Friday, October 2, 2015

Fanboy Theories: What was Thomas Wayne up to?

2 Paths, 1 Cave
If you watched the most recent episode of Gotham, you would take a better look inside of Thomas Wayne's secret lair. He had a large computer, bullet proof vest, guns, and pints of blood. If it wasn't obvious, Thomas had been doing some shady stuff, but the question remains: What was the intent? Was Thomas Wayne the good hearted man that Lucius Fox has painted? Or is he someone with a more diabolical goal? While most people want to believe that the Waynes are good, stand-up people, I wouldn't put it past the writers of the show to throwing this screwball(I MEAN THE DOOR HAS A FRIGGIN' DEVIL HEAD ON IT) In today's Fanboy Theory, we are going to take a look at the two things that the lair implies. Lets take a look...

Top 5 Fridays: Characters I Want To See In DC Comics TV Shows

Welcome back to another Top 5 Friday! Gotham's second season has begun, with Arrow's fourth and Flash's second premiering next week, and Supergirl premiering at the end of the month. It looks more and more like a great future for DC Television, especially with some of the characters that are coming. Characters like Anarky, Hugo Strange, and Red Tornado will soon be gracing our screens and it made me think: Who's next? This week on Top 5 Fridays, I'll be going down the characters I want for DC Television. This list will be different as it's all number 1 characters for each show, but its a list nonetheless. ENOUGH BLABBERING! Let us begin...

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Aquaman #44 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Cullen Bunn
Art By: Alec Morgan, Art Thibert, Jesus Merino, Guy Major, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: September 30, 2015

Make Up Sex

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

This new story arc for Aquaman has been a rough one.  I was so happy to finally be able to review this title when I took it over from Jim and having Cullen Bunn on writing duties was just icing on the cake in my mind....... I guess I can be a little over zealous at times and I certainly was for this book because besides for how relieved I was that we finally got some answers about what was going on in the last issue, there really hasn't been anything to keep people reading this series.  Aquaman is on the run from his own people since he took it upon himself to save refugees from a mirror Atlantis that is forcing itself into the real world....... so with that problem, he went and got himself some god powers from Poseidon and has been fighting the good fight ever since and trying to stay one step ahead of his own people who want to try him for treason.  Don't worry folks, the love fest that is Arthur and Mera isn't completely destroyed here because we found out in the previous issue that the Mera ordering the death of the former king isn't really Mera, but some kind of magical impostor who may or may not be from that mirror isn't very clear yet, but hopefully that will all change here.  Let's check it out.

Green Lantern Annual #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Pascal Alixe, Martin Coccolo, Tony Avina, Pete Pantazis, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 30, 2015

Reputation is Everything

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Hal has certainly gone through a lot of changes of late and that's saying a lot for a guy who's become the most powerful villain in the Universe at one point and then the actual wrath of god later....... yeah, Hal Jordan is a strange ass character isn't he?  Anyway, we've got his Renegade phase going on now and for this story we'll be dealing with some of his past, a bit of his present and where we're going from here on out.  Pretty much, it's the total package.  Let's jump into this Green Lantern Annual and see if we can get beyond the setup and see where our actual story lies.  Let's check it out.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Gotham Season 2 Episode 2 "Knock, Knock" Review

Ha. Ha.
If you read my last review, you'll know I didn't find the season premiere as great as it could be. I've seen worse episodes, but for an opener it fell a bit flat as it tried to clear the board for the new season.
That being said, This episode knocks last week's episode out of the park. It is dark, bloody, and tense as hell...and I loved every friggin' moment of it. Why all the praise? Lets dive in and see...

Batman Annual #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: James Tynion IV
Art By: Roge Antonio, Dave McCaig, Steve Wands
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 30, 2015

Bruce Wayne, This is Your Life

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Oh, it's Annual time again and that means that we'll be told a tale that doesn't exactly jive with what we're currently dealing with in the series...... yeah, that sounds a lot like Batman #44 to me, but to my surprise this story actually has a lot to do with our current storyline and I'm sure that everybody will be pleased to know that it features Bruce Wayne....... Also, a pseudo Arkham Manor epilogue.  That was a strange series, but I'm all for an explanation on how Bruce got the manor back from the crazies and it's all here...... Woo!  Anyway, there isn't much for me to recap on here, Jim Gordon is Batman, Bruce Wayne has no memory of his life as Batman...... or anything really and now it's time for a homecoming.  Let's check it out.

Grayson Annual #2 Review

Written by: Tom Seeley
Art by: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Jeromy Cox and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 30, 2015

Some Kind of Duo

I'll tell you a couple things before we start...I love reading Annuals, but I hate reviewing them.  I love reading them because you never know what you're going to get.  An origin story? A continuation of the current series?  A fun side story?  Something else entirely?  Like I said, you never know what you're going to get.  As far as reviewing them, it all comes down to my laziness.  These Annuals are mighty big and that means a lot of work.  I am not a fan of lots of work.  So, I'm lacing up my work boots and diving into Grayson Annual #1.

Justice League #44 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: September 30, 2015

Clash of The Titans

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Holy shit, if you aren't reading this book you better have a damn good reason for it because it's amazing.  Yeah, it's the usual Johns' type story where a whole bunch of shit is going on at once and it's all over the top.......... but what the hell is wrong with that?  Johns is like the Midas of comics to me because everything that man touches just turns to gold.  I really think it's because he takes these characters that we all love and he actually gives us what we want....... and what he wants because he is the ultimate super fan in my opinion.  Okay, that's enough stroking Johns, let's get to this.  In the previous issue, we had Batman atop the Mobius Chair saying how he had to go to parallel worlds in order to find out who the Anti-Monitor was....... because even though the Mobius Chair knows everything, it wasn't spilling the beans on what the Anti-Monitor's Mama calls him at home.  On top of that, we had Superman go all dark as shit when he absorbed the solar energy of a fire pit and the rest of the Justice League joined the battle between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor...........even though they don't really have much to do.  Let's get into this issue and see where this crazy ass story takes us next.

Batman: Arkham Knight Annual #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Art Thibert, Stephen Segovia
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 29, 2015

Feed Your Head

*Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

“…And the Arkham Knight is talking backwards! And the Red Robin screams ‘Off with his heaad!’ Re-mem-berr—what the Scarecrow saaaaiiiid! Feed your heaaaad! Feed your heeeaaaaaaad!” I thought a little Jefferson Airplane parody would be appropriate for this special issue of Batman: Arkham Knight that has our pal Jason Todd taking a trip of the chemical variety, one that forces him to face his innermost fears. Does he “break on through to the other side” and “kiss the sky,” or does he die in a bathroom like the artists who sung those songs? Read on and find out! I promise there won’t be any more puns on 1960s music. Okay maybe a couple.

Superman #44 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Gene Luen Yang
Art By: John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson, Dean White, Leonardo Olea, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: September 30, 2015

The Truth About Superman

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Oh it's the finale to the Truth...... even though this story takes place before any of the other titles that have been dealing with this depowered Superman nonsense.  Lousy prequels throwing us all out of sorts.  Anyway, it's the finale and the reason we're here is that a despicable group known as Hordr, who blackmail people all over the world with information they've collected from........... let's just say the Cloud.  They know that Superman is Clark Kent and after witnessing that god awful solar flare power, the leader of the group...... called Hordr_Root wants to suck on Superman a little to store the energy that comes off him.  After the suck fest started though, Lois went and took matters into her own hands and released the information on the web........ so voila, the world knows Superman's secret and without the information to hold him tight until Hordr_Root got done sucking, the villain took off and Superman's life will never be the same.  Let's jump into this issue and see if everything makes sense the way it should.  Let's check it out.

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Episode 38: "He's Dead Jim"

Jim and Eric continue the fun this week by discussing all the DC Comics and DC Comic News that two grown men can take.  Along the way, we all learn that their local comic book shop still sucks, Jim doesn't really pay attention to the news and Eric has a lot of friends who all have ridiculous nicknames.  Jim also continues his nyquil addiction...but it's all for the good of the podcast.  When they get to the books, they don't agree as usual, but Jim does convince Eric that We are Robin wasn't as bad as he first thought.  Jim:1 Eric: 0  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Injustice: Year Four #22 Review

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Xermanico, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 29, 2015

Dios Mio!

There are only a couple of issue left in this Year Four of Injustice which means this book is going to get crammed full of crazy action.  We already have Superman fighting Darkseid, Zeus ready to topple all the world's religions, the U.N about to fire nukes at Themyscira and Batman off trying to get some help.  If that's not enough, Ares is still somewhere ready to stab someone in the back and Harley is...well, Harley is just being Harley.  I'm sure I'm missing something and there will be more to get fired up about soon enough.  Even though I haven't been the biggest fan of this Year of the Gods, I am a fan of Brian Buccellato and I know he's a finisher.  I also know that I read this issue already and it's pretty damn good.  It's certainly setup heavy, but still...pretty damn good.  So, without further ado, let's talk about Injustice: Year Four #22, shall we?

Green Lantern Annual #4 Preview

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Pascal Alixe, Martin Coccolo, Tony Avina, Pete Pantazis, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: September 30, 2015

What happened to Hal before the Green Lantern Corps disappeared and he was being hunted by them? Where did he get his new ship and new look? All is revealed here! Plus, a new force in the universe rises to take the place of the Green Lantern Corps!

It's stories like this that make me love that odd Annual when it pokes it's heads out.  We could take the time to explore how Hal went and got himself all Renegaded up in the normal issues, but that's for suckers and you guys aren't suckers are you?  No, that's right you're not and because you're not, we get this Annual to help us satiate our curiosity about how Hal became a bad ass....... and I dig it.

Superman #44 Preview

Written By: Gene Luen Yang
Art By: John Romita Jr., Klaus Janson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 30, 2015

The epic “Truth” arc reaches its finale as the Daily Planet and its staff may be the first casualties of Clark’s identity being revealed!

casualties shmasualties, we've got the Royal Flush Gang in this piece and I can't wait to see that.  I haven't been a huge fan of Superman's Truth arc, but........ THE ROYAL FLUSH GANG!  I don't want to get too ahead of myself, but I have complete faith that this issue will be amazing......because of the Royal Flush Gang.

DC Comics: Bombshells #7 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Marguerite Bennett
Art By: Gary Brown, Doug Garbark, Wes Abbott

Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: September 5, 2015


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In the previous issue of DC Comics: Bombshells, we were introduced to a few more characters that
want to see the Nazis suck it........ well, except for Joker's Daughter, she seems more interested in keeping Zatanna prisoner by blackmail because she knows that Zatanna is a Jew and as you can probably imagine....... it's just not the best place or time to be a Jew.  So yeah, we've got Joker's Daughter, Zatanna and also Constantine who was outed as a double agent and then turned into a bunny.... yeah, it's kind of silly but I'm sure it will all be pinatas and RC Cola by the end..... So let's jump into this issue and continue our journey with these characters and find out what scheme Joker's Daughter is running with the Nazis.  Let's check it out.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Bruce Wayne: Agent of Shield #1 Review

It's been a couple of weeks since I've done a Just for the Hell of it Monday Review and I'll admit it, it's because I just haven't been in the mood.  If you listen to our Podcast (Latest episode HERE), you will know that our site has been labeled as malicious, delicious and totally fictitious.  It all started with Eric not faking the funk with his Batman #44 Review (I have no shame...the review is HERE) and just went downhill since then.  Well, Weird Science does not negotiate with terrorists!  I don't know why I said that, but I am going to make things right with this review of Bruce Wayne: Agent of Shield #1.  Let's consider it a cleanser and a purging all rolled up into one.  In fact, after I post this review, Eric will finally be able to take off his disguise and head off to KFC.  It's finger lickin' good and Eric misses it very, very much.  So, please read this review and let all your hate wash away as you think of a 32 year old man child who only wants to play with Imaginext figures and eat tasty fried chicken.

He-Man: The Eternity War #10 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Dan Abnett, Rob David
Art By: Pop Mhan, Mark Roberts, Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 23, 2015

The Serpent and The Rainbow

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Eternity War has had so many twists and turns so far that I'm feeling sick........ not a terrible, I can't take it anymore kind of sick, but the kind where I spew happy vomit all over the lot of you as I continue my He-Man journey to places I never expected this series to go.  That's a positive thing right?  In the previous issue, we saw Skeletor pull the ultimate checkmate on Hordak, by using the souls of the people Hordak vanquished in the past to overthrow his regime and using his double agent Evil-Lyn to distract Hordak as Skeletor plunged his sword through the dark lord's heart..... It..... It was just beautiful.  With the cliffhanger, we saw a very sick King Adam receive a final showdown message from Skeletor, but that wasn't the kicker, the kicker was it appears that King Adam is actually King Hiss........ That's right, on top of shit getting real............shit just got real.

DC Comics Presents #52: Superman and the New Doom Patrol – Just For the Hell Of It Mondays Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Paul Kupperberg
Art By: Keith Giffen, Sal Trapani, Gene D’Angelo and Ben Oda
Price: $0.60
Cover Date: December 1982

*Spoilers ahead, score at the bottom*


Last week, reported that actor Stephanie Corneliussen was cast as Valentina Vostok in the new CW television show Legends of Tomorrow! Wow! That means a member of the Doom Patrol is going to be on a television show, and that makes me very happy. To celebrate, I’ve decided to review issue number 52 of DC Comics Presents where Superman meets the NEW Doom Patrol! Look, it’s complicated, okay? The original Doom Patrol died at the end of their run in 1968 but a new one showed up in the late seventies for three issues of a revived DC Showcase magazine with the team depicted in this issue that came out five years later. Then, Grant Morrison took over and…just head to Wikipedia if you want to know the strange story of the Doom Patrol or listen to the fine fellows at the Waiting For Doom podcast. If you want to know what I think of this particular comic book, read on!