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DC Beach Blanket Bad Guys Summer Special #1

Writer: Paul Dini, Lee Bermejo, Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko, Tim Seeley, Rod Fontana Artist: Carlos D'Anda, Gabriel Hardman, David Williams, Otto Schmidt Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: July 25, 2018 Cover Price: $9.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 4
7.4Critic Rating
7.5User Rating

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It's summertime in the DCU and the bad guys are taking over! Beat the heat with 10 all-new stories by top comics talent starring DC's most spectacular super-villains! In this issue, find out what Mr. Freeze does on the hottest day of the Gotham City summer! Learn what made Grodd such a bad gorilla! Then, while in a small beach town, Deathstroke gets hired for murder by the last person he'd expect! And The Joker and Bizarro team up for a truly weird summer bromance!

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield 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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Jul 26, 2018

    This is a really fun read and a nice way to take a break from some of the heavier comics with your favorite villains. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson Jul 25, 2018

    Sure, some of the stories are a little more on the nose or thematically dark, especially in the last thirty pages of the issue. But there's just so much that stands out, and is essential reading for fans of the expansive world that DC has created. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Dark Knight News - Adam Ray Jul 27, 2018

    It's hot out. It's very easy to get sluggish and sticky in this weather. Find somewhere cool, kick back, and let your mind expand in some harmless fun. Well, until the Owl Man story on Earth 3. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Jul 25, 2018

    If you've got a vacation coming up and will be doing some traveling, this book might be the best companion for you: by plane or train, this collection of summertime stories provides a nice range of emotional highs and lows, an excellent array of art, and no true stinkers out of ten very different stories. Four of the stories are centered on Bat-related characters, but you're just as likely to find some true gems far afield from Gotham. Either way, this is 80 pages of quality content and sure to keep you entertained. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Nathaniel Muir Jul 26, 2018

    The anthology is a little less silly and more character driven the the silly title and fun cover let on, but this is still a perfect summer read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Aug 8, 2018

    A mixed bag of hot, cold and lukewarm tales. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Jul 27, 2018

    Beach Blanket Bad Guys Summer Special #1 is a diverse sample platter of adversarial analysis, satisfying as ice cold melon slices, grilled ballpark hotdogs, and carnival midway funnel cakes. The diabolic nature of these main characters, however, may have you frisking the cooks rather than kissing them. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Batman Universe - Paul Shanly Jul 27, 2018

    This was an enjoyable anthology special featuring some strong short stories. The standouts for me were the Mr. Freeze and Gorilla Grodd stories, but the whole book from start to finish was entertaining. This is a worthwhile read for a summer afternoon. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Keith OneShot Jul 25, 2018

    Ultimately I think that Beach Blanket Bad Guys is worth the pick up and read, as you get 10 entertaining stories, written and drawn by both veteran and upcoming talent, spread across 80 colorful pages. Some stories do stick out stronger than others, but I feel like there's enough here to pique anyone's killer instinct. Some of the stand out stories to me include, the crime syndicate in "Independence", Giganta in "Giganta Strong", and Black Manta in "Icy Embrace". Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Jul 25, 2018

    As expected, it's a mixed bag of mostly fun stories that should have little effect. Ten bucks is a bit much for this; I would have liked it a bit more at eight dollars. Nice batch of visuals, though, for your money. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Jul 25, 2018

    This took a lot of energy. A lot of these stories were forgettable but there were some gems in the bunch that I really enjoyed. However, is it worth the massive price tag to read three or so good stories? That depends on you, so go into it with an open mind. Read Full Review

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