Saturday, March 12, 2016

Five Mentally-Scarring 1980s Saturday Morning Cartoons – Staturday Morning Weirdness

Would You Like a Nuclear Nightmare With Your Cocoa Puffs?

According to advertisers sponsoring the block of television programming in question, there was nothing more pure and American than a little kid scampering out of bed at the crack of dawn on Saturday morning, padding to the kitchen in bare feet, pouring a big bowl of sugared cereal and milk, and plopping in front of the TV for six solid hours of noisy toy ads disguised as cartoons. Yet within this idyllic scene was a tacit agreement between the child-based industries (I call them “Kidnustries”) and parents that they could sleep off their hangovers resulting from a debauched Friday night of heavy drinking and wife-swapping; they’d watch your kids for you. It’s something that would have been unthinkable a few generations ago, because there wasn’t any television, Saturday morning or otherwise—also no refrigeration, from where could be procured fresh milk; no proliferation of Baby Boomer children that could handle the Friday evening babysitting duties; no kitchen floor linoleum that would be comfortable to walk upon in bare feet. Saturday morning cartoons were purely a mid-twentieth century invention, and they reflected the attitudes and fears of that time. And you know what? A lot of those attitudes and fears were pretty fucked up. Since television was essentially my third parent, let’s have a little therapy session and discover which of our anxieties can be attributed to Saturday morning programming, shall we? We shall! Read on!

Adventure Time #50 Review - Saturday Morning Weirdness

I Am Into This Stuff!

Written by: Christopher Hastings
Art by: Ian McGinty, Maarta Laiho and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016
Publisher: Boom! Studios

I know what you're thinking, "This isn't a DC Comics book and I thought that's all you guys review because you're narrow minded and a bunch of jerks!" Well, right you are, at least with the bunch of jerks part, but one thing the Weird Science Get Fresh Crew is not and that's a bunch of jerks...wait a minute, I meant to say narrow minded.  The fact of the matter is, our minds are so puny that it would be really hard to call them "narrow" or "closed" or any other adjective besides, well, puny.  Speaking of which, I seem to have lost my train of thought and have no idea what I am going on about.  I'll be right back after I read what I already wrote.  I can't believe you waited ten whole minutes for me to return, but i really do appreciate it.  So...I am going to shove this review of Adventure Time #50 into our Saturday Morning Weirdness column under the guise that since there are really is no "Saturday Morning Cartoons" anymore, shows like Adventure Time are the next best thing.  Actually, it's a lot better than some of the crap I used to watch (I'm looking at you, Rubik, The Amazing Cube) so I do not feel any bit of guilt throwing this review up.  So, now that I've spent way to long explaining myself, lets get on to the review...

Friday, March 11, 2016

Catwoman #50 Review

Blackgate Prison Blues (Live)

Written by: Frank Tieri
Art by: Inaki Miranda and Geraldo Borges, Eva De La Cruz, Blond and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

I know that many of you people out there are looking forward to Rebirth and while I'm still taking a cautiously optimistic approach, I do agree that there are a ton of DC books that are in desperate need of a retooling, a reboot a rebirth and any other “re” word you can come up with.  Catwoman is not one of those books.  It's been just fine for almost a year including the awesome Selina turned mob boss run of Genevieve Valentine and now the back in black, guest star laden run of Frank Tieri.  So, how does DC reward Catwoman and her fans?  By not including her in Rebirth.  I do understand the reasoning (kind of), but it still sucks and even makes this milestone #50 issue a little bittersweet.  Selina is popular enough to be one of the few New 52 titles to make it to 50 and is the only one not continuing in June.  Oh well, I guess I'll jump off my soapbox and give you my review for this issue.  Does Frank Tieri continue kicking ass and make me even more pissed off about Catwoman’s unfortunate future?  Let's find out…

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Superman Stories

Welcome to the first Top 5 Friday inspired by Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Over the next few weeks I'll be covering my favorite stories starring the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight, leading up to the release of the movie which will have a Top 5 Batman/Superman Team Up stories list. We'll kick things off with the one I'm rooting for in the fight: Superman. As the Beacon of Hope and Protector of Truth, Justice, and the American Way, Superman is known for going on amazing adventures, battles against terrifying monsters, and has many different versions of himself gracing the pages of comics for over 75 years. With that in mind, there are hundreds upon thousands of stories I possibly could never read in my life, so these are in my opinion the best I have read. Enough talk! Let's dive in!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Detective Comics #50 Review

Start at the End...

Written by: Peter J. Tomsi
Art by:Fernando Pasarin, Scot Eaton, Matt Ryan, Wayne Faucher, Chris Sotomayor and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

I have really enjoyed this story that Peter Tomasi has slowly unfolded the last few months because of the mystery of it all, but also because it is the best Jim Gordon as Batman story we've gotten since this whole crazy thing has started.  It's like the best of both worlds as the story could have easily existed with Jim Gordon out of the Batsuit, but having him in it just adds some extra flavor to the jambalaya.  I hope Jim brought his "A" game with him this issue because we are two issues in and I have no idea who this history obsessed killer is.  I have some guesses, but I'm sure they are dead wrong.  Yes, that was my lame attempt at a horror story one-liner and it failed miserably.  Let's get on with the review so like the villain of the story, I can save face.  Zinger!!!

Arrow: The Dark Archer Chapter #5 Review and *SPOILERS*

What A View

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: March 9, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Once more back into the origin story of Arthur King, I mean Malcolm Merlyn, I mean R’as Al Ghul…who the heck is this guy anyway? We’re supposed to be finding out in this series, but it seems like every answered question brings out three or four more questions. Eventually you’re gonna run out of questions and I’m going to have stockpiled answers, and then where will you be, Merlyn? Shit out of luck, I expect. What the hell am I going on about? I’m going on about Arrow: The Dark Archer, the digital comic about a guy standing in a cave filling with water, without ever once wetting his pants. It’s also about love, duplicity, and desecrating ancient artifacts. So basically, it’s the same exact thing as the movie Overboard. And we all liked Overboard, didn’t we? So we’ll probably like this chapter, too! Read on to find out!

Red Hood/Arsenal #10 Review and *SPOILERS*

Duel Identity

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Dexter Soy, Jose Villarrubia, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

We're finally out of the Underground and hopefully that means that we can get back on track with having fun while reading this title.  Yeah, I guess if we're going to do this whole "Reform Joker's Daughter" bit we needed to go back down to where most of her story lies, but that doesn't mean I had to like it........... because I really, really didn't.  When we left our last story we saw J.D. leaving the Joker's face behind in the Underground so that the dwellers would know that someone was watching out for them, but really it came off that the character was finally moving on and hopefully becoming something worth reading and we had some weird shit where Arsenal apparently worked with that undead Iron Rule......... but don't expect any continuation of that here.  Let's jump into this issue and see how Jason and Roy's Rent-A-Bat business is doing and how well Joker's Daughter is adjusting to legit life.  Let's check it out.

Constantine: The Hellblazer #10 Review and **SPOILERS**

The High Price of Living Low

Written By: Ming Doyle & James Tynion IV
Art By: Travel Foreman, Joseph Silver, Ivan Plascencia
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

*Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In 1983, I watched David Copperfield make the Statue of Liberty disappear live on prime time television. He had an audience set up on a bunch of bleachers and helicopters were flying around, shining spotlights on the shrouded Lady. I don’t actually remember the trick happening, but I do recall asking my parents how he did it. “Mirrors,” they almost simultaneously replied, as if that was a satisfactory explanation. So if I just plop a mirror down next to a statue, it’s going to vanish? Did the statue go into the mirror somehow? I never figured it out, and I don’t think I want to; magic is lame when it’s explained. But comics don’t get lame when they’re explained, do they? No, they get way crazier! Let’s get crazy, huh? Read on if you believe in maagiic!

Earth 2: Society #10 Review *SPOILERS*

That's The Power of...........?

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

You know what I want from a book that places heroes, who we've never really seen be heroes with the exception of acting as super soldiers in a war for their world?  Why politics of course!  No, no, I'm lying, nobody wants that, but for some reason that's what we've been dealing with since Dan Abnett (who I love more deeply and strangely than he'll ever know) took over this book.  Now I don't know what will go down with our Earth 2 heroes once Rebirth goes and rebirths all over our faces so I don't know if Dan doing this bit on this book is just a way to get our heroes into position for that or if it's just keeping the series going while DC is retooling behind the scenes, but hopefully this series picks up a bit from what it's been for the remaining time that we have with it.  It's all about natural resources, writing constitutions and corrupt energy companies so far with a strange story going on in the background dealing with Hawkgirl finding Fury with a secret army of Amazons........ which kind of feels like the most interesting thing going on right now besides for Batman planning on kicking a little ass, but there's just so much and the story feels stretched too thin to properly deal with all of them.  Hopefully with this issue I'll have to eat my words and this becomes amazing, but I don't expect too much from this series anymore.  Let's jump into this issue and see if it can change my mind.  Let's check it out.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Starfire #10 Review and **SPOILERS**

Turn On Your Heartlight

Written By: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Elsa Charretier, Hi-Fi
Letters By: Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 9, 2015

*Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

“Under the earth’s crust, under the earth’s crust, we eat pomegranate, down beneath granite, in me you can truuusst!” Back to Strata, home of Atlee and probably a whole bunch of Sleestaks. My mother-in-law says that layered casseroles are called “stratas,” I wonder if they were invented by this legendary underworld society? Do you think they eat lasagna? Well, there’s only one way to find out, and that’s to dive right in and then burrow a little bit and spelunk through some caves to the very place itself, which we will do in my review of this issue! Keep reading if you’ve got your miner’s helmet!

Batman/Superman #30 Review

The Finest There Is

Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Robson Rocha, Jay Leisten, Blond and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

When Tom Taylor left DC for more "Marveler" pastures a while back, I was genuinely crushed.  He was one of my favorite writers on one of my favorite books and things just weren't the same without him.  Then, when I had pretty much given up hope, he returned in a blaze of glory and turned a book that had been stuck in the whole Superman Truth nonsense for way too long fun again.  That might be putting it lightly because the the first two issues of this mini arc were awesome.  So, with all these big books hitting their #50's this month and Rebirth looming just over the horizon, I was looking forward to this issue more than any other this week.  Did Tom Taylor come through again?  Let's find out...

Action Comics #50 Review

Home Sweet Home

Written by: Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder
Art by: Aaron Kuder, David Messina, Javi Fernandez, Bruno Redondo, Vicente Cifuentes, Gaetano , Juan Albarran, Tomeu Morey, Arif Prianto and Wil Quintana
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

I mentioned it on our podcast when talking about Green Lantern #50, but I'll repeat it here...DC (and Dan Didio in particular) made a big deal about what these #50 issues would represent.  Back to the meat and potatoes...the return to classic continuity...kick ass double issues...all that and a bag of chips.  Well, that last one might be a bit of a stretch, but I'm not lying when I say that they really had me pumped to get to these issues and see what they were all about.  Unfortunately, after Green Lantern, my excitement waned a bit and I was really laying a lot on the shoulders of the next big issue I read.  Yes, that's this issue.  Since it's a long issue, I'm going to jump right into it and let you know if my faith has been restored or shattered in a million pieces.

Gotham Academy #16 Review and *SPOILERS*

If We Cannot Find the Perpetrator, We Will Have to Invent Him

Written By: Brenden Fletcher, James Tynion IV, Ken Niimura
Art By: Adam Archer, Sandra Hope, Christian Wildgoose, Serge Lapointe, Ken Niimura
Letters By: Steve Wands, Ken Niimura
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

*Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Welcome to part three of Gotham Academy’s clip show bonanza arc, wherein we read short stories about the adventures of the academy gang, written and drawn by various creators. It’s been a cool ride so far—some highs, and some not-so-highs, and overall I’d say this has been a good experiment. I think a lot of titles could do with something like this—if not a five- or six-issue arc to fill a trade collection, then a single, oversized issue with a sampling of creators with a wide range of styles. You used to see more comics like this in the Long Ago: one-off issues depicting “a day in the life” of a character, or an issue depicting the occasional mundane reality of maintaining an alter ego. This issue contains the fewest stories of any issue yet, but one of them is done completely by Ken Niimura so you can just shut up and nod your head knowingly now. And then scan those eyes downward and read my review, so we might revel in our knowingness!

Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #3 Review and *SPOILERS*

This Time It's Personal!

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Ethan Van Sciver, Jason Wright, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Oh that pesky Universe that existed before our own!  That's right, we're on the edge of oblivion with our Green Lantern Corps as they try to find a way home before everything goes and implodes on itself and we're left blaming Hal Jordan for killing the Corps............. again.  While I wasn't the biggest fan of the last issue for the dopey way our heroes were acting, it did lead to some pretty big developments......... as long as you didn't read the latest issue of Justice League: Darkseid War since that's the furthest in the DC Universe timeline because we witnessed Arisia and B'dg falling into a void of nothingness and from the way Guy Gardner's acting, it appears that these characters are dead........ just don't read that Darkseid War.  As our previous issue ended Guy took his rage out on Kilowog's face so let's jump into this issue and see if our pink buddy is still getting beat on or if Guy has pointed his "Beware My Power"-ness towards someone else.  Let's check it out.

New Suicide Squad #18 Review and **SPOILERS**

Saved From Suicide By Homicide

Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Juan Ferreyra
Letters By: Natie Peikos of Blambot®
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

**Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom**

Issue number two of Tim Seeley and Juan Ferreyra’s run on New Suicide Squad, and all the world wonders: is it any good? The Pope hung a replica of Deadshot’s mask outside his Papal bunker at the Vatican to show the world he was praying for the Suicide Squad. Kim Kardashian was in such a rush to get to her local comic shop, she forgot to put on her human face and all of her android components were visible. NHL hockey has been suspended for the day so all players and staff can ruminate on the most recent issue of New Suicide Squad, though only Canadians have noticed. Nancy Reagan remains dead. Of course, my loyal trillions and perhaps zillions of readers are waiting for my verdict, so what will it be? You can read on and find out! Or you can just wait to see the headline on tomorrow’s newspaper, whichever you find more convenient.

Batman and Robin Eternal #23 Review

Effect vs Affect

Written by: Genevieve Valentine
Art by: Christian Duce, Gabe Eltaeb and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said in my other twenty two introductions to this weekly series.  I guess I could give you a full recap, crack a couple jokes or commiserate with you fellow Eternal readers about the long, strange trip it's been.  I'm not going to do any of those and instead I will try to rally the troops for what is this book's stretch run.  This series hasn't been all bad...we've learned a lot more about Harper Row, got Cassandra Cain back in the DCU and should leave this behind with Dick Grayson's identity restored and ready for some Nightwing action.  That's pretty cool, right?  Come on, I'm trying to stay positive and all you guys are just sitting there, staring at your screens, looking all pissed off.  Turn that from upside down people and let's jump into this week's issue of Eternal.  It can't be that bad, Midnighter is on the cover.  Midnighter, guys...Midnighter.

The Weird Side #10

Story and Art by: Paul B.

Jim was too busy watching a marathon of Hey Dude, so he asked me to fill in for him this week...a day late and a dollar short. So here's your Weird Side for the week, and boy is it odd. We've got a resurrected Danzilla, a mysterious stranger, and Jim in an Olive Oyl blouse. Come to think of it, that's actually pretty normal. Consider this a test to ensure you're listening to each podcast completely and with your full attention, since the jokes primarily come from there. Paul B. gets an A+ in that class. - Reg

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Action Comics #50 Preview

Written by Greg Pak and Aaron Kuder
Art by: Aaron Kuder
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

Clark battles his way through Vandal Savage's hordes to reclaim what is rightfully his -- the Fortress of Solitude and his birthright! This epic anniversary issue leads to the finale of "Savage Dawn" in this month's Superman/Wonder Woman #27 and Superman #50!

While I haven't been the biggest supporter of this whole Truth Superman, I am looking forward to this issue.  I'm still going into it expecting this #50 to be something special and while the overall storyline has been lacking, Greg Pak has given fans the best issues of the lot.  I know that sounds a lot like a tallest midget in the circus kind of thing, but let's just be happy for the good things in life.

Wonder Woman ‘77 Chapter #17 Review and *SPOILERS*

I Get By With a Little Help From My Elephants

Written By: Christos Gage and Ruth Fletcher Gage
Art By: Dario Brizuela, Andres Ponce, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letters By: Wes Abbott
Digital Price: $0.99
Release Date: March 6, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

DC Digital, scamps that they are, decided to drop part two of this “Orion the Hunter” story last Sunday with no preamble or reason. Wonder Woman ’77, for the past month, had been coming out every other Monday (opposite Adventures of Supergirl). Then they plop the finale of this two-part story six days after the first chapter. DC Digital, are you reading this? I know you are timing this with an eventual print release, but if you can’t stick to a regular schedule on digital chapters? THEN DON’T FUCKING BOTHER PUTTING THEM OUT AT ALL. Someone accustomed to getting their Wonder Woman ’77 bi-weekly will be checking on applicable Mondays. And, since you know that via the app, you can really only see three or four days’ worth of releases in the “Just Added” tab, a chapter of Wonder Woman ’77 from two weeks ago is not going to show up. Oh, they can always search for it, you say? Well the customer can also come over to the DC offices and clean your buttcracks with their tongues, can’t they? Why don’t you have the customer give you a reach around while slobbering on your genitalia and furiously swiping their tablets to find the goddamned comics they want to read? Are you in the business of selling digital comics or not? Because if you’re not, if this is some afterthought curiously released before the almighty print edition, then STOP. Okay, rant over. Despite my frustration with DC digital, I really like this comic—so let’s wash the bad taste of my oral diatribe from our mouths and read on to my review!

The Omega Men #9 Review and **SPOILERS**

Written by: Tom King
Pencils by: Barnaby Baganda
Colors by: Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Letters by: Pat Brosseau
Cover by: Trevor Hutchison
Price: 2.99
Release Date: March 2, 2016

Omega Men is currently one of DC's best titles. In fact, out of all of the series that launched with the DC YOU it's probably my favorite. But that also means, that my expectations of it's quality are abnormally high. And this week, when every other book was mediocre at best; all of my hope for a good read laid with The Omega Men.

Thus, when Omega Men #9 landed in my doorstep, I really wanted it to wipe the sour taste of bad reading from my mouth. Did this issue meet my expectations? Was it any good at all? Does margarine really taste like butter? I guess we'll find out...

Telos #6 Preview

Written by: Jeff King
Art by: Igor Vitorino, Jason Paz, Peter Steigerwald and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

Multiverse beware—because Telos and Parallax have formed a catastrophic alliance that could change the DC Universe as we know it! Plus, Parallax wants to bring back his Coast City, and the only person standing in his way is Telos!

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Chapter 12 Review

Born on a Monday

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Iban Coello, J. Nanjan and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: March 8, 2016

It's Injustice time again, boys and girls and that means one thing...umm, that sounded so much better in my head and now I can't think of the "one" thing it means.  Death?  Destruction?  More Death and Destruction?  Wait, that's two things.  Let's go back to death.  No wait,  that just sounds dismal and while this book is a tad on the grim side of things, I really have fun with it.  That's it.  Fun!  Really, I don't know why I even painted myself into this corner because there are so many reasons I love Injustice and while not every issue can be a complete winner, there is usually something that makes me smile each and every week.  So, what did this issue bring to the table?  Let's find out...

Cyborg #8 Review and *SPOILERS*

Let Me Tell You About My Best Friend!

Written By: David F. Walker
Art By: Felipe Watanabe, Daniel HDR, Julio Ferreira, Oclair Albert, Adriano Lucas
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 24, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While I wasn't the biggest fan of the Technosapien/Tekbreaker war of the first story arc to this series, I do have to admit that the aftermath of those events does peak my interest because I love the idea of Cyborg vs. the government and it just makes perfect sense that the world would react negatively toward cybernetics after all the shit that went down.  Cyborg at the moment isn't too concerned about it though because he just found out that a remnant of his mother still exists as an artificial intelligence that was created out of his mother's experiments in digitizing memory.  While this might mean that we're moving from daddy issue territory right into mommy issues, I look forward to everything we get of this arc.  Let's jump into this issue and see if my expectations are met as we see how this story unfolds.  Let's check it out.

Adventures of Supergirl Chapter #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Sitting On the Dox of the Bay

Written By: Sterling Gates
Art By: Jonboy Meyers, John Rauch
Letters By: Saida Temofonte
Digital Price: $0.99
Release Date: March 7, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I’m reviewing the Supergirl digital comic, I’m recapping episodes of Supergirl on CBS every Monday—I’ve got Supergirl coming outta my ears! Not that I’m complaining, I love that plucky Kryptonian youngster. There was no new episode on television this past Monday, but there was a digital comic book chapter! This begins a new arc, and while Bengal has left and been replaced by the eminently talented Jonboy Meyers, super-Supergirl Scribe Sterling Gates remains to keep continuity right and tight…at least, we hope he will! How’s he doing so far? Read on and find out!

Lucifer Season 1 Episode 7 “Wingman” Review and **SPOILERS**

Director: Eriq La Salle
Writer: Alex Katsnelson
Release Date: March 7, 2016 

Let’s catch up!

When we last left Luci and the gang, Luci just learned that someone jacked his severed angel wings and homeboy was about to raise hell in the LA underworld until he got his property back.

Maze of course was fucking stoked about this, because she is a violent sociopath/demon. I was stoked about it because maybe this show was going to stop trading on its potential and start living up to it.

Let's give it a looksy and see how shit shakes out.

Constantine: The Hellblazer #10 Preview

Written By: James Tynion IV and Ming Doyle
Art By: Travel Foreman
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

The demonic mogul Neron’s plans come to fruition as New York City becomes a one-stop shop for any and all kinds of magic, open to the public and completely unregulated. But John Constantine is trapped in the one place he hoped he’d never go: the magical realm of Faerie, home to tricksters so skilled that even the Hellblazer can’t bluff his way home in time to save humanity from itself.

When we last left John, he had pulled a switcheroo on Papa Midnite and his old flame Blythe, who John left stranded in Hell as he stepped through a portal into Faerie Land. So uhh what happens next?! I've been waiting a ding-dong month to find out! I don't think I even care about the fate of New York City, despite living there myself, I just want to see Constantine and his weirdo pals traipse through various fantasy dimensions. Can't wait for this one!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Gotham Season 2 Episode 12 "A Dead Man Feels No Cold" Review and *SPOILERS*

Brittle Hearts

Director: Eagle Egilsson
Writers: Seth Boston
First Aired: March 7, 2016

*Non spoilers and score at the bottom*

It's a cold day in Gotham as Mr. Freeze sends a chill down everyone's spine with his weapon and intent...okay snow more puns.... okay now I'm done. Anyway, like the rest of Season 2, I enjoyed the heck out of the first episode with one of my personal favorite super-villains: Mr. Freeze. It was a great set up to his character and problem... but at the end of the first episode the cops had his beloved wife, Nora in police custody, and his cryo fluid only kills, not freezes... but when one of his victims steps out, revealed to have survived his freezing process, it fills Victor with hope, and prepares to get his wife back... All he needs is a suit of armor. So how is this gonna play out? Let's dive in...

The Flash #49 Review

I'd Rather Be Fishing

Written by: Robert Venditti and Van Jensen
Art by: Philippe Briones, Guy Major and Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 27, 2016

I have been a huge fan of the Flash during the new 52 and the DC You and I'm going out on a limb to say that I will be a fan during Rebirth and after.  I am a Flash junkie and their is only one cure for that and it's not Cobra or more cowbell.  I'm also a fan of the Rogues so by default, I am a fan of this story arc.  Having the Rogues on the right side of the law and hunting down the Flash is crazy, whack, funky and I'm enjoying the ride.  Throw in a Wally West that appears to be getting a little more Speed Force powered and it looks like things are about to become even crazier.  Does this issue continue the good time?  Let's find out...

New Suicide Squad #18 Preview

Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Juan Ferreyra 
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

Officially “killed in action,” the Suicide Squad considers what to do with their newfound freedom—but not for long, as their mysterious liberator reveals his own dark reasons for aiding them in their escape—reasons that drag the members of Task Force X deep into the heart of evil in the DC Universe.

Last time we saw the New Suicide Squad, they'd all been killed by some shadowy assassin, so maybe this is a twenty-two page funeral? Or several funerals, I don't expect everyone on the New Suicide Squad will have the same wishes for their earthly remains. Here's hoping my man Juan Ferryra has settled into these characters, I think when he really gets loose on this book you are going to be astounded! Perhaps there will be a dynamic post-funeral Shiva or something, for him to draw.

Starfire #10 Preview

Written By: Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Elsa Charretier
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

It’s a girls night out—super-style! Partying in an underground kingdom has never been so weird! And Starfire, Stella and Atlee have an adventure  interrupted when an old enemy makes good on his promise to destroy Atlee. 

Hmm...this pretty much describes last issue, too, though King Neala-Tok hadn't actually destroyed Atlee, he was merely threatening to destroy her homeward Strata. Also, Kori and Stella drank a bunch of wine as they submerged to Strata, so maybe we'll see some drunken hijinks ensue. One thing we know for sure: it's gonna be crazy! And maybe Kori's pink earwig will figure into this somehow.