Chris Showalter's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: AIPT, The Source by SuperHeroStuff Reviews: 93
8.4Avg. Review Rating

7
Aquaman (2016) #40

Sep 19, 2018

Dan Abnett, Joe Bennett and Vincent Cifuentes have created an entertaining finale that uses wonderful character interactions played for comedic effect.

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7.5
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #7

Nov 20, 2019

Batman and the Outsiders #7 is one of the best issues of the series due to its refined focus on two conflicts.

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8
Batman Beyond (2016) #32

May 22, 2019

Batman Beyond #32 features an excellent mystery begging us to answer the question, "What in the world is wrong with Mr. Wayne?"

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7
Batman Beyond (2016) #33

Jun 28, 2019

Although some foreshadowing may have ruined one of the issue's reveals, Batman Beyond #33 does a good job propelling the mystery forward by providing a new twist that will take the title in an interesting direction.

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8
Batman Beyond (2016) #34

Jul 28, 2019

Despite the required suspension of disbelief, Batman Beyond #34 is a good continuation of the "Divide, Conquer, and Kill" story-line.

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6
Batman Beyond (2016) #44

Jun 25, 2020

Oozing with exposition, Batman Beyond #44 is elevated by excellent artwork. Although Jurgens' exposition sometimes feels superfluous during this issue, some of my favorite moments are those illustrating how the characters have changed. Moreover, Sean Chen's excellently rendered action sequences help break things up. Now that we are past the two introductory issues of this storyline, I am excited to see where everything is going.

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7.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #45

Jul 23, 2020

Bolstered by heartwarming character reunions and excellent artwork, 'Batman Beyond' #45 is the strongest entry of "The Eradication Agenda" yet.

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9.5
Batman: Damned #1

Sep 19, 2018

Wonderfully written by Brian Azzarello and stunningly illustrated by Lee Bermejo, Batman: Damned #1 is a terrific introduction to the horror series and DC's new imprint.

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7.5
Batman: Kings of Fear #1

Aug 22, 2018

Kelley Jones' art elevates Peterson's narrative based thematically on the concept of fear.

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6
Batman: Kings of Fear #2

Sep 26, 2018

With Batman: Kings of Fear #2, Scott Peterson and Kelley Jones have crafted a solid, straightforward story that ultimately plays it too safe.

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7.5
Batman: Kings of Fear #3

Oct 25, 2018

Scott Peterson and Kelley Jones use Batman Kings of Fear #3 to aptly assess the Dark Knight's greatest fear and provide depth to the character in spite of the story's slow burn.

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7
Batman: Kings of Fear #4

Nov 28, 2018

Scott Peterson and Kelley Jones continue their excellent character study of the Dark Knight in Batman: Kings of Fear #4. Unfortunately, the slow pacing is beginning to hurt the overall narrative.

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7
Batman: Kings of Fear #5

Dec 20, 2018

Batman: Kings of Fear #5 is a mixed bag. Although Scott Peterson and Kelley Jones' analysis of Batman is excellent, the pacing feels too slow.

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8
Batman: Kings of Fear #6

Jan 10, 2019

Batman: Kings of Fear #6 is a fitting end to the mini-series.

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7.5
Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda #3

Nov 13, 2019

Filled with humor, action, and strange sci-fi spectacle, Black Panther and the Agents of Wakanda is pure fun.

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8.5
Black Panther vs. Deadpool #1

Mar 20, 2019

With Kibblesmith's excellent dialogue, Lopez Ortiz's chaotic visuals and Sobreiro's wonderful colors, Black Panther vs. Deadpool will leave you smiling from ear to ear long after putting the book down.

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7
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #5

Jul 18, 2016

Ultimately, the DK III: The Master Race Book 5s commentary regarding fear and the state of our society save the subpar plot. Supermans quick return may decrease any tension regarding Gothams safety. However, this does increase my curiosity as to how the stakes will change regarding his involvement. What did you think of the issue? Did you find any themes that I may have missed? Sound off in the comment section below!

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6
Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1

Jul 8, 2016

Well, at least he's effective.Ultimately, Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade provides little insight regarding Jason Todd and The Joker beyondADeath in the Family. Despite a lack of ingenuity regarding the topic, the story is told well through the use of visuals provided by Romita Jr. and Steigerwald. Although some may write this book off as an unnecessary cash-grab, the art, in addition to the more subdued and reflective take on the Caped Crusader, provides a decent read for any Batman fan.

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9.5
Dark Nights: Death Metal: Robin King #1

Oct 20, 2020

Oozing with more carnage and over-the-top violence than a hockey mask-wearing psychopath can shake a bloody machete at, Dark Nights: Death Metal Robin King #1's strength lies in its examination of the titular character.

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9
Dark Nights: Death Metal: Legends of the Dark Knights #1

Aug 4, 2020

A feast of the unusual and bizarre, Dark Nights: Death Metal Legends of the Dark Knights #1 is at its best when deconstructing the Dark Knight.

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10
Dark Nights: Metal #4

Mar 18, 2018

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have constructed a meta-cognitive masterpiece surrounding fear, darkness, light and dreams that requires multiple readings.

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10
Dark Nights: Metal #5

Mar 30, 2018

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullos magnum opus with the DC Universe continues to reveal new facets of information regarding our own personal notions of fear and discovery. Dark Nights Metal #5 is an issue that requires multiple readings to catch the clever details and sub-context presented by the authors. What have you thought about the series thus far? Are there any details that we have missed? Are you excited for the epic conclusion to this tale? Sound off in the comment section below.

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7
DC House of Horror (One Shot) #1

Nov 1, 2017

DC House of Horror #1 succeeds on its premise of delivering scary or thought-provoking tales regarding our favorite characters. It provides the readers with tales to enjoy throughout this Halloween season as it twists the familiar into something horrific, thought-provoking, and nearly unrecognizable. Ultimately, this book is a horrific treat for those looking for short stories to read this holiday.

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8
DC/Hanna-Barbera: Deathstroke/Yogi Bear #1

Oct 31, 2018

Deathstroke/Yogi Bear Special #1 serves as a good Saturday Morning Cartoon crossover that is helped by reveals at the issue's end.

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10
DCeased: The Unkillables #1

Feb 19, 2020

With arresting visuals and witty scripting, DCEASED: Unkillables #1 is absolute perfection.

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10
DCeased: The Unkillables #2

Mar 27, 2020

DCeased: Unkillables #2 will leave your jaw dangling by a single strand of sinew.

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10
DCeased: The Unkillables #3

May 20, 2020

Bloody, satisfying, and often bloody satisfying, DCeased: Unkillables #3 is a perfect conclusion to the series. Taylor's excellent script work and Karl Mostert's gripping visuals are a double-tap of humor and horror that will leave you clamoring for more.

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8
Deathstroke (2016) #35

Sep 6, 2018

Deathstroke #35 contains all of the necessary elements for thrilling entertainment: paternity tests, psychoanalysis, reconciliation and fist fights ending with concussions. Unfortunately, the answer to mystery surrounding the faked paternity tests feels too easy and superficial.

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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #36

Oct 3, 2018

Deathstroke #36 lures you into "Arkham's" doors with a jaw-dropping bloodbath and compels you to stay for the social commentary on justice.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #37

Nov 8, 2018

In Deathstroke #37, Priest allows readers to experience an inmate's life inside Arkham Asylum without the need for a straitjacket. For better or worse, some of this may be confusing because of the issue's focus on gaslighting Deathstroke.

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9
Deathstroke (2016) #38

Dec 6, 2018

Deathstroke #38 is a great issue that creates just as many questions as it does answers. However, Hugo Strange's involvement seems a little out of place.

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9
Deathstroke (2016) #39

Jan 11, 2019

Between outstanding art, entertaining humor, and engaging themes, there is a lot to love about Deathstroke #39

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #40

Feb 7, 2019

Bursting at the seams with commentary regarding Arkham Asylum and mental healthcare, Priest's "Deathstroke: Arkham" will leave you blissfully clamoring for one of asylum's padded cells in the pursuit of what is real.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #41

Mar 6, 2019

Deathstroke #41 is a dense work that requires multiple readings.

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9
Deathstroke (2016) #42

Apr 3, 2019

Deathstroke #42 is a great second entry into "The Terminus Agenda." Priest's script provides some payoff from the prologue while also stoking interest for future issues.

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8
Deathstroke (2016) #43

May 2, 2019

Deathstroke #43 is a good but frustrating conclusion to "The Terminus Agenda.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #44

Jun 5, 2019

Deathstroke #44's is a true success due to Priest's exploration of coping with grief, honoring parents and the debate surrounding "nature versus nurture."

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9
Deathstroke (2016) #45

Jul 3, 2019

Deathstroke #45 serves as a great exploration of how different individuals deal with loss.

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9
Deathstroke (2016) #46

Aug 8, 2019

Deathstroke #46 is a great tie-in to "Year of the Villain" that provides interesting twists for the Jericho and Rose.

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10
Deathstroke (2016) #47

Sep 8, 2019

From the introduction of new mysteries to Priest's exploration of Nature versus Nurture, there is a lot to love about Deathstroke #47. The mystery surrounding the two Deathstrokes has me clamoring for the next issue. Additionally, Pasarin and Pagulayan's artwork are enough of a reason to pick up this book.

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8
Deathstroke (2016) #48

Oct 6, 2019

Deathstroke #48 does an excellent job of answering the series' mysteries. Unfortunately, the difference between Pagulayan and Pasarin's artwork is noticeable in this issue.

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9
Deathstroke (2016) #49

Nov 13, 2019

Deathstroke #49 does an excellent job of not only answering many of this finale storyline's longstanding questions but also setting the stage for Slade's battle against himself.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #50

Dec 9, 2019

With great character exploration, relevant themes, and explosive action, Deathstroke #50 is an excellent conclusion to the series.

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8.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #55

Dec 5, 2018

Harley Quinn #55 is a breath of fresh air that embraces the absurd, comedic elements of the holidays while remaining focused on family.

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9
Harley Quinn (2016) #56

Dec 19, 2018

Harley Quinn #56 provides excellent social commentary without taking itself too seriously nor diminishing the message.

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9.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #57

Jan 9, 2019

Harley Quinn #57 is an excellent introduction to "The Trials of Harley Quinn." Sam Humphries expertly balances the inherent silliness of silver age stories with intimate character moments.

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8.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #58

Feb 8, 2019

From Humphries' clever banter between Batman and Harley to John Timms' wonderful artwork and Alex Sinclair's colors, there is a lot to love about Harley Quinn #58.

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9.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #59

Mar 6, 2019

Between the references Kafka's The Metamorphosis, excellent themes, comedic dialogue, wonderful art and insightful character exploration, there is a lot to love about Harley Quinn #59.

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8
Harley Quinn (2016) #60

Apr 3, 2019

Humphries' humorous scripting and Basri's wonderful artwork make Harley Quinn #60 a trial worth enduring.

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9
Harley Quinn (2016) #61

May 2, 2019

Harley Quinn #61 is dressed in the trappings of every great Dungeons and Dragons-inspired adventure: excellent world building, a compelling threat, and plenty of self-aware humor. Sam Humphries' dialogue is sharper than a long-sword.

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9
Harley Quinn (2016) #62

Jun 5, 2019

Between Humphries' excellent scripting and Otto Schmidt's excellent artwork, Harley Quinn #62 is just plain fun.

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10
Harley Quinn (2016) #63

Jul 3, 2019

With a blend of meaningful themes and fourth wall breaking humor, Harley Quinn #63 perfectly answers the question, "Who makes the clown laugh?"

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10
Harley Quinn (2016) #64

Aug 9, 2019

Hilarious and meaningful, Harley Quinn #64 serves as an excellent commentary on crossover events.

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8
Harley Quinn (2016) #70

Feb 12, 2020

Humphries' writing is hilarious yet somehow finds a way to punch you right in your emotional nut basket.

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8
Harley Quinn (2016) #72

May 13, 2020

Behind its murder mystery facade, 'Harley Quinn' #72 is an excellent character study centered on grief.

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8
Harley Quinn (2016) #73

Jun 10, 2020

With 'Harley Quinn' #73, Sam Humphries and Sami Basri have created a socially relevant and humorous character study.

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7.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #74

Jul 7, 2020

'Harley Quinn' #74 is a satisfying conclusion to "California or Death" but will not take home the title belt.

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10
Justice League Dark (2018) #12

Jun 28, 2019

With a seamless blend of powerful themes, intriguing narrative and striking artwork, Justice League Dark #12 doesn't ask for your attention; it demands it.

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10
Justice League Dark (2018) #13

Jul 24, 2019

This is no manipulation, Justice League Dark #13 is a masterful retelling of Kent Nelson and Constantine's origin stories that pushes the narrative forward while providing new insight.

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7
Justice League: Odyssey #4

Jan 2, 2019

Justice League Odyssey #4 features a lot of intriguing ideas. Unfortunately, the payoff for some of these ideas falls flat.

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9.5
Justice League: Odyssey #5

Jan 30, 2019

With Justice League Odyssey #5, Williamson provides us with the tightest and strongest narrative since the series' first issue.

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7.5
Justice League: Odyssey #6

Feb 27, 2019

Dan Abnett starts off his first issue of Justice League Odyssey with a bang. Literally. Unfortunately, a lot of the momentum that had been built throughout the previous issue has been lost due to a few storytelling choices. Abnett's narration boxes are entertaining to read, but I think some moments would benefit more from the "show-don't-tell" approach.

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8
Justice League: Odyssey #7

Mar 27, 2019

With strong character moments and wonderful art, Abnett, Conrad and Beredo make up for the fact that Justice League Odyssey #7 provides no new answers regarding the series' ongoing mystery.

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8
Justice League: Odyssey #8

Apr 10, 2019

With Justice League Odyssey #8, Dan Abnett has crafted an enjoyable issue that strikes an excellent balance between answering longstanding questions and asking new ones.

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10
Justice League: Odyssey #9

May 9, 2019

With excellent character work and artwork that allows the readers to empathize with the characters, Justice League Odyssey #9 is easily the best issue of the series thus far.

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7.5
Justice League: Odyssey #10

Jun 12, 2019

Filled with exposition and action, Justice League Odyssey #10 is a good transition issue as the team moves into the second phase of their plan to save the multiverse.

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9.5
Justice League: Odyssey #11

Jul 10, 2019

Justice League Odyssey #11 is an excellent exploration of identity bolstered by Will Conrad's artwork with Ivan Plascencia & Pete Pantazis' colors.

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9
Justice League: Odyssey #12

Aug 14, 2019

With Justice League Odyssey #12, Abnett has given fans of the series their Empire Strikes Back moment.

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9
Justice League: Odyssey #13

Sep 13, 2019

Justice League Odyssey #13 feels like a new issue #1 for the series. Abnett's success with this issue lies in establishing compelling mysteries around the new characters without ever making them feel like replacements for the team we lost.

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7.5
Marvel 2099 (2019): Punisher #1

Nov 27, 2019

Full of mystery, social commentary, and violence, Punisher 2099 #1 is an intriguing sci-fi thriller. Unfortunately, we are missing some information necessary for Hector's transformation into Punisher 2099.

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6
Nightwing (2016) #57

Feb 20, 2019

Nightwing #57 is a mixed bag. Your enjoyment of the issue may depend on how much you enjoy awkward, high school level flirtation and social commentary.

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6
Nightwing (2016) #61

Jun 20, 2019

Nightwing #61 is a decent end to the "City Ablaze" storyline that robs Hutch of some closure.

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) Annual #1

Aug 29, 2018

Nightwing Annual #1 is a great story that sets up future story arcs and benefits from relevant themes and excellent dialogue. Some story beats could benefit from some closure.

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7
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #42

Jan 29, 2020

Red Hood: Outlaw #42 is at its best when exploring Red Hood and Artemis' relationship and at its worst when establishing the team's next threat.

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6
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) Annual #3

Jul 31, 2019

Red Hood: Outlaw Annual #3 is full of interesting ideas but is lacking in their execution.

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10
Six Days: The Incredible Story of D-Days Lost Chapter #1

May 8, 2019

Venditti, Maurer and Mutti tell a story that not only resonates with readers but also pays tribute to those who have served our country.

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8
Suicide Squad (2016) #46

Sep 12, 2018

Suicide Squad #46 is a solid entry in the "Sink Atlantis" crossover. We just need more King Shark versus Killer Croc!

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8
Suicide Squad (2016) #47

Oct 10, 2018

Rob Williams and Philippe Briones have created a fun, done-in-one issue exploring Captain Boomerang.

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8
Suicide Squad (2016) #48

Nov 14, 2018

Rob Williams is in exemplary form with Suicide Squad #48 as he nails the team dynamic and character's dialogue. Unfortunately, some of the characters' facial expressions can be jarring for the reader.

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9
Suicide Squad (2016) #49

Dec 12, 2018

Suicide Squad #49 is a great continuation of the "Squad on Trial" story arc that advances the storyline in a meaningful way while also wrapping up nearly 50 issues of plot.

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10
Suicide Squad (2016) #50

Jan 16, 2019

Suicide Squad #50 is not only an excellent conclusion to the "Rocket to Russia" story-line but also a perfect bookend to the current volume of the series.

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9.5
Suicide Squad (2019) #1

Dec 19, 2019

Tom Taylor breathes new life into the Suicide Squad.

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8
Tales From The Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman #1

Oct 31, 2019

Tales from the Dark Multiverse: The Death of Superman #1 is a great examination of Superman's legacy as well how anger can pervert our best intentions.

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7
Teen Titans (2016) #28

Mar 20, 2019

Teen Titans #28 is a good introductory issue, but suffers from many of the issues that plague crossovers.

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8
Teen Titans (2016) #29

Apr 18, 2019

Teen Titans #29 presents an interesting conflict focused on team drama and the ethical treatment of super-villains.

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8
Teen Titans (2016) #30

May 15, 2019

With Glass' work with characterization and Chang's excellent artwork, Teen Titans #30 is a fitting end to "The Terminus Protocol."

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8.5
Teen Titans (2016) #31

Jun 20, 2019

Unlike Lobo's questionable parenting style, Teen Titans #31 will not let you down.

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9.5
Teen Titans (2016) #32

Jul 17, 2019

Teen Titans #32 is a mosh-pit filled with Glass' expert exploration of team dynamics, excellent characterization, and violence.

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9
Teen Titans (2016) #33

Aug 28, 2019

Adam Glass' use of "free-will" as a theme to connect each of the plot points makes Teen Titans #33 an great read.

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9
Teen Titans (2016) #34

Sep 20, 2019

Glass' exploration of themes involving free-will make Teen Titans #34 a must-read.

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8
Teen Titans (2016) #35

Oct 23, 2019

Teen Titans #35 sticks the landing on the traitor storyline. Although it could have benefitted from more foreshadowing, the reveal is made meaningful by great character work.

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6.5
Teen Titans (2016) #43

Jul 15, 2020

Thompson's use of self-discovery is a strength of 'Teen Titans' #43. Unfortunately, some of this work is hurt by some questionable dialogue from Crush and Robin's monologue.

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10
The End: Deadpool #1

Feb 1, 2020

Both insane and hilarious, and often insanely hilarious, Deadpool: The End #1 is the perfect "final story" for the Merc with a Mouth.

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