Saturday, January 28, 2017

Slayer: Repentless #1 Review



American History Slayer


Writer: Jon Schnepp
Artist: Guiu Vilanova 
Cover Artist: Glenn Fabry
Variant Cover: Eric Powell
Cover Price: $4.99
In Stores: January 25, 2017
Review by: Ryan Douglas

Check out Ryan's podcast, Columbus Comics Corner HERE

When I heard Slayer(band) was releasing a comic, I was curious to what kind of story the creative team would tell. Slayer being a metal band, I figured things would get dark. This title was on my radar for it having to do with Slayer. I’m not going to fake the funk and say I’m a lifelong Slayer fan. Playing in bands and loving comics, I feel obligated to give these sort of titles a read. 


Aliens: Defiance #9 Review



Precious Cargo

Written by: Brian Wood
Art: Tony Brescini, Dan Jackson
Lettering: Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover: Stephanie Hans
Cover Price: $3.99
In Stores: January 25, 2017
Review by: Ryan Douglas

Check out Ryan's awesome Podcast, Columbus Comics Corner, HERE

***NON SPOILERS & SCORE AT THE BOTTOM***

I haven't been reading Aliens: Defiance since the start and this was just a hop in a see what happens type deal. I've always been a fan of the Aliens franchise and more material on different media’s I'll take it. Let's see if anyone could jump into the middle of the series and get something out of reading this particular issue. 


Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Justice League vs Suicide Squad #6


Jim and Eric get back to the Spotlight just in time for the Justice League vs Suicide Squad finale!  Hear what they have to say and if you like it, give their weekly podcast a listen.  Enjoy!


Friday, January 27, 2017

Top 5 Fridays: Top 5 Characters I'd Like to see Replace Lobo in JLA


Welcome to another justice filled edition of Top 5 Fridays! This week we had the conclusion to the Suicide Squad vs Justice League event, paving the way for the Justice League of America Rebirth premiering in two weeks! I've been excited for a while now, especially with the lineup. The young Atom, ready to rise above like his mentor before him. Vixen, wielding the powers of the Red to fight evil. The Ray, shining hope like never before. Killer Frost, ready to prove herself to be a true hero. Batman and Canary guiding this team of heroes. And then there is Lobo... Just Lobo. Lobo... on a Justice League... They couldn't have thought of anyone else better? Well, I think I've compiled a few candidates that could fit better with this new team of heroes. Like Frost, I believe that the people on this list have a chance to redeem themselves or like The Atom, can prove how useful they can be for the greater good. As always this is an opinion based list, so if you see someone you don't like, I apologize. With that out of the way, let's take a look at the candidates for the newest team in the DCU.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Batman TMNT Adventures #3 Review


Batman TMNT Adventures #3

Writer: Matthew K. Manning
Art Team: Jon Sommariva, Sean Parsons, Leonardo Ito,
John Rauch, Zack Atkinson & Sean Galloway
DC Comics/IDW Publishing
Release Date: January 25, 2017
Price: $3.99

Does this Sewer have a V.I.P. area?

In a perfect crossover universe, villains of both earths would be civil to one another, sharing plans of world domination, finally able to come together and take down those pesky heroes once and for all.  However the characters in crossovers, much like people in real life, make bone headed decisions quite frequently. The end result, for even the most carefully laid plans of world domination, is never good for these lovable fellas and ladies and I for one would like to see that change.  So what do you think will Batman TMNT Adventures #4 be the first crossover to start breaking new ground? Probably not but let’s find out what happened anyway.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Lost Boys Pop Culture Pod Ep 2: The Last Jedi, X-Men and Babestation



This week Jim and Eric talk about the X-Men pilot, What about Barb? and Star Wars The Last Jedi...plus so much more.  Will Eric get to talk about Chuckie and what the heck is Babestation?  You'll have to listen to find out!!!

Future Quest #9 Review and *SPOILERS*


Future Quest Assemble!



Written By: Jeff Parker
Art By: Ron Randal
Cover Artist: Evan "Doc" Shaner
Color: Veronica Gandini
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 25, 2017

Well, it's been quite a while since anyone has covered the Hanna-Barbera World of Future Quest. I take full responsibility for that because this book needs to get covered more. The art is fantastic, the characters are interesting, the story makes it feel like a Saturday morning cartoon, and the action is just fun to see. If I had to say one of the Hanna-Barbera books were successful critically, I would say it's Future Quest.

So what has happened the during the last 2 issues? The team has split up on multiple fronts. Race, Agent Sumadi, and Linda Conroy went out to locate Dr. Quest who was kidnapped by Zin and F.E.A.R. However Zin is turned on by his organization, and with the help of Jezebel Jade, the pair plan to fight their way out of the F.E.A.R. HQ with Quest by their side. Meanwhile, Birdman has begun training the new Mightor as Omnikron finally pushes into our world. The pair pushed it back, following the interdimensional alien, and find the surviving Herculoids in the process. On the west coast of the country, The Impossibles try to contain an Omnikron as well, and by extension find Space Ghost(who is actually the lone survivor of the faux green lantern corps we saw in the prologue of the series), exhausted for fighting the beast since the beginning. During all of this, the kids(Jonny, Hadji, Buzz, and Jan) are left behind, only to get the distress signals from the Omnikron that the Impossibles are fighting. Buzz decides that they need to do something, and brings out the brain of Frankenstein jr.

Will the kids arrive in time to help? Is it the end of the world as we know it?! It's time to dive into the next exciting chapter of Future Quest!

Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin’ Heroz #6 Review and **SPOILERS**



We’ll Always Have Noonan’s

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: January 25, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

This is the end, beautiful friend
This is the end, my only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes, again

Can you picture what will be, so limitless and free
Desperately in need, of some, stranger's hand
In a, desperate land

The Hellblazer #6 Review and **SPOILERS**



I Forgot to Remember to Forget

Writer: Simon Oliver 
Penciller: Pia Guerra 
Inker: José Marzan Jr. 
Colorist: Carrie Strachan 
Lettering: Sal Cipriano 
Cover Artist: John Cassaday with Paul Mounts 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: January 25, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

So uh, let’s see if John Constantine finds the girl or the thing or his contact lenses or whatever it was he was looking for, okay? My review of the Hellblazer #6, right here!

Suicide Squad #10 Review and **SPOILERS**



Mommy’s Here

Writers: Rob Williams & Si Spurrier 
Artist: Giuseppe Cafaro 
Colors: Hi-Fi 
Letterer: Pat Brosseau 
Cover: Cafaro & Hi-Fi 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: January 25, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

This is probably PTSD speaking, having read that Night of the Monster Men trash over in the Bat-books, but this Justice League vs. Suicide Squad crossover hasn’t been all that terrible. I don’t know if I’d call it “essential,” but it’s got Max Lord, it’s got Eclipso, old school Lobo…I’ve been happy with it. So I welcome these tie-in issues of Suicide Squad, even though the other one was sort of disappointing. But second time’s a charm, right? Let’s find out in my review of Suicide Squad #10!

Teen Titans #4 Review and *SPOILERS*


Damian's kinda like a Mushroom...

Teen Titans #4
"Damian Knows Best, Part Four"
Story - Benjamin Percy
Pencils - Khoi Pham
Inks - Wade Von Grawbadger
Colors - Jim Charalampidis
Release Date: 01.25.2017
Cover Price: $2.99

Ra's al Ghul is my least favorite Batman villain... let's see if an association with the Teen Titans changes my mind...

Also... will any member of our team finally utter the "F-word"?  No not that one... I'm talkin' 'bout "friend".

Batgirl #7 Review and **SPOILERS**



Hipsters Ruin Everything

Script: Hope Larson 
Pencils, Inks & Cover: Chris Wildgoose 
Colors: Mat Lopes 
Letters: Deron Bennett 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: January 25, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

She’s back in Burnside! Okay I am really pressed for time right now, so that’s all you’re getting Read on for my review of Batgirl #7!

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #13 Review and **SPOILERS**



What Long Stories You Tell, Grandma

Writer: Robert Vendetti 
Penciller: V. Ken Marion 
Inkers: Paul Neary and Dexter Vines 
Colorist: Alex Sollazzo 
Letterer: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Mikel Janin 
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: January 25, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Now that the whole business with Larfleeze and Brainiac is done—for the moment—let’s check in on those ring-slinging wing-dings in my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #13! Right here!

Doom Patrol #4 Review and **SPOILERS**



Be Proud of Who You Are

Writer: Gerard Way 
Artist & Cover: Nick Derington 
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain 
Letterer: Todd Klein 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: January 25, 2017

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

After too-long of a wait, the moment has finally arrived: Doom Patrol #4 is here! The last issue was the only one I’ve ever legitimately given a 10/10 score, and my anticipation for the follow-up was tremendous. Surely the delay will dampen my enthusiasm, right? Find out when you read my review, right here!

The Kamandi Challenge #1 Review



Command D

Written by: Dan Didio and Dan Abnett
Art by: Dale Eaglesham, Scott Koblish and Keith Giffen
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: January 25, 2017

I will not lie, I am not a Kamandi fan.  I'm not a hater either, I just don't care for the character at all. That's actually the main reason why I wanted to review this book.  I want to become a Kamandi fan.  Maybe then I'll get invited to all those fancy parties that Reggie and Chris throw.  You know the ones, where everyone is talking about comics while drinking  pinky up.  I'm getting ahead of myself, though, and I have to first see if I like what we get here.  Well, did I?  Let's find out...


The Flash #15 Review



Mirror Mirror

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 25, 2017

Last issue ended with the Rogues looking all badass and all was right in the world.  There are few things that make me smile like the Rogues do and seeing them in all their glory was a real spirit lifter. So, I spent the last two weeks counting the days until this new issue was in my hands.  Well, here we are and while I read my comics digitally, we can all pretend it;s in my hands, right?  Now that we have agreed on that, was it worth the wait?  Let's find out...


Justice League of America: Killer Frost Rebirth #1 Review and *SPOILERS*



Cruel and Unusual Punishment


Written By: Steve Orlando, Jody Houser
Art By: Mirka Andolfo, Arif Prianto, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 25, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Killer Frost's redemption continues in this Rebirth issue, but after seeing it begin with the Suicide Squad backup and then seeing it throughout the Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad event, I don't know if it's really needed at this point.  Hell, if you want to get technical, we started seeing this change in the character back in the Forever Evil: ARGUS.  Yeah, Killer Frost has come a long way since trying to suck off Firestorm's heat and I guess we'll see the final leg of that redemption here before she joins the ranks of other heroes as a member of the Justice League of America.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Wonder Woman #15 Review and *SPOILERS*



You Mess With The Bull, You Get The Horns.... and Hopefully Help


Written By: Greg Rucka
Art By: Liam Sharp, Laura Martin, Jodi Wynne
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 25, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Wonder Woman's world is shattered after she breaks the "Lies" spell that was put on her...... or at least broke free of the faux-Themyscira that Steve and her were on and with that world shattered, Wonder Woman's mind kind of shatters as well.  After escaping Dr. Poison's Poison Brigade, who discovered Diana and Steve's whereabouts and tried to abduct them, Steve had no choice but to try and keep Diana safe as he tries to get to Etta Candy, who's on the run as well and the only way to do that is to commit Diana to a mental hospital, where she hopefully comes back to her senses before all hell breaks loose with Veronica Cale.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Wonder Woman's still bat shit and if Steve is able to get the band back together so that they can get to the bottom of what's going on.  Let's check it out.

Justice League Vs. Suicide Squad #6 Review and *SPOILERS*



Making Our Way To The JLA


Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Howard Porter, Alex Sinclair, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 25, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Alright boys and girls, we're finally at the end of our story and through it we've seen the Justice League fight the Suicide Squad, the two teams teaming up to fight the Lost Prisoners aka the first Suicide Squad and now that Maxwell Lord has taken control of the Justice League besides for Batman, it looks like our Dark Knight will have to take the Suicide Squad...... and Lobo and make them his new Justice League so that they can save the world from his Eclipso-ed out friends and as we saw at the end of the previous issue, Eclipso himself, now that he's completely taken over Maxwell Lord.  Let's jump into this conclusion and see how this band of villains being led by Batman can turn the tables against this gigantic threat.  Let's check it out.

Deathstroke #11 Review




Shot in the Dark


Written by: Christopher Priest
Art by: Denys Cowan, Bill Sienkiewicz, Jeromy Cox and Willie Shubert
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 25, 2017

It's Deathstroke time again and that usually means one of two things for me...pulling my hair out in frustration or nodding my head yes while smiling.  That's the problem with this book, there is no middle ground for me.  Last issue was the later as I really enjoyed what Christopher Priest was cooking, especially his explanations of both Rose and Jericho's powers.  Sure, there was some crazy street thugs straight outta Minnesota, but by the time Red Lion broke Slade out of jail, I was looking forward to this issue.  Now that it's here, is my hair intact?  Let's find out...


Odyssey of the Amazons #1 Review


Forever

Written by: Kevin Grevioux
Art by: Ryan Benjamin, Richard Friend, Tony Washington, Tony Avina and Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 25, 2017

I love Wonder Woman and everything about her.  Does that extend to the history of the Amazons?  Well, I can't say that I ever really thought of that.  Sure, I have read books where we get quick peeks at it all, but that is all about getting to Diana and the stuff I love.  This book (as far as I know) isn't heading that way and settling in on the pre-Diana history. Sounds intriguing and the mystery of it all has me pretty excited.  So, now that I've read it, is it any good?  Let's find out...


Action Comics #972 Review and *SPOILERS*



Let Me Tell You About My New Best Friend


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Stephen Segovia, Art Thibert, Ulises Arreola, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 25, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Who would have guessed that Lex Luthor would have to save Superman from anything, let alone a couple of intergalactic bounty hunters who are trying to save the future?  Yeah, they're really after Lex and Superman is doing his hero thing by standing in between them, but now that him and Lex have been boom tubed to a world with a red sun......... Well, our hero isn't exactly at his peak.  Let's jump into this issue and see not only if Lex and Superman are able to outgun and outwit L'Call and Zade, but also what's up with human Clark Kent seeing John in Lois' doppelganger's apartment.  Let's check it out.

Blue Beetle #5 Review and *SPOILERS*



Downtown Showdown


Written By: Keith Giffen
Art By: Scott Kolins, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Josh Reed
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 25, 2016

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I have not been a fan of this series and mostly it's due to the constant back and forth quips and bickering that our characters are written as having.......... and because of the complete disregard of the New 52 continuity to this character..... but mostly the dialog.  I've seen issues of this where the dialog is so overwhelming that it overshadows the art completely....... and really, it didn't need to be there because we gained nothing from it.  Yeah, I'm a negative Nancy when it comes to this book because I really want to love it since I'm a fan of the character and even though I come into each issue with optimistic eyes, I leave wishing that we'd gotten a different book instead of Blue Beetle all together because I just simply don't want another Beetle series to fail.  In our previous issue, we saw Jaime being checked out by Teri Magnus and we discovered that the scarab had mutated Jaime's skeletal structure, but because Ted is keeping everything hush-hush, he doesn't tell Jaime.  Mostly though, we saw that Ted had a connection to the scarab before Jaime and him ever met.  Let's jump into this issue and see where our story goes from there.

Batman Beyond #4 Review and *SPOILERS*



Suit Up


Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Pete Woods, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 25, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

So much for Terry clowin' around.  That's right, even though we went through this whole scheme of dressing up as a Joker and creating a backstory so that our hero could infiltrate the Jokerz, it seems that it was all for not because within one issue of this, Terry's found out and we ended the last issue with him being strung upside down in front of a building, while the Jokerz below shot acid at him.  Luckily, we do have some other irons in the fire, with Matt McGinnis sneaking his way through Jokerz Town with a prototype Bat suit for his brother and we also found out that Bruce Wayne is alive........ and kind of well and that Terminal is making everyone believe that he's the Joker and that he's bringing him back to life so that he can keep the former Batman in a coma so that he can continue siphoning funds from the Wayne bank accounts........ I don't know what money means to anyone in a post Brother Eye invaded world or why the bank accounts are still active, but hey, I'll go with it as we jump into this issue and hopefully see Terry discovering that his mentor is alive and him getting back to being Batman, suit and all.  Let's check it out.

Detective Comics #949 Review



Written by: James Tynion and Marguerite Bennett
Art by: Ben Oliver, Szymon Kudranski, Gabe Eltaeb, and Marilyn Patrizio
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: January 25, 2017


I can't wait for the Batwoman book so of course, I couldn't wait for the Batwoman Begins story as well.  Unfortunately, I thought last issue had less Batwoman and more Monster Men and that's a recipe for disaster in my book.  However, I loved the bits we did get with Kate training to be Batwoman with her father, Jacob.  Of course, there was that Monster Men thing that pretty much stunk up the proceedings and brought it way down.  So, does this finale show us more Batwoman?  Let's find out...


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW: Sixpack and Dogwelder: Hard-Travelin' Heroz #6

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My Liver's Turning Blue and There's Nothing I Can Do

Writer: Garth Ennis 
Artist: Russ Braun 
Colorist: John Kalisz 
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Cover: Steve Dillon and John Kalisz
Assistant Editor: Brittany Holznerr
Group Editor: Marie Javins 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: January 25, 2017

All systems go, Section Eight! The last line of defense for Noonan’s Bar, Gotham City and the entire planet blasts out of Earth’s atmosphere on a stolen space shuttle. The most epic buddy story in history continues as Sixpack and Dogwelder take their brand of social justice to the stars.

This is it, folks, the grand finale of Hard-Travelin' Heroz! Here, Dogwelder should learn his purpose, and hopefully save the universe from annihilation. I have dinner plans next week, so I need reality to remain intact for a little while. Look below for some preview pages!

PREVIEW: Justice League of America: Killer Frost Rebirth #1




Written By: Steve Orlando, Jody Houser
Art By: Mirka Andolfo, Arif Prianto, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99


Release Date: January 25, 2017

SPINNING OUT OF THE PAGES OF JUSTICE LEAGUE VS. SUICIDE SQUAD! What happens to a super-villain on their last day in Belle Reve Prison? Against all odds, Killer Frost is up for parole from the Suicide Squad, but you can bet Amanda Waller isn’t going to make it easy for Frost to join the new JLA.

The final one-shot before we get to our JLA series next month, but I hope that DC doesn't shove too much Killer Frost down our throats before we get it because while I really like the character, we've been getting a whole lot of her lately.  I have high hopes though.