Eric Lee's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Dark Knight News Reviews: 59
7.8Avg. Review Rating

8.0
Batman (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

Even though this issue's plot is a littlethin, it does a decent job of instilling a feelingof emergency for Batman and the rest of his crew. They are definitely in for a long night in the “Night of the Monster Men” crossover.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #8

Oct 5, 2016

This issue feels like the storyline is starting to sag a little. But thanks to seamless plotting and character "F" Yeah!" moments by Orlando and Tom King, along with nice art from Rossmo, this issue staves off from feelingboring.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #9

Oct 19, 2016

King and Janin created an opening chapter for “I Am Suicide” that is is highly enjoyable and leavesthe reader with anticipation for the next issue.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #10

Nov 3, 2016

This issue ofBatman has a lot of fun highlights that makes the comic a worthwhile read, but it is dragged down by odd pacing for the overall storyline.

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6.0
Batman (2016) #11

Nov 17, 2016

Batman#11 is hampered with questionable characterization for Catwoman and a plot that is plodding. Its saving grace is the fantastic art by Janin and Chung that is almost worth the price of the comic.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #12

Dec 8, 2016

The latest issue of Batman is a mixed bag of genuine shock that puts Batman in a fresh new perspective, but also one that is frustratingly insular from the ongoing story arc.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #13

Dec 22, 2016

The finale to “I am Suicide” was a mostly well-done conclusion that gave each character at least one good scene and ends with acliffhanger that makes one anticipate the next issue.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #14

Jan 4, 2017

This issue may have some problems, but is a decentstart to a Catwoman-centric storyline. It has a genuinely good surprise and promises to answer dangling plot threads soon, but is also hampered by slow pacing.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #15

Jan 19, 2017

The enjoyment of this issue depends on what preconceived expecations you have going into it. If you read it in hopes of a comprehensive answer to the Catwoman plot line, then you might be slightly disappointed. But if you read it to see a deep exploration of Batman and Catwoman's connection and wonderful art, then you will appreciate the issue.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #16

Feb 2, 2017

The openingchapter of “I am Bane” is an ecliptic mix of humor, dark moments, and subplot advancements. While Bane does not physically appear in this issue, his menacing presence is felt everywhere and the cliffhanger ending will definitely entice readers to pick up the next issue.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #17

Feb 17, 2017

Still, this comicis probably one of the best issues in King'sBatman run, due to its suspenseful writing and appropriately gritty art. It is shaping up to be on of the best Bane-centric storylines sinceKnightfall.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #18

Mar 2, 2017

This is a fun issue that comparesBatman and Bane in a intriguing way. It is decent, but slightly flawed because of the abrupt ending and inconsistent art.

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4.0
Batman (2016) #19

Mar 17, 2017

After several strong issues, “I Am Bane” stumbles due to a nonsensical plot and decompressed storytelling.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #20

Apr 5, 2017

King's script createda mostly satisfying conclusion to the storyline, while being riddled with lazy resolutions and mediocre art.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #21

Apr 21, 2017

The first issue of the Flash/Batman crossover is near perfect on both the writing and artistic fronts. There are some minor quibbles that may detract some readers' enjoyment, but it is a fantastic introduction to "The Button" storyline.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #22

May 4, 2017

The penultimate issue of “The Button” still offers a few surprises and great action. The lack answers is concerning, but not enough to derail the fun and enjoyment of the storyline.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #23

May 18, 2017

Despite a truncated ending, "The Brave and the Mold" was brief, amusing story with plenty of action, beautiful art, and funny bits to enjoy.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #23

May 18, 2017

Despite a truncated ending, “The Brave and the Mold” was brief, amusing story with plenty of action, beautiful art, and funny bits to enjoy.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #24

Jun 9, 2017

This issue is a divisive one. The character interchanges between Batman, Catwoman, and Gotham Girl are delightful. However, thescript and art is a little uneven at times, especially with the controversial ending.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #25

Jun 22, 2017

The opening chapter of King's latest mega-arc starts off well. It has a promising premise, great art, and a sharp script. The concerns that drag down the book is mostly personal preference and are relatively minor.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #26

Jul 6, 2017

King and Janin produce another fantastic issue of Batman that promises high action and fun easter eggs. It is also full of intriguing character work and a great hook. If one can get pass Batman's questionable skills as a savior and the Riddler's serial killer depiction, then it is a highly enjoyable comic.

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5.0
Batman (2016) #28

Aug 4, 2017

King's insistence on telling “The War of Jokes and Riddles” in the most basic, broad strokes creates a dissatisfying reading experience. He insists to skipping over plot points and character motivation in favor of building a strong thematic through line. It is unfortunate that what started out as a promising storyline has turned into a frustrating mess.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #29

Aug 16, 2017

King and Janin created probably the most enjoyable issue of "The War of Jokes and Riddles". Thanks to King decompressing the events more, readers are able to enjoy the intimate character interactions and story pivots more. One hopes that King will continue writing the rest of the storyline with a slower pace so readers can enjoy the details more.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #30

Sep 8, 2017

The second part of “The Ballad of Kite Man” is decent. It has good scenes and pushes the overall narrative. But, King's continual refusal to show the actual war is a frustratingly odd storytelling choice. Furthermore, this deepening backstory for Kite Man feels fairly unnecessary for a such silly character.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #31

Sep 20, 2017

King and Janin have made perhaps the first all-out, fun issue of the "War of Jokes and Riddles". It has actual narrative flow, good character moments, and pay-offs. If every issue of "War of Jokes and Riddles" was like this, it would have made for a much more enjoyable story arc.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #34

Nov 1, 2017

This issue ofBatman shows what King can do when he is not tied down to an overly ambitious story structure. He tells a straight-forward superhero tale and it works well. It is brief, exciting, easy-to-follow, and fun. This issue feels like what a Batman comic should always be.

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8.0
Batman (2016) #35

Nov 17, 2017

King and Jones produced a satisfying conclusion to a brief, yet enjoyable storyline. It both perfectly articulates why Catwoman and Batman should be together and why their romance is doomed. That makes for a sad and highly emotional drama.

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10
Batman (2016) #36

Dec 7, 2017

King and Mann's tale of a simple human social interaction is funny and introspective, while giving readers some new, unique perspectives. It is hard-press to find flaws with this issue. In fact, it makes me want to see King on a new Batman/Superman series.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #37

Dec 22, 2017

The efforts of King and Mann produced another great tale. It was funny, witty, and dramatically interesting. However, the plot was not super complex and King's repetitious writing style did hinder the issue a bit. But overall, it was an enjoyable comic filled with gags, sharp one-liners, and fantastic art.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #38

Jan 5, 2018

Despite some minor flaws, King and Moore's comic is everything one wants in a Batman detective story. Twists, shocks, interesting emotional arcs, and classic villains are all in the story. It is a testament to King's growing skills as a writer and a showcase for creepy and great comic art.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #39

Jan 18, 2018

King and Jones make due with tougher material. Wonder Woman and Batman are not nearly as compatible as Superman and Batman. It shows in the script, but the creative team still puts out a decent effort in making the Diana-Bruce dynamic fun.

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6.0
Batman (2016) #40

Feb 8, 2018

This issue is not King's best scripting efforts. It is riddled with odd character portrayals and plot points being introduced and then quickly dropped. However, King was able to showcase an enjoyable display of Batman and Wonder Woman's relationship. Additionally, Jones' art is drop-dead gorgeous and elevates even the most mediocre material.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #41

Feb 24, 2018

King writes a flawless script. It has action, intrigue, and a looming sense of dread for our heroes. Only Janin's art is a little stiff, but that is a fairly minor nitpick in an otherwise flawless issue.

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10
Batman (2016) #42

Mar 7, 2018

King and Janin hit it out of the park again with their second issue of “Everyone Loves Ivy”. It is funny, intriguing, and dramatic.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #43

Mar 23, 2018

King and Janin craft a wonderful conclusion to “Everybody Loves Ivy”. It is unexpected, but emotionally and narratively satisfying with only some minor nitpicks.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #44

Apr 5, 2018

King, Jones, and Janin deliver a fun, breezy analysis of Batman and Catwoman. Even though half the comic was silent and the other half were from older comics, none of it comes off as lazy writing. The creative team worked wonderfully in tandem to really display why Batman and Catwoman are good for each other. The present day parts were silly, but the flashback scenes said something more substantial.

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10
Batman (2016) #45

Apr 20, 2018

King and Daniel created another strange, but thoroughly entertaining Batman story. It is a fun romp that is both odd and shocking.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #46

May 4, 2018

King continues making some twists in his alternate-universe storyline. However, the adventure showcases the downside of the alternate-universe trope: it is too easy to make everything awful and the characters unlikeable. This makes it difficult for the readers to connect with anybody. Furthermore, the outrageous tone makes the ending unintentionally laughable.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #47

May 16, 2018

Despite King's best efforts, the last issue of “The Gift” falls a little flat. The alternate world is underdeveloped and the ending is weird, bordering on crass. Booster Gold and the last scene are saving graces of the comic. However, even that is not enough to elevate it more than mediocre.

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6.0
Batman (2016) #48

Jun 6, 2018

King and Janin made a comic that has some good characterization and beautiful art. However, the thin plot and an unusually incompetent Batman drags down the good qualities of the creative team's work.

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8.0
Batman (2016) Annual #1

Nov 30, 2016

This tale gets the egregious award for being the least favorite of the annual. A new villain named Haunter uses a low-grade form of Scarecrow's fear gas as a cover to escape from Arkham and Batman is right on her tail. The crazy thing is that the plot is not even that bad, but it is obvious that Wilson wanted to tell a bigger tale and then ran out of space to do it. Hence, the entire thingfeels like a series of truncated-and occasionally confusing-events with an ending that is veryabrupt. Also, Christmas has very littlebearing on the plot, making it the odd story out in an annual full of holiday stories. Wilson and Evely's potentially interesting tale wasunfortunately cut too short and would have been better served asa full issue instead of a six pager.

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9.0
Batman (2016) Annual #2

Nov 29, 2017

King is in top form with his writing. It is apparent that he is taking a lot of his personal experiences from his life and putting into these characters. It makes for such a heartfelt and emotional reading experience, that not even his occasionally odd dialogue tics can derail it.

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7.0
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1

Jun 15, 2018

Batgirl vs. The Riddler seemed to have some promise, but turned out to be an unremarkable adventure. The comic is competently created by Seeley and Jung, but it does not rise above mediocre.

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8.0
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Nightwing vs. Hush #1

Jun 8, 2018

Seeley pumps out another awesome and satisfying wedding prelude comic. This comic answers some fan questions about the Bat-wedding and also gives a good insight into the Nightwing and Hush dynamic. Only the strange alternate reality plot and epilogue drags the issue down a bit.

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8.0
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Robin vs. Ra's Al Ghul #1

May 30, 2018

These one-shot specials can easily be a boring cash-grab. Fortunately, Seeley infuses Damian's story with drama and action to create a nuanced look at Damian Wayne and his feelings about the Bat-wedding. While the art is spotty in some instances and Ra's role was compulsory, the issue still was a great Damian character piece.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #21

Apr 27, 2017

The issue of The Flashwas just as enjoyable as the previous chapter of “The Button” storyline. While there are some nagging plot threads, the breezy script and solid art are not detracted from telling a genuinely story.

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7.0
Flash (2016) #22

May 19, 2017

Williamson has a thankless task of putting together a middle arc to springboard future storylines. Fortunately,him and King crafted a mostly well-made, intriguing plot with excellent art. However, the ending was a tad unsatisfying. But, as long as readers come in with theexpectations that not every plot thread will be answered, they will have a fun time.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #2

Aug 3, 2016

Nightwing is a decent enough comic, but is missing that big change in direction to give the series a shot in arm.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #3

Aug 17, 2016

This current issue of Nightwing is where the story's themes start crystallizing and the book is stronger for it. Despite an extraneous Batgirl appearance and Raptor still being a boring character, this issue is solid action that raise some intriguing questions about Nightwing.

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5.0
Nightwing (2016) #4

Sep 7, 2016

In short,Nightwing is a comic that is still struggling to findits voice and a captivating story hook, though Tim Seeley plants enough story seeds that can potentially grow into more intriguing plots in the future.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #5

Sep 21, 2016

This issueis not only a solid entry in the “Night of the Monster Men”crossover, but also maybeone of the better issues ofNightwing despite a backward characterization of Batman.

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10
Nightwing (2016) #6

Oct 6, 2016

This installment of “Night of the Monster Men” was very great, thanks to Orlando and Seeley's witty scripting and Antonio's solid art. If thestoryline's conclusion is as exciting as this issue, itlooks like “Night of the Monster Men” will end on a high note.

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5.0
Nightwing (2016) #7

Oct 20, 2016

Nightwing #7 continues the disappointing trend of having too much Raptor. And that is a real shame, since other aspects of the book: the art or supporting cast are fun. If Seeley would just ease the spotlight off of Raptor, the book would be more enjoyable (like during the Raptor-less “Night of the Monster Men” tie-in issues). Unfortunately, given the storyline's title is “Rise of Raptor”, readersshould expect more of the same.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #8

Nov 4, 2016

Nightwing pulls together a lot of plot threads that began when the title rebooted. The prior issues were fairly mediocre, but at least led to this satisfying conclusion.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #9

Nov 18, 2016

The latest issue ofNighwing is a real treat for people hoping for a fun Superman/Nightwing team-up. Not even the inclusion of Superman's awkward continuity baggage can drag this issue down.

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7.0
Titans (2016) #3

Sep 28, 2016

Titans is a comic that has a decent script and interesting hook by Dan Abnett, but is hampered down by its weak art and lackadaisical villain.

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7.0
Titans (2016) #4

Oct 28, 2016

This issue of Titans kicks the main plotinto overdrive, leading a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat cliffhanger. However, the awkwardly transparent dialogue and Booth's art preventsTitansfrom being a true must-read comic.

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8.0
Titans (2016) #5

Nov 23, 2016

The current issue of Titans was fast-paced, character-driven, and appropriately emotional. The lack of action from the other Titans and the still-shaky art brought the score down a little, but this issue may be its strongest one yet.

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7.0
Titans (2016) #6

Dec 29, 2016

The conclusion of “The Return of Wally West” certain lives up to its name. It firmly ushers Wally back into DC lore, while creating a exciting talethat teases intriguing future plots, that is unfortunately dragged down by the Titans doing nothing and shaky art.

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