Monday, August 21, 2017

Luke Cage #4 Review - Marvel Mondays


Middle of the Road

Written by:David Walker
Art by: Nelson Blake
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

As I sit here staring at the cover of Luke Cage #4 I try to reminisce on the previous three issues. I am trying to decide how I feel about the story as it has been presented up to this point. The phrase that comes to mind is middle of the road. Which, as the saying states, it has not been bad but it has bot been great either. The problem is, Average, runs the risk of being largely forgettable. Let us hope this story has another gear.

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Ultimates 2 #100 Review

Ultimates 2 #100

 
Writer: AL Ewing
Art Team: Travel Foreman, Filipe Andrade, Marco Lorenzana, 
Scott Hana, Dan Brown, Matt Yackey
Marvel Comics
Release Date: August 16, 2017
Cover Price: $4.99

Blue Marvelous Ending

“When somethings strange in the Universe who you going to call … the Ultimates.
When Eternity’s chained and it don’t look good who you going to call … the Ultimates”.

So, the Ultimates 2 skipped 91 issues this week dropping, from what I can tell, is its final issue of this series with #100.  So how does everything wrap up in this crazy story, by under heralded writer Al Ewing, is this a universe we want to save anymore?  Let discuss.
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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 137: DC Comics, Dark Nights: Metal and Thinning the Herd



Jim and Eric have another long weekly podcast for you, talking about all of this week's DC Comics as well as stories about Life, the Universe and Everything.  They are joined by the usual motley crew of Reggie, Chris, Trevitt, Brandon and Josh as well as all the Rant and Raves and Listener Mail one can handle.  Enjoy, but don't ask Jim how to make a Manhattan...he doesn't know.

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New 52 Review Podcast Ep 13: Detective Comics Vol 1 - Faces of Death Part 1


This episode is part one of a two parter on Detective Comics Vol 1: Faces of Death


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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Injustice #19 Review

Injustice 2 #19


Writer: Tom Taylor
Art Team: Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Rex Lokus
DC Comics
Release Date: August 15, 2017
Cover Price: $ 0.99

Bombs Away!!

We’re getting far into the digital first series Injustice 2 but by no means has that made it any less enjoyable.  Quite the contrary Injustice 2 is really starting to hit its stride with several plot points merging together here in Chapter 19.  So, what happens to our team once they get inside of Ra’s Al Ghul’s headquarters … let’s find out.

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Dark Nights - Metal #1


Jim and Eric shine the spotlight on Dark Nights: Metal.  It's the big book of the week, the summer...and maybe more!  If you like what you hear, check out our regular weekly podcast where we review all the DC Comic Books that come out each week.


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Throwback Thursday: Adventures of Superman #26 Review



Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Eduardo Francisco
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 21, 2013



Bizarro has been a good guy all along.  His brain was just wired wrong.  Can the World get used to this "cured" Bizarro?  More important, can Bizarro find his place in this World?


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Throwback Thursday: Adventures of Superman #25 Review

Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Eduardo Francisco
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 14, 2013

Bizarro No Like...or Does He?



In my mind, getting to write Adventures of Superman must be a blast.  The opportunity to write fun little Superman stories with your favorite villains seems like a dream come true.  Christos Gage gets two of Superman's funnest villains for one story...Bizarro and Toyman.

The story starts with Superman battling Bizarro over Metropolis with the usual funny Bizarro-opposite dialogue.  Superman finally realizes he should think outside the box and defeats Bizarro in a pretty comical way.  He then enlists Dr. Hamilton to help Bizarro become "normal" by employing some new scientific techniques.

Superman is then called away as a giant robot is destroying downtown Metropolis.  He quickly realizes the Toyman is at work and tries to get too him.  Unfortunately it's a trap and just when it looks like Superman is doomed, he is saved by...Bizarro!  A Bizarro that is unlike one we've ever seen.  Did the Dr. work his magic?  We'll have to wait until part two.

Christos Gage has fun with this story and so did I.  I'm a big fan of the pre-New 52 Bizarro and that's what we get here.  I know Superman means well wanting to change him, but I love him just the way he is.  I know this change won't stick since the title is a take on "Flowers for Algernon", but I'm hoping for a fun ride.

Bits and Pieces:

Adventures of Superman #25 is a good start to Christos Gage's three part arc.  Bizarro is always fun and throw in Toymaker and you have a winner.  The twist at the end is sure to be temporary, but should be interesting while it lasts.

8.5/10
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DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 8/16/17

Back On the Chain Gang

I was away on vacation last week, so I didn't do a list of the Best Covers. Sorry about that! With all the comics-related stuff I get into, sometimes this list pops out from under the pile and rolls away into a shadowy corner. Besides, I think it's healthy if comics artists fight furiously among themselves, without an official Best Covers administrator like myself. But I won't let chaos reign! Here's the best DC Comics covers for this week!

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Batwoman #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Batman-451


Written By: Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV
Art By: Renalto Arlem, Adriano Lucas
Letters By: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

To say that the Batwoman book has been struggling as of late would be putting it too nicely. We got stuck in the Many Arms of Death storyline for what felt like forever and just when we finally thought we had gotten out of it, we got another flashback issue that dealt directly with the events of that storyline. Needless to say, we need something new and we need it immediately. So, we are starting a new story with this current issue. The question is, will that story be something completely new, or will it continue to deal with the story that we’ve been getting up to this point? It’s hard to say and honestly I have little faith in this book to provide me with anything entertaining. It’s easily one of the worst books that DC is putting out right now. Let’s just jump right in and hope that we’re wrong.
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Gotham City Garage #1 Review

Gotham City Garage #1


Writers: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Art Team: Brian Ching
DC Comics (Digital First Lineup)
Release Date: August 16, 2017
Cover Price: .99 (digital first release)

DC Does Thunder Dome

Well, well, well what do we have here … it looks like a brand new digital first comic coming out of the woodworks from DC.  These books always tend to grab my attention, at least for the first Volume or so, as I feel out whether it’s something I’ll stick around for, and for .99 cents an issue there’s not much risk involved. This latest title, called Gotham City Garage, is based on the DC lineup on statues baring the same name that, as the kids say, are hot on the streets. Does Gotham City Garage find the early success and traction Bombshells has carved out for itself? Let’s find out here in this first issue what’s cooking.

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The American Way: Those Above and Those Below #1 and #2 Review



Not Exactly The American Dream
Writer: John Ridley
Art Team: Georges Jeanty, Danny Miki, Nick Filardi, & Travis Lanham
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: July 12, 2017 and August 16, 2017

John Ridley and Georges Jeanty are back with the next chapter of American Way. The first series, published under the Wildstorm imprint, took place in 1962 and this one is jumping forward 10 years to 1972. I’ve never read the original run, but I did enough research to know the general story from those 8 issues. Being someone that likes reading comics to escape real life and knowing that these books are based on the political culture of that time period, I wasn’t going into this book with high expectations. Let’s jump into these first two issues and see if they changed my mind at all.


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Astro City #46 Review




Written by: Kurt Busiek
Art by: Brent Anderson
Colours: by Peter Pantazis
Published by: Vertigo
Cover Price: $3.99


Pierogies are, apparently, boiled dumplings with either sweet or savory fillings, and Wikipedia helpfully tells me that they originated in central and eastern Europe. This is just one of the things I learned from reading Astro City #46, although by no means the most important. Or interesting. No. Perhaps the most significant thing to be gleaned from this issue is that, after 30+ years in the industry, Kurt Busiek remains a master storyteller and his ability to surprise, intrigue and delight remains highly impressive. In some respects, Astro City #46 is a less than ideal starting point for anyone wanting to read this title. It’s the second instalment of a two-part story and, while not absolutely essential, it is highly recommended that you read the first part before attempting this one. That said, this comic is a lot of fun and is exceptionally thought-provoking, too. Allow me to explain…

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Trinity #12 Review


Dark Lights/Bright Nights

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: V. Ken Marion, Ray McCarthy, Dinei Ribeiro and Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

We keep going back and forth to the Dark Trinity story, even jumping from Cullen Bunn to Rob Williams in the process.  While I was not hip with the beginning of the story, it has gotten better as it went along.  Now it is time to get it going for real and I am pretty excited.  So, is it good?  Let's find out...


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Sandman Oversized Special #1 Review and **SPOILERS**



It Was Only in My Dreams

Written By: Dan Jurgens, Steve Orlando, Jack Kirby 
Art By: Jon Bogdanove, Rick Leonardi, Dan Green, Jack Kirby 
Colored By: Madpencil, Steve Buccellato 
Lettered By: Willie Schubert, Wes Abbot 
Cover By: Paul Pope & Lovern Kindzierski 
Cover Price: $4.99 
On Sale Date: August 16, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Oh boy oh boy oh boy! This month of Jack Kirby Specials gets better and better for me, since one of my most favorite Kirby (and Joe Simon) properties is the Sandman! The Sandman is, generally speaking, on of my favorite characters; from the gas mask-wearing Wesley Dodds and the Simon and Kirby yellow and purple costume revamp, to the Bronze Age superhero monitoring dreams with Brute and Glob, to Neil Gaiman’s goth version that is arguably best-known, I love all of these versions. But the Bronze Age Sandman gets the least recognition! So let’s recognize it together, in my review of Sandman Oversize Special #1, right here!
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Aquaman #27 Review and **SPOILERS**



Crime and Grunyan Runs

Story By: Dan Abnett 
Art, Color and Cover By: Stjepan Sejic 
Lettering By: Steve Wands 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: August 16, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Back to the seedy, sandy underbelly of Atlantis, where freakish mutants run a world of crime that involves…I dunno, fish prostitution? I don’t know enough about the day-to-day operations of Atlantean life to say what the preferred crimes might be. I suppose extortion is always a mafia favorite. We left Dolphin and Aquaman in the clutches of Krunch, the crab-faced crime boss, and I can’t wait to check back in on the situation! So let’s take a look in my review of Aquaman #27, right now!
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Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #11 Review and **SPOILERS**



Eye For an Eye

Written By: Jon Rivera 
Story By: Gerard Way & Jon Rivera 
Art & Cover By: Michael Avon Oeming 
Interior and Cover Color By: Nick Filardi 
Letters By: Clem Robbins 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: August 16, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

I have been wondering about that android woman that the Cave Carson from another dimension made at the end of last issue—is it Mazra? Red Tornado? A mixture of both? I hope we’ll get some answers in my review of Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #11. And hey, we’re in luck! The review is right here!
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Super Sons #7 Review



Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

Last issue's cliffhanger of old man Damian was hilarious!  Yep, it was one of the best pages in a long time and I couldn't wait to see what Tomasi had in story for the Old Guy this week.  Yea, the story involving Kraklow, Atom-Master, Time Commander and the Faceless Hunter was pretty good too, not to mention having better Teen Titans moments than in their actual book.  All of that sounds like nothing could go wrong this week, right?  Well, Let's find out if that's the case...



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Justice League #27 Review

We are Family

Written by: Bryan Hitch
Art by: Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Brad Anderson, Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Jimmy
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

I really enjoyed last issue of Justice League and that was such a pleasant surprise.  Yea, I haven't been a big fan of this run, but it looks like Bryan Hitch just may be able to stick the landing as he departs and makes everything a little bit better in the world.  We shall see if that continues, but I actually looked forward to this issue and that's something I haven't felt in over a year.  So, do the good times keep a rollin'?  Let's find out...



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Green Arrow #29 Review


The Game

Written by: Benjamin Percy
Art by: Juan Ferreyra and Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

The Hard Traveling Hero story is heading off to Gotham and I hope that means something big.  I love the idea of Ollie heading cross-country to take down the Ninth Circle and clear his name, but somewhere between Washington State and Washington DC, Benjamin Percy seemed to lose his way. The story has become more about guest stars than the actual story and that's a shame.  I have enjoyed the art and with Juan Ferryra back on board, this book looks fantastic.  So, does the story catch up to the art this week?  Let's find out...


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Superman #29 Review and *SPOILERS*



Fear Superman's Might


Written By: Keith Champagne 
Art By: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Scott Hanna, Rob Hunter, Wil Quintana, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Now that our Superman Family road trip has ended, now we can get back to some proper Superman adventures..........which surprisingly seem to be all about Parallax in this issue.  Yeah, it's a bit weird for where Parallax and Sinestro were in Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, but I'll take any Lantern action I can get, especially if you throw the Man of Steel in as well....... just sounds like fun to me.  Let's see if this arc can wash the taste of that Road Trip out of my mind and get this series back on track as being one of the best titles that Rebirth has had to offer........ and if that cover is any indication, it's going to be pretty damn cool.  Let's check it out.
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Green Lanterns #29 Review and *SPOILERS*



Training Day


Written By: Sam Humphries
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Alex Sollazzo, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Ten billion years in the past we find out Green Lanterns on the verge of leading the first seven...... well, six Green Lantern against Volthoom...... it would have been seven but unfortunately, the seventh Lantern went and got herself exploded all over Earth's terrain after she will powered the hell out and couldn't control her ring.  Hopefully, in this issue we'll see Simon and Jessica train these Lanterns to the point where they are able to go up against the First Lantern and give him a run for his money, but at this point I'm more concerned with Simon and Jessica actually making them a team that cares about their calling.  Let's jump into this issue and see how the Green Lanterns handle themselves, since they were just trained themselves, plus how Simon deals without having a ring of his own anymore.  Let's check it out.
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Nightwing #27 Review and *SPOILERS*



Spy Hard


Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Javier Fernandez, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Even though we've already dealt with Spyral in the Nightwing series during its short run, it's time to get back in touch with Dick's Agent 37 persona as Huntress and him track down Giz' killer and find out that Spyral is actually the Second Hand, who have been bringing advanced weapons into Bludhaven.  It's such a weird progression of events though because at the end of the Grayson series, Tiger was a double agent for Checkmate, but as we began this title, he was simply the head of Spyral and all of his nefarious side dealings were wiped away, only to show up here as a bad guy again.  Hopefully, that's all explained as we go deeper into this Nightwing story with this issue.  Let's check it out.
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Batman #29 Review and *SPOILERS*



Never Talk About Politics or Religion At The Dinner Table, Just Murder


Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mikel Janin, Hugo Petrus, June Chung, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Time to get back to the War of Jokes and Riddles and hope to god that it starts being something that I care about because each issue in my mind seems to be getting worse and worse and it's not only that we really don't get to see anything from the war and that it's only told to us, it's that nothing seems to make any sense in the timeline that Tom King has presented to us.  In our previous issue we saw Deadshot and Deathstroke go to kill Batman for each of their teams, but once they saw the other it turned into a bloodbath that lasted five days and killed over a hundred people...........even though Batman's supposed to be so good at superhero-ing, that Riddler and Joker had to start this war in the first place.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Batman goes on the offensive here and starts acting a little more like Batman instead of sitting on the sidelines the whole time.  Let's check it out.
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Wonder Woman #28 Review and *SPOILERS*



Assassin Blitz


Written By: Shea Fontana
Art By: David Messina, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In our last issue of Wonder Woman we saw Shea Fontana go the hokey route, where a character she briefly introduced in the issue before became the villain out of nowhere and stole Diana's DNA to make herself into a Amazon of sorts to beat her genetic disease.......... which didn't last long because apparently this wasn't Dr. Crawford's "Truth" and Wonder Woman's lasso was able to take the DNA strands she added to herself away, leaving the doctor to die.  Yeah, it was an odd issue, but Wonder Woman's conflicts aren't over because as we saw in last issue's cliffhanger, it looks like someone has put a hit out on our Amazon Princess so she'll have more going on with her than simply nursing Etta Candy back to health.  Let's check it out.
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Dark Nights: Metal #1 Review and *SPOILERS*



It's Coming.......


Written By: Scott Snyder
Art By: Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, FCO Plascencia, Steve Wands
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Alright, we've been forged and cast so now it's time to get into some Metal and see what all the hubbub that Batman's been investigating is all about......... which will be amazing because there was just too much thrown out at us in those preludes that need some answering.  As we saw from those previous two issues, Batman's been trying to find a way to determine what exactly he saw when he was uploading the Batman persona back into his body after he was brought back to life by the dionysium, but after collecting all the magical metals that he could find and using the Wizard Shazam's Ninth Metal dagger to power his machine, all he saw was darkness........ which, even though we saw the Cult of the Bat actually blocked any vision he could have got........ maybe darkness is all there is.   Let's jump into this issue and see what the Cult of the Bat is up to now that Batman broke the seal and Barbatos is about to be set free.  Let's check it out.
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

PREVIEW: Trinity #12



Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: V. Ken Marion, Ray McCarthy, Dinei Ribeiro and Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 16, 2017

“DARK DESTINY” part one! Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman must turn to the mystic trinity of Dead Man, Zatanna and John Constantine when Red Hood, Artemis and Bizarro are sacrificed into the depths of the Pandora Pits by Circe and Ra’s al Ghul. 

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