Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Detective Comics #1061 Review


I Wanna Be Sedated

Writer: Mariko Tamaki, Nadia Shammas, Sina Grace
Artist: Ivan Reis, David Lapham, Danny Miki
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: June 28, 2022

Mariko Tamaki's run on Detective Comics is over, and like her previous runs on Wonder Woman and X-23, I wasn't a fan!  I am not saying she is a lousy writer; she is an Eisner winner, for crying out loud, and her Supergirl Being Super was fantastic.   I also enjoyed the heck out of her Double-Trouble stuff at Marvel.  However, in my opinion, her writing style does not fit big superhero comics; unfortunately, some characters are big superheroes.  It never felt like she got a good grip on Batman during this run, and she even seemed to conspire against him at times.  Tamaki's Batman wasn't very good at being Batman, and while she focused a bit more on Bruce Wayne, he wasn't much better.  We have this last issue to get through, and then Ram V will start his run.  So, how was this finale?  Let's find out...

DC vs. Vampires: Killers #1 Review


It Sucks!

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Mike Bowden
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 28, 2022

I was into the DC vs. Vampires book until it went away for months, only giving readers these one-shots instead of actual issues of the max-series.  Seriously, why is DC trying to milk this series?  I guess I know the answer, but if you have been paying attention, this book isn't selling as well as DCeased did, though I think DC might be pretending it is.  So, instead of the beginning of the second half of the series, we get another one-shot, this one featuring Harley Quinn as she tries to run the Gotham Underworld while avoiding the bite of the Vamp  Nation.

The Swamp Thing #14 Review

Written by: Ram V
Art by: Mike Perkins
Colors by: Mike Spicer
Letters by: Aditya Bidikar
Cover art by: Mike Perkins, Mike Spicer
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 28, 2022

The Swamp Thing #14 takes Levi Kamei to SPACE with the help of Green Lantern to talk to an invading army of plant aliens. Can Levi broker peace before humanity is wiped from the Earth?

Aquamen #5 Review

Written by: Chuck Brown, Brandon Thomas
Art by: Sami Basri, Vicente Cifuentes
Colors by: Adriano Lucas
Letters by: Andworld Design
Cover art by: Travis Moore, Adriano Lucas
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 28, 2022

Aquamen #5 sets the Aqua-Family's plan of attack in motion on multiple fronts to stop the sleeper agents from inciting war. Tula coordinates the teams and presents the plan to the Atlantean security council. Mera and Jackson create a broadcast tower to deliver the sleeper cell deactivation code. And Arthur and Black Manta rush to stop attacks already in progress. It's going to be a busy day.

Harley Quinn #16 Review

Written by: Stephanie Phillips
Art by: Riley Rossmo
Colors by: Ivan Plascencia
Letters by: Andworld Design
Cover art by: Riley Rossmo
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 27, 2022

Harley Quinn #16 takes readers on a trip down memory learn to learn the truth behind Verdict's origins and how Sam's evolution into a lethal vigilante all started with Harley Quinn.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Patreon Show: New 52 Review: All-Star Western #2 Jonah Hex: "Showdown at House Arkham" is Available


Check out the latest New 52 Review Episode Here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/new-52-review-2-68286650 

Patreon Show: Ultimate Marvel Comics Podcast Ep 18: Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra #1 is Available


Check out our Ultimate Marvel Comics Podcast Episode featuring Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra #1 by Greg Rucka here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/ultimate-marvel-68287885 

Patreon Show: Hellboy Reading Club Podcast Ep 2: Seed of Destruction #2 is Available


Jim and Simon continue their Hellboy Reading Club Podcast here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/hellboy-reading-68345326 

Weird Science DC Comics Ep 431: Batman / Superman Composite Awesomeness, Mister Terrific Can't Count, Doorbell to Hell & Sus Skate Parks


DC Comics Ep 431: Batman / Superman Composite Awesomeness, Mister Terrific Can't Count, Doorbell to Hell & Sus Skate Parks - Five DC Comics, some mail & the right amount of nonsense

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Dark Crisis: Young Justice #1 Review


Writer: Meghan Fitzmartin
Art team: Laura Braga, Luis Guerrero, and Pat Brosseau
Release Date: 6/21/22
Price: $3.99
Reviewed by: Jon Wayne

Full disclosure: Young Justice is my favorite team in all of comics. I grew up on Geoff Johns' Teen Titans run with that cast of characters, and apart from the awfulness of the Bendis era, I genuinely have a great time when all of these characters come together regardless of the context. While I’m sure to give Fitzmartin more leeway than most simply because this is my favorite team, I’ll do my best to be a comic reviewer first and a fan of this team second. Spoilers lay ahead!

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Batman: The Knight #6 Review


My Aim is True

Writer: Chip Zdarsky
Artist: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: June 21, 2022

I have been enjoying Batman the Knight, and while it's still unknown how much this "prequel" will show in Chip Zdarsky's solo Batman run, I still can't help but get excited.  I am a Zdarsky fan, and soon we will have two Bat Books on the shelves by him, which is way cool.  So, what does Batman: The Knight #6 have in store for readers, and does it kick off the second half of this series in style?  Let's find out...

Nightwing #93 Review


Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 21, 2022

Nightwing is a book I should be loving.  Tom Taylor and Bruno Redondo are two of my favorite creators, and Dick Grayson is my favorite character.  I used to joke on the podcast that Dick Grayson's superpower is being a nice guy, and Tom Taylor writes that aspect into every issue of this series.  So what's not to love?  For me, it's the constant fan service over story progression as if Tom Taylor thinks we will forget if he doesn't keep reminding us how great Dick Grayson is.  To do this, Dick seems never to do anything wrong and has the entire DCU jumping in to save him at any moment.  That's cool and all, but I need more.  Hopefully, we will get that with The Heartless finally stepping things up and Blockbuster about to blow a gasket!

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #4 Review

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: June 21, 2022

Batman / Superman: World's Finest #4 pits will against will when Batman and Superman are forced to contend with a mind-controlled Green Lantern enhanced with magic. Meanwhile, Supergirl learns the terrible price paid by the Warriors of Ji to trap Nezha the first time.

Catwoman #44 Review


Holy Crimoly, It's Catwoman!

Writer: Tini Howard
Artist: Bengal
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 21, 2022

I was impressed with the beginning of Tini Howard's Catwoman run.  She was playing my song, grabbing things from Genevieve Valentine's earlier run while continuing the caring and smarts that Ram V pushed in his Catwoman book.  I don't know why this book suddenly became a Harley/Selina team-up, but it changed the book's tone and feels desperate.  But it's way too soon for that kind of move, and looking at the sales numbers, this book isn't doing that poorly.  We may never know what's going on, but I'm here to review the issue so let's get on with it.

Aquaman / The Flash: Voidsong #1 Review

Written by: Collin Kelly, Jackson Lanzing
Art by: Vasco Georgiev
Colors by: Rain Beredo
Letters by: Jay Anacleto, Rain Beredo
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: June 21, 2022

Aquaman / The Flash: Voidsong #1 follows the Fastest Man Alive and the King of Atlantis, the only remaining heroes (or people) left on Earth to stop a massive alien invasion after the aliens have already won.

Black Adam #1 Review

The Future Of Kahndaq

Written By: Priest
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Matt Herms, Willie Schubert
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 21, 2022

The power of Shazam is alive and well in our new series for our favorite fallen champion, Black Adam. Now going into this issue I want you to take everything you know about Black Adam and kind of throw it away..... or combine the Pre-Flashpoint Black Adam with his more contemporary version.... or just go with the story that we have here because ultimately it looks like we're going to have a Black Adam in this twelve-issue limited series that's just Priest's interpretation and I guess if we're going to read this book, we're going to have to go with it. Let's check it out.