Saturday, November 15, 2014

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #14 Review

Written and Art by: Gilbert Hernandez
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: November 13, 2014

Earth Girls are...

Sensation Comics just got some major indie cred with Gilbert Hernandez writing and drawing this week's issue.  The Love and Rockets creator stretches the experimental potential of the out-of-continuity weekly to the seams by giving readers the most traditional story yet.  Anyone familiar with Beto's previous work will not be disappointed and neither will those looking for a bigger than life Wonder Woman who bows to no man, alien or robot.

Smallville: Continuity #12 Review

Written by: Bryan Q. Miller
Art by: Ig Guara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: November 10, 2014

I'm not Crying, I've Got Something in My Eye

After forty issues, the comic continuation of Smallville is over with this issue.  Bryan Q. Miller has given fans so many great
stories and with so much potential still untapped, I wish it could go on forever.  I won't bore you with my theories of why it's ending or if this was indeed the original ending...that's a story for another day.  No, I'm going to focus on this final issue which is great for fans of the book and the show.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #36 Preview

Written By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessey
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 19, 2014

“GODHEAD,” act 2, part 3: With the unwilling help of Kyle Rayner, Highfather at last gains control of the greatest potential weapon the multiverse has ever known: The Life Equation! But such power was never meant to be controlled, let alone weaponized – not even by a god! And without his powers, Kyle is helpless to prevent the unthinkable!

Now going from this solicit, I really want to know about Kyle's unwillingness to help, because he sure as hell seemed willing the last issue of New Guardians.  It also talks about not having his powers, so does that mean that Kyle gave up the White Lantern ring or does it simply mean he's without the universe altering Life Equation?  If it's just the Life Equation, he should at least be able to use his ring to put up a decent enough fight since we saw the Qwardian Weaponer use a damaged White Lantern ring to make a shield and sword last issue of Green Lantern Corps to at least mildly affect the New God, Lady Shadowfall.  I guess we'll just have to wait and see how Kyle and Carol get out of the paradise of New Genesis, hopefully with their lives.  I can't wait for more GODHEAD goodness.

Arrow Season 2.5 #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Marc Guggenheim, Keto Shimizu
Art By: Joe Bennett, Craig Yeung, Jim Charalampidis 
Digital Price: $0.99
Release Date: November 10, 2014

Kicking Religion In The Throat

Last chapter of Arrow Season 2.5 we saw Arrow find the secret headquarters of the new Brother Blood, but like most things in Arrow's life, it didn't go smoothly.  On top of all that Diggle decided that he'd secretly go back up our hero, but he let some simps get the best of him and was clobbered by a baseball bat.  This really doesn't bode well for our team Arrow member because Brother Blood has had it in for Diggle and Felicity since the end of Season 2 of the show because they embarrassed him by capturing and interrogating the former body guard of Sebastian Blood and now that he's the one in power, he plans on getting some payback.  So Diggle's captured, Arrow's fighting off a ton of religious nut jobs and it seems that Brother Blood has a mirakuru soldier chained up in the basement and wants to recreate the power of the soldiers in his faithful....... Which can't be good for anybody.  Let's check out what this chapter has in store for us.

Batman/Superman #16 Preview

Written by: GREG PAK
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: $3.99

New artist Ardian Syaf joins the hit series as a mystery begins! An unseen terror launches deadly strikes against major cities…and the only clue is Kryptonite! Can Batman and Superman bring an invisible foe to justice before more damage is done?

It's a funny thing, now that DC has finally paid attention to the quality of their Superman books, it's no longer a debate of which is the worst, but which is the best one on the shelves.  While Batman/Superman has been a middle of the pack book in that debate (in my opinion, of course), I am looking forward to this issue for one big reason, Ardian Syaf.  It's not just that I dig his art, which I do, but the fact that this book has been begging for a full-time artist since Jae Lee jumped ship. I may be reevaluating my book order very soon, maybe on Wednesday.  The preview below is crazy...bloody Orcas, Supergirl, Steel and God knows what Superman sees at the very end.  I want to know right now, dammit.

DC Comics to Feature Harley Quinn Variant Covers in February

DC Comics announced that February would be Harley Quinn Theme Month!  What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a whole month of every one's favorite insane, lovable, inappropriate...You get the point.  Harley will be featured on a bunch of variant covers much like the Flash will be in January.  As DC announced, "No hero (or villain!) is safe!  Below is the release schedule and artists for each cover and the preview covers for Aquaman , Justice League United, Batman, Superman, Catwoman, Detective Comics and Green Lantern Corps.  All of them look great!

Harley Quinn #12 Preview

Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
Art by: John Timms
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 19, 2014

Harley’s over the moon about teaming up with the all-powerful Power Girl…but it won’t take X-ray vision for Power Girl to see that something’s not right with her new best bud!

Oh, Harley.  You know that her lying to Power Girl is going to bite her in the butt...and I'm sure she'll enjoy that!  I'm already enjoying this story, but it's not for the usual reasons. Yes, I love the zany situations, pop culture references and in-jokes this book is already known for, but I really am enjoying seeing Harley trying to be accepted as a superhero goodgal.  You know what I also love?  Sports Master and Clock King!  That's a dynamic duo. if you ask me.  I can't wait to see "Pee Gee" and Harley battle Queen I Did 'Jer Mom on an alien planet...Wednesday can't get here quick enough.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Teen Titans #4 Preview

Written By: Will Pfeifer
Art By: Kenneth Rocafort
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 19, 2014

A major villain is revealed to be behind the new Teen Titans’ problems! You won’t believe what’s next!

Now this solicit says that a major villain is revealed and I really don't think that's the case.  For anyone who's been reading this title since it was renumbered, you'll pretty much know that Manchester Black is the bad guy here and I would hardly call him a major villain.  Unless there's a bigger bad lurking in the shadows, I'm pretty sure we know the secret.  Beyond the solicit though, it took me until last issue to really get into this book.  I don't know if I was just biased because I liked the way the book was before the creative change or if I just resented the fact that Beast Boy was now green again for no reason at all.  Either way I'm on the trolley now and I can't wait until next week to see what Will Pfeifer and Kenneth Rocafort have in store for us this issue.  

Top 5 Fridays: Imaginext DC Super Friends Toys

Alright boys and girls we're back with another Weird Science Top 5 Fridays and for this week's installment I figured we'd take a look at a very cool line of action figures/vehicles/playsets that might have slid under your radar because........... Well because they are meant for 3-8 year olds.  I'm talking about the amazing Fisher Price line of Imaginext DC Super Friends action figures, that when you initially see them you might scoff or just keep walking by, but let me assure you that this is probably the best line of action figures that DC is licencing right now.  That's right I'm a grown ass man that loves himself some toddler toys and I'm not ashamed to say so because if you've checked them out or at some point in the future might, you'll know that these toys are something special.  Whether it's from the diverse line of heroes and villains, the small price for getting a figure and a vehicle in one package or the many different playsets with their fun action features......... It's just a really fun line for boys, girls, men or women who love DC Comics and the heroes that encompass that world.  So for today's list I'll be running down the Top 5 products from this line that make it the best DC toy line out right now.  Let's check it out and maybe I can persuade some of you to get on the Imaginext trolley.

Batman '66 #47 Review

Written By: Jeff Parker
Art By: Scott Kowalchuk
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: November 12, 2014

The Osiris Virus

One nice thing about the world of Batman '66 is that it doesn't try and change what's already been established for the time. While there are instances of taking modern day Batman villains and merging them into the campy and wacky world of Batman '66 the series doesn't like to stray far from it's established villain roots. Thanks to that little factor we've seen a lot of classic Batman villains make appearances throughout the series that otherwise didn't have enough battles with the Dynamic Duo before the series was cancelled after just 3 seasons (120 episodes). Batman '66 #47 goes back and revisits a villain that wasn't my favorite on the series, though I did enjoy his episodes quite a bit: King Tut. 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Justice League United #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Jeff Lemire
Art By: Neil Edwards, Jay Leisten
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 12, 2014

Is Fictional Social Anxiety A Real Thing?

Welcome back to Weird Science and this month's Justice League United.  Last time we stepped into the world of the JLU, we saw the team fighting a battle on two separate fronts.  Green Arrow, Animal Man, Supergirl and Stargirl were out in space fighting the forces of Byth and their friend they believed was dead, Hawkman.  It seems that Byth has somehow convinced Hawkman after his resurrection that the Justice League United were the ones that killed him and I guess coming back from the dead could cause some sort of confusion.... So I'm going to give Hawkman a pass here.  Back on Earth, after fighting the Legion of Superheroes, Martian Manhunter, Alanna Strange and Equinox must team up with them to stave off Byth's marauders that have been sent to capture Ultra.  It's a big over lapping story about how the Legion came back in time to stop an enemy named Infinitus, who happens to be Ultra and Byth is opening a gateway to the future to bring Infinitus here.  Timey Wimey Paradoxy stuff that no one seems to care about, but what the hell we'll go with it.  So let's see how our teams deal with the oncoming storm of Infinitus and his herald Byth.  Let's check it out.

Klarion #2 Review

Written by: Ann Nocenti
Art by: Trevor McCarthy
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 12, 2014

Carry On

I have spent the entire time on our site reviewing Ann Nocenti books.  If you've been keeping score, I have a love/hate relationship with Ann.  On one hand, her writing is terrible.  On the other hand, her writing is hilariously terrible.  Her stories make no sense, her dialogue is ridiculous, her characters are one dimensional and I have so much fun reading them.  It's like a train wreck that I can't turn away from.  Last month's premiere issue of Klarion wasn't great, but it just might have been one of the better issues she's written in years.  That last sentence still confuses me.  What gives?  Did she find a character and a story she has a good grasp on and might actually write a book that people will enjoy?  Fear not, this second issue gets back to the usual Nocenti magic.

Worlds' Finest #28 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Paul Levitz
Art By: Jed Dougherty
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: November 12, 2014

It's A Wonder They Survived

Last issue of Worlds' Finest we saw the departure of the Power Girl/Huntress focus of the book and saw that it had now become all about Superman and Batman of Earth 2......... You know, before they died.  Our story was told to us through Red Tornado who is keeping a log of events that made our Earth 2 World's Finest pair the heroes they became and for her first entry we saw her tell the story about Krypton's destruction and Thomas Wayne making a decision that ultimately led to him faking his death and causing the death of his wife.  These are the stories that shaped our hero's Earth 2 counterparts and now it's time to see these heroes as youngsters and find out what trouble they got into then.  Let's check it out.

New Suicide Squad #4 Review

Written by: Sean Ryan
Art by: Tom Derenick
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 12, 2014

Not So Deadshot

The New Suicide Squad has been fun enough, but the story has stalled a bit over it's first three issues. I like the team (or what's left of them) and the action has been pretty explosive, but I wouldn't complain if we could just get them the hell out of Russia and get to some meatier stories.  However, the Vic Sage versus Amanda Waller side story has me intrigued.  I am a fan of Waller and watching her drive Vic crazy is hilarious.  For better or worse, this month's issue pretty much continues everything I've mentioned above.  The team is still stuck in Russia, there's explosive action and Amanda Waller is driving Vic insane.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Constantine #19 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Jeremy Haun
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 12, 2014

Finding Himself

Last issue of Constantine we saw that our Brash Brit had become a member of Earth 2 and all the hell that brings with it and if journeying to this world during a war with Apokolips wasn't enough, he also had to deal with Wotan as well.  Now Wotan not being a sucker realized that John wasn't from this world and was going to use him as doorway to........ Well to Prime-Earth where it's relatively safe.  But you can never count John out and he uses the knowledge of why his magic wasn't working right, to deduce that he has a double out there and tricks Wotan into using him as a doorway to his other self, cutting Wotan in half, hotdog ways when he went through.... Magic's weird and gross.  So now John's gotta go find himself so that he can make his way back home.  Let's check it out.

Batgirl #36 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher
Art By: Babs Tarr

Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 12, 2014

Anime and The Hell It Brings

Last issue of Batgirl we saw new art and a new direction for our Gotham Guardian and to tell you the truth, I wasn't fond of either.  Either way, Batgirl moved to a new house with a new roommate and found that her van that she had parked in Black Canary's storage unit set on fire, burning all of Batgirl's things and actually destroying Black Canary's home........ So Barbara has a new roommate staying with her and since these two are on the outs, it's very tense at home.  With all this we add dippy girls, hook up websites, evil DJs, a new Batgirl costume and defeating the enemy with a QR code.  It's a strange time to be a Batgirl fan.  Hopefully things will get better here and I will keep an open mind when reading this, so no accusations of hating for hate's sake please.  Let's check out Batgirl #36.

Batman #36 Review

Written by: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Art by: Greg Capullo and Graham Nolan
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 12, 2014

Face the Face

Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo started off "ENDGAME" last month in epic fashion.  It started out as an awesome Justice League versus Batman battle and ended with hints of the Joker's return.  This month, Snyder gives readers the answer to one of the oldest fanboy arguments (sort of) and Greg Capullo shows everyone why he is one of the best artists around today.  Oh yea, we also find out more about the Joker.

Green Lantern Corps #36 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Van Jensen
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 12, 2014

Love Is A Battlefield

Last week in Green Lantern #36, we saw our beloved Corps take refuge on New Korugar and while
we saw the stage being set for the coming of every emotional spectrum, I couldn't help but feel dread at what Sinestro might be planning after they win the battle against the New Gods or there aren't any Lanterns left to oppose him.  The New Guardians made their return to a title not bearing the New Guardians name and they brought the grim news about Kyle being taken by Highfather and him wanting to turn our White Lantern into a weapon..... Well the Life Equation inside of him into a weapon and while Hal was originally going to do as he was told by the New Guardians, after a little teasing from Sinestro........ or manipulating, Hal decided for all the Corps' members to hide out in the Anti Matter Universe while he searched out Black Hand to bring a little death to the fight.  So let's check out what our heroes are up to this week in GODHEAD Act 2, Part 2.  Let's check it out.

Batman 66 #46 Review

Written By: Gabe Soria
Art By: Craig Rousseau
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: October 29, 2014

The Short Halloween

A story in the world of Batman 66 doesn't always take up all three chapters that the format allows for Batman 66 #46 is. To be more specific it's a Halloween backup story, written by Gabe Soria with art by Craig Rousseau.
so sometimes a backup story is necessary and that is exactly what

The plot of the story is far from intense, following the adventures of a brother dressed as Batman and his sister who is (reluctantly) dressed as Robin, as they hunt out the older kids dressed as Joker and the Penguin who stole candy from a kid dressed as Superman. Going into this one I opened my mind up knowing that it would fit right inline with the campy and zany style of the world of Batman 66.

The New 52: Futures End #28 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Andy MacDonald, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 12, 2014

Fly or Die

For our quick recap this week, you'll need to know that Cadmus Island has been compromised by Brother Eye and that all the Earth 2 heroes with implants have been taken over by the psycho satellite.  Only Fifty Sue, Grifter and Lana Lang are left to take back the island because Fifty Sue has recently found out that Slade has been working with Brother Eye and man is she not happy about that.  Lois Lane has been searching for answers to the mystery box that was left to her after Green Arrow's funeral and after talking to Cal Corcoran (Tim Drake) last week, she decides to take a leap of faith and parachute down to the coordinates left to her...... Which sounds crazy if it were me because she's already done a fly by and nothing was there.  Then again, I'm not a famous journalist, so what do I know?  Jason Rusch's former boss Dr. Yamazake has found out about Jason's extra curricular activities and fired him from the teleportation project and to prove that he's completely off his rocker, he's also kidnapped Madison Payne and planned on using her for his first test subject......... You know because her father was a war criminal and his wife died during the war....... motivation.  Finally we'll talk about Batman Beyond and Plastique trying to get Tim Drake's help in their search for Brother Eye, but as we saw last week it looks like they've found Batman instead and you know how happy he gets about people using the Bat emblem.  So let's check out what this week's foray into the future has in store for us.  Let's check it out.

Firestorm's Complete For TV's The Flash

(Left) Roderique, (Middle) Firestorm, (Right) Amell

It's been reported that the Canadian actor Luc Roderique, who you might know from his roles in Godzilla and Rise of The Planet of The Apes, has been confirmed to play Jason Rusch debuting in episode 10 of The Flash television show and with his inclusion to this world and the previously reported Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond and Victor Garber as Professor Stein........ Well it looks like us Nuclear Man fans will have our eyes pressed to the television screen in anticipation for the first live action Firestorm.  Now for those of you who aren't in the know, Jason Rusch is a mild mannered genius who uses the Firstorm matrix to fuse with the more athletic and brash Ronnie Ramond; to become the Nuclear Man Firestorm.  The Flash television show just keeps getting better and better every week and is completely opening the DC Television Universe with it's inclusion of characters that I never thought I'd see in a live way that doesn't look goofy as shit.  So make sure you keep watching this show as our childhood dreams of seeing these characters realized and brought to life in a completely bad ass way comes to pass.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Batman 66 #45 Review

Written by: Jeff  Parker
Art by: Brent Schoonover
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date:October 15, 2014

Batman's Rebound

The great thing about the Batman 66  DC  Digital First series is that  it can do a whole world of things that the television series could never hope to touch--like turning Batman and Robin into Neanderthals that speak perfect English. That being said, it's exactly where this story goes. After pushing his mind ahead to a 40th century intellect, Egghead has gone a crime spree, stealing from Gotham's most wanted--Spoiler alert--including cameos from Mr. Freeze and The Riddler. Back at the Batcave, the Dynamic Duo find themselves of the position of needing to hunt down  Egghead and bring him to justice.  

Detective Comics #36 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Benjamin Percy
Art By: John Paul Leon
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 5, 2014

Grayson Stole The Show

Last issue of Detective Comics we saw Bruce Wayne about to take off in his private jet for a long overdue vacation but before he can, a plane makes an emergency landing at the Gotham Airport and even takes out a section of it.  I guess it's one of those right place right time scenarios and Batman is on the case, but when he opens the door to the downed plane, he discovers that all the passengers are dead and even though he's the world's greatest detective and kind of known to look before he leaps...... Well he exposed the entire airport to a Outbreak situation when he opened the door all willy nilly.  So Batman discovers that the virus that was on the plane kills in eight hours, so he's seriously on the clock here as a special broadcast plays over the news.  It turns out the man responsible for the virus is one of those political terrorists and wants troops out of somewhere, wherever troops might be that people get pissed about and he has the dumbest name I've seen in a comic in a long time; Magnus Magnuson.  Stupid name.  So let's see if Batman can handle this even though it's ridiculous to think he can because this is totally a Justice League situation.  Let's check it out.

Batman: Eternal #31 Review

Written by: Ray Fawkes
Art by: Fernando Pasarin
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 5, 2014

Joker Said Knock You Out

I have said it over and over, while I like Baternal as a whole, it's been so up and down that I can't really recommend it.  The book seems to always bite off more than it can chew each week and because of that we are left hanging between too many stories.  I have enjoyed Ray Fawkes run on the book and he's back this week.  He brings an awesome teamup, more Arkham destruction and Joker's Daughter getting hers.  Too many stories are being juggled each week, but I liked what Fawkes gives us.

Injustice: Year Three #7 Review

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: November 11, 2014

Setup and Payoff

I have really enjoyed Year Three for the combination of great new magical characters and the great interactions between them. Constantine is quickly becoming my favorite character (second to Harley, of course) and I love his back-and-forth with Batman. While Batman is hardly in this issue, his presence is still felt.  This issue goes from being a setup issue to being one of the most important of any years.  The game has changed and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Earth 2: World's End #6 Preview

Written By: Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson
Art By: Robson Rocha, Stephen Segovia, Jan Duursema, Jorge Jimenez, Eddy Barrows, Tyler Kirkham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 12, 2014

Power Girl, Batman, Red Tornado and the new E2 Superman take on the Super Clones of Apokolips!

While I'm normally all for a Superman vs. Superman like battle, I'm left wondering........ didn't we just do this?  We just saw at the end of last issue that the Superman/Batman heroes discovered what looked like a living Superman, but if this solicit is correct then we've got a batch of Darkseid's Bizarros on our hands.  Don't worry I'm sure that Val-Zod can just touch them and be done with it..... That's what we got from his first battle with the Earth 2 Bizarro right?  Hopefully that's all it is and we can get on with the rest of the roster from this parallel world and see what their adventures are like instead of having a page here or there snippets that we've been getting since this series started.  Look at that Flash........ I want to see that go down.

Lobo #2 Review

Written by: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Reilly Brown and Nelson DeCastro
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 5, 2014

Slow Burn Lobo

I know that this new sexy-time Lobo hasn't been a favorite of fanboys , but I'm taking the high road and giving it a couple issues before I give up on him.  I have to admit, I don't have a long history with Lobo and maybe that's why I didn't mind last month's series premier.  It wasn't as fun as I'd hoped but the mix of flashbacks and bounty hunter story had me intrigued.  That's a good thing because we get just that again this month.  Plus, with some new additions, the fun I was hoping for is beginning as well.

Constantine #19 Preview

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Jeremy Haun

Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 12, 2014

The danger of Constantine’s journey to Earth 2 is increasing by the second. Now he’s faced with the pressure of having something worth fighting for: his family!

It's going to be a wild time for Constantine in Earth 2.  Not only have we seen Doctor Fate searching for a new host in the pages of Earth 2: World's End but we have knowledge from the future where we saw Constantine keeping a grudge against the Helm of Fate for something that happened during the Earth 2 war....... So some serious shit.  Anyway, we've recently seen in the pages of Constantine that our brash Brit accidentally killed his family when he invoked his first spell, so being on a world where that never happened..... Well that's going to have a lasting affect on our pseudo hero.  I can't wait to check this issue out.

Batgirl #36 Preview

Written By: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher
Art By: Babs Tarr
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: November 12, 2014

Batgirl’s new life is off to a rousing start when her first day of graduate school is interrupted – by twin sister assassins on motorcycles!

While anyone who read my review on Batgirl #35 will know, I was not a fan of the new direction and art style for our Gotham Guardian..... I'm trying to get that nickname for Batgirl going....... so spread it around.  Even though I didn't like last issue and was given hell for it around the interwebs with terms like "Pig" and "Misogynistic", I will go into this issue with an open mind and I really hope I like it...... because I like Batgirl.  So let's check out what this month's issue has in store for us.

Swamp Thing #36 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Charles Soule
Art By: Jesus Saiz, Matt Hollingsworth
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 5, 2014

Avatar Wanted: Must Be Good With Machines and Have At Least One Year Experience

Last issue........ Not including the Annual because that doesn't really apply here, we saw Swamp Thing come across a new consciousness that is in it's beginning faze of joining the kingdom as "The Machines".  So yeah, we've got a robot coming to Swamp Thing and telling our hero that avatars aren't efficient enough to take care of their entire kingdom and even brings up the point that while Swamp Thing has an entire world of plants to deal with, he's still constantly fighting monsters, so yeah, I gotta give this argument to the Machine, Calculus.  Swamp Thing tells Calculus that he isn't interested and then consults Brother Jonah about how he should proceed.  We find out that whenever a new consciousness emerges it pretty much always means extinction, you know due to the wars that ensue due to the arrogance of youth.  So Brother Jonah tells Swamp Thing that he better kill them quick.  Even though Swamp Thing located their home base, he decided to let them live and see what happens, but that's a bad decision, because while he's having this wait and see attitude, Calculus and a bunch of other robots show up at The Grove and they intend to destroy it and Swamp Thing.  Let's see if our avatar of the Green can survive an onslaught of the Terminator variety.  Let's check it out.

Batman 66 #44 Review

Written by: Jeff  Parker
Art by: Brent Schoonover
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date:October 1, 2014

Egghead Unbound

When you think back to the classic property that is Batman 66 it's hard not to immediately default back to thinking to the series biggest baddies including Caesar Romero's Joker, Frank Gorshin's Riddler, Burgess Meredith's Penguin, and the ever-changing Catwomen in Batman's life. What the classic William Dozier Batman series was even more well known for was the never ending cavalcade of celebrities that guest starred as the series villains. One of my favorites from the old  series was Egghead, expertly played by horror cinema legend Vincent Price. When I saw Egghead was the star of the latest Batman 66 arc, I was overjoyed. I went into this issue with high expectations and it delivered.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Aquaman and the Others #7 Review

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Lan Medina
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 5, 2014


I'll admit it, I have not been a fan of this book.  There are many reasons, but the main culprits are uninteresting characters and stories, awful dialogue and average artwork.  Unfortunately, all of these are in effect this month and that pretty much spells disaster for this book.  I agree with Mera when she wonders why Aquaman hangs out with this bunch.

Action Comics #36 Review

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Aaron Kuder
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 5, 2014

The Mist

If you ask me, Greg Pak started this new Golden Age of Superman we are experiencing in the New 52.  His Action Comics run (and Batman/Superman to a lesser extent) has been great when left alone.  I am, of course, alluding to the Doomed story which was okay, but hijacked the Super books for it's own nefarious plans.  While Doomed still resonates through this book, Greg Pak is getting back to what made it great...Clark trying his best to save everyone and awesome supporting characters.  Lana Lang has been the star of Pak's run and adding Steel to the mix looks to make it even better.  What more could you ask for?  A horror story perhaps?

Green Arrow #36 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ben Sokolowski, Andrew Kreisberg
Art By: Daniel Sampere
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 5, 2014

How To Make Friends and Be Influenced By TV

Last issue of Green Arrow we saw the start of the new creative team and their new direction for our Emerald Archer.  Our hero got back to basics as he took to the streets of Seattle taking out the low level crime and trying to get his name back out there to strike fear in the hearts of the yada yada yada.  But while Green Arrow was doing his thing we saw that a mysterious man named Mr. King is on the hunt for a young girl named Mia Dearden (Pre New 52 Speedy) and our hero found out that he has a contract out on his life and the person collecting that contract seems to be the New 52 debut and re-imagining of Felicity Smoak.  People are complaining that this is becoming too much like the show and if they mean that it's becoming more fun, then after reading last month's issue, I have to agree.  Let's check out what this issue has in store for us.

Margot Robbie Cast As Harley Quinn In The Upcoming Suicide Squad Movie

After only a couple of days since Jared Leto was talked about joining the cast of Suicide Squad as the Clown Prince of Crime, it seems that his main squeeze has gone a head and got herself finalized in the villain movie.  Margot Robbie who you might remember from The Wolf of Wall Street......  I'd name some others but it seems that this actress is relatively new to the movie scene and I haven't seen any other of her flicks, has been cast as the nutty moll of the Joker, Harley Quinn.  Casting seems to be in full effect for this Suicide Squad movie with names like Will Smith and Tom Hardy being approached to star, but I'm afraid that with this film's premiere date already scheduled for 2016, that it will be rushed and not get the care it deserves and we all know shoving big actors into a movie just for the sake of them being there is never a good idea.

It's kind of funny to me to think about everyone praising and shunning the idea of Jared Leto being the Joker when he isn't even cast yet, when the biggest thing for people to condemn this movie is how well the actress will play Harley Quinn.  She's a fan favorite and while she might be relatively new to the comic book scene, she definitely rivals the Joker in fandom.  So if Robbie can't pull off the zany antics and annoying Quinn voice for all the onlookers and meeting their expectations, then Warner Bros. might just as well call this a flop right off the bat, because it's Margot Robbie we're all going to be looking at.

The Flash: Season Zero #5 Review

Written by: Andrew Kreisberg & Katherine Walczak
Art by: Phil Hester
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: November 3, 2014

The Talented Mr. Bliss

The Flash on CW is considered to be some of the best comic book television out there, on par with shows Arrow (from which the show is spun off) and Gotham over on Fox. Unfortunately, The Flash: Season Zero #5 doesn't continue that tradition from screen to page. If anything, Flash: Season Zero captures the spirit of the Silver Age Flash comics, without capturing the fun those stories had.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #13 Review

Written by: Michael Jelenic
Art by: Drew Johnson
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: November 6, 2014

The Plane, The Plane

Last weeks issue of Sensation Comics was all about setting up this finale.  Michael Jelenic gave us the beginning of a nice little story mixing the wisdom Hippolyta gave her daughter with an epic battle between Wonder Woman and Cheetah. It's all tied together by a gift that may or may not be what it seemed at first.  While I was hoping this second part would be a bit more epic, it was a good story of a Mother and Daughter whose love is immortal.

Real Life Batman Uses Batmobile to Help Sick Children

This story has gotten some play on the internet already, but I wanted to put it up because it's so damn great.  Zac Mihajlovic is a real-life superhero who has tuned his love of all things Batman into a way to help those who need it the most.  The 29 year old Australian and his grandfather built a replica of the 1989 Batmobile (even using some original parts) and dresses as the Dark Knight for visits with children for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.  Seriously, that is just pure awesomeness.  With all the crappy news I see everyday, it's so cool to see a story like this, so I'm giving Zac a huge Weird Science air high five right now.  following the break is a video about my new favorite superhero.

Batman #36 Preview

Written by: Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV
Art by: Greg Capullo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 12, 2014

“Endgame,” part 2 – it’s a story arc so steeped in mystery, all we can tell you is the title!

Holy crap is all I can say after seeing this preview.  It's a fanboys dream come true...Batman vs Superman!  Greg Capullo's art is stunning, but it's Batman's preparation for the battle that steals the show.  Bruce must know that Kryptonite is so 1978 and really ups the ante here.  I'm sure that you're with me when I tell you that I can not wait to read this issue.

Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #6 Review

Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco
Art by: Art Baltazar
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 5, 2014

Home Is Where the Heart Is

I have really enjoyed this latest Tiny Titans mini series.  Following the cutest versions of my favorite characters travel the DC Universe looking for their Treehouse and/or a suitable replacement has been so much fun.  Art Baltazar and Franco do such a great job of making a truly "all-ages" comic that anyone and everyone should read and enjoy.  This finale is no exception with lots of inside jokes, awesome characters and a setup for a new series that I want right now.

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 11/8/14

Hellooooooo everybody.  Welcome back to DCCBCOTW (Dik-bok-otoe), where I look at all the covers of every DC comic this week and pick the ones that I like best.  Yep, this is my kind of party baby and I play to win the game, hello?!.  I'm not talking practice or playoffs here, but I will crown their ass.  I'm sure after looking at the winners, you will agree that they're who we thought they were.  This week we have the return of some old friends, a trippy cover that almost made me vomit (in a good way?!?!) and one that had me hyped for the issue for weeks.