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Keola Kent reviewed Moon Knight #194 May 4, 2018

*spoilers alert*

Bemis' new account of Moon Knight's origin is a brilliant concept that -- for me -- ultimately fails. because I was unable to mobilize sufficient suspension of disbelief.

So much of the backstory was unlikely. Perhaps a Nazi could escape by posing as a Jew. But could he actually have sustained a role as a Rabbi? If he were able to sustain the role until more

Moon Knight #194

By: Max Bemis, Ty Templeton
Released: Apr 25, 2018

•  MARC SPECTOR'S multiple personalities stem from a traumatic event in his childhood...
• event which will soon come to shape MOON KNIGHT'S future!
•  Don't miss the start of the next MOON KNIGHT epic as we dive deeper into the rabbit hole of Spector's mind...!

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Keola Kent reviewed Titans Annual #2 Apr 30, 2018

Poor Mallah!

There are several very good things in this and prior issues. Although I've complained about how unsubtly we were battered with foreshadowing of Brain abandoning Mallah emotionally, the relationship was otherwise well portrayed. It's not original, but the apparently submissive partner actually having final control over the relationship was convincing.

The interac more

Titans Annual #2

By: Dan Abnett, Tom Grummett
Released: Apr 25, 2018

"Titans Apart" finale! Arsenal and Donna discover the truth about the Bliss conspiracy...only they're too late! With the Justice League off the board and the Titans divided, who will stand against the evil Brain as he attempts to create his new world order-and kill everyone on Earth in the process?

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Keola Kent reviewed Flash #45 Apr 28, 2018

Yes yes yes. This is the issue I've been waiting for. I knew that if I was patient and gave all these Flashes time to figure out who they are, how they fit with each other, and where they sit on the hero-villian continuum, I would get to be here for this step into the next stage of The Great DC Plot, the Doomsday Clock Revelation, the Creation Story of the New DC Reality. And how brilliantly it w more

Flash #45

By: Joshua Williamson, Christian Duce
Released: Apr 25, 2018

"PERFECT STORM" part six! Grodd rains lightning down on Central City to burn it to the ground. The Flash is as fast as a bolt of lightning, but is he as fast as a thousand?

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Keola Kent reviewed Detective Comics #979 Apr 27, 2018

I've never been a fan of villian-takes-control-of-hero's-brain-and-makes-hero-be-a-villian stories. So Ulysses is not an attraction for me here. However, I do think the writing creates a compelling image of him as a wacko sicko cray-cray insane bonkers psycho megalomaniac. Tynion has taken him to the point that I really can hear Ulysses' maniacal laugh and it's scary not silly.

I was more

Detective Comics #979

By: James Tynion IV, Philippe Briones
Released: Apr 25, 2018

"Batmen Eternal" part four! Ulysses Armstrong knows everything there is to know about Tim Drake's future-including every inevitable step he'll take on the road to becoming a dark version of himself! Unfortunately, Ulysses is perfectly happy to take everything from him...and use it to give birth to an unstoppable menace!

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Keola Kent reviewed The Terrifics #3 Apr 26, 2018

The dynamics between Metamorpho, Sapphire, her father, and Java are the most cliched, superficial, and boring in comics, perhaps in all of literature in the history of the world. ("Hyperbole": look it up.). If this title manages to bring that mess to a point that is vaguely realistic, authentic, and interesting, it will have accomplished an outstanding feat.

The nexus, however, is the 4 more

The Terrifics #3

By: Jeff Lemire, Ivan Reis
Released: Apr 25, 2018

"MEET THE TERRIFICS" part three! When will this superhero team bound by dark multiversal magic ever get any privacy? It certainly won't be today, because while Mr. Terrific feverishly works to free himself from Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl-but mostly Plastic Man-the team must also contend with the towering, rolling death-inferno that is...

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Keola Kent reviewed Batman and the Signal #3 Apr 26, 2018

*Spoiler alert*

"Duke, I am your father."
Really? Nobody used that line yet for this issue?

Note to DC: It doesn't take a mini-series to tell us "metahuman's father isn't really his father and his real father is a mysterious unidentified metahuman."

The big reveal was a dud. Maybe once they've spent some time developing Gnoman as a villain, it would have pack more

Batman and the Signal #3

By: Scott Snyder, Cully Hamner
Released: Apr 25, 2018

As the sun sets, chaos erupts and the Bat-Family jumps into action to help the Signal (a.k.a. Duke Thomas) against the mysterious Gnomon and his minions. While his allies keep the battle going on the streets, Duke must go above and beyond to track down the malicious man who has single-handedly caused the dangerous boom in meta-activity in the Narro...

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Keola Kent added Ms. Marvel (2015) to their pull list Apr 24, 2018

Ms. Marvel (2015)

The internationally-beloved, butt-kicking, smack-talking, most adorable super hero makes her triumphant return. Look out world, Kamala Khan is back and officially an Avenger! Yup, the dream to end all dreams has happened for Kamala. She's toe to toe with the best of the best, but will being one of Earth's mightiest heros be everything she imagined?...

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Keola Kent reviewed Ms. Marvel #29 Apr 24, 2018

Ms. Marvel always delivers, but even with that standard this is an exceptional issue. The miracle of G. Willow Wilson's writing is that there is absolutely no distinction between the superhero and the person. Not only is Kamala so very much the same person whether in costume or not, in every way the pacing, strength, action, thoughtfulness, interest, tension, and every other emotional note weave more

Ms. Marvel #29

By: G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon
Released: Apr 18, 2018

•  Everyone's favorite ex-pat - and Kamala's best friend - is back from his studies in Wakanda!
•  But what does this mean for the budding romance between MS. MARVEL and the RED DAGGER?!
•  And is the new mean girl at actual super villain?!
Rated T

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Keola Kent reviewed Future Quest Presents #9 Apr 22, 2018

Because it's still rated T for Teen, I'll give this issue a benefit of the doubt and assume the arc isn't simply "Dorno learns not to be reckless".
I've anticipated this issue because the Birdman story was compelling while the Mightor story was dull.
I wish there were more background on why it's always robots that invade Amzot. (Other than killing them produces no blood or guts or gore.) more

Future Quest Presents #9

By: Rob Williams, Aaron Lopresti
Released: Apr 18, 2018

Be careful what you wish for! Young Dorno of the Herculoids clan wants to make his own way in the world, free of Zandor and Tara, his parents. But when that world is the planet Amzot, and a strange sentient being named Animan wants it for his own, Dorno may grow up too fast!

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Keola Kent reviewed Super Sons #15 Apr 22, 2018

The only thing I don't like about Super Sons is that Midtown Comics and others alphabetize it after Superman even though there's a space between Super and Sons, so it should precede Superman alphabetically.
Theirs is a perfect pairing. Damian mitigates Jon's goody-two-shoes persona while highlighting his best qualities. Jon gives Damian plenty of room for the entertaining good-natured curmudg more

Super Sons #15

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Carlo Barberi
Released: Apr 18, 2018

"End of Innocence" Part One! Robin and Superboy have been to hell and back again, but this time their friendship must stand the ultimate test: the Amazo Project! Kid Amazo returns as the pieces of this deadly plan fall into place and reveal a secret that might tear apart Damian and Jon's growing friendship.

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Keola Kent added The Terrifics to their pull list Apr 22, 2018

The Terrifics

Bound together by fate, united by the spirit of exploration and hope for tomorrow, the Terrifics are bound from the Dark Multiverse of Metal! When Mr. Terrific, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Phantom Girl find themselves literally bound together by a tragic accident, our team of unlikely allies must rely on one another to make their way back home. But...

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Keola Kent reviewed Titans #22 Apr 20, 2018

Pride goeth before a fall, Batman. Ha! Once in a while it's good for the greatest detective to be reminded that he is not infallible.
I'm still bothered by the premise that the League could just walk in and say, Go home, you can't be a team anymore. The whole point of this title is supposed to be that these aren't teens anymore and they're not sidekicks.
I am enjoying the Brotherhood, more

Titans #22

By: Dan Abnett, Paul Pelletier
Released: Apr 11, 2018

"Titans Apart" part three! As Arsenal follows the trail of a conspiracy that no one else can see, he finds himself at the mercy of Cheshire, who's both a deadly assassin and his ex! Only Donna Troy takes Roy at his word, but she's trapped in the Watchtower... and must escape to save the man she loves!

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Keola Kent added Titans (2016) to their pull list Apr 20, 2018

Titans (2016)

After an old ally returns to the team, the Titans set their sights on a dangerous enemy with the power to change reality itself! But the Titans have never faced a threat this massive before, and with so much on the line, will they be able to stand united as a team? Or will their past mistakes be their undoing?

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Keola Kent added New Superman to their pull list Apr 20, 2018

New Superman

"MADE IN CHINA" Chapter One: An impulsive act of heroism thrusts an arrogant young man into the limelight of Shanghai as China begins to form its own Justice League of powerful heroes. Rising from the ashes of The Final Days of Superman, award-winning writer Gene Luen Yang and on-the-rise art star Victor Bogdanovic introduce readers to Kong Kenan-t...

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Keola Kent added Flash (2016) to their pull list Apr 20, 2018

Flash (2016)

A new storm brews over Central City and disproves the old adage about lightning never, know. Just as Barry begins to feel overwhelmed fighting crime, a new speedster debuts-but just where did this amazing new friend come from?
FLASH FACT: "2016 is the 60th anniversary of Barry Allen becoming ...

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Keola Kent added Detective Comics (2016) to their pull list Apr 20, 2018

Detective Comics (2016)

An unknown predator begins outdoing Batman, taking down dangerous threats with military precision. Its up to the Dark Knight and series costar Batwoman to rally and train the young heroes of Gotham City to end this mysterious threat!WHAT NOW: Batman and Batwoman begin training Spoiler, Red Robin and Cassandra Cain...

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Keola Kent added Super Sons to their pull list Apr 20, 2018

Super Sons

"When I grow up" part one! The sons of Batman and Superman have graduated to their own monthly comic-but if they want to survive, they're going to have to share it! Writer Peter J. Tomasi (BATMAN & ROBIN, SUPERMAN) teams with rising-star artist Jorge Jimenez (EARTH 2) to bring you the adventures of the World's Smallest. This debut issue looks at th...

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Keola Kent added Justice League (2016) to their pull list Apr 20, 2018

Justice League (2016)

The oceans rise. The earth quakes. And an ancient power rises to reclaim not just the world, but the universe itself-and not even the combined might of the Justice League can stop it. An all-new era begins with this epic by comic book legend Bryan Hitch (JLA, The Ultimates) and master storyteller Tony S. Dan...

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Keola Kent added Future Quest Presents to their pull list Apr 20, 2018

Future Quest Presents

After the thrilling events of FUTURE QUEST, a new age of adventure begins! First up, Space Ghost and his young wards Jan and Jace team up with the Herculoids to rebuild the mighty Space Force. Will they rise again to become defenders of the galaxy? Or is there something lurking in the shadows ready to stop them for good?

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Keola Kent added Batman (2016) to their pull list Apr 20, 2018

Batman (2016)

"I AM GOTHAM" chapter one
No one has ever stopped the Caped Crusader. Not The Joker. Not Two-Face. Not even the entire Justice League. But how does Batman confront a new hero who wants to save the city from the Dark Knight?
CAN'T MISS: Superstar artist David Finch returns to Batman alongside writer Tom King for this five-part storyline.

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Keola Kent added Action Comics (2016) to their pull list Apr 20, 2018

Action Comics (2016)

PATH TO DOOM Chapter One
Superman returns to Metropolis just in time to meet the city of tomorrows newest protector: Lex Luthor. But its not long before these dueling titans meet someone unexpected the new Clark Kent! DONT MISS: ACTION COMICS returns to its original numbering with this issue! NOW SHIPPING TWICE MONTHLY!

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Keola Kent reviewed Superman #45 Apr 18, 2018

A well-written solid feel-good issue. A bit overboard on the fatherly advice, but not maudlin like the lamentable feel-good #39.

Superman #45

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Released: Apr 18, 2018

"BOYZARRO RE-DEATH" finale! The challenge of the Bizarroverse continues as the Super Foes battle the Legion of Fun! As Superman and Son return to Hamilton for a quick recharge, they learn what the little town truly meant to them-and what they meant to the locals of the town.

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Keola Kent reviewed Batman #45 Apr 18, 2018

Everyone loves a dystopia. Not. It gives me no thrill to see a Dick Grayson with an A rating from the NRA. I liked Booster in the recent -- very recent -- Krypton story. But a little Booster goes a long way and this is simply too soon to bring him back. It also seemed like the humor was forced. It was a stand-up monologue by a rather desperate comic. [Did you see what I did there?]
Someone el more

Batman #45

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Apr 18, 2018

"THE TRAVELERS" part one! Booster Gold has come to Gotham City, and he's enlisting Batman and Catwoman to go on a time-traveling mission to rescue...Booster Gold! It seems a younger Booster Gold has gone back in time to kidnap an even younger version of himself, and to rescue his own past, Booster must pursue both of his previous incarnations throu...

Keola Kent reviewed The Jetsons #6 Apr 15, 2018

A promising concept has a disapointing ending. The culmination of the series feels rushed. The resolution was fairly predictable and compared to the drama of George's heroic action the Deus ex machina was a bland too-easy close.

The Jetsons #6

By: Jimmy Palmiotti, Pier Brito
Released: Apr 4, 2018

It's the end of the world! Or is it something more that no one could foresee? George Jetson makes the ultimate sacrifice for his family and for the planet Earth. Jane and the kids see something they never expected to see happening before their eyes!

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The pace of this issue was good, something that's been uneventful in the past. The writing is strong and the art compelling. The excellence of both is reflected in my readily setting aside the fundamental question of whether the nature of these Hanna Barbera animal characters actually justfy using them to tell such a depressing story.

Exit Stage Left: The Snagglepuss Chronicles #4

By: Mark Russell, Mike Feehan
Released: Apr 4, 2018

As trouble brews at home and the government builds its case against him, disaster looms for Snagglepuss, while Huckleberry Hound falls in love. But both life and love take unexpected turns, and we are all helpless in their wake.

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Keola Kent reviewed Batman #44 Apr 15, 2018

I almost think I shouldn't rate this issue until I see what follows. But if, as I expect, it's a stand-alone, I have to praise its originality. The "Bat and Cat through the Ages" was so engagingly creative. Given that their engagement also inspired really thoughtful and interesting things in the Super-friends arc, I have to say that however it turns out for these two it's been good for the readers more

Batman #44

By: Tom King, Mikel Janin
Released: Apr 4, 2018

"SOMETHING BLUE"! Follow Batman and Catwoman on two separate but parallel paths as their wedding planning kicks into high gear. Selina picks out her dress, and Bruce starts to make arrangements for their new life together-but this being Gotham City, and they being Batman and Catwoman, you can bet that nothing will go as expected!

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My high rating may be influenced by my overall interest in this amazing and weird combination of Outlaws. I was relieved that there's real movement on Bizarro's situation which was beginning to stagnate. The last page lifted the whole issue up a notch with brilliant setups for next issue.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #21

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

Looking to make his mark on Gotham City's crowded underworld, Red Hood infiltrates the Iceberg Lounge in an attempt to further annoy the Penguin. But it might be the Penguin who gets the drop on Red Hood this time. Plus, the truth about Bizarro's condition finally comes out-and the consequences could be catastrophic for Artemis!

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Keola Kent reviewed Flash #44 Apr 15, 2018

Some of those rating points are for Grodd, because I'm a Grodd fan. I would have preferred the Gorilla City contingent to get more to do.
The letter to Iris was very well done, both for the text and for what it portends.
I am hoping that some serious time will be given to an Iris and the Wallys arc.
I'm too through with the 25th century. Reverse, Negative, or Upside Down Flash, they more

Flash #44

By: Joshua Williamson, Carmine Giandomenico
Released: Apr 11, 2018

"PERFECT STORM" part six! Grodd rains lightning down on Central City to burn it to the ground. The Flash is as fast as a bolt of lightning, but is he as fast as a thousand?

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Keola Kent reviewed Superman #44 Apr 15, 2018

Everything about this arc has been confusing: the plot, the dialogue, the art, ...
And then, on top of that, they stoop to the most desperate device there is to convince readers that this is powerful or meaningful or serious. They destroy a planet. It was pathetic when the ST franchise did it, and it's pathetic here (and yes I get the literary reference to Kal-El rocketing away from Krypton). more

Superman #44

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Released: Apr 4, 2018

"BOYZARRO RE-DEATH" part three! Gathered together from the cosmic recesses of the universe are the most powerful forces of bad ever assembled! Now the Super Foes face the Legion of Fun-and the only heroes who dare to stand against this intergalactic threat of the Bizarroverse are Superman and son!

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