Manga Reviews

Cipher Academy Chapter 1 Review – “World War IV Will Be Fought With Pencils And Paper”

For the second week in a row, we got a new Shonen Jump series debut with a simulpub release. This week it is Cipher Academy, known as Angō Gakuen no Iroha in Japan. The series is written by NisiOisiN with artwork from Yūji Iwasaki. NisiOisiN , also known as Nisio Isin, has over two decades in the industry working on...

My Hero Academia Chapter 373 Review – “Friends”

My Hero Academia is back after a week's break. Kohei Horikoshi certainly picked his spot as this is the hottest My Hero Academia has ever been as the race to Spinner from breaking Kurogiri out of his hospital containment has reached its climax. With the entire focus of the heteromorphs rampage now reaching the hospital we still don’t know if...

The Ichinose Family’s Deadly Sins Chapter 1 Review – “The Ichinose Family Revived”

Shonen Jump begins releasing a new crop of manga ongoing series in their magazine starting with Taizan5’s The Ichinose Family’s Deadly Sins, also known as Ichinose-ke no Taizai in Japan. Taizan5 is a mangaka who debut back in 2020 with a one-shot story titled ‘Sanka' in Jump Rookie that won the Editor Expectation Award. After that Taizan5 has written several...

Kaiju No. 8 Chapter 74 Review – Cataclysms Arc Spotlights Soshiro Hoshina

After Rokk raved about it in our most recent Manga Revolution Podcast I decided to catch up on what’s been going on in Naoya Matsumoto’s Kaiju No. 8 series. It looks like I jumped back on board at the right time as Matsumoto has now kicked off the series biggest story arc thus far with the Cataclysms Arc. With Kaiju...

Manga Revolution Podcast Episode 41 – Kaiju No. 8 “The Compatible User” Arc Review

Welcome back to the Manga Revolution Podcast! This week Rokk returns ready to talk all about the latest developments in Naoya Matsumoto’s Kaiju No. 8. Last time we spoke about Kaiju No. 8 Matsumoto just wrapped up the Kaiju Weapon Arc. I honestly fell off from reading the series after that. So now Rokk is going to try to convince...

DC Comics

DC Comics February 2023 Solicitations Analysis

DC Comics is going to be taking its time to fully show off what the DC Universe will be like in the aftermath of Dark Crisis On Infinite Earths. We see that with February 2023 continuing the trend from January where the Batman Family dominance in DC Comics' publishing line-up is more apparent than ever. Some of that is being...

DCeased: War of the Undead Gods #4 Review – “Galactic Undead Armada”

DCeased: War of the Undead Gods has taken time to get going as this version of the DC Universe settles into what it is after the Justice League was able to save Earth from the Anti-Life Equation Virus. While the Justice League was successful in saving Earth the same can’t be said for the rest of the DC Universe. Because...

Nightwing #98 Review – Nite-Mite Debut!

Nightwing #97 ended on a down note with the teased return of Ric Grayson, one of the worst eras for Nightwing’s character. It was the first time in Tom Taylor’s run that I was left not looking forward to the next issue of Nightwing. That said with Nightwing #98 promoted as the debut of Nite-Mite from the Fifth Dimension I...

Dark Crisis On Infinite Earths #6 Review – “Legacy War”

The penultimate chapter of Dark Crisis On Infinite Earths is here. Pariah is completely over the heroes continuing to ruin his plans to bring the Infinite Earths back in his vision. Now Pariah has gone directly to Earth-0 to take out all of the heroes left and has brought the entire Dark Army with him to ensure the Infinite Earths...

Dark Knights Of Steel #8 Review – “War Of The Three Kingdoms”

It's been a while since we got the last chapter in the Dark Knights of Steel series as the last new chapter came out back in early June. Now four months later we got a new chapter of Dark Knights Of Steel. We last left off with the war between Kingdoms finally ready to start as the Kingdom of Storms...

Marvel Comics

Daredevil #5 Review – “The Red Fist Saga”

Chip Zdarsky has not wasted much time in getting into Matt Murdock’s life co-leading The Fist with Elektra Nachios. The previous issue of Daredevil ended with one of the biggest moments in the franchise’s history with Matt and Elektra, after fighting a horde of undead, officially getting married. Matt and Elektra getting married has long been in development. Now that...

Marvel Comics February 2023 Solicitations Analysis

Marvel looks to continue to build out the foundation for their 2023 in the first few months of the year. We see that with February the franchise Marvel is specifically leaning on is the X-Men franchise the most. Not only will the X-Men be involved in their own crossover event they will also be involved with major storylines involving Spider-Man...

Spider-Man & Fantastic Four Show Why First Impressions Matter

Relaunches are all to common of a thing, especially with Marvel Comics. Just this last week Marvel relaunched their Fantastic Four series with a brand new #1 issue along with new creative team. With Fantastic Four #1 Ryan North and Iban Coello delivered a successful relaunch that I very much enjoyed. One thing I did not mention in my review...

Demon Wars: Shield Of Justice #1 Review – Yokai Civil War Begins!

Demon Days was one of the best comic book series that Marvel put out in recent years. Peach Momoko is now continuing the Demon Days Marvel Universe with a new series of one-shots under the Demon Wars Saga banner. This new series of one-shots is adapting the Civil War event within the Demon Days Marvel Universe. The first issue in...

The 10 Must Read Ant-Man Stories

Ant-Man is a hero that has a long history in the Marvel Universe. Starting with Hank Pym, one of the original founders of the Avengers, the character has been through every event possible. Over the years Ant-Man has become one of Marvel’s legacy characters as several people have carried on the mantle Hank Pym created. Through all of that, we’ve...

Other Publishers

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #102 Review – Rita Repulsa No More!

Melissa Flores and Simona Di Gianfelice did not waste any time in making a statement at the beginning of their Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. And what bigger statement can be made than having Rita Repulsa return by taking on a new powerful form and stepping on an injured Lord Zedd? That certainly was an eyebrow-raising moment to conclude the first...

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #101 Review – Recharged Era Begins!

Ryan Parrott’s epic run Mighty Morphin Power Rangers came to an end with a massive clash with the Death Ranger. The results of the battle left Jason Scott without a connection to the Morphin Grid. Now with Jason retired what will both the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Omega Rangers do to move forward? And what new threat is around...

Comic Book Review Round-Up: Captain Marvel #42 & TMNT #133

It was another strong week of releases in the comic book world. This week we had so many comics that I couldn’t get to all the comics on my pull list. So to make sure we give proper attention to the comics for the week I’ve put together a few extra reviews. This week both titles are tie-ins to major...

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #100 Review – End Of An Era

It’s been a long road to “Charge to 100” as BOOM! Studios Mighty Morphin Power Rangers comic has finally reached its 100th issue. During this journey, we’ve seen Ryan Parrott and Mat Groom take the franchise in new directions that we did not see in the characters in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. That includes bringing elements from future Power Rangers...

Comic Book Review Round-Up For Week Of 9/7/2022

The first full week of September looks like it was the time Marvel, DC Comics, and IDW decided to release a what felt like half of the comic books on my pull list all at once. But those are the breaks a s comic book fan sometimes. So to cover all the comic books that came out this week I’m...

Sales Charts and Rankings

October 2022 Graphic Novels Sales Charts including Superhero 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 October 2022 including the Top 20 Author Graphic Novels, Top 20 Superheroes Graphic Novels, Top 20 Manga Graphic Novels, and Top 20 Adult Graphic...

September 2022 Graphic Novels Sales Charts including Superhero Comics and Manga

It is that time of the month when we 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 the Top 20 Author Graphic Novels, Top 20 Superheroes Graphic Novels, Top 20 Manga Graphic Novels, and Top 20 Adult Graphic Novels. The Top 20 Author...

August 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 August 2022 including the ComicHub Top 100 Graphic Novels, the Top 20 Author Graphic Novels, Top 20 Superheroes Graphic Novels, Top 20 Manga Graphic...

August 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...

July 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 July 2022 including the ComicHub Top 100 Graphic Novels, the Top 20 Author Graphic Novels, Top 20 Superheroes Graphic Novels, Top 20 Manga Graphic...

Commentary

DC Comics February 2023 Solicitations Analysis

DC Comics is going to be taking its time to fully show off what the DC Universe will be like in the aftermath of Dark Crisis On Infinite Earths. We see that with February 2023 continuing the trend from January where the Batman Family dominance in DC Comics' publishing line-up is more apparent than ever. Some of that is being...

Marvel Comics February 2023 Solicitations Analysis

Marvel looks to continue to build out the foundation for their 2023 in the first few months of the year. We see that with February the franchise Marvel is specifically leaning on is the X-Men franchise the most. Not only will the X-Men be involved in their own crossover event they will also be involved with major storylines involving Spider-Man...

Spider-Man & Fantastic Four Show Why First Impressions Matter

Relaunches are all to common of a thing, especially with Marvel Comics. Just this last week Marvel relaunched their Fantastic Four series with a brand new #1 issue along with new creative team. With Fantastic Four #1 Ryan North and Iban Coello delivered a successful relaunch that I very much enjoyed. One thing I did not mention in my review...

The 10 Must Read Ant-Man Stories

Ant-Man is a hero that has a long history in the Marvel Universe. Starting with Hank Pym, one of the original founders of the Avengers, the character has been through every event possible. Over the years Ant-Man has become one of Marvel’s legacy characters as several people have carried on the mantle Hank Pym created. Through all of that, we’ve...

What A.X.E.: Judgment Day Means For Avengers, X-Men, & Eternals?

Marvel has just concluded its biggest event of 2022 in A.X.E.: Judgment Day. This was the big crossover between the Avengers, X-Men, and Eternals franchises. One of the more notable things about A.X.E.: Judgment Day was that it did not have any major delays. The event stayed on track with its release schedule and mostly stuck with new mini-series and...

Advanced Solicitation Analysis

DC Comics February 2023 Solicitations Analysis

DC Comics is going to be taking its time to fully show off what the DC Universe will be like in the aftermath of Dark Crisis On Infinite Earths. We see that with February 2023 continuing the trend from January where the Batman Family dominance in DC Comics' publishing line-up is more apparent than ever. Some of that is being...

Marvel Comics February 2023 Solicitations Analysis

Marvel looks to continue to build out the foundation for their 2023 in the first few months of the year. We see that with February the franchise Marvel is specifically leaning on is the X-Men franchise the most. Not only will the X-Men be involved in their own crossover event they will also be involved with major storylines involving Spider-Man...

DC Comics January 2023 Solicitations Analysis

DC Comics begins their first full month post-Dark Crisis On Infinite Earths not really addressing the big event that will end their 2022. Its an odd thing to notice when looking through DC Comics January 2023 solicitations. Everything appears to just be following up on where the titles that are still continuing in January 2023 as if they are only...

Marvel Comics January 2023 Solicitations Analysis

Marvel is going to begin their new year lighter than they normally do. In their new January 2023 solicitations, we only see 40 new comic books revealed. While we do see some resolicited comic books also joining the January 2023 schedule it still does appear that Marvel will begin the new year lighter. You see that with how light on...

DC Comics December 2022 Solicitations Analysis

December will mark the end of the current Infinite Frontier direction that is being wrapped up by Dark Crisis On Infinite Earths. We see that with majority of DC Comics current ongoings either wrapping up their long-term storylines or having one-shot style issues for December. Then there are various mini-series that have been going on that will also be ending...

Movies And TV

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever Falls Short of Original But Still Gets Easy Box Office Win

Disney rolled out their latest Marvel Studios movie with Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. This MCU movie should help the box office finish 2022 on a stronger note than September through October. As always, we turn to the incredible The Numbers for the latest in box office projections. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever had no competition at all as it dominated the...

Nielsen Ratings For October 3-9, 2022: Dahmer Tops The Charts While Andor and She-Hulk Disappoint

The Nielsen ratings for the week of October 3-9, 2022 were just released. As always, Nielsen remains the gold standard for TV ratings. Streaming numbers are notoriously difficult to pin down since the various streaming services keep their internal metrics secret. These services do not want the general public or their competitors to know which of their shows are bombing...

The Rock, Cavill, and Gunn- Is The Arrow Pointed Up For The DCEU?

Plenty of news about the DC Extended Universe has been firing around the internet since Black Adam debuted in movie theaters. There is a lot to process, and I wanted to get my thoughts down on all that is going on with the DCEU going forward. I am going to break up my thoughts into three categories. First, I want...

Black Adam Storms The Box Office

The box office has largely crashed and burned at historic levels through September 2022. However, as we head to Thanksgiving we are now set to get several big superhero blockbuster movies. Maybe Black Adam and Black Panther: Wakanda Forever can rescue the box office for the remainder of 2022. As always, we turn to the incredible The Numbers for the...

Nielsen Ratings For September 19-25, 2022: Dahmer Soars While Andor and She-Hulk Fizzle

The Nielsen ratings for the week of September 19-25, 2022 were just released. As always, Nielsen remains the gold standard for TV ratings. Streaming numbers are notoriously difficult to pin down since the various streaming services keep their internal metrics secret. These services do not want the general public or their competitors to know which of their shows are bombing...

Toys

Mondo 1/6 Scale Battle Cat: Purchase or Pass?

Fans of Masters of the Universe are living in remarkable times right now. There seem to be new and incredible MOTU toys being announced every month. Mattel is delivering the vast majority of the new MOTU toys. However, Mattel has licensed MOTU out to some other toymakers to create some fantastic MOTU toys, too. One of those companies is Mondo....

A Tale of Two Crowdfunds: Eternia versus Ghost Rider

At the moment, there are two crowdfunds occurring simultaneously from two rival toy companies. In one corner, there is Hasbro with their HasLab crowdfund for the Marvel Legends Engine of Vengeance. In the other corner, we have Mattel with their Mattel Creations crowdfund for the Masters of the Universe Origins Eternia Playset. One is failing spectacularly and the other one...