Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Dial H for Hero #3 Review


Dial H for...

Writer: Sam Humphries
Artist: Joe Quinones, Arist Deyn, Jordan Gibson, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019

It's time again for Dial H and while I really liked the first issue, last month's issue had me a little bit worried.  Sam Humphries seems to be making things up as he goes and seems to care about making up wacky H Dial characters over any sort of real story, but hey, as long as it's fun, I can dig it.  So, is this issue fun or does the book continue its downward slide?  Let's find out...

The Terrifics #16 Review


This Book Needs a Story...Badly

Writer: Gene Luen Yang
Artist: Stephen Segovia, Dexter Vines, Protobunker, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019

I can't say that The Terrifics has been my favorite book coming out, but I am willing to give it another try now that Gene Luen Yang has jumped on board.  His first issue was pretty good and had me interested enough to let myself get cautiously optimistic going forward.  So, how was this issue?  Let's find out...

Martian Manhunter #5 Review and Spoilers




All In The Mind...


Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019


This book remains a difficult one to review. Set in the Martian Manhunter's past, it is effectively a prequel story for which very few people were clamoring. Released hot on the heels of DC's other 'MM' title, it is also implicitly a thematic sequel to King and Gerrards' Mister Miracle – or, at the very least, a cynical (or desperate) attempt to cash in on the popularity and 'critical acclaim' of that title. It is difficult to see how it can successfully do either. What we've had so far is a distinctly uneven alien noir tale whose Martian scenes are self-consciously weird but mostly feature recognizable analogs for human social ills and customs, and whose Earth-bound detective tale is simply not (yet) complex enough to be compelling. As we near the half-way point, something needs to change. Perhaps last issue's cliffhanger ending will signal a different direction. Let's find out…

Freedom Fighters #6 Review



Overman Reborn!


Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Scott Hanna, Adriano Lucas, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019


Let's head off to Earth-X to check in on our Freedom Fighters now that they've successfully awakened Uncle Sam to join their fight to take back the world from the Ratzi menace.  In our previous issue it looked like everything was going according to plan, the Freedom Fighters were winning battle after battle, letting the people of America that the notion of A Dream was still possible, but what our heroes didn't know is that Adolf Hitler Jr. was about to release the Reich's most powerful weapon....... The Overman.  Let's jump into this issue and see if the Freedom Fighters are enough to take on a Nazi loving Superman or if this is the end for freedom.  Let's check it out.

Batman Beyond #32 Review



Make Like A Banana and........


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Rick Leonardi, Ande Parks, Chris Sotomayor, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019


Thirty-Five years in the future, Terry McGinnis is Batman and he's keeping the streets of Neo Gotham safe for the good people of the city.  It seems that he might have met his match now in the form of the new villain, "The Splitt", who can split into two people and as far as Terry can tell, can teleport as well.  Things look bad for our hero and from what we saw in the previous issue, it doesn't look like he'll get much help from Bruce Wayne, who hasn't been acting like himself after making a visit to Arkham Asylum.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Batman can get the upper hand on The Splitt.  Let's check it out.

Batgirl #35 Review



Shark Attack


Written By: Mairghread Scott 
Art By: Paul Pelletier, Norm Rapmund, Jose Marzan Jr., Jordie Bellaire, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019


Let's head back down into The Den, where we last left our hero looking like Houdini, hung upside down in a tank of rising water; as the Terrible Trio tried to prove their dominance over the criminals of Gotham.  Too bad that seems to be the least of Barbara Gordon's worries because outside of her hero life, it looks like Gordon Clean Energy isn't do as well as she'd like because her check to her new landlord just bounced and all of Bab's things were thrown out into the street.  Maybe by protecting it, this will be Jason Bard's way into Barbara's heart.  Let's jump into this and see what's what. 

The Flash #71 Review and *SPOILERS*

Whiplash



Written By: Joshua Williamson, Howard Porter
Art By: Howard Porter, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The previous issue of Flash started the Year One storyline in one of the most boring ways possible. It started by taking an entire issue to retell the Flash’s origin story. Not only that, it was a rushed version of his origin. So all the really cool parts of Flash’s origin were glossed over really quickly while we took plenty of time to set up the others. Needless to say, I wasn’t too thrilled with it. That being said, there was something that I did love about the previous issue and that was the cliffhanger that we ended with. Barry, after just getting his powers, accidentally runs to the future and sees his future self and that Central City has been taken over by Turtle. I’m super excited to see how this plays out in this new issue so let’s just jump right in and see where this issue takes us.

Action Comics #1011 Review



What Happens Tomorrow?


Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Steve Epting, Brad Anderson, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019


Who is Leviathan?  That's the question that our Man of Steel is asking, along with all of us playing at home and it's time to get back into that mystery as we head back into Leviathan Rising.   Previously, we saw Superman and Lois go undercover as their Spyral agent disguises........ which is apparently a thing and with that........ we didn't really get anywhere except for a face to face with Tiger of Spyral before all hell broke loose.  While the disguise of Chaz and Andi didn't seem to really accomplish much, we'll jump into this issue and see what Tiger knows about what's going on.  Let's check it out.

Justice League Dark #11 Review



Run For The Hills


Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Alvaro Martinez Bueno, Raul Fernandez, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019


Let's head on over to the Dark side of the DC Universe and watch as magic itself is destroyed.  Not only that though, but it's a mercy killing to save everyone else in the world because if there's no magic, there's no Other Kind and Doctor Fate and the Lords of Order seem hellbent on making this so....... It's really a toss-up about which side is right because there's so many magical being and worlds within the DCU and Zatanna and Wonder Woman are currently on a trek to find Mordru to see if they can count on a Lord of Chaos' help in all this.  Lines are being crossed, but in a world where they face an impossible enemy......... are there even lines in the first place?   Let's jump into this issue and see how far the magical world has fallen.  Let's check it out.

Detective Comics #1004 Review




Writer: Peter J. Tomasi
Artists: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Nathan Fairbairn, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019

Review by Joey Casco of TheWineStalker.net



This is Part 4 of "Medieval", and in this issue, we get the origin of the Arkham Knight, AKA Astrid Arkham. It's a little strange and it has me questioning the age of Harley Quinn and a few other villains.

Wonder Woman #71 Review



Writer: G Willow Wilson
Art: Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., and Pat Brosseau
Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22nd, 2019

Wizard of Oz connections, Colossus, an angry suburban mob, and remembering Pat Benatar all in this week’s WONDER WOMAN #71 by G. Willow Wilson. Let’s dive into this one!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Batman #71 Second Opinion




Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mikel Janin, Jorge Fornes, Jordie BellaireLetters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 15, 201
Review Written By: J. Dawn

Here arrives Part Two of The Fall and the Fallen, a prologue of sorts to the upcoming City of Bane. In our first chapter, we got a healthy dose of set up and exposition, but the answers were only dangled in front of us. Does this trend continue in chapter two, or do the pieces begin to click together? Let’s begin.

PREVIEW: Wonder Woman #71


Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Xermanico, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019

Aphrodite's son just might know the secret to reunite Wonder Woman with her long-lost family and home on Paradise Island...but even if he does and is willing to tell her-would she be able to survive the journey?

PREVIEW: The Silencer #17




Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: V Kenneth Marion, Sandu Florea, Mike Spicer, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019

Honor Guest had a normal life. A family. A house in the suburbs. She sacrificed that normalcy and agreed to serve Leviathan so that her husband and son could live. But now a new danger threatens her former life: Smoke. Honor's half-sister, a failed Leviathan experiment in bio-engineering. Can the ultimate Leviathan assassin stop a deranged and vengeful version of herself from annihilating everything the Silencer holds dear?

PREVIEW: Martian Manhunter #5




Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019

J’onn J’onnz is no longer the sole survivor of the planet Mars! The vicious criminal Charnn somehow survived the epidemic of H’ronnmeer’s Curse—and now he’s here on Earth! To survive his attack, J’onn will need Diane’s help—but even after he told her everything, what secrets is she hiding?