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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.

Simon DelMonte reviewed Books of Magic #6 Mar 28, 2019
8.0

Maybe 15 pages of story, but really good story nonetheless.

Books of Magic #6

By: Kat Howard, Tom Fowler
Released: Mar 27, 2019

What felt like mere moments in the Dreaming for Tim turned out to be significantly longer in the real world, and the consequences for his dreamtime walkabout are dire-not only for Timothy Hunter, but for those closest to him!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Martian Manhunter #4 Mar 28, 2019
7.0

A bit more diffuse than previous issues, though the stuff on Earth is really start to sizzle.

Martian Manhunter #4

By: Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo
Released: Mar 27, 2019

There's only one witness to the murder of the Addams family, and the disappearance of Ashley Addams. Good news: master detective John Jones has tracked the witness down! Bad news: the witness is... an iguana. Can even John's Martian telepathic mind withstand contact with a primitive animal? And in his past on...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Dial H For Hero #1 Mar 28, 2019
7.0

Looks great, but kind of forgettable. Bring back China Mieville!

Dial H For Hero #1

By: Sam Humphries, Joe Quinones
Released: Mar 27, 2019

Miguel, a teen daredevil, becomes the newest wielder of the Hero Dial-a rotary phone-like device that grants the user superpowers for one hour when they dial H-E-R-O. Will he rise as a new hero in the DC Universe or crumble under the weight of responsibility the dial thrusts upon him? This blistering new six-issue miniseries joins the Wonder Comics...

Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1009 Mar 27, 2019
7.5

Mildly confusing, especially that ending. But I love the idea of Superman being forced into dealing with things that he can't solve with super-powers. And of him and Lois being a team.

Action Comics #1009

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Steve Epting
Released: Mar 27, 2019

As clandestine organizations-both good and evil-continue to fall, the official countdown to one of the biggest stories in DC history begins here! Clark Kent and Lois Lane go undercover to find out who is behind the destruction of the Kobra cult, the DEO and some of the greatest organizations in the DC Universe. As the threat of Leviathan looms over...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #15 Mar 20, 2019
10

Wow.

Though if gamma people don't die, what about the vast number of Marvel characters with one-off hulouts over the decades?

Why are there only two critics reviews?

Immortal Hulk #15

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Mar 20, 2019

• Dr. Leonard Samson is a gamma mutate and part-time super hero who recently came back from the dead.
•  He's been wanting to discuss that with an old patient of his... But he's not here to see Bruce Banner.
•  Take a seat on the couch, IMMORTAL HULK. It's going to be quite a session.
Rated T+

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10

At long last, things are moving as the crossover fades from view. Lots of fun.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #6

By: Seanan McGuire, Takeshi Miyaza
Released: Mar 13, 2019

• After the life-changing events of SPIDER-GEDDON, Gwen Stacy of Earth-65 has resolved to stay on her home turf and resume her normally scheduled super-heroics as GHOST-SPIDER.
•  But in the wake of the Hand's downfall, SOMETHING sinister has begun stalking the streets of New York at night.
•  Will G...

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7.0

How did we get here anyway? And who's Wingman. I liked it but I want some answers.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #32

By: Scott Lobdell, Stephen Segovia
Released: Mar 13, 2019

"Prince of Gotham" part one! After months on the road, Jason Todd has returned to Gotham City! But where the Red Hood once operated as an underground criminal mastermind, Jason Todd is a businessman. Unfortunately for the Penguin, his first order of business is a hostile takeover of the Iceberg Lounge and Casino! A bold new era for Jason Todd begin...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #10 Mar 13, 2019
8.5

Good story. Stellar art.

Hawkman #10

By: Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch
Released: Mar 13, 2019

"London Falling" part two! The Deathbringers have arrived, and no one is safe! As Hawkman struggles to protect London from the devastation, he's attacked by Idamm and his army at every turn. Carter will need to figure out a solution-and fast!-if he's going to save the Earth. The answer lies in his past lives-but which one?

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Justice League Dark #9 Mar 13, 2019
8.0

A tad decompressed but still one of DC's best comics.

Justice League Dark #9

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno
Released: Mar 13, 2019

Doctor Fate has assembled his Lords of Order, and it means certain destruction for the Justice League Dark! As Doctor Fate traps the magical community on Earth, the team fights against the Otherkind. The walls are closing in on them, and they'll need to find a way to stop Fate if there's any hope for magic's survival!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Young Justice #3 Mar 7, 2019
8.0

I didn’t see THAT coming.

Young Justice #3

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Patrick Gleason
Released: Mar 6, 2019

Young Justice is back, baby! Bendis and Gleason reunite all your favorites in one place! Robin (Tim Drake-the best Robin) and Amethyst (best Princess of Gemworld!) team with Wonder Girl, Jinny Hex and the new Teen Lantern (not even close to the best Green Lantern) to take back the mysterious Gemworld from the evil forces of dark Opal. Meanwhile, th...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #14 Mar 7, 2019
10

So gripping and chilling and smart. Love the acknowledgement of Ross's three funerals. And love how it's clear that the bad guy here is Banner, not unlike how he was used in Jason Aaron's nearly forgotten run on the book.

Immortal Hulk #14

By: Al Ewing, Kyle Hotz
Released: Mar 6, 2019

• Betty Ross is going through a lot. She's having a family crisis. Her employers won't pick up the phone.
•  And at her door is the husband she thought was dead. But Bruce Banner hasn't come alone.
•  He's brought the IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Martian Manhunter #3 Feb 27, 2019
8.5

Slightly less amazing than the first two issues, since we trade the outright weirdness of Mars woth the familiar ground of J'Onn arriving on Earth. But still amazing.

Martian Manhunter #3

By: Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo
Released: Feb 27, 2019

Detective Diane Meade knows the shocking truth: her partner is not the real John Jones! With a gun to his head, J'onn J'onnz must explain his first horrifying night on Earth, and how he came to wear her partner's face...but even as they speak, Middleton's serial killer is back at his bloody work!
RATED T+

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1008 Feb 27, 2019
8.0

Another solid issue with strong art and good character play, but it does spin its wheels a bit.

Action Comics #1008

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Steve Epting
Released: Feb 27, 2019

The superstar creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Steve Epting dig into the DC Universe in this sweeping espionage epic that's shattering the agencies-and heroes-dedicated to protecting the world! As the D.E.O. falls, only Jimmy Olsen may hold the answers to helping Superman and Lois Lane uncover who's behind the attacks rocking...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #999 Feb 27, 2019
7.5

Points off for what has become something of a hackneyed plot, and therefore a weak twist. Points restored for not killing Leslie after all, for the art, and for the firm restatement of Batman's mission.

Detective Comics #999

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Released: Feb 27, 2019

The truth behind the gauntlet Batman has been forced to run-a violent odyssey that endangered the lives of everyone who made him who he is-is revealed at last...and the mastermind working to unmake the Batman must be seen to be believed! Is there a goal here beyond destruction? Will Batman emerge stronger...or with a mortal wound at the exact momen...

Simon DelMonte reviewed The Girl In The Bay #1 Feb 14, 2019
8.0

Very intriguing first part.

The Girl In The Bay #1

By: J. M. DeMatteis, Corin Howell
Released: Feb 6, 2019

In 1969, seventeen-year-old Kathy Sartori was brutally attacked, her body hurled into Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay. Miraculously, she survives, fights her way back to the surface, only to discover that 50 years have passed, and an eerie doppelganger has lived out an entire life in her place. Kathy soon confronts not just this strange double, but the m...

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7.5

Somewhat abrupt and disjointed ending to the arc. And who IS Wingman?

Red Hood and the Outlaws #31

By: Scott Lobdell, Pete Woods
Released: Feb 13, 2019

Red Hood and Arsenal began this investigation of the Underlife together in Beijing, and this is where it ends: in an abandoned prison in Mexico. With Roy Harper having passed, Jason Todd finds himself teamed with an ally he couldn't have imagined-Wingman! (But wait-wasn't Jason the face beneath Wingman's mask in BATMAN INCORPORATED?!) When it is al...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #9 Feb 14, 2019
8.5

A bit decompressed, but otherwise great, with stellar art.

Hawkman #9

By: Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch
Released: Feb 13, 2019

The Deathbringers know where Hawkman is-and now they're coming to Earth to claim him! Carter will need to put all the clues together and fast if he's going to save the world from mass destruction!
RATED T

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Justice League Dark #8 Feb 14, 2019
9.0

DC's best series? If not, it's close.

Justice League Dark #8

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno
Released: Feb 13, 2019

"LORDS OF ORDER" part one! Wonder Woman and the Justice League Dark are in a race against time as the Otherkind close in on the rest of the magical community. With the world's magic failing, the team needs to rally the magic wielders of Earth together. But can they face down Doctor Fate and his newly assembled Lords of Order?!
RATED T+

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman #8 Feb 14, 2019
8.0

Aging up Jon is still not a great idea, but the execution of the idea has been really good.

Superman #8

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Feb 13, 2019

The epic secrets of Superman continue to unfold! A few months in space with his paternal grandfather Jor-El changed Jon Kent forever. With Jon now seeking help from his father, the Man of Steel must learn about the war his son and father fought together and set right the wrongs his father may have unleashed on other worlds. See what changed Superbo...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #998 Feb 14, 2019
8.0

Taken as a series of vignettes, Mythology has been amazing. Taken as a story, the verdict is still out. But man that is great art.

Detective Comics #998

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Released: Feb 13, 2019

Batman's tried everything on Earth to stop the menace hunting his friends and family...now it's time to turn to things not of this Earth! In the past, whenever Batman's encountered the supernatural, he's turned to Jason Blood for guidance-and to Etrigan, the demonic entity living inside him! But securing their help is never simple, and what Blood h...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #997 Jan 30, 2019
9.0

A point off for Batman exploding one ear of his cowl and still having two ears. Is there an ear dispenser in there?

A great thrill ride otherwise.

Detective Comics #997

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Released: Jan 30, 2019

There's no man on Earth more convinced that he knows what makes Batman tick than Dr. Hugo Strange! Which makes him a natural target for the thing that's hunting Batman, unless Batman gets there first!

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bucswin611 - Jan 30, 2019

I legit lolled

myconius - Jan 30, 2019

he still has two ears ... BECAUSE HE'S BATMAN!!!!

6.5

Did the critics read the same comic I did? The story was bland and undermined the art and script.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #1

By: Jordie Bellaire, Dan Mora
Released: Jan 23, 2019

• Go back to the beginning as the critically acclaimed pop culture phenomenon Buffy The Vampire Slayer is reimagined under the guidance of series creator Joss Whedon.
• This is the Buffy Summers you know, who wants what every average teenager wants: friends at her new school, decent grades, and to escape her imposed destiny as the next in a...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Wild Storm #19 Jan 23, 2019
8.0

I love every individual issue, but does it add up to anything but a 24 issue setup for spinoffs DC might not greenlight?

Wild Storm #19

By: Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt
Released: Jan 23, 2019

Beginning the fourth story arc of THE WILD STORM. Jenny Mei Sparks has been around for over a century. She's seen a lot of things. Enough bad stuff that she took 20 years off to get drunk. And now she's back, and she has a plan. The problem is that other people have plans, too, and one of them is about reducing the population of Earth by around 90 ...

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