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8.5

Why isn't anyone talking about this? Why is the dour and depressing Mister Miracle getting all the praise when THIS is the one, true Kirby tribute series?

Bug: The Adventures of Forager #6

By: Lee Allred, Michael Allred
Released: Dec 13, 2017

This is it: part six of "The Domino Effect"! Chagra promised he wouldn't alter reality until Forager returned to New Genesis, but did anyone actually believe him? Seems our beloved Bug might have. Luckily he's got a savvy teddy bear and ghost girl around to keep him focused, or else he might fall apart like a house of cards!  
MATURE ...

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7.5

A bit padded and a bit on the nose, but fun as usual.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #34

By: Robert Venditti, Jason Paz
Released: Dec 13, 2017

"TWILIGHT OF THE GUARDIANS" part two! Captured by their oldest foes, the Controllers, the remaining Guardians of the Universe fight for their lives as Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner race across the cosmos to rescue them. But this Green Lantern strike team may not uncover the clues in time to save their mentors from a deranged...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed The Shadow/Batman #3 Dec 7, 2017
7.5

Moving along rather nicely, with a good twist at the end.

The Shadow/Batman #3

By: Steve Orlando, Giovanni Timpano
Released: Dec 6, 2017

Centuries ago, the Silent Seven put their hand around the world's neck. They've never let go. From generation to generation, the famed invisible hand guiding the global economy, guiding progress, has been a clenched fist. Bust with their previous leader murdered in the street, who is currently at the helm of this shadow conspiracy, and how have the...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Deathstroke #26 Dec 7, 2017
8.5

Dr. Ikon vs Slade? Not quite. As ever, Priest goes in the strangest directions.

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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Simon DelMonte reviewed Justice League #34 Dec 7, 2017
7.5

A good low-key start, but this doesn't entirely feel like a Justice League comic. More like a good Elseworlds than the continuation of previous stories.

Justice League #34

By: Christopher Preist, Pete Woods
Released: Dec 6, 2017

"LOST" part one! When the Justice League is confronted by three concurrent threats, a sleep-deprived Batman makes a crucial error that causes an unthinkable-and potentially unforgivable-tragedy. Legendary Eisner Award-nominated writer Christopher Priest (Deathstroke) is joined by artist Pete Woods for a brand-new must-read Justice League story like...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Nightwing #34 Dec 6, 2017
7.0

A lot to like, but this is generally muddled, not the best end to what has been a good run on Nightwing by Seeley. I just hope that Humphries keeps the supporting cast around.

Nightwing #34

By: Tim Seeley, Javi Fernandez
Released: Dec 6, 2017

"RAPTOR'S REVENGE" finale! With Nightwing injured, Raptor attempts to turn the citizens of Blüdhaven into monsters. It will take everything Nightwing has to stop Raptor. Will his rocky alliance with Blockbuster stand long enough to take down Raptor, or will Nightwing be forced to take down his two greatest foes alone?
RATED T

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8.0

Intriguing premise that is worth staying with, featuring some great art and a good narrative. Not quite at the levels of greatness we see from Busiek in Astro City, but I think it will grab pep[le anyway.

Batman: Creature of the Night #1

By: Kurt Busiek, John Paul Leon
Released: Nov 29, 2017

Young Bruce Wainwright lost his parents in a violent crime...and in the real world, no superheroes exist to save the day. But as grief and rage builds inside Bruce until he feels he can't keep it inside anymore, something strange starts taking wing in the Gotham night! Perhaps Bruce's grief isn't inside him after all? Modern masters Kurt Busiek and...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Mystik U #1 Nov 29, 2017
6.0

I might be a bit kind if this were less expensive. It's got good art and likeable characters but it's too familiar. Some people will compare it with Harry Potter. I'm going to compare it to the X-Men series by Jason Aaron at Jean Grey Academy. CRoss out Broo and write in Plop, replace the famous X-Men with the famous wizards and witches, and so on. It might be worth tracking down in coll more

Mystik U #1

By: Alisa Kwitney, Mike Norton
Released: Nov 29, 2017

Leave the world of the mundane behind and step through the magical doors of Mystik U! After a tragic accident, a young Zatanna Zatara, under the guidance of Rose Psychic, enrolls in a mysterious university that teaches its students how to master their unique brands of magic. Will Zatanna fit in with her new classmates (Enchantress, Sargon the Sorce...

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8.5

Good start to the next arc, great art, and a fun new teen Lantern.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #33

By: Robert Venditti, Jackson Herbert
Released: Nov 29, 2017

A new epic begins! "TWILIGHT OF THE GUARDIANS" part one! When the last two Guardians of the Universe are kidnapped by an unknown foe, Hal Jordan and John Stewart form a strike team with Guy Gardner and Kyle Rayner to bring back Ganthet and Sayd.

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7.5

Good solid story with emotional beats that feel believable and a main character who remains true to his beliefs even when caught between extremes.

Nightwing: The New Order #4

By: Kyle Higgins, Trevor McCarthy
Released: Nov 22, 2017

When the pursuit of his missing son brings Dick Grayson face to face with his ex, old wounds are reexamined and a tentative new alliance is formed between former enemies. But when a stunning discovery is made about his son's unique superpowers, the stakes become much higher and Grayson must take the fight straight to the Crusaders!

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8.5

Wacky fun and a salute once again to the King.

Bug: The Adventures of Forager #5

By: Lee Allred, Michael Allred
Released: Nov 15, 2017

In this issue, Bug's pursuit of Chagra takes him not to the past but to a strange future: The world that's coming! The latest reality shard pings Bug into OMAC's timeline at a point where things look dire for Buddy Blank. Is it possible that Buddy's family is the key to this whole thing? You could say that Chagra's scheme just might be a Blank slat...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Nightwing #33 Nov 15, 2017
8.0

The strength of this issue, like the last, is the conversation. The fight stuff is pretty good, though it kind of feels like the army of 'roided up id monsters is sketchy in both art and use. It's the chat between Dick and a version of Blockbuster who is surprisingly more interesting than the one we knew and loved to hate in the classic Dixon era. This Roland Desmond is fascinating and a great more

Nightwing #33

By: Tim Seeley, Javi Fernandez
Released: Nov 15, 2017

"Raptor's Revenge" part four! The streets of Blüdhaven are burning. Raptor is punishing Nightwing for rejecting him. Nightwing must rally the city and the Run-Offs and hope that Blockbuster's hatred of him doesn't outweigh his loyalty to the people of the Blüd.

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Yam09 reviewed Nightwing #33 Nov 15, 2017
8.5

I don't know why I like this and the past issue so much. Both are flawed, yet I never had a moment of boredom. The whole issue screams what a comic book is for me: a hero with a heart of gold, a villain who is conflicted, a wacky plan and a lot of monsters causing havoc. The kid in me liked this, especially the Tiger Shark moment. In conclusion, this issue brought a smile to my face and reminded m more

Nightwing #33

By: Tim Seeley, Javi Fernandez
Released: Nov 15, 2017

"Raptor's Revenge" part four! The streets of Blüdhaven are burning. Raptor is punishing Nightwing for rejecting him. Nightwing must rally the city and the Run-Offs and hope that Blockbuster's hatred of him doesn't outweigh his loyalty to the people of the Blüd.

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Simon DelMonte reviewed New Superman #17 Nov 9, 2017
7.0

So so guest art. A bit all over the place. But still fun if forgettable.

New Superman #17

By: Gene Luen Yang, Joe Lalich
Released: Nov 8, 2017

"Equilibrium" part three! The Justice League versus the Justice League of China! Kenan and Baixi arrive in America only to be confronted as invading foreign nationals! Fortunately the Justice League arrives to break up the scuffle...but what side are the American heroes on? The JLC need to convince the JL to help track down the artifact that will b...

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7.0

Good cast, great art, but I am not sure a series of warped DCU heroes being killed by the title character is what we need.

Wild Storm: Michael Cray #2

By: Bryan Hill, N. Steven Harris
Released: Nov 8, 2017

Michael Cray hunts Oliver Queen...by making himself the prey. Stripped of his weapons and his newly formed team, Cray becomes the most dangerous game in Queen's manufactured island, where the only law is survival. Queen has mastered his domain and the art of hunting men-Michael hasn't mastered the tumor in his brain, and neither man is prepared for...

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7.0

Sort of all over the place, though the interactions between the Outlaws and the Squad are very well done.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #16

By: Scott Lobdell, Dexter Soy
Released: Nov 8, 2017

"Bizarro Reborn" part three! They may only use the title "Outlaws" as cover for Red Hood's clandestine war on crime-but their status as Gotham City's most wanted has landed them in the prison yard at Belle Reve Penitentiary! But are they locked in with the Suicide Squad-or is the Suicide Squad locked in with the Outlaws? Harley Quinn, Killer Croc a...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Wonder Woman #34 Nov 9, 2017
7.0

The ending makes the rest of the book work, but Robinson still has no idea how to write Diana.

Wonder Woman #34

By: James Robinson, Carlo Pagulayan
Released: Nov 8, 2017

"CHILDREN OF THE GODS" part three! Wonder Woman and her brother, Jason, finally come face-to-face! But after years apart and little knowledge of each other, can the two see eye to eye? Does Jason want anything to do with his divine family? Or does he have another agenda entirely?

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7.5

90 percent of this is great. Hal vs Dawnbreaker, with EVS art. And then suddenly Hal lost after all. Like most of Metal so far, the deck is stacked against the good guys. Badly. It's getting to be a bit of a drag. But at least Vendetti really gets Hal and EVS cannot draw a single bad page.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #32

By: Robert Venditti, Ethan Van Sciver
Released: Nov 8, 2017

A METAL tie-in! "BATS OUT OF HELL" part two! The Dawnbreaker descends on Coast City, ready to suck its light away before moving on to the rest of our world. Backed up by the power of the Justice League, Hal Jordan stands ready to stop the perverted Lantern-until the Batman Who Laughs steps out of the shadows.

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Batman: Lost #1 Nov 8, 2017
7.0

Jim Werner is exactly right.

Batman: Lost #1

By: Scott Snyder, Doug Mahnke
Released: Nov 8, 2017

Trapped in the Dark Multiverse, Batman must face his greatest fears!
RATED T+

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WSJim - Nov 8, 2017

Lol...and now you are as well!

Simon DelMonte reviewed The Shadow/Batman #2 Nov 2, 2017
8.0

Builds on the last issue and the first miniseries very deftly, and introduces some new if familiar elements.

The Shadow/Batman #2

By: Steve Orlando, Giovanni Timpano
Released: Nov 1, 2017

The truth of what the Shadow doesn't know threatens to destroy his partnership with Batman and Robin just when they need him the most. Three generations of heroes stand at a crossroads as the secret of the Silent Seven threatens to encompass and obliterate them all. To fight the Seven, Batman and the Shadow must force them to reveal themselves. But...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Deathstroke #25 Nov 2, 2017
8.5

Some of DC's biggest big bads debate if Slade is still "evil." This works much better than it has any right to work.

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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Simon DelMonte reviewed Nightwing #32 Nov 1, 2017
7.0

The conversation between Dick and Raptor is great stuff. But then things happen too suddenly with Shawn and her team, even as everything goes to crap for Dick. So a 9 till that moment of disconnect, and then a big dropoff.

Nightwing #32

By: Tim Seeley, Miguel Mendonca
Released: Nov 1, 2017

"Raptor's Revenge" part three! Nightwing and Blockbuster are forced into becoming allies as Raptor's plans grow more sinister--and more brazen! The last thing Dick Grayson was expecting was for Raptor to walk right up to him at his day job at the Marcus Casino...and the villain's first gamble? The lives of everyone in Blüdhaven!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Angel Season 11 #10 Oct 25, 2017
8.0

Boy, this is the comic no one cares about. But this was a really good issue, surprisingly.

Angel Season 11 #10

By: Corinna Bechko, Geraldo Borges
Released: Oct 25, 2017

Having forced a weakened Illyria to transport him to the time right before his own siring, Angel is determined to make a change-a change that could challenge his own existence. Deaf to the reasoning of Fred and Illyria, will this friend and goddess be able to stop the guilt-ridden vampire? And should they?

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5.5

Well, it's over. And even though it got somewhat better, it never got good. Are we at the point after 20 years that maybe the story should be allowed to stop?

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #12

By: Christos N. Gage, Rebekah Isaacs
Released: Oct 25, 2017

In the season finale, with the lives of both humans and magical beings hanging in the balance, the battle between Buffy-once again the Chosen ONE-and the Big Bad comes to its zenith . . . And the world will never be the same!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Blue Beetle #14 Oct 25, 2017
7.5

Sebela succeeds in streamlining the previously all-over-the-place series, though it's also just a little too calm after all the chaos. So a good start, even though I think this series is near to be cancelled.

Blue Beetle #14

By: Christopher Sebela, Scott Kolins
Released: Oct 25, 2017

NEW CREATIVE TEAM! Following recent events in El Paso, Jaime and his friends decide to take a spontaneous road trip through the desert. But the scarab still exerts its influence, and inevitably, it will to lead Jaime into danger, this time in the form of a U.F.O. Will Jaime be forced to reveal his identity as Blue Beetle to his new girlfriend?
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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hellblazer #15 Oct 25, 2017
7.5

Solid and smart if not exactly surprising story. I wish Seeley were sticking around longer as he has a good grasp on John.

Hellblazer #15

By: Tim Seeley, Jesus Merino
Released: Oct 25, 2017

"THE SPIRIT HUNTER" finale! John has almost figured out who-or what-killed the clerk in such a gruesome fashion, but he's got no idea how to stop their rampage. And now that the villains are literally making his dreams come true, will he have to learn to live with even more regrets?
RATED T+

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Wonder Woman #33 Oct 25, 2017
8.0

Apparently the best way to have Robinson write a good Wonder Woman comic is to leave Wonder Woman out. This feels so much more like a classic Robinson comic that the first two parts. He really gets the hard to get Grail and even Baby Darkseid. And great art, too.

Wonder Woman #33

By: James Robinson, Emanuela Lupacchino
Released: Oct 25, 2017

"TIMES PAST" part one! Grail, the daughter of Darkseid, has been on a quest to restore her father to his full power and glory after the events of Darkseid War! She must challenge children of the gods to steal their energy for the almighty Darkseid. Will any hero of myth be able to withstand her onslaught?!
RATED T

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8.0

Still incredibly engrossing and a lot better than I expected. Higgins really gets Dick no matter what the story.

Nightwing: The New Order #3

By: Kyle Higgins, Trevor McCarthy
Released: Oct 25, 2017

After an unthinkable tragedy strikes the Grayson family, Dick finds himself a prisoner of the very system he helped create-with his son's life hanging in the balance. With nowhere else to turn, Grayson seeks out an old friend for help...but some mistakes are impossible to forgive.
RATED T+

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8.0

Short, straightforward, fun one and done story. Not the sort we see that much in 2017, but a welcome change. Patch Zircher is always welcome, too.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #31

By: Robert Venditti, Patrick Zircher
Released: Oct 25, 2017

"MIND GAMES" part two! An alien plot forces Superman and Hal Jordan to work together to save one of Hal's oldest adversaries. Hector Hammond's life hangs in the balance as the Man of Steel and Green Lantern fight to return the psychic villain back to Earth.
RATED T

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Astro City #48 Oct 18, 2017
10

I don't really care much for dogs. But even dog-haters have souls, and this story is full of soul. And charm. And love. And if you don't cry just a little, you are have no soul. Or are a cat. Why isn't Astro City the biggest hit around? It should be.

Astro City #48

By: Kurt Busiek, Mike Norton
Released: Oct 18, 2017

A tale of redemption and farewell, as G-Dog learns the secrets of his origin, faces personal tragedy and joins a very unlikely superhero team. Featuring the return of Kittyhawk and Rocket Dog, and the debut of Ghost Ferret. Part two of a special two-parter with art by guest artist Mike Norton (Revival, Battlepug).
RATED T

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