The Kubla Charts

  1. 4.80
    Great
    (5 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    This issue was great like the series usually is. Fun and memorable characters, great humor and dialogue, creatively silly, and a simple done-in-one story.
  2. 4.60
    Great
    (10 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    The inks and watercolors utilized continue to bring a unique ambiance to the panels, and the numerous shots of star-filled sky and constellations are beautiful. This book is much like the rest of Lemire's work - stellar.
  3. 4.50
    Great
    (4 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    What a surprise this issue was, particularly because I fell out of love with the series. I adored the first three issues, but it slowly lost touch with me. This issue brings some tantalizing character dynamics to the forefront, but also teases us with some rather interesting reveals as well.
  4. 4.40
    Good
    (5 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    This feels like the first real story arc by Duggan and Posehn that holds some true gravitas, as it delves into Deadpool’s dirty past and features enemies that possibly know him better than he knows himself. Looking forward to the next three installments.
  5. 4.40
    Good
    (5 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    Every creative choice that Graham has made, whether with the art or the writing, has made “Prophet” the award-worthy comic that it’s known to be today. It is also a testimonial for letting creative people do their thing and trusting their instincts. If more modern comics followed the “Prophet” model for re-appropriating unrefined ideas, we’d have a lot more great comics to read.
  6. 4.40
    Good
    (5 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    Issue #14 feels like a bit of a transitional issue, setting everyone in a precarious situation that promises to be resolved (for better or worse) later, but it's a necessary build towards #15, which closes out the volume.
  7. 4.38
    Good
    (8 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    This is a case where my expectations for the story might have run ahead of me and when looked at as a story with pacing and progression it succeeds.
  8. 4.33
    Good
    (3 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    The plot seems solid with a legitimate threat, there are good character bits, nice looking art, and the writing is overall good. Maybe not the most thrilling issue, but it certainly should hooked the reader in for the next issue. Definitely worth a look.
  9. 4.33
    Good
    (3 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    The bodies have started piling up at last within the vibrant pages of this week's Killjoys. Gerard Way and Shaun Simon give us a taste of the blood we've been waiting for, driving the story forward with visions of revenge and swift retribution. The hidden layers of our main characters are being unveiled, revealing things both sinister and righteous. Becky Cloonan does some of her best work in this issue, every panel brimming with action or emotion.
  10. 4.30
    Good
    (10 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    While Kings Watch #1 isn't quite the perfect adventure, it's darn close.
  11. 4.29
    Good
    (7 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s good, without qualifiers like “pretty” or “sorta” before the word. An ending so very rushed after such a long time of supernatural cockteasery leaves you with a sense of annoyance. Can’t win ‘em all.
  12. 4.26
    Good
    (19 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    What's great about X-Men: Battle of the Atom #1 is that it's an excellent entree to the world of Marvel's mighty mutants. While most crossovers these days start with the world-shaking inciting event and leave characterization as secondary, Brian Michael Bendis really focuses on the time-lost original X-Men, as well as their ideological tug-of-war between Wolverine and Cyclops. The result is a breezy, action-packed introduction that makes you root for the title characters as well as marvel at the larger-than-life stakes involved.
  13. 4.25
    Good
    (8 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    It’s worth a buy. Definitely if you like Mignola, or the time of the plague, or vampiyahs. Solid first issue. The pacing is great, the vampires are green and vicious, and Baltimore kicks serious ass, as per usual. A solid start to an engaging period piece, juxtaposing the plague with vampires.
  14. 4.25
    Good
    (4 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Quantum & Woody has set a whole new course for Valiant and their success in the comic book marketplace. With a book like this they easily challenge other publishers for quality, action, diversity and flat-out fun. If you think comics aren’t doing anything new these days, Quantum and Woody will prove you wrong. You can’t get more enjoyment reading comics than this.
  15. 4.25
    Good
    (4 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Jordan’s writing is superb, containing subtle parallels between issue #0 and 10. The art varies due to the different artists, but generally looks really great. While the last few issues have left something to be desired, this issue reminds me why I read this series.
  16. 4.17
    Good
    (18 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    While the main draw of "Battle of the Atom" is the mystery of the future X-Men — and there are some interesting beats here, particularly Charles Xavier's grandson and the new Xorn — ultimately the real hook of All-New X-Men #16 comes from the characters we've already known and loved. Who knows what lies ahead when a headstrong past and an ominous future go head-to-head? Sparks fly, the heartstrings pull, and two issues into this crossover, All-New X-Men shows no signs of letting up.
  17. 4.17
    Good
    (6 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    Writer Fred Van Lente shows his range here. He keeps the ridiculous concepts of this arc grounded and gives artist Pere Perez plenty of opportunities to show off his amazing skill at facial emotions and character placement. Perez is a big reason this arc has worked so well, as he nails just the right visual moment for each of the notes Van Lente hits in the script.
  18. 4.14
    Good
    (7 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    It's always great when a superhero comic focuses more on the story over than cheap action shots. Let's hope we get to see and find out more about the Court of Owls.
  19. 4.13
    Good
    (8 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Hit #1 is a dense story with some great twists that will appeal any noir crime fan.
  20. 4.13
    Good
    (8 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    For issue #114, the solicit merely reads "What would Jesus do?" An appropriate question given the events on display this month. Robert Kirkman pushes the mysterious, bearded rogue into the spotlight in the escalating war between Rick and Negan's forces. And he quickly emerges as the character to watch as the series moves into "All-Out War."
  21. 4.07
    Good
    (15 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    For a standalone reading experience, Infinity feels like it is trying to pack in everything it can into one book… except for one definitive narrative throughline.
  22. 4.00
    Good
    (6 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    This Avengers issue focuses half on Captain Marvel’s captured team and half on the remaining members struggling to come up with a way to win, and even though this is a dialogue-heavy installment, it’s nonetheless exciting and tense because the stakes are as high as can be.
  23. 4.00
    Good
    (4 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    Essentially, if the first issue of “Ballistic” had you intrigued, this one definitely will not put you off. It’s still overwhelmingly inventive, bursting with ideas and colour and detail, and it’s still a bit hard to follow. But then, this may be one of those cases where the overall gestalt of a comic is so gobsmacking that it’s easy to overlook the flaws.
  24. 4.00
    Good
    (10 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    The first Batman Black and White is still one of my favorite Batman limited series. So far, this new edition is setting itself up to be just as good if not better, and is a must-read for any Batman fan, making it my book of the week.
  25. 4.00
    Good
    (3 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    I felt like this issue ended too soon. I mean that in a good way -- it's always a good idea to leave the reader wanting more.
  26. 4.00
    Good
    (10 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    I like where Count Vertigo's story is headed, though the tease for issue #24 makes it seem like a detour, rather than the main thrust of his narrative. That said, I may check it out just for more of Sorrentino's gorgeous art.
  27. 4.00
    Good
    (4 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    The co-creator of Mongul himself, Jim Starlin, writes this refurbished version of the tyrant’s history and character, and while he certainly covers all the bases, the issue isn’t as entertaining as it could be.
  28. 4.00
    Good
    (6 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    It’s nice to see these characters get a chance to work on themselves and each other without a massive crisis looming. One thing is certain, though. Knowing Robert Kirkman, this period of relative tranquility will soon come to an end. The happier and better-adjusted these characters seem now, the more likely that the coming turn will see them crash to equal lows. Enjoy the good times while they last, because there are definitely threats building on the horizon.
  29. 4.00
    Good
    (10 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Sure, Deadshot is another villain driven by revenge and tragedy but Kindt is able to really pinpoint the style and grace that gives this character texture. Artist Pasqual Ferry is able to render the failed-artist-turned-assassin in a clean style that is cartoonishly bold and clean without the exaggerations and goofiness.
  30. 4.00
    Good
    (5 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    Just when you thought 'City Fall' couldn't get any more interesting, IDW goes ahead and throws a new dynamic into the mix by totally reinventing Hun. He's not merely a man tossed into the universe to provide awesome brawls. Instead, he has a compelling connection to the heroes... one which he's totally unaware of.
  31. 4.00
    Good
    (4 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    “12 Reasons To Die” #3 should not be missed out by horror fans. Ghostface Killah and his crew use the horror genre to deliver a social commentary that will inspire talk and thought from its readers.
  32. 4.00
    Good
    (5 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Obviously, this is an absolute must-read for long-time X-Factor readers. By issue’s end, there isn’t so much a sense of finality as there is a feeling of resolution. There is a future for X-Factor somewhere (perhaps SHIELDy?), but this era, with this team, with this tone—that’s a closed book.
  33. 3.94
    Okay
    (16 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    While it may not be the Zero Year tie-in we thought it would be, it’s still a very enjoyable one-shot Riddler story. Fans of the character will definitely want to check this one out, even if they haven’t been reading Batman up to now.
  34. 3.93
    Okay
    (15 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    You don't need to know a darn thing about the rest of the Valiant Universe to jump into Eternal Warrior #1, and this is as new reader friendly as it gets. Give it a shot and show your friends that there's more to superhero comics than just capes!
  35. 3.86
    Okay
    (7 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    Out of all the Villains Month issues I have read, this Zod issue is by far the best. It gives a full origin story that builds up the strong and merciless character of Zod, while also peeling back his most personal layers to show you why he became such a monster. Suffice it to say, this story gave me chills.
  36. 3.86
    Okay
    (7 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Ed Brisson, Johnnie Christmas and company have brought a world that sucks me in with the story and art. As each page progresses it leaves me with a sinking feeling that the kids are not alright.
  37. 3.86
    Okay
    (7 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    It’s refreshing to have a comic book event that is able to execute the idea of an end of the world scenario without having to rely on giant explosions or dark settings. Brian Wood does a great job carrying over the tone established in the opening chapters to Battle for the Atom and makes the story his own with X-Men #5. Wood seamlessly integrates sub-plots from his recent story arc to enhance the X-Men’s current predicament. The dynamic shared between all the X-Men, especially Past-Cyclops/Past-Jean Grey and Rachel/Present-Kitty, helps add to the unpredictability of this story. Wood does such a good job with the pacing of the story that he is able to naturally transition the story into the Uncanny X-Men series. Hopefully Brian Bendis can continue this great momentum as he gets the reins of the story back with the next chapter of Battle of the Atom.
  38. 3.83
    Okay
    (6 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    All the pieces are here to really build a world but it’s unclear whether or not we’ll see Brain Boy as a part of the larger Dark Horse superhero line. While Van Lente turns in a solid effort, it’s really the art team that’s firing on all cylinders. If they keep this up, Brain Boy could very well be a hit.
  39. 3.83
    Okay
    (6 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    Brainiac #1 is a superior Villains Month entry, shining new light on an adversary with narrative and artistic style. I'd say it's worth preserving.
  40. 3.83
    Okay
    (24 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Even with all the omnipresent hype, the debut issue of The Star Wars has set up a strong narrative and cast of characters that’s nowhere near as contrived as the premise might have seemed upon announcement.
  41. 3.79
    Okay
    (29 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Johns has given us the solid foundations of an epic event, just as he did with “Trinity War” before it. Yet this has a familiar feeling to it, and it’s almost like starting over after coming so close to something that felt like a conclusion to two years worth of questions. With villain origin stories popping up all across the line, perhaps a New Dark 52 is on the horizon.
  42. 3.78
    Okay
    (9 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    A very simple, unambitious rendering of the Fourth World and its most famous villain, with similarly simple, unambitious art. Honestly, you sort of preferred it when you knew less about the New Gods.
  43. 3.78
    Okay
    (9 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    If Slott can use this opportunity to further define both his protagonists, this is going to be one of the best Spider-Man arcs in months. Here's hoping that substance will win out over style.
  44. 3.75
    Okay
    (4 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Matt Fraction pens the script and it’s through his razor sharp wit that this title slowly but surely grows into its final form. Evolution is apparent as soon as readers crack open that first proverbial page, and despite a hefty amount of subterfuge that feels rather irrelevant I found myself enthralled. I think the reason behind that is quite simple: the dialogue is just too strong. I gazed upon characterizations that are up to task but it was the author’s innate ability to enter uncomfortable beats of revelations with a strikingly steady hand that sold me on the conclusion.
  45. 3.75
    Okay
    (4 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Brian Buccellato pens the script and he absolutely hits the narrative out of the park. From the first issue on he’s delivered a consistently entertaining journey that’s made use of the classic tropes of the burgeoning superhero but now we’ve reached some murky water. With a flip of a switch the impending consequences of a simple action reveal a potential threat to our masked vigilante that many might not see coming. Truth be told the mystery benefactors of his life may be well intention actors, but the safe guards they’ve put in place could literally lead to the downfall of this icon and the author highlights that through some sharp dialogue.
  46. 3.67
    Okay
    (6 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Overall, this is a good villain focus. The fact that I abhor the idea of Zor-El as judge, jury and executioner of the so-called weak doesn't take away from that.
  47. 3.67
    Okay
    (6 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    A bit of a mismatch, art-wise, and not exactly the most enlightening exploration of the featured villain, but between the lines, you can find some compelling commentary on Two-Face’s fractured psychology.
  48. 3.67
    Okay
    (3 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Lapham’s artwork stresses the humor; particularly the panels depicting Buggit running around town shouldering a massive handgun, and spilling oranges onto the sidewalk. We’re given just enough clues to keep us interested in this turn-back-the-clock murder mystery, making it a fun read.
  49. 3.67
    Okay
    (6 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    There are things I would like see, like more character depth or chills, as the story is still slowly moving. I am still interested however in seeing where this goes. It’s worth a look, but only if you are alright with a slow burn.
  50. 3.67
    Okay
    (3 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    Looking back on this issue, the story wasn’t awful, it was just the storytelling. Brian Reed, the author, took way too many pages to say way too little. It might be the fault of the artist for not paneling it correctly, but I doubt it.
  51. 3.67
    Okay
    (3 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    It’s not quality stuff but it’s kind of fun and entertaining.
  52. 3.67
    Okay
    (3 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Best bit: I mean, you know. Flying psychic gorilla battle.
  53. 3.67
    Okay
    (6 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    The art remains a strong point for this series, though. Scott Hepburn does his best to imitate Manapul and Buccellato’s previous work and it works. I think the consistency has a lot to do with Buccellato remaining the colorist for the issue but Hepburn throws a lot of different looks out there with dynamic panel placement, strong visual storytelling and excellent character expressions.
  54. 3.67
    Okay
    (3 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Tim Seeley pens the script and once more the scribe uses all the tools in his chest to bring this odyssey to a fitting end. His characterizations suffered a bit from time to time but for the most part in this release the pieces were used smoothly, as Sara Pezzini and her allies took on the Corruption Cataract. The dialogue is by far the strongest portion of this affair but there were quite a few times when wit or clever timing failed to give the necessary weight required by some potent scenarios. In short: the story told more than fit the narrative but there were bumps along the way.
  55. 3.60
    Okay
    (5 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Andre Araujo and Frank D’Amata’s art leaps out at the reader, especially as they take us into the realm created entirely for the newly awakened A.I. Smart and funny, it’s one of the sleeper hits of the year.
  56. 3.60
    Okay
    (5 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Michael Moreci and Steve Seeley are joined by Tristan Jones on art duties. The new direction on art is satisfyingly dark. Tristan's line work and colors help to carry and amplify the theme of the book. Our main cast looks great in their new line work and the new characters introduced are just completely owned by T-Rex. He is off to a great start and I really enjoy the new energy he is bringing to the book.
  57. 3.60
    Okay
    (10 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    Justice League #23.2: Lobo doesn't crash and burn, but it doesn't shoot for the stars, either.
  58. 3.57
    Okay
    (7 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    It is a poorly crafted, not very funny, parody filled with plot-holes and draws nothing from its namesake’s inspiration.
  59. 3.50
    Okay
    (14 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    It’s really too early to tell what this series has to offer. It has the meta element of a comic book creator’s hero popping up in the real world, but what that hero is looking for is unclear. The back story also seems to suggest this will become a romantic book, but the inking and story so far is too dark to see this as anything but a sad sap creative type learning who he is. And the superhero by his design comes to life…for some reason?
  60. 3.50
    Okay
    (4 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    While it's only the first issue and much is yet to be revealed, Sons of Anarchy #1 doesn't quite hit the Shakespearean high notes that the show embodies. That being said, I'm intrigued enough to stick around to find out what happens in next month's issue.
  61. 3.33
    Mediocre
    (3 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Gail Simone and Derlis Santacruz perform a bit of heavy lifting in "Batman: The Dark Knight #23.1: The Ventriloquist." For people who haven't read the character's debut in "Batgirl," they need to introduce the character. For those who are reading "Batgirl," they still need to keep the book interesting. Last but not least, they're tying it into the events of "Forever Evil" with Gotham City plunged into a blackout and the world fearing that the Justice League is dead. With all that in mind, I need to give them props in turning out a comic that hits all three of those points.
  62. 3.33
    Mediocre
    (3 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Considering how good the last issue came together this one leaves a lot to be desired.
  63. 3.33
    Mediocre
    (3 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    This book is still highly entertaining and worth looking into if you’re already a fan of the team, but it’s not likely to win any new converts.
  64. 3.33
    Mediocre
    (6 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    What we have here is a good example of why a flip book is good in the publisher’s eyes. If you have one knockout story and one okay one, people will more likely buy the whole thing. It sucks the Viking tale didn’t add up to a perfect 10 like the space story did, but at least the art in the Viking tale didn’t disappoint.
  65. 3.33
    Mediocre
    (3 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    The art by Wilfredo Torres continues to be a sparkling example of modern and historic representations of this property. The way his pencil work blends distinct styles while embracing thematic elements that are simply out of this world leaves me in awe. Similar to Cliff Chiang‘s work with Wonder Woman I have trouble envisioning someone else handling these renditions. In short: if you’re going to buy this and you’re looking for a reason the illustrations should be enough.
  66. 3.33
    Mediocre
    (3 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    Enjoyable read that continues the brutality of the previous, but can be enjoyed by newcomers too.
  67. 3.25
    Mediocre
    (8 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    I've tuned out from the Green Lantern books a bit since Geoff Johns left, despite solid writing - mainly because it felt like they were treading the same "emotional spectrum" water. This seems like the first step towards something new and - hopefully - interesting.
  68. 3.25
    Mediocre
    (4 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    I know Dredd is facing Martians, but there’s something going on behind the scenes we don’t know about yet. That makes things more interesting, but also less B-movie schlock fun.
  69. 3.08
    Mediocre
    (12 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    This Harley Quinn one-shot is pretty good overall. It’s an interesting take on the character from her own perspective with an underlying sense of tragedy (but not the kind that’ll make you feel too sad for her) and also some great artwork that fits the character. Not the best Batman villain one-shot to come out this week, but certainly a very enjoyable one worth a look.
  70. 3.00
    Mediocre
    (8 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    Although Villains’ Month has been hit or miss so far, the latest issue of Aquaman gets a lot of things right but still doesn’t hit the nail on the head.
  71. 3.00
    Mediocre
    (5 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    "Batman: The Dark Knight" #23.2 looks great, but there's not enough punch to this story to make it stand out. A Mr. Freeze solo story was a difficult draw right from the start, and while Gray and Palmiotti try their best, it's not one of their more memorable moments. In the end, it's a nice try, but this is a comic that's going to easily fade into the background.
  72. 3.00
    Mediocre
    (3 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    If you’re looking for sexy art and a story that’ll keep you interested, look no further.
  73. 3.00
    Mediocre
    (3 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    My only real grip with the issue is the redesign of Skeletor. Gone is the classic look that we’ve all come to know and love, and in his place is a villain that looks like Brother Blood light. It’s not the worst thing in the world, but I don’t understand why someone felt the need to redo such an iconic villain. His visage was his calling card, so this new look is unwarranted and unnecessary. I might be alone here, I might not, but either way, this one seemingly minor point took me out of the reading.
  74. 3.00
    Mediocre
    (3 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    When it comes down to it, part of me wants to like this issue. Cobra Files has shown much promise of late and this unfortunately doesn’t meet the high bar it set itself previously.
  75. 3.00
    Mediocre
    (6 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Not only is it a disappointment considering Hickman’s current work at other publishers, it’s a disappointment that they charged $3.99 for this. The issue feels almost half finished with how little content there is to work with here. There are no interesting characters present because the half dozen human characters that do appear feel little more than cardboard cutouts. Not only is there no sense of Hickman’s characteristic writing that brings out fully realised characters in a few lines of dialogue, there’s no sense of any character whatsoever.
  76. 3.00
    Mediocre
    (4 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    Tom Mandrake kills it on art again, blending scenes in splash pages and keeping things feeling tarnished by not showing them in complete clarity. He does some great close-up work and character design here as this series continues to be highly recommended.
  77. 2.86
    Poor
    (7 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    The standalone nature of these tie-ins also lends the opportunity to showcase some lesser-known talents, and Superman #23.1 is a prime example of this. Sholly Fisch and Jeff Johnson deserve some major kudos for this book, and I hope to see them take on some more big-name books in the months to come.
  78. 2.82
    Poor
    (17 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    The main storyline is vivid and impeccably detailed, while the vignettes into the childhood of the Joker (where he really shines) are sketchy and dark. Taken at face value, this comic is highly entertaining and well worth the read.
  79. 2.67
    Poor
    (6 reviews)
    September 4, 2013
    Despite a paper thin motivation for evil, the real highlight here is artist Javier Pina’s water-colored flashbacks to Pamela’s past. They perfectly depict the deceptively pastoral life of Poison Ivy, thus making a bland installment stand out on the stands.
  80. 2.40
    Bad
    (5 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    This issue lacks the compelling narrative of last week's Desaad story. It's not a bad read, necessarily, just a fairly formulaic one that fails to offer a complete story.
  81. 2.29
    Bad
    (7 reviews)
    September 11, 2013
    In the final analysis, I found myself wishing that Marvel was letting Kindt and Sanders do a legitimate "Contest of Champions" book. That's a book I would certainly commit to buying at least a few issues. But based on the first issue there's nothing new or special in "Infinity: The Hunt" #1, and the quality isn't high enough overall to make it a must-read.