Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Batman: The Knight #5 Review


Bye Bye Love

Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: May 17, 2022

I have enjoyed what Chip Zdarsky has been doing on this book, especially since it might be setting up things for his upcoming Batman run.  Of course, Zdarsky still needs to bring his A-game each issue since he is retreading ground here, but so far, so good.  Let's see if that continues this month...

Nightwing #92 Review


Have Some Heart

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 17, 2022

Dick Grayson is my favorite character, and I love Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo.  So why aren't I enjoying this Nightwing book as much as many other people?  Maybe it's because Taylor seems happy just to let everyone know that Dick Grayson is a great guy, and I already know that.  Perhaps it's because he likes to stress how much his friends and family love him, and I already know that.  Maybe it's a combination of those two things combined with a fan service over story approach that makes everything feel like empty calories by the end.  Let's see if we get something tasty and filling this month...

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #3 Review

Great Writing + Great Action = Great Comic

Written by: Mark Waid
Art by: Dan Mora
Colors by: Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by: Aditya Bidikar
Cover art by: Dan Mora
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: May 17, 2022

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #3 sees Batman and Superman confront the loathsome demons of Hell to stop Lord Nezha from taking over the world. Meanwhile, Robin and Supergirl search for answers in the ancient past, if they can survive.

The Flash #782 Review

Prison Vibes

Written By: Jeremy Adams
Art By: Fernando Pasarin, Matt Ryan, Jeremy Cox, Peter Pantazis, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 17, 2022

The Speed Force is calling us back again to another issue of The Flash, where previously we saw our Scarlet Speedster catching up with his young cousin and current Kid Flash, Wallace West. I love this concept because not only do we not get enough Wallace but a Flash book has been absent a proper sidekick for a long time and Wally and Wallace working together, and giving us a bigger West Flash Family sounds just like the fun I'm looking for. As for our two heroes though, it looks like the fun will have to wait as at the end of the previous issue the two stumbled upon Girder robbing a bank, which while isn't really out of the ordinary, did strike the two as odd as the villain was supposed to be locked up in Iron Heights. Let's jump into this issue and see our Crimson Comets confront Warden Wolf about Girder's early release. Let's check it out.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Wonder Woman #787 Review


Mind Your Man-ners

Writer: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad, Jordie Bellaire
Artist: Emanuela Lupacchino, Paulina Ganucheau, Wade von Grawbadger
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: May 10, 2022

Wonder Woman #787 arrives fresh out of the Trial of the Amazons, and I don't know about you, but I still have many questions about what went on in the Trial, but even more about what didn't.  I kept seeing the Wonder Woman team of creators crowing about how big and essential the crossover was, but I guess some things got lost along the way because it didn't feel significant or even necessary by the end.  I would say, "you win some, you lose some," but Wonder Woman has been on a losing streak for quite some time.  Now that the crossover is over, maybe Cloonan and Conrad can right the ship and make this book good.  Let's see if that's the case...

Batgirls #6 Review

Oooohhh! So Close!

Written by: Becky Cloonan, Michael Conrad
Art by: Jorge Corona
Colors by: Sarah Stern
Letters by: Becca Carey
Cover art by: Jorge Corona, Sarah Stern
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: May 11, 2022
Batgirls #6 concludes the current conflict against Spellbinder with a pitched battle to save Gotham's hypnotized systems. Can Batgirl and Batgirl (and Batgirl) stop Tutor from enacting his final performance?

Blood Syndicate #1 Review

The Mean Streets Of Dakota City

Written by: Geoffrey Thorne
Art by: Juan Castro, ChrisCross
Colors by: Will Quintana
Cover art by: Dexter Soy
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: May 10, 2022
Blood Syndicate #1 follows Wise Son and Tech-9 as they return from active duty in the Middle East. However, their hometown is a very different place after superheroes have driven out the drug trade, and smaller gangs turn the streets into a war zone to fill the power vacuum.

Jurassic League #1 Review

They're a Modern Stone-Age Justice League!

Written by: Daniel Warren Johnson, Juan Gedeon
Art by: Juan Gedeon
Colors by: Mike Spicer
Letters by: Ferran Delgado
Cover art by: Daniel Warren Johnson, Mike Spicer
Cover price: #3.99
Release date: May 10, 2022

Jurassic League #1 reimagines the origins and characters of the Justice League in prehistoric times and as anthropomorphic dinosaurs. As each dino arrives to play the hero, the forces of fate (or nature) bring them together to fight a greater evil.

Superman: Son of Kal-El #11 Review

Being Superman

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Cian Tormey, Federico Blee, Matt Herms, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 10, 2022

The Rising is coming..... or is happening... I'm not quite sure, but what I do know is that President Bendix is creating an army of Post-Humans that he calls his Gamorra Corps and plans on selling his super-powered puppets to the highest bidders, but before any of that can really happen he has to knock our new Superman down a peg.... or knock him down completely and in doing so, we saw Jon framed for the murder of a Gamorra Corps member and if things couldn't look worse for Jon, Batman informed him at the end of the last issue that he couldn't trust his boyfriend, Jay Nakamura. Let's jump into this issue and see how our new Man of Steel handles all the problems on his plate. Let's check it out.

I Am Batman #9 Review

Getting Back On The Horse

Written By: John Ridley
Art By: Christian Duce, Stephen Segovia, Rex Lokus, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 10, 2022

Let's head back to the Big Apple to see how Jace Fox is dealing with his defeat at the hands of New York's newest serial killer. The worst part about this is, that not only was Jace taken down a notch by this new villain but was humiliated in the process. Also, it turns out that this killer was inspired by Jace's arrival in New York and considered himself and Batman a team in cleaning up the trash of the city. So yeah, Jace isn't in the best place right now and it doesn't make it any better that because of his failure, the Commissioner became this killer's next target while our new Batman was busy licking his wounds. Let's jump into this issue and continue our look at this Batman figuring out who he is and how he operates in New York City. Let's check it out.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Batman #123 Review


Huh, I'd Like to Meet His Tailor

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Howard Porter
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: May 3, 2022

While I am still trying to enjoy the Shadow War, I think Joshua Williamson is starting to lose grip on his story as it's progressed.    The wow factor of Ra's al Ghul's murder has come and gone, and now we are stuck in a snail's pace story watching the characters in the book slowly catch up to what we already know - Deathstroke didn't do it.  For some reason, Williamson thinks the big thing is who did it, but I want to know why.  My bet is on GeoForce, but something tells me Ra's is also involved.  So let's see what we get this week in Part Five of the Shadow War.

One-Star Squadron #6 Review

It Ends The Way It Began

Written by: Mark Russell
Art by: Steve Lieber
Colors by: Dave Stewart
Letters by: Dave Sharpe
Cover art by: Steve Lieber
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: May 4, 2022 

One-Star Squadron #6 ends the experimental series with Red Tornado struggling to make sense of life and his place in it after the destruction of the HEROZ4U office and news of a hero's death.

Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #2 Review

As Engaging As Computer Code

Written by: Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing
Art by: Max Dunbar
Colors by: Sebastian Cheng
Letters by: Aditya Bidikar
Cover art by: Max Dunbar, Sebastian Cheng
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: May 3, 2022 

Batman Beyond: Neo-Year #2 finds Terry's resources running out without the benefit of Bruce's billions. Regardless, he embarks on a mission to track down the motivation behind a series of jewel thefts that fall into the blind spot of Gotham's AI.

Batman: Killing Time #3 Review


Back and Forth, Back and Forth...

Written by: Tom King
Art by: David Marquez
Colors by: Alejandro Sánchez
Letters by: Clayton Cowles
Cover art by: David Marquez, Alejandro Sánchez
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: May 3, 2022
Batman: Killing Time #3 continues the extensive cataloging of a heist by Batman's greatest rogues.  When Penguin pays for payback in the form of the enigmatic Help, everyone's on the run... including Batman.

Flashpoint Beyond #1 Review

Flashpoint: The Extended Cut

Written by: Geoff Johns, Jeremy Adams, Tim Sheridan
Art by: Xermánico, Mikel Janín
Colors by: Romulo Fajardo Jr., Jordie Bellaire
Letters by: Rob Leigh
Cover art by: Mitch Gerads
Cover price: $4.99
Release date: May 3, 2022

Flashpoint Beyond #1 follows Thomas Wayne to Britain as the Atlantean/Amazonian War reaches a boiling point, and only Aquaman has the answers to Barry Allen's assassination.

Monkey Prince #4 Review

Technically, It Gets The Job Done

Written by: Gene Luen Yang 
Art by: Bernard Chang 
Colors by: Chris Sotomayor
Letters by: Wes Abbott
Cover art by: Bernard Chang 
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: May 4, 2022
Monkey Prince #4 pits Monkey Prince against Penguin as Marcus's parents' lives hang in the balance. Meanwhile, Monkey Prince is offered a deal he can't refuse.