Thursday, August 16, 2018

Top Five Fridays: Top 5 DC Animated Movies

Hello and welcome back to another Top Five Fridays where this week I will be picking my Top Five Animated Movies.  I am sure this list will not match everyone's, but that's the fun of it, right?  Right?!?!  If you are mad that something is missing, give me your list in the comments below, but remember, this is just my list and my sensibilities don't match most.  What I'm saying gentle with me!

Pearl #1 Review

Tatoo You

Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: Michael Gaydos and Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 15, 2018

For a lot of people, this book and those that will follow are the reasons that they are excited about Bendis' move to DC. I don't happen to be one of them, but it's not out of anything other than my not having read any of Bendis' creator-owned work. I have read his Daredevil run, and his take on that character and that world are what I expected from this book and that's honestly mostly what I got. Whether or not it worked for me is a whole other story. Read on, Weird Scientists.

Chris and Reggie's Cosmic Treadmill ep. 102 - Marvel Comics' Age of Apocalypse Part Three! (1995)

Not That Wolverine

Hello mutant rebels! In this episode, extra Horsemen Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) return to the time that might have been in part three of their look at Marvel Comics' 1995 X-Men event, Age of Apocalypse! After some recap, they read both issues of X-Men Chronicles, with special conentration on #2 by Howard Mackie and Ian Churchill! Then, our pen slaves close out the final issues of Astonishing X-Men, Factor X, Generation neXt, and Weapon X, providing biographies for all new characters (and creators) encountered along the way! We're halfway through this huge comic book event, so don't fall asleep during one of Magneto's monologues! Aw, who could blame ya?

Throwback Thursday Reviews: Batman: The Dark Knight #23.2 - Mr. Freeze (2013)

An Ice Family Reunion

Writer: Justin Gray, Jimmy PalmiottiArtist: Jason MastersPublisher: DC ComicsRelease Date: September 11, 2013Cover Price: $3.99
This was a pretty controversial continuation of the New 52 Mr. Freeze from Scott Snyder's Batman Annual #1.  It has been kind of fixed since then...kind of... - Jim

Week two of Villain's Month and I'm starting out with a Dark Knight title.  Oh Good.  We now have the reinvented Mr. Freeze who doesn't have the sympathetic origin story, that makes us like the character so much.  So what do we have you ask?  Let's find out.

Throwback Thursday Reviews: Batman '66 #31 - The Joker's Big Show(2014)

Prop Comics Suck

Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Jonathan Case
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: April 2, 2014

When this arc hit, I was starting to worry that maybe I was getting tired of the whole Batman '66 thing...this story got me right back on the trolley! - Jim

Batman '66 has been so good since it's the first issue.  Jeff Parker (mainly) and multiple artists have explored the campiness of the television show.  Like the Silver Age comic, the show really relied on the crazy and colorful villains to drive the crazy plots and Jeff Parker has duplicated that formula to a tee.  Everyone from huge villains like the Joker, Penguin and Mr. Freeze to little-known ones like Shame and Chandell have been featured.    All have been great, but after 31 issues there is the danger of not knowing what to do next.  Jeff Parker is better than that, though.  Instead of picking a villain for Batman '66 #31, he throws in a bunch and makes one of the best issues in a long, long time.

Throwback Thursday Reviews: Batman: The Jiro Kuwata Batmanga #1 (2014)


Written and Illustrated by: Jiro Kuwata
Translated by: Sheldon Drzka
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 5, 2014

Continuing on the theme of "When I enjoyed some Batman", here is a review of Jiro Kuwata Batmanga #1 which was a ton of fun to read and really took me by surprise! - Jim

Well, this one kind of snuck up on me.  I was not aware of "Batmanga", let alone that it was going to be released weekly as a DC Digital First.  After seeing a couple of issues released and looking into its history, I decided to give it a whirl.  I'm glad I did.

Throwback Thursday Reviews: Batman Eternal #1 (2014)

Batman Weekly or Weakly?

Written by: Scott Snyder, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes, John Layman and Tim Seeley
Art by: Jason Fabok
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 9, 2014

This week for the Thursday Throwback Reviews, I decided to feature all sorts of Batman issues.  Why?  Well, to prove that we here at Weird Science may be disappointed with the current start of Batman affairs, but we will always be big fans! - Jim

I know, We need another Batman book like we awesome weekly book featuring the Gotham Police Department as much as the Dark Knight.  That's right, I've been pretty stoked (is that a word anymore?) for Batman Eternal and now that it's here I can tell you, it's worth the wait even if it has a few flaws.

Throwback Thursday Reviews: Batman #35 - Endgame Part One (2014)

They'll Laugh at You

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 8, 2014

This was the beginning of Endgame and also the last arc of Syder and Capullo's Batman that I reviewed.  As you can see from the score, I loved it!  I know some don't agree, but I miss this Batman. - Jim

Opinions of "Zero Year" seem to run the gamut of review scores.  Personally, while I enjoyed it, I thought it went on a bit too long and overly relied on past stories.  I enjoy Snyder and Capullo when they are doing their own thing, not trying to prove they are the biggest Batman fans in the room.  This arc looks really promising in that regard.  It also doesn't hurt that it's a game changer in every way possible to the point that I use that phrase after promising I never would again. 

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week August 15, 2018

Sometimes the Covers Pick You

These comics from DC come every week...and sometimes very weakly! Having dispensed with that Weird Science DC Comics authorized joke, let's hop into my list of five for the week! It was tough to complete the list, but I'm pleased to announce that I did it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Archie Meets Batman '66 #1 Review

Calling All Cars

Writer: Jeff Parker, Michael Moreci
Artist: Dan Parent, J. Bone
Publisher: Archie Comics
Release Date: July 18, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

I have to admit that this combination of two things I loved as a kid kinda snuck up on me.  Actually, as you can tell by the release date of this first issue, it more eluded me than anything.  I am a HUGE Batman '66 fan (yes, the television show and the comic) and while I haven't read much Archie since hitting adulthood, the Riverdale Gang still has a place in my heart.  So, how do these two go has to be less zany than Archie Vs. Sharknado, right?  Let's find out...

Batwoman #18 Review and *SPOILERS*

Drugs Are Bad… M’Kay?

Written By: Marguerite Bennett
Art By: Fernando Blanco, John Rauch
Letters By: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 15, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Well, ladies and gentlemen…. Here we are. The final issue of this Batwoman series. It has been a long year and a half. There have been a couple ups and a metric fuck-ton of downs. However, as a huge Batwoman fan myself, I am a little disappointed that this book is just ending rather than getting a new creative team. Batwoman is such a great character and I just wish DC was more devoted to keeping her around rather than relegating her to a supporting character in the Batman books. All we can hope for though is a nice conclusion for this series and hopefully the company will eventually bring her another solo series in the future. Lets just jump right into this book and see how things come to an end.

New Challengers #4 Review

Laughing in the Face of Death

Writer: Scott Snyder, Aaron Gillespie
Art Team: V Ken Marion, Sandu Florea, Dinei Ribeiro
Release Date: August 15, 2015
Cover Price: $2.99

The New Challengers, "who in the heck are they", one might say to themselves.  Well over the course of four issues we've actually gotten some background on each of our four main characters, and by cleverly mixing that in as the story is progressing, I've actually come to enjoy this title much more than I ever anticipated doing. So let's dig into this last Challenger of the bunch we've yet to dive into and check out what's set up for the series final two issues.

Injustice vs Masters of the Universe #2 Review

Brawn and Brawl

Writer: Tim Seeley
Art Team: Freddie E. Williams II, Jeremy Colwell
Release Date: August 15, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

I had an unapologetic blast with the first issue of this crossover.  Tim Seeley was able to manage and balance both the Injustice and He-Man lore into each other seamlessly without leaning too heavily either way.  Not only that but both of the worlds are currently dealing with their own threat really bringing a stakes to this series right out of the gate.  So did the creative team save any creative juices for a follow up, let find out.

Damage #8 Review

Damage Control 

Writer: Robert Venditti,
Art Team: Tom Dernick, Diogenes Neves, Trevor Scott, Allen Passalaqua
Release Date: August 15, 2018
Cover Price: $2.99

Damage, which started out as my favorite New Age of Heroes concept, has lately spun a bit out of control since its debut issue by featuring a bevy of guest stars, and paying very little attention to actually moving the story at hand forward, as Damage slugs it out with insert name here. Despite those complaints, I tune in with the hope things pick back up, and we get back to solving this mystery so we can progress the character along with his path to redemption. So what does issue eight hold in store for Damage fans? Join me and find out.

Batgirl #25 Review and **SPOILERS**

Bat in the Saddle

Creators: See Below 
Letterer: Deron Bennett 
Cover: Rafael Albuquerque 
Variant Cover: Joshua Middleton 
Editor: Brittany Holzherr 
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich 
Cover Price: $4.99 
On Sale Date: August 15, 2018


I feel like we haven’t seen Batgirl comics in a while, but it has actually been only a month. It also feels like there should be more issues since Rebirth than twenty-five. Have I slipped into that alternate dimension where Nelson Mandela died in the 1990s? I could be Sliding™ back any time, so hurry and check out my review of Batgirl #25 while it still exists!

Harley Quinn #48 Review and **SPOILERS**

Hatin’ Gentrification

Writer: Sam Humphries 
Artist: Alisson Borges 
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb 
Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Guillem March and Tomeu Morey 
Variant Cover: Frank Cho 
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea 
Editor: Alex Antone 
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: August 15, 2018


Harley is back from Apokolips and ready to settle back into her cozy, Coney Island life…except her apartment building is being demolished! And they’re not going to erect a statue of Quinn in its place. Find out what happens by reading my review of Harley Quinn #48, commencing now!

Aquaman #39 Review and **SPOILERS**


Story: Dan Abnett and Rob Williams 
Script: Abnett 
Pencils: Joe Bennett 
Inks: Vicente Cifuentes 
Colors: Adriano Lucas 
Letters: Steve Wands 
Cover: Rafa Sandoval and Ivan Plascencia 
Variant Cover: Joshua Middleton 
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea 
Editors: Alex Antone and Katie Kubert 
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: August 15, 2018


This crossover with Suicide Squad continues, and for the first time in a long while, I’m excited to check out an issue of Aquaman! So let’s dispense with the pleasantries and dive right into my review of issue #39, right here!

Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye #6 Review and **SPOILERS**

I Am He and You Are He and You Are Me and We Are All Spelunking

Writer: Jon Rivera 
Cover & Interior Artist: Michael Avon Oeming 
Colorist: Nick Filardi 
Letterer: Clem Robins 
Editor: Molly Mahan 
Executive Editor: Mark Doyle 
DC’s Young Animal Curated By: Gerard Way 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: August 15, 2018


Now we’ve come to the end of the series! And almost the end of this “pop-up” imprint! Will Cave Carson’s Eye keep Interstellaratin’? You’ll have to read my review of Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye #6 to find out!

Justice League #6 Review

Going Against The Grain

Written By: Scott Snyder
Art By: Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 15, 2018

Now that we're getting back to our story after that little intermission last issue, where we saw Luthor recruit the Legion of Doom, I wonder if we'll finally get some answers to what the hell is going on in this book.  There's some big concepts, some new names of new things thrown at us, but at the end of the day I think I can only scratch the surface of what's going on if I was trying to describe this book to someone.  I've got the "whats" like it's nobody's business, it's just the whys and the hows that have been alluding me.  Let's jump into this issue and see if things getting any clearer.  Let's check it out.

Green Lanterns #53 Review

Enemy Inside The Gates

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Marco Santucci, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 15, 2018

While I was all excited to get Dan Jurgens on this title when it was first announced, I can't say that I've been loving what we've been getting from his run.  So far, we know that the rings are compromised and that there's something dark within them that's the culprit.  On top of that, we have a strange energy based being called Eon, who's teamed up with the Ravagers to mine planets for minerals......... Yeah, exciting.  With all that though, we don't really know shit yet.  Hopefully, that all changes with this issue.  Let's check it out.

The Wild Storm #16 Review and Spoilers


Written by: Warren Ellis
Art by: John Davis-Hunt
Colors by: Brian Buccellato
Letters by: Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99

The expansion of the Wild Storm universe continues apace this issue as John Lynch's road trip brings him into contact with possibly the weirdest and creepiest Project Thunderbook alumnus yet, and elsewhere Angie Spica finds a new friend on the internet. (Well, it's all about connecting people, isn't it?) Let's dive in and see how they get on…

Batman #53 Review

Take this Job and shove it!

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Lee Weeks, Elizabeth Breitweiser, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 15, 2018

It's time to find out the verdict to the case of Gotham City VS Mr. Freeze now that Bruce Wayne and the rest of the jury deliberate over whether or not this Batman Rogue killed three women.......  and really, that's about all you'll find out in this issue.  Let's jump into this issue of Batman so that we can see Bruce Wayne talk at a table for another issue.  Let's check it out.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

PREVIEW: Teen Titans Go! #29

Written by: Sholly Fisch
Art by: Jeremy Lawson, Erich Owen
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 15, 2018

Success! The Titans finally got their movie and all the fame and glamor that went with it. But are they doomed to wallow after their 15 minutes of fame are over? And then, the Teen Titans Go…back to Hollywood! Their L.A. adventure gave them a taste of the tinsel and they aren’t ready to give up those dreams quite yet.

PREVIEW: Wild Storm #16

Writer: Warren EllisArtist: Jon Davis-HuntPublisher: DC ComicsRelease Date: August 15, 2018Cover Price: $3.99
What was Project Thunderbook? What did John Lynch do to the Thunderbook experimental subjects? Why did he shut it down and scatter them across America? Why isn't Thunderbook subject Gloria Spaulding aging? Why do people act like she's an alien? Well...alien is exactly what they made her at Thunderbook.

PREVIEW: Pearl #1

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Michael Gaydos
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: August 15, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

From the Peabody Award-winning creators of Jessica Jones comes a brand-new creation. PEARL is the story of an exceptional tattoo artist and accidental assassin for one of the modern-day San Francisco Yakuza. 
She was born into one life, but another is calling to her. When Pearl accidentally meets one of her peers, her doppelgänger from another clan, she starts to dream of a better life. But Pearl has a very special ability that keeps pulling her back into the violent world she is desperate to escape.
PEARL is a major series launch from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos that features their first brand-new original character since Jessica Jones. Fans of the Jessica Jones comic and TV show will be thrilled and delighted by this bold new direction the creative team has taken.

PREVIEW: New Challengers #4

Writer: Scott Snyder, Aaron Gillespie
Artist: V Kenneth Marion
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: August 15, 2018
Cover Price: $2.99

The Challengers tackle undead barbarians and a zombie-dinosaur stampede way down under in otherworldly Skartaris. Good thing they find that flock of pterodactyls, too-turns out to be handy against rogue agents setting up a super-weapon! Unfortunately, the Challengers also find their HQ destroyed and their predecessors missing. Plus, their borrowed time might be up, because the hourglass tattoos are on the fritz. All in a day's work for the Challengers! (Face palm!)