Manga Reviews

Manga Revolution Podcast Ep. 33 – Undead Unluck Volume 1 Review

Welcome back to the Manga Revolution Podcast! This week Rokk and I review the first volume Yoshifumi Tozuka’s Undead Unluck. Along with the review for Undead Unluck we also cover some of the news coming out of Crunchyroll Expo. Specifically, we react to the latest anime trailer for Chainsaw Man’s upcoming first season and the announcement of Kaiju No. 8...

My Hero Academia Chapter 362 Review – “Light Fades To Rain”

The Big Three of U.A. High School have been stepping up big in recent chapters as they are the only ones left capable of taking on Tomura Shigaraki. With All For One Tomura Shigaraki barely scratched from all of Lemillion and Nejire Chan’s attacks the Big Three have switched things up to have Suneater be the lead attacker. This has...

My Hero Academia Chapter 361 Review – “Abnormal Happenings”

Things have certain escalated with the All For One controlled Tomura Shigaraki taking out the majority of heroes assigned to battle him in the floating U.A. High School. All that’s left standing to face him until Izuku Midoriya is able to make it to this battlefield are Mirio Togata, Nejire Hado, and Tamaki Amajiki, the former Big Three of UA...

My Hero Academia Chapter 360 Review – The Big Three vs Tomura Shigaraki

Things have continued to intensify with My Hero Academia as the heroes and villains are in a full on war with each other. There are several battlefields going on at the same time with all having major battles. The biggest of them may be the heroes fighting Tomura Shigaraki in the floating UA High School. The heroes have thrown everything...

Manga Revolution Podcast Ep. 33 – The Elusive Samurai Review

Welcome back to the Manga Revolution Podcast! This week Rokk and I review the first volume The Elusive Samurai, which collected the first seven chapters of the manga, by Yusei Matsui. Matsui previous work includes Neuro: Supernatural Detective and Assassination Classroom. The Elusive Samurai is set in the Kenmu Restoration period for Japan that lasted 3 years between 1333 to...

DC Comics

Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #6 Review – Robin Lost In Time

Batman/Superman: World’s Finest defeated the devil Nezha after a long battle. While that battle finished there was one major sub-plot that was left unresolved. That is where in the DC Universe timeline Dick Grayson’s Robin ended up after an accident caused him to be lost in the timestream. This is not something Batman, Superman, and the other heroes will just...

Nightwing #95 Review – “The Battle For Bludhaven’s Heart”

Blockbuster has not been having the best time with Nightwing return to make Bludhaven his home once again. It reached the point that Blockbuster has lost most of his powerful allies. But not to be outdone by Bludhaven’s hero Blockbuster was able to corner Mayor Melinda Zucco, who also happens to be Dick Grayson’s half-brother, into admitting she is working...

Batgirls #9 Review – The Batgirl Summer Begins

Batgirls has been a very up and down series. There’s been a lack of consistency with the quality from issue to issue. The second arc of Batgirls that we are coming out of suffers the most from all the problems that the first arc suffered from. The focus on the second arc of the series being on Oracle and Nightwing...

DCeased: War Of The Undead Gods #1 Review

Both DCeased and its sequel series, DCeased: Dead Planet, were among my favorite comic books that DC Comics has released in the last few years. Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine created a unique Elseworld with the DCeased Universe that challenged the DCU superheroes and push them to the brink of extinction. But as we saw with DCeased: Dead Planet our...

The New Champion of Shazam! #1 Review

The Shazam franchise is one that I’ve never gotten into. I’ve tried a few Shazam titles in the past, both when Billy Batson was known as Captain Marvel and now as Shazam, but none of them have ever clicked with me. The only character in the Shazam Family that I’ve found interesting is Mary Marvel. Her character has always come...

Marvel Comics

Hulk #8 Review – Banner Of War Finale

After two months of waiting, we are finally getting the final chapter of the Thor and Hulk crossover event, Banner Of War. Before the long wait between chapters four and five Banner Of War was red, or in this case green, hot with Thor and Hulk’s clash of titans just continuing to escalate. It got to the point that both...

A.X.E.: Judgment Day #2 Review – Deadline Is Set!

A.X.E.: Judgement Day had a very good start with Kieron Gillen and Valerio Schiti establishing the massive scale of Marvel’s latest big event. We immediately got into Druig and his Eternals being established as the antagonist of the stories with their goal being the extermination of the mutants after their way of cheating death was revealed to the world. Krakoa...

Demon Wars: The Iron Samurai #1 Review

Demon Days is one of my favorite comic books that Marvel has published in the last few years. As a series of one-shots Peach Momoko crafted a new Marvel Universe that merged Marvel’s superheroes with legendary yokai and other mythical legends. It was such a unique take both narratively and artistically. So when I heard that Momoko is going to...

X-Men: Red #5 Review – A.X.E.: Judgment Day Tie-In

A.X.E.: Judgment Day kicked off by not holding back as Druig and the Eternals laid waste to Krakoa and Arakko. Arakko in particular possibly got the worst of the attack based on the glimpses of how Uranos the Undying completely decimated everyone on the planet. Now X-Men: Red #5 appears to be where we will get the full scope of...

Iron Cat #2 Review – Black Cat And Iron Man Team-Up!

Iron Cat had a solid start with Jed MacKay picking up where he left off in the previous Black Cat series. To kick things off Felicia Hardy learned that there were more long term consequences to killing Black Fox than simply knowing she was responsible for his death. Because now Felicia has to deal with fellow Black Fox protégé and...

Other Publishers

Power Rangers #22 Review – Charge To 100

The end to the “Charge To 100” is almost here. Before we get to that end Ryan Parrott has one final issue of Power Rangers before working on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #100. On that road we are getting the fallout of Andros decision to work with the former Gold Omega Ranger, now going by Death Ranger, to bring Zhane...

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #131 Review

With the Rat King making big plans in preparation for The Armageddon Game event the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have no time to rest. They have to make their own preparations if they hope to stand a chance against all of Rat King’s schemes in the upcoming The Armageddon Game event. To help his former enemies against the looming threat...

Godzilla vs. The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #4 Review

Godzilla vs Mighty Morphin Power Rangers has lived up to expectations. Its been one big Godzilla kaiju battle after another with the Power Rangers Megazords mixed in. Has that come with a deep, multi-layer story? No, but really that is not what this series ever needed to be. Based on the cover for Godzilla vs Mighty Morphin Power Rangers the...

Mighty Morphin #21 Review – Future Villains Arrive In MMPR Era!?

BOOM! Studios Power Ranger comic books continue their march to what is being titled “Charge To 100!” This is the banner being used to not only mark reaching the major milestone of 100 issues for BOOM! Studios Power Rangers comic books but also the end of Ryan Parrott’s run on the franchise. Helping get there has been Mat Groom, who...

Power Rangers Unlimited: Countdown To Ruin #1 Review

BOOM! Studios Power Rangers comic books are currently on their “Charge To 100” as we get close to 100 issues for the series. In the lead-up to such a major milestone one of the big characters, we’ve been reintroduced to through BOOM! Studios Power Rangers Universe is Andros before we met him in the Power Rangers In Space series. This...

Sales Charts and Rankings

July 2022 Single Issue Comic Book Sales Rankings

It is that time of the month when we get to check out the latest single-issue comic book sales rankings. Things are getting murkier in terms of actual unit numbers. So, we will have to settle with going to ICv2 for their Top 200 sales rankings. It is not as good as actual unit numbers, but we have to work...

First Half of 2022 Sales Rankings for the Batman Franchise Titles

Now that we are in July and have six months' worth of sales data, it is time to assess the health of the various comic book franchises through the first half of 2022. Let’s start with the biggest and baddest comic book franchise of them all: Batman. First, we are going to look at the average sales ranking that each...

June 2022 Graphic Novels Sales Charts Including Super Hero Comics and Manga

It is that time of the month when we get to check out the latest graphic novels sales numbers. As always, ICv2 is the best source for these sales numbers. ICv2 released several sales charts for June 2022 including the ComicHub Top 100 Graphic Novels, the Top 20 Author Graphic Novels, Top 20 Superheroes Graphic Novels, Top 20 Manga Graphic...

June 2022 Single Issue Comic Book Sales Rankings

It is that time of the month when we get to check out the latest single-issue comic book sales rankings. Things are getting murkier in terms of actual unit numbers. So, we will have to settle with going to ICv2 for their Top 200 sales rankings. It is not as good as actual unit numbers, but we have to work...

Graphic Novel Market Share and Growth Shows That Manga Rules All

ICv2 and Comichron announced the results of a joint analysis of comics and graphic novels sales in North America that showed a huge 62% increase over 2020. Now, this was to be expected given that the pandemic created numerous issues for the market in 2020. While this was interesting news, what I was waiting for was more detailed information concerning...

Commentary

The Blame The Consumer Game Continues in Comics

There has been a growing problem in the American superhero comic book industry ever since the New 52 started. This problem accelerated with the All New All Different MarvelNOW initiatives. That problem was a new wave of writers who had zero experience with the superhero genre or with comic books blaming the customer for these writers’ sales failures. Writers and...

Top 10 Comic Book Moments In July 2022

July was a big month in the world of comic books. Both Marvel and DC Comics had their big blockbuster events in A.X.E.: Judgment Day and Dark Crisis, respectively, going on. Along with those big events we had several new comic book runs and series starting up for Batman and Daredevil. With so much going on there were a lot...

DC Comics October 2022 Solicitations Analysis

The first two days of San Diego Comic-Con has been filled with announcement from DC Comics. Ahead of their October 2022 solicitations DC Comics announced several new comic books coming along with a big change to their Dark Crisis event. Now with the official release of DC Comics October 2022 solicitations we got dates for these SDCC comic book announcements....

SDCC 2022: Dark Crisis is Now Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths

Let's just start this article off with a spoiler warning. If you do not want anything spoiled about upcoming issues of Dark Crisis or the tie-in issues then turn back now! Okay, everyone else? Let's proceed forward.  Maybe this was truly planned from the start. Maybe it is just a lame sales gimmick. Maybe it is just a panic move...

Marvel Comics October 2022 Solicitations Analysis

As with the summer months, Marvel’s October 2022 is being dominated by the end of A.X.E.: Judgment Day. The event appears to be what will define how Marvel will close out 2022 and the early part of 2023. While a large portion of Marvel’s publishing line-up is tied to A.X.E.: Judgment Day there are a lot of other things going...

Advanced Solicitation Analysis

DC Comics October 2022 Solicitations Analysis

The first two days of San Diego Comic-Con has been filled with announcement from DC Comics. Ahead of their October 2022 solicitations DC Comics announced several new comic books coming along with a big change to their Dark Crisis event. Now with the official release of DC Comics October 2022 solicitations we got dates for these SDCC comic book announcements....

SDCC 2022: Dark Crisis is Now Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths

Let's just start this article off with a spoiler warning. If you do not want anything spoiled about upcoming issues of Dark Crisis or the tie-in issues then turn back now! Okay, everyone else? Let's proceed forward.  Maybe this was truly planned from the start. Maybe it is just a lame sales gimmick. Maybe it is just a panic move...

Marvel Comics October 2022 Solicitations Analysis

As with the summer months, Marvel’s October 2022 is being dominated by the end of A.X.E.: Judgment Day. The event appears to be what will define how Marvel will close out 2022 and the early part of 2023. While a large portion of Marvel’s publishing line-up is tied to A.X.E.: Judgment Day there are a lot of other things going...

DC Comics September 2022 Solicitations Analysis

DC Comics is heading into September with yet another Batman-heavy month. This is no different from any other month in the last few years as we’ve seen Batman comics take over a large percentage of comic books that DC Comics releases monthly. That said we do have a lot of notable comic books coming in September that fans will want...

Marvel Comics September 2022 Solicitations Analysis

Marvel has released their September 2022 comic book solicitations. With a brand new set of solicitations comes new information for what is coming in the future for the Marvel Universe. Continuing from the summer is Marvel’s latest blockbuster event A.X.E. Judgment Day. While that event will continue to take command of a large part of Marvel’s release schedule there are...

Movies And TV

Bullet Train Races to The Top of The Box Office

The summer box office is ramping down as kids across the country are beginning to ramp up for the start of a new school year. As always, we turn to the incredible The Numbers for the latest in box office projections. Bullet Train debuted this past weekend and grabbed the number one spot at the box office with $30.1 million...

DC League of Super-Pets Takes First While Thor: Love and Thunder Fades to Third

The Battle for the Box Office rages on as we enter August. As always, we turn to the incredible The Numbers for the latest in box office projections. We get another new number one movie at the domestic box office. DC League of Super-Pets takes the top spot with a debut weekend of $23 million at the domestic box office....

Nielsen Ratings For Streaming Original Shows For June 27-July 3, 2022

Nielsen just released their Top 10 rankings for the week of June 27-July 3, 2022 for original streaming shows across various services including Amazon Prime, Disney +, Hulu, Netflix, and Apple TV+. Nielsen Total Minutes Viewed - Week of June 27-July 3, 2022 Strange Things (Netflix) 34 episodes 5,911 minutes (millions) The Umbrella Academy (Netflix) 30 episodes 2,219 minutes (millions)...

Thor: Love and Thunder Falls to Nope

The Battle for the Box Office continues as we all swelter in the unending summer heat. As always, we turn to the phenomenal The Numbers for the latest in box office projections. We have a new number one movie at the box office. Thor: Love and Thunder could only keep the crown for two weeks. Jordan Peele’s Nope dethrones the...

Thor: Love and Thunder Has a Big Box Office Drop but Retains First Place

The Battle for the Box Office continues as the summer heat kicks into high gear. As always, we turn to the phenomenal The Numbers for the latest in box office projections. Thor: Love and Thunder continued to benefit from a second straight week of zero competition as it cruised to an easy first place win with a projected $46 million...