Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato bring their creative genius to the streets of Gotham. Over on The Flash, the duo produced one of DC’s most consistently well written stories, filled with action, character development, and an overall great story. With as many Batman-centric books that have ever been published, as well as being published right now, it is always wonderful reading a new creative team’s take on the character. The two of them do a great job of setting the pace and direction of the series almost immediately. The fast paced book is reminiscent of their Flash stories, and actually fits in quite well in Gotham, as well. Along with their exciting story, Manapul and Buccellato deliver a breathtakingly gorgeous book. The pair have long been two of DC’s finest artistic pairings, and they deliver big on their first issue of Detective Comics. 4.5/5
The Outsiders War rages on as Green Arrow, along with his undead father and Shado, race to save Emiko. The warring factions of the Outsiders all converge in one location, with Green Arrow leading the splintered groups and Komodo leading those who have remained loyal to the Outsiders. With every issue Jeff Lemire has amped up the action and the adventure. From Robert Queen being alive, to Ollie having a half sister, to the cliffhanger from the last issue where Ollie seemingly was murdered, Lemire is doing his best to make this as action packed as possible, and he is doing a fantastic job at that. Andrea Sorrentino, with Marcelo Maiolo on colors, is doing a beautiful job on this book as well. His layouts are gorgeous, and the graphic nature of his art style is beautiful and perfect for this story. The only thing is that with as many characters as this book has, there are often times when the people he’s illustrated, especially the women, tend to be indistinguishable. Other than that, this book continues to be an exciting, action packed adventure. It would be nice if the actual comic book was advertised during the aired TV show as often as the show is advertised in this and all DC comics, but that’s neither here nor there. 4.5/5
Alec Holland wakes up in his human body only to find that he has been deceived. A major driving point for Swamp Thing is trying to find a balance between his role as the Avatar of the Green and his humanity. Unfortunately for him, his desire to reconnect with his humanity has left him in a terrible position. Charles Soule continues his wonderful run on Swamp Thing with another exciting issue. Following a recent, and welcomed, trend among DC books, he brings in a guest appearance by Vandal Savage in order to further develop Capucine’s character, who has quickly become a wonderful addition to the series. It will be fascinating to see what the people who stole Swamp Thing’s body have in store for him and the world. Jesus Saiz, with Javier Pina and Matthew Wilson, are absolutely killing it on this series. The art is gorgeous, dynamic, and beautiful to look at. 4.5/5
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