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Comic Reviews: Silver Age Fantastic Four, World's Finest, Superman, Batman Beyond, Superman Beyond, Doc Savage

Fantastic Four, Volume 1, #88:

With the five members of the Fantastic Four back together (the original plus Crystal who was replacing the Invisible Woman at this point), the FF move from taking on Doctor Doom to a truly daunting task: house hunting. They've concluded that the Baxter Building isn't the safest place to raise a new baby and have decided they need something that'll not be such a target for their enemies and head out to look out at a mysterious property that meets their specifications. However, everyone begins to get a strong foreboding about the new property and Lee and Kirby build up a lot of suspense and tension before telling us why in a very solid first part of this story.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5.0

World's Finest #6

With the five members of the Fantastic Four back together (the original plus Crystal who was replacing the Invisible Woman at this point), the FF move from taking on Doctor Doom to a truly daunting task: house hunting. They've concluded that the Baxter Building isn't the safest place to raise a new baby and have decided they need something that'll not be such a target for their enemies and head out to look out at a mysterious property that meets their specifications. However, everyone begins to get a strong foreboding about the new property and Lee and Kirby build up a lot of suspense and tension before telling us why in a very solid first part of this story.

Rating: 2.75 out of 5.0

Superman Adventures #45

This was the first of the four post-Mark Millar issues of Superman Adventures that I actually enjoyed. The plot centers around three precocious girls who have left the suburbs to go to Metropolis and find a husband for their mom and the focus centers on Clark Kent and then later Lex Luthor. What becomes clear from the girls' conversation is that they also want a dad in their lives. On the surface, some of their hopes are selfish, but Grubb clearly brings out some deeper needs. An emotional fun story that's more about the girls and the Superman cast, but Superman is able to do some pretty awesome things in the end.

This wasn't a perfect comic with a little stereotypical dialogue. And maybe we could have used a little more of Superman, But overall this is an enjoyable and heart warming read.

Rating: 3.75 ouf of 5.00

Batman Beyond #23 (2012-13);

After Issue 22, I thought I knew where the story was going, but kudos to Adam Beechen on adding some interesting twists as we learned that the technology used by the rebel was from old superhero/supervillain hideouts and we're left wondering where this came from as the issue ends.

The downside is that an entirely unnecessary scene is included in which Dick Grayson wakes up in a bed with a woman he's not married to and has a conversation. Not only was this unnecessary but this comic rated for nine year old kids. Also too much credence is given to the hopelessness of the Rebel.

Still some great action and a good mystery still make this a fun read

Rating: 3.75 ouf of 5.0

Heroes Against Hunger (1986 Live Aid One Shot);

Really could have been heroes and villain against Hunger as this book is a three way team up between Batman, Superman, and Lex Luthor. The book has a big problem: It's message (as delivered by a very annoying character) is that this isn't the type of problem that can be solved by comic book heroes but then most of the story is spent involving a fight against the typical comic book villain, the Master (not to be confused with the Doctor Who villain of the same name) who feeds on entropy.

The more interesting part is the reaction of Luthor, who in his pre-Crisis incarnation had a soft spot. Despite being an evil supervillain, he was moved to tears by the whole situation just as Doctor Doom would be in the Spider-man issue after 9/11. It's not a bad read and certainly was well-intentioned.

Rating: 3.25 out of 5.0

Doc Savage #3

he art on this book is amazing right from the beautiful cover to the Interior art work. The story was horrible and part of me wanted to give this issue 1 star but the art was too good for that.

The book begins in 1961 as Doc announces he's found the Panacea, medicine that would allow everyone to live forever. However, a madman is determined to stop him because he's evil and he runs a pharmaceutical company.

This issue is the point at which I really begin to wonder if the author gets Doc Savage. Doc is the swashbuckling man of bronze with stories that are full of action, adventure, and intrigue. What Roberson gives us is a story that has an almost impossible scientific discovery that's in jeopardy because (apparently) Doc failed to write it down and this story ends on a very down note for Doc Savage.

The art through flashbacks captures some scenes of Doc on an adventure and that's what belongs in a Doc Savage comic book. What Roberson seems to be doing is a Doc Savage version of John Byrne's Superman-Batman Generations, only with Doc Savage (with each issue jumping forward about fifteen years). While I didn't like Generations, it had more point than this joyless book does.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0


Superman Beyond #20:

I'm left with real mixed feelings because this isn't a bad book, but it's kind of mediocre end to the series. There's a good ticking time bomb that's resolved but the key to giving us a feeling of a positive ending is having Superman deliver a cliche-ridden speech. I mean if you're going to give a speech, make it a good one.

This book signaled the end of Superman Beyond and that was a shame. Superman is a great character and this book highlighted his timeless character and the type of person he is, even if not all the concepts were explored fully.

Rating: 2.75 out of 5.0
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Published on June 16, 2014 17:21 Tags: batman-beyond, doc-savage, fantastic-four, superman-beyond

Book Review: Batman Beyond: Escaping the Grave

Batman Beyond, Volume 1: Escaping the Grave Batman Beyond, Volume 1: Escaping the Grave by Dan Jurgens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Batman Beyond: Rebirth and Batman Beyond 1-5.

Terry McGinnis is back in Neo-Gotham after being presumed dead. He's got his little brother and his friend Max to help. His first task: invadne Jokertown and rescue his old girlfriend Dana. However, taking on an army of Jokerz and with Bruce Wayne dead from the last war, he's going to have to try some dangerous new tactics to get the job done.

This book is an enjoyable adventure with solid art and good action. It works as a jumping on point if you're not familiar with any of Dan Jurgens' three previous DCU Batman Beyond books. I only watched the TV series and read a few DCAU comics about the character and felt I understood everything fairly well. The one thing that did stand out a a bit odd is that Max seemed to know less than in the TV show but this is a different universe, so I can allow it.

While the book wasn't flawless, it does remember entertaining and delivers some massive reveals in Issues 3 and 5 that make the whole trade worth it. Overall, this is one of the most schway books DC has released this year.



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Published on July 10, 2017 18:23 Tags: batman-beyond, terry-mcginnis

Book Review: Batman Beyond Vol. 2: Rise of the Demon

Batman Beyond Vol. 2: Rise of the Demon Batman Beyond Vol. 2: Rise of the Demon by Dan Jurgens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This book collects Issues 6-12 of Batman: Beyond

In the main story in issues 6-11, Terry and Bruce are re-united after Terry was missing and Bruce was assumed dead but quickly find themselves thrown into a crisis. Terry's wearing a dangerous prototype Batsuit that will ensure Batman always wins even if Batman has to kill , but has no time to return to the Batcave because a crisis is coming involving the league of assassins now under command of Damian Wayne, the former Robin.

This book works on both an action level and a character level. There were some great fights between Terry and Damian that are well-drawn and packed with surprises. The big thing was the character relationship, particularly between Bruce and Terry. Unlike most other Batman Beyond writers, Dan Jurgens wasn't afraid to have the relationship change and Bruce actually learn after so many years of stupid decisions. I also think the fight between Terry and Damian really puts some great conflict for Bruce.

The final issue is a one-shot. It's an okay story with Max, Commissioner Barbara Gordon, and the new Batgirl teaming up. The main purpose it serves is showing that the Batgirl Beyond created in the DCAU comics is now part of the DCU continuity.

Overall, a pretty good installment in this series.



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Published on March 07, 2018 22:47 Tags: batman-beyond, terry-mcginnis

Book Review: Batman Beyond, Volume 4: Target: Batman

Batman Beyond, Volume 4: Target: Batman Batman Beyond, Volume 4: Target: Batman by Dan Jurgens

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


Everybody hates Batman for seemingly no reason. Well, Terry McGuinness' girlfriend hates him for a reason because after coming onto her real strong in the third volume, she sees him making out with a blonde who he met back in the TV series, but everyone else hates Batman and has determined that Batman must die. Of course, the real reason is Supervillain.

The problems with this book are multiple. The Matt as the new Robin storyline is being shoved forward by Jurgens even if it means having Bruce send out an unprepared and undisciplined to fight crime. It's like this almost fan fictiony that the writer wants to happen and he's going to make it happen even if he has to violate every character and can't make the readers care about it.

At the same time, the storyline is once again Batman at the center of a story where it's all about people targeting him and as a result of something Bruce did and we of course get something lecturing Bruce about how he's responsible for all of this because...Batman Beyond, I guess.

Some of this can be fine, particularly if it's well done, but at some point, Batman's got to put on his cape and fight a battle where he's not the main target, and where the villain isn't just acting up because of Terry or Bruce's past actions. At this point, I'm giving up on Dan Jurgens figuring this out.



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Published on April 13, 2019 08:41 Tags: batman-beyond

Book Review: Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond

Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond Batman Beyond: Hush Beyond by Adam Beechen

My rating: 2 of 5 stars


A serial killer is targetting villains and anyone associated with the old Batman and they're going by the name of the Batman villain H.U.S.H.

Sometimes a really good story can break a character and I think that's the case with Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. It's a phenomenal film, but it's also been the template for far too many comic stories. This book essentially rips off that basic plot, misses the spirit and susbtance of it and adds nothing interesting to the story. It also doesn't make a whole lot of sen in light of the JLU episode, "Epilogue."

This isn't horrible, but it's a below average story with nothing to commend it.



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Published on June 05, 2021 21:55 Tags: batman-beyond

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