Saturday, February 14, 2015

Batman: Eternal #46 Preview

Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Alessandro Vitti
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 18, 2015

Is Batman eternal? Perhaps…but only one of the Dark Knight’s foes truly knows the meaning of the word!

I wonder who that foe can be?  Could it be the guy from last week's cliffhanger?  Could it be the guy on this week's cover?  Yea, I think it just might be.  With a handful of issues left, it's about time we get to see who has been pulling the strings behind the scenes this whole time.  I'm just not sure I like who it is.  I do know that Alessandro Vitti's art looks awesome and I'm a fan of Tim Seeley so I am looking forward to this issue.

Worlds' Finest #31 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Paul Levitz
Art By: Jed Dougherty, Chris Sotomayor

Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 11, 2015

The Sky Is Falling

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Welcome back for another round of mediocre storytelling from Worlds' Finest.  I hate to get into opinion right off the bat, but all of you out there still reading this must have the patience of a saint.  This is where I usually recap you all on what went down in this series in the previous issue, but at this point it's kind of redundant because all that ever happens in this book now is something in the past of Earth 2 going down and Intri from Apokolips showing up to try and woo Clark into joining the dark side............ or the Darkseid.  Here we'll continue the trend and to me it feels like it's the last day of school and the teacher has nothing left to teach and you're supposed to just stay quiet and wait out the clock......... that's pretty much it.  Let's check this out and see if we can find any redeemable quality to this book and maybe this series.

Batman and Robin #39 Preview

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Patrick Gleason
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 18, 2015

Has Damian Wayne become something more than human? And how do you control a reckless child who now has super powers?

Even though I'm not sold on Damian Wayne having superpowers, I do have to tell you that I love this freaking cover.  Whenever you can do a parody of Superman's first appearance, I'm all for it.  After hearing the news about the new books in June, I'm really interested to see where this series goes before it's cancelled and Damian gets his own title......... I just hope it doesn't involve his gross monster clone brothers anymore.

The Multiversity: Mastermen #1 Preview

Written By: Grant Morrison
Art By: Jim Lee, Scott Williams
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: February 18, 2015

Superstar writer Grant Morrison joins legendary artist Jim Lee on Earth-10 for one of the most dynamic, action-packed issues of this entire world-shattering series – THE MULTIVERSITY: MASTERMEN!
Imagine a world where the Nazis not only won World War II but went on to direct world culture for the next 60 years with the help of an orphaned, alien super-weapon known as Overman! But hope is not lost! Rising from the ashes of oppression are a diverse band of heroes raging against the fascist regime – a band of heroes known as THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS!
What nightmarish parallel worlds haunt the dreams of Overman? Who is the mysterious figure called Uncle Sam? And when the dust settles, will the actions of Phantom Lady, Black Condor, Human Bomb, Doll Man and The Ray be enough to stop Leatherwing, Blitzen and the other “heroes” of Earth-X?

You know, I usually complain about how simplistic solicits are and how they never match what actually goes down in the comic but yeesh, that's a big ass solicit!  Last month's Multiversity Guidebook really came off as a way to hype this series back up and get us on the trolley for the second leg of this story and if that's the case, it definitely worked.  I'm really excited for this one, I just hope Grant Morrison keeps the mind fucks to a minimum.

Batgirl #39 Preview

Written By: Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher
Art By: Babs Tarr
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 18, 2015

For months, Batgirl’s been hounded by an unseen threat claiming to be the “real” Batgirl…and the truth of her enemy’s identity will shock her to her very core!

Really, from what this series has offered us, I do hope that it is the real Batgirl hounding Barbara and all of this could pull a St. Elsewhere and all of this Burnside nonsense could just be going on inside the mind of an autistic kid staring at a snowglobe.......... or just put a spin on this and make it that Barbara has been in a coma and this real Batgirl is a way that her subconscious has been trying to wake her up......... I just don't care for this and I'd take a dream sequence as a way to explain it.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Batman: Eternal #45 Review

Written by: Ray Fawkes
Art by: Javi Fernandez
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Time to Change

I was not a fan of last week's issue of Batman: Eternal.  Just when I thought I had a grip on the nature of this weekly, Ray Fawkes and ACO jumped on board and threw me for a loop.  It was so different from the previous week in look and tone that it almost felt like I picked up the wrong book at the comic shop.  There was also the problem that with the series coming to a close soon, the issue felt like too much setup.  With another week to settle in, Ray Fawkes does a little better, but was it enough to energize the book for the stretch run?  Let's find out, kiddies.

Top 5 Fridays Valentine's Day Edition: Best Couples In The New 52

Happy Valentine's Day!............ Tomorrow.  With this pseudo holiday coming at us this weekend, I figured I'd keep it simple and just go over who we at Weird Science believe to be the best couples in the New 52....... So yeah, if it's not going on in the New 52, it's not going on here.  Sorry all you Harley and Joker faithfuls.  Alright, let's turn the lights down, throw on some Marvin Gaye, give ourselves a ridiculously low voice because we believe it comes off sexy and let's get into this Valentine's Day Edition of Top 5 Fridays and see who the Best Couples In The New 52 are.

Justice League United #9 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Jeff Lemire
Art By: Neil Edwards, Jay Leisten, Keith Champagne, Jeremy Cox
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Open Your Mind Quaid

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Last issue we had more of the same as the JLU and the Legion fought off energy demons as Infinitus gained his way into the present time........ by Byth flying Ultra into the portal he created.  I'm not really sure how all this works but I guess we can chalk it up to Weird Science.  As the issue closed, Supergirl followed Byth through the portal and all our heroes prepared themselves to fight Infinitus as he became stuck in that time.  Let's see if this issue has more to offer us than just fighting and teleporting from location to location......... because as of right now, that's all this title has been doing.  Let's check it out.

Secret Six #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Gail Simone
Art By: Ken Lashley, Drew Geraci, Jason Wright
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Bring It On!

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Wow, it's been awhile since Secret Six came out.  The beginning of December is when the first issue dropped and I actually forgot all about this title due to it's absence.  But after reading this issue, I quickly got myself up to speed and remembered that last issued dealt with Catman getting abducted and waking up in a room that was shaped like a giant sized coffin.  Like him we were introduced to his fellow captors, Big Shot, Porcelain, Strix, Black Alice and Ventriloquist........... and I guess her dummy Ferdie too if we want to be specific and recognize a piece of wood that comes to life due to Ventriloquist's broken psyche and telekinetic powers.  Apparently the point of all these characters being put together is some sort of experiment where they have to come up with the answer to "What Is The Secret?" or they will be killed............ and I guess their captors mean business because with Catman's claustrophobia, he discovered that this coffin is also at the bottom of the sea and after his freak out, it's now leaking water.  When we left last issue, a faceless voice told the prisoners if they don't come up with an answer than they'll have to choose someone to die and if they refuse, one will be chosen at random.  Let's find out if this group of strangers can get out of this mess and if all of them can survive.  Let's check it out.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Green Lantern Corps #39 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Van Jensen
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 11, 2015

The Darkness of The Past

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Last issue of Corps, John Stewart didn't really take any time for himself like Hal and Kyle did after GODHEAD and instead decided to jump right back into another adventure when an alien ship landed on Mogo to ask the Lanterns for help.  Since the word on the street throughout the Universe is that the Lanterns can't be trusted and I bet it didn't hurt that this species asking for help happens to be one of the recently promoted Lanterns: Feska's people, the Lanterns took the job and John and a handful of Lanterns flew off to see if they could help, but they found out that the planet has more going on for itself than a simple criminal threat.  The shadows seem to be moving here people and it's creepy as hell when the people on the street keep chanting "Darkness Falls".  Hopefully John and his fellow Lanterns can get on top of this problem and introduce this growing darkness to a little Green Lantern Light.  Let's check it out.

Klarion #5 Review

Written by: Ann Nocenti
Art by: Trevor McCarthy and Syzmon Kudranski
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Darkness, My Only Friend

WTF!?!  I really wish I knew what the hell this book was about.  Sure, I understand the pieces of the puzzle...Klarion, buddybots, the Moody Museum, pagan magic, Zell, ect.  However, when the pieces are put together, my head starts spinning and I get a headache.  There is so much wrong with this book between the ridiculous characters, awful dialogue and confusing story that we should all be glad that we have just one issue left after this one. Ann Nocenti's evil reign may finally be over, but I will miss Trevor McCarthy's art which is awesome. It's not a huge deal since it's pretty much wasted on this book anyway.  This issue continues the trend that was set from the first page of this series...Awesome art, awful everything else.

Arrow season 3 episode 13 "Canaries" review

Singing like a Bird

Brick has fallen, the Arrow has risen again and Merlyn is on the straight and we think. Last week's episode was full of character moments that could change the city of Starling for the better. Now with Oliver back on the team, it looks like the team has returned back to balance. But what if the team was already balanced? Besides that, this week marks the return of Werner Zytle, but you may call him Vertigo. Does he still wish the death of the Arrow? Does a Canary wear black leather? I mean Laurel, not the actual bird...yeah you get it. ENOUGH BABBLING! Lets start the review!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Flash season 1 episode 12 "The Nuclear Man" review


Well after weeks and weeks of being teased with the investigation one of our favorite flame based heroes, the STAR labs team will be trying to contain the storm...the I am bad with the jokes. The last we saw of our walking nuclear reactor, he ran from the STAR labs gang, confused about his own identity. We learned last week about what exactly happened. Boom! Revelation: theres actually two people in Ronnie! To those who don't know the character, Firestorm is usually made up of two people. One to be the physical body, which in this case is Ronnie Raymond. The other is the brain, in this case is Martin Stein, played by guest star Victor Garber. We now come to the explosive climax to the Firestorm rises arc. The question however remains: Was the build up the moment we heard the name Ronnie Raymond worth the climax? Answer: YES... but maybe there was a few hiccups along the way...LET'S FIND OUT WITH THIS EXPLOSIVE REVIEW!

Constantine #22 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Jeremy Haun, The Horries
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Just When You Think You're Out, They Pull You Back In

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

When last we looked at our Brash Brit, he was attempting to escape the doomed world of Earth 2 with his doppelganger and his family.  As we learned though throughout Constantine's exploits on this parallel Earth, while there are two of him in this world his magic won't work.  So after making all the sigils and runes to make his escape and contemplating if his life was more important than his counterpart, John finally gave into his selfish nature and murdered the other Constantine and his spell activated leaving a very unpleasant Dr. Fate pissed that he was denied his escape with this mage that travels worlds.  Let's see if Constantine's trip back to his Earth is a smooth ride and if his counterpart's family will ever forgive him for what he did to save them and himself from World's End.  Let's check it out.

Justice League 3000 #14 Review

Written by: Keith Giffen and J.M. DeMatteis
Art by: Andy Kuhn
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Message in a Bottle

Justice League 3000 is one of my favorite books for many reasons, but a fast moving story isn't one of them.  I'm not complaining one bit, however, since the slow burn story of a parasitically cloned Justice League born into a Universe that barley remembers the reality of their past has been awesome. A great book became even better when a Pre New 52 Booster Gold and Blue Beetle joined the fray and adding Etrigan and Ice felt like icing on the cake that couldn't be topped.  My God, I was wrong. This issue is so full of guest stars and comic book references that it topped it three times and then put a big old cherry on top of the top of toppings.  I don't know if that's actually a sentence, but I do know this issue continues the greatness of Justice League 3000 with one minor exception.  On with the review.

Earth 2: World's End #19 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn
Art By: Scott McDaniel, Tyler Kirkham, Jorge Jimenez, Eduardo Pansica, Marc Deering, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, RB Silva, Walden Wong, Matt Yackey
Cover Price; $2.99
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Puttering Along

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Last week started what seems like the final leg to our story, Darkseid is ready to pursue terraforming the Earth and to do that he sent down a whole bunch of what looked like to me to be giant puzzle boxes from Hellraiser and if I learned anything from those movies, it's that you don't want anything to do with those things.  Besides for the impending doom and all that, we had some interesting stuff going on with our main characters like Huntress and Batman getting to know one another and them finding out that Bruce Wayne left something of great importance for Huntress but it was being held by Oliver Queen....... Who they now need to find.  At the end of the issue we saw our Avatar heroes feeling the affects of what happens when the parliament is actually attacked and before Deathspawn could finish the job, The Green transported Alan Scott to the parliament enclave as the Earth's last hope.  Let's see if Alan can pull it off and what the rest of our heroes are going to be doing with those strange ass cubes that Darkseid sent down.

Batman '66 #52 Review

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: Ruben Procopio
Cover Price: $1.99
Release Date: January 21, 2015

A Stand Up Guy (Part 1)

For the better part of the Batman '66 series, and the franchise as a whole, Batman and Robin have been dedicated to one thing: defeating criminals. This issue poses a question that many have pondered but none dare ask: What happens when Batman becomes obsolete.

The New 52: Futures End #41 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Jesus Merino, Andy MacDonald, Dan Green, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Under The Dome

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Last week........ when it was Five Years From Now, we saw something truly amazing.  Things actually happened in this book and I was so happy..........SO HAPPY!  As the solicit said, all stories converged as Brainiac came down to Earth for his collecting of Manhattan.  So that means that we had the actual Superman get back into action, the Justice League of America breaking into two teams to fight Brainiac on the ground and to stop a Brainiac controlled Engineer from building one of those bad ass skull Brainiac spaceships........ As far as last week though, they didn't achieve either.  Let's jump into this issue and see if it can maintain the momentum that last week's issue gave us and also see if Batman, Tim Drake and Plastique can take out Brother Eye in Terrifitech as shit gets real in New York.  Let's check it out.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Injustice: Year Three #20 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Pete Woods
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 10, 2015

You've Gotta Fight...

I am about the biggest Injustice fan out there and it all comes from the comic book itself.  Yes, I didn't play the game (though I did watch my son play), but I jumped on the book out of the gate and have been hooked ever since.  In my humble opinion, the Injustice comic is the best video game to comic adaptation and the fact that it's lasted this long only proves my point.  When Tom Taylor left, however, I had my doubts on the continuing quality, but when DC announced that Brian Buccellato was stepping in, I relaxed a bit.  I love Buccellato, but so far his Injustice has been up and down.  I can't blame Buccellato too much because I don't know the situation he was thrown into.  However, I do have to review each issue and unfortunately, I wasn't a big fan of this one.

Gotham season 1 episodes 14 & 15 The Scarecrow arc


To the people who actually read my television reviews, I bet you wondered where my review for last week's episode of Gotham was. Well when I found out that 14 and 15 were two parts of a singular storyline for the main crime, I decided to save myself the trouble and combine both episodes into one review. When I first heard they were going to do the Scarecrow, i felt as if I should just drop the series. They have brought in all these references to the Batman villains, yet they shouldn't be coming around until 15 years from now when the caped crusader first shows up. That being said, this new origin of the Scarecrow I prefer over most of the other villains that the show had thrown at us.  Maybe its because we never actually seen an origin story to him in any media other than the comics. So was there a reason to FEAR this arc?Yes, I hate myself for that joke, but LETS FIND OUT!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Aquaman #38 Review

Written by: Jeff Parker
Art by: Paul Pelletier
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 28, 2015

Mother of All Problems

I have been saying over the past few months that this Maelstrom arc might be the highlight of Jeff Parker's Aquaman run when all is said and done.  Unfortunately, with the recent announcement of Parker leaving the book, I guess that is now a given.  At least he's going out on top because Maelstrom has been very good and has changed a bit of the Aquaman mythos to boot.  This month continues Arthur's search for his Mother and while it may be hard to top a trip to Gorilla City, it's still action-filled fun.

Constantine #22 Preview

Written by: Ray Fawkes
Art by: Jeremy Haun
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: February 11, 2015

Preview via Nerdist

The stakes have never been higher for John Constantine as his plan to escape Earth-2 puts the fate of an entire universe at risk!

Justice League 3000 #14 Preview

Written by: J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Art by: Andy Kuhn
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: February 11, 2015

Beetle and Booster! Fire and Ice! The Injustice League! Etrigan the Demon! Not to mention the Justice League (no, not that one, the one we’re doing). C’mon, people, we’re bending over backward here! At least meet us halfway – maybe flip through the issue at your local comics shop? 

Justice League 3000 is one of my favorite books and it's a shame that DeMatteis and Giffen have to beg people to read it.  Actually, it's pretty damn hilarious and I really hope more people jump on before Justice League 3001 debuts in June.  I'm sure it's going to be another great issue even if Howard Porter isn't on art this month.  The nerve of that guy not working 24/7 for my reading pleasure!

Worlds' Finest #31 Preview

Written By: Paul Levitz
Art By: Jed Dougherty
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 11, 2015

“Signs” of the Apocalypse? Death and destruction are increasing on Earth-2, and only the watchful eye of Batman sees how the patterns fit. Can he persuade Superman to take precautions before the price becomes very personal?

I really wish that this title would have been something decent with Power Girl and Huntress........ Even after the focus of the book became about Superman and Batman of Earth 2, I still hoped it would be decent.......... I've realized I don't get anything I want.  So for this week's Worlds' Finest, expect more of the same.  Red Tornado is going to lay down some info about sometime in Earth 2's history before Batman and Superman seemed to die fighting the forces of Apokolips, where they'll be met by a Apokoliptean that really wants Superman to come over to her way of thinking with the whole "hail Darkseid" thing...........Bah.

New Suicide Squad #7 Preview

Written by: Sean Ryan
Art by: Rob Hunter and Vicente Cifuentes
Cover Price: 2.99

Release Date: February 11, 2015

Preview via Multiversity

As Deadshot recovers from serious injuries in Belle Reve prison, Black Manta struggles to keep the team’s current mission in China from imploding. But after they’ve awakened the country’s newest super-weapon, the whole team – including Harley Quinn and Reverse-Flash – won’t all be coming back. 

Earth 2: World's End #19 Preview

Written By: Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn
Art By: Tyler Kirkham, Jorge Jimenez, Eduardo Pansica, Robson Rocha, Eddy Barrows
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 11, 2015

Superman and Power Girl team up to turn the tide in the fight with Darkseid’s Furies.

Not much of a solicit for this issue, especially when we know that these characters already kicked the shit out of Darkseid's Furies and if it's referring to the Proto-Furies, well we already saw that they aren't shit either because Red Tornado was able to take them out solo.  Solicits aside though, I've had a fun time reading this series over the past two weeks and I hope that the writing maintains and this series can finish strong.  Just keeping hoping and maybe we'll get lucky.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Arrow Season 3 Episode 12 "Uprising" Review


Last week we had Laurel's first mission as the Canary going against the ambitious criminal of Brick, who is in the process of taking over the Glades. Though it was a rough start, she was able to come out the other side with the help of Arsenal. Meanwhile on the other side of the world, Oliver continues to recover after having a sword through his gut. Unfortunately, like most of the vigilantes DC has pumped out over the years, Oliver is much to stubborn to be sitting around to recover when his city is on the brink of all out war. This episode brings an end to the Brick story arc, and as much as I liked the last two episodes, this one felt...underwhelming. Why? Lets find out!

Lobo #5 Review

Written by: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Reilly Brown, Alisson Borges and Cliff Richards
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 4, 2015

The Hole Truth

I know that a bunch of people have a problem with this new Lobo, but if you have actually given this book a chance, you know that the problems are more than just skin deep.  The new look is secondary to the slow moving plot and unnecessary side characters.  While this initial arc has done enough to intrigue me about Lobo's past, his present has been a boring assassin of the month club that continues this issue.  However, Cullen Bunn twists it up just enough to give us a little more of what I like with what I've grown tired of.  It's still not as good as I had hoped, but it's making baby steps in the right direction.

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 2/7/15

It's that time of week where I sit down, look at the covers of the week and pick a winner of the contest in my head.  Actually, it may all be happening inside a snow globe held by an autistic kid.  Maybe it's all the dream of a character from my last big sitcom and I'm about to wake up and see that Bobby isn't dead when he comes out of the shower and then gets arrested right after he shuts the lights off in his Boston bar.  I really have lost track of any point I was trying to make...or have I?  The World may never know. Oh yea, here's the covers...

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode 5: DC Comics' New June Books

This week we put the regular talk aside to concentrate on the crazy DC announcement of 24 new books in June.  Sure, we don't
have a lot of information, but that never stopped us before.  Eric is a little more positive about the announcement, but we both agree that it sounds a bit rushed and crazy.  Let us know what you think about the books, guys who wear headbands and anything else you want.