Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Green Team #8 Review

Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by: Ig Guara
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Money So They Say, Is the Root of All Evil Today

Ok, show of hands.  Who thought the Green Team would last?  My guess is that not many hands are up in the air, waving like they just don't care.  Personally, when I first heard of this book (and sister book, The Movement) I thought someone at DC had lost it.  As I mulled the idea around my brain, however, The Green Team seemed like a fun concept.  Kids with too much money paying to be superheroes, get over their heads, mayhem ensues.  Unfortunately, the book didn't pan out and wasn't as fun as I'd hope...until recently.

Superman #27 Review

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Ed Benes
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Buy This Blog

I want to get this out there before this review.  If anyone from say, The Galaxy Broadcast Network wants to buy this blog for thirteen million dollars, I think we can work something out.  Hell, if you offer us thirteen dollars and a large pizza, I'm all ears.  Just saying.  I'll be eating that pizza with Eric as we write the first post on "LostBoysDCComics Blog".

Aquaman #27 Review

Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Paul Pelletier and Netho Diaz
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Release the Karaqan...Then Stab It's Brain

Arthur continues to fight the Karaqan, an old protector of Atlantis straight from Godzilla central casting.  The Atlantians are mad at Arthur, but the surface dwellers like him which makes the Atlantians hate him...A shadowy organization with ties to Aquaman's past are causing problems and one of them is about to be dinner.  Oh yea, the Atlantians are mad at Arthur.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Catwoman #27 Review

Written by: Ann Nocenti
Art by: Patrick Olliffe and Cliff Richards

Quaterbacks Throw the Damn Ball, Ann

I am not a horrible man.  I have five boys, I work a full time job and I try to be as nice as I can be.  I love comic books and that love is what drove me to write reviews.  So what I'm about to write is not meant as a personal attack.  I don't know Ann Nocenti.  I'm sure she is a lovely woman.  Ok, now you know a little about me and where I'm coming from I will begin this review.

The Flash #27 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Patrick Zircher
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Skittles, Prison and Grave Robbing, Oh My

Barry Allen thinks he may have clues in his Mother's death, but no one wants to listen.  The Flash has a little prison cell Q&A, causes a riot and meets an old enemy.  Then he does a little off duty grave robbing, but discovers that Fred Gwynne was right when he said, "Sometimes dead is better."

The Flash has been one of the New 52's best books.  When it was announced that Brian Buccellato and Francis Manapul were leaving for Detective Comics it just about broke my heart.  Please, a few more issues I cried.  Well, I got what I wished for...kind of.  While Manapul is off in Gotham (even making a guest appearance on Batwoman #27), Brian Buccellato is continuing The Flash until the new team of Van Jensen and Robert Venditti take over in April. 

Brian Buccellato gives us the best of both worlds.  We get the fun and excitement we're used to from The Flash, but were also getting a bit of police work reminiscent of Detective Comics.  Granted, the police work involved a non supervised prison interview and grave robbing, but hey, it is a comic book.

The story and ending in particular set up a pretty meaningful end run for Buccellato.  The Flash is driven by one thing and that one thing seems to be within his reach.  We'll have to wait and see, but I will be first in line next month.

Patrick Zircher does The Flash so well.  Granted, there are no Manapul-style full page beautiful craziness, but there's something to be said for awesome, easy to follow great looking panels.  He gets the Flash and works great with Buccellato and I mean that as a sincere compliment.

Bits and Pieces:

The Flash #27 sets up the final Buccellato arc and it looks like a winner.  Barry still runs real fast, but there is some great "detective" work as well.  Patrick Zircher's art is so good and works great with Buccellato's story.  Highly recommended.


Talon #15 Review

Written by: Marguerite Bennett
Art by: Jorge Lucas
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Tastes Great, Less Filling

I love Talon and Calvin Rose.  Yes, it lost it's way a bit and has been canceled, but at least James Tynion tied things up a bit with the last issue.  It even opened the door for some crazy new adventures.  Spoiler alert, this ain't one of them.  Nope, before we get the end of Calvin Rose (part deux), we get a one-shot written by Marguerite Bennett and illustrated by Jorge Lucas.  Is it good? Yes.  Is it necessary?  Well...

Explain It:

Talon #15 is the story of Jonas.  Jonas lived in Georgia when the Spanish Flu came to town, killed most of his family and drove his Mother cuckoo.  When I say cuckoo, I mean kill every chicken with an axe kind of cuckoo.  Well. Jonas ran away and was picked up by Haley's Circus.  Unlike some of Haley's most famous performers, Jonas really didn't have any talent save for one.  He was a bit crazy.  When I say crazy, I mean riding lions as they jump through flaming hoops kind of crazy.  I guess it just ran in the family.

Enter the Court of the Owls.  Those lovable guys saw potential in Jonas and scooped him up. We get to see Jonas' dedication (ie: craziness) and his love of facial markings (ie: bat shit craziness) and finally his battle with the current Talon.

Marguerite Bennett does a really good job here.  She makes the reader care for this poor young boy, but at the same time let's us know the monster he will become and make no bones about it, he is a monster.  He is on the level of the Butcher and we know how bad he was.  However, everything in this issue had a been there done that feel.  We have seem the Court's maze and what it's all about in Batman.  We know how it all works and what's at stake.  Even though Jonas' battle with the current Talon makes sense and is cool for the long time readers, it is nothing surprising.  That is the problem with this book, at the end of the day it is just filler.  Well done filler, but filler nonetheless.  Don't get me wrong though, Marguerite Bennett takes her opportunity and does the best she can with it.

Jorge Lucas is the artist I wish had jumped on the book when Guillem March left the book oh so long ago. He did the art in the Court of the Owls Villain Month issue and I loved it and this issue was just as good.  He gets the Gothic look this book thrives on right and his Talon looks good with or without a mask on.  That seems like a weird statement, but has been an issue for me with this book.

Bits and Pieces:

Talon #15 is a bit of a conundrum.  It is a really good issue for Talon fans, but it gives them nothing new.  It would have been a good primer issue to get new fans up to speed, but unfortunately it's too little too late.  If you want someone to jump into the series, this is good starting point.


New Cast Announcement For Batman Vs. Superman

So who wants to know who's playing Lex Luthor?  Everybody right?  Well here you go.  Warner Bros. announced that Now You See Me star Jesse Eisenberg is set to star as Lex in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman Vs. Superman.  Not really what I think about when I think of Lex.  Maybe a young Gene Hackman with the fro, but it's bald or nothing for me.

Also Warner Bros. has announced that Jeremy Irons will be playing Alfred.  Now this I can deal with a little more.  But like all things we'll have to wait and see how these actors portray the roles to give a decent criticism.  But on a plus side this might give people something to bitch about other than Ben Affleck.

Back when Nolan cast Micheal Caine as Alfred I had my doubts because for some reason all I thought about when I thought of Micheal Caine was his role as Hoagie, in Jaws: The Revenge.  With the same thought process, when I look at Jeremy Irons I just picture him saying "Simon Says" from Die Hard: With A Vengeance.  So the way my brain works, I'm thinking that Jeremy Irons will be a better Alfred because Die Hard: With A Vengeance was a better movie than Jaws: The Revenge.  Makes sense to me.  Man this better be a good movie.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 Review

Written by: Van Jensen and Robert Venditti
Art by: Neil Edwards
Cover Price: $4.99

Space Cops, Space Cops, Watcha Gonna Do?

Man, I have really liked what Jensen and Venditti have done with the Green Lantern Corps.  They are bringing back the intergalactic space cop stories that I love.  One thing that I was hoping for was more John Stewart and a book I could read and not worry about tie-ins.  The reason for my disdain of tie-ins is two fold.  I have grown weary of the constant tie-ins that have defined the title and I only review Corps so it makes it hard on me.  I know, first world problems, but they are my problems and I'll whine if I want to. Well, this issue has some John Stewart, but it's also a continuation of both Green Lantern and Green Lantern Corps #27.  Slight tie-in equals slight whining.  Also, I promise not to write "tie-in" for at least nine days.

Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 is like ordering a pizza and it shows up tossed like a salad.  Sure, all the parts are there, they just are thrown together in a strange way and because of that your not going to get that delicious pizza you want so bad.  The parts of a great Green Lantern Corps story are there.  You have Hal, John Stewart and the Corps, the recently escaped villains from the sciencells and the mysterious Durlans.  Unfortunately, the books pacing and storytelling has the parts all over the place.  We get flashbacks, flash forwards and present time events thrown together.  Then we start all over.  Sometimes writers try to get too clever and I think this might be one of those.  We do get an open ended finish that could make the future of the title really interesting.

Neil Edwards art is a bit disappointing as well.  The panels themselves are nice to look at, they just don't always match the action or dialogue they are representing.  It is a bit upsetting because how good Edwards' art usually is.

 Bits and Pieces:

 Green Lantern Corps Annual #2 is disappointing. The ingredients are there for a satisfying meal, it's just they are thrown together in a confusing way.  I want my pizza.


Damian: Son of Batman #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Andy Kubert
Art By: Andy Kubert
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Who Knows What's Going On?

Last issue we found out that the priest Damian has been talking to about his problems isn't what he seems, Bruce was kidnapped by the new Joker, and Damian is forced to walk into a trap to save him.  Oh yeah Alfred died, and is now in the body of a cat.  That or Damian has brain damage, I'm not sure.  So we'll dive into the last issue of Damian: Son of Batman, and hope we get some answers to this very strange story.

Explain It!:

The story begins with Damian getting his ass kicked by the ape faced gang that the new Joker has put together as a trap for Batman.  Apparently the jackanapes don't like his jerk off face, and want to rearrange it a little.  Eventually Damian finds the strength to overcome, mostly by not wanting to let Bruce down, and takes out all the goons around him.  

But the new Joker isn't done playing yet.  He plans on making a name for himself by killing Bruce Wayne, and also intends on killing Batman to double the score.  Damian stops him, and it looks like he rips the new Joker's chest open.  Which is very odd since he has this whole new plan not to kill, but old habits die hard, and apparently so does the new Joker, because after Damian gets Bruce out of the warehouse the new Joker laughs about not being dead.  The laughter is short lived though as the OG Joker shoots him in the head, and declares he's out of retirement. 

In the end Damian is convinced that someone else was involved in the death of Dick Grayson, and plans on hunting them down.  Damian suits up and goes out on patrol to a city in turmoil, since the OG Joker has come back, and told everyone how Batman is back to the no killing rule.  The End.  

Wait wait wait.  What the hell was that?  Who the hell was the mysterious priest?  Why is Alfred a talking cat?  Who the hell was that fucked up nurse taking care of Bruce Wayne a couple issues ago?  The entire mini series was just Damian being an asshole, and then him getting his ass kicked.  Who was the new Joker? Come on, it can't end with so many things unresolved.  Hopefully we'll get a sequel that will have some answers, but most likely we'll just get a story that has more questions.  Now I'm depressed.  So long Damian, hope we see you soon.

Bits and Pieces:

This was a very disappointing ending to this series, which I thought started out really strong and had high hopes for.  Each issue seemed to decline to the point where we're left with so many unanswered questions in this issue, I don't know what to make of the story.  This was four issues of Damian getting his ass kicked, and possibly being the worst example of a Batman.  If this series had continued I wouldn't be surprised if Damian was dead within two issues.  But all bitching aside, Kubert sure can draw a hell of a comic, and I hope he continues doing more in the DCU.  


Red Lanterns #27 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Charles Soule
Art By: Alessandro Vitti, J. Calafiore
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Who's That Burly Ginger?

Last issue the Red Lanterns freed a world from being slaves to a dictator, but sadly Ratchet had to sacrifice his life to do it.  So we're one Red Lantern down, while Atrocitus is powered up with a Red Lantern ring, and has plans on making Guy Gardner suffer.  Let's get to it.

Explain It!:

I'll begin this summary by telling you that the Guy Gardner you know, isn't Guy Gardner anymore.  Oh yeah it's makeover time.  Look to your right right now and take a look at GG.  Now add long hair, and a Hulk Hogan mustache.  I'm not kidding, and I'm not sure how I feel about it, but I am certain that he looks like a badass or a killer hobo.  Okay let's get to the story.

Now that the Reds have freed the people of Kormorax, they have a bit of down time.  Bleeze and Rankorr decide to find who Ratchet's ring chose to wield the power of rage, and Guy has plans to go back to Earth, and invites Zillious Zox, and Skallox to tag along.  

Guy gives Zillious and Skallox some rules like don't go looking for trouble because someone like Superman might show up, which is something everyone should avoid, and Guy goes off to reconcile with Ice.  But Guy's not going to get the warm welcome he's was hoping for.  Ice is not happy to see him at all, and it's not because she didn't like the good times they had, it's because of all the bad times they'd have because of his temper.  Guy tries to prove he's changed by explaining that the red ring is rage incarnate, and he can control it.  But his explanation is interrupted because Zillous and Skallox run into trouble.

So there ZZ, and Skallox are just trying to see the sights of Earth, when they are met by one of the worst people they could possibly run across; Shadow Thief.  If you remember from the sincerely missed Savage Hawk Man issue she was introduced in, Shadow Thief hates aliens.  But this might have been okay except Shadow Thief seriously seems offended when ZZ has a question he can only ask someone from Earth.  "What's a testicle?".

In the end we check in on Rankorr and Bleeze and see how their search for the loose ring going.  They find it's signature on a desolate planet with only one structure.  When they enter they find Atrocituss, Dex Starr, and a new Red Lantern that appears to be something out of Clive Barker's imagination.  We'll have to wait until next week for the Green Lantern/Red Lantern issue to see how our unconventional heroes fair.

Bits and Pieces:

Well Guy gets a new look, and we're finally back on Earth, and you know what?  It's really fun.  I love what Soule has been doing with these characters, that this time last year I really didn't care for.  Just another great issue, that leaves me wanting more.  At least I only have to wait a week this time.


Teen Titans #27 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Tyler Kirkham, Art Thibert
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Disorder In The Court.

So the Titans are in the future and Kid Flash is about to go on trial for the crimes he committed while starting a revolution against this time's government The Functionary, before he was sent back to our present time with his mind wiped.  Hopefully we'll see our kid speedster let off with only a slap on the wrist, but I doubt it.

Explain It!:

We start this story with the Titans trying to reconcile the fact that their teammate is practically a stranger to them.  The fun loving, smart ass Bart Allen, has been overtaken by who Kid Flash really is, the rage filled murdering Bar Torr.  

The trial begins, and the people in the audience seem to only want blood from Bar Torr for his actions against The Functionary.  Bar Torr doesn't try to deny his actions, he speaks calmly when he tells the court that all he did, he did for the freedom of the people The Functionary would rather see under their boot heel. 

Bar Torr pleads "Guilty as hell", and when he does the roof of the courtroom explodes, sucking people out into space.  We find out that this trial was all part of Bar Torr's plan from the beginning.  All of his revolutionaries in their cells will be transported guns to fight their way to him.  The Titans try to talk some sense into their friend, but it seems the person they knew is lost.  That point is made more clear when Kid Flash tells his soldiers to kill them all.

That's it people.  That's the whole issue, all 15 pages of meat in the middle.  We can all hope for more next time, but it's reasons like this that people pan this title so hard.  

Bits and Pieces:

Here we're given a fifteen page comic that doesn't amount to much besides letting us know that Bar Torr is a bad dude.  While I enjoyed Kirkham's art, we're not given anything really new until the thirteenth page of this very short comic.  Which is weird, because I seemed to enjoy it a lot more than I have enjoyed this title in a long time now.  Seems like Lobdell is just phoning it in now that the title is set to be canceled.  


Worlds' Finest Annual #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Paul Levitz
Art By: Diogenes Neves, Marc Deerining
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

A Long Time Ago In A Parallel Earth That's Pretty Close.

It's about time we got an annual for this title, and with it we get a flashback to Power Girl and Huntress, when they were young, and inexperienced, and using the names Supergirl, and Robin.  Now DC's calling this another prelude to the Worlds' Finest crossover with Batman/Superman, but does it really warrant a prelude subtitle?  Let's find out.

Explain It!:

We begin this story after Cat Woman died on Earth 2, and Batman and Robin are closing some of her open cases on human sex trafficking.  Is that redundant?  Or is there another kind of sex trafficking?  Just like tootsie pops the world might never know, and I'm certainly not googling it.  But as this Earth's dynamic duo takes down this ring, we see that Batman is very protective of Robin, and doesn't believe Selina should of trained her for this life.  But this chapter of the annual is pretty cut an dry, Robin makes a mistake, and Batman watches her correct it, and they stop the sex trafficking ring.  The only thing I find really odd about this story is that Robin stops a guy by ramming a fireplace poker through his chest, and Batman's okay with it.  I know that Cat Woman and him were married, and she had a tendency towards brutality, and this is another Earth, but this just doesn't feel right.  Oh well, moving on.

For the next chapter we see Supergirl go out for the first time on her own, but not strictly as Supergirl.  She's out to meet a guy, and be a normal girl.  So what does a young girl need for this?  Well obviously a fake ID so she can drink, and meet an older guy.  This is to catch a predator backwards.  But ethics aside, she does manage to find a nice guy, and the two leave the club, and they have a wonderful evening of walking and talking.  That is until a building nearby explodes.  Supergirl's new guy friend not knowing who she really is, gets her to safety and tries to help anyone who might be inside.  Once he's out of sight, it's time for the Girl of Steel.  Kara tries to catch all the falling debris, and heat vision it back into place, but she's just not as experienced as Superman.  During her duties she see's her new friend go back to find her, and before she can do anything she watches him being crushed by a falling side of the building.  Kara's not able to save him, and she's feels as lost as she did, when she first came to Earth.  This chapter is rather sad.

In our final chapter of this supposed prelude to First Contact, Kara goes to Helena for help after her new friend dies.  During the hodge podge rescue Supergirl noticed somebody in the building but they were moving to fast for her to see clearly.  The two suit up and go take another look at the building that was destroyed.  There they find Fury, who all the readers of Earth 2 know to be Wonder Woman's daughter who turned against her, and is now a soldier for Darkseid.  It looks like Fury made the turn towards darkness a little earlier than five years after Darkseid's invasion of Earth 2.  So our Worlds' Finest tangle with Fury, but she's able to make her escape when Kara is forced to save Helena from being crushed like her friend.  Eventually the two track Fury down in a cave system she's hiding out in, and the mega fist blows continue.  See Fury believes Supergirl isn't powerful enough to go toe to toe with her, but Kara plans on changing her mind.  It's a pretty bad beating Fury takes, and it might have been worse, luckily for Fury Wonder Woman shows up, and makes Kara stop.  But Kara's not done fighting and Wonder Woman's in her way.  So when Kara goes after Wonder Woman, Fury makes her escape.  She asks her father to open a portal to take her to Apokolips.  Once the fighting has stopped, Wonder Woman explains to the two that Fury is her daughter.  

Throughout this final chapter we kept seeing Batman and Superman talking about if they girls are ready for the coming war with Darkseid, so we're pretty close to the beginning of Earth 2 here.  They also talk about how Supergirl is their secret weapon.  Since Superman has kept her secret on an island training, they hope to use her when Darkseid comes as a kryptonian in their sleeves.  But now that Fury knows of her, and fled to Apokolips, all bets are off.

Bits and Pieces:

While I don't believe it should be called a Prelude to First Contact, I did find myself enjoying the adventures of Robin, and Supergirl.  This issue instead of a straight forward adventure story where the good guys beat the bad guys, we see a chaptered story dealing with these young heroes finding their place in the world, and seeking acceptance for who they are.  This was definitely one of the best issues of Worlds' Finest, but that's not saying much for this struggling title, that doesn't know what it's supposed to be.  But I love Earth 2, and this Earth 2 centric story really hit the spot.  I hope we can see more stories featuring these characters in their alter alter egos.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Batman: The Dark Knight #27 Review

Written by: Gregg Hurwitz
Art by: Alberto Ponticelli
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Not Much to Say

Silent issues are a tricky thing.  If done right, the visuals and story can leave a lasting impression that normal issues often can't.  When done wrong, they are immediately forgettable.  Unfortunately, the second part of The Dark Knight's silent arc is more of the latter.  

Silent issues rely on two things: visuals and story.  Here is where the book fails.  No, the visuals aren't the problem, it's the story.  Or lack of one.  Last issue established the plot points.  Illegal immigrants abused and taken advantage of by the Penguin.  Child labor, abuse and death.  Remember, this is a Christmas tale and what's the Holiday season without abuse and death?

This issue doesn't do anything else.  Sure, Batman and Wayne Enterprises saves the day and the Penguin gets his (until his lawyers free him), but isn't this a story we have seen a hundred times over already.  It's not horrible, but it's not really good either.   It is forgettable.

The art of Alberto Ponticelli is good, at least.  This book has never been a colorful one, but Ponticelli works with what he's given.  Batman is rough around the edges and the book is dark as usual. 

I wish I had more to say, but I really don't.  Batman: The Dark Knight is ending soon and issues and arcs like this are the reason.  Reason is a good word because there just is no reason for this book to exist.  Like this issue, the book brings nothing new or unique to the Bat Family of books. 

Bits and Pieces:

Batman: The Dark Knight is O.K.  The art is good, but the story is forgettable and that's what this issue and the arc in general were, simply forgettable.


Batman and Robin Annual #2 Review

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Doug Mahnke
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Ghosts of the Past

This week is annual heavy in the DC Universe.  I have stated that I enjoy Annuals when they tell little one-shot stories that don't necessarily tie into the main story of the book, but flesh out the world and characters in general.  This book does just that and as an added bonus I get to see my two favorite Robins, Dick and Damian.  Poor little Damian, it's so bittersweet seeing the little pumpkin head again. With the way things are going for Dick in Forever Evil (and Nightwing being canceled) this could be his last hurrah as well.  Time will tell.

Dick tells Damian about his first night as Robin to help the little guy out. Let's just say, things didn't go great.   Later, when Bruce finds a package Damian hid for Dick, he again tells the tale to Bruce and Alfred.

The story itself involves a young, cocky Dick, an overly cautious and callous Bruce and a villain named Tusk.  As I said, things don't go great for Dick and he is fired as Robin.  When he decides to fight crime on his own, Batman proves he plans for everything and knows all.  In the end, Dick gets to become Robin and Tusk becomes his first recurring villain. He mentioned to Damian that Tusk reappeared for a time, but he hadn't seen him in a bit.

When Dick opens the box left for him, the reader sees why Damian was such a great Robin, friend and brother.  The little bugger died a hero and he shows again what he's made of.  

Peter J. Tomasi gives fans of Batman and Robin a love letter this month. We get to see Dick as Robin, something lacking with the New 52 overhaul.  We get to see Damian again ,something I will never complain about.  Seriously, Dick and Damian are my favorite Robins so I was in Heaven.  However, the best part for me is seeing a younger Batman letting his guard down a bit and allowing a partner into the fold.  Yes, it's his way or the highway, but it's a huge step for him to allow it in the first place.

Doug Mahnke's art is so good in this issue.  The action flows so well and seeing the old Robin outfit always makes me smile.

Bits and Pieces:

Batman and Robin Annual #2 is Peter J. Tomasi's love letter to Robin fans.  Seeing Dick Grayson as Robin is a scarce site in the New 52 and any Damian is welcome.  If stories like these could continue in the regular Batman and Robin, I'd be a very happy man.


Earth 2 Annual #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Robson Rocha, Scott Hanna
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

The Man Behind The Mask.

What a week we have ahead of us.  Not only do we have this Annual, but we have Worlds' Finest's first Annual as a nice companion.  Earth 2 goodness for all of us to sink our teeth into, so let's get to the meat of the matter.  This issue we finally have the reveal of the new Earth 2 Batman.  But if you follow the site you'll know that a couple of months ago DC accidentally let the ball drop when they released the new Batman's action figure.  So whether you know the secret or not, this is a crucial issue for Earth 2 readers.  Last issue we saw Batman recruit his team to help take down Superman, and in the end Red Tornado, Hawk Girl and him retreated to the Bat Cave, for what seems to be a little story time.  Here we go, the origin of Batman.

Explain It!:

This story begins the way all Batman origin stories should begin, in Crime Alley with two bullets.  We all know this story, but take your knowledge on the subject and leave it at the dock because we're going into uncharted waters.  To tell this story we'll jump ahead to Batman (Bruce Wayne) investigating the death of Joe Chill.  Apparently Chill is the fourth victim in a series of murders that involves head crushing.  That's right a serial crusher.  Who Batman believes to be a big freakin' guy.  The only connection to Chill's death is that the first three victims all worked for the Francavilla crime family, so Batman figures he'll put the pieces together by going after the head of the family; Frankie Francavilla.

Batman confronts Francavilla about Joe Chill's death, and how it's connected to him.  Francavilla tells him that he hired Joe Chill from time to time for jobs, but the only connection would have to be Thomas Wayne.  Dun Dun Dunnnn!  Turns out that when they were young men Thomas Wayne saved Frankie's life after he was shot in a drive by.  So now that Frankie feels indebted to Thomas he starts throwing parties for his savior, and Thomas falls in with a bad crowd.  So a lot of drugs, and a lot of partying.  The only real good thing to come of it is at the first party he meets his future wife Martha Kane.  But the fun can't last forever because Martha went and got herself pregnant.  So Thomas's party days are over.  But when he tries to tell Frankie this, his friend isn't very happy about it.  See Thomas would get drugs from the hospital, and it made them a bit of money, even though they were both rich. lousy hoity toity assholes could just share with everyone else.  So later to send him a message, he sent the three guys that ended up getting their heads crushed to give him a little beating, but luckily for Thomas Jarvis Pennyworth (Alfred's father) was a rather large man, and kept a retractable baton with him.  So since the message was lost in transit Frankie ended up sending Chill to finish him off.  Lucky for us Frankie finished his story right as the serial crusher shows up to crush Frankie's head.  Batman and him fight, but the masked man is too much for Batman, and throws him aside to make his escape.  But the night's not a total loss, Batman was able to get a Bat Tracker on him.

Batman tracks the crusher down, and in a shocking turn, the crusher is revealed to be Thomas Wayne.  To make sure Bruce would be safe, Thomas got his friend Dr. Leslie Thompkins to fake his death, and went into hiding.  Batman doesn't take the news well.  We find out that Thomas Wayne has been taking Miraclo a strength enhancer he got from a colleague Rex Mason, to help him seek his revenge against Frankie Francavilla, but on top of that he's a junkie as well.  Bruce realizing that his whole life, his whole purpose has become a lie leaves Thomas, telling him that he should of stayed dead, and that he doesn't want anything to do with him.  After all the revelations of the night, and all the hurt feelings, Thomas finds himself back at the Francavilla estate, and finishes what he started.

In the end we are left with the new Batman telling his story to Hawk Girl, and Red Tornado, so they know the type of man they are teaming up with.  He continues to tell them that he has taken on the mantle of the bat to honor his son, and if he fails along the way to honor him, he has no one left to disappoint.  Wow.

Bits and Pieces:

The long wait is over, and we're given the secrets of the new Batman of Earth 2, and it was satisfying.  In this issue we are given a in depth look at the man behind the cowl, and the darkness, and regret that fuels this Dark Knight.  One thing I wish we could of had though is the stunning artwork of Nicola Scott, but Robson Rocha does a fine job filling in.  So Taylor does it again, and we're one step closer to understanding the world of Earth 2.  Go get your issue, and enjoy this fantastic series.


All-Star Western #27 Review

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by: Moritat
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 29, 2014

Step Right Up

Jonah Hex argues with Superman that he should make the World better, but instead is like a certain Jewish carpenter.  His sexy gal pal then decides to take him to a Jonah Hex exhibit and thinks that will go just fine.  It doesn't and Jonah drives off, gets drunk and ends up under a truck.

The moral of All-Star Western #27 is never go to an exhibit that may include your dead body. Seriously, who wants to see their own carcass?  Not me and certainly not Jonah Hex.  Pamiotti and Gray continue Jonah's tour of the DCU and this stop is Metropolis.  Superman shows up as the welcome wagon, but Jonah is not impressed.  I like the interaction between the two, though it comes off as forced and unnecessary.  Hex needs to find the House of Mystery and is no closer after talking to the Man of Steel.  

On a side note, I have been wondering about these cameos since Bruce Wayne made an appearance. Constantine and Swamp Thing were a great fit and  helped carry the story forward.  Bruce Wayne and Superman didn't fit and really did nothing for the story.  Is it DC forcing these cameos???  The book is so good on it's own and doesn't need unnecessary guest appearances.  I'm getting off my soapbox now.

Back to the issue, things start getting fun when Gina takes Jonah to a museum showing a Jonah Hex exhibit.  I say fun because you know right away  this will not end well.  The fun is seeing how long it takes Jonah to completely lose it.  To his credit, he almost makes it all the way before being kicked out.

Jonah then storms off, gets wasted and decides to drive his hog.  Bad decision kids.  The issue ends with Jonah kissing the pavement under a truck.  

This issue was a bit more filler than I'm used to from Palmiotti and Gray.  Not much happens until the end.  Granted, the end is a game changer and I'm not sure what's going to happen, though If things go as they have, either Phantom Stranger or Dead Man will make an appearance.  The name of the All-Star Western game is fun, and while Jonah always fits the bill, this was one of the weaker issues in recent times.  It pains me to write that because this has been one of my favorite books each and every issue.

Moritat's art is good this issue, it's just not his best.  I didn't really like his Superman and every else just looked a bit more average than usual.

Bits and Pieces:

All-Star Western stalls a bit this month.  Palmiotti and Gray give us Superman, but he seems forced into the book and is not very necessary.  The ending is a great setup for the next issue and I can't wait to see how Jonah gets out of his current situation.  I love All-Star Western and even a mediocre issue is better than most, I just hope and now expect more each issue.


Monday, January 27, 2014

Just For The Hell Of It Mondays.

It's a bit of a boring Monday so I figured I'd break up the monotony by throwing some badassery your way.  My buddy Jay turned me on to these videos a couple months ago, so I figure I'm the last to know.  But just in case I'm not, here's something to shove in your eye pussies.

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Justice League Beyond 2.0 #12 Review

Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Iban Coello
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: January 25, 2014

System Override part 4 of 8

Brainiac continues the fight and the Justice League are fighting back.  The League is spread thin and one member may have betrayed them. but what is Braniac's real plan?

Christos Gage is firing on all cylinders and giving readers one hell of a fun comic.  This issue is basically one huge battle and it is awesome.  Braniac is really giving it to the Justice League, but the best part is that Gage keeps us guessing as to Brainiac's plan.  By the end of the issue, the reader will know a little more and believe me, it doesn't look good for Earth.

The reason this book works so well is Gage's ability to juggle all these different characters so well.  Each one just fits in the Universe and Gage makes it all work. He also juggles locations with equal ease. This is a global tale and the heroes are literally fighting Brainiac everywhere on Earth.   I also love the cameos and this issue has two of my favorite characters.  It seems as if the whole DCU is on the offensive and Brainiac is still kicking their butts.

The twist in this issue is something I thought was coming, but then Gage twists the twist to reveal the character in questions true nature.  A true hero is born and then possibly killed.  I guess I'll have to wait two weeks to see.

Iban Coello's art is very good.  He keeps up with the crazy action and every character looks great.  Believe me, there are a bunch of characters so this is a feat indeed.  I mentioned the cameo above and Coello does him and his great long beard justice.

Justice League Beyond 2.0 #12 is a good fun drag 'em out fight.  Braniac is sticking it to the league around the World and by the end the reader really sees what's at stake.  Gage and Coello are a great team and this is quickly turning into a great comic worth every cent.


Adventures of Superman #40 Review

Written by: Max Landis
Art by: Jock
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: January 27, 2014

The Sound of One Hand Clapping part 1 of 2

Adventures of Superman has been a favorite of mine.  Yes, some of the arcs have fallen flat, but I like the fact that writers and artists have used the book to explore Superman and his Villains in unique and fun ways. That's why I was excited when I heard that this week was the start of a two part arc written by "Chronicle" writer, Max Landis with illustration by the artist still known as JOCK.  My excitement increased when I heard the villain would be the Joker.  Did my excitement equal a great book?  Yes and no.

The Joker has gone to Metropolis to meet Superman.  He seems to be at the start of his villainous career and just wants to find out what the hypes all about.  Superman arrives (Joker has threatened to blow up the City, by the way) and Joker doesn't seem impressed.  They exchange barbs, insults and jokes and in the end, Joker still may detonate his bombs.

Max Landis gives us a weird tale for sure. It's a character study of a hero and villain who couldn't be more different.  One is a dark, crazy murderer while the other is a big alien boy scout.  I'm going to keep an open mind until the arc is through next week, but I didn't enjoy Landis' take on the Joker.  It's hard to put my finger on, but this Joker didn't ring true.  He is a bit too desperate to come off as crazy.  Joker may have to work at things, but crazy isn't one of them.  Superman, on the other hand, comes off as slightly amused and a little bit annoyed by the Joker.  That I liked.  You get the idea that the Man of Steel is wondering why Batman puts up with this idiot. 

The story may stall, but the art is great.  In fact, Jock's work here is worth the cover price and then some.  While Joker explains he is trying to figure out what kind of villain he is, Jock gives us a trip down (Joker) memory lane.  Each panel shows Joker through the years including '66 TV Show Cesar Romero, The Animated Series, Jack Nicholson, New 52 and Heath Ledger Joker.  I can't do it justice here, just go buy it and enjoy.

Bits and Pieces:

Adventures of Superman #40 gives us the Joker and the Man of Steel so what could go wrong?  Well, Max Landis' Joker seems a little to eager to prove his insanity, but Jock's art is stellar.  I hope the writing catches up next issue because if it does we'll have something really special.  For now, buy this issue and just stare at's worth it.


Sunday, January 26, 2014

Weird Science Retro Review: Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #53 Review

Written by: Jerry Siegel
Art by: Curt Swan
Cover Price: $0.10
Release Date: June 1961

Superman's Pal, Indeed

This issue contains three stories: The Boy in the Bottle, The Giant Turtle Man and The Black Magician that I will review separately.

The Boy in the Bottle

Explain it:

Superman wants to restore the bottled city of Kandor and needs Jimmy to switch places with Kandorian Scientist, Van Zee.  However, the "Exchange Ray" breaks and Jimmy is stuck in miniature form.  Using the "Earth Monitor", Jimmy watches as his girlfriend, Lucy Lane, kisses everyone in town.  Meanwhile, Jimmy can't keep a job for more than a day, tries to date anyone who looks a bit like Lucy and then has his memory wiped to forget her.  When Superman rescues him he still doesn't remember Lucy which makes her want him more than ever.  When Superman restores Jimmy's memory and he wants to make up with Lucy, she loses interest in him.

Bits and Pieces:

Well, we learned alot from this issue.  Jimmy has ADD and can't keep a job for more than a day.  He isn't in love with Lucy Lane, but anyone who looks like her.  He has a type and he's sticking with it.  Lucy, on the other hand, is pretty much a tramp.  Superman isn't nice and really likes torturing Jimmy.  Kandorian stewardesses are allowed to keep their job, even after getting married...scandalous! Van Zee is not a good scientist, but is a horrible husband and father.

This story was pretty much a riot in ways that it was not intended to be.  Poor Jimmy can't catch a break and I think you should listen to Naked Eyes, "Always Something There to Remind Me" while reading it.


Weird Science: Exchange Ray, Memory Pillow, Kryptonian Youth Pool, Earth Monitor, 3-D Image Enlarger, 4 Sense "Really Movies", Memory Erasing Machine and Memory Regaining Potion

The Giant Turtle Man

Explain It:

Clark, Jimmy and Lois are on a Vacation Cruise to the West Indies.  Clark is a dud, Jimmy likes shiny things and Lois loves spending money. While beach combing, Jimmy finds an enlarging ray gun and uses it on a snail and a sea sponge.  Meanwhile, Superman is on a vital mission and is accidentally summoned back to Earth by Jimmy.  Superman warns him of the perils of the ray, but Jimmy still manages to use it to turn himself into a giant turtle.  He then goes on a rampage, collecting bridges, submarines and cables to put in a volcano. Superman discovers Jimmy is not only large, but is being mind controlled by Goxo, an Atlantian criminal, who set this all up to hide a Spanish treasure.  Superman shrinks Jimmy back to normal and fixes the damage Goxo caused.

Bits and Pieces:

Ok, the thing that strikes me the most is Jimmy finds an enlarging ray gun, uses it on a sponge and then wants to make a news story about the giant sponge.  Really?  He made the sponge huge.  Isn't the real story the gun he found in a case on the beach?  Then, Superman warns Jimmy about the ray gun, but doesn't take it from him.  He just tells Jimmy to be careful.  It's Jimmy, Superman!  Jimmy!  Then the twist did we not see it was Goxo from the start?  Because it make no sense whatsoever!  Or does it??


Weird Science: Enlarging Ray Gun, Super Sonic Signal Watch, Brainiac's Shrink Ray

The Black Magician

Explain It:

Jimmy heads to the Daily Planet's King Arthur Masquerade Ball.  Unfortunately, Mxyzptlk is there and has eyes on Jimmy's gal Lucy Lane.  He sends Jimmy back to the real King Arthur's Court where he is mistaken as a Black Wizard.  Jimmy suspects Merlin is from the 5th dimension and tricks him into saying his name backwards which proves his theory right.  He then goes back to the present, tricks Mzyzptlk to say hi name backwards and gets two kisses from Lucy.

Bits and Pieces:

This was the weakest of the three stories.  In fact, it pretty much stunk.  However, we do get further proof that Lucy Lane is a tramp.  Seriously, she is Jimmy's girlfriend yet has ten dances planned...and Jimmy is third!


Weird Science: Disappointingly, none

Overall, Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen #53 was a fun, crazy read.  The first two stories were really great and even with the third one being mediocre, I'd recommend this every day of the week and twice on Sunday. Just remember, Lucy Lane is a total tramp.

Overal Score: 8.0/10

Green Lantern: New Guardians #27 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Andrei Bressan
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 22, 2014

You've Got A Friend In Me.

Alright all you DCaphiles, What we have here is a one shot, and you know what that means?  I don't have to
do a recap, because it wouldn't have any bearing with this issue.  WOO!  I'm getting to excited about this. But what I will do is take a second for a little commentary.  I don't know how long you guys have been readers of Green Lantern, but I started my run right at the Emerald Twilight, and pretty much grew up a Kyle Rayner kid.  That being said I'm obviously biased to the character, but I'd like to see a return to the way the book felt when Kyle was the only GL.  Now everyone will say that Geoff Johns made the series popular again, by bringing back Hal, and creating the emotional spectrum, and I'm not going to disagree.  The only thing I'm trying to convey is that in the 90's I was perfectly happy with the way things were going, and would like to see Kyle be more in the spotlight like he used to be.  Hell people have compared Kyle Rayner to Spider-Man, and I can totally see the connection.  A young guy, who's a smart ass, and we can easily relate because he has problems just like you and I.  You know a good time.  Right now I feel the closest DC character that is like this is Batwing, so you guys should seriously check that out, and not let it be canceled.  Tell me what you guys in the interwebs land think, and make your own commentary on the subject.  Okay commentary concluded.  So we'll dive right into this issue, and hope that Carol Ferris doesn't get fridged.

Explain It!

We start this story in Sector 3100.  Now do you guys remember Exeter, The Keeper?  He was that big bad mofo that was keeping watch on the anomaly in space, that is until Kyle screwed up his watch, and Relic emerged.  So to a degree it looks like Kyle owes Exeter, and that's just what happens in this issue.  See Exeter has been watching the anomaly for hundreds of years, and now that his job is over, he begins making his way back home.  But everything has changed since he has left.  For one thing his people were at peace, and now he finds his brethren at war with a species that is incapable of violence.  So we're looking a slaughter of little mushroom men.  Kyle, Carol, The Templar Guardians, and Exeter stop the battle, and take out his own people.

After the battle the Templar Guardians inspect the bodies of the Kalimawan people (Exeter's race), and they discover that this race created a technology to augment their brains, allowing them to have a greater memory and intellect.  But someone has hacked into these devices and made them think that they are at war with these mushroom men.  The group take the Kalimawan ship back to Exeter's home world to get to the bottom of this mystery.  Here's the problem people this is going to be us in a few years, phones are going to become smaller and smaller until they are just put right inside our heads, and then BAM!  something bad happens.  Yeah I don't know what but BAM!  That is all.

When they get to the planet they find an armada of warships, suitable to take over a star system, so Kyle makes a plan to try and blend in, but when the autopilot makes them dock they are surrounded by Kalimawans.  Kyle will never be able to quote Hannibal from the A-Team.  So they fight their way to where the brain boost signal is coming from, and once inside they find a large alien, Kyle dubs the War Monger.  The War Monger explains that he's an arms dealer, and found out about the Kalimawans head gear, so he hacked it, and made them think they were at war, so he could make a buck.  We also find out that his body is not his own, and his consciousness was downloaded into it.  The monologuing stops when the War Monger attacks Kyle and tries to take his ring from him.  Apparently he has a thing for bling.

The fighting is short lived as the Templar Guardians hack the hack, and let all the Kalimawans know what the War Monger has done.  So the planet comes together overpowering the War Monger, and as he lies defeated he realizes he's stuck.  You see the War Monger's mind is a broadcast copy of the original source, and the hack the Guardians did stopped the War Monger from being able to broadcast his mind back to the source.  So now he's trapped and Exeter plans on keeping him locked up, and to make use of him.  Whatever that means, my mind instantly goes to a weird place.  In the end Exeter thanks Kyle for his help, and wants to know what's going on between Carol and him.  Kyle gets all dumb like a high school kid, and we're left with no more to this wanna be relationship than playful flirting.

Bits and Pieces:

For a one shot this was a good time, we were reintroduced to what I thought was a one off characters like Exeter, The Keeper who was fun and I hope we see more of him.  But what I'm really hoping for is to see this series next story arc The God Killers, and see what Jordan has planned for the long haul on New Guardians.  So this was a one shot, it was fun, you should get it and enjoy all the Kyle Rayner you can.


Verge #1 Review

Written by: Phillip Kelly and Lars Canty
Art by: Sebastian Kadlecik, David R. Flores, Ashley Lanni Hoye and Lars Canty
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 16, 2014

Identify Yourself

This is something new for Weird Science and Myself.  Regular readers (I know you three are out there somewhere) know that we are a DC Comics blog and strictly review DC Comics.  Well, we were contacted by Identity Comics' Philip Kelly asking if we wanted to review their new comic, Verge #1.  Eric and myself immediately said "Hells Yea" and here we are.  A little disclaimer, first.  I am in no way connected with Identity Comics or anyone associated with the Verge comic.  I am writing this review strictly as a reviewer and lover of comics.

Explain It:

Verge #1 is an anthology title with four stories.  Before the review, here are the descriptions of each from the Identity Comics press release: 

Concrete Shoes, with a story by Lars and Phillip and art by Penguins vs. Possums' fame, Sebastian
Kadlecik, follows a Private Detective in a neo-noir, cyberpunk world who becomes entangled in a
situation involving an ex-mafia hitman, half covered in concrete. This concrete monster has seemingly
come back from the dead to wage war against the most dangerous crime family in the US. Brutality and
violence drive the story that is less about revenge and redemption and more about might makes right.

El Fantasmo, story by Lars and Phillip, with art by David R. Flores from Dead Future King, follows
Mateo, a young boy from a village in Columbia, who sacrifices everything to save a helpless rat from
his plague infected, fanatical villagers. In return he is imbued with mystical abilities that allow him to
live with the disease and become a Lucha Libra fighter for the people, against all forms of corrupt rule.

The Girl Made of Ice, story by Phillip with art by children's book artist Ashley Lanni Hoye, is a
science fiction, horror story about a 13-year-old girl who accidentally releases the most dangerous
sociopaths and war criminals in the Universe from their icy cages on Earth. She must now stop the
havoc, destruction, and death that she is responsible for unleashing.

The Sheet, with story and art by Lars, this is the most eccentric and mind-bending of the bunch. A
living, breathing, cognizant bed sheet (via scientific experiment) is loosed onto the world. Part
superhero satire, part ultra violent crime farce, this is sure to make any reader squeal with joy.

Bits and Pieces:

It's hard to review an anthology title, but I'll give you my basic thought after reading the stories...I like it. Each story is a beginning that I'd like to keep reading.  The writing and art are good, with the standout stories for me being Concrete Shoes and The Sheet.  That's not saying I didn't like the others, because I did.  In fact, after reading the book and the press release, I'm really looking forward to each one.

The one disappointment I had with the book was formatting.  It was hard to tell which story I was reading.  Each story could use a nice little title page that tells the reader which story they are about to read.

Edit: Phillip Kelly has informed me that the digital copy of the book has title pages for each story.

The Verge #1 is my first foray into reading and reviewing an independent comic and I liked it.  The art was good and the writing had an edgier tone than the big two are giving.  I'm interested in seeing where each story goes so count me in for next issue.


Weird Science News: Week of January 22, 2014 Edition

Hello Half-Truth Believers, here we are with the second installment of Weird Science News.  It was a pretty big news week with that Justin Bieber arrest and Khloe Kardashian finally dropping her divorce house...for a huge profit.  Speaking of divorces, Captain and Tennille are splitting up after 39 years.  I guess love couldn't keep those muskrats together, after all.  If you don't know what two of these three news items are about (because we all now about Bieber, admit it), you are at the right site.  So...

On With the News 

Geoff Johns has Birthday...Internet Crashes

Yes, DC Comics wunderkind Geoff Johns turned 41 on Saturday and the millions of fans may have broken the Internet with birthday wishes.  I have never met the man, but I have a sixth sense for knowing who is cool and who is a prick and Geoff is defiantly cool.  If a 41 year old who often wears a Green Lantern hat in public can be considered cool.  Seriously, Happy Birthday Geoff and please do your best to bring us a Hawkman/Vibe teamup book.

Almost Every Book Cancelled

I thought that I heard the sound of "Taps" being played, gently.  Yes, when the April solicits came out on Tuesday it was a dark day indeed for fans of Nightwing, Suicide Squad, Superman Unchained, Teen Titans, Justice League of America and me and the other two guys reading Stormwatch.  Yes, Teen Titans is being relaunched and JLA is being replaced by Justice League United, but Stormwatch?!?!  What will happen with Apollo, Midnighter, Jenny Soule, know, the most popular DC characters ever.  I know I speak for everyone when I hope they defeat Extremax and the Kollective.  Right?

The Flash TV Show will be Awesome

Yep, you heard it here.  There was quite a few announcements concerning CW's upcoming Flash TV Show.  First, the cast of the show will be racially diverse.  Iris West and her dad, "Detective West" are black.  They also are Barry's adoptive family.  That probably means that Iris' cousin Wally will be black, as well.  I guess Duck Dynasty fans have crossed the show off their list of must-see-TV.  I'm only upset that the report says Barry has feelings for Iris.  Poor Felicity.

In other Flash news, The Vampire Diaries hottie (Internets words, not 100% mine), Rick Cosnett, has been cast as Eddie Thawne.  Eddie Thawne=Eobard Thawne=Professor Zoom=Reverse Flash=Mind Blown.
Danielle Panabaker (Sky High, Mom at Sixteen) has also been cast as Caitlin Snow aka Killer Frost.  I love that villains have their powers in their names.  It's so cute.

Huge DC Movie released

After months of anticipation and hype, DC finally released "JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time".  What?  Really?  I'm sorry, I've just been told that there was no anticipation or hype and in fact DC snuck this out on Targets shelves last Tuesday.  Well, I can tell you that my kids and myself watched this and DC's actual hyped and anticipated movie two days ago and we all liked JLA Adventures better.  Take that hype machine!  Take that all over your neck, chest and face!

Picks of the Week

Here's what you should really be reading this week.

Harley Quinn #2 (8/10)
Animal Man #27 (9.3/10)
Trinity of Sin: Pandora #7 (9/10)
Batman #27 (9.5/10)
Wonder Woman #27 (9.2/10)
Batwoman #27 (8/10)

I guess that's it for now.  Werner...out.