DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 21

Thanks to my wife taking the children to visit their grandparents for a night, I had a little extra time to read comics this week, hence the early delivery of my habitually late One Sentence Reviews.

As usual, each comic is scored out of five and at the end I have a cumulative leader board to show which are consistently excellent, which are on the rise, and which are circling the drain.

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

Animal Man #6
I don’t think this issue will be everyone’s cup of tea, with most of it comprising scenes from the movie Buddy Baker starred in that was referenced in #1, but I loved it (I’d watch that film) – 4.5

Justice League International #6

Full of revealing and entertaining character interactions, I really enjoyed this issue, especially as the final page caught me by surprise – 4

O.M.A.C. #6

This issue nicely balances the drama of main character Kevin Kho, as he embarks on an awkward double-date, with the smash and bash of his superpowered alter-ego fighting a new Apokoliptan adversary – 4

Swamp Thing #6

While eventful, this issue was nevertheless a little less entertaining than previous issues; perhaps because I found it a little too talk – 4

Batwing #6

A solid issue with more information about the hero’s journey to becoming Batwing and a not overly surprisingly revelation about the possible identity of the murderous Massacre – 3.5

Stormwatch #6
Dealing with the aftermath of Harry Tanner’s betrayal and the impending destruction of their Hyperspace headquarters, this issue sometimes thrilled and sometimes perplexed me (Jack’s power still confuses me a little) – 3.5

Red Lanterns #6

This is an interesting – although at times flawed – issue that loses momentum whenever it cuts away from the new human Red Lantern introduced at the end of the previous issue – 3.5

Action Comics #6
I have to admit that I find Morrison’s writing – while sometimes rich with intriguing ideas – almost incomprehensible (practically gibberish) and not really worth the effort, and that was the case with this issue, with the exception of the back up story, which was a touching example of what a Superman story can be – 3.5

Green Arrow #6
The artwork here is quite eye-catching and the villains Midas and Blood Rose are interesting, but the problem with this title remains Green Arrow himself, who seems bland and generic to me – 3

Men of War #6

A solid end to the storyarc and writer Brandon’s run, even if this title has not always been to my liking – 3

Detective Comics #6

This disappointing issue spends waaayyyy too much time introducing or following characters I don’t know or don’t care about (and fails to make me care) – 2

Hawk and Dove #6
A bog ordinary, stand-alone, team-up issue that sees the avatars travel to Gotham and work with Batman and Robin (who looks like he’s doubled in age), and as shabby as Liefeld’s art is, his dialogue is infinitely worse – 1.5

Static Shock #6
An awful, confusing mess that tries to squeeze 10lbs of crap into a 5lbs bag – 1

 

If you haven’t already, check out last month’s reviews:

Part 17

Part 18

Part 19

Part 20

 

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), and the number of issues is the final number.

 

LEADER BOARD

1.  Animal Man  4.3  (4.5)  6

2.  Swamp Thing  4.3  (4)  6

3.  Batman  4.1  (5)  5

=4.  Aquaman  (4.5)  5

=4.  Resurrection Man  4  (4.5)  5

6.  Justice League Dark  3.9  (4.5)  5

7.  Batman and Robin  3.9  (3.5)  5

8.  Batwoman  3.8  (3.5)  5

9.  Green Lantern Corps  3.7  (4)  5

=10.  Batwing  3.7  (3.5)  6

=10.  Birds of Prey  3.7  (3.5)  5

=10.  Blue Beetle  3.7  (3.5)  5

=10.  I, Vampire  3.7  (3.5)  5

=14.  Green Lantern  3.6  (4)  5

=14.  Justice League   3.6  (4)  5

=16.  Stormwatch  3.6  (3.5)  6

=16.  Wonder Woman  3.6  (3.5)  5

=18.  Batman – The Dark Knight  3.5  (4)  5

=18. Blackhawks  3.5  (4)  5

=18.  Teen Titans  3.5  (4)  5

21.  Batgirl  3.4  (4)  5

22.  Supergirl  3.4  (3.5)  5

23.  Demon Knights  3.4  (3)  5

=24.  Catwoman  3.3  (4)  5

=24.  Justice League International  3.3  (4)  6

=24.  Suicide Squad  3.3  (4)  5

=27.  Action Comics  3.3  (3.5)  6

=27.  Green Lantern – New Guardians  3.3  (3.5)  5

29.  Detective Comics  3.3  (2)  6

30.  Nightwing  3.2  (3.5)  5

=31.  Captain Atom  3.2  (3)  5

=31.  Frankenstein, Agent of S.H.A.D.E.  3.2  (3)  5

33.  O.M.A.C.  3.1  (4)  6

=34.  The Flash  3.1  (3.5) 5

=34.  Red Lanterns  3.1  (3.5)  6

36.  Voodoo  (3.5)  5

=37.  Deathstroke  3  (3)  5

=37.  Superboy  3  (3)  5

39.  Mister Terrific  2.9  (3.5)  5

40.  Men of War  2.9  (3)  6

41.  DC Universe Presents  2.8  (3.5)  5

42.  Red Hood and the Outlaws  2.7  (4)  5

43.  All Star Western  2.7  (2.5)  5

44.  Static Shock  2.6  (1)  6

45.  The Fury of Firestorm  2.5  (3)  5

46.  Green Arrow  2.4  (3)  6

47.  Legion Lost  2.4  (2.5)  5

48.  Superman  2.4  (2)  5

49.  Grifter   2.3  (2.5)  5

50.  Hawk and Dove  1.9 (1.5)  6

51.  Legion of Super-Heroes  1.7  (1.5)  5

52.  Savage Hawkman  1.6  (2)  5

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About ikeebear

I'm a 30-something father, husband, writer, comic collector, general nerd (in order of significance). I'm a newspaper journalist/editor by profession and currently work in professional communications. I'm also a very ill-disciplined novel writer, having tinkered for too long to produce too little.

5 thoughts on “DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 21

  1. The animal man issue really made me want to see what Daran Aranofsky could do with a super-hero film. While it didn’t really move the story forward in and way whatsoever it was still an incredibly entertaining read.

    Swamp Thing still manages to be the best of the new 52 though as far as I’m concerned. You could remove all dialogue and plot momentum and I think I’d still buy it every month just for the art.

  2. I totally agree about Hawk and Dove # 6: I hadn’t read such an embarassing comics in YEARS. About Justice League International, there’s no comparison between this series and the old one by Giffen & De Matteis (simply adorable), but, if you forget that old masterpiece for a while, the new version is a nice read.

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