Sooner or later, the past comes prowling back.

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BD -
Blu-ray Disc
Collectible card game
CD -
Compact disc
Digital versatile disc
Free Comic Book Day
GN -
Graphic novel
HC -
HD -
High definition
Living Card Game
Mass market paperback
Polyvinyl chloride
Role playing game
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To be determined
Trading card game
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Trade paperback
Upper Deck Authenticated
Walt Disney Classics Collection
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