Civil War II #8 (of 8) (Marvel Comics)
After a long and very delayed road, Civil War II has come to an end. I wish I could tell you that the Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez event bucks the trend of lame final issues for Marvel events, but unfortunately that is not the case. In fact, Civil War II’s final issue ranks as not only one of the worst final issues of a Marvel event, but also one of the worst comics of the year. Read the rest of this entry
This past weekend was Boston Comic Con 2016, and what a time it was. Amid the throngs of Harley Quinns (the Suicide Squad movie version is the new favorite folks) and Deadpools were some pretty awesome creators, actors, and vendors. While it was a balmy 80 degrees (with what felt like 92% humidity) inside of the convention center, the near tropical conditions didn’t damper my expectations one bit.
The lines, however, were a different story. Read the rest of this entry
All-Star Batman #1 (DC Comics)
After months away from the Dark Knight, superstar writer Scott Snyder has returned with All-Star Batman. Teaming Snyder with a rotating superstar artist, this series has all of the makings for something truly special. I’m a huge fan of Snyder’s run on Batman, but that run really only scratched the surface of the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery. With All-Star, Snyder’s putting the focus on Two-Face, the man who was once Harvey Dent, and with John Romita Jr. on the art for this arc, All-Star is a great return for the writer that goes into some pretty interesting places you wouldn’t expect. Read the rest of this entry
Batman #51 (DC Comics)
I know, I know, I JUST reviewed Batman #50 last month. But this is arguably the biggest comic of the week, and I can’t let that pass by the reviews! After 51 issues, the titanic team of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo has called it a day, and Batman #51 serves as a beautiful and surprisingly heartfelt coda to the work the two have done on the series. Read the rest of this entry
At Saturday’s Wonder Con panel, DC Comics unveiled the creative teams behind their upcoming “DC Rebirth” event, the line-wide relaunch that will help put DC’s universe back on the right path. Like with any relaunch, there’s a lot of cool stuff, and some disappointments (*COUGH* Scott Lobdell). But let’s not focus on the bad. Instead, let’s take a look at some of the titles that I’m most looking forward to in the relaunch. Read the rest of this entry
Batman #50 (DC Comics)
Bruce Wayne is back, and he’s ready to reclaim his city in Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Batman #50. At this point, thinking that Bruce Wayne would stay “dead” and Jim Gordon would be the new Batman forever would be a foolish notion, and that’s not even considering the fact that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice hits this week. But it’s a testament to Snyder and Capullo’s near perfect symbiosis as writer and artist that this issue of Batman works as well as it does. Read the rest of this entry
Doctor Strange #1 (Marvel Comics)
All New All Different Marvel has begun, and with it comes Doctor Strange, which brings the Sorcerer Supreme back to a monthly series. With the team of Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo (and the fact that there’s a movie coming out in a about a year) there’s a lot riding on this first issue of Doctor Strange. Thankfully, Aaron and Bachalo’s debut issue is a lot of fun., and the perfect book for people who are looking to be introduced to the character. Read the rest of this entry
FREE COMIC BOOK DAY COMIC REVIEW SPECIAL!!
All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 (Marvel)
Marvel’s first Free Comic Book Day offering is a glimpse into the post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe. All-New, All-Different Avengers follows the newest incarnation of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, featuring mainstays like Captain America, Vision, Thor, and Iron Man (albeit in different forms), and newcomers Nova, Ms. Marvel, and Miles Morales, the ultimate universe Spider-Man. Writer Mark Waid and artist Mahmud Asrar’s one in done adventure is a really fun look into what’s ahead for Marvel, even if it doesn’t answer any questions. Read the rest of this entry
Batman #40 (DC Comics)
Like any issue of Batman, issue 40 has a ton of hype around it. However, what makes this issue of the Dark Knight’s adventures stand out over other issues by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo is the fact that this is the finale of the “Endgame”, the massive story arc involving the alleged final battle between Batman and his arch-nemesis The Joker. Now that the final part of the storyline has finally hit shelves, it’s time to delve deep into the issue and see if this is the final battle of The Dark Knight and The Clown Prince of Crime. Read the rest of this entry
Batman #38 (DC Comics)
At this point it’s moot to point out how stellar Batman is. You know it. I know it. But the latest issue of Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s “Endgame” certainly pulls out all of the stops, and leaves you breathless. It also changes the status quo of the Joker/Batman relationship in a huge way (that I won’t spoil here).
This issue deals with the fallout of Joker’s “jokerization” of the citizens of Gotham City, which gives this book a very creepy “last man on Earth” feel. As he desperately tries to find a way to save the city, Batman is lead to the laboratory of Paul Dekker, whom longtime Bat-fans may recognize is the alter ego of Crazy Quilt. While in Dekker’s lab, Batman learns some shocking information about the Clown Prince of Crime that rocks him to his very core, and possibly show that the man that Batman thought he knew is something else entirely. And in order to stop him, Batman will have to seek assistance from the most unlikely of places…. Read the rest of this entry