Monday, August 29, 2016

Doctor Strange Prelude #2 Review and **SPOILERS**

A Doctor Strange Comic, Without All that Cumbersome Doctor Strange!

Written By: Will Corona Pilgrim
Art By: Jorge Fornés. Jesus Aburtov
Lettered By: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: August 24, 2016


I don’t understand the film industry at all. People (on the internet) say Suicide Squad is a failure and Warner Bros. Studios is in peril, despite it having made $600 million domestically, to date. And though Marvel had a well-received and profitable movie in Captain America: Civil War last May, people (on the internet) are acting like Doctor Strange is Marvel’s last-ditch attempt to “revive” their superhero film franchise. Is there some new metric for “success” that I wasn’t made aware of? I mean, in a Hollywood studio landscape where they’d rather remake films from the 1980s and 90s for the guaranteed licensing return, movies bringing fresh content to non-comic book readers and comics enthusiasts alike is a good thing. I have faith that Doctor Strange will be a cool movie, but even if it sucks I can tell you it doesn’t impact their plans for film releases in 2017 and beyond. This is a gravy train, folks, and while the gravy might not always be ladled in billion dollar quantities, I assure you there’s plenty for these movie studio executives to sop up with sourdough bread. Here’s some comic book hype for the forthcoming Doctor Strange movie now, read on if you want to know what I think!

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #11 Review and **SPOILERS**

Bye, Bye, Binary

Written By: Ryan North
Art By: Jacob Chabot, Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi
Lettered By: Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: August 24, 2016


I had a computer science class in high school, it was one of my math credits. I, uh, never attended that class, though. I used to cut and go hang out with the art teacher, who had a class of her own to teach that period. So I’d sit in this class, draw whatever I wanted while students around me did whatever projects I’d already completed when I took the one elective art class offered by my school (thanks, New York City public education!) I went to this art class so regularly, that when report cards came around the pupils adjacent to me asked about my grade—and I had to admit I wasn’t being graded here, instead I had completely failed my scheduled class. Point is, I have mediocre drawing skills, but I don’t know a thing about computer science or programming. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is going to remedy that, though, and she’ll help you too if you simply read on! And then read the comic, obviously, I’m not going to recap every word. Duh.

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Civil War II: Choosing Sides #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

You Think You’re The First?

The Punisher
Written By: Chuck Brown
Art By: Chris Visions, Megan Wilson

Power Pack
Written By: John Allison
Art By: Rosi Kampe, Megan Wilson

Nick Fury: Post Prologue Part Four
Written By: Declan Shalvey
Art By: Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire

Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 17, 2016
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

If you’ve read my previous reviews of this book, you know I’m not a huge fan. Granted, there are a lot of good parts. If these books were based on those stories that I loved, then this would be one of the most successful miniseries ever and probably the best part of this entire Marvel crossover. Unfortunately, each book is separated into three different stories and usually I enjoy one story and hate the other two. It certainly doesn’t help that Nick Fury’s story has been continuing through the entire miniseries and is easily the worst part of it. I just wish we had gotten to full Nick Fury issues and then we could be done with this shit show, but no dice. Anyways, much like the other reviews, I’ll separate the score into three even parts and add them together at the end. Does this issue redeem the previous issues? Let’s find out.
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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Wonder Woman ’77 Chapter 24 Review and **SPOILERS**

Chill With That Cold War

Written By: Amy Chu
Art By: Dario Brizuela, Jenn Manley Lee
Lettered By: Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: August 25, 2016


There’s not much I can say about late 1970s America that isn’t covered in the excellent documentary miniseries, The Bronx is Burning. So here’s episode one, I recommend you track down the whole thing:

And now, my review of Wonder Woman ’77, chapter 24!

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X-O Manowar #49 Review

Did We Just Become Best Friends?

Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Joe Bennett, Marcio Loerzer, & Ulises Arreola
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 31, 2016
Review By: Branden Murray

Someone smarter than me once said, “all good things must come to an end”. This proclamation is accepted as something most people seem to agree with and there’s plenty of evidence in comics to suggest they are right. X-O Manowar is the most recent example of a good thing ending I can think of to prove my point. Issue forty-nine is our penultimate issue in this entire series as it prepares to leave us like a college girlfriend who suddenly realized she could do better.  So, let’s open this puppy up and see what goodies we have left to enjoy as breakup music slowly serenades our ear drums to ease the coming pain of the end.  My suggestion...It's Raining Men.

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 86: DC Rebirth Week 12, Comics…This is How We Do It!

It's Rebirth time for DC Comics and Weird Science DC Comics Podcast. With the prospect of new listeners joining in, Jim and Eric change...nothing! They at least allow new listeners to get up to speed before diving into the books because they are nice guys. Enjoy!

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Teen Titans #23 Review and **SPOILERS**

Hive Got a Bone to Pick With You

Written By: Tony Bedard
Art By: Miguel Mendonca, Dianna Conesa, Tony Aviña
Lettered by: Corey Breen
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: August 24, 2016


Hey teens! It’s your ol’ pal Reggie here, to turn his baseball cap backwards and straddle a chair—also backwards—so I can rap with you, one-on-one, about what’s goin’ down! You kids like to do things backwards, don’t you? I think that’s great! But what isn’t great is doing drugs and getting bad grades. Drugs are sneaky because they make you feel great and give you lots of friends at first, but then after a while they make you feel greater and give you even better friends. And friends who would let friends do drugs are probably music industry executives or Hollywood actors! So don’t be a DiCaprio, give drugs the slappio! Can you dig it, young gentlemen and ladies! Please sign this pledge promising never to look at a drug and to cry profusely when they are offered or discussed. This form will also inadvertently sign you up for a stint in the Army Reserves. Hey, good job! You signed yours without even reading it or asking any questions or anything. Since you’re so smart and quick, why don’t you read my review of Teen Titans #23 while the rest of the gang finishes their pledges? It would sure beat having to think over the rash decision you just made!

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

KFC Presents: Colonel Corps - Crisis of Infinite Colonels #1 Review

Infinite Deliciousness

Written by: Tony Bedard
Art by: Tom Derenick, Trevor Scott, Hi-Fi and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: FREE
Release Date: July 5, 2016

I have to thank Taylor for "making" me read and review both of the KFC Presents books which have to be among the zaniest DC Comic crossovers ever.  The first book (Colonel of Both Worlds) featured the evil Colonel Sunder from Earth-3, coming to our Universe to take it over by making chicken "the easy way", but as everyone knows, that just don't fly.  The Colonel, with help from Flash, was able to defeat Sunder and the book ended with him heading back to his Earth, "where things make more sense".  Well, if I've learned anything in life, it's that KFC is delicious and bad guys always come back for more evil doing!  So, the book I never thought would be made got a sequel and that leads us to the matter at review for KFC Presents: Colonel Corps - Crisis of Infinite Colonels #1.  Does it continue being a finger lickin' good time or did Tony Bedard and crew try to make it the easy way?  Let's find out...

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5 Questions With...Bloodlines Artist, V Ken Marion

If you are one of the 7 people who listen to our podcast, you know that Reggie, Eric and myself simply love Bloodlines.  I mean, kiss it in the tree and marry it kind of love and one of the big reasons for that is the art of V Ken Marion.  His art has such an energetic pop to it and is a perfect fit for the story going on in Bloodlines.  Of course, he is not a one trick pony and as you will find out soon, he is going to be on a Rebirth book that will certainly launch him into the stratosphere where most people forget all about Weird Science and the Get Fresh Crew.  Don't forget about us, V Ken and if Mr. DC is reading this, get Mr. Marion on the Flash book ASAP!  He would totally kick ass!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Comic Series/Mini-Series that Surprised Me

Welcome back to another exciting installment of Top 5 Fridays! Well, this week Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin' Heroz #1, the sequel to the All-Star Section 8 miniseries, was released this week and god, that title still hurts my eyes. Joke aside, I was actually surprised that DC was ready to put out a sequel to this book due to 'okay' sales... But to be honest, I really shouldn't be surprised by that. What I'm really surprised by is the fact that All-Star Section 8 was even well received to begin with. Apparently, a lot of people liked the book! It made me think back on all the books that actually surprised me, and made me realize I shouldn't judge a comic book by its cover... or premise... or preview. ANYWAY! That's what we'll be covering today. As always, this list is opinion based, so if you don't see something you like... Maybe you should give it a shot. Enough talk, let's dive in!
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Gotham Academy: Second Semester Gets 2 New Variant Covers by Fiona Staples

It seems like forever since we've had a Gotham Academy book to curl up in bed with and read while eating fried chicken.  What, you don't eat fried chicken in bed while reading comic books?  Well, you are a weirdo then.  As they say, different strokes.  Speaking of Different Strokes, Mrs. Garrett was one of my favorite characters on both Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life and would be such a great addition to Gotham Academy.  It makes so much sense that I don't know why it hasn't happened yet.  I can just imagine Mrs. Garrett finding out the latest hijinx Olive and Maps have gotten into..."Girls, Girls Girls"... Check out these Fiona Staples variant covers that might not feature Mrs. Garrett, but are still very awesome!

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FIRST LOOK: Teen Titans: Rebirth #1

Written by: Ben Percy
Art by: Jonboy Meyers, Jim Charalampidis and Corey Breen
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 28, 2016

The Teen Titans are farther apart than ever before…until Damian Wayne recruits Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and the new Kid Flash to join him in a fight against his own grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul! But true leadership is more than just calling the shots—is Robin really up to the task? Or will the Teen Titans dismiss this diminutive dictator?

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DC Entertainment Signs Liam Sharp to Exclusive Contract

This is awesome news and I couldn't be happier about it.  One of the best things we've gotten in Rebirth has been Wonder Woman's "Lies" story and a big reason for that has been Liam Sharp's stellar art.  Believe me, it's that good!  Liam also seems like a really nice guy and it's always nice to know there are still a couple of those out there.  So, congrats go to Liam Sharp, but also to DC Comics for doing a great thing and signing him exclusive for the next couple of years.  Here is the official press release...

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: The Hellblazer #1 and Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #1

Spotlight on! Jim, Eric and Reggie get together to talk two of Reggie's books...The Hellblazer #1 and Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin' Heroz #1.  It's all good fun, luv!  If you like what you heard here, come check out our weekly podcast where we review every single DC Comic book that came out this week as well as news, listener mail and nonsense.  See you there!

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The Colonel of Two Worlds #1 Review


Written by: Shane Edwards and Tony Bedard
Art by: Tom Derenick, Trevor Scott, Hi-Fi and Deron Bennett
Cover Price: Free
Release Date: October 7, 2015

Way back in 2015, I was planning on reviewing this book and for one reason or another (laziness), I never did.  So, when my my Taylor sent out a message on Twitter that he was surprised we never reviewed it, I thought he was wrong at first and then found out what his girlfriend must know by now...Taylor is never wrong!  Well, I am going to rectify the situation by reviewing this book and I'll tell you right now, it's not as silly as it appears.  Is that a good thing?  Let's find out...

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Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Chapter #36 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Mike S. Miller, J. Nanjan and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016

Even though Year Five is coming to an end soon and most of us know how it's going to end, Brian Buccellato is doing his best to keep us on our toes by throwing some crazy characters into the mix and letting them run hog wild.  Last issue opened with Deathstroke being coaxed out of retirement by Batman and ended with the Terminator coming face-to-face with Metamorpho.  Does this chapter continue the hit parade and add even more craziness to the mix?  Let's find out...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Harley’s Little Black Book #4 Review and **SPOILERS**

Holee Holocaustamolees

Written By: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Billy Tucci, Joseph Michael Linsner, Flaviano, Paul Mounts
Lettered By: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: August 24, 2016


One of my great failings as a reviewer and champion of DC Comics’ digital-first line, besides getting my reviews in late and generally being a mediocre writer, is that I do not read Bombshells. I did, at first—the first four or five chapters, and I liked them okay. I thought the art was pretty good (though varied, as digital books tend to be) and the concept was awesome, but it didn’t grab me. “I’ll catch up later,” I told myself, or “I’ll get the trade.” Next thing I know there’s three or four trades and I’m so behind on the series I’ll need to dedicate a beachside vacation to it. Which is something, incidentally, I am willing to do. I’ve just got no such plans until next March. So while I’m angrily insisting in my reviews of Wonder Woman ’77 and other digital titles that they are the sweetest comics deal around, I’m not even reading one of the biggest digital titles. Someday, I swear it! Luckily this issue of Harley’s Little Black Book is an opportunity to glimpse the team in action, and through them vicariously enjoy their digital comic that I’m sure is fantastic. Why not join me in a trip through time, to the traumatic event that made my grandparents’ generation the Greatest one, according to Tom Brokaw? Read on!

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The Hellblazer #1 Review and **SPOILERS**

Justice League Dark Trinity

Written By: Simon Oliver
Art By: Moritat, Andre Szymanowicz
Lettered By: Sal Cipriano
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: August 24, 2016


The Old Testament attributes the first murder to the fratricide of Cain by Abel, who, if I am understanding Bronze Age DC horror comics correctly, were a couple of weird-haired brothers that lived next door to one another and told strange stories of varying quality. Point is, I don’t think that was the first murder, not if you define it as an act of jealousy or revenge. Because you know the first caveman that invented the wheel got stabbed in the face for acting all high and mighty about it. It was the first car jacking, just by quarters. And why do you think cavemen dragged their women around by their bone-wrapped hairdos? They were being kidnapped! Yes, I do get all of my information about prehistoric mankind from comic strips and cartoons, why do you ask? I’ll have you know I also review the Flintstones comic book on this very site! The nerve of some people! But there’s no one nervier than John Constantine, as you’ll find if you read my review of the Hellblazer #1, right now!

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