Wednesday, November 20, 2019

He-Man & the Masters of the Multiverse #1 Review



Writer: Tim Seeley
Art Team: Dan Fraga, Richard Friend, Matt Yackey
DC Comics
Release Date: November 20, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

Dark Multi-Verse He-Man

One way DC Comics always gets me to plunk down a few bucks is when they decide to go ahead and drop a new He-Man series on our laps.  He-Man & the Masters of the Multiverse is the latest title to get me off my wallet, with Tim Seeley returning to pen the characters again, as this all draws my attention immediately because I liked the premise, from the title, and the team involved upon first announcement. Let's see if all that momentum translates into an attention-grabbing first issue.

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage Book One Review and **SPOILERS**



Tripping Balls with Mr. A

Writer: Jeff Lemire
Pencils: Denys Cowan 
Inks: Bill Sienkiewicz
Colors: Chris Sotomayor 
Letters: Willie Schubert
Cover: Cowan, Sienkiewicz & Sotomayor 
Variant Cover: Jeff Lemire & Marcelo Mialo
Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell 
Editors: Chris Conroy & Molly Mahan
Cover Price: $6.99 
On Sale Date: November 20, 2019

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM** 

Well, well, well. If it isn’t one of the characters that DC screwed up royally during the New 52. Something about having ushered forth from the primordial ooze or some such? I don’t believe DC Comics ever developed the character enough to speak about. There’s been an appropriate cooling off period, and now he’s back for the first time in the prestige format The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage, and I’ve reviewed book one of the series right here!

Aquaman #54 Review and **SPOILERS**



Daddy Issues

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Pencils: Robson Rocha & Jesús Merino 
Inker: Daniel Henriques & Vincente Cifuentes
Colorist: Sunny Gho 
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover: Robson Dan Panosian 
Variant Cover: Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki & Morry Hollowell
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea 
Editor: Alex Antone
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham 
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: November 20, 2019

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Black Mantamech has rocked Amnesty Bay and now there’s a Legion of Doom symbol in the sky where the lighthouse used to be! Let’s dive back into the deep and read my review of Aquaman #54, right here!

Teen Titans #36 Review



Head Games!


Written By: Adam Glass
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019


Are Teen Titans team is a mess right now.  Roundhouse went and turned heel against his friends because Robin got his sister killed years ago, Djinn is now trapped inside her ring and Crush has gone to the dark side now that Lobo was given a gift from Lex Luthor that allows the Main Man to control his daughter's mind.  Let's jump into this issue and see if there's anything here that can bring this team back together again or if it's just more doom and gloom from here on out.  Let's check it out.

Nightwing #66 Review



He Wears His Sunglasses At Night


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Nick Filardi, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019


After we got the background of what's been going on with Dick Grayson in the Nightwing Annual, I couldn't wait to see more about Dick's amnesia that was purposely caused by the Court of Owls in order to finally get their "Gray Son" in line to become the Talon they always wanted him to be.  Let's jump into this issue and see if William Cobb's plans will be successful now that he has memory implanting goggles on Ric, which will fill in the gaps in his memory, but in all the wrong ways.  Let's check it out.

Metal Men #2 Review



Mind Over Metal


Written By: Dan Didio, Michelle Delecki
Art By: Shane Davis, Jason Wright, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019


After the bombshell that was last issue, where we learned that Dr. Will Magnus has been lying to us all along about his Metal Men truly being alive, I'm really hoping that this issue can maintain the type of hype that the beginning of this series started.  It's really possible too because at the end of last issue, we saw that in the depths of Challengers Mountain was a pit of liquid Nth Metal and within that liquid came a sentient Nth Metal Man, calling out for Will Magnus.  I'm intrigued.  Let's jump into this issue and see if we can get to the bottom of this mystery.  Let's check it out.

Flash Forward #3 Review



Raising The Stakes


Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Luis Gerrero, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019


Alright, let's head back into the Multiverse, where Tempus Fuginaut and Wally West are on a quest to rid all the worlds involved of a Dark Multiverse infection, spreading all around.  Previously, we saw Wally join up with Calvin Ellis and the Justice League of Earth-23 to wave his magic stick at some muck and make it go away and I'm hoping that now we've gotten that out of the way, this will become a bit more epic than simply going from place to place and shaking a stick at some darkness.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Supergirl #36 Review and *SPOILERS*

Someone Else’s Story… We’re Just Living In It…



Written By: Marc Andreyko
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Chris Sotomayor
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Supergirl is finally getting to a place where we aren’t leaning on different books or crossover stories to move the story forward. Supergirl has begun to go her own way. Sure, there are still some things about former crossovers that are still affecting the book, but readers of this book are finally getting to focus on their own story for the first time in a long time. She’s dealing with Leviathan still but she’s also got Brainiac-1 to deal with and his invasion of the Fortress of Solitude. There’s a lot to look forward to with this book but and I’m looking forward to continuing on in this book. Let’s just jump into this new issue and see where it takes us.

The Infected: Scarab #1 Review



The Monster Inside


Written By: Dennis Hopeless Hallum
Art By: Freddie E. Williams II, Jeremy Colwell, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019


We're continuing our Infected one-shots with The Scarab this week, where we'll find out how Jaime Reyes went and got himself infected by the Batman Who Laughs...... and with that, hopefully discover some kind of rules to this infection because each story that someone who is infected shows up in, it seems that they all do something different and have different motivations, even though the ones showing up in the Batman/Superman book seem to be under the thrall of the Batman Who Laughs.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Batman/Superman #4 Review



All Along the Watchtower

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: David Marquez, Alejandro Sanchez, and Joe Hill
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

While we haven't seen all of the Infected Secret Six yet, it's all hands on deck as Joshua Williamson and crew dive headfirst into the deep end of their story.  I have been a bit on the lower part of the scoring curve, but maybe putting on the gas is just what this story needed.  Is that the case?  Let's find out...

Justice League #36 Review



"Some Kind of Beef"

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Francis Manapul, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

It's time to check in with the whole gang...Batman, Lex Luthor, Superman, Perpetua, Jarro...yep, they're all here and ready to continue the Brawl for it All at the Edge of the Universe and beyond!  I was hoping for a TLC match, but it's pretty much been a tag-team from the start so let's stick with what's got us here.  Will we get more twists, double-crosses and heel takes this issue?  Let's find out...

Batman #83 Review and *SPOILERS*

Play This Tape



Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mikel Janin, Jordie Bellaire
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

We are nearing the finale of City of Bane and things have been left in a crazy state. While I was initially underwhelmed by the previous issue, there are quite a lot of plot points that have been left hanging that I’m very interested in seeing to fruition. Bane has been removed from the equation after being attacked by Thomas Wayne and he has captured Bruce and Selina as well as gotten rid of the Bat Family. I would assume these last few issues to go at light speed with all the things we have to cover before the finale. Let’s just jump into this new issue and see where it takes us.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

PREVIEW: Supergirl #36


Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

Supergirl-the infected! Brainiac-1 attempts to contact Supergirl at the Fortress of Solitude, but for what nefarious purpose? No matter what he has planned, things are about to go from bad to worse as Supergirl heads on a collision course with the Batman Who Laughs! He's targeted Superman as part of his plan to infect heroes and transform them into their twisted Dark Multiverse counterparts-but Supergirl gets caught in the crossfire, and the Year of the Villain stakes get even higher!


PREVIEW: Justice League #36


Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Francis Manapul
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

How powerful is too powerful? Lex Luthor has assembled everything he needs to complete his plan of turning the world toward doom, including reviving the ancient goddess Perpetua and restoring her powers. But can he keep Perpetua from dragging the DC Universe into the abyss alongside the rest of the Multiverse? This is a question that hero and villain alike must ask, as the epic battle between the Justice League and the Legion of Doom across space and time comes crashing together. Everything that happens here sets the stage for the senses-shattering finale of the Justice/Doom War-and the fate of all existence hangs in the balance!


PREVIEW: He-Man & The Masters of the Multiverse #1


Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Dan Fraga, Richard Friend
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

The scourge of Anti-Eternia is unleashed on the Multiverse! Blazing a trail across the dimensions, he's devastating each version of Eternia and stealing its power. Now it's up to a ragtag team of surviving He-Men to recruit the one man in existence who might save them: Prince Keldor, the man who would be Skeletor! This all-new miniseries features the most iconic eras and beloved takes on the Masters of the Universe!


PREVIEW: The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1




Writer: Jeff Lemire 
Pencils: Denys Cowan
Inks: Bill Sienkiewicz 
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
Letters: Willie Schubert 
Cover Price: $6.99 
Release Date : November 20, 2019

For years, Vic Sage has worn the faceless mask of the Question to clean up the streets of Hub City by sheer force of will. He knows right from wrong. He knows black from white. But what happens when he is drawn into a conspiracy that reaches from the heights of Hub City power to the depths of its underground tunnels? What happens when things stop being black-and-white and start getting a little gray? And what happens when, in a secret chamber deep beneath the city, Vic Sage meets his own end...and his new beginning? Eisner-winning writer Jeff Lemire joins forces with the legendary art team of Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz to resurrect Vic Sage, only to destroy him all over again...and again...

PREVIEW: Batman: White Knight Presents Von Freeze #1


Writer: Sean Murphy
Artist: Klaus Janson
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

The world of Batman: White Knight expands with this standalone tale! On the night of Bruce Wayne's traumatic birth, Victor Fries must intervene to save the lives of Martha Wayne and the future Batman. As the evening unfolds, Victor distracts Thomas with the incredible tale of his own father figures-one a Nazi, the other a Jew-and their complex connection to Wayne Laboratories. As the Third Reich roars into power, the deep friendship and working relationship between the Baron von Fries and his research partner, Jacob Smithstein, is in crisis. Ordered by Himmler to speed development of their cryotechnology in service of world domination, Smithstein is forced to go into hiding and compromise his moral code in order to save his wife and infant daughter, Nora, from persecution and certain death. When the S.S. ramps up surveillance over the project, young Victor begins to question his father's true allegiance. Both families are driven toward an impossible choice and a sinister standoff, and Victor makes a pact with Smithstein that will ripple through generations!

PREVIEW: Batman/Superman #4


Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: David Marquez
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

Even from prison, the Batman Who Laughs is staying two steps ahead of the Caped Crusader and the Man of Steel. His plan to infect heroes and turn them into the Dark Multiverse versions of themselves is starting to build steam, with Shazam and others already succumbing to his evil toxin. Batman and Superman are racing the clock to prevent the other three members of the Secret Six from being poisoned, but they realize they are too late when those three come looking for them instead-one of whom is a lot closer to Superman than expected and itching for a fight!


PREVIEW: Batman #83


Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mikel Janin
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 20, 2019

It's chapter nine of "City of Bane," and it's time for a reckoning in Gotham City! Thomas Wayne has joined forces with Bane, and that alliance threatens to throw a monkey wrench into Batman's plans. And as Bane's evil army begins to crumble, the Caped Crusader must face the real force behind it all. As the end of this epic tale grows near, Batman and his allies have a choice: let Bane stay in power and guarantee the city's survival, or risk everything to break free!