Matt Santori's Comic Reviews

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8.8Avg. Review Rating

7.5
Action Comics (2011) #14

Nov 8, 2012

Ultimately, we may look back at this first 18 months of DC Comics Action Comics relaunch as a bold experiment that only resulted in a small number of successful moments. Much like Superman himself, struggling to find his way in the early days of his career, this titles been a bit rough around the edges, but offered some brief glimpses at something great. One can hope in retrospect that the intensity of those particular moments made it all worthwhile.

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8.5
Action Comics (2011) #25

Nov 6, 2013

A great jump-on point for fans of Superman that may have been missing a little bit of the Smallville in their Clark Kent, Action Comics #25 gives us a brief respite in the past without distracting the audience with unnecessary tie-in elements. This is the kind of event we should strive for more often.

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10
Action Comics (2011) #40

Mar 11, 2015

And that's what Action Comics #40 is destined to be, that comic that you just can't put down. It's the one you give your kid so that she'll secretly stay up hours past bedtime with a flashlight under the covers, imagining what it would be like to live in a world where up is down, and the moon really is made of cheese. Pak and Kuder have captured something incredible here, that blends what was so great about this concept in the first place, without losing sight of their own accomplishments with Superman over the past two years.

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9.5
Adventures of Supergirl #1

Jan 25, 2016

As a first chapter, theres a lot to unpack for fans in Adventures of Supergirl, but with Gates and Bengal so ably doing so, one can expect the series to take flight very fast. This is the Supergirl weve been waiting for well since the last time Sterling Gates wrote Supergirl. Hopefully, this is a sign of much more of the same to come.

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8.5
Adventures of Supergirl #3

Feb 22, 2016

That said, Adventures of Supergirl Chapter 3 once again delivers a fun story with a lot more of what makes Supergirl different from all the other young women super-heroes. Sterling Gates and Bengal continue to make the wait for an ongoing Supergirl comic seem inconsequential. As far as Im concerned, DC should consider this a prelude and bring on this team full time for Rebirth in the fall. You cant do better.

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10
Afterlife With Archie #4

Mar 5, 2014

An exceptional issue of what has from the start been an exceptional series, Afterlife with Archie #4 is the finest moment yet for the sneak attack indie book of the year. If you havent been reading this book, I get it. But let this be a warning: you do not want that to be the case any longer. Stock up, buy your store out. Do whatever you need to do. Youll thank me later.

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9.5
Afterlife With Archie #8

May 6, 2015

Another stellar edition to the Archie Horror line, Afterlife with Archie #8 continues to deliver an intriguing, frightening, and fascinatingly beautiful take on the town we all grew up in, whether in real life or on the page. Just be careful when you start to turn over these stones. You never know whats lying beneath them.

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5.5
Age of Ultron #1

Mar 7, 2013

I admit, impatience is a vice frequently exercised in comic book reading today, as arcs have gotten longer and longer, and one I just as often find frustrating inflated reader expecations. But when a book is marketed as the next big event, I do admit to wanting some reward for my $3.99, some cliffhanger reason to jump to the next issue. And this issue just didnt provide it. I hit the final page and was sincerely shocked that this was all there was. And thats not what event should mean in any sense of the word. Is it possible those moments I seek are in issue #2? Absolutely. And I suspect as a collection or chapter in a long form graphic novel, this would read a million times better. But as a biweekly comic upon which the greater publishing line orbits for the next few months, Age of Ultron is off to an inauspicious start. Im not sure Ill be sticking around to see if it turns around.

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8.5
Age of Ultron #5

Apr 10, 2013

A story that has finally come together and seems to have real ramifications for the greater Marvel Universe (not too late to reboot, kids!), Age of Ultron is now living up to the potential that these type of events promise, and Bendis craft is shining through as a result. Very eager to get the next issue next week.

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10
Airboy #1

Jun 3, 2015

A brilliant start with some of the most challenging creative self-reflection Ive come across in a printed piece, Airboy #1 is a true joy to read, re-read, and re-re-read. Im on pass #6 and am probably not going to stop any time soon. If were in luck, neither will Robinson and Hinkle. Next month, get in my pants already. Im already jonesing for you.

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5.0
Airboy #2

Jul 2, 2015

Now, Airboy #2 is all about those transgender women the book dehumanizes, and theres no getting around it.

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9.0
Airboy #3

Aug 5, 2015

What I do know, however, is that this story is at it's very best when it makes these wild moments " like Hinkle's full page images of fighter jets dropping down from the sky " feel as real as the heartfelt ones, and the emotional tidbits get written with as much care as the poop and dick jokes.

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10
Airboy #4

Nov 11, 2015

So, was any of it true? It was all true in some ways, Im sure. Did Airboy just manifest as a shaming device? Did James really come crashing down in a heap of his own self-pity, only to come out the other side ready to do it all over again? Was Gregs penis ever really that large? Or was it all imagination? Does it matter?

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9.5
All-New Miracleman Annual #1

Dec 31, 2014

You might be tempted to pass All-New Miracleman Annual #1 up when you hit the comic shop today. Sure, its an exceedingly light week (only 9 books?) and it feels pretty flimsy for an Annual. Dont. Just buy it. You wont be sorry. Every page is a treat for the eyes worth the price of admission and more. And if you figured there wasnt any good reason to head into the shop one last time before 2014 ends, think again. This is the book to have this week.

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8.5
All-New X-Men #1

Nov 15, 2012

Immonen does a great job of capturing the essence of each character, especially the original five X-Men in their earliest days. Im a bit confused as to how far back into the past Beast had to go to recruit Xaviers first class, but given how much fan outrage bubbles up whenever a hard date is inserted into the narrative, Im willing to forgo that knowledge. Nevertheless, Immonen captures small details in the original X-Men that implicate a simpler time from the slight flip in Jeans above-the-shoulder hair to Scotts handwriting a love letter to the girl of his dreams (Im almost certain kids no longer do that). While this issue loses a bit of its intensity from the early previews of the issues climatic scenes, biweekly shipping and a strong political premise should keep this title moving swiftly and at the top of my read pile every month.

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9.0
All-New X-Men #40

Apr 22, 2015

Will every fan be pleased with the story of Iceman as it progresses from here (as it is far from over)? Hardly. It wouldn't be an X-Men story if its fandom all revered it universally. But for me, a guy who grew up watching Bobby Drake on his television screen and wondering (unrelatedly) if he would ever be able to be honest about himself to his family, his friends, and the world, All New X-Men #40 is an important comic " maybe the most important comic " I've read in a long time. And I imagine I won't be the only one with that experience. Here's hoping there's more than a few kids out there today that see themselves in this and know that they can be gay and happy too.

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10
All-New, All-Different Avengers (FCBD 2015) #1

May 2, 2015

A big win for Marvel and a book that makes me even more excited to see whats coming after this summers Secret Wars bonanza, The All-New All-Diffferent Avengers Free Comic Book Day edition is THE book to grab today (or online later). Get in on the ground floor of what is most assuredly going to be a wonderful and exciting new world to come. Kudos all around.

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9.5
Ame-comi Girls #1

Sep 25, 2012

If digital comics arent your thing, I can implore you to give them a shot, but I can also direct you to your comic shop as well. The first reprint of the series, Ame-Comi Girls Featuring Wonder Woman #1 is hitting stores October 10. If youve been asking for comics for kids, THIS IS THAT BOOK. If youve been wanting to see brilliantly fun superhero action without darkness and gore, THIS IS THAT BOOK. If youve been yearning to see young women kick ass on the comics page, THIS IS THAT BOOK. And if you want the big two to publish more of any or all of the above, tell a friend and support this title. Don't let this chance pass us by.

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9.5
American Vampire: Second Cycle #6

Feb 4, 2015

A tough issue to give full praise to without spoiling its contents, American Vampire: Second Cycle #6 is one of the best opening chapters to date for a storyline, and promises to take these characters to places readers are sure to enjoy. Snyder and Albuquerque have a classic run happening here, and its nice to see some revelations released so early on in its second half. The next issue cant come soon enough.

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8.5
Animal Man #29

Mar 19, 2014

This may be the final issue of this series, but its certainly not an ending, and theres a great deal of comfort to be found in that thought. Animal Man has, for nearly three years, been one of the best examples of how DC used its new launch as a way to take chances and prosper from them. As a creative endeavor, this title has been a proud addition to DCs history. But more importantly, as a story of one man and the love he has for his family, its been a joy to read every month. Rest in peace, Cliffy, and sleep tight, Animal Man. Until we meet again.

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9.5
Animal Man Annual #2

Aug 2, 2013

A perfectly wonderful interlude to a sadly troubling time in the life of Buddy Baker, Animal Man Annual #2 mirrors the best of what this title has done to date upend expectations and really encapsulate what it means to be human. We are no more immune to the disaster nature can bring than the animal kingdom is, but we certainly can delight in the beauty of its design amid the chaos. This issue illustrates that bittersweet dichotomy in spades.

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9.0
Animosity #1

Aug 3, 2016

Truly, I may regret jumping onto this series eventually, if only because it will lead me to side-eye my cats and that squirrel who prances so casually out of my way on my walk to work. But its probably worth it to experience the complete horror and joy and the joy of horror from this new Bennett-de Latorre joint. In the meantime, however, I may keep my windows shut and that food bowl extra filled. You never know.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #15

Dec 25, 2012

That said, Johns more than pulls his share of the storytelling weight, making Aquaman #15 a chapter not to be missed in this developing saga. The tale of the Sea King and his fearsome bride has never been this compelling, and any possibility to get these two back among their underwater brethren to lead or do battle is a very exciting prospect.

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2.5
Aquaman (2011) #44

Sep 30, 2015

I say these questions are frustrating, because some of them I have answers for, and some of them I still cant conceive of. Some I will never understand. Im not thankful to Aquaman #44 for raising these issues, because clearly, were still always engaging in them. Today. Last month. For years and years and years. And sadly, I suspect it will be years and years more yet. We didnt need this here. It smacks of disrespect for women, and perpetrates the idea that consent is negligible at least if youre a man. And thats not OK.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #25

Jun 21, 2017

For DC to choose to address fascism and dictatorship with its title character not in the fascist role may already put this effort far ahead of their competitions attempts, but the reality Abnett and Sejic instill in every panel and page is what truly elevates this title to the top of pile for the foreseeable future. Aquaman is dead. Long live Aquaman, I say.

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8.0
Aquaman And The Others #1

Apr 2, 2014

A strong opening to what is somewhat of a momentous occasion for the King of the Seven Seas, Aquaman and the Others #1 has launched with a mystery worth coming back to and a cast with unlimited potential. Glad to see DC continues to take risks in developing new ideas and characters. This is one arena where the effort has definitely paid off.

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9.0
Archie #653

Mar 12, 2014

Archie #653 is another great chapter in the classic teen drama that proves you dont always have to use sex and violence to make a book compelling. Its not all going to be rosy in Riverdale, but Id still be able to hand this comic to my eight-year-old niece to read. Thats honestly refreshing.

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8.5
Archie #656

Jun 20, 2014

The introduction to Harper Lodge may come off as a little heavy-handed, and as someone who spends a lot of time thinking about representation and diversity in comics, it may seem unsophisticated. But the reality is, Archie Comics is for everyone, not just the most astute or exposed among us, and the ability for all of us to come together once a month (or more) to follow the characters we love and meet brand new ones with the same potential is a tribute to diversity, too. Heres hoping fans from all paths in life get to meet over a Harper Lodge solo book sometime soon. Ive got my $3 ready for issue #1.

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8.0
Archie #659

Sep 17, 2014

Lots of light fun, without the worry of how Archie is going to explain this craziness to his parents or Principal Weatherbee, Archie #659 is the next single issue I'll be shipping off to all my nieces and nephews to giggle over together and enjoy for the sheer delight of how cute comics can be.

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9.5
Archie #665

Mar 11, 2015

And I could easily say the same for the readers. There is something about an Archie comic, and this issue #665 in particular, that just makes you want to be better. Thats a pretty astonishing thing, honestly. So, until we meet again, Harper in a different place and a different time farewell. Thanks for the smiles, the jokes, and the robot, biplane wheelchair. Its been a wild ride. Onwards to #666.

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9.5
Avengers Assemble #9

Nov 17, 2012

A brilliant launch to what I desperately hope will not be an overlooked title, Avengers Assemble #9 was by far my favorite book of the week, and may even rank near the top of the year. It truly captures that feeling of being in on the ground floor with characters youd want to know personally and that is pretty darn marvelous.

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9.0
Batgirl (2011) #0

Sep 13, 2012

As an origin tale, #0 succeeds in spinning out an entirely new story that neither feels like a moment between minutes, nor a complete revision of the past. Yes, we see many minor changes, but the largest of these are strictly cosmetic the mask may have changed, but the girl underneath it is still the one we knew before. To Simone's credit, the abbreviated history we do get, right up until the familiar moment at her front door, actually tracks remarkably well with her previous origin, but still leaves many questions for fans to roll around in their heads and online. How much of the rest of her history may have changed (Babs being one of the characters most affected by DCs continuity reboot) is yet to be determined, but the beginning that manages to feel respectful, fresh and familiar all at once.

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8.5
Batgirl (2011) #11

Jul 12, 2012

Ultimately, what this collection does best is highlight all the things that made Batgirl so different from her mentor over the years: her sense of humor, her emotional honesty, and above all, a blinding humanity that shines straight through the cowl. Beautifully rendered by series regulars Syaf and Cifuentes, Babs isnt the perfect heroine, but her determination and drive is infectious. Her victories are hard won, so when that unique look of joy runs across her face, its hard not to smile along.

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9.5
Batgirl (2011) #15

Dec 13, 2012

No, regrettably, that moment will come next issue and I, like Babs, will be devastated, terrified, angry and thrilled in a terrible, glorious whirlwind. But Ill also be thankful for the journey in getting there.

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10
Batgirl (2011) #16

Jan 18, 2013

In the end, Simone and her collaborators have devised a story that closed one chapter and opened another, all amid a maddening cacophony that ends up more pleasurable and harmonious than could have been predicted. All the more reason to celebrate the writers continued presence on a title shes clearly put her heart and soul into developing into this great song of triumph and terror. Things may look dire upon the last page of this issue (Maybe I should have mentioned Saw earlier, as well.), but I have more reason than ever to come back to this book and its gut-wrenching delights month after month.

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10
Batgirl (2011) #19

Apr 10, 2013

If chapter one of Batgirl's journey in the New 52 was overcoming her encounter with the Joker, then chapter two definitely starts here with the spectre of James Jr. A beautifully rendered issue, from start to finish, from dialogue to art, and a magnificently tight plot throughout, Batgirl #19 is my book of the week, and perhaps even year. Thank you, DC Comics, for your commitment here to complex storytelling that raises the reader up, probes the unknown, and provokes emotional thought. It is not unappreciated by any means.

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9.0
Batgirl (2011) #27

Jan 16, 2014

There is no doubt that this issue provides a palate cleanser before diving back into Barbara's problems that continue to build with her father, the injury to her boyfriend and life as a crime fighter.

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9.5
Batgirl (2011) #32

Jun 13, 2014

Its a thrill to be able to dig deep into character in a super-hero comic, and Simone, Pasarin, and Glapion offer that opportunity with Batgirl #32, in spades. That this is only the first part of three in this long-awaited reteaming of friends is reason enough to count the days until the next issue. But knowing the kind of depth these creators deliver on a monthly basis makes the wait all the harder.

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10
Batgirl (2011) #35

Oct 8, 2014

Look, this isnt the same Batgirl story youve been reading for three years. It isnt the Batgirl story before that, or the Barbara Gordon from the late 70s either. But it is Barbara Gordon, and damn if it isnt a great story and presentation to add to the bevy of awesome stories about this young lady. Brash, determined, fraught with challenges, uber-smart, dangerous in a battle, and not nearly ever perfect this is our next big Batgirl story, and I think Im going to enjoy every minute of it.

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9.5
Batgirl (2011) #39

Feb 18, 2015

A moving and revelatory chapter that is moving us fast and furious toward a first arc conclusion next month not to mention the arrival of Black Canary #1 in June Batgirl #39 is the issue that starts tying up all the loose ends and bringing all the characters and their suspicions onto the same page at last. The creative team is running on all cylinders and it shows. Heres hoping we have a long line of Batgirl issues to look forward to from all of them.

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9.5
Batgirl (2011) #41

Jun 24, 2015

Overall, issue #41 is an artistic bounce forward for a book that has inspired so much of the renaissance were seeing at DC Comics this month. The action is dynamic, but the relationships the creative team is showcasing are what really give the book its spark. A genuinely FUN comic, Batgirl #41 is the perfect place to jump in if you want to have a new, bold, and determined set of ladies to watch kick ass (and warm hearts).

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10
Batgirl (2011) #42

Jul 31, 2015

Look, Batgirl is clearly a book I celebrate and one that DC looked to for a sense of where its future should take them. Both calls are the right one, and never more than this month. The strongest issue of the all-new run to date, Batgirl #42 is the joy I want out of my favorite character every month and more.

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10
Batgirl (2011) #43

Aug 26, 2015

Another stellar issue that advances so much of what is wonderful about this series, Batgirl #43 gives us action, best friendships, young romance, mystery, conflict, and tigers. Having all that in one package is a stunning accomplishment, and it makes for the most fun title on the stands today. If it was weekly, Id still be lamenting the wait between issues. Cmon, Batgirl #44.

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10
Batgirl (2011) #45

Oct 28, 2015

No issue of Batgirl to date has felt as cohesive and as strikingly on point as #45, a true testament to the team DC Comics has assembled and supported on this title. A year into their run, and we've seen not just Barbara, but her entire cast grow and change, and all for the better. And if the final page of this issue foreshadows, it looks like we may be up for yet another set of changes to come. And because I've so enjoyed where we've been, and am amazed at how far we've come, I really do want this adventure to go on forever.

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8.5
Batgirl (2011) #46

Dec 16, 2015

Mysteries abound with Batgirl #46, but one thing is certain: Stewart, Fletcher, and Tarr are well on their way to making me want more Spoiler, more Team Batgirl more everything.

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7.0
Batgirl (2011) #47

Jan 20, 2016

Batgirl #47 is definitely not a slam-dunk for the title, but with the law of averages being what it is, this day was bound to come. What it is, however, is a testament to the perfection the regular creative team has brought to the book month in and month out, even if a momentary blip on the radar of the series.

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10
Batgirl (2011) #49

Mar 2, 2016

As a single issue, Batgirl #49 has done more to respect the core of Barbara Gordon and her legacy than any issue in modern memory, and thats saying a whole lot given all that Stewart, Fletcher, and Tarr as well as Gail Simone, Ardian Syaf, Daniel Sampere, and Fernando Pasarin have done since the relaunch of the New 52. Removing The Killing Joke from this Batgirls history is a gift of light and love to the character that, while long overdue and probably scary to all involved, is something I am deeply thankful for. And giving us a Batgirl with light in her eyes, surrounded by other kickass women who live up to her example well, thats just extraordinary.

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8.0
Batgirl (2011) #51

Apr 30, 2016

An epilogue to the third Burnside arc that feels like the last hurrah it is, Batgirl #51 hits me right where it probably should: in the space between gratefulness for the world thats been crated and sorrow that come month after next, that world really wont exist as cohesively anymore. Lots of things ending these days heres hoping we have bright beginnings to follow soon after. For Batgirl, and for Fletchers vision elsewhere.

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9.0
Batgirl (2011) Annual #3

Jul 29, 2015

A fun romp, not just through Gotham, but through the world Barbaras contemporaries are inhabiting, Batgirl Annual #4 is a must-have for any fans of ANY of the ladies depicted, not the least of which Barbara herself. But more than anything, the combination of todays Batgirl with Gotham Academy elicits far too many squeees to pass up for any fan of great comics today. More more more, please.

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9.5
Batgirl (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 10, 2014

A fitting conclusion to a stellar run, Batgirl: Futures End #1 is, in essence, a single story that mirrors the entire arc of Barbaras journey from Batgirl #1 to last months #34. It began with trauma, laid out a road to recovery that was harsh and unyielding, and concluded with Barbara exactly where she belongs surrounded by a loyal family and the self-confidence she needs to be herself at last. I cant think of a better way to say farewell and thank you to another version of Barbara Gordon that will live in my heart forever.

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9.0
Batgirl (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

All in all, if you fell in love with the Batgirl of Burnside, you will find your new home in the pages Hope Larson, Rafael Albuquerque, and Dave McCaig lay out. Batgirl #1 is exactly the feel I was hoping for moving forward, and Im beyond excited to see where the next issue takes our heroine. DC made the right call this time out.

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8.5
Batgirl (2016) #7

Jan 25, 2017

Overall, however, Batgirl #7 is a great jumping-on point for fans, especially YOUNG fans, who want to enjoy the world of a young college student who just happens to swing around at night in a bat-costume. Glad to see Larson has maintained her groove and Wildgoose seems so immediately at home with the title. Its going to be a great ride from here.

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8.5
Batgirl (2016) Annual #1

Mar 29, 2017

As I leap into the next few months of Batgirl/Supergirl goodness over in Karas title, Im warmed and intrigued by the start here from Larson and Miranda. It can often be hard to make Annuals matter and equally hard to retread a history thats been in the drawer for so many years. But some things are meant to be. Kara and Babs side-by-side in friendship and fighting is definitely one of them.

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5.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Jul 20, 2016

In short, they would have done mostly the opposite of what they pushed out here. This is hardly a rebirth of anything except the very book readers full-scale rejected at the start of the New 52. And in a line full of Rebirth specials that have gone well out of their way to recapture the best in DCs history, its sad to see one so focused on reliving the worst.

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9.0
Batman '66 #1

Jul 3, 2013

An absolutely brilliant and long overdue addition to DCs bank of titles, Batman 66 is just another example of how the publisher is expanding its all-ages offerings through its digital first offerings, without exclusively dumbing them down for the pre-school set. Perfect for kids and adults alike, this title is a wholly different take on the Caped Crusader in the comic market, and one that has been sorely missed for decades. Glad to have you back, old chum!

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9.0
Batman (2011) #18

Mar 16, 2013

It may be a story weve seen shades of before, but for this particular Batman and his (potential) future confidant, it feels like a tale that deserves revisiting. Heres hoping theres more Harper Row coming to these pages in the near future. No one can replace Damian (or Tim, or Jason, or Dick), but the opportunity to watch her and her brother develop further is a path well worth following.

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10
Batman (2011) #24

Oct 10, 2013

Batman #24 is beyond exceptional in what it has managed to accomplish, against all odds, to give us a distinctly different take on Bruce Wayne than weve ever seen before. Far from a retelling, Zero Year is truly a tale that could only have been told in 2013, by these top-flight creators, who are obviously pouring everything they love and hold dear about Batman and comic book super-heroes into it. As a weighty single issue, this chapter feels as momentous in your hands as it should, but once you peel back the cover and are bombarded by the color and brightness of Batmans new world, you cant help but drop your mouth in awe. This is a masterpiece in the making, and thankfully, were only one third of the way through.

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10
Batman (2011) #29

Mar 12, 2014

Its difficult to get everything Snyder, Capullo and company are doing in one reading (the reference to Tokyo Moon, for instance, now brings me right to the image of the Bat signal), so Id encourage you not to try. Read it again. And again. Revel in the pages. Mull it over. Enjoy it now. Enjoy it for years to come. Dont worry. Well still be talking about it, Im sure.

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7.5
Batman (2011) #34

Aug 13, 2014

Ultimately, Batman #34 is a good tale that comes at a bad time. With the epic Zero Year having finished its 12 issue run, and a major cross-company event streaming through every title next month, Duggans done-in-one feels like it doesnt have the legs it needs to make an impact. Nevertheless, the visual design is a fun diversion, and worth checking into for the month at hand.

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9.5
Batman (2011) #36

Nov 12, 2014

Leaving me on the edge of my seat with a furiously paced ending, Batman #36 shows a versatility in the Jokers rendering and motivation that I couldnt have imagined possible in such a short period of time. And its genuinely horrifying. Once again, Snyder and Capullo have proven just why theyre deserving of their reputation as modern masters. My only complaint? I have to shut my eyes tonight not knowing for sure whats going to happen next, but feeling like its going to be even worse than I think. Keep your fly swatter handy. Youll likely feel the same.

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10
Batman (2011) #40

Apr 29, 2015

All of these elements from Snyders structure and scripting, to Capullo and Mikis dynamic, hedonistic linework, to Plascencias glowing palette have made this book into the one you just have to marvel at every single month. While Batman #40 may be an ending, it thankfully is not the end. And thank goodness for that. The next era of Gothams Dark Knight cannot come soon enough with them all still on board.

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10
Batman (2011) #50

Mar 23, 2016

Its exhausting to think that we cant look up in the sky and shine the bat signal to solve all of our problems. It took humanity to expose Blooms evil to blinding light, and so it always is. Batman is just a touchstone. And this Batman the ghost Capullo and Snyder are putting back up onto the shelf soon enough is the best touchstone we could ever hope for. Not because hes seven decades strong. Not because he represents the best that we could ever hope to be. But because, in these pages, weve gotten to understand him more than we ever have before. We see him truly for what he is. And in doing so, we get a good glimpse at what we can be as well.

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8.0
Batman (2011) Annual #2

Jul 31, 2013

An exceptionally clever introduction to a villain with a ton of promise, Batman Annual #2 is a fantastic start for new writer Marguerite Bennett and a pleasant diversion from the overarching story Scott Snyder will be telling in Batman for many months to come. While the art within is not as spectacular as we are used to seeing month to month in DCs marquee title, fans of new and twisted villains for the universe at large will find a lot to love here.

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10
Batman (2016) #9

Oct 19, 2016

An intense first issue of the story that is most certainly going to lock me into Tom Kings vision for Batman for the long haul, I Am Suicide part one in Batman #9 is a book no fan of Kings work, Janins art, Batman, or the Suicide Squad can afford to miss. This one is a puzzle, and Im more grateful than ever to be getting the next piece in only 14 days.

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10
Batman (2016) #15

Jan 18, 2017

A brilliant wrap-up to Kings first masterful story on Batman, as well as a beautiful ballet all its own, Batman #15 is this years first cant miss comic book. Give in to love and read it a few times. Youll never look at the Bat and the Cat the same again.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #20

Apr 5, 2017

I Am Bane (not to mention I Am Gotham and I Am Suicide) continues to impress, if only because King manages to seduce me every time into thinking one thing, and being flabbergasted at my own naivet by the end. Batman #20 is only the latest in that pattern, and I sincerely doubt it will be the last.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #21

Apr 19, 2017

I don't get to the end of Batman #21 frustrated or feeling incomplete. The moments King and Fabok lay out have crystallized and slowed in my mind to such a degree that the fight itself feels fulfilling. This is but one chapter in a much larger story much larger than this crossover will likely hold. But in this moment, I've gotten this epic fight that could only end one way, and a lionshare of things to think about until next week. What could be more fun than that?

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10
Batman and Robin (2011) #23.2

Sep 11, 2013

Honoring well the tradition of frightening lullabies and urban mythologies, Court of Owls is truly fantastic work of writing and art, and an absolute must read for anyone even vaguely enamored with the macabre and horror genre not to mention anyone looking for a good old-fashioned disturbing scare. You wont find even a lick of Batman in these pages, and thats all for the better. For if the detective was here, you might think there was hope or possibility for escape from the terrors within. Better to descend into the darkness and let it wash over you. Just dont try to fall asleep too soon afterwards.

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10
Batman and Robin (2011) #38

Jan 21, 2015

To say much more would be to give away the awesomeness of the issue, but its fair to say that everything we love about Damian Wayne today is a sincere product of the love of two men. Nay, its not Bruce and Alfred although they too are beautifully rendered in these monthly stories but Tomasi and Gleason who have crafted this boy from what you expect from a child hero in a comic book, to a deeply profound representation of what youd expect to see in a fully rounded hero, child or comic book character notwithstanding. If youve loved this book, heres more of the same. If you havent been on board, heres your chance to fall in love. Just bring some tissues along for the ride. Youll need them.

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10
Batman And Robin Eternal #1

Oct 7, 2015

Batman and Robin Eternal has started off with a literal bang, but that's not all that impresses me about this issue (although I do admit to flailing my arms like Kermit the Frog after reading that last page). The care Tynion and Daniel have for each character and their relationships " both physical and emotional " to the others is clearly manifest on the page. If every issue of the 26 part story is this compelling, we're in for the biggest romp of the year. What an awesome way to celebrate Dick Grayson's " and the Batman Family's " seventy-five incredible years.

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9.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #7

Nov 18, 2015

Its a beautiful issue, and feels like a strong beginning for how relationships will develop going into the future of Batman and Robin Eternal. Am I left to ship my new dears Harper and Cass (Casper?) or will this play out magnificently on the page without needing my imagination? Not sure. But I am certain that Valentines scripting and Martinezs pencils here have given me something I never even knew I wanted. And thats a grand feat worth celebrating.

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8.5
Batman And Robin Eternal #26

Mar 30, 2016

Theres a lot to love about this series, and while I cant say I was tuned in to every twist and turn with the lot of the Robin family, I have certainly been riveted with Harper and Casss journey to this climatic moment. Seeing James Tynion IV moving on to helm Detective Comics with Batman and Batwoman and a few of these familiar faces couldnt be more perfect a leap. My hope is well see Eaton and Borges getting similarly fit assignments in the coming months with Rebirth. These two artists are too talented to sustain with partial issues or fill-ins.

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9.0
Batman Beyond Universe #1

Aug 21, 2013

A fantastic bold re-beginning for old and new readers alike, Batman Beyond Universe #1 is a great primer for any fan of the original series wanting to get into comics, and an even better book to hand off to kid and adult alike. With two great chapters crammed into each issue and new dynamics to watch play out among characters, theres plenty here to praise and welcome to your read pile. Take the opportunity to add this title to your routine. Youll be glad you did.

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7.5
Batman Incorporated #9

Mar 29, 2013

Had DC not taken the entire month as an opportunity to expound of the events of Batman Incorporated #8, perhaps the events of this issue would have a stronger effect, but as it stands, many of us feel as cold to the death of the boy we cried for weeks ago as his warring parents appear here. Heres hoping the compilation will ultimately redeem this chapter more than its read as a single issue has.

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9.5
Batman Incorporated: Special #1

Aug 28, 2013

BATMAN JAPANWritten by Chris BurnhamArt by Chris BurnhamBurnham follows up his absolutely delightful issue #11 with a short tale he writes and draws featuring both Jiro and his gal Friday, Shy Crazy Lolita Canary who frankly could become my new favorite heroine with a canary cry if Burnham keeps it up. Its a little bit gross, its a whole lot tongue-in-cheek, and everything youd want in a big action tale that blends the best of Japanese pop culture and the Wests biggest name super-hero.The

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9.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #1

Jun 26, 2013

A knock-out gorgeous first issue of what I hope continues to be a slightly more psychological take on the relationship between DCs top two heroes, Batman/Superman #1 is, at $3.99, worth every penny, a rarity in comic purchasing today. Without question, any reader could pour over this book multiple times and still come away with new details and nuances with every page turn. How many books can we say that about these days?

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10
Batman/Superman (2013) #8

Feb 27, 2014

Hands down, the best portrayal of Huntress and Power Girl yet seen in the New 52, Batman/Superman #8 is an incredible start to what I hope will be a story filled with tons of these types of moments. Sure, theres a villainous threat to be dealt with, but what really will piece together this narrative and make this encounter an instant classic is the care given to the little interactions. This is what being the worlds finest is all about, people.

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8.0
Batman: Earth One #1

Jul 18, 2012

The one hesitation I have about the book is Im not sure what I would have thought of this graphic novel had it been my first Batman book ever. Johns plays fast and loose with the origin, giving us familiar heroes, villains and supporting cast in roles new to them, almost to the point of eliminating any randomness in their creation. Everyone is connected, which is fascinating by comparison if you know Batmans in-continuity history, but could potentially seem pat if this was your first encounter. That said, Batman: Earth One is a beautifully rendered book and the plotlines introduced in the last 10 pages alone make me super eager for the next volume. Next year cant come soon enough.

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8.5
Batman: Earth One #2

May 6, 2015

Another great addition to the Earth One universe, establishing the youth and inexperience of these heroes in a way we havent seen on the comic page in decades, Batman: Earth One Volume 2 is a definite buy for any fan of the Dark Knight, but particularly a good one for the uninitiated when paired with Volume 1. He may not represent the monolith that we know him to be today, but this Batman is aggressively human, and is a great place to start if you want to see a Dark Knight built from the ground up.

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9.0
Batman: Eternal #1

Apr 9, 2014

If this first issue is any indication, Batman: Eternal is clearly going to be a series that functions in spite of Batman, not because of him, and I for one am pleased to see that opportunity develop for this cast. Its been a long time since Gordon, Bullock, Sawyer, and many others have had their time in the limelight, and a mystery of their own to solve. Best begin here, and stick around for the bumpy ride to come!

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7.5
Batman: Eternal #6

May 14, 2014

As a series, Im very much enjoying Batman: Eternal, and even as an individual issue, #6 has a lot to love. But, the combination of the two at this point in the ongoing leaves me a little wanting. If every additional writer to come (Layman, Seeley, Higgins) have this sort of stop and start motion, its going to slow the momentum of excitement down to a crawl. And I want to have that rip-roaring adventure every week that we got in the first few issues. A weekly book really needs that to fulfill its mission.

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10
Batman: Eternal #11

Jun 20, 2014

Whether its Scorpiana practically leaping off the page, the crazy eyes of characters being chased across Rio, or the Edward Gorey-esque scene graveside with Batman and that final daughter figure that I just cant bring myself to spoil (I think this is going to be important, folks), this issue is a work of pure and unbridled beauty. A narrative so perfectly entwined with art that makes you want to savor every page, Batman: Eternal #11 is by far the best issue of the series to date, and my absolute favorite of the week.

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9.0
Batman: Eternal #50

Mar 20, 2015

One of my favorite issues to date of the series thats speeding toward its end on perfect pace, Batman Eternal #50 has given the final two issues a set-up that leave me itching for next Wednesday. Heres hoping season two launches with the same crew on creative sooner rather than later.

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7.5
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #23.4

Sep 26, 2013

Far from a perfect package, Batman: The Dark Knight #23.4: The Jokers Daughter may not be an excellent example of a short story, but as a character study it succeeds in introducing to us a new type of evil. Reflecting a whole lot of the anger and oppression that young women still feel to this day abstracting it to a degree that eliminates any smell of an after-school special the Jokers Daughter is definitely of a different flavor than the Joker himself, but manages to capture that real sense of chaos. Whether I will continue on with Catwoman is a question to ponder for the following month, but for now, I am well pleased with the introduction this character got for the DCU. It seems like the potential to generate real fear and confusion is living up to her name.

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9.0
Batwoman #12

Aug 20, 2012

This issue is just the beginning of a larger story, but it functions well as a starting point. True, the impetus for Kates mission to meet Diana is based completely on the events of the prior eleven issues, but enough information is shared in monologue to get the reader going. The true treat here, however, is seeing Kate Kane finally begin to interact with the larger DC Universe. I didnt know how much I wanted to see a Batwoman/Wonder Woman team-up until I grabbed this issue. Now I cant imagine why I havent been screaming for it nonstop since last September. Diana is every bit as compelling and ferocious as she is in her own title, but knowing that the two heroes are on their way to being fast friends? Thats been well worth waiting for.

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10
Batwoman #21

Jun 20, 2013

As a single issue, Batwoman #21 stands as one of the most sophisticated of the series to date, and is by far an exceptional example of what is still possible to achieve in the super-hero genre today thats fresh, challenging and still satisfying to all types of readers. Theres not a creator-owned or off-beat title this series next to which this issue would wither, and thats a significant achievement for all the creators involved. Kudos.

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7.5
Batwoman #26

Dec 31, 2013

Ultimately, though, Batwoman #26 is a stronger first issue to judge than last months Zero Year tie-in, and something of a breath of fresh air for Kate and Bette. After years of tumult and chaos in their lives, the two heroes embark on a new adventure, and in a story that actually involves smiling a lot of it! And while I suspect well soon be finding out much more about Evans nighttime activities, its still nice to see a gay character introduced as a confidant to the women of the book. Heres hoping he has a role to play going forward.

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7.5
Batwoman #35

Oct 16, 2014

A solid chapter in a new storyline that might have been better off split across two or postponed one month, Batwoman #35 has a lot of visual fun, but just feels out of place as a 180 degree shift and jumping on point. Im committed to the book because I think the concept of the Unknowns is outstanding. Im hoping fans will have the patience to see where its going before taking a leap away.

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7.0
Bedlam #1

Oct 31, 2012

The resulting combination of the two artists' work is not only beautiful, but curiously may express more about the story's main character than the script itself.

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9.0
Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan #1

Aug 23, 2012

These series have been admittedly controversial, but now having begun the final installment, its clearly not over the issue of quality. DC has committed the very top talent heart and soul stuff to these books and it shows on every page. No matter what your convictions, its hard to argue against that.

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9.5
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #2

Jul 16, 2012

In short, Cooke is simultaneously reverent to Moores vision and adding significantly to the mythology on his own. This truly is the wildest dream, best-case scenario for a series of books that have been so polarizing for the comics community. Heres hoping every second issue of Before Watchmen rises to the occasion in the same manner.

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9.5
Before Watchmen: Minutemen #6

Jan 29, 2013

The critical lost addition to the universe that Minutemen provides in this final issue shocked the hell out of me, which is a brave achievement considering we already assumed resolution on these characters over twenty-five years ago. That it saddened me to the extent that reliving Silhouettes death did surprises me, but am I disappointed in the reveal? Quite the opposite, for Cooke has given me yet another genuine moment of emotional resonance that actually lives up to what I felt the first time I read Watchmen. No small feat. For this reason alone, I can unapologetically applaud DC Comics for this series. Haters line up to the left, but Ill be placing Cookes Minutemen right next to Moores classic on my shelf as soon as I can. This is one for the ages.

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8.0
Before Watchmen: Ozymandias #2

Aug 9, 2012

On the other hand, what isnt cheap in the least is the masterful artwork by Jae Lee. The amount of texture and depth in the details of every drawing is simply astonishing, particularly in contrast to his likewise shrewd use of silhouette. Moments of action and contemplation have equal power, bursting not out of the frame but almost forward into the readers field of vision. Page layouts are in perfect balance, every one a work of art in itself. Even if the book was poorly written (and it definitely is not), this one would be a must read, if only to drool over every spread.

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3.0
Betty & Veronica (2016) #1

Jul 20, 2016

This one is a real shame, and not because I wanted Betty & Veronica to be something its not. I was expecting conflict. I was expecting women who literally cannot get along to save their lives. But I expected it to be as well-thought-out and progressive as Archie Comics entire line has been since their revolutionary shift several years ago. And I expected Hughes to not disrespect his characters into the background, only to expose them as objects for a puerile gaze. Heck, I expected it to be about the characters named on the cover. This issue failed on all three accounts.

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2.5
Birds Of Prey (2011) #20

May 15, 2013

With the next issue crossing over with Talon (a book I have been enjoying quite a bit), Im pretty torn about where to go next. Should I keep the title, holding out hope that the book featuring some of my favorite leading ladies gets back on track? Or should I drop Birds of Prey, knowing that nothing changes so long as readers continue to reward poor creative decisions with our dollars? Im honestly torn.

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10
Bitch Planet #8

Jun 23, 2016

This is how you do it. This is your manual for seeing whats right in front of you. And for not taking it anymore.

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8.0
Bizarro #2

Jul 3, 2015

A fun, fast-paced issue that proves there is plenty of value in mining some of the fun and funny out of DC Comics, Bizarro #2 is the book youre going to read before going to sleep and then hand off to your kid to read at the breakfast table instead of the back of a cereal box. Corson and Duarte are bringing what is hopefully the first of many, many books like this from DC Comics. And thats not Bizarro-speak at all.

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10
Black Canary (2015) #1

Jun 17, 2015

A brilliant new start for a heroine whose spent a good part of her career in the shadows, Black Canary #1 gives us our venue to cheer loudly, flick our lighters, and hope we dont get kicked in the face by the end of the issue. A book that stands out among everything that DC or Marvel are publishing today, Black Canary is a wonderful addition to the ever-growing diverse look of super-hero comics, and an inaugural piece in what could easily become a genre all its own: the punk rock music book with its side of kickass action.

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10
Black Canary (2015) #4

Sep 16, 2015

Fletcher and company have developed something exceptional with this title and I implore anyone who loves kick-ass women, action, a sense of mystery, and the most gorgeous (and distinctive) art that could be gracing a comic, to jump in with both feet. Black Canary #4 is a great place to start too, because trust me, once you read this, youll be hitting the road back to grab #1-3 and pre-ordering the rest. This is a title we want in our pull boxes for a long time to come.

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9.5
Black Canary (2015) #5

Oct 21, 2015

This book is what it is because every member of the creative team gives his or her all, forming a beautiful ensemble that creates magic with every performance. Black Canary #5 has deepened our sense of nearly every character in the book, and none less than our Dinah Drake herself. Where this title is going with kickass takedowns is enough to get it into my subscription box every month. But its the emotional melody thats playing behind the overt bangs of the drum that keep my lighter out, swaying in the audience, cheering the band on like I never want it to end.

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9.5
Black Canary (2015) #6

Dec 30, 2015

Leaving us on a cliffhanger in issue #6 (oddly enough, like quite a few DCYou titles have), Black Canary continues to be a study in how many ways there are to produce a compelling comic book that breaks the mold on classic super-hero adventure. Fletcher, Wu, and Loughridge have synced up to deliver a command performance month after month, and left me yelling for the encore with every issue.

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9.5
Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell #1

May 21, 2014

If you want fun in your heroes, love these two ladies, or just want to see a really well done story develop in front of your eyes, this is the book for you.

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9.5
Black Magick #1

Oct 28, 2015

A gorgeous introduction to a character I cannot wait to get to know better, Black Magick #1 is a piece of art if there ever was one. Anyone who asks about the cost of comics versus the value provided need only be pointed to this book, where we literally have been given magic on the page. Rucka and Scott have done wonders on their own for years. Having them together on a single book is nothing short of stunning. Dont pass this opportunity up. Believe.

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10
Black Magick #5

Feb 24, 2016

Its this level of craft that elevates a book like Black Magick above its peers in such a transcendent way. Every issue is an artifact of some kind of miracle that happens when writer meets artist and they make something better than the sum of their parts. Black Magick defies the physics of comic book artistry every bit as much as Rowan and Alex defy the physics of the material world. And that kind of miracle within a miracle is magick indeed.

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2.0
Bloodlines #1

Apr 6, 2016

With DC Comics' Rebirth event on the very near horizon, I question the choice of publishing this title as executed, especially when solicits make it clear that SO many books of MUCH higher caliber have already been doomed to cancellation. Bloodlines #1 reads like the type of vapid fanboy wank that almost drove me out of comics as a teenager, and its presence in the publishing line at this moment is the first major fear I've had about DC's upcoming “new” direction since their WonderCon announcements. I want to believe that this is an aberration and not an omen for the day DC returns to servicing its “loyal longbox readers.” Enough of the creators involved in that movement give me hope for the former. But I can't say I'm not far more skeptical after this Wednesday of what's to come.

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9.0
Booster Gold: Futures End #1

Sep 24, 2014

 And then there's Booster #1.5, who is going to be unfrozen in the year 3000 this December. According to writer Keith Giffen, he comes from the conclusion of “I Can't Believe It's Not the Justice League” and an Earth in the Multiverse where Ted Kord was never shot by Maxwell Lord. Imagine that!

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8.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #1

Jul 20, 2012

All in all, Captain Marvel is an excellent start to what I hope will become a core title for the publisher, one which reflects its mighty history, but charts a new flight path for its future.

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10
Catwoman (2011) #35

Oct 22, 2014

Like The Godfather Part II crossed with The Dark Knight, the new direction on Catwoman beginning in #35 is a magnificent revitalization not just for the ongoing title, but also for Selina Kyle herself. Valentine has solidified everything hopeful and true about Selina without any sense of artificiality in the process. I cant recommend this book highly enough.

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10
Catwoman (2011) #36

Nov 26, 2014

A magnificent second chapter in what has overnight become THE book to add to your pull list, Catwoman #36 is a wonderfully tense affair that genuinely leaves you wanting to unfurl the new dons plans as fast as possible. Its grace and sophistication in storytelling is only matched by an exceptional intrigue and a deep level of characterization. If youve ever loved stories where the shadows get so grey that its hard to navigate the waters, this is the book for you.

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9.0
Catwoman (2011) #42

Jul 8, 2015

If you loved the first arc of Valentines take on Selina as a mob boss, the drama only gets more complicated with issue #42. But if you are a fan of the Catwoman running rooftops in leather, youre going to have to jump back in, because were now seeing the perfect blending of the two. And theres no question where it will all lead: the inevitable explosion. And I cant wait.

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10
Catwoman (2011) #44

Sep 9, 2015

A piece of writing and art that is so much stronger than weve ever seen with this character, Catwoman #44 has elevated Selina Kyle to Gotham royalty believably not because she flaunts her power, but because she is so weighted down by it. Valentine has given us a heroine with complicated morality, a deep sense of desire, and an understanding that none of what is seemingly there for the taking can ever truly be hers. Its the heartbreak of the honorable thief, never achieving that sense of completion that comes with genuine possession. Thats the space this title is occupying, and once again, it leaves me in awe, melancholy, and longing for the next installment.

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10
Catwoman (2011) #45

Oct 14, 2015

A stunning issue that has done its best to prepare my heart and soul for what comes next, Catwoman #45 has me on edge, heartbroken, and smiling at its beautiful construction through the tears. Valentine has carried out a majestic tale of woe, love lost, and regret here, and I feel both blessed for having read it and raw for knowing that its all about to end.

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9.5
Clean Room #1

Oct 21, 2015

A wonderful start to a truly eerie, but intellectually curious story, Clean Room #1 will likely never have the mystique to work with that biographers of the Church of Scientology had twenty some years ago, but the mystery isnt as simple as what goes on behind closed doors, really. The real mystery, it seems, is happening around us at every moment. And THAT is far more frightening to behold.

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10
Clean Room #2

Nov 18, 2015

Look. Clean Room #2 defies any sense of sophomore slump, taking the strong beginning this series had with #1 and pushing it into scream mode and beyond. Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt are magicians weaving the most disgusting (and yet most compellingly beautiful) Frankensteinian bunny I have ever seen, and I have to say, Im a little scared to see what gets pulled out next. Damn it.

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9.0
Coffin Hill #15

Feb 18, 2015

Courtesy DC Comics, the cover and sketch pages from Volume 2 of Coffin Hill, available now in stores and online:

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6.5
Collider #1

Jul 31, 2013

Ultimately, Collider #1 suffers from what is probably just a slow burn and lack of detail that I think makes it difficult to latch on to the new series. In a market that relies on immediate fan buzz to propel continuing sales (especially for creator-owned series), this seems like a critical error. A brilliant idea not fully executed for an immediate hook, Im unsure whether Ill be coming back next month. Time (and space) will tell, I suppose.

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9.0
Constantine: The Hellblazer #1

Jun 10, 2015

A welcome return to more adult stories set in the DC Universe, with not just sex, but sexiness throughout, Constantine: The Hellblazer #1 instantly convinces me of what every one who encounters John comes to know: hes a right bastard, and theres no avoiding falling for him. Over and over and over.

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9.5
Constantine: The Hellblazer #4

Sep 16, 2015

Another ravishing issue that reminds me of just what a special creation John is, Constantine: The Hellblazer #4 is a perfect picture of a deeply imperfect man, and it makes me feel dirty, titillated, tired, and wanting more all at the same time. Doyle and Tynion have mastered the bastard, and were reaping the reward. Even if it means giving up a little piece of our souls in tribute.

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9.5
Constantine: The Hellblazer #7

Dec 9, 2015

A pointedly funny, light-hearted take on Johns love life, even amid slaughter and environmental magic, Constantine: the Hellblazer #7 may be my favorite issue yet from the team of Doyle, Tynion, Rossmo, and company. We get a great same sex lust story. We get to see John at his glowing best. Even though we know in our hearts it can never last. But in the meantime, Im crushing on Hellblazer like Im 15 and in love all over again.

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9.0
Convergence #0

Apr 1, 2015

While we've yet to get into the meat of the event, Convergence #0 offers a strong one-on-one story amid what's likely to be a pretty frenetic series. Van Sciver keeps both characters (and all their iterations) looking the best they ever have, and creates a visual feast of some cities we haven't seen in quite some time. DC definitely has me looking forward to the next two months to come.

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9.0
Convergence: Booster Gold #1

Apr 29, 2015

Still confused about which Booster is which? Check out our handy dandy guide that follows our review of Booster Gold: Futures End #1!

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7.0
Convergence: Catwoman #2

May 17, 2015

Like a few of the Convergence mini-series that didnt fully captured their era, Catwoman #2 is a good story. Im just not sure it represents the full scope of the event as it was pitched to fans.

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8.0
Convergence: Detective Comics #2

May 28, 2015

At the end of the day, my connection to the dynamic duo of Huntress and Robin is pretty far removed, but it was nice to see one piece of major resolution come out of the story for those fans of the original. It was even nicer to see that that moment wasnt the be-all and end-all for the storys success. That alone puts Convergence: Detective Comics #2 a bit ahead of some other offerings this week.

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10
Convergence: Hawkman #2

May 21, 2015

One of the strongest Convergence mini-series to date, Hawkman captures the spirit of these characters so perfectly, and gives us a goodbye that no one with a heart could deny is moving. Thank you, gentlemen, for treating these heroes with such care and for having the determination to honor their history. It made for a perfect read and a book Im going to treasure for a long time to come.

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6.0
Convergence: Infinity Inc. #2

May 28, 2015

As nice as it was to see these particular heroes in action again in their younger forms, that just didnt feel like enough to make for a strong read. Convergence: Infinity Inc. #2 is a great footnote to the history of Earth Two, but as an adventure all its own worth getting excited for, it falls noticeably short.

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5.0
Convergence: Justice League International #1

Apr 16, 2015

If I judge this Justice League International #1 so harshly, its because this book had a lot of potential and even more fans of an era that have been left with something less than stellar as what could be our very last shot at reading the lives of these characters we adore. If this book was about the L.A.W. or the Ravers or Team Titans, I likely wouldnt be as disappointed. But this is the Justice League International. Full stop. And its just too ho-hum for that crowd. Not a Bwah-ha-ha in sight this week.

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9.5
Convergence: Justice League Of America #1

Apr 22, 2015

To be honest, Convergence: Justice League of America was the title going into this week I had the biggest doubts about. Could any creative team treat these characters with respect, knowing quite frankly most fans wouldnt? I clearly had nothing to worry about. Providing the book of the week in my estimation, Nicieza and company have done this team proud and given us a true representation of what it means to be a Justice League after all. I could read about their exploits for years if given the chance. Heres hoping I am.

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5.5
Convergence: Justice Society Of America #1

Apr 29, 2015

A missed opportunity that neither wows nor shocks, Convergence: Justice Society of America #1 is a far too long lead-in to a story I now dont have as much confidence in as Id like. The core of these heroes is missing, and its not because theyre old necessarily. Its because the spark that made them what they are is gone. And thats almost worse than not having them back at all.

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9.0
Convergence: New Teen Titans #1

Apr 22, 2015

If it seems like I spent the entire review just talking about the value of character and not about plot, well, I did. Thats the allure of the New Teen Titans. Villains were always secondary to how the team interacted with each other. An entire issue could be about getting fitted for a tuxedo, and it was the best issue you read that month. Wolfman and Scott have resurrected a concept that never gets old: the power of great character. The biggest failing? It all ends next month.

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9.0
Convergence: Nightwing / Oracle #2

May 6, 2015

A lovely send-off for a set of characters near and dear to my heart, Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle #2 gives us the happy ending we always say we want for our favorite characters, but with enough drama and surprise to make it feel well earned. Simone and Duursema have, for now at least, gotten the last word on this iteration of Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon, and Im happy to say, they did both of them mighty proud. My thanks to all involved for the opportunity to see this particular story come to pass. It was more than worth it.

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9.5
Convergence: Suicide Squad #1

Apr 15, 2015

My biggest regret? This adventure is now half over. I have a feeling that by the time May is over, Ill be feeling that way about quite a handful of these Convergence mini-series. And maybe thats the greatest meter of success DC has. Leaving us wanting more always more of something great is a whole lot better than asking, Isnt this over yet? With the film well on its way to becoming a reality, now is definitely the time to bring us more Suicide Squad like this, please.

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5.0
Convergence: Superboy & The Legion of Super-Heroes #2

May 22, 2015

Ultimately, Im underwhelmed by the story and art, but the real sadness is that I didnt get to see the Legion of Super-Heroes again even just to say my goodbye. I got a facsimile that didnt live up to how great these characters were in their day. But, to be fair, this team isnt the first to give me that. At this rate, they probably wont be the last either, until DC decides to fully revise the concept from scratch or finds that perfect magic that is one in a million. Heres hoping for the latter.

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9.0
Convergence: Supergirl - Matrix #1

Apr 15, 2015

With a last page surprise guest that no Giffen fan will want to miss out on, Supergirl: Matrix #1 is a packed issue for anyone looking for a bit of fun in their reading this week. Great dialogue, great art, funny characters. Who knew a look back at an era where the greatest hero of all-time is six feet under could be so amusing?

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9.0
Convergence: The Adventures of Superman #1

Apr 24, 2015

A full issue thats far more than just a recap of the Convergence set-up like a few other books weve seen, Adventures of Superman #1 is a flash from the past in every way possible due to the diligence of its creators to respect from which it came. And with an awesomely cinematic final page cliffhanger, #2 is sure to be as compelling and fun to read and revisit as #1.

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8.0
Convergence: The Atom #1

Apr 8, 2015

In terms of the final page, and the spoiler we all pretty much expected anyway, it would be easy to write off Convergence: The Atom as a story to just quickly right an egregious wrong: a continuity fix and no more. But the story is fun, and the telling light-hearted, and that sets it apart from some of the other more serious endeavors this week.

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10
Convergence: The Question #1

Apr 8, 2015

The Question may not be the most intertwined title of the Convergence event, clearly operating on its own emotional plain, but it is for certain a love letter to characters I knew I missed, but had no idea how much until I read this issue. With a tear in my eye and an ache in my heart, Im going to treasure these two issues, and pray that the stars will align once again. Rucka, Hamner, The Question a perfect combination and a gift to all those who love them so.

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9.5
Cyborg #1

Jul 22, 2015

But quite honestly, thats a minor quibble in an otherwise stellar introduction to the next big event in Cyborgs career. Weve followed him for 35 years and that it took this long to see an ongoing for the man, Ill never understand. But what I do know is that with Walker, Reis, and Prado at the helm, theres no question its going to be epic. Theyve already done Vic Stone justice. Im on the edge of my seat to see what comes next.

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9.5
Cyborg #2

Aug 27, 2015

Ultimately, however, Reis and Walker pull off the subtleties in Cyborg #2, giving us one of the most fully realized super-heroes of our time. And that is so appropriate. Weve been waiting forever for Cyborg to be elevated to THE premier hero in the DC Universe. Not just the premier Black hero (although he is certainly that, and I adore the Black Vulcan appearance more than any man should), but the premier hero. Period. Hes got Superman and Batman beaten in the humanity and compassion department five times over.

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9.0
Cyclops (2014) #1

May 12, 2014

Like I said, I never would have expected this type of book for Scott Summers, even two years ago, but Im exceptionally glad to have it in my hands. The realness Greg Rucka is infusing in every thought caption, combined with the sheer delight Dauterman lays out on the page, makes for a book that is sure to impress Cyclops fans old (well, Im not that old) and new.

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5.0
Damian: Son of Batman #1

Oct 31, 2013

A compelling premise that completely misses the mark in characterization, Damian #1 is unfortunately not bringing back any shadow of the boy we all fell in love with, but regressing his development even as the years have passed. Could it simply be an imaginary story? Sure, but this isnt my Robin, and who would have thought Id feel that way for these reasons not so long ago?

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3.0
Dark Avengers #184

Dec 17, 2012

Edwards is competent at depicting the script as it progresses, but Im not seeing a wide amount of creative license with this bold new world the team has landed in. Backgrounds, when drawn, are fairly plain and most facial expressions are nondescript, even in the lead characters. There are a few panels of greatness in this regard, including one where the son of the Hulk gives Moonstone a bit of shout-spray to the face, but with no follow-up in dialogue or gesture, its almost a wasted effort. After experiencing so many great titles in the last two months from the House of Ideas and seeing my pull list shift in their favor for the first time in a decade, Dark Avengers unfortunately cant come close to competing with its restarted brethren. The potential may have been there for something new and NOW!, but I'm not seeing it fulfilled in this issue.

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9.5
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #1

Nov 23, 2015

In a comic market that is currently at a crossroads " between material aimed at a long-time audience of mostly white men and that which appeals to the ENORMOUS number of women and persons of color that make up the comic-buying public today " Dark Knight III may prove to be a hybrid book that unites both. Or it may be the thing that elicits the fiercest divisiveness yet. I can't tell.

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8.0
Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2

Dec 21, 2015

A strong issue that moves the narrative along and opens up the main conflict for the series, Dark Knight III: The Master Race #2 starts to ask the big questions that I hope remain on the table and get answered by series end. What is the best humanity can be? Is it still weaker than the worst of the gods? And what happens when our best example goes away?

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9.5
Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade #1

Jun 15, 2016

This book is as personal and as emotional as we imagine Miller's other work to be political. With the nature of physical breakdown and aging so deeply woven into its graphic DNA, Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade is a profound addition to the Batman mythos, and one that holds up successfully to Millers work of three decades ago.

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9.5
DC Comics: Bombshells #1

Aug 12, 2015

A stunning first issue for a series I hope to have lining my short boxes for a long time to come, DC Comics Bombshells #1 is quite simply the perfect cast with the perfect creative team at the perfect time. Hurrah for books designed and written by women. Hurrah for books that will appeal to women. Hurrah for these ladies on the page. Genius iterations all.

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9.0
DC Comics: Bombshells #7

Dec 23, 2015

If you haven't picked up Bombshells yet, either in print or digital form (chapters 19-21), this is the story to dip your toe into. Self-contained, but super compelling, issue #7 expands out the universe of the statue line with the same vigor and grace Bennett has executed in every chapter previous. If there's one book that nobody really asked for, but it turned out everybody should always have wanted, it's this one. Because, as the cover says, this is our fight too! Let's enjoy it along the way.

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9.0
DC Super Hero Girls #1

Jun 29, 2016

So, assuming youre not a little girl reading this review yourself (and if so, please do not click through to my column from last week where I swear a lot), do me a favor. Buy a copy of this book and give it to a little girl. If you want one for yourself, buy two. But get this in the hands of the people who need it most. Do it. Do it. Do it.

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9.0
DC Universe Presents #11

Jul 20, 2012

The only disappointment I have with this story is that theres seemingly not more in the pipeline. The DC Universe needs more women like Kass Sage and I am eager to discover where she can show up next.

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8.5
DC Universe Presents #13

Oct 18, 2012

Rochas pencils are clean and crisp, although neither disappointing nor outstanding with one notable exception. His rendering of the new Blue Devil garb (for as long as it remains simply garb. We shall see!) is absolutely stunning, particularly on the last full page panel of the issue. I came into this comic as a huge fan of one character, but left perhaps even a bit more impressed by the other as a result. Thats a pretty mean feat. His Tobias Whale is appropriately grotesque and Los Angeles suitably grimy, even having silhoutted leaves pepper backgrounds as the equivalent of floating ash. If anything, Id just like to see a slightly more dynamic Black Lightning, reflecting the Olympic level athleticism I believe he still maintains in this brave new world. Nevertheless, this is a brilliant start to what I hope is a bright future for the Black and Blue in the DCU!

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9.5
DC Universe: Rebirth #1

May 24, 2016

No, the final verdict, like with any review, has to be on story, on art, on the pages in front of me and the experience I had as a reader. And that, unequivocally, was supreme. Whatever happens next, whatever potential or danger that comes with where this comic leads us, at its root DC Universe: Rebirth #1 delivered a magnificent and moving comic book story by Johns, with cohesive, compelling line art by Jimenez, Van Sciver, Reis, and Frank. The experience of this book is one I will remember for years to come, and hopefully will lead to a new era of love for comics that will take me into my next 33 years as a fan. And if it doesnt, and Johns swan song is just that, Ill cherish it for that alone.

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9.0
Dead Boy Detectives #1

Dec 31, 2013

A strong start to what looks to be a light-hearted, whimsical series tailor made for those fans looking for the fun in comics today, Dead Boy Detectives #1 is a must read for this last week of the year. 2013 wouldnt have been complete without it.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #5

Oct 26, 2016

A fantastic single issue within a larger story that really functions on its own surprisingly well, Deathstroke #5 has got me convinced more than ever that Priest and Bennett especially are kings of comics narrative weve never properly given their due. And in the process, theyve brought Deathstroke along for their ascension into recognized greatness. How unpredictable is that?

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9.0
Demon Knights #16

Jan 18, 2013

If you havent read Demon Knights before, or had abandoned the title at some point since its initial launch, issue 16 is a brilliant place to jump back in and fall in love. Unique characters in a unique setting. Smart writing with high quality art. And a great place to start experiencing it all. What could be better?

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10
Descender #1

Feb 2, 2015

A remarkably subtle beginning to what is clearly going to be Image Comics next great space epic, Descender #1 has everything you need to get hooked political intrigue, social unrest, planet-level danger, and, most importantly, a boy with his dog. If youve been a fan of Lemire and Nguyens work, you wont need any convincing of Descenders greatness. And if you havent had the pleasure yet, theres no better place to start.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2011) #23.1

Sep 9, 2013

A nice mix of origin, contemporary touchstone, and single issue snapshot, Poison Ivy #1 (or Detective Comics #23.1, as you prefer) may not inspire me to wanting a serious ongoing, but it definitely compels me to ask for more from this creative team for Ivy. And what the hell a little Batman couldnt hurt too.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #42

Jul 1, 2015

A fantastic Gotham PD title that could honestly use less time on the Batman, Detective Comics is a great return for a much-loved character in Renee Montoya, but perhaps an even better development of Harvey Bullock as well. Heres to seeing more of their place in the world as time goes on and less of the Batmans. We know where to find him if (really when) we want to. For now, I want to revel in these other characters for awhile.

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10
Detective Comics (2016) #934

Jun 8, 2016

Overall, Detective Comics #934 was not only a great start to an entirely new era for the Batman Family (or as I shall call it, the Batwoman Family), but also a rich look at major players and an excellent first chapter in a fresh story I cant wait to sink my teeth into. No mere preface or intermission, this comic is by far and away, the strongest debut of any Rebirth team to date. And I am once again damn glad to be getting another installment in two weeks. I couldnt possibly wait another minute longer.

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9.5
Detective Comics (2016) #948

Jan 11, 2017

With this prelude, Bennett, Tynion, and Oliver have issued just a little tease, but its a great reminder of what weve been missing all these many months. Because in essence, there are things that Batwoman can do that Batman cant. Chief among them is set and carry the kind of quiet, thoughtful tone we see here. Ive missed it more than I realized.

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9.0
Divergence (FCBD 2015) #1

May 2, 2015

A fun primer giving readers who have been holding off a good jumping on point for some truly outrageous stories, Divergence #1 is exactly the kind of storytelling the best of the New 52 has provided. And as only the first of 43 total 8-page original stories fans can get for free in the month of May, this book is a fun start to what will be a fun year, no matter what kind of stories you enjoy.

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7.5
Django Unchained #2

Feb 13, 2013

Perhaps a book best suited for fans of the Western genre that arent particularly fond of the theater, Django Unchained is a good comic, but maybe only a fair adaptation. Its a testament to Tarantinos writing that the book works as well as it does, but ultimately Im not sure, as a fan of the movie (and I imagine the actual intended audience), its really hitting its mark.

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7.0
Doctor Crowe #1

Jan 12, 2017

Overall, Doctor Crowe seems his most intriguing when we get to watch what he does and the critical result rather than hear his narration for what needs to be done. Its part and parcel to creating the suspense that these types of stories excel at. But given the relative success of the third chapter here, and the really curious design and set-up for Doctor Crowe himself, theres definitely reason for readers to return for more dark adventures.

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9.0
Doctor Fate #2

Jul 15, 2015

The chapter that starts to answer as many questions as it asks, Doctor Fate #2 takes a 75 year old mythos and makes it fresh and honest for todays audience. Khalid is an everyman, but hes specifically who he is, and that balance plays out exceptionally well across dialogue and design. Doctor Fate may be a book you glance past on the stand, but dont let it be so. Pick up a few issues and enjoy watching a new era of heroism develop.

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9.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #8

Sep 6, 2017

Theres a lot to not understand about what Gerard Way is constructing in Doom Patrol, and the deviation from even the most wacky super-hero fare is pronounced. Like Twin Peaks, we seem to be witnessing the return of the avant garde in comics that never was nearly this out there, except in our memory. The familiarity is a comfort. The originality is invigorating. And the possibility is beyond the scope of our vision. Just the way great art should be.

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7.5
Dragon Age: Magekiller #1

Dec 16, 2015

A warm start to a series Im curious enough about to continue, Dragon Age: Magekiller #1 may be a bit of an uphill battle for me. But with Ruckas involvement and some of the artistic nuances Im already seeing here, I think it will be worth the read.

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10
Earth 2 #4

Aug 2, 2012

Its that uncertainty, the sense that anything can happen, that makes Earth 2 so compelling. Few moments in my 30 years of reading comic books have left me on the edge of my seat literally dissecting every panel for clues and endlessly speculating the way this book has, and almost none since I was a teenager. Every issue ups the ante and reassures me at the same time that these are the heroes Ive known and loved all my life. No small feat there. Kudos to the entire creative team and DC for taking a chance on it. It paid off in spades.

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9.5
Earth 2 #5

Oct 4, 2012

Ultimately, what were left with is an issue that moves the plot forward, gives the reader more details to ponder than when she started, and more than anything else, continues to lay out key differences between this brand new world and the one were more used to occupying in the DC Universe. Im on my third read of #5 in a single day, and Im pretty sure Ill be flipping through it a few more times before the week is up a pretty great return on a $3 investment.

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8.0
Earth 2 #8

Jan 10, 2013

While much about Fury and Steppenwolfs roles in this strange alternate worlds order is still unknown even after devoting the entirety of a single issue to them my hope is that this is merely prelude to a significant part to play in the near future. Im not sure I can stand to wait too long before getting more information on this mysterious new woman Wonder, or see her mentors rule get more fully developed. Like every other sharp turn Earth 2 takes, or Easter egg eagerly uncovered, the mystery of Fury (and the return of the full original creative team) has me counting the days to #9.

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9.5
Earth 2 #11

Apr 3, 2013

Yet another solid issue placing Earth 2 at the height of DC Comics' New 52 line creatively, #11 is sure to please fans of old and new iterations of these classic characters. Like its preceding issues, this chapter is yet another example of how one can re-envision an entire universe after decades of stories and develop new concepts and echoes of the past that feel fresher than ever.

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9.5
Earth 2 #13

Jun 6, 2013

From the glow of the fire pits and the revelation of the Red Files to the bright bold Bat symbol gracing the mysterious strangers chest, threads of crimson run through this issue, a perfect foreshadowing for the war that is about to commence and affect our heroes. What I wouldnt do to have 100 more issues like this one to expand on the details of this entirely different planet, but some small consolation remains in the fact that Robinson has so precisely detailed his vision to date that its future will likely benefit from his efforts for years to come. Yet another fantastically absorbing issue of world-building and intrigue, Earth 2 #13 is a perfect taste of what makes this title so special and so rewarding month after month to its loyal fans.

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4.0
Earth 2 #15.2

Sep 13, 2013

With little more plot to fill twenty pages than the nursery rhyme that inspired the lead character, Earth 2 #15.2: Solomon Grundy falls short of giving us an interesting tale for an already interesting character. If anything, it seems to unravel a bit of what made this version of the character so unique, and that regrettably seems counterintuitive to the mission of this month of one-shots.

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9.5
Earth 2 #16

Oct 2, 2013

Probably one of the best examples of the title truly living up to its name, Earth 2 #16 lays out the full scope of this title and doesn't pull any punches in letting the audience know just how dire the circumstances are, not just for the heroes, but for every inhabitant on this war-scarred planet. That all of this is demonstrated so elegantly in Robinson's final issue on the title is both fitting and saddening. The dilemma he has set up for his successor is nearly perfect in design, for sure, but as I have said before in much detail, I will certainly miss James' commitment and touch to this series. Something truly special has evolved here, and we all owe Robinson a great deal of thanks.

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9.5
Earth 2 #17

Nov 6, 2013

The biggest challenge Taylor faced in this issue was juggling so many moving parts as the heroes are scattered throughout the issue, recuperating from their encounter with Steppenwolf when last we saw them as well as introducing new elements, and having it all seem like a great jumping on point for new readers. To that end, theres no question the new writer succeeded with room to spare. Simultaneously feeling like a brand new beginning and a solid continuation to one of my favorite titles, Earth 2 #17 should put a whole lot of minds and hearts at ease, and hopefully touch a few new ones in the process.

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9.5
Earth 2 #22

Apr 2, 2014

Another great installment for Earth 2 that seems to have finally found that perfect balance of character and movement, issue #22 is a great reminder that the core of this title is the genuine heroism (and yes, optimism) of its protagonists. Month in and month out, this book has burrowed just a little bit deeper into my heart and brain, such that I no longer worry about what it should be or was meant to do. I luxuriate in all that it is. And count the days until the next one.

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9.0
Earth 2 #24

Jun 7, 2014

Still running as one of my top two favorite titles in the market today, and always the one I cant wait to read the moment it goes live online, Earth 2 #24 is but the run-up to what looks like the biggest freefall excitement the title has had, coming next month. Whether its to see Vals emergence as the next Superman or Jimmys leap into the classic togs of Robin my jury is still out on whether that was a serious claim or not this is a book you do not want to miss. The action only gets bigger from here.

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10
Earth 2 #26

Aug 6, 2014

A brilliant conclusion to a true roller coaster ride, Earth 2 #26 gives me so much to love and get excited about for the future of the title. Seeing how Taylor weaves into every scenario an elegant solution that leaves things even better than they were before makes waiting for the next issue even harder than ever. Thank you, team, for your hard work, and most of all, thanks for our new Superman. We never knew he was exactly what we wanted (and needed) all along.

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10
Earth 2 Annual #2

Jan 29, 2014

Tightly written and beautifully rendered, Earth 2 Annual #2 pays off in a huge way on every expectation leading up to its release. Even the leak of Thomas Waynes identity could not have ruined what ended up a much more complicated story that resonates in a way we havent seen Batmans story told, and yet it manages to carry just as much weight nonetheless. Old school Justice Society fans may come away irked by one aspect of the story, but for what it brings to the table, I think it provides a plentitude of story possibility down the road. Thank goodness the next issue arrives in a week. I doubt I could contain myself otherwise.

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7.5
Earth 2: Society #3

Aug 12, 2015

A book that Im still on the fence about, but leaning toward satisfaction, Earth 2: Society is perhaps a slow build or a bit of a jumble, but it wont be clear which until a few more issues in. Im willing to hang tight and keep reading, if only to visit with some of my favorite characters and cheer for their survival.

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9.0
Earth 2: Society #17

Oct 12, 2016

I dont know, but given the success linewide DC has been experiencing, and the results of this first issue Im eager to find out. Welcome back to my pull list, Earth 2. I missed you. A LOT.

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7.0
Earth 2: World's End #1

Oct 8, 2014

Fans may have complained of late that every Earth 2 character hasnt had an opportunity at the spotlight, but clearly giving them all a shot at once isnt paying off. My hope is that this issue is merely a status quo prelude, and we can concentrate on each story arc more intently and with more pages than one or two at a time in the weeks to come. Theres a widescreen story to be told here that could amaze, but the stakes are going to be meaningless if I cant connect to the characters.

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5.0
Earth 2: World's End #26

Apr 1, 2015

Like I said, its hard to look away, especially when something you love is whats laying underneath all that rubble. But the sight is not pleasant, and my true hope is that one worlds end leads to a better one tomorrow (or this June, as the case may be).

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7.5
Effigy #1

Jan 28, 2015

An interesting start to a book that could have great potential, particularly in giving Vertigo another fascinating female lead character, Effigy #1 does some really strong character work. Im left waiting for a bit more of the plot to hook me in issue #2. Knowing the pacing a lot of Vertigo titles take, Im pretty confident Ill get what I need to latch on soon enough.

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8.0
Fables #150

Jul 22, 2015

Ultimately, its nearly impossible to judge a book like Fables #150 against any other final issue, as weve never quite seen a conclusion like this before. It certainly reads as a true celebration for what this series accomplished. The final moments may not feel as compelling as many of the ones that got us to this point, but looking back, its a good place to stop and close our eyes and dream of it all over again, chapter by chapter, book by book.

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9.0
Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1

Jan 14, 2015

A wonderful first issue in what could be a fantastic title to introduce to new readers, Fables: The Wolf Among Us #1 refocuses the Fables franchise right back down to its charming and compelling roots. The saga of the Fables universe is mighty and something Ive come to love, but every once in a while, its nice to remember how it all started. The mystery that begins here already has me hooked, and thinking about who else might be ready to give it a try. This is definitely a fun book that deserves sharing.

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8.5
Faith #5

Nov 2, 2016

A perfect jumping on point no matter whether youre voting Democrat (WOOT) or Republican (hisssss) Faith #5 gives us the purest, most affirming sense of super-heroics on the comics stand today. Anyone out there arguing to Make Comics Great Again? You clearly blinked. Because for the true Wednesday Warriors, Faith already did that, and then some.

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8.5
Fatale #14

May 15, 2013

As always, Phillips delivers a solid performance as co-creator and artist, capturing the era of this particular story with enough grit to be convincing, but not so much gruesome detail as to distract from the supernatural devastation that could be potentially unleashed. His Jo is a stunning beauty whose appearance betrays her deep intelligence and cunning as well, and it is from both creators hands (not to mention that of brilliantly talented colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser) that we continue to be gifted with one of comics newest, but most powerful, leading ladies. While this portion of Jos origin will undoubtedly propel the next round of modern day stories in the title, Ill admit to looking forward to a return to a more mysterious femme in the books lead. It seems to suit her (and Fatale overall) much more.

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10
FCBD 2017: Catalyst Prime: The Event #1

May 6, 2017

If you are looking to jump into a bold new world that is sure to hold a lot of surprises long term and give you a universe that actually truly is more diverse, Catalyst Prime: The Event is the free book to grab today. Dont miss it. This is the start of a better, more dangerous tomorrow for comics.

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9.0
FCBD 2017: DC Super-Hero Girls #1

May 6, 2017

As Wonder Woman begins to appear around every corner with the arrival of the film, this is a great way to get the youngest among us on board and ready to experience the specialness that is Princess Diana of Themyscira (nee Olympus). I for one cant wait to read the entire story, but for now, this is a great way to tide the youngins over and bring home something the entire family can enjoy together.

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3.0
FCBD: Infinity #1

May 8, 2013

The illustration is gorgeous, of course, but at the end of the story, I'm left wondering what it is I just read, and whether this makes me want to read more. And sadly the answer is no. I'm actually less likely to pick up Infinity as a result of this effort " the exact opposite of my reaction to Captain Midnight, a book I probably would have ignored if not for its feature on this special day.

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9.0
FCBD: Sar Wars and Captain Midnight #1

May 4, 2013

Keeping in mind the landscape Dark Horse is working with, these two stories were brilliant choices. Brian Wood's Star Wars series, set in the days after A New Hope, has been a runaway success, bringing the comic franchise back to its roots and garnering a great deal of critical acclaim. Wood's story here is simple, but features the man in black himself, Darth Vader, in a tale of backstabbing and clever maneuvering that fits right into the monthly series thematically without either being required reading or contradictory. Ryan Odagawa's art is a little stiffer than the D'Anda's gorgeous monthly installments, but that is fairly mitigated by the focus here on masked and armored figures Darth Vader and Boba Fett.

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10
FF (2012) #1

Nov 29, 2012

FF stands as a perfect collaboration between writer and artists, with just the right mix of fun and entertaining characters. This issue was a dare I say it fantastic introduction to what I hope will be a long lasting series, and in my opinion, the absolute best launch from Marvel NOW to date. Readers searching for smart, funny adventure should look no further. These two letters say it all.

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9.5
FF (2012) #6

Apr 25, 2013

If theres one thing to be said about this issue, then, in relation to previous issues, is that it comes as proof to Fractions culpability not just his artists for the high quality of the title. FF is the book Id always wanted Fantastic Four to be, a farce of sorts reveling in its own ludicrousness, but still at its heart, a beautiful tale of familial love. If previous versions of the First Family fell short for me, it would be for their dedication to the reality of family life amid chaos, when truly, the best and most honest moments are seeming to come through the chaos and insanity directly, not in spite of it. Ever the powerful and intrinsically fun read in equal measure, FF remains one of my favorite titles to come back to every month. Keep up the great work, team!

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9.5
Flash (2011) #27

Feb 3, 2014

A surprisingly enticing story for what Im sure a lot of readers are assuming is just buying time before the next creative team, The Flash #27 is the true crime drama Ive been waiting for with police scientist Barry Allen as much in the drivers seat as his alter ego. Say what you will about old Barry, but hes got a ton of potential to fuel some fascinating stories if given the chance. Thank goodness Buccellato and Zircher saw the potential in him.

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8.5
Flash (2011) Annual #3

Apr 30, 2014

A strong start to what looks to be a very exciting time travel story, The Flash Annual #3 does suffer from multiple artists, if only because the regular series artist far overshadows the guest. And in a sense, the drama behind the re-introduction of Wally West at such a young age and with a different physical appearance also overshadows whats just a really great story. But thats, at least, something the reader can control if he or she will see past any pre-conceived notions. The future is literally now. Lets see where it takes us.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #22

May 17, 2017

With the conclusion of The Button in The Flash #22, Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter, and Hi-Fi have given us more than simply a lead-in to Geoff Johns and Gary Franks confrontation between the Big Blue and the Big Blue. Theyve delivered a carefully pieced together character study of Barry Allen and Bruce Wayne that is illuminating in their differences, but far more provocative in how their similarities bare out.

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8.5
Forever Evil #1

Sep 4, 2013

If you didnt have an opportunity to read Trinity War threading through the Justice League titles in July and August, you wont feel lost here, although by the same token, key cliffhangers from that event go unanswered. Is the Justice League really dead (they were fit and breathing last week)? If not, where did they go? And just where is the Outsider? With an entire month ahead of us with no one appearing but the villains, I daresay Im a little impatient, but then again, maybe its time to just accept the Crime Syndicate as the new Worlds Greatest Super-Humans. If Johns can imbue them with the same depth of character hes given the League over the past year, I can probably be convinced.

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9.5
Forever Evil #4

Dec 24, 2013

With issue #4, Forever Evil is well on its way to redefining how we see the villains of the DC Universe, and giving us a rock solid adventure along the way. Paired with the Crime Syndicate origins peppering the Justice League tie-ins, this series is clearly delivering everything Johns loves about the super-villain genre onto the page, and were finally getting the best of that effort here.

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8.5
Forever Evil #5

Feb 5, 2014

A nice ramp-up of what seems like the roughest weekend ever for the DC Universe, Forever Evil #5 is the first time we get a sense that the Crime Syndicate might not be the worst villains yet. And even Batman should be frightened by that prospect. Something tells me Luthor isnt shaking in his purple metallic boots though. Like Geoff Johns himself, Lex is a man with a plan. Maybe hes the hero weve been waiting for after all.

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9.5
Forever Evil #6

Mar 5, 2014

One more issue to go and a lot of unanswered questions, but the possibilities of those answers are so intriguing, its a blessing rather than a curse. Forever Evil may seem like its taken a long road to get to this point, but one thing is certainly clear: Lex Luthor has had a plan from the start. I may have a new favorite super-hero come April.

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8.0
Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #2

Dec 2, 2013

Theres a lot going on in this issue, and it may suffer a tad from first act set-up requirements, but Gates is opening up an entire world weve never had at DC before. The possibilities and convergences being constructed here play strongly into the Forever Evil event, but likely have ramifications that will play out for years to come. Get on board now and see what comes up for Trevor, Frost, Light, and more. Youll be glad you did.

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7.0
Forever Evil: Arkham War #1

Oct 9, 2013

As a first chapter in one of three spin-off mini-series to the Forever Evil main event, Arkham War falls short of the excitement generated by the mother book, and so far isnt showing much sign of being more than a villain versus villain fight book. Heres hoping the next chapter gives us a bit more of a peek into the mastermind thats interested in overthrowing the lords of this city, and why. It could go a long way toward making this a book worthy of its place in the overall crossover.

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8.5
Forever Evil: Rogues Rebellion #1

Oct 21, 2013

An excellent focus on some of the DC Universes highest profile villains, Rogues Rebellion is off to a great start, and brings these characters into a story that features not just action/adventure, but highlights their unique personalities and just how different they remain from the prevailing villain. Do I believe theyll beat out the Crime Syndicate? Not a chance? But theyll definitely go down swinging.

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8.0
George Perez's Sirens #1

Sep 17, 2014

A really beautifully rendered first issue for any reader looking to indulge the classic fantasy hero story many of us grew up on, Sirens #1 is the start of a new set of adventures for George Perez. I, for one, couldn't imagine not going along for the ride.

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8.0
Ghost #1

Oct 24, 2012

Notos exquisite pencils throughout render an unquestionably beautiful woman without even a hint of objectification no easy task given the characters slightly more buxom artistic origin in the early 1990s. The fine line and shadow combinations Noto has become renown for over the years serves Ghost well, rendering a severity to her character without resorting to a hardening of expression. Capturing a wide range of facial emotion and body language that complements DeConnicks subtle narrative style, Notos pencils may at times appear simplistic, but they are deceptively so particularly on the last full, hauntingly beautiful page of the issue. Ever crisp and clean, but no less emotionally charged, his controlled sketch style and muted color palette set a remarkable tone for the four-part series. Ill definitely be back for more next month.

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10
Gotham Academy #2

Nov 5, 2014

A wonderful addition to last months debut issue, Gotham Academy #2 is yet another delightful experience and a must-buy for all the kids in your life. My shop may start wrinkling their nose at my clearing off the shelf for extras. Tough. Theyll just need to keep ordering more.

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10
Gotham Academy #8

Jul 8, 2015

If you havent caught up on Gotham Academy, issue #8 (like #7s single issue story) is a perfect place to start while youre waiting for that trade of #1-6 to arrive. This is a book made for all ages, certainly women and men, and most importantly, for anyone who loves a good mystery. Dont let this one pass you by.

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9.0
Gotham Academy #10

Sep 9, 2015

As a piece of the larger puzzle, Gotham Academy #10 definitely serves up a couple more tidbits that will leave smart readers on the edges of their seat. But as a single issue story, it delivers even far more enjoyment than youd expect. Cloonan, Fletcher, and Kerschl are pulling out all the stops in every single issue, packing it to the brim with the best of what a comic can be, and it shows. If you havent jumped on, this is the issue to try. And if you have been here all along, get ready. This is going to be one for the ages.

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9.0
Gotham Academy #12

Dec 2, 2015

There are a million other little moments that strike me about Gotham Academy #12, from Coltons ability to be the one to physically save Kyle to Pomelines teen confusion about her own motives and reactions to Olive. But at its heart, this issue was about sadness underneath the surface, danger you cant see coming, and what it means to lose yourself to something thats already taken its toll on many others before you. Its a lonely, dark feeling underneath the camaraderie that this creative team is delivering, and its made this book the rich experience for all ages that it is.

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10
Gotham Academy #14

Jan 13, 2016

A bold move for a title so young, the Gotham Academy Yearbook starts off with a bang in issue #14 and I couldn't be more pleased. Every creative team on this issue could launch an ongoing title at DC Comics " about anything " and I'd snatch it up in a second. Here's hoping this primer is just that, a way for DC to test the critical waters or get us to dip our toes into the magic that is some of these story styles. Because after reading Gotham Academy #14, I want more.

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9.5
Gotham Academy #16

Mar 9, 2016

So, sit back, take in a yarn or two, revel in the gorgeousness of Niimuras line or the cleverness of Tynions dialogue, and thank the stars we get to watch a new generation of characters and creators expand right before our eyes.

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9.0
Gotham Academy #18

May 11, 2016

So, if you thought you were going to have to miss Gotham Academy, well, sorry to disappoint. Because theres no stopping this title any more than Maps can be stopped. Robin knows it. Olive knows it. You know it, too. (If only there were a Maps emoji with heart eyes!)

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8.0
Gotham Academy: Second Semester #2

Oct 13, 2016

Another chapter in the ongoing saga of one of comics most precious and entertaining reads, Gotham Academy: Next Semester #2 is the start of a new story that, while much more subdued that previous stories, is truly but a preface. As adventure ramps up, it would behoove us to prepare. Its not always going to be this serene on campus.

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10
Gotham Academy: Second Semester #8

Apr 12, 2017

As saddened as I am by the news this series will reach its end with Olives story complete at issue #12, I am held by two truths. One, that it seems inevitable that Gotham Academy will continue to grow in other forms outside this particular comic book series, be it in novel, graphic novel, or animated form. And two, that we still have the glory of four issues like Gotham Academy: Second Semester #8 to enjoy, rounding out 31 issues of a book that stands as one of the greats of the recent era.

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10
Gotham By Midnight #4

Feb 25, 2015

Bravo, gentlemen. You brought the scary back to Gotham.

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8.0
Gotham By Midnight Annual #1

Jul 29, 2015

Cops. Noir. And a big freaking ghost of terrifying justice. It doesnt get better than that.

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9.0
Grayson #1

Jul 9, 2014

A beautifully rendered introduction to the new status quo of one of DCs longest-lived heroes, Grayson #1 is the start of a bold new direction for the Dark Knights eldest son another fine example of how the New 52 can constantly surprise and delight. And the best part is, with Seeley and Janin at the helm, I have no worries that Dick will make it through with flying colors. They get the core of his character. Im excited to see where this new adventure leads.

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9.5
Grayson #2

Aug 6, 2014

A second issue that one-upped its first, if only because of the emotional moments slid in between the recon, Grayson #2 proves that if you stick mightily to the core of a character, no matter what their external circumstances are, youll be letting the best of him or her shine through.

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10
Grayson #10

Jul 22, 2015

If you havent grooved to Grayson yet, or still are tending your wounds over the loss of a costume, I may not be able to change your mind. Because ultimately, Grayson is doing something far beyond what we saw with Nightwing. Its fresh, funny, and utterly intoxicating, and now is the time to enjoy everything our man Dick has to offer. And if that doesnt sound appealing wow, not sure what I could say. Because YES. This is the stuff.

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10
Grayson #12

Oct 3, 2015

And what this means in practical terms is, I may never feel comfortable with him as a super-hero again, because I cant see Dick feeling comfortable there either. Its not that hes darkened or hardened, as he seems to imply to Superman. No, its that hes grown. And some homes you cant just go back to once youve left. From now on, Batman and company are going to have to come to him, not the other way around. And that feels right.

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10
Grayson #16

Jan 27, 2016

Its part of what makes this series so special (besides the breakdown of masculine identity and flip of the camera gaze which is still ever so impressive), that pure personality driving Dick Graysons portrayal in every scene and on every page. He is charm incarnate, and there are few characters in the DCU as endearing. King and Seeley have amped that aspect of Dicks character up to 11. Hes not just a great butt, friends. Hes a great butt that acknowledges cultural misogyny and respects you for who you are. So dreamy.

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8.0
Grayson Annual #1

Dec 24, 2014

A smart sidetrack to the ongoing series adventure, Grayson Annual #1 shows more than even the monthly so far just how much potential lies in telling these tales of deception and spy vs. spy have for the DC Universe. Seeley and King have found that perfect balance of knowing these characters deeply and understanding under what conditions this type of story would work. And it does, magically. We may not fully grasp Helena Bertinellis or even Dick Graysons choices, but they make sense and inspire me to want to keep digging deeper. More than anything else, thats what will bring me back month after month.

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9.5
Green Arrow (2011) #17

Feb 6, 2013

Fast-paced and full of brand new mystery, Green Arrow is destined to be the newest hit among DCs stable, a development that should put longtime fans and recent critics immediately at ease. It is a testament to the companys commitment to taking risks and trying new things that the Emerald Archer was given one last chance to shine, rather than joining some of his allies in the cancellation pile. The risk-taking completely paid off here. Green Arrow is a book, once again, that I can be proud to add to my pull list. Next months installment cant come soon enough.

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8.5
Green Arrow (2011) #41

Jun 8, 2015

A great first shot at what I hope is a new, long tenure on the title, Green Arrow #41 is a strong place to jump back in if youve given the Emerald Archer a pass for the last few months. Im ready to see Oliver return to some great social justice roots, and it seems like Percy and Zircher are too.

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10
Green Arrow (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 3, 2014

And more than all that, its clear the story isnt over (and not just because the final page says so), as Jeff Lemire continues the legend of Green Arrow for many more months in the pages of Futures End. What will become of these characters after that? Who knows? But Ill say this: its going to be hard going back five years come October. What were left with here is just too good to let go.

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9.0
Green Arrow (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

Green Arrow has recovered the stakes it needs to hit us square in the chest over the past six issues, and the moral and emotional judgments made in this issue have sealed the deal for me for the book. Where Percy, Schmidt, and Ferreyra go, so also will I travel. Youve won me back, gentlemen. (Now to work on my husband.)

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8.5
Green Arrow: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

Overall, Green Arrow: Rebirth leaves me optimistic for the future provided Percy and Schmidt (and eventually Ferreyra) give Ollie and Dinahs relationship the fresh start it deserves. And that doesnt mean relegating the Black Canary to sidekick status or Green Arrow to guest star in his own book. It means like any great relationship a challenge of equals. Like the best of times with the couples early days, Ollie and Dinah should make each other better. So far, so good.

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10
Green Lantern (2011) #0

Sep 7, 2012

Given that my expectation for DCs Zero Month books was simply to be one-shots that provide (marketing and sales-friendly) jump-on points for new readers, Green Lantern #0 was a great surprise. Not only did it succeed on that level, but the issue also stands as a great next step in the ongoing Lantern saga and a compelling beginning for an intriguing new character. This is indeed a high water mark towards which the rest of Septembers offerings can aspire.

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8.5
Green Lantern (2011) #21

Jun 5, 2013

In the end, we are treated to a single page portraying the near future of Green Lantern, and while that image ironically doesnt tell us a whole lot, I am confident were at the beginning of a very enjoyable run of new adventures. Skeptics, lay down your arms and give this one a shot. I think youll be pleasantly surprised by the effort.

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7.0
Green Lantern Corps (2011) #23

Aug 14, 2013

A decent space adventure story that leaves us on a cliffhanger which may or may not get picked up next month, Green Lantern Corps #23 is clearly putting John Stewart in some well-deserved limelight, but perhaps not showing off all of his best features and potential. Hes not the agent of his own rescue nor more than a vessel through which his erstwhile girlfriend can move at will. Heres hoping for a more active Lantern in the months to come, as new recruits (in-story and in real life) can use a little more to look up to.

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8.0
Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #1

Jan 13, 2016

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7.5
Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1

Jun 1, 2016

A preface that feels only that, Green Lanterns: Rebirth #1 is a solid start and delightfully rendered for its second half. Where Humphries and his art teams take the book next is the true test, but the bones of a great new adventure are here. Time to build a new era of Green Lanterns.

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8.5
Happy #1

Sep 25, 2012

As this is just part one of four for Morrisons newest (and first of a new string of, I hear) creator-owned series, its difficult to judge on its own merits without knowing for sure where it leads. As pay-off for the writers work usually comes in cumulative reading, this issue is very much just a set-up for what is to come. That said, you couldnt find a more beautiful take on a more dreadful set of scenarios than this first issue of Happy! If this were the last tale told of a dark-and-gritty bygone age, youd certainly feel like it was paid its due, respectfully and in spades.

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10
Harley Quinn (2013) #2

Jan 22, 2014

Madcap without bordering on the ludicrous, laugh out loud hilarious while still maintaining Harleys dignity and smarts, Harley Quinn #2 is easily one of the best single issues in many months from DC Comics, and I cant recommend it highly enough for anyone looking for that fun ride we hear is so hard to find these days. Its right here waiting for you. Climb aboard.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2013) #3

Feb 19, 2014

Another fantastic issue from a team thats just producing the right kind of synergy, Harley Quinn is the book I didnt know I wanted or needed, but in retrospect, I cant believe we could live without. Id hate to see its formula duplicated, but Id love to see more chances like this one taken. Its clearly paid off.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2013) Annual #1

Oct 29, 2014

A crazy romp that proves, once again, how special the work Conner, Palmiotti, and company are doing is, and how amazing it is that DC lets it happen month after month. I scratched. I sniffed. I laughed. And Im ready to do it all over again. And fast, before the buzz wears off.

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8.5
Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1

Dec 10, 2014

A fun romp through Christmas cheer with a character that may represent the best parts of good will and friendship after all, the Harley Quinn Holiday Special #1 is definitely what you want to find in your stocking this year. No, not that stocking. (Then again, why not? YOLO.)

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9.0
Harley Quinn Valentine's Day Special #1

Feb 11, 2015

Yet another funny and surprisingly warm chapter in the wacky narrative that is Harley Quinn, this Valentines Day Special gives us a great self-contained story with its own pace and flair. And to top it off, as a great place to highlight a few artists we rarely see on the DC Comics page, this issue is once again a sure bet for the pull list.

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8.0
Harley's Little Black Book #1

Dec 2, 2015

A fun first issue that pairs the most diametrically opposed leading ladies in comics and makes it work Harleys Little Black Book is off to a great start. The rare treat these days that is Amanda Conner interior art makes this issue one that should jump off the shelf and into your hands. Heres hoping future team-ups are as fulfilling as the first out of the gate.

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10
Hawkeye Vol. 2 #6

Dec 22, 2012

An absolutely unique take on the always mandatory Christmas Lesson, Hawkeye #6 continues to breathe fresh life into the character and would get my highest recommendation at this, or any other, time of year. Youd have to be a Scrooge not to like this book.

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8.0
Hinterkind #1

Oct 7, 2013

Hinterkind isnt the most original concept, pulling elements together that have been central to such other books as Fables, Sweet Tooth, and The Hunger Games, but it seems to be founded on strong characterization. Where Edginton and Trifogli takes the series is what will determine its success. Looks like its off to a great start!

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9.5
Howard The Duck #1

Mar 11, 2015

A fantastic first issue and worthy successor to guest star She-Hulks own late lamented book for its sly sense of humor and sharp bite, Howard the Duck #1 is off to a rip-roaring start with both Zdarsky and Quinones giving us their all. Cant wait to see what pervy jokes and off kilter reckonings they have in store for us next month.

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8.5
Human Bomb #1

Dec 10, 2012

Easily the best start of all three Freedom Fighters launches, Human Bomb is exactly that great combination of modern concepts with classic storytelling traits, and above all is a book I'm eager to come back to next month.

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9.5
I, Vampire #11

Jul 27, 2012

If youre a fan of True Blood, The Walking Dead or even The Vampire Diaries, this is a must-read series. Run, dont walk, to your local comic shop. And be sure to keep an eye out for hungry strangers along the way.

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9.0
Infinity Man And The Forever People #1

Jun 11, 2014

Theres a lot of fun potential to be found in these pages, and a lot of directions that the series could go (is that apartment complex the one from Melrose Place? Color me intrigued!)! No matter where the story takes us, I believe its going to be a wild ride to get there with DiDio and Giffen in the drivers seat! Heres hoping our Mother Boxes are ready for the trip!

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9.0
Injustice: Gods Among Us Annual #1

Nov 13, 2013

A fun interlude in an ongoing tale that could easily suffer for its darkness, the Injustice Annual continues the fantastic character work with which Taylor has infused the series, and kicks it up a notch. In a world where a literal headhunter is sent to take down a clowns unwitting accomplice, you gotta appreciate a fake mustache. And if you cant find humor in that, theres ultimately no more hope for us than for the heroes in this comic.

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8.5
Injustice: Year Four #1

May 13, 2015

A great first chapter launching an all-new campaign for the saving of the globe, Injustice Year Four #1 is a great place to jump in if youve been away, and a welcome visit with some versions of friends we dont get to see nearly enough.

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9.0
Injustice: Year Four Annual #1

Dec 30, 2015

A fantastic done-in-one story setting up Year Five for those who continue on, but leaving everyone with an enormously satisfying focus story of Plastic Man and his son, Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Four Annual #1 is an awesome chance to revisit this world with Tom Taylor steering the ship. Don't pass it up, lovers of Injustice or classic super-heroes alike.

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9.0
Injustice: Year Two #1

Jan 20, 2014

In the end, the only faltering I see about the issue is it functions more like a television season two premiere wrapping up the shocking conclusion of a summer break and easing into a new story rather than providing a brand new #1 jumping on point for readers. That said, Injustice is perhaps one of the easiest series today to catch up on digitally if one desires, so the quality and resonance of the issue as is far outweighs what would be missing for a new ongoing reader.

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10
Jem and the Holograms #6

Sep 2, 2015

It took a long time for Jem and the Holograms to come back into vogue, but clearly the wait was worth it. Thompson and Campbell are delivering one of the most fun and sophisticated action (and romance) titles of the year, and I could never have imagined it could be this good. Brava to all the creators, and a special shout-out to Campbell, whose reflection in the back of this issue makes the success of this title all the sweeter.

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9.5
Jem and the Holograms #14

Apr 20, 2016

We may be facing a genuine villain by the end of Jem and the Holograms #14, but if Thompson and Campbell have shown us anything, its that there are no two-dimensional characters in this world. Jerrica, Pizzazz, Blaze, Stormer, Kimber all so unique and all so compelling. This world is rich with color and personality and spirit, and its a song that I hope never stops playing.

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9.5
Jem: The Misfits #2

Feb 1, 2017

Accepting yourself doesnt really change the physical or mental burden of what its like to have a body like Stormers or mine but it does help to build up courage. And Id like to think that some of that courage gets to rub off on those who choose to pick up Jem: The Misfits #2. Because what Thompson has built her with her collaborators is much more than just a licensed throwback to our youths. Its a revelation for every queer, overweight outcast that had to grow up and either be fine with who they were, continue to suffer, or fall somewhere in between. Thanks for delivering a vision of that experience to me this week. Its more important than most people think to see it outside of your own life.

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10
Jem: The Misfits #3

Mar 22, 2017

Once again, Thompson, Campbell, St-Onge, and Robado deliver a magnificent look into these characters weve all come to know and love in Jem: The Misfits #3. I know theres a hiatus coming, and it haunts me even now, with two issues left to go. Praise the powers that be that realize the Misfits need to continue on as a solo act, separate from and in addition to Jem and the Holograms. I just cant go back now.

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10
Jessica Jones #1

Oct 5, 2016

As a whole, Jessica Jones #1 is a return to form for one of Marvel's most unique characters, someone I fell in love with so long ago and honestly wasn't sure I'd ever get back the way I remembered her. Now, with an extra layer of mystery added to her return to form, Bendis and Gaydos are doing the impossible " making me love Jessica more than I ever did before.

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5.0
Journey Into Mystery #646

Nov 26, 2012

Early on, I was critical of Marvel NOW not renumbering some of its female-centered title launches to benefit from the massive sales opportunity the program could provide. Now, Im fairly certain that was a wise choice. This is definitely not a jumping-on point for the uninitiated. A new #1 would have been much more misleading than the marketing already was for this title.

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7.0
Judge Dredd #1

Nov 21, 2012

Ultimately, the difference in presentation between the two stories leaves me in a quandary. Should I ride out a few issues to see which narrative style ends up dominating the book, or do I cut my losses from the first story, giving up potential tidbits of comic excellence along the way? What say you, readers? What is the far, far better thing to do?

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9.0
Jughead (2015) #1

Oct 7, 2015

A super fun start to a character we've only started to reacquaint ourselves with, Jughead #1 has the potential to out-Archie Archie. And why wouldn't it? Archie may be the guy we all kind of wanted to be as kids, but as an adult, I look at Jughead and say to myself, "I wish I had been that cool in high school." That's the magic of this new brand of Archie Comics, and why Jughead may very well be at the center of that future.

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10
Jughead: The Hunger (One Shot) #1

Mar 30, 2017

Can the Archie Horror line sustain another ongoing? Undoubtedly. And if the quality behind this special is any indication, Tieri and Walsh are the team to bring Jughead back into the moonlight again.

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8.5
Jupiter's Legacy #3

Sep 24, 2013

A solid new chapter that is sure to appeal to fans of Miller and Quitely's individual works to date, Jupiter's Legacy #3 may not be breaking new ground for the comic market, but it is certain to entertain those who would seek to deconstruct the super-hero genre. If nothing else, we get to take the beautiful trip down the spiral of these heroes demise, and appreciate the scenery all the way down.

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8.5
Justice League #0

Sep 19, 2012

More than the story as a whole, some of the potential storylines spinning out of this issue get me super excited about the next year in Justice League. Yes, this is essentially Shazam's origin, but many more questions than answers are raised herein.

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9.5
Justice League #12

Sep 1, 2012

Overall, a heck of a lot happens here, and for a book often criticized for being the worst example of decompressed storytelling in the New 52, thats a great turnaround. If youve been disappointed in the past, this might be a great issue to try (if only for its newfound historical importance). If youve been enjoying the book to any degree to date, youre in for an incredible treat. Enjoy!

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9.0
Justice League #15

Dec 25, 2012

Overall, Justice League #15 is a perfect jumping on point (especially if youd left the book behind at some point in the past year) for finally getting to know these heroes and their relationship to each other. No longer gods in the sky, these heroes are now truly growing into a team of peers (if not friends), and that is a welcome development to watch unfold.

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10
Justice League #22

Jul 10, 2013

Take my advice. Buy this issue and revel in its accomplished twists and turns, gorgeous art, and maddeningly brilliant set-up for what is guaranteed to kick the DC Universe to its next level of pure excitement and honest-to-god jaw-dropping significance. You'll be glad you did.

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9.5
Justice League #23

Aug 28, 2013

An extremely exciting wrap-up to a story thats only just begun, Justice League #23 feels very much like the touchstone moment for the New 52 that its most certainly designed to be. Johns and company have clearly done their job in maintaining this title as the true flagship book for the larger DC Universe, blending the best of hardcore action, intrigue and character moments to flesh out this still relatively new landscape. As a capper to an event eliciting high hopes among fans of the Justice League, in my opinion #23 delivers on its promises and sets readers on course for quite an enjoyably bumpy ride into year three of this grand adventure.

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9.5
Justice League #23.1

Sep 4, 2013

If you are reading Justice League, Wonder Woman, Earth 2, Worlds Finest or Batman/Superman, you cannot afford to pass this issue up. As a lynchpin tale for what has come before (and what is still on the horizon), Darkseid #1 is critical reading. And as a villains origin that doesnt destroy what makes our bad guys just so bad, it also cant be beat. Pour over this one awhile and give Darkseid his due. He demands no less of humanity.

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8.5
Justice League #23.4

Sep 25, 2013

Ultimately, what probably dented my reading of this story was simply its inclusion in this months event, as it doesnt seem to fit the structure of every other book on DCs racks at the moment. But as a prelude for learning more about the lost world of Earth 3 and a little a what drives its refugees (not to mention supplying a ton of clues and hints for whats to come in Forever Evil), you could not do better.

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9.5
Justice League #24

Oct 23, 2013

A clever issue that hides tons of pertinent information within a compelling three scene structure, Justice League #24 is the perfect companion to Forever Evil. A little more focused, in fact, Id argue this is the superior book, giving us a personal take on one of the key players, much like JLA #8 did with the Manhunter and Secret Society #1 did with Owlman. For fans of the crossover, you cannot miss this issue. It is essential reading at its finest. And for those avoiding the overall fray that want to dip a toe, you couldnt do better. Youll walk away with a satisfying taste of the evil thats entered the world and get to see it play out on a smaller, more focused stage. Either way, this is one to sincerely entertain.

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9.5
Justice League #26

Dec 24, 2013

Another brilliant addition to the Forever Evil story that is consistently outshining all other tie-ins, not to mention the main book, Justice League #26 is proof that theres a lot of gold to be mined in these characters and the world they left behind. Hopefully the aftermath of the event will give us the space and venue to explore just that.

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9.5
Justice League #28

Feb 19, 2014

A superb reintroduction of classic characters that should please any and all fans of the Metal Men from any era, Justice League #28 proves once again that character moments and well-thought out updates is what makes DCs recent efforts so successful, where applied. A Cyborg and the Metal Men series needs to be on the docket NOW!

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9.5
Justice League #43

Aug 19, 2015

Another awesome chapter in the evolving event, Justice League #43 feels very much like the end of Act 1, which means things are about to get DARK. And I am so ready for the ride. Johns and Fabok are giving us a ton of excitement and a world of mythology and legend to piece together. Characterization, action, gorgeous art. Darkseid. This one has it all.

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10
Justice League #50

May 25, 2016

By comparison to DC Rebirth #1, this was an easy review to write. Johns is leaving monthly comics at the top of his game, but hes been at the top for nearly as long as I can remember. From Flash to Teen Titans to JSA to Green Lantern to Justice League, Geoff Johns has consistently given us the most heroic of heroes, the most challenging of circumstances, and the emotional connection with all of it so that everything every page matters. Thats what we have in Justice League #50. Thats what weve had with the entire epic of Darkseid. And Gods willing, well have it all again from him real soon.

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9.0
Justice League 3000 #1

Dec 11, 2013

For many longtime DC fans, this book may be a hard pill to swallow, as so much of its premise in the future initially feels so familiar. I suspect the wild ride is only beginning here, though, and what we are led to believe at the very beginning is not necessarily what we will be getting by the end. Embrace the difference and see where it leads. Theres no question were in good hands along the way.

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9.0
Justice League 3000 #11

Nov 5, 2014

With the first of a few old friends rejoining us next issue (I dont really need to spell this out, do I?), Justice League 3000 #11 is the perfect jump-on point and place to get excited about the possibilities ahead. No surprise: Giffen and DeMatteis have titled this one A New Beginning. It is indeed! And if youre long term fans of the duos work, then that is probably all thats needed to get you to sprint to the comic shop. Do it. Youll be sorry if you dont.

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9.0
Justice League 3000 #14

Feb 14, 2015

Like I said at the start, if you havent been reading Justice League 3000, you need to. Start here. Start at #11. Go back to #1. Or pre-order the just-announced Justice League 3001 #1 for June. A hilarious adventure off in the Multiverse that still feels like characters we can know and love, this title is a must-have for fans, old and new school alike. This is DC Comics honoring its history while trailblazing its future. Dont miss out.

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9.0
Justice League 3001 #1

Jun 24, 2015

Justice League 3001 #1 isn't exactly the clean break I'd anticipated for a first issue, but it does showcase the cast of characters so well, and give us an enormous amount of fun along the way, that I still give it a huge recommendation to any of the following: fans of the original Justice League International, fans of the previous 14 issues, fans of super-heroes that are just plain funny, and pretty much anyone breathing. It's a wild ride, and you don't want to miss your chance to get onboard.

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8.0
Justice League 3001 #6

Nov 25, 2015

Were seeing a sea change in the book this month and next, with an all-new all-female team coming together in January, so I expect a little more dark before the dawn in Justice League 3001. Im OK with that, though, as the characters remain compelling, their interplay is quick and amusing without being ham-fisted, and theres lots to lavish over in issue #6 with Doran on board. Keep the bwah ha has and the gasps of horror coming, team JL3K1! Im enjoying every one of them.

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9.5
Justice League Dark #22

Jul 24, 2013

Halfway through the event and still hurdling forward at breakneck speed, Trinity War is certainly proving its worth as the culmination for nearly two years worth of plot threads and motivations. The most serious downside to this latest chapter? Having to wait three weeks for the next installment in Justice League of America #7 especially after the curious last page revelation in this book. For those who worry that $3.99 is an excessive cost for a 24-page tale, consider the amount of speculation and discussion youll have to engage in coming out of this issue. DC is earning every one of my pennies on this one.

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10
Justice League Dark #23

Aug 21, 2013

One more issue to go in DC Comics prelude to their first big event of the New 52, and theres no question its been a wild ride. With Jeff Lemire stepping off Justice League Dark now, its perhaps an excellent time to thank him for delivering, month after month, the perfect blend of super-heroics and dark magical drama honestly, a feat we havent seen performed as well to date almost anywhere. Ending his run here, with a literal mlange of DC mythology racing across the page, could have become a mish-mosh, but instead is a true testament to his skill and dedication to the book itself.

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6.0
Justice League Dark #23.2

Sep 19, 2013

A beautifully illustrated introduction that became weighed down by a fair bit of clunky storytelling, Eclipso has nearly as much going for it as working against it. That said, the character is one which seems to resonate with many fans (and many within the halls of DC) and this version is visually the best weve seen to date. Lets hope his next appearance inspires a bit more imaginative horror and a bit less of the unnatural narrative.

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8.5
Justice League Dark #25

Nov 27, 2013

A fun read that brings all the pieces together to sync up with its Trinity of Sin compatriots Phantom Stranger and Pandora, Justice League Dark #25 brings us face-to-face with the evil the team is meant to face, but still gives us the sense that we havent even begun to scratch the surface on what this crossover event is meant to be. With 16 parts still to come, thats probably a good thing. In the meantime, watching the personalities start to fall into place is an enjoyable event in itself.

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9.5
Justice League Dark Annual #1

Nov 1, 2012

Without question, DC Comics has found its perfect team in Lemire and Janin. Here's hoping for a long run for what is actually shaping up to be the World's Greatest Super-Heroes after all.

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9.5
Justice League of America (2013) #1

Feb 20, 2013

As a counterbalance to the more traditional League also under Johns control, Justice League of America promises to provide a very different take on the Worlds Greatest Super-Heroes, and one that could potentially provide even more drama than its predecessor. Its not even just the interactions between heroes who seem to have no business sharing a room with each other, but layers of government shadow work and motivations behind motivations, that I am most eager to see begin to unravel. This series is a definitive one not to miss, in my opinion. Story, art, characters, importance to the greater universe no book is delivering all four of those (in such high doses) as this one does in only its first issue.

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9.0
Justice League of America (2013) #4

May 30, 2013

As a microcosm for the New 52, JLA and her sister titles are showing exactly what can be accomplished with a fresh slate, a cast of iconic heroes, and a whole lot of carefully laid background intrigue and conspiracy. As a piece of a much greater whole that can still stand on its own, Justice League of America is bringing something new to the table regarding both the heroes and villains, but still making it feel familiar and honest to the characters conceptual origins. Nearly two years in, this is exactly what I want out of DCs leading franchise, and what happens next is anyones guess, as it should be.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2013) #6

Jul 17, 2013

All in all, Justice League of America #6 is a solid breather in the wake of a jam-packed introductory chapter. While the issue may not offer too many more conclusive answers to questions already posed, it firmly establishes that this crossover is first and foremost a mystery story, and not simply the next super-hero brawl event of the year much to my delight.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2013) #7

Aug 14, 2013

Its been odd that the seemingly rougher team book among the three in the Justice League franchise is the one with the most focused character moments, but it is in fact the one Lemire and Johns are credited with collaborating the closest on. And to some degree, its more fascinating for that fact, as it would be so much easier for the pair to choreograph a few poignant fight scenes and take it home. Justice League of America #7 may not have furthered the mystery of Trinity War to any great degree, but it serves as an admirable and enjoyable second act, as the event wraps up and leads into the next big crisis on the horizon.

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9.0
Justice League of America (2013) #7.2

Sep 11, 2013

A fun, classic super-villain origin without the nasty old tropes that come along with being a woman on the job, Killer Frost is a highly enjoyable read and a real indication that we need to see more villainesses of different types in the DC Universe. Kudos to Sterling Gates for reintroducing us to someone I hope we get to see a lot more of in the coming months. If the ending to this story (and some amount of advance solicitation for Forever Evil) is any indication, Ill hopefully be getting my wish.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2013) #7.3

Sep 20, 2013

More than anything else, with Shadow Thief Im pleased to see another female spy launched on the scene. Its a character-type or role that will always draw me to pick up a title. Where Aviva, of course, differs from an Agent Chase or Tara Chace is in her lack of regret, and perhaps there lies the need to push her over onto one side of the classic hero-villain scenario. As the Shadow Thief traditionally opposes Hawkman, no stranger to an any means necessary behavioral pattern himself, I do wonder though. Could we see this lead character develop into more than a twirly-moustache of doom going forward? If so, DeFalco has certainly given us the bones to make it happen with creative ease.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2013) #8

Oct 16, 2013

Overall, a strong issue picking up the threads from two months ago where Trinity War left off, Justice League of America #8 is a great character study for the Manhunter, although left me wanting so much more from Stargirl, the supposed co-star of the story arc. If the next issue is as focused on Stargirl as this one was on the Manhunter, then all my worries will have been for naught. But I am as weary of Courtneys constant second fiddle status in the JLA as she seems to be. Its high time for her to break out the Cosmic Rod and show us what we know she can do.

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7.5
Justice League of America (2017) #5

Apr 27, 2017

Justice League of America is a beautiful concept for a League we very much need in 2017, and carries with it a cast that has the beginnings of looking very much like America itself. And for all of its relevancy, Orlando and MacDonald manage to pack in Easter eggs and important references without making the book feel isolating at all. The only hurdle for this teams ultimate success? Artistic consistency. If we can see that even out, there will be no stopping it.

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9.5
Justice League of America (2017) #11

Jul 26, 2017

Nevertheless, Justice League of America #11 stands out as a really great moment for elucidation on the nature of queer pain and the insidiousness of the closet, giving the Ray the level of depth he deserves as a shining star for the DCU. Orlando, Edwards, and the rest of the team deserve a round of applause for the sensitivity portrayed, particularly while not losing any of the excitement or building threads of the series as a whole.

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9.0
Justice League Of America's Vibe #1

Feb 20, 2013

An unlikely hit, but critical book to read if you are a fan of the greater DC Universe, I strongly recommend giving this book a try. Ignore the naysayers and those that question Vibes place on the racks. This title promises to stand out in a good way if given the chance. But dont support it because Vibes Puerto Rican, or a new(-ish) character, or simply not-Batman. Well, you can if you want, but Id say, give Vibe a shot because its a damn good comic book, and the kind of character we dont see in comics as much as we say wed like to an actual good guy.

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9.0
Justice League Of America's Vibe #6

Jul 17, 2013

Whether this book has flown under ones radar or been avoided outright for its title characters less than humble beginnings in the 1980s, Vibe is consistently one of the most underappreciated books in DC Comics stable. With the story ramping up to significant importance for the universe itself (Darkseids daughter anyone?) and a huge surprise reveal on the final page, this issue is a perfect place to jump in if you havent been picking this up. Show up for the ties to the multiverse and Vibes place in the Justice League of America. Stay for the exceptional handling of a positive, well-developed lead and his wonderful cast of friends, enemies and everything in-between.

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9.5
Justice League of America: Rebirth #1

Feb 8, 2017

A true rebirth not just of the League itself, but of that giddy excitement and intellectual curiosity I had as pre-teen holding that other great #1 Justice League of America: Rebirth #1 is an excellent start to a brand new era. Its not 100% clear where this team is headed, but all signs point to greatness.

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10
Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1

Jan 18, 2017

The Ray, in that regard, truly is an opportunity for rebirth, and exactly the kind of story among many many others of queer people telling their own stories that all creators and fans need to pay attention to. No story is going to fit everyones truth. The goal, of course, is to hit on a specific truth that can at least resonate genuineness, and not wallow in the point of view of the majority over that of the other. Orlando and Byrne have accomplished that, and developed a story that centers hope and brightness to the queer experience something those of us living and loving in that community needed to see.

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9.5
Justice League United #1

May 14, 2014

The Justice League Canada team (as I will forever refer to them as) may be just the latest in a long line of group shake-ups that have come to define the nature of super-hero organizations over the last 30 years, but its definitely one that has grip. From the creative team themselves to their choices in character, setting, and split plot, this title has the stuff to be a fun, adventurous bright spot in Justice League history. May it be so.

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7.5
Justice League United #8

Jan 14, 2015

Another chapter in the Infinitus Saga that doesnt seem to develop much in its twenty pages, but certainly gives fans a ton of action spreads to drool over, Justice League United #8 is our next step in figuring out just what to expect out of the Legion of Super-Heroes come next summer. Long live the Legion, as we say, no matter who they end up being.

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9.0
Justice League: Darkseid War: Shazam #1

Nov 11, 2015

A fun special that feels more like a beginning of something fascinating than a simple flash-in-the-pan, Justice League: The Darkseid War: Shazam is the kind of story Ive been hoping to see for so long from DC Comics on a monthly basis for one of their oldest and greatest characters. Steve Orlando and Scott Kolins nailed it, and if I had my druthers, theyd be chronicling Billy Batson and the New Gods of his pantheon month in and month out, ad infinitum.

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7.5
Justice League: Rebirth #1

Jul 6, 2016

Justice League: Rebirth #1 isntt necessarily a bellwether for the series as a whole which Hitch isnt illustrating himself but it also doesnt do much for me beyond providing another vignette to say, ok, this is the Justice League. It serves a purpose, I suppose. Heres hoping, like Wonder Woman or Supermans own Rebirth specials, the first issue is just a warm-up, with the real meat of the series coming with issue #1 in two weeks.

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8.0
Katana #1

Feb 13, 2013

While Im not entirely sold on the storytelling potential of this latest addition to The New 52, I can absolutely, unapologetically recommend this title on the basis of its art alone, even after one issue. My hope is that as the narrative progresses, well see a little more clarity in direction and this book will be a standout for DC. We need more titles focusing on female leads, not to mention one with a woman of color at the forefront. Im willing to give Katana a shot to live up to its potential.

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9.0
Kevin Keller #6

Dec 5, 2012

If you havent checked out Archie Comics in a while, or the ongoing Kevin Keller series, theres really no time like the present. Perfect for adults and kids alike, this issue is well worth your time and money. Buy two and find some 12 year-old kid who could use some inspiration. You wont be sorry. And neither will he or she.

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8.0
Kim & Kim #4

Oct 26, 2016

The only sincere disappointment about Kim & Kim #4? That its the last scheduled issue. And for no good reason that I can see. As it is one of the shining stars of Black Mask Studios recent line-up, I think a second (indefinite) series isnt just called for, its mandatory. Magdalene Visaggio, Eva Cabrera, and Claudia Aguirre have a great thing going here, but I cant help but feel its only the beginning for the creators, of course, but for new fan favorites Kim and Kim as well.

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8.0
King Conan: Hour of the Dragon #1

May 29, 2013

An elegantly illustrated first issue, in what will amount to an even dozen before the inspirational novel is fully adapted, King Conan is off to a well-honed start that is likely to please long-time fans of the genre and the legend of the Barbarian. Results for the casual reader may vary, but theres no question theres enough beauty amidst the panels in these pages to please almost anyone.

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8.0
Larfleeze #2

Jul 24, 2013

Ultimately, the biggest regret I have about Larfleeze #2 is the relative background nature of the title character to this chapter, after the first few pages. As curious as I am about the world this weird anti-hero is going to inhabit, I definitely want to experience it through his eyes, however much of an oddity that experience may be. Thats what will set this title apart from being just another strange adventure to something weirdly cool and unique for the DC Universe.

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10
Lazarus #4

Oct 2, 2013

A starkly beautiful chapter that continues to intrigue and excite me as much as the first three, Lazarus #4 is the perfect example of what is possible in the comic medium for those creators who pour their heart, soul, and brains into a project over and over and over again, relentlessly. This series demands your attention, but more importantly, it demands your love, because work crafted this carefully that it ends up looking so effortless as a result, is a rare feat indeed.

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9.0
Lazarus #7

Mar 19, 2014

If my thoughts are spiraling down into incoherence, its only because the creators presentation of a world without hope leads me down the dark staircase. And Im pleased to follow, even though its bound to be a rough road. A book like Lazarus is no easy read if you take it seriously and give it time. Give those first five pages a long 90 seconds. 60 seconds, even. Time yourself, and youll start feeling a fraction of what this world must be like if youre not an omniscient reader if youre not floating above the page, above the fray. Breathe it in, if you dare. And then hug your kids if youve got them.

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9.0
Lazarus #9

Jul 2, 2014

In truth, theres always something in Lazarus that makes me tap my fingers waiting for the next issue to arrive at my shop. Rucka and Lark are weaving a seriously complex world here, but one that is easy to get lost in. Every one in the book is a potential point of view character. Every one of those, even members of the family, can be related to by one reader or another. And every issue brings a new unraveling of what we dont know, or what we thought we knew. Thats brilliant serial storytelling, paired with a long view for the big picture, and pure enjoyment on every level.

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9.5
Lazarus #19

Sep 2, 2015

The real power of the issue is, of course, the rise, with its ultra-violent, but almost cathartic characteristics. Lark and Arcas take that scene and break it down with just exceptional pacing that it feels like a hyperventilating cry, but bloody instead of tearful. The juxtaposition of the cool tones in the laboratory and the warm of Forever's movements " their joy and her pain " is just a magnificent example of how carefully this book (and its creators) considers violence and those who perpetrate it.

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9.0
Leaving Megalopolis #1

Sep 16, 2014

If nothing else, Leaving Megalopolis only begins to scratch the surface of the history and storytelling potential of this brand new world, with serious potential remaining in both the ongoing story as a whole and smaller vignettes, such as with Calafiores included solo story, Wonderboy. One hopes for opportunities for wider distribution (some comic shops took advantage of retailer offerings via the Kickstarter campaign, but Im sure those were few and far between) so more readers get to experience this brilliant universe of characters. And new stories of the same wouldnt be too shabby either. If this first volume is any indication, Simone and Calafiore both have a bright future, full of the guts and glory weve all come to love from them, in creator-owned comics. The sooner we get to see that future, the better.

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8.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2011) #18

Mar 22, 2013

A solid issue, and one that will bring me back next month for more adventure, Legion of Super-Heroes #18 may just be one piece of the puzzle that puts the heroes of the 31st century back on track. With yet another hero possibly meeting his end in this issue (what is it with those initials?), its definitely worth jumping on for the ride to see where it takes us.

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10
Life With Archie #36

Jul 15, 2014

I've never been a fan of Archie Andrews. When I first heard about the events of this issue (and who hasn't?), my first thought was, why not Life Without Archie then? He's not the most interesting of the Riverdale gang, and his place in the story, while central obviously, isn't what makes it the fascinating romp that it is. Well, Life with Archie #36 changed all that. I was totally, 100% wrong.

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7.5
Lobo #1

Oct 1, 2014

Ultimately, Lobo is well-characterized throughout even if other characters remain more one-dimensional in his presence, but heres hoping as the series progresses well get a richer cast laid out in front of us. In the meantime, its pleasant to see that Bunn has such a strong vision for what this (new) character is going to be about and the type of worldview hell inhabit. Im looking forward to seeing his Lobo branch out and meet a bit more of the DC Universe. Jonah Hex, anyone?

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9.0
Lucifer (2015) #1

Dec 16, 2015

Im super fascinated about the set-up Black has provided and already find myself in love with the central figures, not to mention the final page reveal that had my mouth drop just a little bit. I know they say you cant go home again, but I kind of feel like whoever they are, they dont know Lucifer. Black and Garbett do. And Im definitely on board for the long haul.

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10
Mega Princess #1

Nov 12, 2016

Overall, Mega Princess #1 is a strong champion for little girls and those who want to see them grow up to be free-thinking, challenging women. And its just plain fun along the way. Thompson, Drouhard, and Robado are giving us a real treat with Mega Princess, and if you missed it last Wednesday, thats understandable. But if you miss grabbing it from the shelf on your next trip? Well, thats just you missing out on a really, really good thing. Dont let that happen.

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9.0
Memetic #2

Nov 26, 2014

There are about a dozen other smart things happening in Memetic that are worthy of analysis from strong characterization to inventive use of memetic theory but at my core I am most touched by Aarons condition, the human condition, and the kind of sadness that I dont like to remember having anymore. But it comes back faster than I would have expected. Amid the chaos and along with the smarts, Tynion has woven within this book a beautifully authentic rendition of isolation and loss that I cant and wont soon forget.

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10
Midnighter (2015) #1

Jun 3, 2015

An exemplary first issue for DC's preeminent gay male hero, Midnighter #1 is more than I could have hoped for, and my gratitude knows no bounds. It's been a long road getting to a place where we can see a man's sexuality and kick-ass ability intermingle on the page so vividly when the object of his affection is other men. But it's arrived and the result is blindingly great.

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8.5
Midnighter (2015) #4

Sep 2, 2015

Another fun and sexy jog through Midnighters mission (and a date between two budding friends), issue #4 hands over exactly what readers have come to love about this title: hardcore action mixed with personal vulnerability that feels neither forced nor obvious. Midnighter rarely goes exactly where I think it will, emotionally, but always ends up exactly where I want to be. And seeing that level of complexity developed in a queer leading man is a gift that keeps on giving with every read.

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9.0
Midnighter (2015) #5

Oct 7, 2015

Another fantastic issue of my newest favorite gentleman hero, Midnighter #5 gives new meaning to the phrase, The Spy Who Loved Me. And I cant stop giggling just thinking about how awesome that is. Orlando and Mooney have brought another great tale home, balancing the sweet with the kickass, and as always, is leaving me wanting more.

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10
Midnighter (2015) #6

Nov 4, 2015

Its clear to me that Midnighter is not just the gay hero I always wanted, but its the comic Ive always wanted, period. Plus its the gay comic Ive always wanted, with a world I recognize so deeply and naturally in the place Ive been looking for it all my life. Its all of it and more, none subsumed or accelerated over the other, all in perfect harmony. Until it all falls apart and you reduce a forty-year-old homosexual to shock and awe on the floor. Yes, I am a sucker for Midnighters charms. But admit it, so are you.

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10
Midnighter (2015) #8

Jan 6, 2016

A stunning spot in an likewise gorgeous run, this single issue story encapsulates what the Midnighter creative team have done best all along: the balance of fight with reason, action with emotion, with the sensuality of neither ignored. It's the reason why this title remains one of the best on the comic stands today. It does its creators and its publisher damn proud month in and month out.

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9.0
Midnighter (2015) #10

Mar 2, 2016

Another exceptionally twisted story that masquerades itself as action when it really is emotionally charged character examination supreme, Midnighter #10 is just one more bit of proof that M is, by far, one of the most fascinating figures in the DC Universe. Riding him alongside Amanda Waller multiplies that factor exponentially. While weve already been apprised of this ongoing titles conclusion, one can hope to see Midnighter and Wallers Suicide Squad matched up in the near Rebirthed future and with Orlando, Petrus, and ACO again at the helm for maximum effect.

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9.5
Midnighter (2015) #11

Apr 6, 2016

And so, as I wait the next 30 days out with dread, panic, excitement, and anticipation for the last issue (for now) of this crazy romance cum towering inferno, Im just going to roll over these pages again and again, the way I did when I was a kid trying to absorb every little detail, never knowing that I would have dozens of years of comics like the one in my lap ahead of me. Only this time, Im not so sure Im going to have one like Midnighter any time soon again. And that brings tears to my eyes as well.

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10
Midnighter (2015) #12

May 4, 2016

So, thank you, Steve and ACO, Hugo, Stephen, and Romulo. DC Comics and Midnighters fans. For giving us 12 issues of heartfelt and determined realness in a gay man, while simultaneously providing the visual roller coaster ride of our lives. I dont know what the future holds for Midnighter, or for gay characters in general at DC. But Im going to be holding on to this book, rereading, re-loving it, for some time to come. At least until something better comes along to replace it in my heart. It may indeed be awhile.

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10
Midnighter And Apollo #1

Oct 5, 2016

Whether you loved Midnighter, are coming to Midnighter and Apollo from years away, or jumping in for the first time, this book has it all. Action, deep characterization, kickass and emotional art, brilliant Easter eggs for the universally astute, and more than anything just an astonishing fun comic book adventure. Anything can happen, and likely will, and thats what makes comic books so damn great.

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9.5
Midnighter And Apollo #2

Nov 2, 2016

As a strong close to Act I of the six-part mini-series, this issue continues to show off Blanco and Orlandos work as simultaneously fun, frenetic, and deeply poignant. Like a bit of Shakespeare thrown in a blender with Dantes Inferno, post-modern gay drama, and a few flying monkeys for good measure, Midnighter and Apollo #2 is giving me everything I want in a super-hero joint. Just give me more Extrao with his sophisticated, greying temples. Let me catch a glance at burly Taz wandering out of the bedroom. Write me some more of Apollo and Midnighters love story so thick that theyre willing to punch through the afterlife for each other. I am so here for it.

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8.5
Midnighter And Apollo #3

Dec 7, 2016

An introspective mid-chapter that blows out these worlds M, Apollo, and Extrao are inhabiting, Midnighter and Apollo #3 once again proves that anything is possible in comics if you want it badly enough. My favorite queer leads, a showdown like none other, and the recuperation of one of the most badly thought-out characters in history. What else could I deign to ask for?

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9.5
Midnighter And Apollo #4

Jan 4, 2017

Midnighter and Apollos love is more. Our love is more. Because it has to be in order to survive. And Neron has no idea what hes about to face. None at all.

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10
Midnighter And Apollo #5

Feb 1, 2017

A beautifully bloody and endearing battle through hell for DCs best power couple, Midnighter and Apollo #5 does far more than simply excel in its penultimate chapter. It shines under Orlando, Blanco, and Fajardos handiwork. Time for fans to find the drive inside us all to fight as well fight for more of these lovers, their battle, and our enjoyment.

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10
Midnighter And Apollo #6

Mar 1, 2017

An absolutely stunning final issue that brings both men to the forefront on equal terms, Midnighter and Apollo #6 is only disappointing in its act of conclusion. In an era where visibility is needed more than ever, where gay people deserve to have happy endings they've been denied for so long, it's going to be a damn shame not to see Midnighter and Apollo on the shelves next month. Because now is when we need a book that focuses on love in equal measure with violence, and making sure it's intensely queer all the way around.

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10
Mind MGMT #13

Jul 24, 2013

If you havent had the benefit of picking up Mind MGMT before now, buy this issue. Its a thorough introduction to the feel of the series without bogging you down too much in the minutiae of its complex, but fascinating history. Once you do, Im certain those first 12 issues will find their way into your collection pretty fast. Who knows? They may already be there without you even realizing it.

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7.5
Miss Fury #1

Apr 5, 2013

Some creative issues aside, what isnt in question here is that Miss Fury #1 represents the start to what could be a rather unique plot for a character whose significant reintroduction is long overdue, especially in a comic market currently experimenting with female led titles to a significant degree. Ill certainly be back next month to see where that final page leads our erstwhile heroine next.

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9.5
Ms. Marvel (2014) #7

Aug 24, 2014

Another fantastic issue of what is truly one of the best books on the stands for kids and adults of all ages, Ms. Marvel #7 ends with a lead-out that made me squeal with glee, and I'm not even an Inhumans fan. Nevertheless, I can't wait for the next issue. Bet you feel the same.

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9.5
Nailbiter #27

Dec 9, 2016

Comic publishers on notice: dont make us wait too long for more of this type of work from Franklin. Because if this story is any indication, theres a lot more to be said, and a whole lot of terrifying reasons not to leave us in the lurch for too long.

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7.5
Nameless #1

Feb 2, 2015

If youre looking for a visceral experience of dream and fantasy on the printed page, look no further than Nameless #1. Burnham and Fairbairn are delivering like youve never seen them do before. But just dont come in expecting questions to the answers Morrison is laying out here. I think, for me anyway, too much of the genius (and there is genuine genius behind this title) never reaches the page itself.

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9.0
National Comics: Eternity #1

Jul 27, 2012

National Comics is precisely the kind of showcase DC needs in a universe reintroducing itself to decades of characters without a current home. With every story tightly constructed to be done-in-one and some top talent gracing these pages month after month, this book will assuredly be a place for experimentation and hopefully a launching pad for future series. Upcoming issues include Looker (August), Rose and Thorn (September) and Madame X (October). If Eternity is any indication, every one of these books will be a must-have for your read pile.

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7.5
New Suicide Squad #1

Jul 9, 2014

In the end, New Suicide Squad #1 has a solid foundation upon which to grow, even if it didnt wow me out of the gate. If the dilemma of the Walls new situation is expounded upon, and the team dynamics unravel a bit, this could be a really compelling book. For now, it boasts some wonderfully clean art and a cast of characters with real potential. Time will tell if the book can be more compelling than its premier chapter would lead me to believe.

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8.0
New Suicide Squad #2

Aug 13, 2014

The yo-yo effect this book has had to date (great art/lackluster story, great story/lackluster art) leaves me a little worried about what Ill encounter in the next issue, but if youre a fan of the characters particularly Black Manta New Suicide Squad #2 is worth the pick-up. Well just have to wait and see what shakes out in two months time with issue #3.

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8.5
New Suicide Squad #17

Feb 10, 2016

An excellent jumping on point for what I hope is not just a fill-in story, New Suicide Squad #17 is the book you can hand off to anyone excited by the recent trailer, or fans who just want to experience something exceptional in comic book art. Ferreyra and Seeley are surely at the start of something fun and beautiful here.

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8.0
New Superman #1

Jul 13, 2016

As an introductory issue, New Super-Man #1 does a good job of setting up the characters, motivations, and scenario behind the development of this new breed of government hero. My hope is that as the months go on, well get to see more of the differences between Kenan and his American counterpart Clark, and not simply develop a second universal Man of Steel. The cultural differences, as well as Kenans own personality, are far more interesting to me than just seeing another Superman on the racks.

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9.0
New Talent Showcase #1

Nov 30, 2016

More Schultz and Liew Hawkgirl please! is my clarion call for New Talent Showcase #1, but in reality, theres no boners in the bunch. The writers are all fresh, eager, polished, and give their all, backed up with some of DCs finest young artists. If this book is the future of DCs publishing slate, then we havent seen anything yet. The future is bright indeed.

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10
Nick Fury (2017) #1

Apr 19, 2017

Forget that other book featuring Hydra this week. Nick Fury #1 is a neon-lit, psychedelic secret agent dream with enough suave patter and glowing good looks to sweep any evil empire off their feet. James Robinson has outdone himself in letting the fun and frivolity back into international intrigue and ACO and Hugo Petrus are an art team that cant be beat for action, adventure, and enough explosions to fill a big budget box office thriller in just 20 pages. BUY THIS BOOK.

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10
Nick Fury (2017) #3

Jun 21, 2017

A creative team where every member is firing on all cylinders and delivering a book of the most stellar quality is a rare find indeed. But Robinson, ACO, Petrus, Rosenberg, and Latham are that team and Nick Fury #3, like the issues before it, is certainly that book. A masterpiece of teamwork and a masterpiece of style, this book shines as Marvels creative crown jewel at the moment. Let the missions never end.

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9.0
Nightwing (2011) #19

Apr 22, 2013

A great starting point for a brand new set of stories, Nightwing #19 accomplishes exactly what DC needed to aim for with their gatefold cover month not simply an opportunity to surprise (for the cover here doesnt do much of a job of that, honestly), but to reengage the ongoing reader and grab the new one as well. Higgins and Booth have done that in spades here. Dick Grayson is back at the top of my read pile every month, and I couldnt be happier!

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8.0
Nightwing (2011) #30

May 28, 2014

A strong start, a drawn out middle, and a fantastic finish pretty much sum up Nightwing #30, but knowing what we do about the creators involved and their roles in each part, I think we can expect great things out of Grayson #1.

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8.0
Nightwing: The New Order #1

Aug 23, 2017

But in any event, Higgins, McCarthy, White, and Cowles are driving a narrative that thankfully surpasses conflation and moves into more morally grey territory in thought and action. The real challenge will be living up to the promise of that kind of philosophical grounding as a story worth attention, discourse, and debate.

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8.0
Omega Men #1

Jun 3, 2015

A good start to what is hopefully going to be both a fun ride and a tense exploration of what it means to hold a revolution, The Omega Men #1 gives me enough to go on to want to come back for more. Beautiful art, an interesting cast, and a classic set-up worth turning on its head all contribute to making this a series worth keeping up with in the coming months.

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9.0
Omega Men #2

Jul 1, 2015

A fascinating series on a slow, enticing burn, Omega Men is proving itself the sci-fi equivalent to the latest fleet of war stories evolving out of our conflict in the Middle East. King, Bagenda, and Fajardo may be creating religions and alien worlds from scratch, but the root of their storytelling definitely hits home the deeper you dive.

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10
Omega Men #3

Aug 5, 2015

A perfect blend of gorgeous art and whip-smart writing that combine to create a cinematic feast, Omega Men #3 is quite possibly DC Comics most dramatic book, and yet the bombs going off are rarely in the air. Our expectations for heroes and villains are being challenged and second-guessed here, and that gives this series a potential for greatness that has already peeked out from the edges. If you havent jumped on yet, give this issue a try. Youll want to rush out to grab the previous ones. Trust me.

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9.0
Peter Panzerfaust #9

Feb 13, 2013

As exhibited in each issue that has come before, Jenkins art style seems perfectly suited for the ongoing tale, combining with Wiebes range of emotional storytelling to create something bigger than its individual parts. Its a curious book that can hold my interest despite being focused on wartime exploits, and inspired by a legend I hold little fondness for. Month after month, the duo manage to deliver one of the most consistently interesting books in the market, and one that deserves a lot more attention than it seems to get. Do yourself (and the creators) a favor. Pick up a copy for your enjoyment and another for a pal. Like Sandman and Fables, Peter Panzerfaust is the kind of book lots of different types of readers can enjoy. It would be a shame not to see it land in as many hands as possible.

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7.0
Phantom Lady #1

Sep 1, 2012

It may be a slow start overall for the mini-series, but theres plenty of room to grow. I'm glad to see DC committed to this family of characters, as The Ray mini-series was one of 2012s rare reinvented gems. One hopes that this series, when complete, stands up as well. I definitely see the potential.

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4.0
Phantom Stranger (2012) #0

Sep 7, 2012

Andersons pencils seem similarly perfunctory, not really capturing the terror, eeriness or danger that this story really could have used to heighten its drama. As it stands, the story just sort of happens on the page no grit, no grime it just is. After absolutely loving DiDios previous run on O.M.A.C. for its bombastic, jump-off-the-page ridiculousness, Phantom Stranger unfortunately really fell flat for me. And for a book that undoubtedly has important ties to many of next years universe-spanning events, the disappointment is easily doubled. Not a great start for the New 52s Third Wave of titles. Heres hoping for better next week.

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8.5
Phantom Stranger (2012) #1

Oct 11, 2012

Im far more intrigued by Phantom Stranger than I was after its initial offering, and with the promise of ties to Justice League, Pandora and the future Trinity War event, I feel Im definitely settling in for the long haul with this series. The potential repercussions for the Stranger, whether he rids himself of all thirty pieces of silver or not, have my mind reeling already. And with high profile victims such as the Spectre and Raven able to resurface in the DC Universe at any time, the time will come when this so-called sinner will have to answer for his betrayals all over again. Im ready when they are.

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8.5
Phantom Stranger (2012) #11

Aug 7, 2013

Ultimately, while the goal behind Batman, Katana, Deadman and the Strangers impromptu travel in the world beyond life is left unfulfilled, the journey to get there was very pleasurable. A tie-in issue well-worthy of inclusion with the main Trinity War series, Trinity of Sin: Phantom Stranger #11 sets the character up for his own disappearance in the wake of Villains Month, and, should he return, quite the conflict with heaven on his hands. October cant come soon enough.

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7.0
Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #2

Feb 17, 2016

Unfortunately, Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #2 shows that a good story and good art do not always add up to a good comic. The curation of the creative team is the issue here, not the effort put in. And sadly, no matter how you feel about Ivys characterization, change is going to go over much better everyone is working toward the same goal.

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8.5
Prez #1

Jun 17, 2015

Prez #1 is only the start of Beth Rosss journey to the White House, set still well before the eight-page preview weve seen, but with a bunch of background and some sinister set-up, Russell and Caldwell have us off and running. Another female-led title this week that stands far apart from the expected and what we already have, Prez is most definitely the book to watch in the next few months.

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9.5
Prez #3

Aug 26, 2015

So, where does that leave us? Is Prez too real to be futuristic or too light to be taken seriously? Neither. Russell and Caldwell strike the perfect balance of making fun of this craziness while also acknowledging that, hey, we just might be living it. And every time Beth has a smirk on her face or a sly comment escape her lips, its pretty clear shes talking to us as much as the men surrounding her in the book. And you know what? We deserve it.

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9.0
Princeless: Be Yourself #1

Apr 21, 2015

If youve never read Princeless before, this is an exceptional place to start. A new adventure with characters that are easily adopted into your heart (even the sterner ones, honestly), the aptly named Be Yourself #1 sets up developments that so many adults and kids, male and female, can relate to. And if you are a longtime fan of Princess Adrienne and her world (as I am), youll be tickled to see your favorites arriving in the comic shop once again.

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10
Princeless: Raven: The Pirate Princess #2

Aug 19, 2015

A super fun, super funny, and superbly written and drawn comic, Princeless: Raven, The Pirate Princess #2 is definitely the cant-miss issue of the moment. Infusing this fantasy world with the lunacy of our every day gets it to the finish line, but doing so with genuinely smart and interesting characters is what pushes it over for me. This is a book that anyone of any age can enjoy, but the true secret is, youll probably get even more of a kick out of it if you as bored of collecting falsely put-upon male tears as Raven is. I know I am.

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10
Punisher: War Zone #5

Feb 28, 2013

When this series began, I was deeply skeptical that I could find much of anything in the character of the Punisher to warrant adding it to my collection. Rucka proved, as always, that his ability to find the root of these deeply damaged figures and illuminate exactly what makes them tick would win me over. Both Castle and Cole-Alves have taken up permanent lodging in my brain, and their mission, greater than either of them individually, resonates with me in a way I could never have imagined prior to this run. Bravo to comics that still probe deeply, think hard, and read as if they were always meant to end the way they have. Bravo to Rucka on a deeply sophisticated take on a character I once believed to be one of the least sophisticated in the medium. Your continued contribution to Frank, and to Marvel in general, will be deeply missed.

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7.5
Quantum and Woody #1

Jul 10, 2013

While this first issue certainly provides enough story to get any newbie (like myself) into Quantum and Woody with a fair amount of curiosity to spare, my hope is that what were getting here is simply a warm-up to characters who have never been handled to any great degree (and not for many years, in fact) by anyone other than their original creators. Like lukewarm TV pilots that can eventually lead to knockout hit series, the kernel of a great book seems to be in here. Just how long it takes to fully evolve is the big question. Given Valiants recent track record with title launches, however, its likely worth the wait.

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8.0
Quantum Teens Are Go #3

May 1, 2017

Overall, Quantum Teens Are Go is probably not a series designed with my current sensibilities in mind, but its technical proficiencies in writing and crystal clear point of view make it a very worthy read, particularly if you are still reeling from those moments of childhood where you wanted to leave more than anything. If you had a super happy, was sad to leave for college, prom queen-type childhood, Im not sure Sumesh and Nat are going to resonate for you. But man, if you ever wandered about counting the day until you could get out of your backwater town, pick this book up. Its going to echo in your brain like a quantum tunnel.

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8.5
Red Lanterns #21

Jun 26, 2013

Having read all four continuing Lantern titles this month, I think Red Lanterns stands as the best companion piece to Vendittis Green Lantern, almost a dark parallel to Hals journey as new leader of a Corps he didnt want, but is in fact perfect to command. All four books managed to prove that there is indeed life after Johns for the Green Lantern universe, but from my perspective, Soule is accomplishing a great feat in renewing my faith in a title I had long left behind me. Im already looking forward to where this title is taking my favorite rogue Lantern.

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8.0
Red She-Hulk #58

Oct 11, 2012

That said, my one disappointment in the matter of the elusive new reader friendliness is that this is not, in fact, a #1 like most of Marvels upcoming launches, but a #58 continuing the previous Hulk series with a new name. Petty difference? Maybe, but it still leaves me with the nagging feeling that Im a few years behind already. That, or that Marvels not really as invested in this character as they could be, so why should I be? Nevertheless, Red She-Hulk is definitely worth checking out if youre a fan of strong, smart women red and green alike going all out and busting heads across the comic page.

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8.5
Red Sonja (2013) #3

Sep 11, 2013

A new, more empowering take on a classic tale, Red Sonja #3 continues to deliver a vital, three-dimensional version of one of comics most classic heroines. Like Palmiotti and Gray did for me with All-Star Western, Simone has managed to capture my attention on a genre book I could scarcely have imagined buying, much less enjoying, prior to this point. A standout book for Dynamites sometimes overwhelming pulp hero line, Red Sonja is highly recommended for those seeking out new, smartly written adventures that will hopefully capture your imagination as much as it has mine.

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10
Red Sonja (2013) #16

May 27, 2015

A beautiful ending to an adventure I never knew I wanted to take until I was already on it, Red Sonja #16 is the perfect completion to Gail Simones time on the Red Devil. Yes, we get to see much more of the writers take on the Barbarian over in Swords of Sorrows, but for now, this is a strong finish to a lovely run. Red Sonja, we hardly knew you until now. And Im so glad weve had this time together.

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7.0
Riverdale #1

Apr 5, 2017

If youre going to have parallel running versions of your popular characters, its important to distinguish them from each other. Thats part of the magic of Afterlife with Archie, and while no one can expect Riverdale to move that far from the source material, its not unfair to ask it to mirror that which shares its name. Riverdale #1 is an okay Archie comic book, to be sure. But its not a great adaptation of what fans have come to love watching every Thursday night.

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8.5
Robin: Son of Batman #2

Jul 15, 2015

A fun and well-structured second issue that drew me into the series for good, Robin, Son of Batman #2 puts Damian on the right road for adventure and highlights Gleasons dual skills at their best yet. I should also add that the colors by Kalisz and Cox are absolutely brilliant throughout. They add a dimension to the book, and a bombastic flair to the story, that makes all the difference. This is a book that will take us places Batman rarely goes, and Im pretty excited for the trip.

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9.5
Scarlet #6

Feb 11, 2013

I often say that irregular schedules on comics are instant death for me. If I cant depend on a regular monthly (or even bi-monthly) release schedule, its not worth it for me to invest time and energy in a book. Throw that out the window here. Do I desperately want this book monthly (and word has it issue #7 is following very closely on the heels of #6)? Hell yeah. Would I wait as long as it takes to get this level of sublime beauty and thoughtful story at my local comic stand? Absolutely.

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5.5
Secret Origins #1

Apr 23, 2014

With the upcoming slate of Secret Origins focus characters including Batman, Aquaman, Starfire, Green Lantern, Batwoman, Tim Drake, Harley Quinn, Green Arrow, and Damian Wayne, I wonder how long DC anticipates running this series. With very few remaining A-list characters Wonder Woman, Flash, Hawkman, Batgirl, Swamp Thing, Lex Luthor, Catwoman, Constantine, and (maybe) Lobo I have to wonder. I always hate reviewing books on the merit of what they arent, versus what they intrinsically are, but at the end of the day, Im not sure theres enough story being provided in this format to keep my interest.

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9.0
Secret Six (2014) #1

Dec 3, 2014

A welcome return to a team (and creative vision) that was one of the hardest felt losses at the start of the New 52, Secret Six #1 is clearly the beginning of a great mystery. Punctuated by a diverse cast of characters, whose sexualities are as complicated and widespread as their motivations, this book is going to be one that has people talking in the months to come. Don't miss out.

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8.0
Secret Six (2014) #3

Jun 17, 2015

For all its small tender moments, Secret Six #3 is an issue I can heartily recommend to fans old and new alike. Its the best chapter so far to introduce you to the newest players and their personalities, and frankly, barely needs #1 and #2 to be understood and absorbed. But for old school fans of the teams debut in Villains United, seeing the team of Simone and Eaglesham reunited is more than worth the price of admission. Plus, weird sex on the couch. How can you beat that?

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10
Secret Six (2014) #5

Aug 19, 2015

Tick tock. The first arc on the revitalized Secret Six is winding down, but the pace and danger is climbing quickly in the other direction. Simone and Eaglesham are giving longtime fans, not just of the Six, but of the DCU as a whole, something to squeal about with #5. If you pass this one up trust me, youre going to regret it.

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9.0
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #8

Mar 18, 2015

Another great set of stories in a series that demonstrates just how versatile a character Wonder Woman is in 2015, Sensation Comics #8 delivers heart, soul, punches, and laughs. And wrapped in an insanely gorgeous Jae Lee cover, this issue is far too awesome to pass up, for yourself or for the young one in your life.

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6.5
Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #13

Aug 19, 2015

All in all, Sensation Comics #13 is a strangely constructed tale that pieces together some beautiful artwork in strange ways, and leaves me very confused about the message that the writers version of the Amazon Princess is meant to impart. Theres some very good things working here, and some straight-up wrong things. But in either case, I can say with confidence that Im not left indifferent.

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9.5
Sinestro #16

Oct 29, 2015

It's clear that Bunn and Van Sciver in particular have Sinestro in their blood, and can channel his complicated bravado in a way that few creators can. Getting this gift of Black Adam and what the two characters become when brought together is genuinely something to savor. More of this in months to come, please. And heck, why not another series? Grave and the Gold, anyone?

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8.0
Sonic Boom #1

Oct 29, 2014

As a story in itself, Sonic BOOM #1 is not going to appeal to adults and kids equally, the way an issue of Adventure Time does, but it is a great gateway book for youngsters to a whole host of things their parents have enjoyed cartoons, comics, and video games. The script will make them laugh, the art will keep them excited, and the twist ending will make them gasp. What could be better than that?

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9.5
Star Wars #6

Jun 12, 2013

If you havent had a chance to sample this new effort at building out the Star Wars expanded universe, know that this is likely the best weve ever seen in those efforts. This series has slid right in comfortably to the post-Battle of Yavin period, reflecting the tone of the initial film so elegantly, but truly embarking on a new story that doesnt feel irrelevant in the slightest. The characters you loved as a kid (or adult) are all here and actually rendered with a sophistication and comfortable familiarity that is difficult to achieve in any film adaptation/expansion, much less such a high profile, well-treaded one. Do yourself a favor. Hit the comic shops (or digital store) and pick up the first six issues. Or if youre so inclined, pre-order the collection. Or both. This is one series worth spending the dollars on for the sheer enjoyment of it all.

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8.5
Star-Spangled War Stories: G.I. Zombie #1

Jul 23, 2014

By the end of issue #1, we have a fair bit insight into the personalities of each character, but with little to no background other than their current assignment. Normally, this would be an area of concern for me reviewing a first issue, but given how much this title will likely stand apart from others in its line, it's a factor worth overlooking. If you're a fan of independent noir or horror comics, Star Spangled War Stories (such an odd name) is certainly something you'd want to check out.

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10
Starfire #1

Jun 10, 2015

A book that had me grinning from ear to ear before I even made it halfway through, Starfire #1 is everything fans of this character have been asking for and more. I certainly didnt think it could have been this good. Way to go, creative team, and way to go, DC. Youve given us our girl back.

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9.5
Starfire #5

Oct 14, 2015

Truth be told, if youre solely looking for a beat them up adventure every month, Starfire is probably not going to make your pull list any time soon. True enough, this issue feels like a calm before a storm, but it also feels like something that I could embrace on a monthly basis a world of characters living their lives with funny stuff happening and an occasional earth-monster to fight. I daresay, it would be hard not to want more of what we get in issue #5 once weve seen how lovely a character Koriandr really can be. Because like Atlee, Stella, Benji, Sol, and all the other inhabitants of Key West, I want to be Starfires friend too.

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10
Stormwatch (2011) #30

Apr 2, 2014

Equal parts exhilarating and devastating for its finality, Stormwatch #30 makes me want more, more, more of this team Midnighter and his crew, as well as Sterling Gates and Jeremy Roberts. My eyes are peeled for the next appearance for all of the above, DC!

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8.0
Stumptown (2014) #1

Sep 10, 2014

A great look into the personal life of Dex Parios that might not be the best place for new readers to begin, Stumptown #1 is certainly a welcome sight for longtime readers who have been waiting for the series return since the end of volume 2. Im ready to settle in for the long haul for sure.

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9.0
Stumptown Vol. 2 #1

Sep 11, 2012

In a market flush with so many comics that can be read in 3-5 minutes a piece, experiencing a book that makes you slow down and take it all in " not because it's wordy, but because it's that beautiful " is a rare treat in itself. Don't let this one pass you by.

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9.0
Stumptown Vol. 2 #5

Jan 22, 2013

My big regret, of course, is that with Stumptown #5, we are once again on hiatus from the ongoing disaster that seems to follow Dex wherever she goes. Readers of the previous volume are rewarded with a tease for the future, and Im already itching to get back into this world. Another case please, Mssrs. Rucka, Southworth and Renzi! And the sooner the better!

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9.0
Suicide Squad (2011) #20

May 9, 2013

As a dedicated fan of Ostranders original run on the Suicide Squad in the late 1980s, Id be hard-pressed to say any try on the title will match the simple surprise that book brought month after month. It was, after all, the first iteration of this type of story-telling that now, years later, has shown up again and again here and over at Marvel with Thunderbolts. But for the first time in almost two years, I feel like we may have a shot at recapturing the feeling and ingenuity (if not the groundbreaking nature) of the original title. A brilliant sophomore effort for one of the New 52s first wave series, Suicide Squad #20 delivers on the promise its cover puts forth a renewal of energy from a fresh creative team ready to make a bit of necessary mess with the status quo. If this issue is any indication, this books going to be a lot of fun to clean up after.

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8.0
Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1

Aug 31, 2016

All in all, War Crimes is a comic Id hand anyone interested in seeing a quintessential take on the Suicide Squad, assuming I couldnt put hands on my original issues. Where the book lacks a bit of depth and fresh nuance, it makes up for it in reminding me just how special John Ostrander with his hand in the Squad really is. Lets get more from the man and these characters, stat. Im dying to dive back in all over again, and I doubt Im alone.

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10
Supergirl: Being Super #2

Feb 22, 2017

The truth is, Id read Supergirl: Being Super if Kara Danvers never became Supergirl, because the genuine voice and appearance Tamaki, Jones, and Fitzpatrick are establishing here are so much more interesting than the evolution of powers and the revelation of Karas Kryptonian heritage. Thats all a McGuffin to me. The real story here is the Girl, not the Super.

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8.0
Supergirl: Rebirth #1

Aug 17, 2016

As difficult as the format for this issue was, Orlando and Lupacchino delivered a sound starting point for getting to know Supergirl all over again. I cannot wait to have issue #1 in my hands, if for no other reason that I can begin to see the seeds that are planted here break the surface and start to reach for the sun. I have a feeling were going to be seeing this book flower like we havent in ages.

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9.0
Superior Iron Man #1

Nov 11, 2014

I say that Superior Iron Man is the comic for those who dont like Iron Man, like me, because you dont need to in order to thoroughly enjoy this book. In fact, its probably a benefit to hate him, honestly. But youre probably going to envy him. And thats all right. Taylor and Cinar are making that abundantly possible, with a strong first issue, a compelling set-up, and a bastard who you just wont believe could get any worse. I may never want old Tony back.

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9.5
Superman (2011) #13

Oct 25, 2012

Rocafort delivers, as he has for the past year on Red Hood and the Outlaws, a sublime balance of realism and expressionist line depicting a Superman whose revised costume and new idiosyncrasies finally look perfectly at home to me. From the slight bit of stubble to just the right amount of shine on his body armor, Supermans appearance is every bit as commanding as we want it to be. From the mythological-looking beast that appears in the Metropolis skyline to the surprise guest star arriving at the end of the book, Rocaforts subjects are uniformly majestic proving that DC has finally landed just the right team on their lead character. As next month finally begins the mini-event entitled HEl on Earth, I now can say with every confidence that Superman is back on track and taking its rightful place at the forefront of the New 52.

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8.0
Superman (2011) #32

Jun 25, 2014

As a warm-up to the DC Universe for Romita, Superman #32 has its faults, but the moments of beautifully subtle emotion we see here and there give me some reason to believe we could see tighter work in the months to come. Nevertheless, what we are getting in excess of expectation is a depiction of Superman's character that recaptures the specialness of the Clark-Superman relationship without retreading any previous waters. Johns has clearly nailed down what it means to be the Last Son of Krypton in the New 52, and it's neither maudlin nor bombastic, but just the right balance of courage and heartache. Kudos to that!

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8.0
Superman (2011) #34

Aug 27, 2014

A beautifully crafted story that really gets the essence of Superman in personality and dialogue, but loses its way in the final rendering, Superman #34 gives us some moments that could easily be defining for the Man of Tomorrow. Its a hard decision for me whether Ill be back next month to see what comes of Ulysses and Clarks friendship. I want to. I really do. But more than ever before, I really see how important story AND art are to a storys success, and the latter is really holding me back. My hope is that it doesnt for you.

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9.5
Superman Family Adventures #8

Jan 4, 2013

And if all that doesnt convince you that this book is equally enticing for adult and child, let me tease a particular status quo changing moment toward the end of the issue. I wont give it away, but a MAJOR figure in Supermans past returns (for good, it seems) and no one that reads it can tell me it didnt crack a little bit of their heart off in that moment as Superboy and Supergirl cheer on her arrival. If only this same scene could be duplicated in the mainstream continuity oh the stories that could be told. But until then, Im hooked on the Family book. Might even have to add a second copy to that pull list. My niece is a great sharer. Me? Not so much.

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8.0
Superman Unchained #1

Jun 12, 2013

Overall, while the price may be a bit steep, and that will definitely hold off many skeptical readers from experiencing this title, I do have to be mindful of this storys value in comparison to the many Superman stories of the past two years Ive paid $2.99 of $3.99 a shot for. Superman Unchained #1 has already given me a lot more confidence in the character and story future than 6 issues of any other recent Superman series has. By that measure, $4.99 remains quite the deal.

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8.5
Superman Unchained #9

Nov 5, 2014

With the conclusion finally in your hands, Superman Unchained #9 represents the closing of a stylish narrative loop that demands a bit of thought and a lot of compassion from the reader. Snyder and Lee have done Clark proud. May they be appreciated for it by all who hold this Kryptonian near and dear to their hearts.

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9.5
Superman/Wonder Woman #1

Oct 9, 2013

For those worried that Superman/Wonder Woman was code for a 1960s-inspired Supermans Girlfriend, Wonder Woman, you can rest easy. Soule and Daniel have proven that it is possible, with the right care and smart characterization, to bring these two icons together without diminishing either one. Will this pairing last forever? Most certainly not, Im sure. But in the meantime, Im duly impressed with this bright start. Its certainly the best Ive seen Diana handled in a relationship to date, and gives us a whole new dynamic to consider for both characters. If youve doubted this pairing could work, or were frankly outright against it, Id encourage you to give it a shot. The respect and thought put into these pages by the creators will win you over.

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8.0
Superman/Wonder Woman #3

Dec 11, 2013

Another solid issue in what is clearly a touchstone for the entire DCU for the year to come, Superman/Wonder Woman #3 may fall short on action overall, but makes up the difference in honest conversation and reflection. Clearly a bridging issue to lead into a larger (likely bloody) confrontation on two fronts, this is a chapter that may make or break it for readers going forward. Im on board for the long haul. Are you?

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8.0
Superman: American Alien #1

Nov 11, 2015

A fun short story that, ironically, brings Clark Kent down to earth, Superman: American Alien #1 is a well-meaning one-shot that feels like its on the verge of greatness. But its not quite there yet. What does scratch at the surface, however, is the final two-page spread of the issue a story all its own by Landis and artist Matthew Clark detailing in artifacts some very interesting facts about Jonathan and Martha Kent. I would recommend this comic if only for those two pages. Its a wild pastiche that opens up worlds of stories to be told. And thats pretty damn exciting for a mythology with over 75 years of legend already.

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7.0
Superman: Earth One #2

Nov 9, 2012

The potential for a really challenging and entertaining piece on Supermans sexuality is intriguing, and this series would be the perfect vehicle for such, but the end result does not match the honesty Straczynski seems to be able to write into the rest of Clarks character. That said, for a solid read into Clarks conflicting emotions about his place in the world, and an undeniably gorgeous book, Superman: Earth One continues to merit a spot in my read pile.

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9.0
Superman: Earth One #3

Feb 4, 2015

By far the best of the three volumes to date in the Superman: Earth One series finally bringing the Man of Steel up to par with the two other subjects in the novel line volume 3 gives us everything to love about Superman from top to bottom: a charismatic hero who is strong without being perfect; a set of relationships, complex and compelling, that fill out who the man under the suit is, and more; and an engaging adventure that has real world resonance without losing itself in the darkness. Bravo, gentlemen. Youve brought Superman home to Earth One.

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9.0
Superman: Lois and Clark #1

Oct 14, 2015

But in all seriousness, Superman: Lois and Clark #1 is a great start to a book that may prove itself to be a real crossover hit for fans of different generations. No creative team could be a better choice to usher this new era than Jurgens and Weeks, and no characters deserve the love they have to give more than Lois and Clark.

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9.0
Superman: Lois Lane #1

Feb 26, 2014

A fantastic one-shot that truly deserves a significant follow-up, Lois Lane #1 takes the best of what we know and love about DCs intrepid reporter and digs even deeper. With Superman making only a single page appearance (gotta throw the big guy a bone), Im pretty satisfied that THIS is exactly what I was hoping for at the start of the New 52 with the changes to Lois romantic life. May we get many, many more stories like this, particularly with Marguerite Bennett at the keyboard, and SOON.

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10
Superwoman #2

Sep 14, 2016

Honestly, I feel like Im getting the best of both worlds with Superwoman the artistic prowess of an artist who has gone from impressive to extraordinary, packing in page after page of story detail, and a feel of interpersonal drama and old school narration that I havent seen in great abundance since I was a kid. What I loved about DC Comics is back, without having lost so much of the gains in-between. Thats damn impressive, especially in a package that is mixing up the Superman mythology in new and exciting ways I can only pretend to anticipate as the months go on.

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8.5
Superwoman #4

Nov 9, 2016

At any rate, Superwoman #4 is another great installment that may only fall short of the previous three issues for its position in the ongoing narrative. A lot had to be introduced and explored in this issue, most of it interior to the characters, and that slowed down the pace a bit. Nevertheless, what this issue means for the future of Lois Lane and Superwoman in general definitely has me tapping my foot waiting for the next installment.

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10
Swamp Thing (2016) #1

Jan 6, 2016

Fans of the Swamp Thing is all his incarnations cannot afford to pass this comic up, nor can anyone who spent their childhood paging through old Tales of the Crypt comics under the bed sheets with a flashlight. Wein and Jones have delivered a stunning reintroduction to an intelligent monster I can't wait to follow into the mysterious depths of the Louisiana swamps and beyond. Welcome back to the good old days, Swamp Thing. It's time to reminisce.

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10
Sweet Tooth #40

Jan 9, 2013

Masterful dialogue. Poetic monologue. A double page spread to inspire a deep grin. And more than a single books share of moments to draw tears from even the coldest of hearts. All these factors have made Lemires conclusion to such a deeply personal epic ever so perfect. While I am sad to say farewell to dear, sweet Gus and his family of endearing misfits, I cant imagine a better send-off. Bravo.

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7.0
Switch #1

Oct 14, 2015

A good, but not great, start to an entirely new era of adventure for one of modern comic historys standards, Switch takes the legend of the Witchblade what it means in the comic and in the hearts and minds of comic readers and turns it on its head. The more we see Mary taking control of the legend, the more I want to see some of that legend let go in favor of building something new. Heres hoping that balance gets struck quickly as the series progresses.

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8.5
Sword of Sorcery #0

Sep 20, 2012

Sword of Sorcery definitely infuses The New 52 with several things its been light on to date younger female characters, fantasy style storytelling and alternative futures, among others. Im looking forward to the next installment already.

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9.5
Swords of Sorrow #1

May 9, 2015

An awesome start to what should prove to be a really fun time getting to know some excellent characters, Swords of Sorrow #1 is a real delight for the mind and the eye. You dont want to miss out on this series, or its partners in crime.

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8.5
Teen Titans (2014) #1

Jul 16, 2014

In the end, is this issue a complete reinvention of the Teen Titans for DCs new generation like some other books its announced of late? Not at all. And some might see a missed opportunity there. But this first issue is a good indication of what can be done with an existing cast and a new creative team that sees them from a slightly different perspective. If the focus remains on character, this book should please the Titans fans out there. The only caveat is, it may not be the best book to draw in new ones.

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9.0
Teen Titans: Earth One #1

Nov 19, 2014

A re-envisioning of the teen hero that far exceeds any attempts at the Teen Titans over the past 20 years, Teen Titans: Earth One is the reboot Ive been waiting for one that respects my favorite incarnation without being a slave to its mythology. Lemire has built the beginning of a fantastic new story here. Volume 2 cant come soon enough.

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6.0
Teen Titans: Earth One #2

Aug 24, 2016

This may have been a well-executed teenage adventure story, but its not a Teen Titans story, really. And thats a difficult path to take by comparison to the other three properties in the Earth One line. In this case, its just not paying off.

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6.0
Telos #1

Oct 7, 2015

For a new title launch at issue #1, Telos unfortunately fails in its most basic mission: capture the readers interest with a solid foundation and get them off on the right foot to want to learn more. King clearly is relying on a readership that already has an investment in Telos journey, and time will tell whether that readership actually exists or not. Either way, this is a pretty gorgeous piece of work from Paguyalan and company. The question is, is great art enough to keep me coming back?

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9.0
The Black Beetle #0

Dec 21, 2012

Pulp heroes are, of course, making quite the comeback in comics these days, but Black Beetle stands up strongly against his senior counterparts The Green Hornet, The Shadow and The Spider, and is beautifully reminiscent of a more recent, but currently absent, creation The Blue Beetle. An original creation of the artist, Black Beetle captures so much of what we love about feeling nostalgic for simpler times where dialogue may be a little more blunt, but it came through a magic sound box called radio, so it mezmerizes us nonetheless. With original stories beginning next month with a four-part tale subtitled No Way Out, Black Beetle is guaranteed to satisfy any reader who wants to experience a little bit of that nostalgia you didnt know you had. It seems the best things in comics, like life, are simply timeless.

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9.5
The Black Hood #1

Jan 30, 2015

Weve seen a lot of what Archie Comics is capable of these past few years, but if Black Hood is any indication, we havent seen anything yet. A perfect start to a guaranteed modern classic, this book fulfills every expectation for what a brilliant first issue can be coming in fast and furious and leaving on a last page high. The pacing is smart. The art is disturbingly gorgeous. And more than anything else, the protagonist himself is utterly engaging. If you like your heroes less than shiny and crime dramas littered with authenticity, this is one book you cant afford to pass up.

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7.5
The Black Hood #6

Oct 28, 2015

An interesting exercise in taking one type of crime story and dropping it smack right down into another, The Black Hood #6 is intellectually curious, if not emotionally engaging. Im pleased to see that an LA-style detective story can be curated to such a perfect degree, but for my money, I cant wait to get back to Philly.

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9.5
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3

May 27, 2015

A wonderful study in tension, fear, and what happens when nightmares eclipse normalcy so slowly you never noticed, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #3 is just that chilling right down to the bone. What Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack are weaving here is simply too beautiful to look away from. Just dont expect to sleep well tonight.

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10
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #4

Jul 29, 2015

A series long in the making and worth every single moment put into it by reader and creative team Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a class act in horror and is outright gorgeous in its macabre presentation. Archie has a serious masterpiece on its hands. Lets hope our hearts are strong enough to take it.

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9.5
The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage #1

Sep 3, 2014

The only criticism I have of the title to date is that it is already preordained as a five issue mini, and not given the greenlight as a full ongoing series. Van Meters handling of the character out of the box should be propelling this title to everyones pull list, particularly if you have not had much exposure to the Valiant Universe to date. This is a great, isolated way to get a feel for what theyre doing, and an excellent way to let the publisher know immediately this is the kind of book we want more of. I cant wait for the next issue. Pins and needles, my friends.

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8.5
The Flintstones #1

Jul 6, 2016

The real trick will be accepting the tone shift, from outright humor to more subtle satire with a trace of melancholia. It may be too much for some fans of the original series and not subversive enough for fans for Russells previous series. But either way, its definitely worth watching. I have a feeling this is one where the series as a whole is going to get richer and richer as it goes along.

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9.5
The Flintstones #7

Jan 5, 2017

One year later, that future tale isn't even as outrageous as real life. It missed its moment of truth between fictional future and "gee, if only it was that simple" by a mere few months, leaving us now with a book that reaches far into the past (in both a literal and meta sense for fans of the original Flintstones television series, something that occupied a much more innocent time for most of us) and shows us a bit of how glaringly heinous our culture truly is today.

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9.0
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Vol. 1 #1

Nov 28, 2012

Not for the faint of heart, this adaptation follows through on all of the novels major themes, including extreme images of rape, sexual exploitation of women, Nazism, and the moral bankruptcy of corporate society. If you have a strong stomach, and want to experience a beautifully rendered tale of a horrific series of events, this is the book for you.

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9.0
The Green Team #1

May 23, 2013

Theres no question this title remains tied to The Movement, if only in its complete opposite nature and perspective on the world. Our trillionaires dont see a world corrupted by authority (because if they arent the authority themselves, they certainly rest comfortably above such concerns), but they certainly dont believe they are living in a perfect world either. With details like remote laser surgery and new internet-based technologies (Imagine! A car run by the disagreements garnered over this review!) already taking center stage, this title is sure to give an equally curious perspective to the DC Universe as its sister book, and one which weve not quite seen fully explored to date. An excellent start to a very unique re-envisioning, The Green Team #1 is your look into a much more optimistic vision of youth in our culture, and a great win for expanding the vision of the New 52.

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6.0
The Hangman #1

Nov 4, 2015

One of the weaker starts Ive seen from either a Dark Circle or Archie Horror title, The Hangman #1 has a really classic premise to work with, and the idea of a literal hangman taking on this sacred role is a brilliant one, but the execution here still leaves me wanting. No pun intended.

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8.5
The Kitchen #1

Nov 12, 2014

A strong start to a series that seems to be trekking over new ground in the mafia-themed literature genre, The Kitchen is a book Im eager to continue on with. Where Masters and Doyle are taking us, Im fairly uncertain, but wherever it is, its guaranteed to be a bumpy ride getting there.

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9.0
The Legend of Wonder Woman #1

Jan 13, 2016

There's certainly a new mystery afoot in Wonder Woman's origin tale this time around, and more than anything, I'm curious to see how this new variation resonates with the audience meant to hear it. To my eye, De Liz and Dillon have their fingers on the pulse of what Wonder Woman can mean to women, in a way that's new, fresh, and smart. And where it can speak to core ideas " not just about the Amazon Princess, but about life in 2016 " is where the transformation from just another story to legend will ultimately take place.

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8.0
The Manhattan Projects #8

Jan 2, 2013

A palette cleanser perhaps, ultimately this issue felt a little too much like action just for the sake of plot advancement, over that which has been driven by character motivations to date. Maybe its a necessary evil to get the characters where they need to be for the next stage in the books evolution, but Im eager to get back to some quieter albeit snarky moments. Whats so sinister about these characters is not their ability to cut a swath across the worlds army or technology, but their propensity for undermining and controlling it before it ever even comes to light. Genius, we have seen, comes in many forms, but it rarely comes unprepared. That said, even a down issue of Manhattan Projects would rank near the top of my read pile every month. Theres too much sick delight inside for it to land anywhere else.

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8.5
The Massive #12

May 22, 2013

Overall, The Massive #12 gives us a lot of information, but definitely steps away from previous issues in tone and content. Only 40% through the complete story, we seem to have reached an end to the first act where some books would be wrapping up in their entirety. Full of plenty more mysteries to come, The Massive appears ready to take another turn next issue, as the team arrives in New York, and where that leads them emotionally is anyones guess. I for one am eager to find out.

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9.0
The Movement #1

May 1, 2013

Perfect for readers who have been craving new characters, ideas and a more complex look at the conditions of power in the DC Universe, The Movement could prove to fill the gap that Secret Six left behind nearly two years ago. Long in the making, this title is a welcome addition to a line striving for diversity, and Im already eagerly in queue for next months issue.

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9.0
The Movement #7

Dec 9, 2013

The Movement may not appear to be the flashiest book on the stands, but it deserves your attention (and hopefully some buoying first trade paperback sales) to keep quality work like this coming out month after month. Characters like Virtue and Katharsis, Vengeance Moth and Burden, need to be supported and not just because they represent traditionally underrepresented character types, but because they are truly unique and brilliant contributions to the DC Universe. These are our new Teen Titans or New Mutants, people. Lets get this book into more hands and dog-ear some pages with love.

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9.0
The Movement #10

Mar 5, 2014

With only two issues left of The Movement, there's a lot of sads to spread around about its demise for loyal fans, but it's damn hard not to read this issue and have the appreciation outweigh the negativity. The cast is fresh, the stories are thoughtful, and the feelings within will stand the test of time. Here's hoping for a long life in collected edition and other opportunities for these characters to grow into the DC Universe more fully in months to come. It needs this kind of influence to stay relevant, and I can't imagine reading a teen team book again without comparing it to this group's first run. That is, until another. Fingers crossed.

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9.5
The Movement #12

May 7, 2014

Let these characters into your heart and demand they show back up on the page. Too much work has gone into them to see them fade away, and to that point, Im not sure they could anyway. They will be demanding a presence for themselves thats how well they were built.

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9.5
The Multiversity #1

Aug 20, 2014

A grand start to a series long in the making, The Multiversity #1 needed to be a slam-dunk for it to be worth the wait all these years since the conclusion of Final Crisis. I can say without hesitation, it made its quota for awesome, and perhaps then some. I expected to see the crazy mind of Morrison squirted all over the page. What I didn't expect, and got an abundance of, was the great admiration and respect for comics that got worked into every panel. This is a book that can't hide how deep labor of love it is, and I can't help but want to read it all over again. And again. And again.

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9.5
The Multiversity #2

Apr 29, 2015

This isnt a perfect comic. I could break it apart and find the seams that betray it. But what would be the point? At the end of the day, the Multiversity has always-already infiltrated our brains and inserted us back into the story directly. Were no longer reading this comic from the outside. Were part of the story. And isnt that every DC Universe fans greatest dream? It sure is mine. So, thank you, Grant Morrison, for reminding me that Im on a ride that never ends. May the next driver do you justice as you have done to those who helmed the wheel before you.

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9.0
The Multiversity Guidebook #1

Jan 28, 2015

There is so so much potential for the future of DC storytelling in this book, that owning a single copy that wont get dog-eared from wear would be near impossible. Look at it this way: youre buying one for adult you, and another for 10 year-old you. Hell thank you for it. Trust me.

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6.5
The Multiversity: Mastermen #1

Feb 18, 2015

Would that Mastermen #1 was a deeper dive into the prospects of a world where Adolf Hitler won the war and the implications of using Superman to do it but ultimately, this issue of Multiversity felt shallow in comparison to those that came before. There have been so many complex thoughts coursing through the veins of this series, that to get an issue where that stream seems to have run dry is a bit of a disappointment. Onwards to Earth-33 with better hopes.

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10
The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1

Nov 19, 2014

Multiversity: Pax Americana #1 is going to have its critics " those who decry non-linear storytelling and feel the protagonists are unnecessarily cold. But the magic Morrison and Quitely are creating here in comic book narrative is too substantial to ignore. This is clearly one comic I will read over and over and over, gleaning more meaning with every experience of it. Its respect for the source material is moving, but the true gift is the peek we get inside the collaboration between these two men. It's absolutely brilliant to behold.

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9.5
The Multiversity: The Just #1

Oct 22, 2014

In the end, The Just concludes abruptly, but that seems fitting " leaving us on the edge of our seat about the kids' fate as they too have been on the edges of theirs. It's a wonderfully rich book that Morrison and Oliver have brought forward, and one that I sincerely want to return to as soon as possible.

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9.0
The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1

Dec 17, 2014

A fun romp you could put into the hands of any kid or adult, that doesnt skimp on the talent and creative brains, Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1 is probably the contribution to this series that I most want to see an ongoing spin-off from. I love my New 52 Shazam truly I do. But this world is so much more than a single character or concept. Its magic, like lightning, all in itself.

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9.5
The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1

Mar 25, 2015

How Ultra Comics fits into the streaming narrative of Multiversity with its presence as a haunted comic permeating so many worlds weve already seen will likely be a subject of debate and discussion for some time. In the meantime, Morrison and Mahnke are delivering a unique experience: a comic that is more self-aware than its reader. And that should scare the pants off of you. It did me.

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8.5
The New 52: Futures End #0

May 3, 2014

But the real trick is bringing in Batman Beyond, a character lots of DC television fans who may or may not have ever read a comic are familiar with, and will definitely serve as the entry point to the story. Will this book be great for the person who has no familiarity with DC and its heroes? Probably not. But is that the key demographic attending Free Comic Book Day? What this book does right is it rewards existing fans with a brand new dilemma to perseverate about AND give fans of DCs properties in other forms something to grab onto. The fact that the twist provided will lead to a whole new world of wonder? Thats really, really tasty gravy.

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9.0
The New 52: Futures End #4

May 28, 2014

A really cohesive issue pulling together the most disparate heroes and really, writers imaginable, Futures End #4 is the moment this story really rocketed into high gear for me, and made me honestly desperate for the next one. And frankly, thats exactly what you want out of a weekly book. Next Wednesday cant come soon enough.

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9.0
The New 52: Futures End #17

Aug 27, 2014

DCs weekly offerings have so far exceeded expectation across the board, and one hopes that Earth 2: Worlds End will prove to work out the same way upon its launch in October. In the meantime, Futures End is weaving a mystery that so far seems worth devoting DCs theme month to starting next week. I may end up buying far more of these books than I anticipated. If even half of them can live up to what the core series has been providing week after week, were in for a treat next month.

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9.0
The New 52: Futures End #35

Dec 31, 2014

My one regret, of course, is that these three terrific characters cant simply be transported into the modern day DCU. We dont know whats to come after Convergence for DC, but my sincerest hope is that something launching involves one or more of these women, and by one of the terrific members of this large creative team. Theyve done a brilliant job of making me care. More of that next year!

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10
The New 52: Futures End #48

Apr 1, 2015

Its difficult to properly express why this issue worked so magically without ruining its final moments for you, but heres a quick try: Futures End #48 gave priority to emotional beats over physical ones, brought the series full circle without losing what made it special along the way, and opened up what will hopefully be a fascinating stage of further exploration. A proper send off to the New 52 branding, this issue is undoubtedly my favorite of the week. Heres to whats on the horizon. Eye cant wait.

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9.0
The Sandman Overture #2

Mar 26, 2014

Sandman: Overture may not be the clearest story and it certainly carries the weight of a narrative that boasts of its own self-importance to a degree, but its lusciousness and sheer visual beauty cannot, and should not, be denied. Take it like a dream itself: powerful and complex, but fleeting. Because artistry like Williams on this series does not come but once in a great while. Perhaps even a lifetime.

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10
The Sandman Overture #3

Jul 30, 2014

A compelling story matched with art that one would think could only exist in dream itself, Sandman: Overture #3 is easily the match to the best stories Neil Gaiman has ever told, if not their better, and the best work weve ever seen from modern master J.H. Williams. This is a book well still be enthralled by for years to come and well into the far future.

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9.0
The Sandman Overture #4

Dec 17, 2014

And if not, rest assured, there are worlds of stories buried in these pages I am certain we are missing on first, second, and even third reads. Thats the magic of the world Morpheus inhabits, and the magic of sequential storytelling for the ages. The deeper you look, the more there is to discover.

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10
The Sandman Overture #6

Sep 30, 2015

So, I wonder, as I close Sandman: Overture #6 and open Sandman #1 anew: will I feel differently when I reach this moment again? Will there be even waiting for me when I return? Its possible. Its definitely possible. Because Gaiman has added to the world he created with such fervor and warmth that I think this series makes the original much more of an infinite loop than it could have been without. Sandman #80 was once an ending. Now its simply the place we pause before starting all over again. And thank the Endless for that.

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9.5
The Shade #12

Sep 13, 2012

So, why sort of, after all that? Because, in true fashion for one as complex and darkly opaque in character as the Shade, Robinson only gives us half the tale. A complete story (and one, I might add, worthy of reading even if you have not picked up any previous issue) this book certainly is, but hardly the end. There is still a great enigma to the Shades beginnings to be unraveled, and I am desperately glad for it. I suspect I would be deeply sad were this the last untold story. Knowing theres another one out there is both comforting and maddening, but ever wanting more is perhaps the best place to leave off with a beloved character. For as Dick Swifts good friend once wrote, The pain of parting is nothing to the joy of meeting again. May it be soon indeed.

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9.0
The Sheriff Of Babylon #1

Nov 30, 2015

A fantastically thoughtful and deceptively complex narrative, Sheriff of Babylon is yet another genius contribution to the Vertigo brand by King and Gerads. This is the time to be looking at this moment in history, and I think the creators know it. The question is, are you ready?

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10
The Sheriff Of Babylon #3

Feb 3, 2016

And its that set of complications that draws me in, here and elsewhere, far from tales of the Great War and righteous fight against Hitlers troops in France. In a land where we sought to invade by telling ourselves we were protecting those who didnt want protecting, no story is simple. No motivation clear cut. And Sheriff of Babylon is capturing that sense beautifully. King and Gerads weave a terrible tale. But its one I cant look away from. Its too rich and its too messy, even in its graphic depiction and graphic perfection.

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10
The Sheriff Of Babylon #5

Apr 6, 2016

Its poetic, and one of the best character studies Ive seen in a comic in ages, but the true victory for Sheriff of Babylon #5 is the ability to take a deeply complex moment in history and distill it down to two people who have no business being friends, but can share a drink in solidarity, if not understanding. Not antagonists. Not lovers. Not political allies. Simply players in a game they can only try to impact in little ways. Its a truly lovely issue, and one worth picking up whether youve read #1-4 or have not. Because, trust me, once you finish #5, youll be in for the entire experience.

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9.5
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

Jan 6, 2015

A bold new addition to the Marvel stable that is certain to turn heads and elicit smiles, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 is a great move on the publishers part to reach out to different sensibilities and different demographics with its wide universe of characters. Squirrel Girl may not be able to save the universe (or maybe she can!), but she can definitely capture our hearts lickity-split.

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9.5
The Wake #2

Jun 27, 2013

Books taking on multiple time periods and storytelling perspective, jumping around frequently, are not easy to write or, frankly, read, but Synder and Murphy pull it off without question here. The Wake #2 takes what was best about the mini-series introduction and really grounds it in high concept and an increasingly rich experience. Theres little question in my mind that this book is a sincere classic in the making.

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9.0
Tiny Titans: Return To The Treehouse #1

Jun 4, 2014

For fans of the previous run or Superman Family Adventures for that matter youre going to find more of what you loved in these pages, albeit a few less gags than the best of the previous issues. For the curious who have never given Tiny Titans a chance, I demand you pick up this issue. I dare you not to chuckle and smile. Heck, you might even beam.

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8.5
Titans Hunt #1

Oct 21, 2015

All in all, a strong debut for Titans Hunt #1, with the creative team setting up a mystery that has me intrigued, but also establishing a set of characters I can already feel myself drawn to in ways different from my connections with them in the past. Where this series will lead is still worth questioning, but for now, Im satisfied to enjoy the hunt as it progresses.

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9.0
TriggerGirl 6 #1

Mar 13, 2013

There is a huge mid-story reveal here that I would love to extol the virtues of from both the writing and artistic points of view but Id rather leave the spoiler out of the review and simply insist that you check this story out. Neither exactly what youd expect, nor more than is necessary to tell a beautifully-crafted short story, Trigger Girl 6 is the perfect addition to your read pile this week, especially if you want to read a damn good sci-fi story featuring one kickass lady taking on a mission way more important than she could have imagined.

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9.5
Trillium #1

Aug 7, 2013

A beautifully designed first issue in what appears to be Jeff Lemires next successful heartbreaker, Trillium has a little bit of something for everyone mystery, time travel, sci-fi, and as would seem, even romance. And at the center of it all is a simple flower. Elegantly constructed, yet layered with complexity, this series is well on its way to becoming yet another classic Vertigo Comics masterpiece. For all those that thought the imprint was at its end earlier this year, this is one book (of a few brilliant launches of late) that clearly settles the score.

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5.5
Trinity Of Sin #1

Oct 15, 2014

Not enough of a character study to forgive the light plot, and not enough plot to offset some weak character traits, Trinity of Sin #1 is not the remarkable thought-provoker that so much of DeMatteis work to date has been. If anything, a more non-traditional approach, particularly in the art, might have transformed the story of these three historic menaces. Unfortunately, this one didnt do it for me. Heres hoping your luck with it is better.

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8.5
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #1

Jul 3, 2013

As a first issue, Pandora #1 reads a bit like a zero, although far more competently than her brothers, The Phantom Stranger. Given how little we knew of the character, really, before this moment, that seems appropriate, and any pages retelling previously depicted scenes are kept to an absolute minimum. Its the perfect balance between explaining too little and becoming overly pedantic, and to Fawkes credit, we leave #1 knowing exactly who this woman is, what her mission involves, and why exactly shes about to search out the Justice League. A unique addition to a DC Universe that should always greet iconic female characters with open arms, Trinity of Sin: Pandora is well worth the read, even if your interest in Trinity War is at a minimum. The potential for greatness begins here.

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8.0
Turok: Dinosaur Hunter #1

Feb 5, 2014

A good start to a book that may face some challenges along the way, Turok Dinosaur Hunter #1 is a moody adventure tale that ultimately may succeed based on the proliferation of antagonists young Turok needs to surpass to gain his independence and solitude. If that is his ultimate goal, that is. Amid century-tossed adversaries and vicious creatures from another age, will Turok realize the value of his people? Time will tell.

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8.0
Uncanny #1

Jun 26, 2013

Beginning a crime story in the tradition of Brubakers Sleeper and Azzarellos 100 Bullets, Uncanny #1 provides some great tonal set-up, particularly in the art department, but falls a little short in giving me a reason to immediately care for the central protagonist. With issue #2s inevitable exchange of information between Weaver and his mysterious rescuer forthcoming, however, were likely to soon get more to go on. Im willing to give the book a little more time to develop its central character, especially since it manages to keep the action moving in such an engaging fashion throughout.

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9.5
Uncanny X-Men (2013) Annual #1

Dec 10, 2014

An exquisite Part 1 (to be continued in All New X-Men Annual #1) that doesn't rest on the intellectual laurels of time travel, Uncanny X-Men Annual #1 is a must grab for fans of these young characters Bendis is bringing to the fore, with Eva now poised to stand out among them most of all.

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8.5
Unfollow #7

May 4, 2016

Ultimately, Williams has a huge canvas to paint with the 138 (and dropping) in Unfollow, and its already clear that he aims for the kind of sophisticated characterization that mirrors the best television dramas and serial storytelling of the past decade. And if the first seven issues and that presumed pedigree are any indication, this is going to be the book to watch for a long time to come. Do yourself a favor and catch up.

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6.0
Vampirella (2014) #100

Jan 21, 2015

The reality is, theres a million ways to make a powerful female character sexy, or even sexual, without making her into an object, but Im not sure the bulk of these creators are getting that. Vampirella grew out of an era of storytelling that embraced female sexuality, often in really interesting powerful ways. One only has to look to Barbarella or Rocky Horror Picture Show to imagine how much stronger a character she could be if given a chance. And THAT would be something to celebrate.

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9.5
Velvet #1

Oct 21, 2013

A brilliant start to a series I am over the moon to see on the stands, Velvet #1 is yet another masterpiece waiting to happen from the hands of Brubaker and Epting, and fills a lovely void in the market that of the comic featuring an older woman not just in a starring role, but in one that breaks through a significant genre fiction trope. Enough with middle-aged men moving real life chess pieces across a desk, with the ladies in slinky dresses simply standing by with the martini shaker in hand. A story of accomplishment and loss, honor and loyalty, Velvet is guaranteed gold for readers ready to see asses kicked across London, with enough mystery set up along the way to tickle your brain as well. Welcome back to the agency, Velvet. We didnt know how much we were missing you until just now.

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6.0
We Are Robin #1

Jun 24, 2015

We Are Robin! #1 isnt the strongest first issue one could hope for, but there is a lot of potential to the idea of all-new, racially diverse teenagers making the Robin name their own. I want this book to succeed, but it will need to coalesce its character work much faster and deeper going into issue #2 to keep my interest.

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9.5
We Are Robin #4

Sep 23, 2015

Will I feel as compelled to follow We Are Robin once the focus returns on multiple characters and the regular series art team is back in the saddle? Im not sure, but I do feel like issue #4 was the break in the action I needed to get up to speed and appreciate a little of the psychology behind the book. Bermejo and Harvey have taken us into the books premise in the most thorough way Ive seen so far, and left us with a feast for the eyes and mind in the process.

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9.0
Wild Storm #1

Feb 15, 2017

As I said, Ill need to leave it to someone else far less informed about the players involved to judge whether this issue stands on its own merits and not simply on the history of the universe as a whole, but the satisfaction I feel in finally seeing a universe of characters find their home after wandering for far too long that satisfaction is worth the recommendation I give to check the book out.

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8.0
Wolf Moon #2

Jan 7, 2015

Overall, Im enjoying the build Bunn and Haun are bringing to this story, concentrating more on mood than outright frights to grab their readers and shakes the scares out of them. Wolf Moon #2 gives us just enough of the latter to live up to our expectations of a traditional werewolf story, but more than enough of the former to keep me on the edge of my seat, rocking nervously as I turn the page.

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2011) #13

Oct 19, 2012

Akins does a great job of maintaining the flow of this particular story in Cliff Chiangs absence. I must commend DCs editorial team on recognizing the need to maintain an artistic vision even while giving the main series artist a chance to get ahead and keep schedule. Akins may not live up to Chiangs crisp perfection across every single page, but there are some penciled moments in #13 that absolutely stunned me. The introductory three pages (somewhat still a bit of mystery although as with many of Azzarellos subplots, I have my own theories to their revelations) are beautiful beyond words, and set a foreboding tone for the months to come. Surely, nothing this past year has been easy for Diana, but I suspect the family drama is far from over. All the better for us.

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2011) #23.1

Sep 18, 2013

A very well-done single issue that not only managed to shed deep and significant light on a villainess sure to be taking the spotlight soon, but also reintroduce a fan favorite to the New 52, Wonder Woman #23.1 is not to be missed. Ostrander is still, years after developing some of DCs most compelling villains in Suicide Squad, at the the top of his game, and I cant wait to see where he shows up next for the publisher.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #36

Nov 19, 2014

A very disappointing start to a new run that fails not by comparison to its predecessors, but by its lack of understanding of Dianas basic nature, Wonder Woman #36 infantilizes DCs most powerful female character at the very moment her strength and maturity should be shored up. The tension on the island is a strong plotline, but its unlikely Ill be able to follow it through. The creators here just arent giving Diana her due.

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2.0
Wonder Woman (2011) #37

Dec 17, 2014

Im not going to sit here and list all the ways that David Finch could have drawn that scene that could be better, or that Meredith Finch could have written the reintroduction of Donna Troy that would have made me happier. Its not my job (or right) to rewrite the stories I dont like. What I can say is that its possible to tell this same story and not have its female leads presented as vacuous dolls for dramatic effect. A choice was made here, and it was most certainly the wrong one.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #1

Jun 22, 2016

If the natural world, be it jungle or rain forest, is said to be a living organism in itself full of danger and beauty and tranquility in equal measure it mirrors a life breath thats now pulsed back into Wonder Woman, into this title, into the heart of the DC Universe. I can feel it in these stunning pages. I can feel it in Dianas voice. I can feel it.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #2

Jul 13, 2016

A series that genuinely gets better and better every single issue, Wonder Woman has far outweighed my expectations from the start and those expectations were high indeed. Rucka, Scott, and Fajardo have begun something exceptionally beautiful here, from top to bottom, and it pains me to have to wait a month for the next installment. Thankfully, in two weeks, well be graced with Liam Sharps next installment, and I may very well be saying the same thing all over again.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #3

Jul 27, 2016

Its a testament to this creative trinity Rucka, Sharp, and Martin that I cant quite tell who is responsible for making it work, other than to say, all of them must. This unique congregation of creators, each weaving their talents around the others dialogue that pulls at the heartstrings combined with the passion and grace of line and color is a true testament to the power that Wonder Woman commands to inspire, to overcome distance, and to expose the truth. And most of all, to make us love.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #4

Aug 10, 2016

Every aspect of Wonder Woman #4 from its rigorous unveiling of Amazon culture we should have known was there all along to the framing of Diana as a young woman ready to take on the world is handled with the kind of precision and care that shows you what true love is when poured out onto the page. Rucka and Scott love Diana and give us a Diana that simply loves, from a culture that could not have produced anyone but. Its warming and reassuring, fascinating and affirming. Its golden perfection.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #5

Aug 24, 2016

Rucka isnt writing the next big smash-em-up title, and none of the women in Dianas life nor the man are worried about rushing into battle. The writers own deliberate pacing, careful rendering, and thorough characterization is so much of what makes Wonder Woman stand apart from the rest so much so I can only compare it to itself in bits and pieces. Two more weeks for another installment is suddenly a long wait for more of the Amazon Princess. And isnt that an amazing blessing?

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #6

Sep 14, 2016

Scotts full page delivery of their arrival in Wonder Woman #6, by the way, left me speechless. Every issue weve been granted a knock-down, no-holds-barred beauty of a full page, and its stunning to me that after seven issues and seven reviews I can still be so in awe of what this creative team is churning out. Its astonishing really, a stunning achievement for any modern creative team, and I hope I hope I hope it never ceases to amaze.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #7

Sep 28, 2016

Its always magical to uncover a depth of thought and vision from a creative team as a narrative unfolds and not have to be told outright what we are meant to understand. As Rucka, Sharp, and Martin collaborate with Nicola Scott to build this richer sense of who Diana is and what risk she faces in embracing the word of her patrons, I am left in warm awe and grateful respect for their sophistication. Wonder Woman continues to be the emotional center of my reading experiences this summer and remarkably, blooms a little more every issue where so many other series would simply be dying on the vine.

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #8

Oct 12, 2016

An illuminating interlude that opens up another whole dimension in what we understand about Diana and Anns respective truths, Wonder Woman #8 is a road Im happy to travel and come back to wherever and whenever. Well be seeing Evely again come issue #16, but in the meantime, Ann has become the most surprising co-star of the series. Hopefully the wait for more of her story is not as long.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #9

Oct 26, 2016

In the end, theres so much vulnerability Rucka, Sharp, and Martin are able to convey in this chapter largely in scenes between Diana and Steve, but also in briefer flashes with Sasha, Ann, and our returning villainess. All this may be the calm before the storm, but what Wonder Woman #9 truly represents is the foundation for everything these characters are, and will be, as the book goes on. These are some of their most raw moments, and theres a lot to be said for having the grace and wisdom to slow down and to appreciate them.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #10

Nov 9, 2016

All in all, if youre sleeping on Wonder Woman either Nicola Scotts Year One story or Liam Sharps The Lies you arent just missing the best of what DC Comics has to offer in its Rebirth line. Youre missing some of the best comics youre going to read all year. The Wonder, the Glory, the Beauty. Its all in these pages.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #11

Nov 23, 2016

A dark, sinister end to the first story arc of a rejuvenated Wonder Woman title, issue #11 has reached deeply into Dianas core and ripped out something she didnt know she was already missing. Rucka, Sharp, and Martin have given us the complete inverse of her golden moment in issue #9, and with that upending, I can feel exactly what Diana feels, measure her loss in precise calculation, and yearn for her return to hope, as we start feeling our way back to ours.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #12

Dec 14, 2016

With the arrival of Wonder Womans ultimate challenger, Im left at the edge of my seat for Year Ones conclusion in issue #14. But truly, theres been no stone unturned along the way, as Rucka, Scott, and Fajardo craft this vision so succinctly and yet richly that I could simply immerse myself in any given issue for weeks on end. Thank goodness for the depth of Wonder Woman, the sheer commitment of its creative team, and the ability to have it all, maybe when we need it the most.

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8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #13

Dec 28, 2016

Every book has a transition moment and Wonder Woman #13 is theirs, with Rucka getting the cast and his readers where we need to be for the next big move and arc. Guedes and Fajardo ultimately serviced Steve Trevor admirably, just maybe not Wonder Woman. As part of the greater scheme of things, however, this issue does a great job of shaking up the status quo and making me even more excited to see whats at stake in just 30 days as The Truth begins.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #14

Jan 11, 2017

And while it will only be 14 days before I get another dose of Greg Ruckas wisdom and craft, this is where we regrettably say goodbye and thank you to Nicola Scott. It has been an honor to read, absorb, and adore every page along the way.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #15

Jan 25, 2017

The visual complexity of Wonder Woman #15 is a sight to behold, and like the Rebirth special that launched the previous two storylines, this issue asks far many more questions than it answers. What Rucka, Sharp, and Martin do accomplish so brilliantly, however, is letting the reader know that everything matters everything ties together. The braiding and inevitable unbraiding of all of these factors is what makes this series such an intellectual and visual delight month after month, week after week.

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7.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #16

Feb 8, 2017

An interesting read, but a rough visual transition from previous issues Bilquis Evelys own, included Wonder Woman #16 has some necessary building blocks for the story as a whole. In particular, in witnessing the creation of a new villain, we get to see Wonder Woman start to rebuild her own rogues gallery from the ground up. With the promise of more to come (Circle, Dr. Poison, the Cheetah), theres no question youre going to want to return in four weeks to keep seeing where Dianas first year takes her. Hopefully we just get to do so with Evely on her own inks, settled into the series with as much fanfare and bravado as she deserves. (But damn it, isn't that cover just something else? Wowza.)

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #17

Feb 22, 2017

The visual and scripted narratives here intertwining the literal and metaphoric leaves me consistently astonished by Wonder Woman as a series, and particularly issue #17, for its craft and the synchronicity of its creative team. Rucka and Sharp are shaping something mythological of their own here, and like most myths, I suspect well get a nugget of truth at its core. But no more than a nugget. The rest, alas, must be left up to our fascinations and pondering. I wouldnt have it any other way.

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8.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #18

Mar 8, 2017

That line, and the ones that ominously follow, are going to stick with me for a long while. And I suspect, with Diana and Barbara Ann through the rest of this arc, if not longer.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #19

Mar 22, 2017

Another rich, magical issue from a trio of creators that clearly understand Princess Diana better and deeper than others have in years, Wonder Woman #19 blends the mystical and ancient with the modern and cold without ever forgetting whats truly at the heart of both sides of the conflict protection, heart, and a need to love. Thats what Wonder Woman stands for, and what shines through on every page of this series.

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #20

Apr 12, 2017

How this story wraps up in just two months time of course leaves me nervous, giddy, and impatient all at the same time. The depth of personality Rucka and Evely are delivering with Wonder Woman #20 makes me feel like were just beginning to scratch the surface on Cale, Doctor Cyber, and Circle, not to mention Dr. Poison, Cheetah, and the Gods. Godwatch is a revolution for Dianas foes, not to mention a wonderful extension of many oft ignored or abused female villains. Heres hoping theres much more to play with as stories converge and we move into year two of Rebirth.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #21

Apr 26, 2017

Barreling toward the run conclusion with only one more issue of full Liam Sharp linework, Wonder Woman is pulling all the threads together and finally reaching the endgame: Ares. Rucka, Sharp, and Martin have played a masterful game this past year, and I both cant wait to experience its conclusion, and lament that time is running out on one of the most consistent and thoughtful series DC has published in years.

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8.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #22

May 10, 2017

Ultimately, whether or not this is an important moment for the series or simply another chance to blow out some of what makes each woman so complex is up in the air. But Rucka, Andolfo, and Fajardo have delivered a tight story with strong characterization that leaves me eager to see how the artists first issues with incoming writer Shea Fontana will turn this book upside down. Until then, onward in two weeks for a much darker confrontation for Diana and Cale with Ares.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #23

May 24, 2017

Beyond the grace and beauty of it all, Wonder Woman #23 conveys layers and layers of messaging for the times we live in, the timelessness of Dianas message, and the best explanation for the Amazons core message that I have ever seen grace the page. And all without a single punch being thrown by our dear heroine. If thats not a call to action for the world around us, I dont know what is.

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9.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #24

Jun 14, 2017

One more issue and I know it wont be the happy ending every story about a fairy tale princess normally gets. Because ultimately, I think Rucka, Evely, Sharp, Fajardo, and Martin owe us the truth. The world isnt fair, and is far less fair to queer women of ambition than almost anyone else. But I dont know that Id be satisfied seeing this historic run end any other way. It concludes with The Truth after all.

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10
Wonder Woman (2016) #25

Jun 28, 2017

After all is said and done, after 27 issues that tell a powerful, personal tale about women and how they do or do not let themselves be defined by their losses, I can honestly say I am satisfied. Not satisfied enough to stop counting the days until this creative team can reunite to tell their next great tale, but comforted by Dianas resolve, reunion, and relief. Perfect is indeed the apt title of this tale, and the right note upon which to rest this tale. Perfect. Yes, perfect.

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9.0
Wonder Woman (2016) Annual #1

May 31, 2017

And these are yet only four glimpses of this complex weaving of truth with violence and peace, culpability and innocence, that seem to pepper the most honest stories about Diana. Wonder Woman Annual #1 doesnt posit four points of view, but rather images out the true robustness of the Amazon Princesss character. We may not want to accept that a fictional heroine can be so many things, have such a verisimilitude of philosophies that drive her character. Its difficult to be sure. But thats part of what makes Wonder Woman so rewarding, and so enduring, 75 years later.

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9.0
Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1

Jun 8, 2016

A strong character study-esque start to what already seems to be the next dramatic era of the Amazon Princess nearly 75 year history, Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 is a welcome return for Greg Rucka, a nice send-off from Matthew Clark, and a lovely revelation from Liam Sharp. Thank goodness well have the next installment in just two weeks.

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9.0
Worlds' Finest #6

Nov 9, 2012

While this issue's plot was relatively light, starting a shorter, more whimsical story after somewhat of a dragging first four issues is a welcome change. Overall, Worlds' Finest #6 was a totally fun comic book. Here's hoping we see more of this style in the future of the title as well.

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6.0
Worlds' Finest Annual #1

Jan 29, 2014

High expectations led to low satisfaction in this case, as Worlds Finest Annual #1 took what should have been a special event along the lines of the Silver Age annual crossovers of worlds, and made it into a story that could have been told anytime, and with little fanfare. I, like many Earth 2 fans, want a deeper look into what made the Huntress and Power Girl who they were before their recent travails not to mention clues about the world of 5 years ago and unfortunately, I came away with little to none of that. Heres hoping the next flashback opportunity can dig a little deeper.

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10
Wytches #2

Nov 12, 2014

Once again, Snyder has conceived of a vision of horror that only gets scarier with each and every reread. Paired with the exceptional talent of Jock and Hollingsworth, the writer is clearly looking to unleash something new and deeply disturbing into the world with Wytches. Im happy to meet it head on. Just dont expect me to sleep tonight.

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7.5
Xena: Warrior Princess #1

Apr 13, 2016

It appears that the next issue leads with action, so all of this could turn on its head in an instant, and I think theres little doubt Valentine and Medel are up to the challenge. I may not have been hooked by the first issue of Xena Warrior Princess, but neither was I turned away. 30 days more, and Ill be back for sure. It would be hard to pass up a book with this creative team, or with queer leads both all but guarantee my attention and determination to settle in and get to know Rome just a little bit better.

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8.0
Zero #1

Sep 18, 2013

A strongly plotted first issue that leaves me with some questions about characterization, Zero #1 may end up falling by comparison to other, more deeply rendered spy stories such as Queen and Country, and oddly enough, some versions of Suicide Squad. That said, the idea of a significant part of this narrative occurring in our own future opens up tons of ideas and pathways for experiencing a soldier at different points in his timeline, not to mention the world as well. This is a story structure, like many Image books, that likely demands a cumulative analysis and theres certainly enough to compel within this framework to keep me coming back for more.

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