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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Superman #8 – Take Your Son to Dinosaur Island Day

REVIEW: Superman #8 – Take Your Son to Dinosaur Island Day

Superman #8 is the opening chapter of a new arc entitled “Escape From Dinosaur Island”, which sees Superman and his son Jon, aka the new Superboy, inexplicably transported to a mysterious island where danger lurks in the form of….well….dinosaurs, obviously. Like the “Night of the Monster Men” arc currently running in the Batman titles, this issue has the feel of a modern reimagining of Silver Age adventures that unfurled on just the right side of ridiculous…

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REVIEW: Superman #7- Small town fun

REVIEW: Superman #7- Small town fun

  Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason have a  reoccurring knack of tapping into the vein of nostalgic Superman, and pumping that sucker dry. Not only do the pair succeed in making this series feel like the Superman you grew up with, but also allow you a brighter look on the character, if that’s even possible. In Superman #7, since Superman has already established his place as Earth’s new Superman, it’s time for the “Smith”…

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REVIEW: Superman #6- First arc comes to a close with satisfaction

REVIEW: Superman #6- First arc comes to a close with satisfaction

  That, right there, was how to finish your first Superman story arc. Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason put a fitting end to the first story arc of the Superman Rebirth title, Son of Superman, with the Eradicator beaten, Clark solidifying himself as the new Superman and a hint at what’s to come for Jon. Heavily action packed, the issue still doesn’t falter in finishing off the story with a satisfying conclusion. After taking the…

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CAPE WATCH: Five DC Comics to grab this week! (Mar. 11)

CAPE WATCH: Five DC Comics to grab this week! (Mar. 11)

DC Comics has an interesting line-up this upcoming week. From the crazy Bizarro World to Gotham City under siege and a Green Lantern title comes to an end.   So without further ado, let’s take a look at what DC has for us this week!   Detective Comics Endgame #1 (One-Shot) Writer: Peter J. Tomasi Art: Viktor Bogdanovic Cover Price: $3.99 Following off of Scott Snyder’s Endgame story arc in the current BATMAN run, Gotham…

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Cape Watch: Batman Battles the Riddler, Nightcrawler Has A Family Feud, Sinestro Debuts, And The Superior Spider-Man Says Goodbye

Cape Watch: Batman Battles the Riddler, Nightcrawler Has A Family Feud, Sinestro Debuts, And The Superior Spider-Man Says Goodbye

Welcome to Cape Watch, where we explore the most interesting and/or biggest releases of the week from the “big two” publishers. Without further ado, here’s what to look forward to from DC and Marvel for he week of April 16th, 2014:   DC Comics ________________________________________ Batman #30 This is the penultimate chapter of the “Zero Year” story arc. Writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo‘s Batman is facing The Riddler and the damage he has…

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