Eric Joseph's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Dark Knight News, We Got This Covered Reviews: 328
7.9Avg. Review Rating

5.0
Action Comics (2011) #47

Dec 4, 2015

If this story does enchant you, you can follow it toSuperman Annual#3. I really hope that Greg Pak will soon recapture the glory of his earlier issues ofAction Comics. I hate to say it, but that "special something" just isn't here.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #50

Mar 11, 2016

Despite that, it's still hard to ignore that two more chapters of “Savage Dawn” remain and if Pak's finale would have played out any differently had it not been tied to other books. Should you want to continue the story, follow it next week in the pages ofSuperman/Wonder Woman#27 and then later toSuperman#50, which will serve as the conclusion.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #51

Apr 21, 2016

Action Comics #51 is a fairly good read despite having a bit much on its plate. Tomasi hasn't steered us wrong yet, so you all should keep reading. Be sure to join us next week to discuss the next chapter, which will occupy the pages of Superman/Wonder Woman #28.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #52

May 11, 2016

With several threads converging in a most exciting manner, I would have to say this is the best chapter of the crossover in weeks. Great Rao, I can't wait to see what happens next week when the story continues inSuperman/Wonder Woman#29.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #957

Jun 8, 2016

A very solid foundation is laid in what may be THE book to read this summer. There are a lot of ingredients in this recipe and it does taste delicious (though I recommend you don't actually put your comic book in your mouth). If that's not enough to guarantee your return in two weeks, perhaps the prospect of Superman and Lex Luthor vs. Doomsday will.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #958

Jun 23, 2016

While Superman is playing it more domestic " and doing a fine job of it " Action Comics has everything you could want: action, intrigue, and all the characters you love, written to perfection. Be forewarned that this series doesn't take the concept of cliffhangers lightly.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #959

Jul 14, 2016

Yes, the fight will continue into the next issue, but I can't really complain since I'm having too much fun reading this title. Plus, the deepening of what continues to be one of Rebirth's greatest mysteries ensures my return for months to come.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #960

Jul 27, 2016

Yes, we get a few refreshers and learn a few new things, but Action Comics #960 ultimately doesn't further the overall story along too much. Although not the strongest entry to date, this title remains one of my favorites from DC. Is it still worth a buy? Absolutely.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #961

Aug 10, 2016

Although Action Comics #961 is much of the same, we do get some payoff as Mr. Oz finally makes a move, setting in motion a cliffhanger that hints at what's to come. With several of Rebirth's biggest mysteries lingering in this title, it's time to get on with it and live up to the full potential of what this book can truly be.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #962

Aug 24, 2016

Overall, Action Comics #962 is a return to form that finally moves the plot along generously, while also stressing the "Action" in the book's title. I can't wait to see what the next issue brings with "Clark Kent," the powerless doppelganger that we've been promised to learn more about.

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9.0
Adventures of Supergirl #1

Jan 25, 2016

The story itself is somewhat introductory in nature and makes for a read that's highly accessible to even those who don't watch the TV series (if so, why aren't they tuning in?). We are treated to flashbacks to Krypton, a battle with Rampage, and appearances from Hank Henshaw and Alex Danvers. The balance of storytelling and action is handled rather well in this succinct offering. Not bad at all.

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8.0
Adventures of Supergirl #2

Feb 8, 2016

Believe me, a lot of content was packed into those ten pages. Followinga largely introductory first chapter, this one certainly didn't waste any time getting to the meat of the story. It's very entertaining and well worth the time of the Maiden of Might's fans.

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8.0
Adventures of Supergirl #3

Feb 22, 2016

I got the feeling that the Rampage story has been tied up – at least for now – and a new threat will be found in Chapter 4. Hopefully we get to see more villains that the TV series didn't get around to using. Be sure to check back in two weeks.

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8.0
Adventures of Supergirl #4

Jun 26, 2016

It will be interesting to see where Sterling Gates takes the series next as he provided a cliffhanger worthy of prime time. Carmen Carnero is the latest in the line of guest artists to contribute and I was pretty impressed by her efforts. Her style is a bit more realistic and less exaggerated than what we've seen up to this point, but given the mid-season finale vibe that I spoke of earlier, perhaps it's just what was needed.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #46

Nov 28, 2015

Unless you're interested in seeing an Aquaman/ Wonder Woman team up, you can probably skip this issue. Hopefully next month brings us closer to Aquaman finding his lady love.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #50

Mar 30, 2016

Packed with charm, adventurism, and some police procedural elements, this oversized anniversary issue is an accessible read even for those who have never read an Aquaman comic. As I hintedearlier, it's probably a good idea to read this in preparation of Rebirth. Not only that, I believe this to be one of the better #50's DC has released this month.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #51

Apr 23, 2016

This was much more serious in tone than the previous issue, which is perfectly fine considering that it was extremely well executed. I just hope that a median tone is settled on Post-Rebirth.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #52

May 19, 2016

The Dead Water arc is tidily wrapped up, but this didn't quite feel like a conclusion to a volume that has spanned five years. Perhaps that's due in part to the fact that this is the same writer handling Aquaman Post-Rebirth and he knows there's more to come. While this wasn't as strong as the previous few issues, I remain optimistic about what the summer has to offer.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 24, 2016

Without a doubt, Aquaman #1 serves as a solid debut. If this keeps up, we may be talking about this opening arc much like we did The Trench several years ago.

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7.0
Aquaman (2016) #2

Jul 8, 2016

Aside from the aforementioned fight, not much happens other than Atlanteans escorting surface dwellers to safety. The cliffhanger allows me to believe that Dan Abnett has a grand plan, but I hope he's not already running out of gas. As I said earlier, the twice-monthly shipping schedule probably does prove taxing on creators, so we will have to see how this turns out and hope for the best.

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7.0
Aquaman: Rebirth #1

Jun 9, 2016

Much like Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1, this is a nice primer, but doesn't teach the already initiated much that is new. I can, however, see new readers really getting a kick out of this. Truth be told, I did enjoy this more than the aforementioned book about the Amazon Princess even if they both were awarded the same score.

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7.0
Art Ops #2

Nov 29, 2015

Those looking for an interesting, mature new title to sample need look no further than Art Ops. This well-spun yarn is an entertaining mashup of the spy and science fiction genres, as well as art and punk rock culture.

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8.0
Art Ops #9

Jun 29, 2016

Although I've received this title for review quite sporadically, I can't help but compliment the wild imagination of Shaun Simon and the Eisner Award worthy art of Matt Brundage. Perhaps I'll have to check out the collected editions at some point. If you've been reading this from the start, I see no reason to stop.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #36

Jun 19, 2016

So if you have a few more bucks to spare while at the comic shop and feel like getting a fully realized experience, you can't go wrong here. And you get a cover by Alex Ross! You can't beat that, can you?

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7.5
Batgirl (2011) #35

Oct 8, 2014

The conclusion is rather satisfying: Batgirl kicks the crap out of hipster villain Riot Black and handily outwits him. I applaud the creative team for delivering a scumbag that every reader (hopefully) will love to hate. This may be the thirty-fifth issue, but it's a perfect jumping on point. It's hard be more friendly to new readers than this.

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8.5
Batgirl (2011) #36

Nov 13, 2014

The book balances the dual lives of Barbara Gordon and Batgirl rather well. A possible new love interest is also introduced. I was on the fence with this title even though last month's issue was pretty good, but now I have much more confidence in it. Give it a chance if you haven't already.

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7.0
Batgirl (2011) #50

Apr 7, 2016

In short, Batgirl #50 is a fun, action-packed ride that delivers a satisfying conclusion to a definitive run. I just felt it could have used a little more meat, so to speak.

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7.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Aug 18, 2016

While this issue wasn't earth-shattering, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey certainly does show a lot of promise. I recommend sticking around to see how the first arc pans out.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Jul 21, 2016

The Bensons have a firm grasp on these characters who are most certainly in good hands. As for Claire Roe's art, I felt it looked very good and had a unique feel, although mouths and teeth looked odd at times. Minor gripes aside, Batfans' wallets have yet another reason to get lighter this summer.

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8.0
Batman '66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel #1

Jul 10, 2016

I think fans of both TV shows will be satisfied with this book, but those who know only Batman will still find it to be a friendly read. Speaking as someone who is largely unfamiliar with The Avengers, I say that with confidence. We aren't treated to the usual deathtrap cliffhanger, but the creative team cooked up something that fits the narrative and will likely cause many a reader to come back for seconds.

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8.0
Batman '66 Meets Steed and Mrs. Peel #5

Aug 6, 2016

This is really an issue for those who always loved the complicated Batman/Catwoman romance in the TV series.

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9.0
Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #1

Jun 4, 2014

Fans of the TV show will feel right at home. Colonel Gumm, the villain of the piece, evolves into General Gumm and puts the heroes in a sticky situation of a cliffhanger. Yes, they wisely place narration at the end as well. Even if you didn't see the Green Hornet's appearance on the series, this is friendly for any reader to enjoy. It's probably the most fun you will have reading a Batman comic this year.

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8.5
Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #2

Jul 3, 2014

Much like last issue, this is something that no fan of the Adam West era should pass up adding to their collection. It will also do a fair job of holding you over until theBatman '66 DVD set comes out this November.

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8.0
Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #1

Dec 23, 2015

While the team-up we're all waiting for has yet to truly commence, this issue delivers a very solid introduction. It captures the highly adventurous, tongue-in-cheek tone ofBatman: The Television Serieswhile simultaneously channeling the golden age of the spy genre. If DC ever manages to make a crossover with James Bond happen, I may lose consciousness.

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8.0
Batman '66 Meets The Man From U.N.C.L.E. #2

Jan 14, 2016

There's no death trap to conclude this month's issue, but the cliffhanger is rather dandy. A perfect balance of camp and '60s spy drama should make for an exciting four more issues.

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7.0
Batman (2011) #47

Dec 10, 2015

If you've been following the flagship Batman title to this point, I see no reason for you to stop. Regardless of how you feel about the current status quo, just take solace in the fact that we're one month closer to March, which will bring us issue #50, the likely return of Bruce Wayne to the Batman mantle.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #48

Jan 20, 2016

Although those scenes provided more entertainment than expected and very nearly lit a fire under Bruce's ass in a literal sense, I stress the real show here are the Bruce/Joker scenes. The final page, which I won't spoil, will simultaneously make you cheer for Bruce and feel Alfred's heartbreak. It's quite powerful.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #49

Feb 11, 2016

I would apply the terms "must buy" and "can't miss" to this issue. It is a tremendous encapsulation of the sheer intelligence and intricacy found in Snyder's run on the title.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #51

Apr 27, 2016

I think it's best that a conclusion with a normal page count be more dialogue packed as this one was. Everything just felt like it came full circle and had somewhat of a sense of finality, while also leaving the door open for the Rebirth era. This truly was one of the most definitive runs in Batman's long history.

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7.0
Batman (2011) #52

May 11, 2016

Although this was a good Batman story and I certainly don't want to sound like I'm dismissing the efforts of some very talented creators, this issue felt oddly placed followBatman#51, which was an already perfect finale. Rather than serving as an epilogue, it is a bit more of a standalone read. One has to wonder if it was the right move to place this between Snyder and Capullo's swan song and the kickoff of Rebirth. Confusion aside, this is a solid buy for those looking for their Dark Knight fix this week and/or folks wishing to complete their collection.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #1

Jun 15, 2016

While we have yet to see what this creative team is truly capable of producing together, this was a very solid opener. Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo set a pretty high bar, so I wish these gentlemen all the best and hope that we the fans get treated to some fine Batman stories over the course of the next year.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

In addition to planting seeds for September's crossover involving the Monster Men, we are given two final pages that I don't quite know what to make of. It seems that some important puzzle pieces are right in front of us and now it's just a matter of assembling them. Suffice it to say, this series really has me now. I knew this creative team could pull it off and now we have a truly great sibling rivalry with Detective Comics.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

Continuing on that note, I think his run will read well when collected into trades and maybe even an omnibus. Yes, it's quite early to say that, but it's obvious that he's got some big ideas and we the readers will hopefully be rewarded in kind.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

Batman #4 is a compelling read that sees things go from bad to much worse. An elaborate twist is to be found that cements this arc as a "can't miss."

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6.0
Batman (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

Although it may not be fair to compare a five-issue arc to one that spanned eleven, this sure didn't leave me reeling like The Court of Owls/City of Owls did. I hope King rebounds with upcoming issues because he really is a good writer. But perhaps when his grand plan is laid bare in a year, we will look back more fondly on this in retrospect. For now, I have mixed feelings.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

Overall,Batman#6 made for a pretty decent filler issue and the final page nicely sets up the “I am Suicide” arc set to begin next month.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #8

Nov 29, 2015

This was a rather strong issue coming from several great minds that happen to be crafting one hell of a mystery. While several artists worked on this issue, every page feels consistent with the next. Here's to sidekicks.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #9

Dec 4, 2015

In my opinion, this was a rather enjoyable issue. The art was solid and I enjoyed the scenes involving Red Hood, Red Robin, and Bane, but not so much the one with Dick and Harper. There's also a big reveal on the final page that I won't spoil. You probably won't have to strain yourself to figure out who it is since this takes place within an Order of St. Dumas stronghold. Perhaps we will discuss this more in the near future.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #10

Dec 12, 2015

So, if the solid writing and artwork, the latter of which has consistently been a draw for this series, aren't enough, the questions raised should keep you coming back for more. How could they not?

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #12

Dec 24, 2015

Next week marks the halfway point for this series, so things should really heat up. You probably won't want to miss an issue from here on out, so don't skip this one.

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7.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #13

Dec 31, 2015

While this did turn out to be the Cassandra Cain Hour, Dick Grayson and Harper Row show up at the very end, just in time for an explosive cliffhanger to mark the halfway point of the series. Anytime James Tynion IV handles scripting duties, we end up with a rather good read. While this issue won't receive the highest rating from me, I do believe it's well worth your money.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #17

Feb 1, 2016

After delivering such a significant issue, my only gripe is that the cliffhanger didn't seem very shocking, at least for now. At least they tease "The Mother of All Secrets" for next week. Another week has gone by, andEternalis another good way to spend $2.99.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2015) #14

Jul 10, 2016

Surprises involving Rewire along with villains from the TV series make for a fun read and a real reward for any Batman Beyond fan.

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9.0
Batman Beyond (2015) #15

Aug 6, 2016

Dan Jurgens is just showing off as this makes for one hell of a page turner. I can't wait to read next month's finale and then see what the new Rebirth title will bring.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2015) #16

Sep 8, 2016

The final page makes me wonder if and when we will ever see this version of Tim Drake again; that's all I will say. But I guess we have multiple reasons to keep reading in three weeks.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #31

Apr 13, 2016

I will again advise you not to skip this issue. Come for the status quo altering crossover and stay for Batman if you must. Be sure to come back next week when the story continues in Action Comics #51.

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7.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #32

May 4, 2016

While this wasn't the strongest issue of the crossover, the final pages make it an essential read. Join us next week as the adventure continues inAction Comics#52.

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10
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1

Dec 9, 2015

While the fateful meeting doesn't happen until the very end, this is a flawless setup for what will hopefully be one for the ages. DC seems to have the Midas Touch with mini-series this fall and the release of this book further cements that position.

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9.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2

Jan 13, 2016

While I didn't feel this was the perfect "10" the first issue was, it's still pretty freaking good. I'm wondering where Tynion will take the series next and how the shaky Shredder/Penguin alliance will pan out.

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9.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #3

Feb 11, 2016

I think I will conclude with a quote from Leonardo that best describes this issue: "But this here is a". TOTALLY AWESOME TEAM-UP!"

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10
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4

Mar 11, 2016

If the awesome story weren't enough to make you come back next month, they toss yet another insane cliffhanger at us. Seriously, crossovers don't get any better than this.

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9.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5

Apr 13, 2016

I'm highly indifferent to what was displayed on the final page, but I admit that it does make sense within the context of this crossover. This chapter kind of felt like the calm before the storm, so I'm expecting all-out war in next month's conclusion.

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9.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6

May 11, 2016

As if you expected me to say anything different, this served as a very satisfying conclusion to a crossover for the ages. I hope they make good on the tease for a sequel. James Tynion IV already has ideas, so let's keep our fingers crossed for a green light.

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7.0
Batman: Arkham Knight - Batgirl/Harley Quinn #1

Feb 11, 2016

Like most tales told in the "Arkhamverse," you know the major beats that will be hit, but it's still great to see them presented in exciting new ways. This one-shot is very easy to jump into and does some great fan service by filling in some story gaps the games have yet to explore.

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9.0
Batman: Arkham Knight: Genesis #1

Mar 26, 2016

All in all,Batman: Arkham Knight – Genesisis a perfect companion to the game and is recommended for those looking for one fine read when it comes to prequels.

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9.0
Batman: Earth One #2

May 12, 2015

Anyone who prides themselves a Batfan is well advised to spend a small amount of your hard earned cash on this instant Bat-classic. Trust me, it's worth every two-headed coin.

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10
Batman: Eternal #1

Apr 9, 2014

I've never been one to collect weeklies on a regular basis. Every comic book collector can attest that those price tags build up. I've bought weeklies here and there in the past and read the trades. Well, they've really got my attention with this one. Eternal has all the right ingredients for a definitive Batman story and I plan to stick around for awhile. If that's not enough, The New 52: Futures End looks to be shaping up to be something awesome as well. It's a very exciting time to be a fan of Batman and DC in general. Here's to 75 more years, Bruce.

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7.0
Batman: Europa #2

Dec 17, 2015

While this issue wasn't as good as the first, it's riveting enough to make readers come back for more. With only two issues remaining, it will be interesting to see who the mastermind is behind this affair, as they only spoke off panel in this installment. Hopefully the next issue steps it up a bit.

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8.0
Batman: Europa #3

Dec 30, 2015

What made this issue an improvement over the previous one is that it got back to what made the first so great: it played to its strengths and focused on character. Azzarello has a history of playing Batman and Joker off each other rather well and making it the heart of this issue made it all the better. Be sure to join us next month as our favorite characters head to Rome for the conclusion.

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9.0
Batman: Europa #4

Feb 4, 2016

Up until this issue, I wasn't quite sure ifEuropawas worth the long wait. Now I can say it was.

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8.5
Batman: Futures End #1

Sep 16, 2014

Speaking of Scott Snyder, he did co-plot this issue, but writing duties were handled by a more than capable Ray Fawkes. Art is provided by ACO, who also put forth a valiant effort and has an art style that vaguely reminds me of Paul Pope. It's also hard to pass up a 3D cover provided by Jason Fabok. If you like Elseworlds tales, I highly recommend this book. It's probably my favorite issue since Batman #28.

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9.0
Batman: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

This issue is doubly a must buy because it not only plants seeds for Tom King's Batman, but also apparently does so for Scott Snyder's All-Star Batman, which launches in August. And there's the fact that it's a good comic book.

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5.0
Black Canary (2015) #6

Dec 31, 2015

My advice to most Batfans is to skip this one. If you're looking to pick up a hot new series, go with something likeTitans Huntinstead.

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5.0
Black Canary (2015) #7

Jan 27, 2016

My hope is that if Black Canary continues to have comic book adventures throughout 2016, a new creative team brings a new direction sometime soon. You can't entirely disagree with my saying synergizing withArrowwould be of great benefit.

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8.0
Bloodlines #1

Apr 6, 2016

Yes, this story takes place within the DC Universe and is somewhat of a callback to a story from the 1990's, butto be quite honest, it feels like a marriage of Vertigo and Wildstorm, which shouldexcite some readers. Seeing as how this is a six-issue mini-series, it shouldn't be seen as much of a gamble and I urge my readers to give it a shot.

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7.0
Bloodlines #2

May 7, 2016

Despite falling slightly short of the first issue, it remains clear that Bloodlines is a mini-series to keep an eye on. The show-stealing artwork of V. Ken Marion also provides an added boost.

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8.0
Bloodlines #3

Jun 4, 2016

The story is certainly enjoyable and I appreciated getting a deeper look at these characters. With the mini-series now at its halfway point, I want to see the next issue take a few great strides forward.

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7.0
Bloodlines #4

Jul 10, 2016

The action outweighs the storytelling a bit, but at least the plot is moved forward generously. I'm also interested in seeing what the cliffhanger will yield.

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7.0
Catwoman (2011) #50

Mar 9, 2016

Supplemental material comes in the form of two backup stories that I actually liked more than the main one. The first delves into the history of Black Mask's mask – a character that Catwoman certainly has her fair share of history with – and splendidly weaves it into Gotham's fabric, while also involving some of the city's most prominent families. The second sees Catwoman break into the Justice League Watchtower and is not without a bit of humor. I can say with honesty that every tale in this book sums up Selina Kyle well in its own way, so I do tip my hat to Tieri.

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8.0
Catwoman (2011) #51

Apr 14, 2016

Catwoman#51 is atmospheric and riveting, making me lament the reality that there's no book Selina is headlining after Rebirth launches.

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9.0
Catwoman (2011) #52

May 11, 2016

Although you're left wanting – and expecting – more, this is one of the best New 52 finales I've read so far. I feel it's a shame there's noCatwomantitle when Rebirth kicks off, not only because I love the character, but also because it seems like Tieri is just getting the party started.

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9.0
Clean Room #7

Apr 24, 2016

There is a pretty cool cliffhanger that sets up where the series is going next. I really like how it builds upon its biblical foundation and takes it somewhere unexpected. Being a big fan of Supernatural, that's a quality I can really appreciate.

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7.0
Constantine: The Hellblazer #13

Jun 12, 2016

Despite this being The New 52 finale, I really feel as though anyone can pick this up and enjoy it. Even if you have a casual understanding of the character, you can jump right in.

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7.5
Convergence #0

Apr 1, 2015

If you're hoping to see heroes from various timelines interact and do battle, come back next week for issue #1. As I said, this week served as setup. At least we get some explanation as to how and why it will go down. The folks at DC were also wise to include brief profiles of various timelines and universes that we will likely see in some fashion during this mega event. Although we've yet to get to the meat of the story, I consider this to be a must buy.

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7.0
Cyborg #10

Apr 29, 2016

While Cyborg does learn the valuable lesson of never trusting an evil corporation that wants to see what makes you tick, we do get to see him outsmart his captors in almost Batman-like fashion. Plus, you should never underestimate the cool things of which this character is capable " and apparently some new abilities are on the way!

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9.0
Cyborg #11

May 27, 2016

Wolfman has delivered some awesome, outside the box superhero storytelling with this outing. I would love to see the upcoming Cyborg movie take inspiration from this.

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8.0
Cyborg #12

Jun 26, 2016

While not as outside the box as last month's issue, it still provides an exhilarating read rife with moral conundrums.

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9.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

Nov 26, 2015

While this eight issue mini-series doesn't kick off with an issue as thick as its predecessors, the overall work will likely feel just as thick as previous volumes in the end, so don't feel that you're short-changed by this. It sets up what will no doubt be an epic story extremely well. Issue #2 will be here before you know it and that's where it will probably hit the fan with a vengeance.

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9.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

Dec 21, 2015

Although this issue focuses largely on story, that doesn't mean it's without action that may become one of the highlights of this entire mini-series when it's all said and done. We do meet a foe who is most likely the big bad for this saga, making for an unforgettable third act before the creative team leaves us with one hell of a cliffhanger.

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10
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #3

Feb 22, 2016

Trust me when I say DK3 may be THE Bat book to read in 2016.

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8.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #4

Apr 25, 2016

While I am excited for the next issue, the ending felt very abrupt and lacked the impact the previous cliffhangers had. The fact that Batman has overwhelming odds stacked against him by not only an army of aliens, but also his own city, adds a new dimension to the series. Cameos by Justice League members also add to the excitement, but I hope they don't distract from what is supposed to be a Batman story.

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9.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5

Jun 28, 2016

If your reading experience is anything like mine, expect to be instilled with a healthy dose of optimism upon reaching this issue's cliffhanger. It leads me to believe the final three issues of this series will be like The Dark Knight Falls to the tenth power, only a bit more uplifting. Nerdgasms will likely be had.

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8.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #6

Oct 17, 2016

Finally, I would like to briefly discuss Miller's art. Although it was certainly a bit rough in the past few installments, it looks like he's really starting to hit his stride again. Sure, the visuals aren't perfect, but they're a vast improvement. I think Miller is once again feeling like the Miller we all know and love.

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8.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #7

Dec 26, 2016

Be sure to keep your eyes affixed to Hal Jordan, who ends up factoring in generously as he gets his groove back. I can't help but think what happens here will seriously affect the finale of the main story. By the way, does Hal's disembodied hand make anyone recall Thing from The Addams Family?

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9.0
Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1

Jun 15, 2016

This one-shot is absolutely worth the $6.99 cover price. It will see release as a trade set to include supplemental material later this year, but it's probably best to pick it up now. For those of us who were too young to collect the original printings of DKR 30 years ago, this is our chance to lay claim to something.

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8.0
DC Comics: Bombshells Annual #1

Aug 31, 2016

If you like magic in your superhero stories, you can't go wrong with this one. One of DC's most popular teams comes together in this continuity and, without giving away much, they seem to be up to the TASK. And, if you happen to be one of many Bombshells cosplayers, there's much inspiration to be found. Heck, Batgirl has already been given two costumes!

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8.0
DC Comics: Bombshells #5

Nov 28, 2015

If you're looking for another great ensemble book featuring DC heroes, this is a solid buy. Hopefully we can bring you more coverage of this title in the future.

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8.0
DC Comics: Bombshells #6

Dec 11, 2015

I strongly recommend this to anyone looking for a great alternate universe book that's more radically different than the stuff you can find even in anEarth 2comic. It may be just me, but I'm getting the impression that all paths will soon converge in a huge way, so jump aboard the ride and strap yourself in.

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8.0
DC Comics: Bombshells #7

Dec 24, 2015

If you have yet to jump on theBombshellsbandwagon, this is a great place to do so. It's very friendly toward new readers and perfectly displays how the creative minds behind this series have so delightfully reinterpreted DC's greatest female " and some male " characters.

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9.0
DC Universe: Rebirth #1

May 26, 2016

Although this wasn't a summer-long mini-series likeFlashpoint, it certainly did its job. Johns had 80 pages to tell his story and I feel this not only leads into what we can look forward to this summer, but also plants seeds that may not sprout for another few years. Big picture scenarios often lead to very rewarding conclusions and I can't imagine anyone not wanting to see where it all leads.

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8.0
Deathstroke (2014) Annual #2

Jun 29, 2016

I guess I dug this story because it just felt right for the character and didn't feature any ridiculous villains (the less I see of Lawman, the better). And, to be honest, I didn't see the ending coming. It was Deathstroke's equivalent of Jigsaw pulling the door shut and saying "Game Over" at the end of the first Saw movie.

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6.0
Deathstroke (2014) #19

Jun 26, 2016

This wasn't the deepest of reads, yet still had its enjoyable aspects. The villains made a rather convenient exit, but the cliffhanger provided made for an interesting paradigm shifter. Regardless of what your opinion may be, know that Paolo Pantalena supplies some fine eye candy; I'd compare his artwork to that of Kenneth Rocafort's and hope to see more of it.

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7.0
Deathstroke (2014) #20

Jul 29, 2016

I do hope that incoming writer Christopher Priest, who will handle the new Rebirth series as of next month, plays to Deathstroke's strengths and lines up appropriate villains. Ra's al Ghul is a natural fit, but I continue to think Lawman is quite silly. All we can do is hope for the best.

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #1

Aug 25, 2016

Without a doubt, Slade Wilson is undeniably bad ass in the hands of Priest and Pagulayan. This new Deathstroke series feels "just right." And you get several laugh out loud moments thanks to Wintergreen. It's a win all around.

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8.0
Deathstroke: Rebirth #1

Aug 11, 2016

This new series by Priest most definitely shows promise and feels like quintessential Deathstroke. I prefer to see a more grounded take on the character and for his settings and villains to be as such. Needless to say, this appears to be right up my alley.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #28

Feb 8, 2014

It's worth noting that this book's interior art is provided by Aaron Lopresti, who has collaborated with Layman on recent projects. I like his style and think he did a very good job. All you Jason Fabok fans will at least be happy to know that he provided cover art. Just know that's the last you'll see of him on Detective for the foreseeable future because he's hard at work on the upcoming weekly Batman:Eternal. Regardless of whatever artist worked on this, I highly recommend picking up this issue if you've enjoyed Layman's run or are looking for a Batman story that's a bit "different".

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8.5
Detective Comics (2011) #29

Mar 6, 2014

This issue is a must buy whether you have been following Layman's run from the start, have consumed all Gothtopia tie-ins, or have just read this three issue arc. Next month sees a new creative team take over in the form of Brian Buccellatto and Francis Manapul, fresh off an acclaimed run on The Flash. Let's hope their stay in Gotham is just as satisfying as Layman's.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #47

Dec 10, 2015

Much likeGrayson#15, you don't need to be up to speed on recent happenings in Detective Comics, only needing to have followed previous chapters of"Robin War." The next proper chapter of the event can be found in next week's issue ofWe Are Robin. Considering that the Court of Owls has made their presence known, you can count me in.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #50

Mar 9, 2016

The supplemental material, which I mentioned earlier, comes in the form of a backup story written by Tomasi and illustrated by a variety of artists. It's pretty cool and sees Bruce Wayne's Batman guide us through some strange cases captured in pinup style fashion that pay homage to a number of classic‘Teccovers. It was a fitting way to close this momentous issue.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2011) #51

Apr 7, 2016

All in all,Detective Comics#51 provides an exciting read at a time when the final two issues of its New 52run could have been simple filler material. Let's hope the conclusion packs just as much of a punch.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #52

May 4, 2016

While this didn't quite feel like the finale to a volume for a flagship book, it was a satisfying read nevertheless. I maintain my position that Tomasi wrote the best Gordon/Batman stories and I think this two-issue arc helps my case.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #934

Jun 8, 2016

Boasting a final page that will make you come back for more in two weeks, Detective Comics #934 lays the foundation for a great team-up book featuring a rather atypical Bat Family lineup. This looks to be just as good as what's going on in the pages of Batman, yet clearly establishes its own identity.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #935

Jun 22, 2016

Some people may wonder which book I favor as of now between Detective Comics and Batman. As of now, I'm going to say Detective for the various reasons I've listed above, although the comparison might not be fair for another month because this series has had two standard issues, while Batman has put out a one-shot and one standard issue. I guess I've just got a feeling about this one.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #936

Jul 13, 2016

Without a doubt, this issue elevates Detective Comics to the upper echelon of books currently published by DC, while also making it the clear cut leader of the pack when it comes to Batman titles.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #937

Jul 27, 2016

Detective Comics #937 is a riveting read despite some of my aforementioned gripes. The cliffhanger is a bit straightforward and expected, but should make for an exciting next issue.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #938

Aug 10, 2016

As Tynion continues to juggle the team dynamic exceedingly well, I can't help but think he's a prime candidate to helm Justice League one day. In the meantime, drink in what he's doing in Detective Comics because it's yet to disappoint.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #939

Aug 24, 2016

Let me tell you that Detective Comics #939 contains a twist/cliffhanger that will make the wait for the next issue pure agony as the conclusion to this arc has achieved "can't miss" status. Needless to say, 'Tec firmly remains the strongest of the flagship Batman titles.

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5.0
Doctor Fate #11

Apr 23, 2016

It almost felt like a DC Nation short, so if you're into those, you might want to check this one out. It just wasn't for me.

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9.5
Earth 2 Annual #2

Jan 31, 2014

Tom Taylor, who also writes Earth 2 on a monthly basis now and video game tie-in Injustice: Gods Among Us, seemingly has a Midas Touch when it comes to writing superhero stories in alternate universes. Robson Rocha's artwork is also very delightful. Believe me when I say that this issue is a must own and an instant Bat classic.

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7.0
Earth 2: Society Annual #1

Aug 31, 2016

Overall,Earth 2: Society Annual #1 is an action packed ride with lots of heart. Not too much happens in the grand scheme of things, but it was an enjoyable read.

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8.0
Earth 2: Society #13

Jun 12, 2016

Get on board now because I sense the next defining Earth 2 arc is in progress.

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8.0
Earth 2: Society #14

Jul 17, 2016

The heroes are damn near decimated in this game-changing read, which ends on a cliffhanger that will leave Earth 2 fans talking for the next month.

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8.0
Earth 2: Society #15

Aug 12, 2016

Expect a big twist in the final pages along with some possible deaths (a lot of stuff goes down rather quickly, so I guess we'll know for sure who made it out alive next month). No matter what the setting may be, pretty much anything involving the Earth 2 cast of characters makes for a compelling read, so this installment earns my stamp of approval.

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8.0
Earth 2: World's End #1

Oct 8, 2014

There are several other pieces on the chessboard that can be seen such as The Flash/ Jay Garrick, Hawkgirl, Dr. Fate, and the Graysons. The Graysons, you ask? Yes, Dick and Barbara and their young son! Do they have your attention now? The inclusion of all listed makes me compare this issue to the recently aired Gotham pilot episode: it's a great first effort with a bit much to take in, but has vast potential. I have no doubt this book will only get better. Score: 8/10

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8.0
Earth 2: World's End #5

Nov 12, 2014

As some of the other heroes live by the credo of "sic vis pacem para bellum," Sloan reveals the Shackleton Assault Craft and Mr. Terrific unveils his Boom Spheres, which he claims can kill gods. Meanwhile, Dr. Fate, Flash, and Hawkgirl succeed in defeating Famine and the core group (Batman, Superman, Powergirl, and Red Tornado) become separated from Huntress, as we're left with the cliffhanger that Clark Kent may still be alive!

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9.0
Earth 2: World's End #6

Nov 12, 2014

Elsewhere, Green Lantern and Grundy locate the Avatar of the White. I won't spoil their identity, as it is yet another one of World's End's crazy cliffhangers. This book maintains a consistent quality week in and week out and I can't wait to see what happens next. Keep 'em coming, DC.

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7.0
Earth 2: World's End #15

Jan 21, 2015

So many threads had to be explored that it feels like we aren't given sufficient time to savor the characters. Don't get me wrong, it's still a good comic book, but this is one of those installments that I feel will read better as part of a trade paperback.

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8.0
Earth 2: World's End #26

Apr 1, 2015

I applaud Daniel H. Wilson and company for delivering such a strong finale to a cosmic tale. Although the use of many artists in a single comic still felt jarring after 26 issues to this reader, I admit all involved did a fantastic job. Let's raise our glasses to survival.

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7.0
Flash (2011) #46

Nov 27, 2015

While not the best book on shelves this week, this issue nicelybridges the TV/ comic bookgap and is easy to enjoy, a "Flash of Two Mediums," if you will. At the very least, you can feast your eyes on the gorgeous images provided by Brett Booth, who happens to be one of my favorite artists of this era.

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7.0
Flash (2011) #47

Jan 1, 2016

TV and comic book junkies alike are well advised to give this a read.

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7.0
Flash (2011) #50

Apr 22, 2016

With this oversized issue ofThe Flash, Van Jensen delivers the scope of what you would expect from anniversary issue. I just wish it would have been made more apparent as to why Flash was arrested, aside from being a supposed menace to society. Those, like myself, who missed the previous two issues may feel a little lost.

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6.0
Flash (2011) #51

May 5, 2016

On the plus side, we get a cliffhanger that I really didn't see coming. Although this wasn't the greatest of offerings, I'm admittedly interested to see how the next issue plays out.

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7.0
Flash (2011) #52

May 27, 2016

While not perfect or making the best use of Riddler, this was a pretty decent celebration of all things Flash. It definitively capped off The New 52 era for the character and didn't leave any threads hanging. The incoming Rebirth team truly has a clean slate.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #1

Jun 23, 2016

I can't imagine any DC fan not loving this. The Flash is proving to be one of Rebirth's best titles and is not to be missed.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #2

Jul 16, 2016

This comic book series is every bit as intriguing as the TV show and right now Flash fans deserve no less.

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10
Flash: Rebirth (2016) #1

Jun 8, 2016

The Flash: Rebirth #1 is filled with Easter Eggs and fan service that will make the familiar feel at home, yet it's entirely accessible for new readers. Although this spent a good deal of time tying into the DCU at large, it neatly set up the new ongoing series. Rest assured, it's one astonishing read.

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7.0
Future Quest #1

May 20, 2016

Yes, this is a book that is pulled off rather well and hopefully sways stubborn purists to chance a read, but I still can't get into these characters. It's through no fault of the creative team " we just like who we like for sometimes undefinable reasons.

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7.0
Gotham Academy Annual #1

Aug 31, 2016

Gotham Academy Annual #1 is a thrilling young adult adventure that sees Detective Club get to the bottom of what's making Olive and other students ill.

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7.0
Gotham Academy #2

Nov 12, 2014

Although I admit this book was technically good, it wasn't entirely for me. Perhaps this will be most enjoyed by teenagers or those in their early twenties. Maybe I'm wrong, but I just didn't find it too relatable. If this book intrigues you even in the slightest, you should at least give it a shot.

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6.0
Gotham Academy #13

Dec 10, 2015

Although we see something referenced in previous chapters of "Robin War," this issue worked much better as just another installment ofGotham Academy,rather than a "Robin War" tie-in. If you're already a fan of this book, buy it. If you're considering picking it up for the "Robin War" element, skip it.

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9.0
Grayson Annual #3

Jun 29, 2016

This done-in-one story very much reminded me of "Almost Got 'Im," which many of you likely find to be one of the greatest episodes Batman: The Animated Series ever produced. Not only that, it has an interesting twist at the end and does a fine job of ending this chapter in Dick Grayson's long history.

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9.0
Grayson #15

Dec 10, 2015

You need not have read any previous issue ofGraysonto follow this book, although you need to have readRobin War#1. Tom King and Tim Seeley continue to prove they have a real handle on these characters and it certainly helps that Mikel Janin delivered some incredible artwork. Expect next month to be business as usual for this title.

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8.0
Grayson #19

Apr 29, 2016

Revelations abound in this issue as Maxwell Lord lets the cat out of the bag and Dick learns the shocking truth regarding one of his closest allies. It all looks to come to a head in next month's concluding issue, which I can only assume is the ending King and Seeley originally ended.

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7.0
Grayson #20

May 27, 2016

Grayson #20 not only neatly wraps up the superspy era, but also provides reasoning as to why most of the world forgets who he is, therefore he can once again wear a mask. But I doubt any of us will complain about the return of Nightwing, which the final page segues into.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #47

Dec 11, 2015

This is a rather straightforward read but still rather enjoyable. The writing and artwork are good enough to get the job done. This issue somewhat hearkens back to the tone of Ann Nocenti's run, yet is a bit better.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #50

Mar 16, 2016

Although a decent read, this felt like an average issue, only with a higher page count. It doesn't quite have the punch you would expect from something with a #50 on the cover.

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6.0
Green Arrow (2011) #51

Apr 9, 2016

This penultimate issue of the Emerald Archer's New 52 run is a fair read with Szymon Kudranski's art being the highlight.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #52

May 7, 2016

Percy does a fair job of making everything established in the past few months come to a head in the page count allotted, but he could have used a little more breathing room. This issue " and run, for that matter " doesn't exactly have a true ending, although you will have an idea of where the next era of Green Arrow is headed once Rebirth kicks off.

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10
Green Arrow (2016) #1

Jun 17, 2016

If anything, this book proves that a "#1" doesn't have to pick one option when it comes to establishing characters, staging huge action pieces, or laying the foundation for a new storyline; it's so common that someone favors one heavily over the others. Percy, however, does all three exceedingly well while finding the right balance. Although we're still in the first month of the Rebirth initiative, it's clear cut that Green Arrow is among the best titles currently published by DC.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #2

Jul 7, 2016

Yes, there's a lot to digest and analyze in this issue, but it's worth every moment of your time and every penny. Green Arrow is not only one of the best Rebirth titles, it may be THE best.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #3

Jul 21, 2016

As the plot thickens in most intriguing ways, Green Arrow not only continues to firmly sit atop the Rebirth throne, it's confidently putting up its feet.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #4

Aug 5, 2016

As Ollie's family life grows evermore complicated, we see the true horror of what the Ninth Circle is capable. It's all leading toward a big confrontation between Team Arrow (yes, I'm calling it that and thankfully it's missing a Felicity) and the grotesque cabal. I'm sure Percy and company won't disappoint.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

The bittersweet ending shows this creative team can deliver a complete experience, not just individual issues that are a good read. I was going to say the wait for the next issue can't pass soon enough, which it can't, but it looks like we are scheduled to get a couple filler stories before the next arc commences. As long as they're as awesome as what I've been reading these past few months, I really can't complain.

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9.0
Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Jun 2, 2016

A promising new era for Green Arrow has begun under the guidance of this creative team and I couldn't be more thrilled. Rebirth is four for four so far and I can only hope the trend continues. If so, lots of people are going to have some healthy pull lists.

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7.0
Green Lantern (2011) #47

Dec 3, 2015

Cliffhangers don't get more surprising than the one we get in this issue. I'll just say that a character of huge importance when it comes to Green Lantern mythos shows up on the final page. Maybe that's why Tan was involved " they wanted him to draw the character in question. It should make for an excitingGreen Lantern#48.

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7.0
Green Lantern (2011) #48

Jan 6, 2016

Although this kind of felt like a filler issue, it was a pretty cool Green Lantern story that's somewhat more grounded and earthbound than we may be used to seeing in a book such as this. So take a chance on it and then put your crayons to use.

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7.0
Green Lantern (2011) #50

Mar 2, 2016

Well, we do have two more issues to go before “Rebirth” kicks off. Perhaps we will see more of Hal/Parallax as well as the change our Hal goes through near the end of this issue.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2011) #51

Apr 9, 2016

While not as focused as one would have desired, Green Lantern #51 is still a decently entertaining read featuring gorgeous art from Rafa Sandoval. Hopefully they can wrap up all these threads well in next month's concluding issue.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2011) #52

May 7, 2016

What is offered is a bit of a fast read that isn't without its entertaining qualities, but could have use a little more substance. It really serves as a lead-in to Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1, which will hopefully see the end of Hobo Hal and a return to his classic threads.

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8.0
Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1

Jan 13, 2016

While this is the first issue of a mini-series, some readers may feel lost if they have not readGreen Lantern: The Lost Army. It's not too difficult to find your footing, although some details may go over the heads of those not caught up. On the plus side, this probably is better than the flagshipGreen Lanternbook for the moment.

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8.0
Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #6

Jun 12, 2016

The story ends with a bit of mystery to it and I'm guessing next month's Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is where you will want to go to continue this thread. My only misgiving is that this should have shipped before Rebirth kicked off because we already know which Lanterns survive.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #1

Jun 17, 2016

Now that Humphries is flying without Geoff Johns, he has seemingly proven he has what it takes to guide the franchise. Many definitive GL arcs have been written in the past decade, so he has no choice but to attempt to fill big shoes considering that he is laying groundwork for something truly grandiose. This didn't impress me as much as the preceding one-shot, but it's enough to make readers double dip.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #2

Jul 8, 2016

Although the story given was pretty good and got to the core of the characters, it didn't further the plot along as much as I'd hoped. I guess we will just have to see what those rascally Red Lanterns are up to in two weeks.

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9.0
Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Jun 2, 2016

Yes, quite a bit of foundation is laid and we are given but a glimpse at the highest of Red Lanterns, who are seeking a new prize that is kept mysterious. Although Johns provides an assist, it seems Humphries is certainly on the right track. This one-shot has given the GL franchise, which I felt grew stale not long after Dark Days, a much needed shot in the arm.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1

Jul 15, 2016

Although we've yet to see what this book is truly capable of, I sense this will be one to watch. In two weeks, maybe we'll have a better idea which is the best book featuring ringslingers in Sector 2814.

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8.5
Harley Quinn (2013) Annual #1

Oct 30, 2014

As I said earlier, this is a fun read regardless if smelling the pages appeals to you or not. Sure, $5.99 is a little more of a commitment than your average comic, but this is money well spent for any Harley fan.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2013) #23

Dec 17, 2015

It's highly possible you can guess what the cliffhanger is, but you know that I prefer to not spoil final pages for the most part. I'll just say that it will likely make for an exciting next few months for this title.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2013) #25

Feb 18, 2016

This series showcases an evolving Harley that is no longer The Joker's henchgirl/punching bag. She's her own woman. THIS is the Harley I like.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2013) #26

Mar 23, 2016

As I said earlier, this is somewhat of a transitional issue, although it doesn't make it any less entertaining. The character has gone through a lot lately and something like this is welcome. I'm expecting the Red Tool aspect to make for an explosive final two issues before we get to Rebirth.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2013) #27

Apr 28, 2016

Next month's installment looks to continue the madness in an interesting way. I just hope that Harley is able to escape from her situation much like how Adam West's Batman once thwarted the marital machinations of Marsha, Queen of Diamonds.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2013) #28

May 19, 2016

I'm still wondering what to make of the final page. One thing is for certain: the scatapult is primed and aimed squarely at a giant fan. Expect it to deploy in kind next month.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2013) #29

Jun 22, 2016

With this being the penultimate issue of Harley's New 52 adventures, I'm glad the creative team hasn't decided to phone it in while looking forward to the relaunch (hey, some people do). There's a reason I keep saying this is one of DC's best books and I feel as though I'm proven right month after month. And, if you've ever thought to yourself, "This book doesn't have enough ass missiles," this might be the issue for you.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2013) #30

Jul 28, 2016

Overall, this was a fine conclusion to this volume of Harley Quinn and did a good job of encapsulating what this series can do. If this were television, you could term it a season finale because they do plant seeds (that serves as a pun due to a Poison Ivy guest shot) for what's to come.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #1

Aug 3, 2016

It's well known that I love this creative team, so I'm sticking around. To try to sound as objective as possible, I wouldn't doubt if this is among the best books to launch in August.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #2

Aug 17, 2016

While the horror is real, there's still a lot of fun to be had thanks to the titular character. The tone reminds me more of Zombieland or Dead Rising as opposed to Resident Evil or Dawn of the Dead. The DNA of what we have come to expect from a Harley Quinn story by way of these creators remains, so hopefully the charm isn't lost on new readers who weren't expecting a zombie tale to kickoff the new volume.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #3

Sep 7, 2016

Harley Quinn #3 encapsulates some of the best qualities of this creative team's run: It's funny, violent, unpredictable, and never forgets how big Harley's heart truly is.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #4

Sep 21, 2016

Despite the script taking some leaps forward at times,Harley Quinn#4 tells a very good one-off story. I'm not sure if this will play into the larger scheme of things, but it's quite rare Conner and Palmiotti let ideas go to waste or leave plot threads hanging. Although this will be awarded a slightly lower score than previous issues, it's still one of the safest ways to spend $2.99 this week.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #5

Oct 5, 2016

Overall, the first chapter of "Undercover Punker" shows much promise and is a good jumping on point. We also learn what happens when Harley eats too much pizza, so be thankful this wasn't another rub and smell issue.

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6.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #11

Jan 4, 2017

Despite being a bit all over the place, Harley Quinn #11 contains much potential that I can only hope subsequent issues of this arc deliver on.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #12

Jan 18, 2017

Riveting from start to finish, Harley Quinn #12 provides a read that no fan of either the titular character or the Joker can afford to miss.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #13

Feb 1, 2017

If comic books had shocking season finales that made full use of seemingly forgotten plot points from years before, Harley Quinn #13 would be just that.

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5.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #14

Feb 15, 2017

Bearing little resemblance to its original solicitation, it's undeniable that Harley Quinn #14 lacks focus and juggles too many seemingly disconnected plot threads.

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9.0
Harley Quinn and Her Gang Of Harleys #1

Apr 13, 2016

Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys actually does make for a welcome addition to the extended Batman family of titles. In case you couldn't tell, this carries a high recommendation. Don't wait for the trade.

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8.0
Harley Quinn and Her Gang Of Harleys #2

May 11, 2016

Sure, this was a bit slower than the first issue, but I enjoyed every moment of it. As I said, this installment really fleshes out the ensemble in such a way that we really start to get attached to them, so if the cliffhanger yields any tragic results, we will care. Needless to say, I'm all in for the remaining four issues and fans of the solo title should be as well.

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7.0
Harley Quinn and Her Gang Of Harleys #3

Jun 9, 2016

The overall story is proving to be a slow burn, kind of like 24. Harley is still kidnapped and they're still searching for her. It's not the strongest issue to date, but as someone who pays attention to upcoming solicits, I really do think it's well advised for readers to stay on for the remaining three issues. This could end up being something really cool.

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8.0
Harley Quinn and Her Gang Of Harleys #4

Aug 5, 2016

The Gang itself remains the main focus, but do know there's enough good material with Harley herself to satisfy fans. This might be the best rescue mission to an island since Arnold Schwarzenegger saved a young Alyssa Milano from a guy wearing chainmail and leather pants in Commando.

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9.0
Harley Quinn and Her Gang Of Harleys #5

Aug 31, 2016

As usual, the book is more so about the Gang than Harley herself, but you won't even notice that she doesn't show up until around the halfway point because the narrative is so enthralling. This is the best issue since the first and I hope nobody passes it up.

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10
Harley Quinn and Her Gang Of Harleys #6

Sep 28, 2016

The way I see it,Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys#6 provided an immensely satisfying and fitting ending to this arc. Seriously, wait until you get a load of those final pages. The door is left open for these concepts to return and it goes without saying that I hope this is just the beginning.

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8.0
Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad: April Fool's Special #1

Apr 6, 2016

In short, come for Harley, stay for the Squad.

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8.0
Harley's Little Black Book #1

Dec 2, 2015

I'm not sure if this book would have worked as well without the involvement of Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner, the same team that brings us the awesome flagship book. Plus, it's always nice when Conner does interior art. This is a very fun book (as if there would be any doubt), so do pick it up when you have the chance.

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7.0
Harley's Little Black Book #2

Feb 12, 2016

This functions well as both a Green Lantern and Harley Quinn story and should please fans on either side. The two go together like oil and water, yet the story somehow works. I guess the only thing I really didn't care for was the inclusion of the London Legion of Superheroes, whom I could do without. Be sure to come back in two months when Zatanna joins the fun.

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8.0
Harley's Little Black Book #3

Apr 20, 2016

The higher page count and amount of dialogue make for a dense, lengthy read, but you won't care. Just pretend you have a new graphic novel in your hands and immerse yourself. The water is warm and Harley says it's okay to come in.

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10
Harley's Little Black Book #4

Aug 26, 2016

Comedy aside,Harley's Little Black Book #4 is actually a pretty good World War II espionage thriller. Like the previous three issues, it's a pretty dense read and feels like you have a short graphic novel in your hands. But at least it seemsas though anyone can pick it up and enjoy it. I had confidence going in, but I didn't know that I would enjoy it as much as I did.

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7.0
Injustice: Year Five #1

Jan 6, 2016

Even though this is a "#1" issue, it kind of feels like it's best that you're already familiar with this world. I'm not quite sure if I can recommend it for new readers, as it's probably best they play catch up with the previous trades. If you've been on board up to this point, you will probably feel right at home.

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8.0
Injustice: Year Four Annual #1

Dec 31, 2015

While this is part of a massive saga, it's quite easy for the uninitiated to enjoy and you have to admit that not too many stories centered on Plastic Man come around these days. If you happen to be a fan of his, drink it in. The ending sets upYear Five, which kicks off next week.

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9.0
Jacked #1

Nov 26, 2015

Curious fans are well advised to give this book a chance. It shows much promise and may be the next Vertigo book that gets everybody talking. Plus, how can you not love a book that includes the word "Blumpkin"?

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9.0
Jacked #4

Feb 26, 2016

While this wasn't my favorite issue in the series, it was a good progression of the story and is still the best book currently published by Vertigo.

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8.0
Jacked #5

Mar 24, 2016

It looks like we are in for one hell of a finale next month, so buckle up. This is the best comic you will ever read that features a Transformer banging a high school Spanish teacher (yep).

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9.0
Jacked #6

May 1, 2016

All in all, this was a satisfying conclusion to one of my favorite new books of the past year. This could easily be the definitive end, but there is an opening for a sequel. Recall the ending of The Dark Knight Rises and you will have a decent idea of what I'm talking about.

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8.0
Justice League #46

Dec 18, 2015

Although this does deserve its share of praise, I can't help but say that it really felt like an interlude issue. After a short hiatus filled with one-shots,Justice Leaguefans have no doubt yearned for something a bit meatier. It's probably safe to assume the next issue will kick things into high gear as we race toward issue #50, which happens to be the conclusion of "The Darkseid War."

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9.0
Justice League #47

Dec 30, 2015

You can probably tell that I'm trying my best to tiptoe around major spoilers, but that's because so much cool stuff happens. Major developments, reveals, and shocking returns are aplenty in this fine read. If this captures even a tenth of what to expect from "The Darkseid War's" third act, then we're in for a hell of a ride.

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9.0
Justice League #48

Feb 25, 2016

As you know by now, it's not like me to spoil final pages. This time is no different, but I will say a lot happens in those closing moments. None of us will want to miss the Justice League: Darkseid War one-shot that's coming soon or issue #49.

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9.0
Justice League #49

Apr 27, 2016

As I said earlier,Justice League#49 has the right balance of payoff and setup. I can't even put into words how painful the wait is for next month's conclusion. This creative knows how to deliver one cool superhero story.

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9.0
Justice League #50

May 25, 2016

If you have fond memories of his Green Lantern finale, you know Johns can deliver a conclusion that few others can. This is no exception.

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7.0
Justice League #51

Jun 16, 2016

I feel as though Abnett may have had a bit much on his plate for this issue, but it did make for an enjoyable done-in-one story. It also helped that Paul Pelletier rendered some truly spectacular action scenes. Seriously, take some time to look at how much work he put into each panel.

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9.0
Justice League #52

Jun 26, 2016

Honestly, this didn't really function as a proper finale for Justice League, but it's still one fine comic book and gets a high recommendation from me.

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7.0
Justice League (2016) #1

Jul 20, 2016

This was indeed a fine debut, but not perfect. I can tell the creative team is building to something huge and this story has a lot of potential. But I do, however, think this will read better when collected into a trade.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2015) #5

Nov 26, 2015

I can say with confidence that any fan can pick up this book, enjoy it, and not feel lost in the slightest. You need not have previously read an issue ofJLAorMartian Manhunter. If you're a fan of my favorite Martian and happen to have a few extra bucks in your pocket while visiting your local comic shop this week, feel free to pick up this baby.

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6.0
Justice League of America (2015) #6

Dec 24, 2015

The blueprints for an epic time-spanning JLAstory are here, but I think Hitch could benefit from having a co-writer. With the right partner, I really think future arcs could be something fans will talk about for years.

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7.0
Justice League: Darkseid War Special #1

Apr 6, 2016

As I said earlier, this one-shot is quite the essential read for anyone who hasJustice Leagueon their pull list. Sure, it's not quite the powerhouse that recent issues have been, butJLhas set a pretty freaking high bar in recent memory. This leads directly intoJustice League#49, so be sure to come back in a matter of weeks when we discuss what happens next.

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5.0
Justice League: Darkseid War: Lex Luthor #1

Dec 11, 2015

Considering that Lex Luthor and Darkseid are two of my favorite villains, I was expecting so much more out of this book, but it just didn't deliver. It's probably best that you skip this one and pick upJustice League#46 next week, which is sure to deliver the goods.

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8.0
Justice League: Rebirth #1

Jul 6, 2016

Like many of the Rebirth one-shots, this one lays a solid foundation. The Reaper that made an unwelcome visit promises more like it are on the way, so let's hope Hitch can touch the high bar he's already set for himself.

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5.0
Klarion #1

Oct 8, 2014

Longtime fans of Klarion still might want to give this a look. However, if you're yearning for some mysticism in your DC books, you're better off with titles like Justice League Dark, Constantine, and Sandman: Overture.

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4.0
Klarion #2

Nov 12, 2014

The book is essentially a ham-fisted marriage between magic and technology that should end in divorce. I'm sorry if this review is a bit brief, but the less I say, the better.

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8.0
Legends of Tomorrow #1

Mar 17, 2016

While this is highly recommended for DC fans of yesteryear, I feel it is accessible for a new generation of readers. The $7.99 price tag is a bit steep, but do keep in mind that you're essentially getting four comics from some of the top writers in the industry at a price lower than what you would pay individually.

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7.0
Legends of Tomorrow #3

May 13, 2016

Once again, I felt that Sugar & Spike stole the show with its sharp storytelling and great artwork. Just be forewarned that this book has nothing to do with the TV show of the same name.

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7.0
Lucifer (2015) #4

Mar 18, 2016

As I've said in the past, this is a much different beast than the TV show and now I'm thinking that's for the better. While several mysteries are at play here, Lucifer isn't helping cops solve crimes, a ridiculous premise that is really starting to bog down the prime time series. But that's a conversation for another day.

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8.0
Lucifer (2015) #5

Apr 25, 2016

There is a pretty cool cliffhanger that sets up where the series is going next. I really like how it builds upon its biblical foundation and takes it somewhere unexpected. Being a big fan of Supernatural, that's a quality I can really appreciate.

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6.0
Lucifer (2015) #6

May 21, 2016

I'm well aware that this is not a TV show tie-in, but it does exist because of it (the current run, that is). Considering that, more eyes than usual will be reading and I hope the creative team puts their best foot forward from here on out.

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8.0
Lucifer (2015) #7

Jun 19, 2016

If this is any indication of the quality of what is yet to come, the second arc looks to trump the first. As long as it maintains its focus, I see no reason why it can't.

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7.0
Martian Manhunter (2015) #11

Apr 23, 2016

Yes, it's quite the fun, geeky read and is surprisingly coherent despite having to manage all of those concepts.

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9.0
New Romancer #1

Dec 9, 2015

Now that I've regaled you with the minutiae of my nightly adventures, I'll reaffirm that Vertigo has done it again. You've heard me sing their praises for the past few weeks and deservedly so. If they keep putting out books like this, we should keep reading.

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8.0
New Suicide Squad #17

Feb 10, 2016

My only real criticism is thatI didn't feel the cliffhanger was as shocking as intended because it's a scenario familiar to comic book readers and will likely be rectified in the next issue. Regardless, this is a great jumping on point that is only aided by the involvement of characters appearing in the movie, as I mentioned earlier.

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8.0
New Suicide Squad #21

Jun 18, 2016

All in all, New Suicide Squad #21 is a thoroughly entertaining and action packed read featuring the Worst Heroes Ever with a dose of the esoteric that you would expect from a Batwoman comic.

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7.0
New Suicide Squad #22

Jul 21, 2016

This pretty much serves as an epilogue to the New Suicide Squad series that wrapped up its final story arc last month. I'm guessing that Sean Ryan knew that if you're going to place the focus on one character during the Summer of Harley, place it on Harley Quinn.

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8.0
New Superman #1

Jul 15, 2016

I would have to say this was a solid origin story and I'm looking forward to seeing where this young hero is headed. The cliffhanger, which was a stroke of genius, still toes that line of holding a mirror up to established characters. Yang and Viktor Bogdanovic have captured all the fun of an Elseworlds tale that just so happens to be set in the DC Universe proper.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

Nightwing #1 isn't quite what I expected, but still pretty good.

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9.0
Nightwing: Rebirth #1

Jul 13, 2016

I'm quite surprised as to how many of these Rebirth one-shots have been great reads. Nightwing has the potential to be not only the best of the July launches, but also one of the top sleeper hits of the summer.

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8.0
Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #1

Jan 20, 2016

So if you're a Poison Ivy fan and wish to see her eventually get an ongoing series, you should probably pick up this mini-series as I can only assume that DC is testing the water. It looks like there may be a growing mystery afoot, so there is probably much intrigue to be had over the course of the next few months.

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7.0
Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #2

Feb 19, 2016

Aside from the final page, I didn't think this issue moved the story forward as much as it should have. The first issue set a high bar, so I can't be too harsh. Despite my criticism, I hope DC picks Chu and Mann to be the creative team should Poison Ivy ever be awarded an ongoing series.

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6.0
Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #3

Mar 17, 2016

This issue lacks the focus of the first two and the story isn't really advanced. I hope things pick up considerably in the remaining three issues. At least Catwoman makes an appearance.

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8.0
Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #4

Apr 21, 2016

I believe this to be the best issue since the first and will state that the remaining twoneedto maintain this level of quality if there is to be hope for an ongoing series.

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8.0
Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #6

Jun 18, 2016

Quite frankly, Ivy's supporting cast, as befitting of her as they may be, isn't nearly as good as Harley Quinn's. Should Ivy ever get an ongoing title, a complete retooling may be best. In fact, it's probably a certainty because it will likely be so far down the line that a new writer will want to create their own status quo.

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7.0
Red Hood / Arsenal #7

Dec 10, 2015

To be quite honest, this book has very little to do with "Robin War," aside from mentioning it. It works better as a standard issue ofRed Hood/Arsenal. You really won't miss much if you do decide to skip it, but I found it to be an entertaining read.

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7.0
Red Hood / Arsenal #13

Jun 12, 2016

The New 52 finale of Red Hood/Arsenal isn't the deepest of reads, but I did find myself enjoying it.

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9.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #1

Aug 10, 2016

The creative team is thankfully not rushing things, but don't mistake that for thinking the story is moving along slowly. You will get some payoff when Jason comes across someone who will go on to form the Dark Trinity with him, just don't count on me to spoil whom that may be. In all honesty, this is easily the best Bat Family title that doesn't star Batman himself " but it sure is giving the flagship books a run for their money.

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8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1

Jul 27, 2016

We have yet to see what this book is truly made of or the formation of the "Dark Trinity" " Red Hood, Bizarro, and Artemis " but this one-shot gave me one hell of a good first impression. Plus, how can that lineup of misfits not attract your attention?

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9.0
Robin War #1

Dec 3, 2015

Before closing, I would like to point out that this is the first of two oversized issues that will bookend a crossover that will spill intoGrayson, Detective Comics,andRobin: Son of Batman, among others. Despite the absence of Bruce Wayne, this feels like the beginning of an event that no fan of Batman or Robin should miss.

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7.0
Robin War #2

Jan 13, 2016

I must admit this wasn't as strong of a conclusion as I had hoped for. Too many artists worked on this issue and the result of this crossover more so affected one character as opposed to Gotham as a whole as I would have desiredThose looking to see where the ramifications of this story will lead will have to pick up upcoming issues of Grayson (hint, hint).

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7.0
Robin: Son of Batman #7

Dec 23, 2015

Things are luckily kicked up a notch in the third act when a major villain who doesn't appear often makes their presence known and the new "Gray Son" is revealed. I was just hoping for more developments with this being the penultimate chapter of the crossover. Be sure to come back in two weeks when the event concludes in the pages ofRobin War#2.

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7.0
Robin: Son of Batman #11

Apr 22, 2016

Before I wrap up, I just want to acknowledge that many likely read titles such asBatmanandDetective Comicsexclusively to keep apprised of the latest Dark Knight happenings. Based on what I had to say in the paragraph above, I do urge folks who loved the Morrison material, as well as Tomasi and Gleason'sBatman and Robin, to give this a look.

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7.0
Robin: Son of Batman #13

Jun 26, 2016

Just as Damian has his supporting cast rounded out, his short lived book comes to an end. The positive side of it all is that he's more than ready to star in the new Teen Titans book that launches this fall. Hey, they did mention pizza a few times in here.

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9.0
Scooby Apocalypse #1

May 24, 2016

All in all, Scooby Apocalypse shows much promise and makes for a welcome addition to the pull lists of open-minded readers amid the coming Rebirth storm.

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9.0
Scooby Apocalypse #2

Jun 18, 2016

I don't care what anyone says. I really like this book.

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8.5
Smallville: Alien #3

Feb 13, 2014

The most exciting moment for me was seeing Batman get ambushed at an amusement park by what appeared to be Bruce Wayne from an alternate universe wearing Joker makeup. I can't wait to see what that's all about. I just hope that before it's all said and done that we get to see Smallville's interpretation of The Joker. If you were a fan of the TV show and haven't read the Season 11 comics, I implore you to do so. Or if you weren't a fan and are into alternate interpretations of characters and want something outside of New 52 continuity, this may be right up your alley. I can't recommend this book enough.

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7.5
Smallville: Alien #4

Mar 15, 2014

Although this isn't the strongest issue, I still think you should pick this up if you've been following Season 11. A lot of important stuff happens and sets up the Crisis to come. (Yeah. THAT Crisis.) We get some really cool Easter Eggs. The first of which is getting to see Martian Manhunter throw Earth 2 Bruce into a cell with Curtis Knox/ Vandal Savage that was only hinted at on the TV series. We also get the first Smallville appearance of Dick Grayson, albeit a one panel cameo. Wonder Woman returns and Batman joins the Justice League! Next month begins a new mini-series in the form of Smallville: Lantern, which won't be covered here unless Batman shows up. That doesn't give you an excuse to not give it a buy.

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8.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #9

Jan 11, 2017

Violent, intriguing, and highly accessible, those who love bad guys are well advised to pick up a copy of Suicide Squad #9.

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7.0
Suicide Squad (FCBD 2016) #1

May 8, 2016

A threat springs up at the end, giving the comic a sense of conflict that really isn't present in the web series. Although the animated shorts meet my approval, I feel the comic book may be superior as it has a bit more depth.

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8.0
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #1

Jan 28, 2016

Despite the fact that I think Deadshot's half of the book was a much stronger offering, you really can't argue about essentially getting two comic books for a decent cover price of $4.99. With five issues remaining, it should be interesting to see where these characters will go next and help us countdown the months until the film's release.

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8.0
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #2

Feb 26, 2016

The Suicide Squad – albeit with different lineups – show up at the end of both stories, only with different intentions. I can't wait to see what the next issue has in store for us.

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7.0
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #3

Mar 23, 2016

Whilenot my favorite entry to date, this mini-series is still going strong at its halfway point. And a healthy injection of Harley Quinn never hurts!

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7.0
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #6

Jun 26, 2016

As I said, Deadshot's half of the book is much, much better as we essentially get Deadshot vs. Deadshot in a deadly game that sees Floyd Lawton's daughter's life hanging in the balance. It reminded me of the head-to-head mode from the Splinter Cell games and managed to significantly raise the overall score I'm awarding this issue.

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7.0
Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A. #1

Mar 31, 2016

All in all, Vertigo has released another title that warrants your attention. I find it highly suspect that it dropped the week I attended aMad Maxthemed party. Coincidence? Probably.

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6.0
Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A. #2

Apr 30, 2016

My problem, if you even want to call it that, is that I find it difficult to attach myself to any of these characters as I have in several other recent Vertigo titles. This isn't a bad book by any means " it's just not grabbing me. If you read the first issue, I do encourage you to soldier on and formulate your own opinion.

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6.0
Suiciders: Kings of HelL.A. #3

May 27, 2016

Perhaps this will read better as a trade, although it does feel a bit disjointed at times. You may not see threads connect until it's too late, thereby not giving you the most fluid of reading experiences. If this were a film, I'd say the editing had been a bit choppy and the cuts too hard.

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9.0
Supergirl (2016) #1

Sep 8, 2016

Supergirlshares several things in common with the TV show, such as the Danvers family and the DEO, yet utilizes them in different ways. In other words, it's accessible to fans of the show, but is wisely in no way a clone.

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8.0
Superman (2011) Annual #3

Jan 1, 2016

Their two paths obviously converge, with the story set to continue in the pages ofAction Comics#48. It should be interesting to see how an almost mortal Superman will stack up against one of DC's most dangerous immortals.

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8.5
Superman (2011) #32

Jun 25, 2014

A mysterious new character named Ulysses is introduced. His origin parallels Superman's and it seems that his powers may even rival those of Kal-El's. That, however, largely remains to be seen. The platinum-haired newcomer definitely seems like a force to be reckoned with. Is he friend or foe? Only time will tell. Johns' widely hailed knack for dialogue and characterization is well balanced with action that abruptly explodes in your face, thanks to Romita's signature art style. The new creative team gives the Superman title a much needed shot in the arm and will hopefully see it reascend to the top of the industry's charts.

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7.0
Superman (2011) #46

Nov 27, 2015

There's also a concurrent plot involving Jimmy Olsen attempting to find Superman that converges with the main one near the end. It leads to an interesting cliffhanger that should make readers want to come back for the next issue. Sure,Superman#46 isn't a perfect book, but I think it's still worth a read.

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7.0
Superman (2011) #48

Jan 28, 2016

This issue is kind of like an action sandwich with some solid character interactions occupying the middle, which I think are the real highlights. I would also have to say this issue feels like the eye of the "Savage Dawn" storm. Now that you've had enough of my analogies, be sure to follow the story toAction Comics#49.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #51

Apr 7, 2016

All in all, this was a great piece of setup to a crossover that looks to be equal parts heartbreaking and "holy sh!t." Be sure to come back next week when the story continues in the pages of Batman/Superman.

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6.0
Superman (2011) #52

May 25, 2016

Let's just say that I expect many questions to be answered this June within the pages ofSuperman: Rebirth#1 andSuperman#1. I can tell you those are but a few of my must reads for June.

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7.0
Superman (2016) #1

Jun 15, 2016

While this was not a bad read at all, I felt it started things off a little slower than what I would expect from a book titled Superman #1. I have an inkling this may be one of those "reads better as a trade" cases.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #2

Jul 7, 2016

This book is really hitting its stride and could just as easily be called "Superman and Superboy." I guess this creative team's long run on Batman and Robin paid off in a way they originally couldn't have foreseen. Add to that the return of a character readers of Superman comics from the 1990's will be most familiar with and you have a winning formula.

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6.0
Superman/Wonder Woman Annual #2

Jan 1, 2016

While the overall concept for this issue was good, the execution fell a bit short. This title has really delivered some gems, but I wonder how long it will stick around if the "just friends" route proves permanent.

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7.0
Superman/Wonder Woman #28

Apr 28, 2016

While I do wish more had been accomplished in this issue, I feel what was offered was a fun read. The story continues next week in Batman/Superman #32, so be sure to check back with us then.

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7.0
Superman/Wonder Woman #29

May 19, 2016

While this issue provided for a nice dose of enjoyment, nothing terribly important happened. But if you've already come this far, I see no reason not to give it a read. Be sure to come back next week when the story concludes withSuperman#52.

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9.0
Superman: American Alien #1

Nov 18, 2015

Any Superman fan with a few extra bucks in their pocket is well advised to pick up this issue. Trust me, this really does seem like the beginning of the next definitive Superman story.

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8.0
Superman: American Alien #2

Dec 17, 2015

It may be a bit early to say this, but I think this will make for a story that we will one day want to see adapted to an animated movie. I mean, Landis is already a screenwriter, so you can't tell me that it's a completely preposterous idea.

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10
Superman: American Alien #3

Jan 13, 2016

As I said earlier, I believe this to be the best issue yet and I have a strong feeling that subsequent ones will somehow top it. Joelle Jones' artwork is also the best I've seen to date on this series, which has set another bar. The next four issues can't get here quickly enough.

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9.0
Superman: American Alien #4

Feb 18, 2016

And while I just said it's early in the game, I'm going to make a bold statement after only four issues have shipped: this is the best limited run to feature the Man of Steel sinceAll-Star Superman.

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9.0
Superman: American Alien #5

Mar 16, 2016

After five issues Landis still amazes me with fresh, natural ways to approach these concepts. I'm not even going to pull any punches this month – just buy this book.

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9.0
Superman: American Alien #6

Apr 20, 2016

DC Entertainment has kindly provided some images from this issue, which you can view in the slideshow above.

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8.0
Superman: American Alien #7

May 19, 2016

As for the ending itself, it not only leaves you wanting more, but also hints at more. There's so much material that Landis could reinterpret and I really hope he has the chance to in a sequel that can't come soon enough. But before then, I have one request:PLEASE PUT MAX LANDIS ON A BATMAN MINI-SERIES ASAP.

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9.0
Superman: Earth One #3

Feb 10, 2015

There are other welcome surprises such as a new standard of relationship with Lois Lane (Superman signal!) and a can't miss speech on the floor of the U.N. near the end of the book. Despite reinterpretations, I firmly state that this book is TRUE SUPERMAN. It's boldly different, but sticks to the foundation of the character and his motivations. The final page should bring a smile to your face. Though this series is ongoing, this volume tied together threads from the previous two and really made it feel like a trilogy. Yes, we still have seeds planted for where a fourth volume could go and I can't wait to see where that will lead us and the Man of Tomorrow.

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9.0
Superman: Lois and Clark #1

Aug 31, 2016

Without a doubt, I thinkSuperman: Lois and Clark is required reading for anyone reading the Rebirth runs ofSuperman andAction Comics. I honestly believe it to be one of the best Superman stories of this decade and it deserves to be mentioned in the same breath asEarth One andAmerican Alien.

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8.0
Superman: Lois and Clark #2

Nov 27, 2015

Of all the books DC has launched this fall, this may be the one to keep an eye on. This family focused conspiracy thriller/ sci-fi goulash is no doubt building to something big. I can't recommend this book enough for those looking for something different from DC's superhero line.

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9.0
Superman: Lois and Clark #3

Jan 1, 2016

There are two more brief teases for what's to come before this issue wraps: one involving Intergang and one pertaining to a larger cosmic threat. I'm interested to see how the pieces will eventually come together and will continue to say this is a book no Superman fan should be missing out on.

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9.0
Superman: Lois and Clark #7

Apr 23, 2016

Everything you have been waiting for since the beginning of this limited run pays off here as Lois and Clark finally have "the talk" with Jon. No, I don't mean the birds and the bees " I mean the birds and the planes, if you get my Super-talk. This is one you won't want to miss.

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8.0
Superman: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

This issue simultaneously builds the foundation for both Superman and Action Comics, so it's highly recommended that you don't skip it.

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8.0
Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1

Feb 25, 2016

Although this was a solid debut, it juggled a lot of concepts. I hope it all balances out by the time the six issue mini-series concludes.

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7.0
Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #2

Mar 18, 2016

While the story is moved along at a breakneck speed, several concepts Adams has spoken of in interviews have yet to be introduced. I would rather not spoil them and will discuss them when they are eventually incorporated. I also wanted to see more of Darkseid and learn more of his lineage, but I guess that will be explored in the future. It seems the many threads are already starting to connect, although the cliffhanger raises even more questions. Say what you want about this series, but the hooks are enough to keep me coming back for more.

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7.0
Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #3

Apr 8, 2016

While the dialogue still isn't perfect, it has slightly improved from the previous issue and I continue tolove how the artwork takes me back to yesteryear.Superman: The Coming of the Supermenmay not be bulletproof, but I look forward to each issue of this mini-series because it's a ton of fun. Therefore, Neal Adams has done his job.

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7.0
Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #4

May 5, 2016

I'm expecting all-out war between Superman and the forces of Apokolips next month, but I am hoping for a one-on-one encounter with Darkseid before the mini-series is said and done. Adams is juggling several plot threads, so let's keep our fingers crossed that it all comes together in the end.

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7.0
Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #5

Jun 2, 2016

Adams has delivered another fun issue that is filled with the usual eye candy that only he can provide. The dialogue also improved " for the most part. Hopefully we can look back on this story as a whole favorably as we'll know for certain after next month's conclusion.

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6.0
Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #6

Jul 10, 2016

Dialogue has been an off and on problem for this title and this issue is unfortunately no different. Lex Luthor is written a bit oddly and Darkseid was reduced to a laughing stock at points. Despite all that, I probably would read a followup as Adams' conclusion was a bit open-ended.

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8.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #1

Jan 6, 2016

While this debut issue was quite pleasing, it's missing a certain something that I can't quite put my finger on. Perhaps it will read better once the series can be read as a complete work. Regardless of that, that doesn't mean you should wait for the trade paperback.

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9.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #2

Feb 4, 2016

I really do like how this feels like a Vertigo book that is somehow taking place within the DC Universe proper. It merges the horror and superhero genres rather nicely and should please old and new fans alike.

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9.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #3

Mar 3, 2016

This actually is a decent jumping on point, but skipping the first two issues is not advised. With only three issues left, I have absolutely no idea where the story is going and I find that to be a highly exciting prospect.

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9.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #4

Apr 8, 2016

The next issue can't get here quickly enough.

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8.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #5

May 12, 2016

Swamp Thing#5 moved a bit slower than previous issues, at least in my opinion, but in a good way. I guess you could say it felt like the calm before the storm and made for a fine read. We've come this far and I highly doubt this creative team will disappoint us with next month's finale.

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9.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #6

Jun 18, 2016

This issue was nothing short of a triumph and a fitting finale to what has probably been the best mini-series so far this year. Kelley Jones helps keep the darkest of the DC Universe at their darkest (expect major payoff involving the mystical characters who have appeared thus far) and, if Len Wein wanted this to act as his final Swamp Thing story, he couldn't go out on a higher note.

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7.0
Teen Titans (2014) #15

Dec 24, 2015

While this technically was a good comic book, it's in no way necessary to read if you're following "Robin War." This is really for theTeen Titanscrowd. Be sure to come back in two weeks time when the crossover even concludes withRobin War#2.

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8.5
Teen Titans: Earth One #1

Nov 25, 2014

I won't mention any specifics about the book's ending, but I will say that it ends on more of a cliffhanger than we're used to seeing in "Earth One" titles; it will have you counting the days until a Volume 2 is released (I'd assume two years). Thanks go to Lemire and company for another stellar reimagining and entry in the "Earth One" line of books. I hope that DC expands this universe to its full potential.

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8.0
Telos #3

Dec 12, 2015

This unexpectedly awesome addition to DC's fall slate is recommended for those who enjoy Green Lantern comics or ones in which Superman gets into cosmic adventures far from Earth's orbit. Jeff King and companyput forth a solid effort, so I can only hope that enough curious comic book fans take a chance on this title.

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8.0
The Dark and Bloody #2

Mar 11, 2016

There is a brewing mystery here that is something to behold. I have no idea what it is, but I'm enjoying the ride. Rest assured the final panel will make you say, "What the hell?!"

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9.0
The Dark and Bloody #3

Apr 14, 2016

I would have to say this is the strongest issue to date, so I'm looking forward to seeing where this thing goes as it continues to spread its wings. You'll get that after you see the final page.

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9.0
The Dark and Bloody #4

May 14, 2016

I believe there are only a couple issues left, so savor this masterwork while you can. One can only hope that DC has these guys lined up for other projects in the near future.

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9.0
The Dark and Bloody #5

Jun 10, 2016

Be prepared to see the lengths to which Iris will go to protect his son. Aldridge one-ups himself with this month's cliffhanger " you could say it's a cut above the rest. I have absolutely no idea what to expect from next month's conclusion and can't wait to read it.

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9.0
The Dark and Bloody #6

Jul 14, 2016

The Dark & Bloody ends on a rather bittersweet, yet satisfying note and I'm not sure I would have had it any other way. The final page will make you think, but then again, I've been known to end stories in a similar fashion. If Hollywood is paying attention, they should know this tale is ripe for a film adaptation. Hell, I think it would even make for a great video game.

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8.0
The Great Wall: Last Survivor #1

Feb 13, 2017

Being much more than a simple cash grab, The Great Wall: Last Survivor will no doubt tremendously complement the upcoming feature film, yet is also capable of standing on its own merit.

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8.0
The Kitchen #1

Nov 13, 2014

To help make this book appeal to Batman fans, I'll say this: fans of Gotham's Fish Mooney will certainly love the character of Kath. They're not identical, but you'll see why I draw the comparison once you read this. She's really the alpha of the trio. This concept would also make for a good television series on a network like FX. Batman fans looking for a gritty series without capes should take note.

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10
The Legend of Wonder Woman #1

Jan 13, 2016

I advise all Wonder Woman and DC fans to pick this up because this has the potential to be one of the best stories chronicling the Amazon Princess of all time. WithBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'srelease around the corner and a soloWonder Womanmovie being released next year, DC would be well advised to circulate this book as much as possible.

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9.0
The Legend of Wonder Woman #2

Feb 12, 2016

You can probably tell by now that this series has established a good rapport with me and I feel that each subsequent installment will be quite special. I'm guessing we're going to experience a slow burn, yet I'm anxious to see this team's take on superheroics.

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9.0
The Legend of Wonder Woman #7

Jun 29, 2016

Remaining firmly rooted in Greek tradition, Diana encounters her antithesis in the form of the Duke of Deception, whom I found to be somewhat Loki-like. Despite her efforts to lead a normal life, I expect their paths to converge in a most violent way before long. But the real highlight may lie in affirming her compassion and conviction, as we are reminded of why she endures as one of the greatest superheroes.

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9.0
The Multiversity #1

Aug 20, 2014

It's kind of hard to tell what Morrison is cooking up here, though I have no doubt that it will be good. It's not exactly like Final Crisis, but if I had to compare it to any other works of his, it would have to be that. Though I must say that The Multiversity seems to be even more grandiose in scale, if that could even be possible. The $4.99 price tag may intimidate you, but I promise it's worth it. I also recommend that you give it more than one read to process everything. From what I can gather, this looks to be a masterpiece in progress.

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9.5
The Multiversity: Society of Super-Heroes #1

Sep 17, 2014

We also get a teaser for the next one-shot, "The Just", before closing the pages. If the next installment is half as entertaining as the tabloid-esque cover looks, it will no doubt be worth the money. In the meantime, read about the adventures of the SOS in the most absurdly entertaining war comic you could buy.

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8.5
The Names #3

Nov 13, 2014

I was able to enjoy the major beats of this book, though some of the finer points escaped my grasp. Although I highly recommend this book, I urge you to pick up the first two issues before jumping into this one. I'd probably score this higher had I been caught up, but I'm awarding it with one that's not too shabby, regardless.

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9.0
The New 52: Futures End #0

May 3, 2014

All in all, this roundtable of writers turned in a rather remarkable prelude that may be one of the best FCBD books from DC of the past decade. It doesn't hurt that great artists like Ethan Van Sciver, Dan Jurgens, and others contributed to this issue as well. With the big September tie-in event looming and Earth 2: World's End on the horizon (which I feel will crossover with this), Futures End will no doubt have major ramifications on the DC Universe as a whole. With this being a free read, you have no excuse not to pick it up.

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8.5
The New 52: Futures End #27

Nov 12, 2014

I may not be all that knowledgeable about this series, but I wouldn't say no to reading more of it if the opportunity presented itself. If you have yet to, maybe you should follow the example of Lois and take that leap of faith.

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7.5
The New 52: Futures End #37

Jan 21, 2015

Once again, Aaron Lopresti delivers some stellar artwork. I recommend picking up this issue as it's yet another solid effort put forth by the creative team as the series rockets toward its conclusion.

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6.0
The New 52: Futures End #48

Apr 1, 2015

As a finale, this book was kind of weak and didn't seem like anything was resolved, nor did it seems as conclusive as the above title. It's also not made clear where readers should go next; Convergence or June's new Batman Beyond title (also written by Dan Jurgens)? Still, those looking to keep up to date with the grand DC scheme owe it to themselves to give this at least one read.

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9.0
The Sheriff Of Babylon #1

Dec 3, 2015

I can see this being an Eisner Award candidate, so it's not to be missed if any of these story elements appeal to you or if you're just looking for a great mature rated comic book. My early impression is that this would make a fine addition to the rumored Vertigo film slate or translate well to a TV mini-series.

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8.0
Titans (2016) #1

Jul 28, 2016

Although we've yet to see the debut of Benjamin Percy's new Teen Titans series (due this September), Titans remains the frontrunner when it comes to claiming the title of DC's best team-up book.

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8.0
Titans (2016) #2

Aug 25, 2016

Titans #2 is very heavy on action but not without intrigue thanks to Rebirth's greatest mysteries being at the heart of this title. While not as strong as previous issues, it's still better than Justice League.

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7.0
Titans Hunt #7

Apr 23, 2016

In the latest issue of Titans Hunt, Dan Abnett continues to prove that he can capably juggle an ensemble cast with this highly imaginative ride.

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9.0
Titans: Rebirth #1

Jun 16, 2016

Dan Abnett is at the helm of a must read team-up book that will most assuredly give Justice League a run for its money as it seeks to unravel the great mystery currently surrounding the DCU. It also further restores the sense of optimism in comics that is part of Geoff Johns' mission statement for Rebirth. Needless to say, this is one of the strongest one-shots to be released this month.

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8.0
Vertigo Quarterly: SFX #4

Jan 30, 2016

There are obviously more cool tales to be read in this collection, but these are just the ones favored by a single man. Perhaps you will dig the others more. The $7.99 cover price may be a little steep, but I think this book has something for every Vertigo fan.

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3.0
Wacky Raceland #1

Jun 12, 2016

Leonardo Manco's art is rather good, but isn't enough to save a debut issue that is a bit of a mess and doesn't give readers a reason to come back for a

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7.0
We Are Robin #7

Dec 17, 2015

Despite most of what I said above, a good portion of the issue seemed uneventful, but this is still a must read for those following "Robin War." Be sure to come back next week when the adventure continues in the pages ofRobin: Son of Batman#7.

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7.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #46

Nov 28, 2015

If you missed the gods and supporting characters from Brian Azzarello's run, you will be pleased to know that they have returned to the title in recent months. On that note, a major status quo change happens in this issue and can't be missed. If you have taken some time off from this title, now may be the time to come back.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #47

Jan 1, 2016

I really feel like the series is on an upswing and this issue is a great jumping on point for new readers.

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7.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #51

Apr 23, 2016

This issue had a real sense of finality, which felt appropriate given the fact that this is the penultimate issue of Wonder Woman's New 52 run. I felt it just needed a little more meat.

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7.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #52

May 20, 2016

While not perfect, this absolutely functioned well as a finale and tied up The New 52 run nicely, something not all books have been able to accomplish this month. I can say in all honesty that Meredith Finch neatly wrapped up this era of Wonder Woman and the door is now wide open for Greg Rucka to make a fresh start.

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7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #1

Jun 24, 2016

Before I get out of here, I'll talk about the format of this series, since those of you who are unfamiliar are probably wondering why I brought up the third issue. You see, odd numbered issues of this series will take place in the present, continuing "The Lies." Even numbered issues will take place in the past and explore "Wonder Woman: Year One." It's a calculated risk, but the two will tie together. Check out the video below for more details.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #2

Jul 16, 2016

It's kind of funny to read this with it arriving hot on the heels of other tales of Diana's beginnings such as Wonder Woman: Earth One and The Legend of Wonder Woman, the latter of which is still ongoing, but I guess an in continuity origin story is necessary. Despite much familiarity being contained within, I thoroughly enjoyed this issue and believe it to be the best yet in the series since the relaunch.

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5.0
Wonder Woman: Earth One #1

Apr 12, 2016

As much as it pains me to accept the reality of the situation, I have to be honest in saying this is my least favorite book in the Earth One line. I will still give a followup book a chance, as it could be a large improvement. If you're looking for a great retelling of Diana's origin, I suggest you pick up The Legend of Wonder Woman, a mini-series that is still ongoing at the time of this publication.

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7.0
Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

Jun 8, 2016

Admittedly, this was a nice primer for new readers " it just didn't teach me much that was actually new. At least it has a good hook for the arc that will take place in odd numbered issues of the new series (even numbered issues will be Wonder Woman: Year One).

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