REVIEW: “Forever Evil” #3

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Heather Antos

Written by: Geoff Johns
Pencils by: David Finch
Inking by: Richard Friend
Colors by: Sonia Oback

The first Universe-wide event of DC Comics New 52 era continues in  Forever Evil #3, and sadly it is not staying true to what the first issues promised us; the truly epic and threatening event to the universe we’ve grown to love was supposed to be a page-turning series. But that is not what happened this week. Continue reading


REVIEW: “Superman” #22

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

WRITTEN BY:  Scott Lobdell
ARTWORK BY:  Eddy Barrows, Daniel HDR & Geraldo Borges
INKS BY:  Eber Ferreira
COLOR ARTWORK BY:  Peter Pantazis

It seems things have gone from bad to worse for Hector Hammond as the Psi-wars continue in this issue; unfortunately Kenneth Rocafort’s stunning pencils do not. Eddy Barrows, Daniel HDR and Geraldo Borges all contribute fine work to issue #22 but they all lack the refined genius that defines Rocafort’s technique. Continue reading


REVIEW: “Batman / Superman” #1

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Shawn Warner

ARTWORK BY:  Jae Lee & Ben Oliver

Gotham City seen through the eyes of Jae Lee is a terrifying place full of twisted gothic iron gates and filthy denizens of the crawling living night, perhaps that is why Clark Kent looks like he has just stepped into a waking nightmare on the first page of this esoteric look at the reigning kings of the DCU and their first meeting. Continue reading


REVIEW: “Batman: the Dark Knight” Annual #1

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Raymond Jacques

STORY: “Once Upon A Midnight Dreary”
WRITTEN BY:  Gregg Hurwitz
ARTWORK BY:  Szymon Kudranski
LETTERING BY:  Dezi Sienty
COVER:  Alex Maleev

After a pretty undeniably rocky start, the New 52 title: Batman: The Dark Knight, gained creative traction amidst the rubble of what went before and made great strides towards becoming something truly worthwhile & to be looked forward to upon handing the reins to writer Gregg Hurwitz in issue 10 of TDK. Continue reading


REVIEW: “Detective Comics” #20

(DC Comics, 2013)

Review by Raymond Jacques

MAIN STORY: “King For A Day”
WRITTEN BY:  Jon Layman
ARTWORK BY:  Jason Fabok
LETTERING BY:  Jared K. Fletcher

BACKUP STORY“Empire Of The Son”
WRITTEN BY:  John Layman
ARTWORK BY:  Andy Clarke
LETTERING BY:  Dezi Sienty

This issue is the finale of the “Emperor Penguin” storyline that began in Detective Comics #13 which followed the rise of henchman, Ignatius Ogilvy, from the ranks of The Penguin’s Lieutenant and his calculated dismantling of Oswald Cobblepot’s unbreakable grip on Gotham City’s underworld. Continue reading


REVIEW: “Deathstroke” #16

(DC Comics, 2013)

Reviewed by Chris Ambrosio

WRITER: Justin Jordan
PENCILS: Edgar Salazar
INKS: Scott Hanna
COLOR ART: Juan Fernandez

Deathstroke issue #16 finishes up a 2 book arc, by the talent honed Justin Jordan, along with the handy work of Edgar Salazar. Deathstroke being one of my favorite ongoing series from the New 52 and in my overall inquiry of comics, Deathstroke for me brings on something other comics do not. Deathstroke having such a detailed origin gives this series the needed backbone, although you do not need to know any of his history to enjoy this read. Continue reading


REVIEW: “Green Lantern” #18

(DC Comics, 2013)

Reviewed by Jared Butler

Writer: Geoff Johns
Artists for “Main Sequence”:
Szymon Kudranski, Alex Sinclair (Colorist)
Artists for “Chamber of Shadows Sequence”:
Ardian Syaf, Mark Irwin (Inker), Tony Avina (Colorist)

I’ve been quite a fan of the New 52 Green Lantern title, and even through the less then satisfying ‘Rise of the Third Army’ and ‘Wrath of the First Lantern’ crossovers this title has stayed consistently enjoyable.  I must admit I gave up on the whole ‘Third Army’ crossover about half way though.  They just totally lost me when the Guardians plan was revealed.  But I’ve kept up on Hal and Sinestro in the Green Lantern title itself. Continue reading

REVIEW: “Swamp Thing” #18

(DC Comics, 2013)   -   Review by Sam LeBas

Writer:  Scott Snyder
Artist:  Yanick Paquette
Colors:  Matthew Fairbairn
Letters:  Travis Lanham

swamp-thing-18Snyder and Paquette’s final issue gives us the bittersweet ending we were all hoping for. Swamp Thing #18 proves that when these two work together, it is magic.

Alec Holland and The Parliament of Decay bend space and time to allow Abigail to take her place as the avatar of death. This issue follows the climatic end of that quest. The final battle with Anton Arcane, who must be stripped of the mantle before Abigail can take it up, is the kind of outstanding action that sustained this series success in the beginning of this run. Full of tenderness, Snyder’s star-crossed lovers are given the treatment they so richly deserve. It is a satisfying conclusion to this eighteen issue run.

Abigail Arcane is given a chance to shine in this issue. Her character grows, as she becomes a powerful force to be reckoned with. The redemptive tone of issue #18 reveals Abigail to be strong and courageous to an even greater extent than we have seen preceding this point. She is capable of immense sacrifice and bravery. In addition to Snyder’s direction of Abigail’s story, Paquette quite literally paints her in a new light as well.  His character design in regard to Abigail is truly inspired, and singularly beautiful.

Snyder’s swansong is a near perfect ending to his epic saga; equally strong is the work of Paquette. Deftly personifying both death and rebirth, Paquette’s expressive artwork reaches new levels of intensity. Organic layouts and comprehensive aesthetic environments bring life to the story. Nostalgic symbols like orchids fill empty space, reminding us of all that Alec and Abbey have been through.

The culmination of this year-and-a-half long run brings the skills that Paquette and Snyder have shown over time to a new level of perfection. Swamp Thing #18 is full of high-quality action, strong character development, and emotional depth. In other words, it brings together the best parts of what we have come to expect from this incredible team.

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