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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.

Galaktus 0

Marvel is completely dominating the cover game lately, between Jock's amazing minimalism on New Avengers and Mike Del Mundo's insane work on X-Men Legacy. This is my favorite cover for this series yet, still not showing any character in full, and Glactus almost looking even more menacing with the Illuminati forming a gaping mouth or wicked teeth.Sometimes I feel like Hickman is reading my mind when he writes this series, using some of my favorite fringe concepts. Well, Illuminati's not THAT fri...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

I Think I Have Brain Cancer Now 0

Seriously, who the hell is still reading this series aside from masochists and professionals? The only reasons I read this series is to maintain my amateur professionalism, warn others away, and honestly just see how stupid ti can possibly get. This issue seriously grated on the logic drive of my brain so many times, it's not even funny. And the artist had some very confusing panel work at times, so even that's gotten dragged down.Penguin was always one of the more rational of Batman's foes. Si...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

All Thors Hate Time Travel 0

Esad Ribic continues to basically draw with the tools of a god. Thor: God of Thunder is one of the most beautiful comic books I've ever read, and one that can still manage an amazing sense of dynamism. The specific touches to the style just make it an absolute perfect fit for the series, especially when it shows off such beyond-grand architecture.Jason Aaron has struck a perfect balance in dialogue in all aspects. One of the most impressive feats is the way he's balanced each of the three Thors...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

SIR Ystin's Quest, Renewed 0

Chad Hardin's art is pretty good in the opening sequence, but towards the end of the issue it starts to deteriorate a bit, culminating in the battle with the hydra beast depicted on the cover. This battle reminds me plenty of other battles we've seen, especially the demonic creatures they fought on the way to Avalon, but there's something a little hollow about it. The art is at its absolute weakest during this portion, and it just feels like it's going through the motions. Everyone attacks, and...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Amazons Defend! 0

I'm torn on how I feel about this foldout cover. On one hand, the main cover works really well on its own, and the foldout cover looks pretty great as a whole, but the main cover spoils the other half by virtue of Shining Knight being the only one missing from the main cover. And while the surprise on the foldout isn't a spoiler for the final page, it does come fairly late in the issue, leaving you waiting for the depicted moment through most of the issue.Bernard Chang is still absolutely naili...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Walk in the Valley of Death 0

This issue has an excellent cover. It truly embraces the stage of grief this issue is on, and the way it blurs together the two titular characters is brialliant. It's a simple concept, but the execution is stunning. The interior art is excellent as well, there's a truly perfect panel right after Carrie gives some advice on taking care of Titus, where Bruce is taking all his effort on keeping from showing his rage. You can feel just how much he's holding back with the subtleties in his face. I s...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Taking It Easy in Baltimore 0

This issue will be better in retrospect in a few weeks. But I have to judge it on the fact that it came out when it did, and that means that a Wrath of the First Lantern Epilogue came out before the final issue of Wrath of the First Lantern. So this issue has a few spoilers for the end result. One of the big ones was fairly obvious, and there's a few others only hinted at, so overall I'm actually not as upset as I could be. This issue is a bit more about cleaning up some loose ends from the New...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Deadpool Kills Aquaman 0

I know some people might be disappointed on the lack of follow-up on last issue's surprise ending, but I definitely think it would detract from this arc too much. The scene was there to establish an ongoing situation, but Deadpool seriously doesn't have time to go on a side-quest right now, he's damn busy with his hit-list and attempts to free Preston from his mind. But there is a perfect scene that follows up on the situation right at the end, with Deadpool unconscious. Preston gets a chance t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Devil Went Down to Jersey 0

Tony Moore was an absolutely perfect artist for this series, or at least especially for the first arc chock full of zombies. But I have to say, Mike Hawthorne's artwork is a damn good follow up. It doesn't have the same kind of grotesque details, but there's a good wider appeal tone that I think works better for this arc, and could be good for the series continuing beyond this point.As it turns out, last issue's side adventure into the 80's wasn't as self-contained as it seemed. In addition to t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Pure Entertainment 0

There is honestly very little that needs to be said about this issue from a critical standpoint. I can dig deep into details all day, but that would kind of defeat the core trait that makes this issue fantastic.IT'S FUN AS HELL.Yes, I had concerns in the first few issues over the lack of depth and praised the previous issue for setting up a lot more of that depth, but this issue so fully embraces comedy and entertainment that it defies all other intentions. The comedy on this issue is on a whole...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Washington Attacks Washington 0

Tony Moore's interior art is still incredible and a perfect fit for this series. The cover artist for this issue is completely different, but it's got the same kind of perfect comedic tone the other covers have had.This story's been a little monotonous at times, but always incredibly funny. But there's more to Deadpool than comedy. This jumping off of last issue's shock ending, this issue flexes Deadpool's "serious muscles" quite a bit, without losing a beat on the comedy, even perfecting the c...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Telepaths and Ninjas and Psychic Bears, Oh My! 0

I like the cover better than the previous one, but it bothers me because it just isn't apt for this issue. Fantomex and Cluster have a very minimal role here like the other issues, they're still the only characters detached from the main story. The interior artwork is still excellent in both sequences, and the balance is extremely nice. This is why multiple artists CAN work.Overall this issue was a lot more focused, all the plotlines are converging, and the flow has finally hit a good stride. E...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

In the Dark 0

I'm not that fond of the design for the cover, a little generic, but the art style is undeniably great, and the coloring is amazing. The lighting is expressed in unique color shades that create a gorgeous effect.The interior art is also really nice. Ron Garney's artwork is definitely excellent, with powerful facial expressions and dynamic fight scenes. I was especially impressed by the dark cramped battle with Bishop in the subway tunnel. The darkness created an amazing sense of disorientation ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

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Ann Nocenti's Catwoman is a truly terrible series. It's so bad it makes the Halle Berry movie look good. I can't even imagine how Nocenti can possibly think she deserves it to be published once she hands in her scripts. I can't imagine how every single editor doesn't just install copies of her Catwoman scripts in the bathroom as emergency toilet paper.Catwoman is incarcerated in an Arkham that is completely unlike any Arkham I've EVER seen. I think this is something Nocenti saw in a dream or so...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Mind Games 0

I don't think David Finch really understood the point of the foldout covers. What's on the other half is painfully obvious alone, not even mentioning that Catwoman #19 was released BEFORE this issue which this issue sets up, continues, and partially contradicts. But I'm willing to lay the heavier part of the blame on Ann Nocenti for that because, as I've said before, she's just awful.So, explain to me how Steve Trevor and most of the team is dumb enough to think they're fighting the real Trinit...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Field Test 0

This issue has a pretty decent 'first issue' kind of cover, where the focus isn't a flag, and the characters are all pretty well balanced. The flipside is that this is definitely among the weaker of David Finch's artwork. It looks incredibly rushed and heavy and just not like what I'm used to from him.The secret society is definitely getting some interesting setup. The opening scene appears to reveal the leader, but not his actual identity. He shares a few disappointing design similarities to T...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Jediah Caul Show! 0

This cover's not as good as the previous ones. The image is way too crowded with the close up, and the colors are incredibly muddy and muddled.Overall this isn't one of the better issues either. It kind of falls into a pattern at this point, in terms of pacing in terms of character focus. And between the two scenes, there were a lot of missteps in the plot. The opening scene with just a short Ember/Steath conversation ends very suddenly with a shocking and abrupt death. It's a really disappoint...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Infinite Universe 0

This issue has one of the strangest foldout covers of them all. The main cover REALLY doesn't look like a foldout, the cover works amazingly by itself. But the foldout does add an interesting extra appeal. By itself, the foldout cover is amazing. But of course, with the context of the story, it spoils the END of the issue. But honestly, the text on the main cover spoils the foldout. I mean, who else even HAS bottled cities to trap you in? Much less in a sci-fi setting.As much as the big twist o...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Deconstruction Until It Breaks 0

I love this cover, its creative and unique, but it sets up a false hype for Thor who's appearance in this issue is, important, but ultimately pretty minimal. I was kind of hoping for a little adventure with Thor, but we come in right at the tail end of it.Nuno Plati's artwork just keeps getting better. The colors have a better gradual shade to them, and the heads aren't quite so oddly shaped. It still keeps his quirky style, but doesn't go as far into the awkward territory.Thor's a PERFECT ment...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

This Is Not Your Average Coming-of-Age Story 0

After the odd sense of repetition between the first two covers, this one's a lot more interesting. There's still a significant clash between the art styles of Humberto Ramos and Nuno Plati. This cover has simple design, but it's actually very well representative of the events of the issue. Nuno Plati's art really starts to work great in this issue, the way Plati draws energy is awesome, and there's a LOT of that in this series. Plus the vibrant colors create a very unique look, and there's a do...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Abeo And Beyond! 0

I kind of like how this cover reminds me of the final cover to the related Legion Lost series, but overall it wavers between ugly and just 'meh'. The concept is decent, but Terra looks bizarre, Lightning's not even there but Ridge is, Rose looks weirdly at peace, and Beast Boy's forehead is enormous. Plus the original version of the cover had him green, it appeared they were going to return him to his previous coloring, but apparently that is not the case. The interior art is solid once again, ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Middle of the End 0

This is an especially odd foldout cover. The solicit kind of ruined the twist with the word choice, but the twist happens fairly early in the issue, enough to say this is the foldout cover done right. But there's something else hidden, even in the non-foldout part that doesn't even get acknowledged until the final page.Last issue, Michael Alan Nelson punched me right in the heart when he whiplashed from sickeningly sweet right into sweetly sickening. This issue, however, doesn't really keep up t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Prison Psychology 0

I've been a very harsh critic of the New 52 Suicide Squad, partly because of what the did to Amanda Waller, but mostly because it just hasn't been very good. Occasional issues were actually all right, but plenty more were just awful. Not quite as much as Green Arrow, but this series was still far overdue for a creative team change. Lo and behold, this issue marks that change, and like Green Arrow, the new team has completely turned this series around in a single issue with a different and atmos...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Indestructible Hulksmash! 0

It still baffles me how little I'm bothered by Walt Simonson's artwork, especially since there's a few moments in this issue that aren't particularly good, but dammit, his art is somehow perfect for this arc.There's not a whole lot to the main events of this issue that distinguish it from the previous issue, but there's a lot of big and intriguing revelations. Many things are explained, and many things are set up for the future of the series. The time portal they accidentally created holds a su...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Indestructible Hulk On Ice 0

I'm usually one of the first people to jump to skepticism when a company has something illustrated by a 'Legendary' artist, like Norm Breyfogle on Batman Beyond, and based on the covers for this arc I had major concerns. Especially since Walt Simonson's simple and loose style clashes heavily with Yu's excessive details; but somehow it works. The interior art looks a lot better than the cover art, and the colors somehow make everything work. There's also the sense of this being a new arc that he...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Hulk: Ladies Man? 0

At this point I think it barely needs to be said that Leinil Yu's artwork is utterly gorgeous, but just to be safe LEINIL YU'S ART IS GORGEOUS. The colors are brilliantly drenched in oceanic blues and greens, and the character work is sublime.Banner has a very unique experience with the Lemurian Rebel Army, where his is liked more for The Hulk than he is as banner. The dysfunctional fling he has with Mara is extremely entertaining, creates some excellent character exploration, and actually serv...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

New Nightwing 0

Luke Fox is the new Batwing! Didn't want to say that about the last issue, but you're supposed to know that coming into this issue. There's a lot of potential with that choice, given who his father is, and his connection to the Batman Family. It also explains his natural intelligence, which is actually a bit of a point of conflict with his father, and it's refreshing to see a strained father/son dynamic where both actually have a genuine point. Neither of them is really the 'bad guy' in this si...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Endings and Beginnings 0

I'm not sure what Batman's supposed to be doing the way he is one the cover, but his presence does make sense. This is a BRILLIANT foldout cover, the way the twist of a new Batwing is revealed, but the identity is still in question. I gotta say, I LOVE the design for the new Batwing, even if it does seem a bit like Batman Beyond mixed with classic Nightwing. David Zavimbe's Batwing was a little more unique, but the new Batwing's armor is sleeker, and cooler. Though the helmet looks a bit owl-is...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.