Bryant Lucas's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Dark Knight News Reviews: 24
7.9Avg. Review Rating

8.0
Aquaman (2016): Drowned Earth Special #1

Nov 30, 2018

"Drowned Earth" has been a wild ride. The creative minds behind this story have accomplished their goals. They have set up Aquamanfor its new writer, Kelly Sue DeConnick, while progressing the plot of Snyder's grandJustice League story. Although "Drowned Earth" has been slightly inconsistent in terms of quaily, the best aspects of this story are exemplified in this final issue.Aquaman/Justice League Drowned Earth #1is a well-crafted conclusion that highlights both the skill and creativity of the creators involved. It's definitely worth a read.

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4.0
DC/Looney Tunes: The Joker/Daffy Duck #1

Aug 30, 2018

Overall, TheJoker/Daffy Duck #1is a bit of a bust. Lobdell and Booth produce a sub-par issue that lacks the flare of DC's previous Looney Tune crossovers. While its backup story is brilliant, paying $4.99 for only eight pages of good storytelling is a big ask, as I found wading through the first twenty-six pages ofTheJoker/Daffy Duck #1a real slog.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #36

Oct 5, 2018

Deathstroke #36 is a fantastic example of just how intelligent this series is. Previous volumes of Deathstroke have been the comic equivalent of Hollywood action blockbusters, focusing on Slade slashing his way through various foes. Priest's tenure on the title has been different, more cerebral in nature. With often oblique scripts, the writer takes on high concepts while making sophisticated social commentaries.

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #37

Nov 9, 2018

Deathstroke #37 is confusing but in the best way possible. It forces its reader to think and read closely. Priest pens a brilliantly bizarre story that challenges the conventions of normal storytelling. Pasarin, as usual, delivers some solid lines. For a medium that is often dismissed as peripheral spectacle, Deathstroke #37 is a fantastic retort, showing how comics can be intelligent art. This issue is a cerebral delight. Give this one a shot.

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #38

Dec 8, 2018

Deathstroke #37 is another brilliant issue in a fantastic series. Priest continues to deliver topnotch, cerebral scripting, while Pasarin consistently produces solid pencils. And whileDeathstrokemay not be everyone's cup of tea, the title's praises are well deserved. If you like to think when reading comics, check this out.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #39

Jan 14, 2019

Deathstroke #39 is fun in a different way from previous issues: itmaintains the sensibility of a thinking man's comic while leaning into the absurdity of the “Arkham” plotline. From alien invasions to questions about reality to dual identities, the “Arkham” story archas been a wild, mind-bending trip excellently executed by its artistic team.Deathstrokeis a title that consistently delivers a thought-provoking script with Class A art. This one's worth a read.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #40

Feb 8, 2019

Deathstroke #40 is not an easy read. The story is not straightforward and, in many ways, the resolution is not naturally satisfying. However, the convolution seems intentional in an attempt to create something profound. Priest's script has transcended the pulpy pages of traditional comics, passing into the realm of “Art” (with a capital “A”). He uses the trappings of Superhero fiction to tell an incredibly thought-provoking story about the nature of reality. While it may not be easy reading, Deathstroke“Arkham” is definitely worth your time.

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8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #41

Mar 8, 2019

Deathstroke #41is a character-driven, cerebral read. Although the issue isn't nearlyas high concept as the recently concluded “Arkham” arc, there is a lot to unpack. Priest depicts a complicated villain– one who at times seems to question the validity of his profession. Meanwhile, Pasarin delivers delightfully intricate pencils that capture the reader's imagination. Overall,Deathstrokecontinues to deliver brilliance issue by issue. Verdict: bring on the “Terminus Agenda”.

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5.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #48

Aug 16, 2018

Overall, Harley Quinn #48 is unremarkable " forgettable, even. For those who love the title, this issue will scratch their Harley itch. It does what Harley Quinn normally does " but not much else. Sam Humphries and Alisson Barges serve up the same meal that made the title appealing in the first place. However, after five years of same ole same ole, this dish is starting to taste a bit stale.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #49

Sep 8, 2018

Harley Quinn #49is an improvement over the previous issue. It delivers a goofy plot with over-the-top, Looney Tune violence and uncouth comedy. Humphries and Borges seem to have found their footing after a stumble. If you're a fan ofHarley Quinn,give this issue a read. You won't be disappointed.

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9.0
Injustice 2 #32

Aug 17, 2018

One of the greatest strengths of the Injustice titles has been their scope. Taylor performs a herculean task with ease, as he continues to flesh out this alternate universe. Injustice 2 #32 maintains fidelity to the core concepts of DC's pantheon while constantly surprising the reader with plot twists that could only occur outside Earth-0 continuity. It's a high octane, slam dunk issue that leaves its readers breathlessly anticipating what's to come next. Check it out.

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9.0
Injustice 2 #36

Oct 18, 2018

Injustice 2 #36is bold in its execution and grandiose in the best way possible. As the story begins to crescendo towards an epic conclusion, this issue leaves its readers desperatefor answers. Injustice 2 #36 isthe title's last monthly instalment before the story wraps up inInjustice 2 Annual #2 –which will surely be another amazing issue of this superstar title. If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and readInjustice 2.The ride is worth it.

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9.0
Injustice 2 Annual #2

Nov 23, 2018

Injustice 2 Annual #2is unexpected. It's not a grand finale chocked full of spectacle and bombast. Rather, it's something much better. This comic is a character-driven meditation on family and forgiveness. Taylor's script is emotional, pulling on its readers' heartstrings. Redondo's pencils are splendid, highlighting the gravitas of melodrama. In short, this bookend issue is brilliant. Give it a read. It won't disappoint.

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9.0
Justice League (2018) #10

Oct 26, 2018

Justice League #10is a fantastic prelude, setting the stage for what looks like a fun story. Snyder weaves a beautiful tale of intrigue, pulling on both Greek and Atlantian myth. Manapul brings Snyder's imagination to life with the artistic mastery of a comic book legend.Justice League #10is astoundingly fun and breathtakingly gorgeous. Also, did I mention there were Aquazombies? Check. It. Out.

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9.0
Justice League (2018) #11

Nov 9, 2018

Justice League #11is a dazzling tour de force.Snyder's bombastic script is fun and fresh, bringing a wonderful mix of high concepts and melodrama to the title. Francis Manapul might be DC's most talented artist right now, andJustice League #11 shows off his skills as both a penciller and colorist. Do yourself a favor and buy this book. I promise it's worth it.

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6.0
Justice League (2018) #12

Nov 23, 2018

Justice League #12 is a bit of a stumble. It pushes the narrative forward without the grace or precision accomplished in previous issues. Tynion's scripting is serviceable but distinctly not Snyderian. Irving and Redondo are both solid artists, but their work is so incongruous that the issue feels disjointed.

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8.0
Justice League (2018) #13

Dec 6, 2018

Justice League #13 is a nice change of pace. Although "Drowned Earth" was fairly well executed, the multiple storylines were taxing and at times convoluted. Justice League #13 is fairly straightforward in its composition and execution. Tynion's script is fun and fresh. March's art does a great job capturing the tone of the issue.

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8.0
Justice League (2018) #14

Dec 21, 2018

After so many issues focused on "Drowned Earth", Justice League #14 feels fresh in its shift in focus. It's nice to finally see what Martian Manhunter, Jon Stewart, and Hawkgirl had been up to on Thanagar. Justice League continues in its excellence, as Snyder's story slowly unfolds into a cosmic epic that will surely impact the DCU for years to come. Give this one a read.

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8.0
Justice League (2018) #15

Jan 13, 2019

Justice League #15reads like an addictive drug: by the end of the issue, you are going to want more. For those who are worried that the “Escape From Hawkworld” story would simply be a filler arc, lacking in relevance, let this put your mind at ease. This issue is yet again proof that Snyder and Tynion have major plans for their tenure on Justice League that will have cosmic implications for the DCU moving forward. Give it a read folks.

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7.0
Justice League (2018) #16

Jan 24, 2019

In short – the issue isn't accessible, which speaks toSnyder and Tynion's skills – or lack thereof – as writers. They don't do much to help their readers with these references – either because they lacked space or they didn't see the need. Either way, it's a deficit within the script. Nevertheless,Justice League #16is still fun despite its continuity baggage. It may not be perfect, but it's still worth picking up.

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7.0
Justice League (2018) #18

Feb 21, 2019

Justice League #18is good, but it isn't great. Although the issue provides some insightful context, it seems like Tynion is stalling, biding his time until the next arc begins. The last few “Legion of Doom” issues have been fairly good at striking a balance between plot and context; unfortunately, this issue leans too far in one direction. Luckily, the art makes up for some of the issue's shortcomings, as Ferry's pencils are fun and engaging. Certainly, this issue will become more important as the series continues. But for now – it just seemed a bit dull.

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9.0
Justice League (2018) #19

Mar 7, 2019

Justice League #19 is a brilliantissue that sets the stage for what will surely be a banana-nut-muffin crazy arc. They Synder/Jimenez team up creates an interesting dynamic, allowing Jimenez more control over the storytelling process as he pens and pencils each issue. If the rest of the “The Sixth Dimension” arc continues at the level of quality, it's going to be a fun ride. Verdict: give it a read.

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9.0
Justice League (2018) Annual #1

Jan 31, 2019

Justice League Annual #1is an ambitious issue, delivering a story as large and as complicated as any one of DC's myriad of Crises. Snyder and Tynion's story is engaging, creating a real sense of peril for the League. Sampere's work is grand, which only reinforces the scope and size of this story.Thisis a great issue in a great run. In short, it's worth both your money and your time.

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8.0
Justice League (2018): Drowned Earth Special #1

Nov 2, 2018

Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1is another fantastic issue in a so-far fantastic crossover. Often crossovers like Drowned Earth suffer from an over-saturation (pun intended) of talent going in too many creative directions. Justice League/Aquaman: Drowned Earth #1 does not fall into this trap.Tynion and Porter pick up right where Snyder and Manapul left off, and the story doesn't miss a beat. If you haven't done so already, give this one a read.

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