Matina Newsom's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Batman-News Reviews: 146
6.3Avg. 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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6
Batgirl (2016) #43

Jan 22, 2020

While I'm still not sold on the relationship between Barbara and Jason, I also cannot help but be enamored by all the sword and sorcery elements going on in this book. It's a really fun idea to play with the romance of fantasy and drop Barbara right in the middle of it as she struggles with her own romantic woes.

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5
Batgirl (2016) #44

Feb 26, 2020

This whole relationship between Babs and Bard feels like it's moving too fast. Even with this and the last issue dedicated to attempting to work things out between them, I'm not totally sold on Barbara falling for Jason just yet. It does work to move them into a place where they may be able to become a couple, by helping bring Batgirl and Bard together despite their differences, and getting Babs to start looking at Jason more for who he is now instead of the past, but I think they have a ways to go before starting a real relationship.

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4
Batgirl (2016) #45

Mar 25, 2020

Despite having an interesting premise, Batgirl tries to do too much without taking the time to really think out it's explanations or slow down to let the story build a little bit. It does give us Barbara Gordon using her position with Congresswoman Alejo to further the plot, and introduces an interesting villain. However, it's got too much going on and too many moments that are legitimately frustrating for me to be excited about where this is all going.

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6
Batgirl (2016) #46

Jun 23, 2020

This issue of Batgirl has a lighter tone while managing to juggle some more serious themes. That lightness really brightens up the book, and makes it an easy read that's enjoyable. While wrapping up one arc it also sets up elements that can be explored in the future, such as Barbara's relationship with Jason Bard, as well as the possibility of her moving away from working with Congresswoman Alejo or changing how she works with her. Even thought the story is moving into a totally different arc, I have hope that we may return to some of these proposed ideas soon.

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2
Batgirl (2016) #47

Jul 21, 2020

If it's not clear, I did not enjoy Batgirl. Having Joker strip Barbara Gordon of her agency and ability to walk, then parade around her, puppet her, and eventually drive her to hurt herself to escape him is the exact opposite of what I feel a proper response to TKJ would be. Even outside of it being a response, its attempts at giving Barbara a chance to take back control over her body from Joker miss the mark, and make the reader so uncomfortable that any meaning is lost. While the art and colors are stunning, this book is in such poor taste, any redeeming qualities about the story are hard to appreciate.

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5
Batgirl (2016) #48

Aug 25, 2020

Batgirl #48 has some odd places, and parts that don't seem to make sense, but generally it's an interesting start to the title's final arc. It fixes the issue of Barbara removing her implant, and introduces Luke Fox to the narrative. At the same time it also brings back the whole Gordon family as protagonists as they deal with family drama, and a new murder that looks like it will involve all of them in some way or another.

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2
Batgirl (2016) #49

Sep 22, 2020

While the idea of a serial killer dressing victims up like vigilantes is not a new one, I had hoped that at the very least this would be an enjoyable mystery. Unfortunately Batgirl is full of contradictions and ends up falling into a number of badly chosen tropes. It's character motivations, don't feel fully explained, and any emotional connection it's trying to develop is not given the time it needs. Everything feels rushed and over too soon. As it stands, I have little desire to return to Batgirl for it's finale.

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7
Batgirls (2021) #1

Dec 14, 2021

As an opening issue, Batgirls hits many of the right notes. It's a fun and exciting story featuring three characters I've been dying to see more of for a really long time now. The aesthetic is gorgeous, the story is funny, and sets a strong foundation for the rest of this series with a variety of mysteries and character moments. Despite some of my reservations about the whole context of the narrative, it's still something I'd heartily recommend to any Batgirl fan out there.

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7
Batgirls (2021) #2

Jan 11, 2022

Batgirls issue #2 is still a lot of fun, but it's starting to feel a little busy. Busy can be good, here it makes the world feel full and exciting. It also has its downsides, like making the narrative a little confusing and risking losing readers in everything it's trying to introduce and explore. Still, what keeps me reading and turning the pages is the dynamic between the characters, the Batgirls are bright, snappy, and just a ton of fun to read about, and I'm excited to see more from them.

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Batgirls (2021) #3

Feb 8, 2022

This issue slows down a little bit and focuses on one of the plots the series has been juggling so far: figuring out just what the renegade artist Tutor is up to. It's got mind control, takes shots at the Batgirl's self esteem, and made me laugh more than once. While it still feels a little busy and rushed, I feel like it is starting to find itself, and I'm hopeful that the next few issues will solidify that feeling.

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5
Batgirls (2021) #4

Mar 8, 2022

Generally this issue is fine. I'm frustrated that it feels like the book hasn't quite found it's identity yet, and by the fact that it's stakes don't often feel real. However, it keeps charming me with its depiction of Steph and Cass as batgirls, and I can't help but keep hoping it'll discover itself soon.

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4
Batgirls (2021) #5

Apr 12, 2022

From the rushed attempt at dealing with the Saints to the glacial pace at which the Tutor and Spellbinder plot is moving, Batgirls feels a little like it's running in circles. This issue loses some of the charm I've found in previous issues by not breaking to spend time with the Batgirls as civilians, or inject as much humor into the text as it's done before and it's confusing opening did it no favors. Despite that, there are aspects I enjoy like when it slows down to let characters investigate. I just hope we get more of that in the future.

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5
Batgirls (2021) #6

May 10, 2022

Looking at it as a whole, this arc has been middle of the road at best and that's kind of how it's ended as well. There are some moments I really loved, like Barbara getting to take charge, and Stephanie feeling more confident in who she is. There are also elements I wanted to like, such as the themes the issue plays with on worldview, freedom, and social media. Spellbinder's plot quite simply did not work for me. Even so, I'm looking forward to the next issue with hopes that the story will stay more streamlined and focused like this issue was.

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6
Batgirls (2021) #7

Jun 14, 2022

With the start of this arc I can tentatively say that it feels like Batgirls is finding its footing. After laying quite a bit of groundwork in the first 7 issues, it has streamlined the narrative and started focusing in closer on fewer characters. This gives the narrative time to flesh out some of the villains who felt a bit lacking, particularly Seer and the Saints here. While it still suffers from a few consistency issues with things like character ages, as a whole it is an enjoyable read.

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6.5
Batgirls (2021) #8

Jul 13, 2022

While there are aspects of this issue I'd have liked to have seen done a little different, like Barbara's interactions with Seer, I had quite a bit of fun with it. As an avid Dick and Babs fan I always like seeing them together, and the couple felt like the highlight of the issue. It was nice to see Barbara take center stage again, and even nicer to have a short arc that really focused on what it was doing.

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5
Batgirls (2021) #9

Aug 9, 2022

While the series is settling into a more reasonable pace, it's also still floundering in some areas. The characters are changing and growing, but we're not getting to see as much of that as we could. And while the stories are focusing more on individual villains, it feels like they're cutting through them faster than the narrative can develop more conflict. While I do enjoy reading this series, the problems are piling up and starting to really take away from it's charm.

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7
Batgirls (2021) #10

Sep 14, 2022

This arc so far is working much better for me than some of the other ones. It's focused, and feels well balanced between characters and mystery. The art fits well with the story, and helps add to the feeling that this is something the teenage version of myself would have enjoyed very much. Overall, I think the series is successfully telling a fun, engaging story this time around.

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7
Batman (2016): Pennyworth R.I.P. #1

Feb 12, 2020

Pennyworth RIP is a somber tale. It takes a good look at how grief and sorrow affects a whole family and asks the question: Where do we go from here? But it also celebrates Alfred and gives readers a number of new stories with him showing just how important he's always been to the members of the Batfamily. If you're anything like me, it'll leave you with a mixed bag of feelings and a little unsure of where you stand regarding it. For a story like this, featuring such a beloved character I honestly don't think that's a bad thing.

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Batman (2016): The Joker War Zone #1

Sep 29, 2020

Personally, this book didn't move me greatly in one way or the other. There's some fun stories in here but overall much of it feels like set up for the future rather than individual tales of Gotham. I don't mind some set up, but two of these stories don't feel like they have much to say beyond "see you next year" and in an anthology that only has five tales that's quite a bit of the content. I do think it has some enjoyable moments, especially the Batgirls team up, and Ridley's story. Generally though, I think it comes down to whether or not you want some teasers for next year, and another dose of Joker War craziness. If that's a yes, pick it up, if not this might not be the title for you.

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Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime OGN

Feb 15, 2020

Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime is a fantastic collection of stories based on fairy tales. While easily understood and enjoyed by children, the messages shared in each story are often applicable no matter who or how old you are. With the exception of the last story "which is more somber than the rest" each tale is filled to the brim with laughter and wacky moments indicative of everything you might have loved in Lil' Gotham. No matter what, if you're an old fan or a new one I'd highly suggest picking up this book.

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5.5
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #1

Mar 1, 2022

I'm interested in the story, but I have a feeling even that might be tempered if the structure stays the same going forward.

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7
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #3

May 3, 2022

The action, movement, and general tension of this issue is what really pulled me in this time making the story feel like it's moving forward at a steady pace. While there are things about this series that bother me, like how overpowered The Help feels, or how background Batman himself is, I'm enjoying this series for what it is. With some answers, and more questions building I think Killing Time is at a good place during this halfway point.

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7.5
Batman: Killing Time (2022) #5

Jul 5, 2022

This issue of Killing Time pushes action over plot, but in a balanced way. The story presses forward less because the characters are talking and more because events demand it. King juggles the cast of characters well, keeping everyone true to their motivations, and readers entertained throughout. It's another strong entry into this series.

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Batman: Killing Time (2022) #6

Aug 3, 2022

As a final issue to this series, King does a great job wrapping up the story here. What was essentially the heist and mad dash after an ancient artifact comes to an end here with the story behind it all laid bare. He does this using Clock King's own POV and narration to wrap up final story threads, and check in on each major character we met along the way. His, and even Batman's motivations are revealed, and the story comes to a satisfying conclusion. This is a miniseries worth reading and re-reading just to catch everything you missed the first time around.

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Batman: The Knight (2022) #3

Mar 16, 2022

This issue of Batman: The Knight does a great job wrapping up its first arc and further exploring Bruce's own personal journey. We're properly introduced to Henri Ducard as a character, and the beginnings of his relationship with Bruce. At the same time, it further explores Bruce's own conflict over trying to fulfill his promise to his parents, pitting him against a killer and forcing him to start learning more about the criminals he hopes to stop one day. Overall it's a well balanced, tightly written, exploration of Bruce's journey towards Batman and I cannot recommend it enough.

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8
Batman: The World OGN

Sep 15, 2021

This anthology is a great collection of stories. With more highs than lows in it, each story here has a lot to bring to the table, and displays Batman in ways that are both familiar and new, and totally and completely Batman.

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8.5
Challenge of the Super Sons (2020) #1

Apr 13, 2021

All in all this first issue of Challenge of the Super Sons is very successful in both returning readers to the delightful world of the Super Sons and introducing a brand new adventure for them to go on. While the introduction of the Doom Scroll feels a little abrupt the story is too fun to dwell on that for too long, and I am confident we'll learn everything in due time. It is a true return to everything delightful and wonderful about the Super Sons series and if you've been waiting on this book for any reason, I can confidently recommend picking it up.

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Challenge of the Super Sons (2020) #2

May 11, 2021

I can't say this enough, Challenge of the Super Sons is a delight. When my biggest problems are picking at the awkward transition between present and past, you know it's a good book. Tomasi is really giving both Jon and Damian a chance to shine here, and doing it in a fun way that keeps them together and on a mission. Plus, we've started to get some plot around the villains behind the doom scroll. Like I said at the start, I'm still having a blast reading this book, and I know you all will too if you pick it up.

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Challenge of the Super Sons (2020) #3

Jun 8, 2021

Three issues in, and I'm still genuinely enjoying this story. It's a ton of fun, and the highlight of my month is reading more of Jon and Damian's adventures together. While part of the issue felt dragged down by a recap it didn't necessarily need, there are still more than enough laughs and delightful moments that this story is easily recommendable. If you need something light and fun, this will be sure to put a smile on your face.

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9.5
Challenge of the Super Sons (2020) #4

Jul 13, 2021

Challenge of the Super Sons is in a great place. The story is moving at a steady, interesting pace, and Tomasi is consistently keeping it fun and fresh by upping the tension in believable ways. This is a fun story featuring Damian and Jon at their very best: as best friends and getting into tons of trouble by saving the day. If you haven't picked it up yet I'm seriously suggesting you do.

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Challenge of the Super Sons (2020) #5

Aug 10, 2021

Challenge of the Super Sons is still a lot of fun. This issue is a bit weighed down by some issues that have been chasing it for a while, but even in all that the characters are the real shining star of this book. If you love Jon, Damian, and their whole vibe together, this is still the book for you.

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Challenge of the Super Sons (2020) #6

Sep 14, 2021

It was wonderful to see the past portion of the story wrap up this week. The way it's done is both fun and clever, and keeps the energy high going into the next issue. Jon and Damian's antics are always wonderful to read, and Rora really comes into her own this issue making her an excellent character to play off the other two. Overall, the answers we get here leading into the final issue are good, and leave me excited to see how the whole thing wraps up next month.

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4.5
Challenge of the Super Sons (2020) #7

Oct 12, 2021

It's a shame this series didn't end on the same exciting and fun note it opened on. This final issue struggled to wrap it's story up in a way that cleanly tied up the loose ends awaiting readers. Instead opting to do a little too much with the story instead of streamlining an exciting fight and leaving me a little disappointed overall.

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7.5
Dark Knights of Steel (2021) #1

Nov 2, 2021

As a start to a sweeping and epic new series I have to say that Dark Knights of Steel hits a lot of positives for me. Taylor does a great job introducing a new world, new situations for characters, and engaging me as a reader from the start. It does have a few drawbacks, including the fact that the story moves at a rapid pace that doesn't give much time for readers to get to know the world, and some repetition in the opening. All in all, I can still say I'm excited to see where this adventure goes from here. I'm fully on board for more of my favorite characters steeped in this fantastic world.

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Dark Nights: Death Metal: Rise of the New God #1

Oct 27, 2020

There are aspects of this book I enjoyed. It plays with some interesting ideas, and I do like how meta it feels at points. I even love the message of hope, how it strives to be a book about finding inspiration even in the darkest hours. But it never really pulls itself out of being a filler story to find real stakes in the greater narrative of Death Metal.

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Dark Nights: Death Metal: The Multiverse Who Laughs #1

Nov 24, 2020

This one, feels almost like it doesn't quite fit into the narrative of world gone wrong. Yes, horrifying and terrible things are happening, but there's a narrative of hope in it that just doesn't match what the rest of the anthology is trying to do, which is tell these stories of worlds twisted by the Darkest Knight, who's taken over and supposedly winning because things are terrible. The outlook is bleak here, but this reads like a story where good might ultimately prevail.

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7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1059

Apr 27, 2022

Between introducing the Riddler again, crime done through the use of social media, and the mystery of why civilians are suddenly committing crimes this is a busy, but interesting start to a new arc. Tamaki is building a mystery here that could be genuinely interesting while also utilizing social media in a way that feels like it could work both with Riddler and in the world of DC comics. If you're looking for a good place to hop back into Detective Comics after Shadows of the Bat, this is a nice place to start.

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4
Detective Comics (2016) #1060

May 25, 2022

While this issue builds on the mystery started in the last, it generally feels lacking. I want more investment in the characters, more Riddler, and more of Batman and Bruce actually getting answers. Instead, much of that is told, and the story almost seems to fly by. Hopefully things will wrap up in a more satisfying way next month.

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5
Detective Comics (2016) #1061

Jun 28, 2022

As the finale to this arc, I can't say I'm very happy with this issue. The answers feel rushed and lacking actual depth, while the narrative itself tries to wrap up more threads than it can in the few issues it had.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1062

Jul 26, 2022

In general, I found this issue to be both a great introduction to this new arc of Detective Comics, and Ram V's own take on Batman. You can feel the exact tone he's going for in its pages, one of mystery and darkness, all woven together in the style of an opera. It's dark, and haunting, and a fascinating read that leaves me excited for whatever is coming next.

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Detective Comics (2016) #1063

Aug 23, 2022

This is another strong entry into Ram V's first arc on Detective Comics. It deepens the mystery started in the previous issue, while also adding in a few interesting elements such as the Orgham's magic and Harvey Dent himself. If I'm being honest, I'm most interested in seeing how Harvey and Bruce's relationship is impacted by this storyline, but there's also so much else going on here to enjoy. The operatic tone, inclusion of Barbatos, and mysterious magic changing people all work to keep readers engaged and the story pressing forward.

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5
Future State (2021): Teen Titans #1

Jan 12, 2021

All in all I won't say this was the strongest of starts for Teen Titans entry into Future State but I do think it did a lot of worldbuilding in one issue and presented some interesting ideas. I don't really care for the darker direction the story has taken, but that's not to say it doesn't explore it in a way others who prefer grimmer takes might enjoy. For me, it was a rough start, but one that I think has potential to be pretty good when we see part two.

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5.5
Future State (2021): Robin Eternal #1

Jan 12, 2021

Future State: Robin Eternal promised a lot and while it didn't live up to those expectations I did enjoy quite a bit of it. I love the inclusion of Darcy as a character, and while the heist didn't go as planned, I'm curious to see how things play out in the second part. It's nice seeing Tim have his own adventure again, and while I wish we'd had a little more of Spoiler in this issue, I'm hoping we'll get to see her shine in the next. If you're looking for a Future State story on a smaller scale, this might be your cup of tea.

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Future State (2021): Teen Titans #2

Feb 9, 2021

Future State: Teen Titans as a whole just doesn't work for me. Even in this issue as we get a better look at the team's ultimate plan to save the world, I never really found myself connecting with the story. It tries to do too much, and ends up feeling disjointed and less about its central characters, even in moments that should feel epic and emotional.

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Future State (2021): Robin Eternal #2

Feb 9, 2021

Generally, if you're interested in Tim's future in this strange new Gotham I'd say check it out, but if you're already waning on Future State, it might not hold your attention.

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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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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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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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Harley Quinn (2016) #70

Feb 5, 2020

Harley Quinn #70 is a fun start to a new arc. It takes Harley to a new place, with new friends, and adventure, but it continues to play with themes Humphries has been working towards for a while now. Harley is still struggling with grief over losing her mom, but we can see her starting to move past it and into other areas where she is changing and growing as a person. In between all that she's got to deal with a new mystery and how that will impact the new relationships she's made. It's safe to say I'm really excited to see where the rest of this arc is going to go from here!

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Harley Quinn (2016) #72

May 12, 2020

This issue of Harley Quinn feels a little like the last one, but still manages to be quite a bit of fun. Humphries focuses once again on grief and trauma, and how that impacts a person, and he does it through showing us Harley's often questionable decisions through the issue. He balances this with Booster Gold who adds humor and a level head that Harley needs right now, and works as a great partner as they continue their investigation. All in all, it's an entertaining read that's also full of heart.

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8.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #73

Jun 9, 2020

This issue focuses once again on the emotional journey Harley's taking and moves away from the repetitive action of the last couple books. It's this return to the heart of this series that really makes it work for me. It feels like it's earned the right to lean into the more serious, and it does it well here.

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6.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #74

Jul 7, 2020

Harley's final face off with Granny Goodness is a fun, and heartfelt moment where it's proven that even Granny Goodness herself has gone through loss. While the fight is enjoyable, and has some great surprises, the emotional beats of the story are where it's strongest. First in Harley's determination to save her friends and those Granny Goodness would put in danger. Then as she and Becca both find resolution in the truth and are able to put Alicia to rest at last. If you've been enjoying this arc at all, this is a great way to wrap it up.

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Harley Quinn (2016) #75

Aug 18, 2020

Harley Quinn #75 wraps up Sam Humphries run in a way that really celebrates everything that came before it. It finishes Harley's journey by allowing her to come to terms with herself and her future while also being wrapped up in a fun and funny package. It's additional Joker War tie in story only adds to it by giving us another look at Harley and what she's been up to outside this title. As someone who loved this run I can honestly say that while I'm sad to see it go, I think this was an excellent send off for Harley.

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Harley Quinn (2021) #4

Jun 22, 2021

For all the energy and action the art brings to the story, I still feel like it kind of meanders a bit. Like the second book in a trilogy, the story eventually makes it to an exciting moment at the end, but I feel like the time spent in this issue could have been used a little better, either to give more insight into Harley, or in building up the story with Kevin and Strange. Still, the ending does promise some excitement next issue, and I for one am eager to see how it plays out.

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Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass OGN

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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5
Justice League (2018) #58

Dec 15, 2020

When I find myself constantly going "but why?" and searching for plot all the way in Week 3 of an event it's not a good sign. Yes, there are some genuinely nice moments in this week's lot of books, but unfortunately I'm still not sold.

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7.5
Justice League (2018) Annual #2

Sep 29, 2020

The second Justice League annual is an easy read and a fun mystery. It plays on my feelings of nostalgia towards the Justice League stories I grew up with, and even includes some of those themes and ideas. While it doesn't do anything bombastic or deep, it is a solid story from start to finish that doesn't require you to have any knowledge of what's going on in the rest of the universe right now. That makes it great to read if you're looking for something short, or just a fresh story with no strings attached.

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Justice League Dark (2018) #29

Dec 22, 2020

Over the course of the month we've talked a lot about the pros and cons of this event. While it's had some slow moments, this week picked up the pace in a way that left me once again both enjoying the event and interested in its ending. While I still want more for it, I can accept what it's given and am looking forward to seeing the final wrap up.

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Legends of the Dark Knight (2021) #1

May 18, 2021

This is a solid first issue in both this revamping of Legends of the Dark Knight and in Robertson's tale. Batman dives into a new mystery, featuring not only a revolving series of rogues, but a new deadly weapon as well. While I think the story has a few places where it struggles a little, overall I'm pleased with the direction. I also love the way Batman himself is represented here, as a detective and human. In general, I can't wait to see more and if you're looking for something that has more of a classic flavor to it, this is something I recommend picking up.

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Legends of the Dark Knight (2021) #2

Jun 15, 2021

There's a lot I liked about this issue. I enjoyed how it slowed down a bit to explore Batman's own internal conflicts and thoughts while also jumping right back into the action in the latter half. The fact that it zeroed in more on Batman this time rather than jumping between different storytellers really worked for me. And I'm intrigued by the place it leaves off. While I feel like there's still some aspects of the story that have yet to really come together, I'm excited to see where it all wraps up next month.

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5
Legends of the Dark Knight (2021) #3

Jul 20, 2021

I had high hopes for this story going into it. I love a good mystery and the initial set up of the whole arc was enough to draw me in. As was the interesting internal conflicts presented in issue #2. Unfortunately for me, I just didn't see everything come together in this third part of the tale. It felt a little too scattered and rushed, like it still wasn't sure what kind of story it wanted to be, even at the end. I wouldn't say it's a bad read, it just never quite lived up to what it could be, and as the opening tale in this new revamp of Legends of the Dark Knight I was hoping for a little more.

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10
Legends of the Dark Knight (2021) #4

Aug 17, 2021

I loved this issue. It's a perfect blend of narrative ideas I love to see in Batman: mystery, a look at the past, and some really well done humor. Bruce is likable both in costume and out, Alfred gets some excellent moments to shine, and the story has a lot to say about accountability and making up for the past. If you want a nice, tight, one and done story packed full of great moments this issue is a must have.

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Legends of the Dark Knight (2021) #5

Sep 21, 2021

This issue of Legends of the Dark Knight wasn't perfect, but it was enjoyable. It tackles an interesting mystery and pairs up two characters I love seeing interact: Batman and Martian Manhunter. The art is lovely, and just a lot of fun to enjoy as you read. If you want a nice one off mystery this is a good read to pick up.

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Legends of the Dark Knight (2021) #6

Oct 19, 2021

Overall I enjoyed this story quite a bit. It's somber but genuine and hits on a lot of elements of storytelling I like and have missed.

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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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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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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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Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #42

Jan 22, 2020

As both an ending and start to arcs, I don't feel like this issue came together very well. The moments between Artemis and Jason are the strongest, while everything around them feels like filler text designed to take up pages instead of further the story.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #44

Mar 25, 2020

So far this arc of Red Hood is turning out to be interesting. While this issue still felt like much of it was was setting up the story, it had some really nice moments. Jason and Bizzaro getting to spend time together is something I've missed, and I also was happy to see some more of Jason's history. I'm still waiting to see how Essence will really play into all this but, generally, this issue of Red Hood was a fun read and enough to keep you entertained for a little while.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #45

May 19, 2020

This month Red Hood: Outlaw was a miss for me. I don't mind an issue that's all action when it's done well, but here it only seemed to frustrate me and point out other flaws in the story. The book has too much going on and also doesn't seem to move forward very far at all even with plenty of opportunities to do so. Usually I can find joy in the characters, but I didn't even find that here. There's a point where being loud and bombastic actually gets boring, and this issue of Red Hood felt that way.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #46

Jun 23, 2020

This issue really just didn't do it for me. While it attempted to move the narrative forward, I think that overall it was too busy and convoluted. The dissemination of key information associated with the plot was messy and at some points just straight up random. I should be excited for the team to dive into a fight with Trigon, but instead I just want to move onto other things.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #47

Jul 28, 2020

The issue as a whole is in desperate need of some tension. Everything comes far too easy for the Outlaws despite this situation supposedly being one where the fate of the world is at stake. Almost nowhere in the issue do I feel like the characters are in real danger, and the few moments I do are either unearned or quickly resolved. While the story does progress, the events are sometimes lack clarity. There are cool moments and scenes, but without tension to strengthen those scenes the issue generally falls flat.

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Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #48

Aug 25, 2020

For a book designed to line up with the Joker War event, this was a fun read. Punchline's plan could have used a little work, and the conversation between Joker and Jason really didn't do much for me, but generally I enjoyed reading this. Additionally, Lobdell takes the opportunity to give readers another look at Jason and Bruce's relationship while also lining up some plot elements for later in the series. All in all, if you've been reading the Joker War books, this isn't a bad one to pick up.

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4
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #49

Sep 29, 2020

I wasn't too thrilled with this issue or this arc as a whole. It often felt like it was filling up space just to spread the story across multiple books, and this issue followed that pattern. It answered some lingering questions, and eventually wrapped things up for the team, but in general it's hard to get excited for a story that feels as drawn out as this one has been.

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4.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #50

Oct 27, 2020

As a send off for this run I was hoping for a little more, not explosions or action, but something that felt really wrapped up. The story does try to do that, and the ending certainly gives one that feeling, but in general it didn't land for me. Duela's story reads like a series of Major Scenes that should have been part of arcs, while the loose ends it wraps up feel truncated and lacking real grounding. Together they make a story that reads more like a series of choppy scenes spliced together instead of the victory lap it wants to be.

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7.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #51

Nov 24, 2020

I'd say Red Hood is off to a strong start. The new creative team does a great job introducing readers to a whole new cast of characters and a new part of Gotham while also managing to keep the action up and the plot moving at a good pace. There's a lot packed into this one, but it all flows together well, and I'm excited to see where the story moves from here. If you've been waiting on something fresh with Jason, I'd say give this one a shot.

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6.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #52

Dec 22, 2020

While I feel like there were some aspects of this issue that were rushed and made me wish for more time, generally I like the tone of the book and the overall arc we get. It gives a great look at a new part of Gotham, into Gothamites impacted by both external problems and internal struggles, and how Red Hood himself plays into that. I think it's successful in telling the story it came to tell, which is of The Hill and it's inhabitants. If you want something a little more focused on Gotham's people rather than some of the bigger picture problems a lot of books have been tackling lately, look no further.

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8.5
Robin (2021) #1

Apr 27, 2021

This first issue of Robin is a lot of fun. It does a great job getting all the pieces in place for the rest of the story it plans to tell. Williamson takes his time both showing us Damian's journey to Lazarus Island, and where the other people in his life are right now.

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8.5
Robin (2021) #2

May 25, 2021

I can happily say I'm still enjoying Robin a ton. Williamson gives us all the worldbuilding I asked for last issue, and I have to say some of the rules of the tournament are just downright cool.

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Robin (2021) #3

Jun 22, 2021

Robin is still going strong. It's not pulling its punches either emotionally or physically and I'm loving it. The pacing here is done in such a way that I can easily lose myself in an issue, and I feel like Williamson is really building a strong foundation of character, plot, and myth into the narrative. I can't wait to see how things continue to develop next month. Robin's been consistently my favorite book each month, and I don't really see that changing in the future.

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7.5
Robin (2021) #4

Jul 27, 2021

I'm still in love with this series. While this issue had a few moments I am kind of hesitant about, and a Ra's al Ghul who doesn't quite seem in character, it is a lot of fun to read. Damian having a training day with his grandfather is something I didn't expect to play out quite like it did, but those surprises can be good. Plus, Goliath is back, and that lovable big red bat-dragon is enough to make any issue shine.

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Robin (2021) #5

Aug 24, 2021

I feel like I say this every week, but if you haven't started reading Robin yet, why not? The book has been nothing but fun with every issue released, and Williamson's grasp on Damian as a character only gets better with each issue. This one feels like a real love letter to the character, his relationships, and the other Robins even in as short a time as a single issue. It's fun, funny, and full of heart, please do yourself a favor and pick it up.

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Robin (2021) #6

Sep 28, 2021

Will I ever tire of saying you should read this book? Probably not. You should read this book. It's consistently shown solid pacing, wonderful character work, amazing art, and balances fun and plot in a way that keeps me coming back for more every month. Every issue you can really feel how much the creative team themselves has enjoyed working on this book, and it makes reading it all the better. All of that is true for this issue. Williamson does an excellent job balancing plot, giving us character backstory, and packing the book full of action.

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Robin (2021) #7

Oct 27, 2021

I loved this issue, in fact it might be my favorite of the series so far. The tension is consistently high and only gets better as the issue progresses, the fights are a lot of fun, and the story is still so full of heart. The art is also stunning, with moments that still have me thinking about them. It's continually so good, and feels like it's getting better with every issue and if you haven't started reading it yet you are really missing out on a gem.

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Robin (2021) #8

Nov 23, 2021

I said it earlier and I'll say it here, if you want to read a book that does an incredible job pacing and laying out a fight between two characters, pick this issue up. The entire creative team comes together here to make this issue utterly stunning to read, and in a way that doesn't feel rushed at all. Melnikov and Dunbar are the real stars of it, creating dynamic art, paneling, and incredible moments. Please, pick up this series.

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7.5
Robin (2021) #9

Dec 28, 2021

This was a fun issue that does an excellent job rounding out a part of Damian's character arc Williamson has been taking him through through this series. Here we get to see him reflect on his family, those he loves, and his history and choose to ask for help instead of pushing forward. For me, it's a great moment and I'm excited to see where things go from here.

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7.5
Robin (2021) #10

Jan 25, 2022

The pace of the book slows down a bit here to give readers greater insight into the Al Ghul's history, particularly Mother Souls, and that of the League of Lazarus. It's much needed information, and adds to the character and the lore of the family as a whole. It also works well as a break from the action we've had these last few issues. Plus, I always love seeing Damian learn more about his family history. Overall, it's another solid addition to the series.

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Robin (2021) #11

Feb 22, 2022

With the Lazarus Tournament completed it was nice to have an issue mostly about wrapping up loose ends. Williamson does a great job here rounding out the tournament arc while also setting up a variety of tales to continue moving forward like Connor's journey, and Damian's own return to Gotham. It especially works to set up the upcoming Shadow War event by bringing together the Al Ghuls, Respawn and Rose, and sending Damian on his way home. It does all this with its characteristic humor and action, and stunning art.

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Robin (2021) #12

Mar 22, 2022

This issue works as a good transition out of the tournament arc and into Shadow War, choosing to focus on resolving Damian's desire to resurrect Alfred and face some of the demons of his past he's been avoiding while on Lazarus Island. It also finally allows Damian and Talia to have a moment together to air out some grievances and being to mend bridges. If you're looking for another solid entry into this series, this certainly fits the bill.

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Robin (2021) #13

Apr 27, 2022

This issue pushes the Shadow War event forward in a few ways. It pairs Batman and Robin back up and sends Deathstroke and Respawn off in a new direction. We get a few character moments, but because the event is so fast paced, it rushes past them, leaving me as a reader wishing for a lot more than we actually get. For now, my suggestion is to skip Shadow War if you're not already invested. However, if you are, this is a key piece of the narrative moving forward.

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Robin (2021) #14

May 25, 2022

It's hard to recommend this issue when so much of it relies on the reader buying into emotional beats that carry little to no weight, and accepting events exactly as we're told they're happening. Those events that do hold significance feel drowned out under everything else that's happening. With just Shadow War: Omega left to wrap up this event, I am more than ready to see it over.

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Robin (2021) #15

Jun 28, 2022

Generally this issue felt like both the end and beginning of arcs for Damian and Talia. Williamson does a good job providing Damian with an opportunity to air out some issues with his parents, while asserting his own independence. At the same time, the story struggles under the weight of time. The emotional beats it works into the story are good, but need more time to be further developed. With the last remnants of Shadow War behind it, hopefully the book will fall back into the easy stride it had before the event took over next issue.

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8.5
Robin (2021) #16

Jul 26, 2022

Robin #16 is a return to form. The relationships between the characters are bright and vibrant, the story is fun and engaging, and the tone has turned back to something that feels like it fits into the rest of the book. I love getting to see the characters we've come to know get to relax a little bit and settle into a new normal, all while dealing with the strange but valid threat that is Lord Death Man.

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5
Robin (2021) #17

Aug 23, 2022

Robin has been a joy to read and review since issue #1, but I cannot say the same about it's ending. What should have been a triumphant finale given plenty of time to resolve its storylines and characters feels instead like a rushed sales pitch for a different title. Nothing is resolved here, from character motivations to relationships, and that's disappointing for such a good series. I'm sad to have it end on this note, but I am looking forward to it's continuation in the pages of Batman vs. Robin. May it be a worthy successor to one of my favorite runs.

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5.5
RWBY: Justice League #1

Apr 27, 2021

In not knowing what to expect from this crossover, I can say that I am intrigued. The opening is a little slow and bogged down with more exposition than action, but there are enough new elements introduced, like the mind controlling power that I want to keep reading. That said, this does feel very much like a RWBY story, so it's hit or miss if you'll enjoy it if you came for League content. No matter which party you're here for (or even both) it's worth checking out if you want something light and new.

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5
RWBY: Justice League #2

May 25, 2021

The second issue of RWBY/Justice League rounds off introducing the main cast of characters and lets the two teams meet at last. While there is some awkwardness in a few of the explanations, and repetition as the team reunites, in general the issue is still quite a bit of fun to read. It's nice to see all these characters interacting in a lighthearted way as they start down the path of solving Remnant's newest mystery. If you want a brighter comic, or are just waiting out that RWBY season break, this is a fun story to turn to.

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5
RWBY: Justice League #3

Jun 22, 2021

So far, I'm still not totally won over by this series. I think it had a fun start, but the interest that gave me is starting to wane. It's not a bad series, and I do enjoy picking it up monthly but I think it could be doing a lot more to really engage readers and play in the unique space it has. Hopefully as we move into issue four and hit the halfway point things start to pick up again and the story finds its stride.

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5.5
RWBY: Justice League #4

Jul 27, 2021

This issue does pick up the pace in a way I enjoyed. I love that we're getting more information about the big bad, where everyone has disappeared off to and the general plot. It also gives readers further insight into the world, and the backstories of many of the League members. That said, there were some messy moments that really detracted from my enjoyment this time.

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RWBY: Justice League #5

Aug 24, 2021

Generally this issue didn't do it for me. I was hoping for a different story, one that had some answers mixed with action as they geared up to face off against the threat to their world and way of life. Instead I got a lot of exposition, answers I didn't need, and a whole lot of characters hanging out in a way that doesn't feel earned yet. Instead of building on the momentum from the previous issue, everything kind of fizzled out a bit here, despite Bennett's best efforts to keep that from happening.

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5
RWBY: Justice League #7

Oct 27, 2021

This issue was pretty evenly split between finishing up the fight against Starro and then wrapping the whole story up. While I don't feel like it landed it's emotional beats, it did establish the Justice League in Remnant and tie up it's loose plot threads. By the end it does feel like the start of something new. And while it wasn't quite what I wanted it to be, I'm sure there are those who will find it a fun overall journey.

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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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Super Sons: Superman & Robin Special #1

Jan 25, 2022

I enjoyed this issue quite a bit. It's fun, it's light, and it does what it sets out to do, which is to give Jon some of his childhood back. Through his and Damian's team up, both boys get a reprieve from the more serious goings on in their lives right now and get to have a little fun, running around the Fortress of Solitude, trying to catch an aging creature, and battling Nazis. Really, what more could you ask for?

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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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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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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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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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Teen Titans (2016) #39

Feb 19, 2020

For the start of a new arc, this was pretty exciting. It can feel a little to busy and chaotic at times with all the exposition and fighting packed into the pages, but I like the direction the story is going in.

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6.5
Teen Titans (2016) #40

Mar 18, 2020

The tone of the book has also found a nice balance between it's lighter and more serious elements, making this both a funny read and one that isn't afraid to dive into what the characters are going through. The pace is moving rapidly, and I for one can't wait to see what happens next.

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Teen Titans (2016) #41

May 26, 2020

As a wrap up to the Djinn Wars arc this issue was enjoyable. Djinn's own personal journey was great to see, and her fight against Elias was well done. She really got to take center stage here as both the leader of the action and as the moral compass. Despite the messy ending to the issue itself, the team worked together well, and I enjoyed many of their interactions through the title. If you're looking to finish off this particular arc, or enjoy some surprise drama this issue is for you.

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Teen Titans (2016) #42

Jun 24, 2020

This issue works well to re-set the team under Robbie Thompson's hand and after they broke up in the last issue. It introduces the new dynamics between members, as well as show exactly how the events at Mercy Hall have impacted each of them. To push the team into possible closure, Thompson has introduced a mystery directly connected with their past failures, forcing everyone to come together again and really face what they've done.

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4
Teen Titans (2016) #43

Jul 14, 2020

For me, this issue never really comes together as anything more that themes we've seen play out already. The whole Robin is going down a dark path story has grown overly repetitive, and this issue does little to make it any more interesting than what we've seen before. The team has potential, and while I want to enjoy their part of the investigation at this point I'm so tired of the book doing the same thing over and over I just want something new. If you're looking for a good team book, I'd suggest looking elsewhere for now.

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4
Teen Titans (2016) #44

Aug 18, 2020

Honestly, I'm still not sold on this whole Robin goes rouge narrative, and giving me another issue that feels circular and repetitive doesn't do much to convince me I should think otherwise. There are some positive aspects to the story, like the building of a bigger threat to the team, with the re-introduction of villains the team has taken down, but it doesn't do enough to counterbalance an issue that really doesn't push the story forward until the last page or so. With Teen Titans ending soon, I'd like to see the book spend less time going in circles and more on ting up loose ends.

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Teen Titans (2016) #45

Sep 15, 2020

Generally, Teen Titans is attempting to wrap up the loose ends of it's story by giving the remaining Titans a chance to resolve their own personal demons. The story is bogged down a few times by attempting to take on too many dangling threads like Red Hood, and in doing so takes the focus of where it should be, which is the team we still have. I like that the title obviously is pushing towards and ending, I just hope it can find a good balance by the end.

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6.5
Teen Titans (2016) #46

Oct 20, 2020

While this issue doesn't wrap everything up yet, it does feel like Thompson is taking the team towards a satisfactory resolution, which is something I was worried might not happen. While it feels like some aspects are a little rushed, the slower pace of the second half really succeeds in solidifying these characters relationships. I can honestly say I'm interested to see how this whole story wraps up next month.

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Teen Titans (2016) #47

Nov 17, 2020

This is indeed the last issue of Teen Titans it's not the end for this team or these characters. In fact, while Thompson wraps up the last remaining plot points here, he also sets the team up for something more, something we'll see for sure next month when Endless Winter starts. I can't say I loved this series from start to finish, but I did come to enjoy a lot of the characters, and I'm honestly excited to see where things go from here. A blending of Titans is a great idea, and I hope it plays out well into the future.

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Teen Titans (2016) Annual #2

Aug 25, 2020

Thompson does his best to make the story of Damian quitting Robin believable. He gives context for Damian's inner turmoil, and couches a lot of his actions and reasoning in grief over losing Alfred. The Batman here is one who genuinely cares about his son, and does what he can to convince Damian to return home. As a reader, I'm less worried about Damian's future because this feels less like this is his villain origin story and more the story of a hurting and confused 13 year old who needs his family to pull him back. I can only hope that things between him and Batman will be resolved soon.

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The Joker (2021) #6

Aug 11, 2021

I'm happy to see the story getting back on track after last month's pause to reflect on the past. Tynion does a good job catching readers up on where the majority of the key players in this story are at, and in starting him down the path of investigating the greater mystery at play. The art is steady and strong, and had a few moments that made me grin, like with the mime. I'm excited to see where the rest of this book goes.

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5
The Joker (2021) #8

Oct 13, 2021

This issue mostly focuses on Lady Bane, her backstory, motivations, and highlighting just how she'd kill Joker if given the chance. It is both something the story needed"as she's a major player" and something that could have been done with a little less bombastic action.

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5
The Joker (2021) #9

Nov 9, 2021

There's a little too much surprise packed into the last couple pages for me to focus on one thing too long, and I suspect one of the events was added just to delay a character so the story can take a different focus next issue.

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The Joker (2021) #10

Dec 14, 2021

I'm still not a big fan of the placement of this story. I think it would have worked better as the Annual or set somewhere else in Joker's narrative. However, as a standalone tale, it's a solid story that could be enjoyed by anyone who picks it up and wants something focused more on the Gordan's history than their present. So if you're looking for a glimpse into history, this is a good one to pick up, but if you're waiting on the main narrative to start moving again this isn't the book for you.

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5
The Joker (2021) #11

Jan 11, 2022

While I'm glad to see the series returning to the plot, I'm disappointed by how much the momentum has suffered and the fact that this issue really only moves things forward marginally. It feels less like a confident step forward and more like the pieces are being set back up after falling. Elements that could have been played up for tension are misused or totally shoved to the side as well. Still, there's something about this series that keeps my interest despite the shortcomings, and I am curious to see how everything plays out going forward.

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5
The Joker (2021) #12

Feb 8, 2022

I'm torn between wanting to know the answers and being frustrated by this rush to the end and that's not a great place to leave readers in my mind.

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3
The Joker (2021) #13

Mar 8, 2022

This issue takes a lot of what I was enjoying about this series and makes it so over the top it's no longer fun. It tries too hard to paint the Sampson family in a threatening light, and highlight their cannibalistic lifestyles. Equally it goes too far with the violence and instead of giving us an engaging standoff between the Sampsons and Vengeance turns it into more of a bloodbath than anything. If you want an issue that's jam packed with violence this is the issue for you, if you were hoping for something else you'll be disappointed.

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5
The Joker (2021) #14

Apr 27, 2022

It's hard to say a lot about this issue because it really feels like so little happens. The answers I wanted don't materialize, and instead the narrative is dragged out in a way that can feel frustrating and boring. At this point, I am quite simply ready for this comic to wrap up. It goes through spurts of plot, then seems to drag into issues like this where we get almost nothing. It feels like a waste of time, energy, and money and it's hard for me to be excited for more and it's genuinely hard to recommend it month to month.

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6
The Joker (2021) #15

Jul 5, 2022

As a wrap up for this series, the issue has some highs and lows. What I liked most about it is the treatment of Jim Gordon. His character arc feels like it finally reaches its conclusion here as he has the final opportunity to choose not only what to do with Joker, but what to do after. The rest of the threads of the plot are tied up neatly, if a little quickly. I'm honestly not sure if I'll ever return to this series now that it's over, but it was certainly a roller coaster while it lasted.

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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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5.5
Young Justice (2019) #13

Feb 5, 2020

The time spent focusing on Conner and Warlord this issue was time well spent. Their interactions were a lot of fun, and really highlighted some of the struggles Conner's been going through in this series. Unfortunately, the other half of the issue was less successful and felt bogged down by a lack of forward momentum and too many characters with not enough to do. It does seem like the stage might finally be set for things to move forward, so hopefully we'll see that traction next issue.

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5
Young Justice (2019) #14

Mar 11, 2020

Set by itself this issue of Young Justice is exciting, fun, and pushes the story forward. However, the moment it's put in the context of the rest of the series it starts to fray. There are too many characters with little effort put into making them live and breath,e and the plot feels a bit lost even as it moves forward into providing answers to the questions it's been dangling for months now. Young Justice has the potential to be at the top of my pull list, but at this point I'm ready for this arc about Dr. Glory to be over and the team onto other adventures.

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6
Young Justice (2019) #15

Jun 16, 2020

The highlight of this issue was Conner, and his reaction to everything going on. His personality and relationships got a chance to shine in between everything else going on. While I'm not convinced that the truth behind everything was worth the build up, I do think this issue sets up the future of the title in some interesting ways. With the truth out at last, the book can move forward into other stories and explore both the core cast and the newly extended one in what will hopefully be a series of fun adventures.

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6
Young Justice (2019) #16

Jul 7, 2020

I enjoyed this issue quite a bit. It slows the pace down again to focus in on answers and the characters relationships with one another. Bart's origin story is clarified and we're given clear answers about how he arrived on the current Earth and universe. His relationship with Conner is also highlighted, with the promise that Tim also will be joining them as they continue to search for answers.

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5
Young Justice (2019) #17

Aug 4, 2020

Young Justice #17 isn't a bad issue, but it relies heavily on outside information for context which can make it alienating for some readers. It does feature an interesting outside point of view character and gives her a solid arc. It also takes time to showcase interactions between the core team members and while those moments are nice, they also don't feel earned and do little to advance the story. Generally, the issue feels more like a coda to Action Comics instead of a Young Justice book, leaving me wondering if anything that happened will be relevant going forward.

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6
Young Justice (2019) #18

Sep 1, 2020

This issue makes Stephanie shine. It puts her squarely in the spotlight, and sends the familiar duo of Stephanie and Tim back on an adventure. There are a few details that bring it down a bit, like the need to bring the whole Young Justice team in, and some awkward moments of dialogue, but it's generally good read when it's focusing on Stephanie. If you've been wishing for more Spoiler in your comics, this is one to pick up.

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6
Young Justice (2019) #19

Oct 6, 2020

This issue of Young Justice focuses in on Wonder Girl. While the issue does a good job of presenting her character, motivations, and conflict then resolving them it also quite simply does not feel like enough happened. I'm torn, because I did enjoy the story, but I wanted more, and unfortunately with one issue to go I just won't get that. Still, I am honestly happy to have finally seen Cassie get a chance to shine, and if you too have been waiting on that, this is a good issue to pick up.

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6
Young Justice (2019) #20

Nov 3, 2020

I feel like with Young Justice I always want more out of each issue, and I'm left feeling that way here. I wanted a whole extra issue dedicated to Keli, and another one just focused on Mount Justice. I do like that it decided to give the characters a place to call home, lean into the nostalgia a bit, and show them once more as the team they are. And while I wish it had taken a little more time to do those things, I do think this send off was successful in that I can easily picture this group going on more adventures in the future.

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