Tuesday, August 14, 2018

The Death of Superman Movie Review

The Death of Superman (2018)
Director: Sam Liu
Starring: Jerry O'Connell, Rebecca Romijn, and Rainn Wilson
A Review By: Lord Andy
After twenty-five years since one of the biggest events to hit the comic world, there have been three feature film interpretations of Superman's battle with Doomsday.  The third being this month’s direct to DVD release of The Death of Superman, and they may have finally got it right, or at least close enough. Where 2007's animated Superman: Doomsday felt incomplete and 2016's live-action Batman V Superman lacked proper detail and emotion. The Death of Superman finally captures the raw power of Doomsday and the emotional links between Superman and his fellow Leaguers and loved ones.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Darth Vader #19 Review - Marvel Monday

Baby Blues

Written by: Charles Soule
Layouts: Giuseppe Camuncoli
Finishes: Daniele Orlandini
Colors: David Curiel
Letters: VC's Joe Caramagna
Published by: Marvel Star Wars
Publication Date: 8 August 2018

Oh geez. After the mild trauma of Chuck Wendig's canon busting atrocity in the Darth Vader Annual, it is with some relief that normal service is resumed, with the return of Mr. Soule. I think we can all rest assured, without pre-empting the outcome of this review, that it will be a step up in quality and a more enjoyable experience for all concerned.

Amazing Spider-Man #3 Review - Marvel Monday

Saturday Morning Spidey!

Writer: Nick Spencer
Art Team: Ryan Ottley, Laura Martin, Cliff Rathburn
Letterer: VC's Joe Caramagna
Marvel Comics
Release Date: August 8, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

We're halfway into this first arc, for the relaunch of the Amazing Spider-Man, by Nick Spencer and company and our first storyline is looking to provide us with some answers, and a few surprises.  The question is are these answers and surprises any good? Well dive into this latest Spider-Man review and find out.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Delta 13 #4 Review

Unlucky 13

Writer: Steve Niles
Artist: Nat Jones
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Reviewed By Wheezy

Oh dear…Frankly this was terrible, I had the slim hope of this final issue (thankfully) having some redeeming attributes to it, but again, my low expectations were not met, and if anyone read my previous reviews, you would know that my expectations were quite low (possibly lower than a snakes belly), lets get to it if we must.

Ghostbusters: Crossing Over #5 Review

Crossing the Streams

Writer: Erik Burnham
Artist: Dan Schoening
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99
Reviewed by Wheezy

I have tried to be positive of this run as I am a fan of the Ghostbusters in general, but this is striking at me as the low point of the series. It keeps up with the series staples of character interactions and humor but just falls short of delivering any substance, hopefully, I can articulate this in a coherent manner.

Back Issues Podcast Ep 15: Sandman #1 (1988)

Jim and Eric get their first taste of Neil Gaiman's Sandman and they like it!  Jim may even love it (and may, in fact, marry it).  Yep, it's one of those shows where they get to have fun and gush about a comic they enjoy...
Also, hear how much Jim weighed at the end of High School and why nobody came over to his house to play the Sega Master System.
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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Weird Science DC Comics Best Books of the Week 8/8/18

Hello and welcome to the Weird Science Best Books of the Week.  To make the list, the book needs to get a score of 7.5/10, wear snazzy outfits...or both!  Bribes will be accepted and are indeed expected!  I may expand the list to include non-DC books that we feature on the site, but for now, sit back and enjoy the crazy ride we call Best Books of the Week...

Black Badge #1 Review

Scouts Honor

Written By Matt Kindt
Illustrated By Tyler Jenkins
Colors By Hilary Jenkins
Lettered By Jim Campbell

The Grass Kings creative team of Matt Kindt and Tyler Jenkins returns with a new series, in Black Badge the US Government is secretly recruiting the best and brightest kids in the Boy Scouts in order to run covert ops mission in places adults cannot operate.

The Dead Hand #5 Review

O.K. Computer

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Stephen Mooney
Colors by: Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: August 8, 2018

I gotta confess. I've been a little worried about this book. It's not that the story was getting worse, or that there was a significant dip in the art. My spider-sense was, however, starting to tingle a little across the last two or three issues. The book was enjoyable but was about to hit that point at which it had to hit the next gear or it would be in danger of fizzling out. What would happen? Let's find out. 

Death or Glory #4 Review

The Fast and the Furious

Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Bengal
Letterer: Russ Wooton
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 8 August 2018

Oh boy. There has been quite a journey in only three issues so far this series. We have had stately Tarantinoesque cool, awesome cars, horrific violence and a tale of life on the open road. Will this issue give us some new qualities to tickle our fancy? Let's see!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Top Five Fridays: Five DC Characters Who Need a Solo Series (And Who I Want Doing Them)

Hello, I'm back again for a Top Five Friday all about characters that I think need a solo series...NOW!  Not tomorrow, not next week or next month...NOW!  Got it?!?  Good, let's get going and let me know who you want to get a solo series (NOW!)...

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Throwback Thursday Reviews: Supergirl #36 (2014)

Making the Grade

Written by: K. Perkins and Mike Johnson
Art by: Emanuela Lupacchino
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 19, 2014

With the new creative team restarting Supergirl this week, I figured I'd go back to 2014 when K. Perkins and Mike Johnson jumped on Supergirl and while their run didn't last too long, I really liked what we got...Supergirl in Space...and in school!!! - Jim

I have only recently started reviewing Supergirl and the last two issues haven't been the greatest.  However, this issue features a new creative team and a brand new direction.  K. Perkins, Mike Johnson, and Emanuela Lupacchino are taking Supergirl to school...in space.  I love anything ...in space and the thought of a bunch of heroes-to-be hitting the books and gossiping in the halls of Crucible Academy sounds like a win to me. Now, if there's a brain, a jock, a basket case, a princess and a criminal learning about life and themselves on a Saturday, I can die a happy man. Hey, a man can have a dream, right?

Throwback Thursday Reviews: Injustice: Year Two #1 (2014)

Year Two...Electric Bugaloo

Written by: Tom Taylor 
Art by: Bruno Redondo 
Cover Price: $0.99 
Release Date: January 7, 2014

Holy crap!  I've been waiting months for the Injustice Year Two for what seems like ages.  It's finally here and I am so glad to say that it was worth the wait.  It is also bittersweet.

Throwback Thursday Reviews: New Suicide Squad #1 (2014)

Batter Up!

Writer: Sean Ryan
Artist: Jeremy Roberts
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: July 9, 2014
Cover Price: $2.99

The Suicide Squad is dead.  Long live the Suicide Squad.  The NEW Suicide Squad, that is.  There may be some new members, but the song remains the same.  Take some of the most popular DCU villains, throw them into over-the-top situations and watch the craziness ensue.  It's mindless fun, but isn't that the point?

Throwback Thursday Reviews: Green Lantern #23 (2013)

No Time for Love, Dr. Jordan

Writer: Robert Venditti
Artist: Billy Tan, Richard Friend
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: August 7, 2013

Cover Price: $2.99

Hal Jordan has not been a great Green Lantern Corps leader.  Since assuming command Lanterns have died, Larfleeze stole Lantern property and a high level prisoner has escaped from her Sciencell.  To make things right, Hal decides to bring the prisoner back to face justice.  Although Hal is the leader of a whole Corps of Green Lanterns, he decides to attack the problem the way he usually does...alone.

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week: August 8, 2018

Oh Jenny Frison, you are a treasure
None of the Comics Published Last Week Had Covers

Okay, okay...so I missed last week's Best Covers list. I had a good reason for it, though: I was catching a tan! I was also hanging loose and getting jiggy, as one does on vacation. But I'm back, and DC's seen fit to throw a slew of those comic book wrappings at yours truly. So what did I make of 'em? Well, I liked so many that I threw one right here for your amusement!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Superman Giant #1 Review

Superman Endurance Part 1

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Tom Derenick, Trevor Scott, Stephen Downer and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 1, 2018

Also Includes:

Superman/Batman - World's Finest
Green Lantern - Airborne
The Terrifics - Meet the Terrifics Part 1

Obviously, if you are DC Comics, you want to push the Trinity in this first round of books and I've already reviewed the Batman and Justice League Giants that featured Batman (guess which on has the Dark Knight in it...) and Wonder Woman (yea, she was in the JL Giant!).  If you go with the idea that these books are meant to get new readers fired up, then that makes sense.  However, I've already said in my other reviews, these kind of are a "mixed message" type of deal.  So, is this part one of Jimmy Palmiotti's two-parter a good story for new readers and better yet, younger readers?  Let's find out...

Sideways #7 Review

With Great Power Comes Mediocre Storytelling 

Storytellers: Kenneth Rocafort and Dan DiDio
Art by: Kenneth Rocafort, Ivan Plascencia, Dan Brown, and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 8, 2018

Following a mostly gripping and grim previous issue, surely the team will be able to provide genuine character moments as well as a strong plot to continue the growth of DC's latest youngster? The short answer? Nope.

The Wild Storm: Michael Cray #10 Review and Spoilers


Written by Bryan Hill with Warren Ellis
Art by N Steven Harris with Dexter Vines
Colors by Ross Campbell
Letters by Simon Bowland
Cover price: $3.99
Release Date: August 8, 2018

Over the last few issues, this title has become a lot more of a character study of its titular character than anything else and it is all the better for it. Writer Bryan Hill has, with no little skill, put Michael Cray through a wringer that, I suspect, still has one or two turns before it's done. A few weeks ago on Twitter, Hill expressed his belief that heroism is in large part about suffering and endurance, in which case Cray might just be about to become the biggest and baddest hero of them all. With a psychotic John Constantine showing up at his love interest's door at the end of the last issue and an uppity sentient tumor in his head, Cray's got his work cut out. And that's not including a boss who doesn't trust him and an insane version of Wonder Woman intent on bringing back some extra-dimensional entities and destroying half the world in the process. Let's see how he gets on, eh?

Catwoman #2 Review

Nine Lives Minus a Couple

Writer: Joelle JonesArtist: Joelle Jones
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 8, 2018

Gotham’s a toxic litter box for Selina Kyle of late, so she hits the road looking to clear the air, change her look and clear her name, too—there’s a copycat burglar swiping her M.O. who needs sorting out. In her hometown, Catwoman runs afoul of a crime boss who’s also hunting this impostor. Can the two declare a truce to hunt a mutual enemy, or will Selina end up just more roadkill?

The Sandman Universe #1 Review

Danny Says

By Simon Spurrier, Nalo Hopkinson, Kat Howard, Dan Watters, Bilquis Evely, Dominike “Domo” Stanton, Tom Fowler, Max Fiumara, Sebastian Fiumara, Mat Lopes
Cover By: Jae Lee 
Variant Covers By: Jill Thompson, P. Craig Russell, Dave McKean, David Mack, Jim Lee 
Cover Price: $4.99 
On Sale Date: August 8, 2018


Hey, it’s the return of Vertigo, the DC Comics imprint that never left! Supposedly, this issue heralds some kind of revitalization that begins next month and includes…a whole bunch of new titles I forgot. And, a bunch of new titles for the Sandman Universe! I think this is going to be the first taste of all that, and I’m excited to give it a lick. So follow my slobber and read my review of The Sandman Universe #1, slick with saliva!

The Immortal Men #5 Review

Must be Immortal Man Reborn

Writer: James Tynion IV
Art Team: Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto
Letterer: Carlos M. Mangual
DC Comics
Release Date: August 8, 2018
Cover Price: $2.99

Immortal Men, if you haven't heard already, has received the dreaded guillotine drop from the DC higher-ups, meaning issue five here serves as the penultimate issue to the series.  While I haven't been a fan of the series much at all, it always sucks for the fans that are out there, that one of their stories is ending sooner than it should be.  So without further ado, let's see what James Tynion can salvage, from a series that once held such promise based on concept alone.

Eternity Girl #6 Review and **SPOILERS**

Eternity Never Ends

Script: Magdalene Visaggio 
Pencils, Inks, Cover: Sonny Liew 
Colors: Chris Chuckry 
Letters: Todd Klein 
Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell 
Editor: Andy Khouri 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: August 8, 2018


It’s the end of Eternity Girl as we know it, and I feel fine! Actually, find out how I really feel by reading my review of issue #6, commencing below!

Suicide Squad #45 Review and **SPOILERS**

We’re Gonna Raze the Roof

Story: Rob Williams and Dan Abnett 
Script: Rob Williams 
Pencils: José Luís 
Inks: Jordi Tarragona and Vicente Cifuentes 
Colors: Adriano Lucas 
Letters: Pat Brosseau  
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: August 8, 2018


Say, here’s a thing: Suicide Squad and Aquaman crossing over. I happen to review both books, and they could both certainly use a shot in the hazootsiz, so I’m all for it. Let’s take a look at part one of this Reggie Reviewed event in my review of Suicide Squad #45, conveniently commencing below.

Wonder Woman #52 Review

The Invisible Labyrinth of Tezcatlipoca

Written By: Steve Orlando
Art By: Aco, David Lorenzo, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 8, 2018

Now that Steve Orlando has gotten his "thesis statement" of who Wonder Woman is out of the way, maybe now we can get to an actual story of any substance, but right away I'm kind of apprehensive about it because for this story we not only have Wonder Woman, but Artemis and Aztek.  Three women of three different religious backgrounds and I'm sure we're going to get all three of those thrown at us with willy nilly dialog that won't present what any of it truly means.  I know I sound negative right off the bat, but I've already read the issue and my fears came true.  Let's see what else this story has in store for us.  Let's check it out.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #50 Review and **SPOILERS**

You’ve Been Jordaned

Writer: Robert Vendetti 
Penciller: Rafa Sandoval 
Inker: Jordi Tarragona 
Colorist: Tomeu Morey 
Letterer: Dave Sharpe 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: August 8, 2018


Yes, the Green Lantern series, starring John Stewart but featuring Hal Jordan in the title, has come to a close. But fret not! There’s some more Green Lantern stuff around the bend. And Green Lanterns is going to continue I think? I really need to pay more attention to comics news. For now, check out my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #50, right here!

Plastic Man #3 Review and **SPOILERS**

Stretching My Heart Strings

Writer: Gail Simone 
Artist: Adriana Melo 
Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick 
Letterer: Simon Bowland 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: August 8, 2018


Wacky good times and probaby broken noses ahoy, when Plastic Man comes steamboatin’ through town! And he could do that, you know, because he can take pretty much any form. Just saying. If he wanted to be a steamboat on dry land, he totally could. Have a look at my review of Plastic Man #3, how about it?