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8.4
Action Comics #882

Oct 15, 2009

I thought Pere Perez' art wasn't as polished as it was last issue, looking a bit scraggly and scratchy in some places. His most powerful panels were those which showcased Reactron's destructive capabilities. The energy really bristles on the page. The writers and artists promised that Hunt For Reactron would be a fun and wild ride and it has been.

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8.4
Action Comics #883

Nov 16, 2009

Overall, I thought this was a good issue to bring Action Comics back on track of its overarching arc in this 'year without Superman'. Sleeper agents. Flamebird and Nightwing. Chris aging. It is all upfront and center again. And I have come to really appreciate Pere Perez' smooth art on the title. After the revolving door on pencilling here, I am glad that he has settled in.

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8.4
Action Comics #884

Dec 10, 2009

I do think that the rapid aging storyline was swept under the rock a bit too easily. If Chris is cured by this, why didn't he completely revert to his 10-year-old body rather than stopping at the 20-year-old version? And another "superpowerful yellow sun ray bath" as a cure? Seems a bit predictable. Still, there were more ups than downs here. And I really appreciate Pere Perez' clean style.

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8.4
Action Comics #885

Jan 14, 2010

And things moved forward! I also have really grown to appreciate Pere Perez' art on this title. I think it is smooth and beautiful.

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8.0
Action Comics #886

Feb 15, 2010

There are only 3 issues left to this story and I have enjoyed it more than I thought I would when it first started. So kudos to Greg Rucka and now Eric Trautmann for weaving a deeper story (religious manifestations, primal love) in the standard framework of good guys hunting bad guys. I also want to say again how much I like Pere Perez' clean art style. He has really stabilized the art and feel for this title since becoming the regular artist.

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8.0
Action Comics #887

Mar 15, 2010

And Pere Perez art continues to be smooth and slick. But I am looking forward to seeing Superman back in this book.

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8.0
Action Comics #888

Apr 20, 2010

I know I have basically ignored reviewing the Captain Atom second feature in this book. The short version is Captain Atom battles Mirabai and it looks like he has won. Cafu's art is stunning.

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5.0
Action Comics #889

Apr 30, 2010

I don't envy the writers here. Greg Rucka and Eric Trautmann brought the story up to the level of deities. Sometimes I wonder if writing about near omnipotent beings makes a tidy conclusion impossible. The art throughout the book ... from Alex Garner's spectacular cover, the Pere Perez' smooth lines, to Cafu's slick work ... was great. I do hope we get to see some sort of conclusion to the Thara/Chris story in War of the Supermen. If they are only in the background and fade from the DCU, I'll be unhappy.

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6.0
Action Comics #890

Jul 3, 2010

Pete Woods art looks a little different from his prior work. It looks as though he is using a finer line than I am used to seeing in his art. It is still smashing stuff. I guess I'll have to see where this is going.

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6.0
Action Comics #891

Jul 30, 2010

Pete Woods and Cafu split the art here and shine, adapting to the variety of settings in the book. I don't know ... in writing the review of the book, I liked it more than when I first read it. Maybe I just miss Superman being here.

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8.0
Action Comics #892

Sep 4, 2010

And before Superboy can jump to the rescue, the Phantom Stranger shows up and says Superboy cannot enter or Smallville will die. Now that is a cliffhanger! This would have been a great story if not for the Kent tunnel miscue. Pier Gallo's work is a lot smoother and less sketchy than I remember from the great Car-Vex storyline from Adventure. This cleaner style probably works in the brighter world of Superboy. I will be getting this title and most likely reviewing it here.

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8.4
Action Comics #893

Oct 1, 2010

Veteran Sean Chen doea a nice job on art so I didn't miss Pete Woods too much. And I haven't even talked about the Jimmy Olsen back-up, a story so good it warrants its own review.

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8.4
Action Comics #894

Nov 8, 2010

There is only one way to keep the aliens away, Jimmy needs to be boring! If Earth isn't fun, the Dalwythians will move on. I like this story as it really seems to capture the zaniness of early Jimmy stories albeit with a more modern flair. It is a very slick story, funny and irreverent with lots of pop culture references. It clearly was written to be an amusing story, not heavy or gritty. And as such, I think it is a nice contrast to the deeper darker main story with Lex. This chapter didn't sizzle the way the first one did but it was still fun and makes me want to read the next installment. That's always a good thing.

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9.6
Action Comics #895

Nov 30, 2010

Again, I think this is supposed to be a fun story, light and fluffy and in some ways silly. RB Silva's work is solid throughout this and works very well with the bright color palette. And I thought he did a great job with Supergirl. Only that Lois panel was off.

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8.4
Action Comics #896

Jan 4, 2011

As I said before, this issue kept the Lex plot moving forward but was more of a Savage family story. The now out-in-the-open revelation that other beings are trying to manipulate Lex is a nice mystery mingled into this arc. And it is all the more fascinating now that we know LoisBot is in on the scheme. Who is pulling the strings and why? I still like Darkseid ... maybe the 'Black to White' lantern energy will somehow bring him back from the dead? I don't know if we know for sure if this arc is ending in Action #900 but if it is that means that we only have 4 issues left to answer a lot of questions. And next issue we get the Joker!

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8.4
Action Comics #897

Jan 28, 2011

Pete Woods continues to shine in this book. His Joker is frightening and goofy. And he has the right body type. I hate the emaciated look for the Joker. Can you imagine a Brainiac, Darkseid, Luthor, and Superman throwdown in Action Comics #900? I think I am aiming too high.

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8.4
Action Comics #898

Feb 26, 2011

But who is the mastermind using Mr. Mind as an agent? Sivana? Darkseid? Mr. Mxyzptlk? Nothing but good stuff here, especially some of Larfleeze's moments. I usually tire very quickly with him but that final moment was magic. And we are only a couple of issues away from Superman returning to Action.

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8.0
Action Comics #899

Apr 1, 2011

But the end explanation of the big villain, the not-so-big villain, the nature of the spheres, the purpose of the spheres ... really the foundation of the whole plot and sub-plots ... is all jammed into one issue? I am hoping that the ending in Action Comics #900 helps me wrap my head around everything that happened here. And I can't wait to see Superman back in this title and to see what Paul Cornell has in store for him.

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8.0
Action Comics #900

May 3, 2011

But the way we get to that Lex/Clark exploration ... the Zone Child revelation, the way that entity interacted with our reality, ascended, gets possessed by Lex, changes the powers of Lex emitting a wave of bliss, and then makes Luthor lose those powers ... seemed just a bit too fuzzy for this to work neatly. I know I need to sometimes just roll with comic book craziness and I often can do that. It's just that the earlier issues in this Cornell run were so tight that this just felt out of place. I am sad to see Pete Woods leave the Superman team. His art is just so beautiful.

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8.4
Action Comics #901

May 28, 2011

Add to that, the incredible incredible art by Rocafort, albeit half the pages. I would love to get a Supergirl commission from him. That means this issue shows tremendous story-telling potential for this arc, maybe more than I expected. And that probably bumps the rating up half a grade.

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8.0
Action Comics #902

Jun 24, 2011

So there was plenty to like about this issue. The characterization of Superman and the super-family was spot on and Supergirl was given some nice moments. The Lois moments throughout were done right, both believing in her partner and then coyly winking when he returned. Doomslayer as a possible alternate universe Doomsday (somehow there is more to him than just that ... I keep thinking that it is just a body with someone else's persona in it). And there is Kenneth Rocafort's electric art! Those things were enough to let me brush some of the odder plot turns under the rug. The sad thing is that Cornell seems to have a great handle on both Superman and Team Superman. And he only has two more issues on these characters. The saddest are these ... 'what might have been'.

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8.4
Action Comics #903

Jul 29, 2011

And, as I said, I liked Gimenez' art here, shining in the big moments of destruction and the quieter moments. I hope all my questions get answered next month. I did not think I would like this arc at all. Despite the difficult holes in the plot, this has been a lot of fun. This is Superman, until the next incarnation.

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9.6
Action Comics #904

Aug 26, 2011

It is clear, based on this last issue, based on this last scene, that Cornell has a great grasp on just who Superman is. But we didn't really get to see him write a Superman story. We got the end of the Luthor arc and this Doomsday arc. I want to read more Cornell on Superman. I want to read more of the Superman described in that last scene.Will the DCnU Superman have that feeling of hope, optimism, and inspiration? Will the new DCnU have a Supergirl that fights to defend her home? I can only hope so.

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5.0
Action Comics Annual #13

Dec 9, 2010

Ed Benes' does understated work here. It looks as though it was only pencilled and looks nice if unspectacular. So neither of these stories blew me away. Nor did they add much to the history of Lex. I'll be happy to get back to the current storyline.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #0

Sep 11, 2012

I have to say that I have enjoyed these back stories immensely. Looking back at Drekken's battle with Superman in Action Comics #6, he didn't seem like a mustache-twirling megalomaniac. Instead, he seemed pretty out of place. This origin story makes that scene more understandable. As usual, CAFU supplies solid art here. This story is basically a conversation between 2 characters in the rain and yet I felt the art was dynamic enough to draw me into the story.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #1

Sep 9, 2011

Much like Justice League #1, I don't know if this necessarily feels 'new'. This also could have been released last year as yet another 'Superman Secret Origins' and I wouldn't have batted an eyelash. But unlike Justice League, this felt like a good opening, this did what it needed to do. And, as I said before, Morales seems well suited for the book. This was the big win of week one.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #2

Oct 7, 2011

The art is fine here. Rags Morales does the bulk of the art while Brent Anderson pitches in. There is something of a throwback feel to the art here which works well. There are some great text pages in the back of the book where Morrison and Morales discuss their approach to the book and is the process stuff that I love. I am glad that was there as well.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #3

Nov 4, 2011

And that's that. Twenty pages of comic (despite the extra buck), 10 pages of interviews and super-comic material. And 7 of those were the Krypton pages. That means that everything else is stuffed into 13 pages. Could all these plots have worked if those 10 extra pages were stories? Probably. Would I have liked the events of this issue to instead be shown over 2 issues? Definitely. It almost was as if Morrison needed to get to a point in the story by the beginning of issue number four and as a result this issue suffered a bit. I couldn't savor this issue ... I had to wolf it down. That said, I like this Clark and this Superman. And I loved the Krypton pages. Action Comics #3 wasn't perfect. But it was still a good read with some shining moments thrown into the sprint.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #4

Dec 12, 2011

After a couple of month's of promo material, I was glad my extra buck was spent on more story. And I also am glad that this Steel fight was both showcased but also removed from the main story. Superman still needs to shine here. He needs to star in his own book. We don't know enough of Superman here to lose pages to a 'guest star'. But this fight needed to be told in depth. We got to learn more about Irons. And we have the next hero of the DCnU. That was a win.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #5

Jan 10, 2012

Now, we know that Morrison is going for a Golden Age feel here. So will Martha bring Kal to the local orphanage as a 'found' baby only to adopt later (as in the earliest Action Comics origins?) or will she spirit him away to the Kent farm and come up with another explanation for him? I don't know if the former will hold up to the light of current times. But we'll see. Still, much like the Steel story, Fisch does a great job letting us learn a lot about these characters in a short page count. And Cross' art amplifies the words.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #6

Feb 6, 2012

In some ways I am envious of Fisch. He gets to puts some bricks in the foundation of this Superman. But rather than having to write the bluster of heat vision and K-Bombs, he gets to write these more personal moments that add depth the the characters here. I would love that gig. And Cross' art here is the right fit, matching the mood of the story perfectly.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #7

Mar 13, 2012

'Meanwhile' ends on an uplifting note, a sort of trademark of these back-up features. Steel sees the people of Metropolis chipping in, helping each other, each becoming a hero in their own right. This is the Metropolis that Superman inspires. This was just a wonderful story, a sort of 'becoming' story for Steel realizing what Superman does and still striving to be like him.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #8

Apr 10, 2012

Most importantly, I feel like the lineup is set. We know enough about the characters here to want to read more, to want to see what they do next, to see how they end up where they are over in the Superman title. And for that I wish we weren't going to a Multiverse Superman story next. I want to read more about this Superman. Still, I think Action remains the cream of the new 52. Wonderful.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #9

May 11, 2012

Cully Hamner, one of my favorite artists, provided the art for the back-up feature. Great stuff there. Still, after this philosophy lesson, I am ready to read more about the E1 Superman.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #10

Jun 13, 2012

It is a very nice story ... that emotional nugget which adds to this mythos nicely. And I have been a Cafu fan for a while. It was great to see him on a super-book once again.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #11

Jul 9, 2012

This reminded me of a letter I read way back in the Byrne Superman where his cape would frequently be shredded or burned or destroyed. Someone said Superman's secret identity could be figured out by seeing who bought the most bolts of red cloth in Metropolis (to replace the capes). Has Clark burned through 50 tees yet? Anyways, nothing but compliments here. Cafu's art is solid and Fisch continues to shine in showing us the little moments that helped Clark become the Superman he is.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #12

Aug 3, 2012

There is almost too much to recap - Comet and his origin, the reflections of Comet/Superman, the Oorts, Nyxly and Vyndktvx, the magical return of Clark, surgeon Superman, and a vision of a Lois/Superman wedding. And all of it written and drawn beautifully. This comic is simply wonderful.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #13

Oct 6, 2012

So this was just another fantastic issue in this run. Action Comics has been the best book of the DCnU for me, showing me that a more classic Superman can still work in the dark world of today's comics. An immutable hero in Superman. Silver Age elements reimagined. Even Krypto. That isn't even mentioning the new elements of the story - the little man and his anti-Superman army. This book is a ray of sunlight.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #14

Nov 13, 2012

But the part I liked best was that Superman and Noah seemed to be more simpatico than Superman and the adults. That you need that easy acceptance of good and evil, the belief you can do the impossible, to achieve greatness. I am really going to miss Morrison on this book.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #15

Dec 7, 2012

And it is funny that in some ways I thought this might be the weakest issue in the Action Comics run to date - just chock full of monologue. And yet, I also thought is was a strong issue, an important piece in solidifying this entire arc, while still peppered with the tiny wonders that I love in Morrison. Only a couple more issue of this. Too bad.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #16

Jan 11, 2013

But all that was told through the beauty of multiplethreats, multiple timelines, multiple stories, and multiple references to priorSuperman incarnations. That is the Multitude. I don't know if I understood allof it. But I know a good Superman story when I read one. And this was a verygood Superman story. This was one of those issues were it was hard to pick the panels to show because so many showed so much. Rags Morales and Brad Walker's art shines here. This iscataclysmic in some places, trippy in others, emotional elsewhere. The artconveys all the feelings it should, enhancing this wild ride.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #17

Feb 26, 2013

But somehow having things explained to me by Vyndktvx sort of dulled some of the Morrison magic here. I still think that this will end up being one of my favorite long arcs for the character. And I do think the finale is going to be great.

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10
Action Comics (2011) #18

Mar 25, 2013

Right now I am going to be selfish and devour a Superman who inspires humanity, unifies the world, does the impossible, and defeats evil.  I will enjoy all the nods to the past, smiling whimsically with each one. And I will cherish this story. Because I don't know how many more Superman stories like this I will get.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #19

Apr 6, 2013

It was a true Superman story, something we haven't seen in a bit. And it has already slipped through our fingers.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #20

May 3, 2013

Daniel does a great job on art especially with the wildly morphing hybrid monster. I wish I knew if they were channeling the Sand Superman story!!

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #21

Jun 7, 2013

For those out there who feel that Lois and Clark should be together, panels like that second one are wonderful. We saw some flirting in the first issue of this arc. Here we see Lois still has feelings for Clark, even if Jon walks into the restaurant on the next panel. Even Clark admits he and Lois are just friends ... even when it is clear he wishes there was more. So overall a story that had a lot of excellent elements and big art when it needed it. We have a perfect Lois. We have the 'origin' of Luthor as a criminal. There was an overall feeling that this was the right sort of Superman. And that was enough to let me overlook some of the odd quirks and holes in the plot. If this was a primer on what Andy Diggle was planning for the book then I fear we really lost out.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #22

Jul 5, 2013

There isn't anything amazing about this story. The idea of two heroes accidentally mistaking each other for threats and fighting is as old as comics. But sprinkled into a blustering main plot are some nice moments of character, things I didn't see early in Lobdell's run.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #23

Aug 12, 2013

Look, it is a silly two part story, done and I am sure quickly forgotten. I don't know if we will ever see the Pax Galactica again. And the action in the most part is over the top. Maybe I am looking for too much here. Maybe I should enjoy this for the cotton candy that it is. But some of the images seem and dialogue seem off.

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4.0
Action Comics (2011) #23.1

Sep 6, 2013

Perhaps I am too tied into history. Perhaps the failed attempt at making Zor-El into villain from a few years ago is still fresh in my mind. Perhaps I am not understanding Brainiac's motivations to do all he did here. And maybe I am missing the key piece to how the flashbacks somehow feed into the events on Kampari, making it enrich the Cyborg's motivations. But this issue didn't work for me. In fact, it saddened me a little.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #23.2

Sep 18, 2013

I wasn't blown away by this. But I was entertained. And adding the element of his wild youth makes Zod a much more complicated, much rounder and deeper character. His willingness to kill loved ones and innocents to forward his goals is scary. And Zod should be scary.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #23.3

Sep 24, 2013

I certainly have read plenty of stories recently - in Adventures of Superman, in Sholly Fisch's Bizarro - that shows just how callous Luthor is, how he considers most life simply below him.So there wasn't necessarily that much new here. But the linking of recent history to Forever Evil was appreciated. And this last panel raises it above just a smidge. And the Bizarro reveal (and prognostication on my part) also elevates this a bit. Will this make me buy Superman/Wonder Woman? I was on the fence for even trying it. This was solid enough that I suppose I will be in for the first arc and will readdress after that.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #23.4

Oct 1, 2013

This issue was still entertaining ... still worth buying and reading (as opposed to other Villains' month issues). But just not dazzling.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #24

Oct 4, 2013

I liked the opening scene, the exposition and reveals by the Psycho Pirate and the art work in the H.I.V.E. HQ. And I liked this ending with Lois being powered, nice cliffhanger. And Tyler Kirkham's art is very nice. And I didn't mind necessarily the attacks in the past as a concept but I very much disliked the idea that Superman has the feeling so deeply ingrained and that he would succumb to them so quickly. Heck, he kind of shrugged off the Black Mercy all those years ago. Surely he would question why Ma and Pa hate him.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #25

Nov 8, 2013

So just a fabulous opening chapter for the new team. Everything seemed to click here ... words, art, page layout. And we get the return of Lana Lang! Between Bedard/Cinar on Supergirl and Pak/Kuder on Action and Pak/Lee or Booth on Batman/Superman maybe I should feel optimistic!

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10
Action Comics (2011) #26

Dec 6, 2013

Nice cliff-hanger! And yet, this also felt like a complete story and not a small part of a story made for a trade. I have nothing but praise for this book. The story, the characterization, the action, the art. It all worked. It felt like a classic Superman story but also one perfect for 2013. We are only two issues in but I think Pak and Kuder 'get' Superman and that means we readers are probably in for a treat.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #27

Jan 10, 2014

I just have nothing but good things to say about this comic right now. The main story of this subterranean world is great with some old school giant monsters, some political intrigue (the Ghost Soldier is still lurking), and some new characters. The back story of Smallville memories and Superman identifying with Baka was charming. And the artwork is just gorgeous. It is rare for me to finish a comic these days and wish the next issue was out right then. But that is where I am right now. This is Superman. Hoping we see Lois and Kara in this book soon.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #28

Feb 10, 2014

I have absolutely no complaints with this issue. Everything works. The action, the character interaction, the villains, the art. Everything builds on everything else. This was a dense read but it read fast. And when it was over, I wanted the next issue in my hand. That is the sign of a great comic. Hopefully, when this arc is over and things mesh more with the New 52 continuity, that the magic of this book isn't dulled.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #29

Mar 10, 2014

And the art is just solid all around. Crisp, detailed, expressive. This book is sizzling right now, my favorite book from DC right now. Thank you Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder for getting Superman right!

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #30

Apr 4, 2014

It is another very good look at Superman from a great new team. Let's hope that Doomed doesn't derail the momentum here. And I hope it doesn't push Lana out of the spotlight moving forward.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #31

May 16, 2014

That is what a second chapter should do. So again, another chapter of Doomed better than expected. Although given the creative team on Action right now I shouldn't be surprised.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #32

Jun 6, 2014

I suppose overall the good evens out the bad. The story is certainly moved forward. We basically have three more months of Doomed. Three months.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #33

Jul 4, 2014

So overall an up and down issue. Most of my criticism is leveled at the portrayal of Supergirl, incongruous with the last three months of her story. But the Doomed plot progresses. We have a great cliffhanger. And Aaron Kuder's art is stunning.

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5.0
Action Comics (2011) #34

Aug 13, 2014

And I think we have 4 more issues! Love the art. Like Lois being herself (although hope she loses her powers). But other than that, I feel like too much is being thrown at me.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #35

Oct 3, 2014

We end with a zombie-like cliffhanger.  This was really an up and down issue.We have a number of Doomed elements cleared from the decks, some in odd ways.I love Kara, Lois, and Superman.And I don't love Lana and Superman.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #36

Nov 11, 2014

So thank you Doomed for wrapping up. And thank you Pak and Kuder for picking up where you left off. And that slime-creature. Brrrrrr....

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #37

Dec 5, 2014

I wish that DC would be trumpeting this book more. It is just great. Pak has always brought an classic sort of feel to his Superman. His stories are fantastic and original. Outside of this bitterness, I have loved his Lana. And Kuder's art is just amazing. This is entertaining and meaty ... I get enough story and art here. If you aren't reading this, you should be.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #38

Jan 9, 2015

Horror needs to be ... well ... horrific if it is going to work. And this book, from the monsters to the acceptance by the victims, is horrifying. And throwing Superman into this mix, a place he is going to as unsure of himself as normal people gives this a fresh feeling. If this was DC Comics Presents, the Spectre would guest star. Instead, Superman is all on his own. Pak and Kuder continue to bring it. Wonderful issue.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #39

Feb 9, 2015

It is a oddly quiet but somewhat deep ending for this arc. Superman doesn't beat up, freeze, or heat vision the Ultra-Humanite. The monster is defeated by Superman's fears. The allure of the arc was Superman being put in an environment that he isn't used to. So why not an ending that isn't an ending we are used to as Superman readers. This whole story has been brilliant, slowly amping up the terror with each issue. Great pacing, great art, and intriguing concepts for a Superman story. Pak and Kuder (and Kolins) are clicking on all cylinders.

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10
Action Comics (2011) #40

Mar 16, 2015

Just a wonderful issue. So much fun! So visually stunning! A statue Wonder Woman! Backwards sound effects! Doomzarro and bunnies! This is like a wonderful palate cleanser for the grim DCU leading into Convergence.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #41

Jun 5, 2015

Shadow Demons, dirty cops, laughing kids, a new LL character and a heroic Superman all dressed up in beautiful art with great layouts. I don't know if I could ask for much more, especially in a storyline I was quite nervous about. I have a lot of faith in Pak and Kuder. I have loved their time on Action. So I guess I shouldn't be surprised that they pulled this off. Now all I need is some good Lois!

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9.0
Action Comics (2011) #42

Jul 3, 2015

I don't know if I want *this* Superman for the long haul. I still really miss Lois. But I have to say, this is an entertaining comic. This is a compelling Superman. This has great art. I can't say this about all the Super-books. I can't say this about all of The Truth. But people should be reading this book. Action Comics is a very good comic with a Superman I can believe in.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #43

Aug 14, 2015

And as a comic, as a mix of pictures and words working together, this is superb. There is some sort of creative resonance happening here between Pak and Kuder as this thing just crackles. If you are going to get any of The Truth, it should be this title.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #44

Sep 11, 2015

Lee gaining Shadow powers. Wrath leaving for no good reason. Superman leaving the neighborhood that he just convinced that they should rally around each other. I am kind of scratching my head. Still, overall I liked this issue. The story flowed nicely. The art is superior. And it remains the best of the super-books.

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5.0
Action Comics (2011) #45

Oct 9, 2015

But this isn't Superman to me. Look, maybe this will turn around. Maybe when it is all done the world will embrace Superman again. That somehow his goodness will trump the cynicism of the world. But I haven't seen anything that makes me think it is going in that direction.

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4.0
Action Comics (2011) #46

Nov 20, 2015

Anyways, I am completely bored with The Truth. I am bored with this depowered, angry, vengeful, uninspirational Superman. I don't know if I can say it any more bluntly. Let's put it this way. In the 70s, Superman lost his powers for 3 issues. He built the Supermobile and fought crimes and villains, never losing his way. In 2015, Superman loses his powers and it has lasted too long. And Superman has lost his way.

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6.0
Action Comics (2011) #47

Dec 7, 2015

One more issue in this depowered run is in the books. We have a Superman embrace anger and try to use evil for good. In some ways it is similar to Wrath's idea, trying to have the ends justify the means. It doesn't work for me. Still, we have put Wrath behind us. And for that I am glad. Plus, Jeanty brings a nice style to the issue.

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4.0
Action Comics (2011) #48

Jan 14, 2016

Is all of the Truth and all the arcs in the books supposed to all be tied into Savage? And how am I supposed to rectify all these plots into something cohesive? Thank goodness Kuder was on art for the bulk of the book. The visuals are the only thing that propped this book up. Because it seems like things are happening fast and loose so this thing can come to an end.

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5.0
Action Comics (2011) #49

Feb 5, 2016

I know my tone has been snarky here. But I feel like this story rushing to any conclusion is worse than giving me a later but decent conclusion. So much information is dropped in one liners in the last two issues, important plot points suddenly revealed. We have fight scenes that are meaningless, robbing space to give me more exposition or explanation. The earliest stories are sort of invalidated by what Savage is trying to accomplish here. And all that is wrapped up in the angry, punch first, powerless Superman who is beating up shackled prisoners, avoiding his friends, and generally acting unlike the Superman I know. I am sad to see Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder go. Because I bet they had great Superman stories they wanted to tell.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #50

Mar 11, 2016

It was as if Pak and Kuder (as co-plotters) finally got to get back to the Superman they have wanted to write, the smiling, positive, optimistic hero. So throughout this issue, we really get a lot of pure Superman sentiment.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011) #51

Apr 22, 2016

And we get a Kara who is bent on helping as well. She is a young hero, taking charge of her life, but recognizing her place as symbol. It is a Kara that loves and respects her cousin. This is my Supergirl too.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #52

May 16, 2016

Only Diana's line at the beginning felt off. To be honest, if it was in a thought bubble, if she was thinking 'I wish I had time alone with him in these last moments but I understand why he is doing what he is doing' I would have applauded. But to say it out loud? Brrrr.... Still, The Final Days of Superman has been the best arc running through all the books for some time. I shouldn't let minor problems outweigh the overall excellence.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) Annual #1

Nov 5, 2012

So overall a very good character driven issue. It is one where we see how Superman can inspire people to do good (Steel, Lois) or evil (Ramsey, Luthor). It puts a new spin on the Kryptonite Man and colored Kryptonite. And it also shows us a Superman who feels responsible for everyone. It was this characterization that carried this book. I'll be sad when Fisch stops doing the Action back-ups. And I always love Cully Hamner art. So I was pretty happy with this issue.

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4.0
Action Comics (2011) Annual #2

Nov 1, 2013

But so much of this issue seems strained and worrisome. Supergirl being a selfish brat. Superboy killing. An unnecessary complicated plot. A lot of exposition. It doesn't exactly flow. And so Krypton Returns begins. I knew I should have been worried after all.

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5.0
Action Comics (2011) Annual #3

Aug 8, 2014

Maybe this is my problem? But if the core plot, this infection, is treated haphazardly, I can't get into the conflict. At least ... at least ... I got some fine Lois moments.

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9.6
Action Comics (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 5, 2014

But this is a fantastic issue. It looks back at the history of the DCU, acknowledges a classic story, and updates it. And it treats Superman with the respect he deserves, reminding us all we should be more like Superman, fighting for what's right.

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9.6
Action Comics (2016) #957

Jun 10, 2016

Despite my questions about Doomsday, this was a great issue. As I said, there was so much about this book that I loved. It all felt right. The family scenes, the city scenes, the Luthor and Superman conversation ... it all felt right. Thankfully!!! It all felt right. And I haven't been able to say that for a while.

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9.6
Action Comics (2016) #958

Jun 24, 2016

Okay, this one seemed to have it all. There is a lot stuffed into these 20 pages. Despite all the story and action put in, we still get big art when needed. I am wholly impressed with the product. It is like the dysfunction of the last couple of years in the Superman title are behind us. We are back to character driven, high action plots with some riddles to be solved. The story and art complement each other superbly. If any book feels like a Rebirth, it is this one. I hope all Superman fans out there, even if they have shied away from the character recently, are checking this one out.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #959

Jul 15, 2016

As I said before, for me the strongest parts of this issue for me were the character moments and the added mystery elements. I thought all of those things were strong hooks for me as a reader. The action is certainly big and bold. But I felt like I was watching a bit of a repeat throughout the punches and blows. I am glad that the Doomsday element sounds like it is brief one. And I hope we learn more about Oz soon. If he is going to enigmatically show up every month, I need something more to mull over.

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9.6
Action Comics (2016) #960

Jul 29, 2016

So overall, I liked this issue very much. Much like last issue, it had it all - action, plot progression, and character moments. I love this last scene with Diana, Lois, and Superman. That was near perfect. Nothing but love for this series since Rebirth.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #961

Aug 15, 2016

Once more the issue is packed with a huge brawl as the villain and heroes demolish the countryside. It is big and loud and somewhat glorious in its action sequences, reminiscent of the original Doomsday where page after page was bonecrushing punches and devastating attacks.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #962

Aug 26, 2016

I still think Oz will turn out to be Osterman. But we'll see. Overall, this was a good issue. As usual, the small moments struck me more than the battle sequences. But Jurgens and Segovia do a good job with the action in hyping up the sheer power of Doomsday. So this was rather entertaining. So far, Rebirth hasn't let me down.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #963

Sep 16, 2016

And so my guess. I will bet that this Clark is a clone created in Geneticron. Why not? They have 'Genetic' in their name. They had Doomsday. Clark is obsessed with them. It is only the motive for creating a Clark that escapes me. But a tidy story, some nice riffs, and some great art. I continue to like the super-titles post-Rebirth.

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8.4
Action Comics (2016) #964

Sep 30, 2016

There remains a lot to love about this book. This two-parter, scratching the surface of the Clark mystery, was great break from the Doomsday plot. There is a ton to love here, from the art to the clues to the secret tunnels. Kudos to Jurgens and Zircher for really making this a character driven but gripping read. Amazing what a little #Rebirth can do!

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8.4
Action Comics (2016) #965

Oct 17, 2016

As a Lois fan, as a reader who has been clamoring for more Lois, I love this issue. From this Lois' motives to action to her control of her emotions to her leap into action, I loved. And the scene with Superman sparkled as well. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised given what Jurgens has done in the past with the characters. So tell all the Lois lovers out there they need to pick up this issue!

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9.6
Action Comics (2016) #966

Oct 28, 2016

Finally, we will see Lois portrayed as she should be. And that makes me happy. Thanks to Jurgens and all involved for giving us the Lois we deserve!

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9.6
Action Comics (2016) #967

Nov 14, 2016

Whew ... that's a lot going on in one issue! And for me, despite the action, despite the Jon/Clark stuff, my favorite part was the Lois/Lex staredown. You forget how awesome Lois is with her having been gone so long. You don't know how thirsty you are until you have a sip of water. I'll repeat a recent mantra. How wonderful is it to have great Superman books again?

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #968

Nov 28, 2016

So overall, I think this was a very good issue in building up the motivations of the characters of this arc. We didn't take a giant leap forward. But we certainly filled in some holes, making this a much more complete feeling story. Hopefully some of the hints and hooks we read here will be fleshed out moving forward. And those hooks made me want to read the next issue now.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #969

Dec 19, 2016

So overall, I thought this was a nice deep dive mostly into Luthor. How could he argue against L'Call's approach when that is his approach to Superman? That is a nice wrinkle. But L'Call's simple origin and the Mother Box/bucket moment just were a bit too chin-scratching to make me give this a higher grade. This is still a great book and this was a very good chapter. But I want so much more ...

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8.4
Action Comics (2016) #970

Jan 4, 2017

So some of the speed bumps I had last issue are smoothed here. L'Call always knew about the Mother Box despite Lex hiding it under a bucket. L'Call has a personal stake in Darkseid's villainy above the death of his family. He was a truly peaceful man forced into this barbaric life. And Superman is struggling a bit. All in all, this moved things forward and that makes me happy. And the art is spot on gorgeous.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #971

Jan 16, 2017

I sometimes miss the days of the conniving, hiding Luthor biding his time to unleash something horrific. But I have to grudgingly admit that since Rebirth I have been interested in Luthor and his character. There are layers here ... whether onion or parfait ... and peeling him back to try to get to his core has been a very engaging read.

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8.4
Action Comics (2016) #972

Jan 27, 2017

So overall a nice wrap-up to a story whose purpose I think was to reset the Superman/Luthor dynamic. And it was done in a gripping way having each character deal with their prejudices and forced to defend the other. Very slick. If only the 'splitting up' aspect of the fights didn't vex me. Next up? All the Clark Kent and Mr. Oz stuff bubbling to the surface! Huzzah!

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9.6
Action Comics (2016) #973

Feb 13, 2017

After hearing his name in Supergirl #6 and seeing Zor-El 'cured', we are definitely getting a more classic Cyborg Superman back in the DCU. Look at this panel by Segovia. The shading is hinting towards his Cyborg future. Look, as I said, the whole point of #Rebirth was to bring back the classic essence of these characters. In this issue we have just about as classic a Lois, bumbling Clark, and Henshaw. If any books have been resuscitated by Rebirth, it is the Superman books. Hooray for us fans!

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9.6
Action Comics (2016) #974

Feb 24, 2017

In case you can't tell, I loved this issue. This 'Clark' plot grabbed me from the beginning. And this issue pushed the pedal all the way down.

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8.4
Action Comics (2016) #975

Mar 13, 2017

And how does this all lead to the origins of the Supermen? And who is Oz? Does Mxyzptlk being here make my guess of Vyndktyvx more likely? Will Mxy be the villain for the rest of this arc? Good stuff all around. I liked the art throughout. Churchill doesn't seem as precise here but he does a good job aping others takes on Mxy.

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8.4
Action Comics (2016) #976

Mar 24, 2017

Remember, the whole point of Rebirth was to get back to a classic interpretation of these DC characters. This fusing of the two Supermen and Loises does just that. But like any soft reboot (maybe this is a firm but not hard reboot), it opens things up to more questions. I'll be watching. I trust these creators. I think this will all work out.

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9.6
Action Comics (2016) #977

Apr 17, 2017

I have read Superman's origin story countless times. But with the recent upheaval, setting his beginnings on solid ground felt necessary. And as a reader, I kind of needed to catch my breath a little after the Reborn arc. So Jurgens giving us this, so we can pause and understand who this Superman is, was a great idea. And as someone who like Superman Secret Origin, I don't mind that being the template.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #978

May 2, 2017

I appreciated these last two issue intent on streamlining Superman's new history. I now have a sense of what happened and what didn't happen. I like the way the recent stories were welded into the old timeline. All that said, I wish they just made the Kents still be alive! It was the one thing I hoped would be a radical change. Lastly, it seems like the Oz arc is starting to boil and this Revenge Squad plot makes me think this book is still on a rising trajectory!

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9.6
Action Comics (2016) #979

May 15, 2017

I was very entertained by this issue. Jurgens and Zircher are just perfectly in synch in story telling. The early warmth of Lois and Clark was a nice counterpoint to the violence and evil that happened after. And this certainly whet my appetite for more. This is what an early chapter in an arc should do, grab the reader and leave them wanting.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #980

May 29, 2017

I have been very impressed with Jurgens' run on the title so far. And I am always impressed with Zircher's art. But this issue felt like something of a pause. We seemed to downshift a bit. And maybe that is a necessary evil in a middle chapter of a story. We need to set up the rest of the plot. But I feel like the story covered in this issue could have been covered in a fraction of the pages.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #981

Jun 20, 2017

I often find the middle chapter of an arc to slow things down a bit and this issue holds form. There is a great cliffhanger. There is a nice building momentum in some side scenes. And there is a lot of fighting. But this issue didn't feel like it had the substance of the prior chapters.

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9.6
Action Comics (2016) #982

Jul 3, 2017

I want to read the next part now! Add to this the mystery of Superman's blindness, the voice in the Fortress, and (I'm assuming) Superboy eventually joining the fray, and you have a great issue.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #983

Jul 17, 2017

Now that is an incredible ending to an incredible issue. What is Zod's secret mission? Why did he leave Kara out of the zone? Where are Jon and Lois? I want more. I want it now. I'll be here under the tree in the backyard of the summer house!

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8.4
Action Comics (2016) #984

Jul 28, 2017

So overall I loved loved loved this arc. It was just a spectacular story, gaining momentum as it moved along rather than slowing down. And it had enough surprise twists to keep me engaged. Plus it was the reinvention of the Superman Family, fighting as a unit. Just wonderful.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #985

Aug 14, 2017

The Luthor/Superman relationship is one of my favorite things about Superman in general. I love Lex as the arch-villain. And probing this new dynamic is a decent hook. But in some ways I am already looking past this to the Oz arc. And that is a great compliment to Jurgens and the artists on the book.

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8.4
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #3

Oct 16, 2009

Perhaps the one downside is that we know that the Johns/Manapul team is only here for a couple of more issues. Is someone else going to pick up this introspective storyline? Is Johns going to finish it? And do I really need to suffer through 2 issues of Superboy Prime? I originally planned on buying this title for the Legion component. I am now lamenting the loss of the Superboy piece. That is the highest praise I can give.

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5.0
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #4

Nov 25, 2009

One of the best parts of the Legion has always been the relationships of the characters. This was a nice little story focusing on four Legionnaires and their romantic conundrums. I thought this was great. So half good ... half bad. It is a shame that the Conner story was sidelined in this title; I was really enjoying it.

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5.0
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #5

Dec 17, 2009

I'm going to miss this creative team working on this character. So I was a bit underwhelmed by this issue. I shouldn't be surprised given that I don't necessarily like prime as a character and he was the star of the book. Still there were some nice twists to his story and the Conner story was pretty good as well.

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9.6
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #6

Jan 15, 2010

It was a fitting ending to this run. Words and art meshed seamlessly. Yes this was heavy on angst and feelings and short on action but it definitely worked for me. This was a tale of introspection. This was a battle in Conner's mind more than a brawl in Smallville. As I have said before, I have never been a huge fan of Superboy. But I cared about him here and that is the sign of a high quality book. While I look forward to Levitz' Legion run here ... while I will probably sample Johns and Manapul of Flash, I will miss this book and this story.

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8.4
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #7

Feb 13, 2010

The cover of the issue is drawn by Aaron Lopresti who has completely floored me with his run on Wonder Woman. The internal art by Travis Moore is sort of pedestrian. I still love that Kara comment!

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9.6
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #8

Mar 6, 2010

Eric Trautmann does a great job here switching emphasis back and forth from the two. And Pier Gallo's art is moody and thick, just what this story needs. His art reminds me a bit of Pete Woods' art and that's a high compliment. The pieces are on the playing field. Let's get this started!

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9.6
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #9

Apr 5, 2010

So overall this issue's stories all worked on their own. But they also bolstered the overall Last Stand storyline. I thought this worked. It looks like this three-story format continues next issue.

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8.4
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #10

Apr 19, 2010

This story is one of the high points of 2010 so far. And this was another entertaining issue in the Last Stand arc.

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8.4
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #11

May 17, 2010

I don't want to pile on here because to be honest the last several months of the Mon-El storyline as we revved up into Last Stand have been very good. And I think this issue was a very nice capstone wrapping up some of the bigger storylines weaving through the run. So this issue will get a good grade. But overall, I think my feeling about this Robinson in Superman would be frustrated.

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9.6
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #12

Jun 7, 2010

Kevin Sharpe's interior pencils is perfect for this issue. His style is solid and economical without too much flash, the right feel for an issue like this. I loved this. But I am an old timer.

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10
Adventures of Supergirl #1

Jan 26, 2016

I suppose I am biased but this was all win for me. Looking forward to the next chapter already!

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9.6
Adventures of Supergirl #2

Feb 9, 2016

I couldn't help but be reminded of this Byrne panel from his X-Men work, in this issue where the newly formed X-Men infiltrate the Hellfire club. Intentional? Who knows. But effective. No surprise I loved this. The action sequences are great. Kara's internal monologue is great. Alex's characterization is great. But that conversation between the two sisters, the quietest moment of this chapter, was my favorite part. Gates and Bengal are firing on all cylinders!

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9.6
Adventures of Supergirl #3

Feb 23, 2016

The issue's pencils by Bengal remain top notch. From the transformation panels to the contemplative Kara to the action sequences with the DEO squad, the art just leaps off the page. Add to that the brilliant name drop of Byrnian Caren Falq-Nerr, the inclusion of Inertron, and Agent Igle, and you have a pretty stuffed episode.

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9.6
Adventures of Supergirl #4

Mar 8, 2016

I can't help but see some similarities between this opening chapter and last week's episode. I also saw much of the ideas of Master Jailer in Rampage chapter discussing sentence lengths. I don't know if this synergy was done on purpose but it does resonate nicely. I also wonder if Winn's knowledge of alien codes and viruses in Indigo will be born here. I thought this was another entertaining chapter in the Adventures of Supergirl. Between the learning Supergirl, the discussion with James, the stylized art and a certain Coluan, this was a great opening chapter.

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8.4
Adventures of Supergirl #5

Mar 22, 2016

This was a solid issue ending the Dox arc quickly and neatly. The high points are the Winn news and the hints at the big bad. We also get the Rabiah Zinoman character added to the cast. The action is nicely rendered. While not as whiz-bang in my mind as the Rampage arc, this was a solid brick in this larger story, adding to both this book and the show as well!

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9.6
Adventures of Supergirl #6

Apr 5, 2016

And after a physical attack by Rampage, I look forward to a more mental attack. I hope everyone is talking up this series. This chapter is an energized ride through Kara's mind, compelling and entertaining.

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9.6
Adventures of Supergirl #7

Apr 19, 2016

And that is what I love about this book. There are fun references and homages, no doubt. But you can't live on Easter eggs alone. The story of this new Supergirl fighting a hidden enemy with ties to Fort Rozz is compelling.  Add to that the lush art of Lupacchino, McCarthy, and Hi-Fi and this might be my favorite chapter so far.

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8.4
Adventures of Supergirl #8

May 3, 2016

Whoever Facet is, they have been watching Supergirl for a very long time. And maybe they have been waiting for Kara to don the S-shield before moving against her. All the plot threads are kind of tightening into one very intriguing story. Everything about this book seems to be clicking right now. The pacing of the story elements, the overlying arc of the plot, even the art choices, all seem to be gelling into a great book. Add the nods, nudges, and homages and this is a winner.

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9.6
Adventures of Supergirl #9

May 17, 2016

But those reveals (translated from Kryptonese) are surrounded by great action bits. Carnero gives us extreme close ups of fists and kicks and then pulls back to more choreographed images of fighting. The sequential art of the battles as you turn the page really is slick. I often blow by battle scenes. I paused here. The angles and depth are engaging. So who is Facet? I can't wait to find out.

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9.6
Adventures of Supergirl #10

May 31, 2016

Again, it is the small details that make this series such a wonderfully entertaining book. Gates continues to pepper Kryptonian culture into the story that has had me scouring my Krypton Chronicles miniseries. A fanff is a Kryptonian week. Molium is a title of respect and honor on Krypton. Amzet is a Kryptonian year. Snagriffs are flying beasts on Krypton. Small touches like that honor the history of Superman and Supergirl. I can't say enough abut this book. It is a perfect mix of action, characterization, and super-history built on the foundation of the show.

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9.6
Adventures of Supergirl #11

Jun 14, 2016

Add to that some great panels showing the Danvers' home in Midvale, complete with numerous family photos hung on the wall. It is a nice subtle reminder of how loving and supportive this family is. So nothing but compliments here. There is a great action sequence. There is this continued mystery. There are character moments, enriching their history. There are some deep DC name-drops. And it is all dressed in beautiful art.

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9.6
Adventures of Supergirl #12

Jun 29, 2016

I believe writer Sterling Gates succeeded here. There is a lot going on. But the story has been pushed forward the last couple of chapters such that I feel we are close to an end. The main villain and our hero are about to square off.

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9.6
Adventures of Supergirl #13

Jul 12, 2016

I also have to congratulate all the artists on the book. Everyone brought a unique look to their chapters. And Cat Staggs' covers just exploded off the rack. I said it earlier. I'll say it again. I hope DC Comics does the right thing and gives Gates a 'second season'.

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8.4
Adventures Of Superman #395

Oct 3, 2012

These adventure issues are usually available at cons for $12-15. I think this issue would rank as low importance in a Supergirl collection but worth it to see the growing pains the character was going through in the late 60's and early 70's. But for me these issues are gold. I mean, how often does Supergirl tell Phantom Zone villains that she ate all the chocolate bars.

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5.0
Adventures Of Superman #424

Oct 27, 2012

This is such a crazy story what with Linda vamping it up, jumping on a live grenade, pretending to be a ghost, and being subjected to bondage and torture. Add to that how emotionally labile she was and the outright violence she subjects mobsters to and it is an odd stew, to say the least. The story aside, DeZuniga's art is certainly interesting especially given the time the issue came out. Despite the weird windings of the story, since this closed a chapter in the Supergirl character, I would rank it of moderate importance for a Supergirl collection. Copies of the later Adventure run are usually easy to find and relatively affordable. 

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7.0
Adventures Of Superman #516

Jul 21, 2010

So, it's a nice story ... a retread with some new beats for an old time Legion fan like me. Kevin Sharpe's art is fine. But the book felt a little bit like seeing a repeat on TV, or a movie remake. I would love to hear what someone hearing this story for the first time thought of it. Jeff Lemire and Mahmud Asrar's Atom back-up story is a solid story with Ray Palmer seeking out the Calculator. I have never been a big Atom fan but this was pretty good.

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8.0
Adventures Of Superman #517

Aug 17, 2010

The art by Kevin Sharpe was good this issue. The Legionnaires 'feel' young. His art has a sort of organic aspect, everything rounded, nothing sharp or angular. In total though, I have liked this look backwards at the Legion. It is interesting to compare how Levitz feels they would be then as opposed to how he wrote them back in his heyday and how he writes them now. It isn't flooring me ... but it is entertaining me. And I can't say that about every comic I read.

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8.0
Adventures Of Superman #518

Sep 21, 2010

In the end, Adventure ends up being a 'nice' comic. I am enjoying them for this retrospective look at the Legion. But I'm not floored by them. I really would love to hear how the extremes of Legion fans are receiving this book: the hard-core fans and the brand new readers. The art by Kevin Sharpe is a nice fit for these stories. He has a pleasing style, organic and rounded, not angular and frenetic, which really works for these stories. I am pretty happy with his work here.

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8.0
Adventures Of Superman #519

Oct 22, 2010

And as I said last Adventure review, I have really grown to like Kevin Sharpe's art. So I was a bit disappointed to not see him doing internal art despite being listed on the cover. Eddie Pansica steps in on art. Some of his work channels Shawn McManus here. His pencils seem more focused here than his work on War of the Supermen. So this was a nice little read. Nothing earth-shattering but enjoyable.

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8.4
Adventures Of Superman #520

Nov 10, 2010

That is a clear reference to Adventure Comics #312, when Saturn Girl again tries to stack the deck in her favor. I hope that every so often Levitz goes back to this time period, doing another retro-arc. This has been a lot of fun. Not jaw-dropping ... not unbelievably fantastic. But fun and entertaining. And that is what comics are supposed to be.

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10
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #1

May 31, 2013

So if you struggle with the characterization of the current New 52 Superman ... if you are looking for a straightforward interpretation of Superman ... if you want to see Superman handled by great and unexpected talent, this is the book for you. I can't tell you how happy this book made me.

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9.6
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #2

Jun 28, 2013

If anyone is looking for a sort of primer on Superman, if anyone is looking for that elusive Superman book to offer tweens to read and introduce them to Superman, this seems to be that book. How interesting that this 'out of continuity' book and Smallville are my favorite Superman books right now.

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9.6
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #3

Aug 1, 2013

After his busy morning, his only dream is to have a nice slow walk with her. A perfect ending for this story. There is high action with Superman. There was high suspense with Lois. Both stories mirror each other, resonate. And then we get a chance for both to breathe, enjoying each others' company. So nothing but praise here. The juxtaposition between the two stories made them flow and glow. Solid art and great transitions made this something great.

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8.4
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #4

Sep 4, 2013

Everything about this story works. The interesting point of view of Ma as narrator. The concept of a Superman who is sad about what he can't do. The country boy having dinner with his Ma ending. The superb artwork perfectly capturing the tone of the story. Everything works. It is wonderful. So another great issue showcasing parts of the Superman legend I will always love.

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9.6
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #5

Oct 2, 2013

The last panels are of the boy ripping Superman posters off the wall, angry and filled with hate. So two very different stories. But both so fantastic. This book has yet to disappoint!

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9.6
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #6

Oct 30, 2013

So why can't the DC powers-that-be read this series and realize that it is this sort of Superman that most creators (and I think fans) want. This series and Smallville are the best Superman books out there right now. Both out of continuity.

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8.4
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #7

Dec 3, 2013

So two very good stories about Superman. One I am on the fence on ... but that ending fascinates me. The other good old fashioned pure Man of Steel. I continue to love this book.

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6.0
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #8

Jan 7, 2014

This last panel is what I would have hoped to see post Krypton Returns, a natural response. But we didn't see it there. I get the pulse behind this story is having Superman learn about his native land and realize what he has lost. It just feels like Guggenheim went a long way to get there. Maybe too far.

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9.6
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #9

Feb 4, 2014

Just wonderful stuff. Adventures of Superman has remained a great treat for me, a look at a more classic Superman by top creative teams. This Bizarro story entertained and moved me.

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9.6
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #10

Mar 6, 2014

A whole solid issue of Superman being an inspiration to a young generation. I can only say 'wonderful'.

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5.0
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #11

Mar 29, 2014

The issue ends with a bang when the Green Lantern shoves his hand into the chest of Brainiac. And when the GL dies from his neck wound, the ring bursts from Brainiac to find it's new wielder. So, again, this is a fine story. There isn't anything too egregious. The underlying theme of dealing with grief constructively is a good one. I like Superman forgiving the Lantern. But some of the plot turns are a bit of a leap. And this seems like the story could have been told without Brainiac at all. This GL could have heard about Superman and gone on his own.

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9.6
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #13

Jun 4, 2014

Okay ... maybe heavy-handed and schmaltzy. But this is the kind of Superman I want to read. So thanks to Moore and Rodriguez. And thanks to Adventures of Superman. I'll be sad to see this book go.

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3.0
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #14

Jul 1, 2014

It is a cute story and just what I needed after Landis' poison. So a hit and a miss in this issue of Adventures of Superman. They can't all be perfect.

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10
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #15

Aug 4, 2014

Beautiful story. Beautiful art. Great action and character moments. And the Iron Giant. I don't want to believe this book is being canceled. Thank you Ron Marz and 'Doc' Shaner.

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10
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #16

Aug 29, 2014

At least this book existed. It was a place where creators, for the most part, understood who Superman is and what he should be doing. I cannot praise this story enough. And I thank all the creators involved, especially Joe Keatinge. This whole issue felt like a love letter to a classic Superman. And I swooned along.

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10
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #17

Oct 1, 2014

So a trilogy of stories showing how great Superman could be in multiple genres. And just like that Adventures of Superman is over. And it will be missed. Thanks to Alex Antone, the editor of this book, for crushing it for a year and a half.

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8.0
Ame-comi Girls #2

Apr 10, 2013

As I said, this is a fun book, always well drawn, and has a nice mix of action and story. And it is an interesting world I am looking forward to learn more about. But throw me a bone and have Supergirl actually be a hero for a little bit!

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8.0
Ame-comi Girls #5

Feb 19, 2013

Still, this book is a sort of whirlwind ride through this version of the DCU. And, it remains a fun and wacky book. There barely is a moment to breathe in this book, the pace is so swift. Hopefully, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray will allow Supergirl to shine at some point. And, again, the anime influenced art by Santi Casas works well here.

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8.0
Ame-Comi Girls (2013) #1

Mar 15, 2013

Those nice moments contrast sharply with Supergirl's treatment. She is a villain in this book. Maybe I could look that other way a bit more easily if this wasn't happening as the H'El on Earth debacle happened. And, unfortunately, comics are a visual medium and reading this book with these skimpy outfits and gratuitous shots makes me feel just a bit icky. The fun aspect of the story so far has outweighed these downsides. And I suppose I shouldn't be surprised by either of these things. I think Franscisco's style perfectly fits this book.

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8.0
Ame-Comi Girls (2013) #3

May 7, 2013

I have to say Ame Comi Girls is a guilty pleasure for me. It is fun ... something that seems to be rare in super-hero comics these days. And it is always entertaining. I really hope that somehow Supergirl gets pumped up a bit in the book and treated the right way. And I would not be against Santi Casas always being on art on this book. Perfect style for this story.

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8.4
Ame-Comi Girls (2013) #6

Aug 9, 2013

I wonder if the 'new universe' is an excuse for Palmiotti and Gray to put the characters into any variant Ame Comi costumes they have been dressed in for the merchandise line? So fast, fun, and surprisingly strong on character development, Ame Comi Girls has been way way way better than I anticipated. Kudos to all the creators.

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9.6
Batgirl (2009) #14

Sep 14, 2010

Stanley Lau's cover is gorgeous. I love the phony weathering, giving the book a tattered horror magazine or old movie poster feel. The internal art by Lee Garbett was solid, especially the pages where the two track the vampires ... some solid page construction there. It would have been nice if there was some way to more easily distinguish the two heroes. I know a lot of my analogies are food related. This issue was like lemon meringue pie: light, airy, not too filling, but absolutely delicious.

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10
Batgirl (2009) #23

Jul 16, 2011

I have gushed enough. This book is great and it is going away. I hate when quality books disappear. There aren't enough of them out there these days. How great would annual crossovers of a World's Finest of Kara and Steph have been?

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9.6
Batgirl (2016) Annual #1

Apr 3, 2017

This really is a prologue to a bigger storyline. But I loved it. Every bit. So much fun! An evil Cadmus! And a new Psi! Batgirl and Supergirl! Together again for the first time!

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9.6
Batman (2011) #19

Apr 17, 2013

Anyways, it was tremendous to see Superman find Batman to talk to him about Damien. And this adventure seems like a nice fun way to show how the two interact outside of JL meetings. Definitely worth reading.

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9.6
Batman (2011) #20

May 14, 2013

This was a great story all the way around - writing and art, a perfect mesh. With Batman/Superman around the corner, I look forward to more stories of the original World's Finest.

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9.6
Batman/Superman (2013) #2

Jul 29, 2013

But again, Lee just shines here. That is one dramatic entrance for Diana. And the paint brushed clouds makes her majestic, feel classic. Good story. Great art. I enjoyed this issue a lot more than the first. And look forward to the rest of this arc.

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9.6
Batman/Superman (2013) #3

Sep 2, 2013

Pak does a great job moving the main story along while adding the flashback sequences to flesh out characters who we have only briefly seen. As the middle issue of the arc, this worked, moving things along, fleshing things out, setting up a finale. And add to that spectacular art and this was a great issue. The contrasting style of Lee and Cinar work well in telling this story.

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8.4
Batman/Superman (2013) #3.1

Sep 30, 2013

And I am a big fan of Brett Booth. I loved his Supergirl in his Justice League run. And I think this Doomsday is a monstrosity of spikes and brawn. On top of that, we I love the switch in styles to create that storybook feel to the Word of El. It is hard for me to believe I almost didn't pick up this book. I am a believer in these creative teams.

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9.6
Batman/Superman (2013) #4

Oct 23, 2013

What a satisfying book and arc. This is one of those times when words and art complemented each other so well that the total of the book is more than the sum of its parts. The way the two worlds play off each other throughout the story is the electricity that gives the plot its juice. And Lee's dreamy painted style adds a lot to this 'imaginary' tale. It all works. Hopefully some of the good intentions of the Earth 2 heroes has embedded itself in these younger versions.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #5

Nov 13, 2013

This isn't the slick, dream-like first arc which I thought was superb. It seems to be a sillier action piece with the nice wrinkle of the video game players being put into the mix. The art and sideways presentation and story all complement each other nicely. I suppose I would like this issue more if I wasn't comparing it to the heady brew of the last arc which was just spectacular. This is a fine comic book, a fun action-packed diversion. But it isn't the strong character piece of the earlier issues. And that's okay. Not every arc needs to be some deep delve into the characters. Sometimes I need to see some cars thrown around as range weapons.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #6

Dec 10, 2013

Will Superman be defeated by XBox Live? I felt like I should pop some popcorn for this story. It is a wild fight-filled issue, layered with video game overtones, and shown in wide-screen format. It is a Michael Bay sort of story. And every so often, that is just fine. It isn't the first arc of this title. It isn't what is happening in Action Comics. But it is entertaining. And that is all I really ask for.

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8.4
Batman/Superman (2013) #7

Jan 13, 2014

I'd rather have my heroes inspire. This isn't high-minded comics. This is fun and fast and furious and even had a little bit of a heroic message. As I said in a prior review, this was a summer blockbuster, a popcorn movie. But one with a little extra.

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9.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #8

Mar 3, 2014

But Superman won't let that happen. And that is why I love him in this book. Even with Batman yelling that it is too risky, Superman grabs Karen and absorbs the energy into himself. But his conviction as he does it is perfect. It is risky ... but he is wearing the red cape with an S-shield. He has to do it. Fantastic. So this is a great comic and a perfect opening chapter to a crossover story. Great hooks, great characterization, and superior art. Everything really flowed wonderfully here. It really is just that non-Supergirl moment that stuck out a but to jarringly. There is still time for that to get rectified though!

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8.4
Batman/Superman (2013) #9

May 2, 2014

But boy, this issue read much better than the finale. There are some very nice moments here. And the art, backgrounds be damned, is just wonderful. Too bad the overall arc feels like such a letdown.

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8.4
Batman/Superman (2013) #10

May 9, 2014

Still, this was a breath of fresh air. Heroes teaming up. A normal person inspired to become a hero. An adventure in another hero's blood stream to save an alien city. It is ridiculous ... incredible ... perfect. There was a time that comics could be entertaining and fun all the time. I guess I'll have to be happy with 'every once in a while'.

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8.4
Batman/Superman (2013) #11

May 28, 2014

And when a sick Krypto recovers and we learn how to cure Superman from his dog ... well remember you read it here first. I think Greg Pak has a nice handle on Superman. I am glad he is on the super-books.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #12

Jul 8, 2014

What does it mean, in general, that Kaiyo ... a chaos demon ... thinks our heroes are poised to cross some sort of line? It sort of sums up my issues with the New 52. Anyways, I like that Pak has them act like heroes, even being sentimental a bit. I thought this was a decent issue. I certainly liked the Superman scenes with the Kents and saving Helena. That is who I want my Superman to be. But it didn't seem to have the same weight as past issues, especially the Jae Lee ones.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #13

Sep 2, 2014

But I wasn't as impressed with this issue as I usually am when both Pak and Lee are together. This is still a very good book. And I love Lois here. But I have come to expect even more. Maybe that is the best compliment I can give.

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8.4
Batman/Superman (2013) #14

Oct 6, 2014

As I said above, looking at these sideways portrayals of the heroes was pretty fun. I do hope both heroes remember these field trips away from who they are and contemplate just how easy it was for a chaos demon to derail their lives. So kudos to Pak for bringing me back into this story. And definite kudos to Diogenes Neves and Marc Deering. Their stuff shines here.

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8.4
Batman/Superman (2013) #15

Oct 21, 2014

So I will admit that when I read the first part I sort of bemoaned another look at 'just how far will Batman and Superman go' theme feeling we had read a number of those stories already. But I really liked this story. It was interesting to see just how much the overlay of tragedy has formed who these two are. That said, I'd love an old-fashioned punch-em-up. Maybe throw in a couple of super-villains.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #16

Nov 24, 2014

It is all wrapped around the mystery of who is obsessing over Superman? And who knows Superman so well to attack those closest to him? Or get under his skin? Who has the capability to be tracking a non-entity like the guy in the hospital who was killed simply for wearing the S-shield? Let the guesses begin. Adrian Syaf's stuff is very solid here and I welcome him to the book.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #17

Dec 22, 2014

So the plot isn't really advanced that much here. Instead I think the purpose of this issue was to show how shaken Superman is already. It is more of a character issue than a plot issue.  That said, the 'Regan' moment, the appearance of Lobo as a plot point, and the idea that Lois is an effective lure as a target felt just slightly off. I am still very much interested in seeing where this arc is going.

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8.4
Batman/Superman (2013) #18

Jan 26, 2015

I suppose the decision to target Batman is an interesting one. I wonder why, in the New 52, these two would be friends. Pak has done a lot to show why they would be. And elevating Batman to that status shows the strength of this friendship. Still ... I would think Diana (in this current DCU) would be the one Superman would miss most. And in a perfect world it should be Lois. I don't know the motivation of these Kandorians yet. For me, that is going to be the linchpin for the story. If I don't understand why these Kryptonians would become killers, the foundation of the arc might crumble. But why worry about something that might be fine.

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8.4
Batman/Superman (2013) #19

Feb 23, 2015

I almost feel like DC should let Pak run Action, writing stories just as he has been. Let Superman be the 'classic' book (as Johns seemed to be doing). And Batman/Superman can be a wild card. This has been very good arc, well-paced with both big action moments and smaller, powerful character moments too.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #20

Mar 25, 2015

Okay, way to stick the ending Mr. Pak. It is nice to see the dawn after seeing the darkest times before it. While the battle in this issue and how Xa-Du is defeated were sort of missteps for me, the rest of this arc was pretty meaty. This was a dark trip for Superman. We saw him have to deal with a darker sort of villain. And now we have a real Kandor to become part of the Superman mythos.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #21

Jun 12, 2015

This was a much grittier Superman than last week's Action. There wasn't much joy here. It is a very different Clark. Such a contrast only 7 days apart made this feel disconnected and odd. Maybe this book is being done to show the darker side of The Truth, the more difficult areas of life with the secret being out there. I mean, life can't always be street fairs and kids playing. And we got that Lois scene. And that Lois! How can I not be happy about that?

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6.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #22

Jul 10, 2015

But between the odd extremes in this issue and the different tones of all the titles, I feel like I am on unstable ground as a reader. And, like I said in a recent review, I just want to read  a good Superman story. And I don't think we are there. At least not yet.

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5.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #23

Aug 17, 2015

But the Perry scene is a disaster. The all too easy ' Gotham prisoners are victims of  circumstance, not evil criminals' feels a bit too simple a turn. And lastly, the foundation of The Truth, the depowered Superman, on the run, not trusted, and shunned by friends ... I still can't get behind this. I suppose that means I should give Greg Pak some kudos for engaging me as a reader, even for a little bit in this issue.

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7.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #24

Sep 15, 2015

But this didn't have the energy of the Action arc. This story, as a whole, hasn't really grabbed me. In my mind, I am putting this chronologically after Action. Superman leaves Metropolis and heads to Gotham. But I don't know if that is true. Still, at least The Truth, as a whole, is moving forward.

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5.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #25

Oct 19, 2015

Suffice it to say I am quite sick of this Superman, eager to snap at friends, pushing people away, and actively irritating others. He was pretty unlikable here.

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6.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #26

Nov 16, 2015

So overall, I like Clark in this issue, a true rarity in The Truth. But the lack of explanation about the demons lack of life, the idea that Savage would leave his major gains buried and virtually undefended, the fact that his coup de grace is a giant Nazi warship made me question the story-telling here. As I said, the art is very easy on the eyes. The Shadow Demon melee is energetic.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #27

Dec 11, 2015

So I am of two minds with this issue. The whole plot is a bit inane and wrapped up too quickly, too neatly. And yet, this issue shows us a Superman who is a hero, who feels he wants to be trusted, who is a planner trying to save people. That characterization does carry the book for me. But Savage needed a portable sun to power a Nazi gunship? Really?

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9.6
Batman/Superman (2013) #28

Jan 18, 2016

This was a nice issue which I thought was very entertaining. Outside of the highlighted moments there are nice little things sprinkled throughout (Batman's bat-moon boot footprints, Alfred's super-power being the ability to slip someone tea at a moment's notice) that made this feel like a full story and an opening chapter. It is nicely paced with a slow human moment before hitting the gas on adventure the rest of the way. And there are decent hooks to keep me intrigued. Who is the dead alien? Who is the alien with the bat-grudge? Who is writing Kryptonese? Add to that a more classic representation of these two icons and I was a happy reader. Can't wait to read more.

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9.6
Batman/Superman (2013) #29

Feb 16, 2016

So overall, I thought this was a very good issue. The plot is interesting. The characterization is both classic and modern. And the art works very well. There isn't much more you can ask for in a comic. With Rebirth around the corner, I wouldn't mind Taylor writing this kind of Superman long term.

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9.6
Batman/Superman (2013) #30

Mar 14, 2016

Yes, Superman and Batman are different. Their motivations are different. Their power levels are different. But they can be friends. They can work together. They both have the same goals. We haven't seen that much these days where everyone wants to do an homage to the end of Miller's Dark Knight Returns. So thanks for Tom Taylor for showing us that World's Finest relationship again!

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9.6
Batman/Superman (2013) #31

Apr 15, 2016

I think this arc is basically setting up the new Superman books. Yes, Supergirl is in National City. But we know Yang's New Superman is a Chinese citizen imbued with Superman's powers. This has to spring from the villain's lab and these Superman avatars. And is this how Lois Lane becomes Superwoman? Most of all, this continued to read like a classic Superman book, the sort of book most Superman fans want to read. No monstrous mutations, no lack of powers, no floating aloofness, no torturing helpless villains. He wants to do good. He loves his family and friends. He wants to make sure the planet will remain safe.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) Annual #1

Mar 11, 2014

Now that is a nice moment. It is really the payoff moment of this book. But it was only on the second reading did I realize that Jochi was a reflection of Kon/Damian. Because the fight scenes have to be there, because we need to get to the ending, and because we have to get there fast, everything outside of the Lee pages careens to the ending. I see glimmers of what could be a very good story with an emotional undercurrent. But I am left wanting a bit more. Still, those glimmers are good glimmers. And the clan interaction when we see it is fantastic. I hope we see more Superman Family and Batman Family crossovers in this book.

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5.0
Batman/Superman (2013) Annual #2

Apr 6, 2015

So that is quite a way to end this issue, especially given we have 2 months of Convergence. Maybe this wound and the recovery is what leads into 'The Truth' and Superman's new look. After a lackluster issue with improbable action, I reached this ending and suddenly wanted more. I suppose that means it is a good cliffhanger! Still, the majority of the story just didn't resonate with me.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013): Futures End #1

Sep 22, 2014

It seems that the current comic world has put Batman up on a pedestal. It has made him all-powerful and uber-cool. It has made him him look brilliant while making Superman look naive and moronic. This is the first comic I have seen in a while to show that a world where Batman is the inspiration is going to be a a dark place. For that reason only, I have to applaud this book. Too bad the undercurrent of why this happens is that Superman has gone into hiding, something I don't think Superman would do.

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8.4
Blackest Night: Superman #3

Oct 26, 2009

While I thought the use of the Medusa Mask as a weapon against the zombies was inspired, I thought the New Krypton shielding seemed a little too easy of an answer. I remain hopeful that Supergirl isn't kept on the bench of the biggest DCU crossover in several years because James Robinson stuck her there. And the art work was tremendous in those pages Barrows did. I believe he is scheduled to be the artist on Blackest Night:Wonder Woman. Hopefully he can keep up on his deadlines there.

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8.4
Bullet Ame-Comi Girls #4

Jun 11, 2013

Loud, fast, and fun, this book continues to be entertaining. I am loving the Jade character. And Power Girl is written with the same strength and wit that Palmiotti/Gray brought to her solo title. If only Supergirl could be a hero!

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8.0
Bullet Showcase #97

May 12, 2015

Again, I like a brash Power Girl. I like her being opinionated and maybe a little rough around the edges. But this seems just as rude. I think this is a great issue for Power Girl fans, taking a look back at her early personality and giving us some great art. While not a key part of a Supergirl collection, Karen fans should look for this run of Showcase.

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8.4
Convergence #0

Apr 8, 2015

When the story ends, we have several pages devoted to defining which cities and histories exist on this world. In that way it is akin to Multiversity. But it also strikes me as simply a fun sort of side event. I didn't expect to like this issue quite this much. And yet, I turned the pages with some sense of glee. There was a little feeling of nostalgia here. Like any good opening issue to a big miniseries, there were hooks here to keep me interested, wanting more. For a long time reader, there is the promise of seeing older characters again. And it is visually beautiful. I felt like a young reader again ... and that is always a good sign.

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6.0
Convergence #6

May 19, 2015

Overall, I think Convergence has been something of a mixed bag. Some things have been good. Others missteps. And this main story has been up and down. Still, how great to see that original Supergirl again.

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8.4
Convergence #7

May 26, 2015

Lobdell writing. Supergirl featured prominently in a Crisis-esque mini-series. No solo book. A possible 'new version', more like the show's Kara, possibly on the horizon. Could Supergirl die in the next issue??? But, rather than dwell on ugly possibilities, I'll concentrate on the fun. I was entertained. And that's all I can ask for.

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6.0
Convergence #8

May 29, 2015

As for Convergence, it is no Crisis. It is just another event on the pile.

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8.4
Convergence: Action Comics #1

May 4, 2015

This wasn't a perfect issue by any means. But the opening scene with the Lois love as well as the great characterization of Power Girl raised this Convergence mini for me. The great dialogue and crisp art was welcomed. And an old school Karen and Kal helped seal the deal. The only lasting concern is Lois' surliness to close the book. I do wonder where this is going. I guess Luthor will play some part in the climax as some space was devoted to him. And I hope I get to see the super-cousins battling side by side one more time!

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9.6
Convergence: Action Comics #2

Jun 1, 2015

With the planet rumbling and shifting into the main universe, the next goal is clear. Kal and Karen have to face the threat behind this world, at this point it being Deimos. They say goodbye to their partners and head into battle as super-cousins. I like as they streak to battle, Clark tells Karen how much he loves her. I love it when the super-family is a super family! Convergence was an odd mini-series, convoluted and discombobulated. The associated mini-series were a mixed bag. Some I thought were excellent reimaginings of some beloved characters from my past. Others fell short. This issue was mostly a brawl between heroes but it included some plot progression, some character turns, and some spot on characterization for this era Power Girl. Add to that the clean art of St. Aubin and Parsons, this mini-series was an entertaining story, one of the better Convergence crossovers I read.

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6.0
Convergence: Justice League #1

Apr 10, 2015

So what to think of this? I, for the most part, like Supergirl here. Although there is a bit of that edginess from the earliest adventures of this incarnation that rub me the wrong way. I really don't like the treatment of Mera. And the art skews to cheesecake. I guess that means overall it is something of a mixed bag.

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8.0
Convergence: Justice League #2

May 8, 2015

Add to that the relatively ease with which Zatanna, Jade, and Jessie are caught as well as the humiliating death of Vixen and this book isn't without its warts. But I love the Supergirl in this book. She was the red skirted, bike short wearing, muscle of the team! That alone lifts this book up a couple of notches.

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8.4
Convergence: Superboy #1

Apr 20, 2015

But I do have to wonder why the Kingdom Come Superman, so eager in that book to bring about some peace, would so willingly join in the tournament, fighting other heroes. That seems wrong. And the Kingdom Come Superman was so powerful, even Kryptonite wouldn't bother him. So I don't think would be a close fight. I thought this was one of the better issues of Convergence because it captured the feeling of this period's Superboy book. That's more than I can say for Supergirl Matrix or Batgirl. And there was even a little teen angst to go along with the teen spirit.

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8.0
Convergence: Superboy & The Legion of Super-Heroes #1

Apr 27, 2015

These Convergence titles are frustrating. They have often been a tease, giving me a tiny taste of something I miss but not delivering 100%. This is a Legion I miss. These are characters I love. And there are whiffs of characterization I miss. But it isn't perfect. And there are some missteps.

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7.0
Convergence: Supergirl - Matrix #1

Apr 17, 2015

I have talked about the art ... slick and stylish with vivid colors by Hi-Fi. But I think the lasting feeling for me was this Supergirl being verbally skewered by Lex and simply taking it. Maybe we'll see her toss of the shackles next issue.

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9.6
Convergence: Superman #1

Apr 13, 2015

I very much felt sympathy for Project:Superman so I hope he isn't portrayed to badly here. I  think the ethics of Superman exist in this guy. He is just hurting, emotionally fragile, and immature. He hasn't had a lifetime of interactions to help guide him. He might not realize that this could seem threatening. I loved this issue ... every part of it. So far, this is the winner of Convergence in my mind!

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10
Convergence: Superman #2

May 11, 2015

As I said in the opening part of this review, I was looking forward to these Convergence minis as a way to revisit the corners of the DC history that I miss and love. This book delivered that 100%. Thanks to Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund and colorist Brad Anderson for giving me this."So shines a good deed in a weary world."

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8.0
Convergence: Superman: Man of Steel #1

Apr 22, 2015

So overall this was a fine if maybe overly stuffed issue. Between all the characters and all the plots, this felt a bit too busy. Maybe I wanted to get more John Henry and less of these others. And frankly, I have little use for Gen13. Still, this wasn't a bad issue. I was entertained. It was good to see these characters again. Simonson captures everyone's voices nicely. Brigman's art is solid and classic. But I wonder if this story would be better served with three issues instead of two.

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4.0
Convergence: Superman: Man of Steel #2

May 21, 2015

This wasn't a particularly great look back at Steel. It wasn't a particularly good story. It doesn't seem to impact Convergence at all. It simply is. And when you are an average comic that I had super-high expectations for, you feel below average.

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8.4
Convergence: The Adventures of Superman #1

Apr 24, 2015

Happy enough to look past Lucius making hard-core tech, Zor-El creating the Zone projector, and the Zone itself being a physical plane. Because it had been a long time since I read this Supergirl in all her glory. So a tip of the hat to Marv Wolfman for writing a great Supergirl issue. (Now that's something I thought I'd never write!!)

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8.4
Convergence: The Adventures of Superman #2

May 22, 2015

I was cringing a bit when this mini-series was first announced. The Wolfman connection to the pre-Crisis Supergirl isn't one I need to revisit. But, of all the times he has returned to the character and this moment, I think this one is his best. For the first time, it felt like he respected this character. In many ways, she is the hero of this 2 issue story. And she is a hero, knowing that she will need to pay the ultimate price, her life. But she knew that going into this adventuring business. And, despite the good stories I have read of Matrix, and the reboot Supergirl, and even the New 52 Supergirl in places, it was good to revisit this Supergirl one more time. And it wasn't the naive, super-sweet young Supergirl. It was the mature Supergirl, at the height of her game.

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8.0
Cry For Justice #5

Nov 28, 2009

And, the artwork is just stunning. I can understand why DC would be willing to wait for Mauro Cascioli to complete the artwork here. The finished work is wonderful. So I guess this is another up and down issue in an up-and-down miniseries. But I think this one was more up than down.

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3.0
Cry For Justice #7

Mar 5, 2010

But even this scene ... the dramatic last page of the series ... fell flat. From a story point of view, I can't get around the fact that Prometheus dies this way. Here is a villain so prepared that he has a defense against everything ... including having nanites to defeat the Atom in his blood. He had shown himself to be protected against telepathy and magic. But his helmet isn't arrow proof? Just a plain old steel-tipped arrow is what brings him down? Really?

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9.6
Danger Club #6

Feb 2, 2015

My mind has gone around in circles trying to figure out where this is going and where it will end. And that is the highest compliment I can give a book!

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9.6
Danger Club #7

Feb 27, 2015

This book has been incredible. It could be read as a superhero story unto itself, a book about heroes fighting cosmic villains. But it wasn't until 2 issues ago that I first glimpsed what was happening here, how those initial flashback pages were prior timelines, simpler times. And now I am thinking this is a comic about comics, about how characters can be mutated and corrupted over time.

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9.6
Danger Club #8

Apr 15, 2015

I can only hope that a trade comes out with the entire series. And I would love some foreword or back matter by the team explaining their hopes and ideas of the series. We need books like this out there, commentary on comics. So which ending did you prefer??

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9.6
DC Bombshells #3

Oct 21, 2015

Right behind the German patrol are Americans led by General Sam Lane. He knows a Bombshell when he sees one. I am really enjoying this comic. I am not always a fan of Elseworlds but this one seems to be a complete universe with a great set of unique characters. The different artists work for the different arcs. And Batwoman is too fantastic.

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9.6
DC Bombshells #5

Dec 3, 2015

I really love this particular arc. Yes, I am partial to Supergirl. But there are serious character beats here as these two have to deal with loyalty, distrust, science, and mysticism. So overall, this book continues to keep me engaged and entertained. And I can't really ask for more. It is a delight to read and the individual art styles are well-suited for the particular runs. I keep hoping we will eventually see all these heroes together in one League-like team.

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8.0
DC Bombshells #7

Jan 4, 2016

I guess I would call this a rest issue, a way to pause the bigger story of the action at the front and show us another element of this world. And it was executed in a fun, wild manner. I like that this is a newer sort of Newsboy Legion. But I am eager to head back to Europe. It is a high compliment that I want to see what is happening to other plot threads. I shouldn't damn this issue for the quality of the rest of this book. And the tone here, a bit more lighthearted, is a refreshing change of pace.

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9.6
DC Bombshells #9

Feb 12, 2016

That was a packed issue, really pushing the characters and plotlines along. These two threads are my favorite so I was very happy to have Diana, Mera, Kara, and Kortni put in the spotlight. The art is great. There are panels I would have loved to post, one in particular where Kortni jumps from one roof to another where it seems like she is reaching for a lightning bolt like a rope. I couldn't be happier with this book and I wonder if there is a planned end or if it is selling so well that it will continue.

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10
DC Bombshells #10

Mar 4, 2016

This is another winning chapter. The power of Kate speaking about the prejudice against her people and fighting for freedom was powerful. The magical dove sweeping in with mystical wavy energy bolstered Sauvage's art here, a nice complement to the action. So another fine print issue of the Bombshells. But the Diana chapter stands out as the bright spot of this series so far. I was floored. Hard to do that to a grizzled old-time reader.

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10
DC Bombshells #12

May 18, 2016

I can't say enough about this issue. This was the season finale. And it felt like one. Big moments, both action and character. Stunning art. There are issues I read that remind me why I still love comic books as an old dude. This is one of those issues. No higher praise can be given. Thank you Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, and Mirka Andolfo.

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9.6
DC Bombshells #14

Jun 6, 2016

I know this was three chapters sent out digitally. But for an issue, I thought these endings all resonated. Mera and Arthur hugging. John telling Zatanna they can wait to do things right. And Harley and Ivy giving in to their passions. There is love and desire in all three scenes but they all play out differently. Just perfect. I hope people are giving this a try. Kudos to Bennett, Braga, and Andolfo for this amazing issue showing us love in time of war.

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8.4
DC Bombshells #23

Mar 6, 2017

Bombshells #23 came out this week and finally brought back Supergirl and Wonder Woman. Their chapter was a deep dive into their characters, looking at how each looks at grief. It is drawn with some grit and some grandeur about Matias Bergara. And suddenly it felt like I was reading 'my' Bombshells book again. Thankfully.

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8.0
DC Bombshells #26

May 8, 2017

I have to say that the Supergirl story elevated the issue for me. I honestly had no interest in the Hawkgirl/Vixen 'Transformers Beast War' storyline about robot animals. And I haven't really been pulled into the Raven arc either. So the bulk of this book being a story that has grabbed me was appreciated.

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8.4
DC Bombshells #27

May 22, 2017

Now while I enjoyed the Supergirl piece, the bulk of the book focuses on the Zatanna/Raven/Ivy/Harley story. And this has yet to grab me. I have talked about how I don't like when this book veers towards being an 'agenda book'. Here I didn't like how Bennett is getting bit too cute with her writing.

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8.0
DC Bombshells #29

Jun 26, 2017

I do hope that all these Bombshells in all these different parts of the globe are somehow united before this series ends. I hope we get a big send off just like that Battle of Britain issue was. And I don't know if this still saves this book from picking up the next volume.

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4.0
DC Bombshells #30

Jul 7, 2017

Harley Quinn making a Christian Bale joke. John Constantine becoming a Hare-blazer. It is all too hip for me. It feels like a 'look how cool I am, I can flaunt comic convention' moments. It reminded me of the same sort of cheeky, 'break the 4th wall', "let's concentrate on plot C" dialogue, kind of stuff I read in Bennett's Josie and the Pussycats. It just doesn't work for me in this book with this plot.

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4.0
DC Bombshells #32

Aug 8, 2017

I find that as the story has lost me that I have become much more particular in my reviews here. Minor things which I might have glossed over now stick a bit more.

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5.0
DC Bombshells #33

Aug 18, 2017

But this whole last year of this title has felt a little too rushed and a little too precious. Perhaps the break and the new focus of the next title will allow Bennett to tighten things up a bit. I'll wait to hear from others if I should be collecting.

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9.6
DC Comics Presents #28

Nov 2, 2011

You'll need to go the DC Bloodlines blog to find out. Trust me, chapter three is the trippiest of this arc and well worth checking out. And the review will be a sort of round table between Frank and me. As for this issue, I think Wein did a great job with Supergirl, showing her to be smart, strong, and a bit strong-willed. You can tell she has youthful enthusiasm, eager to jump right into the fray. The art is credited to both Starlin and Romeo Tanghal. There are definitely pages which have a greater Starlin feel to them. So I wonder if Tanghal pitched on pencils as well as inks. The art is very good, especially the action sequences. As for a Supergirl collection, I would rank this of medium importance more for the bigger DCU-ness of it (Mongul and Warworld's first arc) than specifically for Supergirl. That said, her characterization and seeing her seamlessly team up with Superman is a joy. Well worth the $4-6 bucks someone would need to spend at a comic store or convention.

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9.6
DC Comics: Bombshells #1

Aug 15, 2015

The book is placed in the forties, during WW2, and looks at the adventures of the female super-heroes of the time. While the merchandise line seems to lean on a sort of Vargas pinup girl or air force bomber iconography, this is not a cheesecake book. The entire book revolves around these women as heroes, not eye candy. And with this period piece feel, and on the heels of the show Agent Carter, this was entertaining and engaging.

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9.6
DC Comics: Bombshells #2

Sep 4, 2015

And luckily, the Supergirl stuff is solid. I like Kara's no nonsense attitude there. Is it okay for me to admit I am surprised at how good this book is?

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9.6
DC Comics: Bombshells #4

Nov 13, 2015

Perhaps the best way for me to sum up this issue and this title is that it is wildly entertaining. I just love it. And these versions of the characters are so engaging. They are treated with respect. They are fancifully dressed but that is just a superficial rendering of more three dimensional characters. I hope this book is a success in all its formats. Because it is a ton of fun, written well and lushly drawn.

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9.6
DC Comics: Bombshells #6

Dec 14, 2015

All these pages are by Jarrell and everyone is just fresh, strong, and beautiful. The art sings here, working with the words. So I continue to love this book. It is a guilty pleasure, an Elseworlds based on statues of scantily clad characters. But Bennett brings so much more to the table. This is a nice romp.

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9.6
DC Comics: Bombshells #8

Jan 12, 2016

I thought this underwater action sequence was drawn brilliantly, and the colors here (J. Nanian and Kelly Fitzpatrick) are murky and dark when needed to convey the environment. Wonderful. So another great issue in this series. I read comics to escape a bit and to be entertained. This book has continued to do both. Action, characterization, multiple locales, it has it all. This is wonderful, a 'top of the stack' book every time.

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8.4
DC Comics: Bombshells #11

Apr 18, 2016

This was an action packed issue, as a war issue should be. And yet, throughout, we see these small moments of character. Whether it is romance or inspiration or even humor, Bennett is able to let the characters breath and be three-dimensional even as the chaos happens around them. So, outside the Stargirl and Supergirl odd moments, this book shined, another chapter in a great saga. Given the lack of #Rebirth news, I have to assume we are nearing the end. That is a shame.

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5.0
DC Comics: Bombshells #31

Jul 27, 2017

Kara won't become a monster. She won't become the lieutenant in Faora's army. She won't lead a clone army. She'll fight Faora. (I bet Faora is regretting letting Kara go now). I guess we'll see how this all ends next month.

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8.4
DC Super Hero Girls #1

Jul 6, 2016

This was a fun, breezy, delightful look at these characters. I have yet to be disappointed by this line. So kudos to Fontana and Labat. They really tell a refreshing story even for a grizzled old comic veteran like me.

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9.6
DC Super Hero Girls (FCBD 2016) #1

May 19, 2016

It is a great peek into the DC Superhero Girls world. And it was free! Hope everyone grabbed it. And hope everyone grabs the Finals Crisis graphic novel.

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8.4
Dcu: Legacies #6

Oct 27, 2010

Or maybe it's just an amusing way to acknowledge all the Legion reboots and eras. I thought it was a very nice read with a humorous tenor. Certainly this was a slick contrast to the review of the darker chapters of the DCU seen in the front half. I am not blown away by this book but I have consistently enjoyed it.

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9.6
Dcu: Legacies #8

Dec 27, 2010

Anyways, at least for one panel, that incarnation still exists in the current DCU. Much like the pre-Crisis Supergirl panels, I think DC simply wants to acknowledge the breadth and complexity of continuity. Some people may have vague memories of people who simply no longer are around. Congratulations to Len Wein for putting this story together and celebrating the DCU. And I didn't even mention the Frank Quitely drawn New Gods second story! That was a great second feature and a sympathetic look at Orion; it would have been worth the cover price itself.

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8.4
Doom Patrol (2009) #14

Sep 16, 2010

And I am enjoying this title. It isn't Morrison's Doom Patrol, a run revered by me. But it is a good version of the Doom Patrol and I can't ask for more than that. The mixed art of Matthew Clark and Ron Randall is fine here, although Clark's line work is a bit more suited for the warped world of this book. That vivesection scene was gruesome.

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8.4
Doom Patrol (2009) #15

Oct 13, 2010

I have said it before and I'll say it again. I thought Grant Morrison made it impossible for me to like any other version of the Doom Patrol but his. Kudos to Keith Giffen for letting me read and enjoy new stories of these characters I love so much. If only DC will keep the title afloat. I think Matthew Clark and Ron Randall do a good job tag-teaming the art in this issue (as they do each issue). I wonder if it would be possible to have each do alternating complete issues. I'd like to see that.

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8.0
Earth 2 #1

May 8, 2012

And for a first issue, this wasn't bad, doing what it needed to do. It set the table. This is a world without heroes still recovering from the horrors of this interdimensional war. The world is a pock-mocked mess. What is coming that will spur the birth of a new generation of heroes? But as I said above, the million dollar question is are readers interested in a young and untested JSA nouveau. I wonder ... I suppose that I will get the next issue to see just where this is all going. Certainly, Nicola Scott's art is engaging enough to warrant another issue.

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8.0
Earth 2 #15.1

Sep 11, 2013

Anyways, this was a fine issue. Nothing spectacular. The Kirby wrinkle is certainly innovative but I wonder if you didn't know that was The King if you would be confused by the focus on this unnamed artist. Not as good as Bizarro. Not as head-shaking as Cyborg Superman. Better than Deadshot and Poison Ivy.

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9.6
Flashpoint #3

Jul 7, 2011

So overall, this was a very entertaining issue. I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting it. So this was a pleasant surprise in my stack. I hope this series isn't peaking here but building on itself. But what of Subject 3? I hope DC does the right thing.

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8.4
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #1

Jul 1, 2011

The question really is where the heck do we go from here? Bart would need to go back in time and stop Flashpoint from happening to reset the right timeline. Could he be the hero of this thing? Or does he somehow get some more chronal protection? Or does he try to recreate his birth within this new timeline? Maybe he is going to flit around the timeline throughout? I have no idea where this is going ... and that is also another hook for me. But really, the character of Kid Flash made this a lot of fun despite all the horror that has bubbled up in Flashpoint. And that was appreciated.

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9.6
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #2

Aug 4, 2011

Crisis on Infinite Earths #8. Will we see Bart go back in time trying to get to Barry? Is this a way of Bart fulfilling the legacy of the Flash? Becoming the Flash? So this mini-series continues to rise to the top of the Flashpoint world along with Project Superman. It is such a satisfying and odd mix of despair and humor. That isn't an easy cocktail to make. Add to that the heroism of Patty and this was a very entertaining issue. It makes me lament the 'hinted at but never materialized' Speed Force comic Gates was supposed to write.

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9.6
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #3

Sep 1, 2011

I do find it interesting that the two pieces of Flashpoint I liked the best were on the periphery of the main story. And now ... the DCnU.

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5.0
Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #1

Aug 30, 2011

But did it star Lois? No. And did it give me enough of the Resistance to make me actually care for those characters? Not really. And did it have a lot of death and carnage? Yep - Hawkgirl, Cheetah, Huntress, and Artemis all die violent deaths on screen. So I can't say that this satisfied my need for a great Lois story (although James Peaty and Kelly Sue DeConnick did some solid Lois stuff in the last year of Supergirl, so at least I have that).

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5.0
Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #2

Aug 3, 2011

The cover of next issue shows someone wearing the Britannia armor, presumably Black. Does that mean Penny Black will be the hero of this mini? That would seem off to me. I hope we get to see Lois shine in that issue. But I am glad that this Flashpoint world is going away soon. It is a cheerless place.

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8.4
Flashpoint: Project Superman #1

Jul 6, 2011

So this first issue grabbed me the way any good first issue should. A nice opening hook. A good understanding of the character. A great end hook to keep me coming back. What will Superman be like in this bleak world? What will he be like without the upbringing of the Kents? It is Superman's attachments that make him who he is. Will he have those attachments in the Flashpoint DCU? Add to the solid story the wild Gene Ha art, and this book was a winner.

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9.6
Flashpoint: Project Superman #2

Aug 2, 2011

Hmmm ... where is Supergirl in this world though? I will say, I have very much enjoyed this look at Superman, seen through a mirror darkly.

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9.6
Flashpoint: Project Superman #3

Aug 29, 2011

In the past DCU, it's Ma and Pa Kent. In the new DCnU? Dan Didio says he has no 'human tether'. So what will we see? Snyder and Francis do a great job showing us enough snippets of Kal's life and Sinclair's devolution to give us a strong sense of who they are, what their motivations are. And it leads to a prefect denouement, with Kal suddenly thrust into the role of world saver. And Gene Ha's art complements that script seamlessly. This miniseries was a bright spot in the Flashpoint universe.

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8.4
Grayson Annual #2

Oct 7, 2015

It is a good issue with a good Superman. And I always liked these two characters interacting. So I would keep my eye out for this issue, especially if you are sick of the 'eye for an eye' Clark in Superman. While the price point might be a sticking point, keep it in the back of your mind. Maybe when it eventually hits the dollar bin or during a store sale?

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8.4
Green Lantern (2011) #28

Feb 7, 2014

Plus the art is just spectacular. Hoping now I run intoVitti at some convention. So if I had to have an opening chapter to Red Daughter (a storyline I don't want to see), thisone was as good a start as I could anticipate.

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8.4
Hawk and Dove #1

Sep 12, 2011

The big thing here is that I feel that the action of this book is going to be over the top wild. I think this book is going to be loud and fun with a lot of mythology built in. If that feeling is right, Liefeld is the perfect artist for the book. Like Action, this was a big hit of the week for me.

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8.4
Hawk and Dove #2

Oct 11, 2011

As much as I am loving the action here, like a blockbuster crazy summer movie, it is the avatar mythology stuff that interests me the most. What is Sterling Gates plan here? And I'm mean it when I can't wait to see how the implications of Swan's origins mean in terms of Dove's. That was such a huge scene for this book. This book seems to have it all - fun action and a deeper layer being scratched at. And I want to be an avatar in this comic. I'll be Peregrine, and make my colors dark blue. I'll be the avatar of pessimism!

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8.4
Hawk and Dove #3

Nov 7, 2011

So I have been enjoying the thrill ride this comic has been. So a lot of 'clues' or hints about stuff this issue has really whet my appetite for more. And the battle scenes have been appropriately over the top nutty. I can't imagine anyone better suited to be drawing this comic than Liefeld. And Gates seems to be building a more cosmic background here. I can't wait to see just how all these little reveals come together. And hopefully that supra-dimensional background and street level super-villain hijinks will give him some freedom to take the book in lots of directions.

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8.4
Hawk and Dove #4

Dec 13, 2011

So we are getting more and more information about the mystic tapestry of the avatars and what they represent. And, for me, that is the best part of the book. I want to learn it all ... and I want to learn it all now ... but I am savoring the ride. To be honest, it reminds me a bit of the last Hawk and Dove series, the Kesel book, when we were teased for a while with glimpses of fur under Hawk's costume and wondering just what it all meant. This book remains a giddy pleasure amidst the new 52.

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4.0
Hawk and Dove #5

Jan 9, 2012

Anyways, part of the draw of this book from it's inception was Sterling Gates' presence. After seeing how he handled characterization and relationships in Supergirl, I thought he would handle Hank and Dawn very well. And I also felt like he would be able to bring a fresh approach to the mythology of the avatars. And we saw the roots of that in the first 4.5 issues. But frankly, the way this was all wrapped up, I doubt that Rob Liefeld is going to be able to write the sort of Hawk and Dove book I want. I'll give next issue a try. But I wonder if this is my jumping off point.

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0.8
Hawk and Dove #6

Feb 7, 2012

Anyways, so this book felt like something of a scramble. And there was nothing about it that makes me want to read the last 2 issues of the run. And it's a shame because the threads about the avatars mythos in the first issues and the Dawn/Don connection won't be resolved. But that means that DC thought that THIS book was a better direction than the way the book was going the first 4 issues. And that is the scariest thing about this issue. Because it makes me worry.

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9.6
Jimmy Olsen #1

Apr 4, 2011

This comic is crazy, wacky, and fast-paced. It's funny and topical and witty. And it seems to channel all the good energy from the early Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen comics. R.B. Silva's art is the perfect fit here, detailed and stylish. This really was a fun read and I highly recommend it. I just think the next time I read it, I'll do it over the course of a week myself. One day at a time. Because if taken in large doses, I wonder if it would read as 'too clever' which I know sounds like when Salieri said Mozart's work had too many notes. Uh oh ... now maybe I am being too clever.

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10
Joker's Asylum II: The Mad Hatter #1

Jun 22, 2010

And the art so perfectly suits the book. This is an ugly story of madness and the art by Keith Giffen and Bill Sienkiewicz is beautifully ugly as well. I have been reading comics for a long time and have seen it all. I relish whenever there is a moment which utterly shocks me, which makes me completely reverse the way I was thinking. This book did that in a gut-wrenching way. I can give it no higher praise.

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6.0
Justice League #6

Mar 1, 2012

As I said, the book so far hasn't been the tentpole book I was hoping it would be. Maybe Johns and Lee felt they needed a big loud splash to open up the DCnU. And hopefully the next stories will be more about the characters and less about their fists. I find it interesting that the moment I am going to probably remember most about this arc will be the Flash goofily naming the team 'The Super Seven', a simple phrase speaking volumes about Barry. The moment I will most likely try to forget? Batman taking off his cowl ... something I can never ever ever imagine he would do. But the reveal that the hooded woman was Glorith Pandora is kind of interesting.

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5.0
Justice League #14

Nov 27, 2012

It's a shame that the Batman piece is there because it did dim the light of the nice speech Superman gave here. Anyways, that speech saved the book from being dropped by me ... at least for now.

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8.0
Justice League #52

Jun 27, 2016

Overall, I liked this issue as a character study in Luthor. In many ways, Luthor is somewhat immutable in my mind. He is a narcissist. He believes he knows what is best for all mankind. And he is willing to do whatever he has to in order to actualize his plans. I could never consider Luthor a hero.

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8.0
Justice League 3001 #1

Jun 30, 2015

There is stuff I still don't get. The Fire/Ice stuff needs fleshing out. We hear about Firestorm but we didn't see him. But this was grabbing enough to make me ... gasp ... seek out the back issues of the old series. I won't read this series with the same discerning eye I read others, in the same way I don't watch Evil Dead 2 with the same critical eye I watch The Exorcist.

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9.6
Justice League 3001 #2

Jul 24, 2015

This continues to be a sort of irreverent super-hero book. It goes along at a fast pace. It has character moments and high action. And it is a weird book with semi-likable heroes and subterfuge and deceit. Add some pretty dynamic art from Howard Porter and this book crackled. I like this book! I can only hope that Supergirl continues to be portrayed like this. She should be a great foil to the current Leaguers, a call back to a simpler and brighter world.

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9.6
Justice League 3001 #3

Aug 31, 2015

I mean this is a complex book which has a lot of balls in the air. But it pulls it off so well, mixing the plots in and out, adding in humor in places, and keeping me engaged as a reader. And it has a Supergirl I recognize and love. Please try this book if you haven't!

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8.0
Justice League 3001 #4

Sep 25, 2015

Anyways, this was a Flash-centric story and we learn much more about Teri here. This also helps fill in some information for any readers who jumped on board for 3001 and didn't read 3000. But I keep hoping for more Supergirl.

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9.6
Justice League 3001 #5

Nov 3, 2015

And I get pre-Crisis Supergirl! There is a DC book with Supergirl in it! Now if only Howard Porter could have stayed on the book!

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9.6
Justice League 3001 #6

Nov 27, 2015

But that's the beauty of this book. This book continues to be one of the most entertaining and complex books I read. It is something of a deep dive into DC continuities. Giffen and DeMatteis continue to grab me, steamrolling ahead with new characters, new threats, and now deaths. Plus, Silver Age Supergirl! Add Doran's clean art and this issue is a complete win.

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9.6
Justice League 3001 #7

Dec 31, 2015

I haven't spoken about the art yet. Chris Batista and the inkers do a nice job veering close to the styles of Porter and Kolins, adding scratches and wear-and-tear on everything. The fight sequences are nicely rendered. But the big win is the expressions, adding much emotional overlay to the dialogue. So this seems like a 'bold new direction' issue, a new path for a new team. And I am loving it. This book, like REBELS a few years ago, is the book I am championing, hoping DC will continue to print.

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9.6
Justice League 3001 #8

Jan 29, 2016

Whew! This is what a bold new direction is supposed to be, keeping the foundation of a book but shaking it up. We have a new universal threat, infused with Legion of Super-heroes elements (hurrah!). We have an unsteady team, hiding away, and being led by a young Supergirl. And we have versions of classic characters tossed into the mix of a dystopia. It all works. So if you are looking for a jumping on point, a place to swim in the deep end of DC mythology, this is the issue for you.

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9.6
Justice League 3001 #9

Feb 26, 2016

I fear these two more that I do the League in some ways. I've gushed enough I think. This book is a wonderful mix of all the things I like about comics. Kudos to all involved!

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8.4
Justice League 3001 #10

Mar 29, 2016

I continue to be amazed at this book. It has the complicated plots of the Five Years Later Legion with the madness of Justice League International. I guess that is like comic book peanut butter and chocolate. Two great things mixed together. On top of that, I love the characterization we see of these characters. This is a great Supergirl and I'll be sad when I don't get to read her anymore. But Lois, Ariel, Diana ... they are all unique personalities. Two more issues to go. Everyone should be grabbing this book before it leaves us.

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8.0
Justice League 3001 #11

May 4, 2016

I still love the book. I like this issue. The members and their personalities and interactions are wonderful. The ideas are big and deep and fun. The villains are interesting. It is a wonderful omelet of a book, bringing in great DC bits of continuity. But it is running down the road, a bit out of control, to get to the finish line. What I wouldn't give for three more issues and a little more time.

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8.0
Justice League 3001 #12

Jun 1, 2016

But in the end, I got a year of fun and wild issues. I got a classic Supergirl leading a Justice League. I got strands of all the DC incarnations I have read in my time as a comic fan. This book has been a roller coaster ride of great characterizations looked through a funhouse mirror, recognizable but different, weird. I'll miss this crazy future. I want more. And that is the highest praise I can give.

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8.4
Justice League of America (2006) #45

May 24, 2010

I like Bagley's art, particularly his rendition of Jade here. At times his line work seems muddier than I am used to seeing, a thicker line that sometimes distracted me a little. His Supergirl is very nice. And, hurray! Supergirl is back on a team!

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #46

Jul 2, 2010

So, overall some ups and downs here but I thought more ups. As always, the inclusions of the small things - be it Supergirl/Dick, or Jesse's devotion to her dad, or Jade's feelings for Kyle - mean as much to me as the big things. In this issue, maybe even more than the big things. And slowly but surely I have come to really appreciate Mark Bagley's art. Solid layouts, strong characterization, small details ... nothing but good things to say about it here. I really like the way he draws Jade.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #47

Jul 31, 2010

Bagley again seems a little rushed here. Some panels seem a little ragged or rough. The layouts and panel construction is still solid but some panels just seem a bit off. I can't wait to when Bagley can concentrate just on one title a month again. So lots of small stuff that is fantastic. Spot-on characterization. A plot that seems to be treading water a bit. And a concern for a lackluster ending.

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8.4
Justice League of America (2006) #48

Aug 27, 2010

So a nice, if understated, ending to the Starheart threat, Jade as a reborn hero, a new League acting as a team, and a bunch of new and interesting plotlines hinted at. All in all this was a very good issue. Last review I praised Mark Bagley for his ability to keep up with the art chores on this compressed storyline. This issue was the first time it felt a little rushed ... rough in some places, sparse in others.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #49

Sep 28, 2010

Overall I thought this was a good issue. The internal battle field of insecurities is a very well traveled road seen in many comics but I thought the contrast between the two heroes' versions of personal hell was a new wrinkle. And all this promise of darkness in Jade and the 'he's coming' rants is nice bait for the upcoming year. Pow Rodrix has a nice style, sort of Eddy Barrows-esque. It is stylized but not out of control. His art adds to the story, not distracts from it. I'd like to see more from him.

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9.6
Justice League of America (2006) #50

Oct 28, 2010

My growing fascination and appreciation of Mark Bagley continued here. There is a nice kinetic feel to his fight scenes here. And James Robinson, outside of a slip here and there in dialogue, really has a nice grasp of these characters as they each have a unique voice and personality. This was one of those issues where I wished the next part was coming out now as opposed to a month from now. That is always the sign of a good issue.

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9.6
Justice League of America (2006) #51

Nov 19, 2010

I thought this was a great issue. It just overflows with action. The threats are both huge (Omega Man) and smaller (the Crime Syndicate). Robinson continues to explore these characters and their motivations, showing how they are the Justice League but they aren't the big 7.

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8.4
Justice League of America (2006) #52

Dec 28, 2010

But a lot is also happening quickly. I still don't know if I quite grasp what the Omega Man is. It all has to wrap up next month. Mark Bagley continues to produce solid stuff here. I know it was recently announced he is going back to Ultimate Spiderman. I'll miss his work here.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #53

Jan 22, 2011

So Dark Supergirl's presence and the easy way Omega Man was defeated felt two low points in an otherwise pretty entertaining arc. And it doesn't look like this League will have time to catch their breath. Eclipso arrives next issue. Mark Bagley's art seemed a notch below his normal work here, appearing rushed and rough in a good portion of the issue.

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8.4
Justice League of America (2006) #54

Feb 19, 2011

Perhaps the best thing about this issue was the addition of Brett Booth to the book as artist. His stuff leaps of the page, detailed, stylish, lush. I cannot wait to see his work on this book ... especially given the 'bigger than life' stories that Robinson has been bringing us here. So, while it's not really a JLA issue, this did set up the next big arc nicely and filled in some knowledge gaps about Eclipso. Add to that these newer characters and Booth's spectacular art and I would say this was a success.

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8.4
Justice League of America (2006) #55

Mar 26, 2011

Another thing that I have liked about Robinson's League has been that they are fighting huge threats, dealing with the major players that the JLA is supposed to. Here they are fighting two at once. Eclipso and Doomsday are top tier villains. We'll have to see how this split League deals with them. The only downside to the issue was the 'too easy' appearances of Boodika and Saint Walker. They felt forced, there more to move the story in a direction than to actually have a reason for being there. Brett Booth's stuff really sizzles here. The battle sequences have a nice kinetic feel with a stylized and detailed feel. I hope he remains on the book for a while.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #56

Apr 27, 2011

Anyways, this was a decent issue although it felt like a sort of 'treading water' issue. Overall I am enjoying this arc but I was hoping things would progress a bit more. Still, some new threads were added to this storyline. Brett Booth continues to do an excellent job here, conveying the action in a very dynamic, high-octane way.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #57

May 26, 2011

Anyways, there are 2 issues left in this arc so plenty of time to explain things. There are some hooks I am interested in ... Batman's mystery hero, which Leaguer has the power to take out Eclipso. But have we really come to a place that we need to split the moon and try to kill God to get a reaction from the readers? Still, I have come to like this JLA as a team so I will sad to see this roster dismantled.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2006) #58

Jun 28, 2011

So the table is set for next month's finale. The Shade will get freed. Eclipso's army will desert him. And then, I think, Jade has to be the one to ultimately defeat him. She has been trumpeted throughout this run as stronger than ever, massively powerful. Freed from Eclipso's control and seeing Donna, I bet trounces him. Now, as for the moon, I bet the Starheart somehow undoes the damage to recreate the mystic city. As much as I am looking forward to seeing how all this wraps up, I actually am looking forward to JLA #60 more, Robinson's epilogue/love letter/finale to this team. I constantly remind myself that I only came to this book because Supergirl was on the team. I am glad I came because this has been a year plus here, bringing this quasi-'Big Seven' team together.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2006) #59

Jul 25, 2011

While this issue felt rushed with a lot of slapdash plot endings, I still have to say I enjoyed Robinson's run. These were big stories with a 'Little 7' team fighting big threats. This whole run was better than I expected, certainly better than the League was portrayed in Cry for Justice. And all these characters ... Supergirl, Bill, Mikaal, Jade ... they were all treated as top tier heroes. Not sidekicks or offshoots of main characters. Frankly, I can't wait for next month's epilogue issue. It will be time to say goodbye to this group. Heck, it'll be time to say goodbye to these characters as they will change or be gone in the DCnU. Will there be a Donna, Jessie, Jade, Bill, and Mikaal in the DCnU? Will the new Supergirl resemble this one at all. I am sure Robinson is going to send them off well.

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9.6
Justice League of America (2006) #60

Aug 20, 2011

Still, there was a definite sadness to this issue, Dick and Donna turning out the lights of the satellite and transporting away. Nightwing is in the DCnU. Supergirl is in the DCnU (albeit not this Supergirl). Jade is there (but what is her origin if Alan Scott wasn't the first GL). But the rest of these characters might not be seen for a long time. So I'll thank James Robinson again for his time on the title. Major threats, big arcs, legacy heroes ... it has been a fun ride. And this was a fitting closure.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #5

May 3, 2017

Anyways, the book is a good read. The team is a weird and interesting mix. And I loved the Lana, Ben, and Kara cameos. This issue would be a good jump on point.

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8.4
Justice League Of America's Vibe #3

Apr 23, 2013

So not a bad beginning for a title I am surprised to be buying. The friction between Vibe and ARGUS's goals is going to be the big draw for me. The possibility of classic inter-dimensional characters showing up is some nice spice. And Gates' sensibilities on a young hero along with Woods' slick art.

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8.0
Justice League Of America's Vibe #4

May 24, 2013

Okay, as a comic reader who cut my teeth on Legion, Teen Titans, Firestorm, and (of course) Supergirl, I have a soft spot for a title based on a young hero learning the ropes. Vibe settles nicely into that genre of comics and I have to say, I am enjoying it. Considering the fact that I have thought Vibe was a complete joke for 3 decades, I think kudos are in order for DC, Geoff Johns, and Sterling Gates. I suppose I will have to wait a bit to see a jail break from the Circus of captured interdimensional characters. But I better see one!

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8.4
Justice League Of America's Vibe #5

Jun 25, 2013

So overall a rapid and very fun ride with dramatic character movement forward. I would have expected this sort of story more around issue twelve of this series, so to get it so early is interesting to me. How will this effect the JLA book? Will this remain a 'teen hero discovering his place' book? Or will the cruel reality of rebelling against a black ops system with family and friends being caught in the crossfire end up working into the book? Will trusting ARGUS then trusting Gypsy leave Paco jaded and cautious? Or will he continue to try to help those he feels need it without reservation. This book has been consistently entertaining. It has a classic 'struggling young hero' feel like early Spiderman, Firestorm, etc. But it also is moving at a breakneck pace which leaves you breathless as a reader, wanting to read more almost immediately. It is a shame that sales aren't healthy. People are missing out on a great little comic here.

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9.6
Justice League Of America's Vibe #6

Jul 22, 2013

I'll ask those who haven't read the book to try it. I'll ask those who read the book to talk it up. This is a winner! Oh yeah ... and LADY QUARK!!

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9.6
Justice League Of America's Vibe #7

Aug 27, 2013

So what can I say. After the disappointing Supergirl and Legion, I get another very solid Vibe issue, a book filled with action, some crazy action, and enough pathos to choke on. And throughout it, we have a kid just trying to be a hero because it is the right thing to do, no matter what sort of a morass he is wading in. Just solid stuff. I have seen more and more big name sites praising the book. I have seen tweets talking it up. I have beat the drum. I fear that this is an overlooked gem on the comic racks. I hope that DC doesn't pull the plug prematurely. They need this book. I need this book.

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8.4
Justice League Of America's Vibe #9

Nov 21, 2013

The book also has Amanda Waller confronting Dante. Maybe Cisco is going to die and Dante will become the 'even newer' Vibe? I hope not. Cisco has been a breath of fresh air in the dank New 52 DCU. It is a shame this book is ending. But I will support it and enjoy it till the end.

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8.4
Justice League Of America's Vibe #10

Dec 24, 2013

Vibe maintains his outlook on life, his desire to do what's right, and his ability to look past the cynicism of the world and be a hero. This book ended way too soon. Because it is this sort of hero that is desperately needed in the dark DCnU.

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8.4
Justice League United #0

May 1, 2014

Anyways, I always talk about what certain issues should do ... the first issue, the second to last issue of a big arc, etc. This issue did what a first issue should do. We have plenty of hooks to get me curious. I want to come back and see where this goes. And we have the players on the chess board. Add to that the very polished art of McKone and this was a winner. But what will Supergirl be like??

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8.0
Justice League United #1

May 22, 2014

Oh my god! Ultra the Multi-Alien repurposed for the modern comics! I have said that there is this delicious fudge ripple of Silver Age embedded in this book. And is there anything more Silver Age-y than Ultra? This is inspired. So no Supergirl but still a very entertaining, fun, and beautiful comic. If only that dis-arming didn't happen!

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8.4
Justice League United #2

Jun 18, 2014

And this issue kept the wheel turning. We know the whats and whys of Byth's plot. We have the team intact. And we have a cliffhanger, prepping for a nice action piece and heading to the finale. So far, this title is a nice mix of Silver Age plots, great characterization, and superb art. While this is a denser issue than the past, we needed that exposition to fill in the details. No complaints.

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10
Justice League United #3

Jul 11, 2014

Add the new twists in Zeta tech, the Byth/Lobo team, the ongoing Equinox mystery, and some hard core action and this was completely satisfying. Plus, Mike McKone and the whole art team of inkers and colorists really shine.

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9.6
Justice League United #4

Aug 15, 2014

For a comic that had only one action scene (Byth slaughtering Thanagarians), this was riveting. It was a way for Lemire to show us where he is going with these characters, what he thinks of them. And this origin, a group of heroes coming together to fight evil and then staying together, smacks of the most classic origins - JLA and Avengers included. Add to that the smooth, slick, nuanced art from Mike McKone and you have a winner.

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8.4
Justice League United #5

Oct 10, 2014

I knew the Legion was showing up next issue but this still was a great ending. The Legion is back and in good hands! So some great characterization, an origin of Equinox that leaves me thirsty for more, a new plotline and a compelling cliffhanger. Just another smart and slick issue of Justice League United. For what might be considered a 'rest issue' this moved things along and entertained. The art just wasn't my cup of tea.

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8.4
Justice League United #6

Nov 14, 2014

As I said above, Lemire and Edwards do a great job with this middle chapter, turning up the action to 10 while moving the plot and the characterization forward as well. Outside of the slight misstep with Buddy, I thought this whole thing clicked ... from Supergirl's fierceness, to Byth's comments about Kara, to Equinox's insecurity ... and her ability to overcome it and be a hero. I hope Hawkman's brainwashing ends soon (a Saturn Girl mind scrub?) and the two distinct fronts end up uniting into one location. And while the action was great, I hope we see less brawling and more plot next issue. But for now, for this place in the plot, this issue clicked.

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8.4
Justice League United #7

Dec 12, 2014

While the action scenes are fine, it is the character moments that I like in this issue most of all. The humor. The team's interacting. The courage of Courtney to state the obvious. All great. I would love for Lemire to write a new Legion book!

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8.4
Justice League United #8

Jan 16, 2015

I have been waiting for what feels like a very long time to read a good Legion comic. Who would have thought that I would find it in Justice League United? Because Justice League United #8 is just that, the best Legion comic I have read in the last couple of years.

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8.4
Justice League United #9

Feb 13, 2015

In fact, I anticipate that somehow, something happens with Byth and this black hole. Remember, Byth has said all along that he has done all of this before. I bet that Byth is thrown back in time via the black hole and has to relive everything we have seen again. He is stuck in a time loop. I am pretty happy with this title and with this arc. Great Legion stuff ... truly. Nice characterization for the Leaguers. A feel of DC Cosmic. And very good art to boot!

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9.6
Justice League United #10

Mar 13, 2015

This was a tremendous arc and great first year for this title. I suppose it appealed more to Legion fans and those buying the book for the JLU might have felt cheated. But for me, this sizzled. And even if you aren't a Legion fan, the quality of the book was high.

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8.0
Justice League United Annual #1

Nov 4, 2014

As I said, the art is a step up from Timothy Green and is better suited for this title. In particular, the flashforward into the future with a double splash of the Legion and the emergence of Infinitus were excellent. I guess I'll have to see where it goes!

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8.0
Justice League United: Futures End #1

Sep 16, 2014

I have loved the JLU book so far and this issue did grab me a bit with this peek at a possible future. One, after being teased with only snippets of Equinox in the main book, it was great to see her actualized as a hero and using her powers. And it sounds like there is a fair amount of tragedy possibly in this team's future. A team torn asunder, a rift between Equinox and Supergirl, something awful happening to Adam Strange and Ultra ... that's a lot to think about. Plus Dawnstar and a Wildfire mention! And Buddy and Maxine hanging out by the pool alone was worth it. And, while I suppose it fits with the tone of Futures End, I don't like a 'Hall of Justice' with gun turrets, a Kingdom Come gulag, and a Monarch-y Captain Atom.

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6.0
Justice League: Cry for Justice #6

Jan 28, 2010

Lastly, I was hoping that some of the text piece in this issue would be about Supergirl. Instead Robinson talks about Jay Garrick and Batwoman. I think Batwoman appeared in a handful of panels in this book. One more issue in this series which I will have to sift into the DCU timeline. How outrageous will it be?

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8.0
Justice League: Darkseid War: Superman #1

Nov 10, 2015

So not a bad little story showing the dizzying effects of sudden godhood and how Superman's upbringing and humanity might help him shed it or temper it. And maybe if Superman acted like ... I don't know ... Superman in his own comics, this sudden turn to ill-tempered aloof god might resonate more. I actually thought this story was sort of uplifting for a Superman who didn't ask for the title God of Strength, and probably wouldn't have accepted it if it was offered.

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8.4
Justice League: Rebirth #1

Jul 13, 2016

I suppose the story sets up the League in the post-Darkseid War time period. It gets Superman into the League. And it doubles down on the heroic aspect of the team. So as a 'jump on' point, it worked.

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8.0
Justice Society of America #41

Jul 26, 2010

So overall this was a good issue even if it only moved the overall plot forward a smidge. It seems like this was more a fleshing out issue, adding some depth to the proceedings rather than storming forward. Bagley's art was fine here although some pages had a more rough feel to them than others; I wonder if he was rushed a bit. Still, I am enjoying this Dark Things story arc. Good stuff.

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8.0
Justice Society of America #42

Aug 25, 2010

So we are a mere 22 pages away from the ending here. I have a lot of questions and hope that most of them will be answered. I suppose the chaotic nature of the Starheart might mean that much of what is happening is random and cannot be explained. That said, I am really hoping that the 'why's' of this story are addressed. I usually expect some underlying answers to a story like this to be answered in the second to last chapter. We still have a climactic battle to come ... so some explanation usually happens before that. And since there aren't many answers here, most of the issue is just action, punches being thrown and verbal barbs being exchanged. There wasn't much movement forward from part 3 to part 4. It's not to say I haven't been enjoying this story. I have. I just am really hopeful that I get a decent payoff here.

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8.4
Justice Society of America #43

Oct 6, 2010

I just wonder if these changes ... with magic gathering on the moon ... will become canon for the DCU. Jesus Merino does solid work here. I always have liked his work. His splash pages here are great, conveying the right emotion and matching the text nicely.

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8.0
Last Family Of Krypton #3

Oct 14, 2010

Overall I thought this was a nice mini-series, a nice diversion from the current continuity with some ripples of the Silver Age. Part of my complaint here is that so much of the story just happens without much build up. Most of that comes from the format ... decades needed to be covered in 3 issues. We can't have build up in so compressed of a book. Still, there were some nice parts here and I always like it when Superman's destiny is always to be Earth's hero no matter what happens. Renato Arlem's art is a scratchy sort of delight. It isn't clean and smooth and that echoes this world where people are striving to be heroes but mired in dysfunction and conflict.

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6.0
Legion Lost #0

Sep 15, 2012

Okay, after berating comics for being too dark and too focused on anti-hero, I am thrilled that this book showed how justice doesn't need to be meted out with executions. And the internal struggle within Brin to remain human and not give in to his more primal urges was relatively well done. Still, this felt like a standard comic book origin story. And certainly couldn't be looked at as a jumping on point for a book set in the 21st century and made up of Legionnaires harboring secrets. So it just felt a little flat.

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5.0
Legion Lost #1

Sep 20, 2011

I'm not ready to give up on this book yet. This opening chapter had to trap the Legion here and it did that. So the question becomes where does this book go from here. Do the Legion announce they are here? Or go into hiding? Do they join the super-human community or work in the shadows? Is the first plot containing the pathogen (the cover with the Legion flying over mutated humans) makes me think the pathogen makes humans into monsters)? Or is that going to be a long term plot. I was really really hoping to be wowed. But this book felt sort of ordinary.

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8.0
Legion Lost #2

Oct 17, 2011

Overall I thought this was a good character driven issue. While long time Legion readers might appreciate it, it felt a little too early in this series and story to focus on one character rather than moving the whole team forward. We did get some more backstory, some glimpses of the Legion's interaction with the 21st century. And I felt this was a step up from last issue. Pete Woods art is his typical fantastic stuff. I do like this Wildfire suit more than the more recent one which was almost completely 'Kirby dots'.

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8.4
Legion Lost #3

Nov 21, 2011

So this book continues to get better and better. I still don't know just how accessible this book would be for a brand new reader, a Legion novice. But the switching narrator, the characterization, and the action are all working for me now.  As I said, the definition of savagery in this issue was a nice them by Nicieza. And Pete Woods is is firing on all cylinders. Let's hope the momentum continues to propel this book forward!

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8.4
Legion Lost #4

Dec 26, 2011

So yes we have the confirmation of Yera being alive, the introduction of the military Black Razors, and the discovery of Alastor being alive. But I still felt the movement of the plague-story was a baby step here. The real step forward was the characterization of Dawnstar. I have really come to love this 'monthly narrator' trend in this book as it allows the reader to really get a feel for the character. Good stuff here. And Pete Woods remains a favorite of mine. His work on this book continues to improve and sparkle.

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8.4
Legion Lost #5

Jan 14, 2012

So, what can I say? Progression of the virus plot. Nice Tellus' characterization. Some deepening of the Wildfire/Dawnstar relationship. And one huge anti-energy blast splash page! What wasn't to love here. I hope that Tom DeFalco picks up where Nicieza leaves him. This book doesn't need a 'new direction'. It needs publicity.

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8.0
Legion Lost #6

Feb 13, 2012

So overall, I thought this was a good issue, showcasing Tyroc's fears as well as bringing the team finally back together. And, the Woods/Camp art was top notch. But the J'onn guest star seemed a bit superfluous and maybe a little forced. And I hope the Alastor/plague story isn't swept under the rug. I don't like it ... but I want resolution.

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5.0
Legion Lost #7

Mar 20, 2012

But the bigger story in this issue is Tellus' secret. Maybe he knows where Alastor is but isn't saying because he agrees with what Alastor is trying to do? So we have a semi-fractured team, a new character, and no rotating narrator. This book feels different. And, unfortunately (outside of Pete Woods' art) the things I liked best in the title seem to have been trimmed away. I'll keep reading for now. But I am worried.

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5.0
Legion Lost #8

Apr 17, 2012

So interesting art, a great cover, and some Rose Wilson are the upside to this book. I don't know enough about the new storylines to know if I like them. It seems unfortunate that the Alastor story looks like it might be pushed aside rather than wrapped up. And I don't like the Legion being in this corssover, as it feels forced. There are elements of this book I like a lot. But right now, it feels lost.

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8.0
Legion Lost #9

May 15, 2012

I am a huge Wildfire fan but I have to admit, he has become the Dragon Ball Z Vegeta of the DCU. He talks a good fight. He has impressive blasts which seem potent. But his best shots never do much and he always loses. Bummer. I don't know. I like the team of characters here. I love the art. And I loved the narrative style of the Nicieza issues. But right now this book seems like it is in transition ... and it is transitioning while standing on the precipice of low sales. I hope DeFalco is able to right the ship ... but I fear the iceberg of cancellation is too close to be avoided.

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8.0
Legion Lost #10

Jun 20, 2012

Still, I think this issue felt like a 'zero issue' for DeFalco as he continues to show us where he wants to take the book without the constraints of fitting in The Culling. Most of the characters seem to be dealing with something hidden. It feels like Dawnstar, Gates, and Timber Wolf are the only ones above board here. Add the possible dystopian future and there is a lot on the table. I hope we get some finale to Hypertaxis, even if it is something as simple as Gates reverting to normal showing the plague has run its course. Pete Woods stuff remains solid. I do think this issue felt rougher than prior ones. Some pages seem completely wonderful and fully rendered. Others felt rushed.

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8.0
Legion Lost #11

Jul 18, 2012

So right now these characters are lost in time, hiding motivations and missions from each other, and now separated. It looks like things are going to get better before they get worse. Of all the DCnU titles I have bought which changed themes and teams early on, this one has made the easiest transition. While I miss the rotating narrator motif that Nicieza brought to the book, these internal mysteries and 'lost' plotlines have piqued my interest. Now you can't keep all the secrets secret too long or it becomes tedious. But for now I just wonder which one of these hidden back stories is true ... maybe more than one is. I almost feel like the team needs to come together and everyone needs to come clean.

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8.0
Legion Lost #12

Aug 15, 2012

Will all the secrets be laid out completely coming up? Or will things remain muddy? Will this premise have any more long term staying power than the Hypertaxis one? I don't know. How long can there be a team book built on team distrust? Still, this book remains an interesting read and certainly a fresh look at the usually optimistic and bright Legion world.  Plus we get the standard slick work by Pete Woods!

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8.0
Legion Lost #13

Oct 17, 2012

So, with a mere three issues left, we are moving forward a bit more briskly than we have in the last year. We know about Yera and Tyroc's secrets. We learn more about Wildfire's 'fate'. And we start to put all the moving parts in one spot. I don't know if this title every really 100% grabbed me. And maybe the lagging sales are indicative of that. If a diehard Legion reader like me can't get pumped over a book starring 2 of his favorite Legionnaires, what hope does it have on the big market. All that said, Pete Woods has just been great on this title. I will miss seeing his Dawnstar and Wildfire month in, month out.

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6.0
Legion Lost #14

Nov 20, 2012

And Daggor, Thraxx, and their unseen 'Master' are so generic right now that I really don't feel they are part of the story, more like an enzyme speeding the story along. All that said, a simple panel of Dawnstar kissing Wildfire's faceplate warmed my jaded comic heart enough to boost this book half a grade.

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6.0
Legion Lost #15

Dec 19, 2012

This issue had some nice moments. But overall it was something of a loud mess, a brawl where some characterization broke out. I never thought that the Hypertaxis storyline had legs to be a long-running plot. I wasn't sure if the the Legion in our time would work as a title when the Legion in their time struggles. And so Legion Lost approaches its end. I hope these Legionnaires are rolled into the main book and that title gets some more creative TLC.

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5.0
Legion Lost #16

Jan 23, 2013

I don't know. I can't say I thought this was a good book. There were some decent moments scattered here and there. Pete Woods gave us great art. But this title seemed doomed from the beginning. And now it is gone. And these characters are stuck in a sort of limbo. Will they be absorbed by the Ravagers? Yeesh. Or will they simply be here in the present but never seen. Or will there be some Brainiac 5 miracle in the main book? At least I have Dawnstar hugging Wildfire.

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10
Legion of Super Heroes/Bugs Bunny Special #1

Jun 19, 2017

Hope everyone bought this and chuckled as much as I did. This was a perfect one-time, summer, funny animal book!

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8.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2010) #14

Jun 22, 2011

Suddenly, the green construct Mon-El arrives with Dream Girl, Star Boy, and Li in tow. And Li demands that they head to the World of Wisdom to defend it. So I think this was a fine issue with some good dialogue and some movement in the plot. Some more hints have peppered the book ... but I still feel a bit clueless. And it isn't like there was any major revelation here. We have two more issues to get to the ending here. I just hope that the ending isn't necessarily rushed. We have to get to the bottom of who these entities are, what their plans are, who Harmonia Li is. We need to have the villains and heroes finally square off and fight. Can all that be squished into 40 pages? As always, a great ending will make me feel a bit better about these middle issues which have dragged a bit. But if the ending feels rushed, I will wonder if the pages of these middle chapters were well spent.

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8.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2010) #15

Jul 27, 2011

I thought this was an okay issue overall. The art is slick. The small moments of Legion characterization work very well. But I was still hoping to learn more about the plot here. There are still a lot of holes to fill next issue. Can it all be wrapped up? Legion is one of the few titles minimally effected by the reboot, so I suppose Levitz can wrap up any lingering questions in the new title. I also will be a bit disappointed if the villain turns out the be Krona. Maybe it is because he was the big bad in Trinity and Green Lantern recently. But he seems a bit played out (even if this takes place 1000 years later).

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4.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2010) #16

Aug 25, 2011

And she closes out the book with some pretty heavy prose about faith, wisdom, and will and how they will always help good defeat evil. I am a Legion fan. I will check out the Legion titles in the DCnU. But I just think that this arc, this run of the Legion ended with a whimper and not a bang. I still have a lot of questions about pretty much everything. And that doesn't feel right.

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8.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #0

Sep 26, 2012

But was this an 'event'? Did this feel 'big enough' for this month? I almost wish this story ended with Brainy's decision to join the Legion as that might have felt like an deal to validate the issue. But I think if someone who never read Legion before picked this up that they would be either unimpressed, lost, or both. Still, as a long time Legion reader, I thought this was a nice look at this Brainy's beginnings.

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8.4
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #1

Sep 26, 2011

I have to say that I liked this issue. I am a Legion fan and know all these characters so I am sure that helps. But the last story arc with the Blue Entity and Saturn Queen seemed to plod along, spinning its wheels a bit. This issue felt more energized. And Levitz is at his best juggling the large cast of the book, keeping tabs on everyone in a natural and unforced way. This issue showed that. And Portela is a great addition to the book. Just solid and slick stuff here, adding a wonderful sheen to the story.

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8.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #2

Oct 25, 2011

Just when it looks like Res-Vir is going to be captured and his plot ended, his 'friends' arrive in the form of a starfleet. Nice cliffhanger. So much like last issue, this was a pretty good issue. Some nice small flourishes and some plot progression and some character missteps. Still, this felt like a Legion book and that is good. Levitz always has been able to manage a huge roster and this was no different. The Polar Boy moment while not 'necessary' was perfect characterization and adds depth.

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8.4
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #3

Nov 23, 2011

Overall, not a bad issue as this truly felt like Levitz hitting his stride. We had action, character progression, and multiple squads on multiple sites. That sounds like a Legion book. Add to that Portela's art, and this was another great third issue for a DCnU series.

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8.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #4

Dec 29, 2011

The issue ends with Shady and Mon-El talking. She thinks he is finally acting like the 'old' Mon-El. And I agree. I am glad the Green Lantern Mon-El storyline is over. And maybe this will lead to a reconciliation between these two. I do love how Portela has Shady's hair as a mass of tendrils until it slowly smudges out to more of a cloud of shadows. Very slick. So this was a good skeleton of a story - a big threat in the opening arc, multiple Legion squads, and stellar art. But the 'meat' on that skeleton, the small details of the plots, seemed to be glossed over a bit as we rushed to the finale. Pieces of this Dominator plot which I would want discussed in depth were wrapped up without much explanation. And so that detracted a bit from this overall.

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5.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #5

Jan 23, 2012

So some decent nuggets of characterization. But nothing exciting. I feel like the Legion right now is a comfortable read. But I was hoping for something more invigorating after the relaunch. And I don't think this book would be interesting to anyone other than the most die-hard continuity-filled fan.

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6.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #6

Feb 22, 2012

So again, I feel a bit lost here. I don't know enough about any of these characters to have any empathy for them right now. For all I know, this guy is going to say he runs a soup kitchen for the poor. So, much like last arc, I have more questions than answers and it has impacted how much I could enjoy the book. Still, it isn't like I hated the book, because there is enough of that 'warm bath' Legion-ness here to keep an old-timer like me content. But I don't want to be content with comics. I want to be blown away.

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7.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #7

Mar 27, 2012

So again, nothing horrifically wrong here. But nothing earth-shattering either. Maybe the next arc will bring the good stuff we have seen so far and elevate it.

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7.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #8

Apr 24, 2012

So overall this was a nice story and this was a nice issue. The art was very good, the nods to continuity were solid, and we are on the cusp of the Dominator arc. So not bad. But I wasn't really wowed. And I really want to be wowed by the Legion.

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8.4
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #9

May 19, 2012

Anyways, this issue got the Legion book simmering for the first time in a while. There are a lot of threats on the horizon and the Legion are grasping at straws a bit. It has been a while since I was excited to get the next issue in my hand. That's a good sign. And I have to compliment Portela again. Man, this is a gorgeous book to look at.

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8.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #10

Jun 25, 2012

So lots of progression of the Dominator storyline. We even learn that the super-Dominators are cooking nicely and will be ready shortly. Things are going to come to head and soon. These sort of issues are a welcome change from the meandering sort of rest issues from earlier in this reboot. And there are some mysteries to mull over. It still isn't giving me the magic of the old days, but this Legion is at least closer to the mark.

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8.4
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #11

Jul 23, 2012

I don't know if Comet Queen isn't acting on some hidden order by Brainy. She starts to say she was told to do that before she is attacked by Dream Girl. Could Brainy have some hidden agenda, pretending to be knocked out so he can get closer to the genetic database and destroy it? I am going to say yes. I don't think Comet Queen is capable of complex thoughts like betrayal. So overall another good chapter in this Dominator arc. But can it all be wrapped up in next month's conclusion? I truly hope so.

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8.4
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #12

Aug 21, 2012

So overall, a winner of an issue for showing the Legion at it's best, rallying around each other, using their unique powers in winning combinations, and striving for justice. And that's really what I want out of this book. These things were enough to gloss over the rough spots of the plot. We know the Fatal Five are right around the corner too!

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5.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #13

Oct 24, 2012

But despite this, the pirates are able to again escape after Cosmic Boy is badly wounded in a battle with three other Braalians. I am surprised that this fight was so lopsided. We have seen Cosmic Boy battle other Braalians in the past and wipe the floor with them, either by his own power or from battle experience. So a couple of nice moments, some more Chemical King ineptitude, and a sort of prologue feeling to the Fatal Five arc. It's a good thing that the Duplicate Damsel scene was so powerful or I might not have anything very positive to say about this issue.

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4.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #14

Nov 26, 2012

Anyways, this was 2 issues ofwatching Brainy examine Comet Queen and Element Lad and Chemical King struggleto stop some pirates. Yes, the small moments are nice but that is likecomplimenting the garnish after eating a mediocre meal. There was little memorablehere. And the Legion deserves bigger and better stories. And I have never been a big fan ofScott Kolins art. Here it just seems too crude for a futuristic book.

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7.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #15

Dec 22, 2012

Oh, but that art is so good.  Maybe I'll remember this one a little more. The bigger question on my mind is which Legionnaire isn't going to survive the Fatal Five arc?

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8.4
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #16

Jan 29, 2013

So what can I say. This issue was exactly the sort of issue that I have complained about in the past. And yet, for one of these 'catch up' issues, it was meatier, had more great character moments, and moved some of the plots ahead, much better than ... let's say ... this Legion rest issue. I do wonder if newer readers might like the smaller moments less than I did. And Tinya running the show! That should be fun!

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9.6
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #17

Feb 25, 2013

Add the new powers of Tharok and how off guard the Legion was caught, the Five feel like a real threat. And a little Kirby cosmic is a nice spice to add. But the biggest thing is the death of Sun Boy, a death which happens here in the opening chapter.There is no time to grieve here. This is war. There will be casualties.

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8.4
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #18

Mar 26, 2013

So another turbo-fueled issue of Legion. And about these monthly Legionnaire deaths, to quote Fleming "Once is happenstance, Twice is coincidence, Three times is enemy action." I fear there will be many more. It is a shame that Giffen is leaving so soon after revving up the title. That said, I will be thrilled when Francis Portela is back on art.

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8.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #19

Apr 22, 2013

Boy this is a fast moving story. The death numbers keep climbing. But I worry that this might be overkill, no pun intended. I don't need less Legionnaires to make this book better. I need the right interplay and the right stories. I mean ... how many more will die in this arc.

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8.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #20

May 22, 2013

So the action and death and craziness certainly continued in this issue. But it has a different feeling now that I know that the title is ending in a couple of issues. Is this the end of this continuity? Are we simply erasing the blackboard to write a new history? Is this some editorial mandate to reduce the roster and make the universe darker? All that said, I have to say this wild ride is probably the most memorable Legion story that has come out in the last 3 years or so.

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6.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #21

Jun 26, 2013

So overall all this was a brawl filled issue with some nice nuggets of characterization scattered throughout. I suppose that might be an improvement the ennui the book was in before. But are these characters so toxic that they need to be cast aside and forgotten? I don't think so.

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7.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #22

Jul 24, 2013

Anyways, the fight with the Fatal Five ends pretty quickly. And Karate Kid returned! And I will ask again ... whiter poor Mano?

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4.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #23

Aug 26, 2013

Look, I wholly admit that this book, while under Levitz, has been pretty stale for the last several years. But I don't think the characters need to be completely shelved. And I certainly think they deserved much better than this.

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8.4
Legion of Super-Villains #1

Mar 16, 2011

This was definitely a fun way to start my reviews of Legion books here. It set the table for this upcoming arc. It has a 'bigger than life' feel to it with this unknown entity forming a team of villains to destroy the fabric of the universe. Sounds sort of similar to the Great Darkness Saga. So I can't wait to see this continue in the main title. And Portela's art was just slick throughout this book. I hope Portela finds a long-term home soon. His stuff it too solid.

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8.4
New Superman #1

Jul 19, 2016

This did what a true origin issue should do. It introduced me to the character and got me interested. So I guess I am in for the second issue.

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8.0
New Superman #2

Aug 17, 2016

So Yang has me for another issue. This book has been more enjoyable than I anticipated. It straddles pained teenage hero with silly fun with political intrigue ... not an easy brew. And I sense a bit of the Reign of the Supermen Superboy in Kenan and that isn't a bad thing.

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9.6
New Superman #3

Sep 21, 2016

I am loving this. I guess Yang is creating an Eastern DCU! That explains the Blue Condor (like Black Condor). Are they heroes? Villains? Is the Ministry 'good' or 'evil? Why does Kenan's father not trust them? So overall a very full issue of character moments, action, and plot progression. Nothing wrong with that trifecta! Hope everyone is getting this book!

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8.4
New Superman #4

Oct 20, 2016

Maybe, the point here is that the two will secretly team up to reveal the corruption of both sides. But this definitely is an intriguing wrinkle. Overall, a nice fast-paced issue pushing things forward while tweaking the characters enough to bring growth. So far, this is a surprisingly entertaining book.

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8.4
New Superman #5

Nov 15, 2016

Whew, a lot of twists and turns in this issue which makes it a nice heavy read. The background of Meitai and the back-and-forth nature of the family in terms of who they are fighting for added a nice layer of familial fidelity. So far, so good. I am really enjoying this book.

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8.4
New Superman #6

Dec 20, 2016

Nice way to stick the ending of this first arc. A lot has happened. The characters are very different than how they were in the beginning. And we have new layers of intrigue. I'll say it again. This book might be the best surprise of the Rebirth books for me.

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9.6
New Superman #7

Jan 17, 2017

There was a lot to like about this issue which helped fill in some background information on the characters while starting new plots. I love the Luthor moment. The hint at Deilan's origin is very intriguing. I love the subtle introduction of a Bat-Man/Wonder Woman romance. I love Rongpei, the vile jock who can't believe he lost. Even I Ching and his wisdom is a nice addition to the book.

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9.6
New Superman #8

Feb 14, 2017

For an amateur comic historian like me, that is brilliant. What can I say, New Super-Man is a sneaky entertaining book. I hope it continues to do well. 

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8.4
New Superman #9

Mar 15, 2017

So humor, a snake-like Luthor, and some super-hero fighting. Plus the dead Superman emerges from Hell (only to be chucked back into it). That's a lot of story and a lot of tones. And it all worked.

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9.6
New Superman #10

Apr 19, 2017

The ending is too good a surprise to spoil here. Suffice it to say, there is either a traitor in the midst of Kenan's life or there are two people who look very similar. I am leaning towards the latter. Whew! That was a lot of story for one issue, especially in this day and age. So that thrills me. But this whole cast of characters and all the subplots have had hooked me from the beginning. It is that perfect mixture of fun, emotion, and action that you want in a young hero book. If you aren't reading this book, you should be.

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9.6
New Superman #11

May 18, 2017

I really feel like Yang and Tan are firing on all cylinders here giving us enough of the title character to make it feel like it is truly his book while also showing us the big world around him. The League, the origins, the Turtle Spirit, the big bad behind the scenes - it all shows a long form thought around this corner of the DCU. It all feels fresh. I do worry a bit about this book being lost among the other titles. I don't think it helps that DC puts out 4 super-books on the same day. Readers only have so much to spend week to week. Why not spread out Supergirl, Superwoman, and New Super-Man onto different weeks of the cycle?

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9.6
New Superman #12

Jun 21, 2017

Whew ... that's a lot of story! And a lot of fun! And great action! And I learned some Chinese culture to boot! I hope this book continues along. It really is a great Rebirth book.

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8.4
New Superman #13

Jul 19, 2017

So this was a classic middle section of a story. No real new plots were introduced but the temperature on all the existing ones has been turned up. And we end with a classic cliffhanger, the hero team running to fight the villains. I have said it before but this is such a fun comic. It has the right mix of action, emotion, and humor. And most of all, it just feels new.

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9.6
New Superman #14

Aug 16, 2017

This title continues to maintain a high quality for me. It is always entertaining and definitely has the right mix of teenage humor, coming of age heroics, action, and mystery.

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6.0
Outsiders (2007) #28

Apr 2, 2010

So, for the time being, I am still in. If any Outsiders fans out there want to fill in some of my gaps here, or tell me if I have misread things completely, please chime in.

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8.0
Outsiders (2007) #29

May 4, 2010

And Didio's dialogue can be a bit ham-fisted at times. But he has me intrigued with the internal conflicted natures of now Katana and Looker. That isn't even mentioning the insane Geo-Force. I guess I will stick around a bit longer.

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6.0
Outsiders (2007) #30

Jun 11, 2010

So, overall, this was a middle of the road issue. The good (Katana, the time riff about the Supermen War, the Metamorpho cliff-hanger) just outweighed the bad (Freight Train and Black Lightning's characterization). It is enough to bring be back next month. I will say I am enjoying Philip Tan's art and I was glad to see him do the entire issue here. His art is somewhat distorted or over-stylized in a way that doesn't distract but instead adds to the feeling evoked by the story. Those curved buildings in the Eradicator panel, Freight Train's ludicrous body type ... it just works.

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4.0
Outsiders (2007) #31

Aug 3, 2010

There seems to be more downs than ups in this book. And the Eradicator, the entire reason I buy the book, wasn't even in this issue. And that marvel joke just made me shiver. One thing that is solid is Philip Tan's art. I don't know if he will be everyone's cup of tea but I have come to like his highly stylized stuff more and more.

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4.0
Outsiders (2007) #32

Sep 6, 2010

And Philip Tan's art, which usually is one of the draws for the book, wasn't his usual top notch material. In many places, it smacked more of 1990's Image than his usual hyperstylized way. So is this the death knell for the title for me? Alas ... no. The next issue promises a plot involving the Eradicator, Katana, and Halo. Those are the reasons I bought this book. So I am still giving this book one more issue.

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4.0
Outsiders (2007) #33

Oct 20, 2010

I will again say that I really love Philip Tan's art. He does have a habit of connoting characters' emotions by doing an extreme close-up of their eyes. It feels like I am reading Alan Moore's Swamp Thing #44 each issue. In that issue a serial killer remembers all the eyes of his victims. I know that comparing this book to that book is blasphemy ... but I wonder if Tan loved Bissette and Totleben's work on that book. But the truth is there isn't enough here to keep me coming back. I think the Brion's declaration of love was the last nail in the coffin. So no more Outsiders reviews here.

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5.0
Outsiders (2007) #37

Mar 11, 2011

So, one more chapter of Reign of Doomsday is done without much new information. And I miss the old Philip Tan art.

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8.4
R.E.B.E.L.S. #9

Oct 19, 2009

As usual, Claude St. Aubin did his best to mirror Andy Clarke's style to give the book a consistent look. Some panels seem a bit too cartoony for my tastes, but not enough to bring the book down. You know, after typing this review it is clear I liked this issue more than my opening paragraphs read like. Despite seeing some well worn themes revisited, I think this issue also planted the seeds for a new arc and some new plots. I am glad that DC is giving this book the time and publicity it deserves.

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10
R.E.B.E.L.S. #10

Nov 17, 2009

But I am going to reiterate my opening statement. All I can say is ... WOW!

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9.6
R.E.B.E.L.S. #11

Dec 14, 2009

The one thing I will say is that I was disappointed to not see Andy Clarke drawing this issue. Claude St. Aubin was back on pencilling duties. And after hearing that Clarke is going to be drawing Batman and Robin after Cam Stewart's run and knowing Clarke's pace, my guess is we have seen the last of him on art here. Too bad, his style was perfect for this title. All that said, this was a fun brawl-filled issue.

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9.6
R.E.B.E.L.S. #12

Feb 17, 2010

As for Lyrl, I can see it going 2 ways. One, he escapes and becomes a background villain in the title for a while. Or, more deliciously, when Starro the Conqueror gets defeated, the large starfish on Lyrl reverts to a more classic Starro leaving Lyrl a brain-dead automaton. Either way would be fine with me. I really enjoy R.E.B.E.L.S. and this issue showcased the Dox family tree. I read this book mostly for Brainiac 2 so I was glad to see so much of him here. Claude St. Aubin did his usual capable penciling here.

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8.0
R.E.B.E.L.S. #14

Mar 16, 2010

I have to admit that the 'Starro dart' ending fell a little bit short of the mark for me. I had to sort of rationalize why all the Starro drones throughout the universe would simply fall off because of this attack. But Dox' response made up for it. I continue to enjoy his character immensely and as a result, I continue to enjoy this title.

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8.4
R.E.B.E.L.S. #15

Apr 28, 2010

With Andy Clarke now at Batman and Robin, my guess is Claude St. Aubin is now the monthly artist on the book. He has a good grasp of the team and their look. He also looks like he is having fun with Kory and her voluminous hair. And Tony Bedard does a good job of keeping Dox as the central figure even in this issue despite the other plotlines he needed to touch upon.

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9.6
R.E.B.E.L.S. #16

May 15, 2010

Claude St. Aubin is inked by Walden Wong this issue. It is pretty clear that the two are trying to develop a look for this book, best described by me as 'Andy Clarke dots', where lines are replaced by closely approximated ... well ... dots. It works in most places, although sometimes faces seem to suffer and look awkward. One thing for sure, St. Aubin has a nice affinity for Starfire really looks lovely and sensual in all panels, perfect for her intense persona. I love this book. It almost never disappoints. It is always entertaining.

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8.4
R.E.B.E.L.S. #17

Jun 18, 2010

The art was done by relative newcomer Sergio Arino. His stuff is very solid. I don't always talk about inkers here ... a terrible bias on my part. But I have to commend Scott Hanna. He has inked Andy Clarke, Claude St. Aubin, and now Arino and has maintained a consistent look to this book. Bravo Mr. Hanna! And now a Brainiac family feud is on the horizon!

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8.0
R.E.B.E.L.S. #18

Jul 20, 2010

So after the 'Vega' storyline reset the R.E.B.E.L.S. landscape, this issue was very good. This was what a R.E.B.E.L.S. issue should feel like, Dox manipulating and planning, the team struggling with each other but staying together, and a galactic threat to overcome. Only the Starfire/Comet scene felt like it seemed too long for it's content.I really feel like Claude St. Aubin has grown as an artist during his time here. He really shines here.

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8.4
R.E.B.E.L.S. #19

Aug 5, 2010

Claude St. Aubin continues to do a solid job here. The panels of the war on the planet surface are big and splashy, accentuating the destruction that is ongoing. Still, I hope when this arc is over we see a R.E.B.E.L.S. mission where we see Ciji, Xylon, Bounder, etc. Seeing Dox work with his teammates is as much fun as seeing him thwarting his enemies.

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6.0
R.E.B.E.L.S. #20

Sep 8, 2010

But the ending of the Brainiac battle was something of a letdown. That seemed to deflate the issue a bit. And I hope Lobo isn't a permanent addition to the book ... not when we already don't see enough of the other R.E.B.E.L.S. team members. I would still highly recommend this book to anyone who would listen to me. As I said above, Claude St. Aubin does some good work here.

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8.0
R.E.B.E.L.S. #21

Oct 11, 2010

So with the reappearance of the team and a new foil established in the Guardians, I hope R.E.B.E.L.S. will catch lightning in a bottle again. I sure hope so. Let's see the team working together again! As usual, Claude St. Aubin does his usual solid work.

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8.0
R.E.B.E.L.S. #22

Nov 15, 2010

It is hard to know how I feel about this particular issue. On one hand, it is another issue where we didn't see the characters which founded this book. On the other, it was a powerful story which showcased Starfire and her place in the team nicely. Her own history mirrors the atrocities we saw on the Psion world. Can the R.E.B.E.L.S. make cultural changes on the worlds within their grasp? With the team taking on a bigger role in the galaxy maybe we will see the whole team shine soon.

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8.4
R.E.B.E.L.S. #23

Dec 14, 2010

I will reiterate how much I loved the tragic origins of Astrild Stormdaughter. I think she has a lot of potential as a character. So I was glad to see her again. So overall, this was a very good story about Brainiac and the lengths he will go to prove a point. But really, this was just as much a Green Lantern story. I seem to say it every month but I'll say it again. When was the last time that Wildstar, Amon Hakk, Bounder, Ciji, or Xylon done anything of note in this book? When will this book be a purely R.E.B.E.L.S. book again?

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8.0
R.E.B.E.L.S. #24

Jan 20, 2011

I'll ride out this Starro story ... but after that, I guess we'll see. But I still keep thinking that a character driven cover for R.E.B.E.L.S. should look more like this than the one above.

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8.0
R.E.B.E.L.S. #25

Feb 12, 2011

Anyways, this wasn't a perfect issue but it seemed like the first time that there has been a merger of the old R.E.B.E.L.S. and the new. It was nice to see the original member shake of the dust a bit. And the threat of Starro, while just recently visited here, also works. Lastly, I have to say that Claude St. Aubin's art is really slick here. It seems like his work improves every month.

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8.0
R.E.B.E.L.S. #26

Mar 22, 2011

There is so much good stuff in this comic that I really am going to miss it. Sure, Vril Dox is the straw that sturs the drink. But there are more stories out there for Lyrl, and the R.E.B.E.L. team, and Smite and Stormdaughter. In some ways, I think it is a shame that the new faces have dominated this book for so long because I still want to see those stories ... much more than I want to see Captain Comet's or Adam Strange's. Hopefully the book ends on a high note and we see the team now and then in a big JLA or GL story line.

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7.0
R.E.B.E.L.S. #27

Apr 21, 2011

All this needs to be wrapped up in one more issue ... which makes me think that much of the lingering plotlines won't be all packaged neatly with a bow. I am sure Starfire will land on her feet in some title but the rest of these characters will most likely be shelved until they become cannon fodder in some universe-level crossover. I would say there must be room for a DC Cosmic book ... but it isn't like DC pulled the plug after 4 issues. And this book was high quality. Maybe there just isn't a market. I will miss Vril Dox and his Machiavellian ploys, his way of inspire fealty, and fear, and loathing. And unfortunately I missed him here. Hopefully he gets the Starro-drone removed early next issue so he can star in his own book.

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8.0
R.E.B.E.L.S. #28

May 17, 2011

R.E.B.E.L.S. was a fun ride, an nice look at some of the dustier corners of the cosmic DCU. But it was the early issues when Dox was making a team out of people who otherwise would kill each other that stand out for me. Too bad we won't see more of Dox. Lastly, Claude St. Aubin should be commended for his art on the book, stepping in for Andy Clarke and giving the book a distinctive look.

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8.4
R.E.B.E.L.S. Annual #1

Oct 13, 2009

As I stated above, I think this was a very good issue for the fans of the series. It really fleshed out the main villains we have seen in the book. It provided an interesting look into the mind of Starro, as well as showing his humble beginnings, his depressing origins. Do I wish that there were some scenes with Dox? Yes I do. But this was a necessary issue to show us the motivations of his foes.

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5.0
Red Hood And The Outlaws #14

Nov 28, 2012

The art by Pascal Alixe is decent enough, a sort of rough Eddy Barrows. At the very least, the issue showed me Starfire isn't a brain-dead anymore!

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8.4
Red Lanterns #29

Mar 28, 2014

I have had my complaints about Charles Soule's work in Superman/Wonder Woman. But here (and in She-Hulk) he seems more in his wheelhouse. And, as sprinkled throughout this review, Allesandro Vitti is superb throughout this issue.

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9.6
Red Lanterns #30

Apr 28, 2014

And I have to say, the Supergirl stuff was inspired. More than even in her own book you got that sense of redemption and growth here. Really wonderful stuff. And, as I have said before, the art here really suits the tone of the book. There is an inky griminess to this book which suits the Reds perfectly. And if Alessandro Vitti isn't available, Jim Calafiore is a great stand-in.

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8.4
Red Lanterns #31

May 30, 2014

I have to applaud Charles Soule for giving us this Kara, dealing with her loss initially through rage but growing too, maybe moving away from it. And Bleez, the Judge, even Guy - all those characters feel well-rounded and real. Add to that some very compelling art by Vitti (he really draws a fantastic Supergirl) and you have a winning issue.

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9.6
Red Lanterns #32

Jun 27, 2014

So ... in the end ... I think I have to call this Red Daughter story a success. And that amazes me. I still don't think it needed to happen. The same sentiments that Supergirl showed here could have happened in the first issues of her book. The nurturing mentoring that Guy did here could have been done by Kal. Unfortunately, the first 2 years of Supergirl's own book brought her down the road of isolation and angst and anger (specifically at Superman) that this sort of drastic catharsis and redemption was the only option left. And this story did that. It brought out some of the optimism and heroism in Kara, showed her she can adapt and love. The characterization of the Reds is also strong in this book, particularly the pain that Bleez is weighed by as well as Guy trying to bring some order to the Red chaos. And it is that characterization that will keep me coming back to this book.

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8.4
Red Lanterns #34

Sep 4, 2014

This was a very good ending to a very good prolonged run. The characterization of all the Reds was solid. But the faceoff between Guy and Atrocitus was perfect.

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9.0
Red Lanterns #38

Feb 4, 2015

This was a depressing issue. It shows how grim and blighted a world filled with super-powered amoral people would be. And it shows how living a life like Guy's could burn the goodness out of anyone. It is a powerful and dark issue. Well written and well drawn.

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8.4
Red Lanterns #39

Mar 5, 2015

Isn't there just a twinge of hope here? Guy as a dad, walking into the horizon? This is a great counterpoint to last issue. And this would be a great ending to the title! We have one more issue with Walker at the helm. I am very interested to see what he has for us.

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9.6
Red Lanterns #40

Mar 27, 2015

And then we see the classic Guy smirk with hope to find a ring and use it for good. No more weariness. No more pain. No more rage. No more self-loathing. No more despair. The name of this story is 'Hope'. Classic.

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8.4
Red Lanterns Annual #1

Aug 1, 2014

So yes, a two-front war was waged with a series of action sequences. But it was the small moments in this book, adding depth to the characters and their relationships, that made this book a winner. Solid work by Charles Soule. But with characters changing affiliation and dying as well as a crowd of new Reds, who knows what the Red Lanterns book will look like after this arc?

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9.6
Scooby-Doo Team-up #6

Sep 11, 2014

I said it before, I am not a Scooby Doo fan. But this was just about as perfect an issue as I have read recently. Suddenly I was a 8 year old kid again, grinning like a goof, and thrilled to see the good guys win in a nutty way. Yes, it is nostalgic for an old guy like me. But it works on a kid level too.

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8.4
Secret Origins #1

Apr 25, 2014

And the Robin (Dick Grayson) origin is also excellent. Writer Kyle Higgins and artist Doug Mahnke retell the Grayson tragedy at the circus followed by the introduction of Robin. This was my favorite scene. Here Dick sees Robins and decides they will be the basis of his costume. It is a nice reflection of Bruce's own decision to become a bat. But instead of brooding inside when a bat flies in, Dick is outside, in the sun, hearing birds sing. Very nice. (I also liked that his flying Grayson's costume looks similar to his Nightwing one). Anyways, great issue overall. Kara's transformation looks like a marathon, not a sprint. But still, progress is progress.

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8.4
Secret Six Vol. 2 #29

Jan 14, 2011

Anyways, we still don't know what happiness Savage will get which leads me to think that his role in this Luthor arc isn't over yet. And it was nice to see the Six, in the end, stand up to two of the heaviest villain hitters in the DCU and hold their own. Marco Marz art is nice here, ranging from crazy action sequences to quieter moments of introspection.

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8.4
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #3

Nov 26, 2014

Anyways, I find it charming, even if Diana is almost a non-entity in her own book. The art is odd but hypnotic. It is classic Kara. And it has some DC cosmic to it. I liked this first part ... What about you? Any Wonder Woman fans want to comment??

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8.4
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #4

Nov 28, 2014

There is a silliness to this story, akin to many Silver Age stories. But for me, it read nostalgic not anachronistic. How great was it to read a sweet Supergirl trying to do the right thing. Or a Mary Marvel who fights for what's right?

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8.4
Sif #1

Jun 11, 2011

Ryan Stegman's art seems a little rougher than it was in the She-Hulks mini-series from this year. That murkier linework is effective in the blood soaked pages on the ship. Travis Foreman's cover is very nice outside of the napkin Sif is wearing as a skirt. What is that? A hankerchief?

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4.0
Smallville Legends: Kara And The Chronicles Of Krypton #1

Sep 29, 2010

The animation here is pretty lacking making it sometimes difficult to watch. I watched these off of the Smallville Season 7 DVD collection, but in looking right now they are all available on YouTube.

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 #1

May 9, 2012

Add to that the inclusion of Tess and a promise of Kara and the Legion and I guess I will stick around for more. Perez does his usual solid work here and clearly has a grasp of the actors from the show as I can see them in the renditions.

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 #2

Jun 12, 2012

Overall, there is enough good stuff here to keep me happy. Henshaw as reluctant and eventual villain. Lots of powerful tech showcased, basically showing us Henshaws future arsenal. Lex plagued by paranoia and hallucinations. Tess sticking around. Clark as Superman. And a potential Kara sighting. It's all good. I do worry that Green Arrow might be a bigger presence in this title that I would like. But that is a quibble. So far so good here.

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 #3

Jul 10, 2012

I knew it wasn't going to end pretty. Sure his consciousness does get downloaded into one of the Hazardous Environment Drones but Henshaw doesn't seem happy. As I said last issue, this is a guy who loves the senses of touch and taste and smell probably isn't happy in a robot. I thought we would see these drones in action much later in this arc so I was surprised to see it used so soon. That's a good thing. So no complaints about this economical issue. Things progress nicely with the appropriate mix of action, drama, romance, and humor. In fact, things seem to be moving so quickly that maybe Henshaw isn't the big bad of this season but more of a mini-boss?

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 #4

Aug 6, 2012

Again, nothing to complain about here. The story moves along quickly. There is solid characterization everywhere. And now the hinting of the Crisis. Add to that the sharp art and it is a winning combination all around. That said, the 'Vandervoort' Supergirl better not die in this Crisis!

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9.6
Smallville Season 11 #5

Sep 12, 2012

Kudos to Miller for showing how a more classic interpretation of Superman can still be a gripping story. Now where is Kara and the Legion? I need Supergirl and "Steph" to team up again!

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9.6
Smallville Season 11 #6

Oct 8, 2012

And Jamal Igle is the perfect choice here, bringing great expressions to add to the words and plot, filling in so much subtle information by his art choices. Another month ... another very good Smallville issue. Just the right mix of action, seriousness, and humor. Wow!

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 #7

Nov 14, 2012

But there is no doubt that the best stuff for me this issue was the Clark/Lois relationship even though they are never together! It is so easy to see why Superman would love a woman like her. Add to that some great Chris Cross art, in all facets ... expressions, actions, panel and page layouts ... and this was satisfying. The Lois crying panel and the Chill/Chill/Batman panel progression were perfect!

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 #8

Dec 15, 2012

I also think, unlike a lot of DC books right now, there is a sense of fun and joy in this book. It isn't slapstick ... but it does feel like real life. There are ups and down, sad moments and happy ones. How great was it to hear Lois say she was going to kiss Clark's 'stupid face'? Completely endearing. Smallville continues to be the most well-rounded of the super-books. It has a nice pre-New 52 feel to it without the ennui of the television show. I wasn't even sure I was going to get this book. I am glad I did!

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 #9

Jan 18, 2013

And adding Impulse to Batman as guest stars sounds like a League is being formed to fight that huge upcoming threat. I enjoyed this issue a lot, thinking it a nice opening chapter for this arc mixing in the usual action, humor, characterization, as well as a sort of sci-fi ghost story. It all works!

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 #10

Feb 13, 2013

If there is a Crisis coming up, Supergirl has to be around right?? Miller hopefully won't kill off the Vandervoort-Supergirl in this Crisis, would he? So another stuffed and satisfying issue. And I love the internal winks at some of the more ludicrous parts of the story. But with an interesting main story and a number of intriguing subplots, this book is a winner.

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 #11

Mar 14, 2013

As a 'print guy', I suppose the end of this story is already known. Maybe reviewing these digital first/print later comics doesn't make sense? Anyways, this was another solid issue. I had more problems with this issue than prior ones. I don't quite get the Speed Force threat. I think the E2 Ollie/Chloe affair has a sliminess to it which belittles both characters a bit. And Hamilton again uses tech in a new way. But these are more like a popcorn kernel stuck in my back teeth, a little annoying but not enough to take away from the deliciousness of the bag of buttery goodness.

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8.0
Smallville Season 11 #12

Apr 9, 2013

But that said, those stories are written so well with such great supporting scenes that even if the conclusion is unexplained I know enough to sort of roll with it. The best thing about 'Haunted' being over? The Supergirl issues are that much closer.

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9.6
Smallville Season 11 #13

May 16, 2013

So this was a perfect opening chapter. It showed up enough of the plotlines to get an understanding of the story but there is still a lot that needs to be shown and explained. It continued to expand the Smallville universe, giving us great guest stars. Despite the main story being in the future, Miller still shows us enough of the present to keep the 'small moments' quotient steady. And what a cliffhanger!

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 #14

Jun 20, 2013

That said, this war storyline between Earth and Argo with the Legion caught in the middle is still a bit amorphous to me. I don't know if I quite understand enough why they are at each others' throats. Is there open war? Is the Faora body enough to bring about war? Is it just fear that a planet of super-humans is a galactic hop,skip,and jump away?? I don't know if I have my head wrapped around this plot well enough to feel I understand it. Still, that isn't a major complaint because the rest of these this issue is so great. Supergirl and the Legion is like chocolate and peanut butter. They always go great together.

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 #15

Jul 17, 2013

When an arc ends and I wish it wasn't over, when I wish for more story, that is a sign of success. And I would be remiss if I didn't again comment on how much I liked this variant Supergirl costume designed by Cat Staggs. Marvelous.

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10
Smallville Season 11 #16

Aug 21, 2013

So nothing but great words for this issue. The art is just lush. Diana, either young girl or apparent super-hero, is portrayed wonderfully (pun intended). She seems equal parts protector and warrior. The addition of Martha and the DEO are great hooks to build up the depth of this universe. And the Lois and Clark interaction is still perfect. This was one of those issues when I wished I had the next issue in my hand after I finished this one. That doesn't happen too often. Fantastic!

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9.6
Smallville Season 11 #17

Sep 16, 2013

So we are staring to see more and more of the pieces of the Faust plot but I don't know if I could put the puzzle together quite yet. But as usual, Miller does a great job moving the plot along while adding all the small flourishes that makes this book work. Whether it is Easter Eggs like Shadowpact or Artemis, or the wonderful quiet character scenes like the Lois/Trevor and Diana/Trevor one, this book has it all - action, humor, character growth. Add to that the incredibly slick art of Jorge Jimenez and this is a winning book. If you love sequential art with flair, I suggest you buy this book.

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 #18

Oct 16, 2013

Miller knows all the strings to pull, ratcheting up the action this chapter, but also still giving us some small moments that make this such a great book to read. Now this is how Superman and Wonder Woman should relate to each other.

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9.6
Smallville Season 11 #19

Nov 18, 2013

And Jimenez hit a grand slam here. From the beginning, his stuff has crackled. I truly hope we see him back here (or on any DC book) in the near future. Hooray for this Superman/Wonder Woman book.

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 Special #1

Jun 4, 2013

Let's face it, we have read Miller's Kara/Steph crossover stories and how fantastic those stories were. Why not bring that magic here! I don't know if Bryan Miller comes here or reads this ... but if you do Mr. Miller, please write that story!!

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8.4
Smallville Season 11 Special #4

Feb 11, 2014

So this was a good little side adventure in the Smallville, deepening the roster of that universe and catching us up with Superboy, Miss Martian, and Jay. We get some Young Justice. We get some Super Friends. And we get Ravager. Add to that Staggs' moody pencils and you have an entertaining special.

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8.4
Smallville: Alien #1

Dec 18, 2013

I have no complaints here. So far so good! This is a perfect opening chapter, grabbing me with some good hooks and continuing great characterization of not only Superman/Clark but the supporting cast too! And we see Supergirl again!!! But please Bryan Q. Miller .... PLEASE .... DON'T KILL SUPERGIRL!!!

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8.4
Smallville: Alien #2

Jan 15, 2014

So this was a find middle chapter of an arc. This revealed a lot of information about the story but leading me to more questions than answers. That is what a middle chapter is supposed to do. Give me just enough to start trying to figure things out but leave me wanting more. I don't know if there has been a good Crisis since the original Crisis on Infinite Earths. Hoping this one will be a lot of fun. Certainly, there are enough DCU characters introduced here to make it feel big enough!

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9.6
Smallville: Alien #3

Feb 19, 2014

We are building to something big here. And we have a whole cast of characters that as readers you feel you know, care about. And that is going to make the eventual tragedy that will happen in this Crisis affect us as readers even more. I just hope it isn't a Nightwing death. But that would be some sort of echo to a Supergirl death in the first Crisis, no?

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8.4
Smallville: Alien #4

Mar 18, 2014

I suppose it is only a matter of time before there is a big enough team to get to the actual Crisis. I don't think Supergirl is going to die. But now I am worrying about Jay Garrick. The old saying is 'you can't have a Crisis without a Flash dying'. Maybe he dies and somehow Impulse returns, dons the Flash guise. This book is really clicking on all cylinders.

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9.0
Smallville: Chaos #1

Aug 19, 2014

So a tremendous opening chapter with three subplots brewing and a Crisis right around the corner. As usual, I am impressed with this book.

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8.4
Smallville: Chaos #2

Sep 17, 2014

I have to say this was a great middle chapter. The story moved forward on all fronts. We see the threat the Monitors are, an Earth vaporized. We see Lois and Clark use their brains to escape that fate. We see the emergence of a new hero. And we see the evil of Lex, suddenly openly and brazenly malevolent. And we are that much closer to the Crisis. Unbelievable. Incredible.

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9.6
Smallville: Chaos #3

Oct 13, 2014

So another issue of Smallville is in the books and this one is a great middle chapter. The plots all move along nicely. We have some new ripples to contemplate. And we have the return of the Superman family! Nothing but praise here as the team continues to tighten the noose around this universe with a Crisis around the corner.

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8.0
Smallville: Chaos #4

Nov 18, 2014

We knew that this 'episode' was the set-up for the final Crisis. We finally get to the big event, the one hinted at back in the first issue of this series. As a result, things do need to wrap up a bit quickly. The Eclipso ending, the destruction of the Yellow Rings, Superman and Lois returning to Earth ... they all happened fast and a bit loose in this issue. But that said, there is so much fun, so much character progression, so much depth to the characters here that I am able to roll with it a bit.

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9.6
Smallville: Continuity #1

Dec 24, 2014

Can I say, I love that this is Clark giving this speech and not Superman. I wish I could verbalize why. Maybe it is that I think that Clark is the real identity. Maybe because he is fighting for Earth, being in this identity carries more weight. But I thought this was great. The stage is set ... bring on the Crisis.

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9.6
Smallville: Continuity #2

Jan 21, 2015

This is the second issue of an arc and, as such, it does it's job. The plot is moved forward. Whether it is Lex's treachery or bringing together more heroes or even the threat of the Omega Monitor, things progress. And we also get a ton of action here, a perfect way for us to see these characters strut there stuff one more time. I love this book and I will miss it immensely.

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9.6
Smallville: Continuity #3

Feb 17, 2015

And just like that ... it's over. The Monitors have never had anyone actually reverse things on them. They have never had anyone make them blink. And so, they will let this world live. All that's left is the wrap-up next issue. I suppose the world will need to be rebuilt. I hope we'll see Chloe deliver. And I hope we get a drippy, sugary, sappy ending. This world deserves it.

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9.6
Smallville: Continuity #4

Mar 18, 2015

I obviously loved this issue and this book and this universe. I don't think I need to belabor the point. So all I have left to say is thank you to Bryan Q. Miller, Cat Staggs, and all the artists who worked on this book over these last years. I am sad to see this end. That's the biggest compliment I can give a comic.

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9.6
Smallville: Lantern #1

Apr 22, 2014

If a first issue is supposed to intrigue the reader and grab them, this one did it! And, as I said, Takara's work is just stylized enough to complement a more galactic/sci-fi natured story. I hope I run into Takara at a convention some time so I can grab a commission.

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9.6
Smallville: Lantern #2

May 21, 2014

So once again, Smallville remains a fantastic book. I love the dual storylines here. I love the expanding DCU here. But Aya! That's just the cherry on the top.

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9.6
Smallville: Lantern #3

Jun 16, 2014

As much as this Lantern story is interesting, I have to say that I love the small character moments outside the arc even more. One thing I don't see too often these days is a solid, well developed, supporting cast. It makes a book so much more enjoyable.  Add to those moments more DCU folks appearing (Freeze, Harley) and the solid Lantern main plot, and you have a great book.

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8.4
Smallville: Lantern #4

Jul 15, 2014

The Lantern story wraps up here. We learn about more heroes in this version of the DCU. And things are moving towards a Crisis. But I almost feel like this arc warranted a 5th issue. I would have liked to see the resolutions of the main plots explored just a bit more. Still, Smallville remains one of my favorite and one of the best comics out there.

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6.0
Steel #1

Jan 7, 2011

And I am very happy that Steel didn't outright die here. I was worried. I remain conflicted about how I feel about this though. I was hoping Steel would really be showcased here.

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9.6
Stormwatch (2011) #30

Apr 8, 2014

So this was an unexpected treat of entertainment. And most of all it was fun! I can't say that about many comics any more. It is rare for an comic to make me smile. So continued kudos to Sterling Gates. And a welcome to Jeremy Roberts whose art here was streamlined bliss.

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9.6
Super Sons #1

Feb 20, 2017

So this all worked. Even the little quirks like Damien clicking his tongue adds depth. I am waiting for the first time Jon clicks his tongue at Damien for something Robin has done. I had a sense that I would love this book. I definitely loved this issue. It did just what a first issue should do. Introduced me to the characters. Threw out some bread crumbs to make me want to stick around long term. End with a cliffhanger to get me back in a month. Count me in.

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8.4
Super Sons #2

Mar 20, 2017

And Jon runs into the surviving sister in the woods without realizing that Batman is there. I love Jon's body language in that last panel. And having him say dad's line about being there to help is just spot on perfect. So overall, a very nice issue, pushing the plot forward and bringing some friction between the sons. It was only the Reggie scene which seemed forced a little too fast to resonate that was a little speed bump for me.

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8.0
Super Sons #3

Apr 25, 2017

In the end, I think this is a fun, breezy comic. The action movie metaphor feels right. This feels like a summer movie, something loud, fun, and full of explosions. And I'm okay with that! And again, Jorge Jimenez is killing it here. The art and style is perfect for this sort of book.

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8.0
Super Sons #4

May 26, 2017

This is my one complaint with the art. Lois looks like a 20 year old model, maybe Jon's babysitter. She doesn't look old enough to be Jon's mother. It's a brilliant page, Lois expression and body language adding a ton of emotional information to the dialogue. Lois just looks like a teenager. Still, this was a fun issue. It shows how tough it is for a Super and a Bat to be best buds. And the art is stunning. Too bad the Amazo is so easily defeated.

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8.4
Super Sons #5

Jun 27, 2017

In the end, the dads decide that perhaps letting the boys go on adventures together will be good for them. It'll teach them teamwork and perspective. But they have to go out together, to protect each other. This was a character driven issue, showing how not only the sons interact but also how they interact with their fathers. I think this was a fantastic way to follow up the opening arc. I doubt Jon and Damian will be bosom buddies but at least they understand each other.

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8.4
Super Sons #6

Jul 26, 2017

But most of all, maybe Damian will learn that he could use Jon around when fighting villains. How could I not give a book where Superboy saves a cat from a tree and Lois claps with joy a high grade. That said, the entire book reads wonderful and the art just sizzles!

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8.0
Superboy (2010) #1

Nov 9, 2010

Pier Gallo's art has a very polished look in the book, almost too polished for material that is leaning towards some darkness. I do wonder if that was on purpose, to show the glittering veneer of Smallville. I wonder if when things do turn dark if he will become more scratchy and chaotic (as he did in the Car-Vex back story during New Krypton). His otherwise looked very good here. And Rafael Alburquerque's cover is a nice striking image.

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9.0
Superboy (2010) #2

Dec 13, 2010

I have raved about Gallo's art enough but I thought it really was slick here. I did think Simon's frog experiment was a bit too quick and Ivy's boots detracted just a touch. But those are garnishes next to an otherwise tasty steak.

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8.4
Superboy (2011) #0

Sep 17, 2012

And I know feel I have a better foundation of who this Superboy is. He certainly is damaged goods, created in a pod, fed negative and extremely negative images and information, and let loose into a world he doesn't understand. Add to that a volatile genetic makeup and I suppose I could understand why he would do what he is doing. I can only hope that he is able to overcome this history and be the right hero to wear the S-shield. But kudos again to Tom DeFalco. I was losing interest and not caring about this character the last couple of months. At least not I am curious about where this is all heading.

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8.0
Superboy (2011) #1

Sep 16, 2011

This is certainly a break from what has come before in Conner's history. This isn't the cocky girl-crazy Hawaiian dude. This isn't the leader of the Titans. And this isn't the introspective, concerned young man we just read about last month. And maybe it is that lack of a unifying idea of who Superboy is, that lack of long-standing interest on my part, that makes this reboot a little more palatable. I don't know if I want to read years worth of him working for the bad guys. Heck, I might not read more than the first arc. But this issue at least asked some interesting questions ... enough to make me keep this on the short term list. And Silva's art is wonderful.

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8.4
Superboy (2011) #2

Oct 15, 2011

So overall I really enjoyed this issue. But it was the Caitlin and Rose parts of the book that really stood out. Yes, we hear Conner talk about working for NOWHERE while he plots his escape, and we learn he isn't invulnerable. But otherwise, Conner seemed to be more in the background of the book. I am not complaining necessarily. It was a good issue. But the star of the book shouldn't feel like supporting cast. Silva's stuff crackles throughout the book. I definitely would love a Supergirl commission from him.

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8.4
Superboy (2011) #3

Nov 17, 2011

So there was a lot of stuff happening in this issue. A lot of bread crumbs to follow. A lot of hints about stuff. This issue flew by because it was full of short action sequences. And while there wasn't necessarily a beginning-middle-end story feel here, this deepened this Superboy's story effectively. I finished this issue and wanted to read the next right then. That means the issue was a success. So Superboy remains a good read. Hopefully Rose isn't gone for long. And I hope some of these mysteries/origins are explained soon. Not all of them ... but some.

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8.0
Superboy (2011) #4

Dec 17, 2011

So I have no intention of collecting Teen Titans so I hope this solo book becomes a partner book with TT. I suppose that until everything is up and running in the DCnU, some degree of crossover is necessary. I just hope I can understand this book without that one. Because I am more apt to drop this book than I am to pick that one up. So overall, an okay issue albeit a bit too pat in some places. And I am sick of the conflicted hero wondering why they should help people. Can't people just be heroes any more??

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8.4
Superboy (2011) #5

Jan 17, 2012

Hopefully, next month's brawl with Supergirl is handled well. And hopefully I don't need to read Titans to see how this all turns out ... because I am not. And man, RB Silva just continues to do fantastic work here!

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8.0
Superboy (2011) #6

Feb 10, 2012

Moreover, I am very worried that this title is going to be inextricably linked to Teen Titans and The Ravagers, two titles I don't think I want to read. If I can't understand this book without those, this book might lose me. No complaints about the art though.

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8.4
Superboy (2011) #7

Mar 17, 2012

So, overall I have to say I was entertained by the issue ... and that should always be the goal. We get a lot of great action here. We get some new wrinkles to the mysteries of NOWHERE and what they are doing. And we get to learn a bit more about Rose. So all of those are positives. But I still would like things to be moving forward just a bit faster. I keep thinking that 7 issues in I should know a little bit more of the puzzle.

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8.0
Superboy (2011) #8

Apr 13, 2012

And I felt like I was dropped into this story. Since I am not getting Titans I probably will only read the even chapters of this arc ... and that's never fun. I hope we get RB Silva back for the entire issue next month.

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8.0
Superboy (2011) #9

May 14, 2012

Until Harvest shows up. And he is talking some smack. He wanted to Titans/Legion/Superboy to win so that they will feel worse when they lose? It was worth having his army get crushed? I don't know ... I just don't get it. While I have enjoyed much of Superboy as a title ... Superboy's attempts to grow, the tremendous characters of Rose and Caitlin, and RB Silva's fantastic art. But I feel like this book is in something of a rut. How many issues of him saying he can make his own decisions and fighting someone from NOWHERE can I read. I need him to move forward and I need a story that is his and not so tightly linked to NOWHERE or the Titans.

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8.4
Superboy (2011) #10

Jun 15, 2012

In a great upside down closing splash, the door opens up on another island's ground. Just a great close. This is one of those issues where I have to fall back on the old gauge 'was I entertained'. The answer is yes. I definitely liked the characterization between Cassie and Kon here. While I don't think that I will be following this closely in Titans, I hope that this is allowed to simmer a bit before it becomes a relationship.

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0.8
Superboy (2011) #11

Jul 13, 2012

And it's a shame because I love RB Silva's art. But that alone can't keep me here. Superboy robbed a bank and has no use for Superman. Yeesh.

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4.0
Superboy (2011) #12

Aug 10, 2012

But there was also that shudder of early 2000's Supergirl, out at the club, not wanting to be a hero, surrounded by other self-involved people, and with a dark soul ... dark enough to scare a demon-esque villain. Who wants to read that book? The art on the book is a hodge podge of inkers over Eduardo Pansica pencils but feels awkward as we go from style to style.

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8.0
Superboy (2011) #13

Oct 15, 2012

Hey look! It's a H'El cameo. This reminds me of the pre-Crisis issues when the Monitor would show up in books, always in shadow. And Jimmy is there to see it. And he shows Lois. I love Lois' reaction. I wonder if she thinks it's a love child for the big red S.

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8.0
Superboy (2011) #14

Nov 16, 2012

But really, this opening chapter was nothing but a clumsy brawl between H'El and Superboy and the Titans. I know he is incredibly powerful. I know he needs humanity alive. But I know little else about H'El or his agenda. So I don't know if the book worked on that level. Still, DeFalco is rebounding nicely, slowly improving the book and the characters. They're baby steps but at least they are in the right direction.

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8.0
Superboy (2011) #15

Dec 17, 2012

So this is a decent issue. I have some worries about Supergirl (I always do). And some of the dialogue seemed off. More importantly, there wasn't much progress on the storyline itself. Plus the art was so mishmash it was a bit rattling. But the mystery of Superboy deepened a bit. And Superman proved himself to Superboy as a force of good. That part was solid. I hope we get RB Silva back soon.

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8.4
Superboy (2011) #16

Jan 21, 2013

So overall, this was the first Superboy issue in a long time that I can say I truly enjoyed. It had an old school JLA feel. It had some very nice moments for the JLA members. There was definitely a Silver Age sort of vibe here and I didn't mind that. It had Superman worrying about Kara enough to send the Flash in on a rescue mission. It had Superboy stepping up and becoming a hero. Even the glimpses into this new Fortress was fun. In fact it had everything except a decent Supergirl. I really think that H'El on Earth is going to slow down the character momentum that Mike Johnson was building in her book.

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6.0
Superboy (2011) #17

Feb 15, 2013

Again, congratulations to Tom DeFalco, Scott Lobdell, and Eddie Berganza. You have made Supergirl pathetic and unlikeable. The writing has been on the wall since the beginning of this arc. And to Superboy fans, I hope you like the new direction he is taking here.

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8.4
Superboy (2011) #18

Mar 19, 2013

And RB Silva's art just seemed rougher than usual, which was just a bit distracting. Still overall, a nice step in the right direction.

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5.0
Superboy (2011) #19

Apr 12, 2013

But the bigger thing is that this is one more ripple in the Superboy book. I can't easily explain this book to other people. And just when I thought things had steadied, Lobdell pulls the carpet out from under. I can only hope that the more positive feel of Kon isn't erased because of this plot. Like many reveals in this DCnU, this one feels like it being done for a short term buzz rather than a long term foundation for a character. A universe can't survive like this.

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8.4
Superboy (2011) #20

May 10, 2013

So overall, this is a good first issue that has something of a different feel for this book. I have to say, there was a lighter feel to this issue, especially after last month's morose and disappointing origin story. I like the chemistry we have seen between Psycho and Superboy already. This felt like a more classic Conner story, a brash young hero and a story infused with some humor. I do hope that the art on the book stabilizes.

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8.4
Superboy (2011) #21

Jun 19, 2013

So this was another step on the new road this book is on. This felt like a 'one and done' story which also effectively moved the H.I.V.E. story forward. Now we know that these people have big facilities and don't mind experimenting on children. They can't be nice. It is hard to believe that 3 issues ago I truly disliked this book. Now, I look forward to it. Hope Justin Jordan continues to bring this style of adventuring to the book. I have been very entertained with this book these last 2 months.

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6.0
Superboy (2011) #22

Aug 2, 2013

I suppose if you are one of the disenfranchised, if you feel that you are alone and everyone else is horrible, and if you have super-powers, then you might blast into everyone's mind and have them see the world as you do. But after a couple of lighter issues in this title, this issue felt relentlessly depressing. Add to that some pedestrian art and this issue felt like a baby step backwards.

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4.0
Superboy (2011) #23

Aug 19, 2013

Of course, I know the old Psycho Pirate best from Crisis on Infinite Earths. So we'll have to see what this new one is like. (The old Medusa Mask doesn't seem Medusa-ish at all). Still, overall, this was a lot of destruction without much plot. I should be happy about some nice Krypto moments in the book but I can't get away that Superboy wouldn't realize this was all an illusion for so long. And I am always hoping for more in my comics.

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7.0
Superboy (2011) #24

Oct 11, 2013

But this whole issue felt forced, as if Jordan needed to finish things enough so that the next creative team isn't starting mid-stream. The Pirate story, being in two places at once, seems inane and I wonder if it was forced on Jordan. And frankly, the idea of another origin, or someone else holding Superboy's true origin over his head (Psycho Pirate drained the info from Dr. Psycho's head), is annoying.

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7.0
Superboy (2011) #25

Nov 15, 2013

And I still don't quite know why the Oracle didn't just send the Supers back together to fight H'El when he arrives on Krypton, before Jor-El can even save him. Isn't there an easier solution? Despite all the questions, I suppose this was an okay issue, moving this story forward on all threads, and with only a couple of odd moments. The Benes art is pretty slick. I don't know if this story will end well ... or will even be comprehensible. But if I can look past the 'why' questions and the 'when' questions, I can appreciate this as a middle chapter. It does what it is supposed to do.

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5.0
Superboy (2011) Annual #1

Jan 28, 2013

And, most of all, it just doesn't progress H'El on Earth at all. Still, Superboy seems to be moving along on his hero's journey while Supergirl is taking some steps back.

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8.4
Supergirl (2005) #46

Oct 23, 2009

Okay, let's start hearing the guesses about Lana's illness again. This issue Lana says she has been having headaches, nosebleeds, and has been vomiting. My initial guess is brain cancer. But it has to be more than that right? Anyways, I thought this was a nice ending to the Hunt For Reactron storyline ... a brief arc which moved both Supergirl's and Flamebird's stories forward. I look forward to seeing what Alura's idea of justice is.

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9.6
Supergirl (2005) #47

Nov 20, 2009

While the Reactron story clearly isn't over at least this chapter of it is. The next issues all seem to be dedicated to Supergirl and her activities on Earth and I'm looking forward to those greatly. But my guess is that when I take a look back, that this character driven issue focused on Alura is going to be one of my favorite issues in Sterling Gates' run. As I have mentioned above, comics work best when words and art come together. I have nothing but good things to say about Matt Camp's art in this book. It is a very clean and detailed style which suits this book well. I have to say in some places it reminded me a little of Geof Darrow. That is high praise. I also thought he did an excellent job in making subtle changes to Alura's face which clearly showed how she has aged from those earlier flashbacks on Krypton to the current events on New Krypton. While I look forward to Jamal Igle's return on Supergirl #50, I think the book is in more than capable hands.

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10
Supergirl (2005) #48

Dec 18, 2009

In the past, Hendeson was involved in a case where an odd coin was found in the murder victim's hand. The police officer who was in charge of the case, Captain Tanner, was a friend of Henderson's. Tanner was scarred by the case and ended up commiting suicide. Henderson vowed to find out the significance of the coin and solve the case. Unfortunately, he found out the significance the hard way. It is indeed one of Banshee's heirlooms. And she hasn't been able to find it because the coin hides within the people who have them.Henderson removes a glove and shows the coin embedded in his palm, the rest of his hand covered in the same glyphs the earlier victim had on her body. The Banshee was able to recover the coin from that murder victim and now she wants the Inspector's.

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8.4
Supergirl (2005) #49

Jan 29, 2010

Sterling Gates and Jamal Igle reunite to tell an epic, oversized battle royale between the Girl of Steel and a mysterious, diabolical new foe! I guess the diabolical new foe is the Insect Queen.

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9.0
Supergirl (2005) #50

Feb 20, 2010

To see things like a couple of extra face lines on Cat Grant which scream 'trying to look young', to see a crooked eyebrow and a half-frown showing how distraught Supergirl is in the #34 homage panel, or the joy exuding from her as she is flying above Metropolis ... it's all there and not overdone. It's sweet and can be appreciated by both new and established readers. It was a nice capstone for this over-sized anniversary issue.

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9.6
Supergirl (2005) #51

Mar 20, 2010

I thought this was a very good issue pushing the plot of Last Stand forward but having Supergirl as the star and not one of a cast of many. The interactions with Mon-El, Superboy, and Alura showcased the character nicely. Gates has such a great handle on these characters. Their lines just seem so natural.

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9.6
Supergirl (2005) #52

Apr 23, 2010

Outside of this interesting first take on the Brainy/Kara romance, I would be remiss if I didn't say that this was another good Last Stand issue with things continuing to move forward. Guest artist Ivan Rodriguez does a fine job here. His Supergirl looks more like a young woman. I also like that he tweaked her S-shield, making it a unique symbol for Kara.

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8.4
Supergirl (2005) #53

Jun 26, 2010

And while I like the idea of a supporting cast, I have never really been a Gangbuster fan. I hope he isn't around too long. This was just the first round of 'Who is Supergirl?'. I get the sense this arc is going to be something special, defining Supergirl for the near future.

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9.6
Supergirl (2005) #54

Jul 23, 2010

As usual, Jamal Igle's stuff here is top notch. For a story so charged with psychological overtones of grief and insecurity, you need an artist who can convey character's emotions via their expressions and body language. Igle can do that so unbelievably well. That half-smile on the splash page speaks volumes. And BizarroGirl is just a frightening monster. Very nice all around!

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8.4
Supergirl (2005) #55

Aug 19, 2010

I thought this was a very good issue, really pushing the arc along. While the action was great, it really was the characterization of Supergirl that shined brightest here, especially that moment where she remembers Reactron. Supergirl has really been scarred by New Krypton. I am so glad that Gates and Igle are exploring that rather than shying away from it. If only she didn't slug Dr. Light! The issue boasts 3 inkers and it is sometimes apparent. The last pages look much smoother than the earlier ones. But Jamal Igle's pencils are solid, Supergirl's expressions saying so much.

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9.6
Supergirl (2005) #56

Sep 24, 2010

And great art as well. I had to include this panel of the Bizarro Sterling Gates inserted into the book by Jamal Igle. Igle has such a handle on the character. I don't have it here, but the panel where we first see BizarroGirl, happily saying 'goodbye' to Bizarro #1 was perfectly playful. On a side note, I don't see any bike shorts on BizarroGirl. Purposeful omission? We still don't know if Igle will remain on the book as no official word (as far as I know) has leaked about that. But, as I have said before, if he is leaving I'll be disappointed. His stuff is just perfect for this book.

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9.6
Supergirl (2005) #57

Oct 23, 2010

Any Reeder's cover is certainly fetching. We know she is looking at the Godship here, fear evident on her face. But the characterization was the key here. The high point wasn't the 'solid vision' win, it was that talk in Sad Harbor as Supergirl finally allows herself to feel a little peace.

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8.4
Supergirl (2005) #58

Nov 23, 2010

But foremost, they wanted to make Supergirl a respectable hero and a likeable character. And I think they succeeded. And this is what I appreciate the most from this run. It makes these last two issues almost bittersweet.

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10
Supergirl (2005) #59

Dec 18, 2010

Now that Nick Spencer is off the book, I hope James Peaty picks up the ball and runs with it. He and Bernard Chang have huge shoes to fill. All good things must come to an end I suppose. Thanks Sterling and Jamal. It has been a couple of great years to be a Supergirl fan and your work was the biggest reason.

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8.4
Supergirl (2005) #60

Jan 21, 2011

Lastly, I wonder if its Banshee who will save Supergirl fromher currentpredicament, payback for Kara helping Siobhan get a family talisman in Supergirl #49. All in all, I thought this was pretty good. I hope the next issues can build on this, showcasing Supergirl more.

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8.0
Supergirl (2005) #61

Feb 18, 2011

Bernard Chang continues to do stellar stuff here. I am glad he has remembered the new short haircut Kara is sporting. And his action sequences have always been top notch. Will this book remain Peaty's after this arc? When will DC let us know? Or is the 'fear of cancellation' still in the air such that DC isn't going to name anyone long term. I'd love to hear Peaty come out and talk about the character.

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9.6
Supergirl (2005) #62

Mar 24, 2011

It's just spot-on. Kudos to James Peaty. And as I said before, Bernard Chang really is just clicking on all cylinders here. Just smashing stuff.

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8.4
Supergirl (2005) #63

Apr 22, 2011

Overall this was a good chapter, setting up the big finale. I definitely like how Lois is being used here. And Supergirl continues to shine here. In this arc we have seen her trash robots imitating super-villains, leading other heroes, and here use her science know-how to stop another threat. Sure Alex has beaten her the last two issues but that means he is a viable threat. There are some minor characterization problems here but all in comparison to the opening chapter which was co-written by Nick Spencer. I wonder how much of these speed bumps come from that writer discrepancy. Peaty continues to craft a very good Supergirl story. And Bernard Chang is just doing sparkling stuff here. I hope both of them find work at DC after this story.

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8.0
Supergirl (2005) #64

May 20, 2011

And Bernard Chang really was light out great here. Now how about we letter-bomb DC about how much we all love this book? Supergirl fans need to be vocal! Here is the link: www.dcletterspage.com

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9.6
Supergirl (2005) #65

Jun 17, 2011

And you have a heroic Supergirl and a smart and savvy Linda! Talk about a home run for a first issue! Welcome aboard KellySue DeConnick and ChrisCross!!! I really wish we could have the chance to see more than three issues from you!

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8.0
Supergirl (2005) #66

Jul 22, 2011

And I'll get to meet (re-meet) a bitter, angry, isolated Kara who either doesn't care or feels above it all. Can't wait for next issue.

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8.4
Supergirl (2005) #67

Aug 19, 2011

So congratulations are due to Kelly Sue DeConnick for giving us this story. I would have loved to see what she would have done with this crew of characters in Supergirl if you had continued on. And, as always, thanks to Sterling Gates, Jamal Igle, James Peaty, and Bernard Chang for all their work on the title which brought us up to this point. This story could not have happened without the foundation you guys put down, revitalizing Supergirl, making her heroic and likeable again, especially Gates and Igle.

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8.4
Supergirl (2005) Annual #2

Oct 30, 2010

And on top of all that you get the nearly perfect art by Matt Camp. Marco Rudy has a rougher less polished style which might work from a story point of view but when the art changed, it was a bit jarring. And there was that Silver Age simplicity and serendipity with some events here. As a reader, you either recognize that was part of the riff here or it might bother you.

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9.6
Supergirl (2011) #0

Sep 21, 2012

Now can I deal with her amplified genome? And how did Superboy get there? What I really want to know is what did all of you think?

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8.0
Supergirl (2011) #1

Sep 22, 2011

And as I thought all along, Mahmud Asrar's work is very good here. It is rougher in some places that I thought it would be but it works in giving the action scenes a kinetic feel. I do wish that the lower portion of the costume gets some minor revamping. It can be as subtle as when Jamal Igle lengthened the skirt and belly shirt. I put a poll up to see what grade you all give the issue. Here is mine.

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4.0
Supergirl (2011) #2

Feb 29, 2012

Since this was one of the first issues of the last incarnation of Supergirl, I suppose they are of medium importance to a Supergirl collection. They really set the tone for the first 20 or so issues. It is probably available for under $5. But reviewing this reminded me that I didn't like this book very much back then.

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8.4
Supergirl (2011) #3

Nov 19, 2011

Anyways, this issue traveled at a much faster pace than the earlier ones, semi-solidified her relationship with Kal (at least they weren't fighting and she was listening), introduced a new arch-villain, showcased a new power, and dropped more hints about Supergirl's origin. Now that is a pretty packed book. What's better is that the characterization seemed right. She could have fought Superman more. She could have called humans gnats or cavemen. She could have been portrayed as disaffected or apathetic or bitter. Instead she was portrayed as strong and a bit sad. And that's okay given where we are in her journey.

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8.4
Supergirl (2011) #4

Dec 28, 2011

As I said, Mahmud Asrar is just stellar here. And it looks like the 'origin' piece is moving forward.

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8.4
Supergirl (2011) #5

Jan 20, 2012

And I have to say it again. If you are Superman and another surviving Kryptonian comes to Earth, someone who is potentially family, I doubt you would leave her to her own devices. I better see Kara seek out Kal or vice versa soon. It doesn't make sense otherwise. Lastly, I could spend a whole post gushing about Mahmud Asrar. Amazing stuff here.

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8.4
Supergirl (2011) #6

Feb 17, 2012

Things I hope to see next month, Kal and Kara meeting and talking again after Supergirl saves the day. I think the creative team here is firing on all cylinders. Overall, I can't help but be happy with this book so far.

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9.6
Supergirl (2011) #7

Mar 24, 2012

The title 'Graduation Day' makes me think that Kara will view this battle as the 'trial' she was supposed to go through on Krypton, that she feels she has earned her uniform now. So we have learned more about Argo and Krypton. We have a lot of puzzle pieces that need to merge into a coherent history. And we have a Supergirl risking her life to aid others. Not one 'Hell on Wheels', disaffected panel here! And that makes me a happy fan.

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8.0
Supergirl (2011) #8

Apr 20, 2012

But that alientation and isolation angle felt a bit forced here. The relentless attack by the army, their ignoring the good that Kara had done, the lack of communicating with other characters, and the lack of Superman all detracted from the book. And perhaps worst of all for me, it really dimmed the brightness of the last issue. I also will freely admit that I missed Mahmud Asrar on the book. It is amazing how different a feel this book had without him on it. I can't wait to see his take on the banshees.

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8.4
Supergirl (2011) #9

May 18, 2012

It still begs the question 'Where is Superman?' Even if being a family member and another Kryptonian wasn't enough to have him track her down, now she is hurting people and causing infernos. It is time for the super-cousins to meet again. Meet again and talk ... not exchange punches! But that is thinking about the future. I should stay in the now. And the now is that this was a very good issue.

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8.0
Supergirl (2011) #10

Jun 22, 2012

The fight with the Black Banshee seemed a bit too easy and too short (perhaps because there were plenty of splashy pages limiting story telling). And I hope I can get through an issue without the police or the army threatening or attacking Supergirl. Still, this Supergirl seems to be growing more and more into the sort of new hero I expect 'Supergirl' to be. Now if only she could communicate with people and stop being treated like a villain.

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9.6
Supergirl (2011) #11

Jul 20, 2012

This really was a great issue. It is a wonderful jumping on point so should be promoted as such. It continues to show a compassionate and caring Supergirl, evolving as her time on Earth grows. And it shows she is tough and willing to do what it takes in battle. Add to that her speaking English (at least one word), my own theories about super-intuition, and the typical fantastic Mahmud Asrar art and I have nothing but high marks across the board.

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8.4
Supergirl (2011) #12

Aug 17, 2012

So great cliffhanger here, probably one not dealt with for a couple of months. The art was still very good. I know Sam Basri is drawing Supergirl #13. I wonder if that was to give Mahmud Asrar time to do all the art on the upcoming issues. But for me, the best thing about this issue was that opening scene. You can see Superman and Supergirl struggling to form a familial relationship when they are basically strangers. But there wasn't animosity. There weren't impenetrable walls. I get the sense that eventually these two will become friends. And that's really all I want.

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8.4
Supergirl (2011) #13

Oct 19, 2012

Still, this was a good issue, briskly paced, running the gamut of emotions, having Kara learn her origins, having her defeat an arch-nemesis, and adding Sanctuary. And she was called too nice! That's a lot for one issue. I just think maybe it was a bit too much. I needed a moment for Supergirl to catch her breath and let me catch my breath too. (I wonder if the team would have liked to have stretched this to two issues only to have the merging with H'El take over.) Add to that the smooth lines of Basri standing in for Asrar. (In particular, I think Basri did a great job on Supergirl's costume, minimizing the distracting corners of the lower hem.)

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9.6
Supergirl (2011) #14

Nov 24, 2012

On this Thanksgiving week, I feel I need to thank Mike Johnson for realizing just who Supergirl is at her core, even if this Supergirl is having a rougher beginning than prior incarnations. And great stuff, as always, by Mahmud Asrar.

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8.0
Supergirl (2011) #15

Dec 21, 2012

Per usual, this chapter of H'El on Earth was an interesting read because it is so strong on characterization. Here we see just how Supergirl might be persuaded to join this villain, to turn her back on her new planet, to try to find love in someone who is hurting as much as she is. It is a much better story than the sullen reasons seen in Superman. Again, I do wish Supergirl was smart enough and curious enough to ask a few more questions.

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5.0
Supergirl (2011) #16

Jan 25, 2013

If DC was hoping for that alienated, isolated, angry young Supergirl, this story arc will get her there. And it is a shame because I don't think that is how Mike Johnson sees her. I keep wondering if Johnson has her saying the right thing while the powers make her keep doing the wrong thing. Just where will this Supergirl be after H'El on Earth? I get the sense in a worse place than she was before.

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6.0
Supergirl (2011) #17

Feb 22, 2013

So in this issue, we have tremendous art. We have Supergirl seeing the errors of her ways. And we have subtle dialogue trying to salvage the characterization of Kara that has come before this. We have a coloring error by Dave McCaig who puts Superman's red shorts back on, on a splash page no less. (It is a rare miss for McCaig who otherwise is stellar with nuanced colors around things like the sunburst, etc.) But in the end, it is an issue were a deluded Supergirl is trying to stop Wonder Woman from saving the world. And I have had enough of Supergirl being the duped villain.

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8.0
Supergirl (2011) #18

Mar 22, 2013

The only moderate complaint was Karen's comments. Maybe I am reading it wrong? Since we know that Michael Alan Nelson's first issue features Power Girl in her Supergirl outfit and Kara 'dying', it looks like this story will simply meld into Nelson's run. In some ways it keeps the title feeling seamless as we move forward. On the other hand, I would have loved a sort of epilogue issue by Mike Johnson, wrapping up his thoughts on the character.

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9.6
Supergirl (2011) #19

Apr 19, 2013

Of course, this is something of a bittersweet issue. Because as great a Mike Johnson's characterization is here, he is moving on. While I think it took a while for this Supergirl title to find its compass, I think it was pointed in the right direction with Kara heading towards optimism and heroism. And it is always good to see Mahmud Asrar on art. His stuff sings this issue.

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9.6
Supergirl (2011) #20

May 17, 2013

If the rest of Nelson's run has this feeling, I will be happy. Add to that the continued stellar art by Mahmud Asrar and I was one happy Supergirl fan.

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9.6
Supergirl (2011) #21

Jun 21, 2013

I bet she gives in initially, a Krypton gets rebuilt, and then either 'Alura' or 'Zor-El' tells her she needs to move on, move away from the madness of that illusion. We are two issues into the Nelson run and so far so good. I hope this wonderfully nuanced and layered characterization continues.

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9.0
Supergirl (2011) #22

Jul 19, 2013

As a result, this is a perfect middle chapter in an arc. The plot lines simmered, there is progress, and we are moving towards a climactic finale. It will be hard for anyone to replace Mahmud Asrar but I thought Diogenes Neves was solid here. He would have been on my short list of artists I would love to see take over this book (including Aaron Lopresti, Francis Portela, or Daniel HDR).

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3.0
Supergirl (2011) #23

Aug 23, 2013

It is as if DC simply doesn't know how to handle this character. Every time I start to see the fainest glimmer of something positive happening in this book, every time I feel the slightest bit of optimism about this book, it is squelched and I slide back to pessimism.

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7.0
Supergirl (2011) #24

Oct 21, 2013

And so ends another darker chapter and darker 'era' in the New 52 Supergirl book. Could DC, as they did with the last incarnation of Supergirl, finally have come to the realization that this character deserves something better, that this book warrants a different slant? So, all together an unhinged Supergirl, a repentant Zor-El, and a happy ending. But in a rough package.

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8.0
Supergirl (2011) #25

Nov 22, 2013

I think Siqueira's art shines here because it is both beautiful, but with a layer of grime which works in these battle scenes. The biggest question now? Can this storyline be wrapped up in a satisfying manner in just 20 pages of Superman to go.

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8.4
Supergirl (2011) #26

Dec 20, 2013

So overall I thought this was a good first issue for Bedard. He shows us all the things that Supergirl has been subjected to, humanizes her by making her react in a way besides rage or snarkiness, and adds a couple of new pieces to the board. If only ... if only ... things went up from here instead of tail-spinning into this Red Lantern nonsense.

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8.4
Supergirl (2011) #27

Jan 24, 2014

Add to those story elements Yildiray Cinar's beautiful art. From the Blaze design, to the expressive nature of Supergirl, to this last power pose splash, this book is just great. And the perspective panel of the Block with tiny Supergirl and Veritas was slick. So we are moving towards a new Supergirl.

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7.0
Supergirl (2011) #28

Feb 21, 2014

There are subtle moments (like the one above) which work showing Supergirl's despair. But there are moments where she seems irrational, blaming others for the problems she has brought on herself by running away all the time. The art is superlative. But I reserve the right to change my mind if this red lantern stuff plods or moves the book backwards as opposed to moving it ahead and back on track.

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8.4
Supergirl (2011) #29

Mar 21, 2014

But the big win were the glimpses into the recent past of Supergirl, cleaning the apartment and laughing with her friend. We simply haven't seen that sort of characterization with Supergirl in the New 52. Tony Bedard has said he wants to rehabilitate Supergirl's character, make her likable and heroic. These scenes were a good way to start the softening of the gruff angsty Supergirl. And a thanks and goodbye to Yildiray Cinar. Cinar's work was exemplary during his brief stay on the book.

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8.0
Supergirl (2011) #30

Apr 18, 2014

I know, this is a whole arc. I shouldn't expect things to be the way I want ... let alone in a couple of months. But I was hoping that the trajectory we saw in the earlier issues ... the trek back to a S-shield Supergirl fighting villains on Earth ... was maintained. Still, there is progress here. And I guess I should be happy about that.

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9.6
Supergirl (2011) #31

May 23, 2014

Okay, I am gushing about this issue a bit too much. But the truth is this felt like a more classic take on Supergirl. Take off her Red Lantern togs and put her in a classic S-Shield and this would have been perfect. Tony Bedard, so far, has been keeping to his word and making this arc a redemption story. And, while a long time coming ... and sad that it had to come ... I have to say I am eating it up with a spoon. Add to that Lupacchino's beautiful clean art and Cinar's more ethereal take on memories and you have a winning issue. Hurrah!

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8.0
Supergirl (2011) #32

Jun 20, 2014

I think this is a good action issue in the title, showing a powerful Kara pinballing through a marauding army. It answers some of the Worldkiller questions. And it brings Kara back to her home ... Earth! All of that said, her personality in this title has just been slightly off in comparison to how she has been shown in Red Lanterns. That difference has made this a little jarring in reading this story. Hopefully, this Red Daughter arc will make Kara likable and heroic, living on Earth and helping. I would feel much easier about that if the characterization from Red Lanterns was pulling forward consistently. Still the table is set for a new beginning.

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8.4
Supergirl (2011) #34

Aug 22, 2014

But this Doomed cliffhanger didn't have the impact that the first part of the issue did. It is Kara, her interacting with Michael, her drive to help, that kiss ... all of that is what I loved in this issue. For the first time, in a long time, this book read like Supergirl. And that made me smile. I can only hope that Kate Perkins and Mike Johnson don't take the character backwards in characterization. This is the Supergirl most fans of the character want to read.

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8.4
Supergirl (2011) #35

Oct 17, 2014

Of course, it is also ironic that the last panel is that she wants some normalcy because we know next issue is anything but normal, sent to a warrior school in space. So we finally get to a place I like with Supergirl only to blow things up completely again. Still, I will enjoy this issue for what it was. And I will again applaud Tony Bedard for bring Supergirl much closer to what I see in her and farther away from an abomination. I can only hope this isn't the last chance that Bedard gets to write the character.

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9.6
Supergirl (2011) #36

Nov 21, 2014

In case you didn't get the vibe, I thought this was a great issue. Sure there was some great action of a powerful Supergirl. And yes, the art is just stunning. But it is the characterization of Kara that I loved the most. She is on Earth and accepting it. She is working a job. We see her food shopping and washing clothes. This is her home. And she is suddenly an eager hero, willing to stand up to Superman and tell him he needs to do what's right. Wonderful ... This issue is 2 days old and I already want to read more. So congratulations to this new creative team. Thanks for accepting the past, making Supergirl great and heroic, and moving things forward!  I couldn't ask for more from a 'bold new direction'.

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9.6
Supergirl (2011) #37

Dec 19, 2014

And it is all so beautifully rendered by Emanuela Lupacchino, inker Ray McCarthy, with colors by Hi-Fi. This is a great way to wrap up 2014, showing just how far Supergirl has come over this year.

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9.6
Supergirl (2011) #38

Jan 23, 2015

I have to say that I am enjoying this new direction immensely so far. They have picked up all the character improvements of the year before and run with them, creating a very entertaining book chronicling a young hero. And, most importantly, they have kept a likeable and strong Supergirl in  the book. Gone is all the negativity. Instead we have a smart, powerful, inquisitive hero who wants to help. But she has that little bit of a passionate streak in her, that edge that makes her very reactive when she thinks someone she cares for is endangered. Thanks to the entire creative team!

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8.4
Supergirl (2011) #39

Feb 20, 2015

I was going to write a long list of things that I think would have been introduced into the book if it was going on but I said from the beginning that I would not lament the passing of the book. I come to praise this issue. (Lamentations might be coming next review.) Suffice it to say, I have enjoyed this Perkins/Johnson/Lupacchino/McCarthy/Hi-Fi run. It has been bright, fun, action-packed and filled with great characterization. We have a heroic passionate Kara. It has given us a supporting cast. What more could Supergirl fans want?

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10
Supergirl (2011) #40

Mar 20, 2015

But seriously, I want to read more of this Kara! This team has finally brought her to a place Supergirl fans want to be. They want her to be a young hero learning the ropes, filled with optimism and striving to help people. They want her to have a fierce sense of justice and a willingness to act first when there is need. And we finally have it! This issue showcased how far Supergirl has gone down the hero's journey. I don't want a new title to put her back at the beginning! I certainly don't want another 'bitter loner' take. Anyways, I  should focus on the positive and thank this creative team for bringing me this wonderful story and this fabulous Supergirl. I can only hope that when DC does bring back Supergirl that they hand the reins back to Perkins and Johnson. I can only thank them and Lupacchino, McCarthy, and Hi-Fi (and Tony Bedard, Charles Soule, and Yildiray Cinar before them) for giving me back the Supergirl I love.

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8.4
Supergirl (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 19, 2014

But it is time ... let's have a long long run of Supergirl being the inspiration and hero. Still, for a Futures End crossover, this was one of the better issues. And Lupacchino's art is just fantastic.

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9.6
Supergirl (2016) #1

Sep 9, 2016

So this issue was a nice adjunct to the Supergirl Rebirth special. It definitely lays the foundation for the tone of this book. This is an overall caring Supergirl, eager to spring into action and wanting to help. But she doesn't quite feel right on Earth. We meet her DEO handler who isn't helping matters with her prejudice about Krypton and her short leash. We meet the delightfully homey Danvers and their attempts at being the perfect surrogate parents. We meet Cat, cold perfection in haute couture. And we get a great cliffhanger, a tempting offer for a lonely grieving teen. With the stage set, I'm ready for more!

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8.4
Supergirl (2016) #2

Oct 14, 2016

And this story with the Cyborg probably will work well for new readers. I assume that the purpose of this story is to have Kara finally put Krypton behind her and embrace Earth as her home. But old readers have seen this now, a few times in the last several years. But I think this creative team is on the right track. I like this Supergirl.

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9.6
Supergirl (2016) #3

Nov 11, 2016

So overall, this was a very engaging and entertaining issue which moved along the plot nicely. But it was the characterization of Supergirl, all the emotions she went through in this issue and her actions based on those emotions that sold me. This book now feels like it has found its footing and is firing on all cylinders. Can't wait for next issue.

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8.4
Supergirl (2016) #4

Dec 16, 2016

So I thought this was a very good issue for the title. Supergirl finally seems to realize that she can't go home again. Earth is her new home, the Danvers her new parents. And having her say goodbye to Alura again brings in some finality, some closure she didn't get before. If only the art was consistent throughout.

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10
Supergirl (2016) #5

Jan 13, 2017

This was a fabulous issue, my favorite of the run for its overt message. Kara is a hero. Based on Earth. Where her family lives. And she will save everyone. Just perfect.

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10
Supergirl (2016) #6

Feb 10, 2017

Don't know if I need to say again how much I enjoyed this any more. We got a determined, intelligent, strong, caring Supergirl. We got hints into the future of the title. We got a primer on Kryptonian history. And we got even more callbacks to DC history. And with this behind us, I am ready to have this title take off.

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9.6
Supergirl (2016) #7

Mar 10, 2017

So overall, this was a great issue. We got to catch our breath after the Cyborg Superman arc. We got a little bit of closure in the Lar-On arc. And we get to see just who this Supergirl is. She is optimistic, seeing the best in everyone. People look to her for guidance. But she is still young and her life isn't perfect. That moment on the cloud shows that she is still working some things out herself. And the art was very very good.

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10
Supergirl (2016) #8

Apr 14, 2017

This issue was a much needed balm on the bruised and battered super-cousin relationship of the last few years. The very title 'The Super Family' shows just what this Rebirth universe is going for. This touched on all the topics - Supergirl trying to fit in, Superman being impressed and always being there for Kara, Kara always being there for him, and ready to save the universe together. Look, I don't need the specter of Superman in every issue. I don't want her falling over herself to be like him. I don't want him controlling her. But they are family and he is a good role model. They shouldn't be strangers. They definitely shouldn't be adversaries. So thank you Steve Orlando, Matias Bergara, and the whole Superman Reborn team. This is just what I have wanted.

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8.0
Supergirl (2016) #9

May 12, 2017

So overall, this was a good opening chapter to this arc and the upcoming year. It felt like a first chapter but it had it's own mini-story in the battle at Tycho. It made me excited for the future of this book. Unfortunately, the rough art pulled me out of the story now and then, especially in the Tycho fight were people in the background were drawn with the famous Ching shorthand style.

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8.4
Supergirl (2016) #10

Jun 16, 2017

The bottom line is that this was a very entertaining issue, moving at a brisk pace but including some great character moments as well. And the fact that this book included Selena, Psi, and an Aethyr dragon makes this old reader grin.

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8.4
Supergirl (2016) #11

Jul 14, 2017

Great ending making me want more right away! Perfect! So overall, the Xa-Du and Psi plots ended in ways I liked although perhaps a bit too quickly for my tastes. But all the added goodness around that pacing problem raised everything up. And if you ask me to write more I will tell you I only answer to morbid whimsy.

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9.6
Supergirl (2016) #12

Aug 11, 2017

Even the 'too much power' plot, which we have seen elsewhere, is an interesting little kernel to this story. Maybe Kara will have to have the Parasite leech off some power as a cure? Anyhow, this issue was a complete winner. I am thrilled!

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9.6
Supergirl: Being Super #1

Jan 3, 2017

So overall this worked well for me. This is really the foundation for this series, the first act of four. We get a very solid sense of Kara's life and the people around her. We feel how unsure she is with her identity, kind of floating through life, this massive mystery in her past. And it all is visually spectacular. Can't wait to see where this is all going.

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9.6
Supergirl: Being Super #2

Feb 27, 2017

So yes, this superhero,origin took a couple of steps forward. But truly this was an issue devoted to the greving process. I thought Tamaki showed it very well in all the scenes. This was a touching issue, an honest look at bereavement. Things like this have to be done right or they feel forced or clumsy. This was done right. Things like this have to be done right or they feel forced or clumsy. This was done right.

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9.6
Supergirl: Being Super #3

May 1, 2017

And will this make her feel even more isolated? Or will it instead make her realize that she has a place here, accepted and loved. I have been very impressed with this series and this issue in particular.

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8.4
Supergirl: Being Super #4

Jun 30, 2017

Standing alone, I was very happy with this mini-series. It is very YA in its approach to Kara, trying to find an identity in her crazy teenage world. That is an every day problem but things are compounded by her secrets. Over the course of the story, she faces tragedy, steps into the role of hero, and decides to continue on that path. It is an emotional story where Kara wears every pang and hiccup on her sleeve. Overall, I thought it was wonderful. And if this is just an opening chapter, I'll be even happier.

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10
Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Aug 19, 2016

And it was gorgeous. Lupacchino just shines when she draws Supergirl. From the fights to the scenes with the Danvers to last pages showcasing Kara Danvers, Lupacchino gives us a ton of information from expressions and body language. Hello Supergirl! Nice to see you again!

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8.4
Supergirl:Wings #1

Aug 12, 2010

This book is a little and almost unknown treasure. When I see it, it is in the fifty cent boxes at conventions. I don't think it had a big run and so might be hard to find. As a stand alone Supergirl Elseworld's, I think it has a space in a Supergirl collection although it had no lasting impact on the character. That said, if you like PAD's run, you should seek it out. As such, I would rank it of low/medium importance to a Supergirl collector. This is one of those books I like more and more every time I read it.

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8.0
Superman #235

Jan 2, 2013

All right, maybe I am trying to force one line from Sholly Fisch's back-up story in Action into Bronze Age continuity. But it did make this a more interesting read. I wish there was a way to find out of Morrison or Fisch had that in mind! The Sand Superman storyline is one of my favorites if only for its audacity. During the early 70's O'Neil rewrote Batman as the Dark Knight again, depowered Wonder Woman and made her a judo fighter, and depowered Superman. Pretty impressive.

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8.4
Superman #693

Nov 4, 2009

Overall I thought this was one of the better recent issues of Superman. It did not have that choppy sloppy feeling other issues that dealt more with the ancillary characters in the title. And while I have never claimed to be a big Mon-El fan, this issue did a good job of showing just why Superman would ask him to protect Metropolis. I also think that Fernando Dagnino's art was one of his best efforts here as well. I think each issue of the Super-family he has done has been better than the last. In particular, I really liked his Parasite.

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5.0
Superman #694

Dec 1, 2009

The problem is an issue like this seems like wasted space for me when there are so many unanswered questions and prior events that I have been waiting to learn about. Instead of just enjoying this issue for what it is, I end up thinking about this over arcing story as a whole. When will some of the prior subplots be shown again? Or wrap up? I know that isn't fair to the creative team to feel this issue is something of a failure because I am looking for the overall plotline to be advanced. But that is how I feel. Javier Pina's art seemed a bit different than his usual. His lines seemed a bit thicker. Still, it is a clean style which works well with the Super titles.

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8.0
Superman #695

Dec 30, 2009

Surprisingly, despite this, the book actually flowed well with no jarring transitions. Moreover, the scenes were for the most part very good and moved their individual plots forward. (Only the ending of the Natasha/Steel and the Mon-El/Billie scene were subpar.) Bernard Chang does a fine job on art with his unique angular style.

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8.4
Superman #696

Feb 3, 2010

Sometimes I have to take a step back from book analysis and instead ask the simple question 'was I entertained'. While I have had my issues with Superman's pace and innumerable plots, the truth is I enjoyed this issue. So lack of subplot progression ... lowish content due to splash pages ... who cares. When I was done with the book, I was entertained. I think Bernard Chang's scratchy style was perfect for this issue filled with dirt and devastation.

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5.0
Superman #697

Mar 1, 2010

Still, this issue read quickly. I was hoping that more would happen here. I think that I need to rearrange my expectations here. Much like with the World of New Krypton, I have to realize that the end here is not going to be with the final issue of Mon-El's run but more likely in the pages of Last Stand or Adventure or War of the Supermen. That said, my biggest pet peeve with this run has been the multiple plot lines left hanging. I just don't feel settled with this title.

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8.4
Superman #698

Mar 26, 2010

Bernard Chang is slowly becoming one of my favorite artists, especially for fight scenes or post-fight scenes. That shot of Mon-El holding the city, his uniform ripped and wrinkled, his expression focused and angry ... that's good stuff. Javier Pina's pages looked like a mix of Jim Starlin and Pete Woods and didn't have the 'ooomph' of the Chang pages. The back and forth art styles did distract a bit as I read this. Still, Last Stand has yet to disappoint.

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8.4
Superman #699

May 1, 2010

That said, while I have enjoyed Last Stand, I still can't help but go back to the numerous subplots started here in Superman as well as in World of New Krypton over the last 14 months that I think might simply go unanswered. Once Superman returns, will we see The Guardian anywhere? What about his niece? His romance with Dr. Light? Prince Ra-Man? The power source of the multi-colored laser satellite? What about those silver pelts in WONK? And those are just the ones I can remember off the top of my head. But that is all background noise. This was another good issue. After seeing Bernard Chang's work on this title and Wonder Woman, I was glad to finally see his take on Supergirl. Unlike Ivan Rodriguez' recent take, Chang really seems to draw her as a teenage girl. His work on these battle-filled issues really shines.

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6.0
Superman #700

Jun 30, 2010

Simple, sugary, nostalgic - made even more nostalgic with Jurgens doing the art as well. It also nicely plays on the more 'cool uncle'/nephew vibe that Clark and Dick have. Nice to see that has been there since the beginning.

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9.6
Superman #701

Jul 15, 2010

Hmm ... it looks like I still have some preconceived notions that I am going to have to overcome. But I'll say it again, I liked this issue. I really think it showed just who Superman is. Eddy Barrows art is surprisingly effective here. I picture him doing bigger than life, super-stylized scenes. He seems at home here on a smaller scale as well.

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8.0
Superman #702

Aug 13, 2010

I like Eddy Barrows' work here. The fight scene with the battlesuit really crackled. I also like that he makes the S-shield huge. That is how is should look. I am not ready to give up on this storyline. Some of the moments in this book were really great. And I can't get caught up with what may be. I have to stay in the now. That said, despite the great moments within the book, my overall reaction to this was somewhat tepid.

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8.0
Superman #703

Oct 19, 2010

I have come to like Eddy Barrows' art. It is dynamic and he does terrific super-battle scenes. So not a bad issue. But just as it has built a little momentum, next issue is the Lois interlude. Unfortunately, 'Grounded' will be grounded for a month.

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6.0
Superman #704

Nov 2, 2010

I hope I am not sounding like a boor. I hope I am not missing something elegant here. But this didn't seem like Lois. I am willing to say that she was having a bad day like we all do. But I hope this line of thinking in Lois doesn't continue. Leandro Oliveira seems to be a product of the Ed Benes' school of art. The facial expressions in particular look like Benes' work.

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1.6
Superman #705

Nov 20, 2010

This was the worst Superman book I have read in a long time, the antithesis of what a Superman adventure should be. And after bringing us to this point, JMS has decided to move on.

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6.0
Superman #706

Dec 22, 2010

Amilcar Pinna does an adequate job here, drawing mostly regular people having conversations. Grounded keeps lumbering along.

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2.0
Superman #707

Jan 18, 2011

My theory is that the school teacher has been possessed by one of Zod's men in the Phantom Zone. Remember, War of the Supermen ended with all the Kryptonian soldiers being banished to the Zone. Could they all be so evil they deserve that fate? Or was there some 'gray' in their actions such that putting them in the Zone could be construed as 'wrong'. What if this story actually is a counterpoint to War of the Supermen? What if this is to teach Superman the lesson that putting 'innocent' Kryptonians in the Zone was the wrong thing to do? Theories aside, it is getting more and more difficult to read this book. All I want is a true Superman book again. And 'Grounded' isn't it.

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8.4
Superman #708

Feb 11, 2011

Eddy Barrows continues to shine whenever he is able to be on the book. So I hope .... HOPE ... that 'Grounded' continues from here. I hope the momentum continues.

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8.4
Superman #709

Mar 18, 2011

But add to that all the other stuff ... the Kryptonian history (The Day of Truth!), the Showcase #4 homage, the Iron Munro comics, the 40 cakes ... and you just get a very good issue. I still want 'Grounded' to end. I want to get back to Superman stories. But I have to say, Chris Roberson clearly knows his Superman stuff. I hope he sticks around when 'Grounded' finally grinds to a halt.

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8.4
Superman #711

May 12, 2011

Still, that ending was like music to my ears. And it was just another step towards Superman becoming Superman again. And another step towards the end of 'Grounded'. I think it is supposed to end with Superman #714. So Roberson does it again. Superman has a wacky adventure with Jimmy Olsen, reconnects with a piece of his past (even if it is the goofy electric suit), and discusses compassion and acceptance and forgiveness. That sounds like Superman. It amazes me the 180 that this arc has taken; it really is a tremendous reclamation job. I hope the trend continues ... and I can't wait to see the Lois reconciliation issue.

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8.4
Superman #712

Jun 30, 2011

So a sweet story with a somber ending, simple and pure. But we know things change pretty quickly and Conner comes back. I don't know the whole story about why this story was scrapped way back when. Why did DC scrap the Sharif story? We may never know the reason. But this was certainly my favorite 'Grounded' interlude.

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5.0
Superman #713

Jul 15, 2011

The bottom line is this was a misstep in Roberson's otherwise fine reworking of the mess that Straczynski started in Grounded. The individual encounters on the street were fine. But what we needed was Superman to reconnect with his family, the second to last step in his rehabilitation leading up to his reconciliation with Lois. Instead we get a glum Superman being helped by an unnamed stranger after his family flies off. That doesn't seem right. The Superman books have been floundering a bit these last couple of years. Maybe a shot in the arm, even via something drastic like the DCnU, is needed.

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8.4
Superman #714

Aug 5, 2011

That said, I really have to commend Chris Roberson for making the back half of this story a much better read. The approach of having Superman work his way back to his core by interacting with his friends and family, remembering what formed him, brought us to this satisfying conclusion. Grounded was a sow's ear before he came on. I'd love to hear how much he veered from Straczynski's initial notes to bring the story here. And, as I said, this was a issue was a nice send off for this incarnation of Superman. It is a shame that we won't see what would have happened next for this reinvigorated version of the character.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #0

Sep 28, 2012

So overall I thought this was a very good but not great issue. The reveals about Krypton - how powerful and scary the Doomsday cult is, the presence of an Eradicator on the planet, the creature living in the planet core - were all nice additions to my understanding of the DCnU version. The fact that Jor-El and Lara have such easy chemistry, that she is totally his equal, was also appreciated. And nice hook with Superman. And I can't wait to see Rocafort's art on a Superman story set on Earth. His stuff is so slick.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #1

Sep 30, 2011

Jesus Merino does a good job handling Perez breakdowns. He seems to be channeling Mark Bagley throughout the book and I don't mind that. I just hope we don't have an angsty moping alienated Superman right out of the gates.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #2

Oct 28, 2011

So I don't know if all this hand-wringing angst is a good way to go with the initial arc of a new Superman. It is almost the anti-thesis of the young hero in Action. That guy seems confident, eager to help, and full of vitality. This one seems one insult away from crying. Only in the fight scene did I get a sense of Superman, the hero. Still, the big action sequence overshadowed these brief scenes showing an emotionally vulnerable Superman. The bigger part of this book was a fun romp. Now if only this weepy stuff can go away.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #3

Nov 28, 2011

The undercurrent of a gloomy Clark and a distrusting city populace is the part I am not that interested in. Think about the last Superman reboot, the Byrne stuff. Those earliest stories had Superman settling into his new history, meeting and defeating his rogue's gallery, acting heroic and being accepted. I thought the energy in those issues was palpable and Byrne made Superman exciting and meaningful again. I don't know if playing up this element of Superman is the way to go. We are halfway through this arc and I seem to be enjoying it more as it progresses.

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8.4
Superman (2011) #4

Jan 3, 2012

But just why would Superman create these things? And why doesn't he remember doing it? And why such violent and malevolent entities? Unless they have outgrown what his original programming was and have become self-aware. While the fights scenes with these things have been well done, this origin piece is the most interesting things about these characters. Overall, this arc for me has been more up than down. The supporting cast stuff, the action scenes, even this reveal of the 'Eradicators' have all been solid. The story has been dense in a good way. And Jesus Merino brings a sort of scratchy sensibility to Perez' layouts. The only downside has been this theme of people not trusting Superman or wanting him around. It's time to put that plotline back into the store room and move on.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #5

Jan 28, 2012

Anyways, while this issue showed what an out of control Superman might do, we have seen this before. Maybe too many times. And I wouldn't mind this issue that much if there were 2 more issues to wrap this up. But in 20 pages we need an explanation of what these alien things are, a Superman/Supergirl fight, a Superman/FakeSuperman fight, some public response to this guy not being the real Superman, and some denouement of all the 'where was Clark, what is wrong with him' angst we have been wallowing in.

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6.0
Superman (2011) #6

Feb 24, 2012

Heather is glad that Clark is visiting but understands that he doesn't love her. And a Lois/Clark relationship is strongly hinted at in the end. In a short time, we have gone a long way away from a naked guy in Lois' apartment in issue one. But, much like with the 'distrust' plotline, why open up the can of worms of Lois dating someone else and someone being interested in Clark, only to semi-shut the door on it. I actually was hoping to see more of Heather and Clark. But this issue felt like Perez was cleaning the deck for the incoming Giffen/Jurgens team.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #7

Mar 30, 2012

Now I have some reservations about the Daemonite plot, especially if Superman gets controlled and acts the part of the bad guy next issue. I wish there was some background to Helspont provided as that might make this an easier arc to grab me from the beginning. Jesus Merino continues to provide great finished art here.

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8.4
Superman (2011) #8

Apr 27, 2012

After the confusing, dense, and somewhat muddled opening arc, this 2 issue story was the prefect palate cleanser. Superman defeated a villain, remained true to his convictions. The supporting cast was added to and plot threads were begun. That's all very good. And ... Superman sounded like Superman. That's great!

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8.4
Superman (2011) #9

May 25, 2012

So, certainly a lot is happening in this issue. But as I said, these all add some depth to this book. I especially appreciated the time devoted to the Daily Planet staff, especially Lois. Am I the only one who felt there was some romantic sentiment bubbling under the surface? After the two-part Helspont story and now this world-building issue, I am confident that a Giffen/Jurgens led book would be fantastic. We'll have to see if the Lobdell rumor comes to pass.

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6.0
Superman (2011) #10

Jun 29, 2012

The story ends with Barnes being punched out by Becker and with Lois still hammering away about what Superman does when he isn't Superman. If Superman has been around a while, you would think that this argument or question or denial would be water under the bridge. It is another example of how the time gap between books is awkward. So this was an okay story. The Lois in opposition to Edge moments and Anguish's rain-soaked goodbye stand out as the high points. The art was fine if unspectacular. And so the Dan Jurgens time on the title comes one step closer to the end.

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5.0
Superman (2011) #11

Jul 31, 2012

And so we end on a cliffhanger, Superman unconscious (I guess the suit reverts to its basline white without biorhythm input). So outside of a nice Lois moment, this felt pretty much like filler. Nothing special, nothing terrible. And so there is only one more issue in the 'Jurgens Era' of Superman in the DCnU.

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7.0
Superman (2011) #12

Aug 24, 2012

All that said, despite the nice moments, this is a pretty nondescript issue most likely constrained by the impending change in creative leadership. How can DC not know how to handle Superman??

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5.0
Superman (2011) #13

Oct 25, 2012

I suppose I will hold out hope that H'El is some sort of transfiguring arc, that things will be better after this trial. But somehow I don't think I'll be happy. Again, let me say that the artwork is strikingly beautiful. The images are wonderful even if the story content isn't. Rocafort should be commended.

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4.0
Superman (2011) #14

Nov 30, 2012

And we didn't learn anything new about H'El in this issue. What is his plan?What exactly are his powers? Why leave when he did? We are three issues into H'El. I'll try to remain hopeful.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #15

Jan 4, 2013

It isn't a perfect issue. It is better. But there isn't Clark here, or Lois, or Supergirl. And as those have been some of the biggest weaknesses of this book, I am not surprised that this read a little better. Unfortunately, this cliffhanger means we are going to see Supergirl vs. the JLA. And at some point, H'El must be partially successful because we know  from the zero issues that the super-family end up on an intact Krypton. How do they get there?

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8.0
Superman (2011) #16

Feb 1, 2013

But Supergirl is only starting to put it together. She is still, eventually, believing H'El. She is still behind him despite all the clues in front of her. It makes her seem stupid and gullible. And then to be kissing H'El, proclaiming her love, and then having her hair pulled ... it makes her seem like a school girl, infatuated and slapping. And that just feels so wrong ... so wrong it sort of taints the other stuff. Still, I have to say, this has been the best issue of the H'El arc. Hopefully Kara somehow is able to put two and two together and remain a hero.

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2.0
Superman (2011) #17

Mar 8, 2013

I think I have laid out my concerns about the inconsistent plot points and characterization enough not to reiterate. I am glad this story is done. Because at least it is done.

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6.0
Superman (2011) #18

Mar 29, 2013

On the other hand, Orion, Cat, Highfather, and Lois all read on the money. I am afraid this simply might be that Lobdell and I have very different views on Superman. As a result, I fear that his stories might never jibe with me. Or he could play the 'Hammond card' and reboot!

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8.4
Superman (2011) #19

Apr 26, 2013

After months and months of basically complaining about Superman, I was thrilled to finish this issue and feel entertained and satisfied. This was a well-paced issue, opening with some action, showing some good (if addled) character development, and ending with a good cliffhanger. As I said before, it is hard to know just how much to make of all the odd conversations in the party ... but I think that something is there. At the very least, I get the sense that Clark and Lois still have intense feelings for each other even if they aren't openly admitting it to each other. And Kenneth Rocafort really crushes it here. The art throughout the book just sizzles.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #20

May 27, 2013

So where do I land with this issue. Certainly there were parts that I enjoyed - the big action, Superman feeling spurned a bit, the intriguing Lana world, and Aaron Kuder's art. But Superman saying he was going to smash Orion felt off. And this issue weakened the Clark/Diana relationship more since it is clear she doesn't talk to him at all about anything happening in her life. I suppose I was in the mood for loud action.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #21

Jul 2, 2013

The Superman personality manifesting in his friends piece was certainly an odd segment, especially given the aspects we saw. It was good to know that these Daily Planet characters will remain active in the book despite Clark blogging. And overall, the concept of a PsiWar sounds like a challenge.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #22

Jul 26, 2013

As for art, I love this sort of anti-pieta. Sure it looks like Michaelangelo's Pieta. But that is one evil looking Queen Bee. And I doubt she is supposed to be comforting/mourning Superman. It is a dark reflection of the classic Pieta and that works here. So overall an entertaining issue on all levels. The PsiWar plot proceeds with Hammond and HIVE duking it out. We get some quality Clark/Cat moments. We learn Brainiac is enmeshed in this whole thing. And the art was solid throughout.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #23

Aug 30, 2013

This read very much like a Lobdell book so Johnson kept the feel of the story unruffled. And I actually think that Merino can channel Barrows enough to keep the book looking slick. I have enjoyed this Psi-War arc making the imminent Krypton Returns that much more scary in my mind. The lingering questions I have involve these members of The Twenty staving off death and mutation as well as Superman's mental blocks no longer working.

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8.4
Superman (2011) #23.1

Sep 10, 2013

So this isn't really a Bizarro story. This is a Luthor story talking about the prototype of Bizarro. The story flows well with a nice quick pace and great art that complements the story perfectly. And it is linked to the current DCU in an organic way. I thought this was very good. I thought this truly added to the Superman story, not just a forced issue to fill a slot in Villains Month.  I really hope that Sholly Fisch continues to get a crack at Superman in the future.

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9.6
Superman (2011) #23.2

Sep 13, 2013

But this all comes together with the art by Alixe who is able to do quiet moments, massive destruction, sterile Colu and sumptuous Noma. I love the soft pencil look here, which works despite the tech-heavy nature of the character. Great stuff. One of my favorite issues from Villains Month.

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8.4
Superman (2011) #23.4

Sep 27, 2013

The end scene is chilling as the Parasite forces a mom to drive him into Metropolis or he will drain her child to death. Now I really don't like this guy. Still, his ending line about how Metropolis has the best places to eat (Superman) is a nice wry line to end on. So overall a very entertaining issue. I like the nonlinear story path. I like how Kuder manipulated my feelings of the main character from sympathy to hatred. And the art is fantastic, complementing the words perfectly.

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7.0
Superman (2011) #24

Oct 4, 2013

I liked the opening scene, the exposition and reveals by the Psycho Pirate and the art work in the H.I.V.E. HQ. And I liked this ending with Lois being powered, nice cliffhanger. And Tyler Kirkham's art is very nice. And I didn't mind necessarily the attacks in the past as a concept but I very much disliked the idea that Superman has the feeling so deeply ingrained and that he would succumb to them so quickly. Heck, he kind of shrugged off the Black Mercy all those years ago. Surely he would question why Ma and Pa hate him.

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5.0
Superman (2011) #25

Nov 30, 2013

And so, mercifully, Krypton Returns ends. I don't know if I could explain what happened but it happened. My condolences to Superboy fans.

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7.0
Superman (2011) #26

Jan 3, 2014

But it also once again showed me just how awkward the Diana/Clark romance reads. It just never sounds natural or right. And it seems to make the characters seem lesser than what they should be. Wonder Woman is just not right here. And even the slightest mention of Krypton Returns would have been appreciated, some reminder that this story happened, mattered, and effected Superman in some way.

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2.0
Superman (2011) #27

Feb 3, 2014

So this is an awful issue. Superman is an egotistical ruffian, risking Lois' life, risking the lives of everyone in the hospital, thinking only of himself. And the art is the roughest I have ever seen of Ed Benes. It is hard to believe that the parts of this issue that raise the grade are Cat Grant and General Lane! I can't believe I just typed that!

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8.0
Superman (2011) #28

Mar 5, 2014

Outside of the Sam Lane moment, this one also felt a bit off. I wish we were in a DCU where heroes didn't explode through walls or yell at Superman. Wouldn't it be a better place if Starfire flew through the window and said 'Superman I need your help to save the world?' I suppose that it is more a criticism of the New 52 than to Lobdell. Still, overall this was a pretty good Superman issue with some zaniness, some action, and some great character moments with the rich supporting cast of the super-family. Add to that the slick Brett Booth art and I have to say I was entertained.

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4.0
Superman (2011) #29

Apr 2, 2014

I do like the goth sort of look for her, especially the Alice Cooper eyes. I am not surprised about the skimpiness of the top. But the hair, eyes, and spiked cape all work. But this issue is ultimately forgettable for many reasons. I don't think the Daemonites story will be concluded in the next couple of months. So maybe this was a way to put this arc on the backburner for a different time.

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2.0
Superman (2011) #30

Apr 30, 2014

I just think this was something of a jumbled mess, jumping from subplot to subplot with no transitions or linking of any kind. Some scenes, like the opening one, are simply too long. That story hook of innocents dying could have been done in one page. Other scenes, like crop circles and the Eradicator, are meaningless, not adding much to the story ... or at least adding in a way that is comprehensible. Add to that a Superman that is disliked by the Army even in the face of a disaster and a Clark that insults his friends. It is rough. In fact, the only subplot worth checking out is the Lois subplot. But to chew on that, I have to simply forget pieces of that subplot that have been lingering for a while now. I can't forget that the 'Twenty' died as misshapen beings. I can't figure out how Lois doesn't know Clark is Superman. And her current situation makes the Parasite issue (remember when Superman risked Lois' life to protect his interests?) even worse than when I read it!

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7.0
Superman (2011) #31

Jun 2, 2014

The Lois/Brainiac outfit seems odd. The 'tell them not to trust me' seems unnecessary since no one seems to trust heroes in the New 52. And the Titans scene seems forced. Why would Lois know about this ... unless she is psionically scanning the world. And why send Superman there? Especially since she doesn't think anything matters. Jack Herbert is a name to watch though. Nice art!

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8.4
Superman (2011) #32

Jun 30, 2014

Anyways, big action, Clark at the Planet, a non-Brainiac'd Lois hanging with friends, Jimmy as a young photographer, and a reverse-Superman in Ulysses? It's a good start. Let's just get Superman out of his apartment and out with his supporting cast! Let's get him to embrace Earth!

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8.0
Superman (2011) #33

Jul 25, 2014

I do have some slight worries about how Johns is characterizing Superman. Last issue he moped alone in his apartment. Here he leaves Ulysses behind while he investigates. We barely see Clark interact with any of his friends. I hope we see things turn around. Maybe this arc, looking at a reflection of himself in Ulysses, might move him. Still ... this felt like a Superman comic, something I haven't always been able to say in the New 52.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #34

Sep 3, 2014

I enjoyed this issue more when I read it the second time. It moves the story forward. But it felt like a baby step. And I was hoping for a stride. I know. I can't have it both ways. I can't like the long character scenes and then bemoan the lack of story progression. But I thought the first issues by this team struck that perfect mix.

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8.4