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Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

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Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby GLX » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:01 pm

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Which comic will gain the most praise?

Daredevil #23

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MARK WAID (W) • CHRIS SAMNEE (A)
Cover by CHRIS SAMNEE
• If you’ve been missing the multiple Harvey and Eisner Ward winning comic, get in NOW!
• The PERFECT JUMPING ON POINT with an all new mystery that will take Matt Murdock to the edge like never before.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99


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Justice League of America #1

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Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Art and cover by DAVID FINCH
On sale FEBRUARY 6 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US • RATED T
Combo pack edition: $4.99 US
Retailers: This issue will ship with 54 covers. See following page for details.
• The march toward TRINITY WAR begins with part one of “WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS”!
• Green Lantern! Green Arrow! Catwoman! Katana! Vibe! Hawkman! Stargirl! They aren’t the world’s greatest super heroes—they’re the most dangerous! But why does a team like the JLA need to exist? What is their ultimate mission? And who is pulling the strings?
• Plus: Find out why Martian Manhunter is the most dangerous of them all. Period.
This issue is also offered as a combo pack edition with a redemption code for a digital download of this issue.


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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby GLX » Wed Feb 20, 2013 6:02 pm

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001. Daredevil #82 - 8.13
002. Exiles #77 - 6.29
003. Jonah Hex #5 - 6.26
004. American Virgin #1 - 7.7
005. Birds of Prey #92 - 6.41
006. Squadron Supreme #1 - 7.66
007. Blue Beetle #1 - 5.95
008. Aquaman: SoA #41 - 6.67
009. DMZ #6 - 7.65
010. Captain America #17 - 7.43
011. Thing #6 - 7.03
012. Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #8 - 7.68
013. Cable & Deadpool #28 - 7.45
014. Fell #5 - 8.81
015. X-Factor #7 - 7.84
016. My Inner Bimbo #1 - 6.38
017. Wonder Woman #1 - 7.3
018. Green Lantern Corps #1 - 5.65
019. Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #1 - 5.38
020. New Avengers #21 - 6.12
021. Detective Comics #821 - 8.05
022. Ultimate Spider-Man #97 - 7.86
023. Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters #1 - 4.17
024. Batman #655 - 7.69
025. Usagi Yojimbo #95 - 6.41
026. Sonic the Hedgehog #165 - 6.5
027. The Boys #1 - 7.3
028. Heroes for Hire #1 - 6.25
029. Ultimate Fantastic Four #33 - 5.75
030. Local #6 - 9.1
031. Thunderbolts #106 - 6.14
032. Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. #8 - 8.34
033. True Story, Swear to God #1 - 7.69
034. Criminal #1 - 7.63
035. Fables #1/#54 - 8.83
036. WildCats #1 - 6.51
037. Action Comics #844 - 7.22
038. Incredible Hulk #100 - 7.5
039. Franklin Richards, Son of a Genius: Happy Franksgiving - 4.32
040. Texas Chainsaw Massacre #1 - 4.34
041. Punisher War Journal #1 - 6.54
042. Immortal Iron Fist #1 - 7.35
043. Spider-Man: Reign #1 - 4.79
044. The Spirit #1 - 7.67
045. New Avengers: Illuminati #1 - 7.33
046. Winter Soldier: Winter Kills - 8.27
047. Amazing Spider-Man #537 - 6.94
048. Thunderbolts #110 - 6.75
049. Red Menace #3 - 7.43
050. Moon Knight #7 - 5.86
051. Ultimate Civil War Spider-Ham Crisis #1 - 6.21
052. Action Comics Annual #10 - 7.87
052. All New Atom #8 - 6.98
052. Dark Tower #1 - 8.61
052. Fantastic Four: The End #5 - 8.55
052. Fell #7 - 9.03
052. newuniversal #3 - 8.13
052. Pirates of Coney Island #4 - 7.93
052. Ultimate Spider-Man #105 - 7.7
052. Uncanny X-Men #483 - 6.47
053. Batman #663 - 3.83
054. Civil War #7 - 7.2
055. Runaways #24 - 9.01
056. Punisher MAX #45 - 7.47
057. Blade #7 - 6.08
058. Army@Love #1 - 6.38
059. Blue Beetle #13 - 6.4
060. Avengers: The Initiative #1 - 7.27
061. Nova #1 - 6.92
062. Cable & Deadpool #39 - 5.92
063. Catwoman #66 - 7.06
064. 52 Week Fifty-Two - 7.15
065. Countdown #51 - 6.8
066. Flash: The Fastest Man Alive #12 - 6.31
067. Captain America #26 - 8.28
068. Witchblade #106 - 5.81
069. Invincible #42 - 8.35
070. Sub-Mariner #1 - 5.54
071. Highwaymen #1 - 7.87
072. Superman/Batman #37 - 4.6
073. Dynamo 5 #5 - 6.28
074. Annihilation: Conquest - Wraith #1 - 6.63
075. Lone Ranger #7 - 7.54
076. X-Men #201 - 4.76
077. Metal Men #1 - 6.18
078. Green Lantern #22 - 7.85
079. Pilot Season: Ripclaw - 5.89
080. X-Men: First Class #3 - 7.53
081. Teen Titans #50 - 8.02
082. Buffy the Vampire Slayer #6 - 6.96
083. Punisher War Journal #11 - 5.22
084. World War Hulk #4 - 6.96
085. All-Star Batman & Robin #7 - 6.43
086. Vinyl Underground #1 - 5.73
087. Green Arrow & Black Canary #1 - 8.27
088. The Sword #1 - 6.89
089. She-Hulk #22 - 7.38
090. Tales of the Fear Agent: Twelve Steps in One - 6.18
091. Annihilation: Conquest #1 - 6.93
092. Batman and the Outsiders #1 - 6.87
093. Flash #234 - 5.72
094. Gotham Underground #2 - 5.52
095. Ultimates 3 #1 - 4.8
096. Amazing Spider-Girl #15 - 6
097. Birds of Prey #113 - 7.16
098. Pax Romana #1 - 8.59
099. Hack/Slash #7 - 6.97
100. HULK #1 - 7.19
101. Booster Gold #6 - 7.68
102. Order #7 - 6.97
103. Narcopolis #1 - 5.37
104. Reviewer's Choice -
105. Tiny Titans #1 - 6.81
106. Loaded Bible 3: Communion - 8.68
107. Project Superpowers #1 - 5.93
108. Echo #1 - 8.34
109. Mighty Avengers #10 - 7.12
110. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #27 - 7.73
111. Proof #6 - 8.48
112. Secret Invasion #1 - 7.95
113. Titans #1 - 6
114. Noble Causes #32 - 7.26
115. Hulk vs. Hercules: When Titans Collide - 7.39
116. DC Universe 0 - 4.94
117. House of Mystery #1 - 7.77
118. Captain Britain and MI:13 #1 - 7.36
119. Checkmate #26 - 4.09
120. Final Crisis #1 - 6.91
121. The Boys #19 - 8.3
122. Skaar: Son of Hulk #1 - 5.53
123. Transformers Spotlight: Cyclonus - 5.92
124. Trinity #4 - 5.15
125. Jonah Hex #33 - 8.7
126. I Kill Giants #1 - 7.55
127. Batgirl #1 - 5.23
128. Uncanny X-Men #500 - 6.22
129. Wildcats #1 - 7.33
130. Venom: Dark Origin #1 - 7.16
131. Astonishing X-Men #26 - 5.12
132. Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds #1 - 7.67
133. Runaways #1 - 7.34
134. Marvel Apes #1 - 6.15
135. Star Wars: The Clone Wars #1 - 6.22
136. Iron Man: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. #33 - 7.25
137. Back to Brooklyn #1 - 5.58
138. Four Eyes #1 - 9.26
139. Green Lantern Corps #29 - 6.16
140. Ghost Rider #28 - 7.44
141. Unknown Soldier #1 - 8.66
142. Amazing Spider-Man #575 - 6.98
143. Final Crisis: Resist - 6.44
144. Batman: Cacophony #1 - 7.37
145. Deadpool #4 - 6.57
146. Ms. Marvel #33 - 5.97
147. Secret Invasion #8 - 7.15
148. Punisher: War Zone #1 - 7.17
149. Ex Machina #40 - 8.11
150. Immortal Iron Fist #21 - 8.21
151. Incognito #1 - 8.65
152. Punisher #1 - 6.25
153. G.I. Joe #1 - 6.68
154. Hellblazer #251 - 6.94
155. Justice Society of America #23 - 6.53
156. Watchmen - 9.88
157. Batman #686 - 8.84
158. Amber Atoms #1 - 4.25
159. Runaways #7 - 5.25
160. Superman: World of New Krypton #1 - 6.68
161. Guardians of the Galaxy #11 - 6.41
162. Invincible #60 - 7.08
163. Muppet Show #1 - 6.66
164. Flash: Rebirth #1 - 6.93
165. Wolverine: Weapon X #1 - 6.52
166. The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft #1 - 7.82
167. Ghost Rider #34 - 8.82
168. Phonogram: The Singles Club #2 - 6.33
169. Final Crisis Aftermath: Run! #1 - 7
170. Unwritten #1 - 8.53
171. The Boys: Herogasm #1 - 7.09
172. Last Days of Animal Man #1 - 6.23
173. Batman and Robin #1 - 8.01
174. Amazing Spider-Man #597 - 7.19
175. Transformers Spotlight: Cliffjumper - 7
176. Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia - 6.62
177. Justice League: Cry for Justice #1 - 6.71
178. Wednesday Comics #1 - 7.84
179. Blackest Night #1 - 8.87
180. Immortal Weapons #1 - 7.17
181. Mice Templar: Destiny #1 - 7.81
182. Doom Patrol #1 - 5.12
183. Ultimate Comics Avengers #1 - 7.14
184. Daredevil #500 - 8.62
185. Fantastic Four #570 - 6.9
186. Sweet Tooth #1 - 8.1
187. Dark Reign: The List - Avengers - 5.95
188. Beasts of Burden #1 - 8.73
189. Wolverine: Giant Size Old Man Logan - 7.95
190. Teen Titans #75 - 4.67
191. Haunt #1 - 6.6
192. Unwritten #6 - 7.41
193. Azrael #1 - 4.11
194. Dark Avengers: Ares #1 - 6.79
195. Deadpool Team-Up #899 - 5.24
196. Locke & Key: Crown of Shadows #1 - 6.96
197. Punisher #11 - 7.39
198. Image United #1 - 3.53
199. Jonah Hex #50 - 9.23
200. Invincible Iron Man #21 - 7.45
201. Walt Disney Comics & Stories #701 - 5.85
202. Hellboy: The Bride of Hell - 7.32
203. Webcomics Week -
204. Siege #1 - 7.84
205. Amazing Spider-Man #617 - 8.39
206. Joe the Barbarian #1 - 7.97
207. Robocop #1 - 3.59
208. FREE4ALL -
209. Choker #1 - 6.17
209. Tails of the Pet Avengers - 7.04
210. Supergirl #50 - 5.34
211. X-Men Forever #18 - 5.35
212. First Wave #1 - 6.98
213. Daytripper #4 - 7.19
214. Irredeemable #12 - 6.28
215. Amazing Spider-Man #626 - 5.18
216. Blackest Night #8 - 6.41
217. S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 - 9.23
218. Kill Shakespeare #1 - 5.36
219. X-Men Forever Annual #1 - 6.41
220. Siege: Secret Warriors - 6.53
221. I, Zombie #1 - 8.22
222. Heroic Age: Prince of Power #1 - 7.25
223. Avengers #1 - 7.51
224. Gotham City Sirens #12 - 4.39
225. Red Hood: The Lost Days #1 - 6.71
226. S.H.I.E.L.D. #2 - 7.57
227. New Avengers #1 - 6.15
228. Bullet to the Head #1 - 4.5
229. Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War #2 - 4.2
230. Batman & Robin #13 - 6.24
231. Gorilla-Man #1 - 4.81
232. Time Masters: Vanishing Point #1 - 4.79
233. Justice League: Generation Lost #6 - 7.39
234. Baltimore: The Plague Ships #1 - 6.46
235. Thor: The Mighty Avenger #3 - 6.21
236. Tiny Titans #31 - 5.17
236. New Avengers #3 - 4.88
237. Garrison #5 - 4.71
238. 1 Month 2 Live #1 - 6.02
239. Billy the Kid’s Old Timey Oddities and the Ghastly Fiend of London #1 - 7.82
240. Steve Rogers: Super Soldier #3 - 7.73
241. Nemesis #3 - 5.17
242. Franken-Castle #21 - 6.14
243. Ultimate Comics Thor #1 - 5.88
244. Victorian Undead Special - 6.25
245. Kick Ass 2 #1 - 6.58
246. Incognito: Bad Influences #1 - 8.05
247. Superboy #1 - 6.81
248. American Vampire #8 - 8.17
249. Hellboy: Double Feature of Evil - 8.5
250. Batwoman #0 - 8.04
251. Daredevil #512 - 5.87
252. Booster Gold #32 - 7
253. Suicide Forest #1 - 8.16
254. Larfleeze Christmas Special - 4.89
255. Action Comics #896 - 6.92
256. Weird Worlds #1 - 2.02
257. Casanova: Gula #1 - 8.53
258. The Spirit #10 - 6.72
259. Fantastic Four #587 - 5.1
260. Week 260 -
261. Heroes for Hire #3 - 7.24
262. Hellblazer #276 - 5.28
263. Avengers #10 - 4.16
264. Secret Warriors #25 - 6.61
265. Ultimate Spider-Man #155 - 6.68
266. Morning Glories #8 - 7.5
267. Lorna: Relic Wrangler #1 - 3.46
268. Butcher Baker: The Righteous Maker #1 - 7.09
269. Brightest Day #23 - 4.38
270. Uncanny X-Men #535 - 7.5
271. Thunderbolts #156 - 5.92
272. Walking Dead #84 - 7.3
273. Avengers Academy #13 - 6.42
274. Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt #1 - 5.4
275. Hawkeye: Blindspot #4 - 5.5
276. Iron Man 2.0 #5 - 5.57
276. Secret Avengers #13 - 4.49
277. S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 - 5.67
278. Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #1 - 5.48
279. Northlanders #41 - 6.83
280. All Nighter #1 - 6.36
281. THUNDER Agents #8 - 7.95
282. Jonah Hex #69 - 8.84
283. Red Wing #1 - 6.1
284. Daredevil #1 - 7.92
285. Amazing Spider-Man #666 - 6.15
286. Severed #1 - 8.26
287. Detective Comics #881 - 8.81
288. Damaged #1 - 7.31
289. Ultimate Comics Ultimates #1 - 5.41
290. Uncanny X-Force #14 - 8.11
291. Static Shock #1 - 6
292. Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #4 - 6.5
293. Batman #1 - 6.98
294. Aquaman #1 - 5.87
295. Animal Man #2 - 8.04
296. Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #3 - 5.1
297. HP Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror #1 - 3.67
298. Wolverine and the X-Men #1 - 8.09
299. Six Guns #1 - 7.6
300. Unwritten #31 - 7.8
301. Avengers #19 - 5.5
302. Infinite #4 - 3.5
303. Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist #1 - 5.58
304. Defenders #1 - 8.55
305. Black Panther: The Most Dangerous Man Alive #526 - 4.19
306. Amazing Spider-Man #676 - 4.19
307. American Vampire #22 - 9
308. Fatale #1 - 7.8
309. Severed #6 - 8.5
310. Hellblazer #287 - 9
311. Secret Avengers #21.1 - 6.06
312. Winter Soldier #1 - 8.88
313. Batwoman #6 - 3.88
314. Daredevil #9 - 7.33
315. The Sixth Gun #19 - 8
316. Moon Knight #10 - 6.75
317. Hulk #49 - 7.5
318. The Shade #6 - 7.13
319. Amazing Spider-Man #682 - 7.13
320. Avengers vs. X-Men #0 - 5
321. Swamp Thing #8 - 7.88
322. America's Got Powers #1 - 5.5
323. Reset #1 - 8
324. The Goon #39 - 7
325. Dial H #1 - 4.45
326. Dan the Unharmable #1 - 7.5
327. Dancer #1 - 6.58
328. Batman Incorportated #1 - 7.14
328. Youngblood #71 - 4.17
329. Star Trek The Next Generation/Doctor Who: Assimilation #1 - 6.21
330. Insufferable Weeks 1-6 - 7.71
331. The Massive #1 - 6.92
332. Baltimore: Dr. Leskovar's Remedy #1 - 8.6
333. Hit Girl #1 - 6 (Only one review was in.....seriously)
334. Infernal Man-Thing #1 - 7.25
335. Punk Rock Jesus #1 - 6.38
336. Captain Marvel #1 - 4 (Only one review in)
336. Avengers vs. X-Men #8 - 7 (Only one review in)
337. Debris #1 - 5.5
338. X-Men #33 - 4.4
339. Gambit #1 - 7 (Only one review in)
340. Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1 - 7.5
341. Rocketeer: Cargo of Doom #1 - 7.5
342. Uncanny X-Force #30 - 8.8
343. Action Comics #0 - 3.8
344. Batman #0 - 7.3
345. The Unwritten #41 - 8
346. Happy #1 - 7
346. Talon #0 - 7.5
347. Daredevil: End of Days #1 - 9
348. Uncanny Avengers #1 - 7.3
349. The Zaucer of Zilk #1 - 7.9
350. National Comics: Madame X #1 - 6
351. Bedlam #1 - 7.8
352. Storm Dogs #1 - 6
353. Great Pacific #1 - 6.2
354. Uncanny X-Force #34 - 7.9
355.FF #1 - 6.5
356. Avengers #1 - 4.5
357. Avengers Arena #1 - 5.34
358. Wonder Woman #15 - 8.5
359. Week of 12/26/12 Free for All
360. New Avengers #1 - 4.6
361. Avengers Arena #3 - 0
362. Todd, The Ugliest Kid on Earth #1 - 2.5
363. The Answer #1 - 8
364. Invincible #100 = 7.3
365. Winter Soldier #15 - 7
366. Katana #1 - 4
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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby GLX » Thu Feb 21, 2013 7:23 pm

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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby GLX » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:34 pm

Saturday night bump.
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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby Eli Katz » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:53 am

Wow, I love DD #23. It feels very much like a comic from the late '60s or early '70s. The melodrama of Foggy's health. The beautiful friendship between him and Matt. The quick rundown of previous events and background on the hero to draw in new readers. A joke about Stiltman. The very basic color scheme. The way the story is told with traditional panels and large white margins. And the opening page with the worm's eye view of the Chrysler building, depicting New York as the coolest city on Earth. The only city where superheroes can plausibly exist. All of it is so utterly fantastic. Yeah, it feels very much like a comic book from the late '60s or early '70s, but one with much better dialogue.

This is as good as it gets for superheroes, as far as I'm concerned.

9/10

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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby GLX » Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:21 pm

This week's pick is....

Guardians of the Galaxy #0.1

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BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (W) • STEVE MCNIVEN (A/C)
Variant Cover by Ed McGuinness
Sketch Variant by Steve McNiven
Move over Avengers…the Guardians got this.
Star-Lord. Gamora. Drax. Rocket Raccoon. Groot. …and the Invincible Iron Man?!
The Marvel Universe just got bigger as the legendary cosmic epic returns in the hands of superstar creators Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers, All-New X-Men) and Steve McNiven (Civil War; Old Man Logan).
In this special prelude issue meet the man behind the Guardians: Star-Lord… and discover how this child of Earth became the leader of the rag-taggiest of teams in all the Galaxy. All setting the stage for next month’s historic Guardians of the Galaxy #1. This is the start of something big, Marvel fans.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby GLX » Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:37 pm

Did anyone pick up Justice League of America #1?
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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby Stephen Day » Mon Feb 25, 2013 6:49 pm

Daredevil #23

I really liked this issue. The first few pages had me thinking I was looking through Matt Murdock's memories -- as they were intended to. Then came the surprise that had me saying out loud, "Ok, that's interesting." Then came the personal stuff with Foggy which was fun in a more personal way. Then came the fight scene which was just plain fun. Overall, fun is the best word I can use for this issue. It was absolutely fun to read just about every stretch of the way.

A very fun 8 out of 10.
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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby The Beast » Wed Feb 27, 2013 1:48 pm

Daredevil #23

I don't really like Daredevil. Growing up, I always wrote him off as a watered down Batman analogue so I never collected his comics. The only reason why I gave this run a chance is because I was following Waid's Irredeemable/Incorruptible series' from BOOM before he started DD. Needless to say, Waid made me a true believer from issue #1. Things started to look shady by issue #16 and I was worried that that old feet of clay formula was going to show up; Matt's cray-cray and Foggy is turning into a bigger bitch than Lois.

This is what I love the most about Waid's writing style, though. He makes it all seem predictable and familiar and just when I'm about to roll my eyes at those comic book cliches, Waid throws a curveball and everything is new and fresh again. Issue #23 is probably my favorite issue to date. The conflict between Foggy and Matt has largely been resolved instead of being dragged out needlessly and the two of them are actually having fun with Daredevil instead of him being the bane of their relationship. Who develops relationships this fast anymore? I love the absence of padding. We await the lab results that have been weighing on Foggy's mind and start to uncover the mystery of who is the mastermind behind all the insidious acts against Matt to make him question his sanity. We get a glimpse at the scale of this operation and some great sequences to break up the drama. I don't think anyone paces a comic book as well as Waid does, he always takes time to write good action beats in his issues without resorting to too many talking head panels.

Not only does Matt stop the bad guys, he does it in time to be there for Foggy's test results. I'm not used to this upbeat shit, the hero is supposed to be overwhelmed by his work so that he constantly fails at his personal life. I like it. Then those last couple pages, oh goddamn, I still get choked up thinking about it. At 40 years old, I've been collecting comic books since before I could read them and I have seen it all. What I haven't seen is a writer make me care about a fictional character's mortality this much since Starlin dealt with Mar-vell's death. I literally feel heartache for Foggy's condition and it makes me weep to think of those last few pages.

Daredevil #23 has it all, not only is this series worthy of that Eisner but this is one of the single best comic books I have ever read.

10/10
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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby The Beast » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:33 pm

Justice League America #1

Gimme a break, how the fuck is this supposed to compare to Daredevil? Another creatively bankrupt re-hash of the 80's in the form of the Detroit League redux. I was not really sold on the concept but I'm a huge Martian Manhunter fan and I couldn't bring myself to follow Stormwatch, so I figured I'd give it a shot.

So like I've always done on first read I just look at the artwork. Not bad at all, design is appropriate, good sequential storytelling even though a lot of it is talking head dialogue, it's varied enough to be interesting and there's a few action beats to keep things moving but c'mon, I just finished reading Daredevil #23 FFS. I'm not sure I even care enough to read through JLA to find out what all the bubs are about. So I don't for four days. Fuck it, I'll read New Avengers instead.

I'm not even sure I would have given this book much thought if I didn't want to review it for Group. So last night I read through all that text and lo and behold much to my surprise, it's pretty fucking good. The concept is sound; the JLA isn't some weak-assed spin off, they're a slightly more socially acceptable version of the Suicide Squad, one that's specifically designed to counter the Justice League and that's awesome. This is the best thing they could have done to showcase characters like Martian Manhunter and Hawkman who are often marginalized because they tend to be kind of redundant in JL lineups. Now alot of these Nu incarnations are unfamiliar to me but I got a real kick out of them, especially MM, who is as scary and powerful as he aught to be, Katanna with her killer status rivalling Deathstroke and most of all Hawkman.

I know I'm late to the party but this Hawkman kicks ass. His way of rationalizing violence against humans by embellishing the paperwork later to indicate they were involved in alien threats on Earth was priceless. I'm eagerly awaiting the impending ideological debates with Green Arrow.

All in all this was a great start to a very interesting premise, I'm eagerly awaiting the next issue. I didn't care for the Nu 52 much at all outside of WW and Aquaman up until recently but lately I've been warming up to some of their stuff. H'El got me buying Supergirl and Superman, Throne of Atlantis and Shazam got me back into JL and now JLA, which I gotta admit is starting off a hell of a lot stronger than its parent comic did.

8/10
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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby Stephen Day » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:07 pm

Ntikrst, reviews are supposed to be out of 10. :)
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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby GLX » Wed Feb 27, 2013 5:32 pm

Stephen Day wrote:Ntikrst, reviews are supposed to be out of 10. :)


I just multiply his score by 2 and it fits within the 1-10 model.

Ex: 4/5 gets translated into an 8.
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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby Stephen Day » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:33 am

GLX wrote:
I just multiply his score by 2 and it fits within the 1-10 model.

Ex: 4/5 gets translated into an 8.


OK, fair enough then. :)
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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby The Beast » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:22 pm

Stephen Day wrote:Ntikrst, reviews are supposed to be out of 10. :)


D'oh!

Looks like I get 2/10 for rule comprehension.

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GLX wrote:
I just multiply his score by 2 and it fits within the 1-10 model.

Ex: 4/5 gets translated into an 8.


Thank you! :D I'll edit it too just so I remember for next time.

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Re: Review Group #367 - Daredevil #23 vs. JLA #1

Postby GiveWarAChance » Thu Mar 07, 2013 1:14 am

Daredevil #23 - Daredevil has been one of the best superhero comics for the past 22 issues. With issue #23 Daredevil joins Marvel NOW. What's different besides the banner? Essentially nothing. You get the same creative team and the continuation of the same story lines. Believe me, this is a good thing.

The comic opens it's first four pages with a retelling of Daredevil's origins, with a twist, for all two people that don't know Daredevil's origin by now. I didn't know they had cellphone's back when Daredevil was a kid. :P Afterwards you get some great interaction with Matt and Foggy, with some real serious moments regarding Foggy's health and an awesome stilt-man joke. You get some fun action sequences and an emotional ending too. What more could you ask for? Chris Samnee is serviceable on art, not awesome. Another great Daredevil issue. Nuff said.

Overall score = 9

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