REVIEW: DC Comics Round Up: Week Of July 25 2018

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I’ve been threatening to do this for a while, but I finally got off my ass and did it this time! It’s a general review for the biggest books DC put out this week. Yaaaaaay.

 

ACTION COMICS #1001

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis

Art by: Patrick Gleason         Cover by: Patrick Gleason

Variant cover by: David Mack, Francis Manapul

Overall Review: 3.5 out of 5 Johnny DCs

Is it worth $3.99? Sure.

Spoiler Free Review: The dialogue and art are great, but the plot moves really slowly and not much happens.

Spoilery Review: For more, check out my full review of Action 1001, here.

 

AQUAMAN #38

Written by: Dan Abnett

Art by: Riccardo Federici      Cover by: Stjepan Sejic

Variant cover by: Joshua Middleton

Overall Review: 3.5 out of 5 Johnny DCs

Is it worth $3.99? Yes

Spoiler Free Review: Great Finish to this run, bad start to the next. This has been one of my favorite Aquaman stories ever, it’s like Game of Thrones underwater… and it works. The politics and action are well balanced and well written, the art is superb. Sadly, the set-up for the next story arc didn’t interest me in the slightest… so it’s a toss up. The art is maddeningly awesome… like for real real!

Spoilery Review: Just when Corum Wrath seems to have won, a Deus Ex Machina in the form of Mera and huge army show up and kick the snot out of him. It’s a pretty great ending to a great story arc…except the ending, where Aquaman wishes and then Atlantis rises to the surface. Eh. Also, the Suicude Squad will make an appearance, so double Eh.

 

DC’S BEACH BLANKET BAD GUYS SPECIAL #1

Written by: Corinna Bechko, Gabriel Hardman, Lee Bermejo, Paul Dini, Various, Shea Fontana, Tim Seeley

Art by: Gabriel Hardman, Otto Schmidt, David Williams, Carlos D’Anda, Various

Cover by: Amanda Conner

Overall Review: 5 out of 5 Johnny DCs

Is it worth a $9.99? Ha ha ha ha, No, but what comic is?!

Spoiler Free Review: The cover is crap, but inside, almost every page is a masterpiece of writing and art. Simply incredible. Look, I know it doesn’t look like it, but this comic is amazing. 10 stories about villains that tangentially have to do with summer, beaches, or heat. Regardless, 10 home runs.

Spoilery Review: For more, check out my full review of DC Beach Blanket Bad Guys Summer Special #1 comic:

http://www.thathashtagshow.com/2018/07/review-dc-beach-blanket-bad-guys-summer-special/

 

DETECTIVE COMICS #985

Written by: Bryan Hill

Art by: Philippe Briones

Cover by: Eber Ferreira, Eddy Barrows

Variant cover by: Mark Brooks

Overall Review: 2 out of 5 Johnny DCs

Is it worth a $2.99? Nah

Spoiler Free Review: Detective Comics really haven’t been that interesting to me lately. I got real excited about that last Robin run, but that petered out. I was half interested in the mystery of who Karma was, but this issue just didn’t do it for me and so I really couldn’t care less.

Spoilery Review: So Batman is fighting this guy, Karma. He doesn’t know who he is so he goes for a drive to think. It’s a dangerous, fast, drive around some cliffs, though! Ooooooh! Like the story is supposed to be, the drive is filled with turns and stuff…except like this book- it’s just kinda boring. Anyway, he figures it out. It’s some shmuck who was running guns and torturing people that Batman once took out a ways back by giving him some Scarecrow toxin and some bats to hang out with. Now, that guy is back with a vengeance, literally, to make Batman better cause he thinks his Bat-family is holding him back (what?!). The comic is pretty crappy, outside of one thing that saves it. Black Lightning, who as an outsider (wink) looking in his take on the situation is solid, realistic and well written. Too bad it’s only a small part of the comic.

 

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #6

Written by: Geoff Johns

Art by: Gary Frank

Cover by: Gary Frank

Variant cover by: Gary Frank

Overall Review: 5 out of 5 Johnny DCs

Is it worth a $4.99? Dew Bow Bow, chik… chik-chickaw. Oooooooh yeah!

Spoiler Free Review: While plot wise, we are inching forward, Geoff Johns gives us plenty to chew on as we go making it seem like we are traveling further and faster than we are. The art is solid and takes us to where we need to go emotionally and viscerally drives home the violence and draws us in with simple panels that express a lot. I am constantly surprised by how much I adore Doomsday Clock, despite myself. It has it’s problems in terms of the overall story, but the journey has been littered with so many goodies and great moments that it has ben more than worth it.

Spoilery Review:

This issue is more or less an origin story for the Mime and the Marionette, surrounded by some a walk with the joker flip flopping between deciding to kill them, a meeting of super-villians, and an attack by the comedian. Aside from knocking The Comedian out, We end up pretty much right back where we started. The backstory is well told, the interactions between the villains is real and a joy. The Joker stuff is fine… it didn’t knock it out of the park, but didn’t strike out either; A solid line drive to second. (A sports metaphor in a comic review, people!) Finally, The added content at the end, as always delivers! Just read it.

 

JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK #1

Written by: James T Tynion IV

Art by: Raúl Fernández, Alvaro Martinez

Cover by: Raúl Fernández, Alvaro Martinez

Variant cover by: Jonathan Glapion, Greg Capullo

Overall Review: 3 out of 5 Johnny DCs

Is it worth $3.99? Prob not. It’s a good comic, but maybe just grab the collection when it drops.

Spoiler Free Review: So this feels like the first big series to come out of No Justice. Magic is broken and heroes must rise to un-break it. What I liked was it has some really interesting ideas and a fantasy structure, so I’m in. What I didn’t like was making Zatanna seem like a novice in the opening and the MASSIVE amounts of talking like it’s a fantasy novel. We need a relatable hero whose eyes we can see through and relate, but it feels they went one step too far and nerfed Zatanna in a way that makes her seem a little too helpless. The story dragged in a few points, with deeply over-explaining that something is wrong with magic over and over again… but has enough to keep me interested for the most part and seems like it’s going to some better places soon.

Spoilery Review: Zatanna’s magic show goes sideways and Wonder Woman appears out of nowhere to help her. Magic is broken so all the Underground anti-heros and villains gather together to figure out why magic is broken. Wonder Woman is having trouble building a team of her own to find out why magic is broken. Zatanna and Swamp Thing visit the tree from No Justice to ask it why magic is broken and then join Wonder Woman, Man Bat and Detective Chimp to fight some broken magic zombies. Also, Magic is broken.

 

MERA QUEEN OF ATLANTIS #6

Written by: Dan Abnett

Art by: Norm Rapmund, Lan Medina

Cover by: Nicola Scott

Overall Review: 3.5 out of 5 Johnny DCs

Is it worth $3.99? YES!

Spoiler Free Review: Simple premise, good art, solid battle, great finish to the series.

Spoilery Review: This issue is almost completely Mera kicking the snott out of Ocean Master in single hand combat, than taking back Xebel as Queen. It’s Bad-ass.

 

TEEN TITANS #20

Written by: Adam Glass

Art by: Bernard Chang

Cover by: Bernard Chang

Variant cover by: Babs Tarr

Overall Review: 2 out of 5 Johnny DCs

Is it worth $3.99? No sir, I don’t like it.

Spoiler Free Review: You know when you read a comic and immediately forget everything that happened in it. That’s this comic. The art just didn’t work for me, it didn’t feel like it was in harmony with the story or was purposely incongruent. It just felt separate. Which is more than I can say for this story. I’m not one of those people who need my Titans to be funny. I can do rebellion and nasty. But this just was nonsense. It’s possible the character s could come into their own, but the twist at the end convinced me to take a break from this title for a bit.

Spoilery Review: Robin is angry. Well, angrier than usual so he wants to put together a more aggressive team of Teen Titans. This includes: Kid Flash (Who is angsty now), Red Arrow, Roundhouse (the comic relief), Crush (Lobo’s daughter) and D’jinn ( a all powerful Genie). They take out the Church of Blood and you find out Robin is locking villains up in the cellar beneath the Titan headquarters. Just saved you $3.99.

 

THE FLASH #51

Written by: Joshua Williamson

Art by: Scott Kolins

Cover by: Howard Porter

Variant cover by: Francesco Mattina

Overall Review: 2.5 out of 5 Johnny DCs

Is it worth $2.99? mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I don’t think so.

Spoiler Free Review: This comic isn’t bad.  It just didn’t do Anything for me. The emotional hits didn’t land and the art is great in some places, but feels lazy or rushed in others. The premise is ok, but I feel that way about the last year of the Flash in general. I want to like it, but it falls just short of expectations.

Spoilery Review: Wally is running around looking for his kids in the wake of the disappointing Flash War. Kid Flash leave home cause he found out he didn’t exist before Flash point and that apparently reAlly bothers him because they need to show-horn him into the angry Teen Titans somehow. Wally eventually stops running for Barry and Iris and Superman and Wonder Woman cart him off to SanctuarY, which I hope they explain cause felt abrupt, and un explained.

 

WONDER WOMAN 51

Written by: Steve Orlando

Art by: Laura Braga

Cover by: Stanley “Artgerm” Lau

Variant cover by: Jenny Frison

Overall Review: 5 out of 5 Johnny DCs

Is it worth $2.99? YES!!

Spoiler Free Review: This story is great, a look at the long term effects of a Super Battle on not just Wonder Woman, but Mayfly as well. Well paced, with supportive and fantastic art, this issue soars with purpose and emotion.

Spoilery Review: Through the course of Mayfly’s imprisonment, Wonder Woman visits her 52 times… each time trying to connect, as Mayfly finds herself, falls, and stands again. When she leaves the prison, Wonder Woman is there to greet her as a friend. Deep and real, their relationship is honest and a joy to read and watch grow, falter, and recover. Carlos Dunlap Womens Jersey

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