Saturday, May 31, 2014

Aquaman #31 Review

Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Paul Pelletier, Alvaro Martinez and Raul Fernandez
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Surf and Turf

This issue of Aquaman continues from Aquaman #30 (obviously), but also Swamp Thing #31.  If you don't read Swamp Thing (shame on you), that issue ended with Aquaman jumping out of swamp water demanding to talk to Swamp Thing.  It's hard to look cool leaping out of a swamp, but Arthur pulled it off fairly well. However, it wasn't too effective since as this issue opens, he still hasn't found him.

Larfleeze #11 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Scott Kolins
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 28, 2014

The Beginning Of The End.  A.K.A. Marriage

Agent Orange's last foray took us back to the planet Sorrow, or Larfleezia, I guess it really matters who you ask.  But what Larfleeze doesn't know is that the House of Tuath-Dan has created a trap for him, and that the robot people of this planet called G'Nort for help, or the closet thing that G'Nort can offer.  For a little bit of drama during this conflict we have The Wanderer pledging her love and loins to a Larfleeze who just don't have time for that.  If you're wondering why anybody would pledge their loins to Larfleeze, it's a ancient pledge kind of thing, you would't understand.  So that brings us up to speed, let's see what the Orange Monkey has in store for us this month.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Smallville: Lantern #12 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Marcio Takara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 30, 2014

The New Guard

I will not waste time this week.  If you already are reading this book, you'll continue loving it.  If you are on the fence, jump off and join the smart people reading Smallville.  You won't be disappointed. This issue ends the Lantern arc and Bryan Q. Miller does his magic by tying everything up nicely and getting the reader excited for the next one.

All Star Western #31 Review

Written by: Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti
Art by: Staz Johnson and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Dead and Alive

Everyone knows by now that All Star Western will end in August.  It's such a shame because Gray and Palmiotti made this book so good with it's smart and funny dialogue, crazy situations and of course, my favorite anti-hero, Jonah Hex.  No matter what happened (save maybe meeting Superman) it was always great fun.  I guess everything good must come to an end, but at least we have a couple more issues.  If All Star Western #31 is any indication, and I have no reason to believe it's not, Jonah will go out in style and Madame .44 will be along for the ride.

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Characters That Should Be In The New Suicide Squad

I just got done reviewing the last issue of Suicide Squad and I figured instead of just sitting here waiting for the New Suicide Squad to come out in July, I'd actually do something productive in the meantime.  Now there are rules for this list, I know I'm asking a bit much putting rules into a Top 5 List but bare with me a second.  The rules are simple, I put up five characters I want to see on a Task Force X roster, but keep in

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Superman #31 Review

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Ed Benes and Jack Herbert
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Doomed from the Start

Scott Lobdell is saying goodbye to Superman with his Doomed story line. What's funny is that while I have warmed up to the story, my least favorite issues have been Lobdell's.  This week we get chapter 4 with Superman #31 and not only is it the worst of the lot, I'm not even sure why it even exists.

Batman: Eternal #8 Review

Written by: John Layman
Art by: Guillem March
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Back to Central

John Layman and Guillem March take over this week and I for one am glad.  Batman Eternal #8 is the first time I finished reading and had a full grasp of what's going on.  Instead of getting new plot threads and characters, we get back to two things I loved from earlier issues.  Plenty of GCPD and a little Stephanie Brown.

Catwoman #31 Review

Written by: Ann Nocenti
Art by: Pat Olliffe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Where's the Race?

Is it crazy that I can't wait to crack open every issue of Catwoman the minute I get it?  It's become more than just watching a car wreck.  I am actually beginning to enjoy the awful stories, laugh worthy dialogue and ridiculous situations.  Maybe it's the Stockholm syndrome talking, but I love Ann Nocenti's Catwoman.  It's just fun in it's awfulness.  If you are in the same boat then I'm happy to say that Catwoman #31 is awful. Not awfully good, just plain awful.  Let the fun begin.

The Race of Thieves continues and I really don't know what the hell it's all about.  Is it about getting the big score, saving children with missing teeth or rescuing Mr. Stone's son?  It may be one, the other or all of the above.  Roulette's in charge and may be making it up as she goes.

Justice League Dark #31 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Andres Guinaldo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Getting Inside Of Nightmare Nurse

Our Dark Justice League seriously disbanded after Forever Evil, and all we were left with after Constantine went and ran out on everyone during the final fight at the Thaumaton Project, was Zatanna taking control of the House of Mystery, Nightmare Nurse, and Deadman.  At the end of last issue we saw Zatanna summon Swamp Thing to try and recruit him; which who has the balls to summon Swamp Thing?  We also saw Nightmare Nurse have a bit of a freak out moment that left us with a woman that looks like Nightmare Nurse but claims her name is Alice Winter.  Let's see if what's left of the JLD can get to the bottom of this Asa mystery.  Let's check it out.

Suicide Squad #30 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Sean Ryan
Art By: Andre Coelho, Scott Hanna
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Not Really The Final Issue, Only Kinda Sorta.

As the sub header says, this is only kinda sorta the final issue of our favorite team of villains and miscreants.  As I think most of you know The New Suicide Squad will return in July with a new creative team, and a new roster for Task Force X.  But to get us started Sean Ryan the writer of the new series finishes us off with a little sneak peek of what he was planned for the future.  So let's dive into a post Forever Evil world where we see America trying to get it's shit together.  Remember this isn't really a Suicide Squad story, it's more of a intermission between the old series and the new.  Okay let the show begin.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Flash #31 Review

Written by: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen
Art by: Brett Booth
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Mirror, Mirror

Flash #31 continues the time jumping, reality changing story of Barry Allen, Wally West and in this issue, Mirror Master.  Robert Venditti and Van Jensen have been getting better and better as they settle into the book and Brett Booth's art is always fantastic.  This issue continues the intriguing mystery of the future, the fun balance of CSI and Hero work in the present and a little more Wally West to boot.  The big picture may still be a little fuzzy, but I am enjoying the ride.

Red Lanterns #31 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Charles Soule
Art By: Alessandro Vitti
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 28, 2014

The Hell With Sharknado, We've Got Bloodnado!

When we last saw the Red Lanterns they had traveled to the planet Primeen to search for a new Red, and man does Kara find her.  This new Red Lantern is destroying her city where she once was the sole judge of the planet, now that her King betrayed her, and with a boat load of new Red Lantern power flowing through her, this judge is sentencing everyone.  This judge was able to overpower Supergirl, but lucky for Kara she was deemed innocent when the Judge rooted around in her head, and was allowed to live.  When last we saw Supergirl she was going for the magic blood they have stored in their ship to stop the Judge's crazy, and Atrocitus showed up for his court date to meet this Judge.  Let's see if the power of the Judge will be used to fight for Atrocitus or Guy Gardner.  Let's check it out.

Nightwing #30 Review

Written by: Tim Seeley and Tom King
Art by: Javier Garron, Jorge Lucas and Mikel Janin
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Hello (Dick) Grayson

I love Nightwing.  It was the first book I started reading in the New 52 and the reason I feel in love with DC again.  Maybe that's why I saw the writing on the wall early and actually won a bet (the usual $0.50) with Eric here at Weird Science that DC was canceling Nightwing so when they finally announced it I was far from surprised.  That doesn't mean I wasn't upset.  Kyle Higgins had done such a good job on the book and moving Dick out of Gotham to Chicago promised a Nightwing free from Batman's shadow.  Then Forever Evil happened and Dick's Chicago fun was cut short.  However, DC knows how much we love Nightwing, so they're giving us one last adventure to send off our hero is style, right?  Wrong.  Nightwing #30 is a prelude to Grayson, or "Agent Dick" as a kid at my local comic store calls it.  I'm not going to spend my review pissed off at that, though.  Nightwing ended with Kyle Higgins leaving the book last issue.  Case closed.  I will put my feelings aside and review this book on it's own merits. 

The New 52: Futures End #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Aaron Lopresti
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 28, 2014

Frankenstein 3: In Space  COMING SOON!

When we last traveled ahead five years, we saw that Mister Terrific seemed concerned about Batman Beyond, and anybody for that matter discovering some USphere he's been working on in Terrifitech.  S.H.A.D.E. made a big mistake when they sent a robot inside a polar bear to attack Frankenstein, and it looks like the big man's gonna go back to the Ant Farm and return the favor.  Grifter got expositiony when we followed him back to his secret base, and met his tech guru Justin, and Lois Lane tracked down Red Robin, who's been working at a bar.  The future's a weird place.  Let's continue our journey into this strange time, and see what these characters are up to.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Constantine #14 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Edgar Salazar, Jay Leisten
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 14, 2014

No Reservations

Last month Constantine tangled with the Mind Bender, and almost didn't survive the encounter.  What we learned in that issue is that Constantine devised a plan with Papa Midnite to take down the Cold Flame, but in order for the plan to work they needed to recruit certain mages, and Constantine couldn't know they had a plan at all.  Let's say amnesia spell and move on.  But old Mind Bender jogged his noggin loose, and Constantine's back on the trolley.  But what he doesn't know is that Papa Midnite went and sold his ass out to the Cold Flame in order to keep control of Manhattan.  I guess you can't trust anybody when dealing in magic, especially David Blaine.  Just saying.

Harley Quinn #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Chad Hardin 
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014

Give Me, De Chromium Leg

Welcome back, and for those of you who aren't in the know, Harley has teamed up with a elderly Six Million Dollar Man wannabe, and the two plan on killing all the people that this Sy-Borg left behind at the end of the Cold War.  When you get older you get a bit nostalgic about the people that you didn't kill when you were young, and since these are really bad people that are living in the states, Harley is down with some late night volunteer work with the elderly, especially since Sy is keeping her past a secret from her current employer.  Last issue the two crossed a name off their list, and it looked like Harley might have exploded with the second name on the list at the end of story.  Let's see if Harley survived to continue her title, and let's see how many they can cross off their list this time.

Injustice: Year Two #10 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 27, 2014

One for the Little Guy

The last issue of Injustice ended in a crazy cliffhanger.  Superman (with a huge assist by Cyborg) wiped out the Green Lantern Corps.  Normally that would be an unbelievable moment, but readers of Injustice know that's just par for the course.  Unfortunately, that didn't make it any less upsetting.  This issue opens as the smokes clears and Cyborg asks the question fans have been asking for two weeks...

Trinity of Sin: Pandora #11 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Francis Portela
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014

Pandora?  More Like Pan...bore...a

As we all know Forever Evil is over, and as we learned last issue Pandora is using her new powers to fight a more traditional superhero fight.  You know since she achieved her cursed life long goal of destroying the Seven Deadly Sins and all.  So Pandora and Marcus Severin are hitting the streets to fight evil wherever it may come, but what she's not expecting is a pissed off Vandal Savage that appears to be on the hunt for our favorite immortal, and a disgruntled agent of S.H.A.D.E. who also seems to have a grudge against our mother of all evil.  Let's dive into this month's Pandora and see how her new life choices are going.

Old Time Tuesday: The Adventures of Superpup

If your like me, you've sat around wishing that the whole Superman Universe was inhabited by dogs instead of humans.  I've told Eric tons of times, "You get little people in dog costumes and put them in a Superman TV Show and you've got yourself a hit!"  Well, like every idea I ever come up with, it's already been done. Yes, in 1958, Whitney Ellsworth created the pilot for The Adventures of Superpup. It stars Bark Bent who works at the Daily Bugle with Pamela Puddle and Terry Bite.  Pure genius.  Enjoy!

Justice League of America #14 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Matt Kindt
Art By: Tom Derenick, Eddy Barrows, Diogenes Neves
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014

We All Get United In The End

Well it's the last issue of JLA, and it really doesn't feel like this team did anything in it's short run.  I don't know I just kind of feel cheated, because I grew up reading the JLA and this just wasn't the series I was hoping for when it was announced.  Hopefully we'll get what we deserve in Justice League United, and I can stop bitching.  So this is the aftermath of the Forever Evil, and I'm not going to explain what all went down.  If you're that interested check out my reviews on it because as you should know by now, I SPOIL the hell out of everything.  So sit back and enjoy the final issue of Justice League of America.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #2 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Szymon Kudranski
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 26, 2014

The Art of the Squeal

Okay, I wasn't the biggest fan of the premiere issue of Infinite Crisis.  It setup the premise but didn't wow me.  However, the cliffhanger promised what I wanted from this book in the first place, crazy characters from all over the mulltiverse fighting each other.  We do get a crazy character, but not the way I expected.

Batman: Eternal #7 Review

Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Emanuel Simeoni
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014

Under the Sea

We are seven issues into Batman Eternal and I think I finally see what's going on.  Yes, I am a dummy who needs to have things explained to him more than most, but I can't take all the blame.  Each new issue has thrown more plot points at the reader without much explanation and no resolution to speak of.  It hasn't helped that the book is on a revolving door of creative teams so I wasn't surprised we get a new one this week.  However, Tim Seeley does something odd.  This issue continues right from the end of last.  Who would have thunk it?  In fact, this issue was explosively action packed, pushed the plot forward and thanks to Emanuel Simeoni, looked good.  Yes, I'm finally seeing the bigger picture.

Just For The Hell Of It Mondays: Kingdom Come

Jim and I have been talking lately about the state of the DC Universe, and how it will translate into films.  One of the interviews we read talked about how after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the next flick might not have any continuity to the last flick, and might not even have Ben Affleck as Batman.  While I know that pisses a lot of people including myself off, we just have to face it that DC flicks will never be Marvel.  Marvel did their thing, and it worked out in spades, but what Marvel will never do is have the amazing animated movies that DC has.  So what do we do?  Do we just accept that Marvel's continued

Wynter #1 Review

Written by: Guy Hasson
Art by: Aron Elekes
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: Available Now in App Store (here) and May 28, 2014 on Comixology

Everyone Wants to be Special, Don't They? 

In the future, no one is special, but Liz Wynter knows better.  What happens when you don't listen to the voice in your head and instead do the unpredictable?

Science Fiction was my first love, after maybe fluffernutter sandwiches.  I read and watched everything I could from The Stars My Destination to Galactica 1980. Yes, Galactica 1980.  While I still love everything Sci Fi, I haven't been able to review much of it.  Here at Weird Science, Eric reviews all the Lantern books, so my plate is pretty empty.  New World Comics to the rescue!  Though we usually have a strict DC only policy, we agreed to include independent comics as well.  It's a little loophole I like to exploit now and again to review books that look interesting.  Well, Wynter looks interesting, but is it any good?  The quick answer is "Yes".

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sinestro #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Cullen Bunn
Art By: Dale Eaglesham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014

Who's The Boss?

So what's Sinestro going to do now that his self imposed exile has been interrupted by Lyssa Drak?  Well as we saw there's a anti-emotion cult out there sweeping the universe to spread the word (and death) of not feeling feelings, and Arkillo is using the Sinestro Corps to start another war against the Green Lanterns.  I'm pretty sure Sinestro doesn't want to deal with any of this nonsense, but at the end of the first issue we see that Arkillo is keeping Sinestro's daughter, the Green Lantern Soranik as his hostage.  Now that daddy's home I'd like to quote Ricky Ricardo, the Sinestro Corps is gonna "have some splainin to do".  Let's check it out.

Birds of Prey #31 Review

Written by: Christy Marx
Art by: Robson Rocha
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: May 21, 2014

Forgettable Filler

Birds of Prey has been a mess.  It's been thrown into every Batman tie-in to get an audience, but unfortunately it's only made matters worse.  Christy Marx did gain some momentum with the Mother Eve vs Ra's al Ghul story, but the lackluster ending ruined it.  Then DC announced that the book will end in August. So, how are they planning on ending the book?  If this issue is any indication, by ignoring the big events of the New 52 and the Batman Eternal book for a useless one-shot.  Way to go!

Weird Science DC Comics News: Memorial Day Edition

Memorial Day.  A time for us in the United States to remember those who died serving our Country.  Since it's roots as "Decoration Day" following the Civil War, it's also become the second biggest weekend to grill meat.  I must admit that I eat more than I do on any other day that isn't Thanksgiving, July 4th or a couple random Tuesdays.  On the menu; burgers, hot dogs, sweet corn, Amish macaroni salad and baked beans.  For many people, this holiday is a big Movie weekend.  Here is my list of top movies released on Memorial Day Weekend:

5. Rocky III
4. Back to the Future III
3. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
2. Return of the Jedi
1. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade