Philip Schweier's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Comic Book Bin Reviews: 410
6.7Avg. Review Rating

4.0
Action Comics (2016) #983

Jul 12, 2017

I wontspoil the ending, though I may not need to. Anyone who follows comic books forany length of time knows you can rely on a villain to do one thing: servehimself. I just hope the next chapter isnt so predictable.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #986

Aug 23, 2017

GuillemMarchs artwork reminds me of that of Mark Badger back in the 1980s.Thankfully, more detailed, but that could be a result of current technology.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #987

Sep 15, 2017

As I said,expect to be surprised, with the secret origin of Mr. Oz promised for nextissue. But what that means for the Man of Steel in the future remains to seen.I anticipate a crisis of conscience, perhaps a Bryan Singer-like attack on an emotional level, or maybe a fight between two powerful super-beings. Lets keepour fingers crossed its blend of both.

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5.0
Action Comics (2016) #988

Sep 27, 2017

Im lookingforward to subsequent issues, to see how Jor-Els unmasking (assuming he is animposter) comes about. If hes not a phonus balonus, then Superman as a concepthas indeed gone off the rails, and those Curt Swan stories are more preciousthan ever.

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5.0
Action Comics (2016) #989

Oct 11, 2017

However, the story is moving slower than I'd like, which is typical. I grew up in the age of Wolfman/Perezs New Teen Titans, Now THERE was some dense storytelling, which Iwould like to see more of these days. But until those two legends can be harnessed into another ongoing series, I'll have to content myself with back issues.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #990

Oct 25, 2017

As I said afew issues ago, its likely this story will run up to the landmark Action Comics #1,000. It moves a bitslower than I would like, but thats an unfair assessment, as I have no ideawhat the next 10 issues will entail. My hope is that the creative team canremain in place for the duration of the story. I find it frustrating whenartists step away mid-way through a storyline. I dont fault them for it, Iblame the editor. He should manage the workload, and provide the art staff withthe resources they require.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #991

Nov 8, 2017

As with previous issues, this story is written/drawn by the exact same creative team. Its almost as if they worked on them concurrently, with no break in between.Its helped maintain a consistency of narrative, but of course its seldom sustainable, so as the story continues, I wonder who will be at the drawing board. If it is someone different, now seems as a good a place as any to changeup the art roster. (ESPECIALLY on the cover. This issue by Nick Bradshaw and Brad Anderson is awful).

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1.0
Action Comics (2016) #992

Nov 22, 2017

This story leads into the next chapter of the DC Universe, as Superman realizes someone is toying with its history. He determined to do something about it, though ifweve learned anything from the movies, it is that It is forbidden for you to interfere with human history, rather, let your leadership stir others. Because thats not just an S on his chest; its the symbol of hope.

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6.0
Action Comics (2016) #993

Dec 13, 2017

The story is fun and exciting, as Booster mounts a rescue mission to prevent Superman from changing time any more than it has been. And while Booster and the Flash are both experienced time-traveller, its clear they have differing views on the ramifications of stepping into the past.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #994

Dec 27, 2017

The artworkin this issue is a bit of a challenge for me, though. Dan Jurgens providedpencils, which were then finished by no less than four inkers. The changingstyles were a bit jarring, and I may have preferred one or two fewer artistsinvolved. But I understand the nature of deadlines. Perhaps when DC returns toits monthly publishing schedule, well see more stable art teams in place.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #995

Jan 10, 2018

Artists Brett Booth and Norm Rapmund make a great team. The art reminded me somewhat of Jim Lee's work, but not so much so as to appear an imitation.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #996

Jan 24, 2018

There have been rumors of the Watchmen characters being folded into the main DC Universe. Idrather they didnt, but I know Im in the minority. Regardless, I do hope that the fast approaching Action Comics #1,000 has the opportunity to stand alone, rather than become the setting for yet another over-hyped DC event. It would belike having your 50th birthday co-opted by your distant cousin's graduation.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #998

Feb 28, 2018

The story seems to conclude, which is fine by me, though I was expecting Superman to return to a timeline different than the one he left " yet another re-set in the DC Universe, to coincide with Action Comics #1,000. Thankfully, that didn't happen, so far as we know.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #1002

Aug 22, 2018

I mustadmit, I was skeptical of Bendis run on the Superman franchise, though thatwas largely because He was such a name at Marvel. It was my fear that histenure might influence Bendis to marvelize the Man of Steel. But as of thiswriting, Im not convinced that would be a bad thing.

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6.0
Action Comics (2016): Special #1

May 2, 2018

Each of the stories is written and drawn by different creators, and given the holiday nature of the one story, I am wondering if they weren't part of a slush pile somewhere, and gathered and published in a ploy to keep the Action Comics #1,000 celebration going. They're not bad stories, mind you, but I have no idea what purpose this Special serves.

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10
Astro City (2013) #44

Aug 8, 2017

Theart by Rick Leonardi and Ande Parks is terrific. Im used to seeing Parksinking Phil Hesters work. As much as his inks compliment Hesters work, itsclear here that he is not beholden to any one penciler. Parks inks makeanybodys pencils look better, without obscuring what makes them unique.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #45

Aug 8, 2017

Brent Anderson is back at the drawing board, still channeling his inner Neal Adams(not that thats a bad thing), but he seems to have added a layer of Jos LuisGarcia Lopez. But above it all is a style that makes Andersons work stand on its own merits.

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8.0
Astro City (2013) #46

Oct 25, 2017

Creatingthe spirit of music as a person is novel, but not necessarily new. After all,Barry Manilow was music, and he writes the songs. But as an ever-evolvingsuper-hero, it may or may not be an effective weapon against the forces ofevil. But the concept is interesting.

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10
Astro City (2013) #47

Oct 25, 2017

Itsa great story, but it only goes so far, as dogs notoriously have life spans 1/7ththat of humans. So what does that mean for our former-thief-now-hero? Well,thats a question to be answered nextissue.

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10
Astro City (2013) #48

Oct 25, 2017

Itsa satisfying story, if not an altogether cheerful one. There is no happy endingfor all, though matters play out as perhaps they should. But it makes me sitand take greater notice of Astro City; or, as I sometimes call it, AsTROCity.What I believed to be just another universe of super-heroes has greater depththan I realized. The costumes are merely the window dressing for the narrative.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #49

Nov 22, 2017

Theres no real conclusion (I assume that will come next issue), so Lulu's investigation means for her, her dad, and those who seek to corrupt his research remains to be seen. It may be a card to be played (much) later, or we may see storys end in a month. But I enjoy the anthological nature of Astro City. Its stories with super-heroes, rather than the adventures of If you enjoyed Marvels (also by Kurt Busiek and Alex Ross), Astro City is an enjoyable follow-up.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #50

Jan 31, 2018

For those of us who have every run around a backyard with a towel pinned to our shoulders, most comic books are about the heroes. But not everyone gets to wear the cape to be the hero. Or even be the sidekick. They also serve, who standand wait. Those of us who dont get to be Batman sometimes have to settle for being Alfred. And thats good enough.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #51

Apr 4, 2018

Tolong-time comic readers, the source of the secret makes total sense, but thethe Friends " well, thats another matter. And here lies the strength of thestory, and the series as a whole. AstroCity isnt about the heroes, but more about the citizens, the collateraldamage. As a meta-human, believing the unbelievable is easy, but for usordinary folks on the ground, alien invasions and endless time-loops meannothing but fear and panic.

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9.0
Bane: Conquest #5

Oct 31, 2017

The artwork is perfect. I'm a big fan of the classic DC house style, mastered and refined by artists such as Dick Giordano and Jos Luis Garcia Lopez. It certainly doesnt hurt that Graham Nolan is credited as one of the co-creators of Bane, along with Chuck Dixon. Needless to say, they know what theyre doing.While others may have helped develop Bane as a character in recent years, thereis no denying he is in excellent hands.

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9.0
Bane: Conquest #6

Oct 31, 2017

Iveenjoyed the two issues Ive read so far, and it makes me wish I hadnt missedthe previous chapters. Perhaps when the trade paperback is released, Ill takea look. Its not my usual cup of orange pekoe, but then Ive found so manymainstream comics unsatisfying these days, Ive begun to think I need to choosethe road less traveled.

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7.0
Batgirl (2016) #14

Oct 25, 2017

The story seems intent on introducing a new villain, and signals suggest it may be someone from Barbaras past. Its tricky to insert flashbacks in on ongoing narrative, but Larson does it smoothly and judiciously. The artwork is simple without being cartoony; a classic case of less is more.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #18

May 8, 2018

Now that I have several issues of Batgirl under my belt, I'm enjoying it, but itseems too heavily aimed for the teen girl audience. Thats not necessarily a bad thing, but it it has overtones that are kind of lost on me, and other members of the audience as well, Im sure. Still, its an pleasant read, which is something to be treasured.

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7.0
Batgirl (2016) #23

May 25, 2018

Batgirlmay be one of DCs most under-appreciated titles. Not because of the strengthof its starring character (which is considerable), but because its Hope Larsonseems to have a simple strategy: tell good stories. Not great stories, not epicstories, but good, solid tales, and she seem to do it consistently. Many comicbook series have ups and downs, but Batgirlhas a consistent quality other titles should envy.

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6.0
Batgirl (2016) #24

Jun 27, 2018

Whilethe story has layers of merits, the artwork is a little disappointing. ScottGodlewski is good, but this issue is lacking something " an energy levelthat Im used to seeing from previous issues. I dont begrudge him that, assome days the creative well runs dry. But heres hoping hell be back in hisusual fine form ere too long.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #25

Aug 15, 2018

This issue boasts an extra-sized anniversary issue. Two year anniversary? It is #25, but I'm not sure two years is all that laudable in the wake of Action Comics #1,000. Regardless, it does offer four stories of varying quality.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #26

Sep 5, 2018

Barbarasday-to-day wear looks natural " something a 20-something would choose to wear " rather than simplyputting a dress or jeans & t-shirt on a figure. Its a minordetail, but its this level of attention that gives the visuals of the book(any book) veritas. It makes me sit up and take notice.

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6.0
Batgirl (2016) Annual #2

Sep 5, 2018

I canappreciate the merits of this story as an annual, building significantly on theBatgirl universe and her supporting players. It needed the expanded format,though two issues in the regular series might have been more than it required.

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7.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #12

Aug 29, 2017

Theartwork is fine. Its easy for some artists to fall into the trap of renderingthe perfect female form every time, but to his credit, Antonio avoids theclich. He draws his women as they might appear in real life, with a variety ofbody types, offering veritas to his figure drawing.

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5.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #13

Aug 29, 2017

Again,Paquettes cover seems too photo-influenced. Im sure its something that hasbeen done for decades, but here it appears to be painfully obvious. As an artdirector I used to work for once told a client, If you want somethingphoto-realistic, then take a photo. Leave the drawing out of it.Unfortunately, Marvel beat DC to the cosplay cover idea.

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9.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #14

Nov 7, 2017

Marcio Takaras artwork is more sketchy than I'm accustomed to seeing in comic books. Perhaps if it had been inked by someone else, its better qualities would havebeen muddied behind someone elses vision, but he makes it work nicely.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #16

Mar 9, 2018

I like Roge Antonios artwork, for its crusty, bold illustrative style. I thinkit would be perfect for a more traditional crime story. In Birds of Prey, it gives the book that harder edge I appreciate. Hehelps make it clear from the get-go this is not simply another title featuring girl super-heroes.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #17

Mar 9, 2018

My only regret is missing the first chapter, which I am guessing would have madethe entire story arc a solid read. I know I took issue with the middle chapter, but that was mostly because the whole radical feminist angle came to light. I dont resent feminism, I just find a radical version of anything to be too muchof a clich these days. I simply filtered it out of my reading experience, andenjoyed a tale of super-heroes vs. extremists. Male, female, black or white, Itried to remain color blind.

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10
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #18

Mar 9, 2018

It's a very entertaining story, with lots of car chases, fights and other action.The Bensons seem to have decided, Lets get back to basics. There is not alot of needless exposition or characterization. We know who the Birds are, they know themselves and each other. Its a tight little narrative that simply tells a good story, a pleasant palette cleanser amidst all the over-hyped events.More comics should do so well.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #19

Mar 9, 2018

As Barbara struggles with the consequences of underestimating the Calculator, another teammate addresses some overdue issues. What this bodes for the nearfuture remains to be seen, but I expect the next several issues will further the value of one of DCs under-appreciated properties.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #20

Mar 14, 2018

Itsonly recently that Ive begun reading Birdsof Prey in earnest. Id reviewed a handful of issues, but a more thoroughperusal has me thinking its one of DC Comics under-appreciated titles. Thethree team members bring passion, intellect and charm to the dynamics, makingup for one anothers shortcomings. I look forward to enjoying more.

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8.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #21

Apr 11, 2018

It's a complex story, one I think I would enjoy more reading all the chapters in a single sitting.

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9.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #22

May 9, 2018

Iveenjoyed this series very much, and am sorry to see it go. I wish Id discoveredit sooner. But thats not to say the Birds of Prey will be out of action forlong. They could always pop up again in any given title of the DCU, until theyfind their way forward once again. I look forward to that. In the meantime, perhapsJulie Benson and Shawna Benson can find their place on Bombshells.

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9.0
Batman '66 Meets The Legion Of Super-Heroes #1

Jul 19, 2017

I just wishDC had used this era Legion with the original Star Trek crossover that waspublished a few years back.

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9.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #9

Jun 28, 2017

That's what I like about the future of the DC Universe. It's not so beholden to the NOW of the DCU, and has the freedom to become its own entity, free from the constraints of current continuity. Batman Beyond is one of the few bright spots in DC's current roster of titles.

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9.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #10

Jul 26, 2017

I appreciate Bernard Chang's artwork, perhaps in part because it reminds me Howard Chaykin. Chaykin has a distinctive style, which Chang seems to have taken and refined. I see this mostly in terms of layout than in actual rendering, though it does appear there's a bit of a swipe once in a while.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #11

Aug 22, 2017

But Ill behonest " after three issues of fisticuffs, Im a wee bit tired, and am lookingforward to dozing on the flying car ride back to Gotham City. Perhaps afterthis epic, Jurgens should craft a couple of done-in-ones, to give new arrivalsthe chance to catch up.

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9.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #12

Sep 27, 2017

The artwork is good, though a few panels seem to be a but less than polished, as if cornerswere cut in the inking process. That may be a bit disappointing, given DexterVines reputation as a solid professional, butif he cut corners, it was neverwhere it mattered. Several pages are stand-outs. Aviras colors are dynamic andeffective, making for any shortcomings in the overall artwork.

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9.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #13

Oct 25, 2017

Chang's artwork is spot on, as he is a familiar name in the title. He knows the character, the setting and could be a welcome addition as writer of the series,should ongoing Dan Jurgens ever choose to step down permanently.

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9.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #14

Nov 22, 2017

Phil Hester and Ande Parks are on art chores this issue, and I couldnt be happier. I've enjoyed their work since Green Arrowmore than a decade ago, and I have seen too little of them since then. If this is their new steady gig, great. They deserve a high-profile title from DC. If not this, perhaps Nightwing.

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6.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #15

Dec 27, 2017

It all boilsdown to writers trying to tap into " or in this case, anticipate " the trendsof teens and young adults. Its a constantly moving target, and is doomed tofailure 99 times out of 100. This means writers are left to the dismal task ofcreating their own future slang.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #16

Jan 24, 2018

One thing about the Batman Beyond series is its vision of the future. Theoretically its about 40 years from now, based on Bruce Waynes age. But the advancements are extraordinary, which only reinforces the sense of compressed time in ComicBook-land. Afterall, wasn't World War II just a few decades ago?

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9.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #17

Feb 28, 2018

I enjoy Dan Jurgens writing (both here and in Action Comics) because he is able to offer the kind of art direction that fills in the blanks. One story element was telegraphed to me long before Bruce Wayne felt the need to explain it Matt. Even if I hadn't picked up on it, the exposition is natural, rather than feeling forced vis--vis Captain Obvious.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #18

Mar 28, 2018

Batman Beyond is uniquely its own entity, and not beholden to the continuity concerns of the greater DCU. And that's what I enjoy most about it. Its familiar but fresh, and its enjoyable to see the possible future for the Bat-universe. Keepit coming.

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9.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #19

Apr 27, 2018

I've enjoyed Jurgens' writing for many years. I believe he has a firm grasp of the fan's perspective on these characters. In the case of Batman Beyond, it's an open franchise, not beholden to the continuity issues of most of the DC Universe. That opens the door wide to so much story potential, and I'm eager to see what a creator of Jurgens' caliber can deliver.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #20

May 23, 2018

This issue also launches a new story arc, one pitting Batman against the future Jokerz, who all seem in fear of a mysterious Bat-monster (The Dark Knight Returns Beyond?). I expect it to be a straightforward adventure, with less character development or expansion of the franchise. If I'm right, thats okay; I could use the rest from epic stories. If I'm wrong, well, thats okay too.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #21

Jun 27, 2018

This is onlythe second installment in the latest story arc, so theres not so much meat onthis bone. Building blocks of the overall story, but I trust Dan Jurgens. Hesa proven professional who can deliver a quality story. And Batman Beyond is worth staying tuned for.

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9.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #22

Jul 24, 2018

Kudos to writer Dan Jurgens for reinventing classic foes for the second-generation Batman. He is crafting a larger world for the Terry McGinnis version of Batman,from allies to enemies. Its my own impatience to see that architecture extend to Gotham City overall, and the greater DCU.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #23

Aug 22, 2018

However, asmuch as I enjoy Dan Jurgens writing, I fear he is writing comics the way theyused to be written, perhaps applying out-dated sensibilities. Maybe he needs toclip Robins wings, and see how that works within the team dynamic.

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3.0
Batman/The Shadow #3

Jun 28, 2017

I'm disappointed. This series has sunk into the realm of gimmick, perhaps goosingthe sales of Dynamites Shadow comics for a time, and providing DC with amiddling excuse to reprint Batmans previous encounters with The Shadow (Batman #253 and 259). Whether DC willfollow through on that overdue promise remains to be seen.

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5.0
Batman/The Shadow #4

Jul 26, 2017

Idexpected the series to run four issues, and would have been happy with that.But it appears to be running six. More is better, but not if its more of thesuper-hero team-up clichs weve seen for several generations.

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5.0
Batman/The Shadow #5

Aug 23, 2017

Someof my fellow Shadow fans have commented in the negative regarding the artwork,but I find it stylish in the same manner as the much-revered Mike Kaluta Shadowof the 1970s. Not that Rossmo is emulating Kaluta, but I think both have astyle that works. Where Rossmo fails is not in his rendering style, but in hisdepiction of The Shadow. It seems to Rossmo, The Shadow is simply a guy in hatand long cloak; a common super-hero. He fails to add and maintain the layer ofmystery that has captivated Shadow fans for decades.

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5.0
Batman/The Shadow #6

Sep 27, 2017

Overall, Batman The Shadow is a very broad interpretation, created for Batman fans that would like to see him partner up with The Shadow as they believe him to be. None of the six issues were the least bit satisfying as the single storyline published back in Batman #253. The artwork was also highly-stylized, which I don't mind in general. I like Rossmo's style, but this may not have been the best project for it.

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6.0
Batwoman (2017) #4

Aug 15, 2017

Eptings artwork is perfect for the series. I like the way he reanders his figures, giving them a lightness, while making them look grounded, rather than simply digitally pasted against a backdrop. Im not familiar with other series he may haveworked on, but the veteran sensibilities and experience show in his work.

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7.0
Batwoman (2017) #5

Oct 18, 2017

Thepainted artwork by Stephanie Hans is quite impressive. In some ways it remindsme of the illustrations I remember from my childhood, but with greaterattention to detail. The remarkable thing is Hans conveys that detail withminimal effort. So while the story may not be altogether satisfying, theartwork certainly is.

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4.0
Batwoman (2017) #6

Oct 18, 2017

RenatoArlems artwork is serviceable, though not dynamic. That can be said by manycomic book artists whose body of work is often under-appreciated. But they earntheir bones by maintaining a consistent level of quality, and often being thego-to guy in times of need. But Ill be the first to admit my assessment may beunfair, not being familiar with Arlems work until now.

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6.0
Batwoman (2017) #7

Oct 18, 2017

FrenandoBlancos artwork has a wonderful retro-feel, akin to that of Darwyn Cook orMike Allred. But John Rauchs colors and effects help distance it from them,and provides the artwork its own identity. DC could do a lot worse by keepingthese two guys on the book " or any book for that matter.

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8.0
Batwoman (2017) #8

Oct 31, 2017

Thankfully, Bennett is more ambitious than that. This issue of Batwoman departs from some of the character development weve seenrecently, in favor of more action and ingenuity. Its refreshing, if the creative team can maintain the momentum of Batwoman kicking ass.

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5.0
Batwoman (2017) #9

Nov 15, 2017

Speakingof whom, hes got a bit of a new look this time around. Less farm decoration,more bio-terrorist, complete with gas mask. But is he still truly a scarecrow?Or more of a Fear-monger? Or Fright Knight? Gas Master? No, Scarecrow he is anda scarecrow he should remain, complete with burlap mask and shabby clothing.

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4.0
Batwoman (2017) #10

Dec 20, 2017

Batwoman's investigation into the many arms of death may reveal some unpleasant truths. It seems nothing Batman himself couldnt have handled, which begs the question as to why a Batwoman is needed in the first place - something Ive been wonderingfor a while. Thankfully, the answer is much more than Because DC needs more diverse characters. So maybe there's hope for the book yet.

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6.0
Batwoman (2017) #11

Jan 17, 2018

The artwork by Scott Godlewski is suitable for the subject at hand. Combined with John Rauchs colors, it tells the story effectively without distracting fromthe narrative. Its unfortunate Godlewski and Rauch didnt have a more ambitious story to illustrate. But perhaps it just sets the stage for some really great storytelling next issue.

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2.0
Batwoman (2017) #12

Feb 21, 2018

I don't know if there is an agenda here - and I don't mind if there is - butI do wish Batwoman could avoid falling into narrative traps, and simply tell a good story. Preferably one that doesn't wander aimlessly for a year. Perhaps it just needs a more experienced writer.

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5.0
Batwoman (2017) #13

Mar 21, 2018

Honestly, though, Ive grown bored with this book. I should probably go back and re-read all the issues together to be sure, but it seems to wander a great deal. There have been moments that have been interesting - such as the visit to Scarecrow's underground lab - but they seem too drawn out to be completely satisfying.

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5.0
Batwoman (2017) #14

Apr 25, 2018

FernandoBlancos artwork serves the Bat-franchise well, and Im confident he would dowell on any of the Bat-books. Combined with the colors of John Rauch, mood andatmosphere become the order of the day. They are an effective team, in that thework of one compliments that of the other without overshadowing it.

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2.0
Batwoman (2017) #15

May 25, 2018

I have enjoyed Batwoman when she has been a supporting player in Detective Comics, but I feel giving herher own title is misplaced. Its as if DC believes Batman is so popular, thatif they place the word bat in front of anything, it will sell. In this case,I suspect they are mistaken. I believe Batwoman requires additional seasoningbefore being worthy of her own book.

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6.0
Batwoman (2017) #16

Jun 20, 2018

Iam uncertain what audience this title is intended. To see Batman defeated sosimply would probably offend most Bat-fans. But its not his book, so maybe heshouldnt even be in it. Id prefer to see Batwoman challenged by her ownrogues gallery, and respectfully suggest creative efforts be made in creatingsome suitable villains for her.

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2.0
Batwoman (2017) #17

Jul 18, 2018

Andheres the non-spoiler: A clock-like drug vending machine, for a drug thatoffers the user a narrow window to the future. Hmmm. Which of Gothamscriminals could THAT possibly be?

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5.0
Batwoman (2017) #18

Aug 15, 2018

One thing I do appreciate about Batwoman is that she is not a super-cop likeBatman. Shes a soldier, and thinks and acts like one. It perhaps gives her anedge Batman lacks. That may make her flawed as a character, but I dont mindthat.

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5.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #11

Oct 31, 2017

Yeah, we get it. In fact, most of us grew up on it. Spider-man has been beating that drumfor about 50 years now. Maybe theres an obligation to touch on the dynamics of every day life vs. crime fighting. But I expect it to be handled better by thepros like Giffen and Dematteis.

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6.0
Bombshells: United #1

Oct 24, 2017

Its not myintent to politicize a comic book story, but my interpretation of the firstissue is that its a gender-based effort to write a better world. But that shouldntsurprise anyone. It is Bombshells in an alternate reality after all.

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8.0
Bombshells: United #2

Oct 24, 2017

MargueriteSauvages artwork is well-suited for the subject matter at hand. My onlycomplaint is that she sometimes renders the women almost as teenage girls. Dawnstarscosmic revelations on pages 8-9 seem especially made for the tween audience.Butperhaps, thats the tone Sauvage picks up from Bennetts dialogue.

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6.0
Bombshells: United #3

Oct 24, 2017

This issueis drawn by two separate artists. Siya Oum handles the first portion of thebook, later replaced by Luciano Vecchio. Oums work is more painterly andtraditionally illustrative, while Vecchios work reminds me of anim. There isa place for that, but I am uncertain if BombshellsUnited is it.

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6.0
Bombshells: United #4

Oct 24, 2017

The currentstoryline appears to be over, but as I said, it dovetails into the next chapteras a new threat looms over Los Angeles. The war that gave rise to theBombshells appears to be over. This being an alternate universe, it wasapparently won in short order, thanks to the heroic actions of the Bombshells.But its still the 1940s, and the style of that era continues to resonatewithin the title.

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5.0
Bombshells: United #5

Nov 1, 2017

I like thework of Siya Oum; it reminds me of raw John Byrne from back in the day. Thesecond half of the story " the epilogue " is drawn by Marcelo DiChiara, whosestyle is entirely different, and thats okay. My only complaint about thatportion of the book is how much Donna Troy weeps through it all.

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7.0
Bombshells: United #6

Nov 15, 2017

The artworkby Jarrell and Fitzpatrick is more satisfying than that of previous issues, inmy opinion. Theres a simplicity to it, reminiscent of Mike Allred, that worksvery well. It seems better defined and perhaps less sketchy thanillustrations from previous issues.

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8.0
Bombshells: United #7

Dec 6, 2017

My only grievance is the general openness Kate Kane and Renee Montoya display in thealternative lifestyles. I find it hard to believe the 1940s (even in analternate timeline) would be so tolerant. Bu8t thats the beauty of alternaterealities " anything goes. I like the notion of DCs heroes and villainsswitching partners from time to time. Id like to see more of it in themainstream DCU.

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7.0
Bombshells: United #8

Dec 20, 2017

Mirka Andolfo's artwork is cartoony, yet trippy, reflecting the whimsy and the weirdness of the environment. It works very effectively, enhanced by Nanjan's colors.

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6.0
Bombshells: United #9

Jan 3, 2018

However, mybigger concern this issue is Siya Oums artwork, which appears rushed andsketched. It lacks the polish Ive come to expect from most comic books. Aspencils, theyre very tight, but lack inking, although the coloring doesprovide greater definition. To my eyes, however, its not enough. I canappreciate an effort to meet deadline, but if another week would have made anydifference, I could live with it being late.

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4.0
Bombshells: United #11

Jan 17, 2018

The art byMirka Andolfo and David Hahn for this issue is somewhat weak as well. The firstportion of the book is fine, but in the second half, the work seems very flatand stiff. I can appreciate its simplicity, but the figures seem to have arigidity that I cant get past.

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6.0
Bombshells: United #12

Feb 21, 2018

I am uncertainwhere the series will go from here. An allusion is made to other characterswithin the Bombshell franchise, but thats not necessarily a promise.Regardless, I hope its some place fresh and new, where we can see theBombshells kick ass, instead of getting bogged down in too much emotionaldepth.

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7.0
Bombshells: United #13

Mar 7, 2018

But to the credit of Sandy Jarrell, the art this time around is much stronger. In launching a new story arc, perhaps the artist was able to start fresh, afterthe last one got bogged down.

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3.0
Bombshells: United #14

Mar 21, 2018

Im not saying its poor storytelling, but for Bennett to offer the same art direction in two stories the same week strikes me as unimaginative on her part. In fairness, I could be wrong and it could be the respective artists of both bookscoming up with the same solution, but I find that unlikely.

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3.0
Bombshells: United #15

Apr 6, 2018

Bombshells is an interesting notion, up to apoint, and Im uncertain DC has acknowledged that. Its fine for figurines andmerchandise, but an ongoing series? Perhaps not. Maybe it should be publishedon an irregular basis, when there is truly a great story needing to be told.

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2.0
Bombshells: United #17

May 2, 2018

I had such hopes when I first picked up this series. I liked the idea, but DC has allowed Marguerite Bennett to hit single notes only. For a book with United in the title, it doesnt seem to be very cohesive, other than the common thread of 1940s versions of female super-heroes. And thats not enough to sustain the series, in my opinion.

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2.0
Bombshells: United #18

May 22, 2018

The artworkis highly stylized, and might work with another property, but I dont knowwhich one. Because the renderings are basic line drawings, I would suggest oneof the cartoon-based titles where texture and depth-of-field are in lessdemand.

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1.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #9

Jun 21, 2017

So far, it hasn't been worth it. Cave Carson has a Cybernetic Eye has been a miserable experience for me, one I hope never to repeat. If were not my job, I would not read it.

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3.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #10

Jul 19, 2017

The artworkis still somewhat muddled. I blame it on the garish colors and the bendaypatterns throughout. They are distracting, and I am uncertain how much of theaction (if any) takes place above ground. Ive liked Michael Avon Oemings artwork in the past, but here, not so much. In fairness, some of it may beattributed to Nick Filardis coloring. Which just goes to show how much of animpact one has on the other.

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5.0
Cave Carson Has A Cybernetic Eye #12

Sep 20, 2017

I appreciate the imagery of Michael Avon Oeming and colorist Nick Filardi. Its trippiness only added layers of befuddlement to my experience, but in another property " New Gods, perhaps " it might work better. In my opinion, the blend of words and pictures just didn't work together. Neither filled in the gaps of the other, leading to a rather bizarre mess.

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2.0
Cyborg (2016) #14

Jul 5, 2017

Will Conrad is back at the drawing board, and that's a good thing. However, there is one character introduced that seems so obviously based on Alfre Woodard. In general, I like his art, and I like the digital effects he uses " sparingly " to convey Cyborg's optical input. I feel it's effective, but that's not a license to go crazy with it.

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2.0
Cyborg (2016) #15

Aug 2, 2017

It is so utterly lacking in originality. Rather than present a remarkable re-interpretation of Cyborg's 21st century potential in the Digital Age, instead it falls so easily into over-used plot devices and clichs.

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4.0
Cyborg (2016) #16

Sep 6, 2017

Artwork has been serviceable. Sure, that's faint praise, but my expectations are low where Cyborg is concerned. But as the scope of the book grows, longtime artists such as Allan Jefferson and Will Conrad seem up to the challenge.

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7.0
Cyborg (2016) #17

Oct 5, 2017

Overall, this has been an ambitious storyline for the series, and seems more cohesive than those past. I hope this trend continues.

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4.0
Cyborg (2016) #18

Nov 1, 2017

Perhaps Semper was asked to compress a bigger ending into a single issue. If so, DC did no one any favors; not the readers, not Semper, nor potentially new fans. Or perhaps, like me, DC has grown weary of Semper's slow-paced writing style and is hoping for someone with a greater sense of drama and action to take over the title.

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7.0
Cyborg (2016) #19

Dec 6, 2017

My other concern is the magical implication of the rhino horn. Sure, magic exists in the DCU, but I just don't expect it to cross paths with a character of such advanced technology. Still, Semper stuck to the techno-thrills, and look where it got him. Kudos to Grevioux for going in the completely opposite direction.

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3.0
Cyborg (2016) #20

Jan 3, 2018

All in all, the 2-issue story seems weak and rushed. Perhaps as a 3-parter, it might have worked better for me. This is Grevioux's second issue after taking the place of John Semper Jr. (a change I'm still not sure is permanent). But so far, neither writer has wowed me; quite the opposite. Which makes me question the merits of a Cyborg ongoing series.

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8.0
Cyborg (2016) #21

Apr 4, 2018

The new Cyborg is loaded with new characters, new components, new villains with fresh motivations. And lots of action.

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6.0
Cyborg (2016) #22

May 2, 2018

I have renewed hope forCyborg, as a character, and as title. I wouldnt be surprised if part of hisinvolvement is an attempt on DCs part to support the franchise as it movecloser to the intended film, scheduled for 2020.

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6.0
Cyborg (2016) #23

Jun 6, 2018

In general, this issue seemed to read like a middle segment of a greater story arc. There's no sin in that, as we're (hopefully) on our way to an exciting showdown within the next issue or two.

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8.0
DC Bombshells #29

Aug 9, 2017

Its a uniqueseries for DC, taking place outside the usual continuity. This allows a broader sense of freedom, and the luxury of telling great stories without the constriction of editorial mandates.

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9.0
DC Bombshells #30

Aug 9, 2017

Theartwork here is, in my opinion, perfect. Sometimes, depending on the subjectmatter, I appreciate greater stylization from the artists, but just as often Ienjoy what might be called a house style. If DC Comics has a house style, Iwould consider it something reminiscent of Dick Giordano and Jos Luis GarciaLopez. Not a bad combo, and the art staff for Bombshells seems to hit the targethere.

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7.0
DC Bombshells #31

Aug 9, 2017

But inaddition to Killer Frosts origin, we also come to understand Faorasmotivations, and her ambitions post-Krypton. Excessive dialogue during fightscenes is also a no-no in my book. Ive been to the movies; dialogue only worksin a fight scene if people are not moving.

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4.0
DC Bombshells #32

Aug 9, 2017

Were I incontrol, I would modify the costume designs, away from evening dresses and highheels. I would also reduce the amount of dialogue when practical, especially inthe heavier action scenes. Suffice tosay, its a series best read in small, monthly bites. I fear it wont age wellwhen repackaged for the trade edition.

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4.0
DC Bombshells #33

Aug 16, 2017

I dont wantto appear overly critical of the book. I must acknowledge I am handicapped bycoming in late, but perhaps its just not the book for me. I appreciate theconcept, but it hasnt played out as I expected.

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9.0
DC/Looney Tunes: Harley Quinn/Gossamer #1

Sep 5, 2018

Overall,its a fun read, merging the world of the Looney Tunes with the greater DCUniverse. One might expect it to not work, but with the right writer on theright characters, it can, quite easily. If this were an ongoing project, I fearthe efforts might come across as forced, but with the occasional crossover, itbecomes a treat to be enjoyed.

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9.0
DC/Looney Tunes: Lobo/Road Runner #1

Jul 13, 2017

Its a fun read, and kudos to Bill Morrison for pulling it off. Figuring out a wayto feature characters from such widely differing universes cant be easy, butMorrison did very well. The main story features the artwork of Kelly Jones,which seems an odd choice, but given the storys EC overtones, maybe not.Jones work has always evoked that style, without copying it too closely.

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10
DC/Looney Tunes: Wonder Woman/Tasmanian Devil #1

Jul 13, 2017

Icant say when Ive seen wonder Woman look lovelier. As rendered by Kitson andFloyd, she has a Jennifer Connolly/Linda Rondstadt appearance I find delightful.The back-up feature, which stars a more traditional Tasmanian Devil, is achallenging rhyme of the Trojan War as seen through a Looney Tunes lens. Itfeatures cameos from other cartoon characters, with homages toward some classic(and not-so-classic) moments.

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10
DC/Looney Tunes: Jonah Hex/Yosemite Sam #1

Jul 13, 2017

Say what you will with about these DC-Looney Tunes pairings, but I prefer to thinkof them as good food. The right mix, the right people, and even the mostunlikely combination can work on many levels.

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6.0
Deadman (2017) #1

Nov 1, 2017

Having written and drawn new Batman, Superman, and now Deadman stories in the past 10years, I guess its only a matter of time before Adams resurrects the GreenLantern/Green Arrow adventures from the early 1970s. Like I said, his newer efforts are often hit-or-miss, but always interesting.

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5.0
Deadman (2017) #2

Dec 13, 2017

Modern printing technology has provided Adams the means to create mood and atmosphere much more easily, tools he uses to a great degree. I wouldn't say he over-uses them, but he's clearly having fun. It is my hope he does not fall into the same trap George Lucas did when he discovered digital graphics.

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8.0
Deadman (2017) #3

Jan 10, 2018

But, asusual, its Neal Adams. His art is perfect, though after decades in the comic book industry, its not uncommon to see as many imitators. While we aren't really seeing anything new, we are seeing gorgeous illustrations from a master of the medium.

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6.0
Deadman (2017) #4

Feb 14, 2018

My other concern is how little regard Adams pays to the serialized format. Its as if he is counting on a six-issue run to be collected into TPB form. With 20 interior pages per issue, that amounts to 120 total pages. Adams has written the story accordingly, with little regard for where those issue breaks occur. As result,each chapter stops, rather than ends, and rather abruptly at that.

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7.0
Deadman (2017) #5

Mar 21, 2018

Its great to see Neal Adams revisit the characters he helped develop, but I feel his strength lies as an artist MUCH more than as a writer. In this particularinstance, some of his drawing lacks the finished look I expect from someone of his reputation. Despite his standing in the comic book industry, I genuinely wish DC Comics would insist on having a writer craft the story with him.

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4.0
Deadman (2017) #6

Apr 25, 2018

I appreciateNeal Adams work as much as the next guy. I think he is perhaps one of the mostinfluential comic book artists the industry has ever seen. However, when itcomes to writing, the man needs help, because when left to his own devices, thestory and dialogue simply dont measure up to the expected stature.

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6.0
Detective Comics (2016) #958

Aug 18, 2017

Naturally,for a bat-book, there is a lot of black. Paul Fernandez no doubt has a delicatebalancing act to achieve, but he very capably aided and abetted by BradAndersons colors.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #959

Aug 18, 2017

Butthe art is otherwise remarkably strong. As I said before, its been ages sinceI read a Batman title, and Im very much enjoying this one so far. There may beextenuating circumstances, and the rug may be pulled out from under myenthusiasm, but Ill cross that bridge if/when I come to it.

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6.0
Detective Comics (2016) #960

Aug 22, 2017

Imenjoying the story, but Id enjoy it more if it were weighed down by needlessbaggage. But I suppose thats what titles such as Batman, or All-Star Batman arefor. I am reminded this is the 25th anniversary of Batman: The Animated Series. Perhaps Ishould dig out my DVDs and enjoy a few episodes.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #962

Aug 22, 2017

Butthe art team of Martinez and Fernandez performed magnificently, renderingelements both technological and magical with equal skill. But most artists willtell you, designing such requires more imagination than skill. What is morechallenging to any artist is drawing the human form and all the mundane thingsit shares the world with: cars, buildings, animals, etc. But Im confident theycan do that too.

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5.0
Detective Comics (2016) #968

May 8, 2018

I haven't read many Batman comics in recent years. The franchise has become a bit bloated, much like the old Dick Sprang days when there was a Batman for everynation, and a bat-costume in every color. I wouldnt object to some judicious pruning of the property. Seeing the entire Bat-team in their personal fleet of bat-planes stretches my capacity for rational thought.

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6.0
Detective Comics (2016) #982

Jun 13, 2018

The story by Michael Moreci is mostly battle, the tide turning both for and against Batman at various points. Very little is resolved, and there just isn't much meat on these bones. But it fills 22 pages, and serves as a palette cleanser for those weary of major conflict among the various members of Batman's personal Justice League.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #983

Jun 27, 2018

Inmy opinion, no, he does not. It was the solitary sacrifice of one mansdedicating his life to a war on crime that appeals to me. When heroes begin toform their own armies, I see it as little more than street gangs, with a clearcut definition as to who to root for.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #984

Jul 11, 2018

Theartwork from Mendoncva and Egea is very good, but somehow it has a bit of aMarvel feel to it. Not that thats a bad thing, mind you, but it seemed alittle off, for Batman. But more importantly, this may lead to Batmandissolving his team of vigilantes, and them splitting off into anotheriteration of the Outsiders. Could it be? Tune in next month, same bat time,same " aw, you know the rest.

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7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #985

Jul 25, 2018

Karma has upped the ante, proving himself as lethal a foe as the Joker. His taste for murder rivals that of the Jokers early days, but regrettably, Bruce recognizes this too late. His origin almost echoes a scene from this weeks Batman Beyond,suggesting a certain irony seeds planted in the current Batman titles come tofruition a generation later. I rather fancy that idea. But more importantly, itmay harken a return to Batmans solo career, without an extraneous team surrounding him. I see that on the CW shows, and thats what has contributed to me abandoning them.

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5.0
Detective Comics (2016) #986

Aug 8, 2018

Twoissues ago I suggested there might be a resurrection of the original Outsiders,and this issue sees DC take a step closer to that. If the intent is to resurrectthe original team " either a brief reunion in Detective Comics or as a prelude to a new ongoing series " Im allfor it. But if its going to be series of teases, Id just as soon DC stopright now. I had enough of that kind of thing in high school.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #987

Aug 22, 2018

Somaybe Batman handing his team over to Black Lightning is a good thing, as itmay bring the Caped Crusader back to his roots. The Outsiders has always been ahaven for the homeless, the DC heroes who would otherwise be an answer to aBronze Age trivia question. And if it breathes new life into them and leads toyet another CW show, well, its not as if I am required to watch.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #988

Sep 12, 2018

Onething I am uncertain is included in the back-to-basics approach is a simplematter: shaving. There was a time when the Bruce Wayne persona was as importantas the Caped Crusader. Toward this end, Bruce presented an appearance of beingthe clean cut corporate head hes supposed to be. But more recently, Batman hasbeen seen with facial stubble, and I cant say it serves him well. Is it anindicator for his emotional state? Perhaps. But mostly it just makes him looksloppy, and not in a charming Don Johnson way. I blame Ben Affleck for this,but even he was clean shaven more often than not.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) Annual #1

Jun 4, 2018

The artwork by Eddy Barrows and Eber Ferreira is excellent. It can be much harder than one expects to render a deformed face, or a villain of clay, but they pullit off quite effectively. Flashback layouts involving Hagens father use film borders extensively " perhaps too much " but it adds to the scope of thesegment. And their cover is a reel treat for fans of classic movie posters.

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7.0
Everafter #8

Jul 25, 2017

Ihavent been following Fables, but #8 makes the perfect jumping on point fornew readers. It offers a primer of some of the peripheral characters (at least,I think theyre peripheral). But they clearly play a key role, if not now, thenin the future.

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8.0
Everafter #9

Jul 25, 2017

Havingthe opportunity to read several chapters at one sitting has given me newappreciation for the series. Allow that to be a wake-up call for the comicsindustry in general, that more compressed storytelling has greater appeal thanextended narratives to eventually be re-packaged into a trade paperback. Heresa thought: release the trade first,then divvy it into chapters for those whod rather pay a few dollars a monththan $20-30 all at once.

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6.0
Everafter #10

Jul 25, 2017

Itsa good story, but has deviated heavily from the one I expected two issues ago:that of a secret task force that handles magical crises, sort of a sorcerersSWAT team. I could easily see such an idea optioned for television, were it notfor too many elements of other magic/supernatural based shows. But thats okay;Ive found a new title to add to to my pull list.

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9.0
Gotham Academy: Second Semester #11

Jul 12, 2017

The art iswonderful, and shows what can happen when DC Editorial is willing to let go ofthe wheel and allow the creative team free reign to be creative. So it doesntsurprise me when the books that DC exerts the greatest control over " highprofile properties like Superman and Batman " are suffering, while lesser knowntitles such as Gotham Academy areflying under the radar and demonstrating how great comic books can be.

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9.0
Gotham Academy: Second Semester #12

Aug 9, 2017

But GothamAcademy has been a liberal mixture of Harry Potter, Scooby Doo andInsert-Anim-Show-Here. The artwork is head and shoulders above most comics ingeneral, seemingly designed to appeal to anim fans. When the series iscollected into a trade paperback, it will be a terrific opportunity to sharewith the young comic fan in your life.

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8.0
Gotham City Garage #1

Oct 31, 2017

Perhaps another reason it feels familiar is due to its similarities to DCs Bombshell series (though its hardly sooptimistic). It seems to be the trend these days to take established franchisesand reinvent them in a new - often darker - setting. Other examples includes Afterlife With Archie and Scooby-Doo Apocalypse. If youre a fanof such projects, Gotham City Garagecan be added to your pull list.

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3.0
Gotham City Garage #3

Nov 8, 2017

It is my hope this is a particularly limited series. Sure, the Bombshells series worked, I guess, but any of these givenseries have a limited shelf-life. Were the Gotham Garage figures really selling that well? I cant imagine why.

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4.0
Gotham City Garage #4

Nov 22, 2017

Artwork by Aneke is okay, but by page 20, I begin to see a little sloppiness creep onto the page. Its almost as if it was drawn by someone less talented. Perhaps a monthly deadline is beyond the abilities of some comic artists. Thats okay; I leave it up to the publisher to find them a project where speed is not essential.

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10
Gotham City Garage #5

Dec 13, 2017

The artwork by Carmen Carnero is first-rate. I've not seen her name before, so I am uncertain how new she is to comics. Regardless, her work stand head and shoulders above the newer talent Ive seen lately.

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8.0
Gotham City Garage #6

Dec 27, 2017

I amuncertain how many issues this will run, but hearing DC continually beat the feministdrum these days is beginning to give me a head ache. Certainly there is room onthe comic book racks for more than one female-oriented title. But I can onlyspeak for my current load of reviews, which includes DCs Bombshells United, Batwoman, andMother Panic. Being estrogen-deficient, perhaps Im not the best person toreview these titles.

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7.0
Gotham City Garage #7

Jan 10, 2018

As the gangin the garage seeks to add to their ranks, I am hopeful we will be able to seeother variants of long-time DC characters. A few have been mentioned, andothers alluded to vaguely. But no doubt there will be a few surprises along theway. I look forward to that.

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6.0
Gotham City Garage #8

Jan 24, 2018

Overall, I'm not sure that Gotham City Garage is a viable ongoing title. DC already has an alternate-universe, female-centric title with Bombshells.

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9.0
Gotham City Garage #9

Feb 14, 2018

Its great to see the Blackhawks back in action in some form. Im a big fan, and I believe they are be one of DCs sleeping giants, until the right creative team comes along. If the A-Team, and the Expendables can be successful, why not the Blackhawks?

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4.0
Gotham City Garage #10

Feb 28, 2018

Aneke returns to the drawing board for this issue. I said in my review of issue #4 the artwork got a little sloppy towards the end. Not so, this time around. Itis much more consistent, so perhaps a few months off for Ameke to polish some skills is just what the doctor ordered. Nevertheless, I am disappointed in the constant rotation of artists this book has experienced. Its almost as if the title has become a try-out series for novice comic book artists.

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4.0
Gotham City Garage #11

Mar 14, 2018

The second portion was drawn by Brian Ching. I'm uncertain what his style is, unless hiskey motivation was Get it done by deadline. I often see comic book artwork that I dont care for, but its rare that I see work I would describe as awful. Chings pages look like they were sketched out with a dirty fingernail, penciled but never inked.

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2.0
Gotham City Garage #12

Mar 28, 2018

As I said, this book stumbled toward the finish line. Brian Chings artwork looks rushed and sketchy, as if the book was published from his pencils without the benefit of an inker. Maybe both DC Comics and Ching were done, and simply eager to move on to a more interesting project.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2016) #34

Dec 29, 2017

My othercomplaint is the cover by Jamal Campbell. It depicts Green Arrow under the bowof Merlyn, and the caption At the Mercy of Merlyn. But no such scene takesplace in this issue; not even close. One might think with the artists availableto DC, one of them might be able to knock out a generic pin-up style cover,instead of publishing this mistake.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #35

Dec 29, 2017

Im oftenaccused of being a grumpy old man who long for comics to be as they were in mychildhood. I wont argue, but this issue does feature Green Arrow, in fullcostume and mask, piloting a submersible. Im uncertain who he expects toencounter beneath the sea that he feels the need to hide his identity. But likeFerreyras long-term commitment, I find such silliness both campy andcomforting.

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5.0
Green Arrow (2016) #36

Jan 3, 2018

I realizethat may diminish the story some, that perhaps without the betrayal there wouldbe no story. But hey, how good of a story can it be if it hinges on oneover-used gimmick? Do these guys not read each others material? Do they evercompare notes? Dont the editors ever have a sit-down to make sure some of thetitles arent mirroring one anothers narratives?

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6.0
Green Arrow (2016) #37

Feb 7, 2018

Juan Ferreyra is the artist on deck for this issue. I like his work very much,though it sometimes reminds me of the painted illustrations from Heavy Metal back in the 1980s. Thats not a bad thing, mind you. In the case of Green Arrow, it works quite well. Though I wish there could be ONE artist drawing an entire story arc, soup to nuts. Until DC Comics ends the bimonthly, publishing schedule, I doubt well see it.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #26

Jul 5, 2017

My only disappointmentis that the two Green Lantern titles are not so tightly bound to one another.The impact of one is not felt in the other, and I would like to see a muchgreater cohesiveness between the two series.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #27

Jul 19, 2017

After 25issues of Sam Humphries writing, it pleases me to see how he has continuallykept Green Lanterns fresh, always headingin new directions and never " to my recollection " repeating himself. Icome from an era when comic book writers stayed on a book indefinitely, andHumphries seems inclined to stay as long as DCs readership will have him.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #28

Aug 2, 2017

But I do enjoy a good time travel story, especially when it incorporates elements of the DC Universe at large. Civilizations such as Krypton and Tamaran are given theirdue. Though it would explain why Simon and Jessica are absent from the currentgoings on in the pages of Hal Jordan andthe Green Lantern Corps.

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6.0
Green Lanterns #29

Aug 16, 2017

The artworkis typical for what weve come to expect from the series, as Pansica and Ferreiradevelop a firmer grasp on depicting the near-magical scope of the power rings,as well as the cosmos at large. Humphries, however, may have stumbled into arut, saying that a GL needs to have imagination in their constructs. But hisloop hole is not so much him saying it, as having Jessica (a less experiencedGL) say it.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #30

Sep 6, 2017

But even asthe story continues, Im ready for it to end. Its one of the things I hateabout modern comics, how the publishers insist on six-issue story arcs so theycan be repackaged for the trade paperback format. Such a strategy has no doubtkept some wonderful shorter stories from ever being told. Or if they wereprinted, they were padded, and thereby neutered.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #31

Sep 20, 2017

Perhaps the entire story is best enjoyed in a single sitting. It's hard to say, six issues after it began. But this issue is a very satisfying conclusion. My only regret is that perhaps with some judicious editing, the story could have been told in fewer pages, for a tighter narrative.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #33

Oct 18, 2017

A newcreative team is in place, but whether its permanent or temporary remains tobe seen. Regardless, it may freshen the bloom on one of Rebirths earliesttitles. Not that it needed it, necessarily, but after 30+ issues, perhaps itstime.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #34

Nov 1, 2017

Ronan Cliquet returns to the drawing board for this issue. I don't mind the intermittent issues shared among a few artists, so long as each can maintain the established quality of their work. Cliquet seems to do that, and given his seeming commitment to the title, I'm happy to enjoy his occasional issue, rather than expect more qork at a lesser standard.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #35

Nov 15, 2017

Returning artistsBarberi and Santorelli bring a fresh and oh-so-effective look to our favoritespace cops. Because thats what Simon and Jessica are. Theyre cops, unlike HalJordan who is more of a super-hero. Which is not to diminish Simon and Jessica,but that distinction affects how the series is written, and why itssignificantly different from other entries in the Green Lantern franchise.

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6.0
Green Lanterns #36

Dec 6, 2017

Hopefully without giving away too much, its a story of some days you get the bear, somedays the bear gets you. But rest assured, we will be seeing Jaine again.

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10
Green Lanterns #37

Dec 20, 2017

Tim Seeley remains on the book, and he seems to be doing well so far. Its a far cry from his Nightwing setting, but I see that as a positive. Theres only so many masked-avenger-of-the-night stories one can tell effectively.

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6.0
Green Lanterns #38

Jan 3, 2018

The artwork in this issue does not have the cosmic scale one sees in a sister title like Hal Jordan, but thats okay. That is afar more ambitious book. This is the same concept on a smaller scale that hassuccessfully carved out its own segment of the comic book audience. It worksfor Green Lanterns very well, and thats no small thing.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #39

Jan 17, 2018

Its good to have Ronan Cliquet back at the drawing board. Hes always welcome in the pages of any Green Lantern title " or anyother title, for that matter. His work is polished and professional, and has a refreshing individuality I don't often see these days.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #40

Feb 7, 2018

This issuefeatures the artwork of Barnaby Bagenda, a name with which Im unfamiliar. Pitythat, because paired with Mick Gray and Ulises Arreola, their combined work isnothing short of delightful. It takes on a watercolor quality, with theunderlying rendering clearly defined. Im certain it could stand on its own,without color, but thats a presentation for another day. I hope to see more oftheir work in future issues.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #41

Feb 21, 2018

While Barnaby Bagenda made an auspicious debut last issue, this issue seems less noteworthy. Perhaps its the alien world-building that throws me. When I was in art school, many of my fellow students were remarkable at creating the fantastic, but truly sucked at drawing the boring and mundane. I've known many who can design astarship, but couldnt draw a horse to save their life.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #42

Mar 7, 2018

Until now, Ihave been unfamiliar with the work of artists V. Ken Marion and Sandu Floria. Ithink its among the best Ive seen in the GreenLanterns title " detailed, textured and expressive. DC could do a lotworse than make this art team regulars on the book of their choice. I doubtIll see that happen, at least until DC returns to a monthly publishingschedule. But I look forward to seeing more of their work, wherever it mayappear.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #43

Mar 21, 2018

This issue concludes our current story arc, which ties off the concept of a dating app forsuper-heroes. It raised the question of a romance between Simon and Jessica, which seems inevitable. As GL partners, they share a certain intimacy which sometimes translates into romance (sometimes toxic romance). What becomes of this deeper relationship remains tobe seen.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #44

Apr 4, 2018

Several issues back, Simon and Jessica encountered interstellar lawyer scumbag Singularity Jain. Now shes back, and preying on Jessicas weaknesses like any attorney would, Meanwhile, Simon is trying to free Jains latest would-be client from her clutches.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #45

Apr 25, 2018

The story asa whole expands on what little is known regarding Jessicas origin: a tragiccrime, followed by crippling anxiety, only to be chosen by the power ring ofEarth 3. But this issue adds layers, much as other major characters have hadnuances to their origins over the years. Maybe it will help re-define Jessica,but I was kind of enjoying getting to know who she is NOW, rather than who she wasTHEN.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #46

May 2, 2018

Its an interesting opportunity to see Jessica in an entirely different manner, when she was much more confident. I like her as a character, though I am curious to see how her defining experience changes her on an emotional level. Given what I've seen sofar, it seems so unlikely.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #47

May 22, 2018

It's not perfect, and I saw some anatomy I'm not quite sure of, but further collaboration should enable them to work the kinks out in due time. I hope they stick around.

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5.0
Green Lanterns #48

Jun 6, 2018

Ronan Cliquet is back at the drawingboard; hes perhaps my favorite GL artist in recent years. Which brings me tothe subject of the variant cover by Warren Loww. Imagine a Disney-styledrawing, heavily airbrushed to go on the side of your 1970s conversion van.Ick.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #49

Jun 20, 2018

Id alwaysthought the person of launching this title was to feature Green Lanterns onEarth, but it seems Simon and Jessica have been zipping around the starsdealing with extraterrestrial matters. I thought that was Hal Jordan and the GLCorps. Id rather see Simon and Jess back on Earth. I like the pancakes.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #50

Jul 4, 2018

In regards to the story as a whole, I see a potential turning point for one of my recent gripes. The two GL titles " Green Lanterns and Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps " have functioned mostly independently of one another, almost to the point of exclusion. But now, it appears that the GL Corps is acknowledged as having a role in the lives of Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz, the stars of this particular series.

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6.0
Green Lanterns #51

Jul 18, 2018

Mike Perkinsartwork continues to displease, though not as much as before. He appears to besettling in, growing more comfortable with the challenges of the title, anddiscovering how best to render its unique characters and concepts moreeffectively. Im optimistic he will have a handle on it in due time, given theopportunity.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #52

Aug 1, 2018

What impressed me about this particular chapter is the artwork of Marco Santucci. I've made no secret that Im a big fan of Bronze Age comics, and Santuccis work reminds me of a blend of Jim Sherman, Mike Nasser and Terry Austin.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #53

Aug 15, 2018

Im pleasedMarco Santucci continues to illustrate the book. I hope he sticks around, ifnot on Green Lanterns, maybeelsewhere in the DCU. I suspect he might do well on JLA or Flash. Mike Perkinscover, on the other hand, is a bit lacking. It looks cobbled together as anafter thought.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #54

Sep 5, 2018

Scott Hannasteps in to finish the issue; perhaps Marco Santucci fell behind or had anotherobligation. I have no issue with this, as the art flows with hardly a visualhiccup to be heard.

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4.0
Green Lanterns #55

Sep 19, 2018

I suspectthis will all build up to the forthcoming TheGreen Lantern title, which suggest there will only be one. Perhaps theothers will have be killed, and if so, it wont be long before Hal tries tocreate a new Corps.

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6.0
Green Lanterns Annual #1

Jun 4, 2018

The artworkis very dynamic and stylized, which I appreciate. My only complaint is thatJessica has never looked lovelier. By which I mean to say that Perkins artreinforces the pattern among comic book artists that they are unable to draw normalpeople. Everyone in the world of comics comes across like a CW cast member,unless theres a reason for them to appear doughy and unattractive.

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7.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #24

Jul 12, 2017

Perhaps itstime to, as the rings say, scan for a replacement.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #25

Jul 26, 2017

My onlyregret is the complete disconnect with the GreenLanterns title featuring Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz. The Corps as a wholewas featured in recent issues of that title, but the entire Sinestro CorpsAlliance was ignored, just as Simon and Jessicas presence on Mogo was ignoredin Hal Jordan.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #27

Aug 23, 2017

This issuefeatures everyone " Hal, John, Guy and Kyle, all in key roles, as well as otherGLs, and even a few former Sinestro Corps members. But thats okay. Noteveryone followed Soranik out the door a few issues back. Though perhaps not asstrong as they once were, the GLs have a tough mission ahead, but as Hal saystoward the end, All systems go.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #29

Sep 27, 2017

Ive neverbeen a passionate Green Lantern fan, especially since the advent of KyleRayner. In some ways its become the lore has become a bit unwieldy, but itsbecome more manageable I think since Rebirth. Im liking it more and more.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #30

Oct 11, 2017

Although, with Hal back on Earth (however temporarily), we should probably expect to seehim hook up with the current GLs of 2814, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz. It would tie the two books more closely together, and the DCU as well. Unless this all takes place during their recent visit to the past.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #31

Oct 25, 2017

Artist Patrick Zircher continues to channel Gil Kane, while maintaining his own style. Perhaps Jason Wrights colors contribute to keeping Zirchers work from being acopy - or homage, if you prefer. Regardless, Zirchers work is perhaps more textured than Kanes was, but much of the figure drawing is consistent. No sin there; theres only so much any artist can do with the human body.

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5.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #33

Nov 22, 2017

Y'know, this would have been a great opportunity to tie the two GL books closer together, given Simon and Jessica's recent evacuation of another planet for a similar reason. Just sayin'

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6.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #34

Dec 13, 2017

n this story, the GLs behave less like beat cops and more like seasoned investigators. Through guile, subterfuge and plain old force of will, they piece together clues and follow leads that will hopefully reveal the Controllers plan.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #35

Dec 27, 2017

Artwork byDerenick and Herbert is polished and professional, but in a color-centric titlelike a Green Lantern book, its colorist Jason Wright who makes it work. Theenergy constructs of the individual Lanterns take on the energetic glow, ratherthan simply the green beams of light I grew up with.

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3.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #36

Jan 10, 2018

Overall, this issue was a disappointment from the first page. Maybe if I read all thechapters in one sitting, Ill feel better about the story as a whole. But this is the pitfall of reviewing serialized fiction - its difficult to assess theentire project when its being fed to you in bite-sized pieces.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #37

Jan 24, 2018

But Zod's story is not done. He has not been defeated. What this bodes for the DC Universe should be interesting to behold.

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6.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #38

Feb 14, 2018

It's nice to see Ethan Van Sciver back at the drawing board. While he's cemented his place within the Green Lantern lore, it's rare to see him draw more than an occasional issue here or there. Perhaps he needed a mortgage payment this month.

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6.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #39

Feb 28, 2018

I'm ready for this story arc to wrap up.

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5.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #40

Mar 14, 2018

Kudos to DCfor pitting the Lanterns against Zod and Family, but for anyone who has readrecent issues of Action Comics, wehave a pretty firm idea of how all this turns out. Id appreciate it if nextissue we get considerably closer to the end of the current story arc.

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6.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #41

Mar 28, 2018

The story concludes, but not in an entirely satisfying manner. Have read recent issues of Action Comics featuring Zod, I had aninkling as to what it meant for this title. The ending still doesn't make sense, and Im not sure I altogether buy it, but Ive never had much interest in politics, especially in comic book form.

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4.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #42

Apr 11, 2018

Ethan Van Sciver returns to the drawing board for this issue. I would expect no less,given the raise in stakes for this particular storyline. But again, experience has taught me not to expect him to hang around for the entire arc. I hate itwhen that happens: A comic book company puts its a-list talent on a story,only for him to step away (for whatever reason) before the end. Imagine going to a concert, and part way through the show, one of the band members is replaced by a sessions musician. Rather disappointing, no?

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #43

Apr 27, 2018

This may beone of those epic storylines Green Lantern fans will be talking about for awhile. I feel it has that potential, so Ill be very disappointed if all thiseffort is wasted, and when its over its back to business as usual. Perhaps Imsetting myself up for disappointment, but somehow I dont believe so.

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9.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #44

May 9, 2018

As for theDarkstar saga, I thought it had begun a few issues ago, and was well underway,so I dont understand how this is Darkstars Rising, Chapter 1. Unless thereare chapters within volumes. But it sounds like were in for a long haul for awhile. Given the powers that are being assembled in this issue, Im not sure Imind so much.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #45

May 23, 2018

Ethan Van Sciver returns to the drawing board for this issue. I 3enjoy his work, and hiscontributions to the GL franchise. But I grow weary of his on again/off again status. Sure, the load may be more than any one artists can handle, but I'd rather DC assign him an entire story to be published when its finished.

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5.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #46

Jun 13, 2018

The Rise ofthe Darkstars has not been the major story arc I was expecting. It hasntimpacted the whole of the DCU like Id hoped. Its like a musical note thatnever quite reaches its proper pitch, so Im ready to move on to the third act" the aforementioned battle. But wait " didnt the last major story arcconclude with a major battle? Yes, I believe it did.

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5.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #47

Jun 27, 2018

Statusreport, Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz: its like theyre not even GLs any more, asfar as the Corps is concerned.

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4.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #48

Jul 11, 2018

I wish comicbook publishers would stop crafting stories geared toward the six-chapter TPBformat. I would expect it to be creatively restricting, and hinders the writerfrom telling a good story. For me as an end-user, I care less about the idealpacking to meet marketing needs and more about being entertained by acompelling narrative.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #49

Jul 25, 2018

It is my hope this current story arc has only another issue or two left in it. As Isaid, its dragged in a few places, and Other than a great deal of punching and being punched, I dont know that it has much steam left. I would hate for its conclusion to be too long coming.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #50

Aug 8, 2018

One of thestrengths of this issue is its dialogue. Venditti is skillful at deliveringHals verbal sparring Tomar Tu, Johns exchanges with Zod, and Guys overallcomments. Together, they represent various facets of the two groups conflictingphilosophies toward achieving the same goal.

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6.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #22

Jun 21, 2017

Its thestart of a new plotline from Palmiotti & Conner. While Ive been criticalof their SNL-skit-that-goes-on-too-long qualities, I must give them credit forkeeping their story arcs relatively short and tolerable. Writing for the trade?Fuggediboutit!

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #23

Jul 5, 2017

And in ourback-up feature, its a return to the old days, when Harley was partnered withMr. J. Though in this storyline shes keeping a few secrets from him, mostlyconcerning their new digs and all the major renovations shes putting into it.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #24

Jul 19, 2017

I enjoyedthis story arc more than most. I found it relatable, and Harley (for once)seemed to have a reasonable goal. I dont object to a lack of reason; she isthe notorious Harley Quinn. But there was less insanity, chaos for the sake ofchaos.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #26

Aug 23, 2017

WhetherHarley will ever genuinely take a place on the side of the angels remains to beseen. Shes a highly marketable anti-hero that has lost her criminal edge.Sure, she may still knock over the occasional bank or two, but its all in goodfun. No one gets hurt (much), and besides, she really needs the cash. Shes got big plans comin up.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #27

Sep 7, 2017

For newreaders, next issue might be the perfect jumping-on point, as Harley and hergang take a run at public office. Could politics get any crazier?

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #28

Sep 20, 2017

After abreak of the past issue or two, the team that creates the Harley series is backin form, clicking on all cylinders. It may not the wacky Harley Quinn we mayhave come to expect, but entering the political arena could just be theenvironment for this former Joker moll to flourish. Especially given theage-old axiom, Power corrupts. After all, its not like Harley has far to go.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #29

Oct 4, 2017

You mightthink that three artists on this issue is a bit much, but when Harley gets awhiff of Scarecrows fear gas, it takes the psychofunkadelic rendering of MikeKaluta to properly convey its trippiness. Good to see him working in comicsagain, however briefly.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #30

Oct 18, 2017

This is astrong book. Its light and casual, but in the world of comic books, thats notalways easy to pull off without going off the rails entirely. Conner andPalmiotti have turned a villains henchwoman into an A-list character. Its notoften one gets to see someone rise through the ranks to stardom.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #31

Nov 8, 2017

John Timms artwork is perfect, as always. Its a charming constant in an industry where most artists usually only run for a year or slightly more. Maybe its only been slightly more than a year, but its so comfortable, it seems much longer. I'm good with that.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #32

Nov 22, 2017

This was a satisfying conclusion to the current era of Harley Quinn. From here, I feel the title/character could go anywhere, and I appreciate that freedom.

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5.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #33

Dec 20, 2017

Overall, I've enjoyed reading the Harley Quinn series as presented by Conner & Palmiotti & Co. I'm pleased DC Comics is not beholden to a ridiculous concern over continuity these days. Ive seen her in other titles (such as arecent outing with the Suicide Squad in Red Hood & the Outlaws), but no mention of her bid for mayor or other events from her own book are mentioned. There was time when DC Editorial would feel obliged to include a comment to address continuity concerns, but those days seem over (for now).

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10
Harley Quinn (2016) #34

Jan 10, 2018

The issue of the supporting players whose names I never bothered to learn is addressed within the book, and perhaps future issues will see a slight reduction in cast. Meanwhile, new readers can look forward to Harley Quinn #35 being a good jumping on point.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #35

Jan 17, 2018

Its been awhile since Ive seen Man-Bat, so a return engagement was welcome. However thetruth was a little bit of a zig-zag of logic. Inaki Mirandas artwork isserviceable, her inking a bit heavy-handed for my taste, but your mileage mayvary.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #36

Jan 31, 2018

Regardless, it sets up a conflict to be explored in subsequent issues. It may not entirely place Harley on the side of the angels " and thats okay " but it may establish a less villainous role within the DC Universe, Suicide Squad or not.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #37

Feb 7, 2018

New writer Frank Tieri seems to be downplaying Harleys sizable supporting cast, which Ifeel is a good strategy. Its become unwieldy, and increasingly difficult tojustify each individuals place within the book. Though replacement artist Mirka Andolfo is perhaps new to the title, the artwork is consistent with whats come before. Almost as if there is a house style that each of DCs majortitles are following.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #38

Feb 21, 2018

Art chores are split up, with Mirka Andolfo handling the Coney Island action, and Eleonora Carlini mostly illustrating the doings at the ESB. They're two styles mesh well, without creating that jarring effect when there is a sudden change inartists from one page to another. I wish they could have been more exclusive toone scene or another, though.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #39

Mar 7, 2018

I am uncertain about Inaki Mirandas artwork in this issue. I hate to get judgmental right out of the gate, but I was a bit turned off. But I'm willing to keep anopen mind and allow Inaki to settle in more before I start comment on artisticchoices.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #40

Mar 21, 2018

Harley Quinn is less about a henchgirl-turned-anti-hero. It seems to be a conduit for seldom-used characters from other corners of the DCU. That's not necessarily a bad thing, because it is less beholden to the continuity of high-profile characters like the Bat-cast. It opens the door to new ideas and new interpretations, and that's better for everybody.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #41

Apr 6, 2018

My onlyissue with this issue is the artwork. Inaki Mirandas work feature some of themanic rendering one might expect from a book about an anti-hero with emotionalissues. But it also has a certain wild, careless style that is not myparticular cup of Earl Gray. I prefer a tighter, more economical line style,but thats just me. Moritat illustrated the latter portion of the book, and as much as I enjoy his retro-style, I'm not Harley Quinn is the best place for it.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #42

Apr 26, 2018

In all, itsa fun issue if you know the 80s well enough. Those of us privileged to haveseen Star Wars on the big screen whenit came out will enjoy it, but if youre much younger than that, and most ofyour memories of the 1980s come from watching Pop Up Videos, well, you may missmore than you realize.

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6.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #43

Jun 6, 2018

The artwork byMirka Andolfo is enjoyable, more so than that of cover artist John Timms. Notthat hes a bad artist, but I dont believe Harley Quinn was a suitable vehiclefor him. Id prefer to see him on another title; Batwoman, perhaps.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #44

Jun 21, 2018

This is theend of the current story arc, so look for a brand new adventure next issue.Its always a treat to see what kind of mad-cap hijinks our favorite crazy galhas in store for us.

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6.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #45

Jul 4, 2018

Ive always wondered how non-powered characters (Harley, Batman, Green Arrow) manage to traverse the lethal terrain of Apokolips. But again, its comic books. Some things are better left alone. But Harleys vacation isnt over yet, so theres more to come.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #46

Jul 18, 2018

Now Harlmust suffer the wrath of her granny. Goodness, its enough to make a girl plotzright there in front of Darkseid and everybody. Never fear. Granny has a gadgetthat will remove any embarrassment, and is all too eager to use it on her failureof a Fury (Hey! Alliteration without a hint of sexism. Yay me. Im evolving.)

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #47

Aug 1, 2018

This is the conclusion of the current 3-issue story arc, which is fine with me. In the hurly-burly world of Harley, staying too long in one place only allows the humour to wear thin. It devolves into an SNL skit thats gone on too long. It is best for the writer (whomever it may be) to remember she works best as amoving target. Keeping the audience guessing helps keep things interesting.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #48

Aug 15, 2018

Its a funread, with Harley at her homicidal wackiest. But at least shes chosen theright target. I mean, shes not so bad. She brought home Petite Tina from Apokolips.Heres hoping that act of charity comes to mean something, rather than simplysee another Misfit join Harleys band of Hard Luck Cases.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #49

Sep 7, 2018

Harleysrecent crossover with the Looney Tunes universe may have rubbed off on her. Herworld has gone crazy, and nothing makes sense. But such is the inside ofinsanity. So if you have a difficult time buying what Harley is selling, justregard it as the world as seen through Harleys eyes.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #50

Sep 19, 2018

It takes alot of art to get this crazy. Fortunately, the extra-sized book also features aroster of artists to illustrate each vignette, many of which are two-pagespreads. My only complaint is that between the ongoing Harley Quinn series, and the occasional special (last weeks Harley Quinn and Gossamer comes tomind), it feels like Ive been riding my Haley every week. Too much of a goodthing is a bad thing, And now that the book has reached its 50thissue, perhaps its time for DC Comics to dial it back to a monthly.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016): Be Careful What You Wish For Special #1

Jan 16, 2018

Not that this a bad story " I just don't understand why it was presented in this format. It easily could have been presented more effectively within the pages of the mainstream Harley title.

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9.0
Harley Quinn: Harley Loves Joker #1

May 2, 2018

My only concern is that Harley Quinn is an increasingly popular character in danger ofbeing over-exposed. She has her regular title publishing twice a month, and inaddition there have been numerous specials and guest appearances in otherbooks. It is my hope that the audience will not grow weary of her err too long.

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9.0
Harley Quinn: Harley Loves Joker #2

May 22, 2018

Overall, the story (both issues, and all the previous back-up installments) is a worthyentry to the canon of Harley Quinn.

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7.0
Justice League (2016) #25

Nov 3, 2017

Theartwork by Tom Derenick is rendered in what I consider to be DCs house-style.Its variations on the work of artists such as Dick Giordano and Jos LuisGarcia Lopez, but developed further. It has a classic look that grows inmultiple directions by todays comic book artists. Its comforting andrefreshing, like your favorite pair of jeans.

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6.0
Justice League / Power Rangers #4

Jul 13, 2017

Theartwork is fun, if a bit dark. I appreciate how Stephen Byrne renders hischaracters in classic poses, reinforcing the iconic nature of these legendaryheroes. Thankfully, it does not descend into caricature, an easy pitfall forthe best of artists.

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6.0
Justice League / Power Rangers #5

Aug 9, 2017

The artwork is stellar, though not heavily detailed, but I'm okay for the mostpart. There are a couple of instances where it seemed something was left out,perhaps the penciler expected the inker to finish it. But that can be fixed forthe trade. Some artists will meticulously delineate every leaf on every tree,every shard of glass, every brick in a wall. As someone who graduated from art school, Im here to tell you, thats not talent; its merely patience.

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4.0
Justice League / Power Rangers #6

Sep 27, 2017

If there is a young comic book fan in your life, this may be a great gateway book to get them hooked on either Justice League or Power Rangers, but I recommend waiting for the trade.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #11

Oct 31, 2017

Neil Edwards figure drawing is dynamic, much like Neal Adams, but without resorting to the kind of extreme poses Adams is known for. Sandu Floreas inks are lightwhere they needs to be, dynamic where called for. If you're open to new iterations of the JLA, this is a book worth looking at.

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3.0
Looney Tunes #238

Oct 24, 2017

I dont expect much from all-ages books, but I do expect the creators to try. Here, it seemed as if they were striving for quantity over quality. Its a shame, because with names like Derek Fridolfs, Sholly Fisch and Mike DeCarlo, Iexpected better. But even in high-profile titles like Superman or Spider-Man, not every issue is a winner.

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8.0
Looney Tunes #239

Oct 24, 2017

This issue features cameos by virtually all the Looney Tunes characters, with a fewnotable exceptions. I wouldn't mind seeing them continue the Star Trek rip-offssatires, with the Tasmanian Devil as a Klingon, and Gossamer the Monster as atribble. That would be innnnteresting.

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6.0
Looney Tunes #240

Nov 22, 2017

The book also features a couple of single-page vignettes; spoofs of Little Bo Peep and The Blair Witch Project. The best that can be said for either is they fill space. Maybe there was a seed of an idea for a greater story, but if a one page is all the writer can muster, well, maybe its not even worth that.

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7.0
Looney Tunes #241

Feb 7, 2018

Artworkis true to the established designs, though I would expect no less. One would believethe cartoon characters to be easy to draw, and to a professional perhaps they are.But as I once learned, Chuck Jones was absolutely right in his strategy ofdrawing a carrot with Bugs Bunny attached to it.

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8.0
Looney Tunes #242

Mar 28, 2018

For those of us who grew up on these cartoons, I appreciate the comics remaining true to the roots, with flat areas of color, instead of the excessive shading seen in modern animation. In trying to keep the characters relevant, Warner Brothers Animation has seemingly abandoned its core audience. But the Looney Tunes we know and love are alive and well in these pages.

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8.0
Looney Tunes #243

May 23, 2018

While it may be easy to dismiss the artwork as cartoon simple, the truth is ittakes no small effort to capture that Termite Terrace style made famous and funny by the likes of Chuck Jones and Friz Frieling. Anyone could publish a Looney Tunes title, but the team at DC breathes the Looney Tunes life into it while they do it.

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7.0
Looney Tunes #244

Jul 25, 2018

If I have a problem with all-ages books such as Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo, its the price point. Personally, I feel its a bit high for an all-ages book,but the cost of printing doesnt vary from one title to another. I would preferto see all-ages books at a lower cost, and more availability at conveniencestores and supermarkets, where they can catch the eye of smaller children.

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8.0
Man of Steel (2018) #1

Jun 4, 2018

Seeing anice simple Superman story, in which he flies about the city doing good(complete with red trunks) somehow makes me feel all is right with the world ofcomics. Im eager to see more from Bendis.

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7.0
Man of Steel (2018) #2

Jun 6, 2018

Whether the Daily Planet will stick around as wellremains to be seen in a later issue. But given that Man of Steel is currently a weekly publication, how long can thatbe? Kudos to DC Comics for rolling out a weekly series, but I can only applaudthat as long as the quality holds. Id rather have it right than right now. Ifneed be, I dont mind going back to a monthly schedule.

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10
Man of Steel (2018) #3

Jun 13, 2018

Perhaps its the fresh perspective by an acknowledged superstar writer, but this is a remarkably solid series (so far) that may set the standard for other Super-titles, if Bendis can maintain this level of storytelling. Judging by his reputation, I see no reason why he wont.

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7.0
Man of Steel (2018) #4

Jun 20, 2018

This issuesartwork is a little too polished for my taste. Its good, but the textures seemso smooth and refined that it seems there is little variance. Everything seemsto have a disco-like sheen to it. I dont know if it Maguires artwork or AlexSinclairs coloring, or a combination of both. Either way, I dont care for it,but your mileage may vary.

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7.0
Man of Steel (2018) #5

Jun 27, 2018

Im curiousto see how the story ends (assuming it ends). Will it be a complete,self-contained story (doubtful), or will it dovetail into other Superman titles?Or will we end up with some sort of non-ending built on the flimsy premise ofClarks mothers name being Martha? Tune in next week.

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9.0
Man of Steel (2018) #6

Jul 4, 2018

I applaud Bendis paring down the current Superman lore without making controversial and irrevocable decisions (irrevocable being a rather fluid concept in the world of comic books). Taking Lois off the stage may have been a tough sell, but ultimately, I suspect it will be worth it. The era of Lois & Clark has been put on hold indefinitely, allowing a return to Superman " which is what we read the comics for, is it not?

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8.0
Milk Wars: Mother Panic/Batman Special #1

Feb 7, 2018

However, the artwork by Ty Templeton is stellar, and its a shame we don't see more ofhis work in mainstream comics. Hes vastly under-appreciated in this age ofoverblown dynamism, and its such a welcome change to see a master draftsman practicing his craft. Keiren Smiths coloring only helps.

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7.0
Mother Panic #8

Jun 28, 2017

Meanwhile,in our back-up feature yet another bat-themed vigilante arrives on the scene,but for how long? Gotham Radio may be close to unmasking the Dark Knight. Imreally enjoying the return of a back-up feature to comic books. More writersshould be challenged to write in this compressed format, and compelled todeliver in a handful of pages what they may be accustomed to delivering in anentire comic.

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7.0
Mother Panic #9

Jul 26, 2017

Meanwhile, the back-up feature, Gotham Radio, continues. It features an innovative layout that I genuinely appreciate. However, its the sort of method that must beused judiciously in order to be effective. On a three-age feature, it worksvery well. In a longer format, perhaps not so much.

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2.0
Mother Panic #10

Aug 23, 2017

I enjoy Shawn Crystals artwork, but Im not sure this is the right project for it. It almost has an EC/Jack Davis quality, so Im not sure what would be a better place. Regardless, Mother Panic is on the verge of committing the cardinal sin of comic books: its becoming boring. I'd like to see the creative team step things up, lay Vis old demons to rest, and stop wallowing in this pit of childhood trauma.

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3.0
Mother Panic #11

Sep 27, 2017

The tiresome emotional drama I spoke of last time continues. Alcoholism, physical abuse, unhealthy same sex relationships and self-loathing seem to have become the featured agenda of the book, rather than the crime busting we expect from comic books.

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8.0
Mother Panic #12

Oct 25, 2017

Recently while reading Batwoman, it occurred to me that there is little difference between the characters Batwoman and Mother Panic. Both fight crime in Gotham City. Both are lesbians. Both suffered traumatic childhood experiences that have helped shape their adult selves. Tome, one them is redundant, but I'm uncertain which. But the upside is, if you enjoy one youll probably enjoy both.

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7.0
Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #1

Mar 28, 2018

Moustafa's artwork is more appealing than previous artists. I think they tried very hard to be extremely different in their rendering, perhaps in an effort to set the book apart. That may have worked under different circumstances, but when the book is so derivative of established properties, wandering too far afield seems inconsistent to me. Moustafa's artwork is more traditional.

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7.0
Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2

Apr 27, 2018

The current story arc is too early in the making for me to form a strong opinion, but the alternate universe idea is a big help. Until her roll on this Earth is determined, I'm willing to keep an open mind. She seemed redundant and wasted on Earth 1, so let's hope for something different in her new world.

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7.0
Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #3

May 23, 2018

I love that the art team has remained in place. Since the advent of DCs Rebirth,many art teams have come and gone, or rotated around so that no given issue promises a consistent visual appeal. I grew up in an era when art teams stuck around for YEARS, not a handful of issues and then moved on. I appreciate the commitment Ibrahim Moustafa and Jordan Boyd have made to this series.

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7.0
Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #4

Jun 27, 2018

Iappreciate this alternate reality take on what was another addition to theBat-Family. As I said once before, she seemed redundant at first, but inanother universe, her role has the potential to expand beyond the constrictionsof mainstream DC continuity.

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7.0
Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #5

Jul 25, 2018

Still,one of the great things about Mother Panic is that its not necessarilybeholden to mainstream DC continuity. The opportunities are endless, to createengaging characters and tell compelling stories that might not be suitable forother titles. I hope DC Editorial recognizes that potential, and can avoidsimply telling yet another super-herostory.

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5.0
Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #6

Aug 22, 2018

Futureissues (assuming this isnt the end of the series, which it easily could be)should accelerate the action and lead Violet Paige in her quest for vengeanceagainst Gather House and it represents. Id appreciate seeing a balls-out,no-holds-barred assault on the villains Violet despises. There is no need todraw it out, even to make the six-issue trade. Just let the war last that long,until Vi is the only one standing.

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5.0
New Superman #19

Jun 8, 2018

The artwork from Brent Peeples and Richard Friend is serviceable, though a bit puzzling. Laney is portrayed constantly wearing gloves, though I'm completely confused as to why. Not sure if it's a fashion statement or a clue to a greater role alongside the JLC.

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4.0
New Superman #24

Jun 13, 2018

Had the series focused instead on Kong Kenan and his role as a super-hero for Asia, the series may have had greater potential. Eventually, he may have evolved away from the Superman copycat mold. But we'll never know, and I suppose that's okay.

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8.0
Newsboy Legion & The Boy Commandos Special #1

Aug 9, 2017

The artwork is classic Chaykin, but what makes the story sing in places is the coloring. Wil Quintana conveys the bright lights of Broadway, or the blackouts of Paris, with amazing effectiveness. His work also elevates Chaykin's rendering, which despite for 30 year admiration for his work, is not always the best. Nevertheless, I wish for Chaykin and Quintana to do a book of Damon Runyon tales in comic book form.

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2.0
Nightwing (2016) #23

Jun 21, 2017

Its not a good time to be a DC fan. If this is how they treat one of their longest lasting characters, it makes me wish he had died in one of the many Crises.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #24

Jul 5, 2017

The endingis somewhat clichd. Its a common cliffhanger weve seen many time before, andwill no doubt see again. But Im comfortable with that so long as the entirestory does not hinge upon it. Future issues will tell.

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9.0
Nightwing (2016) #25

Jul 19, 2017

But Nightwing is a good title when thesetting stays in Bludhaven. This issue allowed a controversial ongoing plotpoint to be laid to rest, thereby opening the paths to which the story mayfollow. It has potential to be a great book. Hopefully this new beginning willallow it to be.

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3.0
Nightwing (2016) #26

Aug 2, 2017

I find it tiresome to see this kind of content in comic books. I see it on the news, andin my local paper, and the Internet, and I hear of it from friends and acquaintances. I read comic books to escape from this stuff. Cant they just feature some good old-fashioned good guys vs. bad guys? If I wanted a sermon on corporate evil, Id read Green Arrow.

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3.0
Nightwing (2016) #27

Aug 16, 2017

The wholestory reads like a story originally intended for Grayson, but the when the pluggot pulled on that book, the unused script was retasked for publication at alater date. Not a high-point for any comic book.

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5.0
Nightwing (2016) #29

Sep 20, 2017

As Metalcontinues making its way through the various titles of the DC Universe, itsunknown what the Nightwing title willbe in the months to come. DC loves its mega-event company-wide crossovers, soregular programming for some titles may be on hold for a while. But to its credit,DC seems less beholden to continuity concerns. Dont worry about anyinconsistencies vis--vis Green Arrow,Suicide Squad or Harley Quinn. Itsonly comic books.

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5.0
Nightwing (2016) #30

Oct 4, 2017

All in all,a rather uneven return to the status quo, but its early yet. The story is justgetting ramped up. Artwork by Mendonca and Egea is serviceable, though notoutstanding. It may be a good jumping on point for new readers.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #31

Oct 18, 2017

As for supportingplayers, the Run-Offs, their story is not yet over " though it SHOULD BE. Imean really, how long can Seeley milk thesuper-villain-wannabes-who-dont-wannabe-yet-still-act-like-it? If he wants toexplore supporting characters, perhaps he should focus on Detective Svoboda. Icant help but feel its more fertile ground.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #32

Nov 1, 2017

Artwork by Eaton, Mendonca, Faucher, and Egea seems excessive, having four artists on a single issue. But with the breakneck speed of the Rebirth titles,all-hands-on-deck seems necessary to meet the goals DC has set. If it takes that many hands to meet the publication schedule, Im in favor of it. Its a business, after all.

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6.0
Nightwing (2016) #33

Nov 15, 2017

JavierFernandez returns to the drawing board as the sometimes go-to artist for Nightwing. Its a good match, thoughsomewhat inconsistent as artists rotate in and out of story arcs " shall we say" less than satisfying results. It seems the wiser plan would be to feature thesame artist for the duration of the story arc.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #34

Dec 6, 2017

I don't object to the occasional ret-con, if it improves the overall lore of the franchise. But sometimes I think DC wants us to believe the ret-con in question was always there.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #35

Dec 20, 2017

If you're a casual fan whos been turned off by the lukewarm reviews on this book, now maybe the best time to jump on board and give it a test drive. Its a brand new day in Bludhaven.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #36

Jan 3, 2018

Im enjoying Bernard Chang's artwork. Its a refreshing change from that of Javier Fernandez. Nothing against Fernandez, I just appreciate Changs work more. I think he waswell-suited for his recent stint on Batman Beyond, so Nightwing should be too great a challenge for him to manage.

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5.0
Nightwing (2016) #37

Jan 17, 2018

The flashback sequence was drawn by Klaus Janson, whose work we seldom see these days. Its great to see old-fashioned, hand-drawn comic books by a master ofthe craft. The moment I saw it, Id hoped for it to be a long-forgotten story by Jim Aparo or Eduardo Baretto. But Janson is good enough. However, seeing his work side-by-side with the digitally polished work of Jamal Campbell only widens the gap between the qualities of the two artists.

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9.0
Nightwing (2016) #38

Feb 7, 2018

I enjoy Bernard Changs artwork. I think it works very well on the title, moreso thanprevious artists in that Chang (and Maiolo) give Bludhaven a polish that all the neon and glitz requires to convey a better sense of place. Sometimes Changs work reminds me of Howard Chaykins, but never so much that he appears to be imitating Chaykin. Perhaps merely an influence.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #39

Feb 21, 2018

The art byPhil Jimenez and Santorelli on the flashback sequences helps delineate it fromthat of Jamal Campbell, who draws the present day sequences. I appreciate theidea of using different artists to illustrate different sequences within astory. It alleviates the workload for everyone, without the jarring effect thatoften occurs when multiple artists draw a book.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #40

Mar 7, 2018

Chang's artwork seems not quite up to snuff in this issue, almost as if its lost something. I wasnt even sure it WAS Chang until I read the end credits. But even weak Chang is better than many other artists drawing comics these days.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #41

Mar 21, 2018

Overall, Nightwing is strong title that I am enjoying. My only grievance is how often DC tries to re-write Dick Grayson's history. Hes arguably the third-oldest character in the DCU, so Id prefer to see all that history count for something. For the most part, it has.

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6.0
Nightwing (2016) #42

Apr 4, 2018

I regard this issue a palette cleanser, until the next ongoing story arc. Perhaps Nightwing will return to Bludhaven, or maybe hell share an adventure with another member of the Bat-family. I think after his lengthy battle with the Judge, hes due for a bit of rest. I know I am.

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9.0
Nightwing (2016) #43

Apr 25, 2018

There was atime when comic artists developed their skills on back-up features. Today, theydo it by way of the inventory stories, that helps editors refine the work andjudge their response to critique andwork ethic. I could be wrong, but MinkyuJung and Felipe Sobreiro seem ready for prime time. Their work together is as goodif not better than some of the regular artists featured in ongoing titles.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #44

May 2, 2018

Chris Mooneyham is the new artist on deck. His work on Nightwing is different, inthat rather than the polished neon weve seen more recently, Mooneyham appliersa level of grit to the city. Not as much as one might see in Gotham City, butenough to ad veritas to his environments. His still reminds me of Denys Cowans,and thats not a bad thing.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #45

Jun 6, 2018

I am confidentNightwing is in capable hands, creatively speaking. It seems to me the book hasstruggled since the beginning of Rebirth. Tim Seely and Sam Humphries bothcontributed to getting the book back on its feet, and now its Percys turn.Maybe Im wrong, but all three writers seem intent on providing legitimate,sustainable creative growth.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #46

Jul 4, 2018

In my opinion, the story arc so far lacks the gravitas to justify a six-issue story event, but I could be wrong. But I love the introduction of Nightwings underground bunker, from which he and Batgirl can strategize against the bad guys. However, given its plethora of high-tech hardware, is it not vulnerable to Wyrm as well? Well see.

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4.0
Nightwing (2016) #47

Aug 1, 2018

Kinda reminds me of the much-hyped Identity Crisis series from some years back. All those masks, peeled away in a nano-second. But we'll have to wait until next issue to see what happens, because despite DCs claim, this was no finale.

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5.0
Nightwing (2016) #48

Sep 5, 2018

Its billedas Harms Way, Part 1, but if this race runs another five issues, Im goingto be mighty tired, and not in a good way. I just dont believe its the typeof scenario that they can pull off that long and still maintain interest. Ihope they can either A.) prove me wrong; or B.) have something else planned. Weshall see.

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6.0
Nightwing (2016) #49

Sep 19, 2018

This ischapter II of Harms Way, a brief story-arc-within-a-story-arc as Nightwingcontinues his battle against the Dark Web. Its a tale thats gone on longenough, in my opinion. Like professor Pyg, a little goes a long way, and Ivegrown a little bored with it. Time for DC to wrap this story up.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) Annual #1

Sep 5, 2018

But despitesuch Batman 66 camp aside, this is afabulous reunion of writer Benjamin Percy and artists Otto Schmidt. They didvery well together on Green Arrow acouple of years ago, and I anticipate equal success on Nightwing. Schmidt has a rendering style that is equal partsPlayboy and Hanna-Barbera. Others might struggle to make that work, but hemakes it look easy.

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9.0
Odyssey of the Amazons #4

Aug 8, 2017

The artwork is perfect, evoking my teen memories of several comic fantasy artists.He seems to have taken the designs of John Buscema, the textures of Joe Kubert,and the figure drawing of Gil Kane, and blended them into a unique style thatseems both new and familiar at the same time.

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9.0
Odyssey of the Amazons #5

Aug 8, 2017

Another reason is it tells a story featuring strong, likeable characters. Not strong ina physical sense, but strong as in solid-from-the-ground-up. People may thinkits great that these are empowered women characters, but honestly, their gender doesnt matter to me. Male or female, they have depth, and thats farmore important.

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8.0
Plastic Man (2018) #1

Jun 13, 2018

GailSimones writing is superb, as always. Im confident this will be a fun seriesto read, without being so fun it becomes a parody of itself. Plas is simply oneof thos characters we all know " someone who has a much lighter way of lookingat the world. Adriana Melos artwork is light and simple, in a good way. Itsvery fluid, which is suitable for a character who can bend his body into anynumber of shapes and forms.

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8.0
Plastic Man (2018) #2

Jul 11, 2018

Butthe humor is still there, such as the moment when Plastic Man is riddled withbullets. I know, since when did murder equal wacky fun? Since he didnt die,its hardly murder. (Nor a spoiler, cuz you dont kill off your star in thesecond issue) (unless your name is Joss Whedon).

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4.0
Plastic Man (2018) #3

Aug 10, 2018

Illcontinue enjoying this series, if writer Gail Simone can leave the socialcommentary out of it and simply tell a nice, funny story about acriminal-turned-super-hero trying to reform, and have fun doing it.ButAdriana Melos is fabulous. More please.

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8.0
Plastic Man (2018) #4

Sep 12, 2018

Ilike Adriana Melos artwork a lot. The line quality is bold and definitive, andlends itself well to simple, bright coloring. No subtle shading, no moodyshadows. It all works together to brighten Plastic Mans world. Certainly theDCU can use the light-heartedness.

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6.0
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #1

May 1, 2018

As for story, the board is still being set, so this issure is a bit of an introduction. While navigating the perils of high school, something is a little off in Raven's world. A mysterious being held by a government think tank seems to call to her. Raven feels a connection, but how or why is yet to be discovered.

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7.0
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #2

May 1, 2018

The combined talents of Pop Mhan and Lovern Kindzierski are perfectly suited for the material " it's moody and spooky, with enough detail to convey the visual equivalent of techno-babble. Though it's a 12-issue limited series, I do hope they've made the commitment for all 12, rather than replaced after a handful of issues.

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8.0
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #3

May 1, 2018

Raven must confront secrets to her past if she expects to ever have a future. And while she may possess magical abilities, it should be remembered she is still a teenager in what is to her an alien world.

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7.0
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #4

May 1, 2018

I'd said before that Mhan and Kindzierski's artwork is suitably moody for the material at hand, though I've come to realize that is only partially true. They do great with Raven and her environs, but far less so in the scenes set at Baron Winters' mansion. They seem rather flat, in a very Silver Age sort of way.

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6.0
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #5

Jun 5, 2018

As we approach the half-way mark in this series, a stronger narrative has begun to emerge. I hope Wolfman can sustain this momentum, and launch us toward a rollicking fun conclusion. I'm confident in his abilities as a comic book writer. It simply remains a question if the current DC editorial climate will have the sense to get out of the way and let him do what he does best.

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5.0
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #6

Jun 27, 2018

After six issues, I can't say I am particularly impressed by the artwork of Pop Mhan. It seems overly simplistic in this modern era of comic book illustration.

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7.0
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #7

Aug 22, 2018

The baron's efforts may lead to the creation of a new Night Force, which may not be a bad thing, as various DC characters seem to be in the process of being re-allocated. Raven's time in the Teen Titans may be over, and she needs to go somewhere. Night Force is as good a solution as any.

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4.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #15

Oct 11, 2017

Overall, its a typical team-up story, with two teams of heroes fighting one another. Of course, its the other team who arethe bad guys here, because this aint their book. If they are featured elsewhere in the current DC library, no doubt the Outlaws would be the villains du jour.

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8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #16

Nov 8, 2017

Regardless, the storyline is fine and agreeable, but some tweaking of dialogue and character seems to be in order.

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9.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #17

Dec 13, 2017

It appears to be the end of a two-part story. I appreciate the shorter story arcs than runover two or three issues, rather than the typical six issue epic that is inevitably repackaged as a trade paperback. By chapter 6, I often cant recall how/why the story started in the first place.

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7.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #19

Feb 14, 2018

It's a good story, with solid ramifications for the future of the team on many levels - not the least of which is a teammate who may be suffering from the cure to whatails him. Either way you look at it, its sure to cause some fractures down the road.

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8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #20

Mar 14, 2018

Dexter Soy is back in at the drawing board. He must be given credit for his consistent quality of work, issue after issue. Its refreshing to see someone remain on a title, in this age of rotating artists. Scott Lobdell deserves equal praise for his stories. The book is surprising fresh, without descending into rehashed clichs and over-used story-telling techniques.

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8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #21

Apr 11, 2018

Looking back through my reviews, I realize how much Dexter Soy has been a part of theseries. Kudos to him for making that commitment, and his role in building upon the myths of Jason Todd, Artemis and Bizarro. And his art aint so bad either.In fact, its pretty damn good.

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8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #22

May 9, 2018

Red Hood isone of those titles I look forward to. I tend to wade in the shallow end of theDC Universe, so its refreshing to read characters and properties that donthave decades of baggage and history to constantly reconcile.

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7.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #23

Jun 13, 2018

Its only the beginning of the story, so theres no way to guess how much Artemis and Bizarro will play into matters with Jason. As co-stars, its safe to say theywill. As Jasons investigation becomes more troublesome, hell need their help. But if this is perhaps a prelude to the series being retitled as a solo book, well, Im okay with that, too.

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8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #24

Jul 11, 2018

Its apotentially powerful issue. I say potentially because Im too jaded to acceptwhat Ive read at face value. Somewhere there may be misdirection and misrepresentation,but I suspect the truth will have to wait for next issue.

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8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #25

Aug 8, 2018

Hints are made at deeper secrets of Jason Todd's background, as well as laying the groundwork for future tales of the Outlaws. So perhaps this isn't the end.

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6.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #26

Sep 12, 2018

Pete Woodsartwork is well-suited for the crime genre RedHood is a part of. Yes, its a super-hero concept, but it deals more withcriminal biker gangs and modern era gangsters, rather than maniacalsuper-villains. As part of the Batman family of titles, it could round out themany different iterations of what it means to be a part of that.

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8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) Annual #1

Aug 30, 2017

TylerKirkhams artwork is a bit sketchier here than I recall. Believe me, it getsthe job done with style and panache, but if youre a fan of heavy black inks,youre doomed to disappointment. Its all done (seemingly) with pencils andcolors, and thats not a bad thing. Sometimes, it works very effectively, as itdoes here. My only concern is that sometimes, readers regard it as a rush job,which is unfair.

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4.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) Annual #2

Sep 5, 2018

In all, thisissue reads like a deus ex machine for last issue; a means for Jason to escapeBatman without any real plot development or narrative expansion. Next issue,Jasons original Outlaws may still be broken up, and the new version of theteam still separated by the Multiverse. I do hope I am wrong.

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6.0
Scooby Apocalypse #15

Jul 12, 2017

Perhapsso, but only if you regard it as a continuation of the original Scooby Doo cartoon. Think of it as moreof a updated reboot. Kinda likeBattlestar Galactica. The original was great in its time, but today itseems goofy and clichd. Now we have this darker, grittier version. If you canget your head around it that way, youre likely to enjoy the series. But if youprefer to regard every kernel of your childhood as some sacred in some way,its not for you.

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4.0
Scooby Apocalypse #16

Aug 9, 2017

I dont know how much life remains in this book. It seems to have gone on for awhile, progressing toward a resolution at a snails pace. I'd prefer to seesome significant advancement, maybe a victory or two to revive my flagging interest.

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5.0
Scooby Apocalypse #17

Sep 15, 2017

Ireally have to question how long this drawn out apocalypse will last. At somepoint it needs to be resolved, either favorably or perhaps become the newnormal. In which case, I can see our heroes prowling the badlands, trying tostay one step ahead of the monsters. Much like Ark II (look it up).

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5.0
Scooby Apocalypse #18

Oct 11, 2017

As I said before, I can only wonder at how long DC can maintain the apocalyptic storyline before it readers leave in boredom or frustration, and the book collapses from its own aimlessness. The monsters unleashed may have to take aback seat to other adventures, but that seems to be the plan for upcoming issues.

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3.0
Scooby Apocalypse #19

Nov 8, 2017

I consider this as a bit of a palette cleanser between more ambitious chapters of Scooby Apocalypse. But I expect to see more of these kinds of stories as the overall concept runs out of steam. After all, how long can dodge and evade remain interesting?

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8.0
Scooby Apocalypse #20

Dec 13, 2017

The issue also features a new chapter in more-realistic Secret Squirrel back-up feature. This installment is illustrated by Howard Chaykin, whose work I adore. The concept may be too similar to the Ruff & Reddy title hes currently writing, but in both instances, they work.

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7.0
Scooby Apocalypse #21

Jan 10, 2018

I was always uncertain how much life Scooby Apocalypse might have, believing it to be a temporary variation on an old property. But perhaps it's more than that.

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7.0
Scooby Apocalypse #22

Feb 14, 2018

I'm uncertain how long the post-apocalytpic premise of the series can survive before it runs out of steam. Establishing a haven for other survivors is a step in the right direction. Now all they need is the survivors to populate theirs tronghold. Additional supporting characters are needed.

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3.0
Scooby Apocalypse #23

Mar 14, 2018

This issue also includes the latest chapter of Secret Squirrel. More bickering goingon there, too, between Agent 000, Moroccan Mole and Agent Honey Bea. And the mastermind behind their mission is exposed, as well as the ridiculosity of the Wiley Wolf (loosely translated).

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5.0
Scooby Apocalypse #24

Apr 11, 2018

Scooby Apocalypse is moving along at a snail's pace the past few issues. Perhaps it's an effort at character development, but I think I've had enough for now. I'm ready to see where the story is going. I've expected the series to be of limited duration, so I'm ready to leave this holding pattern and see some real action.

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7.0
Scooby Apocalypse #25

May 9, 2018

Id believedthis series to be somewhat limited, though recent developments have convincedme otherwise. As the cast evolves and events transpire, I realize Giffen andDeMatteis are capable of sustaining the premise in a variety of ways, ratherthan simply building on a single foundation.

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7.0
Scooby Apocalypse #26

Jun 13, 2018

The back-upfeature of Secret Squirrel is another matter. It has become tiresome, and Ifeel its conclusion is long overdue. I realize theres only so much story to becontained in 00 pages, but thats a factor to be considered in the planningstage. If it warranted more pages, it probably wouldnt be a back-up feature,no?

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6.0
Scooby Apocalypse #27

Jul 11, 2018

I regardthis chapter in the overall story as maneuvering pieces on the board before thenext big moment (be it actual battle or dramatic conflict). The back-up featureos Secret Squirrel appear to be drawing to a conclusion soon. Cant be soonenough to suit me.

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5.0
Scooby Apocalypse #28

Aug 8, 2018

The creativeteam adds legendary inker Tom Palmer to its ranks. He has been embellishingcomics for close to 50 years, mostly at Marvel, where he is known for suchseries as the Avengers and Star Wars. Though his skill set has necessarilyevolved over the years, its clear he knows his business, and Scooby Apocalypse is privileged to havehim.

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6.0
Scooby Apocalypse #29

Sep 12, 2018

This issuesees the long overdue conclusion of Secret Squirrel. It out-lived its premise.Its been a long time coming, very much like an SNL skit someone tried to turninto a movie. I am hopeful its lackluster performance will lay the Letsreinvent the H-B characters startegy to rest indefinitely.

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7.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #83

Jul 12, 2017

Maybewith an all-ages book like Scooby Doo, Im setting the bar a little high. Butit is on such titles that artists and writers make their bones. Kudos to theartist who recognizes the opportunity to learn.

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5.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #84

Aug 9, 2017

The artwork is a little better than I remember it being. Perhaps it is moving awayfrom the cookie-cutter assembly I mentioned an issue or two back. Even in thesimple, cartoony style presented here, I would hope an artist could present thestory is a unique, individual style. Were beginning to see some of that, and Ihope DC keeps it up.

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8.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #85

Sep 15, 2017

Artworkif typical cartoon styling, with stock poses and figure drawing weve come toexpect from the Scooby Doo franchise. I must admit, it was one of the highpoints of James Gunns live action movies some years back. I appreciate someonewho respects the source material.

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4.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #86

Oct 11, 2017

The bar is not set very high with all-ages books such as Scooby-Doo or Looney Tunes,and Im fine with that. As long as the stories engage the reader (however oldthey may be), I would argue, Mission accomplished. But I appreciate it whenthe writer and/or artist make an effort to elevate the material howeverslightly above the 8-year-old reading level.

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8.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #87

Nov 8, 2017

It really is the stronger of the two stories, and I appreciated the artwork more. It reminded me of the work of long-time DC artist Kurt Schaffenberger. It may havebeen a bit more cartoony than most fans would appreciate, but Schaffenbergerhad a very distinctive style. Roberto Barrios seems to have captured a littleof that here, and thats no bad thing.

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2.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #88

Dec 13, 2017

Both stories are contrary to the concept of the play fair mystery. In both instances, details vital to solution is kept from the audience, and only the Scooby gang is privy to the information. Sure, it makes them look smart, but ifthe readers had known, we could have solved the mystery as well. Artwork is weak as well, continuing the appearance of the panels sometimes being assembled from stock images, especially in the first story.

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6.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #89

Jan 10, 2018

As mysteries go, there's not much here to hold the interest of older fans, but there's only so much to be accomplished in each story. But to their credit, Rob M. Worley and Brett Lewis make the most of the 10 pages each is allotted. They don't rely on cheats by withholding key clues, or dumbing it down to only one suspect with a transparent motive.

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7.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #90

Feb 14, 2018

Unfortunately,the writers sometimes dumb it down too far, expecting to write for the youngest(i.e. least sophisticated) of readers. But I appreciate it when a story aims alittle higher, intended to entertain all readers. After all, thats generallythe idea behind and all ages title.

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4.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #91

Mar 14, 2018

Artworkis serviceable, in the tried-and-true Hanna-Barbera style. However, the key is not HOW its drawn, but how it tells the story. In this case, theres a scene in the Hypno-Haunt story in which the culprit is shown being led away from the reader, effectively with his back to the camera. It seemed awkward to me, and suggests Randy Elliott should have found another solution to depicting that scene.

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3.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #92

Apr 11, 2018

Thanks to the Edgar Allan Poe reference in the first story, we are treated to a four-page interpretation of Poe's The Raven, brought to you by Norville "Shaggy" Rogers. This is followed by what may be a story in which the Scoobie's investigate a mysterious witch doctor terorrorizing a surfing competition. A date of 2009 in a banner in the background suggest the story might be a re-run.

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8.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #93

Jun 20, 2018

The seriesis a fun and light, much in tune with the original cartoon. I never reallyregarded myself as much of a Scooby fan, but given how many 70s Saturdaymorning cartoons revolved around crime-solving kids, I shouldnt be surprised Ienjoy this title as much as I do.

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3.0
Scooby Doo Where Are You? #94

Aug 15, 2018

The story reads as if the audience has entered in the middle. Perhaps it also needed a full issue to flesh out a promising narrative.

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10
Scooby-Doo Team-up #27

Jun 28, 2017

This a fun read, and with the likes of Woozy Winks in the mix, can Doiby Dickles be far behind. Scooby-Doo Team Up may be that repository for dormant DC heroes to get a little screen time. Kind of like Love Boat and Murder, She Wrote, employing the semi-retired.

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10
Scooby-Doo Team-up #28

Jul 26, 2017

The artwork by Dario Brizuela is in the simple animated style you might expect. Butit serves the story effectively, and remains on-model, presenting thefamiliar cartoon characters weve known for the past half-century. Ive neverbeen a major Scooby-Doo fan, but this comic is quickly becoming one of myfavorites, and would recommend it to anyone.

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8.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #30

Sep 27, 2017

If you're fan of the way comics used to be done-in-one, this ia great title to follow.

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5.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #31

Oct 25, 2017

Dario Brizuelas artwork is more agreeable here than that of the regular ongoing Scooby-Doo, Where are You? Series. That artwork sometimes looks assembled, where as Brizuela makes an effort to drawthe guest stars as they may have been drawn by the animators of Hanna-Barbera.

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4.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #32

Nov 22, 2017

As stories go, its an epilogue that has been expanded into a needless sequel. Perhaps it should have just been a back-up featured in last issue. Something I enjoy about the Scooby books are the call backs and sub-references, be they friend or foe. I think Fisch missed an opportunity here.

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10
Scooby-Doo Team-up #33

Dec 27, 2017

Ifyou miss the Legion, this will be an enjoyable fix until DC chooses tore-awaken its sleeping giant. Hopefully, whatever positive response this outinggenerates will lead to the Legions return to an ongoing title.

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9.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #34

Jan 24, 2018

One of the benefits of a book like this is it potentially introduces younger fans to the rich history of the DCU. Sure, they know Superman and Batman, and maybe Green Lantern and the Flash. But it features properties they might not otherwise meet, as well as some of the more obscure characters from the DC library.

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5.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #35

Feb 28, 2018

As all-ages titles go, this one is tolerable to my grown-up sensibilities (which, admittedly, are few). My only grievance was a single panel in which threat is conveyed in some vague manner, yet not depicted. Perhaps its a rule not to be broken, or some other guideline to be maintained for all-age titles. Nevertheless, it was awkward, and immediately took me out of the story.

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9.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #36

Mar 28, 2018

What I enjoy most about Scooby-Doo Team-Up is that it seems to allow the creative team to draw from just about anywhere in the 80+ years of DC Comics history. For an old-time comic book reader like myself, its a joy to see these obscure characters be resurrected, if only for a single issue. But who knows? Maybe a writer or editor will manage to reinvigorate them for the current audience.

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8.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #37

Apr 27, 2018

Ifind this series to be a fun read, and its not often it disappoints. Ofcourse, my expectations are not terribly high. I consider it the comic bookequivalent of watching some of the classic cartoons of my youth, and I morethan okay with that.

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8.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #38

May 23, 2018

Its a fun story for fans of 1970s Saturday mornings. And for fans of DC, it pokes fun at one of DCs sacred cows. Because sometimes a project takes on mythic proportions; reputation outgrows reality, and an enjoyable read turns into an overblown, over-hyped, tiresome target for jokes, parody and satire. When you're ready to see a giant taken down a peg, pick up this issue.

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9.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #39

Jun 27, 2018

Onemight think teaming the Scoobies with the JSA to be a challenge, but Fischmakes it look easy. Clearly, he enjoys his work and has a great deal of funwriting such stories. Its a shame we havent seen what he could do with one ofDCs high profile titles, but then again, maybe not. He has the luxury of beingable to fly under the radar of DC editorial, free from the constraints ofcontinuity and marketing ploys.

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8.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #41

Aug 22, 2018

Itsa fun read from an innocent time, when one could spend an entire morningbinging on animation, sugary cereals and toy commercials, all in the comfort ofones pajamas. Kids today will never know such simple joys. Thanks to multipleanimated networks and streaming services, they can do it whenever they wish.Its like Christmas every day.

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9.0
Spencer & Locke #3

Jun 21, 2017

Unless I am mistaken, the conclusion comes next issue, so theres still time to hopaboard if crime fiction is your thing. But I hope its not the last we see ofSpencer & Locke. Im enjoying this ride, and regret that it may end too soon.But thank you, Pepose and Santiago, for not writing to the trade. Your work isrefreshing and I look forward to more.

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10
Spencer & Locke #4

Jul 19, 2017

Butin a way, Im disappointed in Spencer& Locke. Disappointed that its ended, and disappointed Ill have towait indefinitely for the next installment. Perhaps four issues was too short,but Id much rather see four very well done issues, than see it padded out tomake the obligatory six most trade paperbacks are comprised of. Lower pagecount = lower price point = more sales. Thats my story and Im sticking to it.

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8.0
Super Sons #6

Nov 3, 2017

Theartwork by Jimenez is good, with a touch of anim, but he steers clear of it inrendering the Titans (though Starfire hardly looks like a teen to me). Tomasisdialogue, coming from young boys, their parents, or their super-poweredteammates rings true and refreshing. Much better than thetrying-too-hard-to-sound-hip I remember from the old days.

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7.0
Supergirl (2016) #13

Nov 7, 2017

But Supergirl #13 represents and end to current events, and promises a new start for Supergirl #14. Her world is turned upside down, in ways a heroshould never experience. But that just ups the ante for the Girl of Steel. Perhaps its a good time for casual fans to take a closer look.

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8.0
Supergirl (2016) #14

May 2, 2018

What I enjoyed most was I-Chings interpretation of the S shield, as a path to be walked. Since the advent of its a symbol of hope, the emblem has taken on amuch more abstract concept, and much more philosophical than the original S stands for Superman.

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8.0
Superman (2018) #2

Aug 8, 2018

What grabbedme about this issue is the artwork. Reis, Prado and Albert seem to bechanneling their inner Neal Adams. The inking has a rick texture, and thefigure renderings demonstrate stances and facial expressions. I am inclined torevisit past work by Reis and Prado to see if this is a recent development intheir individual styles, or if there has always been a certain mimicry in theirdrawings. Not that thats a bad thing, by any means.

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8.0
Superman (2018) #3

Sep 12, 2018

Im stilltrying to reconcile Superman with Action Comics. Both are written byBendis, but there seems to be two individual storylines taking place. Perhaps Ivemissed allusions to one or the other, or maybe it will all make sense later on.Im willing to be patient " for now.

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6.0
Superwoman #12

Aug 29, 2017

Theartwork is first rate, except for one sequence when Photoshop clearly becomes acrutch, rather than a tool. Ive enjoyed both Segovias and Thiberts artwork,and they make an excellent pairing.

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4.0
Teen Titans (2016) #12

Nov 7, 2017

I don't know if it genuinely advances the Nth Metal plotline any. Puzzles,victories and defeats do very little, though I suspect its early enough in the storyline that it doesnt matter much. Eventually the narrative dovetails into Nightwing #19, seemingly abandoning the Teen Titans altogether.

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6.0
Teen Titans Go! #21

Aug 1, 2017

Its good tosee Teen Titans Go! is not limited toa simple corner of the DCU. References are made to HIVE and Speedy, suggestingtheres a whole other anim universe fans of the show have yet to see. Andthats okay; Id just as soon it stay that way.

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6.0
Teen Titans Go! #22

Aug 2, 2017

Its good tosee Teen Titans Go! is not limited toa simple corner of the DCU. References are made to HIVE and Speedy, suggestingtheres a whole other anim universe fans of the show have yet to see. Andthats okay; Id just as soon it stay that way.

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8.0
The Black Beetle #2

Feb 12, 2013

In my opinion, the Black Beetle is the most faithful homage to the pulps since the debut of the Rocketeer. However, perhaps in another costume, he could easily be mistaken for pre-Robin Batman. I easily find the storytelling to be reminiscent of the Batman animated series. Thats a challenging level to achieve, yet Francavilla makes it look pretty easy.

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8.0
The Ruff & Reddy Show #1

Oct 25, 2017

But the glue holds it all together is the artwork of Mac Rey, whose artistic styleis clearly inspired by animation - equal parts Tex Avery and Ralph Bakshi. Ifthe first issue is any indication, animation fans are in for a hoot of run.

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8.0
The Ruff & Reddy Show #2

Nov 22, 2017

I never watched the old Ruff & Reddy cartoons; they just never appeared on myradar. So I have no point of reference for the backstory or original concept. I expect fans of the original characters would be grossly offended by this version. But thats par for the course with DC Comics these days. If you haven't read one of its books in two or three decades, youre going to find everything is different. But its not the end of the world. Its just comic books.

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10
The Ruff & Reddy Show #3

Dec 27, 2017

Imay have said this before, but Mac Reys artwork is perfect for the material.Clearly identified figures against a vague but identifiable background give theartwork an animated appearance. Id be curious to see his interpretation ofother properties, to see how he would render more traditional comic book farein a variation of this same style. I hope he sticks around and that DC is ableto find him a suitable project when this six-issue series concludes.

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8.0
The Ruff & Reddy Show #4

Jan 24, 2018

Next issue promises further developments, but for whom remains a mystery. Perhaps Pamela will be pummeled as she deserves, or maybe Ruff & Reddy will recede into retirement as we deserve. Either way, its very entertaining. And isn't that what Hollywood is all about?

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10
The Ruff & Reddy Show #5

Feb 28, 2018

When he chooses to wax political in his work, I appreciate how rather than stand on a soap box and shout the party message, he instead chooses to hold up a mirror to his own left-leaning frres, that they may see how ridiculous they sometimes sound.

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9.0
The Ruff & Reddy Show #6

Mar 28, 2018

Howard Chaykin and Mac Rey have told a tale everyone with dreams of stardom "especially the ego-maniacal personalities that currently occupy Tinseltown "should try. Its full of the kind of compromises (i.e. extortion) that make theHarvey Weinstien scandal look tame in comparison.

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2.0
The Shadow (2017) #1

Aug 15, 2017

Dynamite has had mostly good fortune publishing new Shadow adventures, but those have beenwritten by people familiar with the character, who were respectful to hisroots. The Lone Ranger belongs in the Old West. Sherlock Holmes belongs inVictorian England. The Shadow belongs in gangster-era New York. This currenteffort to modernize him, and bring him up to date 75+ years later, is in myopinion, misguided.

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5.0
The Shadow/Batman #1

Sep 27, 2017

Giovanni Timpanos artwork is fine as always. Hes illustrated The Shadow for Dynamitebefore, but to my knowledge this is his first crack at Batman. I had no doubtshe could pull it off, and he did not disappoint.

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4.0
The Terrifics #1

Feb 28, 2018

The art is so similar to Adams that it straddles the line between respectful homage and blatant rip-off.

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8.0
United States vs. Murder Inc. #1

Sep 7, 2018

I enjoy agood crime story, something we see less of in comic books these days. Comicsare still digging out from under all thecapes, tights, and ray guns of the previous 50 years. I appreciate seeing themarket open to other genres, though crime is often a hard sell. If this book isable to carve a fresh path, it may do well. It has a solid pedigree, whichshould appeal to the fans, but only up to a point. I encourage everyone to giveit a chance.

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4.0
Wild Storm #3

Aug 4, 2017

Iam uncertain if that is failing on the part of the writers art direction, orthe artists own storytelling abilities. Its so hard to discern when yourereading only 1/24th of the overall story.

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4.0
Wild Storm #4

Aug 4, 2017

Overall,not much action. Perhaps its the calm before the Storm.

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7.0
Wild Storm #5

Aug 4, 2017

Despitesuch faint praise, I must give credit to the creative team to keep the overalltone of the book consistent, and hitting their deadlines so it comes out in atimely manner. They seem to be a tight team, working well together to turn out (whatI hope will be) quality work.

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7.0
Wild Storm #6

Aug 4, 2017

Nowthat we have approached something resembling a plot, Im much happier. I cantell good guys from bad, and understand their various roles within theirrespective organizations. If only this could have been done about five issuesago.

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4.0
Wild Storm #7

Nov 3, 2017

Thatsnever a good strategy for writing comic books. Its its own entity, with it ownpitfalls and advantages. Yes, sequential storytelling does share similaritiesbetween comics, film, etc. Writing for one format to be executed in another is,in my opinion, setting oneself up for failure. Its not often I recommendwaiting for the trade, but this may be one of them.

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6.0
Wild Storm #8

Nov 3, 2017

Huntsartwork is fine, in its simplicity, which I personally find refreshing. Toooften these days, artists and their colorists will overwork a page. He presentsthe story in basic panels with simple, clear lines. The hallucinogenic sceneswere delightfully trippy, without a lot of needless Photoshop effects to conveyits other-worldliness.

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8.0
Wild Storm #9

Nov 15, 2017

Maybe my tastes are too simplistic. I do come from a generation where the good guys wore white and the bad guys wore black. Villains were evil for the sake ofbeing evil. I would prefer to see more of that here, but your mileage may vary.

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5.0
Wild Storm #10

Dec 20, 2017

To be honest, its not really my cup of tea. But that doesnt mean its poorly written or a victim of bad storytelling. I realize thats damning it with faint praise, but I suggest you check it out for yourself. Just be sure to read a healthy sampling of the title. A single issue wont help you at all.

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7.0
Wild Storm #11

Jan 24, 2018

This was a much better issue, as I feel some genuine narrative progress has been made. My biggest complaint with this series is its cast. Though everyone seemsto have a specific role, I am unable to remember anyone month-to-month. A refresher course regarding whos who and their relationships to others would bevery helpful.

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8.0
Wild Storm #12

Mar 7, 2018

If you've been bored, waiting for things to happen, this may be the issue for you. It seems to advance the narrative nicely, with some pay off at one point or another. But it seems to me a long time coming. Perhaps too long, but your mileage may vary.

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3.0
Wild Storm #13

May 22, 2018

Inthe past, I havent found Ellis stories tend to be this complex, and I wishthere was a re-cap page, or some sort of primer to convey the major charactersand their individual roles. I know thats not popular in comic books thesedays, but if it helps retain readers, maybe its in the best interests of thetitle.

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3.0
Wild Storm #15

Jul 18, 2018

Totheir credit, the creative team of Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt are all in. Together,they have maintained a consistent presentation of the story, strengthening thestructure if not the overall narrative. Perhaps I just need to sit down with ahandful of issues and read them all in a single sitting.

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6.0
Wild Storm #16

Aug 15, 2018

Amazingly,this issue is not as confusing as previous installments. Its basically threepairs of characters, all in conversation. Kinda hard to mess that up. How thesefive people (because one of them is used twice) come together in the overallscheme remains to be seen. But, you could say that about any given issue ofthis meandering series.

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4.0
Wild Storm #17

Sep 19, 2018

Withouta firm narrative, there is no conflict in the strictest sense. Instead, theaudience enjoys a series of skirmishes and heated conversations among the alienfactions, government entities, and victimized individuals all seeking some formof peace, either for themselves of for the world they inhabit. Sadly, thiseliminates the potential for a climax, meaning the series (which Id believedto be limited) is now open-ended. It could go on for years. Yay.

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8.0
Wolverine: Switchback #1

Jan 7, 2009

However, both stories are very far apart, visually. Pastoras work is very painterly, reminscent of Richard Corben; Does seems more in an animated style, akin to a mix between anime and Brad Bird. Both are stylish and engaging.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #30

Nov 6, 2017

Ido appreciate David Messinas artwork. Its light and lyrical, yet at the sametime he conveys action and drama very effectively. Saida Temofontes letteringseems a bit girly for me, but thats just my personal observation. In a storywith quasi-military groups, I just expect something a but more utilitarian.

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8.0
Wonder Woman/Conan #1

Nov 6, 2017

There's no shortage of action or battle, and both characters seem to true to themselvesas I remember them. Gail Simone has been writing Red Sonja, so Conan is hardlya great leap. The artwork is appropriately dynamic, especially the fight scenes, and seems designed to engage the reader from the get-go " something Iexpect from a pro like Simone.

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9.0
Wonder Woman/Conan #2

Nov 6, 2017

No doubt next issue will bring additional answers and explanations. Rather than waste a lot of energy trying to figure out why from the start, its easy tosimply trust that all will be revealed in due time, but for now, its fun to just sit back and enjoy the ride.

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8.0
Wonder Woman/Conan #3

Nov 15, 2017

Overall the series demonstrates a lot of promise to Conan and Wonder Woman fans alike.Its not too late to jump on this series and ride it to the end. Sure, you could wait for the trade paperback, but if more readers fail to support themonthlies, the publishers have little reason to repackage for the trade.

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9.0
Wonder Woman/Conan #4

Dec 20, 2017

Two more issues are left in this series, which seems a shame. It is my hope that DC and Dark Horse will revisit the idea from time to time. But not too often. DC has returned to the well that is Watchmen and Dark Knight Returns so often,they've run dry. I'd hate to see that happen here.

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8.0
Wonder Woman/Conan #5

Jan 17, 2018

I'm almost saddened to see this series end, though when collected into trade format, I'm sure it will be a satisfying read for fans of both Conan and Wonder Woman. Perhaps it should have been published in trade format to begin with.

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9.0
Wonder Woman/Conan #6

Feb 21, 2018

Overall, the series wraps up nicely, though its been somewhat of a slow build, if memory serves. Perhaps it could have been condensed some, but overall it has remained true to both characters - Conan of Cimmeria and Diana of Themiscyra. Fans of either should be happy with the end results.

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