Which Comics Are The Best Books To Buy?: New Superhero Comic Book & Graphic Novel Ratings & Reviews [ Marvel / DC Comics / Image / Indie ] 08-07-19 & 08-14-19

Which Comics Are The Best Books To Buy?:  New Superhero Comic Book & Graphic Novel Ratings & Reviews 

[ Marvel / DC Comics / Image / Indie ]

08-07-19 & 08-14-19

I changed the title and rating system for these comic book reviews after learning there was already a podcast called “The Stack”. I’m still trying to figure out how I’m going to do this. I think I’ll start doing individual reviews instead of a bunch grouped like this. Anyways, here we go…

Powers Of X #2

My hot take: this comic is clever bullshit. It is clever but it is also bullshit. In this comic these two things are completely linked and inseparable. What follows is my attempt to represent the competing thoughts and feelings as I read this. I’ll be using the classic “devil and angel” on your shoulder scenario for this. If you have even a passing interest in comics you probably know the big reveal in this issue but just in case SPOILER ALERT!

Devil: Fuck this comic! “Moira MacTaggert” isn’t a goddamn mutant! Her whole point as a character is that she’s a human ally to the “X-men”!

Angel: C’mon, admit it! Discovering that she has the power to reincarnate is a brilliant revelation!

Devil: It’s bullshit and it points out some other bullshit!

Angel: What are you talking about?

Devil: Even though they swore this wasn’t a time travel story it absolutely is!

Angel: No it-

Devil: It is! The method of time travel is inefficient but when she “New Game +’s” her life that IS time travel!

Angel: … Okay, but still….

Devil: And what the hell was with the two pages of pure text! This wasn’t even informational stuff like before! That was lazy enough as it is!

Angel: … I have no defense for that… It looks cool aesthetically though.   

Devil: So after they set up this bullshit we get to “Moira’s” third life where they throw shade at “Xavier” and REALLY lather on the bullshit!

Angel: When she creates the “mutant cure” and gets attacked by “Mystique”, “Destiny”, and their group?

Devil: Yeah, where they just throw out the line about her being “invisible to other mutants” and somehow “Destiny’s” powers just magically work differently with her so she can threaten Moira. It’s bullshit!

Angel: In a world that literally has magic you want to call that bullshit?

Devil: Don’t give me that shit! You know what I mean! It’s unbelievably convenient to the story. “Oh gee, literally every telepathic mutant she’s encountered should know about her being a mutant if she was. Well, conveniently they can’t because reasons”. Foh! The best part is it still doesn’t work! We literally see her thoughts in older comics. She should have been constantly thinking “I know how this turns out” or “I wonder if this will turn out how it did last time”. Then there’s that bullshit where they just omit whatever her sixth life was!

Angel: No, that’s intriguing! What could have happened? I can’t wait to see!

Devil: You’re telling me a story and showing me a chart and you just leave out part! What kind of crap is that?!

Angel: The chart was used properly though you have to admit that.

Devil: Yes, fine. The chart actually helped explain what was shown in the story rather than being used to tell the story. That is proper use for informational pages. Do they get a cookie for that?! After that though, we see her eighth life where she joins “Apocalypse” and she’s one of his horsemen or something. Seriously, what the fuck?! Her powers are basically useless in a battle! Why the fuck would he pick her?! She’s even wearing a stupid “A” belt!

Angel: …The belt was a bit much I must admit… It then ends so nicely tying right back to the moment she first met “Xavier” in “Powers Of X” #1. If you are honest you have to admit this comic was well written, well drawn, and clever.

Devil: There’s no argument about the comic artists making a well drawn book and I’ll concede that it’s clever… Clever like someone going through and elaborate plan so they can punch in the face. It’s clever, but it’s bullshit and if you are honest you have to admit it’s bullshit.

Angel: …I can’t honestly deny the points you made. Can it be both?

Devil: Clever bullshit? I can agree to that.

So yeah, it’s a clever twist that doesn’t really work. This isn’t bad, but I’m seeing this issue in particular getting way too much credit. If “House Of X” and “Power Of X” were advertised more honestly (as ONE time travel story that will affect the future of the “X-books”) I would give it more leeway. I give this a B despite how annoying I found some of it.

Verdict: One You Should Put In The Maybe Pile

Absolute Carnage #1

I don’t regularly follow any “Spider-Man”, “Venom”, or “Carnage” comics so I’m only a little above “Joe Normy” when it comes to this comic/event. I have a decent idea of the general current status quo of these characters but not all the details. This needs to be said because there’s A LOT of backstory that is dumped on you immediately in this issue. Of said back story, a good portion seems irrelevant to the story. It basically boils down to this:

  • The symbiotes had some type of God called “Knull” but they turned against him and imprisoned him. How they do it is kind of dumb so I’m skipping it.
  • The symbiotes leave something behind in every person they attach themselves to called “Codexes”.
  • For some reason “Venom” and that symbiotes offspring ( “Carnage” etc.) are cut off from the other symbiotes
  • If a symbiote collects all the codexes for some reason this will reconnect them to the other symbiotes and they might be able to talk to “Knull” and bring him back.
  • “Carnage” was dead but some “Knull” worshipping cult somehow brought him back to life.
  • “Carnage” want collects all the codexes and  talk to “Knull” and bring him back so he’s going after everyone who’s had a symbiote.  

This info dump is framed around “Eddie Brock” (now rocking a beard) explaining this to his son “Dylan” as they are on the run from “Carnage:. “Dylan” thinks “Eddie” is just his older brother though. It’s an okay attempt at doing a lot of exposition, but it’s a bit forced. There’s even a part where “Eddie” says “but you know that already” when he describes that he’s “Venom”. For what’s relevant for “Dylan” to know the conversation could be like this:

“Eddie”: You know “Carnage”?

“Dylan”: The most famous super-powered serial killer ever? Yeah, bro!

“Eddie”: He’s after us. We run now.

Unfortunately, “Carnage” has framed “Eddie” for murdering a bunch of people. “Eddie” is soon spotted by a cop and he takes “Dylan” as he runs away. They head into the subway but “Carnage” is there and pushes them into the tracks of an oncoming train. The “Venom” symbiote stops the train and soon more cops come. The train then explodes and “Venom” fights “Carnage”. Something is mentioned about “Carnage” wearing a “dragon” and “The Grendel” and someone named “Rex” is mentioned. None of this is explained. “Carnage” kicks his ass but “Venom” grabs the third rail electrocuting them both. This completely unravels “Carnage” and he slowly reforms while “Venom” and “Dylan” escape. They end up going to “Spider-Man’s” apartment.

We then cut to “Eddie”, “Dylan”, and “Spider-Man” in a diner. “Spider-Man” is as annoyed with the backstory as we are. “Spider-Man” offers to buy “Dylan” some food and he tells “Spider-Man” not to talk to him and calls him a “menace”. Him naturally not liking “Spider-Man” is a nice touch. “Eddie” then sends “Dylan” to the counter so he and “Spider-Man” talk alone. “Dylan” leaves and “Spider-Man” asks “Eddie” what’s the deal with him and “Dylan”. After some cajoling (5-dollar word of the day!) “Venom”  confesses that “Dylan” is his son to “Spider-Man”. “Spider-Man” tells “Eddie” he needs to tell “Dylan” the truth then we see on the TV in the diner there’s a news report about a mass grave with many “codex holders”. One of these people happens to be “Hulk” nemesis “General “Thunderbolt” Ross””. Never knew he had a symbiote…

A couple of burglars then happen to try and rob the diner because it’s been too long since there was any action. “Spider-Man” makes quick work of them while he and “Eddie” describes how it’s now a race to find the remaining “codex holders” as with each one “Carnage” gets makes him more powerful. It feels like this should have been mentioned sooner, especially since so much info was dumped before. “Spider-Man” then figures that they need to find someone with intimate knowledge of the symbiotes and the skills to create something that can extract the “codex” from people without killing them… They should probably destroy the “codex” if they’re doing all that though…”Spider-Man” then rules out the most likely candidate, “Reed Richards”, because he would have needed to have started months ago. “Eddie” then says he might know someone who could do it.

We then cut to a safe house of the person named “Rex” mentioned before where “Eddie”, and “Dylan” meet the evil “Ultimate universe” version of “Reed Richards”, “The Maker”. “The Maker” tells them that he built the machine they need “thirty-five days” ago because “he and the people he works for are very interested in making a fractured symbiote whole”… Convenient *side eye*… Also “The Maker” from anything I’ve seen doesn’t seem like the type to work for anyone else, but whatever. He then tells them he’ll need a few more hours to complete the machine. Then there’s a moment that’s basically like this:

“Eddie”: You’re not planning to do something evil are you.

“The Maker”: Yes, I’m evil.

“Eddie”: I’m suspicious you’re going to do something evil.

“The Maker”: You should be because I am in fact an evil person who does evil things.

Then “Spider-Man” finally shows up because he went to get “Normie” (the “Green Goblin’s grandson who is “Spider-Man’s” Godson and was exposed to the “Carnage” symbiote) and brought him there. “Spider-Man” then learns “The Maker” is an alternate version of “Reed”. “The Maker” then says he needs blood for the machine to work, but “Spider-Man” is reluctant to put “Normie” in the machine. They then decide to use “Norman Osborn” since he used the “Carnage” symbiote as well. 

“Spider-Man” and “Venom” then go to the asylum where “Norman” is being held. “Venom’s” narration tells us that for some reason “Norman” now thinks he is “Cletus Kassidy”, the original and current host of the “Carnage” symbiote.  “John Jameson”, son of “J. Jonah Jameson” and “Werewolf By Night”, happens to be a guard in this asylum. “John” uses his position to sneak them into the asylum. Somehow “Carnage” mentally controls “John” and he shoots something that makes the alarm go off. Somehow the alarm is so loud it freaks the “Venom” symbiote out.  “Venom” eventually uses “John’s” gun to shoot the three horns that creating the sound for the alarm while “Spider-Man” webs “John” to a wall and knocks him out with a punch. “Carnage” then approaches them with several symbiote minions created from the other inmates in the asylum who all have several arms extra arms. They fight the minions and “Carnage”, and “Spider-Man” is knocked through the door and into “Norman’s” cell. “Venom” holds the opening where the door was closed as “Spider-Man” tries to punch through the wall of the cell on the other side. “Spider-Man” makes a big dent in the wall but “Venom” is knocked out of the way and “Carnage” absorbs “Norman” ending the issue.

What’s weird is that, as this review points out several times, somehow both too much and too little information is given. Even with the giant info dump in the beginning they’re still important things that aren’t explained. All gripes aside, I give this B. The art is really great but something about this story just doesn’t grab me though. It’s good but if I weren’t doing comic book reviews I would probably bail on this event. I’ll stick with this though because it’s popular.

Verdict: One You Should Put In The Maybe Pile

Justice League #29

This issue opens explaining the origin of “Starro The Conqueror” the first and a recurring villain of the “Justice League”. “Starro” is a giant starfish-looking being that attaches smaller versions of itself to people and controls them. Think the “brain slug” from “Futurama” except it attaches to a person’s face not the top of their head… 

Basically, he comes from a world where evolution sort of worked in the opposite of how it normally works. Rather than creating variability, on this world evolution lead to a singular creature, “Starro”. We then see “Jarro”, a small piece of “Starro” left over after “Starro” was killed in a previous event. “Jarro” who idolizes “Batman”, and he (it?) even dresses like “Robin” and calls “Batman” “dad”.  

We’re then given an update on various forces that the “Justice League” putting together to prepare for their war coming war against “Legion Of Doom” and “Perpetua”. In particular, we see that “Hawkgirl” is taking the fact she couldn’t stop “Lex Luthor” from absorbing “The Martian Manhunter” in the previous issue hard and personally. What’s going on is the after another previous event the barrier to the “DC” universe known as “The Source Wall” was broken and the core called “The Totality” fell to Earth.  From “The Totality” “The Legion Of Doom” discovered and unlocked several hidden forces to the universe. Each of these “hidden forces” opposes a force a member of the “Justice League” uses, represents, or is part of. They include:

  1. “The Ultraviolet Spectrum” – A force like the “Green Lanterns” composed of “the unseen light of hidden emotions” wielded by “Sinestro”.
  2. “The Still Force” – The opposing force to “The Speed Force” which “The Flash” uses for his super speed wielded by “Gorilla Grodd”
  3. “The Tear Of Extinction” – Described as “a drive towards isolation and solipsism” wielded by “Black Manta”.
  4. “The Void Wind” – Referred to as a “twin” to “The Tear Of Extinction” which is an energy that “snuffs out Gods and magic” wielded by “Cheetah”.
  5. “The Black Apple” – Energy unlocked by “discovering the universe’s most hidden secrets” wielded by “Brainiac”.
  6. “The Sixth Note” – Called “a force beyond imagination itself unleashed upon the world when the impossible is glimpsed”.

They are now trying to unlock an undiscovered seventh force which will free “Perpetua”. “Perpetua” is a female being that created “DC’s” multi-verse and she is the mother of “The Monitor”, “The Anti-Monitor”, and “The World Forger”. She intended for the Multiverse to be “a perpetual motion machine” where humans would live forever “safe and hidden from other beings like her”. Wait… That doesn’t sound bad…

The “Justice League” has not been able to locate the “Legion Of Doom” since “Lex Luthor” made an offer of help from his vast resources to all the other villains on Earth. After discovering that many of these villains have taken the offer we see that “Jarro”, on his own, has found them. “Jarro” attacks them and more than holds his own until “Luthor” uses his new “Martian Manhunter” powers to subdue him. “The Justice League” then come to rescue “Jarro” and they fight with “The Legion Of Doom”. “Jarro” laments that he has had a vision of the future and he saw that no matter what the “Justice League” loses. “Jarro” then somehow becomes his old self “Starro” and uses “smaller” versions to control everyone. “Jarro” does this because he wanted to take the “Justice League” back to his world to hide them so that they would be spared… Isn’t this a “universe/ Multiverse” level thing? How can they hide no matter where they go? “Batman” somehow breaks free of “Starro’s” control and talks “Jarro” down. “Jarro” then returns to his normal self and he lets go of his control over the rest of the “Justice League”.

For some reason “The Legion Of Doom” is let go as well and we see “Luthor” and “Brainiac”. They reveal that they are regrowing the original “Starro”. It is then revealed that because “Starro” is connected to all of its pieces “Jarro” controlling the “Justice League” means the “Legion Of Doom” will have all of their battle plans.

This was pretty good, but there’s a good amount that doesn’t make sense. The overarching storyline about “The Legion Of Doom” and “Perpetua” has been going on since this volume of this series began. I don’t think any storyline needs to be longer than twelve issues. A whole lot of information is recapped in a way that keeps it interesting by using “Jarro’s” narration. This one gets a B.

Recommendation : One You Should Put In The Maybe Pile

Books Of 08/14/19

Powers Of X #2

We begin this story ten years ago with something that didn’t happen. The fact that this thing didn’t happen needs to be noted because it is key to how we can interpret this story. Said thing that didn’t happen is a meeting between “Xavier”, “Magneto”, and “Moira MacTaggart”. Once again showing how this and “House Of X” are one story, not two, the events of “House Of X” #2 are the center of this meeting. To briefly recap, in “House Of X #2” it was revealed that “Moira” was actually a mutant with the power of reincarnation. Each time she died she was reborn at the same point in time retaining all the knowledge she gained in her previous lives. In these lives, she always saw humanity eventually exterminating mutants. The mutant “Destiny” in one of these lives also told her that her current life may be her last. Because of this, she decided to “break all the rules” and try something different. So she reveals all this to “Xavier”. In this issue, “Xavier” puts all this same information in the mind of “Magneto”. Due to this, the two old friends decide to put aside their differences and work together.

Again this didn’t happen. This is not the history of the “X-men”. There’s only two conclusions I can come to from this and both are pretty lame.

  • This a HUGE retcon that doesn’t work at all and how this affects “X-men” continuity won’t be addressed and or will be a complete mess.
  • “House Of X” and “Powers Of X” is an alternate timeline that is just a lot like the normal “Marvel” timeline and will be reset when “Moira” dies and begins her eleventh and final life (which according to “Destiny” she will only have “if she makes the right choice”).

We then return to current day where “Xavier”, “Magneto”, and “Cyclops” talk about the information that “Mystique” and the other stole in “House Of X” #1. This information reveals the plans for the “super “Master Mold”” in space that was also part of “House Of X” #1. This “super “Master Mold”” creates other “Master Molds” which of course create “Sentinels” which hunt mutants. Also from this information, we learn that “Nimrod” has been created. The plan is then made to send “Cyclops” with a team to stop this. There’s a nice “Cyclops” moment here where he asks “does it need doing?”. To which “Xavier” responds “yes”, and “Cyclops” responds “then it will be done”. Very “Cyclops”.

Next, we travel to one hundred years in the future where we see that the “X-men” are being led by “Apocalypse”… Seriously?! Moving on, we see that the information “Rasputin” and the others got is on something that looks like a current day flash drive… I’m sure it’s a REALLY big flash drive though… Then there’s a dumb pointless scene with “Nimrod the lesser” being goofy and killing two guys. We return to the future “X-men” and we learn the information they stole just shows them where the information they actually need is stored. “Apocalypse” then says he’ll lead them to get the information they need.

The story then goes off the rails with an informational page about something called “Nimbus”. It’s a bunch of gobbly-gook about entire planets becoming a single intelligence or something. This leads right into seeing “The Librarian” again one thousand years in the future. He (it?) contacts the “Phalanx” and I think it eats the world or something. Then there’s three informational pages explaining that becoming a “Phalanx” is the highest type of “galactic society”. If this is where we’re going with this story, let’s just stop now.

At this point, I just gotta ask, “Is this the best we can do”? (Admittedly well-drawn) Nonsense that probably doesn’t even matter? Meh! C+ for the art. At least it looks like we might see “X-men” actually doing “X-men” stuff next time. Keep your fingers crossed…

Recommendation : One You Should Put In The Maybe Pile

Absolute Carnage: Scream #1

You know what is probably the worst part of crossovers and events in comics? Terrible forced tie-ins made for the sole purpose of milking a few more dollars out of us. This is one of those. Besides “Venom” and “Carnage” there are other symbiotes. No one likes or cares about any of them. At best they’re okay trivia questions to prove how nerdy you are if you can name them. The story is about the chick one, “Scream”. “Scream’s” original host was a woman named “Donna Diego” who at some point was killed by “Eddie Brock”. Note that this is only explained in the recap page and not in the actual story. The “Scream” symbiote has been missing since then.

Somehow the “Scream” symbiote resurrects the corpse of “Donna”. There’s also all these “Carnage” minion symbiote people all around and I guess this was explained in some comic outside of “Absolute Carnage” #1 because it wasn’t explained there. For some reason “Scream” is able to order them around when she stops it from eating(?) a woman and her two kids. She screams “mine” indicating that she ended up eating them but it isn’t clear.

We then go to a woman named “Patricia Robertson” who at one point was a host for “Venom”. I think the book is saying “Venom” was cloned. She has a huge gun and a shit ton of bullets. “Scream” attacks her and she now has several “Carnage” minion guys with her somehow. “Patricia” tries to fight by shooting her big gun but eventually the “Scream” symbiote attaches itself to her. As “Scream” her thoughts tell us that “God” (“Carnage”? “Knull”?) is telling her to hunt a woman named “Andi Benton”. Then there something about the “host flesh” knowing “Andi” (“Donna”? “Patricia”?). Some “Carnage” minion guys attack but “Andi” seems to have magic powers and summons fire that seems to kill them. We then end with “Scream” ready to attack “Andi”.

Honestly, don’t waste your time or money on this. Even if your deep enough into “symbiote lore” to know everything that’s going on here this it’s still a pointless story. Also the art is okay at best.

Recommendation : One Of The Worst Books To Buy

Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1

You know what’s worse than cash grab tie-ins to crossovers and events? Wasting a talented artist’s talent on it.  The artist here, Brian Level, does all kinds of interesting things with the panel layouts and shapes. The art also has a very “indie-style” but in a good way. This guy’s TRYING and he deserves better.

Oh, right there’s a story… So there’s this symbiote that’s four symbiotes combined called “Hybrid”. “Hybrid” is attached to a dog. The dog walks up to a girl named “Sadie” that’s sitting at the front door of her house crying. She’s crying because her parents are constantly fighting. She takes the dog in the house and goes to find her brother “Billy” to show it to him. When they come back to where she left the dog “Hybrid” has attached itself to their parents. The rest of the comic is just them running away until “Hybrid” gets them too. At one point some neighbors are also taken by “Hybrid”.

If this were just a backup story in another comic, I’d give it some credit. But as whole ass comic?! Nah! It’s not so much that the comic is badly written, but it’s just pointless and cliche. I can’t recommend this even just for the art. If you buy this, then consider it a donation to the artist. There are probably better ways to do that though…

Recommendation : One Of The Worst Books To Buy

Batman And The Outsiders #4

I try to approach these reviews as if I’m someone who’s a “casual” fan of comics. Meaning I write these as if I’m a person who wouldn’t necessarily look for back issues; look things up online, or even read a recap page. The comic has to tell me what I need to know and entertain me solely within the actual story. I say this because this is a comic I kinda like, but I have to knock it a bit. Things are not well explained. If I came in cold, I’d be fairly lost. I actually read the previous issues, but I don’t remember them very well. Even if you are the type that would read a recap page you aren’t given that option here.

On to the story. “Ra’s al Ghul” has kidnapped/brainwashed someone named “Sofia Ramos” and “Batman” wants “The Outsiders” to get her back. There’s a few character moments between a few of “The Outsiders”. The first is between “Duke” (a Black “Batman” ally with light-based powers) and “Orphan”. They are on a basketball court and “Orphan” offers to help “Duke” with his fear. His fear has something to do with a “bad tackle” in a previous issue. That’s all this comic tell you about it. “Orphan” seems like she is barely able to speak. Now if you know “Orphan” and or her alter-ego “Cassandra Cain” you would know why she can barely speak. Here you are given no indication as to why.

The next scene is between “Black Lightning” (the leader of “The Outsiders”) and “Kaliber” (basically “DC’s” version of “Cable”). “Black Lightning,” tells “Kaliber” he doesn’t like him because he used to be an arms dealer. “Kaliber” then admits he “has blood on his hands” and laments that he is “black market tech stitched to a body that can’t handle it”. He then basically tells “Black Lightning” to “go fuck himself”.

We then have a scene with “Katana” alone where she is meditating. In her meditation she sees her husband (whose soul is trapped in her sword) being tormented. After that “Black Lightning” meets with “Bruce Wayne” aboard his yacht. After they clear up some stuff about “Black Lightning” not working FOR him but with him “Bruce” gives excuses why he can’t help them get “Sofia” back from “Ra’s”. “Bruce” says he’s “struggling with personal things” which “Ra’s” could use against him. I guess they mean him being heartbroken over “Catwoman” leaving him at the altar and stuff going with “Bane” in the “Batman” comic. This comic doesn’t make it clear.

There’s a brief scene between “Black Lightning” and “Duke” where are on a rooftop and they talk about his fear and “Black Lightning” mentions having a fear of heights. Then “Black Lightning”, “Katana”, and “Kaliber” meet with “Batman” in his cave and go over the plan to rescue “Sofia”. This is inter-cut with some kind of ritual “Ra’s” has “Sofia” go through where she has to fight and kill a bunch of guys. The plan is “Black Lightning” and “Katana” will go to “Ra’s Al Ghul” country, “Khadym” as arms dealers. The need to be undercover because a “hunter” that works for “Ra’s” named “Ishmel” knows who they are. The issue then ends with “Sofia” standing over the men she has killed with her sword.

We a little more clarity and a recap page this comic could easily be better. As is I gotta give it a B-. The art is pretty good and the storytelling is effective.

Recommendation : One You Should Put In The Maybe Pile

Event Leviathan #3

“Leviathan” is the new SUPER super-secret group that taking out all the other super-secret groups in “DC Comics”. “Lois Lane”, “Batman”, “Robin”, “Green Arrow”, “Plastic Man”, “Manhunter”, and “The Question” are investigating “Leviathan”. We begin with all of them in “Superman’s” “Fortress Of Solitude” (which is stated as now being in the middle of the Bermuda Triangle rather than in the Arctic). “Robin” believes “Jason Todd” is the leader who is also confusingly called “Leviathan”. We then flashback to earlier when all these characters confronted “Jason Todd” AKA “The Red Hood”. Before getting into that they do something interesting with the recap page. They break it up into all kinds of browser windows and on a computer screen. This is a nice touch that makes the information more interesting to read and relates to the nature of the story. Points for that. 

Unbelievably, “The Red Hood” beats all of them. Seriously… No… In the middle of this confrontation “Lois” talks to him and though he denies being “Leviathan” he admits that it would make sense for “Leviathan” to be him. He also seems to agree with their goals in theory and suggests that if he was “Leviathan” he would go after “Amanda Waller”. 

We then return to the present in the “Fortress Of Solitude” and after “Lois” reveals that the last time she saw “Amanda” was there. “Robin” then almost immediately finds some hidden listening device that “Amanda” hid there. Somehow this got passed “Superman’s” super senses and the robots and A.I. there… Okay…

Next, there’s a jump to “Waller” as she destroys the listening device on her end after learning they discovered it. She then leaves building she is in and we see a sign in a foreign language showing she is in another country. As she’s about to drive away in a car “Leviathan” and a bunch of his henchmen teleport in front of her. The two talk and at one point “Leviathan” says “and just, you know, the guilt” referring to why he thought “Amanda” would have killed herself by now. That’s bad “Buffy speak”. Don’t have your villain do that. “Leviathan” then says something about believing that “Amanda” would offer him(?) a “mother box” to spare her. Then the issue ends with “Superman” appearing from the sky asking “are these men bothering you?”.

Gripes aside, this wasn’t bad. Depending on how much certain things bother you this is somewhere between a B and a B-.

Recommendation: One You Should Put In The Maybe Pile


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