Saturday, June 23, 2018

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Urban Legends #2 Review

Writer: Gary Carlson
Artist; Frank Fosco
Publisher: IDW
Release Date: June 20th, 2018
Cover Price $3.99
Review By: Ron Freilich

Last time in Urban Legends # 1, on the eve of their birthday, the Turtles were attacked in their lair by the deadly Ninja chick Pimiko and her crew of killer Cyborgs. The Turtles took out the cyborgs but Pimiko managed to kidnap Donatello, Splinter and get away on a helicopter.  Splinter managed to contact the Turtles via the astral plane and let them know that during a fight Donny was thrown off the chopper along with one of the cyborgs.
The contact was violently interrupted by Pimiko and this is where we rejoin the action...

Delta 13 #2 Review

Writer: Steve Niles
Art: Nat Jones
Letterer: Tom B.Long
Publisher: IDW
3.99 USD
Reviewed By Wheezy

Hopefully, my disappointment in the first installment will not spill over into this review but my expectations were significantly lowered after issue 1, which hopefully will improve on the generic plot, wooden characters, and muted palette. Let's check it out.

Punks Not Dead #5

66 is the new 23

Writer: David Barnett
Artist: Martin Simmonds
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 20, 2018

Cover Price: $3.99

Another title I jumped in on, having not read any of the preceding issues. Every issue might be someone’s first, right? Luckily we get a nice recap on the title page to catch us up to speed.

My Little Pony: Ponyville Mysteries #2 Review

The Equestria Bowling Tournament: it’s kind of a big deal

Writer: Christina Rice
Artist: Agnes Garbowska
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Release Date: June 20, 2018

Cover Price: $3.99
Review by: Pauly P

The Equestria Bowling Tournament is in a few days, and the Ponyville team’s ace Walter- complete with goatee, ripped vest, orange sunglasses and PTSD flashbacks is on track to beat the long-standing record held by local legend The Kingpin. When pins start going missing from the alley, the Crusaders must separate and track down what’s happening to the pins. Is it sabotage? Is it Nihilists? Or could it be something more mundane? Let’s see if our sleuths can track it down before the tournament is ruined.

Shanghai Red #1 Review

Red Sky in the Morning

Script/Design: Christopher Sebela
Art/Colors/Cover: Joshua Hixson
Letters: Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou
Editorial Assistance: Andrea Shockling
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 20 June 2018

Oooh. Shanghai Red, just the exotic and heady images that that name conjures up sets high expectations for this book. Then the fact that this book - on my radar anyway - seemed to get quite a bit of coverage over the last few weeks online, meant that I was really looking forward to this issue. Let's dip into the stormy seas and see how it was. Shiver me timbers Jack!!

Days Of Hate #6 Review

End of Act One

Written by Ales Kot
Drawn by Danijel Zezelj
Colored by Jordie Bellaire
Published by Image
Release Date: 20 June 2018

This issue of Days of Hate sees the official end of Act One of this series. So it is officially time to take stock of progress to date, what's went well, what's not so good, and what the general sense of the title is based on that opening arc. Let's dip in and find out.

Infidel #4 Review

Who ya gonna call?

Written by: Pornsak Pichetshote
Art by: Aaron Campbell
Colors: Jose Villarrubia
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 20 June 2018

Pornsak Pichetshote's horror thriller comic is fast gaining a reputation for thrills and chills. It certainly isn't for the faint-hearted and you may wish to think twice about reading this just before bed at night. Something tells me that this issue will be just as chilling, let's find out!

Gideon Falls #4 Review

Ploughman's Lunch

Written by Jeff Lemire
Art by Andrea Sorrentino
Colors by Dave Stewart
Letters by Steve Wands
Publisher: Image Comics

There has been a real engagement among the comic book community with this title, everyone that I know who is reading it is really hooked on what will happen next with Gideon Falls!! So without any further pause, we'll have to find out what happened next in Gideon Falls!!!

Skyward #3 Review

Up, up and away

Written by: Joe Henderson
Art by: Lee Garbett
Colors by: Antonio Fabela
Letters by: Simon Bowland
Publisher: Image Comics

Wow. With each issue of this series the story being unveiled is becoming more and more complex, interesting and very, very detailed. What's ironic about that is the fact that what really reeled me into this series at the start was the light-hearted nature of it. Now, only a few issues in I am hooked by its growing complexity. Let's see how this issue was.

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Wild Storm #14 Review and Spoilers

Written by: Warren Ellis
Art by: Jon Davis-Hunt
Colours by: Steve Bucellato
Letters by: Simon Bowland

Price: $3.99

Well, that's a shame. This is issue 14 of the Wild Storm imprint's flagship title, not 13 as indicated by the numbering on the cover. A small mistake, you might think, but, when this comic manages to produce something approaching perfection most issues, not an insignificant one: a fly in this comic's sweet-smelling ointment; a little fox to spoil an otherwise luxuriant and abundant vine. Still, that is a nice cover. The image of this version of Fairchild (Gen13) lifting a pickup one-handed above her head is a typically Davis-Huntian (Davis-Hunt-esque?) study in feminine power and understated menace. The last issue saw the Wild Storm universe expand in intriguing and unexpected ways. Can we expect more of the same this time around? Let's find out…

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Chris and Reggie's Cosmic Treadmill ep. 95 - Creepy #1 (1964)

The Secret of My Success

Ghoul evening, comics enthusiasts! In this episode, the cadaver-friendly duo of Chris (@AceComics) snd Reggie (@reggiereggie) examine a spooky offering: Creepy #1, produced in 1964 by Warren Publishing! After some information about James Warren and his company, they'll read every story in this trend-setting black-and-white horror anthology, providing biographical information about the creators along the way--putting special emphasis on "The Success Story" by Archie Goodwin and Al Williamson, including the true origin of that gory story. After a break, they'll wrap up the life of James Warren and his company, and then tell the tale of one Myron Fass, who also produced black-and-white comics magazines for his company, Eerie Publishing. It's a bone-chilling episode sure to keep you cool, just in time for Summer!

DC Comics Best Covers of the Week: September 20, 2018

Just Scraping By

Not a lot of great contenders this week, but of course I scraped something together. The cover in the number one spot, however, I picked way earlier in the week! Read on to find out which cover that is!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Batman #49 Second Opinion

I Hear Wedding Bells

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mikel Janin, June Chung, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 20, 2018
Review by: Dispatchdcu (read all his awesome reviews)

There are so many ways to take this issue and they all depend on how “you” like your Joker. This isn’t “tear your face off” Joker that Snyder gave us, or the “ wait til they get a load of me!” Batman 89 Joker, or even the Killing Joke version of him, which is referenced in this very issue.  This is Tom King’s take on the Joker. And, I personally think this entire issue gives us a new take on the character. Good or bad; you decide. I’ll give you my call at the end. Let’s take a read, OK.

The Brave and the Bold: Batman and Wonder Woman #5 Review

I'm late I'm late for a very important date!

Writer: Liam Sharp
Artist: Liam Sharp
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 20, 2018
Review by: Matches Balone

There’s a grave missing detail of Batman and Wonder Woman’s investigation into the death of King Elatha—it’s not only about who killed him, but also what it means. As one king dies, another must arise…long live the new king Balor Evil-Eye! Now Batman and Wonder Woman must fight alongside Tir Na Nóg and destroy its causeways to our dimension!

Batwoman #16 Review and *SPOILERS*

Batwoman vs. Batman

Written By: Marguerite Bennett
Art By: Fernando Blanco, John Rauch
Letters By: Deron Bennett

Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 20, 2018

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

While the last issue of this series was something of a disappointment, it did leave us with one hell of a cliffhanger which pitted our hero Batwoman against one of the biggest heroes ever - Batman! I may not have liked the last issue but I am actually pretty excited to see how this goes. This series found some new life near its end. The Many Arms of Death storyline was dull and while some may have enjoyed it, the sales clearly show that those people were in the minority. However, we are nearing the end of this book and the choices that have been made have been mostly positive. That said, last month was another low point in a long series of low points. I am hoping that this issue will find its footing but we won’t know until we dive in and find out for ourselves so nevertheless…

Deathbed #5 Review

A Twist In My Story

Written by: Joshua Williamson
Art by: Riley Rossmo, Ivan Plascencia, and Deron Bennett
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 20, 2018


With only two issues left to go, I fully expect Joshua Williamson and Co. to put together an ending that is just as balls-to-the-wall fun as the first four issues were. Riley Rossmo's art really impressed me at first, and although the quality has taken a bit of a dip since then, it's still better than I expected. Even if I hated it, I'm having so much fun following Luna and Val's wacky adventure that it doesn't even matter anymore. Let's take a look and see if this penultimate issue keeps the momentum going.

New Challengers #2 Review

There's A Twist!

Writer: Scott Snyder & Aaron Gillespie
Art Team: Andy Kubert, Klaus Janson, Brad Anderson
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 20, 2018

I've personally tried each of DC's New Age of Heroes books as the first issues have come out and decided to continue buying them from there after reading.  New Challengers was one of only a few that didn't immediately grab my attention and wouldn't have been something I kept reading. However I have been assigned to review the title so I'm here to weather the storm with anyone else brave enough to journey with me.  So lets peek at issue two and see if it inspires me a bit more going forward.

Damage #6 Review

'The Green' Needs Damage Control

Written By: Robert Venditti
Art By: Diogenes Neves, Trevor Scott, Larry Hama, Allen Passalaqua
Release Date: June 20 2018
Cover Price: $2.99

Damage has hit a few bumps in the road lately after starting off pretty strong. Instead of continuing its forward momentum, and focusing on the Ethan/Damage character combo, we keep getting guest stars thrown at the title, which sidetracks most of the progress for our character I'd like to see. Right now Damage's encounter with Poison Ivy, led to a bigger encounter with Grodd, so after back to back villain reveals for our cliffhangers, let's see how things wrap up here.

Harley Quinn #44 Review and **SPOILERS**

The Dollotrons Are Gonna Fight the Reapers!

Writer: Christopher Sebela
Artists: Mirka Andolfo & Max Raynor
Colors: Gabe Eltaeb
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Cover: Bilquis Evely & Mat Lopes
Variant Cover: Frank Cho
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
Editor: Alex Antone
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover Price: $2.99
On Sale Date: June 20, 2018


Back to this weird story about Harley Quinn's benevolent insanity! I have no idea why this story exists, and thusly couldn't begin to guess about where it's headed. So just hop right into my review of Harley Quinn #44 and we can find out together! I mean, I already know what happens, I read the issue to write this review. But we can pretend to be discovering it together in real time.

Aquaman #37 Review and **SPOILERS**

Burn it All to the Ground

Writer: Dan Abnett
Artist: Riccardo Federici
Colorist: Sunny Gho
Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover: Stjepan Sejic
Variant Cover: Joshua Middleton
Assistant Editor: Andrea Shea
Editor: Alex Antone
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: June 20, 2018


It's back to the never ending Atlantean revolution...sigh. Frankly, I approach reading this comic like I do my dayjob these days. And that is, to say, with great trepidation and regret. It's just such a slog, folks, and any trace of stakes was drained from this story a long time ago. So let's get to it, shall we, and see what's happening in the nine-thousandth week of this story arc in my review of Aquaman #37, below!

Man of Steel #4 Review and **SPOILERS**

My Assassin, My Friend

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artists: Kevin Maguire & Jason Fabok
Colors: Alex Sinclair
Letters: Josh Reed
Cover: Ivan Reis, Joe Prado, Sinclair
Associate Editor: Jessica Chen
Editor: Michael Cotton
Group Editor: Brian Cunningham
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: June 20, 2018


Here it is, folks, Superman (and Supergirl) face off against Rogol Zaar! So let's not fiddle around with an introduction, and instead jump right into the action! And by that, I mean my review of Man of Steel #4, which commences below.

Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye #4 Review and **SPOILERS**

Memory Shrooms

Writer: Jon Rivera
Artist: Michael Avon Oeming
Colorist: Nick Filardi
Back-Up Art + Color: Paul Maybury
Letterer: Clem Robins
Editor: Molly Mahan
Executive Editor: Mark Doyle
DC'S Young Animal Curated By: Gerard Way
Cover Price: $3.99
On Sale Date: June 20, 2018


Everything's been put right between the Nejire and the Lazer Monks...I think, so it's time for Cave and the gang to have a new adventure! Only three issues left in the series to go, so I hope it doesn't turn into a compressed mess. Only one way to find out, and that's by reading my review of Cave Carson Has an Interstellar Eye #4, right here! Or you could read the comic yourself, there's always that.

Justice League #2 Review

May The Hidden Forces Be With You

Written By: Scott Snyder
Art By: Jorge Jimenez, Alejandro Sanchez, Tom Napolitano 
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 20, 2018

As you probably know, the Justice League went and broke the Source Wall and since then things have been going crazy throughout the Universe as energies from outside the Multiverse have been pouring in and it's this book where we'll be dealing with the brunt of those energies........ and problems and from what we saw in the previous issue, it seems that the heart of the Source Wall itself has come to Earth to either help or destroy existence.  I've never been good with fifty/fifty odds, but hopefully the Justice League are luckier than I am as they try to figure out their future.  Let's jump into this issue and see what Scott Snyder has in store for us.

Green Lanterns #49 Review

Fight The Power

Written By: Aaron Gillespie
Art By: Roge Antonio, Hi-Fi, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 20, 2018

Let's jump into this issue and find out why the hell Jessica Cruz went and lost her mind last issue, killing a bunch of alien cops, while protecting a criminal.  Yeah, this doesn't sound like the Jessica we all know and love, but hopefully, now that Simon Baz has come on the scene, he'll be able to get to the bottom of his partner's problems and help her get out of them.  Let's check it out.

Batman: Prelude to the Wedding - Red Hood Vs. Anarky #1 Review

Bachelorette Party

Written By: Tim Seeley
Art By: Javier Fernandez, Hugo Petrus, John Kalisz, Otto Schmidt, Dave Sharpe
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: June 20, 2018

Our preludes to the wedding of Batman and Catwoman continue here with Jason Todd joining in on the fun...Well, he's being the secret bodyguard of Catwoman while she's out on her bachelorette party....... So as much fun as possible I guess.  It seems though that Anarky is planning to do something nefarious to make his presence known to the Dark Knight and only Jason can stop him.  Let's jump into this issue and see what's what.  Let's check it out.

Batman #49 Review

Cold Feet and Cut Deep

Written By: Tom King
Art By: Mikel Janin, June Chung, Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $2.99
Release Date: June 20, 2018

It's the issue before the big wedding and in it we'll be dealing with the Joker's reaction to finding out that the Dark Knight is about to tie the knot........... even though we're kind of doing that in the wedding prelude issues as well.  Either way, the Joker's in town and it's up to Selina to save her husband to be because in our previous issue Batman was knocked out by the Joker after an explosion and possibly shot.  Let's jump into this issue and see if there's still wedding bells in our heroes' future.  Let's check it out.