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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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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #1004 May 23, 2019
7.0

Points off for the cockamamie timeline.

Detective Comics #1004

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Brad Walker
Released: May 22, 2019

The face behind the mask is revealed! Who's taken up the mantle of the Arkham Knight? What's their endgame? And what's the shocking secret that Batman never knew about a part of his life he'd taken for granted?

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Simon DelMonte rated Immortal Hulk #17 May 16, 2019
9.5

Immortal Hulk #17

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: May 15, 2019

• Bruce Banner is trapped inside Shadow Base Site A -  powerless and hunted by their top assassin.
•  He can't run forever. He can't change form. He can't survive...without THE IMMORTAL HULK.
•  But not the one you think.
Rated T+

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7.5

The change of pace is a little quiet at times, but it makes for a good breather in what is usually a very propulsive comic. The way that Roy's death has been handled is remarkably poignant. But what is the deal with Wingman?

Red Hood and the Outlaws #34

By: Scott Lobdell, Pete Woods
Released: May 8, 2019

Jason Todd heads to France to expand the Iceberg Lounge's sphere of influence-or are his motives more ambitious? Meanwhile, the Penguin gains an unexpected ally in his bid to topple the Red Hood, but the DCU's greatest Outlaw is busy battling a threat from his past who feels like his recent aspirations might threaten more than just Gotham City. Bra...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #12 May 8, 2019
8.0

A good ending to a strong if somewhat decompressed story that restores Hawkman to his rightful place in the DCU and promises a great and hopefully successful future. Thanks for everything, Bryan Hitch!

Hawkman #12

By: Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch
Released: May 8, 2019

With the battlefield split, Carter and his past lives put together a last-ditch plan to stop the Deathbringers once and for all, but if it should fail, Earth will be doomed and the universe will fall into the hands of the Deathbringers forever!

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8.0

Very solid, surprisingly edgy debut by one of DC's rising stars (moonlighting between seasons of Titans) and the ever-reliable Dexter Soy.

Batman and the Outsiders #1

By: Bryan Hill, Dexter Soy
Released: May 8, 2019

When the quest for justice drives Batman into some morally ambiguous areas, he calls in the most moral man he knows: Jefferson Pierce, a.k.a. Black Lightning, and his team of operatives known as the Outsiders!
Several years ago Batman personally put the Barrera family into hiding after they suffered through terrible experiments at the hands of ...

Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #1003 May 8, 2019
8.0

Worth reading alone for the return of the Bruce-Damian partnership. Never mind the art, or the incredibly rapid pace of events. Tomasi is not one for dragging things out, and that is so welcome in the age of decompression.

Detective Comics #1003

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Brad Walker
Released: May 8, 2019

Damian was so certain he could succeed against the Arkham Knight where his
father failed-and not only was he wrong, but as it turns out, the Knight has a
surprising plan for the son of Batman!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Books of Magic #7 Apr 25, 2019
7.5

Still chugging along a bit too slowly, but taking a trip to Faerie, and presumably to all the things we remember that Tim doesn't, is most welcome.

Books of Magic #7

By: Kat Howard, Tom Fowler
Released: Apr 24, 2019

Tim and Rose go on a journey that takes them across time and space, to the land of Faerie. Tim has the strange sense that he's been here before, but surely if he'd been to a place so magical and beautiful, he'd remember it, right?

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1010 Apr 25, 2019
7.5

Great art and generally entertaining - love that single page from an old issue of Checkmate - but BMB decompression is setting in.

Action Comics #1010

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Steve Epting
Released: Apr 24, 2019

One by one they fall: A.R.G.U.S.! The D.E.O.! The Kobra Cult! And now, Spyral! Clark Kent and Lois Lane go undercover to find out who is behind all of the attacks on the top-secret and underground organizations of the DC Universe! Is it the rise of a new power in the DCU called Leviathan? Named one of the best comics of the year by Paste magazine!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #1002 Apr 25, 2019
7.5

After Mahnke, Walker is a letdown. But who wouldn't be? A pretty good story, made stronger by the return to 'Tec of Damian. (Isn't it weird how much Tynion and King avoid using him?) Tomasi continues to write the best Damian Wayne stuff.

Detective Comics #1002

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Brad Walker
Released: Apr 24, 2019

Batman's first battle with the Arkham Knight was as brutal as they come...but things are about to get worse, as one of his most important allies jumps into the fray, and ends up in far over their head!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #11 Apr 12, 2019
7.5

Till now, this series, by having one and two part stories, avoided Vendetti's tendency to pad things out the way he did in Hal and the GLC. That tendency rears its head this month, not ruining the story but making me wish it could be an issue shorter.

Hawkman #11

By: Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch
Released: Apr 10, 2019

The Deathbringers don't know what hit them when all of Carter Hall's past lives descend on the streets of London to defend the planet. With an army of hundreds at his back, Hawkman starts to turn the tide of battle. It's a war for the fate of the universe as these two armies clash!

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7.0

Entertaining, but starting to feel a bit lighter and more disposable that it has. The Su sisters are not nearly are interesting as Artemis and Bizarro.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #33

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

Running a casino has turned out to be more dangerous than Jason Todd ever imagined. Especially when he's the public face of the Iceberg Lounge. It turns out Oswald Cobblepot has way more enemies than the Penguin-and with the crime boss missing, they descend on Jason and his crew. But Jason doesn't need to look far for an extrajudicial solution to h...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #1001 Apr 12, 2019
8.0

Brad Walker isn't Doug Mahnke. I shouldn't hold that against him, but after Mahnke, everyone at DC outside of Hitch and Gleason seems a bit bland.

Otherwise, a good start to the new arc, if perhaps a bit too rushed and crowded.

Detective Comics #1001

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Brad Walker
Released: Apr 10, 2019

After 1,000 issues, you'd think Batman could finally have a break...but no: as a new era dawns, he's facing the most dangerous threat of his career! The Arkham Knight has arrived in Gotham City with an entire round table of deadly allies, and their first encounter will leave Batman shaken to his core!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman #10 Apr 11, 2019
7.0

I know this is flawed, and it could have taken two issues instead of four to get us to this place. But I am still liking this book, and what Bendis is doing with the entire Kent family. Despite Jon being seven years older, he still has an air of innocence about him that works well. And the art remains the art, since I don't think Reis can do a bad page.

Superman #10

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Apr 10, 2019

Superman and Superboy venture forth into the cosmos to stop Jor-El before he tips the galaxy into utter chaos. Also, Superman would like to have a word with his father about what happened to his son. All this and the fate of General Zod. "The Unity Saga" continues in the pages of SUPERMAN, named one of the best superhero comics of 2018 by Paste mag...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #16 Apr 4, 2019
10

I ma not ready to say that this supersedes the PAD era as "Greatest Hulk Series." But certainly Ewing is swinging for the fences and connecting every time, and it seems he's got a huge master plan.

Aside from telling a great story and making the Devil Hulk a fascinating character, Ewing is expertly taking elements from all over. This issue alone revisits the Hulk's origin, brings back more

Immortal Hulk #16

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

• Once upon a time, Rick Jones was the Hulk's best friend. Now Rick Jones is dead...and gone.
•  To learn why, Bruce Banner will have to face roaming gamma experiments, an assassin out for his blood...
•  ...and the one thing that can cage the IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

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8.5

McGuire settles in more and more with each issue, and I loved the set piece at the end. Did we actually see a hero saving people's lives? That doesn't happen nearly enough.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #7

By: Seanan McGuire, Takeshi Miyazawa
Released: Apr 3, 2019

• Struggling to find her place as SPIDER-WOMAN in a city that seems to revere her and hate her in equal measure, GWEN STACY has taken matters into her own hands by becoming a hero for hire!
•  That should make her first date with Harry Osborn a breeze, right? After all, how many people could REALLY need Spider-Woman's h...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #1000 Mar 29, 2019
8.5

Best stories: Snyder, Bendis, Johns, Smith

Weakest stories (none of which were bad): King, Dini, Arkham Knight

Biggest takeaways: Dick Grayson needs to be Dick Grayson again. King might actually get Batman and most of the cast but might not get how to write a comic. The best Batman writers are also incredilby humanistic. Ralph and Sue are still part of the DCU. DC has the more

Detective Comics #1000

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Neal Adams
Released: Mar 27, 2019

After 80 years, it's here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman's past, present and future...plus a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Kni...

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Simon DelMonte - Mar 30, 2019

I found the art to be a few notches below his past greatness

Comix4fever - Mar 31, 2019

I did think a few panels were iffy but I see what you mean.

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