Tuesday, October 23, 2018

PREVIEW: Wonder Woman #57

Wonder Woman is Under

Writer: James Tynion IV
Pencils: Emanuela Lupacchino
Inks: Ray McCarthy
Colors: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover: David Yardin
Variant Cover: Jenny Frison
Assistant Editor: Dave Wielgosz
Editor: Chris Conroy
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: October 24, 2018

“The Witching Hour” part four! As Hecate’s new world is born, Wonder Woman is under the goddess’ total control! This is magic’s darkest hour—one of the most powerful magicians of all time may not survive!

Whoa! If Wonder Woman is wielding Hecate-level power, I don't wanna see it. What am I saying? I can't wait to see this stuff! Check out some preview pages and get a jump on this. 

PREVIEW: Batgirl #28

Database Buddies

Writer: Mairghread Scott 
Penciller: Paul Pelletier 
Inker: Norm Rapmund 
Colorist: Jordie Bellaire 
Letterer: Deron Bennett 
Main Cover Artists: Julian Totino Tedesco 
Variant Cover Artist: Joshua Middleton 
Editor: Brittany Holzherr 
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: October 24, 2018

Even millennial superheroes are moving back in with their parents! While recovering from the injuries she suffered battling Grotesque, Barbara Gordon’s been living with her police commissioner dad while she recuperates. To get Barbara out of her funk, Jim Gordon hires her to do some I.T. grunt work at the GCPD. Unfortunately, he just gave full security clearance to one of the best hackers on the planet! Batgirl now has access to the police database in hopes of capturing Grotesque…who also seems to be using the database as well! Is this an inside job?

I am loving the new direction of this series, so I can't wait to find out! How about you enjoy some preview pages, right here! 

PREVIEW: The Silencer #10

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Patrick Zircher
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 24, 2018
Cover Price: $2.99

The Silencer finds herself in a deadly showdown with a pair of killers-Quietus and Gunn-as well as a giant kaiju monster at a Superman theme park! (No refunds given, park-goers.) If she can shoot her way out of that trouble, she'll still have to track down Talia's body before Leviathan can resurrect her. Of course, them being a secret evil criminal organization and all, they'll probably have backup plans inside of contingencies wrapped up in their true motivations. At any rate, someone's getting their soul eaten whether they like it or not!

PREVIEW: Titans #28

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Clayton Henry
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 24, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

Then, in a tie-in to the road to "Drowned Earth," the Titans get a visit from an old teammate when Atlantean mage Tempest guest-stars in the ish. What's got Garth's fishnets in a twist? He's there to help the new Titans lineup take on a major oceanic threat, whose attack comes straight out of the pages of Justice League and Aquaman. Guess you could say that prelude "spills over" into TITANS this month.

PREVIEW: The Terrifics #9

Well Met, Doc Dread

Storytellers: José Luís & Jeff Lemire
Colors: Michael Atiyeh
Letters: Tom Napolitano
Cover: Dale Eaglesham & Ivan Nunes
Assistant Editor: Andrew Marino
Editor: Paul Kaminski
Group Editor: Marie Javins
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: October 24, 2018

The Terrifics struggle to escape their respective plights while trying to save members of the Tom Strong family as chaos reigns across the Multiverse! But as Doc Dread’s true identity is revealed, that unmasking hits especially close to home for Sapphire Stagg, who’s in mortal danger after she learns the fateful secret. And she’s not the only Terrific in trouble—just wait until the team finds what threat awaits them back at their Gotham City headquarters!

Is a thing happening? I think a thing is happening! Have a look at some preview pages, yeah? 

PREVIEW: Old Lady Harley #1

Writer: Frank Tieri
Artist: Inaki Miranda
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 24, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

After liberating New York City from her now-feral Gang of Harleys, poor Harley wants nothing more than to slip back into retirement in her coastal (and heavily guarded) paradise. But the Laughing Boys Gang has another idea-they'll follow her to the ends of the Earth, to drag her back to their leader! It can't actually be...him! Right?! He couldn't possibly still be alive, could he? After all...Harley killed him herself with her bare hands! Should she turn to President Power Girl for help? Or flee to the 51st state, Atlantis? Step into an insane vision of a future DC Universe we all better hope we don't live to see!

PREVIEW: Batman Beyond #25

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Cully Hamner, Marco Santucci, Val Staples, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 24, 2018

In this special oversize issue, legendary DC scribe Dan Jurgens is joined by superstar artist Cully Hamner (Batman and The Signal) to bring back the biggest baddie of them all in “The Final Joke.”

The dedication of a new building commemorating a special Wayne family event—the 100th birthday of Thomas Wayne—brings out all of Neo-Gotham’s familiar faces, including one who was definitely not on the guest list. The Joker makes his long-awaited return to Neo-Gotham, and no one is safe! Will he strike at Batman, Robin, Commissioner Barbara Gordon or the original Caped Crusader himself, Bruce Wayne? Decades after his last fight with the Dark Knight, the Clown Prince of Crime returns home to take his city back once and for all.

PREVIEW: Raven Daughter of Darkness #9

The Force in Force!

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Pop Mhan
Colorists: Loven Kindzierski and Carrie Strachan
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Cover Art: Julian Totino Tedesco
Assistant Editor: Michael McCalister
Group Editor: Marie Javins
Ship's Vampire: Joey Cavalieri
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: October 24, 2018

The hunt for the young arcanes gathers steam! Before they can bond as a team and find their strengths, Raven and Baron Winters’ new, young Night Force may be ground to dust under the hooves of the Shadow-Riders!

The series...continues! Have a look at some preview pages, how 'bout it. 

PREVIEW: Action Comics #1004

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ryan Sook, Wade Von Grawbadger, Brad Anderson, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 24, 2018

Superman confronts Lois Lane and wants answers: Where is Jon Kent? What happened during Lois’ trip into space with Jor-El? Why didn’t she contact the Man of Steel when she returned? And most importantly, does she still love him? Or is the world-famous reporter looking to let Clark Kent down easy? Lois and Clark’s relationship gets redefined in this issue illustrated by acclaimed artist Ryan Sook!

PREVIEW: Justice League Odyssey #2

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Stjepan Sejic and Deron Bennett
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 24, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

Cyborg, Starfire, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz and Azrael debate whether so-called "God of Evil" Darkseid should have joined the team. (Too late-that evil horse has left the barn!) But before the team can resolve this conflict, they're forced into action when Vril Dox takes an interest in the Coluan refugees, attacking their ship with a new Manhunter army of his own creation. 'Cuz more violence is always the answer!

PREVIEW: Books of Magic #1

Uh Oh, It's Magic

Written By: Kat Howard
Art By: Tom Fowler
Cover By: Kal Carpenter
Variant Cover By: Joshua Middleton
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: October 24, 2018

From the SANDMAN UNIVERSE #1, it’s the return of Neil Gaiman’s magical morality fable in an all-new series written by Kat Howard (Roses and Rot, An Unkindness of Magicians) and drawn by Tom Fowler (DOOM PATROL)!

Timothy Hunter may be destined to become the most powerful magician in the universe, but he’s still a London teenager, and having magical abilities complicates things more than it helps. It’s not like he can use magic to pass his exams, stop being bullied or convince his cute friend to date him. And while Tim’s trying to live his life, there are cultists who want to kill him, believing his power will eventually corrupt him into becoming a merciless mage. Oh, and those are the good guys. Luckily, his new substitute teacher is more than she appears, and may be able to help Tim discover the mystery behind the Books of Magic…

Here we go! Another sticky wicket, innit? Enjoy some preview pages, why don'tcha? 

PREVIEW: Flash #57

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Scott Kolins
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 24, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

The insidious secret that corrupted Heat Wave's mind is free and looking for a new host-one who doesn't run quite so hot! Unfortunately, it takes over Central City Detective Burns instead, and now she's the one rampaging across the city wrecking shop! Burns must lean on an unlikely source to help her with these new powers, while Flash and Iris West make a big decision about their next move.

PREVIEW: Detective Comics #991

Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Carmine Giandomenico
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 24, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

Batman's newest partner...Two-Face? As Harvey Dent's persona asserts fragile control over the villain's psyche, the Dark Knight, Commissioner Gordon and their ally-turned-enemy-turned-ally must work together to stop Kobra's terrorist attack against Gotham City.

PREVIEW: Batman: Kings of Fear #3

Writer: Scott Peterson
Artist: Kelley Jones
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: October 24, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

There's nothing to fear but fear itself unless, of course, the Scarecrow is trying to scare all of Gotham City to death with his fear gas! Dr. Jonathan Crane has undergone an intense therapy session in order to "cure" Batman of his various psychoses. That involves Batman and Scarecrow battling through the streets of Gotham City, with the Caped Crusader not knowing what's real and what's fake. Can Batman handle this sudden influx of personal demons into his psyche? Or will the next cell in Arkham Asylum be reserved for Bruce Wayne?

Retro Review: Batman #322 (1980) - "Chaos -- Coming and Going!"

Back and Forth
Writer: Len Wein
Art by: Irv Novick, Vince Colletta, and Glynis Wein
Cover Price: 40¢
Release Date: April 2nd, 1980
Review by: Joey Casco

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Batman #322 was released the day I was born, so I actually have it framed on a wall in my home. It’s the first part of a three issue arc, and I’ll be reviewing those issues too in the coming weeks.

Retro Review: Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #27 (1961) Review and **SPOILERS**

Sister, Sister

Cover Artists: Curt Swan, Sheldon Moldoff 
Editor: Mort Weisinger 
Cover Price: 10 cents 
Cover Date: August, 1961 
Publisher: DC Comics


You know, it’s not just Lois Lane that’s horny all the time in the DC Universe. No, Jimmy Olsen is also canonically horny for Lois’ sister, Lucy, as well! This is normally something we hear about in Jimmy Olsen’s title, but we actually get a visit from the blonde-haired waif in Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #27, and I’ve reviewed that issue right here!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 198: DC Comics, Batman, Sick Again and #Fishpeopleproblems

It's a shorter podcast as we only had a handful of books to talk about.  Of course, if you need more, check out our Patreon (www.patreon.com/weirdscience) and for as little as $1 a month, you can help support the podcast and get a bunch of shows! This Week's Patreon Spotlight: Justice League #10 & Nightwing #51

Retro Review: Green Arrow Year One #1 Review (2007)

Long Bow

Written by: Andy Diggle
Art by: Jock, David Baron, and Jared K. Fletcher
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 22, 2007

I have really enjoyed the various Year One stories that I have read so far, but this one kind of just popped up at me and here I am reviewing it.  Yep, I was going through a bunch of Green Arrow stuff and just figured I would read a few pages and get on with other things, but suddenly I was done the first issue in what felt like seconds.  That kind of is a hint that I really enjoyed it, but here is a review for it anyways...

Retro Review: Detective Comics #140 (1948) - "The Riddler"


Written by: Bill Finger
Art by: Dick Sprang, Charles Paris, and Jack Schiff
Cover Price: 10¢
Release Date: October 1948

I am going to continue my focus on villain first appearances with Detective Comics #140.  Simply called, "The Riddler", it isn't much of a surprise who is featured in this one.  So, how was the issue and did the Riddler make his mark right away?  Let's find out...

Retro Review: Detective Comics #66 (1942) - "The Crimes of Two-Face"

Flip a Coin

Written by: Bill Finger
Art by: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, and George Roussos
Cover Price: 10¢
Release Date: June 20, 1942

Batman has such a great Rogue's Gallery and though most put Joker on the top of the heap, I like a couple of the others a lot more.  Two-Face is one of those and I am going back to review this first appearance at a time when Harvey is making a big splash in the current books.  So, did he kick ass the moment he hit the page?  Let's find out...

Retro Review: Detective Comics #58 (1941) - "One of the Most Perfect Frame-Ups"

Written by: Bill Finger
Art by: Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson, and George Roussos
Cover Price: 10¢
Release Date: October 21, 1941

The Penguin is a Weird Science favorite and seeing that he will be showing up in Batman in a couple of months, I figured I would go back and review his first appearance in Detective Comics #58.  So, does Oswald steal the show the minute he waddles onto the page?  Let's find out...

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Green Arrow - Benson Sisters Out, Lanzing and Kelly In

When DC Comics' January Solicits came out this week, Jackson Lanzing and Colin Kelly were listed as writers for Green Arrow #48 instead of Julie and Shawna Benson.  Since Lanzing and Kelly have worked on Green Arrow recently, it was unclear whether or not this was a fill-in job or a permanent deal.  Well, it is more of the later as the Benson Sisters have announced they are officially off the book after December's #47.

Justice League: Odyssey #1 Review (Second Opinion)

With Style

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Stjepan Sejic and Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 26, 2018
Review by: Joey Casco

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Welcome to the complete mess called the Ghost Sector! It’s a far-off area in the cosmos where a shit-ton of worlds that were bottled up (in classic Brainiac fashion) on the planet Colu were freed during No Justice. “Worlds that should NEVER have been freed” and their life forms are in constant fear as their worlds are just falling apart within the chaos of the Ghost Sector.

Weird Science DC Comics Best Books of the Week 10/20/18

Another week, another bunch of books and a good thing that some were good, right?!?  We have a couple of crossover events going on at DC and things are going pretty smooth overall.  Well, maybe not overall, but it's getting there.  Here are the books we deemed worthy of our Best Books of the Week...

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Sideways #9 Review

Storytellers: Max Raynor and Dan DiDio
Art by: Max Raynor, Daniel Brown, and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 16, 2018

I feel like it's been months since I read the last issue of this series. Obviously, it isn't the case; this is a monthly book. I just feel so lost reading it. I'm bored with the characters, I don't feel anything for them, and the story is so uninteresting.