Daniel Mills's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Bounding Into Comics Reviews: 116
8.8Avg. Review Rating

7.5
Action Comics (2016): Special #1

May 2, 2018

There may not be much action to be found in the story outside ofThe Last Will and Testament of Lex Luthor,but that doesn't matter. Superman has been through plenty of fights. Readers are just as excited to see him soaring through new skies and living the life he deserves. So long as alittleaction finds it's way into the issue.Action Comics Special #1may not give readers perfect stories, but it delivers perfect Superman.

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10
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 10, 2016

Though Tom King may have inherited the main title, Scott Snyder triumphantly returns to Batman this week with All-Star Batman #1. Twists and turns set us on a harrowing adventure starring Bruce and one of his most famous villains, Two Face. Utilizing the dual-personalities of Dent and his Ego, Snyder is crafting a fast-paced and memorable story that makes the most of every page and character. Along for the ride are artists John Romita Jr. and Declan Shalvey, who make Gotham and its outskirts into beautiful and captivating landscapes in both night and day. When so many of his stories are brooding and dark, Snyder is excelling at changing the status quo with an entertaining action-romp. Great characters, clever writing, and beautiful art, these elements make for comic perfection. Thanks to the careful attention of the creative team, All-Star Batman #1 is just that, perfect.

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9.0
All-Star Batman #2

Sep 15, 2016

After Rebirth was unveiled, one of the greatest announcements was Snyder's return to Batman by way of DC's All-Star title. Here, he's invested in creating a memorable, exciting Batman story unlike any he's told in the past. Almost serving as an homage to the kind of blockbuster storytelling that's absent from modern Hollywood mediocrity. Tom isn't the only "king" on Batman. He and Scott Snyder share that throne, and if they continue to tell stories like All-Star Batman, long may they reign.

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5.0
All-Star Batman #12

Jul 26, 2017

Unfortunately, the art seems to follow suit: a bland and uninteresting veil cast over what should be a masterwork of the veteran artists behind it. Hopefully, those artists will inevitably return to greatness soon enough, but it won't be in the pages of All-Star Batman.

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10
All-Star Batman #13

Aug 30, 2017

Beneath the bleeding skyline a falling Bat catches its' target. Tonight the target wasn't prey. Instead he caught an Englishman falling to his very doom, like the Englishman did for him. It's clear in the words of Scott Snyder that Bruce Wayne made Batman, but Alfred Pennyworth made Bruce Wayne.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #34

Mar 21, 2018

Aquaman #34 sets up an uphill battle for Arthur. Rath and Kadaver are powerful beings who are more than prepared for a long and difficult fight. Hopefully, so is Aquaman.

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5.0
Aquaman (2016) #35

Dec 31, 1969

Aquaman #35 is more yawn than gasp. Arthur has more to him than just being the King of Atlantis. It's time to give this King more than just a crown.

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10
Batman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

Batman is not Gotham, he is better than Gotham. Batman's ultimate goal is to inspire lasting change in the citizen's of his city. Tom King's newest introductions are the embodiment of that change. The more time we spend with heroes Gotham and Gotham Girl the veil is lifted and the once mysterious duo are becoming interesting and earnest additions to the city's cast of characters. Tom King does a fantastic job of balancing the action and detective work with lighthearted scenes featuring a sassy Alfred and Matches Malone. Harkening back to where it all began, the pieces of King's puzzle are forming into an excellent tale in Batman #3. Equipped with fantastic art and a mix of nostalgia and originality, King and company are putting a lasting signature on the mantle of the Dark Knight.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

Batman #4 continues the high quality set by the previous issues. It remains one of the best titles on the shelves thanks to creative storytelling, compelling action, and relatable and sympathetic villains and heroes. The threads of a great tale are taking shape, even if Batman and his villains don't seem to be around for the entirety of the story. The focus on the supporting cast and new characters seems an odd choice but King is a master at creating unique story elements and intriguing backstories. Some cameos and appearances can feel unwarranted and unwanted but it's apparent the focus is to create an all-around excellent comic with nods to new and old. The true success of Batman #4 comes by way of the excitement and humor it brings about. It makes it next-to-impossible to wait for the next issue.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #5

Aug 19, 2016

Tom King crafts a powerful climax to his first arc in Batman #5. Gotham and Gotham Girl took some time getting used to, but have grown into relatable characters that manage to shed light on Batman's influence on the city he protects. As their battle comes to an eventful end the only thing lacking is motivation. Dr. Strange and Psycho-Pirate set our heroes on this path, and yet still remain absent from the story. Regardless, this does little to take away from the poetic tale of Batman and the Gothams. An emotionally gripping start to King's reign on Batman.

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10
Batman (2016) #6

Sep 8, 2016

Batman #6 distinguishes itself thanks to the delicate script and spectacular pencils by guest-artist Ivan Reis. Tom King's first arc shows us that while Batman will always be the daring warrior we want him to be, he's also the savior we need him to be.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

As the start of an event meant to thrill and chill, Orlando and King have given the "Monster Men" one hell of an entrance.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #8

Oct 11, 2016

There's not much plot to go around, considering the event has amounted to little more than a simple monster mash. Without a focus on Dr. Hugo Strange and his motives the team have only to defeat these monsters to end this night of terror. Orlando is clearly going for a fun and entertaining affair. But given his track record "Night of the Monster Men" should have been a profound and unique story that introduces an entirely new element to the Batman universe. Instead, these giant foes are felled just as easily as any of his other enemies. If only Batman's first Rebirth cross-over had been a little more" strange.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #17

Feb 17, 2017

DC knows exactly what they're doing. Rebirth has been a remarkable success and it's due to the wonderful creative teams they've put together. While Batman #17 may not hit the highs of previous issues, King and company continue to prove themselves worthy successors to their legendary predecessors. Bane may have been one-dimensional in the New 52 but here he serves as a worthy antagonist to our Dark Knight. While the story didn't progress much, the character work develops the confrontation between hero and villain into a can't-miss event. "I Am Suicide" may have ended with a somewhat disappointing and quiet conclusion, but "I Am Bane" looks to be the clash of titans we've been anticipating since issue 1.

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10
Batman (2016) #18

Mar 4, 2017

Tom King made a few surprise choices with the beginning of his Batman: Rebirth run. He introduced new characters, focused on old villains, and ditched some of the tropes that have defined the character for ages. It certainly makes for some unique choices. Luckily, the Gotham's proved to have a heartwarming yet tragic story behind them. Bane's menacing presence has proven more than enough to warrant several storylines and arcs which continues in Batman #18. And not knowing everything Bruce is up to is proving to be a great way to keep both the villains and the readers in the dark. With the massive critical appeal of Omega Men and Grayson under his belt, it's a wonder why we ever thought King might not be up to the task of managing the greatest comic book character ever created. To everyone's surprise, except maybe Tom King himself, we were wrong.

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10
Batman (2016) #29

Aug 18, 2017

Mikel Janin once again crafts the tangled webs of King's prose. As the story weaves through a simple conversation, both writer and art team use the often-ignored backgrounds to channel emotion and insight. It's an effective and resourceful way to make use of the entire page. With thought-provoking backgrounds and and almost-biblical prose, King and company are making their way into comic history.

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10
Batman (2016) #30

Sep 7, 2017

Batman #30 is a fantastic blend of Batman's gangster origins and modern comic sensibilities. We see his entire Rogue's Gallery at work while still remaining within a relatively simple turf war. The Mann brothers and Jordie Bellaire bring this deadly war to life with incredible detail and ease. Tom King's work draws the industry's best artists. A few more issues like this and he may just claim that title himself.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #31

Sep 21, 2017

Unfortunately, the issue is light on plot. To set up a more exciting finish, this penultimate issue serves more as a quiet moment before an explosive end. Unfortunately, it doesn't pack as much of a punch as the previous entries. Without the emotional depth of #30, or the wondrous violence of #28, this issue is a bridge to what should be a captivating showdown.

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10
Batman (2016) #32

Oct 4, 2017

The action was tense and visceral; the dialogue hilarious and witty. The beautiful ending will leave a smile on anyone that knows the story of Bruce Wayne. The tragedy that deserves a blissful end. Much like the War itself, the creative team played their parts perfect to the laughable end.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #33

Oct 18, 2017

Joelle Jones and Jordie Bellaire make for an inspired art team. They give a barbarian, antiquated touch to the world of Batman as he wanders through the desert with his fiance. Together they face a great enemy. Possibly the only person who could stand in the way of the two heroes becoming one.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #34

Nov 1, 2017

Tom King knows how to tell a compelling story and does so with ease. It's a funny and fun tale that reminds the readers just how awesome the world of Batman can be.

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10
Batman (2016) #35

Nov 15, 2017

A clever play on a simple set-up by the ever-clever Tom King. King is already making strides and changing the status quo with his Batman run. He's introduced new characters, altered old ones, and possibly changed some of Batman's relationships for all time. There are some monumental moments in his run and Batman #35 continues that success. With two of comics best working artists bringing hisvisionto life, Tom King is one lucky writer that readers are lucky to have.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #36

Dec 6, 2017

There isn't much going on in the pages of Batman #36, and that's absolutely fine. The landscape narrated by the words of Tom King and painted by Clay Mann, Seth Mann and Jordie Bellaire is as bright and hopeful as it is dark and terrifying.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #37

Dec 20, 2017

What does Batman think about Superman; what does Supes think of the Bat? These are just some of the ideas that Tom King is willing to spend entire arcs of hisBatmanstory exploring. And with good reason. It's new, it's fresh and it's fun. It's Batman.

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10
Batman (2016) #38

Jan 3, 2018

King's reign seems to be both lovely and exhausting for Bruce. But it's nothing short of comic perfection for readers.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #48

Jun 7, 2018

Batman #48 serves as a pseudo invitation to watch The Joker's madness unfold. Hopefully, it gets better from here.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #49

Jun 20, 2018

Just like her beau, Catwoman is not easily done in by the games and schemes of the gangster clown. Or is she? The final pages leave a few questions hanging in the air in a more confusing than captivating way. It's genuinely unclear how this arc ends, but it seems the wedding is still on. Outside of this mild frustration, Batman #49 has some incredible dialogue in conversation that gets to the very core philosophies of every character contained within. It's interesting, it's unique, it's Tom King.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #50

Jul 5, 2018

Yet where Batman #50 falls a bit short is in execution, not in consequences. The reader would be much more engaged with a straight forward story with some artist changes as opposed to lengthy text and many single-artist pages. Not every single in DC History needs to be an overview of the events that led up to this event. Catwoman and Batman may work together as a couple for now, but exploring their past only serves to make the reader feel more disjointed with their present. The actual plot and story contained in Batman #50 has all the emotional weight needed to keep audiences on edge, if only there was more of it.

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10
Batman (2016) Annual #2

Nov 29, 2017

Tom King knows what makes Batman works. He knows the literal service that the character provides for the people of the DC Universe.

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8.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1

Dec 6, 2017

It might be that both stories are about talented heroes fighting crime in the dead of night. With both sets of heroes spending years and years training to personify justice. Or it might be that both stories have histories filled with awesome entertainment and storytelling for all ages.Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1may not be as appealing to the old as it is to the young, but it's another fun trip into a ridiculous and great beyond.

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10
Batman: Lost #1

Nov 8, 2017

Scott Snyder's rock opera continues to bleed its greatness across the heroes and villains of the DC Universe. This time, the tie-in may be better than the story from which it originates.

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8.5
Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1

Oct 4, 2017

Sam Humphries and Ethan Van Sciver make magic together. There's is a beautiful and misshapen world where evil takes a toll. If only more time was spent on his backstory, on the pain of Batman's daily life. None of the friends he knows and loves make an appearance in this issue. A few minor issues inBatman: The Dawn Breaker #1 can cause a raised eyebrow, but the excitement is reason enough to keep reading.

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9.0
Batman: The Devastator #1

Nov 1, 2017

The evil and malice brought down on the world is rendered beautifully by DC regular Tony S. Daniel. For over a decade he has been one of the most successful artists in the industry, and with good reason. His work takes a while but it's because of it's exquisite detail and intense action. Considering the massive size of the protagonist and villains within its pages, Batman: The Devastator #1 couldn't have found anyone better for the job.

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10
Batman: The Drowned #1

Oct 18, 2017

Philip Tan and Tyler Kirkham work masterfully to realize Abnett's vision. An almost fairy tale like haze is cast over this amazing story. The narration is almost all of the story, helping to create an intimate and introspective look at our villain. Dan Abnett gives Bryce Wayne her own story, identity and tragic beginning.

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10
Batman: The Merciless #1

Oct 25, 2017

Batman is a popular character these days. He's been comic's most successful superhero for a few years, and his numerous titles reflect that. He's been lucky enough to have the best names in comics write his adventures. As readers were just as lucky to have those stories. Another one comes in the form of Batman: The Merciless #1. It's a destructive deconstruction of one of the more corrupted Batmen of the Dark Multiverse.

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9.0
Batman: The Murder Machine #1

Sep 27, 2017

The story contained therein features a heartbreaking son just trying to find his father amidst a world of madness. It seems everyMetaltie-in will play with the tragedy of Bruce Wayne to create its Batman. The remarkable tragedy Snyder and Capullo are creating has already become one for the Batman history books.

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8.5
Batman: The Red Death #1

Sep 20, 2017

The fluidity and flourish of Carmine Di Giandomenico's art elevates Williamson's words to new heights. Together, the two can create a lively world from the darkest of pieces. The Dark Universe concocted by the mad science of Snyder gets defined further by the current keepers of The Flash. Together, they craft an engaging story that sends both Barry and Bat through hell…and back again.

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10
Batman: White Knight #1

Oct 5, 2017

Sean Murphy is his own greatest asset. With Matt Hollingsworth on colors, Murphy's created a gothic Gotham with the creepiest corners ever seen. His words are wonderful; his lines are legendary. Sean Murphy is making a name for himself unlike any other in comics' today.Batman: White Knight#1 is captivating storytelling and eye-popping artwork by a true master of both.

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10
Batman: White Knight #2

Nov 2, 2017

Batman is lucky to have him, and he is clearly lucky to have Batman. The two are a match made in heaven. Which is exactly what the pages ofBatman: White Knight #2are.

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10
Batman: White Knight #6

Mar 7, 2018

Sean Gordon Murphy creates one of the most beautiful Gotham City's in comic history. He's equally talented at writing the chaos that is ripping it apart.

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7.5
Batman: Who Laughs #1

Nov 15, 2017

The best hero on Earth is quickly made into one of the worst things ever to inhabit the Universe, with nothing more than “a little push.” Tynion's story may be simple but it's entertaining, and realized in gory, glorious greatness by the art of Riley Rossmo and the colors of Ivan Plascencia.

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9.0
Bloodshot: Salvation #1

Sep 19, 2017

The story that will have him facing darkness once again may not be wholly original, but it's breathtaking to behold.

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8.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #1

Oct 2, 2016

Blue Beetle #1 is a great improvement over the Rebirth issue. Both Kolins and Giffen improve to give a fun and entertaining look at the mystical side of the DC Universe. Blue Beetle Jaime Reyes and his mentor Ted Kord are certainly fun to watch. Though Reyes seems to be a typical student, Kord more than compensates with his particular sense of humor. Their back-and-forth is the highlight of the comic. Unfortunately, any scenes without the two interacting drag and affect the pacing. Without a lot of action outside of two sequences a lot depends on their dynamic. Thankfully, Scott Kolins has brought his A-game. Said action sequences, though few, are engaging enough to keep you interested. The opening sequence alone features a powerful and captivating exchange of magic that is sure to be a series highlight. After a moderate Rebirth, Giffen and Kolins have made Blue Beetle #1 a step in the right direction.

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7.5
Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1

Aug 25, 2016

DC's Rebirth is about cultivating new stories with old ideals. Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 is another comedy call-back to ever-aging 90's. Thankfully, Keith Giffen and Scott Kolins are comic veterans. Here, they create an interesting world of magic and modern technology. When delving into said depths of magic, or the tech-oriented lair of a billionaire, the pages are captivating and the writing is engaging. Unfortunately, the issue is rough around the edges. The decision making process of our heroes is questionable at best, leaving us with unsympathetic main characters and some peculiar dialogue. The art can also seem rushed and forgettable. Unclear settings and motives do little to distinguish Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 from DC's stellar lineup, but brief glimpses of a grander work should have most readers coming back for more.

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9.0
Catwoman (2018) #1

Jul 4, 2018

Catwoman #1will tug at your heartstrings in the worst way. Teasing you with the fact that the most exciting relationship in comics could be finished…for now. The Catwoman that stars in this comic has some work to do to get her life back together. But with artist and writer Joelle Jones at the helm, Selina Kyle's journey will be a pleasure to read.

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7.5
Dark Days: The Forge #1

Jun 20, 2017

There's room to improve but Dark Days: The Forge #1 is an entertaining invite to this Summer's main event: Scott Snyder's first chance to play with all of the figures in DC's toybox.

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8.0
Dark Nights: Metal #1

Aug 16, 2017

Writer Scott Snyder is staying away from his usual techniques and tropes. Carefully, he avoids the metaphor-laden monologues that often encapsulate his often convoluted main themes. Instead here's a breathtaking world raptured by magic and filled with rock and roll. It's more of a preview for the main event, but it's certainly one hell of an invitation.

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10
Dark Nights: Metal #2

Sep 12, 2017

As great friends have a ball making amazing comics together, readers should hope the good times never end.

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8.0
Dark Nights: Metal #3

Oct 11, 2017

Scott Snyder knows how to keep the reader reading. His pages mix DC history with modern sensibilities. This event may have more players than his usual works, but he places them well. The story he's crafted is a little complicated, a little slow. However, Snyder's operatic approach to storytelling can have imaginative roads and paths. Making minor bumps easily forgivable.

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9.5
Dark Nights: Metal #4

Dec 20, 2017

Batman and Superman are old, old friends. They've faced the end of the world before; they've faced the end of the Universe before. But they haven't faced the nightmares concocted by Scott Snyder. The Batman Who Laughs leads Barbatos' forces as they wreak havoc across the world. In another realm, our own Batman tries his best to find his way home so he can do something about it.

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10
DC Nation (2018) #0

Dec 31, 1969

Whatever way you look at it, this is everything DC has to offer. A clearly laid out representation of the stories and settings you can expect. Hopefully, each series can live up to the promise ofDC Nation #0.

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9.0
Deathbed #1

Feb 21, 2018

But the pace needs to be a bit quicker. It makes sense for Joshua Williamson to sell readers on Valentine before introducing Antonio, but the transition could have been a bit smoother. But that doesn't matter anymore. What matters is the road ahead. A life of stories lay at the feet of bored writer Valentine Richards. Just what she's going to do about it should make for a fantastic series.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #30

Apr 5, 2018

The art team captures the action in an incredible way in the final pages. While the figures and characters seen throughout are perfectly captured, it's the action that the team excels at. Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz and Jeremy Cox are a great team to bring this story to life. Making the pages ofDeathstroke #30look as tense and expensive as any 80's Action Movie. Plenty of reason to pick upDeathstroke #31.

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10
Detective Comics (2016) #962

Aug 9, 2017

With James Tynion IV, the entire Batfamily is in good hands. From several issues of the New 52 Batman run to the Batman and Robin Eternal series, James has crafted stories exciting and dull. The first issue of his Detective Comics run makes it clear he was doing something unique. He's managed to introduce new and wonderful interpretations of Tim Drake, Cassandra Cain, and Clayface. Using Batman's best, but forgotten sidekicks and acquaintances, Tynion has made effective use of comic history. He makes mundane characters magnificent, and gives them much-needed growth. Concluding the Intelligence arc, Tynion neatly finishes his captivating story with hints of what is yet to come. With asimple exploration of some good ole science fiction James Tynion IV brings former Batman Azrael into DC's echelon of interesting and fully-developed characters.

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10
Detective Comics (2016) #965

Sep 29, 2017

Unlike theNew 52,Rebirth has a plethora of creative teams that are still intact, and with good reason. Some of the best stories in comic history have been put together thanks to DC's latest relaunch.Detective Comicsis being helmed by one such team. One so good it could drive any reader to stand and declare, “Oh Captains, My Captains.”

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10
Doomsday Clock #1

Nov 22, 2017

With Gary Frank at his side Johns is perfectly equipped to create yet another amazing comic. Though almost all of DC is starting to become his responsibility, Johns can still create one hell of a story. DC's prodigal son once again creates an unforgettable comic. Here's to many, many more.

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9.5
Doomsday Clock #2

Dec 27, 2017

Geoff Johns and Gary Frank are two of the best choices for this story. Johns has been planning this for years, that much is obvious. But Frank's work feels as if he has as well. That the two artists have been showing these characters to each other for years. Sharing ideas about how they might play into each other. What it could mean for the Justice League to meet the Watchmen. The significance that would have to the story and the entirety of the comic world.

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8.0
Doomsday Clock #4

Mar 28, 2018

Doomsday Clock #4is another great comic by these two legendary artists. But without enough plot or justification to its story, it's more filler than killer.

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10
Doomsday Clock #5

May 30, 2018

That's what makes everything about theDoomsday Clockidea so alluring. A sequel toWatchmenseemed so wrong, but Geoff Johns and Gary Frank seem to be doing everything right.

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9.5
Everafter #1

Sep 11, 2016

Dave Justus and Matthew Sturges are well-versed in this fantasy realm. Together they've crafted a new beginning for comic favorites like Bigby Wolf, Snow White, and their son Connor. Along for the ride are artist Travis Moore and colorist Matthew Wiggam. With the exception of some mundane outfits the two are inspired choices to interpret the colorful and lively scripts of the writing duo. The end of Bill Willingham's original series was a momentous occasion for Vertigo and Willingham. A bittersweet end to an iconic dreamland destined to live on in video games, novels, and comics. Featuring an imaginative premise and a talented creative team, Everafter #1 proves worthy of the Fables mantle.

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9.5
Flash (2016) #33

Oct 25, 2017

Howard Porter and Hi-Fi join Williamson for the tie-in. Porter is a classically trained artist who draws muscle-clad heroes and explosive, furious action. Unsurprisingly, his work is the perfect companion to the bewitching words that Williamson puts to the page. Porter won't be onThe Flash for long but together with Williamson they are a team worthy of a long, long run.

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9.0
Generation Zero #1

Aug 31, 2016

THE VERDICTGeneration Zero #1 may be geared towards teenagers, but it should easily please any comic reader. Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela have each helped make Valiant a success over the last couple of years. Both continue to show just how integral they are with this 1st issue. While the book could do with shedding more light on its title character's, saving their reveal for the final pages is an interesting choice that should keep readers invested in the coming story. Valiant is making some progressive comics by featuring unique protagonists not often seen in mainstream art. In a growing market, this once-dead publisher continues to distinguish itself thanks to the ideas and talents of artists like Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #32

Nov 8, 2017

Robert Venditti has proven his worth over and over to DC. His incredible success forValiant Comicsmade him the successor to Geoff Johns' incredible and lengthyGreen Lanternrun. Despite having to follow-up one of the most successful comic runs in the history of the medium Venditti has created memorable and exciting stories. He hasn't been afraid to shake-up the status quo or to alter some of the stories Johns told. He's helped to makeGreen Lanterna different world with the same tone. Despite the fact thatthis issue is just a tie-in, it's another success thanks to the team who brought it to vibrant life.

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10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #42

Apr 11, 2018

It shouldn't look this easy. Making new Green Lantern Corps stories should be hard for any team, even if they are some of the best in the business. But Venditti and Sciver don't just make it look easy, they make it look fun and entertaining. The stories perfectly fit the characters and settings; villains perfectly mirror the heroes they challenge. It's the kind of dance that has made Hal Jordan's space adventures some of the most exciting stories in comics.

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8.0
Hawkman (2018) #1

Jun 13, 2018

If you're a fan of Indiana Jones in any way shape or form, buy this comic for the references alone. They are obvious, like every other time Indiana Jones is referenced in media history. But the true unique nature comes in funneling those awesome references through the idea of Hawkman. A superhero that has gone underutilized for years, but only recently given new life. Well, that life deserves much more exploration thanks to the writing of Robert Venditti and the Art of Bryan Hitch.

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7.0
James Bond (2017) #1

Feb 22, 2017

James Bond needs no introduction, and is almost without one here in his debut #1 issue. His wit and allure is unmistakable but without an explosive entrance we have a quiet beginning in James Bond #1 that pales in comparison to the many satires and tributes paid to the character in modern fiction. It's clear Percy's intention is to bring the character back to his roots, a task perfectly suited for artist Rapha Lobosco. He keeps away from the often distracting and perplexing visuals that sometimes hamper the modern iteration of the character for want of a classical approach that wonderfully resembles the From Russia With Love days of old. It may not grab the reader as well as the classics it seeks to emulate, but it shows enough promise to warrant a return for the sequel.

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10
Justice League (2018) #1

Jun 6, 2018

The writer had us fooled all along. Batman will always be his formative work at DC Comics, but the first pages of Justice League feel like something else. Like the kind of story and feeling you never want to end. The kind of series you'll be asking to return to years later. It's only just the beginning, but unfortunately we're already one step closer to the end of what is clearly going to be an incredible comic series. Justice League #1 doesn't take the team anywhere new, it takes them right where they belong.

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10
Justice League (2018) #2

Jun 21, 2018

Justice League #2somehow builds on the incredible momentum of the first issue and goes even further. This is one of the most promising titles released by a Top 2 Publisher in years. Start reading!

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7.0
Justice League of America (2015) #9

Sep 4, 2016

While certain artwork and scenes leave much to be desired, Bryan Hitch's Justice League of America #9 features enough rich and exciting character work to bring a dwindling audience back for more.

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8.0
Justice League: No Justice #1

May 9, 2018

While the teams are exciting and new, those are the only aspects of the comic that are.Justice League: No Justice may not innovate, but it promises a return to classic storytelling. Throwing an overcrowded version of the world's greatest superheroes teams may or may not fix the Source Wall, but it makes for a great read.

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9.5
Justice League: No Justice #2

May 17, 2018

Though the world hangs in the balance, it's not one of imminent evil or dread. It's one that simply forces these heroes and villains to get together in a pretty damn entertaining way. Snyder and Manapul are superstars. The hits just keep on coming.

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6.5
Justice League: No Justice #3

May 23, 2018

The weekly series suffers from an issue that has plagued many others. While Francis Manapul drew the first issue, this one falls to the talents of Riley Rossmo and Marcus To. The former's creative touch does not mesh well with that of Manapul or To's. An issue that hampersJustice League: No Justice #3greatly. It doesn't slow down the momentum of Snyder'sJustice League,but it hurts an otherwise entertaining story.

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7.5
Justice League: Rebirth #1

Jul 6, 2016

The pages of Justice League have always been about action and teamwork, and that's where this Justice League: Rebirth #1 excels. Bryan Hitch shows he knows the team and how to use them in both visual and narrative fashions. Unfortunately, as the issue focuses on Superman it pushes all other members into the background. His last minute rescue instills little confidence in a team without him. As Rao, the kryptonian God, was the villain of Hitch's last story it makes one wonder if all JL stories will have an emphasis on Superman. If so, the Justice League should be thankful. Without him they were lost.

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8.5
Kingsman: The Red Diamond #1

Sep 12, 2017

Dave Gibbons work is missed, but Simon Fraser and Gary Caldwell bring London to lively life. The damp streets of England's capital may not be thoroughly detailed, but they work quite well for Williams' humor. With an intriguing villain and a good deal of characterization, Williams and company give Eggsy another great adventure for us to enjoy.

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9.0
Man of Steel (2018) #1

May 30, 2018

But every one of those pages is alluring with a classic touch, thanks to the consistently detailed work of Ivan Reis. One of DC's most prominent veterans joins this brand new writer on his brand new beginning.Man of Steel #1ends far too quickly. Thankfully, it's only just the beginning.

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8.5
Man of Steel (2018) #5

Jun 27, 2018

The sad truth is that readers still won't learn anything new about Rogol Zaal. His hatred for all things Kryptonian, and apparently anything in contact with them, is enough to warrant their demise by his hands. It makes for an exciting blockbuster of a comic. Every artist brings their own spin onto Bendis's words, especially Adam Hughes. His unique style bridges the world of dream and comic with an amazingly original look. Every panel captures a sense and wonder that comes just as clearly in the writing. The story does need to move forward, but if it looks and reads likeMan of Steel #5,let the Bendis Superman stories continue.

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7.5
Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1

Feb 28, 2018

Dan Abnett clearly knows and loves the character, he just needs to give her more to do. Anyone who knows Mera knows she lovesandneeds a good fight. HopefullyMera: Queen of Atlantisgives her one.

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9.5
Midnighter And Apollo #1

Oct 6, 2016

Midnighter didn't quite make a mark until his appearances in the pages of Tom King and Tim Seeley's Grayson series. There, a witty and hilarious brute showed the former Nightwing just what his computer-enhanced brain could do. Serving as more of an anti-hero, he quickly became a fan favorite in need of his own series. Enter Steve Orlando, an excellent writer who managed to turn that small amount of momentum into an incredibly progressive and fun comic series. In Midnighter and Apollo #1 he continues the fun with a touch of romance. As the superhero couples' relationship progresses, their faced with a wide plethora of issues to deal with. While some story elements are romantic cliches, the rest make for one hell of an issue. Fernando Blanco also nails the intense action while creating some beautiful scene work. With a team like this behind the curtain, Midnighter and Apollo are in for the adventure of their lifetimes.

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9.5
Mister Miracle #1

Aug 9, 2017

Instead, Mister Miracle #1 greets us with a depressed narcissist hellbent on the next thrill or his own destruction. As duty calls, the uncharacteristically unsure hero questions his own powers for the first time. Since his attempted suicide something has seemed wrong. Off. Perhaps telling us that the escape artist may not have come out of this completely unscathed. Already King is deconstructing what it means to be this man of miracles, born of two worlds and son to both god and devil. A tale that will define Mister Miracle, thisScott Free, for generations to come.

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9.5
Mister Miracle #2

Sep 12, 2017

Within 4 years Tom King has epitomized success in the comic world. From co-writing with Tim Seeley, another industry best, to writing comic's biggest character; his success is admirable. Thankfully, this allows him to write what he wants when he wants. Omega Men wasn't a financial success but it was an amazing glance at a little-seen part of the DC Universe. Mister Miracle #2 is no different.

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10
Mister Miracle #5

Dec 13, 2017

Tom Kings and Mitch Gerads are no strangers to creating amazing comics series. This isn't their first; it won't be their last. That's because they understand the needs of both the story and the reader. The level of care that goes into every issue is astounding but not surprising. Because it comes from two of comics' best creators. Who together have managed to create a… miracle.

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9.5
New Challengers (2018) #1

May 17, 2018

Scott Snyder and Aaron Gillespie have crafted a wonderfully fun adventure for readers.

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9.5
Nightwing (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

With a new look and a new status quo, Nightwing #1 soars into comic stands in another fantastic Rebirth debut. Though hampered by odd facial expressions, much like the previous issue, the success here is driven by a light-hearted tone and exciting storytelling. As a revamped suit and former title are brought to the forefront, so are the new yet recognizable "big bads". The introduction of Raptor in this issue serves to heighten the tension while increasing the excitement for the stories yet to come. Thankfully, there are still several layers to peel in this new Parliament of Owls. While many hoped the Grayson series had continued, it's good to see another old friend in Nightwing. Thanks to Rebirth, Tim Seeley is utilizing every aspect of Dick Grayson's past to move him into the future.

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9.5
Nightwing: Rebirth #1

Jul 14, 2016

Nightwing: Rebirth #1 is a success in almost every way. The witty and touching script by Tim Seeley is rightfully coupled with Yanick Paquette's bold pages, even if the acrobatics don't look as fluid as Eddy Barrow's work in the New 52. There's an inherent difficulty in writing a character as pure as Nightwing/Dick Grayson. He's Batman without the baggage, remaining an optimist without the inner-conflict that drives most costumed heroes. How, then, do you make Dick Grayson compelling to readers? The pages of this comic are filled with the answers. By giving him a colorful cast of friends that are equally as charming. By having him leap fearlessly from rooftops with the ease of a Flying Grayson. By making him the kindhearted, comical hero he's always been.

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9.0
Plastic Man (2018) #1

Jun 13, 2018

Plastic Man #1 doesn't want to trouble you with convoluted plots or complex character arcs. This is a funny and comedic book that looks into the playable life of Eel O'Brien, the man who became Plastic Man.

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9.0
Ragman #1

Oct 11, 2017

The first issue hits the ground running, introducing the characters to each other as quickly as they're introduced to the audience. A little jarring at times, but does little to get in the way of the excitement there is to be had. Fawkes and crew may only have 6 issues but the story is off to an adventurous start.

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9.5
Sideways #2

Mar 14, 2018

Writers Dan DiDio and Justin Jordan give Kenneth Rocafort a great story to illustrate. A funny and action-packed introduction for an intriguing new hero in DC's already-packed line-up. WhileSidewaysmight night become DC'sSpider-Man,he just might become a great superhero.

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5.5
Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1

Aug 6, 2016

Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1 may serve as an adequate introduction, but ultimately falls short of a new beginning.

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8.5
Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Aug 18, 2016

Coming off of DCYou's incredibly successfully Midnighter, all eyes were looking to Steve Orlando to bring Supergirl the Rebirth she sorely needed. Luckily, he does just that. He uses the depths of DC history as a palette with which to paint Kara's new story. Unfortunately, the pages of Supergirl: Rebirth #1 are overcrowded with supporting characters and plot points that could have used some breathing room. And while the art truly shines, it does little to make those supporting characters memorable. But to Orlando, Kara is the star of the show. Her optimism and strength are the real success of this debut. Steve Orlando clearly knows how to write Supergirl and is quickly looking to create a vivid and unique world around her. Though this issue may take too many steps in that regard, they are all in the right direction.

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10
Superman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

Considering Tomasi's relationship with Morrison it's no surprise he has a distinct talent for the Fatherly dynamic. Jon Kent's emergence is just one shining moment in Superman #2 that still has Superman at the forefront. He does everything he can to sacrifice of himself, while saving every living thing in this issue. It reminds us we're back to the boy scout in the not-so-red-shorts. In Superman: Rebirth #1 our current Kent-in-residence builds a monument to the deceased Superman of the New 52. That monument isn't visible in this issue, a testament to the creative team's desire to move on. Hopefully the character's sacrifice isn't lost on the Kent family, or the readers. It took the death of a Superman to "fix" the New 52, but if these are the caliber of stories we'll get because of it perhaps the loss was a necessary one.

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6.5
Superman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

Superman #3 had a lot to live up to. The previous issues were building a comic dynamic unlike any other in both breathtaking and captivating fashions. The family remains but the tension and heart seems to have lessened. With characters ignoring simple logic, and a plot that could have been no more than a few pages, this issue feels like a misstep. Relevant is the fact that it's the first issue without Gleason's art, though Jorge Jimenez's work here is just as strong as his success with Earth 2: Society. Superman and Lois seem stagnant compared to the growth of their son in these pages. Jon Kent has come to a critical moment but unfortunately he does so in a mediocre way.

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9.5
Superman (2016) #42

Mar 7, 2018

While it's unclear if the story ahead is going to be a comedy or a drama, it's clearly going to be another great story by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason.

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9.5
Superman (2016) #45

Apr 18, 2018

The finale issue of Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason's has some minor issues, but it will never take away from the brilliance of their work. Superman has a lot ahead of him,Action Comics #1000promises that things will not be easy for the Last Son of Krypton. But if he has Jon and Lois, a wonderful family brought to life by this fantastic team, he just might be okay.

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8.5
Superman (2018) #1

Jul 11, 2018

When Brian Michael Bendis first announced his move to DC, many expected he'd be shaking things up. Creating brand new characters, altering old ones, and shaping this new Universe to resemble some vision he has. IfSuperman #1is any indication, the only vision Bendis has for Superman is wonderful and creative storytelling. The two seem to go together like two peas in a pod. The exciting and bewitching pages ofSuperman #1mark the successful beginning of a beautiful friendship between a comic writing legend and comic's greatest hero.

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9.5
Teen Titans (2016) #1

Oct 29, 2016

Clearly the Teen Titans were in need of more than a revamp. They were in need of blood both old and new. Luckily, they have a new leader brought to them by one of comics' most notable writers. Arguably the best new comic character of the 21st century, Damian Wayne is in a perfect position to head this new, old team and become the Robin he was born to be.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2016): Special #1

Jun 27, 2018

It's time for the full Teen Titans team to get together again, but Teen Titans Special #1 was a fun and entertaining break for the characters.

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10
Teen Titans: Rebirth #1

Sep 28, 2016

With time spent focusing on every one of our heroes, this first installment serves as a youthful and energetic introduction to a brand new team. Keeping new leader, Damian Wayne, in the background allowed each member a chance to show who they are in just a few pages. A patient and intelligent way to start something fresh. With lively art by Jonboy Meyers accompanying Ben Percy's energetic script, DC have clearly found the best talents to take the Teen Titans into the next generation.

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9.0
The Bounty #1

Jul 5, 2016

While not the most unique comic around, Bounty #1 is a refreshing and lighthearted entry into Dark Horse's normally dark repertoire. With titles like "Rat Queens "and "Peter Panzerfaust "under his belt it's no surprise Kurtis Wiebe can produce this caliber of material and make it seem easy. While most comics in today's market are looking to brood and contemplate, it's great to see one simply interested in fun, comedy and a pinch of excitement. The creative team work well to put together a wonderfully paced romp. It leaves us looking to the next page hoping for a glimpse at issue #2.

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10
The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #1

Feb 21, 2018

That's how Liam Sharp depicts his heroes in the first pages of what will be an amazing story. One that will show Batman, Wonder Woman, and many DC fans what kind of magic he can create.

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10
The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #2

Mar 21, 2018

Pairing Batman and Wonder Woman together isn't original; neither is the ancient folklore Sharp is using to tell his story. What is new is his approach. There's no learning curve for Diana and Bruceorthe reader as they figure out this new world and how it relates to their favorite heroes. This could end up being one of the most difficult cases Diana and Bruce have ever had to work on. Readers can only hope that Sharp has more and more such stories up his sleeve.

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9.5
The Curse of Brimstone #1

Apr 5, 2018

The key ingredient to the story ofBrimstoneis fire. It's horrible and somehow beautiful. It's beautifully drawn by the hands of Philip Tan, and it could be beautiful for the town of York Hills when used by the story's main character Joe Chamberlain. Time will tell if his new powers will be either a curse or a blessing to the town of York Hills, but thanks to Justin Jordan and Philip Tan it will be a pleasure to read.

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9.5
The Immortal Men #1

Apr 11, 2018

That's not exactly a new story, and it isn't explained as much as the reader would like. But this is hopefully just the first of many such adventures that Caden Park will have with The Immortal Men, a great new comic from some of comic's greatest.

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9.5
The Immortal Men #2

May 9, 2018

Unfortunately, legend Jim Lee did not return for the art on this issue. Hopefully that changes by the next, but Ryan Benjamin did a great job of channeling his style. It may not feature as much detail as Lee puts into his careful lines, but the action is just as exciting. He takes advantage of the colorful characters Tynion gives him to help makeThe Immortal Men #2even better than the previous issue. With how great it's going so far, hopefully Caden Park's journey is just getting started.

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7.5
The Lost Boys #1

Oct 15, 2016

Tim Seeley is yet another DC success story. So it's no surprise he's trusted with updating a story that fans have thought long dead. For the most part Seeley succeeds. His particular sense of both humor and horror prove to be a good blend for this contemporary adaptation of the 80's cult-classic. Unfortunately, The Lost Boys #1 story leaves few clues to get new readers up to speed. Nothing short of watching the original film will do to give context to the comic. While most readers will already be fans it's unfortunate to see so little attention given to those who might be taking a chance on a new story.

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10
The Shadow/Batman #1

Sep 27, 2017

It can often be difficult to interpret scripts with such varying tones. Balancing the sometimes slapstick humor with a deft hand and delicate details. The two titular heroes are a brooding bunch, but this team knows just how to delight. Together, Orlando and Timpano make a campy concept into a captivating read.

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9.5
The Terrifics #1

Feb 28, 2018

Metamorpho is a catalyst, Mr. Terrific is a leader, Plastic Man is a liability and tool, and Phantom Girl…just kind of shows up. But that's fine. The point of a comic is to give you a different world to explore for the brief few moments that you span its pages. Jeff Lemire knows this. Everyone of his stories includes acts of heroism, strangely unique stories, and plenty of humor. Because he knows that readers don't want to worry while reading a comic. They want to explore the Universe with their favorite characters. That's allThe Terrifics #1is interested in. A good time. The creative team clearly had a good time creating it, and readers will have a great time reading it.

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9.0
The Terrifics #2

Mar 28, 2018

Mr. Terrific isn't always the most likable hero. He thinks he's smarter than everyone else, and he's probably right. But throw a couple of dopes and a weird girl at him, and he's suddenly a more intriguing character. The meaning ofThe Terrifics #2and the previous issuestill a mystery. But Ivan Reis and Jeff Lemire's promise of adventure is more than worth price of the next issue.

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4.0
The Terrifics #3

Dec 31, 1969

Nevertheless, there is still fun to be found in these pages. Thanks to great art and a funny script,The Terrificsstill deserve to be a team and a series. But it's time to get to the point, already.

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6.5
The Unexpected (2018) #1

Jun 6, 2018

The two artists use every inch and panel of The Unexpected #1 to create a beautiful new world. One that takes advantage of the fantastical story that Orlando has displayed. Though the tone and narrative may seem familiar, the designs and colors won't. Hopefully, this art team can remain intact. Maintaining an art team has become one of the more difficult tasks of any book these days. But as the art is the most charming part of The Unexpected #1, it's more vital to keep the team together. Orlando has plenty of interesting elements to get this story headed in the right direction. The Unexpectedjust needs to find its own voice to prove its worth.

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7.0
Titans (2016) #1

Jul 31, 2016

Dan Abnett's Titans #1 marks a return for many elements of the DC Universe. From the returning hero, to returning villain, to a returning comedy style this issue sets itself solely in the past for better or worse. Wally West is rightfully at the forefront here, once again charming and wisecracking his way into the superhero community. Though it's a warm welcome many other classic comic tropes featured in the comic make it feel antiquated. The humor especially falls into the hit or miss category. The art by Brett Booth also struggles to captivate at times, but succeeds at both action and character. The Titans may not be in top form but it's a pleasure to see them together again.

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10
Trinity (2016) #1

Sep 21, 2016

With Trinity #1, Francis Manapul gives us an in-depth look into the emotions and kinship of DC's greatest heroes.

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10
Trinity (2016) #2

Oct 19, 2016

Loving a comic book is easy when it's truly special. The kind of story that stands out on the shelves; the kind of art that pops right out at you. That's what brings the audience in. Francis Manapul has had a storied career with DC for the last few years. Some of his titles may not have the same impact as others, but his creations are always of an incredibly high quality. It's no surprise Trinity #2 continues his hot streak. The work he puts into both words and art shows how much he cares for these characters. Here is a superhero story unlike any other being told right now. One that just so happens to look stunning without having any major fights. Instead, it's a simple story set on a farm in Kansas.

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9.0
Trinity (2016) #19

Mar 14, 2018

The pages look wonderful thanks to the work of artist Jack Herbert and Gabe Eltaeb. Somehow bridging the worlds of barbarians and wizards with Batman and Superman. And managing to make it look fantastic. While some of the figures and faces look a little off, it doesn't hurt the fun.Trinity #19is another fun story in the never-ending tales of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman.

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9.0
X-O Manowar #47

Jul 2, 2016

While not a game changing story to end on, X-O Manowar #47 is another great entry into Venditti's long run on X-O Manowar. The art manages to engage and captivate on every page even if it isn't quite as impressive as the Cary Nord days of old. Each issue shows that a lot of love and care has been put into this revival of Valiant's literally ancient hero. One wonders if characters such as Shadowman, Eternal Warrior, or even Ninjak have the name and weight to compensate for our favorite Visigoth's eventual absence. Hopefully, the absence will be a short "one.

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5.0
X-O Manowar #49

Sep 6, 2016

With cameos by series guest-stars the Armorines and Commander Trill, Venditti is connecting all of the loose strings to tie the end of his tale. It's nice to see it all come together, but without an interesting hook to engage you the issue fails to serve as the beginning of a proper sendoff. Though the worlds of Earth and Vine are at stake, this arc serves as little more than a final set piece for the lengthy run.

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5.0
X-O Manowar (2017) #1

Mar 21, 2017

THE VERDICTX-O Manowar #1 had a lot to live up to. The previous iteration of the title managed to save publisher Valiant Comics, and spawned an entire universe behind it. While it does feature some beautiful art, this "reboot" doesn't pack the same punch as its predecessor. Writer Matt Kindt has done away with so much of what made Aric of Dacia a compelling character, setting him far and away from the Earthly home to which he had finally been returned. Instead he's become grizzled and angry, an unfortunately common trait among superheroes. His land and home in the United States was one of the more interesting aspects of this side of the Valiant universe and it's a shame that dynamic is gone. Though the Manowar armor may be more at home among alien species on exotic alien planets, it's owner was at his best when he was a King among men on the planet he called home.

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