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Superman #14 Review

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Superman #14

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Writer: Scott Lobdell
Pencils: Kenneth Rocafort
Number of Pages: 32 pgs.
Price: 2.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
Following events in this month’s SUPERGIRL #14 and SUPERBOY #14!
• It’s their worst nightmare: A creature of unknown Kryptonian origin, more powerful than Superman, smarter than Supergirl and more lethal than Superboy.
• His actions will change the course of a planet’s fate!

Reviewer’s Comments:
Remember that really awkward moment from Supergirl #14? Well, there are certainly answers to that in this newest (and best of the series) issue of Superman yet. All writer Scott Lobdell has planning comes to the forefront here, and things really start to get rocky.

After the awkward moment where Supergirl enters into Clark Kent’s life unexpectedly, Superman is introduced finally to H’el. His backstory is introduced, and seems fairly plausible but when our hero starts to break it apart, the reader is left wondering whether this alien is really honest especially considering the physical differences between his so-called “kryptonian brother.” Beyond that, H’el is threatening the life of Superboy because he’s a clone, and is weary of them apparently. This really becomes detrimental to the hero but Superman is there to stop any harm after they battle temporarily.

Scott Lobdell is the best writer to come on this series, and is the creator it was looking for. He is giving this book (and the Superman universe) an awesome direction, and it definitely shows when this doesn’t feel like a forced crossover. It seems more akin to what’s going on with the Bat-books, and reading Superman makes me so sorry for Superboy that I want to pick up that series now. Kenneth Rocafort is someone I cannot forget because he brings energy and his great art style to every panel. It is fantastic to watch it unfold.

I might have to start picking up Superboy if this series keeps getting more awesome……

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Tommy Zimmer is an upcoming writer of short stories, comic books, journalism/media reviews, screenplays, and anything related to writing. On zimmert101.wordpress.com, you can view his latest work, and see what exciting things he is currently doing!!




Batman Beyond Unlimited #10 Review

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Batman Beyond Unlimited #10

Rating: 5/5
Publisher Name: DC Comics
Writer: Adam Beechen/Dustin Nguyen/Derek Fridolfs/JT Krul
Pencils: Dustin Nguyen/Howard Porter/Norm Breyfogle
Inks: Derek Fridolfs/Norm Breyfogle/John Livesay
Number of Pages: 48 pgs
Price: 3.99
Color: Color
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.

Publisher’s Blurb:
The digital-first saga continues in the print debut of these Beyond adventures!

• Witness the last stand of the Justice League against Kobra in this storyline’s cataclysmic conclusion!

• Superman settles into his new civilian identity as a ghost from his past appears to torment his future!

• “10,000 Clowns” continues as Batman and his allies desperately try to stop the assault on Gotham City!

Reviewer’s Comments:
Batman Beyond Unlimited finds our heroes in free fall. Some stories are ending, some stories are in the middle and others are just beginning. This is an exciting issue because of the possibilities the series continue to propose.

In Justice League Beyond, Terry has transformed into Etrigan. He and Superman are able to take down the giant Kobra dragon while Micron is able to save Barda and Aquagirl in time before things turn bad. Unfortunately, Superman’s lifelong pal dies…. which is quite sad and sees Superman mourning his loss towards the end. Each character reunites with their loved ones after the giant story, and we also see the introduction of an old favorite and husband of Barda’s.

In Batman Beyond, things are looking less favorable for Terry and the gang. While the new Joker leader or Doug Tan, Dana’s brother, makes his way back to Gotham to make the terrorist attacks personal, Terry, Catwoman, Dick Grayson, Tim Drake and Vigilante are left to deal with the mess the Jokerz have made. At the same time, Bruce is still in the hospital unguarded and vulnerable. However when things do get personal, it is the old Mr. Wayne who shows he still has a little fight left in him.

Superman Beyond takes a new bold direction. Clark has decided to give up his old life to become Kal Kent, and join the Metropolis Fire Department. He sees this as the new direction of his life especially after feeling lost in this future. Now, he feels he has a role to play, and it is nice to see him feel satisfied again and like the old Superman we know and love. While he rejoices in his new life, a threat from the Trillians awaits…..

Dustin Nguyen and Derek Fridolfs provide a very satisfying ending to their first salvo of the series. They managed to do a lot in their first story, and it paid off quite well when the heroes were finally able to get the upper hand on the bad guys. What was really well done was not only the relationships of the team but also expanding upon the threat of Kobra making them much more terrifying akin to the League of Assassins in the modern DCU.

Adam Beechen continues to rank up the threat posed by the Jokerz. Not only is Doug Tan a success as the new Joker leader, he is about as menacing a villain as any Bat-villain to come before him. What Beechen has coming up will certainly leave a mark on Terry for future stories. Norm Breyfogle continues to define the book with his art. He knows how to tell a story, and not only masters each character perfectly but is also able to create new awesome characters with Beechen like the new Joker leader.

JT Krul provides a very satisfying opening to his new arc. A firefighter career makes all the sense in the world for Superman, and I look forward to seeing him put out fires both real and metaphorical. I am quite curious to see why this new race called the Trillians is watching him. Howard Porter does a great job as usual nailing the character’s look, and really does some of the best work thus far with Firefighter Superman.

As a Beyond fan, this book has never disappointed me, and always gives me pleasure reading it. The hard work of the teams shows, and continues to leave questions as to the future. This issue is definitely no different.

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Tommy Zimmer is an upcoming writer of short stories, comic books, journalism/media reviews, screenplays, and anything related to writing. On zimmert101.wordpress.com, you can view his latest work, and see what exciting things he is currently doing!!






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