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4.18 stars 4.18/5 Stars Average score of 148 user reviews

Hold The Chorus -- Here Comes Dinosaurus! 0

The one superhero comic book that amazes me every month went and did it again when it reached its 90th issue today. Not only is it a milestone for a creator-owned series like Invincible to reach that many issues, but it’s also a testament to an incredible creative team that keeps bringing something fresh to the rack every month. Kirkman and Ottley never skimp on story, art, and dare I say it, some of the best violence in town.This issue found the new Invincible, formerly known as Bulletproof, ta...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Captain Cold & The Wormhole 0

In this exciting issue of The Flash, written and illustrated by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, Barry Allen has to juggle fighting the new and improved Captain Cold with trying to save both Iris and Patty from two halves of a broken ship floating on frozen pillars! But if Allen accelerates too fast, his new found speed force powers could rip a hole in space and time. With Captain Cold's new abilities constantly slowing Allen down, it'll be a race against the clock to try and save the two m...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Danny and The Grid 0

As the epic story from Mike Carey and Peter Gross starts spiraling into its tasty conclusion, we get another point five issue this month to give us a bit more back story on how The Grid works. If you haven’t been reading The Unwritten, The Grid is a network of hired readers that are connected to the stories of the world. These readers are given stories to read in order to strengthen their influence over real life. In this story, a young man named Danny Armitage is recruited into The Grid and has...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Holy Terrible Talons, Batman! 0

I’ve been a fan of what Scott Snyder has done with Batman ever since his Detective Comics run. This ongoing title from the New 52 of the DC Universe has been one of my favorites and continues to prove it to me every month. Not only do we get the same mystery and creepy images that were brought in on the Detective books, but we also get tons of world-building story and incredible action. Each issue ups the ante of the last and puts Bruce Wayne/Batman in another horrible predicament.The Court of O...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

BRING ON THE PAIN! 0

Dr. Alec Holland is bleeding out as he begs the Parliament of Trees to grant him the power to become Swamp Thing again and save the world from The Rot. The Parliament of Trees aren't too happy with Holland, and they see him as a failure to The Green and a lost chance to finally rid the world of The Rot. But Holland isn't willing to give up so easily. As hordes of undead humans with backwards heads fight to reach his dying body, he brings up an argument with the Parliament that shakes them right ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

THE BAND IS BACK TOGETHER 0

The band is finally back together! As Darkseid continues his siege on Earth, the yet to be named group of super humans throws down with him while trying to save the planet. Meanwhile, Batman finds Superman on Apokolips being tortured and experimented on. The greatest threat in human history is knocking on Earth’s door, and there’s only one reluctant hero who can help the group achieve victory.This issue of the new Justice League title was full of big action, larger than life settings, and finall...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Rockabilly Rampage! 0

Travis Kidd and Skinner Sweet are in the race of their lives in Death Race, Part 3! As Kidd fights desperately to kill Sweet before the sun comes up, he flashes back to his time in the mental institution where he was "treated" for his delusions of his family being killed. He swore revenge on Sweet the moment his family was taken from him, and now he might just get the chance he's been waiting for.Wow.This issue was incredibly fun. I actually felt my heart racing a little as I read panel to panel...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Devil's Wager 0

The second part of "Another Season in Hell" continues as John Constantine makes The Devil's Wager with The First of the Fallen. If John is able to persuade his sister Cheryl to leave her husband in Hell, then John wins. But if John loses his wife Epiphany's soul will be handed over to The First of the Fallen. As John devises one of his clever ruses to win the wager he indirectly digs a new hole for himself to crawl out of once he gets back to Earth.This issue of Hellblazer was just as good as th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not So Challenging . . . 0

The Challengers of the Unknown are an old mainstay at DC Comics. The only real exposures I’ve had to them are throwbacks, mentions in other stories, and their cameo in Darwyn Cooke’s The New Frontier. But I’ve never actually sat down and read a Challengers story myself. After this brief encounter I’m not sure I’m going to continue. It wasn’t a bad issue, but it also wasn’t anything that really captured my attention.The story revolves around the new Challengers of the Unknown reality TV show wher...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Taylor's Story Ending Soon? 0

Tom Taylor has been captured by the Cabal and has had his powers stripped from him by the Grid. As he sits, gun in his face, he gets an ultimatum -- join the Cabal or take a bullet to the head. But Taylor has questions of his own he wants answered. Just because he's been stripped of his magic doesn't mean that he's completely helpless. Meanwhile, Pullman has his own ideas about what should be done next about the Taylor problem.Mike Carey and Peter Gross delivered another incredible issue of The ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

What Have I Been Missing?! 0

The only exposure I’ve had to John Constantine is in other comics like Swamp Thing, Sandman, and Justice League: Dark. I've never wandered into the long running Hellblazer title from Vertigo until now, but I’m not sure why. I love urban magic and stories about the occult, so it would only make sense that a character like Constantine would speak to the genre that often goes unnoticed in the comic book world. So let me declare right now that I am so pissed off at myself for never giving this serie...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

One Man War 0

Brian Wood and Riccardo Burchielli have brought readers of Vertigo Comics the groundbreaking series DMZ for six years, and this month they ended the story that framed the second American Civil War. Matty Roth went from being a helpless man stranded in a war, to a powerful photojournalist, and then a revolutionary. He was imprisoned for his actions in the DMZ, and he gladly took the punishment, even of the crimes he didn't commit. This issue picks up 15 years later, and it's wonderfully understat...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A Modern Fairy Tale Perfected 0

Many writers and artists try to capture the stories of young people trapped in other worlds but few hit the same chords that stories like Alice in Wonderland did for generations of readers. With the flood of modern and urban fantasy stories hitting the market not only in comics, but also in movies and TV, it's hard to make something original, fresh, and heartwarming all at the same time. Luckily for fans of Grant Morrison, Joe the Barbarian does just that. Not to mention the fact that it's colle...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Who is the Greatest of them All? 0

I don't usually start my reviews this way, but I'd like to say that this month's issue of Green Lantern has a very fitting and beautiful cover. That being said, this really is an issue about Sinestro challenging his own corps and wrestling with the guilt of having his home world turned into a slave planet by those he entrusted with power. Even though he and Hal Jordan have arrived to liberate the citizens of Korugar, the people aren't excited about being rescued by Sinestro.Geoff Johns and Doug ...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Rot is Spreading 0

As a small child with the power of the rot makes his way across the country spreading death and disease, Dr. Alec Holland finds himself with a woman he only knew as the monster Swamp Thing. The power of the green reaches out to Dr. Holland and pleads with him to become their warrior king and defeat the rot before it can take over. It promises him that he’ll have the full support of the green and the red (Animal Man) at his side, and shows him the entire history of Swamp Things over the span of t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Thompson Takes Cap 0

If there was one aspect of Spider Island that I really enjoyed it was the team-up between Venom (Flash Thompson) and Captain America. When I saw the cover for this issue of Venom I had a bit of a nerdgasm. As Thompson buries his father and tries to put their past behind him, Jack-O-Lantern arrives at the funeral with a proposal Thompson can't refuse. With his family on the line, the symbiote slowly enveloping Thompson's psyche,and Captain America ordering the new Project Rebirth to be shut down,...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Robo-Tastic Action! 0

Grant Morrison is the writer who made me love Superman as a comic book character again with his All-Star Superman title. In his Action Comics run in the New 52 he's really exploring the possibility of a world that doesn't want Superman around. As robotic armies are manufactured as fast as Superman can punch them into pieces, the young Kryptonian finds himself overwhelmed and outgunned for the first time in his life. This feeling of helplessness is very welcome in a Superman title, because even t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Rot Cometh! 0

Buddy Baker and his daughter Maxine are going toe-to-toe with two of the Hunters Three as the third stalks the rest of the Baker family. As the avatars of the red explain to Baker what role he plays in the web of life the stakes are raised and the promise of harder and more horrific battles to come are promised by the ancient beings. Baker will have to accept his new role as his daughter's bodyguard as well as father if he's going to protect the world from the power of the rot.Written by Jeff Le...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Past Will Catch Up With You 0

A strange new negotiator named Ginta has shown up in Edo and is meddling in the affairs of The Five Leaves and the new kidnapping gang The Night Crows. As Masa continues his work for the Leaves and Yaichi, he soon becomes close with Ginta as Ginta pushes his way into the gang. But as people from Yaichi's past start to catch up with him and The Night Crows continue to kill and kidnap children, the personal lives of Masa, Ginta, Yaichi, and the others start to come tumbling down.Written and illust...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Daredevil Gets "Bruised" 0

Daredevil has stumbled onto a meeting between the five biggest terror organizations in the Marvel Universe, including HYDRA and A.I.M. But if Daredevil is going to rescue two hostages, confront multiple terrorist organizations, and recover the biggest amount of digital data the Marvel underworld has ever known, he'll have to go through Bruiser first.Written by Mark Waid and drawn by Marcos Martin, this issue of Daredevil was just as clever as its five predecessors. Waid tells a great Matt Murdoc...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Nolan Gets "Busy" 0

Nolan and Deborah are "busy" rekindling their romance as they head toward Allen the Alien, who is faced with a tough decision. All of the Viltrumites who once plagued the universe have congregated on Earth under a deal with Nolan that they will remain peaceful. But Allen and the rest of the Coalition of Planets can't take that risk. Allen has become a strong ally to the Grayson family and has even become a caretaker to Oliver, Nolan's other son. The decision he has to make isn't easy, but when t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The End of Matty Roth 0

The war between the Free States of America and the United States of America is over and Matty Roth is the scapegoat for all of the atrocities committed during his stay in the DMZ. As the committee reads off his list of crimes, some real and some fabricated, Matty remembers the people he helped and those he let down during his time in war-torn New York City.Written by Brian Wood and drawn by Riccardo Burchielli, this is the final official issue of DMZ before the epilogue. It's been a wild ride. I...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Cabal's HIstory 0

I'm not usually big on ".5" issues of comics. I think Marvel does it a little bit too much and it rarely ever serves the story. This is one of those cases when it proves the stereotype wrong. In this issue of The Unwritten we get a look at some of the history of book destruction that the Cabal has been a part of with Pullman at the forefront of the destruction. We learn about the various time periods, consequences, and plots of the secret society and how they shaped history with literature. All ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Manga That's Divine! 0

This volume continues the backstories and heartfelt tales of the staff from Natsume Ono'sRistorante Paradisio. The stories range from Claudio's days a a clumsy waiter to Teo's search for motivation in being a first rate chef. Between women, food, and the drama that comes with owning a restaurant in Italy, there's a whole lot of ground to cover for these waiters, chefs, and delightful guests.If there's one thing that Ono does better than anyone it's slice of life manga. I could read about any cha...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Beware The Court of Owls 0

The past holiday kept me really busy, so I wasn't able to get to my comics from last week until today. That being said, I don't know if I can read anything else. This new issue of Batman is so good that it's going to be hard to find anything to compare it to from the past week of comics. As the story continues with Bruce Wayne investigating the attempt on his life and the strange rumors about The Court of Owls in Gotham City, clues about the architecture Alan Wayne built back in the 1920's revea...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

The End of History 0

I'm a little sad to have to write this review because I've been following Starborn for nearly its entire run. The story of Benjamin and his dark history as a secret descendant of an alien civilization and his quest to end the tyrannous legacy his father left behind is over and the story concluded. It's not easy to end a story, especially one that's only 12 issues, but I feel like it was done very well.The overall story by Chris Roberson has had lots of beautiful battle scenes depicted by Khary R...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Sinestro's Might! 0

If there's one thing I've been trying to convince other Green Lantern fans about, it's that Sinestro is an incredible Green Lantern and all around character. Geoff Johns is really driving that point home as Sinestro and Hal Jordan attempt to free Korugar from his renegade Corps. Sinestro's vast abilities with a power ring are showcased as he continues to teach Jordan that the ring really is limitless. Meanwhile, across the universe, the Guardians are planning to clean up the galactic sectors by ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Detective Drops the Ball 0

In the continuing arc revolving around The Dollmaker, Batman must save Gordon from becoming the next work of art and avoid falling into the same trap that has claimed many victims before him. The only problem is that the story is so incoherent that it doesn't cause the reader any sort of intrigue about the characters and plot.Written by Tony S. Daniel and drawn by Sandu Florea, this issue of Detective Comics was just as lack-luster as the rest of the relaunched series. Where Scott Snyder had bui...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Osborn's Avengers Re-Assemble 0

Norman Osborn has recreated H.A.M.M.E.R., joined with HYDRA and A.I.M., and now is setting his sights on creating a new team of Dark Avengers. As he travels the globe looking for his various teammates, the allusion to his plan chills all of those involved, and adds surprising members to the team.Written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Mike Deodato Jr., this issue of The New Avengerswas the classic "gettin' the team together" story. It featured Osborn traversing the globe and assembling his ...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Men of Steel 0

Clark Kent is having strange dreams about a world he doesn't remember and a threat he doesn't understand. Meanwhile, the police are on his tail, the world is rallying against Superman with the new evidence that he may be an alien invader, and someone is giving Clark information from the shadows about a ghost and a white dog. As the same threat that destroyed Kandor moves in on Earth, Superman will have to stand against the world and its villains, as well as an army of men made of steel.Written b...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Blood Runs Red 0

Buddy and Maxine Baker have encountered The Totems, which are the representatives of The Red and all of life on Earth. As The Hunters move in to kill Buddy's family and take control of The Red, Buddy learns that his origins aren't what he has been led to believe. And the only person who can stop all life from being devoured by the rot of The Hunters, is his daughter Maxine.Written by Jeff Lemire and drawn by Travel Foreman, Animal Man continues to be one of the best ongoing comic books this year...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Doesn't Get Any Better! 0

Bruce Wayne has been targeted by a group claiming to be the legendary Gotham society known as The Court of Owls. Wayne doesn't believe in the group and thinks that he knows the city better than anyone. But when an assassin comes calling who is just as skilled and powerful as he is, he might have to start rethinking how sure he really is about the old legend.Written by Scott Snyder and drawn by Greg Capullo, Batman #2 is one of the best comics I've read in a while. This is exactly what I love abo...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

HYDRA Takes A.I.M. 0

Daredevil fights to protect a blind witness who may have stumbled upon an international terror scheme to connect some of the world's most dangerous organizations with loophole shipping to support their causes. As he faces dangers ranging from hit squads to human wrecking balls, Daredevil will have his hands full with agents of HYDRA and A.I.M.Written by Mark Waid and drawn by Marcos Martin, this issue of Daredevil is proof that this may be one of the best series at Marvel Comics right now. To st...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Todd's Training Revealed 0

Many readers know that I was gravely disappointed in the first issue of Red Hood and the Outlaws when it debuted in the New 52 by DC Comics. I was among the camp that it was playing too much on how sexy Starfire was, how nonchalant Arsenal was, and Todd’s overall personality and look.I’m happy to say that I did enjoy the second issue a little bit better, but honestly not by much.The team heads to China where Todd is preparing to enter into another dimension where he trained with Druca and the Al...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

The Tinker Returns! 0

Tom Taylor has found his long-lost half-brother, but his estranged family member has magically become The Tinker! The golden-age comic book character that Taylor's father tried to destroy back in the 1940's. As Taylor battles against the old superhero, Richie discovers that every person Taylor was ever associated with is being murdered, and fast. Taylor is tired of running, and it's time for him to start fighting back.Written by Mike Carey and drawn by Peter Gross, this issue of The Unwritten fi...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Spoils of Rage 0

On a planet with harsh invaders, in a war they shouldn't be involved in, two soldiers make a dire mistake and take a young girl's family from her. Atrocitus finds purpose in his rage as a Red Lantern again, and decides to intervene on the girl's behalf. But how can rage and killing stop injustice in the universe? Atrocitus has a tough decision to make. A decision that could put his life in jeopardy.Written by Peter Milligan and penciled by Ed Benes, Red Lanterns #2 was very similar to the first ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Superman is back to his Roots 0

If there's anyone besides Bruce Timm who could make me love Superman again, it's Grant Morrison. In Action Comics #2, Superman finds himself being tortured by Lex Luthor and the U.S. Government in a secret facility. Luthor is determined to find out what makes Superman tick, and he's getting a bit of information from a mysterious outside source. Superman offers them a chance to let him go, and when they don't comply he makes his own exit. But what's waiting for him in a recovered rocket and who i...

1 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Dr. Holland's Destiny 0

Dr. Alec Holland has been summoned by a Swamp Thing who was once a WWII fighter pilot and is told the story of how Swamp Things come to be. Not only does he learn that The Green chooses people based on a difference in their DNA, but that he was never actually Swamp Thing. He had a mental connection to the one that was created, but he never truly became the spirit of vengeance for the plant world that he should have been. Meanwhile, the rot that is infecting and trying to destroy human life is co...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Dive into the Red 0

Maxine Baker is no stranger to superpowers or strange things happening in her home, after all, her dad is Animal Man. But now dead animals are coming to Maxine to warn her about an evil force that threatens The Red -- the web of life that ties all things that have ever lived. Her father, Buddy Baker, is covered in tattoos revealing the map of The Red. If they're going to stop everything on Earth from being killed by a monstrous force hiding in the planet's wildlife, they're going to have to trav...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Grayson Goes Solo 0

Dick Grayson has hung up the Batman cowl and returned to his own identity in Nightwing #1, written by Kyle Higgins and drawn by Eddy Barrows. It finds Grayson out on patrol as Nightwing and having an inner monologue about what he's learned about crime fighting and Gotham City under the guise of the Bat. When he visits Haley's Circus, where his parents were killed, he meets old friends and makes a new enemy who is just as nimble as he is.Since Scott Snyder's run on Detective Comics I've become a ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.