Wednesday, February 19, 2020

He-Man & the Masters of the Multiverse #4 Review





Writer: Tim Seeley
Art Team: Tom Derenick, Matt Yackey, Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

He-Man and the Masters of the Multiverse continue on with issue four this month and for once this issue doesn't require a deep dive into He-Man lore to know the characters or setting.  While I have been enjoying the series quite a bit, there still had been lacking the feeling that I'm always missing something, mostly to me because it wasn't yet centered on my 'version' of He-Man ... until now. I'm a relatively simple guy, so this was enough to get me motivated for a review I may have otherwise blown off because let's face it the 'taking care of kids is hard' excuse is an easy goto. Any way without more hesitation lets jump into good old 80's cartoon Eternia here and discuss.


DCeased: Unkillables #1 Review


What Zombie Craze?

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Karl Mostert and Trevor Scott
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

I liked DCeased.  I wasn't in love with it, though, so when DC announced this book, I was happy to get another Tom Taylor book and hoped I was more into this.  So, did I like this start?  Let's find out...

Nightwing #69 Review


Memory Loss

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Ronan Cliquet
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

I am taking over review duties for this book, and while Nightwing (and Dick Grayson more specifically) is my favorite character in all of comics, I can't say I'm in love with this guy Ric.  I mean, I'm not digging the grease paint look for one, but this amnesia bit has gone on way too long.  The worst part is, there seemed to be at least two times in the past year that could have brought back good old Dick.  I keep hoping that every new issue is going to be the one, but I kind of stopped expecting it.  So, how was this issue, and is the end in sight?  Let's find out...

Wonder Twins #12 Review




Kiss My Asterisk

Writer: Mark Russell
Artist: Stephen Byrne
Letterer: Dave Sharpe
Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19th, 2020


It’s the end of the series that probably should have ended six issues ago, and there are supposedly some loose threads to tie up. Like what will happen to Polly and Filo Math. And… other stuff maybe. Activate form of review reader and let’s check out Mark Russell’s Wonder Twins #12!

Plunge #1 Review


Take the Plunge!

Writer: Joe Hill
Pencils: Stuart Immonen
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19th, 2020


The final Hill House book (at least for round one) is here! And it starts with a US Coast Guard playing fetch with his dog at Massacre Bay (Attu Island, Alaska). When he throws the stick over the dunes and onto the beach they discover over a dozen dead giant squid on the beach, and then they're hit by a giant tsunami. Yeeeah. I doubt they made it.

The Low, Low Woods #3 Review


Low Enough?

Writer: Carmen Maria Machado
Artist: Dani
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters: Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19th, 2020

There are lots of mysterious things going on in the small mining town of Shutter-to-Think, and two teenage girls named El and Vee are getting dragged right into the middle of it when they wake up in a movie theater without any memories of what happened. After the two get into a fight in the last issue they go their separate ways for now, but strange events follow them both. To read my other reviews of the other issues in this series, use The Low, Low Woods label.

Teen Titans #39 Review



So Cool


Written By: Adam Glass, Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020


The Djinn War begins now and it's about time because hopefully now that we've put The Other behind us we can see a Teen Titans team that not only enjoys each other's company, but one that actually works well together and I can't see any better motivation to get that than in saving Djinn from her Ring dimension prison.  Too bad they're going to have to go up against Djinn's brother Elias to do that and if what's been told to us about him previously is any indication, it seems like Elias is one bad dude.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Metal Men #5 Review



OMAC-tivate Your Dental Plan!


Written By: Dan Didio
Art By: Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Jason Wright, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020


The new-take on our Metal Men team continues this issue as we find out who's behind the assault on Robocon and discover what the Nth Metal Man did to Iron and Mercury.  I do hope that the Nth Metal Man mystery becomes our main focus as we continue on with this maxi-series because it feels odd just to have this Dark Multiverse, sentient Metal Man walking around Magnus' lab and no one really doing much about it beyond telling him not to touch things..... Especially when all he's doing is touching things and changing them into an unknown variable.  Let's jump into this issue and see what the Nth Metal Man's game is and find out if Lead, Tin and OMAC can save the fans of Robocon.  Let's check it out.

Flash Forward #6 Review



Sit Down and Relax


Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Luis Guerrero, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

We've come to the end of our Wally West six-issue mini, where a lot of us were hoping that we'd get some kind of redemption to our favorite Flash for the accidental deaths of his friends in Heroes In Crisis. Has it exactly lived up to those ideas? Well, no, but we've been doing some dives into Wally's psyche and we've been getting the idea that a lot of this mess with the Dark Multiverse infection was somehow going on during his time that he disappeared in the creation of the New 52 Multiverse, not to mention the disappearance of his children, Jai and Iris. Let's jump into this issue and see if it ends on a high note and if we can look at Wally West the way we used to before so many of his friends died because of him. Let's check it out.

Wonder Woman: Dead Earth #2 Review and Spoilers


A Goddess Examined

Writer and artist: Daniel Warren Johnson

Colors by: Michael Spicer
Letters by: Rus Wooton
Cover Price: $6.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

Last month's opening installment of Wonder Woman: Dead Earth very effectively established the basic premise of the series: Diana wakes up from a cryogenic sleep in a ruined Wayne Manor at some unspecified point in the future to find the Earth transformed into a post-apocalyptic wasteland of the sort popularized by films like the Mad Max series and games like the Fallout franchise. The main focus of writer/artist Daniel Warren Johnson's story in this first issue appeared to be the tension between the unremitting bleakness of a nuclear holocaust-scoured setting and Diana's irrepressible hope and belief in the potential of human beings to be better. By the end of that first issue, Diana has the upper hand in that struggle between hope and harsh reality. She has made friends, liberated one of the last remaining human settlements from the (understandably) harsh rule of a tyrant, and rescued a savagely mutated Barbara Minerva from captivity and the bitter cage of her desire for vengeance. Will things continue to go Diana's way this month? I think we probably know the answer to that, but let's find out anyway, eh?


Aquaman #57 Review


Water Baby

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020


Overall, I have enjoyed Kelly Sue DeConnick's run on Aquaman enough to keep reading and reviewing it.  How's that for an endorsement?!?  I did enjoy it more at the beginning, but I won't blame her for the Year of the Villain stuff since I have no idea who to blame for that.  So, now that we have left Manta and his AI daddy behind, how is the book?  Let's find out...

Justice League #41 Review



Congratulate, Don't Eradicate


Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, David Baron, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020


While we wait for the continuation of Scott Snyder's run of Justice League, we're presented with a tale that feels like something that I've wanted from this book for a long time and that's just a good old fashioned world threat, where while our team may be outmatched, they'll at least have a shot in winning.  That hasn't happened lately and for this threat we see The Eradicator creating a super-race of Daxamites to continue Krypton's legacy on Earth, but first, he's going to have to get through our Justice League and Madame Xanadu.  Let's jump into this issue and see if our heroes can take on an army that's as powerful as Superman.   Let's check it out.

Batman #89 Review and *SPOILERS*

Moving Along



Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Carlo Pagulayan, Guillem March, Danny Miki, Tomeu Morey
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Tynion’s first story with this book has been going pretty smoothly at this point. Sure, there has been a ton of exposition but Tynion clearly has a story that he wants to tell and he can’t tell it without all of that context. That being said, in the previous issue, he reigned it in a little bit and we finally got some of the first bits of story progression. However, I’m hoping that he follows up on that by continuing it in this issue. We took a couple issues to set things up and start the ball rolling but we need that momentum to carry through this storyline. There’s nothing wrong with keeping the audience in suspense but refusing to give them anything and instead just give them questions upon questions, many will tune out. So, let’s hop into this latest issue and hope that Tynion knocks this one out of the park.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Legion of Super-Heroes #4 Review


Let's Get Oriented

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Ryan Sook
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

The cover to Legion of Super-Heroes #4 says it all: “The Secret Origin of the Legion revealed!”  Readers who have stuck with this series so far can only hope that Superboy finally attends that orientation on the 31st Century!  Does Superboy finally clue himself in on the future? Do we actually get a team origin in this comic?  Let’s find out.

PREVIEW: Aquaman #57


Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Robson Rocha, Daniel Henriques
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

In this issue, Mera and Aquaman welcome their very own Aquababy! In the wake of Black Manta's attack on Amnesty Bay, Aquaman encounters a new crisis when Mera unexpectedly goes into labor...and things don't look good for the queen of Atlantis. Don't miss this historic, emotional issue that kicks off a bold new era for Aquaman!


PREVIEW: Batman #89


Writer: James Tynion IV
Artist: Guillem March
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020


Batman must stop Deathstroke from killing the mayor of Gotham City! But to do so he has to figure out who ordered the hit in the first place. If his four main suspects aren't 'fessing up to the crime, then is there someone even more sinister lurking in the shadows waiting to deliver the coup de grĂ¢ce? Whoever it is, one victim will fall under their attack!

PREVIEW: DCeased: The Unkillables #1


Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Karl Mostert, Trevor Scott
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

The blockbuster DC series returns to answer this question: What did the villains do when the heroes failed and the world ended? Spinning out of the dramatic events of 2019's smash hit, writer Tom Taylor returns to this dark world with a street-level tale of death, heroism and redemption. Led by Red Hood and Deathstroke, DC's hardest villains and antiheroes fight with no mercy to save the only commodity left on a dying planet of the undead-life!


PREVIEW: He-Man & the Masters of the Multiverse #4



Writer: Tim Seeley

Artist: Dan Fraga, Richard Friend
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

Keldor travels to the Eternia of the 1980s Filmation cartoon series! Still reeling from a tragic loss last issue, Keldor and He-Man must find the legendary Star Seed-the last power in the universe able to destroy Anti-He-Man before he claims another Castle Grayskull!


PREVIEW: Legion of Super-Heroes #4


Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Ryan Sook
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 19, 2020

The secret origin of the Legion of Super-Heroes revealed! Exactly how did this ragtag group of idealistic, super-powered teens from all across the galaxy find each other? What pulls them and keeps them together? Another gorgeous issue of DC's future superstars also reveals clues to how Aquaman's lost trident may be the key to Earth's future and survival!