Saturday, May 9, 2015

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 5/9/2015

I usually put this column up on Sunday as a way to wind down the week and look back at the greatness that was.  However, Eric went to the Philadelphia Wizard World show today, so we will be recording our Podcast tomorrow and I have nothing to do tonight.  That's right, I'm a loser that has nothing at all to do on a Saturday Night.  It's like that song...Pour Some Sugar on Me.  Wait a minute, it's nothing at all like that song.  Oh well, here are the Covers of the Week...


Convergence: Batgirl #2 Review

Written by: Alisa Kwinty
Art by: Rick Leonardi, Mark Pennington and Steve Buccellato
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 5, 2015

Back in Time


I was not a huge fan of Alisa Kwinty's first Convergence: Batgirl issue.  It wasn't that the writing itself was bad, it was the disjointed, out-of sequence storytelling.  It really threw off the pacing of the issue, made parts unnecessarily confusing and left the reader with a dud of a cliffhanger.  That said, I did like the idea of Stephanie Brown as reluctant champion and will never get tired of seeing Gorilla Grod in anything.  So, I went into this issue hoping we'd get more of the good and a lot less of the bad.  Did we?  Let's find out...

Friday, May 8, 2015

Convergence: Batman and Robin #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ron Marz
Art By: Denys Cowan, Klaus Janson, Joe Rubinstein, Chris Sotomayor
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 6, 2015


Bonding Time


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In the last issue of this Convergence tie-in, Batman and Robin were taking on a bunch of villains from their rogues gallery, who were trying to make a profit off of people's suffering caused by the dome.  It might have been the end of our dynamic duo if Red Hood and his associate Scarlet hadn't shown up and with their assistance came some major jealousy from Damian about Batman's former sidekick.  After a tantrum and Batman sending Damian to his room, our Boy Wonder got it in his head that the only way to solve his envy problems were to track Red Hood down and kick his ass..... Hopefully that was all he was going to do.  Luckily, Batman showed up and put an end to the nonsense because all of them are going to have to work together now that the dome has disappeared and The Extremists have come into Gotham with intent on winning their city's freedom.  Let's see if our heroes can stop The Extremists and save the Pre-Flashpoint Gotham.  Let's check it out.

Batman: Arkham Knight #12 Review

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Viktor Bogdanovic
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 8, 2015

Burning Rubber


How many times can I start an Arkham Knight review by saying how much of a fan I am of this series?  Whatever you think that number is, add one to it, because in fact, I am a huge fan.  The story has been a slow burn affair and while I really want to learn more about the Arkham Knight himself, the twists and turns that Tomasi has thrown at the reader have made the wait easier to take.  However, as Steven Copper likes to say, "It's time for some Arkham Knight Action".  Yes it is Steven, yes it is.

Convergence: The Titans #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Fabian Nicieza
Art By: Ron Wagner, Jose Marzan Jr., Chris Sotomayor
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 6, 2015


Daddy Daughter Day


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Holy shit was I a fan of the first issue of this tie-in.  Seeing how Roy has taken his daughter's death and everything else that has happened to him...... including being trapped in a dome and turning all of those things into a positive by giving up super heroics and working with displaced families and kids was really enjoyable to see.  That's right, even though it's called "The Titans", the first issue was pretty much just a Roy Harper story and I loved the hell out of it.  But just when you think you're out, they pull you back in and in Roy's case, the dome disappearing and The Extremists showing up on the scene was the thing that pulled him back to being Arsenal.  As we finished the last issue we saw Roy, Starfire and Donna Troy going up against this Angor group and Roy was given a choice by Dreamslayer.  Either fight and die or kill his two friends and have his daughter back....... That's right, Dreamslayer plucked Lian out of time and offered her up to her father if he only chooses to betray his friends and as the issue ended, it looked like Roy decided that friends were overrated.  Let's check out this issue and see how the Titans will overcome The Extremists and if Roy can still consider himself a superhero.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Convergence: Justice League #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Frank Tieri
Art By: Vicente Cifuentes, Monica Kubina
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: May 6, 2015

Restraining Order


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In the last issue of this Convergence tie-in, we saw the girls of the Justice League trying to surprise their friend Jesse Quick with a baby shower in Gotham but wouldn't ya know it, the festivities had to be put on hold because Jesse went into labor early........ Oh and a dome trapped the city as well.  After a year of living in domed isolation, we saw that our heroes were making the best of a bad situation....... Except for Mera....... She was just being mopey.  That is until the dome fades away and a Flashpoint Aquaman sees a double of his deceased lady love and to show how much he's missed his Boo, he straight up kidnaps our Mera and her gal pals are forced to begin the Convergence fight earlier than expected, so they can save their friend and then hopefully figure out what the hell they're supposed to do next.  Let's jump into this issue and see our super women hopefully just beat the hell out of Flashpoint Aquaman.  Let's check it out.

Convergence: Harley Quinn #2 Review

Written by: Steve Pugh
Art by: Phil Winslade, John Dell and Chris Chuckry
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 6, 2015

Wabbit Twouble 



The first Convergence issue of Harley Quinn was so good.  Why? Because I said so, but also because
Steve Pugh used the Convergence concept to give readers a Harley that was so un-Harley like that it made me want to cry when the inevitable happened.  You see, life under the Dome was so therapeutic for Harley that she actually was living a nice and satisfying life...she had a boyfriend who didn't want to kill her, she was helping others with their problems, she had a boyfriend who didn't want to kill her (that one's big so I had to mention it twice).  Then the Dome came down and Harley's friends showed up and got her prepared to fight Captain Carrot of all bunnies.  By friends, I mean Poison Ivy and Catwoman and by prepared, I mean injecting her with something (Joker Toxin??) that made her bat shit crazy.  After seeing our girl finally get a fair shake at a normal life, it was devastating.  It was also a cool cliffhanger that had me anticipating this finale.  Does this issue live up to the hype?  Does Harley live happily ever after?  If it's rabbit baby wants, is it rabbit baby gets?  Let's find out...


Convergence #5 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Jeff King
Art By: Andy Kubert, Sandra Hope, Brad Anderson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 6, 2015

Repressed Memories


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time for Convergence again and with it, a nugget more of information so we can move forward and find out why the hell Brainiac and a sentient planet would pit doomed cities against one another.... It's a pretty strange plan and unless they're selling the rights to pay-per-view, I'm not following the intent here.  In the last issue we saw Dick Grayson being put in a liquid metal shell so that he could do all the things that a man without a shattered spine could do.... because apparently his spine is shattered..... Yeah, I'm not getting over that.  With this metal shell, we saw Dick Grayson follow Telos around and try and show him the error of his ways....... but that's not the fun stuff.  The real story took place on Skartaris, where Deimos and the surviving Earth 2 Wonders waged war against that city's people, but our Wonders were led astray because Deimos really wanted to suck all the power out of the captured Time Masters so that he could contact the T sphered trapped Brainiac in Futures End land.  Let's see if Brainiac is pissed at Telos for breaking all his toys and find out what the hell is going on in this event.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Convergence: Superman #2 Review

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund and Brad Anderson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 6, 2015

Oh Baby!


I loved last month's Convergence: Superman and was so looking forward to this month's finale.  Dan Jurgens did such a fine job setting up both parts of the story that even if I wasn't familiar with the character's home worlds and stories, I still could follow every bit of it and become fully invested in what was going on.  The best part?  This was the only book in the entire Event where I actually had feelings of wanting both sides to win.  Sure, Pre-Flashpoint Superman and Lois were on the top of the list of favorites (Lois is pregnant for Christ's sake), but Flashpoint Thomas Wayne and even Subject One Superman were sentimental favorites as well.  However, the crazy cliffhanger last month had me wanting Superman to kick some serious ass and I was not disappointed.  Was the rest of the issue as good?  Let's find out...

Convergence: Speed Force #2 Review

Written by: Tony Bedard
Art by: Tom Grummett, Sean Parsons and Rain Beredo
Cover Price: $3.99
Release date: May 6, 2015

Quick to the Door


I mentioned last month that I was not a big Wally West guy.  Nothing against Wally, it's just that I am a Barry Allen man through and through.  However, last month's issue swayed me a bit to the West camp, but it was because of Jai and Iris. They were a load of fun and throwing in Fastback from the Zoo Crew just made it that much better.  The only thing I really didn't like was the ending setting up Flashpoint Wonder Woman as the villain.  Well, now that the finale is here, does the fun continue? Let's find out...

Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2 Review

Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Jan DuursemaDan Parsons and Wes Dzioba
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 6, 2015

Home Sweet Home


The second round of Convergence tie-ins is upon us and I've been looking forward to this one since...well, last month.  While the whole Convergence battle royal has it's appeal, I'm more interested in seeing if Dick and Barbara finally tie the knot.  To do that, however, they may have to get through Hawkman and Hawkwoman, but for once, I'm hoping true love conquers everything...even two pissed off Thanagarians with an evil agenda.  I'm sure your all wondering the same thing, so on with the review.

Fanboy Theories: Who is the Empty Hand?


 EMPTY IS 
 THY HAND 
Last week, The Multiversity came to an wonderful epic conclusion. The heroes saved Uotan (or “Odin” as a commenter harassed Eric for in his Review), saved the multiverse, and finally learned the true villain behind all of this. ENTER THE EMPTY HAND. When I saw this monstrous titan overlooking the heroes, I had to do a double take. It was insidiously perfect: A giant, horned, demon-esque villain sitting atop a throne of melted buildings as his monsters work around him to build an Oblivion Machine. Let's just say, if I was in the heroes’ shoes, I'd probably scream like a little girl. Appropriately, we don't even get much talk with him!A direct and simple, "You are not prepared," then zaps all the heroes back to the final battle ground. This villain is creepy, and in just the few pages the heroes spoke with him, I am intrigued to learn more about this being. However, I am left with wanting to know who this character symbolizes.  After a week of looking at the facts, I've figured out who is THE EMPTY HAND. Let’s dive right into the palm of this multiversal threat of the ages.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

He-Man: The Eternity War #5 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Pop Mhan, Mark Roberts
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 29, 2015


Strange Company


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

When last we strolled through Eternia, we saw Hordak run his big ass sword through She-Ra, mortally wounding her.  It's a good thing that Skeletor showed up with a speedy rescue and got our Princess of Power the hell out of there.  It's all about the "Eyes of Grayskull" though and for those that don't know, they are two gems - one controls space and the other time, put them together and you have one hell of a instant death ray that can take out anyone anywhere....... and any when.  Skeletor took more than the Princess of Power when he interrupted Hordak and her's fight, he grabbed the Gem of Chronos and now it looks like him and his toadies have both gems and total control over the future of this war.  Let's jump into this issue and see what the ramifications of Skeletor joining the war will be.  Let's check it out.

Convergence: World's Finest #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Paul Levitz
Art By: Jim Fern, Joe Rubinstein, Paul Mounts
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 29, 2015

Scribbly Jibbet.........The Constant Victim


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I'd like to tell you now that we're past all that awful nonsense of the New 52's Worlds' Finest title that originally showed us the overly sexualized and bumbling team of Power Girl and Huntress and then showed us the uninteresting times that an agent of Apokolips showed up in the lives of Superman and Batman of Earth 2, that now we could get back to basics and see our World's Finest duo in some serious dome action........... That isn't the case though.  Don't fret though gentle reader because while we don't get the Man of Steel and The Dark Knight kicking ass and taking names, we get The Seven Soldiers of Victory in their year long attempt to keep Scribbly Jibbet from becoming a corpse.  So let's pull our smiling faces together while we jump into this Earth 2 story and see how our heroes are dealing with their time under the dome.

Injustice: Year Four #1 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Bruno Redondo
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: May 5, 2015

Clash of the Titans


I am a huge fan of Injustice.  I have been reading from the first issue and while some yell at me for not calling certain things to task, I can't help it...I love it.  The book has gone from Tom Taylor to Brian Buccellato and mixed up a bunch of artists along the way, but it has really maintained a high level of quality.  That being said, the main reason for my excitement for Year Four is that Brian Buccellato will get to fully take the reigns of this book.  I don't know any back room information, but I'm guessing that when he jumped on during Year Three, he had to pick up Taylor's story and finish it up with bits of his own.  Now we get 100% pure Buccellato and that's a-ok with me.  On with the review...

Convergence: Speed Force #2 Preview

Written by: Tony Bedard
Art by: Sean Parsons, Tom Grummett
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: May 6, 2015


STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Wally West desperately tries to protect his children and his city from the brutal assault of the Flashpoint Wonder Woman as the next phase of Convergence begins!

I'm really looking forward to this one.  While I still think that Wally proved to be one of the worst Fathers in the DCU last issue (he probably got advice from Bruce on parenting!), I can't wait to see what him, Jai, Iris, and Fastback do to Kingdom Come Wonder Woman.


Monday, May 4, 2015

Convergence: Batgirl #2 Preview

Written by: Alisa Kwitney
Art by: Mark Pennington, Rick Leonardi
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: May 6, 2015


STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! What will be the final fate of Stephanie Brown as she battles both Flashpoint Grodd and Catman? Or is the real fight closer to home, against Red Robin?

I love Gorilla Grodd and this looks like it's got a heavy dose of my favorite Ape.  Of course, there is also some Stephanie, Tim and Cassandra...wait, why don't they mention Cassandra in the solicit?  No respect, I tell ya...no respect. 

Convergence: Justice League #2 Preview

Written By: Frank Tieri
Art By: Vicente Cifuentes
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 6, 2015


STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Witness the brutality of the battles between worlds as Flashpoint Aquaman proves to the Justice League how far he’s willing to go to protect his kingdom.

Yeah, I know this solicit comes off like Flashpoint Aquaman is going to "bring it", but I can't wait to see the women of the Justice League show him that they aren't to be trifled with.  Oh man, they're going to screw him up soooooo bad!


Also in this issue we get a bonus story of what to expect in June's Detective Comics, written by: Brian Buccellato and art by: Francis Manapul.  There’s a new status quo between Batman and the GCPD, especially in regards to Harvey Bullock.  Harvey offers a deal to Batman, and we meet the new addition to Harvey's task force — Renee Montoya!

Convergence: Blue Beetle #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Yishan Li, Dave McCaig

Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 29, 2015


Down and Out In The Dome


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Continuing with the trend this week of Convergence, we're heading to another world in the Multiverse and this time it's Hub City from the Charlton world of Earth-4.  The world where Blue Beetle, Captain Atom, Peacemaker and Question inhabit........ Not to mention a shit ton more but I'm not in the listing superhero game, no I'm in the reviewing game and even with that a lot of people would cry foul.... Why is everyone so mean?  Anyway, my feelings aside, let's do what we've done all month and dive into a dome scenario and see how our heroes of Earth-4 are handling their powerlessness.  Let's check it out.

Convergence: Nightwing/Oracle #2 Preview

Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Dan Parsons, Jan Duursema-Mandrake
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: May 6, 2015


STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! The fairy tale starring Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon tries to survive one more night – and a brutal attack by Flashpoint Hawkman and Hawkwoman!

I was left with two things from the first issue.  First, Barbara better let Dick put that ring on her finger now that the Dome is down and two, Hawkman and Hawkwoman better get their asses handed to them. The reason for the first is obvious, but the second has to do with those lousy cheating Thanagarians. They clearly got a head start over everyone in this Event and I'm not sure if they slipped a couple bills to Telos, but I don't care.  I want vengeance!!!

Convergence: Infinity Inc #1 Review

Written by: Jerry Ordway
Art by: Ben Caldwell
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 29, 2015

A Mediocre Issue by Any Other Name...


As someone who never read any Infinity Inc. before this event, I was a little worried that I wouldn't "get" what's going on.  Of course, I read the back page history of the team and did a bit of homework before tackling the issue, but still, this review is from someone coming in cold.  While that may not be what some of you are looking for, it brings up an important part of this Convergence Event...can these issues win over new fans for some of the more obscure characters and teams?  Unfortunately, the answer here is no.  I'm not saying this is a bad issue...or am I?  Let's find out.

Convergence: Detective Comics #1 Review

Written by: Len Wein
Art by: Denys Cowan
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 6, 2015

Tale of Two Cities


I have to admit that this book fell off my radar a bit.  I can't really explain why, but I'll blame it on a Convergence overload and the fact that I have the attention span of a goldfish.  However, when I pulled it out to review, I immediately got excited because that's when I remembered that Len Wein wrote it.  His Swamp Thing Convergence issue is still one of my favorites of the event and I was hoping he'd make it two for two here.  While the back page history lesson was a bit jumbled (I guess the copy editors are busy moving), I got up to speed quickly and away I went into yet another reality and another Dome...or two.  Did I enjoy my visit?  Let's find out...

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Convergence: The Titans #2 Preview

Written By: Fabian Nicieza
Art By: Ron Wagner, Jose Marzan Jr.
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 6, 2015


STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! A severely depleted Titans team, including Arsenal and Donna Troy, is put to the test against the world-conquering Extremists! But how can they do this while protecting Arsenal’s daughter Lian?

Well I guess Arsenal doesn't get all kill happy with his friends after being presented with the choice of having his daughter back in exchange for becoming a murderer........ Not saying that I expected him to, but it sure was one hell of a cliffhanger last issue.  This was one of my favorite issues during the first week of Convergence and I can't wait to see how our Titans tackle The Extremists.

Also in this issue we'll have a sneak peek at the June title Red Hood/Arsenal, written by Scott Lobdell, with art by Denis Medri.  Where Jason and Roy face off against the forces of Kobra!  So if you were a fan of Red Hood and The Outlaws than you'll definitely want to get this issue to see what DC has in store for us in June.

Convergence: Superman #2 Preview

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Norm Rapmund 
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 6, 2015


STARRING HEROES FROM THE PRE-FLASHPOINT DCU! Flashpoint Kal-El has kidnapped Lois while she’s in labor! Will Superman reach them in time—or will Flashpoint Batman have to deliver the Man of Steel’s only child?

This continues one of my favorite books in the Convergence Event.  The first issue was so good because we really got to see both sides of the fight. Now, if Jimmy doesn't go and muck things up again, maybe Superman can get home in time to save Lois and see the birth of their child!

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 5/2/2015

What a week!  The future of the DCU took a couple of left turns after Batman, Superman and Justice League came out on Wednesday and then Divergence hit on Saturday.  DC dropped a couple of bombs on fans in celebration of Free Comic Book Day and I loved (almost) everything about them.  Of course, the Convergence Event rolled on and finished up the first month with the old up and down.  However, it doesn't take a strong issue to win the coveted Best Cover of the Week Award. Nope, it just takes hard work, dedication and a lot of moxie.  Let's bring out the winners, shall we?

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode 16: Taco Bell, Truck Stops and Convergence Week Three

Ep 16: Eric and Jim are in a better mood this week as they discuss Week Three of Convergence, Jared Leto's look as the Joker and Frank Miller's Dark Knight III: The Master Race.  Also, Eric likes Jim's late night sexy DJ voice, Jim has trouble ordering at Taco Bell and things last longer than Ryan "Brightest Daycare" Clark will like.