Saturday, June 11, 2016

Weird Science DC Comics Books of the Week Podcast: Detective Comics #934 & Action Comics #957

Since not everybody wants to download and listen to a 6+ hour podcast, we decided to try something new...The DC Comics Books of the Week Mini Podcast.  Don't panic, we will still be doing our regular long ass podcast, but each week we will give you a sampler of two books.  This week Jim and Eric talk Detective Comics #934 and Action Comics #957. THIS IS JUST AN EDIT OF THE REGULAR PODCAST!   Listen to our regular weekly podcast to hear the expanded version of these two books as well as reviews of every DC Comics that came out this week as well as DC Comics News, Listener Mail and so much more. Thanks and enjoy!

DC Comics Estimated Sales For April 2016

This installment of Checking The Numbers is going up a bit late because...... well, because I forgot about it.  With all the hype of Rebirth coming out and a bunch of series ending, the thought about what was going on with our comics sales completely slipped my mind, but I'm finally here to give you the low down on how your favorite books are doing.......... which thinking about it now, you might not even given a shit because Rebirth has come and wow-ed the hell out of us and thinking back on the New 52 and the DCYou might not be anyone's top priority.  Even with all these thoughts that have just come to me, I'm still going to lay out the numbers and like always we're only going to be doing what we consider the "main books" of the DCU, so that means no digital collections or DC Essentials and all that good stuff.  Alright, let's think back to April and see how our comics fared after they got a boost from their fiftieth issue and see if they could maintain that spike in sales.  Let's check it out.

FIRST LOOK: Nightwing #1

Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Javier Fernandez
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

“BETTER THAN BATMAN” Chapter One: Batman taught Nightwing everything he knows—but what if everything he taught him is wrong? When Dick is stuck with a new mentor who challenges everything Batman taught him, Nightwing has to shatter his concept of justice in order to fight for what he knows is right. Writer Tim Seeley (GRAYSON, BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL) launches Nightwing onto a new quest alongside rising talent Javier Fernandez (RED HOOD/ARSENAL).

Some of you may know that Nightwing is my favorite character in all of comics, but I will not be reviewing this book.  Nope, Eric is taking it over from me and I'm sure that eventually I will yank it back because of the crazy things he yammers on about..."I don't give 10/10's because nothings perfect" and "I'm Eric Shea and I wear a headband and like horror movies" and even "I'm Eric Shea and I'm a pretty girl!"  Well, I do agree with that last one, but hope he gives this book a fair shake...or I will chock him out!  That is a promise!!!

FIRST LOOK: Nightwing Rebirth #1

Written by: Tim Seeley 
Art by:Yanick Paquette and Nathan Fairbairn
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 13, 2016

He’s been Robin, Batman, a spy, a ghost. Now, Dick Grayson returns to Gotham City to reclaim the life that was taken from him. But when a new evil threatens those he loves most, Nightwing faces being torn away from home once again in order to destroy the dark force once and for all. Powerhouse artist Yanick Paquette (BATMAN, SWAMP THING) joins series writer Tim Seeley (GRAYSON, BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL) to return Nightwing to the DC superhero stage!

I'm sure there is going to be a lot of people out there happy to see this First Look at Nightwing.  While I loved Grayson and kind of wanted to continue that story, it looks like Tim Seeley is at least giving us a transition between Grayson and Nightwing...I see Tiger and Midnighter and while they aren't sitting in a tree, they are kicking ass and it looks cool as Hell.

Legends of Tomorrow #4 Review and **SPOILERS**

Why We Always Waiting For Our Legends?

Written By: See Below
Art By: See Below
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: June 8, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Well looky what we have here...... I thought I told you Legends of Tomorrow never to come around here...... Okay, I'm really reaching to come up with something to talk about in this opening paragraph because what is there really to say?  We've got ourselves an anthology book containing four stories and even though I'm a fan of two of the four, it just feels strange trying to review this book in the midst of all this Rebirth going on....... especially since the last issue came off kind of lackluster.  I was initially really interested in this title because it featured heroes that we didn't really see kicking about anymore and because of that aspect it sounded like a little fun, which was really missed during the DCYou era of our favorite comic book company.  The thing is though, that charm has kind of warn off because we've been swimming in fun the last two weeks with DC's new "Party over here" initiative called Rebirth.  Hopefully we can get something decent out of the heroes in this book this month that can get me back on the trolley, but as of right now I just kind of look at this book and it makes me tired........ and that's a terrible way to look at superheroes.  Let's jump into this issue and see what's what and maybe we'll at least get some decent robot fights out of Metal Men.  Let's check it out.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade #1 Review

Rocket Girl

Written by: Landry Walker
Art by: Eric Jones, Thomas Mason and Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: Free HERE
Release Date: December 3, 2008

Hello and welcome to a series of reviews I'd like to call, "Books that Jim thinks look like fun and since he has some free time in his review schedule, will be reviewing them".  Boy, that's a long name for a site feature that I just made up and will likely ditch after a couple of reviews. Who cares, Jim just wants to have fun (and talk about himself in the third person like Ricky Henderson) and this book seems like a great place to start the party.   I love Supergirl and "Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade" sounds like a great time.  I wish I had Cosmic Adventures when I was in Eighth Grade. Nope, young Jim just had the usual non-adventures of homework, being awkward and not fitting in.  Those were not the days, but now I (or should I stay in third person mode and say "Jim"?) can live vicariously through Kara and things should be so much better, right?  Let's find out...

By the way, another reason I chose this book to review is that it's available for FREE (Here) so everyone go there and play along!  This is a game show, right?  No?!?!  Then why did I answer the phone yelling, "Weird Science DC Comics plays all the hits"?

Top 5 Fridays - Top 5 Re-Purposed DC Comics Pitches

So, you've got a great idea for a new DC Comics character... or maybe it's a new take on an old property... that's great news!  The only problem is, DC ain't interested... or maybe they're on the fence and give you a few months before giving the thumbs down... or just maybe you put got a great idea for a pitch, and DC just couldn't get the rights.  

Not to be deterred you decide to take your pitch elsewhere... maybe you can sell it to another publishing house, or perhaps explore the creator-owned rout.  Either way, your creation went on to find a life outside the source-wall that surrounds the DC Universe... and just maybe it took some of that "source material" influence with it for the ride... either wholesale or with some cosmetic tweaks.  What follows is my Top 5 re-purposed DC pitches/characters (in no particular order).

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Black Canary #12 Review and **SPOILERS**

VH1’s Behind the Timestream

Written By: Brenden Fletcher
Art By: Annie Wu & Sandy Jarrell, Lee Loughridge
Letters By: Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: June 8, 2016


Ladies and gentlemen, we have a rilly big shew for you tonight: the final issue of Black Canary! It’s hasn’t been a very long trip, but we can certainly say it’s been strange. Dinah and the band have fought ninjas, demons, a kaiju monster…then ninjas and demons again, and through it all, we couldn’t hear a note. Do you see the inherent problem with making a comic book about musicians? You have to draw music. This is why the Maniaks never took off…well that, and the comics were terrible. Annie Wu and Lee Loughridge certainly blazed new trails in drawing music, and there were some memorable layouts and panels in the series (until this last arc, frankly speaking.) Well Annie Wu is back for the last performance, but will readers want an encore? How the hell should I know? I’m only one person. You can find out what I think if you read on!

Batman: Europa #1 Director's Cut Review

Same Old Song and Dance

Written by: Matteo Casali and Brian Azzarello
Art by: Giuseppe Camuncoli, Jim Lee and Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: June 1, 2016

I did not review Batman: Europa for our site when it originally came out.  That honor went to Jody and to say he wasn't thrilled about by the time the series ended is a bit of an understatement.  Eric and myself did talk about this issue on our podcast and I wasn't a big fan then, but I figured I'd clear my head of it all and review this Director's Cut edition to see if maybe I rushed to judgment originally.  I mean, DC must think pretty highly of it to come out with a Director's Cut edition, right?  Either that or they are trying to milk this cow until it can't be miked no more.  Well, which one is it?  Let's find out...

Constantine: The Hellblazer #13 Review and **SPOILERS**

Supply-Side Demonomics

Written By: Ming Doyle & James Tynion IV
Art By: Eryk Donovan, Kelly Fitzpatrick
Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: June 8, 2016


Allow me to impart some advice to my younger readers, around thirteen years or younger: for one thing, don’t tell your mom that you’re reading this website. For another thing, make sure to learn mathematics, even if you think it’s boring. Especially if you think it’s boring. Because chances are that when you grow up, you’re going to need it. You might not necessarily have to find the cosine of a wave or whatever, but you will likely have to calculate percentages, or use some basic algebra, or even apply logic to accomplish the boring parts of your life. I thought I was going to be some vagabond journalist, exchanging words for cash that I would then spend on the mind-altering substances that are known as “writer’s fuel.” Turns out my job involves so much freaking math that you’d think I was on the Manhattan Project. If you’ve already got a proclivity towards mathematics and the sciences, well you’re probably going to patent some circuit or ergonomic cell phone adapter design that will make you a millionaire by the time you’re thirty. But if you’re some goofball kid reading comic books and MAD Magazines, watching crummy 1950s drive-in movies and laughing unnaturally at classic sitcoms, and if you look up to comedy pratfall masters like John Ritter and Chevy Chase, then you should apply yourself to being proficient in math. I mean, even Constantine had to learn basic economics for this issue, and he’s a chain-smoking, alcoholic magician. How does John use math in the final issue of Constantine: The Hellblazer? Take a look! It’s in a book! Or, more specifically, in my review.

Scooby-Doo Team-Up Chapter #31 Review


Written by: Sholly Fisch
Art by: Dario Brizuela, Franco Riesco and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price:$0.99
Release Date: May 21, 2016

I am reviewing this chapter of Scooby-Doo Team-Up for a couple of reasons.  The main one is that Reggie and myself have made the claim that we will eventually review all the Digital First books on the site (how are those Bombshells reviews coming along, Reggie?), but I also want to read and review a Scooby-Doo book that I actually enjoy.  Yea, I'm making a not so veiled reference to the new Scooby Apocalypse book and while others seem to like it and are mad at me for not jumping on that wagon, I'm fine with getting my Scooby fix right here.  Plus, this issue has Shazam!  Could it get any better than that?  Let's find out...

Best DC Comics Covers of the Week 06/08/16

Hello one and all and welcome back to the place to be for the Best DC Comics Covers of the Week. I'm sure that all of you will agree that these are the only true picks and thus, will not yell at me in the comments at all.  Thank God for that!  I've been getting a lot of flack for my review scores this week and don't know if my fragile ego can take much more of it.  I thought this Rebirth thing was supposed to bring back the fun!  Oh well, the covers I've chosen are a combination of Rebirth, New 52 run-ons, crossovers and mini-series.  We all were taught not to judge a book by it's cover, but it's a good thing for one of these that I didn't judge the cover by it's book.  Can you guess which one that is?  I like guessing games, don't you?  On with my picks...

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #3 Review and **SPOILERS**

Love the Quinn You’re In

Written By: Jimmy Palmiotti & Frank Tieri
Art By: Mauricet, Alex Tefenkgi, Hi-Fi
Letters By: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: June 8, 2016


As cable television continues to lose ground to the more catered world of Internet media, we’re starting to see some weird shows. Lots of ghost and monster hunting going on. Brilliant programs that are literally extended shots of puppies and kittens. And at the higher numbers, what looks like local television from elsewhere around the country, channels that subsist almost totally on re-runs of classic shows and infomercials. Sort of brings me back to the network television of my youth. Anyway, I had the great fortune to catch an episode of Hogan’s Heroes on one of these channels a week or so ago, a show I’d not seen since the early 1990s. I loved it, but for a different reason than when I was a teenager—just the very idea of this multicultural crew being held at a Nazi prison camp seemed to be the logical extension of films like Bridge on the River Kwai and From Here to Eternity, a sort of reaffirmation to staid American culture that the rest of the world still gave a shit about them. I think I originally hoped to reach a point where I could compare Hogan’s Heroes to Gang of Harleys, but I find that I can’t, so enjoy my review of issue #3!

Earth 2: Society #13 Review and *SPOILERS*

Headed Towards A Rebirth

Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Federico Dallocchio, David Calderon, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 8, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Is it possible that in the final days of Earth 2: Society that Ultra-Humanite can save this series from mediocrity?  It's weird, for all the villains that we've had in this series from Terry Sloan, Doctor Impossible and Kyle Nimbus, it really seems like we haven't seen shit yet now that an albino mastermind gorilla has shown up on the scene and maybe it's that classic feel that we need to put this book on track for its Rebirth debut........ which isn't actually a Rebirth and more of a continuation of this, but for everything coming out this summer and beyond whether it gets a Rebirth issue or not..... it all feels like a Rebirth doesn't it?  Maybe that's just me though.  In our previous issue we saw the Green Lantern, Alan Scott give up his power ring so that he could put an end to the coming war by using its energy to power the planet for as long as it needs, but this seemed to be all apart of the Bobby Fisher minded Ultra-Humanite's plans, who saw the avatar of the Green as his only threat to his world domination.  Let's jump into this issue and see what our Wonders are doing now that we're past the war and how Ultra-Humanite plans on becoming the Grand Poobah of Earth-2.  Let's check it out.

Lumberjanes/Gotham Academy #1 Review and **SPOILERS**

You Got Your Gotham Academy in My Lumberjanes!

Written By: Chynna Clugston Flores
Art By: Rosemary Valero-O’Connell, Maddi Gonzalez, Whitney Cogar
Letters By: Warren Montgomery
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: June 8, 2016


So if Gotham Academy is in the same comic book universe as Lumberjanes, does that mean that the ladies at Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet's Camp for Hardcore Lady Types know about the exploits of the Flash? Does this mean they were enslaved when the Crime Syndicate of Earth-3 took over the planet a couple of years ago? Could Buddy “Animal Man” Baker send his daughter to the camp? The mind reels. The fact is, if the kids from either comic are able to meet in the same dimension, that means they all exist in a world with Batman, and that makes it an awesome world indeed. Lumberjanes is one of my favorite comics, and I’ve shown to be pretty fond of Gotham Academy as well, so when I heard this crossover was coming out, I demanded to be the one to review it. Jim’s answer was, “What’s a Lumberjane?” If you’re wondering the same, then read on and find out!

Adventures of Supergirl #3 Review - Print Edition

Dream Warrior

Written by: Sterling Gates
Art by: Emanuela Luppacchino, Ray McCarthy, Hi-Fi and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price:$2.99
Release Date: June 8, 2016

If you are keeping score at home, this is the review for Adventures of Supergirl #3 print edition that collects chapters six and seven of the Digital First comic.  Last issue was all about Vril Dox trying to expose Supergirl's identity and make a mess of her and her friends' lives and even though he was taken away by the D.E.O at the end, Kara still doesn't know who hired him in the first place.  Will she figure it out or will Vril Dox crank up some Foreigner and keep playing those Head Games?  Let's find out...

Red Hood/Arsenal #13 Review and *SPOILERS*

Get Out of Here Roy, Ya Bother Me

Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Joe Bennett, Belardino Brabo, Juan Albarran, Jose Villarrubia, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 8, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to say goodbye to Red Hood/Arsenal and it's funny because even though I originally really dug this book, it has certainly gone down hill over the past few months and it's strange to think that Red Hood will continue "Outlawing" into Rebirth.  I'm really at a loss for words here because what do you say about Jason and Roy's time as Rent-A-Bat since it was bogged down with Joker's Daughter and the Iron Rule?  It all just seems like nonsense, but maybe this final issue will give us a redeeming quality that will allow us to open Jason's Rebirth book with a smile and forget about all the garbage we got before............ maybe.  In our previous issue we saw Roy kidnapped by his former team the Iron Rule and made the subject of a internet voting game, where the trolls out there in interwebs land would decide whether Arsenal lives or dies.......... and from the way the votes were coming in, it doesn't look to good for our archer.  Things might come around though because as that issue closed we saw Jason find some secret weapon in Roy's workshop that appears to be just what the doctor ordered in saving Arsenal's life........ plus we know that Roy will be in Titans so I guess there isn't too much worry going into this.  Okay, let's jump into this issue and see how these two best friends part ways and if it's amicable.  Let's check it out.

DC Comics Issues New Printings of Rebirth #1s

Okay, now it just feels like DC is rubbing it in!  We get it, Rebirth is a hit and I love it!  I like to win and I've hooked my wagon to DC Comics so any victory of theirs is not a victory of mine in the least, but as long as I'm not getting yelled at by anyone, I'm good.  So, while all those Marvel fans are wondering what their favorite company has planned for them in the near future (or is it NOW?!?), I can sit back and enjoy everything that DC is putting out and that means a whole lot to me. Everything's coming up Millhouse!  Here is the official press release...

Batman ’66 Meets Steed And Mrs Peel Chapter #1 Review

M. Appeal

Written by: Ian Edginton
Art by: Matthew Dow Smith, Jordie Bellaire and Wes Abbott
Cover Price:$0.99
Release Date: June 8, 2016

When announced, there are some comic books that make total sense and some that make you go hmmm...Batman '66 Meets Steed and Mrs Peel falls into both categories.  The Avengers (the show Steed and Peel came from) was wildly popular along with Batman '66 during it's time and since then, has garnered a loyal cult following as well.  However, the time for such a crossover may have passed. I don't know much and may be totally off here, but I have not heard anybody talking about these Avengers down at the malt shop in a long, long time.   I guess we'll have to wait for the sales numbers to come out to settle that debate, but for now, I am here to talk about the first chapter of this series. How was it?  Let's find out...

Wacky Raceland #1 Review

Is It Over Yet?

Written by: Ken Pontac
Art by: Leonardo Manco, Mariana Sanzone and Sal Cipriano
Cover Price:$3.99
Release Date: June 8, 2016

Of all the announced Hanna-Barbera titles, this one had to be the biggest head scratcher.  I don't know if it made any more sense in my mind after I heard that it was going to be the Wacky Races by ways of Mad Max, but I didn't say I wasn't intrigued, either.  As far as these new Hanna-Barbera books go, I'm pretty sure this is the property that most people are least familiar with, but after reading Future Quest and Scooby Apocalypse,  I'm not sure that's a bad thing.  This is not your father's Penelope Pitstop and by that I mean it's not my Penelope Pitstop.  Yes, I am not just familiar with the Wacky Races, but used to enjoy watching the cartoon as a kid.  I don't think anyone out there will claim it to be their all-time favorite (I liked the Laff-A-Lympics a lot more and that is nowhere near my favorite), but I wouldn't change the channel when it came on.  So, how is this reinvention of a mindless and goofy cartoon now that it is given the dark and gritty treatment?  Let's find out...

Action Comics #957 Review and *SPOILERS*

And On The Third Day......

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Patrick Zircher, Tomeu Morey, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 8, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Since only writing reviews for DC Comics since the New 52 started, it's going to take me long as hell to get this classic numbering for Action Comics in my head so that it doesn't look so damn weird every time I see it.  Besides for my frustrations with numbers though, we're living in a brand new day of Action Comics since........ well since Superman died. You should really know that going into this.  We've got the Pre-Flashpoint Superman taking up the cape though so all should be fine and well with the world because even if we're one Superman done, we've got a spare in the trunk, but from what the solicits and this cover are showing, we might have too many Supermen because Lex Luthor looks to have taken up the cape as well.  Equipped with his Apokoliptian power suit, it looks like Lex is going to not only be the hero of Metropolis we need, but since we're a bunch of assholes, he's probably the one we deserve too.  Let's jump into this issue of Action Comics and see what's going on in a city devoid of its hero and see who's really Super in the end.  Let's check it out.

Detective Comics #934 Review

Team Building

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Eddy Barrows, Eber Ferreira, Adriano Lucas and Marilyn Patrizio
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 8, 2016

Rebirth has been a lot of things to the books I've read so far.  A return to the fun, a call back to the legacy of the characters and even a new start.  James Tynion is combining them all here with Detective Comics.  It's kind of like Batman and the far out Outsiders put together by Eric Shea playing with his Imaginext.  Take Eric out of that equation and I'm all in and thankfully, that's what we have here.  I love fun and I love team books and boy, I LOVE fun team books.  Does Tynion come through on the promise of his team and give us just that?  Let's find out...

Green Lantern Corps: Edge of Oblivion #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Exit Stage Left....... Or Universe Left

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Scott McDaniel, Jack Herbert, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 8, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Even though I really enjoyed the last issue of this mini, I have to say that now that the whole shebang is said and done with this issue, this whole Lost Army/Edge of Oblivion thing, where our Lanterns are lost in a Universe that existed before our own has come off like a failed experiment.  Now maybe this issue will be better and make up for everything that's come before and give purpose to an otherwise pointless series, but don't go holding your breath on that one.  I mean, was all of this just to get Hal Jordan all by his lonesome so he could play Renegade?  I certainly hope not because we all saw how that fared.  In our previous issue we saw Guy Gardner kicking ass and taking names after him and a handful of Lanterns discovered that the giant ass protectors of this Universe's last city were actually Cthulu like monsters that were the ones responsible for this whole thing.  The fight continues here as the Universe is on its final leg and our heroes desperately try to find a way back to their own Universe.  Let's jump into this final issue of Edge of Oblivion and see if we get the resolution and answers to all the questions we've had since the Green Lantern Corps first disappeared.  Let's check it out.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Chapter #25 Review

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Mike S. Miller, J. Nanjan and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 7, 2016

I don't know what the heck happened last week with Injustice.  It didn't come out on it's usually day (Tuesday), then missed a Saturday release and finally came out sometime on Sunday...possibly.  All I know is that I didn't see it until Monday and that's when I read a reviewed it.  Now, less than twenty four hours later, the next chapter is out and I'm back again to give you my half a cent opinion on it.  Let's get right to it before the next chapter suddenly drops and I fall way behind.

Weird Side #22

Art and Words by: Paul B.

Paul is still scared of the crazy caller to the podcast.  The thing is, the guy called in and added Paul to his hit list this week, but the audio quality was so bad, I wasn't able to include it in the finished show. I'm sure that will piss him off even more, but for now, I want Paul to know that the guy must read Paul's comic and knows what he is up to.  You've been warned Paul! - Jim

PREVIEW: Harley Quinn and Her Gang of Harleys #3

Self Destruction, You're Headed for Self Destruction

Written By: Jimmy Palmiotti and Frank Tieri
Art By: Mauricet, Alex Tefengki
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: June 8, 2016

Held captive by the mysterious Harley Sinn, Harley Quinn tries to learn the identity of her captor and what Sinn intends to do with her! But the most significant question of all is why Sinn has been conducting surveillance on the family members of the rest of the Gang of Harleys, and what does she intend to do with them?

It's gang warfare on the streets of New York City, and I don't think these people intend to "keep it on wax!" Last we saw, most of the Harleys congregated in a restaurant that was blown up by a minion of Harley Sinn. So there will probably be a lot fewer names to have to remember! Alright!

PREVIEW: Legends of Tomorrow #4

Legends of Tomorrow, Filler For Today

Cover Price: $7.99
On Sale Date: June 8, 2016

Written By: Gerry Conway
Art By: Eduardo Pansica and Rob Hunter
With Firestorm held captive by General Eiling and tortured to the brink of an unstable nuclear reaction, it’s up to Jason Rausch and Tonya Lu to sneak into NASCA Base and save Ronnie and Professor Stein…before they explode!

Written by: Aaron Lopresti
Art by: Aaron Lopresti and Jonathan Glapion
Metamorpho and Sapphire have forged an alliance with the people of Dagon Ra to find the Orb, but will they be able to fend off Kanjar Ro and his space pirates?

Written By: Keith Giffen
Art by: Bilquis Evely
When Green Lantern’s friend Itty the extraterrestrial is kidnapped, only Sugar & Spike can save the day! But who would kidnap a poor, defenseless outer-space worm?!

Written by: Len Wein
Art by: Yildiray Cinar and Trevor Scott

With their backs against the wall, and the military breathing down their necks, the Metal Men turn to their one friend who might be able to help them track down Nameless: Cyborg!

It's the little anthology that could, and perhaps shouldn't have, but still might! Just over the hump on this six-issue miniseries, I'm hoping things ramp up to "compelling" with this one...actually, I only care that the books I'm reviewing are good! Eric and the two books in this collection that he reviews can go jump in a lake!

PREVIEW: Wonder Woman Rebirth #1

Writer: Greg Rucka
Art by: Matthew Clark, Sean Parsons, Liam Sharp, Jeremy Colwell, Laura Martin and Jodi Wynne
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 8, 2016

After suffering an unimaginable loss, Wonder Woman must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion.
DON’T MISS: New York Times best-selling writer Greg Rucka returns to Wonder Woman with a tale that will forever alter the DC icon.

Guess What?  I've already written my review for this issue and...I'm not allowed to say anything about that!  I will tell you that Wonder Woman is in this issue and there are lots of pictures that come together with Greg Rucka's script to tell a story.  Grab the issue and look for my review on Wednesday when I can tell you what I thought.

PREVIEW: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey: Rebirth #1 First Look

Written by: Shawna Benson and Julie Benson
Art by: Claire Roe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 20, 2016

“WHO IS ORACLE” Chapter One: Batgirl and Black Canary are together again, working a case that strikes right at the heart of their partnership! Someone’s uncovered the greatest secret Barbara Gordon ever kept: her time as Oracle, the most powerful hacker on the planet. And not only do they know her secret, they’re using her name to sell dangerous information to criminals! Now one of those deals has brought some major heat to Gotham City…Helena Bertinelli is out of Spyral, wearing the hood of the Huntress, and making mafia blood run in the streets! Everything you thought was hidden will be revealed if the Oracle has their way…     

Now that's a long solicit!  They could probably get away with charging $2.99 for that sucker alone, but let's not give anyone any crazy ideas.  While this wasn't my first pick for a "Birds" team, I am looking forward to the series.  We get Oracle who isn't Oracle, but knows about Oracle and Helena making blood run in the streets.  Blood in the streets in the town of New Haven...Blood stains the roofs and the palm trees of Venice... Blood in my love in the terrible summer... Bloody red sun of fantastic L.A.