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Author Archive: Corbin Pool

Review: All-Star Batman #4

Synopsis: The story opens overlooking a house out in the country. We go inside to see the place is a wreck. Down in the basement, someone is crying out for help, saying that they’ve been down...

Review: Suicide Squad #4

Synopsis: We continue from where we left off — in an underwater prison in Siberia, where what’s left of the Squad is trapped in between the Annihilation Brigade (apparently Russia’s...

Review: All-Star Batman #3

Synopsis: We start off years ago… Bruce’s parents haven’t been dead long, and Bruce has picked up a habit of practicing with guns and making plans. Alfred, not knowing what to do,...

Review: Suicide Squad #3

Synopsis: Amanda Waller is telling us why a team like the Suicide Squad is needed, as we see the remains of a city after Darkseid War. We join back with the team as they try to fight off Zod. Not...

Review: Suicide Squad #2

Synopsis: We pick up directly after the events of last issue, where the whole team is underwater, in space suits, most of them drowning. A NSA agent shows up to watch the Squad break into a Russian...

Review: All-Star Batman #2

Note: Thanks to Ed on the Comics Podcast for the shout-out! It’s pretty awesome to hear your name mentioned on a podcast you’ve been listening to since you started listening to podcasts....

Review: Suicide Squad Special: War Crimes #1

Synopsis: Secretary of Defense, Mr. George Carmody, has just finished an interview in New York City, and a team of metahumans are waiting for him in a parking garage. They take out his security...

Review: Suicide Squad #1

Synopsis: We open with Amanda Waller making her way toward Belle Reve on a helicopter, while commenting on how she plans to protect the world from the evil that is in it. Belle Reve is a...

Review: All-Star Batman #1

Synopsis: (For the sake of lessening the confusion, this synopsis will be in chronological order) Two weeks ago: Harvey Dent sends Bruce an encrypted message on a coin, telling him that Two-Face is...

Review: Suicide Squad: Rebirth #1

Synopsis: President Obama is scolding Amanda Waller (she’s a heavy set lady again) for even having a black ops team of supervillains without his knowledge. He wants the team disbanded...

Review: Grayson Annual #3

Breakdown: Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly have fun this issue. It kinda reminded me of the BTAS episode “Almost Got Him”. Here, we have a group of DC characters meeting together under...

Review: Grayson #20

Breakdown: Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly do a great job of closing out the series. There were a few things that felt a little rushed and unbelievable. But it worked well enough, that it...

Review: Batman #52

Breakdown: James Tynion IV writes one heck of a comic book. We all know that he has been Snyder’s pupil for a some time, now. And for a long time, DC was afraid to put Tynion’s name on a...

Review: Detective Comics #52

Breakdown: Peter J. Tomasi delivers a solid script, this issue… I feel like you guys should start a drinking game for every time I say “solid”. He gives us a basic detective story...

Review: Grayson #19

Breakdown: Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly have done a great job picking up where King and Seeley left off. It’s surprised me how they’ve been able to maintain the characterization and...

Review: Batman #51

Breakdown: Scott Snyder set the tone for this issue, that being a love letter to Batman. The magic of it all being that it’s so simple in it’s presentation, that we get some time to...

Review: Detective Comics #51

Breakdown: First of all, I usually don’t mention the cover unless it stands out in some way… But that cover by Guillem March is bad… I mean, what is going on with Gordon’s...

Review: Grayson #18

Breakdown: Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly do a solid job maintaining the tone and style left from the previous creative team. Even though this creative team ended up jumping on a month earlier than...

Review: Batman #50

Breakdown: Scott Snyder delivered us with an amazing script. The pacing in it was solid, and kept you engaged throughout the book. Technically, the comic is sound in almost every way. The only bump I...

Review: Detective Comics #50

Note: Although I will be addressing the additional content in this extra-sized issue, the focus of my review will be on the continuation of the “Martyrs and Madmen” story. You can look...

Review: Grayson #17

Note – This is my 150th review for TBU!   Breakdown: Tim Seeley and Tom King did a great job pacing this issue out. It almost felt like there were about three issues crammed into this...

Review: Batman #49

Breakdown: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV work together this issue to deliver a complex story that works as a one-shot, honors what Snyder has built, and launches Superheavy into act three all at...

Review: Detective Comics #49

Breakdown: Peter Tomasi continues off of his last issue, and it’s still just as interesting as it was last month. I feel like he’s gotten back into his groove after that last weird story...

Review: Black Canary #7

Breakdown: Brenden Fletcher’s script for this issue is better than the last issue or two have been. I still have some problems with it. For instance; Kurt Lance is a plot device — and...

Review: Grayson #16

Breakdown: Tom King and Tim Seeley deliver a script that is the most fun I’ve had reading a comic in a while. It’s pretty clear these guys had fun writing this issue. And that’s...

Review: Batman #48

Okay, so this issue was amazing. It does something that most fans love to see — a chat between the protagonist and the antagonist. In fact, it does it twice. Although one isn’t very...

Review: Detective Comics #48

Peter Tomasi is back on Detective Comics this month, and this is his best issue yet… Now, keep in mind that this is only his third issue, but my statement still stands. Tomasi gives us moments...

Review: Black Canary #6

Man it’s been a rough week. First of all, I got some sort of stomach flu. And on top of that, it’s been a long while since we’ve read an issue of Black Canary, which ended up...

Review: Grayson #15

Disclaimer – if you have not picked up Robin War #1, you will be lost, as this is part two of that story.   I appreciate how DC handled this crossover. They have on the cover which part of...

Review: Detective Comics #47

Disclaimer – this is part 3 of Robin War, following Grayson #15.   This part was the weakest of Robin War, so far. Now, it wasn’t bad, but it did seem rushed. And I think...