Ray Goldfield's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Geek Dad Reviews: 594
7.6Avg. Review Rating

8.0
Action Comics (2016) #992

Nov 22, 2017

As we rocket towards #1000, Superman's in a genuinely compelling period in his story.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #993

Dec 13, 2017

Dan Jurgens, an iconic writer/artist on both Superman and Booster Gold, finally gets to team up his favorites again on an issue where he once again takes art duties. And like Tony Isabella, Gerry Conway, Marv Wolfman, and others, he shows he hasn't lost a step

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #994

Dec 28, 2017

This has definitely firmly established itself as the best Superman book right now.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #995

Jan 12, 2018

As the title marches towards 1000, it hasn't been this good in a long time.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #996

Jan 25, 2018

Superman and Booster's jump through time continues in Superman: Action Comics #996, as the series marches on towards the biggest anniversary issue in comic history. But after last issue's drop-in on the 25th century and Booster's family, this issue doesn't quite deliver the same punch in the main narrative.

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #997

Feb 14, 2018

Brett Booth's art is well-suited to this story, and there's a real sense of tension throughout. However, the Booster/Superman story isn't on the level of the b-plot, focusing on Lois Lane and her son

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8.0
Action Comics (2016) #998

Mar 1, 2018

The conclusion of Superman and Booster's trip through time In Superman: Action Comics #998, (only a month before Batman and Booster have their own similar adventure) ends with an action-packed, emotional issue with a few surprising twists.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #999

Mar 14, 2018

Jurgens has had the unenviable task of trying to make sense out of a VERY tangled Superman continuity, and usually, it works. This issue, I'm not so sure he was able to stick the landing.

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9.0
Action Comics (2016) #1000

Apr 18, 2018

I'm on board for the new direction, and I think all in all this epic tribute issue to DC's most iconic hero came off incredibly well. Let's see how they top this for the Dark Knight Detective.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016): Special #1

May 2, 2018

DC has given the writers of Superman and Action Comics an opportunity to wrap up their runs with these oversized specials before Bendis takes over, and Jurgens chooses to use his to put a bow on his take on the complex rivalry between Superman and Lex Luthor. His story is strong, although it has some issues, but the shorts by guest writers that follow are unfortunately not up to par.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #30

Nov 16, 2017

Sejic has brought out the best in Abnett here, and I'm hoping that continues once he leaves regular art duties.

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7.5
Aquaman (2016) #31

Dec 21, 2017

There's a compelling concept to this series, with Aquaman deposed from his throne and forced to build a resistance out of Atlantis' dispossessed and disadvantaged rebels, while not actually being sure if he wants the throne back. The problem is"the concept just isn't strong enough to carry the title as long as it's being asked to.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #32

Jan 18, 2018

My main complaint with this Aquaman series until now has been its rather slow pace, as it seems to drag out the battle against Corum Rath and Aquaman's struggle to gain allies over an extended period. Well, that finally ends in Aquaman #32, as several major plot developments occur in twenty pages.

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7.5
Aquaman (2016) #33

Feb 23, 2018

It's a fairly entertaining run, but there's still little in the way of plots or characters to really connect to.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) #34

Mar 21, 2018

There's a rather significant art shift this issue, as iconic Batman artist Kelley Jones steps on. That turns out to be a clever choice, as Jones transforms the world of Atlantis from a gorgeous fantasyland to a creepy underground haunted kingdom, which works with Rath's twisted worldview.

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7.5
Aquaman (2016) #35

Apr 19, 2018

It looks great, but the problem is that few of the characters involved have been given much development or characterization. It's exciting, but it's rarely as compelling as the best Aquaman runs were.

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7.0
Aquaman (2016) #36

May 17, 2018

The issue has some great visuals courtesy of artist Federici, who comes off like a more gritty Stepan Sejic, but the story is lacking in momentum. When the battle with Rath comes to a close, it might be time for a new direction.

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7.0
Aquaman (2016) #37

Jun 21, 2018

It's a story with a lot going for it visually, but it feels like it's gone on at least several months too long at this point.

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8.0
Aquaman (2016) Annual #1

Nov 29, 2017

Suffice it to say that this issue is Aquaman's take on one of the most iconic DC stories of all time, and it's got some great emotional punches towards the end, making good use of multiple DC icons.

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9.5
Astro City (2013) #50

Jan 31, 2018

This is the first part of a three-part story that will wrap the volume, and I couldn't think of a more fitting subject to revisit for the finale.

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9.0
Astro City (2013) #51

Apr 5, 2018

This issue has a lot to deal with, and as a middle chapter, it doesn't quite resolve anything. But there's one issue left, and this arc has been the perfect contemplative, melancholy capper to a series that has consistently been one of the most human takes on superheroes ever written.

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9.5
Astro City (2013) #52

Jun 27, 2018

The story doesn't so much end as move on " Michael's life is going to continue, with him doing good in the little ways he's chosen. That's the beauty of Astro City. It's a series without a main character, because its main character is its city and the people in it both spectacular and human.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #17

Nov 22, 2017

The conclusion of the "Summer of Lies" arc, reuniting Batgirl and Nightwing as they chase the ghosts of a mystery of their youth, delivers a satisfying conclusion as the two heroes face off against the Red Queen.

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7.0
Batgirl (2016) #18

Dec 27, 2017

A done-in-one holiday issue teams Barbara with some of her best friends against Harley Quinn, in a story with lots of current events commentary but also some sketchy characterization.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #19

Jan 24, 2018

This issue feels more like it's making use of the Batgirl of Burnside characters than the book has in a while, and Larson's Batgirl is a good combo of the youthful Burnside version with the more skilled Simone version.

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7.5
Batgirl (2016) #20

Mar 1, 2018

Larson's Batgirl is very strong, a nice bridge between Burnside Barbara and classic Barbara, and I hope it continues on that path.

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9.0
Batgirl (2016) #21

Mar 28, 2018

Batgirl takes the issue off from its overarching story to do a done-in-one team-up issue that's probably one of the most enjoyable issues of the series.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #22

Apr 25, 2018

This arc is calling back to plotlines from the entire run, and it's a solid combination of the strengths of both Gail's run and Batgirl of Burnside.

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7.5
Batgirl (2016) #23

May 23, 2018

It's a compelling, if somewhat slight final arc, in a run with a lot of interesting elements but without a real central plot.

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8.0
Batgirl (2016) #24

Jun 27, 2018

Maybe this would have been a bit better as a two-parter, but it's still a thoroughly enjoyable done-in-one.

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4.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #17

Dec 13, 2017

Political comics aren't necessarily a bad thing, but they are when they devolve into this.

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6.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #18

Jan 11, 2018

It's a serviceable issue without much obviously wrong with it, but that's the best that can be said.

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6.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #19

Feb 15, 2018

Overall, this issue seems to set up a final showdown with Calculator, but it mainly blows up the segment where the book was at its best.

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5.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #20

Mar 15, 2018

While Birds of Prey has a long and excellent history of stories, Batgirl and the Birds of Prey never got off the ground, and this issue sums up the reasons why.

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4.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #21

Apr 12, 2018

Burnrate, Calculator's Terminator-esque robot, continues to destroy everything in sight, and the action is intense, but this series as a whole lacks what makes Birds of Prey work.

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5.0
Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #22

May 9, 2018

There's been a lot of attempts to revive nostalgic hits in the last few years, but this one shows that sometimes a property is a product of its time and place, and when too much has changed it's just not the same anymore. Might be time to let the Birds rest and try a new concept " Batgirls Inc, maybe?

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9.0
Batman (2016) #35

Nov 15, 2017

While the action segments as drawn by Jones are brilliant, it's King's character work that steals the show. I don't know what King's master plan for the run is, but I can't wait to find out.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #36

Dec 6, 2017

Who knew King had such a handle on the lighter side of Batman? I'm hoping for a lot more issues like this.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #37

Dec 20, 2017

This is far and away better than any Batman/Superman team-up we've gotten in years, and makes me wonder if King has a plan for Superman in his future. I, for one, can't wait.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #38

Jan 3, 2018

King once again takes a break from his main narrative to do something completely different in Batman #38, and once again, this isn't an issue that will leave my mind anytime soon.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #39

Jan 17, 2018

Another great issue in King's run.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #40

Feb 7, 2018

Batman #40, the conclusion of the Batman/Wonder Woman arc delivers satisfying moments for everyone involved, but it's really Selina who steals the show in an issue that resolves a lot of the questions people had about the first part.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #41

Feb 21, 2018

Equal parts horror story and artists' showcase, the creative team's Poison Ivy story debuts in Batman #41 with a gorgeous, haunting tale that shows off just how powerful she can be.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #42

Mar 7, 2018

Surprisingly, it's both one of his funniest issues, and one of his most powerful as he addresses some of his most controversial moments involving Poison Ivy head-on.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #43

Mar 21, 2018

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9.0
Batman (2016) #44

Apr 4, 2018

As we build towards the wedding, this book continues to hit on all cylinders.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #45

Apr 18, 2018

The issue is almost frantic in pace, and while it's fascinating to explore, it's sort of a wild misjudgment even for Booster. I'm excited to see how it plays out, but I'm not entirely sold yet.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #46

May 2, 2018

Things go from bad to worse to horrible as the timeline reaches its brutal climax " and we've still got several issues to go. How King gets Booster out of this one is going to be interesting to watch.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #47

May 16, 2018

The conclusion of "The Gift" takes the story to a dark place in Batman #47, even darker than we've seen before " and that takes some doing.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #48

Jun 6, 2018

It's not going to be for everyone, but to my eye, this issue is brilliant.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #49

Jun 20, 2018

Between the gorgeous art and an ending that will have people guessing for two weeks, it's one of the most distinctive issues of King's run.

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9.0
Batman (2016) #50

Jul 4, 2018

Part lead-up to the wedding, part retrospective of Batman and Catwoman's wedding, this is a surprisingly tense and moody issue with a lot of complications.

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9.5
Batman (2016) Annual #2

Nov 29, 2017

King has committed to the Batman/Catwoman relationship like no other writer ever has " not just in having Gotham's It Couple get engaged, but in truly exploring the underpinnings of their relationship and what keeps bringing them back to each other.

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8.5
Batman and the Signal #1

Jan 3, 2018

It's a packed comic, maybe a bit too packed, but Duke is an appealing lead, and this issue gives us a good look into his world. A worthy addition to the Bat-line.

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8.5
Batman and the Signal #2

Feb 21, 2018

Part conspiracy thriller, part action-adventure, part youth drama, Batman and the Signal #2, the second issue in Duke Thomas' first solo series unfolds in exciting fashion, bringing in several intriguing new players to Gotham's superhero scene.

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8.5
Batman and the Signal #3

Apr 25, 2018

Given its strong sales and critical reception, I assumed DC would want to get more out of the series, but as it is, Duke Thomas' first solo series turns out to be a tight, clever new take on Gotham City in the daytime.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #14

Nov 22, 2017

Bruce's creepy Bat-drone is my new favorite thing, and the end of the issue delivers one hell of a cliffhanger while calling back to an iconic Bat-moment.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #15

Dec 27, 2017

The issue is an exciting read and feels much more like classic Batman Beyond than anything in years.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #16

Jan 25, 2018

Overall, this is a fun issue that continues this series' recent resurgence.

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8.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #17

Mar 1, 2018

Jurgens may be getting bounced from Superman, but his remaining book is as good as it's ever been.

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8.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #18

Mar 28, 2018

There's a lot going on in Batman Beyond #18, bringing in new villains, new heroes, and a great twist ending. That all comes together to make this maybe the best issue of the rebooted series.

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8.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #19

Apr 25, 2018

This arc has been one of the series' strongest, but the cast as a whole still has a few kinks to be worked out.

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7.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #20

May 23, 2018

This series has improved, but it still has some characterization kinks to work out.

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7.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #21

Jun 28, 2018

After a very strong arc, the series seems to be backsliding a bit, with very little advancement in many plots and a lot seeming to go in circles. We still don't know what's causing this plague, either.

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8.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1

Dec 6, 2017

It's a crossover that delivers on its promise right out of the gate, featuring great character moments and action, from a creative team that clearly loves both universes.

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8.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #2

Dec 20, 2017

Between that threat, and the growing tension between the Turtles over Donatello's rash actions, this miniseries is setting to easily equal or even top the highly entertaining original.

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7.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #3

Jan 17, 2018

We're at the halfway point of this miniseries, and while it's still fun, it feels like we don't have the plot or intensity of the first mini just yet.

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7.0
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4

Feb 21, 2018

Overall, I'm not really sure about the direction this series is taking with the smartest turtle.

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7.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #5

Mar 22, 2018

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 #5, The penultimate issue of the second Batman/TMNT miniseries brings a lot of elements together in anticipation of a big final showdown next issue, but something still feels like it's missing.

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7.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #6

Apr 19, 2018

The issue's best moments are in the quieter moments, such as Raphael and Damian's ongoing snarking and just how Batman got Shredder to cooperate with their plan.

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10
Batman: Creature of the Night #1

Nov 26, 2017

It's an oddball book that isn't likely to have any bearings on the DCU in the future, but it's also a great entry-level comic for DC's magical characters.

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10
Batman: Creature of the Night #2

Dec 27, 2017

We're only two issues in, but I can safely say that Batman: Creature of the Night is, in fact, the best DC Comic of 2017 (and the latter two issues may very well be the best of 2018).

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10
Batman: Creature of the Night #3

Apr 18, 2018

The final issue (and hopefully it'll be sooner in coming than this one) has a lot to resolve, but if it sticks the landing, it'll be an evergreen classic that DC will sell for years to come.

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6.0
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Batgirl vs. The Riddler #1

Jun 13, 2018

The Batman Prelude to the Wedding issues hit the midway point, and thus far the one thing they have in common is that they're all very weird.

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7.5
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Red Hood vs. Anarky #1

Jun 20, 2018

The issue is better than the Nightwing or Batgirl ones mainly because it's not as bizarre a main plot and there's a good amount of humor here " Seeley is obviously having fun writing the caustic relationship between Bruce and Jason. However, the closer we get to the big event, the more doubtful I get that the wedding is a status quo change that will stick.

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7.0
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Nightwing vs. Hush #1

Jun 6, 2018

Unfortunately, there's a lot of weird details going on in this issue that pretty much kneecap the story from the start.

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6.0
Batman: Prelude to the Wedding: Harley Quinn vs. Joker #1

Jun 27, 2018

Just a lackluster mini-event that didn't really add much to the coming wedding story.

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7.5
Batman: Sins of the Father #1

Feb 21, 2018

It's a bit of a mixed bag for the first issue's plots, but there's promise here.

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7.0
Batman: Sins of the Father #2

Mar 21, 2018

Overall, this is mostly a holding-pattern issue, as Bruce fights his way to some answers and eventually realizes he's going to have to go back to the scene of the crime, Arkham Asylum, to find any real answers. I'm hoping this series develops well, but I'm getting the feeling it'll save the real meat for the game's next installment.

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7.5
Batman: Sins of the Father #3

Apr 18, 2018

There's a compelling central conflict, but its execution isn't quite there yet, as it has to exist in between the moments of a video game.

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8.0
Batman: Sins of the Father #4

May 16, 2018

Even as a video game tie-in, it's a highly effective story that makes me want to see this rivalry play out over the coming issues. Much stronger than past Batman video game tie-ins.

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8.0
Batman: Sins of the Father #5

Jun 20, 2018

Easily the standout Batman comic that DC has done through its digital-first line, Batman: Sins of the Father, which was designed as only a bridge comic for the next Batman: The Telltale Series game is quickly turning into a very interesting story about revenge, family legacy, and how far Batman will go to protect those he cares about.

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7.0
Batman: White Knight #3

Dec 6, 2017

The issue looks absolutely gorgeous, especially in the action segments, but its take on Batman is lacking.

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8.0
Batman: White Knight #4

Jan 3, 2018

This is a very political comic and seems to have a lot to say. Does it always land? No, but it does some very interesting things while it tries.

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7.0
Batman: White Knight #5

Feb 7, 2018

There are interesting ideas here, but the series feels stuck in neutral with only three issues left.

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8.0
Batman: White Knight #6

Mar 7, 2018

The title's been flagging a bit in the middle, but this last act feels like it'll be as strong as the kickoff.

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8.5
Batman: White Knight #7

Apr 4, 2018

Probably the best issue of this series.

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8.5
Batman: White Knight #8

May 9, 2018

This is ultimately a story of both Harley and Batman letting go of the past " Harley, of her love for Joker; and Batman, coming to terms with the death of his adoptive father. While the world this comic takes place in is strong, it wouldn't be half as effective without the excellent character work.

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8.5
Batwoman (2017) #9

Nov 15, 2017

Scarecrow gets used a lot, but this is one of my favorite stories using him for a while.

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9.0
Batwoman (2017) #10

Dec 20, 2017

A must-read for Batwoman fans.

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7.0
Batwoman (2017) #11

Jan 17, 2018

Batwoman #11 is a fill-in issue by Superwoman writer K. Perkins that pits Batwoman against my least-favorite Batman villain, but is somewhat saved by a few nice character beats that help to humanize Kate in one of her most brutal stories.

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8.5
Batwoman (2017) #12

Feb 22, 2018

This title has been consistently strong since issue one, and it's really picking up now.

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9.0
Batwoman (2017) #13

Mar 21, 2018

This is a tense, gripping first issue that raises a lot of questions, and I can't wait to see how it plays out.

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9.0
Batwoman (2017) #14

Apr 18, 2018

Bennett's run has brought this title back to the roots established in the original Rucka and JH Williams run, with some brilliant new twists involving the island of Coryana. More than anything, this title's strength is in giving Kate her own unique world to inhabit " as a global crusader for the mission of the Bat whose personal demons haunt her as much as those of her villains.

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8.5
Batwoman (2017) #15

May 16, 2018

While Batwoman's character in Detective had some issues, I think this might be my favorite run on the character, even above the legendary Rucka and JH Williams runs.

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8.5
Batwoman (2017) #16

Jun 20, 2018

The conclusion of "The Fall of the House of Kane" in Batwoman #16 comes with only two issues left in this series, and Marguerite Bennett undoubtedly packs a lot of emotional power and drama into this final showdown.

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8.0
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #2

Dec 7, 2017

Some writers can step back into a character after decades with ease, and Isabella's return makes it feel like he and his most iconic character never left.

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7.5
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #3

Jan 3, 2018

There's a great character at the fore, and a great comic here, but it needs to get out of its own way a bit.

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8.5
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #4

Feb 8, 2018

Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #4 is one of the most action-packed issues of Tony Isabella's revival of his most iconic character, but it also manages to use that action better than most series, fueling a city-wide conflict that brings out both the best and worst in the civilians and law enforcement officials.

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8.5
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #5

Mar 7, 2018

The penultimate issue Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands, Tony Isabella's revival of his most famous concept, is hitting at the right time, as Black Lightning is now one of the hottest characters on TV. This miniseries features some similarities, to be sure, but it commits to a sci-fi vibe infused with a realism that could only happen in the comics.

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8.5
Black Lightning: Cold Dead Hands #6

Apr 4, 2018

Tony Isabella returning to his groundbreaking creation just as Black Lightning gets his biggest spotlight on the small screen was one of the most unexpected and welcome surprises of 2017, and Black Lightning: Cold, Dead Hands #6 sticks the landing as the miniseries comes to a satisfying close.

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7.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #15

Nov 24, 2017

There's a distinct vibe of an old-school 50's sci-fi TV series here, with a mystery tied to the space age and a twist ending, but I'm not sure the concept is enough to sustain a whole arc, as the solicits seem to indicate.

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6.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #16

Dec 27, 2017

The penultimate issue of this series' final major storyline (it'll have a done-in-one story to finish out the run in February) is unfortunately the most disappointing issue of the new run.

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6.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #17

Jan 25, 2018

I'm not sure what Sebela has planned for the last issue, but consistently this series has had potential that it never quite lived up to.

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8.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #18

Mar 2, 2018

This issue shows that the bones of a great all-ages comic are in this book, but it never quite reached its potential until it was too late.

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8.0
Bombshells: United #6

Nov 16, 2017

It's more of a setup issue, but one that absolutely does its job at getting me excited.

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8.5
Bombshells: United #7

Dec 7, 2017

Bennett is building an alternate universe on her own that's one of the richest we've seen in DC history.

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9.0
Bombshells: United #8

Dec 20, 2017

There's a lot of big reveals in this issue, as the Bombshells-verse continues to be DC's most intriguing and inventive long-form alternate universe in years.

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8.5
Bombshells: United #9

Jan 4, 2018

The rich mythology in this universe expands with every issue, and that makes it one of DC's most consistently entertaining books.

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9.0
Bombshells: United #11

Feb 8, 2018

This Black Adam-focused arc of Bombshells United may be the series' finest hour, delivering both epic superhero action and some surprisingly heady themes of life, death, and fate.

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9.0
Bombshells: United #12

Feb 22, 2018

What sets Bombshells apart from the other DC alternate universes currently running is the way it deftly tackles serious topics like racism, fascism, and the nature of grief while never losing sight of its mission to deliver an entertaining superhero story.

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9.0
Bombshells: United #13

Mar 8, 2018

As Bombshells United " and the whole Bombshells franchise " enters its final act, this issue proves that it's still got plenty of tricks up its sleeve.

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9.0
Bombshells: United #14

Mar 21, 2018

Two of the most popular side characters from the Bombshells series " The Batgirls and the Suicide Squad " face off in Bombshells United #14, in a plot that brings Black Canary into the narrative and features surprisingly strong moments for characters who rarely get much focus.

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8.5
Bombshells: United #15

Apr 4, 2018

While it felt like the scene came a bit abruptly, it's well-written and nicely subtle for the time period, and Bennett is to be applauded for including yet another example of her golden touch with representation here.

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8.5
Bombshells: United #16

Apr 18, 2018

The resolution that frees the prisoners (including Felicity, Ollie, and Croc) from the signal calls back to the end of Final Crisis and allows Dinah and Karen to shine in the issue's final pages. Dinah's reunion with Ollie also delivers more genuine romance between these two than we got in Green Arrow. But Apokalips is right around the corner, and the final arc of this series is likely to be its most intense yet.

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8.0
Bombshells: United #17

May 2, 2018

Overall, I did very much enjoy this issue, but there's a lot to resolve in only forty more pages.

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8.5
Bombshells: United #18

May 16, 2018

This final act may feel a bit overstuffed, but this is such an exciting and engaging world that I'm more than willing to take the ride.

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9.0
Bombshells: United #19

Jun 6, 2018

As it ends, this remains one of the most unique, appealing, and well-thought-out alternate universes DC has ever created.

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9.0
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #5

Nov 16, 2017

Kirby's concepts have been getting a massive revival lately, and while this one is a lot less straightforward and more indie-accented than many of them, I think Kirby would be proud.

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9.0
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #6

Dec 13, 2017

An oddball book, to be sure, but it's another modern classic in the Kirby renaissance.

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8.0
Catwoman (2018) #1

Jul 4, 2018

Strong, if imperfect start.

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9.0
Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #1

Mar 26, 2018

Thus far, we're two-for-two in Young Animal titles coming back from the Milk Wars event just as strong or stronger.

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9.0
Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #2

Apr 19, 2018

This remains one of the Young Animal line's crown jewels.

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8.0
Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #3

May 17, 2018

It's an entertaining if a truly bizarre issue that sort of loses the focus on the characters.

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8.0
Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #4

Jun 21, 2018

This series has been fantastic with the bizarre, surreal visuals, but it also doesn't seem quite as grounded in the relationship between Cave and his daughter as the previous twelve did.

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7.0
Cyborg (2016) #19

Dec 7, 2017

The issue is tense and exciting in places, but it's not much more than that.

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4.0
Cyborg (2016) #20

Jan 3, 2018

Cyborg #20 is the final issue and it finally addresses some of the complaints I've had with the character in-story, but does it in a rushed, heavy-handed way that blunts the impact in this final issue.

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6.0
Cyborg (2016) #21

Apr 5, 2018

We're left with yet another run that doesn't feel like it's going to kick-start a successful solo run for the character, and it might be time to call it a day on DC trying to make it happen.

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7.0
Cyborg (2016) #22

May 2, 2018

Cyborg #22, the second issue of Marv Wolfman's puzzling revival of Cyborg's solo title, turns out to be a modest improvement over the first, as it clarifies a bit about who's the antagonist and what they want. It still suffers from most of the same problems that Cyborg titles have since DC decided at the start of the New 52 that he was a solo hero now " namely, very few people, including his creator, have the big ideas to drive a Cyborg solo title.

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6.5
Cyborg (2016) #23

Jun 7, 2018

There's relatively little that's bad in this issue, but this is overall a pretty basic plot that feels like it shouldn't have taken three issues to get here.

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7.0
Damage #1

Jan 17, 2018

This is the first of the "New Age of DC Heroes" series to debut, and it's an extremely artist-driven issue. I'm not sure if this is the style of comic to expect in coming debuts, but it didn't blow me away so far " the look and action is there, I'm not sure the story is.

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7.0
Damage #2

Feb 21, 2018

I do enjoy the snarky rivalry between Amanda Waller and Colonel Jonas, but two issues in, the title character is still the least interesting part. The art is great, but with Daniel leaving after one arc, this title's future is iffy.

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7.0
Damage #3

Mar 22, 2018

It's readable, but not really much else right now " there are shades of an interesting character in Ethan, but it's hard to find amid a sea of battle segments.

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7.0
Damage #4

Apr 18, 2018

Good art, decent writing, but that's not enough if the title gives us zero reasons to care about its lead character, who remains a blank slate.

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6.5
Damage #5

May 17, 2018

It's never a good sign when your lead character is the least interesting thing about your series, but that's exactly what's going on with Damage #5.

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6.0
Damage #6

Jun 21, 2018

There are certainly worse books in the DC stable than Damage at the moment, but there are few things more frustrating to read than a book where decent ideas are executed poorly.

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8.5
Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1

Feb 14, 2018

Just like the main series, the chaotic Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt #1 " the penultimate chapter of Dark Nights: Metal " throws so much at you that it can almost be overwhelming, and it definitely may not be to everyone's tastes.

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9.0
Dark Nights: Metal #4

Dec 20, 2017

As we head into the final act of this event, it's taken a turn that I think long-time DC fans will be very pleased with.

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9.0
Dark Nights: Metal #5

Jan 31, 2018

It's suspenseful, explosive, and adds new elements to the shared universe. Snyder and Capullo have been building to a truly epic conclusion.

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9.0
Dark Nights: Metal #6

Mar 28, 2018

There are shades of other events in this comic, of course " when the heroes emerge with shiny new armor forged from the mysterious Tenth Metal, it definitely feels like the conclusion to Blackest Night or Forever Evil. But what sets this series apart is the way it's such a deep dive through the strangest levels of the DC continuity. And Capullo's art, of course " few artists are better at depicting the strange and spectacular.

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7.5
Dastardly And Muttley #4

Dec 8, 2017

Does it make sense? Not at all. Was it an entertaining read? In the most bizarre way, yes.

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7.0
Dastardly And Muttley #5

Jan 4, 2018

It has its moments and I can see the talent behind the creative decisions made in the comic but " I'm not sure it works in the end.

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6.0
Dastardly And Muttley #6

Feb 8, 2018

In the end, it just doesn't click as a coherent narrative, even if it is a lot better than Wacky Raceland ever was.

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8.5
DC Nation (2018) #0

May 2, 2018

All of these stories are definitely more teasers than individual stories, but I think all accomplished their goal of getting me excited for these three runs.

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9.0
DC Universe Holiday Special: 2017 #1

Dec 6, 2017

All in all, it's just as strong a package as last year's holiday special " a little more bizarre in places, but not a weak story in the bunch.

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8.0
DC/Hanna-Barbera: Super Sons/Dynomutt Special #1

May 31, 2018

Fun, cheery stuff from a book about a talking robot dog, but surprisingly well-written!

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8.5
DC/Hanna-Barbera: Black Lightning/Hong Kong PHOOEY Special #1

May 30, 2018

Yes, the writer of Michael Cray and Postal is doing a story about a dog martial artist. Even more strangely, it's fantastic.

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8.5
DC/Hanna-Barbera: Aquaman/Jabberjaw Special #1

May 31, 2018

Just a fun issue all around with no weak spots.

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2.0
DC/Hanna-Barbera: Flash/Speed Buggy Special #1

May 31, 2018

Well, they can't all be winners. Spinning out of the obscure talking-car cartoon and written by the man behind such brilliant (not) New 52 characters as Bar Tor and H'el, Flash/Speed Buggy Special #1 is easily the weakest of the entire wave of cartoon crossovers

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3.0
Deadman (2017) #2

Dec 8, 2017

The second issue of Neal Adams' latest writer-artist outing has more of a story than the dreadful first issue, but it suffers from a serious execution problem.

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2.0
Deadman (2017) #3

Jan 12, 2018

This is very much in the spirit of the insane Batman: Odyssey, but it lacks the hilariously bizarre events of that one, and instead just comes off as grim.

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3.0
Deadman (2017) #4

Feb 15, 2018

Neal Adams' latest exercise in absurdity continues in Deadman #4, with an issue that doesn't deliver anything resembling a coherent narrative but does deliver so many strange creatures and visuals that it's almost worth reading. Almost.

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4.0
Deadman (2017) #5

Mar 22, 2018

Neal Adams' absurdist Deadman miniseries approaches its conclusion in Deadman #5, and one would assume that there are major plot developments in this penultimate issue with all the new concepts and characters that Adams has introduced. Nope!

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3.0
Deadman (2017) #6

Apr 19, 2018

Neal Adams' bizarre fever dream into the world of Deadman concludes in Deadman #6 " or does it? Not really, as it turns out, because Neal Adams is apparently always guaranteed a sequel.

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9.0
Deathbed #1

Feb 23, 2018

The third of three new Vertigo miniseries by prominent DC creators in recent months, Deathbed #1 brings Williamson's unpredictable style and a great artist in Riley Rossmo, and feels like it just might be a breakout hit " a wholly unpredictable tale of what it means to live a full life, what it means to be a writer, and mummy assassins.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #26

Dec 6, 2017

Priest continues to deliver the densest, suspenseful comic in the Rebirth stable, as Deathstroke's past sins come back to haunt him (and there are a lot of those) and he faces off against his most powerful enemy yet.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #27

Jan 3, 2018

It's just another issue of Deathstroke, and as always has more going on than most books have in an arc.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #28

Feb 7, 2018

There is so much going on in this issue, and so many long-dangling threads yet to explode, that I'm hoping Priest has years more planned on this book.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #29

Mar 7, 2018

The ending is a game-changer that finds Slade at his lowest and sets up what could easily be the series' best arc yet.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #30

Apr 4, 2018

The end of the issue hints at massive escalation, which I can't wait to see. And just based on this issue alone, Priest is a brilliant Batman writer. When King mic drops on the main title, Priest needs to be next in line and they should make him that promise yesterday.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #31

May 2, 2018

It's another great chapter in a run that's quickly turning into one of Priest's masterworks.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #32

Jun 6, 2018

Everything that plays out in this issue has a purpose, and it's creating a self-contained event comic that is going to be one to remember.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #33

Jul 4, 2018

Priest always packs a lot of different genres into his books, but it's rare that he manages to weave comedy and high drama as effectively as he does in this issue.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) Annual #1

Jan 31, 2018

This may be one of the book's finest hours, and it's had a lot of them.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #969

Nov 22, 2017

I'm not sure where this story is going yet, but with the return of a more powerful Victim's Syndicate backed up by Anarky's genius mind, and great dialogue and spotlights for almost everyone (especially Batwoman and Clayface), this remains one of DC's best books.

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9.5
Detective Comics (2016) #970

Dec 13, 2017

Another near-perfect issue from James Tynion IV on what's technically the second-tier Batman book right now, but delivers just as much emotional punch and high-octane action with the supporting cast as the main book.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #971

Dec 27, 2017

As "Fall of the Batmen" ramps up what looks like Detective's biggest arc yet, this issue delivers one brutal punch after each other as Batman heads into the belly of the beast.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #972

Jan 10, 2018

This book doesn't get the attention of King's book, but it's one of the best Bat-runs in years.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #973

Jan 24, 2018

The final chapter of "Fall of the Batmen", Batman: Detective Comics #973 brings with it some of the series' best action, great star turns for several characters " and a potentially character-destroying moment that will turn many fans against one of DC's best characters.

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9.5
Detective Comics (2016) #974

Feb 14, 2018

A brilliant, brutal, character-driven issue that drives home the consequences of the war the Bat-family faces every day, this prelude to next issue's anniversary issue picks up seconds after Batwoman fired a high-tech bullet into Clayface's brain.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #975

Feb 28, 2018

First up, I totally understand how the concept of this issue " "The Trial of Batwoman", as Batman brings in all his allies to discuss whether Kate should be allowed to remain part of the Bat-family " could turn off a lot of people. And I think Tynion understands that in this oversized prelude to his final arc, because the issue feels largely like a subversion that, if not exonerating Batwoman, implicates Batman in a lot of ways too.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #976

Mar 14, 2018

This run hasn't gotten the hype of King's run, but it's a great run that has delivered excellent storyarcs for some of the Bat-family's best characters.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #977

Mar 28, 2018

I also really, really liked Tim going to Batman for advice, and the two of them reminding me a lot of the classic Batman and Robin dynamic again. However, Armstrong is willing to go further than Tim thought to get him on his side, and we're headed for a tense finale with a lot of unanswered questions.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #978

Apr 11, 2018

There are a lot of great moments in this issue, especially a segment between Tim and Cass. Javier Fernandez, last on Nightwing, is a master of character interaction and posing, and the way he draws some of the scenes this issue (especially Cass' body language) are excellent.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #979

Apr 25, 2018

The General's evolution into the main villain of Tynion's Detective run has been fascinating and shows how much this run is rooted in the classic Chuck Dixon Robin run, both in its villains and in its characterization of Tim and Stephanie.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #980

May 9, 2018

Detective Comics #980, the penultimate issue of James Tynion's Detective Comics run brings a whole lot of OMAC action, but it's also the spotlight Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown fans have been waiting for, with a jaw-dropping last act twist that completely upends the two characters' status quo " hopefully not too late, given the creative team change.

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10
Detective Comics (2016) #981

May 23, 2018

This final issue, divided between the conclusion of the showdown with the OMACs and a powerful epilogue that wraps up the character arcs of the entire team, is probably the best issue of the series. It's a celebration of the Bats, of Gotham, and of the best in everything Batman represents.

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8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #982

Jun 13, 2018

I don't think the plot in this issue is all that strong, but the mood is. Moreci's an experienced horror and suspense writer, and it shows.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #983

Jun 27, 2018

In the wake of James Tynion IV's groundbreaking run, guest writer Bryan Hill jumps on board for an arc starting with Detective Comics #983 and doesn't miss a beat as he begins dismantling Batman's world in dramatic fashion. This is a strong, stand-alone Batman story, but it's also the worst kept secret in comics that this is a backdoor pilot for Hill's likely Outsiders series which is expected to come late this year.

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9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #984

Jul 11, 2018

Two issues in, Bryan Hill has proven one thing about his five-issue Detective Comics run " it should not be a five issue run. I'm already ready to say this arc has the potential to equal the best of the Tynion run, and I think DC will have a very hard time matching this level of quality when they pick the new permanent creative team.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) Annual #1

Jan 31, 2018

Designed as a revamped origin story for the reformed villain Clayface, the events of Batman: Detective Comics #973 make Batman: Detective Comics Annual #1 feel less like a spotlight and more like a eulogy.

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6.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #9

Nov 23, 2017

This issue, unlike some past issues, feels more like a random collection of clever visuals and sight gags than it does like an actual comic.

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7.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #10

Jan 26, 2018

Make no mistake, this is a gorgeous comic with some fascinating ideas, but it's barely a narrative.

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8.0
Doom Patrol (2016) #11

Apr 26, 2018

It's a bit hard to read this story now that so much of it has already played out, but it stands on its own decently. I don't know if we'll ever get a volume two, but I'd be intrigued to see where it goes.

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9.5
Doomsday Clock #1

Nov 20, 2017

This is going to be a wild, year-long ride that promises to bring massive changes to the DCU. And I, for one, am completely on board.

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9.5
Doomsday Clock #2

Dec 27, 2017

To me, this feels like it's delivering on every level as both a sequel to Watchmen and a DC event.

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9.5
Doomsday Clock #3

Jan 24, 2018

This is the third excellent issue in a row, and this series is absolutely living up to its promise so far.

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9.5
Doomsday Clock #4

Mar 28, 2018

As this series exits act one, I can't wait to see how it begins interacting with the rest of the DCU.

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9.5
Doomsday Clock #5

May 30, 2018

Brilliantly written, beautifully drawn, and almost unflinchingly bleak, this isn't a book for everyone. For me, however, it's one of the most fascinating DC comics I've read in a while.

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9.0
Eternity Girl #1

Mar 14, 2018

The Young Animal line continues to deliver comics unlike anything else at DC.

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8.0
Eternity Girl #2

Apr 11, 2018

It's a complex series, and not everything lands,but when it does, it's something great.

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8.0
Eternity Girl #3

May 9, 2018

Magdalene Visaggio's Young Animal title is best described as Kirby by way of dark character study, and that works a lot better than it sounds in Eternity Girl #3.

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8.5
Eternity Girl #4

Jun 14, 2018

It's definitely one of the oddest Young Animal titles, but where it excels is in finding a bit of emotional truth hidden among the surreal insanity.

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8.0
Eternity Girl #5

Jul 12, 2018

We've got one issue to go and I have no idea how we're getting a satisfying conclusion. It's a bit clumsy, but I can't say it's not a fascinating experimental read. For that alone, I hope DC takes more chances on books like this.

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8.5
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #1

Jan 4, 2018

What makes this comic stand out is the way, despite the absurdity of the situation, it takes everything surprisingly seriously.

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8.0
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #2

Feb 8, 2018

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #2, the second issue of Hanna-Barbera's politically relevant reinvention of its famous southern cat, brings with it more showdowns, more unfortunate fates for funny animals, and a new backup.

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8.0
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #3

Mar 8, 2018

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles is a series with a lot on its mind, and if it doesn't quite land its allegory as brilliantly as Jetsons does, it's still a unique and worthy read.

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8.0
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #4

Apr 5, 2018

As Mark Russell's reinvention of classic gay-coded Hanna-Barbera character Snagglepuss enters its second half with Snagglepuss Chronicles #4, this is a series with a lot on its mind as it takes on some of the ugliest moments in Twentieth Century history.

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8.5
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #5

May 2, 2018

Whether a spinoff of a Hanna-Barbera cartoon can really get this dark effectively is up for debate, but I think it works.

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8.0
Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #6

Jun 7, 2018

It's the conclusion in Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #6, Mark Russell's historical, melancholy trip into the history of the Cold War, the red scare, and the gay rights movement as told through obscure Hanna-Barbera characters. If you told me that I would love a comic with that logline, I would laugh at you, but Russell is nothing if not the king of DC political satire at the moment.

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6.0
Flash (2016) #35

Nov 22, 2017

It seems like this issue spends a lot of time dropping buses on interesting characters, and as such a lot of promise gets lost in the shuffle.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #36

Dec 13, 2017

I'm not sure about the direction Williamson has been taking Barry, tearing his life down, but there's no question his villains are top-notch.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #37

Dec 27, 2017

The new setting has given this book a new lease on life.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #38

Jan 11, 2018

This book's got its groove back in a big way.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #39

Jan 24, 2018

With this plot, and Flash War around the corner, it feels like this is becoming one of DC's premiere books.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #40

Feb 14, 2018

Another shakeup for Barry's powers so soon after the Negative Flash arc seems like a bit much, but a great central villain keeps this series at the top of its game.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #41

Feb 28, 2018

The "Perfect Storm" arc continues in The Flash #41 with a strong spotlight for Wally West and the younger members of the Flash family, but is somewhat held back by the fact that Barry Allen continues to make terrible choices that put him and everyone around him in grave danger.

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8.0
Flash (2016) #42

Mar 14, 2018

There's a lot of twists and turns in this issue, and while the story is a little jumbled at times, it's still easily the best run on Flash we've had in a long time. Williamson is finally putting the epic scale back in the Flash's world.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #43

Mar 28, 2018

After several chapters building up to this moment, this issue is almost entirely a showdown between Barry and Grodd.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #44

Apr 11, 2018

The final chapter of "Perfect Storm" in Flash #44 delivers some serious action and a redemption of sorts for Barry Allen (who set much of this arc's chaos in effect with his shortsighted actions), but it also delivers some serious emotional punch thanks to its framing device " which takes a dark turn in the cliffhanger.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #45

Apr 25, 2018

Now, this is how you set up a hero vs. hero conflict, not registration acts or Inhuman MacGuffins.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #46

May 9, 2018

The fact that this has been set up so well, and that the writers have worked to make us care about both sides, means this upcoming event will likely be one to remember.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #47

May 23, 2018

"Flash War" is finally here, and only one issue in, starting with Flash #47, and it's already far more compelling and nuanced than any of Marvel's nonsense Civil War/Avengers vs. X-Men/X-Men vs. Inhumans events

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9.0
Flash (2016) #48

Jun 13, 2018

I have no clue how this will end, except unhappily, but this is easily one of the stories I'm most excited by at DC right now.

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9.0
Flash (2016) #49

Jun 27, 2018

This arc has been one of the high points of the run so far, and it's clear Williamson is building what is likely to be a definitive Flash run.

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9.5
Flash (2016) #50

Jul 11, 2018

Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter's epic Flash showdown comes to a shocking close in Flash #50, shaking up virtually every element of the Flash-verse, removing some players while adding others, and containing at least one moment that left this reviewer cheering out loud.

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8.5
Flash (2016) Annual #1

Jan 31, 2018

This issue is an effective setup for what looks like it could be one of Williamson's defining Flash stories.

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7.5
Future Quest Presents #5

Dec 20, 2017

It's much more of a straight-forward spy comic than the more offbeat Future Quest " kind of likely a surreal, superpowered James Bond " but it's still an entertaining read, even if the writing can be a bit forced in places.

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7.0
Future Quest Presents #6

Jan 19, 2018

Hester does a good job with adding some major stakes for the character, but overall none of the players are quite as compelling as what I'm used to seeing in this book.

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8.0
Future Quest Presents #7

Feb 23, 2018

Birdman started out this arc as the Future Quest character I was least interested in, but Hester and Rude turned that around. This series continues to impress all around.

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9.0
Future Quest Presents #8

Mar 21, 2018

It's big, fun, cosmic action at its best as Mightor and his club go up against a giant alien battleship and a particular ruthless enforcer of the Collective, in a story that doesn't really need any additional knowledge to enjoy.

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8.0
Future Quest Presents #9

Apr 19, 2018

Animan is probably the most twisted and dangerous villain this series has had yet, and the issue does a great job of fleshing out the Herculoids. And Lopresti's art continues to be perfect for paying tribute to these classic characters.

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8.0
Future Quest Presents #10

May 17, 2018

The majority of this issue is a high-speed race to survive, brilliantly illustrated by Aaron Lopresti.

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7.5
Future Quest Presents #11

Jun 21, 2018

Thus far, the two Future Quest arcs by guest writers haven't been up to Parker's level, but they both worked nicely as part of the main series.

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7.5
Gotham City Garage #4

Nov 24, 2017

I'm still not 100% sold on this series, but I am intrigued the more we find out about it.

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7.5
Gotham City Garage #5

Dec 13, 2017

It seems like this series has a lot less to do with motorcycle action than expected, instead being mostly about a resistance to a dystopian cyberpunk future. It's not the smoothest read, but issues like this have a strong core to them that wins over the reader.

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8.0
Gotham City Garage #6

Dec 27, 2017

It's not quite on par with Bombshells or Injustice yet, for me, but it's getting there.

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7.0
Gotham City Garage #7

Jan 12, 2018

This series is obviously inspired heavily by elements of Bombshells, but while that one has an overall message of hope, this feels designed for a darker world. It's certainly exciting, but it's just not as compelling.

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8.0
Gotham City Garage #8

Jan 25, 2018

Where this series has always shined is when it dials back the action a bit and explores these alternate versions of our favorite characters, and that makes this probably the best issue of the series.

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8.0
Gotham City Garage #9

Feb 14, 2018

This series keeps on building and is definitely one of the books to watch right now.

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7.5
Gotham City Garage #10

Feb 28, 2018

Ending with a life taken, although maybe not the one expected, and a bittersweet resolution, this issue is a strong one. I just wish " and this extends across the Gotham City Garage universe " that we got to know these characters a little bit before their dramatic, defining storylines

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7.5
Gotham City Garage #11

Mar 14, 2018

This series is still a bit scattershot at times, but when it's on its game, it's as good as its sister series Bombshells United. Let's hope it continues to refine its story and hits those highs more often.

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8.0
Gotham City Garage #12

Mar 28, 2018

It's a unique twist on the Superman mythology, and while this series may have been short-lived, it comes together into a solid and entertaining whole.

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8.5
Green Arrow (2016) #35

Dec 7, 2017

This series has a great ensemble working for it, and Percy seems to be getting stronger with characters every issue. I wouldn't mind if after this mega-arc is over, he got to slow down and let the characters relax a bit.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2016) #36

Jan 3, 2018

Ben Percy is always at his best when it comes to high-intensity, disturbing scenes, and this issue is packed with them.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #37

Feb 8, 2018

This run has its ups and downs, but as it enters its final act, it's heading there on a high.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #38

Mar 8, 2018

Green Arrow #38 is the conclusion of Ben Percy's run on Green Arrow, and it ends pretty much as it spent the entire run " imperfect, but with a good core and very entertaining.

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7.0
Green Arrow (2016) #39

Apr 4, 2018

It's perfectly readable, but it's trying for a lot of the same social commentary as Priest's Justice League and Deathstroke. It's just not nearly as smooth about it.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) #40

May 2, 2018

As a fill-in, it's not one of the stand-out arcs in the series, but it does deliver a satisfying conclusion, even if it continues to be odd just how many-years-old stories are suddenly being revisited.

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7.5
Green Arrow (2016) #41

Jun 6, 2018

With the series in between big stories, Scott takes a minimalist approach to her Green Arrow story, paring back the supporting cast and focusing solely on Ollie in a tense, intimate story that pits him against an army of supervillains.

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7.5
Green Arrow (2016) #42

Jul 4, 2018

There's a lot of promise here, but it ends on ambiguous note " as stories about social injustice have to, I suppose.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) Annual #1

Nov 29, 2017

This is a slightly odd issue, as there's a lot of things reminding you that it's a delayed book, but ultimately it's a fun Arrow-family adventure that lets almost everyone have a moment to shine.

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8.0
Green Arrow (2016) Annual #2

May 30, 2018

The Benson sisters, recently of Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, are jumping onto Green Arrow in a few months and this annual serves as a preview. It's also a tie-in with Justice League: No Justice " oddly, coming out the week that the main event closes but set during the events of the first issue. It's also, to my eye, a significant level-up over the Bensons' previous work.

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8.5
Green Lanterns #35

Nov 15, 2017

Overall, this book stays one of DC's strongest.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #36

Dec 6, 2017

This remains the best Green Lantern book we've had since Johns.

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8.5
Green Lanterns #37

Dec 20, 2017

Seeley's done a great job of making us care about the Ungarans and Molites in only a few issues, and I'm excited to see how this complex story unfolds.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #38

Jan 4, 2018

Unfortunately, it seems like nuance goes out of the window a little bit when dealing with the Red Tide.

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7.0
Green Lanterns #39

Jan 18, 2018

The first major arc of Tim Seeley's run on Green Lanterns, set on Abin Sur's home planet of Ungara, comes to a close in Green Lanterns #39 with a story that delivers a lot of action and some great, quieter moments.

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9.0
Green Lanterns #40

Feb 7, 2018

Tim Seeley's first arc of Green Lanterns was a bit up and down, but now that the heroes are back on Earth for a bit, the title hits its groove in Green Lanterns #40" setting up a twist-filled story with surprising callbacks to not one but two excellent runs from the pre-Rebirth era.

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8.5
Green Lanterns #41

Feb 22, 2018

Tim Seeley's run on Green Lanterns continues to prove itself a worthy successor to Sam Humphries, with Green Lanterns #41, an issue that smoothly blends the cosmic with the human.

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8.5
Green Lanterns #42

Mar 7, 2018

Tim Seeley's run on Green Lanterns introduces one of the vilest villains of the entire title's run in Green Lanterns #42, an issue that's action-heavy but contains a few great moments and interesting character twists.

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8.5
Green Lanterns #43

Mar 21, 2018

This issue does a great job of showing off everyone's strengths and giving all the heroes a unique role to play in the final chapter. However, it's Jessica who really shines here.

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8.5
Green Lanterns #44

Apr 4, 2018

One of the things I love about Seeley's run is how he embraces the bizarre nature of DCU space. This techno-organic planet populated entirely by mechanical beings reminds me a lot of things we've seen in Jeff Lemire's Descender, and it's a very different planet than any we've seen in Green Lanterns before.

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8.5
Green Lanterns #45

Apr 18, 2018

This is quickly becoming one of Seeley's best arcs.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #46

May 2, 2018

As this run enters its final act, I don't think it's quite on the level of Humphries' gamechanging run, but it's done a good job of expanding Simon and Jessica's worlds for the future.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #47

May 16, 2018

There's a lot going on in this issue, and one of the most unlikely and entertaining dynamics is the team-up between John Constantine and Sara Cruz, as she tries to help the mage make contact with where her sister is trapped.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #48

Jun 6, 2018

Although there's a guest writer on this issue, it actually does feel like a close to Seeley's run, and it's looking like a strong finish.

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8.0
Green Lanterns #49

Jun 20, 2018

This is a really odd turn of events in Green Lanterns #49, as it seems like this current storyline involving the impurity in Jessica Cruz's ring will play out over not two but three writers' runs. Tim Seeley set it up, Aaron Gillespie took over, and it'll continue into Dan Jurgens' run.

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7.5
Green Lanterns #50

Jul 4, 2018

It's a perfectly competent Green Lantern Corps series, but it's not Green Lanterns. Simon and Jessica feel like they're demoted to supporting characters, as John, Guy, and Kyle all migrate over from Hal's book to play major roles.

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9.0
Green Lanterns Annual #1

May 30, 2018

Its overall irrelevance doesn't matter, because this is actually one of my favorite issues of the Green Lanterns run, featuring pitch-perfect takes on the main characters amid a compelling plot with several surprising twists.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #33

Nov 29, 2017

The only regular DC comic of the week, this issue slipped a week into the fifth week. It was worth the wait, though, as this is both a solid character-driven issue and a great kick-off to the next big Green Lantern storyline.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #34

Dec 13, 2017

Overall, a decent issue, but this series still lacks the punch of its sister series.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #35

Dec 27, 2017

It's been a while since John and Kyle, in particular, got to shine, so this issue should be a treat for longtime readers.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #36

Jan 11, 2018

The conclusion of the "Twilight of the Guardians" storyline in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #36 brings explosive action, as always, but Venditti's really found his groove with the large group of characters he has to play with " especially the core four group of Lanterns.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #37

Jan 25, 2018

A fast, rock-solid read that continues this book's climb up the DC ranks in recent months.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #39

Mar 1, 2018

This current arc, pitting the Lanterns against General Zod and his family for the fate of "New Krypton," may be Venditti's best of the series, and would have easily been tops if it wasn't for some odd backsliding when it came to some of the supporting characters.

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7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #40

Mar 15, 2018

Overall, it's a good arc that's maybe gone on an issue too long.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #41

Mar 28, 2018

I'm intrigued by where Venditti is going to take this in the last act of his run.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #43

Apr 25, 2018

We've got arguably the most compelling antagonist of the series as Venditti's run moves into its final act.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #44

May 9, 2018

Venditti's been writing Green Lantern for over five years now, and this is his final act. Right now, it definitely looks like one to remember, as everything's on the table.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #46

Jun 14, 2018

The final arc of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps has brought in elements from the entire run of the series, as the advent of the Darkstars has left the Green Lanterns fleeing to any corner of the universe where they might find an ally " including among former enemies.

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8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #47

Jun 27, 2018

These versions of the New Gods still feel rather flat compared to what Tom King is doing in Mister Miracle, but it's still entertaining.

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8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #48

Jul 11, 2018

This title looks like it's heading for one hell of a final act.

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8.0
Harley & Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #3

Dec 7, 2017

It's all completely ridiculous, and we could use a little more of that in comics. Archie continues to take a lot of chances lately, and they usually pay off.

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7.5
Harley & Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #4

Jan 4, 2018

This book is chaotic, almost frantic at points, but it's fun, and that's more than can be said about the main Harley book at times.

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8.0
Harley & Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #5

Feb 8, 2018

After a few entertaining issues that maybe dragged out the body-swap plotline a bit too much, Harley and Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #5 speeds up its plot in a big way with this packed issue that brings the two groups of gal pals together again for team-ups and betrayals.

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8.0
Harley & Ivy Meet Betty and Veronica #6

Mar 8, 2018

Really, the plot here isn't great. It never was. It's a fairly standard "scrappy underdogs try to save nature from big business" plot with some colorful villains. But it works surprisingly well because of just how well the four main characters play together.

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5.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #32

Nov 22, 2017

This is the conclusion of stories going back almost five years now, so it's disappointing to see the entire thing come down to a hastily arranged haze of carnage and explosions.

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7.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #33

Dec 20, 2017

It looks to me like Palmiotti and Conner will be going out on a high note.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #34

Jan 10, 2018

This is essentially a road-trip comedy issue, combining a lot of sight gags with some surprisingly emotional moments as Harley, Ivy, Tony, and Queenie head to Florida to meet with Harley's family.

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7.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #35

Jan 17, 2018

This issue is a solid start, although I didn't find the humor to be on the same level as the Palmiotti/Conner run. Still, if you liked that run, you're going to feel right at home with this one. Harley should be fine to stay one of DC's most successful characters.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #36

Jan 31, 2018

There's a lot of action this issue, and Miranda's depiction of Man-Bats is suitably creepy, but overall it feels very standard, which the last run never did.

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7.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #37

Feb 7, 2018

This is the quickest read of the four issues so far, but it's also the most entertaining.

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8.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #38

Feb 23, 2018

After an iffy first arc, the last issue of Frank Tieri's run showed some real promise as our big bad was introduced " and Harley Quinn #38 takes that promise and builds on it, delivering a chaotic, villain-themed issue that brings back some oddball old favorites and also promises a twist for one of Gotham's most misused villains.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #39

Mar 8, 2018

The Penguin's takeover of Coney Island continues in Harley Quinn #39, as villains from around Gotham invade the shore. Unfortunately, it's the most violent issue of Tieri's run yet, with little humor beyond the opening few pages.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #40

Mar 21, 2018

There's some strong elements, some weaker elements, but overall it doesn't quite coalesce into a cohesive whole as a story.

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7.5
Harley Quinn (2016) #41

Apr 5, 2018

Tieri's run has mostly been enjoyable so far, if not really a standout. He finishes up next issue with "Old Lady Harley", which should be suitably bizarre.

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5.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #42

Apr 19, 2018

Too much Red Tool and a rushed conclusion make this finale one to forget.

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7.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #43

Jun 7, 2018

The issue raises some interesting questions for next issue, but on its own, it didn't really grab me yet.

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6.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #44

Jun 20, 2018

Overall, this arc isn't likely to stick in my mind once Sam Humphries jumps on board to take Harley to space, but it's an amusing diversion that serves its purpose to give Harley fans a quick, chaotic arc in between big runs.

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9.0
Harley Quinn (2016) #45

Jul 4, 2018

This is the most I've enjoyed Harley's title in a while, and I'm glad Humphries is on for the long haul.

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7.5
Harley Quinn (2016): Be Careful What You Wish For Special #1

Jan 12, 2018

The ending to this special was spoiled a long time ago in the first issue of the Rebirth run, but really, how much you enjoy this comic will depend on how much you like this run's brand of humor at its most unhinged. At least one thing's for sure " it's never going to bore you.

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8.0
Harley Quinn: Harley Loves Joker #1

May 2, 2018

Dini manages to update one of his most iconic creations while not losing what made her a hit in the first place.

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7.0
Harley Quinn: Harley Loves Joker #2

May 16, 2018

The conclusion of Paul Dini's retro take on Harley, Harley Loves Joker #2, winds up turning into a meta look at the character in her various eras, and although it has some fun moments, winds up being a bit too clever by half.

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8.0
Hawkman (2018) #1

Jun 13, 2018

A new Hawkman series was always going to be a hard sell, but Venditti and Hitch give us a first issue that is exciting, intriguing, and easy to understand. That's a good way to start.

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8.5
Hawkman (2018) #2

Jul 11, 2018

I'm more fascinated by Hawkman's story than I have been in a long time, and this is looking like a worthy successor to Venditti's extended Green Lantern run.

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8.5
Hawkman: Found #1

Dec 27, 2017

What we're left with, ultimately, is a compelling Hawkman story with a dramatic twist ending that doesn't quite make us care about Hawkman yet

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6.5
Hellblazer (2016) #16

Nov 23, 2017

Not sold on this run yet.

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6.0
Hellblazer (2016) #17

Dec 27, 2017

Seeley is back on the book after this arc, and it feels like his over-the-top horror is better suited to this book.

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7.0
Hellblazer (2016) #18

Jan 25, 2018

It's not quite as slowly paced as the original Simon Oliver year-long run, but it lacks the wild, violent surrealism that Tim Seeley brought to the title (he returns for another arc next month).

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8.5
Hellblazer (2016) #19

Mar 1, 2018

I'm hoping this creative team is here for the long haul now.

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8.0
Hellblazer (2016) #20

Mar 29, 2018

Tim Seeley's return in The Hellblazer #20 is off to a good start, as he brings a more superhero sensibility to Constantine without losing what makes him work " namely, weird, gothic, British horror.

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8.0
Hellblazer (2016) #21

Apr 26, 2018

I'm not sure that any take on Constantine in the DCU has fully worked besides Tynion and Doyle's, but Seeley is much closer than most.

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8.0
Hellblazer (2016) #22

May 24, 2018

This is how you do Constantine in the DCU without watering him down.

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8.0
Hellblazer (2016) #23

Jun 29, 2018

I think making Constantine work in the DCU is always a tricky balancing act, but Seeley has probably done a better job than anyone besides Tynion/Doyle. Tynion is taking the character back for Justice League Dark soon, but this is a strong run to go out on.

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9.0
Imaginary Fiends #1

Nov 22, 2017

This feels like it's going to be a tight horror miniseries that will deliver serious scares.

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8.0
Injustice 2 #15

Dec 6, 2017

Kara's journey as a character seems to be leading her towards eventually turning on the corrupting influences that found her, and that's a story I'm looking forward to seeing.

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7.5
Injustice 2 #16

Dec 20, 2017

This is one of those issues where the digital-first format makes the title feel more like an anthology, with the story drastically switching gears midway through and creating a briefly jarring effect.

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8.5
Injustice 2 #17

Jan 3, 2018

The real strength of Taylor's run on Injustice 2 is the way he is able to seamlessly weave together violence and destruction with some great emotional moments.

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7.5
Injustice 2 #18

Jan 18, 2018

This isn't the smoothest issue Taylor has done, but he's going back to the beginning of the series, and the story is the better for it.

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7.5
Injustice 2 #19

Feb 7, 2018

The thing with Injustice is, no matter how good things look, you can be assured tragedy and pain are just around the corner. That can make this book a bit wearying, even when the quality of the writing and art is overall strong.

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8.0
Injustice 2 #20

Feb 21, 2018

Taylor's return to this universe has been a world of difference for the franchise.

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9.0
Injustice 2 #21

Mar 8, 2018

One of the most interesting things about Injustice 2, and one of the most frustrating things at the same time, is the way the story is so wide-reaching and jumps all over the place at the drop of a hat.

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7.5
Injustice 2 #22

Mar 22, 2018

It's a chaotic, explosive issue that sets up just how bad things have gotten in this world " but maybe it's the darkest before the dawn. Maybe. In this world, things never tend to go the heroes' way.

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8.5
Injustice 2 #23

Apr 5, 2018

Although Wonder Woman and The Flash seek redemption by joining the fight, the only hero who might stand a chance at turning the tide is"The Atom? If you can't go big, go small.

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8.0
Injustice 2 #24

Apr 19, 2018

Although the issue has great spotlights for a lot of people, and gives Professor Ivo a decent ending to his storyarc as a patsy of Ra's, it's Kara who really gets to show off here, displaying how powerful both her heat vision and freeze breath are as she does what Zod couldn't and finishes Amazo off.

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7.0
Injustice 2 #26

May 17, 2018

Over the last few months in this series, it's been taking on a surprisingly epic tone, but this issue was a step back " more heroes trying to kill each other for little reason, and one angry assassin child of Batman was more than enough to deal with, thank you very much.

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8.0
Injustice 2 #27

Jun 7, 2018

Dex-Star is usually played for laughs, but this issue portrays him as a thoroughly dangerous Red Lantern. Moving away from the ongoing power struggle on Earth, this is a very compelling Green Lantern comic.

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8.5
Injustice 2 #28

Jun 21, 2018

One of the best things about Tom Taylor's take on the world of Injustice, especially in Injustice 2, is the way he can seamlessly jump genres and themes across the DCU. This current arc is essentially a full-on Green Lantern story, in many ways more in line with the Geoff Johns style than the main Green Lantern books have been in a while.

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8.5
Injustice 2 #29

Jul 4, 2018

Injustice 2 #29 continues this series' streak as one of the most pleasant surprises in the DC lineup of books at the moment. Sometimes it's almost unbearably dark, sometimes it's hilarious, but it always does a surprisingly good job of working in real emotion and development alongside its story twists.

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5.0
Injustice 2 Annual #1

Nov 29, 2017

An annual focusing on two of the most prominent female characters in the Injusticeverse, this issue could have had a lot of promise, but instead reverts back to the violence and nihilism of this series at its weakest points.

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8.0
Justice League (2016) #33

Nov 15, 2017

This crossover was never groundbreaking, but every issue was fun, action-packed, and did the characters it spotlighted justice.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #34

Dec 6, 2017

The action can be chaotic, making the dialogue a tiny bit hard to follow at times. But that's a very minor issue, compared to what's easily the most compelling issue of this series so far. I'm hoping that Priest is on this title for the long haul " this is the most promising start to a Justice League run I can remember.

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8.5
Justice League (2016) #35

Dec 20, 2017

This is easily the best the Justice League has been in years.

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8.5
Justice League (2016) #36

Jan 3, 2018

Hands-down the best League run we've gotten in a while.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #37

Jan 17, 2018

So far, this is a fantastic debut arc.

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8.5
Justice League (2016) #38

Feb 7, 2018

Not a perfect issue, but one that continues to develop the unique picture Priest is creating.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #39

Feb 21, 2018

Shame this run will only be twelve issues " it's one of the all-time best Justice League runs.

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8.0
Justice League (2016) #40

Mar 7, 2018

It was easy to roll my eyes when the main crisis of the issue presented itself " how many times do we see the Watchtower start to fall out of orbit per year? I'm pretty sure it's happened in Trinity, and at least once in Hitch's Justice League run recently. But Priest manages to save this time-worn plot by focusing it entirely on the members of the League stuck on the falling satellite, as they have to make hard decisions about who will live and who will die.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #41

Mar 21, 2018

I'm excited for Snyder's run, but damn, will he have to work hard to top this one.

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8.0
Justice League (2016) #42

Apr 4, 2018

Justice League #42, the penultimate issue of Priest's run before Snyder, Tynion, and Williamson come in to blow everything up, has a lot to do, and unlike most issues of his run, I'm not sure everything landed.

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9.0
Justice League (2016) #43

Apr 18, 2018

The subplot with Jessica and Bruce kissing earlier in the arc remains the weak point of the run, but I did like Selina's interaction with Jessica in this issue. The end of the issue has a J'onn J'onnz cameo, setting up No Justice, but the future teams have a battle ahead of themselves to equal Priest on this title.

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8.5
Justice League (2018) #1

Jun 6, 2018

The issue is very busy, and maybe a bit rambling in points (like Luthor's musing about "Justice" and "Doom"), but it does what it sets out to to " I'm excited on multiple levels to find out where Snyder is going here. Just like in No Justice, I'm sold.

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9.0
Justice League (2018) #2

Jun 20, 2018

This is the kind of Justice League run where it feels like something huge, cosmic, and devastating is coming, and a team like this is truly necessary. It could be too driven by action, but so far Snyder's characterization is top-notch.

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8.0
Justice League (2018) #3

Jul 4, 2018

As Scott Snyder continues to unfold his epic Justice League run, this is easily the most action-driven issue yet. That's both a plus and a minus " it's spectacular, but it also feels like the fastest read and the least consequential story yet.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #19

Nov 22, 2017

Even with a creative, action-packed battle segment, it's the characters who shine in this series and make Orlando's take on the Justice League easily the best one right now.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #20

Dec 13, 2017

This team's character-driven focus has given it the distinct edge over the main JL book (although Priest's new run may just change that).

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #21

Dec 27, 2017

Stephen Byrne's guest art is strong, and this is a satisfying one-off issue in between major mythology arcs.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #22

Jan 11, 2018

Orlando's tribute tour to the 90s in his various books continues, and I'm loving it.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #23

Jan 24, 2018

Steve Orlando has quickly made a name for himself as the king of 90's DC Comics deep cuts, and they don't get any deeper than the events of Justice League of America #23.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #24

Feb 14, 2018

A strong finale to the "Deadly Fable" arc in Justice League of America #20, as we now know this is the penultimate arc to Orlando's run.

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8.5
Justice League of America (2017) #25

Feb 28, 2018

In Justice League of America #25, the Extremists come back into the story in a plot that feels very Kirbyesque, as well as having a stronger narrative than the initial arc did.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #26

Mar 14, 2018

The final arc brings in a classic Atom and JL villain for an arc that promises to deliver more twists. I'm hoping there's room for an oddball JL book like this in the DC line in the future.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #27

Mar 28, 2018

Chronos is one of those villains that is a compelling adversary, but not exactly a compelling character. Still, as a villain to bring the concept of the run full circle and provide a final trial by fire for Ryan, he works pretty well.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #28

Apr 11, 2018

Overall, with one issue to go, this series may not have been perfect, but it calls back to the classic Justice League runs that featured odd characters playing off the icons. I'm hoping Orlando gets a big new project soon, and that the upcoming titles keep some of this series' spirit.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) #29

Apr 25, 2018

Steve Orlando's Justice League of America comes to a satisfying close in Justice League of America #29, as the Justice League line wraps up in preparation for May's "No Justice" event.

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8.0
Justice League of America (2017) Annual #1

Nov 29, 2017

A story about Lobo's love for space dolphins could easily be absurd and pointless, but Orlando uses it to give the ultra-violent 90s icon a bit of nuance that makes this a very entertaining issue. It's certainly not like anything else you'll read this week.

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9.0
Justice League: No Justice #1

May 9, 2018

Picking up directly from the ending of Dark Nights: Metal, this weekly miniseries by the writing team of Snyder, Tynion, and Williamson is a high-octane, thrilling old-school book that unites heroes and villains against a much bigger threat.

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9.0
Justice League: No Justice #2

May 16, 2018

Halfway in, this is an exciting, tight event that delivers everything it promises and more.

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8.5
Justice League: No Justice #3

May 23, 2018

Three-fourths of the way through this epic bridge event that sets the stage for the Justice League relaunch, the story flags a little bit in Justice League: No Justice #3 from the first two chapters but remains one of the most consistently entertaining takes on the Justice League in years.

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8.5
Justice League: No Justice #4

May 30, 2018

As Snyder, Tynion, and Williamson wrap up the first act of the big Justice League relaunch in Justice League: No Justice #4, they've managed to deliver what essentially feels like dessert to Dark Nights: Metal " a big, explosive, fun comic book event with a much lighter touch than the prior event " a surprising amount of elder-God cannibalism in the final issue aside.

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6.0
Kamandi Challenge #11

Nov 24, 2017

The issue's action-packed, sure, but it lacks the charm or thrills of past issues, and feels more like it's cover-banding Kirby than anything else.

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9.0
Kamandi Challenge #12

Dec 27, 2017

This wild experiment featured some of the top talents in the DCU past and present, and it all comes to a close here with this double-sized epic that brings Kamandi's journey to a satisfying and meta end.

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9.0
Man of Steel (2018) #1

May 30, 2018

There's a lot of unanswered questions here, but do I like the way Bendis writes Superman? I do. A lot.

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7.5
Man of Steel (2018) #2

Jun 6, 2018

Overall, lots of promise here, but a major downgrade from the first issue.

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8.5
Man of Steel (2018) #3

Jun 13, 2018

There are still a few bumps along the way, but I'm very intrigued by what Bendis is building here.

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8.0
Man of Steel (2018) #4

Jun 20, 2018

There are some persistent hiccups that need to be ironed out, but I'm still intrigued by everything Bendis is doing here, and I'm excited to see how the final third of this series plays out.

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6.0
Man of Steel (2018) #5

Jun 27, 2018

Man of Steel #5 is easily the weakest chapter of Bendis' weekly Superman debut, and the problem is both the writing style and the direction of the story at different points.

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7.5
Man of Steel (2018) #6

Jul 4, 2018

The first arc of Brian Michael Bendis' new DC run concludes with a mixed bag of an issue that sets the stage for some interesting subplots while also teasing us with what could have been.

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7.5
Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1

Feb 28, 2018

Mera: Queen of Atlantis, a title spinning out of Abnett's Aquaman run is odd, in that its biggest strength is also its biggest weakness " it's got some intriguing subplots going back years to explore, but unfortunately its leading lady may just be the least interesting thing going on in the issue.

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7.5
Mera: Queen of Atlantis #2

Mar 29, 2018

This isn't a bad series by any stretch " neither is the book it spins out of " but it's not really a Mera series.

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8.0
Mera: Queen of Atlantis #3

Apr 25, 2018

Probably the best issue yet of this series, as after two Ocean Master-centric issues, it finally feels like Mera is taking charge of her own series.

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8.0
Mera: Queen of Atlantis #4

May 23, 2018

Abnett has a good handle on Atlantis and its surrounding elements overal, and while the Corum Rath story has gone on way too long for my tastes, this story does have enough good elements to impress me.

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7.5
Mera: Queen of Atlantis #5

Jun 28, 2018

It's a well-written issue, if a bit lacking in dramatic moments, and I think Abnett has actually consistently been better on this title than on the main Aquaman title as of late. And it's good to see her finally take the lead, unlike the first few issues.

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7.0
Milk Wars: JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1

Jan 31, 2018

Combining the most unconventional DC team book at the moment with maybe the most unconventional book DC has ever put out, the premiere chapter of the Milk Wars crossover in the JLA/Doom Patrol Special #1 will either win you over or turn you off, and which of those it does will likely depend heavily on your tolerance for the Doom Patrol comic.

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8.5
Milk Wars: Mother Panic/Batman Special #1

Feb 7, 2018

This is yet more evidence that Jody Houser is one of the best new writers in DC's stable and they should give her a solo mainline book soon.

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8.0
Milk Wars: Doom Patrol/JLA Special #1

Feb 28, 2018

The event definitely delivers the wonder and joy and craziness of comics. (Something that's largely been missing from the Metal event.)

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9.0
Milk Wars: Shade The Changing Girl/Wonder Woman #1

Feb 14, 2018

Shade the Changing Girl/Wonder Woman Special #1 is easily the most compelling and disturbing one-shot of the "Milk Wars" event so far.

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9.0
Milk Wars: Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye/Swamp Thing Special #1

Feb 21, 2018

A fantastic thrill ride, up with the best of the series.

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10
Mister Miracle #5

Dec 13, 2017

Once again, King surprises with this incredibly intimate and emotionally intense issue that chronicles what may very well be Scott Free's last day alive.

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10
Mister Miracle #6

Jan 10, 2018

This is essentially a story about trauma and moving on, and it's one of the best comics anyone has put out in years.

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9.5
Mister Miracle #7

Mar 14, 2018

Every issue of this series is like its own 22-page play " each different, but each brilliant.

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10
Mister Miracle #8

Apr 18, 2018

Any writer or editor who says it's hard to write comics about married people, or parents, just needs to read this issue. It's not hard at all. And it can be brilliant.

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9.5
Mister Miracle #9

Jun 13, 2018

Thus far, the one way to describe Mister Miracle would be "Harsh". Tom King and Mitch Gerads' reinvention of the Fourth World has been nothing short of brutal in different ways in every issue.

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8.0
Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #1

Mar 28, 2018

Despite the massive status quo changes, this run feels very consistent with the last one and is recommended for any fans of it. I also enjoyed the oddball backup, dealing with how this new Gotham is marketed " and by who.

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9.0
Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2

Apr 25, 2018

This is a genuinely new take on Gotham, and even Joker's backup " written as a letter to an advice columnist " works surprisingly well. It's. looking like an excellent relaunch.

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9.0
Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #3

May 23, 2018

Unfortunately now announced to be ending after only six issues, Gotham A.D., the reinvention of Mother Panic's core concept continues to be one of the best books in the Young Animal line.

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8.0
Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #4

Jun 28, 2018

As Mother Panic's final arc (for now) enters its second half, this is easily the darkest issue of the series yet, introducing twisted new versions of both Gotham heroes and villains with Gotham A.D. Yet, even amid this bleak tone it manages to come up with inventive twists and some truly great moments.

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6.0
Motherlands #1

Jan 31, 2018

There's potential here, but the issue is bogged down in coarse dialogue and so far undistinguished characters.

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8.5
Mystik U #1

Nov 28, 2017

It's an oddball book that isn't likely to have any bearings on the DCU in the future, but it's also a great entry-level comic for DC's magical characters.

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9.0
Mystik U #2

Jan 31, 2018

Mike Norton's art is fantastic, slightly darker than what he normally does but with the same great character work. If I have one complaint, it's the slightly cheap cliffhanger, but so far, this is one of the most enjoyable and unique books DC has put out in a while.

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9.0
Mystik U #3

Mar 29, 2018

One of the most ambitious DC Elseworlds projects in a while, this double-sized finale of Mystik U packs a lot into one package and brings the story of this DC magic academy with a sinister twist to a satisfying close.

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7.5
New Challengers (2018) #1

May 16, 2018

I'm hoping the next five issues give us a little more to connect with because right now the challenger is there, but the Challengers are lacking.

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8.0
New Challengers (2018) #2

Jun 20, 2018

After a first issue that mostly focused on one member of the team and set up a version of the Challengers of the Unknown that was unlike anything we'd seen before, this second issue kicks the concept into high gear and finds its footing as one of the better members of the New Age of DC Heroes line.

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8.5
New Superman #18

Dec 13, 2017

This series hasn't always been perfect, but there's no question it has one of the most original and engaging new lead characters to come out of DC in some time.

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7.5
New Superman #19

Jan 10, 2018

The issue does take place early in the run, so it might feel a bit out of step, but this is an interesting sideways detour into one of DC's best books.

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9.0
New Superman #20

Feb 14, 2018

One issue into the new direction, this is probably a better Teen Titans book than any actual Teen Titans book we've gotten in years. It's got the appealing characters, a great team dynamic, and a legitimate and unique threat.

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9.0
New Superman #21

Mar 14, 2018

The scope and scale of New Super-Man and the Justice League of China continues to expand with the new rebranding, and issue #21 is one of the series' best.

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9.0
New Superman #22

Apr 11, 2018

As the rebranded New Super-Man and the Justice League of China continues its new arc, it's showing off a wider scope and an interesting focus on geopolitics that merges surprisingly smoothly with a high-fantasy vibe that's served the series well since the beginning.

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9.0
New Superman #23

May 9, 2018

This is how you do diversity in comics.

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9.0
New Superman #24

Jun 13, 2018

Sadly, this series will end after this issue, but I'm hoping that doesn't mean the end for either Kenan or Gene Luen Yang at DC. I'd love to see him continue to write these characters, maybe in a team book. It's been one of DC's hidden gems and I hope it finds a second life in collections.

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8.5
New Talent Showcase #2

Nov 29, 2017

Overall, a world of difference from last year. These stories were structured far better and allowed these rookie writers to show off their talents and display a clear voice for the characters.

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #33

Nov 15, 2017

Tim Seeley's penultimate issue of Nightwing is one of the most exciting of the run, a non-stop action sequence that pairs Nightwing and his historical arch-nemesis Blockbuster against Dick's personal nemesis Raptor " and an army of Blockbusters.

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7.5
Nightwing (2016) #34

Dec 6, 2017

The issue is lacking any critical flaws, but it feels like a missed opportunity on a lot of counts.

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #35

Dec 20, 2017

The issue ends with a good cliffhanger that hints just how far the Judge's tentacles go, and it's overall a strong, solid start to a promising new run.

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #36

Jan 3, 2018

Nightwing #36, the second issue of Sam Humphries' Nightwing run drives home what I was feeling in the first issue " this is the closest thing we'll ever get to a DC version of Daredevil.

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9.0
Nightwing (2016) #37

Jan 17, 2018

This run is really picking up steam.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #38

Feb 7, 2018

It's dipped a little from the first few issues, but it's still a highly compelling read.

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8.5
Nightwing (2016) #39

Feb 21, 2018

With Nightwing #39, A few issues into Humphries' Nightwing arc, I was getting a bit worried about The Judge, who had too many notes of other villains and was dominating the series to an unfortunate degree. However, this issue " taking place in two timelines and finally giving us The Judge's origin " adds some very original and welcome twists, and this run starts to feel like it's coming into its own.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #40

Mar 7, 2018

A tense, non-stop showdown with one of the deadliest villains Nightwing has ever faced in Bludhaven, it's a strong opening act " but as an only act, it sort of feels like this run won't leave a lasting stamp on Nightwing once it's done.

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #41

Mar 21, 2018

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8.0
Nightwing (2016) #42

Apr 4, 2018

What makes this issue work is that it calls back to what pre-Rebirth writers seemed to remember " Dick is as much a mentor and as much family to Damian as Bruce is, being the one who initially trained him as Robin and looked after him while Bruce was gone in time.

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7.5
Nightwing (2016) #43

Apr 18, 2018

It's not an essential read, but it's a fine fill-in before the new team kicks off and gets back to the big plotlines.

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4.0
Nightwing (2016) #44

May 2, 2018

It's just an odd, confusing issue that doesn't really feel like Nightwing at all, and I'm hoping it's just a bump in the road and Percy finds his footing the way he did on Green Arrow: Rebirth.

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7.0
Nightwing (2016) #45

Jun 6, 2018

It's a definite improvement over the first issue, but I'm still not fully sold on this new direction.

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6.5
Nightwing (2016) #46

Jul 4, 2018

It's not that this series is overtly bad so far, but this initial storyline isn't really working for me and I don't think the tone meshes well with Nightwing's character.

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7.5
Nightwing: The New Order #4

Nov 23, 2017

This miniseries continues see-sawing between an out-of-character mess and an intriguing dystopia with just enough interesting elements to make it work.

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7.0
Nightwing: The New Order #5

Dec 27, 2017

The penultimate issue of this dark AU continues to expand the world and has some major reveals, but it still suffers from one major issue that has persisted from the first issue " its version of Dick Grayson makes no sense.

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7.0
Nightwing: The New Order #6

Jan 24, 2018

The problem, once again, is that much of the plot is driven by characters making bad decisions that don't really make sense.

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8.5
Plastic Man (2018) #1

Jun 13, 2018

What surprised me is that this is a fairly dark book, having more in common with Gail's grittier titles like Deadpool and Secret Six instead of her more lighthearted superhero stuff. But surprisingly, it works, as Plastic Man started out not as a superhero but as a petty crook.

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8.5
Plastic Man (2018) #2

Jul 11, 2018

The first issue surprised me with just how much of a crime drama it was, but Plastic Man #2 embraces the absurdity of the character as Gail Simone cuts loose and has fun with one of DC's most over-the-top characters.

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3.0
Ragman #3

Dec 13, 2017

This isn't the total dud that Deadman's new series is, but it's the most forgettable.

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1.0
Ragman #4

Jan 12, 2018

The issue ends with a mildly creepy visual (albeit one that feels copied from every horror movie out there). But nothing can save a comic that so grossly misses the central point of its lead character.

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3.0
Ragman #5

Feb 15, 2018

My issues with this take on Ragman have been well known by now, but Ragman #5, the penultimate issue, drives home the overarching problem with the structure " it's just too busy.

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3.0
Ragman #6

Mar 16, 2018

Ragman under previous writers, most famously Bill Willingham, was a complex character whose powers came from a rich mythology and served a harsh but benevolent justice. This series hollows that character out, turning him into a generic antihero covered in a cursed object.

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7.0
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #1

Jan 24, 2018

It's kind of a slow start, but there's a good central character and I'm hoping it builds momentum from here.

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8.5
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #2

Mar 1, 2018

I'm not sure what the twelve-issue plan here is, but overall, this miniseries is going in a great direction and I'm hoping it leads to the character being used well throughout the DCU.

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7.5
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #3

Mar 29, 2018

Marv Wolfman's new Raven: Daughter of Darkness maxiseries is one of the most ambitious books on the market, and that's both a curse and a blessing.

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7.5
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #4

Apr 26, 2018

The overall plot is still very vague, and Baron Winters only seems to be hanging around as a way for Wolfman to tie two of his favorite creations together. However, as long as Raven remains a compelling lead character and her family dramas remain the focus, I'm going to keep enjoying this series.

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7.5
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #5

May 31, 2018

This run has gone bigger than the previous Raven miniseries by Wolfman, and that has the side effect of making the smaller, more intimate moments slip under the radar.

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7.5
Raven: Daughter of Darkness #6

Jun 29, 2018

Raven's title has done a good job of humanizing her instead of making her a stock "Dark creepy girl" character, and although the plotting may be a little jumbled, I'm glad Wolfman gets to continue fleshing out one of his most famous creations.

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7.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #17

Dec 14, 2017

It's a bit of a mess, but there are a select few characters who Lobdell writes surprisingly well here.

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7.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #18

Jan 12, 2018

Red Hood and the Outlaws #18, focusing on Bizarro, is definitely one of the better ones of the run, even as it oddly begins abruptly with Queen Bee " now calling herself the Hive Queen " taunting the heroes.

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8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #19

Feb 15, 2018

Surprisingly, ever since this current arc of Red Hood and the Outlaws has begun, this has been one of DC's most improved books.

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8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #20

Mar 15, 2018

This arc has easily been the most compelling this title has been.

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8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #21

Apr 11, 2018

This series continues to improve, and I'm hopeful it'll stay strong.

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8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #22

May 10, 2018

Ever since Lobdell began his overarching arc dealing with Bizarro, Red Hood and the Outlaws has been far stronger than it has in any previous incarnation. Still, there's a few lingering problems that hold it back, particularly most things to do with Artemis.

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7.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #23

Jun 14, 2018

DC's displayed a surprising amount of faith in this title over the last seven years, and it may finally be paying off.

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6.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #24

Jul 12, 2018

Red Hood and the Outlaws #24 is the final chapter of a long story that set up a smarter Bizarro and a Jason Todd who seemed to be going straight, but both of those plots come to a tragic end here. Unfortunately, at least in one case, it feels like a massive waste of potential and brings up flashbacks to another, far worse recent DC Comic.

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3.0
Scooby Apocalypse #20

Dec 14, 2017

This issue (and series as a whole) seem to be going for a Walking Dead vibe, but that's not a selling point for me.

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6.5
Scooby Apocalypse #21

Jan 12, 2018

There's still a bit too much generic monster action and shooting, but there are some nicely tense action segments along the way.

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6.0
Scooby Apocalypse #22

Feb 15, 2018

Twenty-two issues into Scooby Apocalypse, it's clear that the whole Scooby-Doo trappings are essentially just a minor element of what's become a more absurdist, more colorful Walking Dead with a more protected central cast of characters.

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5.0
Scooby Apocalypse #23

Mar 16, 2018

When the title critters actually show up, the story is a bit of fun, but it's been dragging on way too long.

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4.0
Scooby Apocalypse #24

Apr 12, 2018

Scooby Apocalypse #24 is basically a slow march to doom, which is a lot less effective because previews already spoiled what's coming next in this title.

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6.0
Scooby Apocalypse #25

May 9, 2018

Probably should have skipped an issue and let the main plot have the sole spotlight for a month.

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6.0
Scooby Apocalypse #26

Jun 14, 2018

This title just doesn't have the subtlety for the topics it tackles.

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6.0
Scooby Apocalypse #27

Jul 12, 2018

There's some decent material in this subplot, but unfortunately the dialogue doesn't really live up to the potential.

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6.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #32

Nov 24, 2017

Probably only for Hanna-Barbera completists.

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8.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #33

Dec 27, 2017

Scooby-Doo Team-Up is serving a great purpose by introducing a new generation of readers to some of the less familiar inhabitants of the DCU, and for that alone it's a worthy read.

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8.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #34

Jan 26, 2018

I can see this issue being a great way to introduce young readers to the Birds.

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7.5
Scooby-Doo Team-up #35

Mar 2, 2018

Generally, Scooby-Doo Team-Up is at its best when it's playing around with strange corners of the DCU, but some of its Hanna-Barbera outings are pretty entertaining too, especially the Top Cat one-off. Scooby-Doo Team-Up #35, featuring the cast of Yogi Bear, isn't quite as inventive as that one, but it does a great job of capturing the spirit of the residents of Jellystone Park.

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9.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #36

Mar 29, 2018

This is arguably the best issue of the whole series.

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8.5
Scooby-Doo Team-up #37

Apr 25, 2018

Overall, though, this issue is a treat for Supergirl fans, with a very sweet and affecting last-page twist that I hope is followed up on in a future issue. This is one of the DCU's most underrated titles at the moment.

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7.5
Scooby-Doo Team-up #38

May 24, 2018

Fun issue, although the title is usually at its best when focusing on DC characters and that pattern doesn't change.

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9.0
Scooby-Doo Team-up #39

Jun 28, 2018

Scooby-Doo Team-Up has been leveling up over the last year or so, finally feeling free enough to ditch the structure of your average Scooby Doo episode (ghost, chase, unmasking) and get into bigger mysteries with a more epic scale and some great use of DC icons.

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8.5
Shade, the Changing Woman #1

Mar 7, 2018

The more quiet, human moments of the series were always the strongest, and the scenes were River tries to get back to something resembling normalcy were excellent.

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9.0
Shade, the Changing Woman #2

Apr 5, 2018

Two issues in, this is a series with a lot on its mind, and some brilliant art to go with it.

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8.5
Shade, the Changing Woman #3

May 2, 2018

The title's a lot darker than it used to be, but it works.

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8.5
Shade, the Changing Woman #4

Jun 7, 2018

As the saga of Shade The Changing Woman enters its final act in Shade the Changing Woman #4, Cecil Castellucci is telling the story of an invasion of Earth unlike any we've ever seen in comics.

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8.0
Shade, the Changing Woman #5

Jul 4, 2018

I struggle to see how Castellucci is going to wrap this all up in only one more issue, but it's been a hell of a ride so far.

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8.0
Sideways #1

Feb 14, 2018

Sideways #1, the third entry in the "New Age of DC Heroes" lineup is my favorite of the three.

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8.0
Sideways #2

Mar 15, 2018

This book is finding its groove, and it just may have some legs to its story.

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8.0
Sideways #3

Apr 11, 2018

I'm not sure about the four-page backup (by the same creative team) that recaps Derek's origin from his perspective, but the issue overall is a win for DC.

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8.0
Sideways #4

May 9, 2018

Of the entire line, this is right next to The Terrifics for me as the best.

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8.0
Sideways #5

Jun 14, 2018

There's an overarching mystery involving Derek's mother's employers and their interest in Derek, but I wouldn't be nearly as invested if this title hadn't done a good job of getting us invested in Derek's story in the first place. Aside from The Terrifics, this is probably my favorite of the line.

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7.0
Sideways #6

Jul 11, 2018

So, just like Spider-Man, Derek now has a major guilt complex over the death of a parent figure. This all felt preordained almost from the first issue, and not only is it a disappointing fridging of an interesting parental figure, but it feels like it'll cast a long pall over the fun vibe that made this one of this line's best series.

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4.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #30

Nov 23, 2017

The fourth chapter of "The Secret History of Task Force X" delivers a lot of widescreen action in the service of a plot that is unfortunately completely incoherent.

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5.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #31

Dec 14, 2017

This is actually one of the better issues of the series in a bit, as it has a decent horror aesthetic and strong art by Barnaby Bagenda, but the story and the characters are still rather lacking.

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4.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #32

Dec 27, 2017

The final issue of the overly long "Secret History of Task Force X" storyline delivers pretty much what the rest of the arc has " a lot of action, some of it impressive, but very little in the way of compelling character development.

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7.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #33

Jan 12, 2018

Suicide Squad #33 is easily the best issue of this series, as Si Spurrier steps on board for a two-part arc that turns out to be a dark, twisted issue that cuts to the core of just how horrific the Suicide Squad concept actually is.

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7.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #34

Jan 25, 2018

Si Spurrier's blackly funny Suicide Squad series has been the best this series has been since the start, giving the book a new dynamic by adding the fatalistic Juan Soria, a low-powered meta who is fully aware that he's the new guy on the team and as such is a redshirt who is doomed to die.

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6.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #35

Feb 15, 2018

A mixed bag, but definitely an improvement for the series.

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6.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #36

Mar 2, 2018

Suicide Squad has taken quite a significant jump in quality over the last arc, following the Si Spurrier guest arc, but it's still not quite coming together as a compelling whole, even in Suicide Squad #36.

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6.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #37

Mar 15, 2018

Suicide Squad has taken an upward swing, with a compelling antagonist and a plot that relies less on complex and often boring mythology.

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5.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #38

Mar 29, 2018

This issue shows that the title can take advantage of its unpredictable nature once in a while, and the foundations of a good issue are there " only to be completely undone by a nasty last-act plot twist that continues to destroy the legacy of a well-liked character.

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5.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #39

Apr 12, 2018

This book has just created a band of nasty people fighting other nasty people, and that's not particularly entertaining to read.

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7.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #40

Apr 26, 2018

Overall, this run has been middling to poor, but this issue is probably one of its best.

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7.5
Suicide Squad (2016) #41

May 10, 2018

The twisted snake cultists are creepy, but the issue isn't very memorable until the second half, which is when Batman shows up and the action kicks into overdrive.

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6.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #42

May 24, 2018

Overall, the series still suffers from an overly villainous Amanda Waller, as she tries to hunt down Batman and Deadshot, and lack of any real development for its main characters. You know, the same issues over the last forty-odd issues.

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6.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #43

Jun 14, 2018

Suicide Squad #43 continues Batman and Deadshot's road trip, and at times it feels like it's three comics in one " and they're vastly different in terms of interest.

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5.0
Suicide Squad (2016) #44

Jul 12, 2018

Overall, this story largely felt too thin for an extended arc, and by the end just about everything is back to status quo.

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9.0
Super Sons #10

Nov 15, 2017

Although I kind of wish this was Gotham Academy, where we got our first taste of Damian in a school setting, this has the potential to be a blast, and if this series keeps its current quality, we're in for a fun time.

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4.0
Super Sons #11

Dec 20, 2017

The second chapter of "Super-Sons of Tomorrow" takes all the problems of the first chapter and compounds them, adding in some disturbing dynamics that really emphasize that this series as a whole may not fully work due to the characters involved.

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5.0
Super Sons #12

Jan 17, 2018

Percy's take on the Teen Titans is fairly dysfunctional itself, but this version barely feels like a team at all.

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8.5
Super Sons #13

Feb 22, 2018

Super-Sons is up and down a lot, but when it's on its game, it's one of the most fun titles DC puts out.

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7.5
Super Sons #14

Mar 21, 2018

A little too much of this issue is devoted to fighting random ninjas, and the plot feels a bit stretched out, but overall this arc has had one big strength " Damian and Jon feel like friends again.

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7.5
Super Sons #15

Apr 18, 2018

This series has been a mixed bag overall, with some suffering from the unpleasant dynamic between the leads, but others bringing a real sense of fun and adventure to the DCU.

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7.5
Super Sons #16

May 25, 2018

The series was at its best when the friendship between the characters seemed genuine rather than antagonistic. I hope we see more of that in the next run.

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9.0
Super Sons Annual #1

Nov 29, 2017

Some annuals provide major plot advancements, some go back to a different era for the characters, while others just tell stand-alone stories that can be forgettable. And then there's those that just decide to do something completely bonkers, like this one.

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8.5
Supergirl (2016) #16

Dec 13, 2017

Another new villain, an alien warrior queen of some kind, doesn't seem to add much so far, but Orlando and Houser's Kara is easily the most compelling version we've gotten in a long time.

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8.5
Supergirl (2016) #17

Jan 12, 2018

I've been invested in this character for a long time, and this is the first time since the early parts of Sterling Gates' run that I've felt her title was hitting on all cylinders.

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8.5
Supergirl (2016) #18

Feb 14, 2018

Orlando and Houser's Supergirl run continues to impress with Supergirl #18.

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9.5
Supergirl (2016) #19

Mar 14, 2018

This is probably the best Supergirl run since Sterling Gates' time, at least.

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8.0
Supergirl (2016) #20

Apr 11, 2018

Orlando and Houser's Supergirl has been very good, but their Kara Danvers has been fantastic.

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5.0
Superman (2016) #37

Dec 20, 2017

So...kind of a disaster out of the gate.

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6.0
Superman (2016) #38

Jan 3, 2018

There are some clever things in this part, but overall, this storyline just didn't work as a whole.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #39

Jan 17, 2018

The story this issue will remind a lot of people of classic tales like "The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man" or the fan-favorite "Metropolis Mailbag" issues that Dan Jurgens did yearly back in the day.

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7.5
Superman (2016) #40

Feb 7, 2018

It's not a standout issue, but it does hit most of the intended points and I actually enjoyed it more than quite a few of the arcs by the main creators.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #41

Feb 22, 2018

James Robinson's other DC title at the moment has been subject to some very critical words from us here at GeekDad, but surprisingly, his two-issue run on Superman has worked really well for me.

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7.5
Superman (2016) #43

Mar 21, 2018

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4.0
Superman (2016) #44

Apr 4, 2018

Unfortunately, I have to say this particular story has been an unmitigated failure. From the first issue, when the story began with multiple pages of Bizarro complaining about his family in Bizarro-speak, it was hard to read and unpleasant.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #45

Apr 18, 2018

If this issue makes a case for anything, it's that the Superfamily status quo really works, and hopefully, Bendis will keep it intact.

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8.0
Superman (2016): Special #1

May 16, 2018

No big surprises in this issue, but all three tales are fun, classic Superman with a good 90's vibe right before Bendis upends everything.

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7.5
Superman (2018) #1

Jul 11, 2018

So how is Superman #1? Well, very similar to Man of Steel " some things work very well, but as the issue goes on, there continue to be odd character-based false notes that keep it from entirely clicking with me.

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6.0
Superwoman #17

Dec 13, 2017

The penultimate issue of Lana Lang's solo series tries to pack a lot into twenty pages, and as with the rest of the series, it's only intermittently successful.

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7.0
Superwoman #18

Jan 11, 2018

Interesting title, but a clumsy execution that lost its way after original writer Phil Jiminez left.

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9.0
Swamp Thing Winter Special #1

Feb 7, 2018

All together, a fantastic issue and a great tribute to creators both present and departed.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2016) #14

Nov 22, 2017

This title seems to be making headway in giving itself more of a genuinely young vibe, which is what every TT book needs to succeed.

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5.0
Teen Titans (2016) #15

Dec 27, 2017

Maybe the final chapter will bring some major developments that will give this crossover a real impact, but right now it's a major disappointment.

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6.0
Teen Titans (2016) #16

Jan 24, 2018

There's some potential, but the story ultimately falls flat.

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8.0
Teen Titans (2016) #17

Feb 28, 2018

This issue has a mostly light touch that benefits it, but while it's one of my favorite issues of the series, I think it accents the fact that this team never really worked as a unit " their best issue is the one where they're barely together.

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7.5
Teen Titans (2016) #18

Mar 29, 2018

The cliffhanger is predictable, turning Joran into a one-note villain, and overall solid characterization for Beast Boy is lost in an iffy plot.

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7.5
Teen Titans (2016) #19

Apr 25, 2018

This final story arc, focusing on Beast Boy and his complex dynamic with the rest of the team and with Damian in particular, is perfectly fine but also feels sort of slight. It's a fairly minor in the scheme of things, and this version of the Teen Titans just peters out as a result.

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1.0
Teen Titans (2016): Special #1

Jun 27, 2018

Dark-and-edgy tone? Check. Young original outlaw heroes as half the team? Check. No one acting in character? Check. The question is, why would anyone want this? I certainly don't.

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8.5
The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #1

Feb 21, 2018

Lots of setup in this issue, but what we've seen so far is pretty great. We have a proper Wonder Woman comic again!

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8.0
The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #2

Mar 21, 2018

It's generally not a good sign when it's a third into the miniseries and the two title characters have barely met, but the combination of Liam Sharp's fantastic art and a compelling mystery that combines the worlds of Batman and Wonder Woman sells me on The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #2.

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9.0
The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #3

Apr 18, 2018

The best issue of the series so far, a fascinating mystery, and one of the most gorgeous comics you'll read this year.

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9.0
The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #4

May 16, 2018

Liam Sharp is a genuine master of the comic book art form, and he's stated he's heading off to creator-owned work after this series. I, for one, will be following him anywhere he goes.

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9.0
The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #5

Jun 20, 2018

DC has a genuinely unique all-star talent in Sharp, and while he says he's heading off to creator-owned work next, I sincerely hope DC is leaving the door open for him to do any project he likes in the future.

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7.5
The Curse of Brimstone #1

Apr 4, 2018

The first issue has some promise, but it's never a great sign if you like the book less once the actual plot gets going.

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7.0
The Curse of Brimstone #2

May 2, 2018

I continue to like the two lead characters a lot, but the supernatural plot surrounding them is still somewhat lacking.

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6.0
The Curse of Brimstone #3

Jun 11, 2018

Three issues in, The Curse of Brimstone is a gorgeous, haunting comic that is unfortunately devoid of anything resembling forward motion or characters to care about.

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8.0
The Curse of Brimstone #4

Jul 4, 2018

More characters, better action and a richer mythology " it took a while, but this could be catching up to Jordan's other New Age of DC Heroes comic, Sideways.

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7.5
The Demon: Hell is Earth #2

Dec 27, 2017

The reunion of the old Demon Knights allies, now bitter rivals, is going to drive a lot of the conflict in the series, although the cliffhanger falls a bit flat because we know it won't stick.

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7.0
The Demon: Hell is Earth #3

Jan 25, 2018

Of all of the recent DC magic books relaunched, this lacks the compelling plot of Mystik U, but its fast-paced story and strong art make it somewhat enjoyable.

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5.0
The Demon: Hell is Earth #5

Mar 29, 2018

The Demon: Hell Is Earth #5, the penultimate issue of DC's big magic revival pretty much devolves into a series of random battles with monsters and demons that come out of nowhere.

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6.0
The Demon: Hell is Earth #6

Apr 26, 2018

The series ends with the status quo largely restored and both Jason and Etrigan getting what they want " a decent conclusion, but about as memorable as the rest of this series.

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7.5
The Immortal Men #1

Apr 11, 2018

The issue has a distinct horror vibe, with a strong cliffhanger, but there's a lot of mythology in this first issue, and it's going to be a while before we learn if this title can pull its ideas together into a compelling whole.

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7.0
The Immortal Men #2

May 9, 2018

Unfortunately, so far, Immortal Men is a spectacle but it doesn't feel like much of a story yet.

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7.0
The Immortal Men #3

Jun 14, 2018

All of the New Age of DC Heroes titles have had a vague 90s vibe to them, but I don't think any has embraced it quite as much as Immortal Men. Its team of ancient warriors in an endless war have designs and origins that largely feel straight out of the "xxxtreme" era of comics.

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5.0
The Immortal Men #4

Jul 12, 2018

Probably not the worst book in the New Age of DC Heroes line but definitely the most disappointing, The Immortal Men #4 doubles down on all the series' mistakes to this point and results in a thoroughly unsatisfying read.

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9.0
The Jetsons (2017) #2

Dec 8, 2017

Who knew that a Jetsons comic was going to be the savviest sci-fi book DC put out in a long time? Taking chances has been paying off for DC in a big way.

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9.0
The Jetsons (2017) #3

Jan 4, 2018

Fascinating, experimental, and easily one of the best comics at DC right now.

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9.0
The Jetsons (2017) #4

Feb 8, 2018

I would never have expected it, but there are few comics I'm more excited to read in coming months than the conclusion of The Jetsons.

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10
The Jetsons (2017) #5

Mar 7, 2018

Thus far, The Jetsons has been a fascinating musing on progress, life, death, and what it means to be human, told through the filter of a surprisingly normal family. In The Jetsons #5, all those themes come to a head in an explosive penultimate issue that leaves multiple lives in the balance.

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10
The Jetsons (2017) #6

Apr 4, 2018

This series should get an Eisner nomination.

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7.0
The Ruff & Reddy Show #2

Nov 24, 2017

One of the best shows on Netflix " if you can handle it " is Bojack Horseman, a show about a talking horse that is actually a brutally dark Hollywood satire about the price of fading fame. Ruff & Reddy, which reinvents the classic Hanna-Barbera funnymen as Hollywood has-beens, seems to be trying for a similar vibe, but it's not quite willing to commit to the darkness. As such, what we actually get is a screwball comedy that's also a story about middle-age depression.

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7.0
The Ruff & Reddy Show #3

Dec 27, 2017

Overall, it's an interesting experiment, but it lacks the punch of the social satire in Flintstones or Jetsons.

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7.0
The Ruff & Reddy Show #4

Jan 26, 2018

At this point, this series works somewhat as a Hollywood satire, but as a stand-alone story it feels way too thin for a six-issue miniseries.

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6.0
The Ruff & Reddy Show #5

Mar 2, 2018

A Hollywood parody through the filter of cartoons is an intriguing idea, but when you look at how Snagglepuss is executing it compared to this series, there really isn't much of a competition.

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3.0
The Ruff & Reddy Show #6

Mar 29, 2018

There's always been a mean-spirited tone to the series, but never quite as pronounced as in this final issue " and the issue is not the better for it.

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8.0
The Shadow/Batman #3

Jan 4, 2018

This series started off a bit rocky, but it's reclaiming the quality of the first mini as it enters the second act.

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7.5
The Silencer #1

Jan 31, 2018

There's promise here, but it's not a home run yet.

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7.5
The Silencer #2

Feb 28, 2018

Silencer #2, Dan Abnett's assassin comic, falls into a consistent groove that keeps me interested, but never overly thrilled.

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7.0
The Silencer #3

Mar 28, 2018

The Silencer #3, the conclusion of the first arc of The Silencer series, is basically no-holds-barred action brought to life by John Romita Jr., and if you're a fan of Kick-Ass, this series will probably work for you.

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7.5
The Silencer #4

Apr 26, 2018

Overall, this series is mostly a generic assassin thriller, but its main character is compelling and original enough to carry it through.

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8.0
The Silencer #5

May 23, 2018

Five issues in, it feels like The Silencer is finding its groove as one of the most compelling and entertaining of the new characters introduced in the New Age of DC Heroes.

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7.5
The Silencer #6

Jun 28, 2018

Easily the most enjoyable of Dan Abnett's three ongoing series for DC at the moment, Silencer continues to try to balance a mix of high-octane spy action with a grounded, human story of a mother trying to protect her family.

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8.5
The Terrifics #1

Feb 28, 2018

The plot moves fast, takes us to an intriguing area of space, and provides a new reader with a good grounding in all these people all the while making them likable.

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9.0
The Terrifics #2

Mar 28, 2018

This is the kind of story we don't see all that much of anymore, and it's also the only one of these new titles that has a very distinct identity. I can't wait to read more.

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8.5
The Terrifics #3

Apr 25, 2018

A lot of the New Age of DC Heroes titles feel like a concept in search of a story, but this one has both, and it's being rewarded for it with the best sales of the line.

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9.5
The Terrifics #4

May 23, 2018

This issue sets up some fascinating conflicts and developments that make me think this is turning into one of DC's best books.

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10
The Terrifics #5

Jun 27, 2018

The addition of Doc Shaner to Jeff Lemire's oddball weird-science team book, The Terrifics, has turned it from the easy best of the New Age of DC Heroes line to a serious contender for DC's best book overall. Not only is the art brilliant, as one would expect from the man behind the best issues of Future Quest, but Lemire's writing seems to have risen to the occasion to match it.

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7.0
The Unexpected (2018) #1

Jun 6, 2018

Orlando clearly has a lot of big ideas here and I want to see where they go, but the first issue " like this line as a whole " feels a bit confused.

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7.0
The Unexpected (2018) #2

Jul 4, 2018

The book feels very dense, almost impenetrable at points, and it doesn't help how fast it throws us into the middle of the events.

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5.0
Titans (2016) #18

Dec 13, 2017

A conclusion to the big Troia arc delivers a lot of action, but very little substance as Donna Troy goes up against her evil self.

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3.0
Titans (2016) #19

Jan 10, 2018

Overall, this picks up on the very flawed annual and makes the League look like ridiculous heels " and Dick's decision to go along with this and shut down the team, for now, is even more ridiculous.

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7.0
Titans (2016) #20

Feb 14, 2018

Oddly, it seems like splitting the Titans apart " even if the reason was the dumbest moment of the series " may have been what was needed to make this title compelling for the first time, because, in Titans #20, the majority of the plots are promising enough.

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6.0
Titans (2016) #21

Mar 15, 2018

The penultimate issue of Titans, Titans #21, is essentially two comics in one, and the one that's much better...doesn't actually feature the Titans.

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4.0
Titans (2016) #22

Apr 12, 2018

Titans #22 is technically the final issue of this version of Titans, although the story will conclude in an annual later this month before relaunching with the same writer but a new team and concept. That may be for the best " Abnett's a capable writer, but this particular title never took off.

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2.0
Titans (2016) #23

Jul 11, 2018

With Titans #23, it feels like we're caught in some sort of spiral of the Titans books actively competing to one-up each other in just how bad they can be.

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7.0
Titans (2016) Annual #2

Apr 25, 2018

Dan Abnett's Titans run comes to a close in Titans Annual #2 " at least this version does, as the team will be combined with members of the Teen Titans and a few new characters in a few months. But while Abnett's writing has always been competent with what he had to work with, the core dynamic of the original Teen Titans reuniting hasn't worked since launch mini Titans Hunt.

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4.0
Titans (2016): Special #1

Jun 14, 2018

There's a lot of weird plot developments in this issue that come out of nowhere, none more so than the whole setup " which seems oddly ripped off from Marvel's recent failed Inhumans hard-sell.

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6.0
Trinity (2016) #16

Dec 20, 2017

It's a definite improvement over the previous arc, but it's still lacking quite a few elements to make it fully work " including closure, which is kind of a problem for a done-in-one.

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7.5
Trinity (2016) #17

Jan 17, 2018

This is the best Robinson has written Wonder Woman yet, and the appearance of the Warlord at the end of the issue makes me excited for what's to come. Definitely an improvement over the last Trinity arc.

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8.0
Trinity (2016) #18

Feb 23, 2018

The story is a bit rushed, with potential major developments just being dropped in the story suddenly, but overall it's one of the most entertaining stories we've gotten so far in this title.

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8.0
Trinity (2016) #19

Mar 15, 2018

This series as a whole has lacked direction, but this final arc is probably its best moment. Makes me want to go re-read some Warlord comics.

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6.0
Trinity (2016) #20

Mar 29, 2018

It's a fast read with some exciting battles against monsters, but unlike the previous arc, there's very little substance here and it loses most of the Skartaris mythology that was set up previously.

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6.0
Trinity (2016) #21

Apr 12, 2018

The series is coming to a close next issue with a final showdown with Deimos, and it's hard a lot of ups and downs. These last two issues don't make a good case for a revival, unfortunately.

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6.0
Trinity (2016) #22

Apr 26, 2018

This series was very up and down, aside from Manapul's spectacular art in the early issues. Its cancellation isn't a big surprise.

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6.0
Wild Storm #9

Nov 16, 2017

This comic seems to constantly tease us with great concepts and characters, but never focuses enough to really give them the treatment they deserve.

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6.5
Wild Storm #10

Dec 21, 2017

The series does have some good points, but it's just too scattered and inconsistent.

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7.0
Wild Storm #11

Jan 25, 2018

A slow-burn conspiracy thriller is all well and good, but once we're a year in and key characters have barely met, it's a problem.

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6.0
Wild Storm #12

Mar 9, 2018

The big showdown between IO and Skywatch finally plays out in The Wild Storm #12, and it's"well, about as dramatic as you'd expect for this series, unfortunately.

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7.5
Wild Storm #13

May 17, 2018

This is a well-written, gorgeously drawn comic that completely lacks any focus.

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8.0
Wild Storm #14

Jun 21, 2018

The Wild Storm is a puzzling book, combining brilliant art and kinetic action with a plot that often goes at the speed of a turtle.

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8.5
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #4

Jan 10, 2018

Thus far, this has taken a universe that wasn't quite working in the main book and turned it into something genuinely unexpected and thrilling.

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8.5
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #5

Feb 15, 2018

While the main Wild Storm title has a lot of pacing issues, this one delivers every single month.

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9.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #6

Mar 14, 2018

With Hill's horrific villains and the art team's dark, moody art and top-notch action set pieces, this is quickly evolving into one of DC's best books and easily the best thing to come out of the Wildstorm line since Steve Orlando reinvented Midnighter.

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8.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #7

May 9, 2018

Michael Cray #7 is one of the slower-paced issues of the series but nonetheless pits the title character against a compelling pair of villains from this twisted version of the DC Universe.

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8.5
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #8

Jun 13, 2018

This is now slated as a twelve-issue maxiseries and it's been really strong so far. I'm hoping that as it enters its final arc, it's got a lot more surprises up its sleeve. I would not have expected a Deathblow miniseries to be one of my favorite DC books this year.

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8.5
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #9

Jul 11, 2018

It's one of DC's best sleeper hits at the moment, and I can't wait to see how Cray is going to take down these villains.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #35

Nov 22, 2017

The best thing about this issue is the lush Lupacchino art, which does a great job showing off the hidden world of the Amazons. Unfortunately, it's all in service of a script that's probably the weakest of the entire series.

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5.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #36

Dec 13, 2017

Another uninspired issue in a struggling run, but at least James Robinson isn't keeping us hanging for extended periods for plot developments.

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5.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #37

Dec 27, 2017

This run has a lot of problems, but one of the biggest is that it makes what should be spectacular feel small and boring. That's never clearer than with this issue, which features the return of two of the biggest figures in the DCU.

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3.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #38

Jan 10, 2018

This isn't a good book, and it's barely even a Wonder Woman book. I will say the art is the best it's been in a while, but it's 100% wasted on this story.

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3.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #39

Jan 24, 2018

This run continues to be a disaster.

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3.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #40

Feb 14, 2018

As the awful Silver Swan arc wraps up, Wonder Woman #40 once again emphasizes just how wrong everything about this run has been.

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5.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #41

Feb 28, 2018

Wonder Woman #41 is a mostly inoffensive and forgettable issue compared to the last few, but when that's the best that can be said, this is a book in serious trouble.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #42

Mar 14, 2018

This massively disappointing Wonder Woman run continues to limp along on its overarching storyline, with little in the way of intriguing developments and several more major red flags in its depiction of its title character.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #43

Mar 29, 2018

Wonder Woman #43 is another issue of Robinson's run that not only completely lacks a compelling plotline, but shows a complete lack of understanding of its main character.

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5.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #44

Apr 11, 2018

. This is actually the least aggressively bad issue of Wonder Woman in a while, but that's faint praise " there very little that's good here, but there's also nothing that's actively insulting to the character.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #45

Apr 25, 2018

This run will be concluding with Wonder Woman #50, and it can't come soon enough. None of the ideas here have served Diana well at all.

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6.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #46

May 10, 2018

There are a few interesting ideas in this issue, but the execution is still lacking overall.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #47

May 23, 2018

Nothing much new here. This run just doesn't work.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #48

Jun 13, 2018

This experiment didn't work at all.

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4.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #49

Jun 27, 2018

Robinson tries to do something interesting, almost reminiscent of the four-panel grids in The Terrifics, with scenes showing the Dark Gods' effect in four countries around the world. These scenes are undeniably horrific, yes, but what they're lacking is any context.

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3.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #50

Jul 11, 2018

This final issue does one thing right " it slams the door on the whole run in such a way that it can mostly be ignored forever.

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6.0
Wonder Woman (2016) Annual #2

Jun 6, 2018

This is definitely an improvement over the rest of the run, mostly for the lack of Jason, but even in a story that's all about her, it still feels like this run has very little to do with Wonder Woman.

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8.5
Wonder Woman/Conan #3

Nov 16, 2017

This is the kind of crossover we need more of.

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8.5
Wonder Woman/Conan #4

Dec 20, 2017

Gail was always a great Wonder Woman writer, but her talent here with the world of Conan is what really stands out in this series.

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9.0
Wonder Woman/Conan #5

Jan 17, 2018

A lot of these recent crossovers have been very good, but this may be the first one to be truly great.

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9.0
Wonder Woman/Conan #6

Feb 21, 2018

As Wonder Woman/Conan, one of the best crossovers out of DC in recent years comes to a close, as all the questions we had about Conan and Diana's past are finally answered in Wonder Woman/Conan #6.

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8.5
Young Monsters in Love #1

Feb 7, 2018

With a theme of twisted love stories and a focus on some of DC's more oddball and monstrous characters, the issue has some top-tier creative teams and overall delivers a strong package.

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