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Trinity Annual #1 Review

Reading through Trinity Annual #1 was an epic experience that I—and fellow readers too, I’m sure—won’t soon forget. Brimming with action and emotion, Trinity Annual #1 is an intense read that’ll leave readers begging for more.

For me, the emphasis placed on the force (fate?) that binds Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman together—as well as the touching upon of the ‘evil’ trinity—is what made this comic so interesting. Early in the issue, we find Bruce, Clark, and Diana dressed down, eating a meal together as friends, and while a majority of this issue wasn’t dedicated to reminding readers to view these heroes as friends and not just costumed members of a super-team, the seed was planted and thus raised the stakes for when things took a turn for the worst.

I was pleasantly surprised by this issue’s quickened pace; this coupled with the extended ‘annual’ length made for an excellent read.

Also, a fan-favorite from the DC Universe swings by, and by swings, I mean plays a HUGE role in the issue and, perhaps, steals the show. To keep this review spoiler-free, I won’t say who the guest is, but trust me, he creates one hell of a headache.

9
Score
Trinity Annual #1
The Bottom Line
Trinity Annual #1 makes for an epic read thanks to the quickened pace, added length, and high stakes.
Yes!
This issue hits hard and fast
Both the art and script are packed with emotion

Wonder Woman #23 Review

So here’s the thing, I’m trying. I really am. That being said, I can barely even remember Wonder Woman #21. I kind of forgot how we got to this point. Was this the arc that started with Diana in an asylum? Either way this is the finale. And June 14th ends “Godwatch” and hopefully, my confusion too. Needless to say, even if the comic doesn’t excite me, the upcoming movie certainly does, but we’ll get to that another time. On to Wonder Woman #23.

So what’s Wonder Woman #23 about? From DC:

“The Truth” part five! The conclusion to Diana’s search for the truth takes her on a journey into darkness. But the price of understanding may be one sacrifice too many for Wonder Woman…

Maybe it’s because I have a soft spot for the god of war or I know what it’s like to feel like you live in madness and the love of a woman can calm the storm inside (see my love for King Kong), but Wonder Woman #23 spoke to me. After weeks of not caring, Greg Rucka finally caught my interest. He also didn’t give readers the happy ending I was expecting but was able to convey a sad beauty in the events as they unfolded. Dialogue heavy and action light, the conclusion of “The Truth” is surprisingly the best issue in the arc.

I was so ready to give up on this title. Now, I can’t. I’ll give Wonder Woman #24 the same chance to change my mind as this issue, but the true test will be issues #25 and #26. Will it start two different but similar arcs again or will it focus on delivering one great Wonder Woman story? If Greg Rucka and Liam Sharp are involved I’ll be far more than just willing to give Wonder Woman a second chance. Your move DC, your move.

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7.5
Score
Wonder Woman #23
The Bottom Line:
Best issue of the arc and good enough to want to give the next one a solid chance.
Yes!
The ending contains a sad beauty I really enjoyed.
No...
Not enough to save the arc but I'm not sure what would have been.

Batman/The Shadow #2 Review

Whereas the last issue of Batman/The Shadow had me reminiscing about my childhood and loving the 1994 Alec Baldwin flick, Batman/The Shadow #2 has me firmly planted in the here and now, grateful for such an awesome team-up. The plot has inevitably thickened, and with this thickening comes a realization that there is a world that exists just beyond the pale of the one we all call home—a world where Batman (perhaps) isn’t the scariest thing lurking in the shadows.

As the story is expanding in both breadth and depth, I find myself becoming more fascinated with the thought that in this case, as the Shadow points out, it is the truth that is defeating Batman—a character that finds comfort in what is right, just, and true.

Batman makes an attempt in this issue to clarify that he doesn’t need the Shadow’s help, but as one would guess, even Batman is going to need a hand or two this time. I believe that in coming issues, there will be a good deal of time spent stressing the necessary change—evolution?—that Batman must make in order to defeat his mysterious new foe.

Steve Orlando and Scott Snyder are doing a fantastic job with this crossover—I’m looking forward to seeing what happens next.

9
Score
Batman/The Shadow #2
The Bottom Line
Batman/The Shadow #2 is another great issue in an exceptional crossover series. Great art. Great writing. This is it folks.
Yes!
Great Art
Great Writing
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Deathstroke #19 Review

Much like Titans, I hadn’t, up until now, made the effort to read any issues of Deathstroke from the current series, and if it weren’t for the Lazarus Contract arc, well, let’s just say that I am glad that the Lazarus Contract has pulled me into reading the series. Why am I so interested now? There is a line in the description of this issue that sums it up. From DC, “Find out what happens when the World’s Deadliest Assassin becomes the Fastest Man Alive!” What a thought, right?

As much as I like the idea of having the world’s deadliest assassin become the fastest man alive, I also have an issue with it. In Deathstroke #19 there is a scene/collection of scenes where Deathstroke takes a break from his main mission—to stop his son from being killed—and kills four unsuspecting targets that are in various locations around the world. This is a great scene, I loved it, but it also left me feeling the need to call bullshit.

My thinking is this: If Deathstroke can travel around Earth, and then in turn kill four unsuspecting victims in a minute’s time, wouldn’t he also be able to take out the Titans and the Teen Titans and hell, Batman? Sure, why wouldn’t he have been able to get all this done in under a minute? He could have, but didn’t, and frankly I can’t find any reason why he’d hold back. Because Charlie, you’re reading a comic book, and killing everyone, everywhere, right now, is bad for sales… I digress.

Aside from my little rant there, I enjoyed this book and recommend it to even those who don’t see themselves as fans of Deathstroke. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of depth and emotion that writer Christopher Priest incorporated into the story.

I can’t wait to see how this arc ends.

8.5
Score
Deathstroke #19
The Bottom Line
Deathstroke is a great comic for both readers who consider themselves Deathstroke fans and for those that do not. Another great chapter in the Lazarus Contract arc.
Yes!
Another great chapter in the Lazarus Contract arc
Emotional and intense
No...
Wait, so Deathstroke wouldn't just kill everyone?

Detective Comics #957 Review

I had commented on last week’s issue of Batman (#23) saying that the standalone story was a nice break—breathing room—in between arcs, and now that I’ve finished reading Detective Comics #957, I am prepared to say the same thing, but I won’t. Because more so than just an entertaining issue that comes to readers in passing, Detective Comics #957 introduces a new player to the game, the Spoiler.

Saying that the Spoiler is a new player isn’t entirely correct, now is it? No, it is not. We’ve seen the Spoiler before, but it’s been a while since Stephanie Brown (the most recent Batgirl) wore the Spoiler garb. But that is a conversation for another day. Right now, we need to focus on the fact that Stephanie Brown has returned to being the Spoiler.

I’m interested in seeing exactly what having the Spoiler hanging around Gotham will do for/to Batman and his team.

Regardless of what may happen, Detective Comics #957 is a fast-paced issue that serves as a solid re-introduction for Stephanie Brown as the Spoiler. Aside from that, there isn’t too much to say about the issue. James Tynion and Christopher Sebela did a fine job here writing an issue that was as informative as it was entertaining.

8
Score
Detective Comics #957
The Bottom Line
Detective Comics #957 is a fast-paced issue that serves as a solid re-introduction for Stephanie Brown as the Spoiler. Long-time readers will certainly be pleased with this one.
Yes!
The Spoiler is back in Gotham
No...
Another issue meant to provide space between arcs
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HAL JORDAN AND THE GREEN LANTERN CORPS #21 Review

With the conclusion of Issue #21 comes the end of the Prism of Time story arc, and with it, a whole other mess that I cannot wait to dive into. This conclusion is one of the most satisfying arc-ending-issues that I have read in some time, because not only did the story reach a fitting end but it also opened a door that leads to a new area—multiple, really—that is ready for exploration.

I think that it is safe to say that readers of modern comics half-expect that their hero, regardless of the odds staked against them, will ultimately prevail. I—a reader of modern comics—have felt this way for some time, but with Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps (this current arc at least) there was a chance that things were going to wrong and stay that way. And now that this arc has met its end, I am feeling hopeful that, since just enough went wrong, Hal and the GLC still face troubling times ahead.

Writer Robert Venditti had me believing that I knew where his story was leading me, but I was wrong, and the reveal at the end of this issue came as a beautiful punch to the ribs that, despite not putting me on my ass, left me breathless for a short while. Thanks Rob.

The artwork in this issue was my least-favorite out of all the art in this arc, but it worked well nonetheless.

9
Score
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #21
The Bottom Line
Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #21 offers a fitting conclusion to the Prism of Time arc as well as sets up future issues with an entertaining ending that comes as a nice surprise.
Yes!
One of the best story arc endings that I have read in some time
Awesome ending
No...
Rip Hunter just pointed fingers
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THE FLASH #22 Review

Well ladies and gentlemen, here it is, The Button part four! There has been a whole lot of talk about this issue, and rightfully so. Everyone is buzzing about the issue because of this, the final chapter of The Button should offer some answers to all of the questions that have been spinning around the DC Rebirth event and the pending crossover with The Watchmen. And now that Geoff Johns has teased us with the Doomsday Clock storyline that will hit this coming November…the excitement levels throughout the DC fan community are soaring.

The Flash #22So, what’s the Flash #22 about? From DC:

“THE BUTTON” part four! The cataclysmic events of DC UNIVERSE: REBIRTH #1 continue here! The Dark Knight and The Fastest Man Alive, the two greatest detectives on any world, unite to explore the mystery behind a certain blood-stained smiley button embedded in the Batcave wall. What starts as a simple investigation turns deadly when the secrets of the button prove irresistible to an unwelcome third party-and it’s not who anyone suspects! It’s a mystery woven through time, and the ticking clock starts here!

Several times throughout reading this issue, I got chills and had to stop reading for a moment to collect myself, and even that wasn’t enough. The Flash #22 is a comic book that fans—including myself—are going to read over and over and over in hopes of finding clues that hide in between panels. Clearly, there are big things happening in the DC universe, and clearly, The Watchmen are involved. That much we know. Hopefully, we’ll learn more come November.

Writing this review without spoiling the book is terribly difficult, so all I will say is that this book is one that fans new and old MUST READ. I think that this crossover event was amazing and that thanks to The Button, DC’s Rebirth, and the impending Doomsday Clock storyline, we may be entering a new era of comics. God, I am happy to be alive.

Everything about this issue, in my mind, is ideal. The art is fantastic, the writing, spectacular. And the prologue…everyone is going to be talking about the prologue for a very long time.

Amazing.

10
Score
The Flash #22
The Bottom Line
Everything about this issue, in my mind, is ideal. The art is fantastic, the writing, spectacular. And the prologue…everyone is going to be talking about the prologue for a very long time.
Yes!
I'm still shaking
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INJUSTICE 2 #2 Review

Injustice 2 #2

Now that we’re all over the whole, ‘this is a comic book based on a video game based on a comic book’ thing—because we are all over it, right—we can go on reading the remainder of the issues in this series without mentioning that again. Because frankly, it doesn’t matter why he have this series, it matters how good it is.
Injustice 2 #2This issue starts off with a bang or two or three, and although the excitement ebbs and flows throughout this issue, there are enough ‘big’ moments, like the ‘oh man, here we go,’ ending that makes reading this book a wonderful experience. There is, however, one question that needs to be answered before I can say whether this story is a success or not. But for now, the plot has me thinking and that’s a good thing.

We’re still at the point where the teams are being round up and the lines are being drawn, so don’t expect too much by way of depth of story.

Artist Bruno Redondo brings a certain intimacy to each panel that he illustrates, and the color work of Rex Lokus is especially fine. The strong use of red sets the tone of the book, and leaves me, the reader, feeling anxious for the characters that I’m reading about.

8.5
Score
Injustice 2 #2
The Bottom Line
With Injustice 2 #2, the lines are still being drawn and the opposing teams are still being assembled, but regardless of this, the issue is packed with action and intensity.
Yes!
Packed with action and intensity
Excellent color work
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SUPERMAN #23 Review

Superman #23
Am I the only one who gets giddy when they get to read new issues of Superman? Please say someone else does too. I was never one to collect comics but I’m definitely going to have to invest in some trade paperbacks…..and I’ll be starting with this series.
Superman #23What’s Superman #23 about? From the publisher:

“BLACK DAWN” part two! The mysterious force behind Superman’s defeat reveals itself. Superboy wonders what is so great about Truth, Justice and the American way. Will Jon turn against his father?

I honestly don’t even know where to begin. Comics like Superman #23 are the reason I love doing what I do. I’ve never had a job where the work itself was a reward. My biggest reward has to be this series. I jumped in just after “Superman Reborn” and every issue since has pulled me in deeper. Each time adding a new type of creepiness. This time it’s of the A Clockwork Orange variety.

Superman #23, like the previous issues in this arc, is fantastic so I have to resort to nitpicking if I want to have something negative to say. So, here we go. In the face of monsters destroying a town, Superman’s anti-killing stance came off as kind of preachy. I understand that the only way you can believe in him is if he always sticks with it and that it’s obviously setting us up for an emotion conflict between Clark and his son, but it was a bit overkill. Also, unless it’s Lex or Zod, chances are I don’t know who any villain is. Looks like I’m off to the Superman wiki…

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8
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Superman #23
The Bottom Line:
The type of comic that makes me question why I didn't get into comics sooner.
Yes!
Everything about this issue pulls you in and doesn't let go
No...
Get off the soap box Superman
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GREEN LANTERNS #23 Review

Green Lanterns #23

While Green Lanterns #23 is far from ‘keep you on the edge of your seat’ entertaining, it is a necessary issue that not only serves as an extended turning point but also provides some additional insight into the Green Lantern Corps. training procedures.

Both Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz have a lot left to learn about being Green Lanterns, and this becomes obvious in the issue, but I am unsure if the time spent portraying their weaknesses and shortcomings could have been used more effectively. I did enjoy watching Baz train with Kyle Rayner and didn’t mind seeing some of the ‘abuse’ that Guy Gardner dishes out to poor Jessica. At this point though, I would much rather have learned more about the original power rings and the travel lantern.

For me, while this issue is an entertaining read, it doesn’t do much for the plot.

It may be Sam Humphries’ script that sets the stage for this production, but in Green Lanterns #23, the art team steals the show. If you pick this issue up and choose to just flip through it and admire the illustrations, you’ll get your money’s worth out of the deal.

7.5
Score
Green Lanterns #23
The Bottom Line
The pace of the Lost in Space arc slows to a crawl, and while Green Lanterns #23 is gorgeous to look at, reading it doesn't do much.
Yes!
Beautiful artwork
No...
The time spent showcasing training could have been used more effectively
The story isn't moving forward here
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