Saturday, September 6, 2014

Batman Beyond 2.0 #32 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel
Art by: Thony Silas
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 6, 2014

I'm All In

The best thing about a weekly book comes out weekly.  I blew your mind there, didn't I?  Well, after the awesome Mark of the Phantasm arc, Kyle Higgins and Alec Siegel come right back kicking and screaming.  No time to catch your breath in Batman Beyond 2.0 land, that's for sure.  This issue starts the new "All In" arc and it's about reunions, both good, bad and awesome.

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 9/5/14

This weeks covers are dominated by 3-D goobely-goop and I for one don't like any of them.  We all know it's a cash grab by DC and that people will eat them up, but I won't.  I liked last years Villains Month covers, but these just don't do it for me.  You know what looks worse?  The 2-D versions of said covers.  If I was in charge, I'd offer the 3-D covers (it's all about the cash money), but the 2-D covers would be variants.  Then you'd have nice looking 2-D covers and a lot of people would buy both.  I know, pure genius.  Enough about my superior intellect and marketing genius honed by years of breakfast cereal commercials...on with the covers.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Smallville: Continuity #2 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Ig Guara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 5, 2014


Last week, Continuity started with a bang...the Legion of Superheroes!  I love the Legion and hoped we'd get more this week, but alas, we do not.  However, we do get to see my favorite bald headed super genius/villain get his wish and a bunch of super friends gather for the impending crisis.

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Futures End Stories We Won't See, But We'd Like To

Well we've started the Futures End event and with it a week full of future stories dealing with our favorite characters from DC Comics.  Well maybe not our favorite characters since a lot of titles have been cancelled leading up to this event over the last three years and with that a lot of characters we won't get to see in the strange land of Five Years From Now.  So for this week's Top 5 Fridays we'll be looking at the Top 5 Futures End Stories We Won't See, But We'd Like To, because the title has already been cancelled.  Now it's still up in the air whether we'll get a piece of one of these characters in a different title, but at this point I doubt it.  Also Futures End's weekly book won't count for this, because we'll be dealing with characters from that overall story as well.  So let's check out which characters due to poor sales numbers get the shaft from having a future.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #4 Review

Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by : Art Baltazar
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 3, 2014

Under the Sea

Whenever the usual dark fare gets me down, I can always turn to the Tiny Titans for a smile.  They are so cute and fun and the all ages tag really goes for any fan from three to three hundred (which is how old I feel lately).  Art Baltazar and Franco have won me over with their little, but dead on characterizations of my favorite DC characters just trying to finds a new Treehouse.  Unfortunately, on their whirlwind tour of the DCU they haven't managed to find it, but they have gotten into a few adventures and received plenty of fist bumps.  This month they travel to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis and as usual it's outrageous fun.

Green Lantern: Futures End #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Martin Coccolo, Aaron Lopresti
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 3, 2014

Taking Out The Dead

It's recap time and since it's event month, that means I have nothing to put here.........  I could tell you about the time I saw a midget try to beat the hell out of a hand dryer that he felt was too high in a men's bathroom, but that doesn't really seem like it's too relevant to Green Lantern, at least at this point in it's series.  Okay so it's five years in the future and Hal Jordan hasn't been seen yet in the Futures End weekly title, so let's find out what's keeping him out, or if we'll see him in it at all.  Join me as we take a look at Green Lantern: Futures End #1 and see what Five Years From Now holds for the ring slinger.

Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #4 Review

Written by: Jason Bischoff
Art by: David Williams
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 4, 2014

Brace Yourself

This is only the fourth issue of Sensation Comics and I think I'm in love.  I love Wonder Woman, sure, but I love the fact that I get to read stories like this issue each and every week.  I finally have a book that can take the place of the (unfortunately) canceled Adventures of Superman.  Like that book, Sensation Comics just makes me happy when I read it and this week is no exception. Jason Bischoff and David Williams give fans an origin story that is delightful in it's charm and classic in it's presentation.  If you have little ones who you want to get into comics and Wonder Woman in particular, give them this issue and watch them become fans.  Just save some time for yourself to read it as well.  Better yet, read and enjoy it together.

Green Arrow: Futures End #1 Review

Written by: Jeff Lemire
Art by: Andrea Sorrentino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 3, 2014

Long Live Green Arrow

The September Futures End Event has just started and I have to admit, I can't help but feel let down already.  I won't mention any titles (*cough* Grayson *cough* Action Comics), but everything I've read is far from essential reading for the regular series run or the Futures End story.  I guess I should have started with Green Arrow because it is both.  It is a great, but sad farewell to Lemire and Sorrentino's stellar Green Arrow run and is required reading for Futures End fans.

Phantom Stranger: Futures End #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Dan Didio, J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Phil Winslade
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 3, 2014

The Final Judgement

So even though we just had the final issue of Phantom Stranger, it looks like we're given a bonus story from the land of Five Years From Now.  Now as most readers will know, this is the section where I usually recap the last issue, but it's Futures End and no recap is really needed.  What I will do though is give you a brief description of the Stranger in case for some reason you don't already know.  The Phantom Stranger is in fact Judas Iscariot, who after betraying the lamb of god was judged by the Council of Eternity to walk the world as a stranger witnessing it's greed and betrayal.  That is until the Presence itself tasks the Stranger with missions to ensure that the Presence's plan continues.  Mostly this meant betraying people, but for every task completed one of the silver coins he received for betraying Jesus would fall off of him and with it a bit of the guilt and pain would be relieved.  So let's check out how the Stranger is fairing Five Years From Now and see how this story will end his series.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The New 52: Futures End #18 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Georges Jeanty
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: September 3, 2014

Look Into My Eye

For our quick Futures End recap let's talk about how last issue we saw that the Helmeted Superman was really Shazam filling in the Man of Steel and it looks like Lois Lane might have gotten the scoop on that bit of info.  Green Arrow was killed in the beginning of this series and we still don't know who was really behind that, but Emiko with the help of Big Barda plan on finding out.  Last issue we saw that Cadmus Island was experiencing some glitches in it's system and this point really hit home when the OMACs suddenly went ape shit and the Earth 2 captives were released from their cells.  Finally we've been seeing a robotic Brainiac monster killing everything in it's path as it searches for something and it seems like Constantine has found it first and that thing just happens to be the real Man of Steel, who appears to have given up the cape and now farms in the Horn of Africa.  So let's get into this week's issue and see if we can get some more answers to our questions.

Action Comics: Futures End #1 Review

Written by: Sholly Fisch
Art by: Pascal Alixe and Vicente Cifuentes
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 3, 2014

A Tree grows in...Ethiopia?

It's time to put all of our favorite books on hold a bit for the latest BIG EVENT.  Yep, it's September and that mean that DC is going to do something special whether us fans like it or not.  This year, we travel five years into the future.  The Futures End that is.  A dark time of Brother Eye, Fifty Sue, OMACS and craziness.  If you haven't been reading the weekly, too bad.  Actually, it doesn't seem to matter much, at least not in this book.  That's because we travel five years into the future to see Superman doing what he does best...gardening.  Hmm...

Earth 2: Futures End #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Daniel H. Wilson
Art By: Eddy Barrows
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 3, 2014

Double Jeopardy

This is usually where I give a recap of the previous issue, but you know what?  I don't have to because it's EVENT MONTH!  That's right boys and girls we're putting a pause on our normal fun and games and taking a trip to Five Years From Now.  So this is Earth 2: Futures End #1 and while we expect to see Earth 2 heroes and or villains tearing up the pages of this issue, we'll be dealing with Mister Terrific and how things almost went completely wrong for him one night, which leads us to a new mystery on the Futures End front.  So let's quit talking about it and........... Well talk about it a little more specifically as we dive into the Futures End Event of Earth 2.  Let's check it out.

Grayson: Futures End #1 Review

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Stephen Mooney
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 3, 2014

Future Past

It's five years in the dark, gritty world of Futures End (you have to say "Futures End" in a deep voice for effect) and Dick Grayson is at the end of his rope.  Actually, he's hanging from his neck.  Yep, every one's favorite Spyral agent is being hung as a traitor by his partner/now lover Helena Bertinelli.  What?  A lot has happened to Dick in five years and Tom King and Stephen Mooney are going to show it all to us, by going backwards.

Justice League #33 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Doug Mahnke
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 3, 2014

Powering Down

Last time in Justice League, we watched as the new Doom Patrol took on Jessica Cruz and the entity that controlled her "Power Ring".  At first I was so happy to see this team in the New 52 kicking ass and taking names, but as I read further I was horrified to find that this version of Chief is reminiscent to Grant Morrison's where he's just a big bag of dicks.  So much for my joy.  Eventually in the issue, the Justice League showed up and now it looks like both teams will be fighting to see who takes down Power Ring.  But I don't think it will be as easy as they intend it to be, because this girl is no pushover.  Let's check it out.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson To Play Black Adam

It's official people!  Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson announced today that he would in fact be playing Black Adam in the upcoming Shazam movie.  As of right now the script to the film is still in early development, but the real news for me is that for everyone that I've argued with over the last couple of weeks, that believed that "The Rock" had to play Shazam, well you all can suck it.  That's all the news on the subject so far, but it's really good news because look at that mug.  He was born to play Black Adam.  Take that Ben Colon, I told ya so!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Aquaman #34 Review

Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Carlos Rodriguez
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 27, 2014

They Swim

The New 52 has been great for Aquaman fans.  Geoff Johns' Game of Underwater Thrones approach revitalized the series and made Aquaman more than just the butt of jokes.  Jeff Parker took that groundwork and upped the fun factor to make a book that has been consistently good.  This issue seems to end the Chimera arc and unfortunately, it's probably the weakest issue since Parker took over.

Old Time Tuesday: Power Records The Flash and Aquaman

Here is another great Power Records joint.  For those not in the know, Power Records released a bunch of record/comic combos in the 70's including some pretty cool DC Comic stuff.  Now, some cool people have put them on youtube so we can all enjoy them once again.  This one features the (kind of odd) teamup of the Flash and Aquaman.  Enjoy!

Injustice: Year Two #22 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Tom Derenick
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 2, 2014

Canary's Revenge

I've been reviewing Injustice for over fifty issues now and I always start by saying how much I love it.  I know you're probably sick of me gushing over it review after review, but tough tacos!  It's my review and I'll gush if I want to.  I love it!  There, I said it.  Deal with it and lets get on to this week's review.  Spoiler alert...I loved it.

Batman: Eternal #21 Review

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Jason Fabok
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 27, 2014

Don't Say a Word

Let me start by saying that Baternal has not been my favorite book.  Certain issues have been good, but I've found that the various creative teams and story lines have resulted in an inconsistent and convoluted book.  Throw that all aside, because the times they are a changing. James Tynion and Jason Fabok are back and this issue feels like the real start of the series.  The previous twenty issues may easily turn out to be setup and those who stuck with it are now about to get their reward.

Arrow Season 2.5 #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Marc Guggenheim
Art By: Joe Bennett, Jack Jadson
Digital Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 1, 2014

An Explosive Opener

With Arrow coming back to us in October with it's third season, I guess DC decided to try again and capitalize on the popularity of the show and you know what?  That's not a bad thing at all.  Even though the first attempt at an Arrow comic didn't fair too well, I have to say creating a tie-in to the actual series was a stroke of brilliance.  Now only if they'd promote the comic on commercials during Arrow, we'd have ourselves a hit for comic fans and non comic fans alike, who'd want to see a little bit more into the show they enjoy and who don't want to dive into the actual Green Arrow comic itself.  So let's check out this first chapter of Arrow Season 2.5 and see what this next season will have in store for us.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Star Spangled War Stories featuring G.I. Zombie #2 Review

Written by: Jimmy Palmioti and Justin Gray
Art by: Scott Hampton
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 27, 2014

The Z-Files

I really enjoyed last month's debut of Star Spangled War Stories featuring G.I. Zombie.  Yes, it was not the book I expected, but Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray had me intrigued.  I was waiting with anticipation to find out more about Jared and his partner Carmen, but even in such a exposition heavy issue, we don't learn much more.  The issue ends with some explosive fun, but it still feels like a book trying to find it's voice.  I hope it does soon, because it's a unique book that gives DC fans something different from the usual mask and cape affair.

Detective Comics: Futures End #1 Preview

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Scott Hepburn

 Cover Price: $3.99 Release Date: September 3, 2014
Batman takes his war on crime to the next level, but he needs the help of his greatest ally – The Riddler?!

Batman/Superman #13 Review

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Jae Lee
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 27. 2014

Pants on the Ground

Batman/Superman has been a book without focus the last couple of months.  It's not Greg Pak's fault, but the Doomed tie-ins and one-shots that have been to blame.  Leave it to DC to get the book back on track right before September's Futures End event.  Bravo, guys. However, I'm not here to bitch about release schedules (though I will continue to anyone who'll listen), I'm here to review this issue. So,  let's get it started.

Sinestro #5 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Cullen Bunn
Art By: Dale Eaglesham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 27, 2014

Fear of The Unknown

Last issue of Sinestro we saw our title character, Soranik and a handful of Sinestro Corpsmen take on the anti-emotion cult and actually come out victorious.  Even though Sinestro was forced into what the cult call "The Paling", we saw our anti-hero overcome this emotional vasectomy and come back from it kicking ass and taking names.  It seems that while they can shield themselves from hard light constructs, they can only do it one emotional spectrum at a time.  So it's a good thing Soranik and her Green Lantern ring hung around for as long as she did.  In the end Sinestro beat his opponents and saved his people that he came to save, but it seems that his daughter doesn't really think he's up to the task of leading the Korugarians again and contacted the Green Lantern Corps leader to come and assist.  That's right all you pretty people out there in interwebs land, it seems that Hal Jordan and Sinestro will go toe to toe again for the first time since Green Lantern #20.  Let's see how this meeting of frienemies goes down.

Secret Origins #5 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Marv Wolfman, Scott Lobdell, Jeff Parker
Art By: Edgar Salazar, Jack Herbert, Daniel HDR
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: August 27, 2014

Here We Go Again

We've got another thrilling issue of origin stories that most people that read DC Comics know, but for this issue we have ourselves a change.  That's right, it looks like DC Comics has finally taken my advice (Yeah it's my advice, prove me wrong) and put out an issue that doesn't focus on top tier characters.  Now for some, these are fighting words because this issues's first story focuses on Cyborg, one of the founding members of the New 52's Justice League.  But let's be honest with ourselves here, Cyborg is DC Comics' red headed step child.  Every member of the Justice League has one or more titles dedicated to them and Cyborg is still left out in the cold.  Hell even Aquaman has two titles.  We'll also be looking at the origin of Red Hood, who is one of my favorite characters and Mera, which is a great choice to have a origin story for because who the hell outside of Aquaman fans knows that info?  So let's dive into the first issue of Secret Origins that seems to have a point.

Getting No Respect: DC Digital First Comics

I am a huge fan of the DC Digital First comics.  The lineup includes a great variety of titles that range from kid friendly fare to more mature titles and so much in between.  I don't know how many times I've heard fans yell that DC Comics are no longer fun, but there is
Batman '66 that is nothing but campy fun.  As a Father of five young boys, it's great to see them join in on Daddy's hobby with Teen Titans Go!  Seriously, there are nothing but great titles out there that seem to be slipping through the cracks and it makes me so mad. The problem starts with DC themselves and it reminds me of the saying, "Nobody will love you if you don't love yourself".  Why don't you show your digital titles some love, DC?  They are just as good (sometimes better) then your "regular" titles, but yet you only seem to pay attention to them when they get around to be printed.  Here is a list of problems as I see it and some possibly solutions. Consider this an intervention.

Just For The Hell Of It Mondays: The Birds of Prey

Happy Labor Day!  Hopefully you have the day off today and can sit back and enjoy this Just For The Hell Of It Monday properly.  For this week's video I figured we'd take a look at a musical number performed by Black Canary, Huntress and Catwoman in the great animated series Batman The Brave and The Bold.  I can't tell you how much I loved this series and how bitter I am that it was cancelled to make way for the very inferior Beware The Batman series.  For those of you who haven't watched The Brave and the Bold yet, go over to Netflix, who has the entire series and binge watch your way into a nirvana of animated silver age goodness.

Five Questions With...Jimmy Palmiotti

We have been kicking around the idea of interviewing our favorite DC Comic creators, but since Eric and myself are extremely shy and awkward, we came up with the idea of Five Questions With...  I didn't know when we would get around to doing it, but I knew the first one had to be with Jimmy Palmiotti.  He is one of the most prolific writers around and an all around nice guy to boot.  After we got past our different taste in movies (Jimmy has taste, We do not), this is what we ended up with.  Enjoy.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #16 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Eduardo Francisco
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: August 31, 2014

Group Love

Okay, now this is what I'm talking about.  The problem with this book has been it's inconsistency.  It's been so up and down I'd like to make a joke about an elevator, but I can't think of one right now.  What I do know, however, is that things are getting better.  Besides an awful issue a couple a weeks ago, Dan Abnett has given us four good issues in five weeks including this one.  That's right, this issue is another good one.  It not only has my two favorite teams, but the return of my favorite character and the beginning of some actual story progression.  If this keeps up, I may have to start recommending this book to people.  Imagine that.

All Star Western #34 Review

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art by: Darwyn Cooke
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: August 27, 2014

Setting Sail

All Star Western has been one of my favorite books in the New 52.  Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray and Jonah Hex have traveled the dusty trail, the future and beyond for over a hundred issues and this month it comes to an end.  It's a real shame because this book was so unique and fun and I'm not sure if anything out there will be able to fill the void.  We do get this final issue and I couldn't have asked for much more.  Palmiotti and Gray tie everything up perfectly while Darwyn Cooke makes everything look like an animated feature I now desperately want.  I never wanted to see this book end, but I love the way it did.

Weird Science DC Comics Week in Review 8/30/14

Hello Party People and welcome to another  a new version of DC Comics Week in Review.  I had been doing a (semi) weekly News column, but ran into a couple problems. One, I'm very lazy.  Two, there are weeks without much news.  I will never stop being lazy because as Popeye says, "I am what I am", but I'm hoping that I'll have a bit more to talk about with this format.  Here in the States it's Labor Day Weekend and that means the end of the Summer.  My kids are getting ready to go back to school and they are not ready at all.  They all had to read one book and do a report over the Summer and of course, none of them have done one bit of work.  So, what should a Father do to help?  That's right, we are all going to see Guardians of the Galaxy again this afternoon!  My fellow writer, Eric just went to see it yesterday and he loved it, of course.  I wish that DC would stop being so grim and gritty and make a fun movie...say a Legion of Superheroes or Teen Titans joint.  I know it's never going to happen, so let's get back to why we are here...