Started and Finished Reading: January 21, 2020
ABSOLUTE JUSTICE (DC)

The greatest criminal masterminds of our time appear to be acting in concert — but with a surprising plan that seeks to achieve more good than the JLA ever could.

They are the World’s Greatest Super-Heroes. But the members of the fabled Justice League of America are about to learn that they aren’t the only ones who can band together and work toward a common goal. The world’s deadliest criminal masterminds have learned some valuable lessons from their past defeats, and their latest plan finds them acting in concert to bring about total victory–for the forces of good!

Behind its seemingly sincere faรงade, however, this campaign to save the world is actually a carefully honed scheme to enslave it–by systematically discrediting and neutralizing the members of the Justice League, one by one. As the villains begin to gain the world’s trust, our heroes must redouble their efforts to expose the truth–to fight…for JUSTICE!

December 31, 2019 โ€“ Started and Finished Reading
Batman: Damned by Brian Azzarello (DC)

The Joker has been murdered. His killer is a mystery. Batman is the World’s Greatest Detective. But what happens when the person he is searching for is the man staring back at him in the mirror?

THE JOKER IS DEAD.

There is no doubt about that. But whether Batman finally snapped his scrawny neck or some other sinister force in Gotham City did the deed is still a mystery.

Problem is, Batman can’t remember…and the more he digs into this labyrinthine case, the more he starts to doubt everything he’s uncovering.

So who better to set him straight than…John Constantine?

The problem with that is as much as John loves a good mystery, he loves messing with people’s heads even more. So with John’s “help,” the pair will delve into the sordid underbelly of Gotham as they race toward the mind-blowing truth of who murdered the Joker.

Batman: Damned is a groundbreaking supernatural horror story told by two of comics’ greatest modern creators: Brian Azzarello (Dark Knight III: The Master Race, 100 Bullets) and Lee Bermejo (Hellblazer, Joker).

This hardcover volume collects Batman: Damned #1-3 and features a behind-the-scenes extras gallery with an afterword by Brian Azzarello.

The third volume of the Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. Here we meet the mother of Morpheus’s son, find out what cats dream about, and discover the true origin behind Shakespeare’s A Midsummer’s Night Dream. The latter won a World Fantasy Award for best short story, the first time a comic book was given that honor. collecting The Sandman 17โ€“20
The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman
Started Reading on November 28, 2019
Finished Reading on November 29, 2019
BATMAN: KINGS OF FEAR (DC)

There’s nothing to fear but fear itself–unless, of course, the Scarecrow is involved. After years of psychological and emotional torment, Batman is pushed over the edge. Batman succumbs to his one true master. Fear.

Legendary artist Kelley Jones (Batman, Deadman, The Sandman) makes his triumphant return to the Dark Knight in this explosive miniseries written by former Batman editor Scott Peterson!

Batman’s been overseeing Gotham City for years now and isn’t sure how much of a difference he’s making. Doubt, fear and insecurity are starting to take over. And as all of those negative feelings set in the Scarecrow orchestrates a riot at Arkham Asylum to give the Dark Knight one of his greatest challenges yet!

Collects Batman: Kings of Fear #1-6

Started and Completed Reading: October 29, 2019
Detective Comics Vol. 2: Arkham Knight by Peter J Tomasi

As a new era dawns, the Batman is facing the most dangerous threat of his career! The Arkham Knight has arrived in Gotham City with an entire round table of deadly allies, and their first encounter will leave Batman shaken to his core.

After Batman’s brutal battle with the Arkham Knight, things only get worse when one of his most important allies jumps into the fray, and ends up in way over their head!

Damian was so certain he could succeed against the Arkham Knight where his father failed–and not only was he wrong, but as it turns out, the Knight has a surprising plan for the son of Batman! But when the face behind the mask is finally revealed, we’ll learn who’s taken up the mantle of the Arkham Knight. What’s their endgame? And what’s the shocking secret that Batman never knew about a part of his life he’d taken for granted?

Don’t miss this thrill-ride for Batman, as Peter J. Tomasi and artist Brad Walker continue the Detective Comics saga following the historic 1000th issue of the longest running comic book in North America.

Collects Detective Comics #1001-1005 and a story from Detective Comics #1000

August 23, 2019 โ€“ Started Reading
September 3, 2019 โ€“ Finished Reading
THE NEW GODS BY JACK KIRBY (DC)

NEW GODS, the cornerstone of Jack Kirby’s early 1970s “Fourth World” line of comics, is collected in its entirety in a single trade paperback.

In 1971, following his move from Marvel Comics to DC, writer/artist Jack Kirby unleashed the “Fourth World” comics — four interconnected series. The centerpiece of these titles was NEW GODS, which introduced the warring worlds of Apokolips, ruled by the dread Darkseid, and New Genesis, led by the philosophical Highfather. A sprawling cast of characters was led by Orion, son of Darkseid, raised on New Genesis as a savage warrior on a world of peace. And while Darkseid scoured the Earth in search of the deadly Anti-Life Equation, Orion battled his minions Kalibak, Canto and others, with the help of his New Genesis allies Lightray, Metron and others.

Collects NEW GODS #1-11, plus the 48-page story “Even Gods Must Die,” written and illustrated by Kirby in 1984, and the original 1985 graphic novel by Kirby, THE HUNGER DOGS, which was designed to be a bookend to the entire “Fourth World” epic.

Started Reading – June 25, 2019
Finished Reading – August 3, 2019
The Batman Who Laughs by Scott Snyder

Left rattled by the events of Dark Knights: Metal, Bruce Wayne must come face to face with the ultimate evil spawned from the Dark Multiverse. One part Batman one part Joker. The Batman Who Laughs.

“A Batman who laughs is a Batman who always wins.”

The Batman Who Laughs not only survived his fight with The Joker at the end of Dark Nights: Metal, but is now enacting a sinister plan across the Multiverse–something both terrifying and oddly familiar. When Bruce Wayne realizes the only way to stop this madman is to kill him, he must consider violating the very rule Batman can’t ever break … the rule that created this insatiable villain–the Batman Who Laughs!

As Bruce begins to deduce that his current life is somehow wrong and that all the mistakes he’s made are somehow connected, the Batman Who Laughs unleashes a brand-new evil. Enter one of the most punishing Batmen of the Dark Multiverse: the Grim Knight!

Collects The Batman Who Laughs #1-7 and The Grim Knight #1.

Started and Completed Reading: July 25, 2019
Aquaman/Suicide Squad: Sink Atlantis by Dan Abnett (DC)

After Aquaman’s undersea kingdom rises to become a world power of the surface, the Suicide Squad must infiltrate the city and send it back to the depths or die trying. The epic crossover event is collected here in Aqauman/Suicide Squad: Sink Atlantis!

Task Force X’s objective: take out Aquaman’s kingdom. But that’s not their only job. There’s something buried there that Amanda Waller wants, and this is her chance to claim it. Will the Squad realize this before it’s too late? Or will Aquaman clash with Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Killer Croc and co. and destroy everything around them in the process?

Written by Dan Abnett and Rob Williams with art from a crew of today’s best illustrators, this crossover event is a must-have for Aquaman, Harley Quinn and Suicide Squad fans alike! Collects Aquaman #39-40 and Suicide Squad #45-46.

Started Reading โ€“ July 14, 2019
Finished Reading โ€“ July 16, 2019
Amazon.com: Young Justice Vol. 1: Gemworld by Brian Michael Bendis

Superboy! Wonder Girl! Robin! Impulse! Amethyst! All united in Young Justice! The hottest new super-team, written by award winning author Brian Michael Bendis for his new imprint Wonder Comics!

When the nightmare dimension known as Gemworld invades Metropolis, teen heroes will unite to deal with the situation–but they’re quickly shocked to discover the battle may be the key to the return of Conner Kent, a.k.a. Superboy!

This mix of fan favorites and new legacy heroes will be the center point for some of the biggest goings-on at DC! As if that weren’t enough, Brian Michael Bendis (Superman, Action Comics, Pearl) reunites with all-star artist Patrick Gleason (Superman, Action Comics, Green Lantern Corps) to bring the new heroes of DC’s Wonder Comics to life!

Aimed at providing readers with honest and innovative reading experiences, Brian Michael Bendis’ Wonder Comics is a celebration of the moments of in life when discoveries are made – when purpose and meaning are revealed and destinies are defined. Featuring the young heroes of the DC Universe as penned by all-star creative teams in exciting new adventures that will celebrate the wonders of life, love and comics.

Collects issues #1-6

July 13, 2019 โ€“ Started Reading
July 14, 2019 โ€“ Finished Reading
Batman: Detective Comics Vol. 10: Mythology

The Arkham Knight has arrived in Gotham City with an entire round table of deadly allies, and their first encounter will leave Batman shaken to his core!

Alfred Pennyworth…attacked at Wayne mansion! Who’s hunting those closest to Batman? The monstrous shadow plaguing Gotham City gains the upper hand when two of the Dark Knight’s most ardent allies fall prey to a violent vendetta!

Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there’s a murder at the Gotham City Aquarium–staged to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne’s crime scene, right down to the playbill and pearls. How does this bizarre homicide tie into the shadowy monster that attacks Dr. Leslie Thompkins? This creature looks to wage a war on Batman–and it’s using Joker Gas to do it!

Collects Detective Comics #994-999