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7.5
80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Robin #1

Mar 29, 2020

A great celebration of the characters and the talents that loses points mainly because it reminds up over and over how much DC has wasted both.

7.0
80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular: Green Lantern #1

Jul 5, 2020

Entertaining but mildly disappointing, with most of the stories covering familiar ground. The final Denny O'Neil story works best as a coda on his remarkable career. The best stories were the first and last.

8.5
A.D.: After Death Vol. 1

Sep 2, 2017

Utterly stunning minus a somewhat muddled ending. But a tour de force by the team that brought you Rotworld.

8.0
Action Comics (2016) #1000

Apr 19, 2018

Does what it says on the tin. It celebrates Superman. If you are looking for something new and different and profound, nope. If you are looking for a long epic story, nope. But if you are looking for the right mix of current and classic writers and artists, you've come to the right place. My highlights include Johns, Donner and Copiel; Tomasi and Gleason; and Dini and Garcia-Lopez. The only dud here was Snyder's effort. As for Bendis...the jury is still out, but his usual tics are on view, take them or leave them.

8.0
Action Comics (2016) #1001

Jul 25, 2018

A few Bendisims aside, this is yet another strong Superman tale from a writer that I thought had nothing to bring to Metropolis. And I think this approach plays to Bendis's strengths (if not necessarily Superman's). And oh that art! Gleason at his absolute best, which is saying something.

7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1002

Aug 23, 2018

Pacing issues hold back an otherwise great comic.

10
Action Comics (2016) #1004

Oct 24, 2018

Wow. Wow. Wow. Someone at Paste, IIRC, said that this one would make you cry. And it did. Well done, Brian!!

7.0
Action Comics (2016) #1006

Jan 6, 2019

A notch lower than the run so far, with just a hint of the padding BMB is infamous for.

8.0
Action Comics (2016) #1008

Feb 27, 2019

Another solid issue with strong art and good character play, but it does spin its wheels a bit.

7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1009

Mar 27, 2019

Mildly confusing, especially that ending. But I love the idea of Superman being forced into dealing with things that he can't solve with super-powers. And of him and Lois being a team.

7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1010

Apr 25, 2019

Great art and generally entertaining - love that single page from an old issue of Checkmate - but BMB decompression is setting in.

7.0
Action Comics (2016) #1013

Jul 25, 2019

Progress in drips and drabs. Is there really enough Event Leviathan for both Action and the miniseries? But certainly we do get some interesting tidbits. As well as Leone's moment of awesoe telling off Luthor. (Once more, I wonder how many of DC's writers aren't really buying into DOOM.) Also, I wonder what would happen if Leviathan and Luthor showed up at the same place to make an offer at the same time.

7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1015

Sep 27, 2019

Stuff with Naomi? Really good, a reminder how well BMB writes teens despite being 50. The stuff with Red Cloud? Surprisingly clumsy.

6.5
Action Comics (2016) #1017

Nov 27, 2019

Almost missed this because of the stupid logo-free cover. I am really not digging the Year of the Villain stuff at all, and I think BMB would have preferred to skip it as well. The stuff with the Invisible Mafia and Leviathan is a lot more interesting, anyway. But what kills the issue is the usual subpar work from JRJr, who hasn't drawn a comic I like since the 80s. Why did DC poach him from Marvel again? And BOOO for his inability to draw Leoni at her proper weight.

7.0
Action Comics (2016) #1018

Jan 3, 2020

Some interesting things here, like the Red Cloud's origin and the chat between Supes and Chief Moore. But too many different things being tossed against the wall at once, some incredibly bad art by JRjr, and a potentially difficult subplot involving Superman playing politics tossed out like it's just another thing. Given how strong Action has been, this pretty good issue turns out to be a real downer.

7.0
Action Comics (2016) #1019

Jan 30, 2020

I like how BMB handles the conversations between Lex, Leviathan, Red Cloud, and Brainiac. Though it feels like the other Legionaries of Doom aren't really adding much. What undermines the story is what a mess the art is. JRjr is terrible these days.

6.5
Action Comics (2016) #1020

Feb 26, 2020

Another well written Superman story nearly ruined by the awful art.

5.0
Action Comics (2016) #1021

Apr 12, 2020

The terrible art and a sense that Bendis lost his way make this one a rare total misfire on the part of artist ans writer.

7.5
Action Comics (2016): Special #1

May 3, 2018

The lead story is both great and accessible, and is a fitting end to the surprising return to glory that has been Jurgens' run on this series. The second story is entertaining, and oddly prescient of events at the real world White House Correspondents Dinner, but I don't think it matters much. The third story is just a rerun of all the stories in Action 1000. I wish the lead story had been longer.

8.0
Angel (2019) #1

May 29, 2019

After four months of a Buffy comic that can't figure out how much it wants to ape the TV show and how much it doesn't, while lacking in any urgency till the last two pages of the last issue, it's a relief to read this. Bryan Edward Hill, who has never failed to impress me, brings a sense of edgy darkness and urgency to a character who needs such things to thrive, as well as a more adult sensibility that has always set Angel's stories apart from Buffy's. That this is an Angel who hasn't even met Buffy yet also helps. Melkinov's art is not amazing, but it works well enough and shows signs of becoming exactly what we need.

8.0
Angel (2019) #5

Sep 27, 2019

A strong reintroduction of Gunn, from a writer who can do things with the character that his creators couldn't. Too bad we have to take a side trip to a crossover so soon.

8.0
Angel (2019) #7

Nov 27, 2019

Welcome back, Lorne.

7.0
Angel Season 11 #9

Sep 29, 2017

More of the same. but Bechko at least has a great feel for Angel.

8.0
Angel Season 11 #10

Oct 25, 2017

Boy, this is the comic no one cares about. But this was a really good issue, surprisingly.

8.0
Astro City (2013) #46

Aug 18, 2017

No one talks about Astro City anymore. Maybe it's the frequent delays due to Busiek's health. Maybe it's how old school this series is. Maybe after 20 years there isn't much left to say. No matter. It's still a great series, and Busiek is trying hard to do something different with the rather strange and expansive arc surrounding the Broken Man. It teeters here and there as Busiek occasionally sounds like a middle aged white man trying to be progressive and hip without understanding how. But for the most part, the series and this particular issue satisfy.

10
Astro City (2013) #48

Oct 18, 2017

I don't really care much for dogs. But even dog-haters have souls, and this story is full of soul. And charm. And love. And if you don't cry just a little, you are have no soul. Or are a cat. Why isn't Astro City the biggest hit around? It should be.

8.5
Astro City (2013) #50

Feb 1, 2018

Yeah, we can guess where this is going. So what? It's great. Bring a hankie.

8.0
Astro City (2013) #52

Jun 28, 2018

Given that cover, I thought this would be heartbreaking. It's not. It's still good, but not what I expected.

7.5
Batman '89 (2021) #1

Sep 27, 2021

Solid if not quite what I expected. Not sure why Bruce Wayne looks very unlike Keaton when Dent is totally Billy Dee. The most interesting thing is Hamm's attempts to write Dent with one eye towards questions of race and equity, the sort of thing he did long ago in the pilot for MANTIS. It's a noble endeavor but is a bit, err, ham-fisted.

8.0
Batman and the Outsiders (2019) #1

May 8, 2019

Very solid, surprisingly edgy debut by one of DC's rising stars (moonlighting between seasons of Titans) and the ever-reliable Dexter Soy.

6.5
Batman and the Signal #1

Jan 3, 2018

Not sure what to make of it. Points to DC for its efforts to diversify its talents and its heroes, but the story is a bit flat.

7.5
Batman's Grave #1

Oct 11, 2019

Strong art and a lot of intriguing moments, but the ending was abrupt and Ellis's take on Alfred seems a bit off. But Warren definitely gets Batman.

7.0
Batman/The Shadow #4

Jul 26, 2017

Good story, good script. great Rossmo art. Glad this is selling well enough to get a sequel so soon. But wish that Snyder and not Orlando were handling the script.

8.0
Batman/The Shadow #5

Aug 23, 2017

Another great issue, though I will need to read the whole thing to fully appreciate it. So glad DC and Dynamite commissioned a sequel so soon.

7.5
Batman/The Shadow #6

Sep 28, 2017

Good ending to the miniseries, though overall the plot meandered. But look! Another miniseries starts next month!

8.0
Batman: Creature of the Night #1

Nov 29, 2017

Intriguing premise that is worth staying with, featuring some great art and a good narrative. Not quite at the levels of greatness we see from Busiek in Astro City, but I think it will grab pep[le anyway.

9.5
Batman: Creature of the Night #2

Dec 28, 2017

Such a wonderful, stunning, gorgeous, thoughtful comic. Busiek at his best, Leon at his best, worth every penny.

9.0
Batman: Creature of the Night #3

Apr 19, 2018

Stunning, haunting, dark, a bit depressing, very sad, and very well done. And also a bit of a reminder why someone like Batman would not be so effective in a real world where the bad guys aren't clowns, aliens, or secret societies but instead are just corruptible human beings.

7.0
Batman: Lost #1

Nov 8, 2017

Jim Werner is exactly right.

7.5
Batman: The Dawnbreaker #1

Oct 4, 2017

Another entertaining if somewhat redundant Metal tie-in.

7.5
Batman: The Red Death #1

Sep 25, 2017

Pretty good, but I hope all the one shots aren't exactly like this.

6.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #11

Jul 26, 2017

Sort of a mess - how did I not realize Tina was the Batman of JL3001 till now - but a genial mess. I like what's been going in this series, but Giffen and DeMatteis never quite manage to pull it together.

7.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #12

Aug 23, 2017

On the plus side, it looks like Giffen and DeMatteis's finale will also be a coda to their JL3001 comic, which was so good and so overlooked. And this was a generally fun issue. But why oh why is their Batman so out of character? How many stories with Batman has DeMatteis written by now?

6.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #13

Sep 28, 2017

Giffen and DeMatteis try to wrap up both their run here and the dangling threads of the late, lamented, and much better JL3001 comic, but it doesn't quite come together. Though I do wonder if, when Giffen introduced La Dama, he had this twist in mind.

7.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #14

Oct 25, 2017

Sebela succeeds in streamlining the previously all-over-the-place series, though it's also just a little too calm after all the chaos. So a good start, even though I think this series is near to be cancelled.

7.5
Blue Beetle (2016) #16

Dec 28, 2017

I am liking what is probably the last hurrah for this character after DC has repeatedly tried and failed to find him an audience. Too bad, since this arc is pretty good.

7.0
Blue Beetle (2016) #17

Jan 24, 2018

I liked this, but things sort of just happen.

7.5
Books of Magic (2018) #1

Oct 24, 2018

Solid reboot that sets up some new stuff alongside the old and familiar.

6.5
Books of Magic (2018) #3

Jan 6, 2019

So on first read, it felt like nothing happened. A lot did. But it was pretty understated, and underwritten, and ultimately dull.

8.0
Books of Magic (2018) #6

Mar 28, 2019

Maybe 15 pages of story, but really good story nonetheless.

7.5
Books of Magic (2018) #7

Apr 25, 2019

Still chugging along a bit too slowly, but taking a trip to Faerie, and presumably to all the things we remember that Tim doesn't, is most welcome.

8.0
Books of Magic (2018) #19

Jun 18, 2020

I have no idea who David Barnett is, but he does good work. A pity that this latest effort to reboot the original teen wizard is about to be cancelled.

6.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #1

Jan 23, 2019

Did the critics read the same comic I did? The story was bland and undermined the art and script.

10
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2019) #7

Aug 20, 2019

My wife and I both read issue 6, and started reading this and felt like we missed an issue. Either the end of issue 6 was badly written or instantly forgettable. I vote the latter.

7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #10

Sep 2, 2017

Points off for so so art, but as usual this is at once entertaining and disposable. Are we at the point where maybe we can do without Buffy comics?

7.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #11

Sep 29, 2017

The big bad revealed...and I doubt I am the only one trying to remember who this character is. Good fight scenes but kind of lackluster.

5.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #12

Oct 25, 2017

Well, it's over. And even though it got somewhat better, it never got good. Are we at the point after 20 years that maybe the story should be allowed to stop?

6.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #1

Jun 21, 2018

Well, here we are at the end, again, with the Fox/Disney merger coming and a sense that Dark Horse will lose the license prior to some sort of reboot. Given the steadily diminishing returns on the Buffy and Angel comics, it's probably time to end these anyway. If only Gage's script didn't keep lurching. If only Jeanty had learned to draw faces any better over the past decade. It's not bad, but it just is another reminder that the best days for the franchise are way behind us.

8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #2

Jul 19, 2018

It's all talk, but it's really good talk as Gage (and Joss) finally get on track.

8.0
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #3

Aug 22, 2018

Very good penultimate issue of the Dark Horse era and possibly of all things classic Buffy.

7.5
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 12: The Reckoning #4

Sep 20, 2018

A good solid ending that is as open ended as the TV show's finale and also a good farewell to a comic series that ran longer than the TV show.

8.5
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #5

Nov 16, 2017

Wacky fun and a salute once again to the King.

8.5
Bug: The Adventures of Forager #6

Dec 14, 2017

Why isn't anyone talking about this? Why is the dour and depressing Mister Miracle getting all the praise when THIS is the one, true Kirby tribute series?

7.0
Conan the Barbarian (2019) #1

Jan 6, 2019

The first part of the issue was of course intended to be a standard 1970s Conan story, and it was reasonably good but it felt just a bit like an imitation of the superb Roy Thomas era, and the causal sexism of that era and of Conan's world doesn't hold up well. But then we shift to old Conan, and the there is a new and welcome focus on a character I haven't seen nearly enough of. Very promisinsg, if still also with the potential to falter on all those outdated tropes.

7.0
Conan the Barbarian (2019) #2

Jan 16, 2019

Did we really need faux Native Americans in Conan? Comes way too close to discredited Noble Savage garbage.

7.0
Dark Nights: Metal #2

Sep 13, 2017

Two thirds a great chase for Batman, one third falling back on Snyder's biggest flaw when writing Batman: making Batman an arrogant, obsessive idiot who is easily fooled. It makes sense occasionally, but it happens ALL THE TIME with Snyder.

8.0
Dark Nights: Metal #3

Oct 11, 2017

Strong issue with all the heroes acting like heroes, with only the slight flaw that (as usual) a hereo has to do something really stupid and ends up helping the bad guys.

7.5
Dark Nights: Metal #4

Dec 21, 2017

More of the same, which is both frustrating - how many times can our heroes be forced to confront how hopeless things are? - and fun - Capullo's art is great and Snyder is having a great time throwing everything at the wall. But can all the pieces come together in the next two months?

7.5
Dark Nights: Metal #5

Jan 31, 2018

Belongs entirely to Wonder Woman, and is slightly less desolate, but I think this series needed to be shorter.

8.5
Dark Nights: Metal #6

Mar 28, 2018

Swamp Thing has a bow tie made of red plants. Your argument is irrelevant.

7.5
Darkseid Special #1

Sep 2, 2017

Docked a point for the too-short OMAC story, but the Evanier/Kolins Darkseid story is a gem. Why doesn't Evanier write more comics??

8.0
DC Nation (2018) #0

May 2, 2018

Tempted to give a higher grade just for being a really good free comic, but have to temper my praise with concerns over just where things are headed. Joker: Given my overall dislike for King's Batman run - and the sheer stupidity that it's Batman and Catwoman getting married and not Bruce and Selina, and that it's something the Joker could even know - it's a good Joker story. Not Dini-level good, but better than what we've seen from Snyder (a better writer than King but someone who really doesn't get the Joker). Great art, as well. (Great art is the constant here.) The Man of Steel preview is a bit confusing since we are once again dropped into the middle of the story, but it feels a lot more like a Superman comic than the preview in Action. Bendis gets Perry's voice and is close to getting Clark's voice. This is promising. Though the Mysterious Woman Seeking to Take Over the Planet does nothing for me. But if Bendis can write a convincing newsroom the way he did in Ult-Spidey, we are off to a good start. The No Justice preview is about what we'd expect from these writers. Over the top, oddly on the money, and entertaining. This miniseries and the latest refresh of the JL brand might work well. And did I mention how thrilled I am that Garcia-Lopez is still around and kicking?

8.0
Deathstroke (2016) #22

Aug 2, 2017

A typical issue of the series, a bit clunky at some points but in general just a great read with a great cast.

7.5
Deathstroke (2016) #24

Oct 9, 2017

Mildly hard to read a comic with a sniper at the moment. And mildly hard to really get Kid Flash, a rare character that Priest doesn't really have a feel for. But good otherwise. Well, except for the stuff with Terra. I have no idea what's up with that.

8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #25

Nov 2, 2017

Some of DC's biggest big bads debate if Slade is still "evil." This works much better than it has any right to work.

8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #26

Dec 7, 2017

Dr. Ikon vs Slade? Not quite. As ever, Priest goes in the strangest directions.

6.5
Deathstroke (2016) #27

Jan 4, 2018

A rare misfire by Priest. The Chinatown stuff is still confusing. And the Terra stuff is not as good as it should be.

8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #28

Feb 7, 2018

How can something be so good and so intense and yet be muddled? Not sure what Kenan Kong is doing here. Not sure at all what's going on Chinatown. But as ever, this book is compelling and fast paced and fun.

7.5
Deathstroke (2016) #31

May 3, 2018

This is okay. I see what Priest is trying to do. And he still writes Deathstroke like no one else. But the pacing is off, and his Batman is off about as much it was in Justice League.

7.0
Deathstroke (2016) #32

Jun 7, 2018

A few great moments, some good action, and some interesting developments, but still a lot of wheel spinning.

7.5
Deathstroke (2016) #33

Jul 5, 2018

An improvement over the rest of this miniseries, with some interesting character play. But just not really clicking that well for me. Something is missing. Like Rose and Jericho and the larger consequences of the rest of the series that DC put on hold for six months.

8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #37

Nov 8, 2018

Strongest issue in a while, mainly by being unpredictable. Also by not being at all preachy about the failings of the mental health care system. A long overdue return to form.

8.5
Deathstroke (2016) #39

Jan 9, 2019

That was weird. But fun. And action packed. And a bit incoherent. I think, in others words, it's pure Priest.

10
Deathstroke (2016) Annual #1

Feb 1, 2018

Wow. Stellar throwback art by Cowan and Sienkewicz - who worked together a few times on the classic Question series in the 80s - and an incredible story by Priest (aided by Hama). Does Priest cheat a little with Power Girl? Maybe. But the overall effect is pure high octane and pure Priest.

8.5
Defenders (2021) #2

Oct 3, 2021

Delightful Kirbyesque romp, though I am not sure why Betty is here. Love how Ewing writes the Surfer.

8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #994

Dec 12, 2018

That was a gut punch. No, two gut punches. But Tomasi writes Batman better than almost anyone, and Mahnke is never less than great. So glad to have two the best back on the Bat.

7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #995

Jan 6, 2019

I am subtracting points from a well assembled comic for killing off Leslie. It certainly seems a waste, if not an outright fridging. But otherwise, Tomasi continues to hit all the notes that King wants to hit and cannot. And the art is stellar.

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #996

Jan 17, 2019

A touch too busy - Gotham, Paris, Korea, New Mexico, boom! - but great to look at and lots of funs, or at least intrigue.

9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #997

Jan 30, 2019

A point off for Batman exploding one ear of his cowl and still having two ears. Is there an ear dispenser in there? A great thrill ride otherwise.

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #998

Feb 14, 2019

Taken as a series of vignettes, Mythology has been amazing. Taken as a story, the verdict is still out. But man that is great art.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #999

Feb 27, 2019

Points off for what has become something of a hackneyed plot, and therefore a weak twist. Points restored for not killing Leslie after all, for the art, and for the firm restatement of Batman's mission.

8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1000

Mar 29, 2019

Best stories: Snyder, Bendis, Johns, Smith Weakest stories (none of which were bad): King, Dini, Arkham Knight Biggest takeaways: Dick Grayson needs to be Dick Grayson again. King might actually get Batman and most of the cast but might not get how to write a comic. The best Batman writers are also incredilby humanistic. Ralph and Sue are still part of the DCU. DC has the best artists it's ever had, but NEal Adams isn't one of them anymore.

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1001

Apr 12, 2019

Brad Walker isn't Doug Mahnke. I shouldn't hold that against him, but after Mahnke, everyone at DC outside of Hitch and Gleason seems a bit bland. Otherwise, a good start to the new arc, if perhaps a bit too rushed and crowded.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1002

Apr 25, 2019

After Mahnke, Walker is a letdown. But who wouldn't be? A pretty good story, made stronger by the return to 'Tec of Damian. (Isn't it weird how much Tynion and King avoid using him?) Tomasi continues to write the best Damian Wayne stuff.

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1003

May 8, 2019

Worth reading alone for the return of the Bruce-Damian partnership. Never mind the art, or the incredibly rapid pace of events. Tomasi is not one for dragging things out, and that is so welcome in the age of decompression.

7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1004

May 23, 2019

Points off for the cockamamie timeline.

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1008

Jul 24, 2019

Nothing we haven't seen before. But after so many subpar Joker stories, one that gets back to basics is so welcome. And I think the Joker speaks for all of us who are finding DOOM to be oppressive and dull.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1016

Nov 27, 2019

A lot to like here, but I am not sure we need Mrs. Freeze. Though I sort of love that Luthor cheated poor Victor. I assume a lot of his gifts are going to work out that way.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1018

Jan 2, 2020

A pretty good story, though it hits the usual beats that a Tomasi Batstory hits. I like the cops being friendly with Bats (a side effect of six months of Bane running Gotham?) But as someone who doesn't read either Batman or Batman/Superman, I feel like I am walking in in the middle of things. I know Alfred is dead, and I know Jim Gordon has taken leave of his senses. But their absence still seems abrupt. And really, the best Gotham can do is Bullock? Where's Maggie Sawyer?

7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1023

Jul 19, 2020

What if Tomasi were doing just another Joker story instead of being subordinated to Joker War? I lke this, but wish it weren't part of an event comic I have no time for.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1024

Aug 2, 2020

If only Tomasi got to tell his own story by itself and not have to deal with Joker War.

8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1033

Jan 9, 2021

The biggest flaw here is that Tomasi clearly had plans for what comes next that we will never get to see.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) Annual #1

Feb 1, 2018

Reasonably entertaining merger of the original and second Clayface's origins. Great Barrows art.

6.5
Detective Comics (2016) Annual #3

Jan 29, 2020

8 for the stories. 5 for killing Alfred in the first place.

7.0
Dial H For Hero (2019) #1

Mar 28, 2019

Looks great, but kind of forgettable. Bring back China Mieville!

7.5
Event Leviathan #1

Jun 13, 2019

Amazing art, of course. Great setup. But didn’t we cover most of this before? And what is up with Batman’s dialogue? Still into this but not a sure thing.

7.0
Event Leviathan #4

Sep 11, 2019

It's another, slightly smaller team of detectives! This is a reasonably good, very well drawn series that could have been so much better if it weren't so decompressed.

8.0
Event Leviathan #5

Oct 11, 2019

Strongest issue yet, even if some of that strength was just from the conversations between the various The big moment, with Supes and Leviathan talking, should have come a lot sooner. But no matter what else, I am looking forward to seeing how this all ends.

6.0
Fantastic Four: Life Story #1

Jun 13, 2021

A surprising dud from the usually reliable Mark Russell. He doesn't really get the FF. He makes the huge mistake of not having Ben be Reed's best friend, and the large mistake of explaining just who that guy was in "This Man, This Monster." And it's a lot of tell instead of show. Never mind that Russell's sense of humor is missing. It feels like Russell was given an outline of what to do instead of being allowed to tell his own story.

7.0
Far Sector #1

Nov 13, 2019

A good but not stellar start, buoyed by some heady if familiar SF ideas and some amazing art. For a first effort, Jemisin does a good job, but I think she needs to step back from the narration a bit more.

8.0
Firefly (2018) #2

Dec 20, 2018

Some murky art, but really intense and heavy and yet funny. How Whedonian. And I love what Shepherd says about war.

10
Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (2019) #1

Jan 9, 2019

I hate the cancer trope. It's always maudlin and manipulative. Why are we seeing it again?

8.5
Ghost-Spider (2019) #6

Jan 12, 2020

It's about time Marvel let Seanan just have fun with a parallel earth instead of either sticking with the beats from the LaTour series or shoehorning Gwen into the regular Marvel universe.

7.0
Green Lantern (2018) #1

Nov 8, 2018

If this were a new series with new characters continuing the legacy of the Green Lanterns, I would like this a lot more. It has a welcome and delightful 2000 AD vibe to it. But it utterly ignores everything that's been done in the GL books since, I don't know, 1984? No other humans GLs, almost no familiar GLs at all, an even more underdeveloped Hal than usual, and all the work that's been done with the Corps by Johns and Vendetti forgotten. I get that Grant does what he wants, but that doesn't have to come at the cost of losing what everyone else did.

6.5
Green Lantern (2018) #2

Dec 6, 2018

Poorly paste, and whoever that guy in the costume is he is not Jordan. Personality is all wrong. I miss Vendetti..

6.5
Green Lantern (2018) #3

Jan 9, 2019

A good issue of 2000AD. Not a good issue of a Hal Jordan series. Grant just doesn't get Hal.

8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #25

Jul 26, 2017

Didn't entirely buy Soranik's jump back to the dark side but the rest was really good. Great EVS art. Solid character play. Though I wonder what happens to the new friendship between Guy and the Ark.

7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #26

Aug 9, 2017

Pacing is a bit odd, but otherwise a notch better than last time out.

8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #27

Aug 23, 2017

Book of the week, and a return to form for Vendetti. Great action, great script, and comfirmation that the tragedy that shaped John Stewart is still in play. All four Terran GLs and a couple of aliens shine, as does Vendetti's rough-hewn Azzarello-influenced Orion.

10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #28

Sep 13, 2017

Wow. Just wow. The best Hal story since Vendetti took over, with amazing art and a ton of heart.

8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #29

Sep 28, 2017

Does what it says on the tin. Straightforward, fast, exciting. Maybe a bit too pat. But this the sort of action comic we expect when you have so many Green Lanterns involved. Great art, too.

7.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #30

Oct 11, 2017

Solid if padded.

8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #31

Oct 25, 2017

Short, straightforward, fun one and done story. Not the sort we see that much in 2017, but a welcome change. Patch Zircher is always welcome, too.

7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #32

Nov 9, 2017

90 percent of this is great. Hal vs Dawnbreaker, with EVS art. And then suddenly Hal lost after all. Like most of Metal so far, the deck is stacked against the good guys. Badly. It's getting to be a bit of a drag. But at least Vendetti really gets Hal and EVS cannot draw a single bad page.

8.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #33

Nov 29, 2017

Good start to the next arc, great art, and a fun new teen Lantern.

7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #34

Dec 13, 2017

A bit padded and a bit on the nose, but fun as usual.

7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #35

Dec 27, 2017

Kind of more of the same as last issue, which is entertaining and full of GLC goodness, but also padded.

7.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #36

Jan 10, 2018

This arc could have been three issues. But the art is great, Vendetti fixes the book's Guardian (or lack of Guardians) problem at last, and the characters are the characters. No need, though, to repeat the mission statement for all four GLs twice.

8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #37

Jan 24, 2018

Another strong issue. Love the Kyle-Hal team. Love the art.

10
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #38

Feb 14, 2018

Just that amazing.

7.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #41

Mar 29, 2018

Kind of an underwhelming ending, and a rather padded arc. Not up to the standards of this series,m but not bad, either.

7.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #42

Apr 12, 2018

Really not sold on Hal's sudden doubts about due process. But liking the rest of it, especially the art.

7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #43

Apr 27, 2018

Like too many Vendetti books, we cover the same ground we did before more than is good. But overall, this is quite entertaining, and even addresses the "what make the Darkstars different than the Sinestro and Red Lantern Corps" question. Great art, too.

8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #44

May 9, 2018

Really strong "gathering of the forces" issue that more firmly addresses Hal's doubts. Only the last couple of pages felt a bit off. The rest was just great, in script and in art. And the secondary Kirkham cover is incredible.

8.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #45

May 23, 2018

The usual solid if slow storytelling. Didn't see what was coming with Guy, but should have.

7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #47

Jun 28, 2018

I am not entirely sure what was going on with Hal. Really liked the stuff with Guy, though. But can we please get on to the battle with the Darkstars?

7.5
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #48

Jul 12, 2018

At long long last, the fight with the Darkstars begins. If only any of the Darkstars besides Tomar Tu had names or faces. That weakens an otherwise solid issue.

7.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #49

Jul 25, 2018

12 pages of high octane action squeezed into...20? As has sometimes been the case, the bimonthly schedule has led Vendetti to pad things a bit too much. Never mind that Hector Hammond is just too effective. Still, I do want to see how it all wraps up.

7.0
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #50

Aug 8, 2018

Ironically, after a few issues of this arc that felt padded, this one managed to feel rushed despite the extra pages (which are at least included at the usual $4 price). Overall, there were a fair number of good moments in this issue and this arc, but Vendetti is not going out on the highest note possible. Still, it's been a great 51 issues (including the Rebirth special), and I will miss this specific version of the Corps. I wonder where the rest of the Four Corpsmen (and Simon and Jessica) will land when Hal gets the spotlight to himself once more in the Grant Morrison series.

7.5
Hardware (2021): Season One #1

Aug 10, 2021

Bringing back Cowan is a great idea, since the energy of the original - my favorite Milestone book - is there. Even if the storytelling feels a bit rote after just the one issue.

8.5
Hawkman (2018) #1

Jun 21, 2018

Very strong first issue that quickly establishes why we need another try at giving the Winged Warrior and past master of cancellations a monthly comic. Great art, and further evidence that Vendetti is a DC all star.

8.5
Hawkman (2018) #2

Jul 12, 2018

Another strong issue. Vendetti is bringing his A game, and so is the always reliable Hitch. Possibly the surprise of the year, given the history of dull Hawkman comics.

8.5
Hawkman (2018) #3

Aug 9, 2018

Another superb issue, though it might be good if there were a supporting cast. And Hawkworld fans might be in for a treat.

9.0
Hawkman (2018) #4

Sep 14, 2018

Extra points for Hawkworld nostalgia.

8.5
Hawkman (2018) #5

Oct 11, 2018

Fun. Just plain fun. I am so happy DC managed to bring back Ray Palmer.

8.0
Hawkman (2018) #7

Dec 13, 2018

So did God send Ktar back? Such a weird conceit underlying a really interesting idea for the why in Carter's life. But how does the woman figure into it? Sooner or later, Vendetti has got to bring Kendra into the story. Also, great art by Hitch with a nice layer of Kubert style.

10
Hawkman (2018) #8

Jan 16, 2019

I love this comic. And loved the two page spread of Kryptonian history.

8.5
Hawkman (2018) #9

Feb 14, 2019

A bit decompressed, but otherwise great, with stellar art.

8.5
Hawkman (2018) #10

Mar 13, 2019

Good story. Stellar art.

7.5
Hawkman (2018) #11

Apr 12, 2019

Till now, this series, by having one and two part stories, avoided Vendetti's tendency to pad things out the way he did in Hal and the GLC. That tendency rears its head this month, not ruining the story but making me wish it could be an issue shorter.

8.0
Hawkman (2018) #12

May 8, 2019

A good ending to a strong if somewhat decompressed story that restores Hawkman to his rightful place in the DCU and promises a great and hopefully successful future. Thanks for everything, Bryan Hitch!

7.5
Hawkman (2018) #18

Nov 13, 2019

Too fast a read and the art is a bit scratchy, but engaging and entertaining as usual.

7.5
Hawkman (2018) #20

Jan 9, 2020

A really fun comic with some good art and great guest stars, but it's starting to suffer from the decompression that Vendetti fell into on GLC. Loved how utterly dismissive Sky Tyrant is of The Batman Who Bores and his Dark Multiverse.

8.0
Hawkman (2018) #23

May 26, 2020

Another great issue, though clearly Vendetti had no way of knowing how it would resonate now. But if Shayera is the current reincarnation of Carter's soulmate, who is Sheira Saunders?

7.0
Hawkman: Found #1

Dec 28, 2017

Great art and a good story but in one ear and out the other. Lemire is more or less just getting back back in a DC groove. At least it's not entirely hopeless.

7.0
Hellblazer (2016) #13

Aug 23, 2017

Simon Spurrier...I mean Simon Oliver is off the book, thank goodness. (What is it with these British writers who want to be Garth Ennis or Alan Moore and can only be snarky and political without being talented?) Tim Seeley, no stranger to horror, is here, but only for one arc, since DC is shifting him to GLs in November. That's a pity because he has John's voice down well, and his story meshes withth Merino's art. Granted, it's kind of standard issue Hellblazer. And has no connection to the previous arc (or to its loose ends, like the fate of Abby Arcane). But it's still a big improvement.

8.0
Hellblazer (2016) #14

Sep 28, 2017

The story isn't anything new for John, but Seeley and Merino really get the character and his world.

7.5
Hellblazer (2016) #15

Oct 25, 2017

Solid and smart if not exactly surprising story. I wish Seeley were sticking around longer as he has a good grasp on John.

7.5
Hellblazer (2016) #20

Mar 29, 2018

Coming into focus but not quite there yet. Interesting stuff with the bad guys and with Huntress.

7.0
Hellblazer (2016) #21

Apr 27, 2018

Seems a bit padded, and Huntress doesn't really fit. But Seeley really gets John.

6.0
Hellblazer (2016) #22

May 23, 2018

A lot of interesting pieces but nothing really comes together.

7.5
Immortal Hulk #1

Jun 7, 2018

Promising first issue, though Ewing will need to follow through on the promise soon.

8.5
Immortal Hulk #2

Jul 5, 2018

Another one-issue story, great art, a sense that Ewing gets Bruce Banner, and a feeling this is going somewhere. If only I was sure that this version of the Hulk was going to work long term.

8.0
Immortal Hulk #3

Jul 18, 2018

Rashamon in green, five great artists, two obscure PAD-era characters, and one great story.

8.0
Immortal Hulk #4

Aug 1, 2018

Good but a notch lower than last time because Walter Langkowski is not that interesting.

8.5
Immortal Hulk #5

Sep 5, 2018

What scares the Hulk? Not Banner. We know what scares Banner. But the Hulk? What could possibly scare him? But this is a horror story, and usually a good horror story isn't about our fears alone. It's about the fears of the characters. So Al Ewing looked into the Hulk's past and his present, and found the two things that scare him. And as a result this is both a great issue and a great stepping stone for what's to come.

7.5
Immortal Hulk #6

Sep 20, 2018

Ia it too much to have wished that this series didn't get reconnected with the broader Marvel Universe so soon? I mean, it's still great and all, but I like it better when I don't have to know what else is going on at Marvel.

8.5
Immortal Hulk #7

Oct 11, 2018

About what would expect in the current series, where the action is almost beside the point. The point being, the Hulk not only wreaks havoc with things, he does so with people in new ways. And man, what an ending!

8.0
Immortal Hulk #8

Nov 8, 2018

Docking a great story a point for relying on the Stupid Scientist trope. Really, he wasn't smart enough to keep the head in another room, or to not taunt the Hulk. Surely everyone knows you don't make the Hulk angry. Loved the snap, though. Almost as iconic as Thanos's, maybe?

9.0
Immortal Hulk #11

Jan 6, 2019

So much love just for Jackie calling out the entitlement of white men even when they are also green. Not at all sure where this is going. But I am thrilled with the ride.

7.0
Immortal Hulk #12

Jan 23, 2019

Not entirely sure what's going on. And the narration is starting to get pretentious, with reused art. Are we getting some unnecessary padding? Nice to see the classic Hulk, though.

10
Immortal Hulk #14

Mar 7, 2019

So gripping and chilling and smart. Love the acknowledgement of Ross's three funerals. And love how it's clear that the bad guy here is Banner, not unlike how he was used in Jason Aaron's nearly forgotten run on the book.

10
Immortal Hulk #15

Mar 20, 2019

Wow. Though if gamma people don't die, what about the vast number of Marvel characters with one-off hulouts over the decades? Why are there only two critics reviews?

10
Immortal Hulk #16

Apr 4, 2019

I ma not ready to say that this supersedes the PAD era as "Greatest Hulk Series." But certainly Ewing is swinging for the fences and connecting every time, and it seems he's got a huge master plan. Aside from telling a great story and making the Devil Hulk a fascinating character, Ewing is expertly taking elements from all over. This issue alone revisits the Hulk's origin, brings back a charactger we probably haven't seen since the PAD run (in the most unusual way), goes back to the Herb Trimpe era for a twist we probably didn't expect (though maybe fans of more recent Hulk runs aren't surprised)and even tosses in some hulk-dogs. And all of it works!

9.5
Immortal Hulk #17

May 16, 2019

7.0
Immortal Hulk #20

Jul 5, 2019

A rare instance of not fully loving this comic. The stuff in Gamma Hell was muddled and borderd on incoherent, and the events on Earth were unusually hard to make much sense of. I also don't feel like Red Harpy Betty is being written with much consistency. I wonder what went wrong here after so many great issues.

9.0
Immortal Hulk #21

Jul 17, 2019

Reg Fortean is an idiot. Al Ewing is not.

7.0
Immortal Hulk #25

Oct 24, 2019

That was so weird. I honestly don't know how it ties to the rest of the series, and the last couple of pages felt even more out of left field. But the art was great and I give Ewing credit for trying to stretch his talents into pure SF.

10
Immortal Hulk #26

Nov 6, 2019

Stunning and chilling and gripping. War on humanity? Or really just war on capitalism? Is Amdeus right? Is Bruce's crusade doomed? We will see. But what a trip we are on.

8.0
Immortal Hulk #27

Nov 21, 2019

Slightly underwhemling, in part because the fight is a bit of a bore, and in part because the minotaur who runs Roxxon talks we too much and seems a bit cartoony.

7.5
Immortal Hulk #28

Dec 12, 2019

A story about how all those people wearing Guy Fawkes masks at protests are really wearing V for Vendetta masked licensed by Warner Bros.

8.0
Immortal Hulk #29

Jan 12, 2020

Solid but very much setup, and something about Bruce and about Jackie seemed a bit off.

8.0
Immortal Hulk #30

Jan 30, 2020

A bit scattered if still entertaining. And the only reason I know who Xemnu is is because of an article I read about what he did to Jen Walters.

8.0
Immortal Hulk #31

Feb 13, 2020

So weird I can't really wrap my head around it. Which is a good thing.

10
Immortal Hulk #33

Apr 12, 2020

An incredible tour de force that alters everything while restoring the classic savage Hulk to his place as first among equals.

8.0
Immortal Hulk #34

Jul 5, 2020

A good "what has happened so far" for a character with a convoluted history, but not a great issue.

9.0
Immortal Hulk #39

Nov 15, 2020

Where can I buy that cover?

6.5
Immortal Hulk #42

Jan 30, 2021

A rare weak issue of this series. Weak and confusing.

8.5
Immortal Hulk #47

Jun 28, 2021

If we have to have an angsty Jen Walters, let’s at least have Ewing write her instead of Aaron.

9.0
Immortal Hulk #48

Aug 8, 2021

Sex and the married hulk. Somehow this works incredibly well.

9.0
Immortal Hulk #49

Aug 31, 2021

When can we get an Ewing FF series?

8.5
John Constantine: Hellblazer #2

Dec 19, 2019

There are a million million good ideas on the loose here, and the only thing stopping me from loving this series more is that most of the ideas have no room to breathe.

9.0
John Constantine: Hellblazer #9

Oct 4, 2020

I get the sense Spurrier wants to get rid of the monarchy.

7.5
Justice League (2016) #34

Dec 7, 2017

A good low-key start, but this doesn't entirely feel like a Justice League comic. More like a good Elseworlds than the continuation of previous stories.

8.0
Justice League (2016) #35

Dec 21, 2017

Priest finds the heroes' voices this time, keeps things interesting and busy, and then pulls the rug from under them. This is not the sort of thing that people tend to do with the JL, and it's a bit risky. But it's also very welcome.

6.5
Justice League (2016) #36

Jan 4, 2018

Everything is a bit off. The pacing, the characters, the plotting. It's like Priest didn't ahve time to bake everything. Good art, though.

9.0
Justice League (2016) #37

Jan 24, 2018

Back on track after a couple of meandering issues. Not sure yet what to make of the Fan, though.

7.5
Justice League (2016) #38

Feb 7, 2018

So the overall arc seems to be not coming together. But the individual issues are getting ever better. This one works as a Flash story and as a JL story, and I wish DC were keeping Priest on JL longer.

6.5
Justice League (2016) #41

Mar 29, 2018

I really appreciate what Priest is trying to do here, but this time it doesn't really come together, His "Justice League in the real world, only with an evil Black Panther" just feels too messy. Mayb that's on purpose, but the League doesn't entirely feel like they get to do much in their own book. It's, dare I say, a Marvel approach to a DC book, and maybe is the problem.

6.0
Justice League (2016) #43

Apr 19, 2018

A rare dud from Priest, clearly rushed to finish off everything in time for No Justice. The efforts to address what a Justice League could possibly hope to do in the real world comes up short. And I am not entirely sure what happened at the end. Overall, it was nice to see Priest on the big boys, but we all knew it couldn't last. A pity, but DC needs JL to be its second biggest seller, and that won't happen when the writer is writing about geopolitics.

8.0
Justice League (2018) #2

Jun 21, 2018

So much is going on here. Maybe too much. For now, Snyder has things in control, but can he maintain the breakneck pace for long?

7.0
Justice League (2018) #3

Jul 5, 2018

Overstuffed. As if a seven year old is breathlessly retelling his favorite story with a lot of and thens. Entertaining, but no time to breathe. Maybe the opposite of the Man of Steel miniseries, but perhaps we can have a comic that has neither too much padding or too much bone.

6.5
Justice League (2018) #4

Jul 19, 2018

Too much going on without really giving readers time to breathe, and without any room for character play. A big step down from Metal and No Justice, despite the stellar art.

7.5
Justice League Dark (2018) #1

Jul 25, 2018

A good but very talky start. But given that Tynion is in the same mode as his run on Detective, odds are this will get flowing soon enough. And I love this cast.

7.5
Justice League Dark (2018) #2

Aug 23, 2018

Generally good but there is just something not quite there yet.

7.5
Justice League Dark (2018) #4

Oct 17, 2018

Generally good but would be a lot better if there were less narration and more dialogue. And is Tynion really about to destroy the Green?

9.0
Justice League Dark (2018) #6

Dec 12, 2018

Poignant as well as thrilling.

8.5
Justice League Dark (2018) #7

Jan 17, 2019

Half a point off for this issue not exactly advancing the plot. But otherwise a tour de force of storytelling in a jugular vein.

9.0
Justice League Dark (2018) #8

Feb 14, 2019

DC's best series? If not, it's close.

8.0
Justice League Dark (2018) #9

Mar 13, 2019

A tad decompressed but still one of DC's best comics.

7.0
Justice League Dark (2018) #13

Jul 25, 2019

All very well done, but did we need John's origin again? It might be retold as much as Batman's now.

6.5
Justice League Dark (2018) #18

Jan 5, 2020

Decompression is taking its toll. I am not sure I remember what's been going on, in fact.

7.5
Justice League Dark (2018) #19

Jan 30, 2020

It's too clear the Tynion's decision to leave JLDark for two issues a month of Batman led to a premature end to the arc here. Though 19 issues of basically the same story is a bit much. Lots of good moments but the whole leaves me wanting.

8.0
Justice League Dark (2018) #24

Aug 2, 2020

The new creative team takes up very well from where the old left off.

8.0
Justice League Dark (2018): Witching Hour #1

Oct 31, 2018

Strong ending that finally ups the ante on the mythic elements of the story, and that clearly changes the status quo for magic in the DCU going forward. Poor Swamp Thing.

7.0
Justice League: No Justice #1

May 10, 2018

Great art, and some great moments with the neglected Manhunter from Mars. But kind of padded. Lots of set-up, not much else.

9.0
Justice League: No Justice #2

May 16, 2018

Great art is aided by a strong script and a ton of amazing character moments. Things are perking along very nicely indeed.

7.0
Justice League: No Justice #3

May 23, 2018

Two steps backwards: less interesting character play than last week, and the usually amazing Riley Rossmo doing a lot of the art in a style that is great for Hellblazer but not good for this kind of comic. Also, too much Waller being whiney.

7.5
Justice League: No Justice #4

May 30, 2018

Loses points for a plot that doesn't entirely make sense and is rushed, and for how annoying Waller is. But otherwise, lots of amazing character moments, and great art, and a strong setup for the future of the JL franchise.

7.0
Justice League: Odyssey #1

Sep 26, 2018

There is an interesting premise in here somewhere. I will give this a second issue to work. But Williamson doesn't entirely seem to get Starfire or Cyborg.

7.5
Justice League: Odyssey #2

Oct 24, 2018

A fair sight better than the last issue, if still a little clunky in spots. Great art.

6.0
Justice League: Odyssey #4

Jan 6, 2019

Yelling the booyah is not enough to make this series come together. I am out for now.

10
King In Black: Immortal Hulk #1

Jan 16, 2021

Thoroughly charming and surprisingly happy. Given that the classic "Hulk Smash!" Hulk was more or less missing when this series started, it's really wonderful how much he's taken over the book and how well Ewing gets that balance between his sheer rage and his childlike innocence. Of course, you still need a way to convey that, and this unique silent comic that is a tie-in to something I am not reading works incredibly well.

7.0
King In Black: Gwenom vs. Carnage #1

Jan 30, 2021

If only I liked the sort of horror in view here because Seanan does it well. But it isn’t my kind of thing.

7.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2019) #1

Nov 6, 2019

Too many characters for a new comic, and not enough to distinguish them yet. But the art is great, there is some seriously weird world-building going on, and I came away happy. Definitely worth trying. Assuming you still like Bendis. Seems I still like Bendis.

8.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2019): Millennium #2

Oct 2, 2019

So we get the mission statement: humanity has endured, but just barely. It falls, and comes back over and over. And now this new team of teen heroes has one last chance to make it worth before New Earth goes the way of Old. Not really sold on the teens yet, but there is something about this idea that really feels different.

7.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2019) #2

Dec 19, 2019

There is a ton of potential here, if only BMB could get out of his own way. He's too eager to do everything at once, and we aren't really getting to know anyone as a result. I sort of wish he had started with the origin of the Legion, even if I get that he didn't want to cover that ground again. And we don't need Damian so soon, even if the Super-Sons are just that cool.

7.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2019) #3

Jan 15, 2020

A really good comic is looking to get out to the world here, but the scattered plot and underdeveloped cast are in the way. It's no accident that the moments with Jon and Damian work so much better since we know them so well.

7.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2019) #4

Feb 19, 2020

Points docked for the confusing stuff set in the present that bookends the origin story. And for maybe overplaying the "teens want to change the world" stuff in Garth's part of the story. But the art is stellar - Janin is the best, period - and that moment when the founders go into action for the first time brought a tear of fanboy joy to my eyes.

8.0
Legion of Super-Heroes (2019) #5

Apr 12, 2020

The first really good issue. And not by chance, the first one where Brainiac 5 gets to shine. Brainy is the best LSHer, and Bendis knows it.

7.5
Lois Lane (2019) #1

Jul 5, 2019

A lot of interesting stuff here, but it feels like Rucka stenciling over what Bendis has been doing. And while I am in line with Rucka's politics - this seems to be the first DC or Marvel comic to call out the current administration on anything - is Rucka making an accusation that Trump's policy at the border is about making his rich friends richer? That is certainly a big leap for a comic book writer who is not, so far as I know, a reporter.

9.5
Lois Lane (2019) #5

Nov 6, 2019

The only things wrong with this comic are that we didn't learn how Vic Sage is alive, and that all the political intrigue involving a whistleblower has to compete with reality. Though I really do wish Lois Lane were on the impeachment trail. Otherwise, amazing art and great character stuff. A home run.

7.5
Lois Lane (2019) #6

Dec 4, 2019

If only this were part of an ongoing series and not the use of 1/12th of the series to address something that happened in another comic. And Perkins cannot draw babies.

7.0
Lois Lane (2019) #7

Jan 3, 2020

Despite some great art and good character work, things sputter a bit. And is that supposed to be Mister Bones at the end? Or someone else?

7.0
Lois Lane (2019) #9

Mar 5, 2020

Rucka and Perkins are having trouble seeing the forest through the trees. The trees are great, but the forest is getting lost.

6.5
Lois Lane (2019) #10

May 26, 2020

So remember when this was a down to earth comic about freedom of the press and immigrants? I don't, and I feel like even the usually reliable Greg Rucka doesn't either. And while I like the multiversal stuff and how it is a back door explanation of how Renee and Vic and Sister Clarice are in the current DCU, it doesn't belong here, even if it turns out that Lois is completely the Lois from the pre-Flashpoint DCU. Also, while I appreciate what Mike Perkins tries to do in illustrating the multiverse - love the cameo by the 1978 movie version of Kal-El's ship - he is not the best artist for such things. He is more suited to the noir and that is not noir. And the ending is really muddled. What is going on?

7.0
Lois Lane (2019) #12

Jul 19, 2020

Well, to my surprise, Rucka brought everything together. But how much better this series would have been if it didn't have to address things from the other Superman comics at the same time. We wasted three issues on that. And I still don't understand how Charlie is alive. But my biggest problem is that as fantastical as "we are remembering our alternate lives" is, the real fantasy here is that good journalism can save us all and that one great journalist can do that by herself. It doesn't work that way, sadly. It never has. I much prefer "press-paganga" to "copanganda" but it's still too much "hooray for our side" for my tastes.

9.0
Martian Manhunter (2018) #2

Jan 9, 2019

Such a great reimagining of Mars, by two great talents. Though the stuff on Earth could be better.

8.5
Martian Manhunter (2018) #3

Feb 27, 2019

Slightly less amazing than the first two issues, since we trade the outright weirdness of Mars woth the familiar ground of J'Onn arriving on Earth. But still amazing.

7.0
Martian Manhunter (2018) #4

Mar 28, 2019

A bit more diffuse than previous issues, though the stuff on Earth is really start to sizzle.

9.0
Martian Manhunter (2018) #7

Jul 25, 2019

Great storytelling, start to finish. The dynamic between Meade and J'Onn is amazing, so much so that I would rather have an ongoing about them than see J'Onn get wrung out in Justice League.

10
Martian Manhunter (2018) #9

Oct 24, 2019

The best installment yet in what might possibly be the best J'Onn story yet.

8.0
Martian Manhunter (2018) #10

Nov 27, 2019

The end of the fight within J'Onn's mind was a bit of a letdown, but I love the art and love the team of Jones and Meade. Can we keep her, and keep this longer than a year?

8.0
Mister Miracle #1

Aug 9, 2017

I liked this but don't know what to make it yet. It could be another great King series like Grayson or Omega Men, or it could get caught up in its own messiness like Batman. But certainly it grabs me. One note: this doesn't really match with continuity any more than Omega Men meshed with GLC. Which is fine. It might even work better that way.

3.0
Mister Miracle #2

Sep 14, 2017

Portentous, pretentious, depressing, dull, padded, poorly paced. Why is everyone raving about this? There was about six seconds of interesting plot development, but this is otherwise another overrated dud from King, whose work has gone from incredible to miserable in three short years.

6.0
Mystik U #1

Nov 29, 2017

I might be a bit kind if this were less expensive. It's got good art and likeable characters but it's too familiar. Some people will compare it with Harry Potter. I'm going to compare it to the X-Men series by Jason Aaron at Jean Grey Academy. CRoss out Broo and write in Plop, replace the famous X-Men with the famous wizards and witches, and so on. It might be worth tracking down in collected form. But it's not quite good enough to be worth the cost.

8.0
New Superman #14

Aug 9, 2017

Strong story but what's with the ending?

7.0
New Superman #15

Sep 14, 2017

What is the Suicide Squad doing here? Some good stuff, and good art, but it's a bit scattershot.

7.0
New Superman #17

Nov 9, 2017

So so guest art. A bit all over the place. But still fun if forgettable.

8.5
New Superman #19

Jan 11, 2018

Guessing this was an inventory script - did DC make Tamaki try out here? I hope not. But it's a really good script.

7.5
New Superman #22

Apr 12, 2018

Solid use of geopolitics and the tragedy/disaster that is present day North Korea, undermined slightly by hackneyed team dynamics.

8.0
New Superman #23

May 10, 2018

Rushed ending, but otherwise good.

6.0
Newsboy Legion & The Boy Commandos Special #1

Aug 15, 2017

I liked the art. But what the hell was that????

7.0
Nightwing (2016) #26

Aug 2, 2017

We're in a bit of a rough patch here as the main plot was good but not great, and the backsliding of Shawn was really disappointing and predictable. Seeley can do better. He WAS doing better. What's going on, Tim? Loved the art, though.

7.0
Nightwing (2016) #27

Aug 16, 2017

An improvement over the last issue, mainly by being more or less an issue of Grayson. Too much narration, though. And while I don't love the subplot with Shawn, the Defacer has new relevance this week.

8.0
Nightwing (2016) #28

Sep 6, 2017

I am still concerned about where Shawn's arc is going. But the rest of the book is back on track, an this arc was a welcome look back at the Grayson comic.

7.0
Nightwing (2016) #29

Sep 20, 2017

The stuff with Nightwing and his narration is great. The rest is sort of a mess. Glad we aren't getting a lot more Metal crossover stuff.

7.0
Nightwing (2016) #30

Oct 9, 2017

Strong Nightwing, Raptor and Blockbuster. Really weak gang o' ex-villains. Good story but should have been much better.

7.0
Nightwing (2016) #31

Oct 18, 2017

Stronger than the last issue, but Dick really still seems off his game. At least Blockbuster and Raptor are not.

7.0
Nightwing (2016) #32

Nov 1, 2017

The conversation between Dick and Raptor is great stuff. But then things happen too suddenly with Shawn and her team, even as everything goes to crap for Dick. So a 9 till that moment of disconnect, and then a big dropoff.

8.0
Nightwing (2016) #33

Nov 15, 2017

The strength of this issue, like the last, is the conversation. The fight stuff is pretty good, though it kind of feels like the army of 'roided up id monsters is sketchy in both art and use. It's the chat between Dick and a version of Blockbuster who is surprisingly more interesting than the one we knew and loved to hate in the classic Dixon era. This Roland Desmond is fascinating and a great mix of outright thug and thoughtful adversary. Plus I think that Seeley has finally got a handle once more on the rest of the cast. The finale is shaping up to be a great capstone to the short but eventful Seeley era.

7.0
Nightwing (2016) #34

Dec 6, 2017

A lot to like, but this is generally muddled, not the best end to what has been a good run on Nightwing by Seeley. I just hope that Humphries keeps the supporting cast around.

6.5
Nightwing (2016) #35

Dec 21, 2017

Great Chang art, but really a mess. What is going on here?

6.0
Nightwing (2016) #36

Jan 4, 2018

This is the same Humprhies who was so good in GLs? This is a dour, bleak, un-fun mess saved only by the art and maybe by Alfred.

6.5
Nightwing (2016) #37

Jan 24, 2018

Better than the last issue, but still not good. The Judge does nothing for me.

7.0
Nightwing (2016) #42

Apr 4, 2018

After the mess that was Humphries's failed run, this one is welcome. Even if the orientalism is not.

7.0
Nightwing (2016) #43

Apr 19, 2018

Like the last issue, non-essential filler with a good story and great art that is a lot more fun than anything Humphries did. But if you are strapped after getting Action 1000, you can skip this.

6.5
Nightwing (2016) #44

May 3, 2018

Instantly forgettable, with an art style that doesn't really go with Nightwing and a story that os ust there. And Nightwing is a luddite? Really? Bring back Seeley!

5.5
Nightwing (2016) #45

Jun 7, 2018

Better than last month, but still not good. Bring back Seeley!

7.0
Nightwing: The New Order #1

Aug 23, 2017

Hard to believe that in 2002, I dropped Nightwing because I couldn't stand McCarthy's art. He has come so far since then. As for the rest of this, a good but not great start, and it's hard to imagine it won't be by the numbers. But Higgins still writes a good Dick Grayson.

7.5
Nightwing: The New Order #2

Sep 28, 2017

Points off for a shock value death and for still seeming like it will be rather predictable. But otherwise great art and a strong script. I will stick with this.

8.0
Nightwing: The New Order #3

Oct 25, 2017

Still incredibly engrossing and a lot better than I expected. Higgins really gets Dick no matter what the story.

7.5
Nightwing: The New Order #4

Nov 22, 2017

Good solid story with emotional beats that feel believable and a main character who remains true to his beliefs even when caught between extremes.

7.0
Nightwing: The New Order #5

Dec 28, 2017

The story has started to meander a bit, though the spin given to The Big Red S and his worst enemy, like the twist to Lois, is effective. The best part is Dick's utterly, overly consistent behavior throughout the series.

7.5
Nightwing: The New Order #6

Jan 24, 2018

Dick's change of heart comes from nowhere. That undermines an otherwise strong finale to a good of non-essential miniseries.

7.5
Plastic Man (2018) #1

Jun 21, 2018

Simone walks a fine line between Plastic humor and noir, and for the most part it works. But there is something missing, and I am not sure what. Maybe it's just that I want to see Plas do something more street level than work with Spyral. Maybe it's that he's not wacky enough.

6.5
Plastic Man (2018) #2

Jul 12, 2018

I should like this. And I guess I do. But there is just something missing that makes it all feel less than essential. And not worth the money when down the line I can just find it in a library.

9.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #13

Aug 9, 2017

The comic Soy and Lobdell were meant for. Loved every moment of this four person play. Loved that ending.

8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #14

Sep 13, 2017

Part one of "Powers for Algernon" is very good, though we know it's going end on a downer. First issue that Dexter Soy has missed in like two years, but Joe Bennett is always welcome.

6.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #15

Oct 14, 2017

A rare weak issue for this series as Lobdell doesn't really do well with Team Batman.

7.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #16

Nov 9, 2017

Sort of all over the place, though the interactions between the Outlaws and the Squad are very well done.

7.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #18

Jan 11, 2018

Not sure what the Creeper is doing here, and the pace of the issue was a bit clunky. But fun as usual, and also going to some really disturbing places.

7.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #21

Apr 12, 2018

I feel like we missed something regarding Jason and the Penguin. But the rest is really good.

8.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #22

May 10, 2018

Surprisingly poignant. Expect when Jason is pestering the Penguin and when Luthor is around.

10
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #23

Jun 21, 2018

Not that I don't miss Bizarro and Artemis, but Jason is the star of this series, and this issue shows us why.

8.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #24

Jul 12, 2018

Did THAT really happen? Pretty clear that Lobdell is bringing all the plots of the first 24 issues to a head, and he's doing it as well as ever.

8.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #25

Aug 9, 2018

A bit scattershot, but generally entertaining and fun and gripping, with some interesting surprises.

8.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #26

Sep 14, 2018

Great new artist in Woods, same great writer, and a new direction that feels totally earned.

8.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #27

Oct 11, 2018

For the record, I am not interested in Tom King's PTSD Comics and think that character deaths are gratuitous. So I am impressed that Lodbell managed to make some lemonade from that lemon, addressing both Heroes in Crisis and the lingering threads in here well. I like that Bruce and Jason were able to make peace again, even if I think that Bruce will never trust Jason again. But I hope next time out, we can just focus on what seems to be a really good storyline.

7.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #30

Jan 17, 2019

Entertaining but oddly paced.

7.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #31

Feb 14, 2019

Somewhat abrupt and disjointed ending to the arc. And who IS Wingman?

7.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #32

Mar 13, 2019

How did we get here anyway? And who's Wingman. I liked it but I want some answers.

7.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #33

Apr 12, 2019

Entertaining, but starting to feel a bit lighter and more disposable that it has. The Su sisters are not nearly are interesting as Artemis and Bizarro.

7.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #34

May 8, 2019

The change of pace is a little quiet at times, but it makes for a good breather in what is usually a very propulsive comic. The way that Roy's death has been handled is remarkably poignant. But what is the deal with Wingman?

7.5
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) #36

Jul 10, 2019

Solid conclusion to the arc and to a lot of things that have been going on for longer. Not loving this year of the villain thing, but I suspect Lobdell doesn't either. Great art, especially for Susie, who is that rarest of rarities, an obese woman not drawn to look like a freak.

7.0
Red Hood and the Outlaws (2016) Annual #1

Sep 2, 2017

Solid story but not the most necessary. Good character work as usual.

8.0
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018) #1

Oct 24, 2018

Totally accessible for this newb to Spider-Gwen, and totally fun. Very much a work by Seanan McGuire.

7.0
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018) #3

Dec 13, 2018

Seems like despite solid sales, a popular character, and an acclaimed award winning author, th fan press is ignoring this. I wonder why. Anyway, a fun story concludes. There is a lot of promise here, but it's impossible to say what tis series will be like when it returns to the regular world of Gwen Stacey. Never a good idea to start a new series with a crossover.

8.0
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018) #4

Jan 9, 2019

Docking half a point for starting a new series with a crossover. But I think we are on our way to something really good. And fans of the marvelous Ms. McGuire wiil no doubt revel in her unique voice.

10
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018) #6

Mar 13, 2019

At long last, things are moving as the crossover fades from view. Lots of fun.

8.5
Spider-Gwen: Ghost-Spider (2018) #7

Apr 3, 2019

McGuire settles in more and more with each issue, and I loved the set piece at the end. Did we actually see a hero saving people's lives? That doesn't happen nearly enough.

6.5
Static (2021): Season One #1

Jun 15, 2021

The sense of humor that was a cornerstone of the Robert Washington comic and the cartoon is missing from our hero, and that makes this something of a by the numbers read. Virgil is just not that interesting, though his sister and parents are. And the rather serious turn of events to close the issue makes me think that will lack the sense of fun we've seen in the past.

8.0
Suicide Squad (2016) Annual #1

Aug 23, 2018

How did no one ever have Swamp Thing and Amanda Waller collide till now?

7.0
Super Sons #7

Aug 18, 2017

There is nothing wrong with this series, but it's all rather inconsequential and forgettable.

9.0
Superman (2018) #1

Jul 11, 2018

Sooo close to giving this a 10. Love the art. Love how BMB writes Supes and finally liked how he wrote Lois and Jon. But his J'Onn...what was up with that? Take over? And "it's garbage?" That is not how J'Onn talks. (Also not sure about his Flash.) Overall, though, it was a joy to read and to look at. Give me more.

8.0
Superman (2018) #2

Aug 9, 2018

For years I heard complaints about the decompressed storytelling of Brian Michael Bendis. And sure enough, this is a very decompressed story. But I kind of love it. Bendis writes such a great Superman that he makes up for everything about this issue that shouldn't work. Well, maybe not his take on the Flash. There's only half an issue of story here, but all of it grabs me. And who could fail to love the art?

8.0
Superman (2018) #3

Sep 14, 2018

Bendis and Reis's impressive run continues. Bendis's Superman is as spot-on as ever.

7.5
Superman (2018) #4

Oct 11, 2018

Points off for BMB decompression and what might be a misleading cliffhanger. But I love the art and love how well Bendis gets Superman month in and month out. It's rare to have a Supes who doesn't think with his fists, and who can actually be strategic. I want more.

7.0
Superman (2018) #6

Dec 13, 2018

Great art and character play with Supes doesn't quite fix the abrupt ending of the fight, or get us any closer to knowing what's up with Rogor Zaar. The mystery of Rogor Zaar started in June and we still don't know who he is. If Bendis's run has a central flaw, this is it.

6.5
Superman (2018) #7

Jan 17, 2019

The master of decompression goes the other direction, stuffing too much into a small space and quot quite succeeding. Not a bad comic, but could be so much better.

8.0
Superman (2018) #8

Feb 14, 2019

Aging up Jon is still not a great idea, but the execution of the idea has been really good.

7.0
Superman (2018) #10

Apr 11, 2019

I know this is flawed, and it could have taken two issues instead of four to get us to this place. But I am still liking this book, and what Bendis is doing with the entire Kent family. Despite Jon being seven years older, he still has an air of innocence about him that works well. And the art remains the art, since I don't think Reis can do a bad page.

9.0
Superman (2018) #18

Dec 11, 2019

Better the second time around. And gives me a modicum of hope on a rather hopeless day.

7.0
Superman (2018) #19

Jan 23, 2020

GWW has it exactly right.

7.5
Superman (2018) #20

Feb 13, 2020

The stuff with Mongul is sort of a mess. Everything else is great. And of course Supes is going to catch flak for speaking for Earth. Really fun and thoughtful stuff here.

7.0
Superman (2018) #23

Jul 19, 2020

Note to everyone who hated this for being like all the other issues of this series: why are you still reading? Save your money and buy something you will like. Anyway, I appreciate that Bendis took the time to slow down and made Supes slow down as well. Even if he doesn't really have Dr. Fate's voice anything near right. And Maguire is welcome any time.

8.0
Superman (2018): Heroes #1

Feb 13, 2020

Worth it just for Maguire's art, Booster Gold's moment, and Rucka writing Batman and Wonder Woman. The rest was pretty good but those bits were amazing.

7.0
Superman (2018): Villains #1

Mar 5, 2020

Much more scattered then the Heroes special. The chain of events with Leone and the Invisible Mafia was good but should have been played out in Action Comics. The reveal that the Kents are indeed alive should have been in a book not about villains. And the scene with Lex, while funny (Fraction?) forgot that Lex isn't a businessman anymore.

7.0
Thanos: Infinity: The Infinity Siblings #1

Apr 9, 2018

Bizarrely was able to buy it for 99 cents on Comixology. It's worth more than that, but I feel like, aside from doing some interesting stuff with the rather reprehensible Eros, it covers a lot of ground we've seen before and also suffers from a few of Starlin's writing ticks. Still, no one writes Thanos better. And the art by Davis is what you might expect.

7.5
The Best Defense: Defenders #1

Dec 20, 2018

Despite that sweet sweet Bennett art, this was a bit of a mess and never came fully together. The Hulk didn't really contribute much - as if Ewing didn't want to overuse the character he's writing 18 times a year - and future Stephen was a cypher. But this was still entertaining and weird.

7.5
The Dreaming (2018) #3

Nov 8, 2018

A bit too much Tell and Don't Show, but generally good, and stronger as it goes along.

9.5
The Dreaming (2018) #5

Jan 9, 2019

Rapidly becoming a must read.

8.0
The Dreaming (2018) #13

Sep 6, 2019

A really good story, but I am at a loss to understand how it connects with the regular arc.

10
The Dreaming (2018) #15

Nov 6, 2019

Is anyone reading this? Are YOU reading this? Why aren't you reading this? This is an incredible comic, and this issue is the best so far. Spurrier and Evely hit a grand slam.

9.0
The Dreaming (2018) #16

Dec 4, 2019

Another brilliant issue, with some really subtle bits. (At no point does the tech genius say that 9/11 led him to do his great project, but the timestamp makes it clear that Spurrier wants to mention it without being a bludgeon.) Only way it could have been better is for Evely to have done the art.

9.0
The Dreaming (2018) #17

Jan 5, 2020

Another excellent issue with a great surprise at the end.

8.5
The Dreaming (2018) #20

May 17, 2020

A very strong ending, but it's hard to imagine that these 20 issues are going to have a place in the larger Sandman universe in years to come. I will miss Dora.

8.0
The Girl In The Bay #1

Feb 14, 2019

Very intriguing first part.

8.5
The Man of Steel (2018) #1

May 30, 2018

Spot on perfect Superman, intriguing story, good mystery and great art. Still not sure about the new characters but otherwise I am in. Ben did might actually do it.

7.5
The Man of Steel (2018) #2

Jun 6, 2018

Definitely a notch lower as BMB starts to juggle several balls at once story-wise, including the hackneyed "The Daily Planet is doomed because no one reads newspapers" concept. But his Supes is still spot on, and there is a lot to like here. I just don't think we need this many plotlines. Or three artists, all of them good but not of them matching.

7.5
The Man of Steel (2018) #4

Jun 21, 2018

The internal monologue by Supes and the action sequences by Maguire make up for an abrupt ending and a somewhat underwhelming appearance by Hal "too busy to be in the League" Jordan.

7.0
The Man of Steel (2018) #5

Jun 27, 2018

The continued strong characterization of Supes and Kara and a lot of good art make up for the glacial pacing, mishandling of most of the JLA, and whatever it is that's going on with Lois and Jon. This would have been better at four issues.

7.5
The Man of Steel (2018) #6

Jul 4, 2018

The art is great, and Bendis continues to understand Superman. And the new status quo might be very interesting. But we never come near to the truth about the big bad, and I am not quite sure why we need to have Lois and Jon off the board. I will be reading one of the Bendix series, but I don't know for how long.

6.5
The Other History of the DC Universe (2020) #1

Dec 28, 2020

Well intended but utterly inert, since it tells without really showing. With very few exceptions, comic books that try to be essentially novels with illustrations don't work well. Nothing really engages here. Plus Jeff Pierce comes across as a bit of a jerk. And trying to force together real world events with the comics of the time is clumsy. I don't mind calling out DC's racism of the period (and presumably of the moment). But trying to explain why the JLA didn't rescue the hostages in Iran rings false. (Also, Ridley gets his facts wrong. Iran didn't let the hostages go because it was scared of Reagan.) Not a bad story, but never a great one, and not worth the high price per issue. And where are the creator credits, especially for Tony Isabella?

8.5
The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1

Nov 21, 2019

Excellent art and a general effort to turn back the clock to the original Denny O'Neil make this a delight to old school fans of Vic Sage, even if at times this threatens to teeter into nostalgia. Lemire's script stays focused, and he gives one of his better efforts for DC in the past few years.

7.0
The Sandman Universe #1

Aug 9, 2018

Given that I only got this to see what is going on with Tim Hunter version 4.0, I was generally surprised with how interesting it was, seeing as how I am not much on Sandman, or Si Spurrier. The Dreaming and House of Whispers spinoffs look interesting. The Tim Hunter stuff, though, was the least interesting section here.

9.0
The Sandman Universe: Hellblazer #1

Oct 31, 2019

As much as I like some of Constantine's appearances in the DCU, and loved the short lived series by Tynion and Doyle and Rossmo, we need to have back full on classic Constantine, don't we?

5.0
The Shadow (2017) #1

Aug 15, 2017

Instantly forgettable and kind of snide about everything but the Shadow. Not the least bit fun or interesting.

8.0
The Shadow/Batman #1

Oct 9, 2017

In the quickest turnaround ever between original and sequel, we had to wait a whole week for this! DC and Dynamite have struck gold again though, with the addition of Damian.

8.0
The Shadow/Batman #2

Nov 2, 2017

Builds on the last issue and the first miniseries very deftly, and introduces some new if familiar elements.

7.5
The Shadow/Batman #3

Dec 7, 2017

Moving along rather nicely, with a good twist at the end.

8.0
The Shadow/Batman #4

Jan 4, 2018

Good all around, but mainly for Damian.

7.0
The Terrifics #2

Mar 29, 2018

An improvement over the first issue, but really getting there slowly.

5.0
The Terrifics #3

Apr 27, 2018

The Tepids is more like it. A dull slog of a series so far, no matter how good the art. Is this really written by Lemire?

9.0
Valkyrie: Jane Foster #1

Jul 25, 2019

Such a great first issue. I didn't read a word of the War of the Realms, and I wasn't lost. That alone is noteworthy. But there is just so much going on here, all built around one of Marvel's most intriguing characters, written by its two best writers. I can't wait to see where it all goes.

8.5
Valkyrie: Jane Foster #4

Oct 24, 2019

Wacky, smart fun, with a zany Mephisto.

8.5
Valkyrie: Jane Foster #5

Nov 27, 2019

Why isn't everyone talking about this?

10
Wild Storm #7

Sep 25, 2017

Why aren't you reading this comic?

7.0
Wild Storm #13

May 16, 2018

Every individual issue is so well written and so gorgeous that it pains me to say how little actually seems to be happening and how little I remember from the previous 12 issues. Ellis is in total command of the characters, but not the narrative.

10
Wild Storm #14

Jun 21, 2018

Worth reading just for the scene with Lynch and Fairchild and for the fight at the beginning. As usual, there are too many things going on in each issue and I have trouble keeping track of all the things that Ellis is wrapping around the center of the comic. There are just too many characters.

8.0
Wild Storm #15

Jul 19, 2018

As usual, the bits and pieces are great, and for once I sort of know what's going on. But with the story more than halfway to the end, I wonder if we will ever get all the pieces connected. And where did Angela Spica go?

8.0
Wild Storm #18

Oct 31, 2018

I think all the pieces are in place. And there are a lot of them. Maybe too many. But I still like this. Should re-read it all between now and the next issue.

8.0
Wild Storm #19

Jan 23, 2019

I love every individual issue, but does it add up to anything but a 24 issue setup for spinoffs DC might not greenlight?

7.5
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #1

Oct 14, 2017

Seriously weird stuff, with the first of what seem to be many alt-reality DC characters. Cray is the center here, and he's a good center, but we are a notch below the brilliance of The Wild Storm.

7.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #2

Nov 9, 2017

Good cast, great art, but I am not sure a series of warped DCU heroes being killed by the title character is what we need.

8.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #4

Jan 11, 2018

Much better second part of the Barry Allen story.

9.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #7

May 10, 2018

Best issue yet. Love this alternate John Constantine.

8.5
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #9

Jul 12, 2018

Why aren't you reading this?

8.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #10

Aug 9, 2018

Why aren't you reading this series? Why isn't anyone?

8.0
Wild Storm: Michael Cray #11

Sep 14, 2018

Maybe a bit too much time with Diana Prince, and do we really need two sex scenes? But overall a great lead-in to the finale next month.

5.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #27

Jul 26, 2017

Nice art but replacement-level storytelling that doesn't really hold together. After three years of Brian Azz and a year of Rucka, they can do a lot better.

7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #31

Sep 28, 2017

Suddenly, it's Hercule Poirot for no reason! Or rather, a lawyer drawn to look like Poirot on the long running TV series (one of my all time favorite shows). That really takes me out of a story that wasn't quite grabbing me. It was a Robinson script, but not a very substantial one, and we barely have any Diana. Tossing in that character - is he a hint that the seemingly dead Hercules is still alive, given the name? - just makes me struggle to say engaged.

7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #32

Oct 14, 2017

Good art, and some good character work, but Robinson has no feel at all for Diana.

8.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #33

Oct 25, 2017

Apparently the best way to have Robinson write a good Wonder Woman comic is to leave Wonder Woman out. This feels so much more like a classic Robinson comic that the first two parts. He really gets the hard to get Grail and even Baby Darkseid. And great art, too.

7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #34

Nov 9, 2017

The ending makes the rest of the book work, but Robinson still has no idea how to write Diana.

6.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #37

Dec 28, 2017

OK, Darkseid is back. Can we now move to an actual Wonder Woman story?

7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #38

Jan 11, 2018

The art is great. The pacing is better, the script is better. But something is still missing. I think Robinson just doesn't know what to do with Diana.

7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #39

Jan 24, 2018

Robinson cannot find Diana's voice. Which is a real pity because everything else clicks, especially his Darkseid.

7.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #56

Oct 11, 2018

I have no idea where this is headed, and I sort of think that it won't need five issues to get there. But the art is amazing and the script hides a lot of flaws with the plot.

7.0
Wonder Woman (2016) #57

Oct 24, 2018

Good character stuff, but the plot is really quite padded out. Did we need this to be five parts?

5.5
Wonder Woman (2016) #60

Dec 13, 2018

Bland from start to finish. Dull art, boring story, nothing here worth reading. I heard great thing about Willow Wilson, but none of them are on display. Have to wonder if the editors are forcing the same old same old "Diana and the Gods" stuff onto every new writer.

7.5
Wonder Woman (2016) Annual #2

Jun 7, 2018

Given how underwhelming Robinson's run on WW has been, this is surprisingly good. Having Frazer Irving art doesn't hurt.

8.0
Wonder Woman/Conan #1

Sep 25, 2017

Lots and lots of fun from a really good artist and a writer who is always great but never seems to be enough work anymore.

7.5
Young Justice (2019) #1

Jan 9, 2019

Lightweight and a bit scattered but striving to be fun. Think PAD's original Young Justice and not Johns' Teen Titans. A good start.

8.0
Young Justice (2019) #3

Mar 7, 2019

I didn’t see THAT coming.

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