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New Comics Review (9/14)

1) Judgement Day #4 - Written by Kieron Gillen, art by Valerio Schiti, colors by Marte Gracia

Continuing to be the surprise hit I never expected, Judgement Day #4 continues its hot streak. The story is obviously of epic proportions, which can weigh a crossover event down or make it redundant, but Gillen smartly makes this extinction event focus on the individual characters flaws and humanity's flaws as well. I think it was in a spin off but when the Deviants get the thumbs up from the Celestial? Tears in my eyes. Figuratively. This issue is where the Celestial finally delivers judgement, and the story is full of heart, action, and drama. Gillen is doing an excellent job with this series, and the art from Schiti and Gracia is solid as well. This is definitely a crossover event to jump on.

2) Iron Man #23 - Written by Christopher Cantwell, art by Angel Unzueta, colors by Frank D'Armata

This new story doesn't quite reach the scale of the last arc, but the team of Cantwell, Unzueta and D'Armata still craft a classic Iron Man story. This arc harkens (yes I said harkens) back to his legacy as a weapon destroyer, as Tony and Rhodes are trying to buy all of the world's illegal tech, and then dismantle it. The concept is cool, but the story is definitely takes a little while to pick up. But the concept definitely saves the pace, as we get to see a lot of infamous weapons, and a creative use of villains like...Cobalt Man? Hopefully the story picks up, but I trust these team to deliver solid Iron Man content right to my wallet. And with those beautiful Alex Ross covers? This is a must subscribe.

3) Batman #127 - Written by Chip Zdarsky, art by Jorge Jimenez, colors by Tomeu Morey

Let me just say I'm all in for JLA flashbacks. The beginning of this issues HARKENS back to The JLA story Tower of Babel, an excellent Justice League Story and a perfect example of a story that shows why Batman truly is the best. His over preparedness has come back to haunt him, in the form of the new character Failsafe. While it is kind of lame that Failsafe is pretty much just robot Batman, it doesn't take away from the threat. Failsafe just seems dangerous, a Batman without the morals. Speaking of, The Batman of Zur-En-Arrh was a delight, in the few pages he was in. I love how Jimenez drew the costume, and he stole every page he was in. While I do wish he stuck around a bit longer, it was a cool throwback that was very fun to read. The series is definitely finding it's direction, and the Catwoman story at the end of each issue is still going strong as well!

4) Nightwing #96 - Written by Tom Taylor, art by Bruno Redondo, ink and colors by Caio Filipe and Adriano Lucas

Let me just say this. Tom Taylor can write a romance. I would take several bullets to keep Barbara and Dick's relationship strong. Their courtship has always been perfect, but somehow Taylor just gets us SO invested in it. Oh right there is a big fight and whatever. But this comic is honestly worth reading JUST for the romance. Which of course isn't what we are here for when we read comics but I am HERE for it. The art by Redondo is top notch, the colors are perfect for Bludhaven, and Tom Taylor remains one of the best DC writers of the decade, if not the best. Go get you some Nightwing.

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