Saturday, September 26, 2015

Justice League 3001 #4 Review

Written by: J.M. DeMatteis and Keith Giffen
Art by: Scott Kolins, Hi-Fi and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

A Quick Story

Whatever year it takes place in, this book has been one of my favorites since it came on to the scene.  The slightly out of sync continuity and the always in sync humor has hooked me and the book has become a who's (almost) who trip through DC comic book history.  However, after last issue I wondered out loud if the book has become a bit too overcrowded.  I don't blame DeMatteis and Giffen, they have been trying so hard to get more people on board, but there has to be a breaking point.  So, does this issue tidy things up a bit and make a great book even better?  Let's find out...

Batgirl #44 Review

Written by: Brenden Fletcher and Cameron Stewart
Art by: Bengal, Serge LaPointe and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

My Mother the Motorcycle

I know that our site has had a rocky past with this run of Batgirl.  Actually, it was mostly Eric who had been reviewing this book since our site started, but handed it over to me in June.  Funny thing is, once I started reviewing it, Eric started liking it as much or more as I was.  I'm not saying it became a perfect book, but when Fletcher and Stewart shifted the focus a bit from Barbara's selfie obsessed personal life to actually being Batgirl, the book became so much more fun.  That's not to say that they have ditched the personal stuff because her interaction with Frankie and the surprise return of Alysia has been great as well.  Throw in a blooming romance with Luke Fox and this book seems poised to prove that "Batgirling" a book is not a bad thing when done the right way.  So, does this issue keep the good times rolling as Babs fights Velvet Tiger while planning a wedding and keeping her friend from becoming a vigilante?  Let's find out...

Friday, September 25, 2015

Green Lantern 75th Anniversary: Top 5 Fridays: Green Lantern Story Arcs

Welcome back to the final Green Lantern 75th Anniversary: Top 5 Friday. It's been a long month full of reminiscing of Heroes, Villains, and moments of the Green Lantern's 75 years of comic book history. It has been quite a ride as it should have considering the size and scope of the Green Lantern Mythos. It only seems right that we end the themed Top 5's by counting down the Top 5 Green Lantern Story Arcs. As usual this is my list, and if you don't see a story arc you liked I apologize. Enough babbling! Lets finish this!!

Batman: Arkham Knight #32 Review

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Ig Guara, Julio Ferreira, Andrew Dalhouse and Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 25, 2015

Fright Knight

I love this comic and if you have been shying away from it because it's a tie-in to a video game or some other crazier reason, do yourself a favor and get on the trolley.  Why should you listen to me? Well, I read and/or review every DC Comic each week and I stand by my statement that Arkham Knight is the best batman book that DC is putting out right now.  So there!  For those who already have their ticket punched, Peter Tomasi has done such a great job keeping things fresh by giving us more than just the Arkham Knight.  In fact, it's the guest stars that have made it a delight for myself and that is front and center in the current "Burning the Days" arc of which this is the finale.  Calendar man has stepped up his game and it really looks like he may be the one who finally takes down the Bat.  He's not alone, however, as the Scarecrow showed up last issue in all his glory.  So, does Julian Day become the man of the hour (and day, week and year)?  Let's find out...

Thursday, September 24, 2015

The Flash #44 Review

Written by: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen
Art by: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse and Pat Brosseau
Cover price: $3.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

Speed Kills

I am one of the biggest Flash fans out there and that goes for Venditti, Jensen and Booth's run of this book.  From the Savage lands of the Speed Force to Professor Zoom, I have enjoyed the action packed craziness they have been giving fans each month.  It seems that every story has something cool that I can grab onto and this one is Zooms pupils, whom I like to call the "New Rogues".  I'm trying in vain to make that stick and I won't stop until it does.  While we've seen them in action already, last issue was the first meeting with the Flash and unless Barry comes up with a new plan (and some fancy swimming), this story may end a bit differently than anyone could imagine.  So, how does the story continue and is it any good?  Let's find out...

Deathstroke #10 Review

Written by: Tony S. Daniel and James Bonney
Art by: Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto and Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

Arc Killer

When I think about this God Killer story, I am sort of conflicted.  While I've had problems with the individual issues, I still have enjoyed the arc as a whole.  Maybe it's because it's what I've wanted from this book since it started...Deathstroke kicking ass.  It doesn't hurt that I love seeing him team up with Wonder Woman (and Superman...kind of) in his mission to take down a god.  I've said it before, but it's been bloody, limb removing fun with a story that had me excited from the get go.  Seriously, Slade going after a god is a great premise and while the reality has been hit or miss, I couldn't wait to see how it ends.  So, did it end on a high note?  Let's find out...

Gotham By Midnight #9 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Juan Ferreyra, Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

Good Cop, Bad Cop, Dead Cop

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Ever since the conclusion of this series first story arc, it feels like this title has just been putting along, with it's monster of the week scenario and The Spectre solves every problem quick fix.  Even with this though, I've been enjoying the series enough, but from everything that Juan Ferreyra says, this is when shit gets real and I'm not too proud to tell you that I got giddy as hell when he began hyping this issue.  As we saw in the previous issue, Internal Affairs is coming down hard on Precinct 13 and even  arrested Jim Corrigan and Lisa Drake.  It's interrogation time and some secrets are best kept inside.  Let's jump into this issue and see what's up and if it's worth the hype.

Green Lantern 75th Anniversary: Green Lantern: Emerald Twilight #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written by: Ron Marz
Art by: Darryl Banks, Romeo Tanghal, Steve Mattson
Release Date: March 1, 1994

There can be Only One...

This is the final part of a three part review. If you didn't read the second part click here.

Last issue we saw how far Hal has fallen when he began his rampage across the galaxy. Every Green Lantern that was thrown in his way kept falling to the greatest Lantern of their time. For every fight he won, Hal claimed more and more rings, going so far as to slicing off the limbs of allies he recruited into the Corps, until he finally reached Oa. Kilowog tried his best to stop him, but with two fists of rings, there is no chance. Thats where his ultimate challenge was revealed: SINESTRO! 

The end is finally here, and with two thirds of the story holding up so far, I have no doubt this will do the same. Let's finish this...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Harley Quinn/Power Girl #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray
Art By: Stephanie Roux, Elliot Sinclair, Paul Mounts, Alex Sinclair and Marilyn Patrizio
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

In Space, No One Can Hear Your Boner

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

After Jim reviewed the last issue, Jimmy Palmiotti knocked over his comic book review stand and gave him a titty-twister which, as anyone at the schoolyard will tell you, can cause cancer. So while Jim is getting a biopsy done, the task has fallen to me to review the latest issue of Harley Quinn/Power Girl. Thing is, I only read the first issue of this miniseries so three issues later I might be pretty lost. Still, every comic is someone’s first, as they say, and if the Harley team is doing its job right, I should be able to follow along okay. Are my qualms founded? Or am I too much of an idiot to follow this bizarre “Laverne & Shirley in space” yarn no matter how much back story I get? I wonder where one might find the answers to these questions…seems like they should be somewhere around here…oh yeah—read on!

Sinestro #15 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Cullen Bunn
Art By: Ethan Van Sciver, Jason Wright, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: September, 23, 2015

Hope For The Best

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Is it wrong for me to say that the Green Lantern Corps disappearing is the best thing to happen in a long time?  Yeah, I know blasphemy and all that, but when would Sinestro be able to systematically take out all of the other Lantern Corps', recreate the Manhunters and begin to fulfill his aspirations of bringing order to the Universe?  That's right, besides for the Sinestro Corps War, where he was brought down by our willful ring slingers, that shit wouldn't happen and I'm interested as hell to see where this story goes now that there's no one to stand in our fear monger's way.  It just comes off amazing to me, especially with Lobo in Sinestro's corner, taking out the other Lanterns.  It really feels like this book has the full package and I can't wait to see what happens next.  Let's check it out.

Grayson #12 Review

Written by: Tom King and Tim Seeley
Art by: Mikel Janin, Hugo Petrus, Juan Castro, Jeromy Cox and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

Reunited Cause It Feels So Good

Okay, it's no secret that I am a Dick Grayson fan first and a Grayson fan second...a very close second. The reason is that this book has been a celebration of the character and anyone who says different is dead to me.  I know that sounds extreme, but hey, that's how I roll.  In fact, if you aren't reading this book, get out right now and never come back.  Are they gone?  Good.  Now I don't have to waste my breathe telling you that this is one of the best comics out today because you already know that.  I mean, everyone reading this is well aware that the art is superb and each issue builds on everything that's come before it to reward readers in the best way possible.  You guys also know that this issue is something very special with Dick heading back to Gotham for the first time since his "death" in Forever Evil.  The only thing you don't know is what I thought of this issue, so let's get on with it, shall we?  Oh, we shall...

We Are Robin #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Lee Bermejo
Art By: James Harvey, Diana Egea, Alex Jaffe, Jared K. Fletcher
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

Permission Slip

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

All of us who read his book will know that in the previous issue......we lost one of our Robins.  No, this isn't a huge deal like when Damian died, but I'm getting pretty into this book and seeing a kid who put on a mask to try and do the right thing blow up in front of my eyes, well that's a pretty messed up day.  Yeah, I've been having trouble in remembering who these specific Robins are, but in this issue I finally get the thing that I've been asking for since day one and that's a character list with their names, pictures and a little bio to help all of us get to know these Robins a little better.  The Robin that I liked the best was of course the one who died last issue and I won't lie....... I went into this issue a little somber knowing that I wouldn't be seeing "Shoulder Pads" this issue...... or as he's actually known, Troy Walker.  For this series to rise above the rest of the new titles for me with a bunch of characters I can't say that I actually know is a damn miracle to me so know that the creative team must be doing something right.  Let's dive into this issue and see if they can keep it up.

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode #37: Double Secret Probation

It's been a tough couple of weeks in Weird Science Land...After the fallout from Eric's Batman #44 review started to settle, Twitter decided to flag the site as "malicious"!  Delicious maybe, but malicious?  While Eric tries to calm the ship, Jim has conspiracy theories and is just generally pissed off.  After Jim loses his voice and takes too much cold medicine, they hunker down to talk some comics and actually end up in a pretty good mood.  Who knows what the future holds, but one things for sure, "Bricks no hit back".

Gotham Season 2 Episode 1: "Damned If You Do..." Review

Clearing the Board
It's been a very long time since I've done one of these. To those who don't know, my first articles on the site were the three DC shows at the time. Out of the three of them, I found Gotham the weakest. Even as the seasons concluded, I found Gotham to be lacking from the original potential it had.

Well that was last year and now we return to the city, still as corrupt as we left it all those months ago(then again this is only supposed to take place a month after the season finale).  What has gone on in that time? Well lets find out!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Grayson #12 Preview

Written by: Tim Seeley and Tom King
Art by: Mikel Janin and Jeromy Cox
Cover by: Mikel Janin

For the first time since he faked his own death, Dick Grayson returns home to Gotham City. But will Spyral ever really let him go for good? 

While I have loved almost every minute of Grayson up to this point, I think everybody has been waiting for his inevitable return to Gotham.  By the looks of this preview, it's going to be an emotional return and I can't wait to read the entire issue.  This creative team has not let me down yet and I don't think they will start doing so this week.

The Flash #44 Preview

Art by: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse and Pat Brosseau

Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

Professor Zoom’s war against The Flash escalates as Zoom’s team launches an attack that Central City will never forget. With Wally West in the line of fire, The Flash is racing against the clock to save his city—and his friend.

I can't wait.  This is one of my favorite books and I don't care if I sound like a fanboy...I love it.  I am enjoying this Zoom story and it's all about his team...which should be called the "New Rogues", if you ask me.

Injustice: Year Four #21 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Tom Derenick, J. Nanjan and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 22, 2015

Join the Dark Side

Year Four of Injustice is almost at an end and I have to say that it's been an up and down ride.  While I have loved a lot of the over the top action, the story of this Year of the Gods hasn't really hit home with me.  That being said, Buccellato's hints of Darkseid entering the fray have had me excited for weeks and I am happy to say, the wait is over.  Darkseid is in the house, but does that push the story towards a great conclusion or is it just more action and no substance?  Let's find out...

Gotham By Midnight #9 Preview

Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Juan Ferreyra
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

As the Midnight Shift is dragged in for interrogation by Internal Affairs, Dr. Tarr makes a startling discovery that might change everything for Corrigan and The Spectre. But will it be too late?

I like this series but nothing really seems to be going down in it, with the exception of the monster of the week scenario and Spectre showing up to wrath the holy hell out of everything around.  Hopefully this new development adds to this series and really allows it to go out with a bang.

Sinestro #15 Preview

Written By: Cullen Bunn
Art By: Brad Walker, Drew Hennessy
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

Lobo’s job may be to kill Sinestro, but would the intergalactic assassin make a perfect candidate to wield a ring of his own?

I wouldn't be surprised if by the end of this Sinestro Rising story arc that's crossing over with Lobo, we see that Lobo is a perfect candidate for every emotional spectrum because looking at what we've seen so far, it doesn't seem that far fetched.  I'm having a lot of fun with Lobo in this story and it sucks that his title is already cancelled because I think this is just what the character needed.

We Are Robin #4 Preview

Written By: Lee Bermejo
Art By: James Harvey, Khary Randolph
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

In the wake of a huge loss, the Robins are reeling with grief. Riko takes to the rooftops of Burnside to find a symbol of hope, and finds herself living out a dream as she teams up with her personal hero: Batgirl!

I'm a big fan of this series and after having the last issue affect me the way that it did, I'm starting to think that this title can do anything and I'm going to stick around until the end to see it's entire bag of tricks and I think all of you should too.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Doctor Fate #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Paul Levitz
Art By: Sonny Liew, Lee Loughridge, Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 16, 2015

The Doctor Is Finally In

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Boy, have I been disappointed with this series so far....... This just isn't Doctor Fate and that seems like the biggest tragedy of all....... well, maybe not the biggest.  The biggest has got to be that our main character has spent three issues whining and actually getting people killed instead of doing what we all came here to see him do and hopefully you all will agree with me when I say that's seeing someone be a damn hero.  If that wasn't enough negativity for that ass, it just so happens that I'm not a fan of the art either.  Shit's rough all around for me with this book, but each month I dive right in hoping beyond hope that each time I do, I'll finally see the hero that I want to see and believe it or not....... we might actually get that here.  Let's check this out.

Bizarro #4 Review

Written by: Heath Corson
Art by: Gustavo Duarte, Darwyn Cooke, Pete Pantazis, Lee Loughridge and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 16, 2015

In Bizarro, Book Reads You

Say what you will about the early success or failure of the DC You, but I have really been enjoying the mini series that DC has been putting out since June.  Of course, this book is one of them and it's been a fun little road trip starring Jimmy Olsen and Bizarro, but almost as important, a slew of awesome guest stars.  You never know who might pop up and it almost always leads to hilarity.  This issue continues the fun as our heroes head off to Branson to collect a bounty and take in a magic show.  Branson?  Magic?  Yakov Smirnoff?  Let's find out...

Constantine: The Hellblazer #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Ming Doyle, James Tynion IV
Art By: Vanesa Del Rey, Chris Visions, Ivan Plascencia, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 16, 2015

Give Up The Ghost

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

As we've all seen from this series, Constantine has himself a ghost problem, but probably more important, he has a ghosts getting killed around him problem.  Yeah, it's a little weird, but you'd imagine from all the people that John has fucked over or sacrificed to come out on top, some mofo's are going to be haunting his ass.  For whatever reason though, John has attracted the attention of something dark and twisted that has the ability to actually kill ghosts and after Gaz died for a second time, Constantine hopped a flight to dear old London to get to the bottom of his problem.  After contacting an old friend named Georgiana, who just happens to be the supernatural specialist of England, our brash Brit finds out that a woman that he used to care for and got into magic with along with Georgie and Gaz died a couple of years earlier.  So not much on the ghost front, but I'm sure that John's going to be dealing with a lot more than that this issue.  Let's check it out.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Batman: Arkham Knight #31 Review

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Viktor Bogdanovic, Richard Friend, John Rauch and Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 18, 2015

Step it Up Gotham

I have gone on the record as saying that Batman: Arkham Knight is the best Batman book out today. I'm sure that some have rolled their eyes at that statement, but I stand by it.  Each week, Peter Tomasi has been giving fans a great book that combines action, adventure and a large dose of mystery into a whole that really has been tough to beat.  That continued the last two weeks as Calendar Man has set up a test for Batman that involves 365 victims, a baby and one really tired Dark Knight.  So, does the greatness continue this week?  Let's find out...