Scott Shuken's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Shoot The Breeze Comics Reviews: 40
7.7Avg. Review Rating

7.5
Action Comics (2016) #983

Jul 12, 2017

This issue was definitely the most action-heavy of the arc. The vast majority of the issue is dedicated to the big, but anything less would have cut short the over-powered slugfest we were promised at the end of the last issue. The relatively straightforward issue was well punctuated by the surprising twist ending.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #984

Jul 26, 2017

It wasn't a poorly made comic, and the individual issues have had enough content to satisfy, but hopefully now we'll see a real direction for this book to move in, rather than being kind of a toy chest of Superman characters.

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6.5
Action Comics (2016) #985

Aug 9, 2017

So here we are, picking up on some threads from ambitious series that couldn't do all they planned to. That being said, the issue doesn't feel bogged down by history or continuity. It's a pretty straightforward superhero story. Superman finds some goons, finds they masked leader, and grabs a friend to help take him down. The "twist" at the end felt obligatory, but that doesn't mean it won't be fun to see.

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7.0
Action Comics (2016) #986

Aug 23, 2017

Two weeks away from the reveal, there is still very little we know about Mr. Oz and who he might be. My personal theory is The Superman from Dan Jurgens Tangent Comics. But thats just a long shot because Im seriously stumped.

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6.5
Action Comics (2016) #987

Sep 13, 2017

One last thing: If this really is Jor El, why is he just grabbing Green K and waving it around in the beginning?

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6.5
Action Comics (2016) #988

Sep 27, 2017

After all this time, the big reveal turned out to be a tease for Doomsday Clock, which is a bit of a let down.

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6.5
Action Comics (2016) #989

Oct 11, 2017

What this issue had that the others lacked, however, was a single plotline. The story involving Lois and the terrorist was topical and at least somewhat tense, and had something to pay attention to that wasn't just filler for another semi-startling reveal.

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6.0
Action Comics (2016) #990

Oct 25, 2017

Four issues down in the great Oz epic and once again we learn the "true" motivation for Oz's plan. He knows that a new Big Bad is on his way and he wants to get the hell outta dodge with his family, that's all. It now feels like the big plot to get all of humanity to act like dicks for a while was more about stalling and allowing his plan to take four issues to explain and less about teaching Superman anything about humanity. So once again we are reminded that this story is really just a set-up for another, almost certainly Doomsday Clock.

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5.0
Action Comics (2016) #991

Nov 8, 2017

The great climax to the story of Mr. Oz fits with the rest of the arc in that it was long winded, boring, and ultimately just a prequel to a larger story.

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8.5
Batman: Lost #1

Nov 8, 2017

A non-linear story that has versions of Batman both old and new, this is not only an interesting chapter in the Metal event but also an excellent story for fans of Batman who want to learn something crazy and new.

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9.0
Black Racer & Shilo Norman Special #1

Aug 31, 2017

This was an extremely well put together issue. Straightforward and palatable while still being twisty, turny, and abstract in true Kirby fashion. The issue explains the origins of the key events and characters, but not all at the start and not in a way that just feels like a lesson. The story is immersive and thoughtful, and the art is edgy, dark, and interesting. It's a story that doesn't need a lot of prior knowledge, but still carries weight, and feels like it is part of something larger.

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8.0
Dark Days: The Casting #1

Jul 12, 2017

While a lot of it is sure to come from Scott Snyder's Batman run, Dark Days makes it clear that Metal will still be its own story, and not just another chapter in Batman's. Feeling very much like a cross between Forever Evil and Final Crisis, Metal is poised to be an exciting and dramatic crossover. Stellar script with a crowded art team

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10
Dark Nights: Metal #1

Aug 16, 2017

After all the buildup and hype, Metal is here, and wow did it deliver. Snyder and Capullo have developed a fantastic writer-artist relationship that really shows.

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9.5
Dark Nights: Metal #2

Sep 13, 2017

One Last Thing: Shooting the brain of the Anti-Monitor at the Rock of Eternity is supposed to destroy the Dark Multiverse? I dont know why I would or would not believe that would work, but thats just one of the craziest sentences Ive read in a comic in a while, which is saying something because comics are crazy.

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9.5
Dark Nights: Metal #3

Oct 11, 2017

It's an emotional roller coaster full of plot that makes you wonder how this issue doesn't have twice as many pages as it does.

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9.0
Darkseid Special #1

Aug 30, 2017

Darkseid had the gravity he deserved, imposing and thoughtful, but angry and hungry. Scott Kolins rose to the occasion with his art, creating a jagged and heavy feel that evokes the sinister feeling of Apokolips.

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7.5
Deathstroke (2016) #21

Jul 8, 2017

For a story arc with so many moving parts, this issue did a pretty good job moving them all forward without feeling like the issue was lacking content.

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7.5
Deathstroke (2016) #22

Aug 2, 2017

That said, the execution exceeded the messy plot. Christopher Priest's scripting abilities shone through in Deathstroke's conversation with Dr. Light. The hap-hazard team up fight with Defiance was appropriately reminiscent of a new Teen Titans team, fumbling through a battle in an amusing fashion.

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7.5
Deathstroke (2016) #23

Sep 7, 2017

That's a ton of stuff to keep track of. Priest's writing is as strong as ever, and the series is still compelling, but as the series goes on 20 pages feels less and less satisfying.

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8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #24

Oct 5, 2017

The more we care about the home lives of these heroes, the more the stakes will feel real to us when the dangerous super-heroing is going on. The issue forgoes a villain plot to focus on character development, creating a fun book that hearkens back to the title that Deathstroke premiered in: Teen Titans.

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9.0
Deathstroke (2016) #25

Nov 2, 2017

In a series that has felt incredibly sequential, this is a nice solo issue that really stands out.

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7.5
Manhunter Special #1

Aug 24, 2017

This issue makes for a nostalgic little one-shot. The vast majority of the Manhunter story is him punching people over and over while talking his way through the story, which is an apt description of most Golden Age stories. The cameo of Sandman and Sandy was fun and unexpected, and made for a more insightful story than expected. Giffen and DiDio pair well to evoke Kirby's voice, just as Giffen and Buckingham effectively replicate his art style. It's a decent tribute, if not a little standar

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8.0
New Gods Special #1

Aug 2, 2017

This issue was classic Kirby, a lot of fun,even if it was a little basic.

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8.0
Newsboy Legion & The Boy Commandos Special #1

Aug 9, 2017

Howard Chaykin's witty and nostalgic script outpaces his art. Most of the art is solid, and the designs of the costumes at the end are definitely amusing, but something about the faces feels off. The shading on their skin makes them look like they're covered in scars when closeup, and the faces can be hard to tell apart in a comic without colorful costumes. That's made up for with the writing style, that combines a kid-gang style of fun with a noir detective feel that effective evokes war comics for kids from The Golden Age.

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8.0
Super Sons #6

Jul 20, 2017

The first issue of a new story arc can often be far too much setup and not enough story. By adding a scene about the core dynamic of the Super Sons in the beginning of the issue, Peter Tomasi gives the issue an individual take-away before setting up the larger plot. It's nice to see Jon rubbing off on Damian, but also to see the reverse, as Jon is beginning to take the idea of being a hero more seriously and less like playing. Tomasi and artist Jorge Jimenez welcome the Teen Titans into their book with solid characterizations. The only components of the issue feeling lackluster are the villains, who aren't likely to excite readers unless they're fans of the old and obscure.

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8.5
Super Sons #7

Aug 20, 2017

Peter Tomasi is a really strong writer when dealing with teams, and that fact shines through in this issue. His ability to jump into the new Teen Titans lineup is impressive, as well as showing how the dynamic alters with the addition of Superboy.

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8.0
Super Sons #8

Sep 23, 2017

Eoroe is a strange planet. It refers to itself as having a Golden Age of heroes, it apparently has some Silver Age villains like Faceless Hunter and Kraklow, but thats kind of it. It could potentially exist anywhere in the Multiverse, since we dont know what Earth is like in this dimension.

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7.0
Super Sons #9

Oct 20, 2017

This is a story that started very slowly with a Teen Titans team up and turned out to be relatively simple on the other side of the portal, as well as a little rushed.

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8.5
Super Sons #10

Nov 17, 2017

After a meandering story about strange silver-age villains on parallel worlds, the boys have a nice quiet issue with their fathers and plenty of hijinks, which is where this series really shines. The relationship Jon and Damian have continues to get better and is a delight to watch, as is the changing dynamic of the boys with their own fathers. The Fortress of Attitude and the new school plot are certain to bring more issues like this to the book, focusing on its strengths. I don't know where Evil Future Bat Damian fits into all of this, but I'm certainly intrigued.

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7.0
Superman (2016) #26

Jul 6, 2017

Fun issue and worth reading, but nothing overly spectacular.

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7.0
Superman (2016) #27

Jul 19, 2017

While it was well made and executed, particularly Lois' stop honoring Deborah Sampson, it still didn't deliver on what I'm looking for when I pick up Superman. Coming right after another "day in the family" issue, it just needed a little bit of balance.

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8.5
Superman (2016) #28

Aug 2, 2017

If you have a relative who is a war veteran that likes Superman, this book or arc would make an excellent gift for them. This issue is nothing if not respectful. Personally, since my grandfather served in Korea, the line about Korea being the "forgotten war" of American History really hit home.

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8.5
Superman (2016) #29

Aug 16, 2017

Keith Champagne comes on to the book seamlessly, showing a compassionate and earnest Superman just trying as hard as he can to get some children home. Compile that with a creepy and intriguing plot involving one of the most powerful entities of the the DCU, and we've got ourselves the balance of heart and spectacle that Superman is best at.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #30

Sep 6, 2017

Usually when Parallax possesses someone, they get a giant toothy grin. I wanted Supermans mouth to be bigger in this issue.

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5.0
Superman (2016) #31

Sep 20, 2017

S.T.A.R. Labs macguffin potential is getting out of hand. They are making an evil super weapon and they made a stun gun that summons Superman like Jimmys watch, in the same issue? This is why we need LexCorp back.

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5.0
Superman (2016) #32

Oct 4, 2017

Tyler Kirkham manages to redeem this forgettable issue with his art, especially showing Supermans emotions as Deathstroke plays with him.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #33

Oct 18, 2017

The standard creative team of Tomasi, Gleason, and Mahnke make a triumphant return with the first issue of what promises to be an explosive story about the Kents on Apokolips and Luthor on the throne. They do a solid job setting up the story and establishing the initial players while still making room for some individual moments. Seeing Lex and Superman work together is almost as cute as seeing the Kent family debate about what to have for dinner, and the issue even has time to showcase Superman and Superboy fighting giant robots.

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9.0
Superman (2016) #34

Nov 1, 2017

When Jack Kirby took us to Apokolips, it always had a paradoxical feel of fun and high adventure mixed with fear and a hellish horror landscape. Tomasi and Gleason's depiction definitely lives up to that legacy.

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8.0
Superman (2016) #35

Nov 15, 2017

Now that all of the different moving parts of this Apokoliptian story are established, this issue is able to feel like an adventurous war story. With different generals like Granny and Kalibak planning master schemes, and solitary dissidents like Superman and his family just trying to survive and maybe do some good in this hellish landscape.

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9.0
The Sandman Special (2017) #1

Aug 19, 2017

Beyond being a great homage to the character himself, this comic was by and large a love letter to Jack Kirby himself. Both stories featured a character that resembled the man, and celebrated his intelligence and unmatched creativity. Jurgens and Orlando both capture the bizarre and other-worldly atmosphere of Kirby's Sandman, but the art by John Bogdanove and Rick Leonardi really make the issue sing.

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