Thursday, November 16, 2017

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 11/15/17

I Am a Man of Distinguished Taste

Another week, another batch of comic books--most of them with covers! Most of them with two covers, in fact! Which ones are definitively and unarguably the best of the week? Read on to find out!
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 149: DC Comics, Batman Lost and Stall Tactics



Check out our Patreon.  For as little as $1 a month, you can help support the podcast! This week's Patreon Spotlight: Action Comics #991 & Wonder Woman #34
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Wonder Woman/Conan #3 Review and SPOILERS

The Callousness 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


Last issue saw our two heroes fight each other in an arena, get transferred to a smuggling ship, get threatened by randy sailors, see the ship they’re on get rammed by a Zingaran patrol boat, jump overboard in a desperate attempt to escape and, finally, get menaced by some impressively-rendered sharks. Phew! If all of that sounds action-packed, well, it is. Although much of the action could easily be categorized as padding. Will this issue’s action be any more purposeful? There’s only one way to find out…

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Injustice 2 #32 Review


Injustice 2 #32


Writer: Tom Taylor
Art Team: Tom Derenick, Rex Lokus
DC Comics
Release Date: November 15, 2017
Cover Price: $.99

Flash Being Flashy

Well I personally was calling for a little more Earth action in this series, after taking a detour of sorts lately, and lucky for me I got exactly what I asked for.  Do we check back in on the main events of the series? No, but we do get to drop in on Barry Allen, after a long absence, and it leads to a nice little one shot here.  Interested yet? Why don't you donate a click to bloggers in need and check out this review for Injustice 2.

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Batwoman #9 Review and *SPOILERS*

You’re Stuck In Here With Me


Written By: Marguerite Bennett
Art By: Fernando Blanco, John Rauch
Letters by: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Now, I actually turned out to like the latest issue of this series but having let it marinate for a month, I have come to the conclusion that it isn’t as good as I previously thought. Granted, I think it is still one of the better issues of this Batwoman series so far but that’s not exactly saying much. It doesn’t help that we’ve been stuck in this god forsaken Many Arms of Death storyline for nearly a year now. It honestly seems like we’ve doubled down on this story and that makes me very worried for the future of this book. I can’t imagine getting excited by any story involving the Many Arms of Death and while I’m entertained by Scarecrow being in this series, I am ultimately left unsatisfied. However, the series could always throw me a curveball and I’ll end up liking this issue too. Let’s just jump in and find out.
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Trinity #15 Review




The Pits

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: V. Ken Marion, Sandu Florea, Dinei Ribeiro and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

It's the Dark Destiny finale and now that Circe has shown her true colors, I'm expecting an all-out battle this issue...between everyone.  I can talk all about the story, but the thing I've been digging the most is V Ken Marion's awesome art.  I know that will continue wowing me this issue, but does the story catch up before crossing the finish line?  Let's find out...


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Justice League #33 Review


No Doug Flutie Here

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Tyler Kirkham, Mikel Janin, Arif Prianto, Jeromy Cox, Richard Starkings and Comicraft's
Jimmy Betancourt
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

It's the finale to the Bats out of Hell Metal tie-in and I have not been a fan so far, but I am all for a game winning Hail Mary that makes it all worthwhile.  Yea, this issue continues with Cyborg's football talk so I figured I'd join in as well.  So, is this issue heading for the Super Bowl or is it just...well, the Cleveland Browns?  Let's find out...


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Super Sons #10 Review



Future Issues

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Jose Luis, Scott Hanna, Hi-Fi and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

I mentioned in my review and podcast that I am getting a little tired of this book and it's a shame.  I love the Super Sons, but I need some story to go along with the charming leads.  I really don't need much, just a little more.  Is this the issue where I get my wish?  Let's find out...


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The Wild Storm #9 Review and SPOILERS


Reflections

Written by: Warren Ellis
Art by: Jon Davis-Hunt
Colours by: Steve Buccellato
Letters by: Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Publishe


After the startling expansion of the Wild Storm universe last issue and the brutal action of the one before it, we’re probably due a bit of a rest and that’s more or less what we get with this ninth issue of the Wild Storm. That’s not to say that this issue is dull, boring or without incident, though. Far from it. It’s just that, whereas the last couple of issues have broadened the series’ focus, this one deepens it. Allow me to explain…

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Bug! The Adventures of Forager #5 Review and **SPOILERS**



Our Mad Ass Childhood

Storytellers: Lee Allred & Michael Allred 
Colorist: Laura Allred 
Letterer: Nate Peikos of Blambot® 
Cover: Michael & Laura Allred 
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: November 15, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Oh hey! I didn’t see you there. I was just hanging out in my study, sitting in a plush, wingback chair, staring into nothingness. What’s that you say? A new issue of Bug! The Adventures of Forager is out? Don’t play with me, buddy, I’ve been around the block a few times. I know that the likelihood of another issue of this comic coming out is worse than…what the…?! Well my stars and garters! There is an issue of Bug! The Adventures of Forager out, and it’s the fifth one! Check out my review of the issue, while I’m at the store buying a lottery ticket!
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Aquaman #30 Review and **SPOILERS**



The Lower Trides Are Gonna Rise Again

Story: Dan Abnett 
Art, Color and Cover: Stjepan Sejic 
Lettering: Steve Wands 
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: November 15, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Do you think the Atlantean resistance has a fight song? All sports teams and military coups should have a fight song. “Over coral and giant oyster shells/ Through the deepest trides of the sea…” It just seems correct. You have to assume the Atlantean military has a song or two to sing. Here’s my soundless review of Aquaman #30, listen up!
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Superman #35 Review and *SPOILERS*



Cry Darkseid and Let Slip The Hunger Dogs of War


Written By: Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Travis Moore, Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert, Dinei Ribeiro, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to head back to Apokolips and see how the Superman family will get out of the danger that Lex put them in by claiming he was the prophesied savior of that world way back in the Darkseid War.  In our previous issue, we saw Lex out himself as a fraud by giving the people of Apokolips their actual savior, Superman and also, we saw Lois Lane become one of Granny's Female Furies...... Yeah, the Fury bit went on a little long, but all in all, it was still an awesome issue which led us here so without further delay, let's jump into this and see how Jon's faring on this hellish world.  Let's check it out.
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Green Lanterns #35 Review and *SPOILERS*



Bolphunga The Scared


Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Carlo Barberi, Matt Santorelli, Ulises Arreola, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The Green Lanterns are back on Earth after saving the Molites from a supernova that destroyed their planet, while also saving a pop star daughter of a Ungaran Regent, who was orbiting the planet to watch the Green Lanterns in action.  Too bad that someone on Ungara doesn't want the filthy Molites staying on their planet and is willing to kill to see that the planet remains pure.  We've got all of that going on and Bolphunga on Earth with a few days to kill.......... not to mention, Jessica starting a job and Simon bunking out at one of the sector houses after he wasn't able to become gainfully employed.  That's right, we've got a lot of shit going on in the world of the Green Lanterns so let's jump into this issue and see where Tim Seeley plans on taking us.  Let's check it out.
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Nightwing #33 Review and *SPOILERS*



Birds Of A Feather


Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Javier Fernandez, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's get back to the Blud, where Nightwing is going to have the fight of his life as the Marcus Casino becomes full of Blockbuster-ed out gamblers, who only want to eat and smash........ hopefully not in that order when it comes to our hero....... or any order really.  Luckily though, the Run-Offs are on the case as well and have decided that a hero's life is right for them if it means keeping their city safe from Raptor and Pigeon's schemes.  Let's jump into this issue and see how Nightwing can deal with some crazed out, muscle bound, high rollers as Raptor puts his final play into motion.  Let's check it out.
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The Batman Who Laughs #1 Review and *SPOILERS*



Laugh It Up


Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

We've reached the end of our Dark Knights from the Dark Multiverse with this issue and hopefully, DC saved the best for last because besides for The Merciless and The Devastator, I've found these one-shots to be pretty tedious and tired after awhile because for the most part, besides for the last two I mentioned, they followed the same formula for each story, while also confusing the hell out of me as to how the Dark Multiverse works with its negative numbering.  Some are just random negative numbers, while other correspond with the positive counterpart and even if they all jived........ these are supposed to be nightmares and fears of our Batman....... so nothing really makes sense in the long run.  I've gotten over that fact though so with that, let's check out The Batman Who Laughs and see what made the worst of the worst into the man he is today.  Let's check it out.
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Demon: Hell is Earth #1 Review


This Ain’t Your Father’s Etrigan

Writer: Andrew Constant 
Penciller: Brad Walker 
Inker: Andrew Hennessy 
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor 
Letterer: Tom Napolitano 
Cover: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Lee Loughridge 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: November 22, 2017

Hey, there’s a new series starring Etrigan the Demon coming out in two weeks! But you can read some of my thoughts on the first issue right now, in my review of Demon: Hell is Earth #1! Next week I’ll have a longer, more spoiler-filled piece.
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Batman #35 Review and *SPOILERS*



Cat Fight


Written By: Tom King
Art By: Joelle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's back to the Rules of Engagement, where Batman and Catwoman have traveled to a forbidden city to track down Holly Robinson so that Catwoman can clear her name of 237 murders she confessed to to protect Holly........ You know, a little takesy backsies, but Talia Al Ghul was also there and when doesn't she want to have a sword fight to the death?  Yeah......... I don't know, she wants to sword fight so sword fighting is what Catwoman and her do and with that, you're all caught up.  Let's jump into this issue and see how Catwoman could possibly stand toe to toe with Talia Al Ghul.  Let's check it out.
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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

PREVIEW: Trinity #15


Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: V. Ken Marion, Sandu Florea, Dinei Ribeiro and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

“DARK DESTINY” finale! Constantine’s quick thinking has bought the trinity some time, but is it enough for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to stop Circe and Ra’s al Ghul from unleashing the Pandora Pits? Uncertainties mount as Red Hood, Artemis and Bizarro rush in to...save the day?

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PREVIEW: Super Sons #10



Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Jose Luis, Scott Hanna, Hi-Fi and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

“SECRET HEADQUARTERS”! In the aftermath of “Planet of the Capes,” big changes challenge both Damian and Jon, as Superboy revels in his new power and a decision by Batman rocks Robin’s world forever. And as promised earlier, the debut of the Super Sons’ new secret headquarters!

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PREVIEW: Justice League #33


Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Tyler Kirkham, Mikel Janin, Arif Prianto, Jeromy Cox, Richard Starkings and Comicraft's
Jimmy Betancourt
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

“DARK DESTINY” finale! Constantine’s quick thinking has bought the trinity some time, but is it enough for Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman to stop Circe and Ra’s al Ghul from unleashing the Pandora Pits? Uncertainties mount as Red Hood, Artemis and Bizarro rush in to...save the day?

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PREVIEW: Superman #35




Written By: Patrick Gleason, Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Travis Moore, Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert, Dinei Ribeiro, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

“IMPERIUS LEX” part three! Steppenwolf, field general of Apokolips, enlists Superman’s son Jon into his Canine Cavalry to stop Superman from helping Luthor reclaim the throne once held by Darkseid.

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PREVIEW: Nightwing #33




Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Javier Fernandez, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

“Raptor’s Revenge” part four! The streets of Blüdhaven are burning. Raptor is punishing Nightwing for rejecting him. Nightwing must rally the city and the Run-Offs and hope that Blockbuster’s hatred of him doesn’t outweigh his loyalty to the people of the Blüd.

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PREVIEW: Batman #35




Written By: Tom King
Art By: Joelle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017


“Dream of Me” part three! Has the Caped Crusader passed the point of no return? Turns out he’s going to need a little help from his friends, but this help comes with a downside: Batman’s true intentions will be exposed.

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PREVIEW: The Batman Who Laughs #1




Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 15, 2017

As the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL rock the DC Universe, the creatures of the Dark Multiverse stand ready to invade our world! How can the World’s Greatest Heroes stop a horde of deadly beings that appear to be powerful nightmare versions of familiar figures? Find out in these special tie-in issues!

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PREVIEW: Aquaman #30



The King's Brink

Story: Dan Abnett 
Art, Color and Cover: Stjepan Sejic 
Lettering: Steve Wands 
Variant Cover: Joshua Middleton 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: November 15, 2017

“UNDERWORLD” finale! After Dolphin confronts Aquaman with the horrifying truth of King Rath’s new regime, all hope for Atlantis is nearly lost until an emotional reunion with Vulko gives Arthur a renewed sense of purpose. Meanwhile, Mera attempts a dangerous new plan to penetrate the Crown of Thorns and reunite with the love of her life…at the cost of her own soul!

It's the conclusion, huh? Well I'm looking forward to see how this is going to wrap up! You can check out a sneak peek right here.
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