Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #3 Review


Porcadillo???

Written by: Matt Fraction
Art by: Steve Lieber
Colors by: Nathan Fairbairn
Letters by: Clayton Cowles
Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019

Jimmy's dead and hiding out in Gotham City; back in the past his ancestor Joachim is about to have his revenge on the man who tried to kill him. Lex Luthor is opening boxes, Lois Lane is knocking on doors, and Superman hears all. That's right, it's another ring-ding, knockabout slice of what-the-hell's-going-on-here comic book self-indulgence! Roll up and dive in!

The Inferior Five #1 Review and Spoilers


A Walk On The Weird Side

Written by: Keith Giffen and Jeff Lemire

Art by: Keith Giffen and Michelle Delecki
Colors by: Hi-Fi
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019

DC has a distinctly odd publishing strategy at the moment. Its main line of books is… compact. A small inner core of ‘big’ characters’ books continues to be published twice a month; a slightly larger outer core of monthly titles, most of which are connected with that group of ‘big’ books, complements that inner core (I’m including Wonder Comics in this section; they are connected by virtue of being ‘curated’ by the writer of Superman and Action Comics and one of the two main creative forces vying for authorial supremacy in the DC Universe). And then, on the periphery, lurk some weird, quirky books whose reason for existing is not immediately obvious. Last week’s Gotham City Monsters is one such book; this week’s The Inferior Five is another. Let me explain why…



Teen Titans #34 Review



One Ring To Rule Them All


Written By: Adam Glass
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019


There's been some tension in the Teen Titans lately and I don't know how anyone is going to feel when they learn that Robin  and Djinn have been pulling the old Identity Crisis mind screw-job on villains and making them into responsible members of society.  Yeah.... somehow that feels worse than just keeping them locked up in a dungeon like they were doing, but all these questions we have about the morality of their actions is going to have to be put on hold to deal with the idea that someone has stolen Djinn's ring and whoever it may be has just taken the power of genie for themselves.  Let's jump into this issue and find out who's stolen the magic.  Let's check it out.

Supergirl #34 Review and *SPOILERS*


It Was a Set-Up!

Written By: Marc Andreyko
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, FCO Plascencia
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Supergirl has been in crossover hell for the better part of this year and even though we are going to be coming out of the Leviathan Rising one-shot, we are finally going to be going forward with a stand alone Supergirl story. At least, that seems to be the intent at this time. Marc Andreyko was really doing a great job with the space adventure story arc before it got interrupted and hurried along by the crossover. So, the idea of Marc Andreyko getting to work on his own once again is a welcome idea. Hopefully, this new start will bring us the quality storytelling that we’ve been missing in this book. Let’s just jump into it and see where it takes us.

Aquaman #52 Review and **SPOILERS**





Ain’t Nothin’ Happenin’

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick 
Pencils: Robson Rocha 
Inker: Daniel Henriques 
Colorist: Sunny Gho 
Letterer: Clayton Cowles 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: September 18, 2019

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

We’re back at it, after the pause in the action presented by that Year of the Villain tie-in…with another Year of the Villain tie-in. It does portend taking place during a full year, after all. Let’s see what Black Manta does with Lex Luthor’s gift in this review of Aquaman #52, right now!

Nightwing #64 Review



Freaks Come Out At Night


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Nick Filardi, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019


It's back to Bludhaven we go so we can check in on Nightwing and his new crew of heroes, who are doing their best to take up the mantle of the city's former hero, but they may have bit off more than they can chew now that William Cobb, Talon has come to town with a few days to kill.  In our previous issue we saw William Cobb seriously injure Nightwing Blue, Zak Edwards, before going to the Prodigal Bar, where he met Ric Grayson's lady love Bea Bennett.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Ric's love life will continue to suck even with his new identity.  Let's check it out.

Superman #15 Review



Crime and Punishment


Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Brandon Peterson, Doc Shaner, Alex Sinclair, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019


The Legion of Super-Heroes is here and they want to take Jon Kent to the 31st Century now that he's blurted out the words "United Nations" and that somehow created peace in the cosmos...... even though its turmoil seemed to come out of nowhere just to suit this story.  Bitching aside though, we'll jump into this issue and see what the House of El is going to do now that Rogol Zaar and Jor-El are under arrest and if Superboy will take the Legion's offer.  Let's check it out.

Justice League #32 Review


Time Passages

Written by: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Art by: Howard Porter, Hi-Fi and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019

The Justice League book has been the place to be for a while now and with the Justice/Doom War kicking into high gear as well as the Justice Society of America returning, it's easy to see why.  Oh yea, Kamandi is here too and I'm sure there are some Kamandi fans out there pretty happy about that as well.  That is some shade being thrown at the Last Boy on Earth!  Enough shade, on with the review...

Year of the Villain: Lex Luthor #1 Review


One Lex To Fool Them All

Written by: Jason Latour
Art by: Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Tomeu Morey, and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019

I can't say that I've really been enjoying most of these Year of the Villain one-shots because that would be a lie and my mom always told me, "Jimmy, you are never going to do anything worthwhile in this life if you don't learn to concentrate on what blah, blah, blah, blah!" Now, what was I talking about?  I can't remember, so on to the review!

Flash Forward #1 Review



The Road To Redemption


Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Luis Guerrero, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019


From the pages of Heroes in Crisis comes Flash Forward, the mini-series that we all hope will fix what that event did to Wally West and make him not only a hero in our eyes again, but to his friends and family as well.  It's going to be hard, but hopefully the next six issues or subsequent series after this one do some real work to make Wally West the Flash that I grew up loving and make him relevant to this continuity beyond just someone pining for a family that he never had in this continuity.  Let's jump into this issue and see what we're playing with here.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Batman #79 Review and *SPOILERS*


The Honeymooners

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Clay Mann, Seth Mann, Tomeu Morey
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The previous issue of this book was something really special. However, I can understand why people may have had an issue with it. We took yet another detour from our main story in order to revisit the story of Batman and Catwoman’s relationship. While some people may have disliked it, I found it to be really fantastic. It honestly felt like the kind of issue that Tom King’s writing style perfectly fits. I absolutely loved it. That being said, I’m ready to return to the meat and potatoes of this book. I want to get back to Gotham. I want to see our hero making moves to take on the villain. I want proper story progression. I’m incredibly happy to have been proven wrong in the last issue, however, I’m ready for something new. I want this story to move forward. So, let’s just jump right into this issue and see where it takes us.

PREVIEW: Teen Titans #34




Written By: Adam Glass
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019

Who is crazy enough to steal a djinn’s ring? We’ll do you one better: How much damage can you do with a stolen Djinn ring? Robin and the Teen Titans hunt the thief of magic”¦but are they looking in the wrong place? The Year of the Villain strikes close to home-a major turning point in the Titans status quo starts here!

PREVIEW: Nightwing #64




Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Nick Filardi, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019



Bludhaven explodes in violence as a riot erupts in the streets. Ric can’t face this alone, so he’ll have to enlist the support of the Nightwings. Meanwhile, Talon has taken Bea captive to lure Ric into his grasp and reintroduce him (for the first time, in Ric’s memory) to the Court of Owls.

PREVIEW: Superman #15




Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclair Albert, Brandon Peterson, Doc Shaner, Alex Sinclair, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 18, 2019

At last, it’s the return of the Legion of Super-Heroes! The greatest super heroes of the 32nd century have traveled back in time not just to meet the heroes who inspired them, but to make an offer”¦but to which hero? And why will that choice tear Superman’s life apart? Plus, the fallout from Lex Luthor’s conversation with Lois Lane escalates! What dark secret did Lex tell Lois?

PREVIEW: Year of the Villain: Lex Luthor #1


Writer: Jason Latour
Artist: Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 18, 2019
Cover Price: $4.99

Apex Lex has made his offer to the villains of the DC Universe...but has the super-powered evil genius gotten what he truly desires? The most deadly predator in the Multiverse has set out to answer that question by seeking out his counterparts on other Earths. But will this meeting of the Luthors be the greatest team-up in all of creation...or end in a bloodbath?

PREVIEW: Inferior Five #1


Writer: Keith Giffen, Jeff Lemire
Artist: Keith Giffen, Michelle Delecki
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 18, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

The citizens of Dangerfield, Arizona, are beset by strange goings-on after the "Invasion" that rocked the DC Universe, but only five misfit kids seem to notice them. Can they uncover what's happening before some sinister force collects them all? Find out in this new miniseries! And in the backup feature with story and art by Jeff Lemire, the Peacemaker is on a top-secret mission from Checkmate and Amanda Waller to find a mysterious weapon before the Russians can.

PREVIEW: Justice League #32


Writer: James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Artist: Howard Porter
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 18, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

"The Justice Doom War" part three! Things are getting dangerous across the time stream. On one side of time, the Justice League team finds heroic purpose; on the other, it's a future full of chaos and trial. It's the Totality in action. If they can't stop Lex's Legion across all fronts, there may be only one other option: embrace Doom!


PREVIEW: Supergirl #34


Writer: Marc Andreyko
Artist: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 18, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

After months on the outer edges of the universe, Supergirl is back on Earth! But things are not as she left them-her adoptive parents have disappeared without a trace, Leviathan's plans are in motion and a Brainiac lurks in the shadows with its sights set on Kara! Oh, and what about that grave? The truth of who is in it will shake Supergirl to her very core!

PREVIEW: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #3


Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Steve Lieber
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: September 18, 2019
Cover Price: $3.99

Dearly beloved, we have gathered here today in this catalog to remember our friend, Superman's pal, the late Jimmy Olsen...'s assassination decoy!
Wait, somebody killed Jimmy's decoy body? But whodunit? And, like, whydunit? And...wait, when did Jimmy get a decoy of himself? What we do know is it's not safe for Jimmy in the City of Tomorrow anymore, and with Superman busy and all (you read that SUPERMAN #15 solicit yet?), Jimmy's best bet is to solve his own murder within the safe borders of Gotham City! (Seriously, "safe"?)