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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #1024 Aug 2, 2020
7.5

If only Tomasi got to tell his own story by itself and not have to deal with Joker War.

Detective Comics #1024

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Brad Walker
Released: Jul 22, 2020

The story of Two-Face reaches its end, and Harvey Dent will at last find peace after decades of schism. But will that peace be in death, or in the chance at a new life? All along, The Joker has been the puppet master behind the torment of Two-Face, and he knows how to make an entrance! Don’t miss the final battle between Batman, Two-Face, and Lin...

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Comics Code Authorities - Aug 13, 2020

If he did This one would likely have wrapped up 2 issues ago.

8.0

The new creative team takes up very well from where the old left off.

Justice League Dark #24

By: Ram V, Amancay Nahuelpan
Released: Jul 22, 2020

At last, Justice League Dark’s mission reaches the moment fans have been waiting for: their descent into the Other Place, as a reborn Swamp Thing, Wonder Woman, and Zatanna sharpen their swords and spells to battle the Upside Down Man. But Zatanna has more than just cards up her sleeve. The team discovers her burning secret, while Detective Chimp...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Lois Lane #12 Jul 19, 2020
7.0

Well, to my surprise, Rucka brought everything together. But how much better this series would have been if it didn't have to address things from the other Superman comics at the same time. We wasted three issues on that. And I still don't understand how Charlie is alive. But my biggest problem is that as fantastical as "we are remembering our alternate lives" is, the real fantasy here is that more

Lois Lane #12

By: Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins
Released: Jul 8, 2020

At the end of multiple investigations, Lois finds herself with the power to change-or destroy-the lives of everyone involved.

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Detective Comics #1023 Jul 19, 2020
7.0

What if Tomasi were doing just another Joker story instead of being subordinated to Joker War? I lke this, but wish it weren't part of an event comic I have no time for.

Detective Comics #1023

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Brad Walker
Released: Jul 8, 2020

Just when you thought it was safe to crack a smile, The Joker is back to crash the party! Hot on the heels of “Joker War,” the Clown Prince of Crime is revealed as the mastermind behind Two-Face’s turmoil-but to what end? Batman will need all the allies he can get, and what better ally than Harvey Dent? Can the Dark Knight cure his friend onc...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman #23 Jul 19, 2020
7.0

Note to everyone who hated this for being like all the other issues of this series: why are you still reading? Save your money and buy something you will like.

Anyway, I appreciate that Bendis took the time to slow down and made Supes slow down as well. Even if he doesn't really have Dr. Fate's voice anything near right. And Maguire is welcome any time.

Superman #23

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Kevin Maguire
Released: Jul 8, 2020

With Superman’s secret identity suddenly revealed to the world, many in his life are worried that he has been tricked or duped into destroying his own privacy! All the more worrisome is Superman has been very susceptible to mysticism. Could all this madness be magic related? It’s time to call the doctor…Dr. Fate!

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Fizgoog - Aug 8, 2020

I’ll tell you why I’m still reading. It’s an allegiance to a fictional character that’s inspired me for 60 years. It’s to maintain long cared for and beloved collections. It’s due to an affection for comics generally. That’s also the reason we write reviews that criticize creative teams ( and I use the term loosely) that pisses on the object of our affection. Does that make any sense to you? What sort of moron would even question it?

Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #34 Jul 5, 2020
8.0

A good "what has happened so far" for a character with a convoluted history, but not a great issue.

Immortal Hulk #34

By: Al Ewing, Butch Guice
Released: Jun 24, 2020

• The Thoughtful Man is here - and his dreadful thoughts are vast and dark enough to swallow even the Devil.
•  Samuel Sterns walked through the Green Door and gained knowledge. Follow him through the journey of his life - from his rebirth to his final experiment.
•  Follow the LEADER.
Rated T+

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7.0

Entertaining but mildly disappointing, with most of the stories covering familiar ground. The final Denny O'Neil story works best as a coda on his remarkable career. The best stories were the first and last.

Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Green Lantern 80th Anniversary #1

By: Geoff Johns, Ivan Reis
Released: Jun 24, 2020

In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil could ever escape their sight! The Green Lanterns are celebrating 80 years of keeping the DC Universe safe. Join us to see tales of all of the universe's most legendary Green Lanterns: Alan Scott, Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, Kyle Rayner, Jessica Cruz, Simon Baz, and appearances from other cosm...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Books of Magic #19 Jun 18, 2020
8.0

I have no idea who David Barnett is, but he does good work. A pity that this latest effort to reboot the original teen wizard is about to be cancelled.

Books of Magic #19

By: David Barnett, Tom Fowler
Released: May 27, 2020

All Tim wanted to do was impress a pretty girl by getting the two of them into the Glastonbury Festival. But one poorly thought-out spell later, they've instead found themselves at a different festival-the ancient carnival of the realms, where all the worlds of magic go to let their hair (or tentacles, or tendrils of fire) down and have a good time...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Lois Lane #10 May 26, 2020
6.5

So remember when this was a down to earth comic about freedom of the press and immigrants? I don't, and I feel like even the usually reliable Greg Rucka doesn't either. And while I like the multiversal stuff and how it is a back door explanation of how Renee and Vic and Sister Clarice are in the current DCU, it doesn't belong here, even if it turns out that Lois is completely the Lois from the p more

Lois Lane #10

By: Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins
Released: May 13, 2020

Armed with new information about the assassin stalking her, Lois goes on the offensive, while Renee struggles with wielding what may be the most powerful weapon of them all: the truth.

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Hawkman #23 May 26, 2020
8.0

Another great issue, though clearly Vendetti had no way of knowing how it would resonate now.

But if Shayera is the current reincarnation of Carter's soulmate, who is Sheira Saunders?

Hawkman #23

By: Robert Venditti, Marcio Takara
Released: May 6, 2020

Cloaked in black and wearing the eerie mask of a hawk, the mysterious Plague Doctor roams 17th century Europe in an attempt to ease the suffering of those who fall victim to the Black Death. But how is the Doctor supposed to help anyone when he's hated and feared for his unique immunity to the disease? It's mind versus body as Carter Hall relives h...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed The Dreaming #20 May 17, 2020
8.5

A very strong ending, but it's hard to imagine that these 20 issues are going to have a place in the larger Sandman universe in years to come. I will miss Dora.

The Dreaming #20

By: Simon Spurrier, Bilquis Evely
Released: Apr 22, 2020

The unbelievable finale of Simon Spurrier and Bilquis Evely’s Sandman Universe epic is here! The citizens of the Dreaming make their final play against the artificial intelligence that seeks to replace them with cold rationality…and the fate of Dream is revealed!

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #33 Apr 12, 2020
10

An incredible tour de force that alters everything while restoring the classic savage Hulk to his place as first among equals.

Immortal Hulk #33

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Mar 25, 2020

• Celebrating 750 ISSUES of the INCREDIBLE H%LKTM! Something is wrong. Something has compromised the simulacrum.
•  EXTRA-SIZE HULK-SM&SHING ACTIONTM! Banner is refusing to yield. Something is wrong.
•  PL#S! ENTER - THE THOUGHTFUL MAN! Something is wrong. Something is wrong. Something is wrong.
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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1021 Apr 12, 2020
5.0

The terrible art and a sense that Bendis lost his way make this one a rare total misfire on the part of artist ans writer.

Action Comics #1021

By: Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita
Released: Mar 25, 2020

Metropolis down! The blockbuster supervillain team-up of the century continues. Leviathan! The invisible mafia! The Legion of Doom! All have descended on the city of Metropolis to challenge Superman at his most vulnerable moment. With the truth about the Man of Steel's secret identity out in the open, all the rules of engagement have changed-and no...

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8.0

The first really good issue. And not by chance, the first one where Brainiac 5 gets to shine. Brainy is the best LSHer, and Bendis knows it.

Legion of Super-Heroes #5

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Mar 25, 2020

DC's far-flung future is happening right now! With the secret of Jon Kent revealed, the Legion of Super-Heroes is united to save New Earth from those who would destroy it. Will Aquaman's lost trident be the key to New Earth's demise? Plus, Mon-El comes clean about his connection to Jon, and Cosmic Boy and Ferro Lad find out they both have a crush o...

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7.5

A great celebration of the characters and the talents that loses points mainly because it reminds up over and over how much DC has wasted both.

Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1

By: Marv Wolfman, Tom Grummett
Released: Mar 18, 2020

DC Comics celebrates Robin the Boy Wonder's 80th anniversary in style with an all-star creative team representing each iteration of the iconic character across eight decades of history! From the high-flying adventures of Dick Grayson to the tragedy of Jason Todd, the enthusiasm of Tim Drake and the arrogance of Damian Wayne, the persistence of Step...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Lois Lane #9 Mar 5, 2020
7.0

Rucka and Perkins are having trouble seeing the forest through the trees. The trees are great, but the forest is getting lost.

Lois Lane #9

By: Greg Rucka, Mike Perkins
Released: Mar 4, 2020

In the wake of a second attempt on her life, Lois takes the unprecedented step of...telling Superman to back off. As the Kiss of Death circles for another try, Lois's search for answers takes her back into the political spotlight, while Renee uses a Gotham connection in an attempt to undo the damage she's done and find answers to another set of que...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman: Villains #1 Mar 5, 2020
7.0

Much more scattered then the Heroes special. The chain of events with Leone and the Invisible Mafia was good but should have been played out in Action Comics. The reveal that the Kents are indeed alive should have been in a book not about villains. And the scene with Lex, while funny (Fraction?) forgot that Lex isn't a businessman anymore.

Superman: Villains #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Bryan Hitch
Released: Mar 4, 2020

The Man of Steel's greatest villains react to the biggest news to ever rock the DC Universe. Lex Luthor, Mongul, Toyman, The Joker, and more of the world's greatest villains must come to grips with how the world changes now that the truth has been revealed by Superman. Some of comics' most unique and creative voices unite to tell a story that chang...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1020 Feb 26, 2020
6.5

Another well written Superman story nearly ruined by the awful art.

Action Comics #1020

By: Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita
Released: Feb 26, 2020

Apex Lex Luthor's first run-in with the Infected didn't go as planned, and the Batman Who Laughs' influence is continuing to spread. Now Lex must find out who in the world can think like the Batman Who Laughs-and there are only two folks who come to mind. The first is Batman, who probably has his own ideas for Lex; the other is The Joker, who also ...

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7.0

Points docked for the confusing stuff set in the present that bookends the origin story. And for maybe overplaying the "teens want to change the world" stuff in Garth's part of the story.

But the art is stellar - Janin is the best, period - and that moment when the founders go into action for the first time brought a tear of fanboy joy to my eyes.

Legion of Super-Heroes #4

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Ryan Sook
Released: Feb 19, 2020

The secret origin of the Legion of Super-Heroes revealed! Exactly how did this ragtag group of idealistic, super-powered teens from all across the galaxy find each other? What pulls them and keeps them together? Another gorgeous issue of DC's future superstars also reveals clues to how Aquaman's lost trident may be the key to Earth's future and sur...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman: Heroes #1 Feb 13, 2020
8.0

Worth it just for Maguire's art, Booster Gold's moment, and Rucka writing Batman and Wonder Woman. The rest was pretty good but those bits were amazing.

Superman: Heroes #1

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Kevin Maguire
Released: Feb 12, 2020

Lois Lane, Jimmy Olsen, the staff of the Daily Planet, even the Justice League-their lives all changed when Superman revealed his secret identity to the world! This unique Superman experience explores what the identity of Clark Kent meant to those close to him-and what their relationship to Superman will be in the future. All the rules are about to...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Superman #20 Feb 13, 2020
7.5

The stuff with Mongul is sort of a mess.

Everything else is great. And of course Supes is going to catch flak for speaking for Earth. Really fun and thoughtful stuff here.

Superman #20

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Feb 12, 2020

The United Planets is a perfect, beautiful idea...that completely flies in the face of everything the barbaric Mongul has been fighting for his entire life. Mongol will destroy the United Planets and Superman with it. And he said something about using Earth as his toilet. Which doesn't sound very nice. The return of one of Superman's biggest and ba...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #31 Feb 13, 2020
8.0

So weird I can't really wrap my head around it. Which is a good thing.

Immortal Hulk #31

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Feb 12, 2020

• There's a new monster in town. He's cuddly. He's lovable. He's down with the kids. And he's available for your corporate retreat.
•  Yes, there was another Hulk, once - the one who made all those nasty threats to end the world. But who needs him?
•  THE LIVING HULK is here. And he's going to save us...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Immortal Hulk #30 Jan 30, 2020
8.0

A bit scattered if still entertaining. And the only reason I know who Xemnu is is because of an article I read about what he did to Jen Walters.

Immortal Hulk #30

By: Al Ewing, Joe Bennett
Released: Jan 29, 2020

• The first Gamma Bomb unleashed a terrifying creature with impossible strength who waged war on all human authority.
•  The authorities gave the beast a name - a name the whole world knows. But it was someone else's name first...
•  ...and now the HULK THAT WAS has returned to take it back.
Rated...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Justice League Dark #19 Jan 30, 2020
7.5

It's too clear the Tynion's decision to leave JLDark for two issues a month of Batman led to a premature end to the arc here. Though 19 issues of basically the same story is a bit much. Lots of good moments but the whole leaves me wanting.

Justice League Dark #19

By: James Tynion IV, Alvaro Eduardo Martinez Bueno
Released: Jan 29, 2020

It's Wonder Woman versus Circe in an all-out brawl for the fate of the magical world! Does the Justice League Dark stand a chance against their evil counterparts? Maybe, but one of our heroes will have to make a deal with their greatest enemy to secure a power that could turn the tide of this Witching War! Will it be enough? Find out in the thrilli...

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Simon DelMonte reviewed Action Comics #1019 Jan 30, 2020
7.0

I like how BMB handles the conversations between Lex, Leviathan, Red Cloud, and Brainiac. Though it feels like the other Legionaries of Doom aren't really adding much. What undermines the story is what a mess the art is. JRjr is terrible these days.

Action Comics #1019

By: Brian Michael Bendis, John Romita
Released: Jan 29, 2020

One of the biggest battles in Superman history tears through Metropolis as the super-villain team-up of Lex Luthor, the Legion of Doom, and Leviathan come to change Superman's city forever! The blockbuster creative team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artists John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson create a Superman epic for the ages-as the Man of Stee...

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6.5

8 for the stories. 5 for killing Alfred in the first place.

Detective Comics Annual #3

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Sumit Kumar
Released: Jan 29, 2020

Of all the mayhem and madness that "City of Bane" visited upon Batman's world, the death of Alfred Pennyworth had the greatest impact. As Bruce struggles to pick up the pieces of his life, the absence of the man who had always helped him is felt with devastating consequences. With new storm clouds brewing on the horizon, does Bruce Wayne have what ...

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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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