Matina Newsom's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Batman-News Reviews: 12
6.7Avg. Review Rating

6.0
Batgirl (2016) #40

Oct 24, 2019

Batgirl and Oracle are both women on a mission. Barbara's goal is to stop the chaos, and find out just who set her beloved Burnside aflame, while Oracle is out for revenge. Everything she does in this issue is aimed at drawing Babs in for a confrontation. Through this it's made obvious she's as incomplete as she keeps saying, missing the one thing that really made Oracle work, Barbara Gordon.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #65

Sep 4, 2019

This issue balances the serious and funny aspects of a Harley Quinn story really well. It took Harley through her grief in a relatable, and believable way that still fit the character and tone of the book, while also delivering the contagious insanity we've come to love and expect from this title. I liked reading this issue, and I feel like readers who've been on the fence about the serious/silly nature of the book might enjoy it as much as I did.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #66

Oct 2, 2019

This conclusion to the Trials of Harley Quinn arc was a really great wrap up not only to the Trials themselves, but to an arc about Harley growing as a character. It was also wonderful to spend more time with Harley actually facing a problem head on, and being able to work through her mom's passing. It's not the end of her growth, or even the end of her struggling with losing a parent, but I think it's a strong step in helping strengthen who she is, and how she interacts with the world.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #67

Nov 6, 2019

This issue is a mix between two stories: Harley's continuing struggle with losing her mother, and a funny (and gorgeous) look at crossover events. Both are enjoyable to read for their own reasons, in art and story. Every time Humphries touches on the human side of Harley, and her struggling through her mother's loss I'm moved and find myself more and more on her side. His humor is just as strong, and delightful in how it pokes fun at the medium of comics itself, but also finds time to praise the things comics do well.

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8.0
Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass #1

Sep 4, 2019

Breaking Glass tackles some serious issues in a way that is both thoughtful and real to life. It's funny, beautiful to read, and full of heart. There are no easy answers in the book, or clean solutions to problems, but it does provide readers with both a relatable narrative and a spark of hope to push them forward.

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7.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #37

Aug 28, 2019

This was a good introduction to a new arc and a new set of characters.

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5.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #38

Sep 25, 2019

There's a lot that goes on in this book, and at the same time not much at all. It makes a little headway into the plot started last week, but spends a lot of it's time on flashbacks that don't give enough answers. The Artemis and Bizarro scenes were nice, and my favorite part. Things simply felt a bit jumbled, like Lobdell has a lot he wants to do, but isn't quite focusing in the right areas yet. This idea of Jason as a teacher has potential, I'm just not seeing it realized yet.

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7.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #39

Oct 23, 2019

After two rocky issues I feel like this arc is starting to fall into a solid groove. There were some strong character moments with the team in this issue, and Jason's teaching style has finally started to come into focus. The continued inclusion of Bizzaro and Artemis has expanded to include Pup Pup and is finally moving forward. Even though some of the humor missed the mark for me, and parts of the story felt like filler, I feel like the issue was still a fun and enjoyable read.

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6.0
Teen Titans (2016) #33

Aug 22, 2019

Glass has a lot of story threads he's trying to juggle, and I'm afraid it's just a few too many.

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6.0
Teen Titans (2016) #34

Sep 18, 2019

The elements for a great book are here, things just need to slow down for a little bit and actually develop them.

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4.5
Teen Titans (2016) #35

Oct 16, 2019

Teen Titans did some good things this issue. For all the insanity it took to get them there, the team started to talk about how they're operating, and some grievances were aired.

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6.0
Young Justice (2019) #10

Nov 6, 2019

This issue had a lot packed into it, and some of it was done really well, while other parts felt like they'd worn out their welcome. Jinny's backstory was an interesting and clear look at her character, reasons for leaving home, and just where her mysterious trunk came from. The continued battle on Earth-3 was fun, but too busy, and after three issues of so much fighting it's end was welcome. All in all, boxes were opened, hero identities changed, and after a long journey it seems like the team is home at last, ready to dive straight into their next adventure.

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