Saturday, October 29, 2016

Frostbite #2 Review and *Spoilers*

Baby It's Cold Outside

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Jason Shawn Alexander, Luis NCT
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 26, 2016
Review by: Christian Faulds

Check out Christian's Podcast HERE

*Non-spoilers and score at the bottom*

The first issue of Frostbite had me intrigued. I will have to admit I am a bit of a sucker for any type of post-apocalypse story. The world Joshua Williamson created made me want to know more about...well, everything. A world ravaged by cold, but also a world also ravaged by disease. Even though we did learn what caused the world to be like it is and it did feel a bit similar to the movie Snowpiercer,  it had enough things different and brought the story down to a personal level that made it feel new and intriguing. Hopefully, this issue will sow the seeds it planted and keep it all as engaging.  Does it?  Let's take a look and find out.

Wolfcop #1 Review

Drink Up Wolfcop, You Earned It

Written by: Max Marks
Art by: Arcana Studios
Story Editor: Lowell Dean
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 26, 2016
Publisher: Dynamite Comics
Review by: Ryan Douglas

Wolfcop makes its comic book debut. Wolfcop is originally a Canadian comedy horror film directed and written by Lowell Dean, released in 2014. The comic continues to follow Lou Garou (Wolfcop) and his friend Willie Higgins. The two are broken down in the middle of nowhere far from their hometown of Woodhaven right at dusk. The two cross paths with a Nazi cannibal biker gang. After close to being captured they are able to escape. They come to find out the biker gang is hiding out in a warehouse close by. Wolfcop has the plan to pay them a visit and shut down their late night feast.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Weird Science DC Comics Comic Books of the Week 10/28/2016

Here we go again!  It's time for us to celebrate all the books that the Weird Science Get Fresh Crew decided were worthy of this list.  Yep, the best of the best, the creme de la creme, the pick of the litter, the beau monde...I could go on forever.  I won't, though, because it's time to get to what we came here for...the Picks!  And awaaaaaay we go...

Arrow Season 5 Episode 4 "Penance" Review

Taking the Heroes to Church

Directed by: Dermott Downs
Witten by: Greg Berlanti 
Cast:  Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, ect
Original Air Date: October 26, 2016

The surprise of my fall so far has been how Arrow has come back with a strong string of opening episodes to rekindle my interest. Oliver has a new team to run with, we have a couple interesting bad guys around stirring the pot, and our latest cliffhanger involved Mrs. Diggle requesting Arrow’s help in rescuing the mister from prison. Flashpoint has even had effects on the Arrow-verse resulting in Diggle having a son instead of daughter nullifying my earlier complaints about this season which seem to have been addressed. So without further ado lets jump on in where we left off last week and find out what’s in store for Ollie, Diggle, and company this episode. Will the mission result in either a Shawshank Redemption, crap covered escape, or an over elongated, Lets Go to Prison, type stay … read on.

Top 5 Fridays: My Favorite 'Costumes' of the Justice League

Welcome to this week's 'Top 5 Friday'. Why in quotes? Well, that's because today's list isn't really a Top 5, but seven number ones. With Halloween in only three days, I watch my friends and family rush around to complete their costumes for the big day. It also made me realize that I realize that I hadn't made a 'Halloween' themed Top 5 this year. So today, I decided to rectify that by covering my favorite 'Costumes' of the Justice League. Yes, they can be considered uniforms but as the President of the United States stated in Volume 1 of Justice League, "In our darkest hour, these people donned their colorful costumes and went into action." With that in mind, this list will cover my favorite looks of each hero, in no particular order. I will be focusing on the seven members of the Justice League (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Cyborg), but characters who carry the Heroes name (Like Wally West or Alan Scott) could also be considered for this list. As always, this is an opinion-based list, so if you don't see anyone/thing you like, I apologize. Enough chit chat! Let's open up the Wardrobe and dive on in.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Weird Science DC Comics Spotlight: Teen Titans #1 & Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1

Jim, Eric and Reggie get together to talk about two pretty awesome books. Hear why they think Damian Wayne is the best 13 year old ever and why every fan of Wonder Woman has reason to celebrate. Also, Jim got in a head on collision with a truck today and may not be in the right state of mind to record a podcast and Eric is a hateful person who misses his daddy. If you like what you hear, download the regular (huge) podcast that comes out every Sunday Night.

Future Quest #6 Review and *SPOILERS*

Action! Excitement? Raptors!
Written By: Jeff Parker
Art By: Evan "Doc" Shaner, Ron Randal, Craig Rousseau.

Color: Veronica Gandini, Jeremy Lawson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 26, 2016

*Non-Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Two issues of Future Quest in the same month? I didn't know this was a Rebirth! I'm kidding, of course, but I welcome this sudden appearance nonetheless, especially since the main story was once again cut down to make room for the ever-growing cast's backstories, this time it being the Impossibles. 

Last issue, the Quest gang learned of what Todd's parents were looking into: A tar pit which supposedly was the last resting place of the club of Mightor. The club has a connection to the Vortex, containing a bit of its power which gave Mightor his power. Before they can find the club, a F.E.A.R. squad, lead by Jezebel Jade, ambushes them while searching for it themselves. During the fight, the club begins to float off due to its power. Before it get's too far, Ty(the boy that saved Jonny and Hadji from issue 1) jumps and grabs the club, causing him and his cat, Snag, to turn into the new Mightor and Sabertooth Tiger! How will this hero reborn turn the tide of the battle? Let's dive in and find out!

Doctor Fate #17 Review and *SPOILERS*

More of The Same, Only Prettier

Written By: Paul Levitz
Art By: Brendan McCarthy, Mark Harrison, Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 26, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's almost over....... and as I write this I realize that if you're reading this review you're probably fans of this series and are getting annoyed at me bashing it all the time....... but come on, nothing has happened in this series at all and every issue seems to be Khalid just whining about school or about how he doesn't know how to use his powers.  While I'm all about heroes learning how to become heroes, there's only so much of the same old shit that I can take, especially when the character isn't even that likable.  I'd tell you about the previous issue, but it really doesn't matter as we go into this one since we're in the stretch run of this series with only one more issue after this.  Hopefully Doctor Fate is able to redeem himself in his eleventh hour, but I've read everything we've got so far and if it hasn't changed yet, I don't think it's going to.  Let's check out this issue.

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 10/26/16

Backpacks Backpacks Come Get Ya Backpacks

You know what's good about comic book covers? They are the great equalizer. You can dislike a singular issue, you can eschew certain characters and series, but you can still judge a comic book cover objectively. It's all about good design sense! There were a slew of great covers this week from DC Comics, but as usual I whittled them down to five...except for this bonus cover to Doctor Fate #14, which can be looked at in conjunction with listening to the attached YouTube video to simulate a heavy LSD trip.

Doctor Fate #14
Brendan McCarthy

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The Hellblazer #3 Review and **SPOILERS**

I Dream of Djinnie

Writer: Simon Oliver 
Artist: Moritat 
Colorists: Andre Szymanowicz and Moritat 
Lettering: Sal Cipriano 
Cover Artist: Moritat 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: October 26, 2016


Shouldn’t the Hellblazer be titled the ‘Ellblazer?

Think about it. Then stop thinking about it because it’s stupid. Read my review instead!

Injustice: Ground Zero #4 Review

The Joke Was On Me

Written by: Chris Sebela and Brian Buccellato
Art by: Daniel Sampere, Juan Albarran, Wes Abbott and Ben Oliver
Cover Price: $0.99
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Review by: Dillyn Chadwick

Check out Dillyn's Podcast, DC Bros. Podcast HERE

Dillyn here back at you again with another Injustice review. I’ve been loving this series so far. So you ask yourself, “if you love it some much, why don’t you marry it?” I thought about it but the relationship isn’t as perfect as you think. Let’s find out how chapter #4 looks like and see for yourself…

The Flash Season 3 Episode 4 “The New Rogues" Review and **SPOILERS**

Written By: Benjamin Raab and Deric A. Hughes
Directed By: Stefan Pleszczynski
First Aired: October 15, 2016

Last week was pretty ok. We had a cool meta who had magneto powers. Barry and Iris were trying to figure out how to date each other. Harry and Jesse came back to town and Jesse had speed force. Wally was acting like a wounded dog over it all. Cisco was chilling, Caitlin was really chilling as she explored her Killer Frost skills. Pretty solid effort all around.

Caught up? Good. Let's get into tonight's proceedings. 

Deathstroke #5 Review

Trash Talk

Written by: Christopher Priest
Art by: Joe Bennett, Mark Morales, Jeromy Cox and Willie Shubert
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 26, 2016

I had a bit of a problem getting into this book at the beginning of Rebirth, but each issue has drawn
me more and more into the story.  I would say that it's the introduction of Rose Wilson that really did it for me and this issue continues that...and more.  What is the more?  Well, Batman and Robin is the more and that's about as cool as you can get if you ask me.  So, does this issue continue the upward trend in quality as Deathstroke and Rose square off with Batman and Damian?  Let's find out...

The Flash #9 Review

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Jorge Corona, Ivan Plascencia and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 26, 2016

Now that Barry has taken care of Godspeed, we can move along to what I've been waiting this whole Rebirth (and before) for...Wally West training as Kid Flash!!!  We got a bit of it before, but it really seems like this one-shot story is all about Wally...or Wallys!!!  Yes, the Wally Wests look they are bout to meet and this really could be huge!  I say "could be" because I haven't been a huge supporter of this book lately, but I am ready to jump back on the bandwagon.  Please don't hate me for being honest!  So, did I get what I wanted out of this issue?  Let's find out...

Titans #4 Review and *SPOILERS*


Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Brett Booth, Norm Rapmund, Andrew Dalhouse, Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 26, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Wally West has come back to us and with him, the hope we were all missing.......... Well, maybe not all of the hope, but certainly a good portion because Wally West is fun as hell and I always loved reading about him.  So Wally, what's up with this Watchmen shit?  I mean, you've been back for five months now and we still don't know shit about why or how you're back and what you really know about the Universe being robbed of ten years.  Okay, now that I've got that out of the way, let's look at what we got in the previous issue.  It seems that Kadabra isn't too happy about Wally West and Linda Park possibly getting together because it doesn't match up to his version of how the future should be and it seems that old Kadabra knows some shit about the calamity or invasion that Wally was briefly talking about when he returned from the Speed Force and needs to up his time table so he's not interrupted with his big "I have to destroy Wally West" plan.  So as we closed out the last issue, we saw the villain kidnap Linda Park right in front of Wally and now we'll see what our hero is going to do about it.  Let's check it out.

Action Comics #966 Review and *SPOILERS*

Reporting For Duty

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 26, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Oh, Action Comics and all those mysteries you want to throw at us without even a glimpse of resolution in the horizon............ What the hell is wrong with you Action Comics?  Give me some goddamn relief already!  Who knew you could get blue balls from a comic?  Anyway, in the previous issue we saw Lois Lane being drawn into her doppelganger's life through dreams she was having that were compelling her to find out what happened to the once Superwoman, Lois Lane....... Yeah, I'm already confused too.  Lousy doppelgangers.  All of last issue simply led Lois Lane to this Universe's version's apartment, where she was confronted by Lana Lang.......... also a Superwoman, who didn't seem too happy to see someone impersonate her dead friend.  Let's jump into this issue and see if these two women can talk out their problems or if Lois' investigation into her double leads her to be just as dead.  Let's check it out.

Wonder Woman #9 Review and *SPOILERS*

Themyscira or Bust

Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Liam Sharp, Laura Martin, Jodi Wynne
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 26, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Wonder Woman has just been killing it between her "Lies" story and her "Year One" and I guess by Wonder Woman I actually mean Greg Rucka, who's been writing these epic tales.  While I've always liked the character of Wonder Woman, I can't say that I've ever been interested in her the way I am now that Rebirth has come around and made things interesting again.  Alright, that's enough gushing, in the previous issue of "The Lies", we saw our hero defeat Urzkartaga and with his defeat the curse on Barbara Ann Minerva was lifted, releasing her from her Cheetah persona.  Now that Barbara Minerva is back and not all about consuming human flesh, it's time to see if we can get our hero back to her home and find out what's been actually going on with her memories being false.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Batgirl #4 Review and **SPOILERS**

The Letter T…Tea…All the Tea in China…Batgirl’s in China!

Writer: Hope Larson 
Art: Rafael Albuquerque 
Colors: Dave McCaig 
Letters: Deron Bennett 
Cover: Rafael Albuquerque 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: October 26, 2016


Batgirl is still traipsing around the Asian continent…she was in Korea, last I remember. Or maybe she was on her way? I don’t think it’s cultural myopia to not recall Batgirl’s itinerary precisely, she’s done a lot of traveling in these last four issues. I’ve wanted to visit Okinawa ever since I saw the Karate Kid 2, and thanks to the first issue, I don’t have to! I wonder where she’ll wind up this time? Let’s find out, together! Read on! 

Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1 Review

Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

Written by: Various including Greg Rucka, Gail Simone and Brenden Fletcher
Art by: Various including Liam Sharp, Renae De Liz, Ray Dillon and Rafael Albuquerque
Cover Price: $7.99
Release Date: October 25, 2016

I love Wonder Woman!  While I am not a person who loves big celebrations, I will let that pass to enjoy throwing accolades at my favorite Amazon.  Really, I could try to wax poetic about the greatness and importance of Wonder Woman, but I live that to better wordsmiths than myself.  There are plenty of those, believe me!  What I will give you, however, is a review of this oversized comic book filled with pictures and stories that should put a smile on anyone's face, but will fill a Wonder Woman fan with pure glee.  I am of the later and believe me, I am filled with glee (and tacos, but that's not important here).  So, without further ado, I give you my review of  Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special #1.

Batman Beyond #1 Review and *SPOILERS*

Clownin' Around

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Bernard Chang, Marcelo Maiolo, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 26, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Batman Beyond is back in action with Terry McGinnis finally behind the cowl again and if that wasn't enough to get you excited for this series.......... Well, it looks like the Jokerz are going out of their damn minds by resurrecting their namesake, the Joker.  In our previous issue we caught back up with our futuristic hero and found out about how he was under Spellbinder's control for the last few months, but like I said, he's back now and on the hunt for Dana Tan, who's been kidnapped by the Joker known as Terminal.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Terry McGinnis can find his once lady love and if he'll be able to put a hurt on the Joker who's currently kicking his ass.......... Which is fucked up because he's all hopped up on venom.  Let's check it out.

Blue Beetle #2 Review and *SPOILERS*

Super Human Hook-Up

Written By: Keith Giffin
Art By: Scott Kolins, 
Romulo Fajardo Jr., Josh Reed
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: October 26, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Oh Blue Beetle, what has happened to you?  Yeah, while I like the fact that Ted Kord is being brought back into continuity, I feel like one of the best aspects of Blue Beetle is being forgotten because of it...... What I'm talking about is Jaime constantly talking to the scarab on his back and him trying to overcome its programming because it constantly wants to kill people....... Ah, the good ol' days.  Yeah, we have Ted to talk to now, but it isn't the same because the two are just constantly bickering and interrupting each other and it's because of this that it's hard to really get into the dialog of this series.  Anyway, in the previous issue we saw our two heroes investigating the disappearances of families in El Paso, which led to our hero taking on a shadow walking meta-human named Blot, but from where we left off with our hero being victorious, it seems that the victory was going to be short lived because Jaime was surrounded by a meta-human gang, known as The Posse.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Jaime's wearing the right colors or if Ted got our hero into a no win situation.  Let's check it out.

Vigilante: Southland #1 Review and **SPOILERS**

Southland, Where Everything Goes South

Writer: Cary Phillips 
Artist: Elena Casagrande 
Colors: Giulia Brusco 
Letters: Todd Klein 
Cover: Mitch Gerads 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: October 26, 2016


Authorities often take a hard-line stance against vigilantes, but considering the popularity of superheroes, it seems like a lot of the public would be okay with a couple of people taking the law into their own hands to fight injustice. I mean, pretty much every superhero is a vigilante, and those that aren’t usually work for some shadowy organization that is secretly funded and answers to no government agency. Of course, you can’t right tell a guy like Superman not to fight crime, but it rarely even comes up in conversation. So I want everyone reading this now to put on some kind of disguise and start patrolling the neighborhood for miscreants. The power is in your hands, people! Just don’t use my name if you get caught, I will disavow all responsibility. I have the perfect alibi, anyway: I was reading Vigilante: Southland #1 while any chicanery transpired. Don’t believe me, officer? Well check out my recap and review as proof!

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #7 Review and **SPOILERS**

Late To the Party

Writer: Robert Vendetti 
Penciller: Rafa Sandoval 
Inker: Jordi Tarragona 
Colorist: Tomeu Morey 
Letterer: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Sandoval, Tarragona, Morey 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: October 26, 2016


Alright! Another issue of Sinestro featuring Hal Jordan with special guests the Green Lantern Corps! This has been a very pretty, high-action book, but the contents implied by the title have not delivered. I mean sure, every issue has featured the Green Lantern Corps in some capacity, and there’s been plenty of that Hal Jordan swagger, but Jordan and the Corps have yet to even interact with each other, and it’s been more about Hal versus Sinestro and his strangehold on the universe. Well, they’re gonna battle this issue…I hope, so this should be it, right? The Green Lantern Corps swoop in to save the day after Hal makes a bunch of braggart quips? That’s what I’m expecting—let’s see if this issue meets or exceeds them! Because those are the only possibilities, right? For it to be good or great? What do you mean, I’m naïve? You’re naïve! Read my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #7 and see if I’m right!

Teen Titans #1 Review and **SPOILERS**

Make Friends and Influence People

Story & Visuals: Benjamin Percy & Jonboy Meyers 
Color: Jim Charalampidis 
Letters: Corey Breen 
Cover: Jonboy Meyers 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: October 26, 2016


The moment we’ve all been waiting for: a cleanly-wiped slate upon which to build a new Teen Titans. Sort of. I mean, Beast Boy is carried over, but he was never the sticking point of the team’s New 52 iteration. And Raven is the same character, but she lost her dumb Big Bird costume and hopefully her perma-scowl. But the others haven’t been on the Teen Titans since 2011, and this means this series has one of my favorite qualities in a comic book: potential! Ben Percy has been doing a bang-up job on Green Arrow and I love the artwork of Jonboy Meyers, so we have every reason to feel positive as we dive into my review of Teen Titans #1!

Suicide Squad #5 Review and **SPOILERS**

To Be One, Ask One

Writer: Rob Williams 
Penciller: Jim Lee 
Inkers: Scott Williams, Jonathan Glapion, Sandra Hope 
Colors: Alex Sinclair 
Letters: Pat Brosseau 
Back-Up Art and Color: Stephen Byrne 
Back-Up Lettering: Rob Leigh 
Cover: Lee, Williams and Sinclair 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: October 26, 2016


So here’s something weird…this issue was solicited as “The Black Vault, part 5,” but this issue is titled “Going Sane Part One: Shock Treatment.” I think there must have been some shuffling of issues and shortening of story arcs here, perhaps to make room for the rapidly-approaching Suicide Squad vs. the Justice League crossover. That would explain why we barely saw any of the Annihilation Brigade last issue! Hopefully that won’t be the last we ever see of Cosmonut, though, that guy was intriguing as heck! I want to see what other pictograms he can utter, and what, if any, are his powers. I mean, he could just be a guy in a spacesuit with a tack hammer for a head. I’d be fine with that. I did used to read Flaming Carrot comics, after all. I’m certainly rambling now, so let’s just tuck that editorial mystery in our “What the fudge is up, DC?” file and move on to my review of Suicide Squad #5!

Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #3 Review and **SPOILERS**

You Can’t Go Home Again

Writer: Garth Ennis 
Artist: Russ Braun 
Colorist: John Kalisz 
Letterer: Pat Brosseau 
Cover Artists: Steve Dillon and John Kalisz 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: October 26, 2016


Oh Section Eight 
You are so great 
From the bottom of my heart 
I wish this miniseries had eight parts

Check out my recap and review of Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #3!

Detective Comics #943 Review

The Gangs All Here

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

Monster Men is over and while I still have a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. it's beginning to fade.
 Detective Comics was the book most affected by the crossover and because of that, it was the book I most looked forward to getting back to.  Now we can deal a little more with Tim Drake's death while solidifying the team left in the wake of that tragedy.  Does this issue hit the ground running or is it just the beginning of a slow burn story?  Let's find out...