The Flash! He’s the scarlet speedster! The fastest man alive! One of DC’s most reliable mainstays, The Flash has been a fixture of their output for 70 years now…even if the man in the red-and-yellow suit might change. Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, and Wally West have been the longest-tenured bearers of the mantle, and with hundreds of issues between, it can be a little tricky figuring out what Flash stories are worth your time. Luckily, that’s what this list is for! [Read more…] about The 10 Best Flash Comics!
Winter Soldier is more than it appears at first glance. The first solo series for the revitalized Bucky Barnes, spinning out of his short-lived stint as Steve Rogers’ successor in Captain America, upon release, it seemed like another entry in the strangely growing mini-line of Captain America titles in the wake of the success of his MCU movie debut. However, nearly a decade later, and the newly re-released complete Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker collection reveals itself as the writer’s proper farewell to Marvel Comics. The series caps off a lengthy and acclaimed run with a series that perfectly encapsulates Ed Brubaker’s Marvel career’s peaks and valleys.
On paper, X-Men: Grand Design sounds like a great idea. Condensing 30 years of dense continuity into an easily consumed package from a creator who found mainstream success doing the same with hip-hop history sounds like a surefire winner. In practice, however, the experience of reading the omnibus release of Grand Design is closer to consuming a 14-year-old boy’s high school notebook doodles blended with a print out of the X-Men’s Wikipedia page rather than an enjoyable comic book. [Read more…] about X-Men Grand Design Omnibus Review: The Flaw In X-Men Cliffnotes
Teen Titans: Beast Boy is a strange creature. Where its titular lead is constantly changing and shifting, the young adult graphic novel from Kami Garcia, Gabriel Picolo, Rob Haynes, David Calderon, and Gabriela Downie remains stuck in a very familiar shape. Equal parts coming-of-age teen drama and superhero origin story, Beast Boy offers a beautifully drawn but bland experience that does little to stand out from the crowd.
Following up on 2019’s critically and commercially successful Teen Titans: Raven graphic novel, Beast Boy stars the fan-favorite Teen Titans member in a standalone setting where he has yet to discover his superpowers. Instead of worrying about the fate of the world, Beast Boy’s Garfield Logan is more concerned about putting on muscle and finally kissing the hottest girl in school. [Read more…] about Teen Titans: Beast Boy — Graphic Novel Review!
Green Lantern: Earth One was a shocking surprise upon release in 2018. DC’s line of self-contained graphic novels had found decidedly mixed success since their launch years prior, and Green Lantern seemed like an odd fit. The other titles featured high profile creators such as Geoff Johns (Batman: Earth One) and Grant Morrison (Wonder Woman: Earth One). At the same time, Green Lantern sported an undeniably talented, but not as well known, team in Corrina Bechko and Gabriel Hardman. The graphic novel arrived to critical acclaim, presenting a hard-edged revamp of the iconic DC hero in a near-future sci-fi infused setting. Thankfully, the sequel, Green Lantern: Earth One Vol. 2, is nearly every bit as good as the original and drives the reimagining of Hal Jordan forward in exciting, timely ways.
The events of Earth One Vol. 1 left Hal Jordan as a member of the newly reformed Green Lantern Corps in a galaxy overrun by the despotic Manhunters. Picking up three years after the first volume, Earth One Vol. 2 presents an Earth that is taking its first steps to join the galactic community after learning of extraterrestrial life via Hal Jordan’s return to his home planet. Earth’s overtly authoritarian governments, including the United States, chafe at the new status quo, but progress has been made to bring Earth forward. [Read more…] about Green Lantern: Earth One Volume 2 Review