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Hydro-Man reviewed Spider-Man #11 Aug 16, 2023
9.0

Miles Morales is Miles Morales.
Peter Parker is Spider-Man.
Bailey Briggs is Impulse.

Spider-Man #11

By: Dan Slott, Luciano Vecchio
Released: Aug 16, 2023

(RE)INTRODUCING - SPIDER-BOY!
The battle to save the Spider-Verse may be over, but spinning out of the restored Web of Life and Destiny returns the spectacular SPIDER-BOY, Peter Parker's stupendous sidekick! Wait, that can't be right - who IS this Spider-Boy, and what is his connection to the Amazing Spider-Man?!
Rated T

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Hydro-Man reviewed Detective Comics #1073 Jul 2, 2023
3.0

We’re on a road to nowhere… This storyline has been going on for a year and there’s no end in sight. Does this book have an editor?

And poor Ivan Reis. One of the best artists DC has and he keeps getting shit assignments. What a waste.

Detective Comics #1073

By: Ram V, Ivan Reis
Released: Jun 28, 2023

Where there's a will, there's a way. And for Bruce, that will is Batman...because myths don't bleed, right? Well, Batman, with the last ounce of strength he has, will have to test that theory out with the Orghams as he fights through Prince Arzen's three powerful protectors to find out. Hope is not all lost, though, as Jim Gordon and Sorrow rush th...

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Hydro-Man reviewed Ultimate Invasion #1 Jun 22, 2023
8.0

Not great but good. Let’s see if Hickman can stick to the landing of an Ultimate Universe as if it were created in 2023.

I would happily pay $10 for a Jonathan Hickman comic before I pay $4 for a Vita Ayala comic.

Ultimate Invasion #1

By: Jonathan Hickman, Bryan Hitch
Released: Jun 21, 2023

THE TRANSFORMATION OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE BEGINS!
Superstar creators Jonathan Hickman and Bryan Hitch team up! The Illuminati must form once again to stop the Maker from his plans to destroy - or perhaps rebuild - the universe, with Miles Morales at the center of it all! Bryan's work on THE ULTIMATES helped redefine super hero comics for the 20...

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Hydro-Man reviewed Void Rivals #1 Jun 17, 2023
8.0

It was entertaining. Wish it wasn’t spoiled.

Void Rivals #1

By: Robert Kirkman, Matheus Lopes
Released: Jun 14, 2023

SERIES PREMIERE

The blockbuster OBLIVION SONG team of ROBERT KIRKMAN & LORENZO DE FELICI debut the biggest new comic book series of 2023 with the launch of AN ALL-NEW SHARED UNIVERSE and a SURPRISE you won't see coming!  
  
War rages around the Sacred Ring, where the last remnants of two worlds have collapsed ar...

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Hydro-Man reviewed Green Lantern #2 Jun 17, 2023
8.0

Not as good as the first issue but still the best GL has been in about five years.

Green Lantern #2

By: Jeremy Adams, Xermanico
Released: Jun 14, 2023

Hal Jordan's homecoming is off to a rocky start! Carol Ferris is this close to firing him from the job he's only just begged his way into, his power ring isn't exactly working right, and off in the shadows, Sinestro, the architect of Hal's current crisis, is waiting for the perfect moment to strike. Plus, the hard-hitting John Stewart: War Journal ...

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Hydro-Man reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #27 Jun 17, 2023
6.0

The art was great. That’s about all this issue has going for it.

Amazing Spider-Man #27

By: Zeb Wells, Ed McGuinness
Released: Jun 14, 2023

Grief looms over Peter after last issue's shocking death! Spider-Man's villains are more than happy to keep him distracted? Your eyes don't deceive you, DOCTOR OCTOPUS IS BACK!
Rated T

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Hydro-Man reviewed Flash #800 Jun 10, 2023
10

About as great an anniversary issue as you could ask for. Instead of having stories by random, untalented creators with no association to the character, they pulled out the big guns for this one. A great sendoff for Jeremy Adams.

Also, I enjoyed Spurrier’s story more than I expected. I’m cautiously optimistic it will be decent. He can be a decent writer. I haven’t liked much of hi more

Flash #800

By: Jeremy Adams, Fernando Pasarin
Released: Jun 7, 2023

Written by Jeremy Adams, Mark Waid, Joshua Williamson, Geoff Johns, and Simon Spurrier Art by Fernando Pasarin & Oclair Albert, Todd Nauck, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Scott Kolins, and Mike Deodato Jr. An oversize anniversary issue concludes writer Jeremy Adams's acclaimed tenure, with special guests Mark Waid, Joshua Williamson, and Geoff Johns join...

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Hydro-Man reviewed Shazam! #2 Jun 10, 2023
9.0

Another quality Waid/Mora book. Forgive the pun but they are lightning.

And is the Atlas that appears Kirby’s Atlas??? Awesome!

Shazam! #2

By: Mark Waid, Dan Mora
Released: Jun 7, 2023

Shazam versus S-H-A-Z-A-M! Billy Batson was given the powers of the gods by the Wizard Shazam--but Solomon, Hercules, Atlas, Zeus, Achilles, and Mercury never gave the Wizard their permission. Displeased with how Billy is representing them, the disgruntled gods engage in a six-way fight for sole control of the World's Mightiest Mortal...or, if they...

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Hydro-Man reviewed Batman #136 Jun 10, 2023
8.0

This was a welcome return after the alt-universe storyline. I like the idea of Batman at war with himself.

Criticisms that the art didn’t fit are fair. I thought it was decent it just didn’t fit a Batman book. Would’ve looked better on a younger superhero book.

Batman #136

By: Chip Zdarsky, Belen Ortega
Released: Jun 7, 2023

Failsafe and Red Mask have forever changed Batman, and Gotham isn't as welcoming as it once was. Can Batman remind them who he is? Can he remind...Catwoman? The future of the Bat-books starts here, and everyone's world is about to explode!

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7.5

A mixed bag…

Tom King’s story is predictably a “let’s see if I can out-Moore Alan Moore.” Killing Joke is by-far Moore’s worst work. He admits it. Alex Ross agrees. The saving grace is Brian Bolland’s art. Brisson’s story is instantly forgettable.

The winners are Cantwell’s Superman and Mora’s future Batman.

Batman: The Brave and the Bold #1

By: Tom King, Dan Mora
Released: May 17, 2023

Written by Tom King, Ed Brisson, Christopher Cantwell, and Dan Mora Art by Mitch Gerads, Jeff Spokes, Javier Rodriguez, and Dan Mora Coming off the spectacular success of Batman - One Bad Day: The Riddler, the Eisner Award-winning team of Tom King and Mitch Gerads reunite for a horrifying four-part retelling of the first bloody clash between The Jo...

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Hydro-Man reviewed Superman #4 May 17, 2023
10

I love this book. In some ways, it reminds me of All-Star Superman and the modern age segments of Supreme (particularly the Chris Sprouse illustrated stories). It takes the most fantastical elements of Silver Age Superman and somehow makes them not-goofy.

Also, the retcon of Luthor as a Pre-Supes Science Hero was great. I used to think Johns was the master of the retcon but Williamson i more

Superman #4

By: Joshua Williamson, Jamal Campbell
Released: May 17, 2023

INTRODUCING THE KRYPTONITE KLAW! Superman is vulnerable to Kryptonite, but what happens when other dangerous superhumans are exposed to it? If Superman wants to stop Metropolis's newest enemies, he must uncover Lex Luthor's secret past!

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9.0

9 is a high rating to give to a final issue of a mini that doesn’t fully resolve the plot but I enjoyed it. Johns has his own corner of the DCU to play in and I am vested. I’ll probably check out all the spinoffs that were announced. Nauck was fantastic, as always. One of the best artists for fitting multiple characters on a page.

Stargirl: The Lost Children #6

By: Geoff Johns, Todd Nauck
Released: May 10, 2023

The battle for the fate of the lost children is here! Stargirl faces off against the Childminder on Orphan Island in the hopes of saving these forgotten sidekicks from her monstrous clutches. But if she succeeds, what does this mean the DC Universe timeline?

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Hydro-Man reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #25 May 10, 2023
3.0

Summary: MJ never fucks Paul — they find their kids in Dimension Goofy and adopt them. Then Spidey rescues them but MJ leaves him cuz too much time went by. And the FF and Cap are still pissed at Spidey for stealing the shit he used to rescue MJ.

Lol Imagine pitching this to an editor and getting the gig to write Spider-Man.

Amazing Spider-Man #25

By: Zeb Wells, John Romita Jr.
Released: May 10, 2023

The past and the present collide in this oversized and monumental 25th issue! Your heart isn't ready for this one.
Rated T

Hydro-Man reviewed Green Lantern #1 May 10, 2023
9.0

Another great debut issue for Dawn of DC. Glad to see Hal back on Earth for the first time in a longtime. Adams nails his characterization and Xermanico’s art is gorgeous. Excited to see where this goes.

I don’t know how they’re doing commercially, but Superman, Shazam, GA and GL have all been very enjoyable. I am not so excited by Dawn of DC that I will check out every new title more

Green Lantern #1

By: Jeremy Adams, Xermanico
Released: May 10, 2023

Spinning out of the events of Dark Crisis, the Guardians of Oa at the heart of the Green Lantern Corps have quarantined Sector 2814, home of the planet Earth-and its champion along with it! A heartbreaking defeat has sent Hal reeling, returning home to rediscover his roots...and find the man responsible for ruining his life: Sinestro. From the visi...

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Hydro-Man reviewed Spider-Man #8 May 3, 2023
8.5

More entertaining than the core book.

Spider-Man #8

By: Dan Slott, Mark Bagley
Released: May 3, 2023

"The End of the Spider-Verse" continues! Spider-Man has changed. His powers are super-charged, enabling him to be the best Spider-Man he can be...
...but can his all-too-human body take it? A classic Spider-Villain is back and doesn't care if Spidey has his hands full.
Rated T

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Hydro-Man reviewed Batman #135 May 3, 2023
9.0

Enjoyed this way more than expected. A lot of fan service. When it was getting to the end, I was prepared to dock this a full point if Bats DIDN’T use the Bat Shark Repellent… but he did.

Minus one for the Alfred scenes. Pathetic and whiney. Nothing says “I’ve never wanted for anything in my life” like writing “money is stupid.”

Batman #135

By: Chip Zdarsky, Jorge Jimenez
Released: May 3, 2023

It's Batman versus Red Mask in a brutal Gotham that's never known hope! Can the Dark Knight overcome the terrifying infection that Red Mask has unleashed? Only one thing is certain: he won't be able to do it alone. The conclusion to the bestselling The Bat-Man of Gotham is so big it could only be contained in an oversize #900 anniversary issue feat...

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Hydro-Man reviewed Clobberin' Time #2 Apr 29, 2023
8.0

Light on story, heavy on action, which is Skroce’s strong point. That said, the opening scene in this comic is legit hilarious.

Clobberin' Time #2

By: Steve Skroce
Released: Apr 26, 2023

The THING travels to Krakoa for a symposium on the Mutant and Superhuman Interconnection. While there, he teams up with Wolverine and is confronted by the mysterious plunderer from issue #1 - and the table is set for a battle for all creation and possibly Ben Grimm's greatest adventure.
Rated T

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Hydro-Man reviewed Hulk #14 Apr 29, 2023
7.0

Remember back when Brubaker’s Cap run ended and Remender came on and took the book in a radically different direction? I felt like this Hulk run was similar to that, but it really got screwed up when Cates went MIA.

Kudos to Ottley. Guy is a trooper. He was put in an impossible situation and did the best he could. Reading his note at the end, I legitimately felt bad for him. He is a g more

Hulk #14

By: Ryan Ottley
Released: Apr 26, 2023

"HULK PLANET" FINALE ? TITAN IS UNLEASHED!
Titan is now in control, and his endless rage will lead to the destruction of Hulk Planet. Within the remaining fragments of the Mind Palace, Bruce Banner must reckon with the harm he has inflicted on the Hulk if either of them are to have any chance of regaining control and saving the planet.
Bu...

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Hydro-Man reviewed Action Comics #1054 Apr 27, 2023
8.0

PKJ is still writing good Superman stories. Though the scene where Metallo’s sister is nude, tied up, hanging upside down was a bit much.

The back-ups are by far the weakest part of the book. Not very good and definitely not getting me the slightest bit interested in checking out the spin-off titles.

Action Comics #1054

By: Phillip K. Johnson, Max Raynor
Released: Apr 26, 2023

Written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Dan Jurgens, and Dorado Quick Art by Rafa Sandoval, Dan Jurgens, and Yasmin Flores Montanez As Superman and Natasha Irons race to save Steel from the newly transformed Metallo, the Super-Twins are lost--and alone--against the nightmarish threat of the Necrohive! How will Lois and the House of El find them? Plus, ...

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Hydro-Man reviewed Green Arrow #1 Apr 27, 2023
8.5

A good read. Critiques that it should’ve been called Green Arrow Family are fair, as there is a LOT of time focused on the supporting cast. Still, I enjoyed it a lot. Possibly the most fun GA has been in 20 years.

Green Arrow #1

By: Joshua Williamson, Sean Izaakse
Released: Apr 26, 2023

The Emerald Archer is lost, and it will take Oliver Queen's whole family to find him! But dangerous forces are determined to keep them apart at any cost! Spinning out of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, Green Arrow by DC architect Joshua Williamson (Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths, Superman) and artist Sean Izaakse (Thunderbolts) is an action-packed ...

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Hydro-Man reviewed Nightcrawlers #3 Apr 20, 2023
5.0

What did I just read?

Nightcrawlers #3

By: Si Spurrier, Alessandro Vitti
Released: Apr 19, 2023

LISTEN TO MOTHER! Now that we know who she truly is, it's time to taste the horrific ambitions lurking in the heart of MOTHER RIGHTEOUS... The galaxy burns... The pieces are in place... The Storm System rages... The NIGHTKIN make a last, lethal leap...and the GREAT DEVOURER hungers only for vengeance. The experiment is over. The cosmic laboratory i...

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Hydro-Man reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #24 Apr 20, 2023
1.0

LOL Wow. Just unbelievably bad. Quite possibly the worst comic I have ever read.

In summary, a major status quo change by a throwaway villain.

In all seriousness, it’d be like Paul Kubberberg coming back to Batman in 2023 and doing a story where Colonel Blimp kills Gordon and impregnates Spoiler and Orphan.

Amazing Spider-Man #24

By: Zeb Wells, John Romita Jr.
Released: Apr 19, 2023

Witness what brought Peter Parker and Norman Osborn together.
Your opinion of who the hero is and who the villain is may end up at least blurred...
Rated T

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Hydro-Man reviewed Superman #3 Apr 20, 2023
9.0

I’m starting to think this is the best book DC has going. Topping even World’s Finest.

The story is fun. The art is great. The characters act like they should. Even the humor/charm is jussssssssst right. Not the winking and nodding ad nauseam like a Marvel movie.

Was the resolution a bit simplistic? Yes. But with that, we got a cool alt suit for Superman and he gave Lex more

Superman #3

By: Joshua Williamson, Jamal Campbell
Released: Apr 19, 2023

SUPERMAN'S LOVED ONES ARE TRANSFORMED INTO RAVENOUS PARASITES! If Superman wants to find Parasite-Zero before its influence spreads to the whole world, he must take Lex up on his offer to work together! Even if it means using another of Superman's enemies as bait!

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Hydro-Man reviewed X-Men #21 Apr 13, 2023
6.0

Waste as a great artist.

X-Men #21

By: Gerry Duggan, Stefano Caselli
Released: Apr 12, 2023

LORD OF THE BROOD: THE CONCLUSION!
Why have the Brood gone mad? Which of the X-Men's past deeds is coming back to haunt them? And are bloodthirsty alien monsters even the biggest threat the team is currently facing? All these answers and more will be revealed! Featuring a connecting cover to CAPTAIN MARVEL #48!
Rated T+

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8.5

The only DC book I bought this week.

If you enjoy B:TAS, this is for you. The characters look and act like they’re straight out of cartoon. With Hugo Strange, Joker even references “The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne” as an Easter Egg.

If you did not grow up with B:TAS, I probably wouldn’t recommend it.

Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Three #4

By: Alan Burnett, Ty Templeton
Released: Apr 12, 2023

The tragic story of Straightman continues in Crack-Up, part two! The Joker's not-so-funny sidekick is hell-bent on revenge and has arrived at the doorstep of the dastardly doctor who mangled his mind, Hugo Strange. Meanwhile, Batman tangles with a mysterious foe who has a strange and unexpected tie to Straightman.

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Hydro-Man reviewed Batman #134 Apr 6, 2023
6.5

DC screwed the pooch after Zdarsky’s first story arc. Multiversal madness is old news. Even in Batman’s case.

On the plus side, as I was typing Zdarsky’s name my iPhone tried to auto-correct to Z’Dar, as in the late Robert, star of the Maniac Cop series. “CoRdElLlLlL…”

Batman #134

By: Chip Zdarsky, Mike Hawthorne
Released: Apr 5, 2023

It's all-out war as only Batman stands between Red Mask and a Gotham City full of bodies! How much is the Dark Knight willing to sacrifice to save this city?

Hydro-Man reviewed Flash #796 Apr 6, 2023
10

Phenomenal. It’s gold irony that this comes out the same week as ASM. Marvel: Let’s take one of our most hated stories of all time, OMD, and try to make it even worse/more polarizing. DC: Let’s take one of our most hated stories of all time, Heroes in Crisis, and apologize for it and try to make good.

I hope Tom King punched himself in his nuts and micro-penis as he read this issu more

Flash #796

By: Jeremy Adams, Fernando Pasarin
Released: Apr 5, 2023

It's the final moments of the One-Minute War! Cornered by the evil Admiral Vel, the Flash family is on the edge of defeat, but some surprising allies give the speedsters one last chance to change the outcome of the war once and for all!

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Hydro-Man commented on this:
9.0

I think that regardless of what is printed between the front and back covers of this title, it will be maligned and hated by a very devout minority of the readership, mostly concentrated online.

For me though, I liked this issue. I was lukewarm on the start of the arc because I didn't really care about what happened in the time jump, and I more or less already figured out what happened more

Amazing Spider-Man #23

By: Zeb Wells, John Romita Jr.
Released: Apr 5, 2023

WHAT DID PETER DO?!
We opened this series with a question.
The centerpiece of the answer is a flat-out fight.
Rated T

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Dc Fan of Sorts - Apr 8, 2023

he knows the violent god is dead - I think he is just worried about losing her in general because of the time difference - she could die of old age or worse - fall in love with Paul and have 2 kids in the time it takes Peter to save her!

Amazing Psycamorean - Apr 9, 2023

Poor wording on my part. Wayep is dead but Rabin, his Emissary, is still alive and in Xibalba with MJ.

Hydro-Man reviewed Spider-Man #7 Apr 6, 2023
8.0

Gotta give this an 8 just cuzza Bagley. We lost a legend in Perez. However, you still need a guy to load a page with characters? Mark Bagley’s your guy.

As far as the story, you read one Spider-Verse story, you’ve read them all. Could’ve been worse.

Spider-Man #7

By: Dan Slott, Mark Bagley
Released: Apr 5, 2023

THE END OF THE SPIDER-VERSE IS HERE!
Friends became enemies, enemies became friends and now all of the Spider-Verse ENDS!
Jessica Drew? Gone. Peter Parker? Gone. And they aren?t the only ones erased by the sacred Sting-Knife.
How can Silk and the rest of the Spiders win this Spider-War?!
Rated T

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Hydro-Man reviewed Amazing Spider-Man #23 Apr 5, 2023
7.0

At the very least, at the absolute minimum, it’s starting to make sense… I guess.

Amazing Spider-Man #23

By: Zeb Wells, John Romita Jr.
Released: Apr 5, 2023

WHAT DID PETER DO?!
We opened this series with a question.
The centerpiece of the answer is a flat-out fight.
Rated T

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