Saturday, June 14, 2014

Justice League Beyond 2.0 #22 Review

Written by: Christos Gage
Art by: Dexter Soy
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 14, 2014

Jail (Heart)Break


Wonder Woman and Lord Superman continue their "hard-hitting" love affair.  Mr. Miracle proves the best escape tool may be a broken heart.  Zod attends a family reunion and Batman always fixes the odds.

The Justice Lords story continues and it's been so much fun up until now.  By fun, I mean bloody battles, surprising reveals and death.  You know, fun.  Christos Gage continues rolling out the good times this week with the Justice Lords fighting the Justice League for the fate of two Worlds.

Batgirl #32 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Gail Simone
Art By: Fernando Pasarin
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 11, 2014



Barbara Gordon Agent Of... I Don't Know, Pick One


Last time we looked at Batgirl she was saving her roommate Alysia and her "Animal Activist Amigos" from the
stretchy assassin Ragdoll.  It turns out that Alysia and her friends were set up by Knightfall to break into a rival bad guy's company "Mr. Rain" and set off what they thought was a stink bomb, but what really turned out to be a nerve toxin.  I guess it was a good thing that Mr. Rain sent in Ragdoll to murder everyone.  Don't worry folks Batgirl showed up before any real murders took place and before the nerve toxin could be deployed.  So it was all in a days work for our......  You know what?  Why doesn't Batgirl have a nickname I can use?  All there is is the obscure Dominoed Dare Doll of the 60's, but I don't think anyone wants to call her that anymore.  So I implore you dear readers, we need to come up with a new nickname for Batgirl.  Okay let's get to the story.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Smallville: Chaos #2 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Agustin Padilla and Daniel HDR
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 13, 2014

The Gold Standard


The first issue of Smallville: Chaos was pretty crazy. Of course, when Lex gets involved with funding super science it's bound to be interesting.  The end of the issue promised the multiverse being back in Smallville in a huge way.  Bryan Q. Miller delivers on that promise, but also gives us what I love best about this book...awesome costars.  When I say awesome, I mean my favorite character of all-time and one that's been neglected by the New 52.  It makes sense though because when there is multiverse action, Booster Gold is soon to follow.

Worlds' Finest #24 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Paul Levitz
Art By: Scott McDaniel
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 11, 2014


Who Wants To Read About Bad Superheroes?


Last time we took a look at Huntress and Power Girl, they were doing what we've come to expect of them.  Just being bad at everything.  While I guess it differed a bit because now we have Power Girl working on a machine to get Helena and her home to Earth 2, but that is all put on hold when Boston has a debilitating black out.  Power Girl suits up and is off to fix the nuclear power plant.  Meanwhile Huntress is attempting to stop terrorists from stealing radioactive material from MIT.  But even though she was trained by Batman and Catwoman, she's awful at it and the issue ended with a terrorist taking a hostage.  Hopefully this issue will see the Worlds' Finest duo being better at the whole superhero thing.  But I doubt it.

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Worst Deaths In The DC Comics Universe


This week's Top 5 Fridays is a bit of a struggle for me because I'm sick as hell.  While I'm sitting here wallowing in hate and exhaustion..... and a little bit more hate, I'm thinking about death and how it's sweet release would cure me of all this sickness.  Yeah it's a little morbid, but I feel awful so give me a break.  So like I said thinking about death and I figured we'd take a look at the worst deaths in DC Comics, but not like the most brutal or anything torture porn like that, I'm talking about the deaths that were unexpected,

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Royals: Masters of War #5 Review

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: Simon Coleby
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 11, 2014


Der Vater



I'll admit, The Royals is not in my usual wheelhouse.  I'll also admit, I love it and am so glad that I have been reading from the start.  For those not as fortunate, The Royals is an alternate history set against World War Two where the Royal Families of the World have superpowers.  There is so much more to it, but if you haven't been reading then you don't deserve to know.  I'm kidding.  The rub of the book is that the Royal Families have called a truce to stay out of normal human affairs, like war.  Rob Williams' book explores what happens when the truce is broken.  Believe me, it's horrific and so awesome.

Superman/Wonder Woman #9 Review

Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Tony Daniel
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 11, 2014

Not Everything is Doomed


This is a Doomed issue, but also a Superman/Wonder Woman issue as well.  I know what you're thinking, "No shit Sherlock, of course it's both."  First off, my name is Jim, not Sherlock, though Sherlock is a pretty cool name.  Second, shut up and listen to me.

Charles Soule does a really good job of showing us the struggle Superman is going through trying to contain Doomsday.  It's a schizophrenic storytelling technique with Superman and Doomsday debating, ridiculing and trumping each other.  What's great is that I'm not really sure who is winning.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Superboy #32 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Aaron Kuder
Art By: Jorge Jimenez
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 11, 2014


Where You Goin?  N.O.W.H.E.R.E.


Last issue are increasingly less psychotic Superboy was hanging out in STAR Labs where he was given a battery undershirt to maintain his energy consumption to his burning ratio.  It's ugly as hell but man does it hide underneath a normal shirt like nothing you've ever seen before.  So new threads, new friends, a less murdery attitude all seems well for Jon Lane Kent.  That is if you think having a ghostly Kon like figure haunting him seems well, oh and Parasite was loose in Star Labs.  You'd think that it would be a bigger deal than it was, but not everybody is Superboy who can suck Parasite's energy, and then blow his goddamn arms and legs off to finish the fight.  Yeah Superboy is a badass.  Let's see what crazy Superboy is up to this month, and see if he returns to his stabby ways, and by stabby I mean anything that causes bodily harm because that boy's a psycho, but he seems to be getting better.  Okay that's enough of that.

The New 52: Futures End #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Patrick Zircher
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 11, 2014


Highway To The Phantom Zone


Well we have a mess of things already going on in Futures End and I don't want to take half the review catching you up to speed on all the stuff that doesn't matter, so you know what?  I won't.  I'll pull a "Dragnet" with just the facts and leave it at that.  Lois Lane received a mystery box full of clues after Green Arrow's funeral, which led her to a bar where presumed dead Tim Drake has taken on a new identity and has moved on with his life after the Titans.  While all that's going on Frankenstein was recruited back into S.H.A.D.E. to team up with Amethyst and Ray Palmer to find out what killed Storm Watch out in space.  So yeah we'll eventually get Frankenstein in space.  That's what I'm waiting for anyway.  Mister Terrific has created a twitter in your mind called the Usphere that Batman Beyond wants to get his hands on, and so do a trio of C level badguys, and the mysterious King Faraday recruited Grifter to go to Cadmus Island to do things.  Yeah things.  That's all we need to know right now, so let's dive into this week's Futures End and get our crazy time travelin' asses goin.

Injustice: Year Two #11 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 10, 2014

New World (Dis)Order


Injustice: Year Two has been more of a slow burn, but things have really heated up the last couple of issues.  By that I mean that the crazy is back.  In fact, last issue Ch'p was killed.  Ch'p?  Ch'p!  The battle between Superman and the Green Lantern Corps continues this issue, but it runs deeper than heat vision versus constructs.  Unfortunately for everyone, Sinestro has Superman's ear and he isn't telling him nice little bedtime stories.  Meanwhile, Gotham sees what Superman's new world order means to everyone, including the GCPD.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Old Time Tuesday: Adventures of Superman ep 13 Aboard The Steamship Madison





Hello Everybody.  It is Tuesday and that means we get to listen to something old.  No, not my
Grandfather talking about penny candy, 25 cent movies and walking everywhere uphill both ways, but the Adventures of Superman Radio Program.  This episode, "Aboard the Steamship Madison" first aired on March 11, 1940.  Enjoy!



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Green Lantern #32 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Billy Tan
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 4, 2014



The Enemy Of My Enemy Is My Friend...... Until I Blow Them To Hell


Bringing you up to speed for Part 3 of Green Lantern: Uprising, we've seen the Durlan GL impostors outed and defeated.  We saw John Stewart and a group of Lanterns rescue the GL's that were imprisoned on a Durlan outpost, but that was just the beginning of the rescue.  It turns out that Sodam Yat is still alive and had been experimented on for years, and interrogated so the Dulran's could find the Daxamite home world.  Why you ask.  Well why wouldn't a group of shape shifting alien scum bums want to be the near indestructible, all powerful sister race to the Kryptonians?  So that brings us up to speed here, let's check out what Hal Jordan and the rest of the Corps are up to for this installment.  

Batman: Eternal #9 Review

Written by: John Layman
Art by: Guillem March
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 4, 2014

Bullocks...Fish and Chips...Bloody Hell


This week's Eternal heads to the Far East.  Batman is in Hong Kong and that means the Batman of...Japan?  Here at Weird Science it's no secret that I love Batman of Japan.  Jiro and Canary for life, I always say.  Yea, it's a bit weird that China doesn't have their own Batman, but maybe those commies just don't trust Batman and his cronies.  Whatever the case may be, I love Jiro and will take any opportunity to see him again.  Mix in the appropriately themed Chinese Batcave and we have a winner.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #4 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Tom Raney
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 9, 2014

What a Nightmare


Okay, I haven't been impressed with Infinite Crisis up to this point.  The concept is ripe for craziness, but the book has been pretty vanilla and boring.  Last week started to show the potential this book has and while it wasn't a great issue, it was my favorite so far.  Well, we have a new winner.  This weeks issue is fun, crazy and more fun.  Yes, it still has a few problems, but it is fun.  Did I mention it's fun?

Batwing #32 Review

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by: Eduardo Pansica
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: Jume 4, 2014

For Goodness Sake


I'm sure that everyone has heard the sad news, Batwing has been canceled.  If you are one of the loyal readers (which I consider myself), then I know that while it wasn't a surprise, it hit you pretty hard.  I feel your pain.  If you are among the group that didn't read Batwing every month then I shake my fist at you and scowl.  Since Palmiotti and Gray introduced Luke Fox as the new Batwing this book has been great.  Granted, the Menace arc has brought the book down a bit in the fun department, but it's still been better than most of the New 52.  So, with a heavy heart I will review Batwing #32 and wish more people would have read this great book.

Just For The Hell Of It Mondays: Let's Get Sexy And Shop


This week I'll be the captain as I take you on a voyage to see sexy superheroes from a department store ad from Mexico.  Who wants to come up here and get sexy with the captain?  Well your loss.  Now I don't speak Spanish but I can tell you that this commercial features Batgirl, Catwoman, and Wonder Woman all getting suited up and being their sexy selves, to what I can only imagine is them on a trek to this department

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Justice League 3000 #7 Review

Written by: J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen
Art by: Howard Porter
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 4, 2014

Wonder Twin Powers Deactivate


When Justice League 3000 started I was all in.  I really enjoyed the futuristic setting and mystery of who and what this Justice League was.  While I don't like writers to hand hold the reader,  DeMatteis and Giffen seem to be having fun keeping info from us.  Issue after issue promises revelations only to be give us "it's a long story" or "it's not the right time".  Well, the time is running out.  Luckily, this issue opens up the book more than any other before it.  It's still not the book I hoped it would be, but at least it's back on that path.

Weird Science DC Comics News: Week of June 4, 2014 Edition

As Arnold said in Terminator (and every movie since), "I've returned".  That's the beginning of a new character I'm working on, The Misquote Guy.  He goes alongside such hits as Pretentious Guy, Comic Store Kid and the Been-There-Done-That Guy.  Why am I working on these characters? Maybe I'm insane or maybe "I'm so mad that I refuse to keep taking it!".  Actually, I'm getting ready for the Weird Science Podcast. Yes, Eric and myself are eventually going to do a weekly podcast where we will talk comics, tell crazy stories and annoy everyone with our jerk off voices.  The reasons we haven't done this yet is we are extremely lazy and have no idea how to do it.  In other words, we are stupid.  If anyone out there has some tips on how to get started or want to help out, give us a shout.  Any and all help would be very appreciated.  Enough of my jibber jabber, we are here for the news so "Show me the Cash".

On With the News...

Batman Beyond 2.0 #22 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Thony Silas
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 7, 2014

Back in the Saddle


If you haven't read the last issue of Batman Beyond 2.0, go and do it right now.  It's totally worth it. In fact, if you haven't been reading both Batman Beyond 2.0 and Justice League Beyond 2.0 from the beginning, get to it.  I'll wait until you finish to continue on with this review.  Okay, now that those lazy bones are gone, I can talk to you guys, the true BB 2.0 fans.  Since you are such huge fans I know you read last issue and your minds were blown.  Mine was, that's for sure.  Because of what happened, I couldn't wait the two weeks for this issue.  Well, I've read it and I have to say that I feel a little cheated.