Batman Earth One, Volume 3 was the best book I've read from Geoff Johns in quite some time! Maybe since Batman: Earth One, Volume 2. It's been 6 years (!!!) since the second volume was published and almost a decade since the first. Sometimes I wish the Earth One books would come out more regularly, but I think it might lessen the novelty.
Is it perfect? No. Is it heavy handed? Maybe at times. Is it effective? Yes. Is it a good Wonder Woman comic? Yes. Is it beautiful? Again, yes.
★★★★★ I usually come into these based-on-little-known material event series from DC and Marvel with pretty low expectations because they're usually awful. Freedom Fighters isn't awful! It's actually pretty good. Full disclosure I have read absolutely no previous Freedom Fighters material and you don't need to before reading this either. Freedom Fighters imagines a world... Continue Reading →
The Sandman: Overture is a comic book that might as well have been tailor-made for me. Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, JH Williams III is one of my favorite artists, and Dave Stewart is one of my favorite colorists. It's a true personal dream team.
I'm not really a "DC should never touch the Watchmen" person but I do think they should endeavor to make good comics when they use them. Doomsday Clock is not that. My perception might be a bit altered by having read this in single issues as they were released on DC Universe. The series is long and it had a very lengthy release schedule.
Teen Titans: Beast Boy is the second book in the Teen Titans series from writer Kami Garcia, artist Gabriel Picolo, and colorist David Calderon. Although Beast Boy naturally centers on Beast Boy himself, it's a direct follow up to Teen Titans: Raven, the first book in the series that was released in 2019. The series is part of DC's YA line of original graphic novels that launched a few years ago. The line has been pumping out a pretty high volume of OGN's target at the YA demo and I've found most, including Raven, to be fairly successful.
Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 2 is the follow up to the first volume that came out in 2018. While the Earth One line from DC has been mostly up and down, I thought that Hardman and Bechko's take on Green Lantern as more of a hard sci-fi story was really entertaining. The same team is back for volume 2, with Bechko and Hardman co-writing and Hardman illustrating (with Jordan Boyd providing colors). I was excited to sit back down with the world that the first volume created.
Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed is one of the latest entries in DC's recent effort at targeting original graphic novels at the YA audience. I've found the campaign to be largely successful, including some great entries like Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass and Shadow of the Batgirl. DC recruited NY Times bestselling YA author Laurie Halse Anderson to pen Tempest Tossed and got one of my favorite artists, in Leila del Duca, to illustrate. Any book with art by del Duca is about as close as you'll get to an auto-read for me. The book's creative team is notably comprised of only women. Colorist Kelly Fitzgerald and letter Siena Temosonte round out the team.
Batman: Blink collects issues 156-158 and issues 164-167 of the original Legends of the Dark Knight series. Originally published in 2002 and 2003, it's written by Dwyane McDuffie and drawn by Val Semeiks. There are two different stories collected here. The first is the initial 3-issue Batman: Blink storyline and the second has the pair returning to the same characters a short time later in the Legends of the Dark Knight series.
Green Lantern: Legacy finds a brand new take on Green Lantern, albeit featuring some familiar faces. The main character of the book is 13 year old Tai Pham. Tai's grandmother is a Vietnamese immigrant who owns a local neighborhood shop called the Jade Market. What Tai soon finds out is that there's a lot more to his grandmother than he knows. These developments launch him into his adventure as a full-fledged member of the Green Lantern Corp.