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And I'm done 0

I've grown more and more disheartened with each issue of the new Silver Surfer title and this will be the last one I buy. What we get: more of the Surfer quoting pop culture (ugh), more of the Surfer turning human (WTF?!), and less of anything resembling the classic noble but definitely alien character. Hell, he doesn't even get respect from the Guardians of the Galaxy (shoehorned here to promote the movie) who he's helped save the universe! Seriously? And if that's not bad enough writer Dan Slo...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Clockspring 0

The latest issue of the series shifts the focus from Chameleon, the former Cobra spy turned JOE, to the team's computer expert Clockspring whose unrequited love for Chameleon and Tomax's advice begin to turn the troubled soul into a potential adversary. The main point of this issue is to introduce the character, explore his past, and foreshadow big problems for the team if Tomax is successful in using the man's spurned feelings to turn the team's source of intel against them.One final note, I'd ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Dark Foreboding 0

The latest issue shows us why Josephine has so many rules with men as femme fatale still suffering from amnesia gives in to her baser natures with more than one member of the band she's shacked up with. The other thread picked up here is that of the serial killer cop who has become obsessed with finding and killing women who look like Josephine since first meeting her as a child. Although it's mostly set-up, the entire issue has a dark foreboding about the terror and death about to be unleashed....

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Margo Lane Sees The Light 0

When Margo Lane becomes the next intended victim of The Light it takes some quick thinking by our hero's Girl Friday and the timely arrival of The Shadow to stop the villain's plans. After being bested in their previous meets The Shadow learns conclusively that his adversary is very much human and can be hurt (as she can't be expected to deflect every bullet shot from a pair of .45s). The Shadow's investigation into The Light also give him another clue to track down the vigilante in next month's...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Battle for the Universe 0

Alanna Strange and Hawkgirl gather Earth's greatest heroes together to stand against Sinestra and her Black and Yellow Lanterns. Although I'm far from the biggest fan of White vs. Black Lanterns, the comic has fun with the concept by putting rings on our ten heroines. If I have one complaint its when Metra herself gets involved at the end of the issue. I understand the writers wanting to play with the Motherbox idea, but I'd have preferred seeing the heroes be able to save the day on their own.O...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Team-Up 1

Even for annuals, I haven't been impressed much with DC's New 52 annuals, but as a longtime fan of both Barry Allen and Hal Jordan I had to pick this one up. It might be missing Manapul's art, but the I enjoyed the banter between GL and the Flash quite a bit as we get a flashback to their first meeting as well as their latest adventure that gets them pulled back to Arena World. The idea of how the Flash was able to use super-speed to learn how to use the ring as well as how much the force of wil...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Team-Up 0

Even for annuals, I haven't been impressed much with DC's New 52 annuals, but as a longtime fan of both Barry Allen and Hal Jordan I had to pick this one up. It might be missing Manapul's art, but the I enjoyed the banter between GL and the Flash quite a bit as we get a flashback to their first meeting as well as their latest adventure that gets them pulled back to Arena World. The idea of how the Flash was able to use super-speed to learn how to use the ring as well as how much the force of wil...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The Sacrifice 0

All the events of the series so far lead to this issue. By the end Irina's coup will be stopped, Casey will have made a great sacrifice (although she won't remember most of it), Jun will have lost his brother, we'll find out about the origins of the mysterious David, Jade will be ready to kill Ike, and Hunter will be left with a host of questions that no one seems in a hurry to answer. Although it offers no more real answers than normal, this issue certainly rewards longtime readers of the comic...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Dazzler is the worst spy ever 0

The comic's best moment involves Dazzler being recognized as a disco star by Fabio's family who the new agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. promptly knocks unconcious before kidnapping their son and leading Cyclops straight to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s secret detention facility. All in all, not a great first day on the job.The humor of the book works well, although Dazzler shows how out of place she is working for a spy organization, especially when she picks a fight with Cyclops and his team rather than use her connect...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Shock and Fall 0

Racing to save Leonardo, the Turtles are lured into a trap by Old Hob, but although they are ready to face the Shredder and the Foot, Splinter and his three disciples are unprepared to find Leonardo working with their enemies. City Fall takes a dark turn here as Leo gets to kick some serious Turtle butt. Only the timely arrival of Slash saves the Turtles from a grim fate. With the Foot overtaking the city and a brainwashed Leo now working alongside the Turtles' greatest enemy the deck is stacked...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

How Cover Girl became a JOE 0

Although I'm not sure about Cover Girl's suspicions about Duke, which we will no doubt see play out over the next few issues, the latest issue does give us a look at the circumstances that led a former super-model into working with G.I. JOE. The extreme reality-TV show storyline, and her fight to take down some pirates and save the show's crew, is an awful lot of fun. I'd like to see the comic branch off to do similar one-shots for the other JOEs as well as give Cover Girl an expanded role going...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

End of the first arc 0

This issue wraps up the Night Creepers arc as Chameleon is forced into the uncomfortable position of fighting on the front lines alongside Lady Jaye and Ronin to save Flint. The arc comes to a satisfactory close, but I could have done without the small dirty nuclear bomb detonated in Washington D.C. which can't possibly have the repercussions it needs to over the coming months. Although I like Chameleon, I'm not totally sold on the rest of the team or the direction of the book going forward, but...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

How the mighty have fallen 0

Unmasking The Voice and with the role of mayor within his grasp, Britt Reid's world starts to crumble when Kato proves the man The Sentinel accused of being the city's terrorist mastermind is actually innocent leaving Reid open to all kinds of public and legal reprisals.I trust writer Mark Waid knows where he's going but I'm a little concerned that we're going to be getting a penniless Britt Reid (who is as about as interesting as a penniless Bruce Wayne or Tony Stark) for the foreseeable future...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Fun first issue 0

A murder victim killed in Central City whose body is found in Los Angeles sends The Spirit, Ellen and Commissioner Dolan all out to the coast in the first issue of the new mini-series featuring a classic misunderstanding that forces The Spirit and The Rocketeer to get off on the wrong foot before finally discovering they are actually on the same side.Fans of both characters should get a kick out of this issue, especially how each hero's gal reacts to the other hero. I can't wait for issue two.Yo...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Barry and Iris and Iris and Patty (oh, and the Reverse-Flash) 0

The much-teased first meeting between The Flash and the Reverse-Flash finally happens but before that we get some nice interaction between The Flash and Iris (who he protects by putting in a suit similiar to his own to hide her from the Speed Force Killer). Francis Manapaul produces some beautiful panels of the two together before our hero leaves Iris with his current girlfriend (who we can tell is less than happy with the attention Barry is showering on Iris) before checking on Elias and final...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Enter Catwoman 0

Needing help with the extraction of a young girl being held against her will in Chinese Embassy, Catwoman calls on Batman (who takes a break from going to extreme lengths to make Carrie Kelley believe Damian is still alive to help out).Out of the various Batman and... issues this is definitely one of the better ones. I enjoyed Patrick Gleason's silhouette action shots of the pair of heroes battling their way through the embassy and there's a nice splash panel celebrating the rescue that even get...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Finally some backstory on Alopex 0

I've stayed away from most of the Microseries one-shots but this and the upcoming issue on Karai both interested me. The first new character Kevin Eastman created in years, its good to finally get a full backstory for Alopex who returns home for the first time since his mutation in a test of loyalty to the Foot Clan. Of the various mutants the Turtles face, Alopex is one of the most interesting. Honorable and loyal, you could easily see him working with the Turtles is his origins had gone the ot...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Light but fun 0

The Future Foundation is invited to a pool party by an alien who once impersonated Julius Caesar. I haven't stayed with this title, but the concept of this issue sounded fun and we get lots of Bentley 23 in full documentarian mode filming the various poolside shenanigans. The kids take center stage for most of the issue but the grown-ups are presented with their own adventure as they are given the chance to help save the missing Fantastic Four. Even though there's not much to it, which you could...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Nice mother/son story 0

After returning to Earth fighting Titus and working with the Avengers, Sam struggles a bit to get back into the swing of things back home. Although light on action the issue has some nice mother/son moments between Sam and his mother who wants him to be careful and responsible with his new position as a cosmic-level hero, and is infurated by Sam's new religion: "Knowing Thor."The new creative team does a pretty good job jumping right in although I could have used a little context for Sam working...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Interesting ideas at play 0

On the planet I'noxia, Supergirl is given the opportunity to recreate Krypton from her memories and live out her life with her friends and family. Of course there is a catch, Cyborg-Superman (who seems to have a different origin than the pre-New 52 version) wants her Kryptonite-poisoned body for himself. As the heroine remarks, she needs to be a little more discerning of the boys she's been hanging out with.I like the self-deprecating humor of the book, and even if I'noxia itself isn't all that ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Not what I was expecting 0

Given the title of the arc is Camelot and the cover features the Knights of the Round Table I was a little disappointed to see that King Arthur isn't part of the latest Fables arc. Instead the issue mainly deals with the fallout of the Snow White arc as Brandish is autopsied, the problem of reconstituting Bigby is discussed, and Rose Red finally finds her purpose as the Paladin of Hope.Although it wasn't what I was expecting the story works pretty well to set up the new arc and the humor around ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

More Matt Murdock than Daredevil 0

If you are picking up this issue expecting lots of high-flying action you are likely to be disappointed as Matt Murdock deals with personal struggles of being their for Foggy after his friend's chemotherapy and agreeing to defend a childhood bully. The emotional struggles work well, although it is a little light on action and I do take issue with another retcon of where Daredevil got his name. Although I like most of the comic it ends on a bizarre note in the final few panels as the judge in the...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The final battle begins 0

Buffy and the remaining Scoobies head into The Deeper Well to find the magic needed to save Dawn and stop Severin and Simone (who both have their own plans once inside). The action-packed issue is memorable for some calm emotional moments as it forces Buffy to choose between the world and her sister when Simone unleashes Maloker, the demon who created the first vampire, and Xander tries desperately to give hope to the woman he loves (whose name he has already forgotten) as she continues to slowl...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Back from Limbo, Back to Reality 0

The first issue following the Limbo arc plays on a pair of classic X-Men themes as Fabio faces the questions and concerns of his family when he returns to them and reveals his mutant powers and the X-Men rescue another young mutant whose public display of his new found powers get him shot by a trigger-happy cop. Both are very common kinds of stories the various X-titles have dealt with for decades and both have their moments including finally picking up the thread of Dazzler's story introduced m...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Return to Tatooine 0

With Leia finally recovered, she and Luke return to Tatooine to give his aunt and uncle a proper burial and discuss the real mission of the Stealth Squadron to not only find the Rebellion a new home but also ferret out the traitor in their midst. After their earlier friction it's good to see Luke and Leia working well together and, despite her doubts, agreeing to Luke's risky plan of getting taken prisoner in order to discover who is leaking information to the Empire.We also get a quick look at ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Full of Wrath but signifying nothing 0

The beginning of a new arc brings a new deadly vigilante and his disciples to Gotham as both Bruce Wayne and Batman both find themselves under attack by those who would like to take their place. Writer John Layman reboots a completely forgettable late 2000's Lex Luthor ripoff in E.D. Caldwell that doesn't do much for me, and the ease with which Batman takes down Wrath's first lieutenant doesn't make me think the man's boss should be much of a challenge either. We're also stuck with several pages...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Better than the last few issues 0

I haven't been the biggest fan with the amount of Apokolips stories the comic has had. Even though the latest issue features Huntress and Power Girl fighting off more attacks from Desaad's warriors and Parademons the focus finally shifts back to the core relationship between the heroines trapped in a parallel Earth (and less of Desaad's monster making). The strength of this comic is and always will be the relationship between the pair, and where the comic has gotten into trouble at times is when...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Fans of the new cartoon should really enjoy themselves 0

Fans of the current cartoon should really enjoy this first issue. When Donnie invites April to accompany him on a salvage mission at a military junk yard Leonardo strong objects saying she isn't ready. Refusing to listen, April gets caught causing the Turtles to have to find a way to rescue her without alerting the United States Government that there are human-sized mutant ninja turtles walking the streets of New York.The creative team of Kenny Byerly and Dario Brizuela do a good job of capturin...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

One of the best comics of the year 0

The strength of Astro City has always been the attention to detail when dealing with the ordinary folk on the street and how their lives are changed by living in a world with super-heroes and villains. Here Kurt Busiek gives us a story about a data analyst who gets an unusual job working for the Honor Guard Emergency Contact Line (because in a world with planet-threatening disasters popping up every so often you need to find a way to keep the heroes informed of the various threats). Marella Cowp...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Charming but... 0

The latest issue takes the focus off Nalayani, the character at the center of this arc, and places it firmly on Prince Charming who shares his experiences that led him to becoming the Maharaja, saves Nalayani's life from both quicksand and a crocodile, and whose sudden weird illness that seems to be spreading like a plague that further threatens to keep our heroine on the sideline. Given Charming's sudden illness there's a chance Nalayani will reclaim the arc as soon as next issue, but I have a ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

For fans 0

This set of solo adventures featuring the various Guardians is mainly going to appear to those who are already fans of the characters as it doesn't really lend itself well as an introduction for new readers. The Gamora and Drax storylines are action-packed but exactly what you'd expect from those two getting into trouble on their own. Rocket Racoon's story is really little more than him threatening a guy (fun, but again nothing all that special even with the foreshadowing of things to come). The...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Hope and Danger 0

Picking up from where the first issue of the new limited-issue anthology began, Daredevil (who has apparently regained his memory enough to recognize the voice of a minor thug he met once years ago) heads out into the snowstorm to find a downed medical helicopter and the heart needed to save the life of a young girl.Even if the amnesia aspect of the story is thrown away without any real explanation, the Daredevil side of the story works pretty well. Sadly, we also get countless scenes of the dyi...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Danger, Margo Lane! Danger! 0

The Light story arc continues as The Shadow investigates the first murder of the city's new vigilante and Margo Lane does a little undercover work of her own at the hospital trying to learn more about how the last victim met his end in a guarded hospital room. Margo's overacting puts her in danger as it draws the ire of Sister Esclarmonde and makes The Shadow's friend The Light's next intended victim.A good, but certainly not great, continuation of the story that also offers more backstory for E...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

The first arc comes to an end at the bottom of the ocean 0

I'm still waiting for one of the three G.I. JOE titles to rise above the other two. Although that doesn't happen here, Chuck Dixon provides a solid ending to the first arc (which surprisingly doesn't give Scarlett all that much to do other than the one scene of her punching a shark an issue or two back) as the JOEs on-board the mercenaries' freighter find themselves in the midst of a fight between the Baroness, the mutineering freighter crew (who have their own plans for the Cobra cash), and the...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Enter Hawkgirl 0

The latest issue continues the Sinestra/Black Lantern storyline by introducing two new versions of familiar characters. I enjoyed the Hawkgirl origin more than that of Alanna Strange but both create interesting version of well-established characters. Although the themes the comic is dealing with at times aren't what one would call subtle the story is well-told and I want to spend more time with both characters. From here we get the Black Lanterns attack on Thanagar and the beginning of a resista...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

A satisfactory conclusion 0

Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai's retelling of the 47 Ronin comes to a close here with a double-sized issue that still feels a bit rushed at times. However there's plenty of action and the pair get the overall message of the story across to readers as well. I think the comic may work better as a graphic novel than separate issues so if you haven't read it that's what I'd suggest. My real thrill comes not from this story itself but from the project ending and allowing Sakai to finally get back to ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Larfleeze the Monotonous 0

I picked up this comic more for Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis than any love for the character of Larfleeze, but I have to say I really enjoyed the madcap humor of a suicidal and monotonously droning Orange Lantern and his indentured servant at the edge of the universe. I'm not quite sold on the art by Scott Kollins (and would love it if Kevin Maguire would jump on the title to complete the epic threesome that gave us one of the best comic runs in DC history). Throw in an energy space dog and a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Daredevil triumphant 0

The end of the Ikari arc finds Daredevil squaring off against both Ikari and Lady Bullseye as well as learning more about the serious events that led to Bullseye's current state as a super-villain criminal genius in a box. Although Mark Waid pulls a little bit of a fast one here as the issue has far less action that you'd suspect for the arc's conclusion, it does fill in some blanks and show off Daredevil out thinking his enemies leaving the question unanswered whether or not Daredevil could act...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Lash and Blood 0

After several single issue stories Fatale gives us a peek into Nicholas Lash who has spent nearly a year in jail awaiting trial, obsessed with finding the secret to Josephine in the missing passages of his uncle's manuscript. We also get the beginning of a new Josephine story years before as a struggling musician turned bank robber picks the bloodied nude bombshell up of the side of the road.The focus feels a little split between the two stories as so much of Josephine's is the set-up of the mus...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Do we really have to call them the Shazam Family? 0

We can't call them the Marvel Family and Mary Shazam sounds pretty damn stupid (as does much of this issue). Sadly, DC still has missed the entire point of Captain Marvel who is meant to be a shining, if somewhat naive even antiquated hero with a child's view of right and wrong. His goodness, even if the face of a world more cynical than he is willing to accept, sets him apart. He's basically DC's version of Captain America. A selfish Captain Marvel is an oxymoron.This issue gives us Black Adam ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.