Saturday, March 3, 2018

Gasolina #6 Review

Watching the detectives

Written by: Sean Mackiewicz
Art by: Niko Walter
Colors by: Matt Lopes
Publisher: Image
Review by: Andrew McAvoy

This issue sees us reunited with Detective Arguello. Old Arguello may think that he has seen enough horrors over the course of his career. Investigating the monsters of Los Queridos is about to push him past his breaking point…let's see what its all about in the final issue of Gasolina's first arc.

Days Of Hate #2 Review

"Days I remember all my life..."

Written by Ales Kot
Drawn by Danijel Zezelj
Colored by Jordie Bellaire
Published by Image
Reviewed by: Andrew McAvoy

The first issue in this 12 issue series really bowled me over. I thought it was really brave in terms of the sheer magnitude of the story it was telling. It was a dirty grimy look at life in 2022 on the basis of the West's current trajectory. Let's see how the story continues in this issue.

Crosswind Vol. 1 Review

A change is as good as a rest

Written by: Gail Simone
Art by: Cat Staggs
Publisher: Image
Review by: Andrew McAvoy 

Take one slick and ruthless Chicago hitman. Add a smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife. Then throw in an inexplicable event forcing each of them - their bodies, souls, and lives - to be switched. Then sit, back relax and enjoy the ride. Crosswind Volume 1 is officially out this week, and it's well worth picking up.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1

Check out our Patreon.  For as little as $1 a month, you can help support the podcast! This week's Patreon Spotlight: Terrifics #1 and The Hellblazer #19

Chris and Reggie's Cosmic Treadmill ep. 79 - WCW: World Championship Wrestling #1 (1992)

Tutti Frutti

Good evening, comics enthusiasts, and let's get ready to rumble! This week, the tag team comic book podcasters Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) dive into an extreme era of professional wrestling when they read Mike Lackey and Ron Wilson's WCW: World Championship Wrestling #1, published by Marvel Comics in 1992! After some biographical information about the creators--and wrestlers!--and a brief, but detailed, history of WCW, they head right into the squared circle and describe the blow-by-blow of this issue. Then they'll talk about other wrestling comics, wrestling in comics, and comics in wrestling! It's not over until someone taps out or gets thrown in a casket, so sit back and enjoy the ride!

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week 2/28/18

Get In Where You Fit In

Huh?! Who's that?? Covers? Wha...? It's that time again, folks, that I list five comic book covers that came out from DC Comics this week, and comment on them in such a way as to imply that they are getting better as they go along. It's a fun and silly exercise, won't you play with me?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Ruff and Reddy Show #5 Review

Tired. So Tired.

Written by: Howard Chaykin
Art by: Mac Rey
Letters by: Ken Bruzenak
Price: $3.99

It's time for The Ruff and Reddy Show. Despite Mac Rey's charming and effective art, Howard Chaykin's tale of showbiz shenanigans and sleaze, while rich with pop culture references and a number of amusing one-liners, has appeared to be nothing more than a collection of gags in search of a decent storyline. Last issue saw at least some progress in that direction with our pair of comeback comedians, having jettisoned their hardworking agent Pamela, looked as if they might be in for some payback Hollywood style. While her threat appears to have been nullified, it's been made clear that Ruff and Reddy are too volatile a combination to be trouble-free for long. Is this the issue where things finally start to fall apart? There's only one way to find out…

Motherlands #2 Review and **SPOILERS**

Have No Fear, Penis-Man Is Here

Written by: Simon Spurrier
Art by: Stephen Byrne, Felipe Sobreiro, and Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 28, 2018


This series got off to a solid start, but nowhere near great. It has all the potential in the world to be a really great story moving forward, but it's a little rough around the edges. If Simon Spurrier can tighten up the narrative a little bit while going easier on the "mature" aspects of the storytelling, then this has all the makings of a really fun read. So, let's take a gander and see if he was able to do that with this one.

Imaginary Fiends #4 Review and **SPOILERS**

I Need You To See Me

Written by: Tim Seeley
Art by: Stephen Molnar, Quinton Winter, and Carlos M. Mangual
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 28, 2018


This series has shocked me to this point. I don't consider myself a Tim Seeley fan, but the first three issues of Imaginary Fiends have been an absolute blast to read. Not only is the story fun, creepy, and engaging, but the art from Stephen Molnar and Quinton Winter has been fantastic as well. Polly Peachpit is one of the strangest ideas for a character I've ever read, but the way her and Melba's stories are being told has me wishing this book came out weekly. I have absolutely no clue where this series is headed, but I sure am happy to be along for the ride.

The Silencer #2 Review

They Keep Pulling Me Back In!

Written by: John Romita Jr and Dan Abnett
Art by: John Romita Jr, Sandra Hope, Dean White, Arif Prianto, and Tom Napolitano
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 28, 2018

The New Age continues, and so far I don't think it's entirely successful. Sure, that may be a bit of a premature thing to say, but they have failed to hook me thus far. The same can be said for The Silencer. I enjoyed the first issue well enough but this time around… well, you just have to read on!

Justice League of America #25 Review

Nobody's Listening

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Miguel Mendonca, Mikyu Jung, Dexter Vines, Chris Sotomayor and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 28, 2018

Here we are with the last story of Steve Orlando's run of Justice League of America and while I'm not sad to see it go, I will miss bits of it.  You know, Lobo's ridiculous dialogue, Ryan's roller coaster ride of emotions and the Ray throwing more shade at Batman than a Redwood.  On second thought, I probably won't miss anything at all!  So, does the book's last arc start off kicking ass?  Let's find out...

Flash #41 Review

Running in Neutral

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Carlos D'Anda, Luis Guerrero, and Steve Wands
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 28, 2018

I can't wait for the Flash War!  Yea, I thought it was starting way before it really is, but I guess that will only make me crave it even more.  At least I get some Gorilla Grodd action until then and that is never a bad thing.  So, does Barry not having powers lead to something new and fresh?  Let's find out...

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #2 Review and **SPOILERS**

I have no mouth and I must yawn

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #2

"A Look of Fear"
Writer: Marv Wolfman 
Artist: Pop Mhan 
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski 
Letterer: Saida Temofonte 
Cover Price: $3.99 
On Sale Date: February 28, 2018

Hey, did we already drop the "The Girl With Anime Eyes" story title?  Sure looks that way.

Wonder what that might mean...

Before we get there, let's briefly chat about Raven.  Did you ever hear the one about her father being Trigon the Terrible?  Yeah?  Well, we're about to again.

Teen Titans #17 Review and **SPOILERS**

Monkey Chicken Pickle Bucket

Teen Titans #17

"It Ain't Easy Being Green, Part 1"
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Penciller: Scot Eaton
Inker: Wayne Faucher
Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
Letterer: Corey Breen
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: February 28, 2018

Here we are about to read Teen Titans... and I'm practically giddy!

Let's not get it twisted, I'm not really looking forward to a Beast Boy-centric Titans romp... but, I'm so happy not to see the words "Milk Wars" atop a book I'm reviewing I can hardly contain myself!

Wonder Woman #41 Review and *SPOILERS*

Recap and Single Panel Action

Written By: James Robinson
Art By: Stephen Segovia, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 28, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

In our previous issue we saw Jason taken by some form of purple energy and while I don't know what that energy was, I know we're dealing with Darkseid and Grail so at this point I have to assume that one has to do with the other.......... but we all know what happens when you assume....... so..... let's just leave it at that.  Let's jump into this issue and see what Darkseid has planned and if Wonder Woman will ever get her brother back.  Let's check it out.

The Hellblazer #19 Review and **SPOILERS**


Love What You’ve Done With the Place

Writer: Tim Seeley 
Penciller: Davide Fabbri 
Inker: Christian Daila Vecchia 
Colorist: Carrie Strachan 
Lettering: Sal Cipriano 
Cover Artist: Tim Seeley with Chris Sotomayor 
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: February 28, 2018


If you’re reading my reviews for this series, you know I wasn’t too keen on the last three issues. But now, Tim Seeley is back, and he’s written the best John Constantine that I’ve seen since Tynion IV and Riley Rossmo were on this title (when the title was actually different.) So I am feeling very positive about what may lie between the covers of The Hellblazer #19, but are these good feelings warranted, once the comic is read? Check out my review and find out!

Suicide Squad #36 Review and **SPOILERS**

It’s Hack—And She’s On the Attack!

Writer: Rob Williams 
Pencils: Eduardo Pansica 
Inks: Julio Ferreira 
Colors: Adriano Lucas 
Letters: Pat Brosseau 
Cover: David Yardin
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: February 28, 2018


Hack is back 
And she’s on the attack 
So step back 
She’s young and black 
And not wack 
Huh uh huh huh uh 
Um…she’s got computer powers 
And, uh, she’s the woman of the hour 
Ahh forget it, just read my review of Suicide Squad #36, right now!

Batgirl #20 Review and **SPOILERS**

None Can Withstand My Niceness Beam

Writer: Hope Larson 
Artist: Sam Basri 
Colors: Jessica Kholinne 
Letters: Deron Bennett 
Main Cover: Dan Mora 
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: February 28, 2018


Oh man, another issue of Batgirl. Set internal mood to “goofy” and dive right into my review of Batgirl #20, commencing now!

The Demon: Hell is Earth #4 Review and **SPOILERS**


Let Etrigan Be Etrigan

Writer: Andrew Constant 
Penciller: Brad Walker 
Inker: Andrew Hennessy 
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor 
Letterer: Tom Napolitano 
Cover: Brad Walker, Andrew Hennessy, Chris Sotomayor 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: February 28, 2018


Now that Etrigan and the crew know who is to blame for this Hellish incursion in Death Valley, they’ve got to go knock him for a demonic loop—and that’s just what they’re on the way to do! Check it out in my review of The Demon: Hell is Earth #4, right here!

Blue Beetle #18 Review and *SPOILERS*

Sorry Blue, You're Through

Written By: Christopher Sebela
Art By: Scott Kolins, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 28, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's the final issue of Blue Beetle and we've dealt with ancient Atlantean sorcerers, meta-human posses, evil from the 31st century and time traveling mad scientists......... and at the end of the day..... We really got nothing out of this book.  Hell, in this issue Jaime goes back to calling his scarab alien tech so it looks like the mission statement to turn Jaime's powers into magic were just thrown out the window at some point and this series just never knew what it wanted to be.  Let's jump into this final issue and see if we can get something out of it to say to ourselves that this incarnation of Blue Beetle was worth it in the long run.  I'm not expecting much.

Doom Patrol/Justice League of America Special #1 Review and **SPOILERS**


Cottage Cheese

Writers: Steve Orlando & Gerard Way 
Illustration: Dale Eaglesham, Nick Derington 
Colorists: Tamra Bonvillain and Marissa Louise 
Letterer: Clem Robins 
Cover: Clay Mann & Marissa Louise 
Cover Price: $4.99 
On Sale Date: February 28, 2018


And now, the end is near, and so I fear, the final milk spill. This is it, folks! The end of “Milk Wars”…which wound up not being so much of a war, and for which milk was more or less an allegorical storytelling device. I guess that’s not a whole lot different than Star Wars—it’s the inhabitants of the planets at war, not the stars. So it’s okay to be a little misleading. Have a peek at my review of Doom Patrol/Justice League of America Special #1, commencing below!

Batman Beyond #17 Review and *SPOILERS*

Coming Out Of The Woodwork

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Phil Hester, Ande Parks, Michael Spicer, Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 28, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to get back to Neo Gotham, where Terry McGinnis is fighting for his life now that Stalker has been hired by some mysterious person to take Batman down.  In our previous issue, the world watched as we did as Stalker tore our hero down, but thankfully, with each blow that Stalker through at our future Dark Knight, our hero would retaliate in kind.  Too bad that eventually, Stalker got the upper hand and was about to reveal Terry's identity to the watching world.  Let's jump into this issue and see how Batman will get out of this one and see if our mysterious villain will reveal himself.  Let's check it out.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #39 Review and **SPOILERS**


A Ring Up His Sleeve

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: February 28, 2018


Alright folks, it’s time for a good ol’ fashioned prison break! If you consider a cadre of magic-wielding space cops freeing someone from a stasis pod on a planet with two suns ol’ fashioned. Read my review of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #39, right here!

Detective Comics #975 Review

It's on Like...

Written by: James Tynion
Art by: Alvaro Martinez, Raul Fernadez and Brad Anderson
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 28, 2018

DC Comics tells us that #975 is an anniversay and I guess I'll play along.  I wonder if that's the cellophane anniversary or something else.  I'm sure it's something else!  So, is the Trial Of Batwoman worthy of the extra pages and higher pricetag?  Let's find out...

Action Comics #998 Review and *SPOILERS*

If I Could Turn Back Time

Written By: Dan Jurgens
Art By: Will Conrad, Ivan Nunes, Rob Leigh
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: February 28, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

With this story dealing with time travel, it's pretty safe to assume that the cliffhanger from the previous issue, where Lois and General Lane are shot to death is something that's not going to stick around and while that could be called a cop-out......... it's a time travel story so really, the crazier the situation that I get before the "reset" the better and that's what I'm looking forward to in this issue.  How clever is Jurgens going to be to get us back to our status quo at the end of this Booster Shot story?  Let's jump into this issue and see how Booster gets time back on track and how our Man of Steel is affected from his jaunt throughout time and space.  Let's check it out.

The Terrifics #1 Review and **SPOILERS**


Dark Meddle

Storytellers: Ivan Reis & Jeff Lemire 
Inker: Joe Prado 
Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo 
Letterer: Tom Napolitano 
Cover: Reis with Miaolo 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: February 28, 2018


The moment we’ve all been waiting for! Seeking to fill a Fantastic void left over in Marvel’s publishing schedule, this book was announced, ohh…July 2017? Maybe in August. And I’ve been chomping at the bit ever since to check it out. So let’s delay no longer! Have a look at my review of The Terrifics #1, just below!

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #1 Review

You Look Eel

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Lan Medina, Richard Friend, Vero Gandini, and Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 28, 2018

I'll admit that I was not really looking forward to this book.  I do love Mera, but coming out of the Aquaman book, I just didn't understand the what and why of it.  In my defense, it did take up until last week's issue of Aquaman to get us to where we needed to get here, but even then, this book was not starting where I expected it.  Of course, all this could actually lead to a pleasant surprise and believe me, I could go for a few of those nowadays!  So, is this it?  Let's find out...