My Quick Takes

Just some humble opinions about Movies, TV Shows and Comics

DC Comics

DC Future State: Superman vs. Imperious Lex (2021)

Lex Luthor has his own planet!

For some reason, Superman vs. Imperious Lex was released a full month after the previous seven Future State issues. It was a decent enough comic, but it wasn’t exceptional and it definitely wasn’t worth the wait. Regardless, this comic marks the last of the 52 Future State issues released between January and March 2021. You can find my reviews of all the Future State comics here. Also, I’ve already given a breakdown of the entire comic event here.

Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story (2020)

A decent origin story for Mr. Freeze

If you’re a fan of Batman: The Animated Series, you’ll appreciate this graphic novel. That’s not to say you’ll necessarily like Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story. But you’ll definitely appreciate these two characters getting their own comic.

Revolver (2010) (reprinted 2021)

Living one’s best life…in parallel worlds

DC Black Label started re-printing Revolver this week after its debut more than a decade ago. I’m not really sure why this decision was made, but it peaked my interest enough to pick up the graphic novel. I’m glad I did because its sharp storytelling that had me engaged as a reader from cover to cover.

DC’s Infinite Frontier #0 (2021)

Looks interesting

It’s difficult to review what is essentially the comic book version of a movie trailer. Still, DC’s Infinite Frontier #0 offers a really good taste of what’s to come in the six-issue miniseries in June 2021. It’s a different kind of review for me so this one might look a little different.

Final thoughts on DC Future State

A good intro to comic events

I started Future State with a post about how this was my first time with a comic event. The post outlined a schedule of all the comics and their release dates. I stressed that I was a relative newcomer to the world of comics and that some long-time comic readers don’t even consider Future State an event at all.

DC Future State: Dark Detective (2021)

A Bruce Wayne story!

Bruce Wayne broke and on the run. What a great concept! I really like seeing Batman alone and resourceful. His detective skills shine when he’s limited on gadgets and low on cash. Future State: Dark Detective does a great job of raising the stakes for Bruce and keeping readers engaged.

DC Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes (2021)

Just awful

This comic is just awful. I had a hard time finishing even the first issue. The story was painful to keep up with and the artwork didn’t help things at all. I’m not sure how this comic made it into Future State but it shouldn’t have. Future State: Legion of Super-Heroes was an absolute disaster – start to finish.

DC Future State: Suicide Squad (2021)

That was…a lot

This two-story comic has a lot going on. The first story features the Suicide Squad, the Justice Squad and the Crime Syndicate. The second story features Black Adam, the Unkindness, the Justice Legion A, the Seven Deadly Sins and the Quintessence. And I didn’t even name all the separate individual characters who show up Future State: Suicide Squad. It’s a lot.

DC Future State: Batman/Superman (2021)

A good team-up comic

In one of my previous Future State reviews I discussed how poorly team-up comics can go. I find that they can end up watering down characters for the sake of the narrative. They can also feel contrived and uncomfortable. But I’m glad to say Future State: Batman/Superman is an example of how a team-up can go really well.

DC Future State: Aquaman (2021)

A really great comic

Sometimes a story suits the comic book format perfectly. Future State: Aquaman is definitely one of those stories. The art is amazing and the idea of a great ocean that connects all time and space is pretty damn cool. I thoroughly enjoyed this comic.