Review: Super Sons #2 – The Odd Caped Couple

Review: Super Sons #2 – The Odd Caped Couple

“The Odd Couple” pairing of polar opposites to comic effect was a trope long before Neil Simon named it explicitly in his classic play. And Super Sons #2, which continues to build upon the fractious and hilarious pairing of the earnest Superboy with the precociously arrogant Robin, mines the concept to great effect. The issue clicks when it shows the two title characters barely restrained from coming to blows as they irritate each other and try…

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REVIEW: The Wild Storm #2: The Storm Stalls…A Little

REVIEW: The Wild Storm #2: The Storm Stalls…A Little

The Wild Storm #2 has to follow its brilliant first issue, which made the most of hiring writer Warren Ellis as the mastermind for revitalizing the Windstorm Universe for DC Comics. That first issue was a thrilling melding of espionage thrills, transhumanism ideas, and thoroughly contemporary super-heroics. It’s too bad therefore that this second issue spends much of its time on exposition, and worse, exposition between characters that should all already know the info being spouted. The issue…

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DC Reportedly Investigating Amazon Prime Partnership

DC Reportedly Investigating Amazon Prime Partnership

In the race for comic book market dominance, DC may be about to take a big step forward. According to a report by Bleeding Cool, the Burbank-based publisher of books such as Wonder Woman, Justice League, Doom Patrol and The Flintstones is surveying select internet users on their level of interest in a digital subscription service. The report, which cites an unnamed source, states that the survey included questions on prospective price points and exclusivity….

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REVIEW: Superman #18 – Superman: Reborn Begins

REVIEW: Superman #18 – Superman: Reborn Begins

It’s an interesting time for Superman fans, as Superman #18 proves. First off, the post-Rebirth era has seen the New 52 version of Superman killed off and replaced by the prior version of Superman from before the new 52’s line-wide shake up. But since this switcheroo took place, Superman has been observed by a mysterious figure names Mr. Oz, who has kidnapped several DC characters and has an obsessive interest in Superman, claiming that neither…

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REVIEW: Justice League of America #1 – Heroes Among Us

REVIEW: Justice League of America #1 – Heroes Among Us

Justice League of America #1 proves that writer Steve Orlando has seized with both hands his place among the signature writers of the post-Rebirth era of DC Comics, and paired with Ivan Reis, the team delivers a sharp and effective premiere issue that justifies its existence as an additional Justice League title with room to spare. Here’s the problem with having both a Justice League book filled with the A-listers and a JLA title with…

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REVIEW: The Kamandi Challenge #2 – Comic Book Improv

REVIEW: The Kamandi Challenge #2 – Comic Book Improv

I was part of an improv comedy company in Manhattan back in the 1990s, and The Kamandi Challenge #2 really reminds me of that experience. For those of you unfamiliar with this recent DC series designed as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jack Kirby, the concept is both simple and wonderfully novel. Each issue features a different creative team tackling Kirby’s whackadoodle DC creation Kamandi, with each issue closing on…

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REVIEW: The Wild Storm #1 – A Universe Re-Imagined

REVIEW: The Wild Storm #1 – A Universe Re-Imagined

If you’re going to ask a creator to reimagine your universe of characters and concepts, revitalizing them into a going concern that is distinct and unique, then Warren Ellis is one of the best creators in comics to tap. As the driving force behind DC Comics’ The Wild Storm #1, first release in DC’s latest attempt to reboot the Wildstorm Universe, Ellis has harnessed his obsession with cutting edge science-fiction concepts like transhumanism with his…

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REVIEW: Super Sons #1 – World’s Finest Teens

REVIEW: Super Sons #1 – World’s Finest Teens

I’m not sure you need a better indicator for how well DC has re-embraced fun after DC Rebirth than Super Sons #1, by writer Peter J Tomasi and artist Jorge Jimenez. If a book like this had been published at the height of the New 52, it would have featured a lot of angst and a lot of that weird segmented armor. It’s a good thing, then, that Super Sons #1 winds up being exactly…

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REVIEW: Wonder Woman #16 – Watching the Gods

REVIEW: Wonder Woman #16 – Watching the Gods

With Wonder Woman #16, writer Greg Rucka continues with the alternating system that forms the foundation of his most recent run on the character, with each issue alternating between one story arc set in the present, and one set in the past just after Wonder Woman appeared in the human world. This issue forms the first chapter of the flashback “Godwatch” arc, and also features the debut of new alternating regular artist Bilquis Evely. And…

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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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