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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman #19 Jan 23, 2020
7.0

GWW has it exactly right.

Superman #19

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Jan 22, 2020

One day later! What happens the day after Superman reveals his secret identity to the world? And what repercussions will his decision have across the entire DC Universe? Plus, Superman: president of Earth?

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7.0

A really good comic is looking to get out to the world here, but the scattered plot and underdeveloped cast are in the way. It's no accident that the moments with Jon and Damian work so much better since we know them so well.

Legion of Super-Heroes #3

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Jan 15, 2020

You knew there was no way Jon Kent was going to leave his best friend behind! Welcome to the future, Damian Wayne! (This is such a terrible idea!) Also, meet the new Legionnaires as they head to a secret undercover mission on the first man-made planet: Planet Gotham. Every page of this new DC epic plants seeds and ideas that will blast out across t...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Ghost-Spider #6 Jan 12, 2020
8.5

It's about time Marvel let Seanan just have fun with a parallel earth instead of either sticking with the beats from the LaTour series or shoehorning Gwen into the regular Marvel universe.

Ghost-Spider #6

By: Seanan McGuire, Ig Guara
Released: Jan 8, 2020

• Gwen Stacy a.k.a. GHOST-SPIDER has been attending college in the Marvel Universe!
•  But the Marvel Universe is a dangerous place, especially for someone named Stacy.
•  And while Gwen has already dealt with one psychotic stalker from the MU in the form of Miles Warren, it will have done little to p...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #29 Jan 12, 2020
8.0

Solid but very much setup, and something about Bruce and about Jackie seemed a bit off.

Immortal Hulk #29

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jan 8, 2020

• Giant monsters have been unleashed in Phoenix, Arizona. The Roxxon Corporation is unavailable for comment.
•  The people need help. They need the crusading outlaw with a heart of gold they read about in the Herald. They need their secret hero.
•  Instead, they're getting the IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #20 Jan 9, 2020
7.5

A really fun comic with some good art and great guest stars, but it's starting to suffer from the decompression that Vendetti fell into on GLC.

Loved how utterly dismissive Sky Tyrant is of The Batman Who Bores and his Dark Multiverse.

Hawkman #20

By: Robert Venditti, Pat Olliffe
Released: Jan 8, 2020

The Batman Who Laughs has infected Hawkman, and now Carter is drawing on the worst versions of himself from his past incarnations. This evil Hawkman is seeking to access the ancient tomb whence all his powers flow. Meanwhile, the Atom and Hawkwoman are in pursuit, hoping to stop their friend from doing something terrible he can't undo and potential...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed The Dreaming #17 Jan 5, 2020
9.0

Another excellent issue with a great surprise at the end.

The Dreaming #17

By: Si Spurrier, Bilquis Evely
Released: Jan 1, 2020

Wan's takeover of Dream's realm is nearly complete. As his identity slips away, Abel only has one secret left in his pocket. And poor, tortured Lucien, lost and without purpose, longs for nothing but release, and to return to the foundations of the Dreaming. So why can't he go? Does he have a purpose yet to serve? If he wants to die...why must he c...

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6.5

Decompression is taking its toll. I am not sure I remember what's been going on, in fact.

Justice League Dark #18

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno
Released: Jan 1, 2020

With Eclipso by her side, the new goddess of magic, Circe, is unstoppable! As she rewrites the rules of magic, the Justice League Dark must work to free themselves from Eclipso's grasp. Can they escape in time to save magic from the clutches of the Injustice League Dark once and for all? Or are they doomed to spend eternity trapped in the shadows?

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Lois Lane #7 Jan 3, 2020
7.0

Despite some great art and good character work, things sputter a bit. And is that supposed to be Mister Bones at the end? Or someone else?

Lois Lane #7

By: Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins
Released: Jan 1, 2020

Someone wanting to kill Lois Lane is nothing new for the famed reporter, but is it because of something she knows or something she's about to uncover? Plus, this issue ties to the events of December's Superman #18 and the gigantic status quo shift for both Lois and her husband, Superman, when the Man of Steel decides to reveal his identity to the w...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1018 Jan 3, 2020
7.0

Some interesting things here, like the Red Cloud's origin and the chat between Supes and Chief Moore. But too many different things being tossed against the wall at once, some incredibly bad art by JRjr, and a potentially difficult subplot involving Superman playing politics tossed out like it's just another thing. Given how strong Action has been, this pretty good issue turns out to be a real d more

Action Comics #1018

By: Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita
Released: Jan 1, 2020

One of the biggest Superman stories of all time continues in "Metropolis Doom" part two! War and chaos strikes the heart of Metropolis. The Invisible Mafia, Lex Luthor, and the Legion of Doom all stand their ground to take over Metropolis. Superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis reunites with comic art legends John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson to brin...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #1018 Jan 2, 2020
7.5

A pretty good story, though it hits the usual beats that a Tomasi Batstory hits. I like the cops being friendly with Bats (a side effect of six months of Bane running Gotham?) But as someone who doesn't read either Batman or Batman/Superman, I feel like I am walking in in the middle of things. I know Alfred is dead, and I know Jim Gordon has taken leave of his senses. But their absence still s more

Detective Comics #1018

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Scott Godlewski
Released: Jan 1, 2020

In the aftermath of "City of Bane," the Dark Knight has found himself cold, alone, and missing one of the very foundations of his life as both Bruce Wayne and the Batman. But personal problems will have to wait-a mysterious series of deaths have been peppered throughout Gotham and it seems an element of the supernatural is at play in the form of a ...

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8.5

There are a million million good ideas on the loose here, and the only thing stopping me from loving this series more is that most of the ideas have no room to breathe.

John Constantine: Hellblazer #2

By: Si Spurrier, Aaron Campbell
Released: Dec 18, 2019

John's return to London isn't going as smoothly as he'd hoped...though it's already been just as bloody as he could have expected! Enormous angels straight from the mind of William Blake are tearing people to ribbons in Peckham Rye Common, and the gang lord who's pressed John into service is getting increasingly impatient about John's inability to ...

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7.0

There is a ton of potential here, if only BMB could get out of his own way. He's too eager to do everything at once, and we aren't really getting to know anyone as a result. I sort of wish he had started with the origin of the Legion, even if I get that he didn't want to cover that ground again. And we don't need Damian so soon, even if the Super-Sons are just that cool.

Legion of Super-Heroes #2

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Dec 18, 2019

It's been one thousand years since anyone has seen the oceans of the Earth, but with Aquaman's original trident recently discovered, a chase to control Earth's future tears across the galaxy. All this and the reunion you'd never thought you'd see! Another DC sci-fi epic into the far-flung future like you've never seen before!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #28 Dec 12, 2019
7.5

A story about how all those people wearing Guy Fawkes masks at protests are really wearing V for Vendetta masked licensed by Warner Bros.

Immortal Hulk #28

By: Al Ewing, Tom Reilly
Released: Dec 11, 2019

• Are your children normal? Are they respectful of you and other approved authority figures? Do they have a poster of the Punisher on their wall?
•  Or are they angry and discourteous? Do they embrace difficult and/or dangerous concepts, such as protest and the environment? Do they stand with the Hulk?
• &...

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myconius reviewed Detective Comics #1017 Dec 11, 2019
1.0

WOW! this was a Batman comic?
very dialogue heavy and uninteresting.

sorry DC, but your new status quo really sucks. Lucius Fox is a terrible replacement for Alfred. he has zero chemistry with Bruce. Alfred really was the heart of this series and it shows. he was the light that pulled Bruce Back from the Darkness, and added the much needed levity to have entertaining conversations more

Detective Comics #1017

By: Tom Taylor, Fernando Blanco
Released: Dec 11, 2019

In the dead of winter, a child has gone missing from the Martha Wayne Orphanage in Gotham City...and the bearer of the Wayne family name is on the case. But to solve this mystery, Batman must turn to another bearer of the Wayne family name, his estranged son Damian, to hit the night skies as Batman and Robin once more. Can father and son put aside ...

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The 20-issue Ceiling - Dec 25, 2019

They did give him one of the highest positions at a trillion dollar company. If Brucey dies pretty sure he would leave Luke Fox or Lucius in charge of the company. I wonder what historical context relates to that.

YourGreenMuse - Dec 26, 2019

Depends on how obtuse you want to get about it.

Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman #18 Dec 11, 2019
9.0

Better the second time around. And gives me a modicum of hope on a rather hopeless day.

Superman #18

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Dec 11, 2019

With Superman's family scattered across the galaxy, our hero must confront some of his greatest concerns about himself and his place in the galaxy. Legendary artist Ivan Reis joins writer Brian Michael Bendis as they introduce the biggest change in the Man of Steel's life ever!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed The Dreaming #16 Dec 4, 2019
9.0

Another brilliant issue, with some really subtle bits. (At no point does the tech genius say that 9/11 led him to do his great project, but the timestamp makes it clear that Spurrier wants to mention it without being a bludgeon.) Only way it could have been better is for Evely to have done the art.

The Dreaming #16

By: Si Spurrier, Marguerite Sauvage
Released: Dec 4, 2019

At last, Dora stands face-to-face with the man who tried to unmake her... but he's not what she expected. As it turns out, he's the architect behind everything that's happening to the Dreaming-but the true shape of his plan has slipped far out of even his control!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Lois Lane #6 Dec 4, 2019
7.5

If only this were part of an ongoing series and not the use of 1/12th of the series to address something that happened in another comic.

And Perkins cannot draw babies.

Lois Lane #6

By: Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins
Released: Dec 4, 2019

Spinning out of the shocking last issues of Event Leviathan, Lois struggles to recover from a tragedy that shakes her to the core. Surrounded by her friends and family, the usually stoic reporter tries to rebound as she continues to chase a story that could alter the DC Universe forever.

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8.5

Why isn't everyone talking about this?

Valkyrie: Jane Foster #5

By: Jason Aaron, Cafu
Released: Nov 27, 2019

INTO THE ETERNAL DARKNESS!
Valkyrie's enemy finally reveals themself to teach the guardian of the fallen an important lesson: Not every life can be saved. It's the explosive end of the first arc as Valkyrie faces the death that's been stalking her since issue #1!
Rated T+

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Angel #7 Nov 27, 2019
8.0

Welcome back, Lorne.

Angel #7

By: Bryan Edward Hill, Gleb Melnikov
Released: Nov 27, 2019

A HELLMOUTH TIE-IN! Angel's in Sunnydale, so it's up to TEAM SPIKE to save Los Angeles from a horde of demons! But can Fred and Gunn find a way to work with Spike to save their city... or does Spike have asecret agenda?

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Martian Manhunter #10 Nov 27, 2019
8.0

The end of the fight within J'Onn's mind was a bit of a letdown, but I love the art and love the team of Jones and Meade. Can we keep her, and keep this longer than a year?

Martian Manhunter #10

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

Diane Meade enters the mindscape of J'onn J'onnz and is attacked by the psychic forms of his tragedies, regrets, and even his aspirations. Will J'onn be able to save her and find the secrets in his mindscape that will lead him to saving Ashley Addams and defeating Charnn once and for all?

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #1016 Nov 27, 2019
7.5

A lot to like here, but I am not sure we need Mrs. Freeze. Though I sort of love that Luthor cheated poor Victor. I assume a lot of his gifts are going to work out that way.

Detective Comics #1016

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

Defeating her now-estranged husband, Mr. Freeze, isn't enough to sate Nora Fries's bloodlust as she usurps his frozen throne, establishing herself as the first ice queen of Gotham. The Dark Knight will have his hands full as Nora unleashes an icy hell unlike any other on his city's streets.

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1017 Nov 27, 2019
6.5

Almost missed this because of the stupid logo-free cover. I am really not digging the Year of the Villain stuff at all, and I think BMB would have preferred to skip it as well. The stuff with the Invisible Mafia and Leviathan is a lot more interesting, anyway.

But what kills the issue is the usual subpar work from JRJr, who hasn't drawn a comic I like since the 80s. Why did DC poach h more

Action Comics #1017

By: Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita
Released: Nov 27, 2019

"Invisible War" part one! It's one of the biggest creator reunions in years as writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist John Romita Jr. join forces for the first time since their blockbuster turns on Avengers and Avengers Vs. X-Men. In this issue, it's all-out war on the streets of Metropolis-and at the end of this epic there will be a huge change to...

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mylosh - Nov 27, 2019

the cover thing is very annoying, i feel like the year of the villain is annoying to writers too

Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #27 Nov 21, 2019
8.0

Slightly underwhemling, in part because the fight is a bit of a bore, and in part because the minotaur who runs Roxxon talks we too much and seems a bit cartoony.

Immortal Hulk #27

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

• Some monsters are born from gamma... other monsters worship a different kind of green.
•  In his war on the human world, the Immortal Hulk is taking the fight to its lords and masters - the Roxxon Corporation.
•  But when you mess with THE MINOTAUR... you get the horns.
Parental Advisory

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8.5

Excellent art and a general effort to turn back the clock to the original Denny O'Neil make this a delight to old school fans of Vic Sage, even if at times this threatens to teeter into nostalgia. Lemire's script stays focused, and he gives one of his better efforts for DC in the past few years.

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1

By: Jeff Lemire, Denys Cowan
Released: Nov 20, 2019

DC BLACK LABEL - PRESTIGE PLUS FORMAT - APPROX. 8.5" x 10.875"
For years, Vic Sage has worn the faceless mask of the Question to clean up the streets of Hub City by sheer force of will. He knows right from wrong. He knows black from white. But what happens when he is drawn into a conspiracy that reaches from the heights of Hub City power to the...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #18 Nov 13, 2019
7.5

Too fast a read and the art is a bit scratchy, but engaging and entertaining as usual.

Hawkman #18

By: Robert Venditti, Pat Oliffe
Released: Nov 13, 2019

Corrupted with an infection concocted by the Batman Who Laughs, Carter Hall's psyche is overpowered by the darkest of all his past lives: the Sky Tyrant, the villainous Hawkman of Earth-3! A merciless winged warrior with no remorse and no rival, Sky Tyrant is unleashed on our Earth. The only chance of stopping him lies with the fading consciousness...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Far Sector #1 Nov 13, 2019
7.0

A good but not stellar start, buoyed by some heady if familiar SF ideas and some amazing art. For a first effort, Jemisin does a good job, but I think she needs to step back from the narration a bit more.

Far Sector #1

By: N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell
Released: Nov 13, 2019

N.K. Jemisin, the acclaimed, award-winning author of The Broken Earth and Inheritance science fiction trilogies, makes her comic book debut with bestselling Naomi artist Jamal Campbell as they thrust you into a stunning sci-fi murder mystery on the other side of the universe!
For the past six months, newly chosen Green Lantern Sojourner "Jo" M...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed The Dreaming #15 Nov 6, 2019
10

Is anyone reading this? Are YOU reading this? Why aren't you reading this? This is an incredible comic, and this issue is the best so far. Spurrier and Evely hit a grand slam.

The Dreaming #15

By: Si Spurrier, Bilquis Evely
Released: Nov 6, 2019

As the second year of the Sandman Universe begins, the sentient algorithm known as Wan is now the acknowledged lord of Dream's realm, and unquestioned ruler of all his subjects. So it's a huge problem that Wan is completely insane, and more than capable of wiping out all life in the Dreaming. The question becomes: What can Abel, the only one who kn...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #26 Nov 6, 2019
10

Stunning and chilling and gripping. War on humanity? Or really just war on capitalism? Is Amdeus right? Is Bruce's crusade doomed? We will see. But what a trip we are on.

Immortal Hulk #26

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Nov 6, 2019

• He's got an underground fortress. He has powerful allies. He's even got henchmen.
•  He's got everything he needs to declare war on human society as we know it. He's the most dangerous man in the world...
•  ...and BRUCE BANNER is just getting started.
Parental Advisory

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7.0

Too many characters for a new comic, and not enough to distinguish them yet. But the art is great, there is some seriously weird world-building going on, and I came away happy. Definitely worth trying. Assuming you still like Bendis. Seems I still like Bendis.

Legion of Super-Heroes #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Nov 6, 2019

Welcome to the 31st century! Inspired by the acts of and lessons learned from the greatest heroes of all time, the Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories!
Eisner Award-winning writer...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Lois Lane #5 Nov 6, 2019
9.5

The only things wrong with this comic are that we didn't learn how Vic Sage is alive, and that all the political intrigue involving a whistleblower has to compete with reality. Though I really do wish Lois Lane were on the impeachment trail. Otherwise, amazing art and great character stuff. A home run.

Lois Lane #5

By: Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins
Released: Nov 6, 2019

As Lois delves deeper into a mystery whose answers could shake the entire DC Universe to its core, the Question hunts the people responsible for an attempt on the famed reporter's life. But do they want her dead because of what she knows or to stop her from finding out more?

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