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Simon DelMonte reviewed Lois Lane #10 May 26, 2020
6.5

So remember when this was a down to earth comic about freedom of the press and immigrants? I don't, and I feel like even the usually reliable Greg Rucka doesn't either. And while I like the multiversal stuff and how it is a back door explanation of how Renee and Vic and Sister Clarice are in the current DCU, it doesn't belong here, even if it turns out that Lois is completely the Lois from the p more

Lois Lane #10

By: Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins
Released: May 13, 2020

Armed with new information about the assassin stalking her, Lois goes on the offensive, while Renee struggles with wielding what may be the most powerful weapon of them all: the truth.

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #23 May 26, 2020
8.0

Another great issue, though clearly Vendetti had no way of knowing how it would resonate now.

But if Shayera is the current reincarnation of Carter's soulmate, who is Sheira Saunders?

Hawkman #23

By: Robert Venditti, Marcio Takara
Released: May 6, 2020

Cloaked in black and wearing the eerie mask of a hawk, the mysterious Plague Doctor roams 17th century Europe in an attempt to ease the suffering of those who fall victim to the Black Death. But how is the Doctor supposed to help anyone when he's hated and feared for his unique immunity to the disease? It's mind versus body as Carter Hall relives h...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed The Dreaming #20 May 17, 2020
8.5

A very strong ending, but it's hard to imagine that these 20 issues are going to have a place in the larger Sandman universe in years to come. I will miss Dora.

The Dreaming #20

By: Simon Spurrier, Bilquis Evely
Released: Apr 22, 2020

The unbelievable finale of Simon Spurrier and Bilquis Evely’s Sandman Universe epic is here! The citizens of the Dreaming make their final play against the artificial intelligence that seeks to replace them with cold rationality…and the fate of Dream is revealed!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #33 Apr 12, 2020
10

An incredible tour de force that alters everything while restoring the classic savage Hulk to his place as first among equals.

Immortal Hulk #33

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Mar 25, 2020

• Celebrating 750 ISSUES of the INCREDIBLE H%LKTM! Something is wrong. Something has compromised the simulacrum.
•  EXTRA-SIZE HULK-SM&SHING ACTIONTM! Banner is refusing to yield. Something is wrong.
•  PL#S! ENTER - THE THOUGHTFUL MAN! Something is wrong. Something is wrong. Something is wrong.
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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1021 Apr 12, 2020
5.0

The terrible art and a sense that Bendis lost his way make this one a rare total misfire on the part of artist ans writer.

Action Comics #1021

By: Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita
Released: Mar 25, 2020

Metropolis down! The blockbuster supervillain team-up of the century continues. Leviathan! The invisible mafia! The Legion of Doom! All have descended on the city of Metropolis to challenge Superman at his most vulnerable moment. With the truth about the Man of Steel's secret identity out in the open, all the rules of engagement have changed-and no...

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8.0

The first really good issue. And not by chance, the first one where Brainiac 5 gets to shine. Brainy is the best LSHer, and Bendis knows it.

Legion of Super-Heroes #5

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Mar 25, 2020

DC's far-flung future is happening right now! With the secret of Jon Kent revealed, the Legion of Super-Heroes is united to save New Earth from those who would destroy it. Will Aquaman's lost trident be the key to New Earth's demise? Plus, Mon-El comes clean about his connection to Jon, and Cosmic Boy and Ferro Lad find out they both have a crush o...

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7.5

A great celebration of the characters and the talents that loses points mainly because it reminds up over and over how much DC has wasted both.

Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1

By: Marv Wolfman, Tom Grummett
Released: Mar 18, 2020

DC Comics celebrates Robin the Boy Wonder's 80th anniversary in style with an all-star creative team representing each iteration of the iconic character across eight decades of history! From the high-flying adventures of Dick Grayson to the tragedy of Jason Todd, the enthusiasm of Tim Drake and the arrogance of Damian Wayne, the persistence of Step...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Lois Lane #9 Mar 5, 2020
7.0

Rucka and Perkins are having trouble seeing the forest through the trees. The trees are great, but the forest is getting lost.

Lois Lane #9

By: Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins
Released: Mar 4, 2020

In the wake of a second attempt on her life, Lois takes the unprecedented step of...telling Superman to back off. As the Kiss of Death circles for another try, Lois's search for answers takes her back into the political spotlight, while Renee uses a Gotham connection in an attempt to undo the damage she's done and find answers to another set of que...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman: Villains #1 Mar 5, 2020
7.0

Much more scattered then the Heroes special. The chain of events with Leone and the Invisible Mafia was good but should have been played out in Action Comics. The reveal that the Kents are indeed alive should have been in a book not about villains. And the scene with Lex, while funny (Fraction?) forgot that Lex isn't a businessman anymore.

Superman: Villains #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Bryan Hitch
Released: Mar 4, 2020

The Man of Steel's greatest villains react to the biggest news to ever rock the DC Universe. Lex Luthor, Mongul, Toyman, The Joker, and more of the world's greatest villains must come to grips with how the world changes now that the truth has been revealed by Superman. Some of comics' most unique and creative voices unite to tell a story that chang...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1020 Feb 26, 2020
6.5

Another well written Superman story nearly ruined by the awful art.

Action Comics #1020

By: Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita
Released: Feb 26, 2020

Apex Lex Luthor's first run-in with the Infected didn't go as planned, and the Batman Who Laughs' influence is continuing to spread. Now Lex must find out who in the world can think like the Batman Who Laughs-and there are only two folks who come to mind. The first is Batman, who probably has his own ideas for Lex; the other is The Joker, who also ...

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7.0

Points docked for the confusing stuff set in the present that bookends the origin story. And for maybe overplaying the "teens want to change the world" stuff in Garth's part of the story.

But the art is stellar - Janin is the best, period - and that moment when the founders go into action for the first time brought a tear of fanboy joy to my eyes.

Legion of Super-Heroes #4

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Feb 19, 2020

The secret origin of the Legion of Super-Heroes revealed! Exactly how did this ragtag group of idealistic, super-powered teens from all across the galaxy find each other? What pulls them and keeps them together? Another gorgeous issue of DC's future superstars also reveals clues to how Aquaman's lost trident may be the key to Earth's future and sur...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman: Heroes #1 Feb 13, 2020
8.0

Worth it just for Maguire's art, Booster Gold's moment, and Rucka writing Batman and Wonder Woman. The rest was pretty good but those bits were amazing.

Superman: Heroes #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Kevin Maguire
Released: Feb 12, 2020

Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, the staff of the Daily Planet, even the Justice League-their lives all changed when Superman revealed his secret identity to the world! This unique Superman experience explores what the identity of Clark Kent meant to those close to him-and what their relationship to Superman will be in the future. All the rules are about to...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman #20 Feb 13, 2020
7.5

The stuff with Mongul is sort of a mess.

Everything else is great. And of course Supes is going to catch flak for speaking for Earth. Really fun and thoughtful stuff here.

Superman #20

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Feb 12, 2020

The United Planets is a perfect, beautiful idea...that completely flies in the face of everything the barbaric Mongul has been fighting for his entire life. Mongol will destroy the United Planets and Superman with it. And he said something about using Earth as his toilet. Which doesn't sound very nice. The return of one of Superman's biggest and ba...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #31 Feb 13, 2020
8.0

So weird I can't really wrap my head around it. Which is a good thing.

Immortal Hulk #31

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Feb 12, 2020

• There's a new monster in town. He's cuddly. He's lovable. He's down with the kids. And he's available for your corporate retreat.
•  Yes, there was another Hulk, once - the one who made all those nasty threats to end the world. But who needs him?
•  THE LIVING HULK is here. And he's going to save us...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #30 Jan 30, 2020
8.0

A bit scattered if still entertaining. And the only reason I know who Xemnu is is because of an article I read about what he did to Jen Walters.

Immortal Hulk #30

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jan 29, 2020

• The first Gamma Bomb unleashed a terrifying creature with impossible strength who waged war on all human authority.
•  The authorities gave the beast a name - a name the whole world knows. But it was someone else's name first...
•  ...and now the HULK THAT WAS has returned to take it back.
Rated...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Justice League Dark #19 Jan 30, 2020
7.5

It's too clear the Tynion's decision to leave JLDark for two issues a month of Batman led to a premature end to the arc here. Though 19 issues of basically the same story is a bit much. Lots of good moments but the whole leaves me wanting.

Justice League Dark #19

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno
Released: Jan 29, 2020

It's Wonder Woman versus Circe in an all-out brawl for the fate of the magical world! Does the Justice League Dark stand a chance against their evil counterparts? Maybe, but one of our heroes will have to make a deal with their greatest enemy to secure a power that could turn the tide of this Witching War! Will it be enough? Find out in the thrilli...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1019 Jan 30, 2020
7.0

I like how BMB handles the conversations between Lex, Leviathan, Red Cloud, and Brainiac. Though it feels like the other Legionaries of Doom aren't really adding much. What undermines the story is what a mess the art is. JRjr is terrible these days.

Action Comics #1019

By: Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita
Released: Jan 29, 2020

One of the biggest battles in Superman history tears through Metropolis as the super-villain team-up of Lex Luthor, the Legion of Doom, and Leviathan come to change Superman's city forever! The blockbuster creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artists John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson create a Superman epic for the ages-as the Man of Stee...

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6.5

8 for the stories. 5 for killing Alfred in the first place.

Detective Comics Annual #3

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Sumit Kumar
Released: Jan 29, 2020

Of all the mayhem and madness that "City of Bane" visited upon Batman's world, the death of Alfred Pennyworth had the greatest impact. As Bruce struggles to pick up the pieces of his life, the absence of the man who had always helped him is felt with devastating consequences. With new storm clouds brewing on the horizon, does Bruce Wayne have what ...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman #19 Jan 23, 2020
7.0

GWW has it exactly right.

Superman #19

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Jan 22, 2020

One day later! What happens the day after Superman reveals his secret identity to the world? And what repercussions will his decision have across the entire DC Universe? Plus, Superman: president of Earth?

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7.0

A really good comic is looking to get out to the world here, but the scattered plot and underdeveloped cast are in the way. It's no accident that the moments with Jon and Damian work so much better since we know them so well.

Legion of Super-Heroes #3

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Jan 15, 2020

You knew there was no way Jon Kent was going to leave his best friend behind! Welcome to the future, Damian Wayne! (This is such a terrible idea!) Also, meet the new Legionnaires as they head to a secret undercover mission on the first man-made planet: Planet Gotham. Every page of this new DC epic plants seeds and ideas that will blast out across t...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Ghost-Spider #6 Jan 12, 2020
8.5

It's about time Marvel let Seanan just have fun with a parallel earth instead of either sticking with the beats from the LaTour series or shoehorning Gwen into the regular Marvel universe.

Ghost-Spider #6

By: Seanan McGuire, Ig Guara
Released: Jan 8, 2020

• Gwen Stacy a.k.a. GHOST-SPIDER has been attending college in the Marvel Universe!
•  But the Marvel Universe is a dangerous place, especially for someone named Stacy.
•  And while Gwen has already dealt with one psychotic stalker from the MU in the form of Miles Warren, it will have done little to p...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #29 Jan 12, 2020
8.0

Solid but very much setup, and something about Bruce and about Jackie seemed a bit off.

Immortal Hulk #29

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jan 8, 2020

• Giant monsters have been unleashed in Phoenix, Arizona. The Roxxon Corporation is unavailable for comment.
•  The people need help. They need the crusading outlaw with a heart of gold they read about in the Herald. They need their secret hero.
•  Instead, they're getting the IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #20 Jan 9, 2020
7.5

A really fun comic with some good art and great guest stars, but it's starting to suffer from the decompression that Vendetti fell into on GLC.

Loved how utterly dismissive Sky Tyrant is of The Batman Who Bores and his Dark Multiverse.

Hawkman #20

By: Robert Venditti, Pat Olliffe
Released: Jan 8, 2020

The Batman Who Laughs has infected Hawkman, and now Carter is drawing on the worst versions of himself from his past incarnations. This evil Hawkman is seeking to access the ancient tomb whence all his powers flow. Meanwhile, the Atom and Hawkwoman are in pursuit, hoping to stop their friend from doing something terrible he can't undo and potential...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed The Dreaming #17 Jan 5, 2020
9.0

Another excellent issue with a great surprise at the end.

The Dreaming #17

By: Simon Spurrier, Bilquis Evely
Released: Jan 1, 2020

Wan's takeover of Dream's realm is nearly complete. As his identity slips away, Abel only has one secret left in his pocket. And poor, tortured Lucien, lost and without purpose, longs for nothing but release, and to return to the foundations of the Dreaming. So why can't he go? Does he have a purpose yet to serve? If he wants to die...why must he c...

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6.5

Decompression is taking its toll. I am not sure I remember what's been going on, in fact.

Justice League Dark #18

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno
Released: Jan 1, 2020

With Eclipso by her side, the new goddess of magic, Circe, is unstoppable! As she rewrites the rules of magic, the Justice League Dark must work to free themselves from Eclipso's grasp. Can they escape in time to save magic from the clutches of the Injustice League Dark once and for all? Or are they doomed to spend eternity trapped in the shadows?

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Lois Lane #7 Jan 3, 2020
7.0

Despite some great art and good character work, things sputter a bit. And is that supposed to be Mister Bones at the end? Or someone else?

Lois Lane #7

By: Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins
Released: Jan 1, 2020

Someone wanting to kill Lois Lane is nothing new for the famed reporter, but is it because of something she knows or something she's about to uncover? Plus, this issue ties to the events of December's Superman #18 and the gigantic status quo shift for both Lois and her husband, Superman, when the Man of Steel decides to reveal his identity to the w...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1018 Jan 3, 2020
7.0

Some interesting things here, like the Red Cloud's origin and the chat between Supes and Chief Moore. But too many different things being tossed against the wall at once, some incredibly bad art by JRjr, and a potentially difficult subplot involving Superman playing politics tossed out like it's just another thing. Given how strong Action has been, this pretty good issue turns out to be a real d more

Action Comics #1018

By: Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita
Released: Jan 1, 2020

One of the biggest Superman stories of all time continues in "Metropolis Doom" part two! War and chaos strikes the heart of Metropolis. The Invisible Mafia, Lex Luthor, and the Legion of Doom all stand their ground to take over Metropolis. Superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis reunites with comic art legends John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson to brin...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #1018 Jan 2, 2020
7.5

A pretty good story, though it hits the usual beats that a Tomasi Batstory hits. I like the cops being friendly with Bats (a side effect of six months of Bane running Gotham?) But as someone who doesn't read either Batman or Batman/Superman, I feel like I am walking in in the middle of things. I know Alfred is dead, and I know Jim Gordon has taken leave of his senses. But their absence still s more

Detective Comics #1018

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Scott Godlewski
Released: Jan 1, 2020

In the aftermath of "City of Bane," the Dark Knight has found himself cold, alone, and missing one of the very foundations of his life as both Bruce Wayne and the Batman. But personal problems will have to wait-a mysterious series of deaths have been peppered throughout Gotham and it seems an element of the supernatural is at play in the form of a ...

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8.5

There are a million million good ideas on the loose here, and the only thing stopping me from loving this series more is that most of the ideas have no room to breathe.

John Constantine: Hellblazer #2

By: Si Spurrier, Aaron Campbell
Released: Dec 18, 2019

John's return to London isn't going as smoothly as he'd hoped...though it's already been just as bloody as he could have expected! Enormous angels straight from the mind of William Blake are tearing people to ribbons in Peckham Rye Common, and the gang lord who's pressed John into service is getting increasingly impatient about John's inability to ...

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7.0

There is a ton of potential here, if only BMB could get out of his own way. He's too eager to do everything at once, and we aren't really getting to know anyone as a result. I sort of wish he had started with the origin of the Legion, even if I get that he didn't want to cover that ground again. And we don't need Damian so soon, even if the Super-Sons are just that cool.

Legion of Super-Heroes #2

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Dec 18, 2019

It's been one thousand years since anyone has seen the oceans of the Earth, but with Aquaman's original trident recently discovered, a chase to control Earth's future tears across the galaxy. All this and the reunion you'd never thought you'd see! Another DC sci-fi epic into the far-flung future like you've never seen before!

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