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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #18 Nov 13, 2019
7.5

Too fast a read and the art is a bit scratchy, but engaging and entertaining as usual.

Hawkman #18

By: Robert Venditti, Pat Oliffe
Released: Nov 13, 2019

Corrupted with an infection concocted by the Batman Who Laughs, Carter Hall's psyche is overpowered by the darkest of all his past lives: the Sky Tyrant, the villainous Hawkman of Earth-3! A merciless winged warrior with no remorse and no rival, Sky Tyrant is unleashed on our Earth. The only chance of stopping him lies with the fading consciousness...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Far Sector #1 Nov 13, 2019
7.0

A good but not stellar start, buoyed by some heady if familiar SF ideas and some amazing art. For a first effort, Jemisin does a good job, but I think she needs to step back from the narration a bit more.

Far Sector #1

By: N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell
Released: Nov 13, 2019

N.K. Jemisin, the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Broken Earth and Inheritance science fiction trilogies, makes her comic book debut with bestselling Naomi artist Jamal Campbell as they thrust you into a stunning sci-fi murder mystery on the other side of the universe!
For the past six months, newly chosen Green Lantern Sojourner "Jo" M...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed The Dreaming #15 Nov 6, 2019
10

Is anyone reading this? Are YOU reading this? Why aren't you reading this? This is an incredible comic, and this issue is the best so far. Spurrier and Evely hit a grand slam.

The Dreaming #15

By: Si Spurrier, Bilquis Evely
Released: Nov 6, 2019

As the second year of the Sandman Universe begins, the sentient algorithm known as Wan is now the acknowledged lord of Dream's realm, and unquestioned ruler of all his subjects. So it's a huge problem that Wan is completely insane, and more than capable of wiping out all life in the Dreaming. The question becomes: What can Abel, the only one who kn...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #26 Nov 6, 2019
10

Stunning and chilling and gripping. War on humanity? Or really just war on capitalism? Is Amdeus right? Is Bruce's crusade doomed? We will see. But what a trip we are on.

Immortal Hulk #26

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Nov 6, 2019

• He's got an underground fortress. He has powerful allies. He's even got henchmen.
•  He's got everything he needs to declare war on human society as we know it. He's the most dangerous man in the world...
•  ...and BRUCE BANNER is just getting started.
Parental Advisory

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7.0

Too many characters for a new comic, and not enough to distinguish them yet. But the art is great, there is some seriously weird world-building going on, and I came away happy. Definitely worth trying. Assuming you still like Bendis. Seems I still like Bendis.

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Nov 6, 2019

Welcome to the 31st century! Inspired by the acts of and lessons learned from the greatest heroes of all time, the Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories!
Eisner Award-winning writer...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Lois Lane #5 Nov 6, 2019
9.5

The only things wrong with this comic are that we didn't learn how Vic Sage is alive, and that all the political intrigue involving a whistleblower has to compete with reality. Though I really do wish Lois Lane were on the impeachment trail. Otherwise, amazing art and great character stuff. A home run.

Lois Lane #5

By: Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins
Released: Nov 6, 2019

As Lois delves deeper into a mystery whose answers could shake the entire DC Universe to its core, the Question hunts the people responsible for an attempt on the famed reporter's life. But do they want her dead because of what she knows or to stop her from finding out more?

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9.0

As much as I like some of Constantine's appearances in the DCU, and loved the short lived series by Tynion and Doyle and Rossmo, we need to have back full on classic Constantine, don't we?

The Sandman Universe: Hellblazer #1

By: Si Spurrier, Marcio Takara
Released: Oct 30, 2019

The second year of the Sandman Universe begins with the long-awaited arrival of one of DC's most iconic characters...John Constantine, Hellblazer!
He's cheated death and damnation more times than he can count, but never like this. Long ago, in the crucible of a magical war waged across countless futures, Constantine was murdered by an all-power...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Martian Manhunter #9 Oct 24, 2019
10

The best installment yet in what might possibly be the best J'Onn story yet.

Martian Manhunter #9

By: Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo
Released: Oct 23, 2019

In order for J'onn and Diane to uncover all of Charnn's deadly secrets, J'onn will have to perform a Martian thoughtopsy, an extreme telepathic procedure that he might not come back from! What secrets, traps and deadly obstacles exist in Charnn's head and his past? And is it too late to save Ashley Addams?

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8.5

Wacky, smart fun, with a zany Mephisto.

Valkyrie: Jane Foster #4

By: Jason Aaron, Cafu
Released: Oct 23, 2019

Valkyrie is back on Earth - and searching for guidance on her powers and her larger mission. The one woman alive who might have the answers is Annabelle Riggs - but will she be on this side of the grave for long? Meanwhile, Bullseye's mysterious employer is watching...and he has plans of his own for the Gods of Asgard!
Rated T+

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #25 Oct 24, 2019
7.0

That was so weird. I honestly don't know how it ties to the rest of the series, and the last couple of pages felt even more out of left field. But the art was great and I give Ewing credit for trying to stretch his talents into pure SF.

Immortal Hulk #25

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Oct 23, 2019

GROUNDBREAKING DOUBLE-SIZED ISSUE!
•  You've never read a Hulk comic like this before. You've never read a Marvel comic like this before.
•  The heat death of our universe has come and gone. The Hulk is finally dead. Now, billions of years later, the Ninth Cosmos cowers...
•   ...before the B...

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Anotherfan reviewed Immortal Hulk #25 Oct 23, 2019
7.0

Damn, that was... odd. I understand what happened but something felt off. Don't know what.

Immortal Hulk #25

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Oct 23, 2019

GROUNDBREAKING DOUBLE-SIZED ISSUE!
•  You've never read a Hulk comic like this before. You've never read a Marvel comic like this before.
•  The heat death of our universe has come and gone. The Hulk is finally dead. Now, billions of years later, the Ninth Cosmos cowers...
•   ...before the B...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Event Leviathan #5 Oct 11, 2019
8.0

Strongest issue yet, even if some of that strength was just from the conversations between the various The big moment, with Supes and Leviathan talking, should have come a lot sooner. But no matter what else, I am looking forward to seeing how this all ends.

Event Leviathan #5

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Released: Oct 9, 2019

From the Eisner Award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, it's the reveal of the biggest mystery of the summer. Who is Leviathan? And what is their true goal? You're going to find out here! Plus, Lois Lane had a whole other team working this story the entire time,  and-oh man!-someone found something!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Batman's Grave #1 Oct 11, 2019
7.5

Strong art and a lot of intriguing moments, but the ending was abrupt and Ellis's take on Alfred seems a bit off. But Warren definitely gets Batman.

Batman's Grave #1

By: Warren Ellis, Bryan Hitch
Released: Oct 9, 2019

The World's Greatest Detective must try to inhabit the mind of a murder victim to solve a case-without filling the empty grave next to those of his parents. Can Batman imagine the life of a corpse with a half-eaten face without dying himself?
Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch, one of the most legendary creative partnerships of the modern age, reunit...

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8.0

So we get the mission statement: humanity has endured, but just barely. It falls, and comes back over and over. And now this new team of teen heroes has one last chance to make it worth before New Earth goes the way of Old. Not really sold on the teens yet, but there is something about this idea that really feels different.

Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #2

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Oct 2, 2019

Get on board for a journey through the future like no other! A gallery of all-star artists join our mysterious guide as they continue their 1,000-year journey toward the 31st century, inspiring Booster Gold to time-travel, debating fighting tactics with O.M.A.C. and making their way to the front door of the Legion of Super-Heroes. The DC event of t...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1015 Sep 27, 2019
7.5

Stuff with Naomi? Really good, a reminder how well BMB writes teens despite being 50. The stuff with Red Cloud? Surprisingly clumsy.

Action Comics #1015

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Szymon Kudranski
Released: Sep 25, 2019

Breakout Wonder Comics hero Naomi makes her Metropolis debut as the teen hero looks to Superman to help her navigate her unexpected new role as a hero in the DC Universe. Hoping to answer the remain questions about her origin, lineage and greater purpose on Earth, Naomi not only gets the attention of the Man of Steel but also Gotham City's Dark Kni...

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mylosh - Sep 29, 2019

Probably based on one of his adopted daughters. Might even take input from them, which helps.

Simon DelMonte reviewed Angel #5 Sep 27, 2019
8.0

A strong reintroduction of Gunn, from a writer who can do things with the character that his creators couldn't. Too bad we have to take a side trip to a crossover so soon.

Angel #5

By: Bryan Edward Hill, Gleb Melnikov
Released: Sep 25, 2019

After teetering between Sunnydale and Los Angeles, Angel now knows exactly what his mission is-to make sure the Hellmouth stays sealed! He'll stop anyone who gets in his way, be it friend or foe, vampire...or Slayer.

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Event Leviathan #4 Sep 11, 2019
7.0

It's another, slightly smaller team of detectives!

This is a reasonably good, very well drawn series that could have been so much better if it weren't so decompressed.

Event Leviathan #4

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Released: Sep 11, 2019

Batman versus Superman! Witness the interrogation of the decade as Bruce Wayne tears into Superman to find the missing piece of the Leviathan puzzle they both need. It's a battle of wits and wills as the greatest detectives in the universe get together to figure out the why and how of Leviathan before it's too late. And when that doesn't work...in ...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed The Dreaming #13 Sep 6, 2019
8.0

A really good story, but I am at a loss to understand how it connects with the regular arc.

The Dreaming #13

By: Simon Spurrier, Dani Strips
Released: Sep 4, 2019

As they fade from the world's consciousness, Nurse Nikki's support group of marginalized myths and monsters gathers to discuss their shared crisis and forge a path to their former glory. When they decide that the best way to reclaim their power in the minds of men is to take to the streets to party, the motley parade of spirits, demons, and legends...

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10

My wife and I both read issue 6, and started reading this and felt like we missed an issue. Either the end of issue 6 was badly written or instantly forgettable. I vote the latter.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #7

By: Jordie Bellaire, David Lopez
Released: Aug 7, 2019

With time and options running out quickly, Buffy must turn to the new face in Sunnydale, someone she doesn't fully trust - ANGEL! If you're expecting sparks to fly, you're probably guessing wrong... but fists and stakes just might!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Martian Manhunter #7 Jul 25, 2019
9.0

Great storytelling, start to finish. The dynamic between Meade and J'Onn is amazing, so much so that I would rather have an ongoing about them than see J'Onn get wrung out in Justice League.

Martian Manhunter #7

By: Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo
Released: Jul 24, 2019

J'onn and Diane have had a break in the Ashley Addams case! With a fully armed S.W.A.T. team, they head to a pig farm an infamous human-trafficking cartel calls home. They'll lead a raid to find out the truth about what happened to Ashley ,and J'onn will be forced to use the full spectrum of his Martian abilities on Earth for the first time!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Justice League Dark #13 Jul 25, 2019
7.0

All very well done, but did we need John's origin again? It might be retold as much as Batman's now.

Justice League Dark #13

By: James Tynion IV, Daniel Sampere
Released: Jul 24, 2019

Their battle against Doctor Fate may have come to an end, but the Justice League Dark's problems are just beginning when the helmet begins its search for a new host. Meanwhile, what can Lex Luthor offer a magic user like Circe? For one thing, Lex knows a thing or two about monsters. And where Circe can find them.

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9.0

Such a great first issue. I didn't read a word of the War of the Realms, and I wasn't lost. That alone is noteworthy. But there is just so much going on here, all built around one of Marvel's most intriguing characters, written by its two best writers. I can't wait to see where it all goes.

Valkyrie: Jane Foster #1

By: Jason Aaron, Cafu
Released: Jul 24, 2019

JANE FOSTER STARS IN AN ALL-NEW NEW ONGOING SERIES! A new hero emerges straight from the pages of THE WAR OF THE REALMS! For years, you knew her as Dr. Jane Foster, one of Thor's most steadfast companions. Then you knew her as Thor, the Goddess of Thunder, who took up the mantle when no other hero - god or human - was worthy. Now Jane takes on a ne...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1013 Jul 25, 2019
7.0

Progress in drips and drabs. Is there really enough Event Leviathan for both Action and the miniseries? But certainly we do get some interesting tidbits. As well as Leone's moment of awesoe telling off Luthor. (Once more, I wonder how many of DC's writers aren't really buying into DOOM.)

Also, I wonder what would happen if Leviathan and Luthor showed up at the same place to make an more

Action Comics #1013

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Szymon Kudranski
Released: Jul 24, 2019

Metropolis is in total lockdown, and while everyone is busy dealing with the impossible threat of Leviathan's complete takeover, a mysterious antihero called Thorn has decided to wreak havoc on the invisible empire! Witness the return of Rose and Thorn, the most dangerous woman in the DC Universe-and if you've never heard of her, it's only because ...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #1008 Jul 24, 2019
8.0

Nothing we haven't seen before. But after so many subpar Joker stories, one that gets back to basics is so welcome. And I think the Joker speaks for all of us who are finding DOOM to be oppressive and dull.

Detective Comics #1008

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Released: Jul 24, 2019

The Joker returns to Gotham City! The Joker is through working with the Legion of Doom, and he wants to get back to his roots: giving Batman absolute hell! The Clown Prince of Crime comes back with a bang-and he's not about to take prisoners! As if that weren't enough, Lex Luthor delivers the cure for Mr. Freeze's beloved wife, Nora, freeing her fr...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #21 Jul 17, 2019
9.0

Reg Fortean is an idiot. Al Ewing is not.

Immortal Hulk #21

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jul 17, 2019

As the smoke from last issue clears, General Fortean makes a fateful decision. There can be no more half measure. No weapon is off the table. Force must be met with equal force. This is a war without rules... and SHADOW BASE is going to win.
Rated T+

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7.5

Solid conclusion to the arc and to a lot of things that have been going on for longer. Not loving this year of the villain thing, but I suspect Lobdell doesn't either. Great art, especially for Susie, who is that rarest of rarities, an obese woman not drawn to look like a freak.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #36

By: Scott Lobdell, Pete Woods
Released: Jul 10, 2019

There's no way to plan for every contingency...even for a son of the Bat like Jason Todd. His goal was to take down the Penguin and assume his role as the prince of Gotham, but the best laid plans go awry when Oswald Cobblepot gets the last laugh-and the last bullet! And not even the Red Hood and his posse can stop him. (How could they with the Ice...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Lois Lane #1 Jul 5, 2019
7.5

A lot of interesting stuff here, but it feels like Rucka stenciling over what Bendis has been doing.

And while I am in line with Rucka's politics - this seems to be the first DC or Marvel comic to call out the current administration on anything - is Rucka making an accusation that Trump's policy at the border is about making his rich friends richer? That is certainly a big leap for a more

Lois Lane #1

By: Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins
Released: Jul 3, 2019

On the road and out of Metropolis-and carrying a secret that could disrupt Superman's life-Lois Lane embarks on a harrowing journey to uncover a threat to her husband and a plot that reaches the highest levels of international power brokers and world leaders. Critically acclaimed and best-selling author Greg Rucka and master storyteller Mike Perkin...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #20 Jul 5, 2019
7.0

A rare instance of not fully loving this comic. The stuff in Gamma Hell was muddled and borderd on incoherent, and the events on Earth were unusually hard to make much sense of. I also don't feel like Red Harpy Betty is being written with much consistency. I wonder what went wrong here after so many great issues.

Immortal Hulk #20

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jul 3, 2019

Bruce Banner is being hunted on two fronts by two dead loved ones turned nightmarish, implacable foes. The stage is set for a brutal three-way confrontation between the ABOMINATION... the HARPY ...and the IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Event Leviathan #1 Jun 13, 2019
7.5

Amazing art, of course. Great setup. But didn’t we cover most of this before? And what is up with Batman’s dialogue? Still into this but not a sure thing.

Event Leviathan #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev
Released: Jun 12, 2019

The groundbreaking and always-inventive team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev (Jinxworld's SCARLET, Marvel's Daredevil) reunite on a mystery thriller that stretches across the DC Universe and touches every character from Batman to Superman to the Question to Talia al Ghul. With startling ease, a newly dangerous and aggressive L...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Angel #1 May 29, 2019
8.0

After four months of a Buffy comic that can't figure out how much it wants to ape the TV show and how much it doesn't, while lacking in any urgency till the last two pages of the last issue, it's a relief to read this. Bryan Edward Hill, who has never failed to impress me, brings a sense of edgy darkness and urgency to a character who needs such things to thrive, as well as a more adult sensibili more

Angel #1

By: Bryan Edward Hill, Gleb Melnikov
Released: May 29, 2019

    BOOM! Studios, along with visionary writer and director Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Marvel's The Avengers), presents the shocking reimagining of the pop culture phenomenon ANGEL!
Angel walks the line between two worlds; a vampire cursed with a soul, he's spent centuries battling back the forces that would destroy humanity, in...

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