Saturday, March 14, 2015

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode 9: Harrison Ford, Jaws and Hobbits

This week, Jim and Eric come to grips that they talk too much nonsense and a whole bunch of it.  Jim doesn't want Harrison Ford  behind any type of wheel and Eric defends his Imaginext addiction. They also talk Harley Quinn, Swamp Thing, Green Lantern and a bunch of other books that came out this week.

Green Lantern: New Guardians #40 Preview

Written By: Justin Jordan
Art By: Diogenes Neves, Marc Deering
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 18, 2015

Once and for all, Kyle will come to terms with his destiny as the White Lantern, filler of the Reservoir behind the Source Wall that keeps our universe from destructing. But how can he ever accept the fact that this role will soon kill him? The fate of the White Lantern will be revealed in this extra-sized final issue!

Now for any of you Kyle Rayner lovers out there like me, this is a dark time indeed where our favorite Green Lantern/White Lantern is hitting the cancellation chopping block and leaving us for who knows how long.  I can't wait to read this though because I'm sitting here like a Nervous Nelly biting my finger nails about what the final fate of this character will be.  If you've seen the June solicits, you know that The Omega Men solicit says that they killed Kyle............ Man, I hope that's a ruse and our ring slinger will go on kicking at the end of this issue.

Convergence: Green Arrow #1 Preview

Written by: CHRISTY MARX
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: April 15, 2015

STARRING HEROES FROM ZERO HOUR! Don’t miss the first meeting between Oliver Queen and his son, Connor Hawke! Father and son may be united, but is their world about to end?

Well, there is not much to go with here, but you have to love one thing...Ollie's beard and mustache combo.  Sure, Conner Hawke is in it too, but come on...Beard and mustache!  Beard. and. Mustache.

Batman: Arkham Knight #4 Review

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Viktor Bagdonovic
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: March 13, 2015

Origin of Madness

Arkham Knight has already impressed me beyond any expectations.  That's not a hard thing since I really didn't expect much.  DC's track record on video game tie-ins has been mediocre at best.  For every Injustice, there is a Prototype, Infamous or worst yet, an Infinite Crisis.  This book tips the scales a bit to the "awesome" side because of an intriguing story by Peter J. Tomasi and incredible art by Viktor Bagdonovic. The first arc let readers settle in and get up to speed with ease and ended with a really cool cliffhanger.  Sure, I want more of the Arkham Knight himself, but I couldn't wait for this issue to see what was up with "The Last Will and Testament of the Joker".  Was it worth the wait? Let's find out, shall we...

Friday, March 13, 2015

Top 5 Fridays: Unlucky Characters In The New 52

In honor of today being Friday the 13th and because Jim told me I wasn't allowed to talk about horror flicks anymore on the site, today we'll be looking at the Unlucky Characters In The New 52.  Also, I want to talk about this because I'm holding on to the idea that the New 52 isn't over like everyone else in interwebs land keeps on saying.  Now this is more of a personal list of characters that I feel sorry for because of what they've had to go through and I know it's the nature of the beast for superhero comics to keep the drama on high so that the characters continue being interesting but this list will include characters that have gone above and beyond the the normal level of drama and tragedy that can be dumped on them........... and really ones that I just think have gotten the shaft pretty damn hard.  Okay, it's Friday the 13th and I expect all of you out there to get your horror movies on tonight, so let's get to it.


About a month ago, The CW announced that they were making a Flash/Arrow spinoff show with Brandon Routh (The Atom), Victor Garber (Prof. Martin Stein), Wentworth Miller (Captain Cold), and actress Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/Canary).  A few days ago, A casting call for said show was put out for three heroes. This call also revealed that these would be three heroes that haven't been seen on TV before.

Justice League United #10 Review and *SPOILERS*

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

The Distance Between Two Heavenly Bodies...... Is Too Damn Close

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In the last intergalactic adventure of the Justice League United, we saw Martian Manhunter end the Infinitus threat by actually sticking his hand in Ultra's mind and wiping it clean......... No Ultra now, no Infinitus later, you get it?  So Infinitus is gone but Brainiac-5 not being one to trust others to get the job done, launched a time bomb at Infinitus but since he was no longer there the payload created a black hole and our JLU and Legion teams have themselves a new problem do deal with.  Let's check out this last issue to the Infinitus saga and see if all our heroes can make it back home or to their own time safe.  Let's check it out.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Detective Comics: Endgame #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Buccellato
Art By: Roge Antonio, Ronan Cliquet, Nick Filardi
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 11, 2015

Endgame Side Notes

As we've all seen......... Well, if you've been reading Batman you've seen, the Joker is back and he means business this time around.  There's a toxin on the street making all of Gotham crazy and our Caped Crusader isn't able to stop it.  For this one shot, we'll be dealing with the regular citizens of Gotham as they deal with their city turned upside down.  So directly from the pages of Detective Comics, where Matches Malone talked to a young man who once hacked Wayne Enterprises, our main character is Lonnie aka Moneyspider.  Let's see if Lonnie can traverse Gotham Gone Crazy as he searches for his mother.  Let's check it out.

Catwoman #39 Review

Written by: Genevieve Valentine
Art by: Garry Brown
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 25, 2015

Cat Fight

I was one of the few that cried "nonsense" when Genevieve Valentine took over this book and turned our fun Catwoman into a pants suit wearing Crime Boss.  I never like to admit I'm wrong (who really does?!), but I've been eating crow every month since.  Not only do I applaud Valentine for giving readers one of the strongest female characters in comics, but this book has skyrocketed up my pull list.  Genevieve has turned this book around so quick that I'm surprised she didn't get whiplash.  Does this month continue the trend and have me looking for new Crow recipes?  Let's find out.

Constantine #23 Review and *SPOILERS*

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

One For The Road

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In the last issue of Constantine, we saw our Brash Brit traversing the barriers between worlds to get his Earth-2 doppelganger's family and friends to safety.  It wasn't anything like we saw from the old television show Sliders though, no opening wormholes and jumping through, no John Rhys-Davies being crotchety.  It was a weird trip throughout the different kingdoms of Earth, heaven and when we finally breached the gap between worlds, Darkseid's gigantic hand came out trying to pull our con-man and the Earth-2 survivors back in.  As we finished that issue, Constantine was planning one final trick that he hoped could fool a god.  Let's see if he survives that endeavor and goes out classy in this final issue of Constantine. Let's check it out.

Green Lantern Corps #40 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Van Jensen
Art By: Bernard Chang, Mirko Colak, Marcelo Maiolo, Tony Avina
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 11, 2015

The Will To Overcome

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

This is it all you Lanternophiles, the final issue of Green Lantern Corps and............. I'm a bit bummed.  The Green Lanterns are probably my favorite superheroes and seeing the amount of titles featuring ring slingers getting the axe is a dark time indeed....... and it all starts here.  In the last issue of Green Lantern Corps, we had John Stewart and his handful of Lanterns try to root out a criminal organization that occupied Lantern Feska's planet but what they found instead was a shadow that had spread across the planet and it's people and as the last issue closed we saw that this Shadow Empire had created a bomb and apparently it's the same one that destroyed Xanshi years ago marking John's greatest failure.  Let's see if our Lantern hero has to relive the past or if he can pave a new future.  Let's check it out.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Earth 2: World's End #23 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Daniel H. Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Mike Johnson, Cullen Bunn
Art By: Scott McDaniel, Robson Rocha, Guillermo Ortego, Eduardo Pansica, Dan Green, Jorge Jimenez, Andrew Dalhouse
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 11, 2015

Bright Sun Shiny Day

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In the last issue of World's End, all seemed to be lost as the Earth was being encompassed by........... I don't know, an Apokolips casing that will devour the world because God planets get hungry for similar flesh.............. Was that too much?  It's all or nothing for the next couple of issues though because Green Lantern is out of power after creating a shield for the world that isn't going to be able to last very long and the survivors of Earth have no way to space ship to safety now that the world is covered.  Let's see if our Superman heroes can get it together before the lack of sun affects them and figure something out or if they'll all go down with the ship we call Earth-2.  Let's check it out.

Klarion #6 Review

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

Goodnight and Good Riddance

For the life of me, I have no idea how anyone could like this book.  Sure, it looks fantastic thanks to the art of Trevor McCarthy and Syzmon Kudranski and the color work of Guy Major, but after that... Seriously, a commentator on the site (unfortunately he/she was anonymous) advised me to just look at the pretty pictures and ignore the word bubbles completely and they may be on to something.  In the end, though, I have to do my duty and actually read this issue as well as look at it.  Well, boys and girls, I'm strapping on my helmet and going in.  If I don't return in ten minutes, tell my Wife and kids that I love them and tell Eric that the Puppet Master movies suck.

The New 52: Futures End #45 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Brian Azzarello, Jeff Lemire, Dan Jurgens, Keith Giffen
Art By: Stephen Thompson, Jack Herbert, Vicente Cifuentes, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 11, 2015

Clean Up

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Welcome back boys and girls to the story that shows us that the future is not as fun as Back To The Future 2 made it seem........... Wha?...... What's That?  It's 2015 now?........... Well shit, the future is now people!  Anyway, last issue of Futures End we saw our heroes take down Brainiac by Superman punching the Multiverse out of him and The Atom turning him into a Pokemon.  While most rejoiced all of us out here in the not so exciting reality saw as Brother Eye was fully activated and Batman Beyond's future is all but realized.  Let's check out this issue to see if we can get some more rejoicing going on or if we all have to start making placards talking about how nigh the end is.  Let's check it out.

New Suicide Squad #8 Review

Written by: Sean Ryan
Art by: Tom Derenick, Rob Hunter, Scott Hanna and Philippe Briones
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 11, 2015

I Will Have Fries With That 

To say that the New Suicide Squad has been a bit of a mess is an understatement.  While I love the Team itself, writer Sean Ryan hasn't really put them in a situation to succeed.  The first two arcs have been fun enough, but so generic that it's easy to forget what happened right after putting them down. That being said, last month's cliffhanger had me interested for this issue as was the fact that this was this Team's final mission.  That's right, in June there will be a new New Suicide Squad and while the new Team looks kick-ass (Parasite, Black Hand, Reverse Flash, Cheetah, Poison Ivy and a Talon), we are here to say goodbye to the old.  Did they get their opportunity to finally shine?  Let's find out...

Batman: Eternal #49 Review

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Fernando Blanco
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 11, 2015

I Thought I Heard You Calling My Name

In this issue, Hush tells Alfred that we are closing in on the finish line and I really want to believe him.  I just hope that the creative teams on this book got the memo because there doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency in the story telling department.  That has been the case throughout this series and this issue is no different.  Each writer seems intent to tell their little stories while the overall story sputters and stalls.  I want answers, dammit!  That being said, Kyle Higgins gives us an issue that plays out like a summer popcorn blockbuster and it's fun stuff.  I still want answers, but I'll take what I'll get.

Action Comics #40 Review

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Aaron Kuder
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 11, 2015

Is This Issue Bad or Good?

Call it poor timing or a stroke of luck, but the "Horrorville" story ended last month and Greg Pak needed one more issue to get us all to Convergence.  So, what is a writer to do?  Give us a Bizarro story, that's what.  If you're like me, you have a huge smile on your face right now. You know what turned my smile into a full out laugh?  This is the REAL Bizarro and is a backdoor pilot of sorts to his solo June book. Awesome!  That's all well and good, but is it any good...let's find out.

Bill & Ted's Most Triumphant Return #1 Preview

Written by: Brian Lynch, Ryan North. 
Art by: Jerry Gaylord, Ian McGinty. 
Covers Price: $3.99

Release Date: March 11, 2015

Following the time-traveling historic epic of Excellent Adventure and the turbulent life and death of Bogus Journey, Bill and Ted must now fulfill their destiny as the inspiration for galactic harmony! How can someone hate the Wyld Stallyns as much as the evil Chuck De Nomolos? With the power of time travel, Bill and Ted set their sights on turning a young 27th-century Nomolos' non-nonheinous attitude into something most outstanding and metal!

I know this isn't DC Comics, but it's Bill and Ted so I don't care!  I love Bill and Ted and any bit more that I can get my hands on is good enough for me.  Plus, Station is in it.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Action Comics #40 Preview

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Aaron Kuder
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 11, 2015

Bizarro make Superman sane! Happy to see each other! No fighting ever!

New Suicide Squad #8 Preview

Written by SEAN RYAN
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: March 11, 2015

It’s a bloody superhuman revolt – and Deadshot and Harley are at ground zero! Is the Suicide Squad done for?

Injustice: Year Three #24 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: March 10, 2015

True Colors

Mid-season replacements are common place in television land, but in the comic universe, it's a bit odd.  Sure, creative team changes happen all the time, but what Brian Buccellato was asked to do does not.  Buccellato did his best Dave Righetti impersonation and came in throwing heat and after settling in, ended the Year in style.  The best part is, he didn't rely on shock and awe, but did it with honest to goodness storytelling.  I think that all the fans of Injustice would agree that heading into Year Four (sadly, we have to wait until May), this book is 100% Buccellato's.  I know I'm kind of spoiling things, but Buccellato and Bruno Redondo nail this issue.  Want to know on.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Lobo #6 Review

Written by: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Cliff Richards
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 9, 2015

(re)Boot Up Your Ass

When talking about this book, I've found myself sounding like some hard boiled detective in an old movie..."Of all the Cullen Bunn books that I could have reviewed, Lobo had to be mine."  Seriously, Sinestro, Magneto, The Sixth Gun and the list goes on and on.  Unfortunately for me, it all leads to Lobo.  People immediately scoffed at the new look Lobo, but the superficial changes didn't bother me at all. However, some other things did.  Pairing him with a generic team that even Lobo didn't  want was big and turning the first arc (which ends this issue) into the assassin of the month club was another.  Add to this an increasingly boring history of Lobo and Czarnia and we have the dud in Cullen Bunn's otherwise impressive stable.  Thankfully, this issue makes strides to rectify all of the book's problems...but is it good?  Let's find out.

Klarion #6 Preview

Written by: Ann Nocenti
Art by: Trevor McCarthy and Syzmon Kudranski
Cover Price: $2.99 

Release Date: March 11, 2015

Klarion has wrecked his relationships with everyone at the Moody Museum and seems ready to live a life dedicated to evil! Is our hero a hero no more?

Here it is, the final issue of Klarion.  While we barley got to know the Witch boy, I'm not sure that's a bad thing.  This book seemed in trouble from the start, but it did look fantastic thanks to Trevor McCarthy and Syzmon Kudranski's art and Guy Major's colors. This preview shows off just that and I'm sure the rest of the issue looks great as well.  The writing, on the other hand, well...

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Convergence: World's Finest Comics #1 Preview

Written By: Paul Levitz
Art By: Jim Fern, Joe Jubinstein, Shannon Wheeler
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 29, 2015

STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Read the most unusual tale in all of Convergence! The Seven Soldiers of Victory regroup to defend their city against the Qward invasion, while cartoonist Scribbly Jibbet transcribes their adventures.

Now I can get behind a bad ass story about the Seven Soldiers of Victory taking to those Anti-Matter assholes but as far as Scribbly Jibbet.......... I don't know.  It sounds like something Mr. T would say..... "Don't Give Me None of Your Scribbly Jibbet!"  No idea what's going on with this comic.

Convergence: New Teen Titans #1 Preview

Written By: Marv Wolfman
Art By: Nicola Scott and Marc Deering
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 22, 2015

STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Titans Together! The greatest Titans team of them all takes on the might of the Tangent Universe’s Doom Patrol!

Okay, I love me some Teen Titans and especially classic renditions of them but I'm a little wary of this title because I'm not at all familiar with The Tangent Universe besides for me passing it up in the 90's for an Uncanny X-Men book or a Peter Parker: Spider-Man........... I was a big Marvel guy in the 90's........ So I really don't know much about the Tangent Universe and I guess I'll have to go and do my homework before Convergence begins because man does it seem like the Tangent stuff is making a big cameo for this event.......... Even though, the Tangent stuff is lost on me, it will be awesome having Marv Wolfman back working on these characters and my favorite artist Nicola Scott drawing the hell out of them

Convergence: The Question #1 Preview

Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Cully Hammer
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 8, 2015

STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Two-Face is fighting another world’s Harvey Dent, and it’s up to Renee Montoya as The Question to help him beat the odds.

While I don't know how I'll feel about all this dome stuff in the event, right now I'll go with it because I do want to see some old continuity with some Dent on Dent violence and if Renee Montoya is mixed in......... Well, the more the merrier.  Two-Face is one of my favorite Batman villains and I've been seriously bummed ever since we saw what looked like Harvey blowing his brains out in Batman and Robin, so it will be nice seeing him again here and while I do love the old continuity, I am a little disappointed that Vic Sage isn't The Question............... I'm a roller coaster of emotions over Convergence.

Convergence: Justice Society Of America #1 Preview

Written by: DAN ABNETT
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 29, 2015

STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! Older and in full retirement under the dome, members of the Justice Society get the chance to regain their youth to stave off forces from the Qward Universe. But the promise of youth comes with a deadly price!

Qward Universe?  Retirement? Justice Society? Stave?  It's all good when I look at that incredible cover.  It's like they picked Eric's brain and spilled it out on the page.  Actually, that sounds like a disgusting, bloody mess and this looks far from that. This book may be just what the doctor ordered for those suffering through Earth 2 and World's End lately.

Convergence: Batman And The Outsiders #1 Preview

Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: April 22, 2015

STARRING HEROES FROM CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS! After a year under the dome, the Outsiders have gone their separate ways, but when OMAC attacks, Batman must find out if they have what it takes to still be a team.

This is a test.  I have been avoiding the Convergence previews for one reason and one reason only...I'm not ready for Convergence.  There are plenty of reasons for that.  I don't want my regular books to be put on hold for months, I am not invested in these characters anymore, but mainly it's because I'm still confused about what this event is all about.  Well, I'm assuming I'm in the minority so I am posting this preview of Batman and the Outsiders #1.  Why did I chose this for the first one.  Marc Andreyko, that's why.  I am a big fan and will read whatever he writes.  Also, the preview cover looks badass.  So, I am posting this and if it gets some play, I will put my narrow mindedness aside and post more. 

Five Questions With...Landry Q. Walker

It's been a while since I did a Five Questions With... so I am very excited to have Landry Q. Walker as the latest guest.  Landry has been in the comics game for a while (that means he's as old as me) and has written a wide array of books such as  The Incredibles, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Little Gloomy.  However, it is his work on Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade and Danger Club that puts him on another level, if you ask me.

Recently, he was given the job of replacing Charles Soule on the Red Lanterns book and that's what lead us to this interview. When I heard the news, Eric and myself on the site were pretty pumped and sent Landry a little congrats on Twitter.  Like the cool guy he is, he responded and all seemed well and good in the world of comics.  Then what seemed like two days latter, DC announced that Red Lanterns was canceled.  What?!?!  How crazy is that?  I'm sure there is a story behind all this, but what I took from it was that Landry is a great guy and DC is an evil empire bent on crushing souls!

So, check out the interview below, follow Landry on Twitter (@LandryQWalker) and get any and all of his books on Amazon, Comixology or where ever you can get your grubby hands on them.