Saturday, March 31, 2018

Cyber Force #1 Review

Carry on up the Cyber

Written by: Matt Hawkins / Bryan Edward Hill
Art by: Atilio Rojo
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: 28 March 2018
Reviewed by: Andrew McAvoy

I have to say that ever since I came across Marc Silvestri's amazing cover for the first issue of Cyber Force I've been relishing the prospects of reading it. Eagerly starting into this book I was hoping that it would be up there with some of the other high quality books on Image's roster at present. Did it live up to expectations or fall flat? Let's see.

Days Of Hate #3 Review

Ridin' around in my automobile

Written by Ales Kot
Drawn by Danijel Zezelj
Colored by Jordie Bellaire
Published by Image
Release Date: 28 March 2018
Reviewed by: Andrew McAvoy

These are strange days we are living in and Days of Hate propels us just a few short years into the future to give us a glimpse of what (hopefully doesn't) lie ahead. I felt this series packed a punch in its opening issue and then dipped slightly in terms of story and coloring in its second installment. Let's see if 3 is the magic number...

Chris and Reggie's Weird Comics History ep. 26 - Classic Comic Book Advertisements 2

Sea Monkey Blues

Greetings, pulpophiles! In this episode, Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) step back into the "between pages" of comic books, known as Classic Comic Book Advertisements, the Return! First, they'll detail the history and innovations of GRIT magazine, despite never having seen a copy. Then, they discuss Joe Orlando and his unforgettable ad for Sea Monkeys, as well as the dark secret behind these "instant" aquatic life forms...and it's not that they aren't monkeys. Finally, the impressionable hosts talk about two-dimensional toy soldiers, the ads that enticed them, and the man who drew two of the most memorable ones, Russ Heath! It's an episode jam-packed with commercialism, and you won't even have to pay C.O.D.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Spotlight: Doomsday Clock #4

Doomsday Clock #4 has arrived and listen as we discuss what we liked and didn't like about it.  Check out our Patreon.  For as little as $1 a month, you can help support the podcast!  This Week's Patreon Spotlight: The Silencer #3 & Dark Nights: Metal #6

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Chris and Reggie's Cosmic Treadmill ep. 83 - Ghost Rider #7 (1990)

Ghost With the Most

Good evening, riders! In this episode, agents of vengeance Chris (@AceComics) and Reggie (@reggiereggie) check out a listener-requested comic published by Marvel Comics in 1990--Ghost Rider #7 by Howard Mackie and Mark Texeira! After the usual biographical information and a little background about the skull-faced biker himself, they dive right into the issue which includes Marvel Comics' version of Scarecrow. Then, they wrap up the story of Mr. Mackie and talk about some other characters of the Big Two that share the same name. It's more fun than hanging out on a Brooklyn rooftop, you don't want to miss it!

Best DC Comics Covers of the Week - March 27, 2018

You Had Me at "They Took His Brain"

Howdy everyone! Another five covers from DC Comics that blew the others away! Well, some of them...there were a few covers that almost made the cut. Look, it's a process, okay? You're going to need to watch the DVD extras if you want to know more!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Weird Science DC Comics Podcast Ep 168: DC Comics, Batman, Superman, Comic Book Rules and Bizarro Talk

It's a smaller episode, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of things to talk about.  Or was that just is Bizarro Talk and there aren't many things?  Or now are there?  Eric's right, Bizarro Talk sucks!  Check out our Patreon.  For as little as $1 a month, you can help support the podcast!  This Week's Patreon Spotlight: Damage #3 & Deadman #5

Mystik U #3 Review

School's Out

Written by: Alisa Kwitney
Art by: Mike Norton and Jordie Bellaire
Cover Price: $5.99
Release Date: March 28, 2018

It's the final issue of Mystik U and while the big push will be to see who is the Big Bad and if that dark future we saw at the beginning of the series, I want to see a little more.  I think that Alisa Kwitney has done a good job introducing some pretty cool characters and I want to see if they can somehow survive this story and maybe even move on to something else.  I know it probably won't happen but a man can dream, right?  All that aside, was this a good ending?  Let's find out...

The Ruff and Reddy Show #6 - Review and Spoilers

Better Together

Written by: Howard Chaykin
Art by: Mac Rey
Letters by: Ken Bruzenak
Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 28, 2018

At last! The concluding instalment of The Ruff and Reddy Show is here! Will our heroes (if that’s the right word for a pair so obviously self-centred and lacking in any kind of virtue whatsoever) fall foul of their past peccadilloes? Or will they soldier on through loosely plotted scene after loosely plotted scene before heading for a finale that is as lacklustre as the previous five issues of this series have been?

What do you think?

The Silencer #3 Review

Peace… With Honor

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: March 28, 2018

The Silencer might be the only non-Terrifics New Age title that'll work out in the longer run. And I fully believe this following the events of this issue.

Justice League of America #27 Review

Time's Up!

Written by: Steve Orlando
Art by: Hugo Petrus, Hi-Fi and Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 28, 2018

I don't think it will surprise many if I say that I have not been a fan of this run of JLA.  Actually, that's a bit of an understatement if we are going to be totally honest here.  However, some would be shocked if I told them that I'm rooting for Steve Orlando to get it together to give readers a kick-ass send off to his team that he obviously loves.  So, with a few issues left, does this book do a 180 and make me wish it was sticking around?  Let's find out...

Imaginary Fiends #5 Review and **SPOILERS**

I Think My Brain Fell Out

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


I'm shocked to say that this has become one of the books that I look forward to reading the most each and every month. It looks great each and every issue, the story is interesting, and it's just a whole lot of fun to read. There is that little bit of creepiness factor in the characters, especially Polly Peachpit and Charlie Chokecherry, that adds another dimension to an already engaging story. I have no way of predicting what is coming next, so my only hope is that Melba Li gets fleshed out some more as the fun continues.

Motherlands #3 Review and **SPOILERS**

Momma Knows Best

Written by: Simon Spurrier
Art by: Rachael Stott, Felipe Sobreiro, and Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 28, 2018


This book has been a disappointment for me up to this point. Neither of the first two issues hit with me at all with awkward dialogue, forced interactions, and underwhelming art. There is still potential for this story and this multiverse to be a ton of fun, but it's got a long way to go before I'm totally on board. Hopefully this issue starts turning things around and starts an upswing because if not, I might be out.

Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #41 Review and **SPOILERS**

Diplozodic Immunity

Writer: Robert Vendetti 
Artist: Brandon Peterson 
Colorist: Tomeu Morey 
Letterer: Dave Sharpe 
Cover: Rafa Sandoval, Jordi Tarragona, Morey
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: March 28, 2018


Now we come to the payoff: twenty pages of General Zod and Hal Jordan petitioning the Space United Nations about sanctions about Jekku. Be prepared for surprise witnesses and lots of charts! Wait, that isn’t what this issue of Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps is about? Find out what it is about in my review of issue #41, which can be read below!

Suicide Squad #38 Review and **SPOILERS**

The Gall of that Wall

Writer: Rob Williams 
Artist: Tom Derenick 
Colors: Ulises Arreola 
Letters: Pat Brosseau 
Cover: Jorge Jimenez and Alejandro Sanchez 
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: March 28, 2018


It’s that Squad that can’t stop going on suicidal missions! Primarily because they are forced to do so by way of remote-controlled bombs lodged in their skulls. Though these bombs have really been neutered recently…more like pinging annoyances than explosive devices, these days. Basically like having a cell phone in your head. Let’s check out my review of Suicide Squad #38, which is right here!

Batgirl #21 Review and **SPOILERS**

Daddy/Daughter Day

Writer: Hope Larson 
Art: Scott Godlewski 
Colors: John Rauch 
Letters: Deron Bennett 
Main Cover: Dan Mora
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 28, 2018


Oh boy, it’s another issue of Batgirl! That means I’m probably going to have problems with it in this review, but we’ll have a hoot and a holler about it on the weekly Weird Science podcast. So be sure to tune in next Sunday…unless this book becomes a Patreon Spotlight title! Then you’ll have to join the Patreon to hear it! ( For now, check out my review of Batgirl #21, right here!

The Demon: Hell is Earth #5 Review and **SPOILERS**

Beguiled By Belial

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: March 28, 2018


I probably could be convinced that the Earth proper ended several years ago, and we’ve been living in Hell ever since. And this series is just the ticket to feed into my nihilism! Let’s top up our defeated tanks and read my review of The Demon: Hell is Earth #5, commencing now!

Trinity #20 Review

In Search of...

Written by: James Robinson
Art by: Jack Herbert, Tyler Kirkham, Gabe Eltaeb and Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 28, 2018

I really thought this story was going to be over once the Trinity left Skartaris behind, but that was only the beginning!  Yea, our heroes have to find Steve Trevor and if you think it all feels like filler to finish out this series, I'd agree with you.  This book has been one of the biggest misses of Rebirth and I will not miss it one bit when it rides off into the sunset.  So, how was this issue?  Let's find out...

The Hellblazer #20 Review and **SPOILERS**

From the Sole of Your Soul

Writer: Tim Seeley 
Penciller: Davide Fabbri 
Inker: Christina Dalla Vecchia 
Colorist: Carrie Strachan 
Letterer: Sal Cipriano 
Cover Artist: Tim Seeley with Chris Sotomayor
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 28, 2018


‘Ere now lads, it’s anuvver issue of ‘Ellblazer, wot? That’s a roight sticky wicket if’n I’ve ever laid me orbs on it, yeah? ‘Ow long do you scamps think I c’n keep this up afore some real Brit pummels me soundly? A few whiffens, you say? Well, let me not wallow like a lorry looking for a lift, and dive right into my review of Hellblazer #20, you wager?

The Terrifics #2 Review and **SPOILERS**

I Am Happy to Be Stuck With You

Storytellers: Ivan Reis & Jeff Lemire 
Pencils: Ivan Reis & José Luís 
Inker: Vicente Cifuentes & Jordi Tarragona 
Colorist: Marcelo Maiolo 
Letterer: Tom Napolitano 
Cover: Reis with Miaolo 
Cover Price: $2.99 
On Sale Date: March 28, 2018


Looking online, it’s clear to see that many people have written this off as a parody of Marvel’s Fantastic Four. There’s no wondering why people believe that, it was certainly conceived as such. But now, in the second issue, we get to see if the concept has legs. And you can find out without even reading it by checking out my review of The Terrifics #2! But you might want to check out the comic book too, make sure my findings are accurate.

Flash #43 Review

Still Not Flash Wars

Writer: Joshua Williamson
Art Team: Carmine Di Giandomenico, Ivan Plascencia
Letters: Steve Wands
DC Comics
Release Date: March 28, 2018
Cover Price: $2.99

Flash is a character I come to and enjoy for some fun adventures, featuring a variety of villains, for faced paced stories that look great.  Unfortunately many of the recent issues of this series have suffered from a slow pace, combined with an art style that can never be quite pinned down, while Barry doesn't do much but seem constantly stressed out, never having much fun, or time to crack a joke.  However, when I saw Grodd was making his influence known on the long running events in this story line I was all in.  So lets peek in on the penultimate issue of this arc, and see what our evil gorilla buddy will do with the Flash family, now that he has control of them all but Barry.

Mera: Queen of Atlantis #2 Review

Down by the Seaside

Written by: Dan Abnett
Art by: Lan Medina, Norm Rapmund, Veronica Gandini and Simon Bowland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 28, 2018

The first issue surprised me with how much I liked it and it all comes down to one thing...Orm!!!  Yep, Ocean Master is back, his appearance fits nicely in from where we last saw him and he is a changed and better man.  Of course, the issue ended with Orm looking like he may be up to some "Ocean Mastering" and it's up in the air if that will be a good thing or a bad thing.  Do we find out which in this issue and was it good?  Let's find out...

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #1 Review and **SPOILERS**

What a Difference a Decade Makes

Mother Panic: Gotham A.D. #1

"Different Bat Channel"
Written By: Jody Houser
Interiors and Variant Cover By: Ibrahim Moustafa
Interior Colors By: Jordan Boyd and Marissa Louise
Lettered By: John Workman
Back-Up Drawn By: Paulina Ganucheau 
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 28, 2018

Today we're going to discuss the fourth (and final) book from Young Animal's "Season Two".  So far, I've been pretty pessimistic about this new take on the old imprint... let's see if our "most improved" book from "Season One" moves my needle back toward the positive!

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #3 Review and **SPOILERS**

The Stricken City

Raven: Daughter of Darkness #3
"Into the Fire"
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Pop Mhan
Colorist: Lovern Kindzierski
Letterer: Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: March 28, 2018

With this issue we are officially one-quarter through Raven: Daughter of Darkness.

What's the over-under on Trigon mentions this issue?  I'm going with... no less than a dozen.

Teen Titans #18 Review and **SPOILERS**

Breathe it in, Maaaaaaan

Teen Titans #18
"It Ain't Easy Being Green, Part 2"
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Penciller: Scot Eaton
Inker: Wayne Faucher
Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
Letterer: Corey Breen
Cover Price: #3.99
On Sale Date: March 28, 2018

We're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of cancelled books but announced reboots.  A journey into a baffling land where dead volumes yet continue just to kill time.  That's the signpost up ahead - our next stop, The Lame Duck Zone!

Looks like this volume is coming to its conclusion... and yet, it must continue for the interim.  Nothing says "these stories matter" more than watching a title limp across the finish line... while charging us four-bucks a pop to come along for the ride!

Wonder Woman #43 Review and *SPOILERS*


Written By: James Robinson
Art By: Marco Santucci, Romulo Fajardo Jr., Saida Temofonte
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: March 28, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Wonder Woman nearly got the answers she was looking for last issue about what Darkseid's plans were, but somehow, Grail was able to break the lasso of truth's hold on her and escaped through a boom tube....... I miss when people used mother boxes.  Anyway, with that bit, where we learned that Darkseid needs the relics that ARGUS collected as a way to bridge time and space so that the Lord of Apokolips could make his way to Themyscira, we also had the return of Jason, who has some new armor and some boosted powers to boot.  Let's jump into this issue and see if Wonder Woman continues to learn about what Darkseid is up to or if as we saw at the end of last issue, Darkseid comes to her.  Let's check it out.

Batman Beyond #18 Review and *SPOILERS*

It's Payback Time

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

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

It's time to jump into the future.......... or one of many possible futures now that we've been playing with the Tim Drake of Tomorrow in a bunch of books lately, and see how Terry McGinnis will fair now that our main villain has revealed himself to be Payback........ which probably means nothing to you if you didn't watch the 90's cartoon show regularly.  Anyway, when last we saw our hero, Payback had teleported away with Ten, but before leaving, he had thrown a grenade at the feet of Batman and Stalker.  Let's jump into this issue and see if the two survive and if Batman can get Ten back from Payback.  Let's check it out.