Saturday, July 19, 2014

Batman Beyond 2.0 #25 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel
Art by: Thony Silas and Phil Hester
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 19, 2014

(Just Like) Starting Over

If you haven't already done it, go and read the just finished Justice Lords crossover that ran through this book and Justice League Beyond 2.0. It was one of the best events of the year and I mean in all comics.  If you insist on being crazy and just want to jump into BB 2.0 this week, you are in luck.

Higgins and Siegel make things feel fresh right off the bat by going back in time.  Yes, the bulk of the issue takes place a year ago and I love it.  Bruce is still involved and Terry is applying to Neo-Gotham University.  It's almost like a soft reboot to the series and a great jumping on point for new readers.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Brad Walker, Diogenes Neves
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

Who Guards The Guardians?

Last month we entered a story of suspense and terror as we saw Quaros, one of the Guardians of the Universe abducted by an unseen enemy.  Carol Ferris who was desperately seeking Kyle, pleaded with the Guardians to help her with her search, but they felt that finding Quaros was more of an importance.  So Carol and the Guardians made their way to a mysterious ship, where inside they find nightmare creatures that were once regular aliens but have had awful experiments performed on them.  The ship separates Carol from the Guardians and before a bunch of experimental space monsters can ponce on Carol Ferris, a bright light pierces the ship and we see that Kyle Rayner has returned right in the nick of time.  Let's see what this terror ship has in store for our heroes and if Kyle and Carol can retrieve their Guardian friends before anything Clive Barkery can happen to them.  Let's check it out.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Smallville: Chaos #7 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Agustin Padilla and Marcelo Di Chiara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 18, 2014

Getting Darker

We are on the second half of the wonderful Smallville: Chaos mini.  Up until now, Bryan Q. Miller has given us the mystery of Eclipso, the Earth-hoping of Lois and Superman, the shadowy plans of Lex Luthor and so much more. Each story has been told as a separate entity, but I'm guessing they will each converge into a grand finale. While we see the start of that in this issue, that's not what makes it kick ass.  No, that distinction goes to the guest stars.  Miller is so good at bringing back characters from earlier books just when they're needed and also at introducing new ones.  This issue proves that in spades.

Supergirl #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Tony Bedard
Art By: Jeff Johnson, Emanuela Lupacchino
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

Out Of The Red

Last issue of Supergirl we saw our Red Lantern Girl of Steel kicked out the Red Lantern Corps by Guy Gardner.  Well maybe kicked out is a little too harsh, she was politely asked to leave before the war with Atrocitus went down.  So pissed off she decided to go against Guy's advice to go to Mogo and headed back home to Earth.  But what she didn't know is that an army of World Killers set a trap for her and when it came down to her and their leader World Killer-1, we found out that the thing in control was the armor not the alien.  It was a kryptonian armor that wants to bond with Supergirl and the two fight into Earth's atmosphere that you readers of Superman will know is poisoned by a kryptonite bomb to repel all Kryptonians from Earth.  So the final battle with World Killer-1 is on and with it the final tale of Supergirl as a Red Lantern.  Let's check it out.

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Worst Sidekicks In DC Comics

With Teen Titans being relaunched this week and with all the possibilities of team members that might join in the future.......... and because I already did a Top 5 on characters I'd like to see join the Titans, I got frustrated and became a Negative Nancy which led to this week's list of Top 5 Worst Sidekicks In DC Comics.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Batwoman #33 Review

Written by: Marc Andreyko
Art by: Jeremy Haun and Scott Kolins
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 17, 2014

Total Drama Rooftop

If you ask me, Batwoman is one of the most underrated books in the New 52.  It doesn't hinge on it's ties to the mighty Batman, instead focusing on Kate Kane's personal life as well as her caped exploits.  Of course, her personal life caused controversies in the past, but I promised to stop talking about that nonsense and move on.  So move on, I will.

Marc Andreyko opens the issue with my favorite cliche, the dream sequence.  It's all vampirey and bitey and...not real.  It shows Kate's inner grief when it comes to Maggie and her daughter, Jamie.  It also has alot to do with Nocturna.  Hmmm...

Red Hood and The Outlaws #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: RB Silva
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014


Last month in Red Hood and The Outlaws, we saw our heroes taking out a terrorist cell hell bent on nuking Washington DC.  But really even if it's a bunch of armed insane goons with a nuke, my money's still on the Outlaws.  Yeah our heroes saved the day but before they could crack open the first celebratory beer, they were knocked out and kidnapped.  The trio were brought to the "Ant Farm" the flying miniature HQ of S.H.A.D.E., where we discovered that among other things that Kirk Langstrom now works for the super secret agency and they've discovered an alien ship sending a distress signal out for Starfire.  When Kori enters the ship she's only in there for a moment before she flies out screaming.  So let's see what all the hubbub is about as we dive into this month's Red Hood and The Outlaws.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The New 52: Futures End #11 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

One Is The Loneliest Number When You're Firestorm

It's quick recap time to get you through this week's issue of Futures End.  Last week Five Years From Now jerk off Helmeted Superman was acting oddly on his search for the escaped convict Ethan Boyer, making us think he might not be the present day Doomed Superman.  The Batman Beyond Terry McGinnis decided to team up with the trio of villains Key, Plastique and Coil to break back into Terrifitech, Hawkman is alive and well and plans on finding the thing that killed Storm Watch and Big Barda made her Futures End appearance.  That was last week but another tidbit of info you might need is the JLA want Firestorm back in action and some kind of Robot Brainiac Monster was unleashed when some treasure hunters searching for fortune and glory entered a hidden temple.  So yeah.... Robot Brainiac Monster.  Let's check it out.  

Robin Rises: Omega #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Andy Kubert
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

Batman Kicks Everyone's Ass

We've been working towards this for a long long time now and it's time to start the story that determines the ultimate fate of Damian Wayne.  I hope you've been reading Batman and *INSERT NAME HERE* because it's led us here and I'm not about to recap that whole mess.  All you need to know is that Batman has been on the hunt for Damian and Talia's stolen bodies which obviously led to Ra's Al Ghul.  As Batman confronts Ra's about the theft, Glorious Godfrey booms in with a legion of Parademons and Apololiptian soldiers.  Let's see what these knuckleheads want as we dive into the story that hopefully sees my little pumpkin headed boy back in action.

Teen Titans #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Will Pfeifer
Art By: Kenneth Rocofort
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 16, 2014

Speed 3: Terror In Times Square

Here we are guys and gals the beginning of the relaunched series of Teen Titans!  While I love the Titans this relaunch is simply ridiculous and serves little purpose other than to trick people into thinking this isn't the awful Titans they were reading two months ago.  Well they got my money, so I guess it's worked so far.  Let's dive into this pseudo new series and see if Will Pfeifer and Kenneth Rocafort can make a go of this title and explain to me all the reasons why these Titans are so different that they needed to brand this as a #1.

Happy Birthday To Us!

It's strange to think that we started this journey one year ago today and man has it been a lot of fun.  For those of you out there that have had the audacity to actually go back that far in our history you'd know that when we started Weird Science that it mostly consisted of Eric's Shirt Of The Day, awful reviews that refused to be proof read, lists of our favorite books and little else.  Who knew back then that we'd get our shit together and actually make something of this simple blog?

For everyone out there that has read our reviews, lists, articles, news, etc.  We say thank you and we hope that you'll continue to enjoy Weird Science as we start our second year, because we certainly enjoy you.  Stay tuned this year as we hope to have the podcast up and running, more original articles and if I get what I want original videos featuring our favorite heroes in humorous situations.  You know comedy and the like.

Thank You From Jim and Eric.  All Of You Mean The World To Us.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Injustice: Year Two #15 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 15, 2014

Pain in the Neck

Tom Taylor may be the only writer I know that can give readers a laugh out loud issue that involves a neck breaking murder.  Yea, Injustice gets the bad (or good, depending on where your coming from) rap of being all shocks and twists.  In actuality, it's one of the funnier books out there.  This week we get the best of both Worlds.  Sinestro with the shock and Harley and Black Canary with the fun.  What more can we ask for?

Detective Comics #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Francis Manapul & Brian Buccellato
Art By: Brian Buccellato & Francis Manapul
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

Icarus Is Ridiculous

Last issue was full of detective work from Bullock to Batman.  Bullock's clues led him to investigate Bruce Wayne some more and his connection to a missing cargo container.  This led his investigation to the man that signed for the cargo containers, a one Jeb Lester who wasn't quick enough to destroy the paper tray connecting him before the police showed up.  As for Batman, his detective work traced a cell number he found in the dumped car of Elena Aguila to an abandoned Aquarium, where he tussled with a giant squid and eventually found himself with The Squid and his younger brother but all were surrounded by The Kings of The Sun biker gang, who didn't seem too timid about brandishing their pistols.  Let's see how Batman will get out of this one and solve the murder of Elena Aguila.

Old Time Tuesday: Adventures of Superman ep 15 Left to be Killed

This episode originally aired on March 15, 1940.  This one has a free falling airplane, some dangerous action and Clark Kent.  What
else could you ask for?  Sit down in fromt of that old time computer screen and enjoy...

Monday, July 14, 2014

Batman: Eternal #14 Review

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Jason Fabok
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

The Road to Oz

Batman: Eternal has been a good book plagued by pacing issues.  At points, the book seems like it's on a mission to throw an insane amount of information at the reader and other times it feels like it's enjoying withholding the same info.  Resolutions have been hard to come by as more and more plot lines pile up in the corner.  The revolving door of authors and artists haven't helped either.  Each one seems to have their own agenda and up until now I was hard pressed to see the big picture.  I say, "Up until now" because this issue changes all that.  Not only is it my favorite in the series so far, but we get some resolution and big picture moments.  If we get more issues like this, I will be one happy little camper.

Constantine #16 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Edgar Salazar
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

Bad Moon Rising

Last issue we saw Constantine go to Hong Kong to find out who the mage was that got him to cast his first spell costing him his parents.  In the land of China Constantine went up against Graceful Moon, a mage that uses everyone else's luck to her own advantage.  After a big long confusing battle where Constantine triumphs we find out that Mister E (still trapped within the Moon Blade) knows the identity of the mage responsible, even though it was his idea to go to Hong Kong to find out.  It's a odd bit where Graceful Moon wants revenge on Mister E because he was the mage responsible for her casting her first spell costing her her parents and I guess Mister E used Constantine to get her out of the picture.  After a jumbled confusing issue we're left with Constantine having a vision of the future where he sees the chains of reality breaking.  Now what we want to see is him dealing with that problem, but instead we head into a forest in Germany in search of another mage.  Let's check it out.

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #9 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Aco
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 14, 2014

Just the Beginning

Infinite Crisis has been an up and down title.  Unfortunately, the up hasn't been as strong as the down.  I really like the team that Dan Abnett has put together, I'm just not that hip on the adventures he's put them in.  "Adventures" may be misleading because the book seems like one nonstop fight scene.  Hey, I like a good throw down now and again, but I also like a story around it.  Well, this week we get what amounts to a big fight scene without much story around it. Hmmm...

Just For The Hell Of It Mondays: Saturday Morning Watchmen

There was something special about being a kid in the 80's.  A pre-interwebs world where you had to mail away for catalogs to get the merchandise you wanted from any media you enjoyed.  Where Nintendo ruled the minds of every child and yet we still spent the majority of our time playing outside.  Street lights turning on meant it was time to go home and you always carried spare change to make an emergency phone call.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Weird Out Loud, the Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Coming Soon

Yes, we are going to get off our lazy asses and do a podcast.  It's our one year anniversary this Wednesday. so it's about time.  Plus,
everyone has been so great to us this past year that you deserve to know what real jerks we really are.  From our very little discussion, the podcast will feature comic book talk (of course), 80's movie discussion, games and tons of off-topic nonsense. Like our site, we are jumping into it without really knowing how to do it so I hope you will have some patience when you hear our jerkoff voices for the first time.  I did work on a theme song and I hope you enjoy it.  Stay tuned for an announcement on the first episode of "Weird Out Loud" hopefully coming real soon, possibly this Saturday, but maybe later, but sometime soon.  Thank you, that is all.  -Jim

Justice League United #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Jeff Lemire
Art By: Mike McKone
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

Some Days You Just Can't Get Rid Of A Bomb

Last time during the adventures of the Justice League United we saw our heroes agree to help the people of Rann by taking down the shape shifting Lord Byth and his plans to create a super species to take over the universe.  Well even with the inclusion of Supergirl to the new team, they were too late and the Ultra baby was hatched?  born?  Something and when it took a look at the fighting forces of Byth and The Justice League United it completely destroyed Byth's base with it's mind tantrum.  Back on Earth the upcoming hero to the team Miiyahbin was taken by the monster that has plagued her since at least the beginning of this series, The Whitago.  So hopefully as we dive into this issue we don't find our heroes all dead.  Let's check it out.

Batman '66 #38 Review

Written by: Gabriel Soria
Art by: Dean Haspiel
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

A Very Special...

Batman '66 has been a great book from the start.  Lately, though, all of the '66 attention has been shining on the Kevin Smith/Ralph Garman Batman '66 Meets the Green Hornet book.Meanwhile, Gabriel Soria and Dean Haspiel have given readers what may be the best Batman '66 story yet.  I know, I've been known to exaggerate when I get excited, but I really mean it.  Their show-within-a -show story is both hilarious and topical.  Is a darker Batman better?  It may be personal opinion, but I think I agree with Soria when I say "No".  Hey, even Batman and Robin agree.

Birds of Prey #33 Review

Written by: Christy Marx
Art by: Robson Rocha
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 9, 2014

End It, Please

The first page of this issue begins with the newly freed Dr. Mambety wondering what he's gotten himself to to.  I know how he feels. When we started our little site, I chose this book to review and was actually excited about doing so.  Then I read it.  While I was hoping that Christy Marx would inject some life into it, she put the final nail in it's New 52 coffin.  Yes, this is the penultimate issue of the series and the end can't come soon enough.

Weird Science DC Comics News: Week of July 9, 2014 Edition

Helooooooo everybody.  Welcome back to Weird Science DC Comics News where you can expect rambling stories, misspellings, poor grammar and a little bit of news.  Of course, SDCC is fast approaching so you would think that the news faucet would be running dry, but no so.  There was actually a decent amount of news this week, but not all of it was good.  However, before I become a Debbie Downer, I want to take this time to congratulate... Us.  Yes, this Wednesday (July 16th) will mark our year anniversary.  No, Eric and myself didn't take advantage of the new marriage laws in Pennsylvania, we started this site, dummies.

I know this may not be interesting to anyone, but I'd like to stroll down memory lane and take you back to the Summer of 2013.  It was a time when Amanda Bynes took over Twitter with her crazy ramblings, Lea Remini came to her senses and left Scientology, and everyone was singing along to "Blurred Lines".  Meanwhile, Eric and Jim and their robot, D.I.C. were sitting outside the local WAWA contemplating their futures. You see, if they didn't make a website that reviewed every DC Comic, Jim would be sent to military school. Eric had his own problems, as well.  He'd recently discovered that he was a werewolf. The worst kind, a Post-Teen Werewolf.  There were no basketball games or urban surfing to let off some steam.   What were our two heroes to do?  And why was their robot named D.I.C.?

That's when they were visited by Prof. Jake Ryan.  The Professor had been sent from the future to make sure these two made that website.  The website that would save the Universe.  At first they wanted to call it, "Jim and Eric's Comic Book Blog", but quickly realized that was the stupidest name for a website ever.  That's when Jake told them it would be called "Weird Science", a name based loosely on the 80's movie, "Real Genius" starring Val Kilmer.  It would be a site where every New 52 book would be reviewed along with Top 5 lists with unfriendly search engine names and Old Time Radio shows nobody listens to.  There was much rejoicing and air guitar playing and maybe even an impromptu game of shirtless volleyball (history is a little cloudy on that one), but then they realized they weren't prepared.  They had spent the whole semester partying, chasing girls and pranking the crusty old Dean.  They only had one night to get their site together or all would be lost.

Cue the montage...

When the Sun rose, they were ready.  They posted a welcome message, the beginning of a post that they would never get back to and a picture of Eric's shirt.  It was months before they would start reviewing every New 52 book and getting more than 10 views a day, but you have to start somewhere.  As D.I.C. always says, "That's history, Dude!"  Well said D.I.C., well said.

On with the News...