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Superheroes for Hire added Green Lantern (2018) to their pull list Nov 10, 2018

Green Lantern (2018)

Superstar writer Grant Morrison (Batman, All-Star Superman) returns to DC alongside red-hot artist Liam Sharp (The Brave AND the Bold, Wonder Woman) to launch a new, ongoing series: THE GREEN LANTERN!
In this debut issue, when Earth's space cop, Hal Jordan, encounters an alien hiding in plain sight, it sets off a chain of events that rocks the...

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Superheroes for Hire reviewed Batman #50 Jul 5, 2018
8.0

I had to know. I was spoiled. I wanted to know how this issue turned out, so I sought out spoilers. Then I had to read it for myself. I won't spoil anything in my review, but to say that it's great. It's Tom King. It's Batman and Catwoman. It's some of the most beautiful Bat-Cat art you'll ever see. And then there is intrigue aplenty! If you love what Tom King has been doing with the Batman series more

Batman #50

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Jul 4, 2018

It's the wedding you never thought you'd see! The Batrimony is real as Bruce Wayne and Selina Kyle are set to tie the knot in a can't-miss, extra-length milestone issue that will reshape Gotham City. All their friends (and a few enemies?) will be party to a comic book coupling for the ages. Superstar scribe Tom King officiates the sure-to-be-offbea...

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Superheroes for Hire - Jul 6, 2018

Upon a little further reflection, I had to lower from 9 to 8. Too much spinning the wheels, and overall a story I don't want any more of. I get it, but let's just all move on to something different. No more Bat and Cat, or I'm out.

Superheroes for Hire - Nov 5, 2018

Just to add some more reflection: I don't think this issue was worth any of the hype several issues later. We continue to see Batman spin out of control following the events here. Given the lack of payoff on the buildup to Issue 50, I really don't expect any payoff on any of the other plot points introduced in #50. Yes, we'll eventually get a showdown with the Big Bad shown, but I have no confidence it will be very satisfying.

5.5

5/5 for Ryan Sook's art. 0.5 stars for Brian Bendis' excellent writing of the Daily Planet bullpen and Perry White. I don't even care that Bendis wants to write a more independent Lois Lane, but I think it's the laziest type of comic book writing to throw out all the recent character development for this tentpole character. Everything Rebirth was built on was the hope, optimism, legacy, and love o more

Action Comics #1004

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Oct 24, 2018

Superman confronts Lois Lane and wants answers: Where is Jon Kent? What happened during Lois' trip into space with Jor-El? Why didn't she contact the Man of Steel when she returned? And most importantly, does she still love him? Or is the world-famous reporter looking to let Clark Kent down easy? Lois and Clark's relationship gets redefined in this...

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Rogue_Thespian reviewed Batman #57 Oct 21, 2018
5.0

Something's a little off if Tom King's sudden retelling of a fairy tale is more interesting than the Batman stuff. I guess I'm left asking: what was the point?

Batman #57

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Oct 17, 2018

The KGBeast isn't working alone. As the Cold War between Batman and the Russian killer heats up, Batman's nose for mystery gets to twitching when he suspects there's more to the KGBeast's attacks than initially thought. Not only does this tie back to the court case Bruce Wayne sat on involving Mr. Freeze, there's another villainous Gotham ghoul in ...

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superstan52 reviewed Batman #57 Oct 17, 2018
5.5

Why does Batman always go to these remote,inhospitable environs the hardest way - on horseback, trudging through icefields? Whats the point? Plus, what exactly was batmans plsn? He couldnt have carried Beast back to civilization, so either he was going to give hjim a bloody nose and leave him there - highly unsatisfying - or kill him. He was never going to bring him in by the book. So thst makes t more

Batman #57

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Oct 17, 2018

The KGBeast isn't working alone. As the Cold War between Batman and the Russian killer heats up, Batman's nose for mystery gets to twitching when he suspects there's more to the KGBeast's attacks than initially thought. Not only does this tie back to the court case Bruce Wayne sat on involving Mr. Freeze, there's another villainous Gotham ghoul in ...

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Br'er Lapin reviewed Batman #57 Oct 18, 2018
8.0

I don't know if seeing all the negative reaction lowered my expectations or not, but I thought this was awesome. I loved the gorey folktale visuals overlapping the fight between Batman and KGBeast, and his reaction at the end really shows we are seeing a Batman who is tired of the whole song and dance.

Don't fuck with Batman's batfam.

Batman #57

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Oct 17, 2018

The KGBeast isn't working alone. As the Cold War between Batman and the Russian killer heats up, Batman's nose for mystery gets to twitching when he suspects there's more to the KGBeast's attacks than initially thought. Not only does this tie back to the court case Bruce Wayne sat on involving Mr. Freeze, there's another villainous Gotham ghoul in ...

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Superheroes for Hire - Oct 28, 2018

More like we're reading a writer who is tired of the whole song and dance. There is nothing joyful or interesting about this run on Batman. Lots of clever and self-referential writing though. Issue 55 was full of nods to King's friends and critics.

Br'er Lapin - Oct 28, 2018

I'd be tired of it too, after the reaction to #50.

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ohhaimark reviewed Batman #57 Oct 19, 2018
1.5

THE GOOD:

-That fairytale part was pretty great. Morbid and original. I dig it.

THE BAD:

-Tony Daniel's art was still a let-down for me. It felt way too rushed. Not necessarily bad art, just not good Tony S. Daniel art.

-Apparently King has abandoned dialogue altogether, and just thinks that as far as the actual story goes, just having the characters mak more

Batman #57

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Oct 17, 2018

The KGBeast isn't working alone. As the Cold War between Batman and the Russian killer heats up, Batman's nose for mystery gets to twitching when he suspects there's more to the KGBeast's attacks than initially thought. Not only does this tie back to the court case Bruce Wayne sat on involving Mr. Freeze, there's another villainous Gotham ghoul in ...

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myconius - Oct 29, 2018

it’s just really cheesy to fill half the comic with the work of another. this is a prime example of ‘phoning it in’.

ohhaimark - Oct 29, 2018

Truly no sound would have worked better. The silent effect was actually really well used in that last WoJaR issue. Also, I don’t mind filling your work with that of another as long as you actually try to contribute to the story as well.

Bleemak reviewed Batman #57 Oct 17, 2018
3.0

If we would review this comic just by it's art, a solid 9. Tony Daniel is a good artist.

And I think he is chosen to be artist every time King writes a terrible comic. This and Booster Gold-future-mess proves that.

Just two dudes fighting while a fairy-tale is being read in a flashback. And Batman leaves KGBeast dying. King, the last thing you wanna do is take inspiration fro more

Batman #57

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Oct 17, 2018

The KGBeast isn't working alone. As the Cold War between Batman and the Russian killer heats up, Batman's nose for mystery gets to twitching when he suspects there's more to the KGBeast's attacks than initially thought. Not only does this tie back to the court case Bruce Wayne sat on involving Mr. Freeze, there's another villainous Gotham ghoul in ...

KFuqua reviewed Batman #57 Oct 17, 2018
3.0

Once again, Tom King stinks it up and proves he should not be writing Batman. The Tony Daniel's art is the only thing good about this.

Batman #57

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Oct 17, 2018

The KGBeast isn't working alone. As the Cold War between Batman and the Russian killer heats up, Batman's nose for mystery gets to twitching when he suspects there's more to the KGBeast's attacks than initially thought. Not only does this tie back to the court case Bruce Wayne sat on involving Mr. Freeze, there's another villainous Gotham ghoul in ...

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egon244 reviewed Batman #57 Oct 17, 2018
7.0

"Come along, gossip"

Well, that took a turn. Dark and twisted one. And I mean the children story. No surprise that Anatoli grew up to be who he is (was?).
As for his battle with the Dark Knight. Pretty straightforward brawl. No dialogue, no narration, just two angry dudes beating the snot out of each other and trying not to die in the process. I like it. It was pretty entertaining more

Batman #57

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Oct 17, 2018

The KGBeast isn't working alone. As the Cold War between Batman and the Russian killer heats up, Batman's nose for mystery gets to twitching when he suspects there's more to the KGBeast's attacks than initially thought. Not only does this tie back to the court case Bruce Wayne sat on involving Mr. Freeze, there's another villainous Gotham ghoul in ...

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Superheroes for Hire - Oct 28, 2018

Yes, it's Tom King's attempt at being clever. If only the Beast had someone else in the pit to help him. Except then where does Batman fit into the story?

Quinn reviewed Batman #57 Oct 17, 2018
3.0

The art in the story is nice. King is a man of few words. Too bad words aren't a bad thing in a comic book.

The story picks up right where it left off. Batman goes to the cabin where KGBeast killed dad. Instead of doing something smart like throwing a flashbang stun grenade in the cabin to get an advantage over a villain that can go toe to toe with him, Batman says "Beast" outside the d more

Batman #57

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Oct 17, 2018

The KGBeast isn't working alone. As the Cold War between Batman and the Russian killer heats up, Batman's nose for mystery gets to twitching when he suspects there's more to the KGBeast's attacks than initially thought. Not only does this tie back to the court case Bruce Wayne sat on involving Mr. Freeze, there's another villainous Gotham ghoul in ...

Superheroes for Hire reviewed Batman #57 Oct 28, 2018
5.0

Again, some of the best art in the business, but the story is pointless. Batman travelled across the globe to break KGBeast's neck. Wow, that is why I buy Batman twice a month. Add in a Russian folk tale to distract from the main story, and you get 10 pounds of awful with your 5 puns of clever. At this point, I'm hate reading this series. At least Daniel's art was fantastic to look at. I could rea more

Batman #57

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Oct 17, 2018

The KGBeast isn't working alone. As the Cold War between Batman and the Russian killer heats up, Batman's nose for mystery gets to twitching when he suspects there's more to the KGBeast's attacks than initially thought. Not only does this tie back to the court case Bruce Wayne sat on involving Mr. Freeze, there's another villainous Gotham ghoul in ...

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Superheroes for Hire reviewed Batman #56 Oct 28, 2018
7.0

Terrible premise, good execution, best art in the business! I can't speak for how much of the story direction is from writing or editorial, but this is about the most pointless Batman story arc ever. Yep, he's finding clues and he's punishing bad guys, but Batman is boring here. Some slightly cringy dialogue with Batman and Bronze Tiger makes the father-son Beast conversation seem compelling. Agai more

Batman #56

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Oct 3, 2018

The Dark Knight's looking to drop both the hammer and sickle on the KGBeast, whose rampage across Gotham City takes a toll on Nightwing when he's injured in the fray. Blaming himself for his ward's fate, Batman gets grimmer than usual-and vows to take the Russian assassin down like the Berlin Wall. Is even Gotham City ready for that much violence? ...

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Steve C reviewed Batman #55 Sep 20, 2018
8.5

Not the best story of the run, but it’s still better than 90% of what’s being published. Daniel’s art is great.

Batman #55

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Sep 19, 2018

The KGBeast lives! The Russian super-assassin is back-but under whose orders? Does he have a specific mission, or is this simply some leftover Cold War mayhem? Nyet, comrade-it has to do with Bruce Wayne's recent court case involving Mr. Freeze. Something is rotten in Gotham, and you can still smell it, even if it's on ice!

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ohhaimark reviewed Batman #55 Sep 21, 2018
7.5

THE GOOD:

-This issue gets recognition for just being such a massive improvement over the previous issue. Whereas issue 54 felt like a pointless filler, this issue takes its concepts and uses them originally and sets up a great new status quo for Nightwing.

-Tony S. Daniel's art is excellent. He captures the characters well and portrays a variety of scenes with different feel more

Batman #55

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Sep 19, 2018

The KGBeast lives! The Russian super-assassin is back-but under whose orders? Does he have a specific mission, or is this simply some leftover Cold War mayhem? Nyet, comrade-it has to do with Bruce Wayne's recent court case involving Mr. Freeze. Something is rotten in Gotham, and you can still smell it, even if it's on ice!

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Superheroes for Hire - Oct 27, 2018

I don't mind that the "plot" didn't advance very much, because I prefer comics that tell contained stories. And to that end, this issue tells the story of KGBeast arriving in Gotham and shooting Nightwing. The bad thing is it just isn't a very interesting story.

ohhaimark - Nov 8, 2018

I agree that it isn't a very interesting story, but I do not enjoy plots that are essentially just a couple of events. This usually leads to lots of filler or a very unmemorable issue. This is a purely personal thing.

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daddyT reviewed Batman #55 Sep 20, 2018
6.0

is Zdarsky writing Nightwing now? urgh...

from a base of 6, this gets a rating of: 6.
+1 because: the art was definitely above average.
-1 because there was too much stupid humor.

Batman #55

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Sep 19, 2018

The KGBeast lives! The Russian super-assassin is back-but under whose orders? Does he have a specific mission, or is this simply some leftover Cold War mayhem? Nyet, comrade-it has to do with Bruce Wayne's recent court case involving Mr. Freeze. Something is rotten in Gotham, and you can still smell it, even if it's on ice!

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The-MJP - Sep 21, 2018

No cause Zadarsky would turn in a much better script

Superheroes for Hire - Oct 27, 2018

Honestly, the humor was less concerning than the dialogue as a whole.

Superheroes for Hire reviewed Batman #55 Oct 27, 2018
6.5

Eh. This all just seems so forced. The art is fairly good, although a few angles during the fight scenes stretched the characters in weird ways. The dialogue was C quality for most of the book, but it did improve near the end. Tom King subtly snuck in a few self-referential bits of commentary on his run into the background crowd noise. Eh. On one hand, the grunting Batman is tiresome, but on the o more

Batman #55

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Sep 19, 2018

The KGBeast lives! The Russian super-assassin is back-but under whose orders? Does he have a specific mission, or is this simply some leftover Cold War mayhem? Nyet, comrade-it has to do with Bruce Wayne's recent court case involving Mr. Freeze. Something is rotten in Gotham, and you can still smell it, even if it's on ice!

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Superheroes for Hire reviewed Avengers #8 Oct 13, 2018
7.5

Story is complete filler, but we get more character motivation and relationship building than the last 7 issues. And why did Marvel keep David Marquez until this second arc? His art is definitely a step above the first arc's. We've got figures, backgrounds, and legible panel layout.

Avengers #8

By: Jason Aaron, David Marquez
Released: Sep 19, 2018

"WORLD TOUR" PART ONE
In the aftermath of their world-shaking battle against the Dark Celestials, the new Avengers team is officially formed, complete with a startling new headquarters at the top of the world. Behold the wonders of Avengers Mountain. But someone who doesn't seem impressed is Namor, the ferocious lord of Atlantis, whose rage may...

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Superheroes for Hire rated Avengers #7 Oct 13, 2018
7.0

Avengers #7

By: Jason Aaron, Sara Pichelli
Released: Sep 5, 2018

FEATURING GHOST RIDER 1,000,000 BC!
If you thought you knew the beginnings of the Marvel Universe, you were wrong! Odin and his Prehistoric Avengers represent a period of Marvel history that's never been explored. That exploration begins this issue with the origin of the very first Ghost Rider, one who rides a flaming woolly mammoth and battles...

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Superheroes for Hire rated Avengers #5 Oct 11, 2018
6.0

Avengers #5

By: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness
Released: Jul 18, 2018

Behold the wildest, most awe-inspiring team of Avengers ever assembled! But will it be enough to defeat the combined powers of Loki and the Final Host of Dark Celestials? And what is the startling secret of the Progenitor?
Rated T+

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Superheroes for Hire reviewed Avengers #6 Oct 11, 2018
4.0

Look at the panels on this book and tell me what is happening. Read the speech bubbles and tell me you don't cringe. Just nonsense.

Avengers #6

By: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness
Released: Aug 22, 2018

THE FINAL HOST concludes!
The final battle against the Dark Celestials. A battle unlike any the Avengers have ever experienced. A battle a million years in the making. The new team of heavy hitters assembles at last. But will the young, inexperienced Ghost Rider prove to be the most important and powerful member of all?
Rated T+

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Superheroes for Hire added Fearscape to their pull list Sep 25, 2018

Fearscape

The Fearscape is a world beyond our own, populated by manifestations of our worst fears. Once per generation, The Muse travels to Earth, discovers our greatest Storyteller, and takes them with her to the Fearscape to battles these fear-creatures on our behalf. All has been well for eons, until The Muse encounters Henry Henry, a plagiarist with delu...

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Superheroes for Hire reviewed Avengers #4 Sep 23, 2018
7.0

The art is much more restrained and serviceable in this issue. And the action keeps a better pace with plot developments. Dialog was scaled back to let the action and characters breathe a bit better, but the rapid expansion of mythos causes more exposition than usual. And what are we supposed to make of the Eternals all being dead now? Seems kind of cheap to die off screen.

Avengers #4

By: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness
Released: Jul 4, 2018

How do the Avengers possibly defeat a crew of 2,000-foot-tall, nearly omnipotent Dark Celestials bent on annihilating the human race? While Thor and Hulk search for answers deep within the bowels of Old Asgard, we learn more about the untold history of Odin and his Prehistoric Avengers!
Rated T+

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Superheroes for Hire reviewed Avengers #3 Sep 23, 2018
5.0

So many pacing problems and lots of terrible dialog. While the earth is in dire need of heroes, we get dialog dumps from Not-The-Avengers (seriously this is issue 3 of a book called "The Avengers" heavily featuring classic Avengers) and insignificant bickering. Thor had to yell at Iron Man and Captain Marvel to stop their "Civil Warring" (good grief) after Tony yells at Carol trying to blame Alpha more

Avengers #3

By: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness
Released: Jun 20, 2018

THE FINAL HOST PART 3 FROM JASON AARON AND ED MCGUINNESS!
Fate has once again brought together Earth's Mightiest Heroes to face their greatest challenge yet. But with Captain America now taken prisoner by Loki, what hope do these new Avengers have to defeat the Final Host of Dark Celestials? And what startling secrets are still left to be uncov...

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Superheroes for Hire reviewed Avengers #2 Sep 23, 2018
7.0

Somewhat improved art, but I still don't like Ed McGuinness art, especially on this book. Lots of close ups, yelling characters, and posing. There is literally a double page spread made of 6 oversized characters overlapping each other on the page. Pacing is still off. Several pages are devoted to She-Hulk fighting Ghost Rider, all the while Earth is being ravaged (supposedly) by Celestials. I'm at more

Avengers #2

By: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness
Released: May 16, 2018

• Black Panther and Dr. Strange battle for their lives deep within the earth...
•  Captain Marvel battles death and destruction raining down from the skies...
•  ...while Thor, Iron Man and Captain America lead the valiant (yet hopeless) fight against the Final Host of Dark Celestials.
•  And Ghost Rider and the Savage Hu...

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Superheroes for Hire reviewed Avengers #1 Sep 21, 2018
6.5

First, I'll just say I'm not a fan of Ed McGuinness's art style. People are too square, figures are boldly outlined and look like they could be added over backgrounds through digital placement, and panels run together without the kind of structure I prefer. As for the story, I felt like the second half should have been the whole issue. I could have done without a boring recap of every bad pre-Fres more

Avengers #1

By: Jason Aaron, Ed McGuinness
Released: May 2, 2018

A NEW ERA DAWNS FOR EARTH'S MIGHTIEST HEROES -
courtesy of JASON AARON and ED McGUINNESS!
Thor Odinson. Steve Rogers. Tony Stark. The Big Three of the Avengers are reunited at last! And just in time to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of their most powerful enemies yet: the 2000-foot-tall space gods known as Celestials.

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Superheroes for Hire reviewed Black Panther #2 Aug 22, 2018
7.0

I'm confused. Was there a time jump? The intro says that the Maroons added T'challa to their ranks 2 years ago. Was that 2 years since issue 1? Plus none of the questions from issue 1 were addressed here. Such as why do these characters have the same name as the earthbound Wakandan characters? If this is a mind wiped T'challa, how does this fit in with the main timeline? If it's not the main T'cha more

Black Panther #2

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Daniel Acuna
Released: Jun 27, 2018

MANY THOUSANDS GONE PART 2 FROM TA-NEHISI COATES & DANIEL ACUNA!
T'Challa is a stranger in a strange land. With no memory of his past, there is only the suffering of the present - in the Vibranium mines of an unfamiliar empire. But all hope is not lost. A rebellion is growing--and they have a plan. But who will lead these lost citizens? Where i...

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7.0

Ultimately, this is a well told story that I'm just not interested in reading. As far as first issues go, this did a good job of seeing the pace and theme for the series ahead. The Leinil Francis Yu art appeals to me. It's just scratchy and shadowy enough to match the lurking evil in the story. But Yu definitely spaces out the scenes in this oversized issue by giving us large panels on most pages, more

Captain America #1

By: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Leinil Francis Yu
Released: Jul 4, 2018

IT IS WINTER IN AMERICA.
For over 70 years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra's takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield...and a new enemy is rising!
Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the sy...

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Deadlybeavis reviewed Black Badge #1 Aug 14, 2018
5.0

Idea is a lot cooler than than the execution. I'll pass.

Black Badge #1

By: Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins
Released: Aug 8, 2018

Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins, the Eisner Award-nominated team behind Grass Kings, reunite for a new ongoing series about a top-secret, elite branch of boy scouts tasked by the government to take on covert missions. Among their organization, the Black Badges are the elite; the best of the best. They are feared even by the other badges. The missions ...

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Superheroes for Hire - Aug 15, 2018

I'm giving a few more issues, personally, but I'm fully in agreement about the idea vs execution. I expected the "teens take on the world" approach to be more tongue in cheek to contrast with the complexity of world politics. Instead, the creative team has decided to literally put the teens in our real world, but implausible situations. Definitely a tighter rope to walk.

Deadlybeavis - Aug 15, 2018

I totally agree and you put it in better words than I could. If you want to continue the series, more power to you. You're a braver soul than me. If it gets better, let me know, I'll give the trade a try.

Superheroes for Hire reviewed Black Badge #1 Aug 15, 2018
8.5

I knew the premise of this series going in, but I was honestly surprised at the very serious and literal approach the first issue took. Literally, this series is about a group of "Scouts" on special government assignment to to carry out covert missions. The danger is palpable, even though the mood is carefree. The real drama will come in later issues as the Black Badges come to terms with their more

Black Badge #1

By: Matt Kindt, Tyler Jenkins
Released: Aug 8, 2018

Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins, the Eisner Award-nominated team behind Grass Kings, reunite for a new ongoing series about a top-secret, elite branch of boy scouts tasked by the government to take on covert missions. Among their organization, the Black Badges are the elite; the best of the best. They are feared even by the other badges. The missions ...

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