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Review: Future State - Catwoman #1

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"The Great Train Robbery” Writer: Ram V Artist: Otto Schmidt Letterer: Tom Napolitano Review by Adam Ray The way ahead seems bleak. We cannot leave our homes and the economy is in the toilet; and that’s today, in the real world. The state of Gotham City in  Future State Catwoman  #1  is even more severe. In this issue we’re given the vision of a city being evacuated and  Batman dead , but we could see a shining figure for those in his shadow. I have high hopes for Catwoman’s immense organisational, and leadership skills. If reading Charles Dickens from a young age has taught me anything, it’s that street kids get the job done every time. The greatest thief in DC Comics is at her very best in these pages. We’re given many quick, consecutive panels, and flashes of a ticking clock throughout. The time feels strained, and the movements are frantic. It draws a reader into the action. The colour scheme does wonders for making this future seem lived in, and full of despair.  Future State

Review: Future State - The Next Batman #2

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“The Next Batman”, “Batgirls”, “Rise” Writers: John Ridley, Vita Ayala & Paula Sevenbergen Artists: Nick Derington, Laura Braga, Aneke, Rob Haynes & Emanuela Luppachino Colour Artists: Arif Prianto, Trish Mulvihill & John Kalisz Letterers: Clayton Cowles, Steve Wands & Becca Carey Review by Max Byrne This sophomore effort for The Next Batman had the opportunity to expand upon the extremely solid foundations built by issue #1 . The debut offering did a masterful job of establishing the status quo of this futuristic setting, and also managing to cram a lot of world building within its pages. So, imagine my surprise when this issue took a more streamlined approach that made the content tighter and more concentrated. Did it work? In the words of Stone Cold Steve Austin, "Oh Hell Yeah!" Whilst the true identity of the new Caped Crusader wasn't revealed in the aforementioned debut, DC had already let the proverbial cat out of the bag by announcing that a certai

Fan Retrospectives: Spider-Man: The Clone Saga: Part 53: Revelations

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The Spider-Man Clone saga is one of the most reviled story lines ever. It featured the return of Spider-Man's clone Ben Reilly, but also dragged Spider-Man through one of the strangest, series of conspiracies and narratives that the franchise have ever seen. But... is it really as bad as the internet would have you believe? Come with us as we review the Clone Saga story arc by story arc as we uncover how one of comics' most infamous series holds up today. "Revelations"  Spectacular Spider-Man #240, Sensational Spider-Man #11, Amazing Spider-Man #418, Peter Parker Spider-Man #75 Writer: Todd DeZago, Tom DeFalco, Howard Mackie Artist: Luke Ross, Mike Wieringo, Steven Skroce, John Romita Jr. Review by Eric Lee  We have finally arrived at the grand finale of the Clone Saga. All of   most of your questions will be answered! Who lives? Who dies? Find out in "Revelations"! We open with the traitorous Seward Trainer helping the Gaunt turn into a full-gr

Review: Batman/Catwoman #2

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“Up On The House Top” Writer: Tom King Artist: Clay Mann Color Artist: Tomeu Morey Letterer: Clayton Cowles Review by Eric Lee After an amazing debut issue,  Batman/Catwoman  #2 becomes more muddled, with a less-than-engaging plot and unclear transition scenes. As the  previous review  stated, write Tom King is a thinking man’s writer. He doesn’t spell out everything for a reader., but rather forces us to think more about what’s actually happening. While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it definitely muddles the narrative quite a bit. Given that we have three concurrent story lines, it may also be too much of an ask for readers to track every single plot detail. The problem is that there’s not a clear enough delineation of which timeline we’re following. I’m honestly not sure if there was any “past” plot in this issue or not. I wish the art gave more of a visual indicator, when moving between the “present day” and the “past”. Unfortunately, it makes the reading experience a little m