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.

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 32

I rated the last four comics I read this week all 4 or over … which was a relief because before that, only one issue had attracted as much as a 4.  So it was a hard slog through the start of this batch, with a strong finish at the end. 

As most of you will be aware, I’m going to wrap-up my One Sentence Review series with next week’s last batch of #8s.  I’m currently a full week behind and the leaderboard concept kind of flies out the window with the first round of cancellations and new titles coming online.

I expect to be blogging/reviewing less, at least for a little while, as I’ll be starting a new job this month and want to focus some energy on creative writing projects.  I’ve written the first two scripts for a comic book and want to write at least six issues, and I have a long-neglected novel in the works that I must reacquaint myself with.

I’ll post read/RANT articles when and if the bug bites me, though.

Anyway, as usual, each comic is scored out of five. 

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

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 30

So, now I’m at least one full week behind.  Crippling dental pain has kept me from reading, let alone critiquing.  But I’m determined to get through this month and close the chapter on my “read every DC comic every week” experiment.

As usual, each comic is scored out of five.

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

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 29

And so ends the seventh month of One Sentence Reviews, complete with an updated leaderboard.  It’s getting harder and I already know I’m going to have to consider what to do when the second wave of New 52 titles commence (it’d be silly to continue as I am).  What that will mean I’m not yet sure … but in the meantime I’m sorry for the lateness of this week’s article and need to apologise in advance for next week’s, since I haven’t read a single issue of that batch at this stage.

As usual, each comic is scored out of five. 

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

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 28

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Here’s the next batch of reviews, better late than never.  A big part of reason for my tardiness, I think, is that it was a pretty sorry bunch and getting through a few of them was a real slog.

As usual, each comic is scored out of five.  From here on out, I’m only going to update the leaderboard once a month – at the end (next week for the #7s) – to show which are consistently excellent, which are on the rise, and which are circling the drain (excluding reviewed one-shots and mini-series).

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

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 27

Here’s the next batch of reviews, hot from the oven.  Enjoy their gooey goodness.

As usual, each comic is scored out of five.  From here on out, I’m only going to update the leaderboard once a month – at the end – to show which are consistently excellent, which are on the rise, and which are circling the drain (excluding reviewed one-shots and mini-series). 

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

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 26

Here’s the first wave of #7 reviews.  Lots of 4.5s this week … I must be back on that good medication again.

As usual, each comic is scored out of five.  From here on out, I’m only going to update the leaderboard once a month – at the end – to show which are consistently excellent, which are on the rise, and which are circling the drain (excluding reviewed one-shots and mini-series). 

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

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The Krypton Awards

 

Having read ALL of the New 52 comics to date, I figured I was well-placed to present some awards based on the first six months of the relaunch. 

It’s going to be subjective as hell, but what random blog isn’t?

And apologies for the terrible name I’m giving these awards.  Haha. 

Without further ado …

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Parts 24 and 25

 

Since there was only one ongoing this week and I was disastrously behind with last week’s reviews, I’ve just rolled them together in one article.

As usual, each comic is scored out of five.  From here on out, I’m only going to update the leaderboard once a month – at the end – to show which are consistently excellent, which are on the rise, and which are circling the drain (excluding reviewed one-shots and mini-series).

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

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 23

Having recovered from the medication-induced frenzy of giving practically everything a four or higher last week, I’ve turned the spotlight on this week’s New 52 comics.

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 (excluding reviewed one-shots and mini-series). 

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

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 22

A debilitating toothache has made it hard to read, let alone review, comics this week, but I persist.  Apologies if some of the below isn’t my best work.

I don’t know if painkillers are leveling me out, or what, but I seem to have dished out a lot of 4s this week (and no obvious failures).  Either these titles have achieved a fairly high level of quality across the board or I’ve completely lost it.  You decide.

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 (excluding reviewed one-shots and mini-series). 

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

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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).

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 20

Okay, this is it.  This is the week in which all of my One Sentence Reviews will be genuine, single sentences.

Every week I bend, twist, break, coerce, violate and traumatise the English language in order to squeeze most of what I want to say into mega-mutant sentences.  I don’t apologise for indulging myself in this way because I enjoy it too much.

But this week, just to prove that I can do it, I’m going to play by the rules.  I have no idea what next week will bring.

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.

I have also reviewed the mini-series issue from this week but it isn’t included in the leaderboard.

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

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 19

Between work, delayed comic deliveries, an understandably demanding five-week-old daughter and my almost three-year-old son thinking my tablet PC (on which I read the comics I don’t collect in hard copy) is exclusively his for the purpose of playing Angry Birds – my New 52 One Sentence Reviews are becoming increasingly late.

I apologise, but am stubbornly committed to continuing my series and I know that, because of the leaderboard, dropping the ball just once means the whole thing is over red rover.

So, better late than never (like Justice League #5, I guess) … here are last week’s reviews.

Each comic is scored out of five and at the end I have a cumulative leaderboard to show which are consistently excellent, which are on the rise, and which are circling the drain.

I have also reviewed the mini-series issues but they aren’t included in the leaderboard.

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

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 18

Once again – with gusto – here are my New 52 One Sentence Reviews.

Each comic is scored out of five and at the end I have a cumulative leader board (averaging the scores of each title) to show which are consistently excellent, which are on the rise, and which are circling the drain.

I have also reviewed the mini-series issues but they aren’t included in the leaderboard.

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

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The Next Three New 52 Cancellations?

Rob Liefeld joins three ongoing series

Can DC honestly not understand that Rob Liefeld’s contribution to Hawk and Dove was the worst thing about it and – I have no doubt – one of the primary reasons it didn’t sell particularly well?

Their next step after canning the low-selling Hawk and Dove – GIVE LIEFELD THREE OTHER TITLES TO F@#$ UP!!!

Every so often I can look at a single Liefeld drawing and find something slightly appealing about it (I didn’t mind him on Deadpool Corps just from a historical perspective), but he is an AWFUL visual storyteller.

And as bad and lazy as a visual storyteller he is, he’s an even worse writer – from Youngblood (cough Teen Titans cough) to Agent America (ahem … no further comment necessary) his work is first and foremost derivative and unoriginal.  Let’s not even discuss the obvious links between Deadpool/Wade Wilson and Deathstroke/Slade Wilson (especially in the beginning before Deadpool’s character was developed in a way that differentiated him significantly from the DC villain).

Once again, DC are making decisions that make the New 52 feel less like a “bold, new direction for the future of comics” and more like Image Comics circa 1992.

DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 17

So, I’m soldiering on with my One Sentence Reviews, in which I read every DC New 52 comic for the week and sum each of them up in badly constructed single sentence reviews. Despite the arrival of a new baby and the fact that some titles are a real chore to get through, I’m too hard-headed to quit at this stage and will keep it up as long as I can.  I can’t promise, however, that sleep deprivation hasn’t affected my ability to be fair or rational in my reviews.

Each comic is scored out of five and at the end I have a cumulative leader board (averaging the scores of each title) to show which are consistently excellent, which are on the rise, and which are circling the drain.

I have also reviewed the mini-series issues from the week but, as usual, they aren’t included in the leaderboard.

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

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 16

As foreshadowed last week, I’m still playing catch-up on my comic book reading/reviewing, but here is last week’s (the final week of the #4 issues) New 52 One Sentence Reviews.

Each comic is scored out of five and at the end I have a cumulative leader board (averaging the scores of each title) to show which are consistently excellent, which are on the rise, and which are circling the drain.

I have also reviewed the mini-series issue but it isn’t included in the leaderboard.

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

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 15

Having become a dad for the second time 11 days ago and spending a lot of time trying to make sure my two-and-a-half-year-old son doesn’t feel like his parents have just upgraded and don’t love him anymore, time for comics has been extremely limited … kind of like sleep.

So that’s my excuse for this being a few days late, and a forewarning that Part 16 is likely to be late too.

Without further ado here are some one sentence reviews.

Each comic is scored out of five and at the end I have a cumulative leader board (averaging the scores of each title) to show which are consistently excellent, which are on the rise, and which are circling the drain.

I have also reviewed the mini-series and one-shot issues (although I almost left out Batman – Leviathan Strikes! since it is set outside the New 52 continuity) but they aren’t included in the leaderboard.

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

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