Josh West's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Bad Manta Reviews: 42
7.8Avg. Review Rating

7.0
Action Comics (2016) #978

Apr 27, 2017

Action Comics #978 visits iconic moments in Supermans history that will makes any fan happy to see, and also gives important revelations about Supermans new life. But in the end, there are still so many questions remaining and few answers given.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #981

Jun 16, 2017

The story here is good, but the art is what makes this issue great. Any Superman fan will appreciate seeing a weakened Superman try to take on the Eradicator, Cyborg Superman, and General Zod all at once. That being said, this isn't a great issue for new readers, but it's a very rewarding issue for readers who have been keeping up with Action Comics in Rebirth.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #982

Jun 29, 2017

Action Comics #982 moves the "Revenge" story arc into high-gear with a classic display of Superman's unwavering heroism in the face of impossible odds. Despite a mildly rough hand-off between artists, this issue tells a great story that will leave readers anxious to see how this story ends.

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6.0
Action Comics (2016) #983

Jul 16, 2017

Action Comics #983 progressed this story arc in an enjoyable, yet predictable way. The battle between the Super-family and the Revenge Squad ultimately takes a back seat to Superman and Zod's fight, which was disappointing. But, there's no sign of this story arc slowing down any time soon, and I still have high hopes for the upcoming conclusion.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #987

Sep 13, 2017

I can't think of an issue of a Superman series in recent memory that set up a story as well as Action Comics #987 does. The Oz Effect is finally here, and if this issue is any indication of what the rest of this story holds, then we're in for one heck of a ride.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #23

May 17, 2017

Aquaman #23 starts a new story arc that finally puts the focus on Aquaman's role as King of Atlantis. With well-written dialogue, a unique plot, and good art, this issue sets the "Crown of Atlantis" arc off to a good start.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #24

Jun 13, 2017

Everything Aquaman has been through in Rebirth has led to the events of Aquaman #24. Abnett has written another compelling story that goes straight to the heart of who Arthur Curry is.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #26

Jul 20, 2017

Aquaman #26 continues the "Underworld" story arc with intriguing plot development and fantastic art. If you're not reading Aquaman right now, you're truly missing out on one of the best books in Rebirth.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #20

Apr 5, 2017

Batman #20 is one of the most important issues so far in Batman's Rebirth continuity. Tom King's multi-layered story arc concludes in a way that honors the character of Batman and emphasize his true heroism.

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10
Batman (2016) #21

Apr 19, 2017

Batman #21 is a perfect example of how to set up a major comic book event. The story is gripping, the art is amazing, and this issue will leave you dying to read the next chapter.

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7.0
Batman (2016) #22

May 10, 2017

Batman #22 is an emotional and compelling Batman story, but ends up feeling irrelevant to "The Button"crossover and leaves a lot of open-ended questions for Flash #22 to have to answer.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #24

Jun 7, 2017

Tom King continues to bring brave and new character progression to Batman. With good dialogue, exceptional art, and a big shocker at the end, Batman #24 stands out as an epilogue/prelude that pushes the envelope.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #30

Sep 8, 2017

Batman #30 is a shining example of Tom King's unique ability to give an emotional and compelling story to a character no one seems to care about.

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9.5
Dark Nights: Metal #1

Aug 21, 2017

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo do practically everything right in Dark Nights: Metal #1 by creating a fun, gripping, dynamic introduction to the biggest DC Comics event of the year.

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6.0
Deathstroke (2016) #19

May 24, 2017

Deathstroke #19 gets to the bottom of what the "Lazarus Contract" event is all about. But uneven pacing and hard-to-follow flashbacks detract from the story at hand.

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6.5
Detective Comics (2016) #957

May 24, 2017

For a filler issue like this one is, Detective Comics #957 still manages tells an interesting, yet somewhat redundant story about Spoiler's new perspective on crime fighting.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #959

Jul 3, 2017

Detective Comics #959 is a good issue overall, but not without its problems. Even with weaknesses such as a confusing battle scene, the story does what this title has been doing well consistently: building a fantastic team dynamic.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #964

Sep 13, 2017

The story doesn't amount to much in the conclusion of this 2-issue journey, but it's still an enjoyable ride to get there.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #21

Apr 26, 2017

If you didn't like how little actually happened in Batman #21, then you'll appreciate the amount of detail in this issue. If you loved the raw intensity of Batman #21, you won't find that same intensity in this issue. The Button Part One was about setting up big questions, and Part Two is about the path to answering them. This issue may have been a little slow, but it's a great continuation from Batman #21 and has me dying to find out what happens next!

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5.0
Green Arrow (2016) #20

Apr 10, 2017

Green Arrow #20 concludes a story that had a lot of potential, but misses the mark due to rushed storytelling and a general lack of character depth.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2016) #24

Jun 7, 2017

Green Arrow #24 concludes "The Rise of Star City" with a story that will change Oliver Queen's life. It's not the best issue in this title, but it proves that Benjamin Percy and Juan Ferreyra can make weaker issues seem stronger with their exceptional creative dynamic

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8.5
Green Arrow (2016) #25

Jun 21, 2017

For a setup issue, Green Arrow #25 does what it needs to by setting the tone, presenting new and interesting character developments, and clearly telling readers exactly why Ollie's embarking on this new quest.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #28

Aug 2, 2017

Green Arrow #28 tells a good story about Oliver's mission in Metropolis, with solid characterizations of both Superman and Lex Luthor, and excellent art from Juan Ferreyra. This is the best issue of Green Arrow in months.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2016) #30

Sep 8, 2017

Not much happens in Green Arrow #30, but tstrong dialogue and character development from Percy and some great art from Schmidt make this a fun issue overall.

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9.5
Green Lanterns #25

Jun 22, 2017

Thanks to a great script, solid story setup, and phenomenal art, Green Lanterns #25 is a shining example of the best qualities this title has had throughout Rebirth. 

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6.0
Green Lanterns #30

Sep 8, 2017

While not without fun and entertaining moments, Green Lanterns #30 has so much story potential that is mostly lost due to an over-saturated plot and under-developed battle scene.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #26

Aug 14, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps shows no signs of slowing down, as this issue kicks off a new story arc that seems just as promising as Robert Venditti and Van Sciver's work on the last arc, "Fracture".

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9.5
Injustice 2 #1

Apr 12, 2017

Injustice 2 Chapter 1 sets the series on the right path thanks to good pacing, exceptional writing from Taylor, and top notch art from Renado.

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7.0
Injustice 2 #2

Apr 25, 2017

Injustice 2 Chapter 2 brings back fan-favorite heroes, and continues Harley's Suicide Squad storyline. But due to some uncharacteristic surprises, new readers might be caught off guard to the dark undertone of the Injustice universe.

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9.5
Justice League (2016) #24

Jul 6, 2017

Justice League #24 is a fantastic issue that puts the spotlight on one of DC's most underrated heroines.  Abnett tells a coherent, engaging story with Ian Churchill providing exceptional art.

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8.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #25

Sep 16, 2017

This is definitely a book worth picking up if you're looking for change from your normal superhero comics. With the Tie-in to Dark Nights: Metal coming up plus the history of task force X after that this book continues to be in my top 10.

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9.0
Super Sons #5

Jun 26, 2017

Super Sons #5 delivers a great story that captures the qualities of Superboy and Robin that make them so different and so alike simultaneously. This title continues to be a delight, and something I truly look forward to picking up every month.

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9.5
Superman (2016) #20

Apr 10, 2017

Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have put together another solid issue that continues to make Superman stand out among the rest of the Rebirth titles. Superman's core values and characteristics are proudly displayed as a new chapter in his Rebirth continuity begins.

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7.0
Superman (2016) #21

Apr 21, 2017

Character development continues to shine in Superman #21, but the plot suffers due to an overload of content. That said, there was still enough coherent story told to still have me excited for the next issue.

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7.0
Superman (2016) #24

Jun 12, 2017

Superman #24 starts to resolve some of the many questions raised in "Black Dawn" so far, but it does so at the cost of some potentially great character moments. 

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7.0
Superman (2016) #25

Jun 21, 2017

The conclusion of "Black Dawn" was somewhat messy, but it ultimately worked. The Superman/Superboy moments redeem the a long, drawn-out battle and the story arc resolves nicely when all is said and done.

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7.0
Superman (2016) #26

Jul 5, 2017

While Superman #26 is a filler issue, it tells a necessary father/son story that is sure to strengthen Jonathan and Clark's relationship moving forward.

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6.0
Superman (2016) #28

Aug 2, 2017

Superman #28 doesn't meet the standard of story telling that Tomasi and Gleason have set during their run so far, but that's not to say it's all bad either. There is great value in the Kent family moments presented here, but unfortunately these moments can be drowned out with the heavy history lessons that feel like a chore to read through.

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6.0
Trinity (2016) #5

Jan 18, 2017

Overall, Trinity #5 wasn't bad. It just didn't use the strengths of the previous issues to it's advantage. The result is a decent plot development with very little heart.

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5.0
Trinity (2016) #8

Apr 24, 2017

Trinity #8 suffers from disjointed storytelling, some awkward art, and mechanical dialogue, but despite all of that it's still an interesting read and a seemingly important chapter in the Superman Reborn Aftermath.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #25

Jun 30, 2017

Greg Rucka's time on 'Wonder Woman' comes to a close with Wonder Woman #25. Even though there are still some questions left unanswered, this issue goes a great job concluding a major chapter in Diana's life.

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9.5
Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

Feb 15, 2017

Wonder Woman: Rebirth reminded me of all of my best hopes for what all the new Rebirth titles could be. I felt invested in Diana's story once again, and excited to see a freshly invigorated Wonder Woman take the spotlight.

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