Thursday, April 26, 2018

Chris and Reggie's Cosmic Treadmill ep. 86 - Jungle Comics #2 (1940)


Welcome to the Jungle

Salutations, noble comic book savages! In this episode, our intrepid explorers Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) plumb the depths of the dark interior of the African continent when they read Jungle Comics #2, published by Fiction House in 1940! They go through all nine(!) stories within the issues, providing creator bios and background information where applicable, with a special emphasis on the ninth story--the first appearance of the first female superhero, Fantomah by Fletcher Hanks! Then, after a break, the stalwart adventurers detail the life of Fantomah, and give a brief history of Fiction House, a seminal Golden Age comics publisher. You'll like the jungle so much, you'll never want to go back to Greystoke!
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DC Comics Best Covers of the Week: April 25, 2018

Give it To 'Em Gritty

Boy, there were a LOT of DC Comics that came out this week! I was almost buried under an avalanche of potential covers to pick from. Uh, a digital avalanche, that is. I don't see printed copies until they're on the shelf Wednesday. But I can still judge books by their digital covers, and I have! Right here!
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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The Silencer #4 Review


 She Blinded Me with Silence!


Storytellers: Viktor Bogdanovic and Dan Abnett
Art by: Viktor Bogdanovic, Mike Spicer, and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018

Romita is out, and Bogdanovic is in! I've been anticipating this issue for a while now since Viktor Bogdanovic is one of the best artists at DC. When I heard that Deathstroke would be appearing in this issue, I got even more excited! So is this issue worth all the hype that I made up? Let's find out.
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Imaginary Fiends #6 Review and **SPOILERS**


I Have A Tiger By The Tail


Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Stephen Molnar, Quinton Winter and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018

**NON-SPOILERS AND SCORE AT BOTTOM**

I love this series. Tim Seeley has crafted an original story that keeps you interested from start to finish. This is the final issue of this arc, and I haven't heard whether or not it's going to come back later on, but I really hope so. This book is my idea of what a Vertigo comic should be: different, fun ideas that tell stories in a mature, interesting way without having to deal with the continuity of a shared universe. This is one of my favorite series being put out right now, and I can't wait to see what this issue has in store.

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Motherlands #4 Review and **SPOILERS**

This Is Gonna Get Bloody

Written by: Simon Spurrier
Art by: Rachael Stott, Pete Woods, Felipe Sobreiro, and Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April, 25, 2018

**NON-SPOILERS AND SCORE AT BOTTOM**

This book isn't for me. I see that it's fairly well-received overall, but I just can't get into it. I don't enjoy the art, I don't find the characters to be compelling anymore, and as interesting as the concept is, it hasn't been executed very well in my mind. I can't say it's the worst thing I've ever read, but it doesn't hit on any of the levels that I thought it was going to. I really hope this infinite multiverse that has been set up turns out to be cool because at this point, that is the only thing I'm really looking forward to.
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Suicide Squad #40 Review and **SPOILERS**


Amanda Punchenkick

Writer: Rob Williams 
Artist: Jack Herbert 
Colors: Hi-Fi 
Letters: Pat Brosseau 
Cover: David Yardin 
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Here is…the conclusion of this arc about “The Wall?” I think it must be. How much further can it go? We can find out together if you read my review of Suicide Squad #40, which commences below!
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Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #43 Review and **SPOILERS**


Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem

Writer: Robert Vendetti 
Penciller: Rafa Sandoval 
Inker: Jordi Tarragona 
Colorist: Tomeu Morey 
Letterer: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Ethan Van Sciver and Jason Wright 
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

So the Darkstars are in town, and I assume that’s going to put some starch in the Green Lantern Corps’ crotch. How do you think they’ll handle it? If John makes the call, they’ll stand around and talk about it for two to three issues before reacting defensively. If it’s up to Kyle, he’ll moan about it to whatever females are nearby. Guy would want the Corps to swarm the Darkstars, but without the luxury of rings, instead tangling them hand-to-robotic claw thing. And Hal would already be on the front lines, alone, slinging missiles and fighter jets at the Darkstars with all his might. So what actually happens in this issue? Place your bets and find out by reading my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #43, in that order!
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The Hellblazer #21 Review and **SPOILERS**


Who Could Have Guessed

Writer: Tim Seeley 
Penciller: Davide Fabbri 
Inker: Christian Dalla Vecchia 
Colorist: Carrie Strachan 
Letterer: Sal Cipriano 
Cover Artist: Tim Seeley with Chris Sotomayor
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Last we left things, John Constantine had been shot in the shoulder by the Huntress! I hope that didn’t damage his wand-waving arm. Find out in my review of The Hellblazer #21, stat!
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Batgirl #22 Review and **SPOILERS**


Mind Over Doesn’t Matter

Writer: Hope Larson
Pencils: Minkyu Jung 
Inks: Jose Marzan Jr. 
Colors: Mat Lopes 
Letters: Deron Bennett 
Main Cover: Dan Mora
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

I have to admit, I’ve come to anticipate new issues of Batgirl every month. Not because I am sincerely enjoying the book, but because I know Jim, Eric and I will be laughing ourselves silly at its antics that week. You can find out what causes all the chortles in my review of Batgirl #22, right now!
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Trinity #22 Review


It's the Power of Love...and Maybe Magic

Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Patch Zircher, Gabe Eltaeb, and Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018

“MAN DOWN” finale! The Trinity and Warlord have discovered Deimos’ plan to use the Skartaran Time Weapon to reduce his enemies to dust—but time itself is not on our heroes’ side! It’s up to Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman to save Steve Trevor, defeat Deimos and seal the breach with Skartaris before the entire world is consumed by magic powerful enough to melt millennia!


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The Demon: Hell is Earth #6 Review and **SPOILERS**


Oedevil Complex

Writer: Andrew Constant 
Penciller: Brad Walker 
Inker: Andrew Hennessy 
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor 
Letterer: Tom Napolitano 
Cover: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Chris Sotomayor 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

This is the final issue of this miniseries! So I assume we’ll figure out just what the heck has been going on. Regardless, it’s gonna look sweet! Find out how it reads in my review of The Demon: Hell is Earth #6, just below! Just like Hell is!
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Flash #45 Review


Speed Bump

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Christian Duce, Luis Guerrero, and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018

After Grodd's attack, it's time for the Speedsters to pick up the pieces and move forward, but are some things too big to let go?  And are some memories too hurtful to remember?  The Flash War is almost here!

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Doom Patrol #11 Review and **SPOILERS**


Ten Pounds of Crap 

Writer: Gerard Way
Penciller & Cover: Nick Derington 
Inker & Variant Cover Artist: Tom Fowler 
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain 
Letterer: Todd Klein 
Special Thanks: Jeremy Lambert 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Well, well, well, look who decided to finally show up to the party? Months after it ended, even! It’s going to be tough for me to put my feelings about this disaster of a volume aside when I review its final issue, Doom Patrol #11. But I did my best, and you can read it right here!
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The Terrifics #3 Review and **SPOILERS**


War Will Bring Us Together

Storytellers: Joe Bennett & Jeff Lemire 
Inks: Sandra Hope, Jaime Mendoza & Art Thibert 
Colors: Marcelo Maiolo 
Letters: Tom Napolitano 
Cover: Ivan Reis with Marcelo Maiolo 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

So this should conclude the first arc of The Terrifics, which was set at three issues. Since I regularly champion shorter arcs, this thing is starting out on a good foot already. But does it stick the landing? Read my review of The Terrifics #3 and see what you think!
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Mera: Queen of Atlantis #3 Review



Call of Duty

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Lan Medina, Norm Rapmund, Veronica Gandini and Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018

After a brutal clash between Mera and Ocean Master almost costs Mera her life, Tula suggests that the three of them work together to save Atlantis—and recruiting an army will require a united front. Can Mera and Orm be united by a common enemy? Or will their hatred of each other be their undoing? 

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Justice League of America #29 Review


She's a Brick...

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Hugo Petrus, Hi-Fi, and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018

“DAWN OF TIME” finale! Chronos has won. Superheroes are nonexistent in the new timeline he’s manipulated into existence. The League will have to find each other, reform and fix the time stream or all of time will be at Chronos’s command.

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Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #2 Review and **SPOILERS**


Here Kitty Kitty

Written By: Jody Houser
Interiors Drawn By: Ibrahim Moustafa
Interiors Colored By: Jordan Boyd
Back-Up Art By: Paulina Ganucheau 
Lettered By: John Workman
Cover By: Tommy Lee Edwards
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

If you'd have told me this time last year that Mother freaking Panic would be one of the books I was looking forward to... first I'd ask, why would you be interested in such odd Chris-trivia... then, I'd tell you that you're crazy!

Early on in our Young Animal endeavor, Mother Panic was fourth with a bullet.  Hell, maybe even fifth when that Bug! mini-series hit!  This title has become a true bright spot in the... uneven Young Animal offerings of late, and I'm happy to be checking it out with you.

Without further ado...


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Teen Titans #19 Review and **SPOILERS**


This issue... somebody (re)joins the Titans!


Writer: Benjamin Percy
Penciller: Scot Eaton
Inker: Wayne Faucher
Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
Letterer: Corey Breen
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Variant Cover Artists: Bryan Hitch & Alex Sinclair
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

Pop the champagne!  It looks like this is our last issue of this volume of Teen Titans.

Maybe when this property returns this Summer we can get an actual issue or two that isn't predicated on someone joining or quitting the team!

Dare we dream?  Well, I'm not known for my optimism, but I've got my fingers crossed!  Now, let's put this one to bed.

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Raven: Daughter of Darkness #4 Review and **SPOILERS**


Empathetic


Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Pop Mhan
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Cover: Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn
Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: April 25, 2018

Hey, it's that time of the month where I helpfully remind you that Raven is, in fact, the daughter of Trigon the Terrible.  Gettin' tired of that gag yet?  Yeah, me too...

Another thing I'm getting tired of?  Raven stories that cannot break from being focused on the fact that her father is Trigon the Terrible.




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Wonder Woman #45 Review



Fight To The Finish


Written By: James Robinson
Art By: Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Marco Santucci, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018


It's time to end this arc and see if this can make the whole Darkseid ordeal worthwhile because while I loved the idea of finally meeting Jason and the idea of Darkseid gaining his power back after being reborn into a baby in the Darkseid War, nothing ever seemed to feel right during James Robinson's run of this title and that has bothered me each and every week that this series would come out.  Maybe........ just maybe, it will all come together here and I can say that I was completely wrong about everything.   Yeah, I don't see that happening, but still, I hope for the best.  Let's jump into this issue and see what Mr. Robinson has in store for us.  Let's check it out.
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Titans Annual #2 Review



Reality Bytes


Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Tom Grummett, Tom Derenick, Cam Smith, Mick Gray, Trevor Scott, Adriano Lucas, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018


It's time to finish up this arc, where the Brain is trying to achieve hyper genius level so that he can transcend beyond his physical limitations and the only ones who are around to stop him at this point seem to be Donna Troy and Roy Harper.  This is going to be our last real "Titans" issue for awhile until "No Justice" wraps up so I hope that with the extra page space of this annual that we're able to get a really good and fitting conclusion to this arc that has put the spot light on Roy Harper, which I've really been up to.  Let's jump into this issue and see if we get the Titans Together or if it comes down to Roy and Donna alone.  Let's check it out.
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Batman Beyond #19 Review



Payback's A Bi............


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Phil Hester, Ande Parks, Michael Spicer, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018


Let's head back to the future to see if Terry McGinnis is able to take on Payback all by his lonesome........ What?...... what's that you say?  Oh, that's right, he's not going to be all on his own because Matt McGinnis has become Robin Beyond now....... even though his training only consists of watching Damian Wayne train and Matt mimicking what he saw.  Yeah, nothing can go wrong there.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Dan Jurgens can bring everything together that he's been setting up for a dog's age now or if he's just continuing to string us along.  Let's check it out.
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Batman and The Signal #3 Review



Day Watch


Written By: Scott Snyder, Tony Patrick
Art By: Cully Hamner, Laura Martin, Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018


Well, who knew that this issue was actually going to come out?....... You know, since it was reported to be cancelled so that it could be collected into a trade at a later date.  Anyway, it's here and that means that we have one more chance to redeem this story and hope to whatever higher power that you're into that this issue can make everything that's come before make sense and that Duke Thomas, The Signal can have the best start possible.  Previously, we saw everyone in the Narrows who had the meta gene get activated by the big bad of this story, Gnoman.  Let's see if Duke and the rest of the Bat Family can put an end to this madness.  Let's check it out.
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Detective Comics #979 Review



Eye Spy

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Philippe Briones, John Kalisz, and Sal Cipriano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 25, 2018


“Batmen Eternal” part four! Ulysses Armstrong knows everything there is to know about Tim Drake’s future—including every inevitable step he’ll take on the road to becoming a dark version of himself! Unfortunately, Ulysses is perfectly happy to take everything from him...and use it to give birth to an unstoppable menace!

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Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 172: DC Comics, Action Comics #1000, Batman, Booster and the Phantom Reviewer


It's the longest episode in a while and it's full of books, celebrations and bad jokes as always.  Enjoy! Check out our Patreon and for as little as $1 a month, you can help support the podcast and get a bunch of shows!  This Week's Patreon Spotlight: Mister Miracle #8 & Deadman #6

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PREVIEW: The Silencer #4


Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic
Release Date: April 25, 2018
Cover Price: $2.99

“PAYBACK TIME” part one! The Silencer has been targeted by every hit man, meta-mobster and weapons-depot dropout that the Leviathan organization has to offer—now it’s time for Honor Guest to take the fight back to them! Too bad Deathstroke has other plans. Silencer squares off against Slade Wilson as we kick off a brand-new epic! And this duo’s devastating past run-in will leave you speechless!

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PREVIEW: Imaginary Fiends #6


Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Stephen Molnar
Release Date: April 25, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

As Special Agent Crockett deals with the Fraidy Cat and her followers, Melba must confront the monster inside her, or her imaginary friend, Polly Peachpit, will die.

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