Saturday, September 23, 2017

Batman Day: Top 5 Batman Animated Universe Moments

Sup Weird Science! This is Batman Beyond Mark and today is Batman Day! Batman is one of my favorite Superheroes of all time, and I’m not just talking about my boy Terry McGinnis. I’m talking Bruce Wayne here. Growing up I watch Batman the Animated Series, Justice League and all of the other shows in the old DCAU/Timmverse. When I think of Batman. That’s the Batman I think of. And seeing how today is Batman Day I thought I would share some of my favorite Batman scenes from the old DCAU/Timmverse in the format of a Top 5 List! I did however, set a couple of rules when coming up with this list.

1. All of the moments have to involve and be about the Bruce Wayne, Batman. Terry might a Batman and my favorite character but this day is really about Bruce Wayne.
2. The scenes need to have Batman as the focus. So, you won't be seeing stuff like the ending scene to the episode Baby Doll, since while Batman comforting Baby Doll is a fantastic scene, Baby Doll really steals the show.

This list WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS! If you haven’t watched much from the DCAU/Timmverse *cough* Jim *cough* Please go watch the shows in it! You have been warned!

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Realm #1 Review

Walking Dungeons Dead Dragons

Writer: Seth PeckArtist: Jeremy HaunPublisher: Image ComicsRelease Date: September 13, 2017Cover Price: $3.99

With The Realm we get a book that instantly piques my interest. In what is promised to be a mix of The Walking Dead and Dungeons and Dragons, we have a post-apocalyptic story set in a style of world we don’t get to see too often. Knowing next to nothing about either the book or the creative team I was able to go into this first issue anxious and optimistic. So without further ado let’s jump into the issue.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Gotham City Garage #3 Review

Gotham City Garage #3

Writer: Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Art Team: Kelly Fitzpatrick, Lynne Yoshii
DC Comics Digital First
Release Date: September 20, 2017
Cover Price: $.99

Hard Learnin’ & Ridin'

Gotham City Garage has returned for (digital) issue three. I for one have loved this series so far while being very intrigued by the world being built here. The majority of our focus at the start has been on the character Kara Gordon, Supergirl, as she discovers the world outside her former bubble of a home she was trapped in. Surprisingly after all that we find the focus this issue has changed to Big Barda’s point of view. So what does that do for the books enjoyment level, does it help establish this world even further … find out inside.

Best DC Comics Covers of the Week 9/20/17

A Little of Everything

This week's list is all over the place, in terms of DC Comics' publishing program. But there's one thing unifying all of them: they are all the best covers to come out from DC Comics this week. Period! End of discussion. Just check out the list and accept the facts.

Throwback Thursday: Conan the Slayer #1 Review

Conan, What is Best in Life?

Written by: Cullen Bunn
Art by: Sergio Davila, Michael Atiyeh and Richard Starkings
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 13, 2016

Hey guys and gals and welcome back to Throwback Thursday where I throw up reviews from the past for you to read in the present.  It's like a literary time machine...of the worst kind!  This is my review of Conan the Slayer from the Summer of 2016 which I am going back to since this week debuted the new Wonder Woman/Conan series.  Enjoy!

Throwback Thursday: Batman/Superman #4 Review and *SPOILERS*

Written By: Greg Pak
Art By: Jae Lee, Ben Oliver
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 16, 2013

Here is a review from Eric for Throwback Thursday.  It features Deathstroke and also, if I don't feature at least one review from America's Sweetheart, he gets grumpy!  Enjoy...

Throwback Thursday: Deathstroke #12 Review (New 52)

Don't Disturb My Friend, He's Dead Tired

Written by: James Bonny and Tony S. Daniel
Art by: Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto and Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: November 25, 2015

Here is another Deathstroke Throwback Thursday Review.  If you liked the James Bonny/Tyler Kirkham double-shot of goodness this week in Superman, then you should read their run on Deathstroke as well.  

Throwback Thursday: Deathstroke #1 Review

Back to Basics

Written by: Kyle Higgins
Art by: Joe Bennett
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 14, 2011

Fot this Throwback Thursday, I thought I'd throw a couple of Deathstroke reviews your way.  This was the review I did from the #1 issue of the New 52 for a segment we used to call "The Lost Boys" reviews.  Yea, we have used the Lost Boys for a bunch of things over the years, but hey, it is awesome!  Here is the review...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Batwoman #7 Review and *SPOILERS*

Down Here, We All Float

Written By: Marguerite Bennett
Art By: Fernando Blanco, John Rauch
Letters by: Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Another month has gone by and that means it’s time for yet another issue of the dumpster fire that is the Batwoman book. However, this time is slightly different. We have got a new art team on this book and James Tynion IV has (at least for the time being) left the book to be written solely by Marguerite Bennett. Now, I know that Bennett has a great love for this character but honestly, I can’t help but think this might have been better left in Tynion’s hands. Sure, his run on Detective Comics isn’t the best thing in the world, but I find it to be legitimately interesting every single issue. There’s always something that intrigues me and has me come back for more. Batwoman, on the other hand, has robbed me of my moral and despite my better judgement, I keep hoping for a new direction to get me excited for this book. Will this new storyline continue bring that to me? It’s unlikely but what the hell? Let’s just jump right into it.

Super Sons #8 Review

Another World

Written by: Peter J. Tomasi
Art by: Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez and Alw's Dave
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017

It's time for more Super Sons fun and after the ending of last issue, I didn't know what to expect.  Damian and Jon getting pulled through a portal?  But, to where or maybe even when?  Well, it's time to find out the answers to those and more questions as we jump into this issue.  Is it good?  Let's find out...

Wonder Woman/Conan #1 Review and SPOILERS


Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Aaron Lopresti and Matt Ryan
Colours by: Wendy Broome
Letters by: Saida Temofonte
Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017

I must admit I’ve been excited about this title ever since it was first announced. As a Wonder Woman fan of many years and a Conan fan for even longer, the prospect of these two iconic characters sharing the printed page was mouth-watering to say the least. That Gail Simone was to be responsible for the script only added to the anticipation. Simone’s understanding of everyone’s favourite Amazon princess is already well-established and her run on Red Sonja is compelling evidence that she can do sword and sorcery with enviable skill. In short, I expected this to be good. Even so, I wasn’t adequately prepared for just how enjoyable and satisfying this first issue was…

The Wild Storm #7 Review and Spoilers

This. Is. Wild Storm!!!

Written by: Warren Ellis
Art by: Jon Davis-Hunt
Colours by: Steve Bucellato
Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017

Well, we’ve had to wait a little longer than usual for this instalment of what is shaping up to be one of the year’s best series. It should come as no surprise to anyone that this issue has been worth the wait. Issue 7 marks the start of the series’ second story arc and sees an expansion of the title’s cast of core characters. It also fails to deliver on the dramatic ending of issue 6, but you can’t have everything, can you? Although we may have to wait to see exactly how Henry Bendix’s response to the revelation that IO has been stealing Skywatch tech plays out, let’s see what we do get…

Aquaman #28 Review and **SPOILERS**


Do You Believe in Magic?

Story By: Dan Abnett 
Art, Color and Cover By: Stjepan Sejic 
Lettering By: Steve Wands 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: September 20, 2017


You know, I still haven’t gotten accustomed to this comic book being monthly yet. It’s been like three months, too, but with every new issue I feel like I have to dig deep into the recesses of my memory to recall what last happened. And it was only four weeks ago! I think the longer lead time allows us to have Stjepan Sejic’s art in the book, however, so that’s a big win. Let’s see if my review of Aquaman #28 will jog any memories about the story!

Justice League #29 Review

A League of Trouble

Written by: Bryan Hitch
Art by: Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Andy Owens, Brad Anderson, Richard Starkings and Comicraft's Jimmy
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017

I have really been impressed with this last story that Bryan Hitch is giving us before riding off into the sunset.  While some have bemoaned the lack of action, I have loved the interactions of these sons and daughters of the Justice League and can't get enough of just them.  However, I realize that we do need some action and also realize that it's probably happening in this issue, especially with how the last one ended.  So, does this issue continue Hitch's hot streak?  Let's find out...

Harley Quinn #28 Review and **SPOILERS**


Mass Murder Does Not Preclude Your Eligibility

Writer: Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner 
Artist: John Timms with Tom Derenick 
Colors: Alex Sinclair 
Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: September 20, 2017


That last issue was…interesting, but now we’re back to the multitudinous storylines that comprise the regular Harley Quinn series! If I recall, she and Harley Sinn concocted a plan where Quinn would run for mayor and then something something. I forget, but I suppose we’ll find out in my review of Harley Quinn #28! Which is below!

Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #12 Review and **SPOILERS**


Eye’s Well That Ends Eye

Written By: Jon Rivera 
Story By: Gerard Way & Jon Rivera 
Art & Cover By: Michael Avon Oeming 
Interior and Cover Color By: Nick Filardi 
Letters By: Clem Robbins 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: September 20, 2017


Here’s the conclusion of what has turned out to be a 12-part maxiseries featuring Cave Carson, Wild Dog, Metal Men from another dimension, and a cybernetic eye. How will it all wrap up? I dunno, read my review of Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye #12 and find out!

Trinity #13 Review

Me, Myself and I

Written by: Rob Williams
Art by: V. Ken Marion, Ray McCarthy, Dinei Ribeiro and Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017

After a couple of false starts, the Dark Destiny story is in full swing and I'm enjoying it.  Just as long as Bizarro doesn't continue the old-school Bizarro talk that is out of continuity (and a bit annoying), I'm in.  After seeing all the characters jumping in and out of the book last issue, I may even be able to overlook that anyway.  So, is this issue good to go?  Let's find out...

Bug! The Adventures of Forager #4 Review and **SPOILERS**


Welcome Boston Bland

Storytellers: Lee Allred & Michael Allred 
Colorist: Laura Allred 
Letterer: Nate Peikos of Blambot 
Back-Up By: James Harvey 
Cover By: Michael & Laura Allred 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: September 20, 2017


Well, I’ll be…I’ll be honest, folks, I wasn’t sure we’d ever see this issue. Maybe in a forthcoming trade collection, but I’ve been burned too many times by truncated comic book runs and series to have much faith. But here it is, the new issue of Bug! The Adventures of Forager, ready for buying and reading! Is it worth the purchase and perusal? Well…you can review my review, and maybe get an inkling!

Green Arrow #31 Review

I in Team

Written by: Ben Percy
Art by: Otto Schmidt and Nate Piekos of Blambot
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017

The Hard Traveling Hero arc is coming to an end and while I love seeing books with cool guest stars, I think Ben Percy got a bit lost because of them.  The whole arc seemed to concentrate more on which member of the Justice League would show up and less about the story of Ollie taking down the Ninth Circle and clearing his name.  Maybe it all ties up in a nice big bow here.  Well, does it?  Let's find out...

Superman #31 Review and *SPOILERS*

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

Written By: James Bonny
Art By: Tyler Kirkham, Arif Prianto, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Let's jump back into Superman, where we've spent most of the summer going with little two-part arcs, while patiently waiting for Tomasi and Gleason to jump back on with their next Superman Family story and while I haven't been a fan of anything that we've gotten from the fill in creative teams, this issue has really peaked my interest because we have James Bonny and Tyler Kirkham rocking the big blue boy scout and I was a big fan of their days on Deathstroke back in the New 52, which makes sense for this story because we have ourselves a Lois Lane tale, where she intends on interviewing the Terminator himself and after Superman's confrontation with Slade Wilson in the Deathstroke series, I'm thinking that he's going to have a few problems with Lois going after her story.  Let's jump into this issue and see what this creative team has for us.  Let's check it out.

Green Lanterns #31 Review and *SPOILERS*

Back To The Future

Written By: Sam Humphries
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's finally coming to an end after so much filler and waiting and I have to say that I have mixed feelings about it because while I couldn't wait to get to the showdown between Volthoom, our Lantern heroes and the original bearers of the green light of Will........ it seems to be over too soon.  Is that weird?  I don't know, I guess I just expected more of this story than simple training and then booming off to action, where our heroes fix things in two issues.  Anyway, let's get you in this good and proper by having me tell you about the previous issue.  Previously, our Lanterns went after Volthoom and got the shit beat out of them, where we saw a bunch of our Lanterns die, but in the end Simon stepped up and took on the First Lantern without any ring at all and because of his courage and his ability to overcome great fear, the dead Lanterns' rings came to Simon, giving him four rings to wield.  Alright, let's jump into this issue and see if Simon can turn the tables on Volthoom and find out what the fuck happened to the Manhunters in this timeline.  Let's check it out.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Nightwing #29 Review and *SPOILERS*

Cold As Ice

Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Paul Pelletier, Andrew Hennessy. Adriano Lucas, A Larger World's Dave & Troy
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to get back to the Metal Tie-Ins and that means it's time to get back to The Batman Who Laugh's magic cards that grant wishes to villains, which just essentially means that they get a ring within Gotham to call their own and possibly become gods or some such nonsense.  It's all a bit up in the air still with what's going on with these Tie-Ins, especially since we don't really know shit about The Batman Who Laughs or what his real game is.  In the previous Tie-in, we saw Robin, Green Arrow Harley Quinn and Killer Croc make their way through Riddler's ring, where they solved his riddle.......... which was way better than anything going on in The War of Jokes and Riddles and now they're on their way to Mr. Freeze's ring, where we saw them come across Nightwing.  Let's jump into this issue and see what our hero of Bludhaven will add to this story and hopefully find out a little more about what this Dark Multiverse Batman is planning.  Let's check it out.

Batman #31 Review and *SPOILERS*

A Man Walks Into A Bar.......... Ow!

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mikel Janin, June Chung, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Even with the Ballad of Kite-Man being finished up last issue, it doesn't seem like we've heard the last of "Hell Yeah" and I have no idea how people think that Tom King has taken this "joke" of a character and made him legit by simply saying that he had a son that the Riddler killed because when you have a character just going around saying his name over and over again and then "hell yeah" afterward........... Well, he seems like even more of a joke than before because he's completely one dimensional then and adding the dead son bit doesn't change any of that.  That being said, let's jump into the penultimate issue of the War of Jokes and Riddles and see if any of the loose threads that have been dangling about in this story are tied up or if this is just another issue where you just have to blindly put the pieces together whether they make sense or not and just go with it.  Let's check it out.

Batman - The Red Death #1 Review

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia ans Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017

After the end of Dark Nights Metal #2, I was pretty pumped to see more of the "Dark Knights" that came through the gateway with Barbatos.  Well, I didn't have to wait long as this week starts the series of one-shots for each of the sick looking SOBs .  First up is the Red Death who is obviously the Flash amalgam and while he isn't tops on my list, I am interested in seeing how all this Dark knights stuff will be set up.  Was it any good?  Let's find out...

Injustice 2 #24 Review

Injustice 2 #24

Writer: Tom Taylor
Art Team: Bruno Redondo, Juan Albarran, Rex Lokus
DC Comics
Release Date: September 19, 2017
Cover Price: $.99

Ra’s Al Ghul’s Moving Day

I'm not sure how many keep up with me, keeping up with Injustice 2 every Tuesday, but welcome back to the regulars.  To those that read the hard copy, whenever it releases, I don't quite get how you have such patience knowing the story is out there.  However you consume your Injustice comic is fine with me I'm just here to fill you in on the latest chapter, twenty-four, so let's check it out Tom Taylor’s latest mini-masterpiece.

PREVIEW: Green Lanterns #31

Written By: Sam Humphries
Art By: Ronan Cliquet, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: September 20, 2017

“OUT OF TIME” finale! Simon Baz stands alone against Volthoom, the first and most powerful Lantern. It’s a battle of courage and will that changes both Baz and Volthoom forever.