Saturday, April 11, 2015

Convergence: The Question #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

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

Face To Face To No Face

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to get back into the Pre-Flashpoint Dome and see what's going on with some of the ladies of Gotham and what they're doing to keep life under the Dome safe for the citizens of Gotham.  It's time for a return of characters like Two-Face.......... Man, I love Two-Face, Renee Montoya and The Huntress.......... Are you pumped yet?  Well, stop being a Sideline Sally and get into the game as we jump into this issue of Convergence: The Question, where hopefully we finally get some answers from the one person who knows how to ask them.  Let's check it out.

Convergence: Batgirl #1 Review

Written by: Alisa Kwitney
Art by: Rick Leonardi, Mark Pennington and Steve Buccellato
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 8, 2015

Character Movements

Convergence has been an odd event to get a handle on. One of the problems is that this isn't just a multiverse, what-if story, but a multi-multiverse, what-ifs story.  I know that is not the proper use of the Queen's English, but I think Convergence readers will know what I mean.  Add to that fact that everyone is not going to be familiar with all of these characters and past stories which leads to some strange inconsistencies and confusion within and across each tie-in.  This issue has both.  A couple of the lead characters may come out of left field for those only familiar with the New 52 which leads to some confusing interactions and dialogue.  That being said, this is one of the strongest character issues in this first wave of Convergence tie-ins.  Is it enough to make this issue worth recommending?  Let's find out...

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode 13: Endings, Beginnings and Fuller House

Episode 13: This week Eric and Jim talk about the endings of Batman: Eternal and Futures and World's End.  They also gush about
Convergence #0, try their hands at a game show and yell about Fuller House.  Eric also thinks he's going crazy, Jim doesn't know who Casey Jones is and they both get called out by Reggie and the rest of the listener mail.

Convergence: Speed Force #1 Review

Written by: Tony Bedard
Art by: Tom Grummett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 8, 2015

Oh, The Places You'll Go!

I am a Flash fan through and through, but I'm sure it will upset some of you out there to know that I am a Barry Allen man, myself.  He's my Flash.  To get it all out there, I'm also a Matt Smith, John Lennon, Kirk and Dick York man as well.  Whew, it feels great to finally get that off my chest.  Back to why we're here...Speed Force.  Even though Wally is not my favorite, I couldn't wait for this issue. In fact, that's why I was.  Since the New 52 started, I've heard so much talk about wanting Wally back and then when he did return, some were even more upset.  (On a side note: I like the new Wally and am only upset that we haven't got more development with him.)  Now those people get their Wally back and I get to see what all the hype is about.  Am I changing my allegiances?  Let's find out...

Friday, April 10, 2015

Convergence #2 Preview

Written By: Jeff King
Art By: Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 15, 2015

As Telos, the Planet Incarnate, easily defeats the survivors of Earth 2, Thomas Wayne and Dick Grayson set off to find help in the pre-Flashpoint Gotham City. The emotional implication of these worlds colliding comes crashing down when Thomas Wayne confronts this world’s Batman, as father meets son!
Plus, Alan Scott’s attempts to connect with The Green yield unexpected results, setting our team on a quest to escape the planet. And the cyborgs of Futures End engage in a battle to the death against the reimagined heroes of the Just Imagine Universe, while the city of Superman Red and Blue takes on the opposing forces from GENERATIONS!

Holy Shit Does This Issue Sound Crazy!!!!  I hope now that all the exposition has been given about what Convergence actually is is done, we can get into a kick ass story and from what I'm reading in this solicit......... It looks like I may actually get my wish.  So much going on here but the real draw for me........ which is probably very different than most, is the inclusion of the Just Imagine Universe and the Generations Universe.  I loved Generations and Just Imagine was corny enough that I can't wait to see how DC plans on re-imagining them.

Convergence: Suicide Squad #1 Preview

Written by: FRANK TIERI
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: April 15, 2015

STARRING HEROES FROM ZERO HOUR! When Kingdom Come’s floating fortress of New Oa threatens Metropolis, it’s up to Amanda Waller to assemble a team of Metropolis’s deadliest villains to stop it.

I love two things...Frank Tieri, Amanda Waller, the Suicide Squad and Hamburgers. This was one of the select titles that I've been looking forward to since Convergence was announced.  Frank promised me on Twitter that this was indeed an Amanda Waller story, but things don't look good for "The Wall" in this preview.  I can't wait!

Convergence: The Atom #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Tom Peyer
Art By: Steve Yeowell, Andy Owens, Hi-Fi
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 8, 2015

............. Bizarre........ Just Bizarre

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

For all the titles that we're getting during this Convergence Event, The Atom seems like the most odd to me.  I guess DC is testing the waters for the good Doctor Palmer because he's been popping up all over the place lately and even overcame Brainiac in Futures End........... which actually led to this Event........ So yeah, that's kind of funny.  No matter how I feel about this character or how exciting a book about him might be, here we are........ So let's get into Convergence: The Atom..........  and see if in a world where there are no powers, if size still matters.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Convergence: Superman #1 Review

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Lee Weeks
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 8, 2015

This is a Job...

I am still getting a grip on this whole Convergence thing.  I've come to the conclusion that like all the Events before it, I will just judge each issue on it's own merits and not get caught up in what makes sense with the where, what, when and how.  I don't know if it's that approach that helped or the fact that I'm a huge Superman and Lois Lane fan, but I really enjoyed this issue.  It also helped that of the Convergence books I've read so far, this one makes the most sense with the where, what. when and how.  Come with me on a journey to Gotham City where a wannabe Batman is making his rounds...

Check Out the Video of Our Television Debut

We told you all that we'd be on television and if you couldn't (or didn't want to) stay up and see us
make fools of ourselves on Wednesday Night, here is the video.  We will be going in depth about the whole thing on our podcast this week including such things as:

  • Wednesday Night at 1:00 AM does not mean Thursday Morning at 1:00 AM
  • After freezing up every single time I talked leading up to the show, they insisted on talking to me more than Eric
  • Eric kept making weird faces because he was convinced his video feed froze
  • They completely changed up what we were going to talk about without letting us know and asked questions we weren't prepared for 
  • I tried to help out by pushing their Star Wars auctions and went blank when they asked me which one I liked the best...I could only remember the Princess Leia at first
After all that, we had a great time!  Eric got to push his fashion sense on the world of late night shopping networks and I got to fumble and mumble about being a nerd.  I am still trying to catch up on my sleep, but I hope they have us back so I can use some of my prepared material like, "Take this Batman Comic...Please!"  Eat your heart out, Henny Youngman!  Here's the video:

Convergence: The Titans #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Fabian Nicieza
Art By: Ron Wagner, Jose Marzan Jr., Chris Sotomayor
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 8, 2015

We All Have Our Reasons

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's all get back to the Pre-Flashpoint Dome and see what our heroes are up to........ This time around it seems that our Titan heroes are just Donna Troy, Starfire and Roy Harper but that's at least here....... It all goes back to where the hell is everyone else during this opening of the Dome if it's the same Pre-Flashpoint Dome that we keep dealing with this week in Convergence comics......... Okay, I guess that doesn't matter.  We're here to see some Titans and some Titans are what we see, so let's check out this issue and see how this trio of former sidekicks are dealing with life a year after the Dome.

Convergence: Batman and Robin #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ron Marz
Art By: Denys Cowan, Klaus Janson, Chris Sotomayor
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 8, 2015

Sidekick Complex

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

We're back with another installment to the Pre-Flashpoint Gotham and this time around we're looking at our Dynamic Duo: Batman and Robin and I'm just left wondering.......... Is this the same Pre-Flashpoint Gotham in every title or different ones......... or just the Domes are open and everyone fend for themselves against whoever may try to kill them........ These are all valid questions and sadly, I don't have any of the answers........... I think I'll just go with "YES" and leave it at that.  All I have is an issue that I'll take at face value and try not to contemplate what it means for all the other Convergence titles that feature the same city.  So yeah, Batman and Robin...........Yay!  Let's check out what our heroes are up to here before the Dome disappears and shit gets real.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Convergence #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Jeff King, Scott Lobdell
Art By: Carlo Pagulayan, Jason Paz, John Starr, Peter Steigerwald
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 8, 2015

Who Runs Convergence?!........... Well, It's Not Master Blaster

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Alright, it's finally time to get into this Convergence thing and after seeing the prologue to this story in last week's issue #0, I have to tell you I got pretty pumped.  As it turns out, when Superman spent that time in the black hole at the end of Superman: Doomed, we find out that he went to a world outside space and time, where he came face to face with the Brainiac God that we all saw get spanked in Futures End.  As it turns out, when that Brainiac went to collect Superman's city and got "spanked", the sentient planet where Brainiac kept his domes went a little crazy when his "God" didn't return.  Without the guidance of it's "God", the planet decided to create a body of it's own and put Brainiac's collection to the test to see which one is the best........ So yeah, some Thunder Dome like action is going down.  Superman was sent away, having his mind erased by the trip and the once planet became Telos: the bringer of Convergence.  Let's check out what this issue has for us and see what Convergence is all about.

Convergence: Harley Quinn #1 Review

Written by: Steve Pugh
Art by: Phil Winslade, John Dell and Chris Chuckry
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 8, 2015

Off the Meds

As Convergence got closer and closer, I kept hearing about this book.  Dan DiDio and Jeff King both mentioned Harley and Captain Carrot as one of the biggest draws of the whole Event.  I'll be honest, I couldn't wait to see them either.  Harley is just crazy, sexy, cool and Captain Carrot is...well, Captain Carrot.  With all this talk of fighting and destruction, this book just screams fun.  I love fun.  Where the screams accurate?  Let's find out...

Convergence: Justice League #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Frank Tieri
Art By: Vicente Cifuentes, Monica Kubina
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 8, 2015

Girls Night Out

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Now that Convergence is here, it's time to check out the Pre-Flashpoint girls of the Justice League in this issue as they are forced to go up against the might of the Flashpoint Aquaman............ That's about all I have to say about that.  The Dome is up and we're off to the adventure!  Let's check it out.

Convergence: Nightwing and Oracle #1 Review

Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Jan Duursema, Dan Parsons and Wes Dzioba
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 8, 2015

Dome Is Where the Heart Is

When the Convergence Event was announced, this book immediately shot up to the top of my must-read list.  I am a huge Nightwing fan and I was hoping that Gail Simone would right all the recent Batgirl wrongs by (re)giving fans one of the strongest characters in all of DC Comics history...Oracle. I would love to say that this issue was everything I hoped it would be, but it wasn't.  Is that a bad thing?  Let's find out...

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Convergence: Superman #1 Preview

Written by: DAN JURGENS
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: April 8, 2015

STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! A powerless Superman is called upon to protect Gotham City…and his pregnant wife Lois Lane!

While I am getting a little tired of a powerless Superman recently, this one makes sense.  The Dome may have taken his powers away, but it seems it didn't get rid of his libido.  Superman and Lois got busy!  Or should I say "bizzay"?!?  Either way you say it, it will be nice to see Lois and Clark going against DC's usual No Family policy.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Weird Science DC Comics...on the Television?!?!

If Eric is Face, then I'm Murdock!
Hey guys and gals, if you didn't hear us this week on the podcast, then you need to go listen because we mentioned a bit of personal news for Eric and myself.  We are going to be on TV!  I know what you're thinking...we have faces for radio and you'd be right.  Well, at least half right. Eric has agreed to be the face of Weird Science because due to technical constraints, we can only have one of us in full HD video.  I will be calling in and contributing, but all you get is my silky smooth voice.  If you have listened to the podcast, you know what that means.  Let me apologize in advance.

Convergence: Harley Quinn #1 Preview

Written by: STEVE PUGH
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: April 8, 2015

STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Life for Harley Quinn has become downright normal over the last year. Will she be ready to go nuts when Catwoman and Poison Ivy draft her to fight – Captain Carrot?!

Harley Quinn and Captain Carrot?  That sounds like a fun time, but it also seems to be the book that everyone is pushing any time they talk about Convergence.  Dan Didio pointed it out in his video explaining the event and Jeff King told us (HERE) that it's the book to get excited about.  I guess I've succumbed to their mind powers, because I am now excited.  

Convergence: Titans #1 Preview

Written By: Fabian Nicieza
Art By: Ron Wagner, Jose Marzan Jr.
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 8, 2015

STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Starfire and Donna Troy track down Arsenal, who had retreated after the loss of his arm and the death of his daughter – but what they find is more terrifying than they ever could have expected!

This is an odd one for me just because I wasn't reading Titans Pre-Flashpoint....... but I have to tell you, this looks amazing and I can't wait to dive into this issue and see what I missed before Flash had to go mucking up the time stream.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope OGN HC Preview

Writen by: Roy Thomas
Art by: Howard Chaykin
Cover Price: $24.99
Release Date: May 6th, 2015

Lucasfilm Ltd. and Marvel Entertainment have already taken the industry by storm with blockbuster new stories set in the Star Wars universe. This May, we’re proud to return you to the story that started it all as the first original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all time is reborn as the STAR WARS™: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE OGN!

Weeks before George Lucas’ first STAR WARS film hit theaters – Marvel gave eager fans their very first look at Luke Skywalker, boldly asking “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?” Now, 30 years later, you may know the answer, but that doesn’t spoil the excitement of reliving this now classic adaptation like you’ve never seen before – including scenes that never made it to the silver screen!

Completely remastered for the modern age with new coloring by Chris Sotomayor, Roy Thomas and Howard Chaykin’s iconic story debuts this May in an oversized hardcover format with a new cover by famed artist Adi Granov! Now is your chance to relive the original Marvel Comics adaptation that started it all when STAR WARS™: EPISODE IV A NEW HOPE OGN comes to comic shops and book stores this May!

Plus, don’t miss exciting remastered adaptations of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI coming later this year!

There are only a few Marvel books that would ever be allowed on our site.  One of them is Star Wars.  A New Hope still ranks as my favorite movie of all-time. I get a lot of crap for that amongst Star Wars fans and while I agree that Empire is a better movie, it's not my favorite.  I was eight years old when Star Wars came out and it took over my entire world.  I wanted to be Luke and I wanted to have friends like Han and Chewie to go on adventures with.  I wanted to see the movie over and over and over.  It was such a badge of honor to see Star Wars multiple times and while I wasn't even close to some of my buddies (my friend Joe saw it over 30 least that's what he told everyone), every time was a huge moment.  The best one was seeing it with my family at a Drive-In with me and my brother laying on a blanket on the car roof. Unfortunately, as the years have passed and I've been forced into adulthood, the pure joy and excitement that I felt seeing Star Wars back then has never been replicated with any other movie. However, every time I see that opening crawl and hear that wonderful theme blast in, I'm eight years old again for at least two more hours.  I think I'm going to go watch it now.  Enjoy this preview.

Batman: Arkham Knight #7 Review

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Ig Guara
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 3, 2015

Little Benefit

I have really enjoyed this book so far.  Sure, I've wanted to see more of the actual Arkham Knight, but I have enjoyed the ride that Peter J. Tomasi has taken the reader on.  He has made the book bigger than just a video game tie-in, but fans of the games benefit more with all the references being bandied about.  I fall into that fan category so this book has quickly become one I anticipate each week.  So, when I opened the issue this week and saw the Arkham Knight in full action mode, I couldn't wait to read the rest of the issue.  Now that I have, was it as good as the others?  Let's find out...

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 4/4/2015

What a week it's been.  Actually, it's been a pretty standard week for me, but I always see people
open articles like that so I thought I'd join in.  April Fools Day started off this comic week and while I usually go full bore with pranks, I laid off a bit.  I tricked Eric into believing my Dad had died, but after that hilarious fun, I laid low.  As far as comics were concerned, this was an odd week.  It was dominated by Convergence #0 and the end of the three weeklies and had a weird ending/beginning vibe to it.  For the next two months, fans will be dealing with the Convergence Event so this will be the last covers column with the normal books for a while.  So, here are my picks...

Five Questions With...Jeff King, DC Comics Convergence Edition

I'm so excited to be able to bring you this Five Questions With...featuring Jeff King, the writer of DC Comics huge Convergence Event.  For all you out there familiar with the Five Questions, this one is a little different.  I actually put on my  press hat and got down to some honest to goodness reporter stuff. Actually, I emailed Jeff some questions and he responded.  Take that Walter Cronkite!