Steve J Ray's Comic Reviews

Reviewer For: Dark Knight News Reviews: 205
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The next four weeks can't go by fast enough.

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I've been collecting this title for over three decades, and this run ranks amongst the very best in the series' history. Detective Comics #1014 continues to deliver high quality writing and art, and tales that feature engaging characters and thrilling action. Throughout the DC Universe the villains are winning, so I can't wait to see how the good-guys fight back!

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Justice League Dark #16 is fantastic. If you've come in late and this isn't a book you pick up, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Grab the collections and I'm sure you'll agree. This is truly an example of comics at their very best.

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I don't know whether to fear for Nightwing's life, or to stand up and applaud. I have a feeling that the events seen in this issue could prove to be the catalyst to re-awakening the side of Ric Grayson that has so cruelly, and violently, been stripped away from him. If that isn't the case, then our hero could be in for the biggest battle of his lives.

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I'll be back next month. Join me, won't you?

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Ra's Al Ghul has truly shown his hand and raised the stakes in his game of chess. The trouble is, while he may respect the prowess of the older players, he has vastly underrated the younger members of the Outsiders. The rage on Cassandra's face at the end of this issue speaks volumes and, if I were Ra's, I'd actually start feeling a little worried right now.

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I love this title, and after that cliffhanger I cannot wait for issue #5.

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I haven't missed an issue of Detective Comics in over 33 years, and when the quality's this high, I don't see myself missing any for a long, long time to come.

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This title was a monthly ray of sunshine, and I eagerly await the collected edition, so I can put my single issues away and store them safely.

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The word masterpiece is banded about a lot, but honestly, in my opinion this seriesand this issue qualify. DCeased #5 is without doubt one of the best comics of 2019. Yes it was torture, yes it hurt, but those are the feelings that let us know we're alive. Technology is dead, but paradise may yet be awaiting the survivors; both in the Green of Gotham's Central Park, and on the aptly named Paradise Island of Themyscira.

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I didn't need this particular carrot, but am pretty darned happy to receive it.

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I was so pleased when I saw that Doug Mahnke and Jaime Mendoza were back, as their work on issues 994-1000 was brilliant. I don't know what happened this time, but the art in Detective Comics #1012 was severely let down by the sub-par inking, and that's not something I'd ever expect to see, or am prepared to accept, from one of DC Comics' flagship titles. The writing, pencils, color art and lettering were all of an impeccable standard, though… apart from that typo.

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I don't know if anyone's noticed, but I love this series. Do yourselves a favour, buy it, read it, love it.

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I'm contemplatingCamping and waitingOutside the comic store,To grab this book's sequel,Although it may not equalNightwing #64

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Titans " Burning Rage #2 is aimed at a younger audience, but this isn't simply a “heroes bash villains” comic. There're layers to the story, with discord within the ranks of the Fearsome Five, and with Raven facing her " quite literal " inner demons. There's a lot to enjoy in these well crafted pages.

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Batman And The Outsiders #5 ends on the kind of cliffhanger that comics are famous for; one of the villains of the piece arrives with news about everyone's Dark Knight that looks to shock both his team-mates and his loyal readership. Is it a ploy? Is it the truth? I'll be here in 30 days to find out, I hope you'll join me.

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The end of Batman Universe #3 leaves us a quarter of the way through this wonderful story. Like I mentioned earlier, we're being taken on a tour through the amazing DC Universe, so what possible surprises could this amazing creative team possibly have left for us? Well, as I'm not one for spoilers I will divulge nothing concrete, but if you're not buying this series, just what the Hex wrong with you?

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I hope you'll all be back in two weeks, because I don't think you'll want to miss what comes next.

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If you thought that this chapter was huge, next month's finale should have you all yelling, “COWABUNGA” too!

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Whilst not perfect, DCeased " A Good Day To Die is still great fun, and I would highly recommend picking it up and sticking it in with the rest of the series. The characters, dialogue, action, horror and laughs are expertly crafted and the book is a joy to read. The art is very good, though I wish it could've been handled by one art team. Still, that's a minor quibble when everything else about the issue is first rate.

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If anyone survives to tell the tale, that is…

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When you pick up a comic that reads as fresh and looks as great as Batman: Curse Of The White Knight #2, you cannot help but be impressed. It's a solid story, with truckloads of character, constant surprises and high-octane action. There are very few things in life that are faultless, but this series comes darned close. Highly recommended.

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Now, as long as Tanaka, Clarence and Hiroshi make it out of this tale alive, and Batman gives Deadshot a whupping, I'll be a very happy fan-boy.

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Justice League Dark #14 is another solid gold issue. The collection of ne'er do wells assembled by Circe is truly spine chilling, and even with Constantine, Kent Nelson and Khalid Nassour added to their ranks, I still fear for our team's chances of success.

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Nightwing #63 is a gem of a comic. DC are producing pure gold all across their line of titles right now, and this series is one of the most consistent, but hugely overlooked and underrated series. William Cobb's appearance and actions in this issue are real incentives to read what comes next, particularly the way that the issue ends.

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Batman And The Outsiders #4 has the dominos all lined up, but Bryan Hill seems to have left the table on a tilt, giving the story a sense of urgency and futility. While this is frustrating, and a bit of a downer, I know that with a writer of his calibre (and Kailber), the rug of doubt could be pulled out from under me in the blink of an eye. With a creative team as strong as this one, I'm looking forward to whatever the future may bring.

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Batman Universe #2 is magic. The cliffhanger ending this month gives readers a real indicator as to why this series has “universe” in the title. We leave Batman on a wing and a prayer, and with the knowledge that he'll be facing a Savage foe in issues to come.

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When I say that this is textbook comics storytelling, I mean it. In this issue we get an unapologetic set of villains, action, disaster and a killer arial action sequence. Then we close the chapter with that old staple, the cliffhanger ending. To any fan who wants 20 pages of kick-ass comic -book excellence, this is the issue I'd hand them.

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This issue is bordering on faultless – dodgy credits notwithstanding – and I can't wait to read more. Bring on the Fearsome Five!

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Cop Casey Jones, Batman with a family, Sai, Bo-Sticks and Shuriken. What's not to love about Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #4? While I really did miss the mind-boggling monochrome inserts from Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman this month, this series is still on fire. Krang's gone cosmic, the Joker's gone ballistic and Batman's gone domestic.

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Romance, flying butlers, island paradises and green canaries. All of these and more can be found in the gore filled pages of DCeased #4. The amazing thing is though, I feel that we ain't seen nothing yet, and the best (worst?) is yet to come.

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I don't want this story to end, but can't wait to read it anyway.

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The issue stands up by itself, it continues the story from the ongoing series, and is a beautiful tribute to Swamp Thing. This is a comic-book that will be treasured by the character's fans for years to come.

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The Batman Who Laughs#7 delivered on every front. The story was engaging, the characters heroic and/or terrifying and the dialogue was on point. The line-art and color were resplendent and the series both read and looked amazing. Joshua Williamson and David Marquez have a tough act to follow, but they've been left with some incredible toys and a great sandpit to play in. If their Batman/Superman series is even half as good as this one was, then fans are in for a treat.

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As opening chapters go, Batman: Curse Of The White Knight #1 is a darned strong one. There are classic Batman and Joker moments, some deep – yet necessary – emotional moments, great dialogue and terrific art. The version of Jean-Paul Valley/Azrael that's introduced feels like a vintage, yet also brand-new at the same time, iteration of the character. I can't believe that Mr. Valley has been around for 27 years this year! I'm so old… but comics as good as this one make me feel young again.

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It's definitely a recommended read.

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I loved this issue, but you may have guessed that already. It delivers everything I could ever want in a comic, including yet another tribute/homage to Alan Moore's Swamp Thing run (still the greatest ever DC horror comic, IMHO, and grandaddy to everything that Followed it). It succeeds as a standalone comic, as part of the ongoing series AND as a crossover. Very few comics manage this, and even fewer do it as successfully as this one.

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Yep, this series is well and truly winning.

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I'm having so much fun. Batman Universe #1 feels like an antidote after reading and reviewing super heavy (yet brilliant) darker, edgier comics. Priceless artefacts, sassy teenagers, assassins and a truly Arrowing lead into issue #2, what more can a comics fan ask for?

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To say that I'm loving this series is an understatement. Seeing an all-new version of Batman is one thing, but tying him into the Turtles' universe is nothing short of inspired. Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #3 has all the action, thrills and laughs that comic-book fans crave and deserve, but add a whole new level of creativity and inventiveness.

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After issue #1 I didn't think Tom Taylor and the gang could surprise me again. Issue #2 shut me up. DCeased #3 has shown me that this team isn't just entertaining us, they're showing a side of zombie apocalypse comics that no-one has ever thought of depicting before. Never have the heroes of the DC Universe seemed more real, or more human.

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As first chapters go, this one's a winner. Spooky cults, messy murders, ghosts and goblins, they're all here. Detective Comics #1006 is a Gothic masterpiece, and I cannot wait to see where this story goes.

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Justice League Dark #12 was one of the most enjoyable, action packed, well scripted and visually stunning comics I've read in the last 12 months. The best part is that I actually feel that this creative team is only just getting warmed up! I'm well and truly hooked, and cannot wait to see our heroes go on to deal with the Otherkind.

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Nightwing #61 delivered a strong and conclusive ending, but left us with a tantalising tease for what's to follow: The Year Of The Villain is upon us. How will this event affect Mr. Grayson and the Nightwings? Join me back here in four weeks, and we can find out together.

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There are action titles, comics which are fun and books which are dark and full of psychological drama. Batman And The Outsiders #2 is one of those rare issues that manages to deliver all of the above, and then some. Super-heroics, dastardly villains, action, fear and pathos; this comic has it all. Oh… and another horrible cliffhanger. This is pure, unadulterated comics entertainment.

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Peter J. Tomasi is one of my favourite writers, and the team of artists he has working with him on this series are pure class. Detective Comics #1005 may not be a literary masterpiece, but I dare you to find a more action packed or entertaining comic to read this week. Go on… I dare ya!

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The series ends next month, but will lead into a brand new Batman/Superman ongoing title. I'll be reading the heck out of that book too.

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There's plenty of dark, psychological and thought provoking comics material out there, and DC makes some of the very best. Then we get titles like Young Justice, Teen Titans and Wonder Twins which are just pure entertainment, and huge fun to read. Now we have Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III #2, which contains all the joy, but combined with the coolest history lesson ever. Don't misunderstand me; I believe that everyone who reads this series will love it, but to an aging comics nerd who loves this medium the way that I do, this title is a wonderful gift.

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DCeased #2 has broken my heart and dented my soul. I am dreading, but also cannot wait for issue #3.

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Often, when the anticipation and build-up for a comic is so high, one can often be disappointed by the finished product. Not this time. This is one of those times where everyone can believe the hype.

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All in all this issue was a fantastic homage to years gone by (as all of Mr. Tomasi's work on ‘Tec has been, since he took over with issue #994). It's also a great, brand new story that's both brilliantly written and exquisitely drawn, colored and lettered.

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With only two issues remaining I remain absolutely spellbound. While it may not be the groundbreaking literary masterpiece that the original Watchmen was, this series is still amongst the finest comics titles being produced today. In terms of how readers view the entire history of the DC Multiverse, however, this incredible story will rank as one of the most important and pivotal of them all. Yes, Crisis On Infinite Earths included. The secrets revealed in Doomsday Clock #10 have made an old fan very, very happy.

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Was this a happy ending? No. Was it a fitting one? Absolutely. Heroes In Crisis #9 is a painful, uncompromising tale about life. In this world we don't always get a happy ending… that's what the MCU is for. Every now and then I just need a solid kick in the feels, just to wake me up and make me appreciate all that I have. Not everyone's that lucky.

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Detective Comics #1004 was another stellar issue, and I'm loving this series right now.

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Most magical villains frequently left me cold in the past. I always found them laughable, at best, and annoying at worst. Justice League Dark #11 turns that opinion on its head. Mordru is scary! The way he uses magic is cold, arrogant and nasty. His power is downright terrifying.

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I've loved Nightwing since his first appearance almost 35 years ago, and I've been a huge Dick Grayson fan for at least a decade longer than that! I know that this new take on the character has left many fans bewildered, or even enraged. For me this era has been fascinating, entertaining and educational. I'm loving this series as much as I ever have, and, whatever he calls himself, Mr. Grayson remains one of the most admirable and inspirational heroes in all of comics. Nightwing #60 is another example of how to write and draw comics the right way.

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Batman And The Outsiders #1 is a strong first issue, this could cause concern because when you're at the top often the only way is down. With Bryan Hill, Dexter Soy, Victoria Gandini and Clayton Cowles behind the wheel, I feel that the ride will be a great one all the way. When I interviewed Mr. Hill last year his ideas excited me. Yes, this is a new team of Outsiders, and he will be focusing on new characters and situations too (check out that ending!), but this issue is all-out classic, vintage comic-book entertainment.

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So, now we know who; the question remains, though… why? Defending Robin is one thing, but the fighting prowess, training and attitude on show are something else entirely. I thought that the reveal may have come a little to soon, but, rather brilliantly, Detective Comics #1003 has raised more questions than the reveal has answered. I can't wait to see what comes next.

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For once I can't even guess at a solution to Batman's dilemma, I honestly can't see a way out. This series has me on edge, stressing and absolutely terrified for the fate of both Batman and the city he's sworn to protect. It's like some kind of exquisite torture.

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Fans of the first two series, and the Batman/TMNT Adventures book, are in for a treat. Expect everything you loved from the stories that came before, with a touch of multiversal mayhem thrown in for good measure. If the next five issues are half as good as this one, I may have to lock myself in the house, put my local Pizza delivery company on speed-dial and just sit at home reading comics and munching on pepperoni perfection all day long.

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I'm sitting at a computer screen right now, and I'm anxious… I'll never look at my smartphone the same way again.

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Buy a copy...NO! Buy four or five and give them to your friends! This is a story that will chart the path for DC's entire line for months and years to come. The thing I love about DC events is that you won't need to buy every single crossover and tie-in, but will just be rewarded by a richer reading experience if you do. As Batfans, if you already pick up Batman, Deathstroke, Detective, Batgirl, Catwoman, Nightwing, Red Hood, Teen Titans and the Justice League books, you'll be getting most of the story automatically. Whatever you decide, grab this one and you'll be getting in at the ground floor.

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I know I'm getting old, and really shouldn't be wishing my life away, but the two weeks from now 'til Detective Comics #1003 cannot go by fast enough.

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After eight long months we finally know what happened at the Sanctuary, so does Lois Lane and, soon, so will the rest of the DC Universe at large. I know that this series has affected me, so how will the heroes of the DC Universe feel when they have the truth revealed?

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This book is consistently a favorite every month. It never lets me down, but always makes me think. It thrills, chills and delights. Chatting with the artists and following them online has uncovered new secrets (and mysteries). Some of these will be divulged in issue #11 before blowing everyone's minds in #12. If you think The Lords Of Order are impressive, wait 'til you meet the all-new Lords Of Chaos!

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The Arkham Knight and his army are truly forces to be reckoned with. Their futuristic technology, weapons and armor are a serious threat to Batman, and the issue ends on the type of cliff-hanger that I hate, yet truly appreciate. I'm really glad that this title's still on a two issue per month schedule! Still, this means that there are still 14 long (k)nights to sleep through before we get issue #1002.

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I love it when I can't see an out. I'm usually the one who annoys all around him by guessing plot twists and figuring out all the clues. Not this time. I'm genuinely scared for Batman. Any time that our hero can find himself seeing eye to eye with the Joker scares the living bejeezus out of me. The Dark Knight and the Clown Prince Of Crime share a “Moment” in this issue reminiscent of the final pages of “The Killing Joke.” I'll leave it to you to work out your own feelings about this exchange. For me it's just another reason why I have to give this horrible, HORRIBLE issue another:

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The only complaint I have about Detective Comics #1000 was that I didn't want it to end.Yes, folks. This one's a buyer… and a keeper.

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There are only two issues left now, and I'm more desperate for answers than ever. Page 23 is killer!

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I'm genuinely worried. The writing and art in this series has me totally invested in the story. The characters are most human bunch of wraiths, demi-gods, magicians, elementals and human/animal hybrids in all of comics. Earth is in trouble, and Myrra is on the front line. Waiting thirty days for issue #10 is going to be torture.

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I'm a sucker for continuity and tributes to classic Batman tales of the past. I love alternate timelines, parallel worlds and “What If” stories. Batman is my all-time favorite comics character. This issue ticks each and every one of those boxes.

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I don't have a negative comment to make about this issue, or this series as a whole. The month of May, and Doomsday Clock #10 cannot come soon enough.

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Speaking to other writers on the team, some feel that the revelations in this issue were a little anti-climactic. I disagree. This story arc has proven Batman's determination, his work ethic and just how far he is prepared to push himself. To me this proves that no-one can test the Dark Knight, physically or mentally, more than he does himself. This is a man on a mission, and his training regimen makes him a soldier, a legend and a hero. It raises his story beyond courage, sacrifice and bravery; this is mythology, plain and simple.

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Six pages of this issue, while well written, and exquisitely drawn, were ultimately unnecessary. I have nothing against Gnarrk, and perhaps he's a favorite of Tom King or Mitch Gerads. For me the issue would have been better served if it stuck with the characters at the heart of the story. I know we'll be seeing more of Wally West and Harley in this series, so will overlook the minor shortcomings of this chapter. With just three issues to go, I'll look at issue #6 as a palate cleanser. It has refreshed our taste buds, ready for the final course, which looks to be mighty tasty!

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If you're a fan of surprise twists and cliffhangers, you'll love this issue. Once again I have nothing even remotely bad to say. This is DC's oldest, longest running comic, and the latest issue continues the title's tradition of excellence. In a universe full of horrors, monsters and demons, this title stands out. Detective Comics #998 is one hell of a great read.

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I don't know what actually scares me more; Nabu and his kin, or the Otherkind. Suffice it to say that this series always delivers, in terms of character, dialogue and art. This comic is always one of my first reads and a series that I will treasure for years to come. Anyone who's after a new comics experience, who wants more than just superheroes; you could do a lot worse than pick up Justice League Dark.

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This story is twisting my guts and stealing my breath. I know that this is a comic, but I haven't felt as fearful for Batman's life since the heady days of Knightfall. I haven't felt Batman slipping so far from his code or his morality since the death of Jason Todd. Let me state right now, what Bruce decides to build in the Batcave workshop at the end of the issue leaves readers with a cliffhanger par-excellence. I cannot unsee what I have seen. My eyes, MY EEEYYYEEES!

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I've stuck with this series for over 32 years, and stories like “Mythology” are the reason why. Batman, Henri Ducard, Mister Miracle, Leslie Thompkins. Murder, mayhem, mystery and The World's Greatest Detective finally living up to his billing. There are only two issues left until the long awaited Detective Comics #1000, and if they're all as good as this one, I can't wait to read them!

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This series is setting the bar really high, in terms of script and visuals. It's also pushing the boundaries of what comics are capable of, as a storytelling medium. This isn't a comic that I would give a kid to read, so Bill Maher can stick that in his pipe and smoke it. Some people won't accept that comics can be as well written and engaging as prose; I humbly and wholeheartedly disagree. Some would scream “But they have pictures!” I would say , “So do movies, and aren't some of those brilliantly written? Does the fact that they have images negate the writing?” No… and it's the same with comics. This medium is akin to cinema for me, but with unlimited imagination comes unfettered storytelling and a limitless SFX budget.

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Comics are great entertainment, but this series has gone back to being way more than just 20 pages of bullets, bombshells and biceps. I am genuinely concerned, not just for Batman, but for everyone around him. Someone out there wants to destroy him, and everyone that made him. I'm eagerly anticipating issue #997, and Mister Miracle!

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I cannot wait to go out and grab a physical copy of this issue. In fact, thanks to the Kelley Jones alternate cover, I may even break the habit of a lifetime and buy two copies. In all seriousness this book is a joy to read every single month, and I absolutely love it. If you've held back on getting this series because of the crossover just three issues in, I strongly urge you to reconsider. James Tynion's Wonder Woman is exactly like the one depicted in her own title, and the rest of the Justice League Dark characters are great. Finding out who Kirk is talking to, and the ending to the issue are moments of dark joy.

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Is our Batman slowly becoming what he fears most? Is he finally engaged in a war that he cannot win? I know this is a comic-book, but the stakes are really high and this creative team are making me fear the worst. I'm going to go and pick up a few Charles M. Schulz anthologies now, as all three titles I've reviewed this week have chilled me to the bone.

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On first reading this issue is a little slow, which is all the more evident after the thrill ride that made up issues 3-5. As a stand alone chapter I don't know if it's 100% successful. When reading the whole story together however, it's pure perfection. I wouldn't give this instalment a perfect 10 score, but anyone who reads the trade paperback/graphic novel collection most likely will. As a mini-series, when all is said and done I would definitely give Kings Of Fear full marks. As a single comic it earns a strong 80%.

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This arc is seriously hitting me where it hurts. Everyone is expectingDetective Comics #1000 to be spectacular, especially after the magical millennial anniversary issue of Action Comics, last year. 2018's issue stood alone, and while I'm sure that ‘Tec #1000 will also be accessible to everyone, the fact that this is the arc that is leading into it is very special indeed. It feels to me that Tomasi and his collaborators are tearing Batman down, from the inside out, only to make him even stronger moving forward. This is pure Mythology.

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I hate that Roy and Wally are dead, but I'm still loving Heroes In Crisis.

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Batman has been broken physically on numerous occasions, but rarely have we seen him as psychologically torn as he is in this story. Has The Scarecrow finally proven himself the true King Of Fear? Though we know heroes always win in the end, I truly feel that any victory Batman may yet glean will come at a cost. This series has been so well executed that I even fear he may not win at all. I eagerly, yet tentatively, look forward to the final chapter of this excellent series.

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Batman's secret is out. Are his family and friends safe? How did the killer discover the truth? There are five more before issue#1000, and if they're all this good I'm going to be camping outside by LCBS!

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The side of good continues taking casualties, as the forces of darkness grow ever more powerful. For six months now the League has fought back, gaining some small, but important victories. The question now is, how much longer can they carry on?

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Five more issues? Oh, go on then… why not?

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The ventilation unit has been activated and is spinning at full whack. A tractor trailer full of manure is backing up towards it…

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Two thirds in and I'm still aching for more.

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I came into “Deface The Face” with high hopes, but was disappointed. I am hopeful again with Peter J. Tomasi taking over next issue. Mr. Tomasi has already impressed me greatly with his fantastic work on Batman & Robin, Super Sons and – one of my favorite ever runs on Superman. While my faith has been shaken, I still believe in Detective Comics.

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We're a third of the way into this groundbreaking series. I've honestly not felt this range of emotions reading a comic since Identity Crisis, V For Vendetta or the original Watchmen.

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I'm really looking forward to the rest of this arc, especially if the quality of writing, art and surprises continues. Look out for screeching dragons, (thanks Rob Leigh… GREAT SCREECH) – not a spoiler, thanks to the cover – and more special guests than you can shake a magic wand at! This book is at the top of my monthly pull-list, and I don't see that changing.

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This has been the strongest issue in quite a while. I know it sounds obvious, but comics work best when both writing and art are strong. This issue was a good, solid read, and not just an album of pretty pictures. I am looking forward to the finale next issue, which has ominously been touted as “The Death Of Harvey Dent!”

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Yes, this five part comic book clinic has closed its doors, but " as is the way with all great sequential art " every prologue is prelude. I urge every reader to pick up all five chapters of this terrific story, and Justice League Dark1-3. If you crave comics that entertain, scare, thrill and look fantastic, then your search is over.

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Great stuff. This issue is bordering on perfection. It narrowly misses the full ten out of ten for me, but only because we're only halfway through the story, and I think that the best is still to come. I cannot recommend this series highly enough, now that it has finally hit its stride.

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I hate being so negative, I really do" but I cannot be insincere. I have to give Carmine, Ivan and Rob full 5/5 marks for their work this issue, but apart from one tiny line of dialogue, I really didn't like the writing in this issue at all.

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Boy, oh boy, oh boy" I'm soooooo glad that the next instalment is an extended special, as I don't know how this story could be wrapped up in 20 pages. What I'm also extremely pleased about is that it's only one week away. That's right folks, this story will reach its dramatic conclusion in the pages of Justice League Dark/Wonder Woman: The Witching Hour #1.

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Anyone as hooked on this story as I am will be counting down the seven long days until the next chapter. If only I could magic away the next week and grab Wonder Woman #57 right now!

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After a clunky start this story is now in full flow. Two-Face continues to terrify and fascinate me in equal measure. Is Harvey's long dormant personality trying to fight through? I'll definitely be here for Detective Comics #991 to find out.

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I'm really enjoying this crossover. I really hope that it brings Wonder Woman fans into the world of Justice League Dark. The JLD series is brilliantly written, beautifully drawn and richly deserves fan support. Two issues into the “Witching Hour” storyline and I'm dying to see what happens next. Magic.

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This has been sub-editor-bot @el_steevo trying to fill some big shoes. Normal service will be resumed in two short weeks; same Dark Knight time, same Dark Knight News channel.

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This first chapter of "The Witching Hour" has me totally hooked. Usually I'd have to wait a whole month to see what happens next, but the story continues in Wonder Woman #56, which hits shelves in just seven days. I'm so there" will you be?

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Even with Jim Gordon and Alfred helping Batman, readers are left in no doubt that our hero is in trouble. Writing and art tell the tale brilliantly, but I'm still waiting for the pay-off. Will this story add a new dynamic to the Batman/Scarecrow relationship, or will this be just another re-telling of the same old story? I guess only time will tell.

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These two issues have not been terrible, but when every issue before them has been bordering on perfect I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little disappointed. I am keen to see what Mr. dent is up to, but when Two-Face shows up as the main villain in chapter two I can't help but feel in two-minds (sorry) about the whole endeavour.

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This issue's villain isn't the only one with an appetite. "The Last Age Of Magic" was just the appetizer; a tantalizing and delicious entree, if you will. "The Witching Hour" which begins next issue, promises to be the main course.

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I'm looking forward to the future… if there actually IS one.

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I cannot wait to see what the next eight issues bring.

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No, this was not the auspicious return I was expecting. I've tried to be as diplomatic as I can, because these are hugely talented individuals. I'm really hoping that this issue was just a hiccup, and that the rest of the arc will improve. I hate being negative, but I have to be honest.

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I'm a comics reader and fan of over four decades, so I can spot a change in art teams. The way this outstanding collection of talented creators has pulled together to make this story successful, and not just another crossover/publicity stunt, has made this ageing fanboy very happy indeed.

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Kings Of Fear. The title of the book could just as easily be a description of the two main characters, Batman and Scarecrow. The first chapter of this series, and that terrific cliffhanger, have set the pace, and I'm happy to be along for the ride.

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I pray that Bryan Hill delivers on the promises he's made in this terrific five issue run. Classic characters have been brought back together, and all-new ones added to their ranks. Wheels have been set in motion that make me want to see where this juggernaut is headed. If Mr. Hill takes the rest of this stellar creative team with him, then I'll definitely stick around for the ride. This chapter may be over, but – as with all great comics – it's never really the end.

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Be afraid, be very afraid. It's already been prophesied that this new Justice League will either save the Earth, or destroy it. With the shocking betrayal by one of DC's most famous magical characters in this issue the latter is scarily becoming the most likely outcome. To find out who's gone over to the dark side, for more classic John Constantine shenanigans, and for the debut of a villain that's going to turn this series upside down, I have three words for everyone out there.

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Like I said earlier, this final issue has everything I've come to expect from a comic by Marguerite Bennett, and from the rest of this incredible creative team.

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This series continues to deliver. I foresee a final chapter that will end this story arc with a bang, adding thunder to all the lightning we've already witnessed. The surprise guest arrival in the Batcave on the final page had me grinning from ear to ear. Now that's a sharp edged cliffhanger, and no mistake. I am excited for and dreading Detective Comics #987 in equal measure, as I can't wait to see how this all ends, but will really miss this terrific creative team.

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Next month is the finale, and I have to say right now that I don't know how this creative team is going to top this issue.

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This issue isn't just brilliantly written, the art is terrifyingly good too!

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The cards are on the table and ultimatums have been delivered. Karma is clearly luring Batman into a trap, not just physically, but psychologiacally. We all know that Bruce will answer the call, but at what cost to himself, and to the family of crime-fighters that he's building?

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Though I'm truly an impatient soul, the wait between issues of Doomsday Clock can be viewed as exquisite torture. If Messrs Johns, Frank and Anderson keep gifting us gems this polished, then I see my future impatience as a virtue.

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Solid characters, a brilliant script, incredible cameos and art to die for. If the rest of this series is as good as the first issue, I'll be one happy reader.

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With the recent news that Batwoman may be getting her own series on The CW network, one can only hope that it's a huge success, allowing the character to come back to her true home, the comics. For now though,the clock is ticking…

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Whatever the case, Bryan Hill and his co-conspirators have delivered a tyre-screeching, electrifying, kung-fu fighting gem of a chapter. I can't wait to see where this story takes us next.

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I admitted being disappointed with the previous issue, but this issue wasa return to form. Seeing Terry McGinnis hunted by the GCPD worries me as much as it does him, so I'm eager to find out what (or who) is behind his latest dilemma. Batman Beyond #21 was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

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That's exactly how I felt about this issue. I went in, I read it… I loved it.

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I'm very sad that this title will be ending soon, but if the creative team keeps up this level of quality then this run can hold it's head high as a maxi-series of outstanding quality. There are only two issues left, but there's still a lot of story to tell.

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What I will say, though, is that I don't think anyone else could have done it any better.

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In less able hands this story would have been just another crossover. This creative team is both talented, and knowledgeable. Seeing The Human Dynamo again was a blast from the past and his inclusion in the story was shockingly effective. I can't wait for chapter four.

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Issue #6 cannot come quickly enough… but will be well worth the wait, I'm sure.

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While not perfect, Batman Beyond #20 is still well above average.

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Next month sees the return of Deacon Blackfire in a tale by acclaimed writer Michael Moreci. While I'm sad to see James Tynion leave this book, I know that the next six issues, at least, are in safe hands. I look forward to Mr. Moreci's tale, and the five issue arc by Bryan Hill, featuring Black Lightning!

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One of the many questions raised by fans over the last year or so is, when exactly is this story set? Marguerite Bennett finally answers that question this issue. The genius part is, like with any great writer, the answer raises even more questions, leaving this reader, at least, hungry for more.

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We're left with another killer cliff-hanger, something James Tynion and his collaborators do brilliantly. This issue is great, but the fun and excitement also leave me a little sad. This is Mr. Tynion's final edge of your seat ending on this title, and I'm both excited to see how it's resolved, yet apprehensive of finally reaching "The End."

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This is one of the best FCBD issues I've ever had the pleasure of reading. "It's NOT free, though!" I hear some of you cry. It is free on digtal platforms, so please check it out. If, like me though, you prefer to hold a physical comic in your hands, you will not find anything anywhere of equal quality for 25 cents. Trust me, I'm a professional.

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We're a third of the way in, and I'm loving it. It's great when a team of creators gets two of the best characters in DC Comics today, and gives them a story worthy of their status. The stakes are high, the emotions real, and the action high octane. As for that cliffhanger". Things are going to get REAL in chapter three.

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There are deep and meaningful comics and novels. There are kiddy comics. There's good, there's bad, and everything in-between. Batman Beyond is one of those books that you just know you're going to enjoy, as soon as you pick it up. It marries intelligent action, with good old fashioned fun, every single month. I love it.Images Courtesy of DC Entertainment(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

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Killer robots, nanotech, psychotic teenagers and a Bat Team divided. Man, this series is comics dynamite! Bravo and a huge thanks to everyone invloved.

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This story tugs at the heartstrings, sets the reader on edge and has kept me riveted for over a year. Clayface was out of control, and Alice is out of her mind. Yes, she's deadly, but she has moments of lucidity. When the Beth Kane persona takes over, you clearly see fear, horror, shock and sorrow in her eyes. This is one of the most brilliant villains in all of comics, handled by some of the greatest talents.

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I've made no secret of my absolute love for this title, right back from it's Rebirth reboot" to right now. I sing its praises all over social media and on my own blog too. It's hard to find a title that so consistently couples great writing with incredible art. The cliffhanger to "Batmen Eternal" Part Three is yet another jaw-dropping piece of Tynion/Fernndez/Kalisz magic, which left me as on edge as that Eddy Barrows with Adriano Lucas' cover did.

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As I mentioned earlier, Mr. Jurgens has given us a real twist in this tale. While Payback has returned to torment Batman, he's not the man we once knew. His plans for Terry and Ten are crystal clear, and decidedly deadly. Will the new Boy Wonder arrive in time to save the day? Come back here next month, same bat time, same bat channel, to find out.

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It was great seeing Tim working with Bruce again, but I'm still waiting for the other shoe to drop. Will he follow Ulysses' path? Has Kate been totally lost to The Colony? Are our heroes doomed to fulfil Bat-Tim's prophesied future?

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All in all the ending of this series was extremely satisfying. What I love even more is that it isn't even really the end. The events of the relighting of the cosmic forge, and its restoration to full power, will have ongoing repercussions. The DC Universe has been opened to eyes that, until now, weren't aware of its existence. New eyes, new stories" and new threats.

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As an origin piece, and in the way it forwards the narrative, this issue is bordering on flawless. I say bordering, as it's really just an observation and down to personal taste.

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Cliffhangers are a comic-book's bread and butter, and this one has a classic. This issue delivers thrills, chills, character, great art and leaves the reader wanting more" I wish this title came out every two weeks.

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I don't know how James Tynion IV is going to end his extraordinary tenure on Detective Comics. I've honestly enjoyed his run on this book more than any, since the heady days of Grant, Wagner and Breyfogle.

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"Unmasked" is another thrill ride of a chapter. This issue was fun to read and has all the hallmarks of a vintage comic. Once again Dan Jurgens proves to be the King of Cliffhangers, drawing the readers in with the promise of further thrills yet to come. Whenever I read an issue of Batman Beyond, I'm always reminded of the tagline used back in the mid eighties for DC Comics' Blue Devil series.

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Detective Comics is being handled by fans who are true professionals and, in my mind at least, leaders in their respective fields. "The Trial Of Batwoman" is another prime example of what a great comic looks like. With James Tynion nearing the end of his run I must admit to feeling a twinge of sadness, but I can't wait to see what he brings us next.

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Safiyah's ultimate betrayal and the fall of Coryana put Kate in Batman's path. With her mission to take down The Many Arms Of Death reaching an empasse, Kate now has to return to Europe, her sister, and on a head-on collision with her for former lover, turned bitter enemy. This year's worth of Batwoman comics has been absolutely terrific. Bring on year two!

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This issue leads us squarely to the blockbuster finale. Next month will see the release of Metal #6. Will the Dark Knights and their master Barbatos extinguish all light from reality? Can Batman and Superman relight the Cosmic Forge? Will the rest of the Justice League be able to restore harmony to the multiverse? I can't wait to find out! The last couple of pages show that there's a ton of monkey business still to come.

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"Knights Fall" is the latest in a long line of Detective Comics issues to deliver pure excellence. Yes, Batwoman's act was awful, but was it truly wrong? This will have ongoing repercussions in the weeks to come, and with the return of my favorite art team of lvaro Martnez and Ral Fernandez in issue #975, I'm more excited than ever.

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There is no doubt that we're reading comics history in these pages. The Batman Who Laughs is one of the most terryfing villains ever to grace the pages of a comic-book. I truly hope that this isn't the last time we see him, or his dark universe cohorts.

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This is a good comic. While the balance, in my opinion, is definitely in favor of the artists, it's still a satisfying read. While Clayface's story may have reached its climax, the repercussions of his impact on the Dark Knight will be felt for a long time to come.

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With Terry seemingly having met his match in the Stalker, where does he go from here? If anything is certain in comics, it's that the hero always finds a way. I can't wait to see how Dan Jurgens and the gang get Terry out of this one!

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This issue is yet another five star instalment in what is rapidly becoming a five star run. I urge everyone to pick up the trade paperbacks of this series, of which Vol. Four "Deus Ex Machina" has just been released.

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It's great to see a team of absolute pros working on your favorite comics. I'd love to see this team handle any set of characters out there. Batman Beyond is pure, old fashioned comics entertainment at its best.

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I really felt tense, and nervous reading this chapter. My unease at the slow spreading of the cracks that have been within the team grew page by page. Every character is so well written and drawn, that I feel like my own family is slowly crumbling around me. Detective Comics is delivering on every level, and I'm loving every minute. I eagerly await the next issue, and can't wait to see how Batman gets out of this one!

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The addition of Scot Eaton's terrific art in this issue has been a very welcome one. This series has always been blessed with terrific writing, but the art accompanying it has varied wildly in quality. I have to say that the marriage of words and pictures in this issue is a very happy one.

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The board is set, and the first pieces are in play. Luthor, Veidt, Batman and Rorschach. Wherever Jon Osterman's alter ego is hiding, his presence is still very much felt throughout the issue. What part Superman will play still isn't clear, but the possibilities are endless.

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Comics events like Metal must be a nightmare to write, draw and co-ordinate. I must tip my hat to the fine creators of this book for making it easy to follow, exciting to be a part of and, most of all, fun to read. Metal #4 evoked the same kind of feelings in me that reading Jack Kirby's "Fourth World" stories as a child did, and that seeing Star Wars on the big screen did back in '77 (and again last week). It was an escape to another world, but to one where family is still the thing that fills the heroes with hope" and with wonder.

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In terms of story this title always, ALWAYS delivers. This issue the art let the book down, but only a little. The great pages still outnumbered the good ones. I guess that I'm just an old fuss-pot, but for the last couple of years Detective Comics has been spoiling all of us, and this instalment hasn't quite.

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I have no idea how Mr. Williams and the team are going to finish this story, but I am well, and truly invested. This issue was another in a great run.

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Losing artist Bernard Chang to Nightwing could have been a real body-blow to Batman Beyond. The change in styles between Mr. Chang and the new team of Phil Hester and Ande Parks is inspired, as any comparisons made would be both unfair, and invalid. This issue shows that the future of Batman Beyond is in safe hands, and I'm definitely in, for the long haul.

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Batman's Gotham Knights are under threat, not just from a reunited Victim Syndicate, but from Gotham's own government. The title of this new arc isn't just a throwback to the story that started the Detective Comics DC Rebirth run, it's an ominous portent of what may be coming. The entire plan is coming together, as the 1.000th issue of Detective Comics creeps ever closer.

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As first issues go, this one is an absolute winner. Yes, the DC Universe characters only appeared at the end of the issue, but what an appearance! The use of the Watchmen characters has been brilliantly, and respectfully handled. The writing is perfect, and I could wax lyrical about Gary Frank and Brad Anderson's art for days on end. Yes, I was initially very sceptical about any sequel to Watchmen ever being attempted, but I am now a believer. Fellow Dark Knight News reporter Steven Conroy and I will be reviewing alternate issues of this title, before coming together for the grand finale, 11 months from now. It's going to be a wild ride!

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Rob 'King Of The Cliffhanger' Williams has written another sterling issue. I do not envy him, as he's written a few titles as well as Suicide Squad in recent months. The way he writes life, death, emotion and action is enviable. When married with great art, this title is a real winner. I've always liked Rob's writing, now I really want to see more of Philippe Briones' work too.

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Man, am I excited or what?!? The title alone is deep, and a clever reversal of the name of the arc that began James Tynion's DC Rebirth era of Detective Comics, "The Rise Of The Batmen." The new story begins in two (frustrating) weeks time. While I'm waiting, I think I'll read issue #968 again, because as comics go, this one's another:

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The creation of the Suicide Squad is clearly much more complicated than we first imagined. Rob Williams and his collaborators are really creating a "Secret Origin" type tale here, and so far it's a winner. I am intrigued and eager to read more. The cliffhangers that regularly end these issues help with this, and the fact that we have two stories with evil endings to deal with don't hurt either. This issue is strong!

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While big changes are coming on this title, this issue delivers the great quality that I have come to love and to expect.

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This story has me totally hooked.

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This was a solid, well written issue, with art more to this veteran reader's tastes. It was a satisfying read, and kept my interest from start to finish.

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Detective Comics #966 continues to deliver the same high quality that we have come to expect. Writing that excites, and pulls at the emotions. Art that pleases the eyes and tugs at the heartstrings (Page 21 is KILLER!) I need to invest in a new thesaurus, because I'm quickly exhausting my supply of superlatives.

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I'm probably a little too fussy, but I do like a certain level of consistency. While I would gladly give Rob Williams' efforts 10/10 almost every issue, comics must be judged on writing and art. Sadly, one half is far stronger than the other this time around.

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This issue has closed a terrific 12 months for the Rebirth version of Batman Beyond. This book has been an action packed, futuristic, thrill-ride for a whole year. This story was great fun, and deserves a very respectable:

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This issue has everything; nostalgia, character, action, and emotion. The way the writing and art come together as a cohesive and gorgeous whole is a constant with Detective Comics. I will never get tired of singing this title's praises while the quality remains this high, and I really don't see this team dropping the ball any time soon. This book truly is “Great comics 101”.

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Whilst I was very impressed with the way Rob Williams handled this crossover, I do sympathise with the readers who only buy this book. I am well ensconced into the whole Metal event, but realise that not all fans want to be, or can afford to be. The writing and art on this issue are top notch, full marks quality to a fan who's had access to the whole picture. With this in mind, I give the third chapter of Gotham Resistance:

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Utopia was a great read. It let the audience catch its breath after "Intelligence" and set the tone for what's coming next. Batman and his team now know that Tim Drake is alive, but they don't know where he is or how to get him back. I can't wait to read the next issue! "A Lonely Place Of Living" begins in two weeks" two loooooong, thankless Detective Comics-less weeks.

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I'm really looking forward to the second year of all the DC Rebirth titles, Suicide Squad being near the very top of the list. The "Kill Your Darlings" story has closed the first year off beautifully with consistently excellent storytelling. Who can ask for more?

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I'm actually on vacation right now, but I couldn't pass up on reading and reviewing the latest issue of Detective Comics. As long as these incredible creators keep producing great work like they have in“Utopia,” Part One, then they can count on me to be on board for chapter two.

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I read a ton of comics… ask my wife, she'll tell you. Of all the books out right now, Detective Comics is my hands down favorite. The method of having a revolving art team, that changes with each story-arc is a winning one. It keeps the look, and the quality of the book consistent and very high."Intelligence," Part Five is a perfect conclusion to an excellent story. Questions have been answered and one adventure has come to an end… but Ra's Al Ghul is still out there, and there's Anarky in the air. I'm ready for more.

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Anyone who regularly reads Suicide Squadknow it's a consistently excellent read. I have always rated the writing as some of the best around, but have given some issues average scores due to inconsistent artwork. This latest arc is firing on all thrusters. Adding Batman to the mix has not only shown us his strengths, but also highlighted the abilities of certain " sometimes overlooked " members of the squad. Great plot, great script, great art" great issue!

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"Rise Of The Demon," PartFive is a total roller-coaster ride of an issue. The tension rides through every page and leads to a conclusion that definitely has me on tenterhooks for the next instalment. Four weeks can't go by fast enough.

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The pieces are all in play, and all that awaits is the endgame. I'm both dreading and anxiously anticipating the conclusion to this story. I can't wait to see what happens next, but don't want it to end. People have been asking me for years, why I still read comic-books. The reason, is issues like "Intelligence," Part Four in Detective Comics.

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Harley is every bit the leader that Waller intended her to be, in all the darkest ways possible. The next mission has been set. The Squad has learned the identity of Hack's murderer, and are united. I'm always excited for new comics, but when I'm teased with guest appearances from Killer Frost and Batman himself… then call me fanboy #1!

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With magic brewing, spells being cast, plans coming to fruition, and danger on the horizon, I am one happy Bat-Fan. For two issues in a row now, I must give Detective Comics:

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I always enjoy seeing Amanda Waller being brought down a peg or two, and the comedy this issue helps diffuse a few shocking moments. I dread to think of how Enchantress will react when she wakes up… once you've read the issue you'll know what I mean! While not the strongest issue in the run, the latest Suicide Squadstill brings plenty to the table.

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With Bruce arriving on the scene to witness his sons attempting to kill each other as the climax to the issue, the desire to keep reading is intense. This book is all action, but without sacrificing the important character beats. Dan Jurgens' slow reveals of the new history between today's Batman and the Batman of the future, married to the superb visuals of Bernard Chang and Marcelo Maiolo make every issue a very satisfying read. "Rise Of The Demon," PartFour is no exception.

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This team has earned Suicide Squad its first ever perfect score. DC's HR department have done a fine job managing people.

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This issue is perfect. I read all the reviews my colleagues write and many of them rave, quite correctly, about the books they cover. Issue by issue Detective Comics just delivers and delivers. I can't fault a thing that this creative team does. Even the fill-in issues with guest artists are A++ quality, so the regular epics with a consistent team are comic-book clinics. Detective Comics is regularly the epitome of "How to make great comics".

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ConclusionDetective Comics keeps delivering great entertainment issue after issue. Consistently brilliant scripts, impressive new artists delivering equally impressive visuals and yet another “We should have seen that coming” denouement. Issue #958 receives another well deserved:

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I count myself fortunate with the books I review. Suicide Squad hasn't always been the greatest comic in the world, but since the DC Rebirth Rob Williams has beenwriting one of the best team books on the shelves. In most instances his storieshave been complemented with some spectacular artwork.Suicide Squad19 continues this tradition.

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Whether it's multi-issue story arcs or single issue character pieces, Detective Comics doesn't put a single foot wrong. I can only describe this run as consistently superb. Roll on issue #958.

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With a host of bat baddies, great action, romance and rambunctiousness Suicide Squad #18 ticks all the right boxes. As always the book closeswith a cliff-hanger, and an appearance by two of comics heavy-hitters. Bat-fans have always been treated by this title, but our unexpected visitors should bring in Man Of Steel fans too! Very entertaining stuff. I'm anxious to see what synapse sizzling scenes the next instalment will bring.

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This month's instalment of Batman Beyond delivers in every way possible. Fantastic writing and art, action, thrills and surprises. We get a look into Bruce's past and a shocking glimpse of the future. When I say that Ra's Al Ghul isn't the man he used to be, I'm really not kidding! The cliff-hanger ending to this episode will grab Batman fans' attention and change the landscape of this series going forward. Excellent stuff.

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Rob Williams is taking this book to new heights and uncharted depths. His revelations and surprises still shock us and hold our interest. Harcourt's actions and their repercussions finally come to a head and the story's cliffhanger is, as usual, incentive for us to pick up the next instalment.

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It's a joy when a tried and tested comics veteran like Dan Jurgens works with a fresh and promising new talent like Bernard Chang. The writing and the art combine to bring characters and situations – that could become stale under the guidance of lesser creators – and elevate them. This book is fun, it's reminiscent of the classics and yet totally in the now, all at the same time. Batman Beyond #7 gets a very healthy rating of:

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Detective Comics is having an incredible run, right now. The book has consistent character development, thrilling writing and beautiful art. Add to all that the tension inducing and nail-biting cliffhangers – and the latest one is a killer – I am left with noother choice thanto give this issue the ever elusive (and richly deserved):

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Right from the start, the quality of the writing on this title has been consistently high. There are always surprises and twists aplenty to engage the audience. Comics, though, are generally viewed as a marriage between writer and artist and supposed to give asum greater than its individual parts. In my humble opinion,the level of the artwork in this instance has not matched the standard of the writing, so I'm sad to only award this issue:

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This title lulls the reader into a false sense of security like no other. One box has been closed, but another can has been opened, threatening to leak its wriggling, disgusting contents everywhere. Mister Williams and his collaborators have delivered another solid:

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This issue keeps the pressure building from the first page to the last, and there's a real sense of doom and foreboding raking at the readers' souls. This atmosphere and tension make this title a consistently entertaining read, therefore I have to give this issue another solid:

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Dan Jurgens and Bernard Chang are onto a winner. Batman Beyond brings action, humour, character developement and surprises, wrapped up in gorgeous artwork. The whole package is a yummy bat-tastic delight. Now, Terry! Get off your heinie, leave Dana be and go and fight some ninjas!

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Another rock solid romp. Action with depth, violence tempered with grace and spot on dialogue with character. I don't know if I'll have any nails left by the time issue #954 crash-lands into my inbox. This chapter gets a rip-roaring:

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I really shouldn't be surprised after reading comics for over 40 years, but DC is on a roll. I read the old Ostrander Suicide Squad comics back in the day, but only dipped in and out of the subsequent reboots. The work of Rob Williams and the gang is refreshing and really keeps me coming back for more. Suicide Squad #14 gets another solid:

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James Tynion and his collaborators have delivered another hit with Detective Comics 952. The milestone 950th issue was truly just a taster of what is yet to come. My appetite is whetted and I really can't wait to sink my teeth into the next chapter.

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As cliffhangers go, the one at the end of Suicide Squad#13 is a doozy! I need to see what happens next!

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