Tuesday, December 7, 2021

The Swamp Thing #10 Review





Brother versus Brother

Written By: Ram V
Art By: Mike Perkins
Colors By: Mike Spicer
Letters By: Aditya Bidikar
Cover Art By: Mike Perkins, Mike Spicer
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021

The Swamp Thing #10brings the battle between Levi and Jacob to a head at Prescott Industries as they battle for the right to be the avatar of the Green. Unfortunately for both of them, Prescott has contingencies that put the big battles between avatars on ice.

One-Star Squadron #1 Review

One-Star Squadron #1 Review

One-Star Squadron #1 Review

It's Heroes For Hire by way of the Mystery Men

Written By: Mark Russell
Art By: Steve Lieber, Dave Stewart, and Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date:  December 7, 2021

One-Star Squadron #1 is a satirical look at a low-rent superhero agency populated with assorted characters from across the DC universe. Some you'll recognize, others will take a little memory jogging. When a former hero with no memory is dropped on the agency's doorstep (literally), Red Tornado takes it upon himself to help a hero out. Meanwhile, not every hero is happy with Red Tornado's management style.

Crush & Lobo #7 Review

 
Crush & Lobo #7 Review

Crush & Lobo #7 Review

Space (Insert Whatever Here)


Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan, Tamra Bonvillain, and Ariana Maher
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021

Crush & Lobo was a mini-series I was looking forward to, not for Lobo, but because I'm all about Crush and figured that if Mariko Tamaki could give her some development, she could go on to bigger and better things.  Yea, I gave up on that around issue two, so now I'm just looking for this to end with the least amount of cringe possible.  While some have pointed out the lack of Lobo as a significant problem with this book, I have found the lame jokes instead of actual character moments to be the issue.  Crush & Lobo is one of the worst-selling books at DC Comics, and it's a shame that higher-ups will probably blame the character for that and not Tamaki.  Oh well, let's check out this month's issue...

Batman '89 #4 Review

Batman '89 #4 Review

Batman '89 #4 Review

This ain't your Daddy's Robin

Written by: Sam Hamm
Art by: Joe Quinones, Leonardo Ito, and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021

Batman '89 #4 finally debuts the Burton-verse version of Robin as racial tensions in the city boil over, and Harvey Dent/Two-Face escapes his hospital room to begin planning how to remake the city in his own image(s).

Dark Knights of Steel #2 Review

 
Dark Knights of Steel #2 Review

Dark Knights of Steel #2 Review

Blame It on the Rain

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Yasmine Putri, Arif Prianto, and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021

I loved the first issue of Dark Knights of Steel.  I didn't know what to expect, and on the surface, a medieval DCU wasn't something I thought I needed. But, boy, was I wrong!  I couldn't wait for this issue to come out, especially after the last issue's crazy cliffhanger.  So, was Dark Knights of Steel just as good?  Let's find out...

Arkham City: The Order of the World #3 Review


Arkham City: The Order of the World #3 Review

Arkham City: The Order of the World #3 Review

"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" - Freud

Written by: Dan Watters
Art by: Dani, Dave Stewart, and Aditya Bidikar
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021

Arkham City: The Order of the World #3 crosses paths with the next A-Day survivor, Solomon Grundy. When Dr. Joy reluctantly follows the Ten Eyed Man on his quest to contain the evil of Arkham with a ritual that requires elements from Gotham's distant past, she discovers Ten Eyed Man can decipher Grundy's rantings just in time for a visit by Azrael.

Batman #118 Review

 
Batman #118 Review

Batman #118 Review

Baby Steps

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Jorge Molina, Mikel Janin, Tomeu Morey, and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021

Joshua Williamson starts his Batman run when I think Batman needs to get better.  Sure, the sales are as high (or higher) as ever, but after Tom King and James Tynion's runs, it just doesn't feel like Batman has the sizzle right now.  King's run had a line in the sand feel that divided fans, while Tynion's run felt more like a showcase for his characters than Batman.  So, having Batman leave Gotham might be the focus the book needs.  Saying that, it's still all about the story that kicks off right here, right now. So, let's get into it...

Superman: Son of Kal-El 2021 Annual #1 Review




Enter: Luthor


Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Steve Pugh, Clayton Henry, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Steve Buccellato, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021


Even though Annual's week is over, DC Comics has one more for us in the form of our newest Superman, Jon Kent. Let's jump into this Annual and explore not only Superman and Lex Luthor's relationship, but what is up to Post Death Metal and how he plans on being the Sexy Lexy we all know and love once again. Let's check it out and see if the Son of Superman can do more than fight with his father's arch-enemy.  

Green Lantern #9 Review




Oh, Those Guardians!


Written By: Geoffrey Thorne
Art By: Tom Raney, Marco Santucci, Maria Lavra Sanapo, Michael Atiyeh, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021


It's time we head on back to Oa... or at least head back to Oa for a bit since this book tells two stories within its pages and when we get there we're going to check out how Jo Mullein is doing in her investigation in figuring out who not only killed the Guardian Koyos but why as well... You know, since it led to the Central Power Battery blowing up and wiping out our Green Lantern Corps as we know it. On the John Stewart side of things, we'll see what John finds now that he's accepting his role as a mortal guardian and the power that comes with it, not to mention we saw our hero travel through a portal to the world of the Lightbringer. Let's jump into this issue and see what's up with our favorite Green Lanterns.  

Suicide Squad #10 Review




Caught Black Handed


Written By: Robbie Thompson
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, Dexter Soy, Marcelo Maiolo, Allen Passalaqua
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021


When last we left our Squad they were definitely going above their paygrade when they took a ship to Oa and freed a bird-skulled fiend they named Yorick, but soon bit off more than they could chew when a United Federation guard of Thanagarian Wingmen showed up to back up our powerless Green Lantern Corps. Let's jump into this issue and see how our Squad will survive such an onslaught or if they even will. Let's check it out.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

PREVIEW: The Swamp Thing #10

 
The Swamp Thing #10 Preview

The Swamp Thing #10 Preview
Writer: Ram V
Artist: Mike Perkins
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021

The Swamp Thing #10 went from a Ram V Finale to a Part 10 of 16 which is good for fans, but will we get any sort of conclusion to this first part of Levi's story this week...

As the battle between Levi and Jacob comes to a head, the future of the Green-and so of all living things-is embroiled in existential conflict. And there are those who have learned to look for windows of opportunity in conflict. The true nature of Prescot’s machinations will become apparent even as their actions will put into question the very nature of the world we live in.

PREVIEW: World of Krypton #1

 
World of Krypton #1 Preview

World of Krypton #1 Preview
Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021

World of Krypton gives me the feeling of watching Titanic.  Spoiler Alert... the ship sinks!  Maybe at the end, Jor-El can throw a necklace into the Phantom Zone or something...

A modern telling of one of the most storied periods in comics! Krypton is a utopia admired across the universe for its achievements in science and culture, but its shining towers and regal people conceal a planet rotting at its core. When a catastrophic event befalls Krypton’s natural world, it points toward a mass extinction in the making. Jor-El, head of Krypton’s revered Science Council, embarks on a mission to save a world that may already have passed the point of no return. Shining new light on the famous characters of Krypton’s past-including Jor-El, General Dru-Zod, and even a young Kara Zor-El-World of Krypton combines action, cosmic wonder, and political intrigue in a story as much about our world as the one on the page.

PREVIEW: Dark Knights of Steel #2

 

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Yasmine Putri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021

Tom Taylor really impressed me with the first issue of Dark Knights of Steel, though as a fan of fantasy, I am a bit of the target audience!

An entire medieval world will be forever changed when a spaceship crash-lands from a doomed planet. Monarchs will die, kingdoms will rise, and what seemed the end of the world for many…was only the beginning! An epic high-fantasy story set in a DC Universe where nothing is what it seems… From worldwide bestselling writer Tom Taylor (DCeased, Superman: Son of Kal-El) and acclaimed artist Yasmine Putri comes a generational tale of good and evil within a brand-new DCU!

Saturday, December 4, 2021

PREVIEW: Crush & Lobo #7

 

Writer: Mariko Tamaki
Artist: Amancay Nahuelpan
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021

What will Mariko Tamaki come up with next in Crush & Lobo?  She already has Space Vegas so maybe we will see Space Massage Parlors, Space Tennis, or even Space Post-It Notes.  The possibilities are endless...

It's Crush versus Lobo in a knock-down, drag-out father-daughter brawl that might very well destroy Space Vegas by the time these two are done with each other!

PREVIEW: Batman #118

 
Batman #118 Preview

Batman #118 Preview
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Jorge Molina
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021

Joshua Williamson kicks off his Batman run with Batman #118 and I am ready to put Fear State in the rearview and get some good Batman action...

New creative team! Start of a new story arc as Batman leaves Gotham! “Abyss” part one! As Gotham celebrates surviving Fear State, Batman retreats alone into the darkness. But when he learns of a mystery involving Batman Inc., it forces the Caped Crusader to leave Gotham for a brand-new adventure! Thrills, chills, and international intrigue await! The Dark Knight begins a new story with superstar artist Jorge Molina and new writer Joshua Williamson!

PREVIEW: Arkham City: The Order of the World #3


 
Writer: Dan Watters
Artist: Dani Strips
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 7, 2021

Dan Watters continues his Arkham City story and I wonder if it will be overshadowed by the upcoming Shadows of the Bat Weekly Event in Detective Comics...

Solomon Grundy has lived many lives over a great many years. Now, located by Ten-Eyed Man’s strange, but nonetheless effective, methods, he leads Dr. Joy and her many-eyed friend on a tour of the hidden history of Gotham City and the madness at its core