Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner team up with, uh, basically every major artist still speaking to DC for a blessedly playful introduction to their upcoming Harley Quinn series.
Harley Quinn was more damaged than perhaps any other character in the DC Universe (give or take a Jaime Reyes) by the DC Universe ‘soft reboot’ in the New 52. While Harley’s always had a dark, seductive edge, the New 52 stripped her of all her subtlety and most of her clothes, turning her into a vaguely ridiculous facsimile of one of DC’s most iconic female characters. Bits and pieces of the old Harley have resurfaced periodically, but by and large, Harley went from the Clown Princess of Crime to another bland merry murderess in a corset and boy shorts. It was an abysmal redesign. Now, however, Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner are taking over and steering Harley Quinn back towards being her own thing, a process that starts in the cluttered-but-playful Harley Quinn #0. Continue reading
Marguerite Bennett lands on a brilliant concept for a “Zero Year” tie-in, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired.
Posted in Batman, Comic Books, Comic Reviews, DC, New 52
- Tagged Batgirl, Batman, DC Comics, Fernando Pasarin, Marguerite Bennett, review, Zero Year
The Movement is a book I badly wanted to love. One of the few truly new ideas to emerge from the New 52, it had pretty much everything I look for in a monthly comic, at least on the surface. It had a fantastic premise – superpowered teens fight corruption and wage class warfare – that was extraordinarily relevant to modern society, a diverse cast filled with mostly new characters, and a dedication to building a strong sense of place in Coral City. But The Movement has failed to connect with readers (myself included) in a way that’s rare for writer Gail Simone’s work. Where did it go so wrong? Continue reading
DC’s newest event gets off to a shaky start in the underwhelming Green Lantern #24.
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Forever Evil, DC’s massive post-summer event, improves on an awful first issue with a passable second one, but its problems still linger.
Ales Kot joins as the new writer in Suicide Squad #20, and he brings a little sophistication to a sluggish title.
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The Movement #1 is a rough launch for an interesting book, but despite its flaws, it’s still a must-read title with plenty of room to grow.
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One of the New 52’s best books closes with a whimper rather than a bang, as a rushed conclusion leaves little room for the book’s incredibly strong supporting cast.
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Gail Simone has long been one of DC’s best writers, but her New 52 Batgirl run has been troubled at best. While Batgirl: Knightfall Descends remains deeply flawed, it is nevertheless a huge step in the right direction for the troubled title.
If there was one person who could save the idea of ‘Babs as Batgirl’, it was Gail Simone. Gail had years of experience writing Barbara Gordon, more experience than virtually any other comic writer still regularly working today. She was extremely familiar with the Gotham City crew, and she’d been writing dark action comics for years. Gail Simone was the perfect choice for the New 52 iteration of Batgirl. But her run has been divisive at best, though perhaps with the way DC treated fans of Steph and Cass that was always bound to happen, and reviews have generally been tepid.
So, where did it go wrong?
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Brian Azzarello’s Wonder Woman #19 slows things down a bit to give us a character-driven issue that nevertheless manages to show why this is DC’s best book.
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Pic unrelated (though I want Steph back DC!)
My pull list for 2013! Please feel free to suggest a comic for me to check out or drop in the comments!
Posted in Batman, Captain America, Comic Reviews, DC, Deadpool, Flash, Marvel, New 52, relaunch, Spider-Man, Superboy, Winter Soldier, Wolverine and the X-Men, X-Men
- Tagged DC, Marvel, Pull list
Running this in a same fashion as the last group. Three small reviews (with possible spoilers) for the three comics that work with H’el on Earth; Superboy, Supergirl, Superman.
Posted in Batman, Comic Reviews, DC, Flash, Justice League, New 52, relaunch, Superman, Wonder Woman
- Tagged H'el, H'el on Earth, Justice League, Lex Luthor, relaunch, Superboy, Supergirl, Superman
I’ve strayed completely from the New 52 Earth 2 things until this issue. Why? For it contains Damian Wayne. Do be warned of spoilers.
Okay, so the title is a bit misleading. Not all the Batfamily has had a zero issue so far, and I haven’t picked all the zero issues yet. This will look at five titles though going in “order” of their crime fighting debut: Batman, Nightwing, Batgirl, Red Hood/Outlaws, Batman and Robin. Expect spoilers.
Posted in Batman, DC, New 52, relaunch
- Tagged Barbara Gordon, Batgirl, Batman, Bruce Wayne, Damian Wayne, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Joker, Nightwing, Robin
Been a while, huh? Some of the latest #0 issues though has given some nice input to the timeline that I just couldn’t ignore it. Due note spoilers (mainly beneath the timeline) and that this has a very Bat-family focus on the new parts.
Posted in Batman, Comic Reviews, DC, New 52, read/RANT Columns, relaunch
- Tagged Batman, DC New 52, DCnU, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Nightwing, Robin, Timeline
This week in comics, Sword of Sorcery gets off to a shockingly good start, Brian Azzarello brings us some old school adventure in Wonder Woman, and Revival gets even creepier in an unusually strong week for comics.
This week in comics, the second week of DC’s ‘zero month’ produces nothing as terrible as Swamp Thing #0 and nothing as wonderful as Action Comics #0. Mostly, this week was pretty average. Sorry.
Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning return to their cult 90’s hero Resurrection Man in the New 52 in an extremely uneven but largely enjoyable collection of fantasy action stories.
This week in comics, we… oh, it’s a fifth Wednesday, so basically nothing happened at all. Superman and Wonder Woman made out. That was big news for some reason.
The issue that bravely answers the only question we care about – which strapping young man on the League is currently banging the team’s only female member?
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- Tagged Captain Marvel, Justice League, Kiss, National Comics: Looker, review, Superman, Wonder Woman
This week in comics, I finally read the newest Avengers Vs. X-Men and realize that I wish I hadn’t, Before Watchmen gets naked with Dr. Manhattan, and I, Vampire has a game-changing twelvth issue that will leave you clamoring for more.
This is what happens to people who don’t read I, Vampire.
Posted in Avengers Vs. X-Men, Comic Books, Comic Reviews, DC, Marvel, New 52
- Tagged Before Watchmen, Dr. Manhattan, I Vampire, Justice League Dark, review, The Unwritten