Wednesday, December 18, 2019

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #12 by Geoff Johns - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: This is it! The final showdown between Dr. Manhattan and Superman shakes up the DC Universe to its very core! But can even the Man of Steel walk out from the shadow of Manhattan?

After a somewhat sporadic publishing schedule, we finally get to read Geoff Johns's Doomsday Clock #12. The big question coming into this issue was can Johns stick the landing? Well, in my opinion, he did, and did a terrific job of it.

This issue showed the confrontation between Dr. Manhattan and Superman that the series had been building toward for some time. This was the point at which Manhattan could no longer see the future, so he believed the battle would end with one of them dead, and possibly with the end of the universe. In addition, Johns needed to tie up the stories of Mime and Marionette, Carver Coleman, the Comedian, Ozymandias, Rorschach and Batman, Lois and Lex Luthor, and the world's anger with Superman and the American heroes. Each of these threads was given its time, and whether or not you believe their resolutions were satisfactory is a matter of reader opinion. I liked how Johns brought each to end, and those endings felt genuine and true to the story.

Going in to Doomsday Clock, I don't know exactly what I expected, but it wasn't totally what Johns delivered. And that's not a criticism, it's more that I just didn't have any idea where the story might go or how he might tie together all of the various DC reboots over the years. Putting Superman front and center in DC history was both brilliant, and in retrospect, super obvious. I really liked the way Johns used the nearly 100 years of DC history to support his story, yet was also to make some sense of the sometimes convoluted history of the characters, many who have existed in various iterations since the beginning. I'm also glad that rather than rewrite characters yet again, to make them younger, hipper, more diverse, more accessible, etc., DC let Johns restore many beloved characters to the DC Universe proper, such as the Legion of Superheroes, the Justice Society of America, Wally West, and others.

One final comment. Geoff Johns and Gary Frank did a wonderful job of writing and drawing this series in much of the same style as Alan Moore's Watchmen without feeling like it was just a copy of that story. It was a nice tribute, capturing some of the feel of that great story.

I would highly recommend Doomsday Clock #12 by Geoff Johns. It brings a very satisfying conclusion to the series, makes sense of the New 52 reboot, as well as the rest of DC's history, and provides a great way forward for the heroes and villains of DC, including in the Watchmen universe. This is definitely a series worth reading and I'm glad I stuck with it through its various publishing delays.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

FLASH FORWARD #4 by Scott Lobdell - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: On Wally West’s journey into the depths of the Multiverse, he’s run across vampires and hellhounds and his own ghosts from the past...but nothing has prepared him for this next stop on his journey. In this issue, the mysterious world that is causing the Dark Multiverse to bleed into our own will be revealed, and you will not believe what connection it has to the Fastest Man Alive...

What I really love about Flash Forward is Wally West's quest for redemption, and his hope that he might restore his family. Scott Lobdell's Flash Forward #4 does a fine job of moving this story forward. With each stop to save another part of the Multiverse from the essence of the Dark Multiverse, Wally is learning a little more. He is also meeting doppelgangers of people he knows (or in Roy Harper's case, knew) back home. This issue isn't any different, although this time, instead of saving one Earth, Wally has to save two. And assisting him is a speedster version of Linda Park, otherwise known as Wally's wife. Wally is again forced to confront what happened to him and what he caused to happen, helping him with the grieving and healing process. And once again, the readers get a quick glimpse of Wally's (now non-existent) twins, who appear to be aware that they aren't where they are meant to be. Meanwhile, there are more hints that there is more to Tempus Fugit and the mission he's given Wally than we currently know.

There is a bit of A Christmas Carol feel to Flash Forward, as Wally is going from Earth to Earth in an attempt to save himself (and the Multiverse). I like the redemption story because, as I've said before, I like Wally and think DC has given him a raw deal since the New 52. He deserves some good in his life, and hope, because he is a hopeful character. I'm trusting Lobdell with the story he's telling, but I will be very disappointed if something good doesn't come out of this series for Wally. With many other heroes having their pasts restored, he should have his back, too, even if he still needs to atone for his actions in Heroes in Crisis.

Overall, I would recommend Flash Forward #4 by Scott Lobdell. It is a good book and keeps Wally West moving forward. At this point, I wouldn't recommend it as a starting spot, but with two issues to go, if you are curious, you could pick up the back issues and get caught up quickly.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

The Dreaming #16 by Simon Spurrier - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: At last, Dora stands face-to-face with the man who tried to unmake her...but he’s not what she expected. As it turns out, he’s the architect behind everything that’s happening to the Dreaming-but the true shape of his plan has slipped far out of even his control!

With The Dreaming #16, Simon Spurrier FINALLY clues us in to what has been going on in the Dreaming and with Dream himself. And I've got to say, I didn't see this coming.

The issue focuses on Dora confronting the man (Hyperion "Perry" Ketter) who broke her spirit and discovering just what manner of creature she is. As she considers killing Ketter, who is bedridden and near death due to cancer, an AI begins to speak with her. It begins to reveal the story of just who Ketter is and what he accomplished, mostly told through Ketter's own video diary entries. Ketter's plan, his backstory, his relationship to Dora, and what is currently happening to the Dreaming is all touched on and revealed. Everything is interconnected, including Wan, the blanks, what happened to Daniel/Dream, why mythical beings are disappearing, where Cain is, and what caused Dora to break down. It all relates to belief, something that Ketter is realizing as he mysteriously begs Dora to stop "it".

This is the issue I've been waiting for! I've been wondering where Spurrier was taking this story, and I was curious how each story/arc related to the others. Well, I'm wondering no longer. With echoes of Gaiman's original introduction of Dream in Sandman #1, Spurrier has taken the Sandman mythos and expanded on them in a very satisfying manner. While I was initially afraid of a retread of Gaiman's previous stories, Spurrier's tale is more of an homage to what came before and could end up taking the series in some interesting new directions. And much like Gaiman's best stories always seemed to be about so much more than just the story, Spurrier has been writing about the nature and importance of belief this whole time. I'm really looking forward to seeing how this all turns out and where he takes these characters in the future.

I highly recommend The Dreaming #16 by Simon Spurrier. It is definitely a pay-off story for readers who've been reading since the beginning, but it is not a good starting spot for new readers. I'm anxious to read the next issue, and find out how Spurrier resolves this arc.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

The Last God #2 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: As the horrifying forces of the Last God descend upon the city of Tyrgolad, our intrepid heroes-Queen Cyanthe, Eyvindr, and Veikko al Mun-must either defend or escape their crumbling stronghold and contend with dark legacy left behind in King Tyr's wake. But with every second, the undead army of the Last God adds more bodies to their numbers. None are safe.

In the past, we witness the tragic and violent beginnings of the first fellowship, as young Tyr and Cyanthe meet under terrible circumstances.

Beyond the edge of creation lies the Black Stair. And beyond it, amid the void, he waits. Mol Uhltep, the Last God. This is the tale of those who claimed to slay him, and the world they doomed with their lies.

All this and more in the second chapter of DC's dark fantasy epic The Last God.

The Last God #2 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson moves both timelines forward. In this issue, we see how the original fellowship begin to come together, and their first encounters with Mol Uhltep. In the present, the former heroes, or what remains of them, look to escape from King Tyr and the Last God in order to regroup and plan.

This issue was heavy on action, but there was some depth and backstory added. I liked seeing Cyanthe and Tyr before they became the well-known figures they are now. Seeing the origin of the original fellowship is interesting, as well. However, not much of the current timeline is of interest to me. The characters haven't really sucked me into caring about them yet, and I sometimes don't know who is who, or what group of people/elves they belong to. Because I'm having to work so hard to figure out who each person is, I'm finding it harder to care what happens.

I think the story of The Last God has potential. Phillip Kennedy Johnson has obviously thought his world out well. And as a fantasy fan, this should hit all the right beats for me, but it just isn't. Unfortunately, I'll probably refrain from reading any more of the monthly issues, although I may pick up the collected edition to read once the story is complete.

I would only recommend The Last God #2 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson to diehard dark fantasy fans. At this point, it doesn't really appeal to me.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Batman/Superman #4 by Joshua Williamson - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: Even from prison, the Batman Who Laughs is staying two steps ahead of the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel. His plan to infect heroes and turn them into the Dark Multiverse versions of themselves is starting to build steam, with Shazam and others already succumbing to his evil toxin. Batman and Superman are racing the clock to prevent the other three members of the Secret Six from being poisoned, but they realize they are too late when those three come looking for them instead-one of whom is a lot closer to Superman than expected and itching for a fight!

Batman/Superman #4 by Joshua Williamson picks up right on the heels of issue #3. Blue Beetle is now one of the infected, or the Sinister Six, and his armor is taking over the Fortress. Batman and Superman are on their own to try and stop The Batman Who Laughs from executing his plan, which is nearly complete. He merely needs Superman to turn back infected and he will be able to execute his plan: infect the entire world. However, our heroes have a plan to stop him at the expense of themselves. They appear to have a handle on things when everything goes sideways and an ally becomes an infected.

This was an exciting issue, as Williamson keeps the action flowing and the plot moving forward. There are lots of moving pieces of The Batman Who Laughs's plan, but they all seem to be lining up. By the time the issue ends, I'm not quite sure how Batman and Superman will be able to stop this villain, nor what exactly is going to happen with the Sinister Six characters after this series ends. After all, they are all heroes and some even star in their own books. I would expect a lot of fallout from what is going on with The Batman Who Laughs and his plot to turn Earth into a hellhole. Just how long term the affects may be remains to be seen. Character development is minimal, at least right now, but that doesn't seem to be the point of this story. However, some of the Six are confessing what sound like deep feelings of frustration and anger with Batman and Superman.

Batman/Superman has been a fun, bombastic series so far. It is heavy on the action, which I enjoy in this type of comic. Joshua Williamson is spinning an intriguing story, one in which I'm not certain how things will turn out. To that end, I would recommend Batman/Superman #4. Fans of Batman, Superman, and all things Dark Multiverse should be entertained.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Flash Forward #3 by Scott Lobdell - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The rift between the Multiverse and Dark Multiverse is growing wider, and evil dark energy is threatening all the planets in its path! It’s up to Wally West to journey to these worlds and purge them of this darkness, but the greater darkness is that from within. The destruction has now found its way to Earth-43, where Roy Harper is the world’s premier vampire hunter, and Wally’s only hope of surviving...

Joshua Williamson's Flash Forward #3 continues Wally West's journey through the Multiverse in a quest to stop the Dark Multiverse from overtaking it. It is also a redemption journey for Wally, as he is trying to atone for the accidental deaths of some of his fellow heroes (see Heroes in Crisis).

This current issue sees Wally taken to Earth-43, where he quickly discovers that the Justice League have all been turned into vampires as a result of a decision Batman made in order to defeat Dracula (I'm guessing this is the Earth from the Batman story Red Rain). After a pretty cool battle with Superman, in which Wally discovers that he is getting faster, he comes across a hero who has yet to succumb to vampirism: Roy Harper aka Arsenal. Together, they are able to confront Batman and attempt to get rid of the Dark Multiverse matter simultaneously. However, all does not go as planned.

In my opinion, the missions Wally has been sent on have just been okay. The visits to alternate Earths are sort of cool, but haven't really sucked me in. What's gotten me is the redemption story Wally is living out. In this particular issue, he comes face to face with Roy Harper, one of his best friends and one of those heroes Wally accidentally killed. Having to deal with his grief and guilt while seeing his friend, albeit one from a parallel universe, is forcing Wally to move on and come to terms with his actions, while looking to the future. To me, this is the whole purpose of this series, as I still maintain that of all the changes made in DC's several recent reboots, no one has been messed with and suffered more than Wally West. Having a chance to get a measure of closure with Roy was a nice touch. The thing I'm looking forward to, though, is the tease from issue #2: Wally's twins, who technically never existed in this new reality. As far as I'm concerned, Wally's family needs to be restored (including his relationship with his wife, Linda) and he needs healing from the various forms of trauma he has suffered. If those issues are addressed, then this series will be a success and worth it. However, if they aren't, I'll be very disappointed.

I would recommend Flash Forward #3 by Joshua Williamson. It is (hopefully) another step in Wally's redemption. Grab and read it if you are a Wally West fan.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Event Leviathan #6 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: From the Eisner Award-winning team of superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and groundbreaking artist Alex Maleev, the shocking conclusion to the biggest DC mystery of the year! Who is Leviathan? What do they want? How have they dismantled the most powerful secret agencies in the world? And what’s their next deadly move? The greatest detectives of the DC Universe descend on Leviathan, and all the answers are revealed! Don’t miss the shocking conclusion of this storyline!

Event Leviathan by Brian Michael Bendis wraps up with issue #6. First, a quick summary. Leviathan was unmasked, a connection to the heroes was discovered, Lois Lane published an expose, and a Leviathan is set up to be a major player in the greater DC Comics universe. I could get more detailed, but I'll withhold specific spoilers.

This issue was okay. It did, in fact reveal who Leviathan is, but didn't really bring any resolution to his storyline. But once again, I was left feeling like I had missed big chunks of the story. Apparently Batgirl has been playing a big role, but I don't read that book. Lois Lane's father, General Sam Lane, was a Leviathan suspect, but the resolution to his story (while addressed) happened in the Lois Lane comic (I think?). Additionally, there were several other gaps in the story that seemed like they were filled by tie-in issues. Some of this might be due to how much of the issue was plotted; it was told in flashbacks. However, even the flashbacks were incomplete or referenced like the characters already knew some or all of the information.

Overall, I'm really unimpressed and disappointed with Event Leviathan by Brian Michael Bendis. I would not really recommend this issue or series. Furthermore, I would encourage DC to somehow communicate whether tie-in issues/series are necessary to have a complete story, because that is a huge failing of Event Leviathan as far as I'm concerned. I believe that a mini-series should have a self-contained story that has resolution, and any tie-ins should just add to the main series, not have major pieces of the story in them. Generally, I'm a Bendis fan, but this is one series that does not live up to my expectations of his writing.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Legion of Superheroes #1 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: Welcome to the 31st century! Inspired by the acts of and lessons learned from the greatest heroes of all time, the Legion of Super-Heroes have gathered together to stop a galaxy from repeating its past mistakes. The greatest lineup of heroes in comic book history returns with new, fresh, and reader-friendly stories!

Eisner Award-winning writer Brian Michael Bendis reteams with master artist Ryan Sook (Action Comics) for one of the most ambitious mainstream comic books ever created! Why have the Legion of Super-Heroes broken the cardinal rule of the United Planets and inducted Jon Kent, a.k.a. Superboy, into the Legion? What are they hiding? And what does it have to do with Aquaman’s long-lost trident?

The Legion of Superheroes has long been a fan favorite group, but they have been one of the groups most affected by all the various crises and reboots that DC has gone through over the years. In fact, they've basically been MIA since the New 52 some years ago. So apparently, the time felt right to bring them back and Brian Michael Bendis is the perfect writer to reintroduce this iconic group.

While the Legion has been teased in the pages of Superman and there was a recent two issue mini-series (Millennium), this issue is the first real appearance of the Legion at large, and it starts off with a bang. Ultra Boy is tracking down a dangerous artifact that is in the possession of some bad people. As he gets the artifact, he is joined by Wildfire, Karate Kid, and Star Boy, who discover that Ultra Boy has found Aquaman's trident.

Meanwhile, Jon Kent (Superboy) has been snatched from the timestream so he can officially join the Legion. Much of the rest of the issue is our introduction to life in the 30th century, and seeing many of the Legionnaires. Superboy is a fine stand in for the reader, as he is new to this whole scene as well, and we get a feel for just how things work while he does.

One of the joys of the Legion of Superheroes is the hope and positivity that comes with the many teenage heroes and heroines, which is a nice contrast to the darkness and pessimism so common in the stories that take place in our present. Another unique aspect is the many various Legionnaires; there appear to be hundreds. I always enjoyed this in previous incarnations of the book, and Bendis did a great job introducing many of them and at least showing us a large majority. Included in this group is Rose/Thorn, who was the focal point of the Legion of Superheroes: Millennium series that preceded this book. I'm curious as to what Bendis has planned for her.

I remember reading and enjoying the Legion when I was a kid. I loved Wildfire, Lightning Lad, Saturn Girl, and the rest. The possibilities for different types of stories were endless because of the large roster, and the various power sets of the Legionnaires resulted in interesting team-ups. I'm looking forward to seeing how this book is moving forward.

I would highly recommend Legion of Superheroes #1 by Brian Michael Bendis. This is a fun and exciting story with roots in some classic heroes from DC's past. I'm generally a fan of Bendis's writing and I'm curious to see how he writes the Legion.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

The Dreaming #15 by Simon Spurrier - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: As the second year of the Sandman Universe begins, the sentient algorithm known as Wan is now the acknowledged lord of Dream’s realm, and unquestioned ruler of all his subjects. So it’s a huge problem that Wan is completely insane, and more than capable of wiping out all life in the Dreaming. The question becomes: What can Abel, the only one who knows Wan’s secret, do about it? And what must he do to poor Matthew the Raven to put his plan into action? A new chapter in the history of the Dreaming begins here-find out why the AV Club says “If you’re a fan of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman, you need to be reading The Dreaming!”

While recent issues have explored where Daniel is and why he left his realm, as well as Dora's quest to discover just who/what she is, The Dreaming #15 by Simon Spurrier turns it's focus squarely on Matthew the Raven and the changes that have been happening in the Dreaming since the Judge was defeated and the strange AI, now known as Wan, took over as its ruler.

It appears that Wan is keeping his word and has become a benevolent ruler, even beginning to take over the roles of many of his subjects, including Mervyn Pumpkinhead and Lucien. However, this doesn't have quite the effect he imagined it might. Matthew the Raven is on the hunt for something that seems to be decaying or dying, but he can't quite figure it out. Meanwhile, Abel is trying to fulfill both his role as the keeper of Secrets and his missing brother Cain's role as the keeper of Mysteries. What he discovers is something far deeper and more dangerous than anyone realizes.

There were several parts of this story that I found rather interesting. One occurred during Matthew's search; he visited the dreams of several people, some of whom have made appearances in past issues, and one who appears to be John Constantine. I'm really curious as to how this people will tie in to the greater story. The other part of the issue that was intriguing was a revealing conversation between Abel and Matthew that promises to upend the status quo of the Dreaming again once the consequences come to fruition. These two things alone are enough to keep me reading in order to find out how everything turns out.

Finally, it was nice to have a focus on Matthew the Raven. I enjoyed his character during the Sandman series, often finding him a stand-in for the reader with his range of emotion regarding his master/friend. His confusion and reactions to Wan as his master are a great contrast to his relationship with Morpheus and Daniel.

I enjoyed the change in focus in Simon Spurrier's The Dreaming #15. It made for a different type of story while still moving the greater narrative along. This issue makes for a decent starting point for new readers, as it's the beginning of a new story arc, but you will definitely want to search out the previous issues.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

THE LAST GOD #1 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: THE LAST GOD tells the story of two fellowships of heroes struggling with the same threat…30 years apart. One group will doom their world, the other must save it.

Thirty years ago, a band of heroes traveled beyond the borders of creation and killed the last living god, saving the realm of Cain Anuun from an apocalyptic army of the undead. The legendary companions became the rulers of their world and ushered in a new era of peace and prosperity. But it did not last.

Now the foul legions of the Last God march once more, laying waste to all of Cain Anuun and revealing that the aging fellowship may not be the great heroes they claim to be. With the world burning down around them, a new group of unlikely champions must band together and accomplish what no other has done: kill the Last God, once and for all.

The Last God #1 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson is a fantasy comic book, and it's pretty interesting so far. I'm a big fan of fantasy books and really enjoy a good quest story, and that appears to be what The Last God is going to be. However, rather than simply tell one story, Johnson is telling parallel tales from the past and the present.

30 years prior to the The Last God, a group of adventurers representing the various peoples of Cain Anuun went to battle the Last God and it's army of plant-like creatures, created from the Plague of Flowers. And they were victorious, saving the world and its inhabitants. Now, in the present, the survivors of the battle have gathered together to pledge allegiance to the greatest of the the group, who may or may not be hiding something. And as the ceremony proceeds, it becomes evident that what people were told happened 30 years ago may not be what actually happened.

The Last God #1 is Phillip Kennedy Johnson dropping the reader into the middle of a fully formed world, with history, politics, religion, etc. With a short prologue, we are given the backstory of the battle with The Last God, and then jump to the present where events start to unravel. This issue is definitely just an introduction, but already the makings of a new group of heroes is starting to come together. Johnson has also created a mystery by not revealing what actually happened 30 years ago, so together the two timelines promise to tell a unified story. And at least for now, I'm really interested to find out where it goes.

I feel like at this point, I don't know a lot about the characters, as its still early in the tale, but the outlines of some interesting people are there. However, the real star of the story at this point is the world building. Much like Steven Erikson's Malazan books, The Last God appears to have a fully realized history and Johnson is telling us one tale of many. This idea suggests that there might be many more stories to come for readers who are interested.

The Last God #1 by Phillip Kennedy Johnson is a good opening chapter in a fantasy/horror series that should appeal to fans of other fantasy books. It's a little darker and more gruesome than Lord of the Rings, not quite as sprawling as Malazan Book of the Fallen, but very much in this vein. I will be reading along to see where Johnson leads us.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Batman/Superman #3 by Joshua Williamson - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: “Who are the Secret Six?” part three! Is Superman the newest member of the Batman Who Laughs’ Secret Six? It certainly looks that way, and Batman may be powerless to stop the Man of Steel and his own demented doppelgänger. The Dark Multiverse’s most dangerous Bruce Wayne is loose in our world, and he has our world’s greatest superhero at his side. Who do you turn to when there’s no one to trust?

Batman/Superman #3 by Joshua Williamson continues the story of the Secret Six, six people infected with the Joker toxin by The Batman Who Laughs. So far, Batman and Superman have discovered that Shazam was infected, and that there was a batarang with the toxin in it intended for Superman. This fact led Superman to suggest that he be infected in order to go undercover with The Batman Who Laughs and get the vital information about the other targets.

Issue #3 shows the results of Superman's plan, and boy do things begin to go haywire. Not only does Batman now have an infected (sort-of) Superman to contend with, but The Batman Who Laughs didn't give away anything. Or did he? A small clue leads Batman to Commissioner James Gordon, who has been working for The Batman Who Laughs for some time now. What follows is an interesting conversation, and a new plan of attack. Batman and Superman are now desperate to find the final three targets.

I enjoyed this book for several reasons. The first is that Williamson does a nice job writing the interplay between Batman and Superman. Their relationship is the foundation of the book, and though both are heroes, their approach to things is very different; however, they compliment each other well. I also like how the narrative is sometimes told by Superman, and sometimes by Batman. The contrasting viewpoints provide insight into the characters and their personalities. Another thing I enjoyed is the action in this book. Everything is big and world threatening, kind of like a summer action movie. That's not to say there aren't any quiet moments, but it's sort of a popcorn read. Finally, the mystery of who is infected and just what The Batman Who Laughs has in store for the world is engaging enough to keep me coming back.

I would recommend Batman/Superman #3 by Joshua Williamson. It's a fun, exciting read. This book will appeal to fans of the Superman, Batman, and The Batman Who Laughs.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Flash Forward #2 by Scott Lobdell - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: When the border between the Multiverse and the Dark Multiverse starts to buckle, who do you turn to? The answer: Wally West. Once the Fastest Man Alive, he’s now a man with nothing left to live for. Will Tempus Fuginaut’s chosen champion rise to the occasion and fight back the demons of the darkness, or will Wally’s own demons win the day?

Scott Lobdell's Flash Forward #2 continues Wally West's quest for redemption. Tasked by Tempus Fuginaut with a mission to save other worlds in the Multiverse from the Dark Multiverse (yes, I know how it sounds), Wally finds himself on Earth 23, which is overrun with creatures made of stuff from the Dark Multiverse. President Superman is near death and only the Flash can save him and his world.

This issue was entertaining. Wally seemed more like his old pre-New 52 self than he has in a while. One highlight was the interactions with other Earths. I know very little about Earth 23, but it seemed to have many characters who were similar to the main DC heroes. However, here Superman is both President of the U.S. and an African-American. Additionally, heroes from Earth 8 also arrive. These characters appeared to be DC's version of some well-known Marvel characters, including the X-Men and Avengers. As Wally attempts to save Earth 23, he must battle these heroes who believe he is behind the dark creatures. Finally, Tempus Fuginaut reveals that there is even more to Wally's mission than he was led to believe, and the final page has a huge reveal that may change Wally's life for the better (finally!).

Flash Forward #2 by Scott Lobdell was a fun book. I'm a fan of Wally West and don't like the direction that he's been taken in over the last several years (basically since the New 52 fiasco). I'm rooting for him to be returned to who he was prior to that, and this series seems to be a step in that direction. And after that final page, I can't wait to see what's next for Wally. I recommend this book to fans of the Wally West/Flash.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Land of Wolves by Craig Johnson - Book Review

From the publisher: Attempting to recover from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, in Land of Wolves Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is neck deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. With unsettling connections to a Basque family with a reputation for removing the legs of Absaroka County sheriffs, matters become even more complicated with the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains to which Walt finds himself feeling more and more empathetic.

Craig Johnson's latest Walt Longmire book, Land of Wolves, picks up shortly after the last book ended. Walt is still dealing with the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual effects of his adventure/ordeal in Mexico. His way of coping is jumping back into his job, and so when a dead sheep is found (echoing the beginning of the very first Longmire book), Walt and Vic find themselves investigating. The sheep leads to a dead shepherd, who appeared to have hanged himself, but things aren't really that clear cut in Absaroka County. As Walt follows where the clues lead him, he discovers that a lone wolf in the Bighorn Mountains, a missing persons case, a Basque family with ties to Walt that go way back, and the death of the shepherd all intertwine to create an engaging story that forces Walt to really look at what his future holds in light of his age and experiences in Mexico.

I really enjoy the Longmire books. Craig Johnson has created a wonderful lead character in Walt Longmire. There is depth and growth from book to book, and Land of Wolves is no different. Walt is a different man after all he went through as he hunted down Thomas Bidarte. He is still recovering from knife wounds and is prone to just zoning out for minutes at a time. His relationships are suffering, particularly with his daughter and granddaughter. He is seriously considering what life would be like if he were to step down as sheriff. This Walt like we haven't seen him before, and it's this type of character development that keeps the series fresh nineteen books in.

The supporting cast is another highlight in the Longmire books and this time its Undersheriff Vic Moretti (Walt's love interest) and Deputy Sheriff Sancho Saizarbitoria who are front and center. Vic's no-nonsense attitude and tough love help support Walt throughout this case and his recovery. Sancho is Basque, which comes in handy as Walt has to navigate the somewhat tangled family history of a local Basque family. Ruby, Henry, and Cady are also present, but only make cameo appearances (which is too bad, because Henry Standing Bear is a terrific character in his own right). Finally, the setting itself is like a character. The northwest corner of Wyoming, full of wide open spaces and mountains, is such a contrast to the more typical big city mysteries that are prevalent.

The mystery in Land of Wolves is good. Walt just keeps collecting evidence and following leads as the tension builds and the story slowly unfolds, plot threads converging. As family secrets are laid bare, Walt finds himself staring down his future with an almost mystic like quality. Often in the Longmire books, Native American religion plays a role, and that is the case again in Land of Wolves. This adds a spiritual depth to Walt's life that further builds the character.

I really enjoyed Land of Wolves. Craig Johnson has written another engaging and entertaining chapter in the life of Sheriff Walt Longmire. I recommend this to fans of the series. Readers new to the series would enjoy it as well, but while the story itself is self-contained, it definitely references many events from previous books.

I received a preview copy of this book from Viking and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

EVENT LEVIATHAN #5 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: From the Eisner Award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, it’s the reveal of the biggest mystery of the summer. Who is Leviathan? And what is their true goal? You’re going to find out here! Plus, Lois Lane had a whole other team working this story the entire time,  and-oh man!-someone found something!

Brian Michael Bendis is back at it with Event Leviathan #5. Whereas last issue I felt like I understood what was going on, this time I felt like I was missing something. To summarize: Lois Lane had an alternate group of detectives, including John Constantine, Zatanna, and Elongated Man, working on the mystery of just who Leviathan is. And what do you know, they discovered something, but it's not something that Lois is ready to believe. Meanwhile, Batman and his crew are listening in, trying to decide if they can prove what the other detectives are saying. Finally, Superman confronts Leviathan, who reveals his/her face; unfortunately, we aren't shown who it is. After all, there is one final issue to go.

With issue #5, it felt like I was missing out on some vital story reveals because I haven't been reading the tie-in issues. I don't know if I am missing anything, but if not, the story was a little choppy. I'm actually rather curious who Leviathan really is because this plan was well done; however, I don't feel like there is enough story, at least at this point, to warrant a six issue series. It is starting to feel like a lot of misdirection and wasted story-telling time. In my opinion, a mystery (which is what Bendis said this is) should be tighter and not have so much of what feels like filler, or at least the tie-ins shouldn't be required reading (again, that's what it feels like).

I would (sort-of) recommend Event Leviathan #5 by Brian Michael Bendis. If you haven't been reading so far, this isn't really the place to begin. Additionally, at this point I want to reserve my judgment of the series as individual chapters and as a whole until I read the final issue. And I do plan to read it, because I trust Bendis and I'm hooked on finding out just who Leviathan is.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Stumptown Vol. 1 by Greg Rucka - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: Soon to be a TV show on ABC this fall starring Cobie Smulders!

Join the investigation on Dex Parios's first case for just $10! Dex is the proprietor of Stumptown Investigations, and a fairly talented P.I. Unfortunately, she's less adept at throwing dice than solving cases. Her recent streak has left her beyond broke―she's into the Confederated Tribes of the Wind Coast for 18 large. But maybe Dex's luck is about to change. Sue-Lynne, head of the Wind Coast's casino operation, will clear Dex' debt if she can locate Sue-Lynne's missing granddaughter. Is this job Dex's way out of the hole or a shove down one much much deeper?

My introduction to Stumptown by Greg Rucka was through the commercials for the tv show based on the comic. It looked interesting, so I watched the first episode. I enjoyed the story, the characters, and the dialogue. When I discovered it was based on a comic, I decided to give it a read.

Upon reading Stumptown, I noticed some differences between the comic and the show, but the essence of the story was the same. Dex Parrios, a PI in Portland, is hired to find the granddaughter of the woman in charge of the Native American casino, to whom Dex owes around $17,000. As she begins her investigation, Dex discovers a lot more than she bargained for, as she crosses paths with two thugs who try to kill her, and the family of a man who may be the head of MS-13 in the Pacific Northwest.

While the missing person mystery was engaing, two things stood out in Stumptown: the characters and the city. Portland is a beautiful city, and to have it be the setting for Dex's various investigations is pretty cool. I enjoy a unique setting, and it seems like we'll be getting a bit of a tour of Portland through Dex's investigations. The characters are fantastic, and while it's Dex who gets the majority of the attention, Ansel (her brother with Down's Syndrome), Grey McConnell (a friend), and Tracey Hoffman (a police officer and friend), and Sue-Lynne (the head of the casino for the Confederated Tribes of the Wind Coast) add a lot of depth to the series. In fact, in its own way, Stumptown reminds me of two of my favorite detective shows, Longmire and Justified. Both series took place in non-traditional settings (Wyoming and Kentucky) and both had outstanding supporting characters who felt just as real as the lead character.

Having finished Stumptown Vol. 1, I'm looking forward to reading the other three volumes, and hope that Rucka returns to the series soon. I'll also continue to watch the tv adaptation to experience the further adventures of Dex Parrios. I highly recommend this book to fans of detective/mystery stories, particularly if you like your heroes a little disheveled and rough around the edges, and your setting to stray from the traditional big city cookie-cutter. One last thing, this book is a reissue of a volume published several years ago.

I received a review copy of this book from Oni Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Dreaming #14 by Simon Spurrier - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: To learn the truth about who she really is, and settle a debt most infernal, Dora must play a game with herself, and triumph in a contest of strategy against the demon Flauros, Hell’s wiliest mind. Oh, and did we mention that demons always cheat? Featuring stunning guest art by Eisner Award nominee Matías Bergara (Coda).

Since the beginning of Simon Spurrier's The Dreaming, there has been a mystery surrounding Dora, about what exactly she is, and why she can't remember. Well, Spurrier decided to address that mystery (sort of) in issue #14, and while all wasn't revealed, I liked how he went about it.

Dora has finally decided to face the question of what she is, and she has chosen to summon a demon to answer her question. However, she has to win a boon from the creature in order to get her answer. What follows is an interesting game, with wheels-within-wheels turning as Dora looks to find out what she now desperately wants to know. When she finally asks her question, however, it was not at all what I expected, but definitely in keeping with the deeper and emotionally relevant nature of Gaiman's classic Sandman stories. I now can't wait to see what happens next, but unfortunately, it looks like Spurrier is going to step aside from Dora for a moment in the next couple of issues.

On the subject of Dora, I have to say that initially, I was growing tired of her. She seemed to be very one-dimensional: angry, with no idea about her past. However, as The Dreaming has gone along, Spurrier has begun to add layers, or maybe he's just revealing them. Her search for Dream added some depth, as she and Matthew the Raven went on their journey, and now this search for her past, with it's unexpected turn, has really made her seem more three-dimensional. She's more interesting to me as a character, and more empathetic as well. This is a great job of writing by Simon Spurrier.

I highly recommend The Dreaming #14 by Simon Spurrier. It's a stand-alone issue, so anyone can read and enjoy it, but to loyal readers, there is added meaning. I'm looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Batman/Superman #2 by Joshua WIlliamson - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The Batman Who Laughs' plot is bigger than either the Caped Crusader or the Man of Steel realized. Following a showdown with the devious killer's first sentinel, a jacked-up, Dark Multiverse-infected Shazam!, the pair has to figure out who else has been targeted for similar transformations. Their first two guesses: someone very close to Batman and the one hero that would make failure nearly impossible--Superman himself!

Batman/Superman #2 by Joshua Williamson comes right on the heels of issue #1. With the revelation that Shazam has been corrupted by The Batman Who Laughs, Superman and Batman are scrambling to restrain and help him. However, its not to be. Additionally, during the battle, Shazam lets slip that The Batman Who Laughs has a greater plan. As Batman and Superman recover from the fight, they discover that there are six people (the Secret Six) who have been infected. And since The Batman Who Laughs is essentially Bruce Wayne, he knows who and what is important to both Batman and Superman. This puts everyone in danger and leads to a potentially dangerous plan to infiltrate The Batman Who Laughs's plan.

I enjoyed this issue. Batman and Superman are cool, and they handled things pretty much like you would expect. However, Williamson turned Shazam (or The Shazam Who Laughs) into the star of the issue. The way Williamson writes him, Billy Batson/Shazam is just downright evil. Gone is the innocence and goofiness of a young teenager given the powers of Shazam. Instead, Billy is devious and clever, preying on Superman's nature to want to help people rather than eliminate them. He also uses his magic-based powers to his advantage in a way that I'm not sure a clear-thinking Shazam would do.

Williamson has also created a sense of unease and distrust in the series, due to the fact that anyone could be a part of the Secret Six. Batman and Superman are left with the fact that they can't trust anyone, but they need help in stopping The Batman Who Laughs. And while I realize that spoilers revealing the remaining Secret Six members are all over the internet, Williamson is slowing revealing just how deep this conspiracy goes. He maintains a level mystery, only showing his hand when he wants to, which therefore adds to the suspense.

I highly recommend Batman/Superman #2 by Joshua Williamson. This is a gripping and interesting series, and I'm looking forward to seeing how it develops. The potential for interesting takes on familiar characters is high, and I can't wait to see how Williamson writes them.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Flash Forward #1 by Scott Lobdell - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: His name is Wally West-and he was the Fastest Man Alive. That is, until the Multiverse was rewritten without him or his family in it. Wally returned and tried to make it work, but the damage was done. Spinning out of the events of HEROES IN CRISIS, follow the man who called himself Flash on an adventure to find redemption in a cosmos that has fought so hard to destroy him.

When Heroes in Crisis ended, Wally West was a mess. He was responsible for the deaths of a number of heroes, including one of his best friends. He was ready to cover everything up by killing a future version of himself. And he was still heartbroken over the loss of his wife and kids due to the events of the New 52 (more on that later). Wally simply wanted to pay for his crimes, forget about being a hero, and wallow in self-pity.

When Scott Lobdell's Flash Forward #1 (of 6) begins, Wally is in Blackgate Prison, awaiting his trial. He has a power dampener collar on, and a bunch of angry, revenge seeking inmates after him. Meanwhile, someone or something known as Tempus Feuget realizes the multiverse is in danger from the dark multiverse, and that only the Flash can save it. Enter Wally West, who is recruited and given a mission he doesn't want. He must stop whatever it is that is corrupting the 52 alternate realities of the multiverse, and if he is successful, he just might find redemption and forgiveness along the way.

I like Wally West. I hate what has become of him during these continuity reboots.  More than maybe any other hero, Wally West was changed/effected by the New 52. With the Rebirth event, I was hopeful that Wally would return and resume his familiar place as a hero who brings light and joy to balance his more cynical friends. However, it doesn't seem to be, at least for the present. Wally was basically forgotten by everyone, and even with Rebirth, his marriage to Linda Park never existed, which means that his children never existed, either. But, Wally remembers everything, and it's this knowledge that drives him to Sanctuary, where he accidentally kills a group of heroes (see Heroes in Crisis). What has happened to Wally is one of the sadder stories I've read in comics, and I really want to see him rebound and find his place in the superhero world. That's the reason I picked up Flash Forward #1, and so far, Lobdell has got him going in the right direction. This first issue is all set-up for what will follow, and it has hooked me sufficiently. In fact, the plot seems intriguing, but even if it's just "okay", I'm going to be reading and cheering for Wally. If anyone deserves a little redemption, it's Wally West.

I would recommend Flash Forward #1 by Scott Lobdell to anyone who is a fan of the Flash and Wally West in particular. If you wondered what the fallout from Heroes in Crisis would be, this story is the first step in showing that. I'm looking forward to seeing what Lobdell has in store for the Flash.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Event Leviathan #4 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: Batman versus Superman! Witness the interrogation of the decade as Bruce Wayne tears into Superman to find the missing piece of the Leviathan puzzle they both need. It’s a battle of wits and wills as the greatest detectives in the universe get together to figure out the why and how of Leviathan before it’s too late. And when that doesn’t work”¦in comes Lois Lane! From the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, it’s another fully painted noir thriller that will tear a bloody trail through the DC Universe.

Brian Michael Bendis brings us another chapter in the mystery that is Event Leviathan. Issue #3 left off with Superman confronting Leviathan as they tried to take Amanda Waller. Much of issue #4, then, is Superman's explanation of how he ended being beaten by Leviathan and how Waller disappeared again. Due to Superman's lack of trust in them, the group of detectives (other than Batman and Lois Lane) find themselves excluded from hearing the story, which is a source of tension among the group. They discover that there are wheels within wheels working here, as Leviathan has set multiple people up, including Green Arrow, Manhunter (possibly?), and Red Hood. As Lois leaves Wayne Manor, an assassin and their handler are watching and speculating. Finally, there is a cliffhanger of an ending, which leads in to issue #5.

At this point, I have no idea who Leviathan is or what their endgame is. Bendis is throwing out plenty of red herrings. Each suspect seems likely based on the clues, but might be too obvious. It's hard to imagine a major hero becoming Leviathan, and a minor hero seems like cheating a bit to me. However, that might be what Bendis wants readers to think. With someone like Red Hood in the clear, it's an easy thing to double back on it and have him actually be Leviathan. Also, is Leviathan really a villain? Or just someone who's methods don't necessarily get approval from the Justice League and other heroes? I don't have the answers, but I'm definitely hooked on the mystery. Bendis is great at writing engaging mysteries, and after a bumpy beginning (in my opinion), this has really hooked me.

I would recommend Event Leviathan #4 by Brian Michael Bendis. I'm really looking forward to the next issue, and eventually discovering just who Leviathan really is.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 1: Mythology by Peter J. Tomasi - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The Arkham Knight has arrived in Gotham City with an entire round table of deadly allies, and their first encounter will leave Batman shaken to his core!

Alfred Pennyworth...attacked at Wayne mansion! Who's hunting those closest to Batman? The monstrous shadow plaguing Gotham City gains the upper hand when two of the Dark Knight's most ardent allies fall prey to a violent vendetta!

Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there's a murder at the Gotham City Aquarium--staged to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne's crime scene, right down to the playbill and pearls. How does this bizarre homicide tie into the shadowy monster that attacks Dr. Leslie Thompkins? This creature looks to wage a war on Batman--and it's using Joker Gas to do it!

Collects Detective Comics #994-999

Detective Comics Vol. 1: Mythology by Peter J. Tomasi is a pretty good read. Leading up to Detective Comics 1000, it sets the stage for the debut of the Arkham Knight, and the next story arc for Detective Comics.

The story opens with Batman and Jim Gordon investigating the deaths of a man and woman who look exactly like Bruce Wayne's parents. Next, Leslie Thompkins is attacked by a strange creature who is looking to draw Batman out. Alfred is the next victim. Batman soon figures out that it is going after the people responsible for helping him become Batman, and the race is on to save his mentors. The creature (who doesn't have a name) acts a bit like Clayface, as it takes on various faces of Batman's villains, friends, and fellow heroes. It is relentless, attacking and reforming constantly. It also is constantly reminding Bruce of how and why he became Batman. As Batman races from one friend to the next, the mystery of the creature and its purpose in tormenting Batman are slowly revealed. As Bruce discovers who created it, Tomasi wraps things up with a twist.

Mythology was an interesting story. There wasn't clear bad guy or underlying plot that Batman was trying to stop. Rather, this was a trip down memory lane for Bruce Wayne, and Tomasi used his "mythology" to examine and almost reset Batman as issue #1000 looms. This approach is not unusual for writers, as I've read multiple stories that examine who Batman is and why he does what he does, on a level that goes beyond just revenge for his parents' murders. The way Tomasi conducts this soul-searching is a bit unique, and an interesting addition to the Batman mythology (see what I did there?).

Overall, I enjoyed Detective Comics Vol. 1: Mythology by Peter J. Tomasi. It was an exciting book, with action that never let up and a surprising twist. I would recommend it to Batman fans for sure.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

LEGION OF SUPER-HEROES: MILLENNIUM #1 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: Brought to you by some of comics’ greatest talents, this epic story spans the course of 1,000 years and, for the very first time, connects all of DC’s future timelines! Starring the unlikeliest of DC heroes as she learns to cope with newfound immortality and roams through the disparate societies of Batman Beyond, Kamandi and Tommy Tomorrow, wrestling with her own inner demons and desperately trying to find her purpose in an ever-changing world. Do not miss this truly unique take on tomorrow’s DC Universe, all leading up to a special launch on the millennium!

Brian Michael Bendis is bringing the Legion of Super-Heroes back, but first we have Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1 (of 2). And I'm a little confused as to the purpose of this mini-series.

So here is what I understand: A woman named Rose has a violent, powered alter-ego named Thorn (it's unclear whether she is a hero or villain, or something in-between). She discovers that she is immortal. In various episodes throughout DC's future(s), we see that Rose encounters many of the heroes from future timelines, and she struggles to understand just what she is. We, the readers, aren't really given any clues, either. There are some neat nods to some some futuristic characters, like Kamandi, Supergirl (the older version), and Batman Beyond, but not a lot of substance. Most importantly, there is no Legion of Super-Heroes! At least not yet.

I've been a fan of the Legion off and on for 35ish years. I really liked the variety of heroes and their various planets, power sets, and biology. Lightning Lad, Wildfire, Timber Wolf, Saturn Girl, etc. are all pretty cool, and the DC Universe is lesser for their absence. In that regard, I'm glad they are returning, as they were definitely a casualty of the New 52 reboot. And, I'm glad it's Bendis who is writing their return. I trust Bendis's writing, so I'll read the second part of this series, along with the continuing series that is set to come out later this year. But, I hope this begins to make some sort of sense in the long run.

I would tentatively recommend Legion of Super-Heroes: Millennium #1 by Brian Michael Bendis, contingent on the second issue. I have high hopes for Bendis's take on the Legion.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

The Dreaming #13 by Simon Spurrier - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: As they fade from the world’s consciousness, Nurse Nikki’s support group of marginalized myths and monsters gathers to discuss their shared crisis and forge a path to their former glory. When they decide that the best way to reclaim their power in the minds of men is to take to the streets to party, the motley parade of spirits, demons, and legends provokes an unimaginable existential hangover.

I enjoyed Simon Spurrier's previous story arc in The Dreaming, and The Dreaming #13 feels like palate cleanser or deep breath before the next arc gets started. And while I enjoy the multi-issue stories, and seem to remember Gaiman doing this occasionally during The Sandman.

Hot on the heels of major revelations about Dream and the Dreaming, Spurrier cuts to present day England and a support group of mythical monsters. The crux of the story is that the monsters are fading away as humanity's beliefs change. The group bans together to try and draw some attention to themselves in order to strengthen their grasp on reality. They discover both a type of freedom and joy, and a deep disappointment and sorrow. Spurrier's characterization was interesting, giving each monster a distinct personality that fit it's nature, and he did a good job of showing a little background as to who they were or where they came from for those of us unfamiliar with these creatures.

This wasn't my favorite story, as it was a little strange for my tastes, but I did like the examination of myths. Gaiman and others have done similar things in other stories, but Spurrier put his own spin on the idea. His myths are disguised as regular humans, but when they gather they take on their true forms. This story is an examination of the power of belief and also one that shows the freedom in being who you were meant to be. To that end, I think Spurrier did a great job. I also think this issue looked at some of the consequences of Dream's absence from his realm, and hopefully that will tie it back into the overarching tale that Spurrier has been telling over the past year.

I'm not sure where Spurrier is going with these next few issues, whether they are tied together tightly or are loosely gathered around a common theme, but I'm anxious to move back into the mystery of who is attacking Dream, and what he is going to do about it.

I would recommend The Dreaming #13 by Simon Spurrier. It is a fine interlude (I think) issue, but is not my favorite.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Doomsday Clock #11 by Geoff Johns - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The critically acclaimed series by the renowned team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Gary Frank marches toward its conclusion. In this penultimate issue, the truth behind “Rebirth” is revealed as Batman searches for the one person he believes can help him save the world…Rorschach!

I've really enjoyed Doomsday Clock, in spite of the irregular publishing schedule and the sometimes multiple storylines that have yet to converge. In fact, I'm really really curious to find out how everything ties together and how it all ends. Geoff Johns has done a fine job capturing some of the feel of Alan Moore's original Watchmen, while creating something new, current, and relevant to DC's multiple resets/reboots/rebirths over the years. Using Dr. Manhattan and the Watchmen storyline to explain the various continuity changes is actually quite brilliant, and it seems like this could have been the master plan all along (although it wasn't, was it?).

Which brings me to Doomsday Clock #11. Johns has been weaving a very intertwined story with so many different threads that its impossible to give them each adequate time in every issue. But with only two issues left, Johns uses one to finally reveal Adrian Veidt/Ozymandias's plan, and it is a doozy. I'm going to refrain from spoilers, so suffice it to say that Veidt's scheme is incredibly complicated and complex, maybe moreso than in Watchmen. We've been given bits and pieces, so there is not a lot of new info to reveal, but the wheels-within-wheels are finally connected for the reader. I'm still waiting for a couple of things, though. One, Imra aka Saturn Girl, appears to be addressed in this issue. However, I want to know how Johnny Thunder and Thunderbolt play into this whole thing. If I remember correctly, an elderly Johnny has been looking for his Thunderbolt as far back as the Rebirth special that started the current DC continuity, so some resolution to this mystery would be nice.

I highly recommend Doomsday Clock #11 by Geoff Johns. At this point, you're either reading the series as its released so this is a must read, or you're waiting for the collected edition. I'm glad I've hung in there on this series, and with one issue left, I can't wait to see how Johns wraps it up.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Batman/Superman #1 by Joshua Williamson - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: Up in the sky, in the dark of the night, trust no one - for the infected walk among us. Spinning out of the devastating events of THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHS, Superman and Batman are together once more in an all-new monthly series - and they're facing a terrifying new threat that could strike from anywhere. The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel must journey into the depths of Gotham City to learn which of their fellow heroes has been transformed into the horrifying horseman of their most dangerous and deranged foe ever. Our heroes will need to fight to survive, but an even more dangerous question lurks in the shadows: Can Superman and Batman even trust each other?

I've been a fan of the previous Batman/Superman series, and this new one by Joshua Williamson seems to be following in their footsteps. The Batman Who Laughs (from the Dark Nights: Metal series last year) has been harassing Batman and his friends over the past year or so, and now it seems that he has kidnapped an innocent boy. As Batman and Superman track the missing child down, they discover something horrible; The Batman Who Laughs has infected six people with the Joker serum from his dark universe. And even worse, the infected could be anyone, from ordinary citizens to heroes to villains. This is one of Batman's greatest fears, as he says something along the lines of "We (heroes) would make even better villains than the villains we face." And with that, the issue ends with a terrific twist, as the first of the new Sinister Six reveals themself.

Man, this issue flew right along. The pacing was terrific, and the reveal at the end was well done. I don't have much background with The Batman Who Laughs, but I didn't feel that I was missing that much, due to Williamson's excellent writing. This evil Batman is an excellent villain, and the premise of this series promises an exciting read every month. I also enjoy the uncertainty that has now been created for Batman and Superman, even between themselves. There is no real way to be sure just who has been infected, and the prospect of an ultimate evil version of some of DC's greatest heroes is downright intriguing to me. It will be interesting to see if the transformation in this issue (and further ones in upcoming issues) will have any lasting affect on the DC Universe at large. Hopefully this isn't just some one off story where everything is reset at the end.

I, for one, really enjoyed Joshua Williamson's Batman/Superman #1 and can't wait to see where he takes our heroes in future issues. Grab this if you're a fan of the Batman/Superman books, The Batman Who Laughs, or just someone who likes to see heroes go bad.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Event Leviathan #3 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: From the award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, it’s DC’s biggest whodunit in years! The world’s greatest detectives—Batman, Green Arrow, Lois Lane, Plastic Man, the Question and Martian Manhunter—have gathered to solve the mystery behind the true identity of Leviathan’s leaders and the destruction of the world’s top intelligence agencies! Red Hood is their leading suspect—and he is on the loose! Plus, the Silencer takes her shot! This mystery will unleash a new evil on the DC Universe!

In my opinion, Event Leviathan #3 is the best issue so far! Brian Michael Bendis does a super job writing this issue, and unlike with issue #2, I didn't feel like I had missed out on something due to any tie-in issues.

To summarize, at the end of issue #2, Batman and his group of detectives, spearheaded by Damian Wayne, basically accused Red Hood/Jason Todd of being Leviathan. This issue shows the immediate consequences of that decision and is told mostly through flashbacks showing Red Hood trying to get away from the detectives. And while the action is nearly constant, it's Red Hood's constant running commentary and observations that add depth to the mystery of Leviathan. He presents some very logical ideas about just who or what he is or isn't, and what Leviathan might be. He also asks a very interesting question that makes the detectives stop and reconsider everything: Where is Amanda Waller? The issue wraps up with an interesting twist that may take this series in a totally different direction.

I really enjoyed Jason Todd in this issue. I feel like he has been a very unevenly written character over the past years, but Bendis does a great job capturing both his ruthlessness, his particular moral code, and his intelligence (which particularly stands out in relation to Batman and the others). I also feel like this story has hit its stride, and rather than feel a bit confused after reading, I now find myself looking forward anxiously to the next chapter of this story. Bendis has firmly hooked me.

I highly recommend Event Leviathan #3 by Brian Michael Bendis. It presents a vital chapter in an intriguing mystery that has shaken up the covert part of the DC Universe. Grab your copy and get a bit closer to solving the mystery of who Leviathan is, and what his endgame might be.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

The Dreaming #12 by Simon Spurrier - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The search is over. The trail is cold. A crown must be conferred. A great reception is held for the envoys and ambassadors of the outer realms—but who greets them from the throne of tales? And somewhere, out in the world, the man who tore down the King of Dreams looks upon his work...and feels nothing.

The Dreaming #12 wraps up the second arc of Simon Spurrier's new series. In this issue, we finally get an idea of what Daniel/Dream has been up to, but most of it focuses on the new temporary ruler of the Dreaming, the strange AI moth-looking thing, who I believe doesn't really have a name, at least until the end of the story. Abel is trying to keep would-be invaders out of the Dreaming, and the new ruler is forced to confront what it really is. Additionally, Dora and Matthew finish their quest, and what they find is not at all what I expected. 

One of the things I usually enjoy about the Sandman books, and in this case The Dreaming, is the use of stories to explain bigger concepts, including the larger story of the book. In this case, the lord of the Dreaming tells a story/history to explain the nature of the Dreaming and Daniel's new purpose. This tale also leads to a realization about just what exactly is going on, and has potentially huge consequences for the entire Dreaming moving forward. In fact, I was really surprised by the ending (maybe I shouldn't have been, but I was focused on hoping this wasn't just a way to have a new Dream). I'm really curious as to how Spurrier is going take things moving forward. There were also several hints that Dora has a bigger part to play, and her true nature is important to that. And I'll confess, I find myself wanting to know what/who she really is moreso now than earlier in this series.

Overall, The Dreaming #12 by Simon Spurrier was a satisfactory ending to this arc, and the first dozen issues overall. Spurrier has done a nice job laying the groundwork for his run on The Dreaming and their are now several storylines that he can explore in both the near future and the long run. I'm looking forward to seeing how this develops. I highly recommend both this issue and the series.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

BATMAN: CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT #1 by Sean Murphy - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: In this explosive sequel to the critically acclaimed blockbuster BATMAN: WHITE KNIGHT from writer/artist Sean Murphy, The Joker recruits Azrael to help him expose a shocking secret from the Wayne family’s legacy—and to run Gotham City into the ground! As Batman rushes to protect the city and his loved ones from danger, the mystery of his ancestry unravels, dealing a devastating blow to the Dark Knight. Exciting new villains and unexpected allies will clash in this unforgettable chapter of the White Knight saga—and the truth about the blood they shed will shake Gotham to its core!

I enjoyed Sean Murphy's Batman: White Knight. It was an interesting take on the Batman/Joker relationship, and a different view on Joker than I had read before. So naturally, when Batman: Curse of the White Knight was announced, I looked forward to reading it.

Batman: Curse of the White Knight looks to have two stories that will eventually merge: in the present, there is the Joker's plan to take down Batman, and in the past, there is some mysterious goings on with the Arkham and Wayne ancestors. In issue #1, Murphy gives a little look at the mystery of the past, but most of the focus is on Joker (who isn't happy with his Napier personality) and his escape from Arkham Asylum. Meanwhile, Bruce Wayne is still dealing with the fallout from the previous series and is looking to go public with his identity. Basically, this issue is an introduction to what exactly is going to be happening.

Murphy's take on Batman is a little grittier than the normal Batman. There are plenty of familiar faces, but they are all just a bit harder edged. This makes Curse of the White Knight a nice change from the main Batman stories. Also, because the series isn't part of the standard continuity, Murphy has the freedom to take the story where he wants, and his characters can act differently than they might have to in the main DC universe. I think this gives Curse of the White Knight more of an ability to surprise and shock the reader, and Murphy did that with White Knight and I expect something similar with this one.

Overall, Batman: Curse of the White Knight by Sean Murphy is a good opening chapter in this sequel series. I'm looking forward to seeing just how he ties the two timelines together. If you enjoyed Batman: White Knight or like different takes on the Caped Crusader, then grab a copy of this book.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Event Leviathan #2 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: “The Detectives”! EVENT LEVIATHAN, the new miniseries by the award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, continues! As the mystery of Leviathan continues to rock the very foundations of the DC Universe, the world’s greatest detectives gather for the first time anywhere to solve the mystery before it’s too late! Lois Lane leads Batman, Green Arrow, Plastic Man, Manhunter, the Question and a couple of genuine guest sleuths in the search for who Leviathan is and how their plans have already unfolded. This issue also guest-stars Red Hood, Batgirl and more!

Event Leviathan #2 by Brian Michael Bendis continues the search for Leviathan that began in issue #1. First, a disclaimer of sorts: this book/mini-series is a self-contained story with tie-ins. I haven't read any of the tie-ins yet, and I feel like I'm missing out on something when I read Event Leviathan. There are events that are referenced that seem to have happened in between issues. I felt this same way when I read Dark Nights: Metal. Self-contained should mean just that; any tie-ins should add to the story, not make readers feel as if they are missing something important.

All that said, this book moved fast. Batman and Red Hood met to discuss the Leviathan case, with Batman describing what had happened and what he knew. Red Hood knew a little, and they shared their info. The Question discovers what happened to Sam Lane, Lois's father and a super spy. Plastic Man investigates a dead Leviathan soldier who used to be an ARGUS agent. All this leads Batman and his team of detectives straight to their chief suspect.

I enjoyed Event Leviathan #2. Bendis is a great writer who knows how to spin out a mystery. There are some interesting characters appearing, including the Question and Plastic Man, neither of whom get a lot of play. I also expect a red herring, or two or three. I also like the connection between this series and Heroes in Crisis, as Red Hood is still dealing with the fallout of the death of a friend. While not totally a character-focused story, it was a nice added touch, and showed that the events these heroes face do have carry over effects.

Bendis reveals who Batman thinks is Leviathan, but I'm not buying it at this point. He is too good of a writer to reveal the villain this early in the story. But like usual, I'm trusting Bendis because of my past history with his writing. My only real issue is the tie-in concern I mentioned earlier. Books should either be support or required to the main series, and there should not be any confusion on this matter.

I recommend Event Leviathan #2 by Brian Michael Bendis. Fans who enjoy event series (no pun intended) and Bendis's writing will like this one. However, get this now (along with the first issue) or you'll be at a loss.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Wild Storm #24 by Warren Ellis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The final issue. The final act. IO has betrayed the world, and Skywatch wants to burn it. The only people in the middle are Jenny Mei Sparks’ ragtag team of wounded orphans of the secret world. The storm has hit. This is how it ends.

So it comes down to this. After 23 issues, The Wild Storm #24 by Warren Ellis wraps up this particular story in the Wild Storm universe. And Ellis wraps it up in style. IO and Miles Craven vs. Skywatch and Henry Bendix vs. Jenny Sparks's new Authority. There are explosions, double-crosses, appearances by more weird powered people (presumably Skywatch experiments), and outrageous action as only Ellis can do. And also, this story gets a definitive ending, although not every plot point was resolved. It turns out this was Angie Spica's story all along.

Rather than just look at this issue, I want to talk about the series as a whole. I think Ellis did an excellent job, both recapturing the original feel of his Stormwatch/Authority series and a new sensibility or take on the concept. I really liked the crazy action, but some of the personal interactions I could take or leave. I also thought Ellis introduced so many different ideas in this series, but didn't see all of them through. Of particular interest to me was Cole Cash/Grifter and his Wild C.A.T. team. Grifter is one of my favorite Wild Storm characters, and it seems like they just got shuffled out after a few issues. Now, hopefully Ellis was just bringing these ideas in to use them in later Wild Storm series, as I believe there will be two more series set in this universe, starting with WildCats sometime in August.

Overall, I though The Wild Storm was a fun and entertaining book. I enjoyed the wild ideas, action, and re-introduction of some old favorite characters. The Wild Storm #24 by Warren Ellis was a solid ending to the story. I recommend this series to fans of Warren Ellis and his original take on Stormwatch and The Authority.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

The Dreaming #11 by Simon Spurrier - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The World’s End pub is a place where ales and tales flow freely. A place where the netherfolk gather to spin stories and mark time between realities. But a blight has come to the Worlds’ End pub, and as the search for Dream of the Endless nears its end, our plucky hunters must confront the saddest thing of all: a fable that can’t stop fading. Meanwhile, the new Lord of the Dreaming, chafing against its unwanted throne, gropes for answers—and endings...

The Dreaming #11 by Simon Spurrier continues the story of Dora and Matthew the Raven's quest to find Daniel aka Dream. After their stop in Hell last issue, they are transported to The World's End Pub, which should be familiar to fans of Sandman. Here, stories are currency, and Dora and Matthew stumble into the pub only to find the entire pub full of people captivated by the stories being told by three strangers. However, a fire is loose on the upper floor of the pub, and no one seems eager to put it out. Only Dora seems immune, and this leads to an interesting conversation with a rabbit whom no one remembers. The issue ends with a twist that I didn't see coming which sets up next issue (which promises to reveal where Dream is or what he wants) nicely.

I've really enjoyed this quest for Dream storyline, but because each issue is only a part of the story arc, I find them hard to review. I enjoyed revisiting The World's End, which is a cool location with many story possibilities. I also found the story-within-a-story to be interesting, reflecting some popular story themes. Spurrier uses this issue to reflect on the nature of stories, which has always been a part of the Sandman world. I also liked the development of Dora, who seems to be growing as a character with each issue. I have a little trepidation at how Spurrier is going to wrap up the search for Dream, because it seems like he is leaning towards creating a new Dream, which Gaiman already did (in fact, he did it extremely well, since that was a major part of the original series). However, I'm going to trust that Spurrier won't just be repeating previous stories with his own take on them.

The Dreaming #11 by Simon Spurrier is an excellent chapter in this series. I highly recommend it, particularly to fans of Sandman.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Vertigo in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Event Leviathan #1 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The groundbreaking and always-inventive team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev (Jinxworld’s SCARLET, Marvel’s Daredevil) reunite on a mystery thriller that stretches across the DC Universe and touches every character from Batman to Superman to the Question to Talia al Ghul. With startling ease, a newly dangerous and aggressive Leviathan wipes out all its competition and now turns its sights to molding the world into its vision of order. Can the new threat’s growth be stopped...and who’s guiding its new agents of chaos?

First off, I haven't been reading Superman and did not read the Leviathan one shot last week, so I'm coming to Event Leviathan #1, by Brian Michael Bendis, completely blank. I knew that there was a new secret group called Leviathan (or thought I knew) that was wiping out the other groups, and that's about it. Which brings me to the first issue of this mini-series (I'm not sure how long its supposed to be at this point).

Anyway, this issue is totally an introduction to what happened with Leviathan: He/They kidnapped Superman, then let him go. Then they attacked all the world's secret organizations and wiped them out. They also set things up so heroes wouldn't necessarily trust each other due to some suspicious circumstances. This issue opens with Batman and Lois Lane both running into each other as they explore the remains of a super secret ARGUS installation, one which know one was supposed to know the true nature of. They encounter Steve Trevor and Green Arrow, and begin to piece together some of what's going on. They make a plan: gather the world's greatest detectives and track down Talia al Ghul (who may have been Leviathan previously?) and whoever/whatever is currently acting as Leviathan. The issue ends with an interesting surprise twist based on information presented to the reader earlier in the issue.

I don't know what to think of Event Leviathan yet. I enjoy a good event comic/mystery and like Bendis's storytelling, so I'm in for this (at least for a few issues). I am curious about what is going on, and the mystery has grabbed my interest. Bendis is typically really good at spooling out long story arcs. I'm also curious to read his take on Batman. However, I feel like having read some previous books that led in to this would have been helpful. In my opinion, big event books should be easily accessible, because they attempt to draw in more readers than just the Superman fan or the Batman fan. I will definitely hang in there for a bit, but if it seems like I'm lacking knowledge, I may have to wait for the collected editions, or go track down some Superman books.

I would recommend Event Leviathan #1. Brian Michael Bendis has my trust enough that I'm curious to see where this is going and how its going to effect the DC Universe as a whole. However, I would not wait long to get on board or I'm afraid that newer readers will be lost or behind.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

The Dreaming #10 by Simon Spurrier - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The Dream Hunters chart the footsteps of their absent lord through realms infernal and external, stumbling at last upon an unexpected treasure...while the new incumbent upon the throne of the Dreaming—scared of its own mind—at last decides who, and how, to be.

The Dreaming #10 by Simon Spurrier continues the search for Daniel, the Lord of the Dreaming. While Code (or whatever its name is), the new Lord of the Dreaming, is trying to figure out just what exactly it is, with some help from Abel, Code decides to follow Dora's quest by seeing through Matthew the Raven's eyes. Meanwhile, Dora and Matthew arrive in Hell and run into a Balaam, with whom Dora had a relationship once. Balaam has been demoted, but is eager to help in exchange for a payment. There is also some other weird demon creature that shows up.

So, Spurrier seems to be telling two stories here. One is the quest, where Dora and Matthew discover that Daniel exchanged a dream with an ancient demon for an egg, which hatched. What was in the egg is still a mystery. Along the way, they have a discussion about the shapes of things. Meanwhile, Abel and Code (?) are discussing how dreams (and events in general, I believe) don't make a lot of sense or are understood until/unless a shape is enforced upon them. This seems to have been some part of Daniel/Dream's job as Lord of the Dreaming, and it also sparks a conversation about things should have just one shape, or many different varieties.

As a story, I'm really enjoying The Dreaming. Spurrier is telling an interesting tale that seems to be adding to the Sandman mythology. I'm also anxious to find out what is happening to and with Daniel, and then move on to some other story arc. Spurrier also seems to be commenting on the nature of stories (and life), much as Gaiman did throughout the original Sandman series. It's this, in my opinion, that gave Sandman it's lasting appeal, and I appreciate Spurrier following along the same lines, while still telling something wholly new. It's a fine line to walk when you're following a master storyteller and his famous work, trying to honor it yet push it in new directions. At this point, I think Spurrier is doing a fine job.

Once again, I recommend The Dreaming by Simon Spurrier. This latest issue (#10) continues the quest for Daniel story arc and throws out some interesting ideas about stories. I recommend it, particularly to fans of Neil Gaiman.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Vertigo in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1 by Scott Snyder - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: Bruce Wayne wakes up in Arkham Asylum. Young. Sane.

And...he was never Batman.

So begins this sprawling tale of the Dark Knight as he embarks on a quest through a devastated DC landscape featuring a massive cast of familiar faces from the DC Universe. As he tries to piece together the mystery of his past, he must unravel the cause of this terrible future and track down the unspeakable force that destroyed the world as he knew it…

From the powerhouse creative team of writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo, the team that reinvented Batman from the emotional depths of “Court of Owls” to the bombastic power of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, DC Black Label is proud to present the bimonthly, three-issue miniseries BATMAN: LAST KNIGHT ON EARTH, published at DC’s standard comic trim size.

This could be the last Batman story ever told…

Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1 by Scott Snyder is an interesting read. It seems to be many things at once, several of which might be feints by Snyder. However, it was an intriguing story, and Snyder's track record bodes well.

When Last Knight on Earth opens, Batman is doing his thing, tracking a mysterious case that leads him to Crime Alley. He encounters a weird version of himself as a child, and then he is shot. He wakes up in Arkham, where the people helping him are strange versions of his villains. He is told he's never recovered from his parents' deaths and did something bad. He's been living in a fantasy as "Batman" and imagined the staff as villains. Then there is a Matrix moment, and Bruce discovers he isn't what he thinks he is, and the world is basically a post-apocalyptic wasteland. He finds Joker's head in a jar, and together they try to find out what happened and who is responsible. And that's just the first third or so of the book.

Snyder uses this first issue to set up the story he wants to tell, and it's a heck of a setup. I found myself trying to figure out what was going on, only to discover I was wrong multiple times. I'm still not sure that Snyder's plot isn't going to pivot once again, but I have a feeling that the villain will definitely be a surprising reveal once it happens. The characters are fun, particularly a cameo by Wonder Woman, mostly because they don't have to be part of the Batman cannon of stories (This is a DC Black Label book) and Snyder can put his own spin on them, both in how they look and how they act. I think this premise is also pretty intriguing, and it's fun to see Batman in a different environment than normal.

Overall, there's a lot of potential in Batman: Last Knight On Earth #1 by Scott Snyder. I'm curious to see where he takes the story as it progresses. If you are a fan of Batman, Scott Snyder, or post-apocalyptic stories, check this book out. It's worth picking up.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Doomsday Clock #10 by Geoff Johns - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: This stunning issue of the critically acclaimed hit maxiseries reveals the secrets behind Dr. Manhattan and his connection to the DC Universe.

Finally! We finally get the backstory. Geoff Johns uses Doomsday Clock #10 to finally reveal Dr. Manhattan's backstory regarding the DC Rebirth universe, and apparently the previous ones as well. And it was awesome! This story has been slowing unfolding letting various storylines come and go, but issue #9 brought all the heroes together against Manhattan for a battle on the moon. The aftermath of that fight left Manhattan waiting for Superman, and this issue details Manhattan's wait. While he is waiting, he narrates his journey to the Rebirth universe and what he has learned, seen, and done.




Without wanting to spoil too much, I'm going to summarize. Apparently, Superman is the lynch pin of the DC multiverse, or at least of the central earth/main universe. Each reboot or event that DC has had over the years has affected things (obviously). Manhattan wants to see what happens when he does something to the past, and that is how the New 52 reboot happens. Now, he is left waiting for the fallout from his actions.


Johns is a great writer, and has transformed and reinvigorated quite a few DC heroes. He also seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of DC's history, along with a reverence for it. And I have to say, what he's done with that knowledge and reverence, the Watchmen characters, and an opportunity to clean up a mistake (I'm looking at you, New 52) is nothing short of spectacular. I wasn't sure where he was going with all the many storylines in Doomsday Clock, but I was willing to trust him and go along for the ride. I'm glad I did, too, because issue #10 was totally worth it. The depth of the effort and intelligence that is on display is amazing, as only that could have tied everything from DC's past together so neatly and logically.

I HIGHLY recommmend Doomsday Clock #10 by Geoff Johns. I'm not sure that any prior knowledge of the series is necessary to understand it, but longtime DC Comics fans will surely get more out of it. Johns's writing and plotting is simple amazing, and I would not be surprised if this is the type of issue that wins awards, particularly the Eisner. I cannot wait to see how the final two issues play out, but they will need to reach very high to pass the bar that Johns set with this issue.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.