Thursday, November 15, 2018

Chris and Reggie's Cosmic Treadmill ep. 115 - Action Comics Weekly: Green Lantern Part Two (1988)


Dead, Black and Green

Greetings, Jordanites and Jordanettes! In this episode, anti-Apartheid protesters Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) continue their look at the Green Lantern parts of Action Comics Weekly from 1988-1989, this week covering issues #615 through #623, and Green Lantern Special #1 from 1988! Providing biographical information for creators along the way, our weekly warriors go through every page of these issues, lending their arguable vocal talents and commentary. It's another oft-forgotten chunk of Green Lantern history, you don't want to miss this!

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week: November 14, 2018

Recover Your Covers

There are more comic books being made today than in the past six billion years combined––and each of those covers have upwards of ten trillion variant covers apiece. Yet I still struggled to put together a list of five for your perusal. I did it though! Does your monkey still amuse you? Will I get a portion of gruel for my efforts? Oh thank you, sir, a blessing upon your house and your children!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

First Look at DC Ink Title 'Teen Titans: Raven'


                  Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia, illustrated by Gabriel Picolo

When a tragic accident takes the life of seventeen-year-old Raven Roth’s foster mom—and Raven’s memory—she moves to New Orleans to live with her foster mother’s family and finish her senior year of high school. 

Starting over isn’t easy. Raven remembers how to solve math equations and make pasta, but she can’t remember her favorite song or who she was before the accident. When strange things start happening—impossible things—Raven starts to think it might be better not to know who she was in her previous life.  


But as she grows closer to her foster sister, Max, her new friends, and Tommy Torres, a guy who accepts her for who she is now, Raven has to decide if she’s ready to face what’s buried…and the darkness building inside her.

Plastic Man #6 Review and **SPOILERS**


Better Living Through Plastics

Writer: Gail Simone 
Artist: Adriana Melo 
Colorist: Kelly Fitzpatrick 
Letterer: Simon Bowland 
Cover Artists: Jason Badower 
Editor: Kristy Quinn 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: November 14, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Here it is, folks, the final issue of Plastic Man! I wonder if the thing with the evil guys and the lady with the wetsuit will come to a head over the kid and the Durlan. The only way to find out is to read my review! Or read the comic, if you’re so inclined.

Titans #29 Review and *SPOILERS*

Coconut Phone Anyone?


Written By: Dan Abnett
Art By: Minkyu Jung, John Dell, Adriano Lucas
Letters By: Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Titans has been in this weird limbo when it comes to the DC Universe. The title was sucked into a bunch of storylines that were going on in other books and hasn’t been able to develop it’s own ongoing storylines. Due to this, my enjoyment of this book has declined dramatically. Ever since the No Justice crossover happened this book has been grasping for air and frankly, it’s becoming harder and harder to hold on. Our characters are stuck, our story jumps around sporadically based on whatever is happening in the DC Universe at that time. Let’s just hope that this issue takes a turn for us and that we can get back to a point where we really look forward to this book. Let’s jump into it.

The Flash #58 Review and *SPOILERS*

Astrology and You


Written By: Joshua Williamson
Art By: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Tomeu Morey
Letters By: Steve Wands
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The Flash has been a bit… slow as of late. Don’t get me wrong, the comic isn’t bad but these new forces that have been thrown around and random plot points that haven’t been explained before are really bogging it down. Barry was told about going on a Force Quest but then it took us 4-5 issues for that to actually happen. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t mind that if we had some more going on but it just hasn’t. However, for all of my complaints about this title, I still look forward to each new issue. Maybe I’m part of the problem. Anyway, let’s just jump into this title and see where it takes us.


House of Whispers #3 Review and **SPOILERS**


Anger Management

Written By: Nalo Hopkinson 
Illustrated By: Dominike “DOMO” Stanton 
Colors By: John Rauch 
Letters By: Deron Bennett 
Cover By: Sean Andrew Murray 
Edited By: Molly Mahan 
Associate Editor: Amedeo Turturro 
Assistant Editor: Maggie Howell 
Executive Editor: Mark Doyle 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: November 14, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Last we saw Madame Ezrulie and her houseboat, it smashed back into the Dreaming and didn’t look to be seaworthy anymore. Maybe someone dreamed up a ship builder to take care of the dents? Find out in House of Whispers #3, which I’ve reviewed right here!

Suicide Squad #48 Review and **SPOILERS**


Do Not Pass “Go”

Writer: Rob Williams 
Pencils: Diogenes Neves 
Inks: Scott Hanna 
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb 
Letters: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: David Williams & Wil Quintana 
Variant Cover: Francesco Mattina 
Editor: Katie Kubert 
Group Editor: Jamie S. Rich 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: November 14, 2018

**NON SPOILERS AND SCORE AT THE BOTTOM**

Where the heck are we with this series now…still getting over “Sink Atlantis?” And then there was that one about Captain Boomerang as an Australian James Bond…by my count, this should begin a new story arc, and all of the thrills that might entail! So let’s not delay the adrenaline spike that will result from reading Suicide Squad #48, which you can taste by reading my review below!

Supergirl #24 Review and *SPOILERS*


Road House!

Written By: Marc Andreyko
Art By: Evan “Doc” Shaner, Karl Kesel, Nathan Fairbairn

Letters By: Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $3.99

Release Date: November 14, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Where we last left this book, Kara had just been dealing with the Green Lanterns after having found a secret message from a former guardian that revealed his role in a conspiracy to destroy Krypton. He turned out to be a member of The Circle and he has left a ton of messages around the universe in order to keep his secrets safe. He wants Supergirl to go and collect them so she can dismantle the Circle. The book has been fairly entertaining up to this point. It’s not perfect but few comics are. One thing, this book has succeeded in getting me excited for new issues. That’s more than a lot of books can say. Let’s just jump into this issue and see where it takes us.

Superman #5 Review



Nod If You Want Zod........ I Hope You're Nodding


Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclaire Albert, Alex Sinclair, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018


Superman has been a strange book for me since Brian Michael Bendis took over...... especially since we're getting more action here than we are in Action Comics, which I have been enjoying more.  With that though, I saw a glimpse in the previous issue that made me reconsider my stance though and made me realize just how good this title could be........ you know, aside from Rogol Zaar just wrecking house and Phantom Zone rules that I just don't agree with.  That aside though, I have hope and that hope will lead me into this issue, where we previously saw the Man of Steel strand himself in the Phantom Zone, while the Earth escaped thanks to the work of The Atom.  Let's jump into this issue and see if the good feelings continue.

Catwoman #5 Review


Pretty Thin, Riggs

Written by: Joelle Jones
Art by: Joelle Jones, Laura Allred, and Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018

I have really enjoyed this book since it hit the shelf.  Yea, I think it took the reader and Jones a bit of time to separate it from the Batman series, but I am glad we have a solo Catwoman book and I have settled down for the long haul.  With that, I understand why some don't like it as much as me, but I am too busy actually liking something to care that much.  Do I continue liking it this month?  Let's find out...

Electric Warriors #1 Review and Spoilers


Fun and Games

Written by: Steve Orlando

Art by: Travel Foreman
Colours by: Hi-Fi
Letters by: Travis Lanham
Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018

Well, I've been wanting something like this for a while. For too long, the Rebirth of DC has seemed to me to have a fairly narrow focus on a relatively small core of characters and the more obscure corners of the DC Universe have remained unexplored. But, no longer! Unlike the Electric Warrior title of the late 80s, Electric Warriors is in continuity and might end up bridging the gap between the DC Universe of the present and its curiously Legion of Superheroes-empty far future. Crikey! Buckle up, pilgrims. It's going to be a bumpy ride…


Detective Comics #992 Review


Two for Hack(ing)

Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia, and Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018

While some are waiting patiently for Peter Tomasi to start his run on Detective, I was actually looking forward to this James Robinson story.  I love Two-Face and liked how it all started off, but boy, it's gone downhill since that first issue.  Still, if you listen to our podcast, you'll already know how much I loved "Rootin'-Tootin'" Two-Face at the end of last issue!  Comedy gold that was!  Well, do we get some more laughs this week and does this story pick up the pace and give us all something to smile about?  Let's find out...

Red Hood and the Outlaws #28 Review



An Apple A Day Will Keep Death Away


Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Pete Woods, Rex Lokus, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018


Red Hood is all on his own, still tracking down the Underlife that Roy pointed him towards before he had to go to Sanctuary and break all our hearts by dying.  With that, we saw in the last issue that Jason Todd had found himself in a quaint little town and if you're a fan of horror stories...... Well, you know not to trust quaint little towns.  Let's jump into this issue and see what horrors this town hides and how it has to do with the Underlife.  Let's check it out.

Hawkman #6 Review



Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back To The Microverse


Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Bryan Hitch, Jeremiah Skipper, Starkings & Comicraft
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018


It's time to continue our quest to unlock the mysteries of Hawkman and what his connection to these so-called Deathbringers are and while we do that, we'll also see the continued team up of Hawkman and The Atom to get all those old fans of the characters salivating at bit.  This has been a pretty run of the mill series so far that has just been getting a bit stale as of late, since we're just doing the same thing over and over again, but this is our sixth issue so hopefully things will pick up here and everything up to this point will seem worthwhile.  Let's jump into this issue and check it out.

Wonder Woman #58 Review


Wanting More

Written by: G Willow Wilson
Art by: Cary Nord, Mick Gray, Romula Fajardo Jr, and Pat Brosseau
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018

I couldn't wait for this issue since it was first announced that G Willow Wilson was jumping on the series.  I am a huge fan and really, it's about time I look forward to an issue of Wonder Woman for once.  So, how was Wilson's debut?  Let's find out...

Mister Miracle #12 Review


The End?

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Mitch Gerads, and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018

Mister Miracle comes to an end and while a have received a lot of shit for not liking every issue of this series, my main problem has always been reviewing it as individual issues.  I've repeatedly said in my reviews and on our podcast that the nature of the book and the mysteries that seem to be going on throughout the series have kept me from saying it's an instant classic like most other reviewers, but that could all change with the last issue.  Well, here is the last issue and the question is, does Tom King stick the landing and answer the ton of questions that he has thrown out there?  Let's find out...

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

PREVIEW: Mister Miracle #12


Writer: Tom King
Artist: Mitch Gerads
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: November 14, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

It'll be a miracle if you can get through this mind-bending conclusion with your sanity intact! After his epic battle with Darkseid, Scott Free sees life a whole new way: he's the new Highfather of New Genesis, and he's madly in love with his wife and child. But what if it's all a lie? Did Mister Miracle really escape death way back in issue #1? No one really knows but Tom King and Mitch Gerads!

PREVIEW: Flash #58


Writer: Joshua Williamson
Artist: Jordi Tarragona
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: November 14, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

"FORCE QUEST" part one! Following "Flash War," Barry Allen remains the Flash, but he's no longer the Fastest Man Alive! With Hunter Zolomon on the run, and new forces such as the Strength, Sage and Still Forces unleashed on the Multiverse, Barry must leave Central City behind and travel the world to learn the secret history of the Speed Force.


PREVIEW: Electric Warriors #1


Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Travel Foreman
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: November 14, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

A new tale of the future DC Universe, set in a previously unexplored timeline-the Cosmic Dark Age! 
Years after the Great Disaster, the Earth has started to rebuild and rejoin the universal coalition. In order to prevent a galactic war, different worlds throughout the known cosmos have created a new system of competitive combat to give each participating planet their own voice in the intergalactic struggle. Each world has one diplomatic gladiator, chosen to possess the Electric Seed and fight for their homeland as the Electric Warrior! Each fighter forsakes their personal life in the name of peace. 
So what happens when Earth can't choose a single combatant and sends two instead? The bruiser War Cry represents the humans of Earth, while Deep Dweller, a shape-shifter from the Octopus Tribe, represents the animal kingdom. Can they maintain one common goal, or will they tear Earth's tenuous coexistence to shreds and destroy the rest of the universe with it? Oh, and War Cry also has a powerful relic from Earth's past: Superman's cape! 

PREVIEW: Detective Comics #992


Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Carmine GiandomenicoPublisher: DC ComicsRelease Date: November 14, 2018Cover Price: $3.99
There's a new Dynamic Duo in Gotham City-introducing Batman and Two-Face! What the what?! The Dark Knight is forced to team with old friend and current enemy Harvey Dent to stop a Kobra-sponsored terrorist attack. Can Batman really trust his life to a coin flip? Even worse, Bats and Two-Face are of two minds over recruiting the two Fireflies for help-if Batman's gonna work with so many villains, he may as well join the Legion of Doom.

PREVIEW: Catwoman #5


Writer: Joelle Jones
Artist: Joelle Jones
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: November 14, 2018
Cover Price: $3.99

A secret hideout is supposed to be just that-secret. So how did her new villain's criminal crew know where to plant an explosive in Selina's new pad? As if that blow-up weren't bad enough, the cops come calling and arrest Selina for murder. Locked up without bail, Catwoman finds that she isn't very popular in jail, and must fight the other inmates just to stay alive and avoid a shiv. Will she make a deal with her new nemesis, that cagey Creel, or is orange the new black for Selina's foreseeable future?

PREVIEW: Superman #5




Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Oclaire Albert, Alex Sinclair, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018

What could tempt Kryptonian criminal General Zod to reenter the Phantom Zone after years of imprisonment? As Superman tries to free himself from the Kryptonian jail and fight off the monster who destroyed Krypton, Zod returns to face Rogol Zaar and get vengeance for his dead world and its lost potential.

PREVIEW: Hawkman #6




Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Bryan Hitch, Jeremiah Skipper, Starkings & Comicraft
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018

Good things really do come in small packages! Longtime wingmen Hawkman and the Atom (Ray Palmer) continue their battle against the rampaging Moz-Ga in the depths of the Microverse, and though the heroes have shrunk, the stakes are enormous! That fateful battle leads our heroes to the next clue in Hawkman’s quest, one that will finally reveal the secret of his origin!

PREVIEW: Red Hood: Outlaw #28




Written By: Scott Lobdell
Art By: Pete Woods, Rex Lokus, Troy Peteri
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 14, 2018

Welcome to the Underlife, Jason Todd—you probably won’t survive! Banished from Gotham City and estranged from the Outlaws, Red Hood takes up residence in Appleton, a would-be American town that’s a secret haven for the criminal operators. When RH gets his hands on a crowbar and starts handing out some bloody justice, it really stirs up the hornet’s nest. And when a new Underlife member is introduced, Jason’s gonna get stung by the trouble he caused.

PREVIEW: Supergirl #24


Writer: Marc AndreykoArtist: Evan ShanerPublisher: DC ComicsRelease Date: November 14, 2018Cover Price: $3.99
Supergirl goes bar-hopping...in space! Hot on the trail of Rogol Zaar, Supergirl is on the hunt for the Krypton killer's mysterious cohorts known as the Circle. That quest finds the Maid of Might kicking over rocks at a scuzzy intergalactic dive bar, where she runs into Ambush Bug of all people-not to mention a wretched hive of scum and villains who want to kill her, too. But before Supergirl can track down Krypton's former location, her suit's yellow sun energy starts to run out, which is going to leave her gasping in the vacuum of space!

PREVIEW: Titans #29


Writer: Dan AbnettArtist: Minkyu JungPublisher: DC ComicsRelease Date: November 14, 2018Cover Price: $3.99
"MAROONED" part one! After their battle with Storrm above the Drowned Earth, the Titans find themselves lost...in space! Stranded on an alien planet-far away from their Earthbound responsibilities, with no means of getting home-they're forced to fight against an enemy that has been lurking in the shadows since the inception of this version of the Titans: their own inner demons. And maybe some outer demons as well!