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Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S. #6

As "Forever Evil" closes in on its own conclusion, Sterling Gates and Neil Edwards' "Forever Evil: A.R.G.U.S." #6 brings the meandering adventures and emotions of Steve Trevor to a temporary conclusion.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Neil Edwards, Jay Leisten, Jason Paz
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
March 31st, 2014

Teen Titans #27

Scott Lobdell and Tyler Kirkham are clearly in the end run of shutting down this series, and if "Teen Titans" #27 is any indication, they're favoring a scorched earth policy.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Lobdell
Artists:
Tyler Kirkham, Scott McDaniel, Art Thibert
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
February 3rd, 2014

Batman and Robin Annual #2

"Batman and Robin Annual" #2 has Peter J. Tomasi, Doug Mahnke, and Patrick Gleason give us a flashback to Batman and Robin's first week together, and their taking down of Tusk has charm to it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Doug Mahnke, Patrick Gleason, Christian Alamy, Keith Champagne, Tom Nguyen, Mark Irwin, Mick Gray
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
February 3rd, 2014

Detective Comics #27

Scott Snyder, Bryan Hitch and over twenty other top creators admirably and fittingly pay tribute to Batman and the character's enduring legacy on his 75th anniversary in the impressively-assembled "Detective Comics" #27.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Layman, Scott Snyder, Brad Meltzer, Peter J. Tomasi, Gregg Hurwitz, Mike Barr, Francesco Francavilla
Artists:
Jason Fabok, Sean Murphy, Bryan Hitch, Ian Bertram, Neal Adams, Guillem March, Francesco Francavilla
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
January 9th, 2014

Justice League of America's Vibe #10

Turning out the lights and putting the chairs on the tables, Sterling Gates and Derlis Santacruz finish off the solo adventures of Cisco Ramon in "Justice League of America's Vibe" #10.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Derlis Santacruz, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
December 20th, 2013

Batman: Black and White #3

"Batman Black and White" #3 has five Batman stories featuring work by Paul Dini and Stéphane Roux: one street story, one rogue's gallery tour, one detective story, one conceptual piece, and a story about good old-fashioned super-heroism.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Lee Bermejo, Damion Scott, Marv Wolfman, Rian Hughes, Paul Dini
Artists:
Lee Bermejo, Damion Scott, Riccardo Burchielli, Rian Hughes, Stéphane Roux
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
November 8th, 2013

Action Comics Annual #2

"Action Comics Annual" #2 by Scott Lobdell, Kenneth Rocafort and Dan Jurgens is enjoyable enough for attention to the fundamentals of comic storytelling, but the intriguing and nice looking story isn't bad, either.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Lobdell
Artists:
Kenneth Rocafort, Dan Jurgens
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
November 4th, 2013

Swamp Thing Annual #2

"Swamp Thing Annual" #2 lets Charles Soule, Javier Pina, and Kano show us Swampy's training for his upcoming battle with the Seeder, but it's far more entertaining than you might believe.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Javier Pina, Kano
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
October 30th, 2013

Red Hood and the Outlaws #24

Since it reached the two-year mark, I decided to check out "Red Hood and the Outlaws" #24 to see what James Tynion IV and Julius Gopez are doing.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
James Tynion IV
Artists:
Julius Gopez, Walden Wong, Ray McCarthy
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 21st, 2013

Forever Evil: Arkham War #1

Not unlike his escapades in "Knightfall," Bane leads the charge in "Forever Evil: Arkham War" #1 by writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Scot Eaton.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Scot Eaton, Jamie Mendoza, Norm Rapmund, Mick Gray
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 9th, 2013

Batman #24

Batman finally meets up with the Red Hood Gang in "Batman" #24 with Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo providing an adventure for a new era with a truly impressive oversized issue.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
October 9th, 2013

The Witching Hour #1

"The Witching Hour" #1 continues Vertigo's themed one-shots anthology series with nine stories about witches and witchcraft by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Cliff Chiang, Shawn McManus, Lauren Beukes, Ming Doyle and many other creators.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Steve Beach, Lauren Beukes, Brett Lewis, Annie Mok, Emily Carroll, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Matthew Sturges, Ales Kot, Toby Litt, Mariah Huehner
Artists:
Steve Beach, Gerhard Human, Cliff Chiang, Annie Mok, Emily Carroll, Ming Doyle, Shawn McManus, Morgan Jeske, Mark Buckingham, Victor Santos, Tula Lotay
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
October 4th, 2013

Justice League #23.4

In "Justice League #23.4: Secret Society" by Geoff Johns, Sterling Gates and Szymon Kudranski, The Outsider relates how he came to the decision to build the Secret Society for the sake of Owlman.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Sterling Gates
Artists:
Szymon Kudranski
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
September 30th, 2013

Justice League of America #7.3

"Justice League of America #7.3 Shadow Thief" pierces the darkness surrounding the origins of the Shadow Thief in a story written by Tom DeFalco with engaging art from Chad Hardin.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Tom DeFalco
Artists:
Chad Hardin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
September 23rd, 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

Batman: The Penguin #23.3

"Batman" #23.3 starts out in a promising manner, but Frank Tieri and Christian Duce's comic about the law trying to squeeze the Penguin out quickly grows crass.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Frank Tieri
Artists:
Christian Duce
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 20th, 2013

Justice League #23.3

Fans of "Dial H" might come running to "Justice League" #23.3, but China Mieville and a different artist for each page end up presenting a comic that is only slightly amusing, but never gains traction.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
China Mieville
Artists:
Mateus Santolouco, Carla Berrocal, Riccardo Burchielli, Liam Sharp, Jock, Tula Lotay, Marley Zarcone, Brendan McCarthy, Emma Rios, Emi Lenox, Jeff Lemire, Frazer Irving, David Lapham, Carmen Carnero, Slone Leong, Kelsey Wroten, Michelle Farran, Annie Wu,
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 19th, 2013

Aquaman #23.1

In "Aquaman #23.1: Black Manta" by Tony Bedard, Geoff Johns and Claude St. Aubin, Black Manta is broken out of Belle Reve and considers his offer from the Crime Syndicate's with characteristic cold and near-silent single-mindedness.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Geoff Johns, Tony Bedard
Artists:
Claude St. Aubin
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
September 16th, 2013

Detective Comics #23.2

"Detective Comics #23.2: Harley Quinn" by Matt Kindt and Neil Googe is an uneven story with great visuals that fails to deliver a compelling origin story.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Matt Kindt
Artists:
Neil Googe
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
September 11th, 2013

Batman #23.2

The chemistry between Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes and Jeremy Haun combine for a well-constructed and suspenseful standalone featuring The Riddler in "Batman" #23.2.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Ray Fawkes
Artists:
Jeremy Haun
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
September 11th, 2013

Detective Comics #23.1

"Detective Comics" #23.1 has Poison Ivy taking over Gotham City during the events of "Forever Evil," but Derek Fridolfs and Javier Pina's origin story for the villain never quite manages to sink its roots in.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Derek Fridolfs
Artists:
Javier Pina
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
September 5th, 2013

American Vampire Anthology #1

"American Vampire Anthology" #1 reminds readers why Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque's creation is so beloved as more than a score of the comics' industry's biggest names contribute to the legend of Skinner Sweet.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Scott Snyder, Jason Aaron, Rafael Albuquerque, Jeff Lemire, Becky Cloonan, Francesco Francavilla, Gail Simone, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, Greg Rucka
Artists:
Rafael Albuquerque, Declan Shalvey, Ivo Milazzo, Ray Fawkes, Becky Cloonan, Francesco Francavilla, Tula Lotay, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, JP Leon
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 28th, 2013

Justice League of America's Vibe #7

Someone let the Breachers out and now Detroit is never going to be the same as Sterling Gates and Andres Guinaldo present a clash between Vibe and Rupture in "Justice League of America's Vibe" #7.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Andres Guinaldo, Mark Irwin
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
August 26th, 2013

Katana #7

"Katana" #7 has Ann Nocenti Alex Sanchez and Fabrizio Fiorentino detail how Katana's husband really died, but with its poor pacing and uninteresting characters, it's time to sheath this sword.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ann Nocenti
Artists:
Alex Sanchez, Fabrizio Fiorentino, Wayne Faucher
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
August 16th, 2013

Dial H #15

The "Dial H" saga concludes in the series' final issue by China Mieville and Alberto Ponticelli.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
China Mieville
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli, Dan Green
Reviewer:
James Hunt
August 9th, 2013

Detective Comics Annual #2

"Detective Comics Annual" #2 both tells a stand-alone story featuring Jane Doe and also ties into the current "Detective Comics" run, as John Layman, Joshua Williamson, Scot Eaton and company use the Annual format well.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Layman, Joshua Williamson
Artists:
Scot Eaton, Szymon Kudranski, Derlis Santacruz, Jaime Mendoza, Rob Hunter
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 31st, 2013

Constantine #5

"Constantine" #5 by Ray Fawkes and Renato Guedes has John Constantine making a play for the power of Shazam! in a Trinity War tie-in story.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ray Fawkes
Artists:
Renato Guedes
Reviewer:
Jennifer Cheng
July 29th, 2013

Batman #22

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo continue the latest retelling of Batman's origin in "Batman" #22 with some fresh enhancements that build on the character's legend without detracting from it.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
July 9th, 2013

Dial H #14

"Dial H" #14 continues China Mieville and Alberto Ponticelli's scramble towards next month's final issue, and while Nelson and Roxie's jumping through dimensions is fun, it's definitely rushed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
China Mieville
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
July 5th, 2013

Red Lanterns #21

Continuing the infusion of new talent into the Lantern titles, Charles Soule and Alessandro Vitti send Guy Gardner on a trip to Ysmault in "Red Lanterns" #21.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Charles Soule
Artists:
Alessandro Vitti
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
June 27th, 2013

Justice League of America's Vibe #5

Gypsy and Vibe are running through the streets of Detroit, avoiding the Suicide Squad in "Justice League of America's Vibe" #5, written by Sterling Gates and drawn by Pete Woods.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Sterling Gates
Artists:
Pete Woods, Sean Parsons
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
June 24th, 2013

Batgirl #21

"Batgirl" #21 a chilling tale by Gail Simone, where Batgirl battles a creepy new version of The Ventriloquist and a number of family issues, especially her own direct involvement in the apparent demise of her brother.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Gail Simone
Artists:
Fernando Pasarin, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Jim Johnson
June 12th, 2013

Batman #21

"Batman" #21 kicks off "Zero Year" by Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, and Danny Miki, as we get the first glimpses of what the New 52's early days of Batman were like.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV
Artists:
Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, Rafael Albuquerque
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
June 11th, 2013

Dial H #13

"Dial H" #13 by writer China Mieville and artist Alberto Ponticelli reveals the secrets of the Dial Bunch.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
China Mieville
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli, Dan Green
Reviewer:
James Hunt
June 10th, 2013

Detective Comics #21

"Detective Comics" #21 is a one-off story introducing a new villain, but despite John Layman and Scot Eaton's best efforts, Penumbra doesn't have the same instant grab that Emperor Penguin did.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
Scot Eaton, Andy Clarke, Jaime Mendoza
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
June 5th, 2013

Catwoman #20

Catwoman goes up against the Penguin in the Ann Nocenti-written, trio of artists-drawn "Catwoman" #20, and it's really nowhere as cool as that sounds.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ann Nocenti
Artists:
Rafa Sandoval, Diogenes Neves, Mateus Santolouco, Jordi Tarragona
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
May 20th, 2013

Birds of Prey #20

Christy Marx and Romano Molenaar take one of the rebooted DC Universe's more interesting characters and transform her into a patsy, providing lots of disappointment in the process.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Christy Marx
Artists:
Romano Molenaar, Jonathan Glapion
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
May 17th, 2013

Katana #4

With her blade broken and the imprisoned souls released from it, Tatsu Toro is in deep water in "Katana" #4 by writer Ann Nocenti and artist Alex Sanchez.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ann Nocenti
Artists:
Alex Sanchez, Art Thibert
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
May 10th, 2013

Dial H #12

"Dial H" #12 brings everything to a head and teaches us more about the power of the dials, but it's hard to keep from feeling like China Mieville and Alberto Ponticelli are trying to wrap everything up.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
China Mieville
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
May 6th, 2013

Katana #3

"Katana" #3 by Ann Nocenti and Cliff Richards has some beautifully elegant moments mixed with some real clunkers.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ann Nocenti
Artists:
Cliff Richards, Rebecca Buchman, Juan Castro, Le Beau Underwood, Phyllis Novin
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
April 26th, 2013

Birds of Prey #19

Christy Marx and Romano Molenaar let the conflict between Black Canary's team and Mr. Freeze heat up in "Birds of Prey" #19, and Marx's arrival to the title continues to feel consistent and well-placed.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Christy Marx
Artists:
Romano Molenaar, Vicente Cifuentes, Julio Ferreira
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
April 18th, 2013

Dial H #11

Throwing some humor back at DC's initial "WTF Certified" cover initiative, Brian Bolland makes the cover for "Dial H" #11 a "What the Flash?" moment, giving China Miéville and Alberto Ponticelli a fine intro.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
China Mieville
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli, Dan Green
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
April 8th, 2013

Batwing #19

"Batwing" #19 welcomes Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti to the writer's chairs and tie up some of the loose ends for David Zavimbe, opening the door for the Batwing of their choosing.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti
Artists:
Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
April 4th, 2013

Detective Comics #19

"Detective Comics" #19 is also the 900th issue of the series, and to celebrate John Layman and Jason Fabok not only unleash an army of Man-Bats, but welcome in a plethora of back-up stories.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Layman, James Tynion IV
Artists:
Jason Fabok, Andy Clarke, Henrik Jonsson, Sandu Florea, Mikel Janin, Jason Masters
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
April 3rd, 2013

Time Warp #1

"Time Warp" delivers nine stories by fantastic talent like Damon Lindelof, Gail Simone, Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt among others. And, yes, there are dinosaurs. And Adolf Hitler. Not at the same time, though.

Publisher:
Vertigo
Writer:
Damon Lindelof, Tom King, Gail Simone, Simon Spurrier, Toby Litt, Peter Milligan, Ray Fawkes, Matt Kindt, Dan Abnett
Artists:
Jeff Lemire, Tom Fowler, Gael Bertrand, Michael Dowling, Mark Buckingham, Victor Santos, M. K. Perker, Andy MacDonald, Matt Kindt, I.N.J. Culbard
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
March 28th, 2013

Birds of Prey #18

The Birds of Prey, their roster hardly recognizable from its relaunch, also gets a new writer in the form of Christy Marx in "Birds of Prey" #18.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Christy Marx
Artists:
Romano Molenaar, Vicente Cifuentes
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
March 22nd, 2013

Katana #2

An uneven issue by Ann Nocenti and Alex Sanchez continues to explore Katana's revenge mission and awkwardly jams in her recruitment to "Justice League of America."

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Ann Nocenti
Artists:
Alex Sanchez, Claude St. Aubin
Reviewer:
Kelly Thompson
March 18th, 2013

Batman and Robin #18

After the death of Damian Wayne, Peter J. Tomasi and Patrick Gleason use "Batman and Robin" #18 to deal with the repercussions in a silent, heartfelt manner.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
Peter J. Tomasi
Artists:
Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray
Reviewer:
Doug Zawisza
March 13th, 2013

Dial H #10

"Dial H" #10 sees Roxie and Nelson finally get their hands on a new dial -- but are they prepared for what it does to their minds?

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
China Mieville
Artists:
Alberto Ponticelli, Dan Green
Reviewer:
James Hunt
March 11th, 2013

Detective Comics #18

John Layman and Jason Fabok's Penguin story continues in "Detective Comics" #18, with a brief detour into the aftermath of last week's "Batman Incorporated" #8 that feels grafted onto the rest of the comic.

Publisher:
DC Comics
Writer:
John Layman
Artists:
jason Fabok, Henrik Jonsson, Sandu Florea
Reviewer:
Greg McElhatton
March 6th, 2013
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