Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Flash: The Trial of the Flash - Review and **SPOILERS**


Written By: Lauren Certo and Kristen Kim

Directed By: Phil Chipera


First Aired: January 16, 2018

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Batwoman #11 Review and *SPOILERS*

They Call Me Mr. Pyg!


Written By: K. Perkins
Art By: Scott Godlewski, John Rauch
Letters By: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Looks like we are taking a quick break from Marguerite Bennett’s writing as this latest issue of Batwoman is being taken on by K. Perkins. Perkins has written Supergirl in the past and has recently been connected to the Superwoman book. While I am excited for a break from Bennett’s long dragging path through the Many Arms of Death, I wouldn’t expect K. Perkins to deviate that much as she is only being brought on for a single issue and Bennett will return on issue 12. That said, maybe Perkins will shock us and give us some quality Batwoman content that most of us have been starving for. Let’s just jump right in and let the issue speak for itself.


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Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #3 Review


Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #3 Review

Plot & Dialogue: James Tynion IV, Ryan Ferrier
Art Team: Freddie Williams II, Jeremy Colwell 
DC Comics/IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Venom-agen or Mutagen-om 

These are two of my favorite properties since childhood (Batman and TMNT) and I loved the first series by Tynion a lot. Admittedly there are obvious similarities between the two groups of characters but they really have no business being together in the same world, yet for some reason it all just worked, and this sequel so far has been no different. Right now Batman and Splinter are trying to determine exactly how to handle an attack at Bane but will they be too late by the time their meticulously laid plans come to action? Lets find out. 
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Wonder Woman/Conan #5 Review And Spoilers


The Crow Road

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

This series has been, the odd moment of uncertainty notwithstanding, a delight to read and review. As Conan and Wonder Woman head to Shamur to prevent the city's destruction at the hands of the vengeful Corvidae, this issue reveals that writer Gail Simone still has a few tricks up her sleeve. We see one longstanding mystery (sort of) solved, but another taking its place. It's the penultimate issue, people! Let's see what's going on!

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Justice League #37 Review


Bad Ass...Hey!

Written by: Priest
Art by: Philippe Briones, Gabe Eltaeb, and Willie Shu
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018


This is three issues into Priest's run on Justice League and after taking a bit to get acclimated to his Deathstroke run, I realize I have to sit back and relax.  You see, I have not been a huge fan of this more humanized Justice League, but I am a fan of this imposter Batman that ended the last issue taking down Simon Baz.  Give me more of him and I am sure that I can go full steam ahead with this run and put it right next to Deathstroke as one of my Rebirth favorites.  So, did I get what I wanted this week?  Let's find out...


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Nightwing #37 Review


Ruthless


Written by: Sam Humphries
Art by: Klaus Janson, Jamal Campbell, Alex Sinclair and Carlos M Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018


I have been lukewarm with this book since Sam Humphries jumped onto it.  I do like his voice for Nightwing and enjoy the idea of the Grayson Cross-Fit gym...it's just this first villain, The Judge, I'm finding hard to get behind.  Humphries hasn't fleshed him out enough and I really need to know what is going on with these golden casino chips.  Are they magic?  Are they some tech-based mumbo jumbo?  Are they just poker chips?  Well, this issue is supposed to go back to the beginning when Dick was Robin and him and Batman first crossed paths with the Judge, so hopefully, this is the issue with big reveals and lots of character work.  Was it?  Let's find out...


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Trinity #17 Review


On a Routine Expedition

Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Patch Zircher, Gabe Eltaeb, and Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018

Trinity has been a book without a real direction since (must be...) Superman Reborn.  While the book seemed to be set up to allow the Pre Flashpoint Superman to get to know Batman and Wonder Woman and vice versa, that kind of went out the door when the continuities fused together and well, here we are.  That being said, there is always room for a book where DC's Big Three go out and have adventures and fight evil and right wrongs, right?  You better be shaking your head "yes" right now because there is room and it should be in this book.  So, does this book give us that and does it make me happy?  Let's find out...


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Harley Quinn #35 Review and **SPOILERS**

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On Leathery Quinn

Writer: Frank Tieri 
Art: Inaki Miranda 
Colors: Jeremiah Skipper 
Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Amanda Conner and Hi-Fi 
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: January 17, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

New Harley Quinn creative team, who dis? The last time I remember Frank Tieri on this title was during that Gang of Harleys mini-series he wrote with Palmiotti…and it had some storytelling problems. I remember it sorta wrapping up okay, though. A mini-series I only dimly recall notwithstanding, I know Tieri is no slouch in the comic book game, and Inaki Miranda has been steadily blowing my mind and on covers and the interiors to Ragman most recently. So let’s take a look at this book now that the series has a fresh coat of paint in my review for Harley Quinn #35, just below!
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Damage #1 Review and **SPOILERS**



The New Age of Heroes Begins!


Storytellers: Tony S. Daniel and Robert Venditti
Inks and Colors: Danny Miki, Tomeu Morey

Release Date: January 17, 2018
Cover Price: $2.99


Well even though Dark Nights Metal hasn't quite wrapped up just yet, the books coming out of the event title are starting to trickle out. For reasons I can't quite comprehend or explain in words before I peaked at any previews or anything for these New Age of Heroes books coming, the concept art for Damage appealed to me the most. I immediately got on Twitter and marked my territory for the rights to review it with the boss man of clicks Jim. So here I am. What unfolds in the next 20 pages? Join me and find out.

P.S. - Don't worry there aren't any spoilers concerning Dark Knights Metal and its ending in this issue.

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Aquaman #32 Review and **SPOILERS**

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Ready, Get Set, On Your Marks, Counting Down…

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: January 17, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

I’ve been giving this current story arc, now bulging at around more than a dozen individual comic book issues, for being a little slow and plodding. I mean, in monthly comics, that’s more than a year spent on essentially the same story. In truth, though, actual political revolutions take a longer time to put together. There would be a series of injustices, building up in the minds of a certain segment of the public, who would then gain each others’ confidence over years while sliding the necessary components for revolution into place. In truth, a political coup might happen in one day, but it will have been preceded by a decade’s worth of planning. And you know what the revolutionary force would not require during that decade? FOUR DOLLARS A MONTH TO READ ESSENTIALLY THE SAME STORY TWELVE TIMES! Sigh. Okay, I hope I haven’t buried the lede, but read my review of Aquaman #32, right here!
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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Superman #39 Review and *SPOILERS*



Good Will


Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art By: Barry Kitson, Scott Hanna, Gabe Eltaeb, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It looks that we got ourselves a one-shot here after Superman's exploits in the Super Sons of Tomorrow crossover and really...... There isn't much to say to fill anyone in on this.  It's a one-shot, plain and simple so I'm not going to beat around the bush to try and fill up this opening paragraph.  Let's jump on in and check it out.
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Green Lanterns #39 Review and *SPOILERS*



One-Hit Wonder


Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's finish up this arc and see if Simon will ever be able to trust anyone again after Liseth Vok went and betrayed him after he saved her life and fell for her.  Hopefully he'll have the chance because at the end of the previous issue it was looking bleak for our Lantern heroes after we discovered that Liseth Vok was the real leader of the Red Tide and that her and her followers had developed a way to take the traits of alien species and meld them into their DNA.  Thankfully though, Liseth seems to be the only one fighting for the Red Tide left.  Let's just hope that our heroes have enough Green Lanterns light to send her pop singing ass to the bottom of the charts.  Let's check it out.
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Batman #39 Review and *SPOILERS*



Everlasting


Written By: Tom King
Art By: Joelle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's jump back into the Super Friends arc, where previously we explored Bruce and Clark's friendship and the budding friendship of their spouses, but now it's Diana's turn, but instead of double dates, it looks like Batman and Wonder Woman are going to be spending a lot of time together in a war without end....... and without the people closest to them.  Now, before I proceed, it's been brought to my attention that this issue is very similar to Action Comics #761 from 2000, but instead of Superman and Wonder Woman battling hordes of monsters, it's Batman in the Man of Steel's position and while I'd like to review this issue on its own merits, it's going to be hard now that I read that Action Comics issue....... which as of right now, was done way better.  Hopefully, I can keep my mind on this issue as we jump into it, but man it's going to be hard for how similar they are.
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Super Sons #12 Review and *SPOILERS*



What The Future Holds


Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art By: Tyler Kirkham, Tomeu Morey, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99 
Release Date: January 17, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to get to the finale..... or the epilogue.... or whatever this is to a story that started out with endless possibilities in my mind and then slowly started falling into the realm of mediocre.... Especially, after last issue.  That being said, let's get you all caught up on what's been going down in the Super Sons of Tomorrow crossover.  In our previous issue, we saw Jon Kent get all emotional from Red Kryptonite for some reason, which caused him to explode again in a solar flare that couldn't be contained and threatened to not only kill Superboy, but everyone else involved as well.  Out of nowhere though, Tim Drake of Tomorrow decided that he wanted to be a hero and absorbed all the energy into himself as Hypertime was pulling him back into the time stream, saving everyone in the process.  Now, let's jump into this issue and see what's going on with the Titans of Tomorrow and if we're going to get our missing characters back into continuity.
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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 158: DC Comics, Booster Gold, Wonder Woman and Daddy Issues



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PREVIEW: Wonder Woman/Conan #5



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

The road to Shamar is long—and thralls of the Corvidae threaten every step. But Conan will persevere in Diana’s quest to protect the town…though he might be equally interested in revenge against the slaver who sold them into peril on the high seas! Co-published with Dark Horse Comics! 


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PREVIEW: Damage #1



Storytellers: Tony S. Daniel and Robert Venditti 
Inks and Colors: Danny Miki, Tomeu Morey
Release Date: January 17, 2018 
Cover Price: $2.99


Ethan “Elvis” Avery just wanted to serve his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster!
Tasked as the government’s own living, breathing, ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over. Cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as effective, Ethan fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when the beast inside him springs free for one hour a day. With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe. 
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PREVIEW: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #3


Plot and Dialogue: James Tynion IV, Ryan Ferrier
Art Team: Freddie Williams II, Jeremy Colwell 
DC Comics/IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 17, 2017
Cover Price: $3.99

Batman and the Turtles go on the offensive in the belief that they can take Bane down while he’s weakened, due to a lack of Venom on the Turtles’ world. But that’s not true any more! The Turtles’ foe Baxter Stockman has found a way to reproduce the deadly substance that feeds Bane—which means the Dark Knight and the Heroes on a Half-Shell are in for the fight of their lives.  

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PREVIEW: Trinity #17



Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Patch Zircher, Gabe Eltaeb, and Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018

“No Home for you Here” part one! Batman and Superman embarked on a quest to help Wonder Woman rediscover Themyscira, but finding Diana’s lost homeland proves more difficult than these three heroes expected. While on their journey, a distress call from a nearby ship turns out to be more than meets the eye, and the Trinity find themselves marooned on the dread island of Skartaris. To make their way back home, our heroes will have to overcome Deimos, who will stop at nothing to seal off Skartaris from the rest of world forever!

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PREVIEW: Justice League #37



Written by: Priest
Art by: Philippe Briones, Gabe Eltaeb, and Willie Shu
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018

“JUSTICE LOST” part four! As public confidence in the League continues to fall, strained relationships within the team are set aside when Simon Baz is kidnapped by the mysterious figure known as the Fan: a zealous Justice League acolyte who was inspired by the team as a youth and who now deals death to the League’s enemies. The Fan knows literally every detail about the League membership’s powers and tactics, and easily turns their own systems and resources against them “for their own good.” 

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PREVIEW: Nightwing #37



Written by: Sam Humphries
Art by: Klaus Janson, Jamal Campbell, Alex Sinclair and Carlos M Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018


“THE UNTOUCHABLE: RUTHLESS”! Nightwing’s investigation leads him to a former costumed crimefighter and ally! In a special flashback issue illustrated by superstar artist Klaus Janson, Dick Grayson will revisit his time as Robin and see if his past mistakes are the key to the mystery he must resolve today!

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PREVIEW: Super Sons #12




Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art By: Tyler Kirkham, Tomeu Morey, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99 
Release Date: January 17, 2018

“SUPER SONS OF TOMORROW” epilogue! Superboy and Robin must face the repercussions of the events of “Super Sons of Tomorrow” and how the emotional toll will affect their relationships with each other, their parents and the Teen Titans. Meanwhile, the past rears its ugly head to haunt Damian Wayne—in the form of his mother, Talia Al Ghul!  


Includes a code for a free digital download of this issue.

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PREVIEW: Green Lanterns #39




Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018

“A WORLD OF OUR OWN” finale! Green Lanterns Simon Baz and Jessica Cruz face down a Chimera monster as the conflict on Ungara comes to a head. With the power of a hundred alien races, this beast plans to wash Ungara and the Green Lanterns clean with a red tide of blood and violence. 

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PREVIEW: Batman #39




Written By: Tom King
Art By: Joelle Jones, Jordie Bellaire, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 17, 2018

“SUPERFRIENDS” finale! Since the beginning, the friendship between Batman and Wonder Woman has stood at the heart of the DC Universe. Now that friendship is coming apart, and as it does the universe itself begins to crumble. Don’t miss the conclusion of Batman’s epic team-up with Wonder Woman!

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PREVIEW: Aquaman #32


Petitioning the King

Story: Dan Abnett 
Artist: Riccardo Federici 
Breakdowns: Rick Leonardi 
Color: Sonny Gho 
Lettering: Steve Wands 
Cover: Stjepan Sejic 
Variant Cover: Joshua Middleton 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: January 17, 2018

“The Crown Comes Down” part two! As Aquaman’s resistance against King Rath gains momentum, a new kingpin of crime emerges from the Atlantean underworld—King Shark! But whose side is he on? He could be a powerful ally to the Undercurrent…or a dangerous new agent of evil!

Is this solicit like a half issue behind? Looks like the final preparations are fitting into place before the revolution! Have a look at the preview pages, right here!
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