Though technically not a Rebirth title, DC is trying to fix the damage they did to Captain Atom during the disastrous New 52 era. It's a step in the right direction. This definitely isn't the pre-Flashpoint Captain, but it's as close as we're going to get.
The Fall And Rise Of Captain Atom
Writer: Cary Bates, Greg Weisman
Artist: Will Conrad
I was a big Roy Thomas fan back in the day. But reading this, either my tastes have changed or his stuff was crap. This is not a great series. Maybe the cards were stacked against him going into this series, or maybe his work just does not hold up. Either way, I'm so glad he didn't get an on-going Shazam series like he was supposed to. It would have been quarter box stuff all the way.
Shazam!: The New Beginning 30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
Writer: Roy Thomas, Dann Thomas
Artist: Tom Mandrake, Rick Stasi, Rick Magyar, Jan Duursema
Still my favorite of the Blue & Gold X-Men books. Cullen Bunn seems like he's having a ton of fun with this. I wasn't happy with the direction he was taking the Beast, but it appears to be resolved and hopefully he can get him back on track.
X-Men Blue Vol 2: Toil And Trouble
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Cory Smith, Joey Vazquez, Thony Silas, Terry Pallot, Giovanni Valletta, Scott Hanna, Douglas Franchin
This is a fun, if uneven, collection of John Byrne stories that were not part of the regular series he did for DC. It's a nice overview of some of the stuff he did and highly enjoyable. If you're a Byrne fan, that is.
The DC Universe By John Byrne
Writer: John Byrne, Marv Wolfman, Mike W Barr, Paul Kupperberg, Roger Stern, Paul Dini, Josh Siegal, Cary Bates, Keith Champagne
Artist: John Byrne, Jose Luis Garcia Lopez, Kurt Schaffenberger, Keith Wilson, Andy Kubert, Rick Burchett, Lary Stucker, Keith Champagne
One of my favorite characters, especially when he's written correctly. This book was mostly fun, but then we came to the Keith Giffen era. His stories were fine, but they were NOT Midnighter stories. He doesn't get the character and it shows. Garth Ennis GETS the character and that's why his stories more than make up for the Giffen stuff.
Midnighter: The Complete Wildstorm Series
Writer: Garth Ennis, Keith Giffen, Christos Gage, Justin Gray, Jimmy Palmiotti, Brian K Vaughan
Artist: Chris Sprouse, Lee Garrett, Karl Story, Rick Burchett, others
This felt more like a collection of inventory stories than anything. Not sure what's going on with this series. Hopefully it was just a stop gap so they can settle the schedules of whomever is taking over the series.
Justice League Vol 4: Endless
Writer: Bryan Hitch, Shea Fontana, Tom DeFalco, Dan Abnett
Artist: Bryan Hitch, Tom Derenick, Philippe Briones, Ian Churchill, Daniel Henriques, Andy Owens, Scott Hanna, Trevor Scott, Andrew Currie, Paul Neary, Tony Kordos, Batt
I was slightly disappointed by the beginning of this story. I expect more out of Paul Cornell. But then he pulled the rug out from under me. I should NEVER doubt Paul Cornell. What he did early in the story he did on purpose and it paid off. How's that for no spoilers?
Also, I could hear the voices of the actors in my head while reading this. He nailed it. I want more Paul Cornell Third Doctor stories!!
Not a fan of the new version of the character, but this book is soooo full of classic Joker's Daughter appearances, it's well worth the price. Honest. Those awful old stories are awesome!!
Batman Arkham: Joker's Daughter
Writer: Bob Rozakis, Geoff Johns, Ben Raab, J Torres, Ann Nocenti, Marguerite Bennett
Artist: Irv Novick, Frank McLaughlin, Jose Delbo, Vince Colletta, Don Heck, John Celardo, Juan Ortiz, Bruce Patterson, Dave Hunt, Kurt Schaffenberger, Drew Johnson, Rich Faber, Paco Medina, Wayne Faucher, Georges Jeanty, Dexter Vines, Meghan Hetrick
Another instance of Marvel putting a hold on the regular series of a title while their big event of the month runs. We're stuck with filler until TPTB let the creative team get back to telling stories. Meh.
Reading this book was a labor of love. I have such a fondness in my heart for these early stories of the Legion. Sure, they're hokey and cheesy, but they're just a pure, innocent joy.
This massive book collects what I believe were the stories in the first three Legion Archives books. I have those books and now I have this, too, and it was so much fun re-reading them for the first time in years.
I did look at this with a different, maybe more critical eye. The issue to issue continuity is just plain weird to me. What I'm talking about is this. In one issue, we have a new member join. Let's say it's Lightning Lass. Then she doesn't appear again for a few issues. Same with Element Lad. You'd think that upon introduction, you'd get to see more of the new characters, but that's not how it worked back then. I don't know if a bunch of stories were commissioned and then published in a random order or what.
There really isn't a ton I can say about these stories that hasn't been said before. But these are highly enjoyable stories.
Legion Of Super-Heroes: The Silver Age Omnibus Vol 1
Writer: Otto Binder, Jerry Siegel, Edmond Hamilton, Robert Bernstein
Artist: George Papp, Jim Mooney, Curt Swan, John Forte, Sheldon Moldoff, George Klein