Saturday, July 30, 2016

Future Quest #3 Review and *SPOILERS*


Tales from the Cr-I mean Vortex!

Writer:Jeff Parker
Art: Steve Rude, Aaron Lopresti
Release Date: July 27, 2016


Are you ready to continue the amazing journey that is Future Quest?! That is what I wanted to ask if the solicitation was true. In all actuality, we will be taking a few steps back this issue. What do I mean by that? Well, it's pretty obvious how Space Ghost, Dr. Zin, and the Quest family are involved with the creature from the Vortex… But I bet you're wondering how the Herculoids got involved? And what about Birdman? How did these heroes come to cross paths with the Quest family? That's what this issue will explain to you. Am I annoyed that we aren't pushing forward? Not really. Jeff Parker has already given us two great issues, and the question was probably gonna come up anyway. So how do these "vortex tales" hold up? Let's dive in and find out! 

Deathstroke #20 Review



From the Cradle to the Grave

Written by: James Bonny
Art by: Paolo Pantalena, Arif Prianto and Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

I have to thank James Bonny for making me a Deathstroke fan.  Actually, maybe I should curse him because I already have enough books to worry about without throwing another one into the mix. However, without trying to sound too much like Ice-T, I Care Now!  While I am still not sure that that caring will extend with Slade into the future, I do know that it is with a bit of a heavy heart that I review Bonny's last issue of Deathstroke.


Kingsway West #1 Review and *SPOILERS* - Just for the Hell of it Weekends

We All Got It Comin’, Kid


Written By: Greg Pak
Art By: Mirko Colak, Wil Quintana
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 24, 2016
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I don’t know about you guys, but I love westerns. I find them so entertaining and I like that, for the most part, the stories are all very realistic and grounded in reality. So, when this book came around, I was hesitant as it touted both the old west and magic. However, then I saw the one writing it was Greg Pak and I just had to give it a chance. So, is Greg Pak able to mend these two very different narratives into one cohesive story? Let’s find out.






Future Quest #3 Review and *SPOILERS*


The Birds and the Gleeps

Future Quest #3
"Birdman in... The Deadly Distance!"
"The Herculoids in... Mine-Crash!"
Writer - Jeff Parker
Art - Steve Rude, Aaron Lopresti,
Inks/Colors - Steve Buccellato, Karl Kesel, Hi-Fi

Never was a big Hanna-Barbera guy growing up... in fact, the only Birdman I know practices law and has a terribly annoying voice.

From what I can tell, and I may be completely off-base, this is the one "new" HB book that strays the least from the source material... at least insofar as the characters, their origins, and their motivations.  It's kind of telling that, with all that said, this is the one that seems to be enjoying the most universal praise of the bunch!  Is that nostalgia talking... or is this just good comics?

Let's hit it and git it...


FIRST LOOK: Covers for DC Comics Suicide Squad #1 and Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1


You can't seem to turn a corner these days without bumping into someone talking about the Suicide Squad these days...and I love it!  If you see me walking down the street, please come up and tell me all about how you love Harley Quinn, Deadshot and Jared Leto.  Jared Leto, especially!  That guy has eyes you could dive into and lose yourself for a weekend or two without even realizing it.  And don't get me started about that thick, lustrous hair!  He just has to use some sort of horse shampoo, I just know it.  Of course, he had to cut and die his hair to be the Joker (the horror!) and I am here to talk about the comics side of the Suicide Squad, not the movie.  That's why this is so great, though.  DC is finally learning their lesson and pushing their comics when the iron is white hot.  So, if you are looking forward to the Suicide Squad comic, movie or a came here looking for Jared's hair secrets, enjoy this look at the covers for the upcoming Suicide Squad #1 and Suicide Squad: War Crimes Special #1.



Friday, July 29, 2016

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 DC Comics Animated Movies


Welcome back to another exciting installment of Top 5 Fridays! Just in case you have been living under a rock, the most recent DC animated movie, Batman: The Killing Joke was released this week. This movie stirred up a LOT of controversy at comic con, but I still felt like it should be given a shot. While I may not have reviewed the film, I agree with Dan's review (Click HERE) at being OK at best. While it left an 'okay' impression on me, it made me think back on all of the other DC animated movies that have come out. That is why today I felt I should share what my Top Five favorite DC animated movies are. As always this list is opinion based, so if you don't see your favorite film up here, I apologize. Enough chitchat! Grab your popcorn, a large soda and let's dive into these movies!

Legends of Tomorrow #5 Review and *SPOILERS*



Tomorrow Never Comes


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

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While a lot of DC titles that aren't rocking the Rebirth moniker right now come off feeling like less compared to the newer stories we're getting, I can't help but feel that this title is the worse off because not only is it a six issue mini........ but it's eight goddamn dollars and it's full of characters that most people don't give a shit about.  Now, I'm not one of those people....... for the most part since I love Firestorm and Metal Men, but overall this series has been lacking in my mind and even reading it feels like a chore, which should never happen.  Hopefully this issue is just the thing to get me to change my mind and start singing the praises of Legends of Tomorrow with hallelujahs and amens and all that, but I'm not going to hold my breath........ at least not until I want attention.  Let's jump into this issue and see how Firestorm, Metamorpho, Sugar and Spike and the Metal Men are faring in their fifth issue.  Let's check it out.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Batgirl #1


Jim, Eric and Reggie get together to talk Batgirl #1. Batgirl is moving out of Burnside and heading to Japan and the guys are right with her every step of the way. If you are not offended at least once here, you are way better than us. If you like what you hear, check out the main podcast that comes out every Sunday Night with discussion and reviews of every DC Comic Book released that week as well as news, listener mail and plenty of nonsense. Enjoy!


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year Five Chapter #32 Review


Now We Even

Written by: Brian Buccellato
Art by: Marco Santucci, Rex Lokus and Wes Abbott
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

Okay, if you have been reading Year Five of Injustice, you had to be excited by last issue's cliffhanger.  Excited...not surprised.  Don't even try to fool yourself, we all knew that Hawkman was coming back to Earth with a heavy dose of kryptonite.  It's just that instead of handing it off to Batman, he showed up with a kryptonite mace ready to kick some Superman ass.  Now that is awesome if I say so myself.  So, I couldn't wait to get to this issue with the crazy notion that Buccellato could go completely against everything and have Superman die right here, right now.  Now that would be mic drop worthy and I for one would not stop clapping for days.  Of course, that is not happening so we will continue after the click to my review of what actually happened this week in Injustice Year Five Chapter #32...


Teen Titans #22 Review and **SPOILERS**



Smooth Criminals

Written By: Tony Bedard
Art By: Ian Churchill, Norm Rapmund, Tony Aviña
Letters By: Corey Breen
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: July 27, 2016

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Okay, here’s a bunch of Teen Titans storyline pitches you can have for free: 1) Tim Drake dies but Batman is going to visit for the weekend, so the rest of the team has to prop him and pretend he’s still alive for Bats’ benefit. 2) The Phantom Stranger shows Beast Boy a world without him, which is essentially the same as always except everybody’s allergies have cleared up. 3) The whole team joins the police force, and the ragtag group of misfits shapes up into an orderly squad when their beloved commandant’s reputation is on the line. 4) Raven and Bunker share an awkward seven minutes waiting for an elevator to arrive. 5) Power Girl and Wonder Girl get married and change their names to Power Girl-Girl and Wonder Girl-Girl. 6) Bunker decides to take the team to his old neighborhood, which turns out to be a well-appointed upper middle class Latin neighborhood in North Los Angeles. 7) I think this is enough copy spent on nonsense, go ahead and read my review of Teen Titans #22!

Harley Quinn #30 Review



A Squee Grows in Brooklyn

Written By: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Art By: Elsa Charretier, Hi-Fi
Letters By: Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: July 27, 2016

**SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Did you write the book of laughs?
And do you have faith in kicking ass
If the Joker tells you so?
Now do you believe in Coney Isle?
Can an amusement park remake the vile?
And can you teach me how to skate so low?

Well, I know that you're no supervillain
'Cause I saw you on Surf Avenue, chillin’
With some friends, all smiles and flirt
Man, I dig that dude Tony’s shirt!

I was a lonely, middle-aged ol’ cranky
Who said comics were poor and stanky
But even I had to grab my hanky
The day the villain died

So bye, bye, Miss Joker’s Concubine
Took the killer out of Gotham and she’s doing just fine
And them good ol’ boys that think it’s still eighty-nine
Tell ‘em this’ll be the Harley of mine
This’ll be the Harley of mine

Doctor Fate #14 Review and *SPOILERS*



Healing The World


Written By: Paul Levitz
Art By: Inaki Miranda, Eva De La Cruz, Saida Temofonte, Breno Tamura, Lee Loughridge
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While we're all out here being honest with each other, I guess I have to come clean and let you in on a secret.  I don't like this series very much at all............ I mean, I like the idea of a young Doctor Fate because I'm a sucker for a young hero story, but all we've gotten out of this series is a whiny fuck, who has really been lacking in the hero category and if you think I'm being harsh, in one of the earlier issues we saw Khalid cause a plane crash and whether it's true or not, I'm saying there were no survivors.  To my surprise though, the last issue of this series really got me interested because we saw our young wanna-be hero paired up with his Great Uncle, Kent Nelson, who if you don't know is the original Doctor Fate.  The only problem with that was........ I only enjoyed the parts where it had these two together and whenever Khalid had to go off on his own, the book became stale as hell again.  Hopefully with Kent's training Khalid will turn into the capable hero we all want him to be, but I'm not about to go and hold my breath on that one, only hope that this character can be salvaged for future use.  Let's jump into this issue and see if we're anywhere close in seeing that happen.  Let's check it out.

Wonder Woman #3 Review and *SPOILERS*



Jungle Love


Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Liam Sharp, Laura Martin, Jodi Wynne
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I feel so out of the loop with this new Wonder Woman series because it seems like I'm spending the majority of my time while reading an issue looking for something deeper in the dialog or in the art only because there doesn't appear to be anything really going on on the surface of this comic....... at least in the odd numbered issues dealing with "The Lies".  With a name like "The Lies" too, I have to wonder how much of anything I'm dealing with is actually happening or how much about what I thought I knew about the characters involved still holds up to continuity.  It's been a bit of work to try and understand what's going on here and really, I still don't know and because of that..... and all the other things I've said in this opening paragraph, I haven't really been digging this series and I really just hope beyond hope that things become clearer as the series goes on....... or even in this issue because I really want to be able to go into a Wonder Woman title and like what's going on and to be able to understand it.  Let's jump into this issue and see if I get my wish.  

Titans #1 Review and *SPOILERS*



I Wanna Reach Out and Grab Ya!


Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While for the most part we've been getting great stories coming out of Rebirth, none of them seem to be as important as this title here.  I mean, not only did we have the crazy Titans Hunt story about a Titans team that never was...... and then was, even though nobody remembered it, it then seemed to lead into the Rebirth Special, where Wally West knew all about some secret bad shit that went down in the Universe and now that he's out and about again in the land of the living........ or just not in the land of the Speed Force, it looks like him and his old friends, who had forgotten him are going to do their damnedest to get to the bottom of who screwed with time and maybe even figure what they're going to do about it.  Let's jump into this issue of Titans and see what these former teen heroes have up their sleeves for this series.  Let's check it out.

Nightwing #1 Review and *SPOILERS*



The Spy Who Claimed Not To Be A Spy Anymore, But Still Was Anyway, Who Loved Me


Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Javier Fernandez, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016


*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Nightwing's back baby!  Yeah, this might be a chant that you'd hear in the dead of night, in the middle of the woods from a super secret cult, who decided that reading Grayson wasn't for them because Dick wasn't rocking a proper costume, but with the Rebirth issue tying up loose ends to the previous series instead of really setting up where we're going in this series....... I don't know if that super secret Dick cult will be continuing their midnight rituals and chanting.  With that though, at least we know that Damian is safe from having his head blown up from the Parliament of the Owls, from when they placed a bomb in his face way back in Robin War so that they could have leverage over Dick and get him to work for them........... and that seems to be where we're heading here, but have we traded Dick spying on one organization for another?  Let's jump into this issue and find out.

Red Hood and the Outlaws: Rebirth #1 Review


It'll Surprise You

Written by: Scott Lobdell
Art by: Dexter Soy, Veronica Gandini and Taylor Esposito
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

This is my first crack at reviewing a Redhood title as Eric has always been the resident expert when it comes to Jason Todd.  I have read and enjoyed Red Hood in his various books in the New 52/DC You, so it's not like I am a newb or anything.  However, if Scott Lobdell does his job, it shouldn't matter if I am a veteran reader or someone fresh off the boat who just happens to stop at a newsstand and grab Red Hood Comic for some reason and then read it instead of looking for an apartment or a job.  So, did Lobdell do his job and is there anyone out there looking to employ a middle aged man with no real skills who will work for a ham sandwich?  Let's find out...


Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1 Review and **SPOILERS**



Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Starring Sinestro

Written By: Robert Vendetti
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomeu Morey
Lettered By: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: July 27, 2016

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Do you think there’s a form of music in the galaxy, maybe something rebellious and challenging, that has derogatory songs about the Green Lantern Corps? Maybe some crime-glorifying genre that complains about being profiles and needlessly harassed? I’d definitely like to hear it. I’m sure the Durlans have a thing or two to say about their treatment by the Corps. “Don’t hold me in your giant green pliers because I happen to look like some suspect! I’m a shape-shifter, dammit!” And then, of course, there would also have to be a Corps Benevolence Association that people could donate to, so they’d get a sticker for the windshield of their spaceship and maybe a special card that might make the Green Lantern Corps look the other way for minor infractions. See, you gotta know how to play the game, folks, sometimes you’ve got to spread the wealth. Unless, that is, Hal Jordan shows up at the scene, then all bets are off. That guy’s a loose cannon! I wonder what he’s up to these days? Hmm…well why not read on and find out!

Batgirl #1 Review and **SPOILERS**



Big in Japan

Written By: Hope Larson
Art By: Rafael Albuquerque, Dave McCaig
Lettered By: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: July 27, 2016

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Hey, did anyone hear any news about Batgirl in the last week or so? Maybe something coming out of San Diego Comic Con? No? Something about her depiction in a cartoon movie? Didn’t hear anything about that? Good, neither did I. All I know is Batgirl made an abrupt bow out of DC Continuity about two months ago, and she’s barely been seen since. I know she’s bopping around in Batgirl and the Birds of Prey, but who knows when that is happening in the timeline? I really enjoyed the last run on Batgirl with Stewart, Fletcher and Tarr, and I dare say they’re a hard act to follow—not only because of their book’s quality, but because they rewrote so much about the character and created someone almost totally new. So now Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque have taken up the task, do you think they’ll maintain the same Burnside flavor or is there going to be a stark tonal shift? Well Babs is off to Japan, what do you think?! Read on!

The Flash #3 Review


Flash Fact or Fiction?

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

If you come to our little site, you may know that I was not so happy with The Flash book at the start of Rebirth.  It's not that it was bad, but was more rehash and recap than I was hoping for.  That all ended last issue when Joshua Williamson finally put the past behind him and Barry Allen and got this book moving forward into a fun and exciting now.  It only took that one issue to get me pumped for this book and as of now, I am all in.  Does that continue after reading this issue?  Let's find out...


Detective Comics #937 Review



Fly Home Buddy, I Work Alone

Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernandez, Brad Anderson and Marilyn Patrizio
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 26, 2016

I have really been enjoying Detective Comics since Rebirth and the slow burn story took a nosedive into WTF territory last issue when we found out that Batwoman's father was behind Colony and Clayface saved everyone by "playing ball".  I have mentioned it before, but this is one of the books that makes me happy we only have to wait two weeks to get the next issue.  So, does Batwoman and crew save Batman and themselves?  Is Colony as badass as they seem?  Will Clayface get a callback? Let's see if any of those questions are answered in this issue and even if they aren't, is it any good?


Action Comics #960 Review and *SPOILERS*



Kids Always Be Yelling


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Tyler Kirkham, Rob Leigh, Ulises Arreola
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Since Action Comics has gone back to it's original numbering, alongside DC's Rebirth initiative, it seems that this whole series has been nothing but fighting and while I know that the title does have action in it, it seems like too much when we have so many things floating around that are just screaming to have their mystery revealed............. or maybe that's just me screaming.  Either way, we've got a human Clark Kent running around apparently with no knowledge of ever being Superman, who also has had a few lines making it seem like the New 52 Superman got him to go into hiding...... which is just crazy.  We've also got Mr. Oz peering in on all the action from his mystical entertainment center just acting like a creep, but since he hasn't really done anything besides that, I haven't been mentioning it in my reviews because like everyone else, I'm just waiting for him to do something.  So yeah, we've got all that and Doomsday causing a ruckus making us all think back to when Superman and him killed each other in The Death of Superman.  Hopefully we get more than just fighting in this issue so that I can stop screaming at a paneled page, but I'm not holding my breath.  Let's check it out.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

PREVIEW: Nightwing #1




Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Javier Fernandez, Chris Sotomayor, Carlos M. Mangual
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).

While I really thought that the Rebirth issue of this series was a little convoluted in throwing everything that it could from the Grayson series at it, without really explaining anything for new readers to really understand, I do look forward to this series.  I just really hope that the creators can make it something new without rehashing elements from the Grayson series or even the New 52 Nightwing series.

PREVIEW: Action Comics #960




Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Tyler Kirkham, Rob Leigh, Ulises Arreola
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

“PATH TO DOOM” Chapter Four: Wonder Woman joins the fight, but even her added might can’t slow down Doomsday’s rampage! As Superman comes face-to-face with the woman who once loved him, the Man of Tomorrow must also wrestle with the reappearance of Clark Kent.

While I've been getting a little frustrated with the amount of mysteries going on in this book, while the majority of the issues have been simply fighting, I do admit that I have a great time reading this series...... even if all those loose mysteries make me want to pull my hair out.  

PREVIEWS: Detective Comics #937




Written by: James Tynion IV
Art by: Raúl Fernández, Alvaro Martinez
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 26, 2016

“RISE OF THE BATMEN” Chapter Four: In issue #937, Batman’s found his way into the heart of the Colony, the mysterious new organization cutting its way through Gotham City! Unfortunately, now that he’s in he may find there’s no way out!





PREVIEW: The Flash #3





Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: July 27, 2016

“LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE” Chapter Three: In issue #3, dozens of innocent people mysteriously gain super-speed! But not all are heroic, and it’ll take everything The Flash and August have to harness the lightning before Black Hole does.


PREVIEW: Batgirl #1




Welcome Back, Come Again Soon

Written By: Hope Larson
Art By: Rafael Albuquerque, Dave McCaig
Lettered By: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale 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. 

Hey, Batgirl's returned! And now she's going to Japan for an indeterminate amount of time! The kids back in Burnside may not be able to tag along, but we will. I think this will be an interesting book, with Hope Larson and Rafael Albuquerque at the helm it is sure to be of high quality. But will it please everyone? Probably not. I remember a time when I'd get excited to see the rare episodes that Batgirl's bike raced across the animated credits for the Batman TV series. Now (according to the Twitterverse) it's like she's the most sacred of Gotham's heroes that must be always at the forefront, and there are very specific ways she must be portrayed. Go figure. If she does her kung-fu detective thing and has a decent amount of compassion, I'll probably be happy with it.

PREVIEW: Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #1



Let's You and Me Fight

Written By: Robert Vendetti
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomeu Morey
Lettered By: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale 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! 

Looks like Ol' Rush-to-judgment Hal is back at it again, this time streaking across the universe to punch poor, old Sinestro in the mush with a giant, verdant boxing glove. No seriously, Sinestro is old. We found that out in the Rebirth issue. Also Hal forged a ring out of his willpower, I think. Have you been keeping up with Hal Jordan in the last year or so? If not, you might want to give the Rebirth issue a look. Just sayin'.