Saturday, October 11, 2014

Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman #9 Review

Written by: Ollie Masters
Art by: Amy Mebberson
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 9, 2014

Fleece Me

For the most part, I've been really pleased with Sensation Comics.  While I'm a big fan of Azzarello's run on the New 52 Wonder Woman book, this is where I go each week to get my fun Wonder Woman stories.  If you need to know why, just check out this week's issue.  It's a crazy Wonder Woman/Catwoman teamup that's just a good time and looks downright adorable to boot.  It's not going to change the World, but while I read it, I had a big smile on my face and isn't that what it's all about?  Being a guy who likes to answer rhetorical questions, yes it is.

Batman Beyond 2.0 #37 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins and Alex Siegel
Art by: Thony Silas
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 11, 2014

Daddy Issues

Here it is, the last arc of Batman Beyond 2.0.  Just a month from now I'll be writing my last review of this current run by Kyle Higgins and that really sucks.  What doesn't suck is this issue.  Higgins, Siegel and Thony Silas (yes!) start this final arc in style by beating the hell out of Dick Grayson.  Man, poor Dick can't catch a break anywhere!  Oh yea, there's also Davis Dusk, Bruce Wayne and Terry being creepy in the Justice Lord's Timeline.

Gotham by Midnight #1 Preview

Written by: RAY FAWKES
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: November 26, 2014

Strange doings are afoot in Gotham City! Look out, though – Jim Corrigan is on the case in this new series by writer Ray Fawkes (CONSTANTINE, BATMAN ETERNAL) and artist Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night, Ten Grand)!

Yes, this is a preview for a book over a month away, but I do love me some Jim Corrigan, Ray Fawkes and Ben Templesmith.  I still haven't fully wrapped my brain around this book, but it looks stylistically creepy. I can't wait for November 26th.

Teen Titans #3 Preview

Written by: WIL PFEIFER
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 15, 2014

A free night out for Raven leads the Titans into another battle! And that brings them one step closer to a dark secret at the heart of S.T.A.R. Labs.

Red Hood and the Outlaws #35 Preview

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Geraldo Borges
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: October 15, 2014

Things are spinning out of control for the Outlaws when Roy realizes that he’s the only member of the team not abusing drugs!

Green Lantern: New Guardians #35 Preview (GODHEAD)

Written by: Justin Jordan
Art by: Andrew Hennessy, Bradley Walker
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: October 15, 2014

The Source Wall has left him slowly losing his grip on reality, and the Guardians are gravely concerned. When help arrives in the form of Highfather, the Guardians know the All-Father is not to be trusted, but desperation can lead to bad decisions. Kyle’s walking into a trap, and he has more to lose than he can imagine!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Smallville: Continuity #7 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Marcelo Di Chiara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 10, 2014


I'm not a guy who likes change.  I don't know how many times I wake up in the morning, look at that underwear drawer and decide to stay with what got me to the show in the first place.  I realize that made no sense, but I'm going somewhere with this, trust me.  This issue starts the second half of the Continuity story and the times they are a changin'.  By "the times" I mean the storytelling and the art style.  After a bunch of really strong issues, this change is not only unwelcome, but ruined the momentum the story was gaining.

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Villains I Want To See In The Flash TV Series

Well by now I hope all of you out there have watched The Flash Pilot and if you're anything like me you loved the hell out of it and can't wait to see more.  Hell I'm pissed that I actually have to wait week to week, because I'd really like to marathon the shit out of this series this weekend.  Well....... that's what I want to do with every television series I like.  Waiting sucks.  Anyway with the teaser at the end of the episode showing what's to come in season one and the Easter Egg of Gorilla Grodd escaping during the particle excelerator explosion.........  I guess I'm just villain of the week happy.  People give shows shit when they have a monster of the week format and not an overall story, but I guess I'm in the minority here because I love that shit.  So the characters I know I saw during the teaser, characters referenced and characters I'm waiting to go bad are Weather Wizard, Captain Cold, Mirror Master, Gorilla Grodd and Professor Zoom.  Now I'm sure there were more and I simply didn't catch them and I didn't read anything online about who's coming to the show, so for this week I'm getting lazy and just presenting my Top 5 list of villains I want to see in the show that I didn't mention already.  So let's get into this Top 5 Fridays and see what characters are on my mind.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Klarion #1 Review

Written by: Ann Nocenti
Art by: Trevor mcCarthy
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 9, 2014

I want my $2.99 and Ten Minutes of My Life Back

We meet again Ann Nocenti.  I thought that I had rid myself of you after you left (got kicked off?) Catwoman, but just like a cat, it seems you have nine lives.  Seriously, Ann must know where the bodies are buried because after running every book she's been on into the ground, she is always given another job.  This one, though, is a bit more bizarre.  Can anyone out there in comic reading land tell me how Klarion got a monthly book before Shazam and Cyborg?  Oh well, if this issue is any indication, it won't be around too long.

Batgirl #35 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher
Art By: Babs Tarr
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 8, 2014


Well Gail Simone's run is over and now we jump into a new Batgirl with a new creative team and a new direction for our Gal Guardian of Gotham.  I don't want to say that I'm going into this with a negative bias just because I looked at the preview for the issue and didn't like it, but I don't want to say that I'm not either because that would just be lying.  So yeah, maybe I'm not thrilled about this Batgirl and what the comic will be doing in the future, but it is what it is and man I hope this doesn't ruin Batgirl for me.  So let's check it out and keep our rose colored glasses on and then break them when we're disappointed.  I'm so conflicted.

Superman/Wonder Woman #12 Review

Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Jack Herbert, Walden Wong and Cliff Richards
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 8, 2014

It's so Hard...

Like the power couple themselves, Superman/Wonder Woman has had it's ups and downs.  When allowed to breathe on it's own, Charles Soule gave fans a book that was a great combination of both characters and their Worlds.  Then along came Doomed. Unfortunately, the end of Charles Soule's run was dominated by the crossover event and he only gets this aftermath issue to say goodbye.  Thankfully, this issue is more of a fun one-shot that ties things together and made me smile.  I'll keep reading (and reviewing) this book, but I will miss Charles Soule.

The New 52: Futures End #23 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Aaron Lopresti
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 8, 2014

That's A Big Twinkie......... I Mean Brainiac

Last time we looked into the future and saw our asshole like heroes, we saw Hawkman, Amethyst and Frankenstein meeting their captor for the first time and man was it a huge as Brainiac monster.  Luckily Ray Palmer showed up right in the nick of time with Black Adam, who he released from the Phantom Zone.  So it looks like we'll have a bunch of Davids running around a Goliath this issue.  We also saw more of Voodoo and Mercy who seem to be running from assassins and I apologize because last issue I told you that Mercy was Faraday's daugher.... It seems that she's simply his niece.  Hopefully we'll find out what these characters are up to and make some sense out of their story.  Madison Payne has left Red Robin... er I mean Cal Corcoran and maybe we'll see some more on that and Thirty Five Years From Now we saw Brother Eye doing brain surgery to Bruce Wayne to find out how to create a time machine to stop Batman Beyond from interfering with it in the past, oh and Joker's still alive in that future and we'll look at a bit of that today.  Let's check out this week's Five Years From Now and see what problems our heroes have to face this week.

Worlds' Finest #27 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Paul Levitz
Art By: Jed Dougherty, Scott Hanna
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 8, 2014

Secret Origins?

As we continue this week's journey into Earth 2, we see that Worlds' Finest has now flipped the script and has now become a series focusing on stories about Earth 2's Batman and Superman prior to their deaths during the Apokolips invasion...... I guess we're around six years from when that happened now.  So say goodbye to Power Girl and Huntress and say hello....... Well for this issue say hello to Jor-El and Thomas Wayne as we see some Secret Origin type story telling going on here and find out what really happened to get our Earth 2 heroes down the road that would eventually make them legends.  Let's check it out and see if Worlds' Finest can actually become a title worth reading or if it will continue to be nonsense.  Luckily now though we won't have to wait for the inevitable panel where Power Girl has to get naked and we lose all faith in the people telling the stories of our favorite heroes.  Let's check it out.

Earth 2 #27 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Marguerite Bennett, Tom Taylor
Art By: Andy Smith, Trevor Scott, Marcus To, Scott Hanna
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: October 8, 2014

We Are Family!

Now while I had a hard time trying to convey the story of Earth 2: World's End, I think I might have a better time here.  Hopefully.  Anyway I started reading this book yesterday and then stopped because it said that the events in this book happen after Earth 2: World's End and now that I have read both I have to say that DC is a bunch of goddamn liars.  So while I was expecting my Earth 2 heroes taking on the Furies from Apokolips like I saw them doing at the end of World's End, here we have a book trying to acclimate Power Girl and Huntress to the new status quo of this world.  So no Furies, just a bunch of dysfunction and some mutants.  Let's check it out and see what this series will become now that The Kryptonian story arc is finished.  

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Earth 2: World's End #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson
Art By: Eddy Barrows, Jorge Jimenez, Ardian Syat, Paulo Siguera
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 8, 2014

The World Continues To End......... Weekly

For this recap section I could go back and explain all of Earth 2 leading up to here, but that would just be crazy and I'm a little annoyed that you would ask that of me.  I've been wanting more Earth 2 titles for a long time now and man have I got it in spades now that October's here.  We've got Earth 2, Earth 2: World's End, Worlds' Finest and Futures End that deals with the events of Earth 2 and Earth 2: Worlds' End.  I'm seriously going to get these titles confused in the future and maybe a little now.  So let's check out what we'll be dealing with now that The Kryptonian story line is finished and we see our heroes try to rebuild their world.  Come on..........  Let's go.

Batman #35 Review

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: October 8, 2014

They'll Laugh at You

Opinions of "Zero Year" seem to run the gamut of review scores.  Personally, while I enjoyed it, I thought it went on a bit too long and overly relied on past stories.  I enjoy Snyder and Capullo when they are doing their own thing, not trying to prove they are the biggest Batman fans in the room.  This arc looks really promising in that regard.  It also doesn't hurt that it's a game changer in every way possible to the point that I use that phrase after promising I never would again.

This issue is one of those that you really need to go into blind.  For their part, DC, Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have kept everything under wraps and I want to do the same.  Please go and read this issue right now, before anyone (including me) ruins it for you.  Come back when you're done and we'll continue with this review.

Green Lantern Corps #35 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Van Jensen
Art By: Bernard Chang
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 8, 2014

Getting Spanked Part 2

It's GODHEAD Act 1 Part 3 and I seriously hope all of you reading this know the stories that came before it and what's going on in the world of the Green Lanterns, but just in case you want to skip ahead I'll break down the story as simply as I can.  Highfather of the New Gods wants the Life Equation and he believes it lies beyond the Source Wall.  Using God tech, Metron and Highfather discover from Relic that Lanterns of the Prime-Universe pierced the wall and survived the ordeal.  So Highfather sent out a bunch of New Gods to collect all seven rings of the emotional spectrum and once they had them they used a device to try and create one beam of light from it.  Well after a failed attempt to use the rings to evolve a species of aliens into new New Gods, they changed their minds about using them and plan on destroying all the rings in the universe to keep the power out of the wrong hands.  They really mutated those poor people to hell and figured mercy killing them was their best option.  Anyway Hal pinpointed the New Gods location at the Source Wall later on and sent out a squadron to take them out, but got their asses seriously handed to them and it looks like Hal believes all is lost against these formidable foes.  That's what you need to know to catch you up, well that and Hal sent John Stewart and a group of Lanterns to check on the people of the planet the New Gods screwed with and I don't think he's going to like what he finds.  Okay let's check it out.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Aquaman and the Others #6 Review

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Lan Medina
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 1, 2014

Deja Vu

I haven't been a fan of this book.  In fact, I have no idea why it exists.  It's a team book, but we are at the sixth issue and I still don't know the team.  The art has been okay, but the story and dialogue are downright awful.  Well, this issue is a bit of a restart and while it's as good a jumping on point as any, what the reader jumps onto is still not very good.

Injustice: Year Three #3 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo and Vicente Cifuentes
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 7, 2014


Injustice: Year Three continues with more of Constantine.  The guy goes from Hell and back again...literally and while you can't trust him as far as you can throw him, his heart seems to be in the right place.  He's making deals with demons and riding shotgun with Batman and Detective Chimp.  Tom Taylor ups the humor big time, and Redondo and Cifuentes' art is magical.

Wonder Woman #34 Review

Written by: Brian Azzarello
Art by: Cliff Chiang
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 1, 2014

F-- Yeah!

I really can't say anything about this book that hasn't been said by everyone else.  It's such a well written, awesomely illustrated epic of a book.  Brian Azzarello has laughed in the face of story arcs and crossovers and instead has weaved a slow burning tale that started with the first issue and is still going on this month.  By it's nature, it's not new reader friendly, but the effort to get up to speed is so worth it.  This run will certainly go down as one of the best in Wonder Woman history, but all good things must come to an end.  Yep, Azzarello and Chiang are wrapping there run up and they are doing it in style. After reading this issue, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it's still up in the air if and how we will get there.  I can't wait for that bittersweet moment.

Swamp Thing #35 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Charles Soule
Art By: Jesus Saiz
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 1, 2014

Machines Are Awful People

It seems that Jim has a little too much on his plate this week as far as reviews are concerned.  So for this issue of Swamp Thing you'll be getting little old spoilerific me at the helm as we get all Swampy with it.  In Swamp Thing: Futures End we saw that the machines had become a kingdom at some point in that timeline's past and for this issue we'll actually get to see that beginning........ kind of.  Anyway it's all very convenient in a good way, so let's see what the first interactions are like  between our current avatar of the Green and the never trust worthy, machines.  Let's check it out.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Batman: Eternal #26 Review

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: R.M. Guera
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 1, 2014

...I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name

I enjoyed last issue of "Baternal" because of the Bat Family and especially the parts with Jason Todd and Tim Drake.  I know better then to hope to get a continuation of my favorite bits when it comes to this book, but for once, my wish came true.  This issue was pushed as a Hush origin story and while we get that, we also get some Bat Family and some Spoiler.  I liked the first two, but the Spoiler part seems a bit off this week.

Earth 2: World's End #1 Preview

Written by: Daniel H. Wilson, Mike Johnson, Marguerite Bennett
Art by: Eddy Barrows, Jorge Jimenez, Ardian Syaf, Paulo Siqueira
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 8, 2014

Daniel H. Wilson, New York Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse and Robogenesis, delves into the world of EARTH 2 for the start of a new weekly series that will see the origins of a world much like the New 52 Earth, but yet so different. A world that saw its greatest heroes die – and new ones take their places. A world where Superman became it’ greatest villain, and a man named Zod seeks to save it, along with Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash and other heroes. A world they can only save from the forces of Apokolips through great personal sacrifice! Death and destruction will follow each week, and you’ll never know who will live and who will die! It all begins with this extra-sized debut issue!

Infinite Crisis: Fight for the Multiverse #21 Review

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Christian Duce
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 5, 2014

A Late Beginning?

I have been pretty harsh on this book, but please believe me that it's just not hate for hates sake.  That's Eric's thing and besides it's not out of place here.  This book has been pretty damn terrible since it started those twenty one issues ago.  There have been some decent issues, and by "some" I mean four.  Four issues out of twenty is an average that does not get you to the Show, my friends.  Could Dan Abnett make it five out of twenty one this week?  Let's find out.

You know what's "Infinite"?  The time it's taking Dan Abnett to get this story going.  At least we've had a steady team for the last couple of issues even if we haven't got to know them all yet.  This issue we get some good  K.A.L. moments watching him beat the living hell out of the Nightmare Metallo army.  It's personal and about as close to character development that Abnett has done in this book.

Batman #35 Preview (Endgame)

Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 8, 2014

From the superstar creative team that brought you a new start to the Caped Crusader comes the story that could end him. Be there in October for the biggest, deadliest and most epic story yet from writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo – “Batman: Endgame” begins here!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Batman/Superman #14 Review

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Diogenes Neves and Marc Deering
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 1, 2014

Clean My Slate

Most books had the foresight to finish up arcs before the September Futures End Event.  Unfortunately, this wasn't one of them.  I'm not pointing fingers here, but it's a shame that any momentum the first issue of the arc had was smashed to bits while we all went five years into the grim future.  Well, we're  back and Batman and Superman are waiting, no memories and all. I wish I could say that I jumped right back in and enjoyed everything here, but that's not the case.  It seems that skipping a Month isn't the only problem this story has.

Action Comics #35 Review

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Scott Kolins and Vicente Cifuentes
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 1, 2014

A Doomed Story

I didn't hate the Doomed story.  I know DC won't be putting that on the back of the Trade Paperback, but after such an inconsistent story, that's the honest truth.  However, I am very interested how the books involved are going to deal with the aftermath of the event and in particular Superman.  As far as Action Comics goes, Greg Pak shows us a world trying to recover without Superman and Clark Kent wondering if it should stay that way.  Overall, it's an aftermath issue much like the Doomed event.  I didn't hate it.

Superman has been gone a while.  You know how we know that?  He tells us and he's got a Man of Steel beard.  I don't know what to think about the explanation, but I love that beard.  Back on Earth, Superman visits the most important people in his life, but not everything is coming up roses.

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5 Review

Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by: Art Baltazar
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 1, 2014

This is My Kind of Party

Those Tiny Titans are anything but quitters.  They've traveled from Atlantis to the Rock of Eternity (and a couple of cool places in between) in search of a new Treehouse.  Unfortunately for them, but lucky for fans, they haven't found a suitable replacement thus far. This month we head to Paradise Island and as usual, it's fun, cute and all ages awesome.

It was just a matter of time before the Titans went to Wonder Woman for help.  Believe me, it was well worth the wait.  The issue starts with the Invisible Jet, which is always awesome and a hilarious solution to boys not being allowed on Paradise Island.  Once on the Island, the fun continues.

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 10/04/2014

It's October and that means no more of those heinous 3D covers.  Can I be the first (or maybe thousandth) person to beg DC to ditch them next year for something a little more original and inspired.  In fact, I wish the higher ups at DC (the ones with the big bow ties and World's Fair cigars) would stop the madness all together.  Oh well, that's a subject for another day.  We are here to celebrate the best covers of the week and there are quite a few good ones.  So without further ado, on with the show...

Five Questions With...Brett Booth

Like Tag Team, we are back again with another Five Questions With...and this week it is a pleasure to have Brett Booth.  I could go on and on about how great Brett's art is, but if you read my reviews of any of his books, or have eyes, you already know it's stellar and that I love it.  In fact, I think I could read a grocery list illustrated by him and give it a 5.0/10.  Maybe a 6.0/10 if it was a really good grocery list.  What makes a really good grocery list?  Bacon.  Lots of Bacon.  There is actually a point to this lame attempt at humor.  Way back in February, I reviewed Superman #28 by Scott Lobdell and Brett.  I hated every word Lobdell wrote in that issue, but loved the art.  I gave the issue a 3.5/10 and Brett ripped me apart on Twitter.  If I loved the art so much, why didn't I give the issue a 5.0/10? We "talked" a bit and in the end, I'll admit that I really looked at the way I review comics.  So, while Brett probably doesn't remember this whole thing, I think about it each week while doing my reviews.  That sounds a bit creepy..."I think about you every Wednesday, Brett."  Oh well, I'm a creepy guy.  So, I hope you enjoy this and if you aren't already, check out Brett's art on The Flash which is awesome. Follow him on Twitter @Demonpuppy and go over to his website to see some awesome sketches, including Dinosaurs!