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

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

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

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

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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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #3 Review and **SPOILERS**



Second Verse, Same As the First

Written By: Robert Vendetti
Art by: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomeu Morey
Lettered By: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: August 24, 2016

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

No one in the history of cinema has ever said the word “fear” better than Tom Wilkinson as Carmine Falcone said it in Batman Begins. You know what I’m talking about. I mean this scene:

“Now that’s poweh y’can’t buy. That’s th’ poweh of feah.” God, it’s so good. “Thisiz a worl’ yell neveh unnderstan’. And y’always feah what y’don’ unnderstan’.” I could listen to him talk about feah all day. It’s between this scene and, of course, the one where Michael Caine as Alfred asks Bruce, “Why do we fall, suh?” I’m not even going to use a clip. If you don’t know this scene, then you haven’t absorbed Batman Begins correctly. “S’we c’n loin t’pick oursewves oop.” Brilliance! Okay now read my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #3.

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Titans #2 Review and *SPOILERS*



Puppet Master


Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, Carrie Sirachan, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While I've personally enjoyed the hell out of this series so far, it seems that Titans has the power to get people to pick this book up even if the reader is still on the fence with it because while it looks amazing and features awesome sidekick characters all grown up, it also has the advantage to possibly be really important for everything we saw in the DC Comics Rebirth Special....... especially since it features Wally West straight from the all knowing Speed Force.  I'm sure we're going to be strung along before any real revelations are given, but I'm all for it as long as we're strung by bad ass heroes taking down bad ass villain........ Pretty much, I'm looking for a bad ass time and since we saw Abra Kadabra "Rebirthed" back into existence....... or whatever happened in the previous issue, it looks like we'll get just that, not to mention Kadabra is taking credit for making Wally West disappear in the first place.  Let's jump into this issue and see if the futuristic wanna-be magician was simply talking out of his ass or if we'll all be shocked at what he reveals.  Let's check it out.
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Detective Comics #939 Review


Two Days 'Till Retirement

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas, and Marilyn Patrizio
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016

Detective Comics has been one of my favorite books and it's funny because it is the one that I was
wrong about going onto this Rebirth thing.  I thought it was going to be non-stop action and hilarity as Clayface and the gang hit the town...with a few days to kill.  In reality, James Tynion has been giving readers a pretty great character study focusing on Batwoman and her relationship with her father.  Pretty good stuff, right there and it looks to continue this week as Colony ups their deadly game and the team tries to stop them in their tracks.  Who will win and will it make for exciting reading?  Let's find out...


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Action Comics #962 Review and *SPOILERS*



Striving To Put Right What Once Went Wrong


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert, Ulises Arreola, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Yeah, this first story arc of Action Comics has pretty much been a rehash of The Death of Superman, but the sad thing is, where that story was world changing and epic, this one has pretty much been middle of the road........ Mostly due to Superman and Doomsday just punching the shit out of one another while big bad mysteries sit in the background and refuse to give us their sweet, sweet secrets.  Maybe that will all change here......... Hopefully, that will all change here.  In the previous issue we saw Superman give up his one chance of changing the outcome of his first fight with Doomsday, when he tasked Wonder Woman with looking after his family and sending them away to the Justice League Watchtower.  Will Superman be able to take Doomsday on one on one?  Will his previous knowledge be enough to allow him to overcome?  What the hell is Mr. Oz doing with troops?  Yeah, I have no idea, let's jump into this issue and see what Dan Jurgans has in store for us with the conclusion to "The Path To Doom".  Let's check it out.

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Blue Beetle: Rebirth #1 Review and *SPOILERS*



Get To Know Your Blue Beetles


Written By: Keith Giffen
Art By: Scott Kolins, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Josh Reed
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's been a dog's age since we've opened a book and saw our Jaime Reyes kicking it.......... or doing anything actually and I'm happy as hell that he gets to come back so we can take a peak into the world of this Blue Beetle because really...... I just missed his ass.  With this series, we get Keith Giffen rocking our scenarios and dialog and besides for him being the creator of the character, I like the idea of him being at the helm of this, even if I'm not his biggest fan because whether it's being proud of ones creation or not, Giffen has been keeping this character going the best he could...... and really, Ted Kord's character as well.  We saw Teddy boy having adventures with Booster Gold in Giffen's Justice League 3000 and the last time we saw Jaime, Giffen was keeping him going as a side character to his Threshold series.  So yeah, there seems to be a lot of love going on for these characters.  Let's jump into this Rebirth issue and see if the love continues and find out what Jaime's been up to since he returned from space at the conclusion of Threshold......... or if any of that even matters.  Let's check it out.

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The Flash #5 Review

Speedy Delivery


Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Felipe Watanabe, Andrew Currie, Delair Albert, Ivan Plasencia and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016


In general, I have been a fan of Josh Williamson's Flash so far, but I really want this whole Godspeed reveal to happen and happen fast!  Is it August?  Is it Carver?  Is it Meena?  Is it Eric Shea?  My money is on the latter, but I guess that only time will tell.  Williamson is playing the waiting game and I will admit that I am getting a bit impatient.  So, does this issue give us the big reveal?  Let's find out...


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Batgirl #2 Review and **SPOILERS**



We’re All Mad as Hatters Here

Written By: Hope Larson
Art By: Rafael Albuquerque, Dave McCaig
Lettered By: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: August 24, 2016

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

I endeavor to visit the Asian continent, though I must admit that the prospect intimidates me. It’s not so much the language barrier as it is the culture gap. I witnessed much of that gap first hand, growing up in Flushing, Queens, which is now New York City’s Asian center and the hub of Korean business in this hemisphere. When I was growing up, the gap was in emigrated Chinese and Korean people trying to assimilate into American culture, which I must say happened pretty rapidly, though a few from the old neighborhood would say otherwise. Sure, all the businesses down on Main Street are Chinese- or Korean-owned, but everyone’s walking around in brand-name clothing, rocking expensive sneakers and shopping at Target. I’d say that where it counts, these residents are well assimilated. So what else is there…Batgirl #2, huh? I guess I can put aside my ruminations about the old neighborhood and give this a look-see. Join me, won’t you?

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Wonder Woman #5 Review and *SPOILERS*



Urzkartaga Wants To Be Inside of You


Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Liam Sharp, Laura Martin, Jodi Wynne
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While the first t issues of the "Lies" story left me scratching my head and thinking that I may actually have a mental handicap of some kind, I have to say that the last time we stepped into our present Wonder Woman timeline I was happy as hell with what we got because it didn't seem like I had to study my ass off and read into every piece of dialog that was given to us.  It was just a pure and simple look at Cheetah as a character and what being the Cheetah has done to her.  It seems that the god Urzkartaga is punishing Barbara Minerva for possibly giving up her virginity in college or wherever she might have lost it because since his bride wasn't pure, he's stricken her with a blood lust that she's having a hard time controlling.  It's a good thing that Wonder Woman doesn't give up on friends easy though because even though Cheetah is pretty much Diana's biggest villain, she still cares for her and agrees to help her kill Urzkartaga if when they're finished Cheetah helps Diana find her way home.  Yeah, it's weird that Wonder Woman can't get back to Themyscira, but I have to say that I'm interested as hell to find out why.  Let's jump into this issue and see if we can find out what exactly the "Lies" are.  let's check it out.
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Deathstroke #1 Review



Written by: Christopher Priest
Art by: Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, Jeromy Cox and Willie Shubert
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016

While I wasn't the biggest fan of the Rebirth issue of Deathstroke that Christopher Priest gave us, I was intrigued with where the story was headed.  Priest threw a bunch of characters at us during the present, the past and possibly the future and with the Clock King involved, who knows what was really going on!  Like I said, I was intrigued, but I couldn't shake the feeling that Deathstroke was a piece of shit and that I really didn't like him.  I have recently read a couple of Christopher Priest interviews and it seems to me that he is actually going for that, so congrats to him.  It's not what I like, but I do appreciate a clear vision.  So, as the series continues this week, does Priest's vision involve a slightly more likeable Slade Wilson or am I just going to have to get used to this Deathstroke and move ahead with it?  Let's find out...


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Sixpack and Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #1 Review and **SPOILERS**


Nice to See You, Nice to Know That You’re There

Written By: Garth Ennis
Art By: Russ Braun, John Kalisz
Lettered By: Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: August 24, 2016

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

While everyone has been waiting for Rebirth: The Newsboy Legion #1 and that Monster Mensch crossover about to happen in the Bat-titles, I have been anticipating the return of beloved grossbuckets Section Eight in Hard Travelin’ Heroz—a miniseries this site announced exclusively way back on May 13! Now that it is finally here, I must admit, I’m a little worried…when you’ve got a prized turd like last year’s All-Star Section Eight floating in your bowl, it’s almost a shame to flush it away, for there is no guarantee that the next nugget will be as magnificent. But flush it away we must; we don’t put plops on pedestals (except for those weird people that, y’know, actually do display dooks), instead we trust in our abilities to make another mentionable brown snake. And so it is with our snot-encrusted flithbags, Section Eight: while we venerate their past exploits, we must allow them to exploit us again, and so it with great pleasure and solemn fart salute that I present to you my review of Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #1!

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Old Time Tuesday: Adventures of Superman ep 1 Baby from Krypton


I love Old Time Radio and I love comics.  Well, here is where I can share both.  This is the first episode of the Adventures of Superman radio program, " Baby from Krypton".  Enjoy!



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PREVIEW: The Flash #5



Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Felipe Watanabe, Andrew Currie, Delair Albert, Ivan Plasencia and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016

“Lightning Strikes Twice” part five! With Central City now protected by dozens of freshly trained Flashes, Barry Allen takes time out to explore a new relationship. Meanwhile, a serial killer targets citizen speedsters as Wally West takes his first steps toward becoming the new Kid Flash…


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PREVIEW: Titans #2




Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, Carrie Sirachan, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016

“Remember the Titans” part two! As the Titans prepare to do the unthinkable in order to defeat the intergalactic demon that stole time itself from the DC Universe, enter the Fearsome Five! But are the sinister quintet acting of their own accord…or are greater forces at work?  

Goddamn, would I love to know the original story lines that happened when these solicits were written because none of this is going to appear in this issue......... Don't let that deter you though because Titans will always be worth picking up!
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PREVIEW: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #3


Sinestro Corps, Come Out to Play-yay

Written By: Robert Vendetti
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragova, Tomeu Morey
Lettered By: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: August 24, 2016

“Sinestro’s Law” part three! Pushed to his limits, Hal Jordan must fight his way through a squad of Sinestro Corps members—but he risks losing himself to the power he now wields as his battle with Sinestro nears.

Hey, it's Hal fighting the Sinestro Corps members! Just like he did last issue! Only this time there's more of them! Great! I tell you what, there better be some sweet Guy Gardner trash-talkin' action or I'm gonna be annoyed! Especially if it's all Hal on the yellow ropes while Sinestro is waxing his solipsistic poetry! Just sayin'! I try to stay positive in these previews so here's looking forward to a GREAT ISSUE OKAY??? :grinds teeth:

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PREVIEW: The Hellblazer #1


'Et's a Roight Sticky Wicket, Ennit?

Written By: Simon Oliver
Art By: Moritat, Andre Szymanowicz
Lettered By: Sal Cipriano
Cover Price: $2.99

On Sale Date: August 24, 2016

“The Poison Truth” part one! London may have recovered from Constantine’s return, but he hasn’t. Mercury hasn’t forgiven him, but she won’t leave him alone, and Swamp Thing is calling in a favor. And all the while, bigger things are brewing... 

Uh, Swamp Thing is in this issue? Hello! Of course, he was in the last issue, but now it looks like they'll be hanging out together for a little while, and I think they're the best duo since the cousins on Perfect Strangers. If you weren't enticed to check this out based on the Rebirth issue, then you must be under some Curse of Stupid--which can be removed only by reading this comic book. The rest of us will be glad to step back into the dark world of John Constantine and be like, "Oh hey! Swamp Thing is here too! That's cool."
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PREVIEW: Sixpack and Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #1


Jumpin' Sixpack Got Some Gas, Gas, Gas

Written By: Garth Ennis
Art By: Russ Braun, John Kalisz
Lettered By: Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: August 24, 2016

In the tradition of the original Hard-Traveling Heroes, Green Lantern and Green Arrow, Sixpack and Dogwelder are ready to bring their allegedly socially aware brand of justice to the lands beyond Gotham City!

This is the moment we've all been waiting for, if you are a puerile mouth breathing yuckburger like I am. I think one reason I like Sixpack so much is because he makes me feel better about not showering. Heck, he makes me feel pretty good about not wiping my butt. Uh, which I don't forget to do often. Just sometimes. If I've eaten a lot of raw vegetables. Point is, I have been dying to see the return of this slovenly team, and here it is! If you pass this up, then you must have brains for brains!

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