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Review: Bruce Wayne - The Road Home: Catwoman #1 0

Catwoman starts shadowing Vicki Vale once the reporter's investigation brings her into the dangerous circles of Gotham's criminal underworld. The Good I enjoyed Nguyen's recent arc on Gotham City Sirens and brings the same style and solid storytelling. And it's worth saying that he draws some mighty pretty ladies. While I had some issues about the soundness of Bruce's new identity, I could definitely get into the action it inspires here -  - how Selina has something of a touch and go relationsh...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Chaos War #2 1

As the Chaos King adds Death to his list of victims, Hercules and Amadeus Cho assemble an unorthodox "god squad" whose ranks include Venus, Sersi, Galactus and the Silver Surfer.  The Good Before anything, I need to say that the reveal of the Chaos King's true face had to be one of the most unnerving splahes I've seen lately. Kudos to Pham and Gho for achieving a style that's versatile enough to render such horrors as impressively as the wonders throughout the book. I got a real kick out of exp...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Power Girl #17 0

After she finishes her team-up with Batman, Power Girl travels to the Artic to confront a mysterious foe with some alarming similarities to somebody she knows all too well.  The Good Winnick gets these characters. He makes them real people and that especially comes through in Power Girl's ruminations about the differences between Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson as Batman. There's even some hint of flirtation that I think would make for a great sub-plot in the book - - an interesting riff on the cl...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: Daredevil #511 0

While Becky Blake and Dakota North try to survive the riots Shadowland's causing, Foggy Nelson decides to go straight to the source and confront DD in his lair. The Good I'm seriously digging de la Torre's art in this issue. The work impressively achieves urban grit and a rough charcoal texture with a clarity and finesse in a way I've rarely seen artists in this style capture. Diggle does a great job, also, of establishing the visceral, messy, sometimes-awkward realities that these normal human...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Green Latern Corps #53 0

A new, more aggressive Weaponer from Qward kidnaps Sora as part of a rather nasty scheme to get revenge on Sinestro.  The Good To focus on something specific, I got a kick out of all of Sora constructs' being medical instruments. With all these Corps having the same powers, it's tough to make one corpsman unique from the next, so it was quite clever way to express her character (and imagination.)  Speaking of powers, this new Weaponer's weakness-specifying weapon is a great touch. Also, I love ...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Warlord of Mars #1 0

Frustrated confederate veteran John Carter struggles to find his destiny in the wake of the civil war while his future alien allies thwart corruption on Mars.  The Good This is another classy Dynamite title that infuses classic heroes with dignity while still embracing their less-than-savory traits. In this case, it's John Carter's trigger happy nature - - that is, an indomitable will that has no place in post-war society, but will surely prove to be necessary in the extraterrestrial adventures...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Bruce Wayne; The Road Home: Batgirl #1 0

Batgirl skirmishes with a mysterious assailant who seems to posses all the powers of Amazo. His actual identity, though,  will greatly test her character.  The Good This is actually pretty good as a character portrait and it's interesting to see a cape in Batman's mythos who isn't an extreme personality. I particularly liked her cute little outbursts; how she apologizes to Bruce while running away and then how she shouts "Don't do drugs" after trouncing the goons in an inspired Goldilocks extend...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #645 0

Believing that the "goblin baby" is dead, Spidey goes on the warpath, punishing every single villain involved in this terrible crime. The Good Wow... I've never seen Spidey this badass.  Part of the fun of a thriller like this is the catharsis you finally reach after a long period of frustration. And I thoroughly relished watching Spidey terrorize his rogue's gallery like this. Holy crap... he breaks the Shocker's arm! He rips a whole dock in half! As I said with last issue, Waid's a master of ...

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Review: The Thanos Imperative #5 1

So much is going on! In the main thread, Thanos breaches the wall to confront the Canceverse's Mar-Vell counterpart... but no one can predict his true intentions for doing so.  The Good My issues with production have been largely resolved. While I still prefer inks over color penciled, Sepulveda and Ramos have refined their technique and tightened their lines enough that I really didn't notice anything lacking. Story wise,I've been really enjoying the twists and turns Abnett and Lanning have be...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: New Avengers #5 0

The Avengers' struggle with extra-dimensional worsens terribly after they realize that the threat may stem from even before the Ancient One's time.  The Good If there's one thing I've appreciated about Marvel's output of late, it's their willingness to push their concepts and characters forward. This isn't the Avengers I grew up on - - it's got a different thrust - - and it's more exciting for that. Similarily, I'm glad to see them to Dr. Strange and his mythos in to new areas. Spidey's joke ab...

2 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Knight and Squire #1 0

The Knight and Squire solve some arguments and disputes going down in Britain's #1 superhero pub.  The Good Cornell keeps this fun, light and charming with some truly clever creations for the British comics scene. I reminded me of some the whimsical pun-based characters who've come out of the better Astro City stories. My favorites were definitely the Milkman and the British Joker. Broxton's art also has an appealing robustness that reminded me of Mark Buckingham's. You could almost smell the s...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Invincible Iron Man #31 0

After he's banned from an important expo, Tony reaches outside the box and decides to demo his car independently - - an action that makes him terribly vulnerable to the Hammer girls.  The Good All this time, I've been praising the writing on this book when the art deserves just as much celebration.  I've followed Larroca's art since the mid 90's and it's really astonishing to see how his art's evolved from a heavy anime influence to the photo real work, here. And while it certainly looks much m...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Emerald Warriors #3 0

While Guy struggles to keep the Red Lantern residue repressed, Sodam Yat awakens on Daxam to find an entire cult's formed to worship him.  The Good I can't tell you how glad I am to see Sodam Yat back in the fold. He was my favorite character in Green Lantern Corps and I was really disappointed when he sat on Blackest Night. Now that he's back, I think it's brilliantaly paradoxical position to put him as an exile-turned-messiah. Actually, I think Tomasi does an especially good job of handling...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Green Lantern #58 0

Green Lantern, Larfleeze and Star Sapphire search for the new of Adara, the hope entity, just as Atrocitus and Sinestro wreck irreparable harm on the new guardians' reputation. The Good Even though it's probably better to save this kind of commentary for "the verdict," but the larger tapestry that Johns has woven the DCU's cosmology into makes this book infinitely interesting. There have been many attempts to turn superhero pantheons into modern mythologies, but this has been the most effectiv...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Captain America: Forever Allies #3 0

As Bucky draws closer to finally making Lady Lotus finally answer to justice, he recalls lessons he learned from his last encounter with the villainess... way back in World War II.  The Good Stern crafts a great villain with Lady Lotus. She isn't the sexy succubus stock character, but a vile controller whose arrogance just reeks off every one of her offensive, though sleekly-worded, monologues. I really enjoyed the sense of hyper-reality he infused the Young Allies' adventures with. These kid c...

0 out of 0 found this review helpful.

Review: Chaos War #1 1

The Chaos King is coming to destroy existence and it's up to Hercules to assemble Earth's greatest warriors to stop him. Now, if he can only get them to take him seriously.  The Good The revamp Hercules has experience over the last few years has, oddly enough, made the character even more engaging by playing as a dim, bellicose buffoon, It's something I find infinitely amusing and I love the fact that this crossover is basically driven by his hyperbolic surliness. And whoever got the idea to ...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: Shadowland #3 0

When the assembled street-level heroes of New York are soundly trounced by Daredevil and the Hand, they must put their host in the least likely of saviors... Ghost Rider.  The Good I could comment on the strength of the writing and art in this book, but what interests me most is the way this storyline's finally worked Marvel's "knights" into what truly feels a modern urban mythology. There's a lot said about how superheroes are analogous to the pantheons of antiquity and this was the first time...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Review: Sweet Tooth #14 1

As the full out war between Jeppard and the tribes people brews on the surface, the hybrid children make a bid to finally escape their awful captivity.  The Good Lemire's best strength is his storytelling and he's got a true cartoonists' fluidity when it comes to making these scenes exist in your head simply through layout and angle choices. I was particularly effected by the panel with the nasty "brick braining" scene - - it was almost an optical illusion as I could feel the motion swinging th...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Review: Avengers Academy #5 0

After reflecting on his own background as a celebrity, Striker schemes of some dangerous ways to gain more for the academy (with a particular emphasis on himself.) The Good As odd as it sounds, I think I like this book for the fact the academy members are less likable. I'm all for iconic heroes, but this comic's refreshing for the fact that it's a New Warriors book that finally admits that the new generation of heroes might actually be a lot more spoiled and a lot less noble than their predeces...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: SHIELD #4 0

Hoo boy... where to even start in trying to describe this issue? Leonid learns even more of SHIELD's centuries-long secret history, which includes the imprisonment of Nostradumus and the "wet nursing" of a pregnant Celestial.  The GoodThis book's weaving of real history, esoteric science and Marvel continuity is nothing short of phenomenal. The revelations about the origins of Nick Fury's infinity formula and the Celstials' interest in Earth (a carry over from Earth X) are just the kind of intel...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: Hawke & Mockingbird #5 1

Hawkeye and Mockingbird finally corner their enemies and the desert and their disagreements about how severe an amount of force they should use might threaten to break their relationship up.  The Good Before anything else, I have to say that the scallop arrow that Hawkeye uses on Crossfire had to be the coolest, nasty trick I've probably ever seen in his arsenal. Seriously, I was going "Oooooooo" when he tangled the villain up with it... and that's rarely happened between me and a comic. I was ...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: Secret Six #26 0

The Secret Six are, once again, reluctantly marshaled to stop their even-more-villainous counterparts from conquering an extra-dimensional and potentially unleashing nuclear Armageddon on the US.  The Good Holy crap... nobody makes Bane cooler than Gail Simone. Far from the roid-addict with a tendency to talk like Ivan Drago, this Bane, with his to-the-point speaking style and total peace with his will to power, is one of those rare characters where you're just waiting to hear what he has to s...

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Review: Deadpool Max #1 1

A fed's undercover mission in Hammerhead's Maggia is threatened to be ruined by the reckless, insane maverick he's been patterned with -- Deadpool.  The Good As a long time DP fan, it's fun to finally see the character put in a no-holds-barred situation like this. It feels like I'm finally seeing the character as he was meant to be, rather than toned down to be safer. It's a smart move on Lapham's part to tell this story from the perspective of DP's reluctant agent, because it gives a lot more ...

5 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: X-Men Legacy #240 0

The newly-returned Children of the Vault shanghai most of the X-men to their nightmarish dimension, leaving Paras nothing to do but resolve his wedding obligations.  The Good The moment where Luz plays her card, effectively popping the bubble of stuffy manners we've been embedded in so far... that moment really made this book for me. I won't spoil the surprise, but it's seriously a hoot.  The juxtaposition of the Indian wedding and Rogue's brutal punishment gave a lot more gravitas to both thre...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Secret Warriors #20 0

After the city of Seattle is completely annihilated, Fury marshals the Secret Warriors for a mission to stamp out Hyrda's forces for once and for all.  The Good There are definitely some powerful moments in this issue. Stand-outs (unsurprisingly) included the nuking of Seattle and the part where Stonewall and the Hydra thugs "play with fire." I'll tip my hat to Colak and IMF studios for giving a kind of bleached-out look that reminded me a lot of the Metal Gear Solid. At the risk of getting to ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Green Arrow #4 1

The latest victim of the White Lantern tree's "power irritation" is Martian Manhunter - - and Green Arrow has to rein this friend in, even as he's lost control of himself.  The Good This notion of Green Arrow needing to protect this small-but-infinitely-important tree from all the nefarious forces floating around Brightest Day... it's actually a pretty cool corner for him to occupy in this greater company-wide storyline. Neves' got some serious flash to it as well. It was a novel (but welcome) ...

5 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Time Masters: Vanishing Point 1

The search for Batman gets positively labyrinthian as Rip Hunter, Booster Golder and their skeleton crew of "time masters" have adventures across a wider variety of epochs.  The Good This book is just good clean fun. Even when I wasn't quite familiar with all the characters and their place in continuity (more on that below) I was still enjoying this romp through DC's chronological cosmology. Jurgens is great nuts and bolts artist whose every line is always in service of telling the story withou...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: Captain America #610 0

Cap, Black Widow and the Falcon race to save Bucky from the clutches of Baron Zemo's imprisonment - - an imprisonment threatening to do more harm to his mind than anything that could be done to his body.  The Good I've been digging the key differences between Bucky and Cap's personality that Brubaker's focused on. Bucky definitely feels more believable as a noble solider who's done his share of dirty work... and I'm intrigued to see how he's going to define and reconcile his Winter Soldiers cri...

2 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: Namor: The First Mutant #2 0

Namor's war with the undersea vampires, the Aqueos, gets even treacherous as a seer reveals that these enemies have ties to Atlantis' royal lineage.  The Good Ever since that one story in the classic Moore/Bissette run on Saga of the Swamp Thing, I've always been intrigued by the notion of undersea vampires who're even more twisted and perverted than their land-based cousins.  So it's interesting to see this archetypal, legendary figure taking on creatures he doesn't quite understand. The booke...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Review: Amazing Spider-Man #644 0

Spidey's hopeless race to save Norman Osborn's bastard baby escalates as Vulture, Vermin, Rhino, Mysterio and the Chameleon join the gauntlet of villains.  The Good Good lord, does Waid know how to play on expectations. I was genuinely surprised by the introductions of Mysterio and the Chameleon, and Spidey's solution to Rhino's rampage was genuinely unpredictable. More importantly, none of them felt like cop-outs to ease the plot. Character drove the plot, not the other way around. I was hesit...

6 out of 6 found this review helpful.

Review: Detective Comics #869 0

Batman finally finds the leader of the Jokerz, just as the leader of the impostor Batmen is revealed.  The Good I've rarely read a comic where the storytelling's been this involving. Hine and McDanil's dance hooks you in and makes you follow every little turn of the plot... and it makes even the most basic dialogue scenes that much more exciting. I really feel like I'm in Gotham City while I'm reading this, a bug on the wall for every aspect of this outlandish war between Batmen and Jokerz. Som...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: Deadpool Team-Up #889 0

Deadpool's hired to protect a "damsel in distress"  on a secret island from Gorilla. Of course, they both soon realize that they're better off teaming up against that damsel, instead.The Good This was fast, fun and light. In other words, it was exactly what I was looking for. Good escapism. This issue wasn't packed wall-to-wall with laughs, but there were still some good gags - - my favorite one was about gorilla being a master of disguise, "but only for similar looking apes." Also, considering...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Review: Titans #27 0

Just as these "titans" round out their rescue of innocent children from Elijah's nefarious clutches, Roy Harper starts experiencing a resurgence in his addiction symptoms that could jeopardize everything he's won.  The Good Wallace has a serious sense of cadence and character. Harper's inner monologue reads like a confessional transcript because the beats of his addiction/withdrawal feel real without ever getting heavy-handed. I really enjoyed the moral complexity presented here, not only in hi...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: Avengers Academy #4 0

Three of the Avengers-in-training split off from their supervisors during the power outage in the Raft. They're looking for Norman Osborn, somewhere in the cells, and revenge's on their minds. The Good Mettle gets the spotlight in this issue and his characterization's pretty compelling. You can definitely see how the mellow surfer dude can co-exist with the angry armored heavy.  His extended metaphor about life preservers gave all these precedings a much greater urgency and importance. Actuall...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Justice League of America #49 0

After running in to their old foe, the Bogeyman, Donna Troy and Jade are thrust into a nightmarish dreamscape where they have to confront their worst fears and memories. The Good The notion of superheroes having to battle abstract living nightmares of their worst fears is a familiar trope... so I really enjoyed how Robinson turned the story on its head in this issue. Donna Troy's been around the bend long enough and gone through enough hard times to sniff out an obvious trap like this. I loved...

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Review: Astonishing X-Men: Xenogenesis #3 0

The X-Men's battle of words with Doctor Crocodile has to put aside as the two parties must unite against a greater threat - - the inexplicable return of Captain Britain's old foe, Mad Jim Jaspers.  The Good This is one of those rare superhero comics where you're left riveted without any fight scenes or even a single thrown punch - - the dialog is just that good. I'm normally leery of superheroes getting embroiled in current affairs as it frequently comes across as quite tacky or tasteless, but ...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Black Widow #6 1

Natasha goes undercover to thwart Fatale's attempt to seduce and kill the son of an assassinated politician - - a young man who just happens to blame the Black Widow for his loss.  The Good Swierczynksi seriously knows how to play on your expectations.  Every time I thought I had a handle on Black Widow and Fatale's dueling "badger traps" he'd go on and totally switch things from what I thought I was getting. Seeing as how it's so easy to call the shot before they're fired when you're dealing w...

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Review: Skullkickers #1 0

Two unnamed mercenaries - - one a stoic giant, and the other a surly dwarf - - scrap for big bounties and payday in a fantasy landscape full of werewolves and shadowy assassins.  The Good The penciler and inker trade hats enough times in this issue that I'm not sure who's responsible for what and where, but the production quality in total is quite appealing.  The coloring's glossy cel shading makes these panels feel like frames taken right out a high-end animated feature. Actually, despite the ...

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Review: Justice League: Generation Lost #10 0

At Batman's memory falters and Magog enters the scene, this unofficial Justice League sees the numbers of their allies decrease just as the numbers of their enemies increase. The Good The scene where Batman and Powergirl investigate Maxwell Lord only to forget what they're discussing in mid-sentence was downright spooky. I've rarely seen menace underlying a superhero so effectively outside of Morrison's Animal Man run. I really glad to see Captain Atom's role in the Kingdom Come disaster foresh...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.

Review: Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #14 0

Spidey's run-in with the identity-stealing Chameleons comes to a dramatic conclusion as his  "amazing friends" finally show up to aid the fight.   The Good This revamp of Chameleon is definitely one of the better ones that Bendis has crafted throughout his long run on this series. I have to say that two twins hopped up on mutant growth hormone is more interesting than a Russian spy with serious identity and adequacy issues. Actually, the whole fun of this series is seeing how these familiar tro...

3 out of 3 found this review helpful.