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Review: Detective Comics #512

B-list villain Dr. Death holds Gotham – including Batman and Robin – hostage with a deadly allergen. A surprisingly weak 45th-anniversary outing for DC’s flagship Detective Comics. Creative talent includes Gerry Conway, Gene Colan, Klaus Janson and others.

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Review: Night Force #1

An increase in demonic energies in the Washington, D.C., area puts four strangers on the path to becoming Night Force. The legendary creative team behind Tomb of Dracula reunite, but the results – at least in this debut issue – fall short.

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Review: Astonishing Tales #29

Four survivors on the run from the Badoon invasion join together to form the Guardians of the Galaxy. While this reprint from Marvel Super-Heroes #18 disrupts Astonishing Tales’ Deathlok serial, this tight intro tale from Arnold Drake and Gene Colon is a fine consolation.

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Review: What If? #21

Still bitter over losing his beloved Susan Storm to the Sub-Mariner, Mr. Fantastic brings the fight to Atlantis. Bill Mantlo serves up a decent sequel to What If? #1, with a little help from the art team of Gene Colan and Bill Wiacek.

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