Wednesday, December 12, 2018

House of Whispers #4 Review and **SPOILERS**


Go Forth, and Fix This Shit

Written By: Nalo Hopkinson 
Illustrated By: Dominike “DOMO” Stanton and Aneke 
Colors By: John Rauch 
Letters By: Deron Bennett  
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: December 12, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Now that Madame Ezrulie is…someone else, how’s that gonna affect things going forward? Also: what the heck is going on? Hopefully we get some more answers in House of Whispers #4, which I’ve conveniently reviewed right here!

New Talent Showcase 2018 #1 Review and **SPOILERS**

 Something Bold, Something New

Assistant Editor: Liz Erickson 
Edited By: Bobbie Chase and Sara Miller 
Cover Price: $7.99 
On Sale Date: December 12, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

It’s that time of year again, I suppose, for DC Comics’ New Talent Showcase to come out! Though I could swear last year’s was in November. Also, this is really the third time they’ve done it. But that makes it a hardcore tradition, as far as I’m concerned! See what you think of the New Class in my review of New Talent Showcase 2018 #1, right here!

Suicide Squad #49 Review and **SPOILERS**


Those Who Are About to Kill, We Salute You

Writer: Rob Williams 
Pencils: Diogenes Neves 
Inks: Scott Hanna 
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb 
Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: December 12, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Uhh, what was happening? Rick Flag is back with the remote control to Amanda Waller’s brain bomb? And they’re in the Russian prison for some reason? Rick ain’t gonna pull the trigger, that’s not his style. I can’t deny I wouldn’t mind seeing Waller’s head crack like a pumpkin though. What winds up happening? You can find out by reading my review of Suicide Squad #49, if you’re so inclined.

Titans #31 Review and *SPOILERS*

Aftermath



Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Clayton Henry, Brent Peeples, Dexter Vines, Marcelo Maiolo
Letters By: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 12, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Titans has been on an uptick since the previous issue. We actually had an issue that wasn’t completely dependant on storylines occurring in other comics. We got real character development and our team finally got off that planet they were stuck on for two issues. I’m hoping we continue this path rather than being stuck in the previous crossover event for even longer. Let’s just jump right in and see where this issue takes us.





Electric Warriors #2 Review and Spoilers


Sparks Fly!

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Travel Foreman
Colours by: Hi-Fi
Letters by: Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99

Last issue's opening installment in this limited series set in the 27th century was as perfect a display of writer Steve Orlando's strengths and weaknesses as one could wish for: intriguing background conveyed through dialogue that is invariably being shouted out during some kind of combat; non-infodump dialogue marinated in a sauce equal parts silliness, melodrama, and social justice posturing; judicious plundering of the more obscure corners of the DC Universe; and, dammit, despite all that, some hints that there might be a story here worth reading. Having spent the last issue setting up the basic premise of this series, it's now time for some serious action. Let's see if Orlando and artist Travel Foreman deliver, eh?

The Flash #60 Review and *SPOILERS*

Forces Unite


Written By: Joshua Williamson

Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomeu Morey, Hi-Fi
Letters By: Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99Release Date: December 12, 2018

Supergirl #25 Review and *SPOILERS*

Where Is My Super Suit?


Written By: Marc Andreyko

Art By: Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Lan Medina, Sean Parsons, FCO Plascencia
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 12, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Supergirl has been a light in a dark world for me. There are plenty of books that I like right now but there are unfortunately quite a few that I do not. Most books quality have a tendency to go up and down depending on the month. Supergirl, on the other hand, has been rather consistent since the new creative team took over. Sure it has waxed and waned a little bit but for the most part, Supergirl has given me consistently good content. Sure, it could be a little better but I’m not one to split hairs when I’ve got a good thing going. I’m hoping that we get the same thing from this issue. Let’s just jump in and see where this issue takes us.

Hawkman #7 Review



The First Life


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


Since Hawkman's returned to his own title, it seems like every month we just go on a scavenger hunt, where we look for new clues, while running into previous versions of Hawkman.  While that's pretty fun, it has gotten a bit monotonous and I'm hoping now that we've gotten past the amount of issues that will be the first trade, we can move past the formulaic nature of this series and do something new.  Let's jump into this issue and see what happens when Hawkman remembers who he was originally and where that information will take him next.  Let's check it out.

Wonder Woman #60 Review


Absolutely Nothing

Written by: G, Willow Wilson
Art by: Cary Nord, Romulo Fajardo Jr, and Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 12, 2018

After looking forward to G. Willow Wilson's debut on Wonder Woman for so long, I have been a bit let down since it began.  A generic story to start things off and subpar art is not the way to come out of the gates, but it only takes one issue to turn it all around.  Is this that issue?  Let's find out...

Justice League Dark #6 Review and **SPOILERS**


By the Power of Numbskull

Writer: James Tynion IV 
Pencils: Daniel Sampere 
Inks: Juan Albarran 
Colors: Adriano Lucas 
Letters: Rob Leigh 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: December 12, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Bobo’s left a mess of Myrra…hey, that word sort of sounds like “mirror!” I just got that. Anyway, Bobo’s screwed up that magical realm, and Blue Devil is about to skewer his chimpanzee guts out, so let’s dispense with the formalities and check out my review of Justice League Dark #6, below!

Batman Annual #3 Review


Every Time He Calls...

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Otto Schmidt and A Larger World's Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: December 12, 2018

It's Annual time even though it wasn't an Annuals Week, but we get Tom Taylor on Batman so I am in!  I have been begging for this Tom to be on Batman for a very long time and I will take all I can get.  So, how is this Alfred-centric issue?  Let's find out...

Superman #6 Review



Saved and Stalled


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


In our previous issue we saw our Man of Steel trapped in the Phantom Zone with some of the worst criminals in the Universe.  The good news is, the Earth was saved, the bad news......... Rogol Zaar is still hell bent on killing Superman....... Yeah, I don't know how that works in the Phantom Zone, but that's what we're going with.  Thankfully though, General Zod heard that Earth was in peril and after having a drug fueled dream about what a New Krypton could be like, he flew to Earth, got himself trapped in the Phantom Zone and started wrecking house on Rogol Zaar.  Let's see if General Zod and Superman can take this monster down now that they seem to be working together.  Let's check it out.

Detective Comics #994 Review


The Thing Who Laughs

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, David Baron, and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 12, 2018

Tomasi is finally here!  I wish that DC would have given us an add like they did with Bendis since the reason Tomasi is writing Detective Comics is that Bendis snatched his Superman book from him.  I'm actually glad it worked out this way since it gives Tomasi a chance to rebound from his not so good Detective run at the end of the New 52... a run that was bound to fail with all the crap they put Tomasi through while doing it.  So, how was this brand new start that will lead us to the big 1000 issue?  Let's find out...

The Batman Who Laughs #1 Review


He Who Laughs Last...

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Jock, David Baron, and Sal Cipriano
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: December 12, 2018

I will admit it right out of the gate...I am not a huge fan of the Batman Who Laughs.  It makes sense since the Joker is one of my least favorite villains in comics so...  Why am I reviewing this book then?  Mainly because I am a Scott Snyder fan and that trumps any love or hate of a character in my book.  Plus, if I love the book despite my misgivings going in, then I think that says something, don't you?  Well, let's see how it all plays out, shall we?

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!