Chad Burdette's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Watch Reviews: 52
9.3Avg. Review Rating

10
Batman: Dark Age (2024) #1

Mar 26, 2024

Batman: Dark Age #1 perfectly sets up the next endeavor by Russell and the Allreds, hitting all the right notes that made Superman: The Space Age such an unforgettable story for a flagship character of the DCU. The only disappointing thing that could be said is that is half the length (page count) of the Superman installment, but if anyone can pull of a story in fewer pages, Russell is more than up to the challenge.

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10
Batman: Dark Age (2024) #2

Apr 23, 2024

Mark Russell and the Allred's unique and compelling story continues to offer some neat easter eggs and a clearer picture of Bruce's journey to Batman. The use of Bruce recounting his story as part of his therapy is expertly used to a minimum as the events of Bruce's short stay in prison, time in Vietnam, subsequent return to Gotham, and normal life, allowing the story to breathe and frame the story, not be the story.

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9.9
Batman: Dark Age (2024) #3

May 28, 2024

If there is one disappointing aspect to this issue it is finding out that the next installment is about two months away in July.

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8.5
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight - The Kryptonian Age (2024) #1

Jun 11, 2024

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight - The Kryptonian Age #1 has the potential to be an interesting chapter in the further exploration and expansion of the DC Universe set in the Victorian Era. The issue introduces many threads that will hopefully be woven together to give readers and fans a story worthy of the Elseworlds

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9.4
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight - The Kryptonian Age (2024) #2

Jul 10, 2024

Batman: Gotham by Gaslight - The Kryptonian Age is Andy Diggle further expanding the world of Earth-19 and continues the slow burn of the story, introducing this Earth's versions of well-known character, while at the same time building the mystery and groundwork for the reveal of what the Kryptonian Age is and why so many different factions want to control and possess the artifacts from it.

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8.2
Cyborg (2023) #1

May 16, 2023

Overall, the first issue of the series has promise even though there are few action sequences and a lot of exposition and setup for the first story arc. Having a Cyborg solo title in the past has been a tough sell as the character tends to work best as a team member, be it the Justice League or The Titans. If the new series is going to be successful this time around then the creative team will need to tighten things up and provide readers with more buy-in than just Victor's relationship with his father, which seems to be the default direction this current series is taking even with the slight twist that is part of the issue's cliffhanger..

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10
DC Pride (2021): A Celebration of Rachel Pollack #1

Jun 4, 2024

For more on Rachal Pollack, her Doom Patrol run, and more check out Comic Watch contributor Travis Hedge Coke's commentaries

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9.4
DC Pride (2021): 2024 #1

Jun 11, 2024

Hopefully, this is the first of many more appearances of Mikaal in the DCU and of Ewing bringing his talents to the DC sandbox.

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9.8
Death Ratio'd (2024) #1

May 30, 2024

Death Ratio'dis a wonderfully dark read and shows Russell at his best when it comes to his creator-owned work. Kudos to AWA Studios for taking the chance with this book.

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8.8
From the DC Vault: Death in the Family: Robin Lives! (2024) #1

Jul 10, 2024

J. M. DeMatteis captures the vibe and voice of the original story while the art takes a looser, less clean-lined approach which at times can be distracting and take one out of the story.

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10
Ice Cream Man #39

May 15, 2024

While a stand-alone story, it is going to be a long month to wait until the next issue which tells the story of the semi-truck involved in the accident shown in this issue.

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10
Knight Terrors (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

The issues cliffhanger is one that should leave long-time fans of the DCU with a dropped jaw and even more excitement for what is to come in the main story.

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9.4
Knight Terrors (2023) #2

Jul 25, 2023

Knight Terror #2 is exactly what one would expect from the second installment of an event storyline, an issue providing glimpses into Insomina's origin, motivations, and the existence of the Nightmare Stone. While still a fun and intense read, Williamson has a huge task of completing the setup/background for the event, giving readers a satisfying conclusion to the event, and fitting it into the overall Dawn of DC banner umbrella.

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9
Knight Terrors (2023) #3

Aug 8, 2023

Knight Terrors #3, which marks the beginning of the end of the main series, is an issue that simply setups up the penultimate issue of the event, Knight Terrors #4, and the bookend, Knight Terrors: Nights End #1, while folding back into the events of Knight Terrors: Batman. Williamson has a lot of ground to cover, resolving the main storyline and working with the heroes and villains whose nightmares are explored in the various two-issue tie-ins.

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9.2
Knight Terrors (2023) #4

Aug 22, 2023

The issue still leaves many questions and plot threads needing to be addressed in the final issue in order to leave readers with a satisfying conclusion and a sense that this story will be meaningful as the Dawn of DC age continues to unfold.

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9.8
Knight Terrors (2023): First Blood #1

Jul 4, 2023

The threads started in this oneshot that will play out in the main four-issue limited series and various tir-in is packed with mystery and intrigue peppered with nostalgic call backs and easter eggs for both longtime readers and plenty of background for new DCU fans.

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9.4
Knight Terrors (2023): Night's End #1

Aug 29, 2023

As an event, Knight Terrors, for the most part, was an interesting and introspective look into the dreams of the various characters of the DC Universe. The event, in its shortened length, struggled at times to clearly define Insominia's motives and endgame plans leaving this issue to do some heavy lifting in wrapping up the story and returning the DC Universe back to its regularly scheduled ongoing series and storylines.

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9.2
Knight Terrors: Action Comics (2023) #1

Jul 25, 2023

The only missed opportunity was not referencing what is taking place in Knight Terrors: Superman, but perhaps it will be addressed somehow in the second installments of one or both tie-ins.

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9.4
Knight Terrors: Action Comics (2023) #2

Aug 22, 2023

Knight Terrors - Action Comics #2continues to explore Power Girl and the rest of the Superfamily's trials while encompassed in Insominia's nightmare realm and setting both stories in position for the Knight Terrors: Nights End and beyond. The main story focusing on Power Girl continues to define who Paige is in the Dawn of the DC era, while the backup is a nice coda to the Warworld and Cyborg-Superman story arc that wrapped prior to the event.

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9.8
Knight Terrors: Batman (2023) #1

Jul 4, 2023

A solid first installment of the Batman two-parter tie-in which helps to flesh out the story that began in Knight Terrors: First Blood.

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9.4
Knight Terrors: Batman (2023) #2

Aug 1, 2023

Williamson continues to make this limited series feel like it is less of a tie-in and more of a chance to tell a larger story than that being said in the main series. There are a lot of questions that remain unanswered that need to be addressed, but with three more installments to the main event, Williamson might pull it off in the end.

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9.6
Knight Terrors: Catwoman (2023) #1

Jul 18, 2023

Knight Terrors: Catwoman #1,while not directly tied into the larger story, does a nice job of exploring Selina's relationship with her sister while teasing that the next issue the focus of her nightmare will shift to her complicated relationship with Batman. It will be interesting to see if the theme of snakes will play into the overall story and if it might have some religious symbolism as the conflict between Selina and Maggie is one of right and wrong and dealing with temptations.

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9
Knight Terrors: Catwoman (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

Selina's experiences in the Nightmare realm will surely have ramifications in the future beginning with the upcoming Batman/Catwoman: Gotham War story.

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9.2
Knight Terrors: Green Lantern (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

It will be interesting to see where both of these stories go as the limited series wraps next issue and if it somehow connects to the story being told.

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9.6
Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn (2023) #1

Jul 25, 2023

Knight Terrors - Harley Quinn #1 is a wild ride through the nightmares and fears of Harley Quinn. Tini Howard and the creative give readers a lot of bang for the buck in a well-written and beautifully illustrated. tie-in to the Knight Terrors event. This is a definite sleeper of a hit in the Knight Terrors event and one can only wonder what will happen in the next issue.

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9.6
Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn (2023) #2

Aug 22, 2023

Knight Terrors - Harley Quinn #4 is a wild romp through Harley's nightmare of being an A-List hero in the Justice League. The final issue of this limited series tie-in continues the multiversal madness. Ths issue works well as a deconstruction of Harley and the line she walks between being a hero and an anti-hero, all the while bridging the gap seamlessly back into the ongoing series next month.

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7.8
Knight Terrors: Poison Ivy (2023) #2

Aug 1, 2023

This series will probably be hit-or-miss for both readers of the ongoing series or those just reading the Knight Terrors event.

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8.2
Knight Terrors: Punchline (2023) #1

Jul 18, 2023

Only the next issue will tell if the story how and if this series will play into the overall story.

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7.8
Knight Terrors: Punchline (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

Knight Terrors: Punchline #2offers a satisfying conclusion to her adventures in the Nightmare Realm. While it remains unclear the role she will replay going forward as the event wraps up, the story may set up Punchline's role in the upcoming Gotham War story arc, set to take over the Batman titles.

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9.8
Knight Terrors: Robin (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

It will be interesting to see where the second issue goes, how it wraps up and if Damian will show up and somehow save the day since he is aware of what is

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9.6
Knight Terrors: Robin (2023) #2

Aug 8, 2023

Knight Terrors - Robin #2 was an excellent ending to the limited series tie-in, with both Jason and Tim learning something about themselves, each other, and their roles in the larger Bat-Family. Porter shows an excellent grasp of Tim and Jason's different personalities and how they are more alike than they are different. Given the two issues and having to split page time between both characters, readers are left with more than a complete story that could be further explored.

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9.4
Knight Terrors: Shazam! (2023) #1

Jul 18, 2023

Knight Terrors: Shazam! #1 is well-crafted addition to the Knight Terror event because it not only segways smoothly from the current Shazam series but also at the same time provides just enough information to give a connection to the overall event being told throughout the DCU. Waid continues to show with this book why he is one of the best writers in the industry today, not only because of his comic book knowledge but he understands how to make a tie-in book worth pick up off the shelves.

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9.6
Knight Terrors: Shazam! (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

Knight Terrors -Shazam #2is an enjoyable addition to the Knight Terrors event and an excellent chance for Mary to momentarily get some time in the spotlight. This two-issue tie-in stands out as one of the best-constructed and executed series in the Knight Terrors event.

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8.8
Knight Terrors: The Flash (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

Knight Terrors: The Flash #1is a solid chapter of the event even though it does suffer from no direct references tying it back to the main story being written by Williamson. It will be interesting to see how and when Barry realizes that the events occurring are not real and how it all ties into Insomnia's looking for the Nightmare Stone. If none of this is addressed then the question of why this needed to be included in the event is a fair one.

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8.6
Knight Terrors: The Flash (2023) #2

Aug 8, 2023

Knight Terrors - Flash #2and the tie-in and the limited series as a whole is an interesting addition to the Knight Terror collection, but it seems like, given more issues could have been a more in-depth look at what makes Barry tick as a person. Interestingly, unlike other series installments, Barry cannot break out of the nightmare alone or come away with some deeper understanding of himself or his growth as a character. Not that this is a bad thing, as while dreams and nightmares can spur personal growth, it doesn't happen every time, sometimes a nightmare is just a nightmare.

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9.4
Knight Terrors: Zatanna (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

This issue ties in well with the overarching story while establishing itself as stand-alone side adventure. Culver introduces some interesting concepts and characters that will hopefully be further explored in the next issue and as the story reaches its climatic point over in the main series.

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9.4
Knight Terrors: Zatanna (2023) #2

Aug 8, 2023

Knight Terrors - Zatanna #2 is an exciting and worthwhile tie-in to the overall Knight Terrors event. Though Zatanna's difficult past with her father is nothing new, this limited series, in the given two issues, was able to concisely deconstruct and then rebuild Zatanna as a character while giving a believable and satisfying ending before reuniting Hex & Violence.

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9.6
Shazam! (2023) #1

May 2, 2023

Waid and Mora bring lightning and thunder to Shazam and what promises to be a wild and crazy ride.

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9.6
Star Wars (2020) #47

Jun 6, 2024

Does the savvy Saabbac player have any cards left to play that can save his life?

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9.2
Star Wars (2020) #48The

Jul 17, 2024

However, having said all this, if there is one writer who can wrap this series up and give readers an ending that is deserved then Charles Soule is that writer as The Force is strong with him.

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8.7
Star Wars: Ahsoka (2024) #1

Jul 10, 2024

Star Wars: Ahsoka #1 is want one would expect from an adaption of a show that has already been released. It will be interesting to see how Barnes paces the remaining story over the remaining issues.

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10
Star Wars: Dark Droids (2023) #1

Aug 9, 2023

In short, Soule continues to show that he knows how to play with the toys in the Star Wars sandcrawler, not just giving readers a stiff, run-of-the-mill event.

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9.4
Star Wars: Darth Maul - Black, White & Red (2024) #1

May 4, 2024

Star Wars: Darth Maul - Black, White & Red #1 is a solid first installment of this foray into three-color storytelling in the Star Wars Universe. The story is mind-bending and captures the character of Darth Maul that will leave readers waiting on the edge of their seats in anticipation of the the next issue of the series.

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9
Star Wars: Darth Maul - Black, White & Red (2024) #2

May 29, 2024

The issue will leave Star Wars fans wanting to see more from Russell in the larger Star Wars universe, something Marvel should work towards in finding a niche for him to play in this galaxy far, far away

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9.1
Star Wars: Darth Maul - Black, White & Red (2024) #3

Jun 27, 2024

So far in this series Issue #1 has been a horror story featuring Maul, Issue #2 was a Maul story from a certain point of view, this issue is the first to explore the inner being of Maul and shows that Schultz has a grasp on what makes him as a character tick.

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9
Star Wars: Darth Vader (2020) #46

May 8, 2024

With Star Wars: Darth Vader #46, the story speeds up as it goes from the build of who the Schism members are to them finally doing something other than the recruiting taking place. Like with the other Star Wars series currently running, these events take place before The Return Of The Jedi so it will be interesting to see how Pak ties the Schism story arc up so that the continuity remains intact.

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9
Star Wars: Inquisitors (2024) #1

Jul 9, 2024

Star Wars: Inquisitors#1 is a promising start to what looks be an exciting and interesting story into the fallen Jedi whose job is to hunt down surviving Jedi and carry out the will of the Emperor and Darth Vader as enforcers. Tensu Run, the Jedi created for the story, is seamlessly incorporated into the existing Star Wars mythos and is a fresh character that Barnes can explore along with The Inquisitors.

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9.4
Star Wars: Phantom Menace 25th Anniversary Special (2024) #1

May 4, 2024

Overall this oneshot is worthy as serving as a 25th Anniversary Special. Pak continues to show the grasp he has on the various characters in the Star Wars Universe and Anakin both as a young boy and later as Darth Vader. Will this special end the debate about the film itself, probably not, but it is a great step in viewing the events from a different perspective both in time and space.

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9.6
The Boy Wonder (2024) #1

May 7, 2024

The Boy Wonder #1 overall is a fun read and the art style gives the book a tone all its own. While it is a strong first issue the question is raised as to what will make this story worth the Black Label imprint. So far nothing this issue screams anything that would denote being published under the imprint, hopefully next issue or soon there will be something, be it story points or artwork that justify the Black Label treatment other than a different spin on Damian's journey as Robin.

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9
The Boy Wonder (2024) #2

Jun 4, 2024

While there is little new that is added to the character of Jason Todd, being that it is a Black Label series not constrained by the main universe, it is an interesting glimpse into the psyche of Jason and how Damian relates to him.

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9
The Boy Wonder (2024) #3

Jul 11, 2024

The Boy Wonder #3 continues to explore Damian's relationship with his family, this time forcing him to work with his rival Tim Drake. Juni Ba continues to build an interesting story complimented by stunning artwork in this fairytale Black Label series

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9
Uncle Scrooge and the Infinity Dime (2024) #1

Jun 19, 2024

It is also a promising sign of what's to come as Marvel celebrates the 90th Anniversary of Donald Duck this summer in the What If ? Stories.

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