Saturday, February 27, 2016

Just For The Hell Of It Podcast Ep 2: Top 5 80's Movies


Eric, Jim and Reggie get together to discuss their Top 5 80's Movies and while they may have struggled a bit with the more structured format, they get their picks out there.  They also manage to talk a bunch of nonsense and stretch the podcast out more than they had planned.  Enjoy and if you have any questions of comments, email the guys at  justforthehellofitpodcast@gmail.com

Justice League 3001 #9 Review **SPOILERS**




Written by: Keith Giffen, J.M. DeMatteis
Art by: Scott Kolins, Colleen Doran, Hi-Fi and Rob Leigh
Price: 2.99
Release Date: February 24, 2016

Another month passes by and another issue of Justice League 3001 awaits to be read. The circle of DC life is unchanging and eternal. At least it will be until June. Anyways, last time we set up an entirely new Justice League and their plan to take down the Scullions. This time who knows? I don't know, but I do know that I'm looking forward to it. And knowing is half the battle, don't you know dude? With that in mind, let's get to the meat of this article, the cheese of this pizza, the stuffing of this turkey...lets get on to the review.

Friday, February 26, 2016

DC's Legends of Tomorrow Episode 6 "Star City 2046" Review and **SPOILERS**



Director: Steve Shill

Writers: Marc Guggenheim and Ray Utarnachitt

Welcome to your regularly scheduled Legends of Tomorrow review. As we left off, I was both disappointed and gladly surprised by the latest LOT two-parter. The story and character development was uneven. I didn't really get the idea that that the show was moving in a solid direction and it appeared to me that the future of the show was uncertain. Fortunately, "Star City 2046", shows us that future and it is great.

I previously mentioned that this show is like a TV Justice League. Well this episode is like crossover between TV Justice League and TV Batman Beyond. If that doesn't wet your appetite then I don't know what will. Onto the review...

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 "Old Heroes Return" Stories

Welcome back to another exciting installment of Top 5 Fridays! This week's Legends of Tomorrow had an old Oliver Queen come back out of retirement to help save his city, we currently have a series with an old Batman ready to protect the world from kryptonians, that same old Batman is the inspiration behind the Dark Knight in Batman vs. Superman, and we have a middle aged Superman from pre-New 52 flying around. So this had me wonder: What is it with Older Heroes? What makes these heroes that should belong in a retirement home so cool? While I don't know everyone's answers, I believe its the fact that even at old age these heroes can be bad ass, and thats why today we'll be covering the Top 5 "Old Heroes Return" Stories. The rules to qualify are that the story must deal with a hero that is over 50 years of age. As per usual there are a lot of comics out there, and it's impossible to read them all, so if you don't see a comic you like, I apologize. Enough talk! Bring out your old man reading glasses and dive in..

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Aquaman #49 Review and *SPOILERS*



I'm In Love With A Lighthouse Man

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Vincente Cifuentes, John Dell, Juan Castro, Guy Major, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: February 24, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

We're over the hump people and it's glorious!  That's right, we're out of the Thule story line and we've got Dan Abnett taking the helm of Aquaman for it's duration and I couldn't be happier because we can finally get Arthur to be fun again......... hopefully.  I'm staying optimistic though because man did I not fully understand everything that was going on in the previous story and on top of that, it just wasn't much fun.  Here though, we've got a chance to bring Aquaman back to greatness........ as we hope beyond hope that Mera doesn't call Arthur out for sleeping with her doppelganger as we've seen so many times in fantasy shows.  Let's cross our fingers and get into this latest issue of Aquaman and see what our King of Atlantis is up to after the Thule incident.  Let's check it out.

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Chapter 10 Review


Nobody...Calls... Me...Chicken Fake

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, Rex Lokus and Wes Abott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 25, 2016

Last week's Injustice dealt with the age old adage, one person's terrorist is another person's freedom fighter.  I'm not one to choose sides (who am I kidding?), but I am starting to see Batman as a terrorist.  Don't get me wrong, Superman is a real horses ass , but no matter what anyone says, the explosions that the Rogues set off last week couldn't have gone off without any casualties. Just saying.  That may be an argument for another day, but something that's awesome in the right here and now is Bizarro.  Yep, he is in the book, in the house and in yo face!  He is one of my favorite characters and I'm hoping beyond hope that somehow he will survive this year.  A man can hope, right?  Okay, enough of my ramblings, let's get to this week's review.


Superman #49 Review and *SPOILERS*



Bunch of Savages


Written By: Gene Luen Yang
Art By: Jack Herbert, Hi-Fi, Blond, Wil Quintana, Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 24, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Just in case you aren't in the know, please, please please go and read Superman/Wonder Woman #26 before this issue because that story proceeds this one and things can get confusing since they both came out on the same day.  Now that we've got that out of the way, welcome to Superman!  I don't know if it's just because we're out of Mythbrawl but I get really excited going into this title now because shit is finally starting to come together with all of this "Superman losing his identity and powers" deal.  Like I said a moment ago, you need to read Superman/Wonder Woman before this because in that issue we saw Vandal Savage merge the Fortress of Solitude into the already merged Stormwatch Carrier and Justice League Watchtower.  Yeah, it's a big bad ship and since Superman isn't recognized by the Fortress anymore, once it was merged into the ship, it now can repel Superman within Vandal's comet seeking cruiser.  That's right, all of this is about getting the comet that gave Vandal his powers closer to Earth and that's what he was doing with Jupiter in the issue before Superman/Wonder Woman, getting the planet's moons out of the way to give the comet a clear course to Earth, for when he activated his comet tractor beam............ Shit is really getting all crazy with its Sci-Fi isn't it?  As the previous issue closed, we saw Superman take the entire Stormwatch Carrier on top of him as it was driven to the ground by Earth's magnetic forces.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Superman survived and if our former Man of Steel can defeat Vandal and his little Savages with his new Kryptonite powers.  Let's check it out.

Arrow Season 4 Episode 15 "Taken" Review and *SPOILERS*


I (Don’t) Love the Way You Lie
Director: Gregory Smith
Writers: Story by Mark Guggenheim,
Teleplay by Keto Shimizu & Brian Ford Sullivan
First Aired: February 24, 2016

*NON-SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM*

The past few weeks of Arrow have admittedly strayed from the main villain of Damien Darhk to deal with more personal matters. I have no problem with that, but Damien has grown to my second favorite big bad(No one beats Slade Wilson), so to see him come back to the forefront definitely brings a smile to my face. However what doesn’t bring a smile, but dread is the fact Damien has kidnapped William, Oliver’s son… The fact an evil sorceror who wants the city to die has the son of the man who defends it is a BAD sign. Oliver will need some help, and thankfully he has a magic enhanced woman with a very particular set of skills: Vixen! Let’s dive on in folks!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Superman: The Coming of the Supermen #1 Review and **SPOILERS**





Three Supermen and a Lois Lady

Written By: Neal Adams and Tony Bedard
Art By: Neal Adams, Alex Sinclair
Lettered By: Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 24, 2016

**NON-SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Let’s be honest with each other. You know why we’re here, reading the first issue of the Coming of the Supermen. First reason is to gawk at Neal Adams’ expert comic book artwork. The second reason is because we read Batman: Odyssey and we hope for another bonkers story from the fertile loam that is the mind of Neal Adams. Don’t kid yourself. You secretly liked Batman: Odyssey. Oh sure, you derided it at first, made fun of bare-chested Bruce Wayne and laughed at the dinosaurs. But a few days later, you took another look. A week after that, you flipped through some choice sections. And now it’s one of your yearly re-reads, along with Watchmen and the Illuminatus! Trilogy. You’re hoping you’ll hit paydirt and get another psychedelic romp through Superman’s most beloved and weirdest tropes. Well, I’ve got good news for you, buddy: you’ve come to the right place. Read on, intrepid traveler of the mindwaves!

Grayson #17 Review


Someone Else Started a Joke...


Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Jeromy Cox, and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 24, 2016

Grayson is my one of my favorite books out right now and while I agree that it was never going to last forever, years after Rebirth sends it packing, I will look back at my time with it with a big smile on my face.  Of course, I'm saying this with four issues left and Tom King nowhere in sight. This month we get his tag team partner, Tim Seeley, and while I haven't been his biggest fan, I have hopes that he can continue the greatness that King has setup for him.  We have seen Dick and Tiger rip their way through Spyral agents with a smile on their face and a song in their hearts, but now Helena has called in the Syndicate to take them down.  While that sounds like trouble, Dick has some outside help as well as Checkmate is helping his cause.  I have a sneaking suspicion that this will all lead to a free-for-all at some point, but that's a story for another day.  Right now we are here to see if this issue is any good.  Well, is it?  Let's find out...


Batman and Robin Eternal #21 Review


Think of the Children


Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Tony S. Daniel, Sandu Florea, Tomeu Morey and Dave Sharp
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 24, 2016

The Eternal train keeps chugging along and while this series has been a continuous back and forth between present and past, we have been spending almost all of out time in the here and now lately.  While the story has been getting better overall, it is still plagued with the inconsistencies and forced revelations that have driven me nuts for almost five months now, but I see the light at the end of the tunnel and I'm still holding out hope that it will finish strong.  This issue is what I would consider the beginning of the stretch run and with Tynion and Daniel on board, we go back in the past to tie up a couple loose ends...kind of.  Well, was it any good?  Let's find out...


Teen Titans #17 Review and **SPOILERS**



I Wonder, Wonder, Wonder, Wonder Girl

Written By: Greg Pak
Art By: Ian Churchill, Norm Rapmund, Tony Avina
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 24, 2016

**NON-SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

I must confess that I have not enjoyed much of the Teen Titans since the advent of the New 52. Actually, "not enjoyed" isn't really right...I've found it largely deplorable. It has seemed to evince every complaint levied against the publishing initiative since it began in 2011. The costume redesigns were stupid, the characters unnecessarily mean and cruel, their back stories convoluted and disheartening—the series has so far consisted of a story about characters that are neither likable nor especially heroic. A few years back there was another comic book suffering from similar ennui, when a swell writer named Greg Pak came along and turned it all around. Wait a second...Greg Pak is on this issue of Teen Titans! Do you think he could bring it back to readability like he did Action? Or is it very unlikely that the Lightning of Decent Comics could strike twice? Well if you intend to find out, read on!

Justice League #48 Review and *SPOILERS*



The Lesser of Two Evils


Written By: Geoff Johns
Art By: Jason Fabok, Brad Anderson, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 24, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Goddamn, it's been a long time since we got an issue of Justice League...... I mean, it was last year!..... Okay, it was the day before New Years Eve but still, that's a long ass time.  Hopefully Justice League can get back on a normal schedule because we're dealing with some epic (holy shit, all my heroes are turning into gods) storytelling and I have a short ass attention span and it takes me forever to remember what the hell I read in the last issue when they're this far apart.  In our previous issue, our heroes really screwed up by going to Belle Reve to see what info they could get about the Anti-Monitor from the surviving members of the Crime Syndicate and all hell broke loose when Volthoom took over Jessica Cruz' body and Cyborg decided that linking up with Power Ring couldn't be as bad as it was the first time and of course it was worse and Grid was downloaded into Vic.  Bad shit all around, but maybe there's a bright side because as our issue ended, Owlman showed up and it seemed that the Crime Syndicate was willing to work with the Justice League to help stop this world threat.  Let's jump into this issue and see how well these two groups work together and if the Crime Syndicate can really be trusted.  

Arrow: The Dark Archer Chapter #4 Review and *SPOILERS*



Join the Military! Travel, Meet Interesting People, Desecrate Artifacts

Written By: John Barrowman and Carol E. Barrowman
Art By: Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Kyle Ritter
Letters By: The Unknown Letterer
Digital Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 24, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

“Malcolm, Rainie and Old Dude, on a routine expedition, met the laaaamest ninja clan they’d ever known!” Last chapter of the book was little more than Malcolm and pals being chased through a secret rocky passageway by the League of Assassins, before they tumbled into a big hole and wound up Through the Looking Glass. Actually they ended up at the bottom of the Sea of Souls, where we know Malcolm will ultimately be captured and tortured by an unknown, cloaked figure. I wonder when that will happen? Next week, you think? Maybe in a few months? Sure before the end of 2016? Well I’ve got news for you: it’s happening right now! You can learn all about it if you read on!

The Dark Knight 3: The Master Race #3 Review and *SPOILERS*


Gods Among Us...

*Non Spoilers and Score at The Bottom*

Written by: Frank Miller, Brian Azzarello
Art by: Klaus Janson, Andy Kubert, Geoff Darrow
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: February 24, 2016

It has been a while since we've been in the Miller-verse. We had Carrie Kelly pretending to be Batman, Lara went to Ray Palmer to grow the Kandorians in the first issue. The second had Carrie reveal that Bruce was dead to the cops(which is a lie) and then escape into the night with the Bat-Tank, and Ray Palmer not growing the Kandorians... but a Kryptonian cult that follows the charismatic and terrifying Quar, who after getting the rays of the yellow sun, now has a bit of a god complex. He kills Ray and Kandor and with his cult flies off to be the god of this new world.
I have liked the series so far, with the exception of some continuity errors and strange art on the side stories. There are some down sides, but the story continues to intrigue me...but then it got pushed back and is coming 2 months apart, which is never a good sign. Enough talk though, let's dive in and see what's in store...

iZombie Season 2 Episode 14 “Eternal Sunshine of the Caffeinated Mind” Review and **SPOILERS**


Director: Jason Bloom
Writers: 
Kit Boss
Release Date: February 23, 2016 

Let’s catch up!

When we last left the gang it was a bit of a mixed bag, sure the lab rat that Ravi was testing his zombie cure on died, and sure that is the same zombie cure that is coursing through Major and Blaine's veins, and sure Clive and he FBI friends snapped a photo of Major kicking it with Blaine which I'm sure is going to get unwanted eyes on him and his role as the Chaos Killer (the name the papers gave the serial killer taking out some of the wealthiest members of Seattle society), and sure Blaine and Major came to an uneasy agreement where Blaine feeds Major zombies to kill so Major can show Max Rager that he is actively cleaning up the mess they created all the while keeping Liv safe from their murderous exploits and sure Liv is currently shacking up with Drake, another zombie who has the abs of a god and the personality of drywall and who is moonlighting as a hitman for Mr. Boss (fuck this is a long sentence) but at least they dug up that tainted utopium that they had been looking for since the winter break. 


From the gangs perspective shit looks like it is about to turn and grey skies are gonna clear up, but to us, the viewers, we know shits about to pop off something crazy. So without further adieu, let's jump into tonight's episode.

The Flash Season 2 Episode 15 "King Shark" Review and **SPOILERS**





Earth-2 Residue

Starring: Grant Gustin, David Ramsey, Audrey Marie Anderson et al.
Story By: Benjamin Raab & Deric A. Hughes
Directed By: Hanelle Culpepper
First Aired: February 23, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

“IIIIIII’m a shark, I’m a shark, I’m a shark, I’m a sharkI I’m a sharrrrrrk! I’m a fucking sharrrrrrk!” is what I sang throughout much of this episode, much to my wife’s chagrin. Are there no weird depths you won’t plumb, CW’s The Flash? No strange corners of the DC Universe you won’t inhabit and infect and perhaps place an end table with a vase of flowers on it? King Shark. He’s a fucking shark. Wearing pants. We accept him in comic book form, but does this ridiculous concept translate well to the television screen? Does he make the proceedings so ridiculous that the rest of the show cannot be taken seriously? Well, it is a program about a guy who runs fast enough to break dimensional barriers, so let’s not expect Gray’s Anatomy here. Read on for my recap and review!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sinestro #20 Review and *SPOILERS*



Overwhelming Fear


Written By: Cullen Bunn
Art By: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Livesay, Blond, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 17, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Oh man, have I fallen behind on reviewing this title!  I think the last one I did was issue #16 and that's crazy because I've read them all, but a problem we have over here at Weird Science seems to be that if we haven't reviewed the book before the podcast, it completely slips our minds to do it because not only have we read the book, but we've talked about it ad nauseam.  Hopefully, since I'm actually doing this now, it will lead to a trend where I can get on top of the books I'm supposed to do and we won't have that problem anymore.......... yeah, let's see how long that lasts.  For those of you who have fallen behind on reading this title, let me catch you up a bit.  Sinestro and his Corps have been fighting against The Paling for awhile now and the full force of The Paling has come to Earth for what seems to be the final battle between them and the Sinestro Corps........ Also, it seems that with every issue we get we also have one or more of our Earth heroes or villains becoming a Fear Lantern and helping Sinestro's cause........... Which while it sounds cool has really just become irksome because that seems to be all the series is giving us anymore, these shocking depictions of characters we know becoming one of the Corps, but since it's done over and over, it really does nothing overall.  Let's jump into this issue that is titled "The Fall of Sinestro" and see what goes wrong so quickly after the series was called "Sinestro Rising".  Let's check it out.

The Weird Side #8



 Story and Art by: Paul B.

I may be one of the biggest American Ninja fans in the world so when Paul sent me this title image I had an ear to ear smile.  All I need now is for Tadashi Yamashita to say I possess great skills.  That would be awesome!  Enjoy this week's Weird Side.  -Jim


Five Questions With...James Bonny



This edition of Five Questions With... features one of my favorite DC writers, Deathstroke's James Bonny.  Not only is he killing it by giving fans a fun, severed limb filled romp that feels like reading a 90's action movie, but he's an all around nice guy.  I don't know how many times I've asked him questions about a current issue and he has gotten right back to me and only once did he call me a dummy.  Actually, he never has, but he should have!  So, it's no shock that he was kind enough to put up with our nonsense for this interview and for that, I thank him.  Please show your support by picking up Deathstroke #15 this week...It's got James, Tyler Kirkham on art and Slade going up against an army of Bizarros...yes, an ARMY of Bizarros!  On with the questions...

Supergirl Season 1 Episode 14 "Truth, Justice, and the American Way" Review and *SPOILERS*


Throwing Ethics Out the Window?

Director: Lexi Alexander
Writers: Story by 
Micheal Grassi, 
Teleplay by Yahlin Chang and Caitlin Parrish
First Aired: February 22, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Wow, it feels like it's been forever since I watched our Girl of Steel fly on our TVs...or two weeks...yeah, two weeks. The show has had it's ups and downs, but in comparison of what I originally said about the first trailer, it has been soaring quite high. Last time, we had Kara deal with the infamous Black Mercy, break free of it's control, lost her hand at the hands of her sister(but J'onn took the heat), and with this death brings the Wrath of Non. Before we get there though, a serial killer has arrived in the city...and his targets...aliens?! What happened while we were gone?! Let's find out...

Lucifer Season 1 Episode 5 “Sweet Kicks” Review and **SPOILERS**


Director: David Paymer
Writers:
Jason Ning
Release Date: February 22, 2016

Let’s catch up!

To my knowledge before today nobody on the site was covering Lucifer, so let’s take a look under the hood, get caught up and see what’s really good, before we jump in and kill this recap game bruh.
Lucifer is based on the eponymous character and his story arc set off in the Neil Gaiman’s hella proper Sandman books. Lucifer realizes that hell is wack as fuck and decides to dip to the only place in the world worse than hell - Los Angeles. When we join old boy he is already elbow deep in owning Lux, the world’s worst nightclub and breaking off wanna be Ed Hardy assholes with favors, that will ultimately turn on the grantee. A coked out pop star that he “helped out” is killed in front of his Cheesecake Factory turned night club and this sets off a whole chain of events leading to a murder investigation and setting the wheels in motion for our hero. 

Monday, February 22, 2016

Just for the Hell of it Mondays - Top 15 Fake Television Bands



No, this is not a list of Milli Vanilli wannabes, but some of my favorite fake bands that have appeared in television shows.  I didn't want to include bands that the show they appear on is about so no Partridge Family, The Monkees or Josie and the Pussycats here.  Just pure rocking goodness from some kickass fictional bands.


Adventures of Supergirl Chapter #3 Review and **SPOILERS**



I Never Met a Rampaging Alien I Didn't Like

Written By: Sterling Gates
Art By: Bengal
Letters By: Saida Temofonte
Digital Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 22, 2016

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

We have come to the conclusion of the first "issue" of Adventures of Supergirl, considering three complete digital comic chapters can be reformatted into one printed issue. I'm not sure if that will be happening to this series, but this third chapter should close out the story that's introduced us to Kara "Supergirl" Danvers and much of her cast of characters. I am really behind on the CBS show (looking at summertime binge-watch catch-up, at this point) but I've had no problem diving into this comic book head first and enjoying the heck out of it. But does it finish strong? Do Sterling Gates and Bengal know they should "Always Be Closing?" Because coffee, my dear creators, is for closers. So let's take a look at chapter three of Adventures of Supergirl and see if the team hasn't earned themselves a little coffee. Perhaps even a latte. Read on, National City citizens!

Just For The Hell Of It Monday's: Papinacho's Rebirth Christmas Wishlist Part 1




Good evening, everybody.

For those of you who don't know, DC has recently announced another major relaunch in the wake of DC YOU's massive commercial failure. This new project is titled Rebirth and a lot of the specifics have already been announced. We now know the titles, the frequency they ship at and that they'll all be priced at $2.99. What we don't know is what creative teams are involved with this huge project. So, in order to indubitably disappoint myself with whatever the final product ends up being, I have created a list of my hopes and dreams for Rebirth. So without further ado, here is my wishlist for the the Rebirth Month of June.

Logan’s Run Television Show Episode 1 Review and *SPOILERS* - Just For the Hell Of It Mondays





Respect the Elderly and Their Cruel Conspiracy

Directed By: Robert Day
Screenplay By: Saul David, Leonard Katzman, William F. Nolan
Starring: Gregory Harrison, Heather Menzies, Donald Moffat, Randy Powell
Air Date: September 16, 1977

*Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

What a wild ride through various incarnations of Logan’s Run we’ve had so far! We’ve looked at the novel, the movie based off the novel, and the comic book based off the movie. So what else is there? Well, in 1977, there was a television show based off the movie! And by “based off” I mean it had the same title, visual look, and general premise, but changed virtually every specific germane to the film that made it unique. Logan’s Run the television show takes place, for some reason, forty-five years later than Logan’s Run, the movie, despite having the same cast of characters and primary setting. So let’s head on to the far-off year of 2319, and unveil what is sure to be a journey through surreal mediocrity! Read on, my Runners!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Weird Science DC Comic Podcast Episode 59: THERE WILL BE DANCING HERE!



Jim and Eric keep it on point as they discuss DC Comics' Rebirth announcement and every book that came out this week.  They try to keep the nonsense to a minimum, but we all know that doesn't usually work.  Enjoy!