Thursday, February 22, 2018

Chris and Reggie's Cosmic Treadmill ep. 78 - Avengers Spotlight #23 (1989)


Coochie Coochie Time

Good evening, late-nite listeners! Heeeere's Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) bringing you another deep dive into a comic book, this one specially chosen by Aaron Anderson: Avengers Spotlight #23 from Marvel Comics! After the usual biographies for Howard Mackie, Al Milgrom, John Byrne and Kieron Dwyer, the Hollywood Kids read both stories contained in this issue--the second one of the first appearances of The Vision in his all-white look! Then they talk about an old rural discount chain from whence Aaron's issue derived, and wrap up with a list of superheroes that had arguably unfortunate changes to their standard costumes. Even one character that never really had a standard costume! It's a great show, ladies and gentlemen, we hope you'll tune in for the duration.
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DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 2/22/18

High Art and Dinosaurs

Howdy folks! It's another week of terrific DC Comics...covers! I have a real mixed bag this week, but I do think I've selected the very best of this week. So let's dispense with the introduction and get right to drooling over some sweet artwork

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4 Review


Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #4 Review 


Writer: James Tynion IV, Ryan Ferrier
Art Team: Freddie Williams II, Jeremy Colwell
DC Comics/IDW Publishing
Release Date: February 21, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

The Venom is Calling

Four turtles and a 'Bat" were surround at the hand of Bane at the end of last issue. To make matters worse Bane is in control of the Foot Clan, has turned Baxter into a fly, forcing him to develop a new Venom along the way.   So ya our heroes are in dire straights. Lets jump in here and see how they get out of this one ... if they do at all.

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Wonder Woman/Conan #6 Review and Spoilers


Murder of Crows

Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan
Colours by: Wendy Broome
Letters by: Saida Temofonte
Published by: DC Comics/Dark Horse Comics
Cover Price: $3.99

Approaching this final issue of Wonder Woman/Conan is a decidedly bitter-sweet experience. The series has been generally excellent and, with Marvel having reacquired the license to everyone's favourite barbarian, further adventures featuring these two characters looks rather unlikely. A shame, but let's not dwell on what may or may not be, eh? There's a city to save and crow-goddesses to defeat. Let's hope Conan can figure out what on earth he's meant to do with that mystically glowing lasso…

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Batwoman #12 Review and *SPOILERS*

FINALLY! There’s Something!


Written By: Marguerite Bennett
Art By: Scott Godlewski, John Rauch
Letters By: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It’s that time of the month where I come and tell you all about how this series is struggling. It just is. It may have it’s fans but the series has become stagnant and slow. However, there is always a possibility that the series may surprise us. It’s unlikely at this point but perhaps it will. We have returned to Bennett’s writing in this issue and while I’ve been giving her quite a bit of flack for this series, I would say that I’d rather continue reading her story than get any more of what we got from the last issue. Granted, if they were going to bring in someone completely new to build a brand new story on, I would be all for that (what’s Greg Rucka doing right now?) but let’s just dive right in and see what this issue has in store for us.
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The American Way: Those Above and Those Below #6 Review and **SPOILERS**


Triple Crosser

Written by: John Ridley
Art by: Georges Jeanty, John Livesay, Nick Filardi, and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

**NON-SPOILERS AND SCORE AT BOTTOM**

Well, we finally made it. After four extremely wordy issues and one surprisingly good issue last month, it's the end of John Ridley's follow-up American Way series. Despite being positive about the last issue, I haven't enjoyed this series as a whole up to this point. The characters haven't been likable, there is way too much heavy-handed dialogue, and the story has barely moved forward. That being said, I am holding out hope for a strong ending based solely on the fifth issue. So let's jump in and see if John Ridley can ride that momentum and carry it through to the end of the series.

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Deathbed #1 Review and **SPOILERS**


I Hope You Brought Your Dancing Shoes

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

**NON-SPOILERS AND SCORE AT BOTTOM**

Well, I'm not sure what to expect heading into this book. I have been pretty high on Vertigo's books lately and I consider myself a Joshua Williamson fan. On the other hand, Williamson's Flash run started off very slow for me and I rarely like any art by Riley Rossmo. So that leaves me in a weird spot with this one. The concept seems pretty cool but also very out there, and the cover doesn't really tell me much. So, with all of that, I'm going to keep an open mind and not go in with any preconceived biases. Let's take a peak in and see what this new book is all about.

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Super Sons #13 Review



Pitcher's Paradise

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Carlo Barberi, Art Thibert, Gabe Eltaeb and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

I don't know why, but it feels like forever since we've gotten an issue of Super Sons.  So, coming out of the Super Sons of Tomorrow crossover, I am really hoping this book gets some momentum going and starts dishing out the fun a title like this should be serving up.  Well, with rumors of this book ending in a handfull of issues, I guess I will take whatever we get, but a man can hope, can't he?  So, did this issue put a smile on my face?  Let's find out...


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Nightwing #39 Review


Smoke and Mirrors

Written by: Sam Humphries
Art by: Phil Jimenez, Jamal Campbell, Matt Santorelli, Alex Sinclair and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

I haven't been too keen on this Nightwing run since Sam Humphries jumped onboard.  I think he does a decent job getting Dick's voice down, but this whole Judge story has been a huge miss for me.  It just keeps stumbling on and without knowing the Judge's actual powers (are they tech, magic, something else???), I can't get a full grip on what's going on here.  Plus, Humphries sets up one of the most nonsensical versions of wishes vs monkey paws I have ever read or seen.  They aren't clever or surprising and again, without knowing how he is making it all happen, I'm left wondering why these people are going through with situations where the end result is very clear and very present danger!  Maybe we will find out in this issue, but saying that for the fifth time just points out the bigger problem we are facing.  Well, do we find out more?  Let's see...


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The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #1 Review and Spoilers


Brave New World

Written by: Liam Sharp
Art by: Liam Sharp, Romulo Fajardo Jr, and Alw's Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018
Review by: Matches Balone


First off let me start by saying how excited I am to be writing a comic book review. I'm a huge DC Comics fan and a proud member of the Get Fresh Crew "WHOOP WHOOP!!!" so I am extremely grateful that I get to start my "comic book career" right here with Weird Science DC. Anyways enough with the pleasantries let's get down to the nitty gritty...
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Damage #2 Review

Still Learning to Play Well with Others


Storytellers: Tony S. Daniel, Robert Venditti
Art Team: Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki, Tomeu Morey
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018


Of the New Age of DC Heroes books I've read so far, which is all of them that have released at this point, Damage still remains #1 in my heart, with its combination of story and art, in issue one, resulting in some high-quality entertainment for the price. So let's peep in on issue two now, and see what our boy Ethan/Damage is up to now, after escaping military control, leaving him on the run from none other than the Suicide Squad.

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Superman #41 Review and *SPOILERS*



Hope To God


Written By: James Robinson
Art By: Ed Benes, Dinei Ribeiro, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to get all preachy on the planet Galymayne, where Superman and Superboy have come to save its inhabitants before the planet explodes.  Too bad that the people here believe that their god demands their death and are willing to fight Superman with their faith magic to make sure they do....... It's also a bit weird that Superman would force his will on them like that, but whatever.  At the end of the previous issue our two heroes had escaped the angry mob with the only scientist of the planet and the trio now make their way to his lab so that they may find a way to continue his species.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Robinson goes a little easier on faith in this issue.  Let's check it out.
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Milk Wars: Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye/Swamp Thing Special #1 Review and **SPOILERS**



House of Mystery

Written By: Jon Rivera
Drawn By: Langdon Foss 
Colors By: Nick Filardi 
Letters By: Clem Robins 
Back Up Script: Magdalene Visaggio 
Back Up Art & Color: Sonny Liew 
Back Up Letters: Todd Klein 
Cover By: Rian Hughes 
Cover Price: $4.99 
On Sale Date: February 21, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

I may have mentioned it before, but Swamp Thing is the character that brought me into regularly reading superhero comics, and the DC Universe in specific. I’d been reading comics already, primarily in my father’s collected editions that were becoming more prevalent in the 1980s, but it wasn’t until an issue of Saga of the Swamp Thing that I became interested in reading regularly. And that led me to read a story in Gotham City, which led me to reading Batman, then Justice League, and so on. So when I see that he’s part of this “Milk Wars” un-event…I get a little protective. Find out if I’m the smothering type in my review of Swamp Thing/Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye Special #1, right here!
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Trinity #18 Review


Make Believe Battle Land

Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Patch Zircher, Gabe Eltaeb, and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

Well, with the Trinity book coming to an end, I have to admit that the type of story we are getting from James Robinson is what I've been waiting for since it debuted in Rebirth.  Sure, it hasn't been a 10/10 (maybe to some less discerning reviewers), but send our heroes to Skartaris and team them up with Warlord and at least you have a recipe for fun.  So, does the recipe equal out to a tasty treat?  Let's find out...


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Justice League #39 Review and *SPOILERS*



Not All Publicity Is Good Publicity 


Written By: Christopher Priest
Art By: Ian Churchill, Alex Sollazzo, Willie Schu
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The People Vs. The Justice League continues with this issue, where the trust of the people has been severely damaged after a nun was killed during a Justice League operation.  To make matters worse, our heroes are also up against The Fan, a man who's the biggest fan of the Justice League, who is willing to do anything to maintain their roles as heroes....... including murder.  The biggest problem with this is...... you know, besides the whole murder thing, is that he is a master of disguise and goes about his dirty work while looking like our heroes.  He's smart, dangerous and worst of all, he knows everything about our heroes so even if the Justice League takes him down, what will they do with him.  Let's jump into this issue and see if The Fan strikes again and if the people start changing their minds about the people who have protected them for years.  Let's check it out.
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Harley Quinn #38 Review and **SPOILERS**



Killer Coney

Writer: Frank Tieri 
Artist: Mirka Andolfo, Eleonora Carlini 
Colors: Alex Sinclair 
Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Darwyn Cooke, Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts 
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: February 21, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

I gotta say, Frank Tieri on this title has been the breath of fresh air it needed. And that’s not to disrespect the previous creative team, but things had fallen in a rut and I started to find reading the comic to be a bit of a chore. Now, I don’t find it a chore at all! Thank heavens for small blessings. What do I think of Harley Quinn #38? Read my review and you’ll see!
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Aquaman #33 Review and **SPOILERS**



Give the Xebel Her Air

Story: Dan Abnett 
Artist: Riccardo Federici 
Breakdowns: Rick Leonardi 
Color: Sonny Gho 
Lettering: Steve Wands 
Cover: Stjepan Sejic 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: February 21, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Last time we left the story, Aquaman and co. had breached the outer walls of the palace, and it looked like something was about to happen! So let’s see what happens! Read my review of Aquaman #33, right here!
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Green Lanterns #41 Review and *SPOILERS*



Road To Hellhole 


Written By Tim Seeley
Art By: Barnaby Bagenda, Tom Derenick, Mick Gray, Ulises Arreola, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Now that our Lanterns are wise about superheroes getting taken based on their superhero dating app profiles, it's time to grab their fountain of space and criminal knowledge and captive, Scrapps and head off into the cosmos so that Simon can find his one-night stand Night Pilot and all the other kidnapped small time superheroes of Earth.  Let's jump into this issue and see if the fun that we had in last issue continues here.  Let's check it out.
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Batman and The Signal #2 Review and *SPOILERS*



Don't Forget The Sun Screen


Written By: Scott Snyder, Tony Patrick
Art By: Cully Hamner, Laura Martin, Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Like I said in the first issue of this series, I've been waiting for a solo Duke Thomas book for awhile and even though this title has Batman in it, this really is a solo Duke Thomas book........... the only problem is, this doesn't feel all that much like Duke Thomas.  Now don't get me wrong.  We have Duke, we have him rocking The Signal name and going around and doing the whole "superhero" thing, but with his powers being so new and only seen briefly in two issues previous to this series...... and the fact that Dark Nights: Metal isn't finished yet and we don't know what may come from that.... I feel kind of lost in this.  I don't know if it's over written or under explained, but something is going on here to the point where I'm just having a hard time following the narrative of this meta-human crisis going on in Gotham and even after reading this and the previous issue, I really don't understand Duke's powers or anything really going on in this series.  Maybe that's just me though.  Let's jump into this issue and see the further adventures of The Signal as he goes up against other meta-kids, who claim that their powers come from our hero.  Let's check it out.
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Batman #41 Review and *SPOILERS*



Would You Love Me?  I'd Love Me, I'd Love Me Hard


Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mikel Janin, June Chung, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Now that we're done playing with our Super Friends, it looks like we're finally going to get back into Batman going after super villains and actually being Batman and I like that idea just fine and have been wanting this to happen for awhile, but since Tom King has decided that stories are overrated when compared to spread pages and repeating dialog.......... I'm guessing that I better start being careful what I wish for.  Let's jump into this issue that's all about Poison Ivy breaking bad and see how it makes sense to the Batgirl and the Birds of Prey continuity and the fact that Ivy and Catwoman are good friends.  Let's check it out.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

PREVIEW: Deathbed #1


Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

Myth, hack, sex symbol, stark raving lunatic—all of these words have been used to describe Antonio Luna, the world’s greatest living adventurer. Or at least he was until 20 years ago, when he mysteriously vanished from the public eye. Now the ninety-year-old has returned and claims to be on his deathbed. Which is where Valentine Richards, a failed novelist turned reporter, comes in. Val is hired to travel to Luna’s remote castle home and uncover where the old star has been all these years, and just how much of what he says is actually true. But once Val starts to hear Luna’s tale, she finds herself entering into an insane world of psychedelic violence and explosive supernatural adventure.

This brand-new series is a bold collaboration between Joshua Williamson (THE FLASH, FROSTBITE) and Riley Rossmo (THE BATMAN WHO LAUGHED). Before it’s through, they promise to take you to the Moon and back—and everywhere in between—plus some places that are totally off the map.
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PREVIEW: Damage #2


Storytellers: Tony S. Daniel, Robert Venditti
Art Team: Tony S. Daniel, Danny Miki, Tomeu Morey
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

Damage can smash his way through a warzone, but can he smash his way through the Suicide Squad? Colonel Jonas takes on Amanda Waller in a race to see who can get to Damage first. And while Waller sends Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Parasite and Giganta to capture Damage by any means necessary, Colonel Jonas has her own wicked plan in play… 


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PREVIEW: Super Sons #13 Review


Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Carlo Barberi, Art Thibert, Gabe Eltaeb and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

“Mother’s Day” part one! Talia al Ghul returns for her son Damian, whom she trained from birth to be an assassin. With the evil in Robin’s past finally revealed to Superboy, it might be too much for the Sons’ partnership to survive…especially when the boys find out her next victim is one of the most important people in their lives! 


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PREVIEW: Justice League #39




Written By: Christopher Priest
Art By: Ian Churchill, Alex Sollazzo, Willie Schu
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018

“The People vs. Justice League” part six! An environmental disaster unites both Justice League teams as Cyborg faces the first test of his leadership while still being overshadowed by Batman. Meanwhile, the Green Lanterns struggle with internal conflicts while being recruited by a mysterious visitor for an unspecified deep-space mission. 

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PREVIEW: Superman #41




Written By: James Robinson
Art By: Ed Benes, Dinei Ribeiro, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 21, 2018


“SUICIDE PLANET” part two! Superman and Superboy battle the alien extremists of a world on the brink of disaster in the hope of saving them from themselves! 

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