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THIS WEEK'S REVIEWS

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DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1

(W) Geoff Johns

(A) Gary Frank

Reviewed by Kevin Healy


Do we need a sequel to 'Watchmen'?


Objectively, no. The 'original author' has made his feelings clear that no one but him should ever be allowed to touch the characters he's created. He makes this case while putting characters created by Stoker, Wells, Lovecraft, Stevenson, Verne, and more through their paces in his works. To quote Alan Moore, "That's different, yo. I'm a magician for reelz." For anyone who feels he makes a fair point in spite of the GLARING hypocrisy (glaring I say!), I remind you that Lucas wrote the prequels. How'd that work out?


Warlock or not, there is no denying if you look at Moore's contract from the 80's, DC well and roundly...um...did him wrong. For some people, that might be enough to push them away from this project.


Now that we have the naysayers covered, we can finally say that Doomsday Clock is a direct sequel to Watchmen. Everything has gone wrong (for reasons explained in the book that would be spoilery here), and only Doctor Manhattan can fix things. He is missing. If you've been reading DC's Rebirth titles there's a good chance you already have an idea of where he is.


There are some great great great things about the book, starting with the art by Gary Frank. His clean, detailed line work is well suited for both sides of this material. His page layouts are homage friendly without being beholden to the nine panel grid. The coloring by Brad Anderson is at least as good as the work being colored. The paper stock it is printed on is a wonderfully matte, toothy improvement on the glossy glare inducing norm. Geoff Johns clearly loves the material. There are many dotted I's and crossed T's when trying to make sure minuscule details are addressed related to the original.


Johns is also the biggest question mark going forward. This is a title that can't ever feel like fan fiction that is (in some way) already starting as fan fiction. We know it will look great the entire time. Hopefully it will read that way as well.


Oddly enough, the comic it reminded me most of is the first Aliens story at Dark Horse. It is a sequel to a beloved property, done by a top tier team, with great affection for the original, and greater attention to detail.

9/10

DC

$4.99

DOOMSDAY CLOCK #1

(W) Geoff Johns

(A) Gary Frank

Bonus Review by Shawn Spurlock


Clock rocked. 

9/10

DC

$4.99

VOID TRIP #1

(W) Ryan O'Sullivan

(A) Plaid Klaus

Reviewed by Kevin Healy


The true story of two drug addled humans, stealing fuel and riding a high through as they're hunted by an as yet unknown entity for as yet an unknown reason.


I'm not the intended audience for this book. I'm not a drug guy, and the two main characters are high almost all the time, and the time they aren't is when they're stealing. It was engaging though. One of the leads is genuinely unpleasant, which is the trait that was appealing about the higher of the two. It felt like what Fear Agent (a great Rick Remender sci-fi yarn) would have been with drugs. The art by Plaid Klaus (you'll see him this Scottish Christmas) is very loosey goosey in ways that have an appealing Tony Moore/Jerome Opena/Shawn Murphy sort of way. It's odd. I liked it. 


7/10

IMAGE

$3.99

DEMON: HELL IS EARTH #1

(W) Andrew Constant

(A) Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy

Reviewed by Shawn Spurlock

 Closer to the Brave and the Bold than to Saga of the Swamp Thing, this debut issue manages to find the middle ground between the two. I'm not sure that it would make for a good introduction to the character, but if you already were (or are a fan of Wikipedia), it has some fun moments. Highly recommended for fans of Kings both Arthur and Kirby, and some who liked Justice League Dark, and though the creators took their swing (which was quite mighty), 'twas only a double, it stayed in the park.

7/10

DC

$2.99

X-O MANOWAR #9

(W) Matt Kindt

(A) Clayton Crain 

Reviewed by Shawn Spurlock


 In an excellent example of why you should be careful what you wish for, Aric...wins? More importantly, this issue finishes up the 3rd story arc of the series, with issue #9. When Valiant promised that they would have stories with less padding, they weren't kidding. Highly recommended for those who were so very tired of seeing Miles Morales standing over Captain America. 

8/10

VALIANT

$3.99

NEXT WEEK'S RELEASES

Available in-store 11-29-17 or pre-order online now!

MARVEL
America #9
Black Panther #166second print
Darkhawk #51
Darkhawk #51mora variant
Darkhawk #51trading card cover
Jean Grey #9
Legacy Marvel Previews December 2017
Mighty Captain Marvel #125second print
Moon Knight #189
Old Man Logan #31
Old Man Logan #31artist variant
Old Man Logan #31headshot variant
Old Man Logan #31lenticular variant
Secret Warriors #9vol 2
Spider-Gwen #26
Star Wars Jedi Republic Mace Windu #4
Star Wars Jedi Republic Mace Windu #440Th anniversary variant
Star Wars Jedi Republic Mace Windu #4shalvey variant
Star Wars Poe Dameron #21
Star Wars Poe Dameron #21Witter 40Th anniversary variant
US Avengers #12
Venom #158
X-Men Blue #16

DC
Aquaman Annual #1
Batman Annual #2
Batman Creature Of The Night #1
Batman The Devastator #1second print
Batman The Red Death #1third print
Dark Days The Forge & The Casting Directors Cut #1
Gotham Academy Second Semester Vol 02 Ballad Of Olive
Green Arrow Annual #1
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #33
Hal Jordan And The Green Lantern Corps #33variant
Injustice 2 Annual #1
Justice League Of America Annual #1
Mystik U #1
New Talent Showcase 2017 #1
Super Sons Annual #1

INDEPENDENT
Atomic Robo Spectre Of Tomorrow #2cover a
Atomic Robo Spectre Of Tomorrow #2cover b
Beauty #17cover a
Bettie Page #5cover a
Bettie Page #5cover b
Bettie Page #5cover c
Bettie Page #5cover d variant
Bettie Page #5cover e variant
Bettie Page #5cover f variant
Black Magick #9cover a
Black Magick #9cover b
Bprd Devil You Know #4
Catalyst Prime Kino #1
Catalyst Prime Kino #1variant a
Chasing Hitler #1
Dark Ark #3
Death Of Cerebus In Hell #1
Doctor Who 11Th Doctor Year Three #12cover a
Doctor Who 11Th Doctor Year Three #12cover b
Doctor Who 11Th Doctor Year Three #12cover c
Eternity #2cover a
Eternity #2cover b
Eternity #2cover c variant
Eternity #2cover d variant
Eternity #2cover i
Fu Jitsu #3
Gi Joe A Real American Hero #246cover a
Gi Joe A Real American Hero #246cover b
Gi Joe A Real American Hero #246variant a
Giantkillers #0cover a
Giantkillers #0cover b
Giantkillers #0variant a
Giantkillers #0variant b
Grimm Fairy Tales Dance Of The Dead #2cover a
Grimm Fairy Tales Dance Of The Dead #2cover b
Grimm Fairy Tales Dance Of The Dead #2cover c
Grimm Fairy Tales Dance Of The Dead #2cover d
Grimm Fairy Tales Tarot #3cover a
Grimm Fairy Tales Tarot #3cover b
Grimm Fairy Tales Tarot #3cover c
Grimm Fairy Tales Tarot #3cover d
Hack Slash Resurrection #2cover a
Hack Slash Resurrection #2cover b
Heartthrob Season 2 #5
It Secret World Of Modern Banking 2 #2cover a
It Secret World Of Modern Banking 2 #2cover b
Jim Hensons Labyrinth 2017 Special #1
Jim Hensons Labyrinth 2017 Special #1subscription
Jim Hensons Labyrinth 2017 Special #1variant
John Carpenter Tales Of Sci Fi Vortex #2
John Wick #1cover a
John Wick #1cover b
John Wick #1cover c
John Wick #1cover d
Justice Inc Faces Of Justice #4
Kaijumax Season 3 #5
Kill Or Be Killed #14
Lazarus X Plus 66 #5
Lola Xoxo #5vol 2 cover a
Lola Xoxo #5vol 2 cover b
Lola Xoxo #5vol 2 variant
Manifest Destiny #32cover a
Manifest Destiny #32cover b walking dead
Markiplier #1
Medisin #6
Motor Crush #8cover a
Motor Crush #8cover b
Nights Dominion Season 2 #4
Quarrys War #1cover a
Quarrys War #1cover b
Quarrys War #1cover c
Reactor #1
Renato Jones Season Two #5
Rick & Morty #32
Rick & Morty #32variant
Robyn Hood The Hunt #5cover a
Robyn Hood The Hunt #5cover b
Robyn Hood The Hunt #5cover c
Robyn Hood The Hunt #5cover d
Rom Vs Transformers Shining Armor #5cover a
Rom Vs Transformers Shining Armor #5cover b
Rom Vs Transformers Shining Armor #5cover c
Sacred Creatures #5cover a
Sacred Creatures #5cover b
Sacred Creatures #5cover c variant
Spawn #280cover a
Spawn #280cover b
Spy Seal #4
Star Trek Boldly Go #14cover a
Star Trek Boldly Go #14cover b
Star Trek Boldly Go #14variant a
Star Trek Boldly Go #14variant b
Star Trek Discovery #1cover a
Star Trek Discovery #1cover b
Star Trek Discovery #1variant a
Star Trek Discovery #1variant b
Star Wars Insider #177newsstand
Star Wars Insider #177Px
Street Fighter Reloaded #1
Street Fighter Vs Darkstalkers #7 cover a
Street Fighter Vs Darkstalkers #7 cover b
Sword Of Ages #1cover a
Sword Of Ages #1cover b
Sword Of Ages #1variant a
Sword Of Ages #1variant b
Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #107
Tarot Witch Of The Black Rose #107variant
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters II #5cover a
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters II #5cover b
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ghostbusters II #5variant
Transformers Lost Light #11cover a
Transformers Lost Light #11cover b
Transformers Lost Light #11cover c
Transformers Lost Light #11variant
Vampblade Season Two #9cover a
Vampblade Season Two #9cover b
Vampblade Season Two #9cover c
Vampblade Season Two #9cover d
Vampblade Season Two #9cover e
Vampblade Season Two #9cover f
Vampirella #8vol 5 cover a
Vampirella #8vol 5 cover b
Vampirella #8vol 5 cover c
Vampirella #8vol 5 cover d
Vampirella #8vol 5 cover e variant
Vampirella #8vol 5 cover variant
Vampirella #8vol 5 over f variant
Vampirella #8vol 5 over g variant
War Mother #4cover a
War Mother #4cover b
War Mother #4cover c variant
War Mother #4cover d variant
X-Files JFK Disclosure #2cover a
X-Files JFK Disclosure #2cover b

ALL AGES
Big Book Of Batman HC
Big Book Of Superman HC
Big Book Of Wonder Woman HC
Disney Pixar Coco One Shot
Pink Panther Cartoon Hour Special #2
Pink Panther Cartoon Hour Special #2inspector cover
Pink Panther Cartoon Hour Special #2pink hijinks
Pink Panther Cartoon Hour Special #2variant
My Little Pony Friendship is Magic TPB vol 13
Powerpuff Girls Bureau Of Bad #1 cover a
Powerpuff Girls Bureau Of Bad #1 cover b
Powerpuff Girls Bureau Of Bad #1variant
Star Wars Adventures #4cover a
Star Wars Adventures #4cover b
Star Wars Adventures #4variant
Uncle Scrooge #32cover a
Uncle Scrooge #32cover b
Uncle Scrooge #32variant

TRADES & HARDCOVERS
All New Wolverine TPB Vol 04 Immune
Amazing Spider-Man Renew Your Vows TPB Vol 02 Venom Experimen
Assassination Classroom Vol 19 GN
Astra Lost In Space TPB Vol 01
Back To The Future TPB Vol 04 Hard Time
Cannibal TPB Vol 02
Conan The Slayer TPB Vol 02
Daredevil Back In Black TPB Vol 05 Supreme
Death Be Damned TPB Vol 01
Dragon Ball Super TPB Vol 02
Flash By Geoff Johns TPB Book 04
Garth Ennis Complete Battlefields TPB vol 3
Ghost Fleet Whole Goddarn Thing TPB
Ghostbuster 101 TPB Everyone Answer the Call
Gotham Academy Second Semester Vol 02 Ballad Of Olive
Green Hand & Other Stories HC GN
Groovy When Flower Power Bloomed In Pop Culture HC
Happy Dlx Ed TPB
Injection TPB vol 3
Insexts TPB vol 2
Invisibles TPB Book 02
Jessica Jones TPB Vol 02 Secrets Of Maria Hill
Kiss The Elder TPB Vol 02
Marvel Super Heroes TPB Larger Than Life
Odyssey Of The Amazons TPB
Princess Mononoke Picture Book HC Ghibli
Regular Show Original Gn Vol 05 Parks & Wreck
Secret Empire TPB Brave New World
Silver Surfer TPB Vol 05 Man Who Lived Twice
Splatoon Manga TPB Vol 01
Star Wars Insider #177newsstand
Star Wars Insider #177Px
Star Wars Rogue One Adaptation TPB
Starstruck Old Proldiers Never Die HC
Superman TPB Vol 04 Black Dawn (Rebirth)
Superwoman TPB Vol 02 Rediscovery
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Inside Out Directors Cut HC
Tokyo Ghoul Re TPB Vol 02
Woods TPB Vol 08
X-Men Age Of Apocalypse TPB Termination
X-Men Epic Collection Mutant Genesis TPB

MAGAZINES
Comic Shop News
Image Plus #4vol 2
Legacy Marvel Previews December 2017
Marvel Previews Vol 04 #5December 2017
Previews #351December 2017

TOYS & STATUES
Batman Animated series Harvely Quinn PVC Figure
Marvel Animated Style Thor Statue