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Simon DelMonte reviewed Justice League Dark #6 Dec 12, 2018
9.0

Poignant as well as thrilling.

Justice League Dark #6

By: James Tynion IV, Daniel Sampere
Released: Dec 12, 2018

The Justice League Dark...trapped in the mystic realm of Myrra! Their jailer? Blue Devil...and he wants revenge on Detective Chimp! Seems Bobo tried to magically resurrect his best friend, the original Nightmaster, but lost control of the spell and filled Myrra with zombies instead. And left Blue Devil behind to get eaten. So BD's kinda sorta maybe...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #994 Dec 12, 2018
8.5

That was a gut punch. No, two gut punches. But Tomasi writes Batman better than almost anyone, and Mahnke is never less than great. So glad to have two the best back on the Bat.

Detective Comics #994

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Released: Dec 12, 2018

Batman's strangest case begins as the new creative team of writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke take over DETECTIVE COMICS!
Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there's a murder at the Gotham City Aquarium-staged to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne's crime scene, right down to the Playbill and pearls. H...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Green Lantern #2 Dec 6, 2018
6.5

Poorly paste, and whoever that guy in the costume is he is not Jordan. Personality is all wrong. I miss Vendetti..

Green Lantern #2

By: Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp
Released: Dec 5, 2018

Someone is transporting a mysterious cargo out of the Great Void, and it spells trouble for the universe at large! Hal Jordan interrogates a member of the Spider Guild for answers and uses his pheremones as an interrogation tool, but can he extract the info in time?! Meanwhile, Volgar Ro makes a play for Earth while its emerald protector is off-wor...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Deathstroke #37 Nov 8, 2018
8.5

Strongest issue in a while, mainly by being unpredictable. Also by not being at all preachy about the failings of the mental health care system. A long overdue return to form.

Deathstroke #37

By: Christopher Priest, Slava Pasarin
Released: Nov 7, 2018

"DEATHSTROKE: ARKHAM" continues! It's Groundhog Day for Deathstroke. After experiencing a strange encounter with an inmate claiming to be an alien, Slade Wilson wakes up in Arkham Asylum as if nothing happened, and the only person who believes him is Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two-Face! But can Two-Face be trusted? (Not likely.) And what machinations does...

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Simon DelMonte - Nov 8, 2018

Let me rephrase my comment then: without clumsy preachiness of the sort that makes reading the comic book a chore. I know Priest can and does address real world issues well sometimes, but sometimes he's really clumsy. His recent run on Justice League ended up that way.

Batman Jones - Nov 8, 2018

Fair enough. I agree it was a really strong issue.

Simon DelMonte reviewed The Dreaming #3 Nov 8, 2018
7.5

A bit too much Tell and Don't Show, but generally good, and stronger as it goes along.

The Dreaming #3

By: Simon Spurrier, Bilquis Evely
Released: Nov 7, 2018

As the Dreaming slips deeper into chaos, its frightened denizens yearn for strong leaders to guide them back to greatness. Enter Judge Gallows: nightmare of the major arcana, terror of the old frontier, whose thoughts and actions come knotted in hemp...
Released from Morpheus' black chest after a century in the dark, he may not be merciful-but ...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #8 Nov 8, 2018
8.0

Docking a great story a point for relying on the Stupid Scientist trope. Really, he wasn't smart enough to keep the head in another room, or to not taunt the Hulk. Surely everyone knows you don't make the Hulk angry.

Loved the snap, though. Almost as iconic as Thanos's, maybe?

Immortal Hulk #8

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Nov 7, 2018

• Bruce Banner is dead. His corpse has been dissected, his organs catalogued, and his inner workings are being studied by the scientists of Shadow Base.
•  Bruce Banner is no longer a threat.
•  That just leaves the IMMORTAL HULK...
Rated T+

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Green Lantern #1 Nov 8, 2018
7.0

If this were a new series with new characters continuing the legacy of the Green Lanterns, I would like this a lot more. It has a welcome and delightful 2000 AD vibe to it.

But it utterly ignores everything that's been done in the GL books since, I don't know, 1984? No other humans GLs, almost no familiar GLs at all, an even more underdeveloped Hal than usual, and all the work that's more

Green Lantern #1

By: Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp
Released: Nov 7, 2018

Superstar writer Grant Morrison (Batman, All-Star Superman) returns to DC alongside red-hot artist Liam Sharp (The Brave AND the Bold, Wonder Woman) to launch a new, ongoing series: THE GREEN LANTERN!
In this debut issue, when Earth's space cop, Hal Jordan, encounters an alien hiding in plain sight, it sets off a chain of events that rocks the...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Wild Storm #18 Oct 31, 2018
8.0

I think all the pieces are in place. And there are a lot of them. Maybe too many. But I still like this.

Should re-read it all between now and the next issue.

Wild Storm #18

By: Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt
Released: Oct 31, 2018

You can never go home again, but John Lynch needs to go somewhere to begin the last act of his life. Jack Hawksmoor never really had a home, especially since he became something other than human.  As the war between IO and Skywatch gets hot, Marc Slayton has somewhere for Lynch to go, and Jenny Sparks may have a new home for Jack Hawksmoo...

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8.0

Strong ending that finally ups the ante on the mythic elements of the story, and that clearly changes the status quo for magic in the DCU going forward. Poor Swamp Thing.

Justice League Dark: Witching Hour #1

By: James Tynion IV, Jesus Merino
Released: Oct 31, 2018

The deadly finale of "The Witching Hour" arrives as Zatanna battles for Wonder Woman's soul-and the rest of the Justice League Dark battle for their lives! Hecate is more powerful than the Greek Gods...and no matter who wins, the Earth will lose its chance of surviving the war that's coming!

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8.0

Totally accessible for this newb to Spider-Gwen, and totally fun. Very much a work by Seanan McGuire.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #1

By: Seanan McGuire, Rosi Kampe
Released: Oct 24, 2018

A SPIDER-GEDDON TIE IN!
•  What? You thought we were done with Gwen Stacy after the first two landmark volumes of her series?! GET OUTTA HERE.
•  It's a whole new spin on Gwen and her world of Earth-65, brought to you by none other than SEANAN MCGUIRE & ROSI KÄMPE!
•  We pick up with Gw...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Wonder Woman #57 Oct 24, 2018
7.0

Good character stuff, but the plot is really quite padded out. Did we need this to be five parts?

Wonder Woman #57

By: James Tynion IV, Emanuela Lupacchino
Released: Oct 24, 2018

"The Witching Hour" part four! As Hecate's new world is born, Wonder Woman is under the goddess' total control! This is magic's darkest hour-one of the most powerful magicians of all time may not survive!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Books of Magic #1 Oct 24, 2018
7.5

Solid reboot that sets up some new stuff alongside the old and familiar.

Books of Magic #1

By: Kat Howard, Tom Fowler
Released: Oct 24, 2018

From the SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1, it's the return of Neil Gaiman's magical morality fable in an all-new series written by Kat Howard (Roses and Rot, An Unkindness of Magicians) and drawn by Tom Fowler (DOOM PATROL)!
Timothy Hunter may be destined tobecome the most powerful magician in the universe, but he's still a London teenager, and having magic...

7.5

A fair sight better than the last issue, if still a little clunky in spots. Great art.

Justice League: Odyssey #2

By: Joshua Williamson, Stjepan Sejic
Released: Oct 24, 2018

Cyborg, Starfire, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and Azrael debate whether so-called "God of Evil" Darkseid should have joined the team. (Too late-that evil horse has left the barn!) But before the team can resolve this conflict, they're forced into action when Vril Dox takes an interest in the Coluan refugees, attacking their ship with a new Manhunter...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1004 Oct 24, 2018
10

Wow. Wow. Wow. Someone at Paste, IIRC, said that this one would make you cry. And it did. Well done, Brian!!

Action Comics #1004

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Oct 24, 2018

Superman confronts Lois Lane and wants answers: Where is Jon Kent? What happened during Lois' trip into space with Jor-El? Why didn't she contact the Man of Steel when she returned? And most importantly, does she still love him? Or is the world-famous reporter looking to let Clark Kent down easy? Lois and Clark's relationship gets redefined in this...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Justice League Dark #4 Oct 17, 2018
7.5

Generally good but would be a lot better if there were less narration and more dialogue.

And is Tynion really about to destroy the Green?

Justice League Dark #4

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez
Released: Oct 17, 2018

"The Witching Hour" part three! Everything the Justice League Dark thought they knew about Wonder Woman and Hecate has proven to be wrong...and the Parliament of Trees is about to pay the price! Hecate knows this world isn't strong enough to resist the Otherkind, so she's going to burn it down and replace it with a world of her own...starting with ...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #7 Oct 11, 2018
8.5

About what would expect in the current series, where the action is almost beside the point. The point being, the Hulk not only wreaks havoc with things, he does so with people in new ways. And man, what an ending!

Immortal Hulk #7

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Oct 10, 2018

• They're the reason he died. They're the reason he came back. Now THE AVENGERS have to bring him in.
•  But how far will even Earth's Mightiest Heroes go to cage... the IMMORTAL HULK?
Rated T+

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #5 Oct 11, 2018
8.5

Fun. Just plain fun. I am so happy DC managed to bring back Ray Palmer.

Hawkman #5

By: Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch
Released: Oct 10, 2018

The time-and-space-tossed Hawkman arrives at his latest destination, the sub-atomic world known as the Microverse. Luckily, he meets an old friend there-his longtime Justice League partner the Atom. Ray Palmer learns that the past lives of Carter Hall leave clues for the Winged Wonder to follow. Too bad the next clue leads them to a thinking planet...

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8.5

For the record, I am not interested in Tom King's PTSD Comics and think that character deaths are gratuitous. So I am impressed that Lodbell managed to make some lemonade from that lemon, addressing both Heroes in Crisis and the lingering threads in here well. I like that Bruce and Jason were able to make peace again, even if I think that Bruce will never trust Jason again.

But I hope more

Red Hood and the Outlaws #27

By: Scott Lobdell, Pete Woods
Released: Oct 10, 2018

Everything changed for the Red Hood last issue. This time around, everything changes for Jason Todd! Devoid of partners and exiled from Gotham City, Jason gets a fateful message from the last person he expected to see again. The news he learns leaves him with no choice but to don the Red Hood mask once more and double down on his two-fisted crimefi...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Wonder Woman #56 Oct 11, 2018
7.5

I have no idea where this is headed, and I sort of think that it won't need five issues to get there. But the art is amazing and the script hides a lot of flaws with the plot.

Wonder Woman #56

By: James Tynion IV, Emanuela Lupacchino
Released: Oct 10, 2018

"The Witching Hour" part two! The Justice League Dark barely escaped their first encounter with Hecate, but they know she'll be coming back for the power inside Wonder Woman. But what if Diana could tap into that power herself to take on Hecate directly?

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman #4 Oct 11, 2018
7.5

Points off for BMB decompression and what might be a misleading cliffhanger. But I love the art and love how well Bendis gets Superman month in and month out. It's rare to have a Supes who doesn't think with his fists, and who can actually be strategic. I want more.

Superman #4

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Oct 10, 2018

As Superman fights to protect the world  from Rogol Zaar and the Kryptonian convicts trapped inside the Phantom Zone, the greatest minds on Earth devise a risky plan to return the planet from the deadly prison. With the Earth continuing to crack and crumble and its greatest heroes fall, can the Man of Steel hold the line and give his adop...

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7.0

There is an interesting premise in here somewhere. I will give this a second issue to work. But Williamson doesn't entirely seem to get Starfire or Cyborg.

Justice League: Odyssey #1

By: Joshua Williamson, Stjepan Sejic
Released: Sep 26, 2018

Spinning out of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE! When a cosmic menace threatens worlds beyond our own in the Ghost Sector, it falls to a new Justice League team to answer the call to battle! Cyborg, Starfire, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and an out-of-his-element Azrael head to deep space inside a commandeered Brainiac Skull Ship. But as these wildcard te...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #6 Sep 20, 2018
7.5

Ia it too much to have wished that this series didn't get reconnected with the broader Marvel Universe so soon? I mean, it's still great and all, but I like it better when I don't have to know what else is going on at Marvel.

Immortal Hulk #6

By: Al Ewing, Lee Garbett
Released: Sep 19, 2018

"THE GREEN DOOR" STARTS HERE!
•  Bruce Banner is alive - and everyone knows it. Now he's hunted by the government, Alpha Flight, the mysterious Shadow Base...and the Avengers. And someone's going to find him first.
•  But Bruce has bigger problems. Something terrible has infected him. Something with unspeakable...

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7.5

A good solid ending that is as open ended as the TV show's finale and also a good farewell to a comic series that ran longer than the TV show.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #4

By: Christos Gage, Georges Jeanty
Released: Sep 19, 2018

Buffy, Fray, the Scoobies, and the Slayers are in an epic battle against Harth, and his army of baddies. His attempt to steal the power of the Slayers has brought Buffy and her crew to the turning point that they have been trying desperately to avoid. With all other options spent, it is only Buffy and her sacrifice that can save the world . . .
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8.0

Maybe a bit too much time with Diana Prince, and do we really need two sex scenes? But overall a great lead-in to the finale next month.

Wild Storm: Michael Cray #11

By: Bryan Hill, N. Steven Harris
Released: Sep 12, 2018

What is the price for keeping death inside your mind? For Michael Cray, it could be the lives of anyone who cares about him...and his sanity. As Michael is drawn closer to the truth of the consciousness living inside him, the brutal desires of Diana Prince threaten the entire world. After this long night in London, Michael Cray will either face the...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #4 Sep 14, 2018
9.0

Extra points for Hawkworld nostalgia.

Hawkman #4

By: Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch
Released: Sep 12, 2018

It's Hawkman vs. Hall in the brawl for all of Thanagar! Having just teleported across the galaxy, Earthman Carter Hall squares off against Thanagarian space cop Katar Hol in an all-Hawkman slugfest. Katar provides the next piece of the puzzle in Carter's quest to unlock the secrets of his own past-an alien artifact that immediately zooms him back t...

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8.5

Great new artist in Woods, same great writer, and a new direction that feels totally earned.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #26

By: Scott Lobdell, Pete Woods
Released: Sep 12, 2018

Jason Todd's about to take this vigilante game to a whole new level. His partners, Bizarro and Artemis? Gone! His mentor, Batman? Out! His base of operations, Gotham City? Abandoned. Cast out and alone, Red Hood embarks on a bold, brutal new mission, with a new costume, new weapons and a new plan to punish evildoers across the DCU. Plus, Pete Woods...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman #3 Sep 14, 2018
8.0

Bendis and Reis's impressive run continues. Bendis's Superman is as spot-on as ever.

Superman #3

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Sep 12, 2018

Guest-starring the Justice League! Locked inside the Phantom Zone, the Earth stands poisoned and its heroes lie dying, with no idea how to escape the deadly Kryptonian trap. But an even deadlier threat invades as Rogol Zaar teams with those who have been imprisoned inside the Phantom Zone to use Earth to escape, not caring if they destroy the plane...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #5 Sep 5, 2018
8.5

What scares the Hulk? Not Banner. We know what scares Banner. But the Hulk? What could possibly scare him?

But this is a horror story, and usually a good horror story isn't about our fears alone. It's about the fears of the characters. So Al Ewing looked into the Hulk's past and his present, and found the two things that scare him. And as a result this is both a great issue and a more

Immortal Hulk #5

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Sep 5, 2018

• Guest-starring Alpha Flight's Sasquatch!
•  The monster inside Bruce Banner is fully unleashed - in a brutal, bloody battle with the monster who made him.
•  Blood will flow. The truth will come out. There can only be one winner...
•  ...and it won't be the IMMORTAL HULK.
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Simon DelMonte reviewed Suicide Squad Annual #1 Aug 23, 2018
8.0

How did no one ever have Swamp Thing and Amanda Waller collide till now?

Suicide Squad Annual #1

By: Cullen Bunn, Ronan Cliquet
Released: Aug 22, 2018

Thrown together to apprehend an escaped inmate, Solomon Grundy, Rag Doll and Merlyn head into the muck surrounding Belle Reve, but no one is prepared for a meeting with the Swamp Thing. Bodies decay quickly in the bayous of Louisiana, and the avatar of the Green doesn't care if the Squad makes it out alive.

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1002 Aug 23, 2018
7.5

Pacing issues hold back an otherwise great comic.

Action Comics #1002

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Patrick Gleason
Released: Aug 22, 2018

A bold new era of the adventures of the Man of Steel continues as bodies fall from the sky and buildings burn around the City of Tomorrow. Even Superman must wonder how well he knows the city he protects as an unknown criminal element begins to rise throughout Metropolis.

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