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Review: Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7

 Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7

For quite some time, it’s felt like the DC Universe has just barreled from one event to the next and at times multiple events going at the same time. Resolution is short with an almost immediate build to the next Crisis. It’s an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth… but on a multiverse scale. Dark Nights lead to Dark Nights: Death Metal, which eventually lead into Dark Crisis which was really Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths. But, with so many events, things have unfortunately blended together. Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 wraps up the latest leaving us pretty much where we began.

Written by Joshua Williamson, Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 wraps things up and delivers teases and story lines yet to come. It shakes up some characters and teams but overall doesn’t feel like the world of possibilities like previous recent events. Where Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 succeeds is its focus on a few characters, Nightwing becomes much more of the center for the DC Universe that’s to come and Black Adam gets much more depth. It’s in a way a passing of a baton to the next generation of heroes and in that way succeeds in elevating some of the characters. But, as a story, it suffers from some of DC’s past mistakes. A mumbled story where things are sort of explained away, others you just go with, and in the end a status quo that’s a bit head scratching. Mostly because it doesn’t seem all that different from where things began. It was a lot of action and drama that didn’t change a whole lot. Two armies go to battle for the end result to be the same borders.

Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 doesn’t so much feel like it charts its own path going forward by shaking things up. Instead, it feels like an attempt to make sense of a bunch of threads that have been weaved in the year since Death Metal ended. An attempt to get things more focused going forward. It’s not a follow up to the original Crisis on Infinite Earths, so much another sequel to recent events to get things settled that were left unanswered.

The art by Daniel Sampere, Jack Herbert, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, and Rafa Sandoval is really good. They’re joined by Alejandro Sanchez, Alex Guimaraes, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Matt Herms on color, and Tom Napolitano on lettering. The main story art has some solid switches between the battle raging in the real world and the battle in the mind between Nightwing and Deathstroke. Black Adam also gets his spotlight with a single page that makes the anti-hero a much more complicated hero. Overall, there’s moments that pop but few that will live on as iconic. The teases at the end too vary with the final one really delivering a punch.

At the end of Dark Nights: Death Metal, a multiverse was born of infinite possibilities. At the end of Dark Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 a new multiverse is born of infinite possibilities. The difference? I couldn’t really say. Beyond the small details, a lot of the two events feels exactly the same. While the event sends some characters and teams in new directions, overall, it was a lot of show to get us to a spot not much further than where we began.

Story: Joshua Williamson Art: Daniel Sampere, Jack Herbert, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith, Rafa Sandoval
Color: Alejandro Sanchez, Alex Guimaraes, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Matt Herms Letterer: Tom Napolitano
Story: 6.75 Art: 7.5 Overall: 6.75 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1

Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1

Legacy can be an impediment in finding one’s own path in life. It can be something you try to live up to because it always has been great. It can also be something because it is great, that the pressure becomes too much. Then there is one whose legacy, they are trying to escape.

Family can certainly be a burden, one whose presence outlives its mortal coil. As there are family members who are no longer with us, whose imprint on the family is so strong, you cannot break from them. AS their presence on Earth was more than a presence in your life, it changed who you became. In Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1 we find one of Hulk’s descendants in the far reaches of the universe, where those looking for him will either find friend or foe.

We are taken to the Planet Sakaar, where a large crowd has gathered to talk about the legend  of Hulk, who they fear, as his ancestors are amongst the inhabitants, but stay in hiding. So when one of them gets kidnapped by a crazed they search fro one of banner’s descendants but instead finds Amadeus Cho, who reluctantly helps .Meanwhile in New Mexico, She Hulk and Skaar are looking for Bruce, as they are looking to get back to Sakaar. By the issue’s end, Amadeus must fight his way out and Skaar looks to find his own way.

Overall, Planet Hulk: Worldbreaker #1 is an excellent debut issue that the shows the vastness of this saga that started with Planet Hulk. The story by Pak is exciting. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that will have readers running to grab the second issue.

Story: Greg Pak Story: Manuel Garcia
Ink: Cam Smith Color: Chris Sotomayor Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Joker #15

The Joker #15

(W) James Tynion IV (A) Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith
In Shops: Jul 05, 2022
SRP: $6.99

The Clown Prince of Crime had one more trick up his sleeve-a thrilling, surprise final issue! How did Gordon escape Texas? What happened to Bane and Vengeance? Did The Joker get the last laugh? Find out!

The Joker #15

It’s One Bad Day for Batman

Batman’s rogues gallery is getting the spotlight in a series of 64-page one-shot comics. Dubbed Batman – One Bad Day, they’ll tell the definitive tales of The Riddler, Two-Face, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, Catwoman, Bane, Clayface, and Ra’s al Ghul!

Batman – One Bad Day: The Riddler

by Tom King & Mitch Gerads

Tom King and Mitch Gerads reunite in a new 64-page one-shot comic this August! Edward Nygma’s meticulous rules and systems go out the window when he kills seemingly at random, but Batman isn’t buying it! This tense intellectual thriller sees Batman unravel as he tries to decode the Riddler’s motivation!

Batman - One Bad Day: The Riddler

Batman – One Bad Day: Two-Face

by Mariko Tamaki, Javier Fernandez & Jordie Bellaire

Heads or Tails, when it comes to Two-Face Batman always loses! Is Harvey Dent back to save Gotham City? In a new 64-page one-shot comic this September, Mariko Tamaki and Javier Fernandez’s tragic noir Two-Face epic will flip that iconic coin…on its head?!

Batman - One Bad Day: Two-Face

Batman – One Bad Day: The Penguin

by John Ridley, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith & Arif Prianto

When the Penguin’s criminal empire is stolen by a former associate, Batman faces both Cobblepot and THE UMBRELLA MAN on the burning streets of Gotham! John Ridley and Giuseppe Camuncoli’s ONE BAD DAY one-shot arrives this October!

Batman - One Bad Day: The Penguin

Batman – One Bad Day: Mr. Freeze

by Gerry Duggan, Matteo Scalera & Dave Stewart

Save your sympathies, Batman and Robin! Years ago, Gotham City experienced a winter so icy that Mr. Freeze could live without his containment suit! Gerry Duggan and Matteo Scalera deliver a cold new take on Mr. Freeze this November!

Batman - One Bad Day: Mr. Freeze

Batman – One Bad Day: Catwoman

by G. Willow Wilson, Jamie McKelvie & Tamra Bonvillain

A brooch Selina Kyle’s mother once pawned for pennies is now part of a high-bid auction! The stakes are personal, and Catwoman will steal it back at any cost this December in G. Willow Wilson and Jamie McKelvie’s ONE BAD DAY one-shot!

Batman - One Bad Day: Catwoman

Batman – One Bad Day: Bane

by Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter & Tomeu Morey

The man who broke the Bat returns for the last vengeance of Bane! See Bane’s mind, body and spirit get ravaged in a ONE BAD DAY one-shot by Joshua Williamson and Howard Porter in January 2023!

Batman - One Bad Day: Bane

Batman – One Bad Day: Clayface

by Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing, Xermanico & Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Clayface’s dream was to be famous, but Gotham’s stars don’t always shine bright! Batman chases Basil Karlo to L.A. where Clayface is killing his way to fame in Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing and Xermanico’s ONE BAD DAY February one-shot!

Batman - One Bad Day: Clayface

Batman – One Bad Day: Ra’s al Ghul

by Tom Taylor & Ivan Reis

Finally, capping off the run of one-shot issues is Tom Taylor and Ivan Reis on Ra’s al Ghul’s ONE BAD DAY story in March! You know his name, the Bat will know his wrath!

Batman - One Bad Day: Ra’s al Ghul

Preview: The Joker #14

The Joker #14

(W) James Tynion IV, Sam Johns (A) Giuseppe Camuncoli, Belen Ortega, Cam Smith
In Shops: Apr 26, 2022
SRP: $5.99

FINAL ISSUE All the hunters converge on the Sampson estate as the brutal conclusion to the first “season” of The Joker is here! Bullets will fly, blood will be shed, and will James Gordon be forced to make the choice he’s been dreading since issue #1? Punchline Backup: Punchline walks free, and the Royal Flush Gang is desperate for a new queen. The underworld of Gotham City is going to change forever, and this last chapter of “Punchline” is only the beginning.

The Joker #14

Review: Avengers Forever #1

Avengers Forever #1

A super evil is moving across the multiverse destroying worlds and conquering all of reality. The Multiversal Masters of Evil can’t be stopped unless a group of heroes from across the multiverse are assembled. Sound familiar? Avengers Forever #1 feels a bit like the classic Avengers mixed with the recent Dark Knights storyline from DC.

Written by Jason Aaron, Avengers Forever #1 kicks off a new multiverse story that feels like it follows the formula we’ve seen so often. Take familiar characters and twist them somehow, sometimes taking other characters and mixing them, then throw in some “dark” aspect about it all. It’s not necessarily a bad formula, it’s just something we’ve seen so many times before.

Avengers Forever #1 has Robbie Reyes’ Ghost Rider and Deathlok traveling to Earh-818 where we meet this world’s version of Tony Stark. Heroes have been destroyed making “hope” a four letter word. Take the Old Man Logan future, throw in Tony Stark as Ant-Man, and there you have the concept this opens with. It all doesn’t quite excite, instead focusing almost too much on Tony and too broad of action when it comes to Ghost Rider and Deathlok. It all feels like an event mini-series tie-in that is largely forgotten. There’s absolutely potential, the issue just never gets to an exciting moment to really care about it all.

The art by Aaron Kuder is ok. With ink by Cam Smith, color by Jason Keith and Triona Farrell, and lettering by Cory Petit, the style isn’t quite my thing. It just doesn’t click never taking advantage of what the story depicts. A sequence of stopping a train should feel far more epic than it does. Stark discovering Mjolnir and lifting it should have a grand aspect that’s memorable. It doesn’t and it doesn’t. Weirdly the comic doesn’t have an “eye” that’s focused in on what it needs to leaving an issue whose story feels like should be on the big screen but not delivering visuals that require it. It all weirdly feels like it’s almost too broad in its visual scope and doesn’t focus in on the aspects to truly make the story exciting.

Avengers Forever #1 feels like a been there, done that, sort of story. It doesn’t deliver a start that hooks the reader to bring them back for more. It’s a start that has a good idea but never delivers any new aspects that really stand out. Like so many “multiverse” stories that are now on the market, it takes a formula these comics deliver and little more. It’s clearly leading to a major event down the line but I’m not sure this is the series that’ll really make it an exciting one.

Story: Jason Aaron Art: Aaron Kuder
Ink: Cam Smith Color: Jason Keith, Triona Farrell Letterer: Cory Petit
Story: 6.0 Art: 6.95 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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Preview: Batgirl #45

Batgirl #45

(W) Cecil Castellucci (CA) Cam Smith (A/CA) Carmine Di Giandomenico
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99

As Gotham City’s renovations begin, mysterious metal statues begin appearing all over town, which leads Batgirl to believe they may be more than meets the eye. What’s even creepier is whatever is terrorizing Alejo’s constituents. Jason Bard doesn’t want to admit it, but his body doesn’t feel quite right after leaving Unearth. Did something follow him out of the portal?

Batgirl #45

Review: Annihilation: Scourge

The Cancerverse has invaded the Negative Zone and Earth’s heroes must gather to stop the spread before it breaks into their own universe.

Annihilation: Scourge collects Annihilation: Scourge Alpha, Fantastic Four, Nova, Silver Surfer, Beta Ray Bill, and Omega.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg, Michael Moreci, Christos Gage, Dan Abnett
Art: Juanan Ramirez, Cian Tomey, Ibraim Roberson, Alberto Albuquerque, Diego Olortegui, Paul Davidson, Manuel Garcia
Color: Federico Blee, Carlos Lopez, Jay David Ramos, Erick Arciniega, Matt Milla, Rachelle Rosenberg
Ink: Juan Vlasco, Cam Smith, Scott Hanna
Letterer: Cory Petit, Joe Sabino, Travis Lanham, Clayton Cowles

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Preview: Batgirl #44

Batgirl #44

(W) Cecil Castellucci (A) Cian Tormey (CA) Giuseppe Camuncoli, Cam Smith
In Shops: Feb 26, 2020
SRP: $3.99

BATGIRL vs. a DRAGON?! Everything in the magical realm of Unearth only exists when The Maker writes it onto his pages. So when he writes a dragon into existence that feeds upon the fear from new love, Jason Bard’s feelings for Babs feeds the fire-breathing dragon! How can Batgirl have the courage to defeat such a dragon when courage itself is full of fear, but choosing to act in the presence of it regardless? And when you die in Unearth, do you die on Earth?

Batgirl #44

Preview: Deathstroke #49

Deathstroke #49

(W) Christopher Priest (A) Fernando Pasarin, Cam Smith (CA) Stephen Segovia
In Shops: Nov 06, 2019
SRP: $3.99

Having ascended to near godhood, Jericho must confront his father, with the lives of his mother and sister hanging in the balance. Does Deathstroke stand a chance against such power? And is there any humanity left inside Jericho?

Deathstroke #49
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