Thursday, April 27, 2017

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: The Flash #21 (The Button Part 2)


Jim and Eric talk all about the Flash #21 this spotlight.  Do they like, love or hate the Button Part 2?  Check it out and find out.  If you like what you hear, tune into their main podcast where they talk every DC book that came out this week...and so much more!


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DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 4/26/17

Heroes Triumphant, Heroes in Peril, and Lobo


Boy, there was quite a batch of great covers on some DC Comics this week, whittling this list down to five was rough. Luckily, my professionally arbitrary method prevailed and I was able to refine it to a definitive list that cannot be disputed. But before we check those out, I want to give Honorable Mentions to the variant covers for Hellblazer #9, based on M.C. Escher's Hand With Reflecting Sphere, and Doom Patrol #6, adapted from the psychedelic cover to Doom Patrol vol. 1 #119, because I just like it when art parodies or pays homage to other art. And heck, while we're here, let me give a nod to Chris Burnham's variant for Teen Titans #7, because I happen to like it a lot. But it didn't make the cut! Read on to find out which ones did!
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Batman/The Shadow #1 Review


Swirling Shadows, Mystifying Misdirections

Story by: Scott Snyder and Steve Orlando
Art by: Riley Rossmo
Colours by: Ivan Plascencia
Letters by: Clem Robins
Published by: DC Comics/Dynamite
Cover price: $3.99

The idea of a crossover series featuring Batman and The Shadow is, on the surface, a no-brainer. The two characters are both alter egos of extraordinarily rich men who deploy an array of resources – both technological and human – to fight crime. Both operate in the shadows, both routinely break the law, and both struggle with their pasts. And both are multi-media properties who have their roots in the pulp era. While Batman has undoubtedly eclipsed The Shadow in popularity, it’s worth remembering that, in the late 30s, The Shadow was appearing in a range of media (including a radio serial starring Orson Welles) and that Batman co-creator Bill Finger has readily acknowledged The Shadow’s influence on the development of the ‘dark knight’. Batman’s debut story, Finger has also admitted, was heavily influenced by a Shadow tale. With all this in mind, seeing The Shadow and Batman work side by side is an intriguing – if not outright mouth-watering – prospect. But that isn’t what we get…

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Kamandi Challenge #4 Review and **SPOILERS**



Everybody Wants a Piece of the Last Boy on Earth

Writer: James Tynion IV 
Artist: Carlos D’Anda 
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb 
Letterer: Clem Robins 
Cover Artists: Paul Pope & Lovern Kindzierski 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: April 26, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

With this issue, we are one-third through the Kamandi Challenge, and I have been enjoying it quite a lot! Mind you, I am a weirdo, but it has been handled by some great talent and the issues have been of good quality. Just a little weird, is all. So why wait? Let’s check out my review of the Kamandi Challenge #4, right here!
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Mother Panic #7 Review and **SPOILERS**

Pretty gets around


Mother Panic #7
"Broken Things, Part 3"
Written by: Jody Houser
Art by: Shawn Crystal
Colors by: Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letters by: John Workman and Shawn Crystal
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 26, 2017


Wow, we're six issues in... and two-stories down.  Gotta say, I really enjoy these shorter story arcs.

Let's get right down to it.


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Action Comics #978 Review and *SPOILERS*



Making The Pieces Fit


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli, Hi-Fi, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 26, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Ever since the Reborn arc all we've wanted are some answers to what it meant when the Blue and Red energies of Superman combined and the Universe apparently changed according to Mr. Oz, but up until this point all we've gotten is Superman not really remembering what happened and also him not wanting to talk to Lois about it.  Yeah, that's a big kick in the teeth and then in the previous issue we had ourselves a big recap to Superman's origin and besides for Lex apparently being in Smallville when Clark and Lana were kids, I didn't really see anything that would allude to big changes happening to the world we've come to know since the New 52 began.  Hopefully that all changes here and we get some real answers going forward............ Not to mention, seeing all kinds of big bads like we had going on in the previous issue.  That's right, someone is gathering up some of Superman's baddest villains and even though the Metallo that we saw getting recruited might have been a tell-tale sign of how the Universe changed, since it wasn't the New 52 version, I still wanted more of an explanation....... Hopefully we get one.  Let's check it out.
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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #19 Review and **SPOILERS**



Sinestro Jr. Makes the Scene

Writer: Robert Vendetti 
Penciller: V. Ken Marion 
Inker: Dexter Vines 
Colorist: Dinei Ribiero 
Letterer: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques, Tomeu Morey 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: April 26, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Now that the Green Lantern Corps and the Sinestro Corps are working together, do you think they’ll have to come up with a unified ring color? I vote for olive. The Olive Lantern Corps. And what do you think the lantern looks like? An olive! If the world is indeed just and people good, someone talented has stolen that idea and is drawing it up right now. And they should send those drawings to this site, at weirdsciencedccomics@gmail.com. For inspiration, check out my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #19!
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Teen Titans #7 Review and **SPOILERS**

Breaking into the Rock

Teen Titans #7

"The Rise of Aqualad, Part Two"

Story and Words: Benjamin Percy
Pencils: Khoi Pham

Breakdowns: Phil Hester
Inks: Wade Von Grawbadger
Colors: Jim Charalampidis
Letters: Corey Breen
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 26, 2017 


Hey, it's Teen Titans... and DC just announced that there will be a live-action series.  When I hear that, all I can think of his "Man it's going to be annoying to Google the Teen Titans from now on."

Anyhoo, let's see if we can't get us a sixth member.


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Detective Comics #955 Review



When You Wish Upon a (Morning)Star


Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Marcio Takara, Marcello Maiolo and Sal Cipriano

Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 25, 2017


While I enjoyed the beginning of the League of Shadows story, I have to admit, it's starting to drag for me.  It's not the story itself that's the most to blame, it's the fact that James Tynion has whittled down the team to basically one person now...Cassandra Cain.  Yea, I love Cassandra, but the other thing I loved about this book was a team of crazy characters.  Hopefully, the team is back in full force soon, but for now, I will have to sit back and watch Cassandra being awesome.  Is that enough for me to give this issue top marks?  Let's see...


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Wonder Woman #21 Review and *SPOILERS*



Themyscira or Bust


Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Liam Sharp, Laura Martin, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 26, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Where I've been loving the Godwatch story and the incredible way it's been making you feel for Veronica Cale and the desperation she felt to make her become the villains she's become, I have to say that the Truth just seems to be spinning its wheels while slowing making its way to a conclusion.  Yeah, I love Liam Sharp's art in this part of the series, but that can only make up for so much when we spent issue after issue with Diana just sitting in an institution, talking to a snake in her arm until she was just cured out of nowhere when Ferdinand showed up.  Yeah, it's been a little rough, but hopefully things pick up here since in our previous issue we ended with Colonel Poison shooting Wonder Woman through her back.  Let's jump into this issue and see if our hero survives or if this title will take a weird turn.  Let's check it out.
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Suicide Squad #16 Review and **SPOILERS**



Lull Lex With Sex

Story: Rob Williams 
Pencils: Tony S. Daniel 
Inks: Sandu Florea 
Colors: Tomeu Morey 
Lettering: Pat Brosseau 
Cover: Daniel and Florea with Morey 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: April 26, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

New arc, new artist! That’s right, I said “artist!” As in one artist, no wacky back-ups or switcheroos here. So let’s not dally, shall we? Check out my review of Suicide Squad #16, right here!
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Justice League of America #5 Review and *SPOILERS*



Weapons Of The Gods


Written By: Steve Orlando
Art By: Andy MacDonald, John Rauch, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 26, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Here at Weird Science, we've come to say that the first arc of any Rebirth series is something of a way for the writer to get their footing for what's to come because besides for a few instances, the first arcs have been a bit rough and with that in mind, I really hope that that's the case with this series because goddamn did the last arc not really go anywhere that I wanted to go.  Yeah, it started out with some promise and some cool ideas, but by the end it petered and left me just wondering....... why?  So yeah, when last we left our heroes, they had defeated the Earth-8 Extremists and brought freedom to an entire country.  Let's jump into this issue and see where our next arc takes us and see if the series can get better than it's been.  Let's check it out.
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Doom Patrol #6 Review and **SPOILERS**



Jane, Stop This Crazy Thing

Writer: Gerard Way 
Penciller & Cover: Nick Derington 
Inker: Tom Fowler 
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain 
Letterer: Todd Klein 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: April 26, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

I wish I could say that my enthusiasm for this issue wasn’t tempered by its lateness, and the knowledge that we won’t see another from this series until July (written and drawn by the Allreds!), but I can’t. I do love this comic, but I think I would have been much more satisfied to read it all at once. Oh well, what’s done is done I suppose, and I’m certainly still interested to know what happens between the Doom Patrol and the Spectra and DannyLand and everything else! So let’s check out the back of the ambulance once again in my review of Doom Patrol #6!
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Batgirl #10 Review and **SPOILERS**



Asshole Son, Won’t You Come

Script: Hope Larson 
Pencils & Cover: Chris Wildgoose 
Inks: Jon Lam 
Colors: Mat Lopes 
Letters: Deron Bennett 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: April 26, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

It’s something to see how dating and general communication has changed so drastically in such a short span of time. I remember when video dating—that’s recording a monologue on VHS tapes brokered by a self-appointed matchmaker—was considered so “out there,” now people can flip through and rate a few dozen profiles while waiting for their fast food order to be done. I guess making snap judgments about one another based on curated visual representation is the last moment before robot takeover. Welcome our Terminator overlords! But first, check out my review of Batgirl #10, right here!
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The Hellblazer #9 Review and **SPOILERS**



Hoisted By His Own Petard

Writer: Simon Oliver 
Penciller: Davide Fabbri 
Inker: José Marzan Jr., Karl Kesel 
Colorist: Carrie Strachan 
Lettering: Sal Cipriano 
Cover Artist: Declan Shalvey with Jordie Bellaire 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: April 26, 2017

**NON SPOILER AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Once more into the breach, folks. I didn’t really understand the last issue, perhaps this will provide some clarification. I’d offer more glib meaninglessness, but I’d only be forestalling the inevitable. Let’s take a look at my review of The Hellblazer #9. Right right?
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Batman Beyond #7 Review and *SPOILERS*



Batman's Night Off


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 26, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Goddamn did I get pissed off at the end of the previous issue when the Bat Signal went up in the sky and Terry McGinnis simply scoffed at it because he wanted to get into Dana's pants.  Yeah, maybe he had deeper reasons on why he decided that he couldn't be Batman 24/7, but from my perspective...... at least how I think I'd act, I'm thinking that he's just had a dry spell for awhile and wanted to get all romantic with Dana while Barbara Gordon and Curare got themselves killed by the League of Assassins.  Hopefully things don't go that far and Terry snaps out of doing the dumb shit and saves them because finding out that people died because Batman refused to be Batman would just be a downer to the point where I think everyone would lose respect for Terry's Batman.  Let's jump into this issue and find out and hopefully discover what's up with his prototype Bat suit and why Bruce says that it will eventually kill Terry.  Let's check it out.
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Blue Beetle #8 Review and *SPOILERS*



El Paso's A Scary-Ass Place


Written By: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Scott Kolins, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 26, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The biggest problem that this series has faced.......... you know, besides for throwing all the continuity we had going from the New 52 away, is that the dialog has felt off and even came across like watching a Gilmore Girls episode while they were on speed.  No one had any real time to talk because the other person in the panel was always interrupting with little quips and jabs at the original person speaking and it went back and forth like this to the point where I wanted to pull my damn hair out.  Yeah, there's been other problems too, but hopefully with J.M. DeMatteis taking over script duties on this title, the dialog won't be the biggest anymore.  When we last left this series, Jaime had the scarab ripped from his back and Ted and him escaped the battle between Doctor Fate and the monster-ed up scarab before the power of that battle could unleash the big bad of this arc, Arion, who's been trapped in a prison beneath El Paso for thousands of years.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Arion has mellowed since Doctor Fate imprisoned him all those years ago or if Jaime losing his powers at this point is the worst thing to ever happen to this Texas city.  Let's check it out.

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The Flash #21 Review


Won't Get Fooled Again

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Howard Porter, Hi-Fi and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 26, 2017


Part two of the Button is here and while I may have come off as a Negative Nancy by only giving the first part (in Batman #21) an 8.5/10, I really enjoyed it.  The fight between Batman and Reverse Flash was epic and the cliffhanger was crazy, sexy, cool!  So, how does Joshua Williamson top what Tom King gave us?  I don't know, but he's got big shoes to fill continuing the story.  Does he fill them and some?  Let's find out...


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

PREVIEW: Action Comics #978




Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli, Hi-Fi, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 26, 2017

“Superman Reborn Aftermath” part two! Superman’s life has been changed, some good is back, but the bad is back as well—with a vengeance! As Superman’s allies gather to address the looming threat of Mr. Oz, another Squad seeks revenge against the Man of Steel—and you won’t believe who made the team!

Man, oh man, I hope that this issue finally gives us all those sweet, sweet answers that we've all been looking for since the Superman: Reborn arc because right now I have no idea how the DC Universe works when it deals with Superman....... and the Continuity Kid needs himself some understanding and satisfaction.  
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Injustice 2 Chapter #3 Review


I'm Batman

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 25, 2017

I love Injustice 2 because like the First Injustice series, it kicks ass!  Way back then, I was introduced to both Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo through this series and they quickly became two of my favorites...because they kick ass.  Do you see a trend here?  Yep, last chapter ended with Batman breaking into the Pentagon and taking control of the Suicide Squad in a very deadly way.  Batman having guns is crazy enough, but using them the way he did...crazy, wack, funky! I don't want to spoil too much for those waiting for the print version of this book, so if you are here just to see if it's worth buy...it is and just buy it early and often.  If you here for a little more of a review, hold my hand and let's move on together.  Is this third issue as good as the first two?  Let's find out...


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Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern #3 Review and *Spoilers*



Guy's Big Idea


Written by Robbie Thompson and Justin Jordan
Art by Barnaby Bagenda
Colors by: Alex Guimarães
Letters by: Ed Dukeshire
Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 19, 2017


Ah, that ripe, slightly pungent smell of plots thickening like some rustic stew when the turnips are thrown in! Alright, perhaps that analogy’s not the greatest, but if the inclusion of Gorilla Grodd in a Planet of the Apes/Green Lantern crossover isn’t at least just a little bit turnippy then I don’t know what possibly could be. Last issue’s big reveal was one of the most audaciously silly things I’ve seen in a mainstream comic for a while now. Guy Gardner is leading a crack team of Lanterns to a timelooped Earth ruled by sentient apes so of course he decides it would be a good idea to borrow Grodd from Belle Reve and take him with them. Because absolutely nothing could go wrong with a super-intelligent, monstrously powerful telepathic, ten-foot primate on the team against his will, could it? If, like me, you were left aghast at how wrong-headed that decision was – not only strategically, but also morally (they’re apes; he’s an ape – everything should be fine!) – then you’ll probably want to read on…

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PREVIEW: Wonder Woman #21




Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Liam Sharp, Laura Martin, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 26, 2017

“The Truth” part four! As the reality of Themyscira is revealed, Wonder Woman is forced to make a decision: defy the will of the gods or betray her Amazon sisters to Godwatch!


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PREVIEW: Justice League of America #5




Written By: Steve Orlando
Art By: Andy MacDonald, John Rauch, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 26, 2017

“HEART OF A BASTICH” part one! The JLA discovers a super arms dealer has transformed an entire city into his own massive militia force. And when the team can’t liberate its citizens from the outside, they turn to their own legendary master of mass destruction…Lobo!

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PREVIEW: Batman Beyond #7




Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 26, 2017

“RISE OF THE DEMON” part two! As Terry McGinnis considers whether or not to take a break from being Batman, Gotham City Police H.Q. is overrun by a horde of ninjas. The League of Assassins has launched a full-out assault on the city and Curaré, leaving Terry no choice but to jump into the fray. What news does Curaré bring that makes her a target for death?

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PREVIEW: Blue Beetle #8




Written By: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Scott Kolins, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 26, 2017


After taking on the mystical Mordecai Cull, Blue Beetle is left broken and powerless. With an even more powerful menace about to appear, Jaime Reyes is going to have to defend the people he loves without the powers of the scarab and show what it really means to be a hero!

I really hope that this series gets better by adding J.M. DeMatteis to scripting duties because I love Blue Beetle and I want to love this title, but it's been really hard to do that.
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