Thursday, October 19, 2017

Best DC Comics Covers of the Week 10/18/17

Do or Duotone. There is No Try

Hey hey! Yet another week has made it to Wednesday, aka New Comic Book Day, and that means another week of swell comic book covers by DC Comics! Not to say the other comics publishers didn't have swell covers, I don't cover those. But you can take it on my authority that DC's got the best covers in the biz. Don't believe me? Check out my list and see for yourself!
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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Trinity #14 Review



Ti esrever dna ti pilf nwod gniht ym tup I

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: V Ken Marion, Sandu Florea, Dinei Ribeiro and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

It's time to get back to the Dark Destiny story and last issue finally got me on the trolley.  Sure, V Ken Marion's art had a lot to do with that, but I also loved Constantine and Deadman/Superman.  I am hoping this issue gives us a little more information about Circe's real plan for the Trinity and how Ra's, the Outlaws and everyone else is involved as well.  Do we find out that and more in this penultimate issue?  Let's find out...

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Wonder Woman/Conan #2 Review And Spoilers



Diana the Barbarian

Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan
Colours by: Wendy Broome
Letters by: Saida Temofonte
Published by: Dark Horse Comics and DC Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

Last month’s opening installment of this series was big on action, a characterization of Conan that foregrounded his grim humour and mercenary streak, and a Wonder Woman who, divorced from her familiar milieu and suffering amnesia, was cloaked in mystery. There was much to enjoy and I must admit I liked it a great deal. Left with a number of issues to explore, not least the precise nature of this version of Wonder Woman and the intriguing question of how she would get on with a hero like Conan, I awaited the arrival of this second issue with a fair amount of anticipation – and impatience. Was it worth the wait? Let’s find out…

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Batwoman #8 Review and *SPOILERS*

Prison Break


Written By: Marguerite Bennett
Art By: Fernando Blanco, John Rauch
Letters By: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It’s been no secret that I’ve been hard on this book. Last month in particular I went for everything I had against this book. I was swinging so much that I got certain things wrong and had to remove them later. That’s how hard I wanted to take this book down. Last issue just pissed me off in the perfect way and I hadn’t even planned on going so hard on it until I started writing the review and I felt myself get angrier and angrier. However, no matter how much I get disappointed by this book somehow, I keep hope alive that the next issue will be good. I’m like a gambling addict at this point. I know the last seven hands have been shit but that next hand could win me the money. Honestly, I need to be put in a program at this point. However, I’ve been allowed to indulge in my habit so lets jump right into this new issue and keep hope alive.
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The Wild Storm #8 Review and SPOILERS


Doctor, Doctor…




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


Every so often, I forget. I forget how vast and positively bubbling with potential the Wild Storm universe is. Warren Ellis, though. Warren Ellis does not forget. As can be seen from the really quite outrageous turn this issue takes about half way through. With the exception of one or two moments here and there, the series so far has concentrated on delineating the nature of three major players in the Wild Storm universe – IO, Skywatch and the Halo Corporation. Up to now, it has been a series steeped in early 21st century obsessions with technology, power and the clandestine activities of organizations rich in both. This issue, however, Ellis reminds us that, as intriguing and fascinating as those organizations are, they are not the sum total of the Wild Storm universe. Far from it.

The Doctor is in, ladies and gentlemen. And she will see you now…

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Aquaman #29 Review and **SPOILERS**



I See No Reason Why Aquaman's Treason Should Ever Be Forgot

Story: Dan Abnett 
Art, Color and Cover: Stjepan Sejic 
Lettering: Steve Wands 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: October 18, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Now sit right back, and you’ll hear a tale: a tale of a fateful (comic) strip, whose solicit copy and early covers did not match the issues ship’d. It appears this tale was intended to be Arthur’s re-ascension to King, but you can tell it’s been re-tooled: he’s barely in the thing! He’s barely in the thing! It looks to me like Mera will be Queen and Artie will walkabout; if that happens then it suits me just fine, that’s all we talk about! Here’s my review of Aquaman #29!
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Green Arrow #33 Review


Trial by Something

Written by: Ben Percy
Art by: Jamal Campbell and Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

Now that the Hard Traveling Hero arc (and a Metal tie-in) is over, we can get to some important matters like proving that Oliver Queen isn't a murderer.  Yea, that's pretty big whether Ben Percy wants to deal with it or not.  Of course, finding out Wendy Poole was a big deal so I'm not really afraid that Oliver will go to jail for life, but crazier things have happened.  So, how does this new arc start out and is it good?  Let's see...


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Super Sons #9 Review


Where's the Beef?

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Jorge Jimenez, Carmine Di Giandomenico, Alejandro Sanchez, Ivan Plascencia and Rob
Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

I have enjoyed the Super Sons book a lot since it debuted, but it hasn't made it to the top of my pile just yet.  Peter Tomasi has brought the fun, but up until now, there has been enough meat on the bone to make a satisfying backyard barbecue.  You know what I mean, right?  Do we get more this issue?  Let's find out...


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Harley Quinn #30 Review and **SPOILERS**



Dishonor Hizzoner

Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner 
Artist: John Timms 
Colors: Alex Sinclair with Jeremiah Skipper 
Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Amanda Conner & Alex Sinclair 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: October 18, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Now that we know Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner will be leaving this title after issue #34, I expect we’re going to get a lot of storylines wrapping up and table-setting for the next writer, Frank Tieri. Plus, Harley Quinn is still running for the Mayor of New York City. Let’s jump into the beginning of the end of a long run of Harley Quinn with my review of issue #30!
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Justice League #31 Review


All You Need Is Love

Written by: Bryan Hitch
Art by: Fernando Pasarin, Andy Owens, Oclair Albert, Brad Anderson, Richard Starkins and Jimmy
Comicraft's
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

It's the end of Bryan Hitch's Legacy story and while I have been a fan, it's showing some cracks lately.  It has been all about the kids for me, but the last couple of issues have devolved into a slug fest and that's a shame because Hitch's character work was really good.  So, does this finale get back to the good stuff and end on a high note?  Let's find out...

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Batman: The Drowned #1 Review and **SPOILERS**

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Slippery When Wet

Writer: Dan Abnett 
Artists: Philip Tan & Tyler Kirkham 
Colors: Dean White & Arif Prianto 
Letters: Tom Napolitano 
Cover: Jason Fabok and Brad Anderson 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: October 18, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Woohoo! I finally get to review Batman! I’ve been waiting for this moment, I’ve done a ton of research and really delved into the background of the Boy Who Would Be a Bat, and now I get to…wait, what’s this? It’s Batman…but like Aquaman? And with boobs? Let’s get to the bottom of this in my review of Batman: The Drowned #1, right here!
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Superman #33 Review and *SPOILERS*



God of Apokolips


Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art By: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Wil Quintana, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's been awhile since we had Tomasi and Gleason on this title and since I consider this title their book, I'm all kinds of excited to get them back on board because while the ending to Black Dawn was a little forced, the first twenty-five issues of this title came together pretty damn well and made it one of my favorite books in Rebirth........ I'm not considering the Road Trip arc a part of this...... that's just my prerogative as a fan of this series and a nut.  Anyway, let's get back to some meat in this series and see what these two creators have in store for us as we finally deal with the events of the Darkseid War, where Lex Luthor was given his super suit and deemed the God of Apokolips before completely bailing on them.  Let's check it out.
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Green Lanterns #33 Review and *SPOILERS*



We Perish!


Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Alex Sollazzo, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Now that Tim Seeley is on this book I really hope that we can get away from all the "Willpower Spikes" that this series has given us instead of just giving us a charge like it should be, but really, I won't hold my breath on that.  It's a whole new world though with a whole new writer and hopefully that means that we'll be getting some new and interesting stories that will come together better than they have previously in this series.  Yeah, there's a lot of hoping involved with this issue and really, I just want a Green Lanterns title that I can be happy with and get completely back on its trolley because this was the series that I was looking forward to the most when Rebirth was announced and it just never lived up to the hype that I had for it.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Tim Seeley is the beginning of my hope realized and if this series can be redeemed.  Let's check it out.
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Nightwing #31 Review and *SPOILERS*



Full House


Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Miguel Mendonca, Diana Egea, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Bludhaven is still in turmoil since Nightwing arrived, but now it seems to be even worse because Raptor has showed up to the party and plans on making all the privileged people of the city pay for making the poor suffer.  Since it looks like Raptor is upping his game and putting people who don't deserve it in danger, Nightwing was forced to go to Blockbuster for help, making us all wonder how far Dick will go to take his former partner down.  Let's jump into this issue and see how far Nightwing will go to get his man.  Let's check it out.
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Titans #16 Review and *SPOILERS*



A Crisis of Clay


Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's going to hard for the Titans to continue to fight the good fight now that Wally West has died......... which I doubt any of us really believe, but for this issue, let's at least go with it.  Anyway, we saw previously that Gnarrk and Malcolm Duncan have been taken control of by either a powered up Psimon or an entity that they're trying to release from another dimension and because of this, Wally was killed using the speed force too hard with his weakened heart to try to save Dick Grayson.  Let's jump into this issue and see what it is that is trying to break down the doors to this reality and how it affects the Titans.  Let's check it out.

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Batman #33 Review and *SPOILERS*



Pre-Wedding To-Do List


Written By: Tom King
Art By: Joelle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Now that the War of Jokes and Riddles are over and Selina has accepted Bruce Wayne's marriage proposal..........  Well, we're going to see how Tom King deals with the whole pre-wedding stress that couples have.  What that means for Batman?  I don't know because it's probably going to be crazy and convoluted, but at this point all I really want to see is how the rest of the Bat Family deal with the news.  Hopefully, we get that here and we have a story line that makes sense the entire way through.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Gotham City Garage #5 Review


Gotham City Garage #5


Writer: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Art Team: Aneke, Kelly Fitzpatrick
DC Comics
Release Date: October 4, 2017
Cover Price: $ .99

Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Na, Batgirl

Hand up, I screwed up, I have no idea when this book releases anymore so I'm a little behind here with the series currently on issue #6.  What started out as a digital first bi-weekly has suddenly moved to weekly series on me and I have all these committment issues to begin with this is more on is plate than I anticipated.  Anyway enough about how I'm a knucklehead and let's get back to motorcycles and superheroes shall we.  Lets check in on this universes Batgirl in issue five.
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Injustice 2 #28 Review


Injustice #28


Writer: Tom Taylor
Art Team: Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Rex Lokus
DC Comics
Release Date: October 17, 2017
Cover Price: $.99

(Dark) Knight In Court

Welcome back for your weekly Injustice recap and critique. I’m really only writing this review right now because I was watching the Cavs vs Celtics game and witnessed someone break their leg in half on live TV, which killed my appetite for sports for the night, so here I am reviewing away.  Anyway, let’s continue to peek in on the aftermath of the disaster left in the wake of Aqualad, commanded by Ra’s Al Ghul, and see if this raft stops flowing up Shit’s Creek sooner or later shall we ... join me.

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PREVIEW: Green Lanterns #33




Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Alex Sollazzo, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99


Release Date: October 18, 2017

“WORK RELEASE”! Being a member of an intergalactic police force and the Justice League isn’t easy, but Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz face their most dire threats when they return to Earth and are forced to…get jobs?! 
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PREVIEW: Nightwing #31




Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Miguel Mendonca, Diana Egea, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017


“RAPTOR’S REVENGE” part two! Raptor’s wrath is rolling through the streets of Blüdhaven, and every ally Nightwing has made there is under attack! He’ll have to make an awful pact with Blockbuster if he wants to save the city—a pact that will change the course of Nightwing’s destiny!

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PREVIEW: Superman #33




Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art By: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Wil Quintana, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

“IMPERIUS LEX!” It’s a game of thrones on Apokolips as the lords of the dreaded world battle each other to claim its rule. Lex Luthor is summoned back to the warring planet, and he will need Superman to help him reclaim a crown he did not ask for. Meanwhile, Lois is confronted by the Female Furies and Jon faces the Children of the Firepits.
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PREVIEW: Titans #16




Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

“Death Race”! After suffering a major cardiac episode due to his weakened heart, Wally West is dead…or is he? In a race against time and death itself, Wally reaches out to another speedster for help: Kid Flash! Can the two of them jump start Wally’s heart…or is there about to be one less Wally West? 

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PREVIEW: Batman #33




Written By: Tom King
Art By: Joelle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 18, 2017

“A DREAM OF ME” part 1! Following his marriage proposal to Catwoman, Batman leaves Gotham City on a quest of renewal and redemption. As he travels and fights, he encounters members of his family—each disturbed by Batman’s journey, each ready to stand in his way, each ready to push back against Batman’s stubborn determination to evolve into something better than a superhero. 
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PREVIEW: Aquaman #29



Never Forget to Remember

Story: Dan Abnett 
Art, Color and Cover: Stjepan Sejic 
Lettering: Steve Wands 
Variant Cover: Joshua Middleton 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: October 18, 2017

“UNDERWORLD” part five! Desperate to penetrate the supernatural barrier surrounding Atlantis, Mera enlists the help of an ex-Atlantean magician: Garth, the Titan known as Tempest! But Aquaman’s former protégé has sworn off his mystical practices, and the magisters of the Silent School don’t take betrayal lightly. Meanwhile, as Arthur and Dolphin fight off both the armies of the Drift and Krush’s criminal empire, Vulko discovers that which the former will need to take back his throne…something forgotten!

Looks to me like the story is going...swimmingly. Check out some preview pages and wash the bad taste of that pun out of your...eyes?
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PREVIEW: Harley Quinn #30



Harley Quinn's Cronies Ain't Phonies

Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner 
Artist: John Timms 
Colors: Alex Sinclair with Jeremiah Skipper 
Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Amanda Conner & Alex Sinclair 
Variant Cover: Frank Cho & Sabine Rich 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: October 18, 2017

“Vote Harley” part three! Harley’s making some pretty unsavory alliances to keep her mayoral campaign humming...including drafting some of the worst villains from her Gotham City days! How will her New York friends react to that? Can they hold their noses and vote for someone who accepts campaign contributions from the Penguin?

Well, it's New York so blah blah etc. This has been a fun arc so far, take a look at some preview pages and see what you think! 
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