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 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, 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 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 13

Here we go again … this time with one sentence reviews for the first shipment of #4s for the New 52.

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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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 9

 

Here you’ll find one sentence reviews of each ongoing title released this week.  They are 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 Batman – Noel, although it isn’t included in the leaderboard.

There could be spoilers ahead (although I try to avoid them).

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DC New 52 – One Sentence Reviews, Part 5

It’s time to take on the first round of #2 for the New 52, dishing up one sentence reviews of each ongoing title released this week.  They are 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 also review limited series, like the new Huntress and Penguin minis, but these are not included in the leader board.

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

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Review: Swamp Thing #1

“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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NewU Reviews: Week One of the DC Relaunch

Action Comics #1

One week in, and I have to say: I’m impressed.  It’s not that all of the books are winners. They aren’t.  There’s a fair bit of mediocrity here.  But it’s the sort of mediocrity that SELLS.  It’s the kind many people like.  While I found the Batbooks lacking the ambition of Morrison’s run or the strong characterization and storytelling of Snyder’s run, the fact is that all of them are solid executions on a formula that works.  Outside of maybe Hawk and Dove (the only book I put down without having a solid grasp on what it wanted to do or say), every book on here stands a fair chance of finding a loyal audience – and what’s more, there’s an awful lot of ambition on display.

But what has really impressed me is the variety of stories on display.  Whether it’s the way Morrison and Morales have shaken up the way Superman is ‘supposed to’ look, act and sound, the way Jeff Lemire and Scott Snyder are effortlessly blending superheroes with horror or the way Ivan Brandon gives war a terrifying new dimension in a world full of superhumans, the New DCU seems to have something to offer everyone! Continue reading

What to Expect: Week 1 of the Relaunch

While lebeau continues to give you a fantastic title-by-title breakdown of the upcoming relaunch, I’m going to take a slightly different take on things.    With the full solicits revealed, release dates included, we now have a slightly better idea of what to expect come September.  So I’m going to break down the solicits by release date, talk a little bit about what I’m going to get – and what I’m going to skip – and why, so you’ll have an idea of what some of the books that will definitely see coverage here will be… and which of your favorites you can heartily mock me for skipping.

So, with that brief introduction, on to week one of the solicits, otherwise known as… September 7th.

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