Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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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PREVIEW: Batman: The Drowned #1


What If...Mera was Batman?

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

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 even 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!

Looks like we're going to find out how Batman would police Atlantis, if given the opportunity. Check out some preview pages and see what you think!
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Marvel Madness Comics Podcast Ep #24

Ep.#24: Falcon, Despicable Deadpool, Defenders, Amazing Spider-Man / Marvel Madness Comics Podcast



Are you ready for week 2 of the Marvel Legacy branding? Well too bad again because thats what we're chatting about. Kill a couple hours of your work week as Branden and Trevitt get together to discuss some of the second week of books coming out of Marvel Legacy. We get into details this week and tell you whether or not to buy, borrow, or forget the following titles:

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Daredevil #27 Review - Marvel Monday



Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Ron Garney
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 11, 2017
Review by: Aaron Anderson


Soule's Daredevil run continues to chug along but it has really started to gain steam recently since Garney is back on art duties. Soule has decided now is the time to get back to the things that were extremely interesting in the start of his tenure on the title. That being the addition to the D.D. Family, Blindspot. Who is Daredevil's potential sidekick/partner. Also Blindspot being an illegal immigrant from China with a family loosely tied to The Hand posed an interesting dynamic. So let us just travel to China and find our hero.
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Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #12 Review - Marvel Monday

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #12


Written by Ryan Stegman
Art by Brian Level
Colors by Jesus Aburtov
Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna
Release Date: October 11, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Review by Anthony G.

The Curse of the Green Goblin Pt. 2

After a full year in this alternate timeline - with creative team Gerry Conway and Ryan Stegman - where Peter and Mary Jane are still married and have a pre-teen daughter named Annie May, this issue comes full circle tying up everything we’ve gotten from the first issue to now. This feels like a proper send off for the Spider-family by the original creative team and doesn’t leave any loose ends for the next creative team to deal with. Writer Ryan Stegman pulls on our heartstrings and Brian Level’s art is a bit down on this issue than what we’ve gotten from him previously. Now, let’s get right into the story and see if Normie will get his belated birthday present - the death of Spider-Man.


Plot - SPOILERS BELOW
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Ms. Marvel #23 Review - Marvel Monday

Ms. Marvel #23 Review

Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Diego Olortegui
Colours by Ian Herring
Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna
Release Date: October 11, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Review by Anthony G.

Northeast Corridor Pt. 1

Ms. Marvel issues are typically self-contained, with very little impact to and from other books in the Marvel Universe, and this issue is no different. Her issues usually only involve her family, her peers and any villains that seem to be causing trouble in Jersey City, where she lives. She is very much the ground level superhero in her own title. Writer, G. Willow Wilson, doesn’t seem to be going in a Marvel Legacy style beginning to this arc. It’s a nice change of pace for readers, like myself, who are also invested in larger Marvel Universe impacting heroes. Coming from what happened in the previous arc with Discord and the agency of K.I.N.D., this arc seems to be more lighthearted filler. I was annoyed with the forced conflict with our hero and the other character on the cover, who we haven’t seen since Kamala’s trip to Pakistan. Is this another team up? Is he here to cause trouble for our title hero? Let’s find out.

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Amazing Spider-Man #789 Review - Marvel Monday


Amazing Spider-Man #789



Writer: Dan Slott
Art Team: Stuart Immonen, Wade von Grawbadger, Marte Gracia
Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 11, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Parker Likes Cheese & Whining

After a brief pitstop to see if the Goblin could get his groove back, we check in on the Legacy edition of the Amazing Spider-Man, now here with a classic renumbering to boot. So what does a former CEO, whose lost it all (again), do when the worlds turned against him? Hide in his girlfriend's house for long stretches of the day and spout off at the mouth of course … but that's not all folks, lets see what other secrets #789 is holding … jump on in.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 145: DC Comics, Dark Nights Metal, Mr. Oz and Friday the 13th



 Friday the 13th happened this week, so that means...a long podcast filled with reviews, rants and mail!  Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Family Trade Issue 1 - Review


It's a family affair

Written by: Justin Jordan & Nikki Ryan
Art by: Morgan Beem
Letters by Rachel Deering
Publisher: Image
Review by: Andrew McAvoy



The artwork of comic books often plays second fiddle to the writing in terms of review work. So let's try to correct that slightly by giving Morgan Beem her full dues for the amazing work throughout this first issue of The Family Trade. Her work is so good in fact that this issue would be worth owning outright based on her magnificent work in and of itself. It is a double blessing then that her work is complimented by a superb high-concept story from Jordan and Ryan which has been thoroughly thought-out and planned. With both the story and the art firing on all cylinders lets jump in and find out what it's all about.
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Harbinger Renegade - Issue 8



My enemy's enemy

Story: Rafer Roberts
Penciler: Darick Robertson
Inker: Tom Palmer
Colors: Diego Rogriguez
Letters: Simon Bowland
Publisher: Valiant
Review by: Andrew McAvoy

The story opens with Kris Hathaway, leader of the Renegades, trying to explain the life choices that led her to her present position to her mother and father. Her parents, who are very conservative but loving types, try to explain the implications and financial difficulties her life choices, including her imprisonment and passing them stolen money, have had on them. They part ways without coming to terms with each other's positions, but the scene is a touching one. The reader knows that they care for one and other but it is simply that their world views are so opposite that they can no longer be reconciled. On her journey home Kris has exchanges with Peter and alludes to the fact that she may just need a smoke.
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Sacred Creatures Issue 4 - Review



Lust for life

Written by: Pablo Raimondi & Klaus Janson
Art by: Klaus Jansen (Ancient scenes) and
            Pablo Raimondi (Contemporary scenes)
Letters by: Clem Robins
Publisher: Image
Reviewed by: Andrew McAvoy

Anyone who has followed this series to date will know that it mixes deep themes of religion and spirituality with a very black sense of humor. So far we have seen how the Nephilims (human embodiment of the 7 Deadly Sins) have plotted the downfall of Naviel their keeper on Earth. They have used Josh Miller, controlling him to lay the fatal blow to Naviel, before her son Adrian can stop the slaying. Now Adrian is doing his utmost to protect Josh, as well as his wife and just born baby, as well as his hostile mother-in-law, from the Nephilims.
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Youngblood #6 Review

Help! I need somebody! 

Written by: Chad Bowers                 
Art by: Jim Towe
Colors: Juan Manuel Rodríguez
Letters: Rus Wooton
Publisher: Image
Release Date: October 11, 2017
Reviewer: Andrew McAvoy

This was my most anticipated book of the week, and I was concerned that I may have set my expectations too high. I needn't have worried as the issue brilliantly closes off the 6 issue Youngblood Reborn arc. I have been continually impressed by this series so far, and how the team dynamic has taken shape so well, in such a short space of time. So let's find out what went down.
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Best DC Comics Covers of the Week 10/11/17

Where, Oh Where, Has My "Best Covers of the Week" Gone?

Folks, mea culpa. It's been two weeks since I did a round-up of the best DC Comics covers of the week,  and I know it's caused anguish and near-riots in some sectors. I have no better excuse other than my usual routine being upended by a bathroom remodel, and this was the thing that got squeezed out of my brain while I kept a running list of a dozen other things. It can only hold like fourteen things, total! Sorry about that, but I am back, and ready to present the definitive, inarguable list of best comic book covers to come from DC Comics this week!

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Ragman #1 Review and **SPOILERS**



Looks Like He’s On the Rag

Writer: Ray Fawkes 
Artist: Inaki Miranda 
Colorist: Eva De La Cruz 
Letterer: Josh Reed 
Cover: Guillem March 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: October 11, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Okay, I’m sorry, but every time I see this title or hear it mentioned, I think of this cartoon:
Which is entirely unrelated to my review of Ragman #1, right here!
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THE WILD STORM: MICHAEL CRAY #1 Review and Spoilers


Sanctuary


Written by: Bryan Hill with Warren Ellis
Art by: N Steven Harris, Dexter Vines, Steve Bucellato and Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: October 11, 2017
Warren Ellis and Jon Davis-Hunt’s The Wild Storm has been one of the most impressive comics to come out of DC in the last twelve months. While I know the plan was always to expand the Wild Storm line – and universe – in an incremental way, I must admit that I’d been viewing the arrival of a non-Ellis scripted title with a mixture of anticipation and trepidation. The former because more Wild Storm is undoubtedly a good thing; the latter because any dilution of quality (which seemed a possibility if Ellis wasn’t writing everything) was inevitably going to be disappointing. Well, I’m an idiot for feeling that way. Let me explain why…

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The Flash #32 Review



New Heights

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Christian Duce, Ivan Placencia, and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 11, 2017

Barry is off to Iron Heights and while that sucks for him, I'm hoping we get so good Flash action.  Plus, we got the promise of getting more Wally West in the book and that's fine with me.  So, how does this arc start off?  Let's find out...


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Justice League of America #16 Review


Microsense

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Felipe Wantanabe, Ruy Jose, Marcelo, Maiolo and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 11, 2017


It's back tot he Microverse this week and I hope we finally see what Dr. Aut did because I'm sick and tired of Ray screaming about it and blaming Ryan for messing everything up.  Now, I know that Steve Orlando seems to be having trouble keeping straight the story of what Ray did or didn't tell Ryan at the start of Rebirth, but at no time was it "Don't trust Aut".  It really would have been that easy, bit no.  So do we get a good issue this week or another boring trip towards a non cliffhanger?  Let's find out...


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New Super-Man #16 Review and **SPOILERS**



Brang the All-Yang, Y’all

Writer: Gene Luen Yang 
Pencils: Brent Peeples 
Inks: Richard Friend 
Colors: Hi-Fi 
Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Philip Tan & Beredo 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: October 11, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Ooh, have I been waiting for this issue! Last one left off with Kenan Kong and Evil I-Ching in Chinatown, USA, circa 1937! So you know we’re gonna see some buck teeth and fu manchus! And the best part is that, because it’s written by Gene Luen Yang, it’s not racist! What’s that? You say it might be presented in an instructive capacity, and not for my sick entertainment? No way! Let’s find out in my review of New Super-Man #16, which shouldn’t make me feel badly or wrong-headed at all!
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