REVIEW: Detective Comics #1009 shines with top-tier artwork

By Alex Batts — Detective Comics #1009 is the start of a new arc for writer Peter J. Tomasi’s run. Titled “Survivor,” this one will feature Deadshot facing off against the Caped Crusader for the first time in a while, and the first time in a main Bat title since “The War of Jokes and Riddles” (if I’m remembering correctly). Tomasi is joined by artist Christian Duce, colorist Luis Guerrero, and letterer Rob Leigh, who together bring Deadshot back to Gotham, which results in an interesting setup for what’s to come. 

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REVIEW: Gideon Falls #16 is the clearest answer yet to...what the hell is happening in Gideon Falls?

By Jarred A. Luján — Another month, another Gideon Falls issue that has left me afraid of turning off any of the lights off in my house. Andrea Sorrentino and Jeff Lemire are absolutely back at it again with Gideon Falls #16 this week, in what is maybe the most enlightening issue of this reviewer’s monthly question: What the hell is happening in Gideon Falls?

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REVIEW: Once and Future #1 is a present day smash hit

By Jarred A. Luján — I know Kieron Gillen and Dan Mora are pretty big deals in comics, but neither of those names are what first got me excited about Once and Future. Holly, from Boom! Studios, actually tweeted out a page from the book, and it was so funny and gorgeous, that I was immediately sold on it. The creators being who they are was an afterthought...the single page was that good. I preordered it that day.

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ADVANCED REVIEW: Tommy Gun Wizards #1 is a genre-bending and flawless debut issue

By Alex Batts — Have you ever thought about what 1930s Chicago would be like if magic had been outlawed during prohibition instead of alcohol? Me neither. But comics creator Christian Ward did, and with the help of artist Sami Kivela, colorist Dee Cunniffe (whom Ward is assisting with colors), and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, Tommy Gun Wizards #1 has sprung to life with that very premise. Ward, an illustrative comics veteran, is taking his first turn as purely a comics writer here and with a knock-out first issue, it’s a turn well-taken.

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REVIEW: Coffin Bound #1 is stylish, surprising, and aggressively nihilistic

By Zack Quaintance — Coffin Bound #1 is a new Image book from writer Dan Watters, artist Dani, colorist Brad Simpson, and letterer Aditya Bidikar, and it’s a comic that caught my eye right away via the aesthetic of its cover art. The cover (see above) is a rather striking image, one that has shades of familiar visuals, but not familiar enough to feel evocative of anything other than itself. There’s a girl one might describe as goth leaned against a vintage sports car being driven by a vulture whose skinless head is wrapped in a bird cage. She is on the ground and armed with a pistol, a cigarette, and one hell of a smoldering stare. Throw in a pile of debris and a logo designed in the shape of a coffin—and what you’ve got is possibly the single most intriguing piece of cover art I’ve seen on a comic all year.

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REVIEW: No One Left to Fight #2 is a feel-good comic set in an intriguing world

By Nick Couture — Good vibes. Bright colors. Hangin’ with the buds. This feels like No One Left to Fight at its core. It’s a pleasant romp through a gorgeous world heavily inspired by Saturday morning cartoons and anime. No One Left to Fight #2 smartly allows the relationships and dialog to take center stage as we learn more about Vale and the complex relationships with his friends.

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REVIEW: Batman #76 is a fantastic continuation of City of Bane

By Alex Batts — Batman #75 set the stage for the story arc City of Bane, and this week’s Batman #76 is all about highlighting the stakes and dire situations Gotham and the Caped Crusader are facing. The creative team of Tom King, Tony S. Daniel, and Tomeu Morey continue to escalate the desolation inside Gotham, where Bane is ruling virtually uncontested. There are two main narratives in this issue, with another short third narrative that shows the stakes and helplessness the rest of the Bat-Family feels.

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