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*All comics will be rated on a scale from 1 to 10*

Batman # 129
Batman & The Joker: Deadly Duo # 1
Black Panther # 11
Deadpool # 1
Hulk # 10
Monkey Prince # 8
The New Champion Of Shazam # 3
She-Hulk # 7

Batman # 129– The Failsafe arc has reached its boiling point as Failsafe continues his rampage as well as hunts down Batman himself, who he manages to track in Atlantis then has a brutal showdown in space; The creative team of Chip Zdarsky and Jorge Jimenez have delivered a Batman story where the antagonist, a machine that was created to stop Batman if he were to go out of control while making it so it couldn’t be defeated, is living proof of Batman’s paranoia and how his planning has caught up with him in a huge way to the point where he has to face the repercussions of Falisafe’s actions; The action is perfect as always and the ending is just jaw-dropping (**NO SPOILERS**); Another pulse-pounding issue that continues leaving us waiting to see what comes next.

Batman & The Joker: Deadly Duo # 1– Harley Quinn is kidnapped and some Joker-like monsters are stalking the streets of Gotham not to mention that Jim Gordon goes missing (A package is delivered with a bloody piece of Gordon) so Batman and The Joker teams up to save Gordon and Harley; Marc Silvestri knows how to to write and draw a Batman story that doesn’t try to do anything new to the character but presents the classic and familiar elements that any Batman fans will find satisfaction in reading this and yes, while the concept of Batman and The Joker teaming up has been done before, it looks like Silvestri is putting a fresh coat of paint on the longtime and dysfunction relationship and while his art is still sharp and amazing, it’s his writing that impresses me the most because he really can bring the grittiness when it comes to a Batman story; With that said, this is one of the most stunning series to come out of DC’s Black Label imprint.

Deadpool # 1– The Merc with a Mouth returns with another ongoing series, courtesy of Alyssa Wong and Martin Coccolo who are next up to give Deadpool his next big adventure. Wade Wilson gets an invite to an elite assassin club known as The Atelier which gives him an assignment that could give him entry if he succeeds- Kill Doctor Octopus! Sounds simple right?! Expect Wade gets ambushed by someone calling herself The Harrower who decides to put a Carnage symbiote in Wade, sounds weird but it’s one of the elements that I feel dragged the issue down. Alyssa Wong is one of Marvel’s most talented writers but it’s going take a few issues to find Wade’s voice while putting her own stamp on this title, although there are some hilarious moments such as a two-page spread that pays homage to “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” but the whole “growing a symbiote inside of someone” concept could have been scrapped, but while I don’t expect Wong to channel Joe Kelly or Fabian Nicieza when it comes to scripting Wade’s dialogue, I feel like his humor should have a slight edge to it, but so far it’s a great reintroduction to Deadpool, especially since we’re coming off the announcement of Marvel Studios FINALLY greenlighting “Deadpool 3”; I’ll say this thought- Wong’s Deadpool and Martin Coccolo’s crisp artwork is much stronger than anything Rob Liefeld has done……and that’s a great thing to behold.

The Last Champion of Shazam # 3– This issue deals with the fallout of Mary Bromfield’s outing as Shazam because her public appearance has led to a bunch of negative comments on social media as she scrambles to solve the missing persons in Philadelphia while her family and social life his crumbling; This is where Josie Campbell shines in her writing because she presents Mary as a human being while letting the readers know that her Shazam persona is just a part of her and I enjoy that aspect for this series as it gives the readers a chance to see Mary for who she is- a woman doing her best to be a hero while keeping her family together. Am I all for seeing Mary Bromfield continue as Shazam? The answer is Yes!

Well, that’s it for me this week. Thanks for sticking around and i will see you all next time.

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