REVIEW: Batman #16 – Brotherly Love

REVIEW: Batman #16 – Brotherly Love

So far, writer Tom King‘s run on “Batman” has been a bit uneven. For every triumphant moment, for me there’s been some baffling ones as well. The “I Am Suicide” arc, for instance, left me cold as I felt it blew a fantastic set up by disappearing into introspection and a simplistic plot. Thankfully, Batman #16, the first part of the “I Am Bane” arc, has renewed my faith. King and artist David Finch deliver…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14: The Metatextual Invasion

ADVANCE REVIEW: Doctor Who – The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14: The Metatextual Invasion

Metatextual writing is a tough needle to thread. If you take too subtle an approach, the references can come off as hokey and easy. But if you hit the references too hard then at time sit can across as mocking, too inside-baseball, or even lazy. Writer Robbie Morrison and artist Rachael Stott tackle this tricky style in The Twelfth Doctor Year Two #14, and though I appreciate the intent, there are times when I wished the creative…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: John Carter – The End #1 – Return to the Originator

ADVANCE REVIEW: John Carter – The End #1 – Return to the Originator

These days, for most people, John Carter is synonymous with one of the biggest box office flops of all time when Disney’s 2012 film adaptation was met with a critical drubbing and lost the studio so much money they fired the head of the studio. Dynamite’s John Carter – The End #1 seeks to redeem the legendary character’s reputation with a grim and stripped-down opening chapter that intrigues and engages by not trying to take…

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REVIEW: The Kamandi Challenge #1 – A Bold Challenge Worthy of the King

REVIEW: The Kamandi Challenge #1 – A Bold Challenge Worthy of the King

2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jack Kirby, legendary comics creator and a figure so influential he is known by comic book fans and professionals the world over as the King. To honor him, DC Comics has commenced a bold experiment in storytelling centred around one of Kirby’s most fondly remembered, and weirdest, creations for the publisher. The Kaman Challenge #1 is the opening issue in a series revolving around Kamandi, last…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2 – The Plot Thickens…Alot

ADVANCE REVIEW: Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2 – The Plot Thickens…Alot

The first issue of this series was a fun and well-constructed action-packed exercise in both nostalgia and straight-ahead adventure. With Wonder Woman ’77 Meets the Bionic Woman #2, I was looking forward to more of the same. To some degree, writer Andy Mangels and artist Judit Tondora definitely deliver. But there are times in the issue when the plot revolves around elements and characters which casual or new audiences to these properties are given no…

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REVIEW: Superman #15 – Crisis With Multiple Supes

REVIEW: Superman #15 – Crisis With Multiple Supes

Superman #15 is the second chapter in the “Multiplicity” arc, a storyline that sees Supermen and Superwomen from across multiple Earths under threat from mysterious forces for as yet unknown reasons. It’s a crackerjack issue, albeit one I think that is a little bit hampered by its large rotating art team. Nevertheless, it further confirms that the Superman-family of titles, and this title in particular, is really nailing the kind of large-scale, imaginative adventures under…

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REVIEW: JLA Rebirth – The Ray #1: A Bright Return

REVIEW: JLA Rebirth – The Ray #1: A Bright Return

Justice League of America Rebirth – The Ray #1 is another one-shot in a series leading up to a new Justice League of America title. Like the one-shots before it that have focused on the Atom and Vixen, this issue attempts to re-introduce readers to the Ray, a second-tier (heck maybe even third or fourth) hero that was originally introduced in the Golden age and has enjoyed periodical revivals of greater or lesser successes over…

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ADVANCE REVIEW: Grand Passion #3: Talk About the Passion

ADVANCE REVIEW: Grand Passion #3: Talk About the Passion

Grand Passion #3 once again lives up to its title in how it takes the “Passion” part of itself seriously and honestly. Writer James Robinson and artist Tom Feister have constructed a story that wants to evoke the earnest and grand romance of star-crossed lovers destined to be together despite all obstacles, even as it doesn’t forget to retain the gritty and dark aspects of its crime-thriller setting. The result is an issue that is…

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BACK ISSUES: Marvel’s Secret Empire

BACK ISSUES: Marvel’s Secret Empire

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Last week, Marvel announced that its summer event for 2017 will be called “Secret Empire”, releasing a logo featuring Steve Rogers’ current Captain America shield and a tagline, lifted from a famous Abraham Lincoln quotation, “A House Divided Against Itself Cannot Stand.” This initial teaser was followed by a…

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REVIEW: All-Star Batman #6 – Those Who Favor Fire

REVIEW: All-Star Batman #6 – Those Who Favor Fire

All-Star Batman #6 kind of exemplifies the unique approach writer Scott Snyder is taking to this unconventional Batman series. With one arc already under his belt (a hellish road-trip with collaborator John Romita Jr), Snyder takes an entirely different tack with this issue, a new arc with Jock leading the art team. It confirms the jazzy, experimental and unconventional approach Snyder wants this series, ostensibly his last kick at the Bat-can, to have. And like…

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