Gabe Hernandez's Comic Reviews

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6.8Avg. Review Rating

7
Action Comics (2016) #1049

Nov 22, 2022

Bits and PiecesAction Comics #1049 brings Superman back to classic Superman form with big fights and evil Luthor plans in the making. That said, the Luthor thread feels oddly disconnected from the main plot, and Perkins's weird body distortions don't fit a book starring the Man of Steel.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1050

Dec 27, 2022

Action Comics #1050 is a return to form for the Man of Steel with a dastardly action by Lex Luthor that resolves the secret identity problem, adds worldwide stakes, and teases big things to come. That said, the wildly inconsistent art makes this issue feel disjointed and jarring from one page to the next.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1051

Jan 24, 2023

Action Comics #1051 kicks off a new era in the long-running title by converting the series into an anthology book. Two of the three shorts in this book are pretty darn good, with solid art and enormous potential. That said, the Powergirl short is a low-energy snoozefest.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1052

Feb 28, 2023

Action Comics #1052 delivers three chapters in ongoing stories about the Superfamily and their adventures, past and present. Of the three chapters, House of Metallo has the strongest art, and Home Again has the strongest writing, but none of the chapters is an outright dud.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1053

Mar 28, 2023

Action Comics #1053 delivers three stories to whet your Kryptonian whistle. The strongest stories center around Superman and his family as they fight against an assortment of threats. The Power Girl short, however, is a mess.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1054

Apr 24, 2023

Action Comics #1054 is the best entry in the series since the title moved to an anthology format. There's a clear first-second-third pecking order in the shorts, but they're close enough to each other in story quality and art style to make the end result worth the cover price.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1055

May 23, 2023

Well, two out of three ain't bad. Action Comics #1055 delivers an impressive ensemble story that will make Reign of the Supermen fans giddy. Dan Jurgens's chapter about a teenage despot who kidnaps young Jon Kent has solid action and an interesting moral dilemma. But Dorado Quick's Steel story is all kinds of terrible.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1056

Jun 29, 2023

Action Comics #1056 gives readers plenty of Super action with three tales showcasing members of the immediate and extended Super-Family. Phillip Kennedy Johnson's story is easily the best of the bunch, but the Steel story falls short on every level.

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6
Action Comics (2016) #1057

Oct 2, 2023

Action Comics #1057 starts a new Superman arc that raises the Blue Earth's threat level, ends the Kent family's adventure with an alien princess in a wonky, rushed fashion, and undoes all of Conner Kent's character growth in a single blow. Collectively, the art is strong, but Johnson's new arc about the Blue Earth movement is the only winning story in the bunch.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1058

Oct 24, 2023

Action Comics #1058 delivers two power-packed, rock-solid, entertaining stories to get your Super fix. Both stories are strong in different ways and plant mysteries that hold your attention for the next issue. As a plus, the art is consistently excellent throughout.

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5.5
Action Comics (2016) #1059

Nov 28, 2023

Action Comics #1059 represents the good, the bad, and the ugly of comics. Phillip Kennedy Johnson's good story contains a big twist reveal, Keenan King's lackluster resurrection and fight with China's Batman is clunky enough to be bad, and Dan Parent's pointless Jon and Jay date is made ugly with Sauvage's washed-out art.

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6
Action Comics (2016) #1060

Dec 14, 2023

Action Comics #1060 ends the main story with a tease and teases two new stories that continue in other titles. Of the three shorts, Phillip Kennedy Johnson's penultimate chapter of New Worlds is the most complete, and Nicole Maines and Steve Orlando's setup for Dreamer on the Suicide Squad is the most contrived and messy.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1061

Jan 8, 2024

Action Comics #1061 marks Jason Aaron's first run at the title with a tried and true Superman adventure, albeit with a "been there, done that" plot. Aaron delivers an exciting, action-packed first issue, and Timms's art looks fantastic. I just wish the plot didn't feel so much like something that's been done before.

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Action Comics (2016) #1062

Feb 15, 2024

Action Comics #1062 turns the world upside down and backward when Bizarro's spell goes global. Aaron and Timms really capture the isolation and hopelessness Superman feels when all attempts to stop the spell fail, but the plot and themes feel uncomfortably similar to better-known literary works.

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8
Action Comics (2016) Annual: 2023

Dec 27, 2023

Action Comics 2023 Annual #1 is a fitting end to the New Worlds arc and Phillip Kennedy Johnson's time on Action Comics. Admittedly, the smaller scenes feel rushed in spots due to lack of page space, but the final fight feels big against a formidable villain with an army, and the art looks great.

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7
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #1

Mar 7, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #1 looks great, reads great, and gives you plenty of super action for the cover price in a story that sets up Jon Kent's long-awaited confrontation with Ultraman. Unfortunately, the setup that gets Jon involved in the fight has more plot holes than a wheel of Swiss cheese, so the setup feels more contrived than it should for a moment this big.

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7.5
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #2

Apr 4, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #2 definitively (or as definitively as it can in comics) ends the conflict between Jon Kent and Ultraman with a one-on-one fight across the multiverse. Henry and Bellaire's art sings, and the emergence of Jon's new (old?) Electric Blue Superman powers look great. However, the fight's ending will either be loved or hated.

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Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #3

May 2, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #3 marks the midway point of Taylor's final story for Jon Kent, and the plot is nowhere to be seen. Jon spends the issue listening, learning, and taking in the sights of the Injustice world, but at best, this issue is mostly conversations with great art.

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5.5
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #4

Jun 6, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #4 serves as an excellent primer that explains to Jon Kent how Injustice Earth came to be in its current state. That said, this issue is almost all exposition, the plot hasn't quite come together, Jon Kent is barely a participant in his own min-series, and the information only holds your attention if you know nothing about the previous Injustice stories. With two issues left, it's hard to imagine this mini will end well when it hasn't even started.

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Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #5

Jul 5, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #5 turns the momentum meter up a half-notch for a penultimate issue that delivers lots of talking and hand-wringing but no excitement or dramatic tension. Clayton Henry is doing his best to make a bland script seem visually interesting, but this comic is a forgettable miss.

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3.5
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #6

Aug 1, 2023

Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent #6 is a laughable ending to Jon Kent's adventure on the Injustice Earth. Rather than use the dwindling opportunity to push Jon Kent to mature into the Superman he needs to be, Taylor dumbs down the enemies, the world, and the universe to make a simple hug the answer to everyone's problems. What a waste.

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6
Alan Scott: The Green Lantern (2023) #1

Oct 23, 2023

Alan Scott: Green Lantern #1 is a thoughtful exploration of what it might have been like to be a soldier, a superhero, and a gay man during WWII. The art looks great, and Sheridan plants a couple of intriguing mysteries. That said, so much focus is spent painting Alan Scott as an oppressed victim that the hero aspects get very little play. And the extreme retcons verge on salacious.

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4
Alan Scott: The Green Lantern (2023) #2

Nov 28, 2023

Alan Scott: The Green Lantern #2 isn't a superhero comic. It's an egregious piece of fanfic designed to retcon Alan Scott into a tragically oppressed man dealing with homophobic social ills in WWII-era America. The main plot gets no attention in an issue-long flashback that pulls Green Lantern's origin far enough away from the source material to be almost unrecognizable.

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6.5
Alan Scott: The Green Lantern (2023) #3

Dec 26, 2023

Alan Scott: The Green Lantern #3 is a decent detective noir murder tale. Sheridan's mystery construction is on-point, and the art looks great, but if you are looking for a superhero book that focuses on the Green Lantern part of Alan Scott, you may want to look elsewhere.

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7
Alan Scott: The Green Lantern (2023) #4

Jan 30, 2024

Alan Scott: The Green Lantern #4 gets to the heart of the issue by giving readers the full scoop on the Red Lantern's origins. While the reveal isn't the least bit surprising, it's well done. That said, Sheridan succeeds in building Red Lantern up by tearing Alan Scott down into a confused, chronically horny man whose libido clouds his judgment at every turn.

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9
Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong #1

Jun 21, 2022

After a disastrous few years of lackluster and outright bad Aquaman titles, Aquaman / The Flash: Voidsong #1 is a surprising breath of fresh air. The alien threat feels epic, the logic behind the unlikely team-up makes sense, and the art is gorgeous.

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9
Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong #2

Jul 19, 2022

Aquaman / The Flash: Voidsong #2 may be the best comic we've read from Kelly and Lanzing. Despite the double-sized issue, the pacing moves like lightning, the character interactions are engaging, the action is intense, the plot drops more than one surprise, and the art is great.

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8.5
Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong #3

Aug 16, 2022

Aquaman / The Flash: Voidsong #3 ends the arc with big action and plenty of heart. The pacing, dialog, and plotting are all on-point, and the resolution is satisfying. However, the epilogue drags on way too long, overstepping several moments to gracefully end the story.

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7
Aquaman: Andromeda #1

Jun 7, 2022

Aquaman: Andromeda #1 is an interesting premise about a horror from space crashing in the ocean with only the King of Atlantis to stop whatever horror is coming. The character, vessel, and creature designs are cool, and there's plenty of moody mystery to build tension. However, the line work ranges from detailed to unfinished, the color palette is mostly dark and drab, and the writing is pretentiously bloated throughout the dialog and narration.7/10

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Aquaman: Andromeda #2

Aug 3, 2022

Aquaman: Andromeda #2 swerves the story in a new direction to reveal the mysterious alien ship is not an alien ship at all. The swerve opens up a wide swath of storytelling potential, but the new direction is oddly familiar. Couple the strange-but-intriguing new direction with painfully uneven art, and you get a mixed bag overall.

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5
Aquaman: Andromeda #3

Oct 18, 2022

Aquaman: Andromeda #3 ends the mini-series with a story about stories that create stories. Filled with over-narration, and exposition, the arc boils down to a DC Comics version of the movie Sphere (1998). Just watch the film instead.

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8.5
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #1

Sep 21, 2021

Aquaman: The Becoming #1is the YA version of Aquaman you've always dreamed of having. Jackson Hyde is the perfect, All-American High School sweetheart that practically helps old ladies across the street, saves kittens trapped in trees, and has an emotionally healthy relationship with everyone in his life. For some, the wholesomeness may be too saccharine-sweet for your taste, but YA fans will eat it up and ask for more.

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8.5
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #2

Oct 26, 2021

Aquaman: The Becoming #2 is a jarring shift in focus and tone from issue #1 as a slice-of-life-with-a-little-drama comic to a police procedural drama. The characterization of Mera as a shrewd (and slightly combative) person of interest really sells the drama. The art is great considering the multiple artists, and the mild cliffhanger hints at a bigger conspiracy that piques interest for what's to come.

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Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #3

Nov 16, 2021

Aquaman: the Becoming #3 is a tense chase story following Jackson Hyde's attempts to get away long enough from the forces chasing him to figure out who framed him and why. The mechanics of his escape drop a nugget of information about the inner workings of the JL that's as interesting as the conflict in this arc. The reveal of the big bad is surprising but may be a little too much soap opera for some tastes.

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Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #4

Dec 28, 2021

Aquaman: The Becoming #4 is a well-drawn and well-structured comic, but the creators fall short by forcing a "ripped from the headlines" narrative that doesn't focus enough on the main character. If you're looking for an exciting adventure that shows why Jackson Hyde is worthy enough to be the next Aquaman, this isn't it.

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Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #5

Jan 18, 2022

Aquaman: The Becoming #5 is a wasted opportunity to take one of the newer and popular characters from DC Comics and actually do something meaningful to build his character up. Instead, the main character is barely an influence on his own story. If you wanted to get to know Jackson Hyde and find out why he deserves to be the next Aquaman, this ain't it.

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4.5
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #6

Feb 15, 2022

Aquaman: The Becoming #6 is as effective a single issue finale as the whole series - meaning not effective at all. There's plenty of action and forced emotion to keep your attention, but the attempt to make Jackson a worthy successor to Arthur Curry as the next Aquaman is no more eventful than Jackson saying, "I'm Aquaman now!" Sure you are, little buddy. Sure you are.

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7
Aquamen (2022) #1

Feb 22, 2022

Aquamen #1 kicks off with large-scale mayhem and stakes. The art is decent, there's plenty of big action, but the characters all feel off and bizarrely disconnected from what's happening around them.7/10

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7.5
Aquamen (2022) #2

Mar 29, 2022

Aquamen #2 drops nuggets of information surrounding the mystery of Orm's attack and seemingly random surface dwellers going berserk. The issue is filled with tense moments, generally great art, and plenty of curiosity-building to keep readers hooked for the next issue. That said, Jackson takes a big step toward becoming a villain and is not ready to take over the title of Aquaman.

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6.8
Aquamen (2022) #3

Apr 26, 2022

Aquamen #3 starts to fill in the puzzle pieces behind the sleeper cell activations and the looming disaster to follow. Each page is filled with great action and generally good art. Every reveal and plot development generates as much excitement as a lead balloon. However, it's hard not to shrug and move on when the Big Bad is revealed to be a C-list Aquaman villain.

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6.5
Aquamen (2022) #4

May 24, 2022

Aquamen #4 is another acceptable entry in the series. The plot moves forward, and the dialog, pacing, and action are fine. What's missing is any sense of scale from the attacks, a motivation behind the attacks, or stakes beyond stopping bad people from doing bad things. Again, the technical execution is here, but this comic never crosses the line between competent and memorable.

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5.5
Aquamen (2022) #5

Jun 28, 2022

Aquamen #5 is a below-average entry in the series. The art is very good, but everything surrounding the rescue plan, its execution, its operation, and even the original terrorist plot, is either convoluted, unnecessarily complicated or doesn't make sense. With one more issue in the series, there's time to end on a high note, but it will take a minor miracle.

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Aquamen (2022) #6

Jul 26, 2022

Follow ComicalOpinions on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterBits and PiecesAquamen #6 is what happens when creators and editors know a title is canceled but can't be bothered to wrap up the arc with any semblance of sense or caring. Despite a valiant effort by the art team, the story simply skips the resolution in favor of a semi-emotional epilogue for a mild Dark Crisis lead-in.

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7.5
Arkham City: The Order of the World #1

Oct 5, 2021

Arkham City: The Order Of The World #1 is David Fincher's Seven in a Gotham City without a Batman. How does a city cope when Arkham inmates are on the loose and only the GCPD and one criminal psychologist are on the job to stop/save them? It's too early to tell if this is an entertaining read, but it's certainly a dark one.

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Arkham City: The Order of the World #2

Nov 2, 2021

Arkham City: The Order Of The World #2 pulls the grim, darkness aside enough to lay the groundwork for a potentially compelling story. The point of the plot is firmly established and makes sense in a Fear State world without bending to accommodate Fear State in an inorganic way. The complicated characters make for unpredictable actions, and that may be the best way to position this type of story. Dani's hyper-stylized art may not be for everyone, but it certainly fits the gritty, urban aesthetic of the story.

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Arkham City: The Order of the World #3

Dec 7, 2021

Arkham City: The Order of the World #3 has a plethora of cool concepts and ideas, but the story is getting weighed down by volumes of subtext and double meaning in every scene. While the backstory on Gotham's origin and what it means for Ten Eyed Man's ritual is fascinating, the pacing and constant injection of symbolism, double-meanings, and red herrings drag the energy down.

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5.5
Arkham City: The Order of the World #4

Jan 4, 2022

Arkham City: The Order of the World #4 ironically has bits and pieces (pun intended) of a story here, but it's not coming together after four issues. At points, the issue feels like the creators are jumping from one cool moment to the next but not heading anywhere in particular. Who are we supposed to care about? Does any character in this comic know where they're going? Couple the chaos of the story with stylized art that tips the line into sloppiness, and you get an issue (possibly a series) that's going nowhere.

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7.5
Arkham City: The Order of the World #5

Feb 1, 2022

Arkham City: The Order of the World #5 is a reveal-filled penultimate issue in this limited series. The mysterious players are brought to the light, even if their motives are unclear. The art is less sloppy than the previous issue, and there are some genuine moments of tension within. That said, the reveals instill dread but lack punch, so it's a wait-and-see recommendation.

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Arkham City: The Order of the World #6

Mar 1, 2022

In all, Arkham City: The Order of the World #6 ends a creepy, atmospheric, violent story with more creepiness, atmosphere, and violence. That said, the ending brings readers almost right back to where we started, and the theme of the story is not entirely clear. If you're looking for style and atmosphere without much more, this book may be what you're looking for.

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8.5
Batgirls (2021) #1

Dec 14, 2021

Overall, I like this first issue much more than I expected. The material and characters are probably most relatable to a tween girl audience with a tone and style reminiscent of DC's Super Hero Girls. Still, the story and character work are no less engaging. As a result, I'm interested in reading more.

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6.5
Batgirls (2021) #2

Jan 11, 2022

Batgirls #2 plays up the silly banter and the lack of stakes to build toward a mystery that has no apparent purpose... yet. Corona's art style appears more exaggerated in this issue, further enhancing the nonsense. The issue isn't necessarily bad, but the focus, right now, is on dropping clues about an undefined mystery. At the same time, the oddly re-characterized Batgirls don't treat their situation any more seriously than a collection of middle school hijinx.

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Batgirls (2021) #3

Feb 8, 2022

Batgirls #3 increasingly shows this arc suffers from a fatal lack of focus. There are three villains at various stages of activity level, but it's not clear who the Batgirls should be prioritizing or why. Not a good place to be when you're at the mid-point of a 6-issue run. The art is fine is you like stylized anatomy, but this issue shows some weakness in the art choice due to lack of clarity.

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Batgirls (2021) #4

Mar 8, 2022

Batgirls #4 takes an already overstuffed story with four separate villains and adds more to the mix. The stylized art might not be everyone's cup of tea, but it suits the neon YA tone of the book. I just hope the creative team can tighten up the story before this first arc ends.

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7.5
Batgirls (2021) #5

Apr 12, 2022

Make sure to listen to our Weekly DC Comics Recap and Review Podcast to hear us talk more about this book.  Just look up "Weird Science DC Comics" anywhere you listen to podcasts, and make sure to rate, review, and subscribe! Bits and Pieces Batgirls #5 earns a gold star in the series for "most improved" by paring back the number of villains taking up page space and focusing on the conflict. The tone and style of the art are consistent with the previous issues, so this net issue turns out to be just okay, which is an improvement.

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8.5
Batgirls (2021) #6

May 10, 2022

Batgirls #6 is the best issue of the series. The stylized art is an acquired taste, but there were plenty of visually striking moments in this issue. The central conflict with Tutor and Spellbinder ends satisfyingly, and you have a couple of moments of genuine emotion. However, Barbara's fight scene was ridiculous, some bait and switch went on, and the closing pages turned into a heavy-handed PSA.

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Batgirls (2021) #7

Jun 14, 2022

Batgirls #7 moves on from Tutor/Spellbinder to deal with the Saints (again) and Seer. A new art team takes over with mixed results, and the story is just serviceable in an issue that's mostly setup for issue #8. As long as you know that Seer has been captured by the Saints, you could skip this issue and not miss a beat.

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6.5
Batgirls (2021) #8

Jul 12, 2022

Batgirls #8 wraps up the conflict with the Seer and the Saints with light (read: low-tension) resolution that puts the saints out of commission and takes away Seer's power (for now). The art style and the story focus are significantly better than in the previous issue, but the coloring is not good, and the lack of story tension leads to a forgettable ending.

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Batgirls (2021) #9

Aug 9, 2022

Batgirls #9 takes the scenic route to set up the conflict with the last mystery left in this series - the identity of the Hill Ripper. The pacing, dialog, and overall execution are fine, but there are no stakes, no urgency, and no drama. If you're looking for some airy, disposable, forgettable comic entertainment, this is it.

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6.5
Batgirls (2021) #10

Sep 13, 2022

Follow @ComicalOpinions on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterBits and Pieces:Batgirls #10 amps up the middle school YA shenanigans and turns down the dramatic tension in the Batgirls' search for a killer. The art is fine, and the plot makes a mild amount of progress, but the corny, childish dialog may be off-putting for some, and the leisurely pace prevents creating any excitement or anticipation.

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Batgirls (2021) #11

Oct 11, 2022

Batgirls #11 is a light, fluffy, non-serious, non-urgent murder investigation that puts the cauldron one step closer to catching the Hill Ripper. This issue is the closest yet to a Scholastic Scooby-Doo mystery with friends being friends and kiddish hi-jinks at the zoo. Not a recommendation unless you like something to read while you drink your juice box during recess.

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6.5
Batgirls (2021) #12

Nov 7, 2022

Batgirls #12 brings the hunt for the Hill Ripper to an end with a respectable amount of dramatic tension, plenty of action, and a decent conclusion to the killing spree. That said, the dialog in the first half is terrible, the tone is wildly inconsistent compared to the previous issue, and the art, especially the coloring, is odd.

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5
Batgirls (2021) #13

Dec 13, 2022

Batgirls #13 wraps up the body swap adventure by waiting for the spell to wear off. You get the impression Cloonan and Conrad are throwing in goofy developments to pad space and bide time while DC figures out if the title will continue after issue #15. In effect, this title is quickly devolving into a timewaster.

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6.5
Batgirls (2021) #15

Feb 13, 2023

Batgirls #15 is a passable issue that delivers a scene of heartfelt emotion surrounded by a contrived plot and functional art with terrible colors.

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5
Batgirls (2021) #16

Mar 14, 2023

Batgirls #16 takes the weirdest, most nonsensical path to resolve Mad Hatter's evil plan, even though this issue is the first one where he actually makes an appearance. The plot is bizarrely random, and the art is sub-par compared to the last few issues.

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4
Batgirls (2021) #17

Apr 18, 2023

Batgirls #17 begins a new arc heading into cancellation, and if this is the way the Batgirls is going to ride into the sunset, it would have been better for DC to cancel the title at issue #16. A potentially taut crime thriller about a mad sniper is marred by inconsistent art, terrible coloring, and a shockingly tone-deaf lecture about gun control from armored, armed, and illegal vigilantes.

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7.5
Batgirls (2021) #18

May 16, 2023

Batgirls #18 is a decent little crime thriller with solid detective work, snappy dialog, strong emotional beats, and engaging drama. This issue exemplifies what the series should have been from the beginning. Conversely, the art is uneven, and the coloring is terrible.

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Batgirls (2021) #19

Jun 20, 2023

Batgirls #19 ends the arc, the creative team's tenure, and the title with a final confrontation to stop a mad sniper from terrorizing the city. The resolution is serviceable, the killer's mysterious identity was telegraphed early on (although, the identity has a twist), and the art is passable with terrible colors.

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5.5
Batgirls (2021) Annual: 2022

Nov 29, 2022

Batgirls 2022 Annual sets up the next phase of the cauldron's adventures with an out-of-nowhere body swap, character cameos, decent art with bad coloring, and a lot of unnecessary slice-of-life scenes to pad out the pages.

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8.5
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1

Nov 1, 2022

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #1 brings a new phase in the Batman/Joker relationship to life as a monstrous, unstoppable killer with ties to the Joker forces the perennial enemies to become partners. The story is an above-average Batman tale with solid pacing, plotting, and dialog, but the Batman/Joker relationship forms a little too quickly. Silvestri's artwork, however, is the best its ever been.

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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2

Dec 6, 2022

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #2 takes the boilerplate setup from issue #1 and amps up the horror elements in surprisingly new directions for an issue with spectacular art and a suddenly more intriguing story.

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9.5
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3

Jan 10, 2023

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #3 shifts away from nailbiting action into full-on detective mode as Batman hunts down the monster maker. Silvestri's artwork is next-level, the detective work is smart yet engaging, and the mystery unfolds at just the right pace to be satisfying.

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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #4

Feb 7, 2023

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #4 breaks from the plot progression to fill in Simms's backstory and add more detail to the monster-making process. The details are interesting and give the story texture and death, but the story's forward momentum loses steam.

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8.5
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5

Mar 7, 2023

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #5 amps up the detective work and the exposition to uncover the "true" threat behind the monsters, kidnappings, and murders. The art is gloriously good, Batman's detecting work is solid, and the mystery reveal is surprising. That said, this is a very dialog-heavy issue with little action, and many questions still need to be answered.

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Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #6

Apr 4, 2023

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #6 uses the penultimate issue in the 7-issue run to answer lingering questions, deliver big fights, hit you with surprise twists, and set the stage for a big finale. Most but not all answers are satisfying, and the art is next-level brilliant.

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8.5
Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #7

May 2, 2023

Batman & The Joker: The Deadly Duo #7 ends a gorgeously-crafted mini-series on a strong note. Batman's challenges are clever, he overcomes them with equal cleverness and grit, and Silvestri's artwork truly is a work of art.

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7.5
Batman '89 (2021) #1

Aug 10, 2021

Batman '89 #1 is a promising start to the continuation of Burton's version of the Batman legend. The characters look and sound great, and the plot works. However, the design of Gotham lacks the Burton flare, and the motivation behind Dent's actions feels forced.

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6.5
Batman '89 (2021) #2

Sep 14, 2021

Bits and Pieces:  Batman '89 #2 leans into the real-life sociopolitical issues to craft a Harvey Dent that feels like a character ripped from the pages of today's headlines. However, where the urban life drama succeeds, Hamm does little to build up a character you believe could become Two-Face. On top of the push for realism at the expense of a known character's origin, the light introduction to Robin is eye-rolling, and the overall aesthetic of Gotham lacks any of the gothic hallmarks of a Burton film.

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8.5
Batman '89 (2021) #3

Oct 12, 2021

Batman '89 #3 has the most Batman-like look and feel of all the entries in the series so far. Harvey Dent's transition into Two-Face is believable and probably the best version depicted to date. And the (re)introduction of Catwoman adds complexity to Gotham's corruption woes that escalate tensions further, leading to a huge challenge for Batman.

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6.5
Batman '89 (2021) #4

Dec 7, 2021

Batman '89 #4 is the big introduction to the film version of Two-Face and Robin for fans of Burton's Batman. The character designs are greats, and the frantic personality of Two-Face would have been a fantastic sight if it had been depicted on screen as it is here. That said, Hamm goes extreme with out-of-character versions of Bullock as a racist cop intent on beating people of color and using Bullock's antics to justify turning Robin into something he shouldn't be.  It all makes for a thoroughly distasteful (if that was even possible) version of Gotham.

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8.5
Batman '89 (2021) #5

Apr 12, 2022

Batman '89 #5 feels most like a proper Batman adventure with a grand crime, dramatic action, and the main criminal pushed past his limits of sanity. The art is excellent, and the writing is even better.

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5.5
Batman '89 (2021) #6

Jul 5, 2022

Batman '89 #6 brings the comic interpretation of Burton's scuttled third film with a finale with great-looking characters but little more to crow about. The Gotham City aesthetic is wholly absent, the story moves at a snail's pace with overlong dialog and narration, and the ending lacks gravitas.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #125

Jul 5, 2022

Batman #125 is a strange tale that portends the beginning of the end for the Caped Crusader. The strangest aspect of all is a wildly uncharacteristic take on Penguin that paints him as a having a school shooter mentality rather than a ruthless and opportunistic gangster. The pacing, dialog, and art are fantastic, so the technical execution is masterful, even if the character depictions are uncharacteristic.

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6
Batman (2016) #126

Aug 2, 2022

Batman #126 does what every superhero comic should - confront the hero with a more powerful villain. The art is gorgeous and powerful, the action is intense, and the writing execution is on-point. However, the last-page revelation will make longtime Batman fans say "Yes!" or "Oh, no!"

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9
Batman (2016) #127

Sep 6, 2022

Batman #127 keeps up the rock-em-sock-em action from the previous issue as Zur-En-Arrh Batman tags into the fight with Failsafe with mixed results. Zdarsky's pacing and rise-and-fall in the action make for an engrossing read, while a ton of exposition and flashbacks fill readers in on how Failsafe came to be. The art is gritty and kinetic, and the backup story drops a tidbit with big implications for the main story.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #128

Oct 4, 2022

Batman #128 pits Failsafe against the entire Justice League for an updated (possibly better) version of Tower of Babel for a knockdown, drag-out fight that truly puts the JL on the defensive. The writing is clean, rapid-fire, and impactful, and Jimenez's art packs a punch.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #129

Nov 1, 2022

Batman #129 begins Failsafe's chase anew with clever traps, hard-hitting action, and relentless pacing. The art's fantastic, and the cliffhanger is as perfectly impossible a situation as you can imagine.

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6
Batman (2016) #130

Dec 6, 2022

Batman #130 tops the impossible cliffhanger from issue #129 with a rescue/survival resolution that's patently ridiculous to the point of infuriating. In a series brimming with clever writing and cool action, this finale to the first part of the Failsafe arc is a massive disappointment.

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6
Batman (2016) #131

Jan 3, 2023

Batman #131 takes a big step backward in the creativity department by transporting Batman to an alternate Earth where everything is slightly off. The technical execution is fine, but the story concept is so played out, it's become a boring clich.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #132

Feb 7, 2023

Batman #132 picks up steam by putting a new twist on a classic story to show Bruce what a Gotham without Batman looks like. The pacing, dialog, and action are on point, and some of the confusing elements from the previous issues get answered, so on the whole, this is the best arc issue so far.

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8
Batman (2016) #133

Mar 7, 2023

Batman #133 finds Bruce Wayne donning a street-level cape and cowl to save an alternate world's Gotham from criminal corruption. The art and writing are solid, and the plot feels like it's moving, but the lack of urgency on Bruce's behalf to get back home and stop Failsafe is somehow unsettling.

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8
Batman (2016) #134

Apr 3, 2023

Batman #134 continues the World Without A Batman story with several surprises. Some surprises are strangely unsurprising, and at least one surprise is shockingly big. The art is generally okay, albeit too bright for an underground adventure, and the ending will get people talking.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #135

May 2, 2023

Batman #135 reads like Chip Zdarsky watched Spider-Man: No Way Home and said, "Yeah, I can top that." And he does. The small army of artists gives you every Batman you can imagine for a multiversal adventure for the ages, and it works.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #136

Jun 6, 2023

Batman #136 gets the one-handed Batman settled back into life in Gotham as he discovers who's who and what's what since Failsafe banished him to an alternate universe. Zdarrsky's plot movement, pacing, and dialog are top-tier, and Ortega's first crack at art on Zdarsky's Batman is impressive.

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4.5
Batman (2016) #137

Sep 2, 2023

Batman #137 takes the foolishness of Catwoman's plan from the Battle Lines prologue comic and Turns it up to 11 when the entire Bat Family (except Damian) suddenly decides Catwoman's Henchmen Union is a great idea and actively scheme to stop Batman from interfering with Catwoman's approved robbers. This story is ridiculous, the execution is ridiculous, and DC is absurd for sending it to print.

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3
Batman (2016) #138

Oct 2, 2023

Batman #138 is a bizarre fever dream of nonsense storytelling. Zdarsky creates one plot development with a "black box," and then jumps to another plot development with another "black box." Then Vandal Savage shows up to take over the world. What is happening? Somebody send out a search party for Chip Zdarsky because he might not be okay.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #139

Nov 6, 2023

Batman #139 gets back to basics as a focused Batman (sans support from the Batfamily) resumes his mission to hunt down the Joker. But for Joker's antics looking too much like the Riddler, this is a gritty, taut crime thriller with gorgeous art. Unfortunately, the story is mildly tainted by too many connections to the Gotham War and the lack of follow-up concerning Jason Todd or Failsafe.

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6.8
Batman (2016) #140

Dec 4, 2023

Batman #140 is the little acorn that could become the mighty oak if Zdarsky can keep the story going in the direction it's headed. The action is fierce, and several plot developments are introduced that have big potential for Batman and Joker, so it's on Zdarsky to pay off the setup.

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8
Batman (2016) #141

Jan 1, 2024

Batman #141 gets back to basic (and ignores most of 2023) by picking up the next round against Failsafe. The action is fast and furious, Batman appears locked in a no-win scenario, and Jimenez's art is stellar.

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7
Batman (2016) #142

Feb 4, 2024

Batman #141 puts Failsafe and Zur-En-Arrh on the backburner (again) to begin a completely unrelated story detailing the Joker's first year after his transformation juxtaposed with a tale in the future where old man Batman hunts the Joker after unleashing a deadly plague on Gotham. Zdarsky tries to do his best Frank Miller impersonation and mostly succeeds but falls short in the clarity department. Likewise, the art team does their best impressions of Frank Quitely, Liam Sharp, and Bill Sienkiewicz to present a visually appealing comic.

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8
Batman (2016) #143

Feb 13, 2024

Batman #143 is a surprisingly taut and engaging continuation of Joker's Year One story. Continuity purists may take issue with Zdarsky's retcons, but at this point, if DC doesn't care, there's nothing to be done about it. Regardless, Batman #143 is a dramatic read.

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4.5
Batman (2016) #144

Feb 20, 2024

Batman #144 concludes the Joker: Year One art by not telling you anything you didn't already know, confusing what you already knew, and focusing on nothing that matters. At least the art looks great, but this needless interruption to the Failsafe story is a complete waste of time.

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6
Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War (2023): Battle Lines #1

Aug 28, 2023

Batman/Catwoman: Gotham War - Battle Lines #1 kicks off the Gotham War event with Batman coming out of a long sleep to find Catwoman solving Gotahm's crime problem with a very un-Batman-like approach. The moral dilemma facing Batman is interesting, and the art looks great, but the plan that creates Batman's moral dilemma is riddled (*heh*) with logical flaws that lead you to believe the writers didn't think things through.

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2
Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War (2023): Scorched Earth #1

Oct 31, 2023

Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War - Scorched Earth #1 is unintentionally scarier than the Knight Terrors event because it's terrifying that DC allowed such an embarrassingly bad comic to ever see the light of day. The story is nonsensical, plot points come out of nowhere, things happen that aren't possible, nobody acts with any sense or reason, and everyone is still acting as if the biggest problem with what happened in this "war" is Batman. Two points for mediocre art.

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3
Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War (2023): Red Hood #2

Oct 24, 2023

Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War: Red Hood #2 is a pointless mess and a waste of time. There is no story here, the timeline doesn't fit within Gotham War, and the outcome is just a cheap excuse to read other titles. In the strongest possible terms, this comic is a hard pass.

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7
Batman / Spawn (2022) #1

Dec 13, 2022

Batman / Spawn #1 is a surprisingly creative story about a plan by the Court of Owls to trick Batman and Spawn into killing one another. While creative, the plan takes a couple of read-thrus to figure out, so some readers may need help with it. That said, the art is simply stunning, so if you don't enjoy the story, you'll probably love the art.

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6.8
Batman / Superman (2019) #15

Dec 22, 2020

Batman / Superman #15, available from DC Comics on December 22nd, 2020, run offense and defense on a mission of mercy for DC's favorite swamp zombie. The simple story is fine for what it is as long as you don't think about it too much, especially when the silliness gets turned up to 11 in a few spots. The art is bold and memorable, the colors bring a lot of contour and gravity to the characters with some really nice shading, and the lettering keeps the story moving through a LOT of exposition.

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7
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #1

Mar 15, 2022

Batman/Superman: World's Finest #1 leaves me feeling a bit cold. Waid stuffs in too much too fast, with most of the top villains showing up in one form or another. Much like eating a whole box of Twinkies, you feel like you ate a lot, but it wasn't particularly healthy or satisfying. That said, the art is phenomenal, and DC couldn't have assembled a better art team.

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9
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #2

Apr 19, 2022

Batman/Superman: World's Finest #2 takes everything that worked about the first issue and builds on it. Then, it takes everything that wasn't right in the first issue and corrects it. This is a perfect example of classic superhero storytelling and a highly recommended pick for anyone that wants to remember why they liked reading superhero comics.

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9
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #3

May 17, 2022

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #3 has everything you'll ever want in a DC team comic (and more) with fantastic art, non-stop story progress, cameos galore, and a shocking last-page twist. Waid expertly gives you a ton of exposition but rewards you by giving you incredible battles first. Mora's art is beyond reproach. This story is a little too busy at times with the sheer volume of cameos and references it tries to stuff in.

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9.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #4

Jun 21, 2022

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #4 is the master template for everything that's sorely been missing from the Big 2 for years. Big action, big surprises, non-stop wow moments, urgency, drama, and excitement.

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9.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #5

Jul 19, 2022

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #5 is a superhero comic lover's dream. The remaining heroes face off against Nezha (and each other) in a fight full of wow moments and heroic determination. The pacing, energy, drama, and excitement are firing on all cylinders while the art is practically perfect.

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8.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #6

Aug 16, 2022

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #6 takes a break from the big, blockbuster action for a circus-set murder mystery that fits snugly in the wholesomeness of the Golden Age of comics. The adventure is charming, the mood is slightly corny but in an endearing way, and the art doesn't miss a beat in the hand-off from Dan Mora to Travis Moore.

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9.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #7

Sep 20, 2022

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #7 pulls another obscure character from Superman's past to tell an updated origin story about the Boy Thunder, pay a visit to Kandor, tease a new threat on the horizon, and smack you in the face with all the awesome art, emotional moments, and cool Easter Eggs you could ask for.

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9.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #8

Oct 18, 2022

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #8 lives up to its title as one of the world's finest superhero comics on the market. The action-filled story matches tons of emotional weight, exquisite art, and pitch-perfect intrigue.

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9.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #9

Nov 15, 2022

Batman/Superman: World's Finest #9 is a perfect delivery of superhero action comics at their finest. Waid's writing is on-point with fun adventures and deep character moments while Mora's art is exquisite.

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9
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #10

Dec 20, 2022

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #10 continues to hold the top spot as DC Comics' best comic series. Everything about this comic screams "QUALITY," from the outstanding writing by Waid to the mesmerizing art by Mora. But for a confusing stumble in the third act, this would be a perfect comic.

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9.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #11

Jan 16, 2023

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #11 is the shining example that all comics from DC and Marvel should be following. The issue is filled with perfect art, exciting action, powerfully emotional moments, and a satisfying conclusion to this phase of David's journey.

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9
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #12

Feb 21, 2023

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #12 breaks from world-ending events and lethal villains for a lighthearted and thoroughly amusing comedy of errors. Waid's gift for awkward comedy is on full display, and the guest art team's execution reasonably matches Dan Mora's immaculate style.

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9.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #13

Mar 21, 2023

Batman/Superman: World's Finest #13 is as good a DC Comic as you'll likely find anywhere. The story is fun, with an intriguing mystery. Multiple characters appear, but each gets proper attention, and the art is brilliant.

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9
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #14

Apr 18, 2023

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #14 takes a few pages to get going, but once the clues and action kick in, Waid and Mora prove they are the World's Finest DC comics creators around. The sheer volume of character cameos (some not seen in years) is astounding, the action is fun, and the mystery reveal promises a much bigger story on the horizon.

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9
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #15

May 16, 2023

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #15 escalates the Simon Stagg murder mystery into a world-ending robot revolution without a single hero strong enough to stop it. The pacing is lightning quick to a fault, the laundry list of character cameos (some recent, others ancient) is astounding, and the art is perfect.

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9.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #16

Jun 20, 2023

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #16 puts Batman in the driver's seat to free Superman and their fellow captives to begin pushing back on Newmazo's genocidal plan. The story is an exciting adventure from start to finish, and Dan Mora's art is Amazo-ing. (Yes, that's terrible, and I don't even care).

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9.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #17

Jul 18, 2023

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #17 is the Grade-A stuff of superhero comic legendry you wish DC and Marvel would do more of. The battles are amazing, the pacing and urgency keep you on the edge of your seat with every page turn, and the twist ending is clever. Couple Waid's top-tier writing with Dan Mora's exquisite art, and you get DC's Finest comic team.

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7
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #18

Aug 15, 2023

Batman/Superman: World's Finest #18 re-imagines the first meeting between Batman and Superman (again) with solid art, entertaining cameos, and a solid cliffhanger.

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8
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #19

Sep 20, 2023

Batman/Superman: World's Finest #19 concludes Jax-Ur's escape from the Phantom Zone with plenty of high-flying heroics, clever twists, and cool art. That said, retelling (again) Superman and Batman's first meeting felt like a quick excuse to set up a deep-cut villain, prepping to make a splash later in the year.

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9
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #20

Oct 17, 2023

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #20 gets back to the original creative team with a captivating story that seems to be setting up a prequel to Kingdom Come. Waid's timing and scene ideas are perfect, and Mora's art is the best of any book in DC.

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9
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #21

Nov 21, 2023

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #21 is a fast-paced, energetic superhero action romp from start to finish. Waid smartly furthers the story through the action, and Mora's art is the best of any DC book on the shelves.

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9
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #22

Dec 21, 2023

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #22 is the bee's knees. Waid delivers an action-packed issue with wow moments, interesting story reveals, and fast pacing for a worthy prequel to Kingdom Come. As a bonus, Dan Mora's art is spectacular.

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9
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #23

Jan 19, 2024

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #23 delivers excitement, adventure, and stupendous art. Waid is working hard to give readers a Kingdom Come prequel that lives up to the original, and Mora's art is unmatched at DC.

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7
Batman and Robin (2023) #1

Sep 11, 2023

Batman And Robin #1 is a solid start to a series that solves a mysterious conspiracy while Bruce and Damian struggle to connect as father and son. The art is outstanding, and the quiet relationship moments are captivating, but the conspiracy is only teased enough to generate mild curiosity.

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6
Batman and Robin (2023) #2

Oct 10, 2023

Batman And Robin #2 is an entertaining, Damian-centric issue to help you get to know the latest Boy Wonder. That said, the plot doesn't move much, and the art is a mixed bag. If you're a Speculator, pick this issue up for the introduction of Shush. For everyone else, consider waiting for the inevitable trade.

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6
Batman and Robin (2023) #3

Nov 13, 2023

Batman And Robin #3 benefits from high energy, fast-paced action, and (mostly) great art. That said, there are too many contradictory plot developments, and the point of the story is still a mystery

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6
Batman and Robin (2023) #4

Dec 14, 2023

Batman And Robin #4 goes a long way toward explaining what's happening and uncovering the puppetmasters behind the scenes, but this issue (and the series) lacks any wow moments, dramatic tension, or a reason to exist other than to flood LCS shelves with more Batman books.

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8
Batman and Robin (2023) #5

Jan 12, 2024

Batman And Robin #5 takes an odd break from the urgent drive to find Man-Bat for an amusing issue showing Bruce and Damian infiltrating High School life to expose Principal Stone as Shush. Williamson appears to be having fun holding Damian back from unleashing his true potential on H.S. bullies, and the mildly Manga-influenced art amplifies the amusing tone of the investigation. That said, Man-Bat's plan is still a blank slate, which reflects poor pacing by Williamson.

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8
Batman and Robin (2023) #6

Feb 15, 2024

Batman And Robin #6 is a surprisingly entertaining and wholesome entry in the series when the Dynamic Duo stops crime while starting to build a familial bond. Williamson's emotional beats and relationship dynamic are on point, and imeija's looks great during the emotional and action scenes. However, the mystery surrounding Principal Stone is starting to get silly, and imeija's art loses too much character detail in the wider panels.

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6
Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #1

Apr 5, 2022

Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #1 examines a future Gotham where Terry McGinnis is entirely on his own and a Gotham-Powers Enterprises run by criminals. The art is excellent, but the narration can be confusing, and the issue lacks any emotional weight. You'll get your money's worth if you want a standard Batman Beyond issue with familiar settings and action. If you want a Batman Beyond issue that puts in the effort to grab your attention, look elsewhere.

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7
Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #2

May 3, 2022

Bits and Pieces Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #2 is a serviceable entry in the series with a story that forces Terry to fulfill his mission against Gotham's AI with decreasing resources at his disposal. That said, the components of the story are present with nary an emotional beat to be found, and it's increasingly difficult to care about what's happening.

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6.5
Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #3

Jun 7, 2022

Batman Beyond Neo-Year #3 is all talk and no action with a retirement party that drops one or two useful nuggets of information for a future issue. The costume designs and set pieces look great, and the art team does their level best to make the conversations dynamic, but this issue is more style than substance.

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8.5
Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #4

Jul 5, 2022

Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #4 pits a weakened Terry against the Sword of Gotham to reveal that not all is as it seems. The art is excellent, and the story is furthered through the action. Still, when the Sword of Gotham's true identity is revealed, the creators seem to suggest that this arc draws heavily from another, better property. In isolation, this is a solid issue, but the future direction of this story is now cast in doubt.

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8.5
Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #5

Aug 4, 2022

Batman Beyond: Neo Year #5 is one of the better issues in the series, just in time for the finale next month. All the mysteries are resolved, the stakes are raised, and the forthcoming battle appears promising.

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6.5
Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #6

Sep 6, 2022

Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #6 ends the arc with a new status quo for Terry with a fancy new Batsuit and a new Bat-Team to fight crime across Neo-Gotham. The art is very good, and the ending ties up (most of) the loose ends, but the ending is surprising for its lack of surprise and the speed/ease with which Batman wins in the end.

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9.5
Batman vs. Robin (2022) #1

Sep 13, 2022

Batman vs. Robin #1 is a worthy partner to Waid's run on World's Finest with plenty of drama, excitement, emotion, thrills, and magic. If the last issue finishes as well as the first issue starts, this will be an arc worth remembering.

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7
Batman vs. Robin (2022) #2

Oct 11, 2022

Batman vs. Robin #2 gives readers a little insight into the next phase of Nezha's plan and spends most of the book replaying flashbacks to a known plot point from other titles. While the information is useful for new readers, fans of World's Finest and the recent Robin series may find themselves tuning out. Coupled with a step down in art quality and a last-page twist that may irritate more than a few readers, this entry in the series is a mixed bag.

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9.5
Batman vs. Robin (2022) #3

Nov 7, 2022

Batman vs. Robin #3 is a mature, heartfelt, emotionally weighty issue matched only by exciting action and surprising revelations. The scale and complexity of the Demon Nezha's plan take a giant leap forward, and Batman's failure as a "father" come back to haunt him powerfully.

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8.5
Batman vs. Robin (2022) #4

Dec 20, 2022

Batman vs. Robin #4 is a cataclysmic battle between father and son underneath Lazarus Island, just in time to kick of 2023's Lazarus Planet event. The brutal hand-to-hand action is fierce, and the outcome feels essential.

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7
Batman vs. Robin (2022) #5

Feb 28, 2023

Batman vs. Robin #5 puts a capper on the conflict against the Demon Nezha with a fight between father and son, with the world's fate in the balance. The action, pacing, and sense of momentum work, and the art are generally good, but the final solution to Batman's possession may have some readers groaning rather than cheering.

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9
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #1

Mar 1, 2022

Batman: Killing Time #1 kicks off an exceptionally strong start for a traditional Batman detective story. The heist is well-planned and executed, all the advertised Rogues are present and acting as their traditional selves, and the mystery of what was stolen elicits enough curiosity to want to know more. Beyond the story, the art is simply phenomenal.

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6.5
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #2

Apr 5, 2022

Batman: Killing Time #2 took all the goodwill from a super-strong first issue and nearly squandered all of it with tedious and unnecessarily complicated time jumps, very little plot development or action, and a build-up to a mystery that already doesn't seem interesting. On the positive side, the art is gorgeous and almost worth the cover price. Almost.

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8
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #3

May 3, 2022

Bit and Pieces: Batman: Killing Time #3 continues the tale of theft, double-crosses, and payback as a new player enters the race for a mysterious artifact.  The art is phenomenal, and the plot points introduced are intriguing.  However, the excessive flip-flopping in the timeline makes for a tedious reading experience.

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6.5
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #4

Jun 7, 2022

Batman: Killing Time #4 contains the most jaw-dropping art of any DC title on the shelf. Unfortunately, the best art in DC pairs with some of the most mind-boggling creative decisions that turn what can be an engaging mystery into a tedious, ponderous reading experience.

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6.5
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #5

Jul 5, 2022

Batman: Killing Time #5 peels back the veil of mystery on the series' biggest questions. The answers, however, are most remarkable for giving readers no surprises or satisfaction. Thankfully, the art is phenomenal, so come for the answers but stay for the art.

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6
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #6

Aug 2, 2022

Batman: Killing Time #6 completes the run with a finale that's all exposition and clarifies what we've already suspected. This series was nothing more than Clock King doing something because he had nothing better to do. The art is gorgeous, but the reading experience was intentionally, unnecessarily tedious, and the big revelations fell flat.

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6
Batman: One Bad Day (2022): The Riddler #1

Aug 16, 2022

Batman: One Bad Day - The Riddler #1 has only one goal: Push Batman to break his one rule. Unfortunately, it's set it up in such an unbelievable way that you're horrified by the misery of the story while dismissing it under basic examination. This story will leave you feeling dirty and depressed.

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6
Batman: One Bad Day (2022): Mr. Freeze #1

Nov 15, 2022

Batman: One Bad Day - Mr. Freeze #1 is a unique Holiday-themed one-shot that gives one of Batman's greatest villains a shot at redemption. The writing execution is rock solid, and Scalera's art is gorgeous. Unfortunately, the "One Bad Day" concept is missing, and Duggan retcons a piece of Freeze's history in a way that potentially "breaks" the character.

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5
Batman: One Bad Day (2022): Two-Face #1

Sep 20, 2022

Batman: One Bad Day - Two-Face #1 succeeds by executing a basic Batman/Two-Face story but utterly fails to create a "One Bad Day" scenario. The setup is basic, the twist reveal is telegraphed from a mile away, and Batman is depicted as inept. Whatever assignment the creators were given, they get a 'C' for effort and 'F' for imagination.

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8.5
Batman: One Bad Day (2022): The Penguin #1

Oct 18, 2022

Batman: One Bad Day - Penguin #1, as with the previous "One Bad Day" issues, appears to have nothing to do with the "One Bad Day" concept. However, Penguin's quest to regain his former glory in a villainous version of a hero's journey has a surprising amount of heart and wit. Ignore the title, but enjoy the story.

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7.8
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2023) #1

May 16, 2023

Batman: The Brave and The Bold #1 assembles four short chapters centering on Batman and his allies from alternate times and alternate realities. The collection has a little something for everyone, but Dan Mora's B&W short is the best of the bunch.

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5.5
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2023) #2

Jun 29, 2023

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #2 gives you different views into the Dark Knight with generally great art. But each chapter is either significantly flawed or lacks anything to get excited about.

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6
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2023) #3

Jul 26, 2023

Batman: The Brave And The Bold #3 delivers a mixed bag of one-off shorts and continuing chapters to give you a little DC variety in your life. Jorge Molina's Manga-inspired Batman short is gorgeous, but Christopher Cantwell's finale to his Golden Age Superman story is shockingly miserable.

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7
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2023) #4

Aug 22, 2023

Batman: The Brave And The Bold #4 continues Ed Brisson's Stormwatch story but shakes up the rest of the anthology with newer creators and different stories for a greater variety than the previous issues. The most intriguing short is Rob Williams's first chapter in an Emilia Harcourt story, and the best art goes to Beln Ortega for a character piece about family.

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6
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2023) #6

Oct 26, 2023

Batman: The Brave And The Bold #6 is a disjointed mix of unsatisfying endings, enjoyable beginnings, and weird one-shots. Guillem March's first chapter is a hit, so there's at least one bright spot in this mixed bag.

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Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2023) #7

Nov 29, 2023

Batman: The Brave And The Bold #7 is one of the stronger entries in the anthology series, with four chapters of tales from regular and little-seen characters from DC. Overall, there isn't a stinker in the bunch, and Kyle Starks's take on Wild Dog is the most amusing short in the issue.

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8
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2023) #8

Dec 28, 2023

Batman: The Brave And The Bold #8 is one of the better entries in the series, with plenty of action, drama, excitement, and humor. Of the four chapters presented, Guillem March and Kyle Starks tie for the top story, but all shorts have an interesting premise to offer.

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8
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2023) #9

Jan 24, 2024

Batman: The Brave And The Bold #9 wraps up Tom King's take on the first Batman/Joker meeting, Wild Dog's journey to upping his hero status, and Aquaman's team-up with the apes from Gorilla City. For their part, each story ends at least as well as each started, if not stronger, and the art is excellent on average.

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Batman: The Detective (2021) #1

Apr 13, 2021

Bit and Pieces:Batman: The Detective #1 is an okay start to a new arc for the Caped Crusader. The art is great. The jury is still out on the story. It's not flawed. It's just that there's nothing to blow you away or really hook you.

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7
Batman: The Detective (2021) #2

May 11, 2021

Batman: The Detective #2 is a gorgeous book with unique characters and an original setup but it lacks emotional weight or a sense of stakes. When you add in a nonsensical plot contrivance, this second issue feels disconnected and gives you nothing to care about. The score will be higher than you might expect based purely on the strength of the art.

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7
Batman: The Detective (2021) #3

Jun 8, 2021

Batman: The Detective #3 looks great and reads great, but it's not much more than one giant flashback of character-developing filler. If Taylor and the team want to keep readers engaged, they need to stop wasting time and put some meat on the table.

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6.5
Batman: The Detective (2021) #4

Jul 13, 2021

In Batman: The Detective #4 you get a little forward progress in Bruce Wayne's investigation, putting him through the wringer to make this feel more like a James Bond story than a Batman story. With no information to understand or care about Equilbirium, the story is starting to feel small and frustrating.

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7
Batman: The Detective (2021) #5

Sep 21, 2021

Batman: The Detective #5 uncovers all the mysteries and plans of Equilibirum in the penultimate issue for the series. While the telling works well enough, the villain's lackluster identity and her rationale for becoming a mass murderer strains credibility. You'll enjoy this issue if you're simply in it for the novelty of Batman in Europe, but temper your expectations for a big surprise reveal.

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6.5
Batman: The Detective (2021) #6

Nov 30, 2021

Batman: The Detective #6 ends this near-feature European Vacation with a little backstory on Squire, the reveal of Equilibrium's big plan, and a final conflict that ends with a phone call. Equilibrium has the potential to be one of Batman's better, crazier entries in his rogue's gallery, but this story won't be remembered for much else.

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Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #3

Dec 22, 2020

Batman: White Knight Presents Harley Quinn #3 takes the detective crime drama and sprinkles in just enough DC lore to make it familiar while still being strong enough to stand on its own. The art style is squarely in the Murphy-verse, which is a compliment, and big props to the artists for Harley's street clothes design. Her regular clothes are a smart blend of her alter ego and professional detective leisure suit that adds to her presence. If I had to pick one word that encapsulates this run so far, that would be it: Smart.

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7.8
Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #4

Jan 26, 2021

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #4 continues its run with consistently great art and excellent character writing. The big reveal of Starlet's identity and motivation was satisfying enough, but it felt a little vanilla. Thankfully, there's enough wonkiness with Hector's messed up mind to keep readers invested for the next issue.

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6.8
Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #5

Feb 23, 2021

Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #5 tosses in a bunch of cameos and makes a lot of nice, but ultimately doesn't make much progress on the story. The art is good, and honestly, everything about the book is skillfully done, but cameos and Easter Eggs are a poor substitute for story.

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7
Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #6

Mar 23, 2021

Bits and Pieces:Batman: White Knight Presents: Harley Quinn #6 finishes off a unique detective drama with alternate takes on familiar characters but doesn't quite stick the landing. The art is great, and the action works, but the number of dangling threads detracts from the conclusion.

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Birds of Prey (2023) #1

Sep 5, 2023

Birds of Prey #1 is a mixed bag of a comic with a strong central premise and solid interpretation of the characters' voices. However, Dinah's roster selection lacks sense, especially for Harley Quinn, and the art is serviceable at best.

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5.5
Birds of Prey (2023) #2

Oct 3, 2023

Birds Of Prey #2 abandons any dramatic tension or seriousness in favor of a sanitized version of the Harley Quinn HBO cartoon with less cursing and more MCU Phase 4 levels of humor. The reason for Sin's predicament is explained, albeit poorly, and the team makes slapsticky progress on their mission, but it's very clear Thompson is writing for a very small audience that does NOT include legacy BoP fans, and Romero's art makes that small target audience even smaller.

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3.5
Birds of Prey (2023) #3

Nov 8, 2023

Birds Of Prey # is an absurd comic. The flaws in the central premise grow wider with each page turn, the character work is just plain bad, and Romero's art is dull.

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3
Birds of Prey (2023) #4

Dec 6, 2023

Birds Of Prey #4 is a severe miss in an already troubled mini-series. At its core, the plot is flawed. Too many developments happen off-panel, the creative choices frequently don't make sense, and Wonder Woman's big revelation makes the first three issues pointless. This is an amateur effort from creators who should know better.

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5
Birds of Prey (2023) #5

Jan 3, 2024

Birds Of Prey #5 is the turning point in the series, where the fight to rescue Sin from a powerful demon devolves into Looney Tune-styled silliness. Bringing Arist Deyn as a guest artist is a significant improvement in the action, but the character work is abysmal, Megaera's "personality" is ridiculous, and the revelation behind Megaera's motivation to possess Sin is just plain eye-rolling.

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4.5
Birds of Prey (2023) #6

Feb 6, 2024

Birds Of Prey #6 ends the first arc with a big action moment, a new status quo for at least one character, and the groundwork for the title's future. That said, many of the plot points that didn't sit right in the beginning resulted in too many plot holes that are either ignored or lazily explained away, suggesting the Birds of Prey is NOT in capable hands.

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7.5
Blood Syndicate (2022): Season One #1

May 10, 2022

Blood Syndicate #1 is a refreshed take on the origins of the Blood Syndicate, with homecoming soldiers learning their town has developed a power vacuum after Icon and Rocket cleared out the drug cartels. The art is above average, with excellent coloring for a solid visual experience, and the plot is pretty straightforward. Thorne puts enormous effort into making the dialog as authentic as possible, sometimes at the expense of accessibility and clarity.

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6.5
Blood Syndicate (2022): Season One #2

Jun 14, 2022

Blood Syndicate #2 does an excellent job of laying out how the main character's life has fallen apart since he left for the military. The art, particularly the coloring, is excellent, and the story feels authentically grounded. That said, the main character doesn't give readers a reason to get emotionally invested in his journey, and the dialog is a chore to get through in spots.

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5.5
Blood Syndicate (2022): Season One #3

Jul 19, 2022

Follow ComicalOpinions on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterBits and Pieces:Blood Syndicate #3 brings the new crew together to fight Holocaust before he burns the city down. The profuse use of Spanish without translation will make this book difficult to read for some, the opening prologue is jarring and poorly set up, and the big moment of superheroes deciding to form a crew feels small and cavalier.

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5.5
Blood Syndicate (2022): Season One #4

Aug 9, 2022

Blood Syndicate #4 is a jumbled mess of a story with cool visuals and plenty of action. The story simply rushes from scene to the next with barely any transition, no character setup when a host of new players are introduced, and barely any sense of focus. The story is moving in a direction, but it's a bumpy ride to get there.

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8.5
Blood Syndicate (2022): Season One #5

Sep 27, 2022

Blood Syndicate #5 delivers exactly what a penultimate issue in a superhero comic should. The action is big, the villain is finally elevated to a formidable threat instead of just a bully, and the cliffhanger offers the promise of a banger of a finale.

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8.5
Catwoman (2018) #29

Mar 16, 2021

Bits and PiecesCatwoman #29 continues the trend of portraying Catwoman with a heart of 14-carat gold. She helps but always with selfish motives, which makes you believe she can be heroic without becoming a hero. The introduction of Wight Witch is both cool and intimidating, something I wish they would learn with all the new villains in the main Batman run. 

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5.5
Catwoman (2018) #57

Sep 21, 2023

Catwoman #57 is a slightly better issue compared to the previous Catwoman issues, but all focus is on the Gotham War event, which has a broken foundation right from the start. The art is great, and there are one or two interesting developments in this issue, but the central premise is flawed, and the characters act wildly out of character.

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3.5
Catwoman (2018) #58

Oct 17, 2023

Catwoman #58 is a disaster. Howard either has never read a Batman comic or has no idea how to present a valid Batman in her own script. The plot is a haphazard sequence of events, and the character work leaves much to be desired. Overall, this issue and event have been lackluster at best.

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8.5
City Boy (2023) #1

May 23, 2023

City Boy #1 is a dead-solid perfect origin story for DC's latest hero. Greg Pak packs motivation, depth, and intrigue into every page, and the artwork is Grade-A. If you were intending to pass on City Boy after his odd introduction in Lazarus Planet, this comic may change your mind.

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City Boy (2023) #2

Jun 29, 2023

City Boy #2 is a thrilling, action-packed, dramatic second entry in the series, pushing it head and shoulders over any other new title from DC at the moment. Pak's writing develops Cameron's character and gives him plenty of opportunity to let loose, albeit recklessly, and the stakes are potentially massive.

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City Boy (2023) #3

Aug 1, 2023

City Boy #3 continues to impress as one of the best new characters from DC in a very long time. Rather than using Superman's cameo as a shiny distraction, Greg Pak uses Superman's experience and wisdom to allow Cameron to grow into the hero he could be. This issue is an outstanding example of character development.

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7
City Boy (2023) #4

Sep 5, 2023

City Boy #3 is a fine issue that's starting to settle into the adventure-of-the-month model. There's nothing wrong with episodic adventures, but the great momentum and direction built up in the first three issues is noticeably absent. Still, the art is very good, and Cameron's power use is maturing nicely.

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7
Cyborg (2023) #1

May 16, 2023

Cyborg #1 is a thoughtful, emotionally weighty jumping-on point for new readers to get acquainted with Victor Stone. The issue gives you everything you need to know about Cyborg's troubled past and sets up an interesting mystery for the arc to come. That said, readers looking for Cyborg superhero action will find very little action of any kind, the story is almost all setup we've already seen before (and done better), and the art is serviceable but not appealing.

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6.5
Cyborg (2023) #2

Jun 20, 2023

Cyborg #2 builds on the mystery of a robot housing Silas Stone's mind, and all signs point to funny business at Solace. Tom Raney's art is fine, and the mystery of Silas's A.I. is worth watching, but the mystery is buried under an overwhelming amount of negativity as every character, including Cyborg, is constantly angry, terrible, or both.

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5
Cyborg (2023) #3

Sep 21, 2023

Cyborg #3 increases the scale and scope of the villain's plan and adds a cameo from a Teen Titans cartoon character to spice things up. However, the big plan seems far-fetched and lacks motivation, which makes the villain come off as one-dimensional.

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4.5
Cyborg (2023) #4

Oct 21, 2023

Cyborg #4 continues the downside of the series with a deeply flawed plot, inconsistent/weak art, and reliance on an overused trope for Cyborg's character.

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6.5
Cyborg (2023) #6

Dec 27, 2023

Cyborg #6 ends the miniseries with some character growth for our hero, strong emotional beats, and plenty of robot-fighting action. That said, the clever path to victory isn't so clever, so the final fight ends on a flat note.

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6.5
Danger Street (2022) #1

Dec 13, 2022

Danger Street #1 kicks off an odd, slightly surreal drama about a collection of characters who intersect through opportunity and tragedy. The artwork is acceptable, and the plot (such as it is) is unpredictable, but the overall reading experience is mired in drab characters burdened by angst and misery.

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Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Last 52: War of the Multiverses #1

Dec 30, 2020

Generally, good art and good writing make for a huge prelude to the end (or beginning) of the DC Multiverse. Some vignettes were better than others, but all of them had some part to play in establishing the outcome of the big battle. If you're invested in the Death Metal event up to this point, this book feels more essential than a tangential tie-in.

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DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #1

Sep 27, 2022

Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #1 is a dead solid (*heh*) start to a WWII-era zombie story of history-changing proportions. The setup is rock solid (*heh again*), the exposition and scene progression seamlessly draw readers into Campbell's world, and the challenge instantly establishes high stakes. However, the exposition lettering is a little too dense in spots, and the pencils/inks lack detail.

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8
DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #2

Oct 24, 2022

Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #2 is a fun, energetic horror/war mashup that drops Sgt. Rock into the heat of battle with excellent pacing, plotting, and dialog. The action is fun, the deaths are gross, and the stakes take a significant bump up at the end.

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8.5
DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #3

Nov 22, 2022

DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #3 is pure entertainment from start to finish. Campbell nails the personalities of Easy Company's members and the joy they take in kicking Nazi Zombie butt. Risso and Rossi up their game with better visuals and exhilarating action.

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8.5
DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #4

Dec 27, 2022

DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #4 is an unapologetic hoot of a wartime/horror mashup. The plot only moves forward a little since Easy Company is distracted with surviving their trek through the countryside, but the lack of plot is more than made up for with eye-popping action, wit, and excitement.

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9
DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army of the Dead #6

Feb 28, 2023

DC Horror Presents: Sgt. Rock vs. The Army Of The Dead #6 gives horror/grindhouse fans exactly the ending they want to see. The brutal fight between Sgt. Rock and Hitler is cheer-worthy, and the epilogue teases even weirder adventures.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1066

Nov 22, 2022

Bits and PiecesDetective Comics #1066 takes a few steps forward to reveal the Orghams are up to something shady, and Gael is also up to something shady. What's that shadiness? You'll have to wait for another issue. However, the art is simply gorgeous, and Ram V's execution in what you're reading is interesting enough to keep you invested.

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6.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1067

Dec 27, 2022

Detective Comics #1067 makes some much-needed progress on the plot with an Orgham-sponsored takeover of the Narrows. The art is fantastic, and the plot looks like it's taking on shape and form, but the needlessly heavy dialog and narration drag the story to a crawl.

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6
Detective Comics (2016) #1068

Jan 24, 2023

Detective Comics #1068 is a collection of things happening and potentially interesting ideas. Still, the plot moves at a snail's pace, and there needs to be a clear direction or motivation for the villains.

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6
Detective Comics (2016) #1069

Feb 28, 2023

Detective Comics #1069 is another slow, complex, ponderous entry in an arc that appears to need direction or sense of momentum toward an eventual goal. The art is spot-on for a dark, grim thriller, but the glacial pacing and overwritten text need to come together in a story that will hold your interest.

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5.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1070

Mar 28, 2023

Detective Comics #1070 takes a break from an already slow-moving story to introduce a few interesting ideas, tease a little bit about the Orghams' history, and devote the rest of the issue to a backdoor pilot for the upcoming The Vigil comic (also written by Ram V). If you're all in on the Orghams, you could skip this issue and not miss a thing.

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4.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1071

Apr 25, 2023

Detective Comics #1071 takes a slow train to nowhere with a plot that doesn't move, an extended flashback that isn't interesting or adds anything of value to the challenge confronting Batman, and a lot of unanswered questions. The art's decent enough, but you could skip this issue and not miss out on any important information.

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6
Detective Comics (2016) #1072

May 30, 2023

Detective Comics #1072 feels like the beginning of a climactic finale, but the bizarre lack of motivations, stakes, or clarity results in a comic where explosive things happen that have no meaning or purpose. Reis and Raffaele deliver stunning art, and the action scenes look great, but it's not clear if this title (or Ram V) knows where it's going, or if the creative team is just making it up as they move along. Right now, it feels like the latter.

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4
Detective Comics (2016) #1073

Jun 29, 2023

Detective Comics #1073 is a confusing, convoluted, bloated mess of a story that tries its darnedest to make the Orghams seem like masterminds but winds up making them look like inefficient idiots. The more Ram V's master plan comes to light, the less sense it makes, and the art is woefully uneven.

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3.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1075

Oct 24, 2023

Detective Comics #1075 is a regrettable miss in an already struggling title. The highlight of Ram V's script is an interesting development concerning one of the GCPD detectives who owes his life to Batman. The low point is everything else, particularly Francavilla's rushed, sloppy art.

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6
Detective Comics (2016) #1076

Nov 1, 2023

Detective Comics #1076, under Ram V, takes the unprecedented step of presenting a coherent, purposeful plot when Selina and Batman's allies take measures to save Batman from a public hanging. All the uncertain questions surrounding the Orghams remain, but at least this issue shows direction. The elevated cover price signals the inclusion of three backup stories that are all, in one way or another, weird (but not in a good way).

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6
Detective Comics (2016) #1077

Nov 14, 2023

Detective Comics #1077 takes another big step toward cleaning up this series's act by toning down the bloated language and focusing on a clear, directed plot. Setting up a heist to save Batman is an intriguing idea worth following, and the art is mostly good.

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7
Detective Comics (2016) #1078

Nov 28, 2023

Detective Comics #1078 is one of the better issues in one of the better arcs in Ram V's run. Selina's plan comes together with fast pacing and thrilling action, and the art steals the show. That said, don't think about the plot too much because it falls apart under the slightest pressure.

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6
Detective Comics (2016) #1079

Dec 14, 2023

Detective Comics #1079 brings the "Let's Hang Batman" mini-arc to a close with clever twists, moody art, and an ending with potential. That said, everything surrounding the Orghams is a convoluted mess, and Catwoman's clever twist wasn't thought through.

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6.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1080

Dec 27, 2023

Detective Comics #1080 gets Batman out of Gotham City to begin a period of reconstruction for the city and the hero. Ram V's script has one or two cool moments, and the possibilities are intriguing, but the poor pacing and inconsistent art are a bummer.

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5
Detective Comics (2016) #1081

Jan 23, 2024

Detective Comics #1081 begins the countdown to the end of the Nocturne story and Ram V's time on Detective Comics with a characteristically slow, plodding, directionless chapter that says a lot but communicates little. The art is fantastic, so the slow trip at least looks good.

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6
Detective Comics (2016) Annual: 2022

Nov 29, 2022

Detective Comics 2022 Annual gets a B for concept and a C- for execution. The Elseworlds-style story is interesting but doesn't fit within the main title, and several editing flaws take you out of the reading experience.

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Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville (2023) #1

Sep 2, 2023

Fire & Ice: Welcome To Smallville #1 looks, reads, and feels like a YA story. That's not inherently wrong, but this story takes place in current continuity, and Fire & Ice are written as immature Junior High students instead of the seasoned heroes they're supposed to be. That doesn't make it bad, just very odd.

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4
Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville (2023) #2

Oct 3, 2023

Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #2 takes the juvenile situations from issue #1 and repeats them with more ferocity. Bea is turning into a raging sociopath, the duo's time in Smallville seems pointless because they clearly need adult supervision, and Starer injects a few offensive jokes to put the icing on the cake. 

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3
Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville (2023) #3

Nov 8, 2023

Fire & Ice: Welcome To Smallville #3 is tone-deaf, unfunny, chaotic mess of a comic. The main characters are increasingly unlikable, the plot lacks sense and purpose, and the mediocre art is uninspired.

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4
Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville (2023) #4

Dec 5, 2023

Fire & Ice: Welcome To Smallville #4 loosely tries to combine wacky superhero antics in a YA slice-of-drama, and it doesn't quite work. Starer's grasp on the juvenile drama between Fire and Ice feels somewhat authentic if they were anyone else, but the random developments and wildly misplaced character work amount to nothing but noise.

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2
Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville (2023) #5

Jan 2, 2024

Fire & Ice: Welcome To Smallville #5 is an abysmal, painfully terrible comic from cover to cover. The mediocre art can't cover up for the bad humor, nonsensical plot developments, and a complete lack of storytelling skills.

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3
Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville (2023) #6

Feb 6, 2024

Fire & Ice: Welcome to Smallville #6 ends the ill-conceived mini-series the way it started - badly. Starer's pitch and execution are fully terrible, several plot points make no sense, and the finale only partly resolves the myriad of conflicts, but not the most important one.

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Flash (2016) #789

Dec 20, 2022

Flash #789 ends the arc with a big reveal about Mayor Wolfe that should be a big threat to the entire world. Wally handles the threat well enough, but the light, mellow tone deflates any sense of danger, urgency, or stakes. It's a good ending, just not a great one.

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8
Flash (2016) #790

Jan 10, 2023

The Flash #790 is a solid kickoff story that brings up readers up to speed (*heh*) on all the Flash-related characters just in time for a massive alien invasion. The stakes are huge, the alien threat is immediately overwhelming, and the art looks great. That said, this issue is mostly a setup issue to establish who's who and what's what, so current Flash readers won't get much out of this issue until the last few pages.

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7
Flash (2016) #791

Jan 16, 2023

The Flash #791 is a better-than-average DC comic that delivers plenty of action and revelations. However, the art doesn't sell the drama the script calls for, and the villains are increasingly one-dimensional.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #792

Feb 7, 2023

The Flash #792 picks up the pace and the fun of the One-Minute War event with a Wallace and Bart-centric issue. Adams nails the slightly juvenile charm of the leads, the execution and success of their mission make sense, and the action is a lot of fun.

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Flash (2016) #793

Feb 21, 2023

The Flash #793 amps up the family feel, the frenetic energy, and the fun for a rousing plan to stop the Fraction. The family dynamics, during the big action moments and the small quiet moments, sell this issue, making this the best entry in the One-Minute War.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #794

Mar 7, 2023

The Flash #794 is another strong issue in the One-Minute War event, with an Irey-centric issue that cements her place as a hero in the Flash Family. The family dynamics and their teamwork are what make this issue work, and you get that family feeling from start to finish.

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Flash (2016) #795

Mar 21, 2023

The Flash #795 puts Barry's new plan into motion with exciting super-speed action, strong emotional beats, high stakes, and a twist reveal at the end that could pave the way for big Flash changes in the future. That said, the mixture of artists in this book don't have complementary styles, causing the art quality to suffer.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #796

Apr 4, 2023

The Flash #796 is an almost strong finish to an event that started weakly and got better as it progressed. The tone, dialog, and action hit all the right notes for what Flash Family fans could want, but the cobbled-together art from too many artists with too-different styles is off-putting.

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Flash (2016) #797

Apr 18, 2023

The Flash #797 kicks off a new arc where the Flash Kids and Animal Girl get kidnapped by a gangster with a wishing machine. The hijinks and sibling dynamics are fun, but the threat level is deflated by an overly light tone, and the art looks rushed.

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8
Flash (2016) #798

May 2, 2023

The Flash #798 marks the beginning of the end for Jeremy Adams's run on The Flash, and this last arc kicks off a new adventure in style, with a big heart, big explosions, and an adventure that's all about family.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #799

May 16, 2023

The Flash #799 is pure entertainment from start to finish. Adams has rightfully chosen to turn the imagination and fun factor up to 11 as he exits the title, and readers are reaping the benefits. The art could be better, but the story's over-the-top determination to be fun more than makes up for any art flaws.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #800

Jun 6, 2023

The Flash #800 delivers five short stories to warm your heart and excite your senses, reminding readers why the Flash has the best family around. Collectively, all the shorts have fun and interesting moments, but Jeremy Adams's short scores the top spot for pure entertainment. On the other hand, Si Spurrier's short, portending his assumption of the main title, projects a dark, gloomy, and unfun future for the Scarlet Speedster.

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6.5
Flash (2016): One-Minute War - Special #1

Jan 30, 2023

The Flash: One-Minute War Special #1 delivers a rich backstory for the Fraction and fills in the rest of the oversized issue with filler. If you're interested in reading a comic that provides context for the main villain, this is the one for you. If not, you can skip it.

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Flash (2023) #1

Sep 25, 2023

The Flash #1 begins a new era for the West family when the Speed Force gets wonky, new threats appear, and Mr. Terrific is let in on a reality-ending problem. Fans of Jeremy Adams's time on the title will get whiplash with the jarring shift in tone and attitude. Spurrier's foray into cosmic horror leads to more confusing questions than intrigue. The art team's stark, oppressive art makes this first issue in a new era a ponderous, joyless read.

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5
Flash (2023) #2

Oct 26, 2023

The Flash #2 continues Si Spurrier's take on cosmic horror by giving you a lot of complicated, convoluted, cosmic developments that appear out of nowhere and leave the horror, plot, or setup behind. The weird, twisty art is interesting, and there are plenty of ideas worth exploring, but Spurrier's final product is too complicated and not fun.

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2
Flash (2023) #3

Nov 28, 2023

The Flash #3 appears to have no purpose other than to figure out how far Spurrier and Deodato Jr. can make a comic disjointed and weird before it devolves into pure nonsense. The story makes almost no sense, and the art ranges from weird to ugly.

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Flash (2023) #4

Dec 26, 2023

The Flash #4 is the most coherent issue in a largely muddled and incoherent run by Spurrier. Unfortunately, Spurrier introduced too many underdeveloped ideas at the beginning of this run, so nearly all of it has to be ignored just to find a plot buried under the chaos. Issue #4 is better but not great.

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4
Flash (2023) #5

Jan 23, 2024

The Flash #5 succeeds in creating a heartfelt story about a superpowered boy wrestling with his powers and his future. Unfortunately, the emotional strength of this issue is mired in pompous dialog, plot points that don't go anywhere, high-concept ideas that are meaningless, and a story that feels like it's treading water.

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7
Flash: The Fastest Man Alive (2022) #1

Sep 13, 2022

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 makes a great tie-in to the Flash film (if and when it ever comes out), showcasing the Snyderverse Flash's evolution into Central City's beloved hero. The Snyderverse Easter Eggs and aesthetic are present, Flash comes into his own, which makes for good character growth, and the art is fairly good. However, Girder is formidable but misused in the fight scenes, pulling you out of the story.

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8.5
Flash: The Fastest Man Alive (2022) #2

Oct 11, 2022

The Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #2 is an above-average movie tie-in that successfully expands the Flash's life circumstances and Rogues Gallery for a standard-but-fun Flash adventure.

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6
Flashpoint: Beyond #0

Apr 12, 2022

Bits and PiecesFlashpoint Beyond #0 takes a game-changing Elseworlds event and goes back to do it again. The writing execution is excellent, but the concept feels played out and boring. Coupled with bland, uninspired art, I'd be tempted to say "skip it" if not for a few hints of wow moments in the future.

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8
Flashpoint: Beyond #1

May 3, 2022

Flashpoint Beyond #1 does an excellent job continuing the Flashpoint timeline when Barry Allen's assassination forces Thomas Wayne to seek answers amid a blossoming war between Atlantis and the Amazons. The dialog, pacing, plot developments, and art were executed beautifully. That said, the novelty of this story is wearing thin.

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7.5
Flashpoint: Beyond #2

Jun 7, 2022

Flashpoint Beyond #2 is filled with great art, plenty of clues to tease you about what's going on, and a few interesting Flashpoint versions of characters. However, the issue makes little progress towards solving the mystery of Clockwork Killer's identity, resulting in an issue that's mostly a teaser for what's to come.

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8
Flashpoint: Beyond #3

Jul 5, 2022

I want to have fun with Flashpoint Beyond #3. The art is fantastic. The pacing, dialog, and little Easter Eggs of Flashpoint characters are cool. And, Butler Penguin is the breakout bright spot of the series. However, there's a lot to keep straight, and you feel like this is tied into something bigger, but the conflict for the main character (Thomas Wayne must undo Flashpoint) still feels like a retread with a fresh coat of paint.

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7.5
Flashpoint: Beyond #4

Aug 2, 2022

Flashpoint Beyond #4 starts assembling the pieces to the Clockwork Killer's identity, and when the killer is revealed, you may love it or hate it. The art is excellent, and the storytelling is top-notch. However, this series seems more interested in the novelty of Flashpoint and Easter Eggs and hasn't entirely locked down a reason to exist. A closer tie to Dark Crisis may be at play, but the nuggets we get here barely rise above mild curiosity.

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5
Flashpoint: Beyond #5

Sep 6, 2022

Flashpoint Beyond #5 starkly spells out everything wrong with DC continuity and confirms why this title hasn't justified returning to the Flashpoint timeline. The big reveal surrounding who, why, and how is so shockingly dumb that it boggles the imagination. The art is great, but the story is repellent.

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8
Flashpoint: Beyond #6

Oct 18, 2022

Flashpoint Beyond #6 unveils the big mystery behind how and why the Flashpoint timeline was resurrected, and it's not for reasons you would suspect. The execution is well done, even if the motivations of certain characters, particularly Batman, are out of character. In the end, some may find the ending satisfying, but others may see the ending as a complicated setup for the forthcoming JSA book.

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Future State (2021): Catwoman #1

Jan 19, 2021

How are they going to get everyone off the train with only a few minutes left? Why they're not getting off. They're going to steal the train, of course. And that's the setup for the next issue.Bits and Pieces:Future State: Catwoman #1 is a simple clean heist story that's enough in the future to explain the high tech components but not so far that our lack of backstory is a problem. Ram V's story keeps things moving at a pleasantly brisk pace, and the art is a perfect match for this story. This is s strong recommend.

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8
Future State (2021): Batman/Superman #1

Jan 26, 2021

Future State: Batman/Superman #1 successfully combines Batman's detective skills and Superman's brawn to work out a growing conspiracy, using the Magistrate as a catalyst rather than the main plot point. The art is excellent, and I especially like the interaction between Batman and Superman as less friendly and more like colleagues with a tension between them because of the difference in their operating styles. They respect each other, but there's a clear sense of turf and different methods that work well here.

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4
Future State (2021): Superman/Wonder Woman #1

Jan 12, 2021

Future State: Superman / Wonder Woman #1 is a mess. Confusing story. Meta mythology may have some cultural accuracy but doesn't make a lick of sense in this specific context. And rough, inconsistent art makes for a tough book to get through. If you're keen on getting to know Yara Flor / Wonder Woman, Future State: Wonder Woman #1 is a much better book.

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6.5
Future State (2021): Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #1

Jan 12, 2021

Future State: Kara Zor-El Superwoman #1 plops the reader into the middle of a personal journey with a hazy beginning and no clear destination. The art is an interesting standout, and the story has potential, but the writing has too many holes to really hook you.

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Future State (2021): Aquaman #1

Jan 26, 2021

Future State: Aquaman #1 is filled with great art, great action, intensely emotional moments, and an exciting Sliders/Quantum Leap-esque story with an edge. Despite only a few plot holes, the story is well-constructed, and I'm hooked to see what happens next. Where the heck was Brandon Thomas when the regular Aquaman title was running?!?

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7.8
Future State (2021): Wonder Woman #1

Jan 5, 2021

Future State: Wonder Woman #1 ain't your grandmother's Wonder Woman. The main character is stunning and exudes a gruff charm, but her moral flaws work against the nature of what we've always known as the Wonder Woman character. At the very least, I'm very interested to see what they can do with this character in the very short time Future State is in effect.

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4
Future State (2021): Immortal Wonder Woman #1

Jan 19, 2021

A few points to consider. First, It's misleading to call the Nubia story a backup since it's just as long as the Wonder Woman story. Second, the art is better than the Wonder Woman story. Not a lot better but better. Third, there might be a printing issue (at least in the review copy) as all the word balloons and lettering were repeated and superimposed on top of the art from the opening dialog between Grail and the museum guard to the first fight scene between Nubia and Grail. Hopefully, that won't show up in print but that's a major publishing error if it does.Bits and PiecesImmortal Wonder Woman #1 does it's best impression of The Neverending Story and falls well short. The story is clunky and the art is just plain terrible. The Nubia backup story has mildly better story and art, but not for the cover price. Read at your own risk.

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6.8
Future State (2021): Batman/Superman #2

Feb 23, 2021

Future State: Batman/Superman #2 concludes this very near Future State title with glacial pacing, explanations that are paper-thin, and gross body horror art. Thankfully, the art is the highlight of the issue, but this title is one of the mediocre Future State experiments.

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5
Future State (2021): Kara Zor-El, Superwoman #2

Feb 9, 2021

Future State: Kara Zor-El Superwoman #2 wraps up the Future State version of Kara Zor-El in a way that makes Kara sadder and pitiable more than the hero she's always been. The art oscillates between gorgeous and blinding, and the story, for better or worse, is done.

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6
Future State (2021): Aquaman #2

Feb 23, 2021

Future State: Aquaman #2 takes all the mystery and anticipation of the first issue and completely discards it in favor of a problematic, survival, coming-of-age story. The art is great and the character designs are imaginative, but what could have been an epic bookend falls flat.

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6
Future State (2021): Superman/Wonder Woman #2

Feb 9, 2021

Future State: Superman / Wonder Woman #2 is a less confusing chapter to this particular title than the first issue. However, an overly convenient plot device, an eyerolling super punch, and inconsistent facial art keep the issue from rising above mediocre.

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4.5
Future State (2021): Immortal Wonder Woman #2

Feb 16, 2021

Future State: Immortal Wonder Woman #2, suffers from art ill-suited for action and storytelling that disregards sense. It would be best for everyone involved if this Future State entry was put back in the drawer it was pulled from. If there's any saving grace, the Nubia story has some potential going forward.

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6.8
Future State (2021): Harley Quinn #2

Feb 2, 2021

If the intent was to paint Harley Quinn as a calculating, heartless, sociopath, mission accomplished.Bits and Pieces:Future State: Harley Quinn #2 is an uneven ending to a better-than-average Future State title. The art is consistently bizarre, and the story wraps up on an ugly note. If you like a comic where everyone is terrible and they all do terrible things to each other, this one is for you.

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9.5
Future State (2021): Catwoman #2

Feb 16, 2021

Future State: Catwoman #2 is one of the best entries in the Future State collection by taking the best of comics storytelling and pushing it far enough into the future to feel fresh without sacrificing what makes the heroes (and villains) familiar. The art is action-packed and tight, and the story keeps you hooked from cover to cover.

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10
Future State (2021): Wonder Woman #2

Feb 2, 2021

Future State: Wonder Woman #2 takes the promising start from issue #1 and sticks the landing with an extra backflip just to show off. The art is excellent, the emotional impact is turned up to 11, and this comic introducing a new character does exactly what it's supposed to do - leave me wanting more.

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6.8
Future State (2021): Dark Detective #3

Feb 9, 2021

We end with Grifter in cuffs, on his knees, and smiling all the way.Bits and Pieces:Future State: Dark Detective #3 gives us a Bruce Wayne that thinks a lot, does little, and learns almost nothing. On the other hand, Grifter fights, wins, gets double-crossed, and gets captured. And he looks like he's loving every minute of it.

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7
Gotham City: Year One (2022) #1

Oct 4, 2022

Gotham City: Year One #1 effectively retells the Lindbergh Baby Kidnapping set in the DC universe. The story mimics the real crime down to exacting details while putting Slam Bradley at the heart of the investigation. If fictional history crime stories are your cup of tea, you might enjoy this. For everyone else, it's a wait-and-see to find out if King injects more originality into the premise.

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6
Gotham City: Year One (2022) #2

Nov 1, 2022

Gotham City: Year One #2 is a solid detective noir story with plenty of twists, turns, and drama. However, King strangely morphs Slam Bradley and femme fatale Sue into a proto-Bat/Cat, which changes a potentially fresh idea into a reskin of an old idea.

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8
Gotham City: Year One (2022) #3

Dec 5, 2022

Gotham City: Year One #3 is an excellent example of detective noir done right. Slam Bradley's gritty detective work is matched only by Hester's moody, atmospheric art. That said, the depiction of the Wayne family's moral flaws is gratuitous, unnecessary, and off-putting, holding back a very good comic from being a great comic.

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8
Gotham City: Year One (2022) #4

Jan 3, 2023

Gotham City: Year One #4 uncovers the truth behind Helen Wayne's murder and gets the main character, Slam Bradley, beaten up... a lot. All that's left to do is find out how Slam resolves the murder while keeping the Wayne legacy intact, so we'll see how it goes. In the meantime, this issue is a serviceable time waster.

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8.5
Green Arrow (2023) #1

Apr 25, 2023

Green Arrow #1 is a super-strong start to the Emerald Archer's latest adventure with fast-paced action and hard-hitting emotional beats surrounding a Grade A mystery. Green Arrow fans will like this issue a lot.

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7.5
Green Arrow (2023) #2

May 23, 2023

Green Arrow #2 is a generally good comic with great art, great action, emotional weight, and gobs of character motivation. However, issue #2 isn't as good as issue #1 for a few reasons - namely, over-designed costumes, over-used tropes, and yet another unnecessary appearance by Peacemaker.

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6
Green Arrow (2023) #3

Jun 29, 2023

Green Arrow #3 goes a long way toward explaining why the Arrow family is separated, why/how the random teleportations are happening, and the justification behind it all. Unfortunately, this is a case where the answer is less satisfying than you hoped. Williamson has time to make it make sense, but this issue feels like a step back for the series.

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6
Green Arrow (2023) #4

Sep 27, 2023

Green Arrow #4 gives readers excellent art (except for the costume redesigns), cool character moments, and a cathartic fight. That said, the plot centers around a mystery with no clues and no believability, so the entire journey is just plain boring.

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5.5
Green Arrow (2023) #5

Oct 26, 2023

Green Arrow #5 delivers the big reveal about Old Man Ollie from the future for a memorable development. Unfortunately, the reveal isn't surprising, and it invalidates most of the rest of the mini-series. The story makes little progress beyond the big reveal, and the art is weirdly inconsistent.

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7
Green Arrow (2023) #6

Nov 29, 2023

Green Arrow #6 is a perfectly serviceable ending to a perfectly serviceable arc that unveils the secret villain behind Ollie's woes, brings the family back together, and plants seeds for what's to come. Despite a small squad of artists on the finale, the art team managed to strike a better balance when compared to issue #5.

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4
Green Arrow (2023) #7

Dec 26, 2023

Green Arrow #7 begins the next arc with an issue-long recap of the past that doesn't tell you anything you didn't already know and does nothing to find Roy. Williamson picked the oddest time for a cooldown issue after the poor finale in issue #6, and the art team's output is jarring.

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6
Green Arrow (2023) #8

Jan 23, 2024

Green Arrow #8 begins the last third of the maxi-series with a formulaic detective noir murder mystery that ends with an intriguing surprise after the mystery is solved. Phil Hester's art is tailor-made for detective noir visuals, and Williamson uses the story to create father/son bonding between Connor and Ollie, but the murder mystery is as formulaic as it gets.

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4.5
Green Lantern (2018): Season Two #12

Mar 9, 2021

Without spoiling too much of the ending, Jordan gets his ring back, Hammond's intellect is consumed by his partners and defeated, and Jordan makes a deal with the Golden Ones to give them an alternate food supply if they promise to go away.Bits and Pieces:Green Lantern Season 2, #12 is a simple alien invasion story made ponderous by overly-complicated plotting, dialog that reads like an unpublished Shakespearean play, and good art that ultimately makes the issue more burdensome than it already is.

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9
Green Lantern (2023) #1

May 8, 2023

Green Lantern #1 does exactly what it needs to do - re-establish Hal Jordan as the greatest Green Lantern and get back to basics. Xermnico's art is excellent, and Adams's script is a perfect jumping on point with action, motivations, and a smile-inducing final page.

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8
Green Lantern (2023) #2

Jun 13, 2023

Green Lantern #2 leans into the joy and fun of having the most powerful device in the universe at your disposal. Jeremy Adams leans into the whimsy with a bit of humor, and Xermnico's art is top-notch. Unfortunately, all the momentum this series started to generate runs smack dab into the Knight Terrors wall, so time will tell if it can recover.

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8.5
Green Lantern (2023) #3

Sep 11, 2023

Green Lantern #3 quickly dispenses with the nightmare of Knight Terrors to get Hal Jordan settled in with his new ring by learning what it can and can't do while he has fun figuring it out. Adams is playing it smart by returning to a simple, clean Lantern story, and the art is fantastic.

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8
Green Lantern (2023) #4

Oct 10, 2023

Green Lantern #4 is a bright, fun, action-packed team-up story with the guest hero, The Flash, pitching in to stop two disasters in the making. The team-up action is fun, and Barry and Hal have a natural rapport with each other, but the overall series may be taking a little too long to present Hal with his first big challenge.

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8.5
Green Lantern (2023) #5

Nov 14, 2023

Green Lantern #5 is a ring-slinging dream for Lantern enthusiasts. Jeremy Adams delivers past-paced Lantern action from beginning to end with a killer cliffhanger, and Xermnico's art is excellent.

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7
Green Lantern (2023) #6

Dec 14, 2023

Green Lantern #6 is an action fans dream with big constructs fighting big battles with big stakes. That said, Adams doesn't give enough attention to the mysteries or further the story through the action, so this issue is a lot of eye candy with little substance.

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7.5
Green Lantern (2023) #7

Jan 12, 2024

Green Lantern #7 is an issue-long flashback answering the question of Kilowog's death. For his part, Adams gives readers a thorough depiction of events, showing how Kilowog gave his life doing his duty, even if his death feels meaningless. Whether or not Kilowog is truly dead remains to be seen.

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8
Green Lantern (2023) #8

Feb 15, 2024

Green Lantern #8 is the issue we've been waiting for in Adams's tenure on the series as the big questions surrounding a disruption in the emotional spectrum and the origins of Hal's new ring start to come into focus. The mysteries are intriguing, now that we have a few clues to fill in the blanks, and the art looks great.

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7.5
Green Lantern: War Journal (2023) #1

Sep 18, 2023

Green Lantern: War Journal #1 sets up a Jon Stewart-centric story that puts his life of quiet retirement on the back burner. There's plenty of creative ring-slinging, and the art is strong, but readers who missed the backups from the main Green Lantern title may feel a little left behind.

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7.5
Green Lantern: War Journal (2023) #2

Oct 17, 2023

Green Lantern: War Journal #2 is a solid entry in the series that brings the Revenant Queen's hunt to Earth and puts John Stewart's mother in the crossfire. The Revenant Queen presents as a formidable threat with high stakes, and the art is decent.

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8.5
Green Lantern: War Journal (2023) #3

Nov 23, 2023

Green Lantern: War Journal #3 is a dramatic, emotionally weighty take on the classic hero's journey as John is forced to accept his mission to fight the Revenant Queen. Johnson's script contains aspects of a classically mature war drama, and Montos's meaty art is aces.

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8
Harley Quinn (2021) #1

Mar 23, 2021

Bits and Pieces:Harley Quinn #1 takes the silly, billy, oh-so-wacky version of Harley and puts her through her paces as a recovering addict resisting the urge to break stuff. If you can get past the uber-stylistic art and the over-the-top Harley persona, this has the makings of an interesting take on the character.

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5
Harley Quinn (2021) #2

Apr 27, 2021

Harley Quinn #2 is loud, childish, unbelievable, and unlikable. Whatever hope for a smart, fun, interesting take on the character hinted at from the first issue is wholly absent here. Perhaps issue #3 can get back on track.

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4
Harley Quinn (2021) #3

May 25, 2021

Harley Quinn #3 only works if you're comfortable accepting Harley Quinn is superpowered and dumb as a box of rocks. If that's the Harley you want, this is the book for you.

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4
Harley Quinn (2021) #4

Jun 22, 2021

Harley Quinn #4 takes a few baby steps in progressing the plot, but the story does little more than trying to validate Harley by coaxing her to accept she is her own person. The art is not going to be everyone's cup of tea, and the central plot has effectively stalled.

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3.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #5

Jul 27, 2021

Harley Quinn #5 is the comic book equivalent of a spoiled child begging for attention. All silliness. Constant noise. No substance.

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5
Harley Quinn (2021) #6

Aug 24, 2021

Harley Quinn #6 finds a new artist to improve the visual style of the book, but the reset is only half successful. The story is barely held together with scotch tape and dental floss, and the action makes no sense. I don't like being negative on a title to dunk or roast, but man, oh, man DC, what are you doing with this title?!?

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5
Harley Quinn (2021) #7

Sep 28, 2021

Much like most of this series, DC can't seem to figure out who or what Harley is trying to be. Consistent with that indecision, DC can't figure out what this story is supposed to be as a Fear State tie-in. The solution here seems to be simply telling the Fear State components as a second story that has nothing to do with Harley Quinn, and so the riddle you must answer is "Why bother?"

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8
Harley Quinn (2021) #8

Oct 26, 2021

Harley Quinn #8 surprisingly manages to tell a story worth telling by focusing on the one character that matters above everyone else in this series - Kevin. The Kevin bits are great, everything else barely qualifies as Fear State tie-in fluff.

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6.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #9

Nov 23, 2021

Harley Quinn #9 is half of a good comic. Everything surrounding the character progression and growth of an originally ridiculous side character, Kevin, is turning out to be the highlight of the series. Everything else related to the titular character is silly nonsense.

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5
Harley Quinn (2021) #10

Dec 28, 2021

Harley Quinn #10 is a bit nonsensical to matter much and feels like an excuse for Stephanie Phillips to force the issue's ending. Laura Braga's art is very different from Rossmo's bewildering funhouse mirror style for a more relatable visual experience. Still, there are issues with movement throughout, making for some confusing panel sequences.

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3
Harley Quinn (2021) #11

Jan 25, 2022

Harley Quinn #11 loosely picks up after the events of issue #10 to put Harley in a no-win scenario. The setup is ridiculous, Harley's fighting prowess is ridiculous, the dialog is ridiculous, and the art is ridiculous. Purchase at your own peril.

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1
Harley Quinn (2021) #12

Feb 22, 2022

Harley Quinn #12 is a middle finger from the creators to the readers in every way that matters. Nothing makes sense. There are no stakes. There is no point to the story. And it's 100% clear nobody at DC Comics cares about what's going on with this title or this character. Save your money.1/10

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4
Harley Quinn (2021) #13

Mar 22, 2022

Harley Quinn #13 slightly improves over the last few issues with improved art and a cliffhanger that could lead to some fun.  Unfortunately, the journey from the first page to the cliffhanger requires the reader to believe everyone around Harley is incompetent.  But, at least, Phillips is consistent.

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6.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #14

Apr 26, 2022

Harley Quinn #14 is a decent issue overall.  Unfortunately, Rossmo's stylistic design of Batwoman is more distracting than interesting, and Phillips ignores specific dangling plot points in favor of moving the story forward.  Nevertheless, the big moments make sense, and Phillips lays the foundation for a good mystery surrounding Verdict's identity.

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7
Harley Quinn (2021) #15

May 24, 2022

Harley Quinn #15 takes the bold step of presenting a straightforward detective story starring Batwoman. Harley's rolling around on the floor spouting gibberish. Rossmo's art is Rossmo's art, and the story takes a few steps forward in a proper direction. However, the big surprise of this issue (Verdict's identity) is the least surprising thing of all.

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7
Harley Quinn (2021) #16

Jun 28, 2022

Harley Quinn #16 is one of the better issues in the series as we learn Verdict's origin story. Although, Verdict's origin is well-constructed and makes sense in context, the standout of the issue is still Kevin. Rossmo is due credit for depicting Kevin's range of emotional strife once he learns the truth, making this one of the strongest issues in the series so far.

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4.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #17

Jul 26, 2022

Follow ComicalOpinions on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterBits and PiecesHarley Quinn #17 ends the current arc with a plot that makes little sense, a wacky Harley that acts with even less sense, and wonky art.

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5.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #18

Aug 3, 2022

Harley Quinn #18 jettisons (almost) everything from the previous seventeen issues in favor of an ill-explained and odd mission to send Harley to the moon to destroy an unstable, alien element. Changing the art over from Rossmo to Duarte is a step in the right direction, but the kookiness, lack of setup, and explanation to go with the nonsensical plot are too much for any artist to overcome.

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4.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #19

Aug 9, 2022

Harley Quinn #19 makes progress on the team's mission to diffuse a dangerous element on the moon, but the plot is riddled with unanswered questions that cast the entire plot in doubt. Luke Fox is portrayed as arrogant, irresponsible, and foolish. Meanwhile, Harley is depicted as a spastic child whose presence serves no purpose but to annoy her teammates.

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7
Harley Quinn (2021) #20

Aug 16, 2022

Harley Quinn #20 reads like a semi-serious 80s alien horror movie starring Task Force X. Harley is barely a player in her own title, but in this case, that's a good thing. The art is serviceable, the ridiculous action is okay, and the issue ends with a respectable cliffhanger.

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7.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #21

Aug 23, 2022

Harley Quinn #21 turns the title in the right direction with a story that forces Luke Fox to confront the mistakes of the past and take up a direction for the future as an alien threat looms large. Ironically, this issue works best if you accept Harley is a side character in a serviceable Task Force X story starring Luke Fox, and maybe that's for the best.

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8
Harley Quinn (2021) #22

Sep 27, 2022

Harley Quinn #22 begins a new arc with significantly improved art, good pacing, and the makings of an effective murder mystery. Fortunately, the flaws (Kevin's green hair, Harley's personality, and an alien?!?) are compensated for by some darn fine technical execution.

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8.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #23

Oct 24, 2022

Harley Quinn #23 is the issue true Harley fans have been waiting for. The art is gorgeous, the action is exciting, and Harley appears to be moving in a direction that will elevate her character immeasurably... if the creators and editors follow through. 

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6
Harley Quinn (2021) #24

Nov 22, 2022

Harley Quinn #24 unravels the big mystery behind Harley's death in a low-energy, lackluster issue. The art is excellent, but the plot is paper-thin and wastes the potential set up in the previous issue.

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5.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #25

Dec 27, 2022

Harley Quinn #25 dips into multiverse shenanigans with a nonsensical plot, terrible jokes, and tone-deaf attempts at heart and character development. The art is solid, so that's something at least.

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6.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #26

Jan 24, 2023

Harley Quinn #26 ranges from serviceable to mediocre as Harley and her team hatch a plan to get all the multiversal Harleys together in one place for a showdown against the Harley Who Laughs. The art is strong, but the story could be more varied and active.

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6.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #27

Feb 28, 2023

Harley Quinn #27 ends the series as it began - with contrived, nonsensical shenanigans. However, Phillips steps into Harley's narration to deliver a sincere message about love, express an odd self-awareness over her mistakes in this run, and cap the finale with a heartfelt goodbye.

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6
Harley Quinn (2021) #28

Mar 28, 2023

Harley Quinn #28 turns the wackiness up to 11 with wildly colorful art and a nonsense plot. The story doesn't make a lot of sense, but at least it has a direction, so we'll see if the new writer can make the trip worth taking.

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3
Harley Quinn (2021) #29

Apr 25, 2023

Harley Quinn #29 is a mess. Characters (Zatanna, Batman) written out of character, plot developments that come out of nowhere and make no sense, an increasing "bimbo glorification" vibe that feels like a bad transplant from Marvel, and a higher cover price justified with a backup story that's pure nonsense.

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4.5
Harley Quinn (2021) #30

May 23, 2023

Harley Quinn #30 is a clownish nightmare of a comic masquerading as a bad Looney Tunes cartoon. The plot has a basic foundation for Harley to leverage in her journey to becoming a hero, but the random, over-the-top developments keep getting in the way. Coupled with offensively colored art, you have the comic equivalent of a candy store hit by a tornado.

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4
Harley Quinn (2021) #31

Jun 29, 2023

Hartley Quinn #31 is a mess in both the writing and the art. There are seeds of sweetness within the personal character interactions, but the structure is awful. Likewise, the art looks "pretty," but the design choices and fight choreography are amateurish.

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5
Harley Quinn (2021) Annual: 2022

Aug 29, 2022

Harley Quinn 2022 Annual #1 is a serviceable-yet-bland end to the Task Force XX arc. The action art is generally good, and the ending feels complete. However, the stakes barely register above 'mild,' everything in the finale is predictable, there are no consequences for anyone's action, and Harley's ability to shake off harm from point-blank attacks has moved well beyond ridiculous.

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5
Harley Quinn (2021): 30th Anniversary Special #1

Sep 20, 2022

Harley Quinn: 30th Anniversary Special lacks quality and makes up for it in volume and a hefty cover price to make you feel like you're getting your money's worth. Of the ten shorts included, only two or three truly celebrate the titular character and are worth your time.

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4.5
Hawkgirl (2023) #1

Jul 18, 2023

Hawkgirl #1 is an unmitigated disaster and one of the worst (best?) examples of a writer's narcissistic need to push themselves into a character's life instead of caretaking what the character is meant to be. The setup is disjointed, the connections to continuity don't make sense, the self-insert characters are irritating, but the art is fantastic.

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4.5
Hawkgirl (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

Hawkgirl #2 is a mess with fantastic art. The one positive is clarity surrounding the villain's intentions and motives, but everything else is a mass of confusion designed to force fit Hawkirl into Galaxy's world, whether she wants to or not.

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5.5
Hawkgirl (2023) #3

Sep 19, 2023

Hawkgirl #3 isn't very good, but it's slighty better than the first two issues. Still, Hawkgirl #3 poorly concocts an excuse to head to Gotham for an obligatory Batman cameo so the world's greatest detective can add context to Vulpecula's backstory. At best, this issue is flawed and mediocre.

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4.5
Hawkgirl (2023) #5

Nov 21, 2023

Hawkgirl #5 is a tedious, self-pitying, frequently nonsensical chore of a comic to read with spectacular art. It's clear Axelrod never understood the character or had a clear idea of how to build on her mythology, so the obligatory final issue next month will, at best, be a blessed relief.

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5.5
Hawkgirl (2023) #6

Dec 20, 2023

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.Follow @ComicalOpinions on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterBits and Pieces:Hawkgirl #6 is possibly the best issue in a deeply troubled, poorly-written series. Axelrod introduces interesting concepts with the unveiling of Nth World and Kendra's new status quo. As a bonus, the art team's output is fantastic. That said, there are too many big concepts and expansive plot points that don't get enough time to develop, which means the series as a whole is poorly paced and wastes too much time in the beginning issues on inconsequential ideas.

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8.5
Human Target (2021) #1

Nov 2, 2021

The Human Target #1 kicks off a detective noir mystery that feels authentic to the 1950s in both writing and art, partly because it's almost a direct lift of a film from that time period. The narration has a hard, gumshoe edge, the dialog is snappy, and the book is visually engaging.

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9
Human Target (2021) #2

Nov 30, 2021

Human Target #2 is a sharp, clean, clever homage to classic detective cinema with one of the better introductions of an unexpected femme fatale you'll likely see in recent memory. Smallwood's art is phenomenal, and the surprise twist at the end shows exactly why Christopher Chance may give Batman some competition for World's Greatest Detective.

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6.5
Human Target (2021) #3

Dec 28, 2021

Human Target #3 blends stellar art, a classic detective noir story, and amusing character moments to give readers a solid enough read. Unfortunately, the bizarrely egregious characterization of Guy Gardner robs the issue of any lasting enjoyment.

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8.5
Human Target (2021) #4

Jan 25, 2022

Human Target #4 takes the subtle route by planting seeds of doubt and misdirection for a detective story that holds up. The art is stellar, and while this version of Ted Kord is wildly out of joint for his established character, the writing is excellently executed. The character assassination of Guy Gardner in the last issue still stings, but this issue makes up for it... a little.8.5/10

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7.5
Human Target (2021) #5

Feb 22, 2022

The Human Target #5 is a mixed bag of interesting training to defend against mind readers and salacious details about Martian Manhunter's sex life. Surprisingly, this issue makes considerable progress towards finding out the identity of Chance's killer but you may feel like you need to take a bath afterward. If nothing else, Smallwood's art is top-notch.

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7
Human Target (2021) #6

Mar 22, 2022

The Human Target #6 drops a little clue about Chance's killer and thoroughly decimates any respect or good feelings you might have had for Guy Gardner. The writing is incredibly skillful, even if the character reinterpretations are downright distasteful. In any case, Smallwood's art is beyond reproach and worth the price of admission.

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7
Human Target (2021) #7

Sep 27, 2022

The Human Target #7 is gorgeous, well-paced, and ends with a key piece of information in Chance's murder investigation. However, the journey from the first page to the last is effectively one long, mildly tense conversation that will bore most readers.

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7.5
Human Target (2021) #8

Oct 24, 2022

The Human Target #8 tells an exciting story about a visit from another JLI member, but the series appears to be going nowhere. Come for Smallwood's stellar art, but the story, much like Christopher Chance, is simply waiting for the end.

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6.5
Human Target (2021) #9

Nov 22, 2022

The Human Target #9 appears to be waiting. Chance is waiting to die, and this series isn't doing much else besides waiting along with him. In fairness, the character moments are strong, and Smallwood's art is next level, but unless King comes up with a bait-and-switch revelation, this series has turned into a very lovely waiting room.

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6
Human Target (2021) #10

Jan 10, 2023

Human Target #10 is a gorgeous, well-constructed issue that goes nowhere and does nothing important. Smallwood's art is fantastic, and the dialog between diverse characters is mildly amusing, but the plot is at a dead stop.

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7
Human Target (2021) #11

Jan 24, 2023

The Human Target #11 treads water, waiting for the series to end. It's beautiful, engaging water treading, but it's still water treading, leaving you to conclude King got 12 issues to tell a 6-issue story.

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6.5
Human Target (2021) #12

Feb 28, 2023

The Human Target #12 finishes the run with a mild plot twist and a final act to end the story with typical Tom King hallmarks. The character work is bizarre, and the final resolution comes at least five issues too late, but Small wood's art is mesmerizing.

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9
Jay Garrick: The Flash (2023) #1

Oct 16, 2023

Jay Garrick: The Flash #1 is good, old-fashioned, classic superhero storytelling with a modern twist. All the characters are instantly likable, the action is plentiful, and the mystery surrounding Judy's disappearance is perfectly introduced. Combined with Olortegui's eye-catching art, this comic is a winner. 

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8
Jay Garrick: The Flash (2023) #2

Nov 21, 2023

Jay Garrick: The Flash #2 is a charming, wholesome, energetic issue that lays the foundation for the first big challenge to attack the Garrick family. Adams's wholesome family spirit bubbles up on every page, getting you to instantly care about the Garricks, and Olortegui's art is a good fit for the story.

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8.5
Jay Garrick: The Flash (2023) #3

Dec 20, 2023

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.Follow @ComicalOpinions on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterBits and Pieces:Jay Garrick: The Flash #3 continues to impress with lots of cool action, fun character moments, and a captivating mystery. Jeremy Adams has elevated this title to the strongest of the three Golden Age mini-series, and Ortegui's art is a crowd-pleaser.

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8.5
Jay Garrick: The Flash (2023) #4

Jan 16, 2024

Jay Garrick: The Flash #4 takes a breather to recount and retcon Jay Garrick's origin story. However, Jeremy Adams pulls off the best kind of retcon by changing the facts you don't see while keeping the original story intact. Of the three Golden Age imprint titles, this one is shaping up to be the best.

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5.5
Jinny Hex Special (2020) #1

Dec 29, 2020

Couple bad judgment with a final battle that makes almost no sense, and you wind up with a one-shot that really didn't deserve 40 pages at $4.99. At best, this should have been tightened up, pared-down, and printed as a backup story in a better title.

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7
Jurassic League (2022) #1

May 10, 2022

Jurassic League #1 is an interesting idea that doesn't seem to have anything interesting in the execution other than the art design. It's like reading a comic version of the Flintstones where the characters are nearly exact reproductions of the originals, tweaked to fit the setting. Whatever magic intended to come out of this concept may unfold in later issues, but this first issue is only a strange homage.

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6
Jurassic League (2022) #2

Jun 14, 2022

The Jurassic League #2 continues the trend from the last issue by presenting a basic, formulaic World's Finest comic with the characters reskinned in dinosaur form. So far, it's all about the novelty of dinosaur designs, and that novelty has almost entirely worn off.

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6
Jurassic League (2022) #3

Jul 19, 2022

Bits and Pieces:Jurassic League #3 continues to tell a standard, run-of-the-mill Justice League story where all the characters are reskinned with dinosaur heads. The writing is simplistically fine but doesn't take the creative step of leaning into the setting, and the art messily approximates Johnson's style without the drama or nuance. This issue is a mild recommendation for preschoolers but a skip for everyone else.

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7
Jurassic League (2022) #4

Aug 9, 2022

Jurassic League #4 is fine for what it is. The art seems to have dropped to more cartoonish levels, but the characters' voices are correct, and the story is a solid version of a Justice League origin story.

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7
Jurassic League (2022) #5

Sep 13, 2022

The Jurassic League #5 is an adequate continuation of a basic Justice League story reskinned with dinosaurs. The character development and plot are all basic retellings of work we've already seen before, but if you're into dinosaur reskinning as a novelty, there's plenty to like here for small children.

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8
Jurassic League (2022) #6

Oct 11, 2022

Jurassic League #6 ends the series with action, emotion, and a big ending that hits you right in the heart. If you peel back the layers, this is a reskinned and VERY basic Justice League story, but all the elements are present for a bang-up adventure suitable for children.

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7.5
Justice Society of America (2022) #1

Nov 28, 2022

Justice Society of America #1 kicks off a time-travel adventure involving past and future JSA teams. The opening scenes feel disjointed and clunky, but the issue ends on a high note. The art is generally good, but the high volume of close-ups makes the setting feel small.

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7
Justice Society of America (2022) #2

Jan 24, 2023

Justice Society of America #2 continues Huntress's trippy adventure through time with an issue that's more confusing than satisfying. The art's first-rate, and the character cameos are interesting in their brief moments, but the constant jumping back and forth needs to be held together into a story you can follow.

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6
Justice Society of America (2022) #3

Mar 14, 2023

Justice Society of America #3 makes it difficult to keep reading this title because there appears to be little plot or direction to ground the story. There's an intriguing mystery at the heart of the series, but excessive time jumps, random scene transitions, and a general lack of focus keep the mystery buried under a lot of noise.

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8
Justice Society of America (2022) #4

May 16, 2023

The Justice Society of America #4 brings clarity to the chaos with an explanation of Degaton's plan that establishes the threat and stakes in a big way. The writing is technically solid, and the art is great, but the details of Degaton's plan don't quite pay off the build-up.

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6.5
Justice Society of America (2022) #5

Aug 1, 2023

Justice Society of America #5 brings the conflict with Per Degaton to a close with a massive battle using every JSA team from across the timeline. The character cameos are fun, the battle is energetic, and the resolution is complete, but Degaton's defeat felt rushed, and issue #5 seems an odd place to end an arc in a 12-issue maxi-series.

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7
Justice Society of America (2022) #6

Sep 7, 2023

Justice Society of America #6 is as good a setup issue as you could hope for when the Golden Age sidekicks, lost to Time, find their way into the modern world for the beginning of a new super team. Johns's character setup and introductions are charming, and Santucci keeps a dialog-heavy issue visually appealing, but it's too soon to tell where this max-series is headed or if it's worth continuing.

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6.5
Justice Society of America (2022) #7

Nov 21, 2023

Justice Society Of America #7 has cool art, cool character moments, and a prevailing sense that Geoff Johns is gathering the pieces for some larger purpose. However, this issue is all setup and transition without any clear sense of direction or purpose. Casual readers will feel like this issue is simply treading water.

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7
Justice Society of America (2022) #8

Dec 27, 2023

Justice Society Of America #8 continues Huntress's self-serving recruitment drive to Russia when Alan Scott tracks down the daughter of the original Red Lantern. Johns liberally hints at a deeper story about the relationship between Alan Scott and Agent Sorkov, possibly in connection to the current Alan Scott miniseries, which could be an interesting dramatic twist. However, the constant delays are a momentum killer, and the series' hook is too weak to make this a must-read.

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7
Kneel Before Zod (2024) #1

Jan 1, 2024

Kneel Before Zod #1 is a perfectly fine setup for a Zod-Centric maxi-series. The pacing, action, dialog, and art are all solid. That said, there's no hook or compelling reason to get invested in the story, so this first issue falls into the "take it or leave it" bucket.

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6.5
Kneel Before Zod (2024) #2

Feb 7, 2024

Kneel Before Zod #2 lets slip the dogs of war when a dissident Khund army attacks New Kandor. Joe Casey's tale puts Zod at the nexus of multiple, dramatic fights from outside and from within his own home, but so far, Casey has given readers little reason to care about Zod's success or failure.

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6
Knight Terrors (2023) #1

Jul 10, 2023

Knight Terrors #1 contains great art and answers about Insomnia, weighed down with too much fluff and repetition about Deadman's origins. Layer on too-convenient answers about how people survive the big sleep and an inconsistent demonstration of Deadman's powers, and you get a mixed bag of a comic.

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7
Knight Terrors (2023) #2

Jul 25, 2023

Knight Terrors #2 delivers a pile of useful information about the origins of the nightmare stone, and the plot developments are relatively interesting with creepily strong art. That said, the plot lacks urgency, and a key player shows up without setup or context unless you happen to read all the tie-in issues.

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5
Knight Terrors (2023) #3

Aug 8, 2023

Knight Terrors #3 may be the most problematic issue in this event because it moves the plot forward to acquiring the Nightmare Stone by effectively ignoring every bit of information that came before and rewriting the rules as it goes. It's hard to tell what Williamson was thinking when he drafted this event, but why should the readers invest in making sense of a story when the creator won't?

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5
Knight Terrors (2023) #4

Aug 20, 2023

Knight Terrors #4 somehow makes the Knight Terrors event worse by unveiling the full story behind Insomnia's origins, and it's wonkier and more lopsided than you can imagine. If DC had just limited this event to a Deadman/Batman team-up mini-series, you could get away with creative fudging, but a line-wide event is the wrong place to make these shortcuts.

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2
Knight Terrors (2023): Night's End #1

Aug 29, 2023

Knight Terrors: Night's End #1 delivers one message loud and clear - the true nightmare belongs to the person who spent money on this mess. The story execution makes little sense, most of the ideas set up in the previous issues and tie-ins don't pay off, and the art is terrible. DC Comics owes everyone who paid money to buy this event an apology.

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6.5
Knight Terrors: Action Comics (2023) #1

Jul 26, 2023

Knight Terrors: Action Comics #1 is a mixed tie-in for the Knight Terrors event, having almost nothing to do with Knight Terrors. The Powergirl story by Leah Williams is a miss, the Cyborg Superman story by Phillip Kennedy Johnson is a hit, and both have strong art.

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6.5
Knight Terrors: Action Comics (2023) #2

Aug 22, 2023

Knight Terrors: Action Comics #2 gives you two tales of terror conclusions for the cover price with an okay Powergirl story and a better-than-okay Cyborg Superman nightmare. Neither short has anything to do with Knight Terrors, but this issue at least tries to give you something worth reading.

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6
Knight Terrors: Batman (2023) #1

Jul 4, 2023

Knight Terrors: Batman #1 digs deep into Batman's mind to figure out what gives him nightmares. Despite the stellar art and strong writing technique, the central premise feels tired, contrived, and uneventful.

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5.5
Knight Terrors: Batman (2023) #2

Jul 31, 2023

Knight Terrors: Batman #2 concludes the two-part tie-in with Batman delving deeper into his mind to get in touch with a little boy in Crime Alley. Guillem March's art is fantastic, and Williamson's script delivers plenty of exciting ideas about Batman's view of himself, but ultimately, this comic has no effect on the Knight Terrors event, and it boils down to a good-looking, superficial waste of time.

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8.5
Knight Terrors: Detective Comics (2023) #1

Jul 26, 2023

Knight Terrors: Detective Comics #1, like most Knight Terrors tie-ins, has almost nothing to do with the Knight Terrors plot, but this first issue is an excellent horror comic and surpasses the main Knight Terrors story in terms of art quality and intrigue. If you're not into Knight Terrors, get this issue anyway. You'll be glad you did.

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8
Knight Terrors: Detective Comics (2023) #2

Aug 22, 2023

Knight Terrors: Detective Comics #2 concludes the two-parter tie-in with a mature, metaphorical, thought-provoking story about Jim Gordon's real insecurities and fears that fit within his age and place in life. The art is stunning enough to stand on its own, and Watters mostly gives you more than your money's worth, but the high concept, multi-idea ending trips over itself for a fumbled ending.

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7.5
Knight Terrors: Green Lantern (2023) #1

Jul 10, 2023

Knight Terrors: Green Lantern #1 is a well-written and well-drawn comic that didn't need to exist. It has nothing to do with the main Knight Terrors conflict and nothing to do with the main Green Lantern series already in progress. Overall, Adams does a great job with what he was given.

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8
Knight Terrors: Green Lantern (2023) #2

Aug 9, 2023

Knight Terrors: Green Lantern #2 is jam-packed with ring-slinging action and fun. GL fans who've missed Hal at his peak will love this comic. However, if you're invested in Knight Terrors and only want to know what's happening with Insomnia, there's nothing here for you.

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3.5
Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn (2023) #1

Jul 25, 2023

Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn #1 is the tie-in that appears to have the least to do with anything related to Knight Terrors. It's boring, disconnected, and despite Sherman's interesting art, it's a total waste of time.

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4.5
Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn (2023) #2

Aug 22, 2023

Knight Terrors: Harley Quinn #2 is notable for being the Knight Terrors tie-in that has the least to do with Knight Terrors and the most to do with the main title. If there was supposed to be a nightmare scenario, Howard didn't get the memo, and the big thing to come out of this issue is the tease that Harley's multiverse adventures will continue for a long time to come. Oy!

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8
Knight Terrors: Nightwing (2023) #1

Jul 18, 2023

Knight Terrors: Nightwing #1 is another comic in a growing list of Knight Terrors tie-in comics that have nothing to do with the main event. However, this is one of the better tie-ins as it leans into the disorienting discomfort of trapping Nightwing in a situation he can't escape. Solid writing and art make this one of the more distressing tie-ins in the event, and that's a good thing.

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7
Knight Terrors: Nightwing (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

Knight Terrors: Nightwing #2 is a completely fine standalone story about Nightwing having a nightmare. Except for a brief cameo by Insomnia, there's nothing to connect this story to Knight Terrors, but surprisingly, this end to a two-parter has more grit and energy than the main Nightwing title. Maybe, Cloonan and Conrad would be a better fit than Tom Taylor.

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8.5
Knight Terrors: Shazam! (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

Knight Terrors: Shazam! #1 is a grim, dark, psychological nightmare for Mary Marvel that turns her worst fears against her. Waid's writing is in top form, and the art team delivers solid work, but this issue barely has anything to do with Insominia, so file this one under "optional" for Knight Terrors.

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6.5
Knight Terrors: Shazam! (2023) #2

Aug 9, 2023

Knight Terrors: Shazam! #2 ends the two-parter with big action, the SHAZAM! family getting their powers back (briefly), and a walk-through of Mary Marvel's siblings. The art is great, and Mary Marvel gets her time to shine, but this issue, like most Knight Terrors tie-ins, is ultimately pointless.

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6
Knight Terrors: Superman (2023) #1

Jul 15, 2023

Knight Terrors: Superman #1 takes a nightmarish tour through the deepest fears and worries of Superman's mind. The story is fine and the art is fine, but there's nothing in this issue considered required reading for the Knight Terrors event.

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6.5
Knight Terrors: Superman (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

Knight Terrors: Superman #2 works as a tie-in that matters by telling a Superman-centric story with development that affects the main Knight Terrors arc. That said, the major development answers questions by creating plot holes, and Tom Reilly's art doesn't quite suit the nightmare aesthetic.

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Knight Terrors: The Flash (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

Knight Terrors: The Flash #1 is a solid, urgent, emotional adventure for Bally Allen and his Flash-family. The issue contains great writing from Paknadel and fascinating art from Bayliss, but oddly, this issue has almost nothing to do with nightmares, Insomnia, or Knight Terrors.

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6
Knight Terrors: The Flash (2023) #2

Aug 9, 2023

Knight Terrors: The Flash #2 ends Barry Allen's nightmare run with frustration, body horror, and desperate acts. Paknadel's story reads as a frustrating nightmare rather than a scary one, and Barry's body horror change is interesting but doesn't match the story.

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Knight Terrors: Titans (2023) #1

Jul 25, 2023

Knight Terrors: Titans #1 may be one of the weirder Knight Terrors tie-ins because it focuses on an unknown character, and the shared dream belongs to an inanimate object. Constant understood the homework assignment, but he's got a lot of ground to cover in #2 to make it make sense.

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4
Knight Terrors: Titans (2023) #2

Aug 24, 2023

Knight Terrors: Titans #2 unveils the big mystery behind the new Titans Tower's ability to dream and the identity behind the mysterious woman who saved the Titans. Andrew Constant solves the mysteries by concocting fanciful solutions riddled with plot holes and inconsistencies, turning this tie-in into an ill-conceived waste of time.

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5.5
Knight Terrors: Wonder Woman (2023) #1

Jul 15, 2023

Knight Terrors: Wonder Woman #1 is another in a string of Knight Terrors tie-in comics that only serve as nightmare issues contributing to the main event. This issue is notable in that Campbell slightly changes the rules of what's happening, but not in a good way.

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Knight Terrors: Wonder Woman (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

Knight Terrors: Wonder Woman #2 ends Diana's turn at a Knight Terrors tie-in with a battle against her own fears, many words of affirmation, and self-acceptance. The bland, predictable story is slightly improved by Ferreyra's art, but the Nubia backup is pointless.

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Lazarus Planet (2023): Legends Reborn #1

Jan 30, 2023

Lazarus Planet: Legends Reborn #1 recounts three weird tales of heroes grappling with the aftereffects of the Lazarus Storm. The shorts range from just okay to just plain weird, and none has a material impact on the Lazarus Planet event.

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Lazarus Planet (2023): Dark Fate #1

Feb 13, 2023

Lazarus Planet: Dark Fate #1 delivers four short stories that act as preludes to other DC series coming in the future. The shorts are interesting and end on solid cliffhangers, but almost nothing in this collection has anything to do with the Lazarus Planet event.

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9.5
Lazarus Planet (2023): Alpha #1

Jan 10, 2023

Lazarus Planet: Alpha #1 is the bee's knees in more ways than one. The crisis feels epic by every measure, the assemblage of heroes and how they're used makes sense, the stakes are world-ending, and the wow moments hit hard. Plus, the art is phenomenal.

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Lazarus Planet (2023): Omega #1

Feb 21, 2023

Lazarus Planet: Omega #1 ends the world-changing event with big action, big stakes, stellar art, and a true, albeit loosely defined, status quo change for the DC Universe. Waid finishes almost as strongly as he started, so fans of the Alpha issue will be generally pleased with the Omega.

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7.5
Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #1

Mar 13, 2023

Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #1 is a surprisingly solid Wonder Woman story that bears out the full scale of events from Wonder Woman #796. Don't let the title fool you, this issue has nothing to do with Lazarus Planet, but the main story is good enough to set the stage for major developments concerning Wonder Woman in her regular series.

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7.5
Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #2

Mar 28, 2023

Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #2, despite having nothing to do with Lazarus Planet, is a rock-solid Shazam issue in the middle of a Wonder Woman arc. The art is fantastic, and G. Willow Wilson's writing is stellar, but the dialog hits wrong in a few spots when newer characters treat Shazam like the new kid on the block.

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Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #3

Apr 11, 2023

Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #3 is a setup issue that moves the players into position for the big finale. Nothing new or exciting in this issue that you didn't already know, so it's a serviceable addition to the arc. Also, the backup is dull and pointless.

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Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #4

Apr 24, 2023

Lazarus Planet: Revenge of the Gods #4 ends the war with the gods with the mildest whimpers instead of a bang. Almost everyone's status quo returns to where they started, and nobody (besides Hera) experiences any consequences for the death and destruction.

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6.5
Monkey Prince (2022) #1

Feb 1, 2022

Monkey Prince #1 is a decent, middle-of-the-road origin story about DC's latest teen superhero. The art is excellent and the highlight of the issue. However, the writing and overall plot are filled with too many minor flaws and rushed shortcuts to get readers hooked on the character, making for an underwhelming debut.

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6.5
Monkey Prince (2022) #2

Mar 1, 2022

Monkey Prince #2 has too many things happening, too fast, and all at once. The art is bright and colorful, but the story has no time to breathe so the characters can react and feel what's happening around them.

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6.5
Monkey Prince (2022) #3

Apr 5, 2022

 Bits and Pieces Monkey Prince #3 has potential if it can just get out of its own way.  Unfortunately, there's nothing remarkable enough about the main character to like.  Plus, there's too much reliance on Batman & Robin to do the heavy lifting.  As a result, the story wastes its time with extra scenes that do nothing for the character or the plot.  Monkey Prince #3 is not a bad issue, but it never rises above mediocre except for the art.

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7.5
Monkey Prince (2022) #4

May 3, 2022

Monkey Prince #4 concludes this first leg of the arc to build confidence in the main character and set his family on a new path. Again, the writing is complete but too rushed and too convenient to be satisfying. The art, however, is excellent overall.

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Monkey Prince (2022) #5

Jun 7, 2022

Monkey Prince #5 moves Marcus and his family to a new town for a new arc in the Monkey Prince's early days. The art is great with improved coloring, and the pacing is more palatable, but the story feels like a replay of the first arc without much reason for it.

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Monkey Prince (2022) #6

Jul 5, 2022

Monkey Prince #6 throws everything and the kitchen sink at you to move Marcus's journey forward as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Taking the exact opposite approach to decompressed storytelling, Yang crams the issue so full of developments, contrivances, logic leaps, and flashbacks that you don't know where to start, and by the time you get to the last page you may wish you hadn't.

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6.5
Monkey Prince (2022) #7

Oct 3, 2022

Monkey Prince #7 is a loud, energetic, mindless, chaotic brand of fun. The art pops with excitement, and the dialog is good, but the chaotic story is overstuffed with too many things happening all at once, and the main characters treat everything happening with all the seriousness of a video game.

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5.5
Monkey Prince (2022) #8

Nov 1, 2022

Monkey Prince #8 has a solid first half with a big battle at the gates of Atlantis, but it falls apart with the clunky, jarring introduction of the Big Bad and a final scene that sells Marcus (and this series) short.

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6.5
Monkey Prince (2022) #9

Dec 5, 2022

Monkey Prince #9 brings the titular character and his family to Metropolis for the last leg of the limited run to kick off an arc that digs deeper into Marcus's family tree and makes the Big Bad a formal presence in the story. While King Fire Bull is an intriguing character, and the art looks (mostly) great, the story is overwhelmed with chaotic happenings and random character appearances for a somewhat enjoyable but sloppy read.

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Monkey Prince (2022) #12

Mar 7, 2023

Monkey Prince #12 ends the series with fun action and at least one big reveal, but most of the plot points are not set up or explained, so it feels like the creators threw the issue together to be done with it.

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Nightwing (2016) #99

Dec 19, 2022

Nightwing #99 is a half-good issue that builds an intriguing mystery through the first two acts. It then completely drops the mystery in the final act, leading to a frustratingly annoying conclusion. Besides the fumbled plot, the pacing and dialog are excellent. The art is generally good except for some odd color choices, and the action is entertaining.

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Nightwing (2016) #100

Jan 16, 2023

Nightwing #100 is an embarrassing waste of a milestone comic. Multiple artists give the comic a cobbled-together visual aesthetic, Nightwing's neverending conflict with Heartless goes nowhere, and Nightwing is offered a job with no apparent purpose.

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Nightwing (2016) #101

Feb 21, 2023

Nightwing #101 picks up where issue #98 left off with a plot by Lord Neron to steal Olvia Desmond's soul. The technical aspects of the writing (pacing, dialog, scene transitions) are solid, but the story needs more urgency and energy. However, the art team delivers a rock-solid performance.

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6.5
Nightwing (2016) #102

Mar 21, 2023

Nightwing #102 continues the conflict between Neron and the Titans with Olivia's soul in the balance. The rescue has some energy, and the Titans' plan to stop Neron has potential, but the issue is bland and lifeless overall. Oddly enough, the backup is a better Nightwing story than the main one.

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5.5
Nightwing (2016) #103

Apr 18, 2023

Nightwing #103 is a baffling mix of Titans team goodness, and flat-out-dumb plot moments. The overall plot is moving in a direction, but neither the script nor the art conveys any urgency, drama, or emotional range.

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5.5
Nightwing (2016) #104

May 23, 2023

Nightwing #104 is a technically complete comic that wraps up the Titans' fight with Neron over Olivia's soul. The art is solid, and the plot concludes neatly. However, it's impossible to find any urgency or dramatic tension in this entire comic, resulting in a lifeless and forgettable read.

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Nightwing (2016) #105

Jun 20, 2023

Nightwing #105 delivers another gimmick issue to recount a day in the life of Nightwing shown through his eyes. The gimmick is novel but doesn't show you anything unique, and the story is mediocre at best.

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6.5
Nightwing (2016) #106

Sep 19, 2023

Nightwing #106 wakes up a nine-month-old plot thread to find out what's in Nightwing's mysterious safety deposit box, leading to car chases, more unanswered murders by Heartless, and pirates(?). The story is fine, the art's fine, and at best, you could say Taylor is wrapping up a plot point that should have been wrapped up long ago.

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5.5
Nightwing (2016) #107

Oct 19, 2023

Nightwing #107 fills in interesting tidbits about Bldhaven's history, and the mediocre plot makes sense, but Tom Taylor's character work makes Nightwing look incompetent, and the art is just serviceable.

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5
Nightwing (2016) #108

Nov 21, 2023

Nightwing #108 is a mediocre entry in the pirate arc with passable art and a bizarre retcon that makes Nightwing appear even more ineffectual in his series. For once, the ending has a bit of an emotional punch, but the overall comic is dramatically flat.

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Nightwing (2016) #109

Dec 20, 2023

Nightwing #109 ends the pirate adventure on a complete but bland note. Taylor wraps up the pirate civil war between Bea and Dirk with a relatively complete conclusion, and Byrne's art style is super clean, but the story, much like the art, is completely devoid of drama or life.

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Nightwing (2016) #110

Jan 16, 2024

Nightwing #110 is a perfectly serviceable albeit forgettable tie-in to the Beast World crossover. The tie-in has little impact on the Beast World conflict, other than the setting, but Taylor introduces an interesting new villain to give the Titans trouble in the future.

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5.5
Nightwing (2016) #111

Feb 20, 2024

Nightwing #111 marks the beginning of the end for Heartless and Tom Taylor's time on the title, but the final arc starts with a bait-and-switch that drags the Heartless reign even longer and makes Nightwing look like a less competent detective than he should be. If nothing else, at least Heartless and Taylor will soon be gone.

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6.5
Nubia & The Amazons #1

Oct 19, 2021

Nubia & The Amazons #1 is a novel story about life on Themysciara with a mild mystery to build curiosity, but the central conflict lacks energy or excitement. The art is decent enough, but the bizarre artistic choices for the "new" Amazons seemingly ignore the rules of the world the creators have introduced to new readers in the same issue.

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7.5
Nubia & The Amazons #2

Nov 16, 2021

Nubia & The Amazons #2 introduces a cool concept about a Fight Club on Themyscira and a formidable villain. That said, the Fight Club concept doesn't make sense in the broader context of life on the island, and it has no relevance to the central conflict of the story. The art is just okay, but it's elevated by gorgeous coloring.

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5
Nubia & The Amazons #3

Dec 21, 2021

Nubia & The Amazons #3 is a lot of talking, and emotional validation with very little progress on the story other than to hint something happened in the past and something will happen in the future. Unfortunately, the lack of meaningful development on the present makes this issue almost entirely skippable.

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4
Nubia & The Amazons #4

Jan 18, 2022

Nubia & The Amazons #4 spends a lot of time sharing and talking in the present to deal with a Medusa who "might not be so bad if given a chance". Meanwhile, readers are treated to a flashback so bizarre, misplaced, and pointless, you have to laugh or risk coming to tears. Perhaps Trial of the Amazons will straighten all this out, but right now, it's a mess.

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5.5
Nubia & The Amazons #5

Feb 15, 2022

Nubia & The Amazons #5 finishes the arc with a lot of Medusa character growth, a little bit of Nubia character growth, and no answers surrounding the mystery of the Well of Souls. This was a weak attempt if the point was to build up Nubia. If the end was to make a statement about redemption and forgiveness that has little to do with Nubia, you get that here. If the point was to tell a complete story about essential changes on Themyscira and the lives of the Amazons, look elsewhere.

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6.5
Nubia & The Amazons #6

Mar 8, 2022

Nubia & The Amazons #6 ends the Nubia series (after it already finished) and continues the second chapter of The Trial of the Amazons event with a lot of talking and meetings. The art is just okay, and there's enough information here to be informative, but the numbering confusion was unnecessary, and this issue added little value as an epilogue to the Nubia run.

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Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1

Jun 7, 2022

Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #1 starts off the series with an interesting premise that has far-reaching potential for DC. Unfortunately, the lackluster art, clunky dialog, and massive amount of unnecessary scenes that have no bearing on the plot bring a full issue down to a barely passable backup story.

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Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #2

Jul 5, 2022

Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #2 drops hints and pieces about what's happening but does an incomplete job that readers are left to assemble the puzzle without the corners or edge pieces. The art is just okay, and Nubia's pre-Amazon history is good world-building, but the main plot hasn't come together when the story is already half over.

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Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #3

Aug 9, 2022

Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #3 unveils the mystery behind Zillah's origin, Nubia's death in a former life, and the kinship that binds them. The art is decent enough, and this issue has a fair bit of action, but the backstory elements are relegated to little more than boring exposition that introduces just as many questions as it answers.

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4
Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #4

Sep 6, 2022

Nubia: Queen of the Amazons #4 ends the arc with some decent action, lots of unanswered questions, and an ending that puts Nubia right back where she started with nothing to show for her trouble. When you're the main villain is poorly set up and poorly motivated, the best you can hope for is an average story. Unfortunately, this story falls below average to just plain forgettable.

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6.5
Olympus: Rebirth (2022) #1

Aug 23, 2022

Olympus Rebirth (One-Shot) is an overlong, dialog-heavy exposition issue that focuses on fleshing out Olympus and the gods after their rescue from the Graveyard of the Gods. The information is useful, and a few tidbits foreshadow Wonder Woman's future, but the issue is largely a boring information dump.

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5
One-Star Squadron (2021) #1

Dec 7, 2021

One-Star Squadron #1 re-imagines some of DC's most powerful superheroes as a collection of losers working at a superhero agency for hire. Unfortunately, while the creators were going for absurdist satire via extreme contrast between the heroes and their situation, the only thing extreme about this issue is how corny, unfunny, and tonally inconsistent it turned out.

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4
One-Star Squadron (2021) #2

Jan 4, 2022

One Star Squadron #2 is the comic book embodiment of the word "cringe" is all it's painful glory. It's not cute. It's not clever. It's not funny. It's not charming. It's not even good in a so-bad-it's-good sort of way. It's simply a painful chore equivalent to watching a stranger get kicked in the crotch for 20 minutes straight. On the plus side, the art is quite good.

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5
One-Star Squadron (2021) #3

Feb 1, 2022

If the story had at least some unique twist, maybe there would be a redeeming quality to make it worth your time. But, as it stands, this comes across as Russell's thinly-veiled attempt at chastising the corporate ecosystem while using DC characters as puppets in his stage play. There's nothing uniquely DC here. There's nothing bitingly clever or funny here. And, there's certainly nothing entertaining here.Bits and PiecesOne-Star Squadron #3 is a dull, depressing, tedious look at sad characters with sad lives doing sad things. It's not funny or clever, and there's nothing uniquely DC about this story except for some characters wearing DC character skins. The only message here is, "corporations suck, so spend $3.99 to read all about it."

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4
One-Star Squadron (2021) #4

Mar 1, 2022

One-Star Squadron #4 is a sad, spiritually ugly, depressing continuation of a story that (I suppose) is intended to be biting satire. However, the jokes don't land, the satire is just mean-spirited, and the one bright spot from the first issue (Gangbuster) finally returns only to be shuffled off with a Trick-or-Treat moment gone wrong. Somebody, please put this misery out of its misery.

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One-Star Squadron (2021) #5

Apr 5, 2022

One-Star Squadron #5 is a sad, depressing take on tragedy befalling the lives of hapless (and hopeless) office workers. Despite the eclectic collection of colorful heroes, this issue is devoid of life, excitement, energy, or engagement. If your idea of entertainment is watching people standing around and being depressed and miserable for 22 pages, this one is for you.

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6.5
One-Star Squadron (2021) #6

May 3, 2022

One-Star Squadron #6 ends the series as well as the series started - with a mix of one part satirical jokes that don't work, one part misery, and one part heart. The grounded art is acceptable for the story's dramatic elements, but neither the writing nor the art makes sense for these characters and the superhero world they inhabit. In retrospect, there is no point or entertainment value in this series, so chalk it up to a creator vanity piece that will likely never be remembered.6.5/10

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5.5
Outsiders (2023) #1

Nov 13, 2023

Outsiders #1 has a strong central concept - forming a group to investigate the weirder happenings of the DC Universe - with interesting characters and solid art. That said, Lanzing and Kelly try to get too fancy and too big in this first issue, leaving readers with a less satisfying adventure and a pompous aftertaste.

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5.5
Outsiders (2023) #2

Dec 13, 2023

Outsiders #2 has great art and the seed of an interesting story, but the plot's a poorly executed mess. Lanzing and Kelly manufacture conflicts without doing the work to set them up properly, and the resolution relies heavily on assumptions and guesswork.

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4
Outsiders (2023) #3

Jan 9, 2024

Outsiders #3 goes out of its way to sound high-concept and smart but fails spectacularly. Except for Robert Carey's wasted art, this was a random adventure that wasn't enjoyable to read, accomplished nothing, and said nothing.

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5
Outsiders (2023) #4

Feb 13, 2024

The Outsiders #4 sets up a potentially powerful new ally (or enemy) for the team. That said, Jenny Crisis's powers may be too much to be practical, and the Outsiders are given nothing to do in this issue. In short, this issue is a mixed bag.

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7.5
Power Girl (2023) #1

Sep 26, 2023

Power Girl #1, surprisingly, is not bad. With a new alter ego and a new purpose in civilian life, Power Girl #1 is a solid mix of personality, action, and intrigue. Mix a good script from Williams with an excellent art team, and you get a decent comic.

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5.5
Power Girl (2023) #2

Oct 26, 2023

Power Girl #2 takes a sizable step back from the first issue when Leah Williams injects a lot of slice-of-life fluff, weird character personality shifts, and random plot developments for a disappointing issue.

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4
Power Girl (2023) #3

Nov 29, 2023

Power Girl #3 is going to lose more readers for two specific reasons. First, the plot about a Kryptonian "virus" gets almost no attention. Second, Paige's feelings and personality have been modified to the point where she's nearly indistinguishable from Supergirl, which is exactly the opposite of what should be happening. If Leah Williams didn't know anything about Power Girl, and DC Editorial wouldn't help her out, I'm sure somebody could have (should have) loaned her some back issues.

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7.5
Power Girl (2023) #4

Dec 28, 2023

Power Girl #4 ends Power Girl's conflict with the Symbio A.I. with a big superhero fight and a conclusion with consequences. The art team's output looks great, and Power Girl's fight isn't over yet, but this issue is a step in the right direction for the series.

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4
Power Girl (2023) #5

Jan 23, 2024

Power Girl #5 makes little sense as a cooldown, silent issue that focuses on Power Girl's cat. Williams did her best to build up the Symbio-Ship's return as a defining moment for Power Girl with an intriguing cliffhanger at the end of the last issue, only to dispose of every ounce of momentum and intrigue for no benefit. This issue is a waste.

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9.5
Robin & Batman (2021) #1

Nov 9, 2021

Robin & Batman #1 is a near-perfect coming-of-age story about the moment when Dick Grayson transitions from Bruce Wayne's ward to Robin. The human elements and emotional complexities are spot-on and believable for the foster relationship between Dick and Bruce, and the comic interweaves the family drama aspects seamlessly into a proper Batman detective story. This is one of the best Batman-family comics I've read in years.

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10
Robin & Batman (2021) #2

Dec 14, 2021

Robin & Batman #2 blew me away. The story builds and builds for a young boy having possibly the greatest day of his life, and then the twist ending elevates the story to something completely different. The art captures every ounce of wide-eyed wonder, and this is going to be my pick of the week.

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10
Robin & Batman (2021) #3

Jan 11, 2022

Robin & Batman #3 is a masterful coming-of-age story about the Boy Wonder coming into his own as a hero. It's perfect in what it does, and Nguyen's art accentuates every nuance expertly.

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9
Rogues (2022) #2

Apr 26, 2022

Rogues #2 is fascinating in that it finds ways to surprise you on almost every page.  Williamson subverts expectations (in a good way) by creating an unexpected version of Gorilla City with a Grodd, unlike one you've seen before.  This story is memorable for all the right reasons.

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9
Rogues (2022) #3

Jul 12, 2022

Rogues #3 is an all-out, crazy, bank-heist-gone-wrong adventure that keeps you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The dialog, plotting, and pacing are reminiscent of something out of a Michael Mann film, and the spiraling events get crazier with each page. Unfortunately, however, the sketchy linework is no match for the writing and is the only thing holding this comic back from achieving a top score.

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6
Rogues (2022) #4

Oct 18, 2022

Rogues #4 is packed with hard-hitting, sometimes-bloody action, and plenty of character-building for Leonard Snart, but the ending is simply sad and makes the whole mini-series feel pointless. Williamson did not stick the landing on this one.

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7
Sensational Wonder Woman (2021) #1

Mar 29, 2022

Sensational Wonder Woman #1 projects a sincere attempt at telling stories that inspire hope from Wonder Woman. While the sincerity is ever-present, the execution is frequently clunky or incomplete. Overall, the art is good, so there are plenty of visuals to warrant the cover price if you're a Wonder Woman completest.

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9
Shazam! (2023) #1

May 2, 2023

Shazam! #1 serves as a near-perfect jumping-on point for new readers who want a superhero comic dripping with wholesome, classic fun and adventure. Waid's writing captures Billy's youthful optimism, and Mora's art is tremendous.

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9
Shazam! (2023) #2

Jun 6, 2023

Shazam #2 is a treat. Filled with fun action, powerful art, and a masterfully constructed mystery to keep you guessing without frustrating, Shazam #2 is a near-perfect blend of modern comic storytelling with a Silver Age twist you won't find anywhere else.

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8
Shazam! (2023) #3

Sep 5, 2023

Shazam! #3 leans even further into the Silver Age wackiness with eclectic characters and clarity surrounding who is behind the Captain's bizarre outbursts. Waid's reveal makes sense, even in a silly Silver Age way, and Dan Mora's art is exquisite, but the villain doesn't seem to have a plan (yet), and Mora's exquisite art sometimes seems out of place with the Silver Age tone.

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8.5
Shazam! (2023) #4

Oct 3, 2023

Shazam! #4 is a weird, wiley, wacky issue that's tons of fun but takes itself seriously enough to deliver an exciting adventure. Waid's homage to Silver Age storytelling is on-point, and Mora's art is perfect.

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8.5
Shazam! (2023) #5

Nov 8, 2023

Shazam! #5 brings Billy's mystery about his erratic superpowers to a head after a wild but thoroughly entertaining battle on the Moon. The Silver Age-inspired story is a welcome respite from DC's typically glum offerings, and Mora's art is the best around.

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9
Shazam! (2023) #6

Dec 5, 2023

Shazam! #6 is wall-to-wall fun, adventure, and excitement when the Batson family faces off against Zeus and the Pantheon of Gods. Waid's script is a near-perfect blend of Silver Age imagination and modern polish, and Mora's art is some of the best in any DC comic.

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7.5
Shazam! (2023) #7

Jan 3, 2024

Shazam! #7 cranks up the silliness as Billy Batson gets tripped up by one wild development after another. The artist changeover to Suduka ensures the series is in good artistic hands, and Waid's story pulls no punches in terms of Silver Age inspiration.

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6
Shazam! (2023) #8

Feb 7, 2024

Shazam! #8 brings the space dinosaur arc to a close with heartwarming silliness, lessons learned, and seeds planted for future problems. That said, the writing and art lack the wit, charm, and fun of the previous issues.

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5.5
Speed Force (2023) #1

Nov 13, 2023

Speed Force #1 is a mixed bag. Williams creates endearing chemistry between Wallace and Avery, and the villain's actions are a strong hook to a dastardly plan, but the plot tries to do too much without establishing clear connections, and the "Hello, Fellow Kids" dialog and social media references is downright painful.

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7
Spirit World (2023) #1

May 8, 2023

Spirit World #1 is a serviceable beginning to the story of a new hero, filled with mysticism, magic, monsters, and a little bit of heart. The art's decent enough, and the story moves along well, but a painfully awkward creative choice may have hurt the character's journey before it's even begun.

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9.5
Stargirl: The Lost Children #1

Nov 15, 2022

Stargirl: The Lost Children #1 is pure, wholesome superhero fun from start to finish. Johns's writing lays out a near-perfect setup for a larger mystery that spans decades, and Hauck's art is spectacular.

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8.5
Stargirl: The Lost Children #2

Dec 20, 2022

Stargirl: The Lost Children #2 is pure, unadulterated, family-friendly, superhero adventure, and fun. Courtney and Emiko's quest is intriguing, the breadcrumbs of discovery are curiously entertaining, and the art is fantastic. This comic is all about fun, and we need more fun comics from DC right about now.

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9
Stargirl: The Lost Children #3

Jan 18, 2023

Stargirl: The Lost Children #3 nails the fun and excitement of a sidekick-centered mystery. Several plot points from the previous issue get resolved while an equal amount more present themselves to keep you entertained and curious about what happens next.

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7.5
Stargirl: The Lost Children #4

Feb 28, 2023

Stargirl: The Lost Children #4 continues to show that this title is still one of the best non-Trinity books DC offers, with fun characters, big stakes, plenty of drama, and exciting action. That said, this issue is guilty of trying to tie too much into DC canon, making the explanation for the sidekicks' disappearance more complicated than it needs to be.

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9
Stargirl: The Lost Children #5

Mar 28, 2023

Stargirl: The Lost Children #5 is an action-packed, penultimate issue in the mini-series that puts readers through a roller-coaster of excitement in both the writing and the art. Johns moves mountains to give as many characters as possible a moment to shine, and Nauck's artwork is gorgeous.

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8
Stargirl: The Lost Children #6

May 8, 2023

Stargirl: The Lost Children #6 brims with explosive action, heart, twists, turns, surprises, excitement, and fun. The story ends on an emotionally high note and drops hints for more in the future, but you'll enjoy this finale best if you don't think about all the loose threads Johns' fails to tie up.

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8
Steelworks (2023) #1

Jun 6, 2023

Steelworks #1 is a solid, simple, but engaging first issue that sets up John Henry Irons as a big hero with a big plan to give power to the people. Dorn's character work., plot structure, pacing, and dialog are excellent, and Sami Basri's art is fantastic. It's too soon to tell if this series is a winner, but issue #1 is a very promising start.

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8
Steelworks (2023) #2

Jul 5, 2023

Steelworks #2 is a surprisingly solid entry in the miseries as Dorn establishes stakes, a formidable villain, exciting action, and an impactful cliffhanger. The art looks great, despite the number of artists tapped to pull it off, and the reading experience is enjoyable overall.

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7
Steelworks (2023) #3

Aug 1, 2023

Steelworks #3 is a perfectly fine comic that unveils John Henry Irons's world-changing invention and drops plenty of seeds for what's to come. The art team delivers excellent work, and Michael Dorn's writing is solid.

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6.5
Steelworks (2023) #4

Sep 7, 2023

Steelworks #4 brings one mystery to a close and begins a new one when John's new invention puts him and all the supers in the crosshairs of a vindictive industrialist. Dorn's pacing, dialog, and character work are solid, but John uses multiple red herrings in the last act, and it gets confusing.

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8
Steelworks (2023) #6

Nov 29, 2023

Steelworks #6 brings the mini to a close with surprises, big action, and a satisfying conclusion to tie up all the loose ends. In retrospect, Dorn's first outing as a DC writer is solid, and the art team's efforts elevated this story to be one of the better Dawn of DC offerings.

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6
Strange Adventures (2020) #9

Mar 29, 2021

Strange Adventures #9 is a tragedy. The art is great, as it has been the whole series, but the overall tone is just depressing. So, so depressing.

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6.5
Strange Adventures (2020) #10

May 25, 2021

Strange Adventures #10 reveals the plan. The plan doesn't make you feel good about Adam Strange. You understand him, you get why he did what he did, but ultimately you're left wondering if this was a story that needed to be told.  The score will be a reflection of the quality of the art and storytelling, not necessarily whether or not the reviewer liked the story.

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7.5
Strange Adventures (2020) #11

Jul 27, 2021

Strange Adventures #11 is a masterful exercise in inflicting misery on both the characters of the story and the readers brave enough to buy this book. If watching a couple argue as their marriage falls apart sounds like a good time, this one is right up your alley. The score reflects the technical quality of the art and writing. Enjoyment has no place here.

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7
Strange Adventures (2020) #12

Oct 12, 2021

Strange Adventures #12 ends the series with an extended prologue that realigns the status quo but ultimately resolves nothing. The war continues, the main characters continue to act awfully towards each other, and readers are left to wonder "what was the point?" I suspect this is one of those series that will receive accolades for technical execution but will ultimately be remembered as the series readers would rather forget existed.

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8.5
Superboy: The Man Of Tomorrow (2023) #1

Apr 18, 2023

Superboy: The Man Of Tomorrow #1 is a very strong start to a Conner-centric story about the Kryptonian clone looking for his place in the world (or galaxy). The writing and art are both rock-solid, except for an odd consistency issue with the art, and the adventure holds your interest.

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8.5
Superboy: The Man Of Tomorrow (2023) #2

May 16, 2023

Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow #2 is a respectable follow-up issue wherein Connor Kent is forced to confront his self-doubt and "heroes" with a faulty moral compass. Porter's writing is solid from start to finish, and Lindsay's art is excellent.

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6
Superboy: The Man Of Tomorrow (2023) #3

Jun 13, 2023

Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow #3 gives you all the basics of what you want out of a Conner Kent comic. You get big action, strong dialog, plot twists, and great art. Unfortunately, the issue lacks heart, and Conner is the least interesting aspect of this comic.

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8.5
Superboy: The Man Of Tomorrow (2023) #4

Jul 11, 2023

Superboy: The Man of Tomorrow #4 turns a typical slugfest into a surprisingly complex moral and ethical dilemma for Conner Kent. From practically every angle, Conner is in a no-win scenario. We like to see these stories because they force the characters to evolve and grow. If Porter can stick the landing, this series may be the sleeper hit of the year.

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4
Supergirl Special (2023) #1

Nov 1, 2023

Supergirl Special #1 is a strange comic. Kara continues to explore unresolved feelings about being the second-best Kryptonian, feelings that have been addressed and resolved multiple times before, and the art is mediocre at best. For the excessive cover price, Supergirl fans should expect much better than this comic.

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8
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #2

Jul 20, 2021

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #2 continues the True Grit "homage," adds in some stakes for Kara to accept Ruthye's mission, and it's all weird in an interesting sort of way.

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7.5
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #3

Aug 17, 2021

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #3 is a skillfully constructed, gorgeously rendered comic that adds a very different story to the Supergirl legend. However, King appears to be setting up Supergirl to pick up where Strange Adventures leaves off next month with a story that reads like Schindler's List edited down to just the concentration camp scenes. Some folks have a strange idea of entertainment. The score is reflective of the technical execution of this comic, not the entertainment value.

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7
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #4

Sep 21, 2021

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #4 is a story about endurance. How much shock and horror can Supergirl endure before it becomes too much, and by extension, this comic asks the same of its readers. Evely's art is mindbendingly good and the real tragedy is how much the art is violated by the misery of the story it's being forced to tell.

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7.5
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #5

Nov 16, 2021

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #5 traps Supergirl and Ruthye on a planet deadly for Kryptonians to ask the one question on everyone's mind - how much tougher is Supergirl compared to Superman? With deadly dinosaur designs and generally gorgeous art, the issue looks great and reads even better. However, it's a pointless filler that belongs in an anthology. Not in a limited-run arc that's halfway done.

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6.5
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #6

Dec 21, 2021

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #6 is expertly structured and beautifully drawn, but it suffers from too much tell and not enough show for the emotional moments. While the recount of Krypton's demise is engaging, this is effectively a filler issue that gives readers roughly three pages worth of progress. In short, it's a beautiful waste.

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8
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #7

Jan 18, 2022

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #7 is filled with fantastic art, fascinating dialog, and tense, dramatic moments. The questions that's plagues this series from the beginning persists - What is Tom King trying to say and why is he saying it in such a weird and out-of-character way?

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6.5
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #8

Feb 15, 2022

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #8 ends the latest Tom King experiment with a bait-and-switch ending, misery, suffering, and lies.  Of course, this is a Tom King series, so it's to be expected.  That said, the art is exquisite, and if nothing else, you'll be happy with the visuals.

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9.5
Superman (2023) #1

Feb 21, 2023

Superman #1 is the return to form Superman fans have been waiting for. The visuals are bright and hopeful, all the characters feel like the classic/best versions of themselves, and enough status quo changes are revealed to give you the feeling the Man of Steel is moving forward into a better tomorrow.

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8.5
Superman (2023) #2

Mar 21, 2023

Superman #2 is another winner with a seemingly insurmountable threat, plenty of exciting action, emotional moments, dramatic tension, and a killer cliffhanger. Plus, the introduction of a new anti-hero shows promise.

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7
Superman (2023) #3

Apr 18, 2023

Superman #3 delivers big action, stellar art, and a clever resolution to resolve Parasite's viral swarm. The pacing, dialog, and plot are top-notch, but an important-yet-unexplained plot point sullies the satisfaction level.

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9
Superman (2023) #4

May 16, 2023

Superman #4 continues Superman's struggle to find and stop Dr. Pharm and Graft with Lex Luthor's reluctant help. The story gets better and better as the issue progresses, and the last-moment twist is amazing. Couple a great story with fantastic art, and this issue is a winner.

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9.5
Superman (2023) #5

Jun 20, 2023

Superman #5 may be the best issue in Williamson's run, with a highly entertaining and amusing mix of action, heart, drama, and humor. Jimmy Olsen gets a big moment to shine with Superman, and the art is fantastic.

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7.5
Superman (2023) #6

Sep 20, 2023

Superman #6 pulls back on the sunny, hopeful tone of adventure when the Pharm/Graft duo leads Superman to uncover Lex's secret project. Williamson creates a building atmosphere of tension that suits the story's direction, and Melnikov's style works to make the new villain as creepy as possible.

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7
Superman (2023) #7

Oct 17, 2023

Superman #7 is not bad, but it feels disjointed and cobbled together. Williamson introduces multiple plot lines, some of which have nothing to do with the main conflict, and the eclectic art team delivers serviceable art with frequently inconsistent styles.

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7
Superman (2023) #8

Nov 21, 2023

Superman #8 is a perfectly decent conclusion to The Unchained's reign of terror with solid art and a respectable cliffhanger. Nothing in this issue will blow you away, and the overarching plot involving Pharm and Graft is still sidelined, but Superman fans will enjoy this comic.

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6.5
Superman (2023) #9

Dec 20, 2023

About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.Follow @ComicalOpinions on Facebook, Instagram, and TwitterBits and Pieces:Superman #9 gives Superman more than one cool suit, sets course for a new adventure in Time, and finally gets around to presenting the legend of Marilyn Moonlight. That said, Williamson makes Marilyn Moonlight a known quantity to everyone except the reader, and the technically proficient art lacks grit.

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5.5
Superman (2023) #10

Jan 19, 2024

Superman #10 promised big things with an opportunity to tell the Marilyn Moonlight origin story but completely wastes the chance with a mediocre villain fight. If you skip this issue, you'll miss nothing.

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7
Superman (2023) Annual: 2023

Aug 9, 2023

Superman Annual (2023) #1 delivers a mildly amusing collection of Daily Planet news assignments to bring updates on an assortment of characters, presumably heading back to Superman post-Knight Terrors. Each assignment has a certain entertaining charm, but a Superman Annual with barely any Superman seems a letdown, and the large artist pool results in inconsistent art. As a positive, the final page tease spells big things for Big Blue soon.

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8.5
Superman: Lost (2023) #1

Mar 13, 2023

Superman: Lost #1 delivers a super-simple but a granite-solid setup for a Superman adventure that pulls him out of time and space for years without anyone realizing it. The plot is clear, concise, and to the point, and the art is equally good. You'd be right to complain about the excessive cover price for a standard-sized comic, but the story (so far) is worth your money.

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6.5
Superman: Lost (2023) #2

Apr 11, 2023

Superman: Lost #2 shows early signs of trouble for the maxi-series. The art looks fantastic, and the settings are intriguing, but this issue has no story. It's a mildly odd tour of an alien world wrapped around a supply run and a costume change. If this is the story DC intends to tell, there's no way to justify the elevated cover price.

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Superman: Lost (2023) #3

May 8, 2023

Superman: Lost #3 is a weirdly beautiful and alien book with fantastic art, but Priest sets up a story that never goes anywhere or finishes. It's as if the creative team said, "Let's make it pretty, and we'll worry about telling a story later." At a $4.99 price point, with no backup, "telling a story later" isn't good enough.

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5
Superman: Lost (2023) #4

Jun 13, 2023

Superman: Lost #4 is gibberish wrapped in nonsense. Priest is going out of his way to use Superman's time lost in space to create as many on-the-nose metaphors for real-life social ills as possible. It reads like a city hall meeting agenda rattled off in random order, printed on excellent art. If Priest is using Superman's predicament to make a soapbox point, he's missing the mark spectacularly.

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7
Superman: Lost (2023) #5

Jul 14, 2023

Whether by accident or design, Superman: Lost #5 has the seed of a dramatic story worth telling when a Green Lantern enters Clark's lost life. The "plot" developments are interesting, and Hope breathes life into a floundering maxi-series.

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6
Superman: Lost (2023) #6

Sep 12, 2023

Superman: Lost #6 doesn't pay off the cliffhanger from the next issue and instead jumps forward ten years where Clark's new planet is heading for catastrophe. Priest plays with interesting ideas and concepts, some of which feel wholly original and others heavily imply real-world allegory, but the pieces never come together.

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6
Superman: Red & Blue (2021) #1

Mar 16, 2021

Make friends with those who need it. It's a fine story that reads like a decent YA book. If there's any down to the story, it's that this has nothing to do with Superman in any way. Clark could have been "generic little boy A" and it wouldn't have changed the execution or the message one iota.Bits and Pieces:Superman: Red & Blue #1 is all about the message. The art is almost inconsequential when you consider the point of each story is to push a message. That may appeal to you or it may not.6/10

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4
Superman: Red & Blue (2021) #2

Apr 20, 2021

Bits and Pieces:Superman: Red and Blue #2 is poorly drawn, poorly written, and poorly executed. This book has no point, and that's the saddest point of all.

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6.5
Superman: Space Age (2022) #1

Jul 26, 2022

Superman: Space Age #1 takes the idea of a prequel to Crisis on Infinite Earth to weird places with a tonally strange story, lacks emotion, and is incredibly heavy-handed with the anti-war messaging through shock scenes. That said, the revised origins of familiar Justice Leaguers are creative, and Allred's unique style fits the mid-Century setting.

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5
Superman: Space Age (2022) #2

Sep 27, 2022

Superman: Space Age #2 is a very expensive, very long, and painfully tedious comic that doesn't appear to have a point other than to provide an alternate look at the 1970s if the Justice League were real. Filled with incredibly awkward action art, never-ending cynicism, and meaningless meandering that takes up 75% of the pages, this comic is a pointless waste.

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5.5
Superman: Space Age (2022) #3

Feb 21, 2023

Superman: Space Age #3 ends the bizarre mini-series with Superman doing what he does best - making a miracle happen. Unfortunately, Superman's best moments take up the beginning and the end. At the same time, most of the middle is composed of poorly constructed social commentary, a series of Batman v. Joker vignettes that have nothing to do with Superman's quest, and a bizarre death scene that doesn't make a lick of sense. This mini-series had the seed of a good idea, but the creators and the editors failed to realize its potential.

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8.5
Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor (2023) #1

Jul 25, 2023

Superman: The Last Days of Lex Luthor #1 is a rich, mature, thoughtful story that puts the Man of Steel's convictions to the test. Mark Waid's ideas are thought-provoking, and Bryan Hitch's art is immaculate, but it becomes apparent very quickly that this story is under-served in this format.

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5
Swamp Thing (2021) #1

Mar 2, 2021

SWAMP THING #1 is a book with great art and imaginative elements but tries so hard to be different and thought-provoking it gets lost in its own confusion. The Alan Moore chase continues.

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6.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #2

Apr 6, 2021

Swamp Thing #2 is a step up from issue #1 with more story and less self-important fluff. The art is severe in its use of dramatic shadow and mood coloring, which works well for the subject matter. The story, despite the gaping pothole, feels like it's growing (*ahem*) into something. There's enough here to warrant sticking around for another issue.

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7.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #3

May 4, 2021

Swamp Thing #3 gives you more information about The Green and how the DC plant characters interact with it, but sadly, you get almost no information about Levi or why you should care about him. The art is excellent and there are some interesting moments in this book, but I wish some of those moments had something to do with the main character.

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7.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #4

Jun 1, 2021

Swamp Thing #4 answers more questions than it asks, and it delivers an interesting explanation of the Green and the Contagion that infects it. The art is solid, and the overall writing (in isolation) is excellent, but it's hard to invest in a story when you don't know or care about the main character who's acting little more than a swap out for Alec Holland.

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5
Swamp Thing (2021) #5

Jul 6, 2021

After five issues, we know nothing about the main character, this issue takes a break from the trajectory and urgency of the main arc for a seemingly trivial errand, and the execution of "the how" and "the why" makes little sense.

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5.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #6

Aug 3, 2021

Swamp Thing #6 is taking the concept of a slow burn and a decompressed story to an unpleasant extreme. Half this issue is dedicated to the Suicide Squad acting like buffoons, and the little bit of Levi's backstory we've been waiting for since issue #1 barely fills in a single puzzle piece.

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5.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #7

Sep 7, 2021

Swamp Thing #7 is a little bit good and a little bit bad. After 7 issues (and $28) we finally get some insight into Levi's personality, only to discover he's a very smart idiot. After the weirdly misplaced myth his father uses to make a point, the apple must not fall far from the tree. The art is solid, the pacing is excellent, but to be this far into a 10-issue arc with such a lopsided story is a waste.

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5.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #8

Oct 5, 2021

Swamp Thing #8 fills in the badly absent backstory behind Levi's transformation into the latest Swamp Thing with a bonus transformation for his brother, Jacob. While the revelation answers most questions, Jacob's intentions are unclear, Levi's selection as the latest Swamp Thing are less clear, and the result is a mass explanation that competing parties want the Green's power for themselves. So far, this series is a prime example of decompressed storytelling done the wrong way.

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8.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #9

Nov 2, 2021

The Swamp Thing #9 is the issue this series needed from the get-go. Readers get to know more about Levi as a character through his actions in this issue than we have through the first 8 issues. The central conflict is clear, the character motivations are apparent, and the art excels in giving these Green-based characters a battle for the ages.

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5.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #10

Dec 7, 2021

The Swamp Thing #10 is the early pre-finale (DC extended the book to 16 issues), where Levi fights for his life, his connection to the Green, and what's left of his family. The visuals are strong, and the action gives you plenty of big splashy moments, but the utter lack of emotional conflict between the two brothers is a shocking letdown.

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8
Swamp Thing (2021) #11

Mar 29, 2022

The Swamp Thing #11 is possibly the strongest entry in the series with creepy body horror, substantial plot progression, and genuine curiosity for what's happening to the Green. 

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6
Swamp Thing (2021) #12

Apr 26, 2022

Bits and Pieces: The Swamp Thing #12 takes the exciting developments and momentum from issue #11 and grinds almost to a dead stop. Ram V seems intent on turning everything that has impacted life and society into a force with its own avatar, and it's presented here with all the energy and drama of a sleeping kitten. Unfortunately, while those developments might lead to a new rogue's gallery for Swamp Thing in the future, it's difficult to care when the story is too dull to keep you interested.

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6
Swamp Thing (2021) #13

May 24, 2022

The Swamp Thing #13 finally pulls all the pieces from the last 12 issues together to start heading in a definitive direction.  Still, the big surprise comes out of nowhere to introduce a silly revelation that, frankly, makes the rest of the series seem pointless.  When future generations ask why decompressed storytelling is a bad thing, this series might be used as an example.

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6
Swamp Thing (2021) #14

Jun 28, 2022

The Swamp Thing #14 unveils a threat from space bent on wiping humanity from the Earth. The art is excellent, and the concepts/ideas underneath the story are cool, but there are contradictions aplenty masked by bloated, flowery language to weigh the whole issue down.

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7.5
Swamp Thing (2021) #15

Jul 25, 2022

Bits and Pieces:The Swamp Thing #15 ramps up the penultimate issue by bringing all the characters together for a final showdown, whether their appearance makes sense or not. There's plenty of excellent art, and the pacing is much improved over the vast majority of this series, but how this will end is the biggest mystery.

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6
Swamp Thing (2021) #16

Aug 23, 2022

The Swamp Thing #16 concludes the run with plenty of speeches, ideas, and pontification but halfhearted attempts at resolution. This issue, like the run as a whole, simply collects ideas to tell you sentience is good and greed is bad with nary a thought to justifying the myriad of plot threads that never get addressed. If you love the art, this finale may be worth the cover price. But if you want a story that ends with a little more consideration than a cheap fortune cookie, look elsewhere.

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9.5
Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1

Dec 28, 2021

Swamp Thing: Green Hell #1 imagines a world on the brink of destruction when the powers decide it's time to start over. Lemire's writing is grim and hard-hitting in all the best ways, and the art team has created a world that feels like it's at the end of its rope. However, when the monsters come out to do their worst, familiar faces make this story feel entirely fresh and friendly at the same time.

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9.5
Swamp Thing: Green Hell #2

Feb 13, 2023

Swamp Thing: Green Hell #2 returns to the mini-series after a year-long break to offer a chapter rich with dramatic layers, nuanced emotions, complex conflicts, and phenomenal art.

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9
Swamp Thing: Green Hell #3

Mar 21, 2023

Swamp Thing: Green Hell #3 ends the mini-series with big action, big stakes, big emotion, and a big conclusion that changes the Green and the Red as we know them. Lemire's writing is mesmerizing, and Mahnke's art is top-notch.

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6.5
Tales of the Titans (2023) #1

Jul 18, 2023

Tales of the Titans #1 takes a nice, safe look at Starfire as she wrestles with being "too emotional" for her friends and people. The adventure and its lessons about being in touch with your feelings are best suited for young readers, and the drama-less art keeps the action and seriousness to a minimum.

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7
Tales of the Titans (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

Tales Of The Titans #2 delivers a solid primer on the history of Raven's family through an adventure involving a young woman experiencing the same dilemma as Raven's mother. The art is great, and Tini Howard's technical writing is on-point, but be advised... this issue is a thin allegory for Teen Pregnancy and the Anti-Life debate.

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8
The Penguin (2023) #1

Aug 22, 2023

Penguin #1 is a promising start to an interesting idea about what would happen if one of Batman's rogues tried to retire. The character work is (surprisingly for King) on-point, and the art is top-notch. It's unclear where this plot is headed, but there's enough interest after issue #1 to find out.

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6.5
Titans (2023) #1

May 16, 2023

Titans #1 begins a new era for the former sidekicks and B-Team as they move into the new Titans Tower and assume their new role as taking over for the Justice League. The writing execution is technically fine, and things happen, but the basic premise is flawed, and both the writing and art lack drama or emotional weight.

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6
Titans (2023) #2

Jun 20, 2023

Titans #2 is a boring sophomore issue that dispels the mystery from issue #1 almost immediately and spends most of the issue, except for one action scene, with characters standing around and talking. The art looks pretty, and the story technically moves forward, but the net result is utterly forgettable.

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6
Titans (2023) #3

Sep 19, 2023

Titans #3 picks on one of the three, and the least urgent, of the open plots started in issue #1 to find out if Brother Eternity is legit or a snake. There are enough twists to keep Brother Eternity's status in doubt, and the big fight sequence is a step up from Taylor's generally pacifist take on superheroes, but the overall title lacks focus, and the art is just okay.

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5
Titans (2023) #4

Oct 21, 2023

Titans #4 is a muddled, forgettable chapter in the series. Taylor's script is utterly lacking in urgency, drama, or priorities, and Scott's art makes every character look tired and bored.

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3
Titans (2023) #5

Nov 21, 2023

Titans #5 is a boring, unfocused waste of a comic. Taylor concludes the big murder mystery of Wally's death in the least interestingly and energetic way possible, the lion's share of the issue is taken up with a nature field trip, and the art hits a new low with possibly the laziest attempt at a Swamp Thing I've ever seen.

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6
Titans (2023) #6

Dec 27, 2023

Titans #6 gives readers plenty of action, surprising developments, and better art as a key tie-in to the Beast World crossover. That said, the biggest surprise of all, Brother Eternity's true identity, throws a confusing monkey wrench into the heart of the crossover with no clear way out of the confusion.

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7
Titans (2023) #7

Jan 16, 2024

Titans #7 is one of the better tie-ins to Beast World as Tom Taylor rifles through a laundry list of plot points to resolve several smaller conflicts in preparation for the Beast World finale. The art is fine, and Taylor's script gets the job done, but the issue lacks drama, emotional impact, or anything memorable.

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7
Titans United: Blood Pact (2022) #1

Sep 20, 2022

Titans United: Bloodpact #1 is a standard, vanilla, standard Titans adventure with magic, battles, and a parallel Earth twist. The technical execution in the writing is solid, and the art is great, but the story isn't terribly original and lacks an intriguing hook.

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7.5
Titans United: Blood Pact (2022) #2

Oct 18, 2022

Titans United: Bloodpact #2 is equally satisfying and frustrating as Tim Drake struggles to understand this isn't his reality against all apparent signs. At the same time, his growing group of allies fights against Raven's forces. The pacing and dialog are solid, and the art is very good, but Tim's clueless demeanor feels wildly out of place.

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8.5
Titans United: Blood Pact (2022) #3

Nov 15, 2022

Titans United: Bloodpact #3 is a solid entry in the series that improves on the previous issues with more action, emotion, and essential revelations that move the story forward. This is the best Titans title around right now.

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7
Titans: Beast World (2023) #1

Nov 28, 2023

Titans: Beast World #1 is a weirdly mixed bag of a comic. Tom Taylor's energy, drama, action, and pacing are on point for once, but the story is riddled with plot holes and contrivances. Still, it's a fun read as long as you turn your brain off first, and Ivan Reis's art is stupendous.

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8
Titans: Beast World (2023) #2

Dec 12, 2023

Titans: Beast World #2 is a surprisingly entertaining action-fest as the Earth's heroes rally to stop Garro's spore infection from taking over the world. Taylor is showing an uncharacteristic skill at superhero storytelling you don't see in his other titles, and Reis's art is next-level.

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7
Titans: Beast World (2023) #3

Dec 26, 2023

Titans: Beast World #3 shows Amanda Waller making moves in her grand plan, and things happen, but the fundamental flaws in Tom Taylor's setup are starting to show their cracks. You get plenty of big action, and the plot is moving toward some outcome, but the story only works if you ignore two things - the history of Starro and Waller's goals to have the world see heroes as monsters.

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7.8
Titans: Beast World (2023) #4

Jan 9, 2024

Titans: Beast World #4 answers one of the bigger questions about this crossover - how will Amanda Waller stop Garro? And the result is a big bang moment. Taylor is doing a fine job is keeping readers engaged in the moment, even if the setup relies too heavily on assumptions and coincidences, and Robert Carey's art is excellent. This crossover works, but only if you don't think about it.

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7.8
Titans: Beast World (2023) #5

Jan 23, 2024

Titans: Beast World #5 maximizes the penultimate issue in this crossover with escalated stakes, big emotional beats. plenty of action, and fantastic art. Whoever kicked Tom Taylor in the pants to craft this story should continue kicking because this is the most enjoyable superhero comic from Taylor in years. That said, plot holes abound, so don't think too hard about the story or it falls apart.

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8
Titans: Beast World (2023) #6

Jan 30, 2024

Titans: Beast World #6 brings the crossover event to a close with big, wild action, decent emotional beats, and a few open threads to portend things to come. Sure, there are plenty of knuckleheaded plot holes, and you could see the twists coming from a mile away, but Beast World is still one of the more entertaining DC events in the last few years.

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6.5
Trial of the Amazons (2022) #1

Mar 8, 2022

Trial of the Amazons #1 is almost all talk, no action, and a surprise death at the end that comes out of nowhere. I'd love to say the first Wonder Woman-centric event in years is off to a better start, but it ends up being a tedious issue to get everyone up to speed.

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4
Trial of the Amazons (2022) #2

Apr 26, 2022

Trial of the Amazons #2 finishes the event the way the event started - with a big, old mess. None of the major plot points are addressed (i.e., why Artemis killed Hippolyta), and the Trial to determine who guards Doom's Doorway never happens. Likewise, the contest to name the new Queen never happens. This event should be remembered as a complete failure by DC Editorial.

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5
Trial of the Amazons: Wondergirl #1

Mar 22, 2022

Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girl #1 answers some questions about the Esquecidas arrival at the event and fills in a few blanks surrounding Yara Flor's backstory, but the answers invite almost as many questions as they answer. Meanwhile, Cassie's investigation lacks tension, and the answer may already have been given away, inviting readers to wonder if Hippolyta's murder was even necessary. Regardless of the writing, the art is gorgeous and might be worth the purchase alone.

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7
Trial of the Amazons: Wondergirl #2

Apr 19, 2022

Trial of the Amazons: Wonder Girl #2 solves the case of Hippolyta's murder.  While that is done well, there is still so much left on the table.  It seems unlikely that everything will wrap up nicely and neatly with one issue left.  Pray for a miracle because the creators are going to need it.

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8.5
Unstoppable Doom Patrol (2023) #1

Mar 28, 2023

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #1 brings the eclectic band of misfits back to the spotlight with a new mission, new team members, and the hint of new enemies waiting to pounce. The story is weird, gross, and crass, but that's exactly what you want from a Doom Patrol comic.

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5.5
Unstoppable Doom Patrol (2023) #2

Apr 25, 2023

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #2 delivers an impressive amount of world-building for new readers but doesn't do much in terms of setup or plot. If you're new to Doom Patrol, you may like the primer. For existing fans, there's not much here you don't already know.

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5.5
Unstoppable Doom Patrol (2023) #3

May 23, 2023

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #3 has interesting, amusing moments and interesting, amusing action, but it falls short in the one area where it matters most - there is no plot. Chris Burnham's character art hits an unpleasant limitation in this issue, and the mini-series doesn't appear to have a point or direction. Quirky is good, but quirky isn't enough.

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4
Unstoppable Doom Patrol (2023) #4

Jul 11, 2023

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #4 allows the founding members to visit Dr. Syncho to recount their origin stories and current emotional hangups. That's it. Culver is not telling a story or doing anything more than retelling information we already know. It's sad, but this issue, much like the series, is pointless.

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6
Unstoppable Doom Patrol (2023) #5

Aug 24, 2023

Unstoppable Doom Patrol #5 takes the mini-series about nothing (so far) and actually delivers a decent story to show the team in action, inform readers about Dr. Culver's history, and set up a villainous organization that could spell trouble in the future. This isn't the most impressive superhero one-shot you'll ever read. In fact, it's just okay, but at least Culver is finally providing the mini-series a direction.

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8.5
Vigil (2023) #1

May 16, 2023

The Vigil #1 introduces readers to a new and very secret super team tasked with finding and destroying dangerous threats around the world. Ram V's story is well-crafted and ticks all the boxes for a solid foundation, and the art is excellent.

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6
Vigil (2023) #2

Jun 20, 2023

Vigil #2 is a serviceable issue that helps readers get to know the team member known as Arclight. The character's past traumas and present motivations are spelled out clearly, and readers get a good look at his powers in action. Sadly, Ram V uses this issue to start up multiple, seemingly disconnected plot threads, leading to a messy, frustrating read.

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5.5
Vigil (2023) #3

Jul 18, 2023

The Vigil #3 goes a long way toward establishing each member of the team by showing and telling what they can do, how they behave, and how they contribute to the team. Unfortunately, this issue repeats bits of the previous two issues, and that comes too late in the six-issue run and leaves little room for an actual plot to develop.

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6
Vigil (2023) #4

Aug 15, 2023

The Vigil #4 is one of the better issues in the run because we get to see the team work together, learn more about the origin of one of their members, and get an intriguing tease about the team's leadership. Unfortunately, everything this issue accomplishes comes much too late in the run.

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Vigil (2023) #5

Sep 22, 2023

The Vigil #5 finally gets around to providing answers about the team's origins and setting the stakes for Dr. Hep's plans. Unfortunately, the answers come too late in the run to build on them, and Ram V's dogmatic pursuit of a particular story concept leads to basic plotholes.

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7.5
Wesley Dodds: The Sandman (2023) #1

Oct 9, 2023

Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #1 does what it sets out to do. If you're a Sandman fan, there's a lot to like in this comic. The action, pacing, drama, and story are all firmly entrenched in the Golden Age of crime noir serial films, and Rossmo's art is surprisingly good compared to his previous work.

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Wesley Dodds: The Sandman (2023) #2

Nov 16, 2023

Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #2 leans heavily into the detective noir genre when Dodds tracks down a villain who stole lethally dangerous information. Venditti's writing is a love letter to the Golden Age of detective comics, and Rossmo's art is much improved.

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8
Wesley Dodds: The Sandman (2023) #3

Dec 13, 2023

Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #3 leans into the crime noir aesthetic of pulp detective stories for a grounded, gritty mystery. Venditti's pacing, dialog, and mystery development are on-point, and Rossmo's art is notably better than any of his prior titles. However, some readers may be put off by the lack of big superhero energy and Rossmo's wonky fight choreography.

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8.5
Wesley Dodds: The Sandman (2023) #4

Jan 9, 2024

Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #4 is another excellent, pulp serial-inspired detective story in Robert Venditti's mini-series. Riley Rossmo's art oddities are still in effect, albeit toned down, but Rossmo's action choreography is improving. Overall, this series is turning out to be a close second in the race to be the best of DC's Golden Age imprint.

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8
Wesley Dodds: The Sandman (2023) #5

Feb 13, 2024

Wesley Dodds: The Sandman #5 brings the penultimate issue to a close with the end of the mystery before a last-minute twist sets up a physical and emotional conflict in the finale. Venditti's detective noir style and execution are on point, and Rossmo's art is as good as it gets in this issue, so here's hoping the creative team can stick the landing.

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5.5
WildC.A.T.S. (2022) #1

Nov 7, 2022

WildC.A.T.s #1 captures the voice of the original characters. Still, the mission makes little sense, no stakes or urgency are established, the art is mildly better than average (except for a horrible Grifter redesign), and the whole issue fails to grab you on any level.

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4.5
WildC.A.T.S. (2022) #2

Dec 12, 2022

Bits and Pieces:WildC.A.T.s #2 should aptly be re-titled to Random: The Comic. Rosenberg cobbled together a collection of scenes without any plot or transitions. Nothing is set up, characters act without rhyme or reason, and whole scenes stop without finishing before the comic moves on to something else.

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9.5
Wonder Girl (2021) #1

May 18, 2021

Wonder Girl #1 is a fresh and engaging take on the Wonder Girl using the best character to come out of Future State. The art is gorgeous and it works seamlessly with the dialog to tell an epic story that begs you to continue into the next issue.

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9
Wonder Girl (2021) #2

Jul 6, 2021

Wonder Girl #2 builds sprawling, mysterious mythology to set the foundation for the world's next Wonder Girl. Despite a small slip in the art, this issue maintains the high quality started in the first issue.

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6.5
Wonder Girl (2021) #3

Aug 24, 2021

Wonder Girl #3 is on the downslide. Two artists with radically different styles make this issue visually offputting, and the story seems to be throwing random happenings out of nowhere to get the plot to travel a short distance from A to B. We get no information about why Yara's arrival is a global threat, and having no information about the main character or the central plot is not a good place to be on issue #3.

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6.5
Wonder Girl (2021) #4

Oct 26, 2021

Wonder Girl #4 picks up well after the last issue, and further still, largely ignores most of the story that led up to this point. Many of the unanswered questions surrounding strange events happening once Yara arrives in Brazil are ignored or briefly answered to get them out of the way. The art is excellent in this issue and the transition between Jones and Melo works a lot better than the transition in issue #3. It's a fine issue but unsatisfying if you've followed the series from the beginning.

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6
Wonder Girl (2021) #5

Nov 30, 2021

Wonder Girl #5 is quickly devolving into a nothing series with nothing to say and no direction. Random events are happening, whole scenes are inserted that serve no purpose, and the hand-off of art duties proves to be a downgrade in art quality.

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5.5
Wonder Girl (2021) #6

Dec 14, 2021

Wonder Girl #6 is a beautifully drawn collection of random scenes that make no sense and don't appear to be following anything remotely considered a story. Instead, the reader gets scattered information, and then things happen with a complete absence of flow or direction.

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6.5
Wonder Girl (2021) #7

Jan 25, 2022

Wonder Girl #7 crosses the finish line of the unceremoniously canceled series by the thinnest of margins. Yara Flor winds up with a new status quo. Some story elements (her mother's death) get a semblance of closure. And, the art by Del Duca reasonably lives up to Jones's level. Given the troubles of this series, this finale is probably the best a reader could expect.

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4
Wonder Girl (2021) Annual: 2022

Aug 30, 2022

Wonder Girl 2022 Annual #1 is a mess. Wildly inconsistent art and random plot points that don't link together plague this book from page one. Rather than taking this opportunity to tie up loose ends from her canceled solo title, Jones simply makes Yara's story even worse.

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Wonder Woman (2016) #785

Mar 15, 2022

Wonder Woman #785 aka Trial of the Amazons, part #3 is consistent with the previous entries in the event in that most of the characters stand around in meetings and talk. However, the few plot points that progress is forced, and the overall issue is a drag. The art is decent if you focus on the close-up work and accept the wide shots lack detail.

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6.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #786

Apr 12, 2022

Wonder Woman #786 is the strongest issue in the Trial of the Amazons event in terms of moving the story forward and forgoing the endless conversations and meetings. Unfortunately, the dialog is clunky, the transitions between multiple artists severely reduce the art, and shockingly little is revealed about the Trials or the hidden Big Bad of the event.

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4
Wonder Woman (2016) #794

Dec 12, 2022

Bits and PiecesWonder Woman #794 continues the moldering milk misadventures with goofy milk battles and the reveal of a plan by the gods of Mt. Olympus to take over the world. The premise is goofy, and the dialog is terrible, but the art is serviceable.

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Wonder Woman (2016) #795

Jan 10, 2023

Wonder Woman #795 steps up the action during a full-on assault by the Olympian gods on Earth. The motivation for the attack makes sense, and the action is entertaining, but Wonder Woman is treated like a sidekick in her own title, and the male characters are treated like mindless cannon fodder.

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8
Wonder Woman (2016) #796

Feb 21, 2023

Well, knock me down and call me stinky. Wonder Woman #796 is this writing team's second decent Wonder Woman issue in a row. The invasion by the Olympian Gods feels big and has stakes. All heroes have their hands full with credible threats, and the surprise ending has gobs of potential for the future.

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7.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #797

Mar 21, 2023

Wonder Woman #797 follows Wonder Woman's escape from Hera's clutches while the Gods begin their assault on humanity. The art is top-notch, and the story moves with a quick pace and plenty of action. Despite a few flaws, the War of the Gods is shaping up to be a decent adventure.

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Wonder Woman (2016) #798

Apr 18, 2023

Wonder Woman #798 sets up the players for the penultimate issue in the War of the Gods arc with a status quo change for Diana and Mary Marvel and plenty of bare-knuckled brawling to get you pumped for more. The 'war' feels smaller now than when it started, and splitting the arc into two titles is needlessly confusing, but the net result is a reasonably good Wonder Woman action comic.

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5.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #799

May 16, 2023

Wonder Woman #799 kicks off a new arc wherein Wonder Woman and her friends experience a surreal set of dreams that eventually lead to something sinister. The story is fine if you accept the dreams are intentionally weird and surreal, but the differences in art quality between the assorted artists drafted for this issue are off-putting.

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4.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #800

Jun 20, 2023

Wonder Woman #800 is the second part of a long goodbye from the creative team. That's it. There's no story. It's a series of vignettes where Wonder Woman meets and emotionally validates every person in her life. If that's worth the cover price for you, go for it. Better still, the backup introduces the world to Trinity, Wonder Woman's daughter who will act as the title's focus when Tom King takes over in the Fall, and Trinity is everything Wonder Woman is not and more - truly insufferable.

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6.5
Wonder Woman (2023) #1

Sep 18, 2023

Wonder Woman #1 is peak Tom King. Cursing, bloody murder, and misery, all rolled into a comic that turns a xenophobic, bigoted America against innocent Amazons. Sampere's art is fantastic, and give credit to King for a skillfully written script, but everything about this story is just plain ugly.

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6
Wonder Woman (2023) #2

Oct 23, 2023

Wonder Woman #2 is a visually pleasing action comic that moves at a snail's pace and gives you nothing in return for the time you invest reading it. King makes no progress on the plot, the mystery behind Emelie's actions, or unveiling anything about the Sovereign. If you skipped this issue, you won't miss a thing.

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5.5
Wonder Woman (2023) #3

Nov 20, 2023

Wonder Woman #3 has the honored distinction of being both boring and gross. Wonder Woman's characterization makes no sense for a character who has lived in Man's World for years, and her efforts to find Emelie are bizarrely lazy. Further, King uses the topic of PTSD and suicide among soldiers as a cheap thrill for its own sake without treating the topic with any sensitivity or value.

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5.5
Wonder Woman (2023) #4

Dec 17, 2023

Wonder Woman #4 is a bizarrely conflicted comic that has scenes of genuine emotion combined with rushed, impossible-to-believe scenes in a plot going nowhere. Sampere's art is fantastic, and the sweet moments between Wonder Woman and a dying boy are excellent, but everything surrounding Wonder Woman's day out is either rushed or poorly developed.

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6.5
Wonder Woman (2023) #5

Jan 16, 2024

Wonder Woman #5 delivers a setup issue where the Sovereign and Wonder Woman assemble their allies for the coming war. Although it's a setup issue, the plot does feel like it's moving forward, and Daniel Sampere's art is amazing. That said, the pacing is horrendous, and King got the voices of each of the Wonder Girls wrong.

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4
Wonder Woman (2023) #6

Feb 20, 2024

Wonder Woman #6 looks fantastic, and the issue-long battle is amazing, but the plot is going nowhere, nothing of importance happens, and the Sovereign's overwritten narration has overstayed its welcome by three issues. If King didn't have a knack for tapping killer artists, this series would be a complete dud.

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8.5
World's Finest: Teen Titans (2023) #1

Jul 11, 2023

World's Finest: Teen Titans #1 sets the high bar for the best Titans book on the shelf. Waid creates a team that likes each other and can get the job done but still, butts heads as headstrong sidekicks just coming together should. If you're hungry for a return to Perez/Wolfman-era Titans, this issue gets very close.

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8.5
World's Finest: Teen Titans (2023) #2

Aug 8, 2023

World's Finest: Teen Titans #2 improves on the first issue by bringing the team together to find a missing girl in a spooky house. Instead of crafting the Titans version of a Scooby Doo adventure, Waid delivers a mature, emotionally resonant plot. Waid is doing something unique with this title, don't sleep on it.

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8.5
World's Finest: Teen Titans (2023) #3

Sep 12, 2023

World's Finest: Teen Titans #3 may feel like Mark Waid's version of a YA comic, but the story (and Lupacchino's art) is surprisingly rich and complex. Without question, this is the best Titans book on the market.

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8.5
World's Finest: Teen Titans (2023) #4

Oct 10, 2023

World's Finest: Teen Titans #4 is a masterclass in character development and emotional storytelling. Waid gets you to care about the individuals that make up the Titans instead of simply throwing the team into one brawl after another. That said, the plot takes a backseat to the character development, so readers looking for many Titans' actions will be left wanting.

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8
World's Finest: Teen Titans (2023) #5

Nov 14, 2023

World's Finest: Teen Titans #5 is a surprisingly strong example of a well-done, YA-focused comic set in the main universe. The team's lack of maturity and trust bubbles over into a series of engaging dramas, and the superhero aspects fit right in with the best of classic Teen Titans or Young Justice.

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8.5
World's Finest: Teen Titans (2023) #6

Dec 13, 2023

World's Finest: Teen Titans #6 brings the mini-series to a satisfying close with rousing action, genuine heart, and a group that finally feels like they've become a team. Waid's coming-of-age storytelling is pitch-perfect, and the art team delivered an action-packed finale.

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