Greg McElhatton's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Book Resources Reviews: 2244
6.5Avg. Review Rating

3.0
100th Anniversary: X-Men #1

Jul 18, 2014

"100th Anniversary Special: X-Men" (and the line of these "anniversary specials" in general) must have sounded great in the initial editorial pitch meeting. But after reading "100th Anniversary Special: X-Men" I have absolutely no interest in reading any of the others. It's a reverse "What If...?" comic, where readers are given an alternate ending to a story where we'll never get the original version -- and without a strong story, it's not fun at all.

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6.0
47 Ronin #1

Nov 8, 2012

I wanted to like "47 Ronin" #1 more than I did, but the writing needs to catch up to the art. It's not bad, but it needs to be a little more engaging to the reader. Right now, it feels like the visuals are doing all the work to bring people back for a second issue. This could be a lot better, and hopefully we'll get that soon.

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4.0
5 Ronin #2

Mar 9, 2011

After two issues of "5 Ronin," I can't figure out what the point of this series is, except perhaps to provide a venue for David Aja's gorgeous covers. I wish there was something more being offered up, but with "5 Ronin" it appears to be all about the art. Considering Milligan's has some great comics under his belt both past and present, this is a bit of a disappointment overall.

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9.0
A-Force #1

May 19, 2015

"A-Force" #1 is a triumph, taking a concept that could have simply been dashed off and then ignored and turning it into a book that I'd cheerfully read every month. Even if "Secret Wars" itself is unappealing, this book muscles its way into your heart through sheer quality. If there are any books that somehow survive the end of "Secret Wars," I'd love for this to be one. "A-Force" is an A-Plus.

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6.0
A-Force #4

Sep 11, 2015

"A-Force" #4 is in the tough situation of having to deliver a lot of plot in order to ramp up for a conclusion. I'm still eager to see an "A-Force" ongoing series, if only because Bennett, Wilson and Molina certainly dazzled me with the early issues. Hopefully, they'll get an opportunity to play to their strengths there; with "Secret Wars" miniseries all starting to wind down, though, the sudden conclusion looming around the corner does "A-Force" no favors. In the end, a great miniseries has ended up with an average installment here.

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6.0
A-Force (2016) #1

Jan 6, 2016

Ultimately, I wish the narration from Singularity had been dropped entirely from "A-Force" #1. You can still understand what's going on without it, and the disparate clash of her thoughts and dialogue would have never happened. Hopefully, they will get smoothed out a bit in future issues, but -- for now -- this issue is only alright. In order to stand out as an ongoing series, the writing needs to step up to the plate a bit more.

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7.0
A-Force (2016) #3

Mar 7, 2016

After a rocky start to the ongoing series, "A-Force" #3 settles in much better now and provides more of a reason to read the comic than just fond feelings for last year's miniseries. When the book debuted, I was less than enthusiastic, but I'm now firmly on board. All in all, a nice recovery.

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8.0
A-Force (2016) #5

May 5, 2016

If "A-Force" #5 is any indication, the series is in good hands. Thompson, Caldwell and Herring's first issue together is fun and exciting, even as there are strong character and plot hooks to keep readers coming back for more. I'm firmly on board.

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6.0
Abe Sapien #6

Oct 14, 2013

In terms of story, "Abe Sapien" still feels like it's catering to the Mignola-verse completists. So long as that's enough to bring in the sales, fair enough. The big reason to read the title right now, though, is Fiumara's art, which is guaranteed to knock your socks off. If he and brother Max Fiumara keep trading story arcs as the main artist, nothing could happen for months on end and I'd stick around. If a Fiumara brother draws it, I'll read it. These two artists are just that good.

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7.0
Abe Sapien #10

Feb 12, 2014

"Abe Sapien" #10 is a good issue, and more importantly it helps solidify the purpose of this series and where it's going. For a book with a protagonist that I've never cared that much about, "Abe Sapien" is rapidly becoming an enthralling read. The future of the world may still look awful in this fictional universe, but it's nice to see Abe making his way across it one town at a time.

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7.0
Abe Sapien #13

Jun 13, 2014

"Abe Sapien" #13 is a good example of how this title has shaped up into something interesting and intriguing. At this point, I think it's safe to say that it's justified its existence. "Abe Sapien" is another strong monthly dose of horror, and now's a great time to find out for yourself.

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6.0
Abe Sapien #17

Oct 13, 2014

Fiumara's art is the real attraction for "Abe Sapien" #17, at the end of the day. With a five-part story kicking off next month, hopefully the book will find some of its drive once more; doubly so with a spotlight on Grace just around the corner. This book has its ups and downs, but on the bright side, there's always something to make tuning in worth it. Still, I'd rather the book be great all around month-after-month; hopefully this was just a temporary lack of drive.

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5.0
Abe Sapien #25

Aug 17, 2015

"Abe Sapien" has been a slow moving book for quite some time, but there's usually been some sort of character work to keep interest high. With even the characters at a standstill this issue, though, it's the art that pushes the title along. Hopefully some of those revelations are just around the corner because, while I can look at Fiumara's art and feel like I've received my money's worth, there does come a point where those answers need to be revealed before readers give up and move on. At the moment, "Abe Sapien" appears to be inching towards that point.

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7.0
Abe Sapien #31

Feb 11, 2016

"Abe Sapien" #31 could have easily been a bit of a flop with its detour away from its main character, but Mignola, Allie and Fiumara instead present us with a dark and dangerous ride through a realm of evil. It's not something they could get away with every month, but it's positioned at just the right time and place to succeed. Where we go from here? Somewhere bad for Abe Sapien, but good for readers, that's for certain.

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6.0
Action Comics #872

Dec 11, 2008

Still, things are definitely rolling ahead towards the big conclusion. Big turning points are hit here, and it's hard to not get a little excited about what's next in "New Krypton." There are numerous ways that I can see this story going, and I appreciate the fact that Johns and company have kept me from pointing at one and saying, "Yes, this is how it will all end." In many ways, "New Krypton" is to the Superman group of books what "Sinestro Corps War" was to Green Lantern's two comics; a creative kick in the pants that brings out the best in all comics involved. "Action Comics" #872 is easily the weakest installment of this story to date, but when your weakest is still a good (if not great) comic, that's a good sign indeed.

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7.0
Action Comics #873

Jan 14, 2009

In the end, "New Krypton" succeeds as a good story, but it definitely lost a little bit of its punch towards the end; one or two less installments and I think it would have been fantastic from start to finish. As it is, it's still very good and I'm glad I read it, but that wow factor from the first few issues just couldn't make it to the conclusion. Then again, with all sorts of new wow events just around the corner as shown here, well, the good times are clearly going to keep on coming. With Johns taking some time off of "Action Comics" for the upcoming "Superman: Secret Origin" series, hopefully it won't be long before we see the follow through.

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6.0
Action Comics #876

Apr 15, 2009

A year with no Superman in "Action Comics" or "Superman" is a risky move, but so far I'm really enjoying the new directions for these books and the Superman line in general. It's definitely an entertaining read, and there's enough to bring readers back for another installment. That's all you can really ask for, in the end.

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5.0
Action Comics #884

Dec 13, 2009

At the end of the day, "Action Comics" #884 may be getting close to the end of the story of Nightwing and Flamebird, but I feel like it's a slightly missed opportunity. Continually shifting artists and crossovers certainly didn't help the title, and I feel like we're going to leave them knowing little more than we did at the start. Ah well.

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8.0
Action Comics #890

Jun 30, 2010

Lex's specific quest for power might seem odd initially, but Cornell justifies it in such a way that it feels natural by the end of the issue. And with a passel of villains just waiting to tangle with Lex in the issues to come of "Action Comics," well, this run up to "Action Comics" #900 promises to be a blast. Cornell and Woods are working together like they've done so for years. Villainy has never been so much fun.

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8.0
Action Comics #895

Nov 24, 2010

"Superman" might be having problems with fill-in writers and additional scripters getting added to the mix these days, but "Action Comics" is on fire. If you haven't already, check it out; this is a great place to start as "The Black Ring" enters its second half. Here's to Cornell and Woods being around for "Action Comics" #900 and beyond, because this pair have a great synergy going on here.

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7.0
Action Comics #896

Dec 29, 2010

When "Action Comics" was announced as going Superman-less for ten issues, I think most people wrote the book off. What we're getting, though, is a continuing dose of fun each month. (And if "Secret Six" and "Action Comics" each somehow get a continuing sales boost out of this crossover, I'll be pleased as punch.) Another solid, entertaining issue from all parties involved.

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7.0
Action Comics #898

Feb 24, 2011

With all of the eleventh hour revelations this issue, it feels a bit like all the pieces are being hastily shoved together, but even with that sudden high speed nature it's still enjoyable. What could have been a mild disaster (Lex Luthor taking over "Action Comics" for ten months) has turned out to be a book to look forward to. Kudos to Cornell and Woods, and here's to their run lasting for a great deal to come.

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4.0
Action Comics #899

Mar 31, 2011

I've greatly enjoyed most of the Cornell and Woods run on "Action Comics," but this chapter feels like a misstep. I appreciate what Cornell and Merino were trying to accomplish here, but it doesn't quite hit the mark. Here's to next month's conclusion being up to the normally higher standards of this run.

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7.0
Action Comics #900

Apr 27, 2011

Like so many anniversary issues, "Action Comics" #900 is a mixed bag. Cornell and Woods together provide the best material, while Doomsday drags the comic down, and the other contributions hover at various points in the middle. It's not a bad way to celebrate the anniversary, but with a little more of just the strong material, it could have gone from a good comic to a great comic.

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2.0
Action Comics #901

May 25, 2011

After an overall strong run on "Action Comics" over the last year, it's disappointing to see it collapse so badly here. Everything that made the book fun is gone, and what's replacing it feels like a dud. At this point, I'm willing to just wait until September when a new storyline begins. This was just painful.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #3

Nov 2, 2011

Morrison ends the comic on a strong note -- if nothing else there's a moment there where I realized that I, at least, got faked out on where one story was heading -- and with each new issue I'm dying to see the next one that much more. This is easily my favorite issue of the three to date, and I'm going to hazard a guess that I'm not alone. "Action Comics" is knocking it out of the park, and it's great to see such a strong Superman comic on the stands again.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #5

Jan 4, 2012

On the surface, "Action Comics" #5 veering away from the title's regular storyline sounds disappointing. But reading this comic, one thing is quickly clear; if you need to postpone a story for a couple of months, "Action Comics" #5 provides an excellent template on how to do so.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #7

Mar 7, 2012

"Action Comics" #7 is a good comic, but in some ways it feels like the story relies a bit on having just read the events of "Action Comics" #4. Still, as said before, it's going to work much better in the collected edition. By the end of the issue, we're all well-primed for what's to come in the next. The new "Superman" creative team gets to prove itself later this month, but regardless, I'm overall pleased with what Morrison and Morales are doing with Superman here.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #9

May 3, 2012

Initially I was a tiny bit disappointed that we'd once again zoomed away from the main narrative in "Action Comics," but this issue was enough fun that by the end of the lead story I didn't mind any more. I am ready, though, to see the back-up stories dropped (and perhaps the page count and price along with them). They're starting to distract now and while Fisch and company have turned out some nice enough pieces before, I'd rather see them on a different project.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #10

Jun 6, 2012

"Action Comics" #10 is a good comic, but we're going to need to see how this plays out in #11-12 to get a better understanding on if it's a great comic. Standing on its own, it works well enough, but it's clearly the first act in a three-act story, and where we go from here is just as important as this issue's starting point.

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4.0
Action Comics (2011) #12

Aug 1, 2012

There are some great bits here and there that have me still interested in what's to come. The final pages set up the next storylines with an almost gleeful menace, and there's at least one revelation in the last couple pages so surprising that I almost cheered. Still, "Action Comics" #12 is a comic where the sum of its parts is weaker than each individual moment. Ultimately, this feels like a rare misstep from all parties involved.

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4.0
Action Comics (2011) #13

Oct 4, 2012

Wrapped in what is quite possibly the most unattractive Bryan Hitch cover I've ever seen (if it wasn't for the outfit I wouldn't have even guessed it was Superman), "Action Comics" #13 just never comes together. There are good ideas and some fun moments, but this feels like a comic that could have used some revisions on both the script and the art. It's frustrating, too; this is a comic that is 80% of the way towards being great, but the parts that don't work drag it down to below average. This should have been a 4 or 4.5 star comic, and you can see pieces of it that qualify, but it stumbles one too many times.

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9.0
Action Comics (2011) #15

Dec 5, 2012

Some parts of Morrison's "Action Comics" run have been stronger than others, but it feels right now like he's been saving the best for last. "Action Comics" #15 is promising to end the run on a high note, but even if it slips a bit, we still got this great installment. Definitely take a look.

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4.0
Action Comics (2011) #17

Feb 21, 2013

Morrison's run on "Action Comics" has had some real gems (including one in this storyline!), but it's just as often crashed and burned. I'm glad "Batman Incorporated" still has a few more issues to go, because hopefully Morrison can go out on a high note there. This issue, unfortunately, is mostly disappointing.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #26

Dec 6, 2013

"Action Comics" #26 is only Pak and Kuder's second issue, but this book has already shifted into "must read" status for me. It's a real joy to sit down with a copy, and I appreciate that they've turned in a nice cliffhanger to make me want to find out what happens next. Here's hoping the duo continues to work together for a while, because they're off to a great start.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #28

Feb 5, 2014

"Action Comics" #28 has quickly cemented this title as my favorite Superman title right now; I feel like Pak and Kuder have found a strong voice that also fits the character. With "Superman Unchained" set to wrap up later this year and Geoff Johns and John Romita Jr. taking over "Superman," there are some changes coming to the Superman creative stable. Here's hoping "Action Comics" remains untouched, because this is a creative team that works, and then some.

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6.0
Action Comics (2011) #30

Apr 4, 2014

I'll admit that I was a little worried when I heard that Doomsday was coming back (and that storyline is kicked off at the start of this issue), but if Pak and Kuder are involved, at this point I'm willing to feel a bit safer about the prospect. This has been a fun storyline overall, and I feel like "Action Comics" is in good hands.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #36

Nov 7, 2014

"Action Comics" #36 is a good comic, and it also serves as a good jumping on point. Pak and Kuder's run on the title over the last year has been strong, and with the disruptions for an overly long crossover at a close, it's nice to see the duo back to what they've done best here: creating a strong Superman title. If you haven't seen what they've done with the character, this is as good a time as any to rectify the situation.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #38

Jan 8, 2015

There's a lot to love about "Action Comics" #38, from the creepy art (Kuder's tentacle-drawing skills are dynamite) to the nature of the creatures that they're fighting. If you haven't checked out Pak and Kuder's take on Superman, this is as great a time as any to start.

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6.0
Action Comics (2011) #40

Mar 13, 2015

As a primer/refresher for who Bizarro is, "Action Comics" #40 succeeds. However, reading this comic, I don't feel a huge burning desire to pick up "Bizarro" in June, and that's frustrating. The humor isn't present nearly enough to compensate from the lack of anything out of the ordinary. It's perfectly average once you factor in the art, but that's not the note that I wanted "Action Comics" to go out on for a few months until "Convergence" comes to a close.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #41

Jun 8, 2015

"Action Comics" #41 knocks it out of the park, and it's a joy to see Pak and Kuder returning in a sea of new creative teams on other titles. This is a book that has its own voice while working well with others; that's a creative team to celebrate. If you haven't read the Pak and Kuder's run on "Action Comics" yet, this is a fantastic place to begin.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #44

Sep 11, 2015

"Action Comics" #44 has taken the overall "Truth" idea and integrated it well into the book, able to tell stories like this and play off of the basic idea of Superman's outed identity while still touching on the themes that Pak and Kuder clearly enjoy exploring. All in all, another solid issue.

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5.0
Action Comics (2011) #45

Oct 9, 2015

"Action Comics" #45 is a real mixed bag. There are some strong elements working alongside other ones that have taken a big stumble, and I'm not sure this issue is a cohesive unit. "Action Comics" is usually the strongest of the Superman comics from DC, but it looks like that position will be temporarily vacated to one of the other titles this month, An unfortunate slight misfire from a book that normally gives us much, much more.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #49

Feb 4, 2016

I'm sad to see Pak (and possibly Kuder, although that hasn't been confirmed) is off "Action Comics" after #50; the book has been a joy to read ever since his arrival two years ago, and it would have been nice to see them tackle a repowered Superman once "Savage Dawn" wraps up. Even here, though, it's nice to be reminded what good hands the title's been in since their arrival.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #50

Mar 10, 2016

"Action Comics" #50 is a strong issue -- probably one of the best Superman chapters post-"Convergence" -- and it feels like this comic is going to make a lot of readers feel much better about Superman's year-long depowered story arc. With two final chapters to go, we've gotten a great setup for those remaining pieces. Nice job.

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5.0
Action Comics (2011) #52

May 16, 2016

So what does "Action Comics" #52 accomplish? Mainly, it's there to introduce the continued existence of pre-New 52 Superman to Batman, Wonder Woman and anyone who hasn't been reading, "Superman: Lois and Clark." Other than that, it's really just a chance to get ready for another confrontation and enjoy some good-looking artwork. I wish there was a little more to this comic, though, especially since those earlier chapters were so gripping. The final chapters might hopefully get back up to that level, but -- for the moment -- this issue is decidedly middle-of-the-road.

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4.0
Action Comics (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 4, 2014

"Action Comics: Futures End" #1 isn't a bad comic, but it doesn't stand out either. It doesn't add much to "Futures End" (other than giving a tiny bit more back story to Superman), but it doesn't take away from the series either. It is worth noting, though, that this feels like a story that could have just as easily been told in the present day. Once you notice that, the comic suffers a bit more. Without that little glitch, this would have been a completely average, down-the-middle comic. Missing the whole point of tying into the timeline of "Futures End," though, feels like a wasted opportunity. A slight stumble for a comic that was already otherwise average.

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6.0
Action Comics (2016) #957

Jun 9, 2016

Ultimately, Zircher's art is the big winner of "Action Comics" #957. It's a handsome look for the title, and I'll be glad to see more of it before long. Jurgens' story needs to find some new ground to cover, though, even amidst a back-to-basics setup. On the bright side, now that "Action Comics" is on a twice-a-month publishing schedule, he has the opportunity to advance the writing at a much faster pace. Once some more issues are released, "Action Comics" may very well turn into a properly intriguing comic, but -- at least for now -- the best part of this new structure (Superman's family) is the least present element, and that's a shame.

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6.0
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #0

Feb 6, 2009

For a dollar? I think it's a comic with money well spent.

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8.0
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #1

Aug 12, 2009

All in all, a fun and strong debut for the book.

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8.0
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #3

Oct 14, 2009

With so many hints of stories that were to come, it's hard to not get slightly disheartened as you read "Adventure Comics" #3. Simon Valentine's story seems to be in such early stages that I doubt we'll get much more of what Johns had in store for him and his relationship to Superboy, certainly. The further hints of what the missing members of the Legion of Super-Heroes are doing in the 21st century are wonderfully tantalizing, even as sharp-eyed readers can try and pick up the locations of those characters. Even Johns and Shoemaker's Legion stories are heading towards somewhere that I fear won't be met during Johns' final three issues. (Doubly so since the lead feature of the next two issues is taken up by Superboy Prime and the Black Lanterns.) Still, I'll enjoy this ride while it lasts, and here's hoping Levitz and company are able to make "Adventure Comics" as thoroughly enjoyable as this creative team has.

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5.0
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #4

Nov 18, 2009

In the end, it's the second feature and Ordway's pencils that make me interested in seeing "Adventure Comics" #5. And who knows, maybe the character of Superboy-Prime will finally get retired at that point. I don't hate the character, but I do think it's a joke that needs to be put away for good.

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7.0
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #6

Jan 18, 2010

Farewell, Johns and Manapul. I was hoping for a long and fulfilling run on "Adventure Comics" from the two of you, but what little we got was still a lot of fun. It's a high caliber to follow, that's for certain. And if nothing else, I'm convinced that I need to read "The Flash" when you bring it back later this year. I just wish you could've had a little more time to properly wrap things up, that's all. Still, not bad.

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5.0
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #11

May 14, 2010

At the end of the day, it's a so-so wrap up to Mon-El and the 21st century Legion. It's a little rushed in places, and some plot threads seem to have fallen away entirely. (Did anyone else notice that on the hidden Legion members in the 21st century that we never did get appearances of Dream Girl or Tyroc? Oops. Hopefully, Paul Levitz will fix that.) "Adventure Comics" seems to be the poster child for having stories derailed these days, but with Levitz on board starting next month let's hope it's the start of some stability.

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4.0
Adventure Comics Vol. 2 #12

Jun 3, 2010

I'm hoping with time Sharpe's finer details pick up; he's listed as the artist for the next couple of issues of "Adventure Comics" so clearly it's a "wait and see" proposition. And of course, we do need to see a little more in the way of an actual plot here from Levitz. But as a flashback to yesteryear, it's not bad. But to keep readers coming back, we need something a little more proactively good, and soon.

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7.0
Adventure Time #3

Apr 12, 2012

"Adventure Time" in both comic and cartoon form is the sort of creation that appeals to all ages; I actually know far more adults into "Adventure Time" than kids, after all. If you've never watched the television show, don't let that keep you away from the comic. As someone who came into it via this format, trust me: it's a lot of fun. Great stuff all around.

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5.0
Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens #2

Aug 8, 2012

The primary "Adventure Time" is the sort of comic that I'll recommend to anyone, regardless of age or how much/little they've seen of "Adventure Time" the show. It's a book that appeals to just about anyone, and if you aren't already reading it, give it a try. "Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens" #2, however, is a book that feels like it's intended more for only the "Adventure Time" completest. Ultimately, that universal appeal just isn't present.

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7.0
Adventures of Supergirl #2

May 26, 2016

"Adventures of Supergirl" #2 is a fun issue, and this tie-in series feels strongly on course. This is a book I would definitely recommend to fans of the show. "Adventures of Supergirl" is a good way to tide viewers over until the show returns, then keep them hooked enough to read some more.

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5.0
Adventures Of Superman #521

Dec 3, 2010

"Adventure Comics" is already on the road to improvement, but I do wish we'd had a little less "Green Lantern Idol" and a little more plot development. Still, I'm excited about "Adventure Comics" again, something I haven't felt in months, so hurrah to Levitz and Borges for making the book fun once more.

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7.0
Adventures Of Superman #523

Feb 9, 2011

As an introduction to "Legion Academy," "Adventure Comics" #523 is a solid first issue. And of course, the teaser for next month's issue promises more excitement to come. But for now, this is fun stuff.

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8.0
Adventures Of Superman #524

Mar 16, 2011

"Adventure Comics" is doing well with its new Legion Academy feature, and even if it ends up being a limited run in "Adventure Comics," hopefully it'll show its face again before too long. This is a fun, easily-accessible gateway into the 31st century.

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7.0
Adventures Of Superman #527

Jun 2, 2011

It's actually the non-origin parts of the issue that I found myself enjoying, like Comet Queen and Glorith's growing relationship, or watching the Academy kids go through a training exercise. Some of them (Dragonwing, Variable Lad, and Gravity Kid in particular) still feel like they could use a spotlight or two to flesh them out, but with just two issues left before DC's reboot in September, I suspect we're rapidly running out of time in that regard. Still, it's been a fun little series, and I'm going to miss it once it's gone. Hopefully something similar is still store for us come September. The Legion Academy in "Adventure Comics" has been a treat.

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7.0
Adventures Of Superman #528

Jul 7, 2011

"Adventure Comics" was never going to break any barriers in storytelling (although those early Phil Jiminez pencils for "Legion Academy" were lovely), but it's been a consistently fun comic. Like so many of the other titles going away after August, I'll miss it. Here's hoping to see a lot of its faces in the main title, come the fall.

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9.0
Age of Bronze #27

Jul 14, 2008

My only complaint about "Age of Bronze" would have to be that I wish we had more issues on a regular basis. And clearly, the best way for that to happen would be if everyone started buying "Age of Bronze" as well. It's a fantastic series, and with three collected editions on sale, now is the perfect time to try it out for yourself. You won't regret it.

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9.0
Age of Bronze #32

Dec 12, 2012

Perhaps the most impressive thing about "Age of Bronze" #32 is that it's been two years since the last issue and I never felt lost or confused or out of touch. "Age of Bronze" is an amazing series that every comic book reader should be buying. It's got drama, adventure, betrayal, humor and everything else that an epic should contain. Even when the book is downright depressing, the level of craft here is so strong that it's still ultimately a joy to read. Check it out.

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5.0
Age of Heroes #2

Jun 21, 2010

"Age of Heroes" #2 is a little disappointing. I'd expected a lot more bang for my buck, and while the Gravity story was entertaining, the rest is easy to miss. I wish we'd had more complete stories in this issue, because I think that might've turned the tide. "Young Allies" fans should definitely check out this issue, but otherwise, there's not too much to entice one in.

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2.0
Age of Ultron #3

Mar 30, 2013

"Age of Ultron" #3 feels like it's sealing the fate of this miniseries. There's no sign of the pace approaching something that can grab your attention, and the idea of seven more issues of this can't help but invoke a vague sense of dread. "Age of Ultron" right now feels like a failure; after building a lot of buzz in "Avengers vs. X-Men," this feels like a complete reversal of fortune. Maybe we'll all be proven wrong and later issues will show us otherwise, but for now,

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7.0
Agents Of Atlas Vol. 2 #3

Apr 6, 2009

"Agents of Atlas" #3 is a surprisingly good book, proving once again that there are no such thing as bad characters. It's all in how you handle them, and Parker's made these cast-off characters from the 1950s vastly entertaining. I'll definitely keep reading so long as he keeps writing them.

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4.0
Air #1

Aug 22, 2008

The strange thing is that I don't hate "Air" by any stretch of the imagination. I'm actually disappointed more than anything else. I wanted to like "Air" very much, and there's certainly a lot of potential here. But it feels like the wrong publishing strategy is being used on "Air," or at least the wrong approach taken to a serialized comic. I'll certainly check back in on later issues of "Air" because I'm hoping the advance praise (including a quote from Neil Gaiman, who seems to have also read multiple issues beforehand) bears out and things rapidly improve. But right now? It feels like a book that is determined to scare off its readers as quickly as possible. A false start can doom a new title from Vertigo; I think Mike Carey and Jim Fern's "Crossing Midnight" fell into that same trap, and by the time things picked up and really got rolling, no one was left to notice. The symbolism of "Air" opening with an airplane plunging to its destruction was not lost on me, not one bit.

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9.0
Alabaster: Wolves #2

May 10, 2012

"Alabaster: Wolves" #2 is just as good... actually, strike that. "Alabaster: Wolves" #2 is even better than the first issue. Kiernan and Lieber are a natural pairing of creative talent, and I hope this mini-series is the first of many from the pair. "Alabaster: Wolves" is officially my favorite southern supernatural horror series. Lots more, please.

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8.0
Alabaster: Wolves #5

Aug 15, 2012

"Alabaster: Wolves" was an introduction to the character of Dancy Flammarion to me, as well as a re-introduction to Kiernan's writing. The teaming up of Kiernan and Lieber was a great choice; the pair play off of each other's strengths and they've made "Alabaster: Wolves" a strong debut for the character that makes me desperate to read more. Hopefully we'll get that soon. If you didn't read "Alabaster: Wolves" you've missed out on one of the creepier mini-series of the year.

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7.0
Alex + Ada #5

Mar 26, 2014

"Alex + Ada" #5 continues a quiet but enthralling series. Luna and Vaughn aren't going for big flashy stories but they don't need to, here. Instead it's thoughtful and intriguing, and I'm in for the long haul at this point. This might be a low-key series, but "Alex + Ada" is a winner.

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7.0
Alex + Ada #10

Nov 14, 2014

"Alex + Ada" is still chugging along in a solid, enjoyable manner. With the sky the limit for future stories (even as they're being set up here), this is the sort of book that could just as easily run for years as it could also move towards a specific climax. Either way, I feel like I'm on board to find out. If you haven't read "Alex + Ada" up until now, the first ten issues form a perfect piece of material with which to enjoy, have a satisfying conclusion -- and then find yourself wanting more.

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7.0
Aliens: Fire and Stone #1

Sep 24, 2014

"Aliens: Fire and Stone" #1 is an above-average start to the revitalization of the "Aliens" license, one that has me interested in the nasty little xenomorphs for the first time in quite a while. If Roberson and Reynolds can keep this up, I'll be quite pleased. And heck, it's made me interested enough to check out all of the other "Fire and Stone" mini-series also en route. That's not bad for a single issue. Not bad at all.

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6.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #1

Dec 4, 2015

"All-New, All-Different Avengers" #2 is riding on characterization rather than plotting, and -- for the moment -- the characterization is strong enough that it's a good call. Eventually, it will need to find a better balance, but I'm willing to let that slide because this is such an oft-repeated moment of the Avengers re-forming in the face of disaster. For now, it's a pleasant continuation of the series and the tradition.

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6.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #3

Jan 15, 2016

"All-New, All-Different Avengers" #3 checks in as average, but it should really be much stronger. The pedigree of this creative team promises much more, and the Avengers are the cornerstone of the company's comics more than ever thanks to the two massively successful films. Maybe future issues will have a little more spring in their step now that the opening story arc has completed, but -- for the moment -- this is a book in need of more excitement.

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8.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #7

Mar 24, 2016

"All-New, All-Different Avengers" #7 is a fun issue that comes in and achieves its goal quickly and efficiently. I think even readers who aren't picking up the crossover will have a lot of fun with this; I know I did. It's a strong job from all parties involved. I wish all crossovers were handled as well as "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #7.

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8.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #9

May 13, 2016

"All-New, All-Different Avengers" #9 is a lot of fun and sets up multiple story threads (the new Wasp, the Vision's plans, Nova's upcoming journey into space) without feeling overcrowded. "All-New, All-Different Avengers" #9 is a good opportunity to check out the series if you haven't been reading it up until now, even as it gives existing readers a lot to enjoy. This is good old-fashioned superheroes served up in a way that will entertain modern readers. No complaints here.

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7.0
All-New All-Different Avengers #11

Jul 1, 2016

"All-New, All-Different Avengers" #11 is fun, with just enough to bring readers back for the conclusion in the next issue. If you're going to plunge the characters into outer space and alien dimensions for a couple of issues, this is a nice way to get it done.

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7.0
All-New Ghost Rider #2

Apr 11, 2014

"All-New Ghost Rider" #2 is a good comic. Eventually we're going to need answers, but until then, it doesn't matter. Smith and Moore have cooked up a new take on Ghost Rider, one that feels a little more modern but doesn't lose sight of the old character concept. If you're going to revamp a character for the modern era, this is a great template on how to do succeed.

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7.0
All-New Hawkeye #1

Apr 10, 2015

In the end, it's hard to keep from feeling like a comic set firmly in the past with the Barton brothers as children would be a great thing from this creative team. Since we probably won't get that, this is the next best thing. For a series that could have been creatively dead on arrival following Matt Fraction, David Aja and Annie Wu's time on "Hawkeye," what we have instead is a book that's definitely worth reading on its own merits. Sometimes lightning -- admittedly very different bolts of lightning -- really can strike twice.

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9.0
All-New Hawkeye (2015) #6

Apr 21, 2016

I'm really going to miss "All-New Hawkeye," and -- considering this was a series many fans once thought unnecessary -- that's a huge achievement. Lemire, Perez and Herring brought a strong authorial voice to this series, just like the previous "Hawkeye" series from Fraction, Aja and Wu, and they go out on a high note with a strong conclusion. Just be warned; once you read "All-New Hawkeye" #6, you'll want to sit down and read all eleven comics back-to-back -- but there are worse fates in life.

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3.0
All-New Miracleman Annual #1

Jan 2, 2015

I wish "All-New Miracleman Annual" #1 was better, but if anything, it's just a sharp reminder that Gaiman's success writing "Miracleman" post-Alan Moore is that much more of an impressive feat. It looks gorgeous but, considering the "All-New" part of the title, these stories have scripts that feel old and somewhat stale.

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7.0
All-New Wolverine #2

Nov 30, 2015

"All-New Wolverine" #2 is fun, pure and simple. X-23 was often characterized by the doom and gloom followed her, so it's nice to see that she can still deal with heady subjects while having a bit of cheer and a spring in her step as Wolverine. The death of Wolverine may have come across as a bit gimmicky, but -- with Laura as the new Wolverine -- it was clearly all worth it. I'll be back for more.

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7.0
All-New Wolverine #4

Jan 15, 2016

With art that bolsters the story and a story that brings the art to life, Taylor, Lopez and Navarrot deliver another fun comic that could have so easily been forgettable. "All-New Wolverine" #4 feels fresh and fun, and that's exactly what will keep readers coming back every month.

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7.0
All-New Wolverine #7

May 2, 2016

"All-New Wolverine" #7 is a much quieter issue than the previous six, and it proves that the potential range for the series is much more than just action-adventure romps. Taylor and Takara's story may have a strong component of silliness in its makeup, but there's a good core about Laura and relationships that buoys it forward in a pleasing way. With the book about to get dragged into "Civil War II" next month, this breather is just what readers needed.

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5.0
All-New Wolverine #9

Jun 6, 2016

"All-New Wolverine" #9 ultimately seems to have one purpose, and that's to put Laura and this future Logan in the same room together. It's clearly part of the setup for the next storyline, and hopefully there will be a bit more pep to those issues. In the end, though, it's too bad that the journey to get these characters together wasn't a little more exciting.

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2.0
All-New X-Factor #1

Jan 9, 2014

"X-Factor" had a slightly troubled final year as David started to wrap up plotlines, but I was hoping that "All-New X-Factor" #1 would be a fresh start for the title, free of backstory and moving forward in a smart new direction. And while I give David and Di Giandomenico credit for presenting a brand-new beginning, here, "All-New X-Factor" #1 comes across as a problematic-at-best relaunch. Ultimately, a big disappointment.

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7.0
All-New X-Men #1

Nov 13, 2012

"All-New X-Men" #1 is a nice enough start, even as it ends up being a bit too familiar. Still, there's certainly a lot of set-up here for the main push of the series, and with the second issue on sale in just two weeks it will help with the pacing a bit. Still, "All-New X-Men" #1 could benefit from a little more energy and new ideas in the issues to come. How that pans out, only time will tell.

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6.0
All-New X-Men #9

Mar 20, 2013

As slow as "All-New X-Men" #9 feels, it is nice to at least get a little forward movement. The three different groups of mutants (the All-New X-Men, the Uncanny X-Men, and the Brotherhood of Mutants) are all inching closer and closer together, and the next conflict between them all is just around the corner. I'd like to see things move a little speedier in the future, though. At $3.99 a pop, we need to head out of the comfort food zone and into something a bit more memorable.

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5.0
All-New X-Men #13

Jun 28, 2013

"All-New X-Men" #13 is a book published on a pretty frequent basis, and considering how slow it moves, that's a good thing, because I shudder to think of this was a once-a-month book. Still, a slightly faster pace would be greatly appreciated. This is entertaining enough, but it could be a lot more fun with a bit of pep added into the mix.

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6.0
All-New X-Men #15

Aug 7, 2013

"All-New X-Men" #15 is a pleasant comic, and it's great that Lafuente got to take a crack at this series. But at this point, there's a sneaking suspicion that some readers are going to use the conclusion of "Battle for the Atom" as a jumping-off point for "All-New X-Men" unless things pick up quickly. There's still a distinct lack of substance in "All-New X-Men," and there's only so long that readers are going to be willing to wait for it.

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5.0
All-New X-Men #18

Nov 14, 2013

"All-New X-Men" is a book that, even more than most comics written by Bendis, is clearly paced for greater enjoyment in a collected format. There's no doubt that I'll enjoy this a great deal more when paired with all of the other issues around it. But as a single issue, it's just all right, primarily because of the stunning art from Immonen and Von Grawbadger. I appreciate what Bendis is trying to accomplish here, but 18 issues into the series, at some point the pace needs to pick up a bit.

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7.0
All-New X-Men #28

Jun 11, 2014

If "All-New X-Men" #28 was the benchmark that all future issues made sure to reach, I'd be delighted. It's fun, it fills in details, it gives you your money's worth and then some. This comic can move slowly at times, but this is an example of how sometimes it finds just the right pace. Nicely done.

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6.0
All-New X-Men #30

Aug 18, 2014

At its heart, "All-New X-Men" #30 shows that the title is now more than ever nothing more than a second issue of "Uncanny X-Men" on any given month. It feels like storylines that solely belong to this title are being given short shrift, in favor of those with the parent title. That's probably not bad for someone who's reading all of the X-Men titles, but if you're only picking up "All-New X-Men," that's a bit of a problem. There can be a way to tie all of the books together while still making them each separate and unique (the "triangle numbering" era of the "Superman" family of books in the early '90s is a fantastic example), but so far it's not quite here. That's a shame. "All-New X-Men" has a great core concept, good artists, a fun cast -- it would be nice if it could just focus on its own storylines.

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6.0
All-New X-Men #40

Apr 22, 2015

In the end, "All-New X-Men" #40 is a nice looking book with a few character beats that aren't bad but also aren't the most riveting for a book that's about to go on hiatus. The cover-teased plot involving the Utopians is relegated to a few pages at the beginning and end of the comic; otherwise, it feels like a series of character beats all getting thrown in before the proverbial timer hits zero. The ideas here are intriguing, but it's a shame that they didn't have a little more time to properly play out instead of getting dumped onto the reader right before the buzzer.

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5.0
All-New X-Men (2015) #1

Dec 3, 2015

"All-New X-Men" #1 feels like its priorities are misplaced. This isn't a very riveting first issue; if this was a brand new cast of characters, it might be more understandable, but it's really just business as usual. Right now, "All-New X-Men" #1 feels like it's coasting on good will to have readers come back. There have been enough other X-Men titles cancelled in recent years, though, that it's a dangerous assumption. Here's hoping for something with a little more pep next issue.

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5.0
All-New X-Men (2015) #5

Feb 26, 2016

"All-New X-Men" #5 has good intentions but an execution that never quite comes together. The basic plotting sounds good, but -- for the moment -- it's a bit clumsy and brash in the actual writing. It looks good, though, and hopefully future installments will take their time a bit more and bring something a bit more refined.

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6.0
All-New X-Men (2015) #7

Mar 31, 2016

"All-New X-Men" #7 gets a lot of credit for really trying to go in a direction different than characters beating each other up, similar to the way Blob had to point out to the X-Men that they were the ones causing the ruckus, not him. This is a comic that feels like it needs another draft; there needs to be less coincidence or confusion on the story's part for there to be stronger roadblocks. Not bad, but this had the potential to be so much better.

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7.0
All-New X-Men (2015) #9

May 16, 2016

I've been hoping to see "All-New X-Men" up its game, and "All-New X-Men" #9 feels like a step in that direction. The rest of "Apocalypse Wars" is full of possibilities, and -- with such a strong character portrait of Evan -- it looks like Hopeless, Bagley and Hennessy are heading down the right path.

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7.0
All-New, All-Different Avengers (FCBD 2015) #1

May 6, 2015

"Free Comic Book Day 2015: Avengers" hits the mark with its Avengers story; there's a little something for old and new readers alike, and I'm looking forward to seeing Waid and Asrar's new series when it kicks off later this year. While the backup Inhumans feature isn't quite as attention-grabbing, it does serve as a reasonable introduction to the idea of the Inhumans; if Marvel's going to make their upcoming film a success, they could use boosts like this to make them more center stage. As a free comic book given away to a wide audience, this offering is most definitely a success.

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8.0
All-Star Western #2

Oct 29, 2011

"All-Star Western" is two for two issues, now. And if you're thinking that you don't like westerns, just stop and think about it for a minute; this is a comic with the Crime Bible from Greg Rucka's Question stories, and with demonic zombies. This isn't just cowboys and yeehaws, if that's what you're thinking all westerns are about. Palmiotti, Gray, Moritat, and Bernet are creating a western comic for the modern era here. Saddle up and get on board before it's too late.

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6.0
All-Star Western #9

May 24, 2012

"All-Star Western" #9 is nice book, but those picking it up for "Night of the Owls" are going to miss out on the rest of the comic, which is far more interesting. Palmiotti, Gray and Moritat's Jonah Hex story has been consistently strong, and that's the real reason to check this series out. So buy it, but look at everything else that's going on and you'll be much happier.

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8.0
Alone Forever #1

Feb 5, 2014

"Alone Forever" is perfectly timed to give to your loved one, or your perpetually single friend, or perhaps just yourself (regardless of if you're single or not) -- it's a Valentine's Day gift for people of all walks of life, really. Leave "Alone Forever" on your coffee table and I promise you, before long you'll hear chuckles and groans of recognition as your guests start leafing through it. Good stuff.

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7.0
Alpha Flight Vol. 4 #6

Nov 25, 2011

"Alpha Flight" has been a great deal of fun, and as the mini-series gets closer to its conclusion with #8, it pains me a little bit to know that not enough people were reading it so that we could get a #9. Still, we're getting a fun comic out of the deal that could have just as easily not existed. It's been a good ride, and I'm glad we've still got two more to go.

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5.0
Amazing Spider-Man Annual #1

Nov 3, 2008

In the end, "Amazing Spider-Man Annual" #1 is just a little too rushed and too plain to intrigue. (And before you ask, I have no idea why this annual was renumbered #1 when the regular series itself isn't renumbered. The fact that there's also a #35 on the cover just makes me all the more confused, to be honest.)

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #2

May 21, 2014

All in all, "Amazing Spider-Man" #2 was a fun read, enough to make me want to come back for more. Slott has a lot of balls up in the air, and provided they keep moving forward, I think we're good. I'll come back for a third issue next month, certainly.

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6.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2014) #6

Sep 12, 2014

"Amazing Spider-Man" #6 is enjoyable, but with a little more care it could be so much better. The ideas are strong here, but the execution needs a little more polish. This should be a flagship title for Marvel, and if that's the case, let's see it shift back up from good to great.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #2

Oct 23, 2015

"Amazing Spider-Man" #2 is a real pleasure, one that can have a character concerned for his own well-being while making sure that unconscious bad guys get rescued from a base that's going to be destroyed. Slott has been writing "Amazing Spider-Man" for a while now, and this issue is a reminder not to take his presence here for granted. "Amazing Spider-Man" #2 is a strong issue that's a good jumping on point for those who have been holding back.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #4

Dec 14, 2015

"Amazing Spider-Man" #4 is another great installment in a fun series. It's nice to see the character handled with respect and inventiveness; hopefully, this new direction for Spider-Man will last a long time. Spider-Man is in great hands with Slott, Camuncoli and Smith.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #8

Feb 22, 2016

"Amazing Spider-Man" #8 is amazingly fun. Slott and Buffagni wrap up "The Dark Kingdom" in a satisfying way, taking some elements from the first story arc but not relying too heavily on them in order to get this three-parter off the ground. Thanks to a fun story, handsome art and some good colors from Marte Gracia, we've got a winner. Spider-Man should be presented one of Marvel's marquee characters, and "Amazing Spider-Man" #8 does just that.

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8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #11

Apr 29, 2016

"Amazing Spider-Man" #11 is another great installment in a must-read series; Slott, Camuncoli and Smith give us a fun new take on Peter Parker and company that reminds us yet again that you can change the character's overall status quo without losing drama or a good storytelling hook. As long as the stories are this good, I'll happily remain on board. Good stuff.

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4.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2015) #13

Jun 6, 2016

"Amazing Spider-Man" #13 is a painful issue to read. Though things may turn around quickly, "Amazing Spider-Man" feels like it's shedding everything that made the first eleven issues so much fun.

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7.0
Amazing X-Men #1

Nov 6, 2013

Having enjoyed "Wolverine and the X-Men" the past few years under Aaron's stewardship, I'm not worried about the slightly slow start to "Amazing X-Men" #1. It's still a very pleasant read, but I do wish that it had come out of the gate a little faster and a little stronger. Aaron seems to be banking on the return of Nightcrawler and the art from McGuinness and Vines to be enough of a draw to stick around for "Amazing X-Men" #2, and on some level I can't help but think that he's right. That is all it will take for most readers to come back. I'll be one of them, but hopefully Aaron's script for next month's installment will have just a bit more spring in its step, too. After all, this isn't supposed to be "Pretty Good X-Men." I look forward to the shift up to amazing status.

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6.0
Amazing X-Men #4

Feb 24, 2014

"Amazing X-Men" #4 is going to please a lot of McGuinness fans, and with good reason. It's a beautiful comic, and the sequences with Nightcrawler himself are written well and give a fun little bonus in character backstory for him and Beast. But overall, this is a book that depends on the art, because the story just hasn't been cutting it.

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6.0
Amazing X-Men #6

Apr 16, 2014

It's a shame that Aaron is gone so soon on this title. With Nightcrawler back and Firestar on the team, whatever plans he had for them -- and other characters -- will eventually only appear in interviews, if even that. This is a slightly lackluster way to wrap things up for Aaron. When Craig Kyle and Chris Yost take over with "Amazing X-Men" #8, here's hoping they'll handle some of the elements that were left behind.

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7.0
Amazing X-Men #7

May 21, 2014

"Amazing X-Men" #7 makes me wonder more than anything else why Immonen doesn't have her own regular series, at Marvel or anywhere else for that matter. This issue is an example of how a fill-in should work; entertaining, doesn't upset the apple cart, and makes you want to see more from the creative team. I know I certainly wouldn't complain.

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4.0
Amazing X-Men #9

Jul 10, 2014

"Amazing X-Men" #9 is a disappointing second issue for Yost and Kyle, and not a great debut on the book for Barberi. Maybe things will turn around, but in a book that's shuffling through creators left and right, this title needs some consistency in the quality.

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3.0
Amazing X-Men #12

Oct 24, 2014

"Amazing X-Men" #12 marks a moment where, in just twelve issues, this title has made itself irrelevant once again. With a fill-in and then an "AXIS" tie-in scheduled to round out the rest of the year, I'm not sure that status will change any time soon. What first felt like a great opportunity is now a title quietly limping towards what one can only expect will be a stealth cancellation. If this is the best that "Amazing X-Men" can do, maybe it's time for one less X-Men title until there's a proper reason to revive it.

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3.0
Amazing X-Men #16

Jan 28, 2015

I like the character of the Juggernaut, and the first issue of this storyline showed some real promise. Now that we're into the second installment, it feels like this book is back to its old tricks and that's not a good thing.

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9.0
American Vampire #2

Apr 25, 2010

I'm enthralled with "American Vampire" and I'm pleased to see that the first issue's strong debut wasn't just a fluke. "American Vampire" might be getting some initial attention because of King's involvement in the first five issues of the series, but I think if it had just been Snyder and Albuquerque it would be picking up strong word of mouth praise based on their contributions. (That said, I'd love to see King come back with some more prequel back-up stories down the line.) Definitely check out "American Vampire" if you haven't already. This is a fantastic new series that demands your attention

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8.0
American Vampire #4

Jun 24, 2010

Vertigo's had some great new titles debut over the course of the last year or so, and "American Vampire" is definitely part of that crowd. I'll miss King after next month's conclusion of his story, but Snyder and Albuquerque will be just fine on their own. It's easy to see why DC's supposedly tapping Snyder for more work down the line; he's a real find.

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9.0
American Vampire #9

Dec 6, 2010

"American Vampire" continues to move from one strength to the next, and this issue is no exception. Hurry up and read this book, already. You're missing out on the next big thing.

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8.0
American Vampire #13

Mar 30, 2011

Thirteen may normally be an unlucky number, but that's not the case here. This is a strong start to both a new storyline and its second year in general, even as it provides a strong introduction for any new readers interested. "American Vampire" sucks you dry every month, and then has you coming back for more.

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8.0
American Vampire #17

Jul 27, 2011

"American Vampire" is a continually solid and strong comic, but that doesn't mean it's ever predictable. It is, as always, a joy to read, with just enough storytelling tweaks and surprises to keep you on your toes. It's no small wonder that "American Vampire" just won an Eisner award, because it's well deserved. Good stuff.

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10
American Vampire #20

Nov 2, 2011

"American Vampire" is consistently strong, month after month, so it's with that already in mind that I say that this is probably my favorite issue to date. There's something about that retelling of the Lewis and Clark expedition into "American Vampire" lore that makes it extra entrancing. Whatever that is, I'm not complaining. You don't get much better than this.

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8.0
American Vampire #25

Mar 29, 2012

There's an epilogue in "American Vampire" #25 shifting location but also tying into all the ideas we'd seen in this issue. As a result, it works both as epilogue and prologue for what's to come; that earlier mention of change being in the air is especially true here and it's a strong springboard for the next 25 issues and beyond. As long as Snyder and Albuquerque are around, so am I.

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9.0
American Vampire #32

Nov 2, 2012

"American Vampire" is going to be missed during its (hopefully brief!) hiatus but issues like this will just make its return that much more welcome. Snyder and Albuquerque, as always, don't disappoint. Until the book returns, "The Blacklist" is a great way to leave the series on a high.

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8.0
American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares #1

Jun 14, 2012

"American Vampire: Lord of Nightmares" #1 is another strong "American Vampire" comic, and one that is living up to the need for it being its own mini-series. If you haven't read "American Vampire" up until now, this is a good a place as any to jump in and see what you think. For readers who are already familiar with the series, though, it's a crucial new chapter that fits in well with everything else that we've seen so far. All in all, a win-win for everyone involved.

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8.0
American Vampire: Second Cycle #2

Apr 18, 2014

"American Vampire: Second Cycle" #2 keeps the returned series moving at a strong clip. With a mixture of horror, adventure, and even sociology, Snyder and Albuquerque are reminding us all over again what a great series this is. Check it out.

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7.0
American Vampire: Second Cycle #9

Aug 10, 2015

Add in a little touch of humor throughout "American Vampire: Second Cycle" #9 (the "Goodbye, Felicia" moment made me laugh out loud) and this is a solid, enjoyable comic. I feel like it's trying to whet my appetite but, fortunately, it's for the next issue and not human blood. I'll be sad to see "American Vampire: Second Cycle" eventually come to a close but, with the glimpses of modern-day Las Vegas at the start of this issue, it's coming with a bang, both figuratively and literally. Here's to the ride towards the conclusion.

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7.0
Ami-Comi: Wonder Woman #1

May 30, 2012

Palmiotti and Gray do a nice job of bringing the story of "Ame-Comi: Wonder Woman" to life as well; it's easy to follow, it's suitable for just about everyone and most importantly it's a lot of fun. My only big complaint so far is that it's just a three-issue mini-series, because Palmiotti and Gray clearly have a strong handle on the character. (Presumably she'll be showing up in the upcoming "Ame-Comi" ongoing series too.) It's a shame that "Ame-Comi: Wonder Woman" is saddled with such an ungainly name (and not one that I think has any real name recognition to at least offset it), because this deserves more attention than I think it will get. It's fun, it's well-crafted, and at just a dollar it's cheap to boot. Definitely check it out.

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6.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #2

May 12, 2014

"Angel & Faith Season 10" #2 makes me feel like the series is on the right track. The previous volume was so much fun that it's a relief to find it still moving in a good direction. So far, so good.

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7.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #5

Aug 8, 2014

It's great to see both Buffyverse series on track, rather than playing the "which is the good series this time?" game. Gischler's moving the book alone well, and the next time Santacruz needs to step in for guest pencils, I'm game. If you haven't picked up the new "Angel & Faith Season 10" series, this is as good a place as any to give a sample and see for yourself what's inside.

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6.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #12

Mar 9, 2015

Even with everything slowing down a bit this month, "Angel & Faith Season 10" #12 is still a good comic. Now that the necessary exposition is over, I'm looking forward to the series hitting the ground running again next month to boot. All in all, this is a comic which could have easily crashed and burned with a new creative team but has instead been a pleasure to read month after month.

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7.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #18

Sep 4, 2015

"Angel & Faith: Season 10" #18 is definitely one of the better issues in the series, and I feel like the book is now on track to barrel towards its (eventual) conclusion. The villain is well established, the cast is works well together and the utter absence of Angel this month is barely even felt. All in all, a thumbs up.

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8.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #23

Feb 8, 2016

While I worry about the series' conclusion, if only because Archaeus is also the main villain of "Buffy the Vampire: Slayer Season 10," the comic has been on track enough that I'm hopeful the series will end on a strong note, regardless of what still has to happen in the parent title. If Gischler and Conrad team up for more comics down the line (either "Angel & Faith: Season 11" or something entirely different), I'll certainly pick up a copy. They've done a nice job with this series, and I'm genuinely eager to see how they wrap things up. Good job.

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8.0
Angel & Faith Season 10 #24

Mar 3, 2016

It's a real pleasure to see the creative team work so well on this title, and I'd certainly welcome them back for a potential Season 11 run. Even with the hazard of sharing a "Big Bad" with another comic, the series has worked out well. Big thumbs up here, and -- barring disaster in next month's conclusion -- a job well done.

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8.0
Angel & Faith Season 9 #6

Jan 26, 2012

Gage and Isaacs whip up a particularly delicious conclusion to "Angel & Faith" #6; it's a moment that in retrospect we should have seen coming, even as it reveals itself on the final page with a bit of surprise. It's a clever development, one that will excite a lot of readers. It's a good usage of the comic book serial format, and all in all wraps up another strong issue. If you were a fan of the television show or even just the "Angel: After the Fall" comic, definitely check out "Angel & Faith." So far, it hasn't disappointed.

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9.0
Angel & Faith Season 9 #10

May 31, 2012

If you aren't reading "Angel & Faith" but were a fan of the "Buffyverse" over the years, this is the perfect introduction to the comic series. It gives you everything you need to know about what came before, as well as where the book is going; more importantly, it gives you a wonderfully written and drawn issue. Licensed sequels in comic form can be a difficult creation, but Gage and Samnee make it look easy. Joss Whedon fans, you need this comic.

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7.0
Angel & Faith Season 9 #13

Aug 29, 2012

"Angel & Faith" #13 is another solid chapter in a series that has rapidly eclipsed its parent title. Gage and Isaacs are taking a slightly strange odd couple of the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" universe and making it compelling and inviting reading. This is how a media-tie-in comic series should be handled. Good show, Gage and Isaacs.

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8.0
Angel & Faith Season 9 #18

Jan 30, 2013

It feels like "Angel & Faith" is coming close to an end, and that'll be a shame if only because of how much fun it's been. "Angel & Faith" #18 is a perfect example of that entertainment; Gage and Isaacs have turned out not just a good media tie-in comic, but a good comic, period. Its parent title might run a little hot and cold, but "Angel & Faith" has been consistently strong. If Gage and Isaacs work together on another comic once this is over, I know I'll stick around to read it, too. Another good show from this duo.

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7.0
Angel & Faith Season 9 #22

May 31, 2013

"Angel & Faith" #22 is another in a long line of good comics from Gage and Isaacs. Fans of the stars of this comic should definitely be buying these; definitely one of the best licensed books I've read in a while. I've said it before and I'll say it again: if Gage and Isaacs work on a comic together, I'll buy it, no questions asked. As always, good times.

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9.0
Angel & Faith Season 9 #25

Aug 29, 2013

"Angel & Faith" #25 was a great conclusion to a series that will be genuinely missed. All of the other "Buffyverse" comics over the years have had ups and downs, but credit to Gage and Isaacs: this has been a remarkably consistent and good comic. I wish all licensed books took this much care. In the meantime, next time Gage and Isaacs work on a comic, I'll be first in line to buy it, no questions asked. Gage and Isaacs have created a comic that all future "Buffy" creators should use as a model. Well done.

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6.0
Angela: Asgard's Assassin #3

Feb 9, 2015

After three issues of great art but a somewhat aimless story, though, I'm increasingly convinced that the sole purpose of "Angela: Asgard's Assassin" #3 is simply to have a series starring Angela, rather than any particular desire or hook that someone came up with for this comic. Everyone involved is doing their best to make it work, and there's a lot of talent on the title. If there's some sort of inner core idea driving the book, it's curiously absent in the final product. This book is gorgeous, but that's not enough to pull me back for any more.

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7.0
Animal Man #1

Sep 7, 2011

The art might be uneven in "Animal Man" #1, but the script is dynamite. Lemire's been a rising star at DC Comics lately, and the "Animal Man" re-launch shows that their trust is not misplaced. (Now can we just get the old outfit back? I always liked it much more than the blue and white number.)

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8.0
Animal Man #5

Jan 4, 2012

"Animal Man" has been good month after month, but this latest installment (even with the slightly weak final line to lead into an eventual cross-over) helps solidify everything we've seen up until this point. "Animal Man" may have looked like an underdog, but it's definitely one of the top books at DC Comics now.

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8.0
Animal Man #7

Mar 7, 2012

"Animal Man" #7 is another strong installment from all parties involved and it's refreshing to see readers have quickly figured out this is a book to watch. Each issue makes you anxious to see what's next for "Animal Man." Knowing that there's an upcoming crossover with "Swamp Thing" is just the icing on the proverbial cake. If you're not reading "Animal Man" yet, this is a great place to try and see for yourself.

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7.0
Animal Man #12

Aug 2, 2012

"Rotworld" is off to a solid start here, and knowing that "Swamp Thing" #12 (wrapping up the prologue) is also published the same week makes the chunk of exposition here feel a bit more reasonable. At this point, my biggest complaint is only that next month's issue #0s means that we'll have to wait an extra month for "Rotworld" to kick in to high gear. All in all, not a bad opening.

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5.0
Animal Man #14

Nov 12, 2012

I must admit with this title in particular, I'm already eager to see what "Animal Man" will serve up post-"Rotworld." It's nice to know this story (which has built up since the series' debut) is heading towards a conclusion. Even a slightly lacking issue of "Animal Man" is ultimately still worth reading.

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8.0
Animal Man #18

Mar 6, 2013

"Animal Man" #18 feels satisfying to me; it's been a big build-up after all, and Lemire couldn't have a story that lasted so long feel rushed or simple when the final piece was put into place. I think he's succeeded admirably here, and I'm already looking forward to whatever Lemire and Pugh do in the pages of "Animal Man" next. It's a sad conclusion, but one that will play out with good dramatic effect in the months to come.

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3.0
Animal Man #20

May 3, 2013

If I hadn't ever read "Animal Man" #6, I suspect I would be more entranced with the end result of this comic. For readers who have been around since the beginning, though, "Animal Man" #20 feels more than a little disappointing. With the book going through so many twists and turns in the last couple of months, this comes across as a fill-in rather than an important part of the overall "Animal Man" saga. The final two pages (with art from Timothy Green II and Joseph Silver) show some promise, but right now my enthusiasm has been temporarily shot.

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8.0
Animal Man #21

Jun 19, 2013

"Animal Man" #21 has the book back in fine form, and I'm completely enthused about the title once more. Lemire, Pugh, and Portela's kick-off of a new storyline is strong and interesting, and wherever we go from here, I feel like I'm on board for the ride. "Animal Man" #21 is the sort of superhero comic that makes me continue to enjoy the genre.

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7.0
Animal Man #24

Oct 21, 2013

While I'll be eagerly awaiting Albuquerque's return to "American Vampire" next year (and Lemire sneaks in a fun reference to said comic here), him teaming up with Lemire in the meantime feels like a great usage of his talents. Lemire and Albuquerque work well together, and this is a good way to pick up the pace now that the hiatus due to Villains' Month at DC Comics is over. Welcome back, "Animal Man."

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6.0
Animal Man #28

Feb 24, 2014

"Animal Man" #28 is another solid issue, and while I'm sad to see the series about to wrap up, it is good to know that Lemire will continue to write Animal Man's adventures beyond the conclusion of this comic. Hopefully, if nothing else, it'll draw some attention to the collected editions of "Animal Man," because it's been a fun ride.

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8.0
Animal Man Annual #1

May 30, 2012

Readers of "Animal Man" right now will probably fixate the most on Jacob's two-page vision of the future, moments that are even in the future of "Animal Man." It's a rather horrific end to a lot of heroes, and Animal Man himself appears for an enigmatic warning about the Rot and what it will do to his own family. It's a message that is hard to ignore, and hints at bad times in the months to come for "Animal Man." Regardless, though, "Animal Man Annual" #1 is not only a good way to help fill this fifth week of the month for DC Comics, it's a good comic, period. This is a good reminder of how Annuals used to be, and hopefully we'll be getting this level of quality in the ones to come.

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7.0
Animal Man Annual #2

Aug 2, 2013

"Animal Man Annual" #2 works as a stand-alone, longer-than-normal issue of the series; it's something that feeds into the main run but at the same time could be easily understood if you'd never experienced it before. It's nice to see Lemire and Foreman back together once more, and readers get their money's worth.

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7.0
Annihilator #1

Sep 10, 2014

"Annihilator" #1 looks fantastic, and Irving's already bringing his A-game to the comic. Will the story catch up? I suspect so. I'm not worried about Morrison easing us into the mini-series, since these days it's become a more and more standard operating procedure of his. There's enough to hook you for "Annihilator" #2, but it's also not a full "wow" script just yet. Are we going to get there? There's one way to find out.

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4.0
Annihilators #1

Mar 3, 2011

"Annihilators" is a book I should have loved unreservedly. Instead, it feels like no one involved has their heart in it, save for Green's funky, jagged art style for the back-up feature. This should be a bundle of energy, but right now it feels like no one knew it was show time.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #3

Nov 23, 2011

"Aquaman" #3 is good, and I don't feel like it's being dragged out at all, but at the same time I found myself wishing that it felt a little longer. Overall it's a good issue, though, and Johns and Reis are definitely making "Aquaman" a compelling read. With the lead-in to what we should be seeing next issue, it looks like everything's about to get even crazier next month. I'm looking forward to it.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #4

Dec 28, 2011

Overall, though, the re-launch of "Aquaman" feels like a resounding success. The comic is fun, it's creepy, and Aquaman himself isn't the sad sack that so many writers have seemed determined to portray him as over the past few years. So far, so good.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #6

Feb 23, 2012

"Aquaman" #6 isn't a bad issue, but it's awfully predictable and feels dumbed down in places. The first incident feels ridiculous, and the second one has an ending you'll see coming a mile away. I like the idea of Mera getting a solo outing here and the flashback moments we get are by far and away the best part of the issue. Overall, I expected a lot more from this issue than what we actually good. Not bad, but it could have been better, too.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #8

Apr 25, 2012

"Aquaman" #8 is ultimately a nice issue and while I'd like the pace to pick up a little bit more, for now the book is working. One gets the feeling that Johns and Reis have carefully mapped out both the future and past of "Aquaman" in great detail; in doing so, they've certainly created a route that everyone is eager to follow. For now, that's enough.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #14

Nov 29, 2012

It's nice to have "Aquaman" fun again; "Aquaman" #14 reminded me why Johns and Ivan Reis launching the series last year caused so much excitement. If you fell to the wayside recently, "Aquaman" #14 feels like a strong jumping-on point to help give it another try.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #20

May 27, 2013

If nothing else, "Aquaman" #20 makes me more than ever wish that we had Ostrander on a monthly series at DC Comics. He clearly plays well in a joint sandbox, and he's a good writer to boot. Until then, though, I'll just keep my eyes open for moments like this. And if nothing else, if you are going to substitute in a last-minute fill-in comic? Well, if they were all this fun, I don't think people would mind quite so much.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #23

Aug 28, 2013

"Aquaman" #23's not a bad conclusion to the second year's worth of stories for this title, but it's definitely one of the weaker issues to date. Johns normally writes a more powerful conclusion, and in the end I'm willing to wrap it up to the sudden need for a fill-in issue that shortened this story overall. (On the bright side, it was a fun fill-in.) With all that behind us now, I look forward to year three kicking off next month. We've been given a good launching point into that third year, and it should be fun to watch it play out. Not bad, but I wish it was better.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #25

Nov 27, 2013

"Aquaman" #25 is a satisfying conclusion to a storyline and a particular era in the character's history. I've enjoyed Parker's writing on other titles and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do with the character. "Aquaman" has proven to be one of the big successes from the New 52, and hopefully that will continue into the 2014. Until then, though, this has been a revitalization of a character that has been fun to swim alongside.

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5.0
Aquaman (2011) #26

Jan 2, 2014

"Aquaman" #26 is absolutely middle of the road. I'd have been more happy if Parker's first issue had a bit more punch, especially because I worry that with Johns gone some of the readership will leave without even trying out Parker's stories. His writing has been strong enough on other titles that I'll certainly stick around for a few months and see what happens once he's had a chance to settle in. But for now, the end result is totally average.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #30

Apr 25, 2014

"Aquaman" #30 does a nice job of wrapping up the Hercules storyline, even as it also opens the door for a follow-up. But more importantly, I like how Parker is letting this book connect a bit with "Wonder Woman." It's easy for a title like "Aquaman" to feel like it's playing on the fringes of the DC Universe, unconnected to the other books (the earlier crossover with "Justice League" being an exception). This makes it feel part of a greater whole, without at the same time tangling itself too tightly with other story threads. It's a nice touch, and the sort of continuity that works well. All in all, this was fun.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #32

Jun 26, 2014

"Aquaman" #32 feels as dependable as ever, as it solidly trucks along. It's a good, solid, enjoyable book. Hopefully the crossover with "Swamp Thing" brought some new readers here (and vice versa), because I'd like to see this creative team continue with their overall plans. It's not reinventing the wheel or making me gasp in shock, but it doesn't need to either.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #34

Aug 28, 2014

"Aquaman" #34 satisfies as it wraps up Chimera's story, and that's something that month in and month out this title's been doing. With little subplots happily blooming and a new rogue's gallery slowly being built up, "Aquaman" is the little book that could. It might not make your head explode with each new issue, but it doesn't need to; it's fun and it gets the job done.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #36

Nov 26, 2014

"Aquaman" #36 is another dependable issue from an equally dependable creative team. It's not reinventing the form but it doesn't need (or aim) to. If you're looking for a solid, reliable superhero comic, you'll do well with "Aquaman."

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #40

Mar 27, 2015

Parker and Pelletier's time on "Aquaman" has been fun, and it's sad to see it conclude here. Hopefully, the duo has some collaborations in the future lined up, because they definitely work well together. Until then, this is a satisfying conclusion to go out on and a perfect way for the title to take a breather before the new creative team shows up in June.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) Annual #1

Oct 31, 2013

"Aquaman Annual" #1 ultimately gives me hope that if there is a title starring the Others, that Ostrander will be on board and continue to build and flesh out these characters. If it does happen, though, can someone come up with a better name for these characters and their potential comic? The Outsiders would fit quite well. Hopefully between now and then, someone will find one that sings. At any rate, this comic isn't bad, but I did find myself wishing that it was a little better.

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6.0
Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 24, 2016

There's some interesting plotting and ideas here, from some supporting characters not being as supporting as you might have first thought to the fact that both Aquaman and Black Manta are trying to spread their conflicting messages to the land-based media assembled for the opening of Spindrift. I'm curious to see where this will go, and how much or little the overall diplomatic mission will remain center stage now that the attack has occurred. While the ideas are good, however, the execution isn't quite up to stuff; things need to sharpen up a bit if "Aquaman" wants to stay afloat with readers.

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5.0
Aquaman And The Others #4

Jul 7, 2014

"Aquaman and the Others" #4 is a great example of a middle-of-the-road comic. It's not bad, but there's nothing that makes you think, "I must find out what happens next," either. I'm not convinced that the idea of having a book starring these characters is a bad idea -- Ostrander's stop-overs with them were a little stronger -- but the execution of this one lacks any strong reason to care, unfortunately. If things don't pick up quickly, the comic with the awkward title will probably be just a distant memory by this time next year.

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8.0
Archer & Armstrong #1

Aug 2, 2012

"Archer & Armstrong" #1 gives us an extremely strong debut for the series; it's funny, it's got action and there's even a fun new spin on the ultra-rich "1%" powerbrokers and what they'd do with a superhuman weapon in order to control the economy. In short, it's exactly how a series from twenty years ago should be updated for a relaunch today. I'm sold on the new "Archer & Armstrong." If you were a fan twenty years ago, definitely take a look. If you've only heard about how fun the original was, this is a good way to get a sample of what you were missing. It's not the same as the Windsor-Smith issues, but it's still quite enjoyable in its own right.

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7.0
Archer & Armstrong #5

Dec 12, 2012

"Archer & Armstrong" #5 continues another installment in a strong title for the company. This is a creative team who understands the strength of the buddy comedy genre and how to make it work. To borrow a phrase, you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll eagerly await the next issue. That's exactly what you should want from a monthly comic.

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7.0
Archer & Armstrong #7

Feb 13, 2013

"Archer & Armstrong" #7 is another satisfying chapter in a comic that a year ago I would have thought to be near-impossible to revive. If you've been resisting giving the new "Archer & Armstrong" a try, I think this issue is a good example of the way that this series -- and the re-launched Valiant in general -- operates. That's a good thing.

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7.0
Archer & Armstrong #9

Apr 10, 2013

"Archer and Armstrong" continues to roll along as a fun title. It's not perfect, but it's still pleasant and the strengths outweigh the weaknesses. If you were only going to try one Valiant title, "Archer and Armstrong" is the comic you need make sure to read. Definitely take a look.

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6.0
Archer & Armstrong #12

Aug 16, 2013

It's worth pointing out that a sub-par issue of "Archer & Armstrong" is still a fun comic; it's just not quite as good as what's been seen up until now. At the end of the day, it'll bring a smile to your face and you'll want to read more. But if this is your first issue, just understand this: it's normally even better. Just get yourself ready for the fun that's in store.

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7.0
Archer & Armstrong #13

Sep 12, 2013

"Archer & Armstrong" #13 ends on a strong cliffhanger, thanks to Ivar's addition into the mix. The sky's always been the limit for this series (in either incarnation) and I'm glad to see that Van Lente and Perez aren't afraid to continue in that vein. This is, month in and month out, an entertaining comic. For those not reading, maybe it's time to jump on board yourself, especially with a new storyline kicking off in October.

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7.0
Archer & Armstrong #15

Nov 15, 2013

There's a lot going on here for a book that could have been dismissed as fluff. Ivar's instability, Archer's continued rage, Armstrong's sadness over losing his friend. It's another solid, entertaining comic, and I have to say I appreciate that I can always depend on this book being fun.

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8.0
Archie (2015) #9

Jun 24, 2016

"Archie" #9 reminds us why this title has transformed from something that most readers would easily dismiss into a must-read each issue. Following a great closing scene to remind us of Betty's place in Archie's life, I'm itching to read the next issue. If you haven't been reading "Archie" yet, give it a whirl, but be warned: you'll get hooked awfully fast, and that's a good thing.

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8.0
Arclight #2

Aug 7, 2015

"8house: Arclight" #2 continues to intrigue, even as I find it slightly frustrating to know that the remaining two chapters of "Arclight" won't be for a while, as the other "8house" stories step up to their time at bat. Graham and Churchland have created a gorgeous world, and I'm dying to see what happens next. Fortunately, if the other "8house" books are as fun, it'll be an enjoyable time to see what else is in store. "8house: Arclight" makes fantasy truly fantastical again.

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8.0
Aria, Volume 2 #1

Jun 3, 2008

With beautiful, Italian-inspired art (having been to Venice, the amount of reference material that Amano uses must be massive), "Aria" is a real joy to read from start to finish. So what if very little happens? It doesn't matter, this book is like going on the best vacation you can ever imagine. If there was ever a way to really move to Aqua, based on Amano's books I'd sign up in an instant.

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7.0
Arkham Manor #1

Oct 22, 2014

"Arkham Manor" #1 is a reasonable enough start to the series. With the setup presumably complete, the second issue will make or break the comic. For now, though, I'm pleased enough to want to see what happens next. If the pace picks up a bit, we'll have a real winner. For now, I'm optimistic. Not bad at all.

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6.0
Arkham Manor #3

Dec 29, 2014

I'm still enjoying "Arkham Manor" enough to stick around to its conclusion, but at the same time I'm also not quite so disappointed to hear that the book is ending with #6. As a mini-series, that means that Duggan and Crystal are heading towards the slightly limited shelf-life that it seemed headed towards. I'd much rather have a book get in and out with the appropriate amount of time than to overstay its welcome.

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8.0
Astonishing Ant-Man #3

Dec 28, 2015

"The Astonishing Ant-Man" may exist because of this year's "Ant-Man" movie, but -- if that's how it got the green light -- there's another reason to be happy about that quirky film. "The Astonishing Ant-Man" is a ridiculous amount of fun; if you haven't read the series up until now, this issue works well as an introduction to what you've been missing.

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9.0
Astonishing Ant-Man #5

Feb 29, 2016

"Astonishing Ant-Man" #5 has it all: it's funny, it's serious, it's touching, it's ridiculous -- and all of those elements show up at just the right times. I really want this book to stick around for a long time, because it's one of the best ongoing series at Marvel right now. Seriously, if you aren't reading it, give it a shot. I bet you'll love it.

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8.0
Astonishing Ant-Man #7

Apr 25, 2016

"Astonishing Ant-Man" #7 is another installment in a series that everyone should be reading. It's got humor, it's got drama, it's got superheroes and supervillains fighting one another -- what more could you possibly want? Well, if the answer is an incredibly likable main character to tie it all together, don't worry, because Spencer and Rosanas give us that too. This is a great point to give this title a whirl; trust me, you need to jump on board. This book is too good to let slip away.

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3.0
Astonishing Tales #1

Feb 8, 2009

Paul O'Brien's sales chart analysis of the last "Marvel Comics Presents" that ended in August 2008 showed the book shedding 70% of its sales over those 12 months. I'm a little surprised that Marvel's giving the ongoing anthology title format yet another try, and so quickly at that. If this is the best that Marvel's going to offer up, I suspect that "Astonishing Tales" will not astonish anyone with a swift cancellation. This is a book that felt like it was full of old inventory stories, and that's not going to end up being much of a draw for anyone.

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3.0
Astonishing Thor #2

Jan 27, 2011

"Astonishing Thor" is, at its core, not astonishing. In a market glutted with Thor comics left and right in preparation for the upcoming movie, this feels like another pitch that got greenlit for no other reason than to have another collection on bookshelves later this year. This is disappointing at best.

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7.0
Astonishing X-Men #26

Aug 14, 2008

Maybe next issue Bianchi will pick up some strength and be fully recharged, because Ellis certainly has adapted quickly to the title. For what's supposed to be the flagship title of the X-Men franchise, "Astonishing X-Men" seems to be suffering from one creator not quite hitting the mark. Is it too much to ask that next month we get an A-game from both? Let's hope not.

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4.0
Astonishing X-Men #30

Jun 28, 2009

Maybe with Phil Jimenez on board for the next story, we'll see a more regular release schedule for "Astonishing X-Men" and that will help matters out. While I don't mind waiting extra for something that's really good, when the title feels below average the long publishing gaps make the comic feel a bit more of a letdown. And in the end, letdown is exactly how I'd describe "Astonishing X-Men" #30, after all that promise earlier on.

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6.0
Astonishing X-Men #32

Nov 4, 2009

I feel bad for Ellis and Jimenez, because what could have been a "big" story is now yesterday's news. If the two stick around after this story is over, hopefully the book will be back in sync with the rest of the X-books. For now, though, it feels like little more than a harmless diversion. Fun, sure, but three steps behind everyone else.

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6.0
Astonishing X-Men #37

May 12, 2011

Here's the thing about "Astonishing X-Men" though: Average story and great art isn't a bad combination, but I'm not convinced it belongs on what's supposed to be a marquee book. If this story was running in "X-Men" or "Uncanny X-Men" (or any of the other X-Books right now) I don't think I'd have batted an eye. But for the title that's supposed to be the big wowie, zowie comic? It's playing it safe. Way and Pearson may still have a trick or two up their sleeves for us but for now, this is just all right. I'd like to see something bigger and bolder from them if they stick around.

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3.0
Astonishing X-Men #38

May 20, 2011

I hate to say it, but this story is helping diminish the "Astonishing" brand at Marvel from its intended marquee of big-name, high-quality creative teams. And at an extra dollar an issue, the insult is a little higher. This is a big disappointment; I can't see myself reading the other "Meanwhile" issues here.

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4.0
Astonishing X-Men #48

Mar 29, 2012

"Astonishing X-Men" needs a strong focus, considering it's the one of the four X-Men titles that appears to be largely forgotten these days. Can Liu and Perkins provide a purpose for the book? Right now, it remains to be seen. The first half of the issue gives me hope that it's possible. The second half -- well, let's hope things get a little livelier next month.

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3.0
Astonishing X-Men #50

May 24, 2012

I wanted "Astonishing X-Men" #50 to be a great comic; I'd have settled for a good comic, but the result is just disappointing.

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7.0
Astonishing X-Men #63

Jun 13, 2013

"Astonishing X-Men" has had some rough spots here and there, and I've felt like it's floundered a bunch. At the same time, though, I've been coming back every few months because I keep feeling like there's real potential. With this current storyline, "Astonishing X-Men" has reached that potential. Liu and Walta's story is going in a good direction, and as long as issues like this keep showing up, I'll keep reading.

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6.0
Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #2

Jun 13, 2010

"Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis" #2 isn't bad, but it's moving at a slightly slow and overly deliberate pace. I'd have liked to see some more plot progression here, considering this is only a five issue story. Still, as a strange side-step from the rest of the X-books, "Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis" is a nice way to take a break from the doom and gloom of "Second Coming" and relish in the weirdness.

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8.0
Astounding Villain House One-Shot #1

Nov 1, 2013

I really would love to see some more "Villain House" stories, be they in "Dark Horse Presents," another one-shot, or any other medium. Once you read these stories, I'm pretty sure you'd agree. Wheeler's "Astounding Villain House" is a brilliant bite of dark superheroics, and if we're lucky it will be the first of many. Scoop up a copy, and I bet you'll be singing his praises before long too.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #1

Jun 5, 2013

It's nice to see "Astro City" #1 return with such a strong comic right out of the gate. I also appreciate that "Through Open Doors (Part One)" is set up in a way that the next issue could be the next installment, or it could be several months until we return to this narrative. Either way, I'm pleased with the end result. Busiek's slight experiment with storytelling worked well, and there's a lot given to us here that could be used for dozens of stories down the line. In other words, just like a good "Astro City" comic should be. "Astro City" #1 reminds readers just how much fun Busiek and Anderson's series can be. It was absolutely worth the wait.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #3

Aug 15, 2013

It's a real pleasure to have "Astro City" back on the stands once more. Busiek and Anderson continue to charm readers with their stories of heroism and sacrifice. But of course, that doesn't just apply to those wearing a costume and using a codename. With a comic like "Astro City," it's a reminder that the superhero genre isn't dead. You just need the right creative team telling the stories.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #5

Oct 9, 2013

Busiek promises in the letter column that these story fragments are eventually leading somewhere, and that the Broken Man's strange map of thumbtacks, yarn, and artifacts all really do connect into a larger map. But even if it didn't, I'd be happy with this issue. It's different and quirky, and while it's not something that could be done every month on a successful level, as a little detour it's fun. With next month's issue serving as a follow-up to the current series' debut, there should even be a bit more traditional storytelling ahead for those craving it after this diversion. Any time Busiek and Anderson want to play with traditional storytelling, I'm in.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #8

Jan 17, 2014

"Astro City" #8 continues a strong and engaging storyline, and I appreciate the fact that how it will end is anyone's guess. It's topical and exciting, and it makes me all the more happy that "Astro City" is back.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #11

Apr 14, 2014

"Astro City" #11 -- and the series in general -- is a real joy. Dependably strong once again, this comic has a wide appeal. Everyone from "Doctor Strange" fans to just those who like a good character study should check this comic out. Once again, Busiek and Anderson have crafted a winner.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #13

Jun 13, 2014

The new series of "Astro City" has given readers a lot of great comics, and this one is no exception. What Busiek and Anderson do here isn't something that should be replicated down the line, but it doesn't need to be either. They've taken a charming story and made it that much more so; the fantastical mixed with the mundane, and the biggest conflicts being over the little things in life. I've been thrilled with the return of "Astro City" for the past year, and this is no exception. Highly recommended.

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6.0
Astro City (2013) #15

Sep 12, 2014

"Astro City" #15 isn't a bad issue, but it's just a solid average, and that's surprising for a book normally as fantastic as this one. I'll still take an average "Astro City" over a lot of other comics on the market, mind you, and I hope I'm not the only one. If this is the weakest a book can get, you're ultimately in very good shape. I know I'll be back for the next issue in October.

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4.0
Astro City (2013) #17

Nov 24, 2014

"Astro City" #17's heart is in the right place, but this isn't one of its more shining moments. With a larger four-part story focusing on Crackerjack and Quarrel starting in December, things look a bit more promising. But this feels like another faltering moment for a series that used to be impervious; considering how great Busiek and Benjamin Dewey's "Tooth & Claw" #1 was this month, it's a bit of a let down.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #19

Jan 15, 2015

"Astro City" makes you fall in love with characters you've only just met. That's very much the case here, thanks to Busiek and Anderson taking just the right amount of time to unspool Quarrel's story. Told as a single-issue story, this wouldn't have worked at all, but this story arc comes across perfectly paced and always provides more than enough to make us come back for the next installment. If you haven't read "Astro City" in a while, come and take a look at this story arc. Stories like this will make you a fan of "Astro City" all over again.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #23

May 15, 2015

"Astro City" #23 looks great, and the story itself is even better. Hopefully the rest of this story arc will prove to be just as strong. Comics like "Sticks" are a good reminder of why "Astro City" has well-earned its beloved reputation, and Issue #23 is a huge success from Busiek and Anderson, as they give us your new favorite gorilla.

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7.0
Astro City (2013) #26

Aug 20, 2015

"Astro City" #26 is a pleasant way to celebrate the series' twentieth anniversary and, as I said before, I want a follow-up down the line to see if Samaritan was able to take what he learned here and really apply it to his life. Surprise bad-guy portion aside (and one that admittedly isn't the bigger solution), this is a solid exploration of what it means to be the world's greatest hero, for good or for ill.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #28

Oct 23, 2015

"Astro City" #28 is a fun, if not quite groundbreaking, comic; it's got familiar beats, but Busiek still handles them well and crafts an entertaining story. This month, though, it's Chaloner and Von Grawbadger who steal the show and push this up from above average to full-on great. Once again, "Astro City" delivers the goods.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #29

Nov 20, 2015

"Astro City" #29 is another strong, fun issue from a fairly consistent series. I love how Busiek and Anderson don't shy away from stories that don't have easy, simple answers, and this one is no exception. I'm looking forward to see what happens next in December; if you haven't read "Astro City" in a while, this is a good place to check it out for yourself.

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7.0
Astro City (2013) #31

Jan 25, 2016

"Astro City" #31 is a fun little issue, and one that I hope gets followed up before too long. It's another reminder why this series is dependably worth buying and is able to use different viewpoints and perceptions in ways that stand out. Busiek and Merino's comic takes a familiar face and gives us a nice twist.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #32

Feb 22, 2016

"Astro City" #32 is a strong opening to a new storyline, one that I hope continues for at least several months. Busiek and Anderson's sequel to "Tarnished Angel" is off to a strong start; super-powered crime noir is a strange and specialized genre, but they turn out a real winner. Until the next chapter hits in March, I know what I'll be doing: re-reading the original storyline. This is a real winner, folks.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #35

May 23, 2016

Busiek and Randall round out "Astro City" #35 with a mystery about the Weirdies, Mister Drama, the Landlord and the various Jack-in-the-Box heroes that continues to unfold. Add that to the story of being a legacy, and you get a comic that feels densely plotted and more than your money's worth. "Astro City" #35 is a reminder that the superhero genre can give us rich, interesting characters and plots, so long as talented creators like Busiek and Randall are at the helm.

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8.0
Astro City: Astra Special #1

Oct 1, 2009

While I'm enjoying "Astro City: The Dark Age," reading "Astro City: Astra Special" #1 is a good reminder that "Astro City" has its share of fun along with, well, dark. It's a great reunion for readers and Astra, and we've still got a second issue to read a month from now. For "Astro City" fans who have missed some of the lighter-hearted stories, come back! It's what you've been waiting for.

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7.0
Astro City: The Dark Age Book 3 #1

May 12, 2009

In many ways, "Astro City: The Dark Age: Book Three" #1 is set-up for the remaining issues of this story, but I'm good with that. This is just the right way for the comic to come back after a bit of an absence, and by the end of the issue things are definitely rolling full speed ahead. It may sound odd to say, "Bring on the dark ages!" but this latest "Astro City" mini-series evokes that exact reaction. It's nice to see it return.

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6.0
Astro City: The Dark Age Book 4 #2

Mar 6, 2010

But after enjoying the two-part "Astra Special" and getting reminded how much lighter and fun an "Astro City" story can be, I think I'd ready for "The Dark Age" to come to a conclusion. While I'm not against multi-part stories in "Astro City" ("The Confessor" showed that there's absolutely a place for that kind of thing), I'm looking forward to more one- and two-part stories down the line, and hopefully with a cheerier tone in places. "Astro City" should never be quite so dark for this long a time period.

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4.0
Avengers (2010) #10

Feb 23, 2011

"Avengers" is normally a bit more fun than this, but everyone involved already seems tired of the current story. That's not a good sign. Neither is the fact that a reprint of the recent "Heroes for Hire" #1 in the back is far more interesting than the main feature. "Avengers" needs some more energy, and fast.

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4.0
Avengers (2010) #11

Mar 30, 2011

With all but two pages being splashes, this comic feels like it ends before it's even getting started; in general this story has felt slightly rushed, but this issue even more than before. And as for the surprise final page? Well, let's hope that it's at least in part a trick; I'd hate to see the most recent storyline involving that character to be undone so casually. After a strong opening, the current "Avengers" storyline has been running out of steam, and this issue is no exception. I want to like this story, but each new chapter is a little less than the one before.

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8.0
Avengers (2012) #3

Jan 23, 2013

"Avengers" #3 is a satisfying (if slightly speedy thanks to one character in particular) conclusion to the initial story arc, and so far it's a very good comic. Over time, there's no doubt in my mind that it has the potential to be great. For now, though, it's already good enough that I'm willing to call this a big success. In terms of the Marvel NOW! revamps at the company, this is one of the big winners, easily.

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8.0
Avengers (2012) #6

Feb 21, 2013

As for the big surprise at the end, older comic fans will see the significance and gasp a little, but there's enough information here so people who don't get the reference will still understand that something big is happening. It's a sharp, neat little twist and in hindsight it fits in well with what was already presented in "Avengers" #1-3. Hickman does a great job here, and he and Kubert turn a quiet story into one that's still captivating. I've never been a big "Avengers" reader in the past, but comics like this continue to make me a fan. Well done.

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6.0
Avengers (2012) #9

Apr 10, 2013

"Avengers" #9 is an odd duck. I want to love it as much as I have some past issues, but once again this is a comic where it doesn't work as a single issue. Add in that this is also an issue of "Avengers" where the Avengers themselves do almost nothing, and you end up with a book where the stars appear to be the supporting cast, not the heroes themselves. Like before, I'm sure that the next issue will come down the pike and instantly suck me back in to being a full-speed cheerleader of the title. But for now, this installment feels like a bit of a letdown. A lot of the winning components are there, but it's missing a few vital pieces to jump into the realm of great.

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7.0
Avengers (2012) #11

May 8, 2013

It almost goes without saying that "Avengers" #11 is, like every other issue these days, also a little slow paced. Sometimes that pacing works well, sometimes it feels like "Avengers" is being dragged out a great deal. This time it falls into the middle of those two positions; it's still slow, but moments like Sam and Bobby parting with AIM Agents give it a certain pep that otherwise wouldn't be there. I'm still enjoying "Avengers," but I am starting to wonder just how long things are going to build. It's still good, but a tiny bit of enthusiasm is starting to chip away the longer that we get that climactic moment delayed.

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7.0
Avengers (2012) #14

Jun 19, 2013

"Avengers" #14 feels like it's suddenly back on track again, and I'm always in favor of that. How this ties into "Infinity" or where it will end is anyone's guess. For now, though, it feels like business-as-usual, and that's the best result you can hope for when you see a crossover banner on a title you read. Fear not! Crossover-itis hasn't set in just yet.

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7.0
Avengers (2012) #16

Jul 18, 2013

"Avengers" #16 is fun, but it's hard to keep from feeling like the best parts of the issue are too short and the most average parts are too long. Still, even with the balance a bit off, it's an enjoyable read. I still have no idea what "Infinity" will be, and I don't care, so long as Hickman and company get to keep telling their "Avengers" saga. Avengers assemble, indeed.

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4.0
Avengers (2012) #18

Aug 22, 2013

"Avengers" #18 survives on the art, but as the first main tie-in to "Infinity" it's a bit of a disappointment. Hopefully future installments are going to pick up the pace and turn out something a bit more exciting, because otherwise I don't see any real need to buy "Avengers" for the next few months. Regular "Avengers" readers deserve something more entertaining than this.

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8.0
Avengers Academy #3

Aug 20, 2010

I've never been a serious "Avengers" fan; I'll read the occasional title here and there, but I don't get super-excited because a new issue of one of them came out. (Well, except for "Young Avengers." That's an entirely different beast.) In the case of "Avengers Academy," though, I've found my book to hook me. This is great stuff.

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6.0
Avengers Academy #5

Oct 6, 2010

Still, a sub-par issue of "Avengers Academy" is still better than a good issue of many other books. After the high standards set by the previous four issues, this one is just a slight disappointment. Hopefully Mike McKone will be back on pencils next month, presumably just in time for a spotlight on Reptil. Here's to being back to its strengths next month.

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8.0
Avengers Academy #6

Nov 7, 2010

"Avengers Academy" has finished introducing its six main characters, and I'm interested to see just Gage and company have in store for us next. This has been a remarkably successful launch of a new series, and I'm jazzed to keep reading.

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7.0
Avengers Academy #10

Mar 2, 2011

"Avengers Academy" continues to be a solid, entertaining book month in and month out; for a comic anchored by six brand-new (or relatively new) characters, that's not an easy feat. Hopefully class will stay in session for some time.

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5.0
Avengers Academy #13

May 4, 2011

Do people even still scream "Food fight!" and shove a slice of cake in someone else's cake? Like so much in this comic, it feels forced and from a different genre entirely. "Avengers Academy" from the previous twelve issues? Come back, you're missed. This issue felt like a refugee from a different comic entirely.

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8.0
Avengers Academy #14

Jun 2, 2011

All in all, a satisfying issue, one that sums up the series as a whole and is entertaining for both long-time readers and those giving the comic a whirl for the first time. Gage and Chen take a slightly silly concept and turn it into one of the stronger issues of the series to date. This is another pleasant reminder why "Avengers Academy" is one of Marvel's better series right now. Ignore the general silliness of a "point one" issue and check it out for yourself.

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8.0
Avengers Academy #17

Aug 3, 2011

Don't let the "Fear Itself" banner scare you away; this is turning out to be a pivotal story for "Avengers Academy," and easy to understand even if you aren't reading the "Fear Itself" mini-series. For those wondering when the proverbial shoe was going to drop ever since the first issue? It looks like it's just around the corner.

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7.0
Avengers Academy #23

Dec 15, 2011

"Avengers Academy" has, post-"Fear Itself," picked up the pace and become a strong, tightly focused book. (It was good before, but this feels like a real shot in the arm.) Hopefully it will get the attention it deserves; Gage, Raney, and Hanna are turning out a fun and consistent comic here. I'm more than happy to stay enrolled with them as the deans of the school, thank you very much.

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6.0
Avengers Academy #25

Feb 1, 2012

"Avengers Academy" #25 isn't the final issue in this storyline, with an epilogue around the corner. Hopefully it will push the comic back up to the higher levels I've come to expect. This issue isn't bad, but I expect great from this title, not just good. With any luck, great will be back in our next installment.

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6.0
Avengers Academy #28

Apr 5, 2012

Despite the strange plotting of "Avengers Academy" #28, I do think Gage clearly gets the Runaways cast and if a new "The Runaways" comic ever started I'd be pleased if Gage was in charge. It's a nice glimpse into what these characters have been up to as well as an opportunity for them to appear again before long. I don't know if it'll happen or not, but I'd welcome them in this book's pages again.

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6.0
Avengers Academy #29

May 7, 2012

"Avengers Academy" #29 is fine but not great; it feels like a bit of a mixed bag as it zooms off on a strange tangent before pulling back into the main story. Ultimately it's the sort of crossover issue that ends up being inoffensive; it doesn't disrupt "Avengers Academy" but it's certainly not critical reading in the slightest. Maybe #30 will change things, but for now it's entertaining if not terribly important.

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6.0
Avengers Academy #32

Jun 20, 2012

"Avengers Academy" #32 is a comic that is good, but it's frustrating to see these additional elements pushed into a story that would be better without it. If you are an "Avengers vs. X-Men" reader who is thinking about picking up "Avengers Academy" #32, definitely do so. It'll give you an idea of what the book's about and the kind of stories it tells. Just make sure to stick around once the crossover has concluded. I'll bet that what we get next will turn out to be even better.

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7.0
Avengers Academy #34

Aug 1, 2012

"Avengers Academy" #34 feels like it could be the start of the end of the series; if it wasn't for the October solicitations showing at least one more issue beyond the end of "Final Exam," I'd be worried. Still, that's a good sign for us as readers; it says that "Final Exam" genuinely feels like a game changer. Here's to the next three chapters not proving us wrong.

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7.0
Avengers Academy #36

Sep 10, 2012

"Avengers Academy" has been a fun series, and it's sad that it's not only coming to a conclusion but is doing so in what feels like a slightly rushed and accelerated manner. Still, there's more than enough for fans of the series to enjoy here; the ending's going to be bittersweet, but we'll have fun getting there.

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5.0
Avengers Arena #1

Dec 12, 2012

"Avengers Arena" #1 right now feels decidedly average. For a book that promised a lot of controversy and shock, so far it hasn't delivered on either. Over time this could still easily shift in either direction, but for now it fails to stand out among the pack of other Marvel NOW! titles.

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5.0
Avengers Arena #5

Mar 4, 2013

"Avengers Arena" #5 still hasn't quite come together, but Hopeless and Walker are certainly trying to make it work. For now it's not bad, though, and as the numbers presumably dwindle we'll hopefully start to get some more characters to care about as they rise up through the chaff. With so many strong "Avengers" titles in general, though, I think "Avengers Arena" might end up suffering in comparison, so it needs to up its game and soon.

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6.0
Avengers Arena #10

Jun 6, 2013

With the death of a well-loved character this issue, "Avengers Arena" #10 is hitting the point where I think readers will need to decide if they're sticking around or not. If teenagers fighting to death is your sort of thing (and with the success of properties like "The Hunger Games" and "Battle Royale" it clearly is for a lot of people), "Avengers Arena" is probably hitting its stride quite nicely right now. For those who are reading "Avengers Arena" because they were big fans of books like "Avengers Academy" and "The Runaways," on the other hand... I can't help but think that this storyline might be changing their minds.

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6.0
Avengers Arena #14

Sep 2, 2013

"Avengers Arena" #14 in many ways sums up the series in general: there are little bits that fire off perfectly, but then larger issues that are harder to ignore pull the overall feel down a bit. Of course, if you're wondering why there's no mention of the surprise final page from "Avengers Arena" #12, that's because it isn't. Hopefully, there won't be long to wait until the final issue to see that resolved. In the meantime, "Avengers Arena" trudges on, full of good intentions, but never quite where it promises to be in terms of quality.

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7.0
Avengers Arena #17

Nov 14, 2013

"Avengers Arena" #17 feels like the book is on track for a strong finale. While I don't think it's going to be the bloodbath that the comic promised for so long, it's certainly going to be violent and tense. Who knows? If nothing else, there are enough original characters created for "Avengers Arena" that the massacre could still happen. Honestly, though, I think that Hopeless has hit the point where there's not a need for character deaths to satisfy the audience. (I'd actually be more pleased if they didn't all die.) It's a little too late at this point, but "Avengers Arena" has definitely found its voice.

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8.0
Avengers Assemble #10

Dec 12, 2012

"Avengers Assemble" #10 (as well as #9 before it) has been a pleasant and rewarding surprise. There are a lot of "Avengers" titles right now, but make sure that you don't miss "Avengers Assemble" in the mix. "Avengers Assemble" has become a must-read superhero comic; all comics should be this much fun.

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7.0
Avengers Assemble #14AU

Apr 15, 2013

Once the initial strike is over, "Avengers Assemble" #14AU calms down a bit. The immediate grieving for those who were lost is affecting, and one that pays off from the introductions performed earlier by Ewing and Guice. It's not quite as interesting at that point as Black Widow scrambles to survive, but it's still a good story. At the end of the day, the lack of a script from Kelly Sue DeConnick was no longer an issue; Ewing, Guice and Palmer had turned in a good and pleasing comic. "Age of Ultron" has been a big bust up until now, but this has been one of the bright spots of the entire event.

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8.0
Avengers Prime #3

Sep 30, 2010

Even the slightly-too-chatty nature of the characters in "Avengers Prime" (there are several moments where you might want to strangle Tony Stark just to shut him up) can't detract much from the overall fun and joy that goes through "Avengers Prime." There's a twist or two revealed at the end of this issue, and I suspect before it's all over those twists might get another layer pulled off to show that we still didn't know what's really going on. I'm more than happy to settle in for the ride. This is a big heap of fun.

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7.0
Avengers Undercover #2

Apr 9, 2014

"Avengers Undercover" #2 is another good issue, and so far it's taking the "What happens next?" hook and running with it in a way that should not only appeal to the readers of "Avengers Arena" but also hopefully bring in some new readers. This is a book that's on the right track.

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6.0
Avengers vs. the Pet Avengers #3

Dec 17, 2010

"Avengers vs. the Pet Avengers" is hardly high art, but it's thoroughly entertaining. If you aren't reading these comics yet, buy the whole lot, settle down in front of the fireplace with a mug of spiced cider, and have a great winter evening reading them all. What started out as a joke as turned into a book to look forward to.

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6.0
Avengers Vs. X-Men #3

May 3, 2012

"Avengers vs. X-Men" #3 is a nice looking comic that ultimately serves as little more than set-up for future fight scenes. If you're interested in the threat of the Phoenix, I suspect you're going to have to wait a while. Perhaps tune back in around issue #10? At this point, though, I think most readers are prepared for lots of fight scenes within a larger framework. If that's what you're looking for, you're most definitely in luck.

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6.0
Avengers Vs. X-Men #7

Jul 5, 2012

"Avengers vs. X-Men" #7 is full of sound and fury, but unlike "Macbeth" I wouldn't say it's signifying nothing. Rather, it's the soundtrack to the latest surround sound, IMAX, mega action flick. If you know what it is going in, you'll find something to enjoy. If you're looking for a thoughtful insight into the differences between the two teams and their methods, though, that's for a different comic.

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4.0
Avengers Vs. X-Men #11

Sep 12, 2012

The basic plot of "Avengers vs. X-Men" as a whole isn't that bad. It's even slightly fun. But with eleven issues published, there's simply no way that there's been eleven issues worth of plot here. It's not even close. In extending the story to twelve issues, Marvel's gotten more sales, but sacrificed some storytelling to do so. Financially it's a great decision for the company, but in the long run I can't help but think that a more streamlined "Avengers vs. X-Men" could have bought far more goodwill for Marvel instead.

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8.0
Avengers World #2

Jan 23, 2014

"Avengers World" #2 is fun and inventive, and it's got a proverbial spring in its step as it moves forward. I was a little wary about yet another Avengers title debuting, but Hickman, Spencer and Caselli are making it so enjoyable that I just can't complain. This is a nice addition to the Avengers family.

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4.0
Avengers World #3

Feb 24, 2014

"Avengers World" #3 has some of Hickman's strengths and weaknesses on display when it comes to the Avengers. He's coming up with huge, brilliant ideas... and then putting them partially or entirely on hold for strange detours. There's a balance between characters and plotlines that it feels like Hickman still hasn't quite mastered, and "Avengers World" #3 shows the end result. This would have been a great half-issue's worth of plot, but without anything else to balance it out, there isn't quite enough to boost the issue overall.

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6.0
Avengers World #7

Jun 4, 2014

"Avengers World" #7 is a book with an apt title. It has a great global mandate, and seeing it touch in with all parts of the shared universe is fun. But hopefully, the title doesn't also mean that that it will take a full year for "Avengers World" to complete something. I'd prefer the title to wrap things up before the planet moves entirely around the sun. Any chance of at least one thread to get tied off soon, please?

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8.0
Avengers World #9

Jul 18, 2014

This is a comic that quotes "Back to the Future" twice, and both times the line is wonderfully accurate. What's not to love? This issue might feel like a bit of a trifle in spots, but it's so much fun as it luxuriates in everything about it -- I bet you'll love it too.

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4.0
Avengers World #13

Sep 22, 2014

Considering that all of the "Avengers World" plot lines still seem wildly up in the air, I'm a bit hesitant about the promise that this massive story will be concluded next issue. Hopefully it will flow smoothly and we'll get a satisfying wrap-up. But if not, well, it's hard to wonder if having two issues in a row spend a lot of time introducing new generic characters from other parts of the globe was such a smart choice.

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3.0
Avengers World #16

Dec 12, 2014

Then there's that ending. It's fairly problematic. I get why it exists, to bring back a character who's going to be in the supporting cast for a new series in 2015. But considering this character was killed off by the creative team who had transformed her from a random background face into a major character, it's hard to keep from feeling like this character maybe should have stayed away. The proof will be, of course, in what happens with the character moving forward; for all we know it'll be utterly brilliant. But looking solely at "Avengers World" #16, this feels nonsensical and more than a little out of the blue. Then again, it's hardly the only problem with this issue. This is not a shining moment for a normally more interesting series.

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7.0
Avengers: Children's Crusade #1

Jul 8, 2010

Still, it's great to see the characters back, and hopefully starting next month we'll see some of the characters that fell into the background here (Patriot, Hawkeye, and the Vision in particular). All in all? It's great to be home again.

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7.0
Avengers: Ultron Forever #1

Apr 1, 2015

"Avengers: Ultron Forever" #1 is a solid start to this particular storyline. The story is a good opening chapter, and the art and coloring looks extremely attractive. My only real complaint is that, even with the battles at the end of the comic, Ultron coasts more on reputation than actually evoking any fear. We're told how dangerous the Ultron Singularity is but, for whatever reason, he's not coming across as truly deadly. Hopefully, that will be a bit more in the foreground as the Avengers get closer to the killer robot itself. Based on what we get here, though, I think most readers would want to see the next installment. Mission accomplished.

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5.0
Avengers: X-Sanction #3

Feb 1, 2012

"Avengers: X-Sanction" needs to rally a great deal if it's going to end on a high note. This should be getting readers excited for "Avengers vs. X-Men" and asking retailers to reserve them a copy. If that's going to succeed, Loeb needs to pull a new plot point out of his hat. Right now, it's losing ground.

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8.0
AVX: Consequences #1

Oct 10, 2012

With four more issues to go, of course, "AvX: Consequences" could easily zoom off in a different direction. With this strong first issue, though, it feels like a project that's on track for a strong finish. With a strong focus and momentum already moving forward, this feels in some ways to have the drive that the parent series could have benefited from, too.

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8.0
AVX: Consequences #5

Nov 8, 2012

"AvX: Consequences" shouldn't have worked half as well as it did, but it's much to everyone's credit that it opened and closed a success. Gillen and Walta (plus the artists from the first four issues) have turned out a fun mini-series that provided exactly what it promised: consequences. Add in a great last word from Cyclops, and it makes me genuinely interested in where these characters will turn up next. I'll be ready to read that comic, whatever it might be. Well done.

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7.0
Azrael #1

Oct 26, 2009

The one big down side to "Azrael" #1, though, is the art. After having Frazer Irving, J. Calafiore, and Tom Mandrake draw Nicieza's Azrael stories up until now, Ramon Bachs was already at a disadvantage. But even without that pedigree of talent having led the way, I think Bachs is still the wrong choice of artist for "Azrael." Bachs's art is blocky and rough, in an almost primitive manner. While I don't mind a rough art style, there's something about Bachs' art that misses what I think "Azrael" needs most. There isn't a dark, gloomy look about the way Bachs draws the book, and it was that special mood that Irving, Calafiore, and Mandrake all evoked quite well. As strange as it sounds, "Azrael" looks a tiny bit too cheerful, despite the grim events it's depicting. "Azrael" could actually be an excellent book, but someone more suited to the scripts than Bachs would have to come on in order for that to happen. Still, the script for "Azrael" #1 was strong enough that I want to read more. T

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7.0
Azrael #3

Dec 21, 2009

"Azrael" as a title is unfortunately saddled with memories of some of the worst excesses of the '90s, and that's a shame. This new "Azrael" is a different beast entirely, and hopefully Nicieza will get to continue to tell stories of this nature. "Azrael" is far more interesting than it deserves to be, and that's a good thing.

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4.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #104

Feb 13, 2013

In the letters column for "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" #104, it's mentioned that Harren's next "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" comic will "satisfy everyone who's had complaints about the direction of the book." That actually gives me hope, if only because it recognizes that for many readers the book's started to wander afield a bit too much as of late. So while the bad news is that "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" #104 is one of those issues that does just that, the good news is that this comic looks gorgeous and that it'll be getting fixed sooner or later. In the meantime, though, with a surprisingly lackluster and out-of-the-blue ending, this issue of "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" feels like it's aimed at die-hard fans only.

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7.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #111

Sep 19, 2013

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" #111 feels like the series is heading in a good direction; plots are building and the danger is increasing. With three more parts in "Lake of Fire" to go (to say nothing of whatever comes next), I feel like anything could happen courtesy Arcudi, Mignola, and Crook. Whatever that destination, I'm eagerly awaiting our arrival. "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" brings the creepiness every month, and this issue is no exception.

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4.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth #122

Aug 25, 2014

The absolute basic idea behind "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" #122 isn't bad, but why is it that Mignola and Arcudi couldn't have done it with a bit more of the regular cast? Johann Kraus' cameo aside (hopefully he'll have a more substantial role next month), it's a little odd to not see any of them in a story that's supposed to introduce people to the title. The execution of this issue is so close, and yet so far.

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5.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth: Exorcism #2

Jul 25, 2012

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Exorcism" #2 is a perfectly reasonable conclusion to the mini-series, although I'm still not entirely sure if it had a greater point of existence than, "This might be fun." Ultimately it's nice enough for a little diversion in the "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" realm, and that's good enough for now.

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8.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: Gods #1

Jan 12, 2011

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Gods" #1 is another strong issue for the comic, and hopefully some new readers will be willing to take a chance. (Who knows, maybe the beautiful Ryan Sook cover will lure people on board.) This is too much fun to go unnoticed.

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8.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: Gods #2

Feb 10, 2011

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" is an interesting new direction for the B.P.R.D. books in general, and I keep hoping the new name might help draw in brand new readers willing to give it a shot. If you like creepy horror, this really is the best time to jump on board and see for yourself. 75 issues of a series is no small feat these days, and "B.P.R.D." has well earned that high count. Check it out.

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7.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: Monsters #1

Jul 13, 2011

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Monsters" #1 is a comic where you might come for the arrival of Crook as artist, but you'll stay for the way that Mignola, Arcudi, and Crook tell their story. Eighty issues in, and "B.P.R.D." is still going strong.

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7.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: New World #1

Aug 11, 2010

"B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: New World" includes in the inside front cover a set of brief character blurbs, a nice way to help out people who haven't read all previous 68 "B.P.R.D." issues. "B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth" hasn't justified its new subtitle just yet, but hopefully we'll see that shortly. This wasn't a bad debut issue for the new direction, but it could have been a bit stronger, too.

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7.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: New World #5

Dec 8, 2010

All in all, "B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: New World" has served well as a new jumping-on point for the book. It sets up some new conflicts, and reminds us of some old ones. Best of all, I still have no idea whose side Panya is on. Or, for that matter, almost all the members of the B.P.R.D. right now. It's hard to believe this is the 73rd issue of the various "B.P.R.D." comics, but it's to Arcudi, Mignola, and Davis' credit that it still feels fresh and exciting. At the rate they're going, I can see it going well beyond its 100th issue without missing a beat. Good stuff.

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7.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell On Earth: Russia #2

Oct 20, 2011

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Russia" is the comic equivalent of a close friend that you know, month after month, will be there and be just what you need. Hopefully your close friends won't get possessed by demons and try to destroy the planet, mind you. As always, dependably good.

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8.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: The Devil's Engine #1

May 16, 2012

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil's Engine" #1 is another strong "B.P.R.D." comic in general, but it also feels like a good a place as any to check out the series if you aren't already. "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth" is a tense little horror comic, and this new installment lives up to that reputation. Good stuff.

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8.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: The Devil's Engine #3

Jul 23, 2012

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Devil's Engine" #3 has a strong wrap-up to this story, even as groundwork is laid for "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: Return of the Master." (Let's just say that things don't look good for our heroes.) With the shift from "B.P.R.D." to "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth," I've been a little afraid that people are taking these comics for granted, or perhaps tuning them out. That would be a shame; they're as good as ever, if not even more so.

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8.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: The Long Death #3

Apr 18, 2012

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Long Death" #3 is probably not the best introduction to the series if you haven't read any of it to date. It's not only the conclusion to a mini-series, but to a story that's been running throughout the comics for years. For those who are familiar with the "B.P.R.D." world, though, I think they'll find "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Long Death" #3 quite satisfying. It's about as good of a conclusion to this little chunk of the "B.P.R.D." universe that we could get.

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8.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror #2

Apr 27, 2012

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Pickens County Horror" was a fun two-issue sideline and I'd like to see more of these stories in the months to come. As much as I enjoy the regular cast, it's a nice reminder that other people work at the Bureau too. And with a story this creepy, well, there's certainly nothing to complain about. A good job from all parties involved. "The Pickens County Horror" was aptly named; as a character you'll want to steer clear of Pickens County, but as a reader it's a trip you'll definitely want to take.

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7.0
B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth: The Return of the Master #2

Sep 26, 2012

"B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Return of the Master" #2 is another typical issue of "B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth," and by typical I mean strong and entertaining. Arcudi, Mignola, and Crook are turning out strong comic after strong comic, and this issue is no exception. With #100 just around the corner, this mini-series is as good a chance as any to say, "I was reading it back in the day, before it hit the triple digits." Fun stuff.

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7.0
B.P.R.D.: The Dead Remembered #1

Apr 6, 2011

"B.P.R.D.: The Dead Remembered" is a fun start to a flashback mini-series. It's a little surprising the book hasn't done more up until now with the Salem witch trials, but perhaps it was just an ace up a sleeve waiting for the right moment. I'm still eager to find out how the cliffhanger of last month's book gets resolved, but until then this is a fun way to spend a few issues.

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5.0
Baltimore: The Plague Ships #1

Aug 4, 2010

"Baltimore: The Plague Ships" #1 looks beautiful, but at least for this new reader, the writing isn't quite up to par from Mignola and Golden. I'm generally fond enough of Mignola's comics that I'll give it another shot next month, but I expected a lot better from this creative team.

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10
Bandette #6

Jan 8, 2014

"Bandette" #6 is a treasure. Quite frankly, Tobin and Coover make the world of "Bandette" one that you'd want to live in. When the girls in Gaspard's pool let Monsieur steal a painting thanks to a jaunty wave, for instance, it feels like a lighter, more entertaining place to be. In the end, "Bandette" is a joy from start to finish, time and time again. And at just 99 cents an issue? This is a steal that Bandette would approve of, whole-heartedly.

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5.0
Batgirl (2009) #7

Feb 11, 2010

When I read "Batgirl" #1, I wasn't interested in giving the series another shot. After seeing Phil Noto's covers over the past few issues, though, I found myself curious enough to take a second look. (Proof, I guess, that a good cover artist can pull in additional readers!) I'm glad I did; Miller and Garbett are improving with each issue, something you don't see often in comics. They may not be quite there just yet, but they're getting closer and within reach. I'll definitely take another look soon.

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7.0
Batgirl (2009) #13

Aug 12, 2010

"Batgirl" has quietly turned into a solid, dependable-looking book, I had my doubts before on it as a series, but I think Miller's figured it out and moved it in the right direction. Fans of the character are definitely getting a book worth their time, and I appreciate that Miller isn't afraid to tell single-issue, classic stories here. I'll definitely dip in and take another look on a slow month. It's a nice surprise to find a book where it's been improving over time.

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7.0
Batgirl (2009) #15

Nov 10, 2010

"Batgirl" continues to turn out entertaining issues; in an industry full of doom and gloom, "Batgirl" will brighten your day. If you're looking for a little light fun in your reading pile, you should definitely give this book a try.

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6.0
Batgirl (2009) #18

Feb 9, 2011

Still, at the end of the day this issue of "Batgirl" is lacking the normally strong punch that each issue provides. I suppose in the long run every series has its share of just all right issues. But as someone who loved that "Seven Soldiers" mini-series, I do find it to be a pity that it had to be this month's that just turned out to be all right.

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6.0
Batgirl (2009) #19

Mar 10, 2011

Overall, though, it's another entertaining issue of "Batgirl," the little comic that could. It may just keep plugging away in the corner, doing its own thing, but overall that seems to be working to its advantage. Fun stuff.

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8.0
Batgirl (2009) #22

Jun 15, 2011

Hopefully, Miller has some post-September work lined up at DC which just hasn't been announced yet, because his run on "Batgirl" has been one of those rare titles which got more entertaining every month. I'd never had much of an opinion on the character of Stephanie Brown before the current "Batgirl" series began, but he's made me a convert, and I'll miss Miller's outings with the character once the summer is over. Until then, though, we've got a few more fun issues to go.

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7.0
Batgirl (2011) #1

Sep 7, 2011

As for that earlier mentioned cliffhanger? Half of it makes me quite eager to see what happens next, as we delve into Barbara's head. The other half, with the reaction from a bystander? I have to admit it feels a little clich for superhero comics; here's hoping the book doesn't quickly go down the "misunderstood hero" road. Still, the parts that do work are strong enough to make me want to read a second issue. I'll miss the character of Oracle, but I'm willing to learn to love this latest Batgirl, too.

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3.0
Batgirl (2011) #3

Nov 10, 2011

I want to like "Batgirl." I saw a lot of potential in the first issue, but there's a spark that was present in Simone's original "Birds of Prey" run that just hasn't made an appearance. I love the gorgeous Adam Hughes covers, but at the moment it's hard to be excited about this series.

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9.0
Batgirl (2011) #35

Oct 8, 2014

"Batgirl" #35 is a great new beginning for the series, so much that I actually found myself wishing that DC had taken a nod from Marvel and renumbered the series as to get additional attention paid to this debut. I love everything new that Fletcher, Stewart, and Tarr bring to the series, and the two faces from beforehand that appear to be sticking around are also a good nod to those who enjoyed the last three years' worth of comics. Expectations were high for "Batgirl" #35, and I feel like this creative team has actually managed to exceed them. Nicely done, all involved.

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8.0
Batgirl (2011) #38

Jan 14, 2015

It's nice to see some of the plot threads (the destruction of Dinah's possessions as well as the loss of Barbara's thesis project) starting to weave back in, especially when it comes to the cliffhanger at the end of the issue. Stewart and Fletcher have laid enough hints at this point to give us a good idea of what's happening even as I'm eager to see how their first multi-part story plays out next month. "Batgirl" #38 is, once again, a winner.

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9.0
Batgirl (2011) #40

Mar 19, 2015

Fletcher, Stewart and Tarr set up lots of things to come in "Batgirl" #40. Not only do we get some more meat in Batgirl's relationship with Burnside's law enforcement (and one police officer in particular), but we have the official launching point for June's "Black Canary" #1 as well as what appears to be the setup for an all-new Oracle to be working with Batgirl. I'm already eager to see what's next and you should be, too. "Batgirl" #40 delivers a great comic by a great group of creators. Superhero comics don't get much better than this.

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6.0
Batgirl (2011) #41

Jun 26, 2015

"Batgirl" #41 is probably the slowest-moving issue with the current creative team to date, but it's also understandable with so much to deal with in order to move forward. Now that we're eased back into the thick of it, hopefully future issues will go back to the peppier pace that we had in their first six issues. Overall, it's not bad at all, but it's not up there with the sheer fun that we saw earlier.

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8.0
Batgirl (2011) #43

Aug 27, 2015

"Batgirl" #43 is another fun installment of a strong series. Fletcher and Stewart continue to surprise with the book's plots and supporting cast, and Tarr and company delight as the action bursts onto the page. If you're not reading "Batgirl" yet, this is as good a chance as any to fix that error.

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8.0
Batgirl (2011) #46

Dec 18, 2015

"Batgirl" #46 works nicely, and I appreciate the wrap up of the issue, which shows us not everything can be neatly tied up with a bow. The dangling plot thread from earlier in the issue comes back with a vengeance, and it will be fun to see how the most realistic aspect of the comic is so far the hardest one to solve. As always, I'm already eager for next month.

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7.0
Batgirl (2011) #47

Jan 22, 2016

"Batgirl" #47 is a fun issue in a story that continues to build in the background. Stewart and Fletcher's story is intriguing, and the guest art from Carlini and Moritat works well enough as a stand-in for regular contributor Babs Tarr. (It helps that Serge Lapointe colors the entire issue, providing a bit of consistency.) All in all, a good way to shift into the next phase of this story.

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8.0
Batgirl (2011) #50

Apr 8, 2016

I'm looking forward to seeing Fletcher and Carlini's work on the final two issues of the series, but -- if "Batgirl" had ended with #50 -- I would have still been happy with where it concluded. This is a strong wrap-up of the creative team's era on the character, and -- while I would have loved to see even more Batgirl stories from Stewart, Fletcher and Tarr -- both the new incoming team and this trio's own creator-owned series show a lot of promise. Stewart, Fletcher and Tarr have ended their "Batgirl" run on a high note.

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6.0
Batgirl (2011) #52

May 27, 2016

"Batgirl" #52 is a so-so finale to a series that was typically so much better. Having to wind things down without most of the regular creative team must have been deflating, because it certainly comes across that way. This past run of "Batgirl" was exciting and innovative, but this issue just lacks that energy and fun. It's really just average, and readers have come to expect a bit more than that.

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7.0
Batgirl (2011) Annual #2

May 2, 2014

There are some parts of "Batgirl Annual" #2 which feel a little too pat and predictable, like the community garden with Alysia and Barbara, but at the same time it works so well with the rest of the story that ultimately it's hard to complain. All in all, this is a lot of fun; I haven't been reading "Batgirl" for a while (there are only so many hours in the day) but after this annual, consider me back on the "Batgirl" bandwagon. Nicely played.

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7.0
Batgirl (2011) Annual #3

Jul 31, 2015

"Batgirl Annual" #3 hits all of its marks well; it has solid story, good art and takes advantage of the longer format. I wish all five week months ended with annuals of this caliber. Once again, "Batgirl" is right on track.

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8.0
Batman #678

Jul 3, 2008

"Batman" under Morrison has been a strange hodgepodge of old elements from the book over the years. The International Club of Heroes, the three imposter Batmen, Damian al Ghul, even the strange phrase "Zur-En-Arrh" are all call-backs to much earlier stories in "Batman". At the same time, though, I don't feel like I'm missing anything by having not read those earlier comics. This is what I expected a Morrison "Batman" to read like; fun, and crazy, and unpredictable. I've got my own theories about the Black Glove (who doesn't?) but somehow I suspect that Morrison's ending will have its own surprises. And that's the way I like it.

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5.0
Batman #687

Jun 10, 2009

I'm actually looking forward to seeing Winick team up with Mark Bagley next month, and I think I'm just going to pretend that "Batman" #688 is the real start to Winick's return to the title. This just wasn't fair to everyone involved, unfortunately.

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6.0
Batman #690

Sep 3, 2009

I'm assuming Winick still has next month's issue to conclude his run (although some sources have -" hopefully incorrectly -" said that Tony Daniel takes over as writer next issue), but I'm finding myself sorry to see it end. Things were starting to just click into place, and it would have been nice to see him get some more time to take his scripts further. Hopefully Daniel, free of "Batman R.I.P." constraints, will surprise us all as well.

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5.0
Batman #692

Oct 29, 2009

In the end, "Batman" is an uneven book, although one that shows potential. For every surprise character appearance that pleased me in "Batman" #692 there's another one that I made a face towards. I think with time Daniel can grow into the book, but we'll see what happens. With creative teams coming and going so quickly these days, anything's possible. For now, though, it's a step up from "Batman: Battle for the Cowl," and for that alone, I tip my hat towards Daniel. It's a start.

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7.0
Batman #695

Jan 19, 2010

Credit has to go where it's due; Daniel's doing a good job on "Batman," in making it his own book. This is a strong first story, and based on what he's doing here I'll be happy to see him stick around for a while. For those looking for a classic Batman story, you've found a winner here.

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7.0
Batman #697

Mar 20, 2010

With the return of Bruce Wayne on the horizon, I hope that Daniel sticks around on "Batman" to give us his take on the original Batman as well. Regardless, though, I think it's safe to say by now that even when part of the issue doesn't interest me, Daniel's still performing a solid enough job on "Batman" that I'm eager for the next issue. That's always a good sign.

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7.0
Batman #698

Apr 15, 2010

I never thought I'd say this, but here we go: if March needs to step in to help out Daniel on the art again, I'd welcome his presence. Daniel and March work well together, and it's nice to see each of them providing a satisfying read. Daniel's run on "Batman" was one of the big surprises for me in the last year, but March's art improving so much is now high on the list as well. Good stuff.

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8.0
Batman #701

Jul 14, 2010

Six months ago, the idea of a two-part "R.I.P. The Missing Chapter" would've been nonsensical. Now? I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed this. Bring on the second half.

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6.0
Batman #704

Nov 17, 2010

Daniel wrote eight issues of "Batman" (and drew six of them) before stepping aside for four months while Bruce Wayne came back into town, and I'm glad to see him back. But with that time away, some aspects of the book feel slightly rough. Hopefully now that he's back for good, with time those rough edges will get a bit more polish. Daniel succeeded in that before, there's no reason to think he won't do so again. Still, "Batman" #704 has some good parts going for it right now, and it bodes well for the months to come.

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7.0
Batman #705

Dec 16, 2010

"Batman" isn't getting as much attention as some of the other, newer books in the Bat-stable, and that's a pity. "Batman" continues to be a solid, entertaining book thanks to Tony Daniel. At the end of the day, this book is just plain fun, and that's all I'm asking for here.

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8.0
Batman #706

Jan 19, 2011

The latest "Batman" has it all; secret histories of characters, fights, ambushes, and of course the set-up for next month's conclusion. The tone picked for "Batman" is fun, pure and simple, and this comic delivers it in spades.

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3.0
Batman #708

Mar 16, 2011

Not getting a team-up between Daniel and Clarke was reason enough for disappointment, but this issue felt lifeless in the story department. There's nothing here that entices me to pick up issues of "Red Robin" and "Gotham City Sirens" to find out what happens next, much less next month's issue of "Batman." Fans of March's art will want to check this comic out, but otherwise I'm all right with waiting until May for my next issue of "Batman."

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4.0
Batman #710

May 18, 2011

Overall, this is one of the less successful issues of "Batman" under Daniel's tenure. None of the pieces of this issue feel like they're quite coming together, and that in general it's struggling to get to its destination. Hopefully later chapters will pull together a bit more. After being usurped for two months for a crossover with other titles by a guest creative team, this "Batman" is a bit disappointing.

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3.0
Batman #711

Jun 15, 2011

I'm still looking forward to Daniel taking over "Detective Comics," but it's because of his work on earlier storylines, not because of this one. Trust me, Daniel's done a lot better in the past. I suspect that we've got a lot better to come starting this fall, too.

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5.0
Batman #713

Aug 17, 2011

"Batman" #713 could have been a nice way to wrap up the series, one big final blow-out issue. (Maybe even a final, "And this is how Bruce took back being the sole Batman" moment, although I suppose that might be getting saved for "Batman Incorporated: Leviathan.") Instead, though, with Tony Daniel already gone to work on "Detective Comics," this final issue of "Batman" is left to be a conclusion that no one will remember six months down the line. Not bad, but still disappointing.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #3

Nov 16, 2011

"Batman" after the relaunch has been a strong series, and this issue is no exception. It's a good time to be a Batman fan.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #7

Mar 21, 2012

"Batman" #7 is a great conclusion to the first portion of the Owl storyline, serving as a launching point for what's still to come. I'll admit I'm a little uneasy about the upcoming crossover/tie-ins with the other Bat-family titles, but this issue of "Batman" was so strong, I feel like even if the other books don't quite mesh I'll still get a strong story here. For those of you who are waiting for the collection that this issue concludes, you've got quite a treat ahead of you.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #9

May 10, 2012

"The Fall of the House of Wayne" helps boost what becomes (overall) a slightly sagging middle of "Batman" #9; add it to the great first two-thirds of the issue and we end up with a strong addition to both "Night of the Owls" and the Snyder and Capullo "Batman" series in general. Another excellent chapter in a continually strong comic.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #12

Aug 8, 2012

"Batman" #12 is a strong wrap-up for the first year of the re-launched title. It's been one of the best "New 52" series for DC Comics, and it's nice to see that strength continuing from one month to the next. As much as I've liked Capullo on board "Batman" the previous 11 months, any time Snyder and Cloonan can work together again is just fine by me.

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10
Batman (2011) #14

Nov 14, 2012

The re-launch of "Batman" has been strong since day one, but "Death of the Family" is rapidly shaping up to be an extremely memorable story. If Snyder and Capullo can keep this up, we're in for a great ride ahead of us. This is the sort of story that the Joker should be saved for.

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7.0
Batman (2011) #18

Mar 13, 2013

"Batman" #18 ends on one of those moments that doesn't quite have the bang I expected, but I'm not sure why. I like what Snyder and Tynion are building to, and the idea of that final word put in place sounds nice. But it's only good, not great; it doesn't crash into place with the force that I think it was meant to. Ultimately, that's how I feel about "Batman" #18. It's good, there's no question about that, but it's not great. It probably doesn't help that Snyder, Tynion and company are ultimately writing a comic that reacts to something that happened elsewhere, so a certain amount of lead-up is missing as a result. Still, I think they do well with the directive they're given, and I like that they manage to make it also work with pre-existing "Batman" storylines and move them forward as well. Ultimately, I enjoyed "Batman" #18, but I think it's the next few issues that I'm looking forward to more with the title moving under its own steam once more.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #19

Apr 10, 2013

"Batman" #19 is probably one of my favorite issues of this series to date; I like the smaller scale and the using of familiar faces while adding their own extra pieces of plot. I'm looking forward to the upcoming "Zero Year" (which eagle-eyed readers will catch a reference to here, meaning it's more than just a story title about when it takes place), but when it's over I'd love to see Snyder and Capullo turn out some more smaller stories like this one. They're good at the epics, but I think this is a reminder that they're good with a smaller scale, too.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #21

Jun 11, 2013

In the end, "Batman" #21 is pretty good. People who are already prejudiced against "Zero Year" for merely existing probably won't agree, and while I see where they're coming from, I don't see why you can't simultaneously love "Year One" and appreciate "Zero Year" for what it is, at least so far. It's a good first chapter, and it holds a lot of promise for the next ten installments to come. If nothing else, I feel I got my money's worth in the first five pages. Snyder and Capullo's vision of "Zero Year" feels large and compelling right off the bat, and it makes you want to read more. This is how I want all of my epics to begin.

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3.0
Batman (2011) #23.3

Sep 20, 2013

It's a shame "Batman" #23.3 crashes so badly, because the first half of the comic made me think, "This is working out quite well." In many ways, it's almost more disappointing than having the entire book at a lower level, because when the fall happens, it's from a greater height. Sorry, Penguin.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #25

Nov 13, 2013

There's still so much up in the air with "Batman" #25 that it's almost a relief to know that anything can happen. With unexplained elements like the "holy door in the floor" still floating around (and which is especially attention-grabbing thanks to the way that Capullo draws it being opened up), to say nothing of Rene bearing down on Gotham City and the Riddler still at large, there's a lot that remains to be seen. With each new chapter, "Zero Year" feels like a story that will best be appreciated once it's complete. It's already a lot of fun, but watching all the pieces snap into place should prove to be that much more rewarding.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #30

Apr 16, 2014

"Zero Year" has been enjoyable up until now, but "Batman" #30 feels like we've shifted out of a fast jog and moved into the sprint. Everything's come together, and Batman's moving into position to save his city feels epic. Snyder, Capullo and Miki have turned in a strong first chapter of "Savage City," and at this point readers just need to hold on to best enjoy the wild ride towards the conclusion.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #33

Jul 23, 2014

"Batman" #33 gives a very strong conclusion to "Zero Year," and all parties involved should be pleased with the end result. Was it worth the wait as the story moved through its three different phases? I'd say so. Snyder, Capullo, Miki, and FCO Plascencia delivered a great final piece to the puzzle of the dreaded "Zero Year."

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8.0
Batman (2011) #34

Aug 13, 2014

"Batman" #34 makes me hopeful for "Arkham Manor" later this year; Duggan's got some good ideas, and I like this way for him to get introduced to the "Batman" family of readers. Regardless of the new series, though, this issue works well. It's a nice way to give Snyder and Capullo a bit of a break, and I don't think readers will be disappointed with this guest creative team.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #36

Nov 12, 2014

"Batman" #36 is a fun comic, and those who enjoyed the first chapter of "Endgame" will find a lot to like in the second. It's easy to see why DC Comics was trying to keep a lid on the contents of this issue prior to release; it's an excellent comic, and Snyder and Capullo's reveals are best left unspoiled. That said, even if you know what's coming, it's still a strong and well-composed comic. This is more than just surprises lurking in the corner, and that's the sign of strong craft. Wherever "Batman" goes next month, I'll be ready and waiting.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #41

Jun 10, 2015

"Batman" #41 is a good start to this new storyline, although it's worth noting that -- in many ways -- things are just getting going. There are still a lot of questions to be answered -- the fate of Bruce Wayne, the force behind this issue's attacker, the attempted balance between vigilante and law enforcement -- and we're only one chapter into the story. It's a great first step, though, the sort of story where each new piece has the opportunity to build on what we've seen so far. While there's no doubt that Bruce Wayne will eventually reclaim his cowl (as he always does), this is a great opportunity and it feels like Snyder, Capullo and Miki are taking full advantage of it. "Batman" is definitely on the right track, and it's as strong as ever in a post-"Convergence" lineup.

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10
Batman (2011) #44

Sep 10, 2015

"Batman" #44 ties carefully into the current storyline running in the series; this isn't merely a flashback for the heck of it. Mr. Bloom's earliest moves are part of this story, and you see just how long he's been working on his transformative seeds. Even more importantly, it's an indirect look at the state of present-day Bruce Wayne as he volunteers with disadvantaged youths, drawing a comparison to the Bruce Wayne moving through this story. There's a strong connection between them, with the current Bruce understanding how to help in a way that Batman was unable to do so in this time period. Snyder, Azzarello, Jock and Loughridge should be proud of what they've done here. What could have been a throwaway issue turns out to be the cornerstone of not only the current storyline, but Snyder's "Batman" run to date. Every extra page in this issue is used with great effect; this is how you pull off an over-sized issue. Very well done.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #47

Dec 9, 2015

As much as Snyder has made us care about Jim and Duke in this storyline, it's Bruce who truly takes center stage this issue. The confrontation in the subway tunnel is a huge turning point for the new Bruce Wayne, and the comment about the negative space in his history will make some readers cheer. With that in mind, it's also the one part of the story where the final page pulls out the one true, dangerous, genuine shock moment. While it fits in with everything else that's happened in Snyder's "Batman" run to date, there's also no denying everything in this storyline has just been scattered and the remaining pieces are in desperate need of picking up. All of the readers who were cheering a few pages earlier? They're now shrieking, because that's how you create a cliffhanger. Well done, Snyder, Capullo and Miki. You got us, and you got us good. Here's to 2016 so we can see what happens next.

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9.0
Batman (2011) #48

Jan 20, 2016

"Batman" #48 features the moment Batman fans have been waiting for, but Snyder, Capullo, Miki and Plascencia make the journey there just as exciting and gripping. It would have been easy to rush through these post-"Endgame" issues of "Batman," but this careful buildup has turned out to be far more iconic and attention-grabbing than a quick reversion to the status quo. Once again, nicely done.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #52

May 13, 2016

"Batman" #52 is an apt conclusion to this series. Tynion, Rossmo, Level, Plascencia and Boyd deliver a good mix of emotional and plot beats here; this is a Batman who will forever be driven, but without being consumed by gloom. I'm eager to see what Tynion does next over on "Detective Comics," and hopefully the art team will stop in for a visit as well. This was a pleasant surprise for what could have just as easily been a fill-in story, and I hope that quality continues into next month and beyond.

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9.0
Batman and Robin #2

Jul 2, 2009

It's great to see Morrison and Quitely working together in such fine form; their 12-issue "All-Star Superman" was a comic for the ages, but I think everyone's going to talk about their "Batman and Robin" with some reverent words as well. This is, in a nutshell, how all superhero books should get approached by their creative teams. Great work all around.

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6.0
Batman and Robin #6

Nov 12, 2009

The moment of "Batman and Robin" #6 that gave me a lot of hope, though? It's the final fate of Scarlet. It's a touching end to her story, and while the art slightly lets down what really happens (a moment where the narration is critical to explain what's happening), it's a strong conclusion to her story arc. "He told me to run, but Scarlet never made it out of Gotham," is, to me, a reminder of why Morrison is one of the big names in comics. And you know what? It made me excited about seeing "Batman and Robin" #7, doubly so knowing that Cameron Stewart is on board for three issues as artist. I can't wait.

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8.0
Batman and Robin #12

May 5, 2010

With "Batman and Robin" #12, I suspect a lot of this book's audience is going to drag out their Morrison Bat-book runs to date and re-read them to see just how many of these moments were telegraphed over the last several years. I actually feel bad for anyone who's only reading "Batman and Robin" in a collected format; they're going to have to wait at least six months after getting to this cliffhanger to see what happens next. The rest of us? It looks like we're in for the ride of our lives. "Batman and Robin" is a perfect example of how to make reading a monthly comic an absolutely necessary event.

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8.0
Batman and Robin #14

Sep 9, 2010

The best thing about "Batman and Robin" #14? It feels like anything can happen. Sure, we all know that Dick and Damian will live to fight another day, but in the back of your head Morrison manages to plant a seed of doubt that this has gotten too out of control for even our heroes. That's the kind of storytelling I like. I'm sad that Morrison only has two more issues of "Batman and Robin" left, but he's knocking this last big story out of the park.

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4.0
Batman and Robin #17

Nov 24, 2010

"Batman and Robin" #17 is a book that doesn't quite match up to the strengths of its creative personnel. There's a lot of promise here, and it's understandably a fill-in on short notice, but in a month of some top-notch Bat-books, it doesn't quite hit the target. The first page's repeated chant of, "What are we missing?" was eerily prophetic. Here's hoping those missing pieces are found next month.

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6.0
Batman and Robin #22

Apr 13, 2011

So what's next? Hopefully with time Tomasi and Gleason will grow into the title. Of course, it's only an assumption at this point that Tomasi and Gleason are still scheduled to be the regular creative team, as originally announced. "Batman and Robin" #23-25 is running a story by Judd Winick, Guillem March, and Greg Tocchini, so it's anyone's guess at this point what lies ahead for "Batman and Robin." Maybe they'll be back, maybe "Batman and Robin" is the new "Batman Confidential" (which of course was the new "Legends of the Dark Knight"). For now, based strictly on their "Green Lantern Corps" work, I'm hoping Tomasi and Gleason will return with a more distinctive take on the title. For now, though, this is a comic that is perfectly fine, but still in danger of getting lost in the shuffle.

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6.0
Batman and Robin #23

May 19, 2011

With "Batman and Robin" looking like it's turned into the new "Legends of the Dark Knight" with rotating creative teams, "Batman and Robin" #23 isn't off to a bad start. It's taken a character I loathe, and made me mildly interested in what happens to him next. So hats off to Winick, March, and Bressan, because that's such an impossible feat that, well, who knows what's next?

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7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #2

Oct 13, 2011

"Batman and Robin" is a pleasant middle-ground Bat-comic, one that stakes itself out in the center of the Bat-spectrum. There's always room for a comic like "Batman and Robin," and it's nice to see Tomasi and Gleason doing such a good job on the book.

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8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #3

Nov 9, 2011

"Batman and Robin" continues to turn in pleasant, enjoyable issues; Tomasi and Gleason have a firm grasp on their cast, the plot moves well, and the pages are some of the best of Gleason's career. "Batman and Robin" briefly looked to be losing its way after Morrison finished up his 16-issue run, but the title is clearly in good hands once more.

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5.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #9

May 10, 2012

"Batman and Robin" #9 is a comic that starts off good, but it's just unable to maintain that early mood through either the script or the art. Ultimately it feels like it's just missing the mark a bit; not bad, but should have been a whole lot better than the final product. Still, for that two-page spread from Tomasi and Clarke alone, I thank them. More like that, please.

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4.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #10

Jun 15, 2012

"Batman and Robin" #10 feels like nothing has quite set the way it's supposed to; all the components are present, but everything could have used just a bit more polish. It's not a bad issue, but I feel like with a bit more attention it could have also been a lot better, too.

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7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #21

Jun 19, 2013

"Batman and Batgirl" #21 is an uneven but not bad comic. It's definitely one that focus more on Batgirl than its co-lead, and the art varies from unimpressive to good. Ultimately the good parts more than outweigh the lesser ones, but I'll be glad when Patrick Gleason presumably returns next month. The next stage is depression, and with Catwoman getting the co-star position, there's a lot of potential ahead.

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7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #23.3

Sep 23, 2013

For a comic in which not a lot actually happens, "Batman and Robin" #23.3 feels well-paced and interesting from start to finish. I'd love to see Haun on a monthly title again, and if Tynion happens to write it, we know they work well together. This comic could have easily been a snooze-fest, but this duo makes it work.

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7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #26

Dec 18, 2013

"Batman and Two-Face" #26 is a fun comic, and so far this slight revising of Two-Face's origin has felt fairly entertaining. Tomasi, Gleason, and Gray continue to work well together, and I'm looking forward to seeing Aquaman hop on board next. When Robin died, this book could have easily lost its way, but it's nice to see it working so well.

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6.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #29

Mar 20, 2014

This is a good enough start to the search for Robin storyline, and now that things are moving again I expect the intensity to pick back up a bit. As an opening salvo, it does what it needs to do. With Wonder Woman next up in the co-pilot seat, the next issue promises to be entertaining.

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7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #32

Jun 18, 2014

And then, the final page hits -- and it's a great "gotcha" moment. It's out of the blue, even as it seizes your attention. Weren't interested in "Robin Rises: Omega" yet? I bet you are now. It's another strong usage of the cliffhanger format of a serialized comic, and all parties involve know just what they're doing. Good stuff.

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7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #35

Oct 15, 2014

"Batman and Robin" #35 is giving us the sort of storyline where it's almost in your best interest to not look ahead in the solicitations to see just how far it's running. Tomasi ups the ante at the end of this issue by making Batman's mission more than just a personal one, and it will be fun to see just how far it goes (both in threat level and just in terms of chapters) before it comes to a conclusion. Right now, though, just sit back, relax and watch the mayhem begin.

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7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) Annual #2

Feb 3, 2014

"Batman and Robin Annual" #2 continues a strong, enjoyable trend for this series. Tomasi and Gleason have been working together very well for some time here, and it's nice to see Mahnke enter that mix with ease. If Gleason needs a break down the line for a few months, Mahnke would certainly be a nice substitute. All in all, another good installment for "Batman and Robin."

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #1

Oct 7, 2015

All in all, though, "Batman and Robin Eternal" #1 is off to a good start. The re-introduction of an old face teases us with just enough information to make old fans cheer and new fans intrigued, and the notion that anyone and everyone can be an enemy provides an instant sense of danger to the proceedings. Lightning doesn't often strike twice but, so far, this new weekly series seems to be doing its best to keep the "Batman Eternal"-level of quality alive and well. "Batman and Robin Eternal" #1 is off to a strong start thanks to Tynion, Snyder, Daniel and Florea, and readers will be glad they only have to wait one week for the next issue.

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6.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #4

Oct 28, 2015

The final page holds a big surprise about how far Mother's reach goes, and hopefully it will kick things back into high gear for the second month of "Batman and Robin Eternal." For now, though, this is a competent issue that never quite clears the bar of being average.

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6.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #11

Dec 18, 2015

"Batman and Robin Eternal" #11 is a satisfying comic without needing to stand out. There isn't a huge cliffhanger, but it moves at an even keel. Those who have been reading up until now will have no reason not to return next week, even as Cassandra Cain fans will rejoice in her continued repositioning as part of the Batman line's future. No complaints here.

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7.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #13

Dec 31, 2015

There's still a lot to unravel in the second half of "Batman and Robin Eternal," but this feels like a satisfying way to close out both the first half of the series. While a little more narrower in focus than "Batman Eternal," we're still getting enough bang for our buck in "Batman and Robin Eternal." I'll be back with the New Year.

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4.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #16

Jan 25, 2016

"Batman and Robin Eternal" #16 does do one thing quite well, though, and that's clear the deck for what's still to come. With the other half of the title's characters (Grayson, Cassandra and Bluebird) already done with their expedition, it's nice to see the same happen for this team. It gives the title the perfect pivot point to leap forward with new material next week, and for that alone, I'm eager to see what's next. Hopefully, whenever Azrael returns, it will be with a slightly stronger hook for the readers to cheer him on. Here, unfortunately, that's what we never quite got.

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7.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #24

Mar 21, 2016

"Batman and Robin Eternal" #24 is in many ways reflective of the series as a whole; it's been a bit more straightforward and without all of the intertwined plot threads of "Batman Eternal," and it also feels focused and to the point. It's been a fun series, and I'm glad it wasn't stretched out over a full year this time around.

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6.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #26

Mar 31, 2016

It's a shame "Batman and Robin Eternal" #26 wasn't more flashy even with the added page count, but everyone involved manages to bring the series to the conclusion we all knew was just around the bend. It's nice to have Harper Row's story brought to a close for now (with an easy window for her to leap back through). On the whole, "Batman and Robin Eternal" has been another worthwhile weekly series, and that's no small feat. While not particularly riveting, the series certainly wasn't bad, either. If there's another weekly Batman comic down the line, I'd take a look. Right now, though, the Bat-line is two-for-two on successful weekly series. That's a victory.

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6.0
Batman Beyond (2010) #5

Oct 23, 2010

I'm glad "Batman Beyond" is doing well in comic form, and it's serving as a nice reminder that I still have a lot of episodes that I should watch one of these days. But hopefully once it moves to an ongoing series, these pacing problems will get touched up, and some slightly more consistent art. "Batman Beyond" is a good comic, but there's no reason why it can't become a great comic, too.

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6.0
Batman Beyond (2015) #2

Jul 1, 2015

"Batman Beyond" #2 works about as well as I think it can as an amalgamation of two different ideas and properties. Taken strictly as one or the other, I think it could really soar; Jurgens and Chang have the chops to pull it off. However, right now, its two disparate halves don't feel quite like they connect -- the original "Batman Beyond" was dark but that was a walk in the park compared to this setting -- and the dissonance between them keeps it from entirely working.

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6.0
Batman Confidential #31

Jul 5, 2009

Back when "Legends of the Dark Knight" shed its original "very early stories of Batman" mandate, I remember being sad to see that idea go. Once it became clear that the quality of the stories wasn't going anywhere, though, it actually ended up being a good thing, freeing up the creators to tell all sorts of good Batman adventures. Hopefully the same will be true here with "Batman Confidential." Regardless, Clarke's art alone is reason to come back next month, although the potential of Milligan's story is certainly there to boot.

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10
Batman Incorporated #1

May 23, 2012

Of course, nothing hinges on how this book does or doesn't fit into the overall line. Is it fun? Absolutely. Is it great? I'd go so far as to say yes. "Batman Incorporated" #1 reminds me of how exciting it was to read "Batman and Robin" #1 by Morrison and Quitely a few years ago. This is just as promising. I can't wait to see what happens next. If you're a fan of Batman -- or just good superhero comics in general -- you need to read "Batman Incorporated " #1.

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9.0
Batman Incorporated #3

Aug 22, 2012

"Batman Incorporated" #3 was absolutely worth the wait. Morrison and Burnham work together like they've been doing this for years. Do they make this look easy? Why yes they do. "Batman Incorporated" #3 runs the risk of making everyone demand that their monthly comics are this good.

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8.0
Batman Incorporated #4

Oct 26, 2012

"Batman Incorporated" is the last portion of Morrison's take on Batman, and as a swan song it's shaping up quite nicely. It's great to see the book back on track now, and it's got that fun nature to it that will keep you eagerly reading from one month to the next. Bring it on.

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8.0
Batman Incorporated #7

Jan 31, 2013

It's hard to believe that "Batman Incorporated" #7 marks the beginning of the end, but at the same time this issue has been so much fun that it's hard to end up sad about the prospect. Morrison and Burnham continue to deliver a beautifully written and drawn comic in the form of "Batman Incorporated." It's also a reminder that you don't need a big event to draw readers into a non-central "Batman" comic, just good storytelling. Thanks to Morrison and Burnham, I'll stick around until the bitter end.

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9.0
Batman Incorporated #8

Feb 27, 2013

"Batman Incorporated" #8 is an elegantly constructed comic, one that brings you so much joy and fun before everything comes crashing down. But here's the good news: if there's one thing Morrison loves to do, it's bring heroes to their lowest point before letting them rise again. We've got four more issues for a ray of hope to return. Will you be reading? You should be.

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8.0
Batman Incorporated #10

Apr 24, 2013

"Batman Incorporated" #10 is keeping the series rolling forward at a good pace. Everything's aligning in a manner that promises an explosive conclusion, and I was more excited by the end of this issue than I was at the beginning. And best of all, aside from (presumably) the destruction of Leviathan, I have no idea what's going to happen next. Morrison, Burnham, and Masters have once again given a thrilling issue of "Batman Incorporated." This series feels determined to go out with a bang, and I think we're going to get something just as explosive as its creators are hoping. Good stuff, once again.

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8.0
Batman Incorporated #12

Jul 3, 2013

With gorgeous art and a fast-paced story, "Batman Incorporated" #12 serves well as a penultimate issue to the series. Everything could still come crashing down next month into a disastrous finish, of course, but right now, it feels like "Batman Incorporated" is about to stick its landing and finish strong. So far, so good.

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8.0
Batman, Inc. #3

Mar 9, 2011

Three issues in, and "Batman Incorporated" is a fun amalgamation of, it seems, whatever Morrison feels like writing about this month. If this is the end result of those current whims and interests, well, I'm definitely down for that.

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8.0
Batman, Inc. #5

Apr 28, 2011

What is Dr. Dedalus' plan? Who or what is Leviathan? We get some hints here, but it feels like we're just at the tip of the iceberg. Here's to "Batman Incorporated" #6 taking us one step further into the labyrinth.

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9.0
Batman, Inc. #7

Jun 29, 2011

Please, DC, please? A Man-of-Bats mini-series once "Batman Incorporated" is over? Based on this issue alone, I'd be down for it and then some. This is great stuff.

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6.0
Batman, Inc. #8

Aug 24, 2011

While there's a connection to the overall plotline involving Leviathan (as well as an update on another character that I'll bet almost everyone forgot about from Morrison's "Batman" run), "Batman Incorporated" #8 feels forgettable. Even more frustrating, the hints about what was planned for #9 (Batgirl versus a "finishing school for evil") will presumably go nowhere until the return of the series next year, despite the next-issue blurb at this issue's ending. (Although with the relaunch about to occur, there's always the possibility that both it and the planned "Batman Incorporated" #10 will get scrapped entirely; only time will tell.) As a result, it's a weak temporary conclusion to a series that up until now has been exciting and energetic. Everyone involved with this comic has done better in the past, alas. I don't expect this series to just be a three-star comic, and I suspect none of its other fans do, either.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #2

Jul 24, 2013

"Batman/Superman" #2 is a fun sophomore issue, and it bodes well for the Pak, Lee and Chung creative team. This isn't a ground-breaking story, but it's such well-done material that it still succeeds impressively. With this creative team in place, I'm definitely in for the long haul.

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6.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #4

Oct 17, 2013

All in all, while "Batman/Superman" #4 is a bit of a soft landing, it's still a good enough conclusion for the first storyline. Hopefully Lee will be back for future storylines, although Brett Booth stepping up to the plate next month shows that DC isn't afraid to put some of their top-tier artists on this title. Not the most riveting of conclusions, but it's pleasant enough that it's safe to say "Batman/Superman" is a critical success.

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4.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #5

Nov 8, 2013

"Batman/Superman" #5 is unfortunately the weakest issue in the series to date. It looks like the next issue holds some more promise, but for now this feels like a real fumble after a strong opening storyline with Jae Lee on board for the art. It's not at a "call it quits" level of disappointment, but I'll be a little more wary when "Batman/Superman" #6 hits stores next week.

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7.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #8

Feb 28, 2014

"Batman/Superman" #8 is a good start to a crossover, and it's also a pleasure to see Pak and Lee reunited here. After the videogame/Mongul storyline, this is much more what I'm looking for. All in all, a fun time.

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3.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #10

May 9, 2014

"Batman/Superman" #10 seemed like it could be a lot of fun, and maybe for die-hard fans of Ray Palmer it's reason to cheer. But otherwise, save for a final tag about S.H.A.D.E.'s attempted reach, there's little to latch onto. Kerschl's art is nice, but it's not reason enough to jump in.

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6.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #25

Oct 16, 2015

"Batman/Superman" #25 has some strong elements, like members of the Batman Family instead of Batman and Richards' art, but others --such as Vandal Savage -- don't work so well; it's the proverbial mixed bag. Hopefully, Pak can use Vandal Savage in a slightly more interesting manner as this storyline progresses, especially since we've already seen him depicted in a much more interesting way in the New 52. In the end, the positives and negatives balance each other out almost exactly. I wish this issue was a little stronger, but -- on the plus side -- it hasn't swung too far into the minus column, either.

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5.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #26

Nov 16, 2015

Ultimately, "Batman/Superman" #26 is the very model of an average comic. In a crowded marketplace, though, that's dangerous. Average can quickly become forgettable, and -- if things don't pick up -- readers might wander off in search of something with a bit more sparkle. Just two chapters in, this storyline is unfortunately flat. There's still time for things to turn around, but it needs to happen sooner rather than later.

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7.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #31

Apr 15, 2016

"Batman/Superman" #31 moves this last big "New 52" Superman story forward in a positive way, even as it reassures readers that the first chapter wasn't a fluke. The "Superman" titles are going out swinging for the fences, and Tomasi, Mahnke, Mendoza and Quintana continue to succeed in "Batman/Superman" #31.

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4.0
Batman: Battle for the Cowl #2

Apr 9, 2009

I went into "Batman: Battle for the Cowl" with an open mind and high hopes, but everything seems to have fallen apart in short order. The ideas aren't bad, but somewhere along the way it ended up feeling uninspired. Until then, I think I'd rather just re-read the old "No Man's Land" issues for the next month. Hopefully June's relaunch of the Batman family titles will have more spring in their step once "Batman: Battle for the Cowl" has come to an end.

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3.0
Batman: Battle for the Cowl #3

May 22, 2009

Unfortunately, "Batman: Battle for the Cowl" is forgettable. None of the one-shots have stories that are tied up in the main mini-series (despite closing tag lines telling people to tune in to "Batman: Battle for the Cowl" #3), and the mini-series itself isn't anything out of the ordinary. It's a real shame, because this should have been better. Hopefully it won't sour people on next month's revival of all of the "Batman" family books, because it certainly feels like momentum has been lost.

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4.0
Batman: Battle for the Cowl: Arkham Asylum #1

Apr 22, 2009

The big problem is, though, the comic is just a one-shot. At the end of the issue we get the note that the story continues in "Battle for the Cowl," but with only one issue to go in that mini-series I can't help but doubt that it's a true statement. So for the time being (and with no word so far on a follow-up anywhere) this feels like a lot of lead-up to absolutely nothing at all. In a word, it's frustrating. Maybe next month, DC's August 2009 solicitations will reveal a new project from Hine that goes forward from here. But for now, it feels like a promising road turned the corner and hit a dead end. It's enough to drive one mad...

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2.0
Batman: Battle for the Cowl: Oracle - The Cure #1

Mar 31, 2009

Some pieces do work, though. Calculator's methodical planning and strategies come across really well, for example, and the scenes of him worrying about his daughter in the hospital are beautifully drawn. But every time we have a glimmer of hope, it's followed up by Oracle (computer genius extraordinaire) having no idea who Charles Babbage was. Everyone on this book has produced better comics in the past, so I have no idea what made this one ultimately misfire so badly. It's a shame, because it seemed like it would be so good.

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4.0
Batman: Battle for the Cowl: The Network #1

May 13, 2009

"The Network" isn't the worst "Battle for the Cowl" tie-in; in many ways I think it's actually one of the better efforts. But in general, this event feels like a failure, with so many characters and stories scattered far and wide that there's almost no way it can all come back together in the conclusion. Nicieza, Calafiore, and Kramer try their best here, but I think in many ways the biggest problem isn't what they're doing, but the set-up of the event itself. And in the end, that's a shame, because this could have been a lot of fun.

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5.0
Batman: Cacophony #1

Nov 12, 2008

In the end, "Batman: Cacophony" feels like a massive sine wave of peaks and valleys, never quite succeeding or failing for more than a couple of pages. Hopefully things will level out in the remaining two issues; right now, this is truly an example of the proverbial mixed bag.

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7.0
Batman: Eternal #2

Apr 16, 2014

"Batman Eternal" #2 has the series moving along well. It's bringing in new faces, expanding the overall plot, and still moves at a good enough clip that it's not going to drag when published weekly. So far, so good.

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8.0
Batman: Eternal #5

May 7, 2014

The best thing about "Batman Eternal" #5 is having Andy Clarke draw the issue. Lately it's seemed like his art has been consigned to backups, so getting a new full issue from him is reason to cheer. His art looks as great as ever; highly detailed, with strong texture to provide an almost 3D-like quality on features like hair or clothing. Clarke's art is a little less slick than I'm used to, but this feels like an evolution of his art rather than a shortcoming; that slightly lumpy and more-rounded look that some of the characters have make them feel less perfect and more realistic. These are some gorgeous pages, and hopefully we'll see some more issues from Clarke before long. With artists like Trevor McCarthy and Guillem March also on deck for this month, DC is clearly trying to show that it wants this series to look great.

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7.0
Batman: Eternal #8

May 29, 2014

Two months in, and "Batman Eternal" #8 shows that the series still has some legs. That's important at this phase of the game, since it's right around the point where I could see readers deciding to re-evaluate if they want to stick around. So far, I know I will. With a strong writing crew and good choices for the artists, "Batman Eternal" is paying off for its readership.

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5.0
Batman: Eternal #10

Jun 12, 2014

With a weekly series, it's rare that you don't eventually have an issue where it just doesn't feel up to par. Honestly, if we get one every ten weeks, that's still a great average. In the end, this issue is more than a little stumble; it's dropping down to just the absolute middle of the road, but if everything gets stronger next week, I think all will be quickly forgiven.

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7.0
Batman: Eternal #12

Jun 26, 2014

"Batman Eternal" #12 is another solid, fun comic in the series. It's depending trucking along at an above-average level, and that's a real victory for a weekly comic. Bat-fans should definitely be reading this series.

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8.0
Batman: Eternal #13

Jul 4, 2014

"Batman Eternal" #13 theoretically hits the 25% mark for this weekly series, and it's moving along quite nicely. We've had some real progress on some storylines, while others are continuing to gather steam. Tynion, Janin, Ortego and company are entertaining us week in and week out, and this is probably one of the strongest issues to date as everything surges forward. It's a good a place as any to jump on board yourself and see what you're missing.

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4.0
Batman: Eternal #20

Aug 21, 2014

"Batman Eternal" #20 is a comic that is all right when everything evens out, but it should have been great instead. I'm not sure why the art came across so much more jumbled than last week, but in the end it just doesn't come together. In a weekly series, this sort of event is going to happen from time to time; here's hoping it's a while before the visuals fall down on the job again.

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5.0
Batman: Eternal #22

Sep 8, 2014

"Batman Eternal" #22 will hopefully work a bit better in the collected version of the series, but for now I'm still feeling a bit whiplashed from the sudden change of story and scene. (When do we get to see the Secret or Batwing and Jim Corrigan again?) Still, the surprise arrival of Lucas makes things not quite as disappointing as it otherwise might have been.

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6.0
Batman: Eternal #33

Nov 24, 2014

"Batman Eternal" #33 is a pleasant read, and honestly pleasant is a good bar to reach for a weekly series. Even with there being a bit of a stall this week, it's overall a good comic and the one weekly series from DC that continues to hold my attention with each new installment. At this point, I think it's earned most of its readership planning on returning for the series' second year.

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4.0
Batman: Eternal #38

Dec 29, 2014

"Batman Eternal" #38 has the previously mentioned great conclusion, and it's the saving grace of the comic. It makes the reader want to see the follow-through, and that's a good thing. (It probably doesn't hurt that with only ten new comics on sale the last week of the year, that "Batman Eternal" #39 will be one of the only options for those heading to the store.) "Batman Eternal" has done a lot better than this, but it's reassuring that even one of the series' weaker issues is just a little below average. That's not a bad statistic.

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7.0
Batman: Eternal #43

Jan 30, 2015

"Batman Eternal" #43 continues to move the series merrily along and, with just eight issues to go, the pacing feels strong. It's nice to know that "Batman Eternal" (or something with a slightly different title but still the weekly schedule) will return later in 2015; this has been an experiment that's succeeding quite nicely.

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6.0
Batman: Eternal #47

Mar 2, 2015

"Batman Eternal" #47 is the beginning of the end and, at this point, if you've stuck around this long, you'll know that it's been a good ride. I'd have rather seen the conclusion already kicking into high gear at the start of this issue instead of the end, but there's still enough here that you won't feel like you've wasted your money.

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7.0
Batman: Eternal #51

Mar 26, 2015

"Batman Eternal" has been a big success creatively, and this issue carries that feeling forward into the finale around the corner. When a new Batman weekly title appears later this year, I suspect the readership will return if even a portion of the same creators are on board. This has paid off well, and it's a feat to be proud of. With one final cliffhanger to be unraveled next week, it's been a fun ride.

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6.0
Batman: Europa #1

Nov 19, 2015

"Batman: Europa" #1 looks interesting thanks to Lee and Camuncoli, but Casali and Azzarello's story falls flat. There's nothing special or unique here; perhaps just as importantly, there's nothing from any of the handful of characters that feels compelling. I love the idea of a Batman miniseries hitting major cities within Europe (the next issue is set in Prague), but -- if the end result is going to be this generic -- it's a missed opportunity. This is worth picking up to see Camuncoli and Lee's collaboration, but that is ultimately the only draw.

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7.0
Batman: Gates of Gotham #1

May 18, 2011

"Batman: Gates of Gotham" #1 is a solid opening, but now that we've got the foundation out of the way I'm hoping things kick up a notch. With this creative team it has the potential to be great, and in a crowded (and overall strong) Batman group of comics, it's going to take great to truly stand out from the rest of the pack.

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7.0
Batman: Gates of Gotham #4

Aug 3, 2011

While there's a slight drop in quality this issue, it's hard to keep from still being excited about the conclusion around the corner. The Architect looks wonderfully creepy here (almost like a Guy Davis creation), and it's nice to feel like anything could happen in its final issue. With so many comics from DC sputtering to conclusions this month, it's a pleasant sensation to still be interested in the final issue about to be published.

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7.0
Batman: Joker's Daughter #1

Feb 6, 2014

Ultimately I need to hand it to Bennett and Hetrick. They've turned an awful character into one poised to be much better in the future. With such a long one-shot, I would have loved to see all of this happen in just the first half and get some of the revised Joker's Daughter in the second half, but ultimately they've done such a thankless job that I can't complain too much. The next time that the Joker's Daughter makes an appearance, I'd like to see Bennett and Hetrick helm the comic again. I feel like they've done all of the hard work; let them reap some of the rewards, too.

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8.0
Batman: Li'l Gotham #1

Oct 31, 2012

"Batman: Li'l Gotham" #1 is so cute I can barely stand it, but I mean that in the most positive way possible. This is a great usage of the digital delivery medium -- a book that might not do quite as well as a print edition but for a dollar is a perfect impulse buy -- and Nguyen and Fridolfs show us that they're well suited to this particular tone and style. Will I be buying the next issue with its Thanksgiving issue? I dare you to try and stop me. With just the right mixture of humor and drama, "Batman: Li'l Gotham" #1 is a winner.

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3.0
Batman: Odyssey #3

Sep 9, 2010

This book is a mess. I understand that Adams is a comics legend, and that DC was probably thrilled enough with Adams agreeing to "Batman: Odyssey" that on an editorial level they're trying to keep him happy. But I can't help but wonder that if this is the comic that made it through editorial, what did the first draft look like? If Adams was writing my dialogue, my next sentence would probably be, "Egads!" Which says it all, really.

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7.0
Batman: Streets of Gotham #1

Jun 17, 2009

"Batman: Streets of Gotham" #1 has a solid beginning, but I'm hoping its lead feature lives up to the promise of how it's being billed. It's a good concept, and while I think Dini can tell regular Batman stories just fine, I want to see how he can tackle stories where Batman isn't the real focus. Even if he doesn't, though, it's a strong enough opening that I'd be happy with it. It just comes down to if we're going to get good, or great.

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6.0
Batman: Streets of Gotham #3

Aug 20, 2009

The Manhunter second feature from Marc Andreyko and Georges Jeanty is entertaining as always; this installment is more of an extended chase than anything else, but Andreyko still makes it fun. There's some smart dialogue, a nice surprise or two, and I like that Andreyko plays with how the passage of time works in comics to provide a nice fake-out for the reader towards the end. While I'd be more excited to see a "Manhunter" monthly surviving on the stands, this second feature is not only fun but hopefully exposing all sorts of readers to what they'd been missing. It's a satisfying conclusion to the issue, and a nice addition to "Batman: Streets of Gotham." Well worth the extra dollar.

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8.0
Batman: Streets of Gotham #7

Dec 21, 2009

I was a little worried that Dini taking some time off of "Batman: Streets of Gotham" would derail the momentum that had finally started to build, but if anything I think it's helped in terms of storytelling. "Batman: Streets of Gotham" is that rare series that I think has continually improved as its creators get settled in. That's definitely reason to celebrate.

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7.0
Batman: Streets of Gotham #12

May 20, 2010

The story in "Batman: Streets of Gotham" #12 might not be what was originally promised, but it's a pleasantly fun overall package. This is a book that may have started out feeling like just another Bat-title, but it's developing its own voice and take on Gotham's inhabitants with nice success. If we get more stories like this, I'll keep sticking around.

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6.0
Batman: Streets of Gotham #14

Jul 21, 2010

It's a little sad that story length was the most interesting thing about the latest "Batman: Streets of Gotham," but on the bright side it wasn't a bad issue. But this is a book that feels like it's starting to struggle a little bit, especially in the face of all these new Bat-books on the horizon. I like Dini's take on Batman and Gotham in general, so if it is ending I want to see it do so with a slightly more memorable story. At this point, I'm used to something a bit stronger from Dini and Nguyen.

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6.0
Batman: Streets of Gotham #18

Dec 26, 2010

Still, at the end of the day, this issue is disappointing; the "Heart of Hush" feature feels truncated, and "Ashes to Ashes" may never come to a conclusion. It's a little apt that "Ashes to Ashes" deals with those who get adversely affected by destruction and rebuilding a neighborhood. The end result may be great, but there's still at least one victim that is quietly getting pushed away. In the case of the otherwise strong gentrification of the Bat-titles, our victim has turned out to be "Batman: Streets of Gotham."

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3.0
Batman: The Dark Knight #2

Mar 23, 2011

So many of the revamped Batman line of comics have proven to be a blast ("Detective Comics," "Batman," "Batman Incorporated," "Batgirl") but two issues in, there's nothing new being brought to the table by "Batman: The Dark Knight," save for some increased violence. The plot itself is slightly unoriginal, but even worse it's lethargic in its pace. Add in a slow publication schedule and this is rapidly feeling like a book that needs to be re-thought, editorially. This isn't working.

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4.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #0

Sep 27, 2012

With all the recent revelations about Batman and the Wayne family history brought up in the "Night of the Owls" storyline, it's not a bad thing to see a more straightforward, back-to-basics take on the story of Joe Chill. The only real problem is that we've already seen this so many times, that even something that is a good idea overall ends up being a bit of a poison pill. I applaud Hurwitz for taking on this story, but given the amount of times we've seen it already, I'm not sure there's much more he could have done with it in the first place.

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2.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #3

Nov 23, 2011

I had hoped that Jenkins' presence as co-writer would be helping out "Batman: The Dark Knight" but this issue feels like a disaster. Both creators are capable of much better than this, and hopefully we'll get to see it before long.

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5.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #9

May 24, 2012

"Batman: The Dark Knight" #9 makes me wish that Winick was sticking around on the title for more than this one issue; the difference between this comic and the previous issues is rather noticeable. Hopefully Gregg Hurwitz can continue to strengthen the title, but for now, "Night of the Owls" fans can rest assured that they can buy this issue knowing that they'll get a good comic out of the deal.

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7.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #11

Jul 26, 2012

"Batman: The Dark Knight" in two issues has transformed itself from the misstep of the Batman line of comics to a finely polished product. Hurwitz's scripts are strong, and Finch's art has risen to the occasion and turned out his best work on the title to date. If you'd written off "Batman: The Dark Knight" up until now, take a look at #10-11. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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7.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #14

Nov 29, 2012

"Batman: The Dark Knight" #14 continues its run as the darkest of the Batman family comics, but now that's a good thing. It's a little more violent and gory, but with Hurwitz and Finch working together I feel that it's also telling stories for which it fits in a more appropriate manner. It's nice to have this take existing, and this creative team is working together quite well.

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4.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #18

Apr 1, 2013

Perhaps once the conclusion to this story hits I'll feel a bit better about it. But for now, I think "Batman: The Dark Knight" #18 is easily the darkest issue of the series to date. Did it step over a line? Perhaps a bit. I don't mind dark or violent comics, but there's something about this one in particular that's a little bit rattling.

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6.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #23

Aug 30, 2013

As a middle chapter, "Batman: The Dark Knight" #23 works all right. It's by no means perfect but it's enjoyable enough. Standing on its own, it's not quite up to par. Fortunately it's part of a serial medium, and I think most readers will be back in October for the next chapter. For now, it's good, but we've seen a lot better before.

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7.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #23.1

Sep 5, 2013

There's one final little twist three pages from the end that adds an extra level of menace, with the death of the last gang member inside the theatre. It's that sort of moment that could mean any one of a number of things (a split personality, or some other force that's also in control) and hopefully it'll get followed up upon sooner or later. For now, though, it's a nice final gut punch for a dark comic. Obviously this isn't the sort of comic that you'd want to read on a monthly basis, but for a diversion into an all-villains extravaganza, this is what we should be getting.

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4.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #23.2

Sep 12, 2013

"Batman: The Dark Knight" #23.2 looks great, but there's not enough punch to this story to make it stand out. A Mr. Freeze solo story was a difficult draw right from the start, and while Gray and Palmiotti try their best, it's not one of their more memorable moments. In the end, it's a nice try, but this is a comic that's going to easily fade into the background.

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2.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #23.4

Sep 25, 2013

For all the kerfuffle over "Batman: The Dark Knight" #23.4, this is a comic that you shouldn't be rushing to the store in order to snag a copy. Let the speculators go wild and allow this one to pass you by. Within six months, I think most readers will be trying to forget all about the new Joker's Daughter.

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8.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #24

Oct 23, 2013

After a slightly weak previous installment, "Batman: The Dark Knight" #24 roars back to life and then some. Hurwitz and Maleev's story is attention grabbing, and it's a genuine shame that this wasn't part of last month's promotion. Not only could it have steered more readers to this storyline, but it would have stood out as one of the top efforts in Villains' Month. All in all, a good showing from two talented creators.

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6.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #25

Dec 2, 2013

"Batman: The Dark Knight" #25 doesn't hit the highs that this book touched earlier in the storyline (last month's issue was quite excellent, a solitary focus on Clayface), but it's a solid and good enough conclusion. If nothing else, having Hurwitz and Maleev team up as been a nice treat; hopefully we'll see it again before too long.

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6.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #27

Feb 3, 2014

With only a final two-part story about Man-Bat still in the wings (drawn by Ethan van Sciver), it's a little sad to see "Batman: The Dark Knight" coming to a close. It always tried to do something different, something darker under the guidance of Hurwitz. The level in which it landed might have varied from issue to issue, but there was always something to bring you back. Still, with Hurwitz and Ponticelli's two-parter as a perfect example, it was a comic definitely worth checking out month after month.

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4.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) Annual #1

May 30, 2013

"Batman: The Dark Knight Annual" #1 is a comic that's best aimed at those who haven't read Hurwitz's "Batman: The Dark Knight" before. If you like what you see, you're in luck because a new storyline is just around the corner, kicking off with "Batman: The Dark Knight" #22 in July. For those who have already experienced Hurwitz's run, though? Just look at this as a remix/greatest hits album, and you'll be all right.

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8.0
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #1

May 12, 2010

DC is smart to ship a second issue of "Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne" this month, because I'm already itching for the next installment. If the remaining issues hold up -- and with art from Frazer Irving, Yanick Paquette, Cameron Stewart, Ryan Sook, and Lee Garbett, we don't have to worry about the art -- this is going to be a Batman story for the ages. (No pun intended, honest.) Bring on the time-traveling Batman!

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3.0
Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne #4

Jul 29, 2010

At the end of the day, "Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne" #4 is an important lesson for future editors. Matching an artist to a script takes a little more care than one might think. Morrison and Jeanty each have proven themselves time and time again, but this is a bad final combination.

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6.0
Batwing #3

Nov 3, 2011

"Batwing" started out fun, but this issue feels like everyone is stalling for time. Hopefully the remaining chapters of this initial story will pick the pace back up, but for now what started out strong is now starting to feel average. Here's hoping that slipping quality trend doesn't continue any further down the chain.

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4.0
Batwing #6

Feb 2, 2012

"Batwing" isn't a lost cause, but at this point I think the book needs a wrap-up of the story with Massacre and the Kingdom, and more focusing on making Batwing a more robust character. There's potential in him, but he's getting lost in his own title right now. Let's see some more of his present-day personal life, instead of flashbacks that are all starting to blend together. Right now, though, "Batwing" feels like it's going to drop out of the sky if it doesn't start accelerating once more.

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9.0
Batwoman #1

Sep 14, 2011

"Batwoman" #1 feels like it could have just as easily been "Detective Comics" #864. Aside from a tiny tweak or two to fit into the new setup of DC Comics (the most notable being Maggie Sawyer is now a Detective again, instead of a Captain) it fits in perfectly with what Rucka did up until now. More importantly, it's very clear that "Batwoman" is in excellent hands. The character's appearances in "Detective Comics" was one of the crown jewels of DC Comics, and "Batwoman" looks determined to follow in those footsteps.

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10
Batwoman #4

Dec 14, 2011

"Batwoman" has been a top-notch title since its debut, but with this latest issue everything has come together. Williams and Blackman have shown this to not just be a great comic at DC, but the best one at the company. Has "Batwoman" been worth the wait? Oh yes, definitely.

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7.0
Batwoman #6

Feb 8, 2012

"Batwoman" #6 isn't a bad debut for Reeder, although I do wish that her first storyline had given her a slightly more memorable script. Still, there's no doubt in my mind that as we wade deeper into "To Drown the World," that problem will be solved. Until then, though, it's a good start.

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8.0
Batwoman #10

Jun 20, 2012

"Batwoman" stumbled a bit earlier in this storyline, but it's nice to see it regain its footing so quickly. And while there's no doubt in my mind that when read all together "Batwoman" #6-11 will be much stronger than the sum of its parts, it's good that Williams, Blackman and McCarthy are doing their best to make individual issues fun to read, too.

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9.0
Batwoman #12

Aug 16, 2012

As much as I appreciate Williams getting the extra time between the storylines he draws to have someone else step in and give him some breathing room (and I'd love to see Trevor McCarthy back on art again), there's nothing quite like having Williams draw "Batwoman." His and Blackman's stories just shine a little more under their care, and the book changes from a "really want to read" to a "must read" in terms of priority. Great stuff from the duo, once again.

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9.0
Batwoman #13

Oct 18, 2012

By the time we get to the end of "Batwoman" #13, we've seen Williams knock out slight variations on his art style (the last few pages remind me of having just a touch of the late John Severin and his western-genre comics), each matching the story that he and Blackman tell. I'm sad that Williams is going to be stepping off of the art chores soon (to presumably tackle the new "Sandman" mini-series written by Neil Gaiman), but he's given us an amazing ride and also proven himself a good writer alongside Blackman. Once again, another great issue from the duo. No complaints here from start to finish.

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9.0
Batwoman #14

Nov 23, 2012

"Batwoman" continues to impress with this new storyline, even as it looks to wrap up everything that's been building since "Batwoman" #1. With three more issues to go for this story, though, I feel like the best is yet to come. It's a good time to be a "Batwoman" fan.

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8.0
Batwoman #21

Jun 21, 2013

"Batwoman" #21 is not only a good example of how to handle a fill-in artist stepping on board for a month, but it's that rare kind of comic where the more you read it, the more you appreciate it. Every time through you find something new to like, and that to me is what makes a strong comic. All in all, well done.

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5.0
Batwoman #22

Jul 22, 2013

"Batwoman" #22 is in many ways a middle of the road comic. It's not bad, but it doesn't dazzle either. It gets the job done, though, and there's a real promise given here of big stories to come in the next couple of issues. If those deliver, the transition time here will have been well worth it.

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4.0
Batwoman #25

Nov 20, 2013

I'm more than willing to give "Batwoman" another chance next month. Andreyko's written a lot of good comics in the past (most notably his 38-issue run on "Manhunter") and incoming artist Jeremy Haun has proven himself in the past, too. This feels like a comic ultimately hindered by the restraints put on it between scheduling and attempts for a tie-in sales boost. Not a great debut for Andreyko, but under the circumstances, more than understandable.

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7.0
Batwoman #26

Jan 2, 2014

"Batwoman" #26 is a good start for Andreyko and Haun working together. I appreciate that they've already got their direction hammered out, and that they're making the best of a bad situation in regards to taking over from J.H. Williams III, W. Haden Blackman and Trevor McCarthy. So far, so good.

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7.0
Batwoman #28

Feb 20, 2014

The occasional rough spot aside, "Batwoman" #28 shows a creative team that's settled well into their new title. The sudden changeover in creators could have proven to be disastrous, but "Batwoman" #28 works. The book is definitely a more traditional superhero comic now, but it's also a well-crafted superhero comic. I'll miss the old creative team, but the new one has proven itself well enough that I'm definitely sticking around.

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6.0
Batwoman #31

May 23, 2014

"Batwoman" #31 makes me feel like this comic is on the right track. Andreyko and Haun are having fun with the book, and so far, so am I. The art deco look from before is certainly missed, but this is a nice replacement. I'm sticking around, and so should you.

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7.0
Batwoman #33

Jul 18, 2014

"Batwoman" #33 in many way sums up the new status quo for the comic. It's a comfortable fit, the sort of title that you can count on for providing solid entertainment month in and month out. It's nice to see a new creative team having settled in so well.

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6.0
Batwoman #38

Jan 23, 2015

I'll admit "Batwoman" #35 had me a little worried about the return of Alice, something that's been looming over this storyline. With each new installment of this story arc coming together a bit more, it makes her stepping onto the center stage next month less of something to fear; now I'm just curious to see what Andreyko has planned for the character. The introductions of the rest of the Unknowns have worked out well enough that my interest is properly piqued. So far, so good.

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4.0
Batwoman Annual #1

May 1, 2014

I'm willing to cut Andreyko a lot of slack here for what was a bit of a poison pill assignment. There's no way that "Batwoman Annual" #1 would thrill most of those who read "Batwoman" #1-24 by sheer dint of the creative team change. While there were some real rough edges (and they're ones that I feel have gone away in the monthly series, so part of the problem here could just be that it was written fairly early on in the transition), his contributions were ultimately fine. Unfortunately, with McCarthy only drawing half of the issue, it's the other half that drags it down a bit. It's a shame, too; we've seen better from Moritat. In the end, it's not a great conclusion to what Williams and Blackman begun, but it's better than no conclusion at all. With Greg Rucka, Williams, and Blackman having all departed the character of Batwoman with stories involving Alice still dangling, perhaps she should just be retired from this point on. It would probably be a little less stressful.

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4.0
Batwoman Annual #2

Apr 2, 2015

"Batwoman Annual" #2 feels like it's struggling to the finish line with a conclusion that has lost a lot of its energy and punch. Kudos go to a strong final page script from Andreyko, but it doesn't change the fact that this was a storyline that had slowly picked up some real steam and then lost it all at the conclusion. I'm more than willing to write this off as a problem with the book's cancellation, but it doesn't change the fact that, with the uneven art, it's a disappointing final note for a great character.

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10
Beasts of Burden/Hellboy: Sacrifice #1

Oct 27, 2010

For all intents and purposes, this comic is "Beasts of Burden" #5, and it's a welcome return. I didn't think it was possible to fall in love with "Beasts of Burden" even more, but I was wrong. With Halloween around the corner, we've all gotten an amazing treat in the form of "Beasts of Burden/Hellboy." I doubt you'll find a more satisfying comic this week.

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10
Beasts Of Burden: What The Cat Dragged In (One Shot) #1

May 9, 2016

"Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In" is a thoroughly wonderful comic and it was well worth the wait, though hopefully the promised two-parter mentioned in the letters column will have a slightly shorter gestation period. Dorkin, Dyer and Thompson have given us a perfect comic; I wouldn't change a single thing about it. If you've never read any of the "Beasts of Burden" comics, this is as good a place as any to see what you've been missing. Comics are rarely this great.

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3.0
Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill #1

Jan 30, 2013

The story from Wein isn't bad, although it's not that exciting either. Ultimately it takes the extremely limited information we have about Dollar Bill and builds a tale about the lengths someone will go in order to be a star. Aside from a sudden peppering of anti-gay slurs in the middle section said by several different characters regarding the Dollar Bill costume, there's nothing that will jump out at you for good or ill. Will anyone remember "Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill" six months from now? Probably not. But if they do, it will almost certainly be for Rude's gorgeous art.

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8.0
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #1

Jun 6, 2012

The "Before Watchmen" comics are certainly going to vary in terms of quality, but even without having read the rest I'll wager that "Before Watchmen: Minutemen" will turn out to be one of the top-tier comics in the bunch. If you were planning on buying just one of the "Before Watchmen" comics, "Before Watchmen: Minutemen" #1 seems like a good choice to make. Cooke's an immensely talented comic creator and this comic is no exception to that rule.

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3.0
Before Watchmen: Moloch #1

Nov 9, 2012

"Before Watchmen: Moloch" #1 feels like a comic that has no purpose. I'm always in favor of new art from Risso, but that's not enough reason to push this through the publication schedule. There's no hook here, nothing that makes you think, "I can see why they wanted to publish this comic, too." This is for Risso die-hard fans only.

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3.0
Before Watchmen: Nite Owl #4

Dec 27, 2012

In the end, fans of the artists involved will find "Before Watchmen: Nite Owl" #4 interesting. It's a nice primer on how a comic book inker will approach a page of pencils and keep the overall look the same even while being able to bring their own particular take to the creation. But like almost all of the "Before Watchmen" comics, the story itself is skippable.

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7.0
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Aug 9, 2012

Two issues into "Before Watchmen: Ozymandias," one fact has become crystal clear: Lee is going to be able to write his own ticket onto any project he wants. Similarly to how his work on the second "Hellshock" series and his "Inhumans" mini-series with Paul Jenkins pushed Lee's work up in everyone's estimation, "Before Watchmen: Ozymandias" #2 has done it again. This book is a visual masterpiece.

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4.0
Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre #1

Jun 14, 2012

"Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre" #1 is the sort of comic that ultimately falls short because of the overall idea of the "Before Watchmen" project; if you don't give anything new to the reader, the project feels unnecessary. And unlike "Before Watchmen: Minutemen" #1, "Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre" #1 doesn't bring anything that interesting to the table that we haven't seen before. The art is excellent, but that's about all that one can recommend for the comic. If Conner had just drawn 23 pages of Silk Spectre pin-ups, I think I'd have been just as happy. Ultimately, "Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre" #1 is exactly what I'd suspected a lot of these comics would be; very pretty, but no real substance behind it.

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7.0
Benny and Penny: Just Pretend #1

Mar 30, 2008

Older readers are understandably not the target audience for "Benny and Penny", but that doesn't mean it should be off their radar. I know quite a few children in the target audience that will be getting a copy of "Benny and Penny" for their birthdays this year, for starters. And let's face it, if I'm going to be reading a book to kids, "Benny and Penny" is definitely a great one to choose. It's easy to see why "Benny and Penny" is one of the three launch titles for the Toon Books line; it's a winner, there's no doubt about that.

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5.0
Birds of Prey (1998) #127

Feb 20, 2009

"Birds of Prey" deserved a slightly stronger ending than this; it just doesn't really ring true as why the team would stop working together, and for long-time readers of the book it certainly can't help but be a little disappointing. It's by no means a bad book (and the main story's conclusion certainly functions well), but I wish there was a bit more punch to the team's end for now.

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7.0
Birds Of Prey (2010) #2

Jun 16, 2010

If I have one complaint, it's that if I never saw another "the world is now against these heroes that up until now they always liked" story, I would be pleased. I have faith that Simone will turn this into a satisfying story with a strong conclusion, but until then that part of these issues is like a nagging rough edge that just won't go away. Still, overall it's a welcome return for "Birds of Prey," and a good reminder of why Simone is so strongly associated with the title. Good stuff.

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6.0
Birds Of Prey (2010) #3

Jul 17, 2010

Oh, most importantly, Cliff Chiang's cover for "Birds of Prey" this month? Gorgeous. Any time he wants to draw another cover for the comic, I'm all for it. (Hint hint, DC.)

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4.0
Birds Of Prey (2010) #5

Sep 17, 2010

I've enjoyed "Birds of Prey" up until now, but at a point where I think the book could benefit from slowing down a tiny bit and letting the readers relax, it seems to have done the exact opposite. Considering this two-part story seems to be trying

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4.0
Birds Of Prey (2010) #6

Nov 10, 2010

I enjoyed the first four issues of "Birds of Prey," so this two-parter has ultimately been a disappointment. I'm not going to write off the book " this feels like it's the exception to the rule " but I am glad it's over, and starting next month Ardian Syaf comes on board to help the title move forward. This is a comic that we ultimately expect a lot more from.

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4.0
Birds Of Prey (2010) #13

Jun 9, 2011

So farewell, Simone. These 13 issues were a little up and down, but your final two knocked them out of the park. I just wish you'd had an artist worthy of the script drawing the comic, and that we'd gotten to see what you'd planned next. I suspect it would have been a blast.

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7.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #5

Jan 18, 2012

"Birds of Prey" is a reliably fun comic, and this one is no exception. It's nice to see Swierczynski use the medium of comics to his advantage, and it re-affirms my feeling that reading "Birds of Prey" monthly is worth it (instead of waiting for inevitable collections). This is the most fun I've had with "Birds of Prey" in a while.

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7.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #9

May 17, 2012

"Birds of Prey" feels like it's in good hands with Swierczynski being joined by Foreman; this is a book that's continued to be fun month after month since the re-launch, with a spark that was missing from the title for a while. I'll miss Saiz's depictions of the characters, but I'll be sticking around and pleased with this revised creative team.

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5.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #12

Aug 16, 2012

Still, the ideas in "Birds of Prey" #12 are sound, if rushed, and the decision of the team at the end of this issue promises for a fun next storyline as they have to deal with the consequences. It's ultimately an enjoyable comic, but a tiny bit frustrating because it feels like the pacing isn't where it normally is. I'm looking forward to seeing the book get past its #0 issue and shift into its old rhythm again. The glimpse I've seen of Molenaar's art looks promising, and a new regular artist should help ease things back to normal.

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7.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #13

Oct 19, 2012

"Birds of Prey" #13 is another strong showing from a fairly dependable comic. Month after month, "Birds of Prey" just plugs away at telling strong stories. Once again, it's succeeded.

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7.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #17

Feb 21, 2013

"Birds of Prey" #17 isn't the absolute best issue from Swierczynski and Molenaar, but it's still a good, enjoyable comic just like they got us used to. If it hadn't been Swierczynski's swan song, I suspect the frustrations probably wouldn't have even been present. Hopefully Marx can fill those shoes, but until then, it's been a fun ride.

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6.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #19

Apr 18, 2013

"Birds of Prey" #19 isn't revolutionary but it's pleasantly fun. "Birds of Prey" over time became my default kick-back-and-relax superhero comic, and I appreciate that Marx and Molenaar have continued that tradition here. If you're looking for something to fit that bill, look no further than here.

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3.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #22

Jul 22, 2013

"Birds of Prey" is a normally enjoyable comic, but this feels like a large stumble. I'm willing to give Marx and Molenaar a chance to pull everything back together, but at the moment, readers should watch and wait with a slightly more critical eye.

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3.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #23

Aug 22, 2013

"Birds of Prey" #23 is a second disappointing issue in a row for this series, and it's starting to make me wonder if it's worth sticking it out to see if there's a return to form. This is a title that I want to like, but at the moment it's hard to keep that optimism up. With the title not appearing in next month's "Forever Evil" villains spotlight, it's hard to keep from feeling like Marx and Molenaar have inadvertently provided a good jumping-off point for readers.

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7.0
Birthright #5

Feb 9, 2015

"Birthright" #5 continues this title on a good path, and Williamson and Bressan continue to give us some fun surprises, like the dramatic (both in terms of writing and also art) reveal on the final page of this issue. This is a series that feels like it's moving in the right direction and with just the right pacing. I'll be back for more.

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7.0
Bitch Planet #2

Jan 28, 2015

"Bitch Planet" #2 is a good second issue, enough to firmly lock readers in for the duration of the series. DeConnick and De Landro are not only setting all of their ducks in a row, they're knocking some down at the same time so that there's something in each issue to make you feel like you've received your money's worth. I'll be back for #3 and beyond.

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9.0
Bitch Planet #8

Jun 24, 2016

A new issue of "Bitch Planet" is reason to celebrate, and "Bitch Planet" #8 is no exception to that. DeConnick, De Landro and Fitzpatrick challenge their readers each issue, and "Bitch Planet" #8 rewards those who step up to the plate. Wherever the series is going next, I'm eager to find out.

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8.0
Black Canary (2015) #1

Jun 17, 2015

"Black Canary" #1 is fun, through and through. It's a distinctly different tactic for a superhero comic, and its melding of genres and styles makes me think of some of the more offbeat manga published over the years, where the creators have had the freedom to mix and match ideas and concepts. Fletcher, Wu and Loughridge have quite possibly done what I thought impossible: they've created a "Black Canary" comic which has the potential to stick around for a long time to come. This comic has a hugely wide appeal and, if there's any justice, it'll find the big audience it deserves.

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6.0
Black Canary (2015) #3

Aug 20, 2015

I'm more than willing to accept the slow-down in this issue so long as things pick back up next month. As inventive and fun as the exposition heavy two-page spread from "Burnside Tofu" is, this additional background is a tiny bit unfortunate in that it happens in an issue that already feels slower than normal. There's more than enough potential to come back next month, though, and -- with a good cliffhanger to lead into "Black Canary" #4 -- it provides that lure. Ultimately, it's not bad, but it's a bit of a letdown after two much stronger issues.

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8.0
Black Canary (2015) #7

Jan 29, 2016

"Black Canary" #7 is a fun, inventive way to take a traditional battle between a superhero and a monster and deliver it to the reader in a less-than-traditional manner. Fletcher and Wu have enjoyed playing around with format in "Black Canary" (the earlier issues' blog posts were surprisingly fun, for example), and this issue is no exception. Here's to the next "Black Canary" tour; I know I'll be wanting some more front row tickets next month.

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7.0
Black Magick #3

Dec 31, 2015

"Black Magick" #3 may have a slow pace, but it's still a joy to gradually immerse yourself in its world. The characters slowly unfold in front of us, and this naturalistic pace makes it feel smooth and rewarding. For an opening storyline, this works well. Here's to much more "Black Magick" in the new year.

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6.0
Black Panther (2009) #7

Aug 10, 2009

This is a solid first issue for Maberry, as well as a high note for Hudlin to depart upon. Maberry's managed to get my interest hooked enough to see how he does solo next month. Already, I feel like this book is going somewhere, and that destination seems like a good one. It's been a while since I've been eager to read another issue of "Black Panther."

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7.0
Black Road #1

Apr 4, 2016

Though the story is solid, it's Wood and Brown's depiction of Norway that will ultimately drag me back for more. It's a good first issue, and I want to see how the duo builds on it going forward. For now, we're off to a good start. It's nice to head back into the northern reaches again.

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4.0
Black Science #8

Aug 29, 2014

"Black Science" #8 is a frustrating comic. Will this work better in a few months when the storyline's complete and it exists as "Black Science Volume 2" instead? Almost certainly. But taken just as "Black Science" #8, though, it's just not quite there. In the future, it's be great to see a little more attention on making each issue something worth reading in its own right.

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3.0
Black Widow & the Marvel Girls #1

Dec 7, 2009

I'll admit I picked up this comic because the title made my head slightly explode. The Marvel Girls? Really? Glimpses of future issues make it seem like Black Widow and company will be adults there, so even the name of the comic leaves me cold. This seems like an idea that just didn't go where it was initially planned.

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8.0
Black Widow: Deadly Origin #2

Dec 10, 2009

"Black Widow: Deadly Origin" is a fun comic, more than I'd expected. While I'm especially thankful for Leon's contributions to the book, Cornell, Raney, and company do a fine job in their own right. Together? Well, don't blame me if you miss out on all the fun.

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8.0
Blackest Night #5

Nov 25, 2009

Some of the tie-ins might have been a little iffy, but "Blackest Night" continues to entertain (as do "Green Lantern" and "Green Lantern Corps" and are really required reading for this mini-series). It's easy to see why Johns and Reis have pulled so much attention to this corner of DC Comics's stable. This is just good old action-adventure fun.

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7.0
Blackest Night #6

Dec 30, 2009

As for the ending? Well, like I said before, it feels almost like a game that fans would play among themselves. Johns makes it still feel fun, though, even as groupings are determined and the possibility of saving Earth is finally raised. It helps that the scenes in question are entertaining and worth more than a few chuckles, even as they make perfect sense. Sure, it's heading at least in part towards the ending that everyone's suspected since day one, but Johns and Reis are doing it with a lot of flair and panache. I think at the end of the day that's the big strength of "Blackest Night." Even when there aren't any surprises, Johns and Reis still make it a lot of fun to watch it all play out. That's good work on their part, and I think it's why "Blackest Night" is such a hit. Whatever DC Comics is paying them to be exclusive, it's money well spent.

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7.0
Blackest Night: Batman #3

Oct 19, 2009

Best of all, though, at the end of the mini-series? It feels like there was an actual purpose. We learn new things about the Black Lanterns, not only about who they can't fight but also a way to at least temporarily stop their attacks. I felt like my time was well spent reading "Blackest Night: Batman," something that I wish all tie-ins could master. For now, though, a thumbs up over here for "Blackest Night: Batman."

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4.0
Blackest Night: Superman #1

Aug 19, 2009

"Blackest Night: Superman" #1 is a bit of a disappointment; a predictable first issue where the journey itself is padded out with b-grade horror movie tactics and aimless ramblings. Both Robinson and Barrows are normally stronger than this. For now, though, it's not off to a promising start.

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4.0
Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps #1

Jul 15, 2009

"Blackest Night: Tales of the Corps" #1 is a lackluster start to this mini-series; hopefully the remaining two issues will have some more meat inside their covers. For an oversized issue, it feels awfully slim.

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2.0
Blackest Night: Titans #2

Oct 4, 2009

All in all, though, this comic is cringe-inducing levels of bad. Characters in comics are often walking exposition factories, but J.T. Krul's script goes even further here. I can't imagine someone, upon being in a tower that's shaking apart, to stop and calmly say, "The last thing we needed was an earthquake right now." (Of course, when you consider that they also were just fighting Terra, it's also a slightly nave comment.) It's sad, because I'm enjoying "Blackest Night," as well as the tie-in issues in "Green Lantern" and "Green Lantern Corps." This comic, though, is tarnishing the crossover by association. Hopefully no one will assume the main story is this bad.

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6.0
Blackout #1

Mar 26, 2014

In the end, I suspect more people will buy "Blackout" #2 for King Tiger than Blackout himself. Hopefully that will change after the second issue. I know Barbiere has something more attention grabbing in him -- I remembered liking the character's earlier outing -- but this has got to pick up the pace. When your backup feature is outshining the title character, that's a little worrisome.

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8.0
Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #1

Oct 16, 2013

"Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine" #1 was a wonderfully pleasant surprise. This book is smart and clever, and it's going to make you eager to read more. If you're like me, well, you've got a "Bloodhound" collected edition to tide you over until then. If you've never read "Bloodhound" before, then "Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine" #1 is a fantastic starting point. You won't regret it.

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7.0
Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine #3

Dec 18, 2013

"Bloodhound: Crowbar Medicine" #3 is an uncomfortable comic to read in places, even as it's still well done. With two issues to go, the aftermath of this issue's cliffhanger promises to be emotionally brutal, even as the intensity promises to skyrocket. Getting the transition towards the conclusion isn't an easy thing to pull off, but Jolley, Kirk and Riggs do a good job. It's not an easy read, but that's clearly exactly what they wanted.

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7.0
Bloodshot #2

Aug 16, 2012

I enjoyed the first issue of "Bloodshot," but "Bloodshot" #2 cranked up the intensity and the interest level rapidly. This is exactly what the series needed for a second issue to keep readers around for a while. If Swierczynski, Garcia, and Lozzi keep up the horror nature of the series, I'll be sticking around, absolutely.

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5.0
Bloodstrike #26

Mar 28, 2012

"Bloodstrike" is a middle-of-the-road comic, but with the backstory out of the way I'm hoping that things will pick up a bit more next month. There are just enough hints of craziness here that I'm willing to come back and take a look to see what Seeley and Gaston have up their sleeves. For now, a decent enough debut, but it could use a little more pep in future installments.

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8.0
Blue Beetle (2011) #2

Oct 19, 2011

"Blue Beetle" #2 has cemented my decision to keep reading this book. It's light-hearted, it's fun, and this is a book where the hero's suit has to keep reminding him to not give away his secret identity. (Plus, comedic vomiting that actually is somewhat funny. How often does that actually work?) "Blue Beetle" is the kind of entertainment that we could use more of.

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7.0
Blue Beetle (2011) #4

Dec 22, 2011

"Blue Beetle" continues to bring the fun; Jaime Reyes' struggles are entertaining, the villains are catchy, and the plots are strong. Bedard and Guara were definitely the right creators for this re-launch, and hopefully this book will get the attention it deserves. "Blue Beetle" is a solid, entertaining comic.

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9.0
Blue Monday: Thieves Like Us #1

Jan 13, 2009

If you haven't read "Blue Monday" before, you'll definitely want to give it a try. And, after you will no doubt fall in love with its combination of romance and gross-out comedy, rest-assured that there are also four inexpensive collections just waiting for you to buy as well. "Blue Monday: Thieves Like Us" is a great way to kick off 2009.

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5.0
Booster Gold #11

Aug 17, 2008

If this story had a different slot in the series of "Booster Gold" then I suspect no one would really care about the rest of the supporting cast getting so obviously sidelined. Then again, this is "Booster Gold," where one of the tenets of the series is that if you get a sequence of events it can spell disaster. "Disaster" is too strong a word, but none the less I wish everyone involved had remembered that when approving this script to run where it did. Hopefully next month will pick things up a bit.

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7.0
Booster Gold #16

Jan 15, 2009

Jurgens also follows on from Johns' and Katz's tag of connections of characters throughout the years. For those who like that sort of things, it's a nice little coda to this issue; for those who don't care about them, though, it doesn't affect how you'll feel about the rest of the issue. "Booster Gold" may have suffered a little bit under four months of issues that didn't feel like they were doing more than stalling for time (although to be fair, Dixon's at least have connected up with the rest of the series), but everything definitely feels back on track. It's a good time to be reading "Booster Gold."

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6.0
Booster Gold #18

Mar 15, 2009

"Booster Gold" is a fun comic, and it worries me that people might have been leaving becomes Johns and Katz aren't around any more. Come back! All is forgiven! Jurgens is doing a great job! I promise!

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2.0
Booster Gold #20

May 17, 2009

I normally enjoy reading "Booster Gold" and an issue like this just makes me cringe because I fear that more readers will drop the book in response. Now more than ever, "Booster Gold" needs fun, peppy stories that race you to the end of the issue and make you want to read more. This issue was anything but, and that's a real shame. I know all the creators involved are normally a lot more entertaining than this.

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7.0
Booster Gold #26

Nov 13, 2009

Jurgens and Norm Rapmund do their usual solid job on the art; it's very handsome, classical superhero styling. They get to tackle a lot of the big names of the DC Universe here, and everyone looks perfectly on form, well enough that if DC ever needed someone to draw all of the in-house model sheets they should look no further than Jurgens and Rapmund. Norton's pages starring Blue Beetle look great as well; like Jurgens, Norton has a clean art style and they fit in well enough that to the casual reader they might not even notice the shift in art. With "Booster Gold" being a solid read month after month, hopefully "Blackest Night" will help bring in some more readers. It's a fun book.

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6.0
Booster Gold #30

Mar 21, 2010

Even Jurgens' art is slightly old school, with its crisp, clean style. I love that Jurgens has recruited Jerry Ordway (who not only has a similar style but also was one of the artists on the "Superman" titles back when Jurgens rose to fame there) to draw part of the issue; they both have a strong understanding of the human form and while it's certainly slightly idealized, it's a handsome overall look to the book. When not plagued with guest-writers (something else that I think may have contributed to the book's sales decline), "Booster Gold" has been an enjoyable comic, first thanks to Geoff Johns and Jeff Katz, and now Dan Jurgens. Hopefully Keith Giffen will be able to do the same when he takes over in two months. I'd like to see this title succeed without becoming something radically different.

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4.0
Booster Gold #33

Jun 10, 2010

So far, Giffen and DeMatteis aren't wowing me on "Booster Gold." I know it's early, and they can still pull it out, but for now this feels more like a comic just biding its time until the cancellation gong drops. Hopefully that's not the case. But right now, this could use a shot of excitement or two, and quick.

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5.0
Booster Gold #37

Oct 14, 2010

After a rough start, "Booster Gold" is starting to click into place. I don't think it's quite up to the quality of the creative teams that came before, but another few issues like this and I think Giffen, DeMatteis, Batista, and Perrota will have settled in quite nicely. It's nice to see everything come together.

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7.0
Booster Gold #45

Jun 9, 2011

As "Booster Gold" winds down, this is a good a way as any to wrap up the series. Jurgens keeps the character light and fun even when going up against something as dangerous as Doomsday, and that's just what this book should be.

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8.0
Booster Gold #1000000

Jul 10, 2008

So where does the book go from here? Hopefully in exactly the same direction. Johns, Katz, Jurgens, and Rapmund shepherded the book over the course of the last year. This has been a blast, and with a conclusion like this, I'm glad I was on board to see it happen. Good, good stuff.

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7.0
Brain Boy: The Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T. #1

May 23, 2014

"Brain Boy: The Men from G.E.S.T.A.L.T." #1 is a fun little book. With Dark Horse's Project: Black Sky titles starting to show up and more and more, this is one that you won't want to miss. Ignore the cheesy title that sounds like a Legion of Substitute-Heroes reject (the main character hates the name himself), and trust me -- it's worth checking out.

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7.0
Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem #1

Jun 14, 2013

"Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem" #1 has a nice story, and that's a good backbone for the rest of the comic. But the art? Well, even if the story wasn't good (which it is), I'd probably still come back. Keep an eye on Wachter. Whatever Wachter draws, I know I'll want to read it. This is a gorgeous comic from start to finish.

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3.0
Brightest Day #2

May 19, 2010

"Brightest Day" #2 is a mish-mash of all sorts of stories, but none of them manage to be particularly engaging. After the huge disappointment that was "Countdown to Final Crisis," I was hoping that more recent faster-than-monthly experiments like "Trinity" and "Wednesday Comics" had shown that DC had fixed the kinks in the system. "Brightest Day," for now, seems awfully dim. Everyone involved is capable of much better than this.

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4.0
Brightest Day #6

Jul 26, 2010

"Brightest Day" has picked up a bit since its debut, but it still doesn't seem to quite work. (And that's not even talking about the "shocking cliffhanger," which at best is an ill-timed fake-out and at worst a real waste of a character.) I understand the love of the weekly or even twice-monthly series, but in this case I feel it isn't doing "Brightest Day" any favors. Just about every creator on this series is capable of something better, and it's a shame to see this not living up to its creative potential.

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4.0
Brightest Day #9

Sep 2, 2010

"Brightest Day" is a frustrating series because for every piece that works in an issue, there's always something else that falls apart. I know it's difficult to juggle as many stories as there are crammed into this mini-series, but regret doesn't result in a better comic. There's a lot of talent packed into "Brightest Day" and I keep hoping it'll better showcase all of their ability. For now, though, it's still wildly uneven.

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6.0
Brightest Day #13

Nov 3, 2010

Topped off with a dramatic cover from David Finch, "Brightest Day" #13 serves as a good halfway point to the series. While all but two pages focuses on a single plotline, it's still a good moment of transition; things are actually happening, resolutions are around the corner, and chances are looking good everyone will come out of the experience with a positive memory of the story. That's about all you can ask for, really.

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5.0
Brightest Day #15

Dec 2, 2010

I appreciate that "Brightest Day" isn't afraid to give almost all of an issue as a spotlight to a single character; it keeps the book from feeling scattershot like those first few issues, and it's found a storytelling rhythm of its own. I just wish that the Martian Manhunter story had moved a bit more quickly and given us some more progression now that we're finally back to the character. Still, the book is maintaining a solid, middle-of-the-pack approach, and there's enough here to sustain interest for another issue.

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4.0
Brightest Day #23

Apr 6, 2011

Fortunately there's still the big conclusion to come in two weeks, because this is an uncharacteristic dip in quality for the series. With elements being hastily yanked back in (hello, Captain Boomerang) and explanations left and right, hopefully that phase is now completed in order to give us a stronger conclusion. Right now, though, it's an underwhelming beginning of the end.

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4.0
Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Oracle #1

Oct 27, 2010

After reading "Bruce Wayne: The Road Home: Oracle" #1, I have absolutely no interest in reading all of the other one-shots to get the rest of the story. I'm slightly ticked that considering this was labeled as a one-shot, that it most clearly was not. (By way of comparison, things like the "Joker's Asylum" one-shots earlier this year were billed the exact same way, but really were a series of one-shots.) That said? I still got some fun out of Andreyko's script, and I'll keep an eye out for Padilla down the line to see what else he does and how his style matures. There are worse fates.

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8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #1

Mar 19, 2014

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #1 gives me a lot of high hopes for this series. Dark Horse has brought their A-game talent to this comic, and it shows. An excellent debut that fans should be appropriately ecstatic over.

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7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #4

Jun 18, 2014

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #4 has the series chugging along quite nicely; if this level of quality continues (and I can't imagine why it wouldn't), this will be the strongest of the three comic book "seasons" by a long shot.

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7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #5

Jul 23, 2014

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #5 continues the trend of making this series a must-read again. Buffy fans, your complaints have been answered. This comic is a lot of fun and will make you a fan of Buffy and company all over again.

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8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #10

Dec 29, 2014

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #10 is another strong issue in a strong series; it's a genuine relief to see the book doing so well these days. Buffy fans, please take note; I know you may have been burnt before, but at this point I think Gage and Isaacs have more than proven themselves. Jump on board. This is a lot of fun.

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7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #16

Jun 22, 2015

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #16 is another solid installment from a series that performs well. Gage and Isaacs clearly aren't done with Angel's arrival as a bit of a turbulence for Buffy and Spike's new relationship and, considering how well previous relationship drama has been in this current series, we've got some fun times ahead. The "Season 10" issues are, once again, proving to be the most consistently good of the post-series "Buffy" comics to date. Keep up the good work, everyone.

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6.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #18

Aug 21, 2015

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #18 is the sort of comic that promises A but delivers B instead. While B (in this case a mini-treatise on immortals in the Buffy universe) is good and feeds in well to the overall character development of the cast, it's still a little frustrating to not get anything in A (the fight against Archaeus) to sink one's teeth into. Still, considering how consistent the book has been overall under Gage and Isaacs, a slide into just-alright territory is by no means the end of the world. I'm still sticking around to see how this plays out. Not a bad issue, but not the strongest in the series either.

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9.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #19

Sep 25, 2015

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #19 is a high point for "Buffy" as a whole, comics or otherwise. The art is great, the script is great and there's even a pair of snazzy covers from Steve Morris, Isaacs and colorist Dan Jackson. If you've written off the "Buffy" tie-in comics, think again. This comic reminds us that a media tie-in comic can not only be good, it can be fantastic. Highly recommended.

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6.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #24

Feb 22, 2016

Next month's wrap up of this story arc will hopefully have a bit more spring to its step; this issue isn't bad by any stretch of the imagination, but it's also not quite up to par with what one has come to expect from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" on the whole. The defeat of some of the bad guys and the destruction of the Restless Door should have felt much more exciting than this, but -- now that the series can move towards the finale at full speed -- hopefully that fun will roar back to its normal levels.

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8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #25

Mar 28, 2016

As for those final pages, it's a twist worthy of the original television show itself. Characters who have been primarily in the background or too easily trusted finally step into center stage as a slip of the tongue unleashes all sorts of power into absolutely the wrong hands. It's a great setup, the perfect "gotcha!" moment to make readers sit straight up and realize that Gage has quietly been faking us out for a while now. Am I looking forward to the final storyline to kick off? Yes. Should you be too? Definitely. Gage and Isaacs' run on this title has always been good, but -- thanks to this issue -- it promises to be epic.

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7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10 #27

May 23, 2016

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 10" #27 moves the title through its final story arc, and it's on track for a strong finish so far. It's a little unfortunate that part of this feels a little too familiar, but -- then again -- Gage has certainly psyched out the readers before. Regardless, this comic is still fun and well above average. Gage and Isaacs' work in the Buffy universe has been quite excellent, and I'm sad to see this season coming to an end, even as I'm intrigued to see what happens next.

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5.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #19

Nov 29, 2008

In the end, it's a sad ending for this story. If it had appeared on stands the first week of October, I can't help but think that it might have been a little less disappointing. With the extra-long wait, though, the final result is underwhelming. Whedon, Moline, and Owens are normally so much better than this.

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4.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #23

Mar 12, 2009

I'm hoping the comic is just going through its "mid-season blahs" because this was a really uninspiring installment. Everyone involved is capable of so much better than what we're seeing, here.

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5.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #25

May 11, 2009

I suspect I'm not the only person who is glad that the comic is getting closer to its conclusion, though. I do feel bad for Petrie, whose script is going to get overlooked because of bad timing. Hopefully if there's a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Nine" comic, he'll get to tackle something a little earlier in its run.

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6.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #26

Jul 7, 2009

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight" has definitely gone through a slight rough patch as of late, but I'm starting to feel like the light is finally at the end of the tunnel. For writers who can potentially pull the book back up to its former glory, Espenson's on the list. With a nice cliffhanger to the next installment, I'm actually feeling a little excited again about this book.

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4.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #33

Mar 5, 2010

Hopefully "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season Eight" will end with a bang rather than a whimper, and I'm glad that there's still one final story to come after "Twilight" ends. Because right now, I'm finding myself seriously underwhelmed with the title at a moment when I should be excited, and that's not a good thing at all.

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4.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #37

Oct 6, 2010

I recently re-read the first two collections of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight" and they were so much stronger than the last couple of stories that it actually made me a little sad. I'm not sure why the comic has lost its way so badly just in time for the conclusion, and it's a genuine shame. This used to be a great comic, now it's struggling just to even be good.

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7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #40

Jan 19, 2011

Whedon has said that when the Season Nine stories begin (later in 2011), that the book will be "a little tighter, a little more concise." I can't help but think that's a good thing. This is a strong ending, but this series in general was drawn out a bit too long to have its proper impact. With a strong conclusion for now, though, at least it's ending on a positive note.

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7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #11

Jul 11, 2012

Visual hiccups aside, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9" #11 is definitely one of the better issues of the series, and it makes me feel like the comic is back on track. With a great cliffhanger to lead into next month as well, I'm definitely excited to see what happens next. This is the sort of writing I like to see about my favorite slayer.

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8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #14

Oct 15, 2012

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9" #14 could have been a disaster, but it makes the comic all the more appealing in how well it succeeds. This is easily my favorite issue of the new series to date, and it's turned the book into one where I'm eager to see what happens next. All in all, a good show by all parties involved.

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3.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #18

Feb 13, 2013

It's frustrating because looking at the sister title of "Angel & Faith," creators Christos Gage and Rebekah Isaacs show how the "Season 9" concept can still work. That book is fun. Why isn't this one? The broad stokes of the book are somewhat interesting, but the execution is regularly stumbling. After the promises that "Season 9" would be stronger, I'm finding it hard to find an incentive to look at a future "Season 10" if it happens.

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3.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 #21

May 9, 2013

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9" #21 makes me feel a lot like I did around the conclusion of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8," namely that after all that lead-up it had come crashing down into disaster land. "Angel & Faith" has kept me from swearing off the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" continuations in general, but one "Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9" is over, I think I'm going to steer clear of future incarnations of the main title unless we end up with a brand-new creative team. Maybe things will turn around in the final issues, but for now this feels like another looming disappointment.

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5.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Riley #1

Aug 19, 2010

In terms of story, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Riley" is a bit dull. Actually, "a bit" is a slight understatement. I think we were all hoping for a little more meat to the story than what we got here. But still, the art is nice, and Espenson's dialogue succeeds where the plot itself fails. As part of a collection of issues, this will come across much better than it does as a singular one-shot. This could have been a lot better, but on the bright side, it also could have been much worse.

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3.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike #1

Aug 23, 2012

There are a few cute bits. The solarium idea is nice, and when one of the bugs screams, "Amphibapocalypse is upon us!" when the moon frog attacks I laughed. But "Spike" #1 is the sort of comic that doesn't present any hook for the reader to continue, save for perhaps an abiding love for the title character. At this point, I'm not sure that's strong enough for most.

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8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires #1

Jun 7, 2009

I expected to like "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires," but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. For such a simple story, Cloonan and Lolos have done an excellent job. If they want to do more "Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales of the Vampires" one-shots, I'd definitely buy them.

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6.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow - Wonderland #3

Jan 7, 2013

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Willow Wonderland" is proving to be a fun little side story to the main two "Buffy" titles being published right now. Will it end in victory? That's actually part of what's keeping me reading; I feel like it could go anywhere from here. While there might be a touch of predictability to this one segment, it's to everyone's credit that the conclusion is still anyone's guess. That's a good thing.

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6.0
Cable #12

Mar 9, 2009

In the end, it's not a bad issue of "Cable" but I'm starting to really hope for a slightly different direction. I'm not saying we need Cable and Hope back in the present day, but something a little different (and more stable) would be nice. Please?

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6.0
Cable #16

Jun 30, 2009

I'm hoping this is the start of a genuine change for "Cable," because the current status quo is getting slightly stale. Hopefully Swierczynski isn't just faking us out. If it's the real deal, I'm going to be pleased. We'll see in a few months if it all pays out or not.

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4.0
Cable #17

Aug 16, 2009

Hopefully the next month or two will kick "Cable" into something different. Honestly, at this point I think Swierczynski has done just about all he can with the "into the future" concept, and I'd love to see him tell stories with them in the present day. Maybe he'll prove me wrong and something great is just around the corner. For the moment, though, this feels like "Cable" is just treading water.

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6.0
Cable #22

Jan 5, 2010

At the end of the day, though, it's hard to not grieve for what "Cable" could have been. A book with Cable and Hope in isolation from the rest of the Marvel Universe (or at least the X-Men) had a lot of potential, but for whatever reason it ended up being a one-trick pony. Swierczynski has shown with his other comics for Marvel that he's capable of a lot better than this. I wish his talents could've been at their full force here. Still, at least it looks to be ending on a strong note.

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7.0
Cable #25

Apr 9, 2010

Swierczyski also has fun playing with the fact that we know what's coming next, chronologically, after this story. Deadpool's comments about future appearances in "Cable" made me chuckle, and it's that light-hearted approach that ultimately makes this issue work. It's a shame that Swierczyski hadn't been able to do more issues like this on "Cable," instead of a two-year stalling tactic to keep him and Hope out of the rest of the X-Men titles. Still, it's a strong ending to the series, and it makes me definitely hope that we see more comics from Swierczyski before too long. Hopefully, next time, ones where he's got free reign to write his own stories without fitting them into a group of titles. I think that's where his talents would be better used.

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6.0
Captain America (2004) #603

Feb 17, 2010

On the whole, though, the book didn't quite wow me. Not even another "Nomad" back-up story by Sean McKeever and David Baldeon managed to stand out (although I don't remember Baldeon drawing characters with such large heads before); this is in many ways an absolute middle of the road book. Still, I'll take that over a bad or disappointing one any day of the week. But I do hope that next month's "Captain America" has a little more of a spark to it.

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5.0
Captain America (2004) #605

Apr 30, 2010

"Captain America" is normally much better than this, but I found myself curiously disappointed with a story that had much more potential. As a regular reader of the comic, I normally expect much more from all parties involved. On the bright side, the conclusion to the Nomad back-up story is fun, perhaps because it's all epilogue and made me actually want to see Nomad and Arana hang out again. As a lead-in to the upcoming "Young Allies" book (with both as members), it works quite well. Now that's a way to end a story on a high note.

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7.0
Captain America (2011) #7

Jan 11, 2012

"Captain America" #7 is a good comic, but at this point if you're going to pick it up, make sure and grab #6 as well. The two work well as part of a larger story, and Brubaker, Davis, and Farmer make a strong team. I'm looking forward to catching up on the issues still in my to-be-read stack. . . but I'm looking even more forward to "Captain America" #8 and more Davis art.

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8.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #3

Nov 23, 2015

"Captain America: Sam Wilson" #3 is a very strong comic, and -- of the big relaunches at Marvel this fall -- it's one of the big winners overall. Spencer, Acua and Choi have given us a nicely paced comic that is serious without being overly so. A dash of fun alongside grim concepts? Big thumbs up. This Captain America is the real deal.

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8.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #6

Feb 8, 2016

"Captain America: Sam Wilson" #6 is another entertaining issue in a series that works in no small part because of its highly skilled creators. Spencer's script is intelligent and engaging, and Bennett and Brabo do a fine job of stepping in to bring that to life. Easily one of the better relaunch titles at Marvel, "Captain America: Sam Wilson" #6 is a joy and a half.

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7.0
Captain America: Sam Wilson #10

Jun 27, 2016

It's nice to see a tie-in issue feel necessary rather than tacked on; "Captain America: Sam Wilson" #10 is a good example of how to take an idea from a parent title and run with it in a way that supplements the event while also standing on its own as a good comic. Spencer and Unzueta do a good job here, but -- based on the final pages -- it's the next issue that's really going to stand out now that the slow burn is starting to turn into a raging inferno. I'll definitely be back next month to see that happen.

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4.0
Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strip #1

Jul 1, 2010

I wanted "Captain America: The 1940s Newspaper Strip" to be fun, but it's just slightly annoying from start to finish. (Also, while we're at it? There's no apostrophe in "1940s," in case anyone at Marvel is reading and wants to fix this before the other issues see print.) This is a great idea for a strip, but it feels like it's trying to do a little too much all at once.

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4.0
Captain America: White #0

Jul 11, 2008

I really hope that when the mini-series proper debuts, that "Captain America: White" is up to Loeb and Sale's higher standards that I've come to expect. The two of them together so often produce real works of beauty. It's not a debut for the ages, that's for certain.

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7.0
Captain America: White #3

Oct 19, 2015

"Captain America: White" #3 looks fantastic, but the story is starting to flag a bit. With the miniseries poised to enter its second half, hopefully things will pick up a bit. If nothing else, this is a comic that will remind you how poorer the comics industry is when Sale isn't contributing to it.

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4.0
Captain Atom #0

Sep 19, 2012

It's too bad after last month's issue that "Captain Atom" #0 is wrapping up the series with such a whimper. The series was all over the place but it was at least going somewhere, and I wouldn't have been surprised if this issue had acted as an epilogue as well as prologue, perhaps with some sort of ouroboros effect that would have fit in well with what Krul had written. Still, the book looks great, if nothing else, but I think stopping one issue earlier would have been a slightly more dramatic final note.

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5.0
Captain Atom #3

Nov 17, 2011

I'm loving the art, and I'm still intrigued by the story of "Captain Atom," but we're now three months in and it's time for the pace to get picked up a bit. Right now we've gotten a lot of familiar story beats and general concepts, but "Captain Atom" needs to find its own voice, now.

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6.0
Captain Atom #4

Dec 22, 2011

I'll admit that I'm still a tiny bit perplexed on why a "Captain Atom" book ended up being one of the re-launch titles, but so far it's holding my interest just enough to keep me going. I'd like to see the pace pick up a bit, but for now the foundation-building is strong enough that that's not a critical change needed. Still, so long as Williams and Villarrubia are on board, I think I will be, too.

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6.0
Captain Atom #5

Jan 18, 2012

"Captain Atom" has a lot to live up to right now. It's not too late for a sales climb, but I feel like it needs a snappier speed and something to grab new readers' attention. All the pieces needed are available (good overall idea, strong artists), with one strong nudge needed to slide everything into place. For the sake of "Captain Atom," that nudge better come soon.

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8.0
Captain Britain and MI:13 #12

Apr 7, 2009

"Captain Britain and MI: 13" is a fun book, one that (to use an old chestnut) is more than the sum of its parts. Hopefully it'll be around for a second year (and much more), because this first year has been a blast and a half. Check it out, you'll thank me later.

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8.0
Captain Britain and MI:13 #14

Jun 22, 2009

"Captain Britain and MI13" is that rare series which has continued to improve with each issue. It makes me sad, though, that the same hasn't been true for sales. I know you might be thinking, "It's almost over, who cares?" Trust me, this is a great series. Pick up the collections, and you'll be kicking yourself for having not read it earlier. At least this way, though, you'll get the enjoyment better late than never.

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5.0
Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders #1

Jul 17, 2015

There's a lot of little moments in "Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders" #1 that could have been interesting with more room, but the creative team never has time to explore them here. It's also worth noting that the title is a real misnomer; Faiza is a minor character, the random grouping of characters isn't the Defenders at all and, if anything, the real protagonist is Professor Yinsen. Ewing tries hard and Davis and Farmer at least provide some gorgeous art, but -- in the end -- it would be utterly forgettable if it wasn't such a fine looking comic.

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6.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #6

Nov 2, 2012

"Captain Marvel" #6 feels like an all right conclusion to the first big storyline for the title. Both in terms of story structure and look, though, it feels a bit divorced from what happened earlier, and that's a shame. I want this book to be a huge hit, and while I think there's still the potential to get there, future stories will need a slightly more cohesive conclusion. This book should be great, not just good.

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8.0
Captain Marvel (2016) #2

Feb 4, 2016

"Captain Marvel" #2 shows how this book can appeal both to longtime readers as well as a new audience. It's got a charming and inviting cast, a story that takes no time at all in hitting high gear and the promise of further mystery and intrigue on a regular basis. (And for those wishing for a new "Alpha Flight" comic, this is almost certainly the closest you're going to get thanks to the presence of Sasquatch, Aurora and Puck.) I'm sold. You should be, too.

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6.0
Captain Midnight #1

Jul 31, 2013

"Captain Midnight" #1 is off to a solid if not overwhelming start, but it's also understandable. Overall, Williamson and Dagnino have kicked off the series well enough to come back for a second issue, and that it's on a path for the momentum to start building. Best of all, for a revamp of a character from quite some time ago, this feels modern and accessible to new readers. That's exactly what readers can ask for.

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7.0
Capture Creatures #2

Dec 29, 2014

"Capture Creatures" #2 is a fun little book; there's still a lot of story to be revealed, and of course a lot of creatures to learn about. For now, though, this issue has firmly locked me in as a reader of the series. I'll be back in 2015 to see the adventure continue.

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6.0
Cast Away on the Letter A #1

Sep 15, 2014

I'm actually eager to see a follow-up to "Cast Away on the Letter A" before long (and I believe Toon is planning on translating more of the "Philemon" series), if only to see where Fred goes from here. Some of the ideas here are so bonkers -- like the plant that pretends to be a clock before exploding -- that they warrant seeing more of the strange thoughts that came to Fred. If the execution can get as strong as the concepts, this could be great. For now, it's not bad, but I'm not quite wowed, either.

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8.0
Cat Eyed Boy, Vol. 1 #1

May 30, 2008

"Cat Eyed Boy" Volume 1 may look a little daunting at first for a casual purchase, but I was really impressed with it. It's a sharp-looking package (I really love the cover stock as well as the nice touches like the end-flaps), runs in slightly larger dimensions than most manga (six by eight inches), and gives you quite a bang for your buck. I'm definitely interested in getting the second, concluding volume. The stories in "Cat Eyed Boy" may be 40 years old, but they're creepier than most horror comics being published today. We could learn a lot from Umezu. In the meantime, though, I'll just keep enjoying the books of his that are being translated. More, please.

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6.0
Catalyst Comix #1

Jul 3, 2013

"Catalyst Comix" #1 has a great idea at its core, and I want to see it succeed. If the narration is toned down a little, I think it could really work. For now, it's a release that's buoyed by its concept and the art, but I'd like to see the rest of it click into place quickly.

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5.0
Catwoman (2011) #9

May 18, 2012

"Catwoman" #9 has some little glitches here and there -- a typo where Cobblepot is called Cobblebot, and a slightly unsatisfying stop to the Talon in general -- but this does feel light years away from "Catwoman" #1 back in the fall. I'm tentatively prepared to look at next month's issue, because it feels like some of the larger problems have been addressed. For that alone, I'll declare this a victory.

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7.0
Catwoman (2011) #13

Oct 22, 2012

"Catwoman" #13 feels like a good start to the pairing of Nocenti and Sandoval. Uninspired crossover plot thread aside, this feels like a nice direction for the book, with an inventive main story that avoids the same old stuff. I'll be back next month for more.

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3.0
Catwoman (2011) #19

Apr 18, 2013

I keep dipping back into "Catwoman" because I want it to be better than it is, and every now and then there's a promise of a story (or a great fold-out cover) that holds so much promise. In the end, though, I just keep feeling like this is a book that has the good basic ideas down pat, but keeps failing to flesh everything out enough in the actual execution.

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7.0
Catwoman (2011) #36

Nov 26, 2014

"Catwoman" #36 is the sort of comic where I feel like with each new chapter, I'll appreciate what's being done here that much more. Even on its own, though, it's a solid, good comic; that's something that poor Catwoman's not had for quite some time. Valentine and Brown are off to a good start, two issues into their run, and I'm curious to see where it leads from here. Color me intrigued enough to stick around.

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7.0
Catwoman (2011) #40

Mar 30, 2015

Here's the great news: if you've missed out on Valentine and Brown's run, "Catwoman" #35-40 will be collected into "Catwoman: Keeper of the Castle" this August. In the meantime, don't be afraid to pick up an issue of Valentine and Brown's "Catwoman" to give it a sample. I think you'll like what you see.

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4.0
CBGB #3

Sep 15, 2010

"CBGB" #3 isn't the strongest issue to date, but even then its backup story ultimately redeems it. I may have never made my own pilgrimage to the real CBGB, so I guess it's apt that my most recent experience with the club is just like my first one, in the pages of a comic book.

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4.0
Chaos War #3

Nov 7, 2010

When "Incredible Hercules" was initially canceled and replaced with a series of mini-series ("Hercules: Fall of an Avenger," "The Heroic Age: Prince of Power," and "Chaos War") it seemed like a good enough way to continue on the book even in the face of struggling sales. Now, though? It's a sad way to (presumably) see Hercules's series come to a close. Everyone deserves better than this.

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3.0
Checkmate #27

Jun 19, 2008

The first 25 issues of "Checkmate" were a little uneven in places, but they had heart, and a real sense of style. There were always hooks for the reader to want to stick around, and Rucka and his co-authors clearly had a definitive goal that the book moved towards. This new era of "Checkmate" feels almost like Jones is stalling for time. Be that cancellation, a different writer, or an idea of what to do with the book, I'm not sure. But this is a colossal disappointment, to put it mildly.

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8.0
Chew #7

Dec 27, 2009

If you haven't read "Chew" yet, Layman and Guillory have already rushed out a collection of the first five issues so that you can start at the beginning. The great thing, though? If you just jumped directly in with #7 you'd still know what was going on and have a good time. It's well worth a try.

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8.0
Chew #15

Nov 9, 2010

"Chew" #15 may be the end of the first quarter of the series, but it's also a big set-up for lots of stories to come. It's a nice reminder of both what's come before, as well as what's to follow. Not that there was any doubt, but I'll definitely be on board for the next 45 issues still to come. "Chew" continues to be a tasty little treat.

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8.0
Cinderella: Fables are Forever #1

Feb 10, 2011

Still, potential continuity tangles aside (and there's always a chance we're in for a surprise on how this fits in), it's a good opening issue. Roberson has fun playing with his spy game tropes (even down to a Cold War opening scene, after all), and there's definitely room in the "Fables" universe for a shift into action-suspense-thriller once a year or so. I'm looking forward to the next issue already.

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7.0
Cinderella: Fables are Forever #6

Jul 22, 2011

The "Cinderella" mini-series are both a little disposable, but that's part of the fun. They're escapist spy drama mixed with the fantastical world of "Fables," and with each new installment it makes me appreciate what Roberson and McManus have put together here. And having the comics all topped off with gorgeous covers from Chrissie Zullo, well, that's just the icing on the cake. So long as Roberson and McManus want to create more "Cinderella" mini-series, I know I'll read them. It's flat-out entertaining, and that's exactly what I want from this comic.

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7.0
Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love #1

Nov 10, 2009

"Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love" #1 is off to a good start, but it really is a shame that it wasn't published a year ago, or somehow got updated to fit the current status quo. Still, it's enough fun that I want to read more, and it gives me hopes for Roberson's upcoming "I, Zombie" series at Vertigo. That's a thumbs up in my book.

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