Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Justice League #34 Review



Portal Power

Writer: James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Artist: Bruno Redondo, Howard Porter, Hi-Fi and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019

I am so ready for the Justice/Doom War to get things going and that means I want this DCU to change and if that means 5G, Newer New 52, or Rebirthier Rebirth, I am so in.  I have been enjoying this Justice League book but seeing a bit of an escape plan here with Perpetua and the 6th Dimension stuff, I have hope, even if it's just a sliver.  So, what went on in this issue, and was it any good?  Let's find out...

Aquaman #53 Review and **SPOILERS**



Maurer? I Hardly Knew ‘Er

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Pencils: Robson Rocha & Eduardo Pansica
Inker: Daniel Henriques & Julio Ferreira 
Colorist: Sunny Gho 
Letterer: Clayton Cowles 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: October 16, 2019

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Back into the perpetual shallow end of the pool that is Aquaman! I wonder how much of the issue we’ll cede to backstory this time.

Nightwing #65 Review



Family Reunion


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Nick Filardi, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019


Bludhaven is without power and the people are rioting in the streets...... and you thought Gotham was bad.  While I can't tell you why the city is having rolling blackouts or what Lex Luthor exactly gave the Talon, William Cobb for his offer, I can tell you that William is looking to get his Great Grandson Dick Grayson into the Court of the Owls like he was always supposed to be and with our title character going by Ric now and having no memory of his past as Nightwing, William Cobb sees this as the perfect time to act.  Let's jump into this issue and see if we get any answers to this Year of the Villain story.  Let's check it out.

Teen Titans #35 Review



What's A Hero?


Written By: Adam Glass
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019


After the big reveal that Roundhouse was using Djinn's ring against her will and seemingly going against his own team, I couldn't wait to jump into this issue to see if we got a "say it ain't so" moment because I was crushed at last issue's cliffhanger because against everything I originally thought about Roundhouse...... that beautiful blue ball went and stole my heart and I can't see him being the evil figure that he looked like at the end of last issue.  Let's jump into this issue and see who Roundhouse really is.  Let's check it out.

Flash Forward #2 Review



More Darkness Than You Can Shake A Stick At


Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Luis Guerrero, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019


It's the redemption of Wally West...... or what we're hoping is the redemption of Wally West because boy did that speedster go and break our hearts in Heroes In Crisis and now that we see the aftermath of that story here and the idea that Wally is in prison for the murder of his friends and fellow superheroes.... not to mention framing Booster Gold and Harley for said murders........ it's time to run into the Multiverse?  Yeah, there's a Dark Multiverse infection spreading throughout the Multiverse and it's up to Wally West and a stick from Tempus Fuginaut to save the day and with it..... hopefully, himself.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Metal Men #1 Review



Weird Science


Written By: Dan Didio
Art By: Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Jason Wright, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019


We haven't seen the Metal Men for a long time, not including the Legends of Tomorrow six issue mini from a couple of years ago, but who knows if that was ever in continuity or not, but they're finally back with their own maxi-series, where I'm sure Mercury will tell us that he's the only metal that's liquid at room temperature.  It's silly, but it takes something as small as that for me to get a smile on my face when thinking about one of the strangest teams that DC Comics has to offer.  Let's jump into this issue and see what Nth Metal has to do with these heroes and if Will Magnus is starting to go off his rocker like he did Pre-Flashpoint.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1 Review



Knightcrawl

Writer: Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins
Artist: Javi Fernandez
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019

While I am a bit worn out with the Dark Multiverse stuff right now, I am looking forward to these "Tales" as a bit of What If? action that I hope will be some fun.  Yea, I know what you're thinking, "Jim, this is Dark Multiverse stuff, that's not me and the kids down at the malt shop call fun!"  Well, get off my back 50's generic teen!  I mean fun in a crazy, wack, funky way that these types of books can bring when done right.  So, did Snyder, Higgins, and Fernandez do it, right?  Let's find out...


Batman #81 Review and *SPOILERS*

Part of the Family


Written By: Tom King
Art By: John Romita Jr., Mitch Gerads, Klaus Janson, Tomeu Morey
Letters By: Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

We need something new! This is what I’ve been hearing over and over from Batman fans when it comes to this book and I’m inclined to agree with them. Things need to pick up in this book. We are nearing the end of Tom King’s run with this book and we need to end on a high note. We’ve had plenty of issues setting up the City of Bane storyline and unfortunately not too many of them have been taking place in the actual city. Now that we are all back in Gotham, we need to move forward. We’ve been in a holding pattern on this book for what seems like forever and it’s time to stop. We are begging for something more now so let’s jump into this book and hopefully, this issue gives us what we have been craving.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

PREVIEW: Justice League #34


Writer: James Tynion IV, Scott Snyder
Artist: Jim Cheung
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019

"The Justice Doom War" part five! All Hypertime is breaking! If it blows, all of reality will follow after-which would be just fine for Lex Luthor, who is ready to prove to the evil goddess Perpetua that he's the bad man for her. The Justice League is attempting to do what they can, chasing the Legion of Doom across the time-sphere. If the Totality is put back together, the whole Multiverse will tip toward Doom...and have consequences that reverberate throughout the DC Universe-assuming it's not destroyed in the process.


PREVIEW: Teen Titans #35




Written By: Adam Glass
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019

The Teen Titans' traitor is finally revealed as all their scheming finally comes to a head! How will the team deal with the betrayal, and to what end are the traitor's plans? Worse, will the previously secret Teen Titans team finally be exposed to the world? This house of cards is about to come crashing down...and one of the Teen Titans will pay the ultimate price!

PREVIEW: Nightwing #65




Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Nick Filardi, Andworld Design
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019

While the Nightwings do their best to contain the situation in Blüdhaven, Ric faces off against Talon! But the battle is one not just of brawn, as Ric’s psyche is taken to its limits when he learns about his family history for the first time since his memory was wiped. Will Ric Grayson at last become the Gray Son of Gotham he was destined to be, or will he choose the life he’s been trying to establish for himself in Blüdhaven?

PREVIEW: Flash Forward #2




Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Luis Guerrero, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019

When the border between the Multiverse and the Dark Multiverse starts to buckle, who do you turn to? The answer: Wally West. Once the Fastest Man Alive, he’s now a man with nothing left to live for. Will Tempus Fuginaut’s chosen champion rise to the occasion and fight back the demons of the darkness, or will Wally’s own demons win the day?

PREVIEW: Superman: Year One #3


Writer: Frank Miller
Artist: John Romita Jr, Danny Miki
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019

It's the jaw-dropping conclusion to Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.'s blockbuster reimagining of Superman's origin! In this final chapter, Clark Kent arrives in Metropolis, the city where he will fulfill his heroic destiny. Witness the first meeting between Superman and Lois Lane, the beginnings of Clark Kent's career at the Daily Planet, and the birth of his rivalry with Lex Luthor. But when The Joker arrives on the scene, the Man of Steel must enlist the help of his two strange new friends: Wonder Woman and Batman!


PREVIEW: Tales From The Dark Multiverse: Batman: Knightfall #1


Writer: Scott Snyder, Kyle Higgins
Artist: Javi Fernandez
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019

Don't miss this twisted tale from the pages of the game-changing event "Batman: Knightfall"! Thirty years after Bruce Wayne was broken and failed to take back the mantle of the Bat, Jean-Paul Valley, now known as Saint Batman, has turned Gotham into the city of his dreams. In his new order, killing has become commonplace and criminals live in constant fear-all in the name of justice. But just when all seems lost, a new hope for Gotham City rises...the son of Bane!


PREVIEW: Metal Men #1




Written By: Dan Didio
Art By: Shane Davis, Michelle Delecki, Jason Wright, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019

The Metal Men are back! And back and back and back again, as we take a deep look into Doc Magnus' lab as he experiments with what it means to be sentient. Meanwhile, a mysterious liquid Nth metal has appeared in the science site at Challengers Mountain that appears to have come through from the Dark Multiverse...

PREVIEW: Batman #81


Writer: Tom King
Artist: John Romita Jr, Klaus Janson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2019

It's time for the big showdown. Batman is calling Bane out. But is the Dark Knight Detective ready to take on the foe who broke him worse than any other that came before? And what else stands in Batman's way, to put an obstacle between him and his enemy? Tread lightly, Batman, because not only do the lives of your son and trusted friends hang in the balance, but your entire home could collapse on top of you!


Monday, October 14, 2019

First Look: The Infected: King Shazam! #1


Written by: Sina Grace
Art by:  Joe Bennett, Belardino Brabo, Matt Santorelli, and Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 6, 2019

"Let me put it to you this way: My soundtrack for writing an epic KING SHAZAM! story was Limp Bizkit's 'Break Stuff' on repeat." –Sina Grace

"That is not something I would ever admit!" - Jim Werner

"I love that song!" - Fred Durst's Mother

Billy Batson is a good kid. Well… he was. Following the events of Batman/Superman and “Year of the Villain,” Shazam is now one of the Infected! One of DC’s greatest heroes has seen his soul turned black by the Batman Who Laughs—and Shazam’s on a journey to punch a bunch of so-called "gods" in the face and show the establishment exactly what the future looks like. The Infected: King Shazam, from writer Sina Grace (Iceman, Go Go Power Rangers) and artist Joe Bennett (Immortal Hulk), is the first spotlight one-shot focusing on the heroes infected by the Batman Who Laughs, leading the way to the December-debuting Year of the Villain: Hell Arisen!

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Catwoman #16 Review



The Beat Goes On

Writer: Joelle Jones
Artist: Joelle Jones, Laura Allred, and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 9, 2019

Ram V popped in and out of this book and now it's time for Joelle Jones to get back to work.  Yea, this book has been running in place for a long time now, but maybe this last break is just what the doctor ordered for Jones to kickstart her story...and my heart!  There are some interesting things going on here, they just end up being pushed to the back burner over and over.  Does that end this month?  Let's find out...

Supergirl #35 Review and *SPOILERS*


Revenge of the Sith


Written By: Marc Andreyko
Art By: Eduardo Pansica, Julio Ferreira, FCO Plascencia
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 9, 2019

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Supergirl has started anew once again and while the previous issue wasn’t as friendly to people wanting to jump onto the book, it did give us the beginning of something that I’m hoping our creative team will continue to build upon and gives us some of the high quality content that I’ve come to expect from this team. At this point we’ve got the new Brainiac who has infiltrated the Fortress of Solitude, Supergirl has just been attacked and saved by Jeremiah and she has just found the body of Eliza. There’s a lot that needs to be addressed in this new issue and I for one cannot wait to see where it takes us. Let’s just jump into this issue and see where it takes us.