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Review: Day of Judgement #2

Day of Judgement #2

Turnover can be rough for all those involved. Those dealing with the fallout have to adjust to the change in workload and manpower. Then there are those, who are the change agents, where they are dealing with change on two fronts. They’re the ones causing things to change. They have to deal with the grief they cause and the people they leave behind. Then there’s the unknown they deal with. This new circumstance which changes their lives completely. It’s never easy either way and it’s more difficult for everyone involved.

What happens when the people you most rely on are simply not there anymore or have moved from your inner circle? In the second issue of Day Of Judgment, our heroes are fighting on three fronts, and one hero chooses not step up this time.

We find some being inhabiting the Spectre battling the Sentinels Of Magic, finding a moment of weakness to temporarily defeat this demon. Meanwhile, Batman and Wonder Woman gather a contingent of the Justice League, where Zatanna, Firestorm, The Atom, and Faust head to an alternate dimension to reignite the fires in Hell since it has become frozen with Spectre’s exit. Alan Scott, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman head to Heaven to convince them to join the fight. By issue’s end, an unlikely hero decides to step up, making an uneasy alliance for all.

Overall, an issue that explores how vast the story is, making for an exciting climax. The story by Geoff Johns is intuitive and action-packed. The art by the creative team is remarkable. Altogether, an issue in this evolving story which gives fans the quality of storytelling which we have known Johns to provide.

Story: Geoff Johns
Art: Comicraft, Mathew Dow Smith, James Sinclair,
and Steve Mitchell
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Preview: Archie vs. Predator 2 #4 (of 5)

ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR 2 #4 (OF 5)

Script: Alex de Campi
Art: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack
Variant Covers: Matthew Dow Smith, Bill Golliher, David Mack, Tim Seeley, Andrew Pepoy
On Sale Date: 12/4
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Riverdale finds itself under an unexpected new leader as the New Predators wreak havoc on everything and everyone that comes across their paths.

ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR 2 #4 (OF 5)

Preview: Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House

Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House

Denton J. Tipton (Author) • Matthew Dow Smith (Author) • Chris Fenoglio (Artist, Cover Artist)

All the kids in Beaver Creek, Oregon, know that the old Whaley House is probably haunted, so when young tech entrepreneur Veruca Curry moves in, the kids fear there’s more to her than meets the eye. The adults in town think that Veruca is just the sort of hip, young new blood that Beaver Creek needs, but Rosie, a loner who loves anime and Japanese comics, Carlos, a popular preppy boy, and Becca, the school’s star athlete, find out the terrible truth—Veruca is a witch, and she’s got a terrible plan that could destroy Beaver Creek unless they can stop her.

Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House

Review: Day of Judgement #1

Day of Judgement #1

When it comes to enigmatic characters, by far, DC has the competition beat. Never has a stable of characters been so storied. When it comes to the darkness of human nature, that DC’s characters show that part well. Take for instance, the recently released Joker, which gives viewers a more realistic vision of how such a person gets pushed to the brink. Readers have seen the character’s more twisted ploys including the much-celebrated, and controversial, Killing Joke.

It was within this movie; we got a much more realized and off-putting narrative to this legendary antagonist. The story, itself spoke to the societal ills of today but also how a revolution on certain levels can give rise. One of my other favorite characters is the Spectre, whose own story is both macabre and part detective noir. In one of Geoff Johns’ best outings, Day Of Judgment, we find this hero in the crosshairs of a major force rising through the DCU.

We’re taken to Hell, where an angel is being tortured for a plot to take over Heaven, which prompts Etrigan to offer Spectre’s physical embodiment since Corrigan recently vacated it. As he uses the demon, Asmodel, to rein in the power of Spectre and raise all the demons in Hell to carry out carnage on Earth. This catches the attention of certain superheroes, first, Zatanna, then Enchantress, and a few key figures in the JLA including Batman and Wonder Woman. As The JLA faces Spectre and Etrigan, we find an unfair fight, leaving each member defeated especially the might trio of Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. By the issue’s end, when all hope looks lost, this is exactly when Zatanna ad the rest of the heroes known as The Sentinels of Magic spring into action.

Overall, a stunning debut issue into what was the world’s introduction to Justice League Dark, which is more than a fitting introduction. The story by Johns is layered, complex and intellectual. The art by the creative team is spectacular. Altogether, an outstanding origin story to one of the best teams in the DC Universe.

Story: Geoff Johns
Art: Steve Mitchell, Comicraft, James Sinclair,
and Matthew Dow Smith
Story: 10 Art: 9.6 Overall: 9.7 Recommendation: Buy

The fight for their lives is on in this early preview of Archie vs. Predator 2 #4!

ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR 2 #4 (of 5)

Script: Alex de Campi
Art: Robert Hack, Kelly Fitzpatrick, Jack Morelli
Cover: Robert Hack
Variant Covers: Matthew Dow Smith, Bill Golliher, David Mack, Tim Seeley, Andrew Pepoy
On Sale Date: 12/4
32-page, full color comic
$3.99 U.S.

Riverdale finds itself under an unexpected new leader as the New Predators wreak havoc on everything and everyone that comes across their paths.

ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR 2 #4 (of 5)
ARCHIE VS. PREDATOR 2 #4 (of 5)

Preview: Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Creation Myths: The Complete Collection SC

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal Creation Myths: The Complete Collection SC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Brian Holguin, Joshua Dysart, and Matthew Dow Smith
Artist: Brian Froud, Alex Sheikman, and Lizzy John
Letterers: Derron Bennett, Dave Lanphaer
Cover Artist: Brian Froud
Price: $39.99

Collected for the first time in one oversized edition, this series reveals the definitive origins of the Skeksis, Mystics, Gelfling, and the Dark Crystal itself while introducing all new characters in an epic spanning thousands of years.

Written by Brian Holguin (Spawn: Origins), Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier), and Matthew Dow Smith (Doctor Who), and lushly illustrated by Alex Sheikman (Robotika) and Lizzy John (Fraggle Rock), Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths  is a breathtaking return to the fantasy world that has captivated audiences for over thirty years.

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal Creation Myths: The Complete Collection SC

Preview: House of Whispers #14

House of Whispers #14

(W) Nalo Hopkinson, Dan Watters (A) Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Matthew Dow Smith (CA) Yanick Paquette
In Shops: Oct 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

After fighting a war for their very existence, Erzulie and Ogun want nothing more than a simple moment of domestic married bliss…but where gods walk, normal life flees, and their neighbor Blaise has found her story to be quite entangled with those of the loa. Will her own love story end as happily as theirs? And does she even want it to?

House of Whispers #14

Preview: Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal Creation Myths: The Complete Collection HC

Jim Henson’s Dark Crystal Creation Myths: The Complete Collection HC

Publisher: Archaia, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Brian Holguin, Joshua Dysart, and Matthew Dow Smith
Artist: Brian Froud, Alex Sheikman, and Lizzy John
Letterers: Deron Bennett, Dave Lanphear
Cover Artist: Brian Froud
Price: $39.99

Collected for the first time in one oversized edition, this series reveals the definitive origins of the Skeksis, Mystics, Gelfling, and the Dark Crystal itself while introducing all new characters in an epic spanning thousands of years.

Written by Brian Holguin (Spawn: Origins), Joshua Dysart (Unknown Soldier), and Matthew Dow Smith (Doctor Who), and lushly illustrated by Alex Sheikman (Robotika) and Lizzy John (Fraggle Rock), Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths is a breathtaking return to the fantasy world that has captivated audiences for over thirty years.

Jim Henson's Dark Crystal Creation Myths: The Complete Collection HC

Preview: Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House #3

Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House #3

Denton Tipton & Matthew Dow Smith (w) • Chris Fenoglio (a & c)

Rosie and her friends are in the witch’s clutches, and if they want to save themselves (not to mention the entire town), they’ll have to figure out a way to stop her most powerful spell before it’s too late! Friendships will be tested and secrets will be revealed in this stunning conclusion.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House #3

Preview: Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House #2

Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House #2

Denton Tipton & Matthew Dow Smith (w) • Chris Fenoglio (a & c)

Rosie thought it was bad enough having a witch as a neighbor, but now the witch is trying to take over the whole town! As their parents fall under the witch’s dark spell, it’s up to Rosie and her friends to try and save the day. And they thought algebra was hard…

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Goosebumps: Horrors of the Witch House #2
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