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.

Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 (of 4): Say Hi To the Bad Guy

Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3

All things taken equally, Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen #3 (Tynion IV, Epting, Fernandez, Filardi) isn’t a bad comic per se. But it is a step back from the slam-bang fisticuffs of previous installments. There’s some great interplay between Joker and Lex, and the table is set for the (supposedly) final throwdown with the Batman Who Laughs.  It’s a table-setting issue, which is fine, but it is dragged down by inconsistent art. It’s a table-setting issue, which is fine, but it is dragged down by inconsistent art.

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Avengers #31: Iron Man vs. One Million B.C.E.

Avengers #31

Avengers #31 (Aaron, Zaffino, Borges, Kudranski, Bazaldua, Gill, Iulis) may have some serious retcon issues involving Howard Stark that must be addressed at some point, and leaves far too many dangling plot threads to be considered a complete narrative, but there’s no denying the powerful character work put into Iron Man makes for some seriously compelling reading. 

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