Ariel Bee's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Watch Reviews: 17
9.2Avg. Review Rating

9.4
Action Comics (2016) #1029

Mar 23, 2021

The Golden Age and The Passenger together form a one-two punch of different themes and moods that form an incredibly satisfying whole. If you have children (or parents honestly) consider bringing tissues.

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9.6
Batman (2016) #106

Mar 2, 2021

Dark energy runs through this one, my friends, and it is beautiful. A strong and sometimes unsettling opening to a new chapter in Batmans life and adventures with a corresponding new beginning for Damian in the backup.

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8.1
Batman Beyond (2016) #50

Dec 22, 2020

Batman Beyond #50 leaves Terry McGuinness in an excellent position to continue onto new adventures, while also serving as an excellent end cap for one of DC Rebirth's longest running and most consistent series.

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9.3
Future State (2021): The Next Batman #1

Jan 5, 2021

A fantastic start to the Batman corner of 2025, Future State: The Next Batman #1 wastes no time in establishing the dynamics of this new world and its characters. Each story addresses a different aspect of life in and around Gotham City, painting a fascinating picture of life in what amounts to a fascist city-state. An excellent opening to a series that I expect will feel too short by its closing.

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9.5
Future State (2021): Superman: House of El #1

Feb 24, 2021

An epic scale finale for Clark's lineage... or perhaps the beginning of a new era? House of El delivers superheroics meshed with a science fiction war narrative featuring interesting characters and history both, with the potential for more pulsing under its surface. It will leave you satisfied, yet with your appetite whetted for more.

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9.6
Future State (2021): Catwoman #1

Jan 19, 2021

A great issue full of twists, turns, and even a few surprises. Future State: Catwoman builds on the events of Vs ongoing Catwoman run and gives us a tantalizing glimpse of a future built on the bones of the present. Selina is perfectly characterized... and the issue itself closes at the most intriguing part, leaving many parts in motion and plenty of places to go. Its the wait for it cats meow.

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9.3
Future State (2021): Superman: Worlds of War #1

Jan 19, 2021

One of the strongest in the Future State line so far, this issue feels like a tapestry of many kinds of thread, slowly coming together to slowly form a single image that, so far, remains just out of reach. I can't wait to keep following those leads.

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9.6
Future State (2021): Catwoman #2

Feb 16, 2021

One of the best Future State titles, without a doubt. FS: Catwoman #2 is grand in its movements and intimate in its moments. Just a beautiful book.

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9.5
Future State (2021): Superman: Worlds of War #2

Feb 16, 2021

As is the case with many of the other Future State titles, it provides only partial answers to the questions it raises and leaves the characters in the midst of unfinished business... thus working to raise the appetite for answers and adventures yet to come. I admittedly have no real idea how those answers will come, considering we're back in the past (present!) as of March, but I'm more than willing to give the story a chance to develop and watch all of these plot threads and questions pay off.

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8.8
Future State (2021): The Next Batman #2

Jan 19, 2021

Another excellent Next Batman adventure, paired with two intriguing backup stories. The character, motivations and methods of the man behind the cowl continues to evolve and reveal itself.

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9.2
Future State (2021): The Next Batman #3

Feb 2, 2021

Stunning visuals and fascinating characters come together for a fantastic third issue with an excellent lead story starring Jace Fox and two backups that I would honestly buy even if they were titles to themselves. Next Batman Chapter 3 demonstrates Jace's quick wits and limitations both moral and physical. The Outsiders finale establishes Duke Thomas as an up and coming major player in the DCU, and Arkham Knights explores the human side of human monsters. Altogether an excellent issue.

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9.2
Future State (2021): The Next Batman #4

Feb 16, 2021

A goodbye that feels like a promise for more, and I'm here for it. Future State has been pretty interesting all around - I've enjoyed nearly everything I've read across the entire line so far, and I'm glad that many these characters and storylines will be continue in some form.

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9.1
Gideon Falls #27

Dec 23, 2020

Gideon Falls #27 is the perfect ending for a perfectly entrancing series. If you've enjoyed the ride to date, you can expect to enjoy this wrap up in much the same way: in a well-lit room and followed by a long night pretending you don't hear that skritch, skritch, skritch!

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8.9
HaHa #1

Jan 13, 2021

W. Maxwell Prince and today's collaborators Vanessa Del Rey, Chris O'Halloran and Good Old Neon spin a tale about a down on his luck clown, and how much you can lose before you aren't lucky anymore. Or maybe it's about how little you need to keep in order to continue seeing yourself as lucky? Well, what's important is, a story about a slightly pathetic clown has no right to be this good.

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9.3
Ice Cream Man #22

Dec 26, 2020

A haunting and profoundly emotional look at a young girl's life as she struggles with secrets and fears during the holiday season, "Advent Calendar" is yet another excellent entry in the impeccable Ice Cream Man record.

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9
Sam & His Talking Gun #1

Dec 19, 2020

A promising beginning to a fantastic team that plays beautifully off of one another's strengths, Sam takes a familiar premise and mixes it up with enough unique elements to keep it fresh. A great first issue, and I look forward to learning more about this world, these characters. And that gun.

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9
The Joker (2021) #1

Mar 9, 2021

The excellent The Joker #1 draws on the crime and suspense genres in its examination of Gordon as a character, and the impact the Joker has had on both Gordon himself and the people around him not to mention Gotham as a whole. Highly recommended for fans of the crime genre especially.

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