REVIEW: Batman #21 – Pushing All The Right Buttons?

REVIEW: Batman #21 – Pushing All The Right Buttons?

Batman #21 is hampered by the fact that there are certain perfect and indelible works of art that should never be touched or embellished upon. The issue is the opening chapter of an arc entitled “The Button” and it seems to be some kind of attempt to integrate landmark self-contained comic series “Watchmen” into the DC Universe proper. And though writer Tom King and artist Jason Fabok have crafted a fairly entertaining, well-structured and finely…

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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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REVIEW: Atom – Rebirth #1 – Size Matters Again

REVIEW: Atom – Rebirth #1 – Size Matters Again

Atom – Rebirth #1 is one of the handful of one-shots designed to introduce readers (or re-introduce as the case may be) to the group of heroes destined to comprise DC’s upcoming JLA series, spinning out of their current “Justice League vs Suicide Squad” event series. Written by Steve Orlando with art by Andy MacDonald, the issue has kind of a big task to accomplish. Post-New 52, the Atom has been kind of a mess….

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JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: New, Diverse Cast starting Jan. 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA: New, Diverse Cast starting Jan. 2017

The Atom.  Vixen.  Killer Frost.  The Ray.  Four heroes with interesting histories will go A-List this winter with the new Justice League of America ongoing and one shots, starting in January.  In a press release earlier today, DC announced: Foes of evil! Enemies of injustice! As it began in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH, for the mighty heroes of the Justice League of America, all wrongdoing is a menace to be stamped out! Whether it comes from outer space,…

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REVIEW: Supergirl – Rebirth #1 – A Steady Launch for the Girl of Steel

REVIEW: Supergirl – Rebirth #1 – A Steady Launch for the Girl of Steel

I went into Supergirl – Rebirth #1 about as much of a newbie as you can get. I haven’t really read the character in years, only briefly checked into her New 52 version via crossovers and team-ups, and haven’t watched the TV series. So I can’t say for sure if this issue accurately reflects an improvement on the character post-Rebirth, or if things are being altered to bring the character more in line with her…

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Point of Entry: The Many Masks of Batman

Point of Entry: The Many Masks of Batman

No other characters have such a massive amount of stories written about them as Superman and Batman. Heck, just with their titular series, there’s 773 issues each. With Detective Comics (only starring Batman) and Batman combined, there’s 1681 issues as of publication date. So, where do you even start with that ridiculously towering number!? Good thing Capeless Crusader has an in house comic historian to guide you through the confusing world of comics. Batman, whether he’s…

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Point of Entry: DC Universe’s Many Reboots Explained

Point of Entry: DC Universe’s Many Reboots Explained

DC Comics has a great tradition of continually updating it’s main continuity timeline. This is either great for some people or incredibly frustrating. DC, for me, has always stood for great stories where decisions matter. The various multiple worlds and different main timelines reflect that, unlike Marvel where they employ a “Floating Timeline” where time is dilated and condensed, making 40+ years of stories fit into around 15. Marvel is great at telling more reality…

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Long-Lost Character Returns in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 (SPOILERS)

Long-Lost Character Returns in DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 (SPOILERS)

DC Comic’s universe changing, summer event is just one day away, and with that it’s been revealed that a long-lost character will be brought back to us. (WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW) The fiery-haired Flash, the “missing” Titan, Wally West, a.k.a. Kid Flash, will be returning in the pages of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 tomorrow. Along will the return of Wally begs the question: will there now be two Wally Wests in the aftermath of DC’s Rebirth? According…

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Josh Williamson Signs Exclusive with DC

Josh Williamson Signs Exclusive with DC

Exclusive contracts were, for a time, the norm in the comic book industry. They kept creators locked into deal with particular publishers and made it to where the publishers could form long-term plans as to who was going to work on what title. Then came the era of the independents, and suddenly creators were constantly bouncing back and forth from one major publisher to another with occasional stops at a creator-owned imprint where they’d release…

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