Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Blue & Gold #5 Review


 

Blue Beatles

Writer: Dan Jurgens
Artist: Ryan Sook
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 18, 2022

Blue and Gold is one of those books that still hasn't grabbed me.  So, why do I keep reading it and reviewing it?  Well, I like this Blue Beetle and Booster Gold team-up, so I haven't hated an issue or been angry that I read it.  Instead, I end up having no strong feelings about it after I'm done and don't think about it until the next issue pops up.  Hopefully, that changes soon since we are in the stretch run here.  Does this issue hook me?  Yea, it does a bit...

Wonder Woman #783 Review

 

Deadman's Party

Writer: Vita Ayala, Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad
Artist: Skylar Patridge, Marcio Takara
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 18, 2022

Everybody will have runs of their favorite characters that they don't enjoy.  That's how things go, and while it sucks while it's happening, things constantly change, and hope springs eternal.   That is unless you are me and Wonder Woman!  For me, this book has never fully recovered from Greg Rucka leaving it early, four and a half years ago, and while there have been a few bright spots, things have been pretty dark and dismal.  Sadly, Becky Cloonan and Michael W. Conrad took over this book at a crucial time, with Wonder Woman coming off one of the most significant sacrifices in DC Comics history, but somehow making everything feel small and insignificant.  Then, when Diana returned to living on Earth, things felt even smaller.  Oh well, here we are, and I can only hope the next issue will be when it all turns around.  Is this that issue?  Let's find out...

Nightwing #88 Review

 

A Lot of Help from My Friends

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 18, 2022

Nightwing was my pick for the book of 2021.  I didn't think it was perfect, but Tom Taylor showed a back-to-basics approach that combined fan service moments with a likable lead is a winning formula.  Sure, the book got taken over by Fear State, but Taylor stuck with the recipe, and here we are.  So, do the good times continue in this issue?  Let's find out...

Catwoman #39 Review

 


A Valentine Gift

Writer: Tini Howard
Artist: Nico Leon
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 18, 2022

I was not a massive fan of the recently ended Ram V run on Catwoman.      While I liked the characters and concept of it, things just never felt like they ever got going in a proper direction before the book was taken over by Fear State and Mr.V was forced to end it.  That said, while I am a little worried about Tini Howard taking over (Excalibur was not my fav X-Men book), I hope that she brings a much-needed boost to this book.  Let's find out if she does just that!

Batman: The Knight #1 Review

 


Again with Feeling

Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 18, 2022

I am a Chip Zdarsky fan and will always check out any new #1 from him.  Whether this book is needed or not will be determined later, but if anyone is going to get me to read the story of a young Bruce Wayne and his steps towards being Batman again, it's Chip.  So, how was the first issue, and will I be continuing?

Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #7 Review

All questions are answered except the important ones

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Bilquis Evely
Colors by: Matheus Lopes
Letters by: Clayton Cowles
Cover art by: Bilquis Evely, Matheus Lopes
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: January 18, 2022
 
Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow #7 is the penultimate issue in this experimental take on the Girl of Steel wherein a ruthless army of brigands arrives to rescue the nefarious Krem from Supergirl's capture. What happens when Ruthye sees an opportunity to confront her father's murderer... alone?

Nubia & The Amazons #4 Review


Written by: Stephani Williams, Vita Ayala
Art by: Alitha Martinez, Darryl Banks, Mark Morales
Colors by: Romulo Fajardo, Jr.
Cover art by: Darryl Banks, Hi-Fi
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: January 18, 2022

Nubia & The Amazons #4 recalls lessons from her past time in Chicago when her current predicament with Medusa encourages her fellow Amazons to call her leadership into question. Will Nubia do what's right to stop Medusa and restore the confidence of her subjects?

Aquaman: The Becoming #5 Review


Jackson Hyde plays hero... in the next issue

Written by: Brandon Thomas
Art by: Paul Pelletier, Diego Olortegui, Norm Rapmund, Wade Von Grawbadger
Colors by: Adriano Lucas
Letters by: Andworld Design
Cover art by: David Talaski
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: January 18, 2022

Aquaman: The Becoming #5 reveals secrets and lies while a plan to scuttle the Reunification talks between Xebel and Atlantis comes to fruition. Can Jackson Hyde save Mera and the delegation from a deadly terrorist plot?

Green Lantern #10 Review




A Future State Of Mind


Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: ChrisCross, Juan Castro, Marco Santucci, Mike Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 18, 2022


Let's hop back over to the Dark Sector and also to Oa to continue our two-story style of comic that is the Green Lantern series. Previously, we saw John Stewart with Lonar going up against the mad god Esak who was using the life force of people to create a new god, but since our favorite mortal-guardian John Stewart stopped him, we had instead what was called a God-Storm. Back on Oa Jo Mullein was learning that things may be bigger than she imagined with the explosion of the Central Power Battery as the people of the sorcerer planet Xerox had teamed up with the rogue Guardian Koyos to bring magic back into the Universe. Now it's up to Jo and the rest of the depowered GLs to stop them. Let's jump into this issue and see if our heroes can prevail. Let's check it out.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #7 Review




This Looks Like A Job For... The Gamorra Corps!


Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Cian Tormey, Raul Fernandez, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 18, 2022


Jon Kent is going to have his hands full if the end of the last issue is any indication of things to come because while it looked previously like Henry Bendix, the President of the Island Nation of Gamorra, had just started tinkering with giving people powers, we saw that he has an entire army of Post-Human kids ready to go at his command and quite possibly....... Jon has pissed him off enough to unleash his dogs of war. Let's jump into this issue and see if Jon can continue to hold his own not only against this Presidential pest and anything else that's thrown his way. Let's check it out.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

DC Comics Weekly Review Ep 394: Shadows of the Bat, Explained Jokes, Siberian Helicopters & Nobody’s Batgirls

 


Five DC Comics for you Weird-Os this week and as Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20 warned us, it is a Batfamily-Centric episode!  The Shadows of the Bat Story continues, Batman Urban Legends starts four new stories, and much more!

Saturday, January 15, 2022

DC Comics Secret Origins Ep 13: Whiz Comics #2 (1940) ”Introducing Captain Marvel!”

 


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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Justice League vs. The Legion of Super-Heroes #1 Review

 


Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Scott Godlewski
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 11, 2022


Arguably, one of the most iconic and beloved stories in the DC Comics echelon of evergreen collections is the Great Darkness Saga of the Legion of Super-heroes. Despite the numerous iterations of the Legion over the last 40 years, the one thing that most collectors can agree on is that the classic Paul Levitz tale where the Legion battled a future resurrected Darkseid represents a high watermark in Legion lore. Given this reality, it is with a high degree of hope and anticipation that any new series that pits the future Legion of Super-heroes against the present-day Justice League as they battle a “Great Darkness” is going to get some attention. 

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Batgirls #2 Review





As Dramatic as TP'ing a High School Gym

Written by: Becky Cloonan, Michael W. Conrad
Art by: Jorge Corona
Colors by: Sarah Stern
Letters by: Becca Carey
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: January 11, 2021

Batgirls #2 introduce the Batgirls to the Saints, a militant gang of killers for hire who believe Simon Saint is still alive and are devotees of his grand vision for Gotham. However, when Barbara sends the girls out to perform some recon, they find the local gang of robbers from issue #1 linked to the GCPD for some mysterious purpose. Meanwhile, Simon Saint is alive... or is he???

Robin & Batman #3 Review




The One Where A Robin Learns to Fly!

Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Dustin Nguyen
Colors by: Dustin Nguyen
Letters by: Steve Wands
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: January 11, 2021

Robin & Batman #3 brings the run to a close with a final confrontation with Killer Croc after he learns Robin's true identity and a more profound conflict between Dick and the hero he's meant to be.

Batman: Urban Legends #11 Review



Half and Half

Writer: Vita Ayala, Mohale Mashigo, Mark Russell, Ram V
Artist: AnandRK, Nikola Cizmesija, Arist Deyn, Karl Mostert
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: January 11, 2022

Batman: Urban Legends #11 does something that I've been hoping would happen in a while.  We start four brand new stories this month, two of which are longer 6-issue minis.  Now, the danger of being stuck with a stinker for months is scary, but hopefully, that's not the case here.  Screw it, let's find out right now...