Saturday, April 16, 2016

Bulletproof Chicken #1 Review - Saturday Morning Weirdness

Cock With A Glock

Written by: Jon Westhoff
Art by: Bobgar Ornelas, Mat Nixon and David Halvorson
Cover Price: $1.99 (on Comixology HERE)
Release Date: September 24, 2014
Publisher:  King Bone Press

REVIEW BY: Branden Murray

"Some say he is a force of nature. Others say he is a reject of a hormone injected time gone by. The facts are, he’s the most unstoppable cop on the force. This high octane splatterfest will follow BPC and his partner as they battle the notorious Fuster Cluck gang. A 32 1/3 page one shot comic featuring a tale of the cock with a glock. He’s bulletproof, you’re fried."

There are some things that are automatically appreciated here at Weird Science. Cutting right to the chase those “things” in no particular order are anything 80’s related, comic books, and food (of either the fast or buffeted variety).  Anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit and some talent who is able to combine any two of those three interests together they will probably be successful in getting the Get Fresh Crew and I off our collective wallets.  Bulletproof Chicken strives to break the mold by combining that trinity of interests while giving the middle feather to those that said it couldn’t be done.  

Top 5 Worst Transformers Rip-Offs – Saturday Morning Weirdness

Some Robots Should Stay in Disguise

I gave much of my childhood and my parents’ money over to Hasbro’s Transformers toys, which were vehicles, weapons and electronics that turned into plausible robot models after articulating the correct joints and hinges. At best, these toys could be considered interesting puzzles, something akin to a Rubik’s Cube except with a decidedly cooler end result than uniformly-colored sides of a cube. In reality, they were a nearly ceaseless stream of collectibles that constituted a complete wallet drain for any poor sucker endeavoring to purchase the love of a child. Yet as insipid as Transformers were, there were even worse pretenders to the throne, and we’re going to look at the five best examples of these shitty toys right now!

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Weird Side #15

Words and Art by: Paul B.

Every week, I wait to see what Paul has in store for the Weird Side and actually like the surprise of it all.  However, this week I almost demanded the inclusion of something that I feel, is the only thing that ever needed to be drawn since man began telling stories by painting on cave walls.  Yes, I am talking about a bare chested, rollerblading Manship!  That's all I needed and Paul came through!  I can now die a happy man.  Thank you Paul and everyone else enjoy The Weird Side #15!

Red Hood/Arsenal #11 Review and *SPOILERS*

Wiping The Slate Clean

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Dexter Soy, Jose Villarrubia, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 13, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to start wrapping this series up so that we can get into Rebirth territory, where Jason will find his new Outlaw team comprised of Bizarro and Artemis.  Now I'm not going to lie, I really got into the idea of Arsenal and Joker's Daughter filling that team roster because it was just so damn strange, but they don't hold a candle to the type of strangeness that we'll be getting from this faux trinity.  We still have a few loose threads to tie up here though, like is Joker's Daughter actually on the up and up?  It really didn't seem that way at the end of the last issue, where she went back down to the Nethers to reclaim the Joker's face.  We've also got the ending to the Gotham Underground story to take care of too, where we saw that the undead team of the Iron Rule once had Roy Harper as a member and it might have been Roy who put them into the ground, even though they obviously didn't stay there.  Let's jump into this issue and start wiping the slate clean as we get ready for Bizarro and Artemis and hopefully see this iteration of the series end strong.  Let's check it out.

The Legend of Wonder Woman Chapter #14 Review

Be Nice and Clean

Written by: Renae De Liz
Art by: Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: February 11, 2016

I'm back on my quest to catch up with Legend of Wonder Woman and it's been such a labor of love that I don't mind one bit.  While the last couple of chapters have hinted at Diana heading off to War and that being a bit more of a mystical affair than usual, the last chapter's cliffhanger had Etta and Diana heading the movies.  You know what, that's okay to me.  I'm actually happy about it because I really want to see more of Diana's reaction to the Outside War before moving on to such a major part of her origin story.  So, did I get what I wanted?  Let's find out...

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 June DC Comics Rebirth Titles I'm Excited For

Welcome back to another exciting edition of Top 5 Fridays! With the release of the new comics this week, DC released its preview guide to Rebirth starting at the end of May. In it, we see covers and solicitations for the first issues of the relaunch, and while they already released the full list online, it still excites me to see it. Then it hits me: I need a Top 5. I'm excited for DC Rebirth. Why not do a list of DC Rebirth June launches. I say June Launches because if the presentation DC gave a few weeks back is correct, we'll be getting launches in July and August as well. So when July and August's Solicitations come out, I'll do Top 5s for those too! So what am I excited for? Let me tell you...

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Earth 2: Society #11 Review and *SPOILERS*

Wonders........ You Have Some 'Splaining To Do

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Federico Dallocchio, David Calderon, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 13, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Yeah, it seems that our Earth 2 refugees are in a pickle and by a pickle I mean that they're on their way to oblivion since the new world they inhabit is barren of natural resources and the little bit of energy they have left will only last the people of this world about a year............ Clean energy be damned!  After last issue though I was thinking that this whole natural resource thing might be the least of these peoples problems because Aqua Woman and Fury have secretly made an alliance and while it might turn out okay in the end, there's something about those two that makes me fearful for a world that doesn't really respond well to outsiders........... such as people who breath underwater or worship Roman gods.  Alright, let's jump into this issue and see how everything turns out with all of that and if Batman, Red Arrow and Ted Grant can take out The Mist and Hourman.  Let's check it out.

PREVIEW: Action Comics #51

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Paul Pelletier
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016

With Batman’s help, Superman is on his cousin’s trail—but he can’t believe where it’s led him or who she’s teamed with in the Man of Steel’s absence! Dr. Omen reveals more secrets of her experiments as she receives a crucial component—Superman’s blood! 

I can't wait for this continuation of the Super League story and it looks like Supergirl might be in a little different situation than Batman/Superman's cliffhanger was suggesting!  Plus, it looks like we are going to get more info about "Dr. Omen", like her name being..."Dr. Omen"!!!

Spotlight: The Issues and Covers of DC Comics "Super League" Crossover

“The Final Days of Superman” Have Begun

The Last Son of Krypton Searches for Members of His “Super-League” to Continue his Fight for Truth and Justice

Super League is off to a great start and as I said in my review for this week's Batman/Superman (HERE), "...Super League is already one of my favorite Superman stories since the New 52 started."  Yes, I know that it is kinda corny to quote yourself, but at least it's not as bad as giving yourself a nickname.  By the way, from now on I want everybody to call me "Sassafrass Johnson".  Where was I?  Oh yea, Super League has gotten off to a great start and if you are reading it, you know that Superman is dying.  Dying for a cheeseburger?  Maybe, but no.  Superman is really dying as in "dead and buried and never coming back until he does come back because that happens all the time in comics: dying. The following is a list of the issues involved as well as the covers for each issue.

Constantine: The Hellblazer #11 Review and **SPOILERS**

It’s a Deadman’s Party, Who Could Ask For More?

Written By: Ming Doyle & James Tynion IV
Art By: Travel Foreman, Joseph Silver, Ivan Plascencia, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 13, 2016

*Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Boy, did I ever screw up when posting this preview for this issue. Riley Rossmo was the solicited artist, and I damn near blew a gasket with textual glee, but had I looked at the actual preview I’d have seen that Travel Foreman was on pencils. Sorry about that, Travel, but I had come to associate this book’s visuals closely with Rossmo’s style, and I think it’s a shame that he won’t be closing out this run on the book. Not to dismiss Foreman, but this story has been reasonably solid, and to have a couple of nice trades with the same creators throughout...well, it would have been nice, is all. But that’s all in the past! In the present, we have a new issue of Constantine: The Hellblazer with the estimable and suitably freakish Travel Foreman doing the panel work. Does this issue cut the mustard? Probably, if you hold it at the right angle. Make yourself a nice sandwich and read my review while you eat. It’s good for your digestion.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Catwoman #51 Review

Face the Face

Written by: Frank Tieri
Art by: Inaki Miranda, Elia Bonetti, Eva De La Cruz and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 13, 2016

I want to start this review by yelling at all those haters who have been yelling that they want their Catwoman back.  Wake up guys, she's right here waiting for you!  Yep, she's standing here in her leather catsuit, just waiting on you guys, but unfortunately, she can't stay forever because come June she has to go away for a little vacation.  It really sucks, but you still have a couple of issues to show the love and lucky for you, Frank Tieri is killing it.  After one of the best (and definitely the most fun) #50 issues, Tieri is finishing things up with a very personal story for Selina that dips back into her past as it heads for the exit.  Will it be a fitting sendoff for our favorite burglar?  Let's find out...

Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Bound and Gagged

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Aaron Kuder, Ardian Syaf, Jonathan Glapion, Jaime Mendoza, Jason Wright, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 13, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's get back to that crazy Universe that existed before our heroes' own and find out what our Lanterns are going to do now that Marniel, the evil that exists beneath the last city in the Universe has been able to take Kilowog, Guy Gardner, Simon Baz, Two-Six and Xrill-Vrek's rings and turned them to the dark side........... well, the old crusty side because man does this villain look like the Crypt Keeper's grandmother.  So yeah, the Universe is going to be destroyed in four days, a bunch of our Lanterns have been supposedly killed already and now the great evil of this book has a handful of our Lantern heroes as hostages.  What else could go wrong?  Well, we're about to find out as we jump back into this story to see if our Corps can find their way home before this Universe implodes on itself........... or whatever Universes happen to do when they die.  Let's check it out.

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5 Review

Birds of a Feather

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Freddie E. Williams II, Jeremy Colwell and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 13, 2016

I have gone on and on about how much I've been enjoying this crossover and with two issues remaining, I can't see that changing before it's all said and done.  Well, I guess that things could explode into a heap of awful storytelling and shitty, no it can't.  James Tynion and Freddie Williams are nothing but professionals and with their work on this book (and in comics as a whole), they have earned my faith and devotion.  Before I start sounding too much like a rabid fanboy, though, I will mention that everything up to this issue has felt like setup and I'm really looking forward to the big payoff and hopefully that starts now.  Back to Fanboy Land...the setup has been awesome and each issue just keeps adding more and more cool characters which is my favorite thing in a crossover like this.  So, does this penultimate issue begin the payoff or is it just another bit of setup for an explosive finale?  Let's find out...

Batman/Superman #31 Review

To Thank With a Gift

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Doug Mahnke, Jaime Mendoza, Wil Quintana and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 13, 2016

If you were to ask me what I thought was the biggest mistake of the DC You, I would tell you without hesitation that it was the whole Superman Truth debacle.  At first, I felt like I was alone on an island because I actually thought that Superman losing his identity and powers sounded intriguing.  Most people who don't like Superman usually complain that he is too overpowered and argue that it's easy to be "super" when you can just punch all your problems away.  I thought the Truth would show everyone that underneath the cape and muscles, Superman's real power was being a great guy who always tried to do the right thing and put everyone ahead of himself.  Boy, was I wrong.  He ended up being a selfish jerk who ditched his friends, broke up with his girlfriend and almost killed himself TWICE just to get his powers back, mainly because he was mad his super friends were suddenly stronger than him.  I know that is a bit of a generalization, but it's still the real Truth.  The whole story line is a big reason why we are getting a Rebirth in June and why I loved the first issue of "Super League" so much.  Superman #51 started the healing process by giving fans back the Superman they have been crying for since June.  Sure, he's dying which sucks, but he is back being a great guy and the kind of hero that we can all fall in love with all over again.  This issue is part two of the story and I couldn't wait to see if Peter Tomasi continues the road to recovery.  Well, did he?  Let's find out...

Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #1 Review and **SOME SPOILERS**

We’re All in the Same Gang

Written By: Jimmy Palmiotti & Frank Tieri
Art By: Mauricet, Hi-Fi
Letters By: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 13, 2016


When I was a kid, there were roughly one zillion gangs in New York City. Most of them were small groups of kids looking for something to hook up after their graffiti tags, but there were a lot of tough crews, too. In my era, the most dangerous gang was—I am not making this up—the Decepticons, a massive number of teens and young adults that would prowl the East Side of Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn, many carrying their trade weapon: a hammer. I only sort of encountered them once, when about three-dozen of them entered a courtyard in which I was hanging out, and me and my friends booked the other way before any of them got near us. I mean, you’d think a gang called the Decepticons would be a bunch of Transformers fans, ready to cosplay at the next comic convention. But nope, these dudes held Manhattan schools in their thrall, and even spawned a gang dedicated to fighting them named (you guessed it) the Autobots. You know what scares me more than the Decepticons, though? A gang of Harley Quinns. For one thing, they’re going to have hammers, too. For another thing, I am way more afraid of a violent crew trying to do good than a crew trying to do bad, because the bad ones will just beat you up and leave. The ones trying to do good will inadvertently beat you up—and then try to help! But do we have anything to fear from this Gang of Harleys, or will it be a playful, jovial romp through modern-day New York City, not unlike an episode of prime-time sitcom Friends in its heyday? What do you think? And incidentally, I’m not going to spoil every last moment of this issue; since I’m getting this review up early in the (American) day, you might see this before visiting your local comic shop, and I wouldn’t want to give it all away before you get there! Is my prudence worthwhile? Read on and see!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 Review

Turtle Stew

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Freddie E Williams II, Jeremy Colwell and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 9, 2016

I have realized that I really have a thing for crossovers.  When done right, the creative teams take the best of both franchises and mix them together in a delicious gumbo that may not be as tasty as the usual dish, but is special because it's different.  I don't know if that really gets my point across, but it's making me hungry, so when I get back from eating we will continue.  Two Hours Later...Okay, now I'm ready to continue.  Where were we?  Oh yea, crossovers.  I love them and while a Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles book seemed like an odd choice when I first heard about it, I have really enjoyed it.  DC Comics and IDW succeeded in drawing me in with Batman and turned me into a TMNT fan along the way.  If that's not a great business plan, I don't know what is.  Of course, none of that matters if the series doesn't continue kicking ass every issue and that's what leads me to my review of Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4.

PREVIEW: Gotham Academy #17

Written By: Brenden FletcherDavid PetersenMichael DialynasAnnie Wu
Art By: Colleen Ann CooverAdam ArcherDavid PetersenMichael DialynasAnnie Wu
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: April 13, 2016

It’s the final chapter of “Yearbook”! Maps and Olive now have the entire gang involved in putting together the perfect yearbook—but which story will come out on top? With art and story by Eisner Award winners Faith Erin Hicks (Adventures of Superhero Girl), David Petersen (Mouse Guard), and Michael Dialynas (The Woods)!

Gotham Academy's first-ever "clip show" comes to a conclusion, and we're sure to get a resolution to...uh, that thing...the thing that happened? There are a lot of loose threads I can think of offhand, and not all of them are likely to be resolved. But I'm pretty sure that some of the artwork is going to be sweet because Michael Dialynas is gonna show up! Sweet!

PREVIEW: Constantine: the Hellblazer #11

Written By: Ming Doyle & James T Tynion IV
Art By: Riley Rossmo
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: April 13, 2016

Neron’s hostile takeover of New York City has left thousands of magical folk homeless, including John Constantine! But just when the Hellblazer has resolved himself to life as a refugee in Los Angeles, a relentless supernatural force attempts to compel him out of the City of Angels and back into the fight: Boston Brand, a.k.a. Deadman! 

Riley Rossmo's back! Riley Rossmo's back! Riley Rossmo's baaaaack! I'm not going to lie, last issue was sort of a letdown, with John escaping the hideous Fairy World so he could have a fight with his boyfriend for half the book. But if Riley Rossmo is indeed on this issue, then we can be assured one thing: it's gonna look great! And I bet Doyle and Tynion move things along in mutual celebration. And then maybe I'll get rid of that corn that's been nagging me for a month! Everything will be coming up Reggie!

PREVIEW: Batman/Superman #31

Written by: PETER J. TOMASI
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 13, 2016

In part two of “Super League,” Superman enlists Batman’s aid in seeking out people that can help form his new super-league. A shocking discovery is made about a new super-being no one knew existed, and something is beginning to stalk Superman...

I really liked the first issue of Super League (Superman #51) and adding Batman to the mix can only make it better, right? We only have a little bit of time before we find out and I can't wait!

PREVIEW: Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Freddie E Williams II
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: April 12, 2016

While Shredder enters an uneasy alliance with a deadly new partner, Casey Jones is arrested by the GCPD. At the same time, a crisis breaks out at Arkham Asylum, which is bound to keep both Batman and the Turtles busy. Meanwhile, a certain young resident of Wayne Manor returns home to find a new, green occupant in his room. Co-published with IDW.

I have really enjoyed this crossover and that is both shocking to myself and a testament to the job that James Tynion and Freddie Williams are doing.  This crossover has been my TMNT gateway and I love it.

PREVIEW: Red Hood/Arsenal #11

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Dexter Soy, Jose Villarrubia, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: April 13, 2016

Business is booming for Red Hood and Arsenal! With a major win in their column, Jason and Roy have finally gotten the respect they deserve—but what will “going legitimate” mean for Joker’s Daughter? Skeletons from the closet emerge in “Dancing with the Devil” part two!

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Chapter 17 Review

Walk a cow through the garden

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Tom Derenick, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 12, 2016

Brian Buccellato has been taking his time with Year Five by putting aside the break neck pace and subject matter to give fans more character work than they may have been used to.  Personally, I like it and it continues this week with a Bizarro and Trickster story that kind of came out of nowhere after last week's Superman murder fest.  I love Bizarro and the more we get of him the better, even if Buccellato is setting up my man for a big fall.  I know it's coming and I know it will break my heart.  That doesn't mean there are no surprises left because one of them is how much I'm enjoying Trickster and his interactions with Bizarro.  Does that continue this issue?  Let's find out...

PREVIEW: Earth 2: Society #11

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Federico Dallocchio, David Calderon, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: April 13, 2016

Green Lantern learns that even a god can sometimes be powerless in the face of ordinary men. With the new world escalating toward war, Batman, Red Arrow and Ted Grant confront the double menace of Hourman and The Mist. Meanwhile, in distant Amazonia, Hawkgirl learns the dark and dreadful secret of the Amazon nation! Action, adventure and power-plays on a global scale!

Supergirl Season 1 Episode 19 "Myriad" Review and **SPOILERS**

Peace on Earth, or Else

Starring: Helen Slater, Chris Vance, Peter Facinelli et al.
Story By: Yahlin Chang & Caitlin Parrish
Directed By: Adam Kane
First Aired: April 11, 2016

**Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom**

That was some humdinger of an episode of Supergirl last week, what with Grant Gustin from CW’s the Flash crossing over…as the Flash! So what do you think they’ve cooked up for us this week? A crossover into Modern Family where Supergirl saves Manny from getting his ass beaten by actual teenagers? Or perhaps Kara Zor-El could wind up on Doctor Who and become a companion. Heck, now that the barrier has been breached, I don’t see why Supergirl can’t crossover with popular films, like maybe she can show up in Batman vs. Superman now and be like, “Eww.” Or perhaps we could see Supergirl in the new Ghostbusters movie, all trying to punch specters and getting ectoplasm on her fist. The possibilities are limitless, and I can’t wait to see how they’ll top themselves in this episode…what? You say this is just a run-of-the-mill, National City is in peril type episode? Aw, nuts. Well, it could still be good, even if not “Flash meets Supergirl” good. Let’s give it a look, shall we? Read on for my review!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Bill & Ted Go to Hell #2 Review - Just for the Hell of it Mondays

Highway to Heaven

Written by: Brian Joines
Art by: Bachan, Jeremy Lawson and Jim Campbell
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 16, 2016
Publisher: Boom! Studios

I am going to end my weekly JFTHOI reviews with a little Bill and Ted.  I am a huge fan of the franchise so reading and reviewing this book is a no brainer when our review laws are taken away for 24 hours and everything is up for grabs.  I guess it's kind of like the Purge, but with a 100 % less killings and 100% more comic books.  Yep, sounds like the Purge to me.  The first issue of Goes to Hell was enjoyable, even if it was more Bogus Journey recap than I was looking for, and ended with a twist ending that made me chuckle and look forward to this issue.  The time is ticking on this comic purge, so I'm going to stop the chit chat and get on with my review...

The Paybacks #2 Review - Just for the Hell of it Mondays

Squatch is Totally Happening!

Written by: Donny Cates and Eliot Rahal
Art by: Geoff Shaw, Lauren Affe and Michael Heisler
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 21, 2015
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

I really enjoyed the first issue of the Paybacks and because of our JFTHOI review policy, I can now get back to reviewing the series, picking up with issue #2.  For those not in the know, The Paybacks are a superhero team that now function as super-repo men and women for an as yet, unknown benefactor.  I really can't do it justice, but believe me, it is a hilarious satire of superhero comics that had me legitimately laughing out loud.  You know, actually laughing out loud, not just LOL.  It all ended with a bit of a mystery that had me back for more.  Was my return visit just as fun?  Let's find out...

Gotham Season 2 Episode 16 "Into The Woods" Review and *SPOILERS*

Villain, what hast thou done?

Director: Oz Scott
Writers: Rebecca Perry Cutter
Air Date: April 11, 2016


Well, it’s been a crazy few weeks in Gotham hasn’t it? Jim Gordon gets outed as the man who killed Galavan and is sent to prison, Bruce is now roaming the streets with Selina after the man who killed his parents blew his brains out, Edward Nygma has grown into the villain he was destined to be, and oh yeah OSWALD HAS A FAMILY AGAIN… Then he loses his dad… Because his Stepmother is a Gold Digger and her brats are worse. Despite this, we all know the status quo never stays the same, and in the same week, as he’s incarcerated, Jim breaks out, ready to go after the man who set him up. Does he get his man? Let’s dive in and find out...

Dry Spell #1 Review - Just for the Hell of it Mondays

My Milkshake Brings All the Boys to the Yard

Written and Illustrated by:Ken Krekeler

Cover Price: $0.99 on Comixology HERE

Release Date: May 28, 2014

Publisher: Action Labs Danger Zone

Review by Branden Murray @bmur3660

As I went to my tablet to get myself lost in the deep dark hole that is the Internet this week, I was looking to find something crazy. Well as usual, the Internet doesn’t let you down when it comes to crazy so with that being said, what if the ideas of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Office Space, and Heroes (back when it was good) were all put in a blender and set to "obliterate"? The end result would be this beautiful bastard of a milkshake called Dry Spell #1 written and illustrated by Ken Krekeler and published by Action Labs-Danger Zone.  I’ll do my best to sum up the mind warp that follows as spoiler free as I can and I’d also like to apologize if you now want a milkshake.  (Editor's note: I do want a milkshake...thanks alot, Branden!)

DC Comics Releases More Variant Covers For Future Quest and Scooby Apocalypse

I talked about it a bit on this week's podcast, but I'll repeat myself here because i love hearing myself talk (or type, if you will), but I am really looking forward to the Hanna-Barbera books that DC Comics will begin dropping in May.  I have already called Scooby Apocalypse as the one that I will be reviewing and seeing these variant covers does nothing to change my opinion that I picked the best one of the lot.  Actually, these Future Quest covers are pretty kickass too, so I guess i just have to admit that we might all have a winner in this race.  Whatever the future holds, here is the official press release from DC Comics and a look at the newly released variant covers for Future Quest and Scooby Apocalypse.  Enjoy!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Swamp Thing #4 Review and **SPOILERS**

The Top Cop of Houma, Louisiana

Written By: Len Wein
Art By: Kelley Jones, Michelle Madsen
Letters By: Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 6, 2016

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

I’m not gonna kid you, this has been one weird Swamp Thing arc. Normally, he’s raging against pollution and injustice and making entire mountainsides shudder with his awesome power, but in this series he’s been sort of milling about the swamp, bumping into random DCU “Dark” characters and sort of half-heartedly enduring minor horrors. It’s almost like Swamp Thing is tired of being Swamp Thing, and I don’t really blame him. If I had to hang out that long outside I’d probably kill myself. Save the nature scenes for hotel landscape paintings and shows on Animal Planet, give me a nice warm bed and a wi-fi signal any day. If the Swamp Thing does tire of being the avatar for the Green, then he’s in luck because just last issue Zatanna did the impossible: she restored Alec Holland’s humanity. In doing so, she turned his pal Matt Cable into the Swamp Thing, so it’s not all hunky-dory. So what happens next? You’ll find out if you read on!