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"You Have Lost! You've Lost!" 0

The Good   Whew, Arcane's getting around a bit isn't he? It's interesting to see the parallels of the origins of Alec Holland / Swamp Thing featured here, as well as Buddy Baker in the Animal Man #0. I don't want to spoil the core idea running through both these books, but its cool to see how Arcane's actions has forced the Red and the Green in a difficult situation.  I also enjoyed seeing a character from the wonderful Animal Man Annual, I was hoping he'd return in some aspect and he did briefl...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

"You Will Trespass No Further, For I Am All Around." 1

The Good   Following on from the shock betrayal of one of the team, we get a flashback glimpse on the events that created their "super persona" and the justification behind their traitorous behaviour last issue. It's an interesting twist to see them having to work alongside Faust and his mysterious benefactor / master, and the level of deviancy that will submit to whilst trying to maintain their actions as being justifiable in the long run. Clever stuff mister Lemire!  The reader is also treated...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"If I Helps, We Both Punch Really, Really Hard." 2

The Good   I love this series! It's dark, morbid and gruesome yet full of humour, meaningful cameos and fantastic dialogue. This issue is no different, and even though the grand fight in Utah has been going on a good full couple of issues now it's still a breath of fresh air to read.  The inclusion of Stormwatch was cool, I had no interest in this superteam beforehand but Fialkov spins them into his vampire romance yarn with the light-hearted banter you'e come to expect from this sublime writer....

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

"Looks Like We're Having A Rogues Family Reunion--" 0

The Good   I'll admit, the main reason I read the Flash is purely for the Rogues. Sure Barry Allen is cool but it's the blue-collar criminals I like to read about. Therefore since the return of Captain Cold on #6, followed one-by-one by the rest of them I got just what I wanted when the Rogues current and past are back in action together in this issue!  Glider is not one of those characters I know too much about, so her New 52 incarnation is my first exposure to the character, and I really like ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

"Shhh. I'm Hunting Wabbits." 0

Synopsis   The war between vampires and humanity kicks off here, but can Bennett stop it before it starts?The Good   This comic is NOT the Twilight rip-off the early solicitations made it out to be! Instead, readers are rewarded with an eerie and morbid urban tale of lovers at opposite morals and believes. There's Andrew Bennett, the protagonistic vampire hunting his own kind to preserve the hidden peace between vampires and humanity. Then there's his lover Mary, desperately craving violent libe...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"Make Wif It Muscle-Style, Bratties!" 0

Synopsis   The return of Batman, Incorporated! The assassin Goatboy takes his chances on Robin following a massive bounty being placed on the Boy Wonder's head! The Good   I should probably mention this now, I am a Batman Inc. fanboy. I loved the previous series and I bought this with high hopes for it and I was not disappointed. As well as exploring Batman & Robin's antagonistic father-son relationship, we also get introduced to local killer-for-hire Goatboy and erm.......Batcow?! You read ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"Why, What Do You Think, Boy? RUN!" 0

Synopsis   Several years after the death of the Trinity, the destinies of Earth-2's next wave of heroes are about to begin. The Good   Let's start with that cover, it's awesome. I love the look of panic in Jay Garrick's face as he tries to escape those Apokorats! Meanwhile in the issue, I also like the lack of confidence he has and the why after he gains his powers, he doesn't know what to do except run! There's also this awesome panel where he uses his superspeed to save some civilians.   Movin...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"...Keep Walking...Into The Madness..." 0

Synopsis   The final confrontation with Enchantress! What is to be June Moone's fate? The Good    Before I get onto the bulk of the issue, I just loved the quick cameos of some of the other characters inhabiting the "Dark" and "Edge" facets of the DC Universe. It may of been quick, but its nice to see this global madness caused by Enchantress affecting some other superpowered folk. I tell you, that Sphinx looked quite scary!This issue also presented an interesting dynamic - do something horrific...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"Whoa...There's No One Home." 0

Synopsis   As the "team" slowly work their way together, Enchantress is hot on the hunt for the authentic June Moone! The Good   Generally the characters are starting to grow on me, us as the readers are now getting the real gist of who these misfits are. Constantine continues to be as rude and abrupt as you can imagine, I quite like what I thought was a faint homage to a scene in Watchmen (can you guess which one?).   The continuing struggle with Enchantress / June Moone is good, I love how all...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"Been A Long Time, Puddin'..." 0

SynopsisThe origin of Harley Quinn revealed! The Suicide Squad are loose in the GCPD to find her.The GoodI quite enjoyed the climax to the origin story personally. Some people might find it a tad unoriginal considering the similarities to Joker's own beginnings, but I think it's appropriate how he wants her to be "reborn" just as he was. I don't know if anyone reading this has also had the pleasure of reading Batman: Lovers & Madmen, but the "enlightenment" that comes from Joker's transforma...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"Oh My Brave, Wonderful Soldier. Live. For Me." 1

SynopsisThe start of Earth-2 begins with a tragic event five years past...but who is left to pick up the pieces?The GoodI'll admit, I'm a James Robinson fan purely based off his sublime past work on Starman and the current The Shade series so I knew fromthe get-go I'd have to at least give this first issue a try. Well, he does know how to spin a good yarn and the proof is certainly here! What we begin with is the past with the "big three" DC characters (but not as you know them) paving the way f...

5 out of 7 found this review helpful.

"You Get Away From My Daddy!" 0

SynopsisDeep within The Red, Animal Man and Maxine discover their purposes in the war to come, as Ellen and Cliff are caught by The Rot!The GoodTravel Foreman continues to knock the surreal creepiness out issue after issue and this is no exception. The origins and subsequent fall of the Hunters Three is covered over a fantastic double page spread and it is work like this that really makes me fall in love with this series. The last page too is particularly grotesque, but what a cliffhanger! (subt...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"And You Are About To Watch Me Die" 0

SynopsisThe story of Calbraith A.H. Rodgers and the dire warning he brings to Alec Holland . Meanwhile Sethe's forces are mobilising!The GoodThe main bulk of the issue kicks off with a message from a certain A.H. Rodgers, concerning the imminent danger that The Rot (introduced last issue!) will present to the Parliament of Trees and to Holland. You make think that a mere conversation stretching over half the issue sounds dull, but Scott Snyder knows how to pull it off! He alongside the important...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"I Wouldn't Do That If I Were You" 0

SynopsisA chain of bizzare deaths are linked back to Dr Alec Holland, the man once know as Swamp Thing!The GoodI don't think I need to tell you how great a writer Scott Snyder is, but just from reading this first issue I went from heard-of-but-never-read-Swamp-Thing to I-must-get-this-series! I think it's fair to say that he gets Alec Holland and the whole Swamp Thing mythos in general. His attention and focus upon how cruel the plant kingdom actually is and the real scientific knowledge that go...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"Imagine What I'm Going To Do To You." 0

SynopsisThe Shade tracks down private detective Von Hammer, as they are stalked by the shadow-beast Bete-Noire !The GoodQuite a lot happens in this issue! The titular character says goodbye to his loves Hope and Opal City, comes across Von Hammer and generally a lot of action and excitement in-between. That's not even to mention how well things from Von Hammer's quirky fight scenes with the French gangsters merge with the Shades' to further drive the story forward, which is most excellently writ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"You're Right, Mate. I Never Really Know What I'm Doing." 0

Synopsis   The introduction of Mindwarp! June Moone and Deadman grow ever closer! The Good   The dialogue and emotion bounding from character to character is in place, from Shade the Changing Man begrudgingly tracking down pseudo-incorporeal serial killer Mindwarp to the scene between ex-lovers Zatanna and Constantine, to lovers-perhaps-to-be June Moone and Deadman - the emotion and depth of the various links and relationships between the cast have been firmly grounded. I like also how they are ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"Lime And Light Talk Too Much. Kill More Clowns." 1

Synopsis  The Suicide Squad hunt through Gotham City for escapee Harley Quinn! Find out the origins of her relationship with Joker! The Good   Clayton Henry takes up art duties this month and although I am a fan of what was done in previous issues, I'm happy enough with the change. In particular, all the facial expressions and action scenes are done well, especially the single page with all the "henchmen". I think that page will bring a smile to reader's faces!  We also delve into what eventuall...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"The Idea Isn't That I Bleed To Death" 0

Summary  The Good   This issue takes a little step back from all the action to concentrate both on Dawn Granger's and Deadman's strained relationship and also John Constantine's search for Zatanna. The bulk of this issue concerns the former, delving into how difficult it is for two abnormal people in love find it to keep together, especially since one of them is incorporeal. Milligan is as comfortable writing relationships as he is bizarre action here it appears, so were are now starting to get ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"There's Something Wrong With June Moone" 0

Synopsis   Only one team can stop the all-powerful evil known as Enchantress, the mismatched group that will eventually become the Justice League Dark! The Good   I think pretty much from the start that this series is clearly heading in a very surreal and morbid direction. From the debut of the seemingly possessed June Moone to what several members of the (normal) Justice League have to "fight", to Madam Xanadu's vision at the end of the issue. This issue has bucketfuls of bizarre moments litter...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"Penance Over Purgatory." 0

Synopsis   All-out riot at Belle Reeve super prison! How will Deadshot and the Suicide Squad quell the carnage? The Good   There is more character development in this issue; we see the more humane side of Deadshot as well as El Diablo swapping out whining about redemption all the time in exchange for incinerating the multitudes of prisoners who won't step down (warning, some of those panels are pretty gruesome!).  Amanda Waller also shows she is capable of compromising with the team, and in part...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"So...Is It A Deal Or Not?" 0

Synopsis   Batman tied up! Commissioner Gordon left to die abandoned! Who's the new player in town? The Good   As I said last issue, I found Olivia's character to be one of the highlights and it continues on this month. We're not entirely sure what causes her to action the way she does, but what ends up happening to her and the debate that follows is a good sign of the corruption within Gotham's institutions. Commissioner Gordon too continues to be as great a character as he always has been. I q...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"Father Would Be Disgusted By Such Waste" 0

Synopsis  Batman and Commisioner Gordon in the hands of Dollmaker! Will they survive this butcher and his deranged "family"? The Good    Tony Daniel's art is still solid, from beginning to end. Pages like the opener which portrays a disturbing close-up of Dollmaker amongst others to the rain-soaked and broken doll to the conclusion. Each character is full of personality in the way they are drawn, Gotham City and the abandoned Mercy Hopsital in particular look as grimy as ever. I will admit I do ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"It Is A Small Penance To Pay For What I Have Done" 0

Synopsis     Batwing and Batman team up! What will happen when the Citadel, home to the ex-superhero team The Kingdom is opened to the public?   The Good     Ben Oliver is back on art duties and boy did I miss him! It's pretty much the same as issue #1-3, but I do love his work. In particular, there are some great panels including the two Bats leaping into action, a fantastic double-page spread of the Citadel and many others.    We also get a further glimpse at the atrocities David and his broth...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"But To Him, They Were Just Dead Men" 0

Synopsis   The origin of Mob Rule! What turned an rogue experimental-CIA agent into the legions of clones hellbent on getting back their "father"? The Good   This is the issue where we find out exactly how Mob Rule came into being. We already knew how it was possible in previous issues, but now we find out who is responsible and the circumstances that created the group! It isn't particularly pleasant, but it also adds another level to the strained relationship between the original and his clones...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"Welcome To The Dead Heroes Club!" 1

 I am going to start by saying how the issue early on clearly mentions how the events within occur before Flashpoint and the New 52. It is a direct continuation from #8 of the Batman Incorporated series. It is not part of the New 52! Be this in mind before reading!  The Good    We get Stephanie Brown one more time as Batgirl kicking ass at a finishing school for girl. Naturally, it is really a training ground for Leviathan and this opening chapter from the cliffhanger beginning to the conclusion...

3 out of 4 found this review helpful.

"Why'd They Do That?! Torture? Recruitment." 0

Synopsis   Following the EMP blast from last issue, The Flash and company set out to find Manuel as Iris West is in the hands of Captain Cold! The Good   From musing on coffee to phasing an aeroplane through a bridge to safely land it, once again we are getting a great look at how the Flash is more than just a speedster, he's a hero who is developing his powers and abilities through trial and experimentation.  Speaking of which, we also find out how Manuel Lago was able to regrow his hand, and t...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"We Don't Rank In Anyone's New World Order." 3

Synopsis  The Suicide Squad versus the terrorist group Basilisk! Another member of the team leaves!The Good   Check out that cover, I quite like the inky effect and the way those energy Boomerangs were done. Good work Ken Lashley!  I'm also pleased that Federico Dallocchio takes full pencilling duties, because I am a fan of his shadowy style (perfect for the characters he portrays!) He is able to keep on-model for all the characters as well as do some great realistic facial expressions (particul...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

"Leave Him To Mob Rule" 0

Synopsis   The Flash learns to apply the Speed Force to his ability to process information (to great effects) as the Mob Rule mystery ever expands!The Good   Most of this issue deals with the discovery of how Barry can also use the Speed Force to temporarily process meta-enhanced levels of information, in particular we are treated to a fantastic scene where he manipulates a series of insignificant events on the streets to avoid a nasty accident happening. It's not just a case of this is what he ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"We're Always Running From Something" 0

Synopsis   The Flash is back! However, what will happen when he is attacked by the terrorists known as Mob Rule? The Good   I'm going to start with the art (which is what I tend to notice first anyway) and I certainly approve! I did briefly read parts of the previous series, so I'm aware of how Francis Manapul's pencilling work looks. I like how he works, his style alongside Brian Buccellato's colours give the interiors a great sort of "pastel" look, it honestly looks like watercolour painting m...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"Everything You Are Is Because Of Us" 3

Synopsis   The origins of Batwing begin! Just what turned David Zavimbe from a ferocious child soldier to the superhero known as Batwing!The Good   The main bulk of this issue is the flashback of what set David Zavimbe off the route of being a child soldier, and the start of the catalyst that would eventually turn him into Batwing. He and his brother were always pushed to moral limits, but what happens when that line has been crossed? What we get is solid and believable story writing here, and i...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

"About The Owl Nests. They're In Our Homes." 0

Synopsis  The mystery deepens, as Waynes both past and present are intertwinned by the actions of the Court of Owls!  The Good   What I love about Snyder's writing is not necessarily how he crafts the here-and-now of what is happening, but how is also (like many great writers) weaves in particular themes and concepts throughout the overarching story to add that much more depth to it all. What this issue is really starting to do is integrate the past and the present together, through Batman now a...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"Now Lie Back And Relax. This Hurts." 0

Synopsis   Carrying on from the events on the train from last issue, Batman gets closer to solving the mysterious toxin as White Rabbit gets closer to him! The Good   I did like the twist following the ending of last issue. Sure, some people may call it clichéd, but I thought it was done well. I especially like the double page "opening titles" spread. I don't want to reveal it, but it's dynamic as it is sort of grotesque. I l do like the way Finch draws this supervillain in action!  White Rabbit...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

"Wait Till They Get A Load Of Me" 0

Synopsis   As the Arkham escapees (under the influence of the mysterious toxin from last issue) run rampage across Gotham, Batman is getting closer to finding the source of this super narcotic!The Good   Whilst the first issue was yet to find it's ground, I think this series is now starting to develop in it's own way separate from the rest of the Batbooks. Now we have the enigmatic White Rabbit turning up again and the gradual unravelling of what is poisoning Arkham's ex-residents to drive this ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"I Guess Our Permission Just Arrived" 0

Synopsis   Breakout at Arkham Asylum! If that wasn't bad enough, Batman must begin to deal with the legal ramifications of Batman Incorporated. The Good   David Finch hands over the writing duties to Paul Jenkins, so he can concentrate on the art. I quite like his style, it is dark, broody and full of deep shadowing yet unique style. There are some pretty cool single and double page spreads, such as the (obscure) villain mob breaking out and the last page. Heck, I'll admit I liked it all!  As a ...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"All Right, Playtime's Over" 0

Synopsis  As Batman investigates into the grisly murder last issue, Bruce Wayne is destined to soon die. Enter the deadly assassin Talon!  The Good   Snyder does it again! What I believe makes this series is the way Gotham City shapes what happens to Batman. We, this issue get a good description of the Old Wayne Tower, it despite the detail doesn't get tedious at all. Quite the opposite in fact, how the structures around the Caped Crusader have a hand in current events. Read the issue and you'll...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"This..Me Here...It's Business" 0

Synopsis   Opal City's unlikely hero, The Shade needs an adventure! What happens when one comes to him though? The Good   The Shade is an on-off villain and an immortal Englishman to boot, and that is what makes this issue so enjoyable to read. James Robertson previously wrote the excellent Starman series (which I have in omnibus format) and fans of that will be chomping at the bit for some more of this shady character (yes I went there). His conversation with both alien ally Mikaal (the current...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"Gotham Is The Bat" 0

Synopsis   As Batman suppresses another breakout at Arkham Asylum, his civilian ego Bruce Wayne wows Gotham's elite with his plans for the city. However, the enigmatic Court of Owls plays it's opening hand...The Good   Straight off the bat (pun intended!), writer Scott Synder explores the idea that Batman and his home Gotham City are both explicitly linked ("Gotham is the "Bat" being one quote in the issue). From the fantastic double page spread of the mass breakout at Arkham Asylum (featuring m...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

"But I'm Not Doing Your Dirty Work For You" 1

Synopsis  As Red Hood and the Outlaws go looking for what The Untitled were out to get, their most important memories are explored by S'aru of the All Caste. The Good   Aside from fighting some giant green scaly monster, a lot of the issue goes to exploring a deep memory from each of the team. I quite liked these, from Starfire as an imprisoned child, to Roy Harper's "fight" with Killer Croc (the latter isn't too animalistic here, which I thought was cool.) and Jason as his times-past tenure as ...

9 out of 10 found this review helpful.

"I Come Here All The Time In My Dreams, Silly" 0

Synopsis   Revelations about Animal Man's powers and purpose are revealed in The Red, as the Baker family come under attack from The Hunters Three! The Good   This series continues to seriously impress me! The story is cleverly split between the empowered Buddy and Maxine deep in The Red, as wife Ellen and son Cliff are left alone on the run from one of The Hunters Three.   Buddy and Maxine meet the Totems, gigantic beings of immense importance within The Red, and the cause of Animal Man's power...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

"It's Your Job To Be A Father, Not A Mechanic, Master Bruce" 0

Synopsis   Damian Wayne has always has the killer instinct to him - he was born and raised that way! He and Bruce continue in their partnership as the Dynamic Duo as the latter is confronted with a warning from Nobody! The Good   I after the opening issue had my doubts. I was a ravid fan of the previous volume and this one just wasn't calling out to me as much. However, I'm now enjoying the tenacious relations between father (Bruce) and son (Damian). Both the working and personal relationships b...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.