Matina Newsom's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Batman-News Reviews: 25
6.6Avg. Review Rating

6
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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4
Batgirl (2016) #41

Nov 27, 2019

This issue feels a lot messier than the last one. There's a lot of contradictions and decisions that just don't make sense, like Babs staying underwater so long she almost dies. The story also feels like it's missing the mark when it comes to how Babs sees Oracle. Instead of getting to the heart of what it was to her, Babs seems to have accepted this machine is all Oracle was, instead of an extension of herself. This arc could be a fascinating look comparing the two, but so far things aren't really lining up properly. Hopefully next month things take a turn for the better.

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3
Batgirl (2016) #42

Jan 1, 2020

As an arc Oracle Rising never really found its stride or its theme. It floundered from issue to issue trying different themes and ideas, and landed this time on changing Barbara's personality. Additionally, instead of attempting to resolve the relationship between Batgirl and Oracle the story focused on Barbara and Bard's relationship, totally backtracking everything Jason Bard did last issue to do so.

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8
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
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
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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9.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #68

Dec 4, 2019

Even if you're not a Christmas or Harley fan, this issue is fun, funny, and heartfelt. It's a fantastic Christmas story, and provides a much needed lesson during this season. Really, just go pick it up, you won't regret it.

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8.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #69

Jan 1, 2020

As a one shot I found this issue to be a lot of fun. Russell did a great job crafting a collection of both wacky and loveable new characters, who I wouldn't mind showing back up later. It also has some moments of depth, and gives Harley a chance to be more than an exasperated landlady in need of her taxes done. This issue is a lighthearted read that you'll chuckle at, and enjoy going back to for all the little jokes you missed or details you didn't quite catch the first read through.

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8
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
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
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
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #40

Nov 27, 2019

The Generation Outlaw arc has had a lot of fun exploring a new group of teens and Jason's strengths as a teacher to them. Last issue's sometimes awkward and off humor seems to have mellowed this time in favor of moments that are both funny, and carry emotional weight for the characters. This issue, like many before it, introduces more mystery than answers and feels like it's setting up pieces for something more. Unfortunately the lack of real stakes or forward momentum leaves me wondering what that something is, and if we'll reach it, or if this arc will end up fizzling out instead.

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4
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #41

Jan 1, 2020

This issue falls into the trouble the arc has had of trying to do too much with little direction. Lobdell rushes through solving problems before readers understand why they're problems, and tries to show off his cast of characters, but ends up leaving things feeling chaotic and unfocused. Instead of trying to find a balance between character work and action, this issue leans too heavily into action and takes shortcuts by introducing new powers, and character motivations that have had little set up or explanation prior.

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10
Suicide Squad (2019) #1

Dec 18, 2019

First issues are often hit or miss, and this one hits it out of the ballpark. Tom Taylor has put together a fun team of both new and old characters and set the stage for some really interesting conflict in the future. Again, because it bears repeating, the book is stunning. The creative team pulled out all the stops this time, giving us something that's a joy to look at as well as read. It's easy to tell just from this first issue that there's a plan for this story, and after such a well balanced and fun start, I cannot wait to see where it goes from here.

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6
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
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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7
Teen Titans (2016) #36

Nov 20, 2019

Teen Titans has struggled from a lack of direction and team cohesion for a while now. Thankfully, it seems like things are starting to clear up as various plots progress, and even as the team is fractured, they seem to finally be coming together. Lobo works as the driving force for much of that in this issue, by creating a reason for the remaining titans to rally. With creative art, lots of action, and balance in the story, this issue was enjoyable and set the stage for some really exciting things to come.

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8
Teen Titans (2016) #37

Dec 18, 2019

This is the first time in a while I've honestly stepped away from Teen Titans and been excited for next month's issue. There were a lot of great things happening this issue. Roundhouse continues to develop as a character, the team is working together and supporting each other, and it's reveal is both shocking and interesting.

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5
Teen Titans (2016) #38

Jan 15, 2020

Teen Titans wraps up its arc about The Other in a way that makes me wish the series as a whole had been stronger so that the conclusion of this arc would hit harder. It's not bad, and it sets the story up for a new, fresh adventure for the team. It's also at the point where Teen Titans feels like it has a functional team at last. Now, they're not individuals, but kids who can work together despite their differences. I'm excited to see where the story goes now that the threat of The Other has been done away with and they can move into unknown territory.

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9
Year of the Villain: Harley Quinn #1

Dec 11, 2019

As another in a long line of tie ins to DC's Year of the Villain event, I found this book to be the most fun out of them all. Its biting humor and unrepentant jabs at current comics events and societal norms made it something I thoroughly enjoyed reading. It could have done more, but it's solid in its execution for what it is: an awards show styled issue where DC's most vital villains come together to celebrate themselves.

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6
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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5.5
Young Justice (2019) #11

Dec 4, 2019

Young Justice is in an odd place right now where it's introducing new characters and transitioning into a new arc. With all that come some bumps and bruises. Things are a little chaotic at the start of the issue, and it continues to have a few problems throughout. Still, Bendis crafts some good scenes with Naomi and the team as they interact and work out what's going on in Oregon and with S.T.A.R. Labs. While not the strongest issue in this series, it had some fun moments and was gorgeous to look at.

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5
Young Justice (2019) #12

Jan 8, 2020

There's a lot going on in Young Justice this month. The issue isn't bad, in fact it's often funny and has some great character moments. It's simply bogged down by too many characters who sound the same and don't have strong reasons for being there.

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