Friday, January 20, 2017

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Sixpack and Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin' Heroz #6

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My Liver's Turning Blue and There's Nothing I Can Do

Writer: Garth Ennis 
Artist: Russ Braun 
Colorist: John Kalisz 
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Cover: Steve Dillon and John Kalisz
Assistant Editor: Brittany Holznerr
Group Editor: Marie Javins 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: January 25, 2017

All systems go, Section Eight! The last line of defense for Noonan’s Bar, Gotham City and the entire planet blasts out of Earth’s atmosphere on a stolen space shuttle. The most epic buddy story in history continues as Sixpack and Dogwelder take their brand of social justice to the stars.

This is it, folks, the grand finale of Hard-Travelin' Heroz! Here, Dogwelder should learn his purpose, and hopefully save the universe from annihilation. I have dinner plans next week, so I need reality to remain intact for a little while. Look below for some preview pages!
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Lost Boys Pop Culture Podcast Ep 1: Nintendo Switch, Circuses and Monopoly


Welcome to the premier of the Lost Boys Pop Culture Podcast. Yep, one podcast isn't enough so Jim and Eric are starting another one...maybe. Listen to them talk about trips to the circus, their hate of Monopoly and what they think about the Nintendo Switch. If that's not enough, hear them talk about Jerry Rice, discount supermarkets, The Black Adam movies and their top 5 Pixar movies. Enjoy!


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DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 1/18/17

Aquaman Over Everything

I don't know what happened this week, folks, but three of the five covers I picked have Aquaman on them. So based on this study of one sample, I'd say that if you have Aquaman on your comic book cover, you have a 60% chance of getting on this definitive list. Of course, this weighs Aquaman unfairly, but it doesn't have to. There's no reason Aquaman can't be on the cover of, say, Batgirl. He could be in the background eating a bisque or something. Or put Aquaman on the cover of Shade, the Changing Girl, have him all tripped-out and grooving through a psychedelic ocean. I'm telling you for your collective benefit, comic book artists. Any edge you can get in this highly competitive weekly contest is worthwhile!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

He-Man/Thunder Cats #4 Review


He-Man/Thunder Cats #4

Writer: Rob David & Lloyd Goldfine
Art Team: Freddie E. Williams II & Jeremy Colwell
DC Comics
Release Date: 1/18/2017
Cover Price: $3.99

The Villain “Bro-mance” Issue

Having just crossed the halfway point of this crossover series from childhood lore I find myself actually enjoying this title more than I previously imagined I would.  Now understand that I’m a sucker for over the top action, sprinkled with touches of comedy, so if this sounds like something you’d be entertained by feel free to jump in at any point with that understanding and you’d be A.O.K.  With that being said we last left our groups of heroes gathered for a funeral while the Skeletor/Mumm-Ra bro-mance blossoms and flourishes before our very eyes.  Can our hero warriors recover and regroup in time or are the bad guys finally destined to chalk one up in the W column, let’s find out.
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Aquaman #15 Review and **SPOILERS**



Mr. President, Tear Down That Aquarium

Writer: Dan Abnett 
Artist: Philippe Briones 
Inker: Wayne Faucher 
Colorist: Gabe Eltaeb 
Letterer: Pat Brosseau 
Cover: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy & Gabe Eltaeb 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: January 18, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Here we are at the final act of “the Deluge,” and before I jump into my review, I want to say from the outset that I really liked how this arc was paced. It began with a two-part story where Aquaman fought Shaggy Man, then another two-parter disguised as two one-shots all about Mera getting up to speed, and then four issues of “the Deluge,” which has been an enjoyable (if sometimes silly) tale of big action and light intrigue and maybe more than a few characters whose names I will never remember but I liked how it moved along, is my point. I mean, this arc, all told, was eight issues—one issue longer than the opening arc that I groaned was a bloated rip-off—but it doesn’t feel like I’ve been slogging along in place the whole time. So hats off to the creative and editorial team at Aquaman, the last eight issues have been engaging and consistent, and if more of my comics followed this formula I’d be happier for it. So without further ado, I submit my review for the final part in “The Deluge,” Aquaman #15!
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Harley Quinn #12 Review and **SPOILERS**



Stand By Your Psychopath

Writers: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner 
Artists: John Timms, Chad Hardin 
Colors: Hi-Fi 
Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Amanda Conner & Alex Sinclair
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: January 18, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

The things you remember from childhood are often ridiculous: I can recall my eighth grade Social Studies teacher telling the class that jealousy was nothing to feel flattered by, that it is corrosive to relationships. Thing is, I can’t remember in what context he gave that advice, or really anything else he said in that class. I wonder if he was going through a painful divorce or something at the time. In any case, I adopted this point of view for some arbitrary reason, and have applied it as much as possible in my relationships. To wit: seeing someone gleefully spectate a brawl for her affections gives me the heebie-jeebies, and while I understand it’s just a goofy cover and not actually indicative of the exact contents of the comic book, I can’t help but cringe a little within. But what about those contents, how do they muster? Only one way to find out! Read my review of Harley Quinn #12, right here!
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Super Powers #3 Review






It's a Crisis!


Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by: Art Baltazar
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

Super Powers has quickly become one of my go to books for smiles and fun.  I like smiles and fun so that is a very good thing.  It's a bonus that this is one of the rare "all-ages" books that is good for both young and old readers.  Seeing who will pop up week in and week out is so much fun and newer readers get the bonus of a character roster plucked from every age of DC Comics.  So, does this issue keep the fun train rolling?  Let's find out...


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Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1 Review and *SPOILERS*



A Ray of Hope


Written By: Steve Orlando
Art By: Stephen Byrne, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While I have a decent amount of knowledge about all the rest of the characters getting one-shots to get us ready for JLA in February, it's this issue that I've been most excited for because man, I don't know shit about The Ray.  He's one of those characters that just escaped me....... Hell, The Ray had himself a mini-series around the beginning of the New 52 and even that I passed on....... and I didn't pass on much.  Here I am though, finally getting redemption for my ignorance by getting the chance to know all about the character and what he'll mean to Rebirth as he stands alongside some major characters in my mind when he joins the JLA.  Let's jump into this one-shot and learn together shall we?  Let's check it out.
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Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #4 Review and **SPOILERS**



It’s Heaven Underground

Written By: Jon Rivera 
Story By: Gerard Way & Jon Rivera 
Art By: Michael Avon Oeming 
Colors By: Nick Filardi 
Letters By: Clem Robins 
Cover By: Michael Avon Oeming and Nick Filardi 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: January 18, 2016

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

You know, ever since Chris mentioned (on the podcast’s Young Animal segment, every week whether there’s a comic out or not!) that the title of this series is tailor-made for a K-Pop style anime theme song, it’s all I can think of when reading this comic book.

Damn you, Chris Sheehan. Either get out of my head or let’s write this damned theme song so I can put the thing to rest. In the meantime, read my review of Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #4, just below this text!
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Superman #15 Review and *SPOILERS*



Get Your Supermen Together, It's Time To Go


Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art By: Ryan Sook, Ed Benes, Clay Mann, Jorge Jimenez, Dinei Ribeiro, Ulises Arreola, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's get Multversal up in this and take our Superman on a ride with the Justice Incarnate.  That's right folks, in the previous issue our Pre-Flashpoint Superman was met by not only the Red Son Superman, but all the heroes who came together during Grant Morrison's Multiversity story because they have themselves a threat on a Crisis scale......... Well, maybe not a Crisis scale, but it's a pretty big deal because someone is going throughout the Multiverse and snatching up certain Supermen....... and from the looks of it, siphoning their power for his own use.  Poor Captain Carrot seemed to get his power taken away from him at the end of the previous issue and at the moment, we don't know if this can be reversed........ So we might now be living in a Multiverse without a Captain Carrot....... Yeah, I know, calm down.  Let's jump into this issue and see what Superman and the Justice Incarnate plan on doing to not only stop this scourge, but to also save Kenan Kong, who was kidnapped.  Let's check it out.
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Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Amanda Waller #6 Review and **SPOILERS**



But I Don’t Wanna Come Back to Life!

Cover Art: Mike Huddleston 
Cover Colors: Rico Renzi 
Cover Price: $4.99 
On Sale Date: January 18, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

You know, if I was a vicious psychopathic killer on Death Row for a series of grisly and shocking murders, and Amanda Waller asked me if I’d like to be in the Suicide Squad, I think I’d tell her no. Even if she outfitted me with a brain bomb against my will, I’d just run into the nearest crowd, start murdering randomly, and force Waller to pop my cork. I didn’t murder an entire orphanage of children in front of a dozen weeping nuns so I could work for “the Man,” okay? And while it might not seem like someone that forces himself sexually on a family dog, making the daughter watch until they slit her throat in ecstasy, has a code of ethics, we do. At least, I assume we would, if I was a psychopathic killer. Instead, I’m a run-of-the-mill comic book reviewer! And I prove it with my review of Suicide Squad Most Wanted: El Diablo and Amanda Waller #6, right now!
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Raven #5 Review and **SPOILERS**



That San Francisco Repeat

Writer: Marv Wolfman 
Penciller: Diogenes Neves 
Inker: Ruy Jose 
Colorist: Blond 
Letterers: A Larger World 
Cover Artist: Stephanie Hans 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: January 18, 2016

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

San Francisco! It’s a hell of a city. I’d move there, but it’s as or more expensive than the place I currently live. And I live in a golden tower!

Okay, I got nothing. Here’s my review of Raven #5, hopefully that makes amends.
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Trinity #5 Review


Let the Sun Shine In

Written by: Francis Manapul
Art by: Francis Manapul and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

Trinity has been a hit or miss book for me and it pains me to say that I've been leaning towards the later lately.  It always looks fantastic, but the slow burn story devoid of real answers is trying my patience and while I know that this comic isn't written only for me, I can still act like it is. Is this the Black Mercy, the White Mercy, why is Mongul in the dream and what the heck is Poison Ivy gaining in all of this?  Tell Me!!!  So, does this issue give us a peek behind the curtain or are we still left out in the dark when it's all over?  Let's find out...


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Nightwing #13 Review and *SPOILERS*



Face The Facts


Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Marcus To, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Man, Nightwing just can't catch a break.  Not only does his day job description only read "Volunteer", but he's also caught himself up in a murder conspiracy concerning former D-level villains from Gotham.  Now, there's no time for him to have a look deep inside of himself and find out who he really is on his own terms because he's too busy playing hero again with a bunch of criminals who desperately need his help in finding out who's murdering folks and framing them for it...... and why.  As we ended last issue it looked like we finally got the why, after learning that the men being found dead were all involved with running illegal guns, but it seems that the killer hasn't made himself known yet because while Nightwing was busy taking on Orca....... who really had no point to this story, his best suspect and lead ran away and went and got himself killed.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Nightwing and the Run-Offs can find this masked man setting them up for murder before he strikes again.  Let's check it out.
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Green Arrow #15 Review


Reign of Arrows

Written by: Benjamin Percy
Art by: Juan Ferreyra and Nate Piekos
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

I have been enjoying Green Arrow and while I might like things to be a little more fun, I can deal with Ollie fighting for his name while also trying to save Seattle.  Last issue introduced Malcolm Merlyn as the "Arrow Killer" and while I was hoping it was something a bit more original, it is legacy and that's what Rebirth promised.  The Dark Archer making an appearance also put Ollie back on the right side of the law which I prefer and sets up this arc to get more and more interesting from here on out.  So, does it all pay off in part four of the Emerald Outlaw?  Let's find out...


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Green Lanterns #15 Review and *SPOILERS*



Anxiety Lantern


Written By: Sam Humphries
Art By: Tom Derenick, Miguel Mendonca, Scott Hanna, Blond, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Even though I wasn't a fan at how the Phantom Lantern story arc ended.......... or how most of the issues to that arc seemed to just be padded out fight scenes that went nowhere.  I have to say that I'm still interested in this book because while I'm afraid that it will let me down in the end, I still always want to give it that chance to impress me as well.  I'm a fickle mush head, I know but I really care about Jessica Cruz and Simon Baz (probably care more about them than any rational person should) and I want to see them do great things and as I see it, each issue is a chance for them to do just that.  Hopefully, that's this issue.  Let's jump into this and see where our cliffhanger with Rami being taken over by Volthoom takes us here and let's see if Jessica has made any headway with her anxiety since she put on the Phantom Ring and found out definitively that she's supposed to be a Green Lantern.  Let's check it out.
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Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #5 Review and *SPOILERS*



Brave New World


Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Robson Rocha, Jay Leister, Daniel Henriques, Sandu Florea, Oclair Albert, Alex Sinclair, Jeremiah Skipper, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Poor, poor Lost Prisoners.  Here I was thinking that the team that Maxwell Lord sprung from the Catacombs would be the focal point of this series, but since they got their asses handed to them in the previous issue by the Justice League and Suicide Squad....... Well, I guess they're pretty much out of the picture.  Well, all except Lobo that is.  Yeah, even though Batman went and blew his head to holy hell, we all know that it takes more than that to take the Main Man down.  As we left our previous issue we saw Maxwell Lord take possession of the Heart of Darkness, become what I'm calling "Lord Eclipso" and then take control of the Justice League.......... All except for Batman that is because he was too busy doing all that head blowing up.  Let's jump into this issue and see how Maxwell will save the world now that the Justice League are under his control and now that there's nobody to really stand in his way.  Let's check it out.
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Batman #15 Review


Up on the Rooftops

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Mitch Gerads and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

It is no surprise that I have been upset with the last couple issues of Batman.  I have been vocal about my disappointment over the way that I am Suicide ended and how the current Rooftops story began. While it was nice to see Bruce and Selina do the Cat and Bat-tusi, I wanted answers that we didn't get.  However, Catwoman did promise to tell Batman the whole truth come morning so I couldn't wait for this issue to arrive to see what's what.  Now that it's here, does it give me what I want and make everything alright?  Let's find out...


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Justice League #13 Review


Master Chief

Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Scot Eaton, Wayne Faucher, Gabe Eltaeb and Richard Starkings
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

Tim Seeley did a really good job with lat issue's Maxwell Lord Rebirth issue so I was not upset at all to see his name on the front cover once again.  This time, we are getting a Steve Trevor story which is a-ok to me since I am a big fan.  If you are as well, then you have to have a smile on your face with the amount of exposure old Steve-O has been getting lately.  Of course, this time may not be a good thing as the world is being destroyed by Maxwell Lord, but if anyone can stop him...  Actually, I don't care what happens as long as it means something and isn't just another needless tie-in to grab more cash.  Well, is it?  Let's find out...


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PREVIEW: Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #5




Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Robson Rocha, Jay Leister, Daniel Henriques, Sandu Florea, Oclair Albert, Alex Sinclair, Jeremiah Skipper, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99


Release Date: January 18, 2017

[REDACTED] has finally obtained that which [REDACTED] has sought all this time—it’s the means to utterly [REDACTED] the Justice League forever. Now, only [REDACTED] and the Suicide Squad stand in [REDACTED] path of total world domination. No pressure!

Now that the Lost Prisoners are out of the picture, let's see what the next leg of Maxwell Lord's plan to save the world is.......... You know, besides for instituting a mandatory eclipse face for all Americans. 
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PREVIEW: Green Lanterns #15




Written By: Sam Humphries
Art By: Tom Derenick, Miguel Mendonca, Scott Hanna, Blond, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99


Release Date: January 18, 2017

“GHOSTS OF THE PAST”! Jessica and Simon head to Portland on a case that’s close to the heart: the murder of Jessica Cruz’s friends. And now that she has some ring-slinging experience, Jessica goes back to the one place she’s feared to return—and she won’t stop until she finds the killer. 

I don't know what the hell this solicit is talking about because this issue has nothing to do with all of that.  This is a more Jessica themed issue that deals with a day in the life of situation.
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PREVIEW: Nightwing #13




Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Marcus To, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99


Release Date: January 18, 2017

“BLUDHAVEN” part four! The Run-Offs abandon Nightwing, leaving him to fend for himself in the harsh streets of Blüdhaven. And he finds himself the next target of the Blüdhaven serial killer’s obsession!

Get your Blud up as we hopefully reveal the killer behind the Run-Offs conspiracy.  
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PREVIEW: Superman #15




Written By: Peter J. Tomasi, Patrick Gleason
Art By: Ryan Sook, Ed Benes, Clay Mann, Jorge Jimenez, Dinei Ribeiro, Ulises Arreola, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99


Release Date: January 18, 2017

“MULTIPLICITY” part two! Superman and New Super-Man fight alongside an army of Supermen from across the Multiverse against the threat trying to wipe them all out of existence! Plus, Jon and his neighbor Kathy investigate a hidden horror that seems to be growing in their town.

Our Multiversity expansion story continues as the Justice Incarnate and Superman continue their quest to find whoever is kidnapping Supermen across the Multiverse....... and hopefully fixing Captain Carrot....... Oh God, why don't they fix Captain Carrot?!
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PREVIEW: Justice League of America: The Ray Rebirth #1




Written By: Steve Orlando
Art By: Stephen Byrne, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD! Locked indoors, raised in the dark and told his medical condition could be fatal to himself and anyone he meets, Ray Terrill is dangerous. A freak. Broken. Or is he…? Witness the amazing power of realizing your true self and stepping into the light in this moving rebirth of a long-lost hero for a new generation.

This is the one-shot that I've been looking for because out of all the characters getting a little prelude to JLA, this is the one I really know nothing about.  

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PREVIEW: Super Powers #3



Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by: Art Baltazar
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 18, 2017

A peaceful day in Metropolis is interrupted when Brimstone comes to clear a path for Darkseid. This looks like a job for…Supergirl!? Yes, because Superman is out of town visiting his new baby brother! But villainous plots are afoot on New Krypton, too. Is anywhere safe for our superheroes?

I love Super Powers, I love Supergirl and I love the word "afoot"...Bam! This solicit is a winner.


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