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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Justice League #29 Aug 8, 2019
5.0

This issue doubles down on in-series continuity going back to the beginning of this run with Starro knockoff "Jarro" and a blatant ripoff of Marvel's Infinity War with seven forces being hel together in a relic that will allow the Multiverse to change forever. Layer in the Justice League versus the Legion of Doom and you pretty much have the story.

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Justice League #29

By: Scott Snyder, Bruno Redondo
Released: Aug 7, 2019

Does a Starro dream of an electric Justice League? Sensing the danger to come, Jarro fears for his newfound friends. He ponders each one and their potential fate to decide whether he should mentally block them from going forward into what could be certain destruction...the coming war with the Legion of Doom!

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Br'er Lapin - Aug 9, 2019

I am pretty sure the idea of mystical objects will date back the the oldest of literature, but I gave some pretty recent examples that are well known.

Br'er Lapin - Aug 9, 2019

Also, yes the gems were introduced over time starting with 1972, but as far as I know they weren't clearly defined as to what they would do when all gathered until the Infinity Gauntlet was introduced.

AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Harley Quinn #64 Aug 8, 2019
8.5

While Harley Quinn holds a bedside vigil for her mother, who is hospitalized with cancer, Sam Humphries takes the readers on a romp through the DC Universe (both stories and the streaming service) while giving voice to the (valid) criticisms of DC's recent continuity -- Year of the Villain, Tom King's portrayal of Bane and Event Leviathan, among others. The art is appropriately light-hearted, and more

Harley Quinn #64

By: Sam Humphries, Otto Schmidt
Released: Aug 7, 2019

Harley's tried everything to avoid Lex Luthor and his stupid "Offer"-she's destroyed half a dozen of Lex's drones, she's changed her name, her cell phone number-she even faked her own death! Why won't this bald, pasty-faced weirdo take no for an answer? Harley Quinn takes on the crossover event of the summer in this comic-within-a-comic take on "DC...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Batman #76 Aug 7, 2019
6.0

I jumped on in the mid-60's, and this qualifies as the first Batman by King that I've read that was halfway decent.

I note that being on the desert on a horse with no name over the previous issues, ending up in a brutal Batman v. Batman throw-down with one Batman emerging, meant absolutely nothing. All those songs, all those Russian storybooks read to us over and over and over...nothin more

Batman #76

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Aug 7, 2019

"City of Bane" continues! Bane has taken over Gotham City, and Batman is nowhere to be found. At least, not a Batman anyone recognizes. Flashpoint Batman is now patrolling the city, dispensing a violent brand of justice and taking out rogue villains who haven't yet signed on with Bane. It's all building to a rebellion among the bad guys who don't w...

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7.0

A good book, perhaps a great book, but a lot to swallow in one sitting. I'll need to read this a few more times to fully digest everything that Snyder explicitly and implicitly packed in.

Capullo's art is quite good.

On a silly note, I wish the Joker lantern head had more awful jokes to break up the tension. Small point, but it was a useful narrative tool. Always good more

Batman: Last Knight on Earth #2

By: Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo
Released: Jul 31, 2019

The world has been destroyed, and Batman is on a quest to find out who's responsible. But when villains from his past begin to complicate things for the Dark Knight, he finds an unlikely ally in a place known as "the Plains of Solitude."

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6.0

A decent Swamp Thing story, laying out exactly why he should be in a solo book and not shoe-horned into JLD. Swampy as a member of the Justice League -- even this magic-based spinoff -- is entirely out of character.

While we're at it, maybe Tynion can go write that book and put his narration-overload style to better use than having incredibly exciting characters literally sitting aro more

Justice League Dark Annual #1

By: James Tynion IV, Guillem March
Released: Jul 31, 2019

Swamp Thing takes center stage in this one-of-a-kind story that will change the Green forever! After the fall of the Parliament of Trees, the Parliament of Flowers and its new guardian have risen. It's now up to Alec Holland to convince him to become a benevolent protector of the world, but little does he know, a foe from his past, the Floronic Man...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Wonder Woman #75 Aug 2, 2019
6.5

I swear, someone sat Wilson down and had the Come To Jesus Talk with her.

"Willow, this Mayberry stuff has to end."

Because it ended just like that, and the past couple issues have been trying to get back to the noble warrior thing that makes WW unique, cool and fun.

My concern is that what we're seeing is peak Wilson...and the book still isn't what it could be. more

Wonder Woman #75

By: C. Willow Wilson, Xermanico
Released: Jul 24, 2019

At last, after years of exile: Wonder Woman returns to Themyscira! But in the wake of Ares' escape from his prison, the island is no longer the paradise she remembers... and the Amazons are no longer a united people! Disaster has forced Hippolyta's warriors to choose a deadly new ally, and Wonder Woman is powerless to convince them to turn back to ...

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YourGreenMuse reviewed Flash #75 Jul 28, 2019
5.0

The first two chapters of this issue were the usual Barry Allen fare. Just really boring. The third chapter with Captain Cold was pretty interesting though. I liked seeing a Suicide Squad that wasn't just the garbage movie version. And Captain Cold is just plainly more interesting than Barry Allen could ever be.

Flash #75

By: Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter
Released: Jul 24, 2019

"The Flash Year One" finale! This oversize anniversary issue marks the end of Barry Allen's journey to become the Flash-but at what cost? The Turtle's final play will challenge our hero in every way possible, and by the end of the battle, a Flash will be born-and a Flash will die! Also in this issue, witness Lex Luthor's offer to Captain Cold, whos...

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nec reviewed Flash #75 Jul 25, 2019
7.0

The problem with this entire run is that it’s always ok. Never great, never bad just ok. That’s how I describe this issue just ok

Flash #75

By: Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter
Released: Jul 24, 2019

"The Flash Year One" finale! This oversize anniversary issue marks the end of Barry Allen's journey to become the Flash-but at what cost? The Turtle's final play will challenge our hero in every way possible, and by the end of the battle, a Flash will be born-and a Flash will die! Also in this issue, witness Lex Luthor's offer to Captain Cold, whos...

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AdmiralWhiskers - Aug 2, 2019

"Never great, never bad just ok." So why give it a 7?

nec - Aug 2, 2019

I think 5-7 is average. Bad books get 4 and lower and good get 8 great get 9-10. I could’ve given it a 6 but it didn’t deserve lower. It’s a scoring system that I adopted from soccer where you start with a 6 and go up or down from there based on performance.

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Batman Jones reviewed Flash #75 Jul 24, 2019
7.0

It was fine. Nothing special. At all.

Flash #75

By: Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter
Released: Jul 24, 2019

"The Flash Year One" finale! This oversize anniversary issue marks the end of Barry Allen's journey to become the Flash-but at what cost? The Turtle's final play will challenge our hero in every way possible, and by the end of the battle, a Flash will be born-and a Flash will die! Also in this issue, witness Lex Luthor's offer to Captain Cold, whos...

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AdmiralWhiskers - Aug 2, 2019

Why did it warrant a 7 then? Nothing special is more like a 5, no?

AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Flash #75 Aug 2, 2019
5.5

One would hope that the closing stanza of a "Year One" story would result in an epic moment. Spoiler: We didn't get it.

Flash takes on Turtle for the last time (for a while, I presume). Turtle was one of the real interesting elements of the Year One arc, and I was hoping that this issue would firmly position him as Flash's new arch-nemesis in the same vein that Joker is to Batman or more

Flash #75

By: Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter
Released: Jul 24, 2019

"The Flash Year One" finale! This oversize anniversary issue marks the end of Barry Allen's journey to become the Flash-but at what cost? The Turtle's final play will challenge our hero in every way possible, and by the end of the battle, a Flash will be born-and a Flash will die! Also in this issue, witness Lex Luthor's offer to Captain Cold, whos...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Martian Manhunter #7 Aug 2, 2019
6.0

Steve Orlando delivers some actual action and character development in this installment of the 12-issue maxi-series. Riley Rossmo's art is as expected -- trippy, more cartoonish than real.

I can't say as it was my favorite issue, but Orlando deserves credit for using dialogue not just to belabor expository notes but to actually engage in action. DC's books of late are increasingly g more

Martian Manhunter #7

By: Steve Orlando, Riley Rossmo
Released: Jul 24, 2019

J'onn and Diane have had a break in the Ashley Addams case! With a fully armed S.W.A.T. team, they head to a pig farm an infamous human-trafficking cartel calls home. They'll lead a raid to find out the truth about what happened to Ashley ,and J'onn will be forced to use the full spectrum of his Martian abilities on Earth for the first time!

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4.5

Another trip into the world of the most exciting, creative part of our favorite superhero universe...turned incredibly dull and listless by James Tynion IV.

Case in point: Chapter 1, the Dr. Fate origin chapter. This is a scene with actual action, and it's exciting stuff. I'm genuinely excited to see Dr. Fate back in action!! But then, we switch to the present day, and Wonder Woman more

Justice League Dark #13

By: James Tynion IV, Daniel Sampere
Released: Jul 24, 2019

Their battle against Doctor Fate may have come to an end, but the Justice League Dark's problems are just beginning when the helmet begins its search for a new host. Meanwhile, what can Lex Luthor offer a magic user like Circe? For one thing, Lex knows a thing or two about monsters. And where Circe can find them.

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Batman Beyond #34 Jul 29, 2019
6.0

Tons of professional work by Jurgens and Leonardi...but the story isn't grabbing me in any visceral sense.

That said, it's a solidly above average book.

Batman Beyond #34

By: Dan Jurgens, Rick Leonardi
Released: Jul 24, 2019

The strange goings-on in Neo-Gotham continue, and not even Batman is immune. The Dark Knight of Tomorrow needs to stop the Splitt's high-tech heists once and for all, but his opening move will have everyone confused and bewildered. Will Batman save the day...or be the catalyst to lead his city into ruin?

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Batgirl #37 Jul 29, 2019
6.5

Cecil Castelluci takes over the writing with this issue, and she offers a refreshingly fun and genuine Batgirl character in action against a surprisingly upgraded Killer Moth. We're just getting started, but it looks like groundwork is being laid for a nice long run as secondary characters are given a little time to breath and grow.

Art is solid. I especially enjoyed the action scen more

Batgirl #37

By: Cecil Castellucci, Carmine Di Giandomenico
Released: Jul 24, 2019

Eager to prove himself as a guardian for the criminals of Gotham City, Killer Moth has set his sights on taking out one of Gotham's finest heroes...Batgirl! Does this insect menace really stand a chance against Batman's smartest ally? Meanwhile, after their daring escape, the Terrible Trio is on the hunt for new ways to cause trouble for Batgirl. L...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Freedom Fighters #7 Jul 29, 2019
9.0

A fantastic study in what it means to be a normal Joe in the resistance. Plus, only one bean for the little girl. (Hee!)

Venditti is just crushing this book. He's figured out the ebbs and flows of a 12 issue series...hit the high points every few issues, backfill with plot-important lulls. So, so impressed. Few writers have that down.

Plus, there is character-critical d more

Freedom Fighters #7

By: Robert Venditti, Bruno Redondo
Released: Jul 24, 2019

Beaten but not broken after a deadly battle with Cyborg Overman, the Freedom Fighters are on the run once more. But who will take these fugitives from the Gestapo in? The American people, that's who. The citizens of Nazi-occupied America are beginning to believe that resistance is possible, and that the dream of freedom can be reborn anew, thanks t...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Action Comics #1013 Jul 21, 2019
5.5

The sprawling Event Leviathan storyline continues through this book (and becomes intertwined with the company-wide Year of the Villain storyline). Superman has a run-in with an agent of Leviathan, and Perry White is trying to figure out what the heck is going on.

The art is terribly inconsistent. Kudranski doesn't draw a very good Superman (especially the face), but that's OK as Super more

Action Comics #1013

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Szymon Kudranski
Released: Jul 24, 2019

Metropolis is in total lockdown, and while everyone is busy dealing with the impossible threat of Leviathan's complete takeover, a mysterious antihero called Thorn has decided to wreak havoc on the invisible empire! Witness the return of Rose and Thorn, the most dangerous woman in the DC Universe-and if you've never heard of her, it's only because ...

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6.0

Simple, joy-filled, adventure and fantasy. Not much more to say.

Wonder Woman: Come Back To Me #1

By: Amanda Conner, Chad Hardin
Released: Jul 17, 2019

Available to comics shops for the first time! When Steve Trevor is called in for a test flight of an experimental new aircraft, he winds up lost in the Bermuda Triangle-and it's up to Wonder Woman and Etta Candy to follow his trail to a mysterious, savage island! These stories written by Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti with art by Chad Hardin wer...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Teen Titans #32 Jul 21, 2019
7.5

Closing out the 2-issue arc of Crush and her her father Lobo...a story that begins, happens and ends predictably as a two-issue arc against a vastly more powerful opponent would go.

The heroes discover the bad guy, get stomped by the bad guy (end issue 1), regroup/retool, fight the bad guy again and eke out a win. Standard hero book arc.

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Teen Titans #32

By: Adam Glass, Bernard Chang
Released: Jul 17, 2019

Lobo's back-and he's got his daughter, Crush, dead to rights! At least she can ask him about the identity of her mother, right? And as the Teen Titans square off against the Main Man, an enemy more sadistic than any they've ever faced before, questions about the team's future are still hanging in the balance-that is, if they have any future at all!...

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6.0

Fraction clearly has fun playing with the conventions of the Silver Age Jimmy Olsen books, from the ludicrous nature of Olsen's antics to the way in which he compartmentalizes and titles each chapter. Character development is weak, but the story is established: Jimmy's hijinks are selling newspapers, but he's causing so much damage that he needs to get shipped out of Metropolis. Where will this more

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #1

By: Matt Fraction, Steve Lieber
Released: Jul 17, 2019

Jimmy Olsen must die! Wait, we're getting ahead of ourselves. Jimmy Olsen lives! Superman's best friend and Daily Planet photographer Jimmy Olsen tours the bizarre underbelly of the DC Universe in this new miniseries featuring death, destruction, giant turtles and more! It's a centuries-spanning whirlwind of weird that starts in Metropolis and ends...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Pearl #11 Jul 21, 2019
3.5

Bendis is back at it with his "long-form broken into dependent chapters" Pearl. Our lead character is still trying to figure out where she stands, and what is in store for her, with her crime family ties and expectations. Plus, there's a 3 page sidebar talking about the logistics of creating new sex acts for profit.

Truthfully, I don't understand why AT&T/WB/DC printed this. They hav more

Pearl #11

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos
Released: Jul 17, 2019

After a blazing adventure in Kobe, Japan, this modern-day yakuza crime epic wrapped around a romance for the ages from the award-winning creators of Jessica Jones comes back home. Tattoo artist/assassin/yakuza clan leader Pearl Tanaka has confronted her heritage on the same mean streets where her grand-mother was born. Now she comes home to find he...

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Br'er Lapin - Jul 22, 2019

They didn't end Vertigo to be family oriented. They ended Vertigo because it was no longer profitable and DC Black Label is. Black Label is their mature line now.

AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Nightwing #62 Jul 20, 2019
8.0

Four issues into his run as writer of Nightwing, Dan Jurgens has completed the transition and pivoted his entire cast as well as the lead character's outlook.

Ric Grayson knows who he was, doesn't remember anything about it and doesn't care.

The "Nightwings" know that Grayson exists and have no idea of his background. They just know that he's good.

Grayson has a l more

Nightwing #62

By: Dan Jurgens, Ronan Cliquet
Released: Jul 17, 2019

After the epic conclusion to the Burnback saga, it's clear that while he may have forgotten his past, Ric Grayson's innate skills and instincts as a team leader elevate Team Nightwing to a new level. But what does that mean for the Blüdhaven PD, and what does that mean for a man who is looking to live a life without the baggage of his past to ...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Justice League #28 Jul 20, 2019
2.5

This JL issue finally puts some meat on the bones of this Year of the Villain concept, at least from Lex Luthor's perspective. That in and of itself is appreciated.

James Tynion's writing is so terribly overwrought. He could use half the words and get at least as much meaning out of the book. But his problem isn't unique; most writers should confine themselves to a study hall with a more

Justice League #28

By: James Tynion IV, Javi Fernandez
Released: Jul 17, 2019

The Apex Predator rises! Justice-Doom War is coming! This is the culmination of the Legion of Doom's master plan, and they will take the Justice League to far-out places they may never return from...and do things the DC Universe may never recover from.

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Collapser #1 Jul 20, 2019
1.0

I tried, I really tried.

I read the whole thing. I went back and read selected sections to try to better understand characters, motivations, plot development. It didn't work. We apparently have a young adult who hates his life and his job, retreating into a dream/alternative world to escape his reality. It was just done very, very poorly.

But there were lots of unnec more

Collapser #1

By: Mikey Way, Ilias Kyriazis
Released: Jul 17, 2019

There's a voice in the head of Liam James questioning everything he does-from his job at the nursing home to keeping his relationship with his girlfriend afloat. Liam suffers from anxiety, and the only thing that quiets it is music, which makes a weekly DJ gig his one saving grace. But Liam's life changes forever when he receives a black hole in th...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Batman #75 Jul 19, 2019
5.0

What fresh hell is this?

What relationship does this have to #74? Two Batmen entered, one left. Now one is in the Batcave, the other is wandering around the Himalayas again...while Catwoman just happens to be there. It's as if #74 (and the "home on the range" issue) didn't matter. Were they a dream?

I get King's scene setting with Bane running Gotham, but there is zero re more

Batman #75

By: Tom King, Tony Daniel
Released: Jul 17, 2019

"City of Bane" begins! Bane's minions have moved into Gotham City, taken control and are ruling with an iron fist-including rounding up any villain who refuses to sign onto Bane's program-and Batman is nowhere to be found. At least not the Batman anyone knows. It's like someone has replaced the real Gotham City with a twisted funhouse-mirror versio...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Aquaman #50 Jul 19, 2019
6.5

For a "talker" issue, it's actually quite good. KS Deconnick has a nice way with words and lets conversation flow naturally...without clogging the page with dialogue.

The teased return of Black Manta largely disappoints as it is only the Aquaman installment of the Year of the Villain "offer". It's great to see him, but you know your book isn't going to be an exciting one when your cov more

Aquaman #50

By: Kelly Sue DeConnick, Robson Rocha
Released: Jul 17, 2019

As Aquaman settles the Old Gods of Unspoken Water into their new lives in Amnesty Bay, Jackson Hyde, a.k.a. Aqua-lad, seeks out Aquaman to be his new mentor! Back in Atlantis, Mera makes a move that shocks the Widowhood. Meanwhile, Black Manta, recently kicked out of the Legion of Doom, prepares to make his next move against his greatest nemesis......

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Young Justice #7 Jul 18, 2019
7.0

What was that? Brian Bendis has decided to explore the multiverse with the help of his Young Justice squad. We get Captain Carrot, what looks kinda like Earth-2 and some awful manga-inspired Earth before landing at the "absolute worst one" -- a cliffhanger.

Art is light and fun. Dialogue is even lighter and, at times, even more fun. It's a young reader book, and as such it clears th more

Young Justice #7

By: Brian Michael Bendis, John Timms
Released: Jul 10, 2019

Young Justice-lost in the Multiverse! After the explosive conclusion to their Gemworld adventure, the team is having a tough time finding their way back to their Earth. No, we can't tell you where they end up, but rest assured, you will be surprised! But as exciting as all that is, we have bigger problems to deal with as Tim Drake is about to do so...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Wonder Woman #74 Jul 18, 2019
7.0

Wow! What a revelation! I had heard that something new and great was finally happening with Wonder Woman, and now I get it.

We've left Mayberry and moved to Dimension Chi for an epic fight with what appears to be a possessed Empress Hippolyta. That ended, the trio of WW, waitress Maggie and the formerly annoying Atlantiades reunite with the Amazons in a bid to retake their home.

Wonder Woman #74

By: G. Willow Wilson, Jesus Merino
Released: Jul 10, 2019

Wonder Woman's journey through the broken realm has reached its end-but who waits for her there? And what exactly created this place between dimensions in the first place? The answer will shock Diana, and provide the missing piece of a puzzle that's defined her entire life!

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Wonder Twins #6 Jul 18, 2019
4.5

I get that it was renewed for a new "season," but we can rejoice that this ending gives us a brief respite from this book. Its only redeeming element is that the author knew how to wrap up a story arc with a bow.

Put this book at the bottom of the pile and don't regret not reading it.

Wonder Twins #6

By: Mark Russell, Stephen Byrne
Released: Jul 10, 2019

The Scrambler has given the world one month to fix everything-or else suffer "The Great Scramble," a dastardly plot that would swap the consciousnesses of everyone on the planet. As the scramble before the scramble commences, the Wonder Twins must team up with the Justice League to put a stop to the Scrambler's plan! But an unexpected twist puts Ja...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Flash #74 Jul 18, 2019
6.0

My initial resistance to this Year One arc is wearing down, as the point of the story is growing clearer to me. Rather than being a quick study in time travel, it's a chance to reset the Flash's villain hierarchy. Whereas the Flash has had his Rogues Gallery over the years, now they are superceded by the Turtle. It's a cute counterpoint -- the jackrabbit Flash and the lumbering Turtle -- so I g more

Flash #74

By: Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter
Released: Jul 10, 2019

"The Flash Year One" continues! The Turtle has made his grand entrance, and it's about to bring down the house! As an untested hero with the mastery of his abilities still in its infancy, Barry Allen will face the toughest challenge of his life to defend Central City from the invading forces of those who seek its destruction. Our hero is faced with...

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AdmiralWhiskers reviewed Superman #13 Jul 18, 2019
5.5

First off, I get that the variant cover is supposed to be of Lois Lane...but it looks more like a cheesecake cover of Cosmo. Not unappreciated on this end, but not Lois Lane either.

Next, I note that Bendis has a thing for two-page spreads in his books -- much more than other writers in their books. While the imagery is powerful, I can't help but think that it's a shortcut mechanism f more

Superman #13

By: Brian Michael Bendis, Joe Prado
Released: Jul 10, 2019

Superman, intergalactic hero! A major chapter in the galaxy-spanning "Unity Saga" begins as Superman reluctantly takes the lead in a quest for peace bigger than he has ever tried before. It's Superman, Superboy, Supergirl and a cast of thousands in a fight to keep the universe intact. But it's this issue's final page that will have fans everywhere ...

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