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Review: Doomsday Clock #11

Doomsday Clock #11

In Doomsday Clock #11, the penultimate issue, the truth behind “Rebirth” is revealed as Batman searches for the one person he believes can help him save the world…Rorschach!

With just one issue to go, Doomsday Clock #11 amps up the confrontation. The world is on the brink of chaos and we find out why. Doomsday Clock #11 features the worn-out trope of the villain telling his whole plan.

It wouldn’t be too far off from calling the issue a recap issue. Writer Geoff Johns focuses on Ozymandias as he tells Saturn Girl how he’s manipulated everything. It almost feels like Johns uses the issue to make his choppy narrative a bit easier to understand. And, with such delays, a way to remind the reader what’s going on.

The issue is interesting in that it does a solid job of ratcheting up the tension. There’s a great build-up as Ozymandias watches the world burn. People have taken to the streets and Johns uses real world “villains” like Vladimir Putin to add a bit to the tension. Still, it feels like we’ve been there before with aliens attacking a city. And Ozymandias admits this in a way. With that being the case, the world’s smartest man, doesn’t seem all that smart and creative. We’re not getting something new here, we’re just getting “Watchmen Redux” with metahumans replacing nuclear weapons.

There’s also too many suspensions of disbelief. Really, Batman beats people up in one location and suddenly nuclear weapons can’t be launched?

The art by Gary Frank continues to be solid. The color by Brad Anderson and lettering by Rob Leigh feels like a bit of an homage to the original material. It also does its best to deliver visuals for what is a choppy mess of a story. The action is great but should be “epic” moments feel a bit anticlimactic. The prime example being Superman’s confrontation with Black Adam.

The issue packs a lot in and in doing so feels unfocused. The issue is supposed to be chaos and Ozymandias watch it from his base of order. There’s something there in the concept but in the end it feels like we’ve seen this before and there’s just a bit too much thrown in. Some focus and this could have been a winner.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Gary Frank
Color: Brad Anderson Letterer: Rob Leigh
Back Matter Design: Amie Brockway-Metcalf
Story: 6.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Pass

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WonderCon 2109: DC Unveils a New Detective Comics Logo

DC Comics is celebrating 80 years of Batman at WonderCon this weekend. During that 80 years, there’s been more than a dozen logos for Detective Comics. The current logo has been in use since 2003 and made its final appearance this past Wednesday with Detective Comics #1000.

Beginning on April 10th Detective Comics will have a new logo to usher in a new era for the World’s Greatest Detective! The new logo will debut in print on the cover of Detective Comics #1001. This exciting moment in publishing history coincides with the launch of a new Arkham Knight-focused story by Peter J. Tomasi, Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessey, Nathan Fairbairn, and Rob Leigh.

Check out the cover, and new logo, below!

Detective Comics logo
Detective Comics #1001
DETECTIVE COMICS #1001 cover by Walker, Hennessey and Fairbairn.

Review: Shazam! #4

Shazam #4

“Shazam and the Seven Magiclands” continues as Billy Batson and the other foster kids are lost in the dangerous Wildlands! A realm where animals walk like humans…and where humans live in zoos! When Freddie and Darla are captured and paraded around like oddities, it’s up to Billy and the others to rescue them from the greedy Crocodile Men! Plus, the shocking ending to issue #1 could up end Billy’s new family…or make it stronger than ever.

The only reason I read Shazam #4 was to see how easy it would be to pick up the newest issue of the comic after having recently seen the movie (on an advanced screening, not through nefarious means). Having only read the back up stories in the New 52 Justice League series, my familiarity with the character relies primarily on the movie. And, having no intention of reading the first three issues in the series… I was curious how easy it would be for me (and by extension any other readers turned on to the comic from the movie) to dive right in.

Obviously, starting a story on the fourth issue with no recap beyond the first paragraph above isn’t ideal, but the comic was easy enough to follow, and more than enjoyable. Following Billy Batson and his siblings as they’re separated across various different lands, we get introduced to a handful of the seven Magiclands.

Geoff Johns crafts a tale in this issue that’s essentially a fish out of water situation featuring superheroes, which will assist any newcomers like myself. That the comic looks fantastic doesn’t hurt things either; the lightning effect is almost electrifying (though that may have been the static electricity that got me earlier).

Shazam #4 isn’t a must read comic, but it’s a damn fun one that serves as a decent introduction to the series for new readers.

Story: Geoff Johns
Art: Dale Eaglesham & Marco Santucci
Colors: Mike Atiyeh Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 8.6 Art: 8.9 Overall: 8.7 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Doomsday Clock #8

Things are spiraling out of control in the latest issue of Doomsday Clock with an issue that feels like it has skipped a bit from the previous one. Doomsday Clock #8 is by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh, and Amie Brockway-Metcalf.

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Review: Shazam #1

Teenager turned super-hero Billy Batson struggles to balance school and superheroics! (Guess which one is more fun?) But when Shazam unlocks a shocking secret deep within the Rock of Eternity, it challenges everything he knows about the worlds of magic and his family’s future as its champions!

Potential. That’s the word that sticks out the most after reading Shazam #1 which as presented is a lot of setup and some humor and that’s about it. How this classic character fits in the Rebirth world is a bit of a mystery but the Marvel, I mean Shazam family is back. There’s so jokes, winks, and nods, as to the previous naming of the characters but this first issue is the set up the series is more than just Shazam, Mary, and the rest are along for the ride as well. How? Well, that’s not really explained but again, this is an issue that’s set up.

The potential is all in the character interactions. Writer Geoff Johns focuses on that dynamic and out of everything, how a group of kids with superpowers interacts has a lot of potential to be a lot of fun. When we see that in the comic, it absolutely is. But, beyond a robbery and some exploration of the Rock of Eternity, the comic is fairly thin on excitement or anything of interest.

Dale Eaglesham‘s art though is interesting to look at with a classic New 52/90s look to it that you’ll either like or hate. While something more stylish and unique would have been interesting, the art is crisp with color from Mike Atiyeh. There are some good small details like the robbers’ masks and some looks flashed here and there but overall, the style is one we’ve seen a lot of.

Where art does stand out is a backup story focused on Mary with art by Mayo “Sen” Naito. The story provides the origin of Mary as far as the family and the art has a manga influence with a young adult bent. It’s fantastic art and makes me want to see Naito’s style on some of DC’s Zoom and Ink imprint releases.

There’s nothing particularly bad about this first issue. There’s also nothing that’s all that exciting either. The series is going to rely on the interaction of the kids and how much Johns goes down the Harry Potter direction it feels like he’s heading. Again, there’s potential which has me interested in at least checking out more issues.

Story: Geoff Johns Art: Dale Eaglesham, Mayo “Sen” Naito
Color: Mike Atiyeh Letterer: Rob Leigh
Story: 5.0 Art: 7.75 Overall: 6.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Justice League Dark/Wonder Woman: The Witching Hour #1

This is it, the end of “The Witching Hour!” And, when it’s all over, magic in the DC Universe, and some members of the Justice League Dark will never be the same.

Justice League Dark/Wonder Woman: The Witching Hour #1 is written by James Tynion IV, artists Jesus Merino, Fernando Blanco, Miguel Mendonca, colorist Romulo Fajardo Jr., and letterer Rob Leigh.

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Review: Justice League Dark #4

Magic is being destroyed in the DC Universe, welcome to “The Witching Hour.” Justice League Dark #4 is part 3 of the event which sees this series crossing over with Wonder Woman. The team takes the fight to Hecate in hopes of stopping the god.

Justice League Dark #4 is by James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez, Brad Anderson, and Rob Leigh.

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Review: Justice League Dark #1

This week’s new comic book day has come and gone but we’re not done reviewing this week’s comics! Check out the new Justice League Dark team header up by Wonder Woman!

Justice League Dark #1 is by James Tynion IV, Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia, Andrew Marino, Rebecca Taylor, and Marie Javins.

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Review: Teen Titans #20

This week’s new comic book day has come and gone but we’re not done reviewing this week’s comics! Check out the new direction of the Teen Titans in this new issue!

Teen Titans #20 is by Adam Glass, Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh, Wil Quintana, Alex Garner, Jorge Jimenez, Andrea Shea, Alex Antone, and Brian Cunningham.

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