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Superman: American Alien #5

Max Landis and Francis Manapul turn out a spectacular comic in "Superman: American Alien" #5, where Clark Kent's encounters with Parasite, Lex Luthor and Lois Lane make him a superhero.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Max Landis
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
March 21st, 2016

Justice League #46

In Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul's "Justice League" #46, Grail reveals her true plans for Darkseid and the League makes some hard decisions about how to stop the war on Earth.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Matt Little
December 21st, 2015

Justice League: Darkseid War: Green Lantern #1

In many ways, Green Lantern feels the most removed from godhood in "Justice League: Darkseid War," which is probably why Tom King and Evan Shaner have such an uphill battle to make this comic work.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tom King
Artists:
Evan Shaner
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 16th, 2015

Justice League: Darkseid War: Shazam #1

Steve Orlando and Scott Kolins take a simple idea -- replacing the gods fueling Shazam's powers -- and turn it into an engrossing look at power structures of all sorts in "Justice League: Darkseid War: Shazam" #1.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Steve Orlando
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 12th, 2015

Justice League: Darkseid War: The Flash #1

Rob Williams and Jesus Merino explore Barry's reaction to becoming bonded with the Black Racer, allowing for the introspection a team book rarely accords, in "Justice League: Darkseid War: The Flash."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Rob Williams
Artists:
Jesus Merino
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 5th, 2015

Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman #1

The new "New Gods" coming out of the "Darkseid War" begin exploring their newfound power, starting with the Dark Knight in Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin's "Justice League: Darkseid War: Batman" #1.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 29th, 2015

Justice League #45

"Justice League" #45 kicks off the second act of "The Darkseid War" as Geoff Johns and Francis Manapul form their new pantheon in the wake of Darkseid's death.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 22nd, 2015

Batman/Superman #25

Greg Pak and Cliff Richards push Vandal Savage's influence on Superman's life into high gear in "Batman/Superman" #25, while a member of the Batman family comes in for an assist.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Greg Pak
Artists:
Cliff Richards
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 16th, 2015

Detective Comics #44

Brian Buccellato bids farewell to Batman in "Detective Comics" #44, but it's Fernando Blanco's art that makes a stronger impression in this story as Batman and Joker fight one another in robotic suits.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Fernando Blanco
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 4th, 2015

Detective Comics #42

Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul continue to wrap up their time on the series with the help of Fernando Blanco in "Detective Comics" #42, as the focus unfortunately shifts slightly from Bullock to the new Batman.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul
Artists:
Fernando Blanco
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 3rd, 2015

Detective Comics #41

Harvey Bullock is forced to consider his feelings on the new Batman in "Detective Comics" #41 by Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellatto and Fernando Blanco.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellatto
Artists:
Fernando Blanco
Reviewer:
Matt Little
June 11th, 2015

Sons of the Devil #1

Brian Buccellato and Toni Infante's "Sons of the Devil" #1 introduces us to a world with mysterious childhoods, multiple murders, missing birthparents and a striking pair of mismatched eyes.

Publisher:
Image Comics
Writer:
Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Toni Infante
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
April 29th, 2015

The Multiversity #2

"The Multiversity" #2 has Grant Morrison and Ivan Reis bring the universe hopping saga to a close and, while it's satisfying, it's not quite at the heights that some of the individual issues achieved.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Grant Morrison
Artists:
Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Eber Ferreira, Jaime Mendoza
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
April 29th, 2015

Detective Comics #38

"Detective Comics" #38 is all over the place as Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato try to make statements on society in general as we're treated to action sequences.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
January 12th, 2015

Detective Comics #37

"Detective Comics" #37 looks dazzlingly beautiful courtesy Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, but this opening chapter to "Anarky" feels like fragments of multiple stories stitched together.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 4th, 2014

Detective Comics #36

Even with a slightly truncated conclusion, "Detective Comics" #36 wraps up a strong two-parter and makes you want to see more collaborations between Benjamin Percy and John Paul Leon.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Benjamin Percy
Artists:
John Paul Leon
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 7th, 2014

The Flash: Season Zero #1

The CW series' showrunner Andrew Kreisberg brings series writers Brooke Eikmeier and Katherine Walczak with him to tell the story of "The Flash: Season Zero #1, drawn by Phil Hester.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Andrew Kreisberg, Brooke Eikmeier, Katherine Walczak
Artists:
Phil Hester, Eric Gapstur
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 2nd, 2014

Detective Comics #33

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato's "Detective Comics" #33 continues their stylish "Icarus" arc and reminds readers that The Dark Knight isn't just a superhero, but also, yes, a detective.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
July 14th, 2014

Detective Comics #31

The second part of Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato's "Icarus" storyline in "Detective Comics" #31 brings Batman across Sumo, a crime lord who just so happens to resemble a sumo wrestler.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
May 9th, 2014

Detective Comics #30

"Detective Comics" #30 looks absolutely gorgeous courtesy Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, and the story centering around a waterfront renovation feels timely and full of promise.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
April 2nd, 2014

Batwoman #27

Francis Manapul stops by "Batwoman" #27 to help writer Marc Andreyko and artist Jeremy Haun tell their tale of Batwoman's fall through the streets of Gotham City and through her own history.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Andreyko
Artists:
Jeremy Haun, Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
January 27th, 2014

The Flash #25

"The Flash" #25 has art from Chris Sprouse and Francis Manapul, in a story written by Manapul and Brian Buccellato that focuses on Barry Allen's involvement in "Zero Year."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Chris Sprouse, Francis Manapul, Karl Story, Keith Champagne
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
November 29th, 2013

The Flash #23.3

"The Flash #23.3: the Rogues" sets a quintet of the Flash's most notable foes loose upon Keystone City and Central City with "The Flash" writer Brian Buccellato leading the charge for Patrick Zircher's art.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Patrick Zircher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 23rd, 2013

The Flash #23.2

"The Flash" #23.2 should please regular readers of the series, as Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato, and Scott Hepburn pick up directly from "The Flash" #23 as they give the origin of the all-new Reverse-Flash.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Scott Hepburn
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 12th, 2013

The Flash #23.1

In "The Flash #23.1: Grodd," the temperamental gorilla bumps Flash from the title, staking a claim on the Speed Force and making a charge at the population of Central City from Brian Buccellato and Chris Batista.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Chris Batista, Tom Nguyen
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 5th, 2013

The Flash #22

"The Flash" #22 delivers yet another visual spectacle from Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato that includes Iris West going on a high-speed run with the scarlet speedster.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
July 29th, 2013

The Flash #20

"The Flash" #20 has Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato kick off their Reverse-Flash story, even as Barry Allen's life starts (finally) moving forward and in a good direction.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Brian Buccellato, Francis Manapul
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 27th, 2013

Flash #15

"The Flash" #15 provides Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato (with an assist from Marcus To) to peer into the future in search of the outcome of the "Gorilla Warfare" storyline.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Marcus To, Ryan Winn, Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
January 4th, 2013

The Flash #14

"The Flash" #14 still looks beautiful, but it's time for Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato to start wrapping up some storylines before adding more (like a gorilla invasion) into the mix.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
November 29th, 2012

The Flash #13

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato bring Grodd face-to-face with the Flash and his Rogues in "Gorilla Warfare" to the pages of "The Flash" #13.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 25th, 2012

The Flash

Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato bring back the "who killed Nora Allen?" storyline in "The Flash" #0, and in doing so give it a little more meat than previously seen.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 27th, 2012

The Flash Annual #1

"The Flash Annual" #1 comes close to hitting some strong beats but quickly devolves into a superpowered shambles seen too many times before as the Flash fights the Rogues.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Marcus To, Scott Kolins, Diogenes Neves, Oclair Albert, Marcio Takara, Wes Craig
Reviewer:
Ryan K. Lindsay
August 30th, 2012

The Flash #12

"The Flash" #12 puts the Flash in a tight spot as he apparently becomes responsible for the death of a supporting character just as the Rogues rise up to cause even more calamity.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 23rd, 2012

The Flash #10

The Flash faces his old nemesis The Weather Wizard and rescues his damsel in distress, but Barry Allen doesn't get the girl, as our hero continues to struggle with the balance between his public and private lives.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Marcus To, Ray McCarthy
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
July 2nd, 2012

The Flash #9

Grodd's back for the first time in "The Flash" #9! Naturally, that's going to cause some problems for Flash.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
May 23rd, 2012

The Flash #6

The story in "The Flash" #6 is fine, but it's the art that will grab your attention.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
February 23rd, 2012

Flash #5

Francis Manapul and Steve Buccellato continue to make this book one of the most visually striking titles on the comic racks.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
January 26th, 2012

The Flash #4

Mob Rule's origin is sufficiently creepy, but it's the art in "The Flash" that will blow your mind.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
December 28th, 2011

The Flash #3

The Flash deals with a massive power outage that has put Central City and the surrounding areas into the dark ages, while also tracking down his friend Manny and his many apparent clones.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
November 27th, 2011

The Flash #2

It's the little touches in "The Flash" that make this issue stand out.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 26th, 2011

The Flash #1

Barry Allen pulls on the crimson cowl of the Flash once more in a sharp story and spiffy art by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Artists:
Francis Manapul, Brian Buccellato
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 28th, 2011

Justice Society of America #54

It’s last call for the Justice Society of America. Last one out, be sure to turn the lights off.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Marc Guggenheim
Artists:
Jerry Ordway, Sean Parsons, Bob McLeod
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 25th, 2011

Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #3

The final week of “Flashpoint” tie-in madness gives us the final issue of “Kid Flash Lost,” and provides a glimpse into the “Flashpoint”- verse fates of Max Mercury, Jay Garrick, and Wally West.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Oliver Nome, Scott Kolins, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 24th, 2011

Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #2

This is one of the few "Flashpoint" tie-ins that appears to have a clear purpose.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Oliver Nome, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 27th, 2011

Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #1

Where's Bart Allen? As it turns out, right where he should be.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Oliver Nome, Trevor Scott
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
June 22nd, 2011

Flashpoint: Grodd of War #1

“Aquaman sinks half of Europe and he’s considered to be the most dangerous being on the planet. I slaughter half of Africa and most people don’t even know my name.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sean Ryan
Artists:
Ig Guara, Ruy José
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
June 15th, 2011

The Flash #12

"The Road to Flashpoint" concludes with... well, not really reaching "Flashpoint."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Scott Kolins, Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 11th, 2011

The Flash #11

“Barry, we’re all here because we love you. And we’re all here because we’re you’re family. But you’ve been running so fast, you’ve been missing that.”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Scott Kolins
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
May 1st, 2011

The Flash #10

Most fans will pick this up for the "Flashpoint" hints and teases, but it's the other half of the issue that is the real winner.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns
Artists:
Francis Manapul
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
April 13th, 2011

Superboy #5

“Hey, even Krypto’s catching up! Come on, Conner, we got a crowd waiting for us. Let’s go!”

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Jeff Lemire
Artists:
Pier Gallo
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
March 10th, 2011
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