Matthew Lloyd's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: DC Comics News Reviews: 259
8.1Avg. Review Rating

8.0
Action Comics (2016) #957

Jun 9, 2016

Make no mistake. If the New 52 Superman wasnt your cup of tea, give this book a try. Jurgens makes it easy to understand whats going on for new readers and provides a lot of moments for nostalgic readers all while setting up a couple mysteries worthy of the Batman.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #958

Jun 22, 2016

Im trying to imagine someone reading this comic and saying, Nah, I dont care what happens next. I simply can't! This issue uses episodic storytelling to the fullest as it moves things along just enough and keeps the questions unanswered for the time being. It also balances the line between action and story. Often, big fight issues lack any depth. This is not the case with Action Comics # 958. Go buy this comic – thats the final verdict.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #960

Jul 27, 2016

This is another solid issue. The pacing is to a point where we need a break for a bit and a little more information to hold on to. Theres no doubt that Supermans world has changed and his son is his greatest liability and greatest joy, but every issue cant have the same menace. If the next issue is the same, I fear reader exhaustion.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #961

Aug 10, 2016

Please, Mr. Jurgens, can we be done with Doomsday and get to solving some of the mysteries? Who is Mr. Oz? Who released Doomsday? Will Superman and Luthor become allies? Who is this Clark Kent that is not Superman? I know this is Action Comics, but the questions raised have far more potential than Superman vs. Doomsday Round 17. The interpersonal relationships continue to be the aspects of this book that are the most exciting and answering those questions will bring about some resolution to this the best part of the drama.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #963

Sep 14, 2016

This issue manages to be both large and small all at the same time. It feels intimate and personal while dealing with huge ramifications for Superman and the entire DC Universe. If you've only passing interest in Superman, there's no way you can read Action Comics #963 and not get caught up in the excitement and intrigue. If you're a fan you cannot miss this issue and this story line.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #964

Sep 28, 2016

This is another great issue in the Rebirth era of Action Comics. All the Superman titles are strong right now and it's a great time to be reading Superman comics. If you're not already, this is an issue that is easy to jump in to. All the exposition is there to catch the reader up easily. Jump in! You'll be glad you did.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #965

Oct 12, 2016

Action Comics #965 rings with an intensity that makes this a must buy. The Super-books have benefited greatly in the Rebirth era, none more than Action Comics. Rebirth has allowed new kinds of stories to be told about Superman that don't rely on the challenge to be overcome by his super powers. Superman and Lois won't win the day with heat vision and super strength, it's going to take intelligence, ingenuity and some Batman-level detective work. Action Comics #965 is about as good as it gets.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #966

Oct 28, 2016

Action Comics is hitting on all cylinders right now. This is what great comics are supposed to be! It doesn't hurt that it features the first and greatest comic book super-hero of all time. This is a Superman that is relatable and engenders all the wonder and excitement he's been known for in his 78 years of existence.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #967

Nov 10, 2016

While this new threat is taking over the narrative, the lingering subplots continue to push the larger story forward. Jurgens seems to understand we are on a journey and parts of the story will unfold at different paces. This makes the storytelling enjoyable on different levels and holds your attention for the long run. The pacing is just right on all counts and I can't imagine not coming back month after month to Action Comics.

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6.0
Action Comics (2016) #968

Nov 23, 2016

For this run of Action Comics this is one of the weaker issues. The overall concept of this story still gets high marks, but this episode seems to stall out until the final sequence. However, this does make it an ideal issue for new readers to jump aboard. The arc remains promising as it seems that Superman will be faced with a real moral quandary.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #969

Dec 14, 2016

This is how to tell a Superman story. This title doesn't need to turn into a buddy book starring Luthor and Superman, but presenting these two as competitors instead of outright enemies has created new story telling potential. Jurgens is making the most of it as he gives Superman a real challenge, a true job for Superman.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #970

Dec 28, 2016

This issue is a page turner. We are now set up for what must be the finale next issue. Has Superman changed his stance? Is he viewing Luthor differently? Are his preconceptions about Luthor being used by L'Call and Ch'Aar? The moral dilemma is just too good to pass this issue or arc by. I actually want to see Luthor redeemed. It's this possibility that makes this one of the best Superman arcs in a very, very long time.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #971

Jan 11, 2017

Action Comics is on a furious pace with lots of great character moments and dramatic conflict. The tension in this story line continues to intensify and the surprises are always resolved in a satisfying manner while staying true to the characters.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #972

Jan 25, 2017

It's ironic that Action Comics which features the pre-Flashpoint Superman has just wrapped up an arc that redefines his relationship with Lex Luthor that would not be possible if this Superman hadn't been erased with the "New 52" relaunch. Recasting Luthor from a different angle re-invigorates their dynamic and provides new opportunities for stories. It is no surprise that this arc also epitomizes the character of Superman.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #974

Feb 22, 2017

Action Comics #974is another great chapter in the Rebirth era of Superman. There's the dangerous tease of the return of Blanque, a few nice moments in the domestic life of Superman and Lois and the psychological crisis of the "other" Clark Kent.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #975

Mar 8, 2017

Despite revealing the identity of Clark Kent in the main story, this back up is the better of the two. It is a good idea to split up the story lines into distinct stories, but it could've been more effective with better pacing. Perhaps, a extending the tension of the reveal through a harder search and let the back up stand on its own in a separate issue. Overall, the story line maintains the reader's interest, but the execution is uneven.

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6.0
Action Comics (2016) #976

Mar 22, 2017

Things are different all over again for Superman and family. With this identity mystery over, the title will have to shift to a new approach. Returning to a status quo for Superman while understandable is not without some disappointment. Keeping ideas newis important for characters that have the history that Superman does. This "Reborn" journey was not as great as the year leading up to it.

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10
Action Comics (2016) #977

Apr 12, 2017

With all the unanswered questions after the "Superman Reborn" story line, there needed to be a clarifying issue or two. Action Comics #977 goes a long way in assuaging some fears. Hopefully, the next few issues continue to fill in the gaps. However, the emotional response to this issue is a resounding "Yes!" If you were worried, don't be. Action Comics continues to be be a top-notch Superman title, managing to communicate the new amalgamated status quo inSuperman's history while also teasing the mystery that is still out there.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #978

Apr 26, 2017

If you like what's been restored, then this is an enjoyable issue. If you miss what's been lost, then you will feel lost. This issue tips slightly positive, overall for me. While this is a necessary diversion, moving ahead instead of revisiting the past is more important. Like Superman, there remains an uneasiness in the merging of the histories as I know not everything jives with what was published. There's no easy way through this. Hopefully, Mr. Oz and the Superman Revenge Squad that assembles by the end of the issue will provide a quality threat for the Man of Steel in ensuing issues.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #979

May 10, 2017

I would never have imagined the Oblivion Stone coming into play again, nor the reveal of Hank Henshaw's past as Cyborg Superman being in play, though it was referenced last issue. What happened to him?!?! Action Comics #979 gets back on track as it barrels forward with an action packed issue with the promise of more while re-setting the status quo for Lois and Clark in a classic setting. It's almost like the "New 52" never happened!

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6.0
Action Comics (2016) #980

May 24, 2017

Despite the familiarity of the Superman Revenge Squad's motives and methods, this is a solid issue strengthened by Zircher's art and the continuing saga of the Lane/Kent family. To be a better story this arc needs either a greater emotional impact on Superman or present him with a significant psychological challenge, and there are a few seeds planted which could become fruitful.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #981

Jun 14, 2017

The classic approach to Superman is a welcome direction. However, there does seem to be a lack of depth in the plot. The off beat approach to trying to reconcile the two Supermen at the beginning of this run produced a more interesting challenge for both the reader and the Man of Steel. Though a step up from last issue, it's good, but not great.

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6.0
Action Comics (2016) #982

Jun 28, 2017

This is a solid issue with a promising lead in to what should be a mighty showdown between the Superman Revenge Squad and Superman's own Super-squad. While not overly remarkable, it is enjoyable as it presents a classic looking Man of Steel and we get a little bit below the surface of Superman's character.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #983

Jul 12, 2017

While this easily could've been a run of the mill fight issue, the inclusion of Zod's personal indignation at Superman's family adds a unique element to their conflict. Clearly Zod is missing his own family and it intensifies his hate for the son of Jor-El.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #984

Jul 26, 2017

With a bit of a surprising ending, this issue wraps up the "Revenge" storyline without loose ends, but with future plans for Zod and family. The continued tease of Mr. Oz maintains the link to the bigger picture. All in all a satisfying ending with some well-placed surprises.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #986

Aug 23, 2017

This is a solid issue, but suffers just slightly from being more or less a fill in between story arcs. The finale certainly whets the appetite for the upcoming reveal of the Mr. Oz story line in subsequent issues. The strongest aspect continues to be Superman's challenging relationship with Lex Luthor.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #987

Sep 13, 2017

There's a lot of relevance to the real world in the attitudes that Oz is trying to nurture. It's easy to blame those attitudes and outlooks on an outside force. However, it's us in the real world that are to blame. Superman will have a much easier time defeating Oz in the comics than we will of turning around those xenophobic and selfish outlooks in our world. This issue makes one think. It's disguised as a super-hero comic, but it's really about the challenges we face in our own world.

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7.0
Adam Strange / Future Quest Special #1

Mar 29, 2017

This special is a fun romp that does everything it's supposed to do. For fans of Jonny Quest, seeing Jonny and Team Quest appear in such a classic approach is a real treat. This book won't set a new standard in comics, but it's an enjoyable tale that evokes the right tone and mood.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #1

Jun 22, 2016

Aquaman #1 is an exciting and effective first issue for this new series. Framing Aquaman in terms of a world politics is a smart and logical approach. The particulars are ideal because it allows Aquaman to have both a personal as well as public stake in his endeavors.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #2

Jul 6, 2016

This is a very good comic. There is a nice balance between story, action and character. Abnett and Co. are developing characters and broadening Aquamans mission for the modern world. Its a good time to read Aquaman and a great time for Aquaman fans. Aquaman is no joke. Its not too late to jump on board.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #3

Jul 20, 2016

As good as the first 2 issues have been, Aquaman #3 has gotten even better. The choice to develop the political drama has enable the book to go beyond the basic comic and comment on the world in which we live.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #5

Aug 17, 2016

When was the last time an acknowledged member of the Justice League was branded as a terrorist and identified as the leader of a hostile nation? Never? Aquaman is probably the only member of the League that could fit that description. If that alone doesnt draw you in, the exploration of Aquaman and Meras characters and their relationship should. Go buy this comic. You will enjoy.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #6

Sep 7, 2016

This was a strong finish to the opening arc in the Rebirth era of Aquaman. The Sea King is at a cross roads that he must find a way to navigate. Aquaman has been through this a few times before, but never quite like this. He seems to be painting himself as the Black Sheep of the Justice League almost out of spite. This struggle appears it will keep Aquaman and Mera busy above and below the surface. Black Manta is still out there lurking, consolidating power and will continue to make things more difficult for Aquaman.

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7.0
Aquaman (2016) #7

Sep 21, 2016

Solid issue that pushes the story forward and sets up the next act of the larger narrative. There's enough here for a new reader to jump in and get a good sense of what's going on, as well. Aquaman continues to be a strong title for DC in the Rebirth era.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #8

Oct 5, 2016

Aquaman continues to be a strong title and Abnett is challenging the characters with conflict that forces them to reveal something about their quality. There's also some innovation with the particular storylines. While Aquaman has always dealt with some of the same themes over the years, Abnett has found a way to embrace the traditional take on the character but tell a new story with some different angles.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #9

Oct 19, 2016

A nice conclusion to the two-part Shaggy Man story. Aquaman takes something away from this encounter to improve himself. A good balance on action and character,Aquaman continues to be a very good read.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #10

Nov 2, 2016

Do not underestimate the appeal and potency of Mera! One does not miss Aquaman at all this issue, despite having been left in very bad shape in the previous issue. What is the truth of this prophecy? Is Mera really going to destroy the surface world? While it seems unlikely, what comes next cannot be missed for fans of great comics.

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #11

Nov 16, 2016

Aquaman #11 is another chapter in a wonderful take on Aquaman that establishes the character as powerful and significant. His position as King of Atlantis makes him vulnerable in ways unlike the other super heroes in the DC Universe. This series is taking full advantage of those opportunities.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #12

Dec 7, 2016

If you aren't reading Aquaman you are missing some great comics. Abnett has laid such wonder groundwork on these characters that it makes this action/military story work and they character moments are a seamless part of the overall narrative. Don't miss the opportunity to read a unique and exciting Aquaman tale!

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #13

Dec 21, 2016

This story line continues to move at a rapid pace while building the tension throughout. There is no shortage of excitement, but it will get even better when N.E.M.O. is revealed to the world the U.S. and Atlantis can get over their misunderstanding.

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10
Aquaman (2016) #14

Jan 4, 2017

For Aquaman fans, Aquaman hasn't been this good for this long since the Skeates and Aparo days. If you're not an Aquaman fan, I can only ask: "Why not?" Become an Aquaman fan"you'll be glad you did!

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9.0
Aquaman (2016) #15

Jan 19, 2017

This was a satisfying conclusion to the war between the U.S. and Atlantis that featured a powerful and capable Aquaman. This puts Aquaman in a different light and certainly future Aquaman stories will be informed by this take on the character. Aquaman has been taken into the realm of world politics.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #16

Feb 1, 2017

Aquaman continues to be a great comic and this interim story between arcs utilizes strong characterizationto build this fictional world. This issue allows for a solid recap of the status quo and what will be the next conflict both personal and external for Aquaman and Mera.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #17

Feb 15, 2017

As with any part one of a new story arc, there are lots of unanswered questions. The potential is there for a great story that moves Aquaman even further into the realm of a political thriller. It's been a theme from issue #1, and it seems that it will continue for the good of the character.

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7.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1

Aug 17, 2016

So far, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey does a better job of reintroducing the Birds of Prey concept than the New 52 version. However, it is a bit of a mixed bag in that the characterization of the individuals doesnt fit as well as the dynamic between the characters. This issue was stronger than last months Rebirth issue, but the "DCYou" characterizations are distracting and remind the reader that this is not the classic Birds of Prey and that something is just not quite right.

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9.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2

Sep 14, 2016

This is a stronger issue and you can feel the story building and the team coming together with great promise. The Birds all get moments to shine and with the intensity of their purpose increasing Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #2 is a great read and a perfectexampleof a book on the rise.

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9.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #4

Nov 10, 2016

This title is really finding its way. The continued emphasis on character combined with the mysteries and twists in this issue put this on par with the best DC Comics has to offer.

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9.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #5

Dec 14, 2016

This is the Birds of Prey you've been waiting for. Over the past few issues, piece by piece these characters have becomefamiliar and developed into the concept that was so successful pre-"New 52." If you were a fan of the Birds then, it's time to come back and give this title a try.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #6

Jan 11, 2017

This was a great character driven conclusion to an opening arc that continued to improve issue to issue. The Birds of Prey are back and have bonded in this Rebirth era whilst keeping intact most of the dynamic that worked so well in their pre-Flashpoint incarnation.

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10
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #7

Feb 8, 2017

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey is in top form. This has surpassed the "New 52" run and is taking the best from the classic run and making it fresh and modern. The Bensons have managed to make this title feel contemporary and familiar at the same time. Great storytelling relies on great characterization and chemistry. For a concept like Birds of Prey, it is integral. The Birds could sit around a room and talk and it could still be the best story of the year. It's like that with this concept. Maybe, because it's a book that features all female leads it lends itself to this. No matter what, this title has become great.

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10
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #8

Mar 8, 2017

Two issues in a row, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey has successfully channeled the best of classic Birds of Prey while maintaining a focus on character and not seeming derivative. This type of execution will quickly elevate this title to the upper echelon of DC's publications.

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10
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #9

Apr 12, 2017

With issue #9, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey proves that while evoking classic Birds of Prey elements, there is room to grow and find inspiration from classic comics of days gone by. The key is always being able to make it seem fresh and new. Developing the characters in this title is the single most important aspect and that's happening. It only looks to get better next issue with Green Arrow and Nightwing joining in the fight!

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10
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #11

Jun 14, 2017

Batgirl and the Birds of Prey continues to feel familiar and maintain a continuity from it's classic incarnation, yet also be fresh and contemporary. There is just the right amount of nostalgia for long time fans but not so much that it alienates new readers. Hard to go wrong with this title!

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10
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #12

Jul 12, 2017

A year in, this title is hitting on all cylinders. It truly feels right as the Birds have developed that family dynamic. And it doesn't stop there. The Bensons' storytelling is centered around character and emotional conflict. And it's all equally presented visually by Roge Antonio and Allan Passalaqua. Even a new reader will find this issue entrancing. Character and emotional connections will always bring new readers in.

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10
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #13

Aug 11, 2017

Another great issue of a great book! This title continues to charge forward in the right direction with great characterization and playing with the sense of nostalgia that is part of the "Rebirth" retooling of the DC Universe.

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9.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #14

Sep 13, 2017

The bonds between the Birds are strong and this change of pace issue is not only fun but also heartwarming. Throw in Catwoman and Ivy and there's the makings of an even bigger family. It might take their formal permanent addition to take the inner turmoil of the Birds of Prey to the edge.

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6.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1

Jul 20, 2016

What this issue lacked seems like it can be easily recaptured in the series. With more space and narrative it should be easy to get Barbara and Dinah exhibiting the friendship they once had. Helena will be an unknown quantity for a bit as she is new to this version of Birds of Prey. My only trepidation is that Batgirl and the Birds of Prey will stick close to the most recent versions of the characters and they wont exhibit the same camaraderie that existed in the classic version. It was not the basic concept that made Birds of Prey so good in the pre-Flashpoint DCU, it was the relationships between the characters that were developed by Chuck Dixon and Gail Simone most notably.

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10
Batman '66 #24

Jun 26, 2015

In all aspects this issue fits neatly in the Batman T.V. show universe. Script and art trick the reader to believing he or she is in front of the television 49 years ago. Sit back and enjoy. Its not often we are allowed to have such unbridled fun with comics in this day and age.

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8.0
Batman (2011) #51

May 1, 2016

This is someones one chance at telling a Batman story. It is the best of both worlds- a goodbye to Gotham for this creative team and a satisfying examination of what is essential about Batman. Its Batman and Gotham City and Commissioner Gordon and Alfred. Its all the possibilities for danger. As the journalist indicates, the city is changing. Batman is making a difference. Hes changing what was into what can be. And in that change, sometimes the city itself can make a difference, and when it looks darkest, sometimes Batman is not needed. This could also be someones first Batman story, and in that Snyder and Capullo communicate what a new reader needs to know about Batman. And if you can, track down Detective Comics#567 while youre at it.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #1

Oct 8, 2015

A great start to this weekly series. Batman and Robin Eternal #1 gives all indications that this will be a must read series like its predecessor, Batman Eternal, and it will utilize the strengths of the weekly format featuring cliffhanger endings and a strong ensemble cast.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #2

Oct 15, 2015

Awesome is awesome. With a weekly series its easy enough to have a slow issue, but this is not that issue. Batman and Robin Eternal #2 delivers the goods in almost every way. Dont think you can skip this series. Drop something if you have to and get on board the Dick Grayson train in the form of Batman and Robin Eternal!

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #3

Oct 22, 2015

The mystery, the characterization and the interaction between the members of the Bat-Family make this an extremely enjoyable series. Only three issue in it certainly seems like Batman and Robin Eternal will be a defining moment for this Bat-Era. Plus, it builds on Dick Graysons status as the equal of Batman.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #4

Nov 3, 2015

This issue pushed the story forward just enough. It adds to the mystery of Mother and Orphan and solidifies the deep bond between Dick and Barbara. Bringing in the Robins and Batgirl was a nice touch. The Bat-Family works well in this format and expanding it adds to the overall approach. This story is about family at its heart and all families continue to expand over time.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #5

Nov 10, 2015

Tim is not happy. He feels Dick is endangering his parents by exposing them. It ends with Tim accusing Dick of being just like Bruce and feeling betrayed by Dick. Dicks reasoning is sound- knowing Tims past he had to find out if what he knew about Tim was true. This has set Tim against Dick and with last issue surprise ending, it puts Tim as an outsider in the Bat-Family.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #6

Nov 12, 2015

Dick and Jason continue their discussion, to determine the next course of action. Dicks got Harper and Cass in a safe house. Jason calls him on it- the second time in two issues a Robin has accused Dick of being too much like Batman. Jason and Dick pick Cass and Harper up on their way to Prague, and we get a tantalizing glimpse of Mother who is quite happy about the course of events. 4 1/2

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #7

Nov 20, 2015

Second would be the photo realistic ballet backdrops that appear a few times in the issue that have been executed with a different technique. He also does a nice job of showing the Prima for what she really is as she is revealed in a mostly silent sequence. 4 .

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #8

Nov 26, 2015

Clarity. Mother is the villain and Bruce has been misrepresented at some point. What exactly transpired between the two is still unclear. Scarecrow is still in the mix and whatever happened in the past is more significant than simply Bruces encounter with Mother. Bruce was investigating something in Prague from which he tried to protect Dick.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #9

Dec 3, 2015

The creative team is crafting a multi-faceted story with some great character moments and surprises and they are not showing their cards.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #10

Dec 12, 2015

Each group of characters is left in a quandary. Jason has escaped with a Tim Drake whos had Azrael put visions in his head. However, it appears that the effect is not unlike the Scarecrows fear toxin. Hes behaving quite similarly to how Dick Grayson was acting, including the Weve failed Bruce dialogue. Speaking of Bruce, it certainly appears that hes biting on Mothers offer, but I still believe we are looking at misdirection. Im thinking Bruces reasons for hiding the case from everyone is more about failure to stop Mother instead of Bruce throwing in with Mother. Lastly, it appears that Harper is about to find out more about her past, stuff of which she had no inkling. Next issue should provide some more answers.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #11

Dec 17, 2015

This moment is particularly telling. Dicks urgency upon hearing Batmans name really indicates how important Batman is to him. It ties directly into the main theme of this series- the relationship between Batman and Dick, the other Robins and the very concept of Robin. One final hit. This issue is excellent.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #12

Dec 27, 2015

This issue really went deep. The emotional strings it plucked take this issue to a 4 .

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9.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #13

Dec 31, 2015

One of the nice things about a weekly series is that the creative team has the freedom to veer off into different directions with different characters while not losing too much focus on the main story. Batman and Robin Eternal #13 is like that. This issue could well be called "The Secret History of Cassandra Cain," and yet it fits so seamlessly into the overall story that it doesn't seem like a fill in or deadline emergency.

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10
Batman And Robin Eternal #14

Jan 7, 2016

A physical embodiment of fear. A symbol, something more than human. To Dick, Bruce is a man. He gets hurt, he bleeds, he questions. He is a man. As Dick says, its his greatest strength and his greatest weakness. This is no Bat-god. Bruce is a man for good and bad. But at the end of the day, he is a good man at the head of a family. Family, remember that. Oh, so close to 5…4.75.

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6.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #15

Jan 14, 2016

The first half of this 26 issue series was a lot of mystery unraveling and solidifying the Bat-family. They were in the dark, confused, but now the second half of the series seems to be shaping up as an offensive against Mother both in the present and the past.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #16

Jan 22, 2016

Back in the past in Cairo, Batman picks up a gun from a trashcan in an alley in Cairo. He disappears into the darkness with the pyramids in the distant. A lone gunshot.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #17

Jan 29, 2016

In the present, Dick and Helena are called to the roof as Tim and Jason show up and are greeted as unfriendlies by Spyral. Meanwhile, Harper uses the ID she pinched to sneak in and see Orphan. The verbal sparring leads to Orphan taunting Harper with his knowledge of Cassandras visit to Gotham and her intended target. Cullen?

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #19

Feb 12, 2016

Another great issue in this highly enjoyable series. The character moments are truly the best parts of this book, but the story continues to be engaging. While Mother has become a lot more vulnerable throughout this series, the threat she poses still gives the Robins a big challenge.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #21

Feb 27, 2016

This issue can be enjoyed by any fan of good comics. Its that accessible. Maybe the best issue of the series so far. Tony Daniels art is particularly welcome in that it is familiar and hes been associated with Batman for nearly ten years if not more. It fits very well. Just like New Teen Titans #38 featuring Who Is Donna Troy? This issue can be enjoyed out of context of Batman and Robin Eternal. But it doesnt hurt to get the other 20 issues.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #22

Mar 4, 2016

A great issue for characterization. Seeing Batman in this light makes me itch to have Bruce return to the cowl and make an appearance by the end of this series. However, it may be something that works best as something that the Robins have to finish without Bruces involvement.

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #24

Mar 26, 2016

At this point, this book is a must read. Theres enough here for even a new reader to jump on for the 3 issue finale. Go for it!

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #25

Mar 29, 2016

Anticipation is high for the final issue- Dick and Mothers showdown, Harpers choice and the future of the Bat-family. And a lingering question- Will Bruce make an appearance? Gotta be back for the finale in Batman and Robin Eternal #26!

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8.0
Batman And Robin Eternal #26

Mar 31, 2016

This is a great story for fans of Batman and any one of his many Robins and protgs. It succeeds at getting to the heart of the character and in a fun and sometimes surprising way. This is a must read for all fans of Batman and Dick Grayson. And Harper Row. It ranks high in this reviewers estimation of the Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told. 4 3/4.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #17

Dec 23, 2014

This is the fourth arc in this title since its launch. The arcs that featured the Earth 2 Batman and Superman were both very strong. The one with Toymaster and Mongul fell a bit flat for me. This arc is definitely in the same league as the Earth 2 stories. This is a new type of threat for Superman- a Batman type villain with superpowers that are a match for the Man of Steel. This arc seems to be setting up a situation in which Superman will at some point have to use some of Batmans methods to defeat this killer. This is shaping up to be a very strong story.

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6.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #19

Feb 20, 2015

If youre reading this storyline, you certainly dont want to miss this. It sets up the next chapter, but is not all that exciting on its own. However, it does present enough interesting ideas that if you were to pick this up on a whim, youd be drawn in to the situation and have a hard time not coming back next month.

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6.0
Batman: Eternal #25

Sep 29, 2014

An easy to jump into issue over 1/3way through the series, which is remarkable. The book feels like a good Batman story and it incorporates so many elements which make the Bat-Mythos so enjoyable. There is a lot to like and a lot to digest, but the creative team does a good job with it all. The direction of the development with the family dynamic is a feel good aspect to the book which makes it very likable. This may also point to the meaning behind the title of the series. By creating a family and not a team Batman will in fact become eternal. This is really 3 1/2 Daily Planets.

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6.0
Batman: Eternal #27

Oct 13, 2014

This is another good issue of Batman Eternal despite the change of pace and characters from recent issues. Its a big story that continues to get bigger. There is a unique completeness to it with the through line that is Jade, despite two cliffhangers with Batgirl and Catwoman. The art is neither here nor there, nothing really remarkably great or awful about it, just somewhat average. If youre reading this title, youre going to get this issue. If youre not it might be a bit harder to jump in to the story here, though theres certainly enough going on to pique ones interest.

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6.0
Batman: Eternal #28

Oct 17, 2014

Settling in with series on a weekly basis has its pros and cons. It does move a bit slower than your average series, but the scope of the story is certainly much larger. While touted as turning point, and certainly it was, it seems things slowed down a bit this issue- Hush is barely mentioned. This is certainly worth reading, but a new reader will be not only confused, but left wondering if this is the pace of each issue. The varying pace is necessary for the gravity of the issue, but one hopes that the next issue will pick up the action and push things forward a little bit faster.

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6.0
Batman: Eternal #29

Oct 31, 2014

Plot advances to keep the ball rolling, but mixing of genres may make Batman Eternal a tough nut to crack for some. If youve made it this far no sense in stopping now. The emergence of the Spectre is much anticipated, and teasing him is the way to bring the reader back for the next issue. 3 1/2 Daily Planets.

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8.0
Batman: Eternal #30

Oct 31, 2014

The highlight was easily the Spectre and the destruction of Arkham the most troubling aspect. It seems this will lead to some overplayed Bat-tropes- Arkham escapees, Gotham (or parts) reduced to rubble. I think only time will tell how well this part fits into the overall story. As a single issue it was one of the best of this series. The smaller cast and tighter action really made this a great single issue read that didnt rely on knowledge of the overall story.

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8.0
Batman: Eternal #31

Nov 7, 2014

This was a really fun, fast paced issue with great Alfred action. This is an issue that can easily be read alone or in the context of the overall story. This is a good issue to pick up if youve been wondering about this title. It wont be hard to figure out whats going on. Its easy to feel the momentum building with this issue. Cmon Wednesday

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8.0
Batman: Eternal #32

Nov 17, 2014

Great issue this month. Hush has upped the ante on Batman and its clearly going to take a supreme effort to not only save the city, but save his reputation as both Batman and Bruce Wayne. As long as the side plots are able to wrap up or dovetail into the main plot, this will continue to be a great read.

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8.0
Batman: Eternal #33

Nov 21, 2014

Batman Eternal continues to please and excite. This issue is an easy jump on point for new readers, the tight story and smaller cast allow a new reader to get involved and excited about the direction without feeling lost. This is certainly a difficult thing to do in a weekly series in its 33rd installment.

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8.0
Batman: Eternal #34

Nov 28, 2014

Again the smaller cast this issue and the tighter plotting make this issue feel accessible to the new reader even if it is picking up in medias res. The set up for the next act is daunting enough to draw a new reader in. Batman Eternal continues to be a great Batman series with big ideas and quality execution.

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7.0
Batman: Eternal #40

Jan 12, 2015

This is another solid chapter in the Batman Eternal saga. No reason to jump ship at this point. For a new reader it might be a bit confusing to start this late in the game. There is a sense we are on the verge of figuring out the big bad very soon. 3 1/2 Daily Planets.

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8.0
Batman: Eternal #45

Feb 15, 2015

We are finally here, set for the last act of Batman Eternal. It is shaping up to be a classic showdown, and these two have had many an epic confrontation. Tune in next week Bat-fans, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!

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6.0
Batman: Eternal #49

Mar 13, 2015

Overall, this was a weaker episode of Batman Eternal. It fits into the bigger picture as a set up for the finale, but on its own it is a bit meandering. It closes out some of the story points from the previous issue, butseems to stall out as it approaches the end of this Bat-Epic.

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8.0
Batman: Eternal #50

Mar 21, 2015

Batman Eternal has run almost a year and Batman has been put through nearly everything. Trying to find out how it was all orchestrated seems like a story for another series. As this title concludes it seems hard to imagine explaining it all in the short time left. Amazingly, this book was accessible to a new reader. Despite being at the end of a year run, anyone could pick this up and appreciate the character moments even if the reveal at the end was not anticipated for the past 50 weeks.

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10
Batman: Eternal #52

Apr 1, 2015

Very often, huge epic stories like this leave something to be desired in the conclusion. Batman Eternal is not like that. Perhaps, it's the length allowed Snyder and Co. to tell their story. Is Batman fundamentally different after this? No. But, he has been given a psychological makeover and sets him on different footing that we haven't seen in his portrayal in decades. Moreover, this change occurred in story and not as part of a reboot of the character. With this, Batman is Eternal. If you missed this series, just get the trades, you'll be glad you did.

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8.0
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #3

Jul 12, 2017

While this may not be a book for everyone, a real love of Jack Kirby's work comes through. It's a book that focuses more on fun than anything else. The story may seem nonsensical at times, but the humor compensates.

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6.0
Catwoman (2011) #51

Apr 14, 2016

This is a solid Catwoman story that places her as the protagonist, but not asa hero. It provides the opportunity for the exploration of her character. For a fan of the character its a good story that promises some sort of payoff, presumably next issue.

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8.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #1

Oct 19, 2016

A little weird, a little nostalgic, a little confounding.

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8.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #2

Nov 16, 2016

There is a nice balance of quirkiness, nostalgia and humanity to this title. While it embraces all the nostalgia of the original strip, this modern take has the benefit of utilizing contemporary storytelling techniques. And as good comics always do, this book is able to find a way to really make the reader care about the main characters and root for them both in their external as well as internal conflicts.

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8.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #5

Feb 15, 2017

Like all the Young Animal titles, Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye is doing something very different in its approach while at the same time fitting into a recognizable genre. Ostensibly, a sci-fi/adventure book, the underlying theme of family is strong enough that it permeates the narrative making this title about how families relate. The emotional impact hits the right beats to keep it from just being characterization and brings it to the forefront.

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9.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #6

Mar 15, 2017

With an action-packed seeming finale, Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #6 manages to continue to surprise and keep the weirdness going with the last page promising a whole new narrative angle. And they aren't even done with the threat of Borsten and the Whisperer. Cave, Chloe and family are infectious. So, DC " How about a trade paperback collecting Cave Carson's appearances in the Sixties from TheBrave and the Bold and Showcase?

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9.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #8

May 17, 2017

This is a strong issue that may actually have a broader appeal than some of the quirkier issues in the series. This is despite the fact that Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #8 follows directly from issue #7's finale and throws the alternate Earth thing at the reader on the very first page. The more traditional action/adventure feel of this issue may be a good jumping on point for new readers even though Cave and his team are in the middle of a protracted battle with The Whisperer and Borsten.

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9.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #9

Jun 21, 2017

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye continues to balance modern story telling with '60's motifs and feel. This combination creates a unique title. Additionally, it never forgets the theme of family, to which everyone can relate. The element of fun cannot be understated no matter how serious or dire things may seem. You always root for Cave and Chloe and company. Amazingly, Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye is able to seem innocent and naive while also being experimental and singular.

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8.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #10

Jul 19, 2017

Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #10 is a fun romp that finds those emotional character moments that drive the heart of the series. There's no slow down as the team and plot push forward, with only a brief moment to catch your breath at the beginning of the issue and an eagerness for more with the surprise ending. Keep 'em coming back!

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10
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #11

Aug 18, 2017

Despite betrayal across time and dimension from one's future self, the fun that is always in this title is never diminished. Additionally, the events in this issue open up a whole new emotional angle for storytelling as the robot Mazra seems to be more than an automaton, but a "real" individual with thoughts, feelings and memories. What comes next after the action is sure to be equally as entertaining.

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7.0
Convergence #1

Apr 10, 2015

I think the real sell for this series is directly proportional to how invested one is in the DC Universe in total. It finally feels like DC is making something directed at readers like me. With that said it feels like Two Thumbs Up! This could preclude newer DC readers who have only come aboard in the past few years. However, I would remind readers of The Flash (Vol.1) #123 and Justice League of America (Vol. 1) # 21 that looked back at DCs past and engaged new readers with older characters. With the re-introduction of so many iterations of DC characters, this could happen again with Convergence.

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8.0
Convergence #2

Apr 17, 2015

Character trumps story and Convergence #2 is well worth the read. Even if one missed #0 and #1, this book is easy enough to understand, and especially engaging through the focus on character. Nicely done, Mr. King. This issue was a bit of a step up from issue #1, give it 4 and 1/2.

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8.0
Convergence #3

Apr 24, 2015

The continued focus on character makes this story enjoyable and accessible to all readers. The meaningful death is in line with the character development in the issue. King is building towards something, and it is enjoyable. The nostalgic components are a bonus.

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8.0
Convergence #4

May 1, 2015

I feel deeply connected to this mini-series, and relate very closely to the characters and basic concept that is being explored. It is strong on character and allows this to drive the story. Keeping this event small is a stroke of genius and allows for readers to get involved easily without feeling overwhelmed with the vast scope of the consequences. 4 1/2.

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8.0
Convergence #6

May 13, 2015

Just when it seemed like Convergence was going to go one way, King and Co. have managed to push it in a different direction. Its similarity to Crisis is more along the lines of nostalgia rather than retelling. Bringing in the current New 52 characters to the narrative adds an element that may have been missing for some. With only 2 issues left, Convergence has brought us along with character and nostalgia to the doormat of the finale. The post-Convergence DCU is just around the corner.

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6.0
Convergence #7

May 22, 2015

If you havent been following along the past 7 weeks theres not much reason to jump on board now, but I wouldnt jump ship either. Theres enough teased for the finale to keep one around for one more week. The fate of DCs history hangs in the balance- is this a farewell or welcome back?

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9.0
Convergence #8

May 29, 2015

Well, after the past two months it's finally over, and the DC Universe will never be the same. Where do we go from here. This week's Convergence: Detective Comics # 2 suggests that there are still stories to tell in the Multiverse and if that's the result of Convergence, that makes me very happy.

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8.0
Convergence: The Atom #1

Apr 15, 2015

Its clear that Peyer has found a way to tell a different story with this book than relying so much on the Convergence set up. Barracuda was dispatched way too quickly for that to be the big challenge for Ray and Ryan. This focus on character makes this a real treat for fans of the DCU.

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9.0
Convergence: The Flash #1

Apr 24, 2015

Strong on characterization, this book is a great read. It doesn't matter if one is a fan of pre-Crisis Barry Allen or not. The issue is about the character and the growth of the lead character under desperate circumstances.

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8.0
DC Comics: Bombshells #12

May 15, 2016

This book operates on different levels. On the surface it functions as hot women in World War II fighting Nazis. That might work for some. But on a deeper level it examines the multitude of the human experience. Many examples are anachronistic for the era, but viewed through a modern lens, they say something about our current human experience. Its complex.

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4.0
Deathstroke (2014) #5

Mar 1, 2015

This book is not for those who feel there is already too much violence in comics. Even the hardcore Harley and Batman fans will probably find this a waste of time.This book is reaching for readership. If I bought it for the Harley and Bat-appearances, I would be disappointed.

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6.0
Doctor Fate #2

Jul 18, 2015

Doctor Fate #2 moves the plot along with some significant moments and it expands the mystical/ mythological elementsin the story. It doesnt quite explode yet, but it certainly feels as if it will soon.

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4.0
Doctor Fate #4

Sep 20, 2015

While this issue added a couple more pieces to the puzzle, the next issue seems to promise a big payoff. Hopefully, it will because it also could be the breaking point for readers. Ive been a fan of Levitz for years and would like to see the next issue explode! Im feeling 50/50, right now which is where this issue fell. 2 1/2.

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8.0
Doctor Fate #12

May 19, 2016

There are many comics that have revelatory moments and feature turning points. This is one of those books. It actually questions how long DC has had Rebirth in mind. It all seems to fit and mesh in this issue, one week before Rebirth. For any fan of the original Earth-Two and Ken Nelson, this is a real treat and for the rest a fitting conclusion to the first year of Doctor Fate.

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8.0
Doctor Fate #13

Jun 2, 2016

Often, a comic book series will suddenly change direction and become something entirely different- Saga of the Swamp Thing by Alan Moore for example. Doctor Fate #13 has a few indicators that it is an attempt by DC to recreate the Starman phenomena 20 years later. Levitz is an experienced writer whos no stranger to Golden Age characters. The reintroduction of legacy into the DC Universe with Rebirth certainly makes this an obvious title to benefit. Its only one issue, but this may be an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of something special, or at the very least incredibly nostalgic. If nothing else, it certainly feels like a DC Comic of yesteryear. I mean that in a good way.

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9.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #5

Mar 22, 2017

As the team comes together, the weirdness becomes more and more apparent and the playing field expands. The Doom Patrol, it seems, will not be bound by time, space or psychological coherency. You should've known you were getting yourself into this sort of thing"

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8.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #6

Apr 26, 2017

Sometimes it feels like the world's been turned upside down and that is when we have to be like Casey and keep trying to be the light. It's not often I recommend re-reading a series in one sitting, but these first sixissues demand to be read together to mitigate the shipping delays. There's something special in this series, but the non-traditional style makes it a little difficult to find it. By itself, this issue seems a little disjointed and obtuse, but read all together, Doom Patrol #6 caps off the first arc by reassembling the team through a meaningfulexploration of self-identity and friendship.

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10
Doom Patrol (2016) #7

Jul 26, 2017

Great issue. Funny. Entertaining. Weird and wacky. Take the time to enjoy a different experience.

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9.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #8

Sep 6, 2017

Doom Patrol continues to be a unique, interesting and challenging title. It often isn't so much about good vs. bad, but, instead how one copes with the challenges in life. This issue is a perfect example of that- the imperfect adjusting to the imperfect world that the imperfect wish were in fact, perfect.

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4.0
Earth 2: Society #1

Jun 13, 2015

This issue fails to build on the new chance that was give Earth 2 at the end of Convergence. Its eschewed the hopefulness found in Convergence and thrown the Earth 2 characters back into the fire. Even the landing of the refugees on new Earth 2 is turned into a tragedy. It doesnt really feel like a new chance, but rather another story of a doomed planet. 2 .

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6.0
Earth 2: Society #3

Aug 14, 2015

This issue finally hit upon what could drive this book- character. These Wonders all have a story to be told. With more issues like this, Earth 2: Society could quickly launch to the best in the line, however the labyrinthine and stygian plot in the year after planetfall time frame are holding back the title from breaking out.

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6.0
Earth 2: Society #4

Sep 13, 2015

All in all this issue continues to be a step in the right direction for this book. Its not quite there, but it seems like it has the chance. Wilson needs to find a likable character on which to focus. It seemed like he had found that character in Lois/Red Tornado last issue, but neither of those characters has historically sold a lot of comics beyond Supermans Girlfriend Lois Lane in the 50s.

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6.0
Earth 2: Society #11

Apr 14, 2016

A decently entertaining issue, while mired in a bad concept and an extremely slow pace. If they could only get out of this situation and get things actually moving. Its hard to believe this series is still being published, hope is truly eternal. Its not so much bad as just ill-suited to these characters.

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8.0
Earth 2: Society #12

May 12, 2016

This is the time to jump on this book. Its in a totally different direction from the original original Earth 2 concept when it was launched under James Robinson 4 years ago. Whatever editorial mandates have contributed to its unevenness, it seems like this is the point in which the concept becomes relevant. However, with Rebirth on the horizon, one questions the future of this version of Earth 2.

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9.0
Earth 2: Society Annual #1

Aug 31, 2016

If youve never read Earth 2: Society, this may be the issue with which to start. If you are a long time reader, this should inspire confidence in the future of this title. At the very least, this is wonderful issue. Perhaps, unintentionally, it also makes one pine for a Huntress solo series. Well done, well done.

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8.0
Everafter #1

Sep 7, 2016

If you are a fan of Fables, this is definitely a book you should pick up. This first issue sets the stage for whats to come with a tasty mystery and a shocking ending. The world of Fables is back and this first issue seems like its on the right track.

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7.0
Everafter #2

Oct 5, 2016

You've got to figure out which character you like in Everafter: From the Pages of Fables.Bo? Peter? Connor? Hansel? They all present a different type of character. The challenge is for Justus and Sturges to get them all working together and creating that chemistry which was so effective in Fables.

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8.0
Everafter #3

Nov 2, 2016

This is the best issue so far of Everafter: From the Pages of Fables. After setting up things in the first two issues, this entry in the seriesdoes a little twisting to change the perspective and push forward with the promise of new characters and complex moral challenges.

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9.0
Everafter #5

Jan 4, 2017

This was a satisfying ending to the first arc as it brought together both Peter and Bo's stories. Additionally, both story lines have untold ramifications and possibilities for future storytelling.

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7.0
Everafter #9

May 3, 2017

The plot and concepts are truly interesting and exciting! However, the cast is growing so quickly, it's hard to latch on to anyone for long. I would like to see this book explore the concepts more completely before introducing another great idea. I want to enjoy the great ideas fully, before something else replaces it.

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10
Everafter #10

Jun 7, 2017

The wold of Fables, while being huge and at times complex, seems to work best when issues are concise. That is the case with this issue. Like it's predecessor, Everafter has the potential to build it's vast world through these concise character driven issues. There have been a few so far and they stand out from some of the other issues that have a little too much going on and are a little more plot driven. More issues like this will make Everafter similar recognition that Fables garnered.

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9.0
Everafter #11

Jul 5, 2017

Overall, this is a well-balanced issue that adds nicely to the plot and character development as well as the introduction of a new fable type. Lots of mysteries to be solved in the coming months, and issues like this will continue to pushEverafter: From the Pages of Fablesin the right direction. It may be that Bo and Peter will have to share the spotlight with characters like Ms. Bass who are interesting in their own right.

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6.0
Flash (2011) #37

Dec 31, 2014

I'd like to see Flash get back home and sort out the messes in Central City, but nothing made me care too much in this issue about the characters. If you're reading the Flash you won't want to miss this, but it's not a jumping on point. Too many ideas make this a muddled issue and it doesn't progress very far, if at all. 3 Daily Planets might be generous.

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4.0
Flash (2011) #38

Jan 30, 2015

Pass on this. I now dont care if Barry gets out of the Speed Force. I dont frankly care about anything going on in the book. If youve got to know what happens it might be more satisfying to read a recap after the story arc ends.

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8.0
Grayson #4

Nov 7, 2014

Fun, fun, fun. This has long been my barometer in judging a comics quality. This issue was better than the last and it certainly bodes well for what comes next. The throwback storytelling- single issues that fit into a larger story make this title an easy one to jump into. Along with the character work its still a good time to give Grayson a try if you havent already. As long as Dick can remain true to himself and not get lost in his environment, this will be a winner month in and out.

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8.0
Grayson #5

Dec 7, 2014

Fall in love with Dick Grayson all over again. He proves in this issue why he is the heart and soul of the DC Universe. He proves why he is respected by everyone at the highest level, even Superman. Heart and Soul. Give me New Teen Titans #38 for a better story featuring Mr. Grayson.

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7.0
Grayson #6

Jan 16, 2015

Theres a lot going on in this issue. From the nanocytes introduced in Blackhawks #1 3 years ago, to the word play with Dick being a Spider-Man, if you pay attention closely, youll be rewarded. Grayson continues to be an enjoyable book. However, this issue will read better as part of the overall story arc.

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8.0
Grayson #7

Feb 9, 2015

Whatre they going to do with that brain anyway?

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10
Grayson #8

Mar 7, 2015

Great wrap up to the Paragon storyline. Strong characterization across the board. The surprises and twists make coming back for issue #9 in June a must. The creative team is putting out a quality book consistently and doing so in a manner that is accessible to new readers. Go buy this book and then get the other issues, youll be glad you did. Oh, and that reporter- Kathy Kane?

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6.0
Grayson #9

Jun 25, 2015

Grayson #9 is a solid start to the next chapter in Dick Graysons life with Spyral. Its fun from the first page and an easy read to a new reader. And even if you dont intend on sticking with it for the long haul, Seeley and King have again successfully told a complete story in a single issue while building on a larger narrative. 3 1/2

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9.0
Grayson #10

Aug 15, 2015

This book just keeps getting better and better. The current arc is deep in mystery and it just gets more intriguing every issue. It lives in the spy genre with just enough odd nods to its super-hero roots to remind the reader that this is still the iconic sidekick, Dick Grayson.

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10
Grayson #11

Aug 26, 2015

Up to this point Grayson has been a great book, but this may be the best issue so far. This issue brings so many concepts together and promises so much ahead for the series it easily functions as jumping on point for a new reader. You will not be disappointed.

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10
Grayson #12

Sep 24, 2015

Ends are not ends, they are new beginnings and this next chapter in Dicks life has begun. Grayson #12 is once again a great bit of character driven story that is unique and a neat twisty turny episode in the life of Dick Grayson. Go buy this comic. Its that simple.

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8.0
Grayson #13

Oct 28, 2015

This series is very strong overall. Great characterization and great relationship building between the characters make this an easy book to like. It seems fitting with it being Dick Grayson, though. He was introduced as a gateway character for younger readers 75 years ago. Its no different now. Hes easy to like because he has such fun doing what he does. Seeley, King and Janin are able to convey that month after month. It doesnt seem to matter if its Robin, Nightwing or Agent 37, theres just something about Dick Grayson done right that works.

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10
Grayson #16

Feb 1, 2016

I can understand why someone may not have wanted to read Grayson after the events of Forever Evil and Dicks status quo changed drastically. But, after the past year and a half of Grayson, it should be abundantly clear that King, Seeley and Janin (and occasionally Stephen Mooney) are producing one of the best books out there. Catch up quickly with some trades and digital downloads, youll be glad you did. Flawless issue, this is how to produce a great comic.

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6.0
Grayson #17

Mar 4, 2016

If youre finishing out this series before Dick heads back to his Nightwing identity, then youll certainly want to pick this up so you dont get lost along the way. But if you want to try an issue of Grayson for the first time, Id probably skip this one and go back and get last months.

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8.0
Grayson #18

Apr 1, 2016

No reason to leave this title now, we are in the end run as the series approaches its finale. Nightwing is on the horizon.

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8.0
Grayson #19

Apr 28, 2016

This issue is the penultimate chapter of Dick Grayson, International Spy. But, it fits seamlessly into the overall depiction of the development of Dick Grayson the Man.

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10
Grayson #20

May 29, 2016

If you can invest in all 20 issues of this series it is a great companion to Dick Graysons greatest adventures either as Nightwing or as part of the New Teen Titans. It clearly works as one big story and is a must read for all Dick Grayson fans. I am sad to see this series end, but I have confidence that Tim Seeley, Javi Fernandez and Marcus To will continue to tell great Dick Grayson stories in Nightwing launching in July.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #37

Dec 5, 2014

I make no apologies- I am a fan of the Arrow TV show. This new direction appeals to me. I was never a huge fan of Ollie pre- New 52. The show reinvented the character for me and the ensemble cast is a huge success. Even though I thought the Lemire/Sorretino run was a high watermark for GA, for DC to move the book closer to the show makes sense to me. I like this direction for the comic. It is a gamble, though. If you are liking the show then you will probably like the comic.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #5

Sep 28, 2016

Thankfully, Soranik's role in this conflict makes this installment of GLC vs SC feel different and position of the Sinestro Corps as the Universe's law enforcers makes this situation new for the Rebirth era of Green Lantern. Additionally, this issue is very new reader friendly, the status quo may be surprising, but it is all very understandable and exciting.

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7.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #6

Oct 12, 2016

With the tension at 11 this issue did its job in getting us to the one-on-one confrontation between Hal and Sinestro next issue. You'll be coming back for more, but how many more “final showdowns” between Hal and Sinestro can there be? With no chance at detente between the two, at some point there will have to be a final resolution, maybe this is that story….

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #7

Oct 28, 2016

It seems unlikely that Hal or Sinestro will perish in this story, but perhaps this could be a victory for Hal in which Sinestro is beaten and loses his will to fight again. Venditti has me “all in” for whatever the outcome.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #8

Nov 10, 2016

There's no rest for the weary as the GLC will next face off against Brainiac. Moving Hal's fate to a sub-plot is a clever move as the focus of the book shifts to John and the Corps and their confrontation with Brainiac. Lastly, this issue is another easy access book for a new reader.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #9

Nov 23, 2016

Another fine issue as this space opera continues to expand and bring more surprises. It seemed like the journey was over last issue, but it is clear there isn't a clear ending in mind as new possibilities continue to pop up, much to my surprise and pleasure.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #10

Dec 14, 2016

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is playing to the strengths of the mythos. After a bit clich final showdown between Hal and Sinestro, the book is focusing on character with Soranik and re-exploring the rainbow rings as we see more Lantern colors appear this issue. Even Soranik's subplot is engaging enough to move slowly and still be a positive!

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #11

Dec 28, 2016

The Green Lantern mythos have undergone a number of big changes in the past 20 plus years. This arc feels like it is on the verge of another big change. It doesn't hurt that Sayd and Ganthet are the only two remaining Guardians of the Universe and it appears they are about to become relevant again, and at the same time the story revisits popular concepts and recasts others in a new light. Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps continues to be an interesting, surprising and sometimes challenging title, but challenging in a good.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #12

Jan 11, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps continues to surprise and in this case inspire. If the Sinestro Corps can work along side the GLC, shouldn't nearly anything be possible? A little understanding, some common goals etc"? This is an even bigger status quo change than if Hal had stayed dead. The future is very bright for this title.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #13

Jan 25, 2017

Often, it's the slightly off-beat or stories from a different perspective that offer insight into our favorite characters. This is one of those stories and it works extremely well. Through this Xudarian grandmother, we get to see how the Green Lantern Corps positively impacts the universe, one individual at a time.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #15

Feb 22, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps continues to prove that the Green Lantern books are one of the best of the Rebirth era. With focus on character driven stories and the ability to reach beyond to a grander theme, this comic is nearly perfect.

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10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #16

Mar 8, 2017

Despite being a no-holds barred, all fight issue, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #16 is at it's heart a character driven issue. The inner Guy gets some attention and works in an element of sympathy for his character. If you love Guy, you'll love this issue, if you don't like Guy, this is still a special issue that makes an unlikable character sympathetic.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #17

Mar 22, 2017

The Green Lantern Corps has always been at the center of multiversal shaking events, and it appears that another one is around the corner. With Mr. Oz making an appearance, the Rebirth Universe is about to come front and center to not just the GLC, but the rest of the DCU. And the rest of the issue was great as well, as it showed us even more of Guy Gardner's character.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #18

Apr 12, 2017

Something big is on the horizon, and this issue gives just a teaser. It does, however, make effective use of Guy Gardner and Arkillo's two-issue story line. There's a lot going on in this title and it all works well together, this issue exemplifies this.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #19

Apr 26, 2017

This issue continues to prove that Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is an exciting space romp that relies heavily on the characterization of its cast. The current themes of hope, cooperation and redemption are entrancing and connect on a deep level.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #20

May 10, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps continues to balance action with character in a meaningful way. Even if you think "I've heard this one before"" You really haven't. Not like this.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #21

May 24, 2017

Like all good serial fiction, this issue provides an ending and a starting point. Kyle's discovery will certainly prove to be the basis for another exciting story line in the coming months. The final chapter of this arc allowed each Lantern to exhibit their unique approaches and provided Hal with some insight on those approaches. Most importantly, these elements allow for character driven stories that manage to include epic battles with the highest stakes.

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10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #22

Jun 14, 2017

By maintaining a focus on character with a large cast and expansive locales, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps continues to be one of the best titles DC is currently publishing. It doesn't matter which Lantern is your favorite, this title builds chemistry between characters and provides new favorites, sometimes surprisingly.

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10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #23

Jun 28, 2017

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #23 maintains the high quality story telling that it's become known for. You don't want to miss an issue. It's one of DC's best titles and every issue is accessible to new readers. Hard to beat.

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10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #24

Jul 12, 2017

How can you not like this book? Even if the Green Lantern concept is not to your liking, the complexity of the plot and realism of the emotions is all one can ask for in a narrative. The incidentals of the story are secondary to the quality of the storytelling. If you were wondering about this book, wonder no longer, buy it and see for yourself how well it's being produced.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #25

Jul 26, 2017

Despite the Sinestro Corps breaking the alliance with the Green Lantern Corps, this is a solid issue. The unconventional resolution is welcome and there are some nice character moments. Things aren't done for good between the Corps though, as Sinestro himself will soon be back.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #27

Aug 23, 2017

Even event tie-ins can't bring this series down! The characters are diverse and allow everyone someone with which to identify. Character is King!

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10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #28

Sep 13, 2017

Deep breath! Highfather and Lightray, Martin Jordan and Hal Jordan " both show how the relationship between fathers and sons sometimes work. Whether it is a real interaction or a vision that Hal experiences, it is clear that his father is an important aspect in his life. Hal's life as a test pilot may in some ways seems dated, but his relationship to his father is something almost everyone can understand. Thanks, dad " 8th Air Force, 1944-1947.

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4.0
Injustice 2 #1

May 3, 2017

Video gamers who are enjoying the game will most likely enjoy seeing howthe story transitions to Injustice 2. As it stands on its own, Injustice 2 doesn't have the strength of likable characters, or a completely novel approach to make it compelling. In terms of character development it is very superficial and mostly deals with the most basicaspects of character. While it has a long way to go and certainly could become something more, as a first issue, it feels very average and cliched, and doesn't have enough to bring meback.

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7.0
Injustice 2 #2

May 17, 2017

This issue really sets this series in the right direction. After a dismal and annoying first issue, Injustice 2 #2 has added back in a sense of hope and goodness to this world with a rogue Superman. It's going to be an uphill battle, but it seems that it will be possible to pull for the good guys again. While there's nothing exceptional here yet, this issue does show the promise that it will be an exciting series with perhaps some potential for character moments if the pace of the plot slows down enough to breathe.

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6.0
Injustice 2 #4

Jun 22, 2017

If you love Harley Quinn and Batman then this is an issue you will cherish. There is some great character work with Batman that would be at home in any incarnation of the Dark Knight. The Harley Quinn part makes the issue uneven, despite moving the story forward. Too much Harley can be too much to take.

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10
Injustice 2 #5

Jul 6, 2017

This is easily the best issue of the series so far. It may not be possible to tell this story with issues like this each month, but this was a real treat. It is especially enjoyable for those who have fond memories of the Blue and the Gold and the JLI days. This issue proves that focus on character is always the key to a great story!

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10
Injustice 2 #6

Jul 19, 2017

This series keeps getting better! The focus on character has made this series worth reading! It doesn't really matter that I don't care about the Injustice 2 video game, the stories are putting character first and telling engaging tales that find a truth about familiar characters in an unfamiliar world.

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9.0
Injustice 2 #7

Aug 2, 2017

Another great issue! Despite the slow start, Injustice 2 is telling some great stories. While the plot may be moving slowly, the benefit is some moving and important character work. Even if you have no interest in the video game tie in aspect to the book, the character work is worth the investment!

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10
Injustice 2 #8

Aug 18, 2017

This book has transcended the video game tie in that it is and become a really great alternate Earth story featuring the greatest heroes of the DC Universe. Tom Taylor has found the right voice for these characters in an extreme situation while peppering in some nostalgia along the way.

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10
Injustice 2 #9

Sep 6, 2017

By addressing serious and real issues, this comic elevates to a level rarely touched in the medium. When one considers the morality of both sides of the issue, it's clear that there is a real world analog. While Batman may find a way to address both sides of the situation, in the real world, rarely does it work out that way. This title has transformed from a pedestrian video game tie-in to a morality questioning piece of popular culture.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2015) #1

Jun 20, 2015

So very often people clamor for the Classic 7 JLofA. This is certainly the modern version of that situation. It plays exactly as one might expect a JLofA movie to begin. It is a full steam ahead story that presents something the JLofA have never faced, and it appears to be a story like none other. Make it 4 .

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10
Justice League of America (2015) #2

Jul 12, 2015

While many of the motifs and themes in this story may seem familiar, over used or predictable, the creative team successfully presents this tale in a way that makes it sincere, relatable and exciting. Deep down we all want to believe that this sort of situation of an alien benefactor could happen and be all smiles and rainbows despite knowing that its too good to be true. Is that us? Are we all that cynical? Again, Hitch is able to use the sci-fi milieu in order to comment on the human condition.

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9.0
Justice League of America (2015) #3

Aug 26, 2015

Another strong issue with the right blend of plot, character and surprises. No clear missteps yet as this arc moves forward continuing to entertain on the epic scale. It's a fun read that isn't inaccessible to a new reader.

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6.0
Legends of Tomorrow #3

May 15, 2016

What makes this anthology work is the variety of genre in the book. While ostensibly they are all super-hero comics, they all utilize different styles within the individual features. Firestorm is the most straight forward Super-Hero type story. Metamorpho invokes a lot of sci-fi themes and trappings. Sugar and Spike definitely utilizes a humorous approach to tell the embarrassing moments of the Worlds Greatest Super-Heroes. Metal Men tries to be a fun comic with a deeper sense of emotional need. However, the one thing all these features have in common is the focus on character. None of these stories is about a single solitary individual who is alone in the world. That ensemble approach is something that is true of this comics TV counterpart. This anthology is a winner.

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6.0
Midnighter (2015) #1

Jun 4, 2015

I guess it all comes down to the fact that the mystery of the break in is a lot more interesting than Midnighter himself. The characterization of Midnighter left me cold, but on the whole the issue was decent. It was certainly well executed for a first issue. I think it just comes down to taste.

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9.0
Mother Panic #8

Jun 28, 2017

This book has a unique voice and sits in a special place on the fringes of the DC Universe, yet far enough off center that it can be different. Violet's character is complex and damaged, and every issue lets the reader in a little further. Pushing forward, how much can the reader take?

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9.0
Mother Panic #9

Jul 26, 2017

Mother Panic #9 is another issue with some great character work and a lot of emotion. It's dark and sinister with just the barest bit of hope shining through. Hopefully, Violet will come out on the other side of it as she continues to overcome her tragic and grueling childhood.

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8.0
Mother Panic #10

Aug 23, 2017

The last quarter of this issue makes up for the first three-fourths. While everyone loves a mystery, sometimes a more direct story telling approach is needed. The more we learn about Violet's past, the better, but at some point she's going to have to begin to move forward.

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6.0
New Suicide Squad #5

Dec 15, 2014

Surprisingly, this issue was easily understood by this first-time reader. Despite being a newer title, it offers easy entry into the world of Task Force X. Overall, its very uneven. The basic Suicide Squad concept is intact, and there are a few good character moments, but theres not a sense of team yet, outside of Lawton. Harley may too much of a loose cannon, but there does seem to be potential with Manta and Boomerang. The Man-Bats do provide a wildcard element of fun to the team and oddly more predictable than Harley. Its sort of a middle of the road book. If you like the characters then this is probably for you, but it wasnt enough to make me want to come back. Three Daily Planets may be a bit generous, but 2 is a bit low.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #1

Jul 27, 2016

A winner in characterization, Nightwing #1 overcomes the drawbacks of the reused undercover plot and an unprepared Dick Grayson. Dick Grayson continues to be one of the most likeable and accessible characters through his appealing disposition and grounded relationships.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #2

Aug 3, 2016

This is an easy issue to pick up for new readers. Perhaps, this points to the strength of the writing, this title is three issues in and the first two are unnecessary to understand and enjoy this story. It actually may be a better read to jump right in here.

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10
Nightwing (2016) #3

Aug 17, 2016

Will the two or (three) be able to take down the Parliament? Will Dick lose Barbara in the process? Better come back next month. With this issue, Nightwing has jumped up to the same level as the surprisingly phenomenal run of Grayson. Tim Seeley, writer on both- coincidence or not?

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #4

Sep 7, 2016

This issue wouldve been perfect without the last 2 pages. That said, those last 2 pages provide all the conflict for what comes next. Despite the questionable aspects of Dicks portrayal, this was still a very good issue that promises more drama to come.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #5

Sep 21, 2016

This a fun, exciting Bat-Family story. If you are into the entire Bat-Family it's worth picking up all the episodes, If you are Nightwing-centric, you'll survive without it, and the accompanying installments in Batman and Detective Comics.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #6

Oct 5, 2016

“Night of the Monster Men” has been a strong Bat-Family crossover. Keeping it to one month of titles double shipping is a more concise method for doing crossovers. The weekly frequency has to be one of the positive lessons learned from the successful weekly Batman series from the past couple of years. If you are enjoying the crossover, you can't miss Nightwing #6, and if not, in just two weeks we are back on track with Nightwing and Raptor in Nightwing #7!

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #7

Oct 19, 2016

This arc is off to a great start. There's some complexity to both the emotional and physical conflict that Dick will face as he attempts to rescue Bruce and take down Raptor all while learning about his mother's life.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #8

Nov 2, 2016

As with so many Rebirth titles, Nightwing continues to focus on character and relationships. Bruce ends up being just as important as Dick to this story, and seeing Bruce and Dick reach a new level of trust should bring a smile to your face. Time to face facts. Batman is human after all, and a more interesting character for it.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #9

Nov 16, 2016

This was a fun one off issue that delves deeper into the core of Grayson's character and did an admirable job at setting up what may be the next chapter of Dick's life. It looks like he may be going to Bldhaven for the first time.

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10
Nightwing (2016) #10

Dec 7, 2016

If the first nineissues of Nightwing weren't your cup of tea, then this may bethe rebirth you've been waiting for. The Dick Grayson you remember is here, again.

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9.0
Nightwing (2016) #11

Dec 21, 2016

Nightwing #11 continues to develop the story lines introduced last issue with some surprises along the way. Bldhaven appears to be a place that Dick will not only come to call home, but be a bottomless source of interesting and challenging conflict.

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9.0
Nightwing (2016) #12

Jan 4, 2017

Tim Seeley continues to work on Dick Grayson's character in satisfying ways. With this arc Dick is attempting to figure himself out, and whether he realizes it or not, he is! Dick is once again in a position where he has to trust others for whom he may have reservations. Although, hemay have found the essential ingredient that allows him to understand others' sincerity.

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6.0
Nightwing (2016) #13

Jan 19, 2017

Despite moving the story along, this issue felt like a misstep. It failed to present much character work that has been so strong in this arc. The Run-Offs could've helped save the day here instead of bailing on Dick. Additionally, Dick once again seems all alone in his fight without a friend to turn to.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #14

Feb 1, 2017

Not sure where I come down on Dick and Shawn being together, it's a wait and see how it plays out situation. The conclusion to the arc is mixed. Dick's personal growth was right on target, but the resolution to the mystery was a bit flimsy. However, Dick has been properly reintroduced to Bldhaven and it gives Dick his own town to cover as opposed to being just another Batman. It worked 20 years ago and it seems like it will work again.

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10
Nightwing (2016) #15

Feb 15, 2017

I guess the finale of this issue sets up the next arc, but reading this issue is pure enjoyment of great story telling. Even if you think that Babs and Dick belong together, you cannot deny how well this issue is executed. This issue also serves as a great jumping on point for readers. Everything is right about this issue, except for Babs and Dick not being together, but even then, the Dick/Shawn relationship is presented so impeccably, one can't help but feel for them both.

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10
Nightwing: Rebirth #1

Jul 13, 2016

This issue tells you everything you need to know about Dick Grayson and his role in the post-Rebirth DCU. It also answers all the lingering questions from Grayson. It would be difficult to imagine a better comic, strong characterization, a plot that involves a few surprises and a set up for the exciting story starting next issue. Dick Grayson will continue to be the star of one of DCs best titles.

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6.0
Prez #6

Dec 8, 2015

Prez #6 is a decent wrap up of the first half of the storyline. While often it is fun and humorous, at times it seems to tackle situations that require a little more heart and may not always be fodder for satire. Overall, its somewhere in the middle, not the best of the first 6 issues. Its important to keep in mind that we are dealing with some situations that sometimes accurately reflect the world in which we live. I think the thing that this book succeeds at the most is finding a way to comment on our world while not seeming to be about it at all. Because, even the notion of electing a president via Twitter is just as odd as electing a president as the electoral college.

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6.0
Shade, the Changing Girl #1

Oct 5, 2016

A good start for the series that definitely shows promise. The big questions this series raises are applicable for the main character as well as us humans. The mature reader tag might keep some teens from this title, but it feels like a book with a lot of appeal to teens.

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8.0
Shade, the Changing Girl #2

Nov 2, 2016

A very clever thematic tie-in to the main story makes this feel like these back ups are building to something. They are a fun surprise so far!

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9.0
Shade, the Changing Girl #4

Jan 4, 2017

Outside of the thematic relationship to the main story there's not a lot here and it didn't have the fun nostalgic quality of some of the other back ups.

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10
Shade, the Changing Girl #6

Mar 1, 2017

This is a wonderful conclusion to the first arc that also manages to sew the seeds for what's coming next. Oops! Hope I didn't give anything away! Castellucci and Zarcone continue to create a unique and exciting comic that is unlike anything else being published. This is a smart and emotional comic that gets more interesting with each issue.

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9.0
Shade, the Changing Girl #9

Jun 7, 2017

This is an issue that really makes the reader think. It maintains that off-beat feel, while managing to say something deep and relevant to everyday life. Not many comics get to do that. You not only think. You feel it, as well.

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10
Shade, the Changing Girl #10

Jul 5, 2017

Shade has reached another milestone in this issue that opens doors for multiple directions. Most significantly, how will she deal with what she's done using her powers in such a way? How will "Life with Honey" continue to play a role considering the revelations made about the actress's need for a new body?

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9.0
Shade, the Changing Girl #11

Aug 2, 2017

Shade the Changing Girl continues to be one of the most unique comics on the market. It approaches things differently and relies on real life more than fantastical trappings to engage the reader. Even if you've never read an issue, it's easy to get hooked on an issue like this one.

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10
Shade, the Changing Girl #12

Sep 6, 2017

Again, the creative team manages to state something universal about existence in the human condition. Art? Yes. Insightful? Yes. Great comics? Absolutely!

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4.0
Superboy (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 18, 2014

Only a must read for the fans of this Superboy run. I don't even think the die hard Future's End fan would find this book relevant. It's a very tenuous tie-in as it takes place five years in the future and references the events of Future's End, but seems to have little to do with the plot. It's really just a goodbye to Kon's first run in the New 52.

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8.0
Superman: Lois and Clark #1

Oct 15, 2015

Reconnecting with old friend is always a joy, and this issue is just that- a pure joy. Jurgens and Weeks make these familiar characters relatable and instantly likable. The situation into which theyve been thrust is unique and will certainly provide Lois and Clark many jobs for Superman and Supermans girlfriend (now wife), Lois Lane. Perhaps each generation gets a slightly different iteration of these iconic characters, but this version just feels right. Superman: Lois and Clark #1 is a great start to this series. Maybe, this is Superman #715 after all.

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10
Superman: Lois and Clark #2

Nov 26, 2015

While at the same time, the creative team manages to make the reader recall the glory days of the pre-Flashpoint/post-Crisis Superman. Well done. The intergalactic subplot is almost forgettable. The rest of the book is that good.

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8.0
Superman: Lois and Clark #3

Jan 3, 2016

For a bit of diversity in character while staying inside DCs top tier of characters, Superman: Lois and Clark is a different sort of book. There continue to be surprises and a fair amount of tension as the danger of their exposure is always there. This type of set up can be used for long time if utilized correctly. This book has the potential to stay around despite its solicitation as a 10 issue mini-series. No matter, this is a solid book with familiar characters and nice characterization, the perfect series for those readers who miss the pre- New 52 line and those who are looking for something a little different, but familiar.

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8.0
Superman: Lois and Clark #4

Feb 27, 2016

This series continues to be thoroughly entertaining. Perhaps, with Rebirth looming DC Comics sees the potential for a Superman series set in the pre-Flashpoint continuity. Anyway you slice it, the characterization is fantastic and the story compelling. It certainly adds some variety and diversity to the super-hero line, even if it feels familiar. In a good way.

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8.0
Superman: Lois and Clark #6

Mar 29, 2016

The Oblivion Stone- as I thought about what powers this object might contain, it occurred to me that this may play into DC Universe: Rebirth which is fast approaching. Oblivion might be the fate of some of the characters during the event. If you check out Junes Superman solicits it may reveal who that is. It might be a good idea to stick around Lois and Clark to see what it's all about. 4 1/2.

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8.0
Superman: Lois and Clark #7

Apr 26, 2016

Once again, the team has done a very nice job conveying the humanity of Superman and managed to focus on the character elements while telling the action side of a Superman story as well. This Super-family seems to be the future of the Superman franchise, so you might want to check it out.

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6.0
Superman: Lois and Clark #8

May 29, 2016

Not a bad end to this mini-series, but a bit incomplete. This may have more to do with editorial than the creative team.

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8.0
Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #4

May 6, 2016

This is a great opportunity to see a giant in the field work on the most well-known super-hero of all. Neal Adams still executes at a high level and its just plain exciting to see it in a current book. It also allows readers to experience a version of Superman that is quite different feeling from current continuity. Do yourself a favor and experience two legends for the price of one.

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9.0
Superwoman #2

Sep 14, 2016

This comic does a great job existing in the world of Superman without featuring Superman. Much like Captain Americaafter his death a few years ago, Superwoman is doing a wonderful job telling a story with an ensemble cast with the main hero absent from the equation. And like Ed Brubaker's Captain America, it succeeds on the strength of characterization and a mystery which are just as compelling if not more than the absent hero.

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8.0
Superwoman #3

Oct 12, 2016

This is one of those books that takes place in the Super-world without directly being about Superman. For years, it's been known that Clark's supporting cast could hold its own in a series. Superwoman is not what most probably had in mind, but this title is very well done and it's is taking the characters we already care about and giving them a story line that is not dependent on Superman.

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9.0
Superwoman #4

Nov 10, 2016

This book succeeds on great character work and a sympathetic approach for a top tier villain. Throw in the spirit of Lois Lane and you've got a completely unique, fun and well executed title.

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8.0
Superwoman #5

Dec 14, 2016

Superwoman continues to be a great Super-title! There must be some resolution with the Lois subplot with either an explanation Lana can live with or an acceptance on her part. Surely, the bizarro holds the key, and what happened to Lex? There are still lots of unanswered questions to bring a reader back.

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6.0
Superwoman #6

Jan 11, 2017

This issue has a lot and it slows the arc down overall, and while the main threat is Lena, Lois's fate is the most important aspect that we continue to get very little on. It's a little unbalanced, but not bad.

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8.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #3

Mar 4, 2016

In addition to being visually and atmospherically stunning, this title gives hope that there could be a place for similar books in DCs publishing line. Its certainly a throwback, but thats one of the reasons why its so good. Theres also a little bit of EC Comics horror in here as well, just like the two wonderful horror books Archie Comics is producing though not on a consistent publishing schedule. Theres no reason DC cant do the same. There are a number of characters that would fit easily into the milieu that Wein is building in Swamp Thing.

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7.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #4

Apr 8, 2016

By all accounts, theres no way back for Holland. It appears that Cable has stolen his powers and will be allowed to use them for his own gain. As Holland is swallowed up by the earth on the final page, it becomes clear that the horror will continue. Perhaps, Holland will be granted a new lease on his Swamp Thing life by the Parliament of Tress as he descends into the ground. The story continues to entertain and present a twist on the traditional take on the horror of being Swamp Thing.

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8.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #5

May 13, 2016

Wein and Jones continue to tell a surprising, horrific and entertaining story. Swamp Thing and DC Supernatural fans from any era will appreciate this book.

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9.0
Swamp Thing (2016) #6

Jun 16, 2016

You cant miss this issue if youve been following the previous 5. This series has been a wonderful take on Swamp Thing. It has combined the look and tone of the original series from the 70s while maintaining the continuity of the New 52. The series ultimately shows Alec Holland coming to terms with his life as Swamp Thing and that he sees it as a responsibility as well as a burden he must carry, if for no other reason than it allows him to help others. Ultimately, this series serves as a nice introduction to the character for new readers while revisiting themes for the initiated. It stands as a reminder that the supernatural and horror genres are under represented at DC currently.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2014) #3

Oct 17, 2014

This book definitely feels contemporary. And despite that I liked it. It echoed things of Titans past while being completely different- and that was not what I was expecting. Its easy enough to jump in. Theres enough allusion to whats already transpired that the reader doesnt feel lost. As one of the few re-launches of original New 52 titles, this book is on the right track. Its worth your time to give it a chance.

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6.0
Teen Titans (2014) #6

Jan 22, 2015

Overall, this was an uneven issue. There were a few moments of really intriguing stuff, yet it was unfortunately balanced by some very run of the mill super-hero comic filler. For a newer reader this probably wont bother you.

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6.0
Teen Titans (2014) #15

Dec 29, 2015

This is a solid comic. Its a fun one and done that ties in smoothly with Robin War. Theres clearly a lot of potential here and a great tease for the future with the appearance of Brother Blood. This may not re-invent the medium, but it holds its own without being overwhelmed by the Robin War tie-in. 3 1/2

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8.0
The Legend of Wonder Woman #5

May 6, 2016

Its no secret that Diana just appeared in a feature film for the first time in March. Its no secret that she going to appear in her own film next year. This series perfectly piggy-backs on that without telling the same story. Its clear that theres a synergy going on here. Certainly, this wont spoil anything for the movie, but at the same time I think it sets the reader in the right frame of mind. Additionally, this doesnt seem like an editorial directive, but rather creators that have drilled down to the essence of the character in all her incarnations.

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8.0
The Legend of Wonder Woman #6

May 21, 2016

This is a fun, all-ages book that is not juvenile in its approach. Theres a hope and positivity in this Wonder Woman that hits the mark on the core of her character. In The Legend of Wonder Woman, Diana comes across as the iconic character she is and the story is good enough to match the tone. 4 .

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8.0
The Multiversity #2

May 4, 2015

Like most of Morrisons work, The Multiversity #2 asks a lot of the reader. For those willing to invest the effort it is exquisite. His exploration of the fourth wall and meta-textual storytelling is singular.

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8.0
The Multiversity: Mastermen #1

Feb 19, 2015

Like the rest of Multiversity, Mastermen is a thoughtful, engaging comic. It challenges the reader and really questions the nature of Superman and explores his self-image and psyche. It belongs on the shelf next to Morrisons best Superman work, All-Star Superman.

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10
The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1

Nov 21, 2014

Everyone should read this comic. Period. Every comic fan should read this. It is that well done on every level. However, depending on ones taste, I dont think its for everyone. Everyone wont come away liking this issue. Some may actually hate it. Im not even sure how I feel after two reads. However, I think it is easy to agree that Morrison and Quitely have done a fantastic job at creating a comic book. It's like reading Will Eisner, love it or hate it you cannot deny the skill at which these creators operate in the art form. It's that good.

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8.0
The Multiversity: Society of Super-Heroes #1

Sep 19, 2014

A fun issue that chips away at the surface of the potential of the parallel earth concept. I think it has something for almost everyone. Even if you don't care about the whole of The Multiversity the characters are interesting, engaging and moving along in a quick paced plot that will entertain. In that sense it can stand on its own much like an old EC science fiction story stands on its own. Make it 4 and 1/2 Daily Planets.

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6.0
The Multiversity: The Just #1

Oct 29, 2014

As always with Morrison, theres a lot going on under the surface and between the lines. He puts a lot of references in both direct and indirect. It makes for an enjoyable experience, even if it feels like this issue slowed the progress of the over-arching narrative down. He saves it with Batmans insight about the comics. But there is something unsettling here that makes it feel off-kilter. Perhaps, that what Morrison wants the reader to feel, a little uneasy, a little unsure. I have no doubt that when read all together it will fit seamlessly with the rest of the story, but standing alone it did not come across as strong as last months Society of Super-Heroes. 3 1/2 Daily Planets.

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8.0
The Multiversity: Thunderworld Adventures #1

Dec 23, 2014

As each issue of The Multiversity has offered glimpses of different worlds and genres this issue is no different. Thunderworld presents a more black and white approach to super-hero comics and a real trip into the past. Capturing the look and feel of Golden Age Captain Marvel comics this issue maintains the fun of comics that Morrison is playing with throughout the series, but this book is a special treat for those fans who have missed the original Captain Marvel. 4 Whiz StationsI mean Daily Planets.

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10
The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1

Apr 15, 2015

Morrison has managed to combine the notions of Innocence and Experience in the comic. In a very real way, it is a statement on the development of comics in their 80 plus year history. Ultra has an innocent approach to a world that is the very definition of experience as he himself utters when he realizes that evil has won. Is that a pessimistic view? Or is it a meta-texual commentary on comics. Morrison wont tell you outright, youve got to read or not read Ultra Comics to figure it out.

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9.0
The Sandman Special (2017) #1

Aug 16, 2017

This issue celebrates Jack Kirby in multiple ways and is a true joy to read! If you're not a fan of The King, perhaps this will get you interested in learning more about his work! If you are, well, sit back and enjoy a book that honors, celebrates and pays homage to one of the greatest comic book creators of all time!

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8.0
Titans: Rebirth #1

Jun 15, 2016

This book is both accessible to new readers and exactly what old fans have been wishing for. Additionally, it pushes the mystery of the missing 10 years forward just enough and gives the team a renewed purpose. The Rebirth story line will continue in Titans. Its only appropriate that Wally spearheads this as the post-Rebirth DCU finds its footing.

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4.0
Vigilante: Southland #1

Oct 28, 2016

This was unremarkable, but not unreadable. In trying to play the diversity card, the execution leans too far into the stereotypical. The only really likable character is dead. Its an uphill battle for the creative team to get some empathy for Donny going. Weak start to this mini-series.

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4.0
Vigilante: Southland #2

Nov 23, 2016

Vigilante: Southland #2 shows a little bit more promise than issue #1, but without making the lead character more interesting, the supporting characters will always draw away the focus from Donny. There's very little inspiring about Donny, so there's an uphill battle for sympathy every step of the way. Perhaps there's an audience for this book, but it is an elusive one.

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4.0
Vigilante: Southland #3

Dec 28, 2016

Casagrande and Brusco's work gives this book the 2 star rating alone. Not sure what this book is really supposed to do but secure he copyright for the Vigilante concept again. DC should probably try a different take on the character, perhaps a return to the Greg Saunders incarnation.

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8.0
We Are Robin #7

Dec 21, 2015

If you are following Robin War, you will definitely no want to miss this issue. If you are unsure of “Robin War,” this is not a bad issue to try out. It gives enough information for a new reader that one wont feel lost going in. This is a wonderful chapter in a crossover that is celebrating Robins 75th Anniversary. Theres something for almost every comic reader here- character, mystery and an engaging story.

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8.0
Worlds' Finest #27

Oct 12, 2014

Perhaps Im just a sucker for the alternate versions of Superman and Batman, but I think this is a great first issue. It connects the characters back to the first issue of the Earth 2 title and gives greater insight into the world from which the previous main characters, Power Girl and Huntress, came. Levitz has enough exposition in Lois/Red Tornados introductory remarks that make it easy to jump right in to the story. This is a must for a fan of Earth 2 or any fan of mulitversal stories. Go buy it now! 4 Daily Planets- 4 is not quite enough!

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