Friday, March 21, 2014

DC Announces Star Spangled War Stories

For everyone out there in interwebs land, who's been waiting for DC to announce a new title to build up their 52 titles a month mission statement, we finally got one.  It seems that DC thinks that a great new title that will get people jumping, then stop jumping, then start reading is a war torn revamp of an old title of their's "Star Spangled War Stories", which will be debuting with it's #1 in July.

But check this the main character is someone called G.I. Zombie, a soldier that can fight for his country again and again.  Even though this title is being brought to us by one of my favorite creative teams Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, I'm afraid that this title will fall just like G.I Combat, and Men of War, and even the Blackhawks.  That and I dont' think that people outside of watching and reading the Walking Dead really care about zombies anymore.

War stories don't seem to be sellers, but DC keeps trying, so good luck this time.  Hopefully DC will begin to announce new titles soon, because if this is what they start with, then I'm intrigued.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Superman Unchained #6 Review

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Jim Lee
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 19, 2014

Mattresses, Delay and Disappointment

Man, it seems like months since the last issue of Superman Unchained. Wait a second, it HAS been months. Three whole months to be exact. Luckily, Scott Snyder gets the reader up to speed pretty quickly, but by the end you can't help wonder, "That's what I waited three months for?" Throw in the fact that the series is ending after three more issues (which may take a year to come out at the current pace) and a book that had the potential to be something special has quickly turned into a bit of a disappointment.  However, I'm not here to judge...oh yea, I guess I am.

Superman Unchained #6 starts with a crazy little monologue with Superman talking about his hate of a  late night mattress commercial and worrying about the amount of nuclear missiles the World Powers have at the ready. You see, the Man of Steel can't sleep at night.  Responsibility and all.  It's a good thing he knows how many there are because all of them have been launched.  Now it's up to him and Wraith to stop them.

Suicide Squad #29 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Matt Kindt
Art: Jim Fern, Wayne Faucher
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 19, 2014


Last time we saw the Suicide Squad they were getting their collective asses kicked by the monster OMAC.  Well the monster OMAC, with the mind of The Thinker.  All seemed lost, that is until Amanda Waller gave Deadshot magic bullets..... That's right magic bullets, and once shot with these bullets your awareness, strength, and agility are increased for a limited time.  So yeah, magic bullets.  Let's hope it's enough to take down OMAC.  

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Harley Quinn #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Stephane Roux
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 19, 2014

Harley Stabbed First

When last we saw our insane anti-hero..... anti-hero or anti-villain?  Either way when last we saw Harley, she was fighting off a city of lust junkies who were getting high on her pheromones.  Luckily she survived St. Valentines Day unscathed, that's more than I can say for most people who dress up like clowns, and walk the streets of New York.  So let's continue the zany antics of our favorite registered psychiatrist/roller derby girl.

Supergirl #29 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Tony Bedard
Art By: Yildiray Cinar, Ray McCarthy
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 19, 2014

Clash Of The Roommates

Even though it feels like the Green Lantern/Red Lantern flip book, featuring a raged out Red Lantern Supergirl, came out ages ago.  We finally have Red Daughter of Krypton, Chapter 1.  Last issue Kara fought with the new Lobo in "The Block", and then took their fight to the streets of New York.  In the end of the issue Lobo goes down, and a Red Ring flies down to find a very angry Kara Zor-El.  So here we are.  Let's see if Kara's old roommate Siobhan Smythe can talk her down, and stop her from destroying New York.  

Wonder Woman #29 Review

Written by: Brian Azzarello
Art by: Clff Chiang
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 19, 2014

God, What an Issue

Do you like puzzles?  I don't.  I actually hate them.  I don't have the patience to work through them and get to the end.  Also, my Mom used to get me ones of hot air balloons or kittens and who wants to do those? Brian Azzarello's Wonder Woman has been a puzzle since the start of the New 52.  Each month he'd give readers a couple more pieces and while some didn't seem to fit at the time, the big picture is beginning to show itself.  Thankfully it isn't a bunch of kittens with yarn.  Finally, a puzzle I love.

Last issue Apollo blew up himself and Olympus.  Insert explosion pun here ie: Pretty explosive ending or That seemed to heat things up a bit. Well, the First Born survived and he is pretty pissed off.  Luckily for him, the rest of the Pantheon has arrived on the wreckage just in time for him to threaten, torture and suck the life out of.  He is a badass and he knows it. After reading this issue, you'll know it too.  

Batwoman #29 Review

Written By: Marc Andreyko
Art By: Jason Masters and Jeremy Haun
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 19, 2014

Analyze This...Fist Punch

Kate hits the couch, but it isn't really a couch...and she'd rather hit bad guys, anyway.  The Wolf Spider pays Arkham's library a visit, but Batwoman has already checked out what he came to get. Batwoman finally has the upper hand until the inmates start running the asylum.

I've said it before, but Marc Andreyko has made Batwoman his own.  He nailed the voices of the main characters right away, but what I am digging the most is the little humor and pop references thrown in. It doesn't hurt that the art has been excellent and this issue ramps up the action as well.  

Red Hood and The Outlaws #29 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Will Pfeifer
Art By: Rafael Sandoval
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 19, 2014

Taken 3: In Space

Like I said last month we're out of amnesia territory with Red Hood, and done fighting mystical wars against the Untitled, and Ra's Al Ghul.  So it looks like we can have a bit of fun again.  Last issue was a one off, where we saw a vacation go wrong for Red Hood and The Outlaws, and we got some closure on Jason and Isabel's strained relationship.  I remember when I left my girlfriend high and dry, after the Joker made her overdose.  Wait wait, I don't remember that, but if I did I'm sure I'd have a strained relationship.  We're about to jump into a new story, and I can't wait to see Red Hood and The Outlaws back in action.  Let's dive in.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Old Time Tuesday: 1961 Superboy TV Pilot

This one is pretty bad, but here it is.  In 1961 a pilot for Superboy was produced to replace
The Adventures of Superman which ended in 1959.  The pilot, titled Rajah's Ransome, was the only episode made and after watching it I can see why.

Superboy is played by Johnny Rockwell which was my porn name in the 80's.  Lana Lang was played by Bunny Henning which also happened to be Eric's porn name in the 90's.  What a coincedence.  Well, enough of our seedy pasts and on with the show.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Adventures of Superman #47 Review

Written by: Joe Keatinge
Art by: Ming Doyle and David Williams
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: March 17, 2014

Strange Visitor part 2 of 3

Joe Keatinge continues his story of who and what Superman is.  This story is told as a parable by Kamandi, who was established as the last astronaut on Earth.  He tells the story of Superman as the Earth falls apart around him.

I really am getting into this story even though I admit I'm still not entirely sure where it's going.  Actually, maybe that's exactly why I like it.  Last issue we saw a young Man of Steel experiencing his first failure, the Phaethon, a spaceship fueled by red kryptonite that Superman could not save from destruction.  When a young Superman insists it only disappeared, you were lead to believe it was only a defense mechanism. However, this issue shows Superman is wise as well as really strong.

Forever Evil: Arkham War #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Scot Eaton
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 5, 2014

The Dark Bane Rises

Well it's St. Patrick's Day, and I have work tomorrow, so that's a no go for the inebriated loco.  Which means I have time tonight to catch up on Arkham War, finally because it's embarrassingly late.  Don't worry people after this we'll be all caught up, (with the exception of ARGUS, but don't ruin my moment) and ready for the final issue when it comes out.  Last issue Bane tangoed with an army of Talons, or a large group of them, you decide on what constitutes an army.  Bane took them down, and their regenerative abilities would wipe out the mind control Scarecrow had whammied them with.  In the end Scarecrow dupes all the Arkhamites into inhaling his aerosol venom, (this particular version of venom will be very limited) and the crazies go out to give Bane some of his own medicine.  Let's check out what happens next.

Just For The Hell Of It Mondays 3/17/14

Well it's Monday, and it's St. Patrick's Day, probably the worst combination since Superman and the amnesia kiss.  But don't let that bring you down too much, because today I have something that will cheer you up, and hopefully get you to AA a little sooner, you awful alcoholics.  But your drinking problems aside, today's video comes straight from the Nerdist, who obviously has a budget, and can make things I'll never be able to.  See who needs depressants, I can get there on my own.  If you haven't checked out their channel, go and do that between drinks.  So for your enjoyment, A Very JLA St., Patrick's Day.  Boosh!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Forever Evil: Arkham War #5 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Scot Eaton
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 5, 2014

Getting Ready For A Fight, No Montage Needed

Continuing the consistency of my lateness on this title........Here's Arkham War #5.......late.  Okay last issue that being #4, Bane teamed up with the Talon William Cobb (Nightwing's grandfather) to take control of of the Talons Scarecrow has seized.  But in the end we see they weren't quick enough.  Scarecrow using his fear toxin, and Madhatter's mind control devices, sets the Talons loose to end the war between Bane and the Arkhamites.  So we'll dive right in, and see how our Batman/Bane fairs.

Green Lantern Corps #29 Review

Written by: Van Jensen
Art by Bernard Chang
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 12, 2014

Green Lantern Corps: Lanterns on Patrol

In my humble opinion, Green Lantern Corps should be the Police Academy of the Green Lantern books. We should get recruits training, on patrol and if they end up in Miami and/or Moscow, so be it.  Van Jensen (and his kind overseer Venditti) is giving us just that. Now, if they can recruit Micheal Winslow, everything will be right in the Universe.

Van Jensen throws a bunch of story lines at the readers this month.  Thankfully, all are good.  John Stewart and crew are still trying to recruit rogue lantern, Daggle, back into the Corps.  For those unfamiliar with current affairs, Daggle is a Durlan who was kind of a undercover Lantern who feels betrayed by the Gaurdians.  Jensen makes his true intentions a mystery, which makes John Stewart's efforts to recruit him all the more nail biting.  Oh yea, I forgot to mention that while this is going on they are being attacked by a ton of Durlans intent on getting Daggle themselves.

DC Comics reveals June Covers for Earth 2 #24, Justice League #32, The Flash #32 and Justice League 3000 #7

My man, Byron Gallego, did some nifty detective work and found the covers to four of June's biggest titles. The solicits haven't been released yet, but the covers will have to do for now.

Earth 2 #24
The Flash #32