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Joined: Mar 06, 2019 About Me: BJJ Purple Belt. Comic Book Pundit. Storyteller. Father and Husband. I talk about stuff. Call me Sal.

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Brion Salazar reviewed Gamma Flight #1 Jun 23, 2021
3.0

The best part of this book is the Lenin Francis-Lu cover.

Gamma Flight #1

By: Al Ewing, Lan Medina
Released: Jun 23, 2021

SPINNING OUT OF IMMORTAL HULK, BRUCE BANNER'S
GAMMA-POWERED ALLIES GO ON THE RUN!
Gamma Flight had one job: Find and stop the Hulk. But when push came to smash, they sided with the Green Goliath-and the human world intends to make them regret it. Puck, Absorbing Man, Titania, Doc Sasquatch, Dr. Charlene McGowan and a horribly changed Rick ...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Shang-Chi #1 May 20, 2021
9.0

Families can be complicated. Expectations, legacies, and sibling relationships can make life feel like you are living under a heavy shadow that is impossible to crawl out from under. Even when your father wasn’t a notorious super-villain and head of an ancient criminal organization. Unfortunately for Shang-Chi, his father was.

Having taken over the mantle as Supreme Leader of the Fiv more

Shang-Chi #1

By: Gene Luen Yang, Dike Ruan
Released: May 19, 2021

SHANG-CHI VS. THE MARVEL UNIVERSE!
Shang-Chi and his family are back! And this time, they're colliding head-to-head with the Marvel Universe's biggest heroes! Shang-Chi has finally taken his place as the leader of the Five Weapons Society. But using an evil secret organization as a force for good won't be easy. And it's about to get a lot harde...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Flash #770 May 18, 2021
7.5

Golden Age Flash during WWII? I’m in.

Jay Garrick is recruited by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to join The Ray and go behind German lines to stop Hitler from recovering the Spear of Destiny. Things go sideways when they run into a unit of Nazi led by a super-power draining villain working for the Furer. Captured, and tortured, Jay is near the end when a blast of lightning interven more

Flash #770

By: Jeremy Adams, Jack Herbert
Released: May 19, 2021

Dropped into the battlefields of World War II, Wally West continues his search for a way home. As the Fastest Man Alive comes face to face with the Führer himself, Wally’s friends in the present day search for a way to bring him back and an answer to why he’s stuck leaping from speedster to speedster throughout time.

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Criminology. - May 19, 2021

Great review, man. Keep up the good work!

Brion Salazar - May 19, 2021

Thank you very much! I will do my best to keep at it.

Brion Salazar reviewed Nightwing #80 May 18, 2021
8.5

Nightwing #80
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: May 19, 2021
Cover Price: $3.99

Dick Grayson is not Batman. Even though his parents were killed by criminals, and he was raised by Bruce Wayne and eventually became the costumed side-kick Robin, the original Boy Wonder has always had something that made him uniquely more

Nightwing #80

By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
Released: May 19, 2021

Dick Grayson’s always had a big heart. From protecting those persecuted by bullies in his youth, to combating evil alongside Batman as Robin, to pledging his newly inherited wealth to enriching Blüdhaven as Nightwing-his kindness and generosity have always guided his life. But now a new villain stalks the back alleys of Blüdhaven, removing the ...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Wonder Girl #1 May 18, 2021
5.0

One of the most common mistakes writer’s make when dealing with female lead characters is in trying to make them tough and independent, trying to show the readers that they don’t need anyone else in their lives, tend to write rather unlikable characters. Yara Flor is no exception.

When we first meet Yara, she is traveling to Brazil for a “Brazilian Heritage” Tour. Attempting to more

Wonder Girl #1

By: Joelle Jones
Released: May 19, 2021

The story of Yara Flor starts here!
Raised in the faroff land of Boise, Idaho, Yara Flor has always felt something was missing from her life-and now she is headed to Brazil to find it. Little does she know her arrival will set off a series of events that will change the world of Wonder Woman forever. Her return has been prophesied, and wit...

Brion Salazar reviewed Project Patron #1 Apr 7, 2021
4.5

A confusing introduction that left me underwhelmed.

At first I was hopeful opening the cover of this book. I was impressed with the art style, a subtle retro look that went well with the classic death of a Super Hero opening. As I dug further into the issue, I was intrigued by the concept. Unfortunately the dialogue was so stiff and unrealistic that I wasn't able to remain interested lo more

Project Patron #1

By: Steve Orlando, Patrick Piazzalunga
Released: Apr 7, 2021

Thirty years ago, the world watched in horror as THE PATRON, a hero sent as humanitarian aid from a different dimension, went punch for punch with WOE, a primordial beast and a perfect match for our mighty protector. In the end, hero and villain alike fell...but the Patron returned - and continues to defend us to this day!
At least, that's what...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Man-Bat #3 Apr 7, 2021
7.0

Clawing at the surface, the monster within Kirk Langstrom is more harmful than the monster on the outside.

Taking a serious look at a character that could easily be written off as a joke, Wielgosz and Kumar have created three terrific issues that balance action, humor, and an examination of what might drive a man to destroy every relationship in his life by turning into a giant bat.

Man-Bat #3

By: Dave Wielgosz, Sumit Kumar
Released: Apr 7, 2021

Kirk Langstrom’s mental state has been deteriorating for years, but in the wake of his violent altercation with the Suicide Squad, he’s found himself on the verge of a complete emotional collapse. Luckily (or unluckily) for Kirk, Dr. Harleen Quinzel is offering pro bono-and entirely unsolicited-psychological counseling. As Harley delves deep in...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Conan the Barbarian #20 Apr 7, 2021
7.5

With might and fury and sharpened steel, doth Conan rage against both the forces of nature and man.

Writer Jim Zub gives us an excellent take on the Cimmerian adventurer in this action-packed issue. I’ve always felt Conan is best when he is not simply portrayed as a muscle-bound brute and Zub does not disappoint giving us a charming and self-reliant Conan that faces both beauty and b more

Conan the Barbarian #20

By: Jim Zub, Cory Smith
Released: Apr 7, 2021

INTO THE WILD!
•  CONAN must escape the Khitai royal guard while stalking through an uncharted land and battling the forces of nature that would see him fall!
•  But is his new comrade MEIWEI everything she seems?
•  And what secrets do HENG THE INSURGENT and his roving bandits hide?

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Brion Salazar reviewed Flash #768 Mar 31, 2021
9.0

Who is the Fastest Man Alive?

Coming off of Future State and Infinite Crisis, we were told that Wally West would be the new Flash while Barry Allen would be off adventuring the Infinite Omniverse. Right away, new scribe Jeremy Adams throws us a classic curveball with an opening that throws that entire storyline into chaos.

I have to admit, I have been waiting for a Flash bo more

Flash #768

By: Jeremy Adams, Darko Lafuente
Released: Mar 31, 2021

The retirement of Wally West begins! After the events spanning from DC Universe: Rebirth to Heroes in Crisis to Dark Nights: Death Metal, the former Kid Flash decides to call it quits. But the current Flash needs his former partner now more than ever. As fallout from Infinite Frontier hits the Flash, Barry Allen and Wally West must confront the pas...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Shadecraft #1 Mar 31, 2021
6.5

If you are a fan of CW sows, this might be worth checking out.

We are quickly introduced to Zadie Liu, a teenage girl that is dealing with a lot of typical high-schooler problems of insecurity and feeling like an outsider, she is also forced to experience the tragedy of having her older brother lying comatose in a hospital bed while her family hopes he will one day return to them. Add more

Shadecraft #1

By: Joe Henderson, Lee Garbett
Released: Mar 31, 2021

Zadie Lu is afraid of her own shadow. She's a teenager, so she REALLY should have grown out of it by now, right? But something weird is happening in her small town. Zadie could swear the shadows are coming to life. Watching her. Trying to KILL her. But how do you fight something you can't even touch? And how does all of this tie into her FAMILY, of...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Beta Ray Bill #1 Mar 31, 2021
8.0

At first glance Daniel Warren Johnson’s art might come off as amateurish, or even childish. And I suppose it is childish, in the very best way.

His inky blacks and scribbled linework offer a kinetic energy that explodes off the page. While some may think his style is more suited to independent comics, I for one am thrilled whenever he works on mainstream titles.

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Beta Ray Bill #1

By: Daniel Warren Johnson
Released: Mar 31, 2021

FROM THE PAGES OF DONNY CATES' THOR AND SPINNING OUT OF THE EVENTS OF KING IN BLACK!
The second-most famous wielder of Mjolnir. The right-hand man to the god of Thunder. And now, a warrior without his best weapon. Beta Ray Bill is tired of playing second fiddle to Thor - and with Bill's famous hammer, Stormbreaker, recently destroyed at the new...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Strange Adventures #9 Mar 31, 2021
7.5

King shows us the complexities of war and the justifications people make to inflict horror on another peoples. This book, like much of King's work is confusing when taken a chapter at a time. He slowly peels back the layers of his thesis, only revealing enough to keep us entertained and yet, still guessing.

I am intrigued watching him show more and more of Alanna's character (or lack more

Strange Adventures #9

By: Tom King, Mitch Gerads
Released: Mar 31, 2021

The Pykkts are attacking Earth. As the only warrior in all the cosmos to ever defeat them, Adam Strange leads the planet’s mightiest heroes in all-out war! The only thing is, evidence is mounting that Adam’s victory on Rann may not have been everything he says it was. There is time unaccounted for, circumstances left unexplained. Even Batman ha...

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6.0

The relative success of a book like Batman and the Outsiders relies on the cast of characters brought together under the watchful eye of a paternal Batman, more than the plot which brings them together. This latest incarnation is no different, trusting that the cast of Signal, Orphan, Katana, and Black Lightning will interest readers enough to bring them back month after month.

Spinnin more

Batman and the Outsiders #1

By: Bryan Hill, Dexter Soy
Released: May 8, 2019

When the quest for justice drives Batman into some morally ambiguous areas, he calls in the most moral man he knows: Jefferson Pierce, a.k.a. Black Lightning, and his team of operatives known as the Outsiders!
Several years ago Batman personally put the Barrera family into hiding after they suffered through terrible experiments at the hands of ...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Eve Stranger #1 May 9, 2019
9.0

If you think you have a tough job, imagine you wake up in a strange hotel room, a gun on the bed, an address in Florida, absolutely no memory of your past, and a message telling you that you’re going to die if you don’t pay attention - only to have to do it all again next week.

A terrific concept executed with style, Eve Stranger #1 is an impressive debut issue from David Barnett a more

Eve Stranger #1

By: David Barnett, Philip Bond
Released: May 8, 2019

You have unlimited funds, a jet-set lifestyle, and extraordinary abilities. And your bloodstream is filled with nano bombs. The contents of a syringe will deactivate them for a week and also wipe your memory. So what happens when you develop a sneaking suspicion that you're actually working for the bad guys? EVE STRANGER, amnesiac-for-hire.
Hig...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Excellence #1 May 9, 2019
6.5

In the afterward of Excellence #1, writer Brandon Thomas admits that this is a very personal story for him. Some of the events in this book are real to his life. Writing from personal experiences gives an author the ability to draw from a deep emotional well and ground fictional stories with real feelings. Sometimes however, that emotional well is too deep, too dark, and too difficult to climb out more

Excellence #1

By: Brandon Thomas, Khary Randolph
Released: May 8, 2019

Spencer Dales was born into a world of magic. His father belongs to the Aegis, a secret society of black magicians ordered by their unseen masters to better the lives of others-those with greater potential-but never themselves.
Now it's time for Spencer to follow in his father's footsteps, but all he sees is a broken system in need of someone w...

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dannymalt - May 10, 2019

Good review. Especially agree with your 2nd last paragraph.

Brion Salazar reviewed Fairlady #1 Apr 12, 2019
6.0

A buddy-cop movie set in a Fantasy landscape, Fairlady #1 bends some familiar tropes into a dull adventure story that is more commoner than countess.

The War of The Harshland is over and having served her country, even though they didn’t want her because she is a woman, Jenner Fauld has returned home to become the first FairLady, a licensed investigator; A profession formerly held onl more

Fairlady #1

By: Brian Schirmer, Claudia Balboni
Released: Apr 10, 2019

SERIES PREMIERE

Every fantasy epic ends with a war. But what happens when the war is over?

After posing as a man to join the army, Jenner Faulds returns home to The Feld for a new start as a "Fairman"-a specially licensed private investigator. But sexism didn't end on the battlefield, and as the only "Fairlady," Jenner gets stuck...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Faithless #1 Apr 12, 2019
7.5

Erotic and suggestive, with a modern tone and the essence of a epic tragedy, Faithless #1 is a dark and sensual tale that teases us into wanting more.

Meet Faith, a unsatisfied twenty-something living her average-life filled by a solid group of friends, some light grifting, and a touch of black magic. A serendipitous encounter with the beautiful and enigmatic Poppy offers Faith an escap more

Faithless #1

By: Brian Azzarello, Maria Llovet
Released: Apr 10, 2019

Faith. Sex. The Devil.
Faith likes to dabble with magic. Her friends think it's cute-and not just a little off-putting, but it's part of her charm and her warped search for purpose in a world that makes too much sense. But she's a true believer and knows there is a power within her reach. She's right, of course. It just took a while for that ma...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Symbiote Spider-Man #1 Apr 12, 2019
4.0

A Bronze Age throwback issue that you might want to throw back on the stands.

Marvel is slamming the sentimental switch seriously these days, attempting to give an aging fan base, that might be unsatisfied with their more diverse offerings, a taste of home-cooking.

Peter David, Greg Land, and the Secret Wars era Spidey-suit, swinging through a Manhattan skyline, that still more

Symbiote Spider-Man #1

By: Peter David, Iban Coello
Released: Apr 10, 2019

Everyone knows that Spider-Man's infamous black suit would someday become the wicked web-slinger called Venom - but what happened BEFORE Peter Parker discovered the black suit's sinister secret? Find out in this dynamic tale from comics legends PETER DAVID and GREG LAND!
Set during the original "Black Suit Saga," this is an all-new tale that p...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Major X #1 Apr 6, 2019
5.0

If enormous shoulder pads, gritted teeth, and bulging belt pouches is what you are looking for, Rob Liefeld's Maor X #1 is a cacophony of 90’s nostalgia featuring more extreme characters than you can shake a tiny foot at.

Whenever I review a comic I try and take into consideration what the intent of the creators might be. It is unfair in my opinion to judge an Archie comic in the same more

Major X #1

By: Rob Liefeld
Released: Apr 3, 2019

WHO IS MAJOR X?
•  A mysterious new player enters the Marvel Universe and the X-Men are in his crosshairs!
•  What is his mission and how can the man known as Cable hope to stop him?
•  Writer/artist Rob Liefeld introduces a new wrinkle in the saga of Marvel's Mightiest Mutants!
•...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Bronze Age Boogie #1 Apr 5, 2019
7.0

If you are willing to jump in without testing the water, Bronze Age Boogie is a fun dip into weird waters.

I am not always a fan of strange or weird stories. Some writers of the weird create idiosyncratic tales that are little more than exercises in style with scant dramatic purpose. I find little value in looping plots filled with absurd characters that exist for no other reason than more

Bronze Age Boogie #1

By: Stuart Moore, Alberto Ponticelli
Released: Apr 3, 2019

AHOY Wave Two begins! What do you get when you combine all the best-loved comics genres of the 1970s: apes, monsters, Kung Fu, sword-and-sorcery, and cosmic adventure? You get Bronze Age Boogie, an intense, character-based action-fest with plenty of style! In this collector's item first issue, young barbarian princess Brita Constantin...

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Brion Salazar reviewed War of the Realms #1 Apr 5, 2019
8.0

A solid start to Jason Aaron’s mega-event, War of the Realms should please long-time comic book fans and casual readers alike.

With a tone that would fit seamlessly into the Marvel films, Aaron offers an epic tale that touches all the mystical realms of the World Tree, but focuses on ‘Midgard’; home of Spider-Man, the Punisher, Daredevil, the Avengers and the rest of the company more

War of the Realms #1

By: Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman
Released: Apr 3, 2019

Asgard. Alfheim. Heven. Jotunheim. Muspelheim. Niffleheim. Nidavellir. Svartalfheim. Vanaheim. All of the Ten Realms have fallen to Malekith and his army except one: Midgard. Home to Thor's beloved humans. Home to heroes and gods alike. Now, at last, it burns. And Thor won't even be there to see it.
All hell breaks loose in New York City as Ma...

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7.0

While not the best issue so far from this series, a solid ‘gap’ issue that was necessary to move the story along.

My deep love of everything Jeff Lemire and company has done with the Black Hammerverse is well documented. I have raved about the series inprint and on podcasts,and it is one of the few titles that I will purchase sight-unseen. Even the worst single issues have been ent more

Black Hammer: Age of Doom #9

By: Jeff Lemire, Dean Ormston
Released: Mar 27, 2019

Winner of the Eisner Award for Best New Series! With our heroes trapped in a bizarre new world it will be up to the new Black Hammer to bring them to safety!

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Brion Salazar reviewed Detective Comics #1000 Mar 28, 2019
8.0

Jam-packed with tales from a multitude of talented creators, this anthology is a worthy tribute to 80 years of the World’s Greatest Detective.

I find it difficult to review a book like this. As with any compilation there will be some tales that are better than others. A character like Batman has many interpretations and writers and artists continue to find new ways to tell stories wi more

Detective Comics #1000

By: Peter J. Tomasi, Neal Adams
Released: Mar 27, 2019

After 80 years, it's here-the 1,000th issue of DETECTIVE COMICS, the title that literally defines DC! This 96-page issue is stacked with an unbelievable lineup of talent that will take you on a journey through Batman's past, present and future...plus a sensational epilogue that features the first-ever DC Universe appearance of the deadly Arkham Kni...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Glow #1 Mar 28, 2019
5.0

A disappointment, Glow #1 from IDW features little of the complexity, heart, or dynamics that makes the Netflix show such a success.

With a plot out of a bad 80’s tv show (used unironically here), the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are forced to try to come up with $75 each in just a few days after their grumpy director Sam informs them that they must attend Reseda Wrestlefest in order more

Glow #1

By: Tini Howard, Hannah Templer
Released: Mar 27, 2019

The Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling are ready to take on the world-or at least LA-in this comic based on the hit Netflix series! When the unthinkable happens and the women of GLOW find themselves ahead of schedule, Sam ruins the promise of a wrestling-free weekend with... more wrestling! Robbed of blissful relaxation and forced to raise money to fund ...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Dial H For Hero #1 Mar 28, 2019
7.5

The fourth release of the “Wonder Comics” imprint aimed at teenage readers, curated by Brian Bendis, DIAL H FOR HERO #1 is a solid start with the potential to be special, if it does not fall victim to banality.

The original series began in 1966 in House of Mystery #156 and followed the adventures of teenager Robby Reed. After falling into a cave during a hiking trip, Robby finds the more

Dial H For Hero #1

By: Sam Humphries, Joe Quinones
Released: Mar 27, 2019

Miguel, a teen daredevil, becomes the newest wielder of the Hero Dial-a rotary phone-like device that grants the user superpowers for one hour when they dial H-E-R-O. Will he rise as a new hero in the DC Universe or crumble under the weight of responsibility the dial thrusts upon him? This blistering new six-issue miniseries joins the Wonder Comics...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Criminal #3 Mar 22, 2019
9.0

The finale of the two-part arc “Bad Weekend”, Criminal #3 is another terrific installment from what has become one of the most consistent titles on the shelves. Brubaker and Phillips deliver solid performances with every issue and have built a world full of characters that readers can care for, feel sorry for, and empathize with.

Set ten years before (it’s not a sequel) the “Ba more

Criminal #3

By: Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips
Released: Mar 20, 2019

"THE LONGEST WEEKEND," Part Two-Jacob's weekend taking care of his old mentor takes a turn for the worse.  As always, CRIMINAL contains back page art and articles only found in the single issues.

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6.5

At this point the retelling of a super-heroes origin is as commonplace as variant covers, re-boots, and characters returning from the dead. A retelling of a specific moment or time period is something less customary but that does not guarantee a captivating or entertaining story.

Set in the 1966, four years after a radioactive spider bite transformed teenage Peter Parker into the Friend more

Spider-Man: Life Story #1

By: Chip Zdarsky, Mark Bagley
Released: Mar 20, 2019

In 1962, in AMAZING FANTASY #15, 15-year-old Peter Parker was bitten by a radioactive spider and became the Amazing Spider-Man! Fifty-seven years have passed in the real world since that event - so what would have happened if the same amount of time passed for Peter as well?
A special high-end limited series that's a part of the celebration of ...

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Brion Salazar reviewed Invisible Kingdom #1 Mar 22, 2019
5.0

Marking the return of former Vertigo editor Karen Berger to comic book publishing under the “Berger Comics” line at Dark Horse, I was maybe expecting too much from this first offering.

G. Willow Wilson and Christian Ward have attempted to create a lush and complicated sci-fi saga revolving around two very different characters whose lives are connected through the tendrils of a inter more

Invisible Kingdom #1

By: G. Willow Wilson, Christian Ward
Released: Mar 20, 2019

    Set in a in a far-flung star system, this new epic sci-fi monthly saga tells the tale of two women-a young religious acolyte and a hard-bitten freighter pilot-who separately uncover a vast conspiracy between the leader of the system's dominant religion and the mega-corporation that controls society. On the run from reprisals...

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SloboSOY reviewed Invisible Kingdom #1 Mar 22, 2019
5.5

Ok maybe it's because I'm french, but I don't understand much of it.
We have not much clues about this new univers and so the cliffhanger don't work at all on me.
I even don't find this book interesting enough to try to make more effort.

Cover - Nice and related. 2/2
Story - Well, it's a very bumpy ride that kick me out. In case it's only me I will not be mean about that. more

Invisible Kingdom #1

By: G. Willow Wilson, Christian Ward
Released: Mar 20, 2019

    Set in a in a far-flung star system, this new epic sci-fi monthly saga tells the tale of two women-a young religious acolyte and a hard-bitten freighter pilot-who separately uncover a vast conspiracy between the leader of the system's dominant religion and the mega-corporation that controls society. On the run from reprisals...

7.0

Billed as an origin story for The Grim Knight, this issue missed an opportunity to delve into the psyche of an alternate universe Bruce Wayne to try and explain what events might create a Batman who breaks the “rule” by gleefully killing the criminals of Gotham. What we ended up with is a rather pedestrian, although skewed, retelling of the classic Batman origin tale. It gives us little insigh more

The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1

By: Scott Snyder, Eduardo Risso
Released: Mar 13, 2019

Ripped from Batman's greatest nightmares, the Grim Knight is his world's most dangerous vigilante, unafraid to use any weapon and go to any lengths to stop those whom he deems worthy of death. Trained with the finest arsenal Wayne money can buy, learn the secret origin of the second-deadliest Batman, hand selected by the Batman Who Laughs to bring ...

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TheImageIsStrong - Mar 24, 2019

It's a one shot unfortunately. Wish it would be a 6 or 12 issue run, it will though be revealed in issue 4 of The Batman To Laugh issue 4 is what it said at the end. Can't wait.

Darkseid24 - Mar 26, 2019

Agreed, but the Grim Knight is in The Batman Who Laughs.

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