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.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #13: When Buffy Isn’t About Buffy Anymore

Buffy the Vampire Slayer #13 (Bellaire, Valero-O’Connell) continues to be distinctly out of focus and a meandering mess, leaving its lead character out of its pages for the sixth issue in a row. Instead of introducing the new post-Hellmouth status quo, it instead chooses to focus on Kendra to no appreciable gain. Fans would not be wrong for dropping this book from their pull sheet at this point.

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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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