REVIEW: ‘Green Arrow’ #31

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Jeff Lemire
Artwork by Andrea Sorrentino
Color Artwork by Marcelo Maiolo
Lettering by Rob Leigh

Whether it is intentional or not Jeff Lemire has flawlessly matched the tone and attitude of the television series Arrow in his current Green Arrow story arc which he wraps up here in issue #31, Book Six of The Outsiders War, but that’s not a bad thing. In the television series, the narrative is a tapestry of Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Justice League United’ #0

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Jeff Lemire
Artwork by Mike McKone
Color Artwork by Marcelo Maiolo
Lettering by Carlos M. Mangual

Justice League United is a brand new monthly DC Comics series from writer Jeff Lemire and artist Mike McKone, featuring a great line up of superheroes that are drawn together to become Canada’s very own Justice League. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Sinestro’ #1

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Cullen Bunn
Artwork by Dale Eaglesham
Color Artwork by Jason Wright
Lettering by Dezi Sienty

I will preface this review by stating the fact that I am an unabashed, full-fledged Green Lantern fan, so unlike many comicbook readers, I welcomed and was even excited at the prospect of another Lantern related title especially one that featured Sinestro as the focal point and star of the series. In the post-Johns era the Green Lantern books have taken on a decidedly more diverse sense of individuality, granted that is due Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Batman’ #30

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Scott Snyder
Pencils by Greg Capullo
Inks by Danny Miki
Color Artwork by FCO Plascencia

This issue begins the climactic chapter of the Zero Year story entitled “Savage City” with events that were first glimpsed in the opening pages of the epic arc. However now, when viewed in retrospect these images are so much more momentous, not just for the sheer weight of the events but for the calamitous consequences resulting from them that we have now seen unfold. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Batman Eternal’ #1

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Ray Fawkes, John Layman, Tim Seeley
Artwork by Jason Fabok
Color Artwork by Brad Anderson

The new weekly series Batman Eternal boasts a stellar crew of writers headed up by Batman proper scribe Scott Snyder.  The rest of the team consists of some of DC’s most popular and prolific writers including James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, John Layman and Tim Seeley and these guys do not waste a single panel before getting the action started. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Aquaman and the Others’ #1

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Dan Jurgens
Pencils by Lan Medina
Inks by Allen Martinez
Color Artwork by Matt Milla

Aquaman has long deserved the kind of readership and critical acclaim the character is finally receiving. Not since Peter David’s harpoon-handed, shaggy-haired, bearded version of the Atlantean King ruled the seas in his series of the late 80’s has Arthur Curry received so much positive press. Usually reserved for the butt of jokes made by a largely non-comic book reading public, Aquaman holds Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Animal Man’ #29

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Jeff Lemire
Artwork by Travel Foreman, Jeff Lemire
Color Artwork by Lovern Kindzierski, Jose Villarrubia
Lettering by Jared K. Fletcher

Jeff Lemire has taken us on a twenty-nine issue journey with one of the most enigmatic super heroes of all time, Animal Man. Since his first appearance in Strange Adventures #180 forty-nine years ago, Animal Man has presented perhaps the most diverse power set imaginable and that has opened the door to a nearly limitless pool of potential premises and plots. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘American Vampire: Second Cycle’ #1

(Vertigo/DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Scott Snyder
Artwork by Rafael Albuquerque
Color Artwork by Dave McCaig
Lettering by Steve Wands

Skinner Sweet and Pearl Jones, the undead stars or Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque’s epic horror story American Vampire, are back after an extended hiatus and having just read the first issue of the second cycle, I can tell you it is worth the wait. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Harley Quinn’ #3

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Artwork by Chad Hardin
Color Artwork by Alex Sinclair
Lettering by John J. Hill

Happy Valentines Day from Harley Quinn! This new issues is filled with utter brilliance and delivers a boisterous laughable side to the dumbest holiday of the year. Even those of us with significant others will surely laugh at Harley Quinn as she fumbles her way through a V-Day without her Mr. J. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Swamp Thing’ #28

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Charles Soule
Artwork by Javier Pina
Color Artwork by Matthew Wilson
Lettering by Travis Lanham

If you are a regular reader of my reviews (and I hope you are) then you know I am never at a loss for words when it comes to praising the genius of Charles Soule. Soule has taken the industry by storm with an impressive and varied body of work founded on solid character development and Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Red Lanterns’ #27

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Charles Soule
Artwork by Alessandro Vitti, Jim Calafiore
Color Artwork by Gabe Eltaeb
Lettering by Dave Sharpe

Charles Soule is without a doubt the hardest working man in comics. He is certainly prolific but more impressive than the sheer volume of his creative output is the quality of the work he produces. Soule is impossible to classify as any one type of writer because his work Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Trillium’ #5

(DC Comics/Vertigo, 2014)

Written & Illustrated by Jeff Lemire
Lettered by Carlos M. Mangual

I’ve been putting off writing about Trillium for months now. I was going to review #1 but it had already been claimed for review by the time I got in touch with Cory if I remember correctly. With each issue that I’ve read I’ve felt less and less inclined to write about the engaging, estranging, frustrating, atmospheric, experimental beast that is Trillium, one of the most interesting comics of 2013. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Animal Man’ #27

(DC Comics, 2014)

Written by Jeff Lemire
Artwork by Rafael Albuquerque
Color Artwork by Dave McVaig
Lettering by Jared K. Fletcher

Jeff Lemire promised us a “perfect ending for the Baker family” and as the finale of one the best and most consistent series in the New 52 inches ever closer Lemire seems like he is going to make good on that promise. This issue returns to the business of resolving existing plot threads in a big way after last issue’s brief cosmic departure. Continue reading

REVIEW: ‘Justice League 3000’ #2

(DC Comics, 2014)

Review by Shawn Warner

Written by Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis
Artwork by Howard Porter
Color Artwork by Hi-Fi (Brian Miller)
Lettering by Sal Cipriano

The first issue of Justice League 3000 was conspicuously light on humor especially for a Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis book. However it was still a really well written, exciting and entertaining first issue (you can read all about it in my review of issue #1) albeit a slight departure from their more comedic fare. Continue reading

‘The Weekly Bat-Signals’ with Shawn Warner, Episode 21

Greetings on this auspicious anniversary of the first appearance of our revered Dark Knight Detective.  The year was 1939, the publication was Detective Comics volume one, number twenty-seven and the co-creators were the brilliant Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Little did these two mild mannered cartoonists know that they had touched eternity with their creation and in so doing they had given a gift to the ages Continue reading