REVIEW: Dark Days – The Forge #1 – Impenetrable But Intriguing Metal

REVIEW: Dark Days – The Forge #1 – Impenetrable But Intriguing Metal

DC’s big summer event for 2017 has been announced as “Dark Nights – Metal”, which sees “Batman” superstars Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo re-team to tell a big story involving all the heroes of the DC Pantheon. Dark Days – The Forge #1 is the prequel that kicks off the event to come, and though there’s plenty here to intrigue, drawing from crumbs dropped throughout Snyder’s long tenure as Bat-writer, the issue is also pretty…

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REVIEW: DC Holiday Special #1 – Ho-Ho-Holiday with Harley

REVIEW: DC Holiday Special #1 – Ho-Ho-Holiday with Harley

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. I’m a sucker for comic book holiday issues. Part of it is the unabashedly naked attempts to pull on the reader’s heartstrings. And another part is surely the fact that a lot of super-hero comic character really don’t lend themselves to heartwarming holiday stories of good cheer. The best moments in the DC Holiday Special #1 are the ones that either most successfully tug at your heart…

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REVIEW: Detective Comics #946 – Victimology

REVIEW: Detective Comics #946 – Victimology

With Detective Comics #946, “The Victim Syndicate” moves into its fourth chapter. While I’ve enjoyed the arc for the most part, I do think this issue from James Tynion IV and Eddy Barrows stumbles as it moves into the storyline’s climax. The issue opens with a flashback to a conversation between Tim Drake and Batman about this new team of allies they’re building. Since his supposed death, Tim Drake (or rather, the absence of him)…

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REVIEW: Detective Comics #943 – Heroes & Victims

REVIEW: Detective Comics #943 – Heroes & Victims

With a multi-title story arc now concluded, Detective Comics #943 finds the series returning to constructing an effective direction for the characters and concepts at the core of the series. The result is a solid issue that introduces creepy new antagonists for our team of heroes while deepening the characters of each of the protagonists. Writer James Tynion IV continues to build his team of central characters, with Batwoman in the lead. Without an overriding story arc…

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REVIEW: Detective Comics #942 – A Climax Neither Strange nor Monstrous Enough

REVIEW: Detective Comics #942 – A Climax Neither Strange nor Monstrous Enough

After four issues that saw the “Night of the Monster Men” arc stay on just the right side of goofy monster mash fun while still feeling grounded, the conclusion of the mini-event is a missed opportunity, with Detective Comics #942 delivering a climax that doesn’t pack much of a punch and lacks narrative clarity to the resolution. Writers Steve Orlando & James Tynion IV, with artist Andy MacDonald, deliver a finale that is neither thrilling…

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REVIEW: Detective Comics #941 – Monster Mash in Gotham

REVIEW: Detective Comics #941 – Monster Mash in Gotham

Why the hell does anyone continue living in Gotham City? Every other month, a city-ending apocalypse is visited upon that city. Hardest job in Gotham? Real-estate agent. Detective Comics #941 is the third chapter in the “Night of the Monster Men” storyline, which features yet another all-out assault on Gotham, this time orchestrated by Hugo Strange, involving mutating human beings into gigantic grotesque monsters who rampage across Batman’s home town. To that end, while the…

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REVIEW: The Backstagers – A Warm But Familiar Look at Outcasts

REVIEW: The Backstagers – A Warm But Familiar Look at Outcasts

The Backstagers #1 is obviously informed by writer James Tynion IV‘s personal experiences as a member of a high school back stage crew. There’s a warmth and a sense of heart to the issue that communicates the memories of his time there. And though I’d say the book is pleasant and charming, it doesn’t quite come across as witty or as engaging as it wants to be. The Backstagers #1 tells the story of Jory, the…

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PREVIEWS: First Look at Tynion and Sygh’s BACKSTAGERS #1 From BOOM!

PREVIEWS: First Look at Tynion and Sygh’s BACKSTAGERS #1 From BOOM!

Billed as a story about outcasts, the first issue of James Tynion and Rian Sygh‘s Backstagers is set to hit shelves in comic shops this Tuesday. Publisher BOOM! Studios has made an extended preview available, which you can check out below! Will you be picking up Backstagers? Sound off in the comments!   Josh EpsteinJosh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word…

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REVIEW: Detective Comics #935

REVIEW: Detective Comics #935

One of the positives that’s apparent both in Detective Comics #935 and in the main Bat-titles as a whole post-Rebirth is a refreshing unity of purpose. Both “Detective Comics” and “Batman” seem to be taking a fresh look at what Bruce Wayne’s ultimate plan is the protection of gotham City and giving him a goal that for once seems to be sustainable and realistic (in super-hero terms). For a long time, Batman was depicted as…

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BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #3 to Receive Second Printing

BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #3 to Receive Second Printing

DC has yet another hit on their hands, announcing that the third issue of BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES has sold out and is receiving a second printing on March 16th. Not at all surprising, considering the popularity of the separate franchises and the positive reviews that the James T. Tynion IV miniseries has been getting. The new cover will be a version of the original one drawn by artist Freddie E. Williams II.   FROM…

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