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What Is The Secret? 3

What is the secret?After reading this first issue I honestly have no idea. We are reintroduced to Catman in the new 52 and a cast of some characters we've seen before and some new faces.This is your prototypical first issue as we get brief introductions to a host of characters but most of the focus is on Thomas Blake. However, we don't get much information on his character in the new 52 and virtually nothing regarding his background or motivations. The rest of the cast is quickly introduced and ...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Beauty...for A Price... 4

The Good:If you're going to take a classic character and have them undergo a massive personality change I think you have to go all the way with it. There cannot be any middle ground or it takes away from what you are trying to achieve with the change. Well folks, Tom Taylor takes Tony Stark and goes all the way with a stunning series of personality changes. He reverts Tony to some of his vilest habits and we also see him sink to a few new lows. Tony's new found abrasiveness has an immediate effe...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

If She Be Worthy.... 2

Thor no longer wields Mjolnir and has sunk to the deepest levels of despair. The Good:Jason Aaron & Russell Dauternan do a great job of conveying to the reader Thor's desperation over no longer being able to wield Mjolnir. From facial expressions to body language the reader is immediately able to sympathize with Thor's plight in this issue. Another great underlying issue in this comic is the rivalry between Freya and Odin. Freya has been in charge during his leave of absence and clearly has ...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

An Island Unto Himself... 1

The Good:Bunn does a great job of taking a former supremely powerful character and relegating him to almost street level adventures. Magneto's powers have been greatly reduced but that doesn't stop him from doing whatever is necessary to protect the mutant race. He isn't afraid to get down and dirty and use whatever means possible to achieve this goal.There are also some excellent flashback scenes that show how his character was forged through tragedy and loss in his past. Mag's dark past defini...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

5 Years From Now..Part One 4

This JLU Future's End installment is part one of a story that continues in the Justice League title.Thankfully both issues are handled by Jeff Lemire and he paints a very bleak and barren landscape for the future of both leagues. Many members are missing, retired or dead. A ragtag group of members from both teams as well as members of the Legion of Super Heroes must team up and investigate a distress call from Mars.Lemire makes magic with the major characters involved and some of the not so famo...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Tempting Fate... 0

I am not current with Constantine's current events and activities in the new 52 but decided to check this issue out. The cover is pretty snazzy and I was interested in seeing John take on Nabu. This is a pretty nice one-shot as we see the perennial underdog John take on one of the most powerful magical entities in the DC Universe. He always has a plan and as you can probably guess has been planning this showdown for quite some time. Fawkes does a really good job of making this more than the mag...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Dealing With The Supers... 5

This book is not for the faint of heart. It takes every preconceived notion of the super hero genre and flushes it down the toilet then blows it up with a stick of dynamite.The Boys are a team put together by a man known as Billy the Butcher. Their job is a simple one. Do the dirty work behind the scenes to keep the superheroes in check. The superheroes in this series are definitely not angels and in some cases just as vile (or worse) as some of the super villains you'd find in other series. Bil...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

A Child in The World... 0

The Plot:This is it. The child of Death and Xiaolian faces the Horsemen and his destiny begins.The Good:This moment has been building for some time and it is well worth the wait. Hickman does a fantastic job at centering this issue around Babylon and him beginning to fulfill his destiny. The combination of science and apocalyptic prophecy involved in this book is absolutely amazing. The child entering the physical world for the first time was a journey long in the making and it is delivered perf...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Apocalypse NOW! 0

The Good:Rick Remender takes a large cast of Avengers and former X-Men and unites them as the Avengers Unification Squad. I was a bit apprehensive at making such a wide variety of characters work but he really achieves that and more. There is obviously tension due to the massive philosophical differences involved but it is very well done.RR also does a fantastic job of making the villains extremely formidable and also making the reader sympathetic to their plight and inspirations. He also brings...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Outstanding, Amazing and Stupendous! 0

The Good:This book breaks all the rules when it comes to traditional comics from DC. It is a huge break from the superhero norm that the publisher usually delivers. It could very easily fit into the Vertigo line of books.The main premise of the book is a common, out of shapre, regular joe named Nelson Jent discovering an artifact in the Hero Dial that transforms him into a variety of different heroes, male and female with a vast array of abilities. Each change is unique and fresh. His discovery ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This Ain't Your Daddy's Hellblazer 0

Disclaimer:At this point in time I have read a couple of volumes of Hellblazer. This review will not turn into a rant about that series being cancelled or why this comic sucks because it isn't Hellblazer. It will be rated based on its own merits.The Story:John Constantine has relocated to NYC and has been targeted by a group of mages called the Cult of the Cold Flame. It's up to Johnny Con to prevent them from recovering a powerful talisman called Croydon's compass that will allow them to locate...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Avengers x 2..... 0

The Good:This book plays off some of the happenings in New Avengers in a roundabout way. If you've been following that book then you're familiar with the incursions into other universes and how the Illuminati have been handling them. We get a taste of that here as an alternate group of Avengers is brought to our Earth by AIM. They aren't quite the friendly group of heroes we're accustomed to and there's one moment that got a good chuckle out of me.There's an air of mystery as the fate of one of ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Invaders Past & Present... 3

The Good:The focus in this issue is squarely on the original Human Torch, Jim Hammond. I feel like this was a good move on the part of James Robinson as he is probably the least well known of the four members in this book. Robinson does a great job handling the character as we get a great look at his personality and his own flaws and inner demons. Hammond has settled down for a quiet life but that is quickly interrupted by the arrival of Tanalth the Pursuer.Tanalth is a brand new character and ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

There's Something About Mary..... 7

I am not too crazy about comics from the 80s but this has been in my collection for quite some time and I decided to check it out.The Good:The highlight of this collection is the character work. Typhoid Mary's character is beautifully explored by Nocenti as well as the relationship between Matt Murdock and Karen Page. Mary's split personalities are captured perfectly and fleshed out in a very creative way. One side is a mousey, shy woman and the Typhoid personality is a man eating, sexual predat...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Pies, Relaxation and Rogue Planets...Oh My... 4

In one of the most shocking events of the year in comics, this issue opens up.....with the Avengers RELAXING. The party doesn't last as a visitor from the future brings Earth's Mightiest Heroes a dire message of impending doom.The Good:All jokes aside, its always good to see the lighthearted side of the team even if its very brief. There's some great comedy from Thor here that revolves around the prowess of his Asgardian grilling skills. We also see further evidence of his culinary skills as we ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Justice League...of Eeeeeeeeevil! 1

The Good:Lex Luthor and his band of villains have been great in this series. Seeing this team come together and Luthor's insight and motivations have been the highlight of the series so far. It's quite clear that this cobbled together team has nothing in common with each other but Luthor also sees reflections of himself in each member of the group. I thought this was particularly well done by GJ this issue. Another touching moment takes place between Bizarro and Lex of all people but I won't sp...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Remember That, As I Take It From You.... 7

The Avengers find themselves dealing with a series of threats all around the world. Canada, the eastern seaboard of the US, Madripoor and Italy have all fallen victim to a series of strange attacks and scenarios.The Good:I haven't read a great deal of Hickman's Avengers and the size of the team initially worried me when I decided to check this out. I was afraid I would be lost in the huge roster of characters but that isn't the case here. The roster is conveniently divided up here as the team sc...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

The Rider Is Coming.... 0

I haven't followed this title in Marvel Now but being a fan of Charles Soule and the characters involved I decided to give it a shot. From the info on the flashback page, it seems like the team was put together to help out General Ross and also work towards achieving some more personal goals for each of the individuals involved. The main focus of this issue is the team tracking down and defeating a woman named Mercy (someone I know nothing about). This reads like a #1 issue and feels like a pre...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Say Hello to Heaven.... 3

This issue continues the massive Blight crossover that's been running through this title, Pandora, JLD & Swamp Thing.The Good:This issue focuses strongly on the title character as we see the team resort to its most extreme measure so far. Journeying to the gates of Heaven to confront the Presence, the team also runs into Zauriel and the Spectre. I just absolutely loved the interactions between John & these characters. He doesn't back down a bit and scoffs in the face of their supreme pow...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Headed For A Showdown.... 0

The Good:Having just read the first arc "Everything Dies" it was very easy to jump right into this without reading Infinity. Don't worry, I'll get to that later as I've enjoyed the fan feedback on that event. In this issue is the story basically picks right up after the initial arc and doesn't really miss a beat.We get more information on the Incursions into different universes and also learn about the existence of a potential new group of adversaries for the Illuminati in the Black Priests. Hic...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Scourge of Blight Continues 3

The Blight crossover continues with this issue as more of a focus is presented on the Phantom Stranger and his interaction with Blight. The Good:Dematteis really zeroes in on the inner thoughts of the Stranger in this issue. He's done a fantastic job of it since he took over this series so it doesn't come as a huge surprise. His personal rivalry with Blight is also magnified by the fact that his friend Chris has been possessed by the demonic entity. We also see the Presence return this issue an...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Fury of the Nuclear Teens 0

Firestorm isn't a character I've had much experience reading in the past. I've always thought it was very interesting that he is actually composed of two individuals. I'm also a fan of Dan Jurgens so I decided to check this out.The Good:One of the things that really stood out for me was the dynamic between Jason & Ronnie. Jason being the scholar and Ronnie being the jock made for a really good relationship and Jason really comes off as feeling like Ronnie's conscience throughout the collecti...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Rise of the Dead Sea King 7

This book has been simply great since DeMatteis took over. The run under Lemire was serviceable and pretty solid but left quite a bit to be desired in the magic department. DeMatteis has returned these characters to their mystical roots and has crafted a fine Forever Evil tie in crossover so far with Ray Fawkes. After the events of last issue, we were left wondering how the team could overcome their bitter defeat against Blight. This issue we get our answers and also see the return of one of my ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Jeff Parker Era Begins! 2

First and foremost, I am a huge fan of Jeff Parker. His work on Red Hulk and especially Agents of Atlas made me a big fan of his writing. When I heard he was taking over this book I had some mixed emotions. Geoff Johns had a great run on this title and I was a bit sad that his run didn't last longer. However, the excitement of Parker taking over was enough to keep me interested and see what kind of spin he could put on the character while staying true to GJ's previous work.I have to say that Pa...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Steve's Journey Continues! 4

Steve's mission to track down Diana and the rest of the Justice League continues in this issue. We also see the return of Arthur Light and new players in the grand game. We get another stroll down memory line and more insight on some of the residents of the rooms of ARGUS. They're connected to Wonder Woman and we get an explanation and flashback from the past of Steve & Diana.The further exploration of ARGUS has really been interesting. Another twist was added this issue and I am looking for...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Marvel's Talking Heads 2

This book brings the Marvel Illuminati back together, obviously minus Professor Xavier. They've been joined by Captain America and the Beast. Professor X's replacement. When a woman called the Black Swan destroys an alternate Earth its up to them to stop that fate from befalling our planet.This book is extremely dialogue heavy with out very much action. Over the course of 6 issues this becomes very tiresome. Several scenes were repeated multiple times to the point of great annoyance for this rea...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Return to the Island 5

I am not sure if there has ever been a better turnaround for a series than what Jeff Lemire has done with this book. Before taking over this title I thought for sure it was headed to the DC scrap heap. This issue has Shado and Oliver returning to the island to find a sacred object of the Arrow clan.The Good:Can I just say everything? I tend to nitpick and find a slight flaw in most books I read but this series just doesn't have any noticeable weaknesses. The art is amazing, Oliver's characteriza...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Recruitment Drive 0

This is the 2nd issue of Tom Taylor's tenure (say that 3 times fast!). Last issue saw Superman launch a devastating attack on the World Army's Gotham base and this issue we get the fallout. The Good:The best thing about this issue is we finally get to learn a bit more about the Batman of Earth 2. I haven't read the spoilers so his identity is still a genuine mystery to me. Sonia Sato also gets some time to shine and she's heavily involved with Batman and his goals in this issue. We also get appe...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Title Says It all.... 0

When Wiccan casts a spell to rescue an alternate reality version of Hulkling's mother, things go terribly wrong for the Young Avengers.The Good:Gillen really does a good job giving each character a distinctive personality of their own. Kid Loki is the obvious standout but the other characters get a chance to shine as well. He also does a good job of giving a new reader of these characters a bit of their personal history to make them more appealing. Miss America Chavez's origin is especially inte...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Lifetime Flashing By... 8

As Jason Todd struggles to regain his memory, will the Outlaws fate be decided by Ra's al Ghul? This series has been a bit hit or miss since Tynion took over. It's been interrupted twice by Villains' Month and Zero year which have really hurt it's momentum. The Good:I've enjoyed this arc despite the interruptions. I feel like it will read much better in trade format as well. We finally get some good art with this issue. The last few have been hit or miss for me. We also get to see a pretty cool...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Come, Let Us Embrace... 0

Part 3 of Arkham War has arrived. Bane's war against the inmates of Arkham heats up as he's decides to make an example out of Killer Croc and borrows a familiar symbol to do so.The Good:This issue has plenty of action and Tomasi manages to include quite a few of Gotham's famous villainous faces. Some of them are only cameos, but with the attention focused on Scarecrow, Bane, Penguin and Mister Freeze that is to be expected. The fights between some of Gotham's villains are short and sweet but the...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Death Is For Suckas! 8

This series has not been as critically received as many expected when it was first announced. However, I am still enjoying it, especially the featured characters of Amanda Waller, Deadshot and Harley Quinn. Deadshot's run in Secret Six turned me into a huge fan of the character and although he's a bit more serious in this series I am still a big fan. I had zero reading experience with Quinn or Waller before this and found the two of them very interesting characters.This collection is divided up ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Torn & Frayed.... 7

This collection is divided up into two parts. The first three issues dealing with the Psylocke/Cluster/Fantomex & Weapon XIII love drama and the last three exploring X-Force's battle with the Revenants.Both tales are vastly different. The Psylocke issues are much more personal in nature and the Revenant arc is more big action and revelations. Psylocke is clearly the star of the first 3 issues and her relationships with Fantomex's clones is quite interesting. The three characters battle for ...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Tales of the Supermen.... 0

This collection focuses on the new 52 adventures of Superman and we're also introduced to Earth-23's Superman, Calvin Ellis, as well as the lost Superman, Adam Blake. Adam Blake is the new 52 version of Captain Comet who in this reality grew up not far from Clark Kent in Kansas. His telekinetic powers were mistaken for him being a poltergeist and becoming a local legend as the Blake Farm Ghost. We also see the new 52 debut of the Kryptonite Man and another villain that menaces Superman in the fo...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Aesir 0

The Story:Ultimate Thor's origin is crafted here by Jonathan Hickman and the art is supplied by Carlos Pacheco. The Good:This tale comes to us from 3 different time periods: present day, 1939 WWII Europe and an undisclosed time from Asgard's past. Hickman does a fantastic job bringing all 3 eras together in a very entertaining way. He mixes Thor's present day activities with the other time periods in a seamless way that delivers a great story.He also involves several of Asgard's other citizens ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Young X-Meh.... 0

This trade paperback collects issues 1-5 of the 2008 Young X-Men series. I really only bought this book because of Blindfold, as she's become one of my new favorite characters. In this first arc, Cyclops forms a new team of X-Men to take down and kill Sunspot and some of his fellow New Mutants.The Good:There just wasn't anything in this story that I would even consider remotely good. The art is wildly inconsistent and the story has more plot holes than a small block of Swiss cheese.The Bad:To su...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Steve vs Slade 0

Issue number two has arrived of this Forever Evil tie-in. In this issue, Steve tracks down the President and takes on some members of the Secret Society.The Good:Gates does another great job with this issue. I wasn't too sure how the fight between Steve and the Secret Society was going to play out but it is very well done. His tactics in foiling their kidnapping of the President don't short sell any of them at the cost of making him look better. Normally, seeing a character like Steve take them ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Trust in Trevor 0

The Good:After the Crime Syndicate's attack on the Justice Leagues and the world, the planet is in a state of great chaos. It's up to Steve Trevor and his fellow agents of ARGUS to rescue the President find out what happened to the Justice League. I really enjoyed this issue for a variety of reasons. I've always been a fan of Sterling Gates and he delivers a solid opening issue for this Forever Evil tie in. I feel in the grand scheme of comics today, the human non-powered characters get lost in...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Artifacts Vol 2: Enter The Cyber Force 4

Continuing from Vol 1, this volume picks up with Aphrodite playing the grand disturber and manipulating Cyber-Force to attack the Artifacts bearers on the side of good. The Hunter-Killer team gets involved and soon there's an entire army of Aphrodites for them to take down. There's a bit of plot development but this volume for the most part is action packed. We also get a reveal for the mastermind behind the entire plot and longtime Top Cow fans should be very surprised.The art in this volume d...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Beginning of the End 0

Artifacts is a massive Top Cow crossover involving nearly every major player in the company. I am familiar with a few of these characters such as Witchblade and Aphrodite but, for the most part, these are all new faces for me. The book draws its name for the 13 Artifacts in the Top Cow universe. These are all objects of immense power and they are being gathered by a mysterious benefactor to end this universe and bring about a new one.Most of the characters presented are very interesting. There's...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.