Brian Salvatore's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Multiversity Comics, IGN Reviews: 373
7.1Avg. Review Rating

3.2
100th Anniversary Special: Spider-Man #1

Jul 11, 2014

Marvel has been doing such fine work over the past few years " if this is what their books will look like in 2061, I'm pretty sure I won't be buying them.

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8.0
Abe Sapien #1

Apr 3, 2013

It's a rock solid start that beautifully sets up this arc and beyond. Having read issue #2 already as well, we can assure you readers " this is just the tip of the iceberg.

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8.0
Abe Sapien #4

Jul 3, 2013

I think Max did a fantastic job. His art has the ability to make even the most insane events seem realistic, and there is this air of danger and fear that runs through every panel of this issue. Lots of great character moments, but dread is never too far away.

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7.5
Action Comics (2011) #0

Sep 6, 2012

And that is a shame, because this issue seems to present Morrison an opportunity to really turn it on for his last 4 issues of “Action,” and together with a stronger backup, this would have been, hands down, the best issue of the run so far. As it stands, it is still the best issue of the back-end of the year and, hopefully, is a sign of thing to come from Morrison's last arc.

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7.8
Action Comics (2011) #2

Oct 6, 2011

So, next month if there are no more than 20 pages of content, I'm done with Action Comics in monthly form, and that is a shame because I seriously enjoy the story that Morrison is telling. However, I feel it is equally important to tell good stories and be fair to the consumer and, until I see that happening, I'm not going to actively support this book. If this is a onetime aberration, I can look past that, but I fear this is going to be the new status quo for $3.99 books and I just don't have the patience for that.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #27

Jan 10, 2014

Together, these two are created something really and truly worthy of the character they are working on. Bravo, gents.

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8.3
Action Comics (2011) #28

Feb 7, 2014

I know we sound like a broken record around these parts, but bless Greg Pak's heart " his Superman comics are so good! This issue, like every other "Action" issue he's done thus far, has felt like a classic Superman story in the all the right ways, and yet has been accessible and fresh in the ways that DC envisioned the New 52 to be.

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8.2
Action Comics (2011) #35

Oct 3, 2014

A nice bow on "Doomed," and a really fulfilling issue of character growth.

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7.5
Action Comics (2011) #41

Jun 8, 2015

A solid start, but I hope that Clark comes back to his Smallville roots a little and drops the Metropolis potty mouth.

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6.8
Action Comics (2011) #51

Apr 25, 2016

A transitional issue in a transitional arc " hopefully the second act of stories has more action.

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6.8
Action Comics (2016) #957

Jun 13, 2016

A solid, if overdone, introduction to the new Superman status quo.

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6.0
Action Comics (2016) #961

Aug 15, 2016

There's nothing really wrong with this issue, but not enough happens to satisfy.

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7.0
Adventures of Supergirl #1

May 16, 2016

A nice start to, what is currently, the only Supergirl book on the stands.

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6.0
Afterlife With Archie #6

Jul 25, 2014

This issue isn't quite up to snuff with the rest of the series thus far " it's just too on the nose with the Lovecraftian stuff, and not connected to the main story " but it is a bizarre, fun diversion. Francavilla's art continues to be impressive, if overly bathed in orange, and the dream sequences, in particular, were beautifully handled.

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3.1
Age of Ultron #1

Mar 7, 2013

If the “Flashpoint” comparison winds up being true, in that this book makes some major (and long lasting) changes in the 616, then shame on everyone involved. Marvel is on such an incredible roll right now with their Marvel NOW! initiative (one that this author preemptively mocked on more than one occasion) that it doesn't need another shakeup right now. In fact, half of the NOW! pitch was the end of shakeups (a claim that has been hilariously ignored)! So, to promise more shakeups, from the architect of a bygone era, in the guise of an egregiously delayed book, is a slap in the face of Marvel NOW! For once, I am hopeful that the “everything will change!” tag is bullshit, as opposed to every other event, when promised changes falling short are a disappointment.

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6.8
All-New Captain America #2

Dec 19, 2014

A somewhat jumbled book with some transcendent moments.

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8.4
All-New Invaders #4

Apr 25, 2014

This is clearly Robinson's love letter to classic Marvel and this issue, in particular, feels like a book out of time. Using Jim as the main narrator allows a different voice to slip in, and lets his overwhelmingly positive outlook really color the book. There isn't a hint of cynicism in this issue, and coupled with a crazed Eternal, a WW2 flashback, and Pugh's art, these 20 pages represent the most I've smiled reading a comic this week.

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8.1
All-Star Western #5

Jan 26, 2012

I don't love paying $3.99 for a book, but when there is 28 pages of actual illustrated story content, with a quality creative team at the helm, it is a bit easier to swallow. I am hopefully optimistic that All-Star Western can have a run as impressive as Jonah Hex, both in terms of quantity and quality. I hope that leaning on the Bat-connections don't grow tiresome, and I hope that the backups continue to be a place to tell slightly left-of-center stories.

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7.2
Alpha: Big Time #1

Feb 21, 2013

And it is precisely the enthusiasm that makes this book work. While, to be fair, the much-discussed location of Pittsburgh was never utilized, the book feels like its carving out a little corner of the 616 for Alpha to play in, which is precisely what the character needed. There are a lot of supporting Spidey characters; for this character to succeed, Marvel needed to take him out of the shadow of the Spider, and place him somewhere he could take root. They did that and, with any luck, this is the start of Alpha's integration into the Marvel Universe as more than just a Spidey wannabe.

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7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #1

Oct 12, 2015

A strong debut that presents some interesting challenges for the months ahead.

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8.0
Amazing X-Men #3

Jan 17, 2014

While most of the X-books barely resemble the comics I fell in love with in the late '80s, "Amazing X-Men" feels like a classic X-tale in all the best ways.

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3.4
Aquaman (2011) #5

Jan 27, 2012

Instead, he gets to draw a lot of sand, and we are left with a bratty, emo Aquaman, surrounded by douchebags laughing at him, and Mera having no real characteristics besides “worried wife.” At least there's a dog.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #30

Apr 25, 2014

I really hoped that "Aquaman and the Others" would take the need for monthly updates from the Atlantean council away, but that clearly isn't the case. This is a solid comic, on the precipice of being a great comic.

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8.3
Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 27, 2016

This is the most an "Aquaman" issue has made me care about the characters inside in over a decade, and is a great start to the new series

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7.2
Aquaman (2016) #12

Dec 12, 2016

A strong start to 'The Deluge' arc.

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7.5
Arcadia #1

May 11, 2015

A solid start to a series from exciting new creators.

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7.1
Archangel #1

May 23, 2016

A strong start to a series that, hopefully, can shake a little bit of the 'boiler plate scifi' plot and deliver something special.

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7.6
Arkham Manor #2

Nov 28, 2014

A solid entry into what, hopefully, isn't a forgotten series.

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8.3
Army of Darkness Vol. 3 #1

Feb 17, 2012

Overall, this is a solid first issue that plants seeds for a fun new ongoing. My only gripe is that I was hoping for a little more Ash (J), but I'm sure this series will have plenty of that going forward.

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4.9
Army of Darkness Vol. 4 #1

Dec 5, 2014

There is a good Ash comic out there in the ether somewhere; sadly, it isn't here.

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7.0
Avengers (2012) #2

Dec 20, 2012

But Hickman has taken that in stride, and given some very compelling in story reasons for a bigger team, and deftly manages to tie in, somewhat, the core team from the film as the core team here. We also get a glimpse at Tony's big board of names, and some easy to spot names such as Brian Braddock (Captain Britain), Bonita Juarez (Firebird), Marc Spector (Moon Knight) and Jennifer Walters (She-Hulk) are listed as potential future members of the team, and fit into what Hickman has said in various interviews, which is that the team will expand and change over time. This, in terms of scope, feels almost too big. This, unfortunately, continues the trend of Marvel making all non-Mutants Avengers, and no longer having unaffiliated heroes. But that is not Hickman's problem; he has to create a functional team and an exciting book with the characters at his disposal. And for the most part, he does that quite well.

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6.5
Avengers (2012) #4

Feb 1, 2013

The two audiences aren't mutually exclusive, but I can't help but see certain people picking up this book and thinking "what the hell did I just read?" I'm not one of those people, but I can see their perspective. Hickman has spoken about a "three year plan" for this and "New Avengers" " let's hope that Marvel doesn't hit the panic button and pull him off before he can achieve that plan.

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7.0
Avengers (2012) #20

Sep 27, 2013

This event is firing on all cylinders, and while the scope can be intimidating, once you're inside the event, it really works.

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7.8
Avengers (2012) #22

Nov 1, 2013

This was an average "Infinity" tie-in issue of "Avengers" " you've got some decent action, some nice character development stuff, but nothing really out of the ordinary.

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8.0
Avengers (2012) #25

Jan 24, 2014

The issue starts off with a great mystery, and while it isn't resolved at the end of the issue, it makes a lot more sense. A nice start to a new arc from all involved.

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4.0
Avengers World #2

Jan 24, 2014

This issue feels very slight " half poor re-tread of Smasher's origin, and half poor re-tread of the Builders arc. Caselli does some nice work but, ultimately, this is further proof that "Avengers World" is a book that is very, very much in need of a point, and fast.

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8.2
B.P.R.D.: 1948 #2

Nov 21, 2012

David: I'll go with an 8.5. I guess we can think of it as the second fifth of a movie. If I were watching a movie and the second fifth was great and I didn't know where it was going completely still, I think I would still really dig it. But I'd have to demerit it a bit. I think minus 1.5 is fair enough.

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9.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #101

Nov 28, 2012

That was a rocking, action packed issue with a lot of big moments. Can't ask for much more from a B.P.R.D. comic really.

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8.5
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #106

Apr 17, 2013

Loved it loved it loved it. Super badass. Really fun read. Does a great job with the characters and art.

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9.5
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #109

Jul 17, 2013

Mignola, Arcudi, Campbell and the rest crushed this arc, and I am just so impressed by this. Wasteland is and was amazing.

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8.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #110

Aug 21, 2013

It's a rock solid issue with unclear motivations, but it is still a high quality issue of B.P.R.D.

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9.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #115

Jan 15, 2014

David: Agreed on the grade, agreed on most everything. The good thing about these questions is they make us want to find answers, and those are the good kind. I'm all in on "Reign of the Black Flame", and I just hope our favorite characters survive the trip.

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8.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #127

Jan 22, 2015

This issue also continues Enos's ascent as one of the stronger voices in the Bureau; he seemingly has no issue stepping up to Johann, or even to the intimidating Howards. He seems to be someone who can rally the troops behind him, while still maintaining a somewhat antagonistic relationship with just about everyone. He's a very interesting character, and one I'm glad is getting more attention.

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9.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #131

May 20, 2015

It is because of issues like this that "B.P.R.D." remains one of the finest books in all of comics. The nuance all the creators show in their handling of the death of (what could be described as) a minor character shows just how dedicated Dark Horse and co. are to presenting this book as something without precedent in the world of comics.

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8.3
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #134

Aug 19, 2015

A strong issue, full of development, but also a great teaser for what is to come.

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7.5
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #135

Sep 17, 2015

This issue teases a bunch of new mysteries and developments – seriously, what's with the ghosts? – and doesn't really give us anything all that concrete to hang our hats on, but we know that this is the ‘beginning of the end' for “Hell on Earth,” and that this time next year, we'll be wrapping up John Arcudi's time on the book. This issue seems to be laying out the pieces for the last year of this incarnation of “B.P.R.D.,” and while it is a book that is a bit stretched thin, it is still a hell of a ride.

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5.5
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #141

May 18, 2016

This might read much better as part of the eventual trade paperback, but right now, this issue was less than what we've come to expect from "B.P.R.D."

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8.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth: Russia #3

Nov 23, 2011

David: Bingo bango. That was what I was going to give it. It's a really solid, but unspectacular, issue. It does B.P.R.D. things quite well. 8 here too, so 8′s all around!

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8.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: The Return of the Master #1

Aug 29, 2012

This issue had so much to enjoy: old and new characters playing together, lots of forward progress with a fair dose of looking back, and some truly creepy shit. My only fear is that Mignola and co. are biting off a lot here; let's hope they don't choke on it.

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6.3
Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 #1

Nov 28, 2016

The art leaves a lot to be desired, but the story is pure fun.

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7.9
Batman (2011) Annual #1

May 31, 2012

A final note on the cost – at $4.99 for 38 pages of story, the cost per page is actually the lowest of any book DC is currently publishing.

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6.8
Batman (2011) #11

Jul 13, 2012

And so, yeah, this issue isn't going to win any awards, nor is "The Court of Owls" storyline exactly the next 'Year One,' but it is still a fine arc that firmly established the Snyder/Capullo team as the bar to reach for when writing Batman in the New 52. However, with John Layman and Jason Fabok taking over "Detective Comics" and Gregg Hurwitz writing "Batman: The Dark Knight" (not to mention "Batman Inc" by Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham), the Bat books seem to be in a pretty healthy place for the next year or so. Let's just hope that the next arc doesn't sputter out at the end like this one did; as fine as their work has been Snyder and Capullo can do better.

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8.5
Batman (2011) #12

Aug 9, 2012

Well, that's a depressing place to end this review.

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8.8
Batman (2011) #39

Feb 26, 2015

Regardless of how it winds up concluding, I must applaud the book's sheer audacity: in this issue, Alfred loses a hand, Batman makes a deal with the devil(s), and the Joker seems somehow even more driven and terrifying than he has in the past. How's that for a penultimate chapter of an arc?

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5.3
Batman (2016) #9

Oct 24, 2016

The biggest problem with the book is that it is still starring King's Batman, who is as close to a robot as he has ever been portrayed. His Bruce is a sharp detective but a flat character, showing no thought process at all, and taking a character that, even at his best, can be borderline unsympathetic, and turning him into a full fledged prick. Throughout this issue, he barks orders, withholds information, and generally is insufferable, and not in a fun way.

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5.6
Batman and Robin (2011) #9

May 10, 2012

Damian Wayne is a character that went from reviled to revered to reshelved – there is almost nothing essential happening with the character right now. I expect Grand Morrison's "Batman, Inc." to rectify that in two weeks, but this is really a spot where the DCnU dropped the ball. A well written story, even if not the focal point of a franchise, can steal the spotlight and enliven the fan base (look at Snyder's "Detective Comics" run). However, this title continues to be a second class Bat book, and with the lackluster stories Tomasi has been writing continuing for the time being, I can't see it getting an upgrade any time soon.

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9.2
Batman Incorporated #1

May 24, 2012

I still have a few questions about the logic behind this series, and worry that it not being solicited as a 12-issue maxi-series, as intended, doesn't mean that Morrison is going to try and continue his saga, but rather that another writer is going to come in and take the reigns from him. And while I'm sure there are plenty of writers who could do a good job on "Batman Incorporated," it feels like this should be Morrison's tale to end as he pleases.

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5.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #5

Nov 8, 2013

Brett Booth is excellent at what he does; what he does just doesn't fit the same tonal area as what Lee does. This, visually, no longer is set apart from the usual New 52 scrum, and suffers greatly.

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9.0
Batman: Li'l Gotham #1

Nov 1, 2012

Overall, this book is fun to look at, fun to read, and overall, a real boon to DC's digital line. I hope that these are collected eventually in print, so I can easily share them with my daughter in a few years. But for 99 cents, you can't afford not to go for it right now. Viva Nguyen!

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5.5
Batwing #19

Apr 5, 2013

The silver lining here is that Zavimbe walked away from this experience alive and motivated to do good in the world; if I know comics at all, he'll be back eventually. Let's just hope that while he's gone Gray and Palmiotti can write some stories that will do honor to the book bearing his name.

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8.0
Beasts Of Burden: What The Cat Dragged In (One Shot) #1

May 5, 2016

A solid introduction to the magical world that Dorkin, Dyer, and Thompson create.

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7.0
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1

Aug 24, 2012

David: Yeah, I'll give it a 7 too. Great art, nice kindling for future story beats. We'll see where it goes, but like the rest of these series, it has a lot of interesting potential.

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8.0
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1

Jun 8, 2012

Brian: I'm genuinely excited for Cooke and Conner to be working together, and this issue was good enough for me to give it a try.

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8.8
Before Watchmen: Moloch #1

Nov 9, 2012

In a bit of news that I'm suspecting isn't really sad to anyone, we are going to suspend our “5 Thoughts” columns on these books because, frankly, they are getting harder and harder to find interesting things to talk about. We will be back with a “Dollar Bill” review, as well as an eventual review of the “Curse of the Crimson Corsair” which may need to be done 4 Color News and Brews style (that is, drinking while doing it), and eventually a series-wide wrap up. Try not to miss us too much!

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2.8
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #1

Jun 29, 2012

Brian: David Harper, king of the tease! See you guys next week when “Ozymandias” drops.

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7.8
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #1

Jul 6, 2012

There was talk of also doing a monthly podcast discussing these with myself, David, and David's 4 Color News and Brews partner, Brandon Burpee. Be on the lookout for that once we get some time to throw it together. And we'll see you next with for our double shot of Darwyn Cooke, “Minutemen” #2!

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3.5
Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1

Aug 17, 2012

Brian: And I can almost guarantee another poop dollar next week, when the great Adam Hughes tries to make sense of another JMS script. We'll be back for next week's debacle, and we hope you will be too!

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8.0
Big Trouble In Little China #1

Jun 6, 2014

The characters are fun enough to anchor a nice, long series, but the question will be: will the fans show up? If they do, this team, along with Carpenter's guiding hand, should be able to produce some really, really fun stuff.

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6.2
Bill & Ted's Most Triumphant Return #1

Mar 12, 2015

Overall, there's nothing egregiously bad about the book – it just feels like a lost opportunity and, sadly, one that so many licensed comics make. I am not advocating for having the first issue be a totally fresh start, but there's no reason to expect the audience to be an encyclopedic fan to pick up the series.

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6.5
Birds Of Prey (2011) #10

Jun 21, 2012

This issue is not the best of the series, but it is keeping the series on point, and allowing interesting stories to be told outside of the cowl in Gotham City. It also has 5 strong female characters at its core, and it never feels like a book that is pandering or attempting to tackle female issues a male writer isn't suited to cover. This is simply a good team book, where the team happens to be female. Neither Saiz nor Foreman draws gratuitous skin, but both allow the characters to be sexy without being sexpots. That is more than most female-centric/male-written comics can say, and they should be applauded for it.

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9.2
Birthright #1

Oct 10, 2014

A story that works on just about every level you could hope one to work on.

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7.2
Black #2

Nov 14, 2016

A bitter pill, presented wonderfully.

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7.9
Black Hammer #2

Aug 22, 2016

A truly enjoyable trip through some less than enjoyable struggles.

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6.1
Blackhawks #7

Mar 30, 2012

Simply put: this book never really had a chance in the modern comics landscape. Despite decent reviews (our reviewer sort of liked the first issue, too), this book was pegged for cancellation before it got off the ground. Hopefully, Costa will find a place on another book at DC, because I think his handling of the team dynamic/the government bureaucracy angle was pretty good, and that could be applied to any number of other DCnU titles. And maybe next time, DC will put some of its money and creative juices behind a book like "Blackhawks," to ensure that smaller books won't meet the same fate in the future.

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7.1
Bloodshot U.S.A. #2

Nov 25, 2016

If you weren't on board with this event before this issue, I don't know if anything will really tip the scales in its favor for you. But if you've been a fan of Lemire's work on the character, and if you dug the first issue, you'll really enjoy this issue. This is a nicely paced event (a lot hs happened in two issues), and seems poised to really do some fun stuff in the back half.

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4.2
Bloodstrike #27

Apr 26, 2012

Ultimately, I just don't have too much to say about this book. It is certainly hurt by its Extreme Studios brethren “Glory” and “Prophet,” both of which have had major retooling and have been two of the most unique books coming out this year. This is a softer reboot, and therefore doesn't have the passionate take behind to bring it to a new place. This just feels like a meh Liefeld comic, and there are more than enough of those floating around right now.

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5.4
Blue Beetle (2011) #10

Jun 22, 2012

And therein lies the problem with this, and about half of the New 52 books, they want it both ways. They want to pull on the nostalgia strings without explaining every single tiny detail in case a new reader is lurking around the corner. This just doesn't work. Pick a horse, damn it, and see it through to the end. Until that happens, "Blue Beetle" and its ilk will just be mediocre takes on potentially great characters. And I will not be buying them.

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7.2
Bodies #2

Aug 29, 2014

I am still not 100% convinced that this isn't going to be an instance of a brilliant concept executed in a less than brilliant way, but I am hopeful enough to keep reading.

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7.5
Brain Boy #3

Nov 22, 2013

In this issue, Van Lente reveals about 10 different twists, all of which work, although it leaves the book feeling a little heavier than it probably should. There is a lot of good here, and with a little pruning, this title could become great.

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5.2
Brain Boy: The Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #1

May 23, 2014

This issue has an unenviable task of being open to new readers and satisfying to old ones, but that isn't an excuse " most comics have that same challenge. Instead, this just falls short in just about every way; there is hope for the mini, but it needs to pick up the action and, especially, get Williams doing better work.

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8.3
Broken World #1

May 11, 2015

The last act of this issue is a doozy, and I'm not going to say anything here about it, other than it raises far more questions than it answers, and it sets the course for the rest of the miniseries in a stunning fashion. Barbiere and Peterson set up relatively standard tropes, and then drive trucks directly through them, allowing a far more interesting, sad, and worthwhile story to drive pass between the walls of expectation.

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4.0
Captain Atom #7

Mar 22, 2012

Now, I know JT Krul is an easy target, especially post-'Rise of Arsenal,' but there isn't much here to praise or shit on him for – this just exists. It's like the skin flap on my dog's ear – it serves no purpose, it doesn't harm her, but it isn't worth doing anything about. In the case of this book, it has already been rendered useless, it isn't good enough or bad enough to create waves, and doing something about it means buying it, something I don't plan on ever doing again. And the shame of that is that over the past few years Captain Atom was involved in some great stories – his role in the 'New Krypton' saga was inspired, and he was a great part of "Justice League: Generation Lost." Inevitably, Atom and his mohawk (oh, the mohawk) will find his way over to "Justice League International," and hopefully he begins to revert back to the character that once inspired Moore, instead of the one that steals from him hand over fist.

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8.5
Captain Marvel (2012) #2

Aug 17, 2012

In addition, as she says in this issue, “Time travel is not a Carol Danvers problem.” By throwing a character who isn't exactly well suited for time travel 70 years into the past, there is far more drama and intrigue than if it was the story of someone who feels comfortable being careful not to “step on any butterflies.” One of the charming aspects of the Avengers has always been the wide scope of membership, and so while there may be time travel protocols on the books, most Avengers would never need to know them, something Carol learns the hard way here. Without a way back to the modern era, this book appears to be set in the past for the time being which, again, continues to distinguish itself from most of the other books on the shelves.

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8.2
Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #2

Sep 12, 2014

Overall, this doesn't feel as indebted to Kirby, visually, as I expected, and in a way, that is a relief. I love Kirby, but I am glad to see everyone here following their own muse, instead of trying to replicate a style that few can master.

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3.1
Catwoman (2011) #7

Mar 23, 2012

Overall, this book just feels like an afterthought – especially after the fantastic "Penguin: Pain and Prejudice" book, which took a Batman villain, fleshed him out and gave him a great story. This just seems like it's trying to fill the sexy female quota for the New 52, and does so in the laziest way possible. Winick can do so much better than this – hell, he IS doing so much better than this in "Batwing." And until the stories move up the chain from vapid to at least mildly interesting, that will be the only Winick book worth purchasing.

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4.6
Chin Music #1

May 9, 2013

So, the one dude's name is Shaw, the setting is Chicago, and time travel is a part of it. I understand this issue more now, but am angry that it took reading the solicit to do so.

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7.7
Constantine #5

Jul 26, 2013

As a series, "Constantine" has been stuck in that weird middle ground created by the New 52 " the series tries to be darker than the usual fair, but can't do anything too "Hellblazer"-y. This is the first issue that really worked for me, and maybe that is because I'm a huge fan of Shazam (I have to get used to typing that as a character name instead of Captain Marvel), or maybe because the story feels like exactly what DC is aiming for " a place to tell magical stories that involve crazy shit within the New 52.

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5.8
Convergence #0

Apr 1, 2015

Overall, this is the definition of a comic that would've been celebrated as a free digital supplement " a little backstory on the cities involved, a nice looking Superman story, and a way to get a reader who has stayed off the internet for the better part of a year up to speed on the event. As a five dollar comic, it feels a bit light, both in terms of page count and in terms of impact. And there's the rub: the content is ok, but the price is insulting " and if that isn't the story of too many Big 2 comics in 2015, I'm not really sure what is.

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8.8
Curse Words #1

Jan 20, 2017

Even though Wizord can promise no curse, wars, or loves, this book can promise a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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4.5
DC Universe Presents #0

Sep 21, 2012

More than anything else, my overriding thought while reading this book was: “Wow, I guess really no one cares about “Men of War,” huh?”

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5.4
DC Universe Presents #6

Feb 16, 2012

This is yet another bizarre move by DC, a company that seems content to use nostalgia to get you in the door of your comic shop, but then wants you to instantly forget all the positive associations you have with their characters once you pay your $2.99 and open up the first issue.

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7.5
DC Universe Presents #9

May 18, 2012

This should be the standard for this series – high profile creative teams telling new, different stories using classic characters. This should be the longer, more established version of the new "National Comics" line – characters that need a story to recapture the attention of the masses, by writers and artists who are up to the task. Sadly, the Kid Flash story solicited in issue #12 seems like more of a case where DC wanted to finish up a story but didn't want to do a one-shot, so they stuck it here instead. Regardless, DC got this one right, and hopefully this is the first in a series of good decisions to put this anthology series on the right track.

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7.5
DC Universe Presents #13

Oct 19, 2012

Regardless of why, it is good to see Lightning back, as he has been a much more fully formed character in the past 15 years or so, taking a big role in “

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6.2
DC Universe: Rebirth #1

May 25, 2016

The Rosetta Stone of modern DC Comics is not so much a comic as it is a glyph, through which we can understand our own fandom, and then view the future through that lens. I'm hopeful that I'm not seeing things clearly, but I fear that I am.

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5.0
Deathstroke #9

May 11, 2012

And because I don't think they are, I am clearly not the target audience for this book. I still maintain my theory that Liefeld is brought onto dying books to put them out of their misery, and so don't be shocked if "Grifter," "The Savage Hawkman," and "Deathstroke" make way for the Third Wave sometime in the autumn.

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7.8
Detective Comics (2011) #1

Sep 9, 2011

Is this a great comic? No. It is a pretty average one (with maybe the worst Bat-item pun of all time: the Ro-Bat, a robot camera shaped like a bat). Daniel doesn't rewrite the Batman bible here. However, with the ultra-creepy new villain, the great ending, and the sheer possibilities of where this story could go, I have to say that I was impressed by this issue. Let's hope that Daniel has more tricks up his sleeve, because it would be a shame to let an idea this good go to waste.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2011) #13

Oct 5, 2012

If Layman came in and salted the Earth after Daniel's run, no one would blame him, but it wouldn't be the smartest way to start his DC career. Instead, Layman isn't showing all of his cards, and the simple, yet effective, story told in this issue gives him time to work out his beats with Fabok, to get in the mind of the character, and to, essentially, start building his Bat-world. The Bat-books are pretty well stocked with writing talent right now, from the aforementioned Hurwitz to Scott Snyder and Grant Morrison, and Layman doesn't seem to mind that he's playing in the same sandbox as those guys. He appears content to leave Morrison to the grand epics and Synder to being the cornerstone of the Bat-world. Layman's happy to be writing the world's greatest detective, and why shouldn't he be?

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8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #31

May 9, 2014

This is the book in the Bat-line that most appeals to me a a reader, and I'm glad there is a book like this in the line right now.

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8.2
Detective Comics (2016) #948

Jan 16, 2017

This team delivers.

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5.5
Dial H #3

Jul 6, 2012

Overall, I want to give this book another shot, because it has the potential to be a compelling story by a fresh creative team. That is what comics are supposed to be; I just hope that in their future issues, the team can put a focus on the reader, and what the reader needs to get out of each issue, instead of treating this like a novel with pictures.

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8.0
Django / Zorro #1

Nov 14, 2014

Dynamite and Vertigo have an inspired pairing here, and I wonder if we'll see Django cross over with other fictional heroes in the future. I'd love a Djano/Jonah Hex book, for instance, and DC wouldn't even have to go out of house for that. Ultimately, this is a very fun, very well made book that rewards the reader with a truly well-crafted tale.

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7.2
Doctor Fate #5

Oct 26, 2015

A book that is starting to find its footing, and has potential to be truly interesting.

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7.5
Doctor Fate #13

Jun 6, 2016

The final arc (presumably) introduces some really interesting interplay between the Doctors Fate; hopefully both show up in "Blue Beetle," where Kent has been teased.

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8.5
Down Set Fight #1

Feb 14, 2014

Of course, none of that would matter if the story wasn't entertaining, and it most certainly is. Bowers, Kowalchuk and Sims create a story that is almost deceptively simple on the surface – man fights mascots – but has a rich tapestry running underneath that main story. Regret, pathological addiction, family dynamics, the nature of fandom and loss all feed into what is, essentially, a redemption story. If there is a major criticism to have, it is that the story feels a little rushed in the back end, and could have used another 20-30 pages to tell its story to its completion. The solicitations read “Volume 1,” so there is hope for more of this tale, so perhaps that critique will sting less a few years from now, when volumes 2 and 3 complete Chuck's story.

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9.0
Earth 2 #1

May 3, 2012

Because if this is what it feels like to have creators perfectly matched to their titles, shouldn't DC have thought longer and harder about who to put on all the New 52?

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7.0
Earth 2 #18

Dec 6, 2013

If you enjoyed Robinson's run, it's not too far off. If you didn't, you might still want to stay away.

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5.4
Earth 2 #26

Aug 8, 2014

This book, under Tom Taylor, has remained better than I ever thought it would, post-James Robinson. But this issue is a mess " hopefully, the weekly rights the ship.

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8.0
Earth 2 Annual #2

Jan 31, 2014

I'm not a connoisseur of Rocha's work; he's never overly impressed me or caused a groan. But here, he manages to do some really expressive work that recalls the 1970s setting without feeling like a cliche " sure, he puts almost everyone in sideburns, but there are worse things than that.

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9.0
Earth 2 #1

May 3, 2012

Because if this is what it feels like to have creators perfectly matched to their titles, shouldn't DC have thought longer and harder about who to put on all the New 52?

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7.0
Earth 2 #18

Dec 6, 2013

If you enjoyed Robinson's run, it's not too far off. If you didn't, you might still want to stay away.

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5.4
Earth 2 #26

Aug 8, 2014

This book, under Tom Taylor, has remained better than I ever thought it would, post-James Robinson. But this issue is a mess " hopefully, the weekly rights the ship.

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8.0
Effigy #1

Jan 30, 2015

Tim Seeley has been on a real kick lately, between "Sundowners," "Revival," and his co-writing gigs on the Bat-books " and that kick continues here.

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8.5
Emily and the Strangers #1

Jan 31, 2013

In the interest of full disclosure, I picked this book for review because so many of this week's titles seemed, frankly, boring to me. In my despair, I found this book which, from the striking cover image, had me curious. The book manages to be a comic about music, a rare thing, and an even rarer thing to get right, and it, again, succeeds. The characterization, art, and coloring work together to give you a visual image of what the audio might sound like, and that is no simple task. “Emily and the Strangers” joins the lineage of books like “Phonogram” and “LP,” where a visual medium has been able to bring across an aural one. That is a rare feat.

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6.4
Faith #1

Jul 25, 2016

Overall, the book looks like a fun place to spend some time, and hopefully, future issues will rely less on the character's backstory, and instead, tell new ones.

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8.2
Faith (Mini-Series) #3

Apr 4, 2016

The issue also moves the mini forward in ways that feel a tad bit rushed, but that's the nature of a 4 issue miniseries that is trying to both build a character and tell a story. Hopefully, "Faith" gets another mini (or an ongoing!) soon, and we can see more from this corner of the Valiant Universe " one that any comics fan would be smart to investigate.

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5.3
Fantastic Four (2012) #2

Dec 14, 2012

Instead, double dipping is already the name of the game. “FF,” due to Allred, was always going to be a slam dunk for me, with “Fantastic Four” in the maybe pile; two issues in, this book feels like it isn't even a thing yet and, in many ways, it isn't. Because of Fraction's track record, I presume many people will give him at least 3-4 issues to get his bearings, and that is fair. However, it rarely seems wise to defeat your own mission statement 60 pages into a two-book run. Hopefully, the family being in space will provide Fraction and Bagley with the infinite palette to do a truly interesting comic – but so far, this is less Marvel NOW!, and more Marvel Wait and See.

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8.8
Fantastic Four (2014) #2

Mar 14, 2014

They are shaking the team to its core, and in doing so, seem to be starting a pretty unique, while undoubtedly classic, run on this title.

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9.0
Fantastic Four (2014) #5

May 30, 2014

As masterfully as Robinson's script is, and as well as Leonard Kirk manages to shuck indelible expressions from people sitting in a court room, the real stars of the issue are the guest artists who provide flashbacks and diversions, who run from the great to the fucking incredible: Mike Allred, Jim Starlin, Chris Samnee, Phil Jiminez, Dean Haspiel, and more, all take their shots, and all perfectly evoke the time period that they are covering. It is hard to not simply focus on personal favorites, but Haspiel and Allred, in particular do such exceptional work that they overshadow Kirk, which is something very difficult to do, because Kirk is absolutely killing it on this book.

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8.2
Fatale #2

Feb 2, 2012

This book is off to an extraordinarily strong start, and continues the tradition of excellence that the work Brubaker and Phillips have done together in the past has reached. The issue ends ominously, and tips the scales of the series ever so slightly towards the horror side " but that is a good thing. The horror elements here continue to distinguish this work from others in the noir genre. Bishop and his cult members are downright creepy and add a strong evil presence to a book full of morally ambiguous characters. So far, there isn't really a purely "good" character in the whole comic, which fits right into the noir playbook. But the pure evil of the cult recontextualizes the other characters as basically good (well, maybe not Walt) " it is still too early to see the long game here, but I am confident in the talents of this creative team that they will make this series as interesting as its second issue was.

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8.5
FF (2012) #2

Dec 21, 2012

I know it seems silly to be speculating about what the book will look like a year from now, but the book is engrossing enough to merit such questions. Because, dammit, this is a lot of fun, and I hope it's here for the long haul.

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7.5
FF (2012) #13

Oct 25, 2013

While it would be a little disingenuous to say that this book hasn't slipped at all since Matt Fraction stopped scripting, the difference has been far less than many worried it would be. The Allred brothers have this locked down, though, and the book is still one of the most fun being published.

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8.1
Figment 2 #1

Sep 7, 2015

The book picks up right where the first miniseries left off, but is also accessible to new readers.

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5.5
Flash (2011) #30

Apr 25, 2014

However, the book has established a hook in the initial appearances of Wally West " both times as a tragically deceased teenager. The last sequence almost has a Primer vibe, with Barry going back in time again and again to save Wally. Handled properly, this is a fun place to take Barry " and hopefully Booth's rendering of his running improve enough to make the book satisfying visually, as well as plot-wise.

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6.0
Flash (2011) #31

May 30, 2014

This is the third issue (counting the Annual) of this creative team's run on the book, and while it isn't instantly grabbing, there are some really interesting ideas present. Booth's art, usually something that is undoubtedly rooted in the 90s, feels slightly more contemporary here, and complements the book's kinetic energy decently. Personally, Booth's style doesn't do too much for me, but this is the best it has looked in the New 52, and hints at some potential growth in his work.

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7.9
Flash (2016) #2

Jul 18, 2016

A really fun issue that, while a little decompressed for my tastes, promises a really fun story going forward.

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8.8
Flash Gordon #2

May 23, 2014

This issue really shows the potential for the book " zany adventures, smartly written and brilliantly drawn, inhabiting infinite worlds. This is one of the more exciting books to be released this month and, perhaps, this year.

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9.0
Flash Gordon #3

Jun 27, 2014

Parker, only a few issues in, knows these characters inside and out, and has crafted a story that feels fresh and classic, surprising and pleasingly expected, and does so almost effortlessly. This creative team can write this book for the rest of time, as far as I'm concerned.

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9.0
Flash Gordon #7

Dec 12, 2014

A truly fun experience.

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5.8
Flash: Rebirth #1

May 26, 2015

This book picks up, more or less, directly after “

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7.5
Forever Evil #3

Nov 8, 2013

Overall, this issue feels more like a Justice League comic than almost any issue of "Justice League" or "Justice League of America" that Johns has written for the New 52. The "team" is coming together, and it is an exciting thing to see.

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8.8
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #3

Nov 10, 2011

The "Monster Planet" idea is similar to the "fighting the moon" arc in Stormwatch, and I think that a S.H.A.D.E./Stormwatch crossover could be a TON of fun (make it happen, Cornell and Lemire!). What am I saying? This book is already a ton of fun.

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8.2
Future Quest #1

May 19, 2016

A strong start that only scratches the surface of what "Future Quest" can be.

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4.9
Future Quest #4

Sep 5, 2016

Look, I want to love this book. I really do. But until the story can read in a way that is more inviting to a casual, or even ignorant, fan, it will never transcend its time period and nostalgic nods of approval.

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5.7
G.I. Combat #1

May 4, 2012

If my suggestion a cosmic battle in “G.I. Combat” didn't tip you off, this isn't my type of book. But I said the same thing about “I, Vampire,” which i now adore, and it is what I said about “Starman,” now my favorite comic of all time. This book has potential, but until I see anything worth a $4 look on the cover, I'll continue to pass on it.

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6.5
G.I. Joe (2013) #2

Mar 22, 2013

However, the book is solid enough that I'll finish out this arc, and possibly even start a second one, to see if the steam picks up a little. And if you had told me that even six months ago, I'd never believe you.

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4.2
George Perez's Sirens #1

Sep 19, 2014

But, sadly, the story is so cliched and dull that the art takes a backseat to the yawns from trying to get through these 20 pages. I am a huge Perez fan, and would love to see him do more work than he has in the past few years, but not if this is what it will look like.

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9.0
Glory #25

Apr 13, 2012

For a book I didn't care about, by a creative team I knew little of, for a publisher I had such high expectations for, "Glory" #25 has exceeded any expectations I had.

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8.2
God Hates Astronauts #3

Nov 7, 2014

This isn't a book you pick up if your primary goal isn't to laugh, and if you don't want a good laugh, what's your deal?

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4.5
God is Dead #2

Oct 4, 2013

This feels like a Hickman book in the broad strokes, but nothing about the book itself either has Hickman's brilliant ideas, nor Costa's gift for crafting compelling dialogue.

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7.6
Gotham By Midnight #6

Jun 29, 2015

A strong return to form for "Gotham by Midnight" " next issue, when all the establishing is done, I am excited to see Fawkes and Ferreyra really shine.

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8.0
Gotham By Midnight #9

Sep 28, 2015

A solid book that will be sorely missed come January.

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8.2
Grand Passion #1

Nov 17, 2016

Surprising in all the best ways.

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9.2
Grayson Annual #1

Dec 24, 2014

But, again, this is a story about stories. No one in this issue is exactly telling the truth, and the creators are no exception. You are being told to buy a book for a secret origin of a super spy, told from the perspective of a superhero. Instead, you are getting a meditation on truth, storytelling, and deception. And while you might not be getting what you are promised, you're getting more than you've paid for.

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8.8
Grayson #4

Nov 7, 2014

This issue also begins to draw in more of the DCU as a whole " we see Midnighter again, but we also get Apollo, and the first mention of Stormwatch. There's also a discussion of Checkmate, and even a reference to the events of "Batman Eternal." This is a pretty great example of DC's recent run of creating singular books that still manage to make sense in the grand scheme of their line.

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7.2
Grayson #10

Jul 27, 2015

Still a strong title, but it is losing a little of its breezy feel. I know this is the path for a book becoming 'bigger,' but I'm still going to pout a little about it. But just a little.

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8.1
Grayson #11

Aug 31, 2015

Perhaps a few too many swerves, but overall, this issue rights the ship from last month's #10, which was the weakest thus far.

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1.8
Green Arrow (2011) #7

Mar 8, 2012

Just about every comics reader I know either has an affinity for Oliver Queen or Ann Nocenti, and so there was actually a little trash talking when I was able to snag this in the Multiversity Comics review draft this weekend. People were jealous that I got to review this book. How fucking wrong were they?

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9.1
Green Arrow (2011) #17

Feb 7, 2013

Of course, this is a flawed argument as well, as creators need time to work on their books and gain traction, and it is only through the flops of the past two creative teams that this one was allowed to take the book in such a radically different place. So, in a weird way, thanks JT Krul and Ann Nocenti for not knowing how to write Oliver Queen. Your mistakes paved the path for this book, and for that, we are all thankful.

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8.3
Green Lantern (2011) #12

Aug 16, 2012

His "Green Lantern" run sagged a bit before the relaunch, but we are seeing some truly great work from this creative team (fill ins or not), and the book is managing to both expand the mythos of the shared universe, while focusing the characterization and making each character more three dimensional and interesting than they've been in a long time.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2011) #22

Jul 5, 2013

It is odd that this, the flagship Lantern title, is the one with the least sense of purpose of any of the titles, post-new creative teams.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2011) #28

Feb 7, 2014

A great value for $2.99, and you get two ok comics.

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7.1
Green Lantern (2011) #35

Oct 3, 2014

A strong chapter, but visually a bit stuck in the 1990s.

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6.1
Green Lantern Corps (2011) #1

Sep 23, 2011

It is either a total dismissal of world history or a glaring oversight that this title remains intact. Either way, this is unacceptable and is a real misstep on the path to picking up new readers. To be fair, so is the unusual story told within this issue. I have high hopes for this creative team on this book, but this first issue is a bit of a mess.

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8.0
Green Lantern Corps (2011) #22

Jul 12, 2013

For the second straight issue, "Green Lantern Corps" was a really fun comic. Jensen and Venditti are telling a Stewart story that is different than anything he's really been featured in before, drawing on the various aspects of his history in subtle and rewarding ways.

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7.7
Green Lantern/New Gods: Godhead #1

Oct 2, 2014

Overall though (and despite a really unusual printing error in the backmatter), this is a solid introduction to the crossover, and acts as a fitting start to the New Gods' time in the New 52.

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7.9
Green Lantern: New Guardians #28

Feb 21, 2014

The arc this issue kicks off deals with characters called Godkillers going after local deities, and seems like a good fit for the book which can, at times, feel a bit rudderless. There's a fun to be had in a book that is freewheelin' and roaming the furthest reaches of the universe, but putting a little giddy-up in its step isn't a bad thing, either.

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7.1
Green Lantern: The Lost Army #2

Jul 20, 2015

A book that is still finding its footing, but is showing signs of real promise.

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3.7
Grifter #10

Jun 14, 2012

I really think that Liefeld just doesn't want the same things as I do, and therefore, his comics just aren't for me. He is a super nice guy who clearly does work that some people enjoy and, sadly, I'm just not one of those people. This bothers me the least for "Grifter," slightly more for "Deathstroke," and has the potential to be really bad for "The Savage Hawkman." Knowing how many great writers love Hawkman, it is baffling that Liefeld was put on that book. But that is a discussion for the future. I'm really trying to not come down too hard on Liefeld; that would be like a jazz pianist dismissing a dub step artist; it's comparing apples to oranges. I just happen to like the apples a whole lot more.

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5.5
Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #0.1

Feb 28, 2013

If the job of this book was to whet appetites for next month's #1, it succeeded. However, if part of the mission statement is producing a comic worth your four bucks, then the book is far less successful.

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4.5
Hawk and Dove #8

Apr 6, 2012

So, as I've suggested before on "The Hour Cosmic," maybe Liefeld is the Wolf of the DCnU " when you need someone to come in and fix your book, you call him in. If by fix, you mean mercy kill. Maybe "The Savage Hawkman," "Deathstroke" and "Grifter" all are next on the euthanasia block, and so DC asked their best hit man to come in and kill them off, just like he did with "Hawk and Dove." So, farewell Hank and Dawn, and we'll inevitably see you in "Justice League International" soon enough.

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6.7
Hawkeye (2016) #1

Dec 19, 2016

A fun issue, but needs its own identity, badly.

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5.0
He-Man & The Masters of the Universe #1

Jul 5, 2012

So, I will ask it again – why does this exist? An under-exposed, over-talented, licensed comic is a weird, weird thing. And while I've seen a lot of great and a lot of terrible this year from DC, I haven't seen anything like this yet. Bravo, DC – you still manage to surprise me.

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8.0
Heartthrob #1

Apr 18, 2016

A strong debut from two underrated creators.

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9.0
Hellboy in Hell #1

Dec 5, 2012

This is a book that requires a deeper look, and it isn't the sort of thing that our review can even really help with. It isn't as if there are dense plot points to untangle; this is just a knotty book. It takes time to unravel, but is worth the time and effort to do so. The more I read it (I believe I'm at 4 or 5 reads now), the more I appreciate it, and I'm glad that I read it a few times before we began discussing it.

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8.5
Hellboy in Hell #2

Jan 2, 2013

When comparing Mignola's art to just about anyone who works on "B.P.R.D.," it is easy to forget that the two started out as a unified property. The intricate linework of James Harren or the stunning retro atmospheres of Tonci Zonjic seem miles away from the world Mignola is building. That said, no one else could ever draw this book with any speck of credibility; this is Mignola's creative essence, distilled down to its purest form for our enjoyment. So, stop reading this, and go read (or re-read) one of the saddest, most unique, and finest books to come out in a long time.

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8.8
Hellboy in Hell #8

Sep 23, 2015

Both the most and least interesting thing about Hellboy is his destiny – it is the sword of Damocles that hangs over the entire Mignolaverse. On one hand, we are all waiting for that story to be told; on the other, that story being told will bring an end to all of this. So, while I cannot wait to see how that, eventually, wraps up, I am very glad to have Mignola telling such amazing tales of Red while he can, before we all find out just how incorruptible his destiny really is.

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7.1
Hook Jaw #1

Dec 22, 2016

While flawed in parts, this is a good start to the revived series.

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7.3
Huntress #6

Mar 9, 2012

Overall, this was a minor series for DC, but one that hit all the right notes, had some really great art, and sets the stage for how to do a miniseries properly.

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6.5
Hyperion #1

Mar 24, 2016

And while Doll might turn out to be America's sweetheart, that's not the book I'm being sold. At a time when DC's Superman books have been anything but traditional, Marvel had a chance to do their own version of Superman. Instead, they've chosen to focus on a character most reminiscent of Fenix from “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth,” but strip her of her powers and urgency. Doll is a damsel in distress, and Hyperion is her knight in shining armor. And while that might turn in a good story, it doesn't seem to be delivering a great one.

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7.0
I Love Trouble #1

Dec 7, 2012

In interviews with Symons, he has said that Stephenson envisioned this as the start of a shared universe of real life people dealing with being granted super powers in a more realistic setting. If anyone call pull that off, it is Stephenson, and a series of loosely connected minis could be a fun way to put it together. Despite the art issues, this series has a lot of potential, and could potentially build to something really special and unprecedented at Image.

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6.6
I, Vampire #19

Apr 26, 2013

Hopefully, the lasting legacy of this book is that something different can work in the New 52. If you had told most readers back in September 2011 that "I, Vampire" would outlast "Justice League International," they'd have laughed at you. But it did. It outlasted a lot of books that could have, and, frankly, should have, worked better than a relatively self-contained vampire story. And even though Fialkov got an arc to wrap it up, it still stings a bit that the final 7 issues didn't get to be, instead, the final 27 or 37, or 47 issues, and to let all the rushed ideas instead play out naturally. Even if the finished product came out less than stellar, all parties must feel pretty good about where things wrapped up. Yet "Catwoman" lives on.

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6.8
Imperium #1

Feb 6, 2015

The book is building to something " I just hope we get that something sooner than later.

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7.9
Infinity #6

Nov 29, 2013

This issue lays threads for a number of big events for Marvel going forward, and overall, is probably the best ending to a Marvel event in quite some time. At least five years, if not closer to ten. Hickman came as close to sticking the landing here as I think he possibly could, and created a memorable event that will, hopefully, lead to similarly effective Marvel events in the future.

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8.5
Itty Bitty Hellboy #1

Aug 28, 2013

And for us grownups (or man-children, as the case may be), this book is incredibly fun. There are jokes that a non-Mignola fan would easily overlook, but the story doesn't feel too inside joke-y, either. This is a comic by Hellboy fans, for Hellboy fans and their kids. And the world is a better place for it.

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7.5
Itty Bitty Hellboy #2

Sep 27, 2013

There is just no way to say how fun and great this is each month without getting super-repetitive. Baltazar's designs capture the characters perfectly, and he and Franco manage to put them in situations that work both for the Itty Bitty nature, but also seem shockingly true to the B.P.R.D. roots.

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7.5
Jeff Steinberg: Champion of Earth #1

Aug 8, 2016

A fun way to spend an evening reading comics.

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5.8
John Carter: Warlord of Mars #1

Nov 7, 2014

An unnecessarily small stakes relaunch.

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8.2
John Flood #1

Aug 6, 2015

The aforementioned serial killer sequence is the most violent in the book, and violence is something that Jordan is known for, specifically because of his ‘Luther Strode' books. But Jordan, as shown in his work on “Green Lantern: New Guardians” isn't just limited to big violence. This book fits in nicely among Jordan's bibliography, as it feels like the most refined pitch from his creator owned work, but it still has a real edge and excitement to it.

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9.0
Journey Into Mystery #635

Mar 16, 2012

Call me a cynic, but for a book that already operates on such an intellectual plain, I don't know how many more ingredients can go into this stew before it simply becomes too much. But Gillen is a writer I trust, and the nice part about working on a book that operates on the fringe of the Marvel Universe is that you can play with lots of characters, get esoteric, and hide lots of little jokes in your work.

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6.9
Justice League #6

Mar 1, 2012

Oh yeah, there's some sort of league of super villains. Forgot to mention that.

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4.0
Justice League #12

Aug 30, 2012

This book still has potential – it has some of the best comic characters ever on a team together, with a competent writer and a series of talented artists. There is no reason that this book can't be what DC wants it to be: the destination where new readers can go for exciting stories featuring iconic characters. But so far, this has to be among the most disappointing books of the New 52.

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4.7
Justice League #15

Dec 27, 2012

Instead, Johns and Reis deliver a dark, stormy story about heroes struggling to deal with each other, with major threats, and with sustaining an enjoyable comic. While there is a place for a story like this, “Justice League” doesn't feel like that place.

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5.5
Justice League #19

Apr 18, 2013

Overall, this issue is a reminder that the New 52 is a bizarre hodgepodge of old ideas, new ideas, decisions made to appeal to new readers, diversity attempts, good work and bad work. For every slow moving “Shazam” piece, there is a sloppy bit of storytelling wedged next to a necklace from a 20-year old comic on a female version of a traditionally male character and a classic villain being reintroduced. “Justice League” is supposed to be the flagship book of DC's line, and with its inconsistency, it certainly earns the title. Here's to hoping Trinity War can set the book straight.

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5.8
Justice League #22

Jul 12, 2013

This isn't a terrible comic, it's just a bit of a mess.

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6.6
Justice League #29

Apr 18, 2014

Seriously " this issue was off to a great start, helped along by Doug Mahnke's inimitable art, and then everything goes 1998 digital, and the wheels fall off this issue. That, mixed with the unnecessary exposition that opens the book, really drags down the fun atmosphere the Metal Men bring to the issue. While this issue stumbles, this seems like a pretty great back door pilot to a new Metal Men series at DC " it'll probably last 8 issues, but I'll dig it.

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7.7
Justice League #37

Dec 19, 2014

"Justice League" was supposed to be the flagship book of the New 52, and it never quite lived up to that role, but lately it has felt like something close to that.

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8.5
Justice League #40

May 4, 2015

A nice walk down memory lane with some outstanding art.

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7.9
Justice League #43

Aug 24, 2015

A strong entry into the most appealing "Justice League" event in years.

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7.9
Justice League Dark Annual #1

Nov 2, 2012

This, of course, all plays into the recently leaked rumor about a Guillermo del Toro directed movie featuring a lot of these characters. If that is true, which seems highly suspect, then don't be surprised to see the Dark books get ever more cozy, with Phantom Stranger and the Demon joining the team as well, all amping up for del Toro's movie. Regardless if that manages to be true or not, the book is becoming something special under Janin and Lemire, and is well worth checking out.

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7.8
Justice League Dark #8

Apr 27, 2012

The crossover leaves both books in more interesting places than they were a few months ago, and with renewed senses of purpose. "I, Vampire" has been the better book thus far, and so its issues within 'Rise of the Vampires' worked better, but "JLD" has kept a steady, if unspectacular, course since the beginning to, and its first arc wrapped up in a relatively satisfying way. I will still be buying both books next month, and I encourage you to as well.

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8.0
Justice League Dark #14

Nov 30, 2012

If only the name of the book wasn't so dumb.

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8.2
Justice League Dark #15

Jan 4, 2013

The fact that this book has transformed from “worst named book of the New 52″ to the most enjoyable team book, by a long shot, that they are putting out says a lot about how Janin and Lemire have taken the book from the, surprisingly unsuited, hands of Peter Milligan, and turned it into something special. Fawkes seems like an addition that will pay dividends in the future, and with the cast having various loose allies in other books, the possibilities seem like they will keep coming and impressing as the months go on.

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8.2
Justice League Dark #22

Jul 26, 2013

With all due respect to Ivan Reis and Doug Mahnke, I think Janin's issue, thus far, has been the most visually interesting and well drawn of the bunch. His Hawkman, in particular, is a revelation, when that series is inevitably relaunched in 5 years, hopefully Janin gets the call.

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8.0
Justice League Dark #23

Aug 21, 2013

Characters are getting developed at a rate faster than they did in the 20 issues preceding these, the integration of Shazam, the Atom and Element Woman have been handled very well, and the action feels worthy of a big summer blockbuster event. This is not the smartest event ever constructed, nor the most perfectly put together, but this is exactly what the Justice League books needed, and this points to DC having a solid idea of where those books are headed post "Forever Evil," which is more than can be said for most of the books they're publishing.

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5.5
Justice League International #1

Sep 9, 2011

But overall, it is a little too early to call this one a success or a failure; much like the other Justice League #1, this just doesn't provide enough to make a call either way.

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6.0
Justice League International #6

Feb 3, 2012

The nice thing about this issue is that, now that the big bad has been defeated (until the last page, that is), the characters can move to the forefront and be the focus of the book, not some newly created villain to which no one has a real connection. However, with next month's adventure, there is no guarantee that this will newfound characterization will continue. This book has been floating on the fringe of my pull list since the start, but I will let it stay there a little longer, to see if the unique properties that can make it great do.

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4.7
Justice League International #12

Aug 3, 2012

Or maybe the numbering will pick up in a few months with #13? Or maybe the group will continue to exist in the background, or as backups to the main “Justice League” team, which will have more of a rotating cast? Who knows; no matter the outcome, the feeling is the same – what a waste of potential for this book.

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5.0
Justice League International Annual #1

Aug 31, 2012

Editorial cleanliness is sort of the reason for this annual, as the story is a self-contained one without too much impact on greater DCU, despite many claims to the contrary. Sure, little things were hinted at: Brother Eye as a future Batman villain, the Global Guardians, a potential shout out to Vibe (a "dimensional specialist from Detroit" who can sense "vibrational anomalies"), but this isn't exactly the year 2 of the DCnU cipher the book was sold as.

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5.5
Justice League International #1

Sep 9, 2011

But overall, it is a little too early to call this one a success or a failure; much like the other Justice League #1, this just doesn't provide enough to make a call either way.

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6.0
Justice League International #6

Feb 3, 2012

The nice thing about this issue is that, now that the big bad has been defeated (until the last page, that is), the characters can move to the forefront and be the focus of the book, not some newly created villain to which no one has a real connection. However, with next month's adventure, there is no guarantee that this will newfound characterization will continue. This book has been floating on the fringe of my pull list since the start, but I will let it stay there a little longer, to see if the unique properties that can make it great do.

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4.7
Justice League International #12

Aug 3, 2012

Or maybe the numbering will pick up in a few months with #13? Or maybe the group will continue to exist in the background, or as backups to the main “Justice League” team, which will have more of a rotating cast? Who knows; no matter the outcome, the feeling is the same – what a waste of potential for this book.

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4.8
Justice League of America (2013) #2

Mar 21, 2013

The rest of the issue doesn't fare that well. What is so frustrating about this comic is that all the elements for a really great Justice League book are here – quality characters, a compelling story, and room for growth. However, Johns and Finch spend so much time making sure that everyone under the sun knows exactly who each character is, that no one has the chance to do anything interesting enough to make you care who each character is. After a relatively solid debut issue, this brings the series back a step. Let's hope next month something happens, and the book is given a chance to excel – because as it stands, it's a less interesting read than “Vibe.” Really.

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6.0
Justice League of America (2013) #5

Jun 28, 2013

While not exactly the Citizen Kane of comics, Geoff Johns has created a fun title here that, more than anything else, resembles his early work on "Teen Titans" " a group of inexperienced heroes, tied together through circumstance, getting in over their head.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2013) #7

Aug 16, 2013

This is about as good as this book could be, given the various agendas, quotas, and the general lack of JL-ness that DC seems to like in its Justice League books nowadays.

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5.0
Justice League of America (2013) #14

May 23, 2014

Again, there is nothing really wrong with the art or the dialogue, but to earn a buy, especially at $3.99, it needs to do significantly more than this; namely, anything.

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4.6
Justice League of America (2015) #1

Jun 22, 2015

A bloated, expensive, disappointing comic

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7.0
Justice League Of America's Vibe #1

Feb 22, 2013

And it stars Vibe. How weird is that?

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7.6
Justice League Of America's Vibe #10

Dec 20, 2013

And so with ten issues, "Justice League of America's Vibe" goes out to pasture. Sure, it is a ridiculous character to build a series around. Sure, it is even more absurd as he was just reintroduced to the New 52 directly before it started. Sure, the creative team changing early on wasn't a great sign.

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6.5
Justice League of America: The Atom Rebirth #1

Jan 5, 2017

A great introduction to Choi; a flawed introduction to the Atom.

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7.9
Justice League United #5

Oct 10, 2014

Overall, the issue relieved some of the fears I had going in that losing Mike McKone would kill the vibe of the book " Green and Lemire fit together nicely and craft a story that I am excited to pick up again in 28 days.

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7.8
Justice League United #9

Feb 13, 2015

Ultimately, this issue feels like the penultimate installment of not just an arc, but of a major run or series. If rumors are true, Lemire is done after next issue, and there is more than a little bit of the end of James Robinson's "Justice League of America" run present here, with Lemire cramming in a ton of ideas to cover what he might have wanted to do with twice as many issues. The issue flies by, because each panel is packed with a ton of information, a slew of characters, and a lot of action.

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7.2
Justice League United #12

Aug 13, 2015

When the preview was released, the DC3 compared it to the Jonathan Hickman “Avengers” run, and this truly feels like a Justice League world. However, it skipped directly from the fun recruitment issue to the ‘Illuminati playing chess with human lives' of “New Avengers” without a real chance to let the novelty of the status quo get any play. However, next month's lineup seems more lighthearted and heroic than this, admittedly, quite dark start to the book. Here's to hoping that Parker and artist Paul Pelletier can find a tone that suits the team as well as Parker and Foreman did for this arc, but with a little more sunshine.

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8.2
Justice League United #13

Sep 14, 2015

An incredibly fun journey, month in and month out.

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9.0
Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1

Nov 16, 2015

A stunning achievement, even if the title is unbelievably unruly.

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7.1
King #1

Aug 26, 2015

Regardless, once you find your way into the story, it is a fun, odd, and funny book. I would like to see more about King and his family/past, but I can't imagine the book won't go there soon. Until it does, I just hope to get a lasagna joke next month.

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9.0
Kings Watch #1

Sep 12, 2013

The biggest problem with this book is that it is only a miniseries. Parker and Laming really killed this first issue, and Dynamite, in general, has been bringing in a lot of really great talent as of late. Hopefully, the success of this book will lead to more stories with these characters, hopefully from this creative team. I really did not expect to find this book as one of, if not the, best #1 of the year thus far, but I'm hard pressed to find a debut issue I enjoyed this much in the past 12 months. This perfectly paced, fun without being silly, apocalyptic without being dreary, re-imagining deserves your eyes and your dollars.

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7.5
Kings Watch #2

Oct 18, 2013

This mini seems to be a launch pad for these characters to have solo adventures, which is an interesting idea, especially considering Dynamite's relaunch of the Gold Key characters coming next year. This issue doesn't quite have the bombast of the first, but it is still a solid comic with a lot to enjoy within.

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8.5
Kings Watch #4

Feb 21, 2014

This issue, in particular, showcases the action, and sets up the big finale between Ming's forces and the Flash Gordon/Mandrake/Phantom gang. There is a lot to like here, from Laming's Golden Age inspirations to Parker's ever-logical plotting, to seeing characters from the childhood of every generation since the Great Depression ride again. News that Parker will be continuing to write Flash's adventures is wonderful " but don't miss this mini, which has done a great job re-establishing these characters.

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5.0
Klarion #2

Nov 14, 2014

As fine as the book looks visually, it still holds little intrinsic value because the story is so dull and pointless that it makes reading said words seem like a chore.

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7.3
Legion Lost #10

Jun 15, 2012

Hopefully, internally, there is an end date in mind, and DeFalco and Woods can bring this to its conclusion, because the team has been working quite well together, especially considering the problems with the book when original writer Fabian Nicieza was on it. I went into this expecting something bland, and am happy to report I was proven wrong.

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4.6
Lobo #1

Oct 3, 2014

And that is part of the disappointment here – I am not a huge Lobo fan, but the parts of the issue that harken back to that time in comics are the times that got me smiling and really enjoying the book. Instead of doing a book that feels retro, instead, there is a book that feels like nothing at all. It isn't quite modern, it isn't quite retro, it isn't quite good, and it isn't quite bad. This is the definition of mediocrity in 2014, and it becomes instantly forgettable. Aside from the first few pages, I had completely forgotten this issue just minutes after I read it. To review it, I had to re-read it four times just to make sure I had everything committed to memory. This is barely anything at all, and everyone involved, from the creators to the characters to the fans of the original series, deserves more.

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7.1
Lobster Johnson: A Chain Forged In Life (One-Shot) #1

Jul 29, 2015

I would also be remiss if I didn't mention that, despite all the fine work done before and after him, Tonci Zonjic has really solidified himself as the LoJo artist, and whenever a mini or a one-shot comes out without him on it, it somehow feels incomplete. I know that is not fair to Nixey, and I'm glad to see him joining the Mignolaverse, but I can't help it " Zonjic just gets this character in a way that no one else does.

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8.0
Lobster Johnson: A Scent of Lotus #1

Jul 24, 2013

This was a propulsive, powerful issue that underlines everything we like about Lobster Johnson. It was a damn fine read.

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9.5
Lobster Johnson: A Scent of Lotus #2

Aug 21, 2013

This is the Lobster Johnson comic I always wanted, combining beautiful, expressive art with a pulpy, driving story filled with monkeys and wu assassins. This is just a fantastic comic.

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7.3
Lobster Johnson: Garden of Bones #1

Jan 11, 2017

There isn't too much more to say here; I've talked before about finding new things to say about Lobster stories, but after reading this, it became very clear to me that this is my problem, and not a fault in the storytelling. These stories scratch a very particular itch: pulp heroes who punch and kick supernatural things. This issue delivers a great version of that.

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7.0
Lobster Johnson: The Glass Mantis #1

Jan 5, 2016

This story goes full on supernatural and, with spirits and diamonds both being smuggled in via glass, and the Lobster and his crew respond exactly as you'd expect – with bullets flying and punches thrown. Again, there is nothing that breaks the bold here, but the mold is enjoyable enough that you can read the issue, enjoy the hell out of it, put it down, and not worry too much about it. While that may not be what I want from all of my comics, I'm happy to get that from this one.

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5.7
M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #1

Dec 5, 2016

A letdown from what could have been a lot of fun.

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5.6
Mae #2

Jul 4, 2016

Ha's art shines; his script struggles

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8.2
Magnus: Robot Fighter #2

Apr 11, 2014

Overall, this book is a fun update on the classic character, and is showing a lot of potential for future installments.

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9.1
Martian Manhunter (2015) #1

Jun 18, 2015

This book is inviting you in as a superhero title, but reveals its horrors quickly. The character lets you believe that he is a humanoid hero, but reveals that he can be anything he wants to be. By having their book be so clearly defined by fear and sadness, the creators are putting out a challenging read for fans to take a chance on. I beg that you do, as you'll find few superhero books with as many layers or rewards than this one.

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8.0
Martian Manhunter (2015) #6

Nov 23, 2015

Another solid chapter that leaves the reader begging for more.

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8.3
Martian Manhunter (2015) #10

Mar 21, 2016

A slower, but just as powerful, issue of the series.

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3.2
Micronauts #1

May 2, 2016

A book that is playing off nostalgia and curiosity and satisfies neither.

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9.0
Mind MGMT #1

May 23, 2012

It is hard to talk about this book without spoiling it, so I'm going to keep this review short and tell you that this will be the best 4 bucks spent at your comics shop this week.

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7.8
Moon Knight (2014) #7

Sep 5, 2014

This could be the start of another great arc, but needs Wood to let Smallwood do more of the heavy lifting to achieve a better read.

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7.8
Multiple Warheads: Alphabet to Infinity #1

Oct 25, 2012

Overall, the book pairs nicely the, if not post-apocalyptic than pretty damn close, world with the beauty and joy that Graham finds in these creatures and landscapes. While at times I felt lost, there was nothing a little deeper reading couldn't fix, and my reading experience was all the better for it. While I wish I had read the initial Oni chapter, I still feel I got a lot out of this comic, and I'm looking forward to the next installment " hopefully not five years away.

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8.5
Nailbiter #5

Sep 5, 2014

A supremely interesting story that zigs when you expect a zag, but never feels like it is doing it for any reason other than to further the plot.

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5.2
Narcopolis Continuum #1

Jan 18, 2016

A fun concept trapped in an unremarkable package.

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5.5
National Comics: Eternity #1

Jul 27, 2012

I suppose my biggest problem with this book is that with this creative team, with this property, with this format, it doesn't add up to what it should be. There is a nice cliffhanger ending, should DC decide to bring the character back for a second issue and, as I said before, I wouldn't be too shocked to see Eternity show up in the pages of “Justice League Dark” eventually, but when you get one of the most creative writers in all of comics tackling a weird, fun character like Kid Eternity, with a top notch artist, to launch a new book, expectations must be high. Even though I love the Quantum Leap aspects of the book, it just doesn't do too much for me. I would give it another shot, but honestly, if we can't get Joan of Arc to help with our French homework, is it even worth it?

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7.9
New Suicide Squad #17

Feb 15, 2016

A solid entry point for new fans, and a rewarding read for old ones.

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7.6
New Suicide Squad #18

Mar 11, 2016

But overall, this is a really nice example of editorial requirements being met with creative work. Ferreyra and Seeley are giving their all on this book and, even if it still isn't quite my “Suicide Squad,” it is far better than what we've gotten for most of the New 52.

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5.1
New Talent Showcase #1

Dec 1, 2016

Ultimately, this book was a bit of a tease: it gave the illusion of new stories, but were really just the equivalent of a Saturday Night Live fake commercial: no matter how hard you laugh at the sketch, or how much you love these stories, you still can't buy the product tomorrow.

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3.1
Night Force #4

Jun 8, 2012

But hey, if this means we'll get another New Teen Titans OGN, I'll buy an issue of "Night Force Vol. 2" next year for sure!

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #1

Aug 1, 2016

A perfect place to pick up Dick's story.

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #4

Sep 12, 2016

More fun than a trip to the circus.

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8.5
Omega Men #1

Jun 4, 2015

Nor should he be – this isn't “Kyle Rayner” #1, it is “The Omega Men” #1, and the book does a nice job establishing who they are, and fits Rayner into the picture as well. This isn't an instantly gratifying book; it is a slow burn that rewards re-readings and delving deep. If fans can find it, I think they'll be intrigued – here's hoping that it gets the fair treatment and long run that the preview and first issue suggest.

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8.2
Omega Men #3

Aug 10, 2015

A continually strong and exciting book.

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7.6
Omega Men #4

Sep 7, 2015

The last bit of the book ventures into some spoiler-y territory, so I'm going to avoid that for now, but it is the only part of the issue that really affects the story going forward, and only does so incrementally, just reinforcing ideas that have been suggested elsewhere. One of the aspects of the book that I really enjoy is the decision that was made to make Rayner as close to a pure hero as possible. This book is all about shades of grey, but he is firmly still in the white (lantern) hat. Having him as the foil for the sometimes villainous actions of his counterparts works very, very well.

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9.0
Omega Men #8

Feb 1, 2016

A remarkable series that just keeps turning the screw on the reader.

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9.2
Omega Men #12

May 30, 2016

A truly satisfying ending, without being a neat wrap up.

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2.0
Phantom Lady #4

Nov 29, 2012

Ultimately, this is a book that doesn't work on any level – I'm not interested to read more of these adventures, I didn't particularly enjoy the adventures I did read, the proposed “Freedom Fighters” series still seems like a bad idea, I didn't love the art, and I didn't love the story. And while there are good characters still on the shelf, doing a Phantom Lady book – cousin to Ted Knight or not – seems like a silly exercise in confounding your fan base.

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2.2
Phantom Stranger (2012) #2

Nov 16, 2012

Personally, it is an apt set of symbology for my relationship to this book. You see, I find soccer mind numbingly boring to watch, play or even think about, and this book falls right along those lines as well. In soccer, there is a lot of holding, passes that result in nothing, turnovers, and periods of seeming inactivity. Sound familiar? This issue is one giant holding pattern, story wise, while introducing you to characters new and old that don't really make sense, teasing things, only to dismiss them, and to do so in the blandest way possible. This comic is in the World Cup of Dull, with pretty good odds at taking the whole enchilada.

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4.4
Phantom Stranger (2012) #11

Aug 9, 2013

This is the first book with "Trinity War" on the cover that has felt completely detached from the main storyline, and for that reason, this should be skipped.

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7.3
Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl #2

Sep 10, 2015

And perhaps that is another reason why this will be the most read mini of the batch; because we all have our emotional attachments to the music videos of our childhood, whether or not they coincide with Gillen's childhood or not. This is the first volume of the series that isn't about a specific type of music, but rather a delivery system for that music. So, while some #millennials might still be too young to grasp the import that videos at one point had, they can still appreciate what videos were, and are, capable of doing.

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8.9
POP #2

Sep 26, 2014

Pires's script has a lot of fun moments as well, and he isn't afraid to throw some absolutely laugh out loud moments in there, whether it is a take down of fancy coffee (sorry, David Harper!) or some well-landed fat jokes. The pair manage to make a plot " pre-fab pop stars " that might seem to be unbearably cynical feel breezy and enjoyable, without losing its edge.

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9.0
Punk Rock Jesus #1

Jul 13, 2012

My only complaint here is that, for a guy who has sported a mohawk more than once in his life, I want some punk rock! I'm sure that is coming down the pike, but I can't wait for some misguided fashion choices and reductive thought from teenage punk Jesus. But all in all, this book hits all the right notes, and sets up a world of possibilities for the remaining five issues. Count me in.

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7.5
Punks: The Comic #1

Oct 10, 2014

"Punks" is like no other comic on the stands, and whether that fact sounds appealing or repulsive will determine how you feel about it. The book is not illustrated in a traditional way " Chamberlain makes the book like he was making a 'zine " photocopies, X-acto knives, scotch tape, more photocopies. Because of that aesthetic, the book reads quite differently than any other comic you'll pick up this week.

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6.8
Reborn #2

Nov 21, 2016

While not as moving or beautiful as last month's, "Reborn" #2 was an enjoyable step in what looks to be " in this writer's opinion " the best thing with Millar's name on it in a long time.

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4.5
Red Lanterns #13

Oct 26, 2012

But at this point, this book is in a very stagnant place, without much going for it outside of this crossover. The solicit reads that a “Red Lantern will die,” and the book delivers on that, but if you expect it to be one that you'll miss, well, you may be a little disappointed.

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4.5
Red Lanterns #24

Oct 25, 2013

This issue is a big ol' bucket of water being dumped on the 'Lights Out' campfire.

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5.6
Red Sonja (2017) #0

Dec 16, 2016

A problematic, if not thought provoking, teaser.

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5.7
Reggie and Me #1

Dec 9, 2016

Unless something seriously changes in the next few issues, Reggie has pranked himself back into obscurity. The "Reggie" part of the title will remain, but I don't see "me" coming back anytime soon.

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7.3
Resurrectionists #1

Nov 14, 2014

The other hope is that we get an opportunity to know the modern day characters in ways that aren't just retreading their past lives. The last page reveal, which shows how wrong Jericho has been about his own detective work into his own past, was the most interesting character beat of the issue. Sure, they are reliving their lives to an extent, but I know more about what their lives today look like, I'll care more about their past.

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7.8
Robin War #1

Dec 7, 2015

A strong opening salvo for the "Robin War" crossover.

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8.8
Rocket Girl #4

Mar 21, 2014

Reeder's work here continues to be absolutely astounding, with 1986 New York looking every bit as grimy and superficial as it was, and 2013 seeming like how an outsider/person looking back without real knowledge would "fix" the past. But it is in her character work that she really shines here " the innocent abutting the cynical is always good fodder for art, but Reeder and Montclare refuse to let cynicism win, and that infectious spirit makes this book an even greater joy to read.

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8.8
Rumble #1

Dec 18, 2014

There is still a healthy sense of mystery to this world, but there is nothing confusing or unclear about what we see happening " sure, we don't know why there are (seemingly) demons and the supernatural present, but no one else does either. Everyone in the book seems to approach the world with a certain sense of skepticism or defeatism; there is no certainty anywhere here (except that Mr. Cogan's tab hasn't been paid in a very long time). After reading the issue a few times, all I'm certain of is that I want to read more.

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5.7
S.H.I.E.L.D. (2014) #1

Jan 2, 2015

Either way, it'll be ok – the only way to really lose this battle is to stand right in the middle.

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8.0
Saga #5

Jul 20, 2012

In the end, I am hopeful, about both this book and the fate of the characters within. I want to believe that The Will's crew won't hunt the happy family, but help them. I doubt this will happen, but having some hope for this poor couple and their already war-affected child isn't the worst thing in the world. And I think this book has done such a fine job of world building thus far, that as the series expands, it will be one of the richer books on the market. But I stand by my statement that this would work far better in trade than it does in single issues. But, if we're being truthful, doesn't almost everything?

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8.0
Savage Hulk #1

Jun 27, 2014

This is the definition of a book that doesn't need to exist, but that I'm glad does. This was an extremely fun read, with an underused creator with a healthy pedigree able to have fun in this sandbox for a little while.

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8.5
Scooby-Doo Team-up #16

May 9, 2016

A fun read that marks the third great Captain Marvel book from DC in the last few years " where's our ongoing?

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8.2
Scooby-Doo Team-up #18

Oct 3, 2016

A fun romp through space with the best pets in comics.

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6.1
Secret #1

Apr 12, 2012

I wanted to like this book a lot more than I did " and I hope that I can look back on issue #1 a few months down the line and see the beginning of a lot of great things. I hope Hickman continues to pull on the threads found here, and I hope what unravels is something more interesting than what I'm seeing so far.

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8.8
Secret Avengers (2014) #2

Apr 11, 2014

This issue feels like the start of the creators really finding the sweet spot of their talents " is it next month yet?

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8.5
Secret Avengers (2014) #4

Jun 13, 2014

"Secret Avengers" is a book that is firing on all cylinders right now, and seems to have an incredibly strong grip on what it is trying to do. The book is trying to blend espionage and humor, with some sci-fi tossed in for good measure. For the most part, it is succeeding at that. Kot's script here is full of a lot of action/spy movie cliches, but used in a knowing way; Kot isn't trying to play something off like it is an original idea, but rather playing with the form and creating something fun and fresh with familiar ingredients.

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6.9
Secret Six (2014) #2

Feb 13, 2015

A much stronger installment than the first issue, but still lots of room for improvement.

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7.5
Secret Six (2014) #6

Sep 21, 2015

The issue ends on a cliffhanger, and because of the tone of the book, it feels more dramatic than it probably, in reality, is. But again, the book's tone is so specific and unique, that maybe we really are in for a dramatic event next issue. This book, with one foot in the Bat-verse, one foot in the 'Dark' line, and with its ass clearly in the classic 'bwahaha' Bronze Age DC, is a real under-appreciated treat right now.

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6.8
Sex #2

Apr 11, 2013

The first two issues of "Sex" give you a good understanding of the world in which the story takes place, and lay the groundwork for things to come. Casey and Kowalski both exhibit enough here to get excited about that it is easy to forgive the relative lightness of the first two issues.

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8.8
Sex Criminals #4

Jan 10, 2014

In many ways, the characters in this book are good people, but they go about things in pretty terrible ways. Because of that, there is a level of moral ambiguity which breeds tension in the book that is rare for a comic. You're rooting for these sexed up kids, but you understand why they probably should fail.

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8.3
Sex Criminals #6

Jun 20, 2014

The story isn't quite as instantly engaging as the first few issues, but now that the principles have been established and there's some emotional skin in the game, an issue like this sets a nice tone and gives the reader a chance to invest ever further in the characters, as well as deal with the question that, I feel, will take up a good chunk of the arc " what if these two are totally wrong for each other?

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8.1
Shade, the Changing Girl #1

Oct 10, 2016

A strong start to the series that is both reverent to its past and blazing towards an unknown future.

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8.1
Shadow Show #1

Nov 28, 2014

Worthy of the name 'Bradbury,' and that is high praise, indeed.

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7.4
Shadows On The Grave #2

Jan 16, 2017

Though not as strong as the first issue, this anthology gives some incredible bang for its buck.

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9.0
Silver Surfer (2014) #3

Jun 20, 2014

This issue wraps up the first arc, and in doing so sets a tone for the rest of the series. Slott has injected a little levity into a character that can sometimes feel a little stiff, and Allred's style, with its winks and nods to the Marvel comics of his youth, continues to bring a levity to the property. This book, operating as it is on the fringes of the Marvel U, can go anywhere and do anything it wants " and boy do I want it to do just that.

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7.9
Sinestro #2

May 23, 2014

Eaglesham, who also drew Sinestro's "Villains Month" entry last year, really has a handle on the character and the world he inhabits. The constructs, always the way to test a Lantern artist, are refined and with purpose when created by Sinestro, and less well put together and thought out by the lesser Sinestro Corps members. The issue doesn't quite have the bombast, artistically, of the debut, but that isn't Eagleshame's fault " his work is as well done as is expected from his reputation.

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7.7
Sinestro #6

Oct 31, 2014

The strongest issue of "Sinestro" yet, and a fine addition to the "Godhead" storyline.

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8.5
Sledgehammer '44 #2

Apr 10, 2013

I think this is a case of something hitting right in that sweet spot of "comic I wanted but didn't know I wanted." I relished every panel of this issue.

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8.0
Solar: Man of the Atom #2

May 23, 2014

This issue, to a degree, lays out the mission statement of the series without being clunky about it, and gives plenty of reason to continue on with the series.

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8.7
Squadron Supreme (2015) #1

Dec 21, 2015

A great debut issue that plants lots of interesting seeds for future issues to reap.

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8.3
Squadron Supreme (2015) #2

Jan 4, 2016

A really engaging second issue, with an all time great cover by Alex Ross.

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6.9
Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #1

Jul 9, 2015

Overall, the first issue did everything it was supposed to do " it gave a reason for these characters to interact, it established a world that felt applicable to both franchises, and it gave a story that is interesting and worth continuing. More than anything else, this book left me wanting more Green Lantern presence, which is a good thing in the long run " there was plenty of Lantern mythos, without spoiling too much actual interaction. Hopefully, in future installments, Hernandez can loosen up his style a little, because there is literally no limit to where this book can go " it's already reached the final frontier.

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7.9
Star Wars (2014) #2

Feb 6, 2015

A book that is finding its way into greatness.

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7.2
Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1

Apr 19, 2016

A beautiful, well crafted, but ultimately hollow, side story

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7.7
Star Wars: Han Solo #2

Jul 11, 2016

A fun, if slight, Solo detour.

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6.6
Star Wars: Lando #1

Jul 13, 2015

A valiant attempt at giving longtime fans something they want, but it could use a serious dose of the unexpected. Here's hoping that comes later in the miniseries.

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4.4
Star Wars: Obi-Wan & Anakin #2

Feb 5, 2016

The sad reality is that this series is going to be judged far more harshly than if it was a new creator owned series, because we have so much more skin in the game. But that's not a surprise to Marvel, Soule, and Checchetto – they know the stakes, and yet they failed to live up to them.

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6.7
Star Wars: Shattered Empire #3

Oct 19, 2015

There are a million balls to keep in the air for a book like this, and Rucka and Checcetto keep most of them up without incident.

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6.9
Star-Spangled War Stories: G.I. Zombie #2

Aug 29, 2014

A fun issue for a book struggling to find its role.

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3.8
Static Shock #8

Apr 5, 2012

So, until next time Static, take care. Next time DC tries its hand at reviving you, let's hope it is given to someone who will shake things up, tell good stories, and honor the memory of your creator, Dwayne McDuffie, without being so beholden to the party line that boring stories are all that emerge. That isn't how McDuffie wrote, and it isn't how good comics are made.

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5.0
Stormwatch #2

Oct 7, 2011

However, until the book is in a more stable place, I really can't endorse buying it monthly. Let's hope that mid-way through the arc things pick up a little " next issue, by its description seems like a step in the right direction " and this isn't one of the books cut loose after 6 issues.

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6.1
Strange Fruit #1

Jun 15, 2015

An intriguing start to a series that, hopefully, can back up its artistic ambition with some more developed characters going forward.

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8.1
String Divers #1

Aug 17, 2015

A solid debut, and one that makes me want to drop $40 on an action figure

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8.5
Stringers #1

Aug 31, 2015

A strong debut for this fun Oni miniseries

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3.1
Suicide Squad (2011) #7

Mar 15, 2012

Speaking of her origin, it is basically the same as her pre-'Flashpoint' origin, except that now the Joker dumped her into a vat of chemicals as well which is, undoubtedly, a much stupider origin. There was enough of a connection to the Joker to begin with, we don't need parallel origins to get the point across. So, no makeup for this Harley, that is just how she looks. Or looked. Or will look in a casket. Or whatever.

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8.7
Sundowners #2

Sep 26, 2014

Everything about this book leads me to believe that this is going to be a huge series. Get in on the ground floor now.

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4.5
Superboy (2011) #32

Jun 13, 2014

This is the definition of a book DC felt it "must" have, but had no real idea for what it should be, and so it has floundered from writer to writer (with always fairly competent art) and ended up here, in a miasma of poorly handled time travel, cloning and teen angst. Is it September yet?

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7.2
Supergirl (2011) #36

Nov 21, 2014

The highlight, without question, is the art by Lupacchino, one of DC's rising stars. Her clean line and adaptable style works as the book shifts settings quickly, and at each turn Luppachino is doing something interesting with the page.

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5.1
Supergirl (2011) #38

Jan 23, 2015

I admire the creative team's desire to do something different, but this is merely a different sheen on top of the same stale story.

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7.2
Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Aug 19, 2016

A strong start to one of the most anticipated comics of the season.

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8.0
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #2

Aug 9, 2013

Spencer, in the past somehwat of a mess when doing Marvel books, has proved himself more than up to the challenge at hand here, and is crafting a story that works on just about every level.

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8.1
Superior Iron Man #1

Nov 13, 2014

The last few pages reinforce two things about the new direction of the book: Tony is out of control, and Pepper knows it. The final page had a reveal that is truly bizarre, but exciting, and should get most of the readers to come back again for the next issue. This isn't as radical of a change as a female Thor, or Falcon being Captain America, but it is the only one of those developments that seems like it could have permanent damage to the character's legacy, and that makes it exciting.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #33

Jul 25, 2014

Overall, this issue continues Johns's attempt to take this book back to something that feels even remotely like a classic Superman story, and together with JR JR is crafting a story that feels classic and new all at once, and like a catchy song, makes you want to experience it again and again.

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8.5
Superman (2016) #10

Nov 7, 2016

This issue is a backdoor pilot for "Super Son," the new Tomasi/Jorge Jimenez series dropping in February, and in just one issue, the case is made that these characters not only deserve, but with thrive, in their own series.

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8.8
Superman (2016) #14

Jan 9, 2017

A truly bombastic, enthralling trip through the Multiverse.

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7.9
Superman/Wonder Woman #3

Dec 13, 2013

Everything about this issue brought me back to the days of "Infinite Crisis," which are some of my favorite 21st century DC times. The heroes were working together (even though, they sort of aren't), there was a real heart at the core of the issue, and familiar characters and ideas were handled in new and interesting ways. I honestly can't believe how much I enjoyed this issue, and that is a testament to what Soule is doing at DC.

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7.7
Superman: Doomed #2

Sep 26, 2014

A fitting conclusion to a surprisingly good crossover.

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8.5
Superwoman #1

Aug 12, 2016

Another great series from the Super-house.

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7.9
Swamp Thing (2011) Annual #3

Oct 31, 2014

A strong issue, which would've been a little stronger with one artist working on the "main" story

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7.7
Tales from the Darkside #1

Jun 20, 2016

A solid introduction to what hopes to be a really fun series.

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8.0
Talon #0

Sep 28, 2012

What folks should be buying the book for, however, is the artwork by Guillem March. His work almost reflects that of Greg Capullo on "Batman," fluctuating between very detailed horror-ish images and more loose, animation-inspired characters. The balance is what makes the book really work, as the heart of the titular character is on display while around him is the heinous organization.

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5.8
Teen Titans (2011) #0

Sep 27, 2012

We know so much about them now!

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7.4
Teen Titans (2011) #6

Feb 24, 2012

The Ravagers still is a bit of a mystery to me, and Red Hood and the Outlaws has been a major let down month in and month out, but each issue of Teen Titans or Superboy lulls me into a sense of comfort with the direction Lobdell is taking these heroes.

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4.6
Teen Titans (2011) Annual #3

May 9, 2014

Ultimately, no matter how you shake it, this will go down as one of the worst Titans runs of all time; wrongheaded from the start, tone-deaf in execution, and shackled to a long-dismissed artistic aesthetic. Good riddance!

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5.8
Teen Titans (2011) #0

Sep 27, 2012

We know so much about them now!

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7.4
Teen Titans (2011) #6

Feb 24, 2012

The Ravagers still is a bit of a mystery to me, and Red Hood and the Outlaws has been a major let down month in and month out, but each issue of Teen Titans or Superboy lulls me into a sense of comfort with the direction Lobdell is taking these heroes.

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8.4
Teen Titans: Earth One #1

Nov 19, 2014

And so, even if it wasn't written for me, I will still claim this as my own, and do so gladly.

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9.5
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 30th Anniversary Special #1

May 30, 2014

Overall, for $7.99, you get five distinct eras represented, plus a few excellent pin-ups, and a real appreciation for just how diverse and fun a property the Turtles have been for their first 30 years. I can't wait to see where they are 30 years from now.

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6.5
Ten Grand #1

May 2, 2013

And while it may be fun to look at these characters, there still should be more there. JMS plants lots of seeds here that, so far, appear to be playing out exactly as you'd expect them to. However, there is room for growth all over, and hopefully this first issue's goal was simply to set the tone and pace for the series, and then #2 really kicks the story into high gear. If not, this will be a slight but enjoyable work that doesn't hold a candle to what either creator can really do.

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8.6
Tetris: The Games People Play #1

Oct 26, 2016

A stunning work by a master storyteller.

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8.1
The Beauty #2

Sep 18, 2015

A skillfully constructed horror book, that looks nothing at all like a horror book.

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8.8
The Bunker #5

Aug 8, 2014

Engaging and mysterious, without feeling like they're biting off more than they can chew.

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8.8
The Dying and the Dead #1

Jan 29, 2015

After reading this first issue, I had the same reaction that I did when I first read "Manhattan Projects" or "East of West" " how hasn't this already existed? It feels so complete of an idea, so well tuned a concept, so expertly put together, that it feels as if it must have somehow already been put together. Maybe Hickman has a torii, like they do in Los Alamos, to bring back comics from other dimensions. That would explain a lot.

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7.8
The End Times of Bram and Ben #1

Jan 10, 2013

In a landscape that is full of books that take themselves incredibly seriously, it's nice to see a book being content to be silly.

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3.3
The First X-Men #1

Aug 2, 2012

But beyond those two nice pieces of business, this comic suffers under the weight of reputation. If I pitched Marvel on this book, they would never have approved it. I think both DC and Marvel are trying harder to keep their old timers happier, and that leads to books like this one, where logic and characterization take a backseat to nostalgia. And, as much as Marvel is telling readers that now (or NOW!) is what they should be focused on, publishing stories like this firmly place their emphasis on then.

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8.2
The Fox #1

Mar 16, 2015

The last few pages are where the rest of the arc starts to shape up, and while it makes for exciting comic booking, I fear that much of the heart from the issue will be lost if the relationships are more traditional. However, I have no doubt that Waid and Haspiel will inject each character with the humanity needed to elevate future issues to this one's level.

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8.2
The Fox #5

Mar 14, 2014

Overall, this issue wraps the mini up nicely, and ramps up the excitement for the upcoming "Fox Hunt" mini.

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6.8
The Fury of Firestorm: The Nuclear Men #7

Mar 29, 2012

But it is a good first step to righting this ship. It is interesting to observe how DC is dealing with its books that aren't working. 6 were outright cancelled, some are getting totally new creative teams (hi, Rob Liefeld), some are having pieces switched around (Travel Foreman and Jesus Saiz getting new, possibly ill-fitting assignments), and some are simply doubling down with the original plan, with some tweaks. "The Fury of Firstorm" is taking the fourth approach, giving Van Sciver more of the burden of the book. Whether that is a good thing or not is up for debate, but it is nice to see DC giving Van Sciver the chance to really get this book right. It isn't there yet, but all hope is not lost.

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7.5
The Lost Boys #1

Oct 17, 2016

The book works for all the reasons it should; this isn't a revolutionary comic that will change your life. It's a fun throwback to a gloriously dated film that manages to be more than just a tossed off licensing deal.

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5.8
The Mummy #1

Nov 10, 2016

This could be the start of something interesting, but more than likely is just the latest attempt to monetize a nostalgia market.

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7.0
The New 52: Futures End #6

Jun 20, 2014

This issue is great in spots, and can be a bit frustrating elsewhere, but that is sort of the deal with a sprawling story from many creators.

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6.2
The New 52: Futures End #7

Jun 20, 2014

A slower, less visually stimulating issue than #6.

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8.1
The Ravagers #1

Jun 1, 2012

Even if it wasn't, I'm still pretty impressed by this book. It isn't exactly the type of book I find myself wanting to read, but the execution is pretty hard to argue with.

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9.0
The Ray #3

Feb 23, 2012

Overall, this is a really fun book, and I'm sad to see it end after next month's issue. Hopefully, this Ray will continue to distinguish himself from his prior namesakes and not just be the 7th member on any team that will have him, but rather continue to be the center of interesting stories for years to come.

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9.3
The Saviors #1

Dec 27, 2013

In fact, this book is all about perception versus reality. Tomas seems like an idiot. The sheriff seems like a good enough guy. Frank seems like a guy who's got brains enough to stay out of trouble. When those things don't happen, it isn't a total shock, but it is surprising enough that it keeps the readers on their toes and engaged in each page turn. And, honestly, what more do you want from a comic?

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8.8
The Saviors #3

Mar 7, 2014

Robinson's script is tight and full of purpose. Sure, the exposition around a few plot points can be a little much, but it would be for Tomas, too. He needs to be caught up to speed, as we do, and so this is the reality of his life: many, many words delivered very, very quickly. As this first arc moves onto its back half, there are very few books I look forward to as much as "The Saviors."

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9.5
The Shade #12

Sep 14, 2012

This has been a series that has gotten better with each issue (I, personally, didn't love the first couple of installments), and has built to an ultimately satisfying conclusion. Robinson and his cadre of talented artists have created the ultimate Shade story and, hopefully, set the stage for more forays into his world in the future.

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7.7
The White Suits #3

Apr 18, 2014

This is a minor criticism, ultimately, because Frank Barbiere's, at times thin, dialogue and plotting allows Cypress to really go to town, and the the balance of the sparse script and rich art makes a comic that isn't too dense or too empty, but rather, a fun, exciting book that is hard to put down.

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7.5
The Witching Hour (2013) #1

Oct 4, 2013

This is a lot of fun, and while $7.99 is a lot, nearly 70 pages of content makes the price tag worth it.

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8.5
Thor: God of Thunder #4

Jan 11, 2013

All told, this is exactly what a Thor book should be: epic, bold, and not relatable. We don't know what it is like to be a god, and any Thor book should take the reader outside of their lives and put them someplace totally different. We shouldn't be able to see ourselves too much in Thor, and that is part of what makes Aaron's take so refreshing. There isn't the slightest hint of empathy required to understand and enjoy this book. In fact, Thor is sort of a son of a bitch here, and that is a good thing. We can see him play nice in “Avengers” and “Uncanny Avengers,” but here is the god of thunder – he is meant to be an over the top warrior, who won't let anything stop him from getting his way. All hail Thor.

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6.2
Threshold #1

Jan 18, 2013

Overall, “Threshold” presents two distinct stories, neither of which are abhorrently bad or astonishingly good. Going in, I expected to love the backup and trudge through the main story. While I didn't entirely fall for the main story, it was by far the more engaging and exciting of the two stories. Understandably, DC initially led with the Larfleeze content, but I don't see that being what carries this book. Sadly, despite the solid work, this seems to be destined to a short run as well. This doesn't have the crossover appeal of an “I, Vampire” (20 issues), or the nostalgia of a “Justice League International” (12 issues and an annual), so this seems to be a 16 and done series at best, which is a real shame. Hopefully, Giffen can draw readers in and do some special work, but with the current DC landscape, it seems that there is only a limited time before this series is hunted like one of its fugitive characters.

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2.8
Thunderbolts (2012) #1

Dec 6, 2012

And at some point, they stopped caring. I advise you to reach that moment of clarity before the next issue is released.

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8.2
Time Warp #1

Mar 29, 2013

Overall, when you take the two fantastic covers by Jae Lee and Eduardo Risso (who has to have been trying for Mark Hamill, right?), and the overall quality of the stories within, this is a damn fine anthology, and gives hope to the fact that Vertigo may still have something to offer in the post-Karen Berger timeframe.

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9.0
Tiny Titans #49

Mar 2, 2012

I am very sad that this is ending, but Franco and Baltazar will be writing both Superman Family Adventures (with art by Baltazar) and Green Lantern: The Animated Series (with art by Dario Brizuela), and so their irreverence will still have a place in DC's publishing. Kids comics are an under-utilized tool for the big 2 right now, but with both launching new kids-centric TV enterprises (the DC Nation Block on Cartoon Network starts tomorrow), this could be the start of publishers again looking younger to build their audiences. Or, if not properly handled, the shift to television being the primary means for children encountering superheroes could continue to push kids out of comic shops.

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9.0
Tiny Titans: Return To The Treehouse #1

Jun 6, 2014

There isn't too much to say that hasn't been said hundreds of times about this book, but it is so refreshing and nice to see it back. As a parent, this is one of the first comics I've given to my daughter that I felt she really connected with (she called Brainiac 5 cute), and that alone brings me a ton of joy. If I had my druthers, this wouldn't just be a mini, but we should be thankful we have it back at all.

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4.2
Titans (2016) #2

Aug 29, 2016

People (like me) have been clamoring for these characters to have a bigger part of the DCU for years. But at this point, if they are going to be so sloppily written and overly rendered, I'm happy to just read my old comics instead.

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3.1
Titans Hunt #1

Oct 22, 2015

That one piece of dialogue is so perfectly encapsulating of the problems found herein – this is DC answering a question (“What can we do with the classic Teen Titans?”) with the most obtuse answer possible – “We can create a character that somehow has knowledge of their past, filter it through the New 52, remove a character that is continuity-problematic, throw in a bunch of cannon fodder, and make it a year-long story.” The answer should have been simple – tell a good story. But that is certainly not the answer we got.

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8.8
Trinity (2016) #1

Sep 26, 2016

A stunning debut.

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4.7
Trinity Of Sin #1

Oct 17, 2014

Not so much a mess as an easy to ignore, uninterested and thematically unimportant waste of $2.99.

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7.0
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1

Feb 7, 2014

There is a certain feel and tone that Dynamite books have, and while I can't say I'm a huge fan of it, I am intrigued that, no matter the creative team or book, the tone is consistent. That tone is more in place for a story like this than, say, it is for "Uncanny." That tone " something in the coloring, perhaps? " harkens back to a time long past. Whatever the unnamed element is, it makes this book feel less than modern " that isn't an insult, but rather an observation " and that tone helps transport the reader into a time and place they are not familiar with. For "Turok: Dinosaur Hunter," that helps set the book up for a successful debut.

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8.0
Uncanny Avengers #1

Oct 11, 2012

Overall, this book's pitch (mutants and Avengers on a team together, setting an example), plus creative team, plus first arc's layout all work for me. I was not, at all, expecting to dig this book as much as I did. I am very pleasantly surprised by this, and will be picking the book up regularly.

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7.1
Uncanny Avengers #5

Mar 28, 2013

Overall, the series remains intriguing (especially with the surprise cameo early on that will lead to interesting things down the road), well put together, and inspired. Hopefully, once the schedule settles in, Remender can really let loose and tell the epic story he is starting to build here.

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4.3
Uncanny X-Force (2013) #1

Jan 24, 2013

Look, we all get why Marvel wants an “Uncanny X-Force” book on the shelves. I think we also understand why diversifying the team and giving the book a different look and feel from Remender's run was of the utmost importance. But because of the extremely high bar set, even a solid, well thought out, book with absolutely no mentions of a “Saskatchewan sweetie,” would struggle to be considered a win. But instead, this book feels full of middle school logic – dirty jokes, curse words, randomly assembled team, provocative sex scenarios, drugs, and swords. And this old man ain't buying it.

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7.9
Veil #5

Oct 17, 2014

An unlikely triumph for Rucka; a coming out party for Fejzula.

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7.5
Vigilante: Southland #1

Oct 28, 2016

A strong start to the new Vigilante story.

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9.0
Vision #1

Nov 6, 2015

The Marvel Universe has always portrayed itself – for better or worse – as being ‘our' world, plus superheroes. And King and Walta have, I feel, rather accurately shown how ‘we' might react to having a family of androids move in the neighborhood. There probably wouldn't be a protest, there probably wouldn't be an “ANDROIDS GO HOME” sign on their front lawn. There would be a lot of Facebook selfies with the Visions, and neighborhood chatter, and a sense of unease that would creep into the neighborhood. This book is one of the more accurate representations of what it must be like to live in the 616 – and I'm damn glad I don't.

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9.0
Vision #5

Mar 14, 2016

A book that consistently impresses, while creeping us out.

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6.5
Voodoo #9

May 25, 2012

We comics fans are an impatient lot, and I can completely see why people want to see this book go away and make room for another book they desire (whether that be a Booster Gold series, or the rumored "Robins"), but I think the seeds are planted here for something interesting to happen. Then again, maybe instead of teasing the WildC.A.T.S. by having Grifter and Voodoo books that sell poorly, just put out a WildC.A.T.S. book. The beauty of the DCnU is that it gave readers a theoretical meritocracy: buy what is good, and we will reward you by keeping the good and getting rid of the not-so-good. And, sadly for "Voodoo," the readers have spoken.

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5.0
We Are Robin #5

Nov 2, 2015

A letdown after last month's turning point.

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4.0
Who Killed Kurt Cobain? #1

Nov 9, 2016

A beautiful, hollow, inconsistent and inaccurate look at a life cut short.

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8.6
Wolf Moon #3

Feb 6, 2015

This makes most other Werewolf comics look like Teen Wolf, Too.

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6.0
Wolverine and the X-Men (2014) #2

Mar 21, 2014

This series has so much potential " between the setting, ripe for excellent stories, and the top notch creative team, this should be a homerun. But it isn't " at least not just yet.

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5.4
Wonder Woman '77 Special #2

Oct 5, 2015

A disappointing swing and a miss.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #3

Nov 18, 2011

Chiang and Azzarello are building a world here that no one could have foreseen, and more importantly, isn't being seen elsewhere. Wonder Woman is finally put in a world where her character makes sense, and is given a chance to thrive.

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6.5
Wonder Woman (2011) #13

Oct 18, 2012

However, the issue does come off as a bit slight, especially after teasing Orion in #12, along with the incredible Silver Age tale in #0. The first chapter of any new arc needs to lay groundwork, but it also needs to entice the reader, and this issue does more of the former than the latter. If anything, the book has been so strong (even during its controversial moments) that a slight misstep is noticed more than it is for a lesser book. But perhaps part of that is the fan base anticipating the arrival of Orion, dying to get their New Gods on. Since Orion graces the cover of #15, it won't be long, folks. It won't be long.

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8.5
Wonder Woman (2011) #16

Jan 25, 2013

The fact that DC hasn't, seemingly, interfered too much in this title is a pleasant shock. The book is selling decently, but is in no means a homerun sales wise, but DC must know that it has a winning team on "Wonder Woman," since it is one of the very few books without a creative shakeup through its first twenty issues. For the love of gods, DC, keep your hands off of this book.

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8.1
Wonder Woman: 75th Anniversary Special #1

Oct 31, 2016

While the $7.99 price point is a bit much, you get a ton of really fun Wonder Woman content in this anniversary special, and I hope that DC does this with more of their characters in the future.

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8.3
World War X #1

Dec 26, 2016

A long building, and truly satisfying, first issue.

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4.3
Worlds' Finest #2

Jun 7, 2012

But this is merely C-class work at best. If next month's issue is as padded with fluff as this month's is, it will be my last reading the book.

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8.5
Worlds' Finest #6

Nov 9, 2012

This issue is also the first step to connecting this book to any book besides “Earth 2″ that DC is currently publishing. We get a glimpse at Supergirl and Robin, the New Earth versions of our heroes, and we see their relationship to the heroes of this world taking shape, with Helena looking for a connection and Karen looking for avoidance. Whether this book moves towards the DCnU center remains to be seen, but as long as it continues to be stuffed full of ideas, differing directions, great art, and fun stories, it will remain essential reading.

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5.5
Worlds' Finest #20

Feb 28, 2014

Levitz's script gets all the broad strokes right, but he doesn't handle the nuance the way Pak does, and so this book just seems like a less refined/clever/well done sequel to a really special issue.

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4.8
Young Romance: A New 52 Valentine's Day Special #1

Feb 8, 2013

Overall, this is a really disappointing issue, and it costs nearly eight dollars, which is highway robbery. Now, granted, it does have Valentine's Day cards in the back, and one of them made me literally laugh out loud. Many of them have a character on it, along with a punny greeting, like "You put a hex on me," next to a picture of, you guessed it, Jonah Hex. The best, hands down, is the card that has a heart that reads "The New 52," and then at the bottom of the card, "You've been rebooted as my valentine." That is a rare bit of self-awareness and humor on DC's part. If only the rest of the issue was as carefree as that final card.

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4.2
Zombies vs. Robots #1

Jan 23, 2015

The short answer is: fine. The longer answer is: fine, but that doesn't mean I felt it was all that effective as an introduction.

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