Comic – Star Wars: Infinities – Return of the Jedi: B+

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Like the other two Infinities volumes, it’s a short comic telling a lot of story, so things feel forced and there isn’t much room for action. It’s probably the weakest of the series, with the changes not really leading to much of a difference. The odd thing is, each volume would work great as exposition, with a potentially great story taking place after each ends.

Comic – B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth vol 7: A Cold Day in Hell: A-

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Two huge revelations triggered crazy events at the end of volume 6. Then this volume practically ignored them, initially returning to the small scope and focus on the grunts of the BPRD. It’s a more character driven approach and well done, but I just wanted more of the epicness the series is capable of. The final arc returns to the wild and imaginative storytelling that makes this my favorite series, but it’s yet another story thread while I’m still aching for more on the events already happening.

Comic – B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth vol 6: The Return of the Master: A+

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Its almost as if B.P.R.D.’s creators cataloged my favorite elements from the Hellboy universe and in this volume decided to dramatically reveal them all as epically as possible. Bad guys from volume 1 and monsters from volume 12 plus the BPRD’s most awesome villain all merging on the growing apocalypse. The end of world is crashing down and it could not be more entertaining.

Comic – Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Search: A+

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Like The Promise, this volume is another fantastic complement to the series. Not only that, but it answers one of the fundamental questions remaining from the show, the mystery of Zuko’s mother. And it makes sense perfectly in context with the series, again flowing easily into the canon as if it were another episode. It also features one of my favorite spirit world denizens yet. As long as the quality remains this high, I’ll never get enough of stories in this world.

Comic – B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth vol 5: The Pickens County Horror & Others: A-

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This volume, we have a collection of stories exploring some fun corners of the Hellboy universe. Some of them are gorgeous and suspenseful, full of the ominous terror BPRD does so well, and others are just weird Robert-Howard-like adventures. I liked the highlighting of the regular grunt BPRD members, but I still could’ve used a little more of the main cast, or at least some plot progression. Even still, BPRD continues to showcase pulp comics done right.

Comic – B.P.R.D. 1948: B+

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While there was no slacking in the awesome monster art, the story wasn’t the usual caliber. The ending seemed forced and characters other than Bruttenholm were flat, almost as if on purpose. But the premise of technology interacting with the supernatural is certainly intriguing and something Hellboy comics have been light on lately.

Comic – B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth vol 4: The Devil’s Engine & The Long Death: A+

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It returned to, and resolved, one of my favorite BPRD stories quite spectacularly. And mixed in there was another supremely awesome monster story full of action and terror. This series really knows what it’s doing and I can’t get enough of it.

Comic – Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise: A+

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They captured the voice and look of the show perfectly, like looking at animatics for a multi-part episode. All the heart, suspense, comedy, and fun that the series so wonderfully displayed were all present. It was full of great sequences and never felt like something tacked on, but rather an engaging continuation. I wholly recommend it to all fans of the show.

Comic – Lobster Johnson vol2: The Burning Hand: A-

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The best thing about Lobster Johnson is his entourage. He has a full team of guys helping him who aren’t also superheroes, just regular guys. It easily makes him more likable, while still allowing him to have that shadowy badass persona. The story was fairly standard, with a regrettable spunky-reporter-girl as protagonist. I’m conflicted over the villain too. He was certainly cool and all, but lacking in any real development. Like Boba Fett or Darth Maul. But Mignola knows his pulp and has never disappointed.