Saturday, March 1, 2014

Smallville: Alien #11 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Edgar Salazar
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 28, 2014

Otis to the Rescue

It's Batman vs Batman with a shocking twist.  Superman keeps his cool and then makes it burn.  The Monitor takes a nap and Otis swoops in to save the day.  Otis, everyone.

I mentioned in my review for last weeks issue that it was the calm before the storm.  Well put on your raincoats and galoshes because the storm has arrived and it's hitting hard.  Like Hannibal Smith, I love it when a plan comes together and if Bryan Q. Miller's plan is to entertain the reader then yes, the plan is definitely coming together.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Superman #28 Review

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Brett Booth
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 26, 2014

Looks Great, Less Filling

Lois Lane finds herself in a gun fight in Suicide Slum until she yells "Stop".  Superman finds a door in Space and Jimmy hanging out on his couch.  Clark can't pay his bills, but turns down thirteen million dollars and an Outlaw comes to town.

Superman has been so good lately, just not in his flagship title.  It is unfortunate, but if you want to get your fix of the Man of Steel you are better off grabbing Action Comics, Superman/Wonder Woman or Adventures of Superman.  However, if you still are holding out hope that Scott Lobdell will follow suit let me tell you, it didn't happen this issue.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Talon #16 Review

Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Jorge Lucas
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 26, 2014

Escape This

In case you haven't heard, Talon has been canceled.  I have had a love-not so love (hate is too strong a word) relationship with the title. Through eight issues it was my favorite book in the New 52. Coming off the debut of the Court of Owls in Batman, the tale of Calvin Rose floored me.  After that first story arc, the book took a nose dive and seemed to lose direction.  James Tynion IV finished off his run in strong fashion and last month's one-shot by Marguerite Bennett was a nice little distraction.  Now it is up to Tim Seeley to finish off the series with a two story arc involving Calvin Rose, Lord Death Man and Lazarus Pits, oh my.

Batman: The Dark Knight #28 Review

Written by: Gregg Hurwitz
Art by: Ethan Van Sciver
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 26, 2014

A New Bat in Town

The Dark Knight has been an odd book in the New 52.  Sitting somewhere just outside the normal New 52, It hasn't been involved in crossovers or tie-ins.  At the start, it seemed like it was going to be Batman versus some of his crazier rogues in a grittier world that would cash in on new readers enamored with the Nolan movies.  It didn't quite work out that way.  

Since Gregg Hurwitz took over it's been the book to read if you like drawn out stories with uninteresting villains featuring a Batman that quite frankly sucks at his job. Gregg Hurwitz announced the book was cancelled and it would end with a Man-Bat story.  This is the beginning of the end...Man-Bat vs the "freakin' pterodactyl"

Worlds' Finest #20 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Paul Levitz, Greg Pak, Scott McDaniels
Art By: RB Silva, Joe Weems
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 26, 2014

New Gammora Must Fall

Alright we're full swing into First Contact, and last issue of Batman/Superman we saw Huntress and Batman tracking down where Power Girl's power problems originated from.  At the end of the issue Superman held onto Power Girl as she appeared to go critical.  Now when they said she was going to blow up, I figured she would actually blow up.  What we see in this issue is that it was an explosion emanating outward from Power Girl and not a bloody mess.  Also I said in the last chapter of this story that the Worlds' Finest Annual shouldn't count as a prelude to First Contact, but I should learn to shut my mouth, because this issue explains why it should.  So let's dive right in.

All Star Western #28 Review

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by: Staz Johnson and Fabrizio Fiorentino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 26, 2014

Face The Face

Jonah Hex has been in the present day DC Universe for close to a year and overall it's been a great run. Watching Jonah interact with modern life, as well as a who's who of heroes has been a hoot. Unfortunately, the fun has waned a bit in the last few issues and I think the Palmiotti and Gray know what I'm saying because without spoiling too much, Jonah is heading back home.

I've said it before and it remains the truth, All Star Western is my go to book for fun.  I love Jonah Hex and Palmiotti and Gray write him so well.  Unfortunately, this issue isn't the rip roaring good time I'm used too.  I guess it has to do with Jonah being in a coma after what happened at the end of last issue. If you didn't read it, think tons of alcohol, a motorcycle and a Big Rig and a really hard road.  

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Catwoman #28 Review

Written by: Ann Nocenti
Art by:Patrick Olliffe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 26, 2014

You Know Why, David? Because of the Kids

Gothtopia continues and Selina likes changing outfits.  She also holds cigarettes like she hates the habit and hates when couples kiss on Valentine's Day.  Steeljacket's armor is like a steel jacket and he can fly because he's hollow. Catwoman likes to steal, but also likes giving out band-aids.

It's well known that I'm not a fan of Ann Nocenti.  I also have also been pretty vocal about my dislike of the Gothtopia story.  Mix the two together and what do you get?  Right here is where I wish I could say I was surprised by how much I liked this issue, wasn't good.  That's not actually strong enough to convey my hatred of this issue. but for the sake of the kids, I'll leave it at that.

Batman/Superman #8 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Greg Pak
Art By: Jae Lee
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 26, 2014

When Worlds' Collide.

So we're finally getting into the first chapter of the First Contact, after the two preludes.  Well one prelude, the second had nothing to do with this and I'm pretty sure they just slapped on the First Contact name to sell extra annuals for Worlds' Finest.  So as you might know Power Girl has been out of control since Desaad put a whammy on her, and Huntress has finally broken down, and gone to ask Batman for help.  I'm assuming that you're halfway aware of what's going on in Worlds' Finest, and will know that Huntress has had some qualms with meeting Batman since he is and isn't her father at the same time, so it's kind of a big deal she's finally catching up with dear old not dad.  At the end of last issue we saw Huntress breaking into the Batcave, and being trapped within a energy cage.  Let's see if it all works our.

The Flash #28 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Patrick Zircher
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 26. 2014

Dead Man's Party

The Flash gets possessed and finds out he still doesn't know who killed his Mother.  An ancient evil is on the loose and Barry and Deadman are on the case.  Records are missing, a pick axe is stolen and people are dying.  Will the Flash figure it out in time?

Brian Buccellato is heading off to Detective Comics and it seems he is using his final issues of Flash as preparation. Recently, Barry has been more CSI and less running fast and it's been awesome.  Last issue had Barry grave robbing for DNA and that's where this issue begins.  He has opened a big can of evil spirit whoop ass and unfortunately, this spirit has a history.

Forever Evil: Arkham War #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Scot Eaton
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 8, 2014

The Deadly Duo

Alright so this is a really late review, and not to mention I still have to get issue #5 up, and the entire Forever Evil: Argus run.  Man I hate running behind.  But I'll get caught up eventually, I've just been having some Jim Lee moments.  Okay so last time
in Arkham War we saw that the crazies of Gotham aren't afraid of Bane, which causes our local powerhouse to become his own Batman, and try to put the fear into people the way he used to.  That issue culminates in Bane beating Killer Croc almost to death, and then throwing him off Wayne Tower, so who knows he might have died, but I won't count him out just yet.  So I'll drop you right into this war that's already in progress.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Batman Arkham Origins New DLC Trailer Released

Cold, Cold Heart Indeed

This is the video from the DC All Access that debuted the trailer for the new Arkham Origins DLC.  I hope you enjoy it as much as Eric!

Injustice: Year Two #4 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 25, 2014

Chapter Four: Duty

Batman continues to mend in the Tower of Fate and we learn that Dr. Fate gets great cell reception. Oracle and Black Canary are on call and Hal and Barry are taking over Capitol Hill.  Sinestro visits Superman while Guy Gardner and the Guardians visit Hal.

Tom Taylor continues his magic.  Injustice has been so good for so many reasons.  Yes, it's a book based on shock and awe...Superman has gone bad.  While that's enough of a story for a video game (and a damn good one I might add), if it ended there it wouldn't have legs.  This book has legs like a centipede.  Taylor has thrown so many characters and plotlines at the reader that you wonder if he can possibly juggle them all.  This issue shows that he can.

Adventures of Superman #44 Review

Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Evan "Doc" Shaner
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 24, 2014

Only Child part 2 of 3

Superman has found a brother...kind of.  As we saw in last issue, the Giant Robot that landed in the Metropolis Bay was Kryptonian and made by Jor-El.  In this issue, the Robot continues fighting Superman and we find some new information about it.

It was made by Jor-El, but after it was launched was taken over by an alien race.  These Aliens perverted the Robot and turned it from an explorer to a warrior.  Luckily, Superman's punches sever the connection between the Robot and it's Alien Masters.  Unluckily, that signals them to attack Earth.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #28 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Brad Walker
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 19, 2014

Curb Stomping Gods Across The Cosmos

Okay so moving on with the New Guardians.  I usually take this time to tell you what happened last issue, but it has no bearing on this, so I'll just get on with the story at hand.  God Killers.

Old Time Tuesday: Adventures of Superman ep 5: Locomotive Crew Freed

The "Wolfe" story line continues with this episode that first aired on February 21, 1940.  Enjoy!

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Unwritten - Apocalypse #2 Review

Written by: Mike Carey
Art by: Peter Gross
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 22, 2014

Once Upon a Reality

The Unwritten is back for a twelve issue finale titled Unwritten - Apocalypse.  I am new to the series and jumped in last issue and while I was a bit confused at first, I was so glad I made the effort.  Effort is the key word here.  At the risk of sounding like a Beatles' song, the pleasure you get out of this book is equal to the effort you put into it.  I know what some of you are thinking, "I read comics to escape doing work".  Well, you people are lazy and don't deserve this book.  That's pretty harsh I know, but unfortunately it's true.  For you non-lazy types, grab this book and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Harley Quinn #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Chad Hardin
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 19, 2014

Love Potion From The Vine

Last issue we saw Poison Ivy stop by for a cameo, and Harley ended up adopting a shitload of dogs, and taking care of another hit man on her trail, so life's been pretty complicated on Coney Island, and now it's Valentines Day, and as most of us know things are always complicated when love is concerned.  Let's find out what greeting card holiday antics Harley can get into.

Harold Ramis Dead At 69

Jim and I have spent many a hour discussing the comedic genius of Harold Ramis, and the joy he brought us throughout the decades.  I really don't know what to say, I'm surprised this is hitting me as hard as it is, but as a child it was the likes of Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, and Harold Ramis that taught me what funny is, and that's a huge part of my life.  So go and have another laugh, and watch any number of Harold Ramis films, and remember the funny man that brought us so much joy.  I know I will.

RIP Harold Ramis

Just For The Hell Of It Mondays 2/24/14

We're heading out of February and for me that means a bunch of things.  The snow is going away, it's going to become warmer, and my general attitude towards things like life won't generally lean near "Fuck Off".  Oh yes spring is coming, and with it hope for what might be coming around the corner when we can shed our long sleeves, and get out of the house (I'm speaking for most people, I'm a few phobias away from being an agoraphobe) and see what life has to offer.  But I'll hold here and look at what I hope will come this year, and by come I mean at least be announced.  This week I was thinking about the future of DC films, and it made me realize I really want to see a Wonder Woman movie.  Think of it as a hardcore Percy Jackson, or a modern day Clash of the Titans, it could be badass in the way that Thor actually worked as a film, which

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Unwritten - Apocalypse #1 Review

Written by: Mike Carey
Art by: Peter Gross
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 22, 2014

A Heart of Ink and Paper

I have to admit a couple things before I begin this review.  I haven't read the past run of The Unwritten.  In fact, I hadn't even heard of the comic until this issue.  The last bit of confession is the most embarrassing.  It took me three attempts to actually read this issue.  I take most of the blame there.  I was confused. Really confused.  Reading this as a "#1", I expected the story and characters to be spoon fed to me.  They weren't and my ADHD got the best of me and I kept putting it down.  It was only after the second issue was released and I read the stellar reviews for both that I went back and gave it my third attempt.  I'm glad I did and hopefully this review will get a couple of you to give it a shot as well.

Red Hood and The Outlaws #28 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Stephen Segovia
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 19, 2014

Bring On The Fun!

So Jason has his memory back, we're all done with the Untitled, The League of Assassins, Ducra, and Ra's Al Ghul, and that amnesia nonsense.  At the end of last issue Red Hood tells Arsenal and Starfire that it's time for a vacation, and what I get from that is it's time to get back to the fun of Red Hood and The Outlaws.  So let's dive right in, and get back to our favorite emotionally damaged Robin, and his wacky band of friends.

Trinity Of Sin: Pandora #8 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Francis Portela
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 19, 2014

What Happens At Nanda Parbat, Stays At Nanda Parbat.

Last time in Forever Evil: Blight we saw the JLD infiltrate the magical citadel at Nanda Parbat in search of Zatanna and the rest of the old JLD team.  But the team wasn't ready for the magical booby traps that got them separated, and forced Constantine to do everything himself.  As you would expect that didn't turn out well, and in the end we saw all the members of the JLD team hooked up to the magical weapon.  Now in this issue we get to see what the rest of the JLD were doing during Constantine #11, and move the story further.  So let's check it out.

Justice League Beyond 2.0 #14 Review

Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Iban Coello
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 22, 2014

System Overdrive part 6 of 8: Firewall

Brainiac has taken over most of the World, and half the Justice League are lying to each other.  Flash and Micron deliver a "voodoo" virus to Brainiac, but he just shuts the doors on them.  Just when it looks good, trouble arrives on Paradise Island.

The battle is on and Christos Gage is making it so good.  The Justice League is desperate and desperate times call for crazy plans.  While the team bunkers down on Paradise Island, Flash and Micron are trying to deliver a virus that will shut down Brainiac.  Unfortunately, while it seems to work in the short term, by the end of the comic Gage makes us wonder if it's just winning the battle, but losing the war.

Weird Science News: Week of February 19, 2014 Edition

Well, I just finished watching Team Canada win the Men's Ice Hockey gold medal so this is a "Golden Edition" of Weird Science News.  My five favorite Golden things: