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DarePool53 reviewed I Am Batman #1 Sep 17, 2021
1.0

No, you are not.

I Am Batman #1

By: John Ridley, Olivier Coipel
Released: Sep 15, 2021

In the throes of Future State, the streets of Gotham City cry for justice and Jace Fox answers the call! With a new and improved Bat-Suit, Jace hits the streets to inspire and protect…as he follows the trail of the voice of misinformation and violence-the anarchistic Anti-Oracle! Can the new Dark Knight counterbalance their plan to inspire armed ...

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Abrakadabra reviewed Wonder Woman #779 Sep 14, 2021
1.0

Omg that was just pathetic. Another social commentary. I know ww is not as popular as Clark or Bruce. But that crap is most definitely not gonna help

Wonder Woman #779

By: Jordie Bellaire, Paulina Ganucheau
Released: Sep 15, 2021

All good things must end! Janus’s murderous rampage through the Multiverse leads Diana and her allies to a place in between worlds where Wonder Woman will come face to face with her darkest fear…a future without her in it! Plus, in our tale set years ago, Princess Diana's quest for truth comes to a thrilling conclusion!

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Bats20832 reviewed I Am Batman #1 Sep 15, 2021
1.0

"Who does the driver remind me of?"

The "mask" that Jace Fox really wears has nothing to do with Batman. The "mask" that Jace Fox wears is one of pretending to be an honest and sincere person, who is an unpunished killer. A self-loathing hit-and-run killer wearing a Batman costume gets his own comic series as "I Am Batman." As he states in "I Am Batman," "If you can fake sincerity, you more

I Am Batman #1

By: John Ridley, Olivier Coipel
Released: Sep 15, 2021

In the throes of Future State, the streets of Gotham City cry for justice and Jace Fox answers the call! With a new and improved Bat-Suit, Jace hits the streets to inspire and protect…as he follows the trail of the voice of misinformation and violence-the anarchistic Anti-Oracle! Can the new Dark Knight counterbalance their plan to inspire armed ...

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Mingthemerciless - Sep 18, 2021

Great observations Bats. We ve gone over the various reason why Ridleys character isn't going over. The sales speak for themselves..with every Tim Fox book (including trades) the first few issues do well them they drop out of the too 50. By contrast every other bat bat centric book remains in the top 50. As we ve discussed Tim Fox is a poorly conceived character who's stories and mission are not appealing to the audience that buys the bat books. That may change with better writing and art.

Mingthemerciless - Sep 18, 2021

But as of right now Tim Fox appears to be "Batman" by DC edict alone. The fans arent buying it.

Merlyn reviewed I Am Batman #1 Sep 14, 2021
1.5

Wow, this one was bad. I mean, I expected that but I thought since they brought Coipel, Ridley would try something better but nope. Let's just see some lines here.

"He can't see behind my mask. Or that I've appropriated a mask he helped create" YES, Ridley, thank you. This coming just after talking about sincerity is incredibly ironic but I loved it. At least deep down he knows he's doi more

I Am Batman #1

By: John Ridley, Olivier Coipel
Released: Sep 15, 2021

In the throes of Future State, the streets of Gotham City cry for justice and Jace Fox answers the call! With a new and improved Bat-Suit, Jace hits the streets to inspire and protect…as he follows the trail of the voice of misinformation and violence-the anarchistic Anti-Oracle! Can the new Dark Knight counterbalance their plan to inspire armed ...

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Toonstrack - Sep 18, 2021

Oh I investigated lmao. You aren't fooling anyone. Well... you're fooling some folks clearly. Haunting mind... I like the sound of that. I'll be stealing jt

fenixalasnegras - Sep 18, 2021

And on a note ,Toonstrack , there are people who have occupations, maybe you don't understand that the world revolves beyond comics. You know, school, work, friends. If you look out the window, you will see a real world outside, where normal people live and engage in various activities.

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Dc Fan of Sorts rated Rorschach #12 Sep 14, 2021
1.0

Rorschach #12

By: Tom King, Jorge Forns
Released: Sep 15, 2021

The end to the mystery is here! It’s been a long road to get here, and there have been a lot of dead bodies along the way, but the detective is very near closing the case. All the disparate threads lead back to the crime itself, to the assassination attempt that claimed the lives of the would-be assassins. Find out how it all went wrong for the c...

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Merlyn reviewed Rorschach #12 Sep 14, 2021
1.5

So this was all a big power fantasy from King where he murders a Trump-like character and he spits even more on the conservatives. Pretty sure he could've done that in less than 12 issues but a narcissist like him, who yet again inserted himself in the comic through the self-insert character and in art (Fornes drew him in a panel), wouldn't have been satisfied with just a mini-series, his ego need more

Rorschach #12

By: Tom King, Jorge Forns
Released: Sep 15, 2021

The end to the mystery is here! It’s been a long road to get here, and there have been a lot of dead bodies along the way, but the detective is very near closing the case. All the disparate threads lead back to the crime itself, to the assassination attempt that claimed the lives of the would-be assassins. Find out how it all went wrong for the c...

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Hex - Sep 16, 2021

He's starting to get really mad about people calling him out for being a narrow minded bigot. But in regards to the actual issue, King is pretty heavy handed here, I can't say this was my favorite series, nor do I really care for the continuation of the Watchmen universe (not trying to be some elitist Watchman fan or anything). It was interesting but unnecessary.

Merlyn - Sep 17, 2021

Oh look the loser and coward who has me blocked and thinks it's fair for me to let him comment in my reviews. No, I don't think so.

Merlyn reviewed Black Manta #1 Sep 7, 2021
4.0

Ok so this is clearly a Milestone book since all of the action revolves around black people (the only white people are the villains, of course) and DC should label it as such. I've seen this in the Aquaman anniversary, all of a sudden Black Manta grows a conscience and starts to fight for the people because of course the ruthless mass murderer is now a man of the people since he's black. Race-bait more

Black Manta #1

By: Chuck Brown, Valentine De Landro
Released: Sep 8, 2021

Following his appearance in the Aquaman 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular, the scourge of the seas now gets his own series. Black Manta is chasing a rare metal with incredible powers, and he’s not the only one who wants to get his hands on it, friend and foe alike! Torrid is a former ally who has escaped hell (literally!) to answer the ...

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dirtysexygeeky - Sep 16, 2021

Just because a character is black doesn’t mean they are a milestone character. That’s like saying only white characters can be from the Dc universe. Black Manta has always been from DC comics … who are you? haha lol

Merlyn - Sep 17, 2021

Yeah, you're right. Only difference is ALL the characters here except the pirates aka the villains were black. That's not the same thing. That's happening more in a Milestone book. You can pretend that's not happening here but it is.

Merlyn reviewed Batman '89 #2 Sep 14, 2021
3.5

I've heard that Sam Hamm had a different vision for the Batman '89 movie and that he couldn't get through with it because of all the people that were working on the movie then. Well I say to those people "congrats, you've done a great job". If this guy were to go all the way with it those movies wouldn't have got the cult following they did. I feel like he suffers from a severe case of white guilt more

Batman '89 #2

By: Sam Hamm, Joe Quinones
Released: Sep 15, 2021

A showdown in Burnside leaves both Batman and the Gotham borough reeling. As the community rallies together behind Harvey Dent, can Bruce find a way forward for both Batman and the city?

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Mingthemerciless - Sep 15, 2021

Tim Burton was at the top of his game then. Michael Keaton surprised everyone with how he delivered the role. Gotham looked and felt like a city out of time and created a great mood. Nicholson's energy. AND Jack Palance. It's clear the talent bringing the story to the screen added what Hamm lacked. I'm hoping the series lifts as I'm not reading current continuity or anything FutureFear State so this is my Batman fix but Hamm seems to going into one-note territory already.

Merlyn - Sep 16, 2021

Yeah, I'm grateful for all of those people because if Hamm would have had his way I doubt this movie would have had any real success. And it was a milestone in the Batman movie territory so yeah, thank God for Burton and everyone else who kept him in check.

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Existentialman reviewed Rorschach #12 Sep 16, 2021
1.0

If this comic is trying to be a kind of Rorschach test what I see is a writer who had nothing to say, but wrote about it anyway.

Rorschach #12

By: Tom King, Jorge Forns
Released: Sep 15, 2021

The end to the mystery is here! It’s been a long road to get here, and there have been a lot of dead bodies along the way, but the detective is very near closing the case. All the disparate threads lead back to the crime itself, to the assassination attempt that claimed the lives of the would-be assassins. Find out how it all went wrong for the c...

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9.0

Batman Vol. 4: The War Of Jokes & Riddles

By: Tom King, Clay Mann

The Riddler and The Joker are at war! As the battle rages, the villains of Gotham City are forced to choose side or be caught in the crossfire. As the conflict spreads to every corner of Gotham City, Batman battles back both side's forces, and an unlikely criminal becomes the key to a potential resolution... but is the price of peace too high? Coll...

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Merlyn rated Power Rangers #11 Sep 16, 2021
7.5

Power Rangers #11

By: Ryan Parrott, Francesco Mortarino
Released: Sep 15, 2021

Will the Omega Rangers be able to enlist the last Emissary to help to defeat the Empyreals?

The Omega Rangers attempt to question the enigmatic Yellow Emissary, who may know the secret of the Empyreals undoing.

But even if they can convince the Yellow Emissary to help, it may be too late if Drakkon isn't on the same page...
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4.0

Fantastic Four: Life Story #4

By: Mark Russell, Sean Izaakse
Released: Sep 15, 2021

Against the backdrop of the freewheeling 1990s, Ben Grimm reflects on love and loss as the Fantastic Four prepare to do battle against Galactus.

Rated T

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Merlyn reviewed Extreme Carnage: Agony #1 Sep 15, 2021
5.5

I don't think the twist is very solid if I check previous issues.

Extreme Carnage: Agony #1

By: Alyssa Wong, Fran Galan
Released: Sep 15, 2021

ENTER: AGONY! As the odds (and symbiotes!) stack against our heroes, is there any way they can win against Carnage?

Rated T+

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Merlyn reviewed Fantastic Four #35 Sep 15, 2021
8.0

I loved this! Both stories are great. Slott's dialogue still suffers but I still liked it even if I'm not a fan of Romita's art. Waid's was somehow even better.

Fantastic Four #35

By: Dan Slott, John Romita
Released: Sep 15, 2021

A TITANIC 60TH ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!
The entire Kang bloodline is out to destroy every era of the Fantastic Four! How can Reed, Sue, Ben and Johnny hope to survive simultaneous attacks across their lifetimes by Rama Tut, the Scarlet Centurion, Kang the Conqueror and Kang's final descendant, the sinister Scion?! Join the FF and some special surpris...

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Merlyn reviewed Kang the Conqueror #2 Sep 15, 2021
9.5

Even better than the first and the art is again very good!

Kang the Conqueror #2

By: Collin Kelly, Carlos Magno
Released: Sep 15, 2021

A young, rebellious and idealistic Kang finds himself in Ancient Egypt, where an older version of himself is ruling with an iron fist as the pharaoh Rama-Tut. When the Moon Knight draws young Kang into a battle against his future self, tragedy strikes. But will it knock Nathaniel off the course of his destiny or lock him into one path forever?
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PalancasLocas rated I Am Batman #1 Sep 14, 2021
4.5

I Am Batman #1

By: John Ridley, Olivier Coipel
Released: Sep 15, 2021

In the throes of Future State, the streets of Gotham City cry for justice and Jace Fox answers the call! With a new and improved Bat-Suit, Jace hits the streets to inspire and protect…as he follows the trail of the voice of misinformation and violence-the anarchistic Anti-Oracle! Can the new Dark Knight counterbalance their plan to inspire armed ...

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Alex reviewed I Am Batman #1 Sep 14, 2021
1.0

This character is so completely unbearable, he could never live up to the REAL BATAMAN, BRUCE WAYNE, not even the weakest robin. Insist on this DC guy and we'll see if he doesn't blow up in your face.

I Am Batman #1

By: John Ridley, Olivier Coipel
Released: Sep 15, 2021

In the throes of Future State, the streets of Gotham City cry for justice and Jace Fox answers the call! With a new and improved Bat-Suit, Jace hits the streets to inspire and protect…as he follows the trail of the voice of misinformation and violence-the anarchistic Anti-Oracle! Can the new Dark Knight counterbalance their plan to inspire armed ...

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DVE - Sep 16, 2021

Yeah nothing reactionary about this

Merlyn reviewed Iron Man #12 Sep 15, 2021
5.5

I'm sorry but I don't see the purpose of this story other than (yet again) Stark is a jerk just for the hell of it. Avro-X dies meaningless. The art is decent but I really want CAFU back. And it seems like Cantwell took a hint with the songs in comics from King and that's not a compliment. I know the story is about to get big but the road there is tedious to say the least.

Iron Man #12

By: Christopher Cantwell, Angel Unzueta
Released: Sep 15, 2021

Iron Man is a long way from Earth. He now stands on the decks of Galactus' worldship, Taa II, in deep space, and though he doesn't have to face the World-Eater himself this time around, he certainly has to deal with the ship's most brutal and lethal defenses. If he manages to survive those, it's only a matter of moments before Tony Stark will have ...

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Dc Fan of Sorts - Sep 15, 2021

I've argued that Cantwell is writing this book like King's Batman and it's showing more and more that Cantwell wants to be Tom King

Merlyn reviewed X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #2 Sep 15, 2021
7.0

This isn't a bad book per se but it's just X-Factor in disguise as a Trial of Magneto series. Half the issue is about the X-Factor characters, a book that otherwise was pretty bad, and they add absolutely nothing to the main story. Half the issue is just pointless.

X-Men: The Trial of Magneto #2

By: Leah Williams, Lucas Werneck
Released: Sep 15, 2021

HABEAS CORPSES!
•  Heroes of the Marvel Universe came to Krakoa for a memorial. Now they've got a fight.
•  Magneto pushes Krakoa and the Council to the brink!
•  Also... there's something wrong with the body...

Rated T+

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Merlyn reviewed Eternals: Thanos Rises #1 Sep 15, 2021
7.5

I liked the art more than I thought I would, I didn't like that they changed the Eternals personas to fit the current day era and that Thanos was not in this issue at all.

Eternals: Thanos Rises #1

By: Kieron Gillen, Dustin Weaver
Released: Sep 15, 2021

• Eternals are created, not born. They have families, but their families make no new children.
•  It's simply not what Eternals do.  
•  Some of them thought they could find a way to change that and believed it would be for the best.
•  They were terribly, terribly wrong.

Rated T+

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fenixalasnegras rated Black Widow #11 Sep 15, 2021
6.5

Black Widow #11

By: Kelly Thompson, Rafael de Latorre
Released: Sep 15, 2021

FRIEND OR FOE?
With Apogee in her rear view, Natasha pushes forward with her plans to become the hero San Francisco needs. When an old source sends Natasha and her team looking for a mysterious pair known only as THE TWINS, the Black Widow has to confront the fact that Apogee may not be as behind them as she'd hoped. But are the Twins friends ...

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Merlyn - Sep 15, 2021

I've dropped this series, I feel like Kelly doesn't have a story and they changed the artist who was very good.

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fenixalasnegras reviewed I Am Batman #1 Sep 15, 2021
1.0

This character is still a bad impostor with a great bet to fail, no matter how much magic they want or skills that come out of nowhere, this is not a bat and much less Batman, just a crutch to satisfy a few who are not even aware of the publisher .

I Am Batman #1

By: John Ridley, Olivier Coipel
Released: Sep 15, 2021

In the throes of Future State, the streets of Gotham City cry for justice and Jace Fox answers the call! With a new and improved Bat-Suit, Jace hits the streets to inspire and protect…as he follows the trail of the voice of misinformation and violence-the anarchistic Anti-Oracle! Can the new Dark Knight counterbalance their plan to inspire armed ...

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fenixalasnegras - Sep 17, 2021

Maybe Williams can do something about Batman, sometimes he does interesting things, other times he writes very youthful. Pfff I think that next year, if not before I will close the DC chapter due to so much mediocrity.

Mingthemerciless - Sep 17, 2021

Yeah I'm Williamson can lift the book and give the readers some decent stories. Tamaki and Ridley arent delivering.

9.5

Red Hood and the Outlaws Vol. 1: Dark Trinity

By: Scott Lobdell, Dexter Soy

Jason Todd, a.k.a. Red Hood, has been many things - a Robin, the Red Hood, even dead! Now he's back, and he's embracing his bad side! With his new status as a villain, Red Hood plans to take down Gotham City's underworld from the inside. Joined by a fallen Amazon named Artemis and a half-baked Superman clone named Bizarro, this dark trinity is abou...

Merlyn rated Venom Vol. 1: Rex Sep 14, 2021
9.5

Venom Vol. 1: Rex

By: Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman

An ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York. With it, something equally evil has been awakened in that most wicked of web-slingers: Venom! The symbiote may still be a Lethal Protector of innocents in New York, but this never-before-seen threat could possibly force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear - i...

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9.0

Dark Nights: Metal Dark Knights Rising

By: Joshua Williamson, Carmine DiGiandomenico

The Red Death. The Devastator. The Merciless. The Murder Machine. The Drowned. The Dawnbreaker. And the Batman Who Laughs. These evil Batmen-twisted mirror images of the Dark Knight-have been unleashed upon Earth-0 and the Justice League with only one thing on their minds: total devastation. How can the World's Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadl...

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Merlyn reviewed Pennyworth #2 Sep 14, 2021
3.5

It's an art to be this boring in so many, many, many, many words.

Pennyworth #2

By: Scott Bryan Wilson, Juan Gedeon
Released: Sep 15, 2021

More MI6 adventures for the star of TV’s Pennyworth! While investigating the possibility of nuclear weapons in a Soviet military base near the arctic circle on behalf of MI6, Alfred and Shirley find the real danger is something they never expected: a human science experiment gone terrifyingly wrong! Meanwhile, in the present, Alfred tries to figu...

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Merlyn reviewed Superman and the Authority #3 Sep 14, 2021
6.0

Janin's art is great but other than that, I have nothing. At least Morrison admits Superman is being replaced.

Superman and the Authority #3

By: Grant Morrison, Travel Foreman
Released: Sep 15, 2021

Superman put the Authority back together, but why? What threat is out there that only this group can contend with? The Ultra-Humanite, of course! This fearsome foe is forming a team of his own, one designed to go fist-to-fist with the Authority. It will be their baptism in battle to prove if Superman is right that regardless of who we are, there is...

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Merlyn reviewed Batman: Urban Legends #7 Sep 14, 2021
7.0

I didn't expect to like this, but I did. 7.5 for the Batman Beyond story, 6.5 for the Damian story (that last page killed it for me, it was better until then), 6.5 for the the third one and 7.5 for the last one.

Batman: Urban Legends #7

By: Collin Kelly, Max Dunbar
Released: Sep 15, 2021

The legend of Batman only begins with Bruce Wayne! For centuries to come different people will take up the mantle of Batman and defend the times they’re living in from all forms of villainy. See four of the finest Bats the future may offer! • In Neo-Gotham, Bruce Wayne lies murdered in the Batcave. Terry McGinnis-Bruce Wayne’s final protég...

Merlyn reviewed Titans United #1 Sep 14, 2021
6.5

I didn't feel this. I liked that Red Hood had his guns (even though the cover originally showed him with his guns too and then DC chickened out and replaced them with swords just as they did on the RHATO #50 cover) but apart from that the way he was written reverted him back to a place he hasn't been in some time. Nightwing isn't very compelling either, in fact none of the characters, other than B more

Titans United #1

By: Cavan Scott, Jos Lus
Released: Sep 15, 2021

The Titans face their greatest challenge-their own powers! Nightwing, Donna Troy, Superboy, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy, and Red Hood kick off a thrilling new case that will lead one of their own to question not only their place on the team, but their very existence.

Merlyn reviewed The Joker #7 Sep 14, 2021
7.0

I'm starting to have flashbacks to the Joker War storyline where it seems like Tynion doesn't know how to continue the story and he's just stalling for time. I really, really hope I'm wrong but we're at the half of it and we have so very few answers.

The Joker #7

By: Sam Johns, Sweeney Boo
Released: Sep 15, 2021

Très bien-the Joker visits Paris! Gordon must get to Joker ahead of the Sampsons, but has the Clown Prince set an ambush for his pursuers? Plus, Barbara fights for her life after her introduction to the new Talon! Punchline backup: The search for Kelly Ness-Punchline’s former friend who is also in Blackgate Penitentiary-begins.

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TSMack - Sep 16, 2021

I decided not to pick this one up. It's become a slow crawl, & DC is price gouging its customers at $6. It's just not worth it anymore.

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