REVIEW: Mister Miracle #1 – Escaping Reality With A Miraculous Debut

REVIEW: Mister Miracle #1 – Escaping Reality With A Miraculous Debut

DC Comics has been absolutely killing it with their Jack Kirby tributes this year, which marks the 100th anniversary of the King of Comics’ birth. Not every project has been stellar, of course, but most have been bold in their own ways and all of them have displayed obvious love for the endlessly creative Kirby. And none get off to a more auspicious and brilliant beginning as Mister Miracle #1, written by Tom King with…

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REVIEW: Batman #26 – Taking Sides, Crossing Lines

REVIEW: Batman #26 – Taking Sides, Crossing Lines

Writer Tom King certainly can’t be accused of being unambitious in his aims for the Dark Knight. After ending issue #24 with the massive twist of Batman proposing marriage to Catwoman, he followed that up with kicking off a massive ongoing storyline called “The War of Jokes & Riddles.” If you liked issue #25’s opening chapter, then you’re going to enjoy Batman #26, which does it job in raising the stakes of the conflict and…

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REVIEW: Batman #23 – The Brave and the Mold

REVIEW: Batman #23 – The Brave and the Mold

I miss “The Brave and the Bold.” It was a team-up book, and back in the day, when I was a kid, team-up books were very special. They usually had a star, and in this case it was Batman, and then each issue you would see the star team up with another DC Comics character, often one that couldn’t support their own title, or did support one that was pretty different from the adventures of…

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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: 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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REVIEW: Batman #13 – Suicide Mission: Unsatisfying

REVIEW: Batman #13 – Suicide Mission: Unsatisfying

With Batman #13, the “I Am Suicide” arc comes to its ambitious, inconsistent and ultimately unsatisfying conclusion. Tom King is a writer I greatly admire, and I actually can appreciate a lot of what he tried to do with this arc, but he ends up with a story that has so much on its plate that there’s a problem giving each element enough space to effectively mesh into a cohesive whole. With this final issue,…

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BACK ISSUES: Pymworld – Marvel’s Artificially Intelligent Family

BACK ISSUES: Pymworld – Marvel’s Artificially Intelligent Family

Welcome to another edition of “Back Issues”, the weekly column where I examine a character, concept or theme making waves in comics today through issues from the past. Earlier this week, HBO’s latest culturally omnipresent TV hit “Westworld” wrapped up its inaugural season. For the myriad of fans out there missing its trippy and unsettling exploration of sentience, free will and exploitation of the other, not to worry, comic books have got you covered! This…

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REVIEW: Batman Annual #1 – Holy Holidays, Batman!!

REVIEW: Batman Annual #1 – Holy Holidays, Batman!!

Look, I’ll admit I’m a sucker for Xmas issues of super-hero comics. I can’t really explain why. Maybe it’s because I once owned a DC Digest book called “Christmas With the Super-Heroes.” In any case, I’m a sucker for them, rank sentimentality and all. With Batman Annual #1, we get an anthology of stories all centred around Xmas, and the results are remarkably cohesive and enjoyable. The first story, written by Tom King with David…

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REVIEW: Batman #10 – Suicide Mission: Unfathomable

REVIEW: Batman #10 – Suicide Mission: Unfathomable

After a solid opening chapter to this Suicide Squad arc last issue, writer Tom King and artist Mikel Janin deliver a seriously flawed second instalment in Batman #10 that nearly derails the momentum achieved by the tense, creepy and lean previous issue. This is an issue that makes some pretty substantial mistakes, the initial one being having the issue barely reference the opening chapter at all. We see Batman heading into action against Bane, assaulting…

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REVIEW: Batman #9 – Suicide Mission: Impossible

REVIEW: Batman #9 – Suicide Mission: Impossible

After getting sidetracked (as books almost always do) by a multi-title event, it’s good to see writer Tom King and artist Mikel Janin back on track with Batman #9. It’s a crackerjack of a set-up issue that finds Batman recruiting some of his most unbalanced enemies for a Suicide Squad-type mission on behalf of Amanda Waller. But Batman clearly has his own reasons and objectives for this mission. What makes the issue so enjoyable is…

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