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Lal reviewed Batman: Beyond the White Knight #4 Jun 30, 2022
5.0

The book is really butchering Dick Grayson. He's so out of character and nerfed and so far there's no real explanation for this behavior. This, combined with the very disturbing origin story Powers got last issue, are good reasons to drop the book.

Batman: Beyond the White Knight #4

By: Sean Murphy
Released: Jun 29, 2022

The hunt continues as Bruce Wayne searches for the most dangerous offspring in Neo-Gotham, the daughter of The Joker! Little does he know the new Batman is right behind him, waiting for just the right moment to strike and put an end to the older generation of heroes in the city. All seems to be going according to plan for Derek Powers, as his true ...

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Lal rated Batman: The Knight #6 Jun 21, 2022
8.5

Batman: The Knight #6

By: Chip Zdarsky, Carmine Di Giandomenico
Released: Jun 22, 2022

Bruce Wayne's difficult journey to become Batman continues as he travels to Northern Canada seeking a mastery of weapons and marksmanship from a legendary hunter. Bruce's companion, however, will reveal a lethal secret that could jeopardize the entire mission...  

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8.5

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #4

By: Mark Waid, Dan Mora
Released: Jun 22, 2022

As Robin and Supergirl race to retrieve the secrets of the Devil Nezha from ancient China, Batman and Superman get more than they bargained for in the present! To save humanity from the fires of the demon, the World's Finest must go toe-to-toe with the protector of Sector 2814...Hal Jordan.

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Lal reviewed Nightwing #93 Jun 21, 2022
8.5

Overall, it's still a pretty decent issue, but the two major problems of the run - the pacing and Nightwing not being competent and constantly needing others help, continues here.
For example, Nightwing cleaned statues and made breakfast, showing again that he's a really nice guy, while Oracle created the database that identified the bad guys and made it public in order to expose the police more

Nightwing #93

By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
Released: Jun 22, 2022

Battle for Blüdhaven's heart! After uncovering that Blockbuster isn't who he says he is-in fact, he's much worse-Nightwing, Babs, and Blüdhaven mayor Melinda Zucco battle to expose Blockbuster's...malpractices. With Blockbuster controlling more of the criminal underground than Nightwing ever thought possible, can Dick Grayson help stop him before...

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Lal reviewed DC Pride: Tim Drake Special #1 Jun 14, 2022
5.0

Just.. Meh. Instead of a meaningful coming-out story exploring Tim, we got mediocre writing.
The story doesn't show us why Tim even likes Bernard or the two of them dating. We don't see Tim actually come out to his family on-panel.
The story just avoided every single meaningful milestone or story that could have been explored.

DC Pride: Tim Drake Special #1

By: Meghan Fitzmartin, Belen Ortega
Released: Jun 15, 2022

The breakout story from Batman: Urban Legends collected in one volume for the very first time, in time for Pride Month! Tim Drake's search for a missing friend kidnapped by the villains known as the Chaos Monsters leads Tim to realize his identity as a bisexual man. Collecting the Tim Drake stories from Batman: Urban Legends #4-6 and 10, with a bra...

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Lal reviewed Batgirls #7 Jun 14, 2022
8.0

Much better than previous issues.

Batgirls #7

By: Becky Cloonan, Robbi Rodriguez
Released: Jun 15, 2022

With the Batgirls' damaged reputation still on the line and repairs on the Clock Tower well under way, Babs just might have finally found the key to their redemption. Meanwhile, serial killer the Hill Ripper is still on the loose! The girls receive their first major break in the case from an unlikely source-unfortunately for them, the main suspect ...

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Lal reviewed Superman: Son of Kal-El #12 Jun 14, 2022
5.0

Too many things didn't work in this issue.
It was recently confirmed that Luthor knows that Bruce is Batman and Dick is Nightwing. Luthor actually killed Dick Grayson before, so him suddenly acting like he doesn't know, or being so easily outsmarted with the listening device just didn't work well. Jon didn't really do anything notable except for coming up with a very weird plan to spy on Lut more

Superman: Son of Kal-El #12

By: Tom Taylor, Cian Tormey
Released: Jun 15, 2022

Lex Luthor and President Bendix have joined forces to unleash the Gamorra Corps on Superman...and put a stop to the first son of the Last Son of Krypton once and for all. But a new hero has joined the fight...and he's going to use that tin-can suit like a chew toy if Luthor isn't careful. Welcome back, Krypto. Who's a good boy?

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Lal rated DC Pride: 2022 #1 Jun 7, 2022
7.0

DC Pride: 2022 #1

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Released: Jun 8, 2022

DC's 2022 celebration kicks off with more stories, more characters, and more pride than ever before! This anthology features 13 all-new stories spotlighting LGBTQIA+ fan-favorites new and old including Superman (Jon Kent), Nubia, Tim Drake, Kid Quick, Aquaman (Jackson Hyde), Green Lantern (Jo Mullein), Alysia Yeoh, the Ray, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy...

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Lal reviewed Dark Crisis #1 Jun 6, 2022
8.0

The idea is pretty good, and the art is great, but way too many pages were wasted on Jon trying to recruit a new destined-to-fail JL instead of things actually happening.
It's also completely unclear why Nightwing is playing at being a PE teacher instead of leading a new group of heroes to defend earth (the weird explanation in the "Road to dark crisis" didn't really answer the question, as more

Dark Crisis #1

By: Joshua Williamson, Daniel Sampere
Released: Jun 8, 2022

Crisis on Infinite Earths. Infinite Crisis. Final Crisis. And now...Dark Crisis! The epic event years in the making is finally here! Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and the rest of the Justice League are dead. The remaining heroes are left to protect the world from an onslaught of violent attacks by DC's greatest villains! Can the legacy heroes ste...

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Lal rated Shadow War: Omega #1 May 31, 2022
8.0

Shadow War: Omega #1

By: Joshua Williamson, Stephen Segovia
Released: Jun 1, 2022

THE SHADOW WAR’S EPIC CONCLUSION! The shocking finale of the Shadow War! Lives have been lost. Heroes and villains have fallen in battle. And now the real mastermind behind the Shadow War has been revealed. But they are far from done! Batman and Robin are all that’s left to put a stop to their real plans. Can the father-and-son duo work togethe...

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6.0

The Jon and Dick story was good, and the Flash story was okay, but the next three stories were quite bad.
Overall, not worth the cover price.

Justice League: Road to Dark Crisis #1

By: Joshua Williamson, Dan Jurgens
Released: Jun 1, 2022

Written by Joshua Williamson, Jeremy Adams, Brandon Thomas, Chuck Brown, Stephanie Phillips and Phillip Kennedy Johnson Art by Clayton Henry, Fico Ossio, Emanuela Lupacchino, Leila Del Duca and more The Justice League has tragically fallen in battle, and now we see the aftermath. How does the world react to the Justice League being gone? Which hero...

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Lal reviewed Batman: Beyond the White Knight #3 May 25, 2022
1.0

The book emphesizing that the main antagonist is Jewish and then portraying him using antisemitic stereotypes is troubling, to say the least.

Batman: Beyond the White Knight #3

By: Sean Murphy
Released: May 25, 2022

The future of Gotham is coming to destroy its past! Batman...murderer? After discovering Bruce Wayne facilitated the murder of his father, Terry goes on the hunt, ready to unleash as Batman Beyond. The clock is ticking for Bruce in more ways than one after Harley Quinn's daughter goes missing. And if she takes after her father, the fate of the city...

Lal reviewed Deathstroke Inc. #9 May 24, 2022
7.0

It was okay, but I feel like the Deathstoke issues in this crossover are quite skippable. This issue mostly just set the stage for the Robin issue, and while some things progressed, it seems like the event could have easily included fewer books.

Deathstroke Inc. #9

By: Joshua Williamson, Paolo Pantalena
Released: May 25, 2022

A tragic death sends the Shadow War into overdrive, and Batman and Robin must solve the mystery before more blood is shed! Meanwhile, Deathstroke regroups with the Secret Society to plan an attack on Talia and the League of Shadows. If Talia wanted a war, she's going to get a war!

Lal reviewed Robin #14 May 24, 2022
8.5

Overall a good issue. My main problem is that Batman really can't claim to be the world's greatest detective after failing to figure out who the fake Deathstoke was (readers figured it out several issues ago), but overall the fights and the pacing of this book were good.

Robin #14

By: Joshua Williamson, Roger Cruz
Released: May 25, 2022

FIGHT! Batman Inc. versus the League of Shadows versus the Secret Society! Deathstroke versus Talia...and only one will walk away from the fight alive! Robin knows the truth behind Ra's al Ghul's death and races to stop the Shadow War!

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Batmanaholic - May 26, 2022

See this noon made me realize I'm a Batman fan and not really a dc fan. Because I have no fucking clue who the fuck that guy is lol and I own a lot of comic book. But basically no dc outside of Batman or justice league lol. So the reveal to me was a big "ummmmm ok who the fuck is that and why do I care"

Lal reviewed Task Force Z #8 May 24, 2022
4.0

I'm not a fan of books going out of their way to prop the lead character by making established characters around them look and act like fools, and that's exactly what we got here.
In this issue, the batfamily are all relegated to be lesser than Jason. Jason is smarter than Oracle, Batman, Nightwing, and Tim. He is also able to fight Cass, Nightwing, and Tim simultaneously and still claims he more

Task Force Z #8

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Eddy Barrows
Released: May 25, 2022

All-new team! Same old problems! After losing everything, Task Force Z has finally discovered who their real enemy is. Jason and his team are on the run, underpowered, and outgunned. But everyone knew this was really just a Suicide Squad when they signed up, right? One way or another, they are going to finish this. Only one thing stands in their wa...

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Lal reviewed DC vs. Vampires: Hunters #1 May 24, 2022
6.5

The story fell short of expectations, and it was mostly because it completely downplayed Dick's and Damian's bond.
These two characters have a lot of history and are probably the closest amongst the Robins. Damian just plain hating Dick or saying he never looked up to him pretty much destroys what could be an emotional or compelling story of Damian having to kill a brother or even a semi-fat more

DC vs. Vampires: Hunters #1

By: Matthew Rosenberg, Neil Googe
Released: May 25, 2022

A blood-soaked one-shot tale of vampire violence! The Son of Batman, after years of training to be an assassin, is on a path toward utter destruction of the vampire race... Enter Damian Wayne: vampire hunter!

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Bats20832 - May 24, 2022

James Tynion got his last story in with Matt Rosenberg having to deal with the fallout. But the only legitimate part of the story, I believe, is that Damian Wayne would have no hesitation about killing Grayson after Grayson murdered Damian's father.

Lal rated Batman: The Knight #5 May 17, 2022
9.0

Batman: The Knight #5

By: Chip Zdarsky, Carmine Di Giandomenico
Released: May 18, 2022

Young Bruce Wayne's global journey to become the Dark Knight continues as he finds himself deep in the heart of Moscow searching for Avery Oblonsky, the world's foremost expert in disguise and espionage! Finding this phantom will prove more difficult than expected, but is Bruce willing to die trying?

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Lal reviewed Shadow War: War Zone #1 May 17, 2022
5.0

It's a mixed bag, but overall the quality of most of the stories wasn't great. The Black Canary story was pretty good, but Talia's story was mediocre, and the Clownhunter and Harley stories were pretty bad. Clownhunter becoming a master ninja in no time didn't make much sense, and the Harley story tried to convince the readers she would be an asset to any team and completely failed. Overall, a ski more

Shadow War: War Zone #1

By: Ed Brisson, Michael Bowden
Released: May 18, 2022

Written by Joshua Williamson, Ed Brisson, Stephanie Phillips and Nadia Shammas Art by Trevor Hairsine, Ann Maulina, Mike Bowden and Others A special issue that showcases the spread and impact of the Shadow War on the DCU! Talia al Ghul has put out a hit on anyone who has ever worked with Deathstroke-and that includes Black Canary! Where has Luke Fo...

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9.0

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #3

By: Mark Waid, Dan Mora
Released: May 18, 2022

Great Scott! It's a twisted time-travel tale of titanic tenure! In an attempt to get to the bottom of the mystery of the demon, Robin the Boy Wonder and the Supergirl of Krypton venture back in time to China circa 1600 B.C.-running headfirst into the ancient superheroes known as the House of Ji! Meanwhile, Superman and Batman are losing a race agai...

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Lal reviewed Nightwing #92 May 17, 2022
8.5

I still enjoy this series, but we really need more plot progression and focus on Nightwing as a competent hero and detective, rather than just the nicest guy in the world.
It's fun seeing Nightwing's connections with other heroes, but I hope future issues will refocus on Nightwing and reestablish his competence and abilities that are currently a bit neglected.

Nightwing #92

By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
Released: May 18, 2022

Blüdhaven mayor Melinda Zucco is in trouble-pretending to work for Blockbuster while secretly trying to take him and his gang of criminals down, while also working alongside Dick Grayson to uplift the city. But as his half sister sharing the last name of the man who killed his parents, it's...a lot to juggle, and enough for one to accidentally let...

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Lal rated Superman: Son of Kal-El #11 May 10, 2022
8.5

Superman: Son of Kal-El #11

By: Tom Taylor, Cian Tormey
Released: May 11, 2022

Jonathan Kent has faced many challenges in his life as both Superman and a Super Son, but what will the first son of the Last Son of Krypton do in the face of...metahuman bombs? Jon faces a deadly decision and Lex Luthor's alliance with President Bendix deepens in this penultimate chapter of The Rising Saga!

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Lal rated Batgirls #6 May 10, 2022
5.5

Batgirls #6

By: Becky Cloonan, Jorge Corona
Released: May 11, 2022

With Babs kidnapped and tied down by Spellbinder, the Batgirls have to navigate through Tutor's operations without an Oracle. Can Babs escape Spellbinder's hypnosis before he's done painting her to add to his collection of other drawings of beautiful young women?

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Lal rated Robin #13 Apr 26, 2022
8.0

Robin #13

By: Joshua Williamson, Roger Cruz
Released: Apr 27, 2022

Robin and Ravager have caught up with Deathstroke and Respawn! Can they convince Deathstroke to turn himself in...or fight to the death? And what startling revelation does Robin learn that shocks this story to its core? Plus, Batman goes deep into the conspiracy behind Ra's al Ghul's death and discovers it's bigger than he thought. He must call in ...

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Lal rated Deathstroke Inc. #8 Apr 26, 2022
7.0

Deathstroke Inc. #8

By: Joshua Williamson, Paolo Pantalena
Released: Apr 27, 2022

Deathstroke and Respawn are on the run! Deathstroke Inc. has been destroyed, and his villain associates killed by the Demon's Shadow! Deathstroke must explain to Batman why he killed Ra's al Ghul...but first he must survive the hundreds of deadly killers coming for him!

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Lal rated Justice League #75 Apr 26, 2022
7.0

Justice League #75

By: Joshua Williamson, Rafael Sandoval
Released: Apr 27, 2022

Oversize special issue! Superstar writer Joshua Williamson pens the beginning of the next big DCU event! It all starts here! A new Dark Army made up of the DCU's greatest villains has formed on the edges of the Multiverse! The DCU's best and most powerful heroes are pulled together in an epic war to push the darkness back! But in the end, they are ...

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Lal rated Detective Comics #1059 Apr 26, 2022
6.0

Detective Comics #1059

By: Mariko Tamaki, Ivan Reis
Released: Apr 27, 2022

Riddle me this...when is a criminal not a criminal? The answer awaits you in the start of a brand-new Detective Comics story arc from writer Mariko Tamaki, guest co-writer Nadia Shammas, and legendary artist Ivan Reis! The Riddler is back in Gotham City in a big way, becoming a media personality and using his newfound influence to wreak havoc on th...

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Lal rated Dark Knights of Steel #6 Apr 26, 2022
8.0

Dark Knights of Steel #6

By: Tom Taylor, Yasmin Putri
Released: Apr 27, 2022

Kingdoms are divided. Monarchs have fallen. Families have been torn apart. The Kingdom of Storms, the Amazons, and the Els are on the brink of all-out war. Can Constantine, Lois Lane, and Harley Quinn stop what's coming? Or is the prophecy correct? Do Superman and his family have to die to save the world?

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5.0

Batman: Beyond the White Knight #2

By: Sean Murphy
Released: Apr 27, 2022

The humble beginnings of Terry McGinnis are revealed as Bruce Wayne becomes Gotham’s most wanted man! With the GTO on the case, does Captain Dick Grayson have what it takes to bring down his old mentor? It’s father versus son in the next chapter of this fan-favorite series! Plus, an unexpected ally from Bruce’s past could hold the key to savi...

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9.5

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #2

By: Mark Waid, Dan Mora
Released: Apr 20, 2022

The Man of Steel and the Dark Knight have arrived at the compound of Niles Caulder-the Chief in charge of that strange band of misfits known as the Doom Patrol-but all is not as it seems. While Batman works with Niles to cure Superman of his freakish transformations, a side mission to track a mysterious figure known as "the Demon" attracts the Dark...

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Lal reviewed Nightwing #91 Apr 19, 2022
8.5

It was a fun issue, but I hope we'll get a more plot-driven issue next month, as well as Redondo's art back.

Nightwing #91

By: Tom Taylor, Bruno Redondo
Released: Apr 20, 2022

Trying to save a city that's even more beyond saving than Gotham is no small task, and even someone like Nightwing needs a day off to relax with his best friend and to recharge-but when your best friend is Wally West, a.k.a. the Flash, a "recharge" might not end up being so relaxing!

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