Monday, July 6, 2020

PREVIEW: DCeased: Dead Planet #1

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Trevor Hairsine, Gigi Baldassini, Stefano Guaduano, Rain Beredo and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 7, 2020

After a corrupted Anti-Life Equation turned billions into monsters-including Earth’s Greatest Heroes-our planet was as good as dead. Years later, a distress call brings Damian Wayne, Jon Kent, and Cassie Sandsmark-the Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman of Earth 2-back to a dead planet...but what will this new Justice League find waiting for them? If life still exists on Earth, who-or what-is lying in wait for these heroes? The original creative team of Tom Taylor and Trevor Hairsine reunite for the sequel to the 2019 blockbuster series DCeased!

PREVIEW: Wonder Woman #758

Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Emanuela Lupacchino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 8, 2020

Wonder Woman puts herself on the line to save Warmaster from an ancient power-the Phantom Stranger! But Diana is out of her depth, and the Stranger’s power knows no limit! Is our hero prepared to break eternal law to save her former friend? Or is the Circle of Eternity’s judgment exactly what Warmaster deserves?

PREVIEW: The Terrifics #28

Writer: Gene Luen Yang
Artist: Sergio Fernandez Davila
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 8, 2020

Simon Stagg is dead! After the cataclysmic events of last issue, the line of succession in the house of Stagg has fallen to the Terrifics’ ally Sapphire...or has it? Who is Sebastian Stagg, and what on Earth is he doing with the Parasite at his side? It’s science versus money as the Terrifics battle for the fate of the future!

PREVIEW: Justice League Odyssey #22

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Cliff Richards
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 8, 2020

Darkseid seeks absolute control of time, and Epoch has all but handed him that godlike power. Can the JL Odyssey team  stop him in his tracks? If they fail, the Lordof Apokolips will rewrite universal history in his favor, and everything that could oppose him will cease to exist!

PREVIEW: Harley Quinn #74

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Sami Basri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 7, 2020

Harley Quinn’s sojourn in L.A. has been full of tragedy and heartbreak, from the death of her friend to uncovering a deep web of moral compromise that’d make even the most sadistic Batman villain’s stomach churn. In the epic finale to our story, Harley will come face to face with the person pulling the strings and learn who’s out to see her fail!

PREVIEW: The Flash #757

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Rafa Sandoval
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 8, 2020

“Legion of Zoom” part one! As the Flash’s greatest enemies-Gorilla Grodd, the Turtle, Trickster, and Captain Cold-attack Central City at the same time, the Fastest Man Alive finds he’s not fast enough to stop them all or save everyone in danger!

PREVIEW: Detective Comics #1023

Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artist: Brad Walker
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 7, 2020

Just when you thought it was safe to crack a smile, The Joker is back to crash the party! Hot on the heels of “Joker War,” the Clown Prince of Crime is revealed as the mastermind behind Two-Face’s turmoil-but to what end? Batman will need all the allies he can get, and what better ally than Harvey Dent? Can the Dark Knight cure his friend once and for all in time to fight the greatest battle of his life?

PREVIEW: Batman and the Outsiders #14

Writer: Bryan Hill
Artist: Dexter Soy
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 8, 2020

Batman is going to push the Outsiders to their absolute limits in order for them to stop Ra’s al Ghul once and for all. He’ll force them all to use their powers in ways they never imagined and possibly push them over the edge in the process! Batman and Black Lightning will need to decide who the true leader of the team is, or Ra’s’s victory will be assured!

PREVIEW: Young Justice #16

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker
Art By: Scott Godlewski, Gabe Eltaeb, Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 7, 2020

Impulse unleashed! Bartholomew Henry Allen II has traveled to the edges of space and time-and along the way, he’s discovered truths that he’s kept from even his closest friends. Until now. The truth behind the legacy of Young Justice is revealed! What does tomorrow hold for Young Justice?

PREVIEW: Superman #23

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Kevin Maguire, John Timms, Alex Sinclair, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 7, 2020

With Superman’s secret identity suddenly revealed to the world, many in his life are worried that he has been tricked or duped into destroying his own privacy! All the more worrisome is Superman has been very susceptible to mysticism. Could all this madness be magic related? It’s time to call the doctor…Dr. Fate!

PREVIEW: Lois Lane #12

Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Mike Perkins, Andy Troy, Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 7, 2020

At the end of multiple investigations, Lois finds herself with the power to change-or destroy-the lives of everyone involved.

PREVIEW: Justice League #48

Written By: Si Spurrier 
Art By: Aaron Lopresti, Matt Ryan, David Baron, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 7, 2020

As writer Simon Spurrier jumps on board for the start of the three-part tale “The Rule of War,” it’s close encounters…of a Justice League kind! After answering a distress signal from distant space, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, and Green Lantern discover an abandoned cargo ship full of young aliens! When the League attempts to return the children to their home planet, they are met with awe, terror, and war! Thus begins a three-part storyline that will take the League to a previously unknown planet, with an all-new species, a dangerous mystery, and a new, otherworldly villain.

PREVIEW: Hawkman #25

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Marco Castiello, Danny Miki, Jeremy Cox, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 7, 2020

Clash from the past! Hawkman and Hawkwoman wage war against the Lord Beyond the Void in a desperate bid to escape his realm! Once the god to whom Hawkman answered, now his mortal enemy-the Lord hates the hero Hawkman has become and will stop at nothing to drain his life force away and put an end to his reincarnations for good!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

DCeased: Hope At World's End #4 Review

My Boy Was Just Like Me

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Marco Failla
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 30, 2020

I have been enjoying Hope at World's End, even if I want Tom Taylor to give readers more of an ongoing story to get us going towards the upcoming Dead Planet.  Well, we do seem to get the start of that in this week's chapter, but is it one of those, "be careful what you wish for situations?"  Let's find out in our Video Review...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Supergirl #42 Review and *SPOILERS*

Wrapped in a Bow

Written By: Jody Houser
Art By: Rachael Stott, Cris Peter
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 30, 2020

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Well, at long last we have reached this issue. It’s time for things to come to an end. I started reviewing this series when it was brought back from cancellation. Bendis had just hopped on the the Superman books and he told his story, sending Kara off on a brand new adventure. What followed was a rather enjoyable run from Marc Andreyko as he took Kara through space, only to be ended prematurely by a tie in. Then Andreyko started a new story with Leviathan but that was quickly ended when the book was dragged into another crossover. This book’s tie-in to that crossover was done by the current team. It wasn’t very good at all but at least they were trying to make the book good despite having almost no creative freedom when it comes to the character. Following all of this, the book went digital only and announced it’s upcoming cancellation. The previous issues was one of the worst comic issues that I’ve ever seen. Now, we stand at the end of it all seeing where we leave Kara until another series inevitably pops up. Let’s jump in and see where it leads us.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Batgirl #46 Review

Not So Golden

Writer: Cecil Castellucci
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 24, 2020

I have not been enjoying Batgirl much lately.  Since Cecil Castellucci took over the book during the Year of the Villain story, I gave her the benefit of the doubt, but this book keeps getting worse each month.  Unearth followed by this liquid metal nonsense?  Really?  These are the stories available for one of the best characters in the DCU.  I must not be the only one having problems because the sales are awful. I still have to review it and am hoping it suddenly become readable... yea, I'm not asking for much.  Let's see what we get...

Plunge #4 Review

Writer: Joe Hill
Pencils: Stuart Immonen
Colors: Dave Stewart
Letters: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 23rd, 2020

In the last issue we find the crew of the Derleth still "alive" and that they've got gifts for their visiters. A Walk-Man like device that can read people's souls (myrrh), an oil that can power cities for millions of years (frankincense) and something that causes people to kill each other so they can have it when they see it (gold). We just saw the latter, as three of the McReady's crew died in a scrap for that item, and the only survivor lost an eye.

Aquaman #60 Review

Hey Hey Mama

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Miguel Mendonca, Romolo Fajardo Jr., and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 24, 2020

I have enjoyed Kelly Sue DeConnick's run on Aquaman so far.  After a slow start, things have picked up, and Andy, the Aquababy, is so damn cute that you can't help but smile every time you see her!  The problem is, she is missing, and that burns my toast, big time!  Kelly Sue better stop playing games and give us back our Aquababy right now!  Well, does she?  Let's find out...

The Low, Low Woods #6 Review


Writer: Carmen Maria Machado
Artist: Dani
Colors: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters: Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 23rd, 2020

Another Hill House series concludes, but will things be tied up or even fully explained?

Teen Titans #42 Review

Blood Trail

Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Javier Fernandez, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 23, 2020

Now that the Djinn War is over, it's time to see what's left of the Teen Titans after that last arc, where it looked like that not only the team wasn't really friends anymore, but that they were completely shutting down the team as well.  It would be kind of weird having a Teen Titans title without an actual Teen Titans so let's jump into this issue and find out what happened to Brother Blood after he was mind-wiped by our heroes, sent out into the world and then given his memories back when the magic faded.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Suicide Squad #6 Review

Rules and Regulations

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo, Adriano Lucas, and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 23, 2020

While it's a surprise that this book isn't doing better, sales-wise, I am glad that DC Comics is making an effort to change that.  Last week, the Squad were in Flash Annual #3, and this week, Batman shows up. Plus, last issue's cliffhanger and the Deadshot spoiler have to get more readers, right?  I hope so, because this book deserves more success.  That said, how is this issue?  Let's find out...

Red Hood: Outlaw #46 Review

Unlocking The Door

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Paolo Pantalena, Travis Mercer, John Livesay, Arif Prianto, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 23, 2020

The Untitled are back and have changed up their M.O., but that's not going to stop the Outlaws from kicking ass and still not knowing their names......... you know, being the Untitled and all.  In our previous issue, we discovered that those Dark Obelisks that the Untitled were collecting opened up a path to the Chamber of All, a place where anywhere you want to go is open to you.  Now let's see if this doorway can be shut down and what is actually behind the Untitled's return.   Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Batman Beyond #44 Review

Hostile Takeover 

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Sean Chen, Sean Parsons, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 23, 2020

Apparently, the League of Assassins isn't happy with Damian Wayne as their leader and have decided that the real way to go is with their new leader Zeh-Ro and his ideals of taking Ra's Al Ghul's ideas to the extreme.  For this to go down though, they'll need Damian out of the picture, and with the League of Assassins, that doesn't mean sending him on a lengthy vacation.  Back in Neo Gotham though, Terry McGinnis is back in action, while Elainna Grayson makes her way closer to becoming the new Batwoman, good and proper.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Terry can save Damian from his fate and if we'll discover what Zeh-Ro has in store for the world at large.  Let's check it out.

Justice League Dark #23 Review

Cutting Out The Rot

Written By: Ram V, James Tynion IV
Art By: Kyle Hotz, June Chung, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 23, 2020

It's the conclusion to the Parliaments of Life story arc and with it, the war of the Parliaments.  Previously, we saw Dr. Fate talking to the Parliaments of Stone, Waves, Flame and Vapors to try to get them to help out and put life back in balance and after a little convincing, that included the idea that these Parliaments dig humans because of the stories they tell about the Parliaments, they agreed.  Now it's all about getting Abby Arcane back as the sole Avatar of the Rot and kicking Anton Arcane right in the keister.  Let's jump into this issue and see how all of this plays out and what the face of the DC Universe will look like by the end.  Let's check it out.

The Flash #756 Review

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Christian Duce, Luis Guerrero, and Steve Wands
Release Date: June 24, 2020
Cover Price: $3.99

Well, that whole Paradox thing ended with a thud, but at least we got Reverse-Flash back in the book, right? I mean, it felt like at least three issues since we last saw him! All that Paradox setup and the promise of a Flash/Reverse-Flash team-up ended up just a prelude to this Reverse-Flash Family story, which will be okay if this story hits and hits hard. Does it? Let's find out...