Ray Goldfield's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Geek Dad Reviews: 1958
7.9Avg. Review Rating

8
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
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
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
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
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
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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9
Action Comics (2016) #1001

Jul 25, 2018

We've gotten an advance look at Brian Michael Bendis' vision for Superman over a miniseries and a launch issue in Superman #1, but it feels like Action Comics #1001 is by far the purest look at who his Superman is " and it's also by far the best issue that Bendis has written since his arrival at DC

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1002

Aug 22, 2018

This is a comic that's definitely the better of the two Superman books at the moment, but it's also suffering from a combination of Bendis' style and the scheduling.

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9
Action Comics (2016) #1003

Sep 26, 2018

This book is definitely improving a lot issue by issue.

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9
Action Comics (2016) #1004

Oct 24, 2018

Bendis' Superman run has been a mixed bag so far, but his run on Action Comics coming off the big Action Comics #1000 issue has been getting better and better.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1005

Nov 28, 2018

Overall, this series remains strong and Bendis' Metropolis is much more interesting than his Krypton.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1006

Jan 2, 2019

Still the better of the two Superman titles at the moment, but the run as a whole feels unfocused.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1007

Jan 30, 2019

Bendis seems to be building to an elaborate spy-war, as mysterious agencies both good and bad are being targeted by this strange force.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1008

Feb 27, 2019

The best way I can describe Bendis' run on the Superman books so far is "Pretty great unless something weird is happening, and a lot of weird stuff happens".

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1009

Mar 27, 2019

Steve Epting is an artist best known for spy thrillers like Velvet and Captain America, so he seems an odd fit for Superman. However, as he flashes back and forth between the present day and the events of Leviathan's attack, it works. The polished sheen of his art works well with both the lighter and darker segments.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1010

Apr 24, 2019

The title's been largely consumed by the lead-up to Event Leviathan, but the dynamic between Clark and Lois keeps it fresh.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1011

May 22, 2019

Overall, good as a setup for Leviathan, but in two books I still have very little idea what Bendis' Superman is like.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1012

Jun 26, 2019

This is probably further from a regular Superman comic than any issue Bendis has done yet, but that's what keeps it interesting.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1013

Jul 24, 2019

Superman: Action Comics is where Bendis shines most in the mainstream DCU, as he indulges his noir instincts (where his career began) to tell a story far more at home in Gotham or Bludhaven than the Metropolis we know.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1014

Aug 28, 2019

The entire thing is a compelling noir title with great stuff at the Daily Planet, but the many subplots don't quite come together.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1015

Sep 25, 2019

Bendis can be an odd writer to get into, because a lot of his issues can be best described as "characters talk about what's going on" " but when he's on his game, as in Action Comics #1015, his dialogue as they do that can have a unique charm that makes his books feel unlike anything else on the stands.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1016

Oct 23, 2019

It's been a while since we saw Superman in a mentor role at length, and the addition of Naomi to this arc let Bendis show off Superman's kinder, more compassionate side after many arcs where he's up against world-destroying menaces.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1017

Nov 27, 2019

I do know that Bendis' Metropolis feels more alive than the city has in years " which makes it all the more puzzling that he's blowing up Superman's secret identity soon and likely making the Daily Planet segments more infrequent. Like I said, compelling, but puzzling, but the ambition is enough to win me over. .

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1018

Jan 1, 2020

Following the chain of events in Bendis books can often be tricky, because he's fond of non-narrative plots and jumping around. That's definitely the case with Action Comics #1018, which takes place around the events in its sister title in Year of the Villain, and also incorporates several flashbacks.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1019

Jan 29, 2020

It feels like the two Superman books under Brian Michael Bendis have switched position in the last few months. While Superman is taking on the challenging identity storyline, Action Comics is still stuck in the past era dealing with various subplots. That's not to say Action Comics #1019 is not well-written, but it's definitely lost some of its momentum.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1020

Feb 26, 2020

Superman: Action Comics doesn't quite feel like it has its own story at the moment, but that doesn't stop it from being an entertaining ride.

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8
Action Comics (2016) #1021

Mar 26, 2020

This has been the most explosive arc of the title since Bendis jumped on, with Leviathan and the Legion of Doom descending on Metropolis and Superman teaming up with Young Justice to fight back. John Romita Jr's art continues to be strong " except Grodd looking like a bear this issue " but this issue mostly belongs to Robinson Goode, aka the Red Cloud.

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9
Action Comics (2016) #1022

Jun 4, 2020

This book is fleshing out Superman's world like we haven't seen since the 90s, and that's its biggest strength.

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8.5
Action Comics (2016) #1023

Jul 21, 2020

Bendis' Superman is a lot more unpredictable than the character usually is, and it feels like this is the first shot in a war that's going to get nasty.

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7
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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6
Adventures of the Super Sons #1

Aug 1, 2018

There could be an interesting story here, but as long as this series seems like like two kids having fun and more like a bully and his younger tagalong, it's lacking the charm it seems to be going for.

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7.5
Adventures of the Super Sons #2

Sep 6, 2018

And that basically sums up this book " it's silly, it's over the top, and it's at its best when it embraces that vibe and tones down the caustic sarcasm a bit.

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7
Adventures of the Super Sons #3

Oct 3, 2018

It's fun and silly at times, but I wish it was more so " it feels afraid to embrace the tone where it works best.

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6
Adventures of the Super Sons #4

Nov 8, 2018

Pete Tomasi's revival of the Super-Sons series so far has been an over-the-top cosmic adventure, but the problem is that it's not nearly as much fun as it should be.

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8.5
Adventures of the Super Sons #5

Dec 5, 2018

Finally, after four issues that were bogged down by too much cosmic villainy and snark between the two kid heroes, Adventures of the Super-Sons #5 gives us an issue that perfectly recaptures the Silver Age vibe the series is going for.

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6
Adventures of the Super Sons #6

Jan 9, 2019

Halfway through, it doesn't feel like Adventures of the Super-Sons really has a strong central plot yet.

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5
Adventures of the Super Sons #7

Feb 6, 2019

Overall, it's just an odd comic that doesn't really know what it wants to be " it's lost the innocent fun of these characters' earlier team-ups, but its darker elements don't come together into any sort of compelling larger plot.

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6
Adventures of the Super Sons #8

Mar 6, 2019

The overall plot, though, is very thin " it's just Damian and Jon in a constant state of running from one threat or another, and it lacks a compelling thread to take it through twelve issues.

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8
Adventures of the Super Sons #9

Apr 3, 2019

Adventures of the Super-Sons almost feels like an anthology at times. While there is an ongoing story involving the kid supervillains hunting them, it spends most of its time ping-ponging its tween heroes between one bizarre adventure and another. A lot of them have been duds, like the recent escape from Takron-Galtos, but once in a while, they hit exactly the right notes " like Adventures of the Super-Sons #9's strange space-western adventures.

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Adventures of the Super Sons #10

May 2, 2019

As the final in-continuity Super-Sons story " at least until Damian gets a growth spurt " heads into its final act, it loses most of the momentum of the clever last issue and returns to the same old battle with the Junior Legion of Doom.

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7
Adventures of the Super Sons #11

Jun 5, 2019

It's the penultimate issue of Peter Tomasi's salute to the former Super-Sons dynamic before Jon got a growth spurt and Damian took a level in jerkass, and this comic pretty much sums up the run as a whole " it's fun, but not memorable.

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Adventures of the Super Sons #12

Jul 4, 2019

The story tries to tie everything up before sending Jon and Damian back " just in time for Alfred to let them know summer's over and it's time to head back to school. This is certainly preferable to some of the stuff the boys have been up to lately, but I think this series missed its mark as a fun all-ages book.

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8.5
American Carnage #1

Nov 21, 2018

The third new Vertigo title to launch, Bryan Hill's American Carnage, is by far the most gritty and down-to-earth.

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9.5
American Carnage #2

Dec 19, 2018

American Carnage #2, Bryan Hill's thrilling racism/espionage drama, ups the intensity to an almost unbearable level.

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9.5
American Carnage #3

Jan 23, 2019

A stark, brutal look at the racism bubbling under the surface of American society, American Carnage #3 delivers the series' best issue yet, picking up from the tense cliffhanger when black FBI agent Richard Wright " undercover as a white supremacist recruit " is presented with a sadistic "initiation" ritual to beat and torture a black man captured by his supposed fellow Nazis.

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9
American Carnage #4

Feb 20, 2019

The issue shifts seamlessly from political intrigue to violent horror in pages, and these are some of the best characters I've read in a long time. Hill's writing has elements of Ed Brubaker's work but with a more diverse eye. It's easily the class of the new Vertigo wave.

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9
American Carnage #5

Mar 20, 2019

Morgan seems ready to make another big move at the end of the issue, furthering his push for respectability, and this title continues to be the crown jewel of the new Vertigo line.

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9.5
American Carnage #6

Apr 17, 2019

The masterful part of Bryan Hill and Leandro Gonzales' racial spy saga has been how it can weave tension out of any scene, and that's never clearer than with American Carnage #6, a fantastic issue where there's virtually no violence " but every scene and every line of dialogue is brimming with hate and suspense.

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American Carnage #7

May 15, 2019

With two issues to go, American Carnage has yet to stop surprising me " it's a brilliantly tense neo-noir that has its finger on the pulse of racial issues without simplifying its narrative into cartoonish evil. Its Nazis are human, and that's what makes them such great villains.

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9
American Carnage #8

Jun 19, 2019

The most impressive thing about American Carnage, Bryan Hill and Leandro Fernandez' modern race-based noir, as it enters its penultimate issue is the way it can seesaw from ultra-violence to charged dialogue " and make the latter feel just as tense as the former.

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8
American Carnage #9

Jul 31, 2019

I'm not sure the pacing of this issue entirely worked, but the series as a whole is a must-read.

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9
Amethyst #1

Feb 26, 2020

Visually, it's one of the most impressive books DC is putting out, and story-wise it immediately sets up an intriguing mystery and a likable main character worth rooting for.

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9.5
Amethyst #2

Mar 26, 2020

Amy Reeder's addition to the Wonder Comics line has delivered in just about every way, thanks to a great art style that fully captures the scope of Gemworld and a cast of compelling characters.

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9
Amethyst #3

Jun 13, 2020

This issue doesn't miss a step after a long absence, and it's another creative win for the Wonder Comics line and a return to form for one of DC's most underrated heroes.

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Amethyst #4

Jul 21, 2020

It's been a while since DC went into the high-fantasy genre, and Reeder is doing an amazing job of building on the excellent work past creators have done with Amethyst. The Wonder Comics line continues to be the place DC is putting out some of its most daring books.

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9
Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Joker 80th Anniversary #1

Jun 11, 2020

These stories have a massive variation in tone and style, but almost all of them are excellent. DC gathered an enormous amount of talent for this one-shot, and it pays off. This is one of the best giant anthologies they've done yet, with several all-time classics in the mix.

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9
Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Green Lantern 80th Anniversary #1

Jun 23, 2020

Overall, besides the first two stories, there aren't too many classics here"but there also isn't a single weak point. This is probably the most consistently strong of these giant one-shots, and it's a fitting tribute to eighty years of the DCU's greatest sci-fi franchise.

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8.5
Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Catwoman 80th Anniversary #1

Jun 3, 2020

Overall, another strong anniversary spotlight for one of DC's longest-running characters, with a few stories that are destined to be classics.

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9.5
Anti/Hero OGN

May 13, 2020

It's a perfect introductory story to the DCU for kids, but there's enough to chew on in this book to make it a perfect all-ages story that reminds me in tone of the best Pixar movies. The art style is the right combo of cartoony and expressive, and DC has a trio of bold new talents in the creative team. At only $9.99 for a full arc worth of stories, this is one of the best projects to come out of DC's OGN line yet.

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8
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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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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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
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
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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7.5
Aquaman (2016) #38

Jul 25, 2018

I've been pretty critical of the pacing of Aquaman for a while now, as it seems like the Atlantis Civil War has been raging for years, with Aquaman banished and the mad Corum Rath on the throne. This issue, it all comes to a close, and despite the massive build-up it feels a bit rushed.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #39

Aug 15, 2018

This remains a more compelling plot overall than either of the involved books have had in awhile.

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7.5
Aquaman (2016) #40

Sep 19, 2018

The issue is action-packed, but the plot is kind of weak overall.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #41

Oct 17, 2018

Dan Abnett is bringing his long run on Aquaman to a close in a few months as Kelly Sue DeConnick jumps on board, and his final act will be this tie-in to Drowned World. It's also one of the best acts of his series, as he gets to close out plot points from his Mera: Queen of Atlantis miniseries and give the character a major spotlight she was lacking during the extended Corum Rath storyline.

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7.5
Aquaman (2016) #42

Nov 21, 2018

Abnett's run was by and large always entertaining, but I think a lot of people are ready for Kelly Sue DeConnick's distinct run to begin. As a tie-in and a tribute issue, this was a decent way to go out.

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9.5
Aquaman (2016) #43

Dec 19, 2018

DeConnick is known for provocative Image books like Bitch Planet, and she works a little bit of that social commentary in here around the end of the issue. By the first cliffhanger, I am totally hooked on her vision for this series and I hope she's around here for a long time.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #44

Jan 23, 2019

A lot of people reading Kelly Sue DeConnick's Aquaman will probably only be familiar with her writing style from her extended Captain Marvel run " a peppy, fun, optimistic superhero comic about the impact Carol Danvers had on her civilian fans. But they might be surprised because that's not at all what she's drawing on for her run here.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #45

Feb 20, 2019

Thus far, this series has built a fantastic mystery, and Robson Rocha is doing the work of his career on the Gods and monsters. This could be an Aquaman run for the ages.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #46

Mar 20, 2019

This has quickly built up into one of DC's most interesting runs.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #47

Apr 17, 2019

In only one arc, DeConnick has managed to open up Aquaman's world and introduce a host of fascinating new elements that will give writers a lot to play with " including one of the best new villains in years in Namma/Mother Salt.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #48

May 15, 2019

There's more double-page spreads than usual in this issue, and some are the best work of Bogdanovic's career.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #49

Jun 19, 2019

Easily the most plot-heavy issue of the run, Aquaman #49 advances Kelly Sue DeConnick's story in a big way " while also tossing us quite a few massive plot threads that upend everything we think we know.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #50

Jul 17, 2019

This is easily the best Aquaman run since the days of Geoff Johns in the New 52, and it feels like we're just getting started.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #51

Aug 21, 2019

I continue to be blown away by just how well Kelly Sue DeConnick weaves together the many subplots in her Aquaman run.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #52

Sep 18, 2019

Kelly Sue DeConnick's run on Aquaman has been building since the first issue, leading to Aquaman #52, and developing its own mythology while tying in seamlessly to the larger DCU " and almost a year in, I can safely say it's probably my favorite run on the character in a long time.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #53

Oct 16, 2019

Like the earlier half of this run, DeConnick is balancing a lot of elements and mostly hitting on all cylinders. Hopefully the tie-ins will resolve themselves quickly and she can continue building her master story uninterrupted.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #54

Nov 20, 2019

The story wisely keeps what happened on that boat between Aquaman and Manta's father vague, but this rivalry has been building for years since Geoff Johns revamped both characters. This may be the best and most nuanced take yet.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #55

Dec 18, 2019

Kelly Sue DeConnick continues to deliver one of the best Aquaman runs in memory in Aquaman #55 with a story that has brought in elements from multiple eras of Aqua-history along with many flourishes that are only hers.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #56

Jan 15, 2020

This issue might not have the dense, mythological storytelling of DeConnick's run, but it delivers an entertaining Aquaman story.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #57

Feb 19, 2020

This run has done marvelous work with expanding Aquaman's mythology, but as it gets down to more down-to-earth concepts, I'm hoping it course-corrects a bit to give Mera more of a voice.

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8
Aquaman (2016) #58

Mar 18, 2020

There is some VERY good stuff in this book, but right now it's not living up to the early issues.

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Aquaman (2016) #59

May 27, 2020

I'm still not thrilled with Mera being sidelined so frequently in this series, but this is probably the most compelling issue of DeConnick's run in a while.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016) #60

Jun 24, 2020

There's a lot of good in this series, but a lot of the comic book tropes it plays with take away from the epic mythology DeConnick has been building.

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9
Aquaman (2016) #61

Jul 15, 2020

The first half of the issue is a lot of setup, but when the chaos breaks out, it delivers in a big way.

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8
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
Aquaman (2016) Annual #2

Oct 23, 2019

This is one of the best books I've read in a while when it comes to the supporting cast and the sense of place for a hero, and it continues with the biggest strength of the DeConnick run " everything matters, and even a small-scale issue like this works to inform the rest of the run. Easily the best Aquaman run of the modern era.

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8.5
Aquaman (2016): Drowned Earth Special #1

Nov 28, 2018

All in all, a highly entertaining mini-event that did justice to both the books it tied into. Needed more Jarro, though.

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8
Archie Meets Batman '66 #1

Jul 18, 2018

This first issue is a little slight and kind of underuses the Archie characters, but it's a fun start and I'm hopeful that this six-issue miniseries will have as many fun twists and turns as the previous DC/Archie crossover.

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8
Archie Meets Batman '66 #2

Aug 15, 2018

This Archie-published crossover still doesn't quite live up to its name with its second issue " the main characters are mostly separate, and the crossover does begin, but not with the title characters yet. Still, it's a fun, engaging comic that pays tribute to the classic versions of both franchises with a plot that manages to be light and silly while still having real stakes

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8
Archie Meets Batman '66 #3

Sep 27, 2018

Archie Meets Batman '66 has been a good example of how a comic doesn't need to feel like a world-threatening disaster to deliver an entertaining and exciting read.

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7.5
Archie Meets Batman '66 #4

Nov 3, 2018

Archie Comics' oddball co-production with DC continues to deliver an amusing spy adventure that pays proper tribute to the Batman '66 universe.

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8
Archie Meets Batman '66 #5

Dec 6, 2018

This series has done a good job of telling an exciting story while still keeping it in the retro tone of both the properties it works with. It's a good example of how crossovers work best when they feel like they can equally take place in both comics' worlds.

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8
Archie Meets Batman '66 #6

Jan 10, 2019

One of the odder DC crossovers in recent months comes to an end, and Archie Meets Batman '66 #6 does a good job of showing off what a crossover should do " a celebration of both properties involved.

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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
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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Basketful of Heads #1

Oct 30, 2019

Fans of Stephen King will definitely recognize his influence in his son's work, from the slow burn to the intimate scenes in a Maine town, but I'm not sure it's the best way to kick off a new horror line. A comic is very different from a book, and the leisurely pace might make it hard for this intriguing book to keep readers from month to month.

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7
Basketful of Heads #2

Nov 27, 2019

Two issues in, it feels like the comic still moves at a pretty slow pace and the main character is mostly a blank slate.

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7.5
Basketful of Heads #3

Dec 20, 2019

Basketful of Heads, the first of the Hill House books to debut is still the one that isn't fully clicking with me, due to its slower pace and its odd grindhouse-inspired concept.

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7
Basketful of Heads #4

Jan 22, 2020

The whole story has the vibe of a 70's grindhouse supernatural slasher, but while the other three books weave slow-paced mysteries, this seems like a one-joke horror concept that doesn't really go anywhere more than half of the way in.

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7
Basketful of Heads #5

Feb 26, 2020

There's very little dramatic momentum beyond the inherent horror of the concept.

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8
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
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
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
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
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
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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8.5
Batgirl (2016) #25

Aug 15, 2018

The latest anniversary issue for DC delivers a big package of stories more associated with annuals, weaving together four narratives by three writers into one semi-cohesive but highly compelling story.

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8.5
Batgirl (2016) #26

Aug 29, 2018

I really enjoy how Scott is writing the two leads, and I hope we see more of the supporting characters in future issues. But Barbara might have more pressing concerns, as the chip backfires at the end of the issue and seemingly causes a stroke. Hell of a cliffhanger to leave off on " but this isn't the only time we see Batgirl this week.

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9
Batgirl (2016) #27

Sep 26, 2018

The plot issues aside, this is one of my favorite takes on Barbara Gordon in a while and I'm hoping Scott's on this book for the long haul.

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8.5
Batgirl (2016) #28

Oct 24, 2018

Mairghread Scott's Batgirl run continues to be one of the most intriguing new runs in DC Comics at the moment, but it almost feels like two runs in one.

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8
Batgirl (2016) #29

Nov 28, 2018

The stakes are high, with both Barbara and her father in the building as the clock ticks down. But maybe too much of the issue deals with Wyrm's minions, the shapeless techno-zombies known as Terminals. These hulking threats didn't really excite me in Percy's issues where they appeared either.

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8.5
Batgirl (2016) #30

Jan 2, 2019

There's a lot of interesting ideas in this first issue, and Batgirl as a title has surprisingly been involved in a lot of political storylines in recent years. Scott's run continues to be off to a strong start.

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8.5
Batgirl (2016) #31

Jan 30, 2019

This is a great combo of the "Teen detective" vibe of the Burnside run with the more mature Batgirl pioneered by Gail Simone. I hope they end the rift between the Gordons soon, but this is a great run.

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8
Batgirl (2016) #32

Feb 27, 2019

There are few breakout moments in this issue, but the overall take on Batgirl remains strong.

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9
Batgirl (2016) #33

Mar 27, 2019

James Gordon Jr. has haunted the Gordons for years, ever since Snyder's earliest days at DC, but his dual roles in the two comics coming out right now may be his finest hour " and it comes just as he's maybe not a villain anymore. And I can safely say Scott is doing the best work with Barbara Gordon since Oracle was retired.

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8
Batgirl (2016) #34

Apr 24, 2019

I don't think this is the best issue of the run, and the ongoing Jason Bard subplot doesn't do much for me, but it's an intriguing mix of elements setting up a strong finale.

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7
Batgirl (2016) #35

May 22, 2019

Writer Mairghread Scott is leaving after next issue, paving the way for Cecil Castellucci to take over, and I wish she had gone out on a stronger antagonist in Batgirl #35.

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7
Batgirl (2016) #36

Jul 3, 2019

A disappointing end to a great run.

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7.5
Batgirl (2016) #37

Jul 24, 2019

The subplot involving Jason Bard apparently developing feelings for Barbara".pass, given the significant age gap and just how many times he's screwed over her family. It's not a pairing I'm particularly interested in. But as a first issue, Batgirl #37 is showing some good characterization for its lead character, so there's promise here.

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7
Batgirl (2016) #38

Aug 28, 2019

Jason Bard referring to Batgirl as a "menace" may be a little too on the money, but this run does seem to have a very good take on Barbara Gordon " at least in the present day.

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7
Batgirl (2016) #39

Sep 25, 2019

This is a title with several big ideas that aren't coalescing into a cohesive whole.

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7.5
Batgirl (2016) #40

Oct 23, 2019

There's a good Barbara Gordon in this story, and a good sense of tension, but I'm not sure the central plot is doing the character any favors.

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8
Batgirl (2016) #41

Nov 27, 2019

Overall, it's definitely getting better but I'm looking forward to seeing what Castellucci does once she's out from under this storyline.

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4
Batgirl (2016) #43

Jan 22, 2020

After several runs that fleshed out Barbara's new supporting cast and setting, this run and especially this arc feel like a big step back.

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6
Batgirl (2016) #44

Feb 26, 2020

The oddest story in recent Batgirl history concludes in Batgirl #44 with a fantasy-accented adventure that mostly seems to serve to push Babs and Jason Bard together as a couple. If you're into that pairing, you might like it " but it didn't work for me.

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5
Batgirl (2016) #47

Jul 21, 2020

The problem is that this is a story we've seen before, and the way it's presented in this issue is deeply uncomfortable. And the ongoing subplot about Barbara's role in Jason being disabled"coming to a head soon"isn't holding my interest.

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9
Batgirl (2016) Annual #2

Aug 29, 2018

This is a fascinating tale about dark, codependent relationships and the way that while Barbara will keep on foiling James, she'll never quite be able to rid herself of him.

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4
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Batman (2016) #39

Jan 17, 2018

Another great issue in King's run.

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9
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
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
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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Batman (2016) #43

Mar 21, 2018

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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
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
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
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
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
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) #51

Jul 18, 2018

Coming off the devastating wedding issue that ended with Batman being left at the altar (well, rooftop), Bruce Wayne is not in a great mental place as Batman #51 opens. And what's the one thing that'll make everyone feel better? Jury duty!

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9.5
Batman (2016) #52

Aug 1, 2018

I wish we had seen a bit of Dick as Batman again this issue, but this is one of the most compelling issues of this Batman run, and Batman is barely in it.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #53

Aug 15, 2018

As the second half of King's Batman run begins, I see no reason to believe it won't be just as exceptional as the first half.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #54

Sep 5, 2018

Matt Wagner's art looks great, but he's been very vocal about not being allowed to use his choice of colorist. That's a fumble on DC's part that might keep this legendary creator from working with them again. Shame, because this issue is pretty close to being an all-timer.

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8
Batman (2016) #55

Sep 19, 2018

Batman #55 is a high-quality comic where not much happens, all leading up to a shocking moment that's been spoiled six ways from Sunday weeks before the issue comes out.

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9
Batman (2016) #56

Oct 3, 2018

Whatever the next issue brings in terms of the actual showdown between the two players, this issue set it up in such a way that it had better live up to the prelude.

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Batman (2016) #57

Oct 17, 2018

It's a deeply disturbing issue, yes, but not one that passes the smell test.

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9
Batman (2016) #58

Nov 7, 2018

I'm hoping to learn more about Penny Cobblepot, because her random introduction is sort of an odd touch for the issue, but this is much closer to the best of King's run than we've seen in a while.

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6
Batman (2016) #59

Nov 21, 2018

Tom King's Batman is quickly finding itself in a very interesting spot, where I admire the quality and craft that goes into every issue while disagreeing more and more with the direction.

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8
Batman (2016) #60

Dec 5, 2018

Lot of questions to be answered, but this issue is a big step up from the last one.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #61

Dec 19, 2018

Easily one of the darkest, most fascinating Batman stories I've read in awhile.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #62

Jan 9, 2019

Ultimately, this is a very well-executed issue, but it lacks that special touch that's made King's other issues in this vein stand out so perfectly.

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9
Batman (2016) #63

Jan 23, 2019

As we approach the third act of King's Batman, there's a lot of unanswered questions, and this issue makes me pretty excited to find out the answers.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #64

Feb 6, 2019

Entirely written by Joshua Williamson, the man behind last week's exceptional Flash annual, "The Price of Justice" seems to be a good fusion of psychological drama and high-octane action " but so far it doesn't seem to have all that much to do with the main plot of Heroes in Crisis, and even more surprisingly it draws its biggest plot point from the early issues of Tom King's Batman.

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Batman (2016) #65

Feb 20, 2019

This crossover has been a tragedy, as Gotham Girl repeatedly makes the worst possible choice towards self-destruction. I can't see her coming out of this alive after the end of the issue, and that feels like a waste. As a Batman-Flash crossover, it's a great way of sorting out the bad blood between them. But as a next chapter in Gotham Girl's storyarc, it's sorely lacking.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #66

Mar 6, 2019

It's no secret that I've had a few issues with the direction of King's Batman over the last few months, and this "Knightmares" arc has been a mixed bag of fascinating experiments without a clear narrative thread. Somehow it's all happening in Batman's head, but not all of them are from Batman's perspective. That's the case with this issue by guest artist Jorge Fornes, easily the best of the arc " because it puts Catwoman front and center and finally gives us a little insight into her controversial decision to stand Batman up at the altar

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9
Batman (2016) #67

Mar 20, 2019

I don't think it's quite on the level of the brilliant originals, but it's more than worth a read for the stunning art and another piece of this increasingly complex puzzle as Batman's journey through the dreamscape approaches its end.

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9
Batman (2016) #68

Apr 10, 2019

This is an extremely elaborate way to get Batman to the next step, but with more issues like this I'm ready to be patient and enjoy the ride.

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9
Batman (2016) #69

Apr 17, 2019

Batman #69 is the final story of Knightmares, and the second half of this bizarre arc has picked up the pace with some twist illusions and a great sense of tension.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #70

May 1, 2019

The slick Mikel Janin and the gritty Jorge Fornes share art duties this issue, an awkward mix that shouldn't work but does thanks to the episodic nature of the issue.

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8
Batman (2016) #71

May 15, 2019

While the execution of this comic is excellent, the never-ending bleakness and dark turns make it a little hard to stay invested.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #72

Jun 5, 2019

It defies belief slightly occasionally, as Bane's long game seems more fitting for someone like Ozymandias, it's so intricate. But it's a good use of Bane as a smarter mastermind villain, which is in line with his original characterization (if a bit exaggerated here).

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9.5
Batman (2016) #73

Jun 19, 2019

Over the last six months, Tom King's Batman run has felt less like a cohesive run and more like a narrative experiment " with each issue dramatically shifting locations and themes to the point it often became confusing and frustrating. When it doesn't work, it feels annoyingly literate. When it does work, like this issue, it's fascinating.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #74

Jul 10, 2019

City of Bane and the last big storyline of King's run on this title is right around the corner, but when talking about the high points of this run, this issue is bound to be high on the list.

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9
Batman (2016) #75

Jul 17, 2019

As Tom King's Batman enters its final arc, this mind-bending and often frustrating run kicks off its biggest arc yet, City of Bane, with a double-sized anniversary spectacular, Batman #75, that raises way more questions than it answers and delivers one punch after another.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #76

Aug 7, 2019

There's a LOT going on here, and it's building into one of the most exciting stories of King's run.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #77

Aug 21, 2019

Tom King is one of the biggest puzzles in comics, as his comics are often equal parts the most impressive and the most frustrating on the stands. That's the case with Batman #77, which begins with some of the best writing of King's run and ends with a gut-punch of a twist that has the potential to destroy the character's status quo if not reversed.

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9
Batman (2016) #79

Sep 18, 2019

We all know some grim stuff is coming as Batman and Catwoman return to retake Gotham, so this break arc is a nice breather before this title heads into the last six issues of its run.

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9
Batman (2016) #80

Oct 2, 2019

We know he's going to make a face-turn by the end of the arc and probably wind up back in oblivion just like Jor-El, but unlike Jor-El he's been taken so far that I don't know if I'll buy it. And still no word on or reaction to what happened to Alfred. But segments like Batman's face-off with Hush, or the brief and thrilling segment involving Kite-Man, show King's deliberate pacing at its best.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #81

Oct 16, 2019

There's a strange backup with Harvey Bullock half-naked and singing a weird song while wearing Joker makeup, and I'm not sure what to make of it, but the art by both Romita Jr. and Gerads is top-notch, even if the story feels scattered.

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8.5
Batman (2016) #82

Nov 6, 2019

But the problem with this narrative is that for all the hype over City of Bane, it doesn't feel like Bane is the ultimate arch-villain of this story. This showdown almost feels like a Mini-Boss, with Thomas Wayne lurking in the background.

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Batman (2016) #83

Nov 20, 2019

Tom King may have the strangest sense of pacing in the DC stable, and it alternates between fascinating and frustrating, especially in reading Batman #83.

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9
Batman (2016) #85

Dec 18, 2019

I've had my issues with Tom King's Batman run for a few months now, but I'm happy to report that he does stick the landing in Batman #85 with a strong final issue that calls back to the run's best moments.

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9
Batman (2016) #86

Jan 8, 2020

So, a fine start. It's nothing we haven't seen before in a Batman story but we haven't seen this type of story much lately, and it's well-executed.

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9
Batman (2016) #87

Jan 22, 2020

It's a clear attempt to win back the crowd with a run that seems to take some of its DNA from Snyder and Dini but quickly becomes its own thrilling flavor. Let's hope Tynion gets to keep building this run for a long time.

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9
Batman (2016) #88

Feb 5, 2020

Guillem March's art has improved a lot, although he still has elements of the cheesecake style he had on the Sirens " and fans of that series will be very glad to see the last page. Three issues in, I am fully invested in this mystery.

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9
Batman (2016) #89

Feb 19, 2020

Under the surface, this Batman is more unwell than he has been in a long time, and I suspect that's going to come out in a bad way soon. But until then, we're being treated to one hell of an entertaining run.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #90

Mar 4, 2020

This entire run has been great, but this issue builds the tension up to an almost unbearable level at times.

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9
Batman (2016) #91

Mar 18, 2020

Joker War is getting all the hype, but Tynion is coming out of the gate on this title as strong as Snyder did.

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9
Batman (2016) #92

Jun 12, 2020

The title hasn't missed a step, though, as we plunge right back into James Tynion IV's high-octane thriller.

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9
Batman (2016) #93

Jun 23, 2020

As we rocket towards Joker War, James Tynion IV's run continues to build momentum and it becomes clear just how many hands Joker has everywhere in Gotham.

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9
Batman (2016) #94

Jul 7, 2020

There's a real sense of dread all over the issue, and it's the perfect lead-in to what promises to be the biggest battle against Joker since Scott Snyder's Endgame.

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9.5
Batman (2016) #95

Jul 21, 2020

This is an explosive kickoff with a great cliffhanger. We'll see how the tie-ins do, but Tynion has done an excellent job of making this feel like an event.

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9
Batman (2016) #96

Aug 4, 2020

We're still in the opening act, but this storyline is exactly as intense and creepy as it should be.

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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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10
Batman (2016) Annual #3

Dec 12, 2018

It's easily one of the best Batman stories I've read in years.

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10
Batman (2016) Annual #4

Oct 30, 2019

As King's run winds down, there's been a lot of debate over some of his story decisions. But this issue is not only King's run at its absolute best, it's one of the best single issues he's ever written.

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8.5
Batman (2016): Secret Files #1

Oct 31, 2018

Overall, Batman Secret Files comes out a winner, combining a new tale by regular writer Tom King with four stories by up-and-coming and new-to-DC writers.

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Batman (2016): Pennyworth R.I.P. #1

Feb 12, 2020

These great vignettes are undercut by a bitter main story that makes Bruce feel emotionally useless and the Bat-family feeling rather cruel to each other. It just emphasizes how broken the Bats are without Alfred " which may have been the point.

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8
Batman (2016): Secret Files #2

Jul 31, 2019

Overall, aside from the Orlando story, most of these tales are good but not great. That one, though, is worth the price of admission alone.

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8.5
Batman (2016): Secret Files #3

Jun 12, 2020

In this oversized one-shot, we flash back to the very start of James Tynion IV's run on Batman to look deeper at the five assassins who showed up in Gotham to target Bruce Wayne's new mission. It's an odd concept, not helped by the fact that the book is delayed and the plot has moved on, but DC has assembled an all-star cast of creators.

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8.5
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #1

May 8, 2019

There's some Year of the Villain teases involving Ra's Al Ghul, but overall this first issue works well because of how strong Hill's characterization is and how good it is to have these characters back.

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Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #2

Jun 12, 2019

I really wanted to like Batman and the Outsiders, given that it features several of my favorite characters and is written by one of my favorite recent DC writers, Bryan Hill. The first issue was highly promising, spotlighting a unique team dynamic and giving multiple characters intriguing subplots. The problem is " this isn't that comic.

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8
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #3

Jul 10, 2019

The character work in this comic is much more effective than the plotting, and that's enough to keep me hooked for now.

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7.5
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #4

Aug 14, 2019

I feel like this could become a great series, but it'll have to do it in the second arc.

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8
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #5

Sep 11, 2019

Batman and the Outsiders is slowly finding its groove, although even in Batman and the Outsiders #5, it's still bogged down by a story heavily rooted in original characters who remind me way too much of the 90s.

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8.5
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #6

Oct 9, 2019

It's taken until Batman and the Outsiders #6, but Bryan Hill's spin-off Bat-title seems to have found its groove with this excellent issue focused on Duke Thomas and Cassandra Cain " two of the Bat-kids who have been struggling to find their place in DC's lineup.

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8
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #7

Nov 13, 2019

This title tries to do a lot, and it doesn't always succeed, but the ambition is coming together into something pretty compelling. I'm hoping this next arc focused on Duke doubles down on those strengths.

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8.5
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #8

Dec 11, 2019

Batman and the Outsiders has taken a major turn upwards as it focuses more on its core cast and less on the original 90s-style antiheroes and villains who dominated the first arc. Bryan Hill's character work is always excellent, especially when he's working with characters he clearly feels passionate about.

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8
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #9

Jan 8, 2020

This series started rough with issues too focused on original villains, but it's found its footing since as one of the better books in the Bat-line.

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8.5
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #10

Feb 12, 2020

This series hit its stride after a strong first arc, although its weak spot remains generic villains Kaliber and Ishmael, who show up near the end of the issue. The Outsiders seem on the verge of a reunion, and it looks like it'll be a hell of a showdown.

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8.5
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #11

Mar 11, 2020

But this is one of the most ruthless takes we've ever seen on Ra's Al Ghul, and he ends Batman and the Outsiders #11 by taking an action that's one of the most evil things he's ever done. There's a lot of story set up here, and I'm excited to see how Hill surprises us next.

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8.5
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #12

May 6, 2020

This title took a little while to get going, but over the last arc Hill has turned it into that rarest of unicorns " a truly character-based team book that's at its strongest outside of the big fight scenes.

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8.5
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #13

Jun 18, 2020

Once the 90s-style villains were ditched and the focus restored to the core cast, this has become one of the most entertaining books in DC's lineup.

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9
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #14

Jul 8, 2020

This title has consistently built since its first arc, and it's one of DC's most underrated books at the moment.

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7.5
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) Annual #1

Oct 30, 2019

This issue has a lot of good points, and Black Lightning in particular is a character Hill writes very well. But Katana's surreal supernatural departure is definitely not my favorite element of the series.

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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
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
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
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
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
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
Batman Beyond (2016) #22

Jul 25, 2018

This issue has a lot of fun twists and turns, including the return of another classic Gotham vigilante.

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7.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #23

Aug 22, 2018

I am overall enjoying this series, but there's a pattern of stories that go on a little too long. I'm hoping this ends strong with a new addition to Batman's rogues gallery.

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8
Batman Beyond (2016) #24

Sep 26, 2018

Now that the main narrative of the Futures End world is thankfully over with and Terry McGinnis is fully back in the lead in Batman Beyond, the title has been getting more into exploring Gotham's past and bringing back classic Batman villains in new forms.

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8.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #25

Oct 24, 2018

Batman Beyond #25 is the best issue yet of this series and I'm surprised as anyone that this is coming from the return of the Joker.

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7
Batman Beyond (2016) #27

Jan 2, 2019

Definitely an improvement over last month's issue, but Brett Booth's stint on Batman Beyond is still not really capturing the vibe of the issues that were leading up to it.

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6
Batman Beyond (2016) #28

Jan 30, 2019

Batman Beyond rebounded from its rough early arcs that were too tied into the Futures End continuity with the new status quo, but unfortunately the return of the Joker seems to have taken it too far round the bend into the old status quo.

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7.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #29

Feb 27, 2019

The plot as a whole has been one of the series' weakest, as I don't think it's really told us anything about Joker we didn't already know, but it had a strong ending that sets up a lot of doubts about Matt's future as Robin. I'm just hoping this series continues the strong characterization but makes better use of the Batman Beyond rogues gallery like the previous arc did.

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8
Batman Beyond (2016) #30

Mar 27, 2019

There are few better ways to add a touch of excellence to your comic than by having Doc Shaner guest on art for an issue or two. So it's no surprise that Batman Beyond #30 is one of the best of the series " but it helps that Dan Jurgens' story rises to the situation and delivers a strong story set in the aftermath of the Joker's death of a heart attack.

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8
Batman Beyond (2016) #31

Apr 24, 2019

The issue is tense and feels like a step forward as the title uses more elements of the classic cartoon to build its next arc.

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7
Batman Beyond (2016) #32

May 22, 2019

Rick Leonardi does a good job as the new artist on Batman Beyond #32, but overall the plot lacks the punch of the recent Joker arc.

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7.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #33

Jun 26, 2019

This arc of Batman Beyond has been dominated by two storylines, one much more interesting than the other " and, in Batman Beyond #33, it becomes very clear which is taking over the book.

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7.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #34

Jul 24, 2019

This is definitely better than the title was during the recent Joker arc, and False Face makes for an amusingly incompetent but still dangerous foe.

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8
Batman Beyond (2016) #35

Aug 28, 2019

After a current arc that took a while to get started, the plot in Batman Beyond picks up speed (pun intended) with Batman Beyond #35, a packed issue that reveals the secret origin of Splitt, gives a hero a major new role, and returns a massive player to the world of Batman's future.

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8
Batman Beyond (2016) #36

Sep 25, 2019

The banter between Barry and Bruce is one of the highlights of the issue.

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8
Batman Beyond (2016) #37

Oct 23, 2019

Something big is coming, and it took a while to get here but this title is definitely living up to the legacy of the cartoon.

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8
Batman Beyond (2016) #38

Nov 27, 2019

Dan Jurgens has completely upended Batman Beyond's status quo over the last year in a very effective way, with a storyline that echoes his plot in Nightwing to a degree but also has its own twists and turns and that continues in Batman Beyond #38.

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8.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #39

Jan 1, 2020

This is easily the most intriguing this series has been, with a plot that captures the vibe of the beloved original while advancing the plot in exciting ways.

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8
Batman Beyond (2016) #40

Jan 23, 2020

The best part of this story so far has been its high stakes and fast pace, and with all the players in place, we should be heading to a strong finale.

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8.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #41

Feb 26, 2020

After a tricky start due to past stories, this book has really found its footing as a great modern reinvention of the cartoon. It's certainly made me want to go back and binge the original.

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8
Batman Beyond (2016) #43

May 27, 2020

Lots going on here and lots of unanswered questions, but a solid read.

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8.5
Batman Beyond (2016) #45

Jul 21, 2020

I don't know if this series is continuing past #50"there are a lot of shakeups coming"but this run has turned into a great sequel to the TV series.

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8.5
Batman Giant #4

Apr 29, 2020

For those who haven't read these iconic runs, there's also a chapter of the Scott Snyder/Greg Capullo Batman run, the Greg Rucka/J.H. Williams Batwoman run, and Tim Seeley and Fernandez's Nightwing Rebirth tale. It's a strong greatest-hits package that works nicely as a way to introduce new fans to Batman's world.

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9
Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime OGN

Feb 12, 2020

Overall, Batman Tales: Once Upon a Crime is a definite level up for the creative team of Fridolfs and Nguyen, taking the elements that made their earlier stories work and adding more depth, more comedy, and some inventive art tricks. This is a worthy addition to the DC all-ages OGN line.

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5
Batman vs. Ra's Al Ghul (2019) #1

Sep 4, 2019

The comic plays fast and loose with continuity, as it references both No Man's Land and has Nightwing and two Robins appear without identifying them. It takes place amid a power crisis in Gotham that's caused mass riots " spearheaded by the mysterious remote-controlled evil robot Khaos.

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4
Batman vs. Ra's Al Ghul (2019) #2

Oct 10, 2019

The plot makes more sense than some previous minis, but it's just a bizarre sideshow of a comic where everyone spends most of the issue yelling at each other and neither the heroes or the villains seem smart enough to be in this line of work.

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3
Batman vs. Ra's Al Ghul (2019) #3

Nov 27, 2019

The story is fitfully amusing, but completely fails as any sort of coherent narrative. Adams is a legend, and I'm glad he's having fun.

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4
Batman vs. Ra's Al Ghul (2019) #4

Feb 12, 2020

Batman Vs. Ra's Al Ghul #4 is the continuation of a strange series of Batman comics by Neal Adams going back almost a decade, meaning this entire series was guaranteed to be bizarre. But I wasn't quite prepared for just how bizarre.

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8
Batman's Grave #1

Oct 9, 2019

For those comparing this book to Hitch's other recent DC work in Hawkman, you'll find Hitch is showing off some very different strengths here. There's much less bombastic action, instead, many more subtle character moments and detailed crime scenes. It also seems to be very much about the relationship between Batman and Alfred " making it an odd choice timeline-wise, unless it's intended as a tribute to the butler.

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6
Batman's Grave #2

Nov 14, 2019

I like the ideas at play in this series so far, but the execution is highly irregular and it's not coming together as a cohesive story yet. It's a stunning showcase for Hitch's art, but I'm not sure what else it is yet.

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7
Batman's Grave #3

Dec 12, 2019

Ellis has always been an offbeat writer, and it feels like this comic is half him spotlighting his writing, half spotlighting Hitch's brilliant art. But I'm not sure they work as a single comic.

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8
Batman's Grave #5

Feb 12, 2020

Ellis seems to be building to a slow-burn confrontation between Batman and this new cult of enemies, but when the title does show off its action chops, it delivers some of the best action on the stands.

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7
Batman's Grave #6

Mar 11, 2020

There's a lot of good elements in this book, but they're not quite coming together as a whole so far.

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8.5
Batman/Superman (2019) #1

Aug 28, 2019

Overall, this is a strong and creepy first issue that may work better as a Batman Who Laughs comic than a Batman and Superman one.

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8
Batman/Superman (2019) #2

Sep 25, 2019

The visual at the end seems familiar " probably because Scott Snyder did it it in his most iconic storyarc " but the suspense and visuals are top-notch as this book continues to serve as a spine for the upcoming Hell Arisen event.

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9
Batman/Superman (2019) #3

Oct 23, 2019

We're only three issues in, but this title seems to have a stronger central concept than these team-ups have in previous versions.

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9
Batman/Superman (2019) #4

Nov 20, 2019

As the dark mirror to the current storyline in Justice League, Batman/Superman seems to get better every issue.

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8.5
Batman/Superman (2019) #5

Dec 18, 2019

This is definitely a comic serving a specific purpose in the DCU at the moment, but it does it far better than most tie-ins would.

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8.5
Batman/Superman (2019) #6

Jan 22, 2020

This book has been event-driven so far, so a more independent storyline might be what it needs to take it from very good to great.

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9
Batman/Superman (2019) #7

Feb 26, 2020

Superman and Batman feel almost like supporting characters here, the villains are such outsized characters. But that's not a complaint. And the ending lays bare the flaws with Zod's plan in a fantastic splash page that is alternately horrifying and the most Silver Age thing I've read in awhile.

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8.5
Batman/Superman (2019) #9

Jun 4, 2020

I think the strength of this title, why it succeeds where other DC team-up titles have failed, is that it knows how to perfectly fuse the two worlds of the lead characters and take them both off-balance in a way that creates compelling new story possibilities. It also feels like it has more of an impact on their worlds than any similar title " a definite win.

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8.5
Batman/Superman (2019) #10

Jul 31, 2020

With a great last act twist that doubles as a callback to Watchmen, it's a gripping and exciting issue that continues to show off how well this book switches genres at the drop of a hat.

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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
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
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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8.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #1

May 1, 2019

This isn't just a conclusion to this cycle of miniseries, it's a tribute to the entire history of the Ninja Turtles property and gives off the impression that this could be the comic book equivalent of "Turtle-Verse". Great, suitably bizarre start.

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8.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #2

Jun 5, 2019

A little too much monologuing from Krang as he rides Anti-Monitor around like a bodysuit. Krang's an acquired taste as a villain, and few writers have made him work beyond a campy cartoon villain. But the joy of a crossover is watching new dynamics form across dimensions, and on that front, this is a major win.

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8.5
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #3

Jul 3, 2019

The twists and turns of this series are easily making it the best installment in the trilogy.

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8
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #4

Aug 7, 2019

This is definitely a middle chapter with a lot of transitions, but things are looking exciting as we head into the final chapters.

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8
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #5

Sep 4, 2019

There's one more issue to go and it looks like we're headed for an epic finale, but this series wouldn't have worked nearly as well if it wasn't for the humor, the family vibe, and the character development that happened alongside the action. A great use of both properties' best characters.

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8
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #6

Oct 2, 2019

James Tynion IV has clearly had a lot of fun writing these team-ups with the Bat-family and the Turtles since the first miniseries all the way through Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #6, the final issue, and it shows.

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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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9.5
Batman: Creature of the Night #4

Nov 27, 2019

The central question of its series is never quite answered, with the nature of the Batman and its links to Bruce's birth remaining unsolved. I wouldn't really want it any other way, since the ambiguity is what makes it work. Now that this series is complete, I'm pretty sure it'll end its run as an all-time classic.

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8.5
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #1

Jul 24, 2019

There's a lot still to be answered here, but Murphy's art is brilliant from the first page to the last and it seems like this next chapter will be faster to get started and no less brutal.

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9
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #2

Aug 28, 2019

The visuals here are great, but this second issue elevates the story into a high-stakes suspense thriller and delivers the visuals we expect from a Murphy joint.

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8.5
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #3

Sep 25, 2019

Sean Murphy, along with Matt Hollingsworth, is pulling off an impressive feat here " giving us a dark Batman future that doesn't feel like

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9
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #4

Oct 23, 2019

A strong flashback to Alfred's role in the Wayne's big secret, and a tense cliffhanger that leaves another hero's fate in question adds up to the best issue of the run. It's no surprise that this series essentially launched Black Label.

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9
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #5

Dec 11, 2019

One of this title's best feats is the way it takes things from the 1990s and revamps them to fit perfectly in Murphy's unique style. The new design for Azrael's villainous identity is one of the best art pieces of the run, and the second half of this series is looking to easily outstrip the first in intensity.

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9
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #6

Jan 22, 2020

Murphy's been show-running this comic nearly solo from the start, and it's evolving into one of the most promising Batman alternate universes in years.

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9.5
Batman: Curse of the White Knight #7

Feb 26, 2020

Batman: Curse of the White Knight #7 is probably the best issue of Sean Murphy's epic alternate universe, as Bruce Wayne grapples with his family's complex legacy and comes to the most dramatic decision of his heroic career.

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9.5
Batman: Curse of the White Knight: Von Freeze #1

Nov 20, 2019

Klaus Janson's polished but gritty art is a perfect substitute for Murphy's on this issue, and this issue's handling of thorny and dark subject matter puts any other handling of the Nazis in comics recently to shame.

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9.5
Batman: Damned #1

Sep 19, 2018

As the issue comes to a close, full of horrifying visuals and mysteries, it's clear that DC has a new line full of promise. If Black Label continues to explore the darker side of its heroes with this style and none of the cheap exploitation associated with many "mature readers" lines, DC could have something special here.

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3
Batman: Damned #2

Dec 12, 2018

Mature Readers lines can go two ways, and right now this first Black Label book, unfortunately, seems to be going in the worst way possible " a dark-and-edgy cartoon of a story with little point but to be as shocking as possible. Far from this brilliant creative team's best work.

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6
Batman: Damned #3

Jun 26, 2019

The reveals come fast and furious in these last few pages, but the series doesn't so much end as stop " leaving us with many questions about who even survived this story. It's brilliantly drawn and delivers some haunting visuals, but it doesn't remotely work as a coherent story.

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7
Batman: Kings of Fear #1

Aug 22, 2018

This first issue's story didn't do too much for me, but I'm looking forward to seeing this creative team do something terrifying with Scarecrow.

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7
Batman: Kings of Fear #2

Sep 26, 2018

Scott Peterson and Kelley Jones' new Batman miniseries feels more like an art book spotlighting Jones' unique versions of the Gotham villains than anything else, as two issues in the art is incredible but the plot is VERY thin.

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7.5
Batman: Kings of Fear #3

Oct 25, 2018

Batman: Kings of Fear is an odd book, equal parts psychological study of Batman's mission and art showcase for Kelley Jones' unique style. I'm not entirely sure that either half fully works due to being split between the two missions, though.

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8
Batman: Kings of Fear #4

Nov 28, 2018

The art drives this series, but the story is pretty strong too. It reminds me a little of Robinson's Two-Face story in Detective Comics, in that it's an intimate spotlight on Batman and one of his long-term villains. Strong art and a compelling story lift this above similar stories.

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8.5
Batman: Kings of Fear #5

Dec 19, 2018

It's a more low-key Batman story than what we normally get, with the battle being joined inside the mind rather than the streets, but it's no less compelling.

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9
Batman: Kings of Fear #6

Jan 9, 2019

It may seem like a minimalist story, but under the surface is one of the smartest Batman stories I've read in a while.

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10
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #1

May 29, 2019

A master class in tension that deftly leapfrogs between genres, it never lets up and its 56 pages both fly by and leave you enough to pore over until next month.

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10
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2

Jul 31, 2019

Like a twisted pastiche of Mad Max; On the Beach; and The Twilight Zone, what starts as a Batman story becomes something spectacular that encompasses the whole DCU in fascinating ways.

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10
Batman: Last Knight on Earth #3

Dec 18, 2019

A run like this deserves an equally epic mic drop, and while Snyder and Capullo aren't going anywhere " they're likely the creative team on the next great DC event come summer " this is the perfect ending for their Bat-run. Much like Doomsday Clock, this is destined to be a timeless DC classic.

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9.5
Batman: Nightwalker #1

Oct 2, 2019

Not only is it a great Batman story, it's a great Bruce Wayne story " one of the rarest things in comics.

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9
Batman: Overdrive #1

Mar 4, 2020

Overall, Batman: Overdrive is an irrepressibly fun book that gives us a unique take on Bruce Wayne backed up by some highly entertaining car chase action and a strong supporting cast.

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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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6
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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6
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
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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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
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
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
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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8.5
Batman: Sins of the Father #6

Jul 18, 2018

This video game tie-in wraps its run after only six issues, bridging the gap between the Telltale series of Batman video games, but Batman: Sins of the Father proves that this is much more than just a simple tie-in.

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8.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue #1

Apr 2, 2020

For those who have been needing a comic fix in the fallow weeks ahead, DC has you covered with a revival of one of the all-time greats.

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8.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue #2

Apr 17, 2020

I'm not sure this quite feels like the animated series just yet, but it's definitely a strong all-ages take on the world of Gotham that's growing with every issue.

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9
Batman: Universe #1

Jul 10, 2019

From the opening pages, as Batman argues with Alfred from inside the Batmobile as we see the city as Batman does, it delivers on a visual level like few Batman comics do.

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9
Batman: Universe #2

Aug 14, 2019

Brian Michael Bendis' DC work has been a mixed bag since he arrived at the company, but this former Walmart exclusive comic has shown off all of his strengths " namely whip-fast dialogue and a great sense of tone and place " with none of the weaknesses in Batman Universe #2.

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9.5
Batman: Universe #3

Sep 11, 2019

I have no clue where this is going, but it's some of the most fun I've had reading a DC comic in a while.

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9
Batman: Universe #4

Oct 9, 2019

With Batman Universe #4, two-thirds of the way into Batman Universe, I can safely say this team-up adventure is easily the best comic Bendis has written in years, and maybe one of the best of his career.

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9
Batman: Universe #5

Nov 6, 2019

This run feels like an entire event comic stuffed into a single miniseries and I mean that in the best way possible. Bendis understands the inherent chaos of the DCU better than most of his regular comics indicate, and if he brings this style to a regular Batman run down the line, I highly endorse it.

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10
Batman: Universe #6

Dec 4, 2019

I don't know if Bendis is planning any more Batman stories in the future, but this arc indicated that he has one of the most unique and compelling visions for the character in a long time. DC printing it again in this format has been an essential step in making sure this gem gets the attention it deserves.

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7
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
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
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
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
Batwoman (2017) #10

Dec 20, 2017

A must-read for Batwoman fans.

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7
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
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
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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8.5
Batwoman (2017) #17

Jul 18, 2018

Bennett's run on the Bat-family for now ends with next issue, but she's proved in this run and her other recent work that she's one of the most creative and talented writers working in the DCU right now. I hope the editors have big plans for her.

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8.5
Batwoman (2017) #18

Aug 15, 2018

This is a gorgeous, character-driven issue that I wish didn't have to end " and will hopefully get a high-profile relaunch next year when the character heads to TV.

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6
Birds of Prey (2020) #1

Jun 3, 2020

Overall, if Birds of Prey #1 was going for a grindhouse action-movie vibe, it achieved it. Its story is competent and the art is excellent. But as a Birds of Prey team, it doesn't remotely live up to the Palmiotti/Conner miniseries it's competing with. The Birds always had some fun energy, and this take just feels like a dirge.

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9
Black Canary: Ignite #1

Oct 31, 2019

The character is one of the big selling points here, but the top one is probably on the cover " experienced young adult author Meg Cabot, one of the biggest names in fiction and the woman behind the extended Princess Diaries series. Making her comic book debut on this OGN, she's possibly the biggest get the line has had so far and I expect this book to be a superstar seller for DC.

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9
Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice! #1

Jul 11, 2019

I'm not sure if the first issue structure allowed Lemire to excel on the same level that he normally does, but he's set himself a strong foundation to explore these two groups and how they deal with their new realities in coming issues. And any time Lemire and Walsh do a comic together it's a must read.

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9.5
Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice! #3

Sep 12, 2019

Lemire never wastes a page, and I suspect this will fit into the overall tapestry of the world of Black Hammer, making it a must-read.

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9
Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice! #4

Oct 10, 2019

Jeff Lemire is a master of the small character moments, even in the middle of a massive comic book event, and the last third of this event promises to wrap up another great arc of the Black Hammer mythology.

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9.5
Black Hammer/Justice League: Hammer of Justice! #5

Nov 14, 2019

This crossover furthers its status as the best creator-owned superhero universe since Astro City.

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8
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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8
Books of Magic (2018) #1

Oct 24, 2018

What stands out about this book compared to the other three books in the line is how quick a read it is. It's a very conventional story, a boy's coming of age as he tries to unlock the mystery around him. Tim Hunter is a compelling lead character, and the story has some great character driven moments. Unlike the other three books, it doesn't feel like there's some grand mystery to be unlocked.

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8
Books of Magic (2018) #2

Nov 28, 2018

Overall, Tim's story continues to intrigue me, but I'm not sure the deliberate pace fully works for the series. Still, the line as a whole remains a strong read.

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8.5
Books of Magic (2018) #3

Jan 2, 2019

Of all the books in this line, it feels like the one that's keeping the truest to its original source material. Even if it has reset Tim to an earlier stage in his quest, it's keeping things fresh and classic at the same time.

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8.5
Books of Magic (2018) #4

Jan 30, 2019

The plotting feels a little scattershot at times " Tim is sent to the headmaster's office, but never actually goes and instead wanders out of school " but the mix of normalcy and looming supernatural elements is really appealing.

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8.5
Books of Magic (2018) #5

Feb 27, 2019

This has been a very deliberately-paced series so far, feeling apart from the rest of the universe. That's ending now, as it's clear that even if Tim Hunter was content to stay out of the war, the war is coming for him.

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8.5
Books of Magic (2018) #6

Mar 28, 2019

This is easily the best Tim Hunter material in years.

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8
Books of Magic (2018) #7

Apr 24, 2019

It's a slow burn of a comic, but one that's kept moving by its compelling main character and its strong ongoing mysteries.

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8.5
Books of Magic (2018) #8

May 22, 2019

This is the most straightforward narrative of the line, but it might have the biggest mysteries and most compelling lead of all of them.

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8.5
Books of Magic (2018) #9

Jun 26, 2019

This is the slowest-moving of the four books in this line, but it might have the best central protagonists.

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8.5
Books of Magic (2018) #10

Jul 25, 2019

Another strong book in the Sandman Universe line.

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8.5
Books of Magic (2018) #11

Aug 28, 2019

The Books of Magic continues to be a compelling alternative take on the world of magic, showing us how these chaotic forces impact ordinary people when they cross the line into our world.

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8.5
Books of Magic (2018) #12

Sep 25, 2019

The Books of Magic #12, the conclusion of the first year of this revival of a less-famous Neil Gaiman property delivers on many of the slow-burning subplots it's had building for the duration of the run, and things move a lot faster than the previous issues.

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8.5
Books of Magic (2018) #13

Oct 24, 2019

This arc is a breather before new horrors come for Tim, no doubt, but it's great to see the creative team can get as much mileage out of the small moments as the big ones.

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9
Books of Magic (2018) #14

Nov 27, 2019

Books of Magic #14 is the best issue of the series. This collaboration between regular writer Kat Howard and line mastermind Simon Spurrier concludes a month of John Constantine cameos by giving the blue collar mage his biggest guest role yet.

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8.5
Books of Magic (2018) #15

Jan 1, 2020

It hasn't gotten the hype of some of the other books in the line, but it may be the most compelling.

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8.5
Books of Magic (2018) #16

Jan 22, 2020

Tim's indoctrination into the world of magic has been shown before, but I don't know if it's ever been this disturbing.

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8.5
Books of Magic (2018) #17

Feb 26, 2020

It's the most straightforward of the Sandman Universe books, and one of the most compelling.

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9
Books of Magic (2018) #19

May 27, 2020

This issue has a lighter tone than the last few arcs, but there's still a sense of genuine danger to it, and it's great to see Tim out of his element and acting more like a normal kid. More DC work for Barnett, please.

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8
Border Town #1

Sep 5, 2018

The satire feels a bit obvious at points, and the villains are maybe a bit too cartoonishly vile, but this is a strong start. This is a comic about a very different kind of border opening, and I'm intrigued so far.

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9
Border Town #2

Oct 3, 2018

With a second issue that's less broad and more mythology-driven than the first, Border Town comes into its own as a great sci-fi/fantasy satire that kicks off the new wave of Vertigo with a bang.

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9
Border Town #3

Nov 7, 2018

The debut book from the relaunched Vertigo line continues to be one of the most pleasant surprises out of DC in a while, telling a story that deftly combines race issues and modern politics with cryptozoology and mythology.

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9
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
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
Catwoman (2018) #1

Jul 4, 2018

Strong, if imperfect start.

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7.5
Catwoman (2018) #3

Sep 12, 2018

DC continues to have trouble with their top-tier art teams, as Joelle Jones' third issue of Catwoman picks up a fill-in artist in Fernando Blanco. He's only on a few pages and does a good job of fitting his style in with the rest of Jones' pages, but it's still a shame that so many books as of late can't keep a consistent art team.

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8.5
Catwoman (2018) #4

Oct 10, 2018

Bad things are coming for Selina, but this is easily the strongest issue we've gotten yet as Jones finds her feet on this title.

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7.5
Catwoman (2018) #5

Nov 14, 2018

It's a tense issue, but one that doesn't really advance the plot as much as I'd like. Jones writes and draws the hell out of a fight scene, though.

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8
Catwoman (2018) #6

Dec 19, 2018

This first arc spent a little too much time wallowing in the twisted evil of its villain, but I'm excited to see where it goes next.

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8
Catwoman (2018) #7

Jan 16, 2019

Visually, it's a fantastic issue, and that makes up for the slightly thin story. But I'm hoping that the next issue makes this a little more than a generic Catwoman vs. Penguin story, as Joelle Jones' take on Selina has been very good so far and I'm ready to see it take on some more ambitious storylines.

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7.5
Catwoman (2018) #8

Feb 20, 2019

Raina Creel is certainly an evil villain, but she's largely one-note. And while Selina is definitely a character who deserves her own title " she was one of only eight characters to take her New 52 series to #52 " this series feels more like it's keeping time for Selina's return to the Batman title.

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7.5
Catwoman (2018) #9

Mar 13, 2019

It largely feels in line with the regular series " entertaining, but never quite great.

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8
Catwoman (2018) #10

Apr 10, 2019

Catwoman #10 jumps around nearly as much as a Christopher Nolan movie, starting in the thick of the action with one of Selina's allies in the back of a truck as Selina and one of her allies play their part in a high-end art auction. Jumping back and forth, we're introduced to these two characters before their story actually begins. It's a tricky way to kick off the issue, but I think it works " letting us follow along with their adventures and get to know them through their actions.

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8
Catwoman (2018) #12

Jun 12, 2019

This arc has been a fun return to form for the series after the overcomplicated last arc, and it's good to see Selina in her element as a thief again. But the main villain and pacing need some work.

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7.5
Catwoman (2018) #13

Jul 10, 2019

This Catwoman series tends to waver between moving way too slow and way too fast, and Catwoman #13 " the big finale to the current arc " definitely leans more towards the latter.

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8
Catwoman (2018) #14

Aug 14, 2019

Ram V, coming off his highly effective Justice League Dark annual two weeks ago, seems to have become a regular co-writer on this title as Joelle Jones only does half the issues or so. I'm not sure who does a better job, but V's issues are definitely more what long-time readers of the character will expect " high-octane caper action.

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7
Catwoman (2018) #15

Sep 11, 2019

Ram V writes a good Catwoman, but this comic had so much going on that I don't think it landed everything.

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7
Catwoman (2018) #16

Oct 9, 2019

Joelle Jones finally returns in Catwoman #16 as writer/artist, but Catwoman still has all the problems it had at the start " it's a decent take on Selina, but with a dense and confusing narrative that is often hard to follow in a linear fashion.

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7
Catwoman (2018) #17

Nov 14, 2019

Fans of Joelle Jones' art will find a lot to like here, but the problems of pacing that have haunted this run are still here. I don't know if this run will ever escape the fact that its beginning and its end were preordained by Selina's role in a much bigger and more-hyped comic.

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8
Catwoman (2018) #18

Dec 18, 2019

After spinning its wheels for a while, with Catwoman #18 this title feels like it's getting on track with Joelle Jones back at the helm and a ticking clock before Selina dovetails back into the Bat-books for the upcoming Batman/Catwoman.

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6
Catwoman (2018) #19

Jan 8, 2020

Joelle Jones has had some highlights in this run, but overall it hasn't quite lived up to the promise of her past work with a lot of fill-ins and a plot that tends to drag.

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7
Catwoman (2018) #20

Feb 12, 2020

Joelle Jones is wrapping her run on Catwoman in the coming months, so it's no surprise she's building up to a big finale in Catwoman #20. The problem is, I don't think the big finale it's building towards really fits the tone of the run or Selina's character.

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8
Catwoman (2018) #21

Mar 11, 2020

Joelle Jones concludes her run on Catwoman this week with Catwoman #21. The title will be playing host to anthology stories over the next few months " and while the final issue has all the problems of the series-long plot that's been dominating, it also has some really great moments that speak to Selina's character and some brilliant art by Fernando Blanco.

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7.5
Catwoman (2018) Annual #1

May 29, 2019

The good news about Catwoman Annual #1 is that it's one of the more compelling mysteries Joelle Jones has done in her time on the title. The bad news is that it's built on the bodies of several teenage girls, in a grotesque twist that took the series to a far darker place than it usually goes (even with the sadistic zombie matriarch villain).

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9
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
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
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
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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8
Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #5

Jul 19, 2018

This title is a little hard to understand at times, but its metaphors are usually perfect.

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9
Cave Carson Has An Interstellar Eye #6

Aug 16, 2018

The last few pages of the issue are a great, absurd turn and leave the door open for more adventures. If we don't get them, though, this is a perfectly satisfying final chapter in the story of Cave and Chloe Carson.

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7.5
Collapser #1

Jul 17, 2019

Collapser is the first new series from the Young Animal line's second wave, launching alongside a revival of Doom Patrol. Co-written by Mikey Way and Shaun Simon, it's an odd duck of a book " equal parts "unlikely superhero" story in the vein of legacy heroes like Sam Alexander, Jaime Reyes, Robbie Reyes, and Khalid Ben Hassin; and deep, dark exploration of millennial angst and depression.

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7
Collapser #2

Aug 14, 2019

There's a lot of quality work going on here, especially from the art team, but I'm not sure it's coming together as a story yet.

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7.5
Collapser #3

Sep 11, 2019

Collapser is one of the most bizarre comics in DC's stable at this moment. Collapser #3 pulls it back from the metaphysical elements of the second issue and becomes more of a straight-forward superhero tale " albeit a surreal one with a hero that's still not the most likable.

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4
Collapser #4

Oct 10, 2019

I think this comic is trying to do something interesting about rejecting the toxic influences of corrupt parents, through the story of Liam's father, but it's bogged down in so much other stuff that it doesn't really come across and what we get is a jumbled mess of a story that is lifted by its art " but not enough to make a compelling narrative.

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6
Collapser #5

Nov 14, 2019

The addition of a major new villain with one issue to go seems to promise a chaotic finale, but it's a puzzle to me how this book can be wrapped up in only twenty-something pages.

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6
Collapser #6

Dec 4, 2019

Overall, like most of the Young Animal line this feels like an interesting experiment that doesn't quite come together into a full story.

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9.5
Cover (2018) #1

Sep 5, 2018

There is nothing else like Cover #1 being put out right now. It feels like a throwback to the experimental style of Bendis' early career, and that's something I very much want to follow.

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9.5
Cover (2018) #2

Oct 17, 2018

The most intriguing book to come out of the Jinxworld imprint yet, Bendis and Mack's Cover is a twisty title that wastes no time completely upending the status quo it set up in the first issue.

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7
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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6
Damage #7

Jul 19, 2018

The great irony of Damage #7 is the same as the rest of the series " writer Robert Venditti seems more interested in everything surrounding Ethan Avery than he does in the main character himself.

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7.5
Damage #8

Aug 16, 2018

Overall, this is one of the most interesting issues of the series, as we finally start getting some answers rather than just smashing everything in sight.

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Damage #9

Sep 20, 2018

Damage rampages from one fight to another and punches some generic enemies, then disappears into the crowd to emerge again when Damage is needed to wreck things. There's virtually no forward motion in this series, and it doesn't work.

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5
Damage #10

Oct 18, 2018

Damage is a perfect example of a title that on the surface does everything right, and underneath the surface has nothing going for it.

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5
Damage #11

Nov 22, 2018

Damage #11 may be one of the most basic comics I have ever read. It's not aggressively bad, but it's so predictable that it feels like a computer could have spit it out of a generator.

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Damage #12

Dec 19, 2018

It's a year in, and I still feel like we know about as much about Ethan and Damage as we did in the first issue. Oh, well, at least the fight scenes look pretty thanks to Aaron Lopresti's art.

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4
Damage #13

Jan 23, 2019

Damage as a series has never come together because it's never given us any reason to care about Ethan Avery or his ongoing conflict with Damage. But the bigger problem is that the series keeps on bringing in guest stars, and gets them wrong too.

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6
Damage #14

Feb 20, 2019

Review " Damage #14: Welcome to Monster IslandPosted on February 20, 2019 by Ray Goldfield " 0 CommentsReading Time: 2 minutesDamage #14 cover, via DC Comics.Damage #14 " Robert Venditti, Writer; Aaron Lopresti, Penciller; Matt Ryan, Inker; Hi-Fi, ColoristRatings:Ray " 6/10How good can a comic be when it barely has a plot? That seems to be the question Damage wants to answer, because we're two issues away from the end and it still barely feels like we know Ethan Avery and his monster alter ego at all.

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7
Damage #15

Mar 20, 2019

With only one issue left until the grand finale of Damage, I've largely given up on this series giving us any satisfying resolution to Ethan Avery's story and his battle with the monster lurking inside him. There's just no there there, but what surrounds him tends to be fitfully amusing " and in this final arc, more than fitfully.

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6
Damage #16

Apr 17, 2019

I doubt Damage will ever appear again in a major role besides maybe as background cannon fodder in a big event, but it's worth noting that he ends the sixteenth issue in exactly the same place he was in the first. He's still a loner, still mostly a blank slate, and Damage is still largely out of his control and serves as a "Dark side" to the meek civilian. Just bland and forgettable.

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Damage Annual #1

Aug 22, 2018

This is another issue that's quality overall, but lacking much for us to connect with. It's still an off-brand Hulk type character in the DCU, and it doesn't match up with Venditti's other DC work yet.

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8.5
Daphne Byrne #1

Jan 8, 2020

The story here is a slow burn, full of character development punctuated by an occasional burst of horror. Writer Laura Marks effectively immerses you in the eerie world of Victorian London, but the real star here is veteran DC artist Kelley Jones. It would be a crime to do a horror line without using DC's most iconic horror artist, and his twisted visions are as effective as they've ever been.

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8
Daphne Byrne #2

Feb 5, 2020

It's a slower burn than the other Hill House books, but it's a very intriguing one that seems to be building to something special. The Sea Dogs backup, dealing with the aftermath of a murder, continues to slowly chug along but seems no closer to delivering the big scares it promised.

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8
Daphne Byrne #3

Mar 4, 2020

This probably qualifies less as a horror comic than any other member of the Hill House line, but that doesn't stop it from being a compelling story of a young girl's coming of age in a haunted town filled with dangers.

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8.5
Daphne Byrne #4

Apr 29, 2020

Daphne Byrne #4 is not for the faint of heart, and it's even more disturbing when you realize that this is being told through the eyes of a young girl.

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6
Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child #1

Dec 11, 2019

Frank Miller comics are more an experience than a coherent reading experience at this point, but there's some interesting elements in this tale. I just wish they came together into a story that knew what it wanted to be " a political satire, a cosmic epic, or a gritty crime thriller. It tries to combine all three and comes out as a gorgeous mess.

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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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9.5
Dark Nights: Death Metal #1

Jun 17, 2020

This is one of the most unpredictable first issues I can remember, with callbacks to some of the greatest DC events of all time and excellent characterization for a Wonder Woman and a Batman pushed beyond their limits. It's exactly what I'd want out of a first issue of Snyder and Capullo's ultimate comic book event.

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9
Dark Nights: Death Metal #2

Jul 14, 2020

Remember how chaotic the first issue of Death Metal was? Second issues of event comics usually calm down and let things settle a little"but not Snyder and Capullo's magnum opus, which features more crazy twists and turns than the first issue. Maybe too many? That will vary, because this is definitely one of the most chaotic issues I've ever read. But buried in that is the kind of high-octane suspenseful storytelling that makes for a pretty great event.

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8.5
Dark Nights: Death Metal: Legends of the Dark Knights #1

Aug 4, 2020

Overall, it's a strong look into the darkest corners of the multiverse"and some bizarre ones that aren't so much dark as just strange.

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9
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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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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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
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
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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9
DC Beach Blanket Bad Guys Summer Special #1

Jul 25, 2018

DC's new wave of anthologies continues on a seasonal schedule, and Beach Blanket Bad Guys #1 may be, top to bottom, the highest-quality volume they have ever put out.

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8.5
DC Cybernetic Summer (2020) #1

Jul 31, 2020

Overall, there isn't a single story in this volume that I didn't enjoy at least somewhat. Another big win for DC as their anthologies continue to be top-tier.

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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
DC Super Hero Girls: Search For Atlantis #6

Sep 26, 2018

Every volume of Fontana and Labat's series expands the world a little more, adding new characters and concepts. It also jumps forward the narrative a bit, with events happening off-panel in the animated series, so that can be a bit jarring " you need to be in the franchise and watch the multimedia content to get the whole picture.

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9
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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DC's Crimes of Passion #1

Feb 5, 2020

Overall, I'm not sure DC's Crimes of Passion works particularly well as a Valentine's Day special, unless you've been through a bad breakup. The happy endings are few and far between, with Slam Bradley and Wildcat probably having the best outings. But as a noir/crime collection, almost every story hits the mark and leaves you wishing a few of the stories had some more room to breather.

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DC's Nuclear Winter Special #1

Nov 28, 2018

There have been some downright odd holiday specials over the years, but few weirder than DC's Nuclear Winter Special #1. This strange post-apocalyptic anthology continues DC's trend of seasonal anthologies and is another strong installment in a great year.

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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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7
DC/Hanna-Barbera: Deathstroke/Yogi Bear #1

Oct 31, 2018

It has some intriguing twists near the end, but I'm not sure how much mileage they can get out of these characters.

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7.5
DC/Hanna-Barbera: Green Lantern/Huckleberry Hound #1

Oct 31, 2018

Overall, it's an effective story, but not a particularly effective crossover.

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8
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: Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla #1

Oct 31, 2018

The best of this week's Hanna-Barbera crossovers, Nightwing/Magilla Gorilla Special #1 is an absurdist Hollywood satire with just the right amount of nonsense and good characterization from both its leads.

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DC/Hanna-Barbera: Superman/Top Cat #1

Oct 31, 2018

There's a fun, silly vibe to the whole thing, but it's a very thin story that doesn't leave much of an impact.

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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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DC/Looney Tunes: Lex Luthor/Porky Pig #1

Aug 29, 2018

It's fun, over-the-top, and sort of slight " exactly what a Looney Tunes comic should be.

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8.5
DC/Looney Tunes: Harley Quinn/Gossamer #1

Aug 29, 2018

It's an oversized, top-notch issue of Harley Quinn that just happens to feature some Looney Tunes characters.

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DC/Looney Tunes: Catwoman/Tweety and Sylvester #1

Aug 29, 2018

While there's no megawatt display of brilliance like there was on last year's Noir-accented Batman/Elmer Fudd, this is the one-shot that best embraces the chaotic combination of DC superheroes and Looney Tunes absurdity " and most of that is down to Gail Simone, who brings in many of her old favorite characters for the epic battle between cats and birds.

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5
DC/Looney Tunes: The Joker/Daffy Duck #1

Aug 29, 2018

The problem is that there's very little suspense and very little in the way of anyone to root for. It's just two of the most unpleasant characters in either universe going nuts around each other.

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DCeased #1

May 1, 2019

If you like Walking Dead, you'll probably like this, but I don't think it's for me. No light at the end of this tunnel.

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DCeased #2

Jun 5, 2019

This is an unapologetically gruesome, horrific story where heroes die quickly and horribly and there are few happy endings.

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8.5
DCeased #3

Jul 3, 2019

Tom Taylor's disturbing DC apocalypse thriller gets better with every issue, as we see how the anti-life plague and the ensuing zombie hordes unravel the DCU's reality and claim one major victim after another in DCeased #3.

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DCeased #4

Aug 7, 2019

Tom Taylor's hard-edged zombie thriller, DCeased, enters its second half as one of the biggest breakout hits DC has had in a while, and it's not hard to see why " if you like pitch-black zombie action, this book fills the gap of the recently departed The Walking Dead while also delivering on Taylor's skill for character-driven emotion and interaction.

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9
DCeased #5

Oct 2, 2019

It's not hard to see why this is the biggest new hit out of DC in a while.

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9
DCeased #6

Oct 30, 2019

This furthers my opinion that regardless of the Injustice status quo, Taylor is one of the best Superman writers in the last few years.

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DCeased: A Good Day To Die #1

Sep 4, 2019

Tom Taylor writes one HELL of a post-apocalypse, and DCeased, his zombie horror take on the DCU delivers its best issue yet in DCeased: A Good Day to Die #1, a side story focusing on some lesser-known DC heroes making their stand against the anti-life equation.

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9.5
DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #1

Jul 7, 2020

The zombie spin-off has been a long-standing trope, of course, but Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine have done something very different with it. This is ultimately a human tragedy with massive stakes, and it's a great opportunity to let characters like Damian and Jon Kent to take the lead. I want more of President Lois Lane, among other things, and I cannot wait to see what happens when these heroes reunite with the Earth survivors including Jason, Cass, Harley, and Ivy. Brilliant start.

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DCeased: Dead Planet (2020) #2

Aug 4, 2020

I didn't know it was still possible for Taylor and Hairsine to shock me, but the creature that appears in the last few pages is a unique nightmare. Can't wait for the next issue.

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9.5
DCeased: The Unkillables #1

Feb 19, 2020

It's a fantastic first issue that fits perfectly with what Taylor built in the first mini, and is likely to be just as big a hit.

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9.5
DCeased: The Unkillables #2

Mar 18, 2020

Life " and death " come at you fast in DCeased: Unkillables #2, a double-sized comic that delivers more thrills, laughs, and heartbreak than you usually get in a full arc.

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10
DCeased: The Unkillables #3

May 19, 2020

How did DCeased: Unkillables, a kill-em-all alternate reality of superheroes vs. zombies turn into one of the most powerful and emotional comics DC has put out in years?

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3
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
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
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
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
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
Dear Justice League #1

Aug 7, 2019

he second original book from the DC Zoom (now DC Kids) lineup, Dear Justice League neatly sidesteps all the problems that plagued the Super-Sons graphic novel and comes out of the gate strong as a near-perfect all-ages introduction to the Justice League's most popular characters.

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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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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
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
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
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
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
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) #34

Aug 1, 2018

I'm excited to see how this story comes to a close, and glad to see that Priest is continuing on Deathstroke past this arc. It continues to be one of the best books DC is putting out.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #35

Sep 5, 2018

This final, brutal issue of the story, in Deathstroke #35, has Batman and Deathstroke begin to uncover the truth is a masterstroke and maybe the best issue of the arc.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #36

Oct 3, 2018

Although the previous event arc was a lot of fun, it's great to have this title back to its bread and butter.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #37

Nov 7, 2018

I have no clue where Priest is going here, but it's clear he has a lot more ideas and this run isn't missing a beat after the Batman arc.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #38

Dec 5, 2018

Corrina is right in that this is a more compelling, haunting look at mental illness and therapy in a superhero world than Heroes in Crisis, but it's also a fascinating conspiracy thriller and one of DC's best books.

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Deathstroke (2016) #39

Jan 9, 2019

With every passing issue, Priest's Deathstroke becomes more and more bizarre " and I mean that in the best way possible.

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Deathstroke (2016) #40

Feb 6, 2019

I can't even describe half of the twists in this issue, and you need to read it to believe it. It's easily one of the most inventive and unpredictable books in DC's stable.

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Deathstroke (2016) #41

Mar 6, 2019

Deathstroke #41 is the prequel issue to "The Terminus Agenda", but don't let that fool you " while the crossover with the awful Teen Titans will be kneecapping this book for the next few months, it doesn't really affect this issue. Instead, this is another great issue of Slade's solo book with a lot of fallout from the recent Arkham storyarc.

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Deathstroke (2016) #42

Apr 3, 2019

"The Terminus Agenda" is one of the oddest crossover events DC has done in a while because it seems the two sides of the crossover are each written by the title's main creator with little input from the other half besides comparing notes. That means the Teen Titans issues are predictably mediocre to bad " and the Deathstroke issues take the framework of the story and hit it out of the park with Priest's unique handle on the lead characters.

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Deathstroke (2016) #43

May 1, 2019

This story has been a lot more muddled than Priest's usual, but the quality of his writing mostly pulls it off.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #44

Jun 5, 2019

This is one of the best fallouts from the death of a lead character in a long time.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #45

Jul 3, 2019

Not a cheery book to read just as Pride month ends, but it's one of the best depictions of a relationship ending I've read in a while " it doesn't lay blame, just shows that sometimes priorities diverge too much.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #46

Aug 7, 2019

Jericho's upgrade in Deathstroke #46 is one of the most impressive so far in "Year of the Villain", and it's not long before we see how it corrupts him.

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9
Deathstroke (2016) #47

Sep 4, 2019

Priest's work on Deathstroke continues to be the densest and most twisty book in DC's stable, as every issue delivers more dark turns than may books do in an arc.

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9
Deathstroke (2016) #48

Oct 2, 2019

This is a DCU title that makes good use of continuity, but it's a very human story at its core and that's its biggest strength. Not everyone makes it out of this issue alive, and I'm guessing more tragedy is to come as we rocket towards the end.

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9
Deathstroke (2016) #49

Nov 6, 2019

Reading this comic issue by issue can be a little challenging due to how dense it is, but I think the entire fifty-issue run is going to go down as a true DC masterpiece.

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9.5
Deathstroke (2016) #50

Dec 4, 2019

Now that it's finished, it's destined to go down as one of the greatest longer DC runs in memory.

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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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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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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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) #985

Jul 25, 2018

There's a little bit of clumsiness in how the tone shifts, but overall Hill is continuing to deliver a highly compelling Batman arc with a terrifying enemy.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #986

Aug 8, 2018

As this arc heads into its final issue in two weeks, it seems clear to me that Hill has a strong enough take on the Bat-family that DC would be lucky to have him on a regular Bat-book.

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9
Detective Comics (2016) #987

Aug 22, 2018

The final issue of Bryan Hill's short Detective Comics run delivers the goods, as Hill both closes out his narrative and sets up some future adventures that will be happening in a yet-to-be-announced title.

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7
Detective Comics (2016) #988

Sep 12, 2018

This first issue is a very fast-paced story where very little happens, as Batman tries to distract himself from his recent matrimonial disaster by throwing himself into solving a single murder. The references to the wedding trouble feel a bit awkward as if it doesn't really work to have anyone but Tom King write this story. Alfred's dialogue, in particular, feels off in places.

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7
Detective Comics (2016) #989

Sep 26, 2018

"Deface the Face", James Robinson's new storyarc on Detective Comics, is a good-looking, flashy comic that unfortunately has very little behind the mask.

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7
Detective Comics (2016) #990

Oct 10, 2018

The issue looks good and is a fast, exciting read, but there's just very little substance here. It lacks the nuance of Robinson's last Batman arc.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #991

Oct 24, 2018

I think this story might read better in trade overall.

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7
Detective Comics (2016) #992

Nov 14, 2018

Overall, this is a quick, enjoyable read that delivers some great action segments, but I'm not really sure the plot overall needed a five-issue storyline. Hopefully, the final issue has some big twists waiting before this creative team takes their bow.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #993

Nov 28, 2018

There's nothing groundbreaking here, but Robinson is one of the few writers who seems to understand how significant Harvey Dent was to Bruce Wayne's earlier years, and the complex battle between them is far more interesting to me than Joker ever is. Based on that alone, the coin-flip on this arc comes up positive.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #994

Dec 12, 2018

Detective Comics #994 sets up a solid run, bringing the title back to its roots as a detective comic, but it also suffers from its proximity to The Batman Who Laughs #1 " both featuring a very specific story involving a body designed to mimic someone very close to Batman.

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5
Detective Comics (2016) #995

Jan 2, 2019

The first issue of Pete Tomasi's return to the world of Gotham was a competent, effective mystery that wasn't really going to get anyone talking. The second issue is definitely going to get people talking from early on, but that's not necessarily a good thing.

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6
Detective Comics (2016) #996

Jan 16, 2019

Tomasi's run is definitely ambitious so far, but I'm not sure it's worth what it's costing the Bat-family as a whole.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #997

Jan 30, 2019

This ongoing plot isn't compelling yet, but the unlikely team-up between Batman and Brown is a fun dynamic we haven't seen before, and Doug Mahnke's art here looks the best it has since his Green Lantern heyday. As we count down to Detective Comics #1000 in less than two months, I'm hoping this core mystery develops and we get more issues like this one.

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7
Detective Comics (2016) #998

Feb 13, 2019

Thus far, this arc is raising some interesting questions, but it feels more like a series of strange vignettes than a full story. Given how many characters it's killed off,

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6
Detective Comics (2016) #999

Feb 27, 2019

After reaching the penultimate issue before Detective Comics #1000, I'm not sure if I'm relieved or frustrated.

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9
Detective Comics (2016) #1000

Mar 27, 2019

Overall, there are no bad stories in this volume and quite a few brilliant ones. A fitting tribute to eighty years of keeping Gotham safe.

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7
Detective Comics (2016) #1001

Apr 10, 2019

Batman being attacked by an army of armed cosplayers feels a bit cartoonish when in bright light, and as such the issue lacks the intensity it needs. A lot of this story will depend on the identity of the Arkham Knight, and so far it's a big blank slate.

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7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1002

Apr 24, 2019

As Peter Tomasi introduces us to Batman's deadly new daytime nemesis, the Arkham Knight, he continues to struggle to distinguish this masked villain from all other anti-Batmen.

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6
Detective Comics (2016) #1003

May 8, 2019

Ultimately, it feels like Bruce and Damian are fighting an edgelord teenager, not a serious supervillain. Compared to the Jason Todd version in the video games, she feels like a lightweight villain. Definitely not the anti-Batman villain she was hyped up as.

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6
Detective Comics (2016) #1004

May 22, 2019

Detective Comics #1004 is best described as a very well-executed comic that doesn't work at all. Tomasi is a veteran writer who knows his pacing, and Brad Walker does some really interesting art shifts this issue. The problem is, the central plot and its villain don't click.

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5
Detective Comics (2016) #1005

Jun 12, 2019

Coming off the Reaper-focused annual just two weeks ago, the conclusion of the Arkham Knight story in Detective Comics #1005 suffers by comparison " the scale is bigger, but Astrid Arkham's evil plot is so over the top and lacks any internal logic that it doesn't work at all.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1006

Jun 26, 2019

This really feels like what this title should be " Batman solving weird, short mystery-based stories with guest-stars. Lots of unanswered questions, but a fun start.

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8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1007

Jul 10, 2019

This is a great, short Bat-story that shows Batman using his skills and getting to be the "Good cop" for a change. I'm hoping Tomasi's run goes more in this direction.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1008

Jul 24, 2019

All hell is about to break loose in Gotham in more than one book, so a breather issue pitting Batman against his nemesis is a fun change of pace.

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9
Detective Comics (2016) #1009

Aug 14, 2019

When it comes to the "Year of the Villain" tie-ins, this is the most "Red Skies" one so far " there's virtually no connection except a brief two-page segment at the end of Mr. Freeze brooding over Nora's frozen body and saying that it'll be "soon". That's not a criticism, actually " the main story has nothing to do with the central DC branding and is actually the best story of Tomasi's run so far " and one of the best Bruce Wayne stories in a while.

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9
Detective Comics (2016) #1010

Aug 28, 2019

After a few arcs that didn't quite click with me, Peter Tomasi's current arc on Detective Comics has been one of the most unusual and exciting Bat-stories in recent memory " placing Bruce Wayne firmly out of his element and introducing him to a pair of unlikely new allies.

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9
Detective Comics (2016) #1011

Sep 11, 2019

The epilogue, involving Mr. Freeze putting his plot to resurrect Nora into effect, was a reminder that we're in the middle of an event but little more, but this arc showed off Tomasi's writing at its best and emphasized that sometimes the best thing you can do for a Batman story is to upend what you'd expect and throw him in the deep end of a new situation.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1012

Sep 25, 2019

It's creepy, certainly, and the snow and ice effects in Doug Mahnke's art are excellent, but this Freeze is so far gone it's hard to empathize with him like you can in the best Freeze stories.

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7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1013

Oct 9, 2019

The shift from the previous Deadshot/island storyline to the Year of the Villain Mr. Freeze storyline hasn't been great for this title's momentum, as it's shifted the focus away from Bruce's mission and towards a particularly crazy villain, especially in Batman: Detective Comics #1013.

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7
Detective Comics (2016) #1014

Oct 23, 2019

Reminds me a lot of what Snyder did with Riddler " just because something is a good evil plot doesn't mean it's a good evil plot for every villain.

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7
Detective Comics (2016) #1015

Nov 13, 2019

That's the problem with this run " Tomasi's take on Batman and his supporting cast is near-excellent, but it consistently surrounds them with adversaries that are lacking in characterization compared to the other books in this line.

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7
Detective Comics (2016) #1016

Nov 27, 2019

The Mr. Freeze arc concludes in Detective Comics #1016 with many of the same strengths and weaknesses of the arc so far, but it does resolve some of the bigger plot holes nicely.

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9.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1017

Dec 11, 2019

This isn't a plot-heavy issue, but it wrings some fantastic tension out of showing us what goes on in Gotham every night under Batman's nose. But it ends on a hopeful note that shows us that maybe, just maybe, Superman isn't the only DC hero bringing his two lives more in sync lately.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1018

Jan 1, 2020

This issue isn't one of Tomasi's best, mainly because the villain seems more of a gruesome placeholder than a genuine threat, but the character work is strong and I'm looking forward to how Tomasi and Tynion work together to evolve Batman's world.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1019

Jan 22, 2020

This run has been stronger when it focuses on stand-alone mysteries and cases rather than big plots involving iconic rogues. I don't think this was one of the strongest stories (unlike the recent Spectre tale), but it delivers spooky action that feels a lot more like a Halloween tale than a Winter Solstice special.

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7
Detective Comics (2016) #1020

Feb 26, 2020

There's some real tension in this issue, but the plot doesn't quite come together yet.

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7
Detective Comics (2016) #1022

Jun 6, 2020

This title has always suffered a bit from the problem that its stories are usually side stories to the main Bat-stories in other titles.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1023

Jul 7, 2020

This is a fast-paced issue that delivers in action, and artist Brad Walker is a great choice to illustrate the various fights. But it's felt like this title has been playing second fiddle to the main narrative in the Bat-verse for a while, and it doesn't seem like that's going to change as it becomes a tie-in for the next few months.

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8
Detective Comics (2016) #1024

Jul 21, 2020

A fun issue, but as a Joker War tie-in it's really more of a side story that leads into bigger upcoming plots. Still, any comic with Rookie vs. zombies gets my recommendation.

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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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8
Detective Comics (2016) Annual #2

May 29, 2019

This is probably the most compelling issue of Tomasi's run so far, but it's also an issue that suffers from some bad timing.

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9
Detective Comics (2016) Annual #3

Jan 29, 2020

The death of Alfred Pennyworth is not a storyline I'm happy DC has decided to go with, but I can't say that the execution so far hasn't been excellent.

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10
Dial H For Hero (2019) #1

Mar 27, 2019

The biggest unqualified win out of the Wonder Comics line so far, Dial H for Hero #1 shows that Sam Humphries is better than anyone in the business at fusing the absurd and the human.

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9.5
Dial H For Hero (2019) #2

Apr 24, 2019

I'm just sorry this is only six issues, because it's easily the most inventive book in DC's stable right now

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9.5
Dial H For Hero (2019) #3

May 22, 2019

Creative team Sam Humphries and Joe Quinones get an assist from indie creator Arist Deyn making their Wonder Comics series even more surreal in Dial H for Hero #3., What ensues could easily be mistaken for a Young Animal title.

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9
Dial H For Hero (2019) #4

Jun 26, 2019

The story remains strong, but Joe Quinones' brilliant art shifts make this one of the most inventive books on the stands.

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9
Dial H For Hero (2019) #5

Jul 24, 2019

Sam Humprhies and Joe Quinones continue the first arc of their mind-bending road trip superhero adventure with Dial H for Hero #5 that eschews the flashy transformations of the first four issues for a more emotional journey through the mysterious Heroverse " but still delivers the visual thrills thanks to Quinones' unique style.

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9.5
Dial H For Hero (2019) #6

Aug 28, 2019

This is one of the most enjoyable comics in recent years from DC, and the boundless energy and creativity reminds me why I love comics so much.

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10
Dial H For Hero (2019) #7

Sep 25, 2019

Combining a coming-of-age story for its two leads with an epic adventure through time and space, Dial H for Hero has become the class of the new Wonder Comics line and one of the best books in DC's stable. But for Dial H For Hero #7, the title's return from a brief hiatus, it does something completely different.

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9
Dial H For Hero (2019) #8

Oct 23, 2019

If Humphries and Quinones have plans for the final act that are anywhere near as strong as the rest of this series has been, we might be in for an all-time DC classic. Here's hoping we get return appearances from some of the most creative identities so far.

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9.5
Dial H For Hero (2019) #9

Nov 20, 2019

The chaotic pace of this comic continues to be hilariously entertaining, but there's a genuinely strong story and characters at the core of it. Sam Humphries is quickly building a reputation for himself as one of DC's best writers.

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9.5
Dial H For Hero (2019) #10

Jan 1, 2020

But as good as Humphries' writing is, the true superstar of this series is still Joe Quinones, who does a series of fascinating tribute art pieces that are easily the most creative panel work in a DC Comic in years. Just this issue, he takes on a classic 90s event, a whole universe of reinvented heroes, and a Mad Magazine fold-in.

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9.5
Dial H For Hero (2019) #11

Jan 29, 2020

Look for some incredible cameos towards the end of the issue, and one hell of a cliffhanger leading into the final issue. If Humphries and Quinones stick the landing, and I have no reason to believe they won't, this should go down as an all-time classic.

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10
Dial H For Hero (2019) #12

Feb 26, 2020

A brilliant conclusion to the most creative comic to come out of the DC main line in years, Sam Humphries and Joe Quinones bring Dial H for Hero #12 in for a perfect landing.

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9
Diana: Princess of the Amazons #1

Jan 8, 2020

I could see this finding a huge audience among young fans of the Gal Gadot movie who have been looking for comic material that isn't carrying decades of continuity. While this adventure is over, I could see the Hales and Ying having many more stories of young Diana to tell in this world.

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8
Dog Days of Summer #1

May 29, 2019

DC's quarterly anthologies have become one of their recent highlights, with most of the recent offerings having at least one gem and many being strong through the entire 80-page volume. That's the case again for this offbeat animal-themed anthology, Dog Days of Summer #1, which unites some of the biggest furry and scaly stars in the DCU for adventures in every genre.

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6
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
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
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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4
Doom Patrol (2016) #12

Nov 3, 2018

Unlike the other three Young Animal books, this one never quite found its narrative.

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8.5
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #1

Jul 4, 2019

This title isn't so much a narrative as it is an experience, but so far it's an experience I want to take again.

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7
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #2

Aug 7, 2019

This is definitely a Morrison-esque book to the nth degree, but that's not always a smooth read.

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8
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #3

Sep 4, 2019

Doom Patrol has always been an experimental title, but it's never gone quite as far down the rabbit hole as Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds #3, which has a guest co-writer in Steve Orlando and a guest artist in Doc Shaner.

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7
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #4

Oct 2, 2019

It's a massive mixed bag of an issue, and one that doesn't quite come together as a whole.

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8
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #5

Nov 6, 2019

I'm not sure how this run is coming together as a whole, but this issue does a good job of celebrating the franchise's fans.

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7
Doom Patrol: Weight of the Worlds (2019) #6

Dec 12, 2019

It feels like Way's story may be outreaching his grasp here, even with some fascinating storytelling quirks worked in.

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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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9.5
Doomsday Clock #6

Jul 25, 2018

This issue somehow manages to be very slow and haunting, and yet one of the most action-packed of the series. We're halfway in, and there are still a lot of mysteries.

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10
Doomsday Clock #7

Sep 26, 2018

This is the issue I've been waiting for since Doomsday Clock began, combining the whip-smart writing with the plot advancement I've been waiting for.

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10
Doomsday Clock #8

Dec 5, 2018

Two-thirds of the way in, this series has been compelling, disturbing, and essentially perfect. When you put this against its fellow dark, psychologically-driven event comic Heroes in Crisis, it's not even close " Geoff Johns is the master of event comics.

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8.5
Doomsday Clock #9

Mar 6, 2019

Taking one of the few Jewish heroes at DC and making him a conspiratorial mastermind " not great. But even with quibbles like this, the sheer craft that goes into every issue of this book is staggering. Let's hope the next issue doesn't take another three months.

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10
Doomsday Clock #10

May 29, 2019

With two issues to go, I don't know the last time I've been this enthralled by a comic book event.

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9.5
Doomsday Clock #11

Sep 4, 2019

The overall craft in storytelling here is stunning, and the amount of story packed into one issue is impressive. I can't believe there's only one issue left.

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9.5
Doomsday Clock #12

Dec 18, 2019

Johns and Frank have stuck the landing on what's sure to be a DC classic.

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9
Electric Warriors #1

Nov 14, 2018

This is unlike anything else DC is putting out at the moment, and I highly recommend giving it a shot so we get more from this time period.

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9
Electric Warriors #2

Dec 12, 2018

One of the most inventive and unexpected comics to come out of DC's roster in a long time, Steve Orlando and Travel Foreman's Electric Warriors continue to impress with its second issue.

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8.5
Electric Warriors #3

Jan 16, 2019

The comparisons to other properties like The Hunger Games are inevitable, but Orlando and Foreman make this book stand out with its complex sci-fi setting in an era of the DCU never explored before. Three issues in and I have no clue where this story is going, but I can't wait to find out.

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8.5
Electric Warriors #4

Feb 13, 2019

Orlando's created a completely original cast of human and alien characters " and that means anything can happen. And that makes this series all the better.

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8.5
Electric Warriors #5

Mar 20, 2019

This series has slid completely under the radar, but like many of Orlando's works, it's a hidden gem that makes great use of DC continuity and history.

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8.5
Electric Warriors #6

Apr 17, 2019

One of the most inventive, unlikely creative hit comics out of DC in a while, Electric Warriors has given us a fully original vision of the future set between the most famous DC future beats " the Great Disaster and the Legion of Super-Heroes.

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9
Eternity Girl #1

Mar 14, 2018

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

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8
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
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
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
Eternity Girl #6

Aug 9, 2018

One of the most oddball Young Animal titles yet and somehow also the most human, Eternity Girl #6 brings Mags Visaggio and Sonny Liew's cosmic story of depression and identity to a satisfying close.

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8
Event Leviathan #1

Jun 12, 2019

Coming off the excellent Superman: Leviathan Rising, I was intrigued by how the first issue of Brian Michael Bendis' first official event comic for DC would be. After reading it " well, it's very much a Bendis comic. In fact, it's probably the most Bendis Bendis comic I've read in a long time.

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7.5
Event Leviathan #2

Jul 10, 2019

Event Leviathan is probably the oddest event comic I've read in a long time, as so far both issues have taken place entirely within one conversation between a few key characters.

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7.5
Event Leviathan #3

Aug 14, 2019

Halfway through the events of Event Leviathan, it's clear that this isn't so much of an event as a discussion of one.

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7.5
Event Leviathan #4

Sep 11, 2019

The pacing of this "Event" in Event Leviathan #4 continues to be the oddest thing out of DC at the moment. It's essentially a superhero comic where all the action happens between issues and we get it recapped through the characters debriefing.

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7.5
Event Leviathan #5

Oct 9, 2019

With Event Leviathan #5, we're one issue away from the finale of the weirdest event in DC memory " if a world-shattering story that's only being reflected in two other titles can be called an event " and we're finally getting close to answers. But as is typical for this series, those answers are being parceled out slowly amid a lot of mostly entertaining dialogue.

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6
Event Leviathan #6

Nov 13, 2019

The concept of Leviathan isn't bad, but this miniseries barely scratched the surface and the odd formatting led to an unsatisfying read.

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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
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
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
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
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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8.5
Far Sector #1

Nov 13, 2019

It's definitely a Young Animal book at its core, and it's a fascinating kick-off.

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9
Far Sector #2

Dec 11, 2019

Far Sector #2 and Far Sector #1 are easily the most fascinating original sci-fi story DC has crafted in some time, this fusion of the Green Lantern mythos and an original planet created by sci-fi author NK Jemisin has delivered a strong second issue that buried any of my minor quibbles with the first.

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9
Far Sector #3

Jan 22, 2020

This is how you flesh out a character, and any quibbles I may have had about her playing second fiddle to the fascinating worldbuilding have been assuaged. The brutal ending of the issue takes the story to a new level and sets up a major conflict that will likely define the rest of the year-long adventure.

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9
Far Sector #4

Feb 26, 2020

Far Sector #4, the most linear issue of Far Sector, is also one of the most fascinating, as Jo Mullein grapples with the failings of the strange planet she finds herself on and commits herself to change.

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9
Far Sector #7

Aug 5, 2020

This book is so dense that it can be a little hard to keep up sometimes, but I have a feeling it's going to read amazingly well when it's collected in a single volume. It's doing what a franchise like Green Lantern should always be striving for " showing us unique alien civilizations and broadening the far frontiers of the DCU to bring us new and interesting stories along with a compelling central mystery.

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4
Female Furies #1

Feb 6, 2019

If the series maintains this tone going forward, it could very well find its groove. But right now, it doesn't quite work.

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2
Female Furies #2

Mar 6, 2019

The second issue of Female Furies takes all the problems of the first issue and doubles down on them, removing the few elements of hope that made me think the series could improve.

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2
Female Furies #3

Apr 3, 2019

As this bizarre, disturbing miniseries reaches its halfway point, it finally establishes its main character and a strange and upsetting theme emerges " this is essentially a textbook fridging story, only the person the fridging is intended to motivate is another woman. I don't think that makes it any better, as Female Furies #3 once again takes us from a brief moment of hope to a never-ending wallow in horror.

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3
Female Furies #4

May 2, 2019

Heading into its second act after last issue's mindlessly sadistic death of original Female Fury Aurelie, this title continues its bizarre exploration of sexism on Apokalips with a strange mix of extreme sexual violence, overly broad satire, and extremely topical references.

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4
Female Furies #5

Jun 5, 2019

Female Furies #5 is probably the best issue of the series, just because it traffics far less in the torture of the title characters and instead has them turn the tables for the first time. The problem is, it's still just not very good " a confused satire of current-day misogyny and sexual abuse as filtered through a society that's always been monstrous, but never in such a base and human way.

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3
Female Furies #6

Jul 4, 2019

I've been puzzled since the start by where exactly this bizarre comic falls into DC continuity, and this final issue makes it clear " it doesn't. It's not a lost story of Apokalips that reveals secret truths from the history of one of DC's biggest villains. It's an alternate reality that takes a completely bizarre direction in the final issue that makes it make both more and less sense in context.

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6
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
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
Flash (2016) #37

Dec 27, 2017

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

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9
Flash (2016) #38

Jan 11, 2018

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

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9
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
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
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
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
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
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) #51

Jul 25, 2018

Serving as both a done-in-one spotlight on Wally West, and as a prequel to the next big event, the epilogue to Flash War in The Flash #51 delivers a great combination of character moments and suspense.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #52

Aug 8, 2018

This title gets the most attention for its big stories, but I really enjoy what Williamson has done with its core relationship and letting Iris in on the secret. Trickster showing up at the end as the Hulk courtesy of the Strength Force"I dunno. But this title has earned my faith and I'm excited to see where it goes next.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #53

Aug 22, 2018

The series still hasn't quite captured the excitement it had during Flash War, but it remains one of DC's most consistent titles.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #54

Sep 12, 2018

This title continues to unravel a long-game mystery with lots of highs.

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8
Flash (2016) #55

Sep 26, 2018

This issue feels a little scattered at times, combining a lot of plots and jumping back and forth. But it's setting up another strong central plot in a larger narrative. This book is always consistent.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #56

Oct 10, 2018

This is a highly effective, suspenseful issue with a great take on a compelling Rogue.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #57

Oct 24, 2018

This has been a compelling arc with some great twists for the mythology, and it seems from the ending that Williamson is just getting started.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #58

Nov 14, 2018

This first issue of "Force Quest" is an enjoyable status quo change that gives some much-needed focus to Barry and Iris.

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8
Flash (2016) #59

Nov 28, 2018

Nothing bad in this issue, but it definitely is more of a quiet issue before the next big story.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #60

Dec 12, 2018

Overall, though, this is the strongest installment of the "Force Quest" arc yet and continues to expand the mythology of the Flash universe in a fascinating way. And can we get Fuerza in a team book stat?

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8.5
Flash (2016) #61

Jan 2, 2019

Taking the Flash out of Central City and into this unpredictable world of new superpowers has been a breath of fresh air for the series, exactly what it needed after a series of plot-driven events.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #62

Jan 16, 2019

The book is in flux until we know how Wally's story plays out, and as such, this plot often feels like filler until the next big twist.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #63

Jan 30, 2019

The conclusion of "Force Quest" in Flash #63 brings the whole world tour full circle as Barry finally discovers the horrible truth lurking behind the three new Forces " and harsh reality comes crashing into his life in a big way.

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8
Flash (2016) #64

Feb 13, 2019

It's tense, dramatic, and certainly drawn well, but the more character-driven tension earlier in the issue is much more dramatic. Still, Williamson is getting the best potential out of the Heroes in Crisis event so far.

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7
Flash (2016) #65

Feb 27, 2019

So far, I've been a bigger fan of the spin-off arc "The Price of Justice" than I have been of parent event Heroes in Crisis. That reverses with Flash #65, which brings the story home and doesn't feel like it accomplishes much beyond making the DCU a sadder place.

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8
Flash (2016) #66

Mar 13, 2019

I'm not sure this sold me entirely on Trickster 1.0 as a serious villain, especially as I grew up with the more sympathetic version. But I'm along for the ride.

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8
Flash (2016) #67

Mar 27, 2019

It's not the strongest issue of the series, but it does its job in setting up suspense in spades.

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7.5
Flash (2016) #68

Apr 10, 2019

As this surprisingly dark Trickster arc unfolds, it seems clear to me what the current issue with Josh Williamson's Flash run is " while he's doing as long a run as Tom King on Batman, he doesn't have nearly the control over the franchise that King does.

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7
Flash (2016) #69

Apr 24, 2019

The ending of the issue just seems to be a way to set us up for the three-month Flash: Year One story, and promises a shocking secret from Barry's past that he forgot. That's a way to make it more relevant, but it really feels like this title has been spinning its wheels for too long. I'm hoping it comes back from the flashback story with more purpose.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #70

May 8, 2019

It feels like this origin story is going to launch a new direction for the main story, not just kill time, which makes it one of the best origin tales in a while.

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9
Flash (2016) #71

May 22, 2019

This run could have so easily been a bland retelling of a story we already know, but Williamson keeps packing surprises into it. It looks like it's going to be an essential read before the next big storyline " "The Death of the Speed Force", beginning in August.

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9
Flash (2016) #72

Jun 12, 2019

So far, even though this is a flashback story where a lot is preordained, it has zero problem maintaining a compelling narrative. And the Barry/Iris relationship is a bright spot that I hope informs the current-day relationship for the rest of the run.

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9
Flash (2016) #73

Jun 26, 2019

his flashback story has been the best thing to happen to Josh Williamson's Flash run in years, as taking Barry back to the beginning has done amazing work in making us care about the often-controversial character.

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9
Flash (2016) #74

Jul 10, 2019

Josh Williamson's Flash origin arc may be his finest hour on what's looking like a 100-issue run, and Flash #74, a big-scale issue, delivers the biggest thrills of the arc.

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9
Flash (2016) #75

Jul 24, 2019

It's a strong oversized package that celebrates the best this run has to offer.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #76

Aug 14, 2019

There's a LOT going on in this issue, but it makes for a great start to a new arc filled with familiar heroes and villains.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #77

Aug 28, 2019

Overall, though, Barry's getting the team back together and it's one of the more entertaining arcs of the series.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #78

Sep 11, 2019

It's maybe a bit too busy to explore all its players, but it's doing a great job of injecting some genuine suspense into the Flash's world.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #79

Sep 25, 2019

Few titles are doing better with the Year of the Villain tie-ins than Flash, which has not only given the Rogues new powers, but used the opportunity of Luthor's offer to explore these workaday villains and their complex relationships.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #80

Oct 9, 2019

Flash #80 delves deeper into Hunter's past than any run since Johns introduced the character, and the choice of Scott Kolins as artist " same as he was when Hunter was introduced " is a very smart idea.

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9
Flash (2016) #81

Oct 23, 2019

This is how you build a run to what's likely to be an epic conclusion in the coming year " unless Williamson is having too much fun to leave after 100.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #82

Nov 13, 2019

It reminds me a bit of Riddler in Zero Year, in that it's a good storyline, but I'm not sold yet that it's a good storyline for this specific villain.

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9
Flash (2016) #83

Nov 27, 2019

Flash #83 is a pretty strong issue until a big twist a few pages before the end, which leads to a stunning splash segment showing exactly what happens when Barry takes the collar off " and what has happened to the Speed Force.

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9
Flash (2016) #84

Dec 11, 2019

Williamson has had over eighty issues to show us exactly how to balance the dense plotting of an event storyline with a more character-driven take, and as this title marches on towards 100, it remains one of the most consistently entertaining books in DC's lineup.

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9
Flash (2016) #85

Jan 1, 2020

As Williamson builds towards the epic oversized 750 issue in the coming month and then his 100-issue anniversary, he's maintained the momentum of a long run better than any other writer in the Rebirth era.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #86

Jan 15, 2020

The conclusion of Rogues' Reign in Flash #86 delivers what we're looking for in an explosive showdown between Captain Cold and the Flash.

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9
Flash (2016) #87

Jan 29, 2020

Josh Williamson is almost four years into the longest ongoing run of the DC Rebirth era, and he never fails to surprise. Flash #87, an epilogue to Rogues' Reign and a massive setup for what comes next, moves just as fast as its lead character.

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9
Flash (2016) #88

Feb 12, 2020

It's another win for Williamson's epic run.

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9
Flash (2016) #750

Mar 4, 2020

This is a tight, exciting anniversary issue where there isn't a page of wasted space. There aren't as many iconic Flash creative teams as other properties (partially due to Mark Waid being gone from DC and unlikely to return), but the teams they chose all deliver an excellent tribute to the Flash and his network of speed-powered heroes.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #751

Mar 11, 2020

The addition of Paradox to the Flash's rogues gallery has added a new sense of urgency to this title as it heads towards what might be Josh Williamson's final act in Flash #751.

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9.5
Flash (2016) #752

Mar 26, 2020

Williamson has upped the stakes and delivered an excellent issue before what looks like a major final showdown.

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8.5
Flash (2016) #753

May 6, 2020

One of the most popular DC books and the only one to keep its creative team consistently since Rebirth, The Flash #753 is the biggest book to return since the shutdown and it wastes no time jumping right back into the fray with a chaotic issue with three different speedsters traveling through time.

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9
Flash (2016) #754

May 27, 2020

This is a very intimate comic in some ways, focusing entirely on these two rivals traveling through time without the usual supporting cast. It works really well, but I'm looking forward to a story that brings in all the elements of this book for the final act.

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9
Flash (2016) #755

Jun 12, 2020

I have little doubt that when this wraps, it's going to be considered one of the all-time great Flash runs and Williamson will be on to his next epic DC gig for another memorable run.

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9
Flash (2016) #756

Jun 24, 2020

We're in for one hell of a final run here as Williamson brings the curtain down.

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9
Flash (2016) #757

Jul 7, 2020

There are still a lot of hanging plotlines here that I'm hoping Williamson will come back to before the end, but it seems pretty clear that this will be one of the defining Flash runs. I can only hope whatever property Williamson moves on to next lets him go as in-depth as this one did.

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9
Flash (2016) #758

Jul 21, 2020

Over the last few years, it feels like the walls keeping the different eras of the DCU apart are falling apart, and Williamson's run is calling back to Flash eras long gone. The final arc is being set up for a great finish.

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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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9.5
Flash (2016) Annual #2

Jan 30, 2019

Perfectly combining the cosmic with the painfully human and tying in dangling plot threads from Williamson's entire run, The Flash Annual #2 may be one of the best issues of the title since Rebirth.

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9
Flash (2016) Annual #3

Jun 17, 2020

Another great issue.

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6
Flash Forward (2019) #1

Sep 18, 2019

Flash Forward #1, the first issue of a spin-off from Heroes in Crisis is an odd duck " it's essentially two comics in one, and neither is particularly bad " although there are some glaring logical issues in one " but they go together like oil and water.

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6.5
Flash Forward (2019) #2

Oct 16, 2019

It would have been a mostly forgettable issue if it wasn't for the final page " which brings back some characters that fans have been anticipating since DC Rebirth, and promises to elevate the emotional aspects of Wally's quest to a new level.

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5
Flash Forward (2019) #3

Nov 20, 2019

Wally West's grand tour through the multiverse continues, and Flash Forward #3 shows the biggest problem of Scott Lobdell's writing " he doesn't know what we're actually interested in.

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7
Flash Forward (2019) #5

Jan 15, 2020

This is well-done, but it all feels like it's leading towards dragging Wally back into the dark. This mini has done a good job of reminding fans of the Wally they loved prior to Flashpoint, so it would be awful to get him back just to have him stripped away again.

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8
Flash Forward (2019) #6

Feb 19, 2020

This final issue hit most of the right notes for saying goodbye to the previous version of Wally West. I'm not sure this character really squared with what he became in Heroes in Crisis, but I do think it's a fitting tribute to the pre-Flashpoint version of the character.

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Freedom Fighters (2018) #1

Dec 19, 2018

This isn't a perfect comic, as we don't really get to know either of the two teams in the issue, but it does a very good job of immersing us in its disturbing world. We're immediately invested, and that's a big part of success.

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7.5
Freedom Fighters (2018) #2

Jan 23, 2019

This title has more in common with Venditti's work on Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps than it does with his spectacular Hawkman so far, but it's an exciting read.

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6
Freedom Fighters (2018) #3

Feb 27, 2019

Overman, the Nazi Superman, is name-dropped this issue and a third, even more insane Hitler family member makes his debut, but overall this story just isn't developing how it needs to. It feels like a generic action comic that has nothing to say about the threat of Nazism.

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4
Freedom Fighters (2018) #4

Mar 27, 2019

Good art can only carry a series so far, and while Eddy Barrows' art on Freedom Fighters continues to be dramatic and epic, it's feeling more and more like the series is a massive waste of time.

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6
Freedom Fighters (2018) #5

Apr 24, 2019

This continues to be a series that tries for epic scale and delivers in gorgeous art and splash pages " but lacks the compelling foes and characters needed to make it click.

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6
Freedom Fighters (2018) #6

May 22, 2019

This series has felt like it's treading water since the start, mainly due to how one-note the villains have been and the fact that its take on Nazism has been " to put it lightly " not subtle.

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5
Freedom Fighters (2018) #7

Jul 25, 2019

The bigger issue is that this series is still essentially a blank slate character wise. There's no one here to get invested in yet and while the Nazis are vile, they're also so one-note to provoke no real reaction.

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7
Freedom Fighters (2018) #8

Aug 28, 2019

That's the big problem with this series overall " there's an endless sense of hopelessness that makes it rather hard to read. For a series like this to work, we have to believe that the heroes are going to win. So far the heroes don't feel like they have things together enough for the rebellion to be a compelling opposition, but Black Condor's story is the closest we've gotten.

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5
Freedom Fighters (2018) #9

Sep 25, 2019

The book goes out of its way to make us hate the Nazis " Hitler's grandson tortures two heroes in sadistic ways in the start of the issue, for instance " but it does little to establish the heroes as worth following.