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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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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #12 Jan 23, 2019
7.0

Not entirely sure what's going on. And the narration is starting to get pretentious, with reused art. Are we getting some unnecessary padding?

Nice to see the classic Hulk, though.

Immortal Hulk #12

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jan 23, 2019

"HULK IN HELL" PART TWO!
•  It whispers through many mouths. It destroys with many hands. Its only weapon is hate.
•  It wears human souls like masks on a stage to work its will on the world - but in the lowest hell, underneath all others, all the masks come off...
•  ...and THE ONE BELOW ALL...

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7.5

Entertaining but oddly paced.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #30

By: Scott Lobdell, Pete Woods
Released: Jan 16, 2019

Will the Red Hood's latest campaign be his last? Jason's hot on the heels of the drugs he and Arsenal recently tracked to Beijing, but instead of finally encountering the mysterious Solitary, he finds himself face to face with a figure from his past. Plus, who's the new Wingman, and why's he tracking the Red Hood? And how can he and Jason be in the...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #996 Jan 17, 2019
8.0

A touch too busy - Gotham, Paris, Korea, New Mexico, boom! - but great to look at and lots of funs, or at least intrigue.

Detective Comics #996

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Released: Jan 16, 2019

In the catacombs under Paris, Henri Ducard is not going to sit and wait for the death that's coming for everyone who helped to train Batman...he's going to wrestle it to the ground and put a bullet between its eyes! Good plan-but what if it just gets right back up? Can even Batman save him then?

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman #7 Jan 17, 2019
6.5

The master of decompression goes the other direction, stuffing too much into a small space and quot quite succeeding. Not a bad comic, but could be so much better.

Superman #7

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Jan 16, 2019

It's the moment you've been waiting for: the shocking return of the son of Superman! A year spent traveling the stars changed Jon Kent. Are parents Clark and Lois ready for the all-new, all-different Superboy? Secrets are revealed, a new look debuts and Superman's world is changed forever!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Justice League Dark #7 Jan 17, 2019
8.5

Half a point off for this issue not exactly advancing the plot. But otherwise a tour de force of storytelling in a jugular vein.

Justice League Dark #7

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno
Released: Jan 16, 2019

First rule of magic: things can always get worse! Man-Bat learns that the hard way when he plays narrator and chronicles the nightmarish menagerie known as the Otherkind-horrific, monstrous entities such as "the Soup," "the Rip" and "the Offspring"-that burst through the Sphere of Gods and invaded Earth. The JLD soon realize they're no match for an...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Conan the Barbarian #2 Jan 16, 2019
7.0

Did we really need faux Native Americans in Conan? Comes way too close to discredited Noble Savage garbage.

Conan the Barbarian #2

By: Jason Aaron, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: Jan 16, 2019

BEYOND THE SAVAGE BORDER!
CONAN finds himself beyond the Black River, surrounded by the warlike PICTS! But the tribesmen may be the least of his worries if he cannot fight his way through the demonic beasts slithering around the forest! The epic return of the mighty Conan continues...
Parental Advisory

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #8 Jan 16, 2019
10

I love this comic. And loved the two page spread of Kryptonian history.

Hawkman #8

By: Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch
Released: Jan 16, 2019

Next stop: Krypton! As Hawkman's intergalactic road trip continues, the next location on his itinerary is the ruins of Krypton, the alleged location of the super-weapon that will help him stop the Deathbringers. There, he's suddenly whisked away to Krypton's final moments and meets his past-life predecessor, Catar-Ol. Hawkman tries to learn the fin...

8.0

Docking half a point for starting a new series with a crossover. But I think we are on our way to something really good. And fans of the marvelous Ms. McGuire wiil no doubt revel in her unique voice.

Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider #4

By: Seanan McGuire, Rosi Kampe
Released: Jan 9, 2019

In the aftermath of SPIDER-GEDDON, Gwen Stacy has a unique ability all her own - one that will set her apart from other Spiders for years to come. But with that unique power, there will also come a unique - and grave - responsibility. One that Gwen will have no choice but to bear alone...
Rated T

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Simon DelMonte reviewed The Dreaming #5 Jan 9, 2019
9.5

Rapidly becoming a must read.

The Dreaming #5

By: Simon Spurrier, Bilquis Evely
Released: Jan 9, 2019

In the garden of Destiny, eyes that do not see run across paper that was never a tree. The oldest of the Endless is reading about a librarian losing his mind. About a monstress losing her soul. About a kingdom losing its king. The Dreaming is bleeding color. The grim judge tightens his grip. And in the realm of Destruction, endings are spun into be...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Deathstroke #39 Jan 9, 2019
8.5

That was weird. But fun. And action packed. And a bit incoherent. I think, in others words, it's pure Priest.

Deathstroke #39

By: Christopher Priest, Fernando Pasarin
Released: Jan 9, 2019

Slade is back in Arkham after his Zeta Beam jaunt to the planet Pulor...but did he ever actually leave? Is the alien invasion just a delusion? And who is this faux Deathstroke running around? A deep dive into Slade's psyche, just in time to watch him lose his mind!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Martian Manhunter #2 Jan 9, 2019
9.0

Such a great reimagining of Mars, by two great talents. Though the stuff on Earth could be better.

Martian Manhunter #2

By: Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo
Released: Jan 9, 2019

Return to Mars in the days before its doom to see the love affair of J'onn and M'yri'ah...and a Martian coming-of-age ritual you'll NEVER forget! All of these painful memories J'onn carries with him to his new life on Earth...but first he's gotta survive the pain of a car crash, being set on fire and accidentally revealing his true form to his dete...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Green Lantern #3 Jan 9, 2019
6.5

A good issue of 2000AD. Not a good issue of a Hal Jordan series. Grant just doesn't get Hal.

Green Lantern #3

By: Grant Morrison, Liam Sharp
Released: Jan 9, 2019

When the Earth goes up for sale on the alien black market, it's up to the Green Lantern Corps to bust up "The Slave Lords of the Stars" in the latest space saga from Grant Morrison (MULTIVERSITY) and Liam Sharp (WONDER WOMAN)! With the Justice League frozen by Gamma Gong tech, Earth ends up on the auction block, and Volgar Zo hosts a menagerie of t...

Simon DelMonte reviewed Young Justice #1 Jan 9, 2019
7.5

Lightweight and a bit scattered but striving to be fun. Think PAD's original Young Justice and not Johns' Teen Titans. A good start.

Young Justice #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Patrick Gleason
Released: Jan 9, 2019

Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! They're all united in YOUNG JUSTICE #1, the debut issue of a brand-new series that also introduces new heroes Teen Lantern and Jinny Hex! When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, these teen heroes reunite to deal with the situation-but they're shocked to discover the battle ...

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10

I hate the cancer trope. It's always maudlin and manipulative. Why are we seeing it again?

Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #1

By: Tom Taylor, Juan Cabal
Released: Jan 9, 2019

Spider-Man is the worst neighbor EVER! There are always crazy villains and property damage and drama and...and he CATCHES the villains. And he tries to fix the damage and he helps carry your groceries and actually that property damage keeps the rents down. You know what? Spider-Man is the best neighbor ever and this book will give you a closer look...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Books of Magic #3 Jan 6, 2019
6.5

So on first read, it felt like nothing happened. A lot did. But it was pretty understated, and underwritten, and ultimately dull.

Books of Magic #3

By: Kat Howard, Tom Fowler
Released: Jan 2, 2019

The body of Tim's teacher, Mr. Brisby, has been discovered, and the scene is grisly-could his killing have been a ritualistic act? Tim tries to comfort his classmates, but finds himself in need of his own protector.

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #11 Jan 6, 2019
9.0

So much love just for Jackie calling out the entitlement of white men even when they are also green. Not at all sure where this is going. But I am thrilled with the ride.

Immortal Hulk #11

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jan 2, 2019

"HULK IN HELL" PART ONE!
•  Jackie McGee is in hell. Carl Creel is in hell. Walter Langkowski is in hell. Eugene Judd is in hell. Carl Burbank is in hell.
•  Los Diablos is in hell. Shadow Base is in hell. New Mexico is in hell. Planet Earth is in hell. We are all in hell...
•  ...and so is the IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

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Deadlybeavis reviewed Conan the Barbarian #1 Jan 4, 2019
7.0

It was good, but I expected more from Jason Aaron...

Conan the Barbarian #1

By: Jason Aaron, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: Jan 2, 2019

BY CROM, THE GREATEST SWORD-AND-SORCERY HERO RETURNS TO MARVEL!
From an age undreamed...hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet...
Robert E. Howard's creation return...

Simon DelMonte reviewed Conan the Barbarian #1 Jan 6, 2019
7.0

The first part of the issue was of course intended to be a standard 1970s Conan story, and it was reasonably good but it felt just a bit like an imitation of the superb Roy Thomas era, and the causal sexism of that era and of Conan's world doesn't hold up well. But then we shift to old Conan, and the there is a new and welcome focus on a character I haven't seen nearly enough of. Very promisinsg more

Conan the Barbarian #1

By: Jason Aaron, Mahmud A. Asrar
Released: Jan 2, 2019

BY CROM, THE GREATEST SWORD-AND-SORCERY HERO RETURNS TO MARVEL!
From an age undreamed...hither came Conan the Cimmerian, black-haired, sullen-eyed, sword in hand, a thief, a reaver, a slayer, with gigantic melancholies and gigantic mirth, to tread the jeweled thrones of the Earth under his sandaled feet...
Robert E. Howard's creation return...

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6.0

Yelling the booyah is not enough to make this series come together. I am out for now.

Justice League: Odyssey #4

By: Joshua Williamson, S-bis
Released: Jan 2, 2019

Next stop on the Odyssey-Planet Cyborg! The space-faring Justice League travels to a new world that worships Cyborg, and meets a population that's obsessed with body modification in preparation for a galactic war. Cyborg and Azrael clash over whether to stop the simmering standoff or continue following the clues left behind by Darkseid. Elsewhere, ...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1006 Jan 6, 2019
7.0

A notch lower than the run so far, with just a hint of the padding BMB is infamous for.

Action Comics #1006

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Jan 2, 2019

The Red Cloud sets her sights on someone close to Superman, but how can the Man of Steel stop a villain he can't touch? As the invisible mafia controlling Metropolis' underworld steps more into the light, its leader finally stands revealed with a secret that will have massive implications for Superman and Clark Kent!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #995 Jan 6, 2019
7.0

I am subtracting points from a well assembled comic for killing off Leslie. It certainly seems a waste, if not an outright fridging. But otherwise, Tomasi continues to hit all the notes that King wants to hit and cannot. And the art is stellar.

Detective Comics #995

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke
Released: Jan 2, 2019

Alfred Pennyworth...attacked at the Wayne mansion! Who's hunting those closest to Batman? The monstrous shadow creature plaguing Gotham City gains the upper hand when two of the Dark Knight's most ardent allies fall prey to the violent vendetta. Will those tragedies send Batman over the edge? Good thing he's on his way to Arkham Asylum-but will he ...

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myconius - Jan 8, 2019

i also subtracted points for the needless and shameless killing of Leslie as well. it's a shameful waste of a character, that was done only for the notoriety. probably a mandate from editorial. ..."WE NEED MORE DEATHS! IT'LL BE SPECTACULAR!"

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