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The Beginning of the Birds' Positive Migration In Quality 0

Man, I really miss the Trevor McCarthy covers for this series. So much unique colors and brilliant energy smartly laid out. This one's just generic, not bad exactly, but completely generic.However, I'm still really digging Molenaar's interior artwork. The fight scenes have such motion to them, even if the panel pacing is a little confusing at times in the midst of a fight. Each panel by itself looks really nice, but during the fight with Mr. Freeze there's quite a few moments where it feels like...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Why Bother? 0

Wow, Nocenti's actually improving her Catwoman writing. I mean, she still sucks pretty hard, but at least there's a baby's handful of things that are actually not half bad in this issue. There are a LOT of scenes where Batman's either ridiculous or just plain stupid, but honestly his moment of emotional turmoil as he smashes the ever-living hell out of Catwoman's helmet out of frustration, and Catwoman tosses it away and embraces him when it reminds him of The Joker; both these moments in the sc...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

It's Sad That This is Actually An Improvement 0

At this point, this series literally had no where to go but up, unless perhaps Rob Liefeld started doing the artwork. If that happened I would probably be able to give my first ever truly 0/5 score. Last issue was an absolutely nightmarish atrocity, so at least this issue was.... I don't want to say 'tolerable' but at least it didn't make me want to commit mass homicide.What it really comes down to, is that this issue wasn't exceedingly horrendous on every level save artwork like the previous is...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

I Can't Even... Anything... 0

I can't even.... I can't this time. I don't want to flip back through the issue to find each and every single moment that pissed me off or made me confused or just hurt my brain. There were WAY too many, and at least half of them were actually deeply layered and spiderweb-connected to others. Seriously, Nocenti's horrendousness is as deeply layered as Morrison's quality. It's like a whole new world of new levels of awful. Literally everything in this issue falls into one of three main categories...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Origin of Nihilism 0

I enjoyed Butch Guice's artwork on Resurrection Man, but it hasn't advanced so much since the 90's. But honestly his art isn't bad, it's just.... it has the unfortunate task of following Esad Ribic, and Esad Ribic has spent 5 issues detailing us on why he is the perfect artist for this series, and he achieved that completely once each and every damn page. Guice's art just looks a little generic and simplistic by comparison. It's still good art, just.... yeah.As his butcher mission wrapped up las...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Ur-Nihilism 0

Esad Ribic is the ultimately perfect artist for Thor. The colors are so elegant, and the scenery is something way beyond grandiose. It evokes that sense of 'mythological epic' that this story most certainly is IN SPADES.This entire story, there's been a very strange sense of mystery about this story. We've known from the start who Gorr is and what he does and the basics of how; but there's a deeper multi-layered intrigue to the 'why.' We don't know why Gorr is so intensely dedicated to 'butcheri...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

DANGER ZONES! 0

After two pretty weak covers, this series makes up for it in full with another absolutely brilliant one. I'm not sure if it's a tribute like most of the others, but I absolutely love it. It brings an odd, almost lighthearted tone to the series, that it needs in small doses like this to balance out the tragedy just enough. It's amazing how silly this cover is without being completely Deadpool-goofy. I mean, sexy-posing Darkhawk with a starfish on his chest comes pretty close to absolutely gut-bus...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Streets of Gotham 0

This cover is another fantastic and truly intense Requiem. This issue doesn't linger too long on remembering Robin, but it uses that scene to drive a lot of the underlying emotions carrying forward. And the moment itself, though short, is incredibly potent.John Layman is.... just fantastic. This series is beginning to remind me of the PHENOMENAL Streets of Gotham by the incomparable Paul Dini. Layman's really making a lot happen here, and at times it's actually hard to figure out which plot is t...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

From Negative Ten to Hero 0

There's something about this cover that feels almost exactly the same as the first cover. Maybe it's the Spider-Man background, or Alpha's face in the exact same place. Regardless the excessive similarities in tone make it really bland for me.As for the interior art, I'm sure I'm in the minority but in this issue it's already grown on me. The action is incredibly energetic, and the facial expressions are pretty damn good, even if everyone's head is impossibly long and thin.At the end of the prev...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Determination Level: Hell 0

If there's one major difference since Venditti took over, it's that the covers haven't been as good. Last issue's was great, but this one is just a mess. The colors are way too similar and really blur together the already overcrowded image. However, Chang is still nailing it just fine on the interior art. The epic scale action flows well, and the facial expressions are incredible.This issue I'm really starting to notice the subtle differences between the way Cornell and Venditti write the charac...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Gotham Legends 0

I LOVED the artwork for the first story. It reminded me so much of Francesco Francavilla that it was hard to believe that it WASN'T Francavilla for a bit. As the story got going it really started to come out with it's own style, but either way it looked utterly amazing. I'm a little bothered by a panel where Batman completely decimates the roof of a car by landing on it, it just seems a little bit excessive. As for the story.... opinions will be split on this one for sure. There's something almo...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Death Machine 0

After the more subtle and surreal covers in Wrath of the First Lantern, it's kind of nice to see one that's a more accurate portrayal of the specific surreality of the event. I loved the first covers, they were best for the beginning of the event, but now that we know the basic structure it makes sense to have a more specific cover.I hate to say it, but I'm already feeling a bit fatigued by the 'mess with people's lives' m.o. of Volthoom, and dedicating an entire issue per character each time. I...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Butterflies in Time 0

This cover looks really bland and rushed. It takes the most basic process to let us know they're meeting Julius Caesar, and everything looks very loose and lumpy compared to the interior art by the same artist. Although in the interior art, Johnny Storm tends to look a bit off, especially with his hair eerily matching Franklin's.I'm really starting to feel let down by Fantastic Four. We were promised a journey that would defy comprehension, and so far all we've gotten are some basic science fict...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

First Date 0

Dear God and the Holy Spirit, Del Mundo is just.... the best cover artist. Ever. These X-Men Legacy covers are consistently gorgeous, mind blowing, and surreal.Also on the art front, I'm super excited to see Tan Eng Huat returning. Molina's art was serviceable, but just didn't have the same 'kick' to it that Huat's has. His art is just bursting with personality. Brilliant vibrant colors, very animated and fluid motion, wild surreal elements; it's just perfect for this kind of series and I'm so d...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Gordons 0

That cover is damn powerful. Mikel Janin gives us an absolutely amazing Requiem cover.... it just doesn't fit. Batgirl's reaction is a single tear mostly, and it's far more about the effect it has on Bruce than any personal sorrow. Her dad has a more intense reaction, and I actually rather like that, since I think it'll cause some tension as Batgirl goes head to head with his son James Jr. As evil as he is, Gordon is probably going to feel a greater attachment to his son after the knowledge of t...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Short-Lived Happy Endings 0

What's with all these ill-fitting covers with some of the more offbeat DC series' lately? I feel like I've been talking about them a lot the past few days, and recall most of those same series' having off covers the month before as well. This issue's cover isn't too bad, but like last issue it doesn't fit whatsoever. The text kind of works, but the image implies a heavy focus on Terra, and a potentially traitorous one; but nothing even close to that really happens.Art duties are split down the m...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Yeah, This is the Nocenti I Know 0

David Finch provided some excellent covers for Brightest Day, but his Katana covers so far are just... bad. This one is way too crowded with a very dull and generic layout that's far too close up.And this issue, Alex Sanchez's artwork isn't nearly as good as it was in the first issue. The colors are still very light, but they lack the unique kick they had before and look much more normal. And when in costume, Katana's face tends to look absolutely bizarre. Not to mention that he battle scars fro...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

You Know, There's This New Thing Called "Realistic Dialogue" 0

So... this issue had TWO writers for plot AND a third writer for dialogue? Yikes. And it shows that either that was a huge mistake, or that Tony Lee is terrible at dialogue. Because the dialogue in this issue is godawful. It seems like Superboy decided to follow in Superman's footsteps, and after improving over the course of H'el On Earth, has taken a nosedive.Every. Single. Goddamn. Person. in this issue never shuts their damn mouths. Whether it's dialogue or internal monologue, everyone seems ...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Just Commit Suicide Already 0

I really, really don't like Henrik Jonsson's artwork. It's rushed and messy and simplistic, and just.... ugh. Harley at least doesn't look as much like a transvestite in this issue as she did in other recent issues, but he makes up for that by frequently failing to draw backgrounds. That, and Red Orchid is a complete and utter visual mess of a character. Her weird spiky shoulders look awful, but not nearly as awful as her damn disturbing eyes that look like a middle schooler drew them. And how u...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Guns, Robots, and Supermen 0

The original solicited version of this cover was pretty cool, but the new version is even cooler! It pulls of the split image in a very unique way, and one that crafts an intriguing mystery. Is that Grifter in the past and the present, or is there someone else killed by Deathstroke the Terminator? Read this issue to find out! .... Or actually no. This issue never even comes close to approaching the plot implied by the cover. Slade is still not Deathstroke, he isn't turning against his team, the ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Amateur But Necessary Surgical Work 0

In the spirit of tying together all the major events of Geoff Johns' Green Lantern epic as he comes to his grand conclusion, The Dead Zone really opens a lot of interconnected windows in the grand scheme of things. Blackest Night is a vital connection to all of this, as a cornerstone of the Johns' Lantern Saga, and it's being thrust back to importance here without feeling repeated or forced. Also in the spirit of the uniting of the old and new, Baz finally meets his dual predecessor, Hal Jordan ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Ame-Comi Girls #6 0

I feel like... this really shouldn't be a first issue. It's the climax of an arc that's been building for five issues of Ame-Comi Girls: Featuring...; and if each 'Featuring' issue was headlining a different character, but still numbered 1-5, why couldn't this just be Ame-Comi Girls #6? Any new readers coming in at this point are going to be confused, this issue drops us right in the middle of the big battle directly picking up from the Supergirl issue. I was perfectly fine, but I've been follow...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

WHAT. THE. H'EL. 0

Lobdell... you totally blew it. I was on board with this whole event, Superboy and even Supergirl were improving, as was Superman but it wouldn't take much to improve this series, but the ending of this massive event was a complete and utter mess of a ridiculous magnitude. Aside from the art. Kenneth Rocafort made this finale gorgeous and quite epic in combat.First off, there's the significantly hyped Oracle, with ties all the way back to Superman and Stormwatch #1, constantly built up across th...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Best Nocenti Work Yet 0

Right off the bat, I was worried about this series after Ann Nocenti's atrocious run on Green Arrow and her devastating run on Catwoman, and this first cover certainly didn't help. Are her ankles tied together or something? Is she about to take a dump? Katana is drawn in the one of the most awkward and impossible pose I've ever seen with bizarre breasts and excessively curvy hips and legs.But as soon as I opened the book and took a glance through it, my hopes were raised a bit because Alex Sanch...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Justice vs. Tragedy 0

This issue has a REALLY intense cover. The basic layout's nothing too special, but the execution is so full of raw emotion and perfect colors that I can't hate it.I still love Fiorentino's artwork here, it actually just keeps getting better, but there's one glaring problem I noticed. On the final page, when Batwing dons his new armor, it looks different than it has the entire series, but I also realized it looks basically the same as how Fiorentino has been drawing it already. The effect is a li...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Breaking Batwing 0

I've never before really been a fan of Fabrizio Fiorentino's artwork, I really couldn't stand the work he did on Titans, but here his artwork seems almost fantastic. It's not Ben Oliver, but the gritty grainy style really suits the atmosphere. The action is dynamic, the blood splatters are wild, the quality is nice... it looks great. Good job Fiorentino!Sky Pirate is a bit of a generic name, but I can't deny that his design is AWESOME. He has aspects of several of the villains Batwing's faced th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Imbalanced Team 0

I really really don't like Ken Lashley's covers. His Suicide Squad ones have all been ridiculously messy and generic, and this one, while not super messy, is pretty generic and kind of awkward. I like the blur effect from Midnighter in the foreground to the giant Engineer in the background, but Zealot looks Liefeld-terrible. She's in one of the most sexualized poses possible, which includes a skimpier costume than she actually has in the issue! Her hips and thighs are NOT exposed in her costume,...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Stormwatch Soap Opera 0

OH MY GOD FINALLY! This series' artwork has been wildly inconsistent since Milligan took over, either changing artists constantly, or just having multiple artists each issue, and lately it seemed Will Conrad was taking over, but this is the first issue he's been able to complete without the need for a fill-in artist. I'm not a fan of the way he draws Harry Tanner or especially his blades, but the consistency was a nice improvement.I guess it's because Milligan's run is wrapping up in one more is...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Demon Poker Face 0

It's not Jae Lee, but this cover is still pretty excellent. The gentle shadowy reflection of The phantom Stranger and te Sons of Trigon as they look out across the lights of Las Vegas with flames on the horizon. Although I admire the limited color palate to emphasize the sort of 'film noir' tone The Stranger gives off here, it's kind of the opposite of the tone Las Vegas generally gives off.The solicits and issue title, not to mention The Stranger himself in narration early on, all emphasize the...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Childish Schoolyard Bickering Between Reality Warpers 0

God damn DC... you sons of bitches putting Jae Lee on cover duties... Last issue and this one I was far more excited about this series than I should be. The massively eye-catching blue background has an eerie contrast to the genuinely disturbing and creepy image of The Phantom Stranger with The Spectre climbing out of his face, (ironic considering who eats whom in the issue.) It's just amazing.But the interior art.... I normally really like Philip Tan, but he's working off of initial pencils of ...

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

A Natural Disaster 0

Finally, a Worlds' Finest issue with a really good cover. It's emotionally intense for the right reasons, and oddly ominous in a unique way.HOLY CRAP! IT'S A WORLDS' FINEST ISSUE WITHOUT FAR TOO MANY ARTISTS FOR NO REASON! Kevin Maguire's art has a few hiccups here and there, but overall I'm just relieved to finally have an issue with reasonably consistent artwork.Although even though the art is now the most consistent it's been yet, ironically the story is all over the place, following up on lo...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Boys' Night Out 0

The main cover for this issue is gorgeous, best of the 'A' covers this miniseries has seen. The very soft and gentle colors really set a beautiful and serene tone, and the characters are all very well balanced out in a nice well thought out stack.This issue was probably the most smoothly written issue, as well as the first one that didn't feel like it was a bit too short. Marshall Lee swoops in and attempts to escort Fionna down the rabbit hole into an adventure that connects all three of the ma...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Mighty Monarch's Vibe Review on Comicvine 0

All everyone seemed to talk about when this book was first announced was how ridiculous it was to bring Vibe back, how surprising it was that he got his own series, how unsure of how Vibe could be made interesting. To that I say, "Seriously?" Did you all forget Booster Gold? And Vibe's been dead for so long, and the character's being redone, and this series has no less potential than any other re-imagined hero. Why would the assumption be that Vibe be a stupid series? To make matters better, the...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Dishonored Gotham 0

Bill Sienkiewicz's cover is amazing, it contrasts the detail of a lot of the covers that came before, but the scraggily look is so incredibly fitting of not only the series, but this issue in particular. It creates such an intense and desperate tone for the issue that the issue, in turn, takes and runs with in full.Ever since the zero issue, Moritat's art has hit its stride in full. I don't know what happened, but the entire second year of All-Star Western has looked a huge step up, visually, fr...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Arkham Mansion: A Serious House In a Serious 19th Century 0

I really don't like this cover, it's generic, way too close up, and I'm just not a fan of Walter Simonson's artwork, especially in contrast to the other covers. It just sticks out like a sore thumb.It feels like we missed an issue or something, because this one picks up presumedly weeks later, and Jonah Hex has already settled into a new status quo of depression and angst with a nurse taking care of him at Arkham's house. There's a definite hilarity to the interactions between the 'hard west man...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Tri-Pocalypse, Now! 0

This cover's a bit crowded, but in a way that works. The crazy tentacle machinery is pressing down on our heroes, squishing them into the limited space left as they cower in the face of lasers and saws. Except the stoic Frankenstein who is the best ever. Plus Mikel Janin's artwork is perfect, extra kudos to Jerome Cox's colors. The colors are definitely a big part of the art working so well in this arc, with the neon glow of the various magic energies and robots and whatnot.I think I figured out...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

For Science! 0

There's some interesting developments in this issue, but overall it mostly feels like a simple transition issue that just moves the story along without much for itself. I was extremely intrigued going into this arc, a dimension where the rules of magic are outlawed? Awesome. The previous cover made me picture a weird tron-like world where nothing worked right, and even the transformation of the team and the odd flow with Zatanna last issue set up a world where magic is twisted into something dif...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Cherry Love 0

Do I really need to talk about the Hawkeye covers any more at this point? They're brilliantly minimalistic and some of the most amazing ones Marvel is putting out. This one's not my favorite, but it's still so damn good. In addition to the front cover, scattered about this issue are various mock covers be guest artist Annie Wu. They have a totally different tone, one resembling many old-school comics of a wide variety. They kind of caption the story as it goes along, and they serve an interestin...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

The Braddock Bunch 0

The first three covers for this series were brilliant tributes, varied, and gorgeous. The fourth cover was okay, but this one is just simplistic, lazy, and boring. Johnson's Kid Briton looks really dull, and he's all that's there, and just... there. There's nothing to this cover.Luckily, we have the amazing Kev Walker back on interior art after a no show last issue, although Vitti's fill-in artwork was plenty great. Even if you loath the concept of this series, I don't think anyone's been able t...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

A Moloid's Guide to Love and Evil 0

Now that the whole surrogate team is all together, it's time to start exploring the characters more. Unlike the iconic main Fantastic Four, this FF is a new team. These characters have their history, but as a team they're completely new, and the Future Foundation is still a fairly recent group themselves. This issue really builds upon the various interactions between the characters, especially between the temporary FF and the Future Foundation.Ant-Man came up with a pretty drastic and massive sc...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.