I have been reading comics since I was eleven - over a quarter-century! I love them as an art form as well as the characters, and want to see them continue to grow as a respectable medium. One time I was bitten by a radioactive bat, but nothing much happened except I had a weird rash for a few days.

Justice League #53: Severed Survival

“Doom Metal” kicks off in Justice League #53 (Williamson, Xermanico, Farjardo Jr.), and although the art is gorgeous, the plot feels threadbare and by-the-numbers. There’s definite potential for growth – due more to overarching narrative promise than anything technically delivered here – but it may take another issue or two to reach it. Turns out, not even death metal can rock at an eleven every time.

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Maestro #1: My Own Worst Enemy (EARLY Spoiler-Free Review!)

Maestro #1 (David, Peralta, Keown) is no mere nostalgia trip. It’s a dark, masterful look into the psyche of Marvel’s most powerful force, and the world that ultimately forces him to become the worst, most vile version of himself. This is a stunner of a comic with a huge legacy to fulfill, and it more than does so as the entire creative team rises to the challenge – and then some.

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