Minhquan Nguyen's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Weekly Comic Book Review Reviews: 1536
7.4Avg. Review Rating

8.0
100 Bullets: Brother Lono #1

Jun 20, 2013

A solid, harrowing debut that operates quite well as its own beast, though its mileage may vary for fans of the series it spun off from.

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8.4
100 Bullets: Brother Lono #2

Jul 21, 2013

Azzarello tackles one of the most volatile combinations in humanity"religion and sin"and manages to render a compelling portrait, which grasps at some kind of truth about faith in the real world. His plot could use greater definition, however.

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8.0
100 Bullets: Brother Lono #3

Aug 25, 2013

The story finally gets its plot moving in a coherent fashion, but you're still frustrated by the shortage of specifics.

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8.4
100 Bullets: Brother Lono #4

Sep 24, 2013

Now we've really got a story on our hands, what with all the different forces gathered in one place and ready to combust at a single spark. Light it up, I say!

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8.4
100 Bullets: Brother Lono #5

Oct 23, 2013

The issue keeps you very much interested in the outcome of Lono's path toward redemption by giving you something of an early climax, but puts quite a few plotlines on the backburner in the process

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7.0
100 Bullets: Brother Lono #7

Jan 14, 2014

Azzarello's unromantic view of the world means that some characters, just like some people, may live, even die, without much meaning, but that makes for a less than satisfying comic.

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8.4
100 Bullets: Brother Lono #8

Mar 4, 2014

A very definite resolution that nevertheless leaves a great deal unanswered.

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9.6
Action Comics #897

Jan 26, 2011

Despite the lack of anything remotely resembling explosions, the drama in this issue is just as intriguing to read. And with Larfleeze as the nest issue's guest star, an explosion is only a matter of time.

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9.6
Action Comics #898

Feb 24, 2011

It's been a very strong run for Cornell and Luthor on Action Comics, and this issue, good as it is, makes you wistful that its end is near. Only the promise of the ultimate blow-up can resign you to wishing the end will come as soon as possible.

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3.0
Action Comics #901

May 27, 2011

Reign of the Doomsdays may not be the worst crossover storyline DC has ever produced (e.g., Amazons Attack!), but it's a strong contender. I can't wait until Cornell can use his chops for something worthwhile again. Unfortunately, that's still at least three issues away.

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2.0
Action Comics #902

Jun 26, 2011

My jaw is to the floor"not in a good way. It's just appalling how this title, in the same hands that brought it such terrific storytelling for over a year, has suddenly turned almost hackish. I can't bring myself to take any more of this; consider this Dropped.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #0

Sep 6, 2012

Only partially substantial and largely unnecessary, but it's still a very enjoyable reading experience.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #1

Sep 8, 2011

This is easily one of the least flashy versions of the Man of Steel yet, but also the most approachable. A strong start to what may or may not be a new golden era for comics' greatest icon.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #2

Oct 7, 2011

Mildly entertaining with an important character development for this iteration of the Man of Steel, but also a bit too slow and more muddled, artistically.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #3

Nov 2, 2011

While still a bit light on the "Action" side of things, the issue has plenty of dramatics to keep you invested, and all signs point to a major confrontation with a classic foe next time around"though it might not be the one you expect.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #4

Dec 8, 2011

While a compelling enough read, this story, like its star, doesn't reach to the stratospheric heights of which it is capable, and is further hampered by a mostly unmemorable backup feature.

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6.0
Action Comics (2011) #5

Jan 5, 2012

A touching back-up feature, a competent (but not inspired) retelling of Superman's origins, and a completely disconnected plotline makes this issue one severely mixed bag.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #6

Feb 3, 2012

Despite its flaws, the story manages to produce the sense of wonder this much-hyped series promised way back when. Let's see if Morrison can keep that going.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #7

Mar 8, 2012

Imaginative and smart as always, but not all that inspired. This series still has yet to live up to its hyped-up promise, and those cloying back-ups certainly aren't helping.

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6.0
Action Comics (2011) #8

Apr 6, 2012

Yet another disappointment from one of DC's "flagship titles. It simply doesn't bring the great and grand Superman tale we've all been hoping for, which means thus far, the new DC has done little to revitalize its trademark hero for a modern audience.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #9

May 5, 2012

Easily the most fun I've had on this series since it relaunched; now this is the Morrison-penned Superman comic we've been waiting for.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #10

Jun 7, 2012

A lot of great moments, each of which would be the seed of a great story, but mashed together, they all lack the impact they're potentially capable of.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #11

Jul 7, 2012

The story begins to tighten at last, and the star finally acts like himself, only with some youthful zip in his voice and manner. Let's hope the Morrison magic can work again.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #12

Aug 4, 2012

While the ambitious plot already teeters on the edge of success and failure, the storytelling stays strong, but the inconsistent arm drags it all down.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #13

Oct 5, 2012

I enjoyed this issue quite a bit, but I suspect many won't feel the same if they don't love Krypto as much as I do. It's safer to say this is a more middle-of-the-road issue, considering the hokier elements you have to work with here.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #14

Nov 8, 2012

The story suffers from both breathless pacing and unimpressive art, and a solid back-up feature can do little to help that situation.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #15

Dec 6, 2012

The issue suffers from somewhat weak art, but otherwise shows Morrison in fine shape, delivering the kind of story only he can devise.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #16

Jan 10, 2013

Mr. Morrison, it's only my appreciation for what you're trying to do that keeps me from going any further beyond calling this issue "questionable." I hope you can completely overturn my expectations in the next chapter.

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6.0
Action Comics (2011) #17

Feb 22, 2013

The best thing that can be said about this issue is that it's an interesting experiment that doesn't quite pan out as anyone would hope.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #18

Mar 22, 2013

Powerful in many respects, but confusingly executed. This is Morrison's eager, ambitious work in its rawest form, which is unfortunate because some polish on both the textual and artistic sides would have easily elevated this story to something approaching a masterpiece.

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5.0
Action Comics (2011) #19

Apr 4, 2013

Way for Diggle to bring Superman back to basics"so much so that he lacks any novelty or freshness whatsoever. Dropped.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #23.2

Sep 17, 2013

It sends some mixed signals on what drives Krypton's greatest villain, and it's hampered by somewhat messy art, but it's nonetheless a fascinating take on the longtime antagonist.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #23.3

Sep 20, 2013

Though dragged down by mediocre art, Soule captures the essence of Lex Luthor's villainy, but also his appeal.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #25

Nov 12, 2013

A strong first outing from Pak that's dampened by an unnecessary, distracting back-up feature. Pak's clearly making some risky choices in his approach to the Superman mythos, and a few pay off surprisingly well.

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9.0
Action Comics (2011) #26

Dec 9, 2013

There may be more ambitious Superman stories elsewhere, but the character's output will have a whole lot more integrity if issues like this one became the textbook example of a Superman story for our times.

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9.0
Action Comics (2011) #27

Jan 11, 2014

Crazy as it sounds, Superman is actually becoming fun again. If Pak-Kuder can continue this streak, DC's first and biggest icon may recapture the glory that made him a star in the first place.

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9.0
Action Comics (2011) #28

Feb 10, 2014

Marvelously entertaining, stacked with the humor, adventure, mystery, drama, and that little touch of moral weight that makes for excellent comics.

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6.0
Action Comics (2011) #30

Apr 7, 2014

Kuder's near-absence proves how crucial he's been to the power of Pak's Action Comics run. Pak gets Superman involved in some interesting discussion, though it doesn't really lead anywhere except for an ominous warning of future threats.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #31

May 21, 2014

Only slightly more substantial than you feared a Doomsday story would end up, but not so much so to declare this a hit-in-the-making.

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5.0
Action Comics (2011) #32

Jun 6, 2014

Mindless without the redemption of being entertaining most of the time.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) #33

Jul 8, 2014

If you can ignore the parts where Doomsday is involved, the story's not half-bad, and Kuder's art is always worth looking at.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #34

Aug 13, 2014

Amazingly enough, you're excited to see how this story's going to turn out, even if it's been quite a slog to get to this point.

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5.0
Action Comics (2011) #35

Oct 5, 2014

Doomed is over, but its dulling effects linger. Pak retreads old ground and continues in the same direction.

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8.4
Action Comics (2011) #36

Nov 11, 2014

Pak's Action Comics is back in shape, ready to provide more classic Superman stories with a modern spin.

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9.0
Action Comics (2011) #38

Jan 12, 2015

A Superman story that ventures into somewhat uncharted territory and finds fertile ground there.

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8.0
Action Comics (2011) #39

Feb 10, 2015

If there's a mission statement to the reinvention of Superman during the New 52, it's make him more like us. Youth and inexperience went a long way, but the writers have definitely taken pains to give him a wider range of emotional experience: the cockiness of knowing he's the powerful man in almost any room, the allure of pure sexual attraction, the grief of losing his parents. Pak has been a committed part of that wave, carefully tuning Clark's voice to sound like a human first, a superhuman second.

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7.0
Action Comics (2011) Annual #1

Nov 1, 2012

First-class art with a mixed bag of writing. Ultimately, it's the story that matters, and no matter how much you love Hamner or Sook, they can't elevate a mediocre tale that far.

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6.0
Action Comics (2011) Annual #3

Aug 10, 2014

We finally put Doomsday (mostly) behind us to concentrate on better things, although Pak possibly makes a major misstep along the way.

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5.0
Action Comics (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 6, 2014

An odd, simplistic little fable that doesn't really take advantage of the five-year jump, nor will it stand out to anyone reading for the first time.

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8.0
Adventures Of Superman #523

Feb 14, 2011

The allure of new characters strengthened by gorgeous art makes the debut of the Legion Academy a worthwhile read. I highly recommend giving it a shot.

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8.0
Adventures Of Superman #524

Mar 17, 2011

New blood seems to be just the thing to make Legion fun again; their adventures may be smaller in scale than their adult counterparts', but at least they get you more invested.

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6.0
Adventures Of Superman #525

Apr 14, 2011

With three plots running at once in one issue, none of them get the chance to really grab your interest.

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5.0
Adventures Of Superman #526

May 8, 2011

If Levitz will wise up and get rid of these largely disposable "co-features," and if Jimenez or his equal returns to art duties, this title may recover its early momentum. If not, it's likely to become as bland a read as its sibling series.

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4.0
Adventures Of Superman #527

Jun 6, 2011

You'd think revolving an entire issue around one character would do more to make her palatable, but almost the opposite effect happens. This series is dangerously close to joining its sibling on the Dropped List.

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3.0
Adventures Of Superman #528

Jul 12, 2011

The enormous lack of originality and imagination has finally sent this title to the Dropped List, officially and unfortunately ending my attachment to the Legion for the time being. Maybe I'll see all you Legion-heads again when Legion Lost #1 (written and drawn by the always dependable Fabian Nicieza and Pete Woods) comes out.

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6.0
Adventures Of Superman (2013) #1

Jun 1, 2013

Like many of DC's digital-first projects, this series arrives with little relevance and even less originality. While the textual and artistic efforts are competent and respectable, ultimately, they give you little reason to follow this series on an ongoing basis"and I won't.

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8.0
All-New Ghost Rider #2

Apr 15, 2014

There's not much substance to the issue, but it proves that it can run on nearly pure adrenaline alone.

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8.0
All-New Ghost Rider #3

May 21, 2014

If you're in it for pure entertainment, this title works very well, but it's definitely not out to be intellectually and even emotionally stimulating in any significant way. Amicably Dropped.

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8.0
All-New Hawkeye #1

Mar 6, 2015

I was about to start by saying how bizarre it is to have All-New Hawkeye launching when Hawkeye, which is fairly new itself, is still running. But then I thought of how Batman and Spider-Man have about half a dozen titles each, which makes two Hawkeye ongoings seem positively restrained by comparison. I guess what feels weird about ANH is how it feels like a premature sequel, as if the Empire struck back before the Rebels were done blowing up the Death Star.*

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7.0
All-Star Western #0

Oct 3, 2012

A fascinating yarn that offers a bit of insight into a compelling character, but without much reason for telling it.

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8.0
All-Star Western #1

Oct 2, 2011

If you're going to mash pulp and western together, this is the way to do it. Right now, you get mostly Hex being Hex, which is always fun, but later issues have to prove Gotham needs his presence, or this series will be little more than an interesting novelty.

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6.0
All-Star Western #2

Nov 1, 2011

The issue would have gotten a higher grade had it not been packaged with the almost pointless "El Diablo" feature, which should never have been attached to this title.

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7.0
All-Star Western #3

Nov 27, 2011

A grim, intriguing beginning for a series showing the grim, intriguing beginning of Gotham City's dark shadow. Get rid of the unworthy co-feature and this title will have plenty good going for it.

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8.0
All-Star Western #4

Dec 31, 2011

With a better-resourced backup, and a still solid A-feature, this title continues to offer stuff no other book on the stands does, though it has a ways to go before it deserves a cult-favorite status.

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8.4
All-Star Western #5

Feb 2, 2012

It's hard to write a Western that breaks out of the strict trappings of the genre, but Gray-Palmiotti are actually starting to do it, in two stories at once. Here's wishing them even more progress in issues to come.

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7.0
All-Star Western #6

Feb 29, 2012

Some great art and a solid wrap to Hex's second arc gets weighed down by a highly disappointing finale to the back-up. Can you say mixed feelings?

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7.0
All-Star Western #7

Apr 3, 2012

Whatever else you have to say about this series, you have to admit it's unlike any other title out there, which would be virtue in itself enough. Luckily, we're also getting some fairly decent story and art out of it, though it hasn't quite found its stride just yet.

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8.4
All-Star Western #8

Apr 26, 2012

By far the strongest issue we've had so far on this series, which just goes to show there's room for an old genre to grow, after all.

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7.0
All-Star Western #9

May 30, 2012

A mixed bag for sure"a disappointing end to one story, an intriguing start to another, and a feature which just sits there.

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8.0
All-Star Western #10

Jul 5, 2012

Get rid of the back-up feature and this title would be the perfect dosage of western pulp every month.

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7.0
All-Star Western #11

Aug 1, 2012

Just get rid of the co-feature and this would be a solid monthly indulgence of the Western genre.

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7.0
All-Star Western #12

Aug 29, 2012

As always, I find myself a bit surprised that I enjoy this series as much as I do. But I'd enjoy it a heckuva lot more if it wasn't always saddled with a back-up I can't really care about.

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8.0
All-Star Western #13

Oct 31, 2012

Gray-Palmiotti show the very best of their appeal by taking the unexpected and mixing and molding them in unexpected ways. Please get rid of the back-ups, now.

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6.0
All-Star Western #14

Dec 4, 2012

The back-up mucks around with history in a futile sort of way, and while main feature has all the right toys in the sandbox, they haven't resulted in much worthwhile play.

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4.0
All-Star Western #15

Jan 8, 2013

Even by the lower standards by which a title like this gets reviewed by me, it's barely scraping the bottom of mediocrity. It's entirely possible this is just a bump in the road for the otherwise decent series, but at $3.99, I'm not sure it can afford even that.

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7.0
All-Star Western #16

Feb 5, 2013

Once again, Gray-Palmiotti manage to surprise you with certain storytelling choices, redeeming the series for another month, especially with the promise of the 19th-Century Stormwatch appearing next issue.

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5.0
All-Star Western #17

Mar 5, 2013

I had higher hopes for this series, given its premise, but it's never really capitalized on its promise and it doesn't look like it will do so anytime soon. Dropped.

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7.0
Ame-comi Girls #1

Oct 17, 2012

Splendidly entertaining, mostly unoriginal, with a lot of delightful art and some less-than-amazing art. And yet, the "Ame-Comi" part of the series remains a mystery.

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6.0
Ame-comi Girls #2

Nov 21, 2012

Points for some great art which actually works for an American-made manga, but which should be put to use on a much better script.

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3.0
Ame-comi Girls #3

Dec 18, 2012

It's been a long time since I've given a grade worse than a C- to anything, but this issue is a bit of a mess in plot, tone, and art, and trips itself even further by relying on some amazingly bad jokes. Obviously Dropped.

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8.4
Animal Man #0

Sep 7, 2012

An enlightening reintroduction of Animal Man to a new generation, with strong art. For the loyalists, there's stuff to enjoy, but it won't be quite as substantial.

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9.0
Animal Man #1

Sep 9, 2011

With these "Dark" titles, DC wanted to bring some new flavors to the selection of mainstream comics, and if this series is any indication, they have a good chance of succeeding. It makes me very happy to think you can see a title like this side-by-side with The Avengers and Batman.

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9.0
Animal Man #2

Oct 7, 2011

This issue maintains its gripping spell as it takes mainstream comics to brand-new dark corners.

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9.0
Animal Man #3

Nov 2, 2011

Like any good work of horror, it keeps you gripped the whole time you're in it, dreading and anticipating when things will take a turn for the even worse.

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9.0
Animal Man #4

Dec 9, 2011

The best scary stories are the ones that keep you wanting more in spite of your fear, and Animal Man certainly has that quality going for it. Even better, it looks like Lemire and Foreman are just getting to the good stuff.

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9.0
Animal Man #5

Jan 7, 2012

It troubles your mind and stomach for all the right reasons. This series continues to hold you in its grip as it gradually progresses to the inevitable crossover with Swamp Thing, the very idea of which grows more exciting with every issue.

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8.4
Animal Man #6

Feb 4, 2012

Call it a movie or a comic, but either way, it makes great reading. Lemire's still redefining what it means to create a mainstream comic book, and if others take his lead, there's a great future ahead for the medium.

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8.4
Animal Man #7

Mar 12, 2012

An important expository issue in the sense that it sets up the type of family drama we can expect from the story from here on in, as well as the losses at stake should things turn out for the worse.

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8.4
Animal Man #8

Apr 6, 2012

The scary moments never stop on this title, and the odds just get worse and worse for our heroes"which, if anything, makes you more invested than ever in their fates. Even if Lemire somehow delivers the worst-written issue ever next time, you'll still be in for the long haul.

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8.0
Animal Man #9

May 3, 2012

Solid and gripping, though the issue doesn't really carry you too far into the storyline. It's really about time Buddy became the great hero he's mean to be, though it appears he'll have to go through a purifying death journey to do it.

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8.4
Animal Man #10

Jun 9, 2012

There's a lot happening here, but it's mostly world-building and groundwork for the next major showdown. Still more than substantial enough for your money, though.

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8.4
Animal Man #11

Jul 9, 2012

Not the most punchy ending to an arc, but Lemire's solid writing, with strong guest art from Ponticelli, make this a quietly gripping one.

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8.0
Animal Man #12

Aug 6, 2012

Nothing too outstanding just yet, but we are only in the prologue of Lemire and Snyder's collaborative masterwork. They only need to get you primed and nervous for what's next, and they manage that easily.

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6.0
Animal Man #13

Oct 5, 2012

While the ambition of this storyline remains and with it a possibility to turn this arc towards a conclusion worthy of its hype, things seem less than impressive at present.

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6.0
Animal Man #14

Nov 10, 2012

Highly uneven art and a story losing its momentum results in a mostly average read overall.

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7.0
Animal Man #15

Dec 7, 2012

A couple highlights only illuminate the general blandness of the rest of the issue all the more, though it seems like Lemire is getting back a touch of the momentum he's lost.

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7.0
Animal Man #16

Jan 13, 2013

The ideas are good, the execution less so, and the art only hampers things further.

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6.0
Animal Man #17

Feb 8, 2013

When a hero becomes secondary in his own title, that's never a good thing, and the art is ill-equipped to deal with the massive amounts of action taking place in the issue.

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5.0
Animal Man #18

Mar 9, 2013

It's truly amazing how low this title has sunk in the last few months. It makes you wonder if it's special enough to keep the faith in anymore.

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6.0
Animal Man #19

Apr 5, 2013

Shockingly, it's not the most moving portrayal of a father losing his son you've seen this year, even though it involves some of the ostensibly more grounded characters in the DCU proper. That alone should tell you how desperately this title needs a reset at this point.

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8.0
Animal Man #20

May 7, 2013

A much simpler, cleaner sort of tale, and, not coincidentally, something of a return to form for Lemire, with strong artistic aid from Leon.

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6.0
Animal Man #21

Jun 25, 2013

An accurate depiction of grief in the wake of death, but not as emotionally impactful as it should be, and ultimately overshadowed by a plodding plot.

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5.0
Animal Man #22

Jul 23, 2013

Given the utter shallowness of the villains at work here, it does seem like Lemire is simply phoning it in at this point, perhaps too occupied by Justice League happenings to focus on smaller fry. I don't know how much more of this merciless mediocrity I can take.

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5.0
Animal Man #23

Aug 27, 2013

At this point, it's hard to tell whether your discouragement with the title is due to the seemingly endless tragedy it produces, or due to its wearisome execution.

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6.0
Animal Man #24

Oct 22, 2013

Much as I appreciate the title's new duds via Albuquerque, the story feels too redundant and one-dimensional to make continuing on worth it. Dropped.

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8.0
Animal Man Annual #1

Jun 3, 2012

While it's not quite substantial enough to be considered a must-read, there's enough new information here to be worth your time, though the art is not quite as potent as it should be.

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8.0
Animal Man Annual #2

Aug 2, 2013

A decent story that works better as a study into our hero's competing interests as superhero and father, strengthened by Foreman's perfectly attuned artistic efforts.

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9.6
Annihilator #1

Sep 13, 2014

A roiling mass of fiction, metafiction, and realism that threatens to gnaw itself to death, if only to yield new, even more potent life.

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8.0
Ant-Man #2

Feb 9, 2015

There's a lot of glamor in superhero comics, and I'm not just talking about the perfect bodies, cutting-edge tech, and spectacular plots. I'm talking about characters who seem immune to the ordinary screw-ups of everyday life. For sure, there's a paradox to a person capable of superhuman feats yet making a total fail in common sense, but it's one that applies to all of us. It explains how you can manage a vast load of children's dependency cases on a daily basis, yet also eat a sandwich with the wrapper still on it fifteen percent of the time.*

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8.4
Aquaman (2011) #0

Sep 29, 2012

At once tender and mythical, it seems Johns has found the exact tone needed to make Aquaman special.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #1

Sep 29, 2011

This series gives us a chance to take a good long look at Aquaman on his own terms, and he makes a pretty impressive figure. While the action of the plot leaves much to be desired, we get some very strong personal scenes that do much for building his character.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #2

Oct 27, 2011

This is Johns doing what he does best, which is telling superhero stories from a very human perspective. While still a bit slow to take off, the strong doses of action and drama, coupled with superlative art, will keep you pleased for another month.

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8.4
Aquaman (2011) #3

Nov 24, 2011

Arthur's popularity may continue as a recurring motif in future issues, but after this one, you'll understand it's immaterial. Our hero doesn't care what you think of him; he'll do the right thing anyway. Slow pacing aside, this story packs good substance and deserves attention.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #4

Dec 29, 2011

A perfectly enjoyable, functional story, though Johns misses opportunities to really hit home runs with his material.

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8.4
Aquaman (2011) #5

Jan 30, 2012

While more complete and substantial than most issues, ultimately this one still serves as a prelude to a bigger story, albeit a very good one.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #6

Feb 23, 2012

A light, breezy issue which introduces a few dramatic overtones to the title's second banana; the art, however, takes a step down, making the issue suffer more than it needed to.

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8.4
Aquaman (2011) #7

Mar 29, 2012

Here is where Johns hits his stride, veering away from meta jokes in favor of real, old-fashioned, long-term storytelling.

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8.4
Aquaman (2011) #8

Apr 26, 2012

Though a bit slow and stingy on details, the issue has a strong emotional pulse which quickens when the action gets going, and you can't deny Johns introduces a number of interesting plot elements here.

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8.4
Aquaman (2011) #9

May 25, 2012

For those of you who remember Johns' superb early work on Teen Titans and the rebirthed Green Lantern, he's bringing some of that same magic here.

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8.4
Aquaman (2011) #10

Jul 2, 2012

Since I'm a bit of an Aquaman fan, it's no shocker for me to say this, but I imagine it'll be shocking for many of you who share my sentiment"this may be on its way to becoming one of the most purely enjoyable superhero comics I'm reading.

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8.4
Aquaman (2011) #11

Jul 31, 2012

It would not be out of the question to say that Johns' Aquaman will become one of the, if not the definitive runs for the character. If this doesn't merit our favorite undersea king his position as one of DC's icons, nothing will.

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9.0
Aquaman (2011) #12

Sep 4, 2012

A great sample of what the modern superhero comic should be. Even with all the action and outlandish ideas, there's room for heartfelt emotion from both script and art.

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9.0
Aquaman (2011) #13

Nov 2, 2012

Johns has always striven to find reflections of real life in the most implausible superhero stories and this issue has him succeeding beyond our expectations. Reis, as always, delivers top-notch superhero art.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #14

Nov 30, 2012

A mostly straightforward, predictable, and windy use of a prologue chapter, one that does little to inspire excitement for the arc to come.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #15

Jan 2, 2013

A satisfying follow-up to the first chapter of this latest major Justice League adventure. A solid start bodes well for the future.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #16

Feb 1, 2013

If nothing else, there's a lot of excitement to be had here, although both Johns and Pelletier fall a little short of the maximum impact they could have.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #17

Mar 1, 2013

A solid start to a new arc, with our hero set for some interesting new challenges, both on a political level and on an adventure level.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #18

Mar 30, 2013

Pelletier clearly doesn't have the same polished look as Ivan Reis, but with Rod Reis bringing the same lush coloring, Pelletier can impress on his own right. He has a simpler style of figure, a little cartoonier, a little less detailed, and a little less emotionally convincing, but it still captures most of the same adventurous and somewhat sinister tones we've had on this series up till now.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #19

May 6, 2013

With all the new material Johns is bringing to the series, there are distinct echoes of the glory days of his Green Lantern revival here.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #20

May 25, 2013

Ostrander does a good job with the space he's given, but ultimately the potential of his story gets nipped by the fact that he only has one short issue to work with. This seems to me a sign that the Others is a big enough concept to carry a title of its own.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #21

Jul 3, 2013

While his overall story is intriguing enough, Johns' execution continues to be something of a mixed bag. I really think comic book history will look back on Johns as a great ideas-man, but only an occasionally gifted craftsman. Looking at this issue, you can enjoy his constant additions to the Aquaman mythos, from the brusque Dr. Rhodon to the rejuvenation of forgotten villain Scavenger. But almost spoiling these bright points are moments of unengaging, even dull writing, especially the pontificating monologues.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #22

Jul 29, 2013

The art and script are fine, but both can definitely use some extra zip.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #23

Sep 2, 2013

A few good thrills to be had, and as always, an enticing cliffhanger, although some of the storytelling choices leave something to be desired.

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3.0
Aquaman (2011) #23.1

Sep 15, 2013

A flat look at Aquaman's biggest foe that makes almost no attempt to improve the character. If that wasn't disappointing enough, the issue also duplicates far too much material from Forever Evil without adding new spin. It shouldn't get credit for cloning another's work.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #23.2

Sep 29, 2013

The issue provides more suggestions of the villain's life than hard information, but it's nonetheless an interesting glimpse into his still-developing moral boundaries and attitudes towards a world he considers foreign. Stronger art would have been appreciated.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #24

Oct 28, 2013

This is fantasy comics, pure and simple, with a bit of a superhero twist. Johns and Pelletier execute their work well, but fall short of the inspiration needed for excellence.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #25

Nov 30, 2013

Considering this is Johns' swan song on the title, it doesn't have nearly the punch it should. There are too many defects in execution, and the art isn't strong enough to push past them.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #26

Jan 6, 2014

A competent first issue to Parker's follow-up on a remarkable Aquaman run, though he perhaps expends his efforts on mostly the wrong places. The art can use a strong boost as well.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #27

Feb 3, 2014

Nothing new to see here, or very little, anyway. Parker's execution is fine, but he hasn't proven himself a source of great ideas yet.

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6.0
Aquaman (2011) #29

Apr 1, 2014

The plot requires an incredulous deficiency of human intelligence to operate, but at least the results are worth building on.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #30

Apr 29, 2014

A lot of action fluff to pad the way for bigger, more important storylines to come.

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8.0
Aquaman (2011) #31

Jun 2, 2014

A lot of activity in this issue, most of it fun and productive.

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5.0
Aquaman (2011) #34

Sep 2, 2014

The first completely Arthur-centric issue in a long time and it's one of the least exciting. Not a good sign.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #36

Nov 30, 2014

There are a lot of interesting connections to make between the Manhunter from Mars and the King of the Seven Seas, but Parker's too interested in his own plot to explore any of them.

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7.0
Aquaman (2011) #38

Feb 4, 2015

I've been feeling the familiar numbness of indifference seep into my readings of Aquaman for the last few months, but I've never really been able to pin down where it was coming from. Parker's put a lot of effort into taking Arthur new, unexpected places each issue, and that's been a reliable source of interest. But it still feels like the series is lacking some vital spark to take it from diverting (read: worth perusing in the store) to critical (read: worth buying for many readings to come).

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4.0
Aquaman (2011) Annual #1

Nov 3, 2013

The Others was one of the best concepts to come out of the new adventures of Aquaman, but each time Ostrander works with them, he saps away a good deal of your interest. Some advice to the DC bigwigs: find someone with tighter writing skills and a bigger vision to do the Others, lest you ruin their already damaged potential.

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4.0
Aquaman (2011) Annual #2

Aug 4, 2014

Forgettable in script and art. For those possibly panicked by the issue's scarcity, don't be; it's not nearly worth the five bucks you'll be shelling out.

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8.4
Aquaman (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 9, 2014

Successfully gets you to want more, though rather inconclusive for a one-shot.

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6.0
Aquaman And The Others #1

Apr 5, 2014

The issue makes a good case for the Others to have a miniseries, not an ongoing, in a case of too little, too soon.

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4.0
Aquaman And The Others #2

May 13, 2014

Weakly, even shoddily constructed at nearly every turn in almost every manner. Even if things improve from here on out, it's impossible to believe it'll be dramatic enough to redeem the damage already done. Dropped.

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7.0
Archer & Armstrong #3

Oct 17, 2012

Entertaining, but extremely rushed and inflicted with slightly sloppy art. It also leaves you in confusion as to the direction and overarching plan for this series.

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6.0
Archer & Armstrong #4

Nov 21, 2012

For an issue where the world nearly met its end, it all feels like mostly a letdown. I think I'm willing to see if a new arc can catch my interest, but as it stands, the series feels like it's just making itself up as it goes along, with no idea what it wants to be or do.

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7.0
Archer & Armstrong #5

Dec 17, 2012

The issue seems to use the new arc as a chance to start afresh, with a more accessible storyline and stronger art. Worth a second chance.

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8.0
Archer & Armstrong #6

Jan 22, 2013

Things keep rolling smoothly in the world of Archer & Armstrong, though Van Lente seems to be making a concerted effort to tighten up his cast and give some actual direction to his story.

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7.0
Archer & Armstrong #7

Feb 18, 2013

It's hard to tell if Van Lente actually has a serious story up his sleeve or if he's just playing around. If it's the former, he has a lot of work to do; if it's the latter, he doesn't do quite enough.

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6.0
Archer & Armstrong #8

Mar 20, 2013

A very mechanical sort of issue, reusing a number of typical comic book tropes with Van Lente's humor to patch it all together.

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6.0
Archer & Armstrong #9

Apr 17, 2013

Van Lente never succeeded in getting me much attached to the characters, nor much invested in the story. There are more promising projects coming down the pike, which makes it easy for me to Drop this series for better things.

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7.0
Arkham Manor #1

Oct 26, 2014

A solid introduction that could have punched itself up a little better with more substance.

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8.0
Arkham Manor #2

Dec 1, 2014

There's a lot more we have to know before we can tell if Duggan knows what he's doing, but there are positive signs in this issue.

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6.0
Arkham Manor #4

Feb 3, 2015

Things are starting to spiral out of control on this series, and I don't mean just for Arkham itself. Duggan started off with a great premise (Arkham set up in Bruce's family home), delivered an interesting follow-up (Bruce enters as patient to investigate murders within), but now seems to be foundering on his next step. Last issue's Joker revelation definitely threw the story off track, but Duggan hasn't always kept a firm hand on the steering wheel to begin with.

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7.0
Arkham Manor #5

Mar 5, 2015

And just like that, we have merely another Bat-title on our hands. This is why people get cynical about Batman comics; DC releases yet another series starring the Dark Knight, promising it'll be different from all the others, and it ends up being Bruce stalking and beating down some madman with a shtick. Some might protest that all Batman stories are like that, with such reductive thinking. My rebuttal: then we should seriously reassess how many Bat-titles we're willing to support.

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8.4
Astro City (2013) #1

Jun 7, 2013

From the moment you start reading, it's clear Busiek gives you a story quite unlike anything else on the stands right now, but we know too little to know whether this is a masterpiece in the making.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #2

Jul 13, 2013

Busiek continues to prove the master of finding the universal elements in extraordinary circumstances, and at the rate of Anderson's artistic evolution, we'll have a near-perfect series before long.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #3

Aug 19, 2013

A little preachy and obvious with its message, but otherwise another terrific glimpse into an oft-ignored area of the superhero genre.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #4

Sep 17, 2013

The art is comfortable, though not ideal, but the scripting remains a treasure. Busiek may be the most cost-effective storyteller in the business, delivering more meaning and substance in one issue than most can in six.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #5

Oct 15, 2013

A lot of story for not as much usable information. Although Busiek and Anderson's skills are very much on point, it's not quite as meaningful a product as previous issues.

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8.4
Astro City (2013) #7

Dec 17, 2013

Though entirely focused on the purely superhero half of the series, Busiek doesn't lose sight of the humanity which makes the title's spirit.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #8

Jan 21, 2014

Astro City has always had a somewhat confusing relationship to its superhero side, which reveals itself in this issue. Still, there's enough of Busiek's usual spirit here to make the story worthwhile.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #9

Feb 18, 2014

A bit repetitive in regards to the obstacles our heroine faces, but otherwise intelligently written, with plenty of material for you to mull on.

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6.0
Astro City (2013) #17

Nov 27, 2014

For once, an Astro City issue that reads like more of the same superhero nonsense.

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8.4
Astro City (2013) #18

Dec 15, 2014

Busiek tackles another untrodden area in the superhero genre and gets some very good material out of it.

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8.0
Avengers Arena #1

Dec 12, 2012

I have my doubts as to whether Hopeless can deliver a story strong enough to overcome the inherent distastefulness of his premise, and while this issue doesn't settle the matter either way, it does have signs of being more than just shocking.

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7.0
Avengers Arena #2

Dec 19, 2012

Even though the technical parts of the issue are sound, I just don't think I can stomach seeing young heroes get killed off for so little reason and with so little meaning"twice a month. It will take some work to convince me not to Drop this series in a couple issues.

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8.0
Avengers Arena #3

Jan 13, 2013

The series vacillates between the truly enjoyable character bits and the largely dull and pointless murder scenes. I might just end up dropping the series anyway, since I have no interest in seeing anyone else get killed off.

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8.0
Avengers Arena #4

Feb 16, 2013

For what it is, Hopeless does a fine job. The only question is whether you really want to accept what he's offering. I, for one, do not. Dropped.

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7.0
Avengers: The Enemy Within #1

May 17, 2013

Loses points for being such an obvious money-grabber, but otherwise a solid chapter in Captain Marvel's greatest challenge since she took her new name.

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9.0
Batgirl (2009) #17

Jan 12, 2011

Still one of the"I'm just gonna say it"funnest products from DC nowadays, Batgirl lets you into a sunnier side of Gotham. The inclusion of Damian Wayne into the mix offers one of the best characterizations of him yet, and adds a whole 'nother level of entertainment to the issue.

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8.0
Batgirl (2009) #19

Mar 10, 2011

In the grand scheme of fiction, you need your gripping storylines and your just-plain fun stuff, and Batgirl fits the latter bill very well. Still, a little more attention to the crime-fighting aspect would help for you to take this title more seriously.

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8.0
Batgirl (2009) #20

Apr 16, 2011

Batgirl tends to carry you away just by being charming and fun, but it really needs more mission substance to be a true superhero title. Miller takes steps in that direction, but there's still a ways to go.

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8.4
Batgirl (2009) #21

May 16, 2011

This issue gives you the more serious side of Batgirl"and it's a good look. I wouldn't mind a little bit more of this kind of thing, since Miller does pretty well at it.

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9.0
Batgirl (2009) #22

Jun 19, 2011

Two lovable characters in total sympathy with each other, a foreign setting, fully-realized, oddball villains with a hero-and-world threatening plot, with a lot of laughs tossed in? If this isn't what comics are for, we might as well just stop reading.

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7.0
Batgirl (2009) #23

Jul 16, 2011

Miller tries to paint over the major gear-shift in story as best he can, and there are some enjoyable moments, but this is definitely not the way anyone expected this series to go.

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8.4
Batgirl (2009) #24

Aug 11, 2011

Story-wise, we'll have to give up the plot as a wash, but the issue is the perfect reminder of why this series and character have so deeply captured our affection. But save your tears; as Steph says, "It's only the end if you want it to be."

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8.4
Batgirl (2011) #1

Sep 8, 2011

Come to this title with no prejudices, and the smart writing and luscious art will soon worm its way into your heart. Barbara Gordon may just earn her bat again, if Simone capitalizes on her momentum here.

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8.0
Batgirl (2011) #2

Oct 13, 2011

It's obvious Simone has a lot of elements she wants to juggle, and that there's uncertainty as to which direction to take Ms. Gordon, but the series remains engaging and well-told.

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8.0
Batgirl (2011) #3

Nov 10, 2011

The A-story still hasn't sold itself, but the character work with the titular star and the interplay with her supporting cast and guest star almost make up for it.

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8.0
Batgirl (2011) #4

Dec 17, 2011

It hasn't been an entirely smooth ride, but having Barbara back in costume has been enjoyable nevertheless, and it feels like she's finally figuring out her stride.

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7.0
Batgirl (2011) #5

Jan 13, 2012

I dunno. While the reading hasn't been terrible by any means, Simone still seems to be struggling to capture the spark that will make this title live up to its hype.

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7.0
Batgirl (2011) #6

Feb 14, 2012

So far, the norm for this title is to have a handful of effective moments and another of tiresome, forced moments. Still, there's enough virtue to the series to keep it on my radar for the long term.

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7.0
Batgirl (2011) #7

Mar 16, 2012

Simone's chops are such that the issue flows well, no matter what, but the story's pulse still beats weakly, and the art adds little life support.

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6.0
Batgirl (2011) #8

Apr 15, 2012

Little improvements here and there, but the series' overall flaws are quickly becoming too great for such minor changes to matter.

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5.0
Batgirl (2011) #9

May 14, 2012

I understand that this issue is a one-shot tie-in, but the quality of this series has been degrading for a long time, regardless. I'll stick it out a while longer because Simone's attached to it, but I might as well say right here I don't have much confidence she can turn things around.

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6.0
Batgirl (2011) #10

Jun 17, 2012

While the discussion of real-world issues is pretty thoughtful, it raises more questions than it answers, and the superhero stuff feels flat at best.

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4.0
Batgirl (2011) #12

Aug 14, 2012

Though tempted to stick around to see what Simone can accomplish with frequent and sympathetic collaborator Ed Benes, I think a year's worth of disappointment is enough. Functional should not be the standard by which this writer operates with this character. Dropped.

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8.0
Batgirl (2011) #21

Jun 16, 2013

An issue that reads like Simone has finally figured out how to write Batgirl without trying too hard, boosted by strong, grounded artwork from Pasarin.

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9.6
Batgirl (2011) #35

Oct 9, 2014

Everything you want from Batgirl and so much more. Actually worth the hype in almost every way.

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9.0
Batgirl (2011) #36

Nov 17, 2014

Density's usually not a virtue in comics, but it is when every line of text simultaneously offers necessary information, advances the plot, fleshes out a character, or expands the world of Burnside, doing the same amount of work it would take other comics several issues to accomplish.

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8.4
Batgirl (2011) #37

Dec 12, 2014

It'd be nice to get some villains of real substance, but pure entertainment is a decent attraction, too.

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8.0
Batgirl (2011) #38

Jan 17, 2015

Stewart-Fletcher falter a bit in straightening out Babs' motivations, but eventually get her in a good place by the end of the issue.

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8.0
Batgirl (2011) #39

Feb 22, 2015

Can you believe it's only been five issues into this new run? Feels longer, doesn't it? The specific vibe and characters of Burnside feel so fully realized, so warm and familiar, that at times you get the impression Babs has lived here her whole life. But more than that, a lot has happened since Babs arrived: a wealth of new friends at home and at school, academic struggles, Dinah moving in and moving out, several romantic entanglements, and most of all, newfound celebrity and infamy.

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7.0
Batgirl (2011) Annual #1

Nov 4, 2012

I'm glad to see that Simone is still plugging away, trying to capture the spirit she wants for this title. She gets pretty close here, but is hampered by less than impressive art.

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7.0
Batman Annual #28

Dec 23, 2010

As annuals go, this one isn't terrible, but you can't come away from it without feeling like each story got short-changed a little. The art gets great treatment, however, and picks up the stories very well, so it's not a total loss. Despite the Batman Incorporated stamp, the issue only sticks to that concept half the time, so don't go in expecting a full tie-in.

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9.6
Batman '66 #1

Jul 18, 2013

I'll let the issue's appeal speak for itself. The Riddler is confounded by a riddle left where he his final prize should be: "What arrives / at any time of day or night / always ready / to fight the good fight?" From the rafters, Robin leaps out, "Answer?" and Batman joins him: "Justice!"Ka-bam!!!

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8.4
Batman '66 #2

Aug 27, 2013

While some of the novelty has worn off, it reveals a surprisingly solid bit of storytelling underneath with plenty of laughs still attached. If we can get Case to draw the whole issue every issue, that'd really ice the cake.

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8.0
Batman '66 #3

Sep 25, 2013

The first feature represents an experiment in more serious storytelling for this tribute series, and ought to be commended. The second feature reminds us why the original show became such a mockable fan-favorite in the first place.

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8.4
Batman '66 #4

Oct 23, 2013

Still as unrepentantly silly as ever, but offering little that requires forgiveness, aside from a comparatively underwhelming epilogue.

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6.0
Batman '66 #8

Feb 25, 2014

In TV terms, it's a decent bit of entertainment, the kind you'd watch if you happened to catch it, but not the kind you'd go out of your way for. Dropped, on friendly terms.

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4.0
Batman (2011) #23.4

Sep 28, 2013

A rather pointless kind of read, largely devoid of the complexities that make Bane such a great character and Tomasi such an admired writer.

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6.0
Batman (2011) Annual #1

May 30, 2012

While it has some redeeming points, it's overall a disappointing effort, especially from a piece of work with Snyder's name attached to a character for which he's become famous.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #0

Sep 13, 2012

A very interesting character study on one of the most complicated characters in the DCU. Fitting for the son of Batman.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #4

Dec 18, 2011

Other Bat-titles may deliver greater action, more potent mystery, or zanier plots, but none have made the Dark Knight and his sidekick seem so sympathetic and accessible. And anyway, this title's not short of action, mystery, or zaniness by any means.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #5

Jan 12, 2012

Among the pure superhero dramas being put out by the new 52, this one counts among the best, weaving tremendous character work and gripping plotting at the same time.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #6

Feb 10, 2012

It's a very different kind of drama and Batman story Tomasi's telling here, but a powerful one just the same, very much the rival of Scott Snyder's acclaimed work on Batman.

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8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #7

Mar 17, 2012

Some blisteringly explosive action, but the story's resolution falls a bit flat, as the dialogue takes a turn for the clich. A solid read, but a slightly disappointing end.

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9.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #8

Apr 14, 2012

Tomasi delivers what so few writers do: a satisfying conclusion to his story, where you feel a real sense of accomplishment, of major development. The emotional rewards from this arc feel like good compensation for your time and interest indeed.

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6.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #9

May 15, 2012

Not only forgettable, but downright counterproductive, making this issue seem like it comes from a completely different series than what we've been getting.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #10

Jun 16, 2012

A downtime issue for the Bat-family that's actually not down most of its time, but with more family than you might think.

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9.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #11

Jul 12, 2012

A worthy read from top to bottom, which only lacks so far in knowing exactly where the original source of all the tension comes from.

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8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #13

Oct 12, 2012

A solid, emotionally-driven read complicated by the presence, however slight, of other storylines. The pick-up art towards the end also tarnishes an otherwise visually sound issue.

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7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #14

Nov 19, 2012

Much as you'll love the big emotional moments of the issue, the actual plot provides a poor vehicle for them, and Giorello's art diminishes the usually sleek look of the title.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #15

Dec 13, 2012

Tomasi kicks off his tie-in to the big Bat-story of the year with much pizzazz and not a little disgust, and the art only enhances both elements.

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9.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #16

Jan 18, 2013

This isn't likely the last time Damian will face Joker, but it surely has to go down as the definitive confrontation. An action-packed issue that's also emotionally charged under the surface.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #17

Feb 15, 2013

Touching and full of soul without ever emasculating the characters, although lately we've gotten a bit too much of this kind of thing instead of actual plot.

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9.6
Batman and Robin (2011) #18

Mar 14, 2013

About the finest depiction of life after loss in a superhero comic as I've ever seen. This is Tomasi and Gleason at their very best working on material that not only plays to their strengths, but also goes beyond the contours of the costumed caper genre.

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9.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #19

Apr 11, 2013

Plays directly to Tomasi's strengths as a pure character writer who enjoys layers of symbolism and meaning, which in turn plays to Gleason's strengths as an inventive and thoughtful artist.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #20

May 10, 2013

Full of emotional swerves, this issue actually succeeds in making Jason Todd a figure of sympathy even as it pushes Batman ever closer to the edge of self-destruction.

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6.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #21

Jun 21, 2013

Rather than repair the at best distant (at worst bitter) relationship between Batman and Batgirl, the issue calls attention to the weaknesses and vagaries of their bond, besides suffering from noticeable scripting and artistic defects as well.

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9.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #22

Jul 20, 2013

Again, there's not much in terms of plot going on,* but the studies in character are more than engaging enough for the issue, especially with some outstanding art behind it.

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9.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #23

Aug 25, 2013

The issue reminds us that you can't bring back what's lost, but you can always repair what's left. While Gleason gives life to a wishful fantasy, Tomasi gently guides us towards the last stages of Batman's grievance cycle.

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7.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #23.1

Sep 9, 2013

A bit of a mismatch, art-wise, and not exactly the most enlightening exploration of the featured villain, but between the lines, you can find some compelling commentary on Two-Face's fractured psychology.

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5.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #23.2

Sep 13, 2013

It's the gift that really needs to stop giving. A very good piece of evidence that the Court of Owl's time has run its course.

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9.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #24

Oct 20, 2013

Execution is everything, and between Tomasi and Gleason, they have turned fairly straightforward stories into thoroughly engaging reads that frequently have marks of brilliance.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #25

Nov 21, 2013

As emotionally driven and action-packed as this issue is, content is a little lacking, which leaves it less exemplary than usual.

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9.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #26

Dec 20, 2013

It's not often that the civilian part of a superhero's life is the most interesting, but Tomasi makes it more than that in this case. Bruce's personal problems are part and parcel of his problems as Batman and even more compelling in many ways.

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8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #28

Feb 23, 2014

After all the efforts of the past few issues, Tomasi winds up with a less than stellar ending, though it has its outstanding moments.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #29

Mar 25, 2014

Tomasi doesn't make the best use of his guest star, but it's a spectacular good time nonetheless, promising more to come.

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6.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #30

Apr 23, 2014

Formulaic in plot and surprisingly weak in character, this is Tomasi at his least inspired.

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8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #31

May 27, 2014

Too much exposition and feet-dragging brings down an otherwise enjoyable team-up between two unlikely sympathetic characters.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #32

Jun 21, 2014

One of the rare occasions when less substance and more action would've profited the issue, but it's a good adrenaline rush of a read all the same.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #33

Jul 26, 2014

Pretty much zero progress on the plot, but an outstanding bit of character interaction with great art.

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8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #34

Aug 21, 2014

Great art and some lovely character moments, but substantially a bit thin, especially for committed fans.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #35

Oct 20, 2014

Tomasi's strengths are readily visible, but whether he can overcome his weaknesses remains to be seen.

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8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) #37

Dec 18, 2014

Despite some spoilage, the issue's thrills and sweetness remains mostly intact.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) #39

Feb 24, 2015

Any comic book geek worth his salt has wondered what would happen if Gotham had the kind of superheroes that Metropolis and Central City does, and the conclusion is Gotham probably wouldn't be a crime-infested disaster for long. This would definitely be the case if Bruce were somehow to gain superpowers. You know he'd figure out every application of every ability, no matter how minute, and he'd whip that city into shape faster than Justin Bieber makes an asshole of himself.*

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8.0
Batman and Robin (2011) Annual #1

Feb 1, 2013

Anytime you make Batman smile is like playing with fire, and fortunately, Tomasi manages to do it several times without burning himself.

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8.4
Batman and Robin (2011) Annual #2

Jan 31, 2014

The chain of events is entirely traditional to what you already know of Bruce and Dick, but the execution reveals new layers to their relationship and mutual past that is much needed in this new continuity.

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5.0
Batman and Robin (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 21, 2014

No surprises here. Regardless of the time and person, Robin is always there for Batman.

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8.4
Batman Incorporated #0

Sep 28, 2012

Not too many writers can scrabble together so many players into one issue and make each feel like an important cog to the whole work, but Morrison manages to do just that.

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8.4
Batman Incorporated #1

May 24, 2012

It's very hard to pin down the appeal of this series, but I'd wager it has much to do with the anything-can-happen energy you get from the script and art. Morrison hasn't lost a beat in the long hiatus; Batman Inc. is quite as entertaining as it was before.

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8.4
Batman Incorporated #2

Jul 2, 2012

One of the most effective and thorough character pieces I've seen of a person who's been a bit poorly defined up till now.

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9.0
Batman Incorporated #3

Aug 24, 2012

For sheer entertainment alone, this issue ranks up there for one of Morrison's best issues in the last year.

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8.4
Batman Incorporated #4

Oct 26, 2012

As always, I applaud Morrison's ability to write something which is just purely entertaining, yet rises above a guilty pleasure. Still, it'd be nice to get some movement on the big, underlying plot though.

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8.4
Batman Incorporated #5

Nov 30, 2012

A fascinating interlude, but also somewhat contrived and beside the point. As Damian astutely points out, "Nobody knows the future," not even Batman.

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9.0
Batman Incorporated #6

Jan 4, 2013

In many ways, you have to earn your own reward from a Morrison script. On the plus side, this one's a real doozy, and what you get out of it, should you try, is equally rich.

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8.4
Batman Incorporated #7

Jan 31, 2013

Whether bound in continuity or not, it really feels like the end of days for Batman and all he cares about. The brilliance of Snyder's Batman notwithstanding, Morrison's is very much worth a look as well.

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8.4
Batman Incorporated #8

Feb 28, 2013

While I still question the ultimate necessity of Damian's death, I can't deny that within Morrison's greater work, it is completely well-earned.

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8.0
Batman Incorporated #9

Mar 28, 2013

Strictly a transition issue, allowing us to recover from the trauma from last month while psyching up for the next arc and the ultimate conclusion of Morrison's Batman epic.

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6.0
Batman Incorporated #10

Apr 26, 2013

More set-up than story, the activity in this issue is so low-key that even Burnham's usually energetic art feels stifled.

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1.6
Batman Incorporated #11

May 24, 2013

Besides being mostly a waste of time and an unforgivable and wholly unconnected interruption to an important storyline, it is also occasionally crass. Burnham's enthusiasm is apparent, but it's improperly channeled.

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8.0
Batman Incorporated #12

Jul 4, 2013

Just because it won't necessarily go down in history as another of Morrison's classics doesn't mean that it can't be a better than average story.

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7.0
Batman Incorporated #13

Aug 1, 2013

Morrison is mostly wrong. You probably won't hate the issue, but you will mourn for the greatness it could have been. With the DCU largely ignoring its presence, Batman Inc. is the lone artist shouting to be heard on his street corner while the rest of the world passes by, his message not fully-formed enough to vie for anyone's attention.

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9.6
Batman, Inc. #1

Nov 20, 2010

This issue really worked well on every level. There is still some doubt as to the value of multiple Batmen, particularly since the original is portrayed so vividly here. Even compared to the characterization of Catwoman, the Japanesecharacters lacked depth and credibility. It would have been valuable to have more layers to Jiro or Lord Death Man's personality and backstory revealed, but the issue is packed and satisfying, regardless. If this first issue is an indication of thecaliber of work to come, then there is a lot to look forward to from this story and its team of creators.

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9.6
Batman, Inc. #2

Dec 23, 2010

Honestly, the concept of Batman Incorporated still has some ways to go before its success in the long run can be seen, but at least the idea is driving some exceptionally enjoyable stories. Issues like these prove just how boundless creativity can really get in comics. If this series can maintain that feeling, there's no doubt it can be one of the best comics in the next year.

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9.6
Batman, Inc. #3

Mar 9, 2011

Excepting a bit of Morrison-esque confusion in the dialogue, this issue is a reward and treat for those who waited patiently those three months for its return. If the quality stays this high, I personally don't mind the wait.

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8.0
Batman, Inc. #4

Mar 23, 2011

Theres a wealth of detail amidst the jumble of material Morrison gives you, but you may need a couple re-reads to truly enjoy them.

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9.6
Batman, Inc. #5

Apr 28, 2011

It seems Morrison has only scratched the surface of what Batman Inc. is really going up against, as you can come back to read the issue again and again, and still find something new each time.

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9.0
Batman, Inc. #6

May 12, 2011

With all the material stuffed into this one issue, and with great treatment from both writer and artist, you're getting a bargain at DC's held-$2.99.

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9.6
Batman, Inc. #7

Jun 29, 2011

On-the-ground storytelling at its finest, jazzed up by a Batman spin. You can't ask for better than that.

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8.4
Batman, Inc. #8

Aug 25, 2011

A fun idea, executed well, but with all the gloss and lack of depth as an excellent action movie.

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8.0
Batman, Inc.: Leviathan Strikes! #1

Dec 22, 2011

Entertaining, for the most part, but considering nearly a quarter of the pages is basically a recap of past Batman Incorporated issues, the price still gouges in the end.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #1

Jun 27, 2013

Certainly not what you might imagine from a Batman-Superman comic, but that's in no way a bad thing in this case.

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8.4
Batman/Superman (2013) #2

Jul 25, 2013

It may not be the best or most outstanding new series from DC right now, but it has the virtue of being the most surprising, practically all of it in a good way.

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8.4
Batman/Superman (2013) #3

Aug 30, 2013

A reader who comes in with any kind of foreknowledge won't find much stakes to hold onto, but there's still plenty to enjoy from the script and art, regardless.

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4.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #3.1

Sep 27, 2013

For an issue ostensibly about Doomsday, Doomsday is the least interesting figure in it. It's most useful for those who missed Action Comics #23.2: Zod, but even then you won't get much out of it.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #4

Oct 18, 2013

A solid finish to a solid arc. The issue makes its points clearly, though without much brilliance, and there's plenty of details to enjoy throughout.

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5.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #5

Nov 10, 2013

It takes a bit of effort to get a handle on what the story's even about, much less whether it's any good, and the art is ill-suited to convey its dramatic weight.

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6.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #6

Dec 7, 2013

Pak clearly has a point he wants to make with this gamer spin, and he's willing to trample over the integrity of the plot to do it. Booth's art does not make up for the shortcomings in the script, either; it's far too full of flash for that.

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3.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #7

Jan 9, 2014

Ill-conceived as the first two chapters of this arc have been, it is quite a blow to receive such an unrewarding conclusion.

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8.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #8

Mar 3, 2014

Pak gets somewhat back into form with a likable portrayal of both sets of Worlds' Finest, but the substance is also somewhat lacking.

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6.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #9

Apr 28, 2014

Very much on the thin side, with some technical annoyances sprinkled in the writing, though the direction of the plot and characters is very interesting.

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5.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #10

May 12, 2014

The story could have been great, but it needed more time and thought than Lemire got or provided. With so many issues in a row being this disappointing, I'm starting to think this series isn't worth the $3.99-a-pop investment.

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6.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #11

May 27, 2014

Thin in almost every respect, though the arc isn't"here it comes"doomed just yet.

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5.0
Batman/Superman (2013) #12

Jul 5, 2014

Too erratic and indecisive to be worth the extra money it charges. Dropped.

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3.0
Batman/Superman (2013) Annual #1

Mar 10, 2014

As ill-conceived as the last time Pak wrote a Mongul-related story, the annual is barely held together with solid artistic efforts and your own good graces.

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8.0
Batman: Eternal #1

Apr 11, 2014

It's not original, but there's thought, rather than pure exploitation, driving the series.

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8.0
Batman: Eternal #2

Apr 20, 2014

Snyder-Tynion are still introducing you to all the players, but given their number and variety, it's looking like Batman Eternal will be quite an enormous story.

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5.0
Batman: Eternal #4

May 1, 2014

One thing's for sure; if too many issues of Batman Eternal are like this, I won't be able to tolerate it for very long.

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7.0
Batman: Eternal #5

May 12, 2014

Some parts are more crucial than others"one plotline in particular seems like dead weight"but the mystery deepens nicely here.

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7.0
Batman: Eternal #6

May 20, 2014

Economic considerations have a way of making all commitment decisions easier. Batman Eternal is not bad, but it's too niche compared to its other weekly competitors. Amicably Dropped.

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9.0
Batman: Gates of Gotham #1

May 18, 2011

A very strong start to what may be one of the great Batman stories of the year"you may not want to trade-wait this one considering its terrific merits.

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9.6
Batman: Gates of Gotham #2

Jun 22, 2011

With all the material stuffed into one great-looking issue, you can feel satisfied that you're getting your money's worth.

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9.0
Batman: Gates of Gotham #3

Jul 20, 2011

Rich in detail and executed with crafty subtlety, this story is a prime example of solid storytelling paired with invaluably supportive art.

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5.0
Batman: Gates of Gotham #4

Aug 3, 2011

Whether this is a case of too many cooks, or too few, or simply not the right cook, this series has gone from promising one of the best storylines of the year to most deteriorated.

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5.0
Batman: Gates of Gotham #5

Aug 25, 2011

A few months ago, this looked to be one of the best products coming out of DC for the year. Now, it's yet another of a long list of titles that illicit nothing more than resigned sigh.

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8.4
Batman: Li'l Gotham #1

Apr 12, 2013

Honestly, an issue full of Nguyen's miniature figures is worth the price of admission alone, but with some fun storytelling and decent jokes, it's really as good as you can hope for.

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9.0
Batman: Li'l Gotham #2

May 25, 2013

More story-driven than ever, this series is starting to find the right balance between cute and consequential. Even if it weren't, the silly gags and Nguyen's irresistibly charming art is worth the price of admission alone.

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8.0
Batman: Li'l Gotham #3

Jun 19, 2013

Li'l Gotham doesn't need to be anything more than sweet and amusing, but it has every capability to be those things and smart at the same time. Unfortunately, if this issue is any indication, subsisting on its own ideas without the holiday gloss is not a promising move for the series.

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7.0
Batman: Li'l Gotham #4

Jul 17, 2013

One can only hope that as the number of holidays Nguyen-Fridolfs haven't written about dwindles down, they'll be motivated to aspire to greater things, because festivities aside, these holiday stories aren't really cutting it anymore.

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8.0
Batman: Li'l Gotham #5

Aug 19, 2013

Story-wise, it's all a bit thin and messy, and you don't get much in the way of character growth either. But you do get the Bat-family eating tacos, so it all sort of evens out in the end.

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9.0
Batman: Li'l Gotham #6

Sep 17, 2013

While I highly recommend handing over your hard-earned money for this light, adorable series, I can't see myself reviewing it perpetually. Amicably Removed from Coverage.

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8.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #0

Oct 1, 2012

Hurwitz comes at one of the oldest stories in comics from a unique angle and mostly succeeds, though he only manages to add a mere ounce of fresh air to the Batman mythos.

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6.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #10

Jul 3, 2012

Redeemable in places, but a very, very disappointing debut from a writer who seemed so much more capable of greater things. Let's hope this issue is a sample of growing pains more than anything else.

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6.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #11

Jul 29, 2012

Enough of an improvement to give you reason to hope that last issue was just a case of debut nerves, but not enough improvement to make you believe it'll all go up from here.

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7.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #12

Aug 27, 2012

Fascinating in parts, and definitely thought through, but both Hurwitz and Finch make some dubious creative choices which prevent this title from rising to a higher level.

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7.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #13

Oct 29, 2012

If this was Batman being written for the first time around, maybe Hurwitz's take would work a lot better, but instead it flies against precedent and fails to achieve the sympathies it means to invoke.

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6.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #14

Dec 3, 2012

I don't know if the last issue of this arc has what it'll take to keep me attached to this series. There are a lot of series to read out there, and I'm happy to Drop a mostly mediocre one to fish for something better.

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5.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) #15

Jan 7, 2013

Shoddy character work, a fairly straightforward plot, and insipid art combine to produce an unimpressive conclusion to an unimpressive arc. Most likely Dropped.

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8.0
Batman: The Dark Knight (2011) Annual #1

Jun 3, 2013

Despite the questionability of releasing a Halloween story in June, the annual is a solid product, filled with moments of true suspense and genuine character. That said, without some familiarity with Hurwitz's work on these villains, you won't get as much out of the issue as you should.

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6.0
Batwing #1

Sep 12, 2011

Winick offers a fertile premise and some promising ideas, but all rather too underdeveloped to really predict if it'll turn out worthwhile or not.

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5.0
Batwing #2

Oct 12, 2011

Conceptually, the issue has a lot of merit, but the execution falls flat in almost every respect, making it very hard to distinguish itself among the many excellent Bat-titles already on the stands.

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5.0
Batwing #3

Nov 8, 2011

About the only things still recommending this title is redeemable writing and competent art, and that's simply not enough for the long haul. A shock to the pace is seriously needed for Batwing to stay off the Dropped List.

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6.0
Batwing #4

Dec 14, 2011

An improvement over the last issue, to be sure, but not such a one to keep this title from getting Dropped.

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9.6
Batwoman #0

Sep 21, 2012

Like reading a chapter out of a good novel, the script carries you along with it, no matter how wordy or involved it gets, and the art completely immerses you into the story. Just great, human storytelling through and through.

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9.6
Batwoman #3

Nov 15, 2011

Absolutely one of the strongest titles in DC's current roster. It does not break ground with its ideas, but it takes the simplest concepts and makes them like new with a great combination of thoughtful writing and outstanding art.

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9.6
Batwoman #4

Dec 14, 2011

Nothing in this world is perfect, but this title does a pretty good impression. A joy to read, from text to imagery.

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9.0
Batwoman #5

Jan 12, 2012

A remarkable arc in every way for Batwoman's first time out solo, resting on her own laurels. This is easily one of the finest offerings DC has in its collection of titles, and absolutely deserves every bit of praise it's been given.

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8.0
Batwoman #6

Feb 11, 2012

Very much a prelude issue, complicated by a somewhat complex structure and an artistic readjustment. In the end, though, the series feels quite as solid as it ever was.

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8.4
Batwoman #7

Mar 20, 2012

Somewhat less suspenseful than the opening arc, but just as focused and driven in telling a good story. Batwoman continues to impress, remaining a solid performer in DC's line of titles.

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8.4
Batwoman #8

Apr 12, 2012

Each plotline proceeds smoothly, allowing the big picture of the story arc to come into focus. Batwoman has become an incredibly dependable title for getting a balanced dose of action, character work, intrigue, and the supernatural.

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8.4
Batwoman #9

May 19, 2012

At this point, Batwoman's vendetta against Medusa comes second to the personal drama happening among all the characters, but the creators keep you invested on both fronts.

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9.0
Batwoman #10

Jun 23, 2012

If you need any evidence that Batwoman has every capability to be the equal of its more famous counterpart, look to this issue. It may not be as wildly ambitious in its abstract concepts, but its more grounded tone, if anything, resonates with you eve more.

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9.0
Batwoman #11

Jul 25, 2012

With another rock-solid arc to its name, Batwoman retains its position as one of DC's strongest titles, offering first-class art, emotional and entertaining scripts, and simply a distinctive flavor of superhero all its own.

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9.6
Batwoman #12

Aug 20, 2012

About as perfect an opening to a story arc can get. It offers you everything you'd want: meticulously crafted writing, breathtaking art, superhero fan service (in the most innocent sense of the word) to beat the band, and, most importantly, gripping, engrossing stories.

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9.0
Batwoman #13

Oct 20, 2012

If you want to see the World's Finest women, Blackman-Williams are making a pretty good case that these ladies are it.

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9.0
Batwoman #14

Nov 24, 2012

While the big baddie isn't quite the threat you thought she'd be, she's definitely a threat of the world-ending degree. Our writers honor their chosen heroes with the scale of this story, and our artist depicts it with a mythic beauty.

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9.6
Batwoman #15

Dec 21, 2012

It's a risk spending so much time developing a character who's not the star of the show, but for Williams-Blackman it pays off beautifully. Maggie Sawyer might not become a supporting character in the popularity league of Lois Lane or Aunt May, but she proves to be just as fascinating a figure as her more famous girlfriend.

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9.0
Batwoman #16

Jan 27, 2013

A tad slow to reach the grand finale and ever so slightly repetitive in certain parts of the script, but a wonderfully rich issue nonetheless, and the art puts it over the top.

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8.4
Batwoman #17

Feb 24, 2013

I still consider this to be one of the most consistently well-told series on the stands right now, where even when it's not as good as it can be, it's still very good.

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8.0
Batwoman #18

Mar 24, 2013

Not much forward movement, plot-wise, but you still get treated to some of the lushest art on the stands, along with convincingly grounded scripting.

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9.0
Batwoman #19

Apr 20, 2013

I still consider this series as one of the most well-crafted of DC's products, and issues like this demonstrate why. It lacks hype, but deserves as much attention as any of the pop or cult favorites out there.

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8.0
Batwoman #20

May 18, 2013

Another strong showing as always, although Williams-Blackman make the mistake of letting one character go off on a tangent for way too long for too little benefit.

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9.0
Batwoman #21

Jun 24, 2013

It would be a more perfect issue had this interlude not come so unexpectedly, but there's no doubt that Killer Croc ends up in a much, much better position as a character than where he started, and that's as much as you can ask for.

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8.0
Batwoman #22

Jul 22, 2013

A solid transition issue to the big fight with the Batman himself, though we get little insight into how Batwoman plans to do it.

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8.0
Batwoman #23

Aug 27, 2013

Can we just get on to the big showdown already? Williams-Blackman are clearly stalling, even if they do manage to deliver another engaging issue with terrific McCarthy art.

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4.0
Batwoman #25

Nov 26, 2013

A strange, pointless, and discouraging read in almost every way. Taken together with the uncomfortable creative changes on this series, this should be a red flag to escape before things get worse. Dropped.

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3.0
Batwoman Annual #1

May 5, 2014

What appears on the surface to be a belated attempt to do right by the title's predecessors only tarnishes their legacy even more with a conclusion lacking any good-faith effort to capture intent and spirit of what came before.

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9.0
Birds Of Prey (2010) #11

Apr 16, 2011

Self-contained, but with significant developments for two very interesting characters"antiheroes have never been dissected this well.

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9.0
Birds Of Prey (2010) #12

May 16, 2011

Between this and the outtasight issue of Secret Six last week, Simone's in fine form this month, as it finally feels she has got her mojo back on the title that made her name in DC.

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6.0
Birds Of Prey (2010) #14

Jul 20, 2011

Heartwarming"how can you not appreciate your veterans, fictional or otherwise?"but shallow in plot and riddled with inconsistent, often ineffective art.

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3.0
Birds Of Prey (2010) #15

Aug 15, 2011

While Birds of Prey may be returning in name next month, we all know it won't be the same title we love. But then, it hardly matters; this last arc has made the series virtually unrecognizable, a poor shadow of its former greatness.

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4.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #0

Sep 25, 2012

And thus ends another female-led title's run on my pull list, much to my disappointment. I wouldn't mind coming back someday, but to be honest I've just plain lost patience with seeing where this title wants to go. Dropped.

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8.4
Birds Of Prey (2011) #2

Oct 22, 2011

This is certainly a return to form for the title, as it offers high-paced action and bold character work hand-in-hand. That said, more developments to the plot would be much appreciated.

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8.4
Birds Of Prey (2011) #3

Nov 22, 2011

As always, the action goes at a rollicking gallop, dragging plenty of strong character moments along for the ride. While it's questionable if we'll get anywhere out of the ordinary, I'm in for the long haul.

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8.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #4

Dec 23, 2011

We get a compelling picture of the big baddie the Birds are working against, and plenty of fun moments, but a slight dampener on the pace and action overall.

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8.4
Birds Of Prey (2011) #5

Jan 24, 2012

With the Birds, you get a little bit of everything, written and drawn with a lot of expertise and craft. Rock-solid, with only a few hairline cracks in the plot.

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8.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #6

Feb 20, 2012

Still a lot of fun, despite a few minor shortcomings, and no matter what happens, this will always be the best all-female team book on the market"seeing as how it may be the only one.

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8.4
Birds Of Prey (2011) #7

Mar 25, 2012

Kelly Sue DeConnick, writer of the upcoming Captain Marvel, challenged readers to prove that a "female-led book about the power of the human spirit, about the many guises of heroism, a book wherein no one gets raped or puts her cervix on display, can break six issues". With all due respect, I'd like to say the point has already been proven in Birds of Prey, as you don't get more female leaders, more spirit, or more heroism than here–and it's lasted seven issues.

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8.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #8

Apr 22, 2012

Solid stuff from pretty much the only all-female team title on the stands, with Swierczynski finally starting to answer questions we've had all along.

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6.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #9

May 22, 2012

A rare underwhelming issue from Swierczynski, a result of a predictable crossover plotline. It has its entertaining moments, and I imagine even more once the series returns to its normal course.

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7.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #10

Jun 26, 2012

Enjoyable, but disjointed, and you can't really overlook that this series has been wandering around without a map for a while. Time to get our bearings.

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8.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #11

Jul 26, 2012

Never at a loss for action, but meandering where the story is concerned. We haven't had a fully played-out plot in a long time, and it can't really wait that much longer.

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5.0
Birds Of Prey (2011) #12

Aug 22, 2012

While Swierczynski is entirely capable of writing a good comic, he has completely lost his sense of focus for this title, and the upcoming #0 issues can only distract him further. Kudos for lasting a year, but this title doesn't seem destined to avoid the Drop List longer than that.

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8.0
Blackhawks #5

Feb 2, 2012

While tempted to give the issue a slightly higher grade based on gut instinct alone, I'm going to apply some caution and say only that this is a very solid series, with strong writing and powerful art, and deserves attention.

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8.0
Blackhawks #6

Feb 29, 2012

It really is a shame this title's getting cancelled, as it boasts some truly commendable writing and art. Of all the books getting the plugged pulled on them in a couple months, this one probably deserves it the least.

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8.0
Blackhawks #7

Apr 3, 2012

Frankly, I can think of any number of titles that deserve cancellation more than Blackhawks, and this issue is a good example of why. Even when the creative team is rushing hard, they put out solid work.

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8.0
Blackhawks #8

Apr 27, 2012

If nothing else, this short-lived series is evidence that DC has great talents in Costa and Cafu, and it boggles the mind why these two don't have replacement projects in the works already.

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9.0
Bodies #1

Aug 3, 2014

Even if it's not always clear what's going on, the amount of care and thought going into this unusual narrative is obvious.

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9.6
Bodies #2

Sep 1, 2014

A painstakingly, elaborately crafted mystery that will yield layers every time you read it.

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9.0
Bodies #3

Sep 30, 2014

Fewer connections and clues this time around, but with even greater investment in the characters.

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8.4
Bodies #4

Oct 28, 2014

All these patterns in the clues are deliciously frustrating, like feeling an answer on the tip of your tongue.

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8.4
Bodies #5

Dec 3, 2014

Much depends on how Spencer plays out the bomb he drops on us in this issue, but the explosion is nevertheless captivating.

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9.6
Bodies #7

Feb 4, 2015

It's hard to believe we're nearly at the end of this series, and I still barely have an idea of what's going on. It's a testament to Spencer's masterful storytelling, of course, but it's also a humbling experience for a semi-professional analyst of fiction. By the same token, it's that much more rewarding when you find your educated guesses are on the right track after all. Bodies can thus be a cerebral rollercoaster ride, disappointing one well-crafted theory and supporting another in the same issue"occasionally at the same time.

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8.4
Bodies #8

Mar 3, 2015

If you read this issue only once, and with the same investment you'd give to most comics, you might be tempted to put it down after you're done and wonder, What the hell did I just read? You'd think after seven solid issues, you'd have a firm grasp on the story and all you have to do is coast towards the resolution. But Spencer's not interested in giving us an easy ride, even in the series' final hour. If you want to get the most of the issue, you're going to have to give it all your focus, just like its predecessors.

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5.0
Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing #1

Jun 23, 2011

Everything you need to know about what happens in this issue, you can get from the title and the cover: John Constantine's searching for Swamp Thing. Batman and Zatanna show up at some point (though Superman doesn't). That's it, see you next time!

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3.0
Brightest Day Aftermath: The Search for Swamp Thing #3

Aug 29, 2011

This series as a whole demonstrates that we may never learn that gathering a bunch of popular stars is far, far from a guarantee of success. A waste of time for all involved.

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8.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #4

Oct 2, 2012

A feminist story, but one remarkably free of anger or self-righteousness. A little difficult to access for the new reader, but otherwise an easy, solid read.

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9.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #5

Oct 20, 2012

Whatever Marvel's female-led titles lack in quantity, it almost makes up for it with quality. This title finally gives some definition to one of the premier women of the Marvel universe.

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8.4
Captain Marvel (2012) #6

Nov 5, 2012

There are a lot of assumptions going on here and the satisfaction Captain Marvel feels at the end is mostly unearned, but otherwise a well-written and well-rendered issue.

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6.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #7

Nov 26, 2012

A very uneven issue that doesn't make it clear what kind of story it wants to tell"or what kind of series it wants to be"or what kind of hero its protagonist wants to model.

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6.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #8

Dec 25, 2012

A filler arc if I've ever seen one, and one without much fun, given the lameness of the enemy, the lackluster interaction of the characters, and one very annoying love interest.

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7.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #9

Jan 22, 2013

An entertaining piece of filler that gets derailed at the last minute by a plot twist that no one saw coming, in a not-so-great way"much like an actual train derailment.

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6.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #10

Feb 25, 2013

This issue will need quite a bit of the benefit of your doubt to maintain its credibility, as it's hard to take the protagonist or the art seriously when both seem so immature.

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7.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #11

Mar 26, 2013

While the dialogue and liveliness of this series remains its strongest selling point, there's nothing particularly extraordinary about its plot nor especially with its art.

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8.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #12

Apr 20, 2013

Quite a bit of good plot-work here, with a much greater focus and direction than we've grown accustomed to seeing from the title. Looking forward to our hero actually taking names next issue.

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7.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #13

Jun 26, 2013

While there are some poor choices made in structuring the story, the story itself is serviceable enough for a diverting read.

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5.0
Captain Marvel (2012) #14

Aug 6, 2013

Its intentions are good, but ultimately, it falls flat from trying way too hard to transform its protagonist into something she simply isn't at the moment"a hero of iconic proportions. Having been less than enthused for a while now, I think it's time to Drop the series for better things.

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8.0
Catwoman (2011) #13

Oct 23, 2012

Some snafus in the art make an otherwise intriguing issue less effective than it would be. I actually would like to see more of this felon's exploits.

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6.0
Catwoman (2011) #14

Nov 28, 2012

Takes the intriguing elements of Scott Snyder's Joker story and dumbs them down for a significantly pervier, weirder, more annoying Joker.

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8.0
Catwoman (2011) #15

Dec 26, 2012

It's going to be a rollercoaster ride, reading this title, but sometimes those are the ones most worth fostering.

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6.0
Catwoman (2011) #16

Jan 30, 2013

Although the issue does have a few bright spots, something about Nocenti's timing or erratic writing diminishes their impact, and Sandoval's art at times frustrates your enjoyment even further. I'm not sure how much longer I really want to stick by this.

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6.0
Catwoman (2011) #17

Feb 27, 2013

Although Catwoman definitely feels different, which is part of its appeal, it's sometimes so erratic a read that you can't quite pin down if it's a difference you like or don't.

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5.0
Catwoman (2011) #18

Mar 27, 2013

I stuck it out for as long as I could, but I think it's pretty clear by now that I'm not enjoying myself very much. Whether it's my failure to appreciate Nocenti's work or a failing on her part, this title is Dropped either way.

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9.0
Catwoman (2011) #35

Oct 28, 2014

A direction for Selina that makes her the powerful woman she should be, not just Batman's guilty pleasure.

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9.0
Catwoman (2011) #36

Dec 2, 2014

A true gangster story set in the world of Batman. It's an idea too good not to work, even if there are one or two things wanting.

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8.4
Catwoman (2011) #38

Feb 3, 2015

It's lonely at the top. That truism has always applied to Selina, ever since she took over the Calabreses, but after ordering Nick's death, she's more isolated than ever. The issue opens on three panels, one of her sitting in a car with Antonia, another of her surrounded by revelers at a party, the third alone in the shadows of an empty room. Three different settings, but they all depict the same thing: whatever burdens she carries, she carries alone.

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8.0
Catwoman (2011) Annual #2

Dec 25, 2014

An interesting profile of one of Catwoman's new supporting players, but not one that gets you attached to her.

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8.0
Charismagic #1

Apr 5, 2011

A respectable first offering from Aspens newest series, but a lot will depend on how the initial story elements get played out before you can really put your money into it.

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8.4
Cinderella: Fables are Forever #4

May 17, 2011

Still as fun a read as the very idea, you've never been quite so convinced that a once downtrodden, bedraggled girl can elevate herself to fairy tales' finest secret agent.

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9.0
Cinderella: Fables are Forever #5

Jun 21, 2011

As with any spy thriller"even one involving fairy tale protagonists"success depends on the credibility of the villain and the plot twists, and we get some good ones this issue.

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9.6
Cinderella: Fables are Forever #6

Jul 25, 2011

Despite being such a mash-up of different tones and subject matter, or maybe because of it, this title achieves an almost ideal balance of weird, silliness, sobriety, and darkness.

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7.0
Coffin Hill #1

Oct 15, 2013

Moves a bit too fast and tries a bit too hard, but the series definitely proves that it has a lot to offer, especially if you're looking for something more traditionally supernatural.

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6.0
Coffin Hill #5

Feb 19, 2014

Against all odds, the title has convinced me to give it until the end of its first arc to prove itself. I'm not confident it'll be worth it, but at least I'm hopeful.

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8.4
Collider #1

Aug 2, 2013

For a story where gravity will occasionally and sullenly cease its predictable work, Collider is delightfully grounded, though no less capable of sending your imagination spinning so high that indeed, you might experience a bit of Vertigo.

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7.0
Constantine #1

Mar 21, 2013

If you went into this series with a pessimistic outlook, I think this issue will best your low expectations, but it's not clear if it does so in a good way or in a differently bad way.

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6.0
Constantine #2

Apr 12, 2013

Even taking the character and series as a whole new thing, separate from prior incarnations, it's a mostly well-worn stream of generalities, with nothing to set it apart as fresh or novel.

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5.0
Constantine #3

May 13, 2013

This series started on weak footing and sadly seems committed to that pace. I think it's safest to cut my losses and Drop it before I get trapped in an inevitably disappointing relationship.

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9.6
Cyclops (2014) #1

May 10, 2014

Now this is how you start off a big sci-fi series. Superb, seamless blends of high-octane action and quiet moments of real emotion; clearly defined, interesting characters; a premise that's at once familiar and fresh; and art that loses none of its smartness by aiming for the spectacular.

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9.0
Cyclops (2014) #2

Jun 6, 2014

A happy breath of fresh air that seems on the verge of dissipating all too soon, inviting you to enjoy it for as long as it lasts.

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9.0
Cyclops (2014) #3

Aug 5, 2014

There's nothing intellectual about the love between father and son, but it moves you in no less profound a way.

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8.0
Cyclops (2014) #4

Sep 4, 2014

There's not much action and a noticeable dip in the art, but the relationship between Scott and Chris remains as compelling as ever.

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5.0
Cyclops (2014) #5

Sep 30, 2014

The Summers men achieve their objective smoothly"too smoothly, in fact, leading to an unremarkable issue across the board.

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3.0
Damian: Son of Batman #1

Nov 2, 2013

A misguided story in almost every way, practically its only value is in convincing you that Damian saved himself a lot of heartache by dying. There are worse things than death, as this issue demonstrates. Dropped.

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9.0
Daredevil (2011) #18

Sep 20, 2012

Just as well-crafted and compelling as everyone makes it out to be. Instead of all this Avengers vs. X-Men nonsense, how about reading stories that will outlast the yearly gimmicks?

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8.4
Daredevil (2011) #21

Dec 21, 2012

The bulk of the surprises were used in the last couple issues, but this one has more than enough gripping material to make it a worthy read.

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9.0
Daredevil (2011) #22

Jan 18, 2013

Another solid issue from Waid as he makes the most of Daredevil's civilian and superheroic lives.

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9.0
Daredevil (2011) #24

Mar 26, 2013

Daredevil is one of Marvel's finest titles and issues like this one show you why: smart, credible, and full of heart, with superb art to boot.

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9.0
Daredevil (2011) #25

Apr 23, 2013

It's not often that a hero gets driven to the breaking point without any fancy superpowers involved, which makes this issue a superb showing by Waid and Samnee on any level.

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8.4
Daredevil (2011) #26

May 27, 2013

Waid delivers another solid issue, although he rushes through some of the more interesting developments of his story, leaving them ever so slightly underdeveloped.

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8.4
Daredevil (2011) #27

Jul 1, 2013

A very strong conclusion to a gripping arc and an even more gripping storyline, though overall, it doesn't quite capitalize on all the potential drama it could have.

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9.0
Daredevil (2011) #28

Jul 16, 2013

The issue starts off strong, but gets a tad sluggish in its second act due to a questionable amount of exposition. Still, a site better than most of the other mainstream books out there.

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9.0
Daredevil (2011) #30

Aug 25, 2013

A superb done-in-one, although a little hurried and without taking full advantage of the possibilities lent by its own ideas. There's no doubt however that Waid and Samnee are working at the peak of their abilities to deliver classic, timeless comics.

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9.0
Daredevil (2011) #31

Sep 20, 2013

For anyone who questions your attachment to reading superhero comics, say nothing, and simply give them a copy of this issue. The work speaks for itself.

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9.0
Daredevil (2011) #32

Oct 27, 2013

From almost any other writer, this issue would be the comic book version of jumping the shark, but Waid and Samnee blithely pull off the change in direction like it was meant to be.

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7.0
Daredevil (2011) #33

Nov 26, 2013

Waid doesn't make quite as good use of his presented characters and ideas as he usually does, resulting in an unusually uneven issue in a series that's been regularly stellar. The change of artist doesn't help either, even if it doesn't really harm the issue.

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9.0
Daredevil (2011) #34

Dec 23, 2013

The arc cries for a strong resolution to the enemies that have plagued our hero for so long, but this issue doesn't quite provide it, though it offers so many other great qualities besides.

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9.0
Daredevil (2011) #35

Jan 21, 2014

The issue gracefully moves the series towards its dramatic conclusion, displaying all the strengths which has made the title a solid read nearly every month.

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9.0
Daredevil (2011) #36

Feb 24, 2014

A near-perfect finale to the old Daredevil that transitions remarkably well to the new.

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9.6
Daredevil (2014) #1

Mar 22, 2014

A treasure for new and old fans alike, this issue perfectly encapsulates what has made Waid and Samnee's Daredevil a hidden gem for the last few years.

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8.4
Daredevil (2014) #1.50

Apr 15, 2014

Waid's contribution is by itself worth the cover price, and the other two features are generally solid, if not nearly as admirable.

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8.4
Daredevil (2014) #2

Apr 28, 2014

Our latest antagonist is a bit derivative and easy to read, but he reveals enough layers to make him a formidable challenge.

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8.4
Daredevil (2014) #3

May 28, 2014

Even a relatively uneventful issue of Daredevil is a sight better than most comics out there.

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8.4
Daredevil (2014) #4

Jun 21, 2014

There are some weak spots in the scripting, but it's a rock-solid sample of Daredevil anyway.

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9.0
Daredevil (2014) #5

Jul 15, 2014

Peter Parker can move over; Marvel has two outstanding candidates for its most truly relatable characters right here.

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8.4
Daredevil (2014) #6

Jul 29, 2014

A crossover issue that doesn't actually have to cross over into anything. It's as good as it sounds.

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8.4
Daredevil (2014) #7

Aug 26, 2014

Waid and Rodriguez more than make the most of a tie-in; they use it to their advantage.

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9.0
Daredevil (2014) #8

Sep 22, 2014

Waid and Samnee at nearly their very best, although they cut short exploration of their latest villain.

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9.0
Daredevil (2014) #9

Oct 20, 2014

The proportions of fun and drama are reversed, but are no less potent and satisfying.

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8.4
Daredevil (2014) #10

Nov 27, 2014

The problem with the Purple people is almost too smoothly taken care of, but the aftereffects will be intriguing to keep track of.

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8.4
Daredevil (2014) #13

Mar 2, 2015

Given the never-ending nature of comics, it's not unheard of for me to lose sight of certain details, even big ones. But some moments I remember months and months after they happen, by virtue of their sheer power. You can bet I count Kirsten's rejection of being known merely as Daredevil's girlfriend as one of those moments. There was more than a little metafiction in that speech, but it was also a demand for respect and a commitment to always fight the label of romantic interest.

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9.0
Daredevil: Road Warrior #1

Jul 5, 2014

With strong plotting, character work, and art, this issue is just an embarrassment of riches.

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7.0
Dark Avengers #175

Jun 13, 2012

With an eye-roll, you accept the rather pointless name change, though you'll be more reluctant to accept the team additions as potential long-term members of the cast.

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8.0
Dark Avengers #176

Jun 26, 2012

With virtually no affection for the recent additions to this cast, you have to hope this isn't the last you've seen of the Thunderbolts, particularly since this would be a very unsatisfying fade-out for them.

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7.0
Dark Avengers #177

Jul 19, 2012

At the end of the day, this series is really more to be enjoyed than to be relished, more satisfying than nourishing, even if the satisfaction lasts for hardly a few days.

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8.0
Dark Avengers #178

Aug 1, 2012

Given my druthers, I'd prefer a pure Thunderbolts story, without any Dark Avengers stuff shoehorned in, but call that brand loyalty. As is, we still get a very fine issue on a very fine series.

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6.0
Dark Avengers #179

Aug 22, 2012

I can't deny the issue has its appeal, but that doesn't change the total lack of attachment I feel at the end of it.

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6.0
Dark Avengers #180

Sep 11, 2012

Again, nothing stands out as blatant bad writing or poor plotting, but somehow nothing strikes you as particularly interesting.

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5.0
Dark Avengers #181

Sep 25, 2012

While it may seem like Parker is winding down to ready for the takeover of a whole new set of Thunderbolts, the truth is this series lost steam some time ago.

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5.0
Dark Avengers #182

Oct 24, 2012

A title concluding against its will never looks pretty, and although Parker tries to be as graceful about it as he can, it's obvious he's not quite as in control of his story as he'd like to be. I have no intention of seeing this cancellation play out to the end. Dropped.

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3.0
DC Universe Presents #0

Sep 24, 2012

DC essentially takes half the characters canned within the last year, many of whom failed to generate any popular appreciation whatsoever, and delivers using a hodgepodge of writers and artists of varying quality, many of whom never worked on the original properties. The fact this project made it out of editorial tells you they have quite a bit of tolerance for risk over there.

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6.0
DC Universe Presents #1

Sep 24, 2011

While Jenkins asks some intriguing questions and promises juicy answers to come, this hardly makes for an instantly engaging debut issue. Perhaps people had a point about the dampening effects of an extended story arc.

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6.0
DC Universe Presents #2

Oct 27, 2011

Too much ethereal conversation, not enough body-snatching action. We need less chit-chat about the purpose of life, and more purposeful living.

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6.0
DC Universe Presents #3

Nov 22, 2011

There's a sliver of a great title here, but it's buried beneath the weight of overwritten expository scenes and crawling pacing. Let's see if Jenkins can turn that around next time.

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5.0
DC Universe Presents #4

Dec 28, 2011

A long, rambling talking-heads issue that clears up absolutely nothing except Deadman has one more enemy to worry about.

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5.0
DC Universe Presents #5

Jan 24, 2012

Beyond the flaws of the story and the unflattering portrayal of the character, I want to alert DC to the misuse of the title's format, which now seems better suited to one-shots or two-issue arcs. At least if the story's a dud, you can get over it quicker.

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9.0
DC Universe Presents #9

May 21, 2012

If this issue had launched this series, it would be in a much better position today than it is. If this series can at least continue to deliver issues of this caliber, it might still make itself worthwhile.

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8.4
DC Universe Presents #10

Jun 25, 2012

Once again, Robinson delivers an intriguing glimpse into another of DC's least understood characters, though he raises even more questions in the process.

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9.0
DC Universe Presents #11

Jul 26, 2012

The ending is just bitter"no sweetness here"but some of that once in a while is not a bad thing. While the story itself is not new, the delivery has such impact, you're left reeling from its emotional beats for quite a while afterwards.

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9.0
DC Universe Presents #12

Aug 21, 2012

If this title is meant to be a platform to test out concepts for long-term viability, let me do my part and say this is a concept that should be capitalized on as soon as possible. We can all use a dose of pure fun every month.

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5.0
DC Universe Presents #13

Oct 23, 2012

Even my optimism can't convince me that there'll be significant improvement enough in the next few issues to redeem this one. Neither the art nor writing are as striking as the title.

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8.4
DC Universe Presents #17

Feb 23, 2013

I don't know if this makes me want to pick up Red Hood, but it does make me wish for an Arsenal ongoing with Keatinge and Ricken on creative duties.

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8.0
DC Universe Presents #18

Mar 25, 2013

This is a case where the title's format sort of defeats the talent of its creators, but the end product is strong enough to impress anyway.

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5.0
DC Universe Presents #19

Apr 22, 2013

Although not surprising in the least, it is nevertheless still disappointing that this title sings its swan song on such an unmemorable, sour note. I say farewell with pity, but with no sadness.

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8.0
Dead Boy Detectives #1

Jan 6, 2014

A much, much better case for the ongoing existence of the Dead Boy Detectives than any of their recent appearances elsewhere. Litt leaves plenty of room to take the series in both serious and purely entertaining directions.

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8.4
Dead Boy Detectives #3

Mar 4, 2014

If nothing else, this issue is proof of Litt's concept and that it can sustain a good amount of story for some time.

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8.4
Dead Boy Detectives #8

Sep 4, 2014

This endearingly oddball title stays strong, though not an exemplar of Vertigo material.

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8.4
Dead Boy Detectives #11

Dec 3, 2014

Emotionally satisfying, but the mystery is not much there.

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8.0
Demon Knights #0

Sep 15, 2012

I'm not sure the issue makes a terrific case for the special connection between Jason Blood and Etrigan, but it's a fascinating look into the past nonetheless.

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8.0
Demon Knights #1

Sep 16, 2011

Somehow, with only the barest hint of a plot to speak of, you still come out of the issue incredibly satisfied and in anticipation for the next. If you're a fantasy lover, this title will suit you most adequately.

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9.0
Demon Knights #2

Oct 14, 2011

Once Cornell gets his footing, he's quick to build up speed, and the series ramps well into high gear in this issue. Even if you don't love fantasy, you'll appreciate the pure fun of this one.

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8.4
Demon Knights #3

Nov 12, 2011

As one of the best crafters of character in the business, Cornell ensures the issue has plenty of zip and remarkable lines, but it also happens to have a strong, engaging plot and lovely artwork. A winner, in my book.

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8.0
Demon Knights #4

Dec 19, 2011

A lot of fascinating portents for the future of this series, but we really go nowhere in terms of the present plot. Cornell makes it worth reading, however, with strong narration and rich development.

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8.4
Demon Knights #5

Jan 16, 2012

The title is a fantasy fan's dream come true, but it also has great plotting and character work that would enrich any story, regardless of genre.

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8.4
Demon Knights #6

Feb 12, 2012

Still one of the heavier middleweights in DC's arsenal, this series rarely seems to take a break from its nonstop action"which is fine by me, thank you very much.

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8.4
Demon Knights #7

Mar 20, 2012

A very hectic, engrossing issue, jam-packed with material, and at the back of it all, a lingering taste of the bitterness of war. A strong first arc, though not one with much hope to it.

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8.0
Demon Knights #8

Apr 16, 2012

To borrow a tired phrase, the plot thickens in this issue, and we can see the framework for long-term mysteries and storylines as the series progresses, with potential for major impacts to the development of the current DCU.

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8.0
Demon Knights #9

May 15, 2012

A solid set-up issue. None of the usual sword-and-sorcery craziness you've gotten used to, but you learn a lot to keep your mind occupied and interested for the next arc.

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8.0
Demon Knights #10

Jun 17, 2012

An issue full of significant events, but which somehow doesn't feel all that eventful. After getting accustomed to things happening over five or six issues, this uptick in pace feels rather rushed.

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8.4
Demon Knights #11

Jul 18, 2012

This is classic fantasy stuff we're dealing with here: a land overrun by monsters, an evil queen in an unassailable tower, noble champions in bad odds–great material for sword-and-sorcery enthusiasts.

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7.0
Demon Knights #12

Aug 14, 2012

Still a worthy read, but still growing into the kind of title it's meant to be.

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8.4
Demon Knights #13

Oct 14, 2012

An informative issue, but a transitional one, meaning what you learn comes at the expense of a slightly quiet plot, despite taking place in the fires of Hell.

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8.0
Demon Knights #14

Nov 21, 2012

It's too bad that the title never took off the way it seemed poised to, but Cornell is about to leave behind (as he did with Stormwatch) a respectable platform for the next guy.

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7.0
Demon Knights #15

Dec 15, 2012

Cornell manages to clear the slate pretty clean for the next guy, although many of his plot threads get cut short for it.

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8.0
Demon Knights #16

Jan 22, 2013

It's a great relief to find that Venditti makes a smooth transition between what Cornell left behind and what's to come.

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6.0
Demon Knights #17

Feb 16, 2013

All in all, a rather slow and mostly redundant issue, though at the very least it gives you confidence that Venditti knows what he's doing.

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7.0
Demon Knights #18

Mar 17, 2013

From a purely technical standpoint, it's a well-executed issue, but somehow it lacks heart and life. I can't quite put my finger on it, but something's missing.

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8.0
Demon Knights #19

Apr 15, 2013

Venditti shows marked improvement over the last few issues, but you know he can do even better. Looking forward to his next arc.

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5.0
Demon Knights #20

May 14, 2013

Venditti hasn't earned enough of my loyalty such that I'd be willing to stay on a sinking ship, and issues like this can only convince me the decision to axe was the correct one. Dropped.

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8.4
Detective Comics (2011) #14

Nov 11, 2012

While the meat of the plot is still up in the air, and the back-up feels a bit superfluous, Layman offers a very different flavor of Batman, one you can appreciate among a whole stand of Batman titles.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2011) #15

Dec 7, 2012

It seems we've gotten a little carried away from the initial premise of the arc, but Layman gives an engaging diversion nonetheless.

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8.4
Detective Comics (2011) #16

Jan 12, 2013

A thoroughly respectable tie-in issue that just scrapes the underside of being original.

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8.4
Detective Comics (2011) #17

Feb 8, 2013

Layman delivers a good, old-fashioned, thoughtful Batman story. The ambition isn't amazing, but the execution is very well done.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2011) #18

Mar 8, 2013

An interesting start to a story that Layman's obviously wanted to tell for a while, but bogged down by an awkward tie-in scene and an unremarkable back-up.

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6.0
Detective Comics (2011) #19

Apr 5, 2013

The quality is solid enough for a regular issue of Detective Comics, but for an oversized, celebratory issue that sets you back eight bucks, it leaves a lot to be desired.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2011) #20

May 2, 2013

Layman does his best, but you have the disappointed feeling that the issue could have gone a lot better, and he himself knows it.

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5.0
Detective Comics (2011) #21

Jun 10, 2013

Unfortunately, most of the qualities that made Layman's earlier offerings on this series so enjoyable are absent in this issue, which makes you once again ponder the value of having so many Bat-titles.

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6.0
Detective Comics (2011) #22

Jul 5, 2013

It's never a good sign when the back-up feature is a better draw than the main attraction, but unfortunately Layman takes a rather formulaic route to deliver his latest plot.

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9.6
Detective Comics (2011) #23.3

Sep 19, 2013

Absolutely the best product to come out of Villains Month thus far, offering revelatory portraits of Scarecrow and several of his compatriots, with appropriately striking art to boot.

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7.0
Dial H #0

Sep 10, 2012

A very interesting and revealing issue, if in a mostly academic way. Sadly, the art provides little support whatsoever.

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8.4
Dial H #1

May 3, 2012

Once again, DC proves its devotion to oddball concepts in this surprisingly enjoyable debut. Miville clearly has a long-term vision for this series; let's hope it garners enough attention so we can actually see that vision come to fruition.

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8.4
Dial H #2

Jun 12, 2012

While you can't tell right now if there's a storyline that'll be worth your time in the end, you definitely have a lot to be interested in.

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8.0
Dial H #3

Jul 8, 2012

Miville has built one heck of a conspiracy set-up here. If he doesn't deliver a revelation of some proportion and originality, it won't bode well for such an atypical series.

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8.4
Dial H #4

Aug 8, 2012

Well, I must say I've never read anything like that before. While I personally enjoy the experience, I have to imagine you'd need a pretty indulgent attitude like mine to feel the same.

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8.4
Dial H #5

Oct 9, 2012

Wildly inventive, almost dangerously so, but worth it for anyone who claims they want to read something different from a mainstream publisher.

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8.4
Dial H #6

Nov 13, 2012

A fun, amusing break for the series, but one that puts a hold on still unsolved, half-formed mysteries.

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8.0
Dial H #7

Dec 11, 2012

Another baby-step forward for one of the most respectably unusual titles on the stands.

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8.0
Dial H #8

Jan 15, 2013

It's hard to tell if Ponticelli's work adds or takes away from the series, but Miville continues to deliver a solidly crafted"and different"tale within the superhero framework.

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8.0
Dial H #9

Feb 10, 2013

The plot developments are happening on the sidelines of the story, but you can still feel a sense of forward movement for the title, and there's plenty to enjoy besides.

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8.4
Dial H #10

Mar 12, 2013

More than just thought-provoking, this issue is downright thrilling in a way that has nothing to do with typical superhero action. Long may the series live.

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8.4
Dial H #11

Apr 7, 2013

Miville continues his hot streak on this ambitious series, but is somewhat dragged down by Ponticelli's loving but insufficient art.

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8.4
Dial H #12

May 6, 2013

Miville's frenetic story might threaten to lap you at times, but he makes it easier than ever to stay abreast of the rapidly developing plot and appreciate its imaginative strengths.

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9.0
Dial H #13

Jun 11, 2013

I'm not sure I can really hope for a sudden, last-minute, Manhunter or Blue Beetle save of the series, but it deserves one just as much as those titles did.

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8.0
Dial H #14

Jul 9, 2013

Some forgiveness must be made for the abruptness of the issue's events, because otherwise this is the only conclusion this boldly individualistic title deserves.

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8.4
Dial H #15

Aug 13, 2013

Although Miville is hampered by the rushed, limited confines of his finale, he still gives us the kind of material we've come to expect from him: bold, imaginative, and novel.

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5.0
Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1

Jan 20, 2014

Overall, it's just a mish-mash of vaguely formed parts that never quite gel into an appealing whole. I give the series a couple more issues to stay off the Drop List.

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6.0
Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #2

Feb 25, 2014

At least now we're getting some context, though Seifert fails to turn the issue into the adventure powerhouse it advertises itself to be.

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8.4
Django Unchained #1

Dec 24, 2012

An adaptation that makes me want to see the original"a pretty big achievement for any spin-off work.

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8.4
Django Unchained #2

Feb 18, 2013

The issue thrives on a combination of high-precision action, every beat speaking for itself with full impact, as well as some light-footed and barreling dialogue.

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8.0
Django Unchained #3

Apr 15, 2013

As we get into the big fat middle of this mini, the pace takes it down a notch, but the story gets some important developments out of the way in the process.

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8.4
Django Unchained #4

Jun 12, 2013

It's unclear what kind of message Tarantino-Hudlin want people to get out of this, but it's obvious that there's a message lurking here.

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8.0
Django Unchained #5

Jul 3, 2013

Not quite as tightly paced and delivered as previous issues, but it continues the unique psychological and social tension of the series, making it impossible to romanticize this undeniably callous period of history.

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8.4
Django Unchained #6

Aug 20, 2013

The art is not impressive, but the story never drops the ball of engagement, revealing layers of character even as it goes for big moments of spectacle.

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8.0
Django Unchained #7

Sep 11, 2013

We've had stronger issues in earlier months, but you can do worse than a solid conclusion to an adaptation that's shown a lot of integrity.

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6.0
Doom Patrol (2009) #17

Dec 6, 2010

Though previous issues remained true to Doom Patrol spirit, exploring the trauma and twists of superpowers and those that have them, this issue seemed to break away to dwell on the bureaucratic logistics of the teams world. The next issue will have to pump a lot of energy into the story to make this somewhat dull departure seem worthwhile.

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8.4
Doom Patrol (2009) #18

Jan 10, 2011

In a way, its fitting that the Doom Patrol, the team that can never catch a break, dont get much out of their harrowing experience, as long as the experience itself has some fun and thrills, which it does. Heres looking forward to the Patrol getting higher-stakes adventures in the future.

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7.0
Doom Patrol (2009) #19

Feb 21, 2011

Unfortunately, the Doom Patrol has never found much of a purpose for themselves, and this issue seems to emphasize that point, making the cancellation of the series a sad, but not unsurprising, event.

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8.0
Doom Patrol (2009) #20

Mar 15, 2011

Even at its strongest, Doom Patrol remains less than outstanding. Its lack of mission statement, repetitive dark humor, and uninteresting plotlines are no doubt all factors in its upcoming end.

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8.4
Doom Patrol (2009) #21

Apr 11, 2011

A bittersweet tribute to the Doom Patrol spirit, the issue takes some time to meditate before the team takes off for the finish line.

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6.0
Doom Patrol (2009) #22

May 10, 2011

A fitting, anticlimactic fade-out for the world's undeniably weirdest and undersold team. At least you can say they went out like heroes"sort of.

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4.0
Earth 2 #0

Sep 9, 2012

Of all titles, this one needed an origin issue and Robinson almost squanders it completely with a dull narrator and even duller exposition. The truly mediocre art doesn't help.

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8.4
Earth 2 #1

May 2, 2012

A very promising start to another whole new DCU, supported by Robinson's even writing and Scott's magnificent art.

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8.4
Earth 2 #2

Jun 9, 2012

Robinson is clearly taking full advantage of the blank slate given him, remaking the Earth with godlike strokes, with Scott bringing it into being.

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8.0
Earth 2 #3

Jul 9, 2012

All this wordiness may be a natural part of hitting the Big Fat Middle of the story"and at #3, we've definitely started hitting that point"but it sure sucks the wind out of a series that really needs momentum to stand as a world all its own.

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8.0
Earth 2 #4

Aug 7, 2012

Well, it ain't love at first sight, but you can definitely grow to love these characters and this series. An enjoyable blend of the familiar and the new.

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8.0
Earth 2 #5

Oct 7, 2012

You may find yourself bothered, perhaps even a little offended, by the mimicking plotlines in this issue, but otherwise, Robinson and Scott deliver a superhero comic that easily matches and surpasses every team book DC's putting out now.

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7.0
Earth 2 #6

Nov 12, 2012

Although Scott's art remains a treasure on this series, she's disservice by Robinson's uneven writing, which makes it hard to get attached to this Earth on its own terms.

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6.0
Earth 2 #7

Dec 11, 2012

A dud of an issue with too much talk, too little substance, and too many narrative gaps. On the plus side, Cinar turns out his best-looking work so far, thanks to intensive support.

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5.0
Earth 2 #8

Jan 16, 2013

For a whole issue dedicated to an infamous villain from an infamous dimension, the story is sadly forgettable. A couple more outings like this, and I'll have no choice but to Drop the thing altogether.

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7.0
Earth 2 #9

Feb 12, 2013

With Scott's superb art, the title regains a little of its former luster, but there's no denying the sluggish, uneven pace and tone of the series.

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5.0
Earth 2 #10

Mar 13, 2013

It may be that curiosity and brilliant art alone are not enough to keep me invested in this second Earth. I desperately want to like this, but Robinson makes it harder and harder with each uninspired issue.

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5.0
Earth 2 #11

Apr 10, 2013

In execution, Robinson seems to stumble at every step, turning what should be a fairly solid issue into an eye-rolling slog of a read, barely saved by Scott's artistic efforts.

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4.0
Earth 2 #12

May 8, 2013

In terms of writing, this is something of a low point for the series, saved from complete scorn by Scott's artwork, but even that won't stave off your dissatisfaction for long.

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4.0
Earth 2 #13

Jun 12, 2013

Another bit of proof that although Robinson's failings lie more in execution than substance, his execution is weak enough to defeat the quality of the work as a whole.

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6.0
Earth 2 #14

Jul 10, 2013

Once again, Scott's art saves the issue from total mediocrity, but you can't overlook Robinson's bizarre storytelling choices.

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5.0
Earth 2 #15

Aug 13, 2013

At this point, I'm just white-knuckling it until Robinson departs, in the faint hope that the next writer will be some kind of improvement. At least the art remains the only reliable source of strength for the title.

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3.0
Earth 2 #16

Oct 8, 2013

No matter how well illustrated, a mindless action issue is a mindless action issue. Even worse, the action doesn't seem to lead anywhere nor provide any plot development in between.

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7.0
Earth 2 #19

Jan 13, 2014

There are encouraging signs for the future between the lines of this issue, although you're beyond impatient to see the climax already.

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5.0
Earth 2 #20

Feb 11, 2014

I really, really, really want to like this series, and I'm even ready and willing to like Taylor's scripting, but the plot proves to be too obstructive for even goodwill to overcome.

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8.0
Earth 2 #24

Jun 9, 2014

An issue of sustained positive and interplay among the cast. Will Wonders never cease?

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8.0
Earth 2 #25

Jul 8, 2014

You can actually feel the tension beginning to coil as the story teeters toward its climax. We're about to see whether all the agony is worth what comes out of it.

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8.4
Earth 2 #26

Aug 10, 2014

With one sharp turn, Taylor finally puts to rest one of the most sustained conflicts on any Earth of the DCU, and Scott nearly surpasses herself.

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6.0
Earth 2 #27

Oct 14, 2014

Some nice steps forward for some of the newly formed relationships in the series, though not very well sold.

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7.0
Earth 2 Annual #1

Jun 2, 2013

Great art and quite a lot of new developments makes this annual a worthwhile read, even if Robinson's flawed writing remains clearly prominent.

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7.0
Earth 2 Annual #2

Feb 3, 2014

Solid in conception, but a bit lacking in execution, particularly with the art. At least Taylor succeeds in selling you on the new Batman-2.

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6.0
Earth 2: Futures End #1

Sep 7, 2014

What should probably be a multiple-issue storyline is crammed into the span of one, and it's as rushed and confusing as you'd expect.

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5.0
Earth 2: World's End #1

Oct 12, 2014

Such a lifeless start to a series can only signal more disappointment to come. Preemptively Dropped.

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9.0
Elektra (2014) #1

Apr 26, 2014

As good of a beginning as you can get, with just the right amounts of appealing character work and intriguing plotting, rendered in a unique, attractive visual style.

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8.4
Elektra (2014) #3

Jun 23, 2014

It's also worth pointing out that Blackman simply has one of the most descriptive narrative voices in comics, one that manages to capture details that even Del Mundo's expansive art can't contain. Take Lips' painfully chaotic visions after Elektra thrusts a tsai straight into his skull: "All I can see are flashes in my brain"red yellow blue green they burn the back of my eyes"so bright can't see can't think can't heal"one last flash then darkness""

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8.4
Elektra (2014) #4

Jul 21, 2014

Pure action from beginning to end, but from it you can get some valuable insights into our antiheroine.

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6.0
Elektra (2014) #6

Sep 23, 2014

The art is still enjoyable, but the story is really starting to fall apart.

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8.4
Fables #104

Apr 23, 2011

As storied and well-written as its fans make it out to be, Fables is well on its way to making me yet another of its devotee. If you try it, you'll likely wind up the same.

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7.0
Fables #105

May 20, 2011

In spite of some intriguing drama, this issue serves only as a prelude for the next, undoubtedly action-packed part of what's bound to be a good, long story arc.

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5.0
Fables #106

Jun 27, 2011

A disappointingly passive conclusion to what should have been the most fraught battle of the Fables' lives.

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8.4
Fables #107

Aug 2, 2011

An enjoyable palette-cleanser to the fairly dire stuff we've gotten lately, and a valuable epilogue to an older plotline

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8.4
Fables #108

Aug 21, 2011

Another story arc begins for Fables, and if precedent is any indication, this one will be a winner.

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7.0
Fables #109

Sep 26, 2011

Pleasant, but a bit too quiet, for all the characters and ground the issue covers. Some liveliness is seriously needed to pick up the pace.

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6.0
Fables #110

Oct 27, 2011

It seems most of the plots are at the simmering stage, building up their tension. With so much going on, it'll be a major blowout (if and when it happens), but for now, the series reads a little too soberly and quietly.

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6.0
Fables #111

Dec 3, 2011

Willingham has plenty going on, but not much really taking off. The slow burn is turning this series into merely interesting, when it's capable of so much more.

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8.0
Fables #112

Dec 28, 2011

The issue has more warmth than story, but that's alright. Sometimes it's nice to just take a break and be grateful for the things you have, and I'm grateful this series has some legs left.

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8.0
Fables #113

Jan 25, 2012

A diverting issue, far from the woes and anxiety of the ongoing story, but not quite as meaty as it could be.

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7.0
Fables #115

Mar 27, 2012

Plenty of points of interest, but none progress as much as you'd like, leaving you feeling vaguely dissatisfied, as if you haven't gotten quite enough material to last you a month"which you haven't.

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8.0
Fables #116

Apr 23, 2012

Vertigo's anchor title continues to churn out one reliably intriguing issue after another, though it's been a long time since you've finished one with your jaw slack from amazement.

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8.0
Fables #117

May 30, 2012

As always, an interesting read, but not particularly gripping. What's really needed to jolt this series is a big, consequential twist, and it looks like next issue will serve us that one.

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8.4
Fables #118

Jun 25, 2012

We don't have any massive force of darkness descending upon our fairy tale characters, but the stakes are just as high.

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8.4
Fables #120

Aug 28, 2012

A praiseworthy issue, if only because Willingham tackles an exceptionally sensitive and outrageous subject with such care that it never once feels unnecessary or gratuitous.

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8.0
Fables #121

Sep 23, 2012

Again, a rather pointless back-up adds a bit of dead weight to another strong feature, but not so much that you can't simply pretend it doesn't exist.

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8.4
Fables #122

Oct 29, 2012

But for a pointless back-up, this would be a really enjoyable interlude issue, bolstered by some lovely art.

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8.4
Fables #123

Nov 25, 2012

The story and art of a fantasy lover's dreams, saddled with an unbecoming and inert back-up.

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8.0
Fables #124

Dec 25, 2012

An appropriate conclusion to what has been a rather fanciful storyline. Outlandish it may be, but it has enough integrity for you to take its sweet, sobering moments seriously.

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8.0
Fables #125

Jan 27, 2013

A very low-key prelude issue that only starts to pick up towards the end.

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7.0
Fables #126

Feb 26, 2013

While the issue has its interesting parts, it only barely advances the plot and confirms much of what we already know about the characters.

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8.0
Fables #127

Mar 25, 2013

With Hellblazer gone, that leaves Fables as Vertigo's most reliable batter, and it proves its status with another reliably entertaining issue.

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8.4
Fables #128

Apr 21, 2013

Willingham once again proves himself a master of pacing and direction, delivering another solid issue that gets you interested in the one to come. Little wonder that Fables has become the most venerable title on my pull list.

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8.0
Fables #129

May 20, 2013

There's no doubt the events of this issue are important, but more for a later time and circumstance rather than the here and now.

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7.0
Fables #130

Jun 26, 2013

Reliably sweet and cutesy as needed, but not quite the most interesting interlude or protagonist Willingham could have come up with.

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8.0
Fables #131

Jul 23, 2013

We might only be in the budding stages of the next arc, but we've got so many different ongoing developments at the same time that there's plenty to keep you occupied.

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8.4
Fables #132

Aug 27, 2013

On average, Willingham always manages to keep at least one plotline engaging, but when he's really on his game, as he is here, every plotline"and there are many"has something to look forward to.

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8.0
Fables #133

Sep 25, 2013

It's not often that a writer can get away with a completely talking-heads issue, but with so much drama going on, Willingham manages to sell it, even with limited support from Buckingham.

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8.4
Fables #134

Oct 22, 2013

A quietly engaging read that gives you much to think about, both for the story at hand and for your after-reading reflections.

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8.0
Fables #136

Jan 7, 2014

Good ol' Fables, the most reliably solid series from Vertigo, if it's no longer the most groundbreaking or exciting one.

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5.0
Fables #138

Feb 25, 2014

Nothing to see here than an old villain gnawing on the bones of aging schemes.

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4.0
Fables #139

Apr 2, 2014

An issue with so little to recommend that already you're not looking forward to seeing the rest of the arc.

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2.0
Fables #140

May 21, 2014

I can't imagine it took Willingham much effort to write this, nor Leialoha to draw it. Certainly, neither built their reputations by such blatant phoning-it-in.

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8.0
Fables #141

Jun 25, 2014

There's quite a bit of progress on many plotlines, though it's all happening under the surface.

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5.0
Fables #146

Nov 27, 2014

Another issue, another lame death. We can only pray Fables doesn't end on the lamest one of all, though the signs are pointing that way.

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8.0
Fables #148

Jan 29, 2015

I'm of two minds about this final story Willingham's going to tell about Rose and Snow. In the first, I don't really give a crap. These women already have actual, major problems to deal with without having to worry about this magically mandated rivalry between them. In fact, at the end of the issue, Snow's rushing off to face hers (the result of which could put an end to the question of who wins between her and Rose altogether) while Rose is getting family history from a cricket.

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8.0
Fairest #1

Mar 12, 2012

It's always tough grading and reviewing a debut, because you really never know how a story will turn out from its beginning. To be perfectly safe, all I can guarantee is lovely art and a lively, if a bit bland plot.

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7.0
Fairest #2

Apr 10, 2012

Outstanding art elevates an otherwise merely functional story. Like the Snow Queen, you curiosity to know what happens next only just outweighs your wish to kill the characters.

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8.0
Fairest #3

May 16, 2012

A much stronger effort than the last two issues, particularly since you can feel the story's finally going somewhere worth your time.

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8.4
Fairest #4

Jun 13, 2012

The strongest outing yet from this series, one convincing me it deserves a life of its own. It was touch-and-go for a while there, but this issue makes you feel it has something special to offer.

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8.4
Fairest #5

Jul 10, 2012

In comics, a good brawl makes up for a lot, and this one has the added bonus of involving some very original combatants. Good times.

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8.4
Fairest #6

Aug 15, 2012

While not exactly the breakout hit you might expect from the creator of Fables, it's an appropriate successor to his trophy title, and at the least, it's provided some outstandingly beautiful art.

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7.0
Fairest #7

Sep 11, 2012

This is one case where I'm very reluctant to make a judgment call, but if I had to hazard a guess, I'd imagine you'll be left as torn between enjoyment and disgust as I am.

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9.0
Fairest #8

Oct 9, 2012

Beukes takes advantage of the possibilities of her subject's world to produce an astonishingly strong debut, breaking a streak of mostly unremarkable issues. Miranda's art is bombastic, fueling the storyline with even greater energy.

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9.0
Fairest #9

Nov 13, 2012

The pieces of the puzzle are falling into place, though the big picture is far from revealed. Still, what you can see is very alluring, especially when rendered with such rich, eye-catching art.

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8.4
Fairest #10

Dec 10, 2012

You could do without the passionless romantic tension, but overall, another impressive outing by Beukes and Miranda.

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9.0
Fairest #11

Jan 15, 2013

Beukes fearlessly weaves folk tales and ghost stories to create a product that is far more than just a good mash-up.

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9.0
Fairest #12

Feb 11, 2013

Supernatural comics don't get much better than this, and it looks as if Beukes and Miranda are likely to produce an even better showing next month.

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9.0
Fairest #13

Mar 12, 2013

I wasn't entirely convinced Fables needed a spin-off, but Beukes has made me a believer in not only the concept but the series as well. Bring on the next one, I say.

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8.4
Fairest #14

Apr 9, 2013

A light and entertaining interlude between arcs, but like all light and entertaining stories, it has a hard time keeping a hold on you after you finish reading.

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8.0
Fairest #15

May 8, 2013

A respectable start to a new arc which not only promises to add some new territory to the Fables universe, but which also has major implications for its future stories.

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6.0
Fairest #16

Jun 12, 2013

Too formulaic and predictable to really stand out, but competently written and drawn, regardless.

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5.0
Fairest #17

Jul 9, 2013

Williams' storytelling is the very definition of merely functional. It makes sense and operates logically, but it doesn't have that necessary spark of creative energy nor the heart to make you care.

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4.0
Fairest #19

Sep 11, 2013

It's only been five issues and it feels like fifteen. You are more than ready to get this over with.

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8.0
Fairest #27

Jul 9, 2014

Fun and interesting, if a little inconsequential.

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8.0
Fatale #14

May 21, 2013

If you're new to the title, like me, then this issue offers a perfect jumping-on point with plenty of good information to chew on. For the veterans, I suspect this issue will be diverting, but not necessarily revelatory.

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8.0
Fatale #15

Jun 30, 2013

A great sample of Brubaker's writing skills, though it's a little hard to tell where he's going with his latest arc.

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9.0
Fatale #19

Jan 14, 2014

While most works that end with the deaths of nearly all the characters usually fall into the soap opera category, Brubaker-Phillips bring enough sense and taste to give all the deaths meaning.

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8.4
Fatale #20

Feb 17, 2014

Never has the darker side of fiction seemed so appealing as under Brubaker and Phillips' creative prowess, even if it gets a touch predictable at times.

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8.0
Fatale #21

Apr 1, 2014

It's the same old song with a different chorus, but still a rather tuneful one to hum along to.

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9.6
Fatale #23

Jun 24, 2014

The most complex portrayal of sex you'll ever see, revealing its ecstatic heights and anguished depths.

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9.0
Fatale #24

Aug 8, 2014

Not a conclusion to cheer or smile over, nor a particularly conclusive one, but it's still quite powerful, and there's definitely nothing like it out there.

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8.0
FBP: Federal Bureau Of Physics #2

Sep 1, 2013

Slow down and buy the reader a drink first, huh? Oliver is a skilled storyteller, but too eager to move on to the juicy stuff without letting you get properly acquainted with his world. That kind of rushing does not lend itself to long-term affection, no matter how wild and entertaining a ride it is.

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8.4
FBP: Federal Bureau Of Physics #3

Sep 14, 2013

Some highly kinetic art and very good forward movement here, though the issue perhaps signals its next moves a little more loudly than it should.

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8.4
Fighting American #1

May 31, 2011

This collection of comics shows that at least some people were aware of the ridiculousness of their times. Even though the stories are undeniably silly, they're silly because they mean to be, which gives them a kind of sophistication even above the more famous Simon-Kirby works.

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9.6
First Wave #5

Dec 13, 2010

Too bad this series ends with the next issue. First Wave is a good reminder of why comics ever gained popularity in the first place, and why they remain an important part of entertainment fiction. In place of subtlety and far-reaching concepts, it takes creaky genre clichs and makes them fresh and fun for a modern audience.

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8.0
First Wave #6

Mar 7, 2011

An uneven finish to an otherwise solid homage to the pre-Golden Age of comics and heroes. It doesnt achieve the epic feel it goes for, but a strong story nonetheless.

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7.0
First Wave: Special #1

Apr 7, 2011

Besides a fairly effective insight into the Avengers character and motivations, First Wave Special does nothing to flesh out his world or the other characters involved.

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8.4
Five Ghosts #1

Mar 25, 2013

John Carter meets Phileas Fogg and Doc Savage. For all those who yearn for a pure escapist adventure, your prayers have been answered.

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8.0
Five Ghosts #2

Apr 21, 2013

Not much substance to work on here, but a great bit of pure adventure comic nonetheless.

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8.4
Five Ghosts #3

May 28, 2013

The story keeps up its pace of old-fashioned excitement, and adds some interesting plot developments on top of it.

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7.0
Five Ghosts #4

Jul 3, 2013

An enjoyable little read, but ultimately a very little one, with hardly enough substance to occupy your mind as you're reading, rather yet when you've put the issue down.

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6.0
Five Ghosts #5

Aug 7, 2013

An enjoyable little romp overall, and a fine foundation for the upcoming monthly series, but this particular storyline was haphazardly put together and ultimately doesn't stand well on its own.

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8.0
Five Weapons #2

Apr 2, 2013

It's about time for Enrique to really show off his talents instead of coasting on some narrative trickery, but otherwise Robinson continues to deliver guilt-free fun.

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8.0
Five Weapons #3

Apr 29, 2013

A very small-scale sort of story, but one with its own set of charms. More suited for kids, but adults will find things to enjoy as well.

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6.0
Five Weapons #4

Jun 5, 2013

Keeping in mind this is a series more suited for a younger crowd, it's appropriately fun in certain respects, but Robinson's storytelling choices are questionable and puzzling for young and grown-up alike.

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5.0
Five Weapons #5

Jul 10, 2013

A hopelessly rushed affair with little credibility, it's best to describe this mini as a bunch of good ideas with suitable art, but nothing more.

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8.4
Flash (2010) #10

Apr 15, 2011

A fun read that brings all the qualities that make enjoyable, if not exactly genre-busting, comics.

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5.0
Flash (2010) #11

May 1, 2011

With Flashpoint on full focus, the personal stuff in Barry's life gets much weaker treatment. It doesn't help the regular art team's been exchanged for an inferior replacement.

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6.0
Flash (2010) #12

May 11, 2011

Not the greatest way to finish, but Johns gets the job done acceptably. Can we skip over to Flashpoint now?

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8.0
Flash (2011) #1

Sep 27, 2011

It doesn't exactly hold your interest in its fist, but it keeps a hand on your shoulder, just enough to lead you back for a few more issues.

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8.0
Flash (2011) #2

Oct 27, 2011

An enjoyable, pleasant read while the creative team lays down the story threads they'll weave together later on. Given time and experience, this title may turn out to be one for the history books.

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8.4
Flash (2011) #3

Nov 24, 2011

Entertaining from start to finish, with great character moments and well-woven plotlines, Manapul and Buccellato prove, with a few exceptions, they're really getting a handle on this writing thing. A very promising trend for the series.

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7.0
Flash (2011) #4

Dec 28, 2011

For the first time, it seems that Manapul-Buccellato commit the first rookie mistake in writing: telling more than showing. With such incredible artistic talent, there's no reason for them to overwrite, and the issue suffers as a result.

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7.0
Flash (2011) #5

Jan 30, 2012

The creative team has produced a solidly pleasant and enjoyable read, but one lacking refinement in the writing and clear direction and overall aims for the series in general. Here's looking to even better things in the next arc.

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8.0
Flash (2011) #6

Feb 24, 2012

A good start to the second arc, one set to build up Flash's mythos for a new generation. For the most part, Manapul-Buccellato are delivering great new dimensions to our hero and his world.

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8.0
Flash (2011) #7

Mar 29, 2012

Still solid, as Manapul-Buccellato dangle a number of plotlines into the series, proving they have a clear plan for its direction. The art, however, remains the biggest selling point of the title. If anything, improvements in the story are simply bonuses.

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7.0
Flash (2011) #8

Apr 25, 2012

The series' thin character and plot work is finally catching up to its super-speed pace, leaving it only slightly better than your average comic, soon not to be even that if things go on this way.

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7.0
Flash (2011) #9

May 25, 2012

Still chugging along fine, and definitely keeping you interested with a nice handful of storylines running at the same time.

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5.0
Flash (2011) #10

Jul 3, 2012

Rather than chipping away at their flaws, Manapul-Buccellato's shortcomings as writers have only grown more pointed with each issue. Close as we are to the one-year mark, I may have no choice but to Drop this series for better things.

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6.0
Flash (2011) #11

Jul 31, 2012

If I have to put it in the plainest terms, I'm just bored by the story we've been getting. No matter how you look at it, it reads like two rookie writers so enthusiastic about their material they can't see its mediocrity. Dropped.

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8.4
Flashpoint #1

May 11, 2011

A very strong, promising start to DC's most talked-about storyline, though much depends on the follow-up.

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7.0
Flashpoint #2

Jun 1, 2011

Considering how quickly this storyline wants to move, it seems we've already hit the deadly Big Fat Middle of the plot, where things seem to slow down, despite obvious attempts to speed things up.

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5.0
Flashpoint #3

Jul 6, 2011

The story seems to be spinning its wheels in place as we continue to crawl forward. We can only hope that the last parts of this series gets itself in high gear to make up for it.

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5.0
Flashpoint #4

Aug 3, 2011

Though we have one last issue to see how things will turn out, I think it's safe to start your mourning for what could've been a far more epic storyline had more time and care been taken with its execution.

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3.0
Flashpoint #5

Aug 31, 2011

Somehow too much and too little at the same time, we can only hope this issue serves as a Viking death ship to all the thin, ill-conceived, poorly executed storylines of the DC of yore. In any case, it's a pretty good example of one.

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5.0
Flashpoint: Abin Sur - The Green Lantern #2

Jul 7, 2011

Despite everyone behaving as if the universe is going to end (because it is), the issue is strangely lifeless and unconvincing.

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3.0
Flashpoint: Abin Sur - The Green Lantern #3

Aug 17, 2011

Uneven art and rather unoriginal, repetitive writing makes for a title which never took the time to reflect on what it wanted to get even out of itself.

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9.0
Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #1

Jun 1, 2011

If the stories of this altered universe are going to be this solid, then I'll be sad to see it go when it inevitably does.

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9.6
Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #2

Jul 6, 2011

Call it an Elsewords, alternate universe, or out-of-continuity story, but regardless, it's a great one.

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10
Flashpoint: Batman Knight of Vengeance #3

Aug 4, 2011

Whether Azzarello intended to or not, he's turned out a multilayered story that works and can be dissected on many levels, and is completely reader-friendly and approachable at the same time. For that it deserves the highest praise possible.

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6.0
Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #1

Jun 15, 2011

As with much Krul does, the ideas are sound; the execution is not. If he can give up his flair for the overly dramatic and clich, his stories would work far better than they do.

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2.0
Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #2

Jul 20, 2011

Underwhelming writing and poor art make me think it's wisest for me to lower my expectations even further for the conclusion of this series.

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2.0
Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #3

Aug 12, 2011

It's safe to say Flashpoint has produced some of the biggest dogs of the year, and this one certainly counts as one of them.

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7.0
Flashpoint: Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager #1

Jun 8, 2011

While clearly lacking as much importance to the overall Flashpoint storyline, this tie-in works as a very enjoyable Elseworlds-type tale. And it's Deathstroke as a pirate"hard not to get some kicks out of that.

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6.0
Flashpoint: Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager #2

Jul 15, 2011

This issue offer some good times in terms of brawls, but almost nothing in the way of overarching plot.

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4.0
Flashpoint: Deathstroke and the Curse of the Ravager #3

Aug 4, 2011

By neglecting his storytelling homework, Palmiotti winds up with a story that works, plot-wise, yet still fails to capture your attention or interest.

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8.0
Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1

Jun 8, 2011

Considering the importance of Aquaman and Wonder Woman's conflict to the events of Flashpoint, it's a relief this tie-in is both informative and engaging.

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5.0
Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #2

Jul 13, 2011

I thought Bedard had managed to turn in a fairly solid showing last time, but weak writing will catch up to you, sooner or later.

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4.0
Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #3

Aug 11, 2011

Gorgeous art can't mask underwhelming story, I've always said, and this issue is good evidence of that.

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8.0
Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #2

Jul 13, 2011

Weak art in the second half and slightly slow plotting water down what would otherwise be a much more enjoyable issue, though Lemire continues to convince this is a series worth reading.

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2.0
Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1

Jun 16, 2011

A pointless exercise in gratuitous violence that does nothing to enlighten us about Grodd's character or the Flashpoint world. Yet another debut that lands this series instantly in the Dropped List"no amount of inspiration in the next two issues can make up for this one.

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3.0
Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #1

Jun 29, 2011

Let me put it this way: if you read/own Green Lantern: Secret Origins, you don't need to read/own this issue. Unless you really care for shark-men.

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2.0
Flashpoint: Hal Jordan #2

Jul 27, 2011

Even with a fairly terrible story arc, I'd stick around to the end just to see how things wrap up. With a nonexistent plot, even if the final issue of this series ends on a high note, I still won't have any reason to care. Consider the tie-in Dropped.

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4.0
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #2

Jul 30, 2011

You can easily get onboard with the star character, but not with the story, and ultimately, it's the latter that really matters.

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3.0
Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #3

Aug 29, 2011

With all its importance shifted to another character in another title, this series has no value in itself, hardly deserving any attention on your part.

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2.0
Flashpoint: Legion of Doom #1

Jun 16, 2011

You know the signs of a bad read when you see them, and they're all over the place here. Consider this another tie-in falling into the Dropped List.

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5.0
Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #1

Jun 22, 2011

DnA clearly have a promising story in mind here, but poor pacing and completely inappropriate art drags the enjoyment down considerably.

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3.0
Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #2

Jul 30, 2011

Never really touching upon a core mission statement or plot, the Resistance becomes so uninspiring you think it'd be easier just to sit quietly and let the Amazons be self-righteous all over you.

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4.0
Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #3

Aug 25, 2011

As relentlessly unimportant as it began, this title may finally be laid to a deserving, much appreciated rest.

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8.4
Flashpoint: Project Superman #1

Jun 29, 2011

In previous weeks we've gotten a lot of Flashpoint tie-ins where the creators seem like they winged the whole thing, but with a story from Snyder (penned by the very capable of Francis) and art from Ha, this is one tie-in that's getting first-class treatment.

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9.6
Flashpoint: Project Superman #2

Jul 27, 2011

Everything you'd expect from this kind of story, yet totally unexpected at the same time. Elseworlds storytelling at its finest.

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9.0
Flashpoint: Project Superman #3

Aug 29, 2011

Much like its counterpart in Batman " Knight of Vengeance, this tie-in strives for the unpredictable, and scores big because of it. Congrats are in order for Francis and Ha; not many could have pulled a story like this off with such taste and integrity.

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2.0
Flashpoint: Reverse-Flash #1

Jun 23, 2011

Almost the only redeeming point about this issue is that it's a one-shot, not the first of a three-part series as the cover indicates. It's also not the least worthy offering from Kolins; we already had that two weeks ago.

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6.0
Flashpoint: Secret Seven #1

Jun 3, 2011

On the one hand, you get Flashpoint characters who seem truly unfamiliar and exotic. On the other hand, they'd also seem unfamiliar and exotic in normal circumstances.

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6.0
Flashpoint: Secret Seven #2

Jul 7, 2011

For a series that ends in one issue, we still have a lot of fundamental questions left, including what the Secret Seven actually is. You'd need a much more intriguing issue to sell that kind of confusion.

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8.0
Flashpoint: Secret Seven #3

Aug 6, 2011

A convincingly tense piece of magical realism that makes good use of the title characters, a good thing as Milligan will use half the cast in his upcoming Justice League Dark.

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6.0
Flashpoint: The Outsider #1

Jun 22, 2011

Sometimes explosive action is not the way to go, especially as it concerns a string-puller like the Outsider. We'll have to see if Robinson can pull off a worthwhile storyline for this bizarre character.

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7.0
Flashpoint: The Outsider #2

Jul 22, 2011

While you certainly feel like the titular character's a guy worth getting to know, you can't really say the same for the story he's involved in.

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7.0
Flashpoint: The Outsider #3

Aug 21, 2011

Considering his history, Martian Manhunter deserves a lot more than to serve as a mere foil to someone else, especially someone as mercenary and inscrutable as the Outsider.

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2.0
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #2

Jul 7, 2011

Clearly, some extra time, pains, and thought had to be put in to make this story work. The best thing you can say about this issue is that the writing and art are not the worst.

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1.6
Flashpoint: The World of Flashpoint #3

Aug 7, 2011

For a whole issue of clichs, it's only appropriate I remark on it with an old one: this is the perfect example of how to not write a worthwhile comic.

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8.4
Flashpoint: Wonder Woman And The Furies #1

Jun 15, 2011

An enjoyable glimpse into the truth behind the biggest drama in Flashpoint, though it opens more questions than it answers.

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7.0
Flashpoint: Wonder Woman And The Furies #2

Jul 20, 2011

Quietly engaging as ever, but the inappropriate art severely blunts the impact of the issue's subtleties.

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5.0
Flashpoint: Wonder Woman And The Furies #3

Aug 18, 2011

With a plot completely subservient to another title altogether, it's no wonder this series makes an unsatisfying, bland, largely disengaging finish.

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6.0
Forever Evil #1

Sep 6, 2013

Like its star characters, this series has some serious flaws, but also like its characters, hope remains that this can all turn to some good in the end.

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8.0
Forever Evil #2

Oct 4, 2013

Johns makes some admirable storytelling choices, but the issue itself is mostly expository with limited impact on the series at hand. Finch's art is more than fine, but hampered by confusing visuals.

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7.0
Forever Evil #3

Nov 10, 2013

As the storyline proceeds toward its Big Fat Middle, the pace slows, leaving only brief moments of excitement and character work to keep you occupied, and otherwise repeating itself.

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6.0
Forever Evil #4

Dec 31, 2013

A mostly digestible issue of DC's biggest Big Event, if mostly safe and bland throughout.

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6.0
Forever Evil #5

Feb 7, 2014

Basically one long action sequence with only a single important ramification to the story at large.

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6.0
Forever Evil #6

Mar 7, 2014

Once again, an outrageous cliffhanger saves the issue from utter mediocrity.

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8.4
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #2

Oct 14, 2011

The action and adventure go non-stop, and the ideas keep flying, some old, some new, all engagingly written and drawn. Sheer fun in less than thirty pages.

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8.4
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #3

Nov 12, 2011

If you need a spoonful of pure, unadulterated fun that never once crosses over into the thoughtless, pick this title up. I will be crushed if this title doesn't last for at least a few years to come, so don't disappoint me!

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9.0
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #4

Dec 19, 2011

You can have your simmering dramas and high-concept plots; for my money, Lemire's go-for-broke, wild and wacky monster tales are just about the funnest reading around.

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8.4
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #5

Jan 15, 2012

With this first mini-crossover of the new 52, Lemire sets a good example for crossovers to come: entertaining clashes of characters, a solid basis for the plot, and some substance for the title's personal direction.

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8.4
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #7

Mar 19, 2012

Yet another title that promises pure, never-ending action, but so well-crafted that it elevates itself to art.

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8.4
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #8

Apr 16, 2012

You have to admire Lemire for consistently wrapping up stories in less than six-issue arcs, but this one has so many emotional ramifications and leaves open so many questions that an extra issue would not have hurt at all.

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8.4
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #9

May 15, 2012

It takes a special writer to pull off an old-school monster book in the comics industry nowadays. While it's sad to see Lemire transfer that talent to Justice League Dark, at least we won't be deprived of our monthly servings of his work.

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5.0
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #10

Jun 17, 2012

Granted, I came into this with grave doubts about Kindt's ability to prop this title up after Lemire left, but it's disappointing nonetheless to be proven mostly correct. Well on its way to Drophood.

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7.0
Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E. #11

Jul 19, 2012

As a benefit of the doubt, I'll give this issue a higher grade than how I really feel about it, but admit that my personal attachment to the title this used to be obliges me to Drop it.

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7.0
Freedom Fighters #4

Dec 3, 2010

Freedom Fighters continues to be an enormously dynamic comic. Theres no doubt its meant to entertain, but I think its capable of reaching a higher level of quality. If Gray and Palmiotti could put some more thought to details that are left on the wayside of their ambitious premises, this series has the potential to elevating this generally overshadowed team into much more prime territory.

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8.0
Freedom Fighters #6

Feb 8, 2011

Its still one of the most action-packed titles on the stands, but the drama is beginning to play a bigger part in the entertainment. Still, gaps in logistics and overbearing dialogue prevent Freedom Fighters from being taken more seriously than it could be.

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6.0
Freedom Fighters #7

Mar 8, 2011

Consider this title is still in its infant stages, its kind of a disservice to shut it down before Gray-Palmiotti can refine it. Still, theres no doubt the teams been a hard sell from the start, and little has been done so far to keep you invested if youre not a fervent America-lover.

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6.0
Freedom Fighters #8

Apr 12, 2011

Only pleasing art saves this title from total mediocrity, as this issue features the least inspired action and dialogue yet. Cancellation may be coming too soon, but you cant say it is totally undeserved.

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8.0
Freedom Fighters #9

May 9, 2011

Though Freedom Fighters has been largely uneven, I'm sorry to see it go. But this team always manages to come back"let's hope it finds its footing quicker next time around.

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7.0
Ghost (2013) #1

Dec 20, 2013

The art, unsurprisingly, beats the script by some ways, but there's enough solid craft and material here to recommend the series, especially for supernatural buffs.

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4.0
Ghost (2013) #3

Apr 23, 2014

Mediocre from back to front, from beginning to end, you wonder if any effort is being spared for the sake of innovation at all. Dropped.

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9.6
Ghosts #1

Nov 5, 2012

If you want to have an anthology, this is the way to do it. There are stories of every kind from every angle and more likely than not, you'll at least appreciate all of them, some more than others.

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7.0
Giant-Size Atom #1

Mar 3, 2011

A fine finish for an oft-overlooked (literally) characters turn in the spotlight, you cant help feeling like it could have been way better, had the opportunity allowed it.

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9.0
Gotham Academy #1

Oct 1, 2014

A shining new piece to Gotham's already rich mythology, the issue almost lives up to all the hype that's preceded it.

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9.0
Gotham Academy #2

Nov 11, 2014

The wheels spin just a little bit on the story, but the character relationships and plot threads all get fleshed out.

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8.0
Gotham Academy #4

Feb 2, 2015

There's a mystery afoot in Gotham Academy, but up to this point, it's still not even clear what the nature of the mystery is. Are Olive and Co. on a supernatural hunt for the ghost of Millie Jane Cobblepot or some other spirit-ghoulie? Is there a conspiracy in the heart of the Academy itself, perpetuated by the students and faculty? Or maybe after all is said and done, the strangeness revolves around Olive herself, and the key to solving the mystery is buried within herself and her forgotten memories.

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8.4
Gotham Academy #5

Mar 2, 2015

The placid, straightforward pace of the last couple issues made me wonder whether Gotham Academy was really as good as it was cracked up to be, or whether it was just okay beneath a gorgeous surface. The story had interesting pieces, but nothing that you could examine all over to invest in, and the characters were mostly likable on their own, but weren't totally clicking taken together. Up until last issue, I could still see the series going either way in the awesome/blah department.

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8.4
Gotham By Midnight #2

Dec 25, 2014

Finally, DC might have the occult title it's been waiting for, with its second issue proving as solid as the first.

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7.0
Gotham By Midnight #4

Mar 3, 2015

I'm not ashamed to admit there are certain kinds of stories I'll shamelessly check to see how they end before I even get started. I like to see if the boy and girl will get together and whether the person with a dark past will find redemption or relief. The luxury of a story is you can see how it ends, and it's nice to exercise that godlike power every now and then. But I never"well, almost never"skip ahead in a mystery. I rather love getting snarled around its many possibilities, the quiet thrill of getting rocked in one direction, then another. It's almost better the longer the journey happens to be, and sometimes disappointing when you do finally reach the end.

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8.4
Grayson #1

Jul 10, 2014

Only Dick, among all the Bat-characters, can fully pull off the secret agent look, and Seely-King- Jann make him look good doing it.

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8.0
Grayson #3

Oct 7, 2014

Borderline excellence, but a bit too straightforward and undercut to hit that level.

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7.0
Grayson #8

Mar 9, 2015

There's an art to balancing a story's short-term satisfaction and its long-term payoff. Ideally, you want to keep the audience entertained in the present, all the while building towards something bigger and more important down the line, but if you have the former, you can take as much time as you need to deliver on the latter. It's the stories that struggle to keep you in the moment that need to worry. They can't afford to string you along before unveiling their overarching plans.

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7.0
Grayson Annual #1

Dec 25, 2014

A rather good annual, even if its secrets are a bit blatant and it doesn't yield much long-term material.

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8.4
Grayson: Futures End #1

Sep 6, 2014

The issue gives you hope that not all the Futures End tie-ins will be a wash, although its impact is still limited.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2011) #17

Feb 7, 2013

If you've been a fan of the title up till now, I suspect you'll be nonplussed to discover all you've invested in has been practically wiped away. If you're a newcomer, you'll appreciate the possibilities introduced in the issue, though none ripen here.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #18

Mar 10, 2013

Lemire's reputation, diminished as it is, and the rapidly improving art still earns a little benefit of the doubt against an otherwise unremarkable issue.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #19

Apr 6, 2013

It's clear that Lemire and Sorrentino are finally getting comfortable in this new outfit they've chosen for themselves, which goes a long way to looking good in it.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2011) #20

May 8, 2013

Well, how about that? An issue that I quite enjoyed. Though there are still some shortcomings to iron out, Lemire seems poised to do just that.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2011) #21

Jun 10, 2013

Lemire had a rocky start on this series, and even now its future is a little uncertain, but remarkably enough, he and Sorrentino have managed to bring us to a point where we can enjoy what we're reading and look forward to the next issue.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2011) #22

Jul 8, 2013

It's taken a while to get here, and we still have a few missteps along the way, but Lemire and Sorrentino have definitely established this series as a solid middleweight title.

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6.0
Green Arrow (2011) #23

Aug 12, 2013

Not nearly enough groundwork to make the issue's advances as effective as they should be, but you do get some spectacular art out of it.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #23.1

Sep 11, 2013

Outstanding artwork from Sorrentino as always, revealing dimensions to Count Vertigo that Lemire doesn't entirely succeed in capturing in his script.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2011) #24

Oct 7, 2013

Vertigo's return does nothing for you, but there's still quite a bit from his appearance and much else besides that makes this issue worthy reading.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2011) #25

Nov 12, 2013

While the artistic efforts continue to outpace the scripting, Lemire balances the job of keeping his storyline on track, tying into a crossover event, and incorporating elements from the title's TV counterpart.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2011) #26

Dec 9, 2013

An issue that, like the rest of the storyline, has the potential to be far greater than it actually is, though still solid in every respect, nonetheless.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #27

Jan 11, 2014

Sorrentino's art stays the big selling point as Lemire's storytelling choices continue to fluctuate in dramatic and entertainment value.

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8.4
Green Arrow (2011) #28

Feb 11, 2014

Few surprises here, but the ones that do exist are entertaining enough. Sorrentino continues to be DC's biggest artistic daredevil and Green Arrow's greatest asset.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2011) #31

May 13, 2014

This arc with the Outsiders didn't quite live up to its promise, but at least it more often than not profited by its ambition.

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6.0
Green Arrow (2011) #32

Jun 11, 2014

Almost totally derivative except for Sorrentino's thoroughly distinctive artwork.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2011) #33

Jul 9, 2014

An admirable feat of continuity massage from Lemire, although the story doesn't go much of anywhere.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2011) #34

Aug 13, 2014

A solid landing for a mostly entertaining arc, leaving Ollie in a very good place for future adventures. You might say that his superhero life has only just begun.

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4.0
Green Arrow (2011) #35

Oct 7, 2014

Writers who feel like they can make major changes without explanation can't be trusted. Dropped.

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8.4
Green Arrow (2011): Futures End #1

Sep 8, 2014

One of the few tie-in issues that actually encourage you to keep reading the series after the month is over.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2005) #66

May 25, 2011

This is a superhero comic at its most traditional: lively and action-packed, though lacking much in the way of complex drama or character development.

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8.4
Green Lantern (2005) #67

Jul 13, 2011

Heart-thumpingly explosive and full of swerves that'll leave your head spinning. Not much dramatic depth to be found here, but a pretty consequential conclusion to DC's Event that is not an Event.

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9.6
Green Lantern (2011) #0

Sep 8, 2012

I am agog at how well-crafted this issue turned out to be. Even on the admirable Aquaman Johns hasn't been this rock solid in a long, long while, and Mahnke's brilliant art just sends the quality over the edge.

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8.4
Green Lantern (2011) #1

Sep 14, 2011

By all accounts, the issue doesn't get very far, but it sets some very substantial storylines in motion and generates a great momentum. Unscathed from the relaunch, it just goes to show: if it ain't broke"

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8.0
Green Lantern (2011) #2

Oct 13, 2011

A solid outing from one of DC's crowd-pleasing titles, but mostly setup for the big action of next issue, not really a game-changer in terms of plot or character in itself.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2011) #3

Nov 9, 2011

Several major steps forward for the plot, and a fascinating, entertaining look into one of the great enemy-ships in comics history.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2011) #4

Dec 15, 2011

This is Johns getting into his groove on the title which he made into a household name. This is straight-up superhero stuff written in the most credible way possible, and it feels good.

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9.0
Green Lantern (2011) #5

Jan 12, 2012

This is Johns doing his most consistent work on a title for which he has an obvious love and endless imagination for. Solid throughout and a good return to form.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2011) #6

Feb 10, 2012

I suppose you should be happy that Hal's happy, but you can't help feeling like there's something not quite right with him settling down to a quiet life of domesticity.

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8.4
Green Lantern (2011) #7

Mar 15, 2012

It seems like no matter what else happens to Johns creatively, Green Lantern will always be a solid hit for him, especially if he has the superb Mahnke to back him up artistically.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2011) #8

Apr 11, 2012

It's never a dull moment in this title, but it can't be said you learn much more than all the hints you've gotten already. If anything, this issue serves as an action-packed summary of the Indigo lore Johns has established already, making it a lively, useful transition to bigger things.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2011) #9

May 10, 2012

Plenty of answers which lead to"you guessed it"even more questions. Johns tones down the action in favor of some mythos-building, but it's all set-up for a fairly spectacular battle next time.

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8.4
Green Lantern (2011) #10

Jun 14, 2012

Admittedly, there are really no new developments in the plot, but the character work is pretty outstanding, and the series never fails to be thrilling.

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8.0
Green Lantern (2011) #11

Jul 27, 2012

A nice balance of character and set-up, prepping us for some major villain showdown in the near future, and all-out warfare in the far.

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6.0
Green Lantern (2011) #12

Aug 16, 2012

An effective primer to recent Lantern mythology if you needed it, but for the rest of us, the issue rehashes material we've seen before, redeemed yet again only by an irresistible cliffhanger. Curse you, Johns!

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9.0
Green Lantern (2011) #13

Oct 4, 2012

Sometimes a Johns series feels like it proceeds one hour at a time per issue, but like 24, that one hour sure packs a lot of material.

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8.4
Green Lantern (2011) #14

Nov 9, 2012