Saturday, June 18, 2016

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 06/15/16



Hello Luv and welcome to another week of DC Comics and Comic Book Covers.  I don't know why I used all those capital letters, but I really am too lazy to go back and change it, so deal with it.  At least I put two spaces after a period when I write.  I'm not sure when it became common place for this one space thing, but I don't like it!  You hear me?!?!  I mean, new math is a pain in the ass, but new English???  My dear mother would roll in her grave if she actually was dead or even dear.  Oh well, we aren't here for me to talk about walking to school uphill, both ways...we are here for the DC Comics Best Covers of the Week and away we go...


DC Comics Books of the Week Podcast: Batman #1 and Superman #1


DC Comics Books of the week is back and this week’s comic books are Batman #1 and Superman #1.  Rebirth is in full swing and Jim and Eric have suddenly gotten real positive…scary, I know!  Remember, if you enjoy this podcast, it is just a sample of the fun and awfulness…I mean hilarity that you can find in our extra-special, extra-long weekly podcast that comes out every single Sunday.  Enjoy!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Characters I Want in Injustice 2


Welcome back to another exciting installment of Top Five Fridays. To those who aren't gamers, E3 was this week and those that lucky few who were able to go hide a chance to get a hands-on look at the recently announced Injustice 2. Injustice is my favorite fighting game as well as one of my current favorite comic series, so to see the sequel finally coming out appeases the comic nerd and gamer nerd inside of me. This week's Top Five is going to cover my character wish list for this upcoming game. While thinking of this list I considered any character that was either alive in the injustice comic world OR has not appeared yet. As always this list is based on my opinion. If you don't see a character you like or wanted in the game I apologize. With that out of the way let's get started!

Swamp Thing #6 Review and **SPOILERS**




If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Swamp ‘Em

Written By: Len Wein
Art By: Kelley Jones, Michelle Madsen
Letters By: Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: June 15, 2016

**SCORE AND NON SPOILERS AT THE BOTTOM**

We have been seeing the Swamp Thing all over the DCU lately, haven’t we? He was in the last couple of issues of Constantine: The Hellblazer, he was in the final issue of Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death, and he’s…well, he’s in his own comic book, which we might have expected. Seems like there’s something in the air, folks: a springtime renewal of our dedication to this shambling form of roots and weeds, and quite possibly the ascension of Swamp Thing to A-List superhero! That’s why I think there has never been a better time to make my most sincere plea: put Swamp Thing on the Justice League! Okay, here are the pros: he’s basically more powerful than anything ever, his sense of justice is guided by the natural order and therefore impeccable, and he can grow whatever fruits and veggies people want to eat on the Watchtower in a snap. The cons are that he probably smells like a gently rotting forest floor, but that can be considered a pro because it reminds everyone about nature, even though they are in a giant metal gyroscope in stationary orbit around planet Earth. Put him on, you won’t even need half of the other guys! If you don’t think it’s a good idea, then check out my review of the final issue of Len Wein’s and Kelley Jones’ Swamp Thing, right now!

FIRST LOOK: Batgirl #1




Written by: Hope Larson
Art by: Rafael Albuquerque, Dave McCaig and Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

“Beyond Burnside” Chapter One: The Batgirl you know and love is going global with Eisner Award-winning and New York Times best-selling writer Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time, Goldie Vance) and all-star artist Rafael Albuquerque (AMERICAN VAMPIRE). In order to up her game, Babs travels to Japan on a quest to train with the most elite modern combat masters of the East. But when a chance meeting with an old friend puts a target on her back, Batgirl may need to use her new skills to solve a deadly mystery. 

I know that our little site got tagged at a point for being Batgirl haters, but that is so far from the truth.  Sure, Eric may not have liked the whole Burnside direction it took, but even he admitted that he warmed up to it over time.  Of course, it took me yanking the book from him to get him to that moment of clarity, but c'est la vie! Things are a changing, though, as Hope Larson is taking Babs in a Kung Fu type direction and I think it sounds cool as hell. by the way, if you haven't read Larson's "Goldie Vance" book yet, do yourself a favor and get on it asap.  What?  I'm not supposed to push other publisher's books in things like this?  Who says?  Everybody?!?!  I guess you're right then, little voice in my head.  I won't do it again. Psst...read both Batgirl and Goldie Vance.  Just don't tell anybody I said too.

PS: Rafael Albuquerque's art kicks total ass!!!


Batman Day Returns 9-17-16



When it comes to my two youngest sons, it's usually a toss up between Free Comic Book Day and Batman Day for the best trip to our local comic book store.  Well, DC kind of sealed the deal with this year's FCBD selections to the point where my youngest asked me when Batman Day was after we left the store.  Well, now I can tell him, and you that Batman Day is happening on September 17th this year and I can't wait.  Here is the official press release...


Batman, Nightwing and Detective Comics Join up for DC Comics First Rebirth Crossover




It was only a matter of time, but it looks like that time is Late September/early October.  Time for what?  DC Rebirth's first crossover event, that's what.  I know that a lot of people have a big problem with crossovers (in fact, in our The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of the New 52 podcasts, a bunch of listeners and myself mentioned it as an "ugly"), but I am taking a wait and see approach here.  Plus, it's called “NIGHT OF THE MONSTER MEN!” and that sounds so damn cool!  Props also that Batwoman is involved in a Bat Family Crossover as well!  Here is the official press release...


Thursday, June 16, 2016

Adventures of Supergirl Chapter #11 Review


Take that Bebble-Rox-5


Written by: Sterling Gates
Art by: Emma Vieceli, Sandra Molina and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 13. 2016

Reggie is on vacation (lucky bastard), so I will be taking over his review for Adventures of Supergirl Chapter #11.  It is no big deal for me as I love this book and am a fan of the Digital First line of books in general.  In fact, I am going out on a limb and saying that I am the biggest fan in the entire world...possibly the universe.  There is this guy on the moon of Titan that has his own Digital First fanpage, but we all know he is just fishing for free copies.  You hear that Bebble-Rox-5?  I'm calling you out!  Please stop it, you're just embarrassing yourself.  Where was I?  Oh yea, I am a huge fan of this book and love the way that Sterling Gates is not just cashing in on the TV show, but using this comic to tell stories that couldn't always be told on the small screen (budgets and things), but still fit square in with the mythos of the show.  I also love that we are getting an ongoing narrative and that of course, continues this week.  So, was it any good?  Why don't you go and ask Bebble-Rox-5?  I'm sorry about that, you're here so I guess you can check out my review quick.  Here goes...


Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #6 Review and **SPOILERS**




Nobody Expects the Moss-Encrusted Mockery of a Man

Written By: Amy Chu
Art By: Al Barrionuevo and Cliff Richards, Sandu Florea, Scott Hanna, Ulises Arreola
Letters By: Janice Chiang
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: June 15, 2016

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

It is perhaps unfortunate that we base much of our criticism about a given piece of media in the way it concludes. Great works can be deflated by a disappointing ending, while poorer works can be recalled as classic if they finish in a satisfying and complete way. Then there are comic book miniseries that sort of stumble along for a bunch of issues and confuse even the most dedicated readers, when they reach their end there’s nothing but the feeling of sheer relief. No feeling of accomplishment, no understanding gleaned from the finale’s exposition, just exasperated relief that the job is done, and now we can live on without feeling encumbered. This Poison Ivy miniseries has been sort of like helping a shitty friend move than an engaging and interesting story, and I am determined to see it off. Join me, won’t you? For today is a great day: the last day I will ever write or think about this comic book.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

New Suicide Squad #21 Review and **SPOILERS**




The Truth Behind the Rose

Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Gus Vazquez, Juan Ferreyra
Letters By: Nate Piekos of Blambot®
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: June 15, 2016

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT BOTTOM**

Do you think there are a lot of jobs in this world that can only be performed under threat of being murdered? And I don’t mean dangerous jobs, where a misstep or accident could be fatal. I mean a job where, if you don’t do what’s expected of you, then you are killed. I suppose working under an evil dictator or for some kind of crime syndicate might operate at this level, but you don’t hear about it so much in ordinary society. I work in an office myself, and frankly I don’t think it would be a great motivator. If the option were to work late compiling long reams of data for some tabulated report that will never be read by anyone, or to be executed by firing squad, I might take the execution. Especially if it’s been a shitty day, like maybe if Gladys stops by my cubicle and wants to chat me up about her goddamned cats. Look, I like cats, okay? I told her I like cats. But that doesn’t mean I want to hear about their every idiosyncrasy for an hour every other day. The woman’s got nineteen of the flipping things, man! I don’t know if I should placate her or report her. So yeah, I might take the murder, and that’s why I’m not on the Suicide Squad. Those crazy bastards actually want to live. Read on to find out why.

Justice League #51 Review



Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Paul Pelletier, Sandra Hope, Adriano Lucas and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 15, 2016

Here I am folks, my first review of the Justice League book ever.  EVER!  Eric usually reviews Justice League, but since I have taken it over for Rebirth, I asked if I could just start right here, right now and he said "YES!"  While I think that laziness might have played a factor, I thank him from the bottom of my cold, black heart.  Before I continue, though,  I probably should explain the differences between Eric and my reviews so that you long time Eric fans know what to expect.  The main difference is Eric spoils the shit out of his books and I do not.  If that forces you to actually buy this comic, I apologise.  Also, Eric tends to use  "..........." in his reviews, while I go with the more subtle "..."  Other slight differences include...Eric quotes Gremlins, I quote Bloodsport, Eric says "Boosh", I say "Swish", Eric writes his reviews for little, ten year old Eric Shea while I write my reviews for all you people out there.  What I'm really saying is that Eric doesn't care about you, but I do!  Enough said, on with the review... (By the way, "Very good...but brick not hit back" Swish!)


DC Comics Estimated Sales For May 2016



Alright, I got the last Checking The Numbers in right under the gun because now we're looking at May's sales....... and good god it looks like everyone bailed on comics while waiting for Rebirth to come out and show us what superheroes are supposed to be about....... You know, except for those big books that everyone picks up no matter what's going down in comics.  Per usual, we're only looking at what we consider the "main books" that DC Comics puts out, so no collected digital issues or anything else that just escaped my radar, but what I will be doing for the next couple of months........ or maybe for as long as they stick around (because they seem to be the bane of Jim's existence) are the Hanna Barbara books.  So let's see how our favorite heroes and re-imagined cartoon characters fared in May.  Let's check it out.

DC Comics Announces More Rebirth Issues Getting Second Printings


I guess by now we can all assume that every issue that DC puts out in the next bunch of months will get second printings.  It really is no shock that it's happening, but I have to admit that it puts a little smile on my face every time we get these press releases sent to us.  I know what you're thinking..."what stupid joke is he going to say next?" Guess what?  There is no punchline!  I love seeing the success that my favorite comic book publisher is having and am glad that they can send these type of press releases out.  That's why I keep putting them up on the site...I am happy for them and I love almost everything we've gotten from Rebirth and don't expect that to change anytime soon! So, join in the celebration with the official press release...


Weird Side #23


Art and Words by: Paul B.

I don't know about you, but that banner right there makes me so dang hungry I could eat a possum off of a slate roof in the middle of July!  You know what I'm talking 'bout, right?!?!  I am so dang hungry right now, I could dance a slowpoke jig and still run the bath water until it's nice and hot!  You know what I'm talking 'bout, right?!?  I mean, I am so freakin'  hungry... -Jim


Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Chapter #26 Review



See What's Become of Me

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Mike S. Miller, J. Nanjan and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: June 14, 2016

Injustice has been a lot of things since it began all those years ago.  Sure, it's been a beat 'em up with over the top moves and fatalities that you'd expect from a comic tie-in to a  fighting game, but it's also been an emotional ride as well.  In fact, the emotional bits have always been my favorite.  I've been waiting for that since Alfred was murdered by Zsasz , but all we've gotten so far is a lot of fussin' and a fightin' and it has left me wanting much more.  Sure, seeing Batman beat the shit out of Superman has been pretty satisfying, but can't a guy get his fist-a-cuffs and eat it too?  Maybe this issue?  Let's find out...


DC Entertainment Celebrates 75 Years of Wonder Woman



I guess I have a thing for older ladies, because I love Wonder Woman.  75 years old?!?!  She doesn't look a day over 28 if you ask me and I want to know her secret.  Is it the shoes?  Move over Jane Fonda, I want the Wonder Woman Workout video...but only if it's on VHS.  Yes kids, I am old! Seriously, Wonder Woman is awesome and it's great that we are getting so much of her to get excited about.  They always say that Clark is the light to Bruce's Darkness, but Diana is the strength, honesty and courage that binds it all together.  Here is the official press release...


Dark Knight Returns: The Last Crusade Review and *SPOILERS*



The Boy Wonder Falls

Written by: Brian Azzarello, Frank Miller
Art by: Bill Sienkiewicz, John Romita, Jr.
Cover Price: $6.99
Release Date: June 15, 2016

*Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*


Pinch me. I mean it, somebody please drive to New Jersey and pinch me to make sure I'm not dreaming. This comic was announced to be released back in February, then it was pushed back... then pushed back again... then again... then again. By the look of it, I was expecting it to go the way of Batman Europa when it was first announced: Lots of hype, then disappears for a decade. Then one day, when Eric and Jim get checked into an old folk's home, it would come out to pull DC out of another financial crisis. Thankfully that's not the case, and now after thirty years, we learn what happened that made Frank Miller's version of the Dark Knight hang up the cowl. So what happened? Let's find out... 




Green Arrow #1 Review


Shot Through the Heart...

Written by: Ben Percy
Art by: Otto Schmidt and Nate Piekos
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 15, 2016

I think that almost everyone would agree that Green Arrow is already one of the most pleasant surprises of Rebirth so far.  It goes beyond the surface level excitement of seeing Black Canary and Green Arrow together again...for the first time, to a deeper level of self awareness on the part of writer, Ben Percy.  Self awareness and humor.  HUMOR!!!  Yep, Green Arrow is suddenly fun to read again.  Sure, Percy is going to stick to his guns and continue with Ollie being a SJW (I really don't want to write it out, even though the initials may be more annoying), but it now feels a little more like a comic book and less like a pamphlet entitled, "These are the people I hate in this world"...and I love it!  The Rebirth #1 was the best issue of Ben Percy's run on Green Arrow and I hope that every two weeks he keeps giving us the new best issue of this book.  Does he start the trend here?  Let's find out...


Green Lanterns #1 Review and *SPOILERS*



Wolverines!...... I Mean, Red Lanterns!


Written By: Sam Humphries
Art By: Robson Rocha, Jay Leisten, Blond, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 15, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's so weird looking at this book since we just saw the Rebirth issue two weeks ago and I know that it's been said over and over again that these titles will be coming at us every two weeks...... but I guess in my mind it was one thing to say it and it's another actually seeing it.  Here we are though, Green Lanterns....... and I'm pretty goddamn excited.  Yeah, I had an issue with some of the bickering between Simon and Jessica....... and how Charles Soule's run of Red Lanterns seems to be forgotten here, but overall, I can't wait to see these two rookie Lanterns get to show their stuff now that they're left alone to their own devices.  Sink or Swim, but I have complete faith that these heroes will swim their way into everyone's hearts....... because hearts are full of blood and you'd need to swim to get to it.......... I don't know what I'm saying anymore.  Let's jump into this issue and see how our Lanterns are faring and what Atrocitus' plan is for the Earth.  Let's check it out.

Superman #1 Review and *SPOILERS*



GOLDIE!


Written By: Peter J. Tomasi
Art By: Patrick Gleason, Mick Gray, John Kalisz, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 15, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's see how Clark White or the Pre-Flashpoint Superman does in heading up his own book without all the Lex Luthor, Doomsday stuff going on.  It's hard to have a opener for this book without going into what it's about because we've already had a bunch of this Superman doing Superman stuff already, but what I guess I'll go with is this Superman taking up the mantle of the New 52 Superman as a way to keep hope alive and all that good stuff.  Yeah, we were thrown some curve balls about what may or may not be going on with Clark Kent actually being dead, but all you need to know going into this issue is that our current Superman believes the New 52 Superman to be dead and wants to do good by him and that his son Jonathan has developed powers all his own and now it's up to some daddy/son bonding time to make sure that he uses his powers the way he should.  Let's jump into this issue and see what everything is all about.

Batman #1 Review


Dead Alive

Written by: Tom King
Art by: David Finch, Matt Banning, Jordie Bellaire and John Workman
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 15, 2015

This is the moment I have been waiting for.  After setting the tone in Batman: Rebirth, Tom King is on his own and ready to show us what he's got.  It's funny, because if you asked me a day ago, "What do you want from Batman?" I probably would have stammered and said, "Umm...something fun...maybe...and action packed..."  You get the point...I have no idea what I want from this book and that's kind of the excitement of it all.  It has the new book smell going and I'm open for just about anything.  While that attitude got me in trouble during my college days, I hope it serves me well here. Well, does it?  Let's find out...


Titans Rebirth #1 Review and *SPOILERS*



Sparks Are Flyin'


Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 15, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Goddamn does it feel like we need this series to kick some major ass after all the nonsense we've had with Teen Titans over the past....... well, in many people's minds since the New 52 started..... so we're talking some serious time that Teen Titans has been lackluster and personally I'm looking for some kind of deeper explanation about everything that went down in Titans Hunt because I feel that I'm putting a lot of the pieces together to try and have them make sense, whether those pieces are actually there or not.  So yeah, all of us Titans fans, whether they be teens or not at this point...... We need a win and hopefully this series is going to be the one to give it to us.  So yeah, we've gotten our Titans to come together after the events of Titans Hunt and now Wally West has made his way out of the Speed Force and wants to see what his best friends are up to so hopefully they can help him put right what once went wrong with the Universe........ not quite Quantum Leap style, but I'll go with it.  Let's jump into this Rebirth issue and see if the Titans remember Wally or if he's simply showing up to get his ass beat.  Let's check it out.

Scooby Apocalypse #2 Review


Things Get Real...
Written By: Keith Giffen & J.M. DeMatteis
Art By: Howard Porter, Hi-Fi, & Nick J. Nap
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 15, 2016

I really wasn't sure what we were getting into when DC announced their revamped Hanna-Barbera line of books.  At first, like most of the internet, I thought it was a gag... maybe an April Fools type of thing.  The more I thought about it, I started to come around... after all, Giffen and DeMatteis are responsible for some of my very favorite comic book runs, and I've always enjoyed Howard Porter... what could go wrong?

Well, what I found in the first issue of Scooby Apocalypse was a Giffen/DeMatteis story wearing a coat of Scooby-Doo paint.  Not bad, per say... but perhaps a case of two good things bringing out the not-so-good in one another.  I like tuna fish and I like Skittles, but put 'em on the same crusty roll... your tongue will demand emancipation.

Let's see if the second chapter of Scooby Apocalypse finds the sweet spot...


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

FIRST LOOK: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1





Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: Rafa Sandoval and Jordi Tarragona
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

With no backup and only his ring and battery to keep him alive, Hal Jordan streaks toward battle with the Sinestro Corps, while his greatest foe prepares to wipe the last Green Lantern of them all out of existence!

This is what legacy is all about, baby!  Hal fighting Sinestro, Sinestro fighting Hal, Eric fighting Reggie to review this book.  Yea, it seems that Eric has pulled the "Takesies" card and the matter is going to have to go to committee.  It all hangs in the balance and "THERE CAN ONLY BE ONE!"  Is that from a movie? Oh yea, it's a quote from Three Men and a Little Lady...I love that movie.


FIRST LOOK: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps: Rebirth #1


Written by: Robert Venditti
Art by: by Ethan Van Sciver
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 13, 2016


Van Sciver returns to the world of Green Lantern! In the absence of the Green Lantern Corps, Sinestro and his fear-inducing Yellow Lantern Corps patrol the universe as its sole protectors--but deep in space, a green light still burns. Harnessing the remainder of his will, Hal Jordan must become a one-man GL Corps to defeat his greatest foe and restore freedom to the cosmos.

Eric wants this book so bad it hurts, but he gave it to Reggie to review and I call "no backsies!"  It's funny, he wants it because he NEEDS to know what happened to the Green Lantern Corps after Edge of Oblivion...but he can still read it, right?  I mean, we haven't set up any rules about reading comics you don't review yourself.  Actually, we encourage it!  I'm wrong...we demand it!  Oh well, who knows what goes on in the mind of Eric Shea...or is the the minds???!!!???


PREVIEW: Poison Ivy: Cycle Of Life And Death #6



Written by: AMY CHU
Art by: AL BARRIONUEVO, CLIFF RICHARDS, SANDU FLOREA, and SCOTT HANNA
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: June 15, 2016

Poison Ivy and her Sporelings battle for survival in the epic final chapter of “Cycle of Life and Death”! The monster Grim makes his final move, the murderer is revealed, and Pamela Isley’s life will be forever changed! Plus, someone, or someTHING, joins the fray!

I am very interested to see how this ends for a couple of reasons, but mainly because...I want to see how this ends!  There are a couple possibilities in my mind...Poison Ivy being hauled away in cuffs for the various murders she's committed, her babies either dying or doing something awful themselves or, get this...the mystery that started this six issue mini being solved.  Imagine that!  I'm sorry if I sound overly negative in a preview instead of giving you the usual, "Can't wait to see what happens next" or "I'll be sad when this is all over" that some other sites give you.  I am just hoping for a resolution.  That's it. Who cares what I want or think, anyway...I'm not reviewing it.


Bleacher Creatures Announces New Teen Titans Go! Plush Figures




Just look at those cute little Teen Titans Go! Plush Figures.  When I tell people that I am a fan of plushies, they always look at me kind of strange.  Either they think I actually am a "furry" or it's just the fact that I am a middle aged man who likes soft toys.  Hopefully it's the later because in this case, I can say that I watch the Teen Titans Go! cartoon with my kids and we love it.  So, why not own a soft version of Beast Boy?  Sounds reasonable to me, right?  By the way, it actually may be the first, but only time (and a very detailed internet search) will tell.  Check out the official press release...

PREVIEW: Batman: The Dark Knight Returns - The Last Crusade #1




Written by: Brian Azzarello, Frank Miller
Art by: Bill Sienkiewicz, John Romita, Jr.
Cover Price: $6.99
Release Date: June 14, 2016

Before the Dark Knight returned…
The Joker. Poison Ivy. Selina Kyle. And the last Robin. 


What the hell kind of solicit is that?  It sounds like me when my kids want to go to the pool.  "Before the pool...Gather your wash. Clean your rooms.  The last Robin."  The part about Robin always throws them off, but that's what you have to do to keep them on their toes.  As far as this comic goes, I can't wait for the part where we find out that Batman was named after the dog and then he has to pick which cup to drink out of and when he does, some old knight tells him, "You have chosen wisely".  Yep, those are two of my favorite things from the Last Crusade.


PREVIEW: Scooby Apocalypse # 2





Written by: J.M. DeMatteis, Keith Giffen
Art by: Howard Porter, Hi-Fi and Nick J. Nap
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 15, 2016

The apocalypse continues as Scooby and the gang explore a mysterious facility that may hold the key to their survival. Little do they know that a particularly powerful puppy and his gang of mutated mutts are waiting in the shadows—and they’re ready to attack!

Those meddling kids have gone a started a god darned apocalypse and all I got was this lousy t-shirt. What?  I didn't even get a t-shirt?!?!  Man, now I feel like a real idiot!  I got a little bit of flack for my review of the first issue of Scooby Apocalypse and I'm hoping that isn't the case this week...because I am not reviewing it.  Chris asked if he could do both this and Wacky Raceland and I yelled "Yes"!!!  Here's hoping that this issue continues with what a lot of people seemed to love and that Chris is one of those people.  If not, Eric is up next!


PREVIEW: Titans: Rebirth #1



Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 15, 2016

Friends. Teammates. Titans. Donna Troy, Arsenal, Garth, Lilith and Nightwing were all that and more until a mysterious force erased their memories, forcing them to forget what they could accomplish together. Reunited with their memories returned, the Titans must destroy the interdimensional demon that broke them apart and threatens reality itself.

After everything that Titans Hunt was and wasn't, it's all lead to this and I can't wait.  First off, "Titans Hunt" was such a crazy name for a book and now we can all just call it "Titans".  Secondly, this looks like a lot of fun and Rebirth hasn't really let me down yet, so I have no reason to think it will start now.


PREVIEW: Justice League #51




Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Paul Pelletier, Sandra Hope, Adriano Lucas and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 14, 2016

A TITANS: REBIRTH #1 prelude! Set shortly after the formation of the Justice League, Batman introduces his new partner Robin (Dick Grayson) to the team just as it’s pulled into a deadly assault on Metropolis by mysterious creatures. Outclassed and terrified, the Boy Wonder must use his wits and guile to survive. And in doing so, he catches the attention of a foe that will alter the course of his life forever. This story ties directly into TITANS: REBIRTH #1!

After all the craziness of delays and a switch-a-roo with what was originally issue #51, this seems like a whole lot of fun.  I love Dick Grayson and any time we get to see him as Robin, I am all in!  I love seeing him with the Justice League...it's just that a young Dick Grayson alongside Cyborg just seems off to me. I guess we will have to see how that works on Wednesday.