REVIEW: Justice League of America #10 – Careful What You Wish For

REVIEW: Justice League of America #10 – Careful What You Wish For

Justice League of America so far has set itself apart from the main League title by revolving around Batman’s attempt to form an effective team from his hand-selected team of outsiders, rookies and, in the case of Lobo, outlaws. So far, the concept has yet to really effectively gel, despite some considerable flashes of brilliance. Justice League of America #10, the opening instalment of the “Curse of the KingButcher” arc, isn’t any less uneven an…

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REVIEW: Batman/The Shadow #1: Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Men?

REVIEW: Batman/The Shadow #1: Who Knows What Evil Lurks in the Heart of Men?

Batman/The Shadow #1 may not be the first time that the Dark Knight has met his more direct literary antecedent, but it may be the flashiest and most high-profile team-up of the two legendary characters. It boasts a script by two of DC’s top writers in Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando, with evocative art by Riley Rossmo. The opening issue certainly proves that the creative team knows what has made these two properties so resonant with…

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REVIEW: Midnighter/Apollo #6 Provides Stunning, Inevitable Conclusion

REVIEW: Midnighter/Apollo #6 Provides Stunning, Inevitable Conclusion

Yep.  This is it guys, my final review of my absolute favorite miniseries.  Midnighter and Apollo #6 dropped on the first of the month, and it created the inevitable ending that I needed.  Steve Orlando concludes this love story in the way you really need to.  Art from Fernando Blanco and Romulo Fajardo Jr. create stunning visuals that tie it all together. We pick up where we left off last month.  Apollo has come to rescue Midnighter from Neron.  He…

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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: Midnighter and Apollo #5 — “You answer to ME.”

REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #5 — “You answer to ME.”

In what’s becoming a regular monthly trend, Midnighter and Apollo is exactly the comic I need this week, two weeks into the most dangerous administration my country has ever elected. Point blank, Steve Orlando, Fernando Blanco, and Romulo Fajardo Jr. have once again performed an alchemy to create something topical, universal, and somehow utterly informed and made real by the queer experience. In terms of plot, this issue focuses primarily on the fight between Neron…

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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: Midnighter & Apollo #4 Reminds Us of What We Deserve

REVIEW: Midnighter & Apollo #4 Reminds Us of What We Deserve

Top of the month, and we all know what that means: Midnighter & Apollo time!  This issue picks up where last issue left off — Apollo, trapped by Neron, and Midnighter about to face down the demon that killed him. Neron keeps going on about how Apollo “knows” that his soul’s tainted by pride, lust, anger, and murder.  Apollo keeps trying to tell him he’s wrong.  Midnighter, meanwhile, fights Mawzir with nothing but a single bullet…

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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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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: Midnighter and Apollo #3 and the Mansion of Happiness

REVIEW: Midnighter and Apollo #3 and the Mansion of Happiness

Another month, another Midnighter and Apollo.  Can I just say I needed this?  Because I really, really needed this comic.  I had a rough November, but, to paraphrase a favorite meme, this comic “cleared my skin, watered my crops, opened my pores, and cleansed my soul.” Allow me to explain.  If you’ve just started Midnighter and Apollo with this issue, here’s the plot basics: the guy who created Midnighter and Apollo had Apollo murdered and sent to Hell.  Midnighter…

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