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Joined: Aug 25, 2016 About Me: Total DC fanboy. Marvel is trash.

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4.5

Boring, terrible villain, and weak character moments. AVOID.

Justice League Vol. 1: The Extinction Machine

By: Bryan Hitch

In these stories from JUSTICE LEAGUE: REBIRTH #1 and issues #1-5 of the new series, a new day dawns for the Justice League as they welcome a slew of new members into their ranks. The question remains though, can the world's greatest superheroes trust these new recruits? And will the members of the League be able to come together against an ancient ...

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blackmanta221 reviewed The Terrifics #1 Mar 10, 2018
8.5

Pleasantly surprised with how this book turned out! Characterizations on point, good art, and a decent plot that brings these random characters together without it feeling forced. I'm very excited to see where this series goes. Definitely the best New Age of Heroes book thus far.

The Terrifics #1

By: Jeff Lemire, Ivan Reis
Released: Feb 28, 2018

Bound together by fate, united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow, the Terrifics are bound from the Dark Multiverse of Metal! When Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl find themselves literally bound together by a tragic accident, our team of unlikely allies must rely on one another to make their way back home. But...

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blackmanta221 added Mera: Queen of Atlantis to their pull list Mar 7, 2018

Mera: Queen of Atlantis

From the pages of AQUAMAN comes a brand-new adventure starring Mera, in her own title for the first time ever! As the brutal Atlantean Civil War rages, Mera must keep the peace between the surface world and Atlantis as its newly anointed queen in exile. But when Aquaman's brother Orm, a.k.a. Ocean Master, learns of his homeland's fate, he'll stop a...

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7.0

Bane is easily one of my favorite DC comics villains, so it's no wonder I rushed out to buy this despite not reading the first 2 volumes. With a quick google search or two, I was all set to go. And what I noticed, is that while Tom King seems to have the characterizations of most the characters down, the one person who he seems to have the hardest time writing is Batman himself. King's portrayal o more

Batman Vol. 3: I Am Bane

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerards

The man who has physically tested the Dark Knight like no one before is back to finally break the Bat for good. Can a battered, exhausted Batman fend off one of his greatest foes? Plus, catch up with Catwoman as she and the Dark Knight battle a collection of villains and plan for the future! Collects BATMAN #16-20, 23 and 24.

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5.5

This trade really consists of 3 separate, vaguely connected Aqua-tales bound together. So I will be reviewing each individually, briefly.

The first arc/story, "Warhead," is pretty terrible. While the main antagonist looks cool, his motivations and character remain muddy even after they are explained. The action, and on occasion the art, is messy. Aquaman and Mera get a few standout mom more

Aquaman Vol. 3: Crown Of Atlantis

By: Dan Abnett, Scot Eaton

Recovering and rebuilding after the "Deluge," Aquaman finds himself locked in a ferocious battle with Warhead, a monster awakened during Atlantis' war with the surface. Then, Deadwater makes an unwelcome return! Collects AQUAMAN #16-24.

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8.5

This is easily one of the best Aquaman stories written. In this book, we truly get to see the extent of Aquaman's struggle to keep Atlantis and the surface world in harmony, and we see how it strains and pushes him. While the main villain Black Manta may not actually appear too much in the story, his presence is felt all around, and any segments with him in it are phenomenal. The art is all around more

Aquaman Vol. 2: Black Manta Rising

By: Dan Abnett, Philippe Briones

Aquaman's investigation into the mysterious Atlantean terrorist attacks on the surface is cut short when Black Manta taps his newfound weapons cache and unleashes an unstoppable weapon upon the undersea kingdom: a relentless behemoth from the deep that lays waste to everything in its path. Collects AQUAMAN #7-15.

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9.5

Justice League Darkseid War Omnibus

By: Geoff Johns, Jim Lee

The Justice League originally united to stop the forces of Darkseid from destroying Earth! Now the ruler of Apokolips is back, but this time he's set his sights on the world-shattering Anti-Monitor. Will the combined might of the Justice League be enough to protect Earth from becoming collateral damage as gods fight? This new title collects JUSTICE...

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blackmanta221 reviewed Bane: Conquest #5 Feb 10, 2018
7.5

This issue is actually pretty good! Surprising, considering how the series was on a slow decline for the past few chapters. But this issue has it all, good art, humor, action, and it may be hard to believe, but the banter between Catwoman and Bane may even be better than Batman and Bane. Good issue, can't wait for what's next.

Bane: Conquest #5

By: Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan
Released: Sep 6, 2017

It's Bane vs. Catwoman-the rematch! Sure, they've got a common enemy, and they might be better off working together...but nothing gets under Bane's skin quite like Catwoman's claws.

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blackmanta221 reviewed Bane: Conquest #4 Feb 10, 2018
4.5

My problem with this book is the complete waste of potential a series like this COULD have. Rather than making this a story about Bane and his gang on a globetrotting quest to dismantle various criminal empires and build an army, the series seems to be content with making Bane do bad guy stuff simply because he is a bad guy. It's very low stakes, and feels very disposable. This issue exemplifies t more

Bane: Conquest #4

By: Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan
Released: Aug 2, 2017

Bane has set his sights on crushing the Vor, a network of Eastern European thieves who are among the deadliest in the world...but somehow, it's less than surprising that where you find a collection of thieves, you find Catwoman! Will she derail Bane's plans? Or is there an opportunity for a deal here?

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blackmanta221 reviewed Bane: Conquest #3 Feb 10, 2018
6.0

Pretty weak chapter of the story. Not much really happens here, except we get to see Bane and Batman both kick some serious ass. Some of it is good, but despite the art being very captivating, the action comes of as very unexciting. While Bane, Batman, and the Trio are written nicely, newer characters like Damocles and Dionysus are pretty weak.

Bane: Conquest #3

By: Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan
Released: Jul 5, 2017

Sure, they may have had to team up to escape Damocles' clutches - but Batman and Bane can't keep their hands off each others' throats for long! The question is, will Damocles be able to use that rivalry to his advantage?

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blackmanta221 reviewed Bane: Conquest #2 Feb 10, 2018
7.5

Decent enough issue that capitalizes on the banter between Bane and Batman. It's a very fun read, and although it's not exactly written the best, it has some really standout art and great moments. Good increase in quality over #1.

Bane: Conquest #2

By: Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan
Released: Jun 7, 2017

Bane's been captured by the charismatic cult leader Damocles, the man building a criminal empire to rival his own! But just ask anyone from his childhood home of Peña Duro...trying to keep Bane in a prison rarely ends well!
RATED T+

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blackmanta221 reviewed Doomsday Clock #3 Feb 10, 2018
7.5

Doomsday Clock #3 is, again, tough to review because of how much of this series will likely function better as a full story than as singular issue releases. There is a lot in this issue that does not exactly make a lot of sense yet, primarily a portion of the book that mirrors the 'tales of the black freighter' segments from Watchmen. The story still has my interest, and this issue in particular h more

Doomsday Clock #3

By: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank
Released: Jan 24, 2018

The story takes a turn in the third chapter of this 12-issue series you never thought you'd see, from writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank.
RATED T+

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blackmanta221 reviewed Doomsday Clock #2 Feb 10, 2018
9.0

This issue fully proved to me that Geoff Johns really knows what he's doing with the Watchmen legacy. After a first chapter that left me somewhat dissapointed and wanting more, Doomsday Clock #2 is a fantastically crafted book from start to finish. Frank's art really shines here, although I wish it were given more space outside the cramped 9 panel layout, which sometimes I feel is just there out o more

Doomsday Clock #2

By: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank
Released: Dec 27, 2017

DC and Watchmen characters collide at last! The story that began in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 comes to a thrilling and unexpected crescendo in the pages of this titanic twelve-issue series by the all-star team that brought you BATMAN: EARTH ONE and SHAZAM!
In this second chapter: The Dark Knight discovers another relic from the Watchmen world. Le...

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blackmanta221 reviewed Doomsday Clock #1 Feb 9, 2018
7.5

Doomsday Clock is a very hard series to review at the moment because, like Watchmen, it is really best critiqued as a full story instead of one single issue. With #1, it is very hard to tell where the story is going to go, but this book serves its purpose nicely. That being, to re-introduce and introduce some of the new characters and themes we could be expecting from the rest of the series. The b more

Doomsday Clock #1

By: Geoff Johns, Gary Frank
Released: Nov 22, 2017

DC Comics presents to you a 12-issue maxiseries from the critically acclaimed team of writer Geoff Johns, artist Gary Frank and colorist Brad Anderson. You are not prepared for what lies ahead within these pages, good readers.

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8.0

Aquaman Vol 1 is a very straightforward interpretation of the titular hero, but it's one that does a familiar concept with such gusto that it's hard not to love it. The plot centers around Arthur Curry attempting to create new ties between his undersea nation of Atlantis, and the rest of the world. However a familiar face emerges to hinder the king's goals and... of course it's Black Manta. Again, more

Aquaman Vol. 1: The Drowning

By: Dan Abnett, Scot Eaton

Aquaman, the King of Atlantis, has never found a true home in either of the worlds that he was born of. In these tales from AQUAMAN: REBIRTH #1 and issues #1-6 of the new series, the King of Atlantis attempts to broker a peace between Atlantis and the surface, but this noble quest might force Aquaman to choose whether to live his life above the wav...

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blackmanta221 reviewed Bane: Conquest #1 Feb 7, 2018
7.0

Bane Conquest #1 is an interesting idea to say the least. Giving Bane (my favorite Batman villain, by the way) his own series headed by his original creators Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan, seems like a really awesome idea. Bane is such a great, menacing villain, and could easily carry his own story, right? Well, I think what the writers forgot to factor in is that Bane has no charisma whatsoever. I more

Bane: Conquest #1

By: Chuck Dixon, Graham Nolan
Released: May 3, 2017

The co-creators of Bane make a triumphant return to the character, with a twelve-issue series that will push him to the limit! Bane is seeking to create a global criminal empire with the help of his original gang, Bird, Trogg, and Zombie. The Man Who Broke The Bat moves beyond Gotham to find new cities to conquer and new enemies to crush. He won't ...

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10

Without sounding too melodramatic, "The Talk of Saints," the story which makes up a bulk of this monster of a comic book (no pun intended), is one of the greatest comic stories i've read. On top of a moving, engrossing story, breathtaking art, and master-crafted production design, this story really blew me away in every regard. 2 scenes in particular, one which I just can't talk about here, made m more

Swamp Thing Winter Special #1

By: Tom King, Jason Fabok
Released: Feb 7, 2018

Tom King and Jason Fabok pay tribute to the legendary creators of Swamp Thing, writer Len Wein and artist Bernie Wrightson, as they join forces for an earth-shattering Swamp Thing passion project!
In this new, squarebound one-shot, Swamp Thing is out of his element as he shepherds a lost boy through a blinding blizzard and other hazards of a st...

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blackmanta221 reviewed Deathstroke #28 Feb 7, 2018
8.5

Despite coming off the heels of, in my opinion, an extremely mediocre annual, Deathstroke #28 brings the series back to its trademark mirror sheen, bringing us back to what we love about Deathstroke at his core. Despite still feeling very rushed and sudden, seeing Deathstroke back to being a evil bastard is a refreshing return to form. There are a few standout scenes, including the awaited confron more

Deathstroke #28

By: Christopher Priest, Diogenes Neves
Released: Feb 7, 2018

"Chinatown" part one! In the aftermath of the shocking events of this year's Deathstroke Annual, Slade finds himself at a crossroads as his ad hoc "Dark Titans" team dissolves and even Wintergreen finally abandons him. Slade begins a turbulent backslide to his old ways, bringing him face to face with China's New Super-Man!

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blackmanta221 reviewed Deathstroke Annual #1 Feb 7, 2018
5.5

I am extremely conflicted as to what to think about this book. There are some standout scenes, don't get me wrong, but I can't help but feel dissapointed, like this annual didn't really serve as a functional epilogue to 'Defiance.' Despite a pair of fantastic scenes at the start and end of the issue, the rest of the book moves along at a brisk pace, but sometimes it feels like it's too fast for th more

Deathstroke Annual #1

By: Christopher Priest, Denys Cowan
Released: Jan 31, 2018

"An Innocent Man"! Team Defiance is pushed to the edge of oblivion when one of their own ends up dead-and Deathstroke is to blame! Is this the end of Slade Wilson's hero turn? It's all been building to this-don't miss the finale of "Defiance," the events of which will lead Deathstroke down a shocking new path!
RATED T+

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blackmanta221 reviewed Deathstroke #27 Jan 31, 2018
7.5

This arc has gone on for about long enough at this point. This issue is average, and even boring at some points. It feels like the story has gone nowhere since the fantastic previous issue. However, Terra is really given the spotlight and a chance to shine here. And the result is fantastic.

Deathstroke #27

By: Christopher Priest, Diogenes Neves
Released: Jan 3, 2018

"The Fall of Slade" part two! Father and son clash when Jericho flies to rescue Deathstroke from Jericho's ex-the resurrected Dr. Ikon! Meanwhile, Terra is summoned to an ambush by the Forgotten, the deadly leader of the White Lotus, and worlds collide as the New Super-Man demands Deathstroke's arrest!
RATED T+

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blackmanta221 reviewed Deathstroke #26 Jan 31, 2018
9.5

Dr. Ikon as a character is an aspect of this series that I feel doesn't receive enough attention. David Isherwood represents someone who's life has been ruined by Deathstroke's poor decisions. He is what the rest of these characters in the series will become if they stick around with Slade for too long. Seeing Deathstroke and Ikon finally clash with each other for the first time since Issue #2, it more

Deathstroke #26

By: Christopher Priest, Diogenes Neves
Released: Dec 6, 2017

"The Fall of Slade" part one! Finally convinced that their leader is missing, Team Defiance begins the search for Deathstroke only to discover his situation is even more dire than expected. Meanwhile, Deathstroke-after being kidnapped by the Secret Society of Super-Villains-finds his past catching up with him when his former friend and ally Dr. Iko...

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blackmanta221 reviewed Deathstroke #25 Jan 31, 2018
10

Issue #25 completely blew me away even more than I was expecting. On top of a grandiose appearance of The Society, which had me very hyped for this issue, there is plenty of other stuff here to fall in love with. This issue is more than just Deathstroke facing off with some of DC's biggest villains, it's a study of the character and his development through the series. Pagulayan's art is top tier t more

Deathstroke #25

By: Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan
Released: Nov 1, 2017

"The Society"! After betraying another assassin and violating an unwritten code of conduct, Deathstroke is kidnapped and brought to stand trial before the Secret Society of Super Villains! Will Deathstroke pay for his crime? And what of Slade Wilson's recent turn toward heroism? Don't miss this special bonus-size landmark issue guest-starring The R...

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blackmanta221 reviewed Deathstroke #24 Jan 31, 2018
6.0

It doesn't feel like the plot is really going anywhere in this issue. Lately, the plot has just been about Deathstroke training his new team, which could be well done, but comes across as boring and disposable in reality. Plus the stuff with Chinatown still doesn't have any significance to the story. The art is below average even. Luckily, the writing is still on point, and this issue comes with a more

Deathstroke #24

By: Christopher Priest, Diogenes Neves
Released: Oct 4, 2017

"DEFIANCE" part three! As Kid Flash gets to know his new teammates, he soon discovers that Defiance is a team built on secrets and lies...but Kid Flash might be keeping the biggest secret of all! Meanwhile, a dangerous new threat emerges from the Far East and threatens to destroy Defiance before they even begin!
RATED T+

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blackmanta221 reviewed Deathstroke #23 Jan 31, 2018
8.0

Another overall well-rounded issue in quality. Good art, good action, good characters. I still don't know what Priest is setting up with all the Chinatown business, but I wish he would get to the point soon. It's grueling to read parts of a story I have no investment in as of yet.

Deathstroke #23

By: Christopher Priest, Diogenes Neves
Released: Sep 6, 2017

"Defiance" part three! As the team begins to crack under Slade's harsh leadership tactics, Defiance is called into action after a cruise ship gets hijacked on the open seas! It's sink or swim for Deathstroke's new squad when they're put to the test against impossible odds!  

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blackmanta221 reviewed Deathstroke #22 Jan 31, 2018
9.0

Great action, Standout art, and nice chemistry between the new members of the Dark Titans. Slade and Dr. Light's scenes together are simply a delight to read. Above-average chapter of Deathstroke's saga all around.

Deathstroke #22

By: Christopher Priest, Diogenes Neves
Released: Aug 2, 2017

"DEFIANCE" part two! With his new team assembled, Deathstroke takes Team Defiance on their first mission to retake control of a U.S. Embassy held hostage in a small foreign country. But while the team fights for their lives against a mysterious new villain known as the Radiant Man, Slade abandons his team to address some unfinished business with an...

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blackmanta221 reviewed Deathstroke #21 Jan 31, 2018
6.5

Priest sure loves taking his story slow. In some way I admire it, taking the time to give characters time to flesh themselves out and establish new plot threads that will come into play later. But I just wish this issue had a little more substance. There are a few standout scenes, but really this issue just serves to bolster the next few.

Deathstroke #21

By: Christopher Priest, Diogenes Neves
Released: Jul 5, 2017

"DEFIANCE" part one! A new day has dawned for Deathstroke. Having emerged from the Speed Force a changed man, Slade Wilson takes aim at living a better life - a life in service of justice. But when the world refuses to accept the new Deathstroke, Slade recruits a group of young heroes to join him including including former Teen Titans, Kid Flash an...

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blackmanta221 reviewed Deathstroke #20 Jan 29, 2018
8.0

Despite Deathstroke's change of conscience feeling a bit rushed, it still feels believable, as he struggles to piece his life back together after shattering nearly every relationship he had with his family and friends. The narration by a resurrected Dr. Ikon works remarkably well, and this issue is a nice tribute to the Deathstroke legacy. The art is also perhaps the best its ever been in the ser more

Deathstroke #20

By: Christopher Priest, Larry Hama
Released: Jun 7, 2017

"The Lazarus Contract" epilogue! As Deathstroke picks up the pieces of his life following the traumatic events of last month's "The Lazarus Contract," a threat years in the making boils to the surface when an old friend becomes mortal foe!
RATED T+

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blackmanta221 reviewed Deathstroke #19 Jan 29, 2018
7.0

As someone who skipped out on the rest of The Lazarus Contract, I was surprised that I enjoyed as much as I did of this book. I felt as though I were still able to understand what was going on, and overall it did feel like another part of Deathstroke's story. Even though the story drags, especially when focusing on the Titans, it is a real treat when Deathstroke is on the page. This is perhaps the more

Deathstroke #19

By: Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan
Released: May 24, 2017

"THE LAZARUS CONTRACT" part three! Will Slade succeed in reuniting with his son even at the risk of cataclysmic disaster? Or will the Titans and the Teen Titans be fast enough to stop him from changing the world as we know it? Find out what happens when the World's Deadliest Assassin becomes the Fastest Man Alive!
RATED T+

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blackmanta221 reviewed Deathstroke #18 Jan 29, 2018
7.5

Gee, for being the conclusion of a 6 issue long story arc, #18 sure doesn't conclude a lot. It seems to be saving a lot of the answers for the following 'Lazarus Contract' crossover event. But, even with this in mind, Issue 18 still does a fantastic job of showing us just how strained the relationship Deathstroke and his son is. With some great callbacks to early in the series, this book feels mor more

Deathstroke #18

By: Christopher Priest, Joe Bennett
Released: May 3, 2017

"Twilight" finale! In the wake of his fiancé's death, Jericho seeks revenge against the suspected murderer-his own father! But was Deathstroke truly responsible for Etienne's demise? And if not, who could have committed such a nefarious crime? It's a Wilson family affair as Slade, Joseph and Rose clash in the blood-soaked finale to "Twilight!"...

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blackmanta221 reviewed Deathstroke #17 Jan 29, 2018
10

For the 16 issues leading up to #17, Deathstroke has been digging himself deeper and deeper into a rabbit hole of murdering, lying, and cheating, and now it is all finally starting to boil over here. With Slade, Tanya, Rose, and Jericho having really strong moments, this issue makes it feel like each character's world is coming crashing down, which sets up nicely for the finale in #18.

Deathstroke #17

By: Christopher Priest, Joe Bennett
Released: Apr 19, 2017

"Twilight" part six! All the chips fall as dark secrets within Deathstroke's world are revealed, including Power Girl-who learns her houseguest's true identity. Determined to atone for her mistake, the 16-year-old takes on the World's Deadliest Assassin on her own. Will she bring Deathstroke to justice...or die trying?
RATED T+

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