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The S Stands for Ass Kicking 4

Superman Unchained #7 ReviewAlthough I’m reviewing this issue of Superman Unchained earlier than I usually do, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s been a long wait for the 7th issue of this series with 2 more still to come. The last comic was in March so it’s been well over a 3 month wait for fans of this series. Nonetheless, this issue promised action galore in the Batcave so it has a lot to live up to suffice to say.PremiseSuperman faces General Lane and The Machine...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The Countdown to War Continues... 18

Wonder Woman #31 ReviewSince Superman Unchained has long delays to say the least, I’m gonna try my hand at reviewing something else instead. One series that came to mind was my favourite DC, if not comic series in my pull list, Wonder Woman. It’s provided some of the most consistent, high quality writing out of The New 52 and has actually improved Wonder Woman and her world as opposed to most characters getting treated poorly by the changes made in The New 52. Azzarello has delivere...

9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

A Doomed Disappointment of a Superman Event... 15

Once the news broke of a New 52 interpretation of the infamous “Death of Superman” storyline, despite my misgivings and scepticism about what this event would bring, I decided to at least read the one shot. If nothing else to see how the Superman vs Doomsday fight played out and how the battle would end. And suffice to say, I’m regretting having spent £3.75 on this comic. SPOILERS from here on out:The event starts off with the big introduction (after the Doomed prequels ...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

The Story Starts to Fall into Place 26

Once again, I’m unsurprisingly late with my Superman Unchained #5 review. I’ve been fairly busy in my university break but I finally read the issue yesterday and can now properly make a judgement on how good this issue is. The last issue was definitely the best of the series yet IMO so Scott Snyder and Jim Lee have set a fairly high benchmark to surpass. With all the diverging subplots in place, let’s hope the pieces come together. As always, there will be SPOILERS discussed but I bet you’ve re...

14 out of 14 found this review helpful.

More than Meets the Eye 12

Since Superman Unchained #6 doesn’t come out until December 31st, I thought I’d get my monthly Superman fix in this issue. Although Greg Pak’s first Action Comics issue was a Zero Year tie in, this marks the start of his new story arc and direction he’s taking Action Comics in along with Aaron Kuder in their plot first story telling. So is this new direction a strong start after Action Comics has been through due to Diggle leaving the series and Lobdell taking over to expand on his dreadful stor...

11 out of 11 found this review helpful.

A Soaring Success 8

After a bitterly disappointing last issue, I was still nonetheless waiting to see how the next issue of Superman Unchained would play out the plot points and story developed over the series. The two month delay from Villain’s Month and Jim Lee having a baby pushed this new issue back a week from its original scheduled arrival. Hopefully, the long wait for issue 4 lives up to the hype and potential Snyder and Lee have been craftingSPOILERS WILL BE DISCUSSED FROM THIS POINT.In short, was I impress...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

A War on Heaven 12

Since DC’s Villain’s Month in September has meant no issue of Superman Unchained has come out, I thought I’d review another DC book instead. One of the few Villain’ Month issues I have bought since it pertains to my favourite DC series and perhaps my favourite title on my pull list. Azzarello’s Wonder Woman has been nothing short of a consistently exemplary series despite the reservations and criticisms mounted against it. This series provides complex well juggled plots, excellent characterisati...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

I have always loved Monsters 14

Since a friend linked the scans of this issue to me, I thought I’d write a quick review on it with what little time I have left before I go to uni. So in this issue, Greg Pak and Ken Lashley give us the New 52 origin of General Zod. So does Pak do my 9th favourite supervillain justice?In short, yes. This is definitely the best Villain’s Month issue I’ve seen and read so far. The start of the story gives us what is the main theme and crux of the story; Zod’s fascination with monsters. I really l...

13 out of 13 found this review helpful.

This issue could have added up to more 19

Yes another late review I know. September is a really late month of comics for me and the fact these comics arrived a couple of days ago doesn't help. But I’ve now read this issue as it’s the first one I read. The last two issues of Unchained presented an excellent Superman story with solid characterisation and were just what the Man of Steel needed. Now the third issue has quite a standard to live up to. When last we left off, Lois was on a plummeting plane, Superman was subdued by ...

9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

A Damn Fox and a Half 29

After the phenomenal first issue of Superman Unchained, I've finally managed to read the second issue today. Late I know but I get my comics a month later. Anyway, given the success of the first issue, I hoped the second issue could live up to the bar set for it by Snyder and Lee’s awesome collaboration. SPOILERS WILL FOLLOW IN THIS REVIEW.Admittedly, the first page is a bit pointless. It’s just Lex quoting from the Illiad and is Snyder’s vain attempt at foreshadowing. Lex doesn’t have a promine...

8 out of 8 found this review helpful.

At least one Snyder can get Superman right 0

With Andy Diggle having left Action Comics and Scott Lobdell on Superman, I’m not the most thrilled with Superman’s status in the New 52. Thankfully, superstar creative team Scott Snyder and Jim Lee seem to have answered my wish with Superman Unchained. Yes I know I’m late to the party reviewing this but my comics arrive a month later so this is the first chance I’ve had to read it. My thoughts on it are as follows. There will be SPOILERS by the wayIn the beginning, Snyder does set up a tantali...

9 out of 9 found this review helpful.

A Good Start or a Flawed Beginning? 0

The Pre Flashpoint Superman/Batman series was amongst one of the first comic book titles I picked up when I started buying comics monthly in 2007. With hindsight, I can see it wasn’t that great. A few issues here and there had something to them and an annual by Joe Kelly was amazingly good. But I eventually realised it wasn’t that good or in continuity. So I dropped it. Now, a new version of this title has been introduced written by Greg Pak and with art by Jae Lee. Does this first issue live u...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Superior Spider-Man? More like the Self Righteous Spider-Man! 50

Usually I try to take the glass half full approach to everything I do in life but I alternate between an optimistic and practical or realistic view. For this issue of Superior Spider-Man, I came in with the glass being empty approach so I wouldn’t be disappointed with how Slott handled this issue. Given that future solicits for Spider-Man still have Superior in the title, it’s not hard to guess that Ock will be sticking around in Peter’s body. But it’s what happens in this issue that easily bea...

16 out of 24 found this review helpful.

Necropolis - Not the hottest spot for tourists in Wakanda 0

Last issue’s part one of the story saw Reed, Sue and the Future Foundation invited to Wakanda and an invading undead army attack. In the second part, Reed and T’Challa travel to the Necropolis, the City of the Dead to gain knowledge whilst Sue, Shuri and Storm travel the Celestial Path to find and confront Anubis.SPOILERS!The Good· As per usual, Hickman writes the characters in his story excellently. Reed and T’Challa share some interesting discussions about this new area of Wakanda and it was g...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Why is the Thundercats logo dotted around Wakanda? 0

I counted 7 Thundercats logos on the buildings of Wakanda in this issue. I was half expecting Lion-O or Panthro to make a guest appearance. Is this Wakanda or New Thundera? Anyway in this issue Reed, Sue and the Future Foundation are in Wakanda to supposedly assist in the vibranium shortage problem. But as they soon discover, the problem is far more severe than that.SPOILERS!The Good· As always, Hickman provides strong characterisation of many characters in this issue. In particular, T’Challa ge...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Tribal Warfare 0

At last, the final part of the Secrets of the Indigo Tribe! Johns has delivered a shocker of a story complete with an array of twists and turns about this enigmatic Lantern Corps. Last time, Natromo had shut down the main Indigo Lantern battery, reverting its members back to their original state, that is the worst sadists and psychopaths the universe has ever known! Can Hal and Sinestro find Natromo and convince him to turn the Lantern back on? And what will happen to Black Hand?SPOILERS! YOU HA...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Secret of the Indigo Tribe is out! 0

Another late review but better late than never? Johns’ latest Green Lantern arc has teased answers to questions and mysteries about the Indigo Tribe. Will this issue deliver on these answers?SynopsisHal escapes from the hands of the Indigo Tribe and discovers the Tribe’s Central Power Battery along with its guardian and some answers.SPOILERS!The Good· Johns starts the issue well with an emotional exposition about Sinestro. We learn more about his relationship with Arin Sur, his thought processes...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

A Slow Build Up 0

Now that my exams are over for many, MANY months now, I thought I’d do another review. Continuing from the previous issue, the second part of the Secrets of the Indigo Tribe is another issue of intrigue and interest. What revelations are in store this time?SynopsisSinestro is in the process of being converted by the Indigo Tribe whilst Hal is locked up with Black Hand watching over him. Can the two lanterns break free and uncover the secrets of the tribe?SPOILERS!The Good· Johns starts this issu...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Never trust a guy whose head is on fire 0

So it turns out that even the steepest hill can regain its height. This review typifies my made up metaphor. Last issue was not what I was expecting and now, well read on to find out!SynopsisAfter making Superman witness a possible future, Helspont demands that the Man of Steel help him in his revenge against the Daemonites! Will Superman oblige?SPOILERS!The Good· This issue starts off well with the induced vision Superman experienced of being pursued by Metropolis’ Finest allows for an interest...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I was expecting better... 0

As you may have gleamed from the title, I’m not totally impressed with this comic. My rambling thoughts below explain why:SynopsisSuperman battles a mysterious robot wreaking havoc in Metropolis. Meanwhile, the Daemonite Helspont looks to enthral Superman under his control.SPOILERS!The Good· Well there’s plenty of action this issue. Superman fighting the ‘Seeker’ as Helspont called it made for a lively start to the book. Seeing Superman cutting loose and taking the robot down easily is always fu...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Just what is the 'shocking secret' of the Indigo Tribe? 0

After the OK filler of last issue, hopefully Johns’ next arc will be more impressive. The enigmatic Indigo Tribe are in the spotlight now and Johns has me interested already.Synopsis:Sinestro returns to recruit Hal in his latest crusade to counter the Guardian’s replacement scheme but Hal’s having none of it! Then the Indigo tribe show up! Just what is their motive?SPOILERS!The Good· It’s great to see that Johns is finally dishing the dirt on the Indigo Tribe. We’ve had cryptic references to Abi...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Finally some depth to this blockbuster! 0

SynopsisBatman mounts a one man rescue mission to find Superman whilst the rest of the League clashes with Darkseid head on. Can the ruler of Apokolips be beaten back by the fledging league or is it all over already (Come on people we know the answer to that one!)SPOILERS!The GoodAt long last Johns gives this story the depth it’s been needing. The revelation as to why Darkseid on Earth was a surprising one and certainly shook up the plot. Also, there may be hints to the upcoming Earth 2 series, ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not quite filling enough for a filler issue 0

Since the first arc of Green Lantern has finished by now, I thought that issue 6 would be a good point to start reviewing the series. This issue serves as a bridge between the first arc and the next one but whether Johns will make it a sturdy bridge remains to be seen.SynopsisHal adjusts to life not being Green Lantern anymore whilst Sinestro enlists the aid of an old nemesis to help him track down Lyssa Drak, former Sinestro corpsman and keeper of the Book of the Black.SPOILERS!The GoodJohns do...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

I predict a riot... 0

Since my copy of Justice League #6 didn’t arrive this month, I thought I’d follow up on an earlier issue of Justice League. Number 2 seemed like a good place to start so here’s the review:Synopsis:As Batman and Green Lantern attempt to ‘reason’ with Superman, Hal calls in some back up from a friend in their same line of work. Can this super-misunderstanding be resolved to combat a greater threat?SPOILERS!The Good· Arguably, the greatest strength of this issue is that Johns delivers nonstop actio...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

How to keep a lid on a well kept secret... 0

Originally created by Jim Lee in 1993 in the Wildstorm universe, Stormwatch makes its return in DC’s New 52. Can the new Stormwatch reach the heights of its predecessors under Paul Cornell and Miguel Sepulveda?SynopsisAdam One leads part of the Stormwatch team to the Himalayas to retrieve a mysterious horn whilst the rest of Stormwatch go to Moscow to recruit Apollo. Oh yes and the Eminence of Blades is checking out what’s wrong with the moon.SPOILERS!The Good· Firstly, although I’m not familiar...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Something different for a change... 0

I’ve read a few Indy/alternative comics before such as some Star War issues from a Dark Horse Graphic Novel but this was the first Indy comic I’ve read in a while. I got it free at a convention so I don’t know the full story, the character’s backstories or the Starship Troopers universe. I’d heard of the book and the film but never the comic book series. Anyway, time to start the review...SynopsisRobotic super soldiers that were formerly Mobile Infantry soldiers, a bug onslaught from all sides a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Together again for the first time 0

It’s been awhile since I decided to finally do a follow up review to Justice League and plenty has happened since then. The New 52 has been met with mixed responses but sales and awareness of comic books are at an all time high. But this isn’t about that, time to start my first review in who knows how long.SynopsisDarkseid has appeared and our heroes appear to be no match for him. Can anything be done to stop the invasion of Earth?SPOILERS!The Good· Despite my scepticism of Darkseid appearing in...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Beginning of Something Brilliant 0

This is by far a late review but I didn’t get my comics till a couple of days ago. As such, I can now properly review the birth of the new DC Universe with the ceremonial title, Justice League #1 as my first review of the new DCU.SynopsisAfter confronting an alien attempting to plant a bomb in Gotham City with some ‘assistance’, Batman teams up with Green Lantern to find the reason for this bizarre attack.SPOILERS!!!The Good· A good place to start this review is with the fact that superheroes in...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The End of an Era... 0

This is not only my last comic review till I get my next lot of comics but it is also the last issue of volume one of Action Comics. Paul Cornell has woven a tale of thrilling action and an intriguing plot so far. Will this last tale make for a proper send off for Action Comics and the Diamond Age Superman? Synopsis Superman faces off against the Doomslayer whilst the Eradicator rushes to help, all whilst the fight against the Doomsday clones and the Doomslayer’s plan of planetary destruction co...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Cavalry Arrives 0

The Reign of the Doomsdays storyline has all the composite elements of a great Superman storyline and as well as this, Paul Cornell has been on top writer form so far. Can this story continue to be a great way to end the 1 volume of Action Comics on? Synopsis Most of Team Superman, along with Earth’s heroes attempt to prevent the Doomsday clones from destroying the planet whilst Superman takes the fight to the Doomslayer himself. SPOILERS!!! The Good ·          This issue is filled with pulse...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Decent Send Off for the Man of Steel 0

So this is it. My final Grounded review before the DC Universe Reboot. I’ve enjoyed my long run on reviewing the ups and downs of this storyline as a final farewell to the Diamond Age Superman but now all good things must come to an end. So time to begin methinks! Synopsis Superman finally confronts Lisa Jennings and answers the question as to whether there must be a Superman? SPOILERS!!! The Good ·          One thing I’m surprised seeing is the fact that this story has all the elements that a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

What does Truth, Justice and the American Way mean? 0

This review is one I should have done a long time ago. This is where Grounded started, where the budding story showed true potential before losing its way. For this I blame JMS not Chris Roberson. He was left with a terrible mess to sort out when JMS focused on a sequel to Superman: Earth One. Anyway, let’s get on with this review! Synopsis Superman begins his walk across America where he begins to combat the everyday problems average people face like the car not starting, drug dealers and suici...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Team Superman vs Team Doomsday - Round 2 0

I’ve really enjoyed Cornell’s run on Action Comics and am saddened that it will be finishing in 2 issues time. However, that gives Cornell plenty of time to weave a fantastic story with the threads he’s already created. Synopsis Team Superman escape from the mysterious ship and attempt to stop the ship from destroying the Earth. SPOILERS!!! The Good ·          Cornell starts the story with an interesting twist, that being the Doomslayer showing remorse for killing the Eradicator. True, there h...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Team Superman vs Team Doomsday - Round One 0

Since Paul Cornell started writing Action Comics, he has lifted it out of the rut that the title was in during the tedious Nightwing and Flamebird run. Whilst Lex Luthor seemed an odd choice to be the comic’s star, Cornell brought an interesting and exciting story full of action, plot twists, major villain guest stars and providing a new look at Lex Luthor. Now with 3 Doomsdays on the loose, Cornell looks to ramp up the action for Superman’s last story in Action Comics. Synopsis Team Superman mu...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

An Issue that covers something which is not needed... 0

So the end of Grounded is near. Some have enjoyed it due to comparisons between the legendary Green Lantern-Green Arrow storyline whereas others have criticised it due to poor story telling. As for me, I think there have been good and bad issues but whether this issue will be a good one remains to be seen.SynopsisSuperman decides to give up being Superman and then meets a Superman fan who tells him Why The World Needs Superman.SPOILERS!!!The Good· Truthfully, there are some good points made in t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Lost Tale about a Dog and his Boy 0

This story really should have been published sooner, given that it is set during the events of 52 where the Big 3 Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman are missing and seeing it now is kind of disjointing but I suppose given the DCU reboot, it had to be published before then Synopsis Set during the 52 storyline, Krypto embarks on a search for his master, Connor Kent unaware of his fate. SPOILERS!! The Good ·          This issue gives an interesting concept, that is the story is mostly from Krypto’...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Shockingly Late Review 0

Well now it’s the summer and I have time to spare, I thought I had better do a major catch up on my Grounded reviews. This comic was released months ago so it’s way past time I did something in order to rectify my failure at keeping up to date with my reviews. Anyway, Grounded has been a storyline of ups and downs for me. Can this issue be an up for the story? Synopsis Superman heads to Las Vegas following a summons from Jimmy Olsen where Livewire has taken hostages and her powers seem to have f...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Another Late Review... 0

Well at last I’m back. Due to me having finished most of my exams, I now have the time to spare to do a late review of this issue of Grounded. This issue is about yet another first meeting between the World’s Finest. Will it be a good issue? Synopsis Superman encounters an archaeologist trying to preserve an important digging site before meeting with Batman to discuss the first time they met. SPOILERS!!!!!!! The Good ·          Superman #710 starts off with an interesting look at the issue of ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Can this be considered a Neopolitan flavoured comic? 0

  In this issue there’s the Green Lantern/Brightest Day Characters of Bodikka, Saint Walker and Cyborg Superman, the events of the rise of Eclipso in the background and of course the Reign of Doomsday. Will these 3 aspects balance well in this issue?   Synopsis   Doomsday attacks Bodikka, ‘Dark’ Supergirl and Batman at the ruins of New Krypton whilst Eclipso and his Shadow Warriors mount an attack on the Emerald City   SPOILERS!!!!   The Good   ·         The story, whilst it has fla...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Grounded continues its good streak (for now) 0

  After the success of the last issue, Superman #709 has another guest star, the Flash. Will it live up to the standards the last issue set?   Synopsis   After helping some South American speedster (I think) Superman reaches Colorado where a ‘mysterious blur’ is reciting Kryptonian history at high speeds and giving the town a makeover. Can Superman solve this mystery (Sorry for the Scooby Doo gag)   SPOILERS!!!!!!   The Good   ·         The random speedster guy appearing did allow f...

3 out of 5 found this review helpful.