Sunday Reviews 30 Jan 21

I don’t care that you cheated on me. I don’t care about any of that. I’m not heartbroken. At all.

All I care about is what the fuck this psycho wants now.


DC’s still into their Future State initiative so it’s just independents for me this week.


Barbalien continues to flee the Martian bounty hunter Boa Boaz–and continues to develop a relationship with a young activist under an assumed identity. But past and present collide when Boa begins targeting people in Barbalien’s life.

The BLACK HAMMER universe spin offs are a delight, almost without fail, and this one ‘s just as good as we watch Mark Markz grapple with telling the boy he loves just who he really is, all the while being pursued by a . . . well, a manhunter from Mars!


Trapped in a cosmic pattern and losing his mind, Colonel Weird has a final revelation taking him back to where everything started–and reveals the way toward freedom.

And talking of the BLACK HAMMER spin-offs, another one comes to its conclusion with Colonel Weird appearing to finally find the way out of the Para-Zone and his endless wandering thanks to the help of a long lost friend with whom he’s reunited. Really enjoyed this mini-series, part Adam Strange homage, part mind-bending trip through weirdness, it’s worked a treat.


Who is the mastermind behind the resurrection of the Buckaroo Butchers? Why do they hate the Nailbiter? The Nailbiter and family must uncover their secrets before they turn a whole city into raging serial killers!

Well that mastermind is revealed at last and while it’s a bit of a cheat – a character we’d never really heard of until the last few issues – it’s done well enough that it’s forgivable. It’s gruesome and horrible, just as NAILBITER should be, but it says “To be concluded!” on the last page – is next issue the final one?!


Winston Wallis – the last human in a world of monsters – has an uncanny amount of good luck. Conspiracy surrounds him as he rushes to solve the murder of an innocent man…er, uh, monster.

Despite the fantastical setting – a futuristic city where only a single man lives amongst monsters – this series has been riding on the hard-boiled detective tropes every issue and this one, where the killer is revealed, follows the same pattern. Don’t get me wrong – it’s done well and looks good, just don’t expect anything blindingly original plot-wise.

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Which asshole wants to cop to dropping a house on us?


With DC full ahead with their Future State initiative that I’ve ducked out of, it’s a week of Image comics for me.


As the Crisis Command faces off with Empathy’s assassin, the deep conspiracy behind the murder steps out of shadows. It won’t be enough just to avenge Empathy’s death: to save the world, the Crisis Command will have to RESURRECT AN IDEA! The first wild arc concludes with a bang!

I’m really enjoying this maxi series from Steve Orlando and Davide Tinto; the writing’s fun and lean, with good dialogue, and the art matches it perfectly. Alternate universes, a multiverse in peril and a handful of heroes trying to stop it – what more can you ask?


Monsters and robots falling from the sky! Mysterious (and familiar??) superheroes joining our intrepid gang on their journey to event ground zero! CROSSOVER continues with the series’ most explosive and shocking issue to date! Don’t miss this one, folks. If you do, it just might drive you…mad.

Now that’s a last page reveal, folks. This series promised guest stars that would surprise you and this issue pays off a hint from the first couple but not in the way you’d expect. Donny Cates cheekily drops in characters from his cancelled-too-soon series PAYBACKS from a few years ago, and amongst the mayhem, still manages to tell a great story.


The mysterious cat wanders further backward in time into an ancient jungle. Ten young sorcerers make camp, but the youngest of the group wanders off in search of a cute little cat.

Charming, I think, is the best word for this series. It was a bit of a gamble – a tale in a fantasy world of a cat who walks through realities and time, and the wizard who finds her – but it’s struggling to find a coherent storyline at the moment. It’s nicely done, though, so not too disappointing.

Sunday Reviews March 2020

The thing about running at the speed of Flash? It’s easy to lose track of where you are.

The Flash pulls a fast one in JUSTICE LEAGUE #42


The God King Lore’s army has invaded Earth and Mikey, the Chosen One, thinks Lore is sending his werewolves to rescue the witches that Mikey and his family have taken captive. Lore has other ideas, though, and one of the first characters we met in this story comes to an end.

This series continues to be bloody good, both in terms of writing and art – seriously, it’s consistently one of the best looking books I’m getting.


Daxamites under the leadership of the Eradicator have invaded Earth and only the League stand against them. Faced with an enemy they can’t possibly defeat, the League does what it does best and shifts the battlefield, giving themselves the advantage.

Robert Venditti continues to breathe excitement and adventure into the League following the departure of Snyder and his interminable Year of the Villain storyline. Global threats that only the Leagure can stand against – this is what I’ve been missing for some time!


The JL Odyssey team are holed up with the unlikely ally the Lord of Time, who is planning to rewrite the whole of history minus the bad bits. All the League have to do is take out Darkseid’s assassins – trouble is, they missed one.

There really is little connection to the rest of the League other than the title, by now – this team operates in its own section of the galaxy, its adventures having no impact on the rest of the DCU. That said, it’s still a fun read.


Something attacks the town of Woodsburgh, forcing the people to attempt to seal it within a mine using dynamite. A stranger arrives following the attack and finds help amongst the dead. Years later, the townspeople still blame Lady Swanson for the attack, even though she lost her husband. Strangers arrive in Woodsburgh, the beautiful Lady Hellaine and her butler, neither of whom are what they seem.

Having enjoyed Mirka Andolfo’s art in DC’S BOMBSHELLS series, I thought I’d give this weird horror/Western a go and I’m glad I did. There seems to be a hint of Lovecraftian otherness about it and it looks gorgeous. Well worth picking up.

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Aw, Hell. This is about to get real cosmic isn’t it?

Green Arrow comments on the state of the DCU in JUSTICE LEAGUE #35


The Green Lanterns are no more – as in, they never existed at all! Hal Jordan was forced to wish the entire universe away and replace it with one from the mind of Controller Mu, a reality ruled by the Blackstars where peace is enforced by brutal, fatal means. And Hal Jordan is in the thick of it, about to prepare Earth for the arrival of the Blackstars.

While the rest of the DCU wanders around in the Year of the Villains, the Green Lantern section carries on oblivious to it all, doing its own thing. It’s not a bad issue but we know it’s a three issue miniseries and are expecting things to get back to normal soon enough.


Justin gets the low down on Dangerfield, Arizona, while the other kids wander around getting in to trouble. Oh, and Tasmanian Devil is revealed as a captive of the Dominators (a throwback to the fact he was the first hero to be captured in the original INVASION!) and that he’s the father of one of the missing children.

News arrives with this issue that it’s now a six issue mini-series rather than twelve which is a shame as I like Giffen’s little pet projects.


The League have lost the war against the Legion of Doom and are now regrouping, trying to work out what to do. Around the world and the Multiverse, heroes and villains alike react to the appearance of the sigil of Doom that’s shown up in pretty much every issue of every series. Perpetua travels to the universe of Earth-19 – the GOTHAM BY GASLIGHT universe – which stands against her, and destroys the entire thing. She then sets Lex Luthor to kill the League.

Well, this is all very grim, isn’t it? Justice is done, Doom has won, and billions of lives have been snuffed out by Perpetua. Where do we go now?