Phil’s Reviews : Stuff I Bought #284

Harley Quinn FE #1b

Last week for the DC special covers, so let’s check them out (now that we’ve figured out how to animate them automatically), and then take a quick look at some of the best of this week’s other offerings: Harley Quinn #1 — Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Connor;  Art: Chad Hardin This Futures End one-shot comes the closest of all of them to just being a regular issue of the comic: it’s by the same creative team, and its tongue-in-cheek style means it doesn’t care about continuity anyway (a good thing, since the Futures End Suicide Squad #1 a few … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #283

Batman Robin FE #1

Week three of DC’s moving-cover extravaganza brings ten more comics; this week, you don’t even have to click on the covers to see them move (assuming I embedded them correctly…)! Justice League #1 — Writer: Jeff Lemire;  Art: Jed Dougherty This is the conclusion to a two-parter started over in Justice League United last week, wherein a super-villain prison on Mars (wardened by the Martian Manhunter)  has a breakout, courtesy of a very powerful and crazy Captain Atom, and the Futures End version of the Justice League (plus a couple of members of the Legion of Super-Heroes) have to fight … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #282

Batman FE #1

As with last week, let’s tackle all of the DC issues with lenticular-motion covers first. Remember, if you click on the images here, you’ll be able to see the covers in full motion: which is, believe it or not, a pretty awesome effect, and sometimes a clearer look at the dual scenes than you can get from the covers themselves…. Batman #1 — Story: Ray Fawkes and Scott Snyder;  Writer: Ray Fawkes;  Art: ACO This is a good example of the way the better issues using the Futures End five-years-later gimmick are turning out: a five-years-older Batman, physically deteriorating because … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #281

Green Arrow FE #1

So, the big news this week is that DC, who had so much success with their 3D cover promotion last September, is doing it again this year, with a few twists.  First, the covers are lenticular instead of 3D; that means, while they appear to have depth like the 3D covers, they actually have two scenes embedded in them, and if you tilt the cover back and forth you can toggle between them — so, for example, on the Green Arrow cover, one scene just shows Oliver Queen’s tombstone, but when you look from another angle his ghostly image appears … Continue reading

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Phil’s Reviews: Stuff I Bought #280

All-Star Western #34

All-Star Western #34 — Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray;  Art: Darwyn Cooke This is the last issue of this book, ending an eight-year run (70 issues of the pre-New 52 Jonah Hex immediately preceded it): an impressive accomplishment for a western book in today’s market. Part of that is attributable to Palmiotti and Gray’s steady, solid writing — most of their earlier stories were one-issue tales, with a good grasp of their surly, barely-heroic protagonist and his gruff charms, while later ones were marketing-savvy enough to take him to the 1800s Gotham City and even, for a while, to the … Continue reading

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