Jeffrey Lyles's Comic Reviews

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6
3Keys #1

Oct 5, 2022

Comic books are largely a visual medium so it's easy to see this book gaining a following on the strength of the art alone, but it's going to need a stronger script to truly make it a standout.

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9.5
6 Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton #1

Jun 9, 2021

Its always a treat finding a new series that can be so much fun right away. Theres enough comic books with creators that take everything way too seriously. Give 6 Sidekicks a shot. This could easily be one of 2021s sleeper hits.

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9
80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Joker #1

Jun 9, 2020

This is another grab bag of stories with something for everyone that makes it an easy recommendation.

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10
80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Robin #1

Mar 18, 2020

This is was one of the better milestone editions from DC and well worth grabbing for even casual fans of Robin.

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5
80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Aquaman #1

Aug 31, 2021

And for a book intended for that purpose, this special just doesnt seem worth the investment. This one is strictly for everyone whos a die hard Aquaman and want in on the ground floor of Jacksons ascension to the role of Aquaman.

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10
80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Green Lantern #1

Jun 23, 2020

The issue ends with a Secret Files look at various Green Lanterns. Morrison has largely placed the Green Lantern universe in a bubble yet the strength of this particular property is the wealth of characters created that offers something for everyone. This was a great reflection on the past that should shape DC's direction in the future.

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9
80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Wonder Woman #1

Oct 5, 2021

This 100-page specials arent cheap, but for Wonder Woman fans this is an easy recommendation.

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8.5
A Thing Called Truth #1

Nov 3, 2021

A Thing Called Truth starts off with a compelling entry point that should appeal to readers looking for something thats drastically different on the shelves. The journeys just getting started, but it already feels like its got the making of a very solid ongoing road trip.

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7
A Town Called Terror #1

Apr 13, 2022

A Town Called Terror doesnt have an electric start, but the foundation is solid enough to warrant revisiting next month. Hopefully, Niles and Kudranski will peel back more of the curtain.

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10
Absolute Power (2024) #1

Jan 1, 1970

Absolute Power #1 has garnered plenty of hype. This issue proves it just might be warranted. If the other three issues are this strong, DC might have its signature mega-event since Dark Nights: Metal.

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5
Absolute Power (2024): Ground Zero #1

Jan 1, 1970

The art was adequate to tell the stories though none truly stood out. Absolute Power feels like a tough sell to start for DC and Ground Zero didn't do enough to assuage any of those fears.

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Action Comics (1938) #1066

Jan 1, 1970

The creative team sets up a solid stage for the final act of House of Brainiac with this issue. Fortunately, there's no further delay as the finale plays out in Superman #15.

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6.5
Action Comics (2016) #958

Jun 22, 2016

Most of the issue then is devoted to Superman and Super Lex taking turns taking on Doomsday. Since Doomsday doesn't speak or have much an agenda besides being an alien wrecking ball the battle feels anticlimactic. Patrick Zircher's art remains consistently clean. While he never quite makes this Superman/Doomsday battle feel as gigantic in scope as it should, the action is easy to follow.

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5
Action Comics (2016) #959

Jul 13, 2016

The rinse wash repeat cycle with Doomsday keeps Action Comics on the lower tier of DC Rebirth titles. Next issue, a major hero arrives to lend a hand, which could help liven things up a bit. For this title to really warrant must-read status Jurgens needs to focus more on the characters and tone down the action to avoid sending the book on the Path of Doom.

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4
Action Comics (2016) #960

Jul 27, 2016

Maybe when Jurgens gets to the point of this storyline it will all make sense. For now though Action Comics remains underwhelming with another dull installment of a story arc that can't end soon enough.

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Action Comics (2016) #961

Aug 10, 2016

Action Comics #961 is another dull chapter in a very stagnant story that cant end soon enough.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #962

Aug 24, 2016

Jurgens resumes Actions most promising angle Superman and Lex Luthor sizing each other up with the hint that it will remain a crucial aspect of the series. With Doomsday defeated its time to see what else Jurgens has in store for Superman. Path of Dooms conclusion was an encouraging step in the right direction.

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Action Comics (2016) #963

Sep 14, 2016

The success of this storyline will largely depend on Jurgens keeping it tight and not letting it go on needlessly. Superman meet Clark Kent gets off to a decent start. Hopefully it can play out and end just as solidly.

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Action Comics (2016) #964

Sep 28, 2016

This wasn't the most action packed installment of Action Comics, but it did advance a significant subplot. With the tease of the next big threat to Superman, this cool-down story was definitely appreciated.

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Action Comics (2016) #965

Oct 12, 2016

After its opening arc, I didn't have high hopes for this title, but Jurgens is getting his mojo back leading to a solid string of quality Superman (and family) stories.

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Action Comics (2016) #966

Oct 26, 2016

Interestingly, the four issue run where there's been very little action has been far more satisfying. Jurgens does the smaller, more personal stories of Superman and his supporting cast well. Hopefully, this momentum continues when he amps the action back up.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #967

Nov 9, 2016

I've thought this comic was really going to hit its stride once Superman was forced to deal and reluctantly partner with Luthor. Jurgens took the scenic route in getting there, but the book is becoming a very enjoyable read over the last few installments. While Path of Doom was a chore to endure, Action Comics has found its sweet spot and the comic has become a worthwhile addition to the Superman titles reading pile.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #968

Nov 23, 2016

Action Comics has rebounded nicely after a sluggish start. Jurgens has the book trending upward and hopefully the art will follow.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #969

Dec 14, 2016

This isn't the most groundbreaking Superman story ever, but Jurgens is telling it enjoyably enough. Perhaps more importantly, this is going a long way to establishing a working relationship between Superman and his longstanding rival.

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Action Comics (2016) #970

Dec 28, 2016

Jurgens ends the issue with an interesting cliffhanger. The final panel probably is a fake out, but it's fun to see Jurgens going the unexpected route with the story. Action Comics has recovered from its rocky start and this issue was more proof, the creative team has found the right niche in the Superman universe to tell different and entertaining stories.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #971

Jan 11, 2017

I've been very impressed with Action's turnaround. The title has been a welcome surprise the last few months and this arc is holding fast with that trend. I'm looking forward to seeing where Jurgens and Segovia take the next issue while retaining this enjoyable momentum.

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Action Comics (2016) #972

Jan 25, 2017

The fallout from this issue puts Action in a very interesting place. Jurgens has tossed a lot of balls in the air and no matter which one lands first the title has some fascinating developments in store.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #973

Feb 8, 2017

Action Comics has steadily improved and the creative team has gotten this title back on track. If you gave up on it earlier, it's time to give it another chance.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #974

Feb 22, 2017

It's an exciting time to be a Superman fan with both titles delivering quality stories each week now. I'm really enjoying where Jurgens is taking the book. He couldn't have picked a better time to step his game up as Superman Reborn will likely bring more readers through the crossover.

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Action Comics (2016) #975

Mar 8, 2017

Superman Reborn is unfolding in a wonderfully imaginative way and paying off all the hype and more. This is easily your if you can only buy one comic this week pick.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #976

Mar 22, 2017

Superman has been a must read since Rebirth started and Action Comics is starting to warrant that designation as well. With Superman Reborn wrapped, the future for the main Superman books hasn't looked this good in years.

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Action Comics (2016) #977

Apr 12, 2017

The New World doesn't answer every Superman Reborn question, but there's a definite excitement about what Jurgens has in store. I'm thrilled to see Action Comics evolve into such an enjoyable read now.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #978

Apr 26, 2017

Jurgens has really turned Action Comics around. What once was an obligatory read has become one of my most anticipated reads every other week. With the Revenge Squad on the way, there's no chance of that interest fading anytime soon.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #979

May 10, 2017

Jurgens isn't content with this already assembled collection of villains and has the Squad seek out another character with a major grudge against Superman. That will tie-in with another title making for a very long two weeks. Action Comics continues to deliver exceptional Superman action and character work. This is an issue definitely worth adding to the pull list this week.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #980

May 24, 2017

Action Comics keeps delivering right now and the buildup to the Revenge Squad vs. Superman has been great. The only consolation in waiting two weeks is knowing another awesome issue of Superman arrives next week.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #981

Jun 14, 2017

With this issue's cliffhanger, Superman is going to have a real tough time battling any of the Revenge Squad. I can't wait to see what Jurgens does next with a book that's become one of my favorite Rebirth reads.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #982

Jun 28, 2017

Action Comics #982 continued the title's recent hot streak and the final page all but ensures that momentum will carry over next issue. Action Comics is quietly starting to become one of the more impressive and entertaining Rebirth books.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #983

Jul 12, 2017

The Superman Family/Revenge Squad conflict was fun, but I was thrilled to see Jurgens has another layer to this arc beyond the team showdown. Action continues to be a vastly improved read for Superman fans.

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Action Comics (2016) #984

Jul 26, 2017

The arcs twist ending opens up some fun possibilities. Jurgens might not have delivered on the epic confrontation he teased, but this works out much better for the future of the title.

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5
Action Comics (2016) #985

Aug 9, 2017

There's not a lot to be excited about with this issue from a writing or artistic perspective. Jurgens returns in another issue for The Oz Effect and it might be best for regular readers to just wait for issue #987 as there's little to enjoy here.

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Action Comics (2016) #986

Aug 23, 2017

The only reason regular readers might want to grab this is the final few pages, which has Mr. Oz confronting Luthor. It's a fun appetizer for the big reveal and Mr. Oz-focused storyline starting next issue. Otherwise this is another lackluster chapter for Action Comics and readers can safely skip.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #987

Sep 13, 2017

The Oz Effect gets off to a very strong start. This has been one of the most anticipated stories of the Rebirth era and so far it hasn't disappointed. It'll be fun to see where Jurgens takes the story next issue.

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Action Comics (2016) #988

Sep 27, 2017

The Oz Effect's first chapter shocked readers last issue and the second continues disrupting and shaking expectations. Jurgens goes with a sensible cliffhanger and I'm very interested to see where he takes the story next.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #989

Oct 11, 2017

The mind games are pretty strong in this issue although I'm a little leery Jurgens is repeating a plot thread from the other Superman title. Hopefully he has some different paths in mind to keep this story as fresh and unique as it's been so far.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #990

Oct 25, 2017

The Oz Effect keeps building on the past arcs from Action Comics and Superman, which give it an added sense of importance. Its nice to see a solid story behind such a shocking return. I wouldnt bet against Jurgens and Bogdanovic at this point.

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Action Comics (2016) #991

Nov 8, 2017

But the big surprise is that Jurgens provides a clear answer to Ozs identity with the biggest lead-in to Doomsday Clock yet. The final two pages are some of the absolute best Superman pages Ive read. Jurgens masterfully sums up Supermans mission statement and revitalizes the never-ending battle in a fresh, contemporary manner. This was a great read and one that sets Action Comics up strong for its next big milestone.

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Action Comics (2016) #992

Nov 22, 2017

Action Comics has long earned its must-read status and even with the hype of Doomsday Clock, this issue provided one of the best Superman issues all month. And thats even before the shocking return of a fan-favorite character on the final page.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #993

Dec 13, 2017

Booster Shot already shows a lot of potential and with the rare Superman/Booster Gold team-up, Jurgens has a potentially great dynamic to play with in this arc.

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Action Comics (2016) #994

Dec 27, 2017

Its nice seeing Booster back in a good storyline, which hopefully is the first of many. The twists Jurgens takes so far have led to some unexpectedly touching and surprising moments. I appreciate this arc is further exploring the emotional toll of learning Ozs identity for Superman and its kept Action Comics as essential reading for DC fans.

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Action Comics (2016) #995

Jan 10, 2018

For Booster and Superman, the ride isnt over yet and Im anticipating what Jurgens and Booth have coming their way next issue. At this point, its safe to count on Jurgens to continue delivering strong arcs on Action Comics and this remains one of the most fun books going in DC today.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #996

Jan 24, 2018

I've enjoyed this arc a lot and with Conrad sticking around, Booster Shot is in a very encouraging place as Action Comics roars to its milestone issue.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #997

Feb 14, 2018

The final page offers a real shock and will require some legit creativity from Jurgens to address. It'll be fun seeing how he pulls that off.

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Action Comics (2016) #998

Feb 28, 2018

Jurgens did right with Boosters exit from the arc, which definitely re-energized my interest in seeing Booster back in the main DCU. This was a strong penultimate chapter of Jurgens run and a good read for Superman fans.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #999

Mar 14, 2018

With the big anniversary issue in two more weeks this was a terrific cap to whats been a really strong title before Brian Michael Bendis kicks off his run. This is an easy recommendation for fans of Jurgens work on Action Comics.

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Action Comics (2016) #1000

Apr 18, 2018

Beyond being an impressive accomplishment, DC made sure to send Action Comics #1000 up in the best way possible with some of DCs best creators. This was years in the making and it delivered big time.

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Action Comics (2016) #1001

Jul 25, 2018

Action Comics kicks off the Bendis era strongly with fantastic character moments, intriguing new developments and a feeling like this is going to be the start of a very special run. Don't miss this one.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1002

Aug 22, 2018

Thanks in part to my apathy towards Rogol Zaar and his ongoing storyline in the main book, Action Comics has quickly become my favorite Superman title these days. Bendis has a great voice for the office politics setting and Superman engaging more with regular people. It's classic Bendis in the best possible way on a Superman title. This issue was another easy winner.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1003

Sep 26, 2018

Bendis is setting up a fun debate as to the superior Superman title. While that status may shift with the latest issue, the readers are truly benefiting. Action Comics continues to be a strong contender for one of DCs best books and the latest cliffhanger ensures it will remain a cant miss title.

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5
Action Comics (2016) #1004

Oct 24, 2018

This was the first issue in Bendis' Action Comics run that left me disappointed. He's made Lois and Jon's return such a big deal that this underwhelming payoff is cause for concern. Superman was the one book that didn't need a drastic change in the status quo and a solo Superman just isn't as interesting in 2018.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1005

Nov 28, 2018

The issue's big payoff falls a little flat as the Red Cloud's identity lacked the shock factor it needed, but the strong character interactions and artwork still make this another solid issue.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1006

Jan 2, 2019

I can be pleasantly surprised by a good issue of Superman, but Bendis and Sook are now starting to establish higher expectations with Action Comics and it's starting to become one of my favorite DC books again.

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Action Comics (2016) #1007

Jan 30, 2019

This is the first chapter of Leviathan Rising and it's a strong opening act. I wish Bendis were just cranking out two issues of Action Comics a month as he seems so much more locked in with the Superman universe here.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1008

Feb 27, 2019

Leviathan Rising is bringing some unexpected suspense to the Superman universe. Im looking forward to the next installment to see how this continues coming together.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1009

Mar 27, 2019

I'm loving this arc right now as it's easily the best Bendis has been since he's come on board the Superman books. With Epting and Anderson delivering beautiful visuals, this is definitely the Superman book to follow.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1010

Apr 24, 2019

I'm really enjoying this arc as Bendis has concocted a challenging scenario for Superman and his allies. The only thing that's missing at this point is a greater sense of the Leviathan impact throughout the rest of the DC titles. It's good enough to start having greater repercussions in other books now and it's a smart way to get people onto DC's best Superman book.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1011

May 22, 2019

This storyline is in its fifth chapter, but it hasnt felt like its treading water and remains just as intense and captivating as it did with the first issue.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1012

Jun 26, 2019

Action Comics #1012 was a step back from the exhilarating ride we've been on lately. Bendis filled in some gaps and did some gradual development of some potential big subplots, but this wasn't the must-read an installment as the last few months.

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Action Comics (2016) #1013

Jul 24, 2019

Szymon Kudranski's art is terrific with the exception of his take on Superman as his gritty, realistic style doesn't work as well on the larger than life hero. Brad Anderson's colors do a stellar job of bringing out Kudranski's detailed pages. Whenever Bendis decides he's ready to tackle The Question as a regular series, this would be an ideal art team for that collaboration.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1014

Aug 28, 2019

My big concern now is how Bendis will incorporate the new arrival without detailing the Action Comics momentum tying in to Event Leviathan. This might be the issue that finds Bendis at a crossroads with his Action Comics run so the next few installments could prove crucial.

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Action Comics (2016) #1015

Sep 25, 2019

This issue has some nice moments, but few belong to Superman. Hopefully Bendis will start working past these random distractions and bring the excitement and spotlight back on Superman.

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Action Comics (2016) #1016

Oct 23, 2019

Action Comics was Bendis stronger of his two Superman titles, but right now theyre both badly in need of a creative overhaul. DC likely wont move on from Bendis headlining its flagship character for a while and theres dwindling hope Bendis knows how to sustain any kind of longterm success on the Superman books.

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Action Comics (2016) #1017

Nov 27, 2019

This was another rough issue for Action Comics as Bendis dove in headfirst to the Justice/Doom event with little true understanding of it leaving readers with a disappointing and uneventful effort.

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Action Comics (2016) #1019

Jan 29, 2020

If youre a Superman fan you can safely skip this issue as nothing of consequence happens and with Romita having an off issue theres nothing to redeem this one.

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Action Comics (2016) #1020

Feb 26, 2020

Of the two Superman titles, Bendis has a better grasp with Action Comics. Now its unraveled and become a continuity challenged mess.

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Action Comics (2016) #1021

Mar 25, 2020

This was a bad issue. Im not sure what can salvage it now short of Bendis leaving and a new writer taking over.

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Action Comics (2016) #1022

Jun 2, 2020

Absence hasnt made the heart fonder with this book, which remains as cluttered and clunky as its ever been in the Bendis era.

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Action Comics (2016) #1023

Jul 21, 2020

Action Comics remains a disappointment as both Bendis and Romita seem to flail unsure of what and how they want to tell this story.

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5
Action Comics (2016) #1024

Aug 25, 2020

With the art improved and a solid plot, Action Comics should be back on the upswing, but Bendis dialogue problems continue to hold the title back from its full potential.

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Action Comics (2016) #1025

Sep 22, 2020

Bendis goes with a cliffhanger that feels a little desperate. This arc seems like it only has another issue left. I'm curious to see where Bendis goes from here in what should likely be his final arc before departing the title in December.

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Action Comics (2016) #1029

Mar 23, 2021

I'm loving this new direction of Superman and Kennedy's take looks to restore the focus on the Man of Steel and what makes him such an engaging character.

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Action Comics (2016) #1030

Apr 27, 2021

Action Comics delivers high quality Superman action and while the back-up story fails to hold up its end, this is a comic well worth grabbing.

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Action Comics (2016) #1031

May 25, 2021

Action Comics remains a solid, enjoyable read and this creative team is doing essential work restoring the luster of a title that had been tarnished with the previous writer.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1032

Jun 22, 2021

This Warworld Rising arc keeps taking surprising directions as Johnson and Sampere are disinterested in cranking out an overdone Superman/Mongul clash.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1033

Jul 27, 2021

Ideally, we could get a Jonathan Kent Superboy title and not have to ditch Superman off planet. Johnson is making that new status quo make sense from a character perspective and it seems poised to work for a while at least.

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Action Comics (2016) #1034

Aug 24, 2021

Action Comics is in a bad holding pattern while the Superman titles reset once again, which doesn't feel fair to the creative team, who've set up an intriguing conflict. It's too bad it feels like it will be forgotten shortly.

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Action Comics (2016) #1035

Sep 28, 2021

Even if this next direction doesnt have many readers excited, Johnsons involvement is reason enough for at least some encouragement.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1036

Nov 9, 2021

Whether this arc does truly mark “the end” of Kal-El, Johnson and Sampere are setting the stage for a memorable epic.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1037

Nov 30, 2021

This latest seeming death of Superman feels like such a depressing turn for a character who was enjoying a massive creative renaissance until Brian Micheal Bendis systemically tore down so much of what made the character great since Rebirth. Johnson and Mendonca can only do so much in following this editorial direction.

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Action Comics (2016) #1038

Dec 28, 2021

Action Comics avoids the rumored twist few Superman fans wanted while establishing a seemingly impossible task. Johnson and Mendonca have set the stage nicely and are continue to keep the title one worth staying invested in the end game.

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Action Comics (2016) #1039

Jan 25, 2022

Melo's artwork is a great fit for Martian Manhunter. Along with Hi-Fi's coloring, this would be a firm creative team for a Manhunter ongoing series.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1040

Feb 22, 2022

For now, it's best to just enjoy this ride as it's been a surprisingly great shift in direction for Kal-El.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1041

Mar 22, 2022

Action Comics has thrived under Johnson's direction even with this trip to Warworld that seemed an odd fit for Superman. As usual, this is one of DC's top tier titles each month and shouldn't be missed.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1042

Apr 26, 2022

This is gorgeous artwork further aided by the beautiful subtle color work from Lee Loughridge. Energy effects Pierce through the arid Warworld setting and theres just enough glimpses of light to convey Supermans impact.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1043

May 24, 2022

Action Comics keeps providing an engaging hook for this Superman/Mongul war and the new objective adds a welcome new wrinkle to keep this story compelling.

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Action Comics (2016) #1044

Jun 28, 2022

With every exchange, Johnson shows that he fundamentally understands what makes Superman the best hero even if he's not rocking the blue and red tights. This arc has fully won me over and I'm just sitting back and enjoying the ride instead of wondering when it's going to end.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1045

Jul 26, 2022

Art consistencies aside, this was another strong installment of Action Comics. Im ready for the big rematch of Mongul and Superman and Johnson has certainly set it up to be a meaningful encounter.

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Action Comics (2016) #1046

Aug 23, 2022

As this Warworld arc draws to a close, it's worth noting how this concept probably wouldn't have worked as well with many writers. Johnson's firm command of Superman at his core made it successful and now it's time for the overdue return of Kal-El.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016) #1047

Sep 27, 2022

With Superman's return and Lex Luthor driving the welcome wagon this is an ideal jump on point for new readers as one of DC's most consistent titles kicks off a new arc to wind down 2022.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1048

Oct 25, 2022

It's also refreshing to see Lex Luthor back in action using his various resources to get what he wants. That subplot is proving to be just as intriguing and enjoyable as the main arc. Superman is back and while the art isn't quite up to the normal standards of the title, this issue takes some welcome steps in fixing past mistakes from the previous regime.

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Action Comics (2016) #1049

Nov 22, 2022

Action Comics has been consistent and picked up even more steam with the Kal-El Returns arc. The inevitable clash with Metallo should be well worth the buildup even as we know Luthor still has more up his sleeve.

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Action Comics (2016) #1050

Dec 27, 2022

Regardless of the art hiccups, this issue is an important one for the next era of Superman. One that looks far easier to trust and believe in compared to its predecessor.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1051

Jan 24, 2023

As the start of a brand new era for Action Comics, this issue lived up to the billing. Still, the biggest challenge for Johnson will be balancing an entire Super Family in one title.

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Action Comics (2016) #1052

Feb 28, 2023

Action Comics is enjoying a strong run with a compelling lead story introducing a new group threat for Supermans Family. With Johnson and Sandoval at the helm, theres no reason to skip this book.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1053

Mar 28, 2023

Action Comics juggles multiple storylines, but the creative teams have proved up to the challenge of crafting enjoyable stories for Superman and his extended family.

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7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1054

Apr 25, 2023

Johnson's main story is the attraction here and so long as he's leading the charge, Action Comics will remain a solid read. With stronger supporting stories, this would be a can't miss title.

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Action Comics (2016) #1055

May 23, 2023

Johnson and Sandoval's main story is the big attraction here as the other stories aren't doing enough to justify the higher price.

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Action Comics (2016) #1056

Jun 20, 2023

Action Comics has been a steady, consistent read since Johnson's come on board. The extra titles don't tilt the scale one way or another, but it would be a welcome change for the supplementary stories to add to the comic.

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9
Action Comics (2016) #1058

Oct 25, 2023

Action Comics is frustratingly switching to an anthology style format soon, which is disappointing as the creative team deserved a lengthy stint making the Super Family premise shine month after month.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1059

Nov 28, 2023

Two out of three stories isn't bad especially given their quality. It'd be nicer for the main story to get more pages and cut the backup, supporting stories to just one.

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9
Action Comics (2016) #1060

Dec 15, 2023

There's some negligible secondary stories that play out like filler but the main attraction makes this worth checking out.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1064

Apr 9, 2024

Williamson teased some payoffs to subplots and seemingly random conversations that are now coming together. It's always good to see a long gestating subplot come to fruition. The cliffhanger is intriguing with a tease of some completely unexpected developments with this latest chapter of the Superman/Lex Luthor/Brainiac dynamic.

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9
Action Comics (2016) #1065

May 15, 2024

Pacing on HOB has been excellent. It doesn't feel like it's dragging, and Williamson keeps escalating the stakes to avoid making it read stagnant. With Sandoval, Mendonca, Sanchez and Sharpe solidly holding up their end this installment is an easy recommendation.

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9
Action Comics (2016) Annual: 2022

May 31, 2022

Basically, every issue I'm ready for Superman to return to Earth yet Johnson continues to find a way to make this arc work with a sharp focus on making an inspiring and uplifting Superman story. This annual is no different and shouldn't be missed by any Superman fan.

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8
Action Comics (2016) Annual: 2021

Jul 6, 2021

House of El is a fun concept that Johnson reinforces would make for a quality spin-off to further expand the Superman Family titles.

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10
Action Comics (2016) Annual: 2023

Dec 26, 2023

Johnson never wavered on what Superman should do and behave in any setting. It's helped make his run such a sterling example of how to write The Man of Steel in 2023, 2024 and beyond. No matter how crowded the supporting cast, Action Comics was always Superman's title and this annual was a fitting conclusion to a terrific creative run.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016): Doomsday Special

Aug 23, 2023

This random standalone special was easily one of DC's more unexpected treats this month with the Supergirl/Martian Manhunter team-up that works and the overdue return of Bloodwynd. Even if you're not a regular Superman reader, this is worth checking out.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016): Warworld Apocalypse #1

Aug 30, 2022

It didn't seem to be a popular decision with readers when it was announced, but Johnson's commitment to the concept won over most naysayers to create a well-respected and enjoyable arc.

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9.5
Action Comics (2016): Special #1

May 2, 2018

DC keeps delivering strong Superman reads and if youre a fan, this one is highly recommended.

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8
Adventureman (2020): Ghost Lights #1

Jan 11, 2024

This issue was largely setup, but it makes for a relatively easy jumping on point for new readers with a clear agenda for the villain and the establishment of a new iteration of heroes. Longtime Adventureman fans and newcomers should find plenty to enjoy with the start of The Golden Lights.

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8
Adventureman (2020): Ghost Lights #2

Mar 13, 2024

This is exactly the kind of comic folks who say there's no entertaining adventure books on the stands can check out and immediately get swept away. Ghost Lights has plenty of life and the fun is just getting started.

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9
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #1

Mar 7, 2023

This was a great start to Jons new adventures and should appeal to fans of the younger Superman, the Earth-2 characters or those seeking a compelling Multiverse story.

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9.5
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #2

Apr 4, 2023

This has been a very great surprise. Not a total shock considering the talent behind the pages, but it's been a better and stronger read than I anticipated. The cliffhanger ensures the thrills have only just begun.

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9.5
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #3

May 2, 2023

Taylor and Henry have crafted a very strong arc for Jon Kent. With so many Super folks in Metropolis in Earth-Prime this almost feels like a better place and use for him especially since he's operating in a world so different from his own. Maybe if the book stays at this quality, DC might consider expanding it to an ongoing series?

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7
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #4

Jun 6, 2023

This issue lacked that sense of racing against the clock and much sense that Jon is in a rush to save this world before returning to his Earth, but it sets up what should be an interesting next issue.

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9
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #5

Jun 27, 2023

This dynamic of Jon Kent on another world has worked so much better than the last time he faced a morally-challenged Superman and this creative team has sold the idea that this multiverse series might be the best use for Jon going forward. Here, he can exist outside of the rest of the Super Family and be unique as a paragon of virtue helping to inspire Batman's forces and making Injustice Superman question his stances.

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8
Adventures of Superman: Jon Kent (2023) #6

Jan 1, 1970

Taylor is doing something very different with Jon Kent. That leads to a finale that won't be for everyone. With the end of this Jon-focused mini-series, he's going to show up next in the Beast World event, hopefully with Taylor continuing to handle his exploits. While the ending wasn't as strong as previous installments, Jon Kent and Injustice fans should find plenty to enjoy with this conclusion.

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9
Adventures of the Super Sons #1

Aug 1, 2018

These new villains tease what looks to be an unexpected, unpredictable, but always super fun ride with Superboy and Robin.

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9.5
Adventures of the Super Sons #2

Sep 5, 2018

The final page on this issue has me a bit bummed out that it's going to be another month for the next installment. This book has been a lot of fun already and I'm fully expecting some more surprises next issue.

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7
Adventures of the Super Sons #3

Oct 3, 2018

Next issue Tomasi has an unexpected guest star arrive to aid Superboy and Robin. It's not the usual cameo and it should be fun to see where Tomasi takes the story next.

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9
Adventures of the Super Sons #4

Nov 7, 2018

As has been the case for most of the run, the final page offers an unexpected twist that makes for a great cliffhanger for the next month's issue. I appreciate the variety in the DC Universe and Adventures of the Super Sons has a strong handle on the lighter side.

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8.5
Adventures of the Super Sons #6

Jan 9, 2019

Adventures of the Super Sons might not be the most vital book of the week, but it continues to be one of DCs most pleasant and entertaining reads.

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8.5
Adventures of the Super Sons #9

Apr 3, 2019

The end is near for one of DCs most fun comics, but Tomasi is making sure to end things on a high note to keep readers smiling all the way till sunset.

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8.5
Adventures of the Super Sons #12

Jul 3, 2019

I'm going to miss this incarnation of Superboy and Robin and wish Tomasi had more time to tell their adventures. For now, we can just look back and appreciate the fun ride and extra 12 issues we got to enjoy their special brand of mayhem.

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9
Aint No Grave (2024) #1

May 8, 2024

Ain't No Grave has a very strong debut. It won't be a long-term series, but this first issue suggests it will be a fun one.

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8
Aint No Grave (2024) #2

Jun 12, 2024

Ain't No Grave is a bloody fun fantasy Western and the wild action and sharp characterization isn't showing any signs of letting up.

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9.5
Aint No Grave (2024) #3

Jul 10, 2024

There are only two more issues left in this series and I'm already clamoring for more of Ryder's adventures. This continues to be one of the most fun, unpredictable adventures on comic stands.

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9.5
All-Star Batman #1

Aug 10, 2016

With Batman out of the shadows of Gotham, colorist Dean White has to utilize more colors than typical for a Batman title. It's brighter and sunnier making for a nice contrast to the regular black and greys we normally get.

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8.5
All-Star Batman #3

Oct 12, 2016

Batman's wild ride remains a lot of fun and just as satisfying as the start of the journey.

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9
All-Star Batman #4

Nov 9, 2016

The issue ends with possibly the most over the top scenario for Batman and Duke yet. One thing is for sure. It won't possibly play out like I expect.

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9.7
All-Star Batman #8

Mar 15, 2017

As usual, All-Star Batman delivers an entertaining product. With the tease of Batman finally learning the identity of the architect of his latest problems, I'm all set for next month's issue.

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9
All-Star Batman #9

Apr 19, 2017

Jock reunites with Snyder to handle the art for this final chapter. Jock has a signature cinematic style that really plays well with this last act. This isn't the slowly unraveling a mystery sequence, but a race against the clock mission. Jock's layout strongly convey this sense of movement and adrenaline rush. Lee Loughridge's colors always catch the right tone from the sun-drenched opening sequence to the off white tones used for the villain's reveal.

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9.5
All-Star Batman #10

May 10, 2017

The start to new arcs is always exciting and All-Star Batman definitely delivered. This continues to be one of DC's most consistent titles. Taking Batman out of his normal environment has made for some terrific fun and thrills continue on in this issue.

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9
All-Star Batman #11

Jun 21, 2017

All-Star Batman continues to deliver thrilling and unexpected Batman action. That unpredictability factors remains one of its greatest assets.

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9.5
All-Star Batman #12

Jul 26, 2017

All-Star Batman delivers another engaging issue fully worth the price tag.

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9.5
All-Star Batman #13

Aug 30, 2017

With this current arc, All-Star Batman is delivering perhaps its best story just in time for next issue's finale. This is definitely setting up for a memorable conclusion.

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8
Almighty (2023) #1

Feb 2, 2023

Almighty has a solid debut suggesting this could be a fun series to follow with its enigmatic lead and anything goes setting.

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9.5
American Vampire: 1976 #1

Oct 6, 2020

This was my first step into the American Vampire world, but this made for an ideal starting point for longtime and newcomer fans alike.

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9.5
American Vampire: 1976 #2

Nov 10, 2020

I'm really enjoying this series so far and all the possibilities Snyder, Albuquerque and McCaig can take these characters fighting off the threat of this sinister vampire cabal.

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9.5
American Vampire: 1976 #4

Jan 12, 2021

American Vampire 1976 remains a blast thanks to its strongly defined characters, electric art and menacing villains.

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9.5
American Vampire: 1976 #6

Mar 9, 2021

I'd love to break this issue down further, but it's far too spoiler-y and it's best to go in knowing as little as possible. Snyder and Albuquerque deliver big time with this one ensuring that readers are in for some shocks while eagerly awaiting the next issue.

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8.5
American Vampire: 1976 #7

Apr 13, 2021

Readers expecting a follow up to the books biggest shocker yet might be disappointed, but Snyder and his art collaborators craft an engaging interlude that ends far too quickly.

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8.5
American Vampire: 1976 #8

May 11, 2021

It's nice reading a comic that doesn't feel so predictable and where anything can and usually happens. I've no idea what's coming next issue and can't wait to see where Snyder and Albuquerque take the story next.

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9.5
American Way: Those Above and Those Below #1

Jul 12, 2017

I really enjoyed this one. American Way reads like Rising Stars with a big ensemble slowly coming together for a big payoff. I'm hooked after the first issue and ready to see how this story evolves.

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8.5
American Way: Those Above and Those Below #2

Aug 16, 2017

The American Way isn't light reading, but it's supposed to make readers think and it's stirring up some hard to ignore feelings better than most books on the market.

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8
Antarctica (2023) #1

Jul 4, 2023

There's a nice twist at the end that invites a slew of questions, which is ideal for the first issue of a new title. It should prove interesting to see how compelling Birks and Roberts keep the story, but this was a solid debut of a title worthy of exploring further.

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8
Antarctica (2023) #2

Aug 15, 2023

These minor technical aspects can get cleaned up over the time. The bigger elements are solid enough to ensure that I stick around for the next installment of this desolation sci-fi expedition.

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8
Antarctica (2023) #3

Sep 20, 2023

Birks sets up a solid cliffhanger this issue with sole potentially significant repercussions to follow. So far the series hasnt had a let down installment yet so Im interested in where this creative team is taking this expedition.

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Antarctica (2023) #4

Oct 18, 2023

Writer Simon Birks' script is ok though at times it's hard to properly read the dialogue in order due to Roberts' panel layouts. This was a surprisingly underwhelming installment of a series where the creative team's instincts have previous served them so well in telling this engaging story. Hopefully this was a blip as the series warrants a strong conclusion.

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7
Antarctica (2023) #7

Jan 11, 2024

There's a concern of pending diminishing returns, but if Birks advances the mystery further in the next couple of issues, this sci-fi mind twist might stick the landing.

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Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong #1

Jun 21, 2022

Too much of this issue centered around establishing this particular take of Aquaman and The Flash and not enough on the threat the two Justice League members are facing. Next issue will need to bring some significant progression of the Void to determine if this mini-series is worth seeing it play out.

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7.5
Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong #2

Jul 19, 2022

Next month is the conclusion of this mini-series. The short run, character interplay and big action sequences have made this a fun diversion for Aquaman and Flash fans.

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8.5
Aquaman & The Flash: Voidsong #3

Aug 16, 2022

Aquaman and Flash dont typically team up, which made their pairing here even more fun. This was an enjoyable three issue mini-series and well worth checking out for fans of either/or both characters.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 22, 2016

Walker creatively frames the panels making for an immersive viewing experience. His storytelling really works well with an aquatic character as panels flow into one another smoothly. Walker captures the regal air of Aquaman and his subjects subtlety framing the panel to position the Atlanteans looking down or having other characters look up at them.

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Aquaman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

Aquaman has been a fast starter. With an action-packed opening act, the real challenge will be to see if it can keep this pace up. If so, Aquaman is going to be one of the more exciting of the Rebirth titles.

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Aquaman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

Aquaman hasnt had an off issue yet. Even with the shift from the action-oriented feel, it remains a reliable DC Rebirth title. At the midway point of The Drowning Circle, the storyline hasnt lost any steam.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

With the return of Walker and a big time clash of superhero titans, Aquaman #6 shoots the title right back up to the top tier of the DC Rebirth titles.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

Scott Eaton is back on the title's artist carousel. Eaton is a dependable, solid artist and the quality doesn't suffer when it's his turn to carry the load. Eaton's art isn't as lively or dynamic as Brad Walker, but it's more than adequate. Particularly in low-level action issues like this installment.Aquaman has been a character in need of a focused, streamlined approach. Peter David and Geoff Johns offered that during their runs and Abnett is quickly establishing his take as one worth following. Aquaman has rarely been better and it continues to deliver each month

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9
Aquaman (2016) #8

Oct 5, 2016

The thought of Aquaman battling an unbeatable force initially sounded uninspired, but I'm very excited about the direction Abnett will take this storyline. Aquaman has clawed and scratched and at this point, it warrants inclusion among DC Rebirth's best titles.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #9

Oct 19, 2016

If Aquaman continues to have the three rotating artists, Abnett should probably craft the stories to play to his various artists' strengths. The fallout from this issue's cliffhanger should be interesting and I'm looking forward to seeing where Abnett takes Aquaman next.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #10

Nov 1, 2016

Walker's pencils give this a big blockbuster dynamic, but it's the smaller aspects like the detail in the character eyes and Mera's outfit scale pattern that really make his work stand out. Gabe Eltaeb's color work is some of the best in comics giving the book a vibrant feel. With this particular creative team, Aquaman is easily a top tier DC title. With the action poised to heat up, hopefully the band stays together for a string of consecutive issues.

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7.5
Aquaman (2016) #11

Nov 16, 2016

The Deluge prelude shows promise, but hopefully Abnett has more in store for this arc than a rehash of a popular Justice League story.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #12

Dec 7, 2016

Phillip Briones is on deck for the art. Barring a few soft panels with character faces, Briones is up to the task and there's some nice expansive pages providing great scope to this pending war. The Deluge just got started, but I'm already swept up into what's looking like a great new arc.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #13

Dec 21, 2016

The Deluge has proven to be a very strong arc for Aquaman. With Black Manta yet to directly strike against Aquaman, the best is clearly yet to come, but the journey has so far been well worth the ride.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #14

Jan 4, 2017

The Deluge has been a very enjoyable read and this third chapter was the best yet. Abnett is taking Aquaman to very intriguing heights with strong indication it's only going to get better.

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9.4
Aquaman (2016) #15

Jan 18, 2017

All around this was a tremendous cap to what has been a very entertaining saga. Abnett again proves his mastery of what makes Aquaman such a unique and necessary character in the DC Universe.

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9.3
Aquaman (2016) #16

Feb 1, 2017

Hopefully, Walker will stick around for consecutive issues through the Warhead arc as he takes the title to the next wave. So far so good.

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Aquaman (2016) #17

Feb 15, 2017

After the war with Black Manta and N.E.M.O., Warhead lacks that same threat level, but Aquaman's Rogue Gallery definitely needs some beefing up. Abnett continues to make Aquaman an enjoyable and worthwhile read.

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Aquaman (2016) #18

Mar 1, 2017

Abnett throws in a new monkey wrench in the final page with the return of an unexpected foe with news of a larger threat. DC's best political superhero comic keeps finding intriguing scenarios for its lead making for an always engaging read.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #19

Mar 15, 2017

Taking Aquaman down the horror/thriller route is unexpected, but as usual, the title keeps delivering quality issues every other week. I'm looking forward to seeing where Abnett takes this storyline next.

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Aquaman (2016) #20

Apr 5, 2017

This has been a really fun and different arc than a normal Aquaman story. I like what Abnett's doing and appreciate the horror elements he's added to make this arc feel so fresh.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #21

Apr 19, 2017

Scott Eaton returns as the artist. Eaton's work is improving as he's able to better emote his characters and get more natural reactions out of them. The action sequences looked great and Eaton established some really nice perspectives. Gabe Eltaeb crafts some stunning backdrops

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9
Aquaman (2016) #22

May 3, 2017

Abnett already has Aquaman's next opponent on deck to ensure the thrills and fun don't let up.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #23

May 17, 2017

Aquaman is the only DC comic that can make political jockeying interesting. I'm very curious where Abnett takes the story next.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #24

Nov 30, -0001

Since we're in the age of comic book movies, I'm always keeping an eye out for storylines that would translate well to a feature film. Crown of Thorns definitely has the makings for an epic movie or mid-chapter in an Aquaman trilogy. Until then, we'll just have to settle for it being one of the best arcs in the Aquaman Rebirth era.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #25

Jun 21, 2017

I've been a huge fan of this run since it started. It's been strong nearly every issue, but now it's starting to read like Abnett is shaking up expectations in an organic way. This is as clean a jump-on point as readers could ask for and at this high a quality, it's definitely time to find space on the Aquaman bandwagon.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #26

Jul 19, 2017

At this point with Abnett and Sejic, Aquaman is required DC Rebirth reading as it's delivering everything fans could ask for and more.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #27

Aug 16, 2017

Aquaman truly has never been better with this perfect mix of superhero action, mystery, political machinations and outstanding character work. Miss this one at your peril as Aquaman #27 is another great installment.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #28

Sep 20, 2017

If your money is low this week, theres a lot of good options vying for your dollars, but Aquaman at this point is clearly worth the investment.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #29

Oct 18, 2017

Ive been a fan of Aquaman for decades and I cant think of another time Ive enjoyed his adventures this much. With this creative team at the helm, this is a must-get, cant miss whenever a new issue arrives. Its worth the wait.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #31

Dec 20, 2017

This is the first installment of The Crown Comes Down, but Aquaman remains a consistently great read since this new status quo.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #32

Jan 17, 2018

Aquaman has slowed down to more of a monthly release schedule, but at this high quality its hard to complain about the results.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #33

Feb 21, 2018

I remain a huge fan of this title and with a few of the DC creative teams shifting out to other books, I really hope Abnett and Federici stay in place for many more months to come.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #34

Mar 21, 2018

With Rath taking an even more desperate gamble, things definitely seemed poised to heat up. Aquaman remains a really compelling read right now and with the Mera limited series there's no better time to get onto this sector of the DC Universe.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #35

Apr 18, 2018

Although the art isnt quite up to the usual standards, Aquaman continues to deliver on this legit epic storyline that is the signature period of Abnetts run.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #36

May 16, 2018

The only downside is the book tends to come out on a slower release schedule as a result. For this payoff, it's worth it even if it leads to a longer wait than I'd like for one of my favorite DC titles.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #37

Jun 20, 2018

This arc isn't over yet as Aquaman isn't going to have an easy win here. That's going to make the eventual victory even sweeter. Hopefully we won't have to wait months for the next installment.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #38

Jul 25, 2018

Ultimately, this arc delivered on what Abnett promised when he started this arc over a year ago. With the finale in hand, now is a great time for readers to fully take it all in the way it was meant to be consumed and marvel at one of Aquaman's most elaborate and well conceived arcs in years.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #39

Aug 15, 2018

Were halfway through this small-scale crossover thats been better than I imagined. Abnett and Bennett hold court strongly as they serve it back to Suicide Squad for the next installment.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #40

Sep 19, 2018

I really enjoyed this crossover more than I imagined when it was first announced. It wasn't too complex and stayed true to all the characters.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #41

Oct 17, 2018

Aquaman has been in a weird position of just going from one mini event to the next. Its hardly led to a drop in quality though and this will definitely leave readers hyped for Drowned Earth.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #42

Nov 21, 2018

Aquaman #42 is a worthwhile Drowned Earth tie-in that also effectively sets the stage for the new creative team.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #43

Dec 19, 2018

Although the amnesia angle never truly feels necessary, I liked how DeConnick set up this new quest as its got a lot of potential to be a lengthy and engaging storyline that puts a fresh new spin on Aquaman.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #44

Jan 23, 2019

This was just the second of this five-part arc so theres much more story left. Right now, DeConnick has set up a fun fantasy mystery story thats got plenty of depth.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #45

Feb 20, 2019

This arc has been enjoyable enough, but I'm impatiently waiting for Aquaman to regain his memory and for DeConnick's take on the former King of Atlantis.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #46

Mar 20, 2019

This arc has been fine, but it's felt like it's dragged out longer than necessary. DC really spoiled readers with the twice a month release for its Rebirth kickoff. It's one of those deals where once it's been established, it's difficult to train readers to revert to the traditional storytelling method. Granted, DeConnick and Rocha likely appreciate not having to rush to crank out two issues a month, but this is the kind of story that would have benefited tremendously told in two and a half months instead of five.

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Aquaman (2016) #47

Apr 17, 2019

Robson Rocha's art continues to be well-detailed and epic in scope. Rocha truly understands how to get the most of these sweeping, fantasy scenarios. Inker Daniel Henriques and colorist Sunny Gho provide clarity and the right amount of drama to fully set the tone.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #48

May 15, 2019

Hopefully next issue provides more substance, but this one's cliffhanger teases a reunion fans won't want to miss.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #49

Jun 19, 2019

Aquaman is definitely on the rise and with Arthur knowing the full nature of his memory the title looks to get only more interesting over the next few months.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #50

Jul 17, 2019

While it went on a little too long, the Old Gods story was pretty entertaining, but reading DeConnick's spin on Aquaman's regular life has me very excited about what's to come even without Black Manta's return.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #51

Aug 21, 2019

Aquaman has become a much more enjoyable read now that Arthur has his memories back and the creative team is firing away making this title an easy read and one worth recommending again.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #52

Sep 18, 2019

Aquaman seems ready to start establishing itself as a player in the DCU again. The creative team is in place and now its time for them to make good on the promise theyve started they season with now.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #54

Nov 20, 2019

This is a more action-heavy installment than previous issues and that doesnt appear to be letting up with next issues big clash. Hopefully Aquaman will have more of a presence than as a punching bag for this big rematch.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #55

Dec 18, 2019

After an extended separation DeConnick makes the reunion of Aquaman and Mera worth the wait provided they survive Manta. DeConnick stages an impressive ocean battle that artist Robson Rocha delivers in massive fashion. Im hoping DeConnick gives Rocha more of these blockbuster style moments to create as thats definitely the sweet spot of his wheelhouse.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #57

Feb 19, 2020

Its time for artist Robson Rocha to redesign Mera as his current take looks way too much like an homage to the X-Mens Phoenix than her own style. Although theres not much action, Rocha easily handles the dramatic, tense nature of this storyline. Romulo Fajardo Jrs color work is impressive and plays up Rochas style beautifully.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #59

May 26, 2020

This is another strong outing for Aquaman and the creative team seems in lockstep now making for an unpredictable and eventful monthly read again.

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7
Aquaman (2016) #60

Jun 23, 2020

Miguel Mendoca handles the art this issue just as the title was getting some artistic consistency. Fortunately, Mendocas art is pretty similar to Robson Rocha that the visuals stay on course.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #61

Jul 14, 2020

Theres not much action in this issue yet the setup was good enough to build anticipation for the big battle next month.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #65

Nov 16, 2020

Aquaman was one of DCs most engaging titles since it began under the Rebirth imprint and even with a creative team switch remained a worthy read for much of its run. DeConnick provides the ideal ending to a sensational run that should serve as a reminder that with writers who get the character and his supporting cast, Aquaman can be an A-list title for DC.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #66

Dec 15, 2020

Endless Winters latest chapter keeps the momentum rolling without feeling like its becoming repetitive. This doesnt seem like it will have lasting effects on the DCU, but its making for a pleasant distraction in the road to Future State.

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7.5
Aquaman (2016) Annual #1

Nov 29, 2017

Ultimately, while the art is rough, this is a worthwhile pickup for Aquaman fans.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) Annual #2

Oct 23, 2019

Matches with Victor Ibanezs exquisite art and this was a very enjoyable annual worth picking up for Aquaman fans.

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8
Aquaman (2016): Drowned Earth Special #1

Nov 28, 2018

I'm liking DC's strategy to tell a small scale event between two titles. That worked well with Wonder Woman and Justice League Dark on The Witching Hour and again with Justice League and Aquaman here. This should lead to some interesting fallout not just with the League, but the Legion of Doom as well.

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6
Aquaman / Green Arrow: Deep Target #1

Oct 26, 2021

Aquaman and Green Lantern has a ton of potential, but this entry doesnt do a strong job of reaching those heights. Its even weaker at making a case for sticking with the mini-series.

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7.5
Aquaman / Green Arrow: Deep Target #2

Nov 23, 2021

Green Arrow and Aquaman dont have much time to figure out who played Freaky Friday on them. Their flight to STAR Labs gets hijacked forcing them to fight masked invaders who are in on the switch.

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9
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #1

Sep 21, 2021

This is a promising kickoff for Jackson's stint as Aquaman. If this creative team stays this consistent there might not be so big a rush to put the crown onto Andy.

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9
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #2

Oct 26, 2021

This has been a solid read so far and Thomas is showing that even if Jackson isn't ready to become Aquaman, he's definitely worthy of headlining his own title.

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6
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #3

Nov 16, 2021

The soap opera style cliffhanger didnt help much either. Scott Koblishs art was solid although inconsistent. Aquaman The Becoming is in a weird transitional state for the temporary Aquaman and needs a jolt to prove why Jackson should be more than a seat-filler for Andy.

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8
Aquaman: The Becoming (2021) #6

Feb 15, 2022

Aquaman The Becoming ends on an intentionally open-ended note as it feeds in to Aquamen. Given the fate of Arthur coming shortly in Dark Crisis, its a good thing Jackson is being groomed for the role. This mini-series delivered on that foundation with some intriguing directions going forward.

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8.5
Aquamen (2022) #1

Feb 22, 2022

This was a solid debut issue and one that suggests for as long as it lasts, this could be a fun ride of the Aquamen.

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6
Aquamen (2022) #2

Jan 1, 1970

Aquamen has a lot going on, but not much is all that clear or entertaining There's still time to…right the ship, but ideally, it would be building interest instead of stalling out.

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5
Aquamen (2022) #3

Apr 26, 2022

The art from Max Raynor is solid with strong panel composition and animated action sequences.

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7
Aquamen (2022) #6

Jul 26, 2022

Aquamen had promise, but Thomas and Brown were rarely able to go beyond that potential to tell a story that excited and thrilled readers. Jackson Hydes adventures will continue in Dark Crisis, but itll be interesting to see what, if anything, happens to the rest of the Aquaman family.

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10
Astro City (2022): That Was Then...

Mar 30, 2022

The only downside to this issue is the uncertainty of when the next installment will arrive. In every other way, the That Was Then special feels like an obvious reminder of what's missing in too many modern comics heart and a larger sense of purpose.

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10
Atomahawk #0

Oct 11, 2017

Cyberzerker is a compelling, sometimes hilarious anti-hero and his devotion to the blade is unwavering even after he discovers its dark origin and connection to an evil god. I imagined this as a perfect show for the Adult Swim lineup and I anticipate following Cyberzerker wherever he goes. Recommended for fans of Adult Swim and fantasy.

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10
Avengers (2018) #1

May 15, 2018

Aaron also builds on the mystery of the original Avengers team as they confront the same threat that returns to face the current Avengers. Marvel's latest tweaking to its universe might warrant a wait and see approach, but Avengers #1 assures this title is definitely one worth grabbing right away.

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7
Bankshot #2

Jul 27, 2017

This might not have been the strongest story roll out, but Im intrigued enough to see where Bank Shot is headed.

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9
Batgirl (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

The art by Rafael Albuquerque compliments Batgirl well. It's still playful and isn't overly dark and serious. Under this new creative team, Batgirl is getting her road trip off to a great start. May as well pack a bag and join her on the journey.

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9
Batgirl (2016) #2

Aug 24, 2016

Beyond Burnside is the best Batgirl has been since Gail Simone kick-started her return to action in the New 52. Free of being bogged down by current events in Gotham and making sense of Batgirls somewhat convoluted continuity, Batgirl is one of Rebirths most new reader friendly titles. At this rate its not a stretch to see Batgirl well on its way to being DCs premier female headlining title.

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8.5
Batgirl (2016) #14

Aug 23, 2017

This first installment of Summer of Lies was definitely an encouraging start for this Nightwing team-up and is a nice reminder of what non-Batgirl reads have been missing.

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7.5
Batgirl (2016) Annual #1

Mar 29, 2017

Neither of the stories are essential reading " threads from the first story will be continued in Supergirl #9 " but this was a good use of the annual setup to deliver two fun Batgirl tales.

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10
Batgirl (2016) Annual #2

Aug 29, 2018

This was a classic annual in the sense that it told a very entertaining self-contained story that served as a tremendous hook for readers to check out the ongoing title.

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4
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Sep 14, 2016

There hasn't been enough encouraging signs that this title will improve with this current creative team. DC has so many titles knocking it out the park that even grading on the curve, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey still comes up lacking. This may be a title worth revisiting down the road once the Bensons get more comfortable with the characters, but for now it's probably worth skipping.

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4
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Jul 20, 2016

After a string of books meeting expectations and genuine surprises, Birds of Prey's relaunch was somewhat disappointing. The title may be a slow starter, but for those hoping for a return to former glory this wasn't the relaunch they were waiting on.

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8.5
Batman #149

Jan 1, 1970

Zdarsky did a lot to break Batman and now puts him back in a good place just as Absolute Power comes around to shatter him all over again. Of Zdarsky's run so far this has the most potential to be a strong launchpad for the next non-event crossover arc.

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8
Batman #150

Jan 1, 1970

It almost feels like the Absolute Power tie-in was the more important story than the main one. Both stories were better than recent issues, a trend that hopefully will continue through the Absolute Power crossover.

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10
Batman '66 Meets The Legion Of Super-Heroes #1

Jul 19, 2017

This was a very fun crossover and for fans of either Batman 66 or the Legion, it's the kind of blast that's truly timeless.

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8.5
Batman '89 (2021) #1

Aug 10, 2021

For a first issue picking up where Burton left off, this was a promising start. Fans of the films shouldnt be disappointed in giving this a shot.

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9.5
Batman '89 (2021): Echoes #1

Nov 28, 2023

If this first issue is any indication, Echoes is going to be a fantastic ride and one worthy of both its cinematic and comic book predecessors.

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9.5
Batman '89 (2021): Echoes #2

Mar 19, 2024

Echoes #2 keeps the momentum of this Batman '89 sequel rolling with a solid mystery.

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10
Batman '89 (2021) #2

Sep 14, 2021

When it was announced, this felt like a unique novelty, but it's quickly becoming a can't miss look at a forgotten era of Given that most of the principal actors are still with us, maybe Warner Bros. Animation can make this mini-series into an animated production?

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9
Batman '89 (2021) #3

Oct 12, 2021

This is an easy recommendation for Keaton/Burton Batman fans and feels like a real treat to see how Billy Dee Williams' Two-Face would have played out on the big screen.

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9
Batman '89 (2021) #4

Dec 7, 2021

This series hasn't disappointed yet and the only letdown at this point would be for DC not to follow it up with another installment.

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9.5
Batman '89 (2021) #5

Apr 12, 2022

This has been a fantastic series fully recapturing the spirit of the Burton films in a fresh and relevant manner.

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9
Batman '89 (2021) #6

Jan 1, 1970

While it would continue veering into unexpected deviations from the world Burton set up, itd be great to see another installment featuring this creative team going for another spin in the Burton Batverse.

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6
Batman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

King sets up several mysteries for Batman to solve. Theres Gotham and Gotham Girls origin, the tease of monsters coming to Gotham and the reveal of an old foe that might be behind all of it. This was the weakest of Kings three Batman issues thus far, but theres enough here to suggest this was a rare misfire.

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10
Batman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

The final page certainly sets up an intriguing next issue. With King and Finch clicking so strongly on this collaboration, Batman continues to be a cant miss title.

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10
Batman (2016) #4

Aug 3, 2016

I am Gotham has been one of the strongest initial story arcs in the entire DC Rebirth line. With this issue's cliffhanger, two weeks seems like a long wait for what's been a classic story so far.

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8
Batman (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

The issue ends as if to suggest the end of the I Am Gotham storyline yet the perpetrators are still on the loose. It'll be interesting to see how King resolves the story. With some major developments and a tragic conclusion, I Am Gotham part 5 ended strongly. Hopefully King and Finch can keep the momentum rolling with the next story arc.

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9
Batman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

Next issue marks the Batman chapter of the Night of the Monster Men crossover. The following issue looks to be especially promising considering Batman's conversation with Amanda Waller and the tease of a Suicide Squad encounter.

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Batman (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

Riley Rossmo's pencils are creatively laid out and the character expressions are well done. Given the quality of the Batman titles, this was a bit of a letdown. Worst case scenario, Night of the Monster Men will prove a decent enough distraction to allow the regular creative team to get a breather and get ahead before their return.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #8

Oct 5, 2016

This was an encouraging issue. Initially this arc read like a time filler to let the creative teams catch their breaths. Now it's starting to live up to its potential of the Bat family fighting Godzilla, King Kong and Morhra the same night.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #9

Oct 19, 2016

Even though it was largely just a set-up issue, Batman #9 is an engaging opening act. If the rest of the arc is this good, King just might top his outstanding debut act. Good thing there's only two more weeks until the next installment.

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7
Batman (2016) #10

Nov 1, 2016

As always, King tries to deliver a different kind of Batman story. That's commendable, but in this case, sticking with expectations might have been the better play.

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9
Batman (2016) #11

Nov 16, 2016

I Am Suicide delivers another killer installment that's made for a excellent followup to I Am Gotham. King is doing big things with this title and this issue proves he's got plenty of surprises left.

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7
Batman (2016) #12

Dec 7, 2016

The big question is if the terrific art can carry the issue. This installment is one that barely progresses the story, but Janin's art at least makes this treading in water issue worth a look.

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9.2
Batman (2016) #13

Dec 21, 2016

Overall, I Am Suicide was an inconsistent story arc. There were some great moments and a number of unnecessary story decisions, but when it clicked like this issue, it was a very enjoyable storyline. And best of all it sets up a number of future stories I'm looking forward to seeing where King takes Batman.

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8
Batman (2016) #14

Jan 4, 2017

Even if this is just a minor detour en route to a more complex storyline, Rooftops is a decent shorter Batman arc. King has set the bar high for his run so while this is solid, it's not one of the essential issues of the Rebirth Batman era.

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8.8
Batman (2016) #15

Jan 18, 2017

I wasn't sure how King was going to wrap this arc up, but Rooftops was effective and efficient storytelling. For fans of the hero/anti-hero romance, this will be required reading and for Batman fans, it's a pretty great read.

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9.7
Batman (2016) #16

Feb 1, 2017

I Am Bane was off to a great start even before that creepy finale page. King and Finch are reunited and Batman is all set for another epic story arc.

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10
Batman (2016) #17

Feb 15, 2017

Batman has consistently vied for best Rebirth title honors. With this storyline constantly delivering, this is the one DC book you have to read this week if you can only grab one.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #19

Mar 15, 2017

Batman's faulty logic and that feeling like this won't play a major role in the overall story make this a tough sell. The artwork and Rogue cameos balance it out for the most part, but this chapter of I Am Bane was overall disappointing.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #20

Apr 5, 2017

I Am Bane restores the tarnished luster to the man that broke the Bat. Bane is cast once again as arguably the most formidable physical threat of all of Batman's Rogues. Hopefully with the start of The Button crossover next issue, King puts more of a spotlight on Batman's brains than his brawn.

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10
Batman (2016) #21

Apr 19, 2017

This issue has been one of the Rebirth era's most anticipated releases since it was announced and it fully lived up to the hype. Don't leave out the comic book store without grabbing this one.

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10
Batman (2016) #22

May 3, 2017

The Button concludes in The Flash #22. It's unlikely every question is going to be answered at this point, but so far it's been nothing short of captivating. Fittingly, the end of the issue comes by far too fast. While it'd be nice to get some insight on some aspect of the mystery, The Button has been a lot of fun just for the throwback multiverse feel.

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10
Batman (2016) #23

May 17, 2017

King may not hit a home run every issue on his run, but when he does they are spectacular grand slam at the bottom of the ninth style hits. This is another one that's going to be considered one of the definitive issues of his run.

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10
Batman (2016) #24

Jun 7, 2017

This is definitely going to be one of the biggest issues of the year especially since it's the prelude to the return of The Riddler and The Joker.

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10
Batman (2016) #25

Jun 21, 2017

Batman is largely absent from the issue, but his absence helps tell the story and explain why Joker and Riddler go to war. It actually works better in the context of Batman reflecting on one of his most significant regrets in keeping Gotham safe. The setup is exciting and it should be fun seeing how this Batman Rogues Civil War plays out.

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10
Batman (2016) #26

Jul 5, 2017

Maybe the most interesting aspect of the story so far is how powerless Batman truly is in stopping this war. Despite the accolades, the detective acumen and his superhero allies, Batman is just a man trying to stop madmen from making his city a war zone. Can he stop it is the main question, but it sure has become a fascinating read watching these villains bring hell to Gotham.

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10
Batman (2016) #27

Jul 19, 2017

Continuing the theme of the arc, Batman has a limited role this issue. Im enjoying how King is making Batman a supporting character to tell more of a villain focused arc. Besides, when Kite-Man gets the spotlight, even Batman can take a back seat.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #28

Aug 2, 2017

This issue wasn't as revelatory as issue #27 as Catwoman's role felt forced and took away from the main players. King shows his skill in the ironies of superhero stories once Batman catches up to Deathstroke and Deadshot making for a clever ending. These mini battles give the war a welcome layer of depth. Hopefully next issue King will revert the spotlight to The Joker and The Riddler.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #29

Aug 16, 2017

This probably wasn't the direction a lot of readers expected for the War. That's part of what makes this such a fun and unpredictable read. King and Janin are whipping up one of the more memorable storylines of the Rebirth era Batman. And with this issue's cliffhanger, the payoff is shaping up to be a doozy.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #30

Sep 5, 2017

While this issue doesn't provide full insight on Batman's plans and the uneasy alliance with Riddler, it is another can't miss chapter in the War of Jokes and Riddles.

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10
Batman (2016) #31

Sep 20, 2017

Barring another Kite-Man interlude (yes please), next issue looks to wrap up whats been one of Kings best Batman arcs yet. This was a thrilling last warm-up for what should be a memorable finale.

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10
Batman (2016) #32

Oct 4, 2017

Metal might be getting a lot of attention, but this has been a modern classic Batman tale worthy of every accolade.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #33

Oct 18, 2017

King doesnt fail to deliver on the big reveal and the purpose of this secret mission. In case readers thought Batman was going to slow down after the War of Jokes and Riddles, Rules of Engagements first chapter proves the fun definitely isnt over yet. And this fantastic run still has plenty of exciting twists and turns to go.

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10
Batman (2016) #34

Nov 1, 2017

King slowly unfolds the reveals with this arc and the reason for Batman and Catwomans road trip makes sense. Now it will be up to see how King pays it off. At this rate theres no reason to think he wont disappoint.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #35

Nov 15, 2017

Batman #35 might be a case of style over substance, but when it looks this good and the payoff so rewarding it's hard to complain.

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10
Batman (2016) #36

Dec 6, 2017

Occasionally, DC will put trades of random stories together. For the next Batman/Superman collection, this undoubtedly has to be included. This is my new favorite Batman and Superman story and I'm betting I won't be the only one.

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10
Batman (2016) #37

Dec 20, 2017

The only bad thing? That the issue inevitably had to end. But hopefully King and Mann are already plotting their next collaboration to focus on Bruces bachelor party.

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10
Batman (2016) #38

Jan 3, 2018

Its crazy to say this considering the consistent quality of the title, but Batman is on an absolutely cant miss roll. King is delivering some of the best work in comics right now by devoting just as much time to the man behind the cowl as the crime fighting vigilante protecting Gotham.

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7
Batman (2016) #39

Jan 17, 2018

The story is way too familiar here, but Id recommend checking out this issue for the incredible artwork. Hopefully, King can find a different approach next issue to end the Superfriends arc on a high note.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #40

Feb 7, 2018

King spares Batman from a two-issue slump and with Jones and Bellaire's great art, this is more of the Batman title we've come to expect and love.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #41

Feb 21, 2018

Everyone Loves Ivy is going to be another fun arc and this is a solid jumping on point for anyone who for some reason isn't already reading this book.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #42

Mar 7, 2018

Everyone Loves Ivy is shaping up to be another fun arc for Batman. The beauty of King's run is how versatile it's been and I love that he keeps finding new, uncomfortable arenas to place The Dark Knight.

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9
Batman (2016) #43

Mar 21, 2018

With this last arc out the way, there's nothing else to delay what might be the biggest event of 2018 in the Batman books – Batman and Catwoman's wedding.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #44

Apr 4, 2018

These lead-ins to the wedding look to be very special fan service stories. King gets the ball rolling nicely with this clever and fun story that stays true to his starring couple.

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4
Batman (2016) #45

Apr 18, 2018

As a big fan of Kings run on Batman, The Gift was incredibly disappointing thanks to the terrible characterization of its featured guest star. Maybe issue 46 can turn things around, but Im not at all optimistic.

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4
Batman (2016) #46

May 2, 2018

King has some decent concepts here, but he sacrifices all of the great work done over the last decade in making Booster a better character. This would be similar to having Batman smiling and making bad puns in a guest appearance in Superman. Batman fans with no attachment to Booster might appreciate this, but theres no justice in this portrayal of a B-list hero who deserves a lot better.

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5
Batman (2016) #47

May 16, 2018

At least Tony Daniel's art is up to the challenge. I really wish Daniel was able to illustrate a better story as his work is the only reason I'd recommend The Gift. The arc ends on a flat note with more questions that apparently won't get answered. Easily the best aspect of this story line is that it's over. Hopefully King gets back on track next issue, which has the promising teaser of The Wedding and The Joker.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #48

Jun 6, 2018

The Best Man gets off to a quick and unexpected start with Batman immediately confronting Joker and a shocking cliffhanger as the countdown to the wedding continues…provided the groom survives.

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9
Batman (2016) #49

Jun 20, 2018

Joker's perspective here is interesting and further shows the complexities of a madman. This is the last issue before the presumed disastrous Batman and Catwoman attempt to get married. We'll see how that turns out, but this was an enjoyable warm-up.

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Batman (2016) #50

Jul 4, 2018

It's the final page that left me most excited about this wedding arc conclusion. King sets things up in a manner that warrants another look at his entire run for clues. I bet there's been several breadcrumbs he's left along the way, which would make his run even more impressive in retrospect. Without that final page I doubt this wedding arc would have been nearly as effective, but the future of Batman looks very bright going forward.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #51

Jul 18, 2018

This issue features some really strong character work and is undeniably some of King's best dialogue so far. As much fun as the action sequences are, King really strives when he gets inside Batman's head. This looks to be another of those highly satisfying mind trips. This is the kind of tightly focused story King needed after the emotional gut punch from last issue.

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10
Batman (2016) #52

Aug 1, 2018

Lee Weeks was such a great choice for this arc. Weeks' has a very dramatic storytelling style that works for extended conversational moments with the occasional action page. The star of the issue though was Elizabeth Breitweiser, who did some incredible work here particularly in the Mr. Freeze vs. Batman sequences. Breitweiser crafted a very unique way of showcasing Freeze's power. This arc is exactly the kind of story King's run needed at this point. It's character focused and is a very smart dissection of the man under the cowl as Bruce starts to assess reasons why his relationship with Catwoman ultimately failed.

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10
Batman (2016) #53

Aug 15, 2018

I've really enjoyed this arc and the final page of this issue should have classic Batman fans psyched. After this arc and Bruce's new mission statement, Batman might be better than ever in the Rebirth era.

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10
Batman (2016) #54

Sep 5, 2018

Batman #54 is a standalone issue, but it's another one that taps into King's character-based focus strengths. Batman has been pretty much untouchable since the wedding and continues to be one of DC's must-read titles each release week.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #55

Sep 19, 2018

Batman has gone through some very emotional moments and King isn't done putting him through the ringer yet in another stunning and gut punch issue that's only impacted by some unavoidable spoilers.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #56

Oct 3, 2018

Since the controversial issue 50, Batman has arguably been better than before. King has some lofty ideas that are putting his hero through the emotional wringer resulting in some of his best work on the series. The ending of this issue sets up a showdown that's playing out like a revenge thriller.

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9
Batman (2016) #57

Oct 17, 2018

King doesn't pack a lot of dialogue in this fight until its conclusion, which is where he connects the subtle message between the two stories. The final two pages tease that King's Batman is tired of being on the defensive and in his feelings and is ready to get back to his former status of excellence. Looks like we're in for a very interesting ride over the next few issues.

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Batman (2016) #58

Nov 7, 2018

Given the state of the Batman books of late, King is able to sell a very suspenseful moment before a big twist that could lead to Batman getting a pivotal victory over Bane. In spite of the brief narrative challenges, this new arc has me looking forward to what King has in store next and if this take on Penguin will be as memorable as his work on The Joker, Catwoman and The Riddler. So far he's off to a promising start.

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10
Batman (2016) #59

Nov 21, 2018

Im really loving this direction of the book and where King is taking it. King is telling one expansive epic thats now starting to pay off for readers looking for the big picture.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #60

Dec 5, 2018

This reveal is sure to create a big buzz and lots of speculation as to where King is taking his arc next. It's definitely taken an interesting turn and I'm very intrigued to see where he takes it next.

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5
Batman (2016) #61

Dec 19, 2018

Given the conclusion of this issue with another confusing cliffhanger, my hopes aren't especially high for issue #62. Hopefully King can rebound here after a recent string of very strong issues.

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Batman (2016) #62

Jan 9, 2019

Like last issue the main saving grace here is the artwork of King's Mister Miracle collaborator Mitch Gerads. Gerads is such a unique artist and his style works well with this chaotic Batman introspection. It's just too bad Gerads couldn't get another Batman story with some real meat to it instead of one that's largely treading in place.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #63

Jan 23, 2019

By the end of this issue, I felt far more intrigued with where King is taking this story and the clever use of Constantine with this cliffhanger definitely has me excited for the next issue.

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Batman (2016) #64

Feb 6, 2019

The Price of Justice continues next week in The Flash #64. I'm intrigued to see where it goes and how Williamson will further the story next.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #65

Feb 20, 2019

Ultimately, I think this arc would have more impact if Batman and Flash just hashed out their issues in the wake of the Sanctuary incident. Williamson raises an intriguing question of a larger scale threat working behind the scenes to keep Batman and Flash occupied. That's a cool idea and one that would link The Price to The Button. As is, this feels like an oddly timed out of place story that lacks the necessary weight.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #66

Mar 6, 2019

This issue is strictly for Bat/Cat fans. Dont go in expecting any real progression to the story, but its worth giving it a chance for Fornes art.

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Batman (2016) #67

Mar 20, 2019

Knightmares remains a slog and a low point of Kongs run, but at least we got treated to more fantastic work from Weeks.

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Batman (2016) #68

Apr 10, 2019

Earlier, I thought Knightmares was going to start making sense soon and have an out of nowhere terrific finale. At this rate the best part of this arc is it should be completely contained in one skippable trade. Youre fine to ditch this unless youre a big Conner fan. In an odd scheduling setup, Batman #68 comes out the same day as Detective Comics #1001. Its not that tough of a choice.

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Batman (2016) #69

Apr 17, 2019

Ultimately, Knightmares never managed to avoid feeling like a massive stalling tactic. Fortunately this issue looks to get the book back on track as King seems ready to get the story rolling again. Barring another prolonged time-killing arc like this one, Batman is about to get interesting again.

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Batman (2016) #70

May 1, 2019

Batman is ready to take the fight to Bane, but he's got no clue how intricate Bane's new plan is this time. It'll be interesting to see if King is able to pull off this arc and if it effectively leads in to the upcoming City of Bane story.

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9
Batman (2016) #71

May 15, 2019

There's a few rough patches specifically the order of events, but otherwise this was an encouraging sign that Batman is making a comeback after a disappointing Knightmares arc.

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9
Batman (2016) #72

Jun 5, 2019

While there were some uneven elements, but this was a strong read and one of the best King has done in months. I'm excited about reading Batman again just as King closes in on his final major arc.

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Batman (2016) #73

Jun 19, 2019

Batman #73 slows the book back to a near stop as King meticulously sets up the last big arc before City of Bane. If only the rest of the issue made that prospect more exciting.

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Batman (2016) #74

Jul 10, 2019

The City of Bane kicks off next issue and it's a big milestone for the title. King's Batman run has 10 more issues left so it will be interesting to see if he can tie up all these loose ends and weave them together in a way to make readers reflect favorably on this final arc. Right now it could go either way, but King has done enough great work on the book to be optimistic this final string of issues could be the most exciting aspect of his run even if the road to get there has been uneven and shaky at times.

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Batman (2016) #75

Jul 17, 2019

King has had some rough patches during his run, but this was a strong beginning to the arc that will largely come to define readers' opinion of his overall work. This was exactly the kind of start King needed to get fans excited about the City of Bane and it definitely delivered.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #76

Aug 7, 2019

While King seemed ago drag out other storylines the pacing on City of Bane so far has been on point as he gives just enough information to keep readers hooked as he unfolds whats so far been an epic finale to his Batman run.

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Batman (2016) #77

Aug 21, 2019

It's going to be another big controversy for DC and the Bat books, but at least it will generate all kinds of buzz and likely sell a slew of copies. As for grading this one? It's hard because so much will depend on the next issue and possibly the one after that to see how King follows it up. That's going to be key here. Based solely on this issue, King demands readers pick up issue #78 to see how The City of Bane's next chapter plays out.

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Batman (2016) #78

Sep 11, 2019

Last issue really felt like it was escalating the City of Bane to another level. Issue 78 just finds King waxing poetic about Bat and Cat again with hardly a care in the world. Theres more than enough Batman offerings this week that you can easily skip this issue and not miss anything.

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Batman (2016) #79

Sep 18, 2019

While having a slightly better sense of direction than last issue, Batman 79 ultimately is another skippable issue beyond Mann's stellar art.

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Batman (2016) #80

Oct 2, 2019

Tomeu Morey experimented with some different lighting throughout and it helped sell the deep stakes of Batman resurfacing.King left a lot of questions unanswered but Batmans comeback looks to have some huge repercussions for the Bat family again.

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Batman (2016) #81

Oct 16, 2019

With four more issues left in his run, King has to start advancing the City of Bane and while theres definitely some movement on that front, its still hardly satisfying.

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Batman (2016) #82

Nov 6, 2019

This was a stronger installments than most recent Batman issues as King has to clear the decks for the end of his run so its time for the buildup to end and the final act to begin.

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Batman (2016) #83

Nov 20, 2019

King has two more issues to wrap this arc and his run on Batman. Considering the work here and the tease for next issue it seems like he will stick the landing. The big question is how many readers will be around when it concludes.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #84

Dec 4, 2019

This issue was a case of better late than never in terms of fleshing out Thomas motivations, but theres a real weirdness in the City of Bane arc culminating in a final conflict with Bruce and Thomas.

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6.5
Batman (2016) #85

Dec 18, 2019

New Batman writer James Tynion IV adds a preview of his run with a character that King didnt put in a lengthy spotlight in his run. It ties in to events going on in another prominent DC title suggesting Batman will be more in line with current storylines throughout DC instead of a narrow Batman window again.

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10
Batman (2016) #86

Jan 8, 2020

If you were a lapsed reader or driven off by Kings run, Batman is back and The Dark Knights future looks incredibly bright with this new creative team and direction.

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Batman (2016) #87

Jan 22, 2020

Dark Designs already has some strong momentum two issues in with the three opposing forces colliding. The main player has yet to be introduced, but theres planets to be excited about with this arc so far.

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10
Batman (2016) #88

Feb 5, 2020

While the loss of Alfred still stings, Tynion has carved out a unique role for Lucius Fox without making it seem like hes simply replacing Batmans faithful ally.Guillem March is rising to the challenge of handling the art in this arc. He still finds the occasional cheesecake pose for Catwoman and Cheshire, but overall hes capturing the intensity and urgency this storyline demands. Tomeu Moreys colors play out the various settings of this issue from Riddlers computer screen hued lair to the rainy cemetery Catwoman visits.

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10
Batman (2016) #89

Feb 19, 2020

If youre not reading Batman now youre missing one of DCs strongest titles thats completely regained its momentum.

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10
Batman (2016) #90

Mar 4, 2020

The Tynion run on Batman has already been superb, but with Jimenez on board its going to a new level of cant miss storytelling. Dont miss this book.

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10
Batman (2016) #91

Mar 18, 2020

Considering Tynion has The Joker Wars lined up after this arc and its safe to say Batman is going to have an amazing 2020 and maybe one of the best years of this era.

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10
Batman (2016) #92

Jun 9, 2020

Tynion and March are creating one of the more memorable Batman arc in years and its yet to disappoint. Next issue seems poised to pay off a big part of this arc and its all but assured to be another immensely satisfying read.

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9
Batman (2016) #93

Jun 23, 2020

Batman fans have been rewarded with an outstanding run with Their Dark Designs — an arc that was worth the buildup. Now let's see how The Joker War plays out.

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10
Batman (2016) #94

Jul 7, 2020

If for whatever reason you're not hyped about Joker War after this issue you may need to just drop the Batman books. This was a tremendous arc and the next looks like it could be just as memorable.

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10
Batman (2016) #95

Jul 21, 2020

So far none of Tynion's run has failed to live up to the hype. If anything he's exceeded it and with Jimenez and colorist Tomeu Morey, The Joker War looks to be a potentially career-defining work for all involved. Let the war begin.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #96

Aug 4, 2020

Joker War hasn't disappointed so far and I'm already excited about where Tynion and Jimenez are going to take the next few issues.

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10
Batman (2016) #97

Aug 18, 2020

The Joker War is building to its conclusion with #100, but at this rate, Tynion really could take longer in playing it out as its been an amazing ride so far.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #98

Sep 1, 2020

The Joker War was rolling along steadily, but it was time for it to reach the next level, which Tynion and Jimenez successfully accomplished with this issue paving the way for a triumphant return of the Bat Family.

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10
Batman (2016) #99

Sep 15, 2020

The Joker War wraps up next issue and Tynion ends this issue with a killer cliffhanger that was legitimately shocking as to the depths Joker will go to gain the psychological advantage over Batman.

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Batman (2016) #100

Oct 6, 2020

It's immensely challenging to create the next great Joker story, but with Their Dark Designs and The Joker War, Tynion (with March and Jimenez) made good on building to and paying off a modern classic that should join the ranks of some of the best Batman/Joker stories.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #101

Oct 20, 2020

I'm very excited about the future of Batman as Tynion continues to create a reinvention that makes sense without a renumbering, new suit or shocking death to establish. Batman has once again become one of DC's best titles in a time when that kind of consistent quality is most desperately needed.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #102

Nov 3, 2020

With new characters like Clownhunter and Ghost Maker in the mix and new roles for Oracle and Harley, Batmans next chapter is shaping up to be a fascinating direction for the title.

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9
Batman (2016) #103

Nov 16, 2020

Ghost-Maker is proving to be a legit threat to Batman and it'll be interesting to see how long Tynion can keep him in rotation along with the other new characters he's introduced.

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Batman (2016) #104

Dec 1, 2020

This was the weakest installment of the arc thanks to a lack of story advancement and the clashing art.

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Batman (2016) #105

Dec 15, 2020

Tynion wraps this arc is a surprising way given the earlier tone. Itll require a second reading to see if this shift works, but its an interesting direction for Tynion take that Im curious to see if it pays off. Tynion hasnt been afraid to go against expectations and has done a good job world building so early in his Batman book.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #107

Apr 6, 2021

Batman #107 is another stellar installment of one of DC's can't miss titles.

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9
Batman (2016) #108

May 4, 2021

I remain a huge fan of the main story, but the secondary story has failed to hook me. I'm looking forward to seeing what Tynion and Jimenez has in store next issue.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #109

Jun 1, 2021

This wasn't the best installment of The Cowardly Lot, but it escalated the story to the next level in a way that has me intrigued for what's to come.

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Batman (2016) #110

Jul 6, 2021

Batman is reaching a weird point where the once cheat code hero now never gets a meaningful win. Alfred is dead, Damian wants nothing to do with him, his fortune is gone and now hes going to be public enemy number one again. Maybe its time for Batman to get a win?

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7
Batman (2016) #111

Aug 3, 2021

Tynion might be getting too ambitious with this story arc, but it's certainly keeping Batman from getting boring. It'd be nice for a break between these extended arcs though if for no other reason than allowing Batman to recover and assess how things have played out. Tynion hasn't really done much with the vast potential of Bruce Wayne losing his fortune and with the constant battles flowing into the next one, it doesn't feel like as big a change to the status quo as it should. Hopefully Tynion can allow things to cool down soon to spend more time on Batman and his supporting cast when they're not in action 24/7.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #112

Sep 7, 2021

In a lot of ways this felt like a retread of what Tynion has already established. Fear State is off to a slow start, but there's enough moving pieces that this should be the final prelude before the mini-event really gets going.

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Batman (2016) #113

Sep 21, 2021

Fear State isnt gaining much momentum and so far hasnt been as edge of your seats exciting as The Joker War. Tynion clearly still has time to end his Batman run on a high note, but its coming off the blocks very slowly so far.

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Batman (2016) #114

Oct 5, 2021

Fear State isn't giving Batman much to do yet, but it's certainly not boring. It's about time for Tynion to put Batman in a more proactive position in this event now.

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Batman (2016) #115

Oct 19, 2021

Fear State is coming to an end along with Tynions tenure on the title. So far it hasnt been the grand finale expected given the tremendous start of his run.

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Batman (2016) #116

Nov 2, 2021

This is Tynion's penultimate edition of Batman as he wraps Fear State. It's ironic that his run is ending in the same way as Tom King's, which had many readers eager for it to reach its conclusion. Hopefully, Tynion can somehow turn this arc around with a memorable finale.

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Batman (2016) #117

Nov 16, 2021

Fear State went too long and this ending unintentionally showed why it never needed to play out this long with the relatively simple payoffs to the major subplots. But simple is sometimes just fine and Tynion left his final issue of Batman on a good note allowing for the next creative team to have a fresh canvas without a major death in the family to address.

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10
Batman (2016) #118

Dec 7, 2021

This is an easy recommendation. The new creative team comes in ready to impress and delivers massively. Don't miss this one as it looks like the start of a memorable run.

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9
Batman (2016) #119

Jan 4, 2022

This creative run-on Batman has been encouraging and a welcome change of pace from some of the previous teams.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #120

Feb 1, 2022

This arc has felt fresh and reinvigorated Batman when it was needed most. This was another solid issue that keeps the mystery going forward with some intriguing plot development paired with exceptional art.

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10
Batman (2016) #121

Mar 1, 2022

Williamson, Janin/Molina and Morey quickly established a strong rapport. While their Batman run ended sooner than I would have liked, hopefully they will reunite very soon.

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Batman (2016) #122

Apr 5, 2022

Two issues down, Shadow War remains compelling and seems like a legit status altering event for the Batman titles.

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7
Batman (2016) #123

May 3, 2022

Shadow War's fifth chapter advanced the story and had some significant developments. The big drawback was Porter's art not really measuring up this installment.

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Batman (2016) #124

Jun 7, 2022

The title is in a good place for the incoming creative team and this was a solid conclusion to Williamsons tenure.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #125

Jul 5, 2022

This wasnt a groundbreaking start to the next great Batman run. Zdarsky is a skilled enough writer to make even the familiar more than tolerable. Hopefully upcoming issues appropriately raise the stakes and the challenge for Bruce Wayne.

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10
Batman (2016) #126

Aug 2, 2022

The new creative team is firing on all levels right now and suddenly Batman feels like a standout read when each week is so cluttered with Batman releases. Make sure this one is a priority.

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10
Batman (2016) #127

Sep 6, 2022

Zdarsky and Jimenez's Batman run is cruising with a strong pair of issues that suggests the book is in the right hands. With this creative team locked in place, Batman's future looks bright regardless of the outfit he's wearing.

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10
Batman (2016) #128

Oct 4, 2022

Batman is in excellent hands with this creative team, who continue to surpass expectations with each installment. This title is clearly operating on a can't miss status and that doesn't look to change anytime soon.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #129

Nov 1, 2022

Zdarsky has to be mindful of going too far with Failsafe, but it remains refreshing to see Batman actually work hard to defeat an opponent especially one of his own creation.

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Batman (2016) #130

Dec 6, 2022

I'm curious where Zdarsky takes the series next, but the ending of his first major arc ultimately fails to move the needle.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #132

Feb 7, 2023

This arc might line up oddly with current DC continuity, but its been a refreshing change of pace delivering some nice surprises and welcome twists.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #133

Mar 7, 2023

Batman has made for an enjoyable read through this latest arc. Zdarsky is having fun playing against the standard Batman Gotham story and these new wrinkles have made for an entertaining stretch of issues.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #134

Apr 4, 2023

Batman had a few rough patches under this new regime, but that seems to be in the distant past as this Multiverse story has provided some unexpected drama and surprises while also giving Tim Drake a spotlight to shine.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #135

May 2, 2023

There's a great payoff to the Tim Drake backup as well as an emotional moment between Batman and Alfred. Zdarsky's track record might not be 100%, but an arc like this should be encouraging for Batman fans who want something beyond the normal somewhat stale presentation of Batman.

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Batman (2016) #136

Jun 6, 2023

This was a very solid interlude from the Multiverse saga to the opening act of the Batman/Catwoman War and worth checking out.

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5
Batman (2016) #137

Sep 5, 2023

The Gotham War didn't sound like an idea and if the Batman story in this event was disappointing, the odds are good that the Catwoman installment for this month won't be any better.

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7
Batman (2016) #138

Oct 3, 2023

The twist and big reveal is superb. It might be enough to salvage The Gotham War, but there's a realistic concern that the damage done to Batman might be too much for Zdarsky to overcome.

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Batman (2016) #139

Nov 8, 2023

This start of the Mind Bomb arc is better than Gotham War, but that's a low bar and Batman, the one seemingly impenetrable character DC had in their stable, finally seems to be beaten down from too many poor creative decisions. A return to more of the status quo elements would be welcome at this point as so much has been done, and not just in Batman #139, that it's hard to feel too invested in this character any longer.

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Batman (2016) #140

Dec 6, 2023

With two encouraging issues in a row, signs are looking up for Batman. A cliffhanger on the main story could send Zdarsky back into fly me to the moon territory of outlandish plot resolutions. For now, Batman is ending 2023 on an optimistic note than some of the shaky storylines from this year can be left behind.

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7
Batman (2016) #141

Jan 3, 2024

It's too bad Failsafe is essentially Zdarsky's Batman equivalent to The Terminator as there's little suspense in this Mind Bomb arc. Even with the late return in Batman #141 of The Joker.

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4.5
Batman (2016) #142

Feb 7, 2024

Guiseppe Camuncoli (with inker Stefano Nesi) and Andrea Sorrentino handle the art for the various storylines. Their art is solid and distinct enough to signal the timeframe shifts. Alejandro Sanchez and Dave Stewart's color work is also very good. The main problem is this story feels so cluttered and aimless that The Joker: Year One feels like the perfect time to give this run of Batman a time-out.

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Batman (2016) #145

Mar 5, 2024

Zdarsky hasn't been able to weave much magic in Batman since the Batman/Catwoman War. This storyline feels like another act in the seemingly endless Failsafe novel. Hopefully the curtain is drawing to a close soon.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #149

Jun 19, 2024

Zdarsky did a lot to break Batman and now puts him back in a good place just as Absolute Power comes around to shatter him all over again. Of Zdarsky's run so far this has the most potential to be a strong launchpad for the next non-event crossover arc.

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9.5
Batman (2016) Annual: 2022

May 31, 2022

Batman Inc. was a cool concept many years ago and this annual makes the case that this incarnation could prove to be one of DC's more engaging team books very quickly.

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Batman (2016) Annual #1

Nov 30, 2016

Batman Annual #1 starts off great with its opening three stories, trails off some with the fourth and rebounds with the fifth. Not a bad ratio for a Christmas theme annual. Batman fans should find at least three stories that will make this worth the read.

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Batman (2016) Annual #2

Nov 29, 2017

By the end of the issue, were treated to one of the more emotional and beautifully told Batman stories in years. This is not your typical annual and despite the sea of Batman books out currently, is definitely not one to miss.

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Batman (2016) Annual #5

Dec 29, 2020

For those readers able to embrace Stokoe's non-traditional Batman art style, this is very strong annual that adds to the overall story and Tynion's bigger picture for Batman going into 2021.

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Batman (2016): Fear State: Alpha #1

Aug 31, 2021

Fear State Alpha is a calm before the storm prelude for this big Batman event. It offers useful background information, but most of the important elements will likely be repeated through the opening chapters.

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Batman (2016): Pennyworth R.I.P. #1

Feb 12, 2020

It ends on a somewhat downer of a note in that regard, but given the importance of this death, it shouldnt feel like an easy back to the norm status quo. Hopefully over the course of the next few months Tynion and Tomasi will continue exploring the healing of the Bat Family and not just throw Batman into action and barely addressing it.

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9.5
Batman (2016): The Joker War Zone #1

Sep 29, 2020

The Joker War Zone was anything but a throwaway add-on story offering some further character development for the current epic and some teases for whats in store in the Bat books in 2021.

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Batman (2016): Fear State Omega #1

Nov 30, 2021

This was a decent, if unnecessary, epilogue to Fear State allowing Tynion to sign off and neatly place all the characters back on the shelf for incoming Batman writer Joshua Williamson.

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5
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #1

Dec 1, 2020

Tomeu Moreys color work is striking with the death pale skin tone of a Joker victim to the subtle traces of blood and dirt.If this first issue was an indication, Batman Catwoman is going to be a lot of style over substance.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #2

Jan 19, 2021

Maybe King can pick up the pace soon, but with 10 more issues to go it seems like this is going to be another long delayed Batman arc payoff.

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9
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #3

Feb 16, 2021

Too much of Future State traded in a sense of anything can happen with a depressing notion that the heroes' work ultimately is in vain. Catwoman helped to prove a reminder that just staying true to the characters can lead to organic fun that doesn't need to get squashed out for the same of high drama.

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5
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #4

Mar 30, 2021

This issue didnt flow smoothly at all and was a tough and confusing read. Considering its not even at the halfway point, theres a strong likelihood of more clunky installments over the next eight issues.

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Batman / Catwoman (2020) #6

Aug 17, 2021

The trouble with a multi-tiered story is one can be very strong, another has the requisite amount of creepiness and the other seems detached from everything else playing out. King has some clever ideas, but it's starting to feel like this would so much cleaner with a different storytelling approach.

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5
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #7

Sep 7, 2021

Batman Catwoman remains a disjointed and uninteresting read. King hasn't figured out the best approach to make his time jumping story work and it's just slowly playing out in the least exciting manner possible.

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3
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #8

Oct 19, 2021

Batman Catwoman is at the stage of diminishing returns now. King hasn't been able to make his three time period approach work and The Phantasm character has not been much of a factor now in eight issues. It's asking a lot that this title will improve at this point. Now it's just a matter it getting through for readers who remain remotely invested.

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5
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #9

Dec 21, 2021

Batman Catwoman reads like a book spinning its wheels casually awaiting the home stretch so it can try and make sense of everything. At this rate, the odds are low of this being salvaged by some last-minute twist.

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5
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #10

Feb 8, 2022

By the end of the issue, King seems to insinuate that Joker is the father of Helena, which seems about right for a book that has been spiraling out of control for so long its finally lost its way.

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5
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #11

Apr 12, 2022

The visuals are the saving grace of this story, which felt like it lost its way months ago and is bleeding out across the finish line.

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7
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #12

Jun 28, 2022

To some extent, its good to see King get to complete his Batman story but disheartening that DC didnt just let Batman get married years ago when it would have had real meaning.

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5
Batman / Catwoman: The Gotham War (2023): Battle Lines #1

Aug 23, 2023

If you want to see Batman and Catwoman fight over a goofy idea that certain crime is OK while the Bat Family gets divided, this will be your kind of event. From the special alone this seems like an event that's going to get stretched out for the sake of dragging it out across multiple issues and months with no meaningful payoff in the end.

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Batman / Fortnite: Zero Point #1

Apr 20, 2021

The biggest obstacle with the miniseries is the quickly eroding sense of the novelty of Batman fighting Fortnite characters. Gage will need to introduce a stronger purpose for this series for it to truly make it worth reading beyond this debut chapter.

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8.5
Batman / Fortnite: Zero Point #2

May 4, 2021

With a little Live, Die, Repeat/Edge of Tomorrow action playing out, Batman and Fortnites crossover has been pretty fun. Next issue is the one thats most intriguing with the addition of another silent fan favorite character that should give Batman his toughest Fortnite challenge yet.

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10
Batman / Fortnite: Zero Point #3

May 18, 2021

I wasnt quite sure what to expect after the first issue, but this has been the rare mini-series that continues to improve with each installment. Im looking forward to seeing whats in store for next issue.

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9
Batman / Fortnite: Zero Point #4

Jun 1, 2021

Gage works in a little mystery this issue as well that keeps the story and momentum rolling. Zero Point has been a pleasant surprise and one of the titles that has me excited each week when a new installment arrives.

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9.5
Batman / Fortnite: Zero Point #5

Jun 15, 2021

For a series I thought was going to be a slapped together crossover, I'm going to miss this one and I'm looking forward to seeing how Gage, Duce and company wrap it next month.

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9
Batman / Fortnite: Zero Point #6

Jul 6, 2021

I had little interest in this when it was announced but it was one of the more pleasant surprises of 2021 so far. The ending suggests that a sequel could be in the works, which would definitely have me excited.

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10
Batman / Superman (2019) #1

Aug 28, 2019

One issue in and this already looks like its going to be a special book for DC. No need to miss out on the fun, jump in on this title right now.

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9.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #2

Sep 25, 2019

Batman/Superman has lived up to the hype so far and has been an exceptional story as DC continues building up The Infected event.

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9.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #3

Oct 23, 2019

Batman Superman is bringing the goods with a captivating story and amazing artwork. This is definitely a cant miss title from DC this week.

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9.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #4

Nov 20, 2019

Wed come close to the point where a Superman/Batman team-up was unbeatable, but Williamson has found some very credible foes to keep them in line. This title isnt showing any signs of letting up as The Infected storyline rolls on.

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9.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #5

Dec 18, 2019

The Infected/Secret Six arc has delivered beyond expectation and the big question is how will they manage long enough to survive.

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9.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #6

Jan 22, 2020

The issue ends with a tease for the next arc with a pair of villains that make a lot of sense to pit against Batman and Superman. It should be fun to see what Williamson and Marquez have in store for this arc.

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9.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #7

Feb 26, 2020

Nick Derrington steps in to handle the art for this arc. Derrington is one of the vintage style artists like Doc Shaner who brings a lively modern Silver Age take on the story. His panels are full of energy and his pages are captivating. Dave McCaigs colors beautifully convey that bright and bold old school feel.

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9
Batman / Superman (2019) #8

Mar 25, 2020

This was another fun issue in a title that hasnt disappointed and Im looking forward to what Williamson has in store next.

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9.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #9

Jun 2, 2020

Clayton Henry joins up as the artist this issue. Henry has a clean and energetic style that merges the larger than life aspects of Supermans world and Batmans more grounded city life especially well. Alejandro Sanchezs colors are very strong as well.

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9
Batman / Superman (2019) #10

Jul 28, 2020

Readers looking for a streamlined, easy to follow along title that isn't bogged down by crossovers and trade-focused storytelling definitely need to check out Batman Superman as it keeps delivering the goods.

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8
Batman / Superman (2019) #11

Aug 25, 2020

This was a solid arc that might lack in some high stakes, but it delivers another effective and engaging Batman/Superman story.

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9
Batman / Superman (2019) #12

Sep 22, 2020

This title may not get all the fanfare it deserves, but Williamson consistently delivers quality situations for the Worlds Finest to face that make for enjoyable reads each month.

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8.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #13

Oct 27, 2020

Batman Superman doesn't change everything you thought you knew about the DC Universe, but what it does so well is tell fantastic stories with DC's two big guns.

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7
Batman / Superman (2019) #14

Nov 24, 2020

Williamson didnt create this arc to be some great revelation of the characters and instead sticks to just coming up with fresh scenarios for his title characters. And thats still more than good enough.

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8
Batman / Superman (2019) #15

Dec 22, 2020

This isnt a pivotal issue in the series, but its a nice winter theme issue and wrap for Williamson as the title heads to Future State.

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9.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #16

Mar 23, 2021

This was a strong start for the new Batman Superman creative team with the tease that the surprises, tight narrative and sensational art will be the norm going forward.

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9.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #17

Apr 27, 2021

Batman Superman is delivering a very enjoyable read right now, which is an example far more DC titles need to follow.

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8
Batman / Superman (2019) #18

May 25, 2021

This Worlds Finest arc has been a lot of fun with Yang, Reis and company embracing the wide open potential of Infinite Frontier.

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8
Batman / Superman (2019) #19

Jun 22, 2021

Yang has done an amazing job of capturing the anything goes spirit of a Silver Age title with this arc and its paid off with a fun story that doesnt need to wrap anytime soon.

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9
Batman / Superman (2019) Annual #1

Sep 29, 2020

With the darker nature of the Dark Nights Death Metal storyline it's nice to be able to sit back and enjoy a story that's a lot more lighthearted in nature. For those looking for some good laughs in a one and done story, this is a worthwhile annual to check out this week.

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8.5
Batman / Superman (2019): Authority Special #1

Nov 2, 2021

This special proved another worthwhile glimpse at Supermans new team. With Warworld dead ahead, that arc is set to begin, but Johnson raised the possibility of The Authority traveling to other earths on multiverse-spanning missions. That sounds like a great premise once the Warworld arc is over.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #1

Mar 15, 2022

DC needs more titles like this, and I'm already hyped for next month's installment.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #2

Apr 19, 2022

Batman Superman World's Finest is pure fun. It's a fun ride from start to finish and the only knock is it's way too quick a read. I'd sign up yesterday for a Waid/Mora vintage style Justice League book. For now, it's fine to sit back and enjoy one of the best titles DC is putting out each month.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #3

May 17, 2022

This title remains a fun ride and the wide-open approach to including more DC characters has kept each issue feeling fresh. Keep this on your short-list of can't miss DC titles.

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

Jun 21, 2022

This title never disappoints and continues to be one of the most enjoyable books DC delivers each month.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #5

Jul 19, 2022

If more creative teams were as in synch as this group, DC would be in the midst of a new renaissance period. At least weve got Worlds Finest as an aspirational title to show how good a book can be with a respectful and reverent take on the characters and outstanding visuals throughout.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #6

Aug 16, 2022

This is a title that has a basic formula with simple plots, but its one of DCs Top 3 titles simply due to Waids comprehensive understanding of the characters. This is another highly recommended issue for one of DCs finest.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #7

Sep 20, 2022

Robin has a solution to help his new peer and it teases a very fun team-up next issue. With this creative team delivering on every level this title cant miss and Batman Superman remains one of the elite titles in all of comics.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #8

Oct 18, 2022

Boy Thunder isn't quite right, but he's surrounded by the best mentors and peers possible. This has been an excellent ride seeing where this creative team is taking this story and there's zero chance I'm not already anticipating the next installment.

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

Nov 15, 2022

The cliffhanger definitely is a wild one suggesting things are about to get a lot harder for this collective of heroes and their new ally.

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

Dec 20, 2022

Batman Superman: Worlds Finest #10Kudos to everyone who figured out Boy Thunders identity. For everyone else this issue is a doozy with a killer payoff.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #11

Jan 17, 2023

The payoff for the arc was teased last issue and Waid fully cashed in here with the connection to one of his most acclaimed stories.Batman Superman remains a cant miss title with its stellar characterization, big action and outstanding artwork that hasnt failed to deliver each and every month.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #12

Feb 21, 2023

Even in a "slow issue, Batman Superman WF proves to be one of the books you just don't want to miss any month.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #13

Mar 21, 2023

Waid throws in a nice twist with Stagg's alleged murderer, which sets up what should be another tremendously fun arc. This book hasn't disappointed yet and it's just going to be a long wait for the next installment.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #14

Apr 18, 2023

Theres two wild cliffhangers as Waid shows Batman and Superman are at their best when theyre challenged by credible opponents. The big reveal this issue shows how adept Waid and Mora are in establishing major threats to the Worlds Finest.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #15

May 16, 2023

Batman Superman: World's Finest is simply DC Comics at its best with a creative team that is so fully dialed in crafting essential must-read classic-style stories each month.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #16

Jun 20, 2023

Batman Superman is DC's best comic going today. There's some tough competition now, but no comic has the mix of action, classic portrayals of heroes and gorgeous artwork.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #17

Jul 12, 2023

There's a teaser image for the next issue revealing a long-awaited origin as well as the return of a significant character to this title. That immediately shoots the next issue to the top of my must-read list as this book keeps on delivering exactly what superhero comic book fans want to see in their comic books.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #18

Aug 9, 2023

Every month this title is one of my most anticipated and it never lets me down. Check out this issue for another fun and enjoyable distraction the way comics were always intended.

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9.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #19

Sep 20, 2023

This title just doesn't have off months and is about as consistently a great read as I'd hope for with each issue. Next month, the team travels to the world of Kingdom Come, which sounds very appealing.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #20

Oct 17, 2023

I'm looking forward to where this trek through Kingdom Come takes our heroes.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #21

Nov 21, 2023

The gap between World's Finest and other really strong titles is getting wider. Not due diminishing quality from the rest of the competition. It's just that this book is just operating on a higher level.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #22

Dec 21, 2023

Maybe the craziest aspect of World's Finest is how Waid, Mora, colorist Tamra Bonvillain and letterer Steve Wands make every issue feel like the latest installment of an epic maxi-series. Only in this case it's just a regular month for DC's top title.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #23

Jan 18, 2024

The cliffhanger certainly takes things up a notch. Just when it seemed like this creative team couldn't top themselves further, they find another level. One that is sure to leave a lot of fans buzzing in a great way.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #24

Feb 20, 2024

This was a brilliant conclusion to the book's most ambitious story yet. It's hard to revisit a classic and harder still to live up to the quality of the original. The entire creative team should take a well-deserved bow for crafting a must-read for Kingdom Come fans.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #26

Apr 17, 2024

Batman Superman World's Finest never fails to have at least one moment each issue to reinforce why it's one of the best comics going. This is a really fun issue with great characterization and some unexpectedly clever action sequences.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #27

May 23, 2024

Another month, another highly entertaining issue of World's Finest. This is going to make a terrific collected arc and the fun isn't over yet.

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10
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) #28

Jun 19, 2024

World's Finest maintains its high level of quality and its standing of the one DC title you can't miss if you want a classic, character and action driven series.

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8.5
Batman / Superman: World's Finest (2022) Annual: 2024

Jan 30, 2024

In a rarity for an anthology all of the stories are engaging enough to validate their inclusion. World's Finest fans don't get the Superman/Batman main story they might have anticipated, but this was a worthwhile read this week.

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10
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: III #1

May 1, 2019

I already see that this is going to be one of my favorite books of 2019 thanks to this terrific premise and fun execution.

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9.5
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: III #2

Jun 5, 2019

I love the entire idea of this series right down to the surprise villain which is a hybrid of two characters fans would probably never see coming. This is such a fun series and another great example of DC continuing to explore fun crossover possibilities with its universe.

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10
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: III #3

Jul 3, 2019

This has been a mini-series thats delivered beyond measure and really has that epic feel. This was another issue that seemed to fly by way too fast, which is par for the course for one of DCs most entertaining mini-series.

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9
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5

Sep 4, 2019

This has been another tremendous crossover and this issue does a fantastic job of setting the stakes for the next issue. You know it's going to be over the top while treating both properties with the amount of respect they deserve. I'm not looking forward to the next issue as this has been too much fun to end now.

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9.5
Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: III #6

Oct 2, 2019

For a series of this quality the third time didnt have to be the charm, but the consistency of three installments has been impressive. Hopefully DC has a collection in store with all three chapters.

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9.5
Batman / The Shadow #1

Apr 26, 2017

This was a crossover that sounded cool and then surpassed my expectations. The only annoying thing here? Having to wait almost a full month for the next chapter. This is a really enjoyable read that should please both Batman and The Shadow fans.

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10
Batman / The Shadow #2

May 24, 2017

Although the heroes faced one villain early on the real threat is revealed on the final page. Given how great this title has been already adding this character to the mix ensures we haven't seen nuthin yet.

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9.5
Batman / The Shadow #3

Jun 28, 2017

Interestingly, Snyder and Orlando are making this more than the basic casual crossover with implications that The Shadow has been in Batman's life for years. I'm curious to see how this will play out.

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8
Batman and Robin (2023) #1

Jan 1, 1970

This is a promising start to a new title and barring the next cataclysmic Batman upheaval event, this one will stick around for a while.

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9
Batman and Robin (2023) #2

Oct 10, 2023

This is just two issues in, but it's already showing welcome potential while being as close to a refreshingly self-contained Batman and Robin story as possible.

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8
Batman and Robin (2023) #3

Nov 15, 2023

The main plot is still being developed, but Williamson and Di Meo are establishing a tone worth getting invested with in this new B&R title.

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8.5
Batman and Robin (2023) #4

Dec 15, 2023

Art inconsistencies aside, this was another enjoyable installment of this series that's slowly becoming an easy recommendation each month.

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8.5
Batman and Robin (2023) #7

Mar 12, 2024

Batman and Robin continues to be the most consistent title in the Batman-focused line of books. Williamson takes a steady approach to the story while the art team delivers strong work on their end. The Man-Bat arc remains interesting, and it'll be fun to see where Shush and Flatline fall in line as the story continues.

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7
Batman and Robin (2023) #8

Apr 10, 2024

Man-Bat and his ninja assassins are a potentially formidable threat, but haven't actually done anything all that menacing yet. This story needs to progress faster or the villains need to start doing something to justify the slow burn approach.

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7
Batman and Robin (2023) Annual: 2024

Jan 30, 2024

It's a breezy, annual style story, but that doesn't take away from it being fun. Even with the inconsistent art, this was a fun entry with this week's releases.

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8
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #1

May 8, 2019

I had high hopes for this book and wasnt disappointed. This has the makings of another monthly must-get from the Batman books.

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8
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #3

Jul 10, 2019

Dexter Soys artwork is so fittingly moody that it complements the tone of the story beautifully. Soys style is uniquely suited for street level vigilantes where establishing the mood with dramatic angles in dialogue heavy scenes is just as essential as the action sequences.

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8
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #10

Feb 12, 2020

Although the needle doesnt move too much in terms of significant story progression this is another issue that doesnt have to struggle to sustain reader interest as this arc rolls on.

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8
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #12

May 5, 2020

Next issue seems poised to actually deliver on The Outsiders' clash with Ra's, but this was a solid build-up to conclusion of the series' first major arc.

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9.5
Batman and the Signal #1

Jan 3, 2018

Im already not satisfied at the prospect of just two more issues for this initial run. It forces Patrick to set up an easily resolved quickie conflict instead of establishing an elaborate foundation. Hopefully, theres enough interest to light the way for an ongoing title very soon. This book and character deserve it.

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9
Batman and the Signal #2

Feb 21, 2018

Two issues down and one to go, Batman and The Signal keeps lighting the path to a successful Batman spin-off. Time to get ready for the mini-series finale.

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8
Batman and the Signal #3

Apr 25, 2018

I'm pulling for more of The Signal on his own and a further exploration of his unique realm. Three issues was too small of an appetizer, but the potential for a new, sustainable Batman spin-off is definitely there.

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Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1

Sep 28, 2016

As a kickoff to the next Batman Beyond era, this left me cautiously optimistic. Hopefully with a fresh start, Jurgens can restore the book back to prominence and justify his return to the title.

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9.5
Batman Incorporated (2012) #2

Nov 8, 2022

Batman Inc. has proven to be a terrific surprise. If Brisson and Timms can maintain this quality it could easily become another cant miss Batman Family title.

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9.5
Batman Incorporated (2012) #9

Jun 13, 2023

Batman Inc. hasnt disappointed since its inception and the creative team has a particularly meaty arc to dive into with some unexpected twists and wild action.

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9.5
Batman Incorporated (2012) #12

Sep 12, 2023

The ending is a worthy conclusion to this run for the team with Brisson wisely not blowing up the team allowing for another writer — or himself (?) — to eventually revisit the team that deserved better than a brief, but entertaining 12-issue run.

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8.5
Batman Incorporated (2022) #1

Oct 11, 2022

This was an engaging debut that quickly established the premise of the opening arc, the character interplay and that this team is truly operating without the Batman safety net.

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8.5
Batman Incorporated (2022) #4

Jan 10, 2023

I wasn't sure how this title was going to play out when it was announced, but so far Brisson and Timms are making it click while doing their best to make it more than just another in an endless series of Batman-related titles.

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9.5
Batman Incorporated (2022) #5

Feb 14, 2023

Five issues was a fairly tight arc to tell this opening story and the teased next story should be just as interesting. This seems like a book that gets it right with a dialed in creative team doing all they can to make it stand out in a crowded field of Bat Family titles. So far, the results have been very encouraging.

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9.5
Batman Incorporated (2022) #6

Mar 14, 2023

Batman Incorporated has quietly become one of my more anticipated titles each month.

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9.5
Batman Incorporated (2022) #7

Apr 11, 2023

The development on the final few pages was a little annoying as it's a plot device that's been done to (literal) death too many times. Maybe Brisson can do something fresh with it, but it really would have been stronger to leave that as an enjoyable unique aspect of a Batman title. It's the only downside to another exceptional issue from one of DC's rising must-read books.

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9.5
Batman Incorporated (2022) #8

May 9, 2023

It'll be interesting to see if Brisson uses the arrival of The Joker as an avenue for a quick Batman cameo/team-up or show how competent Batman Inc. is in tackling his greatest rogue without his help.

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7.5
Batman Incorporated (2022) #11

Aug 9, 2023

It's time for some big moves in the arc as Brisson kicked things off strongly before slowing down the pace too drastically on a story that reads best as a race against time. Hopefully next issue will see the arc get a needed adrenaline boost.

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9.5
Batman vs. Robin (2022) #1

Sep 13, 2022

Batman vs. Robin might not be the big conflict DC readers wanted to see play out in 2022, but under Waid and Asrar's hands, this is a brisk read that offers plenty of intriguing directions for the future of the Batman titles and beyond.

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9
Batman vs. Robin (2022) #2

Oct 11, 2022

This book didn't have a sophomore slump and raises the stakes further as Waid continues laying the groundwork for Lazarus Planet.

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9
Batman vs. Robin (2022) #3

Nov 8, 2022

Waid's approach to the series' big mystery was appreciated deftly avoiding the shock twist had it played out later. This series remains an enjoyable read with many unpredictable paths yet to go.

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9
Batman vs. Robin (2022) #4

Dec 20, 2022

Theres a fifth issue to this series, but not until February 28. Next up in this storyline is Lazarus Planet kicking off on Jan. 10. Regardless Ill be sticking with whatever direction Waid wants to go.

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9
Batman vs. Robin (2022) #5

Feb 28, 2023

While the main story event failed to deliver, this final installment of Batman vs. Robin made for a satisfying conclusion that successfully concludes the Nezha storyline, the war of the dynamic duo and sets the stage for the next era for DCs magic users.

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8
Batman: Dear Detective (2022) #1

Sep 6, 2022

Dear Detective is a fun way to repurpose and collect Bermejo images in a prestige format for his fans.

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9
Batman: Fortress (2022) #1

May 24, 2022

Yes, DC has gotten Bat-fever, but its titles like Batman Fortress that show theres plenty of room left on the stands for quality Batman books.

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7
Batman: Fortress (2022) #2

Jan 1, 1970

Its too routine an approach now to seem fresh. Hopefully Whitta has some twists set as this mini-series is on the verge of feeling like just another Batman saves the day story.

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8
Batman: Fortress (2022) #3

Jul 26, 2022

After a rough second issue, Batman Fortress gets back on track with a clear focus and strange bedfellows. Considering so many alternative Batman stories playing out each month this was a solid rebound for the series.

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8.5
Batman: Fortress (2022) #4

Jan 1, 1970

Fortress has been a wild ride with a variety of unexpected turns and twists. Hopefully the back end of the mini-series retains this same level of quality.

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6.5
Batman: Fortress (2022) #5

Sep 27, 2022

This issue of Fortress found Batman assemble his new team, but it still felt uneventful, which isnt the best sign at this point in the mini-series.Hopefully things pick up next issue else Fortress runs out of steam before it reaches the finale.

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8
Batman: Fortress (2022) #6

Oct 25, 2022

This series biggest offense is the weird portrayal of the characters, but the dialogue is enjoyable and heist premise is enough to keep Batman Fortress an entertaining and unpredictable read.

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8
Batman: Fortress (2022) #7

Nov 22, 2022

This was a solid penultimate issue with a cliffhanger that sets the stage for a memorable finale.

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7.5
Batman: Fortress (2022) #8

Jan 17, 2023

Batman Fortress finale certainly defies expectations creating a unpredictable conclusion that might warrant revisiting this particular corner of the multiverse.

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9
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #1

Mar 1, 2022

Maybe the most promising aspect of Killing Time is its only six issues. That feels like a sweet spot for King to effectively tell his story without stretching it out andwasting time.

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7
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #2

Apr 5, 2022

Killing Time stumbler after its promising debut issue. Just as it appeared King has another card in his deck this issue felt like his usual playbook, which by now you either love or are happy to ignore.

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8
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #3

May 3, 2022

Disorienting storytelling device aside, Killing Time is keeping my interest. King's biggest problem with his recent titles is sticking the landing. If he can avoid a lackluster conclusion, this could be one of his better projects in years.

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7.5
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #4

Jun 7, 2022

Killing Time has two more issues left. The shorter issue count is working in Kings favor even as some cracks are starting to show in the overall narrative. Hopefully King can successfully nail the final act and make this a worthy Batman mini-series worth a second read.

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Batman: Killing Time (2022) #5

Jan 1, 1970

Killing Time felt like a welcome shift from Kings recent disappointing Batman stories, but its fallen into far too familiar patterns and likely a lackluster final installment.

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Batman: Killing Time (2022) #6

Aug 2, 2022

Maybe its not a shock that Kings latest mini-series couldnt stick the landing. This has been a common theme of the majority of his recent work. Hes got plenty of ideas, but continually fails to put it all together even if hes got all the time in the world.

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10
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

May 29, 2019

It looks like the next issue is slated for a July release. Given the amount of effort obviously put into this issue that's almost a surprise we'll get #2 that quickly. If it's anything near this quality we might be looking at a strong contender for DC's best limited series of 2019.

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10
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2

Jul 31, 2019

Snyder only has one more issue left in his standalone run on Batman. He covers so much ground in this issue while leaving an intriguing number of questions unanswered. There's no telling how he's going to wrap up this saga, but based on his groundbreaking run on the character so far there's no reason to doubt his final issue will satisfy expectations at the bare minimum.

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10
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #3

Dec 18, 2019

Wrapping this chapter of their solo Batman run is artist Greg Capullo, who delivers more of the signature style on Batmans universe that has become his hallmark since the mid-portion of this decade. From multi-paneled pages to stunning full page pieces, Capullo delivers some amazing work bolstered by the inking of longtime collaborator Jonathan Glapion and the gorgeous coloring by FCO Plascencia.

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9
Batman: Legends of Gotham (2023) #1

Jan 31, 2023

As a double-sized focus on some heroes in the Batman universe that don't always get the spotlight, this was a fun standalone worth checking out for Red Hood, The Outsiders and wider Batman scope fans.

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10
Batman: Lost #1

Nov 8, 2017

Lost is an atypical tie-in as you dont have to read it to follow the Metal story, but it adds a level of suspense and drama that its almost a disservice to the experience to skip it.

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

Aug 16, 2022

One Bad Day: The Riddler is another failing, flailing attempt by King to find that spark he once had on Batman before the aborted wedding twist. If youre a fan of Gerads art this is almost worth checking out for his stellar work. Otherwise, this start to the One Bad Day focus gets off to a mean-spirited, miserable start.

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Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood vs. Anarky #1

Jun 20, 2018

The order of this story seems a bit out of wack as this chapter would have made a lot more sense as the second installment. Events in this story occur before Batmans bachelor party with Superman and Nightwing and show Selenas bachelorette party. Its not a deal breaker, but the kind of thing that probably should have been caught by the editor. Maybe the inevitable trade will assemble the story in chronological order?

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9.5
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Robin vs. Ra's Al Ghul #1

May 30, 2018

In all honesty, I was worried these various build-ups to the wedding were going to be some cheap cash-in on a major Batman event. If they stay at this quality I'll happily and excitedly await the next few chapters and embrace these various confrontations.

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8
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Nightwing vs. Hush #1

Jun 6, 2018

While the bulk of the issue is just kinda there, Seeley's focused character work on Nightwing, Batman and Superman makes this worth getting for Batman and Superman fans.

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9
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1

Jun 13, 2018

I really enjoyed this tale as well as the greatest sense that the events in this prelude special actually do matter. There's a nice tease to the final installment as well as the next chapter pitting Red Hood vs Anarky.

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8.5
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Harley Quinn vs. Joker #1

Jun 27, 2018

Prelude to the Wedding wasn't a must-read arc, but it was entertaining and rewarding for Bat-family fans who wanted a glimpse of the lead in to the big event. Harley vs. The Joker was one of the better installments and easily one worth searching out even if you've missed the other chapters.

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8.5
Batman: Secret Files (2018): Secret Files #1

Oct 31, 2018

Jordie Bellaire, Jill Thompson, Cheryl Lynn Eaton and Elena Casagrande contribute to the other two stories that involve Wayne Tech in a gang dominated area of Gotham and a hunt for Man-Bat. There's no bad story in the bunch and is a supplemental Batman book that's worth checking out.

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9
Batman: Secret Files (2018): Secret Files #2

Jul 31, 2019

This isn't essential reading, but it does feature some quality stories and is a nice appetizer for the big City of Bane arc.

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9.5
Batman: Secret Files (2018): Secret Files #3

Jun 9, 2020

This is definitely not a throwaway money grab collection and is more of an essential supplement for fans of this current run of Batman.

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Batman: Secret Files (2021): Huntress #1

Jul 27, 2021

Tamaki lets her Detective Comics gig take priority over shining a true spotlight on Huntress. As such this is more so recommended for fans of this current arc than Huntress.

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9
Batman: Secret Files (2021): The Signal #1

Jul 6, 2021

A limited spotlight can only go so far and Patrick and Duce build a strong case for why The Signal warrants his own ongoing title.

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8.5
Batman: Sins of the Father #1

Feb 21, 2018

This is not the standard Batman title and even if you haven't played the game, which I highly recommend picking up, this is worth checking out if you want a fun twist on the norm.

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9
Batman: Sins of the Father #2

Mar 21, 2018

The issue ends on an oddly flat note, but there was more than enough action earlier to make up for the low-key cliffhanger. For fans of the game this new development will have a greater significance than regular Batman fans who won't get the big deal. Sins of the Father is delivering on its promise to expand the Batman Telltale Series universe in a thoughtful and entertaining fashion.

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9.5
Batman: Sins of the Father #3

Apr 18, 2018

Sins of the Father has established itself as a high quality alternate take on Batmans universe. This is a mini-series, but I really wouldnt be upset if this creative team kept playing in this sandbox.

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9
Batman: Sins of the Father #4

May 16, 2018

Sins of the Father is expanding its source material nicely to the point its making a legitimate claim to validate turning this six issue series into an ongoing book.

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9.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Two #1

Jun 1, 2021

Theres a lot of potential with the Court and Talons and this issue showed this translation to the cartoon universe should prove a smooth and enjoyable one.

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9.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue #2

Apr 15, 2020

This series would be welcome at any point, but it's especially timely to get some fun animated series Batman installments during this period.

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9.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Two #2

Jul 6, 2021

This first clash with the Talons proved thrilling in a impressively written and drawn two-parter. So far this book is off to a tremendously encouraging start for fans of the cartoon series and fun stories.

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9
Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Two #3

Aug 10, 2021

Writers Alan Burnett and Paul Dini do an excellent job of making a simple hitman into a formidable villain for the issue. Not every issue needs one of Batmans heavy hitters.On some pages, artist Rick Burchett seems to flatten down the characters to the point theres no depth and the illusion of three dimension in the panels is lost.

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9.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Two #4

Sep 14, 2021

This is comic book comfort food. You know what you're getting and it always delivers. There's no surprises, but the thrills and frills are always worth it.

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9.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Two #5

Oct 5, 2021

This was another fun installment of one of the strongest DC series going on now.

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10
Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1

Oct 4, 2017

These Batman Metal tie-ins arent required reading to get the full Metal story, but theyre so good youre going to want to read them anyway. Batman: The Dawn Breaker is another solid story with exceptional art making for any easy purchase.

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9.5
Batman: The Detective (2021) #1

Apr 13, 2021

The Detective gets off to a good start as Taylor, Kubert and Anderson manage the challenging task of having yet another new Batman title stand out among the flood of Dark Knight books on the stands.

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9.5
Batman: The Detective (2021) #2

May 11, 2021

It'll be interested in seeing how this all comes together as Taylor and Kubert are unraveling a big mystery that is smartly and skillfully coming together.

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9.5
Batman: The Detective (2021) #3

Jun 8, 2021

Batman The Detective continues to deliver on thrilling Batman action regardless of how it actually fits into standard continuity. This has been a very consistent read since it began and the cliffhanger at the end of this issue ensures it's not going to limp towards a weak conclusion.

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9.5
Batman: The Detective (2021) #4

Jul 13, 2021

DC has too many Batman books in the lineup these days, but Batman The Detective is certainly a strong enough read to warrant enduring through any pruning.

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9.5
Batman: The Detective (2021) #5

Sep 21, 2021

Taylor raises the stakes appropriately in this penultimate issue that takes the series to a new height with the comforting notion that the best is still yet to come from Taylor and company.

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10
Batman: The Devastator #1

Nov 1, 2017

Theres tie-in issues and then theres that rare tie-in issue that does something really special with an amazing concept. Batman: Devastator is one of those. Make sure to get this one.

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7
Batman: The Drowned #1

Oct 18, 2017

While this isnt quite at the level of other one-offs, this is a solid evil Batman with Justice League powers story that further fleshes out the overall Dark Nights Metal story. — Jeffrey Lyles

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10
Batman: The Long Halloween: Special #1

Oct 26, 2021

Loeb and Sale havent lost their touch. The Long Halloween Special shows some of DCs finest future stories could be by revisiting greatest hits of yesterday.

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7
Batman: The Merciless #1

Oct 25, 2017

This was a decent issue, but there wasnt anything here that was so amazing or interesting to warrant picking up beyond the most devoted Metal and Nightmare Batman fans.

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9.5
Batman: The Murder Machine #1

Sep 27, 2017

Tieri and Tynion IV tease that Cyborg is going to play a vital role in Metal, which is welcome. He hasn't gotten many moments in the spotlight. With more stories like this, Cyborg truly could become the A-list player DC execs have envisioned all along.

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9.5
Batman: The Red Death #1

Sep 20, 2017

So far, Metal has delivered big time and this makes for another exciting Metal tie-in. This has been some of the best DC reads since Rebirth started. Dont miss out on this one.

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10
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #1

Aug 25, 2020

If you were skeptical about this latest Black Label title, Johns, Fabok and Anderson deliver what might be DCs strongest mini-series of 2020.

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9.5
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #2

Sep 29, 2020

As a mid-chapter to the trilogy this was a strong issue that sets the stage for a fascinating conclusion. So far this series definitely hasn't disappointed.

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10
Batman: Universe #2

Aug 14, 2019

I really enjoyed the unpredictability of this issue despite getting somewhat exhausted on Batman. Bendis and Derington make for a super duo and I'm looking forward to seeing where they'll take Batman next issue.

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9
Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #1

Mar 9, 2021

Despite the hefty price tag, this is a very enjoyable anthology thats a must-grab issue for Batman fans.

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9.5
Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #2

Apr 13, 2021

As someone who would love to see other characters get the attention Batman gets every week, I'm far more selective of my Batman reads. This one is worth checking out as it features four strong stories without a bad one in the bunch.

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8.5
Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #3

May 11, 2021

Urban Legends keeps deliver solid reads while making great use of the anthology format.

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7
Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #4

Jun 8, 2021

Three-fourths of the anthology featured entertaining stories, which is a decent ratio for this kind of book although winner after winner would better justify the price.

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7.5
Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #5

Jul 13, 2021

Zdarsky and company sell this issue mostly on their own, but Grifter fans will likely be very glad they stuck with the anthology series as well.

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7
Batman: Urban Legends (2021) #6

Aug 10, 2021

As has been the case with Urban Legends, the Zdarsky story is worth the purchase while the other stories range in quality.

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8
Batman: White Knight #1

Oct 4, 2017

I am interested in this series simply because as an adult I have seen many flaws in the character Batman. Some of which are addressed in this issue but his lack of killing violent enemies, (like The Joker), seem to create more trouble for Gotham City rather than true elimination. This series should definitely be appealing to fans of Batman and more specifically fans of the Batman video game trilogy. — Pierre Brown

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10
Batman: White Knight #2

Nov 1, 2017

Sean Murphy and Matt Hollingsworths tale of the war outside of and within the mind of the criminal known as The Joker is not one to be missed.

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10
Batman: Who Laughs #1

Nov 15, 2017

Riley Rossmo was an inspired choice to draw this installment. Rossmos art is so lively and unique that it instantly stands out from some of the other one-shots. Rossmo might not be the most detailed and anatomically correct, but his art resembles a dark version of the classic Batman The Animated Series look. The Batman Who Laughs is breaking down his origin to a bound and concealed character. Tynion doesnt offer any clues, but its sure to get paid off in Metal #4. This is a definite must-get for fans of these alternate Batmen as it definitely saves one of the best for last.

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9
Batwoman (2017) #1

Mar 15, 2017

Batwoman has been a strong featured player in Detective Comics. Without the rest of Team Batman around her, she proves just as engaging. There's a ton of potential here and Tynion and Bennett seem poised to realize all of it.

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6.5
Batwoman: Rebirth #1

Feb 15, 2017

Batwoman has been a very compelling character in Detective Comics, but little of that carries over to her solo debut. Hopefully the regular series delivers more engaging adventures with Gotham's latest hero.

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Beware The Eye of Odin #1

Jun 22, 2022

Beware the Eye of Odin gets off to a great start thanks to its quickly defined characters, conflict and dazzling art. Hopefully the rest of this adventure will be just as thrilling.

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9.5
Big Game (2023) #2

Aug 23, 2023

Big Game is not gonna be for the faint of heart and this creative team is knocking out what's already vying for the title of comic event of 2023.

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10
Big Game (2023) #3

Sep 20, 2023

Big Game #3 keeps the series' adrenaline rush pacing and action to another level with more shootouts, explosions and a dinosaur (?). It's delivering on all fronts and certainly worthy of best offering of the week honors.

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10
Big Game (2023) #4

Oct 18, 2023

Big Game has lived up to the hype and then some exceeding expectations to deliver a gripping and important story. This is absolutely going to shake up the Millar Verse.

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10
Big Game (2023) #5

Nov 16, 2023

I've been a huge fan of the Millar World titles since Hit-Girl's solo adventures. Big Game has been easily the best event book from any company in the last decade. Filled with shocks, massive action sequences and fan-pleasing heroic moments, this epic delivered big time.

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7
Birds of Prey (2020) #1

Jun 2, 2020

Ultimately this one-shot is for the most dedicated Harley Quinn or Black Canary fan. Its not terrible, but theres nothing that exciting to make it worth tracking down.

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7
Birds of Prey (2023) #1

Sep 5, 2023

Thompson has a solid command of the characters' voices, which should make the book engaging even with some questionable additions to the team dynamic.

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9
Birds of Prey (2023) #2

Oct 3, 2023

This has been a very pleasant surprise and a book that's on the fast track to being one of my more anticipated reads each month.

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7
Birds of Prey (2023) #4

Dec 6, 2023

The team dynamics with the featured role for Black Canary help to make Birds of Prey better than the basic group book. Hopefully Thompson can raise the dramatic stakes more with a stronger villain in the next arc.

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6
Birds of Prey (2023) #5

Jan 3, 2024

This was an off issue for Birds of Prey, which has enjoyed consistent writing and art in the previous outings. By no means was it a disaster, just not of the quality that's been established with this title.

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7
Birds of Prey (2023) #6

Feb 7, 2024

More surprising was the reveal that this team is not locked in place as characters will rotate in and out. Thompson had a good handle on the cast so it's a little disappointing they won't have time to get in to more crazy adventures.

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8.5
Birds of Prey (2023) #7

Mar 5, 2024

This was a fun issue with a tongue-in-cheek cliffhanger. It wasn't the most exhilarating issue, but an entertaining one setting up what looks like a solid follow-up secondary arc.

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9.5
Bitter Root #6

Feb 19, 2020

All the hype for this title is real and well-deserved. With a film in development, now is the perfect time to get in on this ride before it gets popularized for the masses on the big screen. Thankfully we only have to wait another month for the next installment.

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10
Bitter Root #8

Jun 10, 2020

The thrill ride isnt over for Bitter Root as this new arc continues building momentum and keeping every bit of excitement rolling.

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10
Bitter Root #9

Jul 8, 2020

Bitter Root remains a ton of fun and this arc is rolling with strong pacing, character development and gorgeous art.

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9.5
Bitter Root #11

Jan 1, 1970

Bitter Root #11 is a welcome return to one of the more fascinating comics currently on the stands. If you haven't grabbed the vine yet now is the perfect time to catch up on this captivating series.

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9.5
Bitter Root #11

Mar 23, 2021

Colorist Sofie Dodgson continues to create some of the most luxurious color combinations together to make for a visually arresting and gorgeous landscape.

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9.5
Bitter Root #12

Apr 28, 2021

Sofie Dodgson always adds another welcome element to the artwork with her lush and bold colors.

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9.5
Bitter Root #13

May 26, 2021

Bitter Root never lets up or fails to impress each issue. This latest arc is raising the stakes considerably leading to a fascinating storyline that keeps surpassing expectations.

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7
Black Adam (2022) #1

Jun 21, 2022

Black Adam has all the structure and setup of a typical Priest ride. Priest will definitely take readers on an unpredictable journey so its best not to judge too quickly after a somewhat jarring opening act.

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8
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #1

Nov 1, 2017

Thats this book as a whole. Its not the best book Ive read all year, but it immediately felt like one Ive happily picked up and enjoyed throughout 2017. Hopefully this will find an audience as Black Lightning has long deserved a proper spotlight.

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9
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #2

Dec 6, 2017

I'm also engaged with Black Lightning's supporting cast, which gets a new addition in his trainer Amberjack. Isabella isn't stupid and is smartly laying seeds that will require further examination. I like the fabric of this book as it's so easy to get invested in the characters. DC really has something special with this title. It's proving to be a late 2017 special that hopefully stays lit through 2018.

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9
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #3

Jan 3, 2018

I really appreciate Isabella being able to so successfully blend comic book spectacle with real world issues so seamlessly. We're at the halfway point now with Cold Dead Hands and this book is demanding a second chapter or news of an ongoing series.

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8.5
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #4

Feb 7, 2018

Black Lighting remains one of the recent pleasant surprises for DC. With the strength and popularity of the TV series and overall quality of this title, keeping it going seems like the smart play for DC.

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9
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #5

Mar 7, 2018

Nothing happened this issue to suggest an ongoing series with this creative team would be a bad idea. Hopefully this spotlight on Black Lightning has won over enough fans for DC to keep these adventures rolling.

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9
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #6

Apr 4, 2018

Bryan Hill will be featuring Black Lightning on his Detective Comics run. While Im excited about that I also hope this mini-series sparked enough interest at DC for an ongoing solo series.

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6
Black Manta (2021) #1

Sep 7, 2021

Theres a decent subplot here, but Black Mantas debut issue doesnt do enough to sell him or this mini-series as a cant miss read.

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7
Black Manta (2021) #2

Oct 19, 2021

Black Manta is showing potential, but a few choppy scenes are holding it back from reach high tide.

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8
Black Manta (2021) #3

Nov 9, 2021

This chapter left me more intrigued about what Brown has in store for Black Manta and where he plans to take this approach on the character and Atlantis in general.

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6.5
Black Manta (2021) #4

Dec 14, 2021

The art is somewhat holding the book back, but Brown is providing an intriguing mission for Black Manta that has nothing to do with Aquaman.

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9.5
Black Manta (2021) #5

Jan 18, 2022

Brown and del Lindo set the stage for an exciting final issue with this one as the book finishes the groundwork for the big Aquamen event.

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8.5
Black Manta (2021) #6

Feb 8, 2022

The ending comes off somewhat abrupt, but it did wrap up the subplots to a reasonable degree. Brown leaves plenty of possibilities open for further stories for Black Manta, maybe some of which will be explored in Aquamen?

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9
Black Panther (2018) #1

Jun 3, 2018

Black Panther #1 takes T'Challa on a fantastic galactic voyage and this is already shaping up to be one of Marvel's most promising titles of 2018.

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6
Blood Stain #3

Oct 4, 2017

This series is the kind of read you want when you need a break from the action and horror genres. Ellys imagination runs wild when shes nervous and often times imagines Dr. Stein as a dragon and herself as a magical warrior. However, I wanted to see more out theses three volumes because theres not much information on what exactly he does in the lab much less why theres blood on his lab coat either. This is still a decent read though and perhaps the first three volumes merely set the tone for whats to come. Ill definitely stick around to see how this story ends.

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8
Blood Syndicate (2022): Season One #1

May 10, 2022

While it wasn't overly flashy and mostly set up for future installments, this was a strong debut for the next era of Blood Syndicate.

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6
Blood Syndicate (2022): Season One #2

Jun 14, 2022

Thorne has laid enough foundation that it's time to start making Blood Syndicate interesting or else readers might need to wait for Season 2 to be properly engaged.

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6.5
Blood Syndicate (2022): Season One #4

Aug 9, 2022

Im still hopeful Thorne can turn it around, but this issue didnt make the turnaround Im anticipating.

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8
Blood Syndicate (2022): Season One #6

Nov 1, 2022

Season One got off to a slow start, but with the conclusion of this and the other Milestone opening acts, the future seems as bright as ever for the brand going forward.

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8.5
Blood Tree (2023) #1

Feb 2, 2023

Blood Tree starts off on an encouraging note one that should lead to an intriguing, hard-nosed crime saga through its run.

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8
Blue & Gold (2021) #1

Jul 20, 2021

The potential with Blue and Gold is obvious. If Jurgens avoids taking the easy route in making Booster a walking punchline this could be one of the standout new DC titles in 2021.

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9
Blue & Gold (2021) #2

Sep 7, 2021

Blue and Gold is quickly finding its footing as Jurgens strikes the right tone between humor and serious action. It might be time to consider making this a permanent entry in the comic pull list.

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7.5
Blue & Gold (2021) #3

Oct 12, 2021

Despite its flaws, Blue and Gold thrives with its two leads. Jurgens just needs to ease up on the beating down Booster Gold and emoji-fueled weapons/texts and allow readers a chance to see why his leads are still so revered.

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9.5
Blue & Gold (2021) #4

Nov 16, 2021

Nostalgia plays a big part in this one, but for JLI fans this is an easy recommendation.

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6
Blue & Gold (2021) #5

Jan 18, 2022

Blue and Gold is nearing the end of its eight-issue run. The characters remain endearing, but this arc still hasnt felt like its gone anywhere even at its conclusion.

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8.5
Blue & Gold (2021) #8

Apr 19, 2022

Hopefully this wont be the last we see of the Blue and Gold duo as theres still plenty of fun left with this pairing.

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4
Blue Beetle (2016) #1

Sep 28, 2016

Scott Kollins artwork is solid. He's a great fit for this book up for either the extensive talking scenes or Beetle in action moments. This is a title that might actually work better for new fans unfamiliar with the characters who will approach it without preconceived notions. Blue Beetle is a book where Giffen is still finding his way.

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8
Blue Beetle: Graduation Day (2022) #1

Nov 29, 2022

Graduation Day Special kicks off a return to prominence for Jaime, which hopefully wont be the last time. This debut has a solid start that should be maintained throughout by this creative team.

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8
Blue Beetle: Graduation Day (2022) #3

Jan 24, 2023

Blue Beetle is a throwback title in the sense that the stakes aren't universe changing, but have major impact on its title character. The creative team isn't afraid to throw in multiple cameos from the rest of the DCU making for a breezy and entertaining title that should appeal to readers ready for a book that is content to just be fun.

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8.5
Cannibal #7

Jul 26, 2017

This is my first sample of Cannibal, but Im ready for the next round. This is some tasty reading.

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9
Cannibal #8

Oct 4, 2017

Cannibal definitely keeps things interesting, making sure the interpersonal relationships between characters are at the forefront of this issue. The ending of this issue sets the stage for horrible events to come by the hands of Cash.

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9
Canto & The City of Giants #1

Jan 1, 1970

I've got (no pun intended) high hopes for this one and looking forward to seeing how the series continues to play out.

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9.5
Catwoman (2018) #1

Jul 4, 2018

Catwoman gets off to a strong start in Jones hands. While this solo series seems long overdue its in the right creative hands making it truly worth the wait.

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9.5
Catwoman (2018) #3

Sep 12, 2018

Catwoman #3 is another strong offering that continues to show the versatility and entertaining nature of Catwoman in her own title beyond cameo duty in Batman.

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8.5
Catwoman (2018) #25

Sep 15, 2020

For Catwoman fans this was a well done anniversary issue that builds on Joker War while giving Selina plenty of spotlight on her own.

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9.5
Catwoman (2018) #29

Mar 16, 2021

This relatively new creative team has a solid idea where they want to take Catwoman and if this issue is any indication, this title will quickly earn monthly must-read status.

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9
Catwoman (2018) #30

Apr 20, 2021

Catwoman remains an enjoyable read with a creative team fully dialed in and playing to their leads strengths as they further expand her pocket of the Batman universe.

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9.5
Catwoman (2018) #31

May 18, 2021

Thats still hopefully a way out as this Catwoman arc has been too good to wrap anytime soon.

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7
Catwoman (2018) #32

Jun 15, 2021

Catwoman has been at such a high level that this cool down issue was disappointing. This is likely just a minor detour as Ram V has delivered some compelling Catwoman stories with enough frequency that he's earned the benefit of the doubt.

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9.5
Catwoman (2018) #33

Jul 20, 2021

Catwoman has not so quietly been one of DC's strongest post-Future State and this issue retains the series' high level of quality.

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10
Catwoman (2018) #34

Aug 17, 2021

Catwoman keeps bringing the goods and this was an important issue for the next arc following the Fear State tie-ins.

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7
Catwoman (2018) #35

Sep 21, 2021

Theres some worthwhile resolutions to Selinas ongoing story arc, but its mainly a crossover issue that lacks enough meat to make it a necessary pick-up for anyone besides Fear State completionists.

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9.5
Catwoman (2018) #36

Oct 19, 2021

Ram V has such a solid grip on Catwoman that this is becoming a can't miss series even when it's got to carry an uninspired Batman event.

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7
Catwoman (2018) #37

Nov 23, 2021

Ram V made the best with the Fear State tie-ins, but Catwoman will likely be solidly back on track now he can focus on his own stories.

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8
Catwoman (2018) #38

Dec 21, 2021

Ram V has a strong tenure on Catwoman and this was a fine way to conclude his run while setting up some villains and possible obstacles for the future.

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7
Catwoman (2018) #39

Jan 18, 2022

Clunky script soapboxing aside, this is an intriguing debut for the new creative team.

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8
Catwoman (2018) #45

Jul 19, 2022

Catwomans new status quo has made for an engaging read. When Howard dials down the juts because dude-bashing its going to make for a book that is well worth reading every month.

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6
Catwoman (2018) #58

Oct 17, 2023

Gotham War needed a strong chapter to keep the momentum for this divisive storyline going. This issue failed to properly advance the war with an installment more confusing and convoluted than entertaining.

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9.5
Catwoman (2018) Annual: 2021

Jun 29, 2021

Despite the relative short camera time for Catwoman in her own annual this was a very strong read. Providing context for villains and their actions is always a sound strangely and Ram V, Hotz, Blanco and Ferreyra make this a terrific and must-read origin.

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10
Catwoman: Lonely City (2021) #1

Oct 19, 2021

There's been some quality Black Label books and some misses. If it stays at this quality, Catwoman Lonely City might go down as one of the best Selina Kyle stories and possibly inspire the next generation of creators.

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10
Catwoman: Lonely City (2021) #2

Dec 21, 2021

This was another superb installment for a series that was easily one of my favorites in 2021. Hopefully, it remains at this same level of high quality next year.

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10
Catwoman: Lonely City (2021) #3

Apr 19, 2022

Lonely City has been a great title from the first issue. There's no faltering or weak issue let alone even an underwhelming subplot. If you've missed out, it's well worth tracking down the previous two issues and seeing what the fuss is with DC's best limited series.

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10
Catwoman: Lonely City (2021) #4

Oct 25, 2022

Lonely City was a treat from start to finish and an essential take on Catwoman from a master storyteller.

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5
Checkmate (2021) #1

Jun 22, 2021

As usual, Bendis seems game, but he gets stuck in his mindset of telling a story for an audience of one. Checkmate doesnt flip the board on Event Leviathan and feels especially irrelevant in the new Infinite Frontier landscape of DC.

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6
Checkmate (2021) #2

Jul 27, 2021

Bendis fails to sell the notion that take on Checkmate is necessary at this point or why the story matters with so many characters and events moving well past Event Leviathan. At least this issue suggests there can be some redeeming parts through this journey.

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2
Checkmate (2021) #3

Aug 24, 2021

Checkmate is now at the halfway point and still feels like a vanity project for a story readers have been given little incentive to care about.

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2
Checkmate (2021) #4

Sep 28, 2021

Checkmate feels like a comic in its own pocket universe. That would help explain why characters sound so inconsistent. If only there was an easy solution for the plodding pace and frustrating lack of developments.

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3
Checkmate (2021) #5

Oct 26, 2021

This series has been a train wreck that's almost worth hate reading to see what kind of foolishness Bendis will perpetrate next. There's just one more issue to go and it's a guarantee nothing will get resolved forcing Bendis to resume the story he really wants to tell in Justice League.

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2
Checkmate (2021) #6

Nov 23, 2021

Midway through it felt like Bendis lost interest leading to a boring, underwhelming conclusion to an arc hes been working on for over two years.

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8
City Boy (2023) #1

May 23, 2023

City Boys debut is a solid introduction to a character that offers something different than the typical DC hero. If youre searching for a fresh title this might be a book worth exploring.

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9.5
Clear (2021) #2

Nov 19, 2021

Clear's second issue ensures the first issue wasn't just an interesting premise and sets the stage for a very compelling conclusion.

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9.5
Clear (2021) #4

Jan 26, 2022

This issue's cliffhanger is very unexpected and definitely sets the stage for an exciting payoff.

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9.5
Clear (2021) #6

Jun 3, 2022

Clear is a briskly told story that doesn't overstay its welcome making for a project that's easy to see translated to a feature film format. Either way, this was a terrific Blade Runner style series that would make for an ideal read for sci-fi fans that don't typically venture into comic book territory.

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10
Cobra Commander (2024) #1

Jan 17, 2024

Cobra Commander and Duke are setting up a new take on G.I. Joe that is the modern shot in the arm I didn't realize the series needed. If these prelude titles are any indication, Williamson and his collaborators' take on G.I. Joe is going to quickly ascend to the top of the comic book charts.

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9.5
Cobra Commander (2024) #2

Feb 21, 2024

Cobra Commander #2 certainly didn't start off slow, but this was another issue that breezed by far too quickly. This creative team is creating a must-read where the next installment can't arrive soon enough. This book probably needs to come with a warning that it contains highly addictive material that's barely satiated with a 30-day fix.

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10
Cobra Commander (2024) #3

Mar 20, 2024

Cobra Commander #3 sets the stage for some major developments next issue. Whether any Dreadnoks will be around by the end of it is an entirely different story.

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10
Cobra Commander (2024) #4

Apr 17, 2024

The payoff to this subplot is pretty genius. Williamson set everything up in a way that Cobra Commander both comes off sympathetic and extremely dangerous.

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10
Cobra Commander (2024) #5

May 22, 2024

Cobra Commander #5 was a fantastic conclusion to one of the year's best surprises with this successful re-imagining of Cobra.

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9
Commanders In Crisis #2

Nov 18, 2020

Commanders is a title thats going to merit close attention over the next few months. It seems like Orlando and Tinto have something very special on their hands.

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9.5
Commanders In Crisis #3

Dec 16, 2020

Orlando starts working in layers to this initial arc, which teases plenty of fun and engaging surprises going forward.

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6
Commanders In Crisis #4

Jan 1, 1970

This was the first issue in the series that really felt like a misfire. Character motivation felt sketchy, the villains underwhelming and way too early to shake up the still developing status quo with a shocking revelation.

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7.5
Commanders In Crisis #5

Feb 10, 2021

At the end of the issue, Orlando teases something I was hoping would be a possibility from early on in the series. That suggests he's not done providing surprises for a book that still seems capable of greatness with a tighter focus on the main plot and better development of its characters.

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9.5
Commanders In Crisis #6

Mar 10, 2021

Commanders in Crisis is quickly establishing itself as one of the more fun and original comic book series going today.

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9.5
Commanders In Crisis #7

Apr 7, 2021

Too many superhero books feel stagnant or making changes for the sake of change. Commanders in Crisis continues to feel like a series that's run longer than its brief run yet still remains just as surprising and entertaining as ever.

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8
Commanders In Crisis #8

Jan 1, 1970

While a more convoluted read than usual, the ideas overflowing in Commanders in Crisis remain impressive. Hopefully Orlando can reel some of them in to be more cohesive as the series winds down.

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9
Commanders In Crisis #9

Jun 1, 2021

Typically, in a limited run series like this, the writer has begun to exhaust their ideas and lets the big battle carry the book over the finish line. Orlando doesn't have any problems introducing new characters and potential future subplots suggesting there's plenty of storylines and ideas left for Commanders in Crisis.

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7
Commanders In Crisis #10

Jul 7, 2021

While this was a weaker issue, I'm still heavily invested in the series. There's two more issues left and I'm genuinely curious to see how Orlando wraps it up and if he does like I hope and leaves the door open for an ongoing series.

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9
Commanders In Crisis #11

Aug 4, 2021

Hopefully hell be able to stick the landing for a series thats more than lived up to its promising premise.

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8.5
Commanders In Crisis #12

Sep 1, 2021

Orlando seemed to tease a potential future direction with Frontier. Hopefully that tease does lead to more installments of the Commanders in Crisis as this is a team and world definitely worth revisiting.

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8
Conan: The Slayer #11

Jul 27, 2017

The Devil in Iron ended strongly and Im looking forward to seeing what Bunn has in store for Conan next. Provided it stays at this quality, this will remain a terrific take on Conan.

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5
Crime Syndicate (2021) #1

Jan 1, 1970

The Syndicate gets its first galactic incursion, which Schmidt is establishing as the spark that puts them together. At least with this first issue, this take on the Syndicate isnt that interesting as theres a sense of read and seen this done better before. Theres still time to turn it around, but this wasnt a good first impression of the DC Multiverses bad guys.

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4
Crime Syndicate (2021) #2

Apr 6, 2021

This mini-series just isnt working so far. Next issue marks the halfway point and while theres fleeting hope for a turnaround theres still time for a comeback.

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6
Crime Syndicate (2021) #3

May 4, 2021

As the series reaches its planned end point, its showing some slight signs of improvement. Im curious to see Schmidts approach for the second half of the mini-series. Theres still some potential here even if it gets lost with some random wacky characterization.

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8
Crime Syndicate (2021) #4

Jun 1, 2021

Ive not been a big fan of this title, but this might be the start of an impressive turnaround. For the first time Im intrigued about what lies ahead next issue.

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8
Crime Syndicate (2021) #5

Jul 6, 2021

Crime Syndicate has turned the corner and has become a fun continuity-free mini-series. Theres just one issue left so itll be interesting to see how Schmidt and McKeown craft this final act.

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8.5
Crime Syndicate (2021) #6

Aug 3, 2021

Early on, Crime Syndicate was a rough read, but the creative team diligently worked each issue to improve it. Assuming theres enough retail and fan interest, Crime Syndicate is worth a stay of execution to get another mini-series.

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9.5
Crosswind #2

Jul 26, 2017

For fans of Simones work at DC and those just looking for something extraordinarily different, Crosswind is a dazzling must-read.

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10
Crosswind #3

Aug 31, 2017

I love this book and if you're not reading it yet, you're really missing out on one of the best reads in all of comics.

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9.5
Crosswind #4

Sep 28, 2017

But if Cason gets killed, will Juniper or Cason die? That should prove an interesting question if Simone decides to pursue it. For now, I'm happy to enjoy every issue as I know it's going to provide some genuine laughs and surprisingly heartfelt moments.I'll keep saying this until everyone checks this out, but Crosswind is a blast and a thoroughly enjoyable comic worth your attention. –Jeffrey

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8
Crosswind #5

Nov 1, 2017

Cat Staggs' artwork seemed a little off on some pages, but the majority still packed that signature photorealistic style that's made Crosswind one of the best looking titles today. The way this issue played out it almost seemed like the penultimate issue, but with Crosswind set as an ongoing series, it'll be interesting to see what Simon and Staggs have in store past this initial arc.

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8
Crosswind #6

Jan 3, 2018

Cat Staggs' art remains impeccable with her amazing photo style. The body language and expressions is so key to this series and Staggs never disappointed. This was an intriguing finale, but I wonder if Simone would have handled the pacing differently without the need for season breaks. Either way, I'll be ready for Season 2 whenever it kicks off.

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8.5
Cyborg #2

Jun 20, 2023

Cyborg has had trouble maintaining an ongoing title, but this new dynamic might just be the formula for an enduring and lasting run of Vic Stone.

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8
Cyborg (2016) #1

Sep 21, 2016

The only concern from this issue is the hope that Semper doesn't get too focused on having Cyborg battle mechanical/robotic type opponents. There's enough potential metallic adversaries for Cyborg to fight to last for two to three years, but that shouldn't be the basis of his still under construction rogue gallery. Still, I liked what I read here and was an encouraging sign going forward.

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7.5
Cyborg (2016) #2

Oct 5, 2016

The issue's cliffhanger was cleverly done and should have lasting repercussions on the title. I don't see Cyborg becoming a top tier title, but it's enjoyable enough in this early stretch that it's sustaining my interest.

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7.5
Cyborg (2016) #3

Oct 19, 2016

Like Green Lanterns before it, Cyborg flashes just enough promise to keep me invested. It hasn't all come together yet, but it's very close. But I'm enjoying seeing it all come together on the ground floor.

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6
Cyborg (2016) #4

Nov 1, 2016

At this point, Semper is going to need to find some way to make Cyborg a fun read. It's a little too all over the place and this issue doesn't instill any confidence that it's going to improve fast enough to retain readers.

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2
Cyborg (2016) #13

Jun 7, 2017

I keep wanting to see Cyborg turn the corner, but this was another in a long string of tough reads for this book. It might be time for a new creative team to give this title a reboot before any chances of a successful Cyborg solo title crashes.

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8.5
Cyborg (2023) #1

May 16, 2023

Cyborg titles dont usually have a lengthy shelf life, but Hampton, Raney and the rest of the creative team appear to have enough fresh ideas to make this run worth checking out.

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7
Cyborg (2023) #5

Nov 28, 2023

Cyborg has made for a solid mini-series with a writer who truly gets the complexities and opportunities of the character. With more consistent art, this would be a viable candidate for an extended run.

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6
Cyborg (2023) #6

Dec 26, 2023

Unlike some of the other mini-series DC has rolled out, Cyborg's latest didn't offer enough possibilities to suggest it needed to be expanded to an ongoing series.

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6.5
Cyborg: Rebirth #1

Sep 7, 2016

Cyborg Rebirth doesn't provide the same wow factor as some other Rebirth debuts. Instead it offers some promise of better storylines to come. Hopefully Semper and Pelletier can reach that potential.

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9
Damage (2018) #1

Jan 17, 2018

Im optimistic Daniel and Venditti can keep Damage away from too many familiar Hulk paths. If theyre successful, this could be one of DCs surprise hits for 2018.

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9
Damage (2018) #2

Feb 21, 2018

DC isnt letting up on the characters push though with another top tier guest star set for next issue. That encounter should make for a fun third issue. The future looks bright for Damage.

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9
Damage (2018) #3

Mar 21, 2018

Damage is really proving to be a nice welcome surprise. It's not shaking up the DC Universe, but it's a very competently and enjoyably crafted book. There's absolutely nothing wrong with a book that does its job well.

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9
Damage (2018) #4

Apr 18, 2018

Ive been surprised by how enjoyable this book has been so far. Damage is a fresh perspective on a throwback style hero thats really working.

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8.5
Damage (2018) #5

May 16, 2018

I'm liking where this comic is going so far and once Damage gets a regular artist it's going to settle into becoming one of DC's strongest new titles.

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4
Damage (2018) #6

Jun 20, 2018

The cameo from Swamp Thing also felt out of nowhere and seemed more like a gimmick to throw yet another character into the mix instead of focusing on Ethan. I'm losing confidence in DC's faith in the character as he's barely gone an issue without having an assortment of cameos. At some point, Damage is going to have to stand on his own without guest spots. Hopefully that's coming sooner than later.

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6
Damage (2018) #7

Jul 18, 2018

Damage has potential, but it hasn't quite reached it yet. DC tends to give new books a decent shot at finding an audience. Damage seems like it's going to need a longer leash than some of the other New Age of Heroes books.

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10
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #1

Jun 7, 2022

DC has been hyping Dark Crisis for a while and regardless if you're exhausted on big events promising the world that fail to deliver, this is one worth checking out. This first issue teases what could be a revered and well-received event if the rest stays as entertaining and memorable as the debut.

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10
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #2

Jan 1, 1970

Dark Crisis still feels widely out of place in the current DC Universe, but its been a fascinating and amazing read so far. This creative team is doing tremendous work and if the rest of the series is this strong it could become one of DCs best events over the last decade.

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10
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #3

Aug 2, 2022

Theres been a lot of cynicism over Dark Crisis and its new title, but Williamson, Sampere and the rest of the creative team are clearly doing their best to make this an event that is fondly remembered for years to come.

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9.5
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #4

Sep 6, 2022

This issue didn't deliver many answers, but the series still has plenty more months left. With the creative team intent on delivering a massive and memorable spectacle, Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths remains a very enjoyable and essential read for DC fans.

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10
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #5

Oct 4, 2022

I lost count how many times I had a huge smile or nodded that Dark Crisis has the tone, heart and action of some of DC's biggest events, That doesn't include the numerous geek out moments where Williamson and Sampere completely nailed a scene. Dark Crisis might not have the company wide presence it deserves, but there's little denying each issue has been excellent. Bring on the next installment!

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Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #6

Nov 8, 2022

The big finale cliffhanger also feels insignificant for an event of this scale. It really seems like the lack of rich connections to the ongoing DC titles ultimately proved too much to make Dark Crisis as important as it should have been. Maybe Williamson can nail a satisfying ending, but it likely won't mean anything by this time next year.

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10
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022) #7

Dec 20, 2022

No matter this came together nicely for an exciting and enjoyable crossover. Now that its wrapped upits a good time if you missed out to grab all the issues and take on one of DCs better mega-events in recent memory.

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5
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022): The Deadly Green #1

Oct 4, 2022

For a 43-page issue the gist can mostly be accomplished by a one- or two-page summary in the main title. This one doesn't provide enough substance to track down for fear of missing out something important to the event.

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7.5
Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths (2022): War Zone #1

Dec 6, 2022

This anthology has strong bookends and adequate filler stories. Its not essential to the main story, but offers some decent glimpses at how the war effort is playing out against Pariah on multiple fronts.

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Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League (2022): Wonder Woman #1

Sep 13, 2022

This is worth grabbing for Martian Manhunter fans but Wonder Woman fans will likely find more enjoyment in her standalone title.

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Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League (2022): Green Arrow #1

Oct 11, 2022

This issue's release really was hurt by the larger Dark Crisis storyline moving ahead. There's not much reason to check this one out unless you're a big fan of Green Arrow or Black Canary.

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Dark Crisis: Worlds Without A Justice League (2022): Green Lantern #1

Aug 9, 2022

The Hawkgirl story benefits from Adams' impressive ability to condense Hawkgirl's backstory into a quick synopsis with a quick turnaround quest. Johnson will deliver a great story and likely even a one-shot if given a full issue to tell the story. This is recommended for fans of the characters who want to see how they're being affected during Dark Crisis.

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