Joshua McDonald's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Batman-News Reviews: 259
6.6Avg. Review Rating

6.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Aug 17, 2016

Batgirl & the Birds of Prey hits many of the right notes, but it's a messy arrangement when the "song" comes to a close (largely due to the art). Consistency and the art could potentially plague this book, but it's the title's potential that is keeping me excited and positve. There are so many good stories lined up, and if the execution can match, this will be a title worth reading! Unfortunately, at the moment, Birds lost a little bit of my favor" Just a little though.

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6.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Sep 14, 2016

I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with Batgirl & the Birds of Prey at the moment. I'm madly in love with the idea of this book, the characters, and its story, but some of the things it does drives me crazy! While I consider it entertaining, there are so many small details that are preventing this book from elevating from "decent" to "really good" or "great!" For the moment, I'm still a fan and holding on to hope that this is the growing pains of learning to write in a new medium for the Benson's but I'm going to want to start seeing some improvements by the end of this arc. Fingers crossed!

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5.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #3

Oct 13, 2016

Batgirl & the Birds of Prey is more of the same. If you've been enjoying the book, then you will continue to enjoy this title. If you're like me, and have been expecting more, then you'll most likely just grow more frustrated because more cracks are starting to form under the weight of the various plot threads. I'm still hanging in there, but just barely.

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4.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #4

Nov 10, 2016

Let me just put it this way" If I could drop this book, I would"

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3.5
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #5

Dec 14, 2016

My perception of Batgirl & the Birds of Prey is this: Imagine being a young kid that is a genuine fan of something. You love it so much that you create your own fan fiction, but pull heavily from other plots to create your plot. You feel great about the work you're creating, and feel as though you're creating killer stories. Fast forward at least fifteen years, and manage to stumble onto these stories you've created, and when rereading them you think, "What in the hell was I thinking? This is awful!" That's Batgirl & the Birds of Prey, except the team behind it haven't hit that "fast forward fifteen years later" moment yet to see things with perspective.

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2.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #6

Jan 12, 2017

Each month, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey comes off more and more as an afterthought. As in, the writers put most of their time and effort into the television job, and just throw together what they can to get by with their comic" And that's pretty crappy for the fans and the readers.

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5.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #7

Feb 9, 2017

There's some positive headway in this issue, but I don't expect it to last. When the final page turns, there remains to be immense structural and logical issues with the plot(s) and characters. If the creative team could slow down long enough to ask "who, what, why, when, where, and how" then Batgirl & the Birds of Prey could actually be enjoyable every month. Throw in a little consistency with that, and who knows what could happen. But for now, we'll have to live with average to poor stories.

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6.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #8

Mar 10, 2017

This is easily the best chapter of Batgirl & the Birds of Prey since the books Rebirth issue. Unfortunately, despite vast improvements in characterization, villains, and action, Babs & the BoP is still barely above average. Yes, there are worse books out there, but that doesn't mean we should settle for mediocrity " especially when this title could be outstanding. On a positive note, for two issues now, we've seen a positive trend in quality! Let's hope it continues! (They could start by killing Gus" Just saying")

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3.5
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9

Apr 12, 2017

I've said this before, but I honestly don't feel like the team behind Batgirl & the Birds of Prey is putting much effort forward. Every time I read this book, it comes off as, "Ok, this is all we need to do to get by, let's move on (to our television job). I even question why the editors aren't catching some of these blatant issues. Regardless, I've come to expect nothing more than this considering it's been a consistent problem for nine issues now. Call me crazy, but I don't think I'm asking too much when I ask for a story to logically make sense.

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2.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #10

May 11, 2017

I have to wonder of the editors dread reading Batgirl & the Birds of Prey as much as I do. I wonder if they even read it. There are so many issues with plot and logic that I'm beginning to think they don't. If the Benson's could worry less about being cute or injecting Star Wars reference, and focus more in crafting a worthwhile story and plot, I'd probably be a little less harsh. But that's clearly not going to happen, so I don't plan on being polite any time soon.

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2.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #11

Jun 14, 2017

Don't buy this book. Please. Force DC's hand to either change the creative team, or cancel this book. Fans of the Birds of Prey brand deserve better than this. They deserve much better than this!

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3.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #12

Jul 13, 2017

In my opinion, Batgirl & the Birds of Prey is so poorly developed and structured that it isn't worth your time. The numerous issues that have plagued this book since the beginning only multiply with each passing issue. A little effort could go a long way to improve this book, but it doesn't look like we'll ever get that with the current team. DC should be cautious about how long they let this ride though. The book has lost nearly 80% of its readers since the title's debut a year ago…

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3.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #14

Sep 15, 2017

Helena and Dinah take a field trip out of Gotham, and I wish I could take a field trip from this book.

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4.5
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #15

Oct 12, 2017

Another month, and another issue of Batgirl & the Birds of Prey. It's exactly what you've come to expect: sloppy plot, poor logic, terrible dialogue, and crap characterization. The only difference with this issue is that there's a ton of guest stars, and the initial excitement of these characters help give BatBoP a small jolt of energy and excitement. Just a teeny, little bit.

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7.0
Batman (2011) #42

Jul 10, 2015

In my opinion, this isn't a Batman book at the moment. It's a Gordon book that appears to be stumbling while finding it's footing in Batman's world. That's not a bad thing, but right now, the potential is definitely exceeding the delivery.

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7.5
Batman (2016) #25

Jun 22, 2017

Is the debut of "The War of Jokes and Riddles" perfect? No. There are many perfect to near perfect moments, and considering the "shortcomings" of this issue are minor, I'm optimistic that this will be King's best Batman story yet. Now we just have to wait and see how these lingering questions are handled" if their handled. But for what is essentially a prelude to an arc, I'm more than satisfied.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2015) #15

Aug 4, 2016

Batman Beyond is one of the most exciting reads from DC Comics, and it's not getting the attention it deserves! The relationships that have been created within such a short time, as well as the interpretation of this universe, are absolutely fascinating! Come hop on the time machine and enjoy the ride!

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5.5
Batman Beyond (2015) #16

Sep 8, 2016

Unless the only thing you're looking forward to in Batman Beyond is Terry McGinnis regaining the mantle of Batman, expect to be a little let down by this issue. The conclusion of this arc, and the set-up for Rebirth are so quick that it leaves readers wanting more substance from both aspects. I refuse to say the issue is bad, but it pales in comparison to the preceding work.

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6.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #1

Oct 30, 2016

When it comes down to it, Batman Beyond doesn't cover much ground, and the comparison of this story to the previous run, as well as Batman Beyond: Rebirth #1 hinders it more than anything else. The story isn't bad, but it definitely feels a little worse than it is while reading because what came before was so good. So go ahead and grab this issue, because the ending sets up a great scenario!

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6.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #2

Nov 24, 2016

An improvement over last month's chapter, Batman Beyond manages to create some really nice moments that fans will love. In the same respect, there will be a number of moments that don't sit well with them either. But when you reach the last page, the fun entertaining aspect wins over and will leave you looking forward to what's next.

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6.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #3

Dec 29, 2016

Batman Beyond is decent. I wouldn't go so far to say that it is good or bad, just decent. What doesn't work in this title's favor, is that prior to Rebirth, it was really good. Compared to the momentum Jurgens and Chang had, it's hard to look at the current arc as anything other than a work in progress.

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5.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #4

Jan 25, 2017

Batman Beyond #4 is the comic book equivalent of Lost: Season 3" It's not needed. There's so much repetition in this arc that I'm ready for Terminal to go away, Bruce to hurry up and get back in the picture, so Curare can show up and start slicing and dicing stuff.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #5

Feb 23, 2017

As an overall story, "Escaping the Grave" is average at best. The plot of this issue doesn't really change much either. However, one reveal at the end of the issue completely turns this series on it's head, and boosts the score for me! I hope Jurgens and Chang run with this plot, because this reveal alone could drive many, many arcs!

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #6

Mar 23, 2017

This is a much better direction for Batman Beyond, and even though it took some time and growing pains to reach this point, I'm happy we're here. Overall, it's a strong issue, but sadly, the weakest aspect is (yet again) our title hero. No matter how good your book is, if you're lead character is the weakest link, that's going to create some problems. Are we sure we can't have Tim Drake back?

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7.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #7

Apr 27, 2017

In many ways, this issue improved from last month, and in many other ways, it faltered. In the end though, I found this chapter of Batman Beyond to be more gripping than it's been since its debut as Jurgens and Chang continue to expand on their universe and add a great deal of texture to their characters.

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6.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #8

May 26, 2017

While I didn't get the bang that I was hoping for, Batman Beyond #8 still delivers in other ways. The action is spectacular, and the possibility of what Terry might do now that we understand what the new bat suit is capable of is intriguing. If there's one thing that plagues this issue and prevents it from being great, it's the predictability involved with Ra's al Ghul's reveal.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #10

Jul 28, 2017

Jurgens continues to deliver a great read with "Rise of the Demon." Damian continues to be the most interesting aspect of this arc, and I really hope we get more interaction between Damian and Bruce in the near future. As for Terry and his suit" I could do without that.

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7.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #11

Aug 25, 2017

Batman Beyond #11 is a solid, fun issue that is high energy from start to finish. A few twists in the plot add an element of surprise, but there are moments that are equally predictable and repetitive as well. The story does wrap up a little too neatly for my liking, but leaves a world of possibilities open for the future! The highlight for me personally is Chang's art! The guy delivers some beautiful work, and that alone is worth your time and money!

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5.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #12

Sep 29, 2017

Batman Beyond #12 is ok at best. Orlando and Ayala introduce a few interesting concepts in this issue, but they're not enough to make reading this chapter worthwhile. As much as I love Barbara and Max, and hope for the potential of Nissa to come to fruition, this issue is completely skippable. Do yourself a favor, read the original introduction of Nissa as Batgirl, and hold on to the hope that this time she'll be fully integrated into current continuity. As a character, Nissa has a lot to offer, and we deserve to get those stories and relationships in the future.

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7.5
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Prequel #1

Feb 6, 2016

This prequel is a short, fun read, and it's free! So go out, grab a Dr. Pepper, and enjoy a free comic (or five) with 23 flavors of awesome!

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7.5
Batman/Superman (2013) #28

Jan 15, 2016

Tom Taylor gives DC fans what they've desperately been waiting for: the Batman and Superman we know and love. Highlighting the strengths of Batman and Superman, we're treated with a straight story, strong writing, and no overcompensating gimmicks. This book should please any Batman or Superman fan.

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5.5
Batman: The Red Death #1

Sep 21, 2017

Williamson struggles with landing any of his plot points here, and unfortunately focuses most of his time and attention on the most uninteresting aspect of the entire issue. The narrative takes way too long to introduce Red Death, and when we do see him, we barely get any time to understand how terrifying he actually is. If the point of these one-shots is meant to establish these characters and instill fear, then this issue fails to do so. If anything, I walked away from this chapter extremely cautious of what's left for us.

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6.5
Batwoman #26

Jul 17, 2014

I thought Andreyko and Haun brought a decent effort to their first arc. It's clear they got more comfortable with the story and characters from issue to issue, and while I would consider their effort "safe" overall, it was still enjoyable. If you didn't give this team a fair shot, then you really should. I would give this book a little bit of a higher rating, but the rocky start, and some questionable moments are keeping it from receiving higher numbers. It doesn't mean the potential isn't there though, because I strongly believe it is.

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7.0
Batwoman #32

Jul 17, 2014

I enjoyed this issue quite a bit! I know the tone of the review may not come across as me being overly enthusiastic, but I promise you, I enjoyed this issue. As I stated previously, I feel that Nocturna is the perfect rogue for Batwoman, and this issue really kicks off the new arc with clarity, action, and a strong pace. It's a great foundation for Andreyko to build upon, and I'm crossing my fingers that he slowly layers in subplots and twists each issue, as he did with the previous arc. So if you're out buying comics, pick this one up while you're at it!

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5.0
Batwoman #33

Jul 17, 2014

Andreyko fumbles with this issue a bit, and we don't seem to progress on the plot " which is something he's been good at. A large chunk of the book also seems to be Kolins art, which doesn't help this book in any ways. I'm hoping they re-find their footing with this brewing fight, or that they throw in a curveball to surprise readers. If they don't, I'm worried to see what will happen to this title.

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6.0
Batwoman #34

Aug 21, 2014

Overall: While there were things that will definitely impact and change this book, I wouldn't consider any of it Earth shattering, at least not yet. And that's the key. There's a lot of potential stories that are set up in this issue, but at the moment, it's just that: potential. In my opinion, Andreyko crafts decent stories, but his characters and execution never quite do it for me.

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4.0
Batwoman #35

Oct 16, 2014

While I don't feel that this issue was absolutely terrible, there was also nothing rewarding or redeeming about it either. After I read it, I felt like I had actually wasted the previous fifteen minutes. Because of that, I can't recommend this issue in good faith.

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4.0
Batwoman #36

Nov 21, 2014

Andreyko continues to butcher a book that had one of the strongest foundations to build upon. It's a shame to watch amazing characters such as these turn into shells of who they really are and participate in pointlessly juvenile drama and adventures.

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4.0
Batwoman #37

Dec 20, 2014

It's been hard for me to care about this book or feel invested as it is, but now that I know the title is coming to a close, my care for this book has diminished even more. If you've been reading this title since the beginning, and feel like you need to finish the run, I would understand. Other than that, I would advise you to not waste your money. There are plenty of other titles that are much more entertaining and engaging.

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6.0
Batwoman #38

Jan 22, 2015

While far from perfect, Andreyko and team manage to deliver an issue that is enjoyable, and somewhat refreshing considering how bad this book has been.

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3.5
Batwoman #39

Feb 20, 2015

If you've been following Batwoman since the beginning, then you're going to find this issue to extremely frustrating. If you're new to the book and characters, then you might actually find this issue somewhat entertaining. If you asked my advice though, I'd tell you to chance your money on another title.

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4.0
Batwoman #40

Mar 20, 2015

Andreyko has literally driven this book so far into the ground that its relevance is non-existent. It's a shame too considering how much praise and potential this book used to carry.

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2.0
Batwoman Annual #2

Apr 3, 2015

 

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7.5
Batwoman: Futures End #1

Sep 19, 2014

Andreyko and team delivers a surprising book that is entertaining from beginning to end. There's so much to enjoy here, that the negatives are easy to move beyond. Above any other Futures End title, this issue (aside from Kate) feels like a natural future! I recommend you get this issue if you are (or were) a fan of Batwoman.

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6.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #27

Jul 7, 2014

Overall: In all, the book is decent. There's a lot of potential with Mother Eve and Ra's al Ghul bringing some much needed complexities. But as we learned with Red Hood and the Outlaws, complex characters don't always help a story out. At least there's a clear direction for the book.

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4.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #29

Jul 7, 2014

Overall: Marx and Rocha seem to suffer from the same issue: inconsistency and lack of focus. While I find most of the issue to be poor, the high points were strong enough to bring this book to a low-mediocre score. If Marx could learn to focus the details of her plots, then she could potentially be a gem for DC. It's going to take a lot of work to get to that point, but the potential is there.

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6.5
Birds Of Prey (2011) #30

Jul 7, 2014

Overall: While still suffering from its standard problems, Marx and Rocha manage to deliver quite a satisfying issue that most Birds of Prey fans should enjoy.

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3.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #31

Jul 11, 2014

After a Marx high in the last issue, this issue just fails miserably with poor dialogue and lack of suspense.

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5.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #32

Jul 11, 2014

As with the big fight with Ra's al Ghul, Birds of Prey excels when they're dealing with action and adventure. Throw any type of substance or emotion into the mix, and this book just falls on its face. If you're ok with poor characterization, and equally poor dialogue during these times, but can move past that for some decent action" then I would recommend this book for you. Overall, this issue is just average at best. The lows and highs don't balance out enough to make this worth reading.

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7.5
Birds Of Prey (2011) #33

Jul 11, 2014

It looks like Marx and Rocha are going to go out on a high note, and that makes me happy. If you stopped reading, but want to see how this team closes out the title, I'd almost say it's worth it. I'm not completely there yet, but I'm definitely getting close to saying, "Pick up the last three issues. It's worth it for closure."

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4.5
Birds Of Prey (2011) #34

Aug 15, 2014

My vote: skip this issue. Use your money to check out one of the newer titles that recently started (perhaps the New Suicide Squad), or pick-up an existing book you've thought about reading, but never did.

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6.5
Birds Of Prey (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 11, 2014

This issue was better than I expected it to be, and more enjoyable then what I've covered during the run of the series. It's a shame that the creative team couldn't pull this type of focus during the book's actual run. If they had, this book might not have been cancelled. This book focuses on Dinah, so if you're hoping to see what Strix or Condor are up to, you're out of luck.

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6.0
Black Canary (2015) #6

Dec 31, 2015

I don't know about this book at the moment. The tones seem to shift back and forth as fast as a puck on an air hockey table. I tend to be drawn to more serious narratives, but I'm sure there are a number of people who prefer the more light hearted aspects such as band duels. Regardless of the direction of this book, it's still miles better than Batgirl at the moment!

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5.5
Black Canary (2015) #7

Jan 31, 2016

Black Canary continues to be brought down by this band gimmick, and it's something that I can't wait to see go away. When it's presented as a layer of Dinah, it works well. When it consumes her character, the story falls flat. If you've loved this arc, then I'd recommend you grab this issue. If you haven't been fond of the band element, I recommend you save your money and wait until next month to pick up this book.

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2.0
Catwoman (2011) #30

Jun 26, 2014

Overall: It's the same thing we've come to expect from Ann Nocenti: random trite that is just irritating. Fingers crossed people! Fingers crossed!

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4.5
Catwoman (2011) #31

Jun 26, 2014

Overall: While this issue is a step up from the mess that Nocenti usually provides, it's still a little messy. That being said, this is probably the most enjoyable issue I've read during her run on Catwoman, and that's worth something. There's still a lot of room for growth before this book becomes what it should be though.

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1.0
Catwoman (2011) #32

Jun 26, 2014

Overall: This issue is a mess. And that iseasily an understatement. Does Ann Nocenti realize how bad she is? I mean, does she finish an issue, then sit back and think, “This one is good!” I don'tunderstand how someone can be allowed to continue writing, when their work is this bad.I've written stuff that was complete crap before, but not nearly as consistently as she has. I'm saying prayers to baby Jesus that my hunch comes true and we have a new creative team after this arc!

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1.5
Catwoman (2011) #33

Jul 24, 2014

I don't recommend reading this. It's bad. It's so bad that even when Olliffe provides solid art, you don't notice it because the story is so baffling. And it doesn't help that Olliffe's art is really inconsistent, so if you do notice it, it may not be good. The one takeaway that I did enjoy, is that I learned what "gas light" is. I also learned that the phrase developed due to a 1940's film, which I fully intend on checking into at some point. So thank you, Ann, for introducing me to this.

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4.0
Catwoman (2011) #34

Aug 28, 2014

Ann's also been a HUGE advocate for finding ways to make comics more accessible for people " especially through the digital market. The fact that she pushes for more kids and women to involve themselves with comics, is pretty respectful. I discuss the negative aspects of Catwoman so much, that I think it tarnishes her name as well. The reality is, her history with comics, what she's done for women and children over time, and her push to make comics more accessible for people across the board, is pretty amazing. And for that, I give Ann Nocenti an 8/10. Unfortunately, for this issue, I give it a"

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9.0
Catwoman (2011) #35

Oct 23, 2014

Valentine and Brown team up to bring a smart and sexy interpretation of Catwoman. The new direction is a risk, but turns out to be a home run! I feel like Selina is at her best when she's cloaked in complexity, and there's definitely plenty of that here!

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8.5
Catwoman (2011) #36

Nov 27, 2014

The new creative team continues to develop this new direction for Selina, building more and more on a fresh foundation that is intelligently intriguing, dangerous, and intense. This really is Selina Kyle like you've never seen her before, and you'll be sorry if you miss out.

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9.0
Catwoman (2011) #37

Dec 18, 2014

There aren't enough people reading this book, and that's honestly a shame. I full believe that when this arc is finished, it will go down as one of the greatest Catwoman arcs of all time. There's just so much depth and moral ambiguity that it puts Selina in a position where she thrives. Go get this book!

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9.5
Catwoman (2011) #38

Jan 30, 2015

I still believe this will go down as one of the best Catwoman stories of all time. If you're not reading it, then you need to! Seriously, get after it!

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9.0
Catwoman (2011) #39

Feb 26, 2015

Overall: This book continues to impress, and I will continue to recommend that people pick it up. Valentine could become an outstanding talent in comics, and her introduction is near perfection! What this book lacks in masks and action, it makes up for with sheer, class writing and art.

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8.0
Catwoman (2011) #40

Mar 27, 2015

The conclusion to this arc may be a little more abrupt, and tamer than what I was expecting, but it's a damn good book. It feels like a prologue of what's to come, and if this is just the beginning, then I can't wait to see what's in store next!

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8.5
Catwoman (2011) #41

Jun 11, 2015

Catwoman continues to build upon itself as it leads into the second chapter of a story that is sure to define the character for years!

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7.5
Catwoman (2011) #42

Jul 10, 2015

Catwoman is still the strongest it's been since the book relaunched, but the team stumbles a little in this issue. That hardly means this issue is bad though, and if this is the weak spot in their run, then I don't think we have much to worry about as we move forward.

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9.5
Catwoman (2011) #43

Aug 14, 2015

Overall:Daring, intelligent, and full of suspense, Catwoman is the best it's ever been since the launch of the New 52! Selina's reach into Gotham gets further and deeper with each issue, and her claws have never been this sharp!

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9.0
Catwoman (2011) #44

Sep 12, 2015

Valentine's Catwoman embodies everything you want it to be: daring, bold, intelligent, dark, emotional, and hopeful. I've said it before and I'll say it again: This will go down as one of the best Catwoman stories ever told.

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9.5
Catwoman (2011) #45

Oct 16, 2015

Valentine's Catwoman is everything I want it to be: sexy, smart, and a damn good ride! This is the best we've ever seen Selina Kyle!

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6.5
Catwoman (2011) #46

Nov 12, 2015

This issue isn't great" it just is. It's a transition. It serves its purpose. It sets up the next run. And despite those facts, Valentine manages to breathe as much life and meat into this script as possible.

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8.0
Catwoman (2011) #47

Dec 10, 2015

Tieri and Inaki deliver a strong debut to their run on Catwoman, but it's far from perfect. While Tieri's dialogue is really strong, I'm concerned his plot won't be as bullet proof as we'd like. Regardless, it's still a fun read, and will keep you entertained!

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8.0
Catwoman (2011) #48

Jan 16, 2016

Tieri's Catwoman is a fun, high energy read with colorful plots and gritty characters. The twists will keep you guessing as the mystery behind this ever-growing ordeal continues to unfold. For those of you that were waiting to get a pulse on the new creative team, I'd say you're safe. Go pick up this issue!

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6.0
Catwoman (2011) #49

Feb 12, 2016

Tieri sets 'em up, but in his sprint to knock them down, he trips and falls. For all extensive purposes, there's a decent amount of good in this book, but if you're detail oriented, there will also be a lot that drives you crazy.

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6.5
Catwoman (2011) #50

Mar 11, 2016

This story fell short of what it could have been, and should have been. I don't blame Tieri on this though. I feel as though he went in with a plan for a six or seven issue arc (maybe even more), put things into motion, then got derailed with Rebirth. It's a shame too. If the first two issues of Tieri's arc are a representation of what I assume he had planned, then readers are really missing out! This issue isn't bad, it's just disappointing. Thankfully, we get two solid short stories that end this chapter on a positive note.

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6.5
Catwoman (2011) #51

Apr 16, 2016

Black Mask makes his return to Gotham, but he's not the only Sionis that Selina is concerned with. Continuing to dive deeper into this rift between Catwoman and the Sionis family, Tieri delivers a lot of positives in this issue, but also, unfortunately, drops the ball on a few occasions.

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6.5
Catwoman (2011) #52

May 12, 2016

Catwoman ends its run with a decent story from Frank Tieri. If you're a die-hard Selina fan, then you should definitely pick up this story, even if it's just to say, "See you soon."

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9.0
Catwoman (2011) Annual #2

Dec 27, 2014

Overall: This is a fun and revealing issue that only adds to the current plot. If you're reading Catwoman at the moment, then you should definitely pick this issue up. If you're not reading Catwoman, then you need to be! Snyder created something that Valentine is courting to become one of Selina's greatest and most defining moments!

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9.0
Catwoman (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 25, 2014

Sholly Fisch should be praised for not only bringing back the Selina we know and love, but for literally taking advantage of every opportunity he has in this book! He surrounds Selina with interesting and familiar characters, touches on other Futures End one-shot events, creates a believable world for Selina five years from now, and fills the issue with whit and strong writing. There are even some nice nods to Catwoman books from the past. If you're a fan of Catwoman, then you NEED to pick up this book!

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4.0
Catwoman: Election Night #1

Nov 2, 2016

As I mentioned above, Catwoman: Election Night isn't a Catwoman story. It's a political commentary that is poorly written. There's an attempt to try and pull a story out of all of this, but Finch's focus is all over the place, none of the stories are fully developed, and they're all tied together in a half-assed attempt to make the plot interesting. If you want poor writing, poor characterization, and questionable plot progressions/ resolutions, then yes, you should get this book. If that's not what you want, then save your money.

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7.5
Convergence: Batgirl #1

Apr 9, 2015

What Convergence: Batgirl lacks in a strong plot, it makes up for with great characterization. I may be the only one on this boat, but I'd take strong characters in an average plot, over a plot that tries too hard and relies on shock value any day.

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4.5
Convergence: Batgirl #2

May 8, 2015

Overall: Convergence Batgirl #2 loses a lot of the aspects that made its first half enjoyable and pleasant. What we're left with is a shallow story that felt rushed, uninspired, and a waste of time.

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4.5
Convergence: Catwoman #1

Apr 17, 2015

Overall: This book is poorly executed, stretches belief more than it should, and offers nothing worthwhile to the story at hand. It's not terrible, but unless you're one of those people that things are so bad that they're good, I'd advise you skip this issue.

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5.5
Convergence: Catwoman #2

May 16, 2015

Overall:Although it's better than last month, this issue is still far from great. At this point, I'm happy to leave this Catwoman behind, and get back to cannon.

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9.0
Convergence: Harley Quinn #2

May 9, 2015

Overall: Convergence Harley Quinn is something that every Harley fan NEEDS to have in their collection! It's an amazing representation of how broad she is as a character, while delivering everything you could ever want from a Harley store: great laughs, entertaining action, and a lot of crazy.

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7.5
Convergence: Suicide Squad #1

Apr 16, 2015

Despite being better than nearly anything from the most recent Suicide Squad titles, Convergence: Suicide Squad is far from perfect. Ultimately, the pros greatly outweigh the cons, making this issue a must-read for any fan of Amanda Waller and her team of degenerates!

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8.0
Convergence: Suicide Squad #2

May 15, 2015

Overall:With moral ambiguity and numerous selfish and selfless acts, Convergence Suicide Squad delivers a product that you wish you could delve into each month!

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9.5
Convergence: Superman #1

May 9, 2015

Overall:ThisConvergencetie-in is up there with the likes ofConvergence The Question andConvergence Nightwing/ Oracle. If you're even remotely a fan of Superman, then you should pick it up. The themes of humanity and fatherhood pushed this book beyond all of my expectations!

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8.0
Deathstroke (2014) #11

Oct 29, 2015

Deathstroke delivers on multiple levels, and ultimately owns Sean Ryan's New Suicide Squad, showcasing how bad that book actually is in comparison to what it could be! I'm excited to continue exploring this arc, and can't wait to see the outcome!

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7.0
Deathstroke (2014) #12

Nov 28, 2015

Most of the issue is action, so the book is a fast read. As we've come to expect with Deathstroke, the creative team doesn't hold back in regards to graphic violence. But considering the character it features, it needs that edge to keep from feeling like a watered down version of Slade, so the violence is welcomed. Add in the craziness of Harley Quinn and other Suicide Squad members, and it's one fun ride " even if it is a slight step down in quality from the previous issue.

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7.5
Deathstroke (2014) #13

Dec 25, 2015

This issue was quite a surprise. I've come to really enjoy this book in general, but this issue seemed more fun than most of the other issues, and it was the perfect plot to have fun with. The addition of Harley and Catwoman bring an added energy, but in the end, it's Deathstroke that continues to carry this book. Considering many other Deathstroke titles have fallen short in the past, Daniels & Bonny's run feels as though it's getting better and better.

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7.5
Deathstroke (2014) #17

Apr 29, 2016

Describing something as "fun" and "entertaining" typically means one of two things" It's so bad that the person saying that can't find anything detailed or nice to say about it, or they're being honest and that thing really is fun and entertaining. In Deathstroke's case, it's the latter. With so many books missing mark, it's nice to see Deathstroke remain consistent, while continuing to keep a pulse on other characters and events within the DC Universe!

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6.5
Deathstroke (2014) #18

May 28, 2016

This is easily one of Bonny's weaker chapters as his narrative suffers from predictability and a rehash of problems, but it's still a fun book. If you've been following this arc, and enjoy it, don't let the dip in quality discourage you. Bonny could easily bounce back next month, but he's going to have to keep from falling back on some of these bad habits.

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5.5
Deathstroke (2014) #19

Jun 25, 2016

Easily the worst chapter of Deathstroke since its launch, Bonny is in desperate need to regroup if he wants his story to be viewed fondly. The issue isn't terrible, but I'm wondering if it will be worthwhile to finish this book, or just imagine my own ending before diving into the new Rebirth story"

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3.5
Deathstroke (2014) #20

Jul 28, 2016

There are times when books just suck, and you learn to come to terms with it early on. You expect nothing less, and you're able to brush it off, and move on with your day. Then there are books like Deathstroke. This book started strong, and held a solid quality for months, before slowly beginning a decline from good, to decent, to ok, to kind of bad, to meh, then bad, and then finally to this issue, which is "thank God there's not another issue because I would cry if it got any worse."

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8.0
Gotham Academy #1

Oct 2, 2014

We barely scratch the surface of the endless potential that this book has. And that's why it was so hard to score and critique this book. It's situations like Gotham Academy, where I wish the debut could be a trade or mini collection consisting of roughly four issues. I believe it would sell more people on adding the title to their rotation, because they would have a stronger knowledge of what they're really getting into. At the moment, and despite how much I want to, I don't feel confident in saying, "Pull this book It's amazing!!" because I don't really know if it is worthwhile or holistically accurate. What I will confidently say, is that at the end of the issue, I wanted more. Gotham Academy offers up some goodness, covered in loads and loads of potential. And it's that potential " after reading the issue a few times " that resulted in me landing on my final score.

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7.5
Gotham Academy #2

Nov 6, 2014

Maybe it's the innocence and allure of youth, or that Gotham Academy forces me to reminisce about simpler times in my own life, but I find this book charming and fun. It's a different take on Gotham, but one that is well appreciated amongst all of the weight and darkness of the other titles. I can't wait to see how this book effects the current continuity. It will only make it that much more interesting.

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8.5
Gotham Academy #3

Dec 5, 2014

Each month, this book grows in heart and charm. Each of the kids featured are very real, believable, and pretty engaging. With a burst of adventure, Gotham Academy gains something it definitely needed " a solid direction.

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8.5
Gotham Academy #4

Jan 31, 2015

If you're looking for an entertaining book that is fun, good for all ages, and contains quite a bit of heart, then this is a book you should be reading. If you haven't given this title a shot, then you should. Each issue gets better, and if given the time, Gotham Academy could grow to be one of the best books in DC's lineup.

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9.5
Gotham Academy #5

Feb 27, 2015

Gotham Academy is an absolute joy, and continues to prove itself each month! I look forward to spending time with these characters, and this issue delivers unlike any issue before it!

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9.5
Gotham Academy #6

Mar 26, 2015

Gotham Academy is currently the shining light at DC Comics, and a book that every Batman fan should be reading! I experience absolute joy each month when I pick up this title!

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6.0
Gotham Academy: Endgame #1

Apr 2, 2015

Overall: While this issue is enjoyable and a nice aside to Gotham Academy, it does take away from the intensity of Endgame while also serving as the worst delivery from this title. It's not bad, but the fact that it arguably fell short in two major areas left me feeling a little hollow.

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5.5
Green Arrow (2011) #40

Mar 5, 2015

While average at best, this book is fun. That being said, I can't recommend that you spend your money on this issue or story arc. Instead, spend your money on Lemire's two volumes (Vol. 4: The Kill Machine and Vol. 5: The Outsiders War), and wait to check out Ben Percy's (Detective Comics "Terminal") when it launches in June!

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6.0
Green Arrow (2016) #29

Aug 18, 2017

Gotham shines in Green Arrow #29 thanks to Ferreyra's art, but Percy misses the mark with Batman as a character. Unless you want a heavy-handed political commentary wrapped up in an arc that feels so forced it's unnatural, I recommend skipping this issue.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #32

Oct 5, 2017

"Gotham Resistance" finds success because of a sum of its parts. While the issue itself is just ok, there are many developments the greatly add to Metal's story overall, and that gives this tie-in more prevalence and weight compared to other tie-ins. The original concept of "Gotham Resistance" appears to fall apart in this issue, but we do get a nice look into the Dark Multiverse, as well as some highly anticipated teases!

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7.0
Green Lantern (2011) #48

Jan 12, 2016

While this is a perfectly fine issue with a few enjoyable moments, it's not life changing. If you haven't been reading the run, then I wouldn't pick it up. It's a nice read, and I enjoy Gordon's representation, but in the end, Robo-Bats doesn't do enough to warrant Batman fans to pick up this issue.

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7.5
Harley & Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #1

Oct 5, 2017

While the issue itself may not be overly exciting, what is exciting is the potential of greatness that is teased in this debut! The exposition is out of the way, the characters are in place, and we've been treated to a hilarious scenario with well-written characters! This should make any Archie fan have, and hook the Harley/ Ivy fans enough to bring them back next month!

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7.5
Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad: April Fool's Special #1

Apr 13, 2016

Harley Quinn and the Suicide Squad's April Fool's Special is a wacky romp throughout Gotham City that provides its fair share of laughs. Just when you think you've got it figured out, you get a twist, followed by another twist, and you're left with a conclusion that will leave you hungry for Rebirth's Suicide Squad.

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7.5
Justice League #46

Dec 17, 2015

This issue is exposition and a refresher executed as well as it possibly could be executed. Though there isn't much plot development, it's still well written, entertaining, and has some nice character moments, all of it getting topped off with Manapul's art. Johns' Darkseid War is clearly one for the books! If you're not reading Darkseid War, then I just have one question for you: "Why?"

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8.0
Justice League #47

Dec 31, 2015

Yet again, Johns' proves why he's one of the best in the business, with Darkseid War not only serving as one of his best works, but one of the best stories in comics today! Hold on to your butts because this is clearly just the calm before the storm!

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9.0
Justice League #48

Feb 25, 2016

Johns continues to deliver with Darkseid War, and considering it's one of the best stories to come from the New 52, it makes me happy to see this title close on a high note! If you're not reading this arc, I strongly encourage you to pick it up! I haven't been let down yet. There's fantastic storytelling, and some great character work!

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10
Justice League #49

Apr 28, 2016

Justice League: Darkseid War is: epic, awesome, amazing, moving, fun, action-packed, earth-shattering, and the best thing to come out of the New 52 era" If you read any DC comic, then you should be reading this book. Johns and Fabok have marked their place in history.

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8.0
Justice League #50

May 25, 2016

Geoff Johns and Jason Fabok close out their epic with this issue, and despite a few issues I have with the narrative, I still found this book to be good. Darkseid War in its entirety is what I find really special though. This story is easily one of the best things to come out of the New 52, and if you don't read it, you're missing out. Thank you Johns and Fabok for creating such a fun story. I can't wait to see what's coming in Rebirth!

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5.0
Justice League #51

Jun 16, 2016

While light-hearted and fast paced, this issue doesn't do much for me. I didn't hate it, nor did I feel like I lost time, but I also don't feel like this issue is needed for the sake of the overarching narrative. Had the dialogue and characterization been handled better, I'd probably be a little more enthusiastic.

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8.0
Justice League #52

Jun 22, 2016

My reservations for this issue were unjust, and Jurgens delivers a quality story that focuses on Lex Luthor, his motivations, and his limits. If you plan on reading the current Superman stories, then I highly recommend you pick up this issue! You won't be disappointed!

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8.0
Justice League of America (2015) #1

Jun 19, 2015

Overall: While Justice League of America isn't perfect, there are a lot of fun, positive moments that appear to be building towards a complex arc grounded in the characters. It's an over-sized issue at an inflated price, but I think its well worth it!

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9.0
Justice League of America (2015) #2

Jul 14, 2015

Where Geoff Johns' Justice League is a kickass, plot driven narrative, Hitch's Justice League of America is a kickass character driven narrative that will satisfy any DC fan, especially the tried and true fans that have missed the way comics used to be.

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9.0
Justice League of America (2015) #3

Aug 28, 2015

Justice League of America works because it wins on so many levels. It's entertaining, action packed, intelligent, mysterious, and daring all at once, without ever feeling too crowded or convoluted with noise. It's clear Hitch had a distinct vision coming into this, and it shows in execution.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2015) #5

Nov 26, 2015

Forget Justice League of America! Hitch's inability to produce product on time has allowed DC the opportunity to feature another book and character of theirs, and they're mission was successful! While I was initially irritated that we were getting a fill-in issue that felt like a desperate attempt to push off a book with low(er) sales onto an unsuspecting audience, I'm now glad I read this book! Kindt and Williams far surpassed my expectations, and have convinced me to pick up Martian Manhunter! I advise you pick up this issue, and then let that determine if you should follow my lead and pick up the main book as well. Fair play, DC! Fair play!

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8.0
Justice League of America (2015) #6

Dec 25, 2015

This issue proves that Hitch is capable of telling stories that are character driven, while also delivering those grand "comic book moments" we've come to expect. I still think he needs some development in his writing, but it's strictly around the structure of his narrative, and how to tell his story, while also making the most out of the monthly format.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2015) #7

Jan 30, 2016

More exposition heavy than I would've liked, this chapter of Justice League of America is still a solid read. It is one of the weaker chapters of this book, it does "rev up the JLA engines" to set-up what I'm hoping will be a slobber knocker between Rao and the Justice League.

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7.0
Justice League of America (2017) #1

Feb 23, 2017

Steve Orlando doesn't have me doing back flips with Justice League of America, but that shouldn't take away from the fact that this is a respectable launch to the series. His characters feel true and are captivating, but the quality of the plot is a bit of a question still. I get the feeling that Justice League of America will be one of those books that gets better with time as characters and plots slowly build on one another. So why wait? Go ahead and jump onboard now so you won't be forced to catch up.

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5.5
Justice League of America (2017) #2

Mar 9, 2017

The second chapter of Justice League of America is disappointing. I can only hope that it's a temporary stumble, but considering how negatively this issue impacts the foundation of the arc, I can't imagine future issues being much better. Also, while I found myself getting caught up in the initiation of this team " mainly because of the characters " I'm going to need a justifiable reason for this team to exist. More importantly, I'm going to need a reason for them to be called the Justice League.

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5.5
Justice League of America (2017) #3

Mar 31, 2017

Justice League of America continues to misfire, and it doesn't appear to have any hope of course correction in the near future. It's not a terrible book, it's just so for from meeting its potential that it makes reading it even more frustrating. Logistics and details are left to the imagination for most of the plot threads, and the art will leave you wanting more. I'm not certain why DC is having so much trouble delivering quality Justice League books, but they need to figure it out.

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2.0
Justice League of America (2017) #4

Apr 14, 2017

Out of all of the stories I've read from Steve Orlando, Justice League of America is by far the most lackluster! I'd hardly consider this a team book. Instead, it's more like a collection of poorly executed fight scenes featuring a collection of heroes and D-List villains". And that's about it. No character development, no gripping story, and no payoff.

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3.5
Justice League of America (2017) #5

Apr 27, 2017

This is one of three books I cover that I would drop if I could. I dread reading this title every other week. I'll literally spend an hour or more trying to find something else to do so I don't have to read this book (along with Mother Panic and Birds of Prey). Wash dishes, fold laundry, clean up dog poop" They all feel like better options. Let that sink in for a moment.

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2.5
Justice League of America (2017) #6

May 11, 2017

Justice League of America continues to spiral into oblivion, and all I can think about is how much I despise writing reviews every other week, and this title is 50% of the reason I feel that way. If you want to waste your time and money, Justice League of America is the book for you.

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5.0
Justice League of America (2017) #7

May 26, 2017

Don't assume that because I'm not completely trashing Justice League of America this week that we're in the clear. This issue is far from good, but there are some decent moments at least. Now if Orlando can keep this is a minimum quality standard and manage to create engaging arcs on top of this, we might actually get treated to a good book in the future.

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4.5
Justice League of America (2017) #8

Jun 16, 2017

I fully believe Steve Orlando is an excellent writer and have loved a number of his works. Justice League of America is not one of them. Considering the aspect of his work that tends to resonate with me the most is his understanding and use of characters, I feel as though we're being cheated by these short, quick stories. There's no opportunities for characters to shine, or even for fleshed out narratives. We're getting the bare minimum, and quite frankly, that sucks.

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4.5
Justice League of America (2017) #9

Jun 30, 2017

Orlando and team improve upon their previous work, but JLA is still a diamond in the rough. With some foundation building, purpose, character development, and longer, more personal (yet still action packed) arcs, they might get somewhere worthwhile with this book" Then again, this could just be a lump of coal until DC gives up, tosses it out back, and relaunches the title within six months following the cancellation. Who knows?

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3.0
Justice League of America (2017) #10

Jul 14, 2017

Have you read Justice League of America? The nonsense that presented itself in the first issue is still the same nonsense we're getting today. Yet somehow, as terrible as this book is, and despite the fact there is no sense of purpose found here, I still like JLA for reasons I can't explain. The book is bad. Really bad. But for whatever reason, it doesn't make me want to pull my hair out when I read it.

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6.5
Justice League of America (2017) #11

Jul 27, 2017

Justice League of America is far from perfect, but "Curse of the King Butcher" makes a great leap in the right direction! The improvements in plot, characterization, and purpose actually make me excited for the next arc! Now I'm going to cross my fingers and hope for the best!

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #12

Aug 9, 2017

"Crisis in the Microverse" takes makes a giant step in the right direction for Justice League of America. A title that seemed doomed to fade away into obscurity following a number of poor stories, pulls out an astonishing comeback by delivering the coming we've been expecting since DC Universe's Rebirth and the announcement of JLA. With six issues at his disposal for this story, Orlando is able to flex his craft by fleshing out characters and setting up, what appears will be, one hell of a story! If you've given up on the book, give it another shot!

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6.5
Justice League of America (2017) #13

Aug 30, 2017

Heavy exposition and a strange, new world create a bit of a speedbump in Justice League of America #13. It's not a huge issue, but there is a lot of new information to process. Thankfully, with this exposition, Orlando also introduces two interesting plots concerning who the Microverse team can trust, and what Afterthought is planning for the JLA on Earth. Both of these elements add a jolt of momentum and intrigue to an already interesting rescue mission! I'm hoping that the exposition is out of the way, and we can spend the next four issues riding out the plot!

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #14

Sep 15, 2017

Look, I know Justice League of America has been rough. I know that assessment might be too kind" But I also know that this arc is incredibly entertaining! If you haven't read this book, or you dropped it after a few issues, check out "Crisis in the Microverse." Everything has improved! The story is great, the dialogue is great, and the characters are great! There's suspense, wonder, and a sense of excitement due to the newness of the universe! Steve Orlando is doing some great work here, and it deserves your attention!

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5.0
Justice League of America (2017) #15

Sep 28, 2017

Two factors will decide how much you like or dislike this issue. The positive aspect is that Ray Palmer is back, and he gets the spotlight here! Unfortunately, there's practically no plot progression. You literally would need to make an argument as to why someone needs to read this issue to complete the story. It's also frustrating that the one question all of us came into this issue wanting to be answered, remains unanswered. As happy as I am to have Ray Palmer back, and as beneficial as it is to learn what Ray has been up to during this time, I can't help but feel that this issue was a let-down. It's not bad, just extremely disappointing.

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5.5
Justice League of America (2017) #16

Oct 12, 2017

Justice League of America #16 is basically "What's Ray Palmer Been Up To?: Part 2." It's a filler issue, even though we do gain some ground with the plot. The problem here is that it's hard to care. So much plot and narrative are shoved down our throat so quickly, that the moments meant to create an impact don't land their punches the way they should. I'm still happy to see Ray Palmer and hopeful that we'll get a strong finish to this story, but this issue and its predecessor could be skippable depending on how the next issue plays out.

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9.0
Justice League: Darkseid War: Special #1

Apr 6, 2016

Johns' Darkseid War is the closest thing to perfection that's graced DC in years! This story is a MUST READ! I don't say that often, so please understand how good this story arc is for me to make that type of declaration. The story builds and builds with each issue, and you're constantly getting worthwhile payoffs throughout the run. Darkseid War is magic!

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9.5
Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1

Nov 14, 2015

King delivers an amazingly touching story that sincerely caught me by surprise. It's a great balance of plot and character, all while driving home it's core theme. If you're not a fan of Green Lantern, or you've just never been interested enough to pick up the book, this issue will make you want to!

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8.5
Midnighter (2015) #1

Jun 5, 2015

Midnighter delivers one hell of a debut that's sure to be a wild ride, led by a relatable character full of complexities! If you don't give this title a shot, then you're doing yourself a disservice.

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7.0
Midnighter (2015) #2

Jul 3, 2015

Midnighter dips in quality for its second issue, but it still a solid book with endless potential" potential that I can't wait to see unfold over time.

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8.5
Midnighter (2015) #3

Aug 8, 2015

Mirroring real life with many of its themes, Midnighter balances brutal violence with extreme heart to create one of the best books in comics today!

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9.0
Midnighter (2015) #4

Sep 3, 2015

Orlando gets it right and knocks it out of the park! The Midnighter/ Grayson team-up is near perfection, as all of the pieces from each issue before this begin to fall into place.

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8.0
Midnighter (2015) #5

Oct 9, 2015

Orlando completely nails Midnighter, and like his character, proves that he has everything under control. Midnighter is exciting, dramatic, fun, and heartfelt, but with a side of doesn't give a #&%*!

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9.0
Midnighter (2015) #6

Nov 5, 2015

Midnighter is a bloody good time, and Orlando delivers every step of the way! If you want an all-encompassing book that will keep you invested, this is it!

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8.5
Midnighter (2015) #7

Dec 3, 2015

Yet again, Orlando delivers a strong story full of action and suspense, while also managing to touch on the emotions and psyche of Midnighter. This issue has a little bit of everything, and should solidify current readers' loyalty to this book considering the amazing tease of future plots. It's clear Orlando is a big picture guy, so hopefully more people will pick up the book before it's too late, otherwise we're going to have another shameful incident where a quality book comes to an end way too soon (Gotham by Midnight, Valentine's Catwoman).

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6.0
Midnighter (2015) #8

Jan 7, 2016

Between the paint-by-numbers plot that was regurgitated from recent issues, the lack of motivation in the characters and script, and Messina's super clean art, this issue feels like a neutered, watered down version of Midnighter. There was hardly any crass behavior we've come to know and expect from our favorite antihero. There's no killing or maiming. No smart ass remarks" What happened? This is easily the worst issue of the run, and could easily be skipped if not for a critical moment for Marina's arc, and meeting between Midnighter and Spyral during the last three pages.

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8.5
Midnighter (2015) #9

Feb 4, 2016

Midnighter is a bloody, good time! Unfortunately, it's the best book that nobody is reading, so if you're reading this review, but not reading the book, then shame on you! Orlando continues to deliver a superb narrative that is enhanced by ACO's art as Midnighter continues to build upon itself. Root himself further into DC's mythology, Midnighter works with Spyral to confront Amanda Waller and the Suicide Squad, resulting in a comic that is sure to entertain all audiences.

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8.5
Midnighter (2015) #10

Mar 3, 2016

Midnighter is a big middle finger to the status quo of super heroes, and that makes him awesome! It's a shame more people didn't give this book or character a fair shot, because he's hard not to enjoy. And when you can make the Suicide Squad look tame, you know you're a badass.

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8.5
Midnighter (2015) #11

Apr 6, 2016

Midnighter and Apollo are together again, and holy crap is this issue a pleasure to read! Orlando continues to build this character and world, and in doing so, cements Midnighter's place in the DC Universe" so it's an utter shame this book is coming to a close! Hopefully people continue to catch on to how amazing this character is, and that he'll quickly re-emerge in Rebirth.

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7.0
Midnighter (2015) #12

May 4, 2016

Midnighter attempts to manage some nice moments, but this issue ends up being a "set'em up, and knock'em down" narrative as Orlando and ACO try to resolve all of their loose ends in one issue. There are some shortcomings here, but there's also enough good to satisfy fans of the run, as well. Ultimately, I'm hoping to see Midnighter pop up in other books, even if it's as a supporting character. He deserves that much, at least.

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9.0
Mother Panic #1

Nov 9, 2016

Upon reading the first few pages, I found myself wondering what I got myself into, but by the end of the issue, I wanted more. Mother Panic is dark, gruesome, graphic, and vulgar" and it's the perfect answer to readers who feel that the main titles are a little too "formula" or "safe" to fully meet your needs. Anything can happen here, and there doesn't appear to be a limit for the extremes of where the creative team is willing to go. Houser and Edwards don't even bother to ease you into their world either. You're thrown into the darkness whether you're ready or not, but I'll be damned if I didn't walk away from this book incredibly intrigued and curious. When it's said and done, after you finish Mother Panic you'll feel a little dirty and slightly guilty, but if vulgar, dark themes don't bother you, then you'll want more.

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8.0
Mother Panic #2

Dec 29, 2016

Mother Panic continues to deliver, and Houser is making it clear that she has a lot of characters and plots to cover. This issue slows the narrative down a little to focus a little more on character work, but also manages to create new mysteries and questions while answering a few as well. If there is going to be one thing that leads to this titles downfall, it will probably be the art" The irony is that the art is also one of its strongest attributes.

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6.5
Mother Panic #3

Feb 16, 2017

Mother Panic stumbles in this issue, but it hasn't completely dropped the ball. I'm not certain where the story will go from here because so much of the anticipation and suspense ends abruptly, and without much satisfaction. Perhaps a little more interaction with Mother Panic and the Bats will help redeem this title a little.

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3.0
Mother Panic #4

Mar 10, 2017

As quickly as Mother Panic built suspense and intrigue for me, it completely destroys it within the same amount of time. This issue is bad. I don't know what the cause is for the distinct and sudden changes, but it feels as though nobody is on the same page, and everyone is now half-assing their work. I'm not looking forward to the next chapter, because I'm afraid this title is going to sink even lower. This, ladies and gentlemen, is a prime example of "Broken Things."

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4.0
Mother Panic #5

Mar 24, 2017

Mother Panic had promise. Had being the key word. Now, the book is just a mess. The narrative is inconsistent, unfocused, and quite frankly, not worth your money. I'll be surprised if the title publishes more than twelve issues. I might actually look into trade waiting my reviews going forward.

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5.5
Mother Panic #6

Apr 28, 2017

Mother Panic continues to suffer from a number of problems " mostly relatability with readers " but manages to see a slight improvement this month! Hopefully this is the beginning of a positive trend, because I would greatly enjoy it if the script improved as John Paul Leon steps in to helm the art.

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8.0
Mother Panic #7

May 26, 2017

Surprisingly, Mother Panic returns to it's true form with this issue! I don't know what the "Pretty Arc" was all about, but the tone, writing, and style completely abandoned what had been established in the first three issues. This issue though" This feels like the real fourth issue, and John Paul Leon's art is a great counterpart to the script. If Mother Panic continues on this path, I'll look forward to reading it again!

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7.5
New Suicide Squad #1

Jul 10, 2014

Overall: This is a fun, action packed book that debuted to give us a fresh start, and readers deserve to do the same for this book. If you have reservations because of the previous Suicide Squad then let them go.

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8.0
New Suicide Squad #2

Aug 14, 2014

Overall: This issue definitely didn't let me down. I've been crazy busy this week, and this was the first thing I set down to read" It was a wonderfully fun and funny escape. While there wasn't much character depth, the characters themselves were fully represented despite all of the action. This issue built on the momentum of the previous issue, and is really showcasing the potential this book has. If you're not reading this book, give these first two issues a shot before you write it off. They might surprise you.

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6.5
New Suicide Squad #3

Oct 10, 2014

While this issues delivers a really nice moment, there's not much progression, and it's the weakest issue since the re-launch (I'm excluding the Future's End issue). The team will need to get in gear with issue #4, otherwise I think sales of this book will begin to drop pretty drastically. For my score, this book got a lift in points due to how the fight ends between Harley and Joker's Daughter. Had the actual execution of the fight been better, then my score would've been better. Much better.

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5.5
New Suicide Squad #4

Nov 14, 2014

I'm not providing a "good" and "bad" section, because most of what is available to call attention to without ruining any plot points in this story are listed above. If you're looking for an average adventure with "familiar" characters, then go ahead and pick up the issue. I'm warning you though, the art is going to leave you disappointed and craving something better.

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4.0
New Suicide Squad #5

Dec 12, 2014

Overall: This issue is titled "Defective," and that's exactly what it is" defective. If you're looking for a little edge, a little danger, and some villainy goodness, then check out Secret Six or Deathstroke. I wouldn't waste my money with this.

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3.0
New Suicide Squad #6

Jan 15, 2015

I can't support this book. I promise, I'm not in a bad mood, I'm just frustrated. I was a fan at the beginning of the re-launch, and was excited about where this book could go" but that excitement diminished quickly after two or three issues. At the beginning of the issue, it cites "DC Comics proudly presents New Suicide Squad." If I were DC, I wouldn't be proud of this (look below" Harley and Reverse Flash agree). I would want to scrap the current story, and bring in a really strong team to take over this book since it's about to get maximum exposure due to the film. I would be terrified if I knew that tons of people might check out this book based on the building hype of this brand.

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4.5
New Suicide Squad #7

Feb 14, 2015

This book continues to fall incredibly short of its potential. Even when I'm not a total champion of a title, I can usually find reasons to recommend them and feel good about doing so. I wouldn't, and I don't, stand behind this book in its current state. If you're going to throw down money for monthly issues, then you should get what you pay for. That won't happen here.

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1.0
New Suicide Squad #8

Mar 12, 2015

New Suicide Squad continues to drop in quality. What started off as a promising book, quickly went south in the art department, and the writing and storytelling have since followed suite. I can easily say that I find nothing redeeming in this book, and if I weren't reviewing this title, then I definitely would not be picking it up. I cringe at the fact that I pay to read it each month. And if I didn't read comics digitally, then I would take great pleasure in throwing this book in the trash after writing my review each month because that's what it is" garbage.

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7.0
New Suicide Squad #9

Jun 12, 2015

Montsers is by far Sean Ryan's best work to date, and its complimented nicely be equally as strong art from Briones. While I don't want to neglect the improvements Ryan has made, I still can't enthusiastically tell you to add this title to your rotation, but this issue is a step in the right direction.

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5.5
New Suicide Squad #10

Jul 14, 2015

Although New Suicide Squad is in its strongest arc yet, as long as Sean Ryan is writing this book, it will not reach its full potential. I'm sure Sean Ryan could be a great writer for one of DC's titles, but New Suicide Squad isn't that title, so unless you're a loyalist, I'd advise you support other books that deserve more support.

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4.5
New Suicide Squad #11

Aug 15, 2015

Sean Ryan's New Suicide Squad is nothing but cheap storytelling that lacks logic and intelligence. I know many of you love Harley, or are interested in this title due to the film, but I beg you not to pick up this title until a new writer comes on board. Seriously" do everyone a favor. Skip it.

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7.0
New Suicide Squad #12

Sep 13, 2015

Every few issues, Ryan improves his craft, and raises his own bar. The book is still far from great, but I am starting to wonder if " within time " Ryan might actually pull out a full arc that is good.

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6.0
New Suicide Squad #13

Oct 28, 2015

New Suicide Squad makes some positive gains while also falling back on some bad habits. I want to like this book, but no matter how hard I try, the execution is never as good as it should be. With the attention this title is getting, DC really needs to step of their game.

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5.5
New Suicide Squad #14

Nov 21, 2015

New Suicide Squad is ok compared to the standard Sean Ryan has set, but overall is just ok. I've been trying to give the guy the benefit of the doubt lately, but now that his run is coming to an end in January, I just want to get to February.

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7.0
New Suicide Squad #15

Dec 11, 2015

Providing a great commentary on the current mindset of a majority of Americans, Ryan delivers one of his best moments yet. This book is still far from where it should be though, and the rest of this book is still average at best.

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5.0
New Suicide Squad #16

Jan 16, 2016

I can't wait until the debut of New Suicide Squad next month! Wait" What? There's already been 16 issues of this book? Sorry, that must have been wiped from my memory because it was bad.

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8.0
New Suicide Squad #17

Feb 10, 2016

Seeley's New Suicide Squad is a fun, well written, bundle of crazy, that delivers a strong foundation to build upon. If you've been avoiding the Suicide Squad brand, I strongly recommend checking out the work from this new team!

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8.0
New Suicide Squad #18

Mar 10, 2016

If this issue establishes anything, it's how good New Suicide Squad can be, and how good it should've been for years! Seeley creates a world that is engaging and entertaining, and it's something that I don't want to give up any time soon! The Squad put a plan into motion to make it look as though they lost their life so they could gain their freedom, and now they're having to fight for everything they've recently gained" their life!

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6.5
New Suicide Squad #19

Apr 8, 2016

So far this is my least favorite issue of Seeley and Ferreyra's New Suicide Squad. I don't want that to come across as an outright complaint though, because I still think it's head and shoulders above anything Sean Ryan ever presented. This issue just isn't as strong as the two previous issues. The action is great, but the rest is lacking compared to usual.

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8.0
New Suicide Squad #20

May 5, 2016

Brains, bullets, and bodies! Oh my! Seeley and Ferreyra continue to knock New Suicide Squad out of the park with a story that's as fun as it is violent! You never know what to expect with these two, and considering their overseeing an unpredictable group of misfits, the potential is endless. If you gave up on New Suicide Squad in the past, you should give this run a shot. It's worth it.

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7.5
New Suicide Squad #21

Jun 17, 2016

Seeley closes out the current arc with this issue, and the story is satisfying in almost every way. This is easily the best run for New Suicide Squad, and I'm going to be so sad to see this team go after next month's issue. The fact that DC would put Seeley and Ferreyra on this title for such a short time almost feels cruel, because I can't imagine another creative fitting as perfectly as these two do. Go pick up this issue/ run (whichever is relevant)! You'll be doing yourself a disservice if you don't!

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6.5
New Suicide Squad #22

Jul 21, 2016

In a surprising turn of events, Sean Ryan delivers an issue that focuses specifically on a character, and it isn't terrible. Moments of brilliance appear, but the issue is mostly clichd metaphors and predictable conclusions. Despite those downfalls, this is still a nice one-and-done read that is sure to satisfy any Harley fan.

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4.0
New Suicide Squad: Futures End #1

Sep 12, 2014

Overall: I was really disappointed with this issue, and I'm honestly concerned about the direction that they plan on taking this book. Aside from Lawton's opening and closing piece, there's really nothing worthwhile here unless you want to see experiments gone wrong and clones having it out with one another. It's just not my cup of tea.

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3.0
Red Hood / Arsenal #5

Oct 29, 2015

Just cancel this book" and stop giving Lobdell work. He's driven everything he's touched into the ground since the launch of the New 52.

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6.5
Secret Origins #8

Dec 28, 2014

If this book just featured the Grayson story, I would give it an 8/10. But since there are two other stories that didn't really catch my attention, I have to give this a

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8.5
Secret Six (2014) #1

Dec 4, 2014

Simone delivers a New 52 version of Secret Six that will satisfy fans new and old. If you're on the fence, then pick up the issue! You'll be glad you did.

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8.5
Secret Six (2014) #2

Feb 12, 2015

This is a nice installment that builds on its previous issue, and does a lot to progress the story while opening up new questions. Was it worth the wait? I would say yes! Simone is a masterclass at writing interesting characters and ensembles, and she's only getting better.

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7.0
Secret Six (2014) #3

Jun 19, 2015

Secret Six makes its return from hibernation with an interesting choice of direction. Simone seems to be embracing the crazy with this team, and she waves the diversity flag with enthusiasm here. While I'm concerned that this won't resonate as strongly with a majority of readers, I thought it was a damn fine issue.

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5.5
Secret Six (2014) #4

Jul 16, 2015

The politics behind the scenes of this book are digging a fast grave for Secret Six. I don't know any details, but it's evident, and DC needs to fix it if they plan on having an audience stick around. And shame on Jim Chadwick for letting this happen! After months of delays, there shouldn't be any issues that are this blatantly obvious. As hard as it is for me to say this, the creative team and DC need to get it together, or just cancel the book.

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6.5
Secret Six (2014) #5

Aug 21, 2015

This is easily the worst issue of Secret Six to date. For many people, I think this issue might be the straw that breaks the camel's back, and forces readers to drop this title for another title. I hope that isn't the case because I feel like this book has a lot of potential, but sometimes the time just isn't right.

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6.5
Secret Six (2014) #6

Sep 18, 2015

Secret Six is a mess, and while I think there's still potential here, the creative team needs to hurry up and move past this arc to refocus and regroup.

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8.0
Secret Six (2014) #7

Oct 23, 2015

Simone and team have been fumbling for months now, and desperately needed to find their footing. This issue does just that, and will hopefully be the first of many to build momentum for this title. This book finally has a direction and a purpose, two things that, along with the already great characters, will drive this book's success for a good while!

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8.0
Secret Six (2014) #8

Nov 20, 2015

Simone is finally delivering on what we all hoped this book would be! There's still room for improvement, but so far this arc of Secret Six is leaps and bounds better than the first arc.

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7.0
Secret Six (2014) #9

Dec 19, 2015

Secret Six continues to revel in its own weird insanity, and nearly every bit of that insanity is absolutely enjoyable. This issue had a few hiccups and pacing issues, but ultimately delivered and continued to push this book in the right direction.

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8.0
Secret Six (2014) #10

Jan 21, 2016

As brilliant as this issue is, it's unfortunately tainted by a poor close to the arc. I can't stress how painful that is for me. There's great action, great character work, and the team functions extremely well as a unit here. Despite the quality writing and the terrific set-up for future issues, the one thing that's glaring at me is the ending.

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9.0
Secret Six (2014) #11

Feb 19, 2016

This is a fun issue that focuses on the characters and their relationships. With a solid Batgirl cameo, and the build up to Strix and the Secret Six (with Batgirl) versus Shiva" It's near perfection!

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5.0
Secret Six (2014) #12

Mar 23, 2016

Once again, this book disappoints me, and it's based off of some really poor decisions. If I had to make an assessment of why this book keeps falling short, I would say that Simone's heart isn't into it. There's no validation for that comment, but aside from some brief moments throughout the current run, there just doesn't appear to be much passion behind the writing" and it shows. At this point, I'm just hoping that the books improves slightly to end on a higher note.

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6.5
Secret Six (2014) #13

Apr 29, 2016

Secret Six continues the trend of being an equal combination of entertaining and frustrating. Every time this book builds some momentum, it gets in its own way. Whenever the narrative and writing is good, its followed by something bad. Moral of the story: Secret Six gives you whiplash.

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6.5
Secret Six (2014) #14

May 27, 2016

As with the entire series, there are some highs and lows in this final issue. While Strix knocked this story out of the park for me, everything else left me quite unsatisfied"

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5.5
Suicide Squad (2011) #30

Jun 23, 2014

Concerning the story, I was disappointed with this issue after Suicide Squad's Forever Evil run. Out of all of the Forever Evil tie-ins, I felt Suicide Squad was one of the stronger, more consistent stories, until this issue. If you didn't read it, then you should because it was a fun ride (and contained the best depiction of Powergirl that I've seen in the New 52). I honestly can't help but feel that this issue was changed at the last minute, because it's just so jarringly different than what previously happened. There's no sign of Harley. No Boomerang or James Gordon Jr., and this whole issue is really nothing but exposition to set up the New Suicide Squad. I don't mind exposition, but the plot points felt lazy and convenient. And in a story about that is supposed to be dealing with consequences, it feels like there were none. I easily would have preferred an actual close to the Forever Evil arc, and then had this issue as a #0 issue.

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5.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #1

Aug 17, 2016

There are highs and lows throughout this issue, but Williams and Fabok's short-form "Never Miss" only makes the shortcomings of Williams and Lee's "The Black Vault" glaringly obvious. While I don't find this issue to be terrible, I really hope the arcing story makes up some ground in issue number 2. With such a short number of pages to hook readers and bring them back each issue, the main creative team is going to need to deliver a hell of a punch of quality, and fast. The main narrative was lucky to have such a flawless supporting story to back it up!

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8.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #2

Sep 15, 2016

Whatever negative thoughts you had about Suicide Squad coming into this issue, go ahead and just throw it out the window. It doesn't matter anymore! Maybe Williams and Lee knew they'd have to deliver a game changer at this moment because of their story structure, or maybe this issue really is a natural result of story progression" Either way, Suicide Squad #2 delivers in ways I never expected it would! Buckle up kids. This book is a crazy, wild ride!

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #3

Sep 29, 2016

This is a great short story! I wish we could go back in time and have Rob Williams write the Katana mini instead of Barr, and let him tell "Choose" over the course of six issues! It would've served as the perfect set-up for Suicide Squad, and would have prevented Katana's brand from being tarnished by poor storytelling. I don't want to complain though. I'm happy with this story, and I'm glad it showcases Katana in a light that she deserves!

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8.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #4

Oct 14, 2016

Although this issue takes a slight step down in quality this week, it's still high energy and completely entertaining. If Williams and Lee have been delivering a winning formula for you so far, then this is sure to satisfy you as well.

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8.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #5

Oct 27, 2016

"Shock Treatment" is easily the most gripping chapter of Suicide Squad's main story since its Rebirth special. There isn't much action here, nor is there much plot progression, but there's a whole lot of set-up and character development. Once you add in Hack's character spotlight " a story that add great intrigue to the main, arcing narrative " you're left with a real treat. I'm more excited for the future of Suicide Squad than I've ever been, and you should be as well.

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8.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #6

Nov 17, 2016

When you break this issue down, there's a whole lot of conflict, and not much else" but damn is it enjoyable! I wasn't too familiar with William's work prior to this, but he's made me believer. He has a clear plot, but balances a number of genres and tones within each issue. This is the Suicide Squad that I've been waiting for, and it's definitely a must-read. If you've been skipping out on this wild ride, then you're missing out!

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7.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #7

Dec 1, 2016

While fun, the main narrative didn't necessarily hit all of the right notes in this issue. It was a great chapter to temporarily pull us from the action and direness of what's taking place, but I'll be ready for things to "return to normal" next week. Granted, when dealing with Suicide Squad, I'm not completely sure what normal is" and I wouldn't have it any other way. The real win for this issue though, is June Moon's spotlight, "Trapped." This narrative reveals enough about her character that it will leave you expecting more from her in future chapters.

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8.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #8

Dec 15, 2016

For me, Suicide Squad is the book that will please any comics fan. Considering the action, character work, humor, and multiple plot threads, there's hardly anything left to be desired (except for maybe some romance, but that appears to be in the works). If you're a comic fan and you're not reading this run, then you're doing yourself a disservice.

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7.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #9

Jan 12, 2017

There are many aspects worth enjoying, and a few that highlight the issues of this event. Williams delivers great dialogue alongside a decent story, but the glossed over details might leave you wanting more.

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8.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #10

Jan 25, 2017

One key factor that has led to Williams' success with Suicide Squad, is balance. He manages to balance everything beautifully " the action, characters, plot progression" Every aspect of this title is thought out, and executed well. With roughly ten characters to juggle, and multiple, big, high-action, plots (including an "event"), he somehow manages to keep his narrative grounded. Unlike many writers and stories being published at the moment, Williams has a long-term vision, and it shows. I'll be a happy man if he continues with the title for the next few years. Suicide Squad needs that kind of direction, and more importantly, it deserves it.

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7.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #11

Feb 9, 2017

Suicide Squad #11 isn't the best issue, but what Williams accomplishes is needed. All of the reintroductions to various plots help refocus the narrative, while the character spotlights give us, the readers, a chance to breathe before jumping into the chaos and action again. The cliff hanger at the end though, that could leave people talking for years to come!

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7.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #12

Feb 23, 2017

The real gem of this issue, is the back-up story. Yes, some substantial plot development occurs in the main story involving Rustam, but I honestly wasn't too fond of this. The back-up, which puts the Squad front and center, is where all of the magic happens! Williams has a winning formula (great characters + a well-planned plot + consequences) continue to drive this book, and leave me anxious for more each and every issue!

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #13

Mar 9, 2017

Suicide Squad is easily one of the best books being released by DC at the moment. If you haven't been reading the title, I urge you go pick up the first trade, but do so knowing that that story is just scratching the surface. This issue continues so much of what's been building for months/ weeks, the result feels incredibly satisfactory!

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7.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #14

Mar 23, 2017

Williams continues his warpath with Suicide Squad, and if you've been reading since the beginning, you have to feel as though you're receiving quite the pay-off. This specific issue " while containing many incredible moments " ends a little sub-par compared to what we're used to. I think the true test will be to see what happens in this title following this arc.

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8.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #15

Apr 13, 2017

I'm a huge fan of Suicide Squad, and an even bigger fan of Rob Williams! He consistently delivers well thought stories, and I want to hug him because he carries character arcs and progression from one story to the next. If you're looking for a book you can invest in, then Suicide Squad is definitely one that will deliver. I'd be willing to bet Williams has a three to five year plan, and I sincerely hope I get to witness his full story unfold!

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10
Suicide Squad (2016) #16

Apr 27, 2017

Sometimes less is more, so I won't say much" Go read this book! If you're behind catch up. You can thank me later!

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #17

May 12, 2017

Seriously, pass on watching Suicide Squad the movie, and pick up the book. It contains a better, more intelligent plot, great characterization, and WAY more moral ambiguity. Under Willams' and Daniel's direction, Suicide Squad is fun, action packed, suspenseful, and rewarding. What are you waiting for? Go get it!

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7.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #18

May 25, 2017

Does this chapter of Suicide Squad deliver in the same way that recent issues did? No. Despite that, this is still a fun, action packed, high energy issue that sits perfectly in the over-arching narrative that Williams is crafting.

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7.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #19

Jun 15, 2017

Despite some minor missteps early in the issue, Williams turns everything around to give Suicide Squad #19 an incredible finish! I'm highly critical with the books I review, and Suicide Squad is no exception. My complaints here are nit-picks, and not much else. If you've been reading the title, continue to do so. If you haven't given Rob Williams' Suicide Squad a chance, then I urge you to do so.

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8.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #20

Jun 30, 2017

If there's one thing that's certain, you can always count on Suicide Squad for an entertaining read. Whether it be full of action, character focused, or a little wacky, Williams is sure to deliver. Add to that guarantee by enhancing Williams' script with art as beautiful as Sejic's and you're blessed with an amazing gift! Go get this issue! If you haven't been reading Suicide Squad, I highly recommend catching up. If you don't have the time or funds to catch up, this could be a decent starting point. Either way, this is a book you need to be reading!

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6.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #21

Jul 12, 2017

Williams fumbles a little with this issue. There are certain concepts that are great, and others that feel a little forced. Overall, "The Entrance Fee" doesn't meet the quality we've come to expect from Suicide Squad, but in comparison, it is still better than a number of books currently being released by DC at the moment. My excitement my be a little deflated at the moment, but that doesn't mean I'm not optimistic about what's to come!

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6.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #22

Jul 27, 2017

Another issue of Suicide Squad and, unfortunately, another slight misstep. The further we fall into a narrative where we're forced to believe Harley can actually function as a leader, the more this book will unravel. No, it's not a terrible story, but it could definitely lead to one. Fortunately we have Waller and her confrontation with Karla to save the day! That alone " along with the consequences that will undoubtedly unfold from this chapter " are reason enough to pick it up.

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5.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #23

Aug 9, 2017

Based on what I know from this issue, I'd say skip it. I know, I know" It pains me to say that, but I feel like everything you need to know from this issue will be recapped in two weeks. There's really nothing worth sinking your teeth into, and I doubt anything major will unfold from these events. If you do decide to purchase Suicide Squad #23, it'll need to be for one redeeming moment with Batman.

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6.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #24

Aug 24, 2017

There are many solid moments in this issue, but where there are highs, there are also lows. Williams turns "Kill Your Darlings" on its head with this issue, and I genuinely hope that it is the first step in returning to the quality we've come to expect. He's set up a number of arcs though, and I have a sinking suspicion that what's left of them will be rushed through. Only time will tell.

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4.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #25

Sep 13, 2017

Readers and fans should be pissed. With one issue, Williams completely undoes everything that's been building for more than a year now. All of my praise about Williams' ability to play into consequences" Yeah, I take that back. All of it! If you're reading trades, stop with the Zod arc. Just stop there. "Kill Your Darlings," specifically this issue, is insanely frustrating for anyone who feels invested in the narrative.

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7.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #26

Sep 27, 2017

Rob Williams delivers a solid chapter of "Gotham Resistance" that balances a number of plots and characters quite well! There's humor, action, suspense, and heart, all of which are accompanied by Sejic's impeccable art. There are some low parts in the issue and arcing story " mainly stemming from a lack of knowledge concerning the Batman Who Laughs and his pet Robins " but I ultimately find this to be a redeeming read if you're already invested in Metal and all of its tie-ins.

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7.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #27

Oct 12, 2017

Williams returns to form with this chapter of Suicide Squad, and I couldn't be happier! This issue is high energy, a lot of fun, and contains quite a few laughs as well! It's nice to see the characters represented so well after an arc of questionable plots and decisions, but this turn makes everything feel right again. And if this wasn't exciting enough, Williams introduces us to a new mystery while teasing a number of characters!

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6.5
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #1

Jan 29, 2016

Will this book be a game changer for Deadshot? No. But that being said, it's a lot of fun, and a nice change of pace from what we've come to expect from this character. If you want a high energy books with a solid script and a lot of action, this is worth picking up!

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3.0
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #2

Feb 27, 2016

If you're a fan of Katana, or curious to learn more about her due to the characters upcoming role in the new Suicide Squad movie, or perhaps even the television show Arrow, please avoid this book! It'll leave a bad taste in your mouth. Instead, check out the first volume of Birds of Prey or Geoff John's Justice League of America. I also recommend picking up Outsiders (pre New 52).

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8.0
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #3

Mar 24, 2016

Buccellato and Bogdanovic carry on, guns a blazing, as they dive deeper into Deadshot's history and personal life. Suicide Squad's Most Wanted: Deadshot lives in a heap of moral ambiguity, and challenges your idea of what's acceptable, or right or wrong. If the team continues to deliver on this level, this will become required reading for Deadshot fans.

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5.5
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #4

Apr 28, 2016

Katana is still really rough, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. Despite the positive aspects of this issue, the book still falls incredibly short of where it could and should be.

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7.5
Suicide Squad Most Wanted: Deadshot and Katana #5

May 27, 2016

This book is turning out to be one of the nicer surprises to come from DC recently! I say this each month, but it's a shame that it's tied to a book as poor as Katana. I feel like this title would be receiving more attention if it were being released on its own.

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8.0
Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1

Sep 1, 2016

While War Crimes doesn't meet the prestige of Ostrander's original run, it's still extremely satisfying. It's a pleasant read for any fan, but I would most likely recommend this issue as an introduction for people who aren't familiar with Suicide Squad. In fact, this would be perfect for fans that want to transition from the film to comics. Regardless of the bracket you group yourself in, this is still a solid issue, and an incredibly entertaining read!

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3.0
Teen Titans (2014) #14

Dec 23, 2015

Teen Titans "Aftermath" is one bad play after another. Lobdell continues his trademark of sending books to their grave, and this is no different. At this point, I feel like DC needs to drop Teen Titans, run with Titans Hunt, and let Teen Titans lay low for a good while.

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4.0
Teen Titans (2014) #15

Dec 27, 2015

Teen Titans #15 is a transitional issue that does nothing for a book that is already self-imploding. I know Pak is going to take over in March, but I strongly feel like the damage will have been done, and that there will be no coming back from this mess. Go ahead and mark this as two failed attempts at a Teen Titans book within roughly four years. DC, if you're smart, you'll cancel the book, and let it rest for a while. Time a re-launch with that Titans tv series that's supposed to come out" Trust me, just do it.

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4.5
Teen Titans (2014) #16

Jan 30, 2016

Pfeifer manages to knock out some of the mess that has plagued Teen Titans for a few months now, and deliver an issue that has an entertaining action sequence. Unfortunately, those pages are only "good" at best, and the rest of the book lands in or near the "bad" territory. I know Pak is coming in next month, but I don't think I'll look forward to this title again until whatever's taking place in June occurs" and even then, the verdict will still be out.

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5.5
Teen Titans (2016) Annual #1

Jun 1, 2017

Honestly, this entire story is skippable, especially this issue. The payoff isn't here, and comparing "The Lazarus Contract" to "The Judas Contract" only makes it even worse. DC gets a big thumbs down for this story. When there's no point to a story, then there's no point to read that story.

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6.5
The Multiversity #1

Aug 21, 2014

Overall: Morrison delivers a bold, complex and layered story that is over-the-top and grounded all at the same time. When Morrison shines, he really shines. Unfortunately, his storytelling is unfocused, and reminiscent of a kid in a candy store, with too many ideas to fit in one plot.

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9.0
The Multiversity #2

May 1, 2015

Overall: What The Multiversity #2 lacked in depth and weight compared to some of it's previous issues, it easily made up for in engaging action, fast paced plots, thought provoking commentaries, and a desire to read more. This is definitely required reading for any seasoned comic book fan!

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8.0
The Multiversity Guidebook #1

Jan 31, 2015

This book claims to be 80 pages, but it's really 72 with some ads. It's also a hefty $7.99, but considering you're essentially getting two comics in one, it's a reasonable price. As I stated, that interjection of the Guidebook within the plot of this issue really bothered me because it derailed the stories and moment while they were reaching their climax, but each aspect is really enjoyable. If you've been reading Morrison's Multiversity, or you just want a better understanding of all the Earths, then you should pick up this issue. It's too bad that I bumped the rating down a point due to what I felt was a weird layout.

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9.0
The Multiversity: Mastermen #1

Feb 19, 2015

While this didn't quite pack the punch that Pax Americana did for me, its a close second. It was a damn good issue that will leave you wanting more!

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10
The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1

Nov 20, 2014

I like darker, edgier, more thought provoking comics, and that is exactly what you get here. I know it's not everyone's preference, but the commentary that this book covers makes it a required reading in my eyes, and is sure to be considered a classic in the years to come.

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8.5
The Multiversity: Society of Super-Heroes #1

Sep 18, 2014

While the characters are top notch, and worth reading, Morrison definitely played it a little safe with this issue regarding the plot, but I'm ok with that. If you're expecting another earth shattering, crazy, intense story like the first issue, you might be disappointed. I found Morrison's Multiversity debut a manic mess, that was inconsistent and all over the place. This delivery, however, is focused and highlights some of Morrison's strengths, which will make you wish you could see a little more of these characters and this world every month.

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6.5
The Multiversity: The Just #1

Oct 24, 2014

We've essentially seen every plot device that's used here, but Morrison finds a way to make it feel fresh with so much detail, and nods to comic fans. As good as these aspects are though, it doesn't help the fact that the characters are pretty unlikeable. I usually don't recommend books when I can't get behind the characters, but Morrison's special touches, and Oliver's outstanding art pushes "The Just" to a score that is slightly above average.

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7.0
The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1

Dec 20, 2014

This is a fun read, and worth reading at least once. I wouldn't read it again, but it's a nice break from the standard narrative these days. If you have some extra cash, and enjoy Shazam (or Captain Marvel), then go ahead and check it out. Just don't expect anything life changing.

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9.5
The Shadow/Batman #1

Oct 7, 2017

If this is leading where I think it's leading, we're in for one hell of a fun, psychological ride! This is pure detective, crime, noir and it's perfect! The nods to the history of comics and inspirations for Batman are scattered throughout the entire issue, but they're honestly just little touches of texture to compliment a great script with great characters! Go get The Shadow/ Batman #1!

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7.0
Titans (2016) #2

Aug 24, 2016

Abnett and Booth deliver an issue full of fun, entertaining action that helps give a much-needed dose of momentum to Titans, but how they follow-up is going to be critical. Most of my excitement and intrigue for this title stems from Geoff Johns' incredible Rebirth, and I don't feel as though this creative team is fully taking advantage of that gift" especially since this is the only title that features Wally. Considering Wally played such a critical role in the entire DC Universe "Rebirthing," Titans feels strangely disconnected" An ironic turn of events considering the catalyst character's story was intended to do the exact opposite. But thanks to a solid delivery, and an intriguing mystery, I'm back on board (for the moment). I will need some emotional weight and character development added in to help ground this series for me though. The sooner, the better.

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5.5
Titans (2016) #3

Sep 29, 2016

When it comes down to it, I feel as though Titans is suffering from an identity crisis. It doesn't know who or what it is. There is no sense of direction or understanding. Titans just is" and not in a good way. At times it's an action book, other times it's a campy hero fest, and then there are times where it's a serious drama. It's fine for a story to encompass all of these elements, but it needs to be one thing, and then contain those other elements. Joss Whedon is a master at doing this" Dan Abnett, not so much. Not here anyway. I'm not giving up on Titans, but it needs to find itself before it ever expects it's audience to.

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7.0
Titans (2016) #5

Nov 24, 2016

This is a vast improvement over what's come before it, and if I were grading Titans against itself, I'd probably jump the score up to an 8.5/10. That's the power of honest, unforced story telling that feels natural. Unfortunately, I'm not judging Titans against itself, but everything that's hitting shelves, and despite great improvements, the score doesn't jump that high. A win is a win though, and Abnett and Booth should feel very happy with this issue. Now, if they can continue this quality and drop the repetitive exposition, I might grow to become excited to read Titans each month.

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8.5
Titans (2016) #6

Dec 29, 2016

I can finally say that I'm a fan of Titans. It took a while, and I didn't think this day would come, but Titans #5 and #6 have won my favor. The character work, action, and plot finally feel natural and honest, while the set-up for future plots has my incredibly giddy! If you dropped Titans, it might be beneficial to give it a second shot, because I, for one, am glad I was forced to stick with it!

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9.5
Titans (2016) #7

Jan 12, 2017

Titans #7 is a simple story, with a simple premise" and it's absolutely brilliant! This issue captures a nostalgic sense as it puts it's characters front and center, while focusing on hope, love, friendship, and understanding. So much of today's comics are centered around stopping the biggest, world ending threat, that creative teams forget much else. That's what makes this issue special. As the comic industry flocks in one direction, Abnett stands and turns against them to deliver what could easily be considered the best follow-up to come after DC Universe Rebirth. Hope is still out there"

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7.5
Titans (2016) #8

Feb 9, 2017

This is another strong chapter from Dan Abnett and Brett Booth, albeit, the finer moments are subtle ones. My opinion is that there needs to be peaks and valleys, as well as a change in tempo and pace to create a successful story overall. That's what this chapter does. Abnett is on a roll at the moment, and the momentum is easily in his favor! I'm hoping he continues that trend for many, many months!

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7.5
Titans (2016) #9

Mar 9, 2017

Abnett and Booth deliver again, and Titans #9 sets itself up for a follow-up issue that should be high-energy and action packed. Some readers might be disappointed with the lack of plot progression in this issue, and if you're not a fan of character interaction, then you might see this chapter as a bit of a let-down. I personally enjoy the dynamic of these characters, and feel as though the peaks and valleys of this book will work much better in a trade format. In the end, Titans is definitely worth your time, so make sure you go pick it up!

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7.0
Titans (2016) #10

Apr 15, 2017

Action, fun, and a few surprises are what you can look forward to in this satisfying conclusion to "Made in Manhattan." As enjoyable as this issue is though, all I really want is to get my hands on future issues because those stories look epic!

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6.5
Titans (2016) #11

May 11, 2017

The debut of "The Lazarus Contract" is a hard one to judge because there's so much set-up for the coming issues. In no way is this a bad book but some moments are executed much better than others, while others are just painting by numbers to set the plot up. There's still great potential for this story though, and I'm excited to read the remaining issues.

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8.0
Titans (2016) #12

Jun 14, 2017

Despite the lackluster that was "The Lazarus Contract," "Bad Omen" returns Titans to the quality we've come to expect from this title. Dan Abnett does an outstanding job of reminding readers where each of these characters are personally without the narrative feeling stale. Rocafort adds to the script by beautifully capturing each character and scene, and itching to see more of his work. The real winner here is Lilith though! Talk about a knockout moment for her as a character!

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8.0
Titans (2016) #13

Jul 13, 2017

Dan Abnett delivers yet another solid issue of Titans! There are so many moving parts within the story, and the creative team masterfully maneuvers those plots in ways to create a satisfying narrative that is equally entertaining! The sense that anything could happen doesn't hurt the book either!

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5.5
Titans (2016) #14

Aug 11, 2017

This chapter of Titans continues a disappointing trend downward, and that's a shame considering Abnett has set each character up with an incredible personal arc. Unfortunately, over the past three months, he's slowly shifted the book from one full of complex relationships to one that feels like a battle between the characters to determine which of our heroes has the worst, most dramatic life at the moment. If I wanted that, I'd watch reality television.

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8.0
Titans (2016) #15

Sep 14, 2017

Titans #15 makes a lot of positive progress, and hits many good notes concerning the longevity of the arc. Abnet abandons some of the CW level drama that's plagued the past few issues and works to pull the team together to face a common mission. Titans is on the right track, and I can't wait to see where it leads us.

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7.5
Titans (2016) #16

Oct 18, 2017

Titans #16 makes a ton of headway concerning plot progression, but there are so many reveals/ "resolves" that it doesn't have a chance to properly deal with any of them. You're ultimately left with these reveals and not much else. For some, this will be more than enough to satisfy you, and " like me " will have you eagerly awaiting next month's issue! For others, you might reach the last page, wish you'd gotten more, and move on to your next book. Either way, the future looks bright for Titans (the book itself, not necessarily the team) if Abnett can maintain a central focus!

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8.0
Titans Hunt #1

Oct 29, 2015

Titans Hunt delivers an impressive first issue that fulfills a void that's been missing since the launch of the New 52. This is the team book that will set the bar for the other team books featuring our younger heroes, and, so far, is collection that any comics fan should pick up!

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