Tuesday, December 11, 2018

PREVIEW: Supergirl #25

Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Emanuela Lupacchino, Jill Thompson, Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: December 12, 2018
Cover Price: $4.99

It's a super-sized issue of SUPERGIRL! 
Supergirl and Krypto go back to the "scene of the crime"-the ruins of Krypton! With Z'ndr hitchhiking, Supergirl is not only there to find clues on who the killers of Krypton are, but to pay her respects to her dead family and friends for the first time since she left the planet. But a mysterious caretaker whose duty is to protect Krypton's remnants at all costs attacks and won't let Kara through! As if that weren't enough, the Kryptonian powerhouse and her super-powered pooch are stricken with radiation poisoning from the dead planet and must also fight their inner demons!
This anniversary issue also includes two backup stories! First, witness the thoughts and fears of Krypto as he is affected by the radiation poisoning from the wreckage of Krypton. Then, learn more about our new hitchhiker, Z'ndr Khol, as he scavenges a booby-trapped ruin in a remote corner of the galaxy in an off-the- wall space adventure! 

PREVIEW: Flash #60

Writer: Joshua WilliamsonArtist: Jordi TarragonaPublisher: DC ComicsRelease Date: December 12, 2018Cover Price: $3.99
Barry puts his fleet feet in his mouth against the next Force wielder he meets! Introducing the new Strength Force user, Powerhouse: she's a young rebel using her powers to fight the corrupt police state in Corto Maltese. When Barry learns that she wants to use her super-strength to overthrow the government, he tries to intervene-and ends up tripping into a melee with the new hero instead.

PREVIEW: Detective Comics #994

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: December 12, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

Batman's strangest case begins as the new creative team of writer Peter J. Tomasi and artist Doug Mahnke take over DETECTIVE COMICS! 
Commissioner Gordon calls in the Dark Knight Detective when there's a murder at the Gotham City Aquarium-staged to look exactly like Thomas and Martha Wayne's crime scene, right down to the Playbill and pearls. How does this bizarre homicide tie into the shadowy monster that attacks Dr. Leslie Thompkins? This creature looks to wage a war on Batman-and it's using Joker Gas to do it!

PREVIEW: Batman Annual #3

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Otto Schmidt
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: December 12, 2018
Cover Price: $4.99

"THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PENNY!" Alfred Pennyworth has been Batman's most trusted ally and confidant since the Dark Knight first hit the streets of Gotham City. Now, witness Batman's battle for justice from Alfred's perspective and learn how harrowing that journey has been as Batman experiences one of the worst nights Gotham City has ever seen-a night that will push Alfred to the breaking point! Best-selling writer Tom Taylor presents an epic tale that promises to be one of the most Alfred stories ever told!

PREVIEW: Electric Warriors #2

Writer: Steve OrlandoArtist: Travel ForemanPublisher: DC ComicsRelease Date: December 12, 2018Cover Price: $3.99
The Planet Covenant is live! Warrior representatives from across the known galaxies have gathered to wage battle and prove their cosmic superiority. Representing the humans of Earth is War Cry, who enters into his first gladiatorial match with all the ego and bluster we can expect from Earthlings. But will it be enough to stop the lava-spewing champion of Saturn? Alliances are formed in and out of the arena, as each fighter starts to establish their rank. War Cry thinks he has found a friend in an empathic healer from distant Vrang, but he can't help but think his only true friend may be the oceanic Deep Dweller, his rival from Earth. And of course, what no one yet knows is what the ruling powers are after. It can't just be watching species from around the cosmos tearing each other apart...can it?

PREVIEW: The Batman Who Laughs #1

Writer: Scott Snyder
Artist: Jock
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: December 12, 2018
Cover Price: $4.99

Left rattled by the events of DARK NIGHTS: METAL, Bruce Wayne must come face to face with the nightmares spawned from the Dark Multiverse. But even though evil devoured evil in the collapse of Challengers Mountain, the Dark Knight still has his doubts. He discovers that the Batman Who Laughs not only survived the fight with The Joker at the end of METAL, but now he is enacting a sinister plan across the Multiverse-something both terrifying and oddly familiar. But when Bruce Wayne realizes the only way to stop this madman is to kill him, he must consider violating the very rule Batman won't break...the same rule that created this insatiable villain-the Batman Who Laughs!

PREVIEW: Batman: Damned #2

Writer: Brian AzzarelloArtist: Lee BermejoPublisher: DC ComicsRelease Date: December 12, 2018Cover Price: $6.99
As Batman's descent into the madness of Gotham City's decadent underbelly continues, he must try to exorcise some of his demons...and who better to help than the Demon, Etrigan himself. And where there's demons, there's also a Deadman, a Spectre, an Enchantress and a host of other supernatural friends and foes-it's a veritable Grand Guignol!

PREVIEW: Titans #31

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Minkyu Jung
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: December 12, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

If you want blood, you got it... but the Titans may not like it! There's a new leader of the Blood Cult, and her name is Mother Blood! Their mission? Kidnapping the best scientific minds from around the world to perfect their emergent-energy weapon. Their next target? Steel! And the Blood Cult has an ace up its sleeve: weaponized Source Wall energy that turns its victims into blood zombies. (As if there weren't enough blood motifs in this ish...) In the Titans' blackest night (wink), a new hero has arrived to help turn the tide.

PREVIEW: House of Whispers #4

Dayton's Staycation

Written By: Nalo Hopkinson 
Illustrated By: Dominike “DOMO” Stanton and Aneke 
Colors By: John Rauch 
Letters By: Deron Bennett 
Cover By: Sean Andrew Murray 
Edited By: Molly Mahan 
Associate Editor: Amedeo Turturro 
Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell 
Executive Editor: Mark Doyle 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: December 12, 2018 

The mysterious infection doctors are calling “Cotard’s Delusion” spreads, trapping countless souls in the Dreaming and leaving their physical bodies yearning for death. To handle her own case of the disease, Latoya decides to go on risky adventures, believing she’ll feel alive the closer she gets to death, while her girlfriend Maggie tries to find a true cure. Meanwhile, in the Dreaming, Erzulie Dantor calls her war council of Shakpana, Turtle and Uncle Monday to find a way to take her sister-self’s bayou and boat back to their realm. Shakpana, however, seems to be more interested in making his way back to the Waking World.

Things are cruising right along in the Dreaming! And by that, I mean it's all messed up. Why not have a look at some preview pages, right here! 

PREVIEW: Suicide Squad #49

What's Your Bag, Flag?

Writer: Rob Williams 
Pencils: Diogenes Neves 
Inks: Scott Hanna 
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb 
Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: David Williams & Kelsey Shannon 
Variant Cover: Francesco Mattina 
Editor: Katie Kubert 
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: December 12, 2018 

Beneath the ice of the Siberian seas, a final reckoning awaits the Suicide Squad. Amanda Waller has been implanted with her very own brain bomb—with Rick Flag’s finger on the trigger. While Deadshot, Katana, Boomerang, Harley and Croc fight tooth and nail for their very survival, they must also uncover answers to a host of life-and-death questions: What’s the secret hidden within Temho Me4ta prison? Who are the Vets? And who, ultimately, will be the Squad’s final judge, jury and executioner?

Whoa...lotta questions in that solicit. I didn't even get a chance to study! Maybe you can bone up before the test by looking at some preview pages below. 

PREVIEW: Justice League Dark #6

Myrra, Myrra, On the Wall

Writer: James Tynion IV 
Pencils: Daniel Sampere 
Inks: Juan Albarran 
Colors: Adriano Lucas 
Letters: Rob Leigh 
Cover: Nicola Scott & Romulo Fajardo Jr. 
Variant Cover: Clayton Crain 
Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino 
Editor: Rebecca Taylor 
Group Editor: Marie Javins 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: December 12, 2018
The Justice League Dark…trapped in the mystic realm of Myrra! Their jailer? Blue Devil…and he wants revenge on Detective Chimp! Seems Bobo tried to magically resurrect his best friend, the original Nightmaster, but lost control of the spell and filled Myrra with zombies instead. And left Blue Devil behind to get eaten. So BD’s kinda sorta maybe got a reason  to be pissed. With that in mind, will Wonder Woman and the rest of the JLD even step up to help Bobo against a raging Blue Devil? That sounds bananas to us.

Blue Devil kicks the Bobo? Say it ain't so! And say you'll take a look at some preview pages, right here, and make me feel better! 

PREVIEW: New Talent Showcase 2018 #1

Good Guys to Know

Written By: Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Sanya Anwar, Joey Esposito, Robert Jeffrey II, Ryan Cady, Magdalene Vissaggio
Art By: Amancay Nahuelpan, Trish Mulvihill, Priscilla Petraites, John Rauch, Dominike "DOMO" Stanton, Marissa Louise, Max Raynor, John Kalisz, Isaac Goodhart, Cris Peter, Aneke, Beth Sotelo
Lettering By: Gabriela Downie, Emma Kubert, Christy Sawyer, Ryan Christy, Jay Castro
Assistant Editor: Liz Erickson 
Edited By: Bobbie Chase and Sara Miller 
Cover Price: $7.99 
On Sale Date: December 12, 2018

The latest graduates from the DC Talent Development Workshops show off their skills by telling stories about some of DC’s greatest characters including Batman, Catwoman, John Constantine, Wonder Woman, Zatanna and more!

When I wake up in the morning and my alarm gives up a warning, I don't think I'm gonna make it on time. But by the time I grab my books and give myself a look, I'm on the corner just in time to see the bus fly by. It's all right, 'cause I'm Saved By the Bell!

PREVIEW: Superman #6

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Alex Sinclair, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 12, 2018

It’s the moment you never thought you’d see—Superman must team with General Zod to defeat Rogol Zaar or risk banishment for all three in the cold prison of the Phantom Zone forever. Whatever you do, do not skip to the last page—the end of this issue changes the lives of Superman and his family forever as the Unity Saga continues!

PREVIEW: Hawkman #7

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Jeremiah Skipper, Starkings & Comicraft
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 12, 2018

The origin of Hawkman revealed! Rocketing across the cosmos in his newly re-covered spaceship, Carter Hall is en route to the next stop on his adventure through time and space. He doesn’t have Netflix to pass the time, but he does have something even better. Locked within the ship’s memory banks is the truth behind Carter Hall’s reincarnation ability, as well as his connection to the Deathbringers—giant, winged beings of immeasurable power on their way to destroy Earth!

Robin II: The Joker's Wild #3 (1991) - "... A Comedy Tonight!" Review

Writer: Chuck Dixon
Artists: Bob Smith, Tom Lyle, Adrienne Roy
Release Date: November 26, 1991
Cover Price: $1.00
Review by: Joey Casco

Batman is away and Robin (Tim Drake) is up against the Joker, who has kidnapped Dr. Osgood Pellinger to hack into the computers of Gotham and provoke chaos. Knowing that the Joker will kill him like he did the previous Robin, Tim and Alfred tried to make it seem like Batman was still in town. But when the Joker broke away from his plans and risked an easy escape by deciding to shoot at Batman, the bullets passed right through him and Batman was exposed as a holograph. Robin is the lone vigilante in Gotham right now (I guess all those other ones are away too) and the Joker knows it.

Friday, December 7, 2018

The Unexpected #7 Review and Spoilers

Penultimate Peril, Prosaically Purveyed

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Ronan Cliquet
Colours by: Jeromy Cox
Letters by: Carlos M Mangual
Published by: DC Comics
Cover price: $2.99

Well, here we are. The penultimate issue of The Unexpected. Usually, a reviewer will start a review like this with a quick recap of what's happened in the series so far, but that's not going to happen, partly because Neon and Firebrand's breakneck journey across the DC Universe would essentially be a list of place names followed by "and then they fight…" followed by either the word "Quench" or the words "Onnimar Synn". Or the name of whichever guest star du jour was unlucky enough to be pulled out of the psychedelic Stetson that particular month. And partly it's because this review's already late, I've already done a Martian Manhunter review for the site this week and there really is only so much nonsense a man can take. Let's just get on with it, shall we? Alright, then.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Chris and Reggie's Cosmic Treadmill ep. 118 - MAD #4 (1953)

What, Me Worry?

Hello, fershlugginer comics fans! In this episode, pratfall experts Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) take a look at the life of Harvey Kurtzman and the magazine that changed everything when they read MAD #4 from 1953! After a history of the publisher that begat the rag, they describe all four stories in the issue, providing some brief artist biographies, and concentrating their vocal abuse on "Supderduperman" and "The Shadow!" After a break, the Assistants to the Assistant Copy Boy continue discussing Kurtzman and MAD magazine, including the iconic logo and a certain gap-toothed fellow that hasn't a care in the world. This episode is sure to drive any parents buggy, you don't want to miss it!

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week: December 5, 2018

Always Struggling to Populate

DC Comics puts out roughly six thousand titles per week, and yet I often find myself struggling to populate a "best of" list containing five. Is it because my standards are too high? Or is it because a lot of these covers would rate as pin-ups when I was a lad? Mind you, we had to use pennies instead of eyes back then, so everything looked a little blurry. On to the list, fully populated!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Suicide Squad Black Files #2 Review and **SPOILERS**

Life Inside the Blade

Writers: Mike W. Barr, Jai Nitz 
Artists: Philippe Briones, Scott Eaton 
Inks: Wayne Faucher 
Colorists: Gabe Eltaeb, Guy Major 
Letterer: Pat Brosseau 
Cover Artist: Cliff Richards 
Group Editor: Jim Chadwick 
Editor: Harvey Richards 
Cover Price: $4.99 
On Sale Date: December 5, 2018


I guess we’ll be seeing this double-sized comic book for the next five months. I don’t know why I blanked on this even coming out, but it’s here now, so I’m gonna review it until it’s done, and there’s no more reviewin’ to do. Then I’ll corral my reviewin’ steers into the reviewer’s corral, an’ mosey on home to my ol’ reviewin’ cabin. Stoke a reviewin’ fire an’ heat some review beans, an’ think about all the things I’d like to review before I head off to that big reviewer’s paradise in the sky. Until that happens, I’ve reviewed Suicide Squad Black Files #2, and you can read it right now!

The Dreaming #4 Review and **SPOILERS**

Securing Our Ethereal Borders

Written By: Simon Spurrier 
Illustrated By: Bilquis Evely 
Colors By: Mat Lopes 
Letters By: Simon Bowland 
Cover By: Jae Lee & June Chung 
Edited By: Molly Mahan 
Associate Editor: Amedeo Turturro 
Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell 
Executive Editor: Mark Doyle 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: December 5, 2018


Now that Judge Gallows is in charge of the Dreaming, I wonder if he’s set up road blocks to catch drunk drivers? Seems like something a Judge would implement first. I think it’s probably because they see so many of ‘em in court. But then…one would think they’d want to relax drunk driving laws to clear the courts’ backlogs. I can’t call it. Have a look at my review of The Dreaming #4, and maybe things will become clearer.

Harley Quinn #55 Review and **SPOILERS**

Merry Shrugmas

Writer: Sam Humphries 
Artist: John Timms 
Colors: Alex Sinclair 
Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Guillem March & Arif Prianto 
Variant Cover: Frank Cho 
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea 
Editor: Alex Antone 
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: December 5, 2018


Christmas, Christmas time is here, time for boobs and time for beer. That’s not the song? What are people celebrating, then? The birth of what? I don’t wanna hear any of that noise. Just move on to reading my review of Harley Quinn #55, and we’ll forget the conversation ever happened.

Martian Manhunter #1 Review and Spoilers

The Chances of Anything Coming From Mars…

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Riley Rossmo
Colours by: Ivan Plascencia
Letters by: Deron Bennett
Published by: DC Comics
Price: $3.99

When hearing the words 'Martian Manhunter', which three words first spring to your mind? Fire? Shape-changing? Invisibility? For me, it's probably: strength, dignity and Oreos. But that's probably just me. I've always had a soft spot for J'onn J'onnz. His tenure as a member of various incarnations of the Justice League in the 80s and early 90s included some of that team's stint in Detroit and the extraordinarily fun Giffen/DeMatteis run. Throughout, the character possessed the kind of dry, understated wit that was tailor-made for a teenage me who had just discovered sarcasm and was exploring the possibilities offered by sardonic irony. (And, yes, I was mostly insufferable to be around back then…) The question, I suppose, is what kind of Martian Manhunter am I going to find in this series? Well, we're not going to find out if we just hang around in the introduction all day, are we?

Red Hood and the Outlaws #29 Review

Bustin' Chops and Apple Sauce

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Pete Woods, Rex Lokus, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 5, 2018

Yeah, I'm still going with the Red Hood and the Outlaws title because I'm afraid that people won't find it or aggregate sites won't pick it up.  Yeah, that may be silly with the title being revised while Jason Todd is going the loner route right now, but I'm good with Outlaws this issue because as we saw in the previous one, Batwoman's teaming up with our title character.  Hopefully they can get to the bottom of what's going on in this quaint little town and shut down Underlife's agenda.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Deathstroke #38 Review

Crazy? Insane?

Written By: Christopher Priest
Art By: Fernando Pasarin, Jason Paz, Jeremy Cox, Willie Schubert
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 5, 2018

Slade Wilson is insane........ At least that's what we're led to believe after we discovered that his Wintergreen A.I. that's he's been talking to isn't even a thing that Isherwood put into his Ikon suit.  So yeah, imaginary friends and the fact that Slade believes that he spent the last two weeks fighting aliens when he escaped from Arkham Asylum.  Sounds pretty crazy, especially since his fellow escapee Devon isn't someone that the Asylum has ever heard of and because they say that he hasn't been missing at all.  Let's jump into this issue and see if the craziness escalates and if we discover what Two-Face is up to running around in Slade's costume.  Let's check it out.

Green Arrow #47 Review

Power To The People

Written By: Julie Benson, Shawna Benson
Art By: German Peralta, John Kalisz, Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 5, 2018

It's last call for the Bensons on this book and the finale to their Citizen's Arrest arc and while I haven't been a fan of this story, I do hold out hope that this issue could bring it all around and make it into something worthwhile.  Mostly, I just feel bad that their story was high jacked because Roy Harper died and they were forced to do a funeral issue out of nowhere.  In our previous issue, we saw Oliver Queen kidnapped by The Citizen so that the villain could put him on public trial and determine whether or not he deserved to live.  Let's jump into this issue and see how Green Arrow overcomes and whoops the Citizen's ass.  Let's check it out.