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Action Comics #598

Jun 27, 2020

We all remember our first issue of Superman. This was mine. An average story and issue. It introduced us to the secret Checkmate organization. The only time it was on the hot list was around 15 years ago when it played such a large roll in the Final Crisis countdown. Since then, it's just one of those issues, its only real value is sentimentally. But who can say they were disappointed in the issue that began decades of fandom? Like I said, it was average, but to me, a classic as well. And though there's no atomic explosion in the story like the cover, and it's your average late '80s Superman story I'll always remember it as my first of now over 1,000 Superman books.

9.5
Action Comics #692

May 13, 2021

This was a welcome story, dealing with Clark Kent's disappearance since Doomsday's rampage. Luthor even shows his joy to have Superman back-So he can kill him one day himself. Dr. Occult gives a little closure by explaining how Superman returned and made for an interesting mysterious new character. The end of the issue is still one of the best endings to a comic I've ever seen, when Clark and Lois are swept just outside the old farm. You can only imagine the joy Ma and Pa Kent felt to see their son back in person. It was a very satisfying conclusion to the huge Supermen saga's aftermath.

9.0
Action Comics #697

May 13, 2021

Though Bizarro is held in most regards as a villain, this incarnation was an exception. He really does believe he's Superman, then an exact double shows up and it seems the world is against the poor guy. This Bizarro was actually quite lovable and innocent. You can imagine his confusion and frustration, especially when Lana, the person he felt he could always trust was startled by him. It was real unfortunate this version of the character couldn't have been allowed to develop.This is a true classic and one of the best Bizarro adventures ever. If you're looking for a few back issues featuring him The ones making up this story are ones I'd highly recommend.

9.0
Action Comics #700

Jun 27, 2020

These days if a comic makes it to #700 it's following volume 6, #43 and though it resumes its original numbering for that landmark, the next issue is volume 7, #1. Sadly, publishers nowadays put more into starting over at #1 than a rare landmark number. But this issue was from a time when the thought of a decades-long running title like Action Comics starting over at #1 was still laughable. Being the first American comic since Dell Four color to reach its 700th issue, this was a big accomplishment at the time. And Roger Stern provided a great setting. A showdown with Lex Luthor, who'd been assumed dead a long time and posed as his own heir for years, fooling even Superman. And back in Smallville, the Kents host the wedding of Clark's best friends Pete Ross and Lana Lang (And it did last about a decade), And part of Metropolis is leveled by Luthor's missiles. Action Comics lives up to its name in this issue. I remember seeing the ad for this issue a few weeks before buying it. It looked like a movie poster, with the cast on the bottom, including the now-forgotten Bibbo, who also wasn't present in the actual issue. Even though now Action has reached over 1,000 issues, They haven't made a landmark issue this good since.

8.5
Action Comics #705

May 13, 2021

This is the issue that reveals the true mastermind. After weeks of suspicion and a great deal of stress, Superman seems to be losing it. So much so that the S.C.U. is called in to confront him. Convinced it's all one of Mr. Mxyzptlk's games, Superman begins to cross the line he's always feared he may be forced to cross. Meanwhile Brainiac is back in action and escapes New Genesis, reveling in the success of his plan. "Dead again" is a thrilling saga. It leaves you eager with each chapter you read to see what will happen next. And it only gets more exciting as it develops.

8.0
Action Comics #711

May 13, 2021

Conduit chooses a rather unique way to exact his final revenge. A simulation of Smallville with a big game between them and Metropolis as the theme. He fills the bleachers with robotic versions of his father. His way of finally winning his praise over the perfect Clark Kent by besting him in battle. This results in the villain's demise at the end. Fitting in ways since he was created to be Superman's nemesis while Luthor was out of commission. But since Luthor was soon to return I guess the writers decided Conduit served his purpose. Too bad, because he had potential as an occasional enemy.

8.0
Action Comics #714

May 13, 2021

This was an interesting encounter with the Joker, and not even a mention of Batman. It's a fool's move to think you can capitalize on the image of the Joker. It reminds me a little of the "Joker's wild" episode of Batman, which is generally the same plot. I also find it funny what a punch Jimmy packs. Very few teenagers would have the nerve to sucker punch the most deranged killer alive like that, except maybe Robin. This also has a humorous reference to the Power Rangers, who were at the height of their popularity at the time, "The Mighty Martian Powee Rangers." Plus Supermaqn's reaction, "Oh, give me a break." How I figured all real Superheroes felt about something so cheesy. This also set the grounds for a story that woulod be several months away with Joker's little "gift" to Lois.

7.5
Action Comics #720

May 13, 2021

A sad ending for an issue. A the time DC was apparently afraid marrying would change Superman too much. So they planned to tear him and Lois apart and replace her with Lori Lemaris. The readers said "Uh-uh" and by year's end they caved in and married them. Nearly 25 years later they're still married and the fans are glad. They must've made the right choice after all. Though it was a quarter century ago, these are still some of the best days in Superman's history. If you haven't read about how tough Lois and Clark's trip to the alter was you should check it out, starting here when Lois ends 5 years of engagement. I still remember wondering how long it would be till they'd reconcile. A real interesting point in Superman's long history.

8.5
Action Comics #721

May 13, 2021

With Lois and Clark's heartbreaking breakup it was only fitting we get a few laughs with this story. Strange things are happening everywhere and there's a huge outbreak of lottery fever. It seems everyone is getting their wishes granted, despite the danger to others. Note the scene when Jimmy is surrounded by groupies. A brunette resembling a certain Mary Jane Watson also uses her famous "You've just hit the jackpot" line. The ending alone provides enough laughs if not the cover's image of Superman using Homer Simpson's trademark catchphrase "D'oh." The final page features one of Mr. Mxyzptlk's most amusing entrances ever. Superman catches him in his shower and he replies "Well it ain't Bobby Ewing, Buster."

8.0
Action Comics #722

May 13, 2021

This was an interesting story. Growing up in the midwest I grew up with my share of Tornado threats. This shows something I'd have loved to see, A match for those terrible storms' fury. Superman seems at the start to be about to do something he always wanted to do: Stand against the storms that used to scare him and his family so during his childhood. It's kind of like standing up to an old bully. This was widely believed to have also been inspired by the Twister movie, that was one of the biggest movies in theatres at that time.

8.5
Action Comics #727

May 13, 2021

This is an interesting issue, because it's one I remember most for its side plot. While Superman battles thieves who have stolen the SCU's robotic battle suits, a simple man tries to get through the crisis of unending night. After managing to get some food he hopes to find shelter underground. Unfortunately some hoods had the same plan and are harassing innocents already there. He runs away and gets ahold of one of the thugs' guns. He conquers his fears and goes back firing the gun and scaring the hoods off and saving the innocents. This man shows to be a hero you don't have to have special powers, just bravery. He became one of my all-time favorite one-time appearing characters. This issue doesn't contribute anything major to the "Final Night" crossover, but is a great stand-alone tie-in issue.

7.5
Action Comics #728

May 13, 2021

The honeymoon was a real good story. This issue mainly focuses on a flashback though. When a lifetime loser tries to make a name for himself he lures Superman to the crime scene, and forces him to bring him Kryptonite he will use to kill him. With no choice, Superman complies, and it looks like the end. But when the bad guy's guard is down Superman easily busts him with no innocent life lost. This is a great example of how Superman values his own wits as much as his incredible power.

7.5
Action Comics #865

Jun 10, 2020

I'm not a fan of Geoff Johns' Superman work (I Do love his Flash and Green Lantern work though), however I do like this issue. After nearly 15 years the Toyman we knew is back, Even though he has a few more screws loose than before. I still don't know if that robot fill-in child killer excuse is true, he obviously has himself convinced, though I still think its a side effect of Zatanna's attempt to make him see what he'd become a while before. I especially found it funny that he had no idea how old Jimmy really was.

3.0
Action Comics #866

Jun 10, 2020

Geoff Johns' work on the Flash and Green Lantern was real good. In fact his Flash work was some of the best in all of Flash history. Unfortunately his Superman work left much to be desired. He obviously used TV and movies for his research of the series. I particularly hated his portrayal of Cat Grant, a supporting character I found very admirable in the '90s. But Johns portrayed her as a trampy flirtatious slut like she was on Lois & Clark (Still a great series). I also hated seeing Jonathan Kent's fate at the end of this saga. This issue started the storyline that when over would be my last Superman story for 8 years.

5.5
Action Comics (2016) #1020

May 21, 2020

From what I've seen of readers' reactions I can't figure why Bendis is writing both Superman titles. I also can't see why after almost 2 decades an old favorite Dan Jurgens was back at writing a Superman title, with Peter Tomasi, another great writer on the other one, but in 2 years both were pushed out for a Marvel writer with no Superman expertise. Now we've spent 2 years subjected to a Superman gone Marvel, using plot-twisting gimmicks to sell issues and worse, with stories that drag on and on like a Soap Opera. Hey Bendis, Ever think of submitting a script for one of those? You'd be a great writer for it.

6.0
Action Comics (2016) #1021

May 21, 2020

WHEN is this invisible Mafia thing going to end? WHEN is Leviathan going to be defeated at last? I miss the Superman stories that didn't drag on for 2 years. While it's good to have Lex back at least, let's have him as an evil billionaire executive and ditch that Marvel-reject look. Bendis needs to let Superman catch the bad guys for a change. I'm tired of how they always get away and stay and stay and stay, never to be jailed. Remember when he'd beat the bad guy in a single issue all the time? Not to mention the Invisible Mafia SUCKS. And Leviathan has become less and less interesting. Superheroes need new challenges to stay fresh, not the same ones over and over with more added on that do the same. I'm reminded of the never-ending menace of Ruin 15 years ago. While stuff like this may work for Marvel, I can't stand when a comic becomes an unending serialized bunch of unending cliche like a soap opera.

4.0
Action Comics (2016) #1022

Jun 17, 2020

From what I've read, critics and viewers certainly have a different opinion on this one. And I'm afraid I'll have to side with my fellow viewers. This was a slow and boring issue. I'm so sick of the Invisible mafia, especially Red Cloud I just don't care anymore. And Connor meeting Jon was dry and Bor-ring. While I'm glad Conner is back to his original look (I really hated the black shirt, jeans and awful haircut he had in the '00s) and the Kents are back I'm afraid that's all I can acknowledge positively. The rest is as stale as we all seem to be finding Bendis' tenure writing Superman books anymore. I read on the Superman Homepage that Bendis is leaving the Superman titles soon. I personally think it's for the best. If he doesn't undo this identity revelation B.S. he's dumped on us I sure hope the next writers do, and fast. If it were up to me I'd get Tomasi and Jurgens back, or Robert Venditti, who, in my book has proven himself to be a great Superman writer through the "Man of Tomorrow" online series. But they really should let a different writer tackle each title. It gives them a different element than one another. Another thing I'd like to see (But likely won't) is Jon restored to his youth. He was the only one who could bring out the better in Damian. And I actually liked seeing Clark and Lois juggle parenthood with the rest of their crazy lives. As for Bendis and Romita, I think this run proves they're both better suited for Marvel than DC. Finally, this poorly made waste of 4 bucks' biggest disappointment is it's an issue of Action comics with no real action.

4.0
Action Comics (2016) #1023

Aug 14, 2020

This issue was actually better than the last few, but that's not saying much. Here's a message for Bendis regarding Red Cloud and the Invisible Mafia-When you finish this story KILL THEM ALL OFF! I was sick of them by issue #1003, and now I never want to see these pathetic excuses for enemies again. And a tip: Stick to Marvel books with the Marvel-style gimmicks. Bendis plans to leave Superman soon. I don't know How soon, but just bear with a few more issues....And hope we get better writers next....

6.5
Action Comics (2016) #1024

Sep 15, 2020

Once more the Critics kiss up to Bendis while the readers call for his departure from this book. Reminds me of Politics. But as usual I'm inclined to agree once again with my fellow readers. Romita Jr. just doesn't have that touch he did about 20 years ago in Spider-Man, and Bendis REALLY has lost the touch he had with Ultimate Spider-Man. This same crap has dragged on and on and on over the last 2 years like a soap opera plot, and it doesn't seem anyone cares what happens and just wants it over and Bendis OUT. I say Piss on any big Anime-style 6-issue long showdown he wants to do. Just end this crap already. 2 years with some of the crappiest villains in all comic history and plots with no end in sight are not what we want. The reviews I've read tell that. And I thought the days when they tried to make the comics more like the horrible '90s cartoon 20 years ago were bad... The impact of "The Big reveal" has sucked beyond anything I'd even imagined. This issue is proof of that. The cover is 100% off-throwing. Clark isn't the new boss. Hell, he doesn't even turn to Clark in this issue. A piece of advice to Bendis: Kill off Red cloud in the end. I NEVER want to see her or the Invisible Mafia again once this is over (Providing it ever will be). I'm not Psychic, but you don't have to be either to predict that one day when people look at the career as a writer Bendis has made that his time on Superman will be a very popular part of it. And a word of advice to DC: Don't any of you even Dream of considering thinking of letting Bendis EVER try to write Batman.

6.0
Action Comics (2016) #1025

Oct 15, 2020

Another poor issue, I'm sorry to say, because Superman deserves so much better than this. It's probably the best chapter to 'House of Kent," but that's not saying much. I thought reality had been twisted so much by now no one remembered what happened to the Lois and Superman of the new 52 era. I mean, it's been twisted like a pretzel since "Infinite Crisis" I don't know what parts of Superman's history are still valid and what's been erased. Damned Dan DiDio and his money making gimmicks... I can only say, the next writers are going to likely have a hell of a mess to clean up in these books that Bendis will leave behind.

3.5
Action Comics (2016) #1026

Nov 13, 2020

Just when you thought Bendis' storytelling couldn't get duller, you get this issue. This Parasite from another reality could've been more interesting, but nah. Then it's more of the same crap at the planet that's been going on the last few issues and even less resolved than before. I don't think Bendis knows what he's going to write in these issues till he writes it. I hope, but highly doubt DC has learned from this, that a big name at Marvel doesn't mean he'll be the same with them.

2.0
Action Comics (2016) #1027

Dec 10, 2020

How many innocent trees died to print this...mishmosh? As usual Bendis doesn't seem to know what to write until he writes it. How else can one explain this poorly made book? One of DC's longest-running series and it's been reduced to this? As over the last few issues the subplot about Lois resolves nothing and leaves us dreadfully uninterested. And the end of the issue...Are they making another attempt to take us back to the cheesy unrealistic Jimmy stories of the '60s and '70s? If this crap continues after Bendis goes, it's goodbye again to Superman for me. Finally, the ones I'm as glad to see go as much as Bendis are his crappy characters Red Cloud and the rest of the invisible mafia. Let neither him or them them ever return and you'll have satisfied Superman fans worldwide.

6.0
Action Comics (2016) #1028

Jan 11, 2021

Like everyone else, I'm glad Bendis and Romita Jr. are finally OUT. Now if they'll both do us all a huge favor and go back to Marvel where they belong forever and ever... The issue was a poor conclusion. Jimmy related to Luthor is one of the dumbest ideas I've ever heard of, and the crap with Conner was as boring as could get. Jon just gets less interesting every time he comes back. No one likes him as a teenager and prefer him as he was before Bendis (Censored)ed everything up. I also see Clark's stupid choice to reveal his identity was unresolved, as was the Invisible Mafia crap. Let's hope Bendis doesn't plan to come back to spend another 2 1/2 years explaining that because though unresolved, I also don't care. And the worst part was what a pointless pain Supergirl was. She never shut up but never said anything worth a crap either. Now that Bendis' time is over, we can breathe a collective heavy sigh of relief. I don't subscribe to the "2021 will be a better year than 2020" crap for a second. It's going to suck as bad if not more. But one thing I'm sure we can count on to improve is Superman comics.

5.5
Action Comics (2016) #1029

May 9, 2021

Another issue proving what's been obvious since DC handed BOTH titles to Bendis: DC hates Superman. He's too old. Think about it. When was the last new Superhero created who's age didn't have 1 as the first digit? DC LOVES teen heroes. If they could they'd kill EVERY hero and replace them with teenagers. If I wanted teen Superheroes at every turn I'd watch Power Rangers, BUT I DON"T!!!!! I want the same Superman that was saving the world 40+ years before I was born. Not his son just because DC's stupid-ass editors think he'll bring in teen readers (Which he won't). Well, moving on, the issue itself was mostly a recap of the last issue of Superman. Couldn't Johnson have come up with enough material to fill 2 issues? The Legion never was my cup of tea, but apparently they're not that smart either, allowing Jon access to personal things that would cause him anguish like knowing when his father's next death will be? Did they think he'd go back and consider it unimportant. A fine example of why kids are unfit to be superheroes, no matter when. So far Johnson isn't impressing me. The upside is Hester's awful work doesn't return next issue. Seriously, Where does DC find these artists?

7.5
Action Comics (2016) #1030

May 10, 2021

This is the 4th issue into Johnson's run, and so far it's the best (Though that's not saying much). The art is a major step up from last issue's poor crap. I guess this is the start of the "end" for Superman. That is until DC realizes no one will like what they have planned and bring him back. Superman comics are headed into very dangerous territory. And even when the damage DC is preparing to inflict is finally ended, it may take several years to undo it. I remember Spider-Man's clone saga well. Marvel's editors got too big for their britches and thought they knew best and what the readers wanted better than they did themselves, and just knew the readers would warm up to it and love what they were doing. Didn't happen. And that's just exactly what DC is doing today with Superman. History is repeating itself Whatever damage this awful idea of theirs does to him will be on their heads. Sometimes I ask, will DC get over this "Bold new direction" craze it has before it's too late, or will they finally do more damage to themselves with their greed and egos than can be undone? With the upcoming demise of the regular Superman title this Summer (Dead at 81), I'll be down to only this title in regards to Superman (And to think, when I started he had 4 different titles a month). I'll try to stay with it as long as I can bear it, but I fear by the start of 2022 I won't be reading anything Superman related anymore.

4.5
Action Comics (2016) #1031

Jun 10, 2021

This is far better than the story in Superman, but alas, that's not saying much. Johnson isn't much of an improvement over Bendis. I hate to say, but it looks like by year's end I'll be out as far as Superman books are concerned. I loathe that '90s look for Aquaman returning, so he brought nothing to this issue. I suppose this new character will be a new regular for a while. Too bad I'm not impressed with her. All in all I consider this another utter disappointment in the long line of disappointing Superman issues since Bendis took the reigns of both titles.

5.5
Action Comics (2016) #1032

Aug 6, 2021

This book sure is getting some good reviews. They must see something I can't. All I see is how devoted Johnson is to the idea of Superman being replaced by his son. At times I think it's why they gave him the job. Since Bendis left I've seen little if any improvement. The only positive thing I can say is it's better than this month's regular Superman issue.

6.5
Action Comics (2016) #1033

Aug 11, 2021

I'd have to say this has been Johnson's best issue yet, but it doesn't mean it was great. I despise Aquaman's current look. It's even worse than the one he had in the '90s. One question, when Superman left the meeting why did he float out of the room. He seldom does that. Is he too good to walk on his own 2 feet now? A minor matter, but worth noting. The art seems to be improving. I can't say I'm fond of this new possible Kryptonian, because I'm not. There's just something unlikable about her. Maybe it's the attitude. But I am also sick of new Kryptonians popping up. It's been done to death over the last 12 or so years. How long has it been since Superman was actually Krypton's soul survivor? Sadly as usual this issue just offers the same stale storytelling Johnson has given since he replaced Bendis. And that's just too little to keep my interest. I'll give them till the upcoming Warworld saga then if I see no improvement I'm done with Superman books (Or should I say "Book since he now only has one regular title?).

5.5
Action Comics (2016) #1034

Oct 1, 2021

It seems the longer this drags on, the less interested I get. Once things with Warworld are finished I'm done with Superman altogether until DC gets it together and realizes what a stupid mistake they're making, provided they ever even will. Thao-La is such an uninteresting character, I just don't care about what happens with her. I know they think she's going to be the next big superstar, but strongly disagree. I have no intention of following whatever happens to her beyond this point. that's how boring she is. Unless you're a die-hard fan who can't miss an issue for the sake of a complete collection then you're better off saving $4. When I read this stuff I know I wish I had.

5.5
Action Comics (2016) #1035

Oct 18, 2021

The backup story was actually better than the main one. It was good to see Guardian again. I've noticed how they're trying in these backup stories to bring back old school characters, but I just don't think they're given the potential they deserve. There used to be more to a lot of them. Now they're minor supporting characters. As for the main story, I'll say it was better than most issues on Johnson's so far disappointing run. But it was far from good. All he's reduced one of the longest lasting comics ever into is an excuse to push the hero everyone reads these books to see in favor of his son. And what's worse is when people state they don't like that the P.C. Police come along and claim it's because you're not onboard with their forcing Jon to be gay. That may be the reason with a small few, but we know people have been disappointed with this character since Bendis aged him over 2 years ago. I have no doubt if P.C. wasn't so forceful odds are he would be totally straight, but that's beside the point. People are giving up the Superman books because they're badly written and badly managed by an editorial staff that's sold out to secular leftism. If they're willing to endanger their own sales then be it on their heads. Right now the decline is still slow because longtime fans feel they owe it to the series they've enjoyed for 80 years to improve, but it won't last. It will likely only grow as time passes at a more rapid rate. If DC thinks this will bring in enough new fans to replace the long time ones they've been shunning they're in for disappointment. There's still time. Superman comics have went through slumps before, but this is the largest cry of outrage ever. But if DC wants to avoid more sales drops and reader decline, forcing them to raise their prices more (When at present they're already outrageously too high) they'd better climb back to Earth and figure something out. And a Reality-altering "Big event" Crisis will only bail them out so many times.

7.0
Action Comics (2016) #1036

Jan 16, 2022

Whoever wrote that better not get himself all excited yet. this will NEVER be anything like the death and return. If anything it's a poorly conceived rip-off by another loser writer who's out to make a name for himself. Something the comics industry today has in a surprising abundance. While it's better than anything else Johnson's put out yet it's still not saying much. It's certainly nothing like what he wants it to be compared to. It's Superman and a team of seventh rate characters, most of which I doubt many of us even heard of before this, against what seems to be a Darkseid wannabe. I'll give it points for sticking to the theme of Action, but it still severely lacks heart. Johnson just can't provide that in his stories. The art was good and made it look better than the story actually was.

8.0
Action Comics (2016) #1037

Jan 16, 2022

I must say Johnson has suddenly put a adrenaline rush into Action Comics. He may be able to write an interesting Action adventure once in a while after all. Maybe some of us are being too hard on this title because we're still not over all the damage Bendis did and that his legacy is still doing, like what's happening back on Earth. But I have to give this issue credit for helping me forget that for a change. I was about to drop Action but may stick with it a couple more issues, maybe even stick out the rest of this Warworld saga (which will probably take all year). While I can't give a 10 or even a 9 to this issue, it deserves an honest review. While I'm not on the edge of my seat like the death or Return almost 30 years ago, and I'm still not considering this story even in the same league as them, I have to say this issue was Johnson's best issue yet.

6.5
Action Comics (2016) Annual: 2021

Aug 17, 2021

Not bad for a book that made little sense. What was this? When? I don't follow this House of El stuff nor do I follow the multiverse. Frankly Superman's world is becoming even more confusing than in the silver age. The end was pretty poor. Johnson is apparently a strong believer in Superheroes being replaced at a young age. This Brandon Kent looks like he must've been in his lower teens when his daughter was born. I thought at first it was a story from Jon's time as Superman. Heaven forbid it be that simple though. They're going to have to undo a lot of crazy stuff to get me back into Superman after I'm out in the near future.

8.5
Adventures of Superman (1987) #507

Jun 19, 2020

This issue centers around its villain. This Bloodsport looks more like a Batman foe, but Superman is the perfect hero to tackle him as Superman has been an enemy of intolerance for many years. Bloodsport is probably still the most vile excuse for a bigoted supervillain I've ever seen. His hate is an issue that would make quite an origin story perhaps, but his behavior is inexcusable. He seems to even think people who associate with African Americans must die. His hate seems to have no limit, nor does his thirst for innocent blood. He even tries to kill a child, but luckily Superman saves her. I'll never forget the cliffhanger ending. Only a sick mind like his could fire 2 missiles at 2 of Superman's friends, both of different race just to make him choose. There were several realistic racial matters in Superman in those days, like when Perry and Alice White took in and adopted Superman's orphaned friend Keith. That was a very emotional story. But this issue was a story showing intolerance at its worst. It was brilliantly written and drawn. It became an instant classic at the time, and now still holds a great deal of sentimental value.

9.5
Adventures of Superman (1987) #510

Jun 19, 2020

There have been a lot of takes on Bizarro over the years, but this is my favorite version. There's a backward innocence to him that this issue explores. He has no evil intent but is unaware how dangerous he can be. His Bizarro Metropolis is an amusing setting. And his "Lookat Loiz. Always in trubble. (resumes drinking his drink) LOIZ!" is comic relief genius. Like the rest of the issues in this crossover, I've never found any Bizarro story before or after that can hold a candle to this one. Another piece of gold in this issue was the subplot where after months of waving off her boss's pathetic pervy advances, Cat Grant gave Vinnie Edge a taste of his own medicine by exposing him on a live newscast. Good for her. If Geoff Johns wants to ever write a story featuring Cat again, I suggest this issue as part of his character research instead of the way she was pitifully portrayed in Lois & Clark (Still a great show though).

9.0
Adventures of Superman (1987) #531

May 11, 2021

The Trial was instantly one of my favorite stories. It reaches its conclusion here and When it becomes apparent the head of the Tribunal has lost any rationality (Possibly power drunk, it's never really explained), the other judges must do what they feel is right, and that's to have him arrested. The Cyborg also ends up getting his, by being pulled into a black hole. I knew even then even that wouldn't stop him forever though. The story came to a decent ending and once the heroes were back on Earth you knew things were going to be back to normal. It's too bad no comic story nowadays has a real ending. These days "nothing is the same after..." etc. etc. If you haven't read the trial yet you should check it out. It's still held in high regard by Superman fans 25 years later.

8.5
Adventures of Superman (1987) #535

Jun 27, 2020

I remember what I enjoyed about this issue at the time was it featured Luthor back where he belonged. At the heart of the trouble in Metropolis. After nearly one year on the run, and one before out of action, it was good to see him back at Lexcorp, even though it was a secret. But Luthor was the last thing on Superman's mind. He went to see his parents after Lois called off their engagement. That led to a longtime favorite cliffhanger for me, as a person who grew up in the midwest, seeing a Tornado on its way. I remember eagerly waiting to see Superman fight something in the next issue that seemed so unstoppable in real life. This was a good issue featuring Luthor at his lowest and Superman dealing with a problem his amazing powers can't do anything against.

8.5
Adventures of Superman (1987) #544

Jun 27, 2020

This issue had an intriguing end, but I was disappointed the plot would be one of those that developed a few pages per issue. I remember wanting to see Superman battle the new Intergang before his upcoming metamorphosis, which I boycotted (I was a teenage fanboy still getting over the 2-year-long Spider-Man clone saga, and had enough of heroes becoming "Extreme '90s style," God, did that decade suck...). I have since filled those gaps in my collection, but do remember the disappointment of missing out on the development of this new Intergang. Way preferable to the lousy Invisible mafia Menacing Superman these days.

8.5
Adventures of Superman (1987) #552

May 11, 2021

The cover says "Power grab" but the real grab is between the bad guys. This shows why Luthor is best as the super billionaire. Poor Boss Moxie bites off more than he can chew. He thinks things are going to be like 60 years ago. Nope. The big boss man is Lex now, and he proves he's the most dangerous criminal ever in Metropolis, and he won't have any has-been take his empire. It's a great moment in Luthor's post-crisis story, proving just how seriously he take his power. It's bad enough Superman is in his way, but he'll be damned if anyone else will steal any more of his thunder, even if it's as a criminal. I was never big on the electric powers era, but the creative teams proved they still hadn't lost their ability to make good stories, despite a bad idea (Ah, the "Extreme" '90s).

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #9

Jul 1, 2020

Another of many Lee/Ditko masterworks. This issue is a fine example of why Spider-Man has made it through the test of time so well. Not even at 10 issues yet and he already had one of the coolest rogues galleries in all Super Herodom. Electro has always been one of the coolest. A guy who can manipulate something as powerful as electricity. There have been tons of Supervillains with that kind of power since, but this guy's the original. I always liked this cover. What kid in 1964 could resist putting down 12 cents on the Drug store counter to see how the webslinger gets out of this one? I wish I was a kid then so I could experience the thrill of picking up a new comic like this and how I'd never forgive my mom for throwing away after learning 25 years later how much it would be worth.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #12

Jul 1, 2020

If I were a kid checking this out at the drug store I knew I'd have to choose this book to spend my hard saved $0.12 over a soda at the fountain. With Spider-Man still in his early phase of creation, and the key demographic for comics were still kids, Stan Lee and Steve Ditko sure knew how to make an eye-catching cover alone. Dr.Octopus unmasks our hero. What now? Is this the last issue? If I were a kid then I'd fear that and sigh with relief at the end knowing next month he'd be back with another thrilling adventure. Spidey's been unmasked lots of times since, but at that time this was still uncharted territory.

7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #13

Jul 1, 2020

They really knew how to give Spider-Man covers detail back then. Stan was on to something there too. I always wish he'd explored the concept of Spidey seeing a psychiatrist. I can imagine how the Doctor would've served as an interesting supporting character for years to come, becoming one of Spidey's most trusted friends, all the while not knowing his true identity. I first read this tale in the form of a reprint. It was also the first Mysterio story I read. Since he's been a favorite of mine in Spider-Man's rogues gallery. I can't figure why Jameson supported the guy when he appeared to be a costumed "Vigilante" as well. It was a funny end seeing Spidey web him up. Was this the first time of many to come?

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #227

Jul 1, 2020

I found this at a garage sale 12 years after its release, and it gave interesting insight into the history of the Black Cat's character, not to mention Spidey's relationship with her. The poor gal just can't resist stealing and Spidey must choose, love or responsibility. This was an interesting tale from the past when I first read it, and I still remember how it made me want to learn more about his adventures in those days, not to mention what happened between him and the Black cat.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #248

Jul 1, 2020

This is a beloved tale in Spider-Man noir, and with good reason. Here Spider-Man meets Timmy, his #1 fan and makes his day (Or night) by paying him a visit and showing him first hand how his powers work. It's the greatest experience the boy can ask for and the adventure of a lifetime, which turns out to sadly be a short one as poor Timmy is terminally ill. After you've read this be sure to find a copy of the Marvel 1991 Holiday special where Timmy's brother gets a chance to thank Spidey for making his brother a little happier before he died. This is one of the most emotional Spider-Man comic stories I've ever read. If you can find it, check it out.

7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #261

Jul 1, 2020

I've always liked the cover to this one. Spidey beaten and Hobgoblin triumphant? Nah... I first read this story in a Marvel Tales reprint. It was the first reference to the Green Goblin and introduced me to the Osborn family. I didn't know at the time what big roles they had in Spider-Man's life. It also offered interesting insight in the connection between the Green Goblin and the Hobgoblin.

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #294

Jul 1, 2020

Kraven's last hunt became an instant hit and is still a fan favorite over 30 years later. This is the most important chapter as it's Kraven's death. One so well done I always thought resurrecting him was an injustice to such a well-made death sequence. This issue alone is what makes this saga so legendary (And the other 5 issues were amazingly spectacular too). This is also one of my top 10 most recommended Spider-Man issues of all time.

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #41

May 21, 2020

Is it just me or does Boomerang work better as an ally than he did as an enemy? Better not get used to it. I got used to Sandman as a good guy for nearly a decade and look how that turned out. Still, this was a good issue. I usually enjoy stories involving that menacing tablet. It also features the Kingpin as we love to hate him-at his meanest. I've been into and out of the Spidey books a lot over the last 20 years. They're good, then they do something I don't like and I leave. They show promise again, they do something to blow it. But I have to say I've been enjoying them more the last few years than I have in a very long time. And this issue is a fine example of why.

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #42

May 21, 2020

This issue offered real insight to Gog. I'll never be able to look at him as a villain now, that's for sure. Another thing about this story I enjoy is that it's taking a break from the NEVER-ending mystery of Kindred. The longer that drags on, the less I care. I just wish they'd unmask him so we could get on with it. But this issue itself has everything, from an easily-forgotten character, to his sad origin story.

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #43

Jun 17, 2020

This is one of those "funny" Spider-Man issues. I laughed at Spidey webbing The Kingpin's mouth shut, The game of fetch that stopped Gog's rampage and I was glad to see he's found a new home. I think he shows potential as part of Peter's and Spider-Man's lives. And he has a chance to develop as a real character and not just an occasional menace. I also enjoyed getting a break from the overly long-lived mystery of Kindred. Just reveal who he is, how Peter's life "will never be the same" and wrap it up, will you? At least in the 5-year-long Hobgoblin mystery of the '80s he menaced Spidey in person, not just from the shadows. All-in-all this was a pretty good issue and "True Companions" was a good story. Impeach Fisk!

7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #44

Aug 13, 2020

As I've stated in past reviews, I've grown weary of Kindred after contant pop-ups over he last couple of years. It's obvious it could be anyone dead in Spidey's life, from Uncle Ben to George Stacy to God only knows. I am interested in the return of the Sin Eater, as I'm a fan of both his sagas from the '80s. The question is, will he stay around or die in the end again? But having him back should be interesting.

9.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #45

Aug 14, 2020

"Sins rising" is off to a pretty exciting start. Any story involving the Sin-Eater is guaranteed to be a thriller though.His two stories from the '80s are both among the greatest Spidey adventures of all time. I'm sure this will be among them too if it keeps up at this pace. Overdrive sure is becoming interesting. I hope to see him develop further as a character in time. As for the never-ending mystery of Kindred, let's just get to it so "Nothing will ever be the same for Spidey again, etc., etc., etc." Geeze, I remember when mystery villains were interesting. Over the last 18 or so years the mystery to them drags on forever, until I just want them to unmask him so we can go on with the series. And 2 years of this mystery is long enough. I still say he's someone from the past, long believed dead. Could be anyone from Uncle Ben to Ned Leeds to the original Kangaroo (He is still dead, isn't he?). Anyhow, I enjoyed Spencer and Bagley's work on the first chapter of the return of one of Spider-Man's most interesting enemies ever. I look forward to the rest. Any fan of the classic stories from the '80s should check this out.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #46

Sep 20, 2020

This is one of the best Spider-Man stories I've read in a while. But like his 2 classic tales, a story featuring the Sin-Eater is sure to be exciting. I see he really is living up to his name. I doubt the effects will last after he's beaten. And you can tell things are going to only go from worse to unbearable with Norman back in action. I'm really enjoying "Sins Rising" and can't wait to see how it continues to develop.

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #47

Sep 20, 2020

It's not looking good for Spidey in this one. This issue focuses on a very real problem facing our society today-The way it embraces violence. It seems people today want to hurt or even kill someone that offends them. It makes sense the Sin-Eater is hailed as a hero, even if his victims still stayed dead. This is one of the darker, but more realistic Spidey tales, especially after the laughs we got with Gog and Boomerang just a few issues ago. And if Norman is Sin-Eater's next target, he may be eating more sin than he can handle. Compared to him the Villains he's went after so far are jaywalkers. He could give Sin-Eater indigestion, and Spider-Man, one of the worst days he's had in a long, long time.

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #48

Oct 28, 2020

The saga of the Sin-Eater is among Spidey's greatest lore, and "Sins Rising" is earning it's place alongside both his '80s appearances among The greatest Spider-Man stories ever. Alas, Spider-Man is all I read by Marvel these days, but as long as Spencer comes up with stuff like this I won't be giving it up any time soon. If things are this exciting and it's only the beginning of what's yet to come, I expect more excitement ahead for the webhead.

9.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #49

Oct 28, 2020

Not many $10 issues are worth it these days, but this is in the minority. I really would prefer this title, as well as most of the originals would only go by their original numbering. But that's the way Marvel's done it for the past 22 years. Start at #1 again, make money, return it to normal when it approaches a landmark in legacy numbering, then 2 months later start at #1 again for $7 or more. As for the issue itself, I can't complain. The Sin-Eater goes Juggernaut, forcing Spidey and the Green Goblin to team up. Working together is probably way harder for the 2 of them than anything the new Sin-eater throws at them. I doubt we've seen the last of him either. As for the Goblin, I still can't figure why Spidey let him go. He'll likely have a role to play in the fight with Kindred too. Can't wait to see how that goes, because it'll be hard for Spencer to top this.

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #52

Dec 12, 2020

This issue sure didn't take me long to read, but was still a pretty exciting one. I'd grown weary of the 2 year mystery of Kindred, but the battle with him has renewed interest in the character. He's sunk pretty low as well. One thing though, Isn't it a little soon for Flash's remains to actually be reduced to bones? The way time seems to go in comics I'd figured he's only been gone a few months. This is a good continuation of the previous Sin-Eater story and shows it was indeed leading to something big. Every issue proves that this is the best Spider-Man has been in many years.

9.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #53

Dec 12, 2020

I never was partial to "Brand new day" (In fact I sold all the issues I had of that several years back). Maybe because I used that as a jumping back on point, which made it a bit distasteful for me. I don't know much about those days, but know they have a lot to do with the last few issues, and I still find them very entertaining. Somehow finding Harry under that decomposed face wasn't too surprising. I've read enough of these "mystery villain who knows the hero's identity" stories to know he was someone close to Peter, and I noticed Harry hadn't been seen much since this all began. But I'm not disappointed. In fact I look forward to learning what drove him back to insanity this time. Kudos to Nick Spencer and Mark Bagley for their work on one that will be a Spidey classic for years to come.

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #54

Jan 16, 2021

I loved that cover. Very Spidey. It's one of the best I've seen in a while. As for the story, I'm still kind of lost with Harry. Did I miss something? He was still fine last I saw him. What turned him into this monstrosity he is now? Has he been like this all along? Is he still dead and never was alive? In spite of those questions, this was another fine issue and installment in the friend/enemy world of Peter Parker and Harry Osborn. Spencer and Bagley make one of the best teams I've seen on Spider-Man in years. As long as we have them, I know we can count on more exciting stories ahead.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #55

Jan 16, 2021

I see a lot of complaints that this story's conclusion ended with another "to be continued." But should we really be surprised? I don't remember more than a mere handful of comics I've read in the last 10+ years that say "The end" on the final page anymore. Like everything else in pop culture, Comics are serialized nowadays, so nothing is ever over, because when it is, something else takes immediate priority. There's also the fact this story has an aftermath installment ahead. Usually when there's an aftermath ahead it does end with a "To be continued." Nonetheless, I enjoyed these last 2 connecting stories. Spencer shows he has plenty of ideas ahead, so we should expect more exciting things ahead for the web swinger. 2020 may be remembered as a bad year, but I'll remember the Spider-Man books were pretty good. I think I can say in the years to come we'll look back at this as one of the best eras for Spidey in the 21st century.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #56

Jan 16, 2021

Another splendid cover. You'd think for a moment it really was the team-up of 2 of Marvel's ultimate bad guy businessmen. Norman does pretty well acting as his old self, who will without a doubt return sooner or later. But that's a story for another time. My only disappointment is we never learned the story behind what turned harry into Kindred. Then again, Spencer is probably saving that for another day. I never read The "Brand new day" and stuff like that, so I don't know much about it. I really haven't read Spider-Man books this long without having to stop in over 15 years in fact. I don't know much about Harry's resurrection, but I have a feeling it has a lot to do with his becoming Kindred. Still, it was another good issue that was put together by a great creative team. With the disappointment Superman and Batman's stories have become the past couple of years, I think 2020 is the first year since the late '90s where I can say Spider-man topped them both. I look forward to what Spencer has coming up in '21.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #57

Feb 11, 2021

The intrigue certainly keeps you on the edge of your seat for the next issue in this series. I don't remember being so into the Spider books in over 20 years. It will likely be a while till we see the big showdown (#900 & #100?) I know we can count on Nick Spencer to give us some exciting tales in the mean time. I sure hope Mark Bagley stays along as well. They've made a team that will likely go down among the legends of Marvel. I'm not convinced Kindred is as captured as he seems. He'll likely escape quite easily at the moment he feels is right. And he plans on pulling his father and the Kingpin (Plus no telling how many other villains) in on the big showdown. What he has planned only he knows. That's how it stays so exciting. It's as though he knows he has all us readers in suspense. This issue also covers one of Spider-Man's biggest weaknesses, his temper. When dealing with Norman, the man who's caused him more despair than most others combined, it's understandable how he can lose control. But has he forgotten what happened when he lost it and clobbered Norman like this in Spectacular #250? He ended up looking like the bad guy. You can never be too sure about what Norman is up to. Even if his new attitude is genuine, and if I were in Peter's shoes, I'd doubt it too, but I'd also remember to be careful. Because with Norman things are seldom what they appear to be. These are good times to be reading Spider-Man books (Though things aren't going too pretty for him). And Nick Spencer must be doing something right because I never follow any of these other Spider-powered heroes who've been helping out the last few issues, but I still don't mind having them drop in. Odds are they each have a role in Kindred's ultimate plan as well. I expect lots more excitement in the months ahead. I can't wait to see what Spencer has up his sleeve next.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #58

Feb 11, 2021

Things don't look like they'll be back to normal for Spidey for a while. He's going to be reeling from his recent battle for a while. I expect when his life will start getting back on track that's when Kindred will strike again. In the mean time he has a lot to keep him busy. Aunt May hasn't been seen in a bit so it's interesting to see her caught in the action again. I don't know much about Mr. Negative, so this story will give me a chance to familiarize myself with him. The big mystery is the Goblin suit. What would that be for if he was walking about as some Zombie-like monstrosity? Interesting stuff. If you're reading these reviews to see if now is a good time to jump back in on Spider-Man's world, I haven't seen a time I could recommend more in ages. With today's comic prices I have to be particular about whether a book is worth it. And Since this volume started just about every issue has been.

7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #59

Mar 19, 2021

A bit boring an issue actually. But That doesn't change the fact Spider-Man is currently one of the best comics out there at present. It's all I really read by Marvel, but DC is quickly going downhill with everything they have, so there goes a major chunk of the competition right there. I don't know much about Mr. Negative, so that may be part of why this story was weaker than most. still, it looks like interesting stuff on the way. The final page proves that. I read that Tombstone's going to be coming up soon. Most stories with him are pretty good. So I can say I'm looking forward to what's coming up.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #60

Mar 19, 2021

This issue was interesting enough but a little weak. The last page shows that Nick Spencer may be trying to undo the damage One More Day seemed to do over a decade ago. Personally I never did read it so I don't know much about it. But from what I do know I'd say it has a major part in Kindred's origin. I'm wondering if he's even Harry at all. This could have been part of what Mephisto's planned all along. Harry did return from the dead around that point, but was it ever really Harry? Perhaps he's still as dead and has been since Spectacular #200. It's only a theory though. I hope we see more of this confrontation between Dr. Strange and Mephisto in the next issue and not have to wait a dozen or more issues to learn what happened. I hate when they do that to us. I had a feeling Kindred wasn't anywhere near through messing with Spidey's life. He has yet to begin in fact. When we do get our answers and the big showdown is imminent we'll also learn where Mysterio fits in and what he knows. I also wonder if Kindred has any interest in the tablets and is waiting for the Kingpin to nearly claim victory, then he pounces. All I know is a lot of what's happened lately is going to all tie into something big. Spider-Man is more exciting than it has been in many moons, and I hope it keeps on going this well. In this age of "Money is EVERYTHING" comics it's good to have a title that fans can enjoy as well as reviewers.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #61

Apr 15, 2021

Is it time for another "New costume?" Ah, me. Well, while we count down the issues till Norah goes too far and he goes back to the trusty ol' red and blue look I may as well look at the plus side. It was good to get a break from the stuff with Kindred, and back to the web-swinging heroics that won Spidey our hearts. Kingpin is getting desperate in his quest to obtain the tablet and has a herd of Supervillain crime bosses out to bring him Boomerang. I can say things are looking like they're goona get crazier before some sense of sanity returns to the wallcrawler's life.

7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #62

Apr 15, 2021

I like seeing what became of Gog. I'd wondered over the months since the focus was on Kindred, The Green Goblin and Sin Eater. I'm also glad to finally be back to the basics for Spidey. It's good to get a break from Kindred, even though we know this stuff with him is far from over. I'm also glad to see the Tombstone/Robbie feud being explored once more. Tombstone 's first story and when Robbie was stuck in prison with him are two of my old favorites. I thought Tombstone said they were even though when he gained his new powers, which he loved. But seeing their kids together looks like just what it will take to reignite the old feud. Romeo & Juliet this is not.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #63

Apr 15, 2021

Nick Spencer knows his Spidey history, that's for sure. Robbie and Tombstone's rivalry was one of my favorite situations in the old days and it looks like the thought of their kids in item is about to trigger that old feud back into their lives. Most Tombstone stories are pretty good, so I expect this one to deliver too. As for Kingpin's offer, it brings in even more danger straight into Peter's apartment where Randy and Janice are caught right in the middle. What a cliffhanger. This issue proves Nick Spencer is capable of moving beyond something like Kindred and shift the focus to something else, then later at the right time, go back to it. I look forward to see King's Ransom and the resuming feud between the fathers develop.

7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #64

May 10, 2021

Stories featuring the rivalry between Robbie and Tombstone are always exciting. Though Nick Spencer was a little off. In their last tussle was Web of Spider-Man #68, where Tombstone was accidentally given new powers, and out of gratitude for his role he told Robbie it settled their debts. It's a good enough issue. I see I was right about Dr.Strange and Mephisto's encounter a few issues ago not being explained for the time being. But Kingpin and Mordo are determined to get into Kindred's head to find what they want. Even in his evil days Norman wouldn't have stood for this. One of the most exciting parts was the Sinister War epilogue at the end. I missed the Superior Spider-man stuff, so I was wondering what Doc Ock has been up to. It's been much too long since he and Spidey last tangled. He is after all the only villain with a grudge against the web swinger rooted anywhere as as deep as The Goblin's. It is good to see him back as I remember. Sun glasses and a pot belly in green and yellow. I can't wait for Sinister War. Should be good. Especially since it looks like the real Electro may be back for it too.

7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #65

May 10, 2021

A decent issue. I've read better, but also read worse. So far King's ransom earns a 3.5 out of 5 stars. I hope we get to the bottom of this tablet stuff soon. If Boomerang is done as Peter's roommate maybe he should keep Gog, since the little guy is so fond of him. They'd make quite a team. I guess Robbie and Tombstone will have to learn to live with their kids in item. It was a little funny in ways. My only complaint is this crappy cyber suit. HOW MANY lame changes have been attempted to Spider-Man's wardrobe over the years, always destined to return to the original red and blue? Let's face it. OF ALL Marvel's heroes from the "Marvel Age" in the early '60s, The one we know will never have a new look that tops what he was given then is Spider-Man. That look will still be what he's sporting when he celebrates his 100th anniversary in 41 years. I am in anticipation for "Sinister war." We just have to wait for the rest of the Ransom and a Chameleon appearance. Should be exciting months ahead for old Spidey. I just hope it will be in the traditional threads.

7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #66

Jun 12, 2021

I had a feeling Kindred would escape soon and yes he has. It should be interesting what he has in mind for two sinister six groups. It was a sight to see Robbie and Tombstone agree to a truce. As for Boomerang, it's doubtful we've heard the last of him for long. But what about Gog? What's going to happen to him now? Who's going to take care of him? An interesting thing to note is that it's obvious most of the heroes feel the Kingpin's time as mayor must come to an end. I have a feeling some likely crossover is coming up. May I suggest the title "Impeach Fisk?" As for Betty....Well, I'm not sure what to think about that.

7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #67

Jun 12, 2021

I like the way the references to previous issues uses the rightful legacy numbering in this issue instead of Volume....Whatever it is. 19? Anyway, The way long dead characters are always popping back up it makes no real surprise to see another Ned Leeds clone (or something more, courtesy of Kindred?). The only thing that could make this latest resurrection really worth it is if he finally confirms my longtime theory that he and Rodrick Kingsley were both the original Hobgoblin. The Chameleon plot was a little drab in interest so far, but I expect it to develop over the next couple of issues (and the next $4.99 special). I have to say though I am looking forward to Sinister war. It looks like the real Electro will finally be coming back (Good. I've always hated when classic villains are killed off and replaced with a cheap female wannabe since Lady Octopus, another Clone saga creation that never should have been). From what I've seen it looks like Mysterio is the only living veteran member of the Sinister six who won't be in on this. Probably because he knows Kindred is involved and wants no part of it. But I do have one important question: When are we going to find out happened between Dr. Strange and Mephisto all those issues ago?

7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #68

Aug 6, 2021

I wish I could say Ned's excuse was believable, but I foresee more to be revealed, which may translate as "The Truth." I'm not even convinced it even is the real Ned and not another piece in Kindred's Endgame. long dead character returns , especially in Spider-Man. The Chameleon stuff is a bit dull honestly. I never have believed all the Teresa claim either, and still believe she was cooked up to hurt Peter by someone, even if she doesn't know. I think the best part of the last couple of issues has been the Sinister War preludes. I have higher expectations for it than these last couple of stories, Spencer. Don't let me down.

7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #69

Aug 6, 2021

Usually Chameleon stories rate 3 1/2-4 stars with me, but this one is really just about the dullest story in Spencer's whole run I'm sad to say. It's packed with an overcrowded cast, but so little is done. All I really look forward to in the conclusion is just that. For it to be finished.

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #70

Aug 6, 2021

Alright. We're back in business. After the "Ho-Hum" fest of the Chameleon conspiracy and disappointing revelation of King's Ransom I'm looking forward to an all-out Supervillain war with Spidey caught in the middle, all while Kindred is laughing and preparing for the endgame. It's good to see the return of some classic villains, like the real Electro and it should be good to see Doc Ock back in action as the supervillain he was meant to be and not the umpteenth person with a Spider themed identity. Sinister war seems to be one the readers are counting on to be a good one and a fitting penultimate story in Spencer's run. Let's hope it turns out to be just what we're expecting.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #71

Aug 13, 2021

Not a bad tie-in. I'm not too crazy about the second rate art, but the story was pretty good filler between Sinister war #s 1 and 2. It looks like long past events are tying into what's happening now. While Spider-Man's caught between a ton of supervillains we see what's happening with MJ and Mysterio. While not too thrilling as the mini-series it's tied in to, this issue was still a pretty good one.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #72

Oct 1, 2021

I've read several spoilers, so I know what to expect. It won't keep me from reading it though. One big issue to this issue is if Norman would go so low as to sell his own son's soul to Mephisto. With him you never can tell. So I look forward to seeing what happens there. Especially since I'm beginning to increasingly believe Harry never really came back and the real one is dead or if One more Day is undone he will be again, not to mention things like Teresa may cease to exist,or Jonah may forget Peter is Spider-Man and go back to hating him. Who knows how it will turn out? I haven't read spoiler on everything after all. Spencer's run is coming to an end soon and since I've been through the whole thing since the start, I plan to stick around and see what happens.

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #73

Oct 29, 2021

This is probably the biggest reveal that will define Spencer's run for years to come. I remember reading Sins past in '04 and couldn't believe they expected that to fly. I knew it would one day be revealed as a hoax and that somehow those twins would be revealed to be clones. I know Spider-Man. Clones are their No. 1 answer to mistakes, just like reality-altering crisis crossovers are for DC. The penultimate issue of Spencer's run was a decent one. It will be praised as the issue that ended 16 years of one of the most cockamamie excuses for a scandal in comic history.

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #74

Oct 29, 2021

I'm surprised by the amount of negative reviews this book has gotten. I agree it could have been better, but it was good enough for the end of Spencer's run. It was more satisfactory than the Chameleon conspiracy or King's ransom were. I'm really not too surprised Kindred was the villain running around causing all the trouble, but not the mastermind. It seems appropriate that Norman finally be the one to get the "Gotcha" for a change. Clearing up "Sins past" was likely Spencer's plan, not since the start, but for a while now. I have to give him credit for choosing to make that the feather in his hat. The twins being a hoax was something I've been waiting 17 years to hear. It's one of the most welcome revelations since we learned Ben Reilly really was the clone. This is my final new Spider-Man book for the time being, and I have to say it is an appropriate way to say goodbye to this book for a while again.

8.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018): Sins Rising Prelude #1

Aug 14, 2020

This book offers some interesting insight into the psyche of one of the most impacting foes Spider-Man has ever went up against. In truth, I grew to accept Sin-Eater as a character lost with the ages. It's real interesting to see him back after so long, and this prelude alone ensures a real exciting story ahead. I'm looking forward to see how "Sins Rising" turns out.

8.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018): The Sins of Norman Osborn #1

Oct 28, 2020

This is just a one-shot that was approved so Marvel could charge us another dollar rather than be vol. 6 #49, concluding in #50. No. If it was that way they couldn't charge us about $15 for the next 2 issues in a row. Oh, well, Marvel always did put Profit first. I think it's ran by Ferengi or something. Anyway, This is really nothing special. Just a one-shot to fill in a gap. Though this story is getting a little stale it is still pretty exciting. Spider-Man knows the Sin-Eater will be more dangerous than Norman with his power and likely insanity, forcing him to have to protect the guy he hates most. Sucks to be him. Too bad such misery for him makes for such interesting storytelling.

7.5
Amazing Spider-Man (2018): King's Ransom #1

Jun 10, 2021

I didn't even know Richard Fisk was dead. Though he should have returned in the form of the Schemer. That would have been a little more interesting since that was his first disguise. Though I'm a little disappointed this is all Kingpin wanted the tablet for, especially when i figured it was in some plan to obtain immortality. King's ransom was okay. I've read better, but also way worse. I have to give this book credit for realism. If people were really allowed to control machines like that they would indeed turn on each other forgetting this was no online game. As for Boomerang, I'm sure we'll see more of him over time. Spencer has given more character to him than I've ever seen before.

7.0
Amazing Spider-Man (2018): Chameleon Conspiracy #1

Aug 6, 2021

This was probably the best chapter of this story, but that being said, it was also incredibly dull like the rest too. I just can't get into the concept of Teresa, because I've seen things like this too often for Spider-Man. Sooner or later she'll likely be revealed as a pawn in some villain's game to drive Spidey over the edge. Even if she has no idea. This was really a slow rather uninteresting story like King's ransom, showing Spencer may be cutting out at the right time. Let's hope sinister War turns out better like we're hoping.

6.0
Bane: Conquest #1

Jun 28, 2020

It's been 3 years, and I was looking through this issue recently. I'm not much of a Bane fan (My Batman #497 review makes that very clear), but I was excited to see one of my favorite '90s Batman Writer/Artist teams, Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan reunited, But that wasn't enough to save make it worth what I had to pay. This book sadly left much to be desired. Especially after Tom King's "I am Bane" story (His best during his Batman run). That and giving Bane that stupid visible nose and mouth mask look from the old cartoon, which I hated (The look, not the show) didn't help either. Sadly this issue was the best in the whole series, because each issue got gradually less and less interesting. I want to state I haven't lost my faith in the Dixon-Nolan team though. Everyone has their poorer works. I'd be the first to welcome them back on a Batman book, any time, any place.

4.5
Bane: Conquest #9

Jun 28, 2020

I really wish the cover spoke for the story. Gunhawk was one of my more favorite Dixon-Nolan villains. I remember he practically defeated Azrael's Batman in their first encounter. He hadn't appeared in almost 20 years and it would've been a better challenge for Bane than that stupid plan of his for Kobra. Dixon and Nolan wrote several great tales featuring Bane, but compared to all the others Conquest just got weaker and went on too long. They really should've limited it to 6 issues.

4.0
Bane: Conquest #12

Jun 28, 2020

The best part of this issue meant this overlived story was over. I hate to speak so negatively about a story by Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan, since I'm a huge fan of their work. In the '90s I remember eagerly anticipating their next Batman story arriving on the shelf )If I only found one Batman book that month, Let it be theirs). Unfortunately Batman's presence didn't add much, nor did Bane resuming his much-preferred full masked look instead of the lame animated series-inspired one he had most of this series. 12 Issues was just too long for this story. Most readers were bored with it by #4. It really should've ended there, or maybe at #6. Id have to say if I ever see another Bane series, regardless of what classic team does it, I'll remember this one and probably decide to wait a year for the collected edition.

8.0
Batgirl (2016) #47

Aug 13, 2020

This was a pretty exciting tie-in to the Joker war. My only real thing is I hate his hair. Who's his barber? Matt Murdock? He looks like some '90s hoodlum. Otherwise it's a good issue for such a terrible visit. It's amazing how the Joker seems to think he's funny, but on the rare occasion someone laughs at him, like Barbara does in here, he gets all pissy. What a hypocrite.

8.5
Batman #423

Jun 10, 2020

This one seems to be a collectors' favorite. I can't find it for less than $20 these days. I can understand why as well. It has an interesting insight as to how Gotham cops see Batman. The last, as usual, is best. Batman does shed tears on occasion, but it is rare. The sad story of two children on the streets could drive anyone to cry. But that officer also saw there was more to Batman than a guy who scares the piss out of lowlives and beats hoodlums senseless. He helped 2 children in need. Even if the other officers didn't believe it, he knows what he saw. This is a highly recommended read for anyone looking for a good old school Batman adventure.

8.0
Batman #487

Jun 10, 2020

This issue offers interesting insight into the life of Commissioner Gordon. He won't let a vengeful gangster keep him from doing his job, nor the fears of his new wife. Batman is in the beginning phase of his descent into his exhaustion point that allowed Bane to defeat him later the following year. Sarah's distrust of Batman doesn't stop her from turning to him when her husband's life is in danger. I've considered this to be the start of the very slow development of their relationship. Headhunter is an interesting character. Who's his dentist? I don't think he appeared again until the rebirth era where he was killed. This is a good stand-alone story I remember finding in a 25 cent box at my comic shop. It was rare to find Batman books there. It's been a classic ever since for me.

9.0
Batman #496

Jun 10, 2020

Batman has beaten the crap out of the Joker so many times I don't know how he can even have any teeth left. But this issue the Clown prince of crime has to receive his most well-deserved beating. Scarecrow gets a big surprise when his gas causes Batman to see something that only gets him madder. And Joker gets the worst of it. The only down side is the bad guys get away. I find it fitting that Jim Aparo got to do this one as he also drew the story where poor Jason died. Who better to draw Batman avenging him than the same artist? This is my favorite chapter in the Knightfall saga. I remember reading it over and over when I first bought it way back when.

8.5
Batman #497

Jun 10, 2020

Several months ago DC released a Dollar Comic reprint of this classic issue. I remember reading it when I bought the original, unable to believe every page as I read it. It was well written and drawn, as anything by Doug Moench or Jim Aparo is. I love the way it was put together. It's no wonder this issue still impacts Batman today. But what I never hear is what a coward Bane truly is. He was too afraid to face Batman at his fullest because he knew he'd loose. He had to wait till he was at his weakest, worn to exhaustion, then face him, bragging to hide his denial the whole time. "You are nothing..." and crap like that. If he was nothing, why'd the musclebound hairball not take him on on fairer terms? Because he was afraid to. And because of his cowardice the loser still brags about it, still in denial that he really just got lucky because he was too scared to take him on at any peak beyond pure exhaustion. Most look at this issue as Batman's greatest defeat. I'll always see it as that made so by the fact his opponent was a feckless coward. That's why I hate Bane and will never consider him to be anything more than a boastful coward who uses physical strength to compensate for what a wimp he really is. I bet you expect a low review for that, but in truth I still have to say it's an interesting and exciting chapter to a story I still consider one of the greatest in Bat-history. And I still remember, though it took a while for the one true Batman to return to action, he only got stronger through this experience. And though he may still be physically threatening, otherwise Bane is just a boastful weakling otherwise. And that's all he ever will be.

8.0
Batman #500

Jun 10, 2020

I remember how I anticipated this issue almost 3 decades ago. I wasn't a fan of the "New" Batman, but I'd have settled for anyone to end Bane's reign of Pompousness. I even wished he'd have went ahead and killed Bane just so he'd never darken the pages of another Batman issue again. Not really surprised he didn't. This issue began an era many readers were skeptical of, and with good reason. At that time it seemed all publications were changing their heroes. Still, It was a fitting conclusion. I enjoyed every page as Bane got the ass-kicking the real Batman could've also given him if he wasn't worn beyond his mere mortal endurance when the big cowardly oaf finally decided to confront him. It still delivered a good story and conclusion to a classic Batman adventure.

7.5
Batman #506

Aug 7, 2020

If the 3 stooges were psycho punks in the '90s that would be Azrael's opponents in this issue. Still trying to make the new "Bloodlines" characters popular, this issue features Ballistic, a heavily armed mercenary, who appeared the previous year. He, like everyone is trying to find the insane killer Abattoir when his target's father puts out a contract on him. But the end of the issue leaves the reader wondering if he and Azrael will be working as allies or enemies. All-in-all, not a bad issue, but I've seen better. the real question is if those 3 thugs really are as stupid as they act, or if they're just drugged-up out-of-their-mind 3 Stooges fans. It adds an element of humor to the story.

9.5
Batman #510

Jun 10, 2020

I remember how I anticipated this issue for many moons. It didn't fail to deliver the excitement I hoped for. It had everything. Batman tried to appeal to Azrael, but he was too arrogant and full of himself to listen, forcing an evenly matched battle. And a gangster shooting at them from a helicopter above didn't help matters much. And present was Catwoman, Nightwing and Robin. Like I said this one has it all. This issue is exciting from its first page to its last. I remember how good it was to see the real Batman in action again and the "Fraud" as I dubbed him at the time finally getting his. If you haven't read the Knightsend saga you're missing a lot, especially since this issue alone is just one of 10 exciting chapters.

9.0
Batman #511

Jun 10, 2020

Quite a start. The Joker gets caught quickly-by Batgirl. It's not long till Batman and Robin show up. They both realize something's wrong since Batman knows Barbara Gordon can't even stand and this Robin has never even seen her as Batgirl. That guarantees a good story seeing as it's only a few pages into it so far. This was a good start to the "Zero Hour" saga and continued into a great Superman issue as well. It also has a brief cameo with the original Robin that developed in that month's issue of Robin. The only down side is even though he's on the cover, Nightwing doesn't appear in the story. He'd have added intrigue. I'd have loved to see how he and Batgirl reacted to each other. Other than that this was a great book and gave a great indication that things were on the way to being back to normal after nearly a year of the "Knight" sagas.

8.5
Batman #512

Jun 10, 2020

I remember when I found this at my local Wal-Mart many a year ago. I'd never seen Croc in the comics before and didn't yet realize that wasn't the regular Batman either. When I read it though I was surprised to see Dick Grayson was going to prove himself worthy of the cowl. Which he did far better than Jean Paul Valley. As for Croc, I deduced it was him on the cover sooner. And I thought he was a lot cooler looking in the comic than on the Cartoon. "Prodigal" quickly became, and is still one of my all-time favorite Batman stoylines. This issue set it off to a real good start.

8.5
Batman #515

May 11, 2021

One of the things I liked about this issue was that it wasted no time getting the regular Batman back into action. It also gets this story off to an interesting start. Kelly Jones' work had it's own dark style compared to most Batman art in the '90s. He also introduced his own mysterious character, the shady puppetman. Whatever it was to him was, unfortunately never revealed. He'd just pop up once in several issues of Jones' run from '95 to '98. Troika was a good story and you could tell by the end of it that the real Batman was back for good. A welcome thing after all we'd been through over the last year and a half.

8.0
Batman #516

Aug 7, 2020

This is a pretty interesting story. I have to give credit to Kelley Jones for how creepy his art can make things look. Especially on this cover.

8.0
Batman #517

Jun 10, 2020

I remember this issue. I spent weeks wondering how Batman would solve this one. I was surprised Remy was the mastermind behind Sleeper. I knew before it was over that Batman would have to take on this big guy, but I was still surprised he orchestrated the whole thing. Too bad a hitman took him down before Batman could. I don't think Sleeper has ever returned. Shame too, because I always figured without Remy to control her anymore it would only make her more dangerous. This issue also began the year-and-a-half story of Madolyn Corbett, who at that time showed promise as a flirtatious supporting character, but by the end of the year turned out to just be an unbalanced stalker. This was a good issue concluding an entertaining story. I do miss the days of simple 2 part stories.

8.0
Batman #518

May 11, 2021

Almost 10 years after his debut Black Mask returns. And so does Black Spider, sort of. It's a new guy in a new costume, but he still makes for a deadly duo. I also liked when Black Mask looked like an old fashioned gangster. That skull look from War Games onward sucks.

8.0
Batman #519

Aug 7, 2020

There's a message in this issue's subplot. Don't you underestimate Jim Gordon. He's one tough Hombre. As his career, his marriage and faith in Batman come falling down, he still gets the better of a pretty big guy with little trouble. It's pretty impressive. This issue started the era of glossy paged comics, and when you add that up it sure added weight to our collections. It also brought in the final era of comic prices being under $2 apiece. The issue is pretty good. The Mayor assigning Gordon's wife to Commissioner just to rile him up was a clever turn. The new Black Spider is a big change from the last, who at least felt he was a crusader for justice. This one's just a hit man. And the irony is Batman ended up having to save an old enemy who was his target. This was a pretty good story. I never awas the biggest fan of Jones' work, but he did some good and eerie work in this one.

7.0
Batman #520

May 11, 2021

This issue was a bit disappointing. You'd expect Batman to deal with Black Mask, who got away last issue, but instead he's gone into hiding and Batman gives up hunting for him. The side story featuring Bullock was entertaining, but had such a sad ending.

7.0
Batman #521

May 11, 2021

A decent issue. The only real important thing was Alfred's return after a year of absence. Otherwise it was a slow story, but still preferable to anything they put out today. If you see it for a couple of bucks in the back issue bin it's worth that.

7.5
Batman #530

Jun 19, 2020

I always enjoyed this story. It was the first Deadman story I ever read. I laughed at how angry Bullock made him, but he was invisible to anyone around him so no one knew what he was trying to tell them. This was another story that was going to take Batman out of Gotham. And this time he had some interesting company. This was a pretty good start to an interesting adventure.

7.5
Batman #533

Jun 19, 2020

This issue ended on an obvious note. They're in the desert, fighting a bunch of sword-wielding assassins. Who else is the mystery villain arriving on the scene? No surprise when revealed in Detective #700. Still, I enjoyed this issue. While Batman, Robin and Nightwing are all searching for a cure to a deadly virus, Huntress is holding down the fort in Gotham keeping The Penguin and the corrupt D.A. in line. This was a good lead-up to the big 700th issue of DC's longest-running title, as well as an exciting crossover.

6.5
Batman #605

Jun 10, 2020

I remember this issue. Concluding a saga that spanned the Spring and Summer of '02. Come on. Who actually believed Bruce Wayne would kill? Even to protect his secret? Did the writers actually believe any reader had doubts? Nah. If he keeps himself from killing the Joker why would a 5th rate love interest drive him to it? I have to say , I suspected Hugo Strange of framing him. What other foe would be that smart? Especially when only a handful know his identity? Bane? Don't make me laugh. Ra's Al Ghul? Smart enough, but not his style. But this would be right up Hugo's alley. But, no. It turns out to be some guy I never heard of. I never paid attention to the Batgirl of that time or her history, and I missed on most of the No man's land days, so the guy was nobody to me. I was disappointed it wasn't Hugo, but I was happy that pointless mystery came to an end. Not my favorite plot, but it was still put together pretty well.

8.5
Batman #608

Aug 7, 2020

This issue was an instant hit. So popular its second edition was an even faster sellout. I wasn't too keen on Jeph Loeb's Superman work over the previous 3 years, but was quite pleased with his writing of this story. Later I'd read "the Long Halloween" and "Dark Victory" and see how he built up a reputation as a good Batman writer. As for Jim Lee, I remember reading that he had a bet on whether he could keep up on a monthly title and meet his deadlines. Apparently he proved he could. Too bad he couldn't do it again with the never-finished "All-Star Batman & Robin" series. "Hush" is a classic story today as it instantly was almost 20 years ago. It brought in the most annoyingly overused enemy Batman has ever faced. But it was also a refreshing new turn in the post No Man's Land era. The other Batman titles tried to keep up with their own unique stories throughout the following year, making Batman better than it had been for several years. This book is, if anything a milestone for that.

8.0
Batman '89 (2021) #1

Sep 18, 2021

I wish I could say this is the Batman 3 I was originally hoping for, but I can't. Aside from being based on that continuity I really didn't get the feeling of the original movies continuing. They should've included a Robin Williams Riddler like we expected back then, but it looks like that's going to have to wait for vol. 2. It's really just more of an Early years Batman story where the characters are based on the old movie versions. I really don't see why they felt it necessary to give Micheal Gough's Alfred a mustache. They also decided to totally replace Pat Hingle with a Gordon more resembling his regular portrayal. Harvey's Batman attitude is the biggest change to note. It's taken a major shift from the end of the first movie. But that's the attitude more to be expected for the guy when he's about to become Two-Face. And did anyone else notice Large Marge in the corner during Halloween? It's not a bad start for this series, but I'm still unsure if the story's really going to go anywhere. I guess this is one to keep following till we can be for sure what to really think.

6.0
Batman '89 (2021) #2

Oct 18, 2021

I wish I could say this book is living up to the expectations I had when I heard about it, but that would be a major lie. So far it's making Batman Forever look better each issue. I feel especially disappointed since it's written by Sam Hamm who wrote the originals and Detective #598-600's "Blind Justice," which has been an old favorite of mine for years. This series is focusing on an issue that should be avoided to prevent fuming tempers. Race, Sexuality and politics should be avoided in anything fictional these days because they only cause trouble when brought up. Unfortunately I have to say if this was what Hamm had in mind for Batman 3, odds are there never would have been a Batman 4. A totally original identity for Robin is bad enough. Not to mention the total absence of the Riddler, who was the most anticipated villain for Batman 3 before any version came out. I wasn't too crazy about Catwoman's portrayal either. I think the best part of this issue is the part with the Giant penny. Otherwise this was a slower than average issue. Billy Dee Williams would deserve a better story than this though.

6.5
Batman '89 (2021) #4

Jan 16, 2022

This has been the best issue yet, but unfortunately that's not saying much. The most I've gotten from reading this story is a better appreciation for Batman Forever. I've found myself already with crossed fingers for more Superman'78, while hoping though that this series will just fade into the realm of forgotten comics.

4.0
Batman (2016) #50

Jun 28, 2020

I've read comics with disappointing endings before, but this is likely the biggest of the decade. Sure, I knew it wouldn't go through. Batman's one of the only major superheroes neither to marry or go public with their identity. Not to mention Marvel pulled the same stunt at the same time with their own "Wedding of the year," but at least they had a surprise unexpected couple to marry in the end. I'll admit the end sequence with Bane and a horde of other villains seemed interesting, it turned out over time to be the big boring letdown that would be called "City of Bane." But let's face it. All this really was was one of Dan DiDio's half baked schemes to print up a ton of variants, sell them at a ludicrous cost, make money, then let everyone down with a boring issue that, regardless of which of the 7,392 different variants they bought, won't go for more than they paid for it on the collector's market ever. Tom King really should've ended his run with this issue. It had already been a while since he'd put out the last of his good work.

5.5
Batman (2016) #85

Jun 28, 2020

Sorry, but the only thing I can say that sounds positive in any way is Thank God this Overly-long, completely pointless poor man's Knightfall rip-off is over. If I never see another story where Bane takes over the city again in my lifetime, it'll be too soon. Why was it called "City of Bane" anyway? It was the overly used Flashpoint Batman responsible for everything. Bane was just a lowly flunky, even if he didn't know it. Alfred's death was just King's "So everyone'll remember me" card to us. Now we likely have to wait for the next "big event" crossover where "Nothing will be the same again" to get him back. please tell me we've seen the last of Bane and Flashpoint Batman for a LONG time. After nearly 30 issues They've grown tiresome and overused. I know I could use a long break from either of them.

8.5
Batman (2016) #91

May 21, 2020

This story is washing out the bad taste in my mouth left by "City of Bane." The mystery of the Designer extends beyond "Who is he?" It also makes us wonder what his plans were for 4 of Batman's oldest foes and what really happened in his meeting with the Joker. It's good to see Tynion do a story with him. I felt deprived of that when he left Detective Comics. And while we are all saddened by the death of Alfred and anticipate the next "Big event" that will bring him back, as long as we're getting good stories with as little of Damian as possible (I Loathe that brat) I think the Bat-books will be continue doing fine.

8.5
Batman (2016) #92

Jul 16, 2020

I've enjoyed this story. Tynion's outdone himself with it. It's even better than anything he wrote during his Detective Comics run a couple of years back. I see this as a future collector's gem, as it features the debut of the new Joker groupie Punchline. What is that clown's appeal to sexy psychotic women? Seriously though, I feel this is a great beginning to a new run for Tynion. Especially since he didn't get to show much talent for stories with many classic villains before. It's good to see the Riddler in a question mark-covered costume reminiscent of his much-missed classic costume. I've never been a fan of his new 52 look (Especially those God-Awful sideburns). When he gets back in shape maybe he'll consider keeping this new look, but bring back the mask. The true irony is having problems like this right and left, we don't really see how much impact Alfred's loss has on Bruce Wayne, as he hasn't had much time out of the cape and kowl lately. In truth, it's what I expected. This kind of trauma occasionally causes a superhero to withdraw from his personal life and become consumed by his costumed one. Are we seeing that with Batman? It sure is interesting. That I do know for sure.

8.5
Batman (2016) #93

Jul 16, 2020

It looks like my theory about the Designer was head on. The poor guy got in over his head with the Joker, never got his career off the ground and would never have been heard of by Batman had he not provided such an excellent distraction from Joker's real plan. Joker is obsessed with his own perverted amusement through suffering most of the time, but this time it seems his goal is to outwit Batman. Sometimes I think we forget he's a lot more clever than he shows. And that's how he likes it. He finds it funny proving he was underestimated, so this caper must tickle his funnybone harder than anything since killing Jason Todd. In regards to Punchline, she seems to be receiving mixed reactions. If I can say anything about what I've seen so far, Her future will mostly be as an adversary for Harley, because no matter what side she claims to be on, she'll always be obsessed with her precious "Mr. J." Probably her main use to the Joker, making her "Dim-witted groupie unaware she's just a pawn he cares nothing about #2." I order all my books on a monthly basis, and I only just received this issue a few days ago. And it looks like I'll have to wait another full month to see the conclusion. Maybe longer considering how slow the postal service is these days. Poor me, huh?

8.5
Batman (2016) #94

Aug 15, 2020

"Dark Designs" was pretty good. It started out as one case for Batman, but turned out to be nothing more than a distraction for something way worse. It was a good starting point for Tynion's new run. While there's controversy regarding the newest Joker groupie, Punchline, I'm sure we'd better just get used to her. They seem to be clinging on to the idea of the new Harley. Why else is she so annoying? the Joker War has already begun, and it looks like he's winning. Not good for Batman, but it should keep readers on the edge of their seats.

9.0
Batman (2016) #95

Aug 15, 2020

One chapter of "Joker war" is already better than all 11 of "City of Bane." But I really hope after this is over there won't be another Villains-take-over-the-city story for a long time. Still, it is an interesting concept, The Joker stealing everything at Batman's disposal and using it against him. Meanwhile none of his allies are able to help, and Catwoman is only able to watch from Penguin's place with a ton of others just waiting for the right time to take advantage of the situation. Odds are wherever he is, Ra's Al Ghul is also watching with interest, knowing the Detective will triumph, but waiting to see how. So far "The Joker war" is off to a good start. All I ask of Tynion is not to try and make a name for himself by making Batman finally kill the Joker. Readers have known for decades it could happen, but there's something about this story I have a feeling could be leading up to just that. Though he would return one day, DC knows that would make money, and that's the #1 priority on their minds since Dan DiDio's time: Making money.

9.0
Batman (2016) #96

Aug 15, 2020

The Monarch theatre thing sorta reminds me of the Arkham City climax. I really would've figured it would wait until the climax of this story, but I guess it will be in the Batcave instead. So far the "Joker war" is a satisfying compensation for "City of Bane." The future fantasy sequence is reminiscent of Silver age fantasy stories. A safer Gotham where Batman still fights crime by daylight. I hope he overcomes this crap soon though. I think I've read enough Hallucination stories, especially in Batman. Still, I've been pleased with this story. It and "Dark Designs" have both been better than anything I read during Tom King's run. And kudos to Jorge Jimenez on his artwork. Don't you dare go until the story's finished (And maybe longer).

8.0
Batman (2016) #97

Sep 15, 2020

Could've been better, but could've been way worse. It seems the Joker War is making up for how crappy "City of Bane" was. But this is probably the dull part of the story. IThis issue was just missing something the others have had. Still, It is a pretty good issue. Worth the $3.99, and you sure as Hell can't say that about too many comics nowadays.

8.0
Batman (2016) #98

Sep 15, 2020

I'm real tired of these stories where Batman is out of commission for 2-4 issues and recovers when all seems lost. It's like an Anime series or something. And it seems Punchline isn't living up to DC's expectations as a second Harley. I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for her to get her own ongoing. And now that she's out, let's keep her out of the rest of the story. As for Clown Hunter, well, I still don't know enough to figure him out. the Joker war has been pretty satisfactory so far, but when it's over I won't be asking for another big Bad guys take over the city mega story for a long time. All-in-all, the last 2 issues have been the dull stretch of this story. Let's have some more excitement and Batman in action for the remainder.

7.5
Batman (2016) #99

Oct 15, 2020

Not bad, but not great either. It's good to see Nightwing back, but the problem is this is just turning into another "Why doesnt he Just kill the Joker?" story. It seems since "No man's Land" that almost every story the Joker appears in asks that tired old question, and I'm sick of it. I now realize that James Tynion's stand-alone Joker story in Detective #1008 was so good because it didn't raise that tiring old issue most of his stories over the last 2 decades have. "The Joker War" started out good enough, but it's second half is a little stale. And another thing: Batman beat Punchline in the last issue, so why is she still out there and not locked up?

8.0
Batman (2016) #100

Oct 15, 2020

The best part about this issue is Batman's numbering is in 3 digits again. Shouldn't it be reaching Legacy number 900 soon? Howbout restoring the numbering? As for the story, it gave a poor ending to what started out as a promising story. It was just another challenge to see if Batman could be driven to finally kill the Joker. I am so tired of that being the issue. Joker outdoes himself, someone challenges Batman's no killing rule, Joker gets caught, Batman is tempted to kill him, he rants on trying to drive him to, he doesn't. It's getting older and older. Joker stories always go the same. It seems writers want to outdo each other by taking Batman into directios he's never went before. God, I miss the days of 1-4 part stories where things were back to normal after Batman caught the bad guy. Maybe I've been spoiled by the intrigue of "the 3 Jokers" story, which dwarfs this story in intrigue. But I just think Tynion went in the same old direction all writers go with the Joker, which ended this story as a yawn fest. And I'm not in the mood to follow Punchline through a lot of $6 one-shots and eventual ongoing series. The same goes for Clown Hunter.

8.0
Batman (2016) #101

Nov 13, 2020

Another "New direction" for Batman? it may be a thing of anticipation if it weren't so typical. How long till the next time alteration brings Alfred back and we can get back to normal? Dc is becoming extremely repetitive over the past 15 years and it's rather tiring. I guess we'll just have to see how this "new direction" goes until the next "New direction." It could be worse, but it seems every time a new writer comes along they want to make a name for themselves by taking the series in a "new direction" and it looks like that's Tynion's intention.

8.0
Batman (2016) #102

Nov 15, 2020

Not bad, but my real question is that other than the boost in Anti-vigilante attitude, how exactly has Gotham changed? Batman's life is what's changing. And a big part of it is that every other new enemy he makes seems to know who he is. Ghost Maker shows potential, but let's not make another overused foe in him like Bane and Hush. Tynion seems more focused now on making his mark in Batman history above anything else. And while his Batman run is more interesting than his Detective run was, I think the Joker War was enough in the way of "big stuff" for a while. Slow down a little and give us that Dark Knight detective we know and love. Not try to find new ways to keep impacting his life with every issue.

7.5
Batman (2016) #103

Dec 12, 2020

As a longtime Batman reader I can say I've read a lot of worse ones, but several better too. Clownhunter is growing stale already. And if he's 17 he sure is scrawny for his age. I'd figure he was 14 at most. As for ghost Maker, he has promise as a rival, but also has the makings of another character who could end up overused and wear out his welcome if writers aren't careful. So far it's working well as a story, but like most stories by Tynion, has its ups and downs. Harley and Clownhunter's presence only prolongs the story, while, as mentioned before, Clownhunter is wearing himself out as one of those overused characters, which I hope they don't also do with Ghost Maker. Still, the story is holding together better than the Joker war did. I grew weary of it halfway through as it became another villain takeover of the city meshed with the same "Why not kill him?" element that's been used constantly for 20 years now. At least this is a breath of fresh air from that tiring stuff of the past year with it and city of Bane. As for this story itself, I still need to see how it develops to come to a full conclusion.

8.0
Batman (2016) #104

Dec 12, 2020

Not a bad read. Tynion's most major flaw is he can't seem to write a Batman story without bringing in the Bat family to back him up. He made it for almost 50 years with just Robin and Batgirl or another ally on occasion. I remember in the '80s and '90s he had a lot of success on missions solo, but these days he just can't battle anything without needing backup. have to say, I hope after this story, not to see any, Ghost Maker, Clownhunter, or even Harley for a while. Let's get to some new adventures and not spend a year coping with the Joker war in every issue. Altogether though the issue was pretty good and I hope the next will be decent enough too. So far this has been a mediocre story, but a decent enough one.

6.5
Batman (2016) #105

Jan 16, 2021

Here we go again. All Tynion seems to be doing is making a name for himself by introducing lame new characters in each of his stories. I thought he was doing well until halfway through the Joker War, but now all he seems to want to do is build a new cast. I knew all along Ghost maker was going to stay after this. If they want a sword swinging assassin to work with Batman then bring back Azrael. If they want a teenage vigilante who goes too far, bring back Anarky. And if they want Joker to have a pain-in-the-ass groupie, turn Harley bad again. This was another bad conclusion to what seemed to start as a decent story. There was no showdown. Just "Join me." "Okay." and that's it, with some stupid dialogue, the end. That was the worst ending to a comic in the past year, second only to Superman #28. What pointless unlikable character are you introducing next, Tynion? And how long till you realize Ghost Maker is a lame sidekick and you get rid of him? I don't look forward to finding out. Either I see some improvement in Batman after "Future state" or I guess It'll be time to drop it again for the first time since Rebirth began. Frankly these stories aren't worth $4 an issue lately.

5.5
Batman (2016) #106

Mar 19, 2021

I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm already sick of Ghost Maker. These stupid bets he and Batman make are major yawners for what's supposed to pass as comic relief. It's amazed me how Tynion was off to a good start until halfway through the Joker War. He was doing better than he was in his Detective run. Too bad it's no longer the case. And to make matters worse DC is pulling the old "Add another 10 pages with a pointless backup story so we can raise the price a full dollar" trick. The main story was bland at best. The character of Simon Saint is a little interesting, but I have a feeling he'll also grow stale before his real purpose is fully revealed. I can't say i care for Scarecrow's newest look, but all comic artists have done over the last 15 years is (CENSORED) him up trying to follow his poor look in the Dark Knight movie Trilogy. And the gas mask....Why? He never needed one before over the last 7 decades. As for the Damian backup story, it was a fine reason to remind me why I WILL NOT be reading the new Robin book. Ever since the rotten snot-nosed little Antichrist was allowed to take that name he's done NOTHING but disgrace Robin's good name. Even the post Crisis Jason Todd was more likable. I thought Batman and Talia's love child was adopted by normal people. I still don't know if that was ever explained (I lost track between R.I.P. and Rebirth). But it was horrendously uninteresting and I'm sure part 2 won't improve it any. And upcoming issues will be highlighting Tynion's "great invention," Ghost Maker in their backup stories. I doubt I'll even read those as I previously mentioned, He's already worn out his welcome. But as long as Tynion is writing I'm sure we'll be seeing him constantly. I hate to say it but Tynion's Batman run is rapidly becoming what Bensis' one on Superman was. A total waste of our time and money.

7.0
Batman (2016) #107

Apr 15, 2021

Better than last issue, I'll give it that. It should be interesting to see where Scarecrow's connection to Saint goes. I smell conspiracy of vast proportions. Someone's playing this unstable city like a game of chess (and this time let's NOT have it end up being the Joker). The question is whether Tynion will make this develop into an intriguing mystery or if he'll continue to focus on his creating of a new cockamamie seventh-rate character every other issue. Sadly, I have a feeling I already know. I didn't even bother to read the Ghost Maker story. That's how tired of and uninteresting I find him. I won't expect his eventually inevitable regular ongoing series (Which will be written by.....His creator James Tynion IV, well who'd have guessed?) will last more than 15 issues. If you look at it that's the man's intention, plain as day. He's already given him a (rather pathetic) rogues gallery. He really wants to be the modern day Stan Lee. Oh, well. Back to the book in general. So far this is a reflection of the Covid paranoia and political strife of the last year in a different manner. Fear of deadly gas replaces the virus. A controversial mayor like never before instead of a president, and a gas mask buying frenzy instead of masks. If you want a Batman story about a pandemic try '96's Contagion. Otherwise, can we stop having comics reminding us of current events? They were created to help us escape reality, not read a poor copy in a different manner. Like everyone else, my main concern is the rising price. Sure Tynion wants to peddle his poor new characters, but this is History repeating itself. Adding extra pages to and raising the price on the bigger seller books, then gradually raise the price on everything and by year's end 99% (Looney Tunes and Scooby-Doo being possible exceptions) of DC's titles will be $5 or higher.

7.0
Batman (2016) #108

May 9, 2021

This issue has its ups and downs. The downs are like always, Tynion adds another lame new character who will go nowhere. Sorry to tell him, but I doubt anyone but him rushed to have Miracle Molly's debut graded believing it will be of value in a year. The whole unsanity collective side plot is a total bore and completely unnecessary. It's like they were added just so Tynion could keep the story dragging for longer. It would have been more interesting if it was the real Jim Gordon that approached them. I'd say whatever new Tynion character who makes their "big debut" next issue can't be crappier than Miracle Molly, but then again, I'd better not hold my breath. Then there's the pointless totally unnecessary backup story that is only there so DC can raise their prices. Like last issue, I didn't even read it. I'm not a fan of Ghost Maker. He wore out his welcome by the end of his first story, and I think in 20 years when his debut issue in NM condition will be valued at $15 at most is better than he deserves. Does anyone even read these wastes of paper? The editors don't care how many poor innocent trees died for something so pointless, just so long as it gives them an excuse to raise prices. Way to kill the industry fellas. When Superman's 100th anniversary issue is only available digitally we can say we owe that all to you and your greed. The upside is NO Ghost Maker in the main plot. This Peacekeeper project could pick up a little faster without the pointless unsanity Collective. The most intriguing part is what the Scarecrow has to do with it. One request: Let's end the involved villainy with him, shall we? I'm still burned out on multiple villain conspiracies thanks to City of Bane. And let's not end it with the Joker returning for another 8-part showdown. Tynion's latest run has been a controversial one, but if I know DC, this crappy new direction would have still happened under any other writer. DC worships the "Bold new direction" concept. They have since 2005 and it only looks like it's going to get worse. So if you can't handle it as it escalates, be ready to pick the right point to jump ship. From the way fans seem to be reacting, it looks like it's only a matter of time until that happens or they do their umpteenth "crisis" and start over at a point we're comfortable with (Then "F" it all up a couple of years later-AGAIN).

7.0
Batman (2016) #109

Jun 8, 2021

I'd have to say if it wasn't for the pointless Ghost Maker sub plot the story would have been way better. Who was he trying to impress with his copycat Batcave. Oooo. He has a bigger Dinosaur. Meet the Webster to Batman's Arnold. Is Tynion trying to impress us? If so it's not working. As if his pointless backup story I don't even want to read isn't enough. I haven't hated a new character this much since Damian with his "Mother, I want my own Batmobile." or "I'd make a better Batman than you." I hate to be the one to break it to Tynion, but even a perfect 10 graded comic of Ghost Maker's first appearance won't be fetching a lot in 10 years. He WILL NOT work. Heroes never succeed when their creator is their own Number 1 fan. Put him aside and move on to more important things, like ANYTHING ELSE!!! As for the rest of the story, I'd say it was well done. If Tynion would focus more on the plot than peddling his own lame ideas we may get a half-ass decent story out of him again.

7.0
Batman (2016) #110

Jul 21, 2021

Once more Tynion impresses himself most with another flimsy addition to his growing cast of pathetic characters. Now we have Batman against a guy who thinks he's Robocop or something. It's hard to like where Batman is headed. Once more, I passed on the Ghost Maker backup story because I've had more than enough of this pathetic excuse for dick envy in the main ones lately. Nakano is now officially Gotham's worst mayor since Hill. He's so consumed by his own resentment that he's willing to hand the city to an obvious madman. When it's too late to do anything he'll have no one to blame but himself, providing he'll even still be alive. This wasn't the worst issue of this monotonously long story, but it's definitely not the best either. It's likely "Fear state" will also be a long one though, so we'd better get ready for what may end up being the longest thing in Batman since No Man's land.

7.0
Batman (2016) #111

Aug 17, 2021

So here we have Batman with The Joker's equally out of her head groupie and the poorest Deadpool Rip-off of all time against A mentally unhinged Robocop wannabe with a pointless group of freaks that bring nothing but filler material. I'm not holding much hope for Fear state, but at least Tynion will be gone when it ends. So goodbye, good luck and take your poor characters with you. I swear everything's been downhill since Future State and its $7 each issues. As always I didn't even browse at the Ghost Maker story. I don't know how Tynion isn't facing a multi million dollar lawsuit from Marvel over ripping Deadpool off-badly. But he's going to learn when he sets out to make up his own stuff he's going to need to do a lot better at making up characters than he has been over the last year.

5.5
Batman (2016) #112

Oct 29, 2021

This was more or less the same thing we've come to expect from Tynion's current run. Another new character, Batman returning after spending several days held by an enemy. If you feel as I do you're counting down the remaining issues not for the story's climax, but the fact it will finally be over. I was looking through some old issues remembering how I'd anticipate each new Batman issue in the old days, but these days I'm just not as enthusiastic.I'm just hoping things will improve a little after this story finally ends.

4.5
Batman (2016) #113

Oct 29, 2021

Fear state is living up to my expectations. Too bad what I expected wasn't much. Tynion certainly loves putting Ghost maker in the spotlight, as he had to be the one who learned of the Fear state from Crane. Too bad he's his creation's number 1 fan. I'm hoping after this is over not to see Ghost Maker again for a looooong time. Fear State is better than City of Bane, but not as good as the Joker war. May it be the final Gotham under siege crossover for many years to come.

5.5
Batman (2016) #114

Oct 29, 2021

Can't say I'll Miss Peacekeeper X. Then again I can;t say I'll miss PK-01 either. Or any of the entire magistrate. The best part is that these poor man's robocops will be on the way out. That's all I really see to this issue. We're halfway through Fear state but half of nothing is still nothing. And that seems to be all that's been accomplished since #106. I suppose all the real stuff will be reserved for the upcoming conclusion. These 6 issues seem to simply be just filler material.

5.5
Batman (2016) #115

Nov 21, 2021

This is mostly just a filler issue with nothing real to add to an already bland story. If you miss it you don't miss much. I figure I could read #114 then #116 and not wonder what happened between at all. And all it cost was $5. I'm not really in suspense to see what happens next. I remember when I would be back when Part 1 ended in a cliffhanger. Then part 2 wrapped it up nicely. These days it's part 27, not much. That'll be $5. Part 28, nothing interesting, $5 please. I'm not following Batgirls so the backup story was of little interest. The only plus side is no Tynion original character in the spotlight. Save your money. If #118-121 don't improve things, I'll be doing exactly that.

7.0
Batman (2016) #116

Nov 21, 2021

Not a bad issue. Not really a good one either, but not bad. It's decent for Tynion, but that's not altogether good. The best thing about this story seems to be it's coming to an end. When it does I want a sworn affidavit signed in blood that Tynion will never write for Batman again outside a mini-series. Future State is still DC's main focus. They literally want to change everything and seem so stupid as to believe it will gain them readers. Not goona happen. I'm not following I Am Not Batman and I will not be ever, no more than P.C.-approved Superman. Batman is at a crucial crossroads now. It can either get better with #118-121 or I'm out. I have better things to spend $5 on than a boring yawn fest, which almost everything DC is being reduced to lately. Whatever happens, they're bringing it on themselves. At this rate they'll kill themselves and maybe someone will buy the rights to their characters and have the sense to restore them to something half-ass decent. As for Fear State, I's been just a 25th rate Joker War or City of Bane. A prelude to worse things ahead, with tie-ins in every other title. I think I prefer the multi-title crossovers like Cataclysm and War Games instead. I'm sure the majority of readers are with me as we count down the time till this sorry saga is finally concluded in higher anticipation for it to be over rather than to see what happens.

7.0
Batman (2016) #117

Dec 31, 2021

And so yet another monotonous overly long story comes to a so-so end as comics today tend to do. I doubt Fear State will be ever looked back at like Year One, The Long Halloween or The Dark Knight Returns. It seems most people, like myself are just glad to see it finally ending, as it should have about 8 months ago, when we had enough of it. The worst part of this issue is that Batman once more revealed himself to yet another person that cannot fully be trusted. He didn't even need to remove his mask. Molly could have been appealed to without doing that. And Tynion could have redeemed himself some by a sudden cave-in happening and killing her instead, but no. He hopes she'll be seen as the great idea only he thinks she and the rest of his useless characters were. I personally hope never to see her again and let her drop into history as one of many forgotten characters. It's such a pity Tynion's run started out so impressively, but turned into another writer's attempt to immortalize himself as the person who did something no other writer did before, just like King. The Poison Ivy plot was totally pointless to me. It should have just been confined to the pages of Catwoman. I never was a fan of her in the first place, but the last 20 years she's gone so downhill I can't even stand when she appears anymore. And if the backup story is supposed to get me to buy the new Batgirls series, Mission failed. I find it harder to say what was worse. The story or the art. All-in-all, the best part about this issue is that it's Tynion's last. The Batman books are at the most crucial crossroads since I last dropped them altogether in "Batman R.I.P." I'm going to see what I think of the Upcoming story, but if I'm unimpressed it'll be time to drop Batman again. All I have to say is may our new writer be one who focuses on the story instead of his own legacy. After 117 issues it's about time this series had a writer like that again.

9.0
Batman (2016) #118

Jan 18, 2022

Well, I can safely say Williamson's off to a good start. I just hope he prefers to stick with stories like this and not one long story that only continues into another long story, which seems to be a fad in modern comics. This story got off to an amusing start with the Billionaires' club and their easy target party. Those idiots were lucky the only real villain to show up was the Firefly (In a way better costume than what I've seen him in over the last several years). Williamson also put in some remarks for fans to recognize, like Joker's reference to "those wonderful toys" and Batman disguised as Croc. It shows he's an actual fan. I hope he remembers to keep giving us good stuff to read and always puts that before making a name for himself as "The writer who..." that's what really got to King and Tynion's heads. I also want to thank Williamson for getting Ghost Maker and Clownhunter out of Gotham. No all we have to do is make sure they stay out.... Molina's terrific art also contributed to the high score this book has earned. If this keeps up I'd say we have a great writer/art team to look forward to. But they're off to a great start. This is the best this book has been in a while, so let's keep it going smoothly and give us a break from all the longer than they had to be stories of King and Tynion and I'm sure these guys will go far.

9.0
Batman (2016) #119

Jan 18, 2022

Another well done issue from the so far satisfying talents of Williamson and Molina. As Superman books seem to be spiraling out of control into becoming 100% excrement it is nice to see the Batman books heading back to a more enjoyable level. Even the Tower saga in Detective is proving to be decent. Williamson also deserves a hearty pat on the back for presenting Luthor as he should be. The evil billionaire with his own obvious, yet secret agenda. So much better than when he's a mad scientist or trying to be a supervillain. Maybe they should consider this guy for a Superman run (providing there'll be anything left worth writing within the next year). It's been a long time since he's been up against a Luthor this crafty. One thing I must have missed is how'd he learn Batman's identity? We also finally got to meet Abyss. Looks like Batman's up against a new enemy who may be too much for him. I just hope this guy doesn't keep coming back over and over for the entirety of Williamson's run. Today's writers have a bad habit of doing things like that and a new character with promise quickly outwears his welcome (Yes, I speak of Tynion's spotlight stealers throughout 2021). Still, this issue, like the last was a good one and I'm looking forward to what's up next. It's been a while since I could say that in Batman.

6.0
Batman (2016) Annual #5

Jan 11, 2021

Like Punchline, Clownhunter is becoming a monotonously overused character with a crappy back story. It seems like all Tynion is trying to do is outdo himself with new characters. The art was poor, especially in the flashback sequences. That had to be one of the worst portrayals of the Joker I've ever seen. I'm starting to lose confidence in this writer. I never liked Clownhunter, and I'm rapidly getting sick of him fast. And if he's 17, Damian is ready to drive. Speaking of which, he's probably the worst character since Damian as well. If Tynion doesn't start turning to better storytelling instead of trying to come up with more crappy characters, I don't see any reason to keep on reading during his run.

6.0
Batman (2016): The Joker War Zone #1

Oct 28, 2020

Not bad, not great. This was an average tie-in that was only made to pull another 5 bucks from our pockets. I miss when Marvel was the bigger money grubber. DC's been running even with them for almost 16 years now. The first story was the only one worth buying the book. I considered the rest just filler so they could charge us more. In short, that's all this was. A tie-in that didn't even need to be made, but an excuse to make money.

7.0
Batman (2016): Fear State: Alpha #1

Oct 1, 2021

I've read worse, I've definitely read better. After reading it though I know all I'm going to follow in this story is the main plot in Batman. It only has a couple of months ahead of it, so that's good, because after over 6 months, I've really grown weary of Tynion's bland storytelling and constant uninteresting characters. The main plot really was the only one that was worth reading. I couldn't really care less about this Ivy/Harley thing or any of the other stuff. I'm not filled with much enthusiasm that what's to come will be any better than what's happened so far, but time will tell I guess.

7.0
Batman (2016): Fear State Omega #1

Dec 31, 2021

This is mostly the Aftermath of Fear State. It focuses on where Tynion's useless characters go from here (Which I hope no writer even bothers to follow up on) and Batman having a boring conversation with the Scarecrow as he transports him personally to his destination. The art was pretty good, but most of this issue was just Tynion's farewell letter to himself, patting himself on the back and telling himself how brilliant he feels his new characters are. Let's hope this is finally the last of these year long stories by a writer whose primary goal is just to make a name for himself.

4.0
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #1

Dec 13, 2020

What the H was this? It made so little sense, provided so little amusement. What's with all the animated series characters who were never part of the regular continuity before? Does Tom King even know the difference? The man lost his touch with the pitiful wedding story and has gone downhill since. This shows he hasn't gotten it back either. Why not try another hero? From what I see DC themselves are his biggest fans. I already ordered the next 2 issues, but doubt I'll get any more if it stays this poor. I don't know how they expect to keep this boring plot going for 12 whole issues. But if things don't improve I doubt I'll even bother to finish it. Definitely NOT worth $5 an issue, that's for dang sure. May this be Tom King's final Batman work.

5.0
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #2

Feb 11, 2021

Better than issue #1, but since #1 wasn't very impressive that isn't saying much. Mann's art is well done enough but the story really just doesn't have too much to offer. I've always enjoyed the animated "Mask of the Phantasm" movie, but never felt it should have any part with comic continuity since it was really just "Year 2" told in a different manner (Like Andrea being the Phantasm instead of her father or Joker being involved as Beaumont's killer instead of Joe Chill, the man who killed the Waynes). There's no detail to the version of the story in this continuity, adding to the confusion (Like a character that was never part of anything but animated continuity till now). I'm also confused as to when the present installment of this story happens. Was it before the let-down wedding then? I guess it must be.... Tom King should stick to shorter stories, like his story in Black & White #2. There's 10 issues left and I don't know if King will add anything to this beyond what we've already seen.

2.5
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #3

Mar 19, 2021

Another letdown of an issue. As was the case with the previous 2 issues, the art was the only good part. I think King jumped the shark by the wedding. He should look into writing something else since he's way past his prime on Batman. This series is proof. I always loved the '94 Mask of the Phantasm movie. But I always felt it was best it and the Character of the Phantasm were better off having NOTHING to do with DC continuity, and this series is proof of why. It proves a lot of things, too bad none of them are positive. As I said, the only thing I can say I approve of is the art.

5.5
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #4

Apr 15, 2021

Another bland take it or leave it issue. 4 issues down, but will the remaining 8 fare any better? Frankly I highly doubt it. Though this has been the best issue yet, that's still not saying much. Bringing in the Phantasm was a mistake I think. It could have been any of the numerous women from Bruce's past we do know of or even someone King just created that we never heard of, and she could be spared the poor role of vengeful vigilante and this whole thing would be 98% the same. I think the ONLY reason they used her is because King just hoped an Animated series character would bring in fans more than an original creation. Believe me, If you are a fan of the '93 animated movie but not checking this out, you're not really missing anything. As for Selina's attitude toward Batman's non-lethal tactics, that's just guaranteeing us an end to this like 95% of all other Joker appearances over the last 20 years, where he has the joker beaten, but still laughing like the maniac he is and either her or Phantasm or both trying to convince him to kill him, which he will not do after a truly boring argument we've all heard before. It's ALWAYS how it goes. "Why don't you just kill him?" every time. It was the same old thing in the Joker war. It's really become such a monotonous thing that I've grown to dread Joker appearances. It was done enough after No Man's land, Hush and The Red Hood saga. Enough of the "Why don't you kill him?" crap already. Every reader understood why and accepted it years ago. So DC can stop making every story he appears in always having that same question being raised. I really wish this was a 6 issue series, because usually my interest wanes by that far into a story. And frankly I've considered this one of the most pointless stories in a long time since it began. Well, at least the art is decent. May this be Tom King's FINAL Batman story ever, because it's the last one I plan to ever get.

4.0
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #5

Jun 8, 2021

The Decent art and the fact this is only 2/3 as bad as City of Bane are the only positive things I can give this series. If King would get to the point and spare us the pointless 3 different points in time B.S. he could've got this series wrapped up by issue #3. What is he trying to prove? That he can write a 12 issue series that's 92% pointless and confusing hodgepodge? I guess what keeps me going is that I dislike getting half a story and passing on the rest, no matter how poorly made. I should learn to be patient as I'm sure in coming years issues of this series will more likely be in the $1 bins of comic stores than with the more sought after stuff.

2.0
Batman / Catwoman (2020) #7

Oct 18, 2021

This is probably the poorest issue yet, and #1-6 were pretty damned poor. Who has intercourse while listening to "O Come all ye faithful," really? But this issue was incredibly dull and incredibly confusing. Shifting from one time to a point makes it real hard to follow. "Okay, is this the present, or a flashback Or forward...?" I swear this should be King's last Batman story ever. Not only was it put on hiatus for a year, it's constantly late. We'll be lucky if it's concluded by 2023. That is if any of us are even still bothering to read it. I'm not ordering new issues anymore. I may one day buy the remaining 5 from 50 cent or dollar bins to complete the story, (providing I don't sell what I've got so far soon along with every Superman issue beyond Action #1000). Mr. King, a word of advice, next time you want to write a story, make it no longer than 4 parts.

9.0
Batman / Superman (2019) #16

Apr 15, 2021

I've never been a fan of the multiverse because I find it to be confusing and annoying, but this was a pretty good story. Here we have 2 tales from the late '40s or early '50s. I figured at first they were connected, but when I saw Martha Wayne still alive in the Superman continuity I knew they were different universes, which by issue's end would collide, and I was right (Quite amusingly). I'm not really surprised since The writer of Superman smashes the Klan was at the helm. He's apparently also a big fan of the Superman of those days. Frankly if these were the same continuity though they'd have provided an interesting story without meshing with any other ones. It's nice to see a modern take on the golden age. My only complaint is "Truth, Tolerance and Justice." While it's true Superman has always been a defender tolerance, it's just wrong to so many to see "The American way" removed because today's culture claims America was created in the name of bigotry, which is untrue. If he wanted to add tolerance that would make sense, but by removing "The American way" it just sparks the ever tiring pro and anti-P.C. debates we're all sick and tired of. Let's keep the P.C. out of comics, eh? Otherwise this was a good issue. I don't usually get this book but as long as it's this good I plan to. Frankly this issue alone is better than every issue on Tynion's Batman run has been or Bendis' entire Superman run was combined (Though that's still not saying much). But if Gene Luen Yang follows in the tradition of Superman smashes the Klan then we're in for a real good story.

9.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #17

May 10, 2021

This is certainly storytelling more worthy of Reis's talent than when he was on Superman. It's also better than anything happening in either character's regular books. Maybe DC should get Gene Luen Yang to do a Superman and/or Batman series set in the Golden age like this and Superman smashes the Klan. It would likely outsell anything in modern continuity, that's for sure. Ah, but then since when does DC do anything the readers would like over what they think we should like? One of my favorite things is the references to the serials, as I'm a big fan of all 4 (If you get TCM they'll be airing the first Batman one from 1944 weekly soon. Don't miss it). Auter.io is an interesting adversary, albeit a real odd one. I'd love to see what else he has in his film archives in the future.

10
Batman / Superman (2019) #18

Jun 10, 2021

Another entertaining installment to what has been the best Superman or Batman story this year. The wimpy Bruce was amusing comic relief. It's hard to tell what will happen next, but it looks interesting. I'm not usually a multiverse fan, so this has to be doing something right if I'm so pleased. It is always interesting to see a reference to Superman and Batman in times long past.Gene Luen Yang has done a story inspired by the Superman radio show, now one from the old serials. Maybe next he can make one based on the Fleischer cartoons.

7.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #19

Aug 6, 2021

What started out as a terrific tribute to classic matinee serials has turned into something out of the cheesy old sci-fi stories about time travel and the multiverse. I sure hope this isn't a decline that falls further downhill, but frankly since I've never been a fan of Etrigan I'm not expecting next issue to be much of a boost from where we are now. I'd rate the story a 6.5, but I'll give it an extra point for the great artwork alone.

8.0
Batman / Superman (2019) #20

Aug 11, 2021

Better than the last issue, but I think it's about gotten to that point now where the story's slowing down and should finish soon. As usual this book is better than any of their solo titles, so it will be sad to see it go. I've never seen Yang do a solo Batman adventure, but since Tynion's leaving maybe DC should consider him as as the next writer in Batman if he's game. The same for Reis if they'll need another artist. Just a thought.

8.5
Batman / Superman (2019) #21

Oct 4, 2021

A fitting ending to what has been the best story for Batman and Superman this past year. It's a shame we couldn't see moue from the team of Yang and Reis. Hopefully they'll team up for a sequel featuring these 2 alternates from simpler times one day. This will be a classic for a long time to come in my book.

9.0
Batman / Superman (2019) #22

Oct 29, 2021

Today's writers could learn from this. You can still tell a great story in a single issue. You don't have to make the story drag on and on for over a year. This one had it all, action, humor and best of all, a great story. The only downside is this is the last issue. All because of DC's cockamamie plan to replace Superman with a younger more modern version. An idea we all know will not work. But to do that everything that features Superman must get rid of him. And this series wouldn't sell anymore if Superson replaced Superman here as well, so it's "Just end it." Pity. It's been the best book to feature either hero this year. This series will be missed.

8.0
Batman / Superman (2019) Annual: 2021

Oct 4, 2021

This was a fun follow-up to the regular story, proving there's more adventures ahead for these versions of the world's finest. Gene Luen Yang has given us another great for the shelves fit to be sat beside Superman Smashes the Klan. I'm not a very big fan of the multiverse. Frankly I liked it better when it was wiped out. But this story has provided me with a rare exception. I hope to see further follow ups featuring this version of Batman and Superman. Maybe a mini-series? It's hard to tell though when DC will come to their senses and realize no one wants Batman or Superman replaced and fix the damage they're doing to themselves.

7.0
Batman Beyond (2016) #48

Nov 15, 2020

I've always felt so-so toward Batman Beyond, so this is my first issue. I decided to check it out because it's his first encounter with the original in regular continuity. I'm not much of a Booster Gold fan, because all the stories I read with him are usually bland and repetitive. And it looks like this isn't going to be much different. Still, I do look forward to seeing if they meet face-to-face or if Booster can prevent it. But I still doubt I'll stick with this one after the conclusion.

8.5
Batman Giant #3

May 20, 2020

The Joker stories over the last decade or so remind me too much of the Heath Ledger portrayal instead of the one who always has a wacky gimmick for his capers. This "Attorney at ha" is a gimmick worthy of Batman's arch foe. This, along with last Summer's Detective #1008 have given me 2 of the best Joker stories I've read in ages.

4.0
Batman vs. Ra's Al Ghul (2019) #4

May 24, 2020

While it's good to have Neal Adams doing another Batman adventure I can't really praise more than his classic artwork. The story has been slow and doesn't make much sense to me. I can only recommend it to fans of Adams' work. Otherwise I'm afraid it's too stale to be on the same level of story as his legendary Odyssey saga.

4.0
Batman vs. Ra's Al Ghul (2019) #5

Apr 18, 2021

As a reader who knows Neal Adams is one of not just Batman's but all comics' greatest it's very hard to give a bad review to his work, but I wasn't very upsettened by the long hiatus this story went on nor was I giddy for its return. Frankly I'll just be happy when it's over. Like the rest of this story, this issue has been more confusing and dull than anything else. While I do enjoy seeing Adams' style in a new comic I just haven't been impressed with this story. And he really needs to lower Ra's's facial hair lining back to its original level. I just don't like the long mustache look. I like it where he has 2 little twin beards at each side of his chin (Whatever you call that style). I've been with this story since the start and will be here for the conclusion, but sadly, I doubt it will offer much more than the rest of the story has.

4.0
Batman vs. Ra's Al Ghul (2019) #6

May 8, 2021

What better way to conclude the most confusing Batman story I've ever read than in a totally confusing way. Was the real Ra's Al Ghul even involved in this? Or was it all some corny robot? This story ended with more questions than answered. With all due respect to Neal Adams, I'm sorry to say this will not likely be looked at as one of his best works. The only real praise I can give is that his art is still great. It's a style widely missed by a lot of us.

7.5
Batman: Black & White (2020) #1

Jan 16, 2021

Lately Batman related Anthologies have been poor, but like the original mini-series that will celebrate its 25th anniversary this Summer, this has some good stuff and some lesser ones. It all depends whether the writer is any good or not. As usual, some are worth it, some, not so much. I figure to review this book I should review each story. The Demon's fist: 7 Unnamed J.H. Williams story: 5 First flight: 6 Sisyphus: 2 Metamorphosis: 8

2.0
Batman: Black & White (2020) #3

Mar 19, 2021

The theme of this issue was mainly the future. It seemed they all took place in a near future scenario. A concept I'm not a fan of in any comic series. The only one not took place in the past. But all 5 had one important thing in common: They were all absolutely terrible. So far this has been one of the better Anthology Batman series in a long time, but this issue is a fine example of everything that makes them usually bad. After this series and Superman:Red & Blue are over I am finished with the wastes of money known as anthologies. It may only be March, but So far this issue wins a No-Prize for "Biggest comic letdown issue of 2021."

5.0
Batman: Black & White (2020) #4

Apr 18, 2021

I was hoping for more of the original mini-series and early issue Gotham Knights stuff in this series, but it's turned out to be the same poor run-of-the-mill stuff all other modern anthology Batman tales are. The art in the first story was so awful I'd prefer a 2nd grader's skilled talents over that crap. All 5 stories were dull and left me uninterested. I doubt these stories will be held in the regard the originals are when they turn 25 years old.

6.5
Batman: Black & White (2020) #5

May 9, 2021

I will admit that while this issue is a bit better than the last three, it does have its share of dull stretches. The first story is a reminder to us all how much better we are without Damian and how much I loathe him. The second story was well drawn but not much to the plot. Who was that old guy? And why was Gordon so determined to get him? The third story was a reminder of Gilda's secret role in the Long Halloween. Not too interesting, but it had its intrigue. The fourth story was confusing as well, but did have good art, and portrayed the pre-52 era Riddler without the stupid sideburns and question mark scar. The art in the Nightwing story was good, but the plot, a traditional bore. The best I can say about this issue is it features some of the best art yet in this pointless anthology series. The downside is it's just not worth the money like the original mini-series was. That's why this is my last Batman anthology series.

3.5
Batman: Black & White (2020) #6

Jun 13, 2021

The only good thing I can say is Thank God this waste of money anthology is over. 25 years ago the original mini-series became an instant classic that had fans clamoring for more. Today we got your usual anthology comic. 30 stories, over 20 not even worth the time we wasted reading them. There is one very major difference between the original Black and White series and this one. The original was made to tell good stories by real writers. This one was written mostly by talentless hacks so DC could make more money. If you haven't seen this yet don't bother. Save your money, like I wish I had. Because as of this I am permanently off Anthology Batman books.

7.5
Batman: Reptilian #1

Jul 21, 2021

Pretty good for a start. I've seen tons of Batman stories where he has to take on someone or something going to lengths against criminals beyond anything he'd cross, so it's no new concept to me. Still, it's a promising start. I haven't read a lot of Black Label books but most I have seen are pretty good. Particularly last years three Jokers Mini. That's why I have high expectations for this. It's also nice to see Alfred in an old time story before King and Tynion turned Gotham to the insane miserable place it is today.

8.0
Batman: Reptilian #2

Aug 17, 2021

So far this is one of the better Batman mysteries of late. It's also a good escape from Tynion's flimsy growing cast of pointless characters and all the Future State B.S. This mystery monstrosity isn't Croc, so it continues to puzzle Batman and us. It probably won't appear for a few more chapters, but judging by its actions it's something merciless and deadly. All I ask is it not be another reptilian underground monstrosity feeling its unhatched children are in danger. That's been done to death, and this series deserves better than to be compared to a Sy-Fy channel original movie..

7.5
Batman: Reptilian #3

Oct 1, 2021

A bit dull compared to what's happened here but still one of the better Batman stories of late. This is a Batman horror tale without a doubt. It's also good to see Alfred again. Somehow I'm not surprised this issue had to mention an issue I'm sick to death of, why doesn't Batman kill the Joker or let him die? I'm already dreading the day some writer decides to do that just to make a name for themself. But for 20 years now that seems to be asked in just about every Joker story. This mystery monster probably won't be seen till around the end of #5. But for a mystery story this one is still doing well enough. And though it's no Long Haloween or Dark Knight Returns I am still looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

6.5
Batman: Reptilian #4

Oct 29, 2021

I don't really know what to make of this issue. It's like something out of '90s Swamp Thing. I was kind of hoping whatever this thing was, it wouldn't be connected to Croc. That would have been too obvious.....But connected in this way? Gotta give Garth Ennis credit for creativity. This issue was a little less thrilling than the others, but I do want to see how Croc and Batman deal with "Junior."

7.0
Batman: Reptilian #5

Nov 21, 2021

Frankly I don't know what to think of this anymore. It's been getting a bit too weird. Though it's more interesting by far than Fear State (The only real fear there is that it will never end). It is more worth getting than any other Batman book now (Except the Adventures continue). I hope though the conclusion will be more interesting than this issue was.

6.0
Batman: Reptilian #6

Dec 31, 2021

This was a pretty decent story, but with a rather disappointing conclusion. I just feel it could have been better. So much was unanswered and the origins of this thing were never really clear either. But if they're planning a sequel I don't know if I'll bother. Best to just leave it as is and move on. Though I will give this series credit for being one of '21's more interesting Batman stories and a mini-series that actually never suffered delays. Though this issue alone isn't too great, the entire story altogether is pretty exciting.

5.5
Batman: Secret Files (2021): The Signal #1

Aug 13, 2021

this is the first time I've seen Duke in a while. And while it's an okay story, it offers little insight into him as a character. The Signal is one of the better modern day allies, but this book really just doesn't really offer much. And it doesn't really leave you begging for more. It's a decent read, but hardly worth what you're asked to pay.

6.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue #1

Jul 23, 2020

It is nice to see a new adventure based on the classic cartoon. The down side is it was just another dull-as-a-cucumber-sandwich Superman team-up. I loved the animated series until it left FOX and became "The new Adventures" on the WB. It grew dull and the change in animation style sucked. And I always considered the Superman series of the time a bore that killed the quality of the comics when they started using it for their inspiration 20 years ago. I also hate the red sky. Come on. How lazy can the artists get when they won't make a real Gotham sky with clouds and instead just colors it all red? It really would benefit if they followed the earlier style episodes (The FOX ones), which EVERYONE I've asked agrees, were the better ones. I guess I'll get the next issue to see if it improves. One thing I liked was how easily Bane was beaten at the start. It's how he'd have had his cowardly ass handed to him in Batman #497 if he wasn't too afraid to take Batman on at any point besides his weakest. But I am fed up with the "I will break you!" B.S. It's reason #6 (of 7,963) why I despise Bane so much. Aside from the red sky, the art was good. It followed the show (Even though it has to be the WB era), and the characters look as I remember. I still have hopes this series will work out and other issues will earn better reviews.

8.0
Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Two #1

Jun 10, 2021

They started this story interestingly, with the killing of a regular from the series. The animated continuity Mayor Hill certainly was different than the original one in the early '80s (though when you look at his anti-Batman attitude at the series' start he was probably originally planned to have been). They did a good job expanding his world through the wife and son who never appeared before, though they also seem to have forgotten several years had passed between the Fox and WB eras as Jordan was hardly aged. By this point he should be in his teens. The Court of Owls are villains from long after the show ended so it's interesting to see them in animated continuity. This must happen before Justice League though since Batman and Deadman don't know each other yet. I'd prefer if these stories were from the Fox era more though since those episodes were so much better. But it's still pretty good. It should be interesting seeing Batman and Deadman taking on the Court next issue.

8.0
Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Two #2

Jul 21, 2021

Interesting twist Hill being alive and joining the court. I wonder if his son will be playing a role in future issues. The only downside is no Nightwing/talon clash like on the cover, but I'm sure we'll see them again soon enough. It's good to come back to a familiar continuity spared the disasters of the regular series, but I'd really prefer the Fox version over the WB one.

7.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Two #4

Oct 30, 2021

Pretty good issue. The cover sure gives a different impression though. But the story is very good. It's interesting to see a new foe. It's also nice to see Detective Montoya in a major appearance again. However Burnett doesn't know her so well. She was always one of the most pro-Batman officers on the force. She had more respect on the show and in older comics, like in the episode P.O.V. when she actually saved him. In comparison to the regular Batman books of late, this was one of the more fine issues released lately. The start of this story with the former mayor also covers something interesting to develop as well.

8.0
Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Two #5

Oct 30, 2021

Batman has taken on his share of crooked politicians, but this was his first. I have a feeling his decision to make a comeback is connected to the murder he had Muscle make last issue. This is one of the best issues yet in the "Adventures continue" series so far, and I look forward to seeing how Batman deals with this corrupt official.

8.5
Batman: The Adventures Continue: Season Two #6

Nov 21, 2021

This is without a doubt the best Batman story currently out there. It's got something to it that most modern Batman comics severely lack. Mayfield reminds me of the Hamilton Hill in regular continuity back in the early '80s. The corrupt unscrupulous mayor who is nothing but trouble. I wonder whatever happened to him after he was forced to resign? One of Mayfield's biggest mysteries is his mysterious charm. He even put it on Batman. There's something to that I'm looking forward to discovering what it's about in the upcoming conclusion. If you're looking for a Batman story worth reading now this is it. And it's still $3.99 too.

8.5
Batman: The Detective (2021) #1

May 10, 2021

I was a bit skeptical to get this, but then most Bat Mini-series and specials have been major let-downs of late. But I think one thing that appeals about this is that it's a break from the umpteenth "Bold new direction" DC has taken Batman in over the last 2 decades. Not to mention a good trip from Gotham is just what he and we all could use. It's also the start of a pretty interesting mystery. Who or what is Equilibrium? And who is behind it all? And most importantly, what is their grudge with Batman rooted in? It should be interesting to see it develop. All I ask is it stay on schedule. I've seen too many mini-series get thrown off schedule over the last few years and that causes a major decline in interest. By the time it resumes we don't care as much. I don't want to see that happen with this one. I expect to be reading its conclusion in September 2021, not April 2022.

8.0
Batman: The Detective (2021) #2

Jun 8, 2021

A decent issue with good art. I'm not real keen on the idea of the bad guys being a bunch of nutcases in Batsuits (Been there, done that-several times), but the story is basically a pretty good read. I still expect this series to get more interesting in time. As for Squire, I suppose this is the latest of the rapidly growing list of additions to the Batman universe. Why do I have a feeling 2021 will be looked at as the year constant new characters were introduced? I hope this series runs smoothly without going on 2 or 3 month hiatus between issues as Batman mini-series tend to do these days. When that happens the story gets forgotten and when it resumes it's hard to stay interested. Usually 6 months is all I can stand of sitting through a single story (Ah, for the days of simple 2 and 3 part stories....). I do have to add as well I will be waiting to see how Ducard survives (I've read the Previews, so it's obvious he does).

8.0
Batman: The Detective (2021) #3

Jul 21, 2021

Pretty good for an issue that's mostly flashbacks. I also enjoyed the flashback showing Batman as I remember. I guess in his time it's been 10 years since those days. Ducard is interesting enough, but I really just look at him as yet another killer young Bruce needed to train under to master becoming what he is. Equilibrium wasn't really missed because all these characters seem to be is the Victim syndicate in white Batman costumes. Maybe these enemies will get to prove more intriguing as their characters develop and their motives are revealed. As with the previous 2 issues, the storytelling and art here are good, and I still feel interested, even though usually in a 6 part story I tend to lose interest halfway through. But I do admit I expect the next issue to be interesting as well.

7.0
Batman: The Detective (2021) #5

Oct 18, 2021

Not bad, but not really good either. As usual the story is growing stale. I should have known it would come down to Equilibrium just being another totally insane person willing to kill countless innocents out of a ridiculous excuse for revenge on someone totally innocent. The conclusion should have been released this month, but at least this series only missed one month's release. Not bad considering how Batman/Catwoman's missed 4 or 5. I do look forward to the conclusion, though in ways it's more so this story will wrap up than because of suspense. But it's usually the case with stories that last more than 3 or 4 months. I just get tired of them. I think one problem I have is all this Batman Inc. crap which I hated coming back. And it looks like it's making a comeback in the regular series too. It may be the reason for a Batman departure next year. Too soon to tell. I will give the Detective credit though as it's probably still one of the better stories of 2021.

6.0
Batman: The Detective (2021) #6

Dec 31, 2021

The best part of this issue is that it's finally over. If it stayed on schedule I may not have lost interest as I did, but there were at least 3 months of delays through this series. Plus the fact the story really just got less interesting as it went on. Plus this was really a way less interesting plotline than I expected at the start. Though I find it not unnatural these days, because Batman stories nowadays tend to grow less interesting as they develop. Maybe they should be shorter, like they used to be.

6.0
Batman: The Imposter #1

Jan 16, 2022

This is a pretty average book. It could be better, it could also be worse. But from what I've read in this issue I'd say it's worth 2 more issues (How I miss when your average comic story was that long, not 18 parts). The art is a bit sloppy and I can't say any of the characters are very likable in this story, but as I said, it's sill decent enough to follow for 2 more issues.

6.0
Batman: The Imposter #2

Jan 16, 2022

Mostly another average issue. I really don't think this is part of regular continuity though. For one thing Alfred never left in those days. I never heard of Bruce behaving so destructively in his youth either. Is this a prelude to the new movie perhaps? Who knows? I've read better, but I've read way worse, especially over the past few years. I have to say as well that I'm looking forward to the conclusion and showdown with the Imposter.

8.0
Batman: The Long Halloween: Special #1

Nov 21, 2021

Not too shabby for a quarter century later made follow-up. AM I the only one to notice the Gordon House's interior resembling that of the Bunkers' house from All in the Family? Great Easter egg Tim Sale. It fits in pretty well with the Long Halloween and Dark Victory better than most follow-ups made 20 years later. Usually they just ruin the quality of the original saga. But this one works pretty well. While I don't see it as anything really great, it is preferable to the extremely poor quality of today's books. But I have a feeling this will be a welcome addition to future collected editions of The classic story in the future.

10
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #1

Sep 20, 2020

So far I'm impressed. But I've seen interesting Minis go downhill quick, and Geoff Johns has written a fair share of them. But this is the best story I've seen by him in years. Jason Fabok provides some of the best work I've seen on a Batman book in many moons. They should try and get him to do a regular Batbook. From what I've seen this has promise to be a fitting conclusion to a trilogy began 30 years ago and will be considered one of Batman's most legendary adventures, along with "The Killing Joke" and "A death in the family." for years to come, as long as Johns keeps the story going in the direction of entertaining storytelling instead of another of those "After this nothing will be the same again" stories he's so known for writing. Frankly, I've had my fill of that. I want a good story over another "New direction." Apparently this happens prior to "the Joker War" since Alfred is here (Killing him was just another gimmick Tom King cooked up in hopes of becoming a legendary writer). I applaud Fabok's decision to give Batman and Batgirl classic looks in this series. I've missed the Bat signal-looking symbol (They only got rid of it 20 years ago because they were trying to make the Batman and Superman books more like their animated series-And all of Batman's last season's changes sucked). It's also good to see the Joker look like he should. I hate the bad haircuts and Heath Ledger looks they've been giving him on occasion over the last decade or so. I also liked the return of the deadly flower and razor edged cards and the other classic Joker gimmicks. The "Laughing fish" and other classic Joker plot references were also a great touch. If this series continues to entertain the way this issue does, it may be the first Mini-series I could give all 10s to in a very long time. I'm assuming issue #2 will deal with Batgirl's score to be settled. It's too early to assume, but the Joker's plan may be to see if he can drive all of them to kill him in the end. If so, these other 2 Jokers are just very talented actors, and the final ultimate test will be for Batman. All-in-all, This has become the Great Batman story of the year, blowing the Joker war out of the water (And I'm actually enjoying that).

8.5
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #2

Oct 28, 2020

Not surprising this issue wasn't as interesting as the last, or what I expect in the next, being the middle of a trilogy, but still keeping the story going strong. As long as this doesn't do like the Joker War and end up another "Why doesn't he kill him?" story I should be satisfied. I still can't say this was a perfect story. I didn't approve of that obvious moment of passion. I doubt a romance will develop, even if it hinted one, I doubt anything would take off. As for the Joker mystery, it's still what's keeping me reading. There are still 2 out there and I'm eager to learn the true story to them.

8.5
Batman: Three Jokers (2020) #3

Nov 27, 2020

Not a bad conclusion to this epic mystery. Could've been better, but still wasn't bad. It's a confrontation between Batman and the man who created him we'll never forget, regardless of what we thought of it. But this Mini-series more than made up for the disappointing turn the Joker War storyline took halfway through. Above all, I'm glad this didn't end up another story revlolving around the question of why Batman doesn't simply kill The Joker. I've grown so weary of stories where that's the focus over the last 2 decades that I can't stand it. I'm still a bit confused about the 3 Jokers idea and wonder if I missed something, but all the same, it was an enjoyable mystery and one of the better Joker tales I've read in years. This is the first solo Batman story I've read by Geoff Johns, and it was pretty good. I can't tell how or if this will impact future stories with he Joker, but it was worth what I paid, and that's not something I can regularly say these days.

6.5
Catwoman (2018) #32

Jul 16, 2021

For a so-so issue it offers promise for something good as the imminent showdown with Father Valley draws close. Let's hope it does and they don't blow it.

7.5
Catwoman (2018) #33

Aug 17, 2021

Though this was the first fight I doubt Father Valley and Catwoman are anywhere near done. I figure by their big showdown Azrael will likely get involved. I haven't heard from him in a while so I'd like to see what he's been up to. This waas also the first I've seen of Clayface since his fall from grace. It looks like he still wants to prove he's a changed thing, so he's recruited some other familiar rogues to help fight back against the growing Magistrate problem. I don't regularly read Catwoman. I just check in now and then. But this was a pretty good story to do that.

7.5
Catwoman (2018) Annual: 2021

Jul 16, 2021

I had a feeling the name Valley was not just coincidential. It adds to the intrigue of this character though seeing how he is connected to the Order of St Dumas. It's been too long since they had a big role. I lost track of Azrael after the team breakup in Detective a while back, so I'm not sure what happened to him. I'm hoping he may have a confrontation with this new foe as well in the future, if not in the pages of this series soon. I hope the showdown with Father Valley is as interesting as this issue was.

7.0
Challenge of the Super Sons (2020) #1

May 9, 2021

As much as I despise Damian and would love more than anything to see him die a slow painful death so violent it makes "A death in the family" look like a Disney princess movie, It was still worth it to see the Jon Kent we ALL want back for a change. What does that tell you? This issue proves what DC overlooks. If they want to bring in a younger demographic, a comic like this is a good way to do it. Kids could relate to them. All DC would need to do was promote them. A cartoon would get kids wanting to also read the adventures of their favorite superheroes' sons. It would have worked for me as a kid. Batman's success in movies and TV 30 years ago is what got me into his comics. Above all this shows DC would have been WAY better off if they'd gotten Tomasi to write a Superboy series after leaving Superman, leaving Jon's fate in his hands instead. That way Bendis couldn't have ruined him and put us in the dilemma we're headed for. Now that this series is in print I hope it outsells "Son of Kal-El" by far. Buying it and not that cheap money-making excuse (that's also killing Superman's regular title after 81 years) is the best way to show your support of how you prefer Superman's son. Let them see the superior sales this has and send "Son of Kal-El" to the $1 bins, where crap like it belongs.

8.0
Challenge of the Super Sons (2020) #3

Jun 10, 2021

This is why Jon Kent should never have been aged, why he should be turned back and why DC's editors are idiots. Though the plot's a bit obtuse this was still a funny issue that shows Damian at his most tolerable: When teamed up with a young Jon. I've read better, but am fully willing to get this series and support it to prove to DC they're wrong. We don't want a younger Superman. We want the regular one and his young son.

8.5
Detective Comics #27

Dec 19, 2020

Batman was a bit different then. The bad guy falls to his death in a chemical vat and Batman comments "A fitting end for his kind." Whoah. That's not the anti-killing Batman we know today. All-in-all, it was still pretty good. Can you imagine kids reading that back in 1939 just thinking this would be another masked good guy that time would forget? I'm sure very few, if any expected this to be the start of a Pop culture Empire or that this 10 cent book would be one of the most sought after magazine issues of all time.

8.0
Detective Comics #643

Jun 19, 2020

This is a good stand-alone issue. It reminds us why this book is called "Detective comics." As usual Batman is up against a mentally unbalanced serial killer and must figure the means he uses so he can stop him from claiming any more victims. The Librarian is an interesting character. He was obviously bullied by his father, but his mother would defend him. He cared for her in her old age and was devastated when she died. He began placing corpses in arranged places in hopes of silencing the voices in his head, but them went on to kill random victims and continue hes bizarre organization. I actually feel sorry for the poor guy.

8.5
Detective Comics #661

Aug 6, 2020

This issue is packed with villains. You have the Joker and Scarecrow torturing the Mayor, The Riddler preparing for a big heist, The Cavalier getting his butt kicked and The Firefly, who was a lesser, hardly seen foe until this point. This is when he's proven to be quite dangerous and works his way up to being a better-known Bat-villain. He loves his work and is definitely suited for residence in Arkham. Robin also gets to show his detective skills here as he gets the goods on The Firefly and figures a list of targets he's likely to strike, making it easier for Batman to figure where he's bound to strike next. A well-written issue, with a great creative team. I do miss a lot of the crew who worked on Batman books at this time. They put together such fine issues.

9.0
Detective Comics #662

Aug 6, 2020

I never could get the cover. It looks like some Symbiote-Batman in flames. Otherwise, this was a pretty good issue. Half focuses on Batman struggling to finally bring down the Firefly after 2 escapes. The other part is about Robin having to deal with The Riddler taking a TV studio hostage after his gang turns on him when they get tired of him sending his riddles, with no responses, due to all the craziness spread throughout the city. Among his hostages is the amusingly named Dr. Simpson Flanders. This was one of my first issues, so it's a classic to me. I love the storytelling and art, as I usually do with the work of the Dixon-Nolan team. It's also one of my favorite chapters of the Knightfall saga.

8.0
Detective Comics #664

Aug 6, 2020

I truly hate Bane. He brags in this issue about his victory like he defeated Batman on fair terms, instead of waiting till he was worn beyond endurance then going after him like the pathetic coward he really is. I'm surprised this issue hasn't been addressed much over the past 25+years. This is a tragic issue for sure. Batman's allies rush to save him and the city plunges into chaos. The story is well done by a great creative team, though it is one of the most tragic points in Batman history.

8.0
Detective Comics #665

Aug 6, 2020

It takes no time at all in this issue to show us that Bruce's back injury was the least of his problems, and he must've hurt his head too hard at some point in the fight with Bane. How else can one explain why he allowed a ticking time bomb like Jean-Paul Valley to take over as Batman. He does show one thing though at the start of the issue, and that's that he knows how to scare the piss out of thugs, as he does with the last one standing. Though he's the wrong guy for the job, Mr. Valley does prove to keep things interesting. This issue also paves the way for Knightquest: The Search, as Bruce is powerless to save Dr. Kinsolving and Mr.Drake. As with the rest of Knightfall, I remember how this issue ended with me eager to see how the next chapter of the saga would turn out. That guarantees it was indeed a good issue.

9.0
Detective Comics #671

Dec 19, 2020

This was my favorite story in Knightquest. I miss the days when Joker's capers had gimmicks. It was a way to give the character creativity. I remember laughing at the story as well, like the midget playing Batman at the start and among Joker's gang is a pair mocking the late famous movie critic duo of Siskel and Ebert. Like the real things they tended to disagree on how Joker's movie was progressing. The cliffhanger where it looks like Robin is thrown out of the window is also exciting. I remember the month of waiting to see what happened next. How time went so much slower in those days.

9.0
Detective Comics #672

Dec 20, 2020

Dealing with Azrael as Batman wasn't always easy. But the combined talent of Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan sure helped. As the story continues, Joker plans to offer a big reward to whoever finishes Batman off, and meanwhile sets a trap for the cops. Meanwhile Azrael/Batman finds himself facing one cinematic threat after another from a trap door with prop aligators below to a '20s comedy pie fight. This proves to the temporary Batman that the Joker is no ordinary opponent. This was the best storyline in Knightquest and is still one of my favorite works by Dixon and Nolan. Geeze, I sure miss their Batman work.

9.5
Detective Comics #673

Dec 20, 2020

This is a fitting conclusion to this adventure. As The feud between Batman and Joker was already long lived in those days it wasn't too surprising The Joker came to realize this wasn't the one he's always known and been beaten the crap out of by for all those years. After that he really loses it. He doesn't seem to care how it's done, just that he kills the imposter. One irony is Joker's Siskel and Ebert impersonators finally agree on something and he blows them away for it (In #671 he asks if it would kill them to agree on something). Azrael proves he's too unstable once more when he prepares to execute Joker just before the police show up to stop him. Meanwhile Bullock, who knows the Joker too well orders him cuffed, no matter if he is unconscious (Bullock: "I don't care if he's wearing a toe tag. CUFF HIM!" Great line). And what more exciting way to end it than Joker still getting away?

9.0
Detective Comics #682

May 11, 2021

One of the ways that Chuck Dixon's writing impressed me so much is that he was able to get away with making Robin face the bigger challenge. This issue is a fine example. While Batman ends up going after a group of former KGB thugs trying to extort Wayne Enterprises, poor Robin is trapped, surrounded by fire, pursued by a one-man army carrying a miniature nuclear bomb and Bullock is badly injured. Needless to say this is quite an action-filled issue, and you can find the special edition cover or regular newsstand edition for a very decent price, and I assure you it's worth every cent.

9.5
Detective Comics #683

Jun 10, 2020

After a 2 year absence The Penguin returned to Batman in this issue. It was also my first issue with Batman's No. 2 enemy. The Actuary was an interesting character with lots of insightful ideas-for the bad guys. I have to say though that if I was this issue's villain I'd feel like a total dumbass for never thinking of his idea of a daylight heist to avoid Batman interference. Why did no other foe Batman's taken on not think of that before? It was a nice change of pace after almost 2 years of Knightfall, Knightquest, Knightsend, Zero Hour, Prodigal and Troika crossover issues to have a simple start to a simple 2 part story. I always liked this issue. The cover is the only thing to feature Penguin's lethal ladies, who may have been a clever idea. 4 armed vixens most men would underestimate as bodyguards. Still, This was a good issue, where the only thing really missing was Penguin's tophat.

8.5
Detective Comics #684

May 11, 2021

A real exciting conclusion to this story. It's ironic Penguin never thought before of a daylight robbery to avoid Batman's interference. I mean, the only villain to have battled him more is the Joker, and he has craziness as an excuse. The real surprise to me back in the day was Penguin didn't go to jail. The Actuary knew it was take the fall or die. This issue also has a unique insight as to how Batman interrogates crooks. To get info in this one he seals Penguin's goon in an abandoned morgue for a day. This is a fairly priced back issue that's well worth buying.

9.5
Detective Comics #687

Jun 10, 2020

The cover of this issue alone guarantees an exciting story. Batman and Robin battle river pirates who have been plundering the riverfront, and it looks like things will be wrapped up quick-Until Robin falls into a motorboat and is knocked out. Meanwhile Batman trips and they dogpile on him and leave him tied to a buoy in the harbor, leaving us in suspense for the next few weeks. In retrospect I'd say this was my favorite Batman story of 1995. Hard to believe how long ago that was.I still hold this issue in regard as I'm a big fan of the Dixon/Nolan era. I reccomend it to any old school batman fan.

9.5
Detective Comics #688

May 11, 2021

It's issues like this that make me miss the days of Dixon and Nolan most. They put Batman in the most exciting situations and made us see how Tim Drake's Robin was more than capable of handling the world of crime fighting. Especially since he had no idea where Batman was in this issue. The end is also interesting. The bad guy seems to have fallen to his end, and none of his gang can identify him if they wanted to. None of them ever saw him without his mask. Though he appeared again briefly in a Blackgate one-shot a couple of years later, we don't know if it was the same guy or someone else. He's made no other appearances I'm aware of since. You can usually find this for $2-4 in comic shop back issue bins. It's definitely worth it.

8.0
Detective Comics #697

Dec 20, 2020

Harley may be the most famous character to originate from the '90s animated series, but Lock-up is the first to ever make the transition into regular continuity. And Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan did a terrific job bringing him into it. He did a few cameos, but this finally sheds light on the newcomer we already knew. After the rather gruesome "Contagion" crossover, this was a nice return to normal in Batman books. They did a good job keeping the character true to his animated portrayal as someone who thinks he's a hero. This story is one of my favorites from the much missed Dixon/Nolan era.

8.0
Detective Comics #698

Dec 20, 2020

I always enjoyed stories where it was Batman, Nightwing and Tim Drake's Robin teaming up together. I sure miss seeing them as a trio. They kicked bad guy ass then. And this issue proves that. As usual in those days, Robin ended up the one facing the bad guy. This was a great story bringing in a character from the '90s cartoon into the comics. Harley may be the famous one, but Lock-up will always be the first Animated series character to be brought into regular continuity.

8.0
Detective Comics #699

Dec 20, 2020

Robin was spotlighted in a lot of Chuck Dixon's work in those days as he was also writing about him in his own series. In this issue Robin is undercover as a gang member caught by Lock-up, who originally was also after the gang leader who killed Tim's classmate. Thanks to Oracle Lock-up gets an impressive rap sheet so he puts Robin in his little jail. When Nightwing shows up he gets trapped with Two-Face, Killer Moth and a bunch of other killers as Lock-up floods the place. Thrilling stuff packed into one issue. They don't do 'em this way anymore. My only complaint is you don't really see Batman beat up the bad guy. He turns and sees Batman and next time you see him he's tied up with his former prisoners. I always felt like I was robbed of an exciting showdown. Otherwise I really enjoyed this one.

8.5
Detective Comics #700

Jun 10, 2020

Batman, Nightwing and Robin battle Ra's Al Ghul in the desert in one of Chuck Dixon and Graham Nolan's best issues of their mid-'90s Detective Comics run. This also happens to be Tim Drake's first face-to-face encounter with the demon's head, proving he's every bit as evil and dangerous as Bruce, Dick and Alfred have told him. I found Batman's remark "He makes the Joker seem like a minor annoyance" real amusing. I think this is Dick's first battle with him as Nightwing as well. This also features one of the last times Talia is likeable in my book. Over the last 20 or so years she's been too bitchy for me to like anymore. Bane was an unwanted return, but I knew he'd loose in his impending rematch with Batman though. Few titles have ever made it to #700, and 24 years later, this is still one of the best #700s I've seen to date.

7.5
Detective Comics #701

Dec 20, 2020

I remember how I had to read this one immediately. It was the big rematch between Batman and Bane. And even though Bane no longer had the venom advantage, he still gave Batman quite a fight. But it was good to see him get the ass-kicking he'd have likely gotten before if he wasn't so cowardly as to take on Batman while worn to exhaustion. Bane has always been an overrated villain and it's good to see him get what he deserves at the hands of the one true Batman at last.

8.0
Detective Comics #704

Jun 10, 2020

This issue features a crook you end up rooting for. The start is funny as the poor guy's life of crime spans less than a week in total, but almost 20 years in altogether Jail time. The sad part is he's duped by the real bad guys of this story. Like me, you'll be glad he got away and returned to his civilian life, and we all wish him well. This is a good stand-alone story and a favorite of mine from the Dixon/Nolan era in Detective Comics.

7.0
Detective Comics #707

Dec 20, 2020

A pretty good issue and storyline, though Riddler's heist was actually a bit cheesy. All he was after was a valuable baseball card. That's right out of the '60s show. That and his old fashioned baseball player costume. He was also willing to blow Cluemaster to bits for all this. And they say the Joker is crazy. A bit of a corny concept, but still an enjoyable story.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1021

May 21, 2020

Not the best story of Tomasi's run, not the worst. Still, I wish Detective was still twice a month, as it's so much better than Batman. It doesn't have to be the one cleaning up the mess "City of Bane" made. May that be the very LAST story where that cowardly excuse for a villain take over Gotham City. As for Two-Face, Knowing Batman's identity makes him a deadlier threat, but I grow rather weary of villains learning it too. Who next? Penguin? Croc? Kite Man? All-in-all though, This was a pretty decent issue.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1022

Jun 17, 2020

The Church of Two-Face Isn't the worst of Tomasi's run so far, but by far, not the best either. I am hopeful for a good Joker War tie-in from him, considering what a great job he did with the character in issue #1008. Still, Tomasi does better on this title than any writer in a long time. I do look forward to see his work on the Joker War. As for this issue, Two-Face shows how little he cares for his loyal followers compared to saving his own selfish ass. He didn't even flip for it. I'm not familiar with the flashback sequences because I passed on the New 52 era,because I saw it as nothing other than a money-making gimmick. And though I have eventually read "Death of the family" and "Endgame" most of the rest of that time is still unfamiliar to me. But it does add intrigue to the upcoming Bat-crossover.

6.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1023

Aug 13, 2020

The Church of Two story has taken a huge shift from where it began. I knew it was a matter of time until the Joker would use the Court of Owls' weapons to his own advantage. At first I rated this an average story, and though it's gained little more interest since, it's certainly full of graphic action. But I will be glad when it's over.

7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1024

Aug 13, 2020

The Joker war may only be shifting into high gear, but I must say I'm glad this tie-in is finally over. I know The "In" thing today is "Make the story as long and complex as possible so it will sell bigger, more expensive collected editions." That's been the gimmick since "Hush," but a shorter story now and then can be a little more refreshing. Tomasi proved last year he can write a great Joker story in one single issue. I do miss the days when your average Batman story was 1-3 parts. But this is the age of "Money, Money, Money," thank you Dan "The moneygrubber" DiDio. My point is this story was much longer than it needed to be. Overall, the issue wasn't bad. Not great either though. It also amazes me how graphic comics have become as the demographic aged. Can you imagine Batman performing brain surgery in the '60s? "Robin, fetch me the Bat-scalpel...."

8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1025

Sep 15, 2020

Pretty good for a tie-in issue. It was good to see Batwoman and Batman in action together again. Bullock sure takes being Commissioner seriously. He's come a long way since the crooked Detective he first appeared as. I doubt then any reader would believe in 37 years he'd be the No-nonsense Commissioner. Lucius Fox has really had some interesting parts since Tomasi started writing this book. He's become an invaluable ally and was able to fight the toxin's influence better than most. And he's a helpful behind-the-scenes guy like Alfred. With him free, it will make controlling all those wonderful toys a little harder for Joker, So this issue really is the first victory for the good guys in this war so far.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1026

Sep 20, 2020

My favorite part is the cover. It's pure Batman vs. Croc. The story on the other hand was a little stale. Still, it was pretty decent for a stand-alone story tied in to a seperate bigger story. The end shows a little more humanity to Croc as well, a thing rarely shown in this character, so Kudos to Peter Tomasi for that. I will be glad though after the EXPENSIVE issue #1027 and the Joker War is over to let Tomasi get back to his regular 1-4 part stories.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1027

Oct 28, 2020

If DC still cared more about a good story they could easily have made this eventful issue a real milestone. Instead they chose an anthology of short stories. Some okay, some poor, a few good. I think when the upcoming Black and White mini is up I'm through with anthology Batman books. Over the last few years they've been rather poor. Here's my take: Blowback: Understandable why this was the first one, as it was one of the best. 8/10 The Master Class: Considering the poor job he's done on Superman, this is a reminder that Bendis can write some good stuff. Good art too. 8/10 Many Happy Returns: It's nice to see a story focusing on the never-ending conflict between Batman and the Joker instead of the usual "Why not kill him?" crap I'm so weary of. Still, the plot was rather poor. 7/10 Rookie: An interesting insight into life as a new Gotham officer. Unfortunately it was quite boring with second-rate art. 4/10 Ghost Story: This was the worst story with the worst art. Everything wrong with modern anthology Batman books. 1/10 Fore: I've read a ton of tales like this, where a bad guy tries to blackmail Bruce Wayne. Still, it was rather good. Has Romita ever considered less marks on people's faces? It may improve his work a little. 8/10 Odyssey: Marv Wolfman needs to do his research. I thought Thomas Wayne's father was named Jack Wayne. Otherwise, this story was one of the more interesting. It's kind of like salvaging the Titanic. 7/10 Detective #26: This one has a rather amusing end, showing who may have been Gotham's defender if he hadn't been beaten to capturing the Chemical syndicate. I figured this issue would have been wasted if not for a reference to 1000 issues ago. 7/10 Legacy: I've seen several versions of how batman will die. I'm sure there will be a lot more. Still, the basic story with Dr. Phosphorus is pretty interesting. 6/10 As Always. This reminded me of the "Final night" crossover 24 years ago. Less interesting though. 4/10 Generations: Fractured: It's good to see Dan Jurgens write and draw a story again. Alas, I'd prefer it be a Superman story, but It was also good to see batman in his original portrayal. Purple gloves just weren't him. 6/10 A Gift: A less interesting tale from the legendary Black case book. 4/10

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1028

Nov 13, 2020

It's nice to have a stand-alone story after several months of Joker war tie-ins. This story reminds us why it's called "Detective Comics" as it's a story where batman must use his detective skills to solve this case. It's also why Detective is the preferable of the 2 Batman regulars. That one has stories that last usually 6 or more issues, and by then the story gets stale. That's why I enjoy these single chapter stories. 2 to 3 parts are acceptable too, but I do enjoy seeing a story where things aren't changed and we have to go in a whole new direction again. A mayoral candidate against vigilantes who will likely be the next mayor will probably be the biggest thorn in Batman's side in that office in quite a while. That promises for an interesting development. If you're a classic fan and consider reading only one of the Batman titles in print, you may be more satisfied with this one.

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1029

Nov 15, 2020

An interesting enough issue with a rather questionable new villain. The Mirror looks like a guy wrapped in aluminum foil. I understand why it was hard for Bruce to put away Alfred's things, as it always is when someone close to you is gone. I don't know what it's going to be like yet, so I have to reserve judgement in how things will go in his life as Bruce Wayne and how it impacts his life of crime fighting, because so far little has changed. Last time Batman left the mansion he moved to a penthouse in the city, and it wasn't bad. But then he still had Alfred with him, and I sure hope it's not for a decade this time. But we'll just have to see how it develops before I can say whether I can even tolerate it or not.

7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1030

Dec 10, 2020

This is a hard issue to review. I didn't think much of the art, but the main story is pretty entertaining. I can't say I care much for the Damian subplot. I never liked him anyway, and thought he was a shitty Robin. And thanks to Bendis fucking up the character of Jon Kent Damian has lost the only thing that ever brought out the better in him. Perhaps his real problem is he feels unworthy because his actions resulted in Alfred's demise, but naturally he's too proud and stubborn to admit it. Perhaps as a way better Superman writer, Tomasi can one day (Hopefully soon) come up with a way to restore Jon to his better youth so the Super sons can reunite. Otherwise they may as well kill the brat off for good. Then we wouldn't have to endure his annoying smartass "Tts" Anymore. As for the rest of the issue, it wasn't Tomasi's best, but not his worst either. It looks like we have yet another person blaming Batman for his unfortunate accident. As for the Anti-mask mob, I hope they don't become a constant factor. This is Batman, not X-men.

9.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1031

Dec 10, 2020

A fitting conclusion to the main plot. I wouldn't be surprised if we haven't seen the last of the Mirror. A villain I wouldn't mind seeing the last of returned here. Hush, the most annoyingly overused enemy Batman has ever encountered. He and Bane are the 2 villains i never look forward to seeing another appearance by. The main plot though was what I enjoyed. The Mirror's identity was never revealed, but may not have been important anyway. I do get tired of a villain appearing almost every issue for 2 years until his identity is finally revealed, so let's not have any of that if he returns. Otherwise the issue was pretty good. Did Batman convince Mirror's followers to back down, or will they keep it up with a new leader? Could be interesting. And if so, what about the pro-vigilante movement? This book is somewhat reflective of the violence and riots of today minus the politics (Thank you). As for the Damian/Hush plot, we'll see what happens next issue, which I am looking forward to. I have to give Tomasi this: I usually anticipate his next issues more than I have in any Bat book in a long time. Can he write Superman and Batman both, because I miss him there, but if he were to leave Batman, I'd miss his work here too. And I don't give many of today's writers that much praise, so he should be flattered.

7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1032

Jan 11, 2021

Hush is the most overused villain I've ever seen in Batman, even more than Bane. So I'm never thrilled for a story with him. His plot was pointless and it would be better off if he never showed up last issue and bored us with his lame plan in this one. As for Damian, I don't care what becomes of him as he's the worst Robin ever and I've always hated him. He deserves the guilt for what happened to Alfred, because he let his gargantuan ego convince him he could save everything. I already hate Nakano and know he'll be nothing but a problem until he's killed and Batman probably gets the blame. So I can't say I care for where Batman books are headed. It may soon be time I hop off for a few years again.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1033

Jan 11, 2021

It's too bad this is Tomasi's last issue. He wrote way better than Tynion does or most Batman writers over the past 12 or so years. I hope he'll be back here or on Superman again one day soon. This was a little boring an issue for his departure, but it does leave one wondering what's coming next. I guess we'll have to put up with that ass Nakano for a couple of years until the writers decide to kill him off and start a year long mystery of who did do it while the public will blame Batman (Do I know Batman comics or what?). As for Damian, I never liked him. He could get his head chopped off by some axe carrying weirdo and I wouldn't care. So what becomes of him, I couldn't care less. Tomasi's run was still a good one. I doubt it'll be anytime soon they have a writer like that again. Odds are he'll be replaced by another of those guys who tries to make a name for himself by taking us in more unneeded "New directions" in 8 or more part stories.

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1034

Apr 15, 2021

Mariko Tamaki's off to a decent start I'd say. The art is good as well. This story helps us see how Bruce is adjusting to this new lifestyle. Basically the story is starting out simple, but promises to escalate. There are some new supporting characters who may turn out interesting. Already it looks like Detective will remain the better of the 2 regular titles (Though I do look forward to the upcoming new Legends of the Dark Knight series, which shows promise). In regards to reaction to Bruce losing most of his fortune, I hope those who complain don't actually expect it to last. Experience shows we have no need to expect this to be a permanent change for him. DC's just trying for the umpteenth time to put him in a scenario that has never happened to him before. Like a few years ago when Marvel turned Peter Parker into a wealthy developer. Did anyone really expect that to last? Today no one remembers it. The downside is we don't know how long it will last though. Could be a year or two, could be five. But we know the return to Wayne manor is inevitable, as is the fact Alfred will live again. It's just a question of when. As for Damian's story, I knew it was all a poor attempt to lure us into buying his new book. i hate him and wish he'd stayed dead. So as long as he's not in Gotham, there's a plus side in all this craziness. And what happened to Talia? Remember when she was kind and likeable? She didn't want to harm innocents, but loyalty to her father kept her from doing anything about it? Now she's a selfish heartless woman with a lust for blood and power. She's totally different from what she used to be. Too bad. Like I said, she was a likeable person then. I hate when characters I like turn to ones I hate. Back to the main story, I look forward to Batman's meeting with Mr. Worth in the next issue. I expect a decent run for our new writer so long as it continues at this pace its began on, and wish her luck. Just don't let the fact you're writing Batman get to your head like it has Tynion. He was doing fine till halfway through the Joker war. Now he hopes he can create more characters than Stan Lee.

8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1035

May 8, 2021

A pretty good issue. So far I'm impressed with Tamaki's work. I was a little disappointed that there was no encounter yet between Batman and Mr. Worth, like the well done cover, but it was still all-in-all, a good issue. He seems to be a man not used to getting things a way other than his own. which will make him all the more dangerous. I still don't know whether to consider him a villain or not, but he has an interesting persona I look forward to exploring. It looks like Detective is going to remain the better of the 2 main Batman books. I'm glad it's the one to soon go back to being Bi-weekly. I'm looking forward to seeing this storyline develop.

8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1036

Jun 8, 2021

A pretty well done issue. Good storytelling and art. This is the first time I've seen Lady Clayface in ages, so that was interesting. Though like everything in DC this series must also be tied in to the latest "Big event," but it's doing well trying to tell its own story too. A murder mystery is a fitting plot since this is Detective Comics. But I remember when Batman solved the plot and caught the bad guy in a single issue. These days it takes 6 or more. Mr. Worth is slowly developing as an unlikable character reminiscent of the Kingpin. He obviously uses his power to intimidate and get what he wants. It is unfortunate his daughter died and one can understand his grief, but he seems to care nothing about who gets hurt in his quest for vengeance.So he shows promise as a villain. It's been a while since we've seen a mustachioed bad guy who's so dangerous and powerful physically and financially. Kinda gives that classic villain feel. I'm looking forward to the series going bi-weekly again so I can see this story develop quicker. Though the atrocious price does put a bigger gap in my wallet. I must be enjoying it though or I wouldn't pay for it (And I'm still complaining even though my supplier gives me a 35% discount).

8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1037

Jul 16, 2021

Batman's biggest obstacle in getting this one solved quickly is a really big man with a really short temper (And a fashion sense about 110 years behind the times). Worth just can't seem to think before he acts. He's definitely a case fit for Arkham. The backup stories were slow and meaningless, but better than any of the other pointless supporting stories in this blatantly obvious scheme to rise ALL DC books to $5 apiece soon so far. I didn't care much for the story from the past because it's just plain confusing to me, because I'm used to Licius Fox not knowing Batman's secret back in those days, but considering the way DC history has been twisted like a 50-mile-long Pretzel over the last 15 years I'm not the least bit surprised either. Bottom line, Forget the backup stories. NO ONE thinks they're worth the extra buck.

8.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1038

Jul 16, 2021

A pretty decent issue, but I think it's about time we wrapped this one up, don't you think? In the old days Batman usually solved a murder case in a single issue, but then again he didn't always have an 8-foot-tall Mustachioed killing machine on a warpath to contend with along the way either. Mr. Worth is an interesting new foe and he shows promise as an even tougher enemy in the future. In fact the characters introduced in this book each show more promise than all the lameoids Tynion has cooked up put together. Vile is still mostly a mystery. He likely has a part in the conspiracy leading to "Fear State" I'm betting. Penguin's backup story is more important than the basic backup stories that are all an obvious excuse to raise prices. Particularly because it's connected to the main story. It's not surprising he's chummy with Worth seeing as they likely go to the same tailor. I'd really prefer no backup story and save a full dollar (Who wouldn't?) but I will say the last couple of issues prove Detective has the backup stories most worth the extra buck.

7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1039

Aug 11, 2021

Not much of a conclusion. Vile was a pretty disappointing character. Just the umpteenth character overcome by some freaky parasite thing straight out of Dr. Who. So I wasn't very impressed by his backup story. The disappointment of this conclusion makes it the worst issue in this arc, which the concluding chapter rarely is. And while this is still preferable to the regular Batman title it was still a pretty poor issue compared to the last few.

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1040

Aug 11, 2021

A better aftermath than the conclusion. This is the umpteenth time Bruce has been accused of murder. Doesn't the police find that odd that he's constantly framed but ALWAYS cleared? Nope. They always think he's guilty. It was nice to see the Batman of my youth in a flashback sequence again. Hard to believe there was a time he wore a blue cape and cowl. The destroying of the townhouse is no big loss. But this shows Mr. Worth doesn't even care if Bruce is guilty or not. He just wants someone to blame. The sooner he's locked away in Arkham the better off Gotham will be. As for the Man-Bat story I highly doubt this is going to be the end of him for long. When a character is killed in a comic all it is these days is just "their turn." All we do then is wait for their resurrection. It's a constant cycle that's grown tiring over the years. No comic death surprises me anymore, nor do any resurrections. So let's just get on with it so Alfred can come back already.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1041

Sep 18, 2021

A pretty average issue. This Vile parasite thing is getting a bit old though. Especially since I'm not much of a fan of this Dr. Who stuff anyway. The Jury was far less impressive than they could have been. There was no real trial anyway. It was just an excuse to make Mr. Worth feel he was getting his precious "Justice." Seeing Batman getting infected by this thing was no real shocking cliffhanger. It's becoming an old as the hills concept, heroes being victim to a parasite that makes them rampaging monsters. I don't know how many superheroes can honestly say that's never happened to them, but I'm sure there aren't many.

7.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1042

Sep 18, 2021

The death of Vile was probably for the better. He was getting old and so is this Dr. Who reject parasite. I know we have a few more issues of it ahead, but at least Fear State will only last a couple of months, not another year. It's nice to see some of the old threads lately. I hear the yellow circle is returning, so it was a good start for its return. Some blue in the outfit is also another good feel of nostalgia. Detective is alas getting the short end because in reality it's simply the better of the 2 regulars, which has been the case numerous times over the years. Especially now when the regular Batman is full of poor characters, flimsy cliche and forced to carry backup stories featuring the lamest Deadpool rip-off of all time.t least Detective's backup story has some relevance. Though i have no intention of following Task Force Z, it's still more worth reading than the exploits of a loser whose biggest fan will always be his own creator. This was really just your basic modern day Batman book. Nothing real special, but probably more worth the money than the general series.

7.5
Detective Comics (2016) #1043

Oct 30, 2021

Batman having to save Nakano from a bunch of crazed assassins was a good plot, but why do we have to deal with more of those Vile parasites. I've had enough Dr. Who stuff for a while. I'd rather see Batman take on this Nero and his group of nutcases in part 2, but I guess it's more of the parasites again. Let's let the next issue be the last one with them. Sadly it looks like Detective is on shaky ground now. It sounds like Batman's leaving Gotham so I am NOT Batman can take over. If this series starts spotlighting him and more of this Future Stare crap I'm out of here. The backup story was a bit dull. I can also say I won't be getting Taskforce Z. All it looks like is Suicide squad with Zombies.

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1045

Dec 31, 2021

I hope this is the end of the Vile parasites. I'm so tired of parasite monsters used in everything these days. If I wanted stuff like that I'd watch Dr. Who. The end does add a little intrigue. Is Batman willing to work closer to Nakano to show him he isn't the enemy? It may be an interesting development if explored right in the future. I do look forward somewhat to the Tower saga. All I ask is the new so-called Batman keep out of it and not be the one to butt in and save the day in the end. Regardless of what DC or his title says, he is NOT Batman and never will be. Don't try to put him in this series' spotlight to sell it to us. This saga will determine for me if I want to keep reading Detective beyond that point, as "Abyss" will do the same with Batman. DC is at a very controversial point in its history, and some readers are keeping an eye out for the right jump off point before things get too intense.

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1046

Jan 16, 2022

Maybe it's the optimism I've had from the fact Batman is doing better since Tynion left or maybe that the whole fear State thing is over (I'd say both), but I'd say this was pretty good for a prelude. While I'm not thrilled about Batman being gone through most of this, I guess it makes sense to show what's happening back in Gotham while he's out of town. It's amazing how Gotham learns so little from its mistakes. But without some kind of Arkham, what will it do? Letting the Justice League take matters into their own hands proved to be a disaster as proven in Salvation Run many years ago. So I guess their options are limited. Sucks to be that city. I am truly glad Fear State is over, so now maybe we can see this series pursue its own stories without having to always follow what's happening in Batman all the time like over the last couple of years. I'd say Tamaki does better writing when allowed to stay original and not have to follow the other title. The art was also very good. All-in-all, this has been one of the better Detective issues I've read in a while. If the upcoming Tower saga is decent enough as well I may stick with Batman a while longer.

8.0
Detective Comics (2016) #1047

Jan 16, 2022

So far so good really. This tower story is off to an interesting start. This Dr. Wear guy is up to something big and no good. I know mad Doctors, especially since Arkham has had its share over the past 4+ decades. It also seems things aren't all what they seem. It's going to be quite a mystery, and we have 11 issues ahead to see it unfold. I'm glad to see Reis doing art in a book I'm still getting, as I've had to dump all Superman except '78 (I don't know yet if I'll get the new World's finest series yet). The problem with it now is that DC thinks Superman needs to be "Modernized." you don't update a pop culture Icon that's been pretty much the same for nearly a century, but apparently their editors are too thick-headed to learn that. The backup story was better than the usual one, but still mostly a blatantly obvious attempt to add a full dollar to the cost. It's the main plot that most of us are reading about though, and I want to pay strong attention to this, because it will determine whether I stick with or leave Detective after #1058. But so far it looks good, but so did the Joker war until halfway....

9.0
Detective Comics Vol. 3: Greetings From Gotham

May 20, 2020

Since Peter Tomasi took the helm as writer Detective Comics have been better than in years. For the first time in a long time I've found myself eagerly anticipating the next issue of a Batman title. This volume contains 3 adventures, 2 of which became instant favorites for me. First is a story featuring the Spectre and a cult who stole his image. It's alright, but alone I'd rate it a 6.5 at most. Then the single part "Greetings from Gotham" which gave me kind of the Joker story I've missed. It's also full of humor. The Joker offers a kid a cookie; Batman crumbles it. Batman is forced to ride the bumper cars and ferris wheel with the Joker, and something you never expected to see-Batman and the Joker going into the tunnel of love together. It reminds me of the Joker stories from the '70s and '80s that show how one of the Joker's best choices for a battlefield is an amusement park, crowded or abandoned (How many amusement parks does Gotham have anyway?). Finally a 3-parter that pits Batman against Deadshot in the jungle with Lucius Fox and a group of execs held captive. The stranded soldiers who learned to put their differences aside and survive for 3/4 of a century were also an interesting twist. Tomasi gives Lucius Fox a lot of the personality that makes it easy to understand why Bruce trusts him so much. He also shows that ability to wrap up a story and not make it lead to the next bigger one, then the next even bigger one after that. Like how the Mr. Freeze appearances were just a side story having nothing to do with the main ones. All-in-all, This collection alone has some of the best issues in Tomasi's run yet. I hope he stays in Batman books for a long time.

5.5
Endless Winter (2020): Superman #1

Jan 16, 2021

I wish I could give this a higher mark, but it failed to gain my interest. Maybe because DC has done a global winter story before. The upside is it's nice to finally read a Superman story not by Bendis again. It's nice to see Superman visit the farm. Kinda like the old days (but I prefer when Pa Kent had a thinner hairline and wore glasses and overalls). This is the only chapter of Endless Winter I have and will read until i find the other issues in the $1 box.

10
Fantastic Four (1961) #5

Jul 1, 2020

I'll never forget buying that milestone edition 27 years ago. The Summer was ending and I'd be resuming my 13 year prison sentence, better known as school. This was my first Fantastic Four by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. And it was spectacular. It took my mind off the unpleasant fact in a week and a half I'd be in the last place on Earth I wanted to be. In addition to being Dr. Doom's first appearance, it gave me an insight into what comics were like 30 years prior. It had the old ads, letter page, and ads for new things at the time like The Incredible Hulk #1 that were by then worth a fortune. I must've read it a dozen times. To this day it's still my favorite issue of Fantastic Four. I remember asking myself then, why did they change a thing over the course of 30 years? That book was better when it started than it was then (Or ever again). My favorite part is at the start Johnny Storm is reading a copy of Incredible Hulk #1. And he burns it. I bet he feels like a dunce now. I guess then Stan and Jack didn't give any thought yet to the concept of their characters ever actually meeting.

7.5
FCBD 2021: Batman #1

Aug 28, 2021

I'm reminded of the Joker war. Tynion is repeating himself with the Batman overcome with toxins and being out of commission for a certain amount of time stuff. It was pretty average. I didn't even bother to Read "I am the latest Batman wannabe" since like with DC's attempt to change Superman to keep up with their stupid Future State crap, I'm also going to pass on their Batman attempt as well. I'm not really enthusiastic for Fear State because I'm already tired of the story that was a prelude to it. I won't miss Tynion when he's gone. Hopefully when he leaves at the end of the year he'll take all his lame new characters with him.

9.5
Flash (1987) #182

Jul 23, 2020

This was my first Flash issue during the Geoff Johns era. It became an instant classic. It was the first time I got to see what insight Johns gave to The Flash's enemies, who were always one of the more underrated Rogues galleries for a long time. This issue explores one of The Flash's biggest foes, Captain Cold, and shows he's not just chosen for the legion of doom just so there will be a Flash foe in the group, but why he's respected by the rest of the supervillain community. It really boosted him in supervillain status in my book. It was here I think he became the badass Rogue leader figure he's been ever since.

8.0
Flash (1987) #188

Jul 23, 2020

This issue delivered the promise that things were only going to get even more exciting. I don't know what part most enjoy most, but I liked when Captain Cold met up with his friends in the middle of nowhere telling them they need a real leader, referring to himself. This made the Rogues a prominent presence for a long time in The Flash in some pretty interesting side stories for the rest of Geoff Johns' time as its writer.

8.0
Flash (1987) #213

Jul 23, 2020

The issue's start alone is enough to prove it was worth its cost (Which would be a bargain today). Captain Cold certainly gets his point through. He doesn't need his comrades messing themselves up, so he refuses to let them do any drugs. It also shows him as quite the badass Johns made him out to be.

8.5
Flash (2016) #769

May 10, 2021

Considering the disappointing direction DC's two main heroes' books are going, I felt reading about another hero would be a nice change of pace, and as usual the Flash is one of the best. This is an interesting jumping on point, but seems fun too. Constant "Bold new directions" aren't usually the Flash's thing, so I'm sure I can count on this to be a good story. I need to get the first chapter to catch up, but this was a good, easy to pick up on issue. Gold Beetle needs to remember to take her meds. She's a bit on the hyper and a lot on the annoying side. I also enjoyed Mr. Terrific, Barry and Green Arrow's time in the Flash museum. The last page shows that the next issue will be an exciting one too. Can't wait to see the return of the Golden Age Flash, and in his prime too. Thank you Flash for showing me that DC hasn't gone totally insane with all their titles.

7.0
Flash (2016) #770

Jun 10, 2021

While it's good to see Jay Garrick in a story set during the war, the plot was just ludicrous. It's right out of the crystal skull. I kind of prefer a little more realism in World War II stories. Still, the art is good and I can tell the next issue will be an interesting one. Is Wally being swept through different periods of the multiverse as well? This was mostly an average chapter in what's so far been an interesting story.

8.0
Go Go Power Rangers #30

May 21, 2020

I think I've been enjoying this series' take on "Necessary Evil" than MMPR's. It offers insight as to why Jason, Zack and Trini vanished except for battle sequences at that point in the series (When in actuality their actors left). The Hodgepodge hedgehog is a name so cheesy it's worthy of the original show, but the monster is worthy of comics as a badass. The attack on Promethea is also exciting. It could prove to be one of the Ranger's biggest battles yet. It's too bad Zedd isn't the kind to lead his troops into battle in person. That would be an exciting twist. I hear this series is due to end in a couple of issues, around when the original team is cut in half. Appropriate in ways, because I've always felt that was the point the original show began its long decline.

7.5
Go Go Power Rangers #31

Jun 17, 2020

With one issue to go, I can say this series will be missed. This title's coverage of "Necessary Evil" is better than MMPR's. This was the jumping off point in the original series for me. The replacement Rangers did well the first 6 or 7 episodes, then came the Wedding story, and it was downhill from then on. But the comics add more to the characters than just being good-intentioned teenagers who study Karate like they were on the show. Like the unease between Jason and his father, and how the changes in their lives will truly impact each Ranger. On the show it was "It's been fun, Bye, the end". This issue also gave Squatt the ability to shine instead of being a dim-witted minion, in his determination to prove his worth to Zedd. This was an average issue in this series, but that's good news. I will miss this series after the next final issue.

8.0
Go Go Power Rangers #32

Aug 14, 2020

This title's take on "Necessary Evil" was better than MMPR's was. This comic gives more heart and soul to the Rangers. On the show it was the usual cheesy stuff Power Rangers is so legendary for. "Yeah. You're leaving. We envy you. Bye now, We're over them already. Yipee. Our new team is born. I'm so excited I think I just wet myself." Not here though. The Rangers who are staying don't want to break up the team. And once it is, they aren't as thrilled to move on either. That's why these comics are better than the original show. Of course, it's aimed at an older audience than 4-10-year-olds too. The series' cancellation is saddening, but not unexpected. They'll be launching 2 new titles this Fall. Hopefully they'll be as good.

7.0
Gotham City Villains Anniversary Giant (2021) #1

Dec 31, 2021

I seldom buy anthology comics anymore, but this wasn't a total disappointment as they tend to be. Danny DeVito wrote an interesting enough fantasy story. Though it didn't really make too much sense. How could Catwoman and Penguin ever become in item? The thought alone makes one dizzy. The Scarecrow story was average, but gives him a decent story after "Fear State" had us all begging for less. The Mad Hatter story featured my least favorite Batman character ever, Damian, so he pretty much killed it. The Poison Ivy one was as dull as any Ivy story nowadays can be. Her new lesbian persona kind of makes her more interesting older capers where she seduced men seem a bit obsolete now. But in plain truth, the story was just plain BOR-RING. It was undoubtably the worst and most pointless story in the whole book. The Red Hood is hard to figure out thanks to Snyder's alteration of the character. I remember when it was a disguise by the Joker before he even became the clown prince of crime. But now there were a ton of them and he was just one of many. It kind of kills the character's intrigue, but I must admit the story was still a decent one. Killer Moth's story was one of a guy who knows he's a lesser foe, but doesn't care. Personally I prefer when he tried to improve his image with more daring heists, but still was doomed to failure. Because let's face it, this guy has managed to continue menacing Batman for over 60 years. He deserves a little respect for that at least. The Ra's Al Ghul story was kind of slow, but the Talia one made up for that. I don't like Talia anymore as I used to, but hers was one of the book's better stories as well. Anthology comics are death traps for our wallets most of the time, but I guess this one was worth getting, especially when compared to most others I've read the last couple of years.

10
Legends of the Dark Knight (2021) #1

Jun 8, 2021

This is what a Batman story should be. No half-ass new characters, no major life impacting plot twists. Just good action and the return to the high flying heroics that remind us why we got into Batman in the first place. The story was great and the art just spectacular. This is reminiscent of the original Legends of the Dark Knight series. It's also good to have a break from the modern insanity in regular continuity in a book with nothing to do with the year's "Big event" for a change. I suppose since I'm reviewing the print issue I'm reviewing what Comic Book Round up considers both issues # 1 and 2. I liked seeing the old style Penguin again and the Joker portrayal by Robertson was great. It's always a relief to see Batman fighting the guy like old times without a single "Why doesn't he just kill him?" asked. And quite a cliffhanger too. I don't know whether to cheat and look the rest of this up digitally or wait for the next 2 print issues which I've got ordered. It is nice to have a Batman book I really am into again. Now that I know it was originally digital I know why. DC seems to make all the good stuff digital these days while the Ghost Maker crap comes in print.

8.0
Legends of the Dark Knight (2021) #3

Jul 21, 2021

Since I'm reviewing the print version this covers Issues 3 and 4. This story was off to a good start but this chapter was less satisfying. they sure seem to like making characters throw up here as there's been 3 graphic incidents in 2 issues alone. For the good ol' days of code approval when stuff like that wasn't allowed. They couldn't go without that question again. "Why not kill the Joker?' I can't even begin to tell you how tiresome that is. As for Quiz, move over Punchline, make way for the latest Harley knock-off. She's not even the first henchwoman Riddler's had with that name. This story is still better than your regular modern storyline. Fortunately it concludes next issue. I miss the days of 2 and 3 part stories. Now it seems everything is 0ne 8 patter continuing in another 8 parter and so on. Anyhoo, I'm hoping the final chapter of this will be more like the first.

9.5
Legends of the Dark Knight (2021) #5

Aug 17, 2021

While Quiz isn't the most creative new character I've seen she's more original and interesting than anything Tynion's cooked up over the last year. It's also good to see Riddler done in his original style, and no sideburns or any of that New 52 crappy look. Though I don't get the ? sweater. It did kind of remind me of Frank Gorshin's Riddler though. I enjoy this series because it reminds me a lot of the original LOTDK series. It was also nice to be spared any puking characters for a change. If you want the down to Earth Batman we remember, with Alfred and Commissioner Gordon still there to help him out then this is a book you shouldn't miss. It really helps escape the flimsy hodgepodge Tynion's unleashed and proves there are some creative teams out there who still know how to tell a Batman story without all the constant "bold new direction" crap. And the story gets resolved before we lose interest for a change too. Been a long time since I read a Batman book like that.

8.0
Legends of the Dark Knight (2021) #7

Oct 4, 2021

Pretty good for a simple Penguin story. It's an interesting mystery and features an interesting character. A shame this series is limited. It's by far the best Batman book available these days.

4.5
Masters of the Universe: Revelation #1

Jul 16, 2021

If what's coming to Netflix is anything like this I am very unimpressed. The art is decent, but the plot is dull and very slow. He-Man's trip through time was dreadfully uninteresting and King Grayskull and the young He-Ro's new looks are almost as terrible as the one Teela's going to undergo later. And speaking of bad looks what's with those freaky eyes on Orko? Yeesh. He looks creepy. Stop changing the characters from what we know fellas. If they want to be unique with their designing then they need to make new characters (Then we can collect the figures of those new characters). With this I was reminded of a 2002 series story blended the lame DC version than anything I grew up with. In fact I felt 0.0000% nostalgia from this. I remember I felt more from the '02 series based comics. But then I liked those. But this is bad on the same level as the DC series. So much for hoping the company that made the best Star Wars comics might do the same with He-Man. If you enjoyed this then you'll probably want to check out the new Netflix series. If not you may consider passing. Yes, I'm still going to give it a try. I feel I owe it that much. But if the show's as poor as this book was I'm out.

9.5
Mickey Mouse (2015) #5

Dec 20, 2020

This was a fine example of how some of the greatest Mickey Mouse adventures ever were in comics. This is a mystery that's worthy of the classics. As usual, Pete is the culprit, but this is one of the best plots I've seen him come up with in a long time. This is probably my favorite Mickey adventure from IDW.

8.5
Mighty Morphin (2020) #1

Nov 15, 2020

It's off to a pretty good start. The new green Ranger is quite a mystery, as he's clearly fighting on the Rangers' side, but the real question is is he devoted to the cause? And as for who he is, I do have my suspicions. Drakkon would be too obvious. And I know the comic writers are smarter than the old show writers, so they won't do like they did with the Gold Zeo Ranger, making us wonder a while, then it be no one we ever heard of. I still remember that disappointment. It looks like the comic is taking a totally different direction than the show did at this point, and I must say this is way better. It's as if the series is avoiding the mistakes the old show started making at this point. Usually after 3 or 4 years, I lose interest in most books from the lesser publications if they make it this long, but these books still hold a great deal of intrigue. I've been reading the Rangers books since the start and I've followed them with interest even longer than I did the show. So that has to mean they're good.

8.5
Mighty Morphin (2020) #2

Jan 11, 2021

Too bad the show was never this good. The main appeal of this comic is how it gives us insight into the characters, showing them as everyday young people than the goody-goody only image they had on the show. It's also so different to see Zordon upset. He was always so patient and gentle. As for the action, it was also good. It's exciting to see the Rangers battling more than silly animal monsters or inanimate objects brought to life. The Green Ranger had little role here and was of less help. This new series continues from where the old one left off pretty well. It always leaves you eager to see what will happen next. It's also interesting to see the series take a whole new direction from what happened on the show, especially since this was the point the show went downhill.

8.0
Mighty Morphin (2020) #3

Feb 11, 2021

This issue shows Billy knows a bit more about the new green Ranger than the others and that he believes whoever it is is an ally. The real question is if he knows who's under that helmet. It won't be long until Zordon learns Billy's role in the taking of the green coin and how he'll react should be interesting, as 3 of the original 5 he chose have already betrayed his trust. This is stuff you'd never have seen on the show, that's for sure. And it looks like Zedd's new putties are about to strike in an even more deadly manner next issue. One thing I'm hoping to be seeing soon is the new green Ranger bringing the Dragonzord back into action.

7.5
Mighty Morphin (2020) #4

Mar 19, 2021

CAUTION: This Review contains a spoiler alert, so you've been warned if you haven't read it yet. The issue was pretty good all-in-all. But if you've been reading these books long enough to remember Go Go Power Rangers' earlier issues it's really no surprise who the new Green Ranger was. Since Drakkon is in space that scratched off most likely suspect #1. But Matt was #2. Especially since his recent sudden return. I didn't know what color he'd be, what power he'd get, or even where his allegiance would be, but I had a feeling he'd eventually become a Ranger at some point, even back in GGPR's early days. Despite this obvious revelation I expect interesting things ahead. Even though the bad guys know their identities, the Rangers have never really had to worry about them being revealed to the public. This may lead people to suspect the other Rangers are students at Angel Grove High as well. Matt made the Superheroes' #1 dumb move, and it could be a big problem for the regular Rangers. That's one of the best parts in this comic series. The Rangers have to deal with problems the show never had them deal with since it would be too complicated for its then grade schooler key demographic.

8.0
Mighty Morphin (2020) #5

Apr 15, 2021

As I stated in my review of the last issue, the new Green Ranger's identity was no surprise. This guy's been destined for this since his creation. But this issue gives us the story behind him and his short career so far. Sometimes I don't like Grace much. She's quite resentful and seems to think she knows everything that's best for everyone. Though, like Matt, she is an interesting expansion for the Rangers' growing world in comics. I wonder how long till Billy's role in this comes to light and what will happen then. That's the appeal of this series. Everyone was a 100% team player on the old show. Here there's more realism to the characters. I contibute that to its success.

8.0
Mighty Morphin (2020) #7

Jun 10, 2021

Now this is just sad. Is Grace so bitter toward Zordon and gullible that she's willing to turn him over to Zedd? Does she actually think he'd keep his word? The instant the guy gets what he wants he'll launch an all-out attack, starting with her little utopia. Maybe this story should end with her death. I never really liked her anyhow. If Matt continues as a Green Ranger he's going to have a hard time winning the others' trust after this one. The Emperyal threat seems to be coming to the pages of this series as well. I wouldn't be surprised if I'm not sensing an upcoming crossover. Should be good.

8.0
Mighty Morphin (2020) #8

Jul 16, 2021

Things aren't looking good. While Zedd may have been driven back again he now has Candice. Grace and Matt are still difficult to trust, especially after this. Billy has to deal with his secret actions over the months now being revealed. And to top it all off there's a race of seemingly unstoppable beings intent on cleansing the Universe drawing closer. Bad time to be a Ranger, but a good time to be a reader. Things just seem to be getting more interesting as these stories develop.

8.5
Mighty Morphin (2020) #9

Aug 17, 2021

I like the way the comic adds depth to the situations. In the old show any disputes were easily settled by the end of the episode. But here we see tension like that between Billy and the others now that the truth is out. And between Matt and Tommy. Though we've seen additional Rangers work separate from the traditional team in a few series, this is the first time in Mighty Morphin. That adds some intrigue. Matt also seems to relish in the positive attention revealing his identity has gotten him. I don't really care for him as a character so it will be a welcome sight when karma bites him in the backside. Zedd seems to know the Eltarians aren't the noble beings with the preservation of the universe they're seen to be. Could he know about the Emperyals? Interesting stuff ahead.

8.0
Mighty Morphin (2020) #10

Oct 4, 2021

As the Eltarian war approaches I suppose we need to know a little more about its big players, The Eltarians themselves. Though the Rangers themselves weren't present this was still a pretty exciting issue. There's no limit to how this comic moves beyond the original show's campy plotlines and adds more character and intrigue. I think that's why these books have lasted as they have. I look forward to more from the historical and modern perspective. The Eltarian war should be pretty exciting.

8.0
Mighty Morphin (2020) #11

Oct 18, 2021

The Eltarians' true colors are coming to light and it's not pretty. The real question is how many in their hierarchy are in on the Supreme guardian's plans and are there any Zordon can still trust? The origin of Zedd does contradict MMPR Annual 2016's story featuring him though. According to it he'd been warring with Eltar for some time before touching the Zeo crystal. Silverback and Goldar were surprised to see what had become of him. How do they explain that? Otherwise it's a good issue and this prelude to the war is pretty exciting.

8.5
Mighty Morphin (2020) #12

Oct 18, 2021

If someone recommends these books to you but you remember how cheesy and silly the show was (Especially Season 3), don't let that cloud your judgement. This has everything the show lacked when it came to intrigue. Zordon confronts Lord Zedd after learning his worst enemy was actually an old friend. He also learns any remnants of that friend perished long ago. The end of this issue was one of the most thrilling cliffhangers in the series yet. Zartus has finally revealed his hand, and Zordon was forced to pay. I look forward to the big war. It's shaping up to be the biggest challenge for the Rangers since shattered grid.

8.5
Mighty Morphin (2020) #13

Dec 31, 2021

Pretty exciting stuff. Zedd has his own plans here, that's obvious, but are they going to come to light before or after the Eltarian war is over? The downside is at the end the Rangers have to turn to Grace, a character who is rapidly becoming less and less likable. i suppose it's too much to ask if she won't survive this war? I'm especially looking forward to seeing Zordon's fate. This is way beyond anything you could have even hoped to see on the old show.

9.0
Mighty Morphin (2020) #14

Jan 16, 2022

This issue certainly takes us in a direction Saban could never have even dreamed of considering for the old show. Zordon is finally about to go into battle himself, something we never even expected to see. Should be good.

6.5
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5

Jul 16, 2020

This mini-series started out pretty promising, but grew stale halfway through. It was WAAAAAY better than that God-Awful team up they did on Power Rangers in Space, I'll give it that. Each of the Rangers found a member of the Turtle team they had things in common with, that was amusing. Rita Repulsa's presence was really unnecessary, because Shredder was already more than enough trouble for both teams. And a team-up with Lord Zedd would've been more interesting. I guess I lost focus and interest since it took almost 3 months in standby due to Covid-19 quarantine. It happened with a lot of stories I'd been reading. But like I said, the start was more promising than the end. I can only give this issue a 6.5, but altogether the storyline at least rates a 7.5. And I would definitely read a sequel. Look how well a trilogy worked for the Turtles and Batman.

7.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #49

May 21, 2020

The big climax has been delayed thanks to Covid-19 lockdown, but should be out soon hopefully. I suppose after "Necessary Evil" is over we'll be flashing forward to the days when Zedd & Rita married. I'm not looking forward to that because that was when the series went downhill. It just became poorlier written and cheesier than ever. Still, As the comic's proven, it can improve things from what they were. One of its appeals is how it gave more insight into the Rangers' personalities. I'm sur it'll still be good beyond #50. This issue featured a great cover. It shows alone the odds are greatly stacked against the Rangers. The overall plot left something to be desired, but still leaves you anticipating the big finale. Especially after a month's delay.

8.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #50

Jul 16, 2020

Not a bad conclusion. Could've been better, but could've also been worse. What I like about these comics are that they're so much more well-written than the show ever was. That's why I have hope they'll still be good, despite the fact we're approaching the point where the series went downhill. Like I said, at least these comics tell more exciting stories than stuff like half of the Rangers getting trapped in a storybook (One of the Dumbest episodes in the entire MMPR series). I hope we see Dayne try to get revenge for his defeat one day. He shows promise as an enemy, and I doubt we've seen all he's capable of. As for that "Big spoiler alert" ending, was ANYONE out there really surprised who "(Spoiler)" was? That's as surprising as Dr. Doom returning to battle the Fantastic Four. As long as the comics stay 500 times better than the show was at this point, I plan to keep reading it.

8.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #51

Aug 13, 2020

It amazes me how much better this comic is than the show was, especially at this point. It seems we're about to enter a new chapter in their history we never saw coming. The end really left me curious. Is Rita Repulsa back in a different (Not to mention Better) manner than on the show? Is that really her or some copy Finster made? I wouldn't complain if we went on in a totally unique direction from here on, avoiding a Rita/Zedd marriage, Kat the cat, Rito Revolto, Officers Bulk and Skull, Alien Rangers, Tengas and above all, that stupid Ninja crap. Boy, did that show go downhill so fast... As for Drakkon's return, he certainly has suffered a fall from grace. But I'm sure he's still a threat to whatever reality he's in. It's doubtful they can contain him for long. It looks like a lot more excitement ahead.

7.5
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #52

Aug 14, 2020

It looks like the Omega Rangers are back to work in space while the others are dealing with defending Earth. Drakkon has proven himself to be truly insane. Things are truly dramatic in this epic comic based off of a cornball kids' show. The best part is that the Omega Rangers seem to be going on as part of the series. Not just a "Thanks for your help. Maybe we'll see each other again sometime." and they're gone thing. It was a poor excuse for half the team to give up such important positions as defenders of the whole planet just to attend a peace conference, but the writers did have to make an excuse quick after the actors left. The Omega Rangers thing is a far better excuse for them to have left. But it looks like they're up against some pretty big challenges ahead. Should be pretty interesting.

10
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #53

Sep 15, 2020

Drakkon, the new Green Ranger? Please say it won't happen. I know of the new series and the new green Ranger,but COME ON. Though I'm not the slightest iota surprised. As for the issue, I found the Rita duplicate way more likeable than the real thing ever was. Can we keep her and forget the whole marriage, home invasion from her Ludicrous family members and especially the (Shudder) Alien Rangers? Since we never got to see the power of the Dark Rangers in action it's interesting to see a story where those powers are used, and in 4 characters who seldom even faced the Rangers in person. The others in space will probably be the focus of the next issue, so it'll likely be the next one before we see where this heads.

8.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #54

Oct 15, 2020

I hate when a book shifts from one place during a cliffhanger to another in the next issue, making you have to wait another month. And that's what this title has been doing the last few issues. But they are pretty thrilling adventures on both sides. The Omega Rangers have been forced to retreat from a foe so deadly it can destroy entire worlds. Can you imagine anything so exciting happen on a show so cheesy as what this is based off of? That's what the old show needed. A break from the same old foes and introducing powerful new ones. I wish this issue covered a little of the Dark Ranger battle. It's a shame this series is coming to an end. It would've proven itself worthy of being a title that made up to 100 issues in a few years. One issue to go and it's proven to be better than anything the show ever put out.

8.5
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #55

Nov 13, 2020

It's interesting how the series is taking a unique direction. It should be promising as I wasn't very fond of the way the show went around this point. The mystery of the new green Ranger looks to be interesting, and I expect the big reveal will be less disappointing than the mystery of the Gold Zeo Ranger, who turned out to be a total stranger. Remember that? I still think "Ho-Hum" when I think of it. All I ask is it's not Drakkon. I usually tire of a title from one of the lesser publishers after this long, but Boom! has kept a Power Rangers series interesting for way longer than the original show was.

6.0
Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers #1

Aug 13, 2020

Loved "Shattered Grid." Loved the first storyline that featured Lord Drakkon. But this was a rather slow story for me. There are way worse things to spend 8 bucks on, but I just wasn't too imprssed. Things have come a long way since Tommy and Billy found themselves stranded on this alternate version of their world, and yes it's still quite interesting. But it lacks that spark of excitement the other stories about it had. I still recommend it for readers who are fans of Drakkon's universe.

7.5
Nightwing (2016) #72

Aug 14, 2020

I haven't been following this whole "Ric Grayson" thing, and only looked into this issue because it's a "Joker war" tie-in. But as usual in a comic written by Dan Jurgens, I was pretty impressed. Forcing him out so Bendis could take over both Superman books was a stupid mistake on DC's part and the reader reviews on this very site prove it. Barbara is getting the worst of it in these tie-ins. Joker doesn't seem to like having his work undone, and crippling Barbara was one of his crowning jewels. Now he hopes in his big strike against Batman to use his first partner as a weapon.

7.0
Nightwing (2016) #75

Nov 15, 2020

I passed on most of the "Ric" stuff, so a lot of this book left me confused, but I'm just glad to see Nightwing's back in action after nearly 2 years. His attitude toward Barbara in here was a lot more pleasant in this issue than in Batgirl #50, where he was just plain bitter. Usually stories with the KGBeast are pretty interesting ("10 nights of the Beast" and "Troika") but he just doesn't seem as much a badass as he used to be. Maybe he needs back that cybernetic eyepiece that it looks like he still has on the cover. Still, I look forward to seeing Nightwing deal with the guy who nearly killed him.

6.5
Nightwing (2016) #76

Dec 13, 2020

Is this the same villain who eluded batman and killed over 100 people in a week in the classic "10 Nights of the Beast?" Looks like the once mighty KGBeast has been reduced to second rate supervillain. But it was an interesting rematch. That's all I was in it for. I didn't read any of the "Ric" crap so the rest was pretty meaningless to me.

7.5
Nightwing (2016) #77

Jan 11, 2021

A decent issue for a stand alone story and a nice Christmas story too. The only problem is Dick needs to stop feeling sorry for himself and realize he's better off. Considering the reaction this whole "Ric" crap got, how can he not be? I don't read Nightwing regularly, but this was a good "check in" issue.

7.0
Non-Stop Spider-Man (2021) #1

Apr 18, 2021

Joe Kelly is much better at Spider-Man than he ever was with Superman, but this is not one of his better works. This isn't the thrill fest they'd have you believe, but there is a lot of action. This is reminiscent of the 2000s Spider-Man stories that could never get me to stay regularly. Like the last Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man series, I think I'll pass on this as a regular and only pick up an occasional issue. If you like it, by all means keep getting it. As for me, I'm just goona stick with good ol' Amazing.

7.0
Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man (1976) #240

Dec 20, 2020

I remember this issue. What was so special about it? Hurrah. After 2 excruciating years the clone saga was finally coming to an end. The last of what would be regarded by many as the worst idea in the history of comics was finally coming to it's close starting with this issue. What more could one have asked for? I obviously was no fan of the clone saga, as it would be several years until I decided to even bother with collecting back issues from it. So this issue was a very welcome one for me and when I look at it I always remember how glad I was to see the end was there at last starting with this issue.

9.5
Power Rangers (2020) #1

Dec 10, 2020

A very impressive beginning to a new series. It's good to see the original Rangers still in action in their own unique setting. Their departure was the start of the show's decline. I remember how disappointing it was to see 3 of the first 5 go, especially since Jason was my favorite and I had a crush on Trini. But I digress. The Drakkon plot has finally made his return worthwhile. I have a feeling he's going to remain a major thorn in both teams' sides. He's too evil to change, at least for good. Plus the fact he's become the most beloved villain in The world of the Rangers. In the mean time, this uneasy alliance against the Imperyals and the mysterious mastermind behind them should be interesting. It's always interesting to see new foes for the rangers who never were in any of the shows. This series already shows great promise and it's only the first issue. I'm eager to see how the world of the Omega Rangers will develop and what challenges await them.

8.5
Power Rangers (2020) #2

Jan 16, 2021

This new series takes the Rangers to levels the show would never think of, even today. With the Omega team on the run and having to work with an enemy they know they can't trust, plus the new threat of the Horrid, things keep looking more grim for this trio. This series shows the first 3 Rangers to leave having way more excitement after their departure than we figured 26 years ago. Drakkon proves in this issue why the Rangers can never trust him and how there's no limit to how low he'll go to benefit himself. The issue ended with an exciting turn of events, and I already know the next issue won't disappoint either.

7.5
Power Rangers (2020) #3

Feb 11, 2021

When I read this series I find it so hard to believe it has any connection to the cheesy campy '90s TV series. BOOM has taken the Rangers in a lot of bold new directions over the last 5 years, but this is probably the darkest and most original one yet. Seeing as the Omega Rangers are an original creation we have no idea what lies ahead for them. And what will happen in the inevitable confrontation with their former teammates. The Horrid were but the first of the threats that lie ahead for the Omega team. But they also had a lesson to learn from this encounter: Drakkon will stab them or whatever enemy they're up against right in the back (sometimes literally) if it will benefit him. A lot of excitement lies ahead and I look forward to seeing what happens.

7.0
Power Rangers (2020) #4

Mar 19, 2021

This is what Drakkon got after "Shattered Grid?" Frankly it was too good for him. This issue was good enough, but a little weak. I'm glad they weren't stuck here for the next 7 issues, that's for sure.

7.0
Power Rangers (2020) #5

Apr 15, 2021

This issue is heavy in references to future series including Space and SPD. It is interesting to see the exploits of the 3 lost rangers after they left the team. I mean here they are up against a seemingly unstoppable enemy and the only way to beat them will be alongside the deadliest enemy they have. Not to mention they're fugitives. This has all the intrigue I wished for 25 years ago instead of the cheesiness that was season 3. It's also an interesting revelation that the Emperyals are connected to their own origins. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in their next meeting with them. In the mean time it's also a clever idea to treat more die hard fans to seeing things from future titles. Something I'd like to see one of the teams meet the original team from Himitsu Sentai Gorenger (The original Japanese series that started it all). I just think that would be cool to finally see the original '70s Rangers in America at last. The end of this issue is also intriguing. Are they going to have to ally with another enemy? Looks like more excitement ahead.

7.0
Power Rangers (2020) #6

May 8, 2021

This story is apparently aimed at the longtime fans. I am a little familiar with the Space and SPD series, but not very much. I threw in the towel after Zeo. Turbo stunk too much to follow and afterward was no more interesting to me (Though I did like Time Force and Dino Thunder). All-in-all, the story was okay. It is interesting to see the original Rangers encounter characters who were years from appearing on the show. It looks like Drakkon's still got his own agenda that will likely come to light after the Emperyals are dealt with. While this series isn't as intriguing as the regular at the moment, it is still a pretty good change of pace from the direction we remember.

7.5
Power Rangers (2020) #7

Jun 13, 2021

9.0
Power Rangers (2020) #8

Jul 16, 2021

This was a good conclusion to this stop for the team. The end is also worth noting as we finally learn who is responsible for the Emperyals. This is all obviously leading to a big crossover showdown, and the big question is how the Rangers will be able to stop such a huge challenge. I'm not giving any spoilers here so you'll have to read the book yourself to see who the mastermind is behind the Emperyal menace, but the last page is quite a shocker.

8.0
Power Rangers (2020) #9

Aug 17, 2021

Kind of unfair when a small band of refugees are held accountable for the actions of those from their race in power, when they had nothing to do with what they did. That's the plot of this issue. The Hartunian refugees are going to have a tough time dealing with other refugees who do just that. Drakkon also posed an interesting question. What will happen with him once the Emperyals are dealt with? Jason says he'll be taken back to Zordon, but I doubt he'll let that happen. First chance he gets he'll likely flee during the battle to menace the Rangers another day. Should be interesting.

7.5
Power Rangers (2020) #10

Oct 4, 2021

This issue focuses away from the main plot, but still keeps interest. It was more average in plot and didn't have the thrill most have. But I was still pleased enough with it.

8.5
Power Rangers (2020) #11

Oct 29, 2021

The excitement continues to escalate. It probably surprised very few of us to see Drakkon show his true colors. But odds are the Rangers will have to deal with him after the Eltarians and the Emperyals. Frankly I'd like to see what happens if Drakkon comes face-to-face with Zedd, who it's obvious he also defeated in his own reality (Though never confirmed). The Eltarian war is off to a great start and this is still one of the few comics put out today where I'm actually eager to see what happens next.

9.0
Power Rangers (2020) #13

Dec 31, 2021

It looks bad for the Rangers, but good for us as the excitement continues to unfold. I doubt Grace and Promethea are totally gone (though I can hope). And I know for a fact Zedd isn't gone. This is just a part of his own plan, whatever it is. One of the best parts is seeing the Rangers reunited. The Emperyals' arrival is also what the last dozen issues have been leading up toward. This is the most thrilling story since Shattered Grid and a must-read for any fan of the original series as well.

10
Power Rangers (2020) #14

Jan 16, 2022

The Eltarian War is without a doubt the most exciting story since "Shattered grid." In some ways it's even better. The highlight of the issue was seeing Zordon actually leading the Rangers into battle. And the end of this issue only leaves me expecting the excitement to escalate in the next chapter. The Power Rangers comics have more heart put into them than most comics now, especially anything by the big publishers. If ever you watched and enjoyed just some point on the show then you should definitely check this comic out.

6.5
Power Rangers Unlimited: Heir to Darkness #1

Apr 15, 2021

Not bad. I never was a fan of the Power Rangers in Space or Turbo series, but it was an interesting origin story for a popular character. Truth be told though, I'd have passed on this if it wasn't connected to the regular series.

9.0
Power Rangers Unlimited: Edge of Darkness #1

Jul 16, 2021

This story seems to finish what some of the Flashbacks in Go Go Power Rangers told us. It offers a lot more interesting insight into the history of the rangers' oldest foe. It's similar to Astronema in ways, but also different. Master Vile hasn't been seen much in this continuity yet, but like Rita, he's portrayed as a lot less goofy and more sinister. He also seems to have an interesting origin. I'd like to see more about it. I'd also like to see what it was like for Rita as she grew up under Master Vile's influence and why she left him to join Zedd. I don't know much about the Phantom Ranger, but it looks like he may be playing a role in the upcoming showdown with the Emperyals. All-in-all this was a real good read. It's always interesting to learn more about the history of important characters in this series.

4.5
Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #1

Sep 20, 2020

Like the Ranger Slayer special, this was a stale letdown. Am I supposed to know this prisoner? My knowledge beyond Zeo's end is practically nil. And beyond that, except for Time Force, the "Forever Red" episode of Wild force and Dino Thunder, I never paid much attention to much of the other titles. Those other series sucked too much. I doubt I'll be following the development of this reality if the other 2 issues are as poor as this one was.

6.5
Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #2

Oct 15, 2020

This issue is better than #1, but I'm still not too impressed. It makes too many references to the "In Space" series, which I'm not really a fan of. If they continue following the Drakkon dimension after this, I doubt I'll stick along for the ride.

4.5
Power Rangers: Drakkon New Dawn #3

Nov 15, 2020

This was a rather poor series. Maybe because it refers so much to the Power Rangers in Space series, which I never liked. I'm still not sure if I'll keep on reading stories about this reality, even though it will likely play a big part in some upcoming crossover. I just didn't find this story worth what I paid.

6.0
Punchline (2020) #1

Dec 12, 2020

The main impression I'm getting is that DC has big plans for another thing I'll likely pass on in 2021. Punchline is already wearing out her welcome by becoming yet another overused character that only will get less interesting as time passes. The end says "Continued in 2021." Well, not here, I doubt. They'll probably make a long slow maxi-series continuing this. I know little about Bluebird or her brother and what I do has led me to find them quite uninteresting and not worth following. This wasn't a bad book, but it paves the way for something I doubt I'll be following.

7.5
Rick and Morty #60

May 24, 2020

It's too bad this has to be the last issue. The way things move it'll be another 7 years until the show makes as many episodes as this series made issues. I guess their contract ran up, because this is still Oni's top seller. Odds are the owners are hoping another publisher will settle for a lower percentage of the profits. I don't expect it to be more than a year until volume 2 starts under a new publication. It seems getting Rick to admit he cares is the ultimate challenge. If he does, Bam. It's over. The end was disappointing, but we have to remember, Comic book Rick & Morty are most likely different ones than on the show, a pair in the infinite realm of Rick & Mortys. If you were into this book, then check the upcoming Mini-Series, Rick & Morty go to Hell. I wonder if it continues where this issue leaves off...?

7.5
Rick and Morty: Go To Hell #1

Jul 16, 2020

Rick is a fine one to deny the existence of Hell, when he and Summer beat it out of the Devil himself once. I hope this story won't just be a long quest for Rick and Morty where they end up eluding an angry mob led by Jerry, as they try to find a way out. This shows promise to be an amusing story if it stays on the right track. Actually an angry mob led by Jerry would actually be pretty amusing, All the while, Beth trying to calm him down.

6.5
Rick and Morty: Go To Hell #2

Aug 14, 2020

Rick is being a dick, Morty is putting up with it like usual Summer is getting in over her head again, Beth and Jerry can't quit arguing. Yep. Your typical Rick & Morty adventure. This journey Rick and Morty are on is kinda dull though. So far this mini hasn't been to impressive. I miss the single issue stories from the regular series.

9.5
Robin (1993) #7

Jul 1, 2020

This was the one we all looked forward to for 8 long months. When Bruce Wayne returned to see what a mistake putting Azrael in charge was. He'd have to undergo intense training to get back in shape, but one thing was clear though thanks to this issue-The real Batman was finally coming back and that abomination we had to endure since the previous Fall was on his way out.

8.0
Robin (1993) #12

Jul 1, 2020

Poor Tim has to deal with something no crime fighter wants to deal with-A fight while on a date. He's forced to let two loudmouth hoodlums, whom he could clobber in no time beat him up in front of his girl. Their problems aren't over either. His girlfriend's family business is threatened by a protection racket ran by former KGB operatives, including the KGBeast himself. At least we get to see Tim have a run-in with those 2 punks again, and with no witnesses he gets his revenge in a very entertaining, yet short rematch. This is why I loved Chuck Dixon's work. He really gave insight into this Robin's life, putting him on equal grounds as the original as a great partner to Batman, and proved his worth solo as well.

8.5
Robin (1993) #13

Jul 1, 2020

Crisis on Infinite Earths gave us a less-pleasant goodbye between Batman and the original Robin. This issue seemed to repair that rift that was torn with Dick's departure. He gives Bruce an overdue piece of his mind and tells him how disappointed he was not to turn to him in the first place, and instead put his trust in an unstable born and bred assassin. Bruce also gets to say what he's had so much trouble saying in all that time. The end is amusing. Poor Robin's so worn from fighting a high flying monstrosity it takes a moment to realize Dick is even in his Nightwing costume again.

9.0
Robin (1993) #19

Jul 1, 2020

There's a lot of humor to this book. You'd think a character like the General would be from a low-class family living in Gotham's more run down slums, but instead he comes from an average suburban family. They add that humorous element to the story. He has his mother completely brainwashed, believing him to be a perfect angel, while his father tries, but is obviously uncomfortable around the kid. Then his brother and sister were obviously happier with him in jail. And the dog obviously doesn't seem to like him at all, but seeing as he and his friends almost killed him it's understandable. Caeser is as pathetic a villain as Maxie Zeus himself. His only purpose is to bring in the Greek theme to the story. Otherwise he's totally useless. Other than that this was a great first half to a very amusing story.

7.5
Robin (1993) #42

Jul 1, 2020

In the '90s if you were above the age of 6, there was nothing more annoying than Barney. Crocky, was DC's answer to him, and this issue left us all wishing copyright laws didn't exist so we could see Robin kick the ass of a robber in a Barney costume instead. A very funny issue.

7.5
Robin (1993) #45

Jul 1, 2020

This story focuses on how unfair it is to be a teen in an irresponsible generation. Poor Tim isn't even given a chance to try and explain his predicament. Instead his dad makes a jerk of himself by jumping to conclusions and being too short-fused and hotheaded to think clearly. In ways you can understand, but knowing what he doesn't, you know how unfair he's being and think "What an ass..." This issue is more focused on Robin's personal life, but the crook disguised as a pregnant woman is also an amusing addition to this entertaining story.

8.0
Saban's Power Rangers OGN: Sins of the Future OGN

Nov 27, 2020

After Zeo ended I seldom found a Ranger series I could stand more than 2 episodes of, but Time Force was one of the few exceptions. I saw the guest shots they did in Wild force, but they didn't explain much of what I wondered. This Graphic novel though gives us some answers we've been looking for for a long time now. The main question was, what would happen with Jen and Wes's relationship after the Time Force's mission was completed. Now we see and hopefully we may also see a future follow-up. This was a good update story to one of the best Ranger series ever.

9.5
Sinister War (2021) #1

Aug 13, 2021

It's off to a pretty good start. Especially when compared to King's ransom and the Chameleon conspiracy stories. An action fan wouldn't be able to ask for more. And they couldn't ask for a bigger assortment of villains either. Sinister Six stories usually are pretty good, but this is the Sinister Six plus many more. But this issue alone proves Spencer hasn't lost his touch after all, which I was hoping it would prove. I have a feeling this may be the greatest Spidey adventure of '21. It's certainly the best since The Sin Eater's return. In fact it's so good it makes me a bit sadder that Spencer is about to leave the series.

8.5
Sinister War (2021) #2

Aug 13, 2021

I'm amazed so many readers are complaining. While it's true this was more filler than Sinister war, it does explain why everyone's out to get him. Who or whatever Kindred is, he certainly wants to see Spider-Man suffer. Almost as much as Norman. And I'm not convinced for sure he's Harry. Not entirely that is. Could he have been split into 2 halves, good and evil? Hmmm. Despite the disappointment most feel, I'm still pretty impressed and enjoying this more than any story since the Sin Eater story. My only complaint is having to pay extra for these issues when they could just as easily sell for regular price as just another story arc in the regular series. But considering how every story in it lately has a special expensive conclusion special, why not make every part into a mini-series and charge us more and just use the regular book for filler material. But then should we be surprised? By this time next year I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if all regular comics were $4.99 and 48 page specials will be even more constant at $6.99 each. And they wonder why the industry is on such shaky ground lately. Still, a pretty good issue.

8.0
Sinister War (2021) #3

Oct 1, 2021

Not bad. It would probably be better if Kindred played a smaller role. They should have let Amazing focus on him and let this mini focus more on Spidey and an army of supervillains out to kill him and claim the "Prize." Sinister War has been better than the last several stories of late, but we all know it's mostly just a prelude to the big showdown in #73-74. Spencer better not let us down on this one. I've read some spoilers but it's hard to say.

8.5
Sinister War (2021) #4

Oct 1, 2021

This whole series was mostly just filler. While we saw most of what Kindred was up to in Amazing, these 4 issues covered Spidey fighting a horde of rampaging supervillains. It would have been better if there was more motivation to this than just being a means of stalling Spider-Man while Kindred plots his final move. One of the highlighted moments is how Doc Ock gets the better of Kindred. He has stated on more than one occasion over the last 6 decades that he's not one to be manipulated, and that's still the case with him to this day. I'm sorry to see nothing was resolved with the real and fake Electro. Now that the real one's back we can ditch the female wannabe (That or she could make up a new name and be his partner in crime). Now that this is over the final showdown awaits. Hmm. This plot would make a keen video game.

9.0
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #27

May 22, 2020

As a big epic storyline the Metal Virus saga has been pretty exciting, but as with most stories that drag on for almost a year I'll be glad when it's finally over. Still, it's offered a lot of exciting twists. You never know who will end up contaminated by this, or make it through safely, as poor Cream ended up infected as well. It was inevitable that Dr. Eggman would have to swallow his pride and work with his enemies to undo his own damage. Wherever he ended up, I doubt we've heard the last of Dr. Starline. I wonder if he'll seek revenge on Dr. Eggman or redemption. While I do miss the Archieverse Sonic, Ian Flynn has done a good job rebuilding Sonic's world with what he had left to work with. I just can't help but wonder how the Freedom Fighters would've fared against this situation. Sonic's popularity in the comic world has only grown and shows no sign of stopping. I consider it the best all-ages title available and it will continue to be a great read as long as it continues to turn out such exciting stories.

7.5
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #28

Jul 16, 2020

Another thrilling issue, but I'm just glad to hear the "Metal Virus" saga is about to finally end. I can't stay into a story that drags on for over a year very easy. If I did I'd watch a Soap opera. A word of advice to Ian Flynn, 4 parts are usually as far as you should go. I wish Dc and Marvel would get that message too. I would have preferred a showdown with Dr. Starline, but I guess we'll have to wait for the upcoming "Bad guys" mini-series to see what happens to him. Sonic remains the best all-ages comic out there, and though I, like many more do miss the Archie Sonic cast and adventures, This is the best we have now, and it's still very exciting.

8.0
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #29

Aug 14, 2020

The best part about this issue is that the metal virus saga is finally over. The end however, is reminiscent of Vol.1 #125, where Sonic appeared to have perished saving everyone. But let's not have a year-long "Journey home" saga. One year-long saga is enough. Let's bring the blue blur back quickly and resume the war with the Eggman empire like normal.

8.5
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #30

Sep 15, 2020

I'm glad the Metal Virus saga is finally over. I hope they don't make a story that long again for a very long time. When Sonic returns, let's just get back to the basics, Sonic and company fighting the Eggman Empire and protecting the friendly populace of Mobius (Providing that's even their world's name anymore-Eh, screw it. I still call it that). Sonic's example has shown his friends to stand up against tyrrany, even without him. The heroes made sure the Deadly six knew they weren't welcome. Let's keep them divided for a while. And to NO ONE'S surprise, Dr. Eggman wastes no time escaping to be bad another day. All-in-all, a pretty good issue. The kind of storytelling I've come to expect from Ian Flynn. As always I look forward to the next issue.

9.0
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #31

Oct 15, 2020

It's good to have things back to normal and the metal virus gone for good. As we could only expect, Dr. Eggman is wasting no time trying to cause trouble. Meanwhile Dr. Starline is proving himself even bigger a nut than his idol. Things look like they're about to get interesting. And It's lucky Sonic landed on Blaze's world, because now he can't remember anything. And back home his friends are celebrating the end of a pandemic that makes Covid-19 look like a school storm drill. But the festivities are about to be cut short when Dr.Eggman turns up-and uninvited (Some people can be so inconsiderate).

9.5
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #32

Oct 15, 2020

A fitting conclusion. With the help of the Sol Emeralds, Blaze restores Sonic's memory and sends him home, and in a nick of time too, because Eggman is attacking with an Omega and Gemerl-powered machine. I love the look on Eggman's face when Sonic shows up. It's reminiscent of the old Archie series when Sonic showed up to foil him. The only thing missing was him shouting, "I hate that Hedgehog!" I was growing weary of the Metal virus saga, and am glad it's over and it was good to see a nice 2-part story. Kind of like the old days.

9.0
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #33

Nov 15, 2020

This story is off to a promising start. It's a little reminiscent of the Casino nights zone stories from Archie. There's something about this Clutch character that shows Rouge may be getting in over her head. But I'm also interested in who else is in that eggbase with Sonic and Tails. Most likely a new character. The cast of the IDW Sonic universe is growing, and while I miss many of the Archie cast, these new additions have the same appeal as those ones did. Sonic is always one of the comics today I'm most eager to see what will happen next.

8.5
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #34

Dec 12, 2020

Seeing Shadow come to the rescue is pretty exciting. He's an interesting character. Sort of the Vegeta of the Sonic universe. He's tough as they get, but he's not too friendly, yet has good in him for such a bad boy. As for the rest of the story, it looks like a promising newcomer has been added in Belle. It should be interesting to learn more about her in time. As always, Sonic proves itself to be the best age-appropriate comic of today. IDW's series has proven as well that it stays true to the quality that the Archie series is still remembered for.

9.0
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #35

Dec 12, 2020

This was a high flying thrill ride of an issue in more ways than one. The new character of belle is an interesting one. I hope we can learn more about her and the disappearance of her creator. The story had a lot of excitement and leaves me ready for the next issue. I'm mostly glad to see the Metal virus hasn't had a lasting impact and that the residents of Sonic's world have already moved on with their lives instead of fearing it will return or something. Sonic is still the best all ages book I know of. It has been for a very long time, whether it's been by Archie or IDW.

8.5
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #36

Feb 11, 2021

7.0
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #37

Mar 19, 2021

8.5
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #38

Apr 15, 2021

This was a pretty good issue. It reminds me of some of the missions Sonic and his friends went on in the Archie days. It's also nice to see Dr.Eggman menacing our favorite hedgehog hero again. He's been a bit quiet since Sonic's return. It should be interesting to see how they get out of this crazy place. And it looks like a lot of action ahead in #39. Can't wait to see what happens next.

8.0
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #39

Jun 10, 2021

This story is pretty interesting. The use of Virtual reality by Eggman to control his machines really takes me back. In the '90s bad guys controlled robots that way a lot. Tangle and Belle make a good team. One of the things great about this series is like the Archie one it expands with a growing cast. It's only too bad they can't allow the old and new to interact. But otherwise it's just great. It proves why Sonic is the best All-ages comic available today.

9.0
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #40

Jul 21, 2021

Poor Belle. She's never spoken to Eggman in person, so it was hard for her to cope with the fact Mr. tinker is indeed gone. And she also has to come to terms with seeing her creator is as evil as she's always heard. I'd say Evan Stanley has proven these issues that he's a qualified Sonic writer. And Ian Flynn and Ken Penders' huge lists of accomplishments are nothing easy to keep up with.

9.0
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #42

Aug 13, 2021

The Deadly Six's return has been pretty good. It's also nice to have Ian back. This issue is likely a prelude to the big #50 story with the subplot featuring Belle and Dr. Starline. Belle is one of the most interesting original characters in this version. The poor kid's had it hard enough with having to come to terms with the kindly inventor she knew now being a total madman. Now another Madman has taken her and has something in mind for her she most likely won't like. It will be interesting to see how this turns out. I'm also looking forward to seeing how the main story turns out. Sonic's in for one big fight facing the Deadly six alone. Not to mention the fact these guys are totally ruthless. They have no regard for those they hurt. Even less than Eggman. At least he wants to turn them to robots. Haven't the poor little critters suffered enough from the metal virus? Zavok sure doesn't think so. Can't wait for the next issue.

9.0
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) #43

Oct 4, 2021

This was a pretty exciting issue. Sonic did well taking on the Deadly Six, but knew he could count on his friends when the stakes got too high. It was good to see Tails in action again as well. Just like the old days watching he and Sonic kicking butt together. And the end shows Sonic can't rest yet. There's still Belle to save. Can't wait till #44.

8.0
Sonic The Hedgehog (2018) Annual: 2020

Aug 14, 2020

This book offers some interesting insight on how numerous characters, old, plus a couple of new ones, deal with the crisis engulfing their world. It's a good collection of short stories that are all part of one great big story.

9.0
Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys (2020) #1

Oct 15, 2020

Sonic had a lot of interesting foes in the Archie series I sure miss, like Scourge, Mammoth Mogul, Ixis Naugus, Dr. Finitevus and the Dark Legion, who menaced Knuckles just to name a few. But he's made some new ones lately. Dr. Starline is probably the most interesting IDW-introduced villain yet, so I expect this to be an interesting Mini-Series as he's the starring baddie. I was impressed with this first issue and with things back to normal with the Metal Virus saga behind us, I have high hopes of seeing Ian Flynn come up with some exciting new stuff like what he did that made Sonic the best comic I was collecting 2012-16 (I keep track of my favorites).

8.0
Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys (2020) #2

Nov 15, 2020

Sonic's absence makes it a little odd, but it's still pretty good. Dr. Starline should listen to Zavok. He's got potential to develop mad plots to rival even Dr. Eggman's. This story kind of takes me back to the days of Sonic Universe, which I bet is one of Ian Flynn's intentions with this mini-series. I'm looking forward to see what happens as it develops and what Dr. Eggman will think when he sees how Dr. Starline intends to get back in his bad graces.

8.5
Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys (2020) #3

Dec 12, 2020

It looks like Dr. Starline's gotten in over his head. But what he really needs to worry about is what will happen when Dr.Eggman shows up. He ain't goona be happy, and I'm sure he's not fooled by the claim that Sonic is responsible for these attacks. I'm looking forward to the conclusion.

8.0
Sonic The Hedgehog: Bad Guys (2020) #4

Jan 16, 2021

It's no surprise this alliance wouldn't work out too well. But the end guarantees some interesting stuff for the future. Now Dr. Starline's going into business for himself and plans to prove he's Dr. Eggman's better. Ian Flynn knows how to make interesting turns in the development of characters, good and bad. I'm also eager to see what Mimic has planned in his revenge against Tangle and Whisper. One thing's for sure, Sonic has a lot of interesting things ahead in his comic adventures.

3.0
Spider-Man (2019) #5

Jan 11, 2021

This was a poor Mini-series that started out poor and only grew moreso with every passing issue. I didn't even care when issues ran late. The Spider-Girl series from the late '90s was way better. If this was to be Spider-Man's final fate it was certainly a waste. I don't know how the sales were for this, but I can see the reviews aren't that good. A sequel would only be a further waste I'd have no interest in. I suddenly find myself yearning for the days of the Clone saga 25 years ago...

8.0
Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #1

May 10, 2021

It's off to a good start. It's a better approach to the Symbiote costume era than the last couple of Symbiote mini-series have been. It shows what would have happened if he chose to keep the new costume. It was sad to see him make peace with May, but only to be followed by tragedy. This is obviously the latest attempt to revive the Marvel "What if..." franchise, but as i said, it is off to a good start. I.m eager to see what happens with Spider-Man as the Lethal Protector.

8.5
Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #2

Jun 10, 2021

This is more than a "What if Peter kept the Symbiote?" story. It's also a "What if Spider-Man crossed the line?" story. Throughout the history of Superheroes the oldest mystery is what would happen if they were driven to their breaking point and killed their enemies. Aside from Batman the hero that's asked most often about is Spider-Man. This story is telling us what would happen then too.

8.0
Spider-Man: Spider's Shadow #4

Aug 17, 2021

Zdarsky's work got me back into Spider-Man. It reminds me of the time travel story he wrote. It's got Spidey in a familiar time but events not as we recall. Like then he has J. Jonah Jameson of all people in his corner. It's a real good story that I'm sure will be a "What if" fan favorite for a long time to come. The Symbiote era has been a familiar point the last few years with the Symbiote Spider-Man series. But they were getting a bit stale. This was a refreshing new take on that point. I'm looking forward to the conclusion.

8.0
Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Gift #1

May 13, 2021

This was a fun return to the classic DC days when the series was still new and we weren't yet familiar with the story of Captain Picard's disapproving father or rough relationship with his brother. This was a great example of the time traveler's biggest quagmire. Could saving an innocent change the course of history so much you realize it was a mistake? All-in-all John DeLancie did well making an adventure featuring his beloved mischief maker character. I do miss the days of DC's comic, and since this is one I missed it was a great return to old nostalgia. I don't get many Star Trek comics anymore, but this was a good one. I'm glad I picked it up. If you enjoyed DC's classic run on the series you should check this one out.

8.0
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #1

Jan 11, 2021

One of the things I've missed from the Dark Horse days were the stories that explored Star Wars beyond the movies. Since Marvel acquired the license they've limited themselves to those eras. This one seems to happen several centuries before. Star Wars has a rich history, and though Disney seems to have wiped most of it all away, it is nice to finally see something original again. I preferred Dark Horse's version over Marvel's vastly and that still hasn't changed, but this new era is a bit reminiscent of the Dark Horse days. This is the first Star Wars comic I've bought in a year and a half now. It's one of the best I've read in even longer. I hope to see Marvel explore more points in the series than just the movie times. After all, Star Wars' history spans over 30 millennia. With promising new characters and an original story the writers can make up on their own, this proves a promising new series for Star Wars that I look forward to reading as it develops.

7.0
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #4

Apr 15, 2021

7.0
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #5

Jun 8, 2021

This issue was a little better than the last couple, but frankly the plot is hard to stay interested in.Mostly because it uses the same old stuff I see everywhere else in sci-fi nowadays. The fact that parasitic aliens using bodies for hosts has become a majorly overused concept in modern Science fiction for one. It grows tiresome. That's one of the reasons I quit watching Dr. Who. I guess High republic is missing that something Dark Horse's Old Republic era books had. While this is currently the only Star Wars title I'm currently reading, I don't know if I'll be sticking with it. This is a book that's real hard to get a grip on when it comes to how well I enjoy it. And with the obvious upcoming rise in comic prices it looks like we'll have to tighten our belts again and choose what we're more into and what it looks like we'll have to let go of. But I'd probably recommend this book to die hard Star Wars fans or those who are into stories about its historical era.

6.5
Star Wars: The High Republic (2021) #6

Jul 16, 2021

I wish I could say I find this as thrilling as when it started, but this Drengir thing has gotten old and stale very fast. I'll likely stay till they finish off this business with the Great Progenitor, but then I'll probably be out.

8.5
Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy #1

Jul 1, 2020

The original sequel trilogy. The novels are what brought Star Wars back in the early '90s. If those Disney Dumbasses had one iota of brains instead of big dollar signs in their eyes, they'd have made movie versions of this trilogy instead of the pile of horse shit they made instead. Then we'd have got our money worth instead of flushing it down the toilet with the entire franchise's integrity. I sure miss the days when Dark Horse made Star Wars comics.

10
Superman '78 (2021) #1

Sep 18, 2021

Finally, a Superman series worth reading in this day and age. I'd expect nothing less from Robert Venditti though. I guess DC wanted a real writer for this series, as his digital Man of tomorrow stories were the only sense of decency in the era of Bendis. I don't really know if I can say it gives me the feel of the original movies, but it's a good take on introducing Brainiac into that continuity. Sadly we never would've gotten this in those days because the special effects necessary for a Brainiac robot like that were very expensive and just not too likely in those days. But this helps make it as if it were possible. All-in-all, this story is a much needed breath of fresh air from the disastrous regular Superman books they put out these days. Whether or not you get that feeling you got from seeing the old movies, this is still the best Superman you can find being put out now. If you feel the need to read any new Superman, this is what you should go with.

9.0
Superman '78 (2021) #2

Nov 21, 2021

Venditti is giving us the story we couldn't get back then because it wold have cost too much to make, among other things. He does a good job capturing Gene Hackman's portrayal of Lex Luthor as well. This series is better than anything Dc has put out in the way of solo Superman since the Man of Tomorrow digital comic, which Venditti also did. He was my choice to replace Bendis, but I guess DC wanted someone who would go in the atrocious direction they've chosen to pursue. Hence why this is the preferred Superman book today by fans. I at least hope DC has sense to allow this series to go on in a series of sequels. At least that way there will still be at least one book that gives the hero the respect he deserves.

9.0
Superman '78 (2021) #3

Nov 21, 2021

I'm not sure what to make of this Jor El and Lara in Kandor idea, but it would have been pretty interesting in a movie, so I can't complain. It's not really a smart move by Superman to allow himself to be taken, but he would do it for the safety of innocent lives. The only thing I think this series needs that's not here is Luthor's bumbling sidekick Otis. Especially since the passing of Ned Beatty who portrayed the character so amusingly in the original films. I'm glad we have this series out there right now. It gives us at least one decent Superman comic. I only wish Batman '89 could be half as good as this.

8.0
Superman '78 (2021) #4

Jan 16, 2022

This continues to be the best (And unfortunately only worthwhile) Superman book available today. It has a feeling reminiscent of the Bronze Age when the Superman movies were made. It's good to see that in a Superman comic again. Venditti has proven with this series there still are some competant writers out there who can write Superman stories as we like them. Now if only DC would realize that...

8.5
Superman (1987) #75

May 13, 2021

This might be the saddest comic ever made. At the time it was feared it was for good too. As Superman's ultimate struggle reaches its climax he is forced to give his all to stop a relentless killing machine with no remorse or reason to its madness. As the killing blows literally shake up Metropolis the people Superman has devoted his life to defending can only watch in horror as their beloved hero makes the ultimate sacrifice to save them from this unrelenting monster. You can feel the sadness and sorrow as his parents can only watch from their TV miles away, or Jimmy standing there beside his dying friend unable to do anything for he who's done so much for him, and Lois as she holds the man she loves in her arms as he breathes his final breath. At the time this issue was extremely emotional and controversial. Almost 30 years later it is one of the most well-known and widely read comic books of all time.

8.0
Superman (1987) #80

May 13, 2021

This is the issue where the Super Cyborg's true colors are revealed. I remember not being real surprised. Maybe it was his resemblance to the Terminator, but I just wasn't surprised at the time that of all the Superman that he turned out to be evil. This one also shows that it's unlikely his victim is the real thing either. The story takes its crucial turn in this issue. And Mongul kissing the bad guy's hand? How did this guy bring one of Superman's toughest foes to his knees? And did any of Green Lantern's loved ones survive the attack on Coast City? Those are questions this issue raises that ensure you'll want to read what happens next.

8.5
Superman (1987) #81

May 13, 2021

This issue has two important highlights. First, it's Superman's first full issue back from the dead. And second, it reveals the origin of the rogue Cyborg Superman, not to mention how he actually has control over Mongul, who's not one for being ruled instead of being the ruler. Poor Lois has been through a lot lately so you can't blame her for her doubts, but this new guy is awful convincing. This is an important turning point in the Reign story, and one of its most important chapters as well.

7.0
Superman (1987) #84

May 13, 2021

This is a tragic issue with an equally tragic end. I still don't know if Geoff Johns' story from years later is the truth or if the Toyman convinced himself of his explanation because he couldn't accept his actions in this story. A far darker Toyman than anything before makes his debut in this issue, and though like before, he thinks he's helping unfortunate children, he's really only doing harm. Especially when his latest capture fights back. Things had been rather peaceful since Superman's return, so this one ends with a cruel reminder that it wouldn't last.

8.5
Superman (1987) #88

May 13, 2021

This issue determines the fate of this Bizarro, and reveals who the true villains here are. Lois has come to see him as an innocent being just looking for understanding and acceptance, meanwhile she also discovers Luthor's greatest secret. Meanwhile Superman's escalating powers are about to become more than even he can handle. Though this issue does conclude "Bizarro's world," but it also serves as prelude to something even bigger ahead (And I mean that literally).

8.0
Superman (1987) #92

May 13, 2021

Massacre was one of Superman's most promising new foes after his return. He encountered Superman in space a few months back, and now arrives on Earth for a rematch. An interesting thing to note is his search landed him in Metropolis Illinois, home of the Superman museum and annual Superman celebration. I also enjoyed the 2 covers for this story. First you have Massacre attacking Superman, then the next week Superman returns the blow straight to Massacre's face.

9.0
Superman (1987) #108

May 13, 2021

A great penultimate chapter to the trial saga. By this point the character of Mope had really grown on me. It was sad to see the little guy's story come to an end, even though it was a very noble sacrifice. As with the previous chapter this further proves the Tribunal Prime has lost his sense of rationality, as he's desperate to execute Superman at all costs, even if it's by questionable methods. Even the other Judges are unsure what they're doing is right. With only one chapter to the story there's a lot to be resolved in the don't-miss conclusion.

7.5
Superman (1987) #109

May 13, 2021

The '90s gave us an interesting tradition for Superman and Lois. That was reading letters to Superman on Christmas. A letter from an abused wife turns out to be connected to Superman's adversary this issue, a former Team Luthor member who in desperation to sell his memoirs to a sleazy publisher plans to kill Superman as the final chapter. His wife helps save the day when she makes him realize she was right about what Luthor made of him. It's a rare ending for the bad guy, as he's given another chance and is able to reunite with his family as well.

7.5
Superman (1987) #113

May 13, 2021

Lois and Clark were split up, but Wedding bells were ringing for Luthor and the Contessa Del Portenza. This issue was a bit of a prelude to an upcoming story with its S.T.A.R. Labs plot. Meanwhile Lois discovers Luthor is the Contessa's mystery groom. Too bad Jimmy finds and takes her note revealing the secret before Clark can see it.

9.0
Superman (1987) #120

May 13, 2021

This is a timeless issue to me. It shows what other characters would do if they had Superman's power. Luthor would be Superior Man, and destroy those meddling heroes, topping it all off with the enslaving of mankind. Prof. Hamilton would be Science Man, able to achieve feats beyond anything modern science. Jimmy would use them to be a star and impress women, making him Selfish Man (He was in TV news and it was going to his head at the time). Cat Grant would have been able to save her son from the Toyman. And Perry White would have been the ultimate reporter. Superman even learns how a kid would use them to stand up to bullies and defend his friends. It's a simple stand alone story and gives us some interesting insight into the characters of Superman comics.

4.0
Superman (2018) #18

Jun 28, 2020

December 2019: It's a BAD Idea and nothing good will come of it. June 2020: 6 Months have passed and It was a STUPID idea and nothing good ever came of it. Leave the Marvel crap where it belongs Bendis. With them. The problem is how to undo this lame concept. Most likely another reality-altering crisis where "Nothing will ever be the same again" is on the horizon again, and likely EVERY DC title will start over at #1 again, right? Don't waste time or money on spare copies for future profit. In 10 years this issue will more likely be found in $1 comic bins rather than displayed between Amazing Spider-Man #3oo and An Autographed second edition Batman #608 at conventions. Still, I'll give deserved credit to Ivan Reis, whose Superman work I've always enjoyed.

7.0
Superman (2018) #20

May 22, 2020

Mongul's become more brutish a foe than he used to be. I miss the despot he was in the '80s and '90s. But what really bothers me is how this United planets plot keeps Superman off Earth where the actions of the lame idea of his revealing his identity to the public is about to blow up in his face. Lois' career has orbited around Superman. The rest of the press naturally feels she had an unfair advantage. This could cost her everything. Good move Clark. And his powers did the same for him. I don't know if Zatanna's going to have to wipe the whole world's memory of this bad idea or however it'll be undone (Probably DC's umpteenth reality-altering crisis), but before it's done they may end up making Peter Parker look like the luckiest guy on Earth.

7.0
Superman (2018) #21

May 21, 2020

Batman and I were the only ones to realize from the start that Superman going public with his identity was a bad idea. How long till the state department comes after him for not being born on American soil? While the art is as good as I'd expect from Ivan Reis, the plot is rather dull. I'm already bored with this United Planets crap. Let Mongul's attack kill the idea so we can keep Superman on Earth so he can see how dumb a thing it was he did. Lois is already paying and others will as well soon enough. There are a ton of super foes out there wetting themselves at the thought of getting to him through those he cares about. And even he can't stop them all. I think it's high time DC should tell Bendis it's been fun, but it's also done.

6.0
Superman (2018) #22

Jul 16, 2020

Like all issues since Bendis started writing, this issue has its ups and downs. The showdown battle between Superman and Mongul wasn't too bad. The Lois/Agent Chase subplot was a snoozer that proves the obvious-Superman going public with his identity was a STUPID idea. The fate of the United planets seems rather uncertain, but do any of us honestly care? That idea became a yawner within 5 minutes. The art wasn't great, but acceptable. I think the best part of this issue was that this story finally ended. Let's face it, a single battle that lasts 3 or more issues is WAAAAY too long. This ain't a manga, you know? But like I said, the fight was Okay, so I'll give it a 6 out of 10. Bendis plans to leave soon. Let's hope he finds a reasonable way to undo the disaster he's unleashed the last 2 years. May I suggest Lois wake up, find Clark in the shower and realize everything since Man of Steel #6 was a BAD dream (and Jon pop back in as a kid)?

5.0
Superman (2018) #23

Aug 14, 2020

While this is the better of the Superman titles in print, that's still not saying much. Why is Superman confiding so much in a guy he just met? And now he's questioning why he exposed himself to the world? And While I will give the artist credit for some of his work, how he draws Superman definitely isn't one of them. This issue has some of the stupidest facial expressions I've ever seen on Superman. And I remember how he was drawn in 2000-04. I am glad to have a story back home, away from that corn league of worlds or whatever you call it. So there's a positive thing I can say. But like the rest of Bendis' work, it's stale and dull. When he leaves for something else I won't miss him here.

6.5
Superman (2018) #24

Sep 15, 2020

Do the professional reviewers just love anything Bendis? or do they love to just suck up to the guy? Or are they just in denial that his run on Superman sucks? I'd say all of the above, because the readers' reviews are the total complete opposite. All I can say positively is, Thank God this story was a short one. Xanadoth was a she? My bad. I had no idea until they referred to it by gender. Reminds me of when I first saw Freeza on Dragon Ball Z. That's a guy? Are you sure? And I really doubt any other writer would make Superman so dense he'd open up to a kid he just met telling him all that's on his mind like this new Dr. Strange. I think he was looking for a different kind of Doctor. I, like all other readers have grown weary of Bendis' boring and shallow storytelling with its endlessness and unnecessary twists. I doubt we'll miss his run like the critics are whining that they will.

7.0
Superman (2018) #25

Oct 15, 2020

This is surprisingly a more bearable issue than most by Bendis. Maybe because Ivan Reis is finally back. He does such good work. I liked that view from the Daily Star where you could see the Daily Planet and the Lexcorp building. It reminded me of the '80s and '90s where you'd see them both all the time while Superman was in the sky fighting or just flying. Superman's history has been so twisted over and over since "Infinite Crisis" that I don't know what I knew about is still part of it and what's been forgotten. So this issue's trip through history was all new to me. I see Bendis is a big fan of the first movie, making Clark less than I remember him being in his youth. I guess that completely erases the existence of the Supervillain Conduit, who resented Clark's success in their youth. As for the Synmar, it looks like Superman's up against an adversary who blames him for something that's not his fault. It's hard to tell how good or bad this could get.

6.5
Superman (2018) #26

Nov 15, 2020

As usual, this is the better of both titles in print, but it's still a letdown, as only Bendis can make. The best thing is the art, as usual. It doesn't seem to make much sense, because Jimmy is still at the fortress and they talk about the FBI at the planet in a past tense like Jimmy wasn't there, even though he was. Otherwise this issue's just the same old stuff other writers have done before all meshed into one issue. All that was original was a scene at the planet that should've happened almost a year ago. For doing something as big and stupid as making Superman reveal his identity, Bendis sure hasn't done much with it. And none of his enemies have done anything. Any real writer would have Superman's foes coming in all the time from all directions intent on destroying him, but Bendis only wants to focus on the pathetic villains he's came up with instead, and none of them could care less who Superman is. The big reveal could have developed into something interesting if it were written by someone who knew how to write a half-ass Superman story. Then there's Synmar. An alien intent to destroy Superman, but he has no idea why. Been there, done that-over and over, too many times to count over the last 50 years. Thanks for another letdown issue Bendis. Defenseless innocent trees died to make this, you know. I suggest to my fellow readers we force DC's editors to sign a sworn legal Affidavit indicating that after his run is over that Bendis will NEVER be allowed to write another Superman book or even do one with a guest appearance by him, or even be allowed to write a book mentioning him ever again.

5.5
Superman (2018) #27

Dec 10, 2020

Another poor issue as only Bendis can write. But as usual, it's better than the crap he writes in Action Comics. Synmar is somewhat interesting, but not enough to make me a fan. Thank God Bendis is going or he'd likely turn this into another overused outdone opponent like he did with Rogol Zor. As usual, Ivan Reis' great artwork is one of the only things that make these issues worth getting.

3.0
Superman (2018) #28

Jan 16, 2021

Usually a Superman in distant space story is exciting, but this was a bore from the first page to the last. The only thing that makes the sacrifice some poor tree made so this would see print is Reis's work. Other than that this was the poorest conclusion to a story I've read in many a year. Bendis' last issue of Action was better, and that's saying something since this was always the preferable series during his run. This will never be looked at by fans as a favorite point in Superman history. I doubt they'll have much success with collectors short of the $1 bins for years to come. Go back to Marvel Bendis. Go to Archie if you want. And good luck to you. Just don't ever expect a warm welcome if you ever try to come back to Superman.

6.5
Superman (2018) #29

Apr 18, 2021

I didn't expect anything vastly better than Bendis, especially when I learned his replacement was someone I'd never heard of. Looks like it was a good idea not to have high expectations. So far I'm no more impressed than I was with Bendis. This is only paving the way for what only DC wants. A new teenage Superman. If I've learned anything since the '90s it's that comic editors are hopelessly in love with the old "kill off the hero and replace him with a teenager" concept. The art was equally poor. It looks straight out of the early 2000s Superman comics, which I never liked. And I'm not thrilled about the unwanted return of that bitchy balloon Amanda Waller either. God, I wish they'd kill her off. The backup story had much better art and featured the welcome return of Bibbo. Sadly that was all I can say positively. It was a dull story and my eagerness for it's continuation is practically nonexistent. All-in-all, I'm not pleased so far. I feel this new writer deserves a chance so I reserve final judgement. But if things continue to go downhill like they are I'll reluctantly be dropping Superman again.

6.5
Superman (2018) #30

May 9, 2021

While this is a refreshing brief deviation from the "My dad's goona die soon" B.S. that NOBODY cares about, that's all I can give in the way of praise to this otherwise incredibly dull issue. That and it's the best book Johnson has done so far (Though that's not saying much). This is a rather pointless story, following in Bendis' tradition of making this series focus on off Earth adventures. Frankly I like it when Superman leaves the planet on occasion, not constantly. At least there's none of that league of worlds B.S. that Bendis came up with. The Shadowbreed is not very interesting, nor are any of the other characters introduced in this story. If Superman's last visit here is a story in print I don't really think I'll go hunting it anytime soon. If it's not, we're better off. It probably would've been just as poor as this. I doubt it's going to go anywhere, but we may as well stick with it as this 81 year old series is condemned to end all to promote the umpteenth superhero teen replacement attempt. The backup story was no more interesting than last month. Though It is odd to see characters like Loose Cannon, who I'd totally forgotten about. But whatever happened to the real Gangbuster---? No, No. No need to tell me. He was "Too old." He was over 20, right. Sorry. I forgot a minute... Frankly if you don't order your comics at a 35% discount like I do, I'd say to save the $5.

2.0
Superman (2018) #31

Jun 10, 2021

Less entertaining, less interesting and less worth the money. That's how this issue is compared to the last. This is the worst story I've seen since Bendis left. The sad part is THIS is how Superman's regular title is to finally go out after 81 years. Not with a bang. Not with a big showdown with Luthor, Brainiac or even Bizarro. But with an incredibly boring prelude to what no fan asked for: Jon replacing his dad. Superman's answer to the Spider-Man clone saga is coming. Let me know when it's over and safe to come back.

2.0
Superman (2018) #32

Jul 21, 2021

So this is how it ends? As of now for the first time since 1940 (With the exception of a 3 month hiatus in 1993) there will be NO regular Superman book available. And how do they end 82 years of adventures? Not with a big battle against Luthor or Brainiac or even Bizarro or Mxyzptlk, but simply concluding an incredibly boring story where all that happens is Johnson trying to convince us Jon will be spectacular as the next Superman. Give yourselves a pat on the back fellas, because I doubt many readers would be willing. I'd have preferred it end with a cheesy Silver age-style Imaginary story over this pitiful tripe. DC is hoping to bring in younger readers with a younger Superman. Not goona happen. Comic editors need to open their eyes and close their mouths for a moment and realize the teenager of today is vastly different than they were 30 years ago. A comic book is not worth blowing $5 on to them. The internet was in its infancy in the '90s, but it has so much more to interest them now. They'd rather read it online than pay $5 for it. And while teen heroes were relatable to the teen demographic then it simply won't work now. As a '90s teen I remember comics were a means of finding what was hard to come by then. These days you can simply stream anything you want. Teens don't need comics for an action and adventure fix now. And seeing as the majority of comic reading teens then were social outcasts the young heroes of them gave them someone they could relate to because they were the same age and dealt with the same issues as them. Today you can find things like that on Netflix. And another factor was sex. Today's teens can easily access porn. Back then we were lucky if we could snatch a copy of playboy, and the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue was only once a year. They had comics filled with fanboys' dream women in almost nothing (Especially Image). They put out comic swimsuit editions that brought in teens like crazy then. But teens today can find ANYTHING to satisfy their interests in the palm of their hand literally. They are not going to buy $5 comic books like teens 30 years ago spent $3. The sooner editors learn their key demographic is not going to be teens again the longer they are to keep in the printed comic business. Because once the majority of readers around now starts to dwindle it will be all downhill for the industry. And at the rate things are going comics may cost $10 by some time from 2035-2040. The real Superman will assuredly be back by then, but my worry is he won't see his 100th anniversary celebrated any way but digitally. Oh, he will still be around then, but possibly not in print. There will probably still be a heap of superhero movies every year, but print comics where they started may be a thing of the past. Editors need to think about that. If they anger and run off readers it won't end well. Losing the current key demographic is far easier than bringing in a new one. As for this issue, even if it were a regular issue with many more to follow it would still be awful. I never thought I'd say it, but the backup story was better. And It was poor as well. A sad end for Superman's regular title. After 82 years it deserved so much better.

9.5
Superman Smashes The Klan Collected

May 23, 2020

This story is a great example of how comics can be useful in the classroom. It shows a fine example of how cruel the Klan was. In those days they were falsely glorified. I know the story of a reporter who risked his life to reveal the real Klan with the help of the radio show's producers. I'd love to hear the original broadcasts. Are they available anywhere or on CD perhaps? This was cleverly written to be taking place at that time and features a great cast. Roberta's a brave girl who will likely have a career in reporting. And the legendary supporting character, Inspector Henderson returns, portrayed as an African American, who also stands up to the Klan's hate. It's got some Sci-Fi twists reminiscent of comics in the '50s, but the main focus is Superman fighting bigotry at its ugliest. It's also age appropriate, so it can be useful in teaching younger readers about history. Gene Luen Yang also wrote a story in each issue of the mini-series about how The example Superman set impacted his life and how he dealt with prejudice growing up. I hope this collection includes them in it. Those were tough times for someone different, but it reflects how even then Superman was a beacon of hope and tolerance for all. It's one of the main reasons he's been a famous part of American pop culture for 82 years now.

8.0
Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020) #1

May 20, 2020

What appeals most to me is how this book reminds me of the Superman stories I grew up reading. Back when he could save the day in a single issue and how it runs apart from the regular continuity. Don't get me wrong. I do enjoy those too, but here his identity is not public knowledge, Lex Luthor is an evil billionaire industrialist, which I've always preferred over a mad scientist or super-powered villain. And best of all, Lois doesn't call Clark "Smallville." I HATE THAT. Have since the '90s cartoon. But complaining aside, I'm sure other fans of the post-Crisis Superman will also find it reminiscent of those times. And if you want it in print you can find it in the Superman giant issues. I hope to see this creative team at the helm of this series for a long time to come. I's well worth 99 cents.

8.0
Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020) #2

May 20, 2020

Another adventure for the man of tomorrow that takes me back to the stories of Yesterday. The Gambler is your average crafty old school Superman villain. Robert Venditti and Paul Pelletier are one of the best teams to work on a Superman book in many a year. Can't they find a way to put this in print faster than in the bi-monthly Superman Giants? Still, a 99 cent digital copy can help me hold on. I just feel these are the kind of Superman tales that deserve printing so I can keep them with the great stories of yesteryear they so remind me of. I only have one complaint: What about Luthor and the revenge he vowed at the end of last issue? Don't leave us in suspense too long guys.

7.5
Superman: Man of Tomorrow (2020) #3

Jun 10, 2020

Another issue proving Robert Venditti is a WAY BETTER Superman writer than Bendis ever will be. Like #1 it gives us the Lex Luthor of the '80s and '90s. Another thing I enjoy about this series is that it allows Clark to be a reporter through part of the story and we get to see him puzzle Perry with his sudden disappearances. It's a lot like old times. The only things I can complain about are the Toyman wearing that Stupid-ass costume from the animated series and Lois referring to Clark as "Smallville" on page 5 (I loathe when she calls him that). I never liked the '90s cartoon much. I still say its inspiration caused Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness to ruin the comics 20 years ago and its influence still ruins them in ways today (Luckily not as bad now as it did then). Still, the great storytelling and artwork provide a good comic worthy of print. It's age-friendly as well, so younger readers can see Superman at his finest. What I like best is it gives us a simple adventure for Superman, still full of action and adventure, but it doesn't drag on and on and on and on like Bendis' work. He's been writing both of the printed titles for 2 years now and I don't think one issue he's written contains the words "The end." I can't give this issue alone as high a review as I'd give to the series all together, but I still highly recommend it. Especially to longtime fans.

5.5
Superman: Red & Blue (2021) #1

Apr 18, 2021

I can say this was better than the last few Batman Black & White issues, but that's not much. The first story was okay, but I can't say anything more praising than that. The second was a bit dull. The third had more heart to it but still was rather slow. The fourth was plain ridiculous. The fifth made a nice use of colorization, but failed to entertain much. If this is what to expect from this series those who missed it don't have to worry. They didn't miss much.

5.5
Superman: Red & Blue (2021) #2

May 10, 2021

While this issue was better than #1, I can only give it a lukewarm review. Since when was Clark adopted to the public again? I liked the idea that a huge snowstorm came shortly after his arrival and provided a cover story for his birth. I'm no fan of SuperObama so I passed on his story. (And I'd have felt the same if he was inspired by any other president...well, maybe not Taft) The Luthor story was mediocre. I never liked the idea of red or blue and especially gold Kryptonite. Green alone is good enough. The story about the little girl no one believed was nice, but that was an awful portrayal of Superman. This was clearly a story aimed at younger audiences. The last one was just confusing. Where does DC find these artists? Superman looked like some second-rate anime character. And the long hair look? That went out when he finally cut it 25 years ago. As I said, it is better than the last issue, but like all anthology comics, it's not worth the expensive price. If I knew it weren't futile I'd demand a refund.

2.0
Superman: Red & Blue (2021) #3

Jun 13, 2021

Another poor issue in a poor anthology series. It seems since Bendis the writers of anything Superman write only pure crap. Most of this issue was straight out of the silver age. Red Kryptonite, Gold Kryptonite. What's next? The return of the Super horse? This series is just an excuse to make money off gullible buyers. I would've passed on every issue after the disappointment of #1 but I already had them preordered. I can't see how the next issue can be worse than this one was but I won't be surprised if it is. But so far this wins my nomination for Year's worst read.

6.5
Superman: Red & Blue (2021) #4

Aug 6, 2021

Each story in this issue should be read in reverse. That way each will improve over the last. The Mxyzptlk story was pretty amusing and clever that no matter how often he'd say Superman backward it did no good, but just whispering Clark backward and poof, he was gone. the second story was decent, but a bit less interesting. The third was average, and the last 2 were the usual disappointing crap I've come to expect from this series, which I'm sad to say is the best Superman book out right now.

8.0
Superman: Red & Blue (2021) #5

Aug 17, 2021

This issue was surprisingly satisfactory compared to the rest of this series. The first story makes me wonder, just how old is Krypto now? God, I hate when they put Jor-El in a Superman costume, cape and all. Otherwise it was a nice story. The second was an example of how as Clark he still keeps a cool head in times of trouble. Even if he was stuck as Bruce Wayne, Batman would've found a way to beat the guy up and send him off to jail. But Superman reminded us that's not his style. The third story was a little less interesting, but decent enough. Who'd have thought Jimmy's favorite Superman photo would have been taken by accident? The fourth is one we've all heard before, but it proves that no matter what continuity, the last moments on Krypton are usually relatively the same. Pa Kent's story may not have had the best artwork, but he was drawn more as I remember him. A very welcome sight compared to how he's been done the last 15 or so years based on movies and Smallville. It also has a touching end. I think what makes this issue stand out is the depth it gives and spotlights familiar characters. Most of what you see here has been from the P.O.V. of someone we never heard of recalling their meeting with Superman. that's a bit monotonous and just not as interesting as something featuring those we already know.

6.0
Superman: Red & Blue (2021) #6

Sep 18, 2021

A nice cover for the final issue, but as with most of this series , it was a pretty bland issue. As of this, I am finished with anthology comics. The second and third were the best stories. The second is a bit nostalgic, as it's set in the early days of Superman and acknowledges some of the Fleischer cartoons too. The third is another that shows how Clark is seen by the rest of Smallville's residents. The others were the same typical short stories I've come to expect from this series. Personally, I'm just glad it's finally over, because reading most of these issues seemed more of a chore than anything else.

7.5
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991) #25

Jun 27, 2020

The "Reign of the Supermen" saga reaches its ultimate turning point in this issue where Steel and Superboy fight to defend Metropolis together with help from Luthor and Supergirl. Now that the Cyborg's true colors have shown they'll need all the help they can get, and at last at the end of this issue the real Superman has returned. This issue ends with the first actual shot of the real Superman back from the dead. That makes it quite a landmark. And though the reign had a few chapters to go, this is where its final phase begins. 2 movies based on the death and return and neither has held the candle to the original story.

8.0
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991) #32

Jun 27, 2020

Poor Bizarro. It seems everything he does ends in disaster. And there's this other Superman trying to capture him. This issue explores what a well-meaning character he really is. He shares the regular Superman's feelings for Lois, who sees this and reluctantly helps trap him. Enter the real bad guy, Luthor, who has legal claim to Bizarro, whom his company created, and whom he plans to use to cure the ailment consuming his cloned body, regardless of what becomes of poor Bizarro. This story features my favorite version of Bizarro. It's a less-corny version with a more plausible backstory. I wish he stuck around. This version was more good than others. You just can't help but feel sympathy for him in this issue.

8.0
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991) #56

Jun 27, 2020

The cover reminds me of a Duck Tales episode. The plot is more comical than usual, but still works. Mr. Mxyzptlk makes a pest of himself, even when he's trying to help. Usually he'd wreck things to get a rise out of Superman, but here he portrays thousands of shocked fanboys at the time, unable to accept Lois and Clark have broken up. He tries everything to pull them back together while granting every person in town a wish (Lucky Luthor was out of town at this point). In a time where fans were in shock by the breakup and a lot of suspense lately this issue provided some much-needed laughs. Superman cleverly got rid of Mxyzptlk in an amusing way as well. When you check out the first page alone, you can tell you're in for a crazier-than-usual Superman story.

8.0
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991) #57

Jun 27, 2020

When you grow up in the midwest Tornadoes are a scary, but regular thing. I never saw an actual one and hope never to, but remember a lot of scary near misses. This issue concludes a story where Superman battles Tornadoes all over Kansas. Unlike supervillains he's up against something Natural here. I can imagine his determination because he grew up fearing these storms like I did, but now he can do something to stop them. There's also a scene where he saves a pair of kids caught in one and talks to them about keeping safe afterward, reminiscent of the Superman of old who you'd see helping kids out. The original Flash also makes a guest appearance helping out. This issue is full of action and was something I enjoyed reading while waiting out a Tornado warning at times.

7.5
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991) #63

Jun 27, 2020

Lois gets a chance to shine as the one to save the day in this story. It's so unusual to see poor Clark being tortured by his captors with no powers to stop them. This would've made a great episode of Lois & Clark. This was a thrilling conclusion to the wildest Honeymoon ever.

7.5
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991) #66

Jun 27, 2020

This was an interesting stand alone story. I was surprised to see the return of Rajiv Naga so soon. Here he hijacks a satellite and uses it as a weapon. Superman really should be careful. As Clark he did admit his identity under truth syrum (Rajiv didn't believe it though). But this was supposed to be their "first encounter" with one another, yet He seems to know the bad guy as though they met. I love Rajiv using a big gun and Superman asking if he plans to throw the gun at him when it's out of ammo, like the bad guys on the classic '50s show. A subplot really impacted me then. Perry White had been enduring months of chemotherapy and while in a fallout shelter from the Satellite attack, his wife and their new addopted son worry for him. I could sympathize, because a few months before my grandfather lost the same battle he was fighting then. It reminded me of the weak state he was in. In these days the writers knew how to give life to supporting characters, making for some interesting subplots.

8.0
Superman: The Man of Steel (1991) #81

Jun 19, 2020

This issue gives a more accurate view of Nazi cruelty than was allowed in the golden age, but then comics were generally aimed at and read by kids then. As you read this issue you find yourself wishing there really was a Superman then, and cheer as he overpowers the Nazis and everything they can throw at him. The golden age Story in this title was my favorite in this crossover, which spanned a different era in each Superman title.

6.5
Symbiote Spider-Man: Alien Reality #5

Aug 14, 2020

After so long on hiatus I was just glad to finally get this issue and story wrapped up. I didn't enjoy this Symbiote Spider-Man Mini-series as much as the last one, though it has its charm. I'm hoping for better in the next one.

7.0
Symbiote Spider-Man: King In Black #1

Dec 13, 2020

I don't really understand this "King in black" stuff since I'm not following any other part of it. The story's not bad though. I doubt It will be as good as the first Symbiote Spider-Man mini, but it does seem better than the last one. Smythe is a villain I forget easily, but wouldn't mind seeing again in modern Spidey, as Spider slayer stories are usually pretty interesting. Too bad there weren't any in this issue or his appearance would've had more meaning. After the disappointment of the last Symbiote mini-series I don't know if I'll follow any more after this one. We have 4 issues to go, so we'll see what happens and if I'll consider any more Symbiote era mini-series or just quit after this one.

7.5
Symbiote Spider-Man: King In Black #2

Jan 16, 2021

I liked this issue pretty well. I'm not following any of the rest of the King in Black business, but this is still pretty good. It is far better than the last Symbiote Spider-man story, that's for sure. My favorite part was the Neil Degrase Tyson reference. I laughed like when I learned he was Mike's brother (If you don't get that, forget it). This issue makes an amusing point about the old Jonah's habit of blaming Spider-Man for everything. He was so obsessed with the man he probably blamed him when he couldn't find a pair of matching socks. I don't follow a lot of the characters here so I know little about them or how this ties into what's happening in modern day Marvel, but nonetheless, I'm still enjoying this story enough to maybe keep following this series into the next story.

7.5
Symbiote Spider-Man: King In Black #5

Apr 18, 2021

This is the ONLY installment to the King in Black crossover I've bothered to read. And let's not tie the next Symbiote series into a crossover, huh? I liked this one better than the last, but I'd really like another that I can easily accept happened during the original clone saga like the first one.

2.0
Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Crisis on Infinite Earths #1

Jan 16, 2021

When you read the title you expect something good, like if reality had never altered after the big battle with the Anti Monitor, but no. Instead we got this poor story which grew more boring with every page and had the biggest Silver Surfer rip-off of an ending I've ever seen.

6.0
The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #1

Jun 13, 2021

A pretty lame mystery. There wasn't even any bad guy to unmask. I do however like the references to the original Golden Age Batman portrayal. Too bad they didn't portray Alfred in his original chubbier dumpier self with no mustache and the obsession with becoming a detective. Aside from the corniness of it all it wasn't so bad. Not very good either but I'm sure younger readers will like it and will also be surprised when they learn Batman did in fact start out like in here, and did wear purple gloves.

6.5
The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #3

Jun 13, 2021

Since I'm reading these in print this is a review of issue #2. A little better than the last issue but only slightly. i don't know about the rest of you but I kind of yearn for the Batman of yesteryear when Scooby meets him. I'm just nostalgic that way I guess. Younger readers will likely enjoy this book better than older ones who remember Scooby and the gang helping Batman and Robin in foiling the Joker and Penguin on the old cartoons. So That's the demographic I'd recommend this series to most.

9.0
The Batman & Scooby-Doo Mysteries #6

Oct 29, 2021

Most issues of this series have been pretty stale. But this one was pretty fun. It's the only story I've ever seen to bridge the gap between regular Scooby and A pup named Scooby-Doo. I really figured they were likely different continuities since Scooby was in the '70s and Pup was the later '80s. It wouldn't be the first time Hanna-Barbera did it (The Flintstone kids never happened in the same reality as the original series, because Fred and Barney didn't meet Wilma and Betty till they were in their late teens or early 20s). This issue was the best one in the whole series. I was thinking of stopping after this one, but this one was so good I'm actually now reconsidering.

7.5
Thor (1966) #432

Jul 1, 2020

This was my first Thor issue. Appropriate seeing as it also included a bonus reprint of his first adventure. I found the 2 stories very different, as I had a lot of catching up between them. This book also has a lot of sentimentality to me as it was my first Marvel book as well. And we all know our first Marvel is regarded in high esteem in our books.

7.0
Transformers/Back to the Future #2

Jan 16, 2021

6.5
Transformers/Back to the Future #3

Apr 18, 2021

This story started out interesting but has declined vastly. I'll be glad when It's finished. If there's a sequel I'll probably pass.

1.5
X-Men (2019) #4

May 22, 2020

This was my last issue of X-Men. No comic book goes through more new "eras" than X-Men. Some good, some bad. Sadly I find this one to be even worse than the "Utopia" era. If you like it, enjoy it, I say, but as for me, I'll be finding a book I feel to be more worth $3.99.

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