Saturday, November 14, 2015

Justice League: The Darkseid War – Green Lantern #1 Review and *SPOILERS*



This Little Light of Mine

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Doc Shaner, Chris Sotomayor, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 11, 2015

*Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

If you were offered limitless power over time and space, would you take it? What if it didn’t offer a 401K? You’d still take it? What if your bloodied, broken form had to be forcibly dragged to it, and assuming said power might rend your flesh into so much ribbons and reduce your skeleton to ash? Oh, suddenly you want to think about it, huh? Well that doesn’t fly with Hal “Green Lantern” Jordan, a real fart first and figure out who to blame later kinda guy. Now that Darkseid is dead, his Motherbox is looking for a new boss, and his Parademons are auditioning Lanterns. If that sentence made no sense to you whatsoever, then move along, nothing to see here! If that sentence piqued your interest, then by all means, read on!

The Legend of Wonder Woman #1 Review



A Beautiful Beginning


Written by: Renae  De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: November 12, 2015


I am a huge fan of the DC Digital First line of books and feel that I am in the know when it comes to the lineup.  That's why it always amazes me when a book a big as this seems to materialize out of nowhere without much fanfare at all.  I really can't figure out why DC continues to treat their digital books with such a laissez faire attitude, but I'm not here to climb on my soapbox, I'm here to talk about The Legend of Wonder Woman.  While I'll admit that Wonder Woman's multiple origins does present a problem to some, I never had an issue with it.  As long as the story I'm reading is good, I'm fine.  However, I am in the minority here and if this "definitive" origin story helps people enjoy the character more going forward, I'm all for it.  However, it isn't enough just to throw big words around, the story has to be good and make sense to be considered "definitive".  So, is it both of those things? Let's find out...


Friday, November 13, 2015

Justice League: The Darkseid War – Shazam #1 Review and *SPOILERS*




You’re So Vain, You Probably Think These Gods Are About You

Written By: Steve Orlando
Art By: Scott Kolins, Romulo Fajardo, Jr., Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 11, 2015

*Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

You can’t understand why Apple Jacks doesn’t taste like apples and why Mountain Dew tastes like calves’ urine and that’s just the way we like it! See, we don’t worship your dusty old gods from before there was even television, we worship a bunch of new gods that are totally cool and radical to the max! And if you don’t like it, you can just stuff it because Shazam is keeping it real like a slippery eel. Confused? Good! That’s the way we like it, old man or old woman! The kids of today are indignant and we will have our say! Read on to find out what that might be!

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Versions of Superman


Welcome back to another edition of Top 5 Fridays. If you have kept up with comic news, you should know the conclusion to The Dark Knight Returns series of books written by Frank Miller will finally finish after 30 years in the making. One major concept that has been tied throughout the books is the conflict between Batman and Superman. Where most enjoy the conflict, others take the time to critic them on how they are portrayed. While Superman is painted as a dimwit puppet being controlled by the government, Batman is painted as a practical self made god, but also a psychotic one. It actually made me think of all the different versions of the characters that have appeared in their histories. With The Dark Knight: Master Race coming out in two weeks, I felt we should cover these two major players and how they are portrayed across many different stories. Today we'll be covering the Top 5 versions of the Man of Steel. As per usual, this is my list and I haven't read every Superman comic so if you don't see your favorite, I apologize. Enough talk! Lets begin!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Red Hood/Arsenal #6 Review and *SPOILERS*


Bring Your Joker's Daughter To Work Day


Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Denis Medri, Blond, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 11, 2015

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Things have been crazy for Jason Todd and Roy Harper since Kori left the team and it looks like the crazy is coming full force here since this is a Joker's Daughter issue.  Woah!  Turn that frown upside down little troopers.  I know we've all had our issues with this incarnation of the character, but this could be the issue that makes us forget all that terribleness that has come before....... it's not likely, but crazier things have happened.  So yeah, while Red Hood and Arsenal were in Gotham taking care of Underbelly, Jason discovered that Bruce was still alive and we all had ourselves a moment while Jason just basked in the happiness he felt at Bruce simply being alive, but it wasn't all good feels going on because while that was going down, it also looked like Joker's Daughter went and splattered Roy's brains all over the ground....... it was a rollercoaster ride of emotions and all that nonsense. Let's jump into this issue and see the fate of Arsenal and what a league of villains that have come together have against our former Outlaws...... you know, besides the fact that Red Hood has killed the majority of them in the past......... Let's check it out.

Batman Beyond #6 Review and *SPOILERS*


Brother Eye Gouging 


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 11, 2015

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Who's ready to save the world and look good doing it?  Tim Drake that's who!  That's right boys and girls, we're heading back to that awful world of Thirty-Five Years From Now to watch the final conflict between Batman Beyond and Brother Eye and even though it was kind of slow going at first, this arc has definitely picked up the pace and become a title that I seriously look forward to now.  Last month, we saw Tim Drake taking on the borg-ed out versions of his former friends in Jim Gordon's Bat-Suit, since he went and burned out his own and after teaming up with Micron and really making their presence known in terms of bad ass-ery, Tim went with Barbara to find a way to end the fight and apparently that way leads to an old hideout of the Court of The Owls.  Let's jump into this conclusion to the Brother Eye story arc and see what the future holds for Tim Drake as Batman Beyond.  

Batman/Superman #26 Review


Redrum

Written by: Greg Pak
Art by: Ardian Syaf, Cliff Richards, Vicente Cifuentes, Beth Sotelo and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 11, 2015

I was not a fan of the Truth story in this book or as a whole, so I was pleasantly surprised last month when I got back to enjoying some Batman/Superman action.  Actually, it was more of a Bat Family/Superman issue and that there my friends is why I liked it so much.  Batgirl teaming up with a Bat-Tech using Clark Kent was cool enough, but throw in a cliffhanger promising Dick Grayson and Jason Todd and I really was excited for this month's adventure.  Oh yea, did I mention Vandal Savage?  It may sound like a cheesy infomercial ("But wait, there's more..."), but believe me, this kind of excitement is well overdue in any Superman book these days.  So, did this issue continue the trend and get this book back to one I look forward to each and every month?  Let's find out...


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Superman: American Alien #1 Review


...And Away


Written by: Max Landis
Art by: Nick Dragotta, Alex Guimaraes and John Workman
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 11, 2015

The big thing DC was pushing going into this book was the Eisner Award nominated Superman story that Max Landis did with Jock last year...which I hated.  So, being reminded of it every time this book came up wasn't really making me hopeful that I would enjoy this story.  Throw in the promo image of a young and law breaking Clark Kent and I was sure that this book wasn't for me.  Fast forward to now and I'm not so sure anymore.  It's crazy, but while this issue might not break new ground, it gave me a ray of sunshine in a very gloomy month of DC Comics.  Sorry for sounding so corny, but really, it's been such a crappy month and this book made me smile.  Before I give it all away, let's get on with the review.


Batman #46 Review and *SPOILERS*


Better Gardening Through Murder


Written By: Scott Snyder
Art By: Greg Capullo, Danny Miki, FCO Plascencia, Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 11, 2015

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to get back to Gotham and see how our current Batman plans on taking down the Slender-Man like Mr. Bloom.  In the previous issue, we saw Geri Powers give Jim Gordon the business after he almost died going off protocol to take down Mr. Bloom on his own, but before she could publicly fire his ass...... or just force him to resign, which is the same thing in my book, Mr. Bloom went and crashed the farewell Batman party.  This has been a weird story for me to really get into because as much as I was looking forward to a Robot Suit-ed Jim Gordon Batman, it's just not feeling all that Batman-y to me and I'm beginning to long for the days of Bruce Wayne's return.  Let's jump into this issue and see if the story can Batman the hell up and make me a believer in Jim Gordon.  Let's check it out.

Batman and Robin Eternal #6 Review


Mail Order Death


Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, Mark Morales, Tomeu Morey and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 11, 2015

I have not been the biggest fan of this book lately, but that's something you get used to when reading and reviewing a weekly book.  There is an ebb and flow to the whole thing which really shows when there are multiple creative teams involved.  It sucks when you don't like a particular team when they jump on, but you can always weather the storm for a couple issues until they leave.  Hey, I'm trying to look at things with a glass half full attitude for once in my life.  If you read my reviews or listen to our podcast (HERE), you know that I've had to weather an extended storm lasting four issues.  Yes, I was a huge fan of Tynion's first issue, but the followups by Seeley and Orlando didn't really do it for me.  Well, Tynion is back this week and while I do think that the big wigs (Snyder and Tynion himself) are keeping the good stuff for themselves (or because of it), I hoped this issue would get the series back on track.  Well, did it?  Let's find out...


Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 44: When I Say Yummy, You Say Pie



Jim and Eric get together for another podcast, but this week's bunch of books has got them down. While Eric wants DC Comics to get "Back to the Basics", Jim just wants to rant and rave with or without pants on.  After Eric announces he's a pretty girl, the boys talk about Superman's love of pie, Steve Orlando's "unique" dialogue and other stuff they found lacking...which means everything.  Eric may not be the voice for every comic book fan out there, but that hasn't stopped him from trying to be.  They also discuss this week's DC Comic News, read Listener Mail and  are joined by Reggie, Professor DC and Ryan to make this another...podcast.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

He-Man: The Eternity War #11 Review and *SPOILERS*


Man-of-War


Written By: Dan Abnett, Rob David
Art By: Pop Mhan, Mark Roberts, Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 28, 2015

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Well, it's a war torn Eternia boys and girls and after going through all the rigmarole of Hordak's invasion, it looks like we'll have an even more powerful Skeletor to contend with now that our favorite skull faced fiend has absorbed all the souls that Hordak collected over the years in Despondos and overthrew Hordak with a sword through his chest.  Yeah, that's a lot to take in and to add a extra heap of exposition mash potatoes to your plate, it also looks like King Hiss has taken over King Adam's position by consuming the once Master of the Universe and to add a bit of story gravy to that, Man-at-Arms survived his fall to Eternia with Roboto, but now he seems to be an agent of Evil sent to kill King Adam/King Hiss.  Hopefully if you're anything like me, you'll suck down all that and ask for seconds because this is an amazing story with twists and turns, taking us places I never expected He-Man to go.  Let's jump into this issue and see what else our Eternity War cooks have going on in the kitchen........... I think I might be hungry.  Let's check it out.

Batman: Arkham Knight #37 Review


Bat Man


Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Viktor Bogdanovic, Richard Friend, John Rauch and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 30, 2015

I feel bad that I fell behind on this book as it is one of my favorite reads each and every week.  Peter Tomasi has just killed it from the get go and along with Victor Bogdanovic and Ig Guara's art has given DC another feather in their Digital First cap.  So, I am going to hunker down and catch up starting with this penultimate issue of the Scare Tactics arc.  As far as I'm concerned, it's never a question of "is it any good?", but more just how good it is.  Well, just how good was it?  Let's find out...

Monday, November 9, 2015

Evil Dead 2: Beyond Dead By Dawn #2 Review and *SPOILERS*


You're Going Down


Written By: Frank Hannah
Art By: Oscar Bazuldua, Chris Summers, Jacob Bascle
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 26, 2015
Publisher: Space Goat Publishing

It's Monday and that means I get to review whatever I want....... just for the hell of it.  You know, because of Weird Science's famous Just For The Hell of It Mondays?!  Of course you know.  Anyway, in the first issue of this sequel to Evil Dead 2, all from the perspective of Annie Knowby, we saw Annie sucked into hell with the cabin after Ash was sucked into the time-tunnel, where he'd have all his Army of Darkness adventures.  The Medieval Dead is harsh, but nothing seems as harsh as actually going to hell.  Luckily for Annie, she possessed the knowledge and know-how to use the Necronomicon and Kandarian Dagger as weapons against the demons of hell and after fueling the dagger up with demonic energy, she used the weapon and a spell from the book to recreate Ash out of his own severed hand.  It was all pretty epic, but as weird as it sounds, I was looking for an Evil Dead book not featuring Ash.  That's called blasphemy in some areas, but I was interested in seeing what someone else would be like in battling "The Evil" and even though I didn't get that, I still got an issue and I guess that's pretty good.  Okay, so we've got Annie and Ash stuck in hell, let's see what they do to solve their damnation problem.  Let's check it out.