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Weiver Cimoc 0

Bloodspell tells the tale of Black Canary and Zatanna's introduction as well it puts them in the middle of a deadly magic pact. I think the story is good but it doesn't have a lot of moving pieces. The simplicity for the main story allows for more side stories and world building which is a nice addition to the book. Having the girls go shopping or showing Zatanna's first day at the JLA weren't required for the book to seem complete but I'm glad they were there. I think this balance is part of Di...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

You Can't Build an Empire By Wasting Time 0

I almost didn't pick up this issue. I was unfamiliar with the artist but more importantly I had given up on Len Wein. Wein is from the old school. He had his finger on the pulse in the 80s (writing and editing some major stories) but his sporadic appearances have not proven that he's still a thriving creator by any means. Comic books is a hard industry to grow old in and I think in this issue Wein shows he still has the chops to write with some of DC's finest.I feel that perhaps more than other ...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Please Let Go of My Head 0

The new issue of the Doctor Who/Star Trek TNG is a tough read. It feels more of a slog to finish instead of the thrill ride it might have been. I don't know if the pacing is deliberate and all of this painful introduction is just lead up to a final kick-ass conclusion but I doubt it more after reading this issue.While the first issue of Star Trek: The Next Generation - Doctor Who: Assimilation Squared focused too much on the Doctor and his companions the second issue focuses too much on the crew...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Frankly, I don't see the family resemblance 0

This is the first of the "Before Watchmen" titles and I think it deserves a little forward to put the review in context. It goes without saying that the "Before Watchmen" comics pissed a lot of people off. With The Watchmen being one of the most important comic books to ever come out it made sense that a lot of fans would see this as a cash in. I was on the fence about the whole thing. On one hand Alan Moore had written a self contained story but on the other all the right people seemed to be in...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

I have my doubts. And hopes. As Ever. 0

Batman: Death by Design could have been average in a lot of ways. The story touches on themes that are not new to the Batman world: legacy and corruption. But Death by Design avoids being average by having it's own style that is original to the core.In this comic Gotham and the building that reside in it are characters. As a matter of fact they seem to be the characters most victimized in the story. They're held captive by a system that breeds poor design to encourage development. That seems to ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Run! It's the Borg! 0

I when I first heard about the Doctor Who/Star Trek TNG crossover I thought the same thing that you did "What the #$%^ are they thinking?". Thematically the two franchises are similar but it just seemed that IDW was mashing together all the franchises that it owned for laughs (Ghostbusters and Transformers don't need to exist in the same universe). I bought this more as an artifact of something crazy to show my friends but I was surprised how pretty alright it was.IDW has history with both Docto...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I'm going to require your crayon 0

For a long time Mr. Freeze has been kind of stupid. If I remember correctly they dabbled with him being some sort of Neo-Nazi but even then he was pretty 2-dimensional. I think this annual does a lot to change that.Before we dive any deeper I didn't read Court of Owls. There are a number of references to it and every time that happens I was all "Oh... right". I gather Freeze was somewhere between a minor and a medium size player in that arch. That doesn't really seem to matter though because thi...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

You and I Remember Budapest Very Differently 0

I think it's fair to say that everyone was waiting for the Avengers. It was a long time coming and I think it was worth it. I don't think it lived up to my expectations which I don't necessarily think is a bad thing but I felt a little disconnected after leaving the theater.It's great when Joss Whedon can find work. While I don't worship at his alter like some do I'm a Buffy fan from way back when and it's nice to see him get his due. Not only did he direct this film but he also laid out the sto...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Who has time to read anymore? 0

Saga #1 was a great issue. It set a lot up even to point it was a little overwhelming. Keep in mind you need to learn about a whole new universe and the main players. I was honesty a little concerned about the second issue and what it had to live up to.Brian K. Vaughan has mention before that it took him a long, long time to write the first issue of Y: The Last Man. The first issue of a comic has to set up the tone and the basic story for the entire series not to mention that the comic book indu...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

I Never Left It, Batman 0

I am a bad person. Batman Incorporated was in my file so I have every single one of the issue... and I still bought the hardcover. The reason I did this is I started off reading it the week it came out and then I got further and further behind until I was still picking up the issues but not reading the comic. This is becoming more and more of an occurance for me but that might be beside the point. The point I am trying to make is even though I own every one of the issues this hardcover is still ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

I know a bit about atomic energy... I am a scientist 0

The Monster Society of Evil is a weird read. Captain Marvel has always been a little silly. He fights an evil caterpillar, he knows a talking tiger, and his origin is magical. It's for that reason that The Monster Society of Evil is hard to place. With a few changes I would have no problem believing that this arch came out during the cold war (nuclear powering being a major threat and an overarching air of patriotism run throughout). But it came out in 1998 which again is hard to swallow because...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Go Team! 0

If the DC Relaunch has taught me anything it's that team books when done poorly can be boring formulaic and team books done well can be something pretty special. I think Green Lantern: New Guardians has what it takes to be something special.Green Lantern: New Guardians is really a story about Kyle and it lets you know that right off the bat. It may show little bits of other Green Lantern regulars but this story is about Kyle. We get to see Kyle's origin, we get to see Kyle's life as a Green Lant...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Nothing's Wrong Here 0

I really like Alan Moore's run on WildC.A.T.s but it seemed like Voodoo got overlooked. I really liked the Wildstorm reboot a few years ago that attempted to place Voodoo at the forefront of the Wildstorm Universe but that seems to have fell through. Voodoo has her share of ups and down but with her own book maybe she could take what made her interesting in her Wildstorm incarnation and transfer that into a mainline DCU title. I'm not sure it works.To start off with Voodoo is a stripper. She has...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Let Them Notice 0

Catwoman was probably in the Top 5 relaunch titles I wanted to read. I loved Gotham City Siren's but it really seemed that when you compare Poison Ivy and Harley to Selena she end up seeming like the grown up and because of that some of the things that I liked about previous Catwoman runs were missing.This version of Catwoman fights back with a vengeance. A quality about Selena I find endearing is her ability to cope. More often than not she is caught unaware and has to roll with it or her plan ...

8 out of 11 found this review helpful.

Cartoon Wisdom 0

I really liked Green Lantern in the 90s. I was just getting into comic books and Kyle was a great fit for me Green Lantern wise. Unfortunately those stories did not age very well (to be fair most don't) and this comic seems more like a parody of itself than a fun reminder of adventures past.I hate the art in this book. It manages to capture the ascetic of 90s GL but that doesn't mean it's good. This entire book looks generic and Kyle most often looks like a relic from the 90s that should have st...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is not what I ordered 0

If Flashpoint has taught me anything is that Geoff Johns will sometimes write comics that aren't great. I was really disappointed with how Flashpoint worked as a whole and especially how Johns writes Batman (Thomas/Bruce). This leads into my review of Justice League #1. I still don't like the way Johns writes Batman (to me it's seems too Frank Millar) and although he's written all of the other members of the League separately in varying amounts I'm not confident that he's a good fit for a book t...

0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Batman needs no kiss on the cheek! 0

I was looking forward to DC Retroactive: Batman - 1990s more than any other Retroactive book (which for the most part have been descent but passable). The main reason for this is I started reading comics in the 90s and it was a lot of Batman books. So like a band covering one of my favourite songs I wanted to know if it would live up to my expectations. It did.I thing I remember about 90s Batman was a lot of it was based on crime and specifically gangsters. They really focused on Gotham having a...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Dull Before the Storm 0

I'm losing interest in Flashpoint. It isn't the tie-ins, it isn't the art (which isn't my style but it's consistant), I think it's the writing. I usually love Geoff Johns but I don't think Flashpoint is his best work. At issue four of five I think I should be on the edge of my seat but I still feel like I'm in first gear. I think the major problem is that the story focuses on too much of gathering the team up to fight instead of dealing much with the Zoom/Flash conflict (Barry seems to lay out a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Meet the Waynes 0

Flashpoint is a harsh world where things that would usually happen in the DCU become dark and twisted. So when this Flashpoint filter is applied to Batman the results are down right deviant. No other Flashpoint mini-series I've read goes as far to push the dark version of the main character. Not only that, it takes the ying-yang of the Batman and the Joker and it reappropriates it for the Flashpoint Universe. The advantage that these books have over other dark Batman stories I've read is you rea...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

No, they WERE kids 0

I think both superhero movies and sequel/prequel movies have really stepped it up this year. They really have placed the creation of both in good hands. There is almost a science of putting suttle nods to the original that fans will eat up and keeping it accessible enough that new comers can relate. First Class does a great job of that including appearances of mutants from earlier films that made me smile.The advantage that First Class has over Marvel movies that are made by Marvel Studios is th...

12 out of 13 found this review helpful.

Go back to sleep 0

X-Men Giant size caught my attention because I have fallen behind in my monthly X-Men books so I took it as a chance get a story without too much fuss. This story just doesn't engage me. I don't know where the idea to incorporate the old X-Men with current day X-Men in a single story comes from but it seems really forced. Having a character do something in the past that relates to today but completely forgot about it just seems like lazy story telling. Not that I would want them to follow up on ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

It all changes now!... I guess 0

Flashpoint speeds onto selves today (literally, the last issue of the Road to Flashpoint came out today as well) and I wasn't sure what to expect. The alternate universe take seemed like a cool idea for a few issue but not a complete event. I was concerned that too much of the plot would revolve figuring out what was going on in this crazy, mixed-up would and not enough time would be spent on stuff actually happening. Stories like this are usually very introduction heavy because you need to chal...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I think it's a good time to talk about our relationship 0

I got to read this book for free because from what I understand it's first run is completely sold out. BOOM! Studios made it available for free online because it was nominated for an Eisner. This book is an excellent read. It's really funny and even if every page isn't hilarious the humor delivering mechanism (every page has new characters, new art, and a new joke) the jokes have a sense of momentum that will keep you reading and it will make you laugh goddammit. I can say without a doubt my fav...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Canada Reads 0

In Canada we have a contest every year for the past ten called Canada Reads. Well known Canadians nominate important works of Canadian literature for the grand prize of being the book of the year. After the nomination process is over the nominators argue their cases against each other to gain standing with the other nominators and all of Canada. You might be wondering why I'm giving all this information. Well, Essex County was nominated this year. I had a brief surge of fame, it was promoted by ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Good and the Superbad 0

The concept of the Superman 80-Page Giant 2011 book is good: Have some short stories about the extended Superman family done by different artists and writers. The problem comes when the story aren't engaging or too short. I almost feel I need to break the book down into each individual story in order to review it best.... so I will:  -Jor-El's story is pretty interesting. I really gives a sense of Superman's daddy and the place he come from. As with all of the stories it's short but this story d...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

"I'd stay out here forever if I could" 0

I was really looking forward to reading Black Hole. I've had it on my self for about 6 months and I finally pushed off reading other stuff so I could delve in.The concept sounds great: high school kids catch a STD that mutates them. Sounds amazing unfortunately the story didn't go where I thought it would or maybe where it should have gone. I don't want to smack talk Black Hole. Charles Burns does a great job of writing and drawing it but for some reason it didn't connect. One of my big gripes w...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I have a Nightcrawler in my X-Genes* 0

*Okay, I thought that title was hilarious so I had to use it.  X-Women is a weird story. I ran into Chris Claremont at the Calgary Comic Con and he had the European version of it and I briefly got to talk to him about it. Apparently it was originally called Girls Just Want to Have Fun and wasn't in English. After knowing this you can start to see how X-Woman became the way it is. It's European to the core: small square panels, lighter colours, sexier times than we North Americans are used to. Al...

7 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Kneel Before Zod 0

I think now is a really good time for War of the Supermen to come out. After Blackest Night turned into Blackest Fortnight I was all but ready to take a break from event book for the next little while.  What makes War of the Supermen so appealing is that: #0 was a part of Free Comic Book Day a new issue comes out every week for four weeks it's the only book you need to follow I haven't been following Superman for the last few years but an offer that good was hard to turn down. Issue one makes go...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Burn This City, Burn This City 0

Grimm Fairy Tales: Inferno is an interesting comic as it takes a number of story ideas and blends them into one. We get amnesia, orphaned twins, assassination plots, and imagined/real monsters all rolled up into one. This seems to clutter the story. It feel like by being giving so much information up front it's up to the reader to manage a complex story in the first issue of a mini-series. I might be alright with that except for the fact that the protagonist isn't as informed as the reader there...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Re-Nightmaring 0

I wasn't alive when the first Nightmare on Elm Street came out but I ended up watching it about five or six years ago. While the original had a charm and vision about it, it was dated. Flash forward to now when New Line feels it's time to reboot the series. Understandably the two films are bound to draw comparisons. A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010 has a lot of similarities to the original, even down to character names. Freddy is back but with a slightly different origin story that I think improve...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I love this record but I can't see straight anymore 0

Warning: The image on the cover does not appear inside the comic (like you thought it would).  I like the idea of Brave and the Bold #33 Team up some of the DCU's finest female talent for a night on the town with a secret agenda. The only problem is that it's written like fan fiction. We don't find the reason for the team up until the last few pages of the issue but at that point it seems too little too late and you've already suspended your disbelief long enough to believe that Wonder Woman, Za...

8 out of 20 found this review helpful.

What’s your name? No one’s gonna ask you. 0

The concept of the zero issue has always irked me. If it's the first issue call it that and if you don't need to know this info then don't make it and issue. That being said the ending Blackest Night left a bunch of questions and I think this issue does a reassuring the reader that they will be answered.. eventually. The story of Brightest Day #0 revolves around Deadman unintentionally seeking out the 11 other characters that were resurrected as part of Blackest Night. The general consensus seem...

14 out of 15 found this review helpful.

Sexual Broadcasts 0

I like X-Men Legacy. I think it's a book that focuses on characters I care about and unlike a lot of other X-Books Legacy seems to have a slower pace. This is a great example of the slower pace because after the tie-in arch to Necrosha we get a stand alone issue that gives some insight into a few characters. The story of issue #234 is more like the Twilight Zone episode "Penny For Your Thoughts", were a banker is allowed to read peoples thoughts because he drops a coin a certain way and it get h...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

"Makes Kick-Ass Look Like $#!T" 0

Riding high on his success from Kick-Ass Mark Millar tells to tell the story of the baddest of the bad. Nemesis is an original character that some, even Millar himself, have called a combination of Batman and the Joker. This issue doesn't really spill the beans on what Nemesis actually is but we get to see him do this thing and it's done well in the over the top Millar style. What I liked about Kick-Ass is that, like the Watchman, it was about comic books. Dave was guy who loved comics and wante...

4 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Am I There Yet? 0

The Guild published by Dark Horse Comics is a prequel to the web show of the same name. This falls under the banner of Dark Horse trying to own the comic book of everything that Joss Whedon is remotely connected to (Felicia Day appeared on both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog) except of course Angel. That's not to say that Joss Whedon writes the web show The Guild or this comic, Felicia Day is the creative force behind both, it just seems that Dark Horse is trying to ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Running Late Indeed 0

I'm usually not a stickler for comics coming out on time. More often than not the end product is worth it. I think Flash: Rebirth #6 is worth it but there are a bunch of complicating factors. Flash is in a pivotal character in Blackest Night and therefore has been in comics for 5 months already before his Rebirth arch finished. There has been some talk about it getting delayed so the ending wouldn't spoil Blackest Night: Flash #3 or DC just wanted to comics to come out around the same time. I re...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Edward Nigma: Private Dick 0

Paul Dini kills this book month after month. He writes ever single member of the extended Bat-Family as a unique character. His portrayal of Harley Quinn is especially good which makes sense because he helped create her.  This issue shows a glimpse of the Sirens' daily routine. Harley lives like a teenager, Selena spends her day like Batman would, and Pamela shows she has some high ambitions after her trip to the rain forest. As interesting as the girls are this issue is really more about the Ri...

6 out of 8 found this review helpful.

A Crime Against Comics 0

Female Force: J.K. Rowling is a crime against comic books. There is a mistake on the cover. The first thing you see when you look at a comic has a mistake on it. It is not December 2010. This is just the beginning of my problems with this comic. On the first page of the issue we are introduced to our two main characters. Two? Two! J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series and subject of a Bluewater Comics biography comic, and Adam, the narrator.  There is no reason for the narrator to be a...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I Can Use That 0

Batman and Robin #8 is not a tie-in to Blackest Night. It's not a annual or double sized special. There is no doubt in my mind though that you should read Batman and Robin #8. If you think all of your questions will be answered then you're out of luck. This issue really raises more questions then it answers. But the ones it raises are interesting and add a urgency to the story and the one is answers is probably a year in the making. I would say that Batman and Robin is the main Batman book ...

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

Children of the night... What a mess they make. 0

It takes a certain type of person to love a Mel Brooks movie. That kind of person must find slap slick and jokes about boobs hilarious. I find those things hilarious. Dracula: Dead and Loving It is a movie that exploits the camp of previous vampire movies while at the same time taking some jabs at the Coppola film that debuted a few years before the release of Dead and Loving It. Leslie Neilson plays Dracula about as over the top as possible (seriously Dracula jokes about tipping) and he is coun...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.