Deejay Dayton's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Book Bin Reviews: 425
8.7Avg. Review Rating

9.5
Action Comics (2016) #965

Oct 14, 2016

Perhaps because Thibert is doing the inks, this really looks like a jump back to the pre-Flashpoint Superman as well. For a story in which there is little dynamic action, there is plenty of variety and creativity in the art.

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10
Adventures of the Super Sons #1

Aug 17, 2018

Its funny and frenetic, and exactly what I want from the Super Sons.

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10
Adventures of the Super Sons #2

Sep 8, 2018

If you want crazy, silly fun, with sharp and witty dialogue, unexpected twists and pure joy permeating each page, then pick this book up.

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9.5
Adventures of the Super Sons #3

Oct 6, 2018

Solidly entertaining, once again. Nothing less than I have come to expect from the Super Sons.

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8.5
Adventures of the Super Sons #4

Nov 14, 2018

Tomasi and Barberi have really hit their stride on this book. I really hope that, once the miniseries is over, the Super Sons return in an ongoing monthly. This is far too much fun to end.

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5.0
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 11, 2016

Nor am I left, at the end, hoping this will pick up with later issues. As I said at the start, I didnt really care for Snyders run on Batman, and this feels like it will be more of the same.

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8.0
All-Star Batman #3

Oct 16, 2016

Some very nice art on this as well. I liked Romitas work on this from the get go, and he displays a firm hand with scenes both human and super-human, as well as the wild tech required by the story.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #6

Sep 8, 2016

I also want to mention Blackjack, another member of N.E.M.O., the woman who recruited Black Manta in the first place. While not much is done with her in this particular story, I am very glad to see the use of an Aquaman villain named Blackjack. For those who have been following my history of all the DC series, Blackjack will be familiar as the first recurring villain that Aquaman faced, way back during his run in More Fun Comics, and continuing to be a constant problem for the hero throughout his first decade of stories. Blackjack had faded into obscurity long ago, and I am glad to see this character, or at least the characters name, resurrected. Or should I say, given a rebirth.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #7

Sep 26, 2016

Top marks got to Scot Eaton for the art on this story. I always love the detail of his work, and there is a panoramic view of Atlantis from the royal palace that is breathtaking in its beauty.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #7

Sep 24, 2016

Batman summons his crew, Batwoman, Nightwing, Orphan, Spoiler and Clayface, and gives each specific duties, while he faces off for some really well drawn action against the monster. Though the other heroes get small roles, they are tidily and effectively characterized, and I am consistently enjoying watching Clayface using his powers for good, and challenging their limits.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #10

Nov 13, 2016

Mikel Janin does a very good job with the art. Santa Prisca looks as deadly from the water as it does from inside the prison, and Batmans physical exertions are so well drawn you can feel his muscles tighten.

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10
Batman (2016) #21

Apr 19, 2017

Overall, I have been very impressed with how Rebirth has been playing out. It seems that DC really thought about what they were trying to do, quite the opposite of how the New 52 came off. I have faith in the company again, which I was losing a few years back.

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10
Batman (2016) #22

May 4, 2017

More questions to answer for this storyline, but it feels so masterfully handled that I am not fearing a let down when it concludes.

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10
Batman (2016) #23

May 17, 2017

I enjoyed this comic so much that I am hesitant to say too much and spoil things. There is a truly stomach churning death scene that worked perfectly. And Alfreds actions while Swamp Thing is having tea were another one of the pleasant bright spots in the tale.

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10
Batman (2016) #45

Apr 18, 2018

While this issue might very well have concluded once the mystery was solved, King spins things into an even wilder direction, and I cannot even begin to guess how this story arc is going to resolve. But I do know I am going to enjoy the ride.

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10
Batman (2016) #47

May 22, 2018

Every so often a team takes on Batman, and finds a new way to view the character, new things to do with him. Thats far from an easy task, more than 50 years after the character was created, and with so many talented writers and artists having applied their skills to his adventures. But with each issue of this run, Tom King is showing himself to have achieved a new pinnacle with the dark knight.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #49

Jun 27, 2018

Mister Miracle also tends to be a very dialogue heavy book, in relation to the action, but at least Miracle and the others move from spot to spot, or the action cuts between them. Even in Kings run on Batman there has been a significant use of flashbacks to show action. But he does like to script like a playwright, and delve into conversation. I have defended this before, but for once, I have to take the other side of the argument.

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10
Batman (2016) #50

Jul 4, 2018

Bravo to all involved. You executed an issue beyond my wildest expectations.

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8.5
Batman (2016): Secret Files #1

Nov 2, 2018

Its not like one is going to learn any new secrets about Batman from these files, but they do make for a decent read.

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5.0
Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1

Oct 7, 2017

But seriously, there are far better ways to spend your money than to give it to a racist, homophobic asshole. Yes, Van Scriver is very talented. Sure, it is probably wrong to dismiss a persons artistic work because of their beliefs. But with the US going whole hog into Nazism, even to the degree of supporting the death penalty for gays, and encouraging religious fanatics to discriminate against them, the time has come for everyone to stand up against these people. Van Scriver gets work because of his talent, I understand that. He has just been tapped to do the illustrations for a book by Jordan Peterson, the University of Toronto professor who promotes hatred against trans people, and speaks at Neo-Nazi rallies. But if enough people boycott Van Scriver and his work, perhaps DC will shed the bigot from their roster.

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9.5
Black Racer & Shilo Norman Special #1

Aug 30, 2017

There are also three Kirby reprints, all installments of the Young Gods of Supertown feature that ran in New Gods. Two of the stories feature Fastbak, and one centres on Vykin, of the Forever People.

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10
Bloodlines #6

Sep 7, 2016

While I was more than content when the original Bloodlines crossover series ended, the conclusion of the miniseries simply left me wanting more. Fortunately, the end does have a group of the new heroes heading to Metropolis, hoping to get help before they also fall under the control of the parasites inhabiting them. I hope it doesnt take another 23 years to follow it up this time.

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9.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #4

Dec 28, 2016

I also love the way Dr. Fate is being used in this book, and the way Kolins illustrates the character. Is this the same Dr. Fate that so recently had his own book? I am not certain at all about that. He both looks and acts differently. More like the classic Dr. Fate of Earth-2. Is this another hint that the classic JSA will be returning?

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8.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #6

Feb 22, 2017

Perhaps this storyline could be moving a little more quickly, but its not like the tale is dragging at all. The time gets spent on the emotional states of Jaime and his supporting cast, which functions well to raise the stakes and make the events of the story hold more weight.

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8.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #7

Mar 22, 2017

I also really enjoy Kolins art on this issue. The fight between Dr. Fate and Blue Beetle looks great, but the scenes dealing with everyday people in normal locations are also visually quite strong.

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9.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #8

Apr 26, 2017

Giffen and Kolins (with J.M. DeMatteis added in for good measure) deliver such a wild mix of comedy and action, and utilize a wide ranging cast of DC characters, its hard not to love it.

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8.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #9

May 25, 2017

There is an awful lot to enjoy in this book. Giffen, DeMatteis and Kolins have spun this first story arc into some magnificently designed chaos. Its such a shame to mar that with such a cheap rip-off laugh.

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8.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #10

Jun 29, 2017

The conclusion of the issue is quite effective. Im sure it will be a very minor spoiler to reveal that the villain gets defeated. One can almost always be certain of that happening, eventually. What makes this ending work well is that this does not prove to be a pure victory. The characters, particularly Jaime, are really in a much worse condition than they were before the triumph. It definitely makes one need to keep on going to the next issue.

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9.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #12

Aug 25, 2017

And while it remains a super hero book, the stories always remain nicely grounded in the everyday life of a teenage hero. There is just enough pathos for characters to remain sympathetic. Its actually quite the achievement to balance the humour, realism and touching moments.

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8.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #13

Oct 2, 2017

So whither Blue Beetle now? DC seems determined to give this guy a book, and all but guaranteed a readership of this latest run with the guest star packed stories thus far. I really wouldnt mind a bit of a break from that, and just spend some time with Jamie and Ted Kord and the supporting cast.

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7.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #14

Jan 4, 2018

Its hard to really gauge where Sebela will take the book from this issue. Its good, but not great. His skill with the interactions of the main characters is enough to make me keep going for another issue, though, which is really all that matters.

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7.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #15

Jan 14, 2018

So I am hoping to be giving this book a positive review again in the future, and have not give up hope on that being possible.

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8.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #16

Jan 20, 2018

True, Giffens banter is sadly missing from this issue, but on the whole Sebela is doing a creditable job carrying on with the book. But one really cannot ignore how much Kolins is bringing to the series.

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7.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #17

Jan 24, 2018

So yeah, there are some good things here, and it looks great. But I am not overwhelmed by Christopher Sebelas tales thus far. True, he has just started scripting this book, but I am missing Giffen. And I dont think that is likely to change.

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8.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #18

Mar 4, 2018

I cant say that I am either surprised or dismayed at Blue Beetles cancellation. But I will miss Kolins art.

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9.0
Books of Magic (2018) #1

Oct 25, 2018

Aside from that one point, this is an enjoyable re-launch for the character.

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10
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #1

May 12, 2017

Perhaps this comic is not quite for everyone. Perhaps if you take no joy in life, you will not be able to revel in the wonderful madness and dive on in through the obscure characters. If so, I pity you.

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10
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #2

Jun 16, 2017

So dont waste any more time reading this review. Just go out and buy the book. Your life will be better for it. Or at least, more entertaining.

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10
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #3

Jul 14, 2017

This book is about the character of Forager, yes. But far more than that, this book is about the joy one can have in reading comics. It finds humour in old, serious stories but not in a mocking way. Rather, Bug " The Adventures of Forager is about the delight that one can have swimming around in the wonderful worlds of Jack Kirby.

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10
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #4

Sep 22, 2017

I have decided there is one really horrible, sad, soul killing aspect to this series, though. Its only a miniseries. Whatever will I do when it ends? My life will feel empty.

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10
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #5

Jan 14, 2018

This is another perfect issue, as fulfilling as it is possible to be. And as a sucker for the use of board game layouts in comics, the final page had me squealing in delight.

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10
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #6

Jan 20, 2018

Just buy it. Yes, it will mean more if you are well grounded in Kirbys DC work, but you really ought to be. If you arent, then buy this and read it and THEN go dig out everything that gets referred to. Its really a win-win situation.

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8.0
Catwoman: Election Night #1

Nov 2, 2016

So while I cannot recommend this book for what it claims to be, I would say its a must read for any of those crushed by the cancellation of Prez.

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8.5
Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1

Oct 20, 2018

And an honourable mention goes to the Zatanna tale, for the delightful Halloween decorations in the margins of the page, by Mark Buckingham.

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8.0
Dark Nights: Metal #6

Apr 5, 2018

While it would be very easy to dismiss the miniseries, the simple fact that I was so excited by the finale means that, despite itself, this was a success. The purpose of it was to spark interest in upcoming books and stories, and it sure did that.

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8.5
Darkseid Special #1

Sep 1, 2017

There are two Kirby reprints. The first is a Young Gods of Supertown story from New Gods, which features Big Bear and Serifan, from the Forever People. The other is a fun science fiction story from Tales of the Unexpected.

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9.5
DC Nation (2018) #0

May 5, 2018

While it is true that only the Batman story reads well on its own, DC Nation is definitely more than just an ad for things coming up. And geez, its free, so its not like you are losing anything by reading it.

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9.5
DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1

Dec 23, 2016

Now, I said that was the final story in the issue, and thats true, but I did save the best for last. The Harley Quinn framing sequence, of a huge party for the various DC characters, is funny and wild, very creative, and is what puts this volume over the top as a truly great Christmas special. Written by Paul Dini, with art by Elsa Charetier, my favourite moments include Black Canary and Zatannas performance of the Twelve Days of Christmas, Flash and his villains carolling around the piano, and Menor-antlers.

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8.5
DC Universe Holiday Special: 2017 #1

Jan 16, 2018

The issues closes out with a great reprint, the Neal Adams Batman story that sees him spend Christmas singing carols with the Gotham police.

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10
DC/Looney Tunes: Batman/Elmer Fudd #1

Jun 29, 2017

Rather than stick a bunch of anthropomorphic animals into the story, Weeks evokes them while giving them human form. The Bugs Bunny character in the first tale has the head shape of the rascally rabbit, and his teeth, but is undeniably human. This is a big risk. If it didnt work, it would have felt awful. But each of the Looney Tunes characters who show up in the first part are easily recognizable, despite not looking anything like they do in the cartoons. Such re-imagining is a hallmark of a talented artist.

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9.5
DC/Looney Tunes: Legion of Super Heroes/Bugs Bunny #1

Jun 15, 2017

Ive been missing the Legion since they lost their own book during the New 52. A new series seems in the offing, from developments in Rebirth. Until that comes into being, this special has satisfied my cravings.

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10
DC/Looney Tunes: Lex Luthor/Porky Pig #1

Aug 29, 2018

Out of all the DC/Looney Tunes specials that were released this week, I would say the Catwoman/Sylvester and Tweety one is the best, but the Lex Luthor/Porky Pig special runs a very close second, and the lead story is the one that really stayed with me after I read it.

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9.0
DC/Looney Tunes: The Joker/Daffy Duck #1

Aug 29, 2018

This isnt the best of the Looney Tunes/DC books this week, but its certainly worth a look.

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9.5
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #1

Oct 5, 2016

The art is beautifully rendered, both on the people and on the location. The house in a well done gothic is essentially a character unto itself, and Lan Medina imbues the edifice with life and menace.

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9.0
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #2

Dec 11, 2016

All the plots and high emotions reach their climax as this issue comes to a close, and there are some very effective pages where the art goes wild. Im really looking forward to how this all plays out in the finale.

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9.5
Deadman: Dark Mansion of Forbidden Love #3

Feb 10, 2017

While I am not sure that there is any need to revisit the characters from this story, I certainly would not be averse to reading another Deadman miniseries like this. And of course, it would HAVE to be titled Sinister House of Secret Love.

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8.5
Death of Hawkman #1

Oct 5, 2016

So I guess my advice is to rip the cover off, burn it, and pretend it never existed. Then youll enjoy Adam Strange #1 far more.

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9.0
Death of Hawkman #2

Nov 2, 2016

And though I do prefer the Adam Strange parts to the Hawkman parts, overall this was a satisfying read.

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8.5
Death of Hawkman #3

Dec 10, 2016

An excellent chapter all around, this also features a really funny encounter between a naked Katar Hol and Adam Strange. The art remains firmly family friendly, but Adams observation about where the hair grows on Hawkmans body gives the reader a definite mental image to fill in the blanks.

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9.5
Death of Hawkman #6

Mar 1, 2017

The series reaches a fulfilling conclusion, but it also leaves a big door open for the story to continue in another book. I certainly hope it does. I always enjoy Marc Andreykos storytelling, and would eagerly follow a continuation of this tale.

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7.0
Deathstroke (2016) #5

Nov 4, 2016

The big reveal at the end is not much of one, not for anyone who has been reading this character over the years. But then, I can hardly criticize the story for being true to the character.

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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) Annual #1

Feb 1, 2018

Denys Cowan does some excellent art on this, which really helped carry me through the parts of the book I found a bit less engaging, in terms of story.

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9.5
Doctor Fate #16

Sep 21, 2016

Sadly, I have been, more or less, waiting for this to get cancelled for a while. The series that I really enjoy never seem to make it. And Dr. Fate has only two more issues to run. I hope he gets Rebirth-ed.

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10
Doctor Fate #18

Nov 20, 2016

Wow after wow after wow. McCarthy gets to go psychedelic and cosmic, and it's all so lush to look at. Every single page in this issue could just pull you in to its dreamworld.

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10
Doom Patrol (2016) #1

Sep 14, 2016

Ways storytelling is excellent, and I found the tale at all times odd and entertaining. High marks also go to the artist, Nick Derrington, who creates a solidly real world for the characters to exist in. One that serves to emphasize the more unusual elements of the series.

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10
Doom Patrol (2016) #2

Oct 13, 2016

Deringtons art does a lot to help make this work. His renderings of familiar characters are spot on, Robotman looks great, and he was so precise in the location Casey winds up in towards the end that I knew exactly where she was before the big reveal. At the same time, we get such wonderfully strange shots, like the cat licking up the fluid Robotmans brain is sitting in. And it all feels very casual and real, even when we are completely outside reality.

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10
Doom Patrol (2016) #3

Nov 16, 2016

And so would Keith Giffen, I think, from the Existential Crisis page, which sure looks like it features Blotto the Clown from the Uh Oh Squad, a character never before seen outside of Ambush Bug stories.

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10
Doom Patrol (2016) #4

Feb 10, 2017

Weird and wonderful. Fun and frantic. Everything one wants (or ought to want) from Doom Patrol.

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9.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #5

Mar 22, 2017

And for me, well, I can tell you that I am guaranteed to give a glowing review to any story that includes Flex Mentallo radiating the words Hero of the Beach. So I guess I am stuck having to rave about this book. I dont mind that at all.

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10
Doom Patrol (2016) #6

Apr 26, 2017

I also an really enjoying the slow development of Sam, Caseys partner in Danny the Ambulance. Sam more or less takes the role that Joshua Clay had in Morrisons run, the normal person thrust into the middle of the Doom Patrols insanity. His friendship with Casey started him down this path, but we have seen his relationship with his unusual son, and in this issue we meet his missing wife, one of Janes cult members.

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10
Doom Patrol (2016) #7

Jul 31, 2017

So many revivals of Doom Patrol have been well intentioned, but heavily flawed, attempts. Somehow, Gerard Way makes writing this book look easy as $#!+.

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9.5
Doom Patrol (2016) #8

Sep 8, 2017

Im really not sure where Way is going to be taking this plot. All I know is that bad $#!+ is on the way.

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10
Doom Patrol (2016) #9

Jan 14, 2018

Its difficult for me to imagine how this all would read to someone unfamiliar with the team, though I expect if they had any sense of fun they couldnt help but enjoy it. Still, for those who have been around, there are always great little gifts, like the t-shirt with Beast Boys image on it, in this one.

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10
Doom Patrol (2016) #10

Jan 25, 2018

If I had to pick out something that disappointed me in this issue it would be that Mr Nobody doesnt get as much play as I had expected he would. But that is such a minor quibble. Its not like I could find a single panel in this story that would have been better served with Mr Nobody.

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9.5
Doom Patrol (2016) #11

May 2, 2018

I truly hope that the collected editions of this series sell well enough to warrant a return. I need Doom Patrol in my life. We all do. Even Mr Nobody.

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6.5
Doom Patrol (2016) #12

Nov 2, 2018

I really hope that the remainder of the team pop up again, and this is not just some weird new version of the Doom Patrol. I have loved the group in most of their incarnations, but this is not what I want out of the title. Not at all.

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9.5
Earth 2: Society #16

Sep 14, 2016

The pay-off is excellent, reminiscent of the conclusion to one of DCs big crossover series from the 90s. And it sets up the final issue, an epilogue to the whole sad saga of Earth 2.

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9.0
Earth 2: Society #17

Oct 13, 2016

While I would be overjoyed to see them back, I will admit that this version has also gained a place in my fanboy heart.

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9.0
Earth 2: Society #18

Nov 16, 2016

I do not want to lose these characters. But I want the real JSA back as well. Dont let me down, DC, find a way to have both versions, in some fashion, in your reborn universe.

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9.0
Earth 2: Society #19

Dec 16, 2016

Despite that, its a good issue, well written, with very nice art. But as each issue of this apparently final storyline goes on, I wonder more and more what is meant to become of this world, and this comic, as Rebirth plays out.

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8.5
Earth 2: Society #20

Jan 15, 2017

I enjoyed every single page of this story. But at the same time, I found it lacking. Im ready for the grand finale. Bring it on!

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6.5
Earth 2: Society #21

Feb 11, 2017

Again, I dont really blame the creative team on the book for this. I have the feeling that they were working to the demands of the higher editorial staff, who wanted this book to last until the new Justice Society get introduced. And maybe that got stretched out a little longer than original expected.

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10
Electric Warriors #1

Nov 14, 2018

I really cannot rave about this first issue enough. Something old and something new, a shiny new toy in a well trod playground.

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6.0
Flash (2016) #1

Jun 22, 2016

Without giving the ending away, I will state that it makes me fairly certain that the next issue will be vastly more interesting than this one.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #4

Aug 11, 2016

There are a couple of good twists in the story, pertaining to Dr. Carver of S.T.A.R. Labs, and to the Flash himself. The final page is, once again, one that I cannot really talk about. But it uses a standard line from the strip in a strong and effective way.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #6

Sep 14, 2016

What is really shocking, and heart breaking, is the revelation of Godspeeds identity. I never do spoilers, and I am being careful not to reveal too much. But its a worthy revelation, one that Williamson spent time building up, so it pays off very effectively.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #7

Sep 29, 2016

Some new elements are explored with the speed force. Godspeed has some horrifying notions on how it can be used to extract information, while the Flash understands more about how it got spread among so many people in Central City, and how it is trying to pull itself back together.

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9.5
Flash (2016) #8

Oct 13, 2016

But I would have to say its Wally West who winds up running away with the issue. He finally gets a Kid Flash costume, and it looks great. We also learn a bit more about what motivates Wally. The first Wally West had idolized the Flash, and so was eager to jump into the sidekick role. This Wally has a different hero to emulate, though the end result is much the same.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #9

Oct 27, 2016

The tale closes with a wonderful tease. Spoiler worthy, so I wont say anything.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #10

Nov 13, 2016

And it is that question of hope that makes me think this is part of the bigger picture, part of Rebirth. The Shade has lost something, and I think part of what he lost was Jay Garrick. And after all, whose helmet was seen at the end of the previous issue? Is the return of the classic JSA imminent?

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9.5
Flash (2016) #11

Nov 23, 2016

It turns out that while the Shade really intended to live happily ever after with his new love, the thirst for the criminal life was too much for him to give up. The shadows that the Shade had controlled for so long began to take a life of their own, and took Hope away from him. The shadows also grab Iris West, and by the end of the issue Williamson has laid the groundwork for what looks to be an exciting battle in the following issue.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #12

Dec 14, 2016

Gianfelice does a very good job with the art on the story. I really like how he draws Kid Flash, and his shadow realm stuff is also very effective.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #13

Dec 29, 2016

Its been a strong first few months for the Flash rebirth, and the conclusion of this issue assures me that things are about to get even better.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #14

Jan 15, 2017

When the Rogues are around, you know that the reader is in for a lot of twists and surprises, and this story looks to fill that bill quite nicely.

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9.5
Flash (2016) #15

Feb 7, 2017

Fun and fast paced, and leaves you ready for the next issue.

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10
Flash (2016) #17

Feb 22, 2017

A number of other Flash villains have cameos as the story comes to a close in Iron Heights. The Rogues may be defeated, but the Flashs words to Captain Cold prove to have inspired a new direction for Len Snart.

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10
Flash (2016) #21

Apr 26, 2017

Im probably wrong. I almost always am on these kinds of mysteries. But thats my guess.

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9.5
Flash (2016) Annual #1

Feb 1, 2018

I feel fairly confident asserting that anyone who reads this annual will feel compelled to pick up the Flash War. How could anyone resist?

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #25

Jun 22, 2017

A complex, nuanced Green Arrow in a city that serves as a microcosm of Trumpland could prove to be a brilliant and effective springboard. I certainly hope the book lives up to this promise.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #26

Jul 7, 2017

The Flash and Green Arrow do find a balance and work together by the end of the issue, and another major guest star is broadly hinted at for the following chapter.

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8.5
Green Arrow (2016) #32

Oct 7, 2017

Although Metal is just getting started, the Gotham Resistance story arc has been a well told crossover within the larger tale, and the high point so far, in my eyes.

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10
Green Arrow (2016) #38

Mar 15, 2018

I felt such satisfaction when the story was over, I was ready to applaud, buy some popcorn, and come back for another showing.

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9.5
Green Arrow (2016) #39

Apr 5, 2018

Marcio Takara does the art on this issue, and it is perfectly suited to the tale. Grim and gritty, Green Arrow is placed into a wasteland of ruins, and all of the characters look like they have seen better days. One can feel the dirt and sweat on all of the characters.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #40

May 5, 2018

Now normally, that would not bode well, implying a really clean and easy resolution to the tale. But that is not what gets delivered. Yes, things do work out better than I expected them to. And the resolution is clean, in that the story comes to a very clear ending. But the larger issues, those of the way people wind up pawns in power games of major forces that simply want to exploit them, are not shunted off to the side, and are integral to the way the tale plays out.

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8.5
Green Arrow (2016) #41

Jun 13, 2018

But what the heck, this issue looks so damn good that it is worth picking up, even if the following issues dont pan out the way I would like.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #42

Jul 4, 2018

This issue manages to do both, to provide a fully entertaining comic book adventure, while at the same time dealing with some larger ideas, and not giving simple solutions to them.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #43

Aug 17, 2018

A solid story, building to a very good tease for the next issue.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #44

Sep 8, 2018

A very good story, well told, with dynamic and engaging art.

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10
Green Arrow (2016) #45

Oct 6, 2018

While on the one hand it feels strange to recommend a story that is bound to make the reader miserable, the quality of it cannot be disregarded.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #46

Nov 14, 2018

This is solid storytelling with strong visuals. A down to earth, yet fulling engaging, issue.

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9.5
Green Arrow (2016) Annual #2

Jun 6, 2018

Frankly, I wasnt expecting anything quite so good out of this issue. It was a pleasant surprise, and thats always something nice to be able to say.

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9.5
House of Whispers (2018) #1

Sep 18, 2018

Its a great feeling when one is able to recommend a work for its ideology, as well as its entertainment value. House of Whispers is definitely worth a visit.

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9.0
House of Whispers (2018) #2

Oct 18, 2018

Back on Earth, the changing status of the House of Whispers has had some major detrimental affects on those who were worshippers of Erzulie, and even though these are not significant characters, its great to see the larger effects spreading.

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8.5
House of Whispers (2018) #3

Nov 14, 2018

So while not on par with the first two issues, this issue is still rewarding and entertaining.

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7.0
Justice League (2016) #1

Jul 26, 2016

It's very much a first chapter, with the situation introduced, but nothing resolved. And like the Rebirth issue, which re-introduced the League, it left me feeling that this story could well wind up being interesting, but at the moment, its going through its paces. Adequate, but not gripping.

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6.0
Justice League (2016) #2

Aug 3, 2016

It takes a while to completely crush my expectations, but already I am hoping that the second story arc for the new Justice League series will be better than this first one. Im not sure how many issues this first arc will run. The fewer the better.

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8.0
Justice League (2016) #3

Aug 17, 2016

Its still just another middle chapter to the tale, with nothing resolved by the end. But Hitch seems to have more fun with the story, now that he is past the introductions and set-ups. The villains still arent that exciting, but the tale is fast paced, and a heart is given to the tale in the scenes with Superman, Lois and their son.

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6.0
Justice League (2016) #4

Sep 7, 2016

Cyborg gets some great visuals, and proves to be of more importance than expected in the cliffhanger. No worries about me spoiling the scene. Its really not very clear what is happening, or being revealed. But it does look excellent.

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7.0
Justice League (2016) #5

Sep 21, 2016

Still, in time perhaps I will come to view this storyline more fondly. There are a few hints that it is part of the bigger picture, part of Rebirth in some way. And the teaser about The Forever Crisis excited me in a way that nothing else in this story did.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #6

Oct 5, 2016

The shadowy beings that the League battles at the top of this issue bear some slight resemblance to the Anti-Monitors shadow demons. Although that might simply be because they are basically shapeless, and black in colour, so there is little to define them. But Rebirth is tugging away at my brain just enough to be looking for a connection.

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9.5
Justice League (2016) #12

Jan 4, 2017

A top notch re-introduction to the character, and a great sidebar to Justice League vs Suicide Squad. And, as I said, the most readable issue of Justice League since Rebirth began.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #13

Jan 18, 2017

Some great, and revolting, art by Scot Eaton and Wayne Faucher helps make this a tie-in completely worthy of being a part of the excellent miniseries.

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6.0
Justice League (2016) #16

Mar 1, 2017

Which each issue of this book I find the dialogue flat, and the pacing tedious. And its just not getting better.

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5.0
Justice League (2016) #17

Mar 18, 2017

But thats it. Thats the one and only scene in this issue that appeals to me at all.

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8.0
Justice League (2016) #18

Apr 7, 2017

And Ive cracked 200 words on this. I could end the review, or I could talk more about how much I loved Infinity, Inc. Remember that great Crisis issue with Helix where the border of the pages was done like a Monopoly game? Good times.

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6.0
Justice League (2016) #19

Apr 19, 2017

The only moment in this issue that sparked me at all was the death of one of the kids from the future, the ones who I thought might be a reworking of Infinity, Inc. As the person dies, they say that nobody knows what they are doing. Yup. That is true indeed. I have no idea. The accuracy made me laugh, but not in a good way. I also dont really care.

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8.0
Justice League (2016) #21

May 17, 2017

As has become the pattern, the story ends with the Leaguers receiving a warning about something big and reality shattering that is about to come. Even the team members themselves point out that they have heard this before, quite a few times. That threat has lost its potency, simply by being stated too many times over the past year. But still, this two parter is easily my favourite storyline in this book so far.

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8.5
Justice League (2016) #24

Jul 7, 2017

Yes, the Justice League are in this issue, and everyone gets an opportunity to do something, but Mera is the unquestioned star of the show. The events in the story allow the Justice League to learn what has happened to their former partner, and decide how to go forward without him.

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6.5
Justice League (2016) #26

Aug 3, 2017

I was, frankly, glad to read that Hitchs run on Justice League is coming to an end. The presence of the Infinity Building in this story indicates that he has been working to some master plan, some over-arching storyline which is about to come to a conclusion. What distresses me are the hints that Hitch will be helming a new Justice Society series.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #27

Aug 18, 2017

This issue also confirms to me that Hitch is playing off the All-Star Squadron tale that introduced Infinity, Inc. a few decades ago (geez, was it really that long?) Could these kids be a new incarnation of that team? Last issue the thought made me cringe. After this issue, I found myself hoping that would be the case.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #28

Sep 8, 2017

There is a strong twist at the end. Not really a twist, the groundwork for it is well laid. But it still bodes for a dramatic next issue. And I am just so glad to finally be enjoying this book.

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8.0
Justice League (2016) #29

Sep 22, 2017

I cant say this issue is as good as the previous two, but its still miles above what had come before this storyline, and continues to bode well for the remainder of it.

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7.5
Justice League (2016) #30

Oct 7, 2017

But the big reveal does mean that I am looking forward to the next issue, and this still is the best storyline from the book, by far.

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6.0
Justice League (2016) #31

Dec 28, 2017

In the end, Hitchs run feels like a lot of build up to nothing. It bothers me that I have been saying that about so many of his issues along the way. I kept trusting that it would all pay off really well. And as legacy got going, I actually thought it would.

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8.5
Justice League (2016) #33

Jan 14, 2018

The resolution, and the twist that accompanies it, and both fulfilling. And overall I enjoyed this arc, aside from the red lettering. While the main Metal series has me alternately loving and hating what they are doing, the side storylines have been very well crafted to play within the larger arc, and I am tending to enjoy those more.

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7.5
Justice League (2016) #34

Jan 18, 2018

So I am crossing my fingers and hoping for the best.

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9.5
Justice League (2016) #37

Jan 23, 2018

After a couple of years of slogging through this book, I am so glad to finally be able to genuinely enjoy it.

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8.5
Justice League (2016) #38

Feb 8, 2018

Overall I am enjoying this story, although it feels like it could be a bit clearer. On the other hand, I feel fairly confident that Priest will explain all as the tale goes on.

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7.5
Justice League (2016) #39

Feb 23, 2018

As much as I enjoyed the art and some of the moments, the issue as a whole just came off choppy and incomplete.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #40

Mar 15, 2018

So if, when you are reading this, you find the same problem that I did, just push on. One weakness does not pull this tale down.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #41

Mar 22, 2018

Politics seems to have become a dirty word in comic books. It shouldnt be. As with any medium, powerful stories, commenting on contemporary issues, can be told as enjoyable, wild romps. Priest is doing that with his run on Justice League, and doing it well.

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7.0
Justice League (2016) #42

Apr 5, 2018

So while there is nothing in this issue that actually pissed me off or turned me against the book, there was also very little that really excited and engaged me. Priest has lead me to expect more from his work.

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7.0
Justice League (2016) #43

Apr 18, 2018

But judging this issue based on what is in front of me, it does come off as one of the weaker endings to a Justice League run. Thats quite a shame, really. The most exciting page, for me, was the final one, which brings together the new incarnation of the team, and announces the No Justice miniseries.

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7.5
Justice League (2018) #1

Jun 13, 2018

Snyder, Cheung and Morales seem to want to bring back popular elements from previous Leagues.

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9.0
Justice League (2018) #2

Jun 24, 2018

The existence of the other new Leagues is slightly referenced, enough that it is clear that there will be some overlap between the books, and I suppose between the League and the Titans as well, given the events of the Titans Special. That takes co-ordinating to pull off effectively, but the payouts can be great when it works.

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9.0
Justice League (2018) #3

Jul 4, 2018

While I really did enjoy Steve Orlandos time on the League, this is the best the book has been since before the New 52.

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9.5
Justice League (2018) #4

Jul 19, 2018

Thats not a bad thing, and the art does make the most of it. The tale ends with a particularly eerie illustration by Jimenez. The colouring, by Alejandro Sanchez, is critical for pulling off the mood of the finale.

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10
Justice League (2018) #5

Aug 7, 2018

I am so glad that I can just rave about Justice League, without any qualifications or doubts.

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8.5
Justice League (2018) #6

Aug 17, 2018

The best super hero stories have the good guys overcoming overwhelming odds. And I had to admit, that is the situation they face right now.

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9.5
Justice League (2018) #7

Sep 8, 2018

But that is far outweighed by all the good things in this issue, in this storyline. And the excitement I feel about upcoming issues, and the explanation of who their mysterious visitor will turn out to be.

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10
Justice League (2018) #8

Sep 20, 2018

Mikel Janins art is very interesting. That sounds like a hedged compliment, but I mean it in a positive way. On the one hand, it feels very precise and restrained. But that quality simply serves to highlight the moments when it becomes extreme. The evil Batmans tongue scene, for example, and the great use of changing camera angles when Cheetah is in pursuit.

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10
Justice League (2018) #9

Oct 6, 2018

In a way, this issue is a pause in the larger storyline. But that is hardly a negative. The latest issue is just as much fun, and just as much of an exploration of the League, as the most action packed tale could be.

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9.0
Justice League (2018) #10

Oct 18, 2018

A good issue, but more of an Aquaman lead-in than a Justice League adventure.

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9.5
Justice League Dark (2018) #1

Aug 7, 2018

This is an extremely promising first issue, one that made me genuinely excited for the run.

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9.5
Justice League Dark (2018) #2

Aug 23, 2018

Things are still getting started in this book, but everything indicates that Tynion has put a lot of thought into the characters he is going to use, and how to most effectively play with them.

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10
Justice League Dark (2018) #3

Sep 27, 2018

Though the story does reach a resolution, there is a lot of groundwork that has been laid in these first three issues, an awful lot to explore and develop. I really hope this book is enough of a success to see the concepts get mined to their fullest extent.

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9.5
Justice League Dark (2018) #4

Oct 20, 2018

A great build up for the Witching Hour, expanding the cast, increasing the stakes in the situation, and leading strongly into the next chapter.

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9.0
Justice League Dark (2018): Witching Hour #1

Nov 2, 2018

A good finale, and a good overall purpose to the crossover storyline, one which opens new doorways for both Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark.

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10
Justice League of America (2017) #1

Feb 22, 2017

Orlando brings the issue to a strong finish, a great teaser than guarantees the reader will have to pick up the following issue. With only one regular issue and the Rebirth special under its belt, Justice League of America has already blown the other Justice League book out of the water.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #2

Mar 9, 2017

So while this may not provide the sheer delight that those two previous chapters did, it remains a solid, well-told issue, which wets the appetite for what it to come.

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9.5
Justice League of America (2017) #3

Mar 30, 2017

The scene between the Ray and Dreamslayer is also quite interesting. I have always found Dreamslayer the most interesting of the Extremists, and this incarnation carries that on. His motivations do not precisely line up with those of Lord Havok, but will that make Dreamslayer an asset to the League, or a greater danger to come?

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #4

Apr 14, 2017

Finally, I was both surprised and delighted by the return of someone. Didnt expect that at all. And of course, I wont spoil it.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #5

Apr 25, 2017

And the villain himself is entertainingly introduced. We only get a bit of sense of the character, but the mythologically themed weaponry he is having produced certainly bodes well for the rest of the story arc. I can hardly wait to see it in action.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2017) #6

May 12, 2017

The solution to the towns economic problems, the root of the troubles in this storyline, also seemed a little too quick and easy. The benevolence of millionaires is hardly something to base an economy on, as the current world situation so clearly demonstrates.

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10
Justice League of America (2017) #7

May 25, 2017

The rest of the team get only small parts in the issue, though all of those are quite good. Black Canary not only gets stuck in a bar brawl with Lobo, as he fights against a version of Mr. Scarlet that looks a lot meaner than the Fawcett character originally bearing that name, but also gets a decent discussion about relationships with Killer Frost towards the end of the issue.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #8

Jun 15, 2017

The story comes to a strong and effective ending, and I have the sense that I will enjoy what is coming up in this storyline far more than this opening chapter. And, you know, thats not a bad thing at all.

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6.5
Justice League of America (2017) #9

Jun 29, 2017

Would Makson, who is not a being with some major super powers, really be able to go toe to toe with the League for as long as he does? He is, basically, Tarzan. As savage and intent as he is in the fight scene, I found it difficult to credit that the League would not have taken this guy down in a panel or two, unless there was some distraction, someone weakening them, magic, 5th dimensional imps, or SOME form of explanation to balance the wildly divergent power level.

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6.0
Justice League of America (2017) #10

Jul 14, 2017

The best I can say for the issue is that I hope the next one is stronger.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #12

Aug 11, 2017

The finale is enough of a tease that I have faith in the remainder of the storyline, that Orlando will deliver some more interesting twists and turns along the way. But I have to admit, with Reis executing the art, I wont even mind if he doesnt.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #13

Aug 30, 2017

Black Canary and the Ray stay back on Earth, and have a scene that sets up what will likely be the next story arc. They briefly discuss the Rays personal issues. Thats certainly nothing new for this book. The pairing of Ray and Black Canary did bring to mind that brief period in the 90s when different incarnations of the two characters had a fling. Whether or not the scene was intended to do that, it did make me reflect on how much things have changed, and improved, in the way both of them are now written.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #14

Sep 13, 2017

Ray Palmer does finally show up, in his classic uniform, on the final page. This time its not a decoy tease, as it had been a couple of issues earlier.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #15

Oct 2, 2017

The one thing that really really does not work for me is the final page. Without any spoilers, some characters are left looking at something that really shocks them. What are they looking at? Well, I guess we will find out next issue. I definitely would have preferred a stronger ending that a group of stunned looking people, who can see something that I cannot.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2017) #16

Oct 13, 2017

When the story is all over, and one can read it all as a single tale (or as a collected edition) I suspect that the problems I am feeling with this issue will be negated. But having to review this specific issue on its own merit, it just doesnt hit the mark for me.

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7.5
Justice League of America (2017) #17

Jan 4, 2018

I know a number of people really didnt care for this storyline. I can understand that, it did drag at times, but now that the overall purpose behind it is clear, I feel it was time well spent. Ryan Choi proved worthy of adopting the role of the Atom, and considering that Ray Palmer is not returning in any active capacity, the length of this tale gave the readers time to see what his life has become.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #18

Jan 5, 2018

I always enjoy well crafted tales that tear a team asunder. They can play so effectively with the varying personalities of the members, and allow for some character development that works into the plot, when done right. And here, it is done right. Of all the characters to freak out and bolt, the Ray was the one I thought least likely, so it was all the more powerful to see him lose it.

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9.5
Justice League of America (2017) #22

Jan 21, 2018

Now that we are further into the run, it is clear to see how Orlando has been weaving his webs, laying in plot threads whose purpose only becomes clear later on. Thats the kind of storytelling that can take a while to pay off, but comes with so much more satisfaction when it does.

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9.0
Justice League of America (2017) #23

Jan 25, 2018

Its so hard not to talk about the character that shows up on the last page. Not someone I ever expected to see in a Justice League story, seriously. Even more exciting are the other guest stars implied to be in the next issue. I knew this was a fun story, but had no idea just what treats Orlando had waiting in the wings!

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #24

Feb 16, 2018

I did enjoy this issue, I just expected more from it.

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9.0
Justice League of America (2017) #25

Mar 4, 2018

More than anything, I was glad that this story served to weave together everything Orlando had been crafting in this book.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #26

Mar 16, 2018

While this may not be the most action packed or dramatic issue of Justice League of America, it does read extremely well for the sincerity of the character exploration.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2017) #27

Apr 1, 2018

I would have liked to have enjoyed this story, but it made so little impression on me, its not even worth disliking.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #28

Apr 12, 2018

I wish the bulk of the League were given more to do, but its still a darn good Atom vs Chronos tale.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #29

Apr 25, 2018

One can only really feel disappointment in a story when it comes so close to being really good. I have enjoyed the line-up, the storytelling, most of the villains, and the art on this run of Justice League of America. But the brevity of the run prevented this book from being all that it might have been.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) Annual #1

Jan 16, 2018

If one is not a fan of Lobo, this issue could be skipped, I suppose. I honestly wasnt really looking forward to reviewing it, but I found myself enjoying the tale more than I expected to, which is never a bad thing.

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10
Justice League of America: Rebirth #1

Feb 12, 2017

This has been so well constructed, a great grouping of old and new Leaguers, set up through an excellent miniseries and some very good one shots. Id wager money that DC has a winner with this book.

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10
Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1

Jan 20, 2017

Although this one shot is just meant as a re-introduction before the Ray joins the Atom and Vixen in a new JLA, it really made me hope he will once again get his own book. Especially with Orlando and Byrne at the helm.

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10
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #1

Dec 24, 2016

Another group of villains gets assembled at the end of the issue. All major players, from a variety of different books, and people not really seen since Flashpoint. Im not sure where all the cards will land, but even from this starting point it is clear that this miniseries will be intimately connected to Rebirth as it plays out.

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9.5
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #2

Dec 31, 2016

The one and only caveat I have is that Amanda Waller is looking a bit too svelte, especially on the last page. Rebirth brought back the heavy woman we all knew and loved/hated. Please dont make her a Barbie doll again.

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9.5
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #3

Jan 4, 2017

The moment that struck me the most, though, was Supermans reaction, when Amanda Waller reveals that Maxwell Lord is the one they need to be dealing with. There can be no doubt, from the intensity of his expression, that in this reality Max took control of Superman, the way he did back in Sacrifice storyline.

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10
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #4

Jan 15, 2017

Suffice it to say that, as many great fight scenes as this miniseries has already hosted, next issue promises to top them.

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10
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #5

Jan 18, 2017

Most of the rest of the League are the pawns of Lord and Eclipso by this point. Batman is safe, with the other members of the Suicide Squad, and Cyborgs artificial side is able to withstand Eclipsos possession, long enough for him to lay out the situation to the few remaining who can take action to stop it.

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10
Justice League vs. Suicide Squad #6

Jan 28, 2017

And we find out who was really behind everything. Who masterminded all the events of this series, and who benefits from it. That I will leave unspoiled. Its far too good.

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9.5
Justice League: No Justice #2

Jun 3, 2018

Francis Manapul and Marcus To have to be commended for the art, which demands that they render a wide variety of characters, and the pair pull this off exceptionally well. For all the chaos, there are very strong, emotional visuals that really impact one.

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9.0
Justice League: No Justice #3

Jun 3, 2018

A hugely enjoyable issue.

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10
Justice League: No Justice #4

Jun 6, 2018

In brief, I found No Justice to be everything I wanted it to be.

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9.0
Justice League: Odyssey #1

Sep 27, 2018

Although it is far too soon to tell what this book will become, I am already longing for Hawkman and/or Adam Strange, two characters will long histories with the League, and the outer space backgrounds to make them fit in here. Aside from that problem, I did enjoy this first issue a lot.

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9.0
Justice League: Odyssey #2

Oct 25, 2018

But right now, the first two issues have given me every reason to believe that Williamson and Sejic are up to the task they have set themselves.

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7.5
Justice League: Rebirth #1

Jul 6, 2016

But something left me a little blah by the end of it. Perhaps it was simply that it spent its time making sure all the bases were touched, and setting up a forthcoming storyline, rather than being intrinsically exciting. Thats why I view it more like a 0 issue than a first issue.

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10
Kamandi Challenge #1

Jan 25, 2017

This first issue contains the first two chapters, so we get one cliffhanger set up by Didio and Kirby, and then the resolution by Dan Abnett and Dale Eaglesham. Giffen is great at creating art that is evocative of Kirby, and while Eaglesham doesnt even try to go that route, his renderings of Kamandi and the tigers is just beautiful.

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10
Kamandi Challenge #2

Feb 22, 2017

I love the almost random use of the Manhunters towards the end of the story. This miniseries is a big DC playground.

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9.0
Kamandi Challenge #3

Mar 30, 2017

The Kamandi Challenge is definitely coming together much better than the first DC Challenge did, back in the 80s. Keeping the focus on Kamandi, and allowing the different teams to explore his world makes this a more centred experience, and all the more fun for it.

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8.5
Kamandi Challenge #4

Apr 26, 2017

Perhaps I am being silly. As I write this review, and look back over the issue, I realize that, had that one character been given a different name, I would be writing another over the top, oh my gosh I love this Kamandi is the greatest thing ever review, as I am prone to do.

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10
Kamandi Challenge #5

May 25, 2017

And, you know, once you have the audience smiling and enjoying the tale, its so much easier to cut their heart out.

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8.0
Kamandi Challenge #6

Jun 29, 2017

Particularly towards the climax of the issue, when Mishkingrad rises, it just doesnt look very good to me. I was disappointed, much as I hate to admit that. And the cliffhanger to close out the issue didnt quite feel on par, either. A shame, because the start and middle of this issue were really fun.

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8.0
Kamandi Challenge #7

Jul 31, 2017

There is a solid cliffhanger to close out the issue. Indeed, there is really nothing I can find to criticize in this story. But sadly, there is also nothing that really kicks it above what has come before. I guess thats a bit of a problem when there have been so many excellent issues in this Challenge already.

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9.0
Kamandi Challenge #8

Aug 25, 2017

There is one touch that feels odd, given the earlier issues, a page that visually recaps a number of adventures from the original comic. By and large, this series has presented a story completely independent of that one, right down to the way Renzi was used and introduced. The flashback page in this issue is difficult to reconcile with this, but I suppose such problems could be expected when a different creative team executes each chapter.

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9.5
Kamandi Challenge #9

Oct 2, 2017

Tom King is rapidly becoming one of my favourite writers, from his work on Batman and Mister Miracle. This issue of Kamandi Challenge just increases my admiration of his talent. While I cannot say that I enjoyed the story, its far too heavy and dark for that, I certainly admired and appreciated it, and it will likely stay in my head much longer than the other issues of this book.

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6.0
Kamandi Challenge #10

Jan 4, 2018

Ah well, I guess the upside is that next issue will have a brand new team, and I can just ignore this one.

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6.0
Kamandi Challenge #12

Jan 20, 2018

OK, so, knowing all that, there is a small chance you will find the conclusion of Kamandi Challenge more interesting. But I cant guarantee you will like it.

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9.0
Manhunter Special #1

Aug 28, 2017

Believe me, if you have never read either of these much reprinted tales, The Rocket Lanes of Tomorrow and The World of Thinking Machines are alone worth picking up this volume for.

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10
Milk Wars: JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1

Feb 1, 2018

There is a lot of meta stuff in this, which works exceptionally well. I love the discussion on how the archetypes of Wonder Woman and Batman are more universal, and thus more malleable, than that of Superman, who has repeatedly proved resilient to change.

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10
Milk Wars: Doom Patrol/JLA Special #1

Mar 4, 2018

The Young Animals books definitely deserve to be given a chance, or a second chance. The Milk Wars succeeded in creating a really fun story that will, hopefully, pay off with increased readership.

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8.0
Milk Wars: Shade The Changing Girl/Wonder Woman #1

Feb 16, 2018

The world has become a darker and more dangerous place since the US elected a misogynist Nazi and his homophobic Bible thumping veep. They want to shove their white milk culture down our throats. We all need a Shade, the Changing Girl to remind us we need to stand up for ourselves, and not just passively become Wonder Wives.

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10
Mister Miracle #8

Apr 18, 2018

Whether I am right or wrong, I really dont even care. This is a truly wonderful book, brilliant in both art and story.

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7.0
New Gods Special #1

Aug 3, 2017

Dont get me wrong, both of these stories were enjoyable enough reads, and in both cases there is some really great art to help them along. If one was not familiar with Orion or the New Gods, this issue would serve as a functional introduction. Its just not quite special enough for me.

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #5

Sep 22, 2016

Its the second chapter of a larger story, which means that there are some explanations, and some set-ups. A fair bit of action, and Nightwing does get to be the one to discover that there will be four monsters in total. But for me, it was Spoiler, and Gotham Girl, who stole the show.

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #6

Oct 5, 2016

All in all, this story arc has avoided the problems that often plague the crossover Batman tales, of having too many tie in issues, so the story just keeps moving sideways, instead of forwards. Each issue of this series so far has directly advanced the plot, which is clearly approaching a resolution.

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8.5
Ragman #1

Oct 13, 2017

A dark but fun story, totally worth picking up, even if this is your first exposure to the character.

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6.5
Raven #3

Nov 19, 2016

I suppose the Christian stuff is there as a counterbalance to Ravens quasi-satanic nature. But Trigon is not meant to be Lucifer, and Raven is the daughter of a demon, not of the devil. For me, at least, it just adds to the factors in this book that are pushing me away from it.

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9.5
Shade, the Changing Girl #1

Oct 7, 2016

At its best, the Milligan series used Shade, The Changing Man to explore notions of identity. Castelucci seems inclined in the same direction with this series. Its a great start, and I am eager to see where the creative team goes with it.

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8.0
Shade, the Changing Girl #2

Nov 6, 2016

A solid second issue, if not as gripping as the first.

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8.0
Shade, the Changing Girl #3

Dec 10, 2016

I havent really mentioned this in previous reviews, but each issue has been ending with a short story featuring relatively obscure old DC characters. This one has a particularly clever Dial H for Hero story appended at the back. I have to admit, as much as I enjoyed the lead story, the Dial H made far more of an impression on me, the limiting choice of letters making the story all the more powerful.

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7.0
Shade, the Changing Girl #4

Jan 4, 2017

Marley Zarcone does some very nice work with the art, and I quite liked how the Meta-spots wind up resembling vinyl albums in the one panel that features the girl's turntable. Im just not certain how many more issues I will enjoy.

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6.5
Shade, the Changing Girl #5

Feb 11, 2017

The last couple of pages show us an episode of Life with Honey, a tv show that Shade enjoys watching. Its mildly amusing, but nothing memorable.

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7.5
Shade, the Changing Girl #6

Mar 1, 2017

Perhaps the agents from Meta will show up and keep the action going. This book is far better when its not completely insular.

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9.0
Shade, the Changing Girl #7

Apr 5, 2017

Perhaps the origin story of Shade, the Changing Girl, the delightful bucket list of her dreams, and her dramatic choice of action at the conclusion of the tale, would be reprehensible to those who pride themselves on the pure white nature of their Christian fascism, but for me, this was the best issue so far, and a sign of great things to come for this book.

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8.0
Shade, the Changing Girl #8

May 12, 2017

Now its not like she moves on before the end of the issue. Shade will be in Gotham for a while longer, so maybe she will reach Arkham sooner or later.

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8.5
Shade, the Changing Girl #9

Jun 7, 2017

The subplots with her friends back home, and the pursuit of her by the authorities on Meta, both continue, but are very much secondary in this issue. Thats fine. Its really well balanced, giving one a complete story within a larger story within the larger overall framework.

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9.0
Shade, the Changing Girl #10

Jul 7, 2017

A few issues back I was having serious concerns about this book. I am so very pleased with the direction it has taken. Its both fun and powerful, and living up to its potential. Much like the hero herself.

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8.5
Shade, the Changing Girl #11

Aug 2, 2017

More fun is added to the issue with a couple of pages of cut outs, for dressing up Shade and Honey. Not that I would ever actually cut apart a comic book. But I still very much enjoy the concept, and its execution.

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9.5
Shade, the Changing Girl #12

Sep 8, 2017

With the current issue, I can state without any qualification that Shade, the Changing Girl has become a worthy successor to the great Milligan series.

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9.5
Shade, the Changing Woman #1

Mar 15, 2018

It really comes down to this. If you liked Shade, the Changing Girl, you will love Shade, the Changing Woman. If you hadnt read the first series, you ought to, and may as well start picking this one up.

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9.5
Shade, the Changing Woman #2

Apr 5, 2018

Shade, the Changing Woman will not be a book for everyones tastes. But it isnt trying to be. The bravura storytelling is its own reward.

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9.5
Shade, the Changing Woman #3

May 5, 2018

Some of the images from this issue really resonated with me. Seeing Shade as a heartless scarecrow will probably stay with me forever.

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9.0
Shade, the Changing Woman #4

Jun 13, 2018

Its only four issues in, but Shade, the Changing Woman is already a reliable and powerful read.

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8.5
Shade, the Changing Woman #5

Jul 4, 2018

So geez, stop reading my review and just buy this already.

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10
Shade, the Changing Woman #6

Aug 7, 2018

And although I am sad that the series was so brief, it told a tight and powerful story, and lasted exactly as long as it needed to. Bravo.

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10
Suicide Squad (2016) #1

Aug 17, 2016

It's also worth noting that the back-up story features operatives of Kobra, a recurring opponent of the Suicide Squad, and seems to be laying the groundwork for that villain to return in this run. At least, I hope that is the plan.

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9.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #2

Sep 14, 2016

Only one detail sounds believable to her, and its the one detail that harmonizes with the established origin of the character. Seeing the very young Digger Harkness sitting in the dusty street of his small outback town, carving boomerangs and hoping his missing father will one day come back. Reis makes this panel just heart breaking. Too much of it would have made the story sappy, but as it is, its the perfect note to contrast with the rest of the tale.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #3

Sep 29, 2016

Katana has never been one of my favourite characters, and though I have read a couple tellings of the death of her husband, and how she claimed the sword that now holds his soul, it had never really moved me. Maybe Im just a cold hearted bastard. This telling of it I found far more engaging and emotional than earlier ones I had read, and it concludes with a decent tease at a bigger picture.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #4

Oct 16, 2016

Its a much more serious and intense portrayal of Harley than usually appears in this book. Or her own book. Her boundaries and her loyalties are not always the clearest, but as this story proves, that is part of what makes her such a compelling character.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #6

Nov 18, 2016

The Croc back-up story continues the high quality of these pieces. Amanda tells Croc information she has learned about his past. While Croc likes to play the mindless beast, Amanda knows he is not, and we get a tragic tale from his childhood. The piece does not get maudlin or try to tug the heartstrings, and succeeds all the more for that.

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10
Suicide Squad (2016) #8

Dec 15, 2016

Now named Caitlin Snow, to match the character from the Flash tv series, Killer Frost is the latest inmate sent to Belle Reve, and the newest recruit for the team. We follow Frost as she enters the prison, gets introduced to the other members of the team, and has her first meeting with Amanda Waller. Its not a bad story in any way, but neither tale in the issue really felt like an introduction to the upcoming crossover. I would have been more pleased with this issue if no mention had been made of the Justice League at all.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #9

Jan 15, 2017

The only caveat I have about this issue is the art, which just doesnt feel quite on par with either the normal run of the book, or the current miniseries. But its not bad, not at all. Just a bit of a step down.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #10

Feb 6, 2017

And the total downer ending does function exceptionally well as a coda to the miniseries. Amanda Waller always wins. No matter what the cost.

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8.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #11

Feb 12, 2017

More surprising is Captain Boomerang, partying hard, or trying to. His return from the dead has caused a change in his personality, one that he is not able to control. Try as he might, Boomerang is no longer able to be a crude sleazeball. Its downright tragic.

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10
Suicide Squad (2016) #12

Feb 22, 2017

By the end of the issue, all of the Squad have been questioned about Amanda's death, as all of them are suspects. The conclusion seems to reveal who the killer is, but I am as positive that far more is going on here than it appears.

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9.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #14

Mar 22, 2017

As for the ending of the issue. It was both a surprise, and something I had expected all along. Suffice it to say, I was very happy, and I believe other readers will be as well.

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10
Suicide Squad (2016) #16

Apr 26, 2017

As always, I long for something a bit more political out of this incarnation of the Squad, but aside from that, I am enjoying it immensely.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #17

May 12, 2017

Still, as much as I enjoyed this issue, I do continue to bemoan the lack of political commentary in the book. The entire notion of the Squad is so well suited to that kind of thing. With the insane developments emerging daily from the US, turning a blind eye to it all seems downright negligent, if not outright complicit.

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10
Suicide Squad (2016) #18

May 25, 2017

The issue feels really fast. I was surprised that I hit the end when I did. Thats not such a bad thing, really. The issue never had a dull moment. And its very clear that this is spinning into something completely out of the Squads control.

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8.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #19

Jun 15, 2017

Art wise the issue is good. Not great. Edwards does a fine job, and the battle scenes are dynamic. He doesnt seem too strong on faces, though, particularly for characters who are not the main focal point of the panel.

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7.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #21

Jul 14, 2017

Williams is definitely not on par with this issue. Fortunately Gus Vasquez does a really solid job with the art, particularly in the action scenes on the mission. Gotta love what happens with the airplane. So even if this is a disappointing read, its easy on the eyes.

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7.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #23

Aug 11, 2017

The story is really just a set up for what is bound to be a nastier conflict in the next issue. I am hoping, or guessing, that Waller is counting on Batman to get her out from under Karlas thumb.

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7.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #24

Aug 25, 2017

So I really ought to have enjoyed this story more. I wanted to. Was it the art, then, that was the problem? Perhaps it was. I simply didnt feel like I was reading a continuation of the previous issue. It jarred me so much I just never got my grounding enough to have fun.

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7.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #25

Sep 13, 2017

At least the final page excited me. It was the only page of the issue that did, but it left me with hope for the next storyline.

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9.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #26

Oct 2, 2017

A surprise cameo closes out the issue, and sets up the finale, in the next issue of Green Arrow. The cameo really was a genuine surprise, and a welcome one, so I wont spoil it for you!

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8.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #27

Oct 13, 2017

I wish I could heap loads of praise on the art, but I cant. Its good. Mostly. Sometimes very good. But thats about the best I can give it. This book needs a permanent art team.

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6.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #28

Jan 4, 2018

Perhaps it is simply that, for me, Suicide Squad needs at least a touch of politics. This story, more than most in the current run, has ample opportunity for opening that door. Weve got secret government conspiracies leading back to the 50s. That is ripe territory for political commentary.

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8.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #31

Jan 18, 2018

The art on this one is ok, but nothing to write home about. I am not sure why there is such difficulty getting a regular art team on this title, and the quality varies widely. True, the mood remains intact despite the change, thats a positive thing. But I long for better visuals.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #32

Jan 20, 2018

I wish Eaton had been on board for this entire storyline, but I am glad, at least, that they had a strong artist suited to the strong finale this tale comes to.

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8.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #33

Jan 21, 2018

The rest of the Squad are shown, but largely from the mans perspective, and only have small roles in the tale. Still, most of them get good moments along the way, and Spurrier looks like he has a good sense of how to handle them.

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9.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #34

Jan 25, 2018

Still, I was more than pleased with this tale, which had all the deceptive scheming that Suicide Squad requires.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #35

Feb 16, 2018

Had the cover been done by a decent human being, I would highly recommend this issue. If you have no problems with Nazis, go for it. But if you do, perhaps you could spend your money better.

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9.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #36

Mar 4, 2018

A really fun issue, building to a great cliffhanger ending.

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9.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #37

Mar 16, 2018

A really fun issue, and as dark as a Suicide Squad tale ought to be. Now can we get some political commentary, please? With the US descending into fascist authoritarianism so quickly, it really needs to be addressed, and this is the best book to do so. Ostrander never shied away from it.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #38

Apr 1, 2018

The story does seem to go by awfully quickly, though. Seems like we are just getting down to the good stuff when its abruptly over.

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8.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #39

Apr 12, 2018

I always seem to be complaining about this book. And yet I do enjoy it, and look forward to each issue. I guess its one of those cases in which something is very good, but could be better, and you just keep hoping for it to be perfect.

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9.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #40

May 2, 2018

This issue is, in every way, a worthy successor to Ostrander. Its the Suicide Squad that I have always wanted to read.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #41

May 15, 2018

All the signs look promising for this to be a tense and exciting storyline.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #42

Jun 3, 2018

A really fun issue, setting up a promising one to come.

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8.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #43

Jun 13, 2018

A strong issue, carrying the story forward, and leaving Batman and Deadshot in quite the cliffhanger.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #44

Jul 14, 2018

Astoundingly, this story even comes with a happy ending, a rarity for a Suicide Squad tale. Yet it works, and does so perfectly.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #45

Aug 17, 2018

The issue leads directly into the next issue of Aquaman, where the action really gets going. But its a fun start with a good twist at the end.

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10
Suicide Squad (2016) #46

Sep 13, 2018

The stakes just keep mounting in this storyline, and Mera gets a great scene to close out the issue, and lead in to the next Aquaman issue.

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10
Suicide Squad (2016) #47

Oct 17, 2018

This story is, frankly, good enough that it makes me want Boomerang to get his own series, even though I know full well that such a book would not be able to sustain itself. All I can hope for is that there will be another Suicide Squad issue that puts the spotlight on him.

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8.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #48

Nov 14, 2018

Issue 50 is coming up. That would be the perfect time to make some big changes. So I remain in hope. But its not so tragic, when the stories are fully enjoyable anyway.

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) Annual #1

Aug 23, 2018

I will admit that some of the deaths in this issue hit hard, taking out villains that I had loved, and who I still feel have potential. But overall this is just bloody swamp soaked fun, with Waller at her coldest and most manipulative.

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9.0
Suicide Squad / The Banana Splits Special #1

Mar 30, 2017

In life, you do not fight battles because you intend to win. You fight them merely because they need to be fought.

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7.0
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo #1

Aug 3, 2016

The art is not bad at all, the saving grace I suppose, as the strange characters Boomerang has to deal with are well rendered enough to make the story readable. But all I can really say for this first instalment is that I hope Moreci gets a firmer handle on the character as the miniseries goes on.

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9.0
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo #3

Oct 19, 2016

Compared to the El Diablo story, the Killer Croc one does feel like a bit of a puff piece, although the final page allows the reader to see that more is going on than was readily apparent.

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8.0
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo #5

Dec 23, 2016

The Amanda Waller story, which begins in this issue, and will conclude in the final issue of the miniseries, deals with Waller as a deprogrammer. This is not a side of her that is often shown, although she operated this way on Blue Beetle in an old issue of Justice League.

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8.0
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo #6

Jan 23, 2017

All in all, I far preferred this second Most Wanted miniseries. And I am hoping for a third. There is far more to be mined in this vein.

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9.0
Suicide Squad: Black Files #1

Nov 14, 2018

Excellent art on both stories, and I am also quite pleased at the contrast between them. Most Wanted must have had a successful run to warrant this new book, and I am looking forward to seeing how both stories play out.

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9.5
Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1

Aug 3, 2016

I have loved the Suicide Squad through good incarnations and bad ones. Its far more fun when I can truly enjoy the book. And by the looks of this issue, the new series is one I will be proud to be a fan of.

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10
Super Sons #1

Feb 15, 2017

I was a bit surprised to see Lois and Clark teaching their son poker, but I suppose a level of deception is a skill that a young super powered child needs to acquire.

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9.0
Super Sons #2

Mar 18, 2017

The mysterious opening of the previous issue does get explained in this one, and we find out who the big villain will be for this storyline. Kid Amazo has only a thematic connection to his father, but has strong potential as a villain for the young duo.

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10
Super Sons #4

May 17, 2017

The subplot with Alfred and Lois Lane is simply the crowing touch. The reminder we need that these are children. As clever and powerful as they may be, they are not meant to be running off for midnight missions without supervision.

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9.5
Super Sons #5

Jun 22, 2017

This book is so much fun to read it is very easy to ignore how well told it is. That is truly a credit to the creative team.

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9.5
Super Sons #7

Aug 18, 2017

Superboy does not become a full member of the Teen Titans in this outing, but certainly the ground work gets laid to bring him into that group. And I sure hope that happens!

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9.0
Super Sons #8

Sep 21, 2017

Jimenez also does a great job rendering the Faceless Hunters, who look far more menacing than they did back in the 60s.

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9.0
Super Sons #9

Dec 28, 2017

The story leaves open the possibility of return for the young heroes that Robin and Superboy worked with. I have to admit, I dont really care whether they come back or not. They didnt get on my nerves, but there also wasnt a single character among them that really stood out for me.

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8.0
Super Sons #11

Jan 19, 2018

Although I am not quite sure where this story arc is going, by the end of the issue it becomes apparent that this is a really major story, and I am quite excited to see what develops.

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8.5
Super Sons #12

Jan 23, 2018

So this doesnt go the way I had thought it would, but I am not at all bothered by that.

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9.5
Super Sons #13

Feb 23, 2018

Considering that this issue is really just a set-up for the storyline about to start, it reads very well in and of itself. A lot of fun, promising more to come.

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9.5
Super Sons #14

Mar 22, 2018

The mothers come off well also. Lois Lanes role is nothing out of the ordinary, but Talia gets some interesting development.

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9.0
Super Sons #15

Apr 18, 2018

A strong and fun story, setting up what looks to be a great finale.

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10
Super Sons Annual #1

Jan 16, 2018

When I saw the cover of this issue, I really wanted to write a rave review. I am so happy that the story lived up to my high expectations.

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9.0
Supergirl (2016) #1

Sep 7, 2016

The issue ends with a bit of a surprise, bringing back a dangling plot thread from the New 52 version. Its a bit jarring, but only a little. We will have to wait for the next issue to see how Orlando harmonizes things, but it seems that he has subtly laid the groundwork. Its so hard to talk about this without giving anything away. But I will not use spoilers!

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9.0
Supergirl (2016) #2

Oct 13, 2016

But the middle part of the book pretty much stole the show for me. Cat Grant consumes her part of the story the way her character eats others for breakfast. Making an appearance at Karas high school, she delivers a speech about starting up Cat Co, the media conglomerate she runs on the television show. Once again I really have to credit Orlando. I could almost hear Calista Flockhart delivering these lines of dialogue, particularly when she berates Kara for doubting herself. Once again, Supergirl is dealing with someone who is both a threat and an ally, with good intentions that may not be the best thing for her.

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9.0
Supergirl (2016) #3

Nov 13, 2016

The big battle between Supergirl and her father has plenty of action, but is also really sad, with the failure of good intentions to equal benevolent actions.

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9.5
Supergirl (2016) #4

Dec 14, 2016

Steve Orlandos dialogue is crisp and effective, and Brian Ching keeps the visuals fascinating. Its amazing how much emotion can play on a cyborgs face.

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7.5
Supergirl (2016) #8

Apr 14, 2017

A little of this, and a little of that. But not quite enough of anything to make the issue stand out.

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9.0
Supergirl (2016) #12

Aug 11, 2017

There is one very interesting revelation, that the Emerald Empress herself is being manipulated, having come back in time to kill Saturn Girl, but discovering that the visions she was given were a lie. Is this all tied to Rebirth? Id certainly put money on that.

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6.5
Supergirl (2016) #15

Jan 5, 2018

But by trying to evoke the tv show, without going all the way and duplicating it, I think the series as a whole is being weakened.

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7.5
Supergirl (2016) #16

Jan 18, 2018

Sometimes a story is so well written that I forgive sub par art. In this case, the art really is strong enough to cover a largely sub par story. This issue is worth picking up, just to look at. And I hope those who read it find the story more engrossing than I did.

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7.0
Supergirl (2016) #17

Jan 21, 2018

I also sort of cringed at the next issue blurb, which announces a villain called the Evolutionist. I know this is an American comic, but are we really going to descend into Creationist nonsense now? Pandering to Trump sucking Christians may be good for the market in the Bible thumping areas, but its repulsive to anyone with a brain.

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8.0
Supergirl (2016) #18

Feb 16, 2018

I recently read Steve Orlando discussing this book, and why he is proud of it. It was a good piece, and made me want to like the book more than I have been. This issue made that goal much easier to achieve.

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9.0
Supergirl (2016) #19

Mar 16, 2018

Im a sucker for action and battles, but when a smaller scale story is told as well as this one is, I appreciate it all the more.

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9.5
Supergirl (2016) #22

Sep 13, 2018

Its been quite a rollercoaster ride the past few years with Supergirls book(s), but things are really on track and roaring along now.

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9.0
Supergirl (2016) #23

Oct 17, 2018

Aside from that, I really havent anything else to say about the issue. Lovely to look at, fun to read.

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8.0
Supergirl (2016) #24

Nov 14, 2018

Supergirl doesnt really acquire any new information about Rogol Zaar, but by the end of this issue she has reached the remains of Krypton, the scene of the crime, so to speak.

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10
Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Aug 17, 2016

All in all an excellent reboot, combining classic elements with some of the better touches from the TV series.

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9.5
Superman (2016) #13

Dec 28, 2016

As always, any story that uses Frankenstein just leaves me wanting more.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #18

Mar 1, 2017

There really isnt a lot else to say about this issue. Its a damn good first part of the story, but it is primarily a set up. Still, it did excite me for the resolution of Rebirth, and that was its mission, after all.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #19

Mar 16, 2017

There is, perhaps, one line in the story that holds a significant clue, and the last page features a surprising return. I wouldnt have minded a bit more clarity, a bit more revelation, but the story arc has not ended, and things have been progressing very enjoyably. There is no reason to think that the next weeks issue of Action, in which Superman Reborn will conclude, will be anything other than satisfying.

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1.0
Superman (2016) #27

Jul 20, 2017

Superman does not stand for these things. He should not. He must not. I expect better of him. And of those who chronicle his adventures.

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10
Superwoman #1

Aug 11, 2016

But that is really about all I can say. Phil Jimenez's art and writing are top notch from beginning to the very shocking end. Whats so shocking? Suffice it to say, the last page of the issue makes one realize that the story you thought you were reading was not at all the story you were actually reading.

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10
Superwoman #2

Sep 14, 2016

But the moment that really stuck in my mind was a great personal detail. Lana is uncertain of who is real, and who might be an illusion or a clone at one point in this issue. When Steel comes to help her, she demands that he tell her something that only he would know. And so we find out that Lana likes watching John Henry Irons playing bongo drums when he is naked. Its so intimate, and so absurd, that it feels completely real.

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10
Superwoman #3

Oct 18, 2016

Superb art and storytelling. With each consecutive issue Jimenez knocks Superwoman right out of the ballpark.

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9.0
Superwoman #4

Nov 16, 2016

Enjoyable as always, and every issue goes in a direction I didnt expect. Jimenez just keeps hitting the ball out of the park with this title.

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9.5
Superwoman #5

Dec 15, 2016

On the down side, this issue is a lot of talk and explanation, building up to a fight that is too brief, although the conclusion of it does create an interesting situation. I am eager for the story to finally take us to the big Ultrawoman/Superwoman battle that has been building up.

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9.5
Superwoman #7

Feb 12, 2017

As much as I enjoy the big super hero action, the suspenseful finale, the lovely art and the overall concept, what has stood out for me in each and every issue of the book so far has been the narration. Lana Langs internal monologue reveals an intelligent woman who feels that she is out of her depth, but who persists nonetheless, against overwhelming odds. It honestly wasnt until I started writing that sentence that I suddenly thought She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted. It suits this storyline perfectly.

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8.5
Superwoman #8

Mar 8, 2017

Its really only the final page that puzzles me. I am certain that at least part of my confusion is intentional, and I trust Jimenez to explain it all in time. So far this book has vastly exceeded my expectations, and I see no reason to think it will not continue to do so.

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7.5
Superwoman #9

Apr 19, 2017

It seems like everything in the DC universe is right on the edge at the moment, built up for the resolution of Rebirth, but not taking that final step.

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7.0
Superwoman #10

May 12, 2017

Superwoman is now a good series. But not one that leaps other comics in a single bound.

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6.5
Superwoman #11

Jun 15, 2017

The previous issue of this book was somewhat disappointing, and this one has not allayed my concerns. Superwoman just ain't so super anymore.

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9.0
Superwoman #13

Aug 11, 2017

These scenes really improve the issue. Sure the action is important, and the tale does not lack in that element. Red Sun provides a new angle on red kryptonite, and the final page sets up an awaited confrontation for Superwoman. But it was the real characterization in the flashbacks that made me genuinely appreciate the issue.

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8.0
Superwoman #14

Sep 16, 2017

A fun story all around, even if Superwoman herself almost gets edged out by all the other characters.

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7.0
Superwoman #15

Oct 13, 2017

There was such a fun vibe to this book when it debuted, and I hate to say it, but that has all but vanished since Perkins has taken over writing it. Now its just another bland Superman Family title.

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7.0
Superwoman #16

Jan 14, 2018

I like Lana Lang as a character, and have been enjoying her super hero career. But I still dont quite see this book burning up the stands. Its a decent read, but not a great one, and I dont foresee a long future for the series, unless something big changes with it.

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7.5
Superwoman #17

Jan 19, 2018

Ive waxed and waned in my feelings about this series since Perkins took the reins. This would be one of the issues I am more excited about, and intrigued as to where the next one will go. I am still not as taken with the book as I was under Jimenez, but Im also not wondering if it is even worth reading. It is.

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8.5
Superwoman #18

Jan 21, 2018

Despite losing her powers, Lana Lang ends her book as a stronger person, with a stronger relationship and stronger friendships, than she started out with. Thats a win, no matter what.

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8.0
Swamp Thing Winter Special #1

Feb 8, 2018

Considering that fully half of this book is devoted to the second tale, that really drags down the overall book. I know I would have loved a normal length story, edited down from King and Faboks tale, more than the volume we are presented with.

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9.0
Teen Titans (2014) #24

Sep 17, 2016

Power Girl, Raven and Wonder Girl each share memories that flesh out both Tims character, and their own. Considering the series is coming to an end, about to be Rebirth-ed, its with mixed feelings that I note how very interesting the members of the team have become.

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9.5
Teen Titans (2016) #1

Oct 28, 2016

The conclusion reveals the master villain that the team will have to face. While it is not someone that the Teen Titans have dealt with before, the villain does fall very firmly into the pattern of many of the great Titans foes.

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9.0
Teen Titans (2016) #2

Nov 23, 2016

Percy does a great job with the dialogue for the characters. Damian inspires a lot more mockery than respect from his teammates, and that pushes the boy to even more outrageous actions. While the issue is, to a degree, formulaic, the writing keeps it fresh, and the art is entertaining and dynamic.

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9.0
Teen Titans (2016) #3

Dec 31, 2016

The story ends with Damian making a sacrifice that, frankly, seems a bit out of character, considering that he has only been dealing with these teammates for a couple of issues so far. But it does serve as a good tease for the next issue.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2016) #4

Feb 11, 2017

And though its dealt with very quickly, this issue also has Kid Flash, the only one of Damians recruits who had not been part of any previous line up of Titans, come to feel that he truly is a member of the team. I expect this will get touched on again, and not too far down the road.

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9.0
Teen Titans (2016) #5

Feb 22, 2017

And Damian seems to be maturing a bit as well. Hopefully not too much. He does say please in this story, and astonishingly this does not kill him.

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8.5
Teen Titans (2016) #16

Jan 25, 2018

This is not the greatest issue of Teen Titans, but it is a good Starfire tale, one that was needed.

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9.0
Teen Titans (2016) #17

Mar 4, 2018

Looks like this will be a fun storyline, and I always enjoy tales that centre on Beast Boy.

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9.0
Teen Titans (2016) #18

Apr 1, 2018

A very good story, and as Beast Boy is one of my favourite Titans, one I highly enjoyed.

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9.0
Teen Titans (2016) #19

Apr 25, 2018

A solid ending for an entertaining incarnation of the Teen Titans. And a good lead in to No Justice to close it all out.

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9.5
Teen Titans (2016) #20

Aug 7, 2018

The story is tightly told, and the art is energetic and fun. But there is no mistaking that this is continuing a dark tone, as the last couple of pages shockingly reveal.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2016) #21

Aug 23, 2018

So not a bad issue, but definitely not as hard edged as the book had looked to be.

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8.5
Teen Titans (2016) #22

Sep 19, 2018

The plot of this issue kind of weaves around a bit. Thats the real reason that Golden Glider doesnt get the play the cover implies she will, because there are too many other plot points to touch on. The story really only gets a focus in the last couple of pages, but that does bode well for the next issue.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2016) #23

Oct 18, 2018

So the book is progressing reliably. While I cannot say I was thrilled with this issue, I was certainly not disappointed, either.

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8.5
Teen Titans (2016): Special #1

Jun 27, 2018

The issue is well written, and contrasts so strongly with the Titans Special that preceded it. I am glad they were released in this order, as it makes this volume stand out all the more.

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10
Teen Titans: Rebirth #1

Sep 29, 2016

The art is excellent, the writing is fun and engaging, and the ending was the cherry on top. A really enjoyable Rebirth, giving me high expectations for the new series.

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9.5
The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #4

Apr 7, 2017

No one is completely honest and open in this book. No one, not even the hero, can be trusted completely. Paranoia and manipulation pervade this book, and make it an exceptionally enjoyable read.

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9.0
The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #5

May 4, 2017

I really hope this miniseries does well enough to launch a new Captain Atom book. Its been a great Rebirth for the hero.

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9.5
The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #6

Jun 7, 2017

I really hope this series does well enough to warrant an ongoing book. The political climate seems so well suited to a comic book about fake news, lies, backstabbing, and questionable military actions.

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7.5
The Immortal Men #1

Apr 12, 2018

There is potential to this book. That much is certain. And I do hope for the best, I am too much of a fanboy not to. But I also have to admit that the first issue of this book was a disappointment.

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8.5
The Immortal Men #2

May 15, 2018

Its not always easy to come up with a good second issue. I am very glad that this book succeeded at the challenge.

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8.0
The Immortal Men #3

Jun 13, 2018

A good, solid, dependable third issue. Not the most exciting thing possible, but definitely some needed ground work for the series to build on.

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8.5
The Immortal Men #4

Jul 14, 2018

The end of this issue ensures that there will be some big changes coming up in the next one. And given how well told the book has been so far, Im sure they will be interesting and effective.

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8.5
The Immortal Men #5

Aug 17, 2018

Timber has become my favourite member of the Immortal Men. Thats a good thing, as Caden has not grown on me as much as he might have. Still, its early days and the kid only really finds his footing in this issue.

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9.0
The Immortal Men #6

Sep 13, 2018

So an early demise for the Immortal Men. But it was fun while it lasted.

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9.0
The Sandman Special (2017) #1

Aug 20, 2017

Oddly, the back-up stories, the Kirby reprints, are not of Sandman. Instead, this book reprints the Tales of the DNA Project shorts which ran in the pages of Supermans Pal, Jimmy Olsen. The DNA Project would, in later continuity, be known as Cadmus.

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9.0
The Terrifics #5

Jul 2, 2018

And last but not least, we get an Element Dog introduced. Seriously, how can you go wrong?

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8.5
The Terrifics #6

Aug 7, 2018

I really love how much fun the artists are having with this one. Metamorpho and Plastic Man, as well as Algon and the Element Dog, go through such bizarre physical states that every page deserves a second look, just to appreciate how well all of it was rendered.

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8.5
The Terrifics #7

Aug 23, 2018

But that is really the only complaint I have of the issue, and the Tom Strong part was so well done that I am in a forgiving mood.

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9.5
The Terrifics #8

Sep 27, 2018

While I wouldnt mind a little more depth to this book, I am finding it all such a fun ride that Im entertained throughout. And besides, Tom Strong would probably find it improper for me to criticize a story based on what it doesnt do, rather than evaluate what it does.

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9.0
The Terrifics #9

Oct 25, 2018

Still, I completely enjoyed reading the issue, so that has to count for something.

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8.5
The Terrifics Annual #1

Nov 2, 2018

I do wish there had been at least one story by the real team behind the Terrifics, but the annual is still an entertaining read.

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9.0
The Unexpected (2018) #1

Jun 13, 2018

The three writers have certainly set themselves a challenge with this debut issue. The series could go on to blow ones mind, or it could sink into suckiness really fast. Not sure which one will happen, but I am happy to take the ride and find out.

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8.5
The Unexpected (2018) #2

Jul 4, 2018

Still not sure where the book is going, and still not bothered by that in the slightest. Which is basically the best I could wish for from a series called The Unexpected.

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8.5
The Unexpected (2018) #3

Aug 7, 2018

Art wise there are some really great camera angles that are used, and though I am incapable of specifying why, some of the work feels a bit like Mignola. It doesnt look anything like Mignolas work, which is why I am not certain that I get that sensation. But its a compliment, nevertheless.

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8.5
The Unexpected (2018) #4

Sep 11, 2018

I guess one could say that is a big credit to the overall book. Four characters that dont really excite me, art that failed to thrill me, and yet somehow I really enjoyed this issue.

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8.5
The Unexpected (2018) #5

Oct 6, 2018

All in all, this is a fun issue, no matter whether it felt like an issue of Hawkman or not.

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8.5
The Unexpected (2018) #6

Nov 14, 2018

Because this book is fun. Its a bit like Space Mountain. A roller coaster ride in the dark, where one has no idea what direction the car will go in next.

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7.5
Titans (2016) #1

Jul 28, 2016

I was particularly pleased with the villain who shows up at the conclusion of the tale, revealing his role in removing everyones memories of Wally West. Way back, in the months leading up to Flashpoint, there had been hints that this man was involved in the reality altering events going on, but those all seemed to get dropped when Flashpoint struck. Abnett pays off those long abandoned clues by bringing back

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9.0
Titans (2016) #2

Sep 4, 2016

The two Liliths, old and young, get some of the key moments in the story, as the Titans discover that Abra Kadabra is behind their younger incarnations.

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9.0
Titans (2016) #3

Sep 29, 2016

As in the earlier issues, Wally West remains at the core of the story, and has a meeting with Linda Park in this one, in which he tries to connect with her, without terrorizing her. Its a very well written conversation, with a deadly kicker at the end.

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9.0
Titans (2016) #7

Jan 15, 2017

I was also really pleased to see Mal and Karen Duncan back in the book. They were an important part of Titans Hunt, and were all but left out of the first story arc here. That looks to be changing, big time.

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9.5
Titans (2016) #8

Feb 10, 2017

But thats fine. Its still a fun story, with a lot of good moments. And I have always had a soft spot for Bumblebee. Im old enough to remember her introduction to the Titans, when she just tossed together an outfit that allowed her to fly and shoot darts out of her bum, in order to show Mal that the Teen Titans didnt care about him. She was wrong then. And this time around, its Mal who has made the big mistake.

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7.0
Titans (2016) #9

Mar 8, 2017

The art, by Booth and Rapmund, looks just great. I have enjoyed every issue they have done. And I dont really dislike the story. I imagine that, in a collected edition, it will read perfectly well. Its just not very grabbing as an issue in and of itself.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #10

Apr 14, 2017

Overall, I was quite pleased with this story arc. Bumblebee always had potential, and I am glad to see it finally being put to use. I also liked the tease for the next issue. It's not one of the greatest Titans tales ever told, but it achieved its goals admirably.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #14

Aug 18, 2017

What else can I say without saying too much. Given the long history of the Titans, and the stories over the past years, the traitor is a far more logical choice than it might seem.

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7.5
Titans (2016) #15

Sep 13, 2017

If Dan Abnett has some clever way out of this I will be the first to cheer him. I just dont think that is likely.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #16

Nov 18, 2017

Please, DC, choose an origin for Wonder Girl and carve it in stone. Enough already.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #19

Jan 22, 2018

Of course the next thing we will be treated to will be a re-forming of the team. DC isnt abandoning the book or the concept. It will be interesting to see how the group comes back together, who returns, and who doesnt.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #20

Feb 16, 2018

The art is very good, the story is fun, and there is even a great cameo to close out the issue. All in all, a well done issue.

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9.0
Titans (2016) #21

Mar 16, 2018

A fast and fun issue, this works well both to continue the plot of the Titans being broken up by the League, while at the same time laying the groundwork for that to end.

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9.0
Titans (2016) #22

Apr 12, 2018

Paul Pelletier and Andrew Hennessy deliver some really dynamic art. The fight scenes look great, and I particularly love the close ups of Mallah and the Brain. Its not too easy to make a jar look threatening, but it sure does here.

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9.0
Titans (2016) #23

Jul 14, 2018

The story closes with some good teasers for the next issue. All in all this is a good, solid tale with some nicely laid groundwork for later developments.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #24

Aug 17, 2018

And while there is nothing at all wrong with the art or the story, it just isnt much of a stand out tale. I like to look for the positives in any comic that I read, because I love the whole universe of it so much. So for me all my hopes get pinned on the teasers of the last couple of pages.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #25

Sep 13, 2018

Without the Nightwing/Miss Martian scenes this would be a largely forgettable issue, aside from the Brother Blood set up. But as it stands, this is a lot of fun.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #26

Sep 27, 2018

Still, this is good enough that I can afford to be picky. And while I may enjoy the Teen Titans book more, I am still fully engaged in this one.

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6.5
Titans (2016) #27

Oct 17, 2018

Wally West was central to this title when it was launched. Roy Harper and Wonder Girl have a long history, with some teenage romance in their past. To just skate over that quickly, or ignore it completely, is a shameful disservice to those characters.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #28

Oct 25, 2018

This is a fast paced chapter, but I dont mind that at all. It helps the build for Drowned Earth. Between this and the most recent issues of Justice League and Aquaman, there seems to be a very good crossover getting launched here.

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7.5
Titans (2016) #29

Nov 14, 2018

Maybe, if Im really lucky, Earth wont have dried out by the time they get back.

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8.5
Titans (2016) Annual #2

Apr 25, 2018

I just feel cheated because it was the end of the run, and promise of the series was never fulfilled.

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9.0
Titans (2016): Special #1

Jun 27, 2018

A good reboot, promising an enjoyable run for the series.

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9.0
Titans: Rebirth #1

Jun 15, 2016

A fully satisfying re-introduction to the team, and I am eagerly awaiting Titans 1.

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9.0
Trinity (2016) #2

Oct 22, 2016

As with the first issue, I am not entirely certain where this story arc is going, but I really dont mind not knowing the direction when the ride is so much fun.

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8.5
Trinity (2016) #3

Nov 17, 2016

Manapul gives us a little of the outside world, enough so that we get a loose grip on what is going on. There is just enough being explained to keep a reader happy, while the overall mystery is a pleasurable puzzle.

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8.5
Trinity (2016) #4

Dec 23, 2016

Another fun chapter, which cannot help but make one eager for the next issue.

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9.5
Trinity (2016) #5

Jan 24, 2017

All in all an excellent issue, which leaves one eager for the follow up.

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9.5
Trinity (2016) #6

Feb 15, 2017

All in all, these first six issues show a writer and artists at the peak of their game, with a lot of intelligence and subtlety to the storytelling.

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9.0
Trinity (2016) #7

Mar 16, 2017

The only real problem I have, and its a minor one, is that everything is still in flux in Wonder Womans book. That all played well in the first story arc, as Wonder Womans uncertainty as to the truth of her background and the Amazons fed into the Black Mercys hallucinatory world. But in this case, Circe seems to have a solid background with her nemesis, and I wonder how that can be, when her connection to the Amazons has yet to be revealed. Ah well, the problems of tight continuity in a changing reality are bound to pop up from time to time. Perhaps this will even tie directly in.

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7.5
Trinity (2016) #8

Apr 19, 2017

All in all, not a great issue. Filler and build up more than anything else. But it is pleasantly executed.

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9.5
Trinity (2016) #9

May 17, 2017

I really loved Manapuls first story arc on this book, and everything in this issue indicates that another fun ride is coming up. A scary one.

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8.5
Trinity (2016) #10

Jun 22, 2017

It's a fun issue, fast paced and action packed. Not much time for any depth of characterization, though Manapul's dialogue still manages to evoke the different heroes very well, and the Flash gets a strong moment of nobility.

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8.0
Trinity (2016) #12

Aug 18, 2017

Funny, now that I am writing about it I can find elements to pick at, but I certainly did not feel that way while reading it. It could be a darker story, in both art and writing. But this is Trinity, a super hero book. So I have to say its fine just the way it is.

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8.0
Trinity (2016) #13

Sep 22, 2017

Now some might take issue with this, as Wonder Woman does not generally act like she was possessed by a demon. But I see the line as the kind of friendly barb that good friends fling at each other. Its not an insult, its the banter that reveals how close the two are.

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8.0
Trinity (2016) #14

Nov 18, 2017

While this is not an issue that provides any great depth or insight into the three main characters, it does remain a fun and entertaining story. A trifle, I suppose, but one that no one would regret reading.

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7.0
Trinity (2016) #15

Jan 14, 2018

A shame. It was a strong story arc overall, and deserved a stronger conclusion.

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8.5
Trinity (2016) #16

Jan 19, 2018

Not a brilliant story, but a solid and entertaining one.

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9.5
Trinity (2016) #17

Jan 24, 2018

I am not going to spoil the big ending, but it does feature a character not seen in quite a while. There is even a damn good teaser hint that the heroes encounter along the way. And I am so looking forward to the next issue, which is the best thing one can say about the opening chapter to a story.

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10
Trinity (2016) #18

Feb 24, 2018

A real treat for fans of Warlord, Trinity 18 is perfectly capable of standing on its own three legs (six legs?) as well.

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10
Trinity (2016) #19

Mar 15, 2018

Yes, if one is familiar with Warlord this issue will hold more resonance, but even without that, this is a great rollicking adventure.

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9.5
Trinity (2016) #20

Apr 1, 2018

Had this story tried to tell us what huge peril the three heroes are in, I probably wouldnt have cared for it nearly as much. Having the heroes feel they are fighting the same old same old as they strive to find Steve makes it all so much more fun.

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8.5
Trinity (2016) #21

Apr 12, 2018

A fun outing, particularly for fans of Warlord, and a great cliffhanger that makes me excited for the next issue.

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9.0
Trinity (2016) #22

Apr 25, 2018

That is not really the fault of the creative team, as much as of the editorial decision to bring an end to the book. True, it was never a must-read, as the three heroes all had their own books, which were the cores for any development of the characters. Overall, I enjoyed Trinity, though. It might have been nice to have had something change in their relationships to each other. Something that gave a reason for the series to end.

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9.0
Vigilante: Southland #1

Oct 27, 2016

At its best, the Adrian Chase Vigilante series served as a commentary on the increasingly violent culture emerging in the US during the late 80s and early 90s. Its certainly a topic that bears further exploration today!

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8.5
Vigilante: Southland #2

Nov 23, 2016

Another strong issue, with a solid mystery unfolding, even if Donny is becoming a bit more of a typical hero.

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7.5
Vigilante: Southland #3

Dec 29, 2016

Three issues down, and so far each one has topped the previous one. Thats about as good as it gets.

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8.0
Wacky Raceland #1

Jun 12, 2016

But overall, I have to admit I was more than pleased with the first issue of Wacky Raceland, and eager for more issues, and to see more of the other racers in the competition.

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9.5
Wacky Raceland #2

Jul 26, 2016

I am very tempted to give this issue a perfect rating, thats how much I loved it. I havent really talked much about the actual race that takes place, but it is replete with tension and grisliness, and has some good twists towards the end. The only thing that strikes me about this book is that it really feels more designed for adult readers. I think if I had read this story at the age at which I was watching Wacky Races it would have traumatized me.

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9.0
Wacky Raceland #4

Sep 29, 2016

Although there is no formal race taking place in the story (except at the outset), it still culminates in a chase with Biblical overtones at the conclusion.

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9.0
Wacky Raceland #5

Oct 22, 2016

Another superb issue, and once again, I cannot wait for the next one.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016): Witching Hour #1

Oct 6, 2018

If you enjoy Justice League Dark, you cannot miss this story. If you havent been reading Justice League Dark, you really ought to be, and should probably pick this up, and the first three issues, before you get too far behind.

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9.0
Young Monsters in Love #1

Feb 8, 2018

Is this book worth the cost? For me, the answer would have to be yes.

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