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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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Simon DelMonte reviewed Justice League Dark #2 Aug 23, 2018
7.5

Generally good but there is just something not quite there yet.

Justice League Dark #2

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno
Released: Aug 22, 2018

Plagued by a rash of otherworldly resurrections, the new JLD team begins scouring the shadowy corners of the DCU looking for leads. Turns out, this latest mystery ties back to the Tree of Wonder, last seen laying down roots in JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE-and it bears poisoned fruit to boot. The Tree serves as a doorway from the Realm of Magic to our...

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8.0

Very good penultimate issue of the Dark Horse era and possibly of all things classic Buffy.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #3

By: Christos Gage, Georges Jeanty
Released: Aug 22, 2018

The battle against future vampire and Slayer twin, Harth, and his legion of evil, has already begun in the present when Buffy, Fray, and the Scoobies return from the future ready to fight. The Reckoning is now, and if the future can be changed, it will take everything that Buffy has to save the Slayers and our world!

o The Reckoning will b...

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8.0

Why aren't you reading this series? Why isn't anyone?

Wild Storm: Michael Cray #10

By: Bryan Hill, N. Steven Harris
Released: Aug 8, 2018

With Diana Prince's plan for Armageddon revealed, Michael Cray and Constantine forge an uneasy alliance to stop her, while Christine Trelane hunts them all. Michael has the power inside him to overcome, but will the price of that power make him a slave to the consciousness living inside of him?

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8.0

A bit scattershot, but generally entertaining and fun and gripping, with some interesting surprises.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #25

By: Scott Lobdell, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Aug 8, 2018

Batman versus Red Hood for the right to fight in Gotham-grab your ringside seat for the battle 25 years in the making! Jason Todd broke a promise to his mentor, and must now confront an angry and betrayed Batman. That means a good time for readers, but probably not so much for Jason: it's likely going to take more than the Outlaws' help in order fo...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #3 Aug 9, 2018
8.5

Another superb issue, though it might be good if there were a supporting cast. And Hawkworld fans might be in for a treat.

Hawkman #3

By: Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch
Released: Aug 8, 2018

While searching for the next puzzle piece in his mission to save the universe, Hawkman takes flight and winds up fighting rampaging thunder lizards on Dinosaur Island-you know, as one does. Recovering from the battle, Hawkman discovers a race of bird people, who force him to fight to prove he's the one, true Hawkman. That all leads to the next loca...

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7.0

Given that I only got this to see what is going on with Tim Hunter version 4.0, I was generally surprised with how interesting it was, seeing as how I am not much on Sandman, or Si Spurrier. The Dreaming and House of Whispers spinoffs look interesting. The Tim Hunter stuff, though, was the least interesting section here.

The Sandman Universe #1

By: Si Spurrier, Bilquis Evely
Released: Aug 8, 2018

From the mind of New York Times #1 bestselling author Neil Gaiman comes a new world filled with dreams, nightmares and wonderful characters living together in a shared universe for a new story unlike anything we've ever seen before.
A rift between worlds has opened, revealing a space beyond the Dreaming. Meanwhile, a book from Lucien's library ...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman #2 Aug 9, 2018
8.0

For years I heard complaints about the decompressed storytelling of Brian Michael Bendis. And sure enough, this is a very decompressed story. But I kind of love it. Bendis writes such a great Superman that he makes up for everything about this issue that shouldn't work. Well, maybe not his take on the Flash. There's only half an issue of story here, but all of it grabs me.

And who more

Superman #2

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Aug 8, 2018

The world quakes and shakes as it begins to succumb to the effects of the entire planet being moved into the lifeless realm known as the Phantom Zone. As Superman works with the World's Greatest Heroes, an old enemy trapped in the same prison returns to stop the Man of Steel and escape.

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7.0

Ironically, after a few issues of this arc that felt padded, this one managed to feel rushed despite the extra pages (which are at least included at the usual $4 price). Overall, there were a fair number of good moments in this issue and this arc, but Vendetti is not going out on the highest note possible.

Still, it's been a great 51 issues (including the Rebirth special), and I will mi more

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #50

By: Robert Venditti, Jordi Tarragona
Released: Aug 8, 2018

This. Is. It! It's an extra-sized anniversary celebration, and one of the biggest battles the Green Lantern Corps has ever fought to mark the occasion. John Stewart issues a dramatic order: no lethal force! The Green Lanterns need to prove they can keep law and order in the universe without killing. Elsewhere, Hal Jordan faces down Tomar-Tu, and lo...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #4 Aug 1, 2018
8.0

Good but a notch lower than last time because Walter Langkowski is not that interesting.

Immortal Hulk #4

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Aug 1, 2018

• Walter Langkowski is an ex-football star, a space diplomat and a beloved super hero. Walter Langkowski is charming, healthy and outgoing. Walter Langkowski is the opposite of Bruce Banner.
•  And Walter Langkowski is going to die today, because he went looking for Banner...
•  ...and found the IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

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7.0

12 pages of high octane action squeezed into...20? As has sometimes been the case, the bimonthly schedule has led Vendetti to pad things a bit too much. Never mind that Hector Hammond is just too effective. Still, I do want to see how it all wraps up.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #49

By: Robert Venditti, Rafa Sandoval
Released: Jul 25, 2018

Allied with evil! With all hope failing, the desperate Green Lantern Corps must ally itself with the monstrous Hector Hammond against the unstoppable might of the Darkstars. It's a suicide mission straight to the homeworld of the Controllers', the puppet masters pulling the Darkstars' strings. Who will survive? Get your rings charged to 100 percent...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1001 Jul 25, 2018
8.0

A few Bendisims aside, this is yet another strong Superman tale from a writer that I thought had nothing to bring to Metropolis. And I think this approach plays to Bendis's strengths (if not necessarily Superman's). And oh that art! Gleason at his absolute best, which is saying something.

Action Comics #1001

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Patrick Gleason
Released: Jul 25, 2018

Acclaimed writer Brian Michael Bendis' new chapter for the Man of Steel and the world of tomorrow begins here! The devastating repercussions from the Man of Steel miniseries still reverberate as Metropolis enters a new age! The Daily Planet teeters on the brink of disaster! A new criminal element has made its way onto the streets of Superman's home...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Justice League Dark #1 Jul 25, 2018
7.5

A good but very talky start. But given that Tynion is in the same mode as his run on Detective, odds are this will get flowing soon enough. And I love this cast.

Justice League Dark #1

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno
Released: Jul 25, 2018

From the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE: NO JUSTICE! Earth's magic once belonged to them. Now they want the magic back. But who exactly are they? It's up to the new Justice League Dark to find out and stop this nightmarish new threat at all costs! After the events of NO JUSTICE, team leader Wonder Woman guides the misfit magic mix of Zatanna, Swamp Thing,...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Wild Storm #15 Jul 19, 2018
8.0

As usual, the bits and pieces are great, and for once I sort of know what's going on. But with the story more than halfway to the end, I wonder if we will ever get all the pieces connected. And where did Angela Spica go?

Wild Storm #15

By: Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt
Released: Jul 18, 2018

Marc Slayton took his show on the road, as the thing inside him he called the Carer told him to.  But whom is he hunting, and for what purpose? John Lynch is crisscrossing America to warn the other Thunderbook test subjects that IO might have discovered them, but IO might not be the only threat to their lives. The uneasy peace between IO ...

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8.0

It's all talk, but it's really good talk as Gage (and Joss) finally get on track.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #2

By: Joss Whedon, Karl Story
Released: Jul 18, 2018


With his ownership of Slayer memories, Harth has come from the future to destroy Buffy and all the Slayers, stealing their power for his own. At his side are demons and evil-kind, a massive army that Buffy and the Scoobies weren't expecting. To even the playing field, the gang travels to the future to recruit Fray and learn of their dismal fat...

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