Saturday, May 24, 2014

Batman Beyond 2.0 #21 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Thony Silas
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 24, 2014

Head Games


Kyle Higgins and Batman Beyond 2.0 are two great tastes that go great together.  If you ever wanted to read a comic where the writers love of the character and his world is so obvious, pick up this one.  It has been great, but combining it directly with Justice League Beyond for the Justice Lords arc has made it even better.  I've mentioned in past reviews that this book has been the street level book with Justice League being the game changing WTF book.  That all changes here in a big way.

Batwoman #31 Review

Written by: Marc Andreyko
Art by: Jeremy Haun
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014

Case Closed



Batwoman #31 brings the Wolf Spider arc to a close and while it was pretty predictable, I enjoyed it nonetheless.  Marc Andreyko and Jeremy Haun used this arc to not only set the tone of their run, but set up a more personal story to boot.  Batwoman is just as much a book about Kate and Maggie as it is about Batwoman.  That's a good thing because the promise of the upcoming villain does nothing for me.  However, we're not here to talk about the future (much), but if this issue is any good.  The quick answer is yes and no, but mostly yes.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Smallville: Lantern #11 Review and Spoilers

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Ig Guara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 23, 2014

No Fear


Prometheus introduces himself and it's not pronounced with an "umpty".  Green Arrow then intoduces his head to Prometheus' nose.  Firefly gets cancelled while Batman  focuses on a reboot.  In the end, the rings may be off, but the fight is still on.

Supergirl #31 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Tony Bedard
Art By: Emanuela Lupacchino, Ray McCarthy, Guillermo Ortego, Yildiray Cinar, Cory Smith
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014


Judge Not Lest You....... Something Something


This story continues from last month's Red Lanterns #30, where there's a new red in town, and is she having a time with the guilty of her home planet Primeen.  It seems that Atrocitus is beginning to build up new recruits to start a war with his treacherous former team of Red Lanterns, and Guy Gardner not being a dummy wants to do the same thing.  Last issue we dealt with the back story of a new Red Lantern who in her previous life was the sole judge of the world of Primeen.  But after being betrayed by the king, she was murdered.  As she died a ring found her with great rage in her heart, and Primeen would suffer her eternal rage.  So let's see who gets to this new murder machine of a Red Lantern first, and hopefully calms her down.

Thank Grodd It's Friday

Green Lantern: New Guardians #31 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Diogenes Neves, Marc Deering
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014


Sometimes Dead Is Better


The last time we stepped into the world of New Guardians we saw Kyle Rayner facing off against his inner demons made corporeal from his time within the Source Wall.  This evil Kyle known as Oblivion simply wanted to make everything alright, you know from the perspective of inner demons and all.  Kyle unleashed power that he never thought possible and un-created Oblivion and everything around him, including himself.  In the end we're left with Carol Ferris wondering if Kyle is truly dead this time, or again somehow survived.  Let's answer that question in this month's New Guardians.

Red Hood and The Outlaws #31 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Will Pfeifer
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, RB Silva
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014



How Lobo Can You Go?


Here's a quick recap to bring all you fine comic book readers, and Red Hood lovers up to speed.  Starfire's starship is stolen by a bunch of no good alien scum, and I guess it wouldn't be such a big deal if Roy hadn't been on board when they took off.  So Jason and Kori steal a ship, then steal another ship, and make their way to save Arsenal.  But saving Roy might be a little more difficult than a former Robin and a alien princess can handle.  This alien scum has out-rigged the ship with a world killing nanite ray, and just when Roy takes them out and thinks all is well, Lobo shows up and shows Roy just how big is boot is.  Hopefully our anti-heroes can save the day and rescue their friend.  Let's check it out.

Top 5 Fridays: Bizarre Weddings In The DC Universe


Last week I promised that I'd have a more positive beat to this week's Top 5 Fridays, and for the most part I think I have.  I think most people find weddings to be a positive thing, not me of course but I think most people do.  Anyway my buddy Bruno proposed to his girlfriend last weekend and I figured that since it's a positive and since he's my best friend I'd dedicate this week's list to him and his new fiancee's future wedding and all together happiness.  Okay now with all that sappy shit out of the way let's get back to talking about comics, and the messed up weddings they were apart of.  Check out the Top 5 Bizarre Weddings In The DC Universe.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Batman/Superman #11 Review and Spoilers

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Karl Kerschl, Tom Derenick and Daniel Sampere
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014

Ticket to the Phantom Zone


Batman/Superman takes a break from it's regular story line to give us chapter three of Superman Doomed. While it may upset fans who just read this book and aren't following Doomed, it is actually a good continuation of the Superman event.

Explain It:

Senator Lane is having a press conference to explain what has happened to Superman while Batman tries to figure out just that.

The New 52: Futures End #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Dan Jurgens, Mark Irwin, 
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014


Back To The Futures End.  Yeah I Went There


From what we saw last issue, apparently our heroes of the future can't stop being dicks long enough to get through a friend's funeral.  While Animal Man gave a sad meaningful eulogy, the rest of the lot just seem to bicker about who's fault it is that Green Arrow died.  The majority feel it's Firestorm's fault in case you were wondering.  King Faraday made his New 52 debut making sure that the police had nothing on Grifter's daemonite massacre, but his reasons for doing so are still a mystery.  In the end of the issue we saw Lois Lane trying to write up the events at Green Arrow's funeral and finding it very hard to find the right words.  But the real story comes in the form of a mystery package left at her door that will take her on an adventure of her own.  Let's travel to five years in the future and see if our heroes can stop being dicks, and if Batman Beyond can save his future from Brother Eye.

Batman and Frankenstein #31 Review

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Doug Mahnke
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014

Dead Alive


The last time Batman visited Frankenstein he left him in stitches.  No, it wasn't the funny dinner conversation, but the fact that he literally cut Frankenstein into pieces.  Way back when, Batman was desperate to bring Damian back from the dead and thought Frank's body held the key.  You know that awkward moment when you run into a person you know is pissed off at you?  This month, Batman does.

Justice League #30 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Ivan Reis, Doug Mahnke
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014



Villain No More?


Are you ready for the true aftermath of Forever Evil?  Well I certainly hope so, because that's what you're going to get.  As you may know, at the end of Forever Evil Lex Luthor and his Injustice League saved the world, and stopped the Crime Syndicate.  Now our Justice League has to live in a world where their judgments are questioned, and Lex Luthor is considered the world's greatest hero.  No we're not on a parallel Earth, this is the status quo and I guess the Justice League and all of us are going to have to live with it.  Let's check out this brave new world, and see what's the skinny.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wonder Woman #31 Review

Written by: Brian Azzarello
Art By: Goran Sudzuka
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014


Highway to Hell


Brian Azzarello deserves all the credit being heaped on him.  He has helmed one of the best Wonder Woman runs of all-time.  DC also deserves some credit here.  They have let Azzarello take his time and craft a long running story that doesn't fit into neat little story arcs and is not new reader friendly.  If you decide to start reading this month, good luck.  Do yourself a favor and go back thirty odd issues and enjoy the whole run.  It's worth it.  If you are caught up, this month continues the greatness as Azzarello steers us towards his finale this summer.

Forever Evil #7 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: David Finch, Richard Friend
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014


Finally!


Okay it's here, so get ready because I'm going to SPOIL the shit out of this.  When we last left this story Luthor's Injustice League had infiltrated the Syndicate's headquarters, killed The Outsider, released the Syndicate's mysterious hostage, and that's when the real shit storm started.  The mystery man turned out to be Alexander Luthor who called out MAZAHS, and became the Earth 3 equivalent to Billy Batson.  But this isn't the hero of Earth 3 that we knew pre New 52, this Alexander Luthor killed Johnny Quick, and in doing so absorbed his powers.  We also saw that Dick Grayson was attached to a "murder machine" that would count done to a bomb exploding if Dick's heart rate didn't flat line.  In the end of last issue Luthor took control of the situation and suffocated Dick to death.  Let's move into the final chapter of this event, and see how the DCU will change forever.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Green Lantern Corps #31 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Van Jensen
Art By: Bernard Chang
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 14, 2014



Saving Private Mukmuk


Uprising has started and in the last chapter to this arc we saw the Green Lantern Corps take down the combined forces of the Durlans, Khunds, and Nol-Anj on their assault on Mogo.  During this battle we saw that many Lanterns had been replaced by Durlans and had somehow been able to manipulate the Lantern rings.  But Hal Jordan did what he always does best and overcame, forcing his will on the dopplegangers to the point where the rings flew off the impostors and searched for their true wielders.  The bad guys retreated, and it's time to get into this chapter where John Stewart, Fatality, and a handful of other Lanterns follow the searching rings for their fellow Corpsmen.  Let's check it out.

Old Time Tuesday: The Adventures of Superman TV Show Ep 1 Superman on Earth



Hey, if DC Comics can keep trotting out the Superman Origin story, so can I.  This weeks Old Time Tuesday is the first episode of the Adventures of Superman television series starring George Reeves.  As a kid, one of my local television stations played the Adventures of Superman and it was one of my favorites. Granted, I also loved F Troop so you can't trust me.  Oh well, I hope you enjoy this episode that is a pretty good intro to Superman from baby to Daily Planet reporter.  Enjoy...

All Star Western and Batwing Canceled in August: My Quick Thoughts


I know Eric had this story last night, but I wanted to chime in as well.  Waking up to this news is upsetting, but not a shock.  I love All Star and Batwing, but even I predicted All Star would be canceled in August.  Batwing's sales have been so bad that noone should be surprised there either.

Monday, May 19, 2014

It's So Sad To Say Goodbye


The solicits for August are out and it looks like quite a few books have reached the chopping block this time around.  The cancelled casualties are Superboy, Batwing, All Star Western, Phantom Stranger, Pandora, and Birds of Prey.  Now I'm writing this a bit late and haven't had a chance to talk to Jim about the cancelled titles but three of the books are ones he reviews, and three are mine.  From what I have talked to him about since starting this site is he really likes All Star and Batwing, he just wishes that they were more fun at times, and there's no reason that these books should do poorly.  As for Birds of Prey, we both thought this should of been cancelled awhile ago, and it comes as no surprise.  For my books I'm really bummed because I really think that Pandora and Phantom Stranger are the best Dark books out there, and I don't know what I'm going to do to fill my mystical hole.  Oh yeah mystical hole needs filling, take it as you will.  Superboy on the other hand has been pretty bad for awhile, and even took a beloved character like Kon, and switched him out for the psychotic son of Superman from a future timeline, Jon Lane Kent, and I can tell you nobody liked that.  The only shining light for the Superboy series has been Aaron Kuder's stories for the past two months, but I guess it's too little too late.  So yeah this sucks.  I wonder what books we'll be getting in the future to build up the New 52 roster, and with them hopefully put a smile back on our faces.  It's So Sad To Say Goodbye.

Batgirl #31 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Gail Simone
Art By: Fernando Pasarin
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 14, 2014



Having Your Roommate's Back


For this issue of Batgirl we're dealing with a continuation of the Batgirl Annual #2, and the main antagonist of that issue, the diabolical Mr. Rain.  Also we're continuing the recent trend of strange horror movie like Batgirl adventures, and you know what?  It's pretty cool.  So let's dive into this Gotham and see what the night has planned for Barbara Gordon and her alter ego.

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #1 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Larry Stroman
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 19, 2014

And So It Begins


After the runaway success of Injustice, it's not a huge surprise that DC is giving us another weekly video game tie-in.  Infinite Crisis is based on DC's  MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena) game with strong ties to other events like Crisis on Infinite Earths and Elseworlds.  Writer, Dan Abnett, gets to open the toy box and play with various versions of heroes, villains and everything in between.  The possibilities are almost Infinite (sorry), but is it any good?

Just For The Hell Of It Mondays: The Feud Edition!


There are few things in this world that I love more than Batman and The Family Feud, so imagine my joy when I found an episode of The Family Feud featuring the cast of Batman vs. the cast of Gilligan's Island.  I also love Gilligan's Island so that was a double dose of awesome.  I don't have a lot to say about this other than sit back and check out Richard Dawson run his game like a boss, with the added bonus  of seeing the world's greatest detective match wits with a guy who can build a car out of bamboo and coconuts.  It's time to play The Feud!

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Royals: Masters of War #4 Review

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: Simon Coleby
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 14, 2014

From Russia With...


The Royals' setting is an alternative history where the various Royal Families around the World all have super powers.  Since such power could simply wipe out humanity, they have called a truce where none of them get involved in the trivial affairs of "normal" humans.  That all changes when Prince Henry of England can't sit back and watch his Country get destroyed by Germany during World War II.  While on the surface, him entering the War seems heroic and noble, the repercussions of a Royal breaking the truce are sudden and deadly.  The United States have entered the War and the Japanese Royals have shown they aren't to be messed with.  Meanwhile, Prince Henry, his sister Rose (who he's in love with) and his brother, Arthur (who is a psychotic killer) are trying to save England in their own unique ways.  Unfortunately, there is a traitor amongst their ranks. That's where this issue picks up.

Weird Science DC Comics News: Week of May 14, 2014 Edition

...and like I was saying, 3rd Bass is the most underrated rap group of the...Oh, I didn't see you guys there.  Welcome to this weeks Weird Science DC Comics News.  The news show that has to make up stuff because to be honest, there hasn't been a heck of a lot of news recently. Seriously, the hard hitting news of the past weeks has been that TV Shows that cast eight million people each have been picked up for series. Really?  What about the comics?  Think of the comics, people. The comics, damn you.  The comics. Comics.  And now...

On With The News

Justice League Beyond 2.0 #20 Review

Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Dexter Soy
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 17, 2014

Story Time With Wonder Woman


This week it's back to Justice League Beyond and Wonder Woman takes the opportunity to tell a little tale. Since the beginning of this story (and actually the last issue of the Brainiac arc) the big question has been "Who is this Wonder Woman?"  Is it Wonder Woman or Lady Wonder Woman?  We find out this issue and the answer is a bit complicated.

Christos Gage has done such a good job of setting up the Justice Lords story.  I've said it before, this book is where we get the major developments and world building that sets up the street level Batman Beyond story.  This week we get it in spades.