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Comic Review – Shazam! #2

REVIEW BY MATT MORRISON

The Shazam Family travel to the magical Funlands, in this happy little comic.

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Review by Zach Smith II DC Universe’s premier exclusive has two episodes left and is wrapping up in the best possible way — with delightfully extreme tension.

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Comic Review – Aquaman #43

With the long-awaited Aquaman movie finally coming out this week and scoring rave reviews, doubtlessly many new Aqua-fans will come to the comic shops hoping to read more about this awesome hero who, it turns out, does a lot more than just talk to fish and breathe underwater. The good news is that a new […]

Titans Episode Review S01: E09

Welp, let’s chalk another one up in the “I-stand-corrected” column that started with Episode 8 of Titans — though this instance of correction is much less pleasing than the previous one. If you journey back to my review of Episode 2, “Hawk and Dove”, you’ll read that I quite liked the dynamic between Hank and Dawn, the […]

Comic Review: Martian Manhunter #1

MARTIAN MANHUNTER #1 PUBLISHER: DC Comics WRITER: Steve Orlando ARTIST: Riley Rossmo COLORIST: Ivan Plascencia COVER PRICE: $3.99 J’onn J’onzz aka The Martian Manhunter is a superhero’s superhero. Since arriving on Earth in Detective Comics #225 (1955), this red planet native has helped save his adoptive blue rock time and again, earning him a place […]

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Comic Review – Shazam #1

When it comes to superheroic alter egos, Billy Batson may have the most confusing real-world history of any comic book character in existence. Originally created as Captain Thunder for 1940’s Thrill Comics #1, his origin story was reworked and he was renamed Captain Marvel for Whiz Comics #2, later that same year. For a time Captain […]

Titans Episode Review S01: E08

After watching Episode 8 of Titans — titled “Donna Troy” — I can only ask myself one question. Where has this quality been all season? Why have we been flip-flopping between “plot episodes” and “character episodes” when, as made clear by this week’s episode, an effective combination of the two could be so easily accomplished? After some […]

The 30th Anniversary of The Sandman

The 30th Anniversary of The Sandman By Dave Whiteman On November 29, 1988, the first issue of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman went on sale from DC Comics. Soon to be published under the new DC Vertigo imprint, The Sandman received critical acclaim and was one of the first graphic novels to be featured on the […]

Comic Review – DC’s Nuclear Winter Special #1

An anthology collecting stories involving the end of the world and the holidays may well be the strangest concept for a comic book I’ve seen in my many years of reading illustrated fiction. Yet the idea has an odd merit, as one could draw parallels between the mindless hordes of consumers and the desperate masses […]

Titans Episode Review S01: E07

Episode 7 of Titans — or “Asylum” — is a strange product. Along with “Together”, it’s probably a pretty good representation of what the show will be if it ever decides to actually be a show about the Titans, rather than a show about Dick Grayson. Yet it’s also more evidence for how truly thin the show’s […]

Titans Episode Review: S01: E06

Another week, another new episode of Titans. This episode, titled (rather unceremoniously) “Jason Todd”, picks up immediately after the closing moments of the last. Focusing almost entirely on the new and strained relationship between Old-Robin, a.k.a. Dick Grayson, and New-Robin, a.k.a. Jason Todd, the episode follows the duo as they attempt to track down a serial […]

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Comic Review – Injustice 2 Annual #2

Normally I try and review the first issues of new series or the starts of runs by new creative teams on long-running series. This is for the good and simple reason that, typically, that’s when people need a critic’s advice. I’m making an exception this week for Injustice 2 Annual #2 for two reasons. The […]

Titans Episode Review S01: E05

It’s been an interesting road for Titans up until now. With eleven episodes planned for the season, Episode 5 — or “Together” — marks the closest thing to a “half-way point” the show is going to have. So how does that point fare? Well, it’s nothing spectacular, but it does at least continue the trend of […]

Comic Review – The Green Lantern #1

When you think about it, Green Lantern is one of the more awkward superhero ideas in existence. It makes a little more sense if you consider it in the context of the first Green Lantern, Alan Scott, who was originally going to be Alan Ladd as a modern take on Aladdin. (His name became Alan […]

Titans Episode Review S01: E04

Titans is quickly becoming the television equivalent of potato chips; there’s no substance and it’s not very good for you, but it’s pretty tasty and I would definitely eat two family-sized bags in one sitting if DC let me. To that end, while Episode 4 of the series — titled “Doom Patrol” — is still good, […]

Titans Episode Review S01: E03

“Third time’s a charm,” or so they say, and the third episode of Titans, titled “Origins” makes a pretty solid argument in favor of that. DCUniverse’s premier “belle-of-the-ball” had a bit of a rocky start, but it seems to have, thankfully, begun its upswing. Episode 3 still has a few problems, but they’re minor and […]

Titans Episode Review S01: E02

After the series premier of Titans, I was cautiously optimistic about the trajectory of the show. It definitely had room to improve, but it seemed to get off on the right foot. Episode 2, titled “Hawk and Dove”, is another step in the right direction, albeit while still stumbling on the same major problems that […]

Titans Episode Review S01:E01

It’s fair to say that DC Universe’s Titans comes with a lot of baggage. It’s the streaming service’s first truly exclusive content – meaning its success or failure will likely shape the production of most, if not all, of the in-house projects down the line – and it’s safe to assume that the show is […]

Comic Review – Cursed Comics Cavalcade #1

Over-sized comics were a treasured rarity back in the good ol’ days of comic books. It was one that DC Comics attempted to make into a regular thing with the publication of the first 80 Page Giant in 1964. Though these specials often reprinted a lot of older material, they still gave kids more than […]

Comic Review – Heroes In Crisis #1

There is no way to discuss Heroes in Crisis in detail without some fairly significant spoilers. So I’m going to break my usual format for my reviews and give you my blunt and unrestrained opinion at the start, before I describe how I formed that opinion. And that opinion can be summed up in a […]

Comic Review – Batman: Damned #1

The Joker is dead and Batman killed him. That’s the story the local news is running with but Commissioner Gordon doesn’t believe it. Partly because the one witness is a crazed homeless man who is either off his medication or too heavily medicated. But mostly because he believes in Batman. Batman, for his part, isn’t […]

Comic Review – Catwoman/Tweety & Sylvester Special #1

It seems obvious that the recent rush of Hanna-Barbera and Looney Tunes crossover books was motivated more by marketing than good sense. One can picture some junior executive in the Warner Brothers offices trying to sell his bosses on the idea… ‘We own the cartoon characters!  We own the superheroes!  We put them together! It’s gold!’ Or […]

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Comic Review – Pearl #1

“People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.” That line and variants of it have been credited to many people over the years. Yogi Berra. Mark Twain. George Bernard Shaw. Even Honest Abe Lincoln! And as is usually the case with this sort of line, none of […]

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