• JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of Prodigal 5: Double Deuce.
    Batman #513

    You know you're reading a 90's comic when someone utters the words "cyberspace sabotage to the max". But the rule remains true. Even if the writing is mediocre, Batman is still entertaining. In this ...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of Identity Crisis.
    Identity Crisis

    This standalone tale is a serious gem. Written by Peter Milligan, this story has a definite a twilight Zone vibe to it, and is quite creepy. I loved the penciling by Tom Mandrake, it's a nice change o...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of Into the Idiot Zone.
    Three stars.

    I don't like this storyline. I don't like The Idiot. I mean, he's The Idiot. But as I've said before, no Batman comic pencilled by Norm Breyfogle can completely bad. The art is superb as usual, and th...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of The Idiot Root, Part One: The Queen of Hearts.
    Hearts

    This one, written by Peter Milligan, was a kind of creepy, certainly macabre. The Queen of Hearts and how she goes about what she does is pretty creeped out. I see why I thought Batman comics were sc...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of Secrets.
    Dragon Man and Spider-Man.

    I have a soft spot for Dragon Man, especially as he was portrayed during this era. This is a particularly good issue if you're a fan of Dragon Man. He's a sympathetic character for sure. The kids wer...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of Love Kills.
    Mike Hoffman and Garth Ennis

    This was my introduction to Ennis' Hellblazer. It wasn't a good introduction. But it wasn't necessarily Ennis' fault. No, most of the blame lies with the hideous artwork by Mike Hoffman. It's astound...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of Mortal Clay, Love Bird.
    Love stories

    This annual features two love stories. The first is by Alan Moore, and it does not disappoint. A chilling story. The second story is by Max Collins, and it holds up quite nicely next to Moore's. Here...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of The More Things Change....
    Body Horror

    This is one of those Hulk stories that could be described as "body horror". It reminded me of a Cronenberg movie at some points, and was interestingly disturbing. I mean, at one point Banner is tryin...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of The Night Has a Thousand Fears! ; Sign of the Two Fingers!.
    Are you afraid of the dark?

    This is the kind of Batman story that could only be told in the Golden or Silver Age. Batman becomes afraid of the dark! Yes, THE Batman becomes afraid of the dark. It's not his most heroic moment. A...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of One Batman Too Many.
    Tommy Carma

    This issue finishes up the story from last issue. An ex cop named Tommy Carma is obsessed with Batman, impersonating him, and killing people. The opening scene is effectively creepy, but I have a lot ...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of The Henschel Gambit / Big War, Little War!.
    Big War, Little War!

    This is a case where I actually enjoyed the backup story more than the Unknown Soldier story. The Unknown Soldier story was a quality tale, but the tale after that, written by Archie Goodwin, is what ...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of And Who Shall Inherit The Earth?.
    Roster Shake Up

    This isn't a good issue, but there are a couple interesting thing. First is the Nebulon reveal, which was unexpected and gross. That was the only thing this story had going until the end. There is an...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of Shadow on the Land.
    Shadow Monster

    This issue had promise. Mostly excellent writing by Len Wein, some interesting story elements and a good ending. But it was hopelessly bogged down by a crappy shadow monster villain. Otherwise a good...

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  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of Getting Steven.
    Police Drama

    This is a gritty crime drama, rooted in the real world. We don't have any twisting, personal character arcs, just a slice of NYPD life. The dialogue is fairly realistic, nice art from Ernie Colon. If...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of Stars and Strippers.
    Judge Dredd?

    I can't help but wonder, was this a ripoff of Judge Dredd? Was it a forced attempt at being "edgy"? I can't assume these things because I haven't heard anything about Marshal Law's origin, but it doe...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of Into the Shadows of Chaos!.
    Jungle Action

    Ka Zar has had some good runs, but this isn't one of them. This issue isn't good. It's not horrible, it's perfectly readable in fact. It's just a bit dumb. Especially the villains. Actually, when the ...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of Blood and Bionics.
    Thing, Deathlok, Wrestling

    This issue is written and illustrated by Mark Gruenwald and John Byrne, so we're off to a good start. Add Deathlok, and you've got a good guest star, and every Marvel Two in One needs a guest star. Fi...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of Claws!.
    Spidey, Wondy, Griffin

    Griffin is one of my favorite villains, and somehow, I feel this issue could have been a bit better. It was good, solid. But perhaps a little rushed, especially the Griffin's dialogue. Anyway, this s...

  • JohnnyDarkness wrote a review of Roam on the Range.
    Godzilla vs Cowboys

    Godzilla vs Cowboys! It's definitely a great idea for a Godzilla comic. One thing that bothers me, though, is Godzilla's design. He doesn't look like Godzilla. He looks like any generic giant lizard....