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Fearsome Carnage 0

Aside from the fact that Segovia's artwork is still excellent and well rounded, this issue I'm less disappointed in the lack of Clayton Crain mostly because right now it seems like this story really isn't about Carnage. He's a plot device, not the main villain or main character; unless something happens towards the end to bring him back to main villain status in the story. What this is, is a Fearsome Four story, mostly The Wizard. And that's not exactly bad, it's just going to turn away a lot o...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Fearsome Carnage 0

Even though he's doing the covers, it's pretty hard not to be at least a little disappointed by a Carnage miniseries NOT drawn by Clayton Crain. He just achieved Carnage tone PERFECTION on Carnage and Carnage U.S.A., and all other artists just fail in comparison. However, Stephen Segovia's art definitely works really well in this story. It looks great, and it fits the more varied tone of villains it appears will be populating this story.I really like the way the story begins narrated by a compl...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

What's a Van Sloten Diamond? 1

Once again, Araujo is really pulling all the weight in this series. There's so many weak points in the story and the pacing; but somehow the flow seems pretty smooth due to the highly energetic artwork of Araujo. The facial expressions are excellent, the action is super dynamic, the colors are stunning... the design for this new super Sentinel thing is definitely excellent. The art REALLY is what makes this comic readable.There's almost no character development here, we get Mancha worried he's ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Dimitrios = Ultron The Next Generation 0

One of the best spin-offs from the so-so Age of Ultron event was the phenomenal #10A.I. One-shot, showing that Hank Pym had a whole new outlook on life after the events of the event. It dug into his history and endeared me strongly to the character. It was a can't-miss awesome one-shot. So I was understandably excited for Avengers A.I. But let's face it, the reason the one-shot was so spectacular is because it was written by Mark Waid, Marvel's current master of character work, but that's all h...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Beauty In the Eye of the Beholder 0

Trillium is not a comic for the casual reader. Trillium is also probably not a good introduction to the world of deeper storytelling in comics. A lot of this is because of Jeff Lemire's artwork. I won't say it's bad, I'm not that shallow, but it's definitely no Jim Lee or Greg Capullo where it's obviously detailed and excellent. But close examination reveals the body proportions and details like hands are surprisingly skillfully portrayed, despite the initial sense of scribbly, loose, amateur a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Luxury Scrap Metal 0

This issue's definitely a bit better than the previous one, and I know exactly why. For starters, there's no scenes with Clark Kent, Lobdell just seems to muck those down with all sorts of weird subplots that go nowhere for a while. There's also less pointless fighting and more genuinely important fighting. There's a LOT of action in this issue of Action Comics, and it's all pretty awesome. Tyler Kirkham seriously makes the scale of things extremely epic.But a good chunk of the fighting in this ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Superman: Downfall 0

After the trippy Morrison epic, and even the amazingly character rich Andy Diggle story, Action Comics has hit it's downfall with this issue. It feels like an issue of the New 52 Superman, which is appropriate because it shares the writer, Scot Lobdell, and carries over many of the plot details. SO basically Action Comics is now the place for Lobdell to dump his extra story to give us his mediocre Superman twice a month. Up until now, Action Comics felt very interesting and unique in the way it ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Kryptonian Rivalries 0

This issue definitely has the best cover of the issues this arc. The previous two issues had pretty generic action pose covers, the kind that could easily jus be simple panels; but this one is definitely a solid cover. It's not the most unique or innovative design, but the execution is definitely great.Once again, Tony Danial does a top-nothc job at making this series earn the 'Action' in Action Comics. The situation is stacked against him, but that just makes for a more drawn out battle betwee...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

No Stairway To Heaven This TIme 0

This is a pretty useless Trinity War Tie-In. As far as I can tell, nothing is achieved along the path for Trinity War, except MAYBE the mysterious gift Dr. Light told The Stranger to bring to his family. But we've no idea if that'll come into play soon or not. I mean, it seemed like this was going to lead to something when Trinity War spun it off, but really its a dead end. This is only worth it to people reading this series.And it's too soon. Last issue teased what would happen if someday The ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Sixth Heaven 0

Jae Lee once again nails it with the covers, but I feel like this cover belongs on the previous issue. I mean, last issue BEGAN with The Phantom Stranger crucified like that, that was a hell thing, but this issue is about Heaven. In fact, last issue's cover would be better suited for the issue before it. Weird.-Once again, Dematteis pretty much scrapes by the bare basic minimum when it comes to journeying through Heaven like he did with Hell. There's less action or high stakes, but there's even...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Hell Is Other Hells 0

My god, DC really knows how to push my buttons on this series, don't they? As much as I want to dismiss it, I always get weirdly excited whenever Jae Lee draws the covers, he does such a mind blowing job each time and I KNOW I'm not super excited about what's inside, but I can't wait to get the issue because DAMN is it gorgeous on the outside.Fernando Blanco's fill-in work for the last few issues of I, Vampire was a bit of a disappointment, but then it was competing with Andrea Sorrentino, and ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Lois Lane Annual 0

Ok, I gotta say I really like this cover. It's very unique, and even though the execution is fairly simplistic, the overall concept is surprisingly effective. But it's misleading. Yes, the whole story kind of revolves around leftovers from Brainiac's first attack back in Morrison's Action Comics, but Brainiac himself appears only in one short flashback and nowhere else. This story really just sets up a future Brainiac encounter, it doesn't chronicle one.Dan Jurgens' artwork definitely has a bit...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Who Is Coop? 1

Does Ken Lashley just expend all his cover talent on Batwing and have none left over for Superboy? This one's seriously a poorly laid out jumble of a mess.This issue's art is done by Gui Babli, and in a way it looks like a weird imitation of R.B. Silva's work. There's times where it works, but overall this issue just looks really 'off'.I want to say I appreciated the reference with "McDuffie High School," but considering how weak this issue was overall, and the series in general, I can't help b...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Another Dea Vu All Over Again 0

Why is it that Ken Lashley can deliver stunning covers for Batwing, but only pulls off mediocre ones for Superboy? This one just feels rushed and bland; and the linework is messy.But on the interior art, in some ways I would say R.B. Silva is at his best this issue. The facial expressions are stunning in an issue where it's definitely appropriate, and KRYPTO IS FLUFFY ADORABLE but still a badass wolf when need be. I don't totally remember Krypto and Superboy interacting all that much in H'el On...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Mind Over Matter 0

Ken Lashley's given us some terrible covers on Ravagers, but lately he's definitely stepped up his game, and his Batwign covers are phenomenal. This Superboy cover's not quite up to those standards, but the boldness helps make the generic concept work fairly well.The interior art for this issue... is a mess. A good chunk of the issue is done by series regular R.B. Silva, and it looks how I'd expect from him, but suddenly it jumps into Kenneth Rocafot's art, who has a wildly different sstyle. I ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Signaling Minor Improvement 0

I really like this issue's cover. It's got the same basic concept as the previous one at it's core, but it tweaks bits of the basics and makes it even more interesting and unique. But beyond that, the execution is significantly better, since the threat shown is much more along the same lines as what the text suggests.The art's still just pretty good. The fight scenes are fairly well executed, but throughout the issue there's a bit of an overuse of close-ups on characters faces. This is especial...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Punishment Doesn't Fit the Lack of Crime 0

I really like the idea behind this first issue's cover, but I feel like the whole setting of the New 52 really limited its effectiveness. It doesn't feel like Pandora's about to take on "THE ENTIRE DCU", more like "Everyone Who Just Happens to Be Important Lately." There's major groups and characters missing like the Doom Patrol and The Outsiders and The New Gods, etc. But of course, most of them are absent in the New 52, so I guess there's no helping it. But the impact just isn't enough for a ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

#Robotrock 0

Ok, I like this cover, but the content itself bothers me in relation to the issue. Cecilia's arm doesn't turn all robotic until the very end of the issue, it's actually the final page cliffhanger. So this issue implies we're going to be dealing with a lot of drama on her part for this arm, but really that plot point barely exists in this issue.I was surprised that this issue jumped focus from Mohammed to Cecilia, I thought Mo was our outsider to follow into the group for this whole first arc, b...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Money Money Money 0

Like Animal Man and Swamp Thing, The Green Team sets out to be a great yin-yang counterpart to Gail Simone's The Movement. The Movement started out on the streets, a dark dismal setting and slowly introduced the various morally questionable protagonists mid-action after the basic premise was laid out fairly quickly. The Green Team jumps right into introducing a group that's actually quite likable and interesting despite being Scrooge McDuck rich. It's weird, the poor Movement should be more rel...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

GO TEAM WASHINGTON 1

After a disappointing cover last issue, Sepulveda really delivers a gorgeous one this time around. The super close up works really well when we get to see the details in the stitching in Bane's mask, the stretching folds in the material, and the cracks in the owl mask. Really nice work.I wish I could say the same for Sepulveda's interior art, there's just not a great flow to the action here, but it's definitely a very traditional fight scene, and Sepulveda excels more at strange kind of battles...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Talon's Creed 0

So there was a 'crossover' between this series and Birds of Prey, but honestly the entire story happened in BoP #21. This issue promises to be a full second part of the story, especially with the cover, but honestly it only takes the first few pages to just finish out the epilogue kind of stuff from the crossover. I'm a little confused at how some of that worked, I mean, why was Calvin fighting so hard before if there would end up being a way to avoid killing Strix? He had to know Strix was jus...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Welcome Home To Your Nice Warm Cage 0

I've seen very mixed reactions to the artist switch here. Personally one of my biggest problems with it is simply the fact that it's a DRASTIC change from Guillem March. But honestly, I thought March was perfect for the series. He didn't always seem to bring his A-Game, but I was waiting for it to come. March completely blew my mind when he did art for Azrael, the perfect balance of bright colors contrasting heavily with the dark tone to create a beautifully unnerving atmosphere. It was a maste...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

EVERYBODY IS EVIL 0

Despite Starfire looking frighteningly anorexic, this issue has a really nice cover. The soft color palate makes for a nice sort of dreamlike quality to the image, which is a very subtle yin-yang. And honestly I have to admire the way Starfire doesn't look like some kind of non-existant super skinny sexy, when she looks frighteningly thin, she looks literally malnourished. She DOESN'T look attractively skinny, she looks unnerving. I mean, there's no context to make that kind of statement, but I...

3 out of 5 found this review helpful.

A Step Backwards 0

There's something really inconsistent about Julius Gopez's artwork. THe first few pages it looks awesome, but during a lot of the later conflict and emotional portions it just looks kind of messy. I end up remembering the messy parts more overwhelmingly, so my impression at the end of the issue was that the art wasn't that great, but it some cases it was. I wish Gopez would bring his A-Game consistently.THe continuity of the New 52 takes another major hit of confusion here, as it seems Hugo Str...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Stage is Set 0

Ok. That cover. Is Stunning. Such a simplistic but clever idea coupled with PHENOMENAL execution... Just... wow. Beautiful. Perfect. Menacing. Catchy. Everything.The mystery of Reverse-Flash develops at a nice pace this issue, much more akin to the beginning of the arc than the unfortunate filler tangent last issue. Unfortunately this issue delves more into teasing a Barry-Patty-Iris love triangle, the idea of which infuriates me to no end because of all the amazing relationship developments we...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Kid Filler 0

The cover gets across the point of the issue, but it's just so basic and boring, especially compared to the previous cover and the next one.So, as pointless as it is, the confrontation between Flash and Kid Flash looks stunning. Francis Manapul's artwork is gorgeous, and while his layouts aren't as wild and artistic as usual, they're a lot smarter on a basic level. There's a lot less wasted space in this issue than most, in terms of artwork.The end of this issue has some plot advancement with t...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Murder in a Flash 0

See, this would be an awesome cover for an issue in the middle of the arc, where Flash was actually FIGHTING Reverse-Flash. This isn't a great cover for the beginning where the two haven't met and are barely are of each others' presence. I mean, the focus is a little too zoomed in, but overall the sense of excessive speed attacks ON the freaking hero of speed is very smart, and the execution is pretty sweet.Ok, of course Francis Manapul's artwork is gorgeous. There's a lot of excellent surreal ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Gordon's Grit 0

Changing the artists every arc works for a series like this, the way it is ever since Gregg Hurwitz took over. His overall writing, especially when it comes to the characterization of Batman, has been a little spotty, but it's undeniable that he excels at exploring the darker side of Batman's insane villains. And for a premise like that, giving each villain a different artist to depict them makes sense. Alex Maleev's artwork is really pretty great on it's own, but more than that it has a perfect...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Is This REALLY Earth 2? 0

I really have no idea what the cover is going for here. "Earth 2" Superman and Batman are fighting their hearts out or something, while Earth Zero Superman is floating/standing at attention looking bored, and Earth Zero Batman is like, 'LOL whatever.' Is there supposed to be some kind of tension of some sort here? Oh wait, I got the Earths mixed up. Still though.I have to say, the story in this issue is A LOT more coherent. There's less of the inner monologue exploring the heroes' reactions to ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Icons Still Getting Their Footing 0

This is going to come across as a very petty complaint, but I think it has serious bearing on the appeal of the series overall. The logo is INCREDIBLY boring. The previous Superman/Batman series had a beautifully iconic logo, blending the iconic symbols of it's iconic heroes into one. This series just has the two names one over the other in super generic font. It just isn't eye-catching, and I think that's definitely a misstep in terms of marketing.On the other hand, Jae Lee's artwork is INCRED...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Guns and Girls 0

Is Massacre supposed to be come kind of completely serious deconstruction of The Joker or something? His plan in this issue is more of a Joker kind of move, it's somewhat and weirdly elaborate, but cruel and deadly nonetheless; and of course it's all about spectacle and impact. But did Massacre care about those things? It seemed to me he was just someone who killed because he could. He never seemed like someone after fame or fortune, both of which he pursues in this issue.And when push comes to...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Big Spider On Campus 0

There's something a little off about the series lately. It lacks the charm of new-ness Slott brought to Amazing Spider-Man. Each story is about Ock dealing with some leftovers from ASM in his new more violent way. It's pretty obvious where this arc is going, and it's a little disappointingly generic. And I'm not all that impressed with Massacre as a villain. He's a sociopath, ok, and he's a very medical version, specifically detached from human emotions and morality due to brain damage, but how...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Sympathetic Superior 0

This issue really wraps things up from the 'superior' start, crafting a lot of loose ends from the previous issues into a semblance of an arc. And on this issue alone, it definitely succeeds. We saw seeds of The Vulture's return at the beginning of the series, and of course there's the bit we left off from in ASM, and it all works together well to gives us a big character moment for Ock-Parker.There's actually all sorts of great development for our new 'hero', or hero-in-progress perhaps. Protag...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Anything You Could Do, I Will Do Better 0

Ryan Stegman is definitely a great artist. Not only does the action have plenty of dynamism, but he does an excellent job with the facial expressions, especially of Ock-Parker. In fact, I think the mastery of his face in this issue is vital to understanding how the character can work. While I, as a reader, am LOOKING for signs that he's Ock, the general public and Peter's friends and family AREN'T looking for a reason to distrust him. His expressions are a goofy and definitely set to Ock-Parker ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Dead Sons 0

I kinda feel like this cover is coming slightly late, as it was two issues ago Batgirl sliced the logo off her costume. But the past two issues had such amazing topical covers, and this one is so damn intense on it's own it's easily forgivable.Scott Snyder really brought a huge shift to the Batman family with Death of the Family. I mean, I have to give credit to Morrison for killing Damian, and Simone for having Barbara 'kill' her brother, but it feels like this all began with Joker breaking the...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Dancing Like Puppets On Life's Stage 0

This cover's not as outright creepy as the previous one, but it's absolutely gorgeous, a haunting eerie kind of beauty. I'm really glad to hear Alex Garner is going to be doing Batgirl covers regularly for the near future. Seriously, Garner is an amazing artist born to do cover work. He's mastered the layout style, details, atmosphere; everything. Bravo Alex Garner, bravo.I feel like the artist change between Daniel Sampere to Fernando Pasarin was meant to happen before this arc began, because ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Changes 0

This fantastic cover promises a lot. I mean, it doesn't promise the biggest story or a whole ton of events, but it promises something really creepy and/or twisted, I mean seriously look at that cover! The new Ventriloquist looks looks horrifying, malnourished, and downright unnerving. And the Batgirl puppet isn't much better, which I mean in a good way because the creepiness is just so intense and eye-catching, I'm really getting excited about Batgirl again.THIS is where Gail Simone usually shi...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The [?]-Ferior Foes 0

The whole idea of Superior Spider-Month feels so blatantly gimmicky, to try to jump start more Spidey spin-offs while the controversy of Superior Spider-Man is riding high. I mean, Superior Carnage? And Superior Spider-Man Team-Up is just a continuation of Avenging Spider-Man. And The Superior Foes of Spider-Man? That title is a mouthful on it's own, and.... What's that? Nick Spencer's writing this? Oh nevermind I'm way on board.And Spencer continues to not disappoint me. The premise is direct ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

The Subtle Dystopia 0

I throw around words like 'God Class' and 'Deities' all the time when I talk about writers like Nick Spencer and Scott Snyder, and Greg Rucka SHOULD belong in that category, but he's not. He's in an odd tangental class all of his own, with equal respect from me. It's clear that his roots are deep as a novelist, yet one of his most distinct traits is a mastery of minimalism when it has the most effect. Rucka can tell some of the most intense stories without dialogue. His Punisher run was a work ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Future Looking Bright. 0

After almost a decade of complete reshaping at the hands of Geoff Johns, Green Lantern is beginning a whole new era. Whether this is the age of Venditti or not has yet to be seen, but he's taken over the reigns impressively well. Instead of resetting things to status quo, Johns threw things for the craziest change yet right at his finale, throwing the reigns into the air for Venditti to catch them without missing a beat. However, Venditti seemed like a fine replacement for Cornell on Demon Knig...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.