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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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Simon DelMonte reviewed Nightwing #31 Oct 18, 2017
7.0

Stronger than the last issue, but Dick really still seems off his game. At least Blockbuster and Raptor are not.

Nightwing #31

By: Tim Seeley, Miguel Mendonca
Released: Oct 18, 2017

"RAPTOR'S REVENGE" part two! Raptor's wrath is rolling through the streets of Blüdhaven, and every ally Nightwing has made there is under attack! He'll have to make an awful pact with Blockbuster if he wants to save the city-a pact that will change the course of Nightwing's destiny!
RATED T

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7.5

Seriously weird stuff, with the first of what seem to be many alt-reality DC characters. Cray is the center here, and he's a good center, but we are a notch below the brilliance of The Wild Storm.

Wild Storm: Michael Cray #1

By: Bryan Hill, N. Steven Harris
Released: Oct 11, 2017

Warren Ellis' critically acclaimed relaunch of THE WILD STORM gets its first solo spinoff series! Michael Cray, professional assassin, has been betrayed by International Operations and has an alien life-form in his head that's either killing him, transforming him, or both. The only thing that can bring sense to his life is for him to do what he doe...

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6.0

A rare weak issue for this series as Lobdell doesn't really do well with Team Batman.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #15

By: Scott Lobdell, Dexter Soy
Released: Oct 11, 2017

"Bizarro Reborn" part two! As Batwoman and her team close in on the infamous Outlaws, Red Hood and Artemis must figure out what to do about Bizarro, whose new war on crime has taken a dark turn-is this the end of the Outlaws as we know them?
RATED T+

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Wonder Woman #32 Oct 14, 2017
7.0

Good art, and some good character work, but Robinson has no feel at all for Diana.

Wonder Woman #32

By: James Robinson, Carlo Pagulayan
Released: Oct 11, 2017

"CHILDREN OF THE GODS" part two! Wonder Woman must find out who is targeting Zeus' children before their sights are set on her! What kind of monster has the power to murder a demigod?!
RATED T

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7.0

Solid if padded.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #30

By: Robert Venditti, Patrick Zircher
Released: Oct 11, 2017

"MIND GAMES" part one! After reports of Sinestro's return begin to spread, Hal Jordan travels to Earth looking to bring in his one-time Green Lantern partner. But a manhunt turns into a fight for his life as Hal must face the unmatchable power of the Man of Steel.
RATED T

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Dark Nights: Metal #3 Oct 11, 2017
8.0

Strong issue with all the heroes acting like heroes, with only the slight flaw that (as usual) a hereo has to do something really stupid and ends up helping the bad guys.

Dark Nights: Metal #3

By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
Released: Oct 11, 2017

Superman is pulled into the mystery of the Dark Multiverse while the Justice League follows the trail to a weapon that could keep the forces of the Dark Multiverse at bay!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Deathstroke #24 Oct 9, 2017
7.5

Mildly hard to read a comic with a sniper at the moment. And mildly hard to really get Kid Flash, a rare character that Priest doesn't really have a feel for. But good otherwise. Well, except for the stuff with Terra. I have no idea what's up with that.

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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Simon DelMonte reviewed Nightwing #30 Oct 9, 2017
7.0

Strong Nightwing, Raptor and Blockbuster. Really weak gang o' ex-villains. Good story but should have been much better.

Nightwing #30

By: Tim Seeley, Miguel Mendonca
Released: Oct 4, 2017

"RAPTOR'S REVENGE" part one! Nightwing rejected Raptor's offer to be his new protégé. And since he escaped prison months ago, Raptor has been making his plans to show Nightwing that if he didn't want Raptor as a mentor...he will get him as the worst enemy he's ever had! Now, Raptor is back in Blüdhaven with secrets and a plan that will tear the ...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed The Shadow/Batman #1 Oct 9, 2017
8.0

In the quickest turnaround ever between original and sequel, we had to wait a whole week for this! DC and Dynamite have struck gold again though, with the addition of Damian.

The Shadow/Batman #1

By: Steve Orlando, Giovanni Timpano
Released: Oct 4, 2017

The World's Greatest Mystery. The World's Greatest Detective. They can barely stand each other, so how will they possibly deal with the World's Greatest Evil? What legacy can two of the world's most enduring icons of justice leave once they discover an ancient evil has been living inside the world they protect for centuries, attached to its heart. ...

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7.5

Another entertaining if somewhat redundant Metal tie-in.

Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1

By: Sam Humphries, Ethan Van Sciver
Released: Oct 4, 2017

As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World's Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Angel Season 11 #9 Sep 29, 2017
7.0

More of the same. but Bechko at least has a great feel for Angel.

Angel Season 11 #9

By: Corinna Bechko, Ze Carlos
Released: Sep 27, 2017

Illyria tries to transport herself and Angel back to the present when it becomes clear that changing the past is perhaps not the solution to the future. But she is having difficulty convincing Angel that he should not, and cannot, fix the past . . .

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7.0

The big bad revealed...and I doubt I am the only one trying to remember who this character is. Good fight scenes but kind of lackluster.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #11

By: Christos N. Gage, Megan Levens
Released: Sep 27, 2017

With the Big Bad identified, Buffy and the Scoobies descend upon a top-secret government base for a battle to save the world and magical beings everywhere!
Catch "deleted scenes" on the variant covers!

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Simon DelMonte liked this:
7.5

Season 11 started out SO strong and promising. Unfortunately, while not, remotely, bad, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON 11 #11 was a bit of a let-down. The writing and art were as enjoyable as ever but the issue felt so rushed that the moments that should have had the most impact (one of which was a game-changer) had (next to) none. SCORE: 7.4

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #11

By: Christos N. Gage, Megan Levens
Released: Sep 27, 2017

With the Big Bad identified, Buffy and the Scoobies descend upon a top-secret government base for a battle to save the world and magical beings everywhere!
Catch "deleted scenes" on the variant covers!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hellblazer #14 Sep 28, 2017
8.0

The story isn't anything new for John, but Seeley and Merino really get the character and his world.

Hellblazer #14

By: Tim Seeley, Jesus Merino
Released: Sep 27, 2017

"The Spirit Hunter" part two! Detective Margaret Ames doesn't want to think her ex could murder someone, but when you used to date John Constantine, anything is possible. And John's staying uncharacteristically sober as he tries to absolve himself of the murder he dreamed!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Blue Beetle #13 Sep 28, 2017
6.5

Giffen and DeMatteis try to wrap up both their run here and the dangling threads of the late, lamented, and much better JL3001 comic, but it doesn't quite come together. Though I do wonder if, when Giffen introduced La Dama, he had this twist in mind.

Blue Beetle #13

By: Keith Giffen, Scott Kolins
Released: Sep 27, 2017

Blue Beetle unwittingly accompanies Teri Magnus-the Flash of the 31st century-into the future. It's not a journey he wants to take, but it's one that will unravel some mysteries-like why Teri's been living in present day El Paso and working for Ted Kord. Plus, Jaime learns a shocking secret about someone in his own life!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Batman/The Shadow #6 Sep 28, 2017
7.5

Good ending to the miniseries, though overall the plot meandered. But look! Another miniseries starts next month!

Batman/The Shadow #6

By: Scott Snyder, Riley Rossmo
Released: Sep 27, 2017

In this final team-up issue, all-out war has broken out in the streets of Shamba-La! The Stag and The Joker are hell-bent on stealing all of the city's secrets and ensuring absolute darkness falls across the globe. It's the last stand for Batman and the Shadow, and the Dark Knight will have to decide once and for all if he's going to embrace the de...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Wonder Woman #31 Sep 28, 2017
7.0

Suddenly, it's Hercule Poirot for no reason! Or rather, a lawyer drawn to look like Poirot on the long running TV series (one of my all time favorite shows). That really takes me out of a story that wasn't quite grabbing me. It was a Robinson script, but not a very substantial one, and we barely have any Diana. Tossing in that character - is he a hint that the seemingly dead Hercules is still more

Wonder Woman #31

By: James Robinson, Carlo Pagulayan
Released: Sep 27, 2017

"Children of the Gods" part one! Spinning out of the pages of DC UNIVERSE REBIRTH and JUSTICE LEAGUE: DARKSEID WAR, legendary writer James Robinson (JSA: THE GOLDEN AGE, STARMAN) comes on board to answer one of the biggest questions of the year: Who is Wonder Woman's brother? Taken away from Themyscira in the dead of night, the mysterious Jason has...

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7.5

Points off for a shock value death and for still seeming like it will be rather predictable. But otherwise great art and a strong script. I will stick with this.

Nightwing: The New Order #2

By: Kyle Higgins, Trevor McCarthy
Released: Sep 27, 2017

Dick Grayson's commitment to the Crusaders is put to the test after he learns a shocking secret about a member of his own family. Eager to keep the scandal as quiet as possible, Grayson turns to an old friend for some answers-and what he learns will alter his destiny forever.

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8.0

Does what it says on the tin. Straightforward, fast, exciting. Maybe a bit too pat. But this the sort of action comic we expect when you have so many Green Lanterns involved. Great art, too.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #29

By: Robert Venditti, Rafael Sandoval
Released: Sep 27, 2017

"FALL OF THE GODS" part four! The Green Lantern Corps draws the line between the Godkiller Robots and the Source Wall. If they give an inch, the Corps gets pushed into the wall and the Godkiller Robots pull Yuga Khan free, plunging the New Gods into devastation.

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Wild Storm #7 Sep 25, 2017
10

Why aren't you reading this comic?

Wild Storm #7

By: Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt
Released: Sep 20, 2017

Jackie King, chief analyst at I.O., tries to make sense of all the pieces scattered across the board since Angela Spica saved Jacob Marlowe's life. Angela Spica wakes up at Jacob Marlowe's safe house and starts to realize how far from real life she's been thrown since then. But life is not slowing down, and Marlowe's wild covert action team have to...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Wonder Woman/Conan #1 Sep 25, 2017
8.0

Lots and lots of fun from a really good artist and a writer who is always great but never seems to be enough work anymore.

Wonder Woman/Conan #1

By: Gail Simone, Aaron Lopresti
Released: Sep 20, 2017

What makes one a legend? How do legends carve their names into history, when countless others are forgotten? Wonder Woman and Conan the Barbarian are destined by the fates to be legendary, but when their stories collide, will both emerge victorious, or will the fickle Gods cut their lives short? Co-published with Dark Horse Comics.

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7.5

Pretty good, but I hope all the one shots aren't exactly like this.

Batman: The Red Death #1

By: Joshua Williamson, Carmine Di Giandomenico
Released: Sep 20, 2017

As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can even the World's Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful, nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Nightwing #29 Sep 20, 2017
7.0

The stuff with Nightwing and his narration is great. The rest is sort of a mess. Glad we aren't getting a lot more Metal crossover stuff.

Nightwing #29

By: Tim Seeley, Paul Pelletier
Released: Sep 20, 2017

A DARK NIGHTS: METAL tie-in! "GOTHAM RESISTANCE" part two! One vanquished foe gives way to another, even worse threat as this crucial tie-in to DC's METAL continues! Hopelessly lost in a kingdom of snow and ice, our heroes are set upon by Mr. Freeze and his fearsome frost giants from the Dark Multiverse! But help arrives in the form of an at once f...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Mister Miracle #2 Sep 14, 2017
3.0

Portentous, pretentious, depressing, dull, padded, poorly paced. Why is everyone raving about this? There was about six seconds of interesting plot development, but this is otherwise another overrated dud from King, whose work has gone from incredible to miserable in three short years.

Mister Miracle #2

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Sep 13, 2017

What do you do after the most death-defying act of your escape artist career? You go to war, of course! Scott Free has skipped out on his trip to the great beyond and taken a boom tube to New Genesis instead, where he and his wife, Big Barda, take on the invading hordes of Apokolips. Things are a little off, however, and Mister Miracle starts to do...

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Veido - Sep 19, 2017

The Vision was fantastic and Sheriff of Babylon was also great, but everything after that by him was mediocre at best. Beside the Catwoman-centered issues, which I really like.

Mechanical Mudd - Sep 23, 2017

I'm with you king' s gone from great from miserable... but I did like the 1st arc of Batman

Simon DelMonte reviewed New Superman #15 Sep 14, 2017
7.0

What is the Suicide Squad doing here? Some good stuff, and good art, but it's a bit scattershot.

New Superman #15

By: Gene Luen Yang, Brent Peeples
Released: Sep 13, 2017

"Equilibrium" part one! A simple recon mission to gather intel on the new Super-Man of China goes pear-shaped when Amanda Waller's Suicide Squad find themselves trapped in the siege of Shanghai and must team up with the Justice League of China to defeat Emperor Super-Man!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Dark Nights: Metal #2 Sep 13, 2017
7.0

Two thirds a great chase for Batman, one third falling back on Snyder's biggest flaw when writing Batman: making Batman an arrogant, obsessive idiot who is easily fooled. It makes sense occasionally, but it happens ALL THE TIME with Snyder.

Dark Nights: Metal #2

By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
Released: Sep 13, 2017

As Superman and Wonder Woman hunt for a missing ally, Batman investigates a mystery spanning centuries. When the World's Greatest Detective discovers a foe even greater than the Justice League could possibly imagine, will Earth's heroes be ready?

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8.0

Part one of "Powers for Algernon" is very good, though we know it's going end on a downer. First issue that Dexter Soy has missed in like two years, but Joe Bennett is always welcome.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #14

By: Scott Lobdell, Joe Bennett
Released: Sep 13, 2017

"Bizarro Reborn" part one! Bizarro is back and he's better than ever! He's stronger, he's faster and now he's a genius! As if that weren't enough to deal with, things only get more complicated when the Outlaws find themselves in the crosshairs of the one and only Batwoman, who will stop at nothing to take down the infamous Red Hood!

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10

Wow. Just wow. The best Hal story since Vendetti took over, with amazing art and a ton of heart.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #28

By: Robert Venditti, Rafael Sandoval
Released: Sep 13, 2017

"FALL OF THE GODS" part three! Hal Jordan races through the cosmos hunting the speedster of the New Gods, Lightray! Hal must secure Highfather if the Green Lantern Corps' plan to protect him and the universe has a chance of survival! Can the greatest pilot in the universe chase down a god who moves at the speed of light?

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Nightwing #28 Sep 6, 2017
8.0

I am still concerned about where Shawn's arc is going. But the rest of the book is back on track, an this arc was a welcome look back at the Grayson comic.

Nightwing #28

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

"SPYRAL" finale! Mr. Minos has returned to hijack Nightwing's brain and steal all his superhero secrets! Will Huntress and Nightwing be able to save every superhero in the world-or will Mr. Minos' scheme shatter Nightwing's mind beyond repair? who seems both foreign and familiar...

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