Gabe Hernandez's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Weird Science Reviews: 255
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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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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7
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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8
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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6
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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4
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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7
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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5.5
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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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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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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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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6.8
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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8
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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8
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
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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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): 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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6.8
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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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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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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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
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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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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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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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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7
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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6
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
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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6
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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6
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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6
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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6
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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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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9.5
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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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
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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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
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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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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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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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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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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6
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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