Review: Green Lantern Corps #6

February 17, 2012

Green Lantern Corps #6 finishes off the Corps’ first story arc of the new 52 by wrapping up some loose ends and posing some important questions of morality for the titles main characters.

When we last left off, John Stewart and two other Green Lanterns had been captured and are being tortured by the Keepers on their home world of Urak. The Keepers watched over the Green Lantern Corps’ power batteries when they were tucked away in their subspace pockets, but since the Guardians decreed that all Green Lanterns are directly responsible for the whereabouts of their power batteries the Keepers have lost their purpose and their planet has fallen into ruin without the power of the batteries. However, due to their prolonged exposure to the batteries the Keepers are all but immune to the Green Lantern’s power rings.

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Review: Swamp Thing #1

September 15, 2011

“Better late than never,” my Mum often says.  Perhaps no one understands this better than comic book fans in Australia.  While our peers in America are enjoying this week’s comics and writing new reviews, we’re waiting for our comics to arrive (fingers crossed for tomorrow).  And, since I don’t have anything better to do while I wait for said comics, I figured I’d review the one New 52 comic from last week that hasn’t been fully reviewed on read/rant as yet. 

“Last but not least,” is another Mum-ism … and that’s also a very apt description of Swamp Thing #1, which was comfortably one of the three best debut issues from the first two weeks of DCnU.

As always, there may be spoilers ahead.

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Review: Brightest Day #11

October 7, 2010

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Review: Birds of Prey #5

September 18, 2010


We’re all big Gail Simone fans here at read/RANT.  Personally, I viewed the return of Gail’s Birds as the best comic book news I’d heard in years.  And yet, somehow I hadn’t gotten around to writing a BoP review since the book’s relaunch.

This week, I was determined to fix that.  After the first arc, I was sure this issue would kick off another can’t-miss adventure the way this month’s Secret Six #25 did.  But, it didn’t quite work out that way.

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Review: Brightest Day #10

September 15, 2010

From the beginning, I haven’t exactly be a big fan of Brightest Day.  I was disappointed by the “bait and switch” tactic the book seemed to be playing.  The title and promotional material seemed to imply a change in tone from the grim stories that lead up to it.  But the first issue made it clear that this story was as dark as anything that preceded it.

Worse still, the book has suffered from terrible pacing problems.  The popular theory is that Johns and Tomasi just haven’t been able to juggle the large cast and multiple (mostly unrelated) plot threads very well.  I would agree that this has definitely been a problem for the book so far.

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Review/RANT: Brightest Day 03

June 3, 2010

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Review/RANT: Green Lantern #54

May 27, 2010


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Review: Justice League Generation Lost #2

May 27, 2010

A couple of weeks ago, I was very pleasantly surprised by the first issue of this bi-weekly series.  This was due in part to low expectations.  So I wondered, with my expectations raised, would I enjoy the second issue as well.

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Review: Brightest Day #2

May 19, 2010

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New Comics 05/19/2010

May 19, 2010

I’ve let this slip the last few weeks.  From Mother’s Day through birthday parties with various soccer games, dance recitals and gymnastics classes in between (for my daughter, not myself) I’ve been even more behind than usual in comic reading this month. 

As a result, I’m going to shake things up just a little.  Pi has started doing a similar weekly feature over at his excellent “whatever” blog.  He’s improved on my original formula, so I’m going to take inspiration back from him and concentrate more on the books I’m actually going to read (or avoid) rather than attempt to comment on everything knowing I’ll only ever get to a few of the books on the list.

In other words, expect a lot of DC and not a lot of Marvel books.  But if you want similar material for Marvel, give Pi’s list a look.  He’s like my Marvel doppleganger.

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Review: Justice League: Generation Lost #1

May 13, 2010

Confession: I didn’t really expect to like this “bi-weekly event”.  I came to the JLI party at least 10 years too late.  As a result, the “Bwahaha” League never held much appeal to me.  I went back and read the trades of the glory days, but try as I might I could never much get into the JLI.

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Review: Birds of Prey #1

May 12, 2010

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Review: Brightest Day #0

April 15, 2010

Zero issues are a tricky thing.  Typically, they serve as more of a primer than an actual kick-off to the story.  And that’s the case here.  Judged as a primer, Blackest Night #0 does an admirable job of catching readers up on the new status quo for the 12 characters Johns resurrected at the end of Blackest Night.

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