DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 33 (Final)

After reviewing and ranking 416 ongoing comics, in addition to reviewing dozens of miniseries issues and one-shots, my eight-month mission to read every DC New 52 issue published each week comes to an end.

I set out to do six-months, but was encouraged to keep going until the first wave of cancellations after month eight.  It was a harder undertaking than I expected, especially with real life (including a new baby, two jobs and recurring dental issues) encroaching on my comic book reading time.

Now I aim to ease back on my “ranting” and focus on some creative writing projects.  Also, I start a new job after next week, so I better focus on proving my worth to my new masters.

Anyway, as usual, each comic is scored out of five.  A final leaderboard ranks each title based on their average rating.

Warning, there could be spoilers ahead, although I try to avoid them.

 

All Star Western #8
An absolutely ripping – cinema-esque – issue, in which Hex and his friends continue their investigation into the immigrant-hating group, the August 7 – 4.5

The Fury of Firestorm #8
Perhaps the arrival of writer Harris will be a boon for this muddled title, because I can’t remember reading a better issue, in which Jason teams up with some cool European firestorms in France while Ronnie is fighting for his life and reliant on the mysterious Russian firestorm to save him – 4

Green Lantern – New Guardians #8
A pretty enjoyable issue, as the rainbow brigade return from their Vega sojourn to find, especially in Arkillo’s case, that things have change drastically in their absence – 4

Teen Titans #8
Fairly standard teen superhero kind of stuff but a very enjoyable issue overall, as Lodbell sets the foundation for his big Culling crossover – 4

Black Hawks #8
A very satisfying conclusion for this series, as the Hawks face Mother Machine with the fate of the world in the balance – 4

Batman – The Dark Knight #8
A fairly straightforward stand-alone Batman comic book features some nice artwork by Benes and a compelling subplot involving Commissioner Gordon – 3.5

I, Vampire #8
An interesting end to a crossover I’d rather had done without (it wasn’t bad as far as crossovers go … I just really don’t like them), but I can’t say much more without risking spoilers – 3.5

Aquaman #8
A glimpse of Aquaman’s past with the Others, which – while interesting – didn’t really wow me … with the exception of the intriguing Prisoner-of-War, the characters and story were a touch bland and predictable – 3.5

Justice League Dark #8
A bit of a disappointing issue, with some unclear developments (like what exactly is happening to Shade and the villainous Cain is poorly defined) and a plot that feels like it’s going through the motions … although the predictable ending still managed to thrill me a little – 3

The Flash #8
Very wordy and convoluted, this issue aims to redefine the Speed Force, but Waid already did a great job of it – it’s a shame those stories, along with Wally West, have been written out of continuity – 2.5

The Savage Hawkman #8
Not an outstanding issue but a massive improvement on what’s come before, as Hawkman agrees to help desperate alien shape-shifter, Askana, who says she’s being hunted by her own – 2.5

Voodoo #8
As much as I didn’t love this title before, I definitely enjoyed it more when it was less convoluted, as Priscilla continues to face off against her clone, Voodoo – 2.5

Superman #8
After a massive improvement in the previous issue, this one was a big disappointment … surely Hellspont is the most verbose villain in the history of comic books – 2

 

If you haven’t already, check out the reviews and from earlier this month:

Part 26

Part 27

Part 28

Part 29

Part 30

Part 31

Part 32

Please note, since a title is only as good as its last issue, the books are ranked firstly by their average score, then their most recent score (shown in brackets).

 

Leaderboard

1. Swamp Thing  -  4.4  (4.5)

2. Animal Man  -  4.3  (4)

3. Batman  -  4.2  (4)

4. Batman and Robin  -  4.1  (4.5)

5. Resurrection Man  -  4  (4)

6. Aquaman -  3.9  (3.5)

7. Green Lantern  -  3.8  (4.5)

8. Batwing  -  3.8  (4)

=9. Batwoman  -  3.8  (3)

=9. Justice League Dark  -  3.8  (3)

11. Suicide Squad  -  3.7  (4)

12. Stormwatch  -  3.7  (3.5)

=13. Batgirl  -  3.6  (4)

=13. Blackhawks  -  3.6  (4)

=13. Wonder Woman  -  3.6  (4)

=16. Batman – The Dark Knight  -  3.6  (3.5)

=16. I, Vampire  -  3.6  (3.5)

=18. Blue Beetle  -  3.6  (3)

=18. Birds of Prey  -  3.6  (3)

=20. Demon Knights  -  3.5  (4)

=20. Justice League International  -  3.5  (4)

=20. Supergirl  -  3.5  (4)

=20. Teen Titans  -  3.5  (4)

24. Nightwing  -  3.4  (4.5)

25. Green Lantern – New Guardians  -  3.4  (4)

26. Action Comics  -  3.4  (3)

27. Green Lantern Corps   -  3.4  (2.5)

28. All Star Western  -  3.3  (4.5)

29. Deathstroke  -  3.3  (4)

30. Catwoman  -  3.3  (3.5)

31. Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.  -  3.3  (2.5)

32. The Flash  -  3.2  (2.5)

33. Justice League  -  3.2  (2.0)

34. O.M.A.C.  -  3.1  (3.5)

=35. Captain Atom  -  3.1  (3)

=35. Men of War  -  3.1  (3)

=35. Red Lanterns  -  3.1  (3)

=38. Detective Comics  -  3.1  (2.5)

=38. Superboy  -  3.1  (2.5)

=40. The Fury of Firestorm  -  3  (4)

=40. Red Hood and the Outlaws  -  3  (4)

42. Legion Lost  -  2.9  (4)

43. Static Shock  -  2.8  (3)

44. Voodoo  -  2.8  (2.5)

45. Mister Terrific  -  2.8  (1.5)

46. DC Universe Presents  -  2.7  (3)

=47. Green Arrow  -  2.6  (3.5)

=47. Grifter  -  2.6  (3.5)

49. Superman  -  2.6  (2)

50. The Savage Hawkman  -  2  (2.5)

51. Legion of Super-Heroes  -  1.9  (3)

52. Hawk and Dove  -  1.9  (2)

9 Responses to DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 33 (Final)

  1. xxadverbxx says:

    You know, I found doing one sentence reviews to be much easier than I thought it would be.

    • ikeebear says:

      It depends. Sometimes it’s hard to restrict yourself to a short review (especially when you want to say more than “it’s good” or “it sucks” … you want it to be a genuine review), whereas at times I found I could barely muster a sentence for some issues. It’s been fun, although I’ve read more bad comics than what I would have normally endured.

      • xxadverbxx says:

        Yeah. Doing the 1 sentence AvX review there was a few I wanted to explain more on. But all and all, I found it to not be that hard. Personally, I’d have found reading all those comics for 8 months to be the hardest part of it.

        Good job though! What are you going to do next?

      • ikeebear says:

        Oh, absolutely … reading the comics every week was the hard part. Writing is relatively easy.

    • lebeau says:

      Easy for you. I ramble too much!

  2. lebeau says:

    I salute your dedication to this project!

    I haven’t even been able to keep up with my comic book reading lately. Much less reading and reviewing every book one sentence at a time!

    Good luck with the new job. And while you will be easing back on the ranting, please don’t be a stranger!

    • ikeebear says:

      Thanks. And I won’t be. I’ll still be reading, commenting and occasionally ranting.

      • wwayne says:

        We’ll miss your reviews. Luckily I don’t have to write “we’ll miss you”, since you’ll still contribute to this site, even if in a different way. : )

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