Friday, April 22, 2016

The Flash #50 Review


Just Once

Written by: Van Jensen
Art by: Jesus Merino, Paul Pelletier, Scott Hanna, Tony Kordos, Wayne Faucher, Guy Major, Pete Pantazis and Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $4.99

Release Date: April 20, 2016

I don't know the behind the scenes machinations over at DC, so I don't know why this big #50 issue was delayed, but I do know that I've been looking forward to it.  Well, it's finally here and that means we get to see what the heck happens with Flash now that he's been arrested...by the Rogues!  Just that sentence sounds so cool that I'm just going to skip my usual long winded intro where I kiss ass and forget names to get right into my review. Was this issue good?  Let's find out...


Robin: Son of Batman #11 Review and *SPOILERS*



Family Affair


Written By: Ray Fawkes
Art By: Ramon Bachs, Mat Lopez, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's been awhile since I reviewed a Robin: Son of Batman book and while I'd like to say that it's because I've been too busy with really important things that make me seem like some sort of big shot, the truth is, I just haven't been digging this series and once I missed reviewing one issue, it just became easier for me to make up excuses for myself on why I didn't have to review the rest.  I've got some time this week though and even though I still have the "not a fan" thing going for me, I have to admit that I've gotten a little curious about what our little pumpkin headed boy is up to and where his adventures will take him before this title ends and he starts having exploits with the Teen Titans and Jonathan Kent.  Now I'm not a complete novice on this title even though I missed some reviews because I'm pretty sure that I read every issue up to this, but even then I might have missed some things, but from what I understand, the Lu'un Darga are attempting to replace the artifacts that Damian stole during his Year of Blood so that they can become all powerful........ or something along those lines, but the coolest aspect of all of this is that Damian has a nemesis his own age in the head of the Lu'un Darga.  It's cool just to see Damian up against a kid who he could have easily become if his daddy wasn't in his life.  Let's see if Damian can put an end to the Lu'un Darga and if Talia can get over the jealousy of her son's first crush/friend Maya.  Let's check it out.

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


Welcome back to another fantastic Top 5 Fridays! Last week I covered the Top 5 June Rebirth titles (if you didn't read it and want to click HERE), and you readers rolled on up with your own lists! As much as I liked reading them, people were just throwing out the titles they were excited for even though the solicitations weren't out yet. I understand why just hearing the name Nightwing should have diehard fans jumping from their chairs and throw money at their local comic shops, but going in blind could lead to some bad experiences. Now back to the topic at hand, literally days after I made the list, the July Solicitations came out. You know what that means! TIME FOR PART 2 OF THE REBIRTH TOP 5'S! As always this list is personal preference, so if you don't see something that you like, I apologize. So with that in mind, let's begin!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Wonder Woman #51 Review and *SPOILERS*



Bogus Journey


Written By: Meredith Finch
Art By: Miguel Mendonca, Dexter Vines, Diana Egea, Stephen Downer, Ulises Arreola, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Wonder Woman's been a big dope lately because she's decided that trusting the Goddess of Witchcraft and Necromancy is the best option she has in saving Baby Zeke from his illness apparently put on him from the Mother of The Earth, Gaia.  Yeah, I understand that family usually fucks you over in the end and trusting them isn't the best option in most cases........... but Hecate is the Goddess of Witchcraft and Necromancy!  That doesn't really inspire confidence in my mind and when she tells you that the only way to save Zeke is to fuck over your family and go on tasks....... Well, I'm a lazy man and tasks and fucking over family members just seems like too much work to me...... that's just me though, apparently Wonder Woman is all about it and is now on her way to Tartarus to free the Hecatonchires.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Wonder Woman can smarten the hell up, or if Hecate is right and this book tells me to shut the hell up.  Let's check it out.

Martian Manhunter #11 Review and *SPOILERS*



Subconscious Hand Puppets of The Dead

Written By: Rob Williams
Art By: Ben Oliver, Gabe Eltaeb, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Our time on Mars has been pretty turbulent in that it's in the process of colliding with Earth and that we've been thrown some far out concepts in trying to wrap our heads around this Martian Manhunter series.  It's just been crazy........... but crazy doesn't necessarily mean bad...... it just means that poor old Eric Shea doesn't quite follow everything yet and even though I'd like to think that everything will come together in the end so that I can lay my head on my pillow at night and know that everything is proper and makes sense in the world of Martian Manhunter, I don't think it ever will and it's possible that I like that scenario better.  We're dealing with an alien species, with alien concepts and really I think Rob Williams is taking this idea to fully explore everything that he wants to do without being worried with everything making sense to a pitiful human like me, because it isn't meant to completely make sense to humans because we don't have the capacity for it................. at least that's what I'm going to go with because it allows me to have a certain peace of mind and I like the idea of this story.  So yeah, Mars is on the way out and it's up to Martian Manhunter and the separated aspects of himself to convince the embodiment of Mars to release the magic barrier around the planet so that our hero can transport the refugees of this planet over to Earth.  Let's see if everything goes our favorite Martian's way.  Let's check it out.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Harley’s Little Black Book #3 Review and **SPOILERS**





Who Ya Gonna Call? Ghost Busties!

Written By: Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner
Art By: Joseph Michael Linsner, Hi-Fi
Letters By: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016

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

You know what segment of the population thinks they should get laid a lot more than they do? Magicians. And don’t get it twisted, I’m sure many magicians have some twisted, freaky sex. But to a one, they all feel they should be having more twisted, freaky sex. That’s because they once saw a magic trick that excited their genitalia to such an extent that they decided to pursue it as a lifelong discipline. Magicians can’t comprehend that the vast majority of people find magic tricks a pleasant diversion, and perhaps even more find these illusions an annoying novelty. There’s also a certain narcissism to being a magician, one that is probably shared by all performers to some extent: a belief that they are really blowing your mind with unending scarves and long form playing card gimmicks. You pretty much can’t even stand before people and bullshit them without the intrinsic feeling that you are the shit. I wouldn’t hold it against Zatanna, though—I’d watch her pull rabbits from a hat all day. Throw Harley Quinn in the mix and…it’s sure to get pretty weird. Let’s go dumb together! Read on for my review!

Superman: Lois and Clark #7 Review


He Thinks He's a Real Badass

Written by: Dan Jurgens
Art by: Lee Weeks, Stephen Segovia, Scott Hanna, Art Thibert, Jay Leisten and Jeromy Cox
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016

I just got done reviewing the new Action Comics and in my introduction for that comic, I said that the Super League story is one of the best Superman stories since the beginning of the New 52 and when I was writing that, I was thinking of this book as one of the others I've enjoyed.  If you were hanging out around these parts during Convergence, then it's no shock that I love this book.  Dan Jurgens wowed me during that mostly disappointing event and his story of the Pre-Flashpoint (Post- Crisis?) Lois and Clark and now that little Jon has joined the mix, I love it even more.  After last issue, I can't see that changing anytime soon.  Why?  Because Jon has his powers...or just a very unfortunate case of congenital analgesia.  I'm betting it's powers and I want to see more, more, more! Do I get my wish and is it awesome?  Let's find out...


Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #4 Review and *SPOILERS*






A Cat, A Fern, and a Rooster Walk Into a Plant Nursery

Written By: Amy Chu
Art By: Robson Rocha, Julio Ferreira, and Ethan Van Sciver, Jay Leisten
Letters By: Janice Chiang
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016

*Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

We’ve passed the halfway mark of our Poison Ivy miniseries written by Amy Chu and drawn by Clay Ma—hey, wait a minute…where’s Clay Mann? You think he signed an exclusive contract with DC Comics and now they’ve got him locked in a dungeon doing KFC promotional posters for ten hours a day? I’m not saying that’s definitely what happened, I’m just saying it’s possible. Happily, we’ve got a solid squadron of pencillers to replace Clay, including the esteemed DC veteran Ethan Van Sciver. But what does this do to the story, now more than half over? Well, you’ll just have to read my review to find out! Or you could read the comic book…but you know what, my review is free, so read that.

Aquaman #51 Review and *SPOILERS*



Water Monsters and The Scavengers They Work For


Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Vicente Cifuentes, Juan Castro, Guy Major, Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Aquaman's been bringing Atlantis to the world of the surface dwellers........ well, he has some ideas about it, but really Mera's picking up his slack while he goes off and plays hero against a big bad water monster out and about murdering folks.  This creature that our hero was hunting was being called Dead Water by the media and even though I'm not a huge fan of the name...... it kind of fits because this monster is able to use any water as a means to travel and kill its prey.  The weird part about all of this is that this monster seems to come from a strange watery place, where the water itself is full of rage and makes you say things like otherness over and over again...... at least that's what I got from the last issue.  It wasn't all "otherness' though because by the end of the issue we saw our hero overcome this threat after following it back to its source......... where apparently it's more vulnerable and it turns out that this demon looking Dead Water was actually a man before he came in contact with this.......... what I'll assume is water out of Flint, Michigan.  Let's jump into this issue and see if FBI agents Irving and Ajar are less annoying than they were in the previous issue and if Aquaman can get to the bottom of Dead Water.  Let's check it out.

Legends of Tomorrow #2 Review and *SPOILERS*



But I Want My Legends Today!


Written By: See Below
Art By: See Below
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Combined Score At The Bottom*

So Reggie and I are back at it again, trying to bring you the best review we can from this massive book, containing stories from Firestorm, Metamorpho, Metal Man and Sugar and Spike.  That's a shit ton of stories right there and if you're into at least three of them........... well, you're making out pretty damn good on the price point.  I personally dug the last issue even though I'm not a fan of Sugar and Spike and I would have loved if we had a little bit more background on the characters to Metamorpho......... They just come out of nowhere and throw a story in your face and Sapphire Stagg's motivations were a little willy nilly.  It wasn't bad though and I'm excited to continue where we left off last month.  Let's jump into this issue and see if we get any backstory about how there's a Element Woman hanging out with the Doom Patrol before Rex Mason ever went and got Metamorpho-ed.  Let's check it out.

Titans Hunt #7 Review and *SPOILERS*



Experimental Combat-Chassis Strike Droids in Disguise


Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Paulo Siqueira, Hi-Fi, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Our mystery of the Teen Titans continues and man do I hope that we get some serious exposition in this issue because while I'm following along the best I can, I can't say that I follow this story completely yet......... and boy I hope that I'm not the only one because pulling the dummy card isn't the best for my self esteem.   In the previous issue we had our Titans heroes coming together and fighting their asses off, but not against the mysterious Mister Twister, instead we got his lackey Mammoth against Nightwing, Donna Troy and Aqualad, while Gnarrk, Arsenal, Lilith, Hawk and Dove were met by two agents from Diablo, who apparently want to kill the Titans before Mister Twister can use them.  Even poor Bumble Bee, who doesn't seem to have a real role in this story had a gun pointed at her.  Let's see if our heroes can overcome not only Diablo, but Mister Twister as we jump into the penultimate issue of Titans Hunt before Rebirth comes and smacks us in the face.  Let's check it out..

Action Comics #51 Review


Can You Hear Me Now

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Paul Pelletier, Sandra Hope Archer, Tomeu Morey and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016

Peter Tomasi is back and  proves he's the hardest worker in all of comics with part three of Super League in three weeks.  Okay, maybe DC gave him plenty of time to write this crossover, but I can't escape the image of him chained to his desk, pounding away on his Lettera 10 typewriter while Jim Lee and Dan Didio keep rhythm on dual Akan drums.  That's how things are done in the comic business, right?  Well, however it's all going down, it's working.  Two issues in and I'm close to proclaiming it the best Superman Story since the New 52 started.  I'd go back further, but that would take research and as most of you know, I'm deathly allergic to that sort of thing.  I have a doctor's note.  What has made this story so good, you ask?  Well, Tomasi decided to do something so crazy, so odd, that I'm surprised they haven't locked him up (besides to his desk, of course)...he is giving us Superman.  Wild, huh?  All joking aside, Superman fans have had events thrown at them that have taken away his identity and powers, have turned him into his biggest villain and have taken us all to H'el and back again, but for the most part, we haven't gotten Superman.  Let me rephrase myself, Tomasi is giving us Superman back.  The whole package...the hero who wants to save everyone, the best friend to so many people, the alien who cares more for his adopted planet than anything in the universe...it's already all here and so much more.  If you ask me, Rebirth has already started and I've loved every minute of it.  I'm sorry for sounding like such a fanboy, but this story already deserves the praise and after reading and reviewing over a hundred Superman books during the New 52, I think I deserve to be happy and show it.  So there!  Okay, I'm stepping down from my soapbox now and finally getting to the matter at hand...Action Comics #51.  Does it continue making me smile or am I going to have to edit everything that I wrote above?  I am allergic to that as well, but let's find out...


The Flash Season 2 Episode 18 “Verses Zoom" Review and **SPOILERS**


Written By: Joe Peracchio & David Kob
Directed By: Stefan Pleszczynski
First Aired: April 19, 2016

Since iZombie is over and I have nothing else to do here, Reggie suggested that I take over doing the Flash recaps, and me being an agreeable type muthafucker I said sure.

It has been a few weeks since we last saw Barry Allen fuck up everything he touches and the CW decided to do that thing where they decide to not air their shows for weeks at a time because fuck momentum right?

When we last left Flash Mob Barry decided to ignore everyone’s concerns and travel back in time to find out how to be faster and beat some asshole he already beat, but I guess he didn’t beat him good enough because he killed Jay “The dullest character on TV” Garrick just before getting trapped in Earth 2. Barry did a bunch of shit that fucked up the timeline and found out how to get faster.


Caught up?  Good. 

Superman: American Alien #6 Review

For Pete's Sake


Written by: Max Landis
Art by: Jonathan Case
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016

I have loved American Alien since the very first page of this series and I think my love has only gotten stronger with each issue.  Max Landis is giving Superman fans an alternate take on the Man of Steel and at times it's been harsh, other times it's been confusing, but just about everything has been awesome.  Landis has done such a great job in showing us just what has made our hero, both good and bad.  In fact, I think one of the things I've enjoyed most is seeing the stumbles and missteps along the way and how they have been just as instrumental in making this Superman who he is.  That continues in this, the penultimate issue of the series, but does that mean it's another great issue?  Let's find out...


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Supergirl Season 1 Episode 20 "Better Angels" Review and **SPOILERS**




And I Think I’ll Miss You Most of All, Martian Manhunter

Starring: Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, David Harewood et al.
Story By: Robert Rovner & Jessica Queller
Directed By: Larry Teng
First Aired: April 18, 2016

**Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom**

And now we come to the conclusion of the first, and what may be the only season of Supergirl on CBS. So what have we learned? Well, for one thing, we learned that the show won’t shy away from mentioning her cousin Clark “Kal-El” Kent, as I assumed they might. We also learned that Calista Flockheart is a pretty good actor, despite my having hated her in the Ally McBeal days. Maybe this should be more “things I have learned,” or “crow I have eaten” rather than some collective awareness that is assumed about Supergirl. Assumed, that is, by me. God, I’m narcissistic. In any case, all of my ruminations and assumptions and conjectures about this show’s viability can be put to rest: it is definitely a viable show, as evidenced by the completion of the first season. But does that make it a good show? Well, that’s a horse of a different color. And yes, you can name that horse Comet. Read on to see what I thought of the season finale for Supergirl!

Preview: The Flash #50



Written by: Van Jensen
Art by: Jesus Merino, Paul Pelletier, Scott Hanna, Tony Kordos, Wayne Faucher, Guy Major, Pete Pantazis and Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $4.99

Release Date: April 20, 2016


In our massive 50th issue, The Flash must win back the trust of Central City! But to do so, he needs to outrun the police force that’s been charged with bringing him down—with the awesome power of the Rogues behind it all!

It seems like forever and a day since we got the last issue of Flash, but we finally get the big 5-0.  I'm glad that Van Jensen gets to bow out of his Flash run with a big issue and can't wait to see how the "Flash: Wanted" (trademark pending) storyline is wrapped up.  


Preview: Wonder Woman #51





Written by: Meredith Finch
Art by: Miguel Mendonça, Dexter VInes, Ulises Arreola and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: April 20, 2016

Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island and the Tartarus Pit in her quest to save baby Zeke. But as she betrays those she loves in her struggle to save Olympus, she slips closer to an abyss in which she may lose Wonder Woman entirely!


Preview: Legends of Tomorrow #2



Written by: Keith Giffen, Aaron Lopresti, Len Wein, Gerry Conway
Art by: Bilquis Evely, Matt Banning, Trevor Scott, Yildiray Cinar, Rob Hunter, Eduardo Pansica, Aaron Lopresti
Cover Price: $7.99

Release Date: April 20, 2016


Metal Men:
The government wants them destroyed. The mysterious hacker called Nameless wants to experiment on them. But Doctor Will Magnus just wants to keep them safe. Someone is going to get what they want...the question is: who?


Preview: Doctor Fate #11





Written by: Paul Levitz
Art by: Sonny Liew and Lee Loughridge

Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016


The emperor Julius Caesar has reached out from beyond the grave to resume his campaign against the Egyptian people, and only the young Doctor Fate can protect his ancestral homeland from the ghost of its former conqueror.


Preview: Poison Ivy: Cycle Of Life And Death #4



Written by: Amy Chu
Art by: Robson Rocha, Ethan Van Sciver & Julio Ferreira
Cover Price: $2.99

Release Date: April 20, 2016


Catwoman and Poison Ivy—reunited! As the body count rises at the Gotham Botanical Gardens labs, Ivy needs Selina’s help to solve the puzzle...a mystery that seems to involve Ivy’s blossoming children!


Preview: Harley’s Little Black Book #3




Written by: Jimmy Palmiotti, Amanda Conner
Art by: Joseph Michael Linser
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 20, 2016


The most ghost-filled mansion on Coney Island has been demolished—and unfortunately, every one of its spirits has decided that Harley’s hacienda is the hot new hangout to haunt! It sure is convenient, then, that Zatanna is currently booked at Big Tony’s cabaret show! It’s up to Harley and Zatanna to convince all of those ghosts to move on to the next world…but if you think Harley’s got problems now, just wait until you see the ectoplasmic baggage these specters are packing!


Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Chapter 18 Review


Gesundheit


Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Tom Derenick, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: April 19, 2016

Last issue of Injustice sure did end with a bang!  Actually, it was more of an explosion, followed by a fire and then...let's just say that things got pretty messed up.  It wasn't really shocking as that sort of thing kind of has been following Bizarro around since he left the old lab and decided to proclaim himself the "real" Superman.  Quite frankly, I'm shocked he's survived this long and I think that last week's problems are going to bite him in his backwards ass real soon.  Does soon become now?  Will Lex have to pay fro his mistake?  Will I stop asking questions and get on with my review?  Yes, yes I will...


Star Wars Special: C-3PO #1 Review - Just for the Hell of it Mondays

Do Protocol Droids Dream of Electric Shaak?


Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Tony Harris and Joe Caramagna
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: April 13, 2016
Publisher: Marvel

I know that we are a DC Comics site and that Marvel is supposed to be the enemy of all we hold sacred, but I'm not a dick and I love me some Star Wars.  To prove that, I saw The Force Awakens twice in the theater and still haven't seen Batman v Superman.  Actually, that is more because of my lazy and cheap nature, but the facts are the facts.  So, with the opportunity that Just for the Hell of it Mondays brings, I am going to review this book because...well, because it's Star Wars.  Also, I haven't reviewed a James Robinson book since the excellent Airboy and while I expect more robots and less huge penises here, I'm sure I'll get over that fact early and enjoy it all the same.  Well, did I?  Let's find out...


Monday, April 18, 2016

Starfire #11 Review and **SPOILERS**






Sex and the Subterranean City

Written By: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Elsa Charretier, Hi-Fi
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: April 13, 2016

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

Did you know there are a lot of people who believe that the Earth is hollow and that a race of humanoids live underneath the planet’s crust? According to Admiral Richard Byrd, a race of big-headed bipeds lived underneath the icy Antarctic shelf, and they told him to tell humanity to stop fucking around with nuclear weapons. This was a hugely-decorated pilot who had made the treacherous journey to the South Pole three times before! According to Byrd, this subterranean race was the source of the disc-shaped UFOs that had just begun to appear in skies all around the world, sent as a dire warning against nukes. And there are people who believe this today, who claim that our retribution is at hand even though we’ve created hazardous materials since that make nuclear weapons look like talcum powder. This has little to do with the issue of Starfire I’m about to review, but it’s sure to be the most entertaining and informative bit of the article. Yeah, it’s one of those issues. Read on if you’re masochistic like that.

Invader Zim #2 Review - Just for the Hell of it Mondays

Track or Catch...Nobody Rides For Free

Written by: Jhonen Vasquez and Eric Trueheart
Art by: Aaron Alexovich, Megan Lawton, Simon Troussellier, J.R. Goldberg and Warren Wucinich
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 19, 2015
Publisher: Oni Press


I am back with another review of Invader Zim from Oni Press and while I type this, my youngest son is busy watching the show.  He actually saw the comic as I gathered my stuff for review and wanted to know what it was.  After assuring him (maybe lying a wee bit) that is wasn't "something old", I put on episode one and he is still watching it after five minutes which is a win in my house.  So, I will keep you updated as I review Issue #2 of Invader Zim.


Gotham Season 2 Episode 18 "Pinewood" Review and *SPOILERS*


Clever Girl...?

Directed by: John Stephens
Written by: Robert Hull & Megan Mostyn-Brown
Original Airdate: April 18, 2016

*NON-SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM*

Well, last week’s episode certainly was interesting on all story fronts! On the “good” side of the law, we had Jim Gordon hunt down the man who framed him, Edward Nygma(who has finally entered the Riddler persona). On the darker side, Oswald lost his newfound father, and by extension, the only bridge to his new family. However when he learns that his stepfamily is the actual cause of his father’s death, he acts accordingly… He kills his stepsiblings, cooks them into a roast, and feeds them to their mother ala Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus… That’s some good referencing right there. With the final three episodes coming up, we see Gordon going after the Waynes Killer’s employer(and so that rabbit hole continues...) and Hugo Strange possibly going Dr. Frankenstein on a former Mayor of Gotham… It all kicks off though when Barbara comes a knockin! Let’s dive in and see what's up…

Gotham Academy #17 Review and **SPOILERS**





Satanic Panic

Written By: Brenden Fletcher, Michael Dialynas, David Petersen
Art By: Adam Archer, Sandra Hope, Annie Wu, Serge LaPointe, Michael Dialynas, David Petersen
Letters By: Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: April 13, 2016

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

I could swear this was the last issue of Gotham Academy’s “Yearbook” arc, but no, there will be one more. Makes sense, since I think that will make five issues that fit so snugly into a trade paperback collection down the line, but for some reason I really thought this was it. If you thought the same, then allow me to inform you: we were wrong! There is, indeed, another issue left to “Yearbook,” and since I’ve liked it okay so far, that suits me just fine. There’s really no point to this preamble, since what follows is a recap and review of an anthology title, so let me tell you a little story from when I was in grade school: one time, I accidentally squirted a whole packet of ketchup onto some kid’s clean, white shirt during Assembly Day. How about that? I think I was six or seven years old. Uh, and then a super spooky ghost revealed itself!!! No…no, it didn’t, the kid was just pissed off at me and I recall crying. No ketchup scares in this issue of Gotham Academy, though! Keep readin’ if you think I’m lyin’!

Goldie Vance #1 Review - Just for the Hell of it Mondays


The Secret of...

Written by: Hope Larson
Art by: Brittney Williams, Sarah Stern and Jim Campbell
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 13, 2016
Publisher: Boom! Studios

These are the kind of books that I'm glad we have our Just for the Hell of it Mondays review reprieve. If you are new to our site, we are a DC Comic site (hence the "DC Comics" in our name) and while we enjoy reading and reviewing every single comic from our favorite publisher, we...Okay, some of you are already rolling your eyes because in fact, we may read and review every comic that comes out each and every week from DC Comics, but we don't always enjoy them.  I even suspect that Eric may be going insane because of our strict review guidelines and his stable of books.  So, we decided a while back that we would open up Mondays up as a day to review whatever the hell we please.  Somehow, though, I can't always kick my DC habit and that's where this review comes in.  First, Hope Larson writes it and she will be writing Batgirl when Rebirth hits and I want to get familiar with her beforehand and second, there is a Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy first look in the issue, so I was going to buy it just for that anyway.  I guess there is a third reason...it looks kick ass!  So, how was it?  Let's find out...