Alan Rapp's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Razorfine Reviews: 1941
6.9Avg. Review Rating

8.0
47 Ronin #1

Nov 18, 2012

The first issue of the five-issue mini-series is presented in a way that should appeal both to those who already know the story and those discovering it for the first time. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
47 Ronin #2

Jan 10, 2013

With their master now dead, and the man responsible unpunished, the story can begin in earnest as the 47 ronin will begin their own search for justice for the death of their fallen lord. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
47 Ronin #3

Mar 11, 2013

Three issues in 47 Ronin is still quite a bit of politics and set-up without delivering much action. That said, the story is well told and I'm willing to read anything drawn by Sakai (although I prefer it to center around a rabbit with a samurai sword). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
47 Ronin #4

May 7, 2013

Writer Mike Richardson and artist Stan Sakai's retelling of the classic Japanese legend has been heavy on story and character, but that should change with the series' finale. (And, even more importantly, it will free Sakai to return to doing what he does best – write and draw Usagi Yojimbo.) Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
47 Ronin #5

Jul 6, 2013

I happy to see Richardson and Sakai bring to story to a satisfactory conclusion, especially as that means Sakai's responsiblities on the mini-series are done once again freeing him to do what he does best and return to beloved creation Usagi Yojimbo. For those of us with serious rabbit ronin withdrawal it can't come soon enough. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
5 Ronin #1

Mar 9, 2011

More of a curiosity than anything else, this first issue is really nothing more than a mediocre What If"? story. It's not bad, the tale simply doesn't engage the reader and there's nothing here to make someone like me come back for four straight weeks to see if the other X-Men characters fare any better. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
A+X #6

Mar 30, 2013

The second story, although not nearly as entertaining, also features two heroes winding up at a poker game as the Yancy Street friends of Ben Grimm invite Gambit, over for the weekly poker game. There's some okay back-and-forth between the characters and late twist, but it's the less interesting of the two stories. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
A+X #8

May 30, 2013

Although I've never been a big fan of Hawkeye, I really enjoyed Deadpool Team-Up and the idea of Deadpool driving any Avenger crazy for half an issue appealed to me. Despite having some nice moments as well, the story isn't nearly as zany or outrageous as I was hoping. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Action Comics (2011) #19

Apr 6, 2013

The rest of the comic features Superman battling giant robots (for reasons that don't make a lot of sense), Lex Luthor keeping his shrink locked up for an accurate diagnosis of him as a megalomanical psychopath, and a weird hallucinatory moment where Superman thinks one of the soldiers piloting the robots is Jimmy Olsen (which, also, makes very little sense). Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
2.0
Age of Ultron #1

Mar 13, 2013

Aside from being extremely violent, unnecessarily gritty, and all around unenjoyable, this first issue is also rather pointless as we don't really spend any time getting to know any of these versions of classic Marvel characters. Maybe they're saving that for the next nine issues. God help us all. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
All-New X-Men #23

Feb 17, 2014

Filled with action, suspense, and an awful lot of humor and inside references (such as Kitty Pryde's mention of her uncomfortable past with space travel), the pairing of the two teams is a lot of fun while the pre-trial moments between Jean Grey and a Shi'ar telepath continue to set the stage for the trial yet to come. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
All-New X-Men #25

Apr 14, 2014

Don't get me wrong, there's some very nice artwork here (highlighted for me by Bruce Timm's showcasing Jean Grey in her various forms), some of it quite funny, but as a fan of the original idea of The Watcher as a silent observer I'm less than satisfied with this verbose version that even goes so far as to insult the X-Man after speaking his mind. For such a momentous issue All New X-Men #25 can easily be skipped by those not willing to pay $5 for a story that doesn't do much of anything to further ongoing stories and whose absence won't be felt going forward if you choose not to read it. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
All-New X-Men #27

May 19, 2014

Smartly, the group attacks the team's psychics taking down the Cuckoos and then turns its attention to Cyclops, Emma Frost, and Jean Grey (who Xavier psychically reaches out to at the end of the issue). Even with a full issue of action, there's not much here in terms of advancing the story as the Brotherhood is only marginally more in control of their attack on the base than it is at the beginning. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
All-New X-Men #28

Jun 16, 2014

Faced with a serious threat in Xavier and his team, All New X-Men #28 continues the trend of showcasing Jean Grey as the pivotal figure on the team whose power continues to surprise even those who know her all too well. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
All-New X-Men #29

Jul 16, 2014

All-New X-Men #29 is another strong issue although by their nature the Brotherhood's failed attacks are beginning to grow stale. Hopefully next month's issue moves towards an end to this storyline and begins to look forward to something new for the team to sink its teeth into. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
All-New X-Men #30

Aug 16, 2014

The other major plot thread involves Emma Frost trying to pick a fight with Jean Grey, but not for the reason you may suspect. The ending of that story completely changes the pair's dynamic (which didn't have anywhere to go) and opens up the door for several new possibilities between Scott Summers‘ ex-girlfriends as actual friends. Poor Cyclops. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
All-New X-Men #31

Sep 9, 2014

Although I think it's very possible for these characters and this comic specifically to get time/space dimension fatigue beginning so quickly after wrapping up a storyline involving villains from the future, Brian Michael Bendis' choice to bring Jean Grey into a universe he knows so well (he did help create it after all) does open the door for some intriguing possibilities as long as the arc doesn't overstay its welcome (a problem the title has had issues with in the past). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
All-New X-Men #32

Oct 1, 2014

The Jean Grey/Miles Morales team-up sells the issue (while also providing a pretty cool splash panel of Miles' time as Spidey), but the other storylines don't put the original X-Men in situations which they couldn't have found on their own Earth (in either timeline, really). As someone who has largely ignored the Ultimate Universe since its creation the comic is is only mildly interesting to me but longtime fans may get more out of it. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
All-New X-Men #33

Nov 10, 2014

Getting Angel and X-23 back adds some nice levity to the situation while the rest of the team mainly freaks out with their new reality. For someone unfamiliar with Marvel's Ultimate Universe (which I've mostly avoided other than the early Ultimate Spider-Man arcs) I felt as out-of-place as the X-Men, but given the fact that is exactly the issue's hook it certainly doesn't hurt the story (although those more familiar with the universe will obviously get more out of the cameos of the various alternate versions of Marvel Comics characters). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
All-New X-Men #34

Dec 29, 2014

Things aren't any easier for the Beast who has a dinner date with this world's Doctor Doom who is fascinated with the tale of time-and-space-displaced mutants. Just what the super-villain plans to do with such knowledge is yet to be seen. And, in the least interesting of the three storylines, Iceman finishes battling the mole monster on the streets of New York only to run into a couple of police officers and discover mutants are no more beloved in this reality than his own. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
All-New X-Men #36

Feb 15, 2015

The issue is really a microcosm of the entire arc in that it includes some fun moments but never quite lives up to the promise of its premise ultimately offering a mostly forgettable adventure. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
All-New X-Men (2015) #2

Dec 23, 2015

As to the storyline, the Ghosts of Cyclops aren't that interesting and the increased hatred of mutants outside Austin, Texas where Iceman finds some new friends paints a bleak world view I don't have interest in returning to month after month. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 15, 2016

One issue in it's unclear whether, like Frank Miller's All-Star Batman volume, the series is supposed to exist in its own continuity or not. One thing is clear, seams are the new pouches in terms of overused comic cliches. Seriously DC, I don't need to see every damn seam highlighted in every super-hero's costume. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Amazing Spider-Man #634

Jun 19, 2010

Although I've liked individual stories in The Gauntlet, the story behind the scenes, which comes to the forefront here, has done more to weary me than our hero. Why am I supposed to care about forgotten Spider-Women, Madame Web (a character I've never liked), Ezekiel, Kaine, or Kraven's wacky family? Hopefully Marvel can get through the "Grim Hunt" and on to better things for the wallcrawler as fast as possible. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Amazing Spider-Man #651

Jan 18, 2011

The issue also includes a short Scorpion story tacked onto the end of the issue. I'm okay with Mac Gargan taking back the name, but I'm not sure I like the HYDRA looking design of the new suit, and I'm sure I hate the issues final couple of pages where the new Scorpion army is revealed. Ugh.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Amazing Spider-Man #657

Apr 4, 2011

There's also a nice moment at the end where the family sits down to watch the message Johnny left for Peter. It may not be as good as the one from FF #1, but it's still a nice moment. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #658

Apr 19, 2011

I have to say the amount of whining Spidey does in this issue troubles me a little. It looks like the decision is to make Peter far more kid-like than we've seen him in recent years in an attempt to better the team dynamic (which I think is a really, really bad idea). We also get the first rumblings of a major problem with Peter and Carlie's relationship which could lead to a big confrontation in the next issue. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Amazing Spider-Man #659

May 4, 2011

Meanwhile, back in New York, Carlie makes a decision that just might earn her the title of worst girlfriend ever by getting a tattoo of the Green Goblin to spite Peter for lying to her about his plans. So to teach him a lesson she permanently marks herself with the image of the man responsible for killing Peter Parker's first love. Yeah, that should go over real well. I think it's time to dump this chick Spidey and spend some more time with Ms. Marvel. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Amazing Spider-Man #660

May 18, 2011

And, finally, the Carlie Cooper tattoo fiasco in a switcheroo that makes no sense whatsoever and yet is still better than what was shown in last issue with her brilliant idea of branding her body with the image of the man who threw Peter Parker's first love off a bridge. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Amazing Spider-Man #677

Jan 18, 2012

I haven't been keeping up with Amazing Spider-Man lately given my lack of interest in Spider-Island and sheer the number of issues the title puts out every month. However, I have to say I love what Waid does with the ol' Web-Head here and I'm eagerly anticipating the conclusion of the arc this week. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
2.0
Amazing Spider-Man #700

Jan 1, 2013

I'm sure there will be some who will be looking forward to the fresh take on the new “Superior” Spider-Man, but, following the example laid down in the Ultimate Universe, Peter Parker is dead and replaced (this wasn't even an original idea). Sure, Marvel is likely to return Peter Parker to the living (perhaps within a year if fan outrage hits critical mass and sales drop), but, to put it bluntly, I honestly don't care what happens from here on. He was inarguably the heart and soul of Marvel Comics, and the Marvel Universe is going to miss him far more than they know. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Amazing X-Men #1

Nov 14, 2013

I really enjoyed the opening sequences of Nightcrawler and the apparent choice of writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness to bring him back into the Marvel Universe. Although the chaos on Firestar's first day is humorous, there's a bit much of it for my tastes as the joke runs a little too long. That said, Firestar's inclusion in the title as a part of this core team certainly brought a smile to my face (as did her awkward interaction with Iceman). I haven't yet been sold on any of the X-Men books on Wolverine's side of the X-Men split, but this one I may stick with. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Amazing X-Men #2

Dec 11, 2013

Despite his voice commenting on actions and events he couldn't possibly be witnessing, the comic is missing the character who the entire first arc of the series is named after on. Because of this the second issue isn't as strong (or as interesting) as the first, but it's still worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Amazing X-Men #3

Jan 22, 2014

After two issues of set-up, Amazing X-Men finally starts delivering on the promise of working Nightcrawler back into the group. Although I didn't expect the level of romantic undertones we get here, I love the reunion between the pair and can't wait to see where they go from here. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Amazing X-Men #4

Feb 25, 2014

Along with the various reunions writer Jason Aaron reveals the origin of the Bamfs and lays the groundwork for the possible cost of Nightcrawler's current heroism which may have serious repercussions for the still-dead hero and his teammates very soon. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Amazing X-Men #5

Apr 5, 2014

Kurt's return should also force Logan to admit his own failures including the split in the X-Men. How Nightcrawler is going to fit into that schism should be interesting to watch. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Amazing X-Men #6

Apr 24, 2014

Despite Mystique's plans to kill Kurt's father the pair form an uneasy truce which can't spell good things for any of the X-Men going forward. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Ame-comi Girls #2

Nov 24, 2012

The comic's major weakness is its choice of resurrected best forgotten C-list character in Duela Dent. That said, there's still plenty of fun to be had, and quite a bit of story jammed within the pages of the comic. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Ame-comi Girls #4

Jan 20, 2013

The retelling of Supergirl's origin isn't tweaked too much, but before out two super-powered Kryptonian females can get to know each other they've got an army of Manhunters to deal with. Goofy? Yeah, but it's an awful lot of fun and I'm certainly willing to stick around to see where things go from here. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Ame-comi Girls #5

Feb 16, 2013

Once again this all-female version of the DCU provides tons of action and a sense of craziness and goofiness missing in far to much of the New 52. The issue ends with the promise of an all new series beginning next week and a Dark Supergirl/Wonder Woman throwdown to kick things off. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Ame-Comi Girls (2013) #1

Mar 9, 2013

Although Brainiac's master plan seems more than a little ridiculous (even by Silver Age standards) this first issue is full of action and some humorous moments (such as Duela's amusement of Wonder Woman's attempt to stab every problem into submission). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Ame-Comi Girls (2013) #2

Apr 10, 2013

There are some interesting ideas in the later-half of the comic dealing with vigilantes working with the government (especially when two of them are minors), but (like the final few pages of the Braniac story involving Power Girl nearly coming to blows with Wonder Woman while trying to help a poisoned Supergirl) the writing seems rushed with panels, or even whole pages, missing. I wouldn't be surprised to learn that two-issues worth of story were crammed into this one book. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Ame-Comi Girls (2013) #3

May 6, 2013

I like the unusual choice for the Ame-Comi version of Green Lantern, although the change in the Green Lantern Oath threw me a little (as did the musical aspect of this GL's power). Star Sapphire's origins allow them to sort of merge Hal Jordan and Carol Ferris into a single character who could be friend or foe, depending on if Carol is able to control her emotions and new-found power. I'll be interested to see where this storyline goes from here. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Ame-Comi Girls (2013) #4

Jun 12, 2013

Personally, I'd have preferred the comic to stay away from the various rainbow corps other than Sinestra (especially the Black Lanterns), but the introduction of the backstory of the character is certainly no more ridiculous than Geoff Johns‘ original concept. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Ame-Comi Girls (2013) #5

Jul 8, 2013

Although its themes can't be called subtle, I really enjoyed the Hawkgirl story. The Strange story isn't quite as strong, but it works as well to bring the characters together and set-up their eventual arrival on Earth. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Ame-Comi Girls (2013) #6

Aug 9, 2013

Things fall apart for me in the final pages where Metra gets directly involvedk. I would have preferred the ladies to win the day on their own but the (unsubtle) Motherbox metaphor works okay and sets up new possibilities (albeit for a comic whose days appear to be numbered). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Ame-Comi Girls (2013) #7

Sep 7, 2013

There's plenty of action and some nice humor between Raven and Trigon as the invasion of Earth by a demon horde all because of one guy's daddy issues embraces the absurdity of the situation in a way the New 52 never would. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Ame-Comi Girls (2013) #8

Oct 24, 2013

The White Canary story gives us a character whose sonic scream is far more pronounced, making it impossible for the heroine to communicate at anything above a whisper (unless she wants to destroy all surrounding structures). I've enjoyed this series, and even if the final issue is one of the weakest, I'll still miss it's optimism and gleeful spirit. Once again, this is something the New 52 could use far more of… as well as more strong (preferably not insane) female characters. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Angel & Faith Season 9 #1

Sep 7, 2011

This first issue isn't awful, but it's pretty disappointing. Season Nine, the first full comic season with all the characters under one publisher's banner, begins not with a bang but a whimper. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Angel Season 11 #1

Jan 19, 2017

The story itself is an okay set-up for the new season. However, I'm far more excited by the return of Fred (who apparently is sharing a body with Illyria this time around). The idea of exploring an Angelus storyline is intriguing, but my squees for joy come from seeing Fred back in action. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Angel Season 11 #3

Mar 20, 2017

Angel Season Eleven #3 continues the unexpected opening arc with Angel meeting some of Illyria's worshipers/victims. When present, the current version of Illyria runs straight into danger which makes it a pretty good thing Fred is able to pull her back when things get too crazy. However, given what Illyria discovers at the end of the issue, Angel and Fred may need all the help they can get just to makes sure there is still a future worth returning to. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Angel Season 11 #5

Jun 2, 2017

The other question left unanswered is what is the mystical beetle in the carved wooden box? What is its power and how is it connected to the dark visions of the future Angel must stop? I guess we'll have to wait and see. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Animal Man #1

Sep 14, 2011

I have to admit a slight disappointment that the character's goofy costume (bright orange and blue tights complete with jacket and goggles) didn't survive the reboot, but other than that I have few complaints. Those looking for a typical hero comic may want to try something else, but if you want a little horror mixed in with an atypical hero saving the day I'd suggest giving Animal Man a shot. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Animal Man #2

Oct 8, 2011

Even though I'm not the biggest fan of this type of story, and I'll probably move on from the comic before this storyline is finished, I'm interested to see where Lemire and artist Travel Foreman end up taking the character, and how big a role the young Maxine will have in her father's use and understanding of his powers. And given the early glimpses we've seen here, the exploration of The Red is going to be a trippy experience. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Annihilators #1

Mar 8, 2011

Even if I find Doctor Dredd to be infused with way too much power for such a ridiculous character, there's still much worth reading. The choice of Quasar as the main story's narrator is an interesting one, although I am surprised (given his quantum bands) how insecure he feels towards the rest of his teammates. The real fun here, however, is the Raccoon story which alone is worth picking up.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Annihilators #2

Apr 13, 2011

Both stories get equal time this time around and both provide great moments. The cosmic level of the Annihilators matched with the craziness of Rocket and Groot is a great combination. The level of adorableness Timothy Green II infuses the art the B-story with (particularly the look of Rocket Raccoon) is just wonderful. If you only bought one comic this week I hope it was this one. It's rare I'm happy paying $5 for a single issue, but this time I think I got my money's worth. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Annihilators #4

Jun 14, 2011

The final panels of each story seem to suggest we'll be seeing both of these groups again (hopefully at a much-reduced cover price). Even though I love the Silver Surfer, I'm far more interested in a quirky comic about a new Guardians of a Galaxy than further adventures of the Annihilators. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Annihilators: Earthfall #1

Oct 5, 2011

Although we do get a Rocket Raccoon/Groot back-up story it's far shorter than what was included in the first Annihilators mini-series. And that's really too bad because less Rocket Raccoon is never a good thing. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Annihilators: Earthfall #2

Oct 31, 2011

My only real complaint here is the Rocket Raccoon/Groot back-up story gets even more truncated than it did in the first issue. We only get five pages of the pair stuck in Mojo‘s TV studio fighting out battles for the alien's entertainment. I enjoyed the story, and I love how artist Timothy Green II draws Rocket Racoon. I just wanted a few more pages of this story. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Annihilators: Earthfall #3

Nov 29, 2011

With only one issue left it looks like both stories (even if the second isn't being given as many pages as I'd like) look set to go out with a bang. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Annihilators: Earthfall #4

Jan 4, 2012

Much like the first mini-series Earthfall was fun, but not as good as I hoped it to be. Here's hoping the next one knocks it out of the park (and gives us at least twice as much Rocket Racoon and Groot). I AM GROOT!

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Arrow: Season 2.5 #7

Apr 16, 2015

With Oliver and Felicity both in enemy hands it should be interesting to see Arsenal and Huntress team-up to save them in the storyline's conclusion. Sadly, I have to admit the apparently imminent death of Khem-Adam makes me less interested to see how that plot thread eventually plays out. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Arrow: Season 2.5 #9

Jun 18, 2015

Although both the killer and the vigilantes manage to get away from the police, the need to create another batch of Mirakuru cure sets up further issues of this arc by sending Oliver back to Lian Yu (taking Harper along for the ride). I'm curious to see what buddy bonding the two might go through, and what trouble they might get themselves into, in Ollie's old stomping grounds. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Arrow: Season 2.5 #10

Jul 23, 2015

The rest of Arrow Season 2.5 #10 deals with events back in Starling involving Caleb Green‘s (who sadly is a far less interesting character than Slade) short encounter with Laurel Lance (which, as intended, drives Oliver crazy). The issue also spends time filling in the gap between Season Two and Season Three to help explain how Quentin Lance became Starling City's newest Police Captain. The first-half of the issue works better than the second (each was released previously as digital-first issues), but fans can still find some enjoyment here. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Astounding Wolf-Man #25

Nov 26, 2010

That's not to say I didn't enjoy the issue, I did. The final few pages present several new opportunities should Kirkman and Howard ever decide ever decide to return to the character. And just the thought that they've unleashed an army of werewolf covert opps into the Image universe, answerable only to their new leader, does make me smile.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Astro City (2013) #1

Jun 10, 2013

Although I thought The Broken Man's intro was a little odd, the character's sly narration works well to introduce the world of Astro City to both old and new readers as well as create an idea that the reader is being used to help steer the story to the outcome The Broken Man wishes. I'm happy to see the series get new life at Vertigo, and if this first issue is any indication it looks like Busiek and Anderson still have plenty of entertaining stories left to tell. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Astro City (2013) #2

Jul 15, 2013

Presented completely from Marella's point of view, we get her initial awe at her new job, the driven nature and yearning to get that one call to help save the world, and finally the acceptance and understanding of her small role in the larger picture. Without doubt, Astro City #2 is one of the best comics I've read this year. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Astro City (2013) #3

Aug 19, 2013

Although it may not be as good as Astro City #2 (which is easily one of the best comics I've read this year), it's a joy to see a comic delve into this side of super-hero comics again. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Astro City (2013) #4

Sep 17, 2013

Of course when villains such as the ridiculous Majordomo show up to forcibly recruit those like Martha who have no interest in their conquest, the Sidelineres do know how to defend themselves. Once again writer Kurt Busiek and artist Brent Anderson find another niche in super-hero comics to explore with entertaining results. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #5

Oct 15, 2013

The stories break down into a secret government agency in the 1930s dealing with the alien and bizarre, a Kobra-style cult leader in India during the 1940s, and a steam-punk heroine named Dame Progress chasing down a crafty villain whose motives aren't as black-and-white as she believes. Each story, although truncated, is worth reading.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #6

Nov 20, 2013

Although presented through the trappings of a sci-fi story, the latest issue of Astro City is a straightforward character study of a complicated man taking advantage of an unique situation. For a mobster Thatcher is rather pleasant, but he also knows how the world works and is always looking to take the next available opportunity to improve his situation. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #7

Dec 16, 2013

The focus may be different than the adventures we've gotten so far, but the storytelling is still just as good. Given what we've already seen over six issues I'd expect the role of the battered young boy to play a larger role in the story than we've seen so far, as will The Confessor who makes an appearance in the comic's final panel. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #8

Jan 20, 2014

With the help of The Confessor the group begins to narrow potential suspects, but Winged Victory appears dangerously close to throwing in the towel. However, I'm betting she's got at least one good fight left in her. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #9

Feb 17, 2014

Although the overall story isn't advanced much (the investigation hits dead ends and the evidence against Winged Victory mounts), in terms of exploring the effect of the attack on the hero Astro City #9 works well. And before it's over we get the tease of how the young man who came to her door just before her world started crashing down might have a big role to play in the arc's final issue next month. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #10

Mar 17, 2014

Although the full effect of the smear campaign isn't yet clear, Winged Victory earns her hard-fought victory and proves her worthiness to continue her quest to help troubled and abused woman (and her first male student) across the globe as her story, thankfully, isn't over quite yet. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #11

Apr 18, 2014

Writer Kurt Busiek and artist Brent Anderson have a flair for telling this kind of story focused on those on the periphery of the super-powerful individuals and eventful moments in the world of Astro City while continuing to deliver one of the best monthly comics available. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #12

May 19, 2014

Obsessed with the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, the glory days for Edward “Ned” James Carroway involved working alone and with other “Dapper Dans” or “Clotheshorses” whose robberies always included a touch of style and grace and providing an ideal life for his wife and daughter. However, after being caught first by Jack-in-the-Box and later the Confessor we also see the lows of Ned's life which include loosing his family and being lured once again back into a life of crime by old friends and a pair of expensive shoes. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Astro City (2013) #13

Jun 17, 2014

Although similar themes have certainly been developed and explored in more depth elsewhere, Astro City #13 still works by playing with the lives of normal characters and larger-than-life entities who don't always have the same needs or desires. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #14

Aug 19, 2014

The slimy nephew taking advantage of the old woman is a bit pretty easy to see coming, but writer Kurt Busiek hints that there's far more to Ellie's story than we've seen so far. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #15

Sep 24, 2014

Despite every motive to seek revenge from the woman who stole her life, Ellie proves to be a hero in every sense of the word not even accepting the praise or help of the world's heroes once they realize the true story. As always, worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Astro City (2013) #16

Oct 18, 2014

The result is another great addition to the current Astro City series, a heartfelt message to those still struggling to find themselves during adolescence, and a hero in Starbright who I hope to see much more of in the future. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Astro City (2013) #17

Nov 29, 2014

Told as the story by the one who witnessed it, first in dreams and later in reality, Astro City #17 delivers on every level with action, loss, true heroism, and a very Silver Age message about the nature of sacrifice. Best of the Week.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Astro City (2013) #18

Dec 27, 2014

Although I've quite enjoyed the short one-off issues of the current series, Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson open a door here I'll gladly walk through and stick around to see what does happen when a super-hero decides (or is forced to) retire? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Astro City (2013) #22

Apr 20, 2015

As with most of these one-off stories writer Kurt Busiek creates a beautiful tale that leaves us wanting more. From the man's life as a cosmic hero, a very John Carter-ish father and husband on an alien world, to life on Earth as a sci-fi author, there are many facets to Starfighter I certainly wouldn't mind be explored more in future issues. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Astro City (2013) #23

May 26, 2015

As is true with almost all of the comic's best storylines, Astro City #23 leaves the reader wanting more of the central character's story and Sticks' adventures in his new home. Thankfully we will be getting at least one more issue with the simian hero/drummer, but from what we're given here I'm hoping that won't be all we see from the character for the foreseeable future. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #24

Jul 7, 2015

As with the opening issue to this two-part tale Astro City #24 offers some twists and turns as Sticks struggles to find his role in Astro City where it's too dangerous to be a drummer and too hard to be a hero. His solution, thanks in part to an unexpected pep-talk from the Samaritan allows the character to create an unorthodox solution that not only allows him to live the life he's always wanted but still find a way to put his obvious skills to use. And if he's got to occasionally dress up in a monkey suit, so to speak, well that's a small price to pay for finding the freedom to play beautiful music. Isn't it? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Astro City (2013) #25

Aug 6, 2015

And she's heroic! Presented with hard choices our hero rises to the challenge to save not just one world but two. There's no cynicism or unnecessary grim filter that Busiek and Merino are forced to tell their tale through. This results in a fresh take on a rather basic premise that, like nearly all issues of the series, delivers just the kind of story you've been looking to read. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Astro City (2013) #26

Sep 4, 2015

When the nightmares begin to effect the hero's work he seeks out some super-human help. Although there's an explanation given for his experiences, and a villain to be caught, like most issue of Astro City the truth is never that simple. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Astro City (2013) #28

Nov 17, 2015

The heroes brought to life storyline is a common one in comics. Even if the resolution of the twist is the weakest aspect of the story, there's still plenty to enjoy here including the art of Gary Chaloner who does a good job of fitting his style to match the established art of the series by Brent Anderson far better than we saw in the previous issue (which, while certainly not awful, simply didn't look or feel like Astro City). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #29

Dec 8, 2015

I have a strong hunch about how the storyline will unfold but even so Busiek and Anderson sell me on the concept within the first few panels of the comic. I'll definitely be coming back for more of Zozat and those damn dirty humans. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #31

Jan 28, 2016

I don't know if or when the series might step back in to give us a look at the creature's new life with the Honor Guard, who accepts the Living Nightmare when it shows courage and true heroism and a driving desire for change, but in a series with countless nooks and crannies that might go unexplored for years, its good to know that the creature has earned a new life. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #32

Mar 9, 2016

As to the how, I'm looking forward to see that be played out over the next two issues and learn where it all went wrong (again) for Steeljack. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #33

Apr 4, 2016

It makes perfect since in a world where heroes and villains exist that someone would eventually make a cheap buck off their former merchandise and costumes. It's what they man behind the scenes may be doing with the old weapons which concerns Steeljack and his old friend (who is a little too enthusastic about seeing the Fix-It Man's wares to be completely trustworthy at this point). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Astro City (2013) #34

Apr 28, 2016

Steeljack‘s three-issue arc comes to a close as the former super-villain turned private detective and one-time squeeze Cutlass come up against the arc's true villain: a greedy collector grabbing and using super-villain tech for his own amusement (and to decorate his garish restaurant). Astro City #34 is the weakest issue of the arc but that doesn't mean there isn't still plenty for fans to enjoy including a nice (if a bit hokey) epilogue as dejected Steeljacket is surprised by the support of his friends which helps the man of steel put the entire sordid mess behind him.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Astro City (2013) #35

May 19, 2016

While his family digs at the archaeological site of the death of the first Jack-in-the-Box, Jerome's narrates the history of the hero from his grandfather to father, to the current incarnation of sidekick turned hero. Before he can catch us up on the full story things get interesting with the arrival of a new villain as, thankfully, this storyline will continue for one more issue. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Astro City (2013) #36

Jun 22, 2016

Just as we saw heroism and a desire to do good passed down in the last issue, here the hatred and need for vengeance leads to the creation of a new super-villain hell-bent on revenge for events she doesn't even understand. Finally uncovering the truth proves too much for the tortured soul who spent her entire life on a singular purpose which, now knowing the truth, can never be fulfilled. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Astro City (2013) #37

Jul 28, 2016

Through the stories from the Broken Man we learn about the legendary traveling musician Silverstring, the rebellious Mister Cakewalk, and see the birth of Jazzbaby. Presented through the view of omnipresent narrator who is only telling us the parts of the story he wishes us to know, it's an unusual walk down the streets of Astro City's dark and troubled past that nevertheless still holds its share of magic and wonderment. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #38

Sep 22, 2016

Only tied to the previous issue through it theme of music and how it connects the world, Astro City #38 may not be as strong an issue but there's plenty here to enjoy including both the musical theme which is further developed, the issue's big action sequence, and Jazzbaby herself. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Astro City (2013) #41

Feb 25, 2017

Totally accessible, the issue could be read easily by those who have followed the adventures in Astro City over two decades or someone picking up their first comic book. Nostalgic and wistful (two more trademarks of Busiek and Anderson's work), Astro City #41 in one comic you don't want to pass up about a hero who was more than just a cape and whose convictions helped him save the world (from both internal and external threats). Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Astro City (2013) #43

Apr 28, 2017

With Tillie stealing nearly all of the Broken Man's thunder it's a little unclear what lesson he wanted to impart to the readers in this issue. However, Tillie's story is easily entertaining enough to forgive her. I wouldn't mind hearing more from the girl and learn where he path goes from here. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Astro City (2013) #44

May 22, 2017

Every piece of this comic is terrific including the heroes unaware of the cat's action, the villain's Scooby-Doo style cursing about how his plans were foiled by a meddlesome cat, and the cat's own cat-like nature to, despite her super-powers and obvious intelligence, still cause mischief around the house. I want so much more of Kittyhawk than just one issue. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Astro City (2013) #45

Jul 6, 2017

It's hard to judge part one of “Who Broke the Broken Man?” as so much of the story is left untold. Next month's concluding issue certainly has plenty of questions to answer, however, and plenty of dots left to connect. Although he's popped up here and there over the current run of the series, so far the Broken Man has been more of a distraction than anything else. To properly judge this two-issue arc, and the number of appearances we've seen in previous issues, we'll have to wait and see just where the character's meandering story takes us, and what it all means for him… and for Astro City. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Astro City (2013) #46

Aug 24, 2017

I'll admit being surprised by the reveal of the Broken Man's creation. Plus, we get some classic Jack-in-the-Box action thrown in for free. While the comic does give us hard facts about the odd character, the truth about the Oubor remains largely a mystery. It's obviously opposed to the Broken Man and what he stands for, but what does it want? And how can we, the audience, help? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Astro City (2013) #47

Sep 19, 2017

While the cliffhanger suggests the next issue may get far more serious for our characters, this one is pure magic and definitely worth picking up. Best of the Week.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo and The Ring of Fire #1

Aug 3, 2015

The issue's B-story involves the new day-to-day life within Tesladyne, now controlled by Majestic 12 (under their new brand ULTRA), which begins to answer questions about why the group went to such lengths to take control of the company. The Action Scientists better get their boss back into fighting shape soon; it appears the world is going to need him. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo and The Ring of Fire #3

Nov 30, 2015

It's good to have Atomic Robo back looking more like his old self. And it's about time as the situation is only growing more dire issue by the issue. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od #1

Aug 15, 2016

Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od #1 is a solid issue to set-up the latest Atomic Robo mini-series. Filled with homages to the opening scene of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom as well as the comic's trademark humor, tie-ins to previous issues, and action-packed science adventuring, I can't wait to see where we go from here. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od #2

Sep 28, 2016

One heroic rescue later and Atomic Robo, Dr. Lu, and Helen are all fleeing the burning laboratory, leaving one pissed-off super-soldier in their wake. Now that the immediate goal of rescuing Dr. Lu has been accomplished, Robo and his friends will still have to deal with a crumbling laboratory full of the tools necessary to create an entire army of enhanced soldiers just like the one that was able to capture Robo all on his own. Good thing we've got three issues left! Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo and the Temple of Od #3

Nov 3, 2016

The issue ends with our hero in danger yet again. Although the science of his plan seemed sound, the execution may not have been all that he hoped. With only two issues remaining, Atomic Robo needs to buckle down and find a way to stop the Japanese, their Zero Point experiments, and the super-soldiers at their command. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Atomic Robo Presents: Real Science Adventures #2

May 21, 2012

Although all four stories are fun The Sparrow is still missing a certain robotic hero to liven things up, and it certainly feels like it would have been better served told in more than a few pages at a time (honestly, I'd completely forgotten what happened in this story in issue #1). Sadly, the killer robotic dogs on the cover don't make an appearance in this issue. Only the Rasputin tale stands out and I would have gladly traded the pages of one of the other stories to have this one fleshed-out a little more. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo Presents: Real Science Adventures #3

Jul 3, 2012

The fourth tale, “Atomic Robo and the Electromatic Dream Machine” finds the science adventurer trapped in a dreamlike battle of wits with a disgruntled fired scientist. It's fun, but not too memorable. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo Presents: Real Science Adventures #4

Jul 14, 2012

The most interesting story is the very personal take on today's comic industry as Atomic Robo steps into a comic book shop for the first time in 40 years only to discover the bizarre nature of reboots, retcons, variant covers, and grim and gritty comics – none of which appeal to the comics he once knew and loved. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Atomic Robo Presents: Real Science Adventures #5

Aug 13, 2012

Is it still enjoyable? Will I still pick up the final issue of the series? Of course, but with the new series The Flying She-Devils of the Pacific already underway, I'm ready to delve into an ongoing arc with the more consistent art of Scott Wegener and (hopefully) a bigger payoff than what I've seen here. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Atomic Robo Presents: Real Science Adventures #6

Sep 23, 2012

Although the mini-series gave us some fun short stories over its six-issue run (which turns out to be at least two issues too many) we've seen the comic sputter to a finish the last few months with meandering stories, too many of which didn't include Atomic Robo. What I'll likely remember Atomic Robo Presents Real Science Adventures for is some terrific covers and a lot of missed opportunity in terms of storytelling. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Atomic Robo Presents: Real Science Adventures #7

Apr 23, 2013

Even without Atomic Robo, writer Brian Clevinger still delivers a fun (if somewhat unmemorable) adventure. I like Erica Henderson's art, but at times felt like an odd choice for the tone of the comic. That said, I'm still likely to pick up the next issue. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo Presents: Real Science Adventures #8

Jun 3, 2013

The back-up story concludes Atomic Robo and his group's discovery of a giant robot in Egypt. As Robo and the other scientist argue how best to continue with the creature looming large before them, Jenkins takes matters into his own hands and settles the question once and for all. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Atomic Robo Presents: Real Science Adventures #9

Aug 13, 2013

Although their investigation leads to little in the way of concrete answers, it does narrow the focus of the storyline going forward as well as bring the threesome to the attention of another interested party: Nikola Tesla.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo Presents: Real Science Adventures #10

Sep 6, 2013

I was happy to see the return of both Ke-Ying and Oakley (although Annie isn't given much to do this time around) as it looks like there will be plenty of trouble for all of Tesla's associates to handle beginning next issue with the reprisal from the Black Coats. The issue also reprints the amusing “The Yonkers Devil” as a back-up story. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo Presents: Real Science Adventures #11

Sep 30, 2013

The second back-up story, years later, involves Atomic Robo answering a distress call from the military who have gotten into a spot of trouble into the Vampire Dimension while using that same lost technology (a fact that doesn't go unnoticed by the incensed Robo). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Atomic Robo Presents: Real Science Adventures #12

Dec 1, 2013

The issue includes two short back-up stories involving Atomic Robo taking down a pair of spies in Nevada (by jumping out of an airplane and landing on their car) and Dr. Dinosaur laying what he considers an ingenious trap for members of Tesladyne that doesn't produce the results the insane dinosaur hoped for. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo: Ghost of Station X #4

Dec 20, 2011

Thanks to the help of some low tech trucker know-how, Robo is able to trace the signals back to Hashima Island (where Louis and Martin are about to land). With one issue left (enclosed in a giant crate on his way to the island) Atomic Robo will have to save his friends, uncover the truth behind the conspiracy that wants him dead, and save the world. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo: Ghost of Station X #5

Feb 17, 2012

One final note: I struggled to find a comic in any local comic shop around Kansas City. I mentioned this to Brian Clevinger via Twitter and was almost instantly granted a review copy to enjoy. Thank you! You're a class act, sir, and I can't wait to read Volume 7 (and I'm already super-excited for the news that Dr. Dinosaur will return in Volume 8). As long as you and Scott Wegener keep making Atomic Robo comics I (and a whole bunch of comic nerds everywhere) will very, very happily keep reading them.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo: Revenge Of The Vampire Dimension #1

Feb 20, 2010

The team of writer Brian Clevinger and artist Scott Wegener return to their characters in the first issue of this new Atomic Robo mini-series, and, if this first issue is any indication, it should be a fun ride.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Atomic Robo: Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur #1

Jun 28, 2013

Although we only get Dr. Dinosaur in the first issue's final pages, there's much to enjoy here including the multiple references to Jenkins hatred of paperwork, the mystery of 8/11 and who exactly is out to destroy the image of our lovable hero, the Tesladyne team realizing they've just been framed (again), and Robo's team on-the-nose reading of why Robo has joined them on what appears initially to be a wild goose chase. Oh, and did I mention, it has Dr. Dinosaur! I can't wait for issue #2. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
Atomic Robo: Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur #2

Aug 20, 2013

I simply can't recommend the awesome of this comic, and the first two issues of the latest series, enough. Bring on issue #3! Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo: Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur #3

Nov 25, 2013

Next issue I'd expect to see more of Jenkins leading the group to repel the soldiers who have finally arrived and, hopefully, more back-and-forth between Atomic Robo and Dr. Dinosaur. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Atomic Robo: Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur #4

Jan 6, 2014

With only a single issue left, Jenkins captured and Tesladyne in the hands of their enemies, and Dr. Dinosaur detonating his absurd creation, there's still quite a bit of ground to cover to find out just how Atomic Robo and his friends defeat his supremely-awesome arch-nemesis and get out of this one. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Atomic Robo: Savage Sword of Dr. Dinosaur #5

Jan 27, 2014

The issue also sees Jenkins turn the tables on Majestic, but, just as Atomic Robo's story ends on a cliffhanger, we're left to wonder just what happened after the explosion at Tesladyne. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Atomic Robo: The Deadly Art of Science #1

Nov 13, 2010

Fans of Brian Clevinger and Scott Wegener's off-beat character should feel right at home. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Atomic Robo: The Deadly Art of Science #3

Feb 15, 2011

A very enjoyable issue all around punctuated with Tarot's increasingly short-temper towards all of Atomic Robo's "help." And aside from giving or hero his first kiss, Helen also teaches him a lesson about family which gives us a nice closing sequence between Robo and his creator Nikola Tesla that brings the pair's confrontation earlier in the issue full circle. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Atomic Robo: The Deadly Art of Science #4

Feb 28, 2011

We also get a little more of the book's villain this time around " Thomas Edison. We only get a short glimpse as to what his scientists are working on, but the final issue seems primed to wrap-up all these stories satisfactorily. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo: The Deadly Art of Science #5

May 9, 2011

From beginning to end this is the best series of so far of Atomic Robo and I'm going to be on the lookout for the trade paperback of the full series to add to my shelf. Definitely worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo: The Flying She-Devils Of The Pacific #1

Jul 5, 2012

A fun first issue to start the new series with an unexpected (but humorous) chauvinistic slant from Atomic Robo. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo: The Flying She-Devils Of The Pacific #2

Aug 18, 2012

Robo also has to deal with the news that Lauren, the She-Devil's resident mechanical whiz, has cannibalized the prototype airship Robo was shot down in. Initially furious, Robo comes to find Lauren's inventiveness and outside-the-box thinking infectious and agrees to help her redesign the jet packs using his technology. This brings peace back to the island, or would except for the arrival of the mysterious planes attacking the She-Devils' hidden island. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo: The Flying She-Devils Of The Pacific #3

Sep 27, 2012

With so much action there's not a lot of time for character and story development, but writer Brian Clevinger does find places to insert the oddball humor of the comic we've all come to know and love. Hopefully next issue will reveal the identities and motives of the She-Devils' enemies and continue to bring more zany action. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo: The Flying She-Devils Of The Pacific #4

Nov 20, 2012

Issue #4 sets up the events of next month's series conclusion, reunites Atomic Robo and the She-Devils, and provides tons of action and a couple of very amusing moments. In other words, exactly what you'd expect from Atomic Robo. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Atomic Robo: The Flying She-Devils Of The Pacific #5

Dec 20, 2012

Most of the action is pretty straightforward, but the comic's best moments come in the battle's aftermath when Atomic Robo looks to see what his involvement with the women has cost the She-Devils (and his own company). We also get a sweet epilogue set years into the future as the granddaughter of one of the She-Devils discovers her Gramms has lived a far more exciting life than she ever dreamed. It's this final scene that really ties a nice bow on the entire series and sends it off in style. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo: The Knights of the Golden Circle #1

May 1, 2014

It didn't take long to sell me on the new series, and even after receiving a free digital review copy of the comic I gladly spent the money to grab a print copy. Giddyap Robo, I'm ready to ride! Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo: The Knights of the Golden Circle #2

Jul 9, 2014

Assuming the role of Ironside (who he's mistaken for by both friend and foe), Robo is forced to take part in events leading to the kind of zany fun regular readers of his adventures have come to expect. The reveal of a nefarious plot involving Helsingard certainly raises the stakes (or at least it will once Robo catches sight of his old, but here younger, enemy). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Atomic Robo: The Knights of the Golden Circle #3

Jul 28, 2014

Another fun action-packed issue clues us on to the limited time our time-displaced robotic-science adventurer has before he runs out of power while also letting our hero learn just who is behind the abductions leaving a series of empty old west ghost towns while creating weapons for conquest and (one would assume) other nefarious purposes. Must-Read.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Atomic Robo: The Knights of the Golden Circle #4

Oct 28, 2014

Brian Clevinger and artist Scott Wegener don't skimp on the action or humor as the latest Atomic Robo limited series continues to rolling along towards its conclusion in the next issue. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Atomic Robo: The Knights of the Golden Circle #5

Nov 22, 2014

It's not every issue of Atomic Robo in which you get to see our hero die, although the state of his remains keeps the door open for his return to the present (or perhaps near future?) as soon as the crate is discovered. Who exactly opens the crate, now that Tesladyne has been shut down, however, opens up new possibilities for what kind of world Robo will find himself in, and what kind of Robo readers may find, once our hero is brought back to the world of the living. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Avengers (2010) #2

Jun 24, 2010

The bad news? The time steam is broken. The good news? The Avengers, with the help of Noh-Varr, are ready to hop into the future and set things straight (unless Wonder Man can stop them). And any title that has a cameo from both the 2099 Universe and the original Guardians of the Galaxy gets a pass from me. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Avengers (2010) #7

Nov 20, 2010

If the story moves forward Parker should be a match for the Avengers, and a villain worthy of the team needing all the help they can get. I just hope writer Brian Michael Bendis isn't set on putting all the gems in the hands of this two-time loser.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Avengers (2010) #8

Jan 11, 2011

This is actually an issue you could easily skip and not miss any big developments in the story arc. That said, it's still worth a look for the interactions between the Illuminati, but it's far from a must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Avengers (2010) #10

Mar 1, 2011

All that plus our heroes finally come face-to-face with the villain amassing the Infinity Gems for himself – the Hood (who's gotten his grubby hands on yet another gem). Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Avengers (2010) #11

Apr 6, 2011

Oh, and the surprise guest who makes his appearance on the final panel? Yeah, that's pretty damn cool, too. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Avengers (2010) #12

Apr 25, 2011

In the end the Hood goes back to jail, the Red Hulk becomes a permanent member of the Avengers, and we see Steve Rogers making a compromise he wouldn't have made three or four years ago. It may not be as good as the last issue, but it's still worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Avengers (2010) #14

Jun 21, 2011

I don't mind the elevated nature as the heroes say kind words about the Red Hulk for apparently (but not really) giving his life in a futile cause, but given the level of reference displayed here you'd think they were talking about someone on the level of Captain America (all the more empty given the absence of any body foreshadowing that this isn't the end of the character). Good idea. Bad execution. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Avengers (2012) #1

Dec 10, 2012

The first comic certainly teases big, epic-size adventures to come, with what looks like may be a rotating roster of reserves. Far less talky than Brian Michael Bendis‘ take on the characters, I've got to admit I kinda want my money back for how little Jonathan Hickman delivers, compared to the epicness which is promised in the first few pages. And I'm sure as hell not going to spend $4 more in just two weeks to see where he goes from here. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Avengers Assemble #7

Sep 14, 2012

The use of the Badoon is a nice touch (given their importance to the original Guardians of the Galaxy) and although Thanos omnipotence and brashness to the Elders of the Universe is nothing new, it's presented well. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Avengers Assemble #8

Oct 24, 2012

The end of the arc works well, and gives us two full pages of the two teams beating the crap out of a de-powered Thanos. There is still the matter of the Badoon armada on their way to Earth, but it looks like we'll have to wait a few months to see how that plays out when the Guardians return in their new monthly comic in February. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Avengers Prime #1

Jun 5, 2010

Can a fractured friendship be forged anew? Can trust lost be regained? Can Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, and Thor stop from killing each other long enough to survive the hell to which they've just been sent? Those are just three questions this new mini-series sets out to answer. There's much to enjoy here including Iron Man in my favorite classic armor, Steve Rogers taking down a small army, and an unexpected villain for Thor to battle. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Avengers Vs. X-Men #0

Apr 1, 2012

It's no coincidence the first issue (or does a zero issue still count as a preview issue – goddamit, did I mention I hate zero issues?!) begins with the character who made mutants an endangered species and the one believed to be able to return them to glory. Of the two, I think Hope's story is stronger. Knowing the cold reception she would receive I just don't buy Wanda getting talked into visiting the mansion that easily, even by Carol Danvers (who also should have known better). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Avengers Vs. X-Men #1

Apr 6, 2012

To the X-Men, however, handing over what many believe to be the Mutant Messiah their only chance at fighting back from extinction to a species known to hate and distrust them isn't going to go over well. What's going to be intersting is how these characters and two teams are going to coexist after all the smoke clears. I can't wait until issue #2. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Avengers Vs. X-Men #2

Apr 24, 2012

But it's bad news for the Avengers as it seems Cyclops has bought Hope enough time as the Phoenix has indeed started to rise. The fallout of this issue, in two weeks, should be very interesting. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Avengers Vs. X-Men #3

May 5, 2012

By the end of the issue we now have three distinct groups. Cyclops and the X-Men who want to keep Hope away from the Avengers, the Avengers who want to keep Hope away from becoming the new Phoenix, and Wolverine who just wants her dead. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Avengers Vs. X-Men #4

May 19, 2012

In the end we're left an okay comic with a couple of nice scenes but where the big tease of Hope becoming the new Phoenix is still unfulfilled. I'm probably done with the series until the focus shifts to the actually event and its fallout, rather than just teasing us about what's coming (especially at $4 per issue). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Avengers Vs. X-Men #5

Jun 11, 2012

Honestly, as twists got this one is pretty damn dumb, but having the power dispersed among five different X-Men may create some unusual battles over the next few issues before Marvel finally relents and gives us the only thing we're reading this comic for – the new Phoenix. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes #9

Dec 12, 2012

The back-up story involves the Black Widow and the Wasp sneaking into Doctor Doom‘s laboratory to rescue a pair of scientists whose work Doom is corrupting to turn into a biological weapon. Complete with insane escape, quarreling scientists, and Doombots, it proves to be just as much fun. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Bat-Mite #1

Jun 13, 2015

I've always had a soft spot for Bat-Mite who I remember fondly co-starring on The New Adventures of Batman when I was younger (a show that hasn't aged as well as I'd like). I have no problem with the character getting his own mini-series but this toned down version without his abilities feels like a shadow of his former self. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Bat-Mite #4

Sep 16, 2015

It's an unusual team-up to be sure (especially since the New 52 seems fine with writing Booster out of its current continuity). Still, the two unlikely heroes make a fun pair (even if neither is clad in their traditional costumes). Eventually Booster and Bat-Mite learn to work together to stop a villain stuck in the past (and stop him from collecting vintage comics?). Oh well, even if Gridlock's crimes aren't exactly world-shattering, it's still fun to see Booster back in action (whatever he's wearing). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batgirl (2009) #12

Jul 15, 2010

A new Batgirl has found her place in the DCU, and I'm glad. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batgirl (2009) #13

Aug 12, 2010

Throw in the seamless addition of Proxy (who just might be an okay replacement for Oracle), the early scenes of Batgirl at college, and Stephanie's conversations with Detective McHandsome (great nickname), and you've got yourself a really good read. Definitely worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batgirl (2009) #14

Sep 11, 2010

Throw in several humorously drawn moments from Lee Garbett as our pair of heroines take down the Dracula's all over town, and a terrific cover by Stanley Lau, and you've got yourselves a one hellova fun comic. I wasn't kidding about the petition. I definitely want to see more of these two together. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batgirl (2009) #15

Nov 12, 2010

Not as good as some recent issues of Batgirl, but the trademarks that make the character and comic work are still here. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batgirl (2009) #16

Dec 9, 2010

And after being framed for murder writer Bryan Q. Miller has given Stephanie the added incentive of revenge to track them down. We also get some great trademark great dialogue between Stephanie and Oracle and another appearance by “Detective McCute.” It may not be the title's best, but there's plenty here worth reading. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batgirl (2009) #17

Jan 19, 2011

There's also a good opening dialogue between Damian and Alfred, who Damian has come to accept as "an adequate servant," and the random panel of Stephanie's dream mumblings about killing Abraham Lincoln. Throw in a high speed chase involving a school bus, which Damian stabs (successfully) and attempts to drive (a little less successfully), and you've got everything you need for a great read!

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batgirl (2009) #18

Feb 15, 2011

Of course this includes dimension jumping, trying to prevent herself from being burned at the stake, fighting off a Witch Boy's cat (which turns out to be a man-sized vicious were-cat), and even kissing Witch Boy in front of her friends. Weird, but also worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batgirl (2009) #19

Mar 16, 2011

Even with these minor quibbles Batgirl continues to deliver yet another good story. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batgirl (2009) #20

Apr 18, 2011

Even if the central relationship to the comic seems to be going away, it's tongue-in-cheek humor is still very much in display here (including an impatient Steph struggling to get through class). Batgirl also creates some new super-duper Batarangs and takes her new ride, "The Compact," out on its first mission. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batgirl (2009) #21

May 17, 2011

The latest issue also shows us how far the new Grey Ghost is going to go in order to protect Batgirl, even if that means betraying her to her enemies. I'm sad that with everyone else leaving this is the character who seems to be sticking around, but we'll have to wait awhile to see how this storyline plays itself out. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batgirl (2009) #22

Jun 16, 2011

As to what further trouble Steph will get into overseas we'll have to wait for the crossover in Batman: Incorporated #9. Meaning I have to read a Grant Morrison Batman story to get more Batgirl. Sigh. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Batgirl (2009) #23

Jul 14, 2011

Pick this issue up. My only complaint is there's only a single issue left, but I have a feeling Mr. Miller is going to have Stephanie Brown go out in style. I would expect nothing less. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Batgirl (2009) #24

Aug 15, 2011

Miller doesn't sign-off with regret, or anger. He leaves us with a tearful but hopeful Stephanie Brown savoring her moment in the sun. It's an unbelievably classy exit for a character I couldn't have cared less about two years ago and now I can't imagine the DCU without. For rebooting Stephanie Brown into one great character, for giving her such a terrific farewell, and for everything in between, I've got to thank Bryan Q. Miller. Here's hoping we haven't seen the last of Stephanie Brown; the DCU needs far more characters like her, not less. But if we have, man, what a way to go! Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Batgirl (2011) #1

Sep 13, 2011

Of all the new #1′s Batgirl had the most to prove out of the gate, and it's the most disappointing (at least so far). I'm willing to give Gail Simone some time to try and work this version of Babs into the new DCU, but this is an inauspicious start. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batgirl (2011) #3

Nov 15, 2011

It's not the character I want to see in the role, or the type of stories I want to read, but I wish Gail Simone luck on this Batgirl. I'm not sorry I picked up this issue but I have a feeling it might be a long time before I buy another.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batgirl (2011) #35

Oct 17, 2014

The comic gets a new direction with Batgirl #35 that effectively de-ages the character and creates a more lighthearted world for her to live. Throw in a kick-ass new low-tech costume, a guest-appearance from Black Canary, and Babs fighting the mother of all hangovers to recover her stolen property, and the creative team of writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher, and artist Babs Tarr, sell me on the concept fairly early. Do I still wish it was Steph under the cowl and Babs behind the computer? Absolutely, but at least this version of Batgirl has a little of her youthful energy and a slightly less dingy world to explore. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batgirl (2011) #36

Nov 24, 2014

My only disappoint with Batgirl #36 is the fact that neither the flashbacks to Barbara's past nor the investigation into the anime lead to Barbara eventually defeating the evil duo as she simply beats them using her usual skill-set. Batgirl #36 is a good example of where the new New 52 series gets into trouble by trying to make Barbara appear younger and inexperienced but still include her lengthy history and experience (which comes and goes as need-be). Despite these issues it's still pretty darn entertaining. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batgirl (2011) #37

Dec 22, 2014

The new creative team keeps up the energy and more lighthearted feel of the comic. Although Barbara eventually defeats the fake Batgirl, the artist isn't the one actually responsible for the calculated attacks on Babs. Once again the comic foreshadows a bigger villain in the shadows, one who knows all of Batgirl's secrets and is having way too much fun at our heroine's expense. I'm still betting it's Calculator. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batgirl (2011) #39

Feb 24, 2015

Once again the art of Babs Tarr is the highlight of the issue, but the style and look of the series in and of themselves can't hide the fact that better storytelling is needed. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batgirl (2011) #46

Dec 30, 2015

I'm appreciative of any issue that tries to incorporate Steph back into the DCU but this feels more like fan service than an actual attempt to bring Spoiler into Barbara's orbit. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batgirl (2011) #47

Jan 31, 2016

When the break-in inevitably becomes a complete fiasco it also ends the comic on an anti-climactic note. In fact, the only real development here are the final panels where we see the truth of Barbara's memory issues and how she's being coerced into making decisions she neither remembers nor completely understands. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batgirl (2011): Endgame #1

Mar 25, 2015

I'm still very much on the fence about the New 52's version of Black Canary, or her new title as the lead singer of a touring band, but at least Batgirl: Endgame #1 makes Dinah less of the vacuous bitch than she's been in the last few issues of Batgirl and allows the former besties to finally bury a hatchet whose very existence was perplexing to begin with. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batgirl (2016) #1

Aug 5, 2016

I don't know that I'm quite sold enough on this first issue to begin picking it up monthly, but at least it has the more lighthearted feel of what a Batgirl comics should be and is staying away from the dark and gritty (at least for now). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Aug 23, 2016

While I think the pairing of this trio could work under the right circumstances, it doesn't work for me here. Nor, based on what we see here, is there any reason to expect that this trio would stick together after their common goals have been met. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Sep 25, 2016

The second issue works slightly better than the first, although the group is still far from the team it will need to properly earn the name Birds of Prey. There are rumors that another DC character will be joining the Birds in the coming months. Here's hoping it's someone like Zinda Blake who can add some lighthearted ass-kicking fun to the proceedings. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Jul 24, 2016

The storyline of Barbara reconnecting with her former partner involves a new hacker using her old moniker. When their paths cross with the vengeful former Spyral agent events are set for the comic's opening issue. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman #700

Jun 14, 2010

Is it worth picking up? For big-time Bat-fans, yes. For everyone else, probably not. The time mystery isn't that interesting and of all the stories here only the current version of Batman and Robin is told all that well. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman #702

Aug 26, 2010

There are also a couple of really good lines describing Superman, his abilities, and his larger world, from Batman's point of view. Better late than never, and worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman #703

Sep 9, 2010

There are some nice moments between Dick and Damian (especially towards the end of the story), but nothing that would make anyone other than hardcore Bat-fans pick this issue up. Nice cover, though. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman #706

Jan 23, 2011

The story itself works pretty well as the various stories hint without giving too much away. Filled with action, this actually is a mystery story (in several different ways) for Batman to solve. It's also nice to see Grayson's detective skills highlighted.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Batman #710

May 25, 2011

I've read some bad Batman comics in my day, but this issue is such a clusterfuck it's baffling to behold. Here's hoping the title makes some swift changes and gets back on track as soon as possible.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman #713

Aug 24, 2011

Some might find it a little schmaltzy, but I thought this story worked well as a Coda for the series and a nice send off for this version of Batman and Robin. I also enjoyed art recreating the various looks of Batman over the years and the outline of the big moments in Batman's history. There's also a nice splash page of the Bat-Family. It may not have been my first choice for the Caped Crusader's final issue, but it's a solid one. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman '66 #1

Oct 19, 2013

As a fan of the old television show I can certainly see the nostalgic charm of the comic and the recreations of the designs of the TV-show (who doesn't love that old Batmobile?), the ridiculous riddles and cornball moments (such as Batman and Robin taking a milk break in the Batcave), an a sense of fun missing from far too many of today's Batman titles. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman '66 #2

Oct 27, 2013

The back-up story we get isn't as entertaining but it does feature a pair of the more ridiculous TV-show villains fans of the show should enjoy in Chandell and Lorelei Circe. The story is also notable for the cameo by Kathy Kane who even gets to dress up as Batwoman (although only in Batman's Siren-caused hallucination). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman '66 #5

Nov 30, 2013

The issue also includes the first appearance of Batgirl in a back-up story, featuring some fun art by Colleen Ann Coover, when she takes on the Eartha Kitt Catwoman who attempts to rob the Gotham Museum of the priceless Tiger Topaz. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Batman '66 #6

Jan 1, 2014

The issue's back-up story has a ridiculous moment of Batman taking control of trained killer bears with sign language and then riding them to victory (seriously, WTF), but is also stuck with a D-list villain in Olga, Queen of Cossacks. While I think there are possibly good stories to do with both the Bookworm and even Olga, the margin for error is very small. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman '66 #7

Jan 30, 2014

The back-up story is a bit odd as the Joker decides to take Wall Street's advice and downsize to increase profits only to not have enough henchmen to properly execute a heist or defend himself against Batman and Robin. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman '66 #8

Feb 22, 2014

The back-up story is also a bit odd as it puts Batman and Robin in cowboy hats and sends them after the outlaw Shame in the modern Old West. Only partially successful like the main storyline, the adventure seizes on a villain from the show while offering an odd story which would have been more in line of the comics at the time than on television. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman '66 #9

Mar 26, 2014

Featuring not one but two death traps, Batman '66 #9 offers some enjoyable (if forgettable) moments along the way to the heroes eventually taking down the villain while also crafting a possible origin story for the young woman who Zelda may have turned to a life of crime. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman '66 #10

May 7, 2014

Not only does Batgirl beat Robin to uncovering the villain's hideout (he only shows up after at the very end of the issue), but she also makes short work of Cleopatra who turns out to be all bark and no bite once her venomous cobras are taken out of play. I hope the series has more Batgirl stories in store. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman '66 #11

May 26, 2014

The Joker's plot certainly works well, and teaming him up with Catwoman offers a reason for Batgirl to find her way into the comic's main story – something I hope we'll see more of in the months to come. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman '66 #12

Jul 1, 2014

The back-up story is fun but dumb as the Minstrel steals the Shakespeare bust out of Wayne Manor locking Bruce and Dick out of the Batcave (umm… couldn't they just use Alfred's entrance?) and forcing them to wear old prototype costumes to track the villain down. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman '66 #13

Aug 3, 2014

The choice to drop the price of the issue a dollar and forgo he back-up story is of interest making the comic a bit more affordable but also meaning we're left without a Batgirl sighting or a second villain. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Batman '66 #14

Sep 11, 2014

Widening the Batman '66 universe to include the wacky comic storylines that the TV series inspired, Batman '66 #14 offers a fun issue all around in what is easily one of the title's best issues to date. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman '66 #15

Oct 9, 2014

In another nice mix of action and camp (the citizens of Gotham actually help the police track down money blowing through the streets from the villains' bank robbery), the latest issue puts a more comic book spin on a villain who only made a single appearance on the television show in one two-part episode. Relying less on gadgets than chemicals and animal attraction (and one of the first villains not to be drawn distinctly different than the actor who played her on television), the woman earns her super-villain name as she gets as close to any of Batman's villains in her attempts to kill The Dark Knight Detective and Boy Wonder. The result is an entertaining issue that offers readers the rare opportunity of seeing one of Batman's oldest enemies fight beside Batman and Robin. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman '66 #16

Nov 11, 2014

Although more supernatural than the old television show ever got, Batman '66 #16 certainly feels like a comic of that time period. Eventually the Cro-Magnon Duo find a way to outsmart the super-villain, who has grown weary with how easy his life has become, and restore his brain, their likenesses, and Gotham, back to the status quo. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman '66 #17

Dec 24, 2014

King Tut seems to be a favorite of the Jeff Parker and other writers and artists as the villain makes yet another appearance in the comics while several other classic characters have seen far less attention. Much like his previous appearances, the standard set-up applies as Batman and Robin outwit the deranged pharaoh and conveniently knock the man on the head leading to him recovering his wits once again (almost as conveniently as the original hit which transformed him back into Tut at the beginning of the comic). The zombie plague is a bit bizarre, but Parker has fun with the concept having the mindless citizens bury the Dynamic Duo alive leading to their triumphant resurrection in time to foil the villain's plans once more. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman '66 #19

Feb 11, 2015

Batman '66 fanatics may want to pick it up as it does still capture the feel of the series and highlight one of the show's lesser-known villains. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman '66 #21

Apr 6, 2015

That said, there's still fun to be had given how much Batgirl we get in this issue, Batgirl getting her own (slightly sexist) version of the Bat-Signal, and the chance to see Batman and Batgirl take down a group of ninjas. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman '66 #25

Sep 27, 2015

The comic's back-up story by Gabriel Soria and Ty Templeton features Barbara Gordon taking down the Penguin, the Joker, the Riddler, and Catwoman when the four villains lay siege to the ad agency Miss Gordon recently began temping at. Hoping to get the ad men to rework their image, Barbara turns the villains' distrust of each other to her advantage and defuses the entire situation without ever having to don her tights. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #1

Jun 8, 2014

It's a fun first issue although it will be interesting to see how Smith and Garmin get around the Dynamic Duo teaming up with a pair of villains to keep the team-up going. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #2

Jul 10, 2014

Certainly a niche story within an already niche market, Batman '66 Meets The Green Hornet #2 continues the fun of the first issue although, even with the introduction of the Joker as a major player going forward in the mini-series, the limitations of the premise are already beginning to show. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 #1

Jan 27, 2017

It's strange that it took someone this long to make such an obvious pairing, although having them meet when Bruce is a child is certainly unexpected. Except for the beginning of the issue, the entire storyline takes place in an extended flashback to the night Bruce met Talia, Wonder Woman, and Ra's al Ghul and the chase for a mysterious pair of books which it seems many people are wiling to kill for. Just what those books unlock, and why Ra's and his daughter have hunted them for years, isn't explained, but you can bet it's not simply to add to his extensive library. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman (2011) #0

Sep 14, 2012

For a comic that ties all these threads together Batman #0 should feel more than a mixed success (at best), but too many of these pieces don't fit together and the overall narrative feels far too forced. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman (2011) #1

Sep 27, 2011

This one's an easy recommendation, and a solid read (even if the final panel is an obvious red herring). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman (2011) #2

Oct 24, 2011

I'm also impressed with Snyder's ability to capture Bruce Wayne's arrogance while still being able to present a likable character. Even if he villain isn't a great one Snyder's story about the guardians of Gotham and Capullo's art elevate the issue into one of the best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman (2011) #3

Nov 24, 2011

As to the Court of Owls, the uncovering of the mystery works well enough, but the conspiracy and super-secret organization full of people dressed up as owls hiding in the homes of Gotham's most wealthy doesn't come off any better than it sounds. Issue #3 isn't a good as I'd like but it's still the best of the Bat-titles. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman (2011) #4

Dec 24, 2011

The art by Greg Capullo looks great, and the comic ends with a panel that suggests things will pick up in the next issue. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman (2011) #5

Jan 21, 2012

Although I don't think it's a great Batman story, it is well-told, with some strong artwork by Greg Capullo, and begins and ends with a couple of really nice moments such as the opening pages featuring Batman's friends wondering what has become of their hero and the comic's final panels which (finally) give us a glimpse that Damian may be more than the rebooted spoiled little shit we've seen so far. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman (2011) #7

Mar 27, 2012

There was no real reason to tweak Dick's to include the Court of Owls (which is further explored in this week's Nightwing #7), but it's how Batman informs him (by backhanding him so hard he looses a tooth and nearly conciousness) that I found troubling. Like much of this story arc, the latest issue of Batman is a mixed success with many more Court of Owls stories on the way. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman (2011) #8

Apr 23, 2012

The structure of the book is a little odd as the first half is written by Snyder with art by regular Greg Capullo. However, the second-half of the story, drawn by Rafael Albuquerque, has a completely different look (which still works, although not quite as well). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman (2011) #9

May 14, 2012

I wish the last few pages had dealt with the Night of Owls other than a mostly forgetable back-up story. I'm also not thrilled with writer Scott Snyder's attempt to rope Alfred's family into the seemingly all-encompassing Court of Owls arc. Worth a look

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Batman (2011) #10

Jun 18, 2012

However, Batman learns the truth as he discovers Lincoln March is alive and responsible… and claims he is Bruce Wayne's brother?? And, given the back-up story (which appears to support his claim) it might even be true. Stop the merry-go-round, I want to get off. Snyder better have one hell of a twist up his sleeve to try and salvage what, apparently, this whole arc was leading up to. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Batman (2011) #11

Jul 17, 2012

Not surprisingly, the issue ends with Batman knowing that March was likely lying but unable to prove for certain. We also get scene between Bruce and Dick to smooth over the whole Batman cold cocking him thing and another chapter in the truly awful back-up story involving Alfred‘s father. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman (2011) #12

Aug 11, 2012

It may not be as good as Snyder's pre-New 52 work, and it certainly drags in places with the sheer amount of Harper's narration, but it's refreshing to read something new after the prolonged Court of Owls arc. Whether meaning to or not Harper certainly reminds me of Carrie Kelly and from the final panels, despite Batman's orders for her to stop trying to help him, I have a feeling we may see her again. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman (2011) #13

Oct 15, 2012

The main story ends with a twist as the Joker chooses his first victim, but the issue's back-up story between the Joker and Harley Quinn (whose appearance helps sell how brutal the Joker has become in his time away from Gotham) takes their perverted relationship to disturbing levels I don't need to see. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman (2011) #14

Nov 19, 2012

Snyder is careful by giving us an alternative explanation for the Joker's abduction of Alfred as well as the Joker never naming names when he “reveals” he knows Batman's secret identity. I'm hoping for a huge bait-and-switch. But seeing how the New 52 has given me very little of what I actually want, I'm not too hopeful. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Batman (2011) #15

Dec 16, 2012

Don't get me wrong, I think Arkham Asylum is a hell of a video game – but it's story, design, and logic kinda sucks. I certainly didn't need a comic, yet alone the entire Batman Family across all of the DCU, redesigned in it's image. The comic isn't a total waste as it does deliver an okay back-up story between the Joker and the Riddler, but that's hardly enough from me to recommend spending $4 for this one. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
1.0
Batman (2011) #16

Jan 18, 2013

The Death of the Family issues dealing directly with the Joker have only gotten worse as the months have dragged on, finally hitting rock bottom here in this NC-17 horror fetish fantasy that's so far removed from classic Batman stories it's nearly unrecognizable. For those who enjoy it I'm leaving it to you. Mr. Snyder thanks for the memories, but I'm getting off this particular roller coaster with this issue. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Batman (2011) #18

Mar 19, 2013

You know DC must have plans to unveil a new Robin before too long, and this issue certainly makes Harper the front-runner. Anointing a character whose entire comic history is less than the time between dental appointments, in my opinion, would be a huge mistake another reason to read far less Bat-titles. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman (2011) #28

Feb 15, 2014

Looking optimistically, as Stephanie Brown would do, I will say Snyder and artist Dustin Nguyen succeed with this initial tease by highlighting her new Spoiler costume with traits that suggest her Batgirl run and revealing her to be far more than just another vigilante working in Gotham. Even if the comic doesn't allow the character to speak, to find out if her voice has survived the transition into the New 52, there's the tiniest glimmer of hope in this one panel that the Stephanie of old may get a shot to live again. Of course that could all go down the shitter in record time if she opens her mouth and comes off bastardized like the re-branded Billy Batson. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Batman (2011) #50

Mar 30, 2016

As to the storyline concerning the fall of Gotham (again) by a completely forgettable villain, honestly there wasn't anything here that made me regret giving the title such a wide berth for so long. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Batman (2011) #51

May 4, 2016

I don't know what Rebirth has in store for Batman going forward (other than adding a splash more blue to the Dark Knight's new costume), but I'm glad to close the book on the run that offered the Court of Owls, the Face-Off Joker, and Jim Batman as its most noteworthy accomplishments. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman (2011) Annual #1

Jun 5, 2012

Although the story follows events from Night of Owls, the recent crossover isn't directly addressed here. And at $5 it's a little pricey for a story that simply makes the character a little less interesting to me once again, but I'm willing to give Snyder a chance to play with the character's new history and motivations (as long as he keeps the flashbacks of Victor as a child to himself – ugh!). Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Batman (2016) #1

Jul 5, 2016

Despite these issues, the comic itself is a tense story that certainly sells the self-sacrifice (if not the ingenuity) of its hero. The main objective, however, isn't to present Batman with a problem he couldn't solve but provide the introduction of a new pair of super-powered heroes to the Gotham landscape. While plenty of vigilantes, both as part of the Batman Family and separate, have worked the streets of Gotham they have been normal (or what passes for normal) people relying on skills and training to get the job done. I guess we'll see what happens when you add those with powers to the equation. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 14, 2016

After stepping in to help Gotham and Gotham Girl stop Solomon Grundy, Batman agrees to give Gotham City's two new super-heroes a few pointers. This includes introducing the pair to Commissioner Gordon for the first time. Other than the fight at the beginning of the issue Batman #2 doesn't offer much in the way of action, but there's plenty of slow-boiling story here for Bat-fans. It also gives us the first appearance of a classic Batman villain for the first time since the Rebirth reboot. I'll be curious to see just what Hugo Strange is up to and how he ties into the monsters and suicide attacks around Gotham City. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman (2016) #4

Aug 26, 2016

Even once Batman takes care of the super-powered hero run amok, he's still got to find Strange (who I'm sure has his own plans for the city, and Batman). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman (2016) #6

Sep 12, 2016

Batman #6 isn't your typical Batman story, but it gets the humanity of the character right, putting in forefront over justice or vengeance. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman (2016) #9

Oct 24, 2016

If you accept that Batman does need the Suicide Squad's help the issue still has some problems as Batman's trek around the asylum offers plenty of cameos to several Bat-villains but also makes in increasingly confusing as to just who Batman is recruiting for his team as dossiers on random villains are highlighted. While I'm all in favor of Batman working alongside his final choice I am confused as to why she would be in Arkham rather Blackgate or another standard prison. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman (2016) #14

Jan 12, 2017

Despite giving their act some meaning, the act itself still seems off (not laughably bad this time, but still off). I just can't buy Batman letting his guard (and pants) down in public, especially with a woman he admits he can never fully trust. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman (2016) #17

Feb 22, 2017

Despite some of Batman's decisions here, the comic does do a good job in presenting Bane as a legitimate threat. The need for Batman to have access to the Psycho-Pirate for a period of five days in order to fix what the villain did to Gotham Girl also presents an accelerated timetable for Bane. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman (2016) #18

Mar 7, 2017

The comic is inter-cut with images of Bruce Wayne and Bane as children suggesting several similiarities between each's tragic past and the obsession born out of it. These scenes take up a few too many panels for my taste, but they do underline the arc's central message suggesting Bane is a serious threat to Batman with more in common than one might expect. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman (2016) #19

Mar 23, 2017

Batman #19 features cameos from quite a few Bat-villains. Some get multiple panels such as Two-Face, the Riddler, and Calender Man, Mr. Freeze, Scarecrow, (and for some reason Maxie Zeus) while others Bane dispatches in a single page (Black Spider, Solomon Grundy, Firefly, and others). The comic continues to build-up Bane as an unstoppable force which can be slowed but never stopped. Now, once again, he's Batman's problem. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman (2016) #20

Apr 11, 2017

With Bane defeated, the Flash shows up next issue to begin the investigation into a blood-stained button and the secrets lurking behind Rebirth and the shitstorm known as the New 52. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman (2016) #21

Apr 27, 2017

Centering mostly on Batman‘s fight with the world's most evil speedster, Batman #21 opens the door to the mystery of the reconstructed DCU but doesn't shine much light in. What we do know, based on the Reverse-Flash's curiosity, is curiosity can be very deadly indeed. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman (2016) #24

Jun 13, 2017

Batman's choice here is more than a little out of character but it opens new possibilities for the Bat-Family in ways that I'm curious to see play out. While Selena Kyle wouldn't be my first choice for Batman choosing a wife, and there are a number of obstacles for the pair to overcome before this comes to pass, it does provide a shake-up for the character. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman (2016) #25

Jun 29, 2017

While I'm not entirely sold on the concept, the brutality of the issue, or the comic moving drastically away from the big news of Batman and Catwoman becoming a couple again, I do think there is some promise to the story (although a war between the two criminals, as we see here, doesn't offer much time for Batman. Narrated well after the events, the issue is able to tease what's to come including Gotham's villains choosing sides between Riddler and Joker as pair's struggle is likely to reign down all kinds of chaos on the city. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman (2016) #26

Jul 24, 2017

Although I'm still conflicted about this storyline, it does allow Rebirth to bring in several old and new characters as part of the growing factions between the Joker and Riddler. If Kite Man earns this treatment I'm curious to see what else may be in store for other villains. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman (2016) #27

Jul 24, 2017

Although I'm still conflicted about this storyline, it does allow Rebirth to bring in several old and new characters as part of the growing factions between the Joker and Riddler. If Kite Man earns this treatment I'm curious to see what else may be in store for other villains. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman (2016) #28

Aug 9, 2017

Batman #28 is notable for Jim Gordon in his underwear (ugh) and giving us a look at Catwoman in a version of one of the character's classic costumes (before she began aping Black Cat's look). It may not be my favorite version of the character, but I did like seeing Selina sport a different look (if only for a little while). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Batman (2016) #29

Aug 22, 2017

The comic does have a couple of fun moments, such as the Joker offering his opinion about the Riddler and the pair agreeing about Batman's problematic nature. However, the story itself simply doesn't work for me. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Batman (2016) #30

Sep 13, 2017

Despite an interesting start, the arc has overstayed its welcome and left some troubling continuity (Batman unable to stop the villains of Gotham, the Riddler carving a question mark on his bare chest, and plenty more) that the comic will unfortunately have to deal with in the months to come. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Batman (2016) #32

Oct 8, 2017

In the end, the ambitious arc fails on at least as many levels as it succeeds and wastes most of Gotham under siege to short flashbacks with this the only payoff. Hit-and Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman and Robin #16

Nov 6, 2010

For a comic that's been the least of all the Bat-books since issue #2 this one's not half-bad. Given it's ending it also marks an important milestone in Batman's career and is definitely worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman and Robin #23

May 24, 2011

The Red Hood is out, and things should be about to get interesting. I actually like this version of Jason Todd (in the biker outfit, not the worst comic costume of all-time), and I'm hoping by the end of the storyline we get a little better sense of how he's going to fit into the DCU and, more specifically, the Batman universe. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman and Robin #25

Jul 11, 2011

That said, there are a couple of nice scenes where we're given a look into Todd's view of Dick Grayson, and vice-versa. This storyline, even when it has struggled at times has done a good job focusing on the differences between the first two Robins. Personally, I would have liked more of Damian's thoughts on Todd whose outlook is far similar to the Son of Batman than his current boss. With a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #0

Sep 20, 2012

Is it worth a look? Maybe. There one or two moments, although there's little here for those who have already read Morrison's story. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #1

Sep 21, 2011

As first issue's go this one struggles at times but it's the first time when seen father and son paired up as Batman and Robin since Bruce's return from the grave. I'm going to give it a few issue to try and find a balance between the pair, but the most pressing challenge seems to be where to find the fun that should be inherent in a title called “Batman and Robin.” Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #2

Oct 14, 2011

One a postive note the issue also includes an appearnce by Ace the Bat-Hound (sadly, out of costume). I'm all for finding ways to layer in various aspects of Batman's history into this New 52 version. Now let's see that giant penny, and Bat-Mite, and oh so much more! Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #4

Dec 21, 2011

I'm less thrilled with Nobody and his connection with Henri Ducard. Although he does offer Damian a tempataion, we know, despite all his flaws, Damian isn't likely to give into his baser desires this early in the New 52. This means despite being handled with some skill (although the opening diatribe in the drive-in is pretty awful) this arc ultimately has nowhere to go. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #5

Jan 18, 2012

Patrick Gleason's art has gotten better as he's gotten more comfortable with the characters, but writer Peter J. Tomasi struggles with Batman's epiphany about his behavior to his son. It feels far too forced for the version of Batman we've seen so far. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #6

Feb 15, 2012

Damian's turning on Nobody is hardly surprising, but I'm thankful writer Peter J. Tomasi didn't milk the story for another issue or two. It's also good to see Damian standing up for something other than himself for a change (even if there's no one else to witness it). The final panels, suggesting some serious injury to the boy, should lead to a brutal confrontation between Batman and Nobody in next month's conclusion of the arc. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #7

Mar 21, 2012

I like the simple dialogue and reaction shots between Damian and Bruce once the battle has ended. I'm far less pleased with the comic's final choice. I certainly understand it, and the story arc certainly gives the “justification” needed for that choice, but just as the pair were coming together the results of Damian's deadly action are likely to tear Batman and Robin apart, again. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #8

Apr 14, 2012

The issue doesn't ignore Damian's actions from last issue, but it also doesn't condemn him for it (as I expected it to do, further driving a wedge between the two). Instead Bruce uses the opportunity as a lesson for his son to move both of them forward. By the end of the issue we're given a Batman and Robin I really want to see more of, and that's really all you can ask. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #9

May 17, 2012

If you're only picking this up as a “Night of Owls” tie-in you could probably give it a pass. If, however, you're a fan of Damian (even the New 52 version) there's enough here to keep your interest, at least for awhile. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #10

Jun 21, 2012

The comic's other storyline introduces a new villain named Terminus who prepares to kill the Batman before his own demise. Nothing special here, and Terminus is certainly overshadowed by all the Robins appearing in the same panel together for the first time in the New 52 (although we still haven't gotten Batman and Red Hood together, yet). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #11

Jul 19, 2012

As to Damian, who appears to be back in full on spoiled little-shit mode despite the tease that he might grow up a bit after the failure with Nobody, it's an interesting choice for him to view Todd (the Robin he's most like) with such contempt. I'll be interested to see what action the Red Hood might take in retaliation. Although the crowbar sequence is in bad taste, it certainly fits this version of the character. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #12

Aug 16, 2012

I like seeing the Robins together in this issue and if DC is looking for another Bat-title to replace one of the underperforming New 52 books may I suggest something along the lines of Robin Team-Up (featuring Robins current and past teaming up for short arcs – which would allow for the inclusion of Stephanie Brown, too). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #13

Oct 17, 2012

At the same time we see the more dangerous version of the character as his dispatches another assassin sent by his mother and the recklessness of his youth which leads him into danger in the stories final pages as he's caught in a mob of zombies. Honestly, I could have done without the zombies, but the rest of this issue works well. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #14

Nov 17, 2012

Aside from Damain actually doing some justice to the Robin name (and not being the complete tool the New 52 has been so focused on delivering month after month) there's almost nothing worthy of notice. The story is completely forgettable and the mix of both Patrick Gleason and Toms Giorello's art makes the comic look and feel uneven at best. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #15

Dec 18, 2012

I like Damian, and I certainly like how he stands up for himself against the psychopath, but there's nothing of note, and certain nothing enjoyable delivered here that makes this one worth picking up. Sadly, this seems to be an all to familiar trend with the Bat-books recently. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #16

Jan 22, 2013

There's plenty of gruesome action here. And the comic has one highlight where the far too dim Damian makes a concious effort not to kill the man he believes is his father. Sadly it's too little, too late. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #18

Mar 15, 2013

On one hand, the issue puts Damian's loss at the forefront and showcases the toll it's taking on Batman. On the other hand it's still a bit of a cheat as the hard but necessary conversations after such an event have still yet to take place. However, the set-up certainly makes the only words we do see, Damian's final message to his father, certainly have a greater impact. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #19

Apr 12, 2013

Red Robin gets the short-end of the stick here. Despite his name in the title, Tim is relegated to little more than a cameo in which he has no more luck talking sense into his mentor than the partially dissected Frankenstein's monster. It will be interesting to see, given the mixed reaction DC has gotten to Grant Morrison killing off Damian, how long the Bat-books might play with the idea of bringing the character back, in one form or another. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #20

May 13, 2013

Although I think Todd overreacts to Batman's grief, the result is to push yet another member of the Bat-Family further from the Dark Knight Detective. Batman and Red Hood #20 also offers another appearance by Carrie Kelley looking for Damian, teasing that she's not going away anytime soon. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #21

Jun 24, 2013

The confrontation between Batgirl and Batman in the cave is interesting, but isn't hardly the tact someone as smart as Barbara would use. I do like her offer of wearing the Robin costume, but its stuck in the middle of an out-of-control argument that has no hope of reaching Batman. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #22

Jul 24, 2013

Catwoman helps break Batman out of his funk as does Carrie Kelley whose continued perseverance at talking to Damian forces Batman to go to extreme lengths to continue the pretense that his son is still alive. I'm not sure where Carrie will eventually fit in, but any comic with her instead of Harper Row has to be counted as a win. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #23

Aug 27, 2013

Although the final former side-kick issue is done, the comic will continue the Batman and… with villains such as Two-Face and Killer Croc leading into Batman and Carrie Kelly #25 which may, or may not, begin a new direction for the title. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #23.1

Sep 12, 2013

By the end of the episode the luck of Gotham City (which is far less covered in vegetation that the Poison Ivy comic would suggest) has finally run out as the flip of the coin leads Two-Face back to his more destructive ways. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #23.3

Sep 22, 2013

Writer James Tynion IV and Jeremy Haun deliver a solid retelling of the various aspects behind the character even if he's decidedly lacking in the kind of crazed evil malice that has defined Ra's al Ghul since his creation. It's far from a great Ra's al Ghul story, but for those needing a primer on the character it's sufficient. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #24

Oct 18, 2013

All that said, even the changes can't ruin one of Batman‘s most interesting villains. As the beginning of a true origin for the character it's flawed, but fans may still enjoy the issue.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #25

Nov 29, 2013

On the plus-side we do get an appearance by Matches (which means the character, and Batman's use of his identity, is part of the New 52). Despite the promise the issue will have big revelations about Carrie Kelley (which I believe I've already guessed) the character fails to make even a cameo here. Given the false advertising and confusing storytelling this one is very much Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #26

Jan 2, 2014

Although the comic has some nice moments, especially in the early scenes between Bruce and Erin, the flashbacks are so unbelievably dumb it wouldn't surprise me if everyone who read this issue lost a couple of IQ points. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Batman and Robin (2011) Annual #1

Feb 9, 2013

And as for a pint-sized Batman ruling the night in Gotham, it's a blast! Damian truly works in brutal, but Batman-like efficency, and never becomes the isipid murderous twerp some writers use as his fallback setting. I know I have been hard on the Bat-books recently, but this is a perfect example of what they can be when a little joy is inserted into the equation. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Batman and Robin (2011) Annual #2

Feb 6, 2014

Even with the fan bait of giving Batman fans a taste of the character Grant Morrison killed only because he could, Batman and Robin Annual #2 is unremarkarkable except for the fact it will likely continue to piss off longtime DC fans. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman Beyond (2010) #1

Jul 3, 2010

The choice to the tease from the very first panel to the last of who the main villain of the series might be (which I won't spoil it here) works very well. For fans of the show it's definitely worth picking up, but even if you never saw an episode it's still worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman Beyond (2010) #3

Aug 22, 2010

Although I'm still not sure about this new Catwoman, this issue does give me the one thing I always wanted from Batman Beyond – Dick Grayson. And that's enough for me…as long as they don't screw it up. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman Beyond (2010) #4

Sep 19, 2010

And then there's the final panel… Yeah. Um, yeah. I won't ruin for it for in case you plan to pick this one up, but lets just say the final panel flushes the promise of the previous pages right down the toilet. Sigh. I doesn't work, whether it's real or simply yet another twist (this comic has more than a Shyamalan marathon). We'll have to see if the series can rebound, but I have my doubts.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman Beyond (2010) #5

Oct 21, 2010

We also lean the new Catwoman's identity and Bruce and Terry have a nice bonding moment. It's not a great issue, and some of the clone's super-villain banter is way too forced, but for all-encompassing Bat-fans it might still be worth a look. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman Beyond (2011) #1

Jan 12, 2011

One thing the issue does well is show-off it's main star, letting those unfamiliar with him get to know Terry McGinnis. The issue also includes an appearance by the future version of the Justice League. It will be interesting to see how big a role they play in the new series.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman Beyond (2015) #1

Jun 12, 2015

The truncating of the Bat-Family's chronology in the New 52 reboot left a glut of former and current Robins all roughly the same age and not enough room for each to operate. Mercifully released from that regrettable Teen Titans title, I would have preferred Drake to have spun off his own book in the present but this at least affords him the opportunity to prove himself in new ways. Drake plus the Batman Beyond Universe, with a more dystopian feel, is an odd mix, but writer Dan Jurgens (at least initially) sells me on the concept while artist Bernard Chang shows he has what it takes for the series' unique visual look. I'll be curious to see where things go from here. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Batman Beyond Universe #13

Sep 4, 2014

Joining the comic with this issue, artist Phil Hester manages to faithfully recreate the look of both series. I particularly love the flashback art. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman Beyond Universe #14

Oct 5, 2014

Filled with plenty of action, hard choices, and Bruce Wayne loosing another adopted son and apprentice, the latest issue of Batman Beyond Universe is worth picking up even for those (like me) who may not stick around to see how the fallout between Bruce and Terry is finally resolved. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Oct 4, 2016

Fans of the show should enjoy this, but there's not much new here to explore (as with most Rebirth issues the main goal is to set the stage for what is to come). Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1 is mainly concerned with resetting the world with McGinnis back in the Bat-suit (mostly ignoring Tim Drake‘s New 52 run) and reintroducing readers to the series' core characters including teasing the possible return of Batman's most dangerous enemy. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
2.0
Batman Incorporated #1

May 30, 2012

So, let me get this straight, we get crappy redesigns for Deadshot and Red Robin, Stephanie Brown, Catman and the rest of the Secret Six are still in limbo, but Halo and Morrison's fetish creations get to run free in the New 52. Fuck you for this DC. This issue, which is in the running for the worst Batman comic I've ever read, is the kind of shit that makes me want to stop reading comics all together. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Batman Incorporated #8

Mar 1, 2013

There's much speculation about who will fill the shoes the shoes of Robin whether it be Tim Drake, Helena, or even Stephanie Brown (who has yet to appear in the new DCU). Whatever the case, Damian's death wasn't necessary to accomplish the goal of replacing him as Robin, nor does his death serve any long term purpose in terms of Batman stories going forward (once DC moves past the obligatory couple months of characters grieving his death). This is a mistake and, as many of Morrison's stories are, a badly written one. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
1.0
Batman Incorporated #9

Mar 31, 2013

Or I could just say this: Grant Morrison has been planning the death of Damian Wayne for years, and if this is the best he can do with this amount of planning I don't know why anyone would want hire him to write a Batman comic ever again. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman, Inc. #4

Mar 30, 2011

Had this story been told the way a normal human being might tell it, this might be fairly enjoyable. Sadly, Morisson's reluctance to let the plot stand alone and instead rely on cheap theatrics and convoluted storytelling works against him here. But then again, Grant Morrison really pisses me off. Those who like his increasingly maddening style of writing may find more here than I did. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
2.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #1

Jul 1, 2013

This is a clusterfuck of a first issue that makes less sense the more you read it. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
2.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #8

Feb 28, 2014

We also see Superman‘s first meeting with an out-of-control Power Girl who he is determined to help whether she wants his help or not (or whether such efforts could endanger himself). I'm curious to see where this storyline will go. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman/The Shadow #1

May 18, 2017

Following the clues left by history, eventually Batman finds the Shadow's Sanctum, the heart of his operation. Yet, the discovery only leads to more questions. The Dark Knight hopes a trip to seek out a mutual acquaintance might yield better results, but as the Shadow told him – Batman isn't ready for the vigilante's world. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman: Black and White #1

Sep 10, 2013

Also include here are a Zombie Batman story written and drawn by Neal Adams (weird, and a tad too preachy) and Batman hunting down a determined Ventriloquist by Howard Mackie and Chris Samnee (I liked the art better than the story). The only story that didn't work for me was the one offered by John Arcudi and Sean Murphy which turns the Dark Knight into a little too much of a gear-head for my tastes. Batman has had quite a career in comics over the years and this first issue gives us a little bit of everything from the Dark Knight's past. Despite a $5 cover price and the lack of color and inks, fans should enjoy this one. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman: Black and White #2

Oct 7, 2013

Although I appreciated J.G. Jones's art in Dan DiDio's Man-Bat story, the hamfisted themes and Batman's questionable morality at the end left me cold. In much the same way, I liked the art and idea behind writer/artist Rafael Albuquerque Limbo storyline more than the final execution. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman: Black and White #3

Nov 11, 2013

There's also an opening tale by Lee Bermejo about Batman's team-up with a young Jason Todd, and a beautifully rendered (if ultimately kinda empty) tale from Damion Scott featuring Batman chasing various members of his rogues gallery around a hall of mirrors. Worth a look. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman: Black and White #4

Dec 19, 2013

Without any real weak stories this month, Black and White #4 also boasts a Mad Hatter and Penguin tale from Michael and Lee Allred where Cobblepot attempts to out-wit both the Hatter and the Dark Knight Detective (which features Micahel Allred's trademark smooth but quirky style), Dustin Nguyen does double duty writing and illustrating an average night for Batman in Gotham City ending with an appearance by Catwoman, Nathan Edmondson and Kenneth Rocafort offer up a tale of Batman taking on an invisible enemy, and David Macho and Rubn Pellejero deliver a tale of Batman getting the help of a homeless veteran (and his pet rat) to take down Killer Croc. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Batman: Black and White #5

Jan 13, 2014

Although I enjoyed the tone of Keith Giffen and Javier Pulido's “Cat and Mouse” featuring a crook's version of his encounter with Batman, it's probably the weakest of this month's stories. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman: Black and White #6

Feb 10, 2014

The final two stories also have something in common as they present rather mean-spirited versions of beloved characters. Dave Taylor's tale of robots and conspiracies isn't half as fun as it sounds and features an extremely unlikable Alfred. Adam Hughes offers us a Catwoman tale that while somewhat plausable makes Catwoman to be one hell of a manipulative bitch whose actions definitely cross a line. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #1

Jan 5, 2011

Finch does a good job of jumping Bruce back into the saddle of Batman but still showing some rust (such as his confrontation with Killer Croc in the dark alley). I don't know that I'm ready for the “terrible ramifications” this story is meant to have on Batman's life, but it's a strong beginning. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #9

May 31, 2012

The focus is all wrong, the character teased on the cover isn't here (I was looking forward to a Bruce/Tim team-up), and there's just not enough here to justify picking up unless you simply want to grab all of the Night of the Owls issues. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Batman: The Return #1

Nov 20, 2010

At least the cover is kinda cool.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Battlestar Galactica (2013) #1

May 21, 2013

The art by Cezar Rezak isn't bad but certainly doesn't do much to make a story that's focused mostly on explaining the basics of the classic storyline for new readers all that interesting. And despite the absurdity of time missiles, the plot to this first issue by co-writers Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning feels sluggish and even, at times, uninspired. As much as I'd like to give this title time, there's not much here to prompt me to pick up next month's issue. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Battlestar Galactica (2013) #2

Jun 30, 2013

Alternate dimensions, weird timelines, and plenty of classic Cylons, may be enough for me to stick around a little longer to see how this plays out. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1

Jun 11, 2012

Although it doesn't really give any new information about the characters the setting and characters are a perfect fit for Cooke's writing and art. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #2

Jul 15, 2012

When the others don't seem interested in helping Silhouette with her cause to end a child trafficking ring (because it's not the kind of positive prestigious case to help them make a name for themselves) Nite Owl and Mothman agree to help but they're too late to do anything but stare in horror as to what they find. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #1

May 6, 2017

Even for a fan of the original Scarlet Spider, this comic is a hard sell. Reilly is even more unlikable than Kaine when he first decided to try his hand at being a hero. The comic also lacks the humor of that version of the Scarlet Spider. Kaine does appear here, searching for his missing clone brother, and we can expect a confrontation between the two before too long (and hopefully a costume upgrade). For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #3

Jun 21, 2017

Like the previous two issues, Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #3 is a mixed bag. Reilly is still a wholly unlikable character and his antics (even the somewhat heroic ones) are self-serving. However, the comic does provide some fun moments such as our hero robbing the street heroes he saved in order to get himself a proper costume. Back in the red suit and hoodie, at least Ben is starting to look more the part. Now the question is how long do we have to wait before we see the original and current Scarlet Spiders square off? Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #5

Aug 2, 2017

As one might expect, Reilly and Kain are evenly matched, both getting the temporary upper-hand while neither being able to put away the other. Is the Marvel Universe large enough for two Scarlet Spiders? Or will Kaine attempt to make good on his threat again before this series comes to a close? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #6

Aug 30, 2017

There's plenty of questions left up for grabs. Also, Ben likely has to deal with the retaliation of his client whose child doesn't survive his experimental procedure. And as for Kaine, based on Marlo's effect on him, what's next for this Scarlet Spider? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider #8

Oct 6, 2017

For now it looks like Ben's path is clear. Thankfully this should be a less jack-ass version of the character and (hopefully) one who is serious about his potential redemption. As for how long this new outlook will last, I guess we'll just have to wait and see. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Beware the Batman #1

Oct 31, 2013

Artist Vecchio does a fair job in trying to adapt the show's sleek CGI-animated look to the printed page. The comic's continuity is a little perplexing as Katana seems to be Batman's fully-fledged partner (something hard won on the series over several weeks) but is still in possession of the Soultaker Sword. Small continuity issues like that aside, the first issue does a good job is selling the all ages Bat-book. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Beware the Batman #2

Dec 7, 2013

Brizuela's panels make this one worth grabbing (even if it is a story about the ridiculous environmental terrorist Professor Pyg). I hope to see more of his work both here and on Scooby-Doo! Team-Up. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Beware the Batman #3

Jan 8, 2014

Although Whale isn't the most interesting of villains, the underwater setting works well and the legitmate threat of weapons hitting Gotham's streets is incentive enough for our heroes to act. Katana is still in training, but it's obvious from Batman's relationship with Gordon the comic is taking place at least a few months down the line from the last episodes to air (although if the episodes hadn't been prematurely pulled the gap might not be so noticeable). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Beware the Batman #4

Feb 7, 2014

With the show not returning to the air in January as scheduled I have a feeling these gaps in continuity could continue which may be why DC has decided to end the comic series after issue #6. As to the fate of the cartoon, given that neither DC nor Cartoon Network have discussed it in months, one has to wonder if it will meet a similar fate. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Beware the Batman #5

Mar 9, 2014

Katana vs. Katana works well, and gives the police a heightened reason to target Batman and his partner. Of course all this leads up to next month's premature final issue of the series told completely from the perspective of Alfred. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Beware the Batman #6

Apr 1, 2014

Neither the show nor the comic would rank high on my favorite versions of Batman (although they'd be higher than the current New 52 version), but both showed promise, and without another all-ages Bat-title to take its place the cancellation of the series (which had been consistently good) is sad news for Bat-fans everywhere. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Birds Of Prey (2010) #2

Jun 18, 2010

The plot behind the mysterious assassin deepens as the Birds find themselves on the run from a foe who knows their secrets, is at least two-steps ahead, and is able to make everyone dance to the song they have decided to play. I have faith in writer Gail Simone, but I'm a little concerned with where the story is heading, the near omniscience of their opponent, and the long list of repercussions the book will have to deal with (perhaps for years) unless Oracle and her crew mount a comeback, quickly. Although I wasn't a big fan of either Savant or Creote they deserve a better fate than they're given here. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Birds Of Prey (2010) #3

Jul 19, 2010

Next month's conclusion of this first story arc should be a doozy. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Birds Of Prey (2010) #13

Jun 13, 2011

As the issue comes to a close it gives us an intriguing turn as it elevates Huntress to the role of field commander of the team. It's hard to argue against Oracle's decision as Helena really has earned the position. To steal a line from Virginia Slims, she's come a long way baby. Sadly, it looks like she's only going to get to keep it for a couple of more issues. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Birds Of Prey (2010) #15

Aug 16, 2011

That said, the issue is an improvement over part one and does have some nice moments between Zinda Blake and the Phantom Lady. I also thought Manhunter worked pretty well with the team. Is it a great finale? No, not really, but for a comic that has struggled to live up to its own legacy (and struggles here without its trademark writer) it's about what I expected. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #1

Sep 22, 2011

Even when Volume 2 of the series struggled (like whenever Hawk was in a panel) it still had Gail Simone's passion and wicked sense of humor. Sadly this one does not. I might give this another issue or two to see how the introduction of other members changes the dynamic of the comic, but more out of respect for characters Simone helped nurture and make wildly popular than any real hope for improvement. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #2

Oct 26, 2011

This isn't a bad issue, and the art by Jesus Saiz is more consistant this time around, but this team of Birds is getting farther away from the team Gail Simone made popular (Poison Ivy, really?). Aside from Black Canary these aren't characters I really want to spend time with every month (especially for $3 a pop). Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #3

Nov 24, 2011

The real interesting tidbit is the news that Batgirl won't just be guest-starring over the next couple of issues but will become a permanent member of the team beginning next issue. Babs inclusion could be just what this book needs. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #4

Dec 28, 2011

The good news is Batgirl works well here, especially with Black Canary. It's good to see the Babs/Dinah team back together. Now if we can just figure out a way to get Zinda Blake and the Huntress to replace Poison Ivy and Katana we might, might have something. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #8

Jan 18, 2011

The finally few pages really seem to drop the ball on what was a very fun, engaging story filled with ample amounts of action and internal monologue. It's still worth a look but ends on a rather disappointing note.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #11

Apr 20, 2011

The story's climax is more convoluted than I'd like, but I actually like this pair together. It's also nice to see the screwed-up but still noble side of Catman that's been missing since before the storyline involving the kidnapping his son. I also quite enjoyed the final conversation between Catman and Deadshot. Their friendship (something else I've been missing from Secret Six lately), definitely deserves more page time. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Bizarro #4

Sep 29, 2015

With Jimmy and Bizarro temporarily switching places, giving us the Silver Age-ish Jimzarro for the first time, and Zatanna being frustrated with how well Bizarro understands magic, the issue is a complete delight that includes several fun cameos from the Rock of Eternity to Skartaris. There's also a nice message at the end before the mini-series sets up its next adventure (sadly without Zatanna). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Black Canary (2015) #1

Jun 25, 2015

Those expecting to see Black Canary kick ass will be disappointed as most of comic deals with the behind-the-scenes of a traveling band (which may be interesting but isn't really why you pick up a comic titled Black Canary). I'm happy to see Dinah get her own title but at the same time I disappointed that it had to be this one. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell #1

May 30, 2014

The only real negative from the collection (other than the somewhat convoluted curse plot held together wonderfully by Zatanna and Black Canary's interactions over the years) is the fact that after you're finished there's no next issue to look forward to and only some depressingly insufficient New 52 titles currently featuring inferior versions of our heroes. That has more to say with the current state of the New 52 than this book which reminds us what writers and artists who know and like their characters, and are given the freedom in which to work (and an expanded classic DCU history on which to draw from), can deliver. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Black Widow (2016) #1

Mar 14, 2016

As good as the comic is getting me interested in a stand-alone Black Widow comic, it's impossible not to compare it to Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting‘s Velvet (about the world's best female spy on the run from her own organization) which likely inspired it. Under that high standard Black Widow #1 isn't great, but it's still quite good. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Black Widow (2016) #2

Apr 13, 2016

Beginning with an extended sequence is a secret spy graveyard followed by a scene straight out the character's appearance in the first Avengers film, Mark Waid and Chris Samnee make sure there's plenty of action to go with slowly building out the series' ongoing storyline. It may not have the same breakneck pace of the first issue's chase sequence but there's enough her to keep me interested for at least one more issue. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Blood Brothers (2017) #1

Jul 11, 2017

When an Aztec skull is stolen from the local museum the police detectives are on the case which includes a little extra motivation as the mysterious skull has ties back to the pair's father. I'm curious to see where things go next. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #1

Oct 3, 2016

Blue Beetle's initial confrontation with a member of the Posse provides the only real action of the issue while Jaime's dream sequence and a few words of warning from Ted Kord begin laying the foundation of trouble between the heroes and the Lord of Order (something I found more tantalizing that the Posse or Jaime walking the corridors of his high school). For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1

Aug 29, 2016

So far I like the concept of the new series more than the issue's adventure involving two throwaway villains attacking Reyes for reasons that aren't completely clear (but tease more trouble for the Beetles in the months to come). I'm also curious about Giffen's decision to make a huge change to the recent mythology of the Scarab which gives Jaime his powers. It will be interesting to see this unfold. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Booster Gold / The Flinstones Special #1

Apr 3, 2017

Equally odd is the comic's back-up story involving the re-imagined Jetsons who, once again, bare little resemblance to the TV characters from whom they take their name. If you, like me, are picking up the comic for some wacky Booster Gold action, you should have fun. If you are hoping for recognizable versions of the Hanna-Barbara cartoons, however, you will likely be disappointed. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Brightest Day #24

May 3, 2011

Those who kept reading this one every couple of weeks have stronger constitutions than I do. However you feel about it, Swamp Thing is back and it seems like the beginning of reincorporating Vertigo properties back into DC proper has officially begun, especially considering the tease of a certain Hellblazer we're given as well.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Oracle #1

Oct 28, 2010

On the positive side, we do get 32 pages for $3 (not too shabby) and I am glad that this issue lets Barbara correctly recognize and identify Bruce (even if it does take her more pages than I'd like). The ending leads us to a big showdown between Bruce and Ra's in the final “Bruce Wayne: The Road Home” One-shot.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Batgirl #1

Oct 16, 2010

Those unfamiliar with Stephanie Brown's past as the Spoiler and her less-than-friendly relationship to Bruce Wayne get s couple of quick flashbacks before she finally wins Bruce's respect only to" well, I won't spoil it. There's also a quick mention of former Batgirl Cassandra Cain, who I can't say I've missed, and what she's been doing in recent months. I'll agree with Bruce on this one, Stephanie Brown has done the name of Batgirl proud, "reminding me of the original Batgirl in more ways than one."

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1

Mar 24, 2014

The reunion of Buffy and Giles is alone worth picking up Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #1, but the first issue of Season Ten has other strengths as well such as artist Rebekah Isaacs capturing the right feel for each of the characters and Christos Gage putting a new, and more adult, spin on Buffy and Spike's relationship. Even though Joss Whedon's personal touch is missing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #1 kicks off the new season right, and I'm interested to see where things will go from here. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #2

Apr 29, 2014

Still haunted by visions of Anya (which appear to be her rather than simple hallucinations or The First toying with the one-eyed Scooby) and wrestling with the his strained relationship to Dawn, Xander heads off to talk with Dracula to see if he can shed any light on the situation (setting up what should be yet another amusing reunion). Best of the Week.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #3

May 28, 2014

Co-written by Nicholas Brendon the dialogue feels as sharp as ever, and not just with Xander as Buffy and Willow share the kind of bestie moment we haven't seen between them in quite some time. Must-Read.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #4

Jun 24, 2014

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #4 is the first issue to deal with with Dawn and Xander's relationship issues directly as Dawn explains her "reset" following almost being wiped out of existence in Season Nine. As to what this means for the couple long term, we'll just have to wait and see. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #5

Aug 4, 2014

The main takeaway from the arc (featuring the co-writing duties of Buffy star Nicholas Brendon), other than getting to see Xander and Dracula back together again, is the importance of the Vampyr tome which now controls the mutable laws of magic and which Buffy can trust no one but herself and her friends to keep safe. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #6

Aug 26, 2014

The only surprise with the fake reality is the one character who refuses to see through the lies as Giles continues to struggle with his new reality as a teenager cut off from his old life which will likely continue to be a theme of the series going forward. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #7

Sep 29, 2014

Xander's situation with Dawn is far from settled and the ongoing temptation to use the new Vampyr tome continues to affect all those who hold onto it foreshadowing an error in judgement looming just beyond the horizon. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #8

Nov 5, 2014

The B-story involving a de-powered Old One with a very personal grudge against Slayers hunting Buffy isn't as interesting, but I'm willing to see where it leads (especially as long as the main story continues to deliver). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #9

Dec 3, 2014

In the midst of the action the comic continues to pull Buffy and Spike together teasing the possibility of reuniting the couple. And although Andrew admits to his bad judgement he doesn't exactly learn from his lesson as the final panel foreshadows more trouble on the way. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #10

Jan 6, 2015

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #10 proves to be an awful lot of fun capturing Harmony's craziness. I hope to see more of each of them. And Buffy's new position offers up all kinds of odd meetings that I'm sure the Season Ten writers will enjoy exploiting. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #11

Feb 4, 2015

Andrew's transformation will certainly have consequences, but the big news is the final panel which finally puts Spike and Buffy together again romantically. It will be interesting to see how the comic explores their relationship going forward. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #12

Feb 28, 2015

Romance doesn't flow for Giles who continues to be stymied in his adolescent form or for Xander and Dawn who seem to finally be more at ease with themselves after months of awkwardness. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #13

Mar 23, 2015

As to the story, Spike's pro-active nature in investigating the mystery bodes well for his future with Buffy (and produces a humorous reaction from his roommate). As to the cause of Spike's bad dreams I wonder if we may look back to a First Season episode of Angel for a possible explanation as new trouble from William the Bloody's past may have recently arrived in town. The Andrew subplot, while really not much more than filler, is a well-handled look at someone finally coming to terms with their sexuality with the support of their friends. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #14

Apr 28, 2015

Along with the introduction of the new big bad, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #14 gives us Buffy snooping through Spike's mind finding both beauty and horror before confronting Archaeus whose connection to Spike makes him a serious threat to Buffy in more ways than one. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #15

Jun 2, 2015

The issue ends with the team regrouping after a marginal victory without hope of defeating the demon alone and teasing the first big crossover event since Angel's wacky Twilight adventure. A Buffy, Angel, and Spike team-up? Okay, that sounds like some serious fun. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #18

Aug 27, 2015

I'm not sure why but I found Rebekah Isaacs' art to be a little more caroonish than usual which isn't necessarily a bad thing but it does work a bit against the action-heavy first-half of the issue. I also think she could use a little practice drawing Boreanz's forehead. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #21

Nov 28, 2015

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #21 covers an awful lot of ground bringing back characters like Satsu, Harmony, and Vicki while lining up the first test of Buffy's new romance. I'm a little concerned with the return of the U.S. Army as Season Four of Buffy is by far its weakest of the show's seven year run. That said, the episode definitely sells me on the fragile alliance and the probability of all hell breaking loose before all is said and done. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #22

Jan 3, 2016

The only major storyline deals with the return of Dylan to Spike's life as another of Buffy's core relatinships develops some cracks but, at least so far, doesn't show signs of crumbling just yet. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #23

Feb 5, 2016

Dawn seems to be embracing her new life. Buffy and Spike's relationship is already starting to show some strain. And, given an offer he couldn't refuse, Giles decides to leave the realm temporarily for one where his young visage won't count against him. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #25

Mar 28, 2016

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #25 offers a tearful farewell to both Dawn and Xander who stay behind to close the portal. Buffy's acceptance of the fact also looks to cause another rift between her and Blondie Bear. That, plus the threat posed by D'Hoffryn means things aren't getting any easier for the Slayer any time soon. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #26

May 12, 2016

Meanwhile back on Earth, Buffy's inability to save Dawn begins to strain both her calm and her relationships with her friends. So, with Dawn out of the picture and Buffy adequately distracted, D'Hoffryn uses the new laws of magic to his advantage. Killing off every other member of the Magic Council to take their powers, the demon grows infinitely more powerful. Then, and only then, does he reveal his true motivation to Buffy and the Scoobies as he takes the Vampyr tome with little resistance from our heroes. And whatever he has planned for the book, it can't be good for the Slayer or her friends. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #27

May 31, 2016

We also get the reappearance of Lilah who lets us know Wolfram & Hart have a keen interest in Dawn and Xander's wacky adventure home (possibly setting a big return for the evil law firm in Season Eleven?). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #28

Jun 29, 2016

And, also in the tradition of the show, Buffy comes up with an out-of-the-box solution to their problem (which, of course, we'll have to wait to unfold in the comic's final issue). While the final arc of the season continues to feel more and more like a retread of the last few episodes of the show's weakest season, there's still fun to be had. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #29

Aug 2, 2016

Xander's death (if that's what it really is, and not a trick) comes as a surprise as it would take away Buffy's oldest and most loyal friend. However, I'm betting on the idea that there's more to Anya's light show than just roasting the man who left a version of her at the altar. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #30

Aug 31, 2016

A bit too reminiscent to the splintering and coming back together of Buffy and friends in Season Four, Season Ten does end on a high note with Buffy victorious not only over the villain but also her own doubts and fears concerning an new slew of responsibilities. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #1

Nov 30, 2016

After Buffy and Spike fight off a beast in the sewers to open the issue, the big action comes with the unexpected appearance of a Chinese Water Dragon. If this first issue is any indication, the shortened Season Eleven (only 12 issues) may be fairly hectic for the Scoobies. The first issue also teases a change in the United States Government's approach to magic (which I'm guessing will be one of the major themes of the season). On the plus side, it looks like we (and Buffy) are going to be thrown immediately into the action. On the downside, that means we're unlikely to get some of those fun individual issues mixed into the overall arc. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #2

Dec 30, 2016

Although things go from DEFCON 4 to DEFCON 1 with an alarming rate of speed in this issue (due to the season's shortened run), by the end of issue two we know exactly what this season is about. At a time where there's a growing hatred for "others," the season arc is certainly timely. The end reveal that the United States wants to round up a certain type of individuals and throw them into internment camps is certainly chilling. Just how will Buffy and the Scoobies respond? Unlikely to accept their fate, will they run? Or will the Slayer take on the U.S. Government? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #3

Feb 2, 2017

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eleven #3 is purposefully frustrating for both our heroine and the reader. The world has gone mad and there's so much Buffy can do a this point. Choosing to go and protect others who are being targeted by their government, where will this eventually lead? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #6

Apr 26, 2017

I'm going to be glad to see Buffy breach the walls of the camp. Although I know it's the point of the series, the past couple issues have been depressing as hell. At least now the Slayer has a plan. Knowing Buffy it's probably going to be a terrible plan. But right now, to save the world (again), any plan will do. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #10

Sep 7, 2017

Despite the odd science experiments and doom and gloom for what's coming, the issue does present a lighter side in having Xander stand-in for the VP while he's questioned for the Scoobies. It goes about as well as you'd expect. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #4

Dec 22, 2011

I'm also very mixed on the comic's conclusion. Buffy being saved by the police at the last minute might get her out of immediate legal trouble (although there still is that whole “is slaying murder” issue left to be resolved), but it sure comes off anticlimactic when your super-heroine has to be saved by a guy with a gun. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #40

Feb 1, 2011

It may not have been perfect, but it was memorable, and even with the craziness of the last year this last issue reestablishes the characters as well as give them somewhere new to go. A couple of months ago if you had asked me if I was looking forward to Season Nine I'm not sure my response would have been positive. Now, I'm curious to see where Buffy the Vampire Slayer will go next.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #1

Sep 19, 2011

The first issue centers around Buffy's hangover from the first party for all her pals and new roomies at her new apartment. We get flashes of the party from Buffy's hazy memory (some of which she'd just as soon forget). The comic is filled with great dialogue and it actually feels like the characters we remember from Buffy's better days are back in force once again. It's only a first issue, but it's a damn good. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #2

Oct 15, 2011

Writer Andrew Chambliss does a fair job in picking up for Whedon but the dialogue and character reactions simply aren't as crisp this time around. It's still worth reading, but not quite as good as I was hoping. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #3

Nov 15, 2011

I was really impressed with issue #3, especially the dialogue and character interactions which felt much more natural and Whedon-esque than the previous issue (also penned by Andrew Chambliss). The story arcs seem more focused and character driven, and there's some great humor throughout. If this is where Season Nine is going to go, I'm on-board. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #5

Jan 19, 2012

It's not a great single issue but it does set out a new path for Willow and set up an entirely new challenge for everyone's favorite slayer. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #6

Feb 13, 2012

Even if you haven't read the first arc of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine, if you're a fan of the character you should definitely find a copy, especially if you can find the old school variant cover. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #7

Mar 17, 2012

I'm not sure exactly what this means for Buffy's pregnancy or her relationship with Spike, but from what we see at the end of this issue I'm going to assume things are going to get far more complicated before the season arc decides to answer either of those questions. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #8

Apr 16, 2012

With the first big Season Nine twist writer Andrew Chambliss keeps going for the unexpected. This isn't some nefarious plot by a big bad to hurt the Slayer, but an ill-thought-out attempt by a friend to keep her safe. Meanwhile, with the Slayer out of action Xander and Dawn help Detective Dowling with his Zompire problem. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #9

May 10, 2012

The final panel suggests we're going to get to see Buffy vs. Buffy in the next issue, which certainly works for me. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #10

Jun 20, 2012

The only real lasting effect of the arc is Spike, realizing there's no hope for vamp and slayer, deciding on his own to leave. Although it provides a nice moment for Spike it also removes yet another one of the comic's most entertaining characters. Next issue marks the return of Kennedy who hopefully will breathe some new life back into the Buffyverse. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #11

Jul 18, 2012

A couple of other interesting tidbits: Spike's friend Eldre Koh of the Nitobe needs help in his quest for vengeance (which seems really hard to be setting something up that doesn't really fit in this issue) and Buffy learns the police under Detective Dowling have started a special task force to deal with the Zompires. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #12

Aug 15, 2012

Realizing she and Kennedy need help Buffy calls in the debt Koh owes her, but things don't go exactly as planned. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #13

Sep 15, 2012

I know the point of the season is to return the character back to basics, and her decision sure wants to be profound, but it simply doesn't come off that way. Instead it feels far too much like the old self-centered Buffy long before she learned to rely on others to help her with her calling. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #14

Oct 18, 2012

I understand what Espenson is doing here, but the story is pretty damn pat (he ends up having to stake and kill the football jock who has been harassing him). This kind of story would seem to fit much better in something like the Tales of Slayers anthology series than in the middle of an ongoing season arc. If I had found it there, or if was just a one-issue tale (I don't need a second month of Billy's misadventures), I might give it a pass, but 14 issues in, as the season is still trying to find its focus, it simply doesn't work. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #16

Dec 18, 2012

Honestly, the Billy storyline curtailed my interest in the season by quite a bit. However, flipping through the comic and seeing the introduction of (the still magically-imbued) Illyria into the new arc was enough for me to pick this one up and stick around to see where things go from here. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #17

Jan 13, 2013

A good issue and I'm happy to see Illyria, although her account of her recent activities does seem to contradict Angel After the Fall. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #18

Feb 18, 2013

The Billy story aside, the comic works well as Severin's motives (if not his logic) are easily understood and Illyria's ego certainly hasn't been damaged too much for her time in Los Angeles. However, the last few panels make me a little concerned that the old one's time in Season Nine may be very short-lived. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #19

Mar 20, 2013

The issue ends with Buffy taking responsibility for her action which still isn't enough for Xander who is watching the woman he loves slowly fade away because Buffy and Angel couldn't keep it in their pants. Despite the dustup, the pair put their issues aside and work together to help save Buffy's little sister. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #20

Apr 18, 2013

I'm not sure I like Xander as Judas, especially betraying Buffy to a coldblooded killer like Simone, but I'm willing to wait and let this play out. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #21

May 14, 2013

Buffy and her friends will discover the Deeper Well has not been left unguarded as the powerful entities remaining in our dimension want to protect the power of the Old Ones from falling into the wrong hands (not that something like that will stop the Scoobies from their dangerous plan). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #22

Jun 14, 2013

Although the battle for The Deeper Well is only begun, the issue ends with all the cards on the table and the fate of Dawn growing more desperate by the minute. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #23

Jul 18, 2013

Despite some ups and downs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Nine is looking as if it will end on a high note as well as the possibility that some form of magic will be returned to world helping to set up a new storyline when the characters move on to Season Ten. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #24

Aug 20, 2013

The season is certainly going out with a bang as this issue is packed with characters, actions, and even a couple of nice surprises. Aside from Willow looking decidedly Joker-like (seriously, what's up with that?) this not much for me to complain about other than how sad I am to only have one issue left to wrap-up the season. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #25

Sep 16, 2013

The issue's final panels show us the rules have changed as the laws of magic, vampires, and possibly much more are all different under the new seed than the old. Although Buffy and her companions survive (sadly without Illyria who doesn't make it out of the Well), the world they return to may be far different than the one they left. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Captain America (2004) #613

Jan 4, 2011

I thought the handling of the Winter Soldier's past being disclosed to the public was pretty shoddy (not to mention rushed), now we'll get to see if Brubaker can pull things back and give us the first big super-hero trial we've had in years.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Captain America (2011) #1

Jul 19, 2011

We also get appearances from HYDRA and Baron Zemo who are in cahoots with Codename: Bravo. I understand where Brubaker is going here but every WWII hero that's still alive and in top notch condition makes a Cap a little less special. It's a good, though not great, first issue. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Captain America (2011) #2

Aug 22, 2011

The final panel shows us things aren't going to get easier for Cap anytime soon with the return of the Ameridroid and Bravo playing Casanova in Sharon's dreams. Creepy! Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Captain America (2011) #3

Sep 22, 2011

With Cap locked in the dreamworld for the next issue I'm assuming the craziness seen here is only the beginning. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Captain America (2011) #5

Jan 1, 2012

As to Queen Hydra‘s plan to use Cap's patriotism against him, I'm intrigued to see where writer Ed Brubaker will take us next. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Captain America (2011) #6

Jan 1, 2012

I was totally on board with the comic having villains attack Cap's mind rather than face him head on. I'm far less sure of Cap's nightmares becoming manifest in the real world. On the plus side, the art by Alan Davis is a big improvement over the last issue. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Captain America (2011) #7

Jan 14, 2012

The issue does have some bright spots such as focusing much of the story on a conversation between Cap and Sharon Carter. And the action, drawn by Alan Davis, looks like we want a Captain America comic to look like. Not great, but still worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Captain America (2011) #8

Feb 15, 2012

I feel like I missed a page (or three) as Sharon comes to the conclusion of what villain is behind Cap's regression back to Skinny Steve Rogers. It's possible Cobra let this slip off-panel in Sharon's interrogation but I just don't see him knowing that much of the operation. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Captain America (2011) #9

Mar 18, 2012

If I have one big complaint about issue #9 it's that the art by Alan Davis isn't as consistent as I'd like. Although the closeups look good, many of the other panels look rushed – especially the faces of the characters in some of the action shots. Here's hoping this is just a one-time problem. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Captain America (2011) #11

May 16, 2012

I like the inclusion of Dugan and Dimondback here, the later (given she's a former super-villain) will have a real stake in the case. Scourge, in one for or another, has been around forever in the Marvel Universe to help trim the fat. I'm intrested to see how writer Ed Brubaker uses the character in this new arc. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Captain America (2011) #12

May 29, 2012

Although the inclusion of Gyrich and Dunphy does nothing to help sell me on the story, there's certainly enough here to pick this one up including some good inner monologue from Cap during his attack on the HYDRA base and the art by Patrick Zircher whose action sequences really pop. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Captain America (2011) #13

Jun 19, 2012

As to the big throwdown between old friends (teased on the cover but not shown here), we'll have to wait at least another issue. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Captain America (2011) #14

Jul 18, 2012

The episode is a weird mix of art by Patrick Zircher and Mike Deodato, Jr. The two styles don't really mesh all that well giving the comic a somewhat unsatisfying feel. The story itself works well, setting up more conflict and guilt for Cap with the loss of another friend (although I've never been a fan of D-Man and didn't even know he was even alive somewhere in the Marvel Universe so it's not like Codename: Bravo did this to the Falcon). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Captain America (2011) #15

Aug 1, 2012

Captain America #15 isn't a bad issue, but the Discordians aren't really that impressive and I've already grown tired of Bravo and Queen Hydra's (failed) attempts to fuck with Cap far from the battlefield. It's worth a look but not an issue you'll miss much if you decide not to pick it up.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Captain America (2012) #1

Nov 26, 2012

Although I don't hate the art, I'm not sure John Romita Jr. is the right choice for the comic if, as Remender states in the afterward, the point is to take the series into the weird sci-fi stories the character enjoyed under Jack Kirby‘s run in the 1970′s. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Captain America: Man Out of Time #1

Nov 8, 2010

For $4 it's definitely not a must-read, but fans of the character or of Marvel's various What If…? stories may want to give it a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #1

May 27, 2016

Given the character's vast continuity I can't say I buy the premise of Steve Rogers being a Hydra agent but the set-up does allow Marvel to take Cap in an entirely new direction. We'll just have to wait and see whether or not it turns out to be a good one.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Captain America: Steve Rogers #2

Jul 7, 2016

While the issue itself is interesting, laying out events to explain Rogers' behavior and the Red Skull's plan, the revelation does deflate the series. After such a huge shock I'd expect Marvel to keep its secrets a little closer to the vest. Now that all the cards are on the table, I'll admit my interest in the new series has already begun to wane. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Captain Atom #0

Sep 27, 2012

I'm going to miss this comic. As written by J. T. Krul, and drawn by Freddie E. Williams II, Captain Atom may not fit well in the still rather small New 52 DCU (honestly, I can't see DC trying to stick the character in another comic), but the comic consistently presented the world and actions of a super-hero from an entirely different perspective. I'm not going to lie, I'm a saddened that the new DCU isn't a big enough place for a character, and comic, like this to thrive. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Captain Atom #1

Sep 28, 2011

This version of Captain Atom certainly isn't going to be for everyone, but the comic does add something different to the character and give him new storylines to explore. Personally, I'd like the character to be a little more solid than the wispy, somewhat ethereal version we see in artist Fernando Pasarin's art. But then again I guess I should just feel lucky DC didn't redesign him back to his WildStorm look. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Captain Atom #2

Oct 27, 2011

Writer J.T. Krul continues to explore the limitations and abilities of the new Captain Atom. I'd still like a little of the old Captain to shine through this Dr. Manhattan makeover, but as long as that dog story is kept on the back burner I'll keep giving this one a shot. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Captain Atom #3

Nov 21, 2011

The final page of the issue also give us the first appearance of General Eiling, the man (at least in the old version of the DCU) responsible for the creation of Captain Atom. It will be interesting to see how this version fits into Atom's backstory. And, thankfully, we get an issue without the mutated monster dogs. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Captain Atom #7

Mar 28, 2012

The art by Freddie E. Williams II is still as good as I remember from the first few issues and writer J. T. Krul continues to tell some intriguing stories that are as much sci-fi (if not more) than super-hero tales. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Captain Atom #8

Apr 26, 2012

Far on the outside of the DCU, and with a focus far from your usual super-heroics, Captain Atom is a title you need to be reading. However, it's by far one of the most ambitious projects of the New 52, and continues to be one of it's most pleasant surprises. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Captain Atom #9

May 22, 2012

Another good issue of the series that gives us some answers but raises even more questions. Now that Atom knows what his future holds, the question becomes how will he use that knowledge, and what can he do to prevent it? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Captain Atom #10

Jun 28, 2012

The issue makes a nice conclusion to the arc as well as allow the character to embrace his humanity by creating a flesh and blood Nathaniel Adam version of himself to explore his feeling for Renita. With this storyline wrapped up, I'll be curious to see what new direction Captain Atom takes beginning next month. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Captain Atom #11

Jul 23, 2012

However, it appears these unconcious gifts might actually be far more dangerous than the chance the human version of Nate gets into with Renita as the two finally give into their feelings for each other. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Captain Atom #12

Aug 20, 2012

I'm a little sad that the Nate storyline ends so quickly as there was plenty of story to mine for several issues about how human this version of Nate actually is and how far his relationship with Ranita could have actually gone. That said, the immeadiate effects of giving into his desires to once again live his life as a normal man teach Captain Atom an important lesson as he knows now he can never go back to being who he was. The issue ends with another none-too-subtle Watchmen reference with our hero removing himself from the Earth while gazing back on it from the surface of the moon. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War #1

Jul 8, 2014

I don't know that I'll pick-up all the tie-in issues, but the first issue sells me on the premise of the crossover. And any comic featuring both Mojo Jojo and Aku is certainly going to tempt me into putting it in my pull list. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War #2

Aug 9, 2014

Once again Derek Charm's art is top-notch (especially his gleeful rendition of Aku). With the heroes getting the majority of the time we don't get much Mojo Jojo other than the foreshadowing the monkey genius is already starting to bristle with his role within the League. The escape of the heroes might not be the League's only problem. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War #3

Sep 5, 2014

Despite the swath the heroes manage to carve out through the ship, leaving butchered robots in their wake, the latest issue also teases us with what Aku really has in mind for their enemies as the comic heads its final three issues (which will hopefully include more Mojo Jojo!). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War #4

Oct 11, 2014

The latest issue delivers on the action and off-beat humor (such as Dexter using the severed-head of a Buttercup bot to fight off his attackers) and is certainly worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Cartoon Network Super Secret Crisis War #5

Nov 6, 2014

Mojo Jojo's hero turn puts the character back into the action after being largely marginalized over the past few issues. It also earns the respect of Bubbles, Blossom, and Buttecup in an undeniably adorable panel. Realizing at the last minute his world hasn't been targeted it will be interesting to see Mojo's choices in the mini-series finale and what the revelation means to Mandark. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Casanova: Avaritia #2

Oct 12, 2011

[Marvel/Icon, $4.99]

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Cinderella: Fables are Forever #1

Feb 16, 2011

Although there's not a ton of action in this first issue, we do see Cinderella's spy skills at work as well as learn the identity of the assassin she seeks. I'm not sure how this is going to play out, but it's a strong first issue that will make me take a look at next month's as well. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Cinderella: Fables are Forever #2

Mar 21, 2011

I've also got to compliment Shawn McManus' art which fits the story by perfectly capturing the different locales and time periods the story covers. I particularly like the artist's closeups on the characters capturing various expressions over the course of the issue. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Cinderella: Fables are Forever #3

Apr 20, 2011

The confrontation with the Chiss (think giant porcupine) has a satisfactory, even humorous, conclusion and Cinderella decides the only way to track down the elusive assassin is to put herself inside spider's den. The spy has made herself the bait, but that's fine with me. I'm ready to go wherever she wants to lead. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Cinderella: Fables are Forever #6

Jul 27, 2011

Although I think it's a good that the series was limited to six issues, I wouldn't mind seeing Cinderella return (preferably without Dorothy) for a new adventure next year. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Civil War II #1

Jun 9, 2016

While nowhere near as interesting or nuanced as the first Civil War, there's at least an interesting idea at the center of the comic (although I'm not sure it's strong enough to rip the entire Marvel Universe in half). However, how that idea is implemented, including having the biggest battle of the comic (so big it takes the lives of not one but two Avengers) take place entirely off-panel feels like a slap in the face to fans (not to mention the death sentence to the characters chosen to thin the herd – each of whom deserved better). Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Civil War II #2

Jun 22, 2016

Two issues into the event, the sides are slowly being drawn but the issue of what exactly they are fighting over still feels ill-defined (especially compared to Marvel's first Civil War) or what Tony risks a super-powered war for here. And since apparently none of the Avengers have ever read or watched science fiction they are completely unprepared for the concept of a self-fulfilling prophecy as Ulysses' latest vision suggest the Hulk will destroy the Avengers. But by sending Danvers after him has Ulysses just caused the events to occur (where no intervention on the heroes' part might have let Marvel Comics' big green brute slumber)? Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Civil War II: X-Men #1

Jun 20, 2016

Neither friends nor enemies, at least for this issue, the two groups work together to prevent the slaughter of mutants. With Magneto back in his more familiar role as the leader of a more extreme group of mutants, the question left at the end of this issue is what happens now that one of Marvel's most powerful characters has become aware of an Inhuman with the ability to tell the future? Likely nothing good. Oh, and Cyclops? Still dead. Sigh. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Cobra #9

Jan 26, 2012

That said, there's plenty of action here, and Snake Eyes and his team to take center stage for the first few pages. We also get Rattlers! Rattlers!! Okay, it's certainly not a must-read but fans of the characters should get their money's worth here. And it even has a Snake Eyes variant cover. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Codename: Action #1

Sep 15, 2013

I have mixed feelings about Jonathan Lau's art, but the action scenes definitely have a spy flavor to them and work better than the less action-packed panels. With Operative 1001′s graduation assignment, the car chase, and an aerial training manuever by a bevy of French female spies, there's plenty of action for a comic with the word in its title. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Codename: Action #2

Oct 16, 2013

Issue #2 once again captures the feel of a cold war spy tale that also gives us an unexpected cameo from the Green Hornet and Kato that plays on larger themes of the comic but still seems a bit out of place. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Codename: Action #3

Nov 21, 2013

Codename: Action #3, as a middle issue in a six-issue mini-series, works in continuing to push the storyline forward. The lethal combination of Black Venus and Operative 1001 should cause some problems for the mysterious enemy organization known as Hexagon. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Codename: Action #4

Jan 2, 2014

Codename: Action #4 ends with a late reveal and a cliffhanger that suggests Dr. Thorpe has his own agenda outside the plans of Hexagon as the mini-series moves into its final two issues with our heroes coming face-to-face with the series' true face of evil. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Conan the Cimmerian #25

Dec 2, 2010

It's far from great, but this issue is well told from the perspective of Conan's companion Olivia as they journey through the jungle. Conan faces off against a “Great Ape” (and slices off its arm in true Skywalker fashion) before taking possession of a pirate ship and its crew. So.. the next comic is going to be Conan the Pirate? Now that I think about it, maybe I've given Conan just the right amount of attention. What can I say, I prefer my barbarians to have Mok sidekicks and fabulous Sun-Swords. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Convergence #0

Apr 9, 2015

After reading Convergence #0 I have more doubt about the event and whether the number of writers and artists tasked can get the right feel for the various characters. I have no doubt there will be gems to be discovered over the course of multiple months but after this incredibly overpriced $5 kick-off issue I'm less sure about the overall event. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Convergence: Batgirl #1

Apr 10, 2015

It also doesn't help that Convergence: Batgirl #1 might be the worst drawn mainstream super-hero comic I've ever read. The characters are ill-defined looking more lack slap-dashed artist sketches than a finished product, and the inking and coloring is haphazard resulting in numerous panels that appear out of focus. What the hell, DC? Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Convergence: Batman and the Outsiders #1

Apr 27, 2015

Given how many characters the comic has to introduce it does a pretty good job (although once the dome falls, like most every Convergence title, things get less interesting very fast as Mortal Kombat begins). One odd note: Although the cover of the issue gets Batman's look right the art inside makes a major mistake not arming the classically-clad Caped Crusader in his classic utility belt of the time. Considering the look of the old characters is the major selling point for the series it's distracting. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Convergence: Booster Gold #1

May 9, 2015

The structure of the story, not centered around an entire year without powers as so many of the Convergence tie-ins have been, is a nice change but the comic does loose points for blatantly refusing to give us a recognizable pre-New 52 Booster in all his glory. On the plus side Booster's jumping willy-nilly gets the New 52 version beat up by the Legion of Super-Heroes and reunites the other Booster with an old friend. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Convergence: Harley Quinn #2

May 18, 2015

Convergence: Harley Quinn #2 teases a dangerosly dark New 52-ish twist, but thankfully Pugh and Winslade know their audience and allow the issue not to end on a dark note but with Harley and the Captain sharing a moment of camaraderie together that's as strange as every other piece of this issue. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Convergence: Shazam #1

May 4, 2015

Although the writing and basic set-up of so many Convergence issues has, more often than not, led to disappointment, Convergence: Shazam! #1 is certainly on of DC's event's stronger issues as the return of the magic lighning comes none to soon to save Billy, Mary, and Freddy Freeman from a group of the Marvel Family‘s classic foes. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Convergence: Shazam #2

Jun 8, 2015

With Convergence over I'm hoping this isn't the last we see of the Marvel Family's alternative Earth (which is far more interesting than most of the New 52). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Convergence: Speed Force #1

Apr 14, 2015

Although I'm not sure I'm ready to see the Flash take on the Flashpoint version of Wonder Woman next issue, I am excited to see Wally and Fastback team-up. Unlike Convergence: Batgirl #1 this issue gets the feel of its characters right. (Plus I'm all in favor of throwing the Zoo Crew as much love as possible.) Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Courtney Crumrin #10

Mar 6, 2013

With the main character a little lost, and having to be reintroduced to her world, the issue works well as an introduction to Courtney and her world and delivers a pretty good tale. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Damian: Son of Batman #1

Nov 8, 2013

I'm not sure that I'l stick with the mini-series until the end (especially as the final couple of panels suggest the story taking a bizarre left-turn as soon as the beginning of issue #2), but for fans of the character the first-quarter of Kubert's story is an interesting read. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Damian: Son of Batman #2

Dec 8, 2013

The confusion aside, the comic does give us Damian donning the costume for the “first” time, but the moment lacks any real gravitas (although I liked the “nice coat” comment the new Batman gets while jumping into action chasing a sighting of the Joker later in the issue). Andy Kubert delivers some moments, but the entire issue feels like a train wreck. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Daredevil (1998) #511

Oct 21, 2010

How dumb is Shadowland? The ridiculousness of Foggy Nelson getting through the riots, the cops, the ninja and into the belly of the beast (so to speak) doesn't even rank on the most absurd moments of this storyline. For a Shadowland comic this one's not bad, but then again that's a pretty low standard. Here where given a Daredevil comic where Daredevil (even a demon-infested one) makes only a token appearance.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2011) #1

Jul 27, 2011

The first issue is a good re-introduction to the character plopping the Murdock right back into his old life (even if it does skirt the consequences of Shadowland). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2011) #2

Aug 24, 2011

The issue also includes a fun conversation between Foggy Nelson and Kirsten McDuffie and Daredevil trying to hunt down who is behind the railroading of Ahmed Jobrani. Sadly, I'm less impressed with the issue's reveal of the first big bad of the series. I've never been a fan of Klaw. Sure, a “master of sound” makes for an intriguing villain for Daredevil, but I've always found him fairly ridiculous. The second issue isn't without a misstep or two, but it does have its moments. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2011) #3

Sep 21, 2011

The real fun of this issue, however, comes in the conversations between Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson as the figure out a way for their client to win his case, talk with some attractive women at a local watering hole (careful, they might be super-villains), and decide the new direction of their law practice. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2011) #4

Sep 25, 2011

In terms of larger context you could probably skip this issue and not miss anything all that important to the ongoing storyline but that doesn't mean you should. There's plenty here worth picking up including a very cool cover by Paolo Rivera featuring Daredevil swinging through a city scape made of guns. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #5

Nov 2, 2011

The B-story involves Foggy‘s attempt to convince his new girlfriend's roommate that Matt Murdock isn't Daredevil. His argument is less than successful until he comes up with either the smartest or dumbest idea the character has ever had. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #6

Dec 5, 2011

Whether or not these vast terrorists organizations coming together (or being willing to give their data up to their competitors) is feasible, the comic works well in wrapping up this story arc and painting a bright new target on Daredevil's back. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #7

Dec 26, 2011

There's also a great opening scene between Matt Murdock and Kristen McDuffie at the Nelson & Murdock holiday party where the lawyer shows up in horns and a red and white hoodie proclaiming he's no super-hero. I think the kids would disagree. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #8

Jan 23, 2012

Although I'm not sure how the missing corpse of Matt Murdock's father is going to play into the next story arc I did like how learning about it derailed Daredevil's make-out session with the Black Cat. The pair could make an okay couple swinging over rooftops but I'm having trouble seeing Matt Murdock and Felicia Hardy together anywhere outside of the (probably very steamy) bedroom. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil (2011) #9

Feb 20, 2012

Don't get me wrong, I still enjoyed the issue, and I'm sure writer Mark Waid's explanation into the Mole Man's behavior is a good one. I'm just hoping the arc ends quickly and get back to the Black Cat and the mysterious FF artifact everyone is after. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #10

Apr 11, 2012

Is it necessary to pick this up? The answer, along with all of Marvel's .1 issues, is no (that's how they are designed). However, it's darn good storytelling with some great art by Khoi Pham, so, yeah, it's worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2011) #11

May 1, 2012

Even with the pairing of this unlikely threesome the adventure itself isn't all that memorable. However, it is punctuated by some nice dialogue between Spidey and Daredvil and some strong opening internal monologue from the man without fear. It's also got some terrific art by Marco Checchetto. Month after month, even with a revolving group of artists, Daredvevil continues to be one of the best looking comics around. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #12

May 9, 2012

The story works well, and the irony isn't lost on Kristen as Daredevil talks about how he used to be “a little bit smug” back then. The story works to allow both Kristen and new readers to gain insight into the history of the Nelson & Murdock. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #13

May 21, 2012

The issue seems to wrap-up the Omega Drive storyline, at least until the epilogue where Daredevil finds himself transported to Latveria against his will. Next month should see a pretty good matchup of Daredevil vs. Doctor Doom as well as let us in on what Foggy was shocked to find in Matt's desk. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil (2011) #14

Jun 25, 2012

The latest issue reminded me of D.O.A. with Daredevil standing in for Dennis Quaid‘s character (not a good thing). The purposeful further teasing of what Foggy found, and a profound decision for the character, makes me care even less about the subplot that I did when it was introduced last month. Still worth a look, but this issue feels far too much like filler.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Daredevil (2011) #15

Jul 25, 2012

However, I am interested to see what lingering (if any) effects from this arc may show up down the line, and I am looking forward to (finally) getting the skinny on Foggy‘s beef with Matt that was teased but not explained months ago. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Daredevil (2011) #16

Aug 7, 2012

Foggy's extreme overreaction to a single event that's so obviously a set-up (especially given his history with Matt) doesn't make any sense, nor does his irrational belief (backed by no observable evidence) that Matt is somehow suffering and hiding it from those who love him. The opening story is certainly worth a look, but the comic ends on such an odd note (which will no doubt have ramifications for months, even years, to come) that I simply can't bring myself to recommend it. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2011) #17

Aug 22, 2012

Although the issue doesn't come close to resolving the pieces put into motion last issue, Waid delivers a strong (if somewhat sappy) story that's certainly worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2011) #18

Sep 26, 2012

The issue delivers another terrific cover, and the art inside considers to vary from issue to issue with rotating artists continually given the comic a slightly different look. I don't think this is artist Chris Samnee's best work, but the action sequences look good as do the panels of Daredevil's vision. The next issue promises a big reveal, but this issue promised an introduction of a new villain it didn't deliver, so I'll cross my fingers that the crazy Daredevil storyline's days are numbers. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2011) #19

Oct 23, 2012

Meanwhile, with the help of Henry Pym, Daredevil makes a discovery that leads him to search out the C-list villain he believes is behind his life falling apart only to discover he's not a C-lister anymore. Daredevil might not be crazy, but no his life is in the hands of a madman, and, should he escape, he'll have an entire city's police force hunting him down. The man without fear has had better days. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Daredevil (2011) #20

Nov 28, 2012

The Coyote story works far better, although bringing up (and showing) human trafficking as one of Coyote's new interests does feel a little unseemly for what has been up until now a pretty safe all-ages book. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Daredevil (2011) #21

Dec 22, 2012

I like the idea of Spider-Man guest-starring in the next issue, but with what writer Dan Slott is doing with the character I'm pretty sure it's going to be far less enjoyable than the Spidey & Black Cat crossover from earlier this year. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil (2011) #22

Jan 21, 2013

This issue features Daredevil vs. pseudo-Spider-Man who was sicked on Daredevil by Kristen McDuffie. The pair break it up long enough to take on an enhanced Stilt-Man before finally making peace with one another. Mark Waid also throws in an alternate explanation for Foggy Nelson‘s recent behavior. Although no more logical, it does open the door for an entirely new story for Daredevil and his best friend. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #23

Feb 25, 2013

We're still no closer to the reveal of who is behind the attacks on Daredevil, although knowing the exact details of the accident which caused his blindness and enhanced senses narrows the field considerably. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #24

Mar 27, 2013

The only real action we get is a gift basket sent to Nelson & Murdock by Daredevil's unseen enemy containing blind hyper-sensitive dogs who nearly destroy the entire office. It's a fun, though certainly not action-packed, issue which fans of the character should enjoy. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Daredevil (2011) #25

Apr 24, 2013

Trying to use his experience to win the fight, Daredevil changes the venue only to discover he and Ikari aren't as evenly matched as he believed. The assassin has one more ace up his sleeve. The comic ends with Daredevil beaten, but spared (at least for now) leading into the next double-sized issue dealing with Foggy‘s surgery and, hopefully, the man behind the curtain pulling Ikari's strings. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #26

May 27, 2013

The extra-sized comic also includes an unnecessary back-up story involving Foggy's time in the hospital. It has a nice message but feels tacked on mainly to boost the pages, and price tag, of the latest issue. Worth a look (for the main story).

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #27

Jul 5, 2013

Daredevil #27 very much focuses on the hero out-thinking his opponents rather than using his enhanced skill-set to take them down. Because of this, and the quick wrap-up, we're left questioning whether Daredevil can actually beat Ikari and just who that masked man really is. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2011) #28

Jul 18, 2013

The issue ends in bizarre fashion as the Sons of the Serpent make sure Hackett doesn't give away any privileged information about their society by having the judge shoot the defendant in the middle of the courtroom. I was thrown off a little by these last few panels, but I trust that Waid knows where he's going. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2011) #29

Aug 8, 2013

Even if Daredevil gets out of the situation a little too cleanly (you'd think there would be a mountain of red tape to cut through after things died down) Waid delivers a tense issue that also foreshadows Murdock's new temporary partner. I know I have my guess as to her identity. What's yours? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #30

Aug 26, 2013

In an age when nearly everything being written is planned in advance to put out in a single arc trade paperback one-shots like this are a dying breed. And that's too bad, because Waid and artist Chris Samnee prove how good such issues can be. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Daredevil (2011) #31

Sep 23, 2013

The ants are cool, as is the nice hospital sequence as Foggy tries to inspire other patients with Daredevil's example. However, once again the ridiculous behind-the-scenes power of the Sons of the Serpent storyline doesn't quite work for me, and, surprisingly, several panels from artist Chris Samnee look uncharacteristically rushed and not up to snuff. The cliffhanger ending hinting and the suicide of Foggy feels equally half-assed. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil (2011) #32

Oct 30, 2013

The comic ends with Daredevil interrupting a good ‘ol Southern lynch mob only to later realize the group is after actual monsters and he may have chosen the wrong side. The result is a somewhat forced Halloween adventure that ends in yet another cliffhanger and more trouble and no new answers for our hero. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil (2011) #33

Nov 29, 2013

Like the last issue, Daredevil #33 is weird and goofy adventure but I thought the humor worked better this time around. Daredevil's right of passage to get to Sinclair works well, as does the panel showing the pissed off hero finally confronting the wizard. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #34

Dec 24, 2013

Although the tone is upbeat and Daredevil manages to get a victory while sidestepping disaster, it's obvious from the last couple of panels that the final two issues of the series are likely to be far darker as the fate of Foggy Nelson will finally be decided (and apparently the news isn't good). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #35

Jan 22, 2014

Given the huge ramifications of this move, which is made mostly to spite a evil organization I've never fully bought into, I'm going to withhold final judgement until we see where this takes the character (other than to the West Coast). As to the final fate of Foggy Nelson, we're given all the signs that next month's final issue may be his as well, but given the amount of attention which will have to be given to the fallout of Murdock's courtroom bombshell could there be even the slightest glimmer of hope that Foggy might make his way into the next series after all? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2011) #36

Feb 24, 2014

The final issue does its best to justify an unnecessary renumbering and reboot next month while providing a milestone in both of Murdock's chosen professions. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil (2011) Annual #1

Aug 12, 2012

I'm not sure it's worth $5 (in fact I'm pretty sure it's not), but given the struggle of the last couple of issues of Daredevil it's nice to see a different take on the character by a new writer. The highlight of the issue, at least for me, is the art of Mark Farmer who knows exactly how to draw the hero in action. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2014) #1

Mar 25, 2014

Daredevil #1 sets up the new series with McDuffie helping Murdock in both the courtroom and as an extra pair of eyes on the unfamiliar streets as the vigilante attempts to save a kidnapped girl who terrorists plan to use as a living bomb. My only real complaint with the issue how hard it works to stay away from the subject of Foggy Nelson before the inevitable tease of the outcome of his cancer treatment. And no, I'm not buying Waid and Samnee killed him off-panel. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2014) #1.50

Apr 16, 2014

Featuring back-up stories of Murdock's wife by Brian Michael Bendis by and artist Alex Maleev and wacky fake twin storyline in homage to the character's goofier period by writer/artist Karl Kesel, Daredevil #1.50 is a curiosity more than anything else offering a glimpse of what Waid might do with the character given no constraints and several decades. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2014) #2

Apr 30, 2014

A poor man's Daredevil in several respects, the Shroud is an interesting first choice to pit against the hero, although it does make me wonder how far Waid and Samnee will have to scrape the bottom of the Marvel barrel for West Coast threats going forward. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2014) #3

May 29, 2014

And, as expected, Waid and artist Chris Samnee confirm Foggy Nelson is still alive and in hiding for his own safety. Judging by the chance Foggy takes here (entering the law office in a flimsy disguise) it's a secret that won't stay buried for long. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2014) #4

Jun 24, 2014

Although Murdock counts the capture of the Owl as a win, Daredevil is unable to stop the villain from fulfilling his purpose (suggesting he's become an even greater threat), and fate of the Shroud's girlfriend is left very much up in the air. Victory? I'm not so sure. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2014) #5

Jul 15, 2014

Nothing is really gained by waiting until the fifth issue to explain events (other than getting that first trade paperback out the way), but the story Mark Waid tells is a nice moment for Foggy to shine and reminds us, through Foggy's eyes, just who Matt Murdock is. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2014) #8

Oct 3, 2014

Daredevil #8 also includes Matt Murdock meeting Kristen McDuffie‘s parents (and offered a book deal for his autobiography). McDuffie's a great character, but Waid's decision to tell fans she isn't the woman for Daredevil takes some of the fun out of these kinds of stories. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2014) #9

Oct 25, 2014

The only real surprise of this issue is the survival of the Purple Man. Will he and Daredevil form an unlikely team-up to stop the out-of-control children or will the villain be to busy savoring the fresh hell his kids are putting Matt Murdock through? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Daredevil (2015) #1

Dec 12, 2015

I'm glad to see Daredevil back in Hell's Kitchen but this first issue with all of its changes and D-list villain doesn't sell me on the new series just yet. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Daredevil (2015) #2

Jan 5, 2016

We'll see if the return of The Hand, and the legion of magic ninjas the group can bring to bear on both Tenfingers and the Man Without Fear, can breathe a little life into the new series. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2015) #6

May 2, 2016

The fight definitely delivers on brutal action as Daredevil isn't ready for the ferocious attack unleashed by the assassin. As to the final panel's reveal of just what Elektra is after, that's going to take some explanation (but for that we'll have to wait at least one more issue). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2015) #7

Jun 1, 2016

Given everything we learn in this issue turns out to be lies, Daredevil #7 feels a bit empty by the time the last page is turned.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2015) #9

Jul 19, 2016

Now that we know what Daredevil was after, let's see just how he plans to use it. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2015) #10

Aug 17, 2016

Although the world isn't crashing down on him must yet, events in Daredevil #10 do seem to bode ill for both Matt Murdock and his horny alter-ego. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2015) #11

Sep 15, 2016

As for the mysterious villain, it appears he was just getting started with the blood painting. A new macabre work of art is discovered involving the bodies of several people positioned in a full scale diorama. It's still unclear just what the artist is after. Publicity? Flaunting the police (and Daredevil's) inability to capture him? Or something more? As for Matt Murdock's day job, it will be interesting to see how far a man respecting justice above all else may be pushed before something eventually breaks. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Daredevil (2015) #12

Oct 17, 2016

For all but those who think Inhumans are the best thing ever, Daredevil #12 proves to be a detour best forgotten as no part of the overall story of tracking down the killer (whatever his name is) will be missed by completely ignoring this issue. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2015) #13

Nov 16, 2016

The latest volume of Daredevil made several changes to the character. Returning Dardevil to New York, to work as a prosecutor for the first time, the comic also introduced Blindspot as the Man Without Fear's protege. Cut-off from Blindspot and unable to offer the young hero anything more than a single piece of advice (Don't Die. Don't Let Anyone Else Die), Blindspot is left to fend for himself against a mass murder with delusions of a promising art career. The end of this issue suggests a tragic end for this arc and for the young hero. We will just have to wait and see whether Blindspot can surprise us one more time. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil (2015) #14

Dec 23, 2016

Daredevil and Blindspot may have won the battle against Muse, but the super-villains actions of blinding Blindspot seem to have given Muse the ultimate victory. We'll see if Inhuman science can do anything for the would-be super-hero, but for now Matt Murdock is left with a hollow victory which feels like failure. Then of course there will be the repercussions of all his super-heroing. Will his work at the District Attorney's office be the next thing to implode? For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil (2015) #17

Feb 21, 2017

Knowing it wasn't a deal with Mephisto or some mystical quick-fix from Doctor Strange narrows the list of possibilities. The reveal of the arc's villain may also be a major clue. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Daredevil (2015) #18

Mar 21, 2017

The introduction of the Purple Man into a story about how Matt Murdock forced the world to forget about his secret identity as Daredevil makes one wonder if Daredevil wasn't able to use the villain's power to his own advantage. If true, did Daredevil actually mind-control the entire world? And, if so, what would the unintended ramifications of that be? Will have to wait to see how events unfold in the rest of this arc for Daredevil's secret to be revealed. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Daredevil (2015) #20

May 20, 2017

For now, however, Daredevil is back to his old self. Walking away from Kristen and pissing off Foggy, with his identity unknown our vigilante is back to his old tricks taking the fight to organized crime in New York. Now if we could just get him out of that black costume. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Daredevil: Dark Nights #1

Jun 11, 2013

The triple-obstacles of Matt Murdock's injury, the blizzard, and his amnesia (which also effects his acrobatic stunts) is a little much. I prefer Weeks art to the story, but there are enough nice touches here to not let me dismiss it out-of-hand. The first issue doesn't do enough to sell me on the new limited series, but it doesn't turn me off either. Depending on what else hits newsstands that week, I would consider picking up issue #2. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil: Dark Nights #2

Jul 10, 2013

That said, Lee Weeks art is once again solid but his writing is only slightly improved over the first issue although it's still clunky and hamfisted at times (especially involving danger or hope). For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil: Dark Nights #4

Sep 10, 2013

After a mostly fun lighthearted affair I was a little sad to see the comic take such a dark turn on the final page. Although I'd recommend this issue, I'm not sure I like where the story is headed. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil: Dark Nights #5

Oct 5, 2013

Although the end is far too tidy (and convenient) for my tastes, and the second issue isn't as fun as the first, the mini-series second arc kept my interest all the way through the end (which is more than I can say for the first arc). For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil: Dark Nights #6

Nov 12, 2013

I always enjoy Daredevil's various flirtations with a host of female and criminals who can't get enough of Daredevil (seriously, blind lawyer is like catnip for the super-hero/villain set). The sexual tension between the pair is obvious, and entertaining, as is the art by Thony Silas. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil: Dark Nights #7

Dec 10, 2013

There are some fun moments here, but the issue is really used to set-up the various conflicts in next month's finale. Although it hasn't been as good as Mark Waid‘s run on the regular title, I've enjoyed seeing other writers and artists play with the character over the past few months in these isolated tales. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Daredevil: Dark Nights #8

Jan 13, 2014

Daredevil: Dark Nights may not have delivered great stories over its eight-issue run, but the adventures of Matt Murdock had their moments and I'm sorry to see the series coming to an end as Marvel gears up to a big February relaunch of several of their core titles (including Daredevil). For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

Dec 10, 2015

The most interesting aspect of the story isn't Carrie play-acting as Batman and beating up cops (for apparently no reason whatsoever) but the small story of Lara bringing Ray Palmer the bottled city of Kandor. The ramifications of that pairing are truly intriguing and so rich they belong in an entirely different comic. To bad the rest is mostly filler. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Dark Wolverine #86

May 26, 2010

I understand the appeal of a character who can do anything at the drop of a hat, but it seems a bit odd to me that of all the characters from Dark Reign it's Daken who is getting to keep his own book. It would be as if DC gave the Joker his own comic (wait, they did that). Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Darkwing Duck #4

Sep 26, 2010

All in all, not too shabby. Oh, and did I mention we finally get an appearance of NegaDuck, too? Darkwing and the gang save the day, but it appears more evil is lurking in the shadows. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Darkwing Duck #8

Jan 24, 2011

Crazy fun all around, and once again the comic delivers with yet another very cool old school Batman-inspired variant cover (this one by Diego Jourdan).

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Darkwing Duck #9

Feb 23, 2011

Throw in the funny opening with the Duck Draper (which goes over as badly as you'd expect) as well as the reactions of both Gosalyn and Morgana Macawber to being taken for granted, and there's more than enough here that's worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Darkwing Duck #10

Mar 22, 2011

Issue #10 is filled with cover-to-cover action, great humor, and some terrific visuals. Definite Must-Read.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Darkwing Duck #11

Apr 27, 2011

We'll have to wait another month for the conclusion of the Duckthulu arc. I've enjoyed this storyline, but I'm ready for a new story arc. Even if this issue can't quite live up to the insane level of awesome of last month it's still definitely worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Darkwing Duck #13

Jun 21, 2011

Never fear! Darkwing manages to pull himself together and save the city (and Gosalyn, who has gotten herself captured by the crazy former pitcher). Our hero also decides on a questionable new course of action that may prove to be his downfall. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Darkwing Duck #14

Jul 25, 2011

I'm really enjoying these shorter tales, held together loosely by Darkwing's decision to run for mayor, as writer Ian Brill's last couple of four-issue story arcs began to lose a little steam near their conclusion. And once again artist James Silvani provides some of my favorite art in comics right now matching some visual jokes (and a couple of sly cameos) to go hand in hand with Brill's insanely fun tale. Great fun all around. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Darkwing Duck #15

Aug 23, 2011

Once again writer Ian Brill and artist James Silvani outdo themselves in creating an insanely fun read (with extra insanity). If you aren't reading Darkwing Duck you're missing out. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Darkwing Duck #16

Sep 26, 2011

The final pages of the issue also introduce our villains for the series final two issues: Magica and The Phantom Blot (based on the classic Disney character and enemy to Mickey Mouse). The new story arc will continue in a crossover in the next issue of Duck Tales (also ending in a couple of months) before returning next month for the series' penultimate issue. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Darkwing Duck #17

Oct 21, 2011

That said, there's still plenty to make this one an easy recommendation. Next month will see the final two issues of the crossover, and the final issue of Darkwing Duck, hit comic shops. I'm going to be sad to see it go. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Darkwing Duck #18

Nov 13, 2011

I'll miss you DW and here's hoping Marvel (whenever they get around to putting out a new title) gives us a comic half as good as the one Boom delivered every single month. For those who haven't kept up with the series I definitely recommend picking up the trade paperbacks and enjoying some of the most fun there's been in comics this past year-and-a-half. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Darkwing Duck Annual #1

Mar 8, 2011

Not all annuals are worth picking up (in fact some I wouldn't even use to line a birdcage), but this one delivers. The main story continues the wacky fun of the new series, and I got a kick at seeing the original creator of the show get dangerous one more time (if only for a few pages). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
10
DC Universe: Rebirth #1

May 30, 2016

While the Watchmen integration is getting most of the mainstream press, I'm far more interested in the promise that Johns delivers with embracing the large corners of a wider DCU and giving readers more hopeful tales in the future. I know this is only a single issue, but after putting down DC Universe: Rebirth #1 I'm more hopeful than I've been about DC Comics than I have been since Bryan Q. Miller‘s Batgirl run. You lit the spark Mr. Johns, now lets hope the writers and artists to follow have a clear path about where to take this new version of the DCU (unlike what happened five years ago). You've delivered the best DC Comics' issue in years; don't screw it up. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Dead Boy Detectives #1

Jan 7, 2014

Although I found the elaborate heist/performance art involving Crystal's parents that opens the issue a bit hard to follow, Dead Boy Detectives #1 offers up a strong first issue to reintroduce out both characters and give them an excuse to return to school that destroyed and ended each of their lives. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Dead Boy Detectives #2

Feb 9, 2014

Charles RowlandandEdwin Painealso are surprised to see how good Crystal is at snooping already uncovering more about their deaths in a few days than they two have found in years. Does this mean a proper team-up is in order? And just what hell will be unleashed once others discover their snooping? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Dead of Winter #1

Aug 8, 2017

Is Dead of Winter: Good Good Dog a comic I'm likely to stick with? No, not really. However, for a single issue I was entertained. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Deadpool Annual #1

May 11, 2011

It's not for everyone, but Deadpool fans should get exactly (no more, no less) what they expect. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Deadpool (2008) #27

Sep 19, 2010

Deadpool, Secret Avenger. Hmmm…

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Deadpool (2008) #37

Jun 1, 2011

As an idea, this one works fine for a single issue, although I'm not sure we need to see it continue for another month. Still, there's fun and plenty of insanity to be had here. And isn't that what you want from a Deadpool comic?

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Deadpool (2008) #47

Dec 11, 2011

The rest of the comic about Evil Deadpool taking a job to kill a kid, and regular Deadpool (using his weird-ass logic) deciding to kidnap a totally different kid at gunpoint to draw out both his evil twin and Captain America, is certainly bizarre, but isn't anywhere near as much fun. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Deadpool (2012) #11

Jun 22, 2013

The logic of a good Daredevil story has never been as important and the humor and wackiness, and this issue has both in spades. I particularly like the instance where Daredevil calls out Matt Murdock on labeling anyone else crazy based on Daredevil's own questionable decisions. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Deadpool Team-Up #883

Apr 6, 2011

Deadpool also gets a chance to test out his Power Cosmic against that of Galactus' first herald, the Silver Surfer, who is none too happy with the carnage Deadpool has unleashed. Deadpool might be all over the Marvel Universe, but this is consistently his best book. The final panel alone makes this one worth picking up. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Deadpool Team-Up #889

Sep 26, 2010

The latest team-up pits Deadpool and Gorilla Man against each other by a beautiful damsel in distress who, it turns out, may not actually be in distress, or beautiful, or, in fact, a damsel. Don't you hate it when that happens?

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Death of Hawkman #1

Oct 7, 2016

While I'm still on the fence with artist's Aaron Lopresti version of Hawkman (which has a bit too much New 52 influence for my tastes), I love the look of Adam Strange here. As the series turns darker with the looming war I'm a little afraid some of the magic and fun on display may fade, but there's enough in these pages to at least get me back for one more issue. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Death of Hawkman #2

Nov 10, 2016

The other piece of the comic focuses primarily on Hawkman, pointing out the qualities which made him a hero on Earth weren't always respected or appreciated on his home planet. Back on his home planet, the comic ends with Hawkman being approached by Adam Strange to get to the truth of the attack on Rann, the mystery of who has been skulking around and messing with his life, and hopefully preventing the heating up of hostilities between the two heroes' homes. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Defenders (2011) #1

Dec 9, 2011

As a first issue of The Defenders works well by introducing us to the various members and providing a threat reasonable (if admittedly kind of dumb) enough to force them together. Still, it's got some funny bits and the Silver Surfer, which should be enough to get me to buy the next issue or two. However, unless the threat of the month, the art, (or preferably both) improve in the next couple of months, I'm not sure how long I'll stay with this version of The Defenders.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Defenders (2011) #2

Jan 5, 2012

The second issue is still worth picking up on a very slow week in comics, but despite being my only chance to get a Silver Surfer comic every month (don't even get me started on Matt Fraction‘s version of the character in The Mighty Thor) this month's issue does nothing to convince me that this comic will be worth picking up every single month. Only two issues in, The Defenders feels much more like an occasional read. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Detective Comics #866

Jun 25, 2010

Throw in Robin's first encounter with the Joker and I'm pretty happy. Definitely worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Detective Comics #875

Apr 5, 2011

Although I'm not wild about the art for Batman (in the couple of panels the Dark Knight Detective actually appears), Francesco Francavilla's style works well for a story centered around Gordon, both in the past and the present. It will be interesting to show how the James Jr. storyline plays out, and how much time it's given center stage (as it is here). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Detective Comics #880

Jul 28, 2011

I have mixed feelings with the art in the issue which is especially inconsistent with regards to both Batman and the Joker, but the story itself, including the reveal, works quite well. It looks like Detective Comics is one title DC plans to let go out with a bang.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Detective Comics (2011) #1

Sep 12, 2011

Even with these issues the first issue may not be good but it is, for the most part passable, – at least until the gruesome final panel. In an attempt to give us a gritty Batman story Daniel gives us the face of one of Batman's villains nailed to a wall. This one's best forgotten. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Detective Comics (2011) #15

Dec 10, 2012

The story is actually pretty good, and far better than most of the issues of the comic since its New 52 relaunch, even if it does give us yet another ridiculous New 52 villain in “Emperor Penguin.” But for those hoping to see the Death of the Family finally heating up, you're going to have to wait at least another month. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #16

Jan 12, 2013

I'm not sure about the reveal of the Merrymaker, the villain apparently pulling the strings of the League of Smiles, but this is again a really good Batman comic – something in short supply since the launch of the New 52. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #17

Feb 12, 2013

Unlike much of the endless teasing, Bat-Family bickering, and grotesque nature of Death of the Family, the Merrymaker storlyine involves Batman doing a bit of old fashioned detective work and using his brains to take down another threat to Gotham City. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Detective Comics (2011) #18

Mar 11, 2013

Although the comic touches on Damian's death I expected far more. Batman kicks some ass and finally takes down Cobblepot. Zsasz's new origin story aside (which is ridiculously simple even for a comic book) the Emperor Penguin storyline works well enough here and by the end delivers a new weapon to Ogilvy to help cement his power base – the Man-Bat formula. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Detective Comics (2011) #19

Apr 8, 2013

Other stories involve Emperor Penguin's soldiers bilking Gotham out of millions, the Penguin planning his escape from prison and revenge against his former assistant, Mrs. Langstrom's plans to save her husband, and a disagreement between cops, one of whom was infected by the Man-Bat virus, over Batman's proper role in the city. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Detective Comics (2011) #20

May 6, 2013

The issue also includes a back-up story involving Ogilvy's transport to Blackgate Prison and look at his origins. The story also brutally foreshadows the fact that the new Bat-villain is only getting started. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
3.0
Detective Comics (2011) #21

Jun 10, 2013

The comic also contains a forgettable back-up story involving Kurt Langstrom who believes he may be responsible for a series of grizzly murders. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Detective Comics (2011) #22

Jul 12, 2013

Although it opens up new possibilities and challenges for Batman, I'm not sold on this storyline (or either Caldwell or Wrath). The comic also offers another less than great Man-Bat back-up story that takes up way too many pages and reveals that Francine Langstrom (to no one's surprise) is actually the Man-Bat attacking the streets at night. Anytime DC wants to dump this story would be fine with me. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Detective Comics (2011) #23

Aug 13, 2013

After giving up Red Hood and the Outlaws last month Detective and Batman and Robin are the only Bat-titles I'm still readying (having given up on the others months ago), but this Wrath storyline is certainly stretching my endurance to the limit. And, sigh, yes we get more of the awful Man-Bat back-up story this month as well. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Detective Comics (2011) #23.1

Sep 11, 2013

Detective Comics #23.1 isn't a great issue by any means, but I was able to easily follow the story without being forced to seek out Forever Evil. I could have done without the usual New 52 tweaks to Pamela Isley's origins but the core of the character seems largely intact. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Detective Comics (2011) #24

Oct 10, 2013

The entire arc has felt largely uninspired, so I guess it's no big surprise that the conclusion is a letdown as well. One interesting note: the main story ends on Officer Wallace's “oh, shucky-darns Batman, you're awesome” apology that I certainly don't mind except that such unbridled naivete feels completely out of place in the gritty 90s realism of the New 52. Pass.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #30

Apr 7, 2014

For a story that deals in organized crime, white slavery, gangs, Bruce Wayne still mourning the loss of his son Damian, and the crime boss The Squid feeding one of his soldiers to his pet, Detective Comics #30 is less dark and gloomy than you might expect offering a nice mix of story and action to start of the pair's run on the title. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #31

May 14, 2014

Focusing on the detective work of both Batman and Bullock separately as the Dark Knight hears the first mention of “The Squid,” while also throwing in some action and beautiful visuals, DC may have finally put together a creative team to consistently sell me on a Bat-book that doesn't star Scooby-Doo. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #32

Jun 18, 2014

Although neither the Squid nor the biker gang pose much of a threat, the mystery of Icarus continues to allude both Batman and Bullock as the new creative team provides another beautifully-illustrated issue of a Batman comic I'm really enjoying. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #33

Jul 14, 2014

Once again Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato are able to deliver a strong Batman story with gorgeous artwork. If I have one major nitpick its using the Christopher Nolan crutch of having other characters make important deductions before Batman (such as Alfred here). Let Batman be the Dark Knight Detective. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #34

Aug 12, 2014

Stripped of any super-villain, or larger-than-life Bat-villain, the Icarus arc sets a tone for an intriguing book on Batman's battle with the street-level criminal element of Gotham, while highlighting his reliance on his detective skills, that I hope to see continue as well. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Detective Comics (2011) #35

Oct 12, 2014

Of the guest team, I'm a little more impressed with the writing of Ben Percy than the art of John Paul Leon, but that may just be my expectation to see Manapul's exquisite art and getting a far different style. I'm on the fence about picking up the conclusion to the two-issue arc or waiting for Manapul and Buccellato to return. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Detective Comics (2011) #37

Dec 15, 2014

The method which the super-villain uses to turn the office building into a bomb works (at least for a Batman comic book), although we still don't know why he has chosen to target a building full of Bruce Wayne's employees or what Anarky's end game might be. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
4.0
Detective Comics (2011) #38

Jan 13, 2015

On the plus side Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato offer some beautiful panels, but even the tease of what the Mad Hatter‘s story has to do with Anarky isn't enough to keep my interest once the masks are put in the hands of the people of Gotham. As I've already seen this story maybe I'll take a break from the comic for a few months to see what it might have in store after the Dark Knight Detective after this arc runs its course. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #934

Jun 15, 2016

Those issues aside, I'm loving the fact that DC is giving Tim, Steph, and Cass their own title. Clayface is a bit of a wild card, but I'm willing to wait and see what writer James Tynion IV has planned for him. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #935

Jun 27, 2016

While continuing to tease just what is causing Batman to bring Batwoman into the fold and throw a team of young sidekicks together with a former villain in Clayface, writer James Tynion IV and artist Eddy Barrows do provide some nice character moments in this second issue of the relaunched series. We get to see Stephanie and Tim back together as a couple (Cass' reaction to seeing them together is pretty good as well), and Batman's first interaction with a longtime Bat Family ally in Leslie Thompkins. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #936

Jul 21, 2016

The military twist an interesting one. I'll be interested to learn just what the Bat-soldiers true mission is and why it was necessary to remove Batman and his sidekicks from the equation. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #937

Aug 8, 2016

The other interesting take here is DC deciding to split the idea of the League of Assassins and the League of Shadows into separate malevolent organizations. I'll be curious to see where this leads. While giving us far more of Batman than we've gotten in the past couple of issues, the team continues to shine. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #938

Aug 23, 2016

Detective Comics has quickly become my favorite team book of the relaunched Rebirth comics. The issue works in Batman without him taking to spotlight from the rest of the team. Now that the Bat Family is back together the question becomes what's their next move against the Colony? And just how far will Jake Kane go to save what he's built? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #939

Sep 1, 2016

While I certainly expect Tim Drake to survive, the issue does tease his upcoming absence in the title. I'll be curious to see what that means for the team and its other members (particularly Spoiler). Writer James Tynion IV has fashioned, by far, my favorite of the Rebirth Bat-Books and I'm in no hurry to see one of the characters depart. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #940

Sep 29, 2016

Even if the loss is a a bit slight of hand (and there's that eerily similar panel to “Death in the Family”) which undercuts its emotional impact to a degree, the story still works well in how writer James Tynion IV and artist Alvaro Martinez allow the characters to mourn their friend's loss. As to how long it will take before they learn the truth, we'll have to wait and see. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #950

Feb 15, 2017

Of the characters rebooted by the New 52 and now Rebirth, it's been hard for Cassandra Cain to find her footing. Personally, I'd rather see her as Black Bat than Orphan, but Takara's art makes a solid argument here for a more sleek costume for the character. The cameo by Shiva at the end of the issue foreshadows trouble, as does the back-up story involving Batman and Red Robin, but the issue doesn't need to be tied to a full arc to be appreciated and enjoyed. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #951

Mar 3, 2017

“League of Shadows” begins here with Shiva and the League hitting Gotham City. Killing the mayor and framing Batman for the crime (hrm, not really happy to see another Batman fugitive storyline), the League of Shadows also expose the local newscasters to Joker venom on-air. And they are just getting started. Wreaking general havoc, the League begins its attack on the city and its protectors. As to just what the League wants, and how Batman for Batman and his team will have to go to stop them, we'll just have to wait and see. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #954

Apr 24, 2017

The issue ends suggesting all is not lost for the Bat-Family. Just as the arc has built-up Shiva, so it has with Orphan who continues to work her way through the League of Shadows eventually setting up a confrontation with Lady Shiva. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #957

May 31, 2017

Despite my problems with Stephanie's plan, and concerns about her potential ally, I'm glad to see her get back into the comic (even if I would prefer it to be as a member of the team). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #958

Jun 20, 2017

The real fun here is not from an Azrael-centric storyline but the payoff for Bruce Wayne's B-story with returns Zatanna to the DCU in glorious fashion. Here's hoping she plans on sticking around for quite awhile. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #959

Jul 10, 2017

While James Tynion IV continues to play it coy as to what Bruce really wants from his old friend, it is terrific to see Zee back in action (although I have wonder what Batman's new fiance thinks about spending his nights with magical former flames in fishnets). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #960

Jul 20, 2017

The other half of the story continues the Azrael thread in which a new agent of St. Dumas attacks Batman's friends and Azrael's encounter with Ascalon swiftly destroys all the work the young man has done to get out from under the influence of the Order of St. Dumas. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #962

Aug 14, 2017

The issue also gives us more flashbacks to younger versions of Zatanna and Bruce as well as give Batman one answer he wasn't expecting. Tim Drake is alive, and it's about damn time for the search for him to begin. Sadly, that likely means Zatanna will be exiting stage right, but it sure was fun to have her around. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #963

Aug 28, 2017

While I think it would make more sense for Batman to jump full-in on searching for Tim Drake, the idea of mending fences with Stephanie first proves to be an intriguing detour. How will she take the news? Has she gone too far down her recent path to join up with Batman? Or will the Spoiler ultimately spoil Anarky's plans before heading out and searching for Tim no her own? I guess we'll have to wait and see. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Dexter's Laboratory #1

May 3, 2014

With the opening issue ending on a cliffhanger as Dexter tries out his invention for the first time we'll have to wait another month to discover its fallout. The tone and pace Derek Fridolfs and Ryan Jampole and create here is a hellova lot of fun while crafting an intriguing idea for a story that I'll definitely come back for more of. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Dexter's Laboratory #2

Jun 10, 2014

In your basic “be careful what you wish for” storyline, Dexter's Laboratory #2 also sets up IDW's big summer event as Dexter creates a dimensional portal to find his sister, even in he must travel through all the other Cartoon Network properties to do it! Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Dexter's Laboratory #3

Jun 22, 2014

Next month's final issue should wrap up the arc as Dexter will have to find some way to convince, or trick, his sister into returning home and let their reality get back to normal (or as normal as things get in Dexter's Laboratory). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Dexter's Laboratory #4

Jul 7, 2014

The four-part mini-series comes to a close with brother and sister setting the universe right and traveling home together. They even do a little dancing. I've enjoyed the mini-series from writer Derek Fridolfs and artist Ryan Jampole who crafted an original story that still fits the look and tone of the television show. Dexter's advnetures may be coming to an end here but he'll be part of IDW's big summer event (along with several other current and former Cartoon Network properties) – Super Secret Crisis War! Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Disney: Darkwing Duck #1

May 9, 2016

With Aaron Sparrow replacing Ian Brill as the team's writer it looks like we're going to get the same humor and hijinks from the previous comic (with a little more alliteration this time around). Welcome back Darking, now let's get dangerous! Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Disney: Darkwing Duck #2

Jul 14, 2016

For the number of characters they shove into a single issue, the latest issue from Aaron Sparrow and James Silvani moves at a pretty good pace (even if the fight sequences are short-lived). Now bring on Cat-Tankerous! Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Disney: Darkwing Duck #8

Apr 23, 2017

It seems Dean Tightbill, the former Dean of St. Canard University, has unearthed the vampire potato monster which even Bushroot is unable to control, for his get-rich scheme. The chaos that ensues once Posey is unleashed puts Darkwing and Bushroot on the same side for a change. Is this a one-time team-up? Or could Bushroot become less of a villain heading forward and even, dare I say it, a potential ally for Darkwing and company down the line? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Doctor Fate #1

Jun 26, 2015

The opening issue which introduces a talking cat along with hinting of plenty of old magic and mythology which suggests Doctor Fate may could struggle to find its own peculiar corner of the DCU. I'm curious to see if he flourishes or flounders. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Doctor Fate #2

Jul 25, 2015

Two issues in I'm still on the fence about Nassour as Fate. There's certainly plenty of room for Nassour to grow into the role, and I like the character, but Doctor Fate has always been one of the most powerful magic users of the DCU and it looks like some time before Nassour will ever truly command that much knowledge or power. I also have to wonder about previous Fates. Did they exist in the DCU after the New 52 relaunch? If so, are they living or dead, and might we see someone like Kent Nelson show up as potential ally or rival? Given how shabily DC relaunched its characters without answering basic questions about their backstories I have to wonder if they've even considered these questions. Until they do, and until Nassour truly grows into his role as the new Dr. Fate (complete with costume, please), I'm likely to stay a bit wary of this title. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Doctor Fate #10

Mar 25, 2016

In a classic Peter Parker set-up, several of the comic's issues deal with Khalid's absence (he is in Egypt after all) and how his new responsibilities are hurting both his family life and school. Even after he gets himself free from the embassy our hero still has plenty of challenges to face. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Doctor Who Classics Series 4 #6

Jul 11, 2012

Playing very much like an episode of the original Doctor Who series, “The Gift” gives us an alien race similar to Earth of the Roaring Twenties, an absurd ending, and a hell of a lot of fun in-between. Plus its got the most underrated Doctor and a talking penguin for a companion. That's pretty cool. I might have to go back and pick up a few more of these issues. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Doctor Who Vol. 2 #1

Jan 25, 2011

As first issues goes it's certainly a bit of fluff, but it's entertaining enough for Who fans to pick up. It's not going to bowl you over, or compare with the best of Series Five, but it just may help tide you over until Doctor Who returns to the airwaves this Spring.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Doctor Who Vol. 2 #6

Jun 22, 2011

For a Doctor Who comic this feels an awful lot like a lazy episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, but it does have a couple of fun moments including the Doctor and Rory's duel, the talking dinosaur named Kevin, and Amy's attempt to get the Doctor to behave. Not memorable, but some Who (and STNG) fans might get a kick out of this one.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Doom Patrol (2009) #19

Feb 21, 2011

It's not a bad read, I was just hoping with all the insanity at his disposal Giffen would knock the second-half of this one out of the park. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Earth 2 #1

May 6, 2012

I don't need a rambunctious Wally West-ish 21 year-old Jay Garrick (although the foreshadowing of how he receives his speed is kind of interesting). Alan Scott as a mogul doesn't impress me much either. This is a little shakier than I'd like from the first big release of DC's Second Wave. I liked parts of this first issue, but I'm not sure I'm going to want to stick around Earth-2 very long if this is the best heroes than can offer. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Earth 2 #27

Oct 23, 2014

Carrying on the tradition of Worlds' Finest, Earth 2 #27 has multiple artists splitting the work. Thankfully, the art meshes reasonably well in telling to story of the foursome's battle against an army of demons while focusing on reunions none of them ever expected. Once returned to their own Earth I had planned to turn my attentions elsewhere, but despite being stuck in a world I care little about this issue tempts me to continue sticking with Helena and Kara's adventures… at least for a little while longer. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Earth 2 Annual #1

Jun 5, 2013

For those like me who haven't been keeping up with the events of Earth-2, the annual does a fairly good job of getting you up to speed and teasing you with reasons to think about picking up the title. Given it's emphasis on Pratt's story I'm not sure it's worth picking up on its own but it has me considering paying a little more attention to what is happening in the monthly title. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Elektra (2017) #1

Mar 1, 2017

One issue in, it's too hard to yet get a feel for the comic, especially given Matt Murdock's disruption of Elektra's timeline which leaves a gaping black hole into what the character thinks happened in her past and informs who she is today. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Elektra (2017) #2

Mar 29, 2017

While neither the concept of Murderworld nor the involvement of Arcade does much for me, I can't help noticing some comparisions between the first couple of issues of Elektra and Marvel's cancelled Scarlet Spider series focusing on a former villain put into the role of hero reluctantly. Personally, I'd much rather be reading Scarlet Spider, but this will do for now. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Elektra (2017) #3

May 8, 2017

Round One goes to our heroine, but it's obviously a rigged game. Arcade controls Murderworld and can change the stakes at any time. Putting Elektra back on the defensive, next issue she'll have to focus back on saving a life and not just killing everything that moves. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Everafter #1

Sep 12, 2016

While letting us know in this new world new and bizarre Fables are popping into existence, explaining the need for The Shadow Players, but is still very vague about just how this occurs and what rules (if any) the new Fables universe must play by. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Everafter #2

Oct 10, 2016

Left on the sidelines, Bo-Beep's medical allows the series to revisit one of Fables more intriguing ideas. It seems a Fable's notoriety and popularity can greatly influence how quickly they can heal from serious injuries. Given what happens to Connor on his first mission, Bo Peep better be very, very popular. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Everafter #3

Nov 9, 2016

The issue continues the other storylines introduced in the series first issue with death proving not to be the out-clause to his contract Hansel was expecting (although the traitor does have a contingency plan in mind) and a recuperating Bo Peep is given her unpalatable next assignment concerning the young girl bringing monstrous Fables to life at a whim. At first refusing to accept such an order, Bo Peep is shown an example of what might befall this world should the increasingly unstable girl be allowed to effect reality any further. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Everafter #4

Dec 24, 2016

For a second straight issue Bo Peep draws the short straw getting relegated to the B-story. However, based on her new orders the series should come full circle to reunite the agent with the dangerous young girl whose powers could threaten the world (if the ghosts don't destroy it first). Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fables #122

Oct 30, 2012

The woman of the wood doesn't see fate, but assigns it. And, more importantly to the wolf, she can reassign it if she so wishes. Written by Bill Willingham with some great art by Gene Ha, the first issue of the new arc works extremely well playing on half-truths and magic most fables are known for. I'll be back. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fables #123

Nov 29, 2012

I enjoyed both parts of “The Destiny's Game” so much that I would have liked more of the story. Fables #123 does feel a little rushed, but it wraps up all the loose ends for all the major characters and allows the rules of the world to be bent without being broken. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Fables #124

Dec 24, 2012

Odds are those who have been keeping up with the backup story and know these characters far better than I are going to get more out of this issue than I did, but even for someone jumping in blind there's still plenty here that's worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Fables #125

Jan 30, 2013

However, Snow White's troubles are just beginning as Bigby's wife is surprised by the return of Prince Brandish, “protector of the realm, marshal of the west, and the first and one true husband of Snow White.” I think things are about to get interesting. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Fables #126

Feb 27, 2013

Fables #126 also includes a story centering around Beast, the Blue Fairy, and Geppeto that I found a little hard to follow. It obviously involves a contract between the Blue Fairy and Geppetto, but what the Beast's role is (not to mention the complete absence of Beauty) was a little hard to follow. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Fables #127

Mar 30, 2013

Hopefully the return of Bigby will turn the tide (although I'm not betting on it) and I'm still a bit confused as to how the story arc's B-story involving the proposed marriage of Gepetto and the Blue Fairy is supposed to tie in. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Fables #128

Apr 24, 2013

By the end of the issue Brandish's many magical defenses prove to much for Bigby who is transformed into a glass statue by the Prince's magical sword. This leaves a wounded Snow White to stand-up for herself ('bout time) in next month's final issue of the (somewhat disappointing) arc. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Fables #129

May 22, 2013

I've had very mixed feelings about this arc which cast Snow in the role of victim for fall too long. Although she finally gets some justice, the loss of Bigby actually makes it feel like Brandish is the real victor here. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Fables #130

Jun 25, 2013

June's delivery is perfect and her adventure, even when it turns dark and scary for the young girl, is a hell of a lot of fun. My only real complaint with the story is we only get one issue with the character before the comic moves on to its next arc next month. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fables #131

Jul 21, 2013

All geared up for King Arthur, I have to say I was a little dismayed at the bait-and-switch here. That said, I like Rose Red and I'm curious to see how her story unfolds with an attempt to recreate something as grand as Camelot. As for Brandish, the best thing his character did was to die in an agonizing fashion and I'm less happy to see him sticking around. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fables #132

Aug 27, 2013

It will be interesting to see who signs up for the new Round Table as the story continues to unfold and who Red Rose may have to pressure in to joining their ranks (even Brandish?). The B-story of this issue continues the so-far-failed attempts to reconstruct and resurrect the shattered Bigby. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fables #133

Sep 21, 2013

Fables #133 presents a strong story in that both sister's points are valid from their point of view. It also gives us a very un-Disney version of Snow White's history as the character discusses with her daughter Therese the hard choices she's need to make over the years to survive. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fables #134

Oct 21, 2013

Bigby's abscence in the comic has been felt, even before he was turned to crystal and shattered by Prince Brandish. This issue suggests that his return has more to do with the wolf's decision and will than the various magics of Fabletown tirelessly working to put him back together again. The issue ends on a sweet, if melancholy, note, but I expect we haven't seen he last of the wolf. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fables #135

Dec 1, 2013

With the near completion of Bigby's shattered crystal form we find one crucial piece still missing (in the hands of a mysterious woman) which must be recovered if the witches' magic has any chance at returning him from the dead. What dark forces are working against Bigby and his return? Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fables #136

Jan 6, 2014

A very strong issue that continues the current story while laying the foundation for ramifications down the line by suggesting the evil to destroy the new Camelot is already in place. The issue also several times refers to the never-discussed parents of Snow White (who could play the role of Morgan le Fay this time around) and Rose Red as having some huge consequences of its own. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fables #137

Feb 5, 2014

Fables #136 also foreshadows the return of Bigby with the completion of his statue (except from a tiny piece made into a ring) and some ominous words from Winter suggesting that the wolf's eventual return may not be the cause for celebration all may hope it be. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fables #138

Feb 26, 2014

Slow simmering, the single issue lays the groundwork for Gepetto's possible return to power sometime down the line while, as he notes, all eyes in Fabletown and the Farm are on threats elsewhere. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fables #139

Apr 6, 2014

With nearly all of this issue being set-up there's an awful lot for next month's issue to get through. I'm also disappointed that the most interesting character of the group is the one who meets his downfall so early in the adventure. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fables #140

May 22, 2014

I'm happy to see Puss and Boots return, and even survive his second death scene, but there's certainly a tinge of melancholy hear and Willingham begins revealing the end of a comic I may have come late to but have grown to love. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fables #141

Jun 23, 2014

It's obvious the conflict between Rose Red and Snow White will play a huge role in the issues to come, but the idea of Geppetto's old sorcerer weapons taking refuge inside Rose makes for an interesting twist. We'll have to wait and see how Bigby's return and the role of Grimble will play into the battle yet to come. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fables #142

Jul 21, 2014

Despite Snow White's statement of having no interest into going to war with her sister the comic continues to push the story forward. We are also offered more of Lancelot as Rose Red's lover (and his role as the possible Guinevere in the new story who might betray her to… Snow White?). The shattered Bigby's return muddies the water a bit (or is it the distraction needed to cause the final wedge between sisters?), and we'll have to wait and see how long it takes for Fabletown's various magic users to discern the missing piece of the great wolf is being used to control him. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fables #143

Sep 3, 2014

The strong issue also includes the very last story of Babe the Miniature Blue Ox who reminds readers of previous adventures and then threatens them not to finish the issue thus allowing the series to continue. If only that was the case. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fables #144

Oct 2, 2014

With Bigby's story in full swing the rest of Fabletown prepares for his arrival, as does Snow White who prepares to meet her husband for what might be the final time. Where Fairest seems to have lost its way a bit, Fables #144 provides a strong tale with an enjoyable back-up story offering the final fate of the Three Blind Mice. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fables #145

Nov 10, 2014

The Camelot reborn storyline continues (even with a sword stuck in a stone) and it seems less and less likely that Rose Red and Snow White‘s battle of wills won't end in bloodshed. As foreshadowing of just that, the issue opens with three pages involving a secret meeting between Snow and Cinderella whose unique skills will apparently be put to the test against one of the hardest assignments she's ever accepted. As for Bigby, with the series winding to a close (and the magic used to effect Bellflower's dagger) one would suppose that someone might come to the conclusion of other forces being at work. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fables #147

Jan 7, 2015

Should the pair be still dueling when Rose Red returns you have to wonder what her reaction to the odd scenario might be and if Lancelot's realization that he is indeed Guinevere may come to pass as his attempt to take down a guilty knave his queen has pardoned might actually quicken the fall of the new Camelot. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fairest #1

Mar 10, 2012

Fans of the Fables series should enjoy themselves here. The writing is quick-witted and Jimenez's art looks terrific. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fairest #2

Apr 10, 2012

Issue #2 continues to impress, and start to give us a little more insight into Briar and the Snow Queen, but it looks like we'll have to wait at least one more issue of this opening six-issue arc before we get any real answers. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fairest #3

May 16, 2012

There are a couple of small, but fun, touches as we learn magical blessings can have quite literal translations in the real world (and the reason why Briar Rose never sang for her 60′s girl band). With strong art by Phil Jimenez and another cool cover by Adam Hughes, this tale of Sleeping Beauty is definitely worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fairest #4

Jun 14, 2012

Although we'll have to wait a month until next month's conclusion, all the groundwork has been laid, including the suggestion of with whom our hero will find true happiness. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fairest #5

Jul 9, 2012

Next issue's opening arc finale promises more actions and “the consequences of pissing off seven faerie godmothers.” Count me in. Must-read.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fairest #6

Aug 14, 2012

The series may not quite go out with a bang. It's still quite good but I'm ready for the comic to move in a different direction. Next month brings us a new arc featuring Beauty and the Beast in 1940′s Los Angeles. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
9.0
Fairest #7

Sep 11, 2012

Although I enjoyed the first story arc of the series I was looking forward to a change and this issue certainly delivers. I'm a little disappointed that it appears the rest of the story will take place in present day when the story presented here worked so well because of the period it took place, but I'm more than willing to give this arc a long look. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fairest #8

Oct 7, 2012

The fact that she's even willing to go to Frau Totenkinder, the witch who stole her for her golden hair and raised her as her own, only proves how desperate and determined Rapunzel is to find her missing children. Fairest #8 does a great job at introducing the cast of characters for this new arc and laying down the quest, and lengths Rapunzel will go to fulfill it. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fairest #9

Nov 12, 2012

Choosing the present over the lure of falling into the same traps of the past Rapunzel let's down her hair, with a little assistance from Joel and makes her escape to continue her search for her missing children. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fairest #10

Dec 14, 2012

Although the cliffhanger works pretty well, the story behind it isn't as clear as I'd like (especially for an issue that finally spends time to explain the past and motives of our main character). However, once again Fairest delivers one of the best comics of the month. I wouldn't expect anything less. If you aren't reading this comic you are missing out on one of the few bright spots in comics this year. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fairest #11

Jan 15, 2013

With two more issues left in the arc, Rapunzel must now face her past the awful “children” she gave life to in her deepest despair. The bezoars are still “alive” and have been waiting all this time for the return of their mother. As to the mystery of her real children and the reasons for leading Rapunzel back to the well, we'll just have to wait and see what else Lauren Beukes has in store for us and our heroine. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fairest #12

Feb 12, 2013

With one issue left to the arc and Tokyo about to erupt in a gang war started by Rapunzel's old lover Tomoko you have to expect Rapunzel isn't about to simply take he bozoars and go home. As to what final actions Bigby and that Chesire Cat may have to play, I guess we'll have to wait one more month to find out. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fairest #13

Mar 14, 2013

I enjoyed Rapunzel's story, and hope to see more of her in the future, but I'm glad to see this story arc wrapped up here and move on to something new. The tone of the last couple issues took a darker turn than I was expecting, and, although it works, I'm hoping for a little more wacky fun with Bill Willingham‘s return next issue. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fairest #14

Apr 10, 2013

I'll admit, I didn't find Alder, other than her outward appearance, all that interesting. Thankfully the issue itself has enough humor to get by (even if some of it is pretty lowbrow). I did, however, really like Reyanrd and hope we see more of him here, as well as the regular Fables title, in the near future. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fairest #15

May 10, 2013

More off the beaten path than the more recognizable characters of the first few arcs, this opening issue of Nalayani and her story is well told and the art works well. The stylized lettering by letterer Todd Klein leave something to be desired as at times some of the wording is difficult to read, but overall Fairest #15 succeeds in selling it's latest arc and an intriguing new character. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
7.0
Fairest #16

Jun 13, 2013

The issue ends with Nalayani's life in serious danger as the pair track down and kill some of the remaining dhole that attacked their camp. Although I don't think Fairest #16 is quite as strong as the opening issue of the arc there's certainly enough here for me to continue with these characters, and this arc, for at least a few more issues. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
5.0
Fairest #17

Jul 11, 2013

The plague which first hits one of Charming's concubines and later the Maharaja takes the arc even further from the story of Nalayani's village. The source of the disease and eventual cure might turn out to offer interest insights into both characters, but for now I'm a bit concerned with the shift in direction of this latest arc. Hit-and-Miss.

View Issue       View Full Review
6.0
Fairest #18

Aug 15, 2013

Fairest #18 is certainly an improvement over last month's issue, but it does have weird jumps in action such as the rivalry back at the maharaja's camp and Charming's attack of the crocodile that aren't properly set-up and seem a bit out of place with the focus of the issue, and whose inclusion disrupts the flow of the story. For fans.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fairest #19

Sep 13, 2013

By the end of the issue Charming's true enemy will finally be revealed and Nayalani will be forced to say goodbye to the only home she has ever known. I thought this arc got a bit off track with the plague storyline, but this issue feels much more in-tune with the rest of the Fables universe leading into next month's final issue of Nayalani and Charming's tale. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fairest #20

Oct 7, 2013

Although I thought “The Return of the Maharaja” got a little bogged down in the middle issues of what I felt was an unnecessarily long six-issue arc (four would have done just as well), the storyline ends with a pair of strong issues and characters I will look forward to seeing more of in the wider Fables universe. Worth a look.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fairest #21

Dec 10, 2013

I love the choice of returning artist Shawn McManus to draw the character (as he did for both Cinderella: Fables are Forever and Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love) and I'm looking forward to see where he and writer Marc Andreyko take Cinderella from here. Best of the week.

View Issue       View Full Review
8.0
Fairest #22

Jan 17, 2014

Once again Marc Andreyko and artist Shawn McManus offer a fun adventure for Cindy and her mousey pal but we'll have to wait at least one more issue to discover the identity of the man who has hired Cinderella's step-sister as an assassin and what his end game entails. Worth a look.

View Is