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Wild Storm: Michael Cray #9

By: Bryan Hill, N. Steven Harris
Released: Jul 11, 2018

Michael learns the truth about John Constantine's plans to provide the world free energy, and his sinister plot will shake Michael to his core and potentially plunge the world into a new age of darkness. Killing Constantine and his allies might save the world, but doing so could trap the alien entity growing in Michael's brain forever.

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8.5

Did THAT really happen? Pretty clear that Lobdell is bringing all the plots of the first 24 issues to a head, and he's doing it as well as ever.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #24

By: Scott Lobdell, Dexter Soy
Released: Jul 11, 2018

Bizarro is getting... worse. Worser? Worsest. The backward Superman's diminishing cognitive state is causing problems for the rest of the Outlaws. Complicating things is the Red Hood's vendetta against the Penguin-can the Outlaws stop Jason Todd from crossing a line he can't return from?

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Plastic Man #2 Jul 12, 2018
6.5

I should like this. And I guess I do. But there is just something missing that makes it all feel less than essential. And not worth the money when down the line I can just find it in a library.

Plastic Man #2

By: Gail Simone, Adriana Melo
Released: Jul 11, 2018

Eel didn't like it when a spy blackmailed him over his secret identity, and then a kid found out, and now the dancers at his club know and the concept of a secret identity has gotten stretched way the heck out of whack. But the dancers are helping him find the kid, who was nabbed by some bad guys who don't know his secret identity, just his costume...

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7.5

At long long last, the fight with the Darkstars begins. If only any of the Darkstars besides Tomar Tu had names or faces. That weakens an otherwise solid issue.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #48

By: Robert Venditti, Rafa Sandoval
Released: Jul 11, 2018

The Green Lanterns fight alongside the Guardians of the Universe! The murderous Darkstars arrive en masse at Mogo to wipe out the Corps for good, so it's all hands on deck to save the GL headquarters. Meanwhile, Green Lanterns Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner & Kyle Rayner make their respective battle plans, but time's running out for a miracl...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #2 Jul 12, 2018
8.5

Another strong issue. Vendetti is bringing his A game, and so is the always reliable Hitch. Possibly the surprise of the year, given the history of dull Hawkman comics.

Hawkman #2

By: Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch
Released: Jul 11, 2018

Carter Hall is Hawkman, the resurrected warrior who's lived a thousand lifetimes. But what happens when one of those past lives comes looking for him? Deepening the mystery is an ancient parchment in alien hieroglyphics, revealing that an unexpected familiar name is on Earth hunting the Hawkman. The past must die for the future to live!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman #1 Jul 11, 2018
9.0

Sooo close to giving this a 10. Love the art. Love how BMB writes Supes and finally liked how he wrote Lois and Jon. But his J'Onn...what was up with that? Take over? And "it's garbage?" That is not how J'Onn talks. (Also not sure about his Flash.) Overall, though, it was a joy to read and to look at. Give me more.

Superman #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Jul 11, 2018

A bold new chapter for the greatest superhero of all time begins here as the superstar team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Ivan Reis begin their run on the all-new SUPERMAN! The fallout from the Man of Steel miniseries has Clark Kent looking at the world through new eyes... with new ideas about what Superman could and should do for the c...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Deathstroke #33 Jul 5, 2018
7.5

An improvement over the rest of this miniseries, with some interesting character play. But just not really clicking that well for me. Something is missing. Like Rose and Jericho and the larger consequences of the rest of the series that DC put on hold for six months.

Deathstroke #33

By: Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan
Released: Jul 4, 2018

Forced to team with Deathstroke, a man he loathes, Damian Wayne must discover the truth of his lineage. Is he really Bruce Wayne's son, or is Slade Wilson his true father? As Batman draws closer to finding them both, Deathstroke must complete a hit, while Robin shadows the killer for hire.

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #2 Jul 5, 2018
8.5

Another one-issue story, great art, a sense that Ewing gets Bruce Banner, and a feeling this is going somewhere. If only I was sure that this version of the Hulk was going to work long term.

Immortal Hulk #2

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jul 4, 2018

A random small-town tragedy. A mystery illness that spreads with grief. A green glow on a lonely mountain. Three puzzle pieces that fit together to make a nightmare. And the only mind on Earth than can connect them up...belongs to the Immortal Hulk.
Rated T+

Simon DelMonte reviewed Justice League #3 Jul 5, 2018
7.0

Overstuffed. As if a seven year old is breathlessly retelling his favorite story with a lot of and thens. Entertaining, but no time to breathe. Maybe the opposite of the Man of Steel miniseries, but perhaps we can have a comic that has neither too much padding or too much bone.

Justice League #3

By: Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez
Released: Jul 4, 2018

John Stewart: Ultraviolet Lantern? Believe it! Under the influence of the Ultraviolet Spectrum, John Stewart engages in some ultraviolence against his teammates Flash, Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Meanwhile, the rest of the League investigates the scene of the fallen Source Wall fragment, and encounters not only a horde of giant monsters, but a pair o...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Man of Steel #6 Jul 4, 2018
7.5

The art is great, and Bendis continues to understand Superman. And the new status quo might be very interesting. But we never come near to the truth about the big bad, and I am not quite sure why we need to have Lois and Jon off the board. I will be reading one of the Bendix series, but I don't know for how long.

Man of Steel #6

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Fabok
Released: Jul 4, 2018

The fate of Lois Lane and Jon Kent is revealed! Metropolis' survival hangs in the balance! And Superman must somehow put an end to Rogol Zaar's rampage! It's do-or-die time for the Man of Steel in the final chapter of this explosive miniseries!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Astro City #52 Jun 28, 2018
8.0

Given that cover, I thought this would be heartbreaking. It's not. It's still good, but not what I expected.

Astro City #52

By: Kurt Busiek, Brent Anderson
Released: Jun 27, 2018

It's the final issue of ASTRO CITY...for now. Michael Tenicek lost his world years ago. Now he may lose another, as ordinary life among the extraordinary takes a shattering turn. A character-focused finale to the ongoing Vertigo ASTRO CITY series, and a launch point for its new form. Guest-starring the Hanged Man, Honor Guard and more.

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Existentialman - Jun 28, 2018

I know exactly what you mean, Simon. I saw that cover and thought; "Oh, cool! He ends up with a Miranda from another dimension who lost her version of Michael. What a great end to the series." But no, that wasn't the story. I still love Astro City, but the ending was anti-climatic.

Simon DelMonte - Jun 28, 2018

I can't see Busiek giving Michael a happy ending. Not his style.

7.5

I am not entirely sure what was going on with Hal. Really liked the stuff with Guy, though.

But can we please get on to the battle with the Darkstars?

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #47

By: Robert Venditti, Ethan Van Sciver
Released: Jun 27, 2018

"DARKSTARS RISING" part six! As Hal Jordan and the rest of the Green Lantern Corps scramble to save Guy Gardner from the Darkstar army, John Stewart's plan to save the GLC hinges on Kyle Rayner and a last-ditch effort to maintain their foothold!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Man of Steel #5 Jun 27, 2018
7.0

The continued strong characterization of Supes and Kara and a lot of good art make up for the glacial pacing, mishandling of most of the JLA, and whatever it is that's going on with Lois and Jon. This would have been better at four issues.

Man of Steel #5

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Adam Hughes
Released: Jun 27, 2018

Beaten by Rogol Zaar, his city burning at the hands of an unknown arsonist and the secret of what happened to Lois and Jon drawing closer to revelation - even Superman feels powerless against all that stands before him.

10

Not that I don't miss Bizarro and Artemis, but Jason is the star of this series, and this issue shows us why.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #23

By: Scott Lobdell, Trevor Hairsine
Released: Jun 13, 2018

Bizarro is teetering on the brink between brilliance and - well, Bizarro! Artemis is coming to grips with her past as a secret envoy to Lex Luthor. But it's Red Hood who's in for the shock of his life when he finds the cache of letters Ma Gunn kept from him when he was a ward under her care. Letters from his father. Jason Todd has hated his deadbea...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #1 Jun 21, 2018
8.5

Very strong first issue that quickly establishes why we need another try at giving the Winged Warrior and past master of cancellations a monthly comic. Great art, and further evidence that Vendetti is a DC all star.

Hawkman #1

By: Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch
Released: Jun 13, 2018

Spinning out of the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Carter Hall returns to the DC Universe! An explorer of the ancient and unknown, Hawkman finds himself embroiled in a long-standing mission to discover the true purpose of his many reincarnations. Carter races around the globe trying to piece together an ancient prophecy, but will he be able to face ...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Plastic Man #1 Jun 21, 2018
7.5

Simone walks a fine line between Plastic humor and noir, and for the most part it works. But there is something missing, and I am not sure what. Maybe it's just that I want to see Plas do something more street level than work with Spyral. Maybe it's that he's not wacky enough.

Plastic Man #1

By: Gail Simone, Adriana Melo
Released: Jun 13, 2018

Meet Eel O'Brian: a petty thug, thief and con artist who runs a strip club. Hey, he's also dead, at least according to the gang that tossed him out like last week's garbage. Literally. Don't worry, though-he bounced back from all that, and now he's trying to make a new life for himself, but the effort is stretching him pretty thin. How can he get r...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Wild Storm #14 Jun 21, 2018
10

Worth reading just for the scene with Lynch and Fairchild and for the fight at the beginning. As usual, there are too many things going on in each issue and I have trouble keeping track of all the things that Ellis is wrapping around the center of the comic. There are just too many characters.

Wild Storm #14

By: Warren Ellis, Jon Davis-Hunt
Released: Jun 20, 2018

John Lynch, ex-director of IO, is travelling to America to warn the subjects of his most secret program that the current heads of IO may know about them - what Lynch did to them in Project Thunderbook, how they changed and where they're hiding. He may be a day too late to help Alexandra Fairchild, waiting in the middle of nowhere for people to come...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Man of Steel #4 Jun 21, 2018
7.5

The internal monologue by Supes and the action sequences by Maguire make up for an abrupt ending and a somewhat underwhelming appearance by Hal "too busy to be in the League" Jordan.

Man of Steel #4

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Kevin Maguire
Released: Jun 20, 2018

Rogol Zaar has committed a string of atrocities across the cosmos that have led him to the Fortress of Solitude-and now Superman and Supergirl plan to crush his schemes! But are even two Kryptonians enough to stop his sinister machinations?

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Justice League #2 Jun 21, 2018
8.0

So much is going on here. Maybe too much. For now, Snyder has things in control, but can he maintain the breakneck pace for long?

Justice League #2

By: Scott Snyder, Jorge Jimenez
Released: Jun 20, 2018

"THE TOTALITY" part two! The League faced an impossible decision...and now they must face the consequences! While Martian Manhunter and Batman attempt to recruit an old ally back into the fold, The Flash and Hawkgirl are blindsided by new challenges that could rewrite their mythologies!

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6.5

Well, here we are at the end, again, with the Fox/Disney merger coming and a sense that Dark Horse will lose the license prior to some sort of reboot. Given the steadily diminishing returns on the Buffy and Angel comics, it's probably time to end these anyway. If only Gage's script didn't keep lurching. If only Jeanty had learned to draw faces any better over the past decade. It's not bad, but more

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #1

By: Joss Whedon, Karl Story
Released: Jun 20, 2018

It's one year later, and the lives of Buffy and the Scoobies haven't been too eventful for a while-at least as far as fighting demons and the forces of darkness are concerned. But that's all about to change when Dawn and Xander's housewarming party is interrupted by some familiar faces bringing news of familiar foes from the future. Can you say Har...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Nightwing #45 Jun 7, 2018
5.5

Better than last month, but still not good. Bring back Seeley!

Nightwing #45

By: Ben Percy, Chris Mooneyham
Released: Jun 6, 2018

Nightwing investigates a string of murders that at first seem disconnected... but when signs start to point to the digital underworld, the mean streets of Blüdhaven begin to transform. So how does a hero like Dick Grayson - used to using his fists to solve problems - stop a villain he can't get his hands on? Especially when Blüdhaven isn'...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Wonder Woman Annual #2 Jun 7, 2018
7.5

Given how underwhelming Robinson's run on WW has been, this is surprisingly good. Having Frazer Irving art doesn't hurt.

Wonder Woman Annual #2

By: James Robinson, Marc Laming
Released: Jun 6, 2018

"Star Light"! An enormous, divine threat has the Star Sapphires in its sights - and only Wonder Woman can protect them! She's wielded their ring before, but the Corps has changed since then...is even their combined power enough to stop a god?

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Deathstroke #32 Jun 7, 2018
7.0

A few great moments, some good action, and some interesting developments, but still a lot of wheel spinning.

Deathstroke #32

By: Christopher Priest, Carlo Pagulayan
Released: Jun 6, 2018

"BATMAN VS. DEATHSTROKE" part three! When a retired superhero gets caught in the crossfire between the World's Greatest Detective and the DCU's most deadly assassin, could an entire legacy be wiped out? Lines are crossed when Deathstroke and Batman's feud takes its darkest turn yet - and there's no going back!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #1 Jun 7, 2018
7.5

Promising first issue, though Ewing will need to follow through on the promise soon.

Immortal Hulk #1

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jun 6, 2018

HORROR HAS A NAME.
You'd never notice the man. He doesn't like to be noticed. He's quiet. Calm. Never complains. If someone were to walk up and shoot him in the head... all he'd do is die.
Until night falls. And someone else gets up again.
The man's name is Banner.
The horror is THE IMMORTAL HULK.
Rated T+

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Man of Steel #2 Jun 6, 2018
7.5

Definitely a notch lower as BMB starts to juggle several balls at once story-wise, including the hackneyed "The Daily Planet is doomed because no one reads newspapers" concept. But his Supes is still spot on, and there is a lot to like here. I just don't think we need this many plotlines. Or three artists, all of them good but not of them matching.

Man of Steel #2

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Evan Shaner
Released: Jun 6, 2018

With an arsonist loose in Metropolis, Superman's powers are almost useless in finding the culprit. And back at the Daily Planet, everyone wants to know what's going on with Lois Lane. How can Clark hold on to the secret of what happened to Lois and Jon much longer?

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Nihilist reviewed Man of Steel #2 Jun 6, 2018
6.5

Bendis doesn't rush the story, which I truly appreciate. We have time to get to know Superman, as well as current situation at Daily Globe. There is some action, serving as a subtle nod to the silver age of comics with more lighthearted and maybe even silly approach, but for the most part, issue focuses on explaining "who", "what" and "why". I enjoyed it, but I can't ignore the problem of inconsis more

Man of Steel #2

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Evan Shaner
Released: Jun 6, 2018

With an arsonist loose in Metropolis, Superman's powers are almost useless in finding the culprit. And back at the Daily Planet, everyone wants to know what's going on with Lois Lane. How can Clark hold on to the secret of what happened to Lois and Jon much longer?

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Simon DelMonte - Jun 6, 2018

I guess you are not familiar with Steve Rude, who for a time was hot stuff, but seems to have been left in the past.

myconius - Jun 7, 2018

the Steve Rude art was actually the best part of this issue.

7.5

Loses points for a plot that doesn't entirely make sense and is rushed, and for how annoying Waller is. But otherwise, lots of amazing character moments, and great art, and a strong setup for the future of the JL franchise.

Justice League: No Justice #4

By: Scott Snyder, Francis Manapul
Released: May 30, 2018

The epic finale that everyone will be talking about! After the unimaginable happens, the DCU must band together to defend Earth from annihilation. Before the end, new alliances will be forged...and some heroes will be lost forever. Don't miss the event that will set the stage for the Justice League in 2018 and beyond!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Man of Steel #1 May 30, 2018
8.5

Spot on perfect Superman, intriguing story, good mystery and great art. Still not sure about the new characters but otherwise I am in. Ben did might actually do it.

Man of Steel #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ivan Reis
Released: May 30, 2018

A new era begins for Superman as a threat from his earliest origins reemerges to destroy the Last Son of Krypton. As Superman struggles to come to grips with what has happened to his wife and son, he must also face a new threat that's determined to burn down Metropolis!

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myconius - May 30, 2018

Bendis really does have a great voice for Supes/Clark. you can tell he really gets the character.

Simon DelMonte reviewed Hellblazer #22 May 23, 2018
6.0

A lot of interesting pieces but nothing really comes together.

Hellblazer #22

By: Tim Seeley, Davide Fabbri
Released: May 23, 2018

"THE GOOD OLD DAYS" part four! Things have gone downhill for John, and his ex is the reason why. It's not her fault (she's possessed), but it's making their reunion somewhat awkward.

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8.0

The usual solid if slow storytelling. Didn't see what was coming with Guy, but should have.

Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #45

By: Robert Venditti, Brandon Peterson
Released: May 23, 2018

"DARKSTARS RISING" part four! The Green Lantern Corps must fight to hold on to a universe that is quickly being seized by the Darkstars' rule - but does the universe still want the Corps' protection?!

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