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7.0

Read it for free on Hoopla, and I would say that it might be work getting from the library to see the art full sized, but that it's not worth $25. The art is amazing. The story is...well, is there anything here we haven't seen before? To be fair, since Waid's run ended, that is kind of where the FF has been. Oh, lots of character development with the kids being older and Ben and Alicia, but th more

Fantastic Four: Full Circle OGN

By: Alex Ross
Released: Sep 7, 2022

It's a rainy night in Manhattan and not a creature is stirring except for... Ben Grimm. When an intruder suddenly appears inside the Baxter Building, the Fantastic Four-Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards), the Invisible Woman (Susan Storm Richards), the Human Torch (Johnny Storm), and the Thing (Ben Grimm)-find themselves surrounded by a swarm of inva...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Flash Annual: 2022 Sep 18, 2022
7.5

Not a must read, but charmingly goofy and yet another reminder of why everyone is so glad that the West family is back.

Flash Annual: 2022

By: Jeremy Adams, Serg Acuna
Released: Aug 31, 2022

It's been a wild time for Wally West and Linda Park-West: their children are regaining their powers, Wally is bouncing between realms, and Linda is dealing with a mysterious power surge! Now, as Linda begins doing research for her upcoming book, Wally comes along for some quality time, and the couple end up on an adventure neither expected!

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7.0

Very scattered, even if I still love how Gronbekk writes Jane.

Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #3

By: Torunn Gronbekk, Michael Dowling
Released: Aug 10, 2022

JANE VS. S'YM OF LIMBO FOR THE FATE OF ASGARD!
The battle against the Dark Elves and their allies rages on in Asgard, and the warriors of the Golden City are losing - badly. R na the Valkyrie has managed to stave off total defeat, but Asgard desperately needs Thor. Can Jane find clues to the Thunder God's whereabouts in Limbo - or will she lose...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Defenders: Beyond #2 Sep 18, 2022
8.0

The story is solid (though Tigra doesn't seem to have much to do). It's the art that moves it from good to great.

Defenders: Beyond #2

By: Al Ewing, Javier Rodriguez
Released: Aug 24, 2022

The adventure begins - in the path of the Beyonder? When Loki, Blue Marvel, America Chavez, Taaia and Tigra land rather unexpectedly in the Second Cosmos, they find their lives in the hands of its cosmic overseers - unless Loki can figure out the right trick to save them all.
RATED T+

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hulk #8 Sep 5, 2022
7.0

Entertaining in a superficial way.

Hulk #8

By: Donny Cates, Martin Coccolo
Released: Aug 17, 2022

"BANNER OF WAR" FINALE
The time for victory has come! In the final installment of the epic crossover between the HULK and THOR series, Marvel's two heaviest hitters expend their rage on one final, brutal brawl that will answer once and for all which of these heroes is the strongest. But in a fight between gods, monsters and men, what becomes of...

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8.0

Pure Silver Age fun. Waid writes a great Dick Grayson. But Batman and Robin doing the acrobatics was surprisingly queer. No objection, but that sort of came from nowhere.

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #6

By: Mark Waid, Travis Moore
Released: Aug 17, 2022

THE FLYING GRAYSON FLIES THROUGH TIME! The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel might have been victorious in their battle against the dreaded Devil Nezha (but were they, though? More on that to come, kids...) but there's one thing they forgot in all the madness...Dick! Robin the Boy Wonder is lost in time like some kind of chrono-Home Alone...and to f...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Nightwing #95 Sep 4, 2022
7.0

As usual, it looks great and seems to be taking forever to get somewhere. And haven't we already done the "Nightwing gets his friends to help" thing?

Nightwing #95

By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
Released: Aug 17, 2022

Heartless has an extra-giant jar that has Blockbuster's name on it, but as a man of refined taste, Heartless doesn't just collect any type of heart...he waits for someone to experience a specific emotion in particular before taking it all away from them and adding it into his collection. Does Nightwing have what it takes to save the life of the ver...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Flash #779 Aug 23, 2022
7.5

Fun but I don't know if we need to have God included in the mix.

Flash #779

By: Jeremy Adams, Fernando Pasarin
Released: Feb 16, 2022

Unexpected heroes arrive to help the Flash in his final confrontation with Eclipso. Can Wally West move fast enough to save the universe? Find out in part three of “the Eclipso War!”

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Suicide Squad: Blaze #1 Aug 16, 2022
4.5

Got halfway through it and gave up. Too violent, vulgar and cynical to be worth my time. I miss the real Suicide Squad of the Ostrander era.

Suicide Squad: Blaze #1

By: Simon Spurrier, Aaron Campbell
Released: Feb 9, 2022

The attacks begin without warning. Brutal, sudden…cannibalistic. A metahuman with all the power of Superman but none of his humanity. An unstoppable being ruled only by hunger and instinct, striking at random across the world. To stop this threat, Harley Quinn, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, and King Shark have been assigned to corral, nursemaid,...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Black Adam #2 Aug 14, 2022
7.0

Really wish I could give this an incomplete. I like what we have so far, but I have no idea where this is going.

Black Adam #2

By: Christopher Priest, Rafael Sandoval
Released: Jul 20, 2022

I am not a hero, I'm a god. Who is Black Adam? His power and his very life draining from him, Theo Teth-Adam is confronted by a specter from his past haunting him with the treachery he employed to gain his powers and forcing him to confront an inescapable truth: there is no redemption for Black Adam.

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6.5

Great art and some interesting character bits are hampered by the muddle morality of our hero, who chooses to keep working for the bad guys she wants to stop. And I was really disappointing how little Willow being Jewish actually mattered.

Whistle: A New Gotham City Hero OGN

By: E. Lockhart, Manuel Preitano
Released: Sep 8, 2021

From New York Times bestselling author E. Lockhart (Genuine Fraud, We Were Liars) and artist Manuel Preitano (The Oracle Code) comes a new Gotham City superhero in this exciting YA graphic novel.

 Seventeen-year-old Willow Zimmerman has something to say. When she’s not on the streets advocating for her community, she’s volunteering at the ...

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8.5

The end of the arc sees Waid returning to form more than he has for years.

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #5

By: Mark Waid, Dan Mora
Released: Jul 20, 2022

THE FIRST ARC OF WORLD'S FINEST CONCLUDES WITH A SHOCKING FORESHADOWING OF DCU EVENTS TO COME! The sinister machinations of the devil Nezha have run ragged the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight ever since he made his first terrifying debut in Detective Comics #1050...but what secrets does this villain hold for the future of the DCU? Clues abound for...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Defenders: Beyond #1 Jul 31, 2022
7.5

A bit jagged in terms of the story, but the art is stellar and to Ewing's credit he makes sure I have some idea who these characters are. (I think I have read one comic with Blue Marvel and one with America Chavez.)

Defenders: Beyond #1

By: Al Ewing, Javier Rodriguez
Released: Jul 20, 2022

Al Ewing and Javier Rodr guez follow up their acclaimed DEFENDERS: THERE ARE NO RULES series with a new volume and an all-new lineup, including none other than Loki, God of Stories! When Doctor Strange sends a dire warning from beyond the grave, Blue Marvel, America Chavez, Taaia (Galactus' mom!), Tigra and Loki assemble to defend reality itself! P...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Batman: The Knight #1 Jul 26, 2022
5.5

What does this do that the last twenty retellings of Batman's origin didn't? It's not bad. But it's nothing we need at this point.

Batman: The Knight #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Carmine Di Giandomenico
Released: Jan 19, 2022

The origin of Batman and his never-ending fight against crime in Gotham City is modern mythology, but what of the story in between? How did an angry, damaged young man grow into the most accomplished detective and crime-fighter the world has ever known? How did the Dark Knight…begin? Superstar writer Chip Zdarsky (Daredevil) and acclaimed artist ...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Swamp Thing #14 Jul 24, 2022
8.0

I am not entirely sure where this goes as part of the whole series. Especially the addition of Trinity. But Perkins's art has never been better, and the narrative here is really gripping. And that final page is just so cool. (Ram V handles old man Hal really well.)

Swamp Thing #14

By: Ram V, Mike Perkins
Released: Jun 29, 2022

As the corruptive force of industry eats away at the Earth, the Green has called upon a deadly form of alien flora in a desperate and misguided attempt to wipe the slate clean. Swamp Thing's attempts to save the planet from this alien plague quickly prove inadequate; it's time for someone more experienced with spacebound threats to enter the fray: ...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Robin & Batman #3 Jul 20, 2022
6.0

Gorgeous as the art is, the story brings nothing new to the table. Dixon's Robin: Year One was much better. Read that instead.

Robin & Batman #3

By: Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen
Released: Jan 12, 2022

To reconcile his trauma and move toward an optimistic future, Dick Grayson must first confront his tragic past. Unfortunately, that step includes a confrontation with an enraged Killer Croc, who is out for Grayson blood! This action-packed issue concludes the epic tale of a young man learning to live and love in a nightmarish world.

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Blue & Gold #4 May 26, 2022
6.5

A reminder that the Bwa-Ha-Ha style of JLI hasn't aged as well as we might have wished. At least the art is great.

Blue & Gold #4

By: Dan Jurgens
Released: Nov 17, 2021

Bros over heroes no more! Booster Gold and Blue Beetle find running a superhero business together more difficult than it looks when these inseparable friends end up on the verge of a breakup! What could be the cause of such a schism? Enter Blackguard, looking to destroy this dysfunctional duo for good!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman '78 #3 May 12, 2022
8.5

Solidly entertaining, with great art (and unlike the Batman '89 comic everyone looks like the actors from the film). But what really makes it sing is how well Vendetti captured Gene Hackman's weird, vaguely cartoony, and surprisingly menacing Lex Luthor.

Superman '78 #3

By: Robert Venditti, Wilfredo Torres
Released: Nov 3, 2021

In order to save Metropolis, Superman must surrender to Brainiac or watch his city burn to the ground! After being taken aboard Brainiac’s ship, Superman finds a shocking piece of his past that changes his entire future! Meanwhile, Lois Lane gets a cryptic message from a mysterious source claiming to have a way to save the Man of Steel!

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6.5

Really kind of bland, and hits the sort of notes we used to see all the time in Elseworlds, and maybe has 15 pages of story. I really don't get all the raves.

Dark Knights of Steel #1

By: Tom Taylor, Yasmine Putri
Released: Nov 3, 2021

An entire medieval world will be forever changed when a spaceship crash-lands from a doomed planet. Monarchs will die, kingdoms will rise, and what seemed the end of the world for many…was only the beginning! An epic high-fantasy story set in a DC Universe where nothing is what it seems… From worldwide bestselling writer Tom Taylor (DCeased, S...

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8.0

I feel like this should get an incomplete grade. What it does, it does well. But we are kind of in the middle of both the story Kurt was telling in his DC run and the story he introduces here. One of the joys of Astro City used to be that it wasn't driven by continuity the way DC and Marvel are, and I kind of miss that. But like I said, what we do get works very well.

Astro City: That Was Then...

By: Kurt Busiek, Brent Eric Anderson
Released: Mar 30, 2022

ASTRO CITY returns with an all-new special! Who were the Jayhawks? How did they inspire five teen sidekicks looking for answers to hit the road in a rickety crime mobile in 1969? And how will this affect Astro City in the present? This one-shot special features new and existing heroes and launches a mystery that will drive the forthcoming ASTRO CIT...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed The Thing #4 Mar 21, 2022
7.5

The art is great. Mosley has Ben's voice. But I have no idea what is going on. And yet I keep reading.

The Thing #4

By: Walter Mosley, Tom Reilly
Released: Feb 2, 2022

BEN GRIMM'S JOURNEY THROUGH THE MARVEL UNIVERSE UNDER THE GUIDING HAND OF WALTER MOSLEY CONTINUES!
Guest-starring the Silver Surfer! The battle with the Champion of the Universe leads the Thing and his friends to the Blue Area of the Moon and the domicile of the Watcher - where strange things are transpiring and new enemies await! Can a regular...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Nightwing #89 Mar 21, 2022
7.0

Entertaining enough, but the sequence with Dick and young Jon only serves as a reminder than Jon was a lot more interesting as a kid than he's been as a teen.

Nightwing #89

By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
Released: Feb 16, 2022

Superman/Nightwing crossover! Years ago,when Robin took his first uncertain steps away from Batman as his own hero, Superman stepped in and offered Dick Grayson crucial advice, support, and a name: Nightwing. Now it's time for Nightwing to return the favor.

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9.0

Lemire's best Marvel work and among his best work of any sort. And remember, Marc Spector is Jewish and this matters to his story!

Moon Knight By Jeff Lemire & Greg Smallwood

By: Jeff Lemire, Francesco Francavilla

Marc Spector (A.K.A. Moon Knight/Jake Lockley/Steven Grant) has been fighting criminals and keeping New York City safe for years...or has he? When he wakes up in an insane asylum with no powers and a lifetime's worth of medical records, it calls his whole identity - identities -into question. Something is wrong, but is that something Marc himself? ...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Monkey Prince #1 Mar 6, 2022
5.5

So very clumsy, way below what I expect from Yang. And why is Batman here already? And just because the custodian is a pig doesn't mean he has to act like one!

Monkey Prince #1

By: Gene Luen Yang, Bernard Chang
Released: Feb 2, 2022

Introducing the newest hero in the DCU, the great sage, equal to the heavens, better than his predecessor the legendary Monkey King, even better than the Justice League-and definitely the Teen Titans-(actually, all the heroes combined), everyone put your hands together for…the Monkey Prince! Marcus Sun moves around a lot because his adoptive pare...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hulk #3 Feb 20, 2022
8.0

I should be annoyed at how little Cates is using from Ewing's seminal run. But Cates is doing too good a job that make me angry.

Hulk #3

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Ottley
Released: Jan 19, 2022

"SMASHSTRONAUT" PART 3 OF 6!
There is another Bruce Banner! But where is his Hulk? The answer to that question? Well, it's a doozy. And it's about to change our Hulk's entire course of action! The most insane, action-packed HULK story you've ever read gets even MORE epic as Donny Cates and
Ryan Ottley take things to a whole other level!
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Simon DelMonte reviewed Defenders #5 Feb 20, 2022
8.5

Give me more!

Defenders #5

By: Al Ewing, Javier Rodriguez
Released: Jan 19, 2022

Doctor Strange's ragtag Defenders face their final trial in the Third Cosmos, where the concepts of good and evil are locked in primal, eternal conflict. When the Masked Raider's identity is finally revealed, will the truth be their salvation...or their undoing?

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Crush & Lobo #2 Jan 11, 2022
6.0

This is cute. And Crush, at least in Teen Titans, wasn't cute. The character here is okay, but not Crush.

Crush & Lobo #2

By: Mariko Tamaki, Amancay Nahuelpan
Released: Jul 7, 2021

If there’s anything Crush knows, it’s that traveling through space is a great time to load up on coffee, catch up on murder podcasts, and definitely not get sucked into a spiral of depression while reflecting on your meet-cute with the ex-girlfriend who just dumped you. When Crush’s trusty travel mug runs dry, a pit stop for caffeine puts Lob...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #50 Dec 5, 2021
7.0

After all that, a letdown. I can't say I actually understood what was going on, or why we needed the secret history of the Banners and Stearnses. At least the art was great (too bad Bennett is a turd) and the character work was good. But in the end, Ewing didn't come close to sticking the landing. Not that it matters since we are reverting to the usual version of the Hulk.

Immortal Hulk #50

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Oct 13, 2021

THE GIANT-SIZED FINALE!
•  Down in the Below-Place, the Hulk searches among the ghosts of the past for the answers to all his questions.
•  The One Below All, the Green Door, Samuel Sterns, Jackie McGee and Bruce Banner. It's all been leading here.
•  This is the last issue of THE IMMORTAL HULK.
RATED T+

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maljoss - Apr 7, 2022

The secret history bit was a bridge too far for me, too. It had not effect on the comic, or the series. Completely unnecessary.

Simon DelMonte reviewed Robins #1 Nov 18, 2021
5.5

Instantly forgettable

Robins #1

By: Tim Seeley, Baldemar Rivas
Released: Nov 17, 2021

The five heroes to have donned the Robin cape and mask find themselves at a crossroads in their lives. Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown, and Damian Wayne come together to discuss the big thing that binds them together: Was being Robin, and Batman’s sidekick, the best choice they could’ve made? But before they can get to the ...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Defenders #2 Oct 3, 2021
8.5

Delightful Kirbyesque romp, though I am not sure why Betty is here. Love how Ewing writes the Surfer.

Defenders #2

By: Al Ewing, Javier Rodriguez
Released: Sep 8, 2021

THE MOTHER OF GALACTUS?
The Defenders find themselves in the birthplace of Galactus - but the Devourer is not the man they remember. Meet Taaia, Omnimax and more as Al Ewing and Javier Rodr guez expand the cosmos - and put Doctor Strange's makeshift magical team in extreme jeopardy!

Rated T+

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